The median contractor rate for a Designer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Designer
UK
Rank 119 95 124
Rank change year-on-year -24 +29  
Contract jobs requiring a Designer 929 1194 949
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.05% 2.25% 1.80%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.16% 2.37% 1.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 525 795 536
Median daily rate £400 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £509 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £391 £375 £390
% change year-on-year +4.16% -3.84%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 8 21
Median hourly rate £22.50 £27.50 £27.37
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.18% +0.47%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £11.93 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.25 £40.90 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £27.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -18.18% +10.00%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 42950 50452 49894
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.82% 95.19% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 27813 32635 30138
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £555
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1510 1582 1977
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.38
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.10%  

Designer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Designer in the job title.

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 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Designer in the UK

Designer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Designer in the UK

Designer
Top 30 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 3 months to 24 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -20 886 £400 +1.91% 188
London -19 424 £400 - 79
South East -9 179 £350 -6.66% 32
Yorkshire +30 56 £381 +17.30% 11
City of London -22 53 £450 +20.00% 20
South West -11 50 £450 +24.13% 17
East of England -23 48 £419 +15.51% 15
Berkshire 0 44 £350 -9.61% 4
West Midlands +11 42 £444 +11.00% 5
West Sussex +6 37 £325 -1.51% 1
Buckinghamshire +15 34 £350 +22.80% 2
North West -3 33 £350 +7.69% 13
Hampshire -23 32 £405 -10.00% 7
North East -23 32 £338 -30.76% 2
West Yorkshire +11 31 £375 +9.09% 7
Newcastle upon Tyne -11 30 £338 -32.50% 2
Tyne and Wear -17 30 £338 -32.50% 2
Scotland +3 28 £463 +8.82% 15
Leeds +6 27 £369 +1.72% 5
Worthing +22 22 £325 +22.64%
Devon +17 21 £475 +35.71% 3
East Midlands -8 19 £338 -20.58% 14
Sheffield +20 18 £419 - 1
South Yorkshire +13 18 £419 - 1
Manchester +12 18 £300 -6.25% 10
Plymouth - 17 £475 - 1
Norwich +7 16 £455 -4.21% 2
Norfolk +3 16 £455 -1.08% 2
Coventry +9 15 £475 +26.66% 1
Bristol +5 15 £450 +31.38% 3

Designer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, Designer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Designer in the job title.

1 956 (50.50%) User Experience
2 607 (32.07%) Agile Software Development
3 534 (28.21%) HTML
4 472 (24.93%) CSS
5 446 (23.56%) Wireframes
6 397 (20.97%) Prototyping
7 292 (15.43%) Finance
8 269 (14.21%) Adobe
9 257 (13.58%) Photoshop
10 215 (11.36%) Mobile App
11 188 (9.93%) JavaScript
12 181 (9.56%) Service Design
13 177 (9.35%) Adobe Illustrator
14 174 (9.19%) Rapid Prototyping
15 166 (8.77%) Degree
16 164 (8.66%) Axure RP
17 141 (7.45%) HTML5
17 141 (7.45%) Adobe Creative Suite
18 134 (7.08%) Banking
19 130 (6.87%) Marketing
20 128 (6.76%) E-Commerce
21 125 (6.60%) Web Design
22 123 (6.50%) Scrum
23 107 (5.65%) Analytics
24 105 (5.55%) Analytical Skills
25 104 (5.49%) Retail
26 103 (5.44%) Visualisation
26 103 (5.44%) Security Cleared
27 101 (5.34%) Telecoms
27 101 (5.34%) Microsoft

