Period
to 22 September 2021

The median contractor rate for a Designer was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 22 September 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
22 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 100 113 130
Rank change year-on-year +13 +17 +15
Contract jobs requiring a Designer 1,639 578 1,624
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.56% 2.23% 2.03%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.74% 2.41% 2.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,112 403 1,133
10th Percentile £325 £275 £300
25th Percentile £413 £350 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £425 £425
Median % change year-on-year +17.65% - -
75th Percentile £575 £500 £495
90th Percentile £638 £550 £550
UK median daily rate £488 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +14.71% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 11 9
10th Percentile " £28.50 £19.05
25th Percentile £15.25 " £25.55
Median hourly rate £28.00 £31.39 £34.38
Median % change year-on-year -10.80% -8.68% +14.58%
75th Percentile £36.69 £47.75 £48.75
90th Percentile £43.83 £48.00 £51.40
UK median hourly rate £28.50 £31.39 £28.00
% change year-on-year -9.21% +12.11% -6.67%

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 59,825 24,015 75,289
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.29% 92.71% 94.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 41,865 16,349 50,940
10th Percentile £300 £263 £263
25th Percentile £405 £375 £365
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £700 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,850 779 2,386
10th Percentile £11.74 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.63 £14.25 £13.68
Median hourly rate £20.00 £22.00 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year -9.09% +15.79% +8.57%
75th Percentile £45.00 £44.13 £43.75
90th Percentile £60.97 £53.75 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £21.74 £19.00
% change year-on-year -8.00% +14.42% +8.57%

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 22 September 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 22 September 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 22 September 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 +68 992 £500 +17.65% 158
North of England -13 188 £500 +11.11% 44
South East -39 177 £455 +1.11% 37
Midlands -39 105 £495 +36.55% 14
North West -8 84 £500 +2.56% 17
West Midlands -26 80 £529 +39.21% 11
Yorkshire -5 78 £485 +14.12% 18
South West -12 57 £475 +15.15% 15
East of England -25 33 £488 +2.63% 14
North East -11 27 £485 +16.87% 9
East Midlands -38 24 £419 +33.02% 2
Designer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 22 September 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.

1 896 (54.67%) User Experience
2 738 (45.03%) Agile Software Development
3 434 (26.48%) Wireframes
4 425 (25.93%) User Research
5 405 (24.71%) Prototyping
6 346 (21.11%) Sketch
7 330 (20.13%) Service Design
8 288 (17.57%) Adobe
9 268 (16.35%) Social Skills
10 243 (14.83%) Finance
11 241 (14.70%) Accessibility
12 238 (14.52%) Figma
13 216 (13.18%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
