Period
to 14 April 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 14 April 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
14 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 49 54 50
Rank change year-on-year +5 -4 +3
Contract jobs citing User Experience 2,381 2,340 4,180
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 4.52% 3.93% 4.33%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 13.62% 12.28% 13.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,723 1,519 2,883
10th Percentile £313 £311 £318
25th Percentile £388 £375 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £465 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +3.33% - +5.88%
75th Percentile £550 £534 £538
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 26 50
10th Percentile £16.00 £30.43 £17.50
25th Percentile £18.50 £41.98 £27.50
Median hourly rate £28.50 £50.00 £35.25
Median % change year-on-year -43.00% +41.84% -17.06%
75th Percentile £42.00 £52.50 £52.50
90th Percentile £51.55 £54.38 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.72 £49.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -51.59% +40.00% -17.65%

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 17,487 19,054 30,720
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.16% 32.02% 31.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,729 12,324 20,397
10th Percentile £275 £230 £275
25th Percentile £381 £363 £370
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £488 £473 £475
Median % change year-on-year +3.17% -0.53% +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £688 £675 £668
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 718 862 948
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.61 £11.85
25th Percentile £16.00 £16.20 £14.50
Median hourly rate £25.00 £22.86 £20.60
Median % change year-on-year +9.35% +11.01% -0.18%
75th Percentile £45.75 £45.75 £42.81
90th Percentile £58.00 £53.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.60 £20.95 £19.25
% change year-on-year +12.65% +8.83% -3.75%

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 14 April 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 14 April 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 14 April 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 +7 1,913 £475 +5.56% 760
London +7 1,191 £500 +5.26% 339
Work from Home +12 794 £475 +17.28% 183
UK excluding London +3 766 £425 - 472
North of England +18 231 £450 +5.88% 117
South East +20 180 £375 -11.76% 103
Scotland +2 148 £425 -6.59% 34
North West +23 121 £450 - 73
Midlands -5 115 £400 -5.88% 101
Yorkshire +2 77 £500 +17.65% 32
West Midlands -11 69 £400 -11.11% 69
South West -3 54 £461 +11.48% 59
East Midlands +22 43 £351 -6.53% 32
East of England -16 35 £475 +5.56% 37
North East +29 34 £453 +17.15% 12
Wales +8 13 £381 -10.29% 16
Northern Ireland +8 1 £500 - 5

For the 6 months to 14 April 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 1,219 (51.20%) Agile Software Development
2 605 (25.41%) JavaScript
3 494 (20.75%) HTML
4 471 (19.78%) CSS
5 417 (17.51%) Finance
6 407 (17.09%) Wireframes
7 376 (15.79%) React
8 326 (13.69%) Prototyping
9 313 (13.15%) Java
10 296 (12.43%) Scrum
10 296 (12.43%) Node.js
11 290 (12.18%) Front End Development
12 285 (11.97%) Azure
13 263 (11.05%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
14 260 (10.92%) AWS
15 244 (10.25%) Git (software)
16 242 (10.16%) Public Sector
17 240 (10.08%) Analytics
18 224 (9.41%) Software Engineering
