The Animation Workforce

The UK is renowned for the quality of its highly educated and trained workforce and its nurturing of top animation talent.

The UK animation industry employs a highly skilled workforce of c.1000people. This rises to 15,390 jobs supported in the wider value chain once spill-over benefits are factored in.

Existing research does not include the wider deployment and employment of animation roles within other related sectors such as Games, VFX or wider creative sectors, however recent NESTA research based on an analysis of 412 million job adverts cites Animation as the number one digital skill required.

New research is being planned to capture the application of animation skills across related and wider sectors.

52% of the workforce are freelance, approximately 25% are non-EU and there is a 40/60 % gender split (in favour of men) in the sector.

People working in the UK animation industry not only have a much higher level of qualification than the population at large, but also higher than the creative industries as a whole. 41% have an undergraduate degree, certificate or diploma, and a further 28% a postgraduate qualification.

The UK animation industry is well-supported by over 50 animation degree courses, accommodating nearly 2,400 students, as well as more than 230 higher education courses.

New Apprenticeships are being developed to complement the university degree pathways.

Top UK animation talent is celebrated at the biannual British Animation Awards, which covers all aspects of the UK animation scene, including student work, commercials, children’s entertainment, short and experimental art films, music videos and new technologies.

Animation UK has now been formed to provide a unified voice for the Animation Sector and will support the sector by developing a talent and skills plan to further develop the sector workforce.

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