The 2019 Digital Salary Benchmark: London

What effects have the evolving trends of 2019 had on Digital Salaries across the London talent market?

It’s been a year of change in London. From technology innovations and tremulous government decision making as well as the evolving dynamics of digital businesses.

Fortunately in the tech and design sphere, the uncertainties surrounding Brexit and it’s effect on the market have been minimal thus far. However for our clients having a future-proof digital transformation strategy is more important than ever. For our candidates, the opportunities are still available but cautious budgets and free movement to work internationally are things to be aware of in the coming months.

Cogs discuss the evolving trends for 2019 and share our salary benchmark across our industry;

Evolving Technologies

There is no doubt that tech is evolving at lightning speed. This year developments across MR/ AR and VR, AI, IoZT, Progressive web applications (Web/Mobile Hybrid), Blockchain , Full Stack JavaScript Development (Node + React/Angular) and cyber security are all opening up a world of opportunity.  These technologies provide us with a clear idea about the ongoing development that’s taking place right now in the technology industry. Developers are working at an incredible pace globally to innovate and evolve their products and platforms. Everything seems to continually becoming smarter, cleaner, better and faster.

It’s vital business matches the pace of these evolving technologies to outshine their competitors. An area we can see this demonstrated is in the continued rise of the internal innovation lab or digital incubator model, as is the growing usage of specialist consulting teams to educate and evolve the offering of the monolithic enterprise business.

Internal Design Studios

Tech driven businesses are adapting and bringing their design and tech functions in-house. There is a huge desire to create newer more versatile design systems which become the anchor for design in bigger organisations. This allows them to outline clear millstones of delivery and to remain leaders in their field. Design systems, while they take a long time to complete – can often be done on a long project basis – perfect for accomplished product design contractors. This enables business to drive themselves forward and beat the competition

Voice UX Design and Content Creation

Voice is taking over as one of the largest user-interfaces for consumers. If will be interesting to see how UX  soon applies to voice control, when we are considering interaction through Alexa or Google Home as a by product of bigger brands.

Summary

As more businesses evolve and go through their digital transformation, there will be more competition for elite digital talent. The technology skills deficit still means that niche specialists are pushing average salaries up.

More and more businesses are using talent mapping strategies to help them identify the very best local and international talent.  A diverse and varied talent pool can help increase business capabilities, and enhance innovation.  Talent is the key to success and growth so the race is on for the best.

Our 2019 salary benchmark outlines an average salary range for the London market per our experience. There will always be variations and differences depending on the industry, size and type of business.

 

Cogs are able to support the digital transformation of all businesses and have access to talent from across the globe. Contact us to discuss how we can help you grow your team. If you are looking for opportunities in London, check out our live roles or contact the team today.

Choose salary type

Commercial

Pounds (£), Full Time Salary (calc. annually)

    Marketing

  • Head of Sales and Marketing

    £70K - 130K

  • Head of Ecommerce

    £75K - 150K

  • Digital/Online Marketing Manager

    £35K - 60K

  • Digital/Online Marketing Executive

    £25K - 35K

  • Marketing Executive (Integrated)

    £24K - 28K

  • Social Media/Community Manager

    £27K - 35K

    Project & Programme Management

  • Operations Director

    £80K - 150K

  • Head of Project Management

    £80K - 120K

  • Project Director

    £70K - 90K

  • Senior Project Manager (Integrated)

    £40K - 55K

  • Senior Project Manager (Digital)

    £45K - 65K

  • Senior Resource/Traffic Manager

    £40K - 60K

  • Project Manager (Integrated)

    £30K - 40K

  • Project Manager (Digital)

    £30K - 45K

  • Junior Project Manager

    £25K - 32K

  • Resource/Traffic Manager

    £28K - 40K

    Product Management

  • VP/Director of Product

    £100K - 150K

  • Head of Product

    £90K - 120K

  • Product Lead

    £65K - 90K

  • Senior Product Owner

    £60K - 90K

  • Senior Product Manager

    £60K - 90K

  • Product Owner

    £50K - 75K

  • Product Manager

    £45K - 70K

    Strategy

  • Head of Planning/Strategy

    £95K - 150K+

  • Planning/Strategy Director

    £75K - 100K

  • Senior Planner/Strategist

    £50K - 75K

  • Planner/Strategist

    £30K - 50K

    Sales and Account management

    Client Services

  • Managing Director

    £120K - 200K

  • Client Services Director

    £100K - 140K

  • Head of Digital

    £85K - 120K

  • Client Partner/Business Director

    £85K - 120K

  • Group Account Director

    £65K - 90K

  • Senior Account Director

    £55K - 65K

  • Account Director

    £45K - 55K

  • Senior Account Manager

    £38K - 45K

  • Account Manager

    £30K - 38K

  • Account Executive

    £25K - 28K

  • Client Services (integrated)