19 220 (9.24%) Degree
19 220 (9.24%) Analytical Skills
20 216 (9.07%) DevOps
21 210 (8.82%) Service Design
22 208 (8.74%) Problem-Solving
23 197 (8.27%) Test Automation
24 187 (7.85%) Security Cleared
25 186 (7.81%) HTML5
26 183 (7.69%) AngularJS
26 183 (7.69%) Mobile App
27 182 (7.64%) Adobe

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
1 106 (4.45%) Confluence
2 84 (3.53%) CMS
3 46 (1.93%) SharePoint
4 29 (1.22%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 29 (1.22%) WordPress
5 23 (0.97%) Elasticsearch
6 17 (0.71%) Drupal
7 14 (0.59%) Headless CMS
8 13 (0.55%) Apache
8 13 (0.55%) Cloud Foundry
8 13 (0.55%) Umbraco
9 10 (0.42%) JBoss
10 9 (0.38%) Sitecore CMS
10 9 (0.38%) WebLogic
11 8 (0.34%) MQSeries
11 8 (0.34%) Red Hat Fuse
11 8 (0.34%) Tomcat
12 7 (0.29%) Apache Spark
12 7 (0.29%) IIS
12 7 (0.29%) WebSphere
Applications
1 181 (7.60%) Sketch
2 90 (3.78%) InVision
3 88 (3.70%) Figma
4 56 (2.35%) Photoshop
5 51 (2.14%) Adobe XD
6 46 (1.93%) Zeplin
7 38 (1.60%) Adobe Illustrator
7 38 (1.60%) Microsoft Office
8 30 (1.26%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 24 (1.01%) Microsoft Excel
10 21 (0.88%) MS Visio
11 17 (0.71%) Microsoft PowerPoint
11 17 (0.71%) UserZoom
12 13 (0.55%) OmniGraffle
13 10 (0.42%) Marvel
14 9 (0.38%) Microsoft Project
15 8 (0.34%) InDesign
16 5 (0.21%) Chatbot
17 4 (0.17%) Maya
18 3 (0.13%) Blender
Business Applications
1 20 (0.84%) SAP S/4HANA
2 15 (0.63%) Magento
3 8 (0.34%) Shopify
4 7 (0.29%) Dynamics CRM
5 6 (0.25%) Sentinel
6 4 (0.17%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 3 (0.13%) Aligne
8 2 (0.084%) SAP CAR
8 2 (0.084%) SAP CRM
9 1 (0.042%) Oracle ERP
9 1 (0.042%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
9 1 (0.042%) Payment Gateway
9 1 (0.042%) RESILIA
9 1 (0.042%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 1 (0.042%) SAP Hybris
9 1 (0.042%) SAP Retail
9 1 (0.042%) Social Studio
9 1 (0.042%) Toggl
9 1 (0.042%) WebTrends
9 1 (0.042%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 285 (11.97%) Azure
2 260 (10.92%) AWS
3 103 (4.33%) GitHub
4 96 (4.03%) GCP
5 74 (3.11%) Power Platform
6 67 (2.81%) Serverless
7 58 (2.44%) Microsoft 365
7 58 (2.44%) SaaS
8 49 (2.06%) AWS Lambda
9 37 (1.55%) Slack
10 34 (1.43%) Amazon S3
10 34 (1.43%) Google Analytics
10 34 (1.43%) npm
11 30 (1.26%) Adobe Creative Cloud
11 30 (1.26%) OpenShift
12 28 (1.18%) AWS CloudFormation
13 25 (1.05%) PowerApps
14 24 (1.01%) Logic Apps
15 20 (0.84%) Heroku
15 20 (0.84%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 27 (1.13%) Internet
2 16 (0.67%) LAN
3 15 (0.63%) Intranet
3 15 (0.63%) WAN
4 12 (0.50%) HTTP
5 11 (0.46%) ATM
5 11 (0.46%) Firewall
5 11 (0.46%) TCP/IP
6 10 (0.42%) DNS
7 8 (0.34%) DHCP
8 7 (0.29%) SAN
8 7 (0.29%) VLAN
9 6 (0.25%) Broadband
9 6 (0.25%) Skype
9 6 (0.25%) Unified Communications
9 6 (0.25%) VoIP
10 4 (0.17%) SSH
11 3 (0.13%) MPLS
11 3 (0.13%) SMTP
11 3 (0.13%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (2.69%) SQL Server
2 53 (2.23%) MongoDB
3 49 (2.06%) NoSQL
4 45 (1.89%) PostgreSQL
5 42 (1.76%) Power BI
6 38 (1.60%) MySQL
7 24 (1.01%) Relational Database
8 23 (0.97%) Data Warehouse
9 22 (0.92%) Amazon Aurora
10 21 (0.88%) Big Data
11 20 (0.84%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 12 (0.50%) Amazon RDS
12 12 (0.50%) Oracle Database
12 12 (0.50%) Tableau
13 10 (0.42%) Redis
13 10 (0.42%) SAP HANA
13 10 (0.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 9 (0.38%) Cosmos DB
