Period
to 18 January 2021

The median contractor rate for a Designer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 18 January 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
18 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 93 129 138
Rank change year-on-year +36 +9 -14
Contract jobs requiring a Designer 837 1,316 1,779
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.48% 2.00% 1.95%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.68% 2.13% 2.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 753 915 1,204
Median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £263 £300
90th Percentile £575 £538 £538
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +2.94% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 11 13
Median hourly rate £39.00 £37.00 £28.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.41% +28.70% +33.72%
10th Percentile £16.00 £18.50 £26.63
90th Percentile £52.00 £53.00 £44.20
UK median hourly rate £39.00 £26.87 £28.63
% change year-on-year +45.17% -6.15% +39.63%

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 31,239 61,716 86,357
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.40% 93.81% 94.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 21,407 41,786 58,760
Median daily rate £475 £463 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% - +2.78%
10th Percentile £255 £250 £275
90th Percentile £656 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £470 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +4.44% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,156 2,237 2,472
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% - -
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £57.34 £50.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £23.00 £18.00 £17.66
% change year-on-year +27.78% +1.93% -0.45%

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 18 January 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 18 January 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 18 January 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 +18 409 £450 +5.88% 52
North of England +55 139 £468 +16.88% 28
South East +41 114 £425 -2.02% 16
North West +49 72 £500 +15.94% 14
Midlands +17 56 £378 -8.92% 23
Yorkshire +45 43 £450 +10.77% 9
South West +40 34 £425 +6.25% 8
East Midlands +45 29 £315 -34.72% 9
West Midlands 0 27 £454 +13.50% 14
North East +23 25 £425 +18.06% 5
East of England +40 19 £475 +18.75% 6
Designer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 18 January 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.

1 473 (56.51%) User Experience
2 370 (44.21%) Agile Software Development
3 206 (24.61%) Prototyping
4 171 (20.43%) Service Design
5 170 (20.31%) Wireframes
6 159 (19.00%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
7 145 (17.32%) Adobe
8 120 (14.34%) HTML
9 119 (14.22%) Public Sector
10 118 (14.10%) CSS
11 111 (13.26%) Degree
12 110 (13.14%) Finance
13 108 (12.90%) Sketch
14 84 (10.04%) JavaScript
15 77 (9.20%) InVision
16 72 (8.60%) Security Cleared
17 68 (8.12%) Mobile App
18 66 (7.89%) Software Engineering
19 63 (7.53%) Adobe Illustrator
19 63 (7.53%) Front End Development
20 58 (6.93%) Azure
21 57 (6.81%) Adobe Creative Suite
21 57 (6.81%) Workshop Facilitation
22 56 (6.69%) Axure RP
23 55 (6.57%) SC Cleared
24 53 (6.33%) Publishing
24 53 (6.33%) Marketing
24 53 (6.33%) Design Thinking
25 50 (5.97%) Analytics
26 46 (5.50%) User Stories

