The table below looks at the statistics for the Designer role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Designer in their job title over the 3 months to 30 January 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Designer
Rank 99 92 132
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +40
Contract jobs requiring a Designer 1043 957 695
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.04% 1.99% 1.56%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.21% 2.15% 1.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 601 594 421
Average daily rate
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£400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £239 £232 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £413 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+10.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 25 20
Average hourly rate £22.50 £24.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.75 £15.00 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.00 £35.10 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +6.66%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
47189 44564 41455
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.47% 92.53% 92.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 29609 26528 23470
Average daily rate £400 £400 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £228 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1818 1936 2419
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% -4.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.25 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -5.71%

Designer
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Designer in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Designer Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Designer
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Designer within the UK.

Designer Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Designer
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Designer within the UK over the 3 months to 30 January 2015.

Designer Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Designer
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Designer within the UK.

Designer Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Designer
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Designer within the UK over the 3 months to 30 January 2015.

Designer Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Designer
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Designer within the UK over the 3 months to 30 January 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +2 967 £398 +6.00% 267
London 0 435 £375 -3.53% 110
South East -13 191 £388 +3.33% 41
City of London +5 104 £375 +2.73% 35
Berkshire +17 101 £425 +6.25% 15
South West +17 78 £431 +23.21% 18
North West +5 77 £400 +6.66% 25
Yorkshire +5 49 £475 +35.71% 18
Scotland +5 47 £425 +5.65% 5
Wiltshire +12 42 £450 +43.54% 7
West Yorkshire +7 39 £463 +32.14% 10
East of England -11 37 £425 +54.54% 24
East Midlands +19 35 £450 +20.00% 12
Leeds +4 32 £525 +50.00% 4
North East +11 30 £306 -23.43% 4
Swindon +4 30 £470 +43.57% 6
Tyne and Wear +10 26 £313 -21.87% 3
Edinburgh +8 26 £450 - 3
Newcastle upon Tyne +12 25 £319 -20.31% 3
Surrey -8 25 £335 -25.96% 6
Manchester +5 23 £325 -14.19% 15
Buckinghamshire -1 21 £375 -6.25% 3
Lancashire -4 20 £450 +38.46% 6
West Midlands -12 20 £406 +15.24% 13
Cheshire -8 19 £388 -13.88% 2
Slough +1 18 £450 +73.07% 1
Bristol +3 16 £400 -13.51% 4
Glasgow -4 16 £425 -
Norfolk - 16 £425 -
Bracknell 0 15 £350 -12.50%

Designer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Designer in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Designer in their job title.

1 816 (37.23%) User Experience
2 656 (29.93%) HTML
3 577 (26.32%) CSS
4 458 (20.89%) Photoshop
5 425 (19.39%) Agile Software Development
6 349 (15.92%) JavaScript
7 342 (15.60%) Adobe Illustrator
8 307 (14.01%) Finance
9 282 (12.86%) Adobe
10 236 (10.77%) HTML5
11 217 (9.90%) Axure RP
12 185 (8.44%) Banking
12 185 (8.44%) jQuery
13 170 (7.76%) Oracle
14 160 (7.30%) Security Cleared
15 155 (7.07%) Java
16 150 (6.84%) Marketing
17 147 (6.71%) CSS3
18 146 (6.66%) Degree
19 136 (6.20%) Mobile App
20 132 (6.02%) Microsoft
21 124 (5.66%) Retail
22 121 (5.52%) Telecoms
22 121 (5.52%) Web Design
23 120 (5.47%) SQL
24 115 (5.25%) SOA
24 115 (5.25%) Graphic Design
25 114 (5.20%) Adobe Creative Suite
26 109 (4.97%) Stakeholder Management
27 108 (4.93%) Information Architecture