15 8 (0.34%) Neo4j
15 8 (0.34%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 244 (10.25%) Git (software)
2 176 (7.39%) JIRA
3 143 (6.01%) Jenkins
4 94 (3.95%) webpack
5 90 (3.78%) Axure RP
6 53 (2.23%) Maven
7 52 (2.18%) Cypress.io
8 41 (1.72%) Sonatype Nexus
9 38 (1.60%) Subversion
10 36 (1.51%) Jasmine
11 30 (1.26%) Bitbucket
11 30 (1.26%) gulp
12 27 (1.13%) Cucumber
13 23 (0.97%) Grunt
14 20 (0.84%) Visual Studio
15 18 (0.76%) Mocha
15 18 (0.76%) SonarQube
15 18 (0.76%) Team Foundation Server
16 15 (0.63%) Android Studio
16 15 (0.63%) Karma Test Runner
General
1 417 (17.51%) Finance
2 242 (10.16%) Public Sector
3 133 (5.59%) Banking
4 121 (5.08%) Marketing
5 98 (4.12%) Front Office
6 88 (3.70%) Publishing
7 82 (3.44%) Retail
8 32 (1.34%) Telecoms
9 30 (1.26%) Law
10 28 (1.18%) Legal
11 25 (1.05%) Financial Institution
12 22 (0.92%) Multimedia
13 21 (0.88%) Investment Banking
14 20 (0.84%) Games
15 19 (0.80%) Manufacturing
15 19 (0.80%) Pharmaceutical
15 19 (0.80%) Retail Banking
16 13 (0.55%) Automotive
17 12 (0.50%) Local Government
17 12 (0.50%) Polish Language
Job Titles
1 783 (32.89%) Designer
2 694 (29.15%) Developer
3 521 (21.88%) UX Designer
4 243 (10.21%) UI Designer
5 201 (8.44%) UI/UX Designer
6 177 (7.43%) Analyst
6 177 (7.43%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
7 165 (6.93%) React Developer
8 117 (4.91%) UI Developer
9 114 (4.79%) UX Developer
10 101 (4.24%) Business Analyst
11 98 (4.12%) User Researcher
12 97 (4.07%) Architect
13 92 (3.86%) Senior Designer
14 86 (3.61%) UI/UX Developer
15 81 (3.40%) UI Engineer
16 76 (3.19%) Content Designer
17 72 (3.02%) UX Engineer
18 70 (2.94%) Senior UX Designer
18 70 (2.94%) User Experience Researcher
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 494 (20.75%) HTML
2 471 (19.78%) CSS
3 376 (15.79%) React
4 296 (12.43%) Node.js
5 186 (7.81%) HTML5
6 183 (7.69%) AngularJS
7 133 (5.59%) .NET
8 120 (5.04%) Web Services
9 115 (4.83%) Redux
10 109 (4.58%) Sass
11 105 (4.41%) CSS3
12 91 (3.82%) jQuery
13 90 (3.78%) RESTful
14 79 (3.32%) REST
15 71 (2.98%) JSON
16 69 (2.90%) Spring
17 67 (2.81%) Spring Boot
18 62 (2.60%) Jest
18 62 (2.60%) Vue.js
19 47 (1.97%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 220 (9.24%) Analytical Skills
2 183 (7.69%) Mobile App
3 59 (2.48%) Data Structures
4 50 (2.10%) Virtual Team
5 44 (1.85%) Self-Motivation
6 41 (1.72%) Greenfield Project
7 39 (1.64%) Management Information System
8 34 (1.43%) Social Media
9 33 (1.39%) NHS
10 30 (1.26%) Algorithms
11 29 (1.22%) Graphic Design
12 28 (1.18%) Enterprise Software
12 28 (1.18%) W3C
13 16 (0.67%) Cloud Native
13 16 (0.67%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 16 (0.67%) Hedge funds
13 16 (0.67%) iPad
14 14 (0.59%) iPhone
15 12 (0.50%) Animation
16 11 (0.46%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 132 (5.54%) Android
2 115 (4.83%) Apple iOS
3 59 (2.48%) Windows
4 58 (2.44%) Linux
5 30 (1.26%) Unix
6 24 (1.01%) Windows 10
7 12 (0.50%) Mac OS X
8 8 (0.34%) Mac OS
9 7 (0.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 6 (0.25%) Windows Server
11 5 (0.21%) Windows Server 2019
12 4 (0.17%) CentOS
12 4 (0.17%) Debian
12 4 (0.17%) Ubuntu
12 4 (0.17%) Windows 7
13 3 (0.13%) Embedded Linux
13 3 (0.13%) Windows Server 2012
13 3 (0.13%) Windows Server 2016
14 2 (0.084%) Solaris
14 2 (0.084%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,219 (51.20%) Agile Software Development
2 407 (17.09%) Wireframes
3 326 (13.69%) Prototyping
