How to become a Web Designer/Developer

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: June 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Web designer/developers are commissioned by a range of private, public and voluntary sector organisations to design and build websites and applications ('apps') including dedicated 'mobile friendly' e-commerce websites that can be accessed and used via smartphones and tablets.

Web designer/developers are typically engaged directly by their clients as well as on a subcontract basis by larger web design and marketing agencies. Others are recruited by specialist agencies that find short-term contract work for freelance IT professionals such as web designer/developers.

Website design and development is a growing but intensely competitive sector and it is a widely held assumption that most firms in the IT industry, such as those specialising in providing digital multimedia and design services, have only been trading for a short time. However, according to the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) the average IT firm in the UK has actually been trading for around eight and a half years, which is only around two years less than the average for firms in all sectors.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a web designer/developer (referred to as web designer throughout the rest of this factsheet). It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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