Interim Measure - Jobs in the Creative Industries Growth Sector

Note that this is a temporary source for People working in Arts and Culture.  A new methodology for Arts and Culture employment (rather than Creative Industries jobs) is being developed.

Source of Data:

The source of the jobs data is the Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES), which is run by the Office for National Statistics.  Job estimates for the Creative Industries Growth Sector are published in the Scottish Government Growth Sector Statistics Database.


Jobs here includes employee jobs plus the number of working owners who receive drawings or a share of the profits but are not paid via PAYE.  However, the jobs estimates do not include those that are self-employed operating below the VAT threshold with no employees i.e. the smallest sole proprietors/partnerships.

An employee is defined as anyone aged 16 years or over who is paid directly from the payroll, in return for carrying out a full-time or part-time job or being on a training scheme.

The Creative Industries sector here is defined as per the Growth Sector definition, which is built up from a range of Standard Industrial Classification 2007 codes, more information on the specific codes included is available at:

Criteria for Change:

The evaluation is based on: any difference within +/- 1,000 jobs suggests that the position is more likely to be maintaining than showing any change. An increase of 1,000 jobs or more suggests the position is improving; whereas a decrease 1,000 jobs or more suggests the position is worsening.

Future Issues or Reviews: 

Estimates for 2021 are provisional.

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