YORKSHIRE is leading the way in driving forward the national digital and new media industry, latest figures reveal.
A report commissioned by the digital and new media team at regional development agency Yorkshire Forward shows that employment in the sector has grown by 16% between 1998 and 2008 – higher than any other UK region.
Jim Farmery, assistant director of business at Yorkshire Forward, said: “Digital and new media is a developing sector with huge potential for job creation and inward investment, which is why it has been identified as a priority sector by Yorkshire Forward.
“Yorkshire and Humber has a thriving digital community – thanks in part to Yorkshire Forward’s commitment to the sector – and its continued growth and development will play a large part in furthering the region’s reputation as a leading centre of excellence in the digital and new media industries.”
More than 113,000 people are now employed by Yorkshire and Humber’s 15,000 digital and new media businesses – many of them in Kirklees – along with 20,000 freelance workers.
The sector covers web design and creative, film, TV, games, music, video, electronics, animation, e-learning, enterprise software, and IT solutions and services.
Yorkshire and Humber is the only region to have experienced growth in the digital and new media industries higher than the national average for all industries.
Mr Farmery said: “Digital and new media is a rapidly-growing industry and we’re proud that our region is already home to businesses including O2, Tunstall Telecom, BBC, ITV, Pace Micro Technology and Filtronic, as well as providing a base for more than 10% of the UK’s game development talent, regularly working on big contracts with companies like Microsoft, Sony and Sega.”