Period
to 20 September 2018

The median contractor rate for a Designer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 September 2018.

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
20 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 132 121 109
Rank change year-on-year -11 -12 +3
Contract jobs requiring a Designer 2,076 2,020 2,389
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.02% 2.04% 2.22%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.13% 2.15% 2.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,350 1,328 1,593
UK median daily rate £425 £402 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.66% +0.56% -
10th Percentile £263 £264 £226
90th Percentile £538 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £402 £400
% change year-on-year +3.23% +0.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 16 14
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £29.78
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +55.56% -24.43% +26.70%
10th Percentile £27.19 £13.00 £12.58
90th Percentile £47.00 £45.76 £48.07
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £18.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year +89.19% -11.90% -30.00%

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 97,576 93,827 102,324
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.78% 94.94% 94.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,061 61,282 66,875
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,176 2,822 3,179
UK median hourly rate £17.87 £18.70 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.47% -1.58% +5.56%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £46.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% -2.70% +5.71%

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 20 September 2018.

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 20 September 2018.

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 20 September 2018. 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 -15 1,859 £425 +4.36% 458
UK excluding London +3 1,139 £415 +3.23% 281
London -9 909 £425 +4.42% 198
South East -15 353 £415 +0.61% 67
North of England -24 234 £400 +5.26% 85
Scotland +17 163 £401 +0.13% 16
Midlands -5 158 £450 +12.50% 52
South West -7 115 £400 - 30
West Midlands -29 98 £450 +12.50% 21
East of England -8 90 £463 - 26
North West -17 84 £400 -3.61% 47
Yorkshire -23 81 £400 +10.34% 30
North East -7 69 £400 - 8
East Midlands +26 59 £475 +11.76% 31
Wales +1 43 £413 -8.33% 5
Northern Ireland +36 1 - -

Designer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 September 2018, 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 1,224 (58.96%) User Experience
2 698 (33.62%) Agile Software Development
3 525 (25.29%) Wireframes
4 471 (22.69%) HTML
5 420 (20.23%) CSS
6 414 (19.94%) Finance
7 383 (18.45%) Prototyping
8 327 (15.75%) Adobe
9 267 (12.86%) InVision
10 261 (12.57%) Axure RP
11 243 (11.71%) Photoshop
12 212 (10.21%) JavaScript
13 180 (8.67%) Adobe Illustrator
14 177 (8.53%) Service Design
15 176 (8.48%) Mobile App
16 167 (8.04%) Degree
17 153 (7.37%) Publishing
18 144 (6.94%) Adobe Creative Suite
18 144 (6.94%) Responsive Web Design
19 140 (6.74%) Analytics
19 140 (6.74%) Scrum
20 138 (6.65%) E-Commerce
21 135 (6.50%) Marketing
22 134 (6.45%) Problem-Solving
23 126 (6.07%) Banking
24 122 (5.88%) HTML5
25 117 (5.64%) Visualisation
26 112 (5.39%) Stakeholder Management
27 111 (5.35%) Analytical Skills
28 106 (5.11%) Collaborative Working

