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Hiring UX | From salaries to skills

  • Feb 26, 2013 · 5:30 PM
  • VFS

TIMING

Networking: 5:30pm to 6pm

Event start: 6pm sharp (note that doors will lock after 6pm) to 7:30pm

DETAILS

How much is UX talent worth? What are companies looking for in a 'UX' person? What are the skills that matter? How do you find, hire, and keep a UX professional?

Last fall we asked the VanUE community to participate in the Work and Salary Survey. (Nope, not the IA Institute one, but a survey just for us Canadians!) This survey captured information on demographics, work experience and positions, and compensation of UX professionals across Canada. The goal for this survey was to gather up-to-date information about the state of user experience jobs to help all professionals understand the UX market and opportunities in Canada.

Now the time you've been waiting for has finally come. Answers have been tallied, numbers have been crunched, and Laura Ballay and Meghan Deutscher from Periscope UX will share highlights of the survey results.

Following the salary survey presentation, Gordon Ross from OpenRoad will facilitate a discusson of several senior UX professionals on the topic of finding, hiring, and keeping UX designers. The panelists come from a range of industry and professional backgrounds, but are all responsible for hiring user experience talent. They will be discussing their shared and unique challenges of managing UX staff against the backdrop of the salary survey findings.

Panelists:
Representing the following types of organizations:

  • Chris Ryan, VP Interaction Design and Usability at Vision Critical
  • Chris Miller, Director of Brand Services at Cossette
  • Blair Neufeld & Dominique Bohn, User Experience Design Team leads, BC Gov
  • Boris Mann, Managing Partner, Full Stack


Speakers:
Periscope UX is Laura Ballay and Meghan Deutscher, two User Experience and Interaction Designers based in Vancouver, BC. With their combined 20 or so years of design and usability experience and Masters degrees in Interaction Design and HCI, they provide a full range of user-centered design services to clients in web, mobile and software.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Although I enjoyed parts of the events and appreciated all the efforts to make it happen, I think there is a major issue in the survey that has not been addressed yet nor alluded to. The one thing this survey should have made is to establish a clear distinction between freelancers and full-time employees. I am pretty sure the hourly wage differs significantly between the two groups, some individuals also belong to both groups.
    For someone who is considering to move into the UX world, this report provided me with lots of good input. yet, I am still confused about the annual average salary its stating.
    Other than that nice event. so thanks.

    February 27, 2013

  • Paul H.

    Thanks to everyone involved for a very informative presentation and discussion!

    February 27, 2013

  • Selma Z.

    Thank you everyone for coming out to the event. We did experiment with also having it available through a webinar - there were a few technical glitches, but we are hoping to streamline this more for next time. Apologies for those who tried to login and listen and were unable to.

    Here is the link to the slideshare for the salary survey: http://www.slideshare.net/uxdesignstrategy/2012-user-experience-in-canada-work-salary-survey

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interesting event.

    February 27, 2013

  • Shawn M.

    Big props to Laura and Meghan for all their effort on managing and reporting on the survey. I appreciated them sharing the context behind the questions and lessons learned along the way.

    The panel discussion was insightful and provided a good cross-section of the industry, from the start-up world to the public sector. Thanks to the panelists for taking part.

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • Julien P.

    I so appreciate Meghan and Laura's efforts at conducting the survey, and all the people who responded. The presentation and panel discussion were a wealth of information for me as I start my path in this career.

    February 26, 2013

  • Mahshid Z.

    I think the questions that you posted were more interesting than the answers that I got from the survey. The survey was interesting but it was something to spend half an hour on. I would say 10 minute maximum would have been enough. I do not think knowing the details about the survey adds any value to my knowledge. Also it would be great of you invite people who are more interested and involved in hiring UX. I personally do not think having two people from gov sector was necessary.

    February 26, 2013

  • Gavin M.

    Very informative. Looking forward to seeing what the next industry review looks like.

    February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to see this streamed also. I've paid but commitments mean I likely can't make it down.

    If someone can ask this question for me - what's a great value proposition for a UX designer to join a co-founding team? :)

    February 26, 2013

    • Mahshid Z.

      Thanks. I am in :)

      February 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You're welcome. If you took any notes send them my way! I'm more interested in a UX designer as a fellow co-founder than hiring.

      February 26, 2013

  • Gordon R.

    Also, the presto starts at 6pm PST, 30 min from right now.

    1 · February 26, 2013

    • Cindy

      Does anyone have the link?

      February 26, 2013

  • Gordon R.

    It is going to be. Selma has Goto meeting setup, the URL will be posted shortly.

    February 26, 2013

  • Cindy

    I guess this isn't going to be streamed :(... Can one of the organizers share the survey mentioned (the Canadian one) as well as the slides and any key points that were raised?

    February 26, 2013

  • Cindy

    Any chance this can be broadcasted for live streaming? I'm in Toronto, and I am hiring and it has been a difficult process. I would love to listen to this talk and discussion!

    1 · February 20, 2013

    • Cindy

      Any update on this? If not, perhaps I can see if I can utilize my company's tool?

      February 25, 2013

    • Cindy

      Can someone give us an update please? Even if its a no-go, it would be good to know!

      February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yey

    February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Claiming the last spot - the site won't let me pay and respond properly - email sent to Darren to hopefully fix it.

    February 25, 2013

  • Alex H.

    Hey, where is the best place to post a job.

    February 22, 2013

    • Sogol A.

      Linkedin in my opinion... unless its a smaller job then craigslist

      February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, I'm keen for having notes emailed out or live streaming - what a gift this would be as I'm unable to pop over from Victoria.

    February 21, 2013

  • Darrell H.

    Sounds fun.

    February 21, 2013

  • Darren G.

    Hi Rowan & Rafael,

    Could you try again? I've made some changes to our Paypal settings - lets see if it helps things.

    February 18, 2013

    • Rafael P.

      It worked for me. thanks

      February 18, 2013

    • Cheryl C.

      It worked for me too. Thanks Darren!

      February 18, 2013

  • Rebecca

    On Friday (and again today) I was trying to add a guest to my RSVP and received the same error message as Rowan. I was using the same card I used to purchase my original ticket early last week. I also used the card several times over the weekend without any issues, so it's definitely not the card.

    February 18, 2013

  • Darren G.

    Sorry about the problems - not sure why Paypal has been failing for some people but not others. I've filed a support ticket with Meetup.

    In the mean time, if people could share the specific error they're seeing it will help us track down what's going on.

    Thanks!

    February 18, 2013

  • Gillian L.

    Hi! I've trouble paying with Pay Pal. Is anyone else having the same problem?

    February 15, 2013

    • Gillian L.

      Hi host! I tried many times but Pay Pal keeps rejecting my credit card. Is there any way I can register and pay in person? Thank you!

      February 16, 2013

    • Lynne P.

      Hi, if you're having issues with payment can you be more specific? Is PayPal simply declining your payment attempt when you hit 'Submit' or pay, or are you not able to get to PayPal at all? If it's a declined payment issue you may need to contact your card provider or Paypal itself. It does appear to be working for others. VanUE typically doesn't accept payments on-site.

      February 17, 2013

  • Shawn M.

    Worked alright for me yesterday.

    February 15, 2013

  • Ben S.

    I just registered and it worked for me!

    February 15, 2013

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