Period
to 19 October 2021

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 19 October 2021 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
19 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 54 52 57
Rank change year-on-year -2 +5 -4
Contract jobs citing User Experience 3,478 1,316 3,370
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 4.13% 4.22% 3.99%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 13.86% 13.39% 13.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,464 953 2,209
10th Percentile £353 £306 £319
25th Percentile £415 £360 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% - -
75th Percentile £588 £545 £538
90th Percentile £675 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £431 £425
% change year-on-year +7.25% +1.47% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 24 27
10th Percentile £20.30 £20.03 £20.30
25th Percentile £31.38 £21.25 £32.55
Median hourly rate £42.50 £33.50 £40.00
Median % change year-on-year +26.87% -16.25% -5.88%
75th Percentile £54.06 £45.44 £52.38
90th Percentile £61.55 £47.23 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.50 £22.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +31.11% -43.75% -5.88%

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 25,096 9,825 24,306
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 29.81% 31.51% 28.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 17,604 6,673 15,972
10th Percentile £305 £263 £265
25th Percentile £413 £369 £369
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £485 £475
Median % change year-on-year +8.25% +2.11% -
75th Percentile £625 £606 £581
90th Percentile £725 £723 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 692 318 861
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.02 £11.68
25th Percentile £15.03 £16.40 £14.28
Median hourly rate £25.00 £26.88 £20.50
Median % change year-on-year -7.00% +31.13% +2.50%
75th Percentile £49.63 £45.19 £46.00
90th Percentile £64.75 £57.88 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.45 £23.20 £19.03
% change year-on-year -11.85% +21.91% +0.16%

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 19 October 2021.

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 19 October 2021.

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 19 October 2021. 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 -3 2,721 £500 +10.46% 1,071
London +7 1,730 £525 +10.53% 479
UK excluding London -8 1,075 £463 +7.25% 652
Work from Home +2 1,023 £500 +11.11% 243
North of England -20 262 £475 +1.60% 219
South East -22 232 £460 +2.22% 122
Scotland +14 230 £440 -2.22% 45
Midlands -34 152 £475 +31.94% 112
Yorkshire +2 119 £475 +5.56% 66
North West -37 119 £475 -5.00% 126
South West -5 107 £450 +5.88% 66
West Midlands -18 101 £500 +30.89% 75
East of England +6 69 £500 +5.26% 64
East Midlands -30 48 £456 +43.47% 36
North East -15 28 £530 +27.71% 27
Wales -23 18 £438 +2.94% 21
Northern Ireland -2 6 £450 +50.00% 3

For the 6 months to 19 October 2021, 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 1,791 (51.50%) Agile Software Development
2 834 (23.98%) Social Skills
3 684 (19.67%) JavaScript
4 644 (18.52%) User Research
5 633 (18.20%) HTML
6 628 (18.06%) Wireframes
7 607 (17.45%) Finance
8 587 (16.88%) CSS
9 574 (16.50%) React
10 514 (14.78%) Prototyping
11 492 (14.15%) Scrum
12 443 (12.74%) Accessibility
13 418 (12.02%) Analytics
14 417 (11.99%) Front End Development
15 404 (11.62%) Sketch
16 378 (10.87%) Problem-Solving
17 355 (10.21%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
18 349 (10.03%) Adobe
19 344 (9.89%) Degree
19 344 (9.89%) Java
20 335 (9.63%) Azure
21 321 (9.23%) Service Design
22 309 (8.88%) Analytical Skills
23 305 (8.77%) Software Engineering
24 298 (8.57%) TypeScript
25 295 (8.48%) User Stories
26 291 (8.37%) Public Sector
27 280 (8.05%) AngularJS
28 277 (7.96%) Node.js
29 276 (7.94%) Figma

