As every party promises to rebalance Britain\’s economy away from finance, the creative industries are a fast-growing sector. Between 1997 and 2007, they created two million new jobs and £16.6bn in exports.
There\’s about 30 million people in the UK labour force. So the claim is that the \”creative industries\”, which Polly seems to be using as a synonym for the Arts, employs some 7% of the workforce.
Umm, no, sorry, don\’t see it really. I have a feeling that that jobs number is gross, not net. The number of jobs created without taking off the number of jobs destroyed in the sector.
Alternatively, it\’s all jobs in \”creatives\”, which includes, say, video games, advertising, design and so on, which might all be very interesting but doesn\’t have that much relevance to a discussion of whether luvvies should be getting our money through the tax and subsidy system.