Period
to 23 October 2019

The median contractor rate for a Designer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 October 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
23 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 124 136 126
Rank change year-on-year +12 -10 -14
Contract jobs requiring a Designer 1,716 2,063 2,054
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.03% 1.99% 2.05%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.15% 2.10% 2.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,119 1,326 1,368
UK median daily rate £425 £415 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.41% +1.22% +2.50%
10th Percentile £275 £262 £275
90th Percentile £550 £538 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £415 £409
% change year-on-year +2.41% +1.53% +2.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 26 17
UK median hourly rate £28.00 £35.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +59.09% -34.49%
10th Percentile £15.98 £28.13 £12.80
90th Percentile £38.00 £47.00 £35.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £35.00 £13.00
% change year-on-year -10.00% +169.23% -50.00%

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 79,733 98,026 95,158
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.14% 94.75% 94.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 52,352 64,469 62,522
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.27% +3.53%
10th Percentile £262 £268 £263
90th Percentile £644 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £418 £400
% change year-on-year +1.80% +4.38% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,865 3,140 2,832
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -3.74% +3.89%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.38 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +5.00% -2.78% +2.86%

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 23 October 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 23 October 2019.

Contractor 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 23 October 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 +1 1,514 £425 - 358
UK excluding London -3 889 £425 +2.41% 242
London +16 780 £425 - 133
South East +7 287 £425 - 56
North of England +8 192 £425 +6.25% 59
Scotland +16 133 £450 +13.56% 12
South West -20 98 £400 - 23
Midlands +7 95 £450 +5.88% 62
North West +32 93 £444 +10.94% 34
West Midlands +10 74 £438 +2.94% 42
Yorkshire -2 61 £425 +6.25% 16
East of England -12 58 £400 -15.79% 25
North East +4 38 £375 -11.76% 9
Wales +7 23 £488 +18.18% 4
East Midlands +3 20 £508 +18.71% 20
Channel Islands - 2 £505 -
Northern Ireland +6 1 - - 1

Designer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 October 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.

1 924 (53.85%) User Experience
2 636 (37.06%) Agile Software Development
3 411 (23.95%) Wireframes
4 389 (22.67%) Sketch
5 371 (21.62%) Prototyping
6 329 (19.17%) HTML
7 287 (16.72%) CSS
8 257 (14.98%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
9 250 (14.57%) Adobe
10 227 (13.23%) Finance
11 222 (12.94%) Service Design
12 210 (12.24%) InVision
13 185 (10.78%) Axure RP
14 181 (10.55%) Public Sector
15 175 (10.20%) Photoshop
16 173 (10.08%) Analytics
17 143 (8.33%) Information Architecture
17 143 (8.33%) Adobe Illustrator
18 139 (8.10%) JavaScript
19 131 (7.63%) E-Commerce
20 128 (7.46%) Telecoms
21 126 (7.34%) Usability Testing
22 125 (7.28%) Mobile App
23 121 (7.05%) Retail
24 114 (6.64%) Problem-Solving
25 112 (6.53%) Stakeholder Management
26 111 (6.47%) Degree
27 105 (6.12%) Scrum
28 102 (5.94%) Marketing
29 83 (4.84%) Microsoft

