DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates

This series brings together all documents relating to DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates.

UK statistics authority assessment of the DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates series

Following a report by the Office for Statistics Regulation in December 2018, the following DCMS Sector Economic Estimates were designated as National Statistics on 26th June 2019:

  • DCMS Sector Economic Estimates: GVA
  • DCMS Sector Economic Estimates: Regional GVA
  • DCMS Sector Economic Estimates: Business Demographics
  • DCMS Sector Economic Estimates: Employment

Since the report we have striven to improve our publications by providing summaries of other notable sources of data, more detail on the nature and extent of the overlap between the sectors, and further information on the quality and limitations of the data. We will continue to improve the series in the future, in line with the recommendations of the report.

Request for feedback - Employment Economic Estimates

The statistics team at DCMS is requesting feedback on its recently published DCMS Sector Employment Estimates. These statistics provide estimates of the number of jobs in the DCMS sectors. In particular, the team would like your views on the current demographic information published in the employment statistics and what further demographic breakdowns would be useful in future.

Sectors for which estimates of number of jobs are available are: Civil Society, Creative Industries, Cultural Sector, Digital Sector, Gambling, Sport, Telecoms and Tourism.

Within these estimates, breakdowns are currently available by:

  • Gender (female, male)
  • Age (16-24 years, 25-39 years, 40-59 years, 60 years+)
  • Nationality (UK, EU, Non-EU worker)
  • Region and devolved administration (North East, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, East Midlands, West Midlands, East, London, South East, South West, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
  • Socio-economic background (more advantaged group, less advantaged group)
  • Disability (disabled, not disabled)
  • Education level (degree or equivalent, higher education, A Level or equivalent, GCSE A* - C or equivalent, other, no qualification)
  • Employment status (employed, self-employed)
  • Ethnicity (white, BAME)
  • Working hours (full time, part time)

Estimates of employment are calculated from the ONS Annual Population Survey (APS). A detailed list of variables within the APS can be found in the Volume 6: APS user guide document.

DCMS invites users to respond to a number of specific questions relating to the publication and the demographic information used and encourages users to respond to these questions by completing the online questionnaire available here.

Please note that responses should be received by 11:59pm Thursday 10th October 2019. We also welcome comments on any other aspect of the Employment Estimates publication, including the presentation or analysis. If you have any comments, please get in touch at


These bulletins contain statistics on the contribution of DCMS Sectors to the UK economy, measured by gross value added (GVA), employment, imports and exports of services and goods and the number of businesses.

DCMS have also introduced new analysis looking at earnings in the Digital Sector as well as Digital Occupations.


The methodology for this series of statistics can be found here.


These statistics cover the contributions of the following DCMS sectors to the UK economy;

  • Civil Society
  • Creative Industries
  • Cultural Sector
  • Digital Sector
  • Gambling
  • Sport
  • Telecoms
  • Tourism

A definition for each sector is available in the associated methodology note along with details of methods and data limitations.

Data tool

We have created a data tool to show trends over time and regional distributions, which we will update as new data are published. There is potential to expand the tool in the future, for example by adding more data or other breakdowns. We encourage users to send any feedback or ideas for future development to

Ad-hoc statistical releases

A list of Economic Estimates ad-hoc statistical releases that have not been included in our standard publications is available here.


In 2016, we consulted on the methodology used to produce these estimates and, on the definition of the Cultural Sector. The consultation documentation and response form can be found here


  1. Digital Sector Economic Estimates 2018: Earnings
  2. DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates 2017: Trade
  3. DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates 2018: Employment
  4. DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates 2017: Regional GVA
  5. DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates 2017: Business Demographics
  6. DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates 2017: GVA
  7. DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates 2017: Employment
  8. DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates Methodology
  9. DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates 2016: Trade
  10. DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates 2016: Regional GVA
  11. DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates 2016: Business Demographics
  12. DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates 2016: GVA
  13. DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates: Employment (2016) and Trade (2015)
  14. DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates 2015
Published 4 August 2016
Last updated 26 June 2019 + show all updates
  1. We have added information about the National Statistics assessment of the series.
  2. We have added a data tool covering GVA, employment and business sites.
  3. We have published the DCMS Sectors Economics Estimates 2017: Regional GVA report
  4. We have published the DCMS Sectors Economics Estimates 2017: Business Demographics report
  5. Regional GVA published.
  6. Published latest GVA data for DCMS Sectors.
  7. The methodology note has been updated.
  8. First published.