Period
to 13 August 2020

The median contractor rate for a Designer was £433 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 13 August 2020.

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
13 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 118 111 129
Rank change year-on-year -7 +18 -13
Contract jobs requiring a Designer 718 1,949 2,109
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.09% 2.15% 2.06%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.25% 2.28% 2.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 530 1,321 1,386
Median daily rate £433 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.76% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £275 £300 £263
90th Percentile £550 £569 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £440 £400
% change year-on-year +2.27% +10.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 12 24
Median hourly rate £34.89 £30.00 £39.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.28% -23.34% +77.88%
10th Percentile £26.75 £21.30 £22.58
90th Percentile £52.00 £49.20 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.39 £32.50 £43.75
% change year-on-year -3.42% -25.71% +153.62%

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 31,938 85,587 97,196
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.00% 94.33% 94.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 19,815 56,148 63,621
Median daily rate £475 £465 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +3.45%
10th Percentile £256 £263 £269
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +1.76% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,329 2,921 3,116
Median hourly rate £26.87 £19.64 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.81% +9.11% -3.70%
10th Percentile £11.75 £11.17 £11.02
90th Percentile £52.50 £52.50 £47.83
Median hourly rate £21.50 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +16.22% +5.71% -1.52%

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 13 August 2020.

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 13 August 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Designer in the UK

Designer
Top 17 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 13 August 2020. 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 +5 633 £430 +1.18% 87
UK excluding London +22 397 £450 +2.27% 72
London -30 273 £425 - 28
South East +23 129 £450 +3.45% 22
North of England +51 102 £450 - 13
Work from Home +8 85 £413 +13.79% 15
Midlands +44 60 £380 -13.14% 8
Yorkshire +48 53 £425 -5.56% 4
West Midlands +39 46 £382 -10.12% 5
Scotland -8 43 £490 +8.89% 11
South West +18 36 £425 +6.25% 9
North West +42 32 £475 +5.56% 6
North East +20 17 £520 +30.00% 3
East Midlands +46 14 £311 -32.70% 3
East of England +46 14 £475 +11.76% 4
Wales +40 10 £450 -10.00% 5
Northern Ireland +20 3 £350 -

Designer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 August 2020, 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.

