Period
to 12 June 2021

The median contractor rate for a Designer was £470 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 12 June 2021.

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
UK > England
6 months to
12 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 91 109 109
Rank change year-on-year +18 0 +12
Contract jobs requiring a Designer 1,312 878 1,906
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.69% 2.24% 2.30%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.90% 2.39% 2.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 870 599 1,303
10th Percentile £310 £263 £313
25th Percentile £378 £356 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £470 £435 £435
Median % change year-on-year +8.05% - +8.75%
75th Percentile £540 £500 £500
90th Percentile £600 £550 £570
UK median daily rate £450 £439 £435
% change year-on-year +2.56% +0.86% +8.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 13 10
10th Percentile " £29.08 £20.43
25th Percentile £15.25 £31.39 £22.56
Median hourly rate £21.50 £45.00 £32.50
Median % change year-on-year -52.22% +38.46% +15.04%
75th Percentile £37.38 £51.75 £48.56
90th Percentile £44.80 £55.40 £50.33
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £45.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -52.22% +60.71% -0.88%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England. 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
England
Contract vacancies in England with a recognized job title 45,222 36,718 78,292
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.84% 93.77% 94.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 31,246 24,839 52,872
10th Percentile £300 £263 £275
25th Percentile £399 £371 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £688 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £490 £475 £473
% change year-on-year +3.16% +0.53% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,470 1,239 2,355
10th Percentile £11.36 £11.63 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.00 £14.20 £13.28
Median hourly rate £21.00 £19.40 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year +8.25% +3.74% +6.83%
75th Percentile £43.75 £38.75 £42.06
90th Percentile £57.50 £52.50 £50.55
UK median hourly rate £21.25 £19.50 £18.40
% change year-on-year +8.97% +5.98% +5.14%

Designer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings that featured Designer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Designer in England

Designer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Designer in England.

Daily rate trend for Designer in England

Designer
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Designer in England over the 6 months to 12 June 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Designer in England

Designer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Designer in England.

Hourly rate trend for Designer in England

Designer
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Designer in England over the 6 months to 12 June 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Designer in England

Designer
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Designer within the England region over the 6 months to 12 June 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +41 776 £475 +11.76% 92
South East -24 144 £441 -2.00% 25
North of England -4 124 £450 +5.88% 38
Midlands -11 83 £450 - 23
North West +10 62 £500 +21.21% 14
West Midlands -13 58 £465 +21.60% 11
Yorkshire -8 55 £438 +2.94% 16
South West +17 45 £396 -6.76% 14
East of England +25 38 £475 -13.64% 7
East Midlands +9 25 £350 -24.32% 12
North East +1 7 £413 -16.67% 8
Designer
UK

Designer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 12 June 2021, 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 England region featuring Designer in the job title.

1 732 (55.79%) User Experience
2 604 (46.04%) Agile Software Development
3 306 (23.32%) Wireframes
4 278 (21.19%) Prototyping
5 274 (20.88%) Service Design
6 224 (17.07%) Adobe
7 211 (16.08%) Sketch
8 201 (15.32%) Social Skills
9 193 (14.71%) Finance
10 171 (13.03%) Accessibility
11 167 (12.73%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
12 162 (12.35%) HTML
13 149 (11.36%) Degree
14 140 (10.67%) Public Sector
15 136 (10.37%) Figma
16 134 (10.21%) CSS
17 114 (8.69%) JavaScript
18 112 (8.54%) InVision
19 109 (8.31%) Azure
20 107 (8.16%) Workshop Facilitation
21 106 (8.08%) User Stories
22 97 (7.39%) Usability Testing
23 96 (7.32%) Mobile App
24 83 (6.33%) Security Cleared
24 83 (6.33%) React
25 82 (6.25%) AWS
26 81 (6.17%) Stakeholder Management
27 80 (6.10%) Design Thinking
28 79 (6.02%) Axure RP
29 77 (5.87%) Telecoms

