creative industries sector worth £329m and employs 21,000 people
In the latest Creative Industries Economic Estimates, Northern Ireland, Experimental Statistics from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL), it emerged that in 2011, the estimated number of business units in the creative industries sector was 1,375, representing 2% of all business units in Northern Ireland. All the figures are the latest available. There was no change in the total number of creative businesses between 2010 and 2011 in either absolute or in relative terms.
Almost a third (31%) of all creative industries in Northern Ireland in 2011 were in the architecture sector. Design accounted for 17% of businesses in 2011, while advertising and music and visual and performing arts accounted for 15% and 14% respectively. In terms of contribution to the economy, Gross Value Added for the creative industries was £329m in 2009, while the number of people employed was estimated at 21,000