Period
to 27 November 2021

The median contractor rate for a Designer was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 27 November 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
6 months to
27 Nov 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 90 99 128
Rank change year-on-year +9 +29 +16
Contract jobs requiring a Designer 2,366 857 1,660
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.68% 2.35% 2.01%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.87% 2.55% 2.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,641 610 1,116
10th Percentile £340 £285 £268
25th Percentile £413 £359 £356
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £438 £425
Median % change year-on-year +14.29% +2.94% -
75th Percentile £575 £504 £488
90th Percentile £638 £559 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 7 14
10th Percentile £23.58 £21.40 £13.95
25th Percentile £27.00 £28.20 £17.02
Median hourly rate £38.75 £37.50 £20.75
Median % change year-on-year +3.33% +80.72% -34.13%
75th Percentile £49.25 £44.88 £28.14
90th Percentile £58.20 £49.25 £37.67
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £31.39 £19.00
% change year-on-year -9.21% +65.21% -39.68%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. 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
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 82,545 33,652 77,523
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.43% 92.43% 94.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,800 22,813 51,799
10th Percentile £300 £256 £250
25th Percentile £413 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £460
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +2.22%
75th Percentile £613 £575 £563
90th Percentile £700 £650 £645
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,153 1,206 2,771
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.16 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.00 £14.00 £13.94
Median hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year -11.11% +20.32% +6.86%
75th Percentile £46.05 £45.00 £42.45
90th Percentile £62.96 £57.50 £51.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.61 £17.50
% change year-on-year -10.74% +12.03% -

Designer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Designer in the UK

Designer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for Designer in the UK

Designer
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Designer over the 6 months to 27 November 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Designer in the UK

Designer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for Designer in the UK

Designer
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Designer over the 6 months to 27 November 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Designer in the UK

Designer
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Designer within the UK over the 6 months to 27 November 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
England +15 1,792 £500 +14.29% 289
London +43 1,093 £525 +21.74% 146
Work from Home +2 819 £500 +14.29% 34
UK excluding London -14 756 £475 +5.56% 154
North of England -5 218 £495 +4.21% 46
Scotland -13 154 £425 -5.56% 13
South East -49 151 £475 +8.57% 40
Midlands -2 134 £500 +38.41% 19
West Midlands 0 99 £523 +20.88% 14
North West -20 94 £480 -4.00% 21
Yorkshire +1 88 £498 +5.29% 18
South West -23 63 £495 +16.47% 18
North East +4 37 £510 +21.43% 7
East Midlands -26 32 £428 +35.71% 5
East of England -38 26 £525 +10.53% 18
Wales -30 10 £425 -14.14% 1

Designer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 November 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 featuring Designer in the job title.

1 1,230 (51.99%) User Experience
2 1,057 (44.67%) Agile Software Development
3 641 (27.09%) User Research
4 595 (25.15%) Prototyping
5 582 (24.60%) Service Design
6 553 (23.37%) Wireframes
7 411 (17.37%) Sketch
8 404 (17.08%) Social Skills
9 392 (16.57%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
10 388 (16.40%) Public Sector
11 382 (16.15%) Accessibility
12 353 (14.92%) Finance
13 347 (14.67%) Adobe
14 310 (13.10%) HTML
15 297 (12.55%) Figma
16 256 (10.82%) InVision
17 238 (10.06%) CSS
18 171 (7.23%) Security Cleared
19 170 (7.19%) Stakeholder Management
20 168 (7.10%) Degree
21 167 (7.06%) Workshop Facilitation
22 162 (6.85%) Axure RP
23 146 (6.17%) Scrum
24 141 (5.96%) Telecoms
24 141 (5.96%) Photoshop
25 139 (5.87%) Usability Testing
25 139 (5.87%) Mobile App
26 134 (5.66%) SC Cleared
27 132 (5.58%) Problem-Solving
28 131 (5.54%) Banking

