The Times They Are A-Changin’
For AIGA and Google’s first annual Design Census 2016, Willoughby looked at women and men respondents at four levels along their career paths: Junior, Mid-level, Senior and Leadership. What we learned, has prompted a deeper inquiry. Younger women are on the move and outnumber men until they reach Senior and Leadership levels. Younger women earn the same salaries as men. Younger respondents “want a life”, flexibility along with 40 hour work week. At the highest two levels (Senior and Leadership) there is a noticeable shift. Men outnumber and out-earn women at both levels. These leaders are also older and likely represent an important transition in the profession. We want to learn more.
Respondents self-selecting as junior-level are 80% under 28 and 65% female. We wonder if this means women are increasingly entering the design profession more than men, and if so, why? It is also interesting to know that this age group wants a work-life balance being happiest with a 40 hour work week.