Gloss Hot Jobs – November

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There’s a definite chill in the air and 2016 is coming to its conclusion, but the top jobs just keep coming! We’re very proud to be able to offer some of the very best roles within the creative, digital, Marketing and PR sectors.

This November we have chosen three positions  that come with real challenge and opportunity, and will be equally rewarding for the right candidates. If you are interested in any of these positions, please get in touch via email at enquiries@glossrecruitment.com or call our team on 0113 209 5705.

Magento Developer Role – Inhouse Knaresborough: Online retail, excellent salary and urgent, North Yorkshire. Find out more.

PR Manager– York PR Agency: B2B, Long established, Amazing Benefits, York. Find out more.

MW to Senior Graphic Designer – Huddersfield: Heritage Sector, industry leader, Visitor Centre background and Exhibition experience, West Yorkshire. Find out more.

If you have any questions about one of the below positions, feel free to email us on enquiries@glossrecruitment.com, or contact our offices on 0113 2095705.

Salary Survey results 2013

Introduction

We are coming towards the end of another eventful (and fast moving) year, and it’s been interesting to say the least!   The market appears to be constantly evolving ……… take a look at our salary survey as we focus on salaries across the Digital/Creative/ Marketing and PR industry from November 2012 to November 2013. Gain an insight into our findings, thoughts and reflections and some of the changes that we have discovered along the way.  We hope this year’s endeavour is of some use to you!

Amongst all this talk of change there is one unfortunate aspect that has remained the same – salaries have still not gone up.  Whilst the media have been pushing news on how the economy is growing and jobless rates are going down (if you are in the South East), the biggest issue most of our candidates have been facing this year (and the last few before) is that salaries appear to have stagnated. It would seem that the North is experiencing an element of “stagflation” as our results show that most salaries are not rising at all in line with inflation, and in some sectors of the industry, candidates salaries are actually going backwards.  Please read on to see our findings with a few comments to see where this has happened….

With regards to jobs, this year has been one of the busiest we have ever had in what is our 7th year of business. Roles have been much less technically orientated compared to last year’s jobs, with a greater emphasis on content, copywriting, design and online marketing. Results point towards a significant jump from in-house clients looking to move away from outsourcing their digital marketing  in order to bring these services in-house.

Demand for print design and traditional marketing has continued as many companies now have their technical teams in place and are concentrating more on branding compared to last year’s findings. Industry wise, retail has still been a strong market for us but this time a much larger chunk was from newer E-commerce companies as well as our older, more established clients.

One of the biggest obstacles we have had to deal with, has been the severe lack of good Search candidates available – where have they gone? Whilst there has been no shortage of vacancies requiring strong SEO or PPC experience, there has simply been a huge shortage of candidates for these posts.  For this reason, we are unable to include statistics for those salaries this year…there simply isn’t enough data.  Of those candidates that have joined Gloss this year, the biggest shortfall within Search is coming from the lack of junior candidates entering the market.  This is having a knock on effect on the rest of the division – a bit like the UK property market last year (maybe the government should issue a “help to Search” policy)!

Finally, job board advertising has been on a slippery slope for the last 12 months: we still received plenty of applications but the quality candidate responses within them have fallen reiterating a greater emphasis on networking, “head hunting” and passive candidate communication. The bottom line for most of our clients is that they haven’t got the time to train new recruits and therefore need to employ candidates with those skills already in place.  As a result of this, clients have encountered the salary issue previously mentioned – good candidates will normally require a salary raise and clients are struggling to afford them.  It’s a catch 22 situation that will hopefully be rectified soon as more junior candidates do what it takes to get relevant work experience and companies become able to raise salaries in line with (real) inflation.

Trends  

Key trends:

1. Rise in content, copy and branding roles.

2. Severe lack of digital search (PPC and SEO) candidates

3. Not enough movement in salaries / benefits to attract “wish list” applications

Salaries

Job Minimum Maximum Average Comments
Artworkers        
Junior artworker (1 to 3 years)

14

20

15.4

Similar to 2012
MW Artworker (3 to 5 years)

18

21

19.5

Similar to 2012
Senior Artworker (5 years+)

15

26

21

Less than 2012
Studio Manager

20

40

26.5

Less than 2012
 
Designers    
Junior Designers Agency (1 to 3 years)

11

18

16

Small improvement to 2012
Junior Designers Inhouse (1 to 3 years)

12

20

17

Similar to 2012
MW Designers Agency (3 to 5 years)

