Period
to 12 November 2018

The median contractor rate for a Designer was £420 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 12 November 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
12 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 136 130 110
Rank change year-on-year -6 -20 +2
Contract jobs requiring a Designer 2,061 2,018 2,329
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.00% 1.99% 2.20%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.12% 2.10% 2.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,337 1,359 1,486
UK median daily rate £420 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.82% +3.13% -
10th Percentile £263 £274 £243
90th Percentile £549 £550 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £397
% change year-on-year +3.13% +0.82% -0.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 17 23
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £21.50 £34.48
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +62.79% -37.64% +56.70%
10th Percentile £28.50 £12.80 £17.60
90th Percentile £47.00 £35.45 £46.29
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £13.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year +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 97,437 96,189 100,178
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.75% 94.94% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,264 63,352 65,245
UK median daily rate £450 £445 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £262 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £423 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +5.63% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,064 2,871 3,300
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.92 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -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 12 November 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 12 November 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 12 November 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 -8 1,857 £425 +3.03% 564
UK excluding London +2 1,112 £413 +3.13% 343
London -1 915 £425 - 248
South East -9 350 £425 +6.25% 83
North of England +3 237 £400 - 114
Scotland +14 146 £391 -2.19% 23
Midlands -30 136 £425 - 56
South West -23 120 £400 - 30
Yorkshire +26 100 £400 +3.90% 40
East of England +7 96 £475 +2.70% 33
West Midlands -35 92 £436 +4.74% 30
North West -17 79 £406 +8.33% 56
North East -5 58 £425 -3.41% 18
East Midlands +11 43 £425 - 26
Wales +1 39 £413 -11.29% 3
Northern Ireland +39 6 £333 - 1

Designer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 12 November 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 1,206 (58.52%) User Experience
2 742 (36.00%) Agile Software Development
3 503 (24.41%) Wireframes
4 412 (19.99%) Prototyping
5 411 (19.94%) HTML
6 384 (18.63%) Finance
7 355 (17.22%) CSS
8 316 (15.33%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
9 311 (15.09%) Adobe
10 268 (13.00%) InVision
11 239 (11.60%) Photoshop
12 230 (11.16%) Service Design
13 225 (10.92%) Axure RP
14 191 (9.27%) JavaScript
15 173 (8.39%) Mobile App
16 163 (7.91%) Analytics
17 157 (7.62%) Publishing
18 156 (7.57%) Degree
19 153 (7.42%) Scrum
20 150 (7.28%) Adobe Illustrator