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 15 (1.79%) CMS
2 14 (1.67%) SharePoint
3 8 (0.96%) WordPress
4 6 (0.72%) IIS
5 5 (0.60%) Drupal
6 4 (0.48%) Confluence
7 3 (0.36%) OpenStack
7 3 (0.36%) WebLogic
8 2 (0.24%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 2 (0.24%) Anypoint
8 2 (0.24%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (0.24%) Headless CMS
8 2 (0.24%) Moodle
8 2 (0.24%) Mule
8 2 (0.24%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.12%) JBoss
9 1 (0.12%) NetWeaver
9 1 (0.12%) Umbraco
9 1 (0.12%) WebSphere
Applications
1 108 (12.90%) Sketch
2 77 (9.20%) InVision
3 63 (7.53%) Adobe Illustrator
4 57 (6.81%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 45 (5.38%) Adobe XD
5 45 (5.38%) Photoshop
6 29 (3.46%) Zeplin
7 22 (2.63%) Figma
8 20 (2.39%) Adobe After Effects
9 17 (2.03%) Microsoft PowerPoint
10 15 (1.79%) Adobe Premiere
10 15 (1.79%) Microsoft Office
11 11 (1.31%) CINEMA 4D
12 8 (0.96%) InDesign
13 6 (0.72%) Marvel
14 5 (0.60%) UserZoom
15 4 (0.48%) OmniGraffle
16 3 (0.36%) Acrobat
16 3 (0.36%) Microsoft Excel
16 3 (0.36%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (0.72%) Oracle EBS
1 6 (0.72%) Oracle EBS R12
2 4 (0.48%) SessionCam
3 3 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.12%) Avolution ABACUS
4 1 (0.12%) Magento
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.12%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.12%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 58 (6.93%) Azure
2 43 (5.14%) AWS
3 37 (4.42%) GCP
4 28 (3.35%) Adobe Creative Cloud
5 21 (2.51%) Office 365
6 16 (1.91%) Power Platform
7 12 (1.43%) PowerApps
8 11 (1.31%) Logic Apps
9 7 (0.84%) SaaS
10 6 (0.72%) Google Analytics
11 5 (0.60%) GitHub
12 4 (0.48%) Adobe Analytics
12 4 (0.48%) IaaS
12 4 (0.48%) PaaS
12 4 (0.48%) Serverless
13 3 (0.36%) Apigee
13 3 (0.36%) Azure Active Directory
13 3 (0.36%) Dynamics 365
14 2 (0.24%) G Suite
14 2 (0.24%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 14 (1.67%) 4G
2 12 (1.43%) 3G
2 12 (1.43%) 5G
3 11 (1.31%) Radio Access Network
4 9 (1.08%) Firewall
5 8 (0.96%) 2G
6 7 (0.84%) Intranet
6 7 (0.84%) VoLTE
7 6 (0.72%) Internet
7 6 (0.72%) LTE
7 6 (0.72%) VPN
7 6 (0.72%) Wireshark
8 5 (0.60%) DNS
8 5 (0.60%) MPLS
9 4 (0.48%) DWDM
9 4 (0.48%) Ethernet
9 4 (0.48%) SDH
10 3 (0.36%) 3GPP
10 3 (0.36%) BGP
10 3 (0.36%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (1.08%) SQL Server
2 8 (0.96%) Oracle Database
3 7 (0.84%) Relational Database
4 6 (0.72%) DataStage
4 6 (0.72%) IBM InfoSphere
5 4 (0.48%) Power BI
5 4 (0.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (0.24%) Amazon Redshift
6 2 (0.24%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (0.24%) MongoDB
6 2 (0.24%) Oracle Database 11g
6 2 (0.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.12%) Azure SQL Database
7 1 (0.12%) Big Data
7 1 (0.12%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.12%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.12%) QlikView
7 1 (0.12%) SAP HANA
7 1 (0.12%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.12%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 56 (6.69%) Axure RP
2 24 (2.87%) JIRA
3 16 (1.91%) Balsamiq
4 4 (0.48%) Dreamweaver
4 4 (0.48%) Git (software)
4 4 (0.48%) Jasmine
4 4 (0.48%) Mocha
5 2 (0.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 2 (0.24%) Eclipse
5 2 (0.24%) Grunt
5 2 (0.24%) gulp
5 2 (0.24%) Jenkins
5 2 (0.24%) Karma Test Runner
5 2 (0.24%) Protractor
5 2 (0.24%) QUnit
5 2 (0.24%) Selenium
5 2 (0.24%) SonarQube
5 2 (0.24%) Sonatype Nexus
5 2 (0.24%) TeamCity
5 2 (0.24%) WebStorm
General
1 119 (14.22%) Public Sector
2 110 (13.14%) Finance
3 53 (6.33%) Marketing
3 53 (6.33%) Publishing
4 35 (4.18%) Front Office
5 31 (3.70%) Telecoms
6 26 (3.11%) Retail
7 20 (2.39%) Banking
8 19 (2.27%) Legal
9 12 (1.43%) Multimedia
10 11 (1.31%) Advertising
11 9 (1.08%) Law
12 8 (0.96%) Digital Economy
12 8 (0.96%) Local Government
13 7 (0.84%) Aerospace
13 7 (0.84%) Electronics
13 7 (0.84%) Manufacturing
13 7 (0.84%) Polish Language
14 6 (0.72%) Pharmaceutical
14 6 (0.72%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 120 (14.34%) HTML
2 118 (14.10%) CSS
3 41 (4.90%) React
4 36 (4.30%) Node.js
4 36 (4.30%) Web Services