Designer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Designer in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Designer in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 44 (2.01%) SharePoint
2 41 (1.87%) CMS
3 36 (1.64%) WebSphere
4 35 (1.60%) Apache
5 23 (1.05%) WordPress
6 16 (0.73%) WebLogic
7 13 (0.59%) Lync
8 12 (0.55%) Tomcat
8 12 (0.55%) SAS
9 11 (0.50%) Drupal
10 10 (0.46%) Node.js
11 8 (0.36%) IIS
11 8 (0.36%) Adobe CQ
11 8 (0.36%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 7 (0.32%) Umbraco
12 7 (0.32%) CICS
13 6 (0.27%) WebSphere Application Server
13 6 (0.27%) JBoss
13 6 (0.27%) Sitecore CMS
14 5 (0.23%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 458 (20.89%) Photoshop
2 342 (15.60%) Adobe Illustrator
3 114 (5.20%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 63 (2.87%) OmniGraffle
5 60 (2.74%) Fireworks
6 56 (2.55%) InDesign
7 42 (1.92%) MS Excel
8 39 (1.78%) MS Office
9 37 (1.69%) MS PowerPoint
10 36 (1.64%) MS Visio
11 33 (1.51%) Adobe After Effects
12 21 (0.96%) Acrobat
13 14 (0.64%) Adobe Captivate
14 12 (0.55%) CINEMA 4D
15 8 (0.36%) AutoCAD
16 4 (0.18%) SPSS
16 4 (0.18%) EPLAN
17 2 (0.091%) QuarkXPress
17 2 (0.091%) ImageReady
17 2 (0.091%) Adobe Premiere
Business Applications
1 11 (0.50%) Remedy ITSM
2 9 (0.41%) Google Analytics
3 8 (0.36%) WebTrends
4 6 (0.27%) Oracle BPM
4 6 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
5 4 (0.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 4 (0.18%) Oracle BRM
6 3 (0.14%) Siebel Analytics
6 3 (0.14%) Exstream
6 3 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
6 3 (0.14%) Oracle CRM
7 2 (0.091%) Oracle SCM
7 2 (0.091%) Summit
7 2 (0.091%) Oracle Retail
7 2 (0.091%) TRIRIGA
7 2 (0.091%) Magento
8 1 (0.046%) Hyperion Planning
8 1 (0.046%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 1 (0.046%) Dynamics AX
8 1 (0.046%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 12 (0.55%) MailChimp
2 9 (0.41%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (0.36%) IaaS
4 7 (0.32%) Office 365
5 4 (0.18%) Google Apps
5 4 (0.18%) SaaS
6 3 (0.14%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (0.14%) GitHub
7 1 (0.046%) IBM Blueworks
Communications & Networking
1 44 (2.01%) Firewall
2 35 (1.60%) WAN
3 32 (1.46%) 3G
4 31 (1.41%) Internet
4 31 (1.41%) LAN
5 29 (1.32%) Intranet
6 28 (1.28%) DNS
7 23 (1.05%) Cisco ASA
8 21 (0.96%) LTE
9 20 (0.91%) Network Security
10 19 (0.87%) SAN
11 18 (0.82%) LDAP
12 17 (0.78%) Radio Access Network
12 17 (0.78%) 2G
13 16 (0.73%) Wi-Fi
13 16 (0.73%) 4G
14 14 (0.64%) Broadband
15 13 (0.59%) Unified Communications
15 13 (0.59%) Cisco Nexus
16 11 (0.50%) MVNO
Database & Business Intelligence
1 70 (3.19%) Data Warehouse
2 51 (2.33%) SQL Server
3 33 (1.51%) Oracle Database
4 26 (1.19%) DB2
5 23 (1.05%) MySQL
6 22 (1.00%) Relational Database
7 21 (0.96%) Big Data
8 19 (0.87%) Oracle Database 11g
9 16 (0.73%) Oracle Database 10g
10 14 (0.64%) Oracle Reports
11 13 (0.59%) Hadoop
11 13 (0.59%) RDBMS
12 12 (0.55%) Oracle BI EE
13 11 (0.50%) QlikView
14 9 (0.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 9 (0.41%) SQL Server 2008
14 9 (0.41%) PostgreSQL
15 8 (0.36%) BusinessObjects
16 7 (0.32%) SAS Data Integration Studio