1 397 (55.29%) User Experience
2 290 (40.39%) Agile Software Development
3 189 (26.32%) Prototyping
4 175 (24.37%) Service Design
5 166 (23.12%) HTML
6 149 (20.75%) CSS
7 131 (18.25%) Wireframes
8 124 (17.27%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
9 109 (15.18%) Adobe
10 107 (14.90%) Sketch
11 104 (14.48%) Finance
11 104 (14.48%) Public Sector
12 84 (11.70%) Degree
13 78 (10.86%) Security Cleared
13 78 (10.86%) JavaScript
14 64 (8.91%) InVision
15 63 (8.77%) Axure RP
16 57 (7.94%) Front End Development
17 54 (7.52%) SC Cleared
18 53 (7.38%) Mobile App
19 52 (7.24%) Problem-Solving
20 48 (6.69%) Scrum
21 45 (6.27%) Collaborative Working
22 43 (5.99%) Telecoms
22 43 (5.99%) Software Engineering
23 42 (5.85%) Marketing
23 42 (5.85%) Publishing
24 38 (5.29%) Adobe Illustrator
24 38 (5.29%) Analytical Skills
25 37 (5.15%) 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 16 (2.23%) CMS
2 14 (1.95%) SharePoint
3 8 (1.11%) WordPress
4 7 (0.97%) Moodle
5 6 (0.84%) IIS
6 5 (0.70%) Confluence
7 2 (0.28%) Appian
7 2 (0.28%) ArcGIS
7 2 (0.28%) Drupal
7 2 (0.28%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.28%) FileNet
7 2 (0.28%) JBoss
7 2 (0.28%) MQSeries
7 2 (0.28%) WebLogic
7 2 (0.28%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.14%) Headless CMS
8 1 (0.14%) NetWeaver
8 1 (0.14%) Oracle Workflow
8 1 (0.14%) Papyrus
8 1 (0.14%) Tomcat
Applications
1 107 (14.90%) Sketch
2 64 (8.91%) InVision
3 38 (5.29%) Adobe Illustrator
4 33 (4.60%) Adobe XD
5 31 (4.32%) Figma
6 30 (4.18%) Photoshop
7 29 (4.04%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 23 (3.20%) Zeplin
9 13 (1.81%) Adobe After Effects
10 12 (1.67%) Microsoft Office
11 11 (1.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
12 9 (1.25%) InDesign
13 7 (0.97%) Camtasia
13 7 (0.97%) Microsoft Excel
13 7 (0.97%) MS Visio
14 6 (0.84%) OmniGraffle
15 4 (0.56%) Adobe Premiere
15 4 (0.56%) UserZoom
16 3 (0.42%) 3ds Max
17 2 (0.28%) Maya
Business Applications
1 7 (0.97%) Remedy ITSM
2 6 (0.84%) Oracle EBS
2 6 (0.84%) Oracle EBS R12
3 2 (0.28%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.28%) SessionCam
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle BPM
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 1 (0.14%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.14%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 24 (3.34%) Adobe Creative Cloud
2 18 (2.51%) Azure
3 13 (1.81%) Office 365
4 10 (1.39%) AWS
4 10 (1.39%) GitHub
5 8 (1.11%) Power Platform
5 8 (1.11%) SaaS
6 6 (0.84%) Lucidchart
7 5 (0.70%) GCP
8 3 (0.42%) IaaS
9 2 (0.28%) Adobe Analytics
9 2 (0.28%) Akamai
9 2 (0.28%) Amazon S3
9 2 (0.28%) PaaS
10 1 (0.14%) Amazon SQS
10 1 (0.14%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.14%) Force.com
10 1 (0.14%) Google Analytics
10 1 (0.14%) Heroku
10 1 (0.14%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 19 (2.65%) Firewall
2 16 (2.23%) WAN
3 13 (1.81%) LAN
4 11 (1.53%) Intranet
5 9 (1.25%) Internet
6 8 (1.11%) DNS
6 8 (1.11%) Network Security
6 8 (1.11%) Wi-Fi
6 8 (1.11%) Wireless
7 7 (0.97%) X.509
8 6 (0.84%) BGP
8 6 (0.84%) HTTP
8 6 (0.84%) OSPF
8 6 (0.84%) SNMP
9 5 (0.70%) DKIM
9 5 (0.70%) VPN
10 4 (0.56%) Cisco ASA
10 4 (0.56%) MPLS
10 4 (0.56%) Software-Defined Networking
11 3 (0.42%) DMVPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (1.67%) SQL Server
2 11 (1.53%) Oracle Database
3 8 (1.11%) Power BI
4 7 (0.97%) Relational Database
5 6 (0.84%) Data Warehouse
5 6 (0.84%) DataStage
5 6 (0.84%) IBM InfoSphere
5 6 (0.84%) MySQL
6 5 (0.70%) Big Data
7 4 (0.56%) SAP HANA
8 3 (0.42%) Oracle Reports
8 3 (0.42%) Qlik Sense
8 3 (0.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (0.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 2 (0.28%) BusinessObjects
9 2 (0.28%) GIS
9 2 (0.28%) MariaDB
9 2 (0.28%) NoSQL
9 2 (0.28%) PostgreSQL
9 2 (0.28%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 63 (8.77%) Axure RP
2 18 (2.51%) Balsamiq
3 12 (1.67%) Git (software)
3 12 (1.67%) JIRA
4 6 (0.84%) Karma Test Runner
5 5 (0.70%) Jasmine
5 5 (0.70%) Visual Studio
6 3 (0.42%) Eclipse
7 2 (0.28%) Toad
8 1 (0.14%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 1 (0.14%) Dreamweaver
8 1 (0.14%) Grunt
8 1 (0.14%) Hudson
8 1 (0.14%) Jenkins
8 1 (0.14%) JUnit
8 1 (0.14%) Maven
8 1 (0.14%) Mockito
8 1 (0.14%) SonarQube
8 1 (0.14%) Subversion
8 1 (0.14%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 104 (14.48%) Finance
1 104 (14.48%) Public Sector
2 43 (5.99%) Telecoms
3 42 (5.85%) Marketing
3 42 (5.85%) Publishing
4 37 (5.15%) Banking
5 14 (1.95%) Retail
6 12 (1.67%) Electronics
6 12 (1.67%) Games
7 11 (1.53%) Legal
8 9 (1.25%) Manufacturing
9 7 (0.97%) Investment Banking
9 7 (0.97%) Pharmaceutical
10 5 (0.70%) Digital Economy
10 5 (0.70%) Multimedia
11 4 (0.56%) Front Office
11 4 (0.56%) Local Government
12 2 (0.28%) Advertising
12 2 (0.28%) Back Office
12 2 (0.28%) Private Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 166 (23.12%) HTML
