Period
to 29 May 2020

The median contractor rate for a Designer was £435 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 29 May 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
29 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 94 111 118
Rank change year-on-year +17 +7 +9
Contract jobs requiring a Designer 1,092 2,078 2,234
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.35% 2.29% 2.21%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.51% 2.42% 2.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 721 1,404 1,477
Median daily rate £435 £430 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.16% +7.50% -
10th Percentile £263 £304 £275
90th Percentile £550 £569 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 18 22
Median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £29.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +3.00% +29.44%
10th Percentile £29.08 £21.35 £11.75
90th Percentile £55.40 £49.48 £60.93
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £26.50 £28.25
% change year-on-year +32.08% -6.19% +25.56%

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 43,508 85,901 95,720
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.60% 94.53% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 27,362 56,507 62,750
Median daily rate £466 £473 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.37% +5.00% +5.88%
10th Percentile £250 £275 £266
90th Percentile £650 £650 £635
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,806 2,766 3,004
Median hourly rate £21.50 £19.00 £18.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.16% +4.47% -4.18%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £10.89
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £47.83
Median hourly rate £19.50 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +8.33% +2.86% -2.78%

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 29 May 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 29 May 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 29 May 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 +11 933 £425 -1.16% 50
UK excluding London +20 655 £450 +5.88% 37
London -11 404 £425 -2.86% 19
South East +29 201 £448 +5.43% 13
North of England +26 156 £425 -5.56% 8
Scotland +24 116 £475 +11.76% 5
Yorkshire +47 83 £425 -5.56% 2
Midlands +30 80 £450 +5.88% 2
South West +5 66 £425 -1.16% 3
West Midlands +17 62 £450 +5.88% 1
Work from Home +10 51 £400 -11.11%
North West +16 49 £425 -10.53% 6
North East -1 24 £495 +19.28%
East of England +38 20 £525 +23.53% 5
East Midlands +28 18 £463 +2.78% 1
Wales +32 14 £425 -5.56% 2
Northern Ireland +16 2 £400 -

Designer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 May 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.

1 585 (53.57%) User Experience
2 419 (38.37%) Agile Software Development
3 261 (23.90%) Prototyping
4 236 (21.61%) Service Design
5 232 (21.25%) Wireframes
6 215 (19.69%) HTML
7 201 (18.41%) Sketch
8 197 (18.04%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
9 194 (17.77%) CSS
10 172 (15.75%) Adobe
11 150 (13.74%) Public Sector
12 139 (12.73%) Finance
13 130 (11.90%) JavaScript
14 126 (11.54%) Security Cleared
