Building on their 2015 report, The Design Economy 2018 provides detailed insights that were not explored in the earlier edition.
According to their website, the report features:
- A breakdown of the true value of design to the UK economy.
- A regional breakdown of design hotspots and clusters.
- Updated statistics about the UK’s design exports, employment and productivity.
- Findings on business design use from over 1000 businesses.
- Short excerpts from two case studies of businesses using design.
- International comparisons.
Some highlights from the 2018 report show that:
- 1.69 million people in the UK are employed by the design economy; this is a 52% growth since 2009.
- The number of design firms in the UK has more than doubled since 2010, growing by 63%.
- Diversity in the industry is a problem in the UK; 78% of those working in the industry are male.
- In 2016, the average weekly salary for workers in the design economy was £548 (~$952.00 CD), only slightly higher than the UK average weekly wage of £539 (~$936.00 CD) that year.
Click here to explore the full report.