2 149 (20.75%) CSS
3 23 (3.20%) HTML5
4 16 (2.23%) REST
5 10 (1.39%) AngularJS
5 10 (1.39%) XML
6 9 (1.25%) React
6 9 (1.25%) RESTful
6 9 (1.25%) SOAP
6 9 (1.25%) Web Services
7 8 (1.11%) CSS3
8 7 (0.97%) Django
8 7 (0.97%) Flash
8 7 (0.97%) JSON
8 7 (0.97%) Node.js
8 7 (0.97%) SAML
8 7 (0.97%) Swagger
9 6 (0.84%) Sass
10 5 (0.70%) Framer.js
10 5 (0.70%) Unity (Game Engine)
Miscellaneous
1 397 (55.29%) User Experience
2 53 (7.38%) Mobile App
3 38 (5.29%) Analytical Skills
4 20 (2.79%) Graphic Design
5 15 (2.09%) Animation
6 11 (1.53%) W3C
7 10 (1.39%) Enterprise Software
7 10 (1.39%) Self-Motivation
8 9 (1.25%) Social Media
9 7 (0.97%) Learning Management System
10 6 (0.84%) Analytical Mindset
10 6 (0.84%) Data Structures
10 6 (0.84%) e-Learning
11 5 (0.70%) Motion Graphics
12 4 (0.56%) Blog
12 4 (0.56%) Data Centre
12 4 (0.56%) Digital Media
12 4 (0.56%) Management Information System
13 3 (0.42%) Greenfield Project
13 3 (0.42%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 21 (2.92%) Android
2 20 (2.79%) Apple iOS
3 14 (1.95%) Windows
4 11 (1.53%) Linux
5 9 (1.25%) Unix
6 5 (0.70%) Windows Server
7 4 (0.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.28%) Solaris
8 2 (0.28%) Windows 10
8 2 (0.28%) Windows 7
8 2 (0.28%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (0.28%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.28%) Windows Server 2016
9 1 (0.14%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.14%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 290 (40.39%) Agile Software Development
2 189 (26.32%) Prototyping
3 175 (24.37%) Service Design
4 131 (18.25%) Wireframes
5 124 (17.27%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
6 57 (7.94%) Front End Development
7 52 (7.24%) Problem-Solving
8 48 (6.69%) Scrum
9 45 (6.27%) Collaborative Working
10 43 (5.99%) Software Engineering
11 36 (5.01%) Systems Thinking
12 32 (4.46%) Rapid Prototyping
13 31 (4.32%) Analytics
14 30 (4.18%) Usability Testing
14 30 (4.18%) Visualisation
15 28 (3.90%) Content Management
15 28 (3.90%) High-Fidelity Prototypes
15 28 (3.90%) UX Design
16 26 (3.62%) Workflow
17 24 (3.34%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 78 (10.86%) JavaScript
2 21 (2.92%) Java
3 18 (2.51%) SQL
4 13 (1.81%) Python
5 12 (1.67%) Shell Script
6 9 (1.25%) C#
7 8 (1.11%) Perl
8 7 (0.97%) C
9 5 (0.70%) Ruby
10 4 (0.56%) PHP
11 3 (0.42%) PowerShell
11 3 (0.42%) R
11 3 (0.42%) T-SQL
12 2 (0.28%) Go
12 2 (0.28%) Kotlin
13 1 (0.14%) C++
13 1 (0.14%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 1 (0.14%) Java 8
13 1 (0.14%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.14%) VB
Qualifications
1 84 (11.70%) Degree
2 78 (10.86%) Security Cleared
3 54 (7.52%) SC Cleared
4 22 (3.06%) BPSS Clearance
5 9 (1.25%) Cisco Certification
6 8 (1.11%) DBS Check
7 7 (0.97%) CCNP
8 6 (0.84%) CCDP
8 6 (0.84%) DV Cleared
9 4 (0.56%) Computer Science Degree
10 3 (0.42%) BICSI Certification
10 3 (0.42%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (0.42%) JNCIS
10 3 (0.42%) RIBA
11 2 (0.28%) Microsoft Certification
11 2 (0.28%) TOGAF Certification
12 1 (0.14%) CCIE Routing and Switching
12 1 (0.14%) CCNA
12 1 (0.14%) Check Point Certification
12 1 (0.14%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (1.95%) QA
2 8 (1.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (0.70%) WCAG
4 4 (0.56%) SLA
5 3 (0.42%) ISO 14001
5 3 (0.42%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.28%) GDPR
6 2 (0.28%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.14%) Actionable Recommendations
7 1 (0.14%) COBIT
7 1 (0.14%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.14%) WAI
System Software
1 22 (3.06%) Active Directory
2 8 (1.11%) VMware NSX
3 7 (0.97%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (0.84%) Docker
5 3 (0.42%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.42%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.14%) IAG
6 1 (0.14%) vSphere
6 1 (0.14%) XenApp
6 1 (0.14%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 9 (1.25%) Netcool
1 9 (1.25%) Netcool/OMNIbus
2 5 (0.70%) Kubernetes
3 4 (0.56%) Amdocs OSS
4 3 (0.42%) Puppet
5 2 (0.28%) Ansible
5 2 (0.28%) Grafana
5 2 (0.28%) Kibana
5 2 (0.28%) logstash
5 2 (0.28%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.28%) vCenter Server
5 2 (0.28%) vRealize
6 1 (0.14%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (0.14%) OpenView
6 1 (0.14%) OPNET
6 1 (0.14%) Red Hat Satellite
6 1 (0.14%) SCCM
6 1 (0.14%) SCOM
Vendors
1 109 (15.18%) Adobe
2 27 (3.76%) Oracle
3 26 (3.62%) Microsoft
4 18 (2.51%) Cisco
5 17 (2.37%) IBM
6 15 (2.09%) VMware
7 14 (1.95%) SAP
8 12 (1.67%) Salesforce.com
9 9 (1.25%) Remedy
9 9 (1.25%) ServiceNow
10 8 (1.11%) Juniper
11 7 (0.97%) BMC
11 7 (0.97%) Google
12 6 (0.84%) Blackboard
12 6 (0.84%) Palo Alto
12 6 (0.84%) Siebel
12 6 (0.84%) xMatters
13 5 (0.70%) CommVault
13 5 (0.70%) Red Hat
13 5 (0.70%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud