We’ve all seen the news on immigration, Greece’s debt, and Turkey’s campaign to join the EU, but as the dust settles it’s time to consider how the British creative industry will fare following Brexit.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of all is that it’s not all bad news for us techies.
Towards the end of last year it was reported that we were in the midst of a digital recession or a lull that has supposedly seen digital innovation lose momentum across the UK.
Creatives are always ahead of the game
However, new government figures show the industry in a completely different light and if you’re reading this and are a fellow creative then the message is clear: Don’t panic.
It turns out that our industry is thriving, and the figures are pretty incredible.
The report by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport this month shows a 30% increase in demand for programmers and software developers in the UK.
Secondly, jobs in creative industries, including digital marketing, web design and software development, have also increased three times faster than the UK average.
It’s a pretty lucrative industry too
Creatives across the country combine to generate a whopping £9.6 million per hour and we’re worth more than £84 billion a year.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, after all, 96% of us in the creative world claimed we were voting to remain in the EU ahead of the referendum.
It seems that the immediate drop of sterling following the referendum may have caused short-term uncertainty, but it’s already remedying itself.
What do the higher-ups have to say?
John Whittingdale, Secretary of State for Culture described the Creative Industries as one of the UK’s greatest success stories.
He said in a report today: “Our success is built upon the extraordinary talent that exists in this country, an amazing cultural heritage, the English language and a tax system designed to support and encourage growth.”
What does all of this mean?
It means that the message is loud and clear: if you’re considering a creative path or want to chase that dream to Silicon Valley then don’t let Brexit put you off.
There’s never been a better time to get creative, and as a digital agency we’re always on the look out for talented people to join our team.
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