Period
to 24 October 2020

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term User Experience in contract job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited User Experience over the 6 months to 24 October 2020 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

UX
UK
6 months to
24 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 51 56 51
Rank change year-on-year +5 -5 +2
Contract jobs citing User Experience 1,344 3,355 4,443
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 4.22% 3.97% 4.29%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 12.48% 12.70% 13.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,060 2,210 3,011
Median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £300 £313 £313
90th Percentile £623 £625 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 33 40
Median hourly rate £35.00 £37.00 £43.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.41% -15.43% +23.24%
10th Percentile £21.25 £21.20 £13.00
90th Percentile £46.00 £52.50 £62.54
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.30 £37.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year -35.20% -11.76% +21.43%

User Experience is in the Generic IT Skills category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills.

All Generic IT Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 10,770 26,409 33,590
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.83% 31.26% 32.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,864 16,795 21,834
Median daily rate £475 £475 £475
10th Percentile £253 £263 £273
90th Percentile £713 £669 £656
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £425 £420
% change year-on-year -2.94% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 452 1,050 1,053
Median hourly rate £34.00 £22.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +54.55% +10.00% -
10th Percentile £12.63 £11.79 £12.23
90th Percentile £54.90 £53.75 £50.00
Median hourly rate £25.17 £20.75 £19.00
% change year-on-year +21.28% +9.21% -3.27%

User Experience
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing User Experience as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for User Experience in the UK

User Experience
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for User Experience in the UK

User Experience
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing User Experience over the 6 months to 24 October 2020.

Daily rate histogram for User Experience in the UK

User Experience
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for User Experience in the UK

User Experience
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing User Experience over the 6 months to 24 October 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for User Experience in the UK

User Experience
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 User Experience within the UK over the 6 months to 24 October 2020. 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 1,202 £450 - 572
London -6 667 £475 - 191
UK excluding London +16 563 £425 - 427
Work from Home +23 243 £450 - 117
North of England +17 188 £468 +3.89% 143
South East +24 128 £438 +4.17% 79
North West +15 102 £494 +9.72% 81
Midlands +17 98 £361 -16.23% 77
Scotland +6 58 £449 +5.59% 34
South West +24 56 £425 +6.25% 58
Yorkshire +26 55 £450 - 40
West Midlands -10 48 £382 -12.69% 46
East Midlands +50 47 £318 -27.88% 31
North East +10 34 £420 +0.30% 22
East of England -3 19 £475 +8.57% 22
Wales +21 14 £400 - 9
Northern Ireland +8 2 £300 -36.84% 6

For the 6 months to 24 October 2020, IT contractor jobs citing User Experience also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for User Experience.

1 695 (51.71%) Agile Software Development
2 357 (26.56%) CSS
3 346 (25.74%) HTML
4 330 (24.55%) JavaScript
5 228 (16.96%) Front End Development
6 186 (13.84%) Public Sector
7 180 (13.39%) Java
8 178 (13.24%) React
9 175 (13.02%) Finance
9 175 (13.02%) Node.js
10 171 (12.72%) Scrum
11 168 (12.50%) Wireframes
12 166 (12.35%) Prototyping
12 166 (12.35%) Git (software)
13 163 (12.13%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
14 147 (10.94%) HTML5
15 142 (10.57%) Test Automation
16 140 (10.42%) Mobile App
17 139 (10.34%) Service Design
18 132 (9.82%) DevOps
19 131 (9.75%) TDD
20 125 (9.30%) Degree
21 122 (9.08%) Security Cleared
22 121 (9.00%) Analytics
23 117 (8.71%) JIRA
23 117 (8.71%) Problem-Solving
24 111 (8.26%) AWS
25 110 (8.18%) AngularJS
25 110 (8.18%) Web Development
26 105 (7.81%) Apple iOS