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 47 (2.26%) CMS
2 46 (2.22%) Marvel
3 39 (1.88%) Confluence
4 22 (1.06%) SharePoint
5 14 (0.67%) WordPress
6 13 (0.63%) Skype for Business
7 11 (0.53%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 10 (0.48%) WebLogic
9 9 (0.43%) IIS
10 8 (0.39%) Appian
10 8 (0.39%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 8 (0.39%) Umbraco
11 7 (0.34%) Apache
11 7 (0.34%) Drupal
12 5 (0.24%) Office Communications Server
12 5 (0.24%) Oracle Service Bus
13 4 (0.19%) Apache Spark
13 4 (0.19%) EPiServer
13 4 (0.19%) Mule
13 4 (0.19%) OpenStack
Applications
1 267 (12.86%) InVision
2 243 (11.71%) Photoshop
3 180 (8.67%) Adobe Illustrator
4 144 (6.94%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 47 (2.26%) InDesign
6 33 (1.59%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 31 (1.49%) OmniGraffle
8 30 (1.45%) Adobe After Effects
9 21 (1.01%) UXPin
10 18 (0.87%) MS Visio
11 16 (0.77%) AutoCAD
12 14 (0.67%) Microsoft Office
13 12 (0.58%) Microsoft Excel
14 9 (0.43%) Adobe Premiere
15 7 (0.34%) Acrobat
16 6 (0.29%) Flinto
17 5 (0.24%) CINEMA 4D
17 5 (0.24%) UserZoom
18 4 (0.19%) Final Cut Pro
18 4 (0.19%) SketchUp
Business Applications
1 5 (0.24%) BusinessWorks
2 3 (0.14%) Adobe Campaign
3 2 (0.096%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.096%) Magento
3 2 (0.096%) Markit EDM
3 2 (0.096%) Oracle ERP
3 2 (0.096%) PolarLake
3 2 (0.096%) SAP CRM
3 2 (0.096%) SAP HR
3 2 (0.096%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.096%) Unica
4 1 (0.048%) Eloqua
4 1 (0.048%) Remedy AR System
4 1 (0.048%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.048%) SAP EHS
4 1 (0.048%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.048%) SAP Payroll
4 1 (0.048%) SAP PLM
4 1 (0.048%) SAP R/3
4 1 (0.048%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 69 (3.32%) Adobe Creative Cloud
2 46 (2.22%) Microsoft Azure
3 30 (1.45%) Office 365
4 28 (1.35%) SaaS
5 22 (1.06%) Amazon AWS
6 21 (1.01%) PaaS
7 17 (0.82%) Google Analytics
8 16 (0.77%) IaaS
9 12 (0.58%) GitHub
10 9 (0.43%) Basecamp
11 8 (0.39%) Adobe Analytics
11 8 (0.39%) Boomi
12 6 (0.29%) Google Cloud Platform
13 4 (0.19%) Amazon EMR
13 4 (0.19%) Serverless
14 3 (0.14%) Azure Active Directory
14 3 (0.14%) Dynamics 365
14 3 (0.14%) MailChimp
14 3 (0.14%) npm
15 2 (0.096%) IBM Blueworks
Communications & Networking
1 32 (1.54%) Firewall
2 22 (1.06%) Internet
3 16 (0.77%) NetScaler
4 13 (0.63%) SAN
5 10 (0.48%) Intranet
5 10 (0.48%) Network Security
5 10 (0.48%) SMS
6 9 (0.43%) TCP/IP
7 8 (0.39%) BGP
7 8 (0.39%) DNS
7 8 (0.39%) LAN
7 8 (0.39%) Multicast
7 8 (0.39%) Skype
8 7 (0.34%) Cisco Nexus
8 7 (0.34%) DHCP
8 7 (0.34%) OSPF
8 7 (0.34%) WAN
9 5 (0.24%) MPLS
9 5 (0.24%) Radio Access Network
10 4 (0.19%) DMVPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (1.54%) SQL Server
2 21 (1.01%) Data Warehouse
3 20 (0.96%) Big Data
4 18 (0.87%) Oracle Database
4 18 (0.87%) Relational Database
5 16 (0.77%) Hadoop
6 13 (0.63%) BusinessObjects
6 13 (0.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 12 (0.58%) Data Lake
8 11 (0.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 9 (0.43%) Siebel EIM
10 8 (0.39%) Blockchain
11 4 (0.19%) Oracle Database 10g
