Period
to 25 September 2021

The median contractor rate for a Designer was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 25 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
England > London
6 months to
25 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 91 145 133
Rank change year-on-year +54 -12 +16
Contract jobs requiring a Designer 989 246 844
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 2.93% 1.84% 2.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.15% 2.00% 2.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 682 170 615
10th Percentile £333 £251 £268
25th Percentile £413 £331 £358
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £425 £425
Median % change year-on-year +17.65% - -
75th Percentile £594 £499 £495
90th Percentile £655 £551 £550
England median daily rate £500 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +17.65% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 5 4
10th Percentile £31.09 £33.10 £13.55
25th Percentile £31.43 £45.25 £18.50
Median hourly rate £34.00 £46.50 £24.68
Median % change year-on-year -26.88% +88.39% -43.58%
75th Percentile £42.25 £48.00 £30.36
90th Percentile £51.90 £52.80 £34.28
England median hourly rate £28.00 £31.39 £34.38
% change year-on-year -10.80% -8.68% +14.58%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in 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
London
Contract vacancies in London with a recognized job title 31,401 12,300 36,390
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.89% 91.79% 94.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,690 8,810 26,495
10th Percentile £356 £313 £313
25th Percentile £450 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% - -
75th Percentile £650 £613 £600
90th Percentile £725 £713 £685
England median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 319 110 454
10th Percentile £13.60 £15.00 £12.04
25th Percentile £18.75 £19.99 £15.01
Median hourly rate £31.00 £34.98 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year -11.37% +66.55% +12.30%
75th Percentile £51.00 £47.25 £40.00
90th Percentile £65.15 £56.05 £53.53
England median hourly rate £19.54 £22.00 £19.03
% change year-on-year -11.18% +15.61% +8.74%

Designer
Job Vacancy Trend in London

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

Job vacancy trend for Designer in London

Designer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Daily rate trend for Designer in London

Designer
Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Designer in London over the 6 months to 25 September 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Designer in London

Designer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

Hourly rate trend for Designer in London

Designer
Hourly Rate Histogram in London

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Designer in London over the 6 months to 25 September 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Designer in London

Designer
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Designer within the London region over the 6 months to 25 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
Central London +30 126 £500 +21.21% 43
West London -21 12 £338 -28.00% 8
East London -7 8 £428 +0.74% 5
South London +5 7 £425 - 3
Designer
England

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

For the 6 months to 25 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 London region featuring Designer in the job title.

1 602 (60.87%) User Experience
2 449 (45.40%) Agile Software Development
3 306 (30.94%) Wireframes
4 273 (27.60%) Prototyping
5 248 (25.08%) Sketch
6 242 (24.47%) User Research
7 201 (20.32%) Adobe
8 187 (18.91%) Finance
9 182 (18.40%) Figma
10 176 (17.80%) Service Design
11 161 (16.28%) InVision
12 154 (15.57%) Social Skills
13 126 (12.74%) Accessibility
13 126 (12.74%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
14 101 (10.21%) Public Sector
15 94 (9.50%) Axure RP
15 94 (9.50%) Degree
16 88 (8.90%) HTML
17 82 (8.29%) Zeplin
18 77 (7.79%) Workshop Facilitation
18 77 (7.79%) Usability Testing
19 72 (7.28%) Information Architecture
19 72 (7.28%) Visualisation
19 72 (7.28%) Problem-Solving
20 71 (7.18%) Analytics
20 71 (7.18%) Retail
21 70 (7.08%) Adobe Creative Cloud
22 69 (6.98%) Typography
23 68 (6.88%) Banking
24 66 (6.67%) CSS

