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.

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Commercial

HK Dollars ($), Full Time Salary (calc. Annually)

    Analytics and Business Intelligence

  • Managing Director of Analytics

    $1.44Mil - 1.92Mil

  • Data Analytics Lead

    $780K - 1.2Mil

  • Business Optimization & Analytics Lead

    $600K - 720K

  • Data Analytics Manager

    $480K - 540K

  • Senior Data Analyst

    $420K - 480K

  • Marketing Data Analyst

    $360K - 600K

  • Data Strategist

    $300K - 420K

  • Business Intelligence Analyst

    $276K - 360K

  • Data Analyst

    $264K - 420K

  • Customer Insight Analyst

    $264K - 300K

    Product Management & Business Analytics

  • Director of Product

    $1.08Mil+

  • Product Owner

    $660K - 960K

  • Senior Product Manager

    $660K - 960K

  • Product Manager

    $480K - 780K

  • Lead Business Analyst

    $540K - 660K

  • Senior Business Analyst

    $420K - 600K

  • Associate Product Manager

    $360K - 480K

  • Business Analyst

    $300K - 480K

    Marketing

  • E-commerce Director

    $1.08Mil - 1.68Mil

  • Marketing Director

    $840K - 1.56Mil

  • E-commerce Senior Manager

    $840K - 1.08Mil

  • Marketing Manager

    $600K - 840K

  • E-commerce Manager

    $600K - 840K

  • SEO Manager

    $480K - 660K

    Project & Programme Management

  • Head of Operations

    $1.08Mil - 2.4Mil

  • Project Director

    $960K - 1.2Mil

  • Associate Project Director

    $840K - 1.08Mil

  • Senior Project Manager

    $660K - 960K

  • Project Manager

    $420K - 720K

    Sales & Account Management

    • Managing Director

      $2.76Mil - 4.2Mil

    • Business Director

      $1.32Mil - 2.496Mil

    • Group Account Director

      $1.2Mil - 1.98Mil

    • Sales Director

      $960K - 1.2Mil

    • Senior Account Director

      $960K - 1.2Mil

    • Account Director

      $720K - 1.08Mil

    • Associate Account Director

      $600K - 960K

    • Sales Manager

      $600K - 900K

    • Senior Account Manager

      $540K - 864K

    • Account Manager

      $420K - 720K

    Strategy

    • Head of Planning/Strategy

      $1.08Mil - 1.2Mil

    • Planning/Strategy Director

      $540K - 1.08Mil

    • Senior Planner/Strategist

      $540K - 720K

    • Planner/Strategist

      $300K - 540K

    • Research Analyst/Junior Planner

      $216K - 264K

Design

    Creative & Brand Design

    • Executive Creative Director

      $1.2Mil

    • Senior Creative Director

      $960K - 1.2Mil

    • Senior Art Director

      $600K - 840K

    • Creative Technologist

      $720K - 1.1Mil

    • Creative Director

      $660K - 960K

    • Design Director

      $480K - 660K

    • Mid-weight Art Director

      $360K - 600K

    • Junior Art Director

      $264K - 360K

    • Senior Copywriter

      $360K - 540K

    • Senior Designer

      $360K - 540K

    • Mid-weight Copywriter

      $240K - 360K

    • Mid-weight Designer

      $240K - 360K

    • Junior Copywriter

      $192K - 264K

    • Junior Designer

      $180K - 240K

    Experience Design

    • Director of User Experience

      $1.08Mil

    • Head of Experience Design

      $840K

    • Service/Business Design Lead

      $720K - 960K

    • Lead Experience Designer/Researcher/Strategist

      $720K - 840K

    • Senior Service/Business Designer

      $480K - 720K

    • Senior Experience Designer/Researcher/Strategist

      $480K - 660K

    • Service/Business Designer

      $360K - 480K

    • Mid-weight Experience Designer/Researcher/Strategist

      $300K - 480K

    • Junior Experience Designer/Researcher/Strategist

      $240K - 336K

    Content & Production

    • Head of Social

      $1.2Mil - 1.8Mil

    • Account Director

      $840K - 1.2Mil

    • Social Content Strategist

      $600K - 840K

    • Social Media/Community Manager

      $540K - 660K

Technology

    Software Engineering and Development

    • CTO/Director of Software

      $1.2Mil

    • Technical Director/Application Architect

      $960K

    • Technical Lead/Lead developer/Technical Manager

      $720K - 960K

    • Lead DevOps Engineer

      $720K - 960K

    • Mobile Application Lead

      $480K - 720K

    • Technical Project Manager

      $420K - 960K

    • QA Lead

      $420K - 780K

    • Senior Back End Developer

      $360K - 720K

    • Senior Mobile Application Developer

      $360K - 480K

    • Full-stack Developer

      $360K - 600K

    • QA Analyst/Engineer

      $336K - 480K

    • DevOps Engineer

      $300K - 720K

    • System Administrator

      $300K - 480K

    • Senior Front End Developer

      $300K - 420K

    • Mobile Application Developer

      $240K - 360K

    • QA tester

      $216K - 300K

    Data science and Engineering

    • Senior Data Scientist

      $780K - 960K

    • Mid-Level Data Scientist

      $480K - 780K

    • Data Engineer

      $360K - 720K

    • Database Management & Analytics Assistant Manager

      $360K - 480K

Commercial

HK Dollars ($), Full Time Salary (calc. Annually)

