Range of typical starting salaries: £18,500 - £22,000.
Range of typical salaries with experience: £25,000 - £50,000. At senior level, a creative director or design manager working in a large company in London could typically expect to earn in excess of £100,000.
Salaries depend on the size of the company or, in the case of freelance designers, the type of job. Earning potential is essentially limitless, depending on how hard you are willing to work and who you work for.
Working hours vary according to the size of the company you work for. Larger companies tend to employ people for specific roles with deadlines in mind, so hours are more likely to be between 9am and 5pm. In smaller companies, although working hours are generally governed by the EU working time directive, it is usual for employees to sign disclaimers and work overtime.
In smaller companies, your role is unlikely to be solely design specific. You will probably be involved in, or oversee, other aspects of the project, including installation at the exhibition site, which may require weekend working.
Self-employment and freelance work are common but are more likely after you have experience of working with a firm and establishing a network of personal contacts.
There are roughly equal numbers of men and women in this area of work.
The work may be stressful as lead times and deadlines are often tight.
Travel within a working day and overnight absences from home are common.
Occasional international travel may be required to visit clients in other parts of Europe. Increasingly, however, designers maintain contact with clients electronically and through the client area of their website.
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