By Patrick Burgoyne


How are design and creative roles changing? Which skills are most in demand? What motivates those working in the creative industries? And what is happening to pay?

The 2016 Career and Salary Survey is a major investigation into work and pay trends across design, advertising, marketing and PR. We are looking at diversity, rewards and incentives, size of creative teams and pay levels across sectors, levels of seniority and location.

And we need your help: fill in the survey here and you will help us gather the information we need to make this the most comprehensive survey of its kind. It should only take 10 minutes or so, and once complete you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win £250 in Amazon vouchers, as well as getting priority access to the findings.

Key design findings from last year’s survey

  • The average salary for designers in the UK is £33,443
  • Freelance designers earn more than those working for consultancies, while designers working in-house earn the least.
  • Designers working for networked consultancies earn more than those working for independent groups
  • Interior design is the best-paid sector, followed retail and branding. Editorial design is the lowest-paid sector
  • Men earn more than women, while designers working overseas command the highest salaries. Salaries in London outstrip the rest of the UK.

Read Design Week’s complete report on design industry salaries from last year’s survey here

Read more here:: CR Career and Salary Survey