Salary Guide

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Bespoke Careers

01 January 2019

01 January 2019

2019 looks set to be another busy year for global A&D hiring

Global Salary Guide 2019

In the past twelve months the sustained candidate shortage in the UK has seen salaries steadily increase and we anticipate that this will continue into the year ahead. Employers looking to win the war on talent have been reviewing their benefits packages and we’re seeing some innovative initiatives implemented to encourage staff retention, engagement and to improve diversity. In Q4 last year we saw a sharp increase in the number of contract staff requirements as forward thinkingbusinesses looked to temporary staff as a solution to spikes in workload and asa way of ‘buying some time’ to find the ‘perfect fit’ permanent hire. Sector-wise we are seeing the highest demand for candidates within the infrastructure, workplace and hospitality sectors. Job seekers with experience in these project types can expect to receive decent salary increases when making a move and will often receive multiple job offers post-interview.


The market in Australia continues to thrive with many practices working on government-funded infrastructure projects across transport, justice, social housing and wellness. As employers increasingly focus on retention, diversityand flexibility in the workplace we’ve seen demand for HR and practice managers increase and we envisage that will continue in the year ahead. There has been a noticeable slow-down in large-scale, mass market apartment projects but the continued migration to Australia and resulting population growth has meant workin the private residential and education sectors has increased; the hospitality sector also remains strong and applicants with expertise in these areas continue to be in high demand.



In the US, the architecture and design market has grown steadily over the past twelve months and the outlook for the year ahead is incredibly positive. New York’s status as a design capital continues to attract international practices and architects with between five and eight years’ experience remain in high demand. Strategic searches for those with healthcare, transportation and sustainability experience look likely to remain a focus for us in 2019. The private developer-driven residential sector continues to be incredibly busy with no end in sight for large-scale projects in all five boroughs. The West Coast has seen some exciting changes which are creating opportunities in the architecture world including the emergence ofthe legalized cannabis industry, the 2028 Olympics, and an extensive overhaul to LAX airport and its connecting transport. Workplace benefits, diversity and career development have become the focus for many employers as attracting and retaining talent sits at the forefront of their agenda.


Across the EMEA regions we’ve seen the most activity in the Middle East, particularlyin Dubai where many highly experienced job seekers have sought relocation. Attracted by high levels of responsibility, impressive salary packages and some incredible employer benefits offered by large developers, these opportunities can be hard to resist. The highest demand continues to be seen in aviation and rail; job seekers with expertise in infrastructure, urban design and landscape are highly sought-after.

About the Salary Guide

The 2019 Global Salary Guide provides current salary levels and market commentary for those working in architecture, interior design, BIM, business support, architectural & interior products and graphics across the A&D industry,focusing on the following cities:

  • London
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Brisbane
  • NewYork
  • LA/San Francisco
  • Dubai

Click here to view current salary levels for 2019 or view the full Global Salary Guide and market commentary.

Author: Lindsay Urquhart, CEO, Bespoke Careers

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