Design salaries slump amid recession

Salaries for creative design roles in London have declined across the board over the past year, according to Design Week’s 2008 salary survey.

The poll, which questioned recruitment agencies which deal with the design industry, show that the average salary of a middleweight artworker in the capital is £24 498, down from £26 132 in 2007, while the average salary for a London creative director is £62 249, down from £69 369 in 2007.

However, the average salary of a creative director outside London has risen from £48 169 to £51 971, and the average salary of a managing director outside London has risen from £62 143 to £74 721.

Commenting on the findings, Karina Beasley, managing director of recruitment consultant Gabriele Skelton, says, ‘Designers realise that, particularly in the sectors that are most affected by the recession, compromise is necessary – it’s a case of short-term pain for long-term gain.’

The full survey results can be seen here:

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  • Elle November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    May we see the survey results please?

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