17

25

20.5

Similar to 2012
MW Designers Inhouse (3 to 5 years)

15

30

22.4

Small improvement to 2012
Senior Designers Agency (5 years+)

20

30

25.3

Similar to 2012
Senior Designers Inhouse (5 years+)

20

30

25.5

Small improvement to 2012
 
Marketing (Agency)    
Account Execs

15

25

20.1

Small improvement to 2012
Account Managers

22

30

26.4

Less than 2012
Account Directors

30

40

36.6

Less than 2012
 
Marketing (Inhouse)    
Exec

14

25

19.4

Less than 2012
Manager

23

35

28.2

Less than 2012
Director

40

66

48.8

Similar to 2012
 
Web Design        
Junior Designer (1 to 3 years)

13

24

19.5

Similar to 2012
MW Designer (3 to 5 years)

19

28

23.7

Similar to 2012
Senior Designer (5 years+)

27

35

30.4

Similar to 2012
 
Digital Marketing  
Exec

16.5

25

21.75

Similar to 2012
Manager

18

35

27.3

Similar to 2012
Director

30

55

40.5

Less than 2012
Content

14

25

20

Large rise in vacancies
 
PR Roles        
PR Executive

12

25

17

Similar to 2012
PR Manager

22

27

25

Similar to 2012
PR Director

26

35

30.5

Similar to 2012
     
Junior Copywriter

12

18

15.4

Similar to 2012
MW Copywriter

17

26

21.7

Similar to 2012
Senior Copywriter

18

33

27.8

Similar to 2012

Sources

The data summarised in this survey has been collated from candidates that have registered with our agency within the last year and are based on actual submitted salaries rather than the upper limit of client job specs. Please note that Gloss Creative Recruitment operates on Permanent and contract positions both Inhouse and agency only within the Yorkshire area.

For more information please visit www.glossrecruitment.com or call us on 0870 321 9788

Salary Survey for Creative jobs in Yorkshire 2010

 Gloss Creative Recruitment’s Salary Survey 2010 – Representing Yorkshire’s finest talent

Introduction

For us, January 2010 was a welcome relief after the negative effects of 2008 /2009. It was almost as though everyone took a deep breath over Christmas and we all came back with a much more positive and determined outlook. This has certainly been reflected in the amount of recruitment activity within our sector.

Gloss specialises in the Creative sector and one of the biggest trends we spotted this year was the huge rise in digital requirements – specifically Web design and Search. Where companies had been holding off on expanding and trying to make current staff numbers work, the damns finally burst resulting in a large amount of hiring and a great deal of movement in the area – especially at the Middleweight level.

Towards the middle of the year we have seen more of a move away from the delivery side (designers and developers) to the account handling and marketing aspects. As 2010 moves on, those of us that survived the torrent are now moving forward to look towards bigger market share…

Digital

Key trends:

1. Full service agencies growing their digital presence

2. Digital account handlers in high demand with low availability

3. SEO and PPC vacancies soar as new search agencies open in Leeds

Salaries

Digital Account Handlers      
           
Position     Typical Max  
Account Executive   £17k £25k  
Account Manager   £26k £35k  
Account Director   £37k £45k  
SEO /PPC executive   £19k £25k  
SEO /PPC Manager   £26k £36k  
SEO /PPC Director   £40k+  

 

Digital Creatives      
         
Position     Typical Max
Digital Director   £45k+
Junior Web Designer £17k £22k
MW Web Designer   £22k £27k
Senior Web Designer £28k £35k
Flash Designer   £25k £34k
PHP Web Developer   £22k £36k

 

Key Contact:

Ian Rigby

Ian@glossrecruitment.com

Graphic and Print Design

Key trends:

1. Due to large redundancies there has been a lot of candidate availability

2. Clients want very specific skills to hit the ground running

3. Salaries frozen or reduced depending on agency

4. Many graphic designers moving into digital training

5. Freelancers struggling and many turning permanent

Salaries

Creative Roles        
Position     Typical Max  
Artworker (Junior)   £13k £16k  
Artworker (M’weight)   £17k £22k  
Artworker (Senior)   £22k £28k  
Studio Manager   £28k £33k  
           
Designer (Junior)   £14k £18k  
Designer (M’weight)   £19k £24k  
Designer (Senior)   £25k £32k  
           
Art Director (Junior)   £16k £18k  
Art Director (M’weight) £18k £28k  
Art Director (Senior)   £28k £40k  
           
Creative Director   £40k+    

 

Account Handlers      
Position     Typical Max
         
Account Executive   £15k £25k
Account Manager   £26k £35k
Account Director   £38k+
         
Client Services Director £45k+
         
Copywriter (junior)   £14k £20k
Copywriter (M’weight) £20k £28k
Copywriter (Senior)   £30k+
         
Project Manager   £22k £25k
         
Design Manager   £25k £35k

 

Key Contact:

Nicola Burbridge

Nicola@glossrecruitment.com

Sources

The data summarised in this survey has been collated from Candidates and Clients that have registered with our agency and are based on actual paid salaries and client job specs. Please note that Gloss Creative Recruitment operates on Permanent positions both inhouse and agency only within Yorkshire.

