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Ukraine/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.9 Employment policies for the cultural sector

The ratio of Ukraine’s culture associated occupations within total employment in 2014 was nearly 3.17% (573 400 people). Central cultural activities sustained jobs for 444 900 people (77.59%), while equipment/supporting materials cultural activities employed 128 500 people (22.41%).

In Ukraine culture creates employment, generates income and provides the material welfare for those employed in these occupations to a relatively high level. For instance, computer programming provides jobs for at least 101 900 people. This figure is the minimum amount because this sector lies partially in the informal economy, which forms 60 per cent of the Ukrainian economy.

The contribution of the culture sector to employment is also underestimated because non-cultural occupations in cultural activities and/or establishments as well as induced occupations with a strong link to culture, such as employees of hospitality (restaurants, etc.) and hotelier services located in or close to heritage sites are not taken into account (UNESCO Culture for Development Indicators (Ukraine’s Analytical Brief, 2017).

Chapter published: 09-02-2018

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