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BAME share in creative industries in the UK 2019

Ethnic diversity in creative industries differed by sector in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2019. The IT, software, and computer services sector employed a share of 14 percent of individuals with BAME background, while the games sector counted for 10 percent of BAME employees.  

Employment within the creative industries in the UK

The number of employees in the creative industries has increased in the UK, rising from nearly 1.6 million workers in 2011 to over two million in 2018. The highest increase in the number of employees was observed within the IT, software and computer services sector, with 250 thousand more individuals employed in 2018 compared to 2011. Over the same period, the number of employees within museums, galleries, and libraries remained at similar levels.

Racism in the UK

A survey conducted by YouGov in June 2020 revealed that 44 percent of individuals in Great Britain believed that the UK was a fairly racist society, while eight percent considered the UK ‘very racist’. In addition, nearly half of the respondents over 65 years old thought that the UK was a racist society, with 43 percent saying it was a ‘fairly racist’ society and four percent believing it was a very racist one. In comparison, 47 percent of the 18-24 year old respondents thought that the UK was a fairly racist society and 14 percent believed it to be very racist.  

BAME share in creative industries in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2019, by sector

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Release date

February 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period


Number of respondents

3,208 respondents

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

BAME refers to Black, Asian or minority ethnic.

** CCIs overall refers to jobs across the cultural and and creative industries.
Non-CCI jobs include jobs outside the cultural and creative industries.
NS-SEC I/II consists of managerial and professional jobs more generally.

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