Guide to UNESCO Cultural Employment Statistics


As the statistical branch of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the Institute for Statistics (UIS) produces cross-nationally comparable statistics on education, science and technology, culture, and communication for more than 200 countries and territories. 

The UNESCO Cultural Employment Statistics include comparable data to monitor the contribution of culture to economic and social development, as well as the conditions of those engaged in cultural activities. The dataset includes over 460 indicators for 63 countries from 2009 onwards.

Main topics

  • Cultural employment
  • Employment in Visual Arts
  • Number of Performers
  • Number of Artists
  • Employment in Crafts
  • Cultural labour force
  • Woman/men in cultural employment
  • Age of labour force in cultural employment
  • Employment in cultural and natural heritage
  • Employment in books and press
  • Employment in design and creative services
  • Employment in intangible cultural heritage

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Access to the UNESCO Statistics via UKDS.Stat is freely available to all. 

Please refer to the UIS Terms and Conditions of Data Use.


UNESCO produces the documentation below to accompany the Cultural Employment Statistics dataset:

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