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APDIG release response to Migration Advisory Committee

APDIG release response to Migration Advisory Committee

16th November 2017

The All Party Design and Innovation Group APDIG) and Design Business Association have responded in full to the Migration Advisory Committee's call for evidence on EEA workers.

The Design Business Association (DBA and All Party Design and Innovation Group (APDIG) are delighted to publish their submission to the Migration Advisory Commission’s consultation into EEA member states, following an open call for evidence.

Design is instrumental in helping to drive innovation and improve productivity. Recent research by the Design Council shows that the design economy alone contributes 7.2 percent to the total UK economy. Design’s high year-on-year growth as part of the wider creative industries demonstrates how the sector continues to punch above its weight compared with the British economy as a whole.

Although the DBA and APDIG recognise the social impacts of migration (both positive and negative) – this submission is concerned primarily with the economic value migration from the European Economic Area (EEA) gives to the British economy, with a particular focus on the design sector.This submission takes into account Professor Alan Manning’s letter to the Home Secretary of 27th July 2017, confirming that the UK’s immigration system must be aligned with the demands and requirements of the modern industrial strategy. In consulting with DBA and APDIG members, the impact of migration on the design economy was at the centre of most responses.

The core findings of the response note:

  • In 2015, the creative industries contributed £87.4 billion terms of their Gross Value Added to the British economy, representing 5.3 percent of the UK economy as a whole
  • Between 2010 and 2015, the creative industry sector grew by 34 percent – faster than any other area of the economy
  • Exports of services from the Creative Industries accounted for 16.9 percent of total exports of services from the UK in 2017 (a rise of 1.4 percent on the previous year) and 9.6 percent of total exports of goods (a rise of 9 percent on the previous year)
  • Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people employed in the creative industries rose by 25.4 percent, accounting for over 6 percent of all jobs in the UK4 Overall employment in the sector rose by 5 percent between 2015 and 2016, four times the national average
  • Over 60 percent of those working in the creative industry sector are educated to degree level or higher, compared with only 33 percent of the workforce as a whole
  • Additionally, in 2015, a report by the Design Council5 found that approximately 580,000 people are directly employed in the UK’s design industries, while a further 1 million designers work across the economy in non-design industries.

This consultation comes after an open call for evidence run by the DBA members in Autumn 2017.