What is up with London salaries? I just spoke to a large company looking for an in-house creative director and they are trying to pay £100k... that’s roughly $125. No way!

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That sounds about right. Salaries in London are way lower than the US.

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I’m pretty sure it’s just hold over from when the pound was worth ~$1.9 or so. They just haven’t adjusted for the post-brexit economy.

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Yes, absolutely - 20 GBP 5 years ago was worth way more than 20 GBP today (34 USD vs 26 USD). This is without even taking inflation into consideration. In real value, they’re paying people way less to do the same job than they were 5 years ago.

Hahahaha I had to fucking wrestle for £27K as a Jr AD - took a pay cut from $50K to come to a city orders of magnitude more expensive than where I was before. Fuck this city and its shitty wages.

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Salaries in the UK are considerably lower across the board

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Yep, just very different pay scales. For reference — one of my creative directors in London makes the same amount as my mid level designer in the US. Also, when I bring on freelancers in the UK, a typical day rate for a Sr designer out at about £350/day

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Nah it’s not people undercharging. It’s agencies keeping salaries low.

They practically laughed me out of an interview when I asked for 45K for a mid-level role in London. Maybe it’s because I’m a foreigner and don’t speak the Queen’s English but just disgusting uneducated American style. Who knows.

A month later I asked for 50K for a mid-level role in Germany. I got the role at that salary and I don’t even speak German. I packed my bags and haven’t looked back since.

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There is a VML CD position in London and it lists salary as £35k! Haha this seems wrong...

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Our creative and production hubs are in the U.K. for this very reason. At one point I looked into transferring, and after talking to HR realized I would take a massive pay cut (from $100k to about 60k gbp) So decided not to go that route...

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Wowzers. I make $200k, so when they heard that, they about had a heart attack. Shame because it’s a great company!

£100k is a pretty good amount of money in the UK. Costs are not 1/1 comparable between the US and UK either. When you factor in health care plus general costs of living 100k in more like at least 160 in the US

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Well, that’s a shame. Won’t be moving to London. I’ll take the inflated salaries here before it’s too late.

Decent salary report: https://zebrapeople.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Zebra-People-Digital-Salary-Survey-2019-20-1.pdf

You'd be best off freelancing in London.

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