Web designers, also occasionally referred to as web developers, play a key role in helping organisations communicate with their audience. The internet has become an integral component of modern business and this means that multi-sector and specialist IT recruitment agencies are commonly approached to source web design staff for permanent or contract jobs.
Combining technical skills with creativity, the role of a web designer is to plan, build and maintain a website. Job responsibilities may vary depending on the project and duties can range from drawing up initial design plans to testing a site's functionality. Candidates can be employed in-house or on a freelance basis, with contract work also common for short term assignments.
Qualifications aren't always necessary to enter a web design job, however employers may favour candidates with an IT related degree. This could be specific to web design, or within closely associated subjects such as computer science, software engineering or graphic design. Due to the technical nature of the field, candidates will require a knowledge of coding and key programming languages. A comprehension of HTML is essential, while an agency will also look to identify personnel with an understanding of Java, Flash and CSS. Salaries for junior web designers will start at £18K, however with experience, this can rise to over £35K. Senior designers can command earnings of over £40K, while self employed and freelance web designers will set their own rates.
Web designers can be employed across any business type, meaning that recruitment agencies may supply candidates to clients across numerous sectors. The majority of these placements will be for in-house roles, however the length of employment can vary. An employer may look to take on staff permanently, while others may hire candidates on a contract basis in order to complete a set project.
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