16 7 (0.32%) SAS Enterprise Guide
Development Applications
1 217 (9.90%) Axure RP
2 93 (4.24%) Dreamweaver
3 55 (2.51%) Balsamiq Mockups
4 17 (0.78%) Git (software)
5 16 (0.73%) JIRA
6 15 (0.68%) Visual Studio
7 10 (0.46%) Subversion
8 9 (0.41%) Team Foundation Server
9 8 (0.36%) PHPUnit
10 6 (0.27%) Eclipse
10 6 (0.27%) Selenium
10 6 (0.27%) Oracle APEX
11 5 (0.23%) Microsoft Blend
11 5 (0.23%) GCC
11 5 (0.23%) Cucumber
11 5 (0.23%) Rational Application Developer
11 5 (0.23%) Xcode
11 5 (0.23%) JUnit
11 5 (0.23%) ERwin
12 4 (0.18%) Checkstyle
General
1 307 (14.01%) Finance
2 185 (8.44%) Banking
3 150 (6.84%) Marketing
4 124 (5.66%) Retail
5 121 (5.52%) Telecoms
6 71 (3.24%) Publishing
7 42 (1.92%) Legal
8 33 (1.51%) Games
8 33 (1.51%) Billing
9 27 (1.23%) Advertising
9 27 (1.23%) Retail Banking
10 20 (0.91%) Investment Banking
11 13 (0.59%) Multimedia
11 13 (0.59%) Manufacturing
12 11 (0.50%) Law
13 8 (0.36%) Automotive
13 8 (0.36%) Electronics
14 7 (0.32%) Financial Institution
15 6 (0.27%) Local Government
16 3 (0.14%) Interactive Media
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 656 (29.93%) HTML
2 577 (26.32%) CSS
3 236 (10.77%) HTML5
4 185 (8.44%) jQuery
5 147 (6.71%) CSS3
6 104 (4.74%) .NET
7 79 (3.60%) XML
8 69 (3.15%) Flash
9 63 (2.87%) Web Services
10 55 (2.51%) AngularJS
11 47 (2.14%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 41 (1.87%) ASP.NET
13 38 (1.73%) Middleware
13 38 (1.73%) JSON
14 29 (1.32%) J2EE
15 27 (1.23%) Spring
16 26 (1.19%) XHTML
17 25 (1.14%) XSLT
18 24 (1.09%) Ajax
19 23 (1.05%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 816 (37.23%) User Experience
2 136 (6.20%) Mobile App
3 115 (5.25%) Graphic Design
4 98 (4.47%) Analytical Skills
5 71 (3.24%) Social Media
6 61 (2.78%) E-Learning
7 53 (2.42%) W3C
8 28 (1.28%) Enterprise Software
9 26 (1.19%) Digital Media
10 24 (1.09%) Open Source
10 24 (1.09%) Visualisation
11 23 (1.05%) Animation
12 21 (0.96%) Mobile Banking
12 21 (0.96%) Human Factors
13 18 (0.82%) Computer Science
13 18 (0.82%) Video Editing
14 17 (0.78%) Mainframe
15 16 (0.73%) Online Banking
16 15 (0.68%) Mobile Payment
16 15 (0.68%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 102 (4.65%) Windows
2 99 (4.52%) Android
3 96 (4.38%) Apple iOS
4 72 (3.28%) Linux
5 46 (2.10%) UNIX
6 19 (0.87%) Windows Server 2008
7 14 (0.64%) Solaris
8 11 (0.50%) AIX
9 9 (0.41%) CentOS
10 8 (0.36%) Windows Server 2012
10 8 (0.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 6 (0.27%) Windows Server 2003
12 3 (0.14%) Windows 7
12 3 (0.14%) Windows Phone
13 2 (0.091%) Windows XP
13 2 (0.091%) Windows Phone 7
14 1 (0.046%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 1 (0.046%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.046%) HPUX
14 1 (0.046%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 425 (19.39%) Agile Software Development
2 121 (5.52%) Web Design
3 115 (5.25%) SOA
4 109 (4.97%) Stakeholder Management
5 108 (4.93%) Information Architecture
6 105 (4.79%) E-Commerce
7 92 (4.20%) Responsive Web Design
8 85 (3.88%) Usability Testing
8 85 (3.88%) Rapid Prototyping
9 79 (3.60%) Scrum
10 77 (3.51%) ITIL
11 76 (3.47%) Data Modelling
12 72 (3.28%) ETL
