South African Cultural Observatory

Cultural Employment in South Africa

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Cultural Employment in South Africa The Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) are attracting increasing attention worldwide as potential drivers of economic growth, innovation and job creation. The latter is particularly important in South Africa, which has very high unemployment rates. The first phase of this research was to adapt the UNESCO guidelines on defining cultural occupations for South Africa, using International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO) codes. Following international trends, cultural occupations were defined to include both traditional cultural workers (such as writers, performing artists and sculptors) as well as those in the more commercial creative industries (such as architects and designers). “Cultural employment” includes those working in “cultural occupations”, both in the CCIs and outside of them, but does not include those working in CCIs in non-cultural jobs.
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