Period
to 19 January 2019

The median contractor rate for a Designer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 January 2019.

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
19 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 132 123 118
Rank change year-on-year -9 -5 -10
Contract jobs requiring a Designer 1,958 2,101 2,110
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.98% 2.10% 2.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.09% 2.21% 2.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,271 1,421 1,267
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.27% -1.25%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £225
90th Percentile £538 £538 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +6.25% +3.23% -3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 17 30
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £20.50 £30.40
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +46.34% -32.57% +15.22%
10th Percentile £26.05 £12.50 £18.75
90th Percentile £45.80 £30.60 £42.84
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £13.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year +130.77% -45.83% -10.35%

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 93,491 95,114 91,924
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.68% 94.90% 94.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 61,797 63,188 60,020
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £269 £260 £253
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,863 2,793 3,234
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.38 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.77% +2.08% -2.81%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

Designer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Designer in the UK

Designer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Designer.

Contractor daily rate trend for Designer in the UK

Designer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Designer over the 6 months to 19 January 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Designer in the UK

Designer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Designer.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Designer in the UK

Designer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Designer over the 6 months to 19 January 2019.

Contractor 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 19 January 2019. 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 -13 1,770 £425 +6.25% 584
UK excluding London -7 1,067 £425 +6.25% 339
London -18 860 £425 +1.19% 268
South East -33 309 £425 +8.97% 79
North of England +24 274 £420 +5.00% 108
Midlands -20 142 £450 +12.50% 63
Scotland +10 135 £401 +3.35% 15
South West -52 109 £400 - 33
West Midlands -5 107 £442 +10.50% 38
Yorkshire +17 99 £400 +6.67% 32
North East +3 96 £425 -5.56% 8
East of England +13 78 £481 +5.48% 33
North West +3 77 £425 +14.86% 68
East Midlands -5 35 £450 +28.57% 25
Wales -2 29 £428 -5.00% 6
Northern Ireland +31 9 £381 - 2

Designer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 January 2019, 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 1,161 (59.30%) User Experience
2 817 (41.73%) Agile Software Development
3 460 (23.49%) Wireframes
4 415 (21.20%) Prototyping
5 376 (19.20%) HTML
6 316 (16.14%) Finance
7 302 (15.42%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
8 300 (15.32%) Adobe
9 296 (15.12%) CSS
10 253 (12.92%) InVision
11 234 (11.95%) Service Design
12 206 (10.52%) Photoshop
13 184 (9.40%) Axure RP
14 171 (8.73%) Mobile App
15 166 (8.48%) Degree
16 161 (8.22%) JavaScript
17 159 (8.12%) Marketing
18 158 (8.07%) Scrum
19 152 (7.76%) Analytics
20 135 (6.89%) E-Commerce
21 128 (6.54%) Publishing
22 127 (6.49%) Stakeholder Management
22 127 (6.49%) Adobe Illustrator
23 126 (6.44%) Banking
24 121 (6.18%) Collaborative Working
25 119 (6.08%) Problem-Solving
26 115 (5.87%) Retail
27 111 (5.67%) Usability Testing
28 110 (5.62%) Design Thinking
29 108 (5.52%) Responsive Web Design