Designer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in 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 23 (2.33%) CMS
2 22 (2.22%) Confluence
3 13 (1.31%) SharePoint
4 12 (1.21%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 7 (0.71%) Apache Spark
6 6 (0.61%) Apache Airflow
6 6 (0.61%) OpenEdge
7 5 (0.51%) Anypoint
7 5 (0.51%) Apache
7 5 (0.51%) Drupal
8 4 (0.40%) Moodle
8 4 (0.40%) WordPress
9 3 (0.30%) Sitecore CMS
9 3 (0.30%) Umbraco
10 2 (0.20%) Headless CMS
10 2 (0.20%) Liferay
10 2 (0.20%) Mule
10 2 (0.20%) Mule ESB
10 2 (0.20%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 2 (0.20%) SAS
Applications
1 248 (25.08%) Sketch
2 182 (18.40%) Figma
3 161 (16.28%) InVision
4 82 (8.29%) Zeplin
5 58 (5.86%) Photoshop
6 51 (5.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 49 (4.95%) Adobe Illustrator
8 41 (4.15%) Adobe XD
9 28 (2.83%) Marvel
10 14 (1.42%) InDesign
11 13 (1.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
12 10 (1.01%) Adobe Premiere
13 9 (0.91%) Microsoft Office
14 7 (0.71%) Adobe After Effects
15 6 (0.61%) OmniGraffle
16 5 (0.51%) Camtasia
16 5 (0.51%) Microsoft Excel
17 4 (0.40%) MS Visio
17 4 (0.40%) UserZoom
18 3 (0.30%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 5 (0.51%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.10%) Maximo
2 1 (0.10%) SAP BPC
2 1 (0.10%) Sentinel
2 1 (0.10%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 70 (7.08%) Adobe Creative Cloud
2 59 (5.97%) Azure
3 37 (3.74%) AWS
4 36 (3.64%) Miro
5 31 (3.13%) GCP
6 12 (1.21%) SaaS
7 9 (0.91%) GitHub
7 9 (0.91%) Power Platform
8 4 (0.40%) Azure Functions
8 4 (0.40%) Lucidchart
8 4 (0.40%) Serverless
9 3 (0.30%) Apigee
9 3 (0.30%) Azure Active Directory
9 3 (0.30%) Azure Data Factory
9 3 (0.30%) Microsoft 365
10 2 (0.20%) Amazon EMR
10 2 (0.20%) AWS Data Pipeline
10 2 (0.20%) Dynamics 365
10 2 (0.20%) OpenShift
10 2 (0.20%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 11 (1.11%) Intranet
2 7 (0.71%) Internet
2 7 (0.71%) MPLS
3 6 (0.61%) VPN
4 5 (0.51%) BGP
5 3 (0.30%) Cisco IOS
5 3 (0.30%) Firewall
5 3 (0.30%) IOS XR
5 3 (0.30%) Multicast
6 2 (0.20%) 2G
6 2 (0.20%) 4G
6 2 (0.20%) 5G
6 2 (0.20%) Broadband
6 2 (0.20%) MVNO
6 2 (0.20%) OSPF
6 2 (0.20%) Software-Defined Networking
7 1 (0.10%) 3GPP
7 1 (0.10%) LAN
7 1 (0.10%) PSTN
7 1 (0.10%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (1.11%) Data Lake
2 8 (0.81%) Power BI
3 6 (0.61%) Big Data
4 5 (0.51%) Data Warehouse
4 5 (0.51%) Hadoop
5 4 (0.40%) Data Mining
5 4 (0.40%) NoSQL
5 4 (0.40%) OLAP
5 4 (0.40%) Parquet
6 3 (0.30%) Amazon Redshift
6 3 (0.30%) MongoDB
6 3 (0.30%) PostgreSQL
6 3 (0.30%) SAP BW
6 3 (0.30%) SAP HANA
6 3 (0.30%) SQL Server
7 2 (0.20%) HBase
7 2 (0.20%) HDInsight
7 2 (0.20%) Presto
7 2 (0.20%) Qlik Sense
7 2 (0.20%) Redis
Development Applications
1 94 (9.50%) Axure RP
2 44 (4.45%) JIRA
3 3 (0.30%) Dreamweaver
4 2 (0.20%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.10%) Balsamiq
5 1 (0.10%) Bitbucket
5 1 (0.10%) Introscope
5 1 (0.10%) Jasmine
5 1 (0.10%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.10%) Karma Test Runner
5 1 (0.10%) Protractor
5 1 (0.10%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.10%) Visual Studio Team System
5 1 (0.10%) webpack
General
1 187 (18.91%) Finance
2 154 (15.57%) Social Skills
3 101 (10.21%) Public Sector
4 71 (7.18%) Retail
5 68 (6.88%) Banking
6 47 (4.75%) Marketing
7 43 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
7 43 (4.35%) Presentation Skills
8 37 (3.74%) Telecoms
9 32 (3.24%) Publishing
10 28 (2.83%) Front Office
11 18 (1.82%) Investment Banking
11 18 (1.82%) Legal
12 17 (1.72%) Influencing Skills
13 14 (1.42%) Back Office
14 12 (1.21%) Documentation Skills
15 11 (1.11%) Organisational Skills
16 9 (0.91%) Manufacturing
17 8 (0.81%) Advertising
17 8 (0.81%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 88 (8.90%) HTML
2 66 (6.67%) CSS
3 40 (4.04%) React
4 36 (3.64%) Web Services
5 30 (3.03%) Node.js
6 19 (1.92%) Material-UI
7 14 (1.42%) HTML5
8 9 (0.91%) JSON