14 202 (12.32%) HTML
15 199 (12.14%) InVision
16 179 (10.92%) Public Sector
17 153 (9.33%) CSS
18 136 (8.30%) Axure RP
19 129 (7.87%) Degree
20 123 (7.50%) Workshop Facilitation
21 116 (7.08%) Stakeholder Management
22 114 (6.96%) Photoshop
22 114 (6.96%) Usability Testing
23 108 (6.59%) Problem-Solving
24 107 (6.53%) Mobile App
25 106 (6.47%) Analytics
25 106 (6.47%) Telecoms
26 104 (6.35%) Information Architecture
27 103 (6.28%) User Stories
28 99 (6.04%) Adobe Creative Cloud

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 41 (2.50%) CMS
2 33 (2.01%) SharePoint
3 31 (1.89%) Confluence
4 14 (0.85%) Drupal
5 12 (0.73%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 9 (0.55%) OpenEdge
7 8 (0.49%) Apache Spark
7 8 (0.49%) OpenStack
7 8 (0.49%) WordPress
8 6 (0.37%) Apache Airflow
9 5 (0.31%) Anypoint
9 5 (0.31%) Apache
9 5 (0.31%) Moodle
10 4 (0.24%) JBoss
10 4 (0.24%) WebSphere
11 3 (0.18%) BizTalk Server
11 3 (0.18%) NetWeaver
11 3 (0.18%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 3 (0.18%) Sitecore CMS
11 3 (0.18%) Umbraco
Applications
1 346 (21.11%) Sketch
2 238 (14.52%) Figma
3 199 (12.14%) InVision
4 114 (6.96%) Photoshop
5 96 (5.86%) Zeplin
6 83 (5.06%) Adobe Illustrator
7 74 (4.51%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 63 (3.84%) Adobe XD
9 41 (2.50%) Marvel
10 23 (1.40%) InDesign
11 20 (1.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
12 16 (0.98%) Microsoft Office
13 15 (0.92%) Revit
14 14 (0.85%) Adobe After Effects
14 14 (0.85%) Adobe Premiere
15 11 (0.67%) OmniGraffle
16 9 (0.55%) AutoCAD
17 8 (0.49%) MS Visio
17 8 (0.49%) UXPin
18 6 (0.37%) Camtasia
Business Applications
1 8 (0.49%) Remedy ITSM
2 7 (0.43%) Remedy AR System
3 6 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.24%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.12%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.061%) Maximo
6 1 (0.061%) Oracle CRM
6 1 (0.061%) SAP BPC
6 1 (0.061%) Sentinel
6 1 (0.061%) Siebel CRM
6 1 (0.061%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 99 (6.04%) Adobe Creative Cloud
2 93 (5.67%) Azure
3 50 (3.05%) AWS
4 40 (2.44%) Miro
5 31 (1.89%) GCP
6 21 (1.28%) Microsoft 365
7 19 (1.16%) SaaS
8 12 (0.73%) Dynamics 365
9 11 (0.67%) PaaS
10 10 (0.61%) IaaS
10 10 (0.61%) Power Platform
11 9 (0.55%) GitHub
12 8 (0.49%) Azure Stack
12 8 (0.49%) Serverless
13 6 (0.37%) Azure Functions
14 5 (0.31%) Azure Cosmos DB
14 5 (0.31%) Lucidchart
15 4 (0.24%) Adobe Analytics
16 3 (0.18%) Apigee
16 3 (0.18%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 19 (1.16%) MPLS
2 16 (0.98%) DNS
2 16 (0.98%) Intranet
3 14 (0.85%) Internet
3 14 (0.85%) Radio Access Network
4 13 (0.79%) 5G
4 13 (0.79%) Wireless
5 12 (0.73%) 4G
5 12 (0.73%) Firewall
5 12 (0.73%) VPN
6 11 (0.67%) BGP
6 11 (0.67%) WAN
7 9 (0.55%) 2G
8 7 (0.43%) DHCP
8 7 (0.43%) LAN
9 6 (0.37%) 3G
9 6 (0.37%) Multicast
9 6 (0.37%) OSPF
9 6 (0.37%) SD-WAN
10 5 (0.31%) Diameter Protocol
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (0.73%) Data Lake
2 10 (0.61%) Big Data
2 10 (0.61%) Data Warehouse
2 10 (0.61%) Hadoop
2 10 (0.61%) SQL Server
3 9 (0.55%) Power BI
4 8 (0.49%) MongoDB
