Almost one in five employed in the games industry are women.
Creative Skillset's Employment Census 2015 for games and other Creative Media sectors has now been published and there is good news for the United Kingdom games industry.
Games is now the fourth largest employer after TV, Film and Radio, with the workforce now standing at 10,300, doubling in size since the last Survey in 2012. The games industry employs the fewest women in the Creative Media Sector, but has seen remarkable growth in recent years of 19 percent of the workforce, 2,000 employees, compared to 14 percent, or 800 in 2009. Representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups remains disappointingly low at 4.0% or 400 people, but this is not dissimilar to Film, Post Production and Animation, which all employ 1 in 20 from this group. This compares with the UK average for BAME employment across all industries of 10% or 1 in 10.
David Smith, founder of Women in Games, commented "Creative Skillset is to be commended for bringing this data to our industry that is so vitally important in understanding how industries are growing and creating wealth. Industry growth brings opportunities for everyone, and it is pleasing to see the proportion of women in the games industry continuing to grow to 19 percent. The Women in Games not for profit organisation seeks to double the number of women in the games industry by 2025. It is encouraging for the long term that employers are able to find more diverse talent to bring increasing success to the future games industry in the UK."
George R Vaughan