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Northern Ireland creative industries soar 11%

By Staff Reporter

Published 26/06/2015

Northern Ireland's creative industry has been boosted by hugely popular phenomena like Game of Thrones, which is filmed here
Northern Ireland's creative industry has been boosted by hugely popular phenomena like Game of Thrones, which is filmed here

Northern Ireland's creative industries are on the rise with a recent 11% increase in growth value added (GVA) to £797m.

Creative industries, ranging from skills employed on TV shows like Game of Thrones - which is filmed in Northern Ireland - to IT, software and computer services, accounted for 2.4% of overall GVA, according to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL).

And the 11% growth over 2012 to 2013 had by far outpaced growth of total GVA, which was just 1%. However, GVA for creative industries had slumped in 2010 and 2011.

IT, software and computer services made up around 60% of creative GVA, at £481m.

There were 43,000 people in creative jobs working in 2,610 business units, nearly 40% in IT, software and computer services.

Creative industries included some but not all IT. It does embrace computer games publishing, other software publishing, as well as computer programming.

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