Product, clothing or related designer
- Liaises with client to determine the purpose, cost, technical specification and potential uses/users of product.
- Undertakes research to determine market trends, production requirements, availability of resources and formulates design concepts.
- Prepares sketches, designs, patterns or prototypes for textiles, clothing, footwear, jewellery, fashion accessories, set props, wigs, ceramics, plastics, motor vehicles, domestic appliances and engineering products.
- Prepares sketches, designs, mock-ups and storyboards for consideration by theatre/film director or client.
- Submits design to management, sales department or client for approval, communicates design rationale and makes any necessary alterations.
- Specifies materials, production method and finish for aesthetic or functional effect, and oversees production of sample and/or finished product.
- Observes and manages intellectual property issues.
Typical Education Level
Entrants have usually completed a foundation course, BTEC/SQA award, degree and or postgraduate qualification. NVQs/SVQs in Fashion Design and Design are available at Level 2, as are apprenticeships at Levels 2 and 3.
Will retirement created job openings
In the UK, 9% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers
*This is based on national data
Average annual earnings
The current average wage for product, clothing or related designer is £21,158
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 968. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.
Over the past year, 39 jobs have been posted for product, clothing or related designer roles.
How well does it pay?
Normal pay for this occupation is £21,158 per year. That is about £1,763 per month or £10.85 per hour. New workers generally start on £14,586, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £34,827
Is it growing or declining?
This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 968 people are employed in the region.