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access_time July 22, 2013 at 12:28 PM in News by Peter Whitehead

New report suggests UK gaming workforce has halved, described as “massively inaccurate”

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A new report says that the UK games industry employs just over 5,ooo but is woefully inaccurate, according to MCV.

The Skillset creative sector census was published earlier this month and Creative Skillset are adamant their figures are correct. They said in a statment, “We are confident that the statistics give a reliable picture of the industries covered in the Census…Extensive secondary data sources were checked further through industry colleagues and both TIGA and UKIE who agreed they align with their picture of the industry.”

The only problem is that many sources disbute this, including TIGA. TIGA’s research indicates that while the UK had suffered a 7% decline over the past three years, there are still close to 10,000 employed in the UK, close to double the report’s estimate.

Only 34 games companies filled out the survey for the census, perhaps underlining why the figure seems so disparate from other in the field. 27 of those were games studios of which the UK has over 450. As so often in the media it looks as though the games industry is seen to be something of a niche market, though games sales managed to take in £1.598 billion in 2012.

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