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Creative brilliance can be hard to identify and even harder to harness. At Salt, we can spot the creative spark that will fire up your business. Traditionally, the best Creative talent has always gravitated towards agency businesses, however; recently there’s been a real transition into the importance of creative departments in large brands and Digital Products. Salt allows you to reach them all with extensive knowledge of the creative and digital market, and unparalleled networks across the industry’s top brands, products and agencies.
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My client has a very urgent need for a SNR Product Designer to work on a super exciting MVP focused on the African Market. It needs to launch in roughly…
My client has a very urgent need for a SNR Front End Designer to work on a super exciting MVP focused on the African Market. It needs to launch in…
We are partnering up with one of South Africa's leading Consultancies, working together to help build out some needs for their top clients currently. Looking for SNR UX Specialists, you…
My client is an established and award winning creative agency taking tech very seriously building out a fast growing technology division. Creative environment working on big brands Looking for a…
My client has an open role for a User Experience leader to grow and develop our exceptional team of designers, and work hands on design of simple, accessible and progressive…
My client is looking for a Mobile Design Specialist to work within their Ecommerce team. It is a new team busy gearing up for a bright future, so you are…
My client is looking for a Designer to join their predominantly Dev lead team. They have a super product that serves millions of South Africans. You will be the sole…
I am looking for a UI Designer with a strong understanding of UX principles. My client is looking to build a cloud base product and is building a team for…
Good news: The Creative industry has continually grown from strength to strength. Teams have noticeably grown in size and skills. With the demand for creative dramatically increasing, team size is having to mirror that, which means more available positions and headcount across brands and agencies.
With the digital, tech and software world taking over more traditional organisations, there has been a big shift and lift in digitally focused roles across UI, UX, CX, Product Design and Service Design. ‘Creative’ now spans across print, brand and digital in both contract and permanent basis.
Being a creative, you will always have an element of being hands-on, no matter your seniority. When you reach the ‘Manager” level, that doesn’t always typically mean people management, but project and strategy management.
The Creative industry encompasses many disciplines, so average salaries can vary significantly. However, the data below gives you a good ballpark annual figure based upon the level of experience:
|Typical roles - Design||Annual salary levels (RSA)|
|Creative Director||R 600K - R 840K|
|Head of Design||R 600K - R 720|
|Senior Art Director||R 420K - R 600K|
|Art Director||R 300K - R 420K|
|Senior Digital Designer||R 480K - R 600K|
|Digital Designer||R 240K - R 480K|
|Typical roles - UI/UX/Product||Annual salary levels (RSA)|
|Lead/Head of UX||R 840K - R 1,200K|
|Senior Product Designer||R 600K - R 840K|
|Senior UX Designer||R 600K - R 840K|
|Senior UI Designer||R 480K - R 600K|
|Product Designer||R 420K - R 600K|
|UX Designer||R 420K - R 600K|
|UI Designer||R 360K - R 480K|
|Typical roles||Annual salary levels (RSA)|
|Social Media Manager||R 420K - R 540K|
|Content Strategist||R 300K - R 420K|
|Copywriter||R 240K - R 420K|
|Community Manager||R 180K - R 300K|
The creative working landscape is constantly influenced by innovations and new ways of thinking. One result of this influence is that self-employment and freelancing are 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 working as freelancers or consultants.
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. Recent noticeable changes in the market supports this trend, which will continue and that the demand for Creative Directors, UI, UX, & Product design experts will particularly increase over the next couple of years.
Since the Creative industries became 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 and customer journey optimisation, user experience practices and end-to-end UI of a mobile app to the creation of online banners. You will be expected to know your strengths; even an impressive hybrid UI/UX designer will be heavily weighted to one of those aspects. The continued growth of creative means roles and opportunities are becoming more specialised.
In the creative world, CV translates to portfolio. A portfolio of your work is a must and typically, most hiring managers will look at a showcase of your previous work before reading a CV. It’s important to show off your greatest projects, so always keep this up to date.
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?
5. Talk about your process and where you fit into the team.
A bachelor’s degree in a creative-related field, such as graphic design, television production, advertising, product design 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 any degree, which is why creatives start working on their portfolios as soon as possible and rarely do a postgraduate degree.
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With the creative industry and design being very competitive sectors, it’s important that when applying for jobs you make sure that you present yourself in a way that makes you stand out. Many graduates and students are now looking for their first creative job or an internship to help them at the start of their career. We’ve compiled the key insights and tips following our ‘How to Land Your First Creative Job’ workshop with Goldsmiths University to help students and graduates with their job hunt.
My Universe is… everything Supply Chain and Operations in both the permanent and contracting spaces. How can you add value to our clients and candidates? Building long-lasting, mutually rewarding relationships is my goal, and I love finding creative ways to work together and achieve great results. Having been both a candidate seeking work through an More...
My Universe is… New market development focusing on contract staffing. Fun fact about me… I’ve just started doing Yoga and I’m hooked! At the weekend I love to… get outdoors, play golf, try new foods, watch live music! My favourite lunch spot is… Terry Black’s…we love our BBQ here in Texas! My chosen karaoke song is… More...