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
1 171 (4.92%) CMS
2 106 (3.05%) Confluence
3 88 (2.53%) SharePoint
4 49 (1.41%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 30 (0.86%) WordPress
6 19 (0.55%) Elasticsearch
7 18 (0.52%) Drupal
8 15 (0.43%) Sitecore CMS
9 13 (0.37%) Apache
9 13 (0.37%) Cloud Foundry
9 13 (0.37%) Tomcat
10 10 (0.29%) Headless CMS
10 10 (0.29%) IIS
11 8 (0.23%) WebSphere
12 7 (0.20%) OnBase
13 5 (0.14%) GeoServer
13 5 (0.14%) MS Exchange
13 5 (0.14%) Skype for Business
14 4 (0.12%) IBM Domino
14 4 (0.12%) SAS
Applications
1 404 (11.62%) Sketch
2 276 (7.94%) Figma
3 256 (7.36%) InVision
4 117 (3.36%) Photoshop
5 91 (2.62%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 79 (2.27%) Zeplin
7 78 (2.24%) Adobe Illustrator
8 72 (2.07%) Adobe XD
9 62 (1.78%) Microsoft Office
10 47 (1.35%) Marvel
11 42 (1.21%) Microsoft Excel
12 26 (0.75%) MS Visio
13 25 (0.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
14 23 (0.66%) OmniGraffle
15 19 (0.55%) Microsoft Project
16 14 (0.40%) Chatbot
17 11 (0.32%) UXPin
18 10 (0.29%) Adobe Premiere
18 10 (0.29%) InDesign
19 9 (0.26%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 20 (0.58%) Magento
2 17 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
3 15 (0.43%) SAP S/4HANA
4 11 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
5 10 (0.29%) Oracle ERP
6 6 (0.17%) SAP MM
6 6 (0.17%) Shopify
7 5 (0.14%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 4 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
8 4 (0.12%) SAP GTS
8 4 (0.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 4 (0.12%) Workfront
9 3 (0.086%) NetSuite
9 3 (0.086%) Workday HCM
10 2 (0.058%) Adobe Campaign
10 2 (0.058%) Oracle EBS R12
10 2 (0.058%) Payment Gateway
10 2 (0.058%) Q-Pulse
10 2 (0.058%) SAP CRM
10 2 (0.058%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 335 (9.63%) Azure
2 242 (6.96%) AWS
3 102 (2.93%) SaaS
4 99 (2.85%) GitHub
5 98 (2.82%) Serverless
6 92 (2.65%) Adobe Creative Cloud
7 82 (2.36%) Power Platform
8 79 (2.27%) GCP
9 58 (1.67%) AWS Lambda
10 57 (1.64%) npm
11 54 (1.55%) Google Analytics
12 52 (1.50%) Amazon S3
13 50 (1.44%) OpenShift
14 48 (1.38%) Miro
15 46 (1.32%) Microsoft 365
16 45 (1.29%) AWS CloudFormation
17 40 (1.15%) PaaS
18 36 (1.04%) Yarn
19 25 (0.72%) Dynamics 365
20 23 (0.66%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 40 (1.15%) Internet
2 25 (0.72%) Intranet
3 13 (0.37%) HTTP
4 12 (0.35%) Network Security
4 12 (0.35%) Wi-Fi
5 9 (0.26%) Firewall
5 9 (0.26%) VPN
6 8 (0.23%) AMQP
6 8 (0.23%) LAN
7 7 (0.20%) DHCP
7 7 (0.20%) TCP/IP
7 7 (0.20%) Wireless
8 6 (0.17%) 2G
8 6 (0.17%) 4G
8 6 (0.17%) DNS
8 6 (0.17%) MVNO
8 6 (0.17%) Skype
8 6 (0.17%) SMTP
8 6 (0.17%) VoIP
9 5 (0.14%) MQTT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 81 (2.33%) SQL Server
2 67 (1.93%) MongoDB
3 64 (1.84%) Power BI
4 57 (1.64%) NoSQL
5 56 (1.61%) PostgreSQL
6 42 (1.21%) MySQL
7 41 (1.18%) Relational Database
8 38 (1.09%) Amazon Aurora
9 24 (0.69%) Data Lake
10 23 (0.66%) Redis
11 22 (0.63%) Big Data
12 20 (0.58%) Data Warehouse
13 17 (0.49%) Azure SQL Database
13 17 (0.49%) Oracle Database
13 17 (0.49%) Tableau
14 13 (0.37%) Metadata
15 10 (0.29%) Amazon RDS
16 7 (0.20%) Blockchain
16 7 (0.20%) GIS
16 7 (0.20%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 255 (7.33%) Git (software)
2 250 (7.19%) JIRA
3 178 (5.12%) Axure RP
4 127 (3.65%) Jenkins
5 74 (2.13%) webpack
6 50 (1.44%) Jasmine
6 50 (1.44%) Storybook
7 48 (1.38%) Maven
8 41 (1.18%) Bitbucket
9 40 (1.15%) Cypress.io
10 39 (1.12%) Karma Test Runner
11 36 (1.04%) Selenium
12 35 (1.01%) Cucumber
13 32 (0.92%) GitLab
13 32 (0.92%) Mocha
13 32 (0.92%) TeamCity
14 27 (0.78%) gulp
15 25 (0.72%) Grunt
15 25 (0.72%) Visual Studio
16 22 (0.63%) Subversion
General
1 834 (23.98%) Social Skills
2 607 (17.45%) Finance
3 309 (8.88%) Analytical Skills
4 291 (8.37%) Public Sector
5 242 (6.96%) Banking
6 224 (6.44%) Marketing
7 167 (4.80%) Retail
8 119 (3.42%) Presentation Skills
9 114 (3.28%) Front Office
10 88 (2.53%) Influencing Skills
11 80 (2.30%) Telecoms
12 75 (2.16%) Investment Banking
13 66 (1.90%) Publishing
14 59 (1.70%) Legal
15 45 (1.29%) Organisational Skills
16 34 (0.98%) Manufacturing
17 33 (0.95%) Retail Banking
18 31 (0.89%) Documentation Skills
18 31 (0.89%) Pharmaceutical
19 27 (0.78%) Law
Job Titles
1 1,144 (32.89%) Designer
2 916 (26.34%) Developer
3 721 (20.73%) UX Designer
4 346 (9.95%) UI Designer
5 247 (7.10%) React Developer
6 246 (7.07%) UI/UX Designer
7 233 (6.70%) Analyst
8 221 (6.35%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
9 176 (5.06%) Senior Designer
10 168 (4.83%) Business Analyst
11 152 (4.37%) Architect
12 147 (4.23%) Senior Developer
13 117 (3.36%) User Researcher
14 116 (3.34%) User Experience Researcher
15 115 (3.31%) Senior UX Designer
16 110 (3.16%) UI Developer
17 104 (2.99%) Interaction Designer
18 96 (2.76%) Software Engineer
19 92 (2.65%) Project Manager
20 82 (2.36%) Product Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 633 (18.20%) HTML
2 587 (16.88%) CSS
3 574 (16.50%) React
4 280 (8.05%) AngularJS
5 277 (7.96%) Node.js
6 184 (5.29%) HTML5
7 169 (4.86%) .NET
8 167 (4.80%) REST
9 154 (4.43%) Redux
10 139 (4.00%) RESTful
11 133 (3.82%) Web Services
12 113 (3.25%) Sass
13 111 (3.19%) Spring
14 98 (2.82%) CSS3
15 91 (2.62%) Spring Boot
16 78 (2.24%) JSON
17 77 (2.21%) Jest
18 75 (2.16%) jQuery
19 72 (2.07%) Vue.js
20 60 (1.73%) GraphQL
Miscellaneous
1 219 (6.30%) Mobile App
2 89 (2.56%) Greenfield Project
3 79 (2.27%) Data Protection Act
4 73 (2.10%) Self-Motivation
4 73 (2.10%) Virtual Team
5 67 (1.93%) Enterprise Software
6 64 (1.84%) Management Information System
7 51 (1.47%) Legacy Systems
8 46 (1.32%) Data Structures
9 42 (1.21%) Social Media
10 38 (1.09%) Fixed Income
11 35 (1.01%) W3C
12 30 (0.86%) Hedge funds
13 26 (0.75%) Taxonomies
14 24 (0.69%) Algorithms
14 24 (0.69%) Cloud Native
14 24 (0.69%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 24 (0.69%) Graphic Design
14 24 (0.69%) iPad
15 23 (0.66%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 163 (4.69%) Android
2 160 (4.60%) Apple iOS
3 79 (2.27%) Linux
4 60 (1.73%) Windows
5 44 (1.27%) Unix
6 19 (0.55%) Windows 10
7 11 (0.32%) Windows Server
8 10 (0.29%) Windows Server 2012
9 9 (0.26%) Windows Server 2016
10 8 (0.23%) tvOS
11 7 (0.20%) Embedded Linux
12 5 (0.14%) Windows 7
12 5 (0.14%) Windows Server 2019
13 3 (0.086%) CentOS
13 3 (0.086%) Mac OS X
13 3 (0.086%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 2 (0.058%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.058%) Solaris
14 2 (0.058%) Windows Server 2008
15 1 (0.029%) Mesosphere
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,791 (51.50%) Agile Software Development
2 644 (18.52%) User Research
3 628 (18.06%) Wireframes
4 514 (14.78%) Prototyping
5 492 (14.15%) Scrum
6 418 (12.02%) Analytics
7 417 (11.99%) Front End Development
