A quick Google around presented me with 30 Junior roles currently on offer within London. At the lowest end of the scale was a job on 18k, going through to a weighty & quite frankly perplexing 32k.
Now at 18k, in London, unless you’re living rent-free, that’s an impossibly low amount to live on. Quite what you’d be expected to do for 32k as a junior, I do not know. There must be a catch. The average of the below figures lets us know that 22/23k is a more realistic starting point. However if you’re planning to indulge in luxuries like eating, I’d try & aim for around £25k.
The wages looked as follows:
Another quick Goooogle lead me to the figures below. This time the base wage is at 15k, with a role in Cambridge (which is practically London) taking the top spot at 26k. Average wages outside of London peak at around 18-20k.
£15,000 seems a very low wage for me. It’s a skilled job and you’ve probably got a tonne of Uni debt to pay off. For us, straight out of Uni – 20k seems a realistic starting point, after a couple of years this should be around 23/24k.
Back in 2007 when I graduated, I landed my first job in Derby as the creative lead of an advertising company. Fuck knows how. A perfect example of how personality trumps portfolio 🤷♂️.
So I was on 25k, which in 2007 was substantially more than anyone else I knew. I was in way deeper than I could swim and after paddling hard for 6 months, I gave the job up. I couldn’t handle the pressure and I desperately needed people above me to learn from. I landed a job back in Sheffield in a small print & design firm, starting on 12.5k, and very slowly, over the following 6 years, edged back up towards my previous wage.
As soon as possible! Let’s say you took a job on 18k, even though you knew you deserved more. Get in that role, work hard and prove what you’re worth. After 6 months of graft pull your manager to one side and explain why you think you should be on more.
Your wage should be reviewed yearly as a matter of course.
A lot of people have a fear of talking about money. I’ve always had the mindset that if I come in, work hard and make my employer a lot of money, I’m free to ask for a wage that is a fair reflection of my effort. So start as you mean to go on and be confident about talking cash.