Period
to 4 August 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 4 August 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
4 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 54 53 49
Rank change year-on-year -1 -4 +2
Contract jobs citing User Experience 1,452 3,871 4,577
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 4.05% 4.25% 4.42%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 12.16% 13.38% 13.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,022 2,653 3,145
Median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £300 £323 £313
90th Percentile £625 £613 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 40 37
Median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £43.27
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% -7.55% +8.16%
10th Percentile £19.30 £17.50 £27.47
90th Percentile £56.00 £52.55 £55.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.15 £47.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year -42.84% +11.76% +6.25%

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 11,943 28,933 33,671
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.35% 31.74% 32.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,447 18,478 21,666
Median daily rate £481 £475 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.21% +2.70% +2.78%
10th Percentile £256 £275 £275
90th Percentile £713 £670 £656
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 543 1,053 1,053
Median hourly rate £31.50 £20.50 £21.33
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +53.66% -3.87% +6.63%
10th Percentile £12.98 £11.32 £12.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £52.50 £50.45
Median hourly rate £24.10 £18.94 £20.00
% change year-on-year +27.26% -5.31% +5.26%

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 4 August 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 4 August 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 4 August 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 -6 1,300 £450 - 355
London -15 719 £475 - 104
UK excluding London +7 670 £425 - 270
North of England +6 177 £448 -0.56% 106
South East +13 171 £425 -1.16% 53
Midlands +13 125 £405 -4.71% 37
Work from Home +32 124 £425 - 43
Scotland +21 85 £450 +5.88% 14
Yorkshire +21 82 £425 -5.56% 27
West Midlands +9 81 £450 +5.88% 25
North West +2 79 £466 +3.61% 57
South West -3 67 £450 +12.50% 28
East Midlands +27 44 £345 -13.75% 12
East of England 0 24 £450 - 25
North East +2 16 £395 -7.06% 22
Wales +23 15 £420 +20.86% 7
Northern Ireland +22 6 - - 1

For the 6 months to 4 August 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.

1 721 (49.66%) Agile Software Development
2 409 (28.17%) JavaScript
3 402 (27.69%) HTML
3 402 (27.69%) CSS
4 255 (17.56%) Front End Development
5 220 (15.15%) Scrum
6 205 (14.12%) Finance
7 190 (13.09%) React
8 188 (12.95%) Java
9 181 (12.47%) Prototyping
10 180 (12.40%) Wireframes
10 180 (12.40%) Git (software)
11 172 (11.85%) HTML5
12 170 (11.71%) Node.js
13 168 (11.57%) DevOps
14 165 (11.36%) Test Automation
15 162 (11.16%) Public Sector
16 157 (10.81%) Degree
17 145 (9.99%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
18 144 (9.92%) AngularJS
19 143 (9.85%) Service Design
20 139 (9.57%) TDD
21 130 (8.95%) Mobile App
22 126 (8.68%) Problem-Solving
23 123 (8.47%) Analytics