11 4 (0.19%) Oracle Database 11g
11 4 (0.19%) Oracle ODI
11 4 (0.19%) Oracle Reports
11 4 (0.19%) PostgreSQL
12 3 (0.14%) Apache Cassandra
12 3 (0.14%) MongoDB
12 3 (0.14%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 261 (12.57%) Axure RP
2 60 (2.89%) JIRA
3 45 (2.17%) Balsamiq Mockups
4 21 (1.01%) Git (software)
5 11 (0.53%) Subversion
6 9 (0.43%) Dreamweaver
6 9 (0.43%) gulp
7 8 (0.39%) Grunt
8 5 (0.24%) Bitbucket
8 5 (0.24%) Jenkins
8 5 (0.24%) Maven
9 4 (0.19%) ProtoShare
9 4 (0.19%) Toad
9 4 (0.19%) Visual Studio
10 3 (0.14%) CA Gen
10 3 (0.14%) IntelliJ
10 3 (0.14%) Karma Test Runner
10 3 (0.14%) webpack
10 3 (0.14%) Xcode
11 2 (0.096%) Rational Rose
General
1 414 (19.94%) Finance
2 153 (7.37%) Publishing
3 135 (6.50%) Marketing
4 126 (6.07%) Banking
5 95 (4.58%) Retail
6 62 (2.99%) Telecoms
7 58 (2.79%) Legal
8 43 (2.07%) Advertising
9 36 (1.73%) Games
10 26 (1.25%) Manufacturing
11 19 (0.92%) Billing
12 17 (0.82%) Financial Institution
13 16 (0.77%) Retail Banking
14 14 (0.67%) Law
15 13 (0.63%) Back Office
15 13 (0.63%) Electronics
15 13 (0.63%) Investment Banking
16 7 (0.34%) Automotive
17 6 (0.29%) German Language
17 6 (0.29%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 471 (22.69%) HTML
2 420 (20.23%) CSS
3 122 (5.88%) HTML5
4 83 (4.00%) CSS3
5 37 (1.78%) .NET
5 37 (1.78%) Web Services
6 34 (1.64%) jQuery
7 26 (1.25%) Sass
8 25 (1.20%) REST
9 24 (1.16%) Middleware
9 24 (1.16%) XML
10 21 (1.01%) AngularJS
10 21 (1.01%) J2EE
10 21 (1.01%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 20 (0.96%) Flash
11 20 (0.96%) JSON
12 18 (0.87%) Ajax
12 18 (0.87%) Node.js
13 17 (0.82%) React
14 15 (0.72%) SVG
Miscellaneous
1 1,224 (58.96%) User Experience
2 176 (8.48%) Mobile App
3 111 (5.35%) Analytical Skills
4 73 (3.52%) Social Media
5 65 (3.13%) Fintech
6 61 (2.94%) Graphic Design
7 46 (2.22%) Self-Motivation
8 35 (1.69%) Data Centre
9 30 (1.45%) Animation
10 25 (1.20%) Greenfield Project
11 22 (1.06%) Computer Science
12 19 (0.92%) Enterprise Software
13 18 (0.87%) Taxonomies
14 17 (0.82%) Hedge funds
15 15 (0.72%) Management Information System
15 15 (0.72%) Virtual Team
16 14 (0.67%) e-Learning
17 13 (0.63%) Data Structures
18 12 (0.58%) Photography
19 11 (0.53%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 94 (4.53%) Android
1 94 (4.53%) Apple iOS
2 49 (2.36%) Windows
3 27 (1.30%) Linux
4 26 (1.25%) Windows Server
5 22 (1.06%) Unix
6 13 (0.63%) Windows 10
7 10 (0.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 10 (0.48%) Solaris
8 6 (0.29%) Mac OS X
8 6 (0.29%) Windows Server 2008
9 5 (0.24%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (0.14%) CentOS
10 3 (0.14%) Mac OS
10 3 (0.14%) Ubuntu
11 2 (0.096%) Oracle Linux
12 1 (0.048%) AIX
12 1 (0.048%) Windows 7
12 1 (0.048%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.048%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 698 (33.62%) Agile Software Development
2 525 (25.29%) Wireframes
3 383 (18.45%) Prototyping
4 177 (8.53%) Service Design
5 144 (6.94%) Responsive Web Design
6 140 (6.74%) Analytics
6 140 (6.74%) Scrum
7 138 (6.65%) E-Commerce
8 134 (6.45%) Problem-Solving
9 117 (5.64%) Visualisation
10 112 (5.39%) Stakeholder Management
11 106 (5.11%) Collaborative Working
