Creative industries are as popular as ever – an estimated 29.5 million people work at creative agencies worldwide, with the UK employing more than 2 million creative workers and adding an estimated £100 billion to the global creative economy. In addition to growth and popularity, creative jobs are attractive because the work is meaningful and less likely to be replaced by automation, when compared with other sectors.
But despite the seemingly perfect veneer of these positions, a lot of creative workers aren’t happy pursuing their passions. Instead, they’re quitting their jobs.
Across all industries, workers are most likely to leave a job for higher pay or to do more meaningful work. Creative agency employees align with these reasons somewhat, but their decisions to quit their jobs boil down to one thing – company culture.
A 2018 Design Week report revealed some troubling survey results – 96% of creatives leave their jobs after 5 years. Though their reasons for leaving vary, they all link to unhealthy workplace practices. Those surveyed said they worked longer hours than what was agreed to in their contracts. Because of this, they felt they weren’t able to balance work with family duties. On top of this, they felt there was a lack of career progression, both in pay and level of responsibility, and they received recognition from leadership infrequently.