24 122 (8.40%) Security Cleared
25 120 (8.26%) Azure
25 120 (8.26%) Web Development
26 117 (8.06%) Apple iOS
26 117 (8.06%) Sketch

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 67 (4.61%) CMS
2 45 (3.10%) Confluence
3 40 (2.75%) Elasticsearch
4 24 (1.65%) SharePoint
5 16 (1.10%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 10 (0.69%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 10 (0.69%) WordPress
7 8 (0.55%) Tomcat
8 7 (0.48%) Apache
8 7 (0.48%) Appian
8 7 (0.48%) WebLogic
9 6 (0.41%) Red Hat Fuse
9 6 (0.41%) Sitecore CMS
9 6 (0.41%) Umbraco
10 5 (0.34%) IIS
10 5 (0.34%) JBoss
10 5 (0.34%) Jetty
10 5 (0.34%) MQSeries
10 5 (0.34%) SAS
10 5 (0.34%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 117 (8.06%) Sketch
2 62 (4.27%) InVision
3 41 (2.82%) Adobe Illustrator
4 38 (2.62%) Photoshop
5 36 (2.48%) Figma
6 32 (2.20%) Adobe XD
7 27 (1.86%) Microsoft Office
8 21 (1.45%) Zeplin
9 19 (1.31%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 18 (1.24%) Microsoft Excel
11 17 (1.17%) Chatbot
12 7 (0.48%) Adobe After Effects
13 6 (0.41%) InDesign
13 6 (0.41%) MS Visio
13 6 (0.41%) OmniGraffle
14 5 (0.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
15 4 (0.28%) Adobe Premiere
15 4 (0.28%) UserZoom
16 3 (0.21%) UXPin
17 2 (0.14%) Marvel
Business Applications
1 16 (1.10%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.69%) Magento
3 5 (0.34%) Shopify
3 5 (0.34%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 4 (0.28%) Visualfiles
5 3 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
5 3 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
6 2 (0.14%) NetSuite
6 2 (0.14%) Oracle BPM
6 2 (0.14%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 2 (0.14%) SAP HR
7 1 (0.069%) Oracle EBS
7 1 (0.069%) Oracle EBS R12
7 1 (0.069%) Oracle Receivables
7 1 (0.069%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 1 (0.069%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.069%) SAP Hybris
7 1 (0.069%) SAP S/4HANA
7 1 (0.069%) SessionCam
7 1 (0.069%) Siebel CRM
Cloud Services
1 120 (8.26%) Azure
2 109 (7.51%) AWS
3 40 (2.75%) GCP
4 37 (2.55%) GitHub
5 25 (1.72%) Office 365
6 19 (1.31%) Adobe Creative Cloud
6 19 (1.31%) Google Analytics
6 19 (1.31%) PaaS
6 19 (1.31%) Slack
7 18 (1.24%) Power Platform
8 17 (1.17%) npm
9 13 (0.90%) Heroku
9 13 (0.90%) OpenShift
10 11 (0.76%) SaaS
10 11 (0.76%) Serverless
11 9 (0.62%) Amazon S3
11 9 (0.62%) IaaS
12 8 (0.55%) Yarn
13 7 (0.48%) AWS Lambda
13 7 (0.48%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 18 (1.24%) Intranet
2 17 (1.17%) DNS
2 17 (1.17%) Internet
3 14 (0.96%) Firewall
3 14 (0.96%) HTTP
4 13 (0.90%) TCP/IP
5 11 (0.76%) 4G
5 11 (0.76%) Broadband
5 11 (0.76%) Skype
6 10 (0.69%) 5G
6 10 (0.69%) DHCP
6 10 (0.69%) Wi-Fi
7 8 (0.55%) SSL
7 8 (0.55%) VPN
7 8 (0.55%) Wireless
8 7 (0.48%) HTTPS
8 7 (0.48%) LTE
8 7 (0.48%) SMTP
8 7 (0.48%) SSH
9 6 (0.41%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 80 (5.51%) SQL Server
2 51 (3.51%) NoSQL
3 37 (2.55%) MySQL
3 37 (2.55%) PostgreSQL
4 36 (2.48%) MongoDB
5 19 (1.31%) Redis
5 19 (1.31%) Relational Database
6 17 (1.17%) Power BI
7 15 (1.03%) Data Warehouse
8 11 (0.76%) Big Data
9 8 (0.55%) Hadoop
10 7 (0.48%) Data Lake
10 7 (0.48%) Oracle Database
11 6 (0.41%) Oracle Reports
12 5 (0.34%) BigQuery
12 5 (0.34%) Blockchain
13 4 (0.28%) Cosmos DB
