Period
to 17 July 2019

The median contractor rate for a Designer was £430 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 July 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
17 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 107 120 121
Rank change year-on-year +13 +1 -8
Contract jobs requiring a Designer 2,096 2,169 1,951
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.26% 2.09% 2.05%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.39% 2.21% 2.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,382 1,408 1,236
UK median daily rate £430 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.24% +3.13% -
10th Percentile £305 £263 £263
90th Percentile £575 £538 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £445 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +11.25% - +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 25 16
UK median hourly rate £28.00 £35.00 £23.62
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +48.21% -30.03%
10th Percentile £17.55 £15.25 £15.50
90th Percentile £49.70 £56.30 £45.76
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.25 £35.00 £21.75
% change year-on-year -22.14% +60.92% +20.83%

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 87,723 98,311 90,186
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.50% 94.85% 94.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,713 64,370 58,435
UK median daily rate £470 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £263 £269 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £619
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,923 3,167 2,924
UK median hourly rate £19.73 £18.11 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.95% -3.16% -4.10%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £52.14 £48.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £17.77
% change year-on-year +5.71% -1.52% -6.47%

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 17 July 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 17 July 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 17 July 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 +21 1,911 £425 +3.03% 434
UK excluding London +1 1,071 £445 +11.25% 284
London +32 989 £425 - 170
South East +26 406 £433 +8.31% 63
North of England +17 224 £450 +12.78% 96
Scotland -4 132 £450 +12.50% 16
South West -6 127 £425 +6.25% 32
Midlands -28 126 £425 - 33
North West +14 98 £450 +13.92% 61
West Midlands -11 97 £425 - 20
Yorkshire +31 90 £450 +12.50% 26
East of England -22 40 £425 +13.33% 40
North East +5 36 £415 +7.10% 9
East Midlands -15 28 £450 - 13
Wales -2 13 £469 +5.34% 4
Northern Ireland +10 2 £388 -
Channel Islands - 2 £505 -

Designer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 July 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 1,147 (54.72%) User Experience
2 782 (37.31%) Agile Software Development
3 521 (24.86%) Wireframes
4 503 (24.00%) Sketch
5 488 (23.28%) Prototyping
6 354 (16.89%) HTML
7 328 (15.65%) Finance
8 322 (15.36%) Adobe
9 321 (15.31%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
10 308 (14.69%) CSS
11 281 (13.41%) Service Design
12 270 (12.88%) InVision
13 240 (11.45%) Axure RP
14 217 (10.35%) Photoshop
15 189 (9.02%) Mobile App
16 178 (8.49%) JavaScript
