Are you paid enough as a designer? It’s a compelling question, and not an easy one to answer. Our lead feature in this Money special tackles it head-on, with top advice for negotiating what you deserve as well as useful benchmarks for different jobs, sizes of studio and key countries around the world.
We’ve also been conducting our own research: the CA Creative Salary Survey 2015 reveals how much different roles are paid, what percentage have enjoyed a pay-rise recently, how much it was, and most importantly, why they got it. Find out how to download our analysis of the results on page 49.
Of course, it’s not all about salaries. Our special report this issue reveals how leading studios approach the dark art of budgeting to ensure they wring the maximum possible creative impact from every client’s available cash – spending smarter, while still making the right amount of profit. There’s even a handy guide to some of the tools on offer for keeping track of it all over on page 94.
Next issue, we reveal the winners of our second-annual Brand Impact Awards in an extended piece, that also pools their collective wisdom to bring you over 80 ways to improve your own branding work. Seats at the awards ceremony on 16 Septembner are still on sale, and you don’t have to shortlisted to attend: book yours now at www.brandimpactawards.com.