    Analytics and Business Intelligence

  • Managing Director of Analytics

    $120K - 160K

  • Data Analytics Lead

    $65K - 100K

  • Business Optimization & Analytics Lead

    $50K - 60K

  • Data Analytics Manager

    $40K - 45K

  • Senior Data Analyst

    $35K - 40K

  • Marketing Data Analyst

    $30K - 50K

  • Data Strategist

    $25K - 35K

  • Business Intelligence Analyst

    $23K - 30K

  • Data Analyst

    $22K - 35K

  • Customer Insight Analyst

    $22K - 25K

    Product Management & Business Analytics

  • Director of Product

    $90K

  • Product Owner

    $55K - 80K

  • Senior Product Manager

    $55K - 80K

  • Product Manager

    $40K - 65K

  • Lead Business Analyst

    $45K - 55K

  • Senior Business Analyst

    $35K - 50K

  • Associate Product Manager

    $30K - 40K

  • Business Analyst

    $25K - 40K

    Marketing

  • E-commerce Director

    $90K - 140K

  • Marketing Director

    $70K - 130K

  • E-commerce Senior Manager

    $70K - 90K

  • Marketing Manager

    $50K - 70K

  • E-commerce Manager

    $50K - 70K

  • SEO Manager

    $40K - 55K

    Project & Programme Management

  • Head of Operations

    $90K - 200K

  • Project Director

    $80K - 100K

  • Associate Project Director

    $70K - 90K

  • Senior Project Manager

    $55K - 80K

  • Project Manager

    $35K - 60K

    Sales & Account Management

    • Managing Director

      $230K - 350K

    • Business Director

      $110K - 208K

    • Group Account Director

      $100K - 165K

    • Sales Director

      $80K - 100K

    • Senior Account Director

      $80K - 100K

    • Account Director

      $60K - 90K

    • Associate Account Director

      $50K - 80K

    • Sales Manager

      $50K - 75K

    • Senior Account Manager

      $45K - 72K

    • Account Manager

      $35K - 60K

    Strategy

    • Head of Planning/Strategy

      $90K - 100K

    • Planning/Strategy Director

      $60K - 90K

    • Senior Planner/Strategist

      $45K - 60K

    • Planner/Strategist

      $25K - 45K

    • Research Analyst/Junior Planner

      $18K - 22K

Design

    Creative & Brand Design

    • Executive Creative Director

      $100K

    • Senior Creative Director

      $80K - 100K

    • Senior Art Director

      $80K - 100K

    • Creative Technologist

      $60K - 91.667K

    • Creative Director

      $55K - 80K

    • Design Director

      $40K - 55K

    • Mid-weight Art Director

      $30K - 50K

    • Junior Art Director

      $22K - 30K

    • Senior Copywriter

      $30K - 45K

    • Senior Designer

      $30K - 45K

    • Mid-weight Copywriter

      $20K - 30K

    • Mid-weight Designer

      $20K - 30K

    • Junior Copywriter

      $16K - 22K

    • Junior Designer

      $15K - 30K

    Experience Design

    • Director of User Experience

      $90K

    • Head of Experience Design

      $70K

    • Service/Business Design Lead

      $60K - 80K

    • Lead Experience Designer/Researcher/Strategist

      $60K - 70K

    • Senior Service/Business Designer

      $40K - 60K

    • Senior Experience Designer/Researcher/Strategist

      $40K - 55K

    • Service/Business Designer

      $30K - 40K

    • Mid-weight Experience Designer/Researcher/Strategist

      $25K - 40K

    • Junior Experience Designer/Researcher/Strategist

      $20K - 28K

    Content & Production

    • Head of Social

      $100K - 150K

    • Account Director

      $70K - 100K

    • Social Content Strategist

      $50K - 70K

    • Social Media/Community Manager

      $45K - 55K

Technology

    Software Engineering and Development

    • CTO/Director of Software

      $100K

    • Technical Director/Application Architect

      $80K

    • Technical Lead/Lead developer/Technical Manager

      $60K - 80K

    • Lead DevOps Engineer

      $60K - 80K

    • Mobile Application Lead

      $40K - 60K

    • Technical Project Manager

      $35K - 80K

    • QA Lead

      $35K - 65K

    • Senior Back End Developer

      $30K - 60K

    • Senior Mobile Application Developer

      $30K - 40K

    • Full-stack Developer

      $30K - 50K

    • QA Analyst/Engineer

      $28K - 40K

    • DevOps Engineer

      $25K - 60K

    • System Administrator

      $25K - 40K

    • Senior Front End Developer

      $30K - 45K

    • Mobile Application Developer

      $20K - 30K

    • QA tester

      $18K - 25K

    Data science and Engineering

    • Senior Data Scientist

      $65K - 80K

    • Mid-Level Data Scientist

      $40K - 65K

    • Data Engineer

      $30K - 60K

    • Database Management & Analytics Assistant Manager

      $30K - 40K

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