Creative

Creative brilliance can be hard to identify and even harder to harness. At Salt, we know that the best creative talent has always gravitated towards agency businesses, but creative minds can also be found within large brands. We can help you to reach both, through our knowledge of the creative digital market and our unparalleled networks across top creative brands and agencies.

Jobs: Creative

Job Industry: Creative

Our client, a well-known Kiwi brand, are currently on the lookout for their new Experience Design Manager to help transform their customers experience on a full time basis! Day to…

Auckland

Permanent

Are you on the lookout for you next role in the new year? Our Auckland based clients are looking for permanent and contract designers for new projects and products being…

Auckland

Contract

Are you looking for your next contract or freelance opportunity? We are on the lookout for mid weight to senior level designers, from graphic and digital design through to studio…

Auckland

Contract

Our client, one of the worlds award winning network agencies are looking for an ATL Designer to join their brand new team in Auckland. This is an exciting opportunity to…

Auckland

Permanent

Opportunities to further your career within the Creative industry

Good news: more than 20 percent of creative specialists, who were recently interviewed, say that their teams want to employ more people, which increases the job opportunities in the creative field.

The most popular industries for creative specialists are marketing, public relations, sales and administration. The majority of jobs needed in these industries are permanent positions and only a small amount is on contract base. The job level which is most requested by these sectors is “experienced” but not manager level.

 

Salary information and career progression

The creative industry encompasses many disciplines, so average salaries can vary significantly. However, the below data gives you a good ballpark figure based upon the level of design experience:

Junior DesignerNZ$40,000 - NZ$60,000
Mid-Weight DesignerNZ$60,000 - NZ$75,000
Senior DesignerNZ$75,000 - NZ$100,000
Studio ManagerNZ$90,000 - NZ$110,000
Creative DirectorNZ$120,000 +

 

Recent Changes for Creative Jobs

The creative working landscape is constantly influenced by innovations and new ways of thinking. One result of this influence is that self-employment is at the forefront of the creative market. More precisely, there are not many other industries in which the self-employment rate is as high as in the creative industry. Particularly, a lot of young people prefer being portfolio workers and self-employed. Another trend is that creative professionals are most often needed for tourist events. Since they are usually one-off events, creatives need to be available at short notice and have relevant experience.

 

Future Prospects

Currently, it is prime time for creative professionals with the right experience and skills as creative agencies have been growing and companies have been investing more and more money in their creative departments. Industry experts expect this trend to continue and predict that the demand for art directors, creative directors, copywriters, user experience and user interface experts will particularly increase over the next couple of years.
Having a team member responsible for user experience is becoming particularly important to businesses in every sector. UX, as it is also known, is the process of optimising an app or website to ensure that users can enjoy the best interaction possible with it. Requiring skills in both design and coding, it’s a future-proof role which is consistently in demand.

  • Salt's advice for getting a job in the Creative industry

    Employers’ Requirements

    As the creative industries become more and more digitalised, it goes without saying that employers expect creative experts to be natives in everything that is digital. This might range from online distribution, website development and the streaming of live events to the creation of online banners. One other requirement from the employer side is that creatives need to become all-rounders, meaning that they should not only be specialists in the field that they work in but also have a basic understanding of other creative sectors, including UX, UI, copywriting and creative technology.

    CV Requirements

    There is one particular keyword which is a must-have on every creative professional’s CV: mobile. Having mobile design experience is a huge benefit for every creative as responsive design for iOS, Android and co. is considered as a key prerequisite by all mobile users but it is sometimes not that easy to implement as mobile platforms are constantly updated and changed. Two other crucial skills are website design and development. Nowadays, websites are more often visited than an actual store, which is why the online shopping experience must be perfect. Unless you are a mobile or website developer or designer, you are not expected to master these skills but to have a basic understanding of them.

    Creative Job Interview Preparation

    During an interview for a creative role, interviewers tend to have a close look at the applicants’ portfolio and ask relevant questions about their work. Besides portfolio questions, they might also ask you the following in order to get to know you better:

    1. What was your favourite project and why?
    2. What technology tools do you use regularly?
    3. Could you please describe your design style?
    4. What is your opinion about our creative materials?

    Educational Requirements

    A bachelor’s degree in a creative-related field, such as graphic design, television production, advertising and publishing, might be seen as advantageous by some employers. However, what really matters in the creative industry is the professionals’ portfolio. An excellent portfolio is usually worth more than every degree which is why creatives start working on their portfolio as soon as possible and rarely do a postgraduate degree.

Top Tip

"Employers review hundreds of portfolios and CVs. Make sure yours stands out by portraying your own personal brand identity and showcasing self-initiated personal projects."

— Brian White, Principal Consultant

Speak with Brian White about Creative

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