21 146 (7.08%) Marketing
22 142 (6.89%) Problem-Solving
23 138 (6.70%) E-Commerce
24 129 (6.26%) Banking
25 128 (6.21%) Responsive Web Design
26 124 (6.02%) Collaborative Working
27 123 (5.97%) Stakeholder Management
28 122 (5.92%) Visualisation
29 115 (5.58%) Usability Testing
30 109 (5.29%) Analytical Skills

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 (2.04%) CMS
1 42 (2.04%) Confluence
2 41 (1.99%) Marvel
3 22 (1.07%) SharePoint
4 13 (0.63%) WebLogic
5 11 (0.53%) Apache
5 11 (0.53%) IIS
5 11 (0.53%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 11 (0.53%) WordPress
6 10 (0.49%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 9 (0.44%) Skype for Business
8 8 (0.39%) Appian
8 8 (0.39%) Oracle Service Bus
9 7 (0.34%) Umbraco
10 6 (0.29%) Drupal
11 5 (0.24%) Apache Spark
12 4 (0.19%) EPiServer
12 4 (0.19%) Mule
12 4 (0.19%) WebSphere
13 2 (0.097%) Tomcat
Applications
1 268 (13.00%) InVision
2 239 (11.60%) Photoshop
3 150 (7.28%) Adobe Illustrator
4 104 (5.05%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 41 (1.99%) InDesign
6 29 (1.41%) Adobe After Effects
7 27 (1.31%) OmniGraffle
8 18 (0.87%) Microsoft PowerPoint
9 16 (0.78%) AutoCAD
9 16 (0.78%) UXPin
10 14 (0.68%) Microsoft Office
11 12 (0.58%) Microsoft Excel
11 12 (0.58%) MS Visio
12 9 (0.44%) SketchUp
13 8 (0.39%) Acrobat
14 7 (0.34%) Flinto
15 6 (0.29%) Adobe Premiere
16 5 (0.24%) Final Cut Pro
16 5 (0.24%) UserZoom
17 4 (0.19%) Pixate
Business Applications
1 6 (0.29%) Adobe Campaign
1 6 (0.29%) Oracle ERP
2 5 (0.24%) BusinessWorks
3 3 (0.15%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.15%) Magento
3 3 (0.15%) Unica
4 2 (0.097%) Markit EDM
4 2 (0.097%) NetSuite
4 2 (0.097%) Oracle BPM
4 2 (0.097%) PolarLake
5 1 (0.049%) Eloqua
5 1 (0.049%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 1 (0.049%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.049%) WebTrends
5 1 (0.049%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 74 (3.59%) Adobe Creative Cloud
2 43 (2.09%) Microsoft Azure
3 32 (1.55%) SaaS
4 25 (1.21%) Office 365
5 23 (1.12%) PaaS
6 22 (1.07%) Amazon AWS
6 22 (1.07%) IaaS
7 13 (0.63%) Google Analytics
8 10 (0.49%) Basecamp
8 10 (0.49%) Boomi
9 9 (0.44%) GitHub
9 9 (0.44%) Slack
10 8 (0.39%) Adobe Analytics
11 5 (0.24%) Amazon EMR
11 5 (0.24%) Silverpop
12 4 (0.19%) Apigee
12 4 (0.19%) Azure Data Factory
13 3 (0.15%) Cloud Computing
13 3 (0.15%) Dynamics 365
13 3 (0.15%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 32 (1.55%) Firewall
2 29 (1.41%) Internet
3 18 (0.87%) NetScaler
4 16 (0.78%) SAN
5 13 (0.63%) Multicast
5 13 (0.63%) OSPF
6 11 (0.53%) BGP
7 10 (0.49%) DMVPN
7 10 (0.49%) Network Security
8 8 (0.39%) LAN
8 8 (0.39%) MPLS
8 8 (0.39%) SMS
9 7 (0.34%) Intranet
10 6 (0.29%) Cisco Nexus
10 6 (0.29%) DHCP
10 6 (0.29%) Ethernet
10 6 (0.29%) WAN
10 6 (0.29%) Wireless
11 5 (0.24%) Radio Access Network
11 5 (0.24%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (1.55%) SQL Server
2 22 (1.07%) Data Warehouse
3 19 (0.92%) Big Data
4 18 (0.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 17 (0.82%) Data Lake
6 16 (0.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 15 (0.73%) BusinessObjects
7 15 (0.73%) Hadoop
8 12 (0.58%) Relational Database
