Design Jobs

With the landscape of design ever changing, Salt have specialist recruiters covering both digital and physical design spaces. With Designers in demand from an ever-growing number of industries, our team will be able to find the right role for you. Whether you’re looking for agency or client-side roles in print or digital, we’re here to help you with the next step of your design career.

Jobs: Design Jobs

Job Industry: Design Jobs

Senior Designer | C. London | Up to £65k + Benefits + Bonus This is an epic opportunity to join a highly innovative, global financial powerhouse 🚀 This role will…

Greater London

Permanent

£45000.00 - £65000.00 per annum + benefits

Freelance Mid-weight Graphic Designer | London | 6 week contract | ASAP start | up to £250 per day My client, one of the UK's largest advertising agencies, is looking…

Greater London

Contract

Up to £250 per day

This is an opportunity to join a fully funded, highly scalable startup that are looking to make serious waves with their Machine Learning/AI platform to take crowd sourcing to interesting…

Oxfordshire

Permanent

£45000.00 - £55000.00 per annum

Head of UX Design Tech-lead eCommerce Startup London The role: The Head of UX Design will be leading the user experience design team at this exciting eCommerce start up. You'll…

Greater London

Permanent

Product Designer Fintech Start-Up London If... You want to work for an innovative fintech start-up who are being backed by a leading worldwide bank and... You're passionate about creating world-class…

Greater London

Permanent

Great opportunity to join a growing team in a global financial entity. This role brings solutions to life through a variety of research methodologies to uncover insights about the customer…

Greater London

Permanent

£55000.00 - £65000.00 per annum + Bonus

Fancy working for one of the largest Global E-commerce Fashion Brands? My client are looking for a Senior UI Designer to DOMINATE their visuals across web and mobile platforms. You…

Greater London

Permanent

£35000.00 - £55000.00 per annum + benefits

My client are a leading CMS software company looking for a passionate integrated designer to work on a variety of projects across digital and print platforms. Collaborating with the Head…

Greater London

Permanent

£30000.00 - £45000.00 per annum

My Client are a leading Property Management brand looking for a Senior creative to take complete brand ownership and be responsible for all creative output; This is a great opportunity…

Greater London

Permanent

£30000.00 - £40000.00 per annum

Midweight Designer | C. London This is an opportunity: to join a rapidly growing, globally expanding fintech business that has a social purpose at its core. Founded in 2014, they…

Greater London

Permanent

benefits

Email Designer | Fashion Client | 8-13 weeks | up to £250p/d An award-winning Fashion company is looking for a Freelance Email Designer to join their design team to work…

Greater London

Contract

£200 - £250 per day

Global Head of Design | Consumer Brand | C. London 🚀 This is an awesome opportunity to join one of the most exciting and fastest growing consumer brands in the…

Greater London

Permanent

benefits

Salary information and career progression

Junior Designer£25,000 - £35,000
Middleweight Designer£35,000 - £55,000
Senior Designer£55,000 - £70,000
Head of Design£70,000 - £90,000
Design Director£90,000+

Opportunity

Design jobs have been in high demand over the last few years, as more businesses are recognising the power of effective branding. Digital design in particular has become more crucial as digital skills in any form are the currency of tomorrow. While there are a large number of Designers in the UK market (around 250,000), there is a widening skills gap, making the job search for the ideal candidate extremely competitive.

Designers must be creative, and should ideally be able to create for a range of business needs and requirements, though they can specialise in one particular style. On a daily basis, Designers will need to work with teams across the business, including but not limited to Copywriters and Marketers, and ensure the design of all materials remains consistent. Designers also need to work closely with Developers and Product Managers, making sure all projects are completed in line with the original designs, and discussing any adjustments that may need to be made.

  • Popular industries for Design jobs

    The main employment opportunities for Designers in the UK are in the advertising, marketing, architecture, fashion, film, and IT industries. The businesses and agencies employing Designers completely vary in size: some are niche startups while others are multinational companies.

    All industries can benefit from having a design team, especially now that more businesses are growing their digital platform. Having well designed content helps to attract more customers to a business, whether this is on the website or on social media. Designers may be working on digital or published content, as well as content that may be used internally or externally.

  • Recent changes for Design jobs

    One consequence of the world’s digitalisation is that Design jobs which involve digital skills are on the rise and extremely well paid. Salaries for traditional Designers have been increasing, and they are supposed to become even higher. This is because many companies grew faster after hiring top Designers as they differentiated more from their competitors and created a better customer experience.

    There is currently a skills gap in the design industry, and schools are investing in the sector so students can be trained to fill it. Traditional Designers are also having to go back and learn digital design skills, in order to keep their skillset fresh and improve hireability. As more businesses go digital, or start building an online presence, the need for Designers with digital skills has increased.

  • Future prospects

    In the coming years the biggest change for the Design job sector is that it will become more hybrid. This means that design will incorporate technical as much as creative aspects. Moreover, design will be a lot more human-centred by combining code, research, visuals, and interaction. These new approaches will create new Design roles, such as Augmented Reality Designers, Real-Time 3D Designers and Embodied Interaction Designers.

  • Salt’s advice for getting a new design job

    Employers’ requirements

    One of the key requirements for landing a Design job is having an excellent portfolio of work. Some hiring managers may look for candidates with a few years experience, depending on the level you’re applying for. Creating a beautiful portfolio of case studies, clearly showing each step of the project from ideation through to research and UX, and finally the finished product is what hiring managers want to see. Designers must also have experience working with Sketch as well as Adobe Creative Suite, and be comfortable when using the software.

    CV requirements

    In order to get a Design job, it is helpful to include certain skills on your CV. Perhaps the three most important design skills to showcase are creativity, artistic ability, and time management. Designers must also be able to understand the user’s needs, and design the product to ensure a smooth UX. From a technical point of view, computer skills (i.e. knowing how to use specialised design software) should be included on every Designer’s CV.

    Interview preparation

    A typical Design job interview consists of four parts: experience, portfolio, hard skills, and soft skills. In the first part, you can expect the interviewer to go through your previous roles before going through your portfolio with you, and it’s not uncommon to be asked things like: “Why did you design the product in this way?” In your responses, you’ll need to explain the thought process behind each decision, making references to the user. Hard-skill interview questions are used to determine your proficiency level, and you could be asked: “How have you used software programme X in your daily work?” The interviewer will also ask about your previous role, checking how well you work as part of a team and how you handle specific situations. Throughout the entire process, the interviewer will also likely be judging whether you’ll be a good cultural fit for the business, and may even ask you about how you spend your free time.

    Educational requirements

    Most Design jobs require a college or university degree. However, some employers rate the practical experiences demonstrated in the Designers’ portfolio as more important. It’s therefore crucial that Designers start building a portfolio as soon as possible, and keep copies of all the work they produce to show prospective employers when applying for jobs.

Top Tip

"A great way to grab a client's attention is by having a beautiful, interactive, well laid out portfolio. "

— David Sims, Sales Manager

Speak with David Sims about Design Jobs

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