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 45 (2.30%) Confluence
2 39 (1.99%) Marvel
3 34 (1.74%) CMS
4 26 (1.33%) SharePoint
5 10 (0.51%) WordPress
6 8 (0.41%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 8 (0.41%) IIS
6 8 (0.41%) WebLogic
7 6 (0.31%) Appian
7 6 (0.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 6 (0.31%) WebSphere
8 5 (0.26%) Apache
9 4 (0.20%) BizTalk Server
9 4 (0.20%) Drupal
9 4 (0.20%) Umbraco
10 3 (0.15%) Apache Spark
10 3 (0.15%) Oracle Service Bus
10 3 (0.15%) Sitecore CMS
10 3 (0.15%) Skype for Business
11 2 (0.10%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 253 (12.92%) InVision
2 206 (10.52%) Photoshop
3 127 (6.49%) Adobe Illustrator
4 88 (4.49%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 35 (1.79%) InDesign
6 28 (1.43%) Adobe After Effects
7 26 (1.33%) OmniGraffle
8 15 (0.77%) UXPin
9 13 (0.66%) Microsoft Office
10 12 (0.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
10 12 (0.61%) MS Visio
11 9 (0.46%) SketchUp
12 8 (0.41%) Acrobat
13 7 (0.36%) AutoCAD
13 7 (0.36%) Microsoft Excel
14 6 (0.31%) Flinto
15 5 (0.26%) Adobe Premiere
15 5 (0.26%) Chatbot
15 5 (0.26%) Final Cut Pro
16 4 (0.20%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 13 (0.66%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.31%) NetSuite
2 6 (0.31%) Oracle ERP
3 4 (0.20%) Adobe Campaign
4 3 (0.15%) BusinessWorks
5 2 (0.10%) CSG Singleview
5 2 (0.10%) ION MarketView
5 2 (0.10%) Magento
5 2 (0.10%) Markit EDM
5 2 (0.10%) PolarLake
5 2 (0.10%) SessionCam
6 1 (0.051%) Eloqua
6 1 (0.051%) Oracle BPM
6 1 (0.051%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 1 (0.051%) Oracle Utilities
6 1 (0.051%) SDL Web 8
6 1 (0.051%) Temenos T24
6 1 (0.051%) Unica
6 1 (0.051%) WebTrends
6 1 (0.051%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 71 (3.63%) Adobe Creative Cloud
2 40 (2.04%) Microsoft Azure
3 30 (1.53%) SaaS
4 26 (1.33%) PaaS
5 25 (1.28%) Office 365
6 21 (1.07%) Amazon AWS
7 18 (0.92%) Google Analytics
7 18 (0.92%) IaaS
8 14 (0.72%) Slack
9 12 (0.61%) Boomi
10 10 (0.51%) Basecamp
11 8 (0.41%) Azure Data Factory
12 7 (0.36%) GitHub
13 5 (0.26%) Adobe Analytics
13 5 (0.26%) Silverpop
14 4 (0.20%) Apigee
14 4 (0.20%) Dynamics 365
14 4 (0.20%) Heroku
15 3 (0.15%) Amazon EMR
15 3 (0.15%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 54 (2.76%) Internet
2 27 (1.38%) Firewall
3 13 (0.66%) Multicast
3 13 (0.66%) NetScaler
3 13 (0.66%) OSPF
4 11 (0.56%) BGP
5 10 (0.51%) MPLS
5 10 (0.51%) VPN
6 8 (0.41%) DMVPN
6 8 (0.41%) Intranet
6 8 (0.41%) LAN
6 8 (0.41%) SAN
7 6 (0.31%) DHCP
7 6 (0.31%) Network Security
7 6 (0.31%) Wireless
8 5 (0.26%) 4G
8 5 (0.26%) Cisco Nexus
8 5 (0.26%) DNS
8 5 (0.26%) SMS
8 5 (0.26%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (1.33%) SQL Server
2 24 (1.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 21 (1.07%) Data Warehouse
4 18 (0.92%) Data Lake
4 18 (0.92%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 15 (0.77%) Big Data
6 10 (0.51%) BusinessObjects
7 9 (0.46%) Hadoop
8 8 (0.41%) Relational Database
9 6 (0.31%) Azure SQL Database
9 6 (0.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 5 (0.26%) Amazon Redshift
