Period
to 26 July 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 26 July 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
26 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 53 55 55
Rank change year-on-year +2 0 -4
Contract jobs citing User Experience 3,008 1,537 3,966
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 4.24% 4.10% 4.29%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 14.19% 13.41% 14.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,103 1,076 2,739
10th Percentile £325 £306 £325
25th Percentile £404 £375 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
75th Percentile £563 £538 £538
90th Percentile £638 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £448 £432 £425
% change year-on-year +3.53% +1.71% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 22 38
10th Percentile £19.44 £19.68 £17.50
25th Percentile £26.25 £24.48 £32.39
Median hourly rate £34.00 £35.14 £47.50
Median % change year-on-year -3.23% -26.03% +7.39%
75th Percentile £44.75 £47.75 £52.50
90th Percentile £51.00 £53.38 £53.23
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £23.40 £48.00
% change year-on-year +21.79% -51.25% +12.94%

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 21,200 11,459 26,992
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 29.85% 30.54% 29.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,458 7,577 17,745
10th Percentile £306 £263 £281
25th Percentile £406 £381 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £495 £475
Median % change year-on-year +1.01% +4.21% -
75th Percentile £619 £600 £575
90th Percentile £706 £719 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £446 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +1.83% +2.94% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 693 419 911
10th Percentile £11.75 £12.42 £11.80
25th Percentile £15.04 £16.38 £14.00
Median hourly rate £23.21 £25.00 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year -7.16% +25.00% -12.82%
75th Percentile £47.50 £46.25 £45.00
90th Percentile £61.37 £55.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.45 £21.54 £18.50
% change year-on-year -5.04% +16.41% -17.78%

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 26 July 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 26 July 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for User Experience in the UK

User Experience
Top 16 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 26 July 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 2,420 £475 +5.56% 1,038
London +3 1,550 £500 +5.26% 440
Work from Home -5 928 £475 +11.76% 219
UK excluding London -5 909 £448 +3.53% 646
North of England -5 237 £450 +4.65% 240
South East -12 206 £450 +5.88% 122
Scotland -10 179 £439 -2.50% 38
Midlands -24 145 £404 -3.29% 101
North West -3 112 £435 -3.28% 133
West Midlands -23 103 £441 -2.00% 61
Yorkshire -5 91 £450 +5.88% 76
South West 0 87 £450 +3.75% 67
East of England +7 53 £475 +5.56% 51
East Midlands -15 42 £363 -1.36% 39
North East +18 39 £498 +32.67% 31
Wales -9 12 £406 -14.47% 17

For the 6 months to 26 July 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 1,545 (51.36%) Agile Software Development
2 670 (22.27%) JavaScript
3 636 (21.14%) Social Skills
4 611 (20.31%) HTML
5 575 (19.12%) User Research
6 568 (18.88%) CSS
7 532 (17.69%) Wireframes
8 527 (17.52%) React
9 524 (17.42%) Finance
10 416 (13.83%) Prototyping
11 404 (13.43%) Accessibility
12 360 (11.97%) Scrum
13 354 (11.77%) Front End Development
14 326 (10.84%) Java
15 324 (10.77%) Analytics
16 317 (10.54%) Azure
