Period
to

The median contractor rate for a Designer was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 May 2022.

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 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 98 81 99
Rank change year-on-year -17 +18 +18
Contract jobs requiring a Designer 2,210 1,667 1,135
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.55% 2.86% 2.36%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.73% 3.08% 2.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,544 1,139 765
10th Percentile £369 £300 £263
25th Percentile £450 £375 £353
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £450 £440
Median % change year-on-year +16.67% +2.27% +1.15%
75th Percentile £600 £538 £500
90th Percentile £675 £586 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £433 £450
% change year-on-year +15.61% -3.89% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 35 15
10th Percentile £26.25 - £29.66
25th Percentile £28.75 £15.25 £31.39
Median hourly rate £43.50 £21.50 £46.50
Median % change year-on-year +102.33% -53.76% +75.47%
75th Percentile £62.02 £36.00 £52.38
90th Percentile £65.68 £44.90 £54.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.25 £20.50 £34.77
% change year-on-year +106.10% -41.04% +31.21%

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 80,811 54,131 45,134
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.17% 92.83% 93.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,825 37,088 29,934
10th Percentile £313 £293 £248
25th Percentile £425 £388 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £480 £468
Median % change year-on-year +9.38% +2.56% -0.95%
75th Percentile £638 £583 £575
90th Percentile £738 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +11.76% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,964 1,697 1,658
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.50 £11.53
25th Percentile £15.75 £14.50 £14.11
Median hourly rate £23.91 £22.00 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year +8.68% +15.79% +5.56%
75th Percentile £49.25 £44.50 £38.75
90th Percentile £65.00 £56.90 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £18.95 £18.00
% change year-on-year +5.57% +5.25% +2.86%

Designer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Designer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Designer in the UK

Designer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Designer.

Daily rate trend for Designer in the UK

Designer
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Designer over the 6 months to 23 May 2022.

Daily rate histogram for Designer in the UK

Designer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Designer.

Hourly rate trend for Designer in the UK

Designer
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Designer over the 6 months to 23 May 2022.

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 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England -18 1,695 £525 +16.67% 252
Work from Home -23 1,254 £510 +13.33% 78
London -7 1,033 £538 +13.16% 139
UK excluding London -23 658 £500 +15.61% 110
North of England -10 177 £500 +11.11% 36
Scotland -7 134 £485 +14.12% 7
South East -41 120 £550 +27.54% 21
Midlands -20 110 £475 +10.47% 13
North West -13 86 £525 +11.11% 19
West Midlands -18 85 £500 +11.11% 6
South West +6 74 £450 +9.09% 16
Yorkshire -15 65 £545 +28.24% 11
East of England -30 32 £615 +29.47% 16
North East +11 26 £489 +19.57% 6
East Midlands -22 22 £450 +28.57% 5
Wales -11 16 £516 +28.94%
Northern Ireland -3 3 £400 -20.00% 1

Designer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 May 2022, Designer contract jobs required the following 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 1,185 (53.62%) User Experience
2 1,016 (45.97%) UX Design
3 899 (40.68%) Agile
4 671 (30.36%) User Research
5 580 (26.24%) Prototyping
6 571 (25.84%) Service Design
7 467 (21.13%) Interaction Design
8 415 (18.78%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
9 395 (17.87%) Wireframes
10 390 (17.65%) Public Sector
11 389 (17.60%) Social Skills
12 384 (17.38%) Figma
13 333 (15.07%) Finance
14 320 (14.48%) Accessibility
15 284 (12.85%) Sketch
16 267 (12.08%) HTML
17 262 (11.86%) Adobe
18 233 (10.54%) CSS
19 200 (9.05%) Workshop Facilitation
20 194 (8.78%) Mobile App
21 187 (8.46%) UX Research
22 173 (7.83%) Journey Map
23 170 (7.69%) InVision
24 166 (7.51%) Security Cleared
25 149 (6.74%) Degree
26 145 (6.56%) Axure RP
27 143 (6.47%) Scrum
27 143 (6.47%) Design Thinking
28 140 (6.33%) Microsoft
29 138 (6.24%) SC Cleared

