Period
to 23 January 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 23 January 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
23 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 51 58 54
Rank change year-on-year +7 -4 +1
Contract jobs citing User Experience 1,795 2,760 4,230
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 4.28% 3.81% 4.24%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 12.74% 12.21% 13.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,691 1,802 2,879
Median daily rate £463 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £309 £313 £313
90th Percentile £613 £599 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +2.94% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 26 47
Median hourly rate £32.00 £49.00 £32.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -34.69% +53.13% -6.19%
10th Percentile £16.00 £21.13 £13.45
90th Percentile £48.50 £52.75 £58.74
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.34 £47.75 £34.50
% change year-on-year -57.41% +38.41% +1.14%

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 14,092 22,600 32,059
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.59% 31.20% 32.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,440 14,652 21,324
Median daily rate £475 £450 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% -5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £253 £239 £275
90th Percentile £688 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £425 £425
% change year-on-year -2.94% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 557 947 974
Median hourly rate £26.00 £22.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.56% +12.50% -
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.42 £12.00
90th Percentile £58.75 £53.75 £48.25
Median hourly rate £25.00 £21.16 £18.69
% change year-on-year +18.15% +13.22% -3.76%

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 23 January 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 23 January 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 23 January 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 +10 1,513 £475 +5.56% 661
London +1 864 £500 +5.26% 268
UK excluding London +12 666 £438 +2.94% 434
Work from Home +15 511 £475 +11.76% 125
North of England +27 252 £500 +17.65% 154
South East +27 141 £425 - 64
North West +21 122 £500 +17.65% 94
Midlands +7 94 £377 -9.28% 78
Yorkshire +24 93 £500 +11.11% 49
Scotland -3 90 £425 -5.56% 33
South West +16 56 £425 +6.25% 54
West Midlands -14 49 £450 - 41
East Midlands +31 42 £324 -13.53% 37
North East +15 40 £450 +14.29% 11
East of England -23 22 £475 +11.76% 36
Wales +11 11 £356 -16.18% 10
Northern Ireland - 2 £400 - 4

For the 6 months to 23 January 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.

1 923 (51.42%) Agile Software Development
2 442 (24.62%) JavaScript
3 366 (20.39%) HTML
4 361 (20.11%) CSS
5 315 (17.55%) Finance
6 300 (16.71%) Wireframes
7 274 (15.26%) React
8 258 (14.37%) Prototyping
9 248 (13.82%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
10 243 (13.54%) Java
11 239 (13.31%) Public Sector
12 237 (13.20%) Node.js
13 228 (12.70%) Front End Development
14 211 (11.75%) Scrum
15 193 (10.75%) Azure
16 192 (10.70%) Git (software)
17 183 (10.19%) AWS
18 180 (10.03%) Degree
19 178 (9.92%) Mobile App
20 177 (9.86%) Service Design
21 175 (9.75%) Analytics
22 171 (9.53%) Test Automation