4 296 (12.43%) Scrum
5 290 (12.18%) Front End Development
6 263 (11.05%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
7 240 (10.08%) Analytics
8 224 (9.41%) Software Engineering
9 216 (9.07%) DevOps
10 210 (8.82%) Service Design
11 208 (8.74%) Problem-Solving
12 197 (8.27%) Test Automation
13 165 (6.93%) TDD
14 163 (6.85%) User Stories
15 153 (6.43%) Stakeholder Management
16 132 (5.54%) E-Commerce
17 121 (5.08%) Workshop Facilitation
18 119 (5.00%) Design Thinking
19 115 (4.83%) Mentoring
20 110 (4.62%) Usability Testing
Programming Languages
1 605 (25.41%) JavaScript
2 313 (13.15%) Java
3 171 (7.18%) Python
4 161 (6.76%) TypeScript
5 138 (5.80%) SQL
6 112 (4.70%) Kotlin
7 102 (4.28%) C#
8 77 (3.23%) ES6
9 49 (2.06%) Java 8
10 36 (1.51%) C++
11 35 (1.47%) PHP
12 32 (1.34%) Apple Swift
13 25 (1.05%) PowerShell
14 24 (1.01%) Objective-C
15 23 (0.97%) Ruby
16 21 (0.88%) T-SQL
17 18 (0.76%) C
18 16 (0.67%) Bash Shell
19 15 (0.63%) Groovy
19 15 (0.63%) Scala
Qualifications
1 220 (9.24%) Degree
2 187 (7.85%) Security Cleared
3 144 (6.05%) SC Cleared
4 33 (1.39%) BPSS Clearance
5 21 (0.88%) Computer Science Degree
6 17 (0.71%) DV Cleared
7 13 (0.55%) PhD
8 7 (0.29%) DBS Check
8 7 (0.29%) Six Sigma Black Belt
9 6 (0.25%) AWS Certification
10 5 (0.21%) ISEB
11 4 (0.17%) ISTQB
11 4 (0.17%) Master's Degree
11 4 (0.17%) Six Sigma Green Belt
12 3 (0.13%) Cisco Certification
12 3 (0.13%) CISM
12 3 (0.13%) CISSP
12 3 (0.13%) CRISC
12 3 (0.13%) CSPO
12 3 (0.13%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 117 (4.91%) QA
2 69 (2.90%) WCAG
3 19 (0.80%) GDPR
4 14 (0.59%) Actionable Recommendations
5 11 (0.46%) Disclosure Scotland
6 7 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 5 (0.21%) NIST
7 5 (0.21%) PMO
8 4 (0.17%) Data Quality
8 4 (0.17%) NCSC
8 4 (0.17%) PCI DSS
8 4 (0.17%) SLA
9 2 (0.084%) COBIT
9 2 (0.084%) Cyber Essentials
9 2 (0.084%) ISO 9001
9 2 (0.084%) PSD2
10 1 (0.042%) GMP
10 1 (0.042%) WAI
System Software
1 144 (6.05%) Docker
2 37 (1.55%) Active Directory
3 11 (0.46%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (0.38%) Hyper-V
5 6 (0.25%) Virtual Desktop
6 4 (0.17%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (0.13%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (0.13%) VMware NSX
8 2 (0.084%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 2 (0.084%) DFS Replication
8 2 (0.084%) KVM
8 2 (0.084%) vCloud
8 2 (0.084%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.084%) vSphere
8 2 (0.084%) XenApp
9 1 (0.042%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 127 (5.33%) Kubernetes
2 72 (3.02%) Terraform
3 20 (0.84%) Grafana
3 20 (0.84%) Opscode Chef
4 16 (0.67%) Single Sign-On
5 14 (0.59%) Ansible
6 11 (0.46%) Puppet
7 8 (0.34%) Microsoft Intune
8 6 (0.25%) Kibana
8 6 (0.25%) SCCM
9 4 (0.17%) Failover Clustering
9 4 (0.17%) Salt
9 4 (0.17%) SCOM
10 2 (0.084%) Microsoft Clustering
10 2 (0.084%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 2 (0.084%) Rancher
10 2 (0.084%) SCDPM
10 2 (0.084%) SCSM
10 2 (0.084%) SCVMM
10 2 (0.084%) WSUS
Vendors
1 182 (7.64%) Adobe
2 165 (6.93%) Microsoft
3 62 (2.60%) Google
4 58 (2.44%) Oracle
5 53 (2.23%) SAP
6 34 (1.43%) Salesforce.com
7 23 (0.97%) ServiceNow
8 21 (0.88%) Xamarin
9 19 (0.80%) Splunk
10 16 (0.67%) Apple
11 15 (0.63%) Optimizely
12 13 (0.55%) VMware
13 12 (0.50%) hybris
13 12 (0.50%) Red Hat
14 10 (0.42%) MuleSoft
14 10 (0.42%) Sitecore
15 9 (0.38%) Citrix
16 8 (0.34%) Axway
16 8 (0.34%) Sparx
16 8 (0.34%) Sybase