10,300 now employed in games in UK; 19% are women

Creative Skillset have published results of an Employment Survey conducted in Autumn 2015, giving a picture of diversity in the workplace across the creative industries. The survey asked for information about number of employees and freelancers in specific occupational groups, including numbers of women and Black, Asian and or Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups in the sector. 

The results of the survey show that the number of people employed by game-making companies in the UK is now estimated to be 10,300. Of this number, approximately one fifth (19%) are female, meaning that there are now about 2,000 women making games in the UK. It is promising to see that 27% of strategic management and executive positions are occupied by female workers.

The number of BAME workers in games remains below the all-sector average at 4%, but games industry BAME employees hold the highest percentage of all the creative industries of strategic management and executive team roles (13%). 

The report also indicates a high level of flexibility in the games workforce, with 16% of the games industry believed to be working on a freelance basis.

The key findings of the all-sector results can be found here

The results paint an interesting picture of diversity across the creative sectors in the UK, and indicate that although we are moving in the right direction, there is still work to be done to increase our diverse workforce. Ukie runs a diversity sub group, which meets every 6-8 weeks to discuss issues surrounding supporting an inclusive games industry. To join the goup, email Jenny.