Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland creative industries soar 11%

By Staff Reporter

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.

Belfast Telegraph