23 162 (9.03%) Security Cleared
23 162 (9.03%) Problem-Solving
24 161 (8.97%) Analytical Skills
24 161 (8.97%) HTML5
25 153 (8.52%) DevOps
26 150 (8.36%) Software Engineering
27 142 (7.91%) JIRA
28 141 (7.86%) TDD

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 93 (5.18%) Confluence
2 68 (3.79%) CMS
3 32 (1.78%) SharePoint
4 18 (1.00%) WordPress
5 16 (0.89%) Elasticsearch
6 15 (0.84%) Sitecore CMS
6 15 (0.84%) WebLogic
7 14 (0.78%) Apache
7 14 (0.78%) Apache Airflow
8 12 (0.67%) Cloud Foundry
8 12 (0.67%) Drupal
8 12 (0.67%) JBoss
9 11 (0.61%) WebSphere
10 10 (0.56%) MQSeries
10 10 (0.56%) Red Hat Fuse
11 8 (0.45%) Apache Spark
11 8 (0.45%) Tomcat
12 7 (0.39%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 6 (0.33%) Jetty
13 6 (0.33%) Oracle Self-Service HR
Applications
1 129 (7.19%) Sketch
2 82 (4.57%) InVision
3 44 (2.45%) Adobe XD
4 40 (2.23%) Adobe Illustrator
5 33 (1.84%) Microsoft Office
5 33 (1.84%) Photoshop
6 31 (1.73%) Figma
7 29 (1.62%) Zeplin
8 20 (1.11%) Microsoft Excel
9 17 (0.95%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 16 (0.89%) MS Visio
11 10 (0.56%) Marvel
11 10 (0.56%) OmniGraffle
11 10 (0.56%) UserZoom
12 9 (0.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
12 9 (0.50%) Microsoft Project
13 6 (0.33%) Adobe Premiere
14 4 (0.22%) Acrobat
15 3 (0.17%) InDesign
15 3 (0.17%) Maya
Business Applications
1 12 (0.67%) Magento
2 6 (0.33%) SAP S/4HANA
2 6 (0.33%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 5 (0.28%) Shopify
4 4 (0.22%) SessionCam
5 3 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.11%) Dynamics CRM
6 2 (0.11%) NetSuite
6 2 (0.11%) ReMetrica
6 2 (0.11%) Teamcenter
7 1 (0.056%) Aareon QL
7 1 (0.056%) Dynamics GP
7 1 (0.056%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.056%) Oracle ERP
7 1 (0.056%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 1 (0.056%) Payment Gateway
7 1 (0.056%) Sentinel
7 1 (0.056%) Toggl
Cloud Services
1 193 (10.75%) Azure
2 183 (10.19%) AWS
3 105 (5.85%) GitHub
4 59 (3.29%) GCP
5 58 (3.23%) Power Platform
6 45 (2.51%) Slack
7 41 (2.28%) SaaS
8 40 (2.23%) Office 365
9 32 (1.78%) Serverless
10 27 (1.50%) Google Analytics
11 23 (1.28%) AWS Lambda
11 23 (1.28%) Cloud Computing
12 21 (1.17%) Adobe Creative Cloud
12 21 (1.17%) npm
13 20 (1.11%) Amazon S3
14 18 (1.00%) PowerApps
15 16 (0.89%) Logic Apps
15 16 (0.89%) PaaS
16 15 (0.84%) Amazon ECS
16 15 (0.84%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 17 (0.95%) Firewall
1 17 (0.95%) Intranet
2 14 (0.78%) Internet
2 14 (0.78%) LAN
3 12 (0.67%) WAN
4 9 (0.50%) HTTP
5 7 (0.39%) DNS
5 7 (0.39%) Network Security
5 7 (0.39%) SAN
5 7 (0.39%) TCP/IP
6 6 (0.33%) Skype
6 6 (0.33%) SSH
6 6 (0.33%) Unified Communications
6 6 (0.33%) Wi-Fi
7 5 (0.28%) ATM
7 5 (0.28%) VoIP
8 4 (0.22%) DHCP
8 4 (0.22%) MPLS
8 4 (0.22%) SSL
8 4 (0.22%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 60 (3.34%) SQL Server
2 45 (2.51%) MongoDB
3 37 (2.06%) MySQL
4 36 (2.01%) PostgreSQL
5 35 (1.95%) Power BI
6 31 (1.73%) NoSQL
7 26 (1.45%) Big Data
7 26 (1.45%) Data Warehouse
8 22 (1.23%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 22 (1.23%) Amazon RDS
9 18 (1.00%) Relational Database
10 14 (0.78%) Cosmos DB
11 12 (0.67%) Tableau
12 11 (0.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 10 (0.56%) Hadoop
14 7 (0.39%) Neo4j
14 7 (0.39%) Oracle Database
14 7 (0.39%) SQL Server 2012
14 7 (0.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 6 (0.33%) Redis
Development Applications
1 192 (10.70%) Git (software)
2 142 (7.91%) JIRA
3 121 (6.74%) Jenkins
4 82 (4.57%) Axure RP
5 67 (3.73%) Maven
6 63 (3.51%) webpack
7 51 (2.84%) Sonatype Nexus
8 43 (2.40%) Jasmine
9 29 (1.62%) Cypress.io
10 28 (1.56%) Subversion
11 27 (1.50%) Grunt
12 26 (1.45%) gulp
12 26 (1.45%) Karma Test Runner
13 22 (1.23%) Android Studio
14 20 (1.11%) Balsamiq
15 19 (1.06%) Cucumber
15 19 (1.06%) Mocha
16 18 (1.00%) Selenium
16 18 (1.00%) SonarQube
17 17 (0.95%) GitLab
General
1 315 (17.55%) Finance
2 239 (13.31%) Public Sector
3 96 (5.35%) Banking
4 94 (5.24%) Marketing
5 64 (3.57%) Publishing
6 52 (2.90%) Front Office
7 48 (2.67%) Retail
8 29 (1.62%) Legal
9 27 (1.50%) Law
10 25 (1.39%) Telecoms
11 22 (1.23%) Manufacturing
12 19 (1.06%) Games
12 19 (1.06%) Investment Banking
13 18 (1.00%) Financial Institution
14 16 (0.89%) Local Government
15 15 (0.84%) Multimedia
16 14 (0.78%) Pharmaceutical
17 13 (0.72%) Retail Banking
18 12 (0.67%) Electronics
19 9 (0.50%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 590 (32.87%) Designer
2 501 (27.91%) Developer
3 384 (21.39%) UX Designer
4 180 (10.03%) UI Designer
5 147 (8.19%) UI/UX Designer
6 135 (7.52%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
7 117 (6.52%) Analyst
8 103 (5.74%) React Developer
9 89 (4.96%) UI Developer
10 86 (4.79%) UX Developer
11 83 (4.62%) Architect
12 78 (4.35%) Content Designer
13 75 (4.18%) Business Analyst
14 70 (3.90%) User Researcher
15 64 (3.57%) Senior Designer
16 62 (3.45%) Interaction Designer
17 60 (3.34%) UI/UX Developer
18 51 (2.84%) UI Engineer
19 50 (2.79%) Full Stack Developer
20 47 (2.62%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 366 (20.39%) HTML
2 361 (20.11%) CSS
3 274 (15.26%) React
4 237 (13.20%) Node.js
5 161 (8.97%) HTML5
6 104 (5.79%) .NET
6 104 (5.79%) AngularJS
7 99 (5.52%) Web Services
8 86 (4.79%) CSS3
8 86 (4.79%) Redux
9 81 (4.51%) REST
10 80 (4.46%) jQuery
11 74 (4.12%) RESTful
12 73 (4.07%) Sass
13 63 (3.51%) Spring Boot
14 62 (3.45%) Spring
15 60 (3.34%) JSON
16 52 (2.90%) Twitter Bootstrap
17 47 (2.62%) ASP.NET
18 36 (2.01%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 178 (9.92%) Mobile App
2 161 (8.97%) Analytical Skills
3 42 (2.34%) Data Structures
4 36 (2.01%) Virtual Team
5 30 (1.67%) NHS
6 26 (1.45%) Graphic Design
6 26 (1.45%) W3C
7 24 (1.34%) Greenfield Project
7 24 (1.34%) Social Media
8 21 (1.17%) Animation
8 21 (1.17%) Self-Motivation
9 18 (1.00%) Data Centre
9 18 (1.00%) Enterprise Software
10 16 (0.89%) Cloud Native
10 16 (0.89%) Management Information System
11 15 (0.84%) Hedge funds
12 14 (0.78%) iPad
13 13 (0.72%) Derivative
13 13 (0.72%) iPhone
14 10 (0.56%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 130 (7.24%) Android
2 109 (6.07%) Apple iOS
3 53 (2.95%) Linux
4 52 (2.90%) Windows
5 25 (1.39%) Unix
6 16 (0.89%) Windows 10
7 14 (0.78%) Mac OS X
8 8 (0.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 8 (0.45%) Windows Server 2016
9 7 (0.39%) Windows Server 2012
10 6 (0.33%) CentOS
10 6 (0.33%) Debian
10 6 (0.33%) Ubuntu
11 5 (0.28%) Windows 7
12 4 (0.22%) Amazon Linux
12 4 (0.22%) Mac OS
12 4 (0.22%) Windows Server
13 2 (0.11%) tvOS
13 2 (0.11%) zOS
14 1 (0.056%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 923 (51.42%) Agile Software Development
2 300 (16.71%) Wireframes
3 258 (14.37%) Prototyping
