UK Designer Salaries Report
Trends & observations
As this is our first Salary Survey, we don’t have any historical data with which we can compare these results. However, here are a few trends and interesting observations that struck us when reviewing the data.
In London versus Outside London:
Salaries in London are well-known for being higher than those in other UK regions. Employers offer “London weighting” to accommodate increased living and travel costs caused by working in the Capital. Our data largely backs up this trend but there are some exceptions, particularly for junior positions. Therefore, perhaps first-jobbers might consider roles outside of London because, if salaries can be found at London rates in the regions, it makes sense to maximise your income in a regional position.
Junior, Middleweight, Senior:
We noticed that for many of the roles, the salary range between junior and senior levels is relatively narrow. This may be down to the fact that our data is based on averages for each experience level, but it may indicate that this narrowness of salary banding is indicative of the market at the moment.
Design/Advertising versus Digital:
We know that there is high demand for digital experience and that this comes at a premium. From the salary stat’s provided, it seems that employers are willing to put their hands deeper into their pockets to find good digital talent as when you compare similar roles in the design/advertising and digital arenas, the online candidates generally earn more.
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