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 52 (2.35%) OpenEdge
2 51 (2.31%) Confluence
3 45 (2.04%) CMS
4 15 (0.68%) WordPress
5 14 (0.63%) SharePoint
6 9 (0.41%) Moodle
7 3 (0.14%) Drupal
8 2 (0.090%) Appian
8 2 (0.090%) Oracle Workflow
8 2 (0.090%) Sitecore CMS
8 2 (0.090%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.045%) Anypoint
9 1 (0.045%) Apache
9 1 (0.045%) JBoss
9 1 (0.045%) MS Exchange
9 1 (0.045%) Mule ESB
9 1 (0.045%) NetWeaver
9 1 (0.045%) SAS
9 1 (0.045%) Smallworld
9 1 (0.045%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 284 (12.85%) Sketch
2 170 (7.69%) InVision
3 92 (4.16%) Adobe XD
4 79 (3.57%) Photoshop
5 74 (3.35%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 64 (2.90%) Zeplin
7 61 (2.76%) Adobe Illustrator
8 27 (1.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
9 25 (1.13%) Microsoft Office
10 22 (1.00%) InDesign
11 21 (0.95%) Marvel
12 18 (0.81%) Adobe After Effects
12 18 (0.81%) UserZoom
13 13 (0.59%) Adobe Premiere
14 10 (0.45%) Adobe Captivate
14 10 (0.45%) MS Visio
15 8 (0.36%) OmniGraffle
16 7 (0.32%) Camtasia
16 7 (0.32%) Microsoft Excel
16 7 (0.32%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 9 (0.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.18%) CSG Singleview
2 4 (0.18%) Magento
2 4 (0.18%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 3 (0.14%) Shopify
4 2 (0.090%) Oracle BPM
4 2 (0.090%) PeopleSoft HCM
5 1 (0.045%) Avolution ABACUS
5 1 (0.045%) Oracle SCM
5 1 (0.045%) SAP Hybris
5 1 (0.045%) Teamcenter
5 1 (0.045%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 384 (17.38%) Figma
2 85 (3.85%) Azure
3 55 (2.49%) Miro
4 49 (2.22%) AWS
5 40 (1.81%) SaaS
6 36 (1.63%) Adobe Creative Cloud
7 22 (1.00%) Microsoft 365
8 18 (0.81%) GitHub
9 15 (0.68%) Power Platform
10 14 (0.63%) Google Analytics
11 11 (0.50%) GCP
12 10 (0.45%) Snowflake
13 8 (0.36%) Slack
14 5 (0.23%) Azure Active Directory
14 5 (0.23%) Collibra
14 5 (0.23%) Dynamics 365
14 5 (0.23%) PowerApps
15 4 (0.18%) Amazon EKS
15 4 (0.18%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
15 4 (0.18%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 21 (0.95%) Internet
2 15 (0.68%) Radio Access Network
3 12 (0.54%) 5G
3 12 (0.54%) Firewall
4 10 (0.45%) Mobile Backhaul
4 10 (0.45%) Value-Added Service
5 9 (0.41%) DNS
6 8 (0.36%) Diameter Protocol
6 8 (0.36%) Intranet
7 7 (0.32%) 2G
8 6 (0.27%) 4G
8 6 (0.27%) INAP
8 6 (0.27%) ISUP
8 6 (0.27%) LAN
8 6 (0.27%) SD-WAN
8 6 (0.27%) VoLTE
8 6 (0.27%) VoWiFi
8 6 (0.27%) WAN
8 6 (0.27%) Wireless
9 5 (0.23%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (0.81%) Data Warehouse
2 17 (0.77%) SQL Server
3 9 (0.41%) Data Mart
3 9 (0.41%) Data Vault
3 9 (0.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 9 (0.41%) Tableau
4 8 (0.36%) Metadata
4 8 (0.36%) Qlik Sense
5 7 (0.32%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 6 (0.27%) Big Data
6 6 (0.27%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 5 (0.23%) DB2
7 5 (0.23%) Hadoop
7 5 (0.23%) Relational Database
8 4 (0.18%) Azure SQL Database
8 4 (0.18%) Data Lake
8 4 (0.18%) QlikView
8 4 (0.18%) Snowflake Schema
9 3 (0.14%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 3 (0.14%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 145 (6.56%) Axure RP
2 77 (3.48%) JIRA
3 12 (0.54%) ER Studio
4 8 (0.36%) Balsamiq
4 8 (0.36%) Git (software)
4 8 (0.36%) Jenkins
5 4 (0.18%) Subversion
6 3 (0.14%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 3 (0.14%) Dreamweaver
7 2 (0.090%) Bitbucket
7 2 (0.090%) GitLab
7 2 (0.090%) Grunt
7 2 (0.090%) gulp
7 2 (0.090%) Oracle Forms
7 2 (0.090%) Visual Studio Team System
7 2 (0.090%) webpack
8 1 (0.045%) Bitbucket Server
8 1 (0.045%) ERwin
8 1 (0.045%) ESLint
8 1 (0.045%) Gerrit
General
1 390 (17.65%) Public Sector
2 389 (17.60%) Social Skills
3 333 (15.07%) Finance
4 116 (5.25%) Telecoms
5 112 (5.07%) Banking
6 109 (4.93%) Retail
7 92 (4.16%) Marketing
8 83 (3.76%) Publishing
9 76 (3.44%) Analytical Skills
10 66 (2.99%) Legal
11 64 (2.90%) Presentation Skills
12 34 (1.54%) Retail Banking
13 31 (1.40%) Influencing Skills
14 24 (1.09%) Multimedia
15 21 (0.95%) Manufacturing
16 18 (0.81%) Investment Banking
17 17 (0.77%) Electronics
18 16 (0.72%) Back Office
18 16 (0.72%) Games
19 15 (0.68%) Digital Economy
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 267 (12.08%) HTML
2 233 (10.54%) CSS
3 27 (1.22%) React
4 21 (0.95%) HTML5
4 21 (0.95%) Node.js
5 20 (0.90%) CSS3
5 20 (0.90%) REST
6 19 (0.86%) SOAP
7 13 (0.59%) .NET
8 12 (0.54%) Material Design
9 10 (0.45%) JSON
10 9 (0.41%) jQuery
10 9 (0.41%) Swagger
10 9 (0.41%) XML
11 8 (0.36%) Middleware
11 8 (0.36%) OAuth
11 8 (0.36%) OAuth2
12 7 (0.32%) Velocity
12 7 (0.32%) Web Services
13 6 (0.27%) ADO
Miscellaneous
1 1,185 (53.62%) User Experience
2 194 (8.78%) Mobile App
3 41 (1.86%) Graphic Design
4 30 (1.36%) Virtual Team
5 29 (1.31%) Animation
6 28 (1.27%) Social Media
7 26 (1.18%) Self-Motivation
8 21 (0.95%) Data Protection Act
9 20 (0.90%) Greenfield Project
10 19 (0.86%) NHS
11 16 (0.72%) Learning Management System
12 13 (0.59%) Cloud Native
12 13 (0.59%) Motion Graphics
13 12 (0.54%) Data Centre
13 12 (0.54%) Enterprise Software
13 12 (0.54%) SCORM
14 11 (0.50%) iPhone
15 10 (0.45%) e-Learning
15 10 (0.45%) Renewable Energy
15 10 (0.45%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 62 (2.81%) Android
2 57 (2.58%) Apple iOS
3 20 (0.90%) Windows
4 12 (0.54%) Linux
5 5 (0.23%) Windows 10
6 4 (0.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (0.14%) Unix
8 2 (0.090%) AIX
8 2 (0.090%) Windows Server
8 2 (0.090%) Windows Server 2016
9 1 (0.045%) CentOS
9 1 (0.045%) Embedded Linux
9 1 (0.045%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.045%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.045%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,016 (45.97%) UX Design
2 899 (40.68%) Agile
3 671 (30.36%) User Research
4 580 (26.24%) Prototyping
5 571 (25.84%) Service Design
6 467 (21.13%) Interaction Design
7 415 (18.78%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
8 395 (17.87%) Wireframes
9 200 (9.05%) Workshop Facilitation
10 187 (8.46%) UX Research
11 173 (7.83%) Journey Map
12 143 (6.47%) Design Thinking
12 143 (6.47%) Scrum
13 137 (6.20%) Stakeholder Management