5 6 (0.37%) Relational Database
5 6 (0.37%) SAP HANA
6 5 (0.31%) MySQL
6 5 (0.31%) PowerCenter
7 4 (0.24%) Data Mining
7 4 (0.24%) NoSQL
7 4 (0.24%) OLAP
7 4 (0.24%) Oracle Database
7 4 (0.24%) Parquet
8 3 (0.18%) Apache Hive
8 3 (0.18%) Azure SQL Database
8 3 (0.18%) Qlik Sense
8 3 (0.18%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 136 (8.30%) Axure RP
2 54 (3.29%) JIRA
3 13 (0.79%) Dreamweaver
4 5 (0.31%) Balsamiq
4 5 (0.31%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.12%) Oracle Forms
6 1 (0.061%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.061%) Introscope
6 1 (0.061%) Jasmine
6 1 (0.061%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.061%) JUnit
6 1 (0.061%) Karma Test Runner
6 1 (0.061%) Protractor
6 1 (0.061%) Subversion
6 1 (0.061%) Visual Studio
6 1 (0.061%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (0.061%) webpack
General
1 268 (16.35%) Social Skills
2 243 (14.83%) Finance
3 179 (10.92%) Public Sector
4 106 (6.47%) Telecoms
5 90 (5.49%) Banking
6 84 (5.13%) Retail
7 78 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
8 64 (3.90%) Presentation Skills
9 61 (3.72%) Marketing
10 51 (3.11%) Publishing
11 40 (2.44%) Legal
12 34 (2.07%) Influencing Skills
13 27 (1.65%) Front Office
14 18 (1.10%) Investment Banking
15 17 (1.04%) Digital Economy
16 16 (0.98%) Documentation Skills
17 15 (0.92%) Back Office
18 13 (0.79%) Advertising
18 13 (0.79%) Manufacturing
18 13 (0.79%) Organisational Skills
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 202 (12.32%) HTML
2 153 (9.33%) CSS
3 44 (2.68%) Web Services
4 41 (2.50%) React
5 30 (1.83%) Node.js
6 23 (1.40%) HTML5
7 19 (1.16%) Material-UI
8 17 (1.04%) JSON
8 17 (1.04%) Middleware
9 14 (0.85%) REST
10 13 (0.79%) SOAP
11 12 (0.73%) jQuery
12 11 (0.67%) .NET
13 10 (0.61%) Sass
13 10 (0.61%) Spring
14 9 (0.55%) Kafka
14 9 (0.55%) Material Design
15 8 (0.49%) RESTful
15 8 (0.49%) XML
16 7 (0.43%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 896 (54.67%) User Experience
2 107 (6.53%) Mobile App
3 59 (3.60%) Data Protection Act
4 37 (2.26%) Self-Motivation
5 33 (2.01%) Animation
6 29 (1.77%) Graphic Design
7 28 (1.71%) W3C
8 25 (1.53%) Virtual Team
9 22 (1.34%) Management Information System
10 21 (1.28%) NHS
11 19 (1.16%) Social Media
12 15 (0.92%) Greenfield Project
13 10 (0.61%) Legacy Systems
14 7 (0.43%) CMDB
14 7 (0.43%) Learning Management System
15 6 (0.37%) Hybrid Cloud
15 6 (0.37%) Motion Graphics
15 6 (0.37%) Photography
15 6 (0.37%) Public Cloud
15 6 (0.37%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 71 (4.33%) Android
2 69 (4.21%) Apple iOS
3 36 (2.20%) Windows
4 34 (2.07%) Linux
5 13 (0.79%) Unix
6 8 (0.49%) Windows Server
7 6 (0.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (0.24%) Windows 10
9 3 (0.18%) AIX
10 2 (0.12%) Solaris
11 1 (0.061%) Windows Server 2016
11 1 (0.061%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 738 (45.03%) Agile Software Development
2 434 (26.48%) Wireframes
3 425 (25.93%) User Research
4 405 (24.71%) Prototyping
5 330 (20.13%) Service Design
6 216 (13.18%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
7 123 (7.50%) Workshop Facilitation
