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DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates Methodology

This is the guide to the methodology behind the production of the DCMS sector Economic Estimates Official Statistics by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

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DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates: Methodology

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This document sets out the methodology behind the Economic Estimates for DCMS Sectors. They are Official Statistics published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

These Economic Estimates are Official Statistics used to provide an estimate of the contribution of DCMS Sectors to the UK economy, measured by gross value added (GVA) at basic price, employment, imports and exports of services and goods, and the number of enterprises.

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.

These statistics are produced in accordance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics

Experimental statistics

The Exports and Imports of Goods statistics are experimental Official Statistics. This means the methodology is still under development and is subject to consultation with users. Experimental Official Statistics are defined in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics as “new official statistics undergoing evaluation. They are published in order to involve users and stakeholders in their development and as a means to build in quality at an early stage.”

Changes to the estimates may be made as a result of this consultation. The standard DCMS revisions policy can be found in the DCMS Statement of Compliance.

Published 4 August 2016
Last updated 26 July 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated Methodology note
  2. Detail about constituent SIC codes has been added.
  3. First published.