The more creative your job, the less likely you are to be displaced by computers and robots in the future.

That is the finding of a recent report, The Creative Economy and the Future of Employment by the innovation charity NESTA

They are calling on the next UK government to commit to creating one million new creative jobs by 2030. 

The report includes five policy recommendations for growing the number of creative jobs from 1.8million to 2.8million over fifteen years.

87 per cent of ‘highly creative’ workers, such as artists, graphic designers, architects and computer programmers, are either at low or no risk of being made redundant by robots compared with 40 per cent of the total UK workforce.

In addition, Nesta has also found that creative occupations also tend to be characterised by higher than average levels of wellbeing.

Among the reports recommendations, it says the  Government should end the bias against multi-disciplinary education, supporting the combined take-up of arts and science subjects at school and higher education. 

That a creative clusters fund using Regional Growth Fund money should be set up to develop creative clusters outside of London and the South-East of England, where 43% of workforce in the creative economy is already to be found and the establishment of a 100million Ultra-fast Broadband Infrastructure Demonstration Fund

The authors recommend that Public funders like Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and the British Film Institute should make their arts funding go further by promoting new financing models. 

They should devote at least one per cent of their budgets to Research & Development in their sectors.

Meanwhile a National Lottery distributor for games such be set up on the premise that like film, the government should recognise the cultural value of video games, and set up a separate video games National Lottery distributor which, following the example of the BFI, would champion “a breadth of bold and distinctive games development across the UK, nurturing new talent.

Commenting on the findings and the recommendations, 

Hasan Bakhshi, director of creative economy at Nesta, said:

“The recent positive economic statistics we’ve seen in the UK should not detract from her deep-seated economic problems: namely, underinvestment in skills, infrastructure and innovation. The UK’s highly educated, skilled creative workforce is a shining light. The resilience of these jobs in the face of widespread computerisation and the spread of robotic technologies will make the creative workforce even more important in the future. The next government should recognise this and commit the UK to creating one million new creative jobs by 2030.”

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