Job Security in the Creative Industry

The creative industry is an overarching term used to describe a range of industries. All the industries have creativity at their center. But they also all require human creativity, the ability to convey meaning and the use of original intellectual property. The end goal being the creation of enjoyment, and sharing of ideas.

Various methods are used to collect statistical data on the creative industry. Some such methods are the use of economic data and market characteristics. This information mining becomes difficult in this field, though. This is because the term creative industry has not been unanimously defined. This being said though the industry appears to be moving in an upward trajectory, bringing in more money and attracting more people.

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So what is it about the creative industry that continues to draw people in? I believe that it has to do with the work environment and job flexibility that defines the industry. Working from home or a comfortable non-office environment is common for creative industry workers. “The vast majority (84%) of companies are small (fewer than 10 people) and just (2%) of companies are large (100 people and more)” (Davies, 10)[1] Working in informal settings is made possible because people are like-minded and enjoy similar office environments.

Likewise, the creative industry consists of many freelance workers that act as their own boss. This means that they dictate their own hours and work ethics. Pay is often higher per hour when compared to the hourly wage of the 9 to 5 job.

But what if this added freedom is actually causing workers in the creative industry to burn out? It has been noted that many workers being to find it difficult to differentiate between their work and their lives outside of it. This could be due to the flexible hours, the work from home and the small number of people that work closely with them. Similarly, much freelance work is seasonal and there is little job security involved.Cultural-industry_infographic_FINAL

Does this mean we can expect to see a trend moving away from the creative industries in the future? Or will work in this area be in higher demand, creating job security for future employees? In Davies and Sigthorsson’s paper “Introducing the Creative Industries,” it is expressed that this industry is going from strength to strength where online websites, designers, and producers are being more prominent every day. This will probably lead to more job security where people well versed in the creative industry become more highly demanded.

[1]Davies, Rosamund, and Gauti Sigthorsson. “What Are the Creative Industries?” Introducing the Creative Industries: From Theory to Practice. London: SAGE, 2013. 10. Print.

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