14 131 (5.93%) Analytics
14 131 (5.93%) Usability Testing
15 129 (5.84%) User Stories
16 119 (5.38%) Problem-Solving
17 114 (5.16%) Collaborative Working
18 100 (4.52%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 113 (5.11%) JavaScript
2 32 (1.45%) SQL
3 20 (0.90%) Python
4 19 (0.86%) Java
4 19 (0.86%) TypeScript
5 14 (0.63%) C#
6 11 (0.50%) PL/SQL
7 7 (0.32%) C
8 4 (0.18%) Perl
8 4 (0.18%) PHP
8 4 (0.18%) PowerShell
9 3 (0.14%) Bash
9 3 (0.14%) VBA
10 2 (0.090%) Groovy
10 2 (0.090%) MapBasic
10 2 (0.090%) Ruby
10 2 (0.090%) Shell Script
10 2 (0.090%) VB
11 1 (0.045%) JCL
11 1 (0.045%) R
Qualifications
1 166 (7.51%) Security Cleared
2 149 (6.74%) Degree
3 138 (6.24%) SC Cleared
4 31 (1.40%) BPSS Clearance
5 15 (0.68%) DV Cleared
6 11 (0.50%) CTC Cleared
7 9 (0.41%) ITIL Certification
8 7 (0.32%) CCIE
8 7 (0.32%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (0.32%) Master's Degree
9 6 (0.27%) TOGAF Certification
10 5 (0.23%) CCNP
11 3 (0.14%) CIPD
11 3 (0.14%) Computer Science Degree
12 2 (0.090%) HNC
12 2 (0.090%) HND
12 2 (0.090%) ISEB
12 2 (0.090%) JNCIE
13 1 (0.045%) NVQ Level 3
13 1 (0.045%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 320 (14.48%) Accessibility
2 79 (3.57%) QA
3 63 (2.85%) WCAG
4 14 (0.63%) Disclosure Scotland
5 10 (0.45%) GDPR
6 7 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 5 (0.23%) Data Quality
7 5 (0.23%) Def Stans
8 4 (0.18%) Actionable Recommendations
9 3 (0.14%) WAI
10 2 (0.090%) GMP
10 2 (0.090%) Government Security Classifications
10 2 (0.090%) ISO 13485
10 2 (0.090%) ISO 20022
10 2 (0.090%) ISO/IEC 17025
10 2 (0.090%) PCI DSS
11 1 (0.045%) HIPAA
11 1 (0.045%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 1 (0.045%) JSP 440
11 1 (0.045%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 14 (0.63%) Active Directory
2 12 (0.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (0.41%) Docker
4 7 (0.32%) Virtual Desktop
5 6 (0.27%) vSphere
6 5 (0.23%) BitLocker
6 5 (0.23%) VMware NSX
7 2 (0.090%) vCloud
7 2 (0.090%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.045%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.045%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 14 (0.63%) Kubernetes
2 6 (0.27%) Single Sign-On
2 6 (0.27%) Terraform
3 5 (0.23%) Microsoft Intune
4 3 (0.14%) Microsoft Clustering
5 2 (0.090%) Cisco CUCM
5 2 (0.090%) FortiGate
5 2 (0.090%) HP ALM
5 2 (0.090%) vRealize
5 2 (0.090%) vRealize Orchestrator
6 1 (0.045%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 1 (0.045%) Ansible
6 1 (0.045%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.045%) PowerCLI
6 1 (0.045%) Puppet
6 1 (0.045%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 262 (11.86%) Adobe
2 140 (6.33%) Microsoft
3 61 (2.76%) Progress
4 37 (1.67%) Google
5 27 (1.22%) Mercator
5 27 (1.22%) SAP
6 26 (1.18%) Oracle
7 22 (1.00%) BT
8 19 (0.86%) Cisco
9 14 (0.63%) Sparx
9 14 (0.63%) VMware
10 13 (0.59%) Databricks
10 13 (0.59%) ServiceNow
11 10 (0.45%) hybris
12 9 (0.41%) Red Hat
13 8 (0.36%) Ericsson
14 7 (0.32%) Avid
15 6 (0.27%) CheckPoint
15 6 (0.27%) Citrix
15 6 (0.27%) Salesforce.com