Reality Check

Reality check

Despite the economic gloom affecting the wider economy, the design sector appears to be holding up well. However, that doesn’t mean consultancies aren’t beginning to take a more cautious approach

Salary Survey

What rate should you be paid?

The demand for senior and digital talent has never been stronger. But reduced client budgets are starting to impact on salary levels and recruitment strategies, threatening to stall the freelance sector while promising better packages for permanent staff.


Stuck in a rut? Why not freelance your way to freedom

Interesting comments and right on the button (Salary survey, DW 20 March). My own story only backs up your gripes. I worked in West End sweat-shops followed by a stint at O&M. Yet I was held back because of ‘experience’. The best I could hope for was becoming studio manager. Once I went freelance, I […]

The Brand Union sets pay minimum for graduate recruits

The Brand Union is to launch an initiative to raise employment standards for young designers in response to Design Week’s Salary Survey.The consultancy will introduce a £20 000 minimum wage for graduate recruits, following Design Week reports that in 2007 ‘UK-wide rates for senior designers increased by 3 per cent, yet rates for junior designers […]

Design salaries under the spotlight

Creative, management and digital salaries will all come under the spotlight in Design Week’s annual survey out tomorrow.Salaries overall show general consistency throughout 2007, while rates outside of London show fluctuation, in response to supply and demand.Senior designers have seen their salaries rise by 4 per cent, while junior level remuneration has remained static. According to […]


The golden rates

Skills shortages are driving up the demand for certain freelances, leading to inflation-busting increases in remuneration and warping the market for permanent staff. Fiona Sibley analyses the findings of our survey of freelance salary levelsPERHAPS there has never been a better time to go freelance. Fulfilling a role traditionally played down as the least secure […]


Design Week Salary Survey 2007

It’s been a year of consolidation for designers, with money going where it matters most – retaining experienced staff, developing new-style freelance contracts and attracting digital and packaging creatives – but managers are suffering.

Digital dash

Digital dash

Digital expertise is a hot commodity at the moment, and many designers and consultancies are eager to enter this booming sector. But where is all the talent coming from, and can the future really be as bright as it seems?

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Jaywing creates branding for cultural initiative Hull 2017

Consultancy Jaywing has created the place branding for Hull 2017, the initiative marking the northern city’s status as UK City of Culture. The logo is an “H” shape constructed out of a series of geometric lines, used against a colourful palette of purple, green, yellow, blue and pink. Gavin Shore, creative director at Jaywing, says […]