17 306 (10.17%) Degree
18 303 (10.07%) Problem-Solving
19 295 (9.81%) Adobe
20 293 (9.74%) Sketch
20 293 (9.74%) AngularJS
21 281 (9.34%) Node.js
22 276 (9.18%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
23 267 (8.88%) Software Engineering
24 266 (8.84%) Git (software)
25 262 (8.71%) Service Design
26 259 (8.61%) Analytical Skills
27 245 (8.14%) TypeScript
28 240 (7.98%) User Stories
28 240 (7.98%) AWS

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
1 127 (4.22%) CMS
2 96 (3.19%) Confluence
3 81 (2.69%) SharePoint
4 56 (1.86%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 37 (1.23%) WordPress
6 28 (0.93%) Drupal
7 26 (0.86%) Elasticsearch
8 15 (0.50%) Headless CMS
9 12 (0.40%) Umbraco
10 11 (0.37%) Apache
10 11 (0.37%) Cloud Foundry
10 11 (0.37%) Sitecore CMS
11 7 (0.23%) MS Exchange
11 7 (0.23%) Skype for Business
12 6 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2010
12 6 (0.20%) IIS
12 6 (0.20%) WebSphere
13 5 (0.17%) Apache Solr
13 5 (0.17%) IBM Domino
13 5 (0.17%) Tomcat
Applications
1 293 (9.74%) Sketch
2 201 (6.68%) Figma
3 168 (5.59%) InVision
4 100 (3.32%) Photoshop
5 72 (2.39%) Zeplin
6 70 (2.33%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 63 (2.09%) Microsoft Office
8 54 (1.80%) Adobe Illustrator
9 53 (1.76%) Adobe XD
10 44 (1.46%) Microsoft Excel
11 28 (0.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
11 28 (0.93%) MS Visio
12 23 (0.76%) OmniGraffle
13 22 (0.73%) Marvel
14 17 (0.57%) Microsoft Project
15 16 (0.53%) UserZoom
16 11 (0.37%) InDesign
17 6 (0.20%) UXPin
18 5 (0.17%) Chatbot
18 5 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 25 (0.83%) Magento
2 16 (0.53%) SAP S/4HANA
3 13 (0.43%) Dynamics CRM
4 6 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
4 6 (0.20%) SAP MM
4 6 (0.20%) Shopify
5 5 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
5 5 (0.17%) Sentinel
6 4 (0.13%) SAP GTS
7 3 (0.100%) Aligne
7 3 (0.100%) Oracle ERP
7 3 (0.100%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 3 (0.100%) SAP CRM
7 3 (0.100%) SAP Hybris
7 3 (0.100%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 3 (0.100%) WebTrends
7 3 (0.100%) Workday HCM
8 2 (0.066%) Payment Gateway
8 2 (0.066%) Q-Pulse
8 2 (0.066%) SAP CAR
Cloud Services
1 317 (10.54%) Azure
2 240 (7.98%) AWS
3 93 (3.09%) GCP
4 87 (2.89%) Serverless
5 84 (2.79%) GitHub
6 74 (2.46%) Adobe Creative Cloud
7 72 (2.39%) SaaS
8 67 (2.23%) Power Platform
9 60 (1.99%) Microsoft 365
10 57 (1.89%) AWS Lambda
11 53 (1.76%) npm
12 48 (1.60%) OpenShift
13 43 (1.43%) Amazon S3
14 35 (1.16%) AWS CloudFormation
15 33 (1.10%) Miro
16 27 (0.90%) Google Analytics
16 27 (0.90%) PaaS
17 23 (0.76%) PowerApps
18 18 (0.60%) Azure Logic Apps
19 17 (0.57%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 39 (1.30%) Internet
2 27 (0.90%) Intranet
3 14 (0.47%) DHCP
4 10 (0.33%) HTTP
4 10 (0.33%) Skype
5 8 (0.27%) Firewall
5 8 (0.27%) Network Security
5 8 (0.27%) Wi-Fi
6 7 (0.23%) AMQP
6 7 (0.23%) ATM
6 7 (0.23%) Broadband
6 7 (0.23%) DNS
6 7 (0.23%) Unified Communications
7 6 (0.20%) LAN
7 6 (0.20%) MVNO
7 6 (0.20%) WAN
8 5 (0.17%) 4G
8 5 (0.17%) MQTT
8 5 (0.17%) VLAN
8 5 (0.17%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 75 (2.49%) MongoDB
2 71 (2.36%) SQL Server
3 69 (2.29%) NoSQL
4 49 (1.63%) PostgreSQL
5 47 (1.56%) Power BI
6 40 (1.33%) MySQL
7 34 (1.13%) Amazon Aurora
8 28 (0.93%) Relational Database
9 25 (0.83%) Redis
10 16 (0.53%) Oracle Database
11 15 (0.50%) Data Warehouse
12 14 (0.47%) Big Data
13 12 (0.40%) Data Lake
14 11 (0.37%) Informix
15 10 (0.33%) Amazon DynamoDB