User Experience
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 65 (4.84%) CMS
2 63 (4.69%) Confluence
3 25 (1.86%) Elasticsearch
4 17 (1.26%) SharePoint
5 16 (1.19%) Sitecore CMS
6 11 (0.82%) Apache
6 11 (0.82%) Apache Airflow
6 11 (0.82%) WebLogic
7 9 (0.67%) Cloud Foundry
7 9 (0.67%) WebSphere
8 8 (0.60%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 8 (0.60%) WordPress
9 7 (0.52%) Appian
10 6 (0.45%) Anypoint
10 6 (0.45%) Tomcat
11 5 (0.37%) Drupal
11 5 (0.37%) JBoss
11 5 (0.37%) Jetty
11 5 (0.37%) MQSeries
11 5 (0.37%) nginx
Applications
1 93 (6.92%) Sketch
2 58 (4.32%) InVision
3 39 (2.90%) Adobe Illustrator
4 32 (2.38%) Figma
4 32 (2.38%) Photoshop
5 31 (2.31%) Adobe XD
6 26 (1.93%) Microsoft Office
7 21 (1.56%) Microsoft Excel
8 20 (1.49%) Zeplin
9 14 (1.04%) Chatbot
10 11 (0.82%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 9 (0.67%) MS Visio
12 5 (0.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
13 4 (0.30%) Adobe Premiere
13 4 (0.30%) Marvel
13 4 (0.30%) UserZoom
14 3 (0.22%) Acrobat
14 3 (0.22%) Microsoft Project
14 3 (0.22%) OmniGraffle
15 2 (0.15%) Adobe After Effects
Business Applications
1 13 (0.97%) Magento
2 10 (0.74%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (0.45%) Shopify
4 5 (0.37%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 4 (0.30%) SessionCam
5 4 (0.30%) Visualfiles
6 3 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
7 2 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
7 2 (0.15%) NetSuite
7 2 (0.15%) ReMetrica
7 2 (0.15%) Teamcenter
8 1 (0.074%) Aareon QL
8 1 (0.074%) Dynamics GP
8 1 (0.074%) Oracle EBS R12
8 1 (0.074%) Oracle ERP
8 1 (0.074%) Oracle Payroll
8 1 (0.074%) RMDS
8 1 (0.074%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 111 (8.26%) AWS
2 99 (7.37%) Azure
3 38 (2.83%) GitHub
4 26 (1.93%) Slack
5 24 (1.79%) Office 365
6 22 (1.64%) Power Platform
7 19 (1.41%) Cloud Computing
7 19 (1.41%) GCP
8 18 (1.34%) npm
8 18 (1.34%) SaaS
9 16 (1.19%) Adobe Creative Cloud
9 16 (1.19%) Google Analytics
9 16 (1.19%) PaaS
10 13 (0.97%) Serverless
11 12 (0.89%) Amazon ECS
12 10 (0.74%) Amazon S3
13 9 (0.67%) AWS Lambda
13 9 (0.67%) OpenShift
14 8 (0.60%) Dynamics 365
14 8 (0.60%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 18 (1.34%) Firewall
2 15 (1.12%) Intranet
3 11 (0.82%) Wi-Fi
4 9 (0.67%) Broadband
4 9 (0.67%) Internet
5 8 (0.60%) DNS
6 7 (0.52%) SSL
7 6 (0.45%) HTTP
7 6 (0.45%) Network Security
7 6 (0.45%) Skype
7 6 (0.45%) TCP/IP
8 5 (0.37%) 4G
8 5 (0.37%) Reverse Proxy
8 5 (0.37%) SSH
9 4 (0.30%) 5G
9 4 (0.30%) Bluetooth
9 4 (0.30%) LAN
9 4 (0.30%) VPN
10 3 (0.22%) VoIP
10 3 (0.22%) Z-Wave
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (4.09%) MongoDB
2 45 (3.35%) SQL Server
3 37 (2.75%) NoSQL
4 35 (2.60%) MySQL
5 30 (2.23%) PostgreSQL
6 21 (1.56%) Power BI
7 18 (1.34%) Data Warehouse
8 13 (0.97%) Amazon RDS
8 13 (0.97%) Redis
8 13 (0.97%) Relational Database
9 12 (0.89%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 12 (0.89%) Cosmos DB
10 10 (0.74%) Big Data
10 10 (0.74%) Tableau
11 9 (0.67%) Hadoop
12 7 (0.52%) Oracle Database
13 6 (0.45%) Azure SQL Database
13 6 (0.45%) Data Lake
14 5 (0.37%) Qlik Sense
15 4 (0.30%) Blockchain
Development Applications
1 166 (12.35%) Git (software)
2 117 (8.71%) JIRA
3 72 (5.36%) Jenkins
4 57 (4.24%) Jasmine
5 49 (3.65%) Axure RP
6 43 (3.20%) Subversion