17 175 (8.35%) Adobe Illustrator
18 172 (8.21%) Analytics
19 160 (7.63%) Usability Testing
20 154 (7.35%) Information Architecture
21 153 (7.30%) Telecoms
22 152 (7.25%) Degree
23 151 (7.20%) Scrum
24 149 (7.11%) Problem-Solving
25 146 (6.97%) E-Commerce
26 145 (6.92%) Stakeholder Management
26 145 (6.92%) Retail
27 132 (6.30%) Banking
28 130 (6.20%) Security Cleared
29 120 (5.73%) Front End Development

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 42 (2.00%) CMS
1 42 (2.00%) Confluence
2 19 (0.91%) SharePoint
3 16 (0.76%) WordPress
4 13 (0.62%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 10 (0.48%) Moodle
5 10 (0.48%) WebSphere
6 6 (0.29%) Mule
6 6 (0.29%) OpenStack
6 6 (0.29%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 6 (0.29%) Skype for Business
6 6 (0.29%) WebLogic
7 5 (0.24%) Anypoint
7 5 (0.24%) BizTalk Server
7 5 (0.24%) Drupal
8 4 (0.19%) Apache Spark
8 4 (0.19%) MS Exchange
8 4 (0.19%) Sitecore CMS
8 4 (0.19%) Tomcat
8 4 (0.19%) Umbraco
Applications
1 503 (24.00%) Sketch
2 270 (12.88%) InVision
3 217 (10.35%) Photoshop
4 175 (8.35%) Adobe Illustrator
5 82 (3.91%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 55 (2.62%) Zeplin
7 42 (2.00%) Adobe XD
8 36 (1.72%) OmniGraffle
9 33 (1.57%) Marvel
10 32 (1.53%) Adobe After Effects
10 32 (1.53%) Figma
11 30 (1.43%) InDesign
11 30 (1.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
12 28 (1.34%) Microsoft Office
13 27 (1.29%) MS Visio
14 24 (1.15%) UXPin
15 15 (0.72%) Microsoft Excel
16 13 (0.62%) Adobe Premiere
17 8 (0.38%) Adobe Captivate
18 6 (0.29%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 18 (0.86%) CSG Singleview
2 9 (0.43%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.43%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.14%) Magento
3 3 (0.14%) Remedy AR System
4 2 (0.095%) Oracle BRM
4 2 (0.095%) Oracle Utilities
5 1 (0.048%) Oracle CRM
5 1 (0.048%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.048%) Oracle FAH
5 1 (0.048%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.048%) SessionCam
5 1 (0.048%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 92 (4.39%) Adobe Creative Cloud
2 77 (3.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 58 (2.77%) Amazon AWS
4 36 (1.72%) PaaS
5 33 (1.57%) SaaS
6 32 (1.53%) Office 365
7 30 (1.43%) IaaS
8 26 (1.24%) Power Platform
9 16 (0.76%) Slack
10 15 (0.72%) Google Analytics
11 11 (0.52%) Adobe Analytics
12 9 (0.43%) Apigee
13 8 (0.38%) Amazon S3
13 8 (0.38%) AWS Lambda
13 8 (0.38%) GitHub
13 8 (0.38%) Serverless
14 7 (0.33%) Boomi
15 6 (0.29%) Azure Active Directory
15 6 (0.29%) OpenShift
16 5 (0.24%) Lucidchart
Communications & Networking
1 65 (3.10%) Firewall
2 27 (1.29%) Network Security
3 24 (1.15%) Internet
4 23 (1.10%) Cisco Nexus
5 20 (0.95%) LAN
6 17 (0.81%) MPLS
6 17 (0.81%) WAN
7 16 (0.76%) BGP
7 16 (0.76%) Wireless
8 15 (0.72%) NetScaler
9 14 (0.67%) Cisco ASA
10 12 (0.57%) DNS
10 12 (0.57%) Intranet
10 12 (0.57%) SNMP
10 12 (0.57%) VPN
11 10 (0.48%) DHCP
12 9 (0.43%) OSPF
12 9 (0.43%) Unified Communications
13 7 (0.33%) TCP/IP
14 6 (0.29%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (1.43%) Data Warehouse
2 25 (1.19%) Power BI
2 25 (1.19%) SQL Server
3 23 (1.10%) Relational Database
