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Computer games industry: workforce size in the UK 2009-2012, by subsector

This statistic shows the size of the computer game industry workforce in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2009 and 2012, broken down by industry subsector. There were 5.5 thousand employees in games development in 2009, but this figure fell to 3.7 thousand employees by 2012.*

Size of the computer games industry workforce in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2009 and 2012, by subsector

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Release date

July 2013


United Kingdom

Survey time period

July 4, 2012 to September 30, 2012

Number of respondents

n (all industries) = 832; n (games development) = 27; n (games publishing) = 4; n (games support) = 3

Special properties

major employers and small companies

Method of interview


Supplementary notes

* Figures are estimated based on the responses to a survey fielded to major employers and small companies in the industry. Figures are rounded up or down to the nearest 50.
The source provides the following commentary: " The final employment estimates for the industries were calculated by applying a weighting methodology based on using data on the population of employers in each sector to gross up the responses per sector."
Additionally, "no responses were recieved for interactive media mobile content."

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