Designer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 20 (1.52%) Confluence
2 19 (1.45%) SharePoint
3 16 (1.22%) CMS
4 10 (0.76%) WordPress
5 8 (0.61%) Moodle
6 6 (0.46%) Apache Airflow
7 5 (0.38%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 4 (0.30%) Apache
8 4 (0.30%) Apache Spark
8 4 (0.30%) JBoss
8 4 (0.30%) NetWeaver
8 4 (0.30%) WebSphere
9 3 (0.23%) Drupal
9 3 (0.23%) OpenStack
10 2 (0.15%) Anypoint
10 2 (0.15%) FileNet
10 2 (0.15%) IBM Domino
10 2 (0.15%) Oracle Workflow
11 1 (0.076%) nginx
11 1 (0.076%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 211 (16.08%) Sketch
2 136 (10.37%) Figma
3 112 (8.54%) InVision
4 74 (5.64%) Photoshop
5 68 (5.18%) Zeplin
6 65 (4.95%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 65 (4.95%) Adobe Illustrator
7 54 (4.12%) Adobe XD
8 24 (1.83%) Microsoft PowerPoint
9 18 (1.37%) InDesign
9 18 (1.37%) Microsoft Office
10 17 (1.30%) Revit
11 16 (1.22%) Adobe After Effects
12 12 (0.91%) Marvel
13 11 (0.84%) AutoCAD
14 10 (0.76%) Adobe Premiere
15 9 (0.69%) OmniGraffle
16 8 (0.61%) Camtasia
16 8 (0.61%) Microsoft Excel
16 8 (0.61%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.15%) Teamcenter
3 1 (0.076%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.076%) SAP BPC
3 1 (0.076%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 109 (8.31%) Azure
2 82 (6.25%) AWS
3 64 (4.88%) GCP
4 61 (4.65%) Adobe Creative Cloud
5 30 (2.29%) Microsoft 365
6 18 (1.37%) Miro
7 17 (1.30%) SaaS
8 12 (0.91%) PaaS
8 12 (0.91%) Power Platform
9 11 (0.84%) IaaS
9 11 (0.84%) PowerApps
10 8 (0.61%) Azure Logic Apps
10 8 (0.61%) Dynamics 365
10 8 (0.61%) Lucidchart
11 6 (0.46%) Azure Stack
11 6 (0.46%) Google Analytics
12 5 (0.38%) Apigee
12 5 (0.38%) GitHub
13 4 (0.30%) Azure Cosmos DB
13 4 (0.30%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 24 (1.83%) MPLS
2 20 (1.52%) 4G
2 20 (1.52%) 5G
3 19 (1.45%) Intranet
4 18 (1.37%) BGP
4 18 (1.37%) VPN
5 15 (1.14%) 2G
5 15 (1.14%) Wireless
6 14 (1.07%) 3G
6 14 (1.07%) Radio Access Network
7 13 (0.99%) DNS
8 11 (0.84%) OSPF
9 9 (0.69%) Multicast
9 9 (0.69%) MVNO
10 8 (0.61%) Diameter Protocol
10 8 (0.61%) Firewall
10 8 (0.61%) WAN
11 7 (0.53%) LTE
12 6 (0.46%) DHCP
12 6 (0.46%) SD-WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (0.69%) SQL Server
2 6 (0.46%) RDBMS
2 6 (0.46%) Relational Database
3 5 (0.38%) Big Data
3 5 (0.38%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (0.38%) SAP HANA
3 5 (0.38%) Tableau
4 4 (0.30%) Azure SQL Database
4 4 (0.30%) DB2
4 4 (0.30%) MySQL
4 4 (0.30%) NoSQL
4 4 (0.30%) PostgreSQL
5 3 (0.23%) Data Lake
5 3 (0.23%) Power BI
6 2 (0.15%) Amazon RDS
6 2 (0.15%) Amazon Redshift
6 2 (0.15%) IBM InfoSphere
6 2 (0.15%) Presto
6 2 (0.15%) QGIS
6 2 (0.15%) Redshift Spectrum
Development Applications
1 79 (6.02%) Axure RP
2 41 (3.13%) JIRA
3 5 (0.38%) Git (software)
4 4 (0.30%) Balsamiq
5 3 (0.23%) Jenkins
5 3 (0.23%) webpack
6 2 (0.15%) Dreamweaver
6 2 (0.15%) ESLint
6 2 (0.15%) Grunt