9 8 (0.81%) Sass
10 7 (0.71%) RESTful
10 7 (0.71%) SOAP
10 7 (0.71%) Spring
11 6 (0.61%) CSS3
11 6 (0.61%) jQuery
11 6 (0.61%) Material Design
12 5 (0.51%) Kafka
12 5 (0.51%) REST
13 4 (0.40%) AngularJS
13 4 (0.40%) OAuth
13 4 (0.40%) RAML
Miscellaneous
1 602 (60.87%) User Experience
2 57 (5.76%) Mobile App
3 46 (4.65%) Data Protection Act
4 22 (2.22%) Graphic Design
4 22 (2.22%) Self-Motivation
5 20 (2.02%) W3C
6 19 (1.92%) Animation
6 19 (1.92%) Virtual Team
7 16 (1.62%) Management Information System
8 14 (1.42%) Greenfield Project
9 9 (0.91%) Legacy Systems
9 9 (0.91%) Social Media
10 8 (0.81%) NHS
11 6 (0.61%) Learning Management System
11 6 (0.61%) Photography
12 5 (0.51%) Over-the-Top Content
12 5 (0.51%) Video on Demand
13 4 (0.40%) Media Streaming
13 4 (0.40%) Online Banking
14 3 (0.30%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 53 (5.36%) Android
2 51 (5.16%) Apple iOS
3 8 (0.81%) Linux
4 7 (0.71%) Windows
5 4 (0.40%) Unix
6 3 (0.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.10%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 449 (45.40%) Agile Software Development
2 306 (30.94%) Wireframes
3 273 (27.60%) Prototyping
4 242 (24.47%) User Research
5 176 (17.80%) Service Design
6 126 (12.74%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
7 77 (7.79%) Usability Testing
7 77 (7.79%) Workshop Facilitation
8 72 (7.28%) Information Architecture
8 72 (7.28%) Problem-Solving
8 72 (7.28%) Visualisation
9 71 (7.18%) Analytics
10 69 (6.98%) Typography
11 65 (6.57%) Design Thinking
11 65 (6.57%) High-Fidelity Prototypes
12 61 (6.17%) Scrum
13 56 (5.66%) Data Visualisation
14 55 (5.56%) User Stories
15 54 (5.46%) Stakeholder Management
16 47 (4.75%) UX Design
Programming Languages
1 57 (5.76%) JavaScript
2 37 (3.74%) Java
3 35 (3.54%) Python
4 27 (2.73%) Kotlin
5 20 (2.02%) SQL
6 5 (0.51%) C
7 4 (0.40%) PL/SQL
8 2 (0.20%) R
8 2 (0.20%) Scala
8 2 (0.20%) TypeScript
9 1 (0.10%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.10%) C++
9 1 (0.10%) MATLAB
9 1 (0.10%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 94 (9.50%) Degree
2 52 (5.26%) Security Cleared
3 36 (3.64%) SC Cleared
4 7 (0.71%) BPSS Clearance
5 5 (0.51%) Master's Degree
6 3 (0.30%) DV Cleared
6 3 (0.30%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (0.20%) CCIE
7 2 (0.20%) CCIE Service Provider
7 2 (0.20%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (0.10%) CIPD
8 1 (0.10%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (0.10%) DBS Check
8 1 (0.10%) MCIPD
8 1 (0.10%) PhD
8 1 (0.10%) TOGAF Certification
8 1 (0.10%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 126 (12.74%) Accessibility
2 31 (3.13%) WCAG
3 16 (1.62%) QA
4 2 (0.20%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.20%) IFRS
4 2 (0.20%) SLA
5 1 (0.10%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.10%) GDPR
5 1 (0.10%) GMP
5 1 (0.10%) GxP
5 1 (0.10%) ISO 13485
5 1 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 17025
System Software
1 28 (2.83%) Docker
2 4 (0.40%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.20%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.20%) VMware NSX
3 2 (0.20%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 28 (2.83%) Kubernetes
2 27 (2.73%) Terraform
3 3 (0.30%) Active Directory Federation Services
3 3 (0.30%) Microsoft Clustering
4 2 (0.20%) Cisco CUCM
4 2 (0.20%) vRealize
4 2 (0.20%) vRealize Orchestrator
5 1 (0.10%) CloudHub
5 1 (0.10%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.10%) SCCM
5 1 (0.10%) Single Sign-On
5 1 (0.10%) WebSphere Service Registry and Repository
Vendors
1 201 (20.32%) Adobe
2 31 (3.13%) Microsoft
3 18 (1.82%) Google
4 11 (1.11%) MuleSoft
4 11 (1.11%) SAP
5 9 (0.91%) Cisco
6 8 (0.81%) Databricks
7 6 (0.61%) IBM
7 6 (0.61%) Oracle
7 6 (0.61%) Progress
7 6 (0.61%) Salesforce.com
7 6 (0.61%) ServiceNow
8 4 (0.40%) BiZZdesign
8 4 (0.40%) Blackboard
8 4 (0.40%) Informatica
8 4 (0.40%) Omniture
8 4 (0.40%) Optimizely
8 4 (0.40%) Red Hat
8 4 (0.40%) Splunk
8 4 (0.40%) StreamSets