9 9 (0.44%) Oracle Database
10 5 (0.24%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
10 5 (0.24%) Azure SQL Database
11 4 (0.19%) Blockchain
11 4 (0.19%) Oracle ODI
11 4 (0.19%) Oracle Reports
11 4 (0.19%) RDBMS
12 3 (0.15%) Apache Hive
12 3 (0.15%) Crystal Reports
12 3 (0.15%) MS Access
12 3 (0.15%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 225 (10.92%) Axure RP
2 63 (3.06%) JIRA
3 42 (2.04%) Balsamiq Mockups
4 17 (0.82%) Git (software)
5 10 (0.49%) Subversion
6 8 (0.39%) Dreamweaver
6 8 (0.39%) gulp
7 6 (0.29%) Bitbucket
7 6 (0.29%) Grunt
7 6 (0.29%) Jenkins
7 6 (0.29%) Maven
7 6 (0.29%) SoapUI
8 4 (0.19%) ProtoShare
8 4 (0.19%) Toad
9 3 (0.15%) Babel
9 3 (0.15%) CA Gen
9 3 (0.15%) IntelliJ
9 3 (0.15%) Karma Test Runner
9 3 (0.15%) TeamCity
9 3 (0.15%) XMLSpy
General
1 384 (18.63%) Finance
2 157 (7.62%) Publishing
3 146 (7.08%) Marketing
4 129 (6.26%) Banking
5 109 (5.29%) Retail
6 70 (3.40%) Legal
6 70 (3.40%) Telecoms
7 37 (1.80%) Advertising
8 35 (1.70%) Games
9 30 (1.46%) Manufacturing
10 17 (0.82%) Investment Banking
11 14 (0.68%) Back Office
11 14 (0.68%) Electronics
11 14 (0.68%) Law
12 11 (0.53%) Retail Banking
13 9 (0.44%) Front Office
14 7 (0.34%) Automotive
14 7 (0.34%) Billing
14 7 (0.34%) French Language
14 7 (0.34%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 411 (19.94%) HTML
2 355 (17.22%) CSS
3 106 (5.14%) HTML5
4 78 (3.78%) CSS3
5 34 (1.65%) .NET
5 34 (1.65%) REST
6 31 (1.50%) Middleware
7 25 (1.21%) XML
8 24 (1.16%) Web Services
9 23 (1.12%) jQuery
10 22 (1.07%) J2EE
11 19 (0.92%) AngularJS
11 19 (0.92%) Flash
12 18 (0.87%) Sass
13 17 (0.82%) D3.js
13 17 (0.82%) SOAP
14 16 (0.78%) Ajax
15 15 (0.73%) Node.js
15 15 (0.73%) SVG
15 15 (0.73%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 1,206 (58.52%) User Experience
2 173 (8.39%) Mobile App
3 109 (5.29%) Analytical Skills
4 75 (3.64%) Social Media
5 65 (3.15%) Graphic Design
6 53 (2.57%) Fintech
7 40 (1.94%) Self-Motivation
8 38 (1.84%) Animation
9 31 (1.50%) Data Centre
10 21 (1.02%) Greenfield Project
11 20 (0.97%) Computer Science
11 20 (0.97%) Taxonomies
12 18 (0.87%) Digital Media
13 17 (0.82%) Management Information System
13 17 (0.82%) Photography
14 14 (0.68%) Analytical Mindset
15 13 (0.63%) Enterprise Software
16 11 (0.53%) Hedge funds
17 10 (0.49%) Data Structures
17 10 (0.49%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 79 (3.83%) Android
2 77 (3.74%) Apple iOS
3 44 (2.13%) Windows
4 34 (1.65%) Linux
5 23 (1.12%) Unix
6 22 (1.07%) Windows Server
7 13 (0.63%) Windows 10
8 11 (0.53%) Solaris
9 8 (0.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 6 (0.29%) Mac OS X
11 5 (0.24%) Windows Server 2008
12 3 (0.15%) CentOS
12 3 (0.15%) Ubuntu
13 2 (0.097%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.097%) Oracle Linux
13 2 (0.097%) Windows Server 2012
14 1 (0.049%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 742 (36.00%) Agile Software Development
2 503 (24.41%) Wireframes
3 412 (19.99%) Prototyping
4 316 (15.33%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
5 230 (11.16%) Service Design
6 163 (7.91%) Analytics
7 153 (7.42%) Scrum
8 142 (6.89%) Problem-Solving
9 138 (6.70%) E-Commerce
10 128 (6.21%) Responsive Web Design