13 4 (0.28%) InterSystems Cache
13 4 (0.28%) Qlik Sense
13 4 (0.28%) Spotfire
Development Applications
1 180 (12.40%) Git (software)
2 102 (7.02%) JIRA
3 77 (5.30%) Axure RP
4 56 (3.86%) Jasmine
4 56 (3.86%) Jenkins
5 44 (3.03%) Subversion
6 37 (2.55%) webpack
7 33 (2.27%) Mocha
8 32 (2.20%) Grunt
8 32 (2.20%) Selenium
9 29 (2.00%) gulp
10 27 (1.86%) Balsamiq
11 21 (1.45%) Xcode
12 18 (1.24%) Android Studio
12 18 (1.24%) JUnit
12 18 (1.24%) Maven
12 18 (1.24%) Sonatype Nexus
13 17 (1.17%) Gradle
13 17 (1.17%) TeamCity
14 16 (1.10%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 205 (14.12%) Finance
2 162 (11.16%) Public Sector
3 96 (6.61%) Marketing
4 91 (6.27%) Banking
5 49 (3.37%) Publishing
6 43 (2.96%) Front Office
7 39 (2.69%) Telecoms
8 37 (2.55%) Retail
9 30 (2.07%) Investment Banking
10 28 (1.93%) Games
11 19 (1.31%) Electronics
12 17 (1.17%) Local Government
13 14 (0.96%) Manufacturing
14 13 (0.90%) Law
15 10 (0.69%) Financial Institution
15 10 (0.69%) Pharmaceutical
16 8 (0.55%) Advertising
16 8 (0.55%) Military
17 6 (0.41%) Automotive
17 6 (0.41%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 494 (34.02%) Developer
2 425 (29.27%) Designer
3 257 (17.70%) UX Designer
4 134 (9.23%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
5 110 (7.58%) UI Developer
6 91 (6.27%) UI Designer
7 82 (5.65%) React Developer
8 74 (5.10%) Analyst
9 71 (4.89%) UI/UX Designer
10 63 (4.34%) Senior Developer
11 58 (3.99%) Content Designer
12 54 (3.72%) User Researcher
13 47 (3.24%) Business Analyst
13 47 (3.24%) Senior Designer
14 43 (2.96%) C# Developer
14 43 (2.96%) UX Developer
15 42 (2.89%) Full Stack Developer
16 40 (2.75%) Architect
17 39 (2.69%) Digital Designer
18 35 (2.41%) UI/UX Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 402 (27.69%) CSS
1 402 (27.69%) HTML
2 190 (13.09%) React
3 172 (11.85%) HTML5
4 170 (11.71%) Node.js
5 144 (9.92%) AngularJS
6 102 (7.02%) Sass
7 95 (6.54%) REST
8 94 (6.47%) .NET
9 92 (6.34%) RESTful
10 87 (5.99%) Redux
11 80 (5.51%) jQuery
12 77 (5.30%) Web Services
13 66 (4.55%) CSS3
14 60 (4.13%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 49 (3.37%) JSON
16 47 (3.24%) Jest
17 40 (2.75%) Spring
18 30 (2.07%) SOAP
19 29 (2.00%) GraphQL
Miscellaneous
1 130 (8.95%) Mobile App
2 99 (6.82%) Analytical Skills
3 38 (2.62%) Greenfield Project
4 31 (2.13%) Fixed Income
4 31 (2.13%) W3C
5 28 (1.93%) Algorithms
6 25 (1.72%) Data Structures
6 25 (1.72%) Social Media
7 21 (1.45%) Graphic Design
7 21 (1.45%) Self-Motivation
8 19 (1.31%) Management Information System
9 16 (1.10%) Enterprise Software
10 14 (0.96%) Animation
10 14 (0.96%) Data Centre
10 14 (0.96%) Virtual Team
11 13 (0.90%) Video on Demand
12 12 (0.83%) Cloud Native
12 12 (0.83%) Derivative
12 12 (0.83%) Public Cloud
12 12 (0.83%) SCORM
Operating Systems
1 117 (8.06%) Apple iOS
2 114 (7.85%) Android
3 69 (4.75%) Windows
4 57 (3.93%) Linux
5 34 (2.34%) Mac OS X
6 33 (2.27%) Unix
7 26 (1.79%) Windows 10
8 14 (0.96%) Windows Server
9 9 (0.62%) Windows Server 2016
10 8 (0.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 8 (0.55%) Windows 7
10 8 (0.55%) Windows Server 2012
11 6 (0.41%) Ubuntu
12 5 (0.34%) CentOS
12 5 (0.34%) Debian
13 4 (0.28%) VMS
14 3 (0.21%) Tizen
14 3 (0.21%) tvOS
14 3 (0.21%) Windows Server 2019