15 118 (10.81%) InVision
16 105 (9.62%) Degree
17 95 (8.70%) Problem-Solving
17 95 (8.70%) Axure RP
18 90 (8.24%) SC Cleared
19 80 (7.33%) Front End Development
20 79 (7.23%) Analytical Skills
21 71 (6.50%) Usability Testing
21 71 (6.50%) Telecoms
22 69 (6.32%) Scrum
23 65 (5.95%) Mobile App
24 64 (5.86%) Publishing
24 64 (5.86%) Marketing
25 54 (4.95%) Photoshop
26 52 (4.76%) Collaborative Working
27 51 (4.67%) 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 26 (2.38%) CMS
2 15 (1.37%) SharePoint
3 9 (0.82%) Confluence
4 8 (0.73%) WordPress
5 6 (0.55%) Moodle
5 6 (0.55%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 5 (0.46%) WebSphere
7 4 (0.37%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 4 (0.37%) JBoss
7 4 (0.37%) Oracle Workflow
8 3 (0.27%) Apache ServiceMix
8 3 (0.27%) Sitecore CMS
8 3 (0.27%) WebLogic
9 2 (0.18%) ArcGIS
9 2 (0.18%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (0.18%) MS Exchange
10 1 (0.092%) Apache
10 1 (0.092%) BizTalk Server
10 1 (0.092%) Skype for Business
10 1 (0.092%) Tomcat
Applications
1 201 (18.41%) Sketch
2 118 (10.81%) InVision
3 54 (4.95%) Photoshop
4 49 (4.49%) Adobe Illustrator
5 47 (4.30%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 41 (3.75%) Adobe XD
7 30 (2.75%) Adobe After Effects
7 30 (2.75%) Figma
8 29 (2.66%) Zeplin
9 22 (2.01%) MS Visio
10 21 (1.92%) Microsoft Office
11 15 (1.37%) InDesign
12 14 (1.28%) OmniGraffle
13 12 (1.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
14 10 (0.92%) Microsoft Excel
15 8 (0.73%) Adobe Premiere
16 5 (0.46%) Camtasia
16 5 (0.46%) CINEMA 4D
17 4 (0.37%) 3ds Max
17 4 (0.37%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 25 (2.29%) Remedy ITSM
2 10 (0.92%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.092%) Oracle BPM
3 1 (0.092%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.092%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 1 (0.092%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 45 (4.12%) Adobe Creative Cloud
2 25 (2.29%) Azure
3 13 (1.19%) SaaS
4 12 (1.10%) Office 365
5 11 (1.01%) AWS
6 10 (0.92%) GitHub
6 10 (0.92%) Power Platform
7 7 (0.64%) IaaS
8 4 (0.37%) Dynamics 365
8 4 (0.37%) Lucidchart
8 4 (0.37%) npm
9 3 (0.27%) Slack
10 2 (0.18%) Akamai
10 2 (0.18%) Amazon Alexa
10 2 (0.18%) Amazon S3
10 2 (0.18%) G Suite
10 2 (0.18%) Heroku
10 2 (0.18%) MailChimp
10 2 (0.18%) PaaS
10 2 (0.18%) Siri
Communications & Networking
1 29 (2.66%) Firewall
2 25 (2.29%) WAN
3 24 (2.20%) SNMP
4 23 (2.11%) LAN
5 11 (1.01%) Internet
5 11 (1.01%) Intranet
6 10 (0.92%) BGP
6 10 (0.92%) OSPF
6 10 (0.92%) Wireless
7 9 (0.82%) HTTP
7 9 (0.82%) Software-Defined Networking
8 7 (0.64%) Cisco ASA
8 7 (0.64%) DNS
8 7 (0.64%) MPLS
8 7 (0.64%) Network Security
8 7 (0.64%) Structured Cabling
8 7 (0.64%) Wi-Fi
8 7 (0.64%) X.509
9 6 (0.55%) DWDM
9 6 (0.55%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (1.19%) SQL Server
2 11 (1.01%) Data Warehouse
3 10 (0.92%) Power BI
4 8 (0.73%) GIS
5 7 (0.64%) Big Data
6 4 (0.37%) BusinessObjects
6 4 (0.37%) MySQL
6 4 (0.37%) Oracle Database
6 4 (0.37%) Relational Database
7 3 (0.27%) Azure SQL Database
7 3 (0.27%) Blockchain
7 3 (0.27%) Data Lake
7 3 (0.27%) Qlik Sense
