ADLIB’s Design Survey: People, Work & Engagement

4th December 2023

Introducing our annual Design – People, Work & Engagement Survey, a concise yet comprehensive exploration designed to provide a snapshot of working in Design and User Experience roles across the United Kingdom. This survey allows us to inform employers about the evolving needs, priorities, and aspirations of those shaping the Design landscape.


The purpose of this survey

Whilst we have a lot of internal data at ADLIB, we’re always looking to strengthen this and develop a better understanding of the people and communities we work with. Along with our experience, surveys like this help us to inform employers of what’s important to people and create better environments and offerings too.

We plan to run this survey annually each year. Alongside our internal data this survey will help us publish a report that offers a snapshot of the people, working practices and priorities of those in the Design sector and how this is changing. We’ll make this available on the ADLIB blog.

We’ve tried to keep it short but insightful.

Who’s this survey for?

People working in permanent roles (including full-time & part-time) in Design and User Experience in the United Kingdom at any level. The job title’s featured in the survey reflect the most common roles and job titles we recruit for, so it’s worth noting that not all roles across the sector are featured.

How long will it take?

Around 5 minutes.

The questions

The questions are in 3 main sections;

    • Personal info – This will help us better understand representation across the sector including things like Age, Gender, Ethnicity, Education, Disability and Neurodivergence.
    • Career and Education – Education, job titles, salary info, working patterns, remote & hybrid working practices.
    • What’s important – What factors and benefits are most important to people working in the sector.

The personal information we ask for here is to help us better understand and share insight on the diversity within the sector. All these questions are optional and please only answer what you’re comfortable with, there is a ‘Prefer not to say’ option. We’ve also included boxes to self identify or describe (we couldn’t change the text to ‘Self describe’ in the form creator, so these say ‘Other’).

Data security

We take data privacy very seriously and are fully GDPR compliant. Entering your email at the end of the survey is entirely optional and this information will be securely stored. Your email address will only be used to contact you to share the results of the survey and to let you know of future surveys we’re conducting should you choose these options at the end.




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