10 5 (0.26%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
10 5 (0.26%) NoSQL
11 4 (0.20%) MongoDB
12 3 (0.15%) Amazon RDS
12 3 (0.15%) Apache Cassandra
12 3 (0.15%) Apache Hive
12 3 (0.15%) HDInsight
12 3 (0.15%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 184 (9.40%) Axure RP
2 66 (3.37%) JIRA
3 41 (2.09%) Balsamiq Mockups
4 12 (0.61%) Git (software)
5 10 (0.51%) Dreamweaver
6 8 (0.41%) Subversion
7 5 (0.26%) gulp
7 5 (0.26%) Hudson
8 4 (0.20%) Babel
8 4 (0.20%) Jenkins
8 4 (0.20%) Maven
8 4 (0.20%) ProtoShare
8 4 (0.20%) SoapUI
9 3 (0.15%) Bitbucket
9 3 (0.15%) CA Gen
9 3 (0.15%) Karma Test Runner
9 3 (0.15%) TeamCity
9 3 (0.15%) XMLSpy
10 2 (0.10%) Octopus Deploy
10 2 (0.10%) YouTrack
General
1 316 (16.14%) Finance
2 159 (8.12%) Marketing
3 128 (6.54%) Publishing
4 126 (6.44%) Banking
5 115 (5.87%) Retail
6 81 (4.14%) Legal
7 77 (3.93%) Telecoms
8 30 (1.53%) Games
9 28 (1.43%) Advertising
10 24 (1.23%) Manufacturing
11 15 (0.77%) Electronics
12 14 (0.72%) Investment Banking
13 13 (0.66%) Back Office
14 12 (0.61%) Retail Banking
15 8 (0.41%) Billing
15 8 (0.41%) Law
16 7 (0.36%) French Language
16 7 (0.36%) Front Office
16 7 (0.36%) Military
17 5 (0.26%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 376 (19.20%) HTML
2 296 (15.12%) CSS
3 89 (4.55%) HTML5
4 73 (3.73%) CSS3
5 47 (2.40%) .NET
6 37 (1.89%) REST
7 31 (1.58%) Middleware
8 24 (1.23%) XML
9 22 (1.12%) React
10 21 (1.07%) AngularJS
10 21 (1.07%) Web Services
11 20 (1.02%) Flash
12 19 (0.97%) jQuery
13 17 (0.87%) Node.js
13 17 (0.87%) SOAP
14 16 (0.82%) D3.js
15 15 (0.77%) WSDL
16 14 (0.72%) Sass
17 13 (0.66%) Vue.js
18 12 (0.61%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 1,161 (59.30%) User Experience
2 171 (8.73%) Mobile App
3 100 (5.11%) Analytical Skills
4 65 (3.32%) Graphic Design
5 52 (2.66%) Social Media
6 45 (2.30%) Fintech
7 40 (2.04%) Animation
8 31 (1.58%) Self-Motivation
9 28 (1.43%) Greenfield Project
10 24 (1.23%) Management Information System
11 22 (1.12%) Data Centre
12 20 (1.02%) Digital Media
13 17 (0.87%) Analytical Mindset
13 17 (0.87%) Taxonomies
14 14 (0.72%) DataPower
14 14 (0.72%) e-Learning
15 13 (0.66%) Video on Demand
16 12 (0.61%) Photography
17 10 (0.51%) Data Structures
17 10 (0.51%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 66 (3.37%) Android
2 65 (3.32%) Apple iOS
3 40 (2.04%) Windows
4 30 (1.53%) Linux
5 22 (1.12%) Windows Server
6 15 (0.77%) Windows 10
7 14 (0.72%) Unix
8 11 (0.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 6 (0.31%) Solaris
10 5 (0.26%) Windows Server 2012
11 4 (0.20%) CentOS
11 4 (0.20%) Mac OS X
11 4 (0.20%) Ubuntu
12 3 (0.15%) Oracle Linux
13 1 (0.051%) VME
13 1 (0.051%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 817 (41.73%) Agile Software Development
2 460 (23.49%) Wireframes
3 415 (21.20%) Prototyping
4 302 (15.42%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
5 234 (11.95%) Service Design
6 158 (8.07%) Scrum
7 152 (7.76%) Analytics
8 135 (6.89%) E-Commerce
9 127 (6.49%) Stakeholder Management
10 121 (6.18%) Collaborative Working
11 119 (6.08%) Problem-Solving
