Design salaries to remain flat

Design groups’ salaries will remain flat, at best, over the next six months, according to a Design Week straw poll of recruiters.

Design recruiters are predicting static salaries or a slight downward dip in pay as concern over the economy continues. The poll comes six months after Design Week’s salary survey in March showed sustained optimism about the industry, prior to concern about the threat of recession.

Despite this, jobs in digital and hotel design are still much in demand, the DW straw poll suggests, while retail designers and property industry employees are feeling the pinch.

Annabelle Johnson, head of design and branding at Blue Skies Marketing Recruitment, says a slide in salaries is likely as the focus shifts from candidate to client: ‘The candidate-driven emphasis of six months ago is starting to waver. We are on the verge of being a client-driven market.’

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