Period
to 18 January 2022

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for User Research skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited User Research over the 6 months to 18 January 2022 with a comparison to the 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.

User Research
Central London > City of London
6 months to
18 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 113 109 154
Rank change year-on-year -4 +45 +18
Contract jobs citing User Research 75 17 45
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 1.88% 0.83% 0.91%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.07% 0.92% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 13 32
10th Percentile £405 £224 £351
25th Percentile £463 £303 £388
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £400 £450
Median % change year-on-year +31.25% -11.11% -10.00%
75th Percentile £619 £469 £488
90th Percentile £638 £498 £513
Central London median daily rate £530 £400 £465
% change year-on-year +32.50% -13.98% -7.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 0
10th Percentile £44.05 £29.40 -
25th Percentile £49.75 £34.88 -
Median hourly rate £60.50 £45.00 -
Median % change year-on-year +34.44% - -
75th Percentile £63.75 £46.00 -
90th Percentile £64.95 - -
Central London median hourly rate £60.50 £45.00 -
% change year-on-year +34.44% - -

User Research is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
City of London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 3,629 1,840 4,405
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 90.73% 90.15% 89.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,818 1,376 3,460
10th Percentile £370 £313 £320
25th Percentile £469 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £525 £513
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +2.44% -
75th Percentile £660 £600 £605
90th Percentile £750 £688 £675
Central London median daily rate £550 £515 £510
% change year-on-year +6.80% +0.98% -0.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 23 49
10th Percentile £19.13 £13.63 £12.03
25th Percentile £30.00 £19.50 £14.25
Median hourly rate £43.25 £26.50 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year +63.21% +32.50% +5.26%
75th Percentile £61.75 £36.38 £25.76
90th Percentile £64.25 £46.00 £52.25
Central London median hourly rate £43.25 £27.00 £20.42
% change year-on-year +60.19% +32.26% +6.05%

User Research
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings citing User Research as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the City of London.

Job vacancy trend for User Research in the City of London

User Research
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing User Research in the City of London.

Daily rate trend for User Research in the City of London

User Research
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing User Research in the City of London over the 6 months to 18 January 2022.

Daily rate histogram for User Research in the City of London

User Research
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing User Research in the City of London.

Hourly rate trend for User Research in the City of London

User Research
Hourly Rate Histogram in the City of London

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing User Research in the City of London over the 6 months to 18 January 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for User Research in the City of London

For the 6 months to 18 January 2022, IT contractor jobs citing User Research also mentioned the following 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 with a requirement for User Research.

1 37 (49.33%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (41.33%) User Experience
3 25 (33.33%) UX Design
4 21 (28.00%) Public Sector
5 15 (20.00%) Service Design
6 14 (18.67%) UX Research
6 14 (18.67%) JIRA
7 13 (17.33%) Continuous Improvement
7 13 (17.33%) Accessibility
8 12 (16.00%) Social Skills
8 12 (16.00%) Prototyping
8 12 (16.00%) Confluence
9 11 (14.67%) Mentoring
9 11 (14.67%) Wireframes
9 11 (14.67%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
10 10 (13.33%) Data Science
10 10 (13.33%) Figma
11 9 (12.00%) Strategic Thinking
11 9 (12.00%) Machine Learning
11 9 (12.00%) User Stories
11 9 (12.00%) Usability Testing
12 8 (10.67%) Analytics
12 8 (10.67%) Miro
13 7 (9.33%) InVision
13 7 (9.33%) Artificial Intelligence
13 7 (9.33%) Scrum
14 6 (8.00%) Product Management
14 6 (8.00%) Adobe
15 5 (6.67%) Publishing
15 5 (6.67%) Axure RP