11 124 (6.02%) Collaborative Working
12 123 (5.97%) Stakeholder Management
13 122 (5.92%) Visualisation
14 115 (5.58%) Usability Testing
15 106 (5.14%) Information Architecture
16 89 (4.32%) Rapid Prototyping
17 83 (4.03%) Data Visualisation
17 83 (4.03%) Front End Development
18 82 (3.98%) Typography
19 72 (3.49%) Workshop Facilitation
Programming Languages
1 191 (9.27%) JavaScript
2 47 (2.28%) Java
3 43 (2.09%) SQL
4 21 (1.02%) Python
5 9 (0.44%) C#
6 8 (0.39%) C
6 8 (0.39%) PHP
7 6 (0.29%) PowerShell
7 6 (0.29%) VBA
8 5 (0.24%) Perl
8 5 (0.24%) PL/SQL
8 5 (0.24%) Scala
8 5 (0.24%) Shell Script
9 4 (0.19%) Ruby
10 3 (0.15%) TypeScript
10 3 (0.15%) XQuery
11 2 (0.097%) Bash Shell
11 2 (0.097%) ES6
11 2 (0.097%) Java 8
11 2 (0.097%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 156 (7.57%) Degree
2 103 (5.00%) Security Cleared
3 64 (3.11%) SC Cleared
4 25 (1.21%) BPSS Clearance
5 16 (0.78%) Postgraduate
6 15 (0.73%) DBS Check
7 13 (0.63%) Cisco Certification
8 12 (0.58%) Computer Science Degree
9 11 (0.53%) DV Cleared
10 8 (0.39%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 7 (0.34%) CCNP
12 6 (0.29%) CCNA
13 5 (0.24%) CCIE
13 5 (0.24%) CISSP
13 5 (0.24%) CTC Cleared
13 5 (0.24%) ITIL Certification
14 4 (0.19%) Master's Degree
15 3 (0.15%) CEH
15 3 (0.15%) CISM
15 3 (0.15%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (1.75%) QA
2 24 (1.16%) WCAG
3 14 (0.68%) SLA
4 6 (0.29%) GDPR
5 5 (0.24%) Disclosure Scotland
5 5 (0.24%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.19%) COBIT
7 2 (0.097%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.097%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 2 (0.097%) PMO
7 2 (0.097%) PSD2
8 1 (0.049%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.049%) IFRS
8 1 (0.049%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 1 (0.049%) MiFID
8 1 (0.049%) PMBOK
8 1 (0.049%) SEPA
8 1 (0.049%) Solvency II
System Software
1 21 (1.02%) VMware Infrastructure
2 10 (0.49%) Veritas Cluster Server
2 10 (0.49%) XenDesktop
3 9 (0.44%) VMware ESXi
4 8 (0.39%) Hyper-V
4 8 (0.39%) XenServer
5 5 (0.24%) Active Directory
6 4 (0.19%) Docker
7 2 (0.097%) vCloud
7 2 (0.097%) vSphere
8 1 (0.049%) IAG
8 1 (0.049%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.049%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 8 (0.39%) Ansible
2 5 (0.24%) Puppet
3 4 (0.19%) Kubernetes
3 4 (0.19%) Opscode Chef
3 4 (0.19%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 4 (0.19%) Terraform
4 3 (0.15%) HP ALM
4 3 (0.15%) Red Hat Satellite
4 3 (0.15%) vCenter Server
5 2 (0.097%) Salt
6 1 (0.049%) Consul
6 1 (0.049%) Kibana
6 1 (0.049%) logstash
6 1 (0.049%) Nagios
6 1 (0.049%) Netcool
6 1 (0.049%) Netcool/OMNIbus
6 1 (0.049%) Packer
6 1 (0.049%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (0.049%) TeamSite
6 1 (0.049%) vRealize
Vendors
1 311 (15.09%) Adobe
2 60 (2.91%) Oracle
3 53 (2.57%) Microsoft
4 44 (2.13%) SAP
5 34 (1.65%) VMware
6 24 (1.16%) Google
7 23 (1.12%) IBM
8 21 (1.02%) Cisco
9 15 (0.73%) Sitecore
9 15 (0.73%) Tableau
10 14 (0.68%) MuleSoft
11 12 (0.58%) Dell
12 11 (0.53%) ForgeRock
13 9 (0.44%) Citrix
14 8 (0.39%) HP
14 8 (0.39%) Red Hat
15 7 (0.34%) Facebook
15 7 (0.34%) Informatica
15 7 (0.34%) Juniper
15 7 (0.34%) Salesforce.com