According to the latest data from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, the design job market boomed in the first month of 2020, with job numbers and applications both rising year-on-year.   

The study, which explores job market data from January 2020 and compares this with findings from the same period in 2019, reveals that the amount of design roles on offer grew by an impressive 13.4% year-on-year last month. 

What’s more, the data reveals that professionals responded well to the increase in vacancies, as applications rose by a resounding 16.4% year-on-year, the third-highest rise amongst key industries. 

Lee Biggins, CEO and founder of CV-Library comments: “Our data clearly shows that the looming Brexit deadline didn’t slow design businesses (or candidates) down during January. While it’s typically a busy month for hiring, the significant year-on-year growth of both job vacancies and applications suggests that the UK job market is in a very healthy position, especially for the legal sector.  

“As such, it’s imperative that organisations continue to make the most of this increased talent pool; and double down on their hiring efforts throughout the rest of 2020.” 

However, despite the rise in jobs and applications, salaries for new design roles dropped by 3.1% year-on-year and by 5% when comparing January 2020 data with December 2019.