User Research
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 12 (16.00%) Confluence
2 2 (2.67%) CMS
Applications
1 7 (9.33%) InVision
2 4 (5.33%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (5.33%) Sketch
3 2 (2.67%) Adobe XD
3 2 (2.67%) Photoshop
3 2 (2.67%) Zeplin
4 1 (1.33%) Adobe Illustrator
4 1 (1.33%) OmniGraffle
4 1 (1.33%) UserZoom
Cloud Services
1 10 (13.33%) Figma
2 8 (10.67%) Miro
3 4 (5.33%) Adobe Creative Cloud
4 2 (2.67%) Azure
4 2 (2.67%) SaaS
5 1 (1.33%) Adobe Analytics
5 1 (1.33%) GitHub
5 1 (1.33%) Google Analytics
5 1 (1.33%) Google Docs
5 1 (1.33%) Google Workspace
Development Applications
1 14 (18.67%) JIRA
2 5 (6.67%) Axure RP
3 1 (1.33%) Git (software)
3 1 (1.33%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 21 (28.00%) Public Sector
2 12 (16.00%) Social Skills
3 5 (6.67%) Publishing
4 4 (5.33%) Finance
5 3 (4.00%) Legal
5 3 (4.00%) Marketing
6 2 (2.67%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (2.67%) Local Government
6 2 (2.67%) Retail
7 1 (1.33%) Advertising
7 1 (1.33%) Banking
7 1 (1.33%) Front Office
7 1 (1.33%) Games
7 1 (1.33%) Influencing Skills
7 1 (1.33%) Investment Banking
7 1 (1.33%) Multimedia
7 1 (1.33%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 34 (45.33%) Designer
2 17 (22.67%) UX Designer
3 15 (20.00%) User Researcher
4 13 (17.33%) Senior Designer
5 9 (12.00%) Senior UX Designer
6 8 (10.67%) UI Designer
6 8 (10.67%) UI/UX Designer
7 7 (9.33%) Content Designer
7 7 (9.33%) Senior UI Designer
7 7 (9.33%) Senior UI/UX Designer
8 4 (5.33%) Scrum Master
8 4 (5.33%) User Experience Researcher
9 3 (4.00%) Delivery Manager
9 3 (4.00%) Product Manager
9 3 (4.00%) Product Owner
9 3 (4.00%) Senior Content Designer
9 3 (4.00%) Senior Manager
9 3 (4.00%) Senior Product Manager
10 2 (2.67%) Digital Delivery Manager
10 2 (2.67%) Digital Product Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.67%) CSS
1 2 (2.67%) HTML
2 1 (1.33%) ADO
2 1 (1.33%) Play Framework
Miscellaneous
1 31 (41.33%) User Experience
2 3 (4.00%) Social Media
3 1 (1.33%) Animation
3 1 (1.33%) Graphic Design
3 1 (1.33%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (1.33%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.33%) New Media
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (49.33%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (33.33%) UX Design
3 15 (20.00%) Service Design
4 14 (18.67%) UX Research
5 13 (17.33%) Continuous Improvement
6 12 (16.00%) Prototyping
7 11 (14.67%) Mentoring
7 11 (14.67%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
7 11 (14.67%) Wireframes
8 10 (13.33%) Data Science
9 9 (12.00%) Machine Learning
9 9 (12.00%) Strategic Thinking
9 9 (12.00%) Usability Testing
9 9 (12.00%) User Stories
10 8 (10.67%) Analytics
11 7 (9.33%) Artificial Intelligence
11 7 (9.33%) Scrum
12 6 (8.00%) Product Management
13 5 (6.67%) Backlog Management
13 5 (6.67%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 2 (2.67%) C
2 1 (1.33%) Scala
Qualifications
1 4 (5.33%) Degree
1 4 (5.33%) Security Cleared
2 3 (4.00%) SC Cleared
3 1 (1.33%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (1.33%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (17.33%) Accessibility
2 2 (2.67%) WCAG
3 1 (1.33%) GDPR
3 1 (1.33%) QA
Vendors
1 6 (8.00%) Adobe
2 1 (1.33%) ClickTale
2 1 (1.33%) Google
2 1 (1.33%) hybris
2 1 (1.33%) Informatica
2 1 (1.33%) Microsoft