  • Group Account Director

    £60K - 75K

  • Senior Account Director

    £50K - 60K

  • Account Director

    £40K - 50K

  • Senior Account Manager

    £35K - 40K

  • Account Manager

    £28K - 35K

  • Account Executive

    £23K - 25K

Design

    Content and Production

  • Head of Social

    £75K - 100K

  • Head of Content/Content Director

    £75K - 100K

  • Senior Social Strategist

    £55K - 75K

  • Senior Content Strategist

    £50K - 85K

  • Content Strategist

    £35K - 50K

  • Social Media Manager

    £35K - 45K

  • Social Strategist

    £30K - 55K

  • Community Manager

    £27K - 35K

    Creative and Brand Design

  • Executive Creative Director

    £150K - 200K+

  • Group Creative Director

    £120K - 150K

  • Creative Director

    £80K - 150K

  • Creative Director (Design)

    £80K - 120K

  • Creative Director Team

    £80K - 200K

  • Associate Creative Director

    £70K - 100K

  • Associate Creative Director (Design)

    £70K - 90K

  • Design Director

    £70K - 80K

  • Head of Copy

    £60K - 80K

  • Senior Team

    £50K - 70K

  • Senior Art Director

    £50K - 65K

  • Senior Designer

    £50K - 60K

  • Motion Designer

    £45K - 60K

  • Senior Copywriter

    £45K - 60K

  • Mid-weight Team

    £35K - 45K

  • Mid-weight Designer

    £35K - 45K

  • Mid-weight Art Director

    £30K - 45K

  • Mid-weight Copywriter

    £30K - 45K

  • Junior Team

    £25K - 30K

  • Junior Art Director

    £25K - 30K

  • Junior Copywriter

    £25K - 30K

  • Junior Designer

    £25K - 30K

  • Product Design

  • Head of Design

    £100K - 140K

  • Principal Product Designer

    £80K - 100K

  • Lead Product Designer

    £70K - 85K

  • Senior Product Designer

    £60K - 70K

  • Product Designer

    £45K - 60K

    Experience Design

  • Head/VP/Director of UX

    £85K - 150K

  • Head/VP/Director of Service Design

    £85K - 150K

  • Head/VP/Director of Product

    £80K - 120K

  • Senior - Lead UX Designer

    £60K - 85K

  • Senior - Lead Product Designer

    £60K - 85K

  • Senior - Lead Service Designer

    £55K - 85K

  • Junior - Mid Service Designer

    £35K - 50K

  • Junior - Mid Product Designer

    £35K - 50K

  • Junior - Mid UX Designer

    £25K - 55K

Technology

    Software Engineering and Development

  • Head of Development/Engineering

    £80K - 150K

  • CTO

    £90K - 200K

  • Tech Lead (non-management)

    £70K - 120K

  • Senior DevOps Engineer

    £65K - 100K

  • Senior Full Stack Developer

    £60K - 100K

  • Senior Back End Developer

    £60K - 90K

  • Senior Front End Developer

    £60K - 80K

  • Senior Mobile Developer

    £55K - 80K

  • Mid Weight DevOps Engineer

    £50K - 65K

  • Mid-weight Back End Developer

    £45K - 60K

  • Mid-weight Full Stack Developer

    £45K - 60K

  • Mid Weight Mobile Developer

    £40K - 55K

  • Mid-weight Front End Developer

    £40K - 60K

  • Junior DevOps Engineer

    £30K - 50K

  • Junior Back End Developer

    £30K - 45K

  • Junior Front End Developer

    £30K - 40K

  • Junior Mobile Developer

    £30K - 40K

  • Junior Full Stack Developer

    £25K - 45K

Commercial

Pounds (£), Full Time Salary (calc. annually)

    Marketing

  • Head of Sales and Marketing

    £400 - 750

  • Head of Ecommerce

    £400 - 750

  • Digital/Online Marketing Manager

    £200 - 300

  • Digital/Online Marketing Executive

    £180 - 250

  • Marketing Executive (Integrated)

    £150 - 200

  • Social Media/Community Manager

    £180 - 250

    Project & Programme Management

  • Operations Director

    £400 - 600

  • Head of Project Management

    £500 - 1,000

  • Project Director

    £400 - 600

  • Senior Project Manager (Integrated)

    £300 - 375

  • Senior Project Manager (Digital)