7 42 (3.13%) Grunt
7 42 (3.13%) webpack
8 37 (2.75%) gulp
8 37 (2.75%) Mocha
9 35 (2.60%) Maven
10 27 (2.01%) Balsamiq
11 26 (1.93%) Sonatype Nexus
12 24 (1.79%) Karma Test Runner
13 18 (1.34%) Android Studio
13 18 (1.34%) Xcode
14 17 (1.26%) JUnit
14 17 (1.26%) Selenium
15 15 (1.12%) Cypress.io
15 15 (1.12%) GitLab
General
1 186 (13.84%) Public Sector
2 175 (13.02%) Finance
3 79 (5.88%) Banking
4 74 (5.51%) Marketing
5 54 (4.02%) Publishing
6 30 (2.23%) Front Office
7 28 (2.08%) Investment Banking
8 25 (1.86%) Retail
9 22 (1.64%) Games
10 21 (1.56%) Telecoms
11 18 (1.34%) Electronics
11 18 (1.34%) Local Government
11 18 (1.34%) Manufacturing
12 11 (0.82%) Law
12 11 (0.82%) Pharmaceutical
13 9 (0.67%) Legal
14 7 (0.52%) Military
14 7 (0.52%) Multimedia
15 6 (0.45%) Social Housing
16 5 (0.37%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 445 (33.11%) Developer
2 395 (29.39%) Designer
3 242 (18.01%) UX Designer
4 137 (10.19%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
5 104 (7.74%) UI Designer
6 81 (6.03%) UI/UX Designer
7 78 (5.80%) UI Developer
8 72 (5.36%) React Developer
9 63 (4.69%) Analyst
10 58 (4.32%) Content Designer
11 56 (4.17%) Interaction Designer
12 55 (4.09%) Architect
13 47 (3.50%) Senior Developer
14 46 (3.42%) Business Analyst
15 42 (3.13%) User Researcher
16 41 (3.05%) Full Stack Developer
17 38 (2.83%) Senior Designer
18 36 (2.68%) UX Developer
19 35 (2.60%) JavaScript Developer
20 31 (2.31%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 357 (26.56%) CSS
2 346 (25.74%) HTML
3 178 (13.24%) React
4 175 (13.02%) Node.js
5 147 (10.94%) HTML5
6 110 (8.18%) AngularJS
7 93 (6.92%) Sass
8 91 (6.77%) .NET
9 85 (6.32%) RESTful
10 81 (6.03%) REST
11 78 (5.80%) Redux
12 75 (5.58%) Web Services
13 74 (5.51%) jQuery
14 65 (4.84%) CSS3
15 56 (4.17%) JSON
16 49 (3.65%) Spring
16 49 (3.65%) Twitter Bootstrap
17 37 (2.75%) Spring Boot
18 36 (2.68%) ASP.NET
19 29 (2.16%) Mustache
Miscellaneous
1 140 (10.42%) Mobile App
2 83 (6.18%) Analytical Skills
3 29 (2.16%) Greenfield Project
3 29 (2.16%) Social Media
4 28 (2.08%) Animation
5 24 (1.79%) W3C
6 23 (1.71%) Graphic Design
7 21 (1.56%) Data Structures
8 19 (1.41%) Enterprise Software
9 17 (1.26%) Fixed Income
9 17 (1.26%) NHS
10 15 (1.12%) Derivative
11 14 (1.04%) Self-Motivation
12 11 (0.82%) Cloud Native
12 11 (0.82%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 11 (0.82%) Management Information System
12 11 (0.82%) Public Cloud
12 11 (0.82%) Video on Demand
12 11 (0.82%) Virtual Team
13 10 (0.74%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 105 (7.81%) Apple iOS
2 100 (7.44%) Android
3 58 (4.32%) Linux
4 41 (3.05%) Windows
5 37 (2.75%) Unix
6 34 (2.53%) Mac OS X
7 9 (0.67%) Windows 10
8 8 (0.60%) Windows Server 2016
9 6 (0.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 6 (0.45%) Ubuntu
9 6 (0.45%) Windows Server 2012
10 5 (0.37%) CentOS
10 5 (0.37%) Debian
10 5 (0.37%) Windows 7
10 5 (0.37%) Windows Server
11 4 (0.30%) Amazon Linux
12 3 (0.22%) Tizen
12 3 (0.22%) tvOS
12 3 (0.22%) Windows Server 2019
13 1 (0.074%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 695 (51.71%) Agile Software Development
2 228 (16.96%) Front End Development
3 171 (12.72%) Scrum
4 168 (12.50%) Wireframes
5 166 (12.35%) Prototyping
6 163 (12.13%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
7 142 (10.57%) Test Automation