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 48 (2.80%) CMS
2 19 (1.11%) Confluence
2 19 (1.11%) SharePoint
3 17 (0.99%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 14 (0.82%) Sitecore CMS
5 12 (0.70%) Moodle
6 7 (0.41%) WordPress
7 6 (0.35%) Umbraco
7 6 (0.35%) WebSphere
8 5 (0.29%) Mule
8 5 (0.29%) WebLogic
9 4 (0.23%) Anypoint
10 3 (0.17%) MS Exchange
10 3 (0.17%) Skype for Business
11 2 (0.12%) ColdFusion
11 2 (0.12%) Drupal
11 2 (0.12%) EPiServer
11 2 (0.12%) MQSeries
11 2 (0.12%) OpenStack
11 2 (0.12%) SAS
Applications
1 389 (22.67%) Sketch
2 210 (12.24%) InVision
3 175 (10.20%) Photoshop
4 143 (8.33%) Adobe Illustrator
5 75 (4.37%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 48 (2.80%) Adobe XD
7 47 (2.74%) InDesign
8 44 (2.56%) Zeplin
9 41 (2.39%) Figma
10 29 (1.69%) Adobe After Effects
10 29 (1.69%) Microsoft Office
11 25 (1.46%) OmniGraffle
12 24 (1.40%) MS Visio
13 23 (1.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
14 22 (1.28%) Marvel
15 18 (1.05%) Microsoft Excel
16 11 (0.64%) SketchUp
16 11 (0.64%) UXPin
17 8 (0.47%) Adobe Premiere
18 7 (0.41%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 8 (0.47%) CSG Singleview
2 7 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
3 6 (0.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.12%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.12%) Oracle BRM
5 1 (0.058%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.058%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.058%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.058%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 62 (3.61%) Azure
2 57 (3.32%) Adobe Creative Cloud
3 41 (2.39%) AWS
3 41 (2.39%) Office 365
4 30 (1.75%) SaaS
5 24 (1.40%) IaaS
5 24 (1.40%) PaaS
6 16 (0.93%) Power Platform
7 12 (0.70%) Google Analytics
8 8 (0.47%) OneDrive
9 7 (0.41%) Azure Active Directory
10 6 (0.35%) Amazon S3
10 6 (0.35%) Slack
11 4 (0.23%) Cloud Computing
11 4 (0.23%) GitHub
11 4 (0.23%) OpenShift
12 3 (0.17%) Boomi
12 3 (0.17%) G Suite
12 3 (0.17%) Google Docs
12 3 (0.17%) MailChimp
Communications & Networking
1 48 (2.80%) Firewall
2 18 (1.05%) SNMP
3 17 (0.99%) Internet
4 15 (0.87%) MPLS
4 15 (0.87%) Network Security
5 14 (0.82%) Broadband
6 13 (0.76%) DHCP
6 13 (0.76%) NetScaler
6 13 (0.76%) WAN
7 12 (0.70%) Multicast
7 12 (0.70%) VPN
8 11 (0.64%) Cisco Nexus
9 10 (0.58%) LAN
9 10 (0.58%) TCP/IP
10 9 (0.52%) DNS
10 9 (0.52%) VoIP
11 8 (0.47%) PPP
12 7 (0.41%) Ethernet
12 7 (0.41%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
12 7 (0.41%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (1.05%) Data Warehouse
2 17 (0.99%) SQL Server
3 15 (0.87%) Power BI
3 15 (0.87%) Relational Database
4 14 (0.82%) Big Data
5 10 (0.58%) Hadoop
6 8 (0.47%) Blockchain
6 8 (0.47%) Oracle Database
7 6 (0.35%) Amazon Athena
7 6 (0.35%) Amazon Redshift
7 6 (0.35%) RDBMS
8 5 (0.29%) Data Lake
8 5 (0.29%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 5 (0.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 4 (0.23%) MySQL
9 4 (0.23%) NoSQL
10 3 (0.17%) PowerCenter
10 3 (0.17%) SQL Server 2012
10 3 (0.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 2 (0.12%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 185 (10.78%) Axure RP