12 105 (5.06%) Usability Testing
13 101 (4.87%) Information Architecture
14 88 (4.24%) Rapid Prototyping
15 87 (4.19%) Front End Development
15 87 (4.19%) Typography
16 77 (3.71%) Data Visualisation
17 62 (2.99%) Digital Transformation Programme
18 59 (2.84%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 212 (10.21%) JavaScript
2 65 (3.13%) Java
3 35 (1.69%) SQL
4 16 (0.77%) Python
5 11 (0.53%) C#
6 8 (0.39%) PL/SQL
6 8 (0.39%) PowerShell
6 8 (0.39%) Shell Script
7 6 (0.29%) PHP
7 6 (0.29%) VBA
8 5 (0.24%) Scala
9 4 (0.19%) C
9 4 (0.19%) ES6
9 4 (0.19%) Java 8
9 4 (0.19%) Perl
10 3 (0.14%) JSX
10 3 (0.14%) Ruby
10 3 (0.14%) TypeScript
10 3 (0.14%) XQuery
11 2 (0.096%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 167 (8.04%) Degree
2 94 (4.53%) Security Cleared
3 71 (3.42%) SC Cleared
4 17 (0.82%) Cisco Certification
5 16 (0.77%) BPSS Clearance
5 16 (0.77%) Postgraduate
6 13 (0.63%) Computer Science Degree
7 11 (0.53%) CCNP
8 9 (0.43%) CCNA
8 9 (0.43%) DBS Check
8 9 (0.43%) DV Cleared
9 8 (0.39%) CISSP
9 8 (0.39%) Master's Degree
10 5 (0.24%) CTC Cleared
10 5 (0.24%) ISSAP
10 5 (0.24%) ITIL Certification
10 5 (0.24%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 5 (0.24%) Microsoft Certification
11 4 (0.19%) CCIE
11 4 (0.19%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (2.07%) QA
2 20 (0.96%) WCAG
3 11 (0.53%) SLA
4 9 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 8 (0.39%) COBIT
6 7 (0.34%) PCI DSS
7 5 (0.24%) GCP
7 5 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 4 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
8 4 (0.19%) GDPR
9 3 (0.14%) Data Quality
9 3 (0.14%) PSD2
10 2 (0.096%) PMBOK
11 1 (0.048%) MiFID
11 1 (0.048%) PMO
11 1 (0.048%) SEPA
11 1 (0.048%) WAI
System Software
1 22 (1.06%) VMware Infrastructure
2 14 (0.67%) VMware ESXi
3 13 (0.63%) Active Directory
3 13 (0.63%) XenDesktop
4 9 (0.43%) Hyper-V
5 8 (0.39%) XenServer
6 6 (0.29%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 5 (0.24%) Docker
8 2 (0.096%) ISA Server
8 2 (0.096%) KVM
8 2 (0.096%) vCloud
8 2 (0.096%) vSphere
9 1 (0.048%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.048%) IAG
9 1 (0.048%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 4 (0.19%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
1 4 (0.19%) SCCM
2 3 (0.14%) Ansible
2 3 (0.14%) Single Sign-On
3 2 (0.096%) HP ALM
3 2 (0.096%) Puppet
3 2 (0.096%) Red Hat Satellite
3 2 (0.096%) vCenter Server
4 1 (0.048%) Backup Exec
4 1 (0.048%) Kibana
4 1 (0.048%) Kubernetes
4 1 (0.048%) logstash
4 1 (0.048%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (0.048%) NetBackup
4 1 (0.048%) Netcool
4 1 (0.048%) Netcool/OMNIbus
4 1 (0.048%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (0.048%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.048%) TeamSite
4 1 (0.048%) Terraform
Vendors
1 327 (15.75%) Adobe
2 60 (2.89%) Oracle
3 52 (2.50%) Microsoft
4 35 (1.69%) SAP
5 34 (1.64%) VMware
6 31 (1.49%) Google
7 22 (1.06%) Cisco
8 19 (0.92%) Capita
9 15 (0.72%) IBM
9 15 (0.72%) Tableau
10 13 (0.63%) Citrix
11 12 (0.58%) Dell
11 12 (0.58%) Facebook
11 12 (0.58%) Informatica
11 12 (0.58%) Red Hat
11 12 (0.58%) Sitecore
12 10 (0.48%) HP
12 10 (0.48%) MuleSoft
12 10 (0.48%) Salesforce.com
12 10 (0.48%) Twitter