5 15 (1.79%) HTML5
6 8 (0.96%) Sass
7 7 (0.84%) AngularJS
7 7 (0.84%) CSS3
7 7 (0.84%) jQuery
8 5 (0.60%) Middleware
8 5 (0.60%) REST
9 4 (0.48%) .NET
9 4 (0.48%) Chai
9 4 (0.48%) Flash
9 4 (0.48%) JSON
9 4 (0.48%) SAML
9 4 (0.48%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 3 (0.36%) Oracle Fusion
10 3 (0.36%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 473 (56.51%) User Experience
2 68 (8.12%) Mobile App
3 35 (4.18%) Animation
4 33 (3.94%) Graphic Design
5 29 (3.46%) Social Media
6 26 (3.11%) Analytical Skills
7 16 (1.91%) W3C
8 10 (1.19%) e-Learning
8 10 (1.19%) Video Editing
9 8 (0.96%) Motion Graphics
10 7 (0.84%) NHS
11 6 (0.72%) Enterprise Software
11 6 (0.72%) Management Information System
12 5 (0.60%) Data Centre
12 5 (0.60%) Photography
13 4 (0.48%) Greenfield Project
14 3 (0.36%) Learning Management System
14 3 (0.36%) PKI
14 3 (0.36%) Self-Motivation
15 2 (0.24%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 31 (3.70%) Apple iOS
2 29 (3.46%) Android
3 14 (1.67%) Windows
4 10 (1.19%) Windows 10
5 3 (0.36%) Linux
6 2 (0.24%) Unix
7 1 (0.12%) Mac OS
7 1 (0.12%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.12%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 370 (44.21%) Agile Software Development
2 206 (24.61%) Prototyping
3 171 (20.43%) Service Design
4 170 (20.31%) Wireframes
5 159 (19.00%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
6 66 (7.89%) Software Engineering
7 63 (7.53%) Front End Development
8 57 (6.81%) Workshop Facilitation
9 53 (6.33%) Design Thinking
10 50 (5.97%) Analytics
11 46 (5.50%) User Stories
12 43 (5.14%) Rapid Prototyping
13 42 (5.02%) Usability Testing
14 40 (4.78%) Information Architecture
15 39 (4.66%) High-Fidelity Prototypes
15 39 (4.66%) Problem-Solving
15 39 (4.66%) Stakeholder Management
16 38 (4.54%) Collaborative Working
17 36 (4.30%) Content Management
18 34 (4.06%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 84 (10.04%) JavaScript
2 42 (5.02%) Java
3 37 (4.42%) Python
4 33 (3.94%) Kotlin
5 15 (1.79%) SQL
6 10 (1.19%) C
7 8 (0.96%) PHP
8 5 (0.60%) XAML
9 4 (0.48%) C#
10 3 (0.36%) R
10 3 (0.36%) TypeScript
11 2 (0.24%) COBOL
11 2 (0.24%) ES6
11 2 (0.24%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.12%) Perl
12 1 (0.12%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.12%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.12%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 111 (13.26%) Degree
2 72 (8.60%) Security Cleared
3 55 (6.57%) SC Cleared
4 15 (1.79%) BPSS Clearance
5 4 (0.48%) DBS Check
5 4 (0.48%) DV Cleared
6 3 (0.36%) Postgraduate
7 2 (0.24%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (0.24%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (0.24%) JNCIP
7 2 (0.24%) JNCIS
7 2 (0.24%) Master's Degree
8 1 (0.12%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.12%) CCIE
8 1 (0.12%) CCIE Service Provider
8 1 (0.12%) CCNP
8 1 (0.12%) CISA
8 1 (0.12%) CISM
8 1 (0.12%) CISSP
8 1 (0.12%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (0.96%) WCAG
2 4 (0.48%) QA
2 4 (0.48%) SLA
3 3 (0.36%) Data Quality
3 3 (0.36%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.24%) Actionable Recommendations
4 2 (0.24%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.12%) COBIT
5 1 (0.12%) GDPR
5 1 (0.12%) OASIS TOSCA
5 1 (0.12%) WAI
System Software
1 41 (4.90%) Docker
2 8 (0.96%) Active Directory
3 3 (0.36%) VMware ESXi
3 3 (0.36%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.24%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
5 1 (0.12%) KVM
5 1 (0.12%) LXC
Systems Management
1 41 (4.90%) Kubernetes
2 36 (4.30%) Terraform
3 6 (0.72%) Single Sign-On
4 1 (0.12%) Ansible
4 1 (0.12%) CloudHub
4 1 (0.12%) Cloudify
4 1 (0.12%) Docker Swarm
4 1 (0.12%) Grafana
4 1 (0.12%) Juju
4 1 (0.12%) Prometheus
4 1 (0.12%) SCCM
Vendors
1 145 (17.32%) Adobe
2 21 (2.51%) Microsoft
3 17 (2.03%) Google
3 17 (2.03%) Oracle
3 17 (2.03%) Salesforce.com
4 9 (1.08%) SAP
5 8 (0.96%) Cisco
5 8 (0.96%) Nokia
6 7 (0.84%) Ericsson
7 6 (0.72%) IBM
8 5 (0.60%) Avaya
8 5 (0.60%) MuleSoft
9 4 (0.48%) Alcatel-Lucent
9 4 (0.48%) Huawei
9 4 (0.48%) Splunk
9 4 (0.48%) VMware
10 3 (0.36%) CheckPoint
10 3 (0.36%) Empirix
10 3 (0.36%) Juniper
10 3 (0.36%) Xamarin