Designer Skill Set
Top Related 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 (2.54%) CMS
2 29 (1.53%) SharePoint
3 13 (0.69%) Skype for Business
4 12 (0.63%) SharePoint 2013
5 11 (0.58%) Confluence
5 11 (0.58%) Marvel
5 11 (0.58%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 10 (0.53%) WordPress
7 9 (0.48%) WebSphere
8 7 (0.37%) SharePoint 2010
9 6 (0.32%) JBoss
9 6 (0.32%) SAS
9 6 (0.32%) Tomcat
9 6 (0.32%) WebLogic
10 5 (0.26%) Apache ServiceMix
10 5 (0.26%) Apache Solr
10 5 (0.26%) Apache Spark
10 5 (0.26%) Sitecore CMS
11 4 (0.21%) Joomla!
12 3 (0.16%) Oracle Coherence
Applications
1 257 (13.58%) Photoshop
2 177 (9.35%) Adobe Illustrator
3 141 (7.45%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 65 (3.43%) InVision
5 45 (2.38%) OmniGraffle
6 43 (2.27%) MS Excel
7 38 (2.01%) InDesign
8 34 (1.80%) MS Office
9 24 (1.27%) MS PowerPoint
10 16 (0.85%) Adobe After Effects
11 15 (0.79%) MS Visio
12 14 (0.74%) Adobe Premiere
12 14 (0.74%) Fireworks
13 11 (0.58%) AutoCAD
13 11 (0.58%) Flinto
14 10 (0.53%) UXPin
15 9 (0.48%) Acrobat
16 5 (0.26%) Adobe Captivate
16 5 (0.26%) Camtasia
16 5 (0.26%) CINEMA 4D
Business Applications
1 14 (0.74%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 8 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.37%) Oracle Financials
4 6 (0.32%) Oracle BRM
5 5 (0.26%) SAP Hybris
6 3 (0.16%) BusinessWorks
6 3 (0.16%) PeopleSoft HCM
6 3 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
6 3 (0.16%) SAP SD
6 3 (0.16%) WebTrends
7 2 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
7 2 (0.11%) Magento
7 2 (0.11%) Oracle BPM
7 2 (0.11%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 2 (0.11%) SAP BPC
8 1 (0.053%) FastStats
8 1 (0.053%) Hyperion Planning
8 1 (0.053%) Oracle EBS R12
8 1 (0.053%) Oracle Receivables
8 1 (0.053%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 26 (1.37%) Adobe Creative Cloud
2 23 (1.22%) Google Analytics
3 21 (1.11%) Microsoft Azure
4 19 (1.00%) Office 365
5 14 (0.74%) GitHub
6 13 (0.69%) Adobe Analytics
7 9 (0.48%) SaaS
8 8 (0.42%) Amazon AWS
9 7 (0.37%) CloudSense
10 6 (0.32%) IaaS
10 6 (0.32%) PaaS
11 5 (0.26%) Basecamp
12 4 (0.21%) IBM Blueworks
13 3 (0.16%) Cloud Computing
13 3 (0.16%) Heroku
14 2 (0.11%) Azure Active Directory
15 1 (0.053%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 43 (2.27%) Internet
2 32 (1.69%) Firewall
3 27 (1.43%) LAN
4 21 (1.11%) NetScaler
4 21 (1.11%) WAN
5 17 (0.90%) DNS
6 12 (0.63%) BGP
6 12 (0.63%) Network Security
7 11 (0.58%) Cisco Nexus
7 11 (0.58%) SMTP
8 10 (0.53%) Cisco ASA
8 10 (0.53%) Intranet
8 10 (0.53%) LDAP
9 9 (0.48%) Broadband
9 9 (0.48%) OSPF
9 9 (0.48%) VLAN
10 8 (0.42%) Radio Access Network
10 8 (0.42%) TCP/IP
10 8 (0.42%) VPN
10 8 (0.42%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (2.32%) Oracle Database
2 39 (2.06%) SQL Server
3 19 (1.00%) Big Data
4 18 (0.95%) Oracle Database 11g
5 17 (0.90%) Data Warehouse
6 13 (0.69%) Hadoop
6 13 (0.69%) Oracle Database 10g
6 13 (0.69%) Relational Database
7 11 (0.58%) RDBMS
7 11 (0.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 10 (0.53%) Power BI
9 9 (0.48%) DB2
9 9 (0.48%) Microsoft Power View
9 9 (0.48%) MongoDB
10 7 (0.37%) Data Mart
11 6 (0.32%) Adabas
11 6 (0.32%) BusinessObjects XI
12 5 (0.26%) NoSQL
12 5 (0.26%) Oracle Database 12c
12 5 (0.26%) PowerPivot
Development Applications
1 164 (8.66%) Axure RP
2 44 (2.32%) Dreamweaver
3 29 (1.53%) Balsamiq Mockups
4 24 (1.27%) JIRA
5 20 (1.06%) Git (software)
6 15 (0.79%) Maven
7 13 (0.69%) Jenkins
8 9 (0.48%) Subversion
9 7 (0.37%) JUnit
10 5 (0.26%) Cucumber
11 4 (0.21%) Bitbucket
11 4 (0.21%) Oracle APEX
12 3 (0.16%) Gradle
12 3 (0.16%) Hudson
12 3 (0.16%) NCrunch
12 3 (0.16%) NUnit
12 3 (0.16%) Octopus Deploy
12 3 (0.16%) Oracle Forms