For more information please visit www.glossrecruitment.com or call us on 0870 321 9788

Interview with the man at the top

As a busy recruitment agency, based in the heart of Leeds, the creative individuals at Gloss work tirelessly to ensure not only that their candidates find the perfect job, but that their clients are offered the broadest range of design talent.

At the helm of one of the region’s top recruitment agencies is Ian Rigby, a man that is not only passionate about design, but who also has years of experience within the creative sector. He took a few minutes out from his busy schedule to answer some questions that will hopefully provide many job hunters with a little guidance in this turbulant and uncertain economic period.

1. Gloss Creative Recruitment, could you please sum it up in five words?

Honesty, integrity, long-term (is that cheating?), networked and reliable.

2. The digital market is growing at an exponential rate; what advice would you give to those that have just graduated and are looking to take their first steps onto the career ladder?

Get some experience ASAP… and by experience I mean relevant, commercial experience. There is no excuse for not having the right experience on your CV today. Put yourself in the mind of the client and think about what you would look for if you were hiring a junior and what would differentiate the quality candidates from the less desirable.

Once you have an understanding that energy and enthusiasm are a given and that the more experience you have the more likely you are to hit the ground running and ultimately secure the job.

If you’re wondering where to go for the work experience, why not try working for your friends or local businesses that may have never considered the services of a designer. Under the guise of a company name, mould your CV into a professional, attractive piece of work, complimented by a varied portfolio of work. If you need further help give us a shout and our sister company, Creative Protege, would be more than willing to help.

3. For those that have come to Gloss with bags of experience, what would you advise them to do?

Be specific. Just like businesses that are flourishing at the moment, individuals will need to become masters of a specific trade to demand the best rates and rise above competition. Employers have choice at the moment, but they also have specific needs – the days of being an all round designer are gone, so go for niche and be great at it.

Remember to keep up with the latest skills, as the latest generation of design talent will always be snapping at your heels. It is essential that you manage your career effectively – better than Fabio Capello manages the England squad!

4. Many people are hesitant when it comes to using a recruitment agency for fear of poor service; how can you guarantee a smooth ride for someone thinking of using the creative guys at Gloss?

 As long as you have a recruitment agent that appreciates your passion and discipline, then I don’t think you can go too far wrong. Gloss is run for creatives by creatives. Therefore when you get in touch with us you can be rest assured that we understand your dream, and empathise with your frustration; whether you are unemployed, stuck in a job that bares no relevance to the degree you studied in or simply want more information about the service we offer so you can make an informed choice as to whether you would like to join us.

I personally feel it is better to find two or three good, honest and reliable recruitment consultants that you can relate to and work with. You need SPECIFIC results and here at Gloss we provide a personal service to ensure we help you into the job that you always knew you were capable of landing.

5. Unemployment is rife at the moment, to all those that are riding it out, what tips can you give them to remain an appealing option to employers?

It is simple: keep busy and stay positive. It is also essential that you talk to recruiters and get specific advice. Most importantly keep growing, through training or with work experience. It is easy to get caught in the rat race and forget what you are working for, but the recession has given people a good chance to reflect and think about what they want from their career. You have to remain proactive; your career is a marathon not a sprint.

 6. You must see countless CVs as a managing director to one of the region’s top recruitment agencies; do you care to divulge to the readers the secrets to a successful CV?

Definitely! As I mentioned earlier – be specific. Having a CV that covers all areas might be good if you are applying to small companies who want that type of candidate, but the trend is now that clients prefer individuals with tailored specific skill sets.

Keep up to date with any technological changes and maintain a clear portfolio of work. The most important part of your CV is what you are up to at the moment and if that doesn’t match up with your target role, then do something about it!

Thank you Mr Rigby, some wise words that all those seeking a creative profession should heed.

Look out for more interviews from the team at Gloss in the coming months!