Designer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 82 (3.47%) CMS
2 45 (1.90%) Confluence
3 37 (1.56%) SharePoint
4 28 (1.18%) OpenEdge
5 15 (0.63%) Drupal
6 10 (0.42%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 10 (0.42%) WebSphere
7 9 (0.38%) JBoss
8 8 (0.34%) NetWeaver
8 8 (0.34%) WordPress
9 6 (0.25%) OpenStack
9 6 (0.25%) Sitecore CMS
10 5 (0.21%) Anypoint
10 5 (0.21%) Appian
10 5 (0.21%) BizTalk Server
11 4 (0.17%) Apache Spark
11 4 (0.17%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 4 (0.17%) Oracle Workflow
11 4 (0.17%) Umbraco
12 3 (0.13%) Mule ESB
Applications
1 411 (17.37%) Sketch
2 297 (12.55%) Figma
3 256 (10.82%) InVision
4 141 (5.96%) Photoshop
5 113 (4.78%) Adobe Illustrator
6 97 (4.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 80 (3.38%) Zeplin
8 78 (3.30%) Adobe XD
9 46 (1.94%) Marvel
10 36 (1.52%) InDesign
11 22 (0.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
12 17 (0.72%) Adobe After Effects
13 16 (0.68%) Adobe Premiere
13 16 (0.68%) Chatbot
13 16 (0.68%) Microsoft Office
14 13 (0.55%) MS Visio
14 13 (0.55%) UXPin
15 9 (0.38%) OmniGraffle
16 4 (0.17%) AutoCAD
16 4 (0.17%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 11 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
2 7 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.30%) Remedy AR System
3 3 (0.13%) Oracle BPM
3 3 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.085%) Magento
5 1 (0.042%) Cognos Controller
5 1 (0.042%) IBM Planning Analytics
5 1 (0.042%) Maximo
5 1 (0.042%) Oracle CRM
5 1 (0.042%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.042%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
5 1 (0.042%) Oracle Utilities
5 1 (0.042%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.042%) SAP WM
5 1 (0.042%) Sentinel
5 1 (0.042%) Siebel CRM
5 1 (0.042%) SmartPlant
5 1 (0.042%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 1 (0.042%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 105 (4.44%) Azure
2 104 (4.40%) Adobe Creative Cloud
3 54 (2.28%) Miro
4 47 (1.99%) AWS
5 38 (1.61%) SaaS
6 34 (1.44%) GCP
7 24 (1.01%) Microsoft 365
8 17 (0.72%) GitHub
9 13 (0.55%) IaaS
9 13 (0.55%) PaaS
9 13 (0.55%) Power Platform
10 12 (0.51%) Azure Active Directory
11 11 (0.46%) Azure Cosmos DB
12 8 (0.34%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 8 (0.34%) Azure Stack
12 8 (0.34%) Dynamics 365
12 8 (0.34%) Google Analytics
13 7 (0.30%) Serverless
14 5 (0.21%) Azure Functions
15 4 (0.17%) Adobe Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 28 (1.18%) Firewall
2 24 (1.01%) Internet
3 21 (0.89%) MPLS
4 19 (0.80%) VPN
5 17 (0.72%) DNS
6 15 (0.63%) WAN
7 13 (0.55%) Radio Access Network
8 12 (0.51%) Wireless
9 11 (0.46%) DHCP
9 11 (0.46%) Intranet
9 11 (0.46%) SD-WAN
10 10 (0.42%) BGP
10 10 (0.42%) Skype
10 10 (0.42%) VoIP
11 8 (0.34%) PBX
12 7 (0.30%) OSPF
13 6 (0.25%) 4G
13 6 (0.25%) 5G
13 6 (0.25%) Cisco IOS
13 6 (0.25%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (1.10%) Data Warehouse
2 21 (0.89%) SQL Server
3 16 (0.68%) Data Lake
4 15 (0.63%) Hadoop
5 14 (0.59%) Big Data
6 12 (0.51%) Relational Database
7 10 (0.42%) MongoDB
7 10 (0.42%) MySQL
7 10 (0.42%) SAP HANA
8 9 (0.38%) Power BI
9 8 (0.34%) Azure SQL Database