6 2 (0.15%) gulp
6 2 (0.15%) Jasmine
6 2 (0.15%) Mocha
6 2 (0.15%) Oracle Forms
6 2 (0.15%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.076%) Cucumber
7 1 (0.076%) git-flow
7 1 (0.076%) JMeter
7 1 (0.076%) Maven
7 1 (0.076%) Selenium
7 1 (0.076%) Subversion
General
1 201 (15.32%) Social Skills
2 193 (14.71%) Finance
3 140 (10.67%) Public Sector
4 77 (5.87%) Telecoms
5 65 (4.95%) Marketing
6 62 (4.73%) Publishing
7 61 (4.65%) Front Office
8 60 (4.57%) Retail
9 57 (4.34%) Analytical Skills
9 57 (4.34%) Banking
10 32 (2.44%) Presentation Skills
11 22 (1.68%) Influencing Skills
12 16 (1.22%) Organisational Skills
13 14 (1.07%) Legal
14 11 (0.84%) Law
15 10 (0.76%) Manufacturing
16 9 (0.69%) Advertising
17 8 (0.61%) Games
17 8 (0.61%) Investment Banking
18 7 (0.53%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 162 (12.35%) HTML
2 134 (10.21%) CSS
3 83 (6.33%) React
4 74 (5.64%) Web Services
5 68 (5.18%) Node.js
6 22 (1.68%) HTML5
7 16 (1.22%) JSON
8 13 (0.99%) Material Design
9 12 (0.91%) CSS3
10 9 (0.69%) REST
10 9 (0.69%) Sass
11 8 (0.61%) Middleware
12 7 (0.53%) RESTful
13 6 (0.46%) .NET
13 6 (0.46%) jQuery
13 6 (0.46%) SOAP
13 6 (0.46%) Spring
13 6 (0.46%) XML
14 5 (0.38%) Material-UI
15 4 (0.30%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 732 (55.79%) User Experience
2 96 (7.32%) Mobile App
3 36 (2.74%) Social Media
4 35 (2.67%) Animation
5 34 (2.59%) Graphic Design
6 28 (2.13%) W3C
7 25 (1.91%) Self-Motivation
8 23 (1.75%) NHS
9 17 (1.30%) Management Information System
10 15 (1.14%) Virtual Team
11 11 (0.84%) Greenfield Project
11 11 (0.84%) Learning Management System
12 8 (0.61%) Video Editing
13 7 (0.53%) Video on Demand
14 6 (0.46%) Data Protection Act
14 6 (0.46%) e-Learning
14 6 (0.46%) Hybrid Cloud
14 6 (0.46%) Photography
15 5 (0.38%) Data Structures
15 5 (0.38%) Motion Graphics
Operating Systems
1 56 (4.27%) Android
1 56 (4.27%) Apple iOS
2 33 (2.52%) Windows
3 26 (1.98%) Linux
4 10 (0.76%) Windows Server
5 9 (0.69%) Unix
6 7 (0.53%) Windows 10
7 5 (0.38%) AIX
8 4 (0.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.15%) Solaris
9 2 (0.15%) Windows Server 2019
10 1 (0.076%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.076%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 604 (46.04%) Agile Software Development
2 306 (23.32%) Wireframes
3 278 (21.19%) Prototyping
4 274 (20.88%) Service Design
5 167 (12.73%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
6 107 (8.16%) Workshop Facilitation
7 106 (8.08%) User Stories
8 97 (7.39%) Usability Testing
9 81 (6.17%) Stakeholder Management
10 80 (6.10%) Design Thinking
11 77 (5.87%) Analytics
11 77 (5.87%) Problem-Solving
12 72 (5.49%) Software Engineering
13 71 (5.41%) Typography
14 66 (5.03%) Investment Management
15 62 (4.73%) Asset Management
16 61 (4.65%) Portfolio Management
16 61 (4.65%) Release Automation
16 61 (4.65%) Release Management
17 60 (4.57%) High-Fidelity Prototypes
Programming Languages
1 114 (8.69%) JavaScript