13 70 (3.19%) Project Management
14 65 (2.97%) Web Development
15 64 (2.92%) UX Design
16 63 (2.87%) Business Intelligence
17 58 (2.65%) Analytics
18 46 (2.10%) UML
19 43 (1.96%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 349 (15.92%) JavaScript
2 155 (7.07%) Java
3 120 (5.47%) SQL
4 52 (2.37%) C#
5 49 (2.24%) PL/SQL
6 28 (1.28%) PHP
7 19 (0.87%) Perl
8 18 (0.82%) C
9 16 (0.73%) XPath
10 15 (0.68%) Shell Script
11 13 (0.59%) C++
12 11 (0.50%) ActionScript
13 9 (0.41%) Python
14 7 (0.32%) VB.NET
15 5 (0.23%) PowerShell
15 5 (0.23%) Korn
15 5 (0.23%) Ruby
15 5 (0.23%) ActionScript 2.0
16 4 (0.18%) Jython
16 4 (0.18%) XAML
Qualifications
1 160 (7.30%) Security Cleared
2 146 (6.66%) Degree
3 99 (4.52%) SC Cleared
4 28 (1.28%) DV Cleared
5 25 (1.14%) Cisco Certification
6 22 (1.00%) CISSP
7 13 (0.59%) ITIL Certification
7 13 (0.59%) CCNP
8 11 (0.50%) ISSAP
9 10 (0.46%) CCNA
9 10 (0.46%) CISM
9 10 (0.46%) ISSMP
10 9 (0.41%) HND
11 8 (0.36%) CTC Cleared
12 6 (0.27%) CCIE
13 5 (0.23%) CCDP
14 3 (0.14%) JNCIS
14 3 (0.14%) Microsoft Certification
15 2 (0.091%) Oracle Certification
15 2 (0.091%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (1.41%) QA
2 12 (0.55%) COBIT
3 11 (0.50%) Solvency II
4 10 (0.46%) SLA
4 10 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.18%) WAI
5 4 (0.18%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.14%) Data Quality
7 2 (0.091%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.091%) ISO 14001
8 1 (0.046%) WCAG
8 1 (0.046%) EMIR
8 1 (0.046%) FATCA
System Software
1 22 (1.00%) Active Directory
2 14 (0.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (0.36%) Hyper-V
4 6 (0.27%) XenApp
5 5 (0.23%) OpenSSH
5 5 (0.23%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.091%) ProxySG
6 2 (0.091%) XenServer
6 2 (0.091%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.046%) GPFS
7 1 (0.046%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.046%) Xen
7 1 (0.046%) Forefront TMG
7 1 (0.046%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.046%) Cygwin
7 1 (0.046%) SRDF
7 1 (0.046%) KVM
7 1 (0.046%) Samba
7 1 (0.046%) NFS
7 1 (0.046%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 23 (1.05%) SCCM
2 6 (0.27%) Ansible
3 4 (0.18%) Veritas Storage Foundation
4 3 (0.14%) SCOM
4 3 (0.14%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 3 (0.14%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 3 (0.14%) OPNET
4 3 (0.14%) Norton AntiVirus
5 2 (0.091%) Tivoli Identity Manager
5 2 (0.091%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 2 (0.091%) HP UCMDB
5 2 (0.091%) NSN NetAct
6 1 (0.046%) EMC NetWorker
6 1 (0.046%) SCVMM
6 1 (0.046%) Data Guard
6 1 (0.046%) SCOrch
6 1 (0.046%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 282 (12.86%) Adobe
2 170 (7.76%) Oracle
3 132 (6.02%) Microsoft
4 73 (3.33%) Cisco
5 55 (2.51%) Informatica
6 47 (2.14%) IBM
7 38 (1.73%) SAP
8 34 (1.55%) VMware
9 30 (1.37%) Juniper
10 23 (1.05%) HP
11 21 (0.96%) Siebel
12 20 (0.91%) Orchard
13 19 (0.87%) Business Objects
13 19 (0.87%) webMethods
14 17 (0.78%) Google
14 17 (0.78%) CheckPoint
14 17 (0.78%) Apple
15 16 (0.73%) Citrix
16 15 (0.68%) Teradata
17 14 (0.64%) BMC
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