4 248 (13.82%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
5 228 (12.70%) Front End Development
6 211 (11.75%) Scrum
7 177 (9.86%) Service Design
8 175 (9.75%) Analytics
9 171 (9.53%) Test Automation
10 162 (9.03%) Problem-Solving
11 153 (8.52%) DevOps
12 150 (8.36%) Software Engineering
13 141 (7.86%) TDD
14 123 (6.85%) User Stories
15 97 (5.40%) Stakeholder Management
16 95 (5.29%) E-Commerce
17 91 (5.07%) Web Development
18 88 (4.90%) Kanban
19 85 (4.74%) Microservices
20 83 (4.62%) Design Thinking
Programming Languages
1 442 (24.62%) JavaScript
2 243 (13.54%) Java
3 135 (7.52%) Python
4 106 (5.91%) SQL
5 99 (5.52%) TypeScript
6 91 (5.07%) Kotlin
7 64 (3.57%) C#
8 47 (2.62%) Java 8
9 38 (2.12%) Apple Swift
10 33 (1.84%) PHP
11 32 (1.78%) ES6
11 32 (1.78%) Objective-C
12 26 (1.45%) T-SQL
13 25 (1.39%) Go
14 24 (1.34%) C++
15 18 (1.00%) Ruby
16 17 (0.95%) Groovy
17 16 (0.89%) PowerShell
18 15 (0.84%) C
18 15 (0.84%) Scala
Qualifications
1 180 (10.03%) Degree
2 162 (9.03%) Security Cleared
3 127 (7.08%) SC Cleared
4 29 (1.62%) BPSS Clearance
5 18 (1.00%) Computer Science Degree
6 16 (0.89%) DV Cleared
7 8 (0.45%) PhD
8 7 (0.39%) Six Sigma Black Belt
9 6 (0.33%) DBS Check
10 5 (0.28%) AWS Certification
10 5 (0.28%) Master's Degree
11 4 (0.22%) Cisco Certification
11 4 (0.22%) Postgraduate
11 4 (0.22%) Six Sigma Green Belt
12 3 (0.17%) CCNP
12 3 (0.17%) MBA
12 3 (0.17%) Microsoft Certification
13 2 (0.11%) ISEB
13 2 (0.11%) MCSE
13 2 (0.11%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 83 (4.62%) QA
2 40 (2.23%) WCAG
3 29 (1.62%) GDPR
4 11 (0.61%) Actionable Recommendations
5 9 (0.50%) SLA
6 8 (0.45%) Cyber Essentials
7 7 (0.39%) Disclosure Scotland
8 6 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 5 (0.28%) NIST
10 4 (0.22%) Data Quality
10 4 (0.22%) PMO
11 3 (0.17%) NCSC
11 3 (0.17%) PCI DSS
12 2 (0.11%) COBIT
12 2 (0.11%) WAI
13 1 (0.056%) GMP
13 1 (0.056%) GxP
13 1 (0.056%) ISO 9001
13 1 (0.056%) PSD2
System Software
1 106 (5.91%) Docker
2 20 (1.11%) Active Directory
3 10 (0.56%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (0.33%) Hyper-V
5 5 (0.28%) Virtual Machines
5 5 (0.28%) VMware NSX
6 4 (0.22%) KVM
7 2 (0.11%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (0.11%) XenApp
8 1 (0.056%) DFS Replication
8 1 (0.056%) HDFS
8 1 (0.056%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.056%) UAG
8 1 (0.056%) vCloud
8 1 (0.056%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.056%) vSphere
8 1 (0.056%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 89 (4.96%) Kubernetes
2 49 (2.73%) Terraform
3 15 (0.84%) Ansible
3 15 (0.84%) Puppet
4 14 (0.78%) Opscode Chef
5 13 (0.72%) Single Sign-On
6 6 (0.33%) Salt
6 6 (0.33%) SCCM
7 5 (0.28%) PowerCLI
8 4 (0.22%) BladeLogic
8 4 (0.22%) Kibana
9 3 (0.17%) Grafana
9 3 (0.17%) ITRS Geneos
9 3 (0.17%) Microsoft Intune
9 3 (0.17%) Rancher
10 2 (0.11%) Prometheus
10 2 (0.11%) SCOM
11 1 (0.056%) HP Quality Center
11 1 (0.056%) SCVMM
11 1 (0.056%) WSUS
Vendors
1 130 (7.24%) Adobe
2 125 (6.96%) Microsoft
3 57 (3.18%) Google
4 36 (2.01%) SAP
5 35 (1.95%) Oracle
6 23 (1.28%) Splunk
7 22 (1.23%) Salesforce.com
8 19 (1.06%) AppDynamics
9 18 (1.00%) ServiceNow
9 18 (1.00%) Sitecore
9 18 (1.00%) Xamarin
10 15 (0.84%) MuleSoft
11 14 (0.78%) Red Hat
12 13 (0.72%) VMware
13 12 (0.67%) Apple
13 12 (0.67%) Cisco
14 11 (0.61%) Pega
15 10 (0.56%) Axway
15 10 (0.56%) Sparx
15 10 (0.56%) Sybase