15 10 (0.33%) Metadata
16 9 (0.30%) QlikView
16 9 (0.30%) Tableau
17 8 (0.27%) Azure SQL Database
17 8 (0.27%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 266 (8.84%) Git (software)
2 211 (7.01%) JIRA
3 129 (4.29%) Jenkins
4 120 (3.99%) Axure RP
5 85 (2.83%) webpack
6 47 (1.56%) Cypress.io
7 41 (1.36%) Bitbucket
7 41 (1.36%) Jasmine
8 40 (1.33%) Maven
9 36 (1.20%) Subversion
10 35 (1.16%) Cucumber
11 32 (1.06%) Storybook
12 31 (1.03%) gulp
13 29 (0.96%) TeamCity
14 27 (0.90%) Grunt
15 26 (0.86%) Karma Test Runner
16 21 (0.70%) GitLab
17 20 (0.66%) Visual Studio
18 19 (0.63%) Mockito
19 18 (0.60%) Selenium
General
1 636 (21.14%) Social Skills
2 524 (17.42%) Finance
3 259 (8.61%) Analytical Skills
4 233 (7.75%) Public Sector
5 207 (6.88%) Banking
6 168 (5.59%) Marketing
7 147 (4.89%) Retail
8 101 (3.36%) Front Office
9 86 (2.86%) Publishing
10 79 (2.63%) Presentation Skills
11 62 (2.06%) Influencing Skills
12 49 (1.63%) Telecoms
13 48 (1.60%) Investment Banking
14 39 (1.30%) Retail Banking
15 36 (1.20%) Organisational Skills
16 30 (1.00%) Legal
17 28 (0.93%) Documentation Skills
18 25 (0.83%) Law
19 22 (0.73%) Automotive
20 21 (0.70%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 972 (32.31%) Designer
2 866 (28.79%) Developer
3 631 (20.98%) UX Designer
4 313 (10.41%) UI Designer
5 232 (7.71%) UI/UX Designer
6 216 (7.18%) Analyst
7 208 (6.91%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
8 203 (6.75%) React Developer
9 142 (4.72%) Business Analyst
10 133 (4.42%) Senior Designer
10 133 (4.42%) Senior Developer
11 116 (3.86%) User Experience Researcher
12 107 (3.56%) Architect
12 107 (3.56%) UI Developer
13 106 (3.52%) Senior UX Designer
14 99 (3.29%) User Researcher
14 99 (3.29%) UX Developer
15 82 (2.73%) Full Stack Developer
16 78 (2.59%) Interaction Designer
17 75 (2.49%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 611 (20.31%) HTML
2 568 (18.88%) CSS
3 527 (17.52%) React
4 293 (9.74%) AngularJS
5 281 (9.34%) Node.js
6 195 (6.48%) HTML5
7 166 (5.52%) .NET
8 142 (4.72%) Web Services
9 139 (4.62%) Redux
10 136 (4.52%) REST
11 126 (4.19%) Sass
12 111 (3.69%) RESTful
13 108 (3.59%) Spring
14 104 (3.46%) CSS3
15 91 (3.03%) jQuery
15 91 (3.03%) JSON
16 88 (2.93%) Vue.js
17 86 (2.86%) Jest
18 84 (2.79%) Spring Boot
19 70 (2.33%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 184 (6.12%) Mobile App
2 79 (2.63%) Greenfield Project
3 68 (2.26%) Management Information System
4 61 (2.03%) Self-Motivation
5 55 (1.83%) Enterprise Software
6 50 (1.66%) Data Structures
7 47 (1.56%) W3C
8 46 (1.53%) Legacy Systems
9 45 (1.50%) Social Media
9 45 (1.50%) Virtual Team
10 39 (1.30%) Data Protection Act
11 35 (1.16%) Algorithms
12 29 (0.96%) NHS
13 25 (0.83%) Fixed Income
14 24 (0.80%) Cloud Native
15 23 (0.76%) Graphic Design
16 21 (0.70%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
17 19 (0.63%) Animation
17 19 (0.63%) Taxonomies
18 17 (0.57%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 156 (5.19%) Android
2 147 (4.89%) Apple iOS
3 64 (2.13%) Windows
4 54 (1.80%) Linux
5 31 (1.03%) Windows 10
6 30 (1.00%) Unix
7 15 (0.50%) Windows Server
8 12 (0.40%) Windows Server 2012
9 11 (0.37%) Windows Server 2016
10 8 (0.27%) Windows Server 2019
11 6 (0.20%) Embedded Linux
11 6 (0.20%) Mac OS
11 6 (0.20%) Windows 7
12 5 (0.17%) tvOS
13 4 (0.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 3 (0.100%) Mac OS X
14 3 (0.100%) Windows Server 2008
15 2 (0.066%) Solaris
15 2 (0.066%) Windows 8
16 1 (0.033%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,545 (51.36%) Agile Software Development