12 3 (0.16%) ReSharper
12 3 (0.16%) TeamCity
General
1 292 (15.43%) Finance
2 134 (7.08%) Banking
3 130 (6.87%) Marketing
4 104 (5.49%) Retail
5 101 (5.34%) Telecoms
6 92 (4.86%) Publishing
7 64 (3.38%) Legal
8 38 (2.01%) Billing
9 31 (1.64%) Manufacturing
10 22 (1.16%) Electronics
11 18 (0.95%) Games
12 16 (0.85%) Investment Banking
13 14 (0.74%) Multimedia
14 8 (0.42%) Advertising
14 8 (0.42%) Financial Institution
15 7 (0.37%) Automotive
15 7 (0.37%) Back Office
15 7 (0.37%) Front Office
16 5 (0.26%) Retail Banking
17 4 (0.21%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 534 (28.21%) HTML
2 472 (24.93%) CSS
3 141 (7.45%) HTML5
4 86 (4.54%) CSS3
5 59 (3.12%) jQuery
6 54 (2.85%) .NET
7 33 (1.74%) Web Services
8 32 (1.69%) Flash
9 28 (1.48%) AngularJS
10 22 (1.16%) Sass
11 21 (1.11%) Spring
12 20 (1.06%) XML
13 19 (1.00%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 19 (1.00%) WPF
14 17 (0.90%) Ajax
14 17 (0.90%) SOAP
15 16 (0.85%) ASP.NET
15 16 (0.85%) J2EE
16 15 (0.79%) Middleware
17 14 (0.74%) Apache Flex
Miscellaneous
1 956 (50.50%) User Experience
2 215 (11.36%) Mobile App
3 105 (5.55%) Analytical Skills
4 64 (3.38%) Social Media
5 44 (2.32%) Graphic Design
6 34 (1.80%) Animation
7 33 (1.74%) Data Centre
8 28 (1.48%) e-Learning
9 26 (1.37%) Management Information System
10 23 (1.22%) W3C
11 19 (1.00%) Fintech
12 16 (0.85%) iPhone
12 16 (0.85%) Motion Graphics
13 15 (0.79%) Mainframe
13 15 (0.79%) Video Editing
14 14 (0.74%) iPad
15 12 (0.63%) Mobile Banking
15 12 (0.63%) Taxonomies
16 11 (0.58%) Reference Data
16 11 (0.58%) SCORM
Operating Systems
1 95 (5.02%) Apple iOS
2 92 (4.86%) Android
3 57 (3.01%) Windows
4 33 (1.74%) Unix
5 24 (1.27%) Linux
6 17 (0.90%) Windows Server 2008
7 16 (0.85%) Windows Server
8 9 (0.48%) Windows Server 2012
9 8 (0.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (0.21%) AIX
11 3 (0.16%) Windows 7
12 2 (0.11%) Solaris
12 2 (0.11%) Windows Server 2003
13 1 (0.053%) CentOS
13 1 (0.053%) HPUX
13 1 (0.053%) MVS
13 1 (0.053%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 607 (32.07%) Agile Software Development
2 446 (23.56%) Wireframes
3 397 (20.97%) Prototyping
4 181 (9.56%) Service Design
5 174 (9.19%) Rapid Prototyping
6 128 (6.76%) E-Commerce
7 125 (6.60%) Web Design
8 123 (6.50%) Scrum
9 107 (5.65%) Analytics
10 103 (5.44%) Visualisation
11 97 (5.12%) Front End Development
12 95 (5.02%) Typography
13 87 (4.60%) Stakeholder Management
14 84 (4.44%) Responsive Web Design
15 75 (3.96%) Usability Testing
16 70 (3.70%) Information Architecture
17 69 (3.65%) Data Visualisation
18 67 (3.54%) Migration
19 57 (3.01%) ITIL
20 53 (2.80%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 188 (9.93%) JavaScript
2 96 (5.07%) Java
3 55 (2.91%) SQL
4 31 (1.64%) C#
5 25 (1.32%) PL/SQL
6 20 (1.06%) PowerShell
7 13 (0.69%) C
7 13 (0.69%) Shell Script
8 10 (0.53%) PHP
9 9 (0.48%) VB
10 5 (0.26%) Python
10 5 (0.26%) T-SQL
10 5 (0.26%) XAML
11 4 (0.21%) Perl
12 3 (0.16%) MATLAB
12 3 (0.16%) Scala
12 3 (0.16%) VBScript
13 2 (0.11%) JCL
13 2 (0.11%) R
13 2 (0.11%) RPG IV
Qualifications
1 166 (8.77%) Degree
2 103 (5.44%) Security Cleared
3 69 (3.65%) SC Cleared
4 36 (1.90%) Cisco Certification
5 23 (1.22%) BPSS Clearance
5 23 (1.22%) CCNP
6 20 (1.06%) CCNA
7 10 (0.53%) CCDP
8 9 (0.48%) CCDA
8 9 (0.48%) ITIL Certification
8 9 (0.48%) Microsoft Certification
9 8 (0.42%) CISSP
10 7 (0.37%) AWS Certification
10 7 (0.37%) CCIE
11 6 (0.32%) DV Cleared
12 5 (0.26%) JNCIA
13 4 (0.21%) CISMP
13 4 (0.21%) Citrix Certification
13 4 (0.21%) MCSE
14 3 (0.16%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (2.27%) QA
2 10 (0.53%) WCAG
3 9 (0.48%) SLA
4 8 (0.42%) Disclosure Scotland
5 6 (0.32%) Actionable Recommendations