4 19 (0.91%) Big Data
5 13 (0.62%) RDBMS
6 12 (0.57%) Oracle Database
7 11 (0.52%) Hadoop
8 10 (0.48%) Blockchain
8 10 (0.48%) MongoDB
9 8 (0.38%) Amazon Athena
10 7 (0.33%) Data Lake
10 7 (0.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 7 (0.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 6 (0.29%) Amazon Redshift
11 6 (0.29%) MySQL
12 5 (0.24%) SSDT
13 4 (0.19%) Apache Hive
13 4 (0.19%) Lumira
13 4 (0.19%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 240 (11.45%) Axure RP
2 92 (4.39%) JIRA
3 47 (2.24%) Balsamiq
4 25 (1.19%) Git (software)
5 11 (0.52%) Jenkins
6 10 (0.48%) JUnit
7 5 (0.24%) Dreamweaver
8 4 (0.19%) Eclipse
8 4 (0.19%) ERwin
8 4 (0.19%) TeamCity
8 4 (0.19%) Visual Studio Team System
9 3 (0.14%) Artifactory
9 3 (0.14%) Cucumber
9 3 (0.14%) Grunt
9 3 (0.14%) Subversion
10 2 (0.095%) IntelliJ
10 2 (0.095%) jMock
10 2 (0.095%) Maven
10 2 (0.095%) Visual Studio
10 2 (0.095%) YouTrack
General
1 328 (15.65%) Finance
2 153 (7.30%) Telecoms
3 145 (6.92%) Retail
4 132 (6.30%) Banking
5 119 (5.68%) Marketing
6 77 (3.67%) Publishing
7 58 (2.77%) Legal
8 42 (2.00%) Billing
9 18 (0.86%) Advertising
9 18 (0.86%) Retail Banking
10 16 (0.76%) Manufacturing
11 14 (0.67%) Games
12 10 (0.48%) Financial Institution
13 9 (0.43%) Back Office
13 9 (0.43%) Investment Banking
14 8 (0.38%) Mandarin Language
14 8 (0.38%) Pharmaceutical
15 7 (0.33%) Automotive
15 7 (0.33%) Electronics
16 6 (0.29%) Corporate Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 354 (16.89%) HTML
2 308 (14.69%) CSS
3 50 (2.39%) HTML5
4 34 (1.62%) CSS3
5 32 (1.53%) Web Services
6 27 (1.29%) REST
6 27 (1.29%) Sass
7 25 (1.19%) jQuery
8 21 (1.00%) Framer.js
8 21 (1.00%) React
8 21 (1.00%) XML
9 20 (0.95%) .NET
9 20 (0.95%) AngularJS
9 20 (0.95%) Middleware
9 20 (0.95%) SOAP
10 14 (0.67%) RESTful
10 14 (0.67%) Spring
11 13 (0.62%) JSON
11 13 (0.62%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 12 (0.57%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 1,147 (54.72%) User Experience
2 189 (9.02%) Mobile App
3 76 (3.63%) Analytical Skills
4 48 (2.29%) Social Media
5 47 (2.24%) Graphic Design
6 43 (2.05%) Data Centre
7 31 (1.48%) Animation
8 29 (1.38%) Self-Motivation
9 26 (1.24%) e-Learning
10 23 (1.10%) Greenfield Project
11 21 (1.00%) Enterprise Software
12 20 (0.95%) Management Information System
12 20 (0.95%) Virtual Team
13 18 (0.86%) Digital Media
14 17 (0.81%) Public Cloud
15 14 (0.67%) Private Cloud
16 12 (0.57%) Taxonomies
16 12 (0.57%) Video on Demand
17 11 (0.52%) W3C
18 10 (0.48%) Video Editing
Operating Systems
1 78 (3.72%) Android
1 78 (3.72%) Apple iOS
2 74 (3.53%) Windows
3 49 (2.34%) Linux
4 39 (1.86%) Windows Server
5 20 (0.95%) Windows 10
6 11 (0.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 11 (0.52%) Unix
7 6 (0.29%) Solaris
7 6 (0.29%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (0.24%) Windows Server 2012
9 4 (0.19%) Mac OS X
10 3 (0.14%) VMS
11 2 (0.095%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.048%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 782 (37.31%) Agile Software Development
2 521 (24.86%) Wireframes
3 488 (23.28%) Prototyping
4 321 (15.31%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
5 281 (13.41%) Service Design
6 172 (8.21%) Analytics
7 160 (7.63%) Usability Testing
8 154 (7.35%) Information Architecture
9 151 (7.20%) Scrum
10 149 (7.11%) Problem-Solving
11 146 (6.97%) E-Commerce
12 145 (6.92%) Stakeholder Management
13 120 (5.73%) Front End Development
14 104 (4.96%) Collaborative Working
15 95 (4.53%) Rapid Prototyping
16 94 (4.48%) Web Design
17 91 (4.34%) Responsive Web Design
17 91 (4.34%) Workshop Facilitation
18 89 (4.25%) Visualisation
19 73 (3.48%) Typography
Programming Languages
1 178 (8.49%) JavaScript
2 59 (2.81%) Java
3 50 (2.39%) SQL
4 17 (0.81%) Python
5 14 (0.67%) PHP
6 13 (0.62%) PL/SQL
7 11 (0.52%) C#
8 10 (0.48%) Scala
9 9 (0.43%) C
10 7 (0.33%) Java 8
11 6 (0.29%) TypeScript
12 5 (0.24%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 5 (0.24%) Groovy
12 5 (0.24%) Perl
12 5 (0.24%) Shell Script
13 3 (0.14%) Go
13 3 (0.14%) R
13 3 (0.14%) Ruby
14 2 (0.095%) Bash Shell
14 2 (0.095%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 152 (7.25%) Degree
2 130 (6.20%) Security Cleared
3 79 (3.77%) SC Cleared
4 40 (1.91%) Cisco Certification
5 34 (1.62%) BPSS Clearance
6 33 (1.57%) CCNP
7 30 (1.43%) DV Cleared
8 18 (0.86%) CCIE
9 13 (0.62%) MCSE
9 13 (0.62%) Microsoft Certification
10 12 (0.57%) Master's Degree
11 8 (0.38%) CCNA
12 7 (0.33%) DBS Check
13 5 (0.24%) BC Cleared
13 5 (0.24%) ITIL Certification
14 4 (0.19%) CESG Certified Professional
14 4 (0.19%) CISSP
14 4 (0.19%) HNC
14 4 (0.19%) JNCIP
14 4 (0.19%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (1.62%) QA
2 14 (0.67%) Disclosure Scotland
3 11 (0.52%) SLA
4 9 (0.43%) WCAG
5 8 (0.38%) Data Quality
5 8 (0.38%) GDPR
6 6 (0.29%) NCSC
7 4 (0.19%) Government Security Classifications
8 3 (0.14%) COBIT
8 3 (0.14%) PMO
9 1 (0.048%) PSD2
System Software
1 26 (1.24%) VMware Infrastructure
2 24 (1.15%) Active Directory
3 22 (1.05%) Hyper-V
4 20 (0.95%) VMware ESXi
5 16 (0.76%) XenDesktop
6 11 (0.52%) Citrix Hypervisor
7 9 (0.43%) VMware NSX
8 7 (0.33%) Virtual Desktop
8 7 (0.33%) XenApp
9 6 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
10 5 (0.24%) Docker
10 5 (0.24%) vSphere
11 3 (0.14%) Apache Flume
11 3 (0.14%) ProxySG
12 1 (0.048%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 1 (0.048%) HDFS
12 1 (0.048%) Veritas Cluster Server
12 1 (0.048%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 15 (0.72%) EMC NetWorker
2 9 (0.43%) Amdocs OSS
3 6 (0.29%) Ansible
3 6 (0.29%) SCCM
3 6 (0.29%) WSUS
4 4 (0.19%) Cisco CUCM
4 4 (0.19%) SCOM
4 4 (0.19%) Single Sign-On
5 3 (0.14%) Netcool
5 3 (0.14%) Netcool/OMNIbus
5 3 (0.14%) QRadar
6 2 (0.095%) Data Guard
6 2 (0.095%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.048%) BMC PATROL
7 1 (0.048%) Cisco Prime
7 1 (0.048%) Control-M
7 1 (0.048%) Grafana
7 1 (0.048%) Microsoft Intune
7 1 (0.048%) Puppet
7 1 (0.048%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 322 (15.36%) Adobe
2 103 (4.91%) Microsoft
3 76 (3.63%) Cisco
4 60 (2.86%) VMware
5 59 (2.81%) Oracle
6 30 (1.43%) Google
7 23 (1.10%) Citrix
8 20 (0.95%) SAP
9 19 (0.91%) Tableau
10 17 (0.81%) Juniper
11 16 (0.76%) Palo Alto
11 16 (0.76%) Salesforce.com
12 14 (0.67%) Nokia
13 13 (0.62%) F5
14 12 (0.57%) Cramer
15 11 (0.52%) Red Hat
16 10 (0.48%) IBM
16 10 (0.48%) MuleSoft
17 9 (0.43%) HP
17 9 (0.43%) Sitecore