8 2 (0.18%) Biml
8 2 (0.18%) DTS
8 2 (0.18%) MariaDB
8 2 (0.18%) NoSQL
8 2 (0.18%) SAP HANA
8 2 (0.18%) Snowflake Schema
8 2 (0.18%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 95 (8.70%) Axure RP
2 27 (2.47%) Git (software)
3 25 (2.29%) Balsamiq
4 17 (1.56%) JIRA
5 16 (1.47%) Grunt
6 8 (0.73%) Subversion
7 6 (0.55%) Karma Test Runner
8 5 (0.46%) Jasmine
8 5 (0.46%) Visual Studio
9 4 (0.37%) Dreamweaver
9 4 (0.37%) gulp
10 2 (0.18%) Eclipse
10 2 (0.18%) Jenkins
11 1 (0.092%) Hudson
11 1 (0.092%) JUnit
11 1 (0.092%) Maven
11 1 (0.092%) Mockito
11 1 (0.092%) Protractor
11 1 (0.092%) SoapUI
11 1 (0.092%) Toad
General
1 150 (13.74%) Public Sector
2 139 (12.73%) Finance
3 71 (6.50%) Telecoms
4 64 (5.86%) Marketing
4 64 (5.86%) Publishing
5 51 (4.67%) Banking
6 35 (3.21%) Retail
7 24 (2.20%) Legal
8 13 (1.19%) Investment Banking
9 12 (1.10%) Games
10 11 (1.01%) Advertising
10 11 (1.01%) Digital Economy
11 10 (0.92%) Pharmaceutical
12 9 (0.82%) Manufacturing
13 8 (0.73%) Billing
13 8 (0.73%) Corporate Banking
13 8 (0.73%) Financial Institution
13 8 (0.73%) Retail Banking
14 6 (0.55%) Electronics
15 4 (0.37%) Private Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 215 (19.69%) HTML
2 194 (17.77%) CSS
3 47 (4.30%) HTML5
4 39 (3.57%) REST
4 39 (3.57%) SOAP
4 39 (3.57%) Web Services
5 29 (2.66%) CSS3
6 26 (2.38%) XML
7 20 (1.83%) Sass
8 19 (1.74%) jQuery
9 18 (1.65%) AngularJS
10 17 (1.56%) JSON
10 17 (1.56%) React
11 11 (1.01%) RESTful
12 10 (0.92%) Flash
13 9 (0.82%) Node.js
14 8 (0.73%) .NET
14 8 (0.73%) Unity (Game Engine)
15 7 (0.64%) Middleware
15 7 (0.64%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 585 (53.57%) User Experience
2 79 (7.23%) Analytical Skills
3 65 (5.95%) Mobile App
4 26 (2.38%) Data Centre
4 26 (2.38%) Graphic Design
5 21 (1.92%) Social Media
6 17 (1.56%) Enterprise Software
7 14 (1.28%) Management Information System
8 13 (1.19%) Self-Motivation
9 12 (1.10%) Animation
9 12 (1.10%) e-Learning
9 12 (1.10%) W3C
10 8 (0.73%) Learning Management System
11 7 (0.64%) Blog
12 6 (0.55%) Data Structures
12 6 (0.55%) Greenfield Project
12 6 (0.55%) Motion Graphics
13 5 (0.46%) Analytical Mindset
13 5 (0.46%) Video Editing
14 4 (0.37%) Photography
Operating Systems
1 27 (2.47%) Android
2 24 (2.20%) Apple iOS
3 21 (1.92%) Linux
4 12 (1.10%) Windows
5 5 (0.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 5 (0.46%) Unix
5 5 (0.46%) Windows Server
6 3 (0.27%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (0.18%) MVS
7 2 (0.18%) Solaris
7 2 (0.18%) Windows 10
7 2 (0.18%) Windows 7
7 2 (0.18%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.092%) Windows Server 2016
8 1 (0.092%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 419 (38.37%) Agile Software Development
2 261 (23.90%) Prototyping
3 236 (21.61%) Service Design
4 232 (21.25%) Wireframes
5 197 (18.04%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
6 95 (8.70%) Problem-Solving
7 80 (7.33%) Front End Development
8 71 (6.50%) Usability Testing
9 69 (6.32%) Scrum
10 52 (4.76%) Collaborative Working
11 51 (4.67%) Software Engineering
12 48 (4.40%) Rapid Prototyping
13 44 (4.03%) User Stories
14 42 (3.85%) Stakeholder Management