5 6 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 5 (0.26%) COBIT
7 4 (0.21%) ISO27002
7 4 (0.21%) PMO
8 3 (0.16%) Data Quality
8 3 (0.16%) PCI DSS
9 2 (0.11%) SEPA
10 1 (0.053%) Def Stans
10 1 (0.053%) Dodd-Frank
10 1 (0.053%) EMIR
10 1 (0.053%) GDPR
10 1 (0.053%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 1 (0.053%) JSP 440
10 1 (0.053%) MiFID
System Software
1 17 (0.90%) Active Directory
2 13 (0.69%) VMware ESXi
3 12 (0.63%) Hyper-V
3 12 (0.63%) XenDesktop
4 11 (0.58%) XenServer
5 10 (0.53%) VMware Infrastructure
6 7 (0.37%) Firmware
7 5 (0.26%) Docker
8 4 (0.21%) VMware ESX
9 3 (0.16%) BitLocker
9 3 (0.16%) Oracle RAC
10 2 (0.11%) NFS
11 1 (0.053%) HDFS
11 1 (0.053%) IAG
11 1 (0.053%) KVM
11 1 (0.053%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.053%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 10 (0.53%) Amdocs OSS
2 8 (0.42%) Netcool
2 8 (0.42%) SCCM
3 5 (0.26%) FortiGate
3 5 (0.26%) Oracle Identity Management
4 4 (0.21%) Ansible
4 4 (0.21%) Kubernetes
4 4 (0.21%) Opscode Chef
4 4 (0.21%) Rancher
5 3 (0.16%) Cisco Prime
5 3 (0.16%) Data Guard
5 3 (0.16%) Kibana
5 3 (0.16%) Microsoft Intune
5 3 (0.16%) Puppet
5 3 (0.16%) SCOM
5 3 (0.16%) Sysprep
6 2 (0.11%) EMC NetWorker
6 2 (0.11%) OpenSSO
6 2 (0.11%) Oracle RMAN
6 2 (0.11%) yum
Vendors
1 269 (14.21%) Adobe
2 101 (5.34%) Microsoft
3 84 (4.44%) Oracle
4 68 (3.59%) Cisco
5 39 (2.06%) IBM
6 37 (1.95%) SAP
7 36 (1.90%) Juniper
8 35 (1.85%) VMware
9 32 (1.69%) Google
10 21 (1.11%) Salesforce.com
11 18 (0.95%) CheckPoint
11 18 (0.95%) Citrix
12 13 (0.69%) Apple
12 13 (0.69%) ClickTale
12 13 (0.69%) F5
13 12 (0.63%) Cramer
13 12 (0.63%) EXTOL
13 12 (0.63%) Red Hat
14 11 (0.58%) Sitecore
15 10 (0.53%) Siebel
Kent
Salt
Rate: £400 - £430 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
London
Sphere Digital Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £500 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Bedfordshire
Montash
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
TEKsystems
Posted: 15 hours ago
Surrey
Proactive Appointments
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
London
Salt
Rate: £400 - £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Surrey
Proactive Appointments
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Salt
Rate: £300 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Square One Resources
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day Negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
TEKsystems
Rate: £100 - £175 per week + 1-2 days a week remote working
Posted: Yesterday
Central London / West End
Trust In Soda
Rate: From £250 to £475 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Salt
Rate: £350 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Oscar
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Surrey
Austin Fraser
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: £450 - £600
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £250 - £275 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £120.00 - £150.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Telford, Shropshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Lennon Wright
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Shipley, West Yorkshire
Square One Resources
Rate: From £300 to £340 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Searchability
Rate: £120 - £160 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
London
Premier Media
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Source Technology
Rate: From £380 to £400 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
East London
Reed Professional Services
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Folkestone, Kent
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago