The median contractor rate for a Lead Designer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 25 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
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Lead Designer
UK
Rank 577 615 598
Rank change year-on-year +38 -17  
Contract jobs requiring a Lead Designer 16 29 26
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.035% 0.055% 0.049%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.037% 0.057% 0.052%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 17 14
Median daily rate £450 £475 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.26% -5.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £390 £415 £383
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £545 £620
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £435 £550
% change year-on-year -19.54% -20.90%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 42948 50649 50145
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.81% 95.19% 94.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 27820 32762 30258
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 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1510 1586 1994
Median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +8.57%  
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 £17.22
% change year-on-year -12.50% +16.14%  

Lead Designer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Lead Designer in the UK

Lead Designer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Lead Designer.

Contractor daily rate trend for Lead Designer in the UK

Lead Designer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Lead Designer over the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Lead Designer in the UK

Lead Designer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Lead Designer.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Lead Designer in the UK

Lead Designer
Top 8 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Lead Designer within the UK over the 3 months to 25 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 +21 16 £450 -2.70% 17
London +30 13 £470 -1.05% 10
South East +20 2 - - 2
Maidenhead - 2 - -
Berkshire - 2 - - 1
North West +26 1 £350 -20.45%
City of London +2 1 - - 2
Manchester - 1 £350 -

Lead Designer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 March 2017, Lead 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 Lead Designer in the job title.

1 23 (74.19%) User Experience
2 11 (35.48%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (29.03%) Service Design
4 8 (25.81%) Adobe
4 8 (25.81%) Wireframes
5 6 (19.35%) Prototyping
5 6 (19.35%) HTML
5 6 (19.35%) CSS
5 6 (19.35%) Analytics
6 5 (16.13%) Responsive Web Design
6 5 (16.13%) Axure RP
6 5 (16.13%) E-Commerce
6 5 (16.13%) Finance
7 4 (12.90%) Banking
7 4 (12.90%) Retail
7 4 (12.90%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 3 (9.68%) High Availability
8 3 (9.68%) Mobile App
8 3 (9.68%) Load Balancing
8 3 (9.68%) Usability Testing
8 3 (9.68%) SQL
9 2 (6.45%) .NET
9 2 (6.45%) Windows
9 2 (6.45%) Linux
9 2 (6.45%) JavaScript
9 2 (6.45%) Oracle
9 2 (6.45%) SQL Server
9 2 (6.45%) Photoshop
9 2 (6.45%) Data Modelling
9 2 (6.45%) TIBCO

Lead 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 1 (3.23%) CMS
1 1 (3.23%) Oracle Coherence
1 1 (3.23%) Tomcat
1 1 (3.23%) WebLogic
Applications
1 4 (12.90%) Adobe Creative Suite
2 2 (6.45%) Photoshop
3 1 (3.23%) Adobe Illustrator
3 1 (3.23%) AutoCAD
3 1 (3.23%) CATIA
3 1 (3.23%) InVision
3 1 (3.23%) MS Excel
3 1 (3.23%) Pro/ENGINEER
3 1 (3.23%) PTC Creo
3 1 (3.23%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 2 (6.45%) BusinessWorks
2 1 (3.23%) Teamcenter
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.23%) Firewall
1 1 (3.23%) Intranet
1 1 (3.23%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.45%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.23%) Oracle Database
2 1 (3.23%) Oracle Database 11g
2 1 (3.23%) Oracle Database 12c
2 1 (3.23%) Oracle Exadata
2 1 (3.23%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (3.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (3.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (16.13%) Axure RP
2 1 (3.23%) Git (software)
2 1 (3.23%) Jenkins
2 1 (3.23%) PowerBuilder
2 1 (3.23%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 5 (16.13%) Finance
2 4 (12.90%) Banking
2 4 (12.90%) Retail
3 2 (6.45%) Telecoms
4 1 (3.23%) Aerospace
4 1 (3.23%) Automotive
4 1 (3.23%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (19.35%) CSS
1 6 (19.35%) HTML
2 2 (6.45%) .NET
2 2 (6.45%) Oracle GoldenGate
3 1 (3.23%) .NET Framework
3 1 (3.23%) CSS3
3 1 (3.23%) HTML5
3 1 (3.23%) J2EE
3 1 (3.23%) Middleware
3 1 (3.23%) Spring
3 1 (3.23%) Spring Boot
3 1 (3.23%) XHTML
3 1 (3.23%) XML
3 1 (3.23%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 23 (74.19%) User Experience
2 3 (9.68%) Mobile App
3 2 (6.45%) Fintech
3 2 (6.45%) Social Media
4 1 (3.23%) Graphic Design
4 1 (3.23%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 2 (6.45%) Linux
1 2 (6.45%) Windows
2 1 (3.23%) Android
2 1 (3.23%) Apple iOS
2 1 (3.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (35.48%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (29.03%) Service Design
3 8 (25.81%) Wireframes
4 6 (19.35%) Analytics
4 6 (19.35%) Prototyping
5 5 (16.13%) E-Commerce
5 5 (16.13%) Responsive Web Design
6 3 (9.68%) High Availability
6 3 (9.68%) Load Balancing
6 3 (9.68%) Usability Testing
7 2 (6.45%) Capacity Planning
7 2 (6.45%) Configuration Management
7 2 (6.45%) Data Modelling
7 2 (6.45%) Front End Development
7 2 (6.45%) Scrum
7 2 (6.45%) Stakeholder Management
7 2 (6.45%) UX Design
8 1 (3.23%) Data Analytics
8 1 (3.23%) PLM
8 1 (3.23%) Web Design
Programming Languages
1 3 (9.68%) SQL
2 2 (6.45%) JavaScript
3 1 (3.23%) Java
3 1 (3.23%) PL/SQL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.23%) Actionable Recommendations
1 1 (3.23%) PCI DSS
1 1 (3.23%) QA
System Software
1 2 (6.45%) Oracle RAC
2 1 (3.23%) Active Directory
2 1 (3.23%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (3.23%) Data Guard
1 1 (3.23%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
1 1 (3.23%) Oracle RMAN
1 1 (3.23%) Puppet
Vendors
1 8 (25.81%) Adobe
2 2 (6.45%) Mashery
2 2 (6.45%) Oracle
2 2 (6.45%) TIBCO
2 2 (6.45%) WorldPay
3 1 (3.23%) F5
3 1 (3.23%) IBM
3 1 (3.23%) Microsoft
3 1 (3.23%) Omniture
3 1 (3.23%) Optimizely
3 1 (3.23%) Siemens
3 1 (3.23%) VMware