12 111 (5.67%) Usability Testing
13 110 (5.62%) Design Thinking
14 108 (5.52%) Responsive Web Design
15 104 (5.31%) Rapid Prototyping
16 101 (5.16%) Front End Development
17 92 (4.70%) Information Architecture
18 90 (4.60%) Visualisation
19 80 (4.09%) Typography
20 73 (3.73%) Web Design
Programming Languages
1 161 (8.22%) JavaScript
2 48 (2.45%) Java
3 46 (2.35%) SQL
4 18 (0.92%) Python
5 12 (0.61%) C#
6 10 (0.51%) PHP
7 9 (0.46%) TypeScript
8 8 (0.41%) C
8 8 (0.41%) PL/SQL
9 6 (0.31%) VBA
10 5 (0.26%) Perl
10 5 (0.26%) Shell Script
11 4 (0.20%) PowerShell
11 4 (0.20%) Ruby
11 4 (0.20%) T-SQL
12 3 (0.15%) C++
12 3 (0.15%) ES6
12 3 (0.15%) Scala
12 3 (0.15%) VB.NET
13 2 (0.10%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 166 (8.48%) Degree
2 90 (4.60%) Security Cleared
3 50 (2.55%) SC Cleared
4 48 (2.45%) BPSS Clearance
5 22 (1.12%) DBS Check
6 12 (0.61%) Cisco Certification
7 10 (0.51%) Postgraduate
8 8 (0.41%) DV Cleared
9 7 (0.36%) CCNP
9 7 (0.36%) CTC Cleared
10 6 (0.31%) CCIE
10 6 (0.31%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 5 (0.26%) Computer Science Degree
11 5 (0.26%) HNC
11 5 (0.26%) ISEB
12 4 (0.20%) BC Cleared
12 4 (0.20%) CCNA
12 4 (0.20%) Master's Degree
12 4 (0.20%) MCSE
12 4 (0.20%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (1.43%) QA
1 28 (1.43%) WCAG
2 10 (0.51%) Disclosure Scotland
3 6 (0.31%) GDPR
3 6 (0.31%) SLA
4 4 (0.20%) COBIT
5 3 (0.15%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.15%) PSD2
6 2 (0.10%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.051%) IFRS
7 1 (0.051%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 1 (0.051%) MiFID
7 1 (0.051%) PMO
7 1 (0.051%) SEPA
7 1 (0.051%) Solvency II
System Software
1 15 (0.77%) VMware Infrastructure
2 10 (0.51%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.26%) Docker
3 5 (0.26%) Veritas Cluster Server
4 4 (0.20%) XenDesktop
5 3 (0.15%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.15%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (0.10%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (0.10%) VMware Workstation
6 2 (0.10%) vSphere
6 2 (0.10%) XenServer
7 1 (0.051%) VMware NSX
7 1 (0.051%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 12 (0.61%) HP ALM
2 5 (0.26%) Ansible
3 4 (0.20%) Kubernetes
3 4 (0.20%) Terraform
4 3 (0.15%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (0.15%) Puppet
4 3 (0.15%) vCenter Server
5 2 (0.10%) Backup Exec
5 2 (0.10%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (0.10%) NetBackup
5 2 (0.10%) Norton AntiVirus
5 2 (0.10%) Salt
5 2 (0.10%) SCCM
5 2 (0.10%) SCOM
5 2 (0.10%) WSUS
6 1 (0.051%) Nagios
6 1 (0.051%) OPNET
6 1 (0.051%) Packer
6 1 (0.051%) QRadar
6 1 (0.051%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 300 (15.32%) Adobe
2 49 (2.50%) Oracle
3 45 (2.30%) SAP
4 43 (2.20%) Microsoft
5 27 (1.38%) Google
6 25 (1.28%) IBM
7 22 (1.12%) VMware
8 18 (0.92%) Cisco
9 17 (0.87%) Sitecore
10 16 (0.82%) Tableau
11 15 (0.77%) HP
12 13 (0.66%) Dell
13 12 (0.61%) ForgeRock
14 9 (0.46%) Pega
14 9 (0.46%) Red Hat
15 7 (0.36%) Atlassian
15 7 (0.36%) Juniper
15 7 (0.36%) MuleSoft
16 6 (0.31%) Informatica
16 6 (0.31%) Talend