Tech profiles are booming as, among other aspects, they boost the digital transformation of companies. Having digital skills has become a "must have" to stand out from other job candidates, and this is no exception in design, which with the massive adoption of the internet and smartphones is becoming a profession in high demand.

In today's article we will discuss which UX/UI design profiles are most in demand by companies and what their market salaries are.

UX: design vs usability

In the relationship between companies and their customers it is essential that the user experience is perfect. Nowadays, customers are used to dealing with intuitive and beautiful interfaces, which allow them to easily get what they want off the page. That is why the UX, which refers to the term "user experience" and UI, which refers to "user interface", acquire a crucial importance in a world in which we increasingly interact with screens and web pages of all kinds.

 

Smartphone Design

The difference between user experience and user interface in an image. Source: Papdan

Professionals specialising in UX and UI design are highly sought after by organisations, as they provide solutions to the problems that users encounter when using their websites or apps. They create intuitive interactions and ensure that their products and services are showcased properly.

Top 5 most in-demand jobs in UX/UI design

Among the most in-demand UX and UI design disciplines in 2022 we can highlight the following:

1. UX/UI designer

This is the job offer most frequently found on job board such as LinkedIn or Indeed for this category. The work of a UX/UI designer consists of making computer systems, whether they are applications, websites or software, easy and intuitive for users. The UX designer focuses more on the user experience and the UI designer on the design of the elements. It is often said that they are two roles in one, on the one hand UX and on the other UI, but the reality is that companies demand profiles that are able to operate in both spaces.

How much does a UX/UI designer earn in Ireland?

Based on data from the Prosperity Recruitment Salary Survey 2022, a UX/UI designer can obtain a salary in Ireland of between 45,000 and 55,000 euros with 1 to 3 years experienc, 55,000 to 65,000 euros with 3 to 5 years experience and 65,000 to 85,000+ euros with 5 or more years experience. You can check here other UX/UI salaries

2. UX Researcher

This profile is in charge of answering two fundamental questions for the company: who are its users, and what do they need? Among other tasks, they usually carry out the following:

  • Interviews with customers to collect data.
  • Sketching and prototyping.
  • Testing to identify patterns and reach conclusions about which design is best suited to the product.

How much does a UX Researcher earn in Ireland?

Based on Prosperity's Salary Survey, a UX researcher can earn a salary in Ireland of between 50,000 euros and 60,000 euros with 1 to 3 years experience, 60,000 to 70,000 euros with 3 to 5 years experience, and 70,000 to 80,000 euros with 5+ years experience. 

3. UX Product Designer

The UX Product Designer, or Product Designer, is the profile in charge of creating and designing the style of a product. In many organisations, the person in charge of these functions is the one who directs the projects and serves as a liaison and direction for the rest of the designers, and has an important strategic component. According to a study by Adobe, 87% of UX managers say that integrating product designers is one of the top priorities for their organisations. Moreover, 73% said they plan to double the number of UX Product Designers in their teams in the next five years.

How much does a UX Product Designer earn in Ireland?

Based on Glassdoor salaries, product design roles are paid around 44,000 euros for juniors, 60,000 euros mid-senior, and up to 90,000 euros for seniors. 

4. Head of UX

The Head of UX profile is responsible for developing the UX strategy, coordinating the entire team and assigning tasks, managing the allocated budget and reporting to the company's CEO or corresponding C-Level. It is a leadership role that requires project management skills, mentoring, experience and strategy.

How much does a Head of UX earn in Ireland?

According to the Prosperity recruitment survey for UX roles, the salary for a head of ux can range from 85,000 to 95,000 euros with 1 to 3 years of experience, 95,000 to 110,000 euros with 3 to 5 years of experience and north of 110,000+ with 5 or more years of experience.

5. UX Writer

This role is responsible for analysing the language to be used to transmit the product or service to the user so that it is understood in a simple and accessible way. He/she is also in charge of creating content and establishing the way in which it is presented to each user.

How much does a UX Writer earn in Ireland?

According to LinkedIn salaries, a junior UX Writer in Ireland would earn around 34,000 euros, a mid-senior 53,000 euros and a senior UX Writer up to 62,000 euros.

The vacancies in UX/UI design positions we have detailed are increasing every year for a number of reasons. The pandemic has accelerated the famous digital transformation and therefore the need for UX/UI across all industries. On the other hand, the adoption by all types of population segments of mobile, social media and software products means that good user-centric design is necessary so that there are no barriers between the audience and the product. The evolution of the internet is moving towards greater accessibility, and the creation of more attractive, user-friendly products that make the experience of using them enjoyable. This is a reality that demands large-scale UX/UI intervention, hence the need for these profiles.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a job in the digital sector, there is no doubt that UX/UI focused designers have many opportunities in the job market. It is a career in which you will develop technical expertise but at the same time has a very high creative component, more so than in almost all other digital disciplines. If you are looking for a new opportunity in UX/UI design, go to prosperity.ie and search for job offers on our job board.