9 8 (0.34%) DB2
9 8 (0.34%) PowerCenter
10 7 (0.30%) NoSQL
11 6 (0.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 4 (0.17%) Metadata
12 4 (0.17%) Parquet
13 3 (0.13%) Apache Hive
13 3 (0.13%) Qlik Sense
13 3 (0.13%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 162 (6.85%) Axure RP
2 70 (2.96%) JIRA
3 13 (0.55%) Dreamweaver
4 12 (0.51%) Balsamiq
5 5 (0.21%) Visual Studio Team System
6 4 (0.17%) Git (software)
6 4 (0.17%) Oracle Forms
7 2 (0.085%) Bitbucket
7 2 (0.085%) Introscope
7 2 (0.085%) webpack
8 1 (0.042%) Jasmine
8 1 (0.042%) Jenkins
8 1 (0.042%) JUnit
8 1 (0.042%) Karma Test Runner
8 1 (0.042%) PowerDesigner
8 1 (0.042%) Protractor
8 1 (0.042%) Rational DOORS
8 1 (0.042%) Subversion
8 1 (0.042%) Visual Studio
General
1 404 (17.08%) Social Skills
2 388 (16.40%) Public Sector
3 353 (14.92%) Finance
4 141 (5.96%) Telecoms
5 131 (5.54%) Banking
6 93 (3.93%) Publishing
7 90 (3.80%) Analytical Skills
8 84 (3.55%) Marketing
8 84 (3.55%) Retail
9 82 (3.47%) Legal
10 72 (3.04%) Presentation Skills
11 43 (1.82%) Influencing Skills
12 32 (1.35%) Multimedia
13 24 (1.01%) Front Office
13 24 (1.01%) Investment Banking
14 22 (0.93%) Law
15 20 (0.85%) Digital Economy
16 17 (0.72%) Organisational Skills
17 16 (0.68%) Manufacturing
18 15 (0.63%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 310 (13.10%) HTML
2 238 (10.06%) CSS
3 43 (1.82%) Web Services
4 39 (1.65%) React
5 31 (1.31%) Node.js
6 28 (1.18%) Middleware
7 22 (0.93%) HTML5
8 21 (0.89%) Material-UI
9 18 (0.76%) .NET
10 16 (0.68%) JSON
11 14 (0.59%) SOAP
12 12 (0.51%) AngularJS
12 12 (0.51%) REST
13 11 (0.46%) jQuery
13 11 (0.46%) Kafka
13 11 (0.46%) Spring
14 10 (0.42%) XML
15 9 (0.38%) CSS3
15 9 (0.38%) J2EE
15 9 (0.38%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 1,230 (51.99%) User Experience
2 139 (5.87%) Mobile App
3 65 (2.75%) Data Protection Act
4 50 (2.11%) Greenfield Project
5 49 (2.07%) Animation
6 41 (1.73%) Self-Motivation
7 36 (1.52%) Graphic Design
8 30 (1.27%) NHS
8 30 (1.27%) Social Media
9 28 (1.18%) Virtual Team
10 26 (1.10%) Management Information System
11 21 (0.89%) W3C
12 19 (0.80%) Public Cloud
13 11 (0.46%) Legacy Systems
13 11 (0.46%) Motion Graphics
14 9 (0.38%) Online Banking
14 9 (0.38%) PKI
15 8 (0.34%) CMDB
15 8 (0.34%) e-Learning
15 8 (0.34%) Photography
Operating Systems
1 65 (2.75%) Android
2 62 (2.62%) Apple iOS
3 36 (1.52%) Windows
4 34 (1.44%) Linux
5 16 (0.68%) Unix
6 13 (0.55%) Windows Server
7 8 (0.34%) AIX
8 7 (0.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.085%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (0.085%) Windows Server 2016
9 2 (0.085%) Windows Server 2019
10 1 (0.042%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,057 (44.67%) Agile Software Development
2 641 (27.09%) User Research
3 595 (25.15%) Prototyping
4 582 (24.60%) Service Design
5 553 (23.37%) Wireframes
6 392 (16.57%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
7 170 (7.19%) Stakeholder Management
8 167 (7.06%) Workshop Facilitation
9 146 (6.17%) Scrum
10 139 (5.87%) Usability Testing
11 132 (5.58%) Problem-Solving
12 130 (5.49%) Analytics
12 130 (5.49%) Collaborative Working
13 129 (5.45%) User Stories
14 124 (5.24%) Rapid Prototyping