2 50 (2.91%) JIRA
3 34 (1.98%) Balsamiq
4 14 (0.82%) Git (software)
5 6 (0.35%) Jenkins
5 6 (0.35%) Visual Studio Team System
6 4 (0.23%) ERwin
6 4 (0.23%) JUnit
7 3 (0.17%) Artifactory
7 3 (0.17%) Cucumber
8 2 (0.12%) Dreamweaver
8 2 (0.12%) Oracle Forms
8 2 (0.12%) Subversion
9 1 (0.058%) Bitbucket Server
9 1 (0.058%) jMock
9 1 (0.058%) Team Foundation Server
9 1 (0.058%) Travis CI
9 1 (0.058%) Visual Studio
9 1 (0.058%) webpack
9 1 (0.058%) WiX
General
1 227 (13.23%) Finance
2 181 (10.55%) Public Sector
3 128 (7.46%) Telecoms
4 121 (7.05%) Retail
5 102 (5.94%) Marketing
6 65 (3.79%) Publishing
7 61 (3.55%) Banking
8 52 (3.03%) Legal
9 24 (1.40%) Advertising
10 22 (1.28%) Games
11 21 (1.22%) Manufacturing
12 20 (1.17%) Billing
13 16 (0.93%) Electronics
14 12 (0.70%) Retail Banking
15 11 (0.64%) Multimedia
16 8 (0.47%) Automotive
16 8 (0.47%) Investment Banking
17 6 (0.35%) Police
18 5 (0.29%) Back Office
18 5 (0.29%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 329 (19.17%) HTML
2 287 (16.72%) CSS
3 58 (3.38%) HTML5
4 29 (1.69%) React
4 29 (1.69%) Web Services
5 28 (1.63%) XML
6 24 (1.40%) CSS3
7 18 (1.05%) jQuery
8 16 (0.93%) SOAP
9 15 (0.87%) .NET
9 15 (0.87%) REST
9 15 (0.87%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 14 (0.82%) AngularJS
11 12 (0.70%) JSON
11 12 (0.70%) XSD
12 11 (0.64%) Material Design
12 11 (0.64%) Node.js
12 11 (0.64%) SAP Fiori
12 11 (0.64%) SAPUI5
12 11 (0.64%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 924 (53.85%) User Experience
2 125 (7.28%) Mobile App
3 56 (3.26%) Analytical Skills
4 45 (2.62%) Graphic Design
5 34 (1.98%) Social Media
6 30 (1.75%) Data Centre
7 26 (1.52%) e-Learning
8 23 (1.34%) Greenfield Project
9 22 (1.28%) Animation
10 16 (0.93%) Virtual Team
11 15 (0.87%) Digital Media
11 15 (0.87%) Self-Motivation
12 14 (0.82%) Learning Management System
12 14 (0.82%) Motion Graphics
13 13 (0.76%) Public Cloud
13 13 (0.76%) W3C
14 12 (0.70%) Enterprise Software
15 11 (0.64%) Smart Meter
16 10 (0.58%) Data Structures
16 10 (0.58%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 68 (3.96%) Windows
2 45 (2.62%) Apple iOS
3 43 (2.51%) Android
4 40 (2.33%) Linux
5 33 (1.92%) Windows Server
6 21 (1.22%) Windows 10
7 8 (0.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 8 (0.47%) Unix
8 6 (0.35%) Solaris
8 6 (0.35%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (0.17%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (0.12%) Mac OS
10 2 (0.12%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.058%) AIX
11 1 (0.058%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.058%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.058%) VMS
11 1 (0.058%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 636 (37.06%) Agile Software Development
2 411 (23.95%) Wireframes
3 371 (21.62%) Prototyping
4 257 (14.98%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
5 222 (12.94%) Service Design
6 173 (10.08%) Analytics
7 143 (8.33%) Information Architecture
8 131 (7.63%) E-Commerce
9 126 (7.34%) Usability Testing
10 114 (6.64%) Problem-Solving
11 112 (6.53%) Stakeholder Management
12 105 (6.12%) Scrum
13 77 (4.49%) Rapid Prototyping
14 76 (4.43%) Collaborative Working
15 73 (4.25%) Front End Development