2 75 (5.72%) Java
3 71 (5.41%) Python
4 63 (4.80%) Kotlin
5 27 (2.06%) SQL
6 6 (0.46%) PL/SQL
7 4 (0.30%) C
8 3 (0.23%) C++
8 3 (0.23%) COBOL
8 3 (0.23%) PHP
8 3 (0.23%) PowerShell
8 3 (0.23%) VB.NET
9 2 (0.15%) Perl
9 2 (0.15%) TypeScript
10 1 (0.076%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.076%) MATLAB
10 1 (0.076%) Ruby
10 1 (0.076%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.076%) VB
10 1 (0.076%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 149 (11.36%) Degree
2 83 (6.33%) Security Cleared
3 62 (4.73%) SC Cleared
4 13 (0.99%) BPSS Clearance
5 12 (0.91%) ITIL Certification
6 10 (0.76%) Master's Degree
7 9 (0.69%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (0.53%) Computer Science Degree
9 6 (0.46%) CCIE
9 6 (0.46%) DV Cleared
9 6 (0.46%) TOGAF Certification
9 6 (0.46%) VCP6
10 5 (0.38%) CCNP
10 5 (0.38%) JNCIP
10 5 (0.38%) JNCIS
10 5 (0.38%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 4 (0.30%) DBS Check
11 4 (0.30%) MCSE
11 4 (0.30%) Microsoft Certification
12 2 (0.15%) CCIE Service Provider
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 171 (13.03%) Accessibility
2 40 (3.05%) WCAG
3 14 (1.07%) QA
4 6 (0.46%) GDPR
4 6 (0.46%) PMO
5 4 (0.30%) COBIT
5 4 (0.30%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.30%) SLA
6 3 (0.23%) Actionable Recommendations
7 1 (0.076%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.076%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.076%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.076%) WAI
System Software
1 68 (5.18%) Docker
2 20 (1.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (1.22%) Active Directory
4 5 (0.38%) VMware NSX
4 5 (0.38%) vSphere
5 4 (0.30%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.15%) vCloud
6 2 (0.15%) XenApp
6 2 (0.15%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.076%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.076%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.076%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 72 (5.49%) Kubernetes
2 61 (4.65%) Terraform
3 4 (0.30%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 3 (0.23%) Single Sign-On
4 3 (0.23%) vRealize
5 2 (0.15%) Ansible
5 2 (0.15%) Control-M
5 2 (0.15%) Kibana
5 2 (0.15%) logstash
5 2 (0.15%) SCCM
5 2 (0.15%) vRealize Orchestrator
6 1 (0.076%) Cisco Prime
6 1 (0.076%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (0.076%) Nagios
6 1 (0.076%) Netcool
6 1 (0.076%) Netcool/OMNIbus
6 1 (0.076%) NSN NetAct
6 1 (0.076%) OPNET
6 1 (0.076%) Puppet
6 1 (0.076%) RANCID
Vendors
1 224 (17.07%) Adobe
2 48 (3.66%) Microsoft
3 26 (1.98%) Cisco
3 26 (1.98%) VMware
4 24 (1.83%) Google
5 19 (1.45%) Oracle
6 14 (1.07%) Juniper
7 13 (0.99%) SAP
8 10 (0.76%) IBM
9 8 (0.61%) Blackboard
9 8 (0.61%) Nokia
9 8 (0.61%) Optimizely
9 8 (0.61%) Red Hat
10 7 (0.53%) ADVA
10 7 (0.53%) Citrix
10 7 (0.53%) F5
10 7 (0.53%) Splunk
11 6 (0.46%) Huawei
11 6 (0.46%) Omniture
11 6 (0.46%) Salesforce.com