    £350 - 500

  • Senior Resource/Traffic Manager

    £250 - 300

  • Project Manager (Integrated)

    £200 - 300

  • Project Manager (Digital)

    £200 - 350

  • Junior Project Manager

    £150 - 200

  • Resource/Traffic Manager

    £120 - 250

    Product Management

  • VP/Director of Product

    £700 - 900

  • Head of Product

    £750 - 900

  • Product Lead

    £500 - 700

  • Senior Product Owner

    £600 - 800

  • Senior Product Manager

    £600 - 800

  • Product Owner

    £450 - 550

  • Product Manager

    £450 - 550

    Strategy

  • Head of Planning/Strategy

    £700 - 1,000

  • Planning/Strategy Director

    £500 - 750

  • Senior Planner/Strategist

    £350 - 500

  • Planner/Strategist

    £280 - 350

    Sales and Account management

    Client Services

  • Managing Director

    n/a

  • Client Services Director

    £500+

  • Head of Digital

    £500+

  • Client Partner/Business Director

    £500+

  • Group Account Director

    £400 - 500

  • Senior Account Director

    £350 - 450

  • Account Director

    £280 - 350

  • Senior Account Manager

    £200 - 280

  • Account Manager

    £160 - 200

  • Account Executive

    £130 - 150

  • Client Services (integrated)

  • Group Account Director

    £350 - 400

  • Senior Account Director

    £280 - 350

  • Account Director

    £230 - 300

  • Senior Account Manager

    £200 - 250

  • Account Manager

    £180 - 200

  • Account Executive

    £100 - 150

Design

    Content and Production

  • Head of Social

    £500 - 600

  • Head of Content/Content Director

    £500 - 600

  • Senior Social Strategist

    £350 - 500

  • Senior Content Strategist

    £350 - 500

  • Content Strategist

    £200 - 350

  • Social Media Manager

    £200 - 300

  • Social Strategist

    £200 - 350

  • Community Manager

    £150 - 230

    Creative and Brand Design

  • Executive Creative Director

    £600+

  • Group Creative Director

    £600+

  • Creative Director (Design)

    £500+

  • Creative Director (Design)

    £500+

  • Creative Director Team

    £500

  • Associate Creative Director (Design)

    £450

  • Associate Creative Director

    £450 - 500

  • Design Director

    £400 - 500

  • Head of Copy

    £250 - 450

  • Senior Team

    £350 - 400

  • Senior Art Director

    £350 - 400

  • Senior Designer

    £350 - 400

  • Motion Designer

    £300 - 350

  • Senior Copywriter

    £300 - 350

  • Mid-weight Team

    £275 - 300

  • Mid-weight Designer

    £250 - 350

  • Mid-weight Art Director

    £250 - 300

  • Mid-weight Copywriter

    £320 - 350

  • Junior Team

    £225 - 250

  • Junior Art Director

    £180 - 230

  • Junior Copywriter

    £180 - 250

  • Junior Designer

    n/a

  • Product Design

  • Head of Design

    £600+

  • Principal Product Designer

    £500+

  • Lead Product Designer

    £500+

  • Senior Product Designer

    £450+

  • Product Designer

    £350+

    Experience Design

  • Head/VP/Director of UX

    £500+

  • Head/VP/Director of Service Design

    £500+

  • Head/VP/Director of Product

    £500+

  • Senior - Lead UX Designer

    £400+

  • Senior - Lead Product Designer

    £400+

  • Senior - Lead Service Designer

    £55K - 85K

  • Junior - Mid Service Designer

    £250+

  • Junior - Mid Product Designer

    £250+

  • Junior - Mid UX Designer

    £250+

Technology

    Software Engineering and Development

  • Head of Development/Engineering

    £750 - 1,500

  • CTO

    £750 - 2,000

  • Tech Lead (non-management)

    £500 - 1,000

  • Senior DevOps Engineer

    £650 - 1,000

  • Senior Full Stack Developer

    £600 - 800

  • Senior Back End Developer

    £500 - 750

  • Senior Front End Developer

    £500 - 750

  • Senior Mobile Developer

    £450 - 650

  • Mid Weight DevOps Engineer

    £500 - 650

  • Mid-weight Back End Developer

    £400 - 500

  • Mid-weight Full Stack Developer

    £450 - 600

  • Mid Weight Mobile Developer

    £400 - 450

  • Mid-weight Front End Developer

    £400 - 500

  • Junior DevOps Engineer

    £450 - 500

  • Junior Back End Developer

    £300 - 400

  • Junior Front End Developer

    £300 - 400

  • Junior Mobile Developer

    £300 - 400

  • Junior Full Stack Developer

    £350 - 450

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