The new data revealed by UK trade body TIGA shows that the workforce in the UK games development industry increased 25% to over 20,000 full-time employees by December 2021, while the games industry's annual contribution to the UK's GDP reached £2.9 billion.
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Employment in the UK games development industry has increased by 25% between April 2020 and December 2021, from 16,836 full-time employees working in games to 20,975, according to a new study by the trade association TIGA. The figures represent an annualized growth of 14.7%.
The report also notes that the number of jobs that are indirectly supported by studios also rose: from 30,781 to 38,348. Besides, annual investments made by game studios increased reaching £1.3 billion compared to £993 million in April 2020.
The trade body also estimates that "combined direct and indirect tax revenues generated by the sector for the Treasury" grew from £907 million to nearly £1.2 billion, while the game development sector’s annual contribution to UK GDP rose from £2.2 billion to £2.9 billion.
TIGA also released a separate report containing new data on employment in the Scottish video games development industry, revealing that the number of creative staff in studios grew by 26% during the same period which represents 7.9% of the total UK-based game companies and 10.8% of developer headcount.
The report reads that there are 2,269 full-time employees in Scotland working on games development across 147 verified active game companies. In comparison, in April 2020, Scotland had 1,803 workers employed across 96 companies.
The trade body estimates that approximately £141 million were invested in salaries and overheads from Scottish game development companies every year, contributing to £129 million in direct and indirect tax revenues and £312 million to the UK's GDP.
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