8 378 (10.87%) Problem-Solving
9 355 (10.21%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
10 321 (9.23%) Service Design
11 305 (8.77%) Software Engineering
12 295 (8.48%) User Stories
13 254 (7.30%) Stakeholder Management
14 238 (6.84%) Test Automation
15 230 (6.61%) Workshop Facilitation
16 219 (6.30%) DevOps
17 205 (5.89%) Microservices
18 201 (5.78%) TDD
19 200 (5.75%) Full Stack Development
20 199 (5.72%) Design Thinking
Programming Languages
1 684 (19.67%) JavaScript
2 344 (9.89%) Java
3 298 (8.57%) TypeScript
4 199 (5.72%) Python
5 182 (5.23%) SQL
6 172 (4.95%) C#
7 82 (2.36%) ES6
8 73 (2.10%) Kotlin
9 58 (1.67%) Apple Swift
10 48 (1.38%) C++
11 44 (1.27%) Java 8
12 40 (1.15%) C
12 40 (1.15%) PHP
13 30 (0.86%) Scala
14 27 (0.78%) Objective-C
15 26 (0.75%) Bash Shell
16 23 (0.66%) Go
17 22 (0.63%) Ruby
18 21 (0.60%) Java 11
19 19 (0.55%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 344 (9.89%) Degree
2 143 (4.11%) Security Cleared
3 101 (2.90%) SC Cleared
4 52 (1.50%) BPSS Clearance
5 51 (1.47%) Computer Science Degree
6 30 (0.86%) Master's Degree
7 22 (0.63%) DV Cleared
8 19 (0.55%) MBA
9 17 (0.49%) ISTQB
10 13 (0.37%) Sun Certification
11 12 (0.35%) Six Sigma Green Belt
12 10 (0.29%) Microsoft Certification
13 9 (0.26%) ISEB
14 8 (0.23%) PhD
15 7 (0.20%) OCPJP
16 6 (0.17%) IIBA
17 5 (0.14%) DBS Check
17 5 (0.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 5 (0.14%) Tableau Certification
18 4 (0.12%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 443 (12.74%) Accessibility
2 144 (4.14%) QA
3 69 (1.98%) WCAG
4 26 (0.75%) Data Quality
5 22 (0.63%) GDPR
6 15 (0.43%) Actionable Recommendations
7 14 (0.40%) Disclosure Scotland
8 10 (0.29%) SLA
9 5 (0.14%) PMO
10 3 (0.086%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 3 (0.086%) MiFID
11 2 (0.058%) GxP
11 2 (0.058%) HL7
11 2 (0.058%) PCI DSS
12 1 (0.029%) DICOM
12 1 (0.029%) Dodd-Frank
12 1 (0.029%) EMIR
12 1 (0.029%) GRC
12 1 (0.029%) ISO 13485
12 1 (0.029%) NIST
System Software
1 175 (5.03%) Docker
2 51 (1.47%) Active Directory
3 11 (0.32%) Virtual Desktop
4 10 (0.29%) Hyper-V
5 9 (0.26%) Microsoft App-V
5 9 (0.26%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (0.17%) DFS Replication
6 6 (0.17%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (0.17%) VMware Infrastructure
7 2 (0.058%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.029%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.029%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 130 (3.74%) Kubernetes
2 55 (1.58%) Terraform
3 37 (1.06%) Grafana
4 24 (0.69%) SCCM
5 22 (0.63%) Ansible
6 12 (0.35%) Microsoft Intune
6 12 (0.35%) Single Sign-On
7 10 (0.29%) Kibana
8 9 (0.26%) Jamf Pro
9 8 (0.23%) HP ALM
10 7 (0.20%) Microsoft Clustering
10 7 (0.20%) SCOM
11 6 (0.17%) Failover Clustering
11 6 (0.17%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 6 (0.17%) Puppet
11 6 (0.17%) SCDPM
11 6 (0.17%) SCSM
11 6 (0.17%) SCVMM
11 6 (0.17%) WSUS
12 5 (0.14%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 349 (10.03%) Adobe
2 194 (5.58%) Microsoft
3 106 (3.05%) Google
4 102 (2.93%) Oracle
5 79 (2.27%) Salesforce.com
6 72 (2.07%) SAP
7 28 (0.81%) Apple
8 24 (0.69%) ServiceNow
9 18 (0.52%) MuleSoft
9 18 (0.52%) Sitecore
9 18 (0.52%) Splunk
10 16 (0.46%) Hotjar
11 15 (0.43%) hybris
12 14 (0.40%) Mercator
13 12 (0.35%) AppDynamics
13 12 (0.35%) Cisco
13 12 (0.35%) Databricks
13 12 (0.35%) Red Hat
14 11 (0.32%) IBM
15 10 (0.29%) VMware