15 113 (4.78%) Visualisation
16 111 (4.69%) Front End Development
16 111 (4.69%) Information Architecture
17 108 (4.56%) Design Thinking
18 102 (4.31%) Strategic Thinking
Programming Languages
1 121 (5.11%) JavaScript
2 51 (2.16%) Java
3 49 (2.07%) SQL
4 35 (1.48%) Python
5 21 (0.89%) Kotlin
6 17 (0.72%) C
7 13 (0.55%) C#
8 7 (0.30%) PL/SQL
9 6 (0.25%) TypeScript
10 5 (0.21%) PHP
11 4 (0.17%) Perl
11 4 (0.17%) Shell Script
12 3 (0.13%) Bash Shell
12 3 (0.13%) R
13 2 (0.085%) Scala
14 1 (0.042%) Apex Code
14 1 (0.042%) Java 8
14 1 (0.042%) PowerShell
14 1 (0.042%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 171 (7.23%) Security Cleared
2 168 (7.10%) Degree
3 134 (5.66%) SC Cleared
4 63 (2.66%) BPSS Clearance
5 30 (1.27%) ITIL Certification
6 17 (0.72%) DV Cleared
7 9 (0.38%) Master's Degree
8 8 (0.34%) Cisco Certification
9 6 (0.25%) TOGAF Certification
10 4 (0.17%) CCIE
10 4 (0.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 3 (0.13%) CCNA
11 3 (0.13%) CTC Cleared
11 3 (0.13%) DBS Check
11 3 (0.13%) VCP6
12 2 (0.085%) CCIE Service Provider
12 2 (0.085%) CCNP
12 2 (0.085%) MCSE
12 2 (0.085%) Microsoft Certification
13 1 (0.042%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 382 (16.15%) Accessibility
2 69 (2.92%) WCAG
3 35 (1.48%) QA
4 20 (0.85%) Disclosure Scotland
5 17 (0.72%) GDPR
6 9 (0.38%) PCI DSS
7 8 (0.34%) COBIT
7 8 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 3 (0.13%) PMO
9 2 (0.085%) Actionable Recommendations
9 2 (0.085%) Data Quality
9 2 (0.085%) Government Security Classifications
9 2 (0.085%) IFRS
10 1 (0.042%) GMP
10 1 (0.042%) GxP
10 1 (0.042%) HIPAA
10 1 (0.042%) ISO 13485
10 1 (0.042%) ISO/IEC 17025
10 1 (0.042%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.042%) SLA
System Software
1 32 (1.35%) Docker
2 31 (1.31%) Active Directory
3 18 (0.76%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (0.25%) vSphere
5 5 (0.21%) VMware NSX
6 3 (0.13%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (0.085%) GFS2
7 2 (0.085%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.042%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.042%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 36 (1.52%) Kubernetes
2 22 (0.93%) Terraform
3 14 (0.59%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 5 (0.21%) Cisco CUCM
4 5 (0.21%) Microsoft Clustering
4 5 (0.21%) Netcool
4 5 (0.21%) vRealize
4 5 (0.21%) vRealize Orchestrator
5 4 (0.17%) Amdocs OSS
5 4 (0.17%) Ansible
5 4 (0.17%) Netcool/OMNIbus
6 3 (0.13%) Control-M
6 3 (0.13%) vCenter Server
7 2 (0.085%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.085%) Single Sign-On
7 2 (0.085%) WebSphere Service Registry and Repository
8 1 (0.042%) CloudHub
8 1 (0.042%) Puppet
8 1 (0.042%) QRadar
8 1 (0.042%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 347 (14.67%) Adobe
2 78 (3.30%) Microsoft
3 48 (2.03%) Oracle
4 34 (1.44%) Cisco
5 33 (1.39%) SAP
6 30 (1.27%) Google
7 28 (1.18%) Progress
8 25 (1.06%) hybris
8 25 (1.06%) Mercator
9 22 (0.93%) VMware
10 21 (0.89%) IBM
11 18 (0.76%) Salesforce.com
12 17 (0.72%) Red Hat
13 16 (0.68%) ServiceNow
14 15 (0.63%) StreamSets
15 14 (0.59%) MuleSoft
16 12 (0.51%) Juniper
16 12 (0.51%) Remedy
17 11 (0.46%) BMC
18 9 (0.38%) Informatica