Period
to 20 February 2020

The median contractor rate for a Designer was £438 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 6 months to 20 February 2020.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Designer
Central London > City of London
6 months to
20 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 106 117 147
Rank change year-on-year +11 +30 -17
Contract jobs requiring a Designer 90 141 115
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 1.91% 2.07% 1.62%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.05% 2.19% 1.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 74 93 91
City of London median daily rate £438 £425 £401
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.12% -5.76%
10th Percentile £272 £241 £233
90th Percentile £538 £538 £538
Central London median daily rate £445 £433 £415
% change year-on-year +2.89% +4.22% -2.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
City of London median hourly rate - - £35.75
Central London median hourly rate - - £29.63

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
City of London
Contract vacancies in the City of London with a recognized job title 4,385 6,453 6,703
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.14% 94.65% 94.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,347 5,048 5,325
City of London median daily rate £500 £500 £500
10th Percentile £292 £305 £313
90th Percentile £675 £675 £688
Central London median daily rate £500 £500 £500
Number of hourly rates quoted 76 70 98
City of London median hourly rate £20.75 £18.70 £16.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.96% +15.08% -11.44%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £44.28 £35.00 £31.68
Central London median hourly rate £21.28 £18.70 £18.00
% change year-on-year +13.80% +3.89% +2.86%

Designer
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings that featured Designer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the City of London.

Job vacancy trend for Designer in the City of London

Designer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Designer in the City of London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Designer in the City of London

Designer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Designer in the City of London over the 6 months to 20 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Designer in the City of London

Designer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Designer in the City of London

Designer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 20 February 2020, Designer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the City of London region featuring Designer in the job title.

1 58 (64.44%) User Experience
2 25 (27.78%) Wireframes
2 25 (27.78%) Sketch
3 24 (26.67%) Adobe
3 24 (26.67%) Agile Software Development
4 21 (23.33%) Prototyping
5 19 (21.11%) InVision
5 19 (21.11%) Finance
6 18 (20.00%) HTML
7 17 (18.89%) Mobile App
8 16 (17.78%) Service Design
9 13 (14.44%) CSS
9 13 (14.44%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
10 12 (13.33%) Typography
11 11 (12.22%) Analytics
11 11 (12.22%) Marketing
12 10 (11.11%) E-Commerce
12 10 (11.11%) JavaScript
12 10 (11.11%) Axure RP
12 10 (11.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 8 (8.89%) Front End Development
13 8 (8.89%) Photoshop
14 7 (7.78%) Degree
14 7 (7.78%) Adobe Illustrator
14 7 (7.78%) JIRA
15 6 (6.67%) Graphic Design
15 6 (6.67%) Usability Testing
15 6 (6.67%) QA
15 6 (6.67%) Information Architecture
15 6 (6.67%) HTML5

Designer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 6 (6.67%) Confluence
Applications
1 25 (27.78%) Sketch
2 19 (21.11%) InVision
3 10 (11.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 8 (8.89%) Photoshop
5 7 (7.78%) Adobe Illustrator
6 6 (6.67%) Adobe After Effects
7 4 (4.44%) InDesign
7 4 (4.44%) Zeplin
8 3 (3.33%) Adobe XD
8 3 (3.33%) OmniGraffle
9 2 (2.22%) Adobe Premiere
9 2 (2.22%) CINEMA 4D
9 2 (2.22%) Microsoft Office
10 1 (1.11%) Figma
10 1 (1.11%) Microsoft Excel
10 1 (1.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
10 1 (1.11%) UXPin
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.33%) Adobe Creative Cloud
2 2 (2.22%) Azure
2 2 (2.22%) SaaS
3 1 (1.11%) Azure Data Factory
3 1 (1.11%) Power Platform
3 1 (1.11%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.33%) Internet
2 1 (1.11%) Intranet
2 1 (1.11%) RIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.11%) Azure SQL Database
1 1 (1.11%) Biml
1 1 (1.11%) Data Lake
1 1 (1.11%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (1.11%) Power BI
1 1 (1.11%) Snowflake Schema
1 1 (1.11%) SQL Server
1 1 (1.11%) SQL Server 2016
1 1 (1.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 1 (1.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 1 (1.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 10 (11.11%) Axure RP
2 7 (7.78%) JIRA
3 1 (1.11%) Balsamiq
3 1 (1.11%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 19 (21.11%) Finance
2 11 (12.22%) Marketing
3 6 (6.67%) Retail
4 4 (4.44%) Advertising
4 4 (4.44%) Public Sector
5 3 (3.33%) Banking
5 3 (3.33%) Investment Banking
5 3 (3.33%) Telecoms
6 2 (2.22%) Games
6 2 (2.22%) Police
6 2 (2.22%) Publishing
7 1 (1.11%) Automotive
7 1 (1.11%) Brand Awareness
7 1 (1.11%) Digital Economy
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (20.00%) HTML
2 13 (14.44%) CSS
3 6 (6.67%) HTML5
4 5 (5.56%) .NET
4 5 (5.56%) AngularJS
5 2 (2.22%) Framer.js
6 1 (1.11%) CSS3
6 1 (1.11%) MDX
6 1 (1.11%) React
6 1 (1.11%) Unity (Game Engine)
Miscellaneous
1 58 (64.44%) User Experience
2 17 (18.89%) Mobile App
3 6 (6.67%) Graphic Design
3 6 (6.67%) Social Media
4 5 (5.56%) Animation
5 4 (4.44%) e-Learning
6 3 (3.33%) Photography
7 2 (2.22%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (2.22%) Management Information System
7 2 (2.22%) Motion Graphics
7 2 (2.22%) RIA
7 2 (2.22%) Video Editing
8 1 (1.11%) Cyber Defence
8 1 (1.11%) Digital Media
8 1 (1.11%) FMCG
8 1 (1.11%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 1 (1.11%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (1.11%) Learning Management System
8 1 (1.11%) Security Operations Centre
8 1 (1.11%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 4 (4.44%) Android
1 4 (4.44%) Apple iOS
2 1 (1.11%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (27.78%) Wireframes
2 24 (26.67%) Agile Software Development
3 21 (23.33%) Prototyping
4 16 (17.78%) Service Design
5 13 (14.44%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
6 12 (13.33%) Typography
7 11 (12.22%) Analytics
8 10 (11.11%) E-Commerce
9 8 (8.89%) Front End Development
10 6 (6.67%) Fintech
10 6 (6.67%) Information Architecture
10 6 (6.67%) Usability Testing
10 6 (6.67%) Web Development
11 5 (5.56%) Mobile First
11 5 (5.56%) Scrum
11 5 (5.56%) Sprint Planning
11 5 (5.56%) Workflow
12 4 (4.44%) Collaborative Working
12 4 (4.44%) Decision-Making
12 4 (4.44%) Instructional Design
Programming Languages
1 10 (11.11%) JavaScript
2 1 (1.11%) C#
2 1 (1.11%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
2 1 (1.11%) SQL
2 1 (1.11%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 7 (7.78%) Degree
2 5 (5.56%) Security Cleared
3 4 (4.44%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.11%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (6.67%) QA
2 2 (2.22%) WCAG
3 1 (1.11%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (1.11%) NCSC
Vendors
1 24 (26.67%) Adobe
2 5 (5.56%) Microsoft
3 1 (1.11%) Atlassian
3 1 (1.11%) Databricks
3 1 (1.11%) Splunk