8 139 (10.34%) Service Design
9 132 (9.82%) DevOps
10 131 (9.75%) TDD
11 121 (9.00%) Analytics
12 117 (8.71%) Problem-Solving
13 110 (8.18%) Web Development
14 81 (6.03%) Responsive Web Design
15 79 (5.88%) Web Design
16 78 (5.80%) Software Engineering
17 77 (5.73%) User Stories
18 71 (5.28%) Content Management
19 68 (5.06%) Collaborative Working
20 64 (4.76%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 330 (24.55%) JavaScript
2 180 (13.39%) Java
3 94 (6.99%) Python
4 88 (6.55%) TypeScript
5 78 (5.80%) SQL
6 66 (4.91%) C#
7 42 (3.13%) Kotlin
8 37 (2.75%) Apple Swift
9 34 (2.53%) Objective-C
10 29 (2.16%) ES6
11 23 (1.71%) PHP
12 20 (1.49%) Java 8
13 17 (1.26%) C++
13 17 (1.26%) Go
14 15 (1.12%) C
15 14 (1.04%) Scala
16 13 (0.97%) T-SQL
17 11 (0.82%) PowerShell
17 11 (0.82%) Ruby
17 11 (0.82%) VBA
Qualifications
1 125 (9.30%) Degree
2 122 (9.08%) Security Cleared
3 89 (6.62%) SC Cleared
4 28 (2.08%) BPSS Clearance
5 17 (1.26%) DBS Check
6 16 (1.19%) Computer Science Degree
7 15 (1.12%) DV Cleared
8 9 (0.67%) PhD
9 6 (0.45%) Master's Degree
10 3 (0.22%) ISEB
10 3 (0.22%) ISTQB
10 3 (0.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 3 (0.22%) Numerate Degree
11 2 (0.15%) MBA
11 2 (0.15%) Microsoft Certification
11 2 (0.15%) Postgraduate
12 1 (0.074%) CTC Cleared
12 1 (0.074%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 1 (0.074%) Sun Certification
12 1 (0.074%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 67 (4.99%) WCAG
2 58 (4.32%) QA
3 20 (1.49%) GDPR
4 12 (0.89%) SLA
5 9 (0.67%) Data Quality
6 6 (0.45%) Cyber Essentials
7 4 (0.30%) Disclosure Scotland
8 3 (0.22%) NIST
9 2 (0.15%) GxP
9 2 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 2 (0.15%) PMO
10 1 (0.074%) Actionable Recommendations
10 1 (0.074%) GMP
10 1 (0.074%) NCSC
10 1 (0.074%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.074%) WAI
System Software
1 31 (2.31%) Docker
2 11 (0.82%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.37%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
4 4 (0.30%) VMware NSX
5 3 (0.22%) Virtual Desktop
6 2 (0.15%) KVM
6 2 (0.15%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (0.15%) vSphere
6 2 (0.15%) XenApp
7 1 (0.074%) DFS Replication
7 1 (0.074%) HDFS
7 1 (0.074%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.074%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.074%) UAG
7 1 (0.074%) vCloud
7 1 (0.074%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 32 (2.38%) Kubernetes
2 26 (1.93%) Terraform
3 14 (1.04%) Ansible
4 11 (0.82%) Puppet
5 9 (0.67%) SCCM
6 6 (0.45%) Kibana
7 5 (0.37%) BladeLogic
7 5 (0.37%) Salt
7 5 (0.37%) Single Sign-On
8 4 (0.30%) Opscode Chef
8 4 (0.30%) PowerCLI
8 4 (0.30%) Prometheus
9 3 (0.22%) ITRS Geneos
9 3 (0.22%) Rancher
10 2 (0.15%) logstash
10 2 (0.15%) Microsoft Intune
10 2 (0.15%) SCOM
11 1 (0.074%) Failover Clustering
11 1 (0.074%) Grafana
11 1 (0.074%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Vendors
1 97 (7.22%) Adobe
2 76 (5.65%) Microsoft
3 42 (3.13%) Google
4 29 (2.16%) AppDynamics
4 29 (2.16%) Splunk
5 28 (2.08%) Oracle
6 26 (1.93%) SAP
7 21 (1.56%) Sitecore
8 18 (1.34%) Xamarin
9 17 (1.26%) ServiceNow
10 15 (1.12%) Apple
11 14 (1.04%) Salesforce.com
12 13 (0.97%) Red Hat
13 12 (0.89%) MuleSoft
14 11 (0.82%) Cisco
15 10 (0.74%) Twitter
16 8 (0.60%) DevExpress
17 7 (0.52%) IBM
17 7 (0.52%) Pega
17 7 (0.52%) VMware