2 575 (19.12%) User Research
3 532 (17.69%) Wireframes
4 416 (13.83%) Prototyping
5 360 (11.97%) Scrum
6 354 (11.77%) Front End Development
7 324 (10.77%) Analytics
8 303 (10.07%) Problem-Solving
9 276 (9.18%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
10 267 (8.88%) Software Engineering
11 262 (8.71%) Service Design
12 240 (7.98%) User Stories
13 233 (7.75%) DevOps
14 211 (7.01%) Test Automation
15 199 (6.62%) TDD
16 172 (5.72%) Design Thinking
16 172 (5.72%) Workshop Facilitation
17 170 (5.65%) E-Commerce
18 164 (5.45%) Stakeholder Management
19 162 (5.39%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 670 (22.27%) JavaScript
2 326 (10.84%) Java
3 245 (8.14%) TypeScript
4 185 (6.15%) Python
5 164 (5.45%) SQL
6 157 (5.22%) C#
7 101 (3.36%) Kotlin
8 95 (3.16%) ES6
9 58 (1.93%) C++
10 51 (1.70%) Java 8
11 45 (1.50%) PHP
12 37 (1.23%) Apple Swift
13 32 (1.06%) Scala
14 30 (1.00%) C
14 30 (1.00%) PowerShell
15 26 (0.86%) Ruby
16 21 (0.70%) Bash Shell
17 20 (0.66%) Java 11
17 20 (0.66%) Objective-C
18 17 (0.57%) Go
Qualifications
1 306 (10.17%) Degree
2 153 (5.09%) Security Cleared
3 104 (3.46%) SC Cleared
4 38 (1.26%) Computer Science Degree
5 32 (1.06%) BPSS Clearance
6 19 (0.63%) DV Cleared
7 17 (0.57%) Master's Degree
8 15 (0.50%) PhD
9 14 (0.47%) ISTQB
10 12 (0.40%) Six Sigma Green Belt
11 10 (0.33%) Microsoft Certification
12 9 (0.30%) ISEB
12 9 (0.30%) Sun Certification
13 8 (0.27%) MBA
14 6 (0.20%) DBS Check
15 5 (0.17%) Numerate Degree
16 4 (0.13%) CISSP
16 4 (0.13%) CRISC
16 4 (0.13%) ITIL Certification
16 4 (0.13%) OCPJP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 404 (13.43%) Accessibility
2 147 (4.89%) QA
3 69 (2.29%) WCAG
4 23 (0.76%) GDPR
5 14 (0.47%) Data Quality
6 10 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
7 9 (0.30%) Actionable Recommendations
8 6 (0.20%) SLA
9 5 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 4 (0.13%) PMO
11 3 (0.100%) PCI DSS
12 2 (0.066%) MiFID
12 2 (0.066%) NIST
13 1 (0.033%) HL7
13 1 (0.033%) ISO 9001
13 1 (0.033%) NCSC
13 1 (0.033%) PSD2
13 1 (0.033%) WAI
System Software
1 144 (4.79%) Docker
2 51 (1.70%) Active Directory
3 18 (0.60%) Virtual Desktop
4 14 (0.47%) Microsoft App-V
5 12 (0.40%) Hyper-V
5 12 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
6 10 (0.33%) DFS Replication
6 10 (0.33%) VMware ESXi
7 5 (0.17%) VMware Infrastructure
8 3 (0.100%) vSphere
9 2 (0.066%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 2 (0.066%) vCloud
9 2 (0.066%) VMware NSX
10 1 (0.033%) XenApp
10 1 (0.033%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 114 (3.79%) Kubernetes
2 60 (1.99%) Terraform
3 32 (1.06%) Grafana
4 23 (0.76%) Ansible
5 22 (0.73%) SCCM
6 13 (0.43%) Kibana
6 13 (0.43%) Microsoft Intune
6 13 (0.43%) SCOM
7 12 (0.40%) Failover Clustering
7 12 (0.40%) Opscode Chef
7 12 (0.40%) Single Sign-On
8 10 (0.33%) Microsoft Clustering
8 10 (0.33%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 10 (0.33%) SCDPM
8 10 (0.33%) SCSM
8 10 (0.33%) SCVMM
8 10 (0.33%) WSUS
9 9 (0.30%) Active Directory Federation Services
10 5 (0.17%) HP ALM
11 4 (0.13%) Puppet
Vendors
1 295 (9.81%) Adobe
2 172 (5.72%) Microsoft
3 78 (2.59%) Oracle
4 71 (2.36%) Google
5 63 (2.09%) SAP
6 50 (1.66%) Salesforce.com
7 33 (1.10%) ServiceNow
8 27 (0.90%) Splunk
9 24 (0.80%) Apple
10 16 (0.53%) Optimizely
11 15 (0.50%) Sitecore
12 14 (0.47%) hybris
13 13 (0.43%) Xamarin
14 12 (0.40%) Dell
15 11 (0.37%) AppDynamics
15 11 (0.37%) IBM
16 10 (0.33%) ArcSight
16 10 (0.33%) MuleSoft
16 10 (0.33%) Omniture
16 10 (0.33%) VMware