16 68 (3.96%) User Stories
17 67 (3.90%) Visualisation
18 66 (3.85%) Web Design
19 65 (3.79%) Responsive Web Design
20 59 (3.44%) Design Thinking
Programming Languages
1 139 (8.10%) JavaScript
2 39 (2.27%) Java
3 35 (2.04%) SQL
4 14 (0.82%) Python
5 11 (0.64%) C#
5 11 (0.64%) PHP
6 10 (0.58%) ABAP
6 10 (0.58%) PL/SQL
7 7 (0.41%) C
7 7 (0.41%) Perl
7 7 (0.41%) Scala
7 7 (0.41%) Shell Script
8 5 (0.29%) PowerShell
9 3 (0.17%) Go
9 3 (0.17%) Groovy
9 3 (0.17%) Ruby
9 3 (0.17%) VB.NET
10 2 (0.12%) Bash Shell
10 2 (0.12%) Lua
10 2 (0.12%) R
Qualifications
1 111 (6.47%) Degree
2 81 (4.72%) Security Cleared
3 43 (2.51%) SC Cleared
4 29 (1.69%) BPSS Clearance
5 20 (1.17%) Cisco Certification
6 19 (1.11%) DV Cleared
7 17 (0.99%) CCIE
8 16 (0.93%) CCNP
9 10 (0.58%) CCNA
9 10 (0.58%) TOGAF Certification
10 4 (0.23%) BC Cleared
10 4 (0.23%) CCDP
10 4 (0.23%) CISSP
10 4 (0.23%) CTC Cleared
10 4 (0.23%) JNCIE
10 4 (0.23%) Microsoft Certification
11 3 (0.17%) DBS Check
11 3 (0.17%) JNCIP
11 3 (0.17%) MCSE
12 2 (0.12%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (1.75%) WCAG
2 19 (1.11%) QA
3 8 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
4 7 (0.41%) SLA
5 4 (0.23%) GDPR
5 4 (0.23%) Government Security Classifications
6 3 (0.17%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.058%) CDISC
7 1 (0.058%) ISO 13485
7 1 (0.058%) ISO 20022
7 1 (0.058%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.058%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.058%) NIST
7 1 (0.058%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.058%) PMO
7 1 (0.058%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.058%) Section 508
7 1 (0.058%) TARGET2
System Software
1 28 (1.63%) Active Directory
2 20 (1.17%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (1.11%) Hyper-V
4 12 (0.70%) Citrix Hypervisor
4 12 (0.70%) VMware ESXi
4 12 (0.70%) XenDesktop
5 10 (0.58%) Docker
6 8 (0.47%) VMware NSX
7 5 (0.29%) ProxySG
8 4 (0.23%) Virtual Desktop
8 4 (0.23%) Virtual Machines
8 4 (0.23%) XenApp
9 3 (0.17%) Apache Flume
9 3 (0.17%) vSphere
10 1 (0.058%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 1 (0.058%) HDFS
10 1 (0.058%) Shibboleth
10 1 (0.058%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 1 (0.058%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 16 (0.93%) SCCM
2 15 (0.87%) Amdocs OSS
3 10 (0.58%) Microsoft Intune
4 8 (0.47%) Netcool
5 7 (0.41%) EMC NetWorker
5 7 (0.41%) Netcool/OMNIbus
6 5 (0.29%) Ansible
6 5 (0.29%) WSUS
7 4 (0.23%) Kubernetes
8 3 (0.17%) SCOM
9 2 (0.12%) Cisco CUCM
9 2 (0.12%) Jamf Pro
9 2 (0.12%) Terraform
10 1 (0.058%) Data Guard
10 1 (0.058%) Grafana
10 1 (0.058%) Host Intrusion Detection System
10 1 (0.058%) Kibana
10 1 (0.058%) logstash
10 1 (0.058%) McAfee ePO
10 1 (0.058%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 250 (14.57%) Adobe
2 83 (4.84%) Microsoft
3 55 (3.21%) Cisco
4 42 (2.45%) VMware
5 32 (1.86%) Google
5 32 (1.86%) Oracle
6 31 (1.81%) SAP
7 23 (1.34%) Citrix
8 18 (1.05%) F5
8 18 (1.05%) Juniper
9 16 (0.93%) Nokia
9 16 (0.93%) Sitecore
10 15 (0.87%) Cramer
11 14 (0.82%) MuleSoft
12 12 (0.70%) Tableau
13 11 (0.64%) IBM
13 11 (0.64%) Remedy
14 10 (0.58%) Axway
15 9 (0.52%) McAfee
15 9 (0.52%) Salesforce.com