15 2 (0.14%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 721 (49.66%) Agile Software Development
2 255 (17.56%) Front End Development
3 220 (15.15%) Scrum
4 181 (12.47%) Prototyping
5 180 (12.40%) Wireframes
6 168 (11.57%) DevOps
7 165 (11.36%) Test Automation
8 145 (9.99%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
9 143 (9.85%) Service Design
10 139 (9.57%) TDD
11 126 (8.68%) Problem-Solving
12 123 (8.47%) Analytics
13 120 (8.26%) Web Development
14 89 (6.13%) Software Engineering
15 85 (5.85%) Continuous Integration
16 81 (5.58%) User Stories
17 78 (5.37%) Stakeholder Management
18 75 (5.17%) Continuous Improvement
19 74 (5.10%) Responsive Web Design
19 74 (5.10%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 409 (28.17%) JavaScript
2 188 (12.95%) Java
3 109 (7.51%) TypeScript
4 100 (6.89%) C#
5 92 (6.34%) SQL
6 74 (5.10%) Python
7 58 (3.99%) ES6
8 43 (2.96%) Apple Swift
8 43 (2.96%) Kotlin
9 29 (2.00%) Objective-C
9 29 (2.00%) PHP
10 22 (1.52%) C
11 20 (1.38%) Java 8
12 19 (1.31%) Ruby
13 16 (1.10%) C++
13 16 (1.10%) T-SQL
14 13 (0.90%) Bash Shell
15 11 (0.76%) Scala
16 10 (0.69%) Perl
17 8 (0.55%) VBA
Qualifications
1 157 (10.81%) Degree
2 122 (8.40%) Security Cleared
3 90 (6.20%) SC Cleared
4 24 (1.65%) BPSS Clearance
5 19 (1.31%) Computer Science Degree
6 18 (1.24%) DBS Check
7 17 (1.17%) DV Cleared
8 5 (0.34%) HNC
8 5 (0.34%) Master's Degree
9 4 (0.28%) ISTQB
9 4 (0.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 4 (0.28%) Microsoft Certification
10 3 (0.21%) CTC Cleared
10 3 (0.21%) PhD
11 2 (0.14%) APMP
11 2 (0.14%) HND
11 2 (0.14%) ISEB
11 2 (0.14%) MCSA
12 1 (0.069%) Cisco Certification
12 1 (0.069%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 82 (5.65%) QA
2 76 (5.23%) WCAG
3 8 (0.55%) SLA
4 7 (0.48%) GDPR
5 6 (0.41%) Data Quality
5 6 (0.41%) PMO
6 3 (0.21%) Actionable Recommendations
6 3 (0.21%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (0.21%) WAI
7 2 (0.14%) GxP
7 2 (0.14%) P3O
8 1 (0.069%) ISO 13485
8 1 (0.069%) NCSC
8 1 (0.069%) NIST
8 1 (0.069%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 51 (3.51%) Docker
2 23 (1.58%) Active Directory
3 10 (0.69%) Virtual Desktop
3 10 (0.69%) Virtual Machines
4 9 (0.62%) VMware ESXi
5 8 (0.55%) VMware Infrastructure
6 7 (0.48%) Hyper-V
7 6 (0.41%) DFS Replication
7 6 (0.41%) Microsoft App-V
8 3 (0.21%) NFS
9 2 (0.14%) vSphere
10 1 (0.069%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 68 (4.68%) Kubernetes
2 32 (2.20%) Terraform
3 19 (1.31%) SCCM
4 9 (0.62%) Puppet
5 6 (0.41%) Ansible
5 6 (0.41%) Failover Clustering
5 6 (0.41%) Kibana
5 6 (0.41%) Microsoft Clustering
5 6 (0.41%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 6 (0.41%) SCDPM
5 6 (0.41%) SCOM
5 6 (0.41%) SCSM
5 6 (0.41%) SCVMM
5 6 (0.41%) Single Sign-On
5 6 (0.41%) WSUS
6 5 (0.34%) Salt
7 3 (0.21%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.21%) Prometheus
8 2 (0.14%) AirWatch
8 2 (0.14%) logstash
Vendors
1 116 (7.99%) Adobe
2 98 (6.75%) Microsoft
3 52 (3.58%) Google
4 45 (3.10%) Oracle
5 32 (2.20%) SAP
6 22 (1.52%) AppDynamics
7 20 (1.38%) Splunk
8 16 (1.10%) DevExpress
9 15 (1.03%) Red Hat
10 14 (0.96%) Salesforce.com
10 14 (0.96%) Sitecore
11 12 (0.83%) Apple
12 11 (0.76%) Dell
13 10 (0.69%) ServiceNow
14 9 (0.62%) Cisco
14 9 (0.62%) MuleSoft
14 9 (0.62%) RedGate
14 9 (0.62%) Tableau
14 9 (0.62%) VMware
15 8 (0.55%) Xamarin