8 116 (7.08%) Stakeholder Management
9 114 (6.96%) Usability Testing
10 108 (6.59%) Problem-Solving
11 106 (6.47%) Analytics
12 104 (6.35%) Information Architecture
13 103 (6.28%) User Stories
14 94 (5.74%) Typography
15 85 (5.19%) Design Thinking
15 85 (5.19%) Rapid Prototyping
16 82 (5.00%) Visualisation
17 81 (4.94%) Scrum
18 76 (4.64%) High-Fidelity Prototypes
19 68 (4.15%) Collaborative Working
Programming Languages
1 96 (5.86%) JavaScript
2 43 (2.62%) Java
3 41 (2.50%) Python
3 41 (2.50%) SQL
4 28 (1.71%) Kotlin
5 9 (0.55%) PL/SQL
6 6 (0.37%) C
7 4 (0.24%) C#
8 2 (0.12%) C++
8 2 (0.12%) COBOL
8 2 (0.12%) Perl
8 2 (0.12%) R
8 2 (0.12%) Scala
8 2 (0.12%) TypeScript
8 2 (0.12%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.061%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.061%) Java 8
9 1 (0.061%) PHP
9 1 (0.061%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.061%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 129 (7.87%) Degree
2 84 (5.13%) Security Cleared
3 59 (3.60%) SC Cleared
4 23 (1.40%) ITIL Certification
5 19 (1.16%) BPSS Clearance
6 8 (0.49%) TOGAF Certification
6 8 (0.49%) VCP6
7 7 (0.43%) Cisco Certification
7 7 (0.43%) DV Cleared
7 7 (0.43%) Master's Degree
8 6 (0.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 4 (0.24%) CCIE
9 4 (0.24%) MCSE
9 4 (0.24%) Microsoft Certification
10 3 (0.18%) DBS Check
11 2 (0.12%) CCIE Service Provider
11 2 (0.12%) CCNA
11 2 (0.12%) CCNP
11 2 (0.12%) JNCIE
12 1 (0.061%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 241 (14.70%) Accessibility
2 39 (2.38%) WCAG
3 28 (1.71%) QA
4 9 (0.55%) GDPR
5 7 (0.43%) PMO
6 3 (0.18%) COBIT
6 3 (0.18%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.12%) Data Quality
7 2 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.12%) IFRS
7 2 (0.12%) SLA
8 1 (0.061%) Actionable Recommendations
8 1 (0.061%) GMP
8 1 (0.061%) GxP
8 1 (0.061%) ISO 13485
8 1 (0.061%) ISO/IEC 17025
System Software
1 30 (1.83%) Docker
2 20 (1.22%) Active Directory
3 16 (0.98%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.31%) vSphere
5 4 (0.24%) Hyper-V
5 4 (0.24%) VMware NSX
6 1 (0.061%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 34 (2.07%) Kubernetes
2 27 (1.65%) Terraform
3 6 (0.37%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 4 (0.24%) Control-M
5 3 (0.18%) Microsoft Clustering
5 3 (0.18%) SCCM
6 2 (0.12%) Cisco CUCM
6 2 (0.12%) Netcool
6 2 (0.12%) NSN NetAct
6 2 (0.12%) vRealize
6 2 (0.12%) vRealize Orchestrator
7 1 (0.061%) Cisco Prime
7 1 (0.061%) Kibana
7 1 (0.061%) logstash
7 1 (0.061%) Nagios
7 1 (0.061%) Netcool/OMNIbus
7 1 (0.061%) OpenView
7 1 (0.061%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.061%) RANCID
7 1 (0.061%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 288 (17.57%) Adobe
2 66 (4.03%) Microsoft
3 35 (2.14%) Oracle
4 26 (1.59%) Cisco
5 24 (1.46%) Google
6 23 (1.40%) VMware
7 17 (1.04%) SAP
8 15 (0.92%) IBM
8 15 (0.92%) MuleSoft
9 14 (0.85%) Juniper
10 13 (0.79%) ServiceNow
11 11 (0.67%) Nokia
11 11 (0.67%) Red Hat
11 11 (0.67%) Salesforce.com
12 10 (0.61%) Progress
12 10 (0.61%) Remedy
13 8 (0.49%) BMC
13 8 (0.49%) BT
13 8 (0.49%) Databricks
13 8 (0.49%) Informatica