15 40 (3.66%) Analytics
16 38 (3.48%) Systems Thinking
17 37 (3.39%) High-Fidelity Prototypes
17 37 (3.39%) Information Architecture
18 36 (3.30%) Content Management
18 36 (3.30%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 130 (11.90%) JavaScript
2 47 (4.30%) Java
3 33 (3.02%) Perl
4 31 (2.84%) Shell Script
5 27 (2.47%) Python
6 19 (1.74%) SQL
7 16 (1.47%) PHP
8 12 (1.10%) C#
9 10 (0.92%) C
10 6 (0.55%) T-SQL
11 5 (0.46%) Ruby
12 4 (0.37%) PowerShell
13 3 (0.27%) ActionScript
13 3 (0.27%) ActionScript 2.0
13 3 (0.27%) PL/SQL
14 2 (0.18%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 2 (0.18%) Go
14 2 (0.18%) Kotlin
14 2 (0.18%) VB
15 1 (0.092%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 126 (11.54%) Security Cleared
2 105 (9.62%) Degree
3 90 (8.24%) SC Cleared
4 34 (3.11%) BPSS Clearance
5 17 (1.56%) Cisco Certification
6 15 (1.37%) CCNP
7 14 (1.28%) CCDP
7 14 (1.28%) DV Cleared
8 11 (1.01%) DBS Check
9 6 (0.55%) JNCIS
10 4 (0.37%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (0.37%) Master's Degree
11 3 (0.27%) BICSI Certification
11 3 (0.27%) Postgraduate
11 3 (0.27%) RIBA
11 3 (0.27%) TOGAF Certification
12 2 (0.18%) Microsoft Certification
13 1 (0.092%) CCNA
13 1 (0.092%) ISEB
13 1 (0.092%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (2.47%) QA
2 18 (1.65%) WCAG
3 10 (0.92%) WAI
4 8 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (0.46%) Actionable Recommendations
5 5 (0.46%) Disclosure Scotland
5 5 (0.46%) GDPR
6 4 (0.37%) RMADS
7 3 (0.27%) ISO 14001
7 3 (0.27%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.18%) Government Security Classifications
8 2 (0.18%) NCSC
9 1 (0.092%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.092%) SLA
System Software
1 20 (1.83%) Active Directory
2 11 (1.01%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (0.64%) VMware NSX
4 5 (0.46%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.18%) Docker
5 2 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
5 2 (0.18%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (0.18%) XenApp
6 1 (0.092%) IAG
6 1 (0.092%) Shibboleth
6 1 (0.092%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 1 (0.092%) vSphere
6 1 (0.092%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 31 (2.84%) Netcool
1 31 (2.84%) Netcool/OMNIbus
2 22 (2.01%) Amdocs OSS
3 5 (0.46%) Kibana
4 3 (0.27%) Puppet
5 2 (0.18%) Ansible
5 2 (0.18%) Grafana
5 2 (0.18%) logstash
5 2 (0.18%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.18%) vCenter Server
5 2 (0.18%) vRealize
6 1 (0.092%) Data Guard
6 1 (0.092%) Kubernetes
6 1 (0.092%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (0.092%) OPNET
6 1 (0.092%) Red Hat Satellite
6 1 (0.092%) SCCM
6 1 (0.092%) SCOM
6 1 (0.092%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 172 (15.75%) Adobe
2 41 (3.75%) Cisco
3 39 (3.57%) Microsoft
4 33 (3.02%) ServiceNow
5 32 (2.93%) Oracle
6 31 (2.84%) IBM
7 30 (2.75%) Siebel
8 26 (2.38%) Remedy
9 25 (2.29%) BMC
10 24 (2.20%) xMatters
11 22 (2.01%) Cramer
12 17 (1.56%) VMware
13 12 (1.10%) SAP
14 11 (1.01%) Juniper
15 10 (0.92%) Google
15 10 (0.92%) Palo Alto
16 9 (0.82%) Citrix
16 9 (0.82%) Salesforce.com
17 8 (0.73%) Huawei
17 8 (0.73%) Nokia