Period
to 21 January 2022

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 21 January 2022 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
21 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 53 53 59
Rank change year-on-year 0 +6 -5
Contract jobs citing User Experience 3,698 1,770 2,767
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 4.23% 4.26% 3.79%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 13.95% 13.66% 13.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,690 1,304 1,760
10th Percentile £363 £308 £313
25th Percentile £428 £368 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £463 £450
Median % change year-on-year +13.51% +2.78% -
75th Percentile £600 £550 £525
90th Percentile £688 £616 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +8.57% +2.94% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 27 25
10th Percentile £20.27 £16.00 £20.90
25th Percentile £28.56 £18.21 £33.25
Median hourly rate £52.50 £32.00 £48.00
Median % change year-on-year +64.06% -33.33% +50.00%
75th Percentile £67.76 £44.50 £52.50
90th Percentile £69.05 £49.25 £52.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £56.88 £19.09 £47.50
% change year-on-year +197.97% -59.82% +37.68%

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 26,500 12,957 20,773
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 30.32% 31.19% 28.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 18,676 8,791 13,593
10th Percentile £300 £260 £250
25th Percentile £414 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £473
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +0.53% -0.53%
75th Percentile £638 £588 £575
90th Percentile £738 £688 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £418 £425
% change year-on-year +7.78% -1.76% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 662 508 822
10th Percentile £12.36 £12.50 £12.36
25th Percentile £16.00 £16.75 £15.25
Median hourly rate £26.27 £26.00 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year +1.04% +23.81% +5.00%
75th Percentile £49.69 £46.00 £44.99
90th Percentile £65.00 £58.75 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year -20.00% +21.95% +13.70%

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 21 January 2022.

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 21 January 2022.

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 21 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England -4 2,857 £525 +11.11% 1,044
London +7 1,894 £550 +14.58% 496
Work from Home +1 1,181 £525 +10.53% 222
UK excluding London -14 1,010 £475 +8.57% 595
North of England -37 232 £498 +0.51% 190
South East -19 222 £475 +15.15% 105
Scotland +11 207 £425 - 39
Midlands -11 157 £500 +33.33% 120
North West -36 120 £478 -4.50% 101
West Midlands -3 105 £515 +14.44% 85
Yorkshire -28 93 £500 - 71
South West -33 81 £494 +16.18% 78
East of England +9 78 £540 +13.68% 48
East Midlands -22 49 £475 +49.14% 34
Wales -14 26 £475 +33.33% 10
North East -18 19 £531 +20.74% 18
Northern Ireland +1 7 £450 +12.50% 6

For the 6 months to 21 January 2022, 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 1,887 (51.03%) Agile Software Development
2 1,876 (50.73%) UX Design
3 925 (25.01%) Social Skills
4 763 (20.63%) JavaScript
5 713 (19.28%) HTML
6 691 (18.69%) User Research
7 673 (18.20%) CSS
8 667 (18.04%) Finance
9 594 (16.06%) Wireframes
10 592 (16.01%) Scrum
11 584 (15.79%) React
12 575 (15.55%) Prototyping
13 486 (13.14%) Front End Development
14 464 (12.55%) Accessibility
15 395 (10.68%) Analytics
16 384 (10.38%) TypeScript
17 379 (10.25%) Service Design
18 378 (10.22%) Public Sector
19 369 (9.98%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
20 362 (9.79%) Problem-Solving
21 361 (9.76%) Sketch
22 349 (9.44%) Interaction Design
23 343 (9.28%) Azure
23 343 (9.28%) UX Research
24 339 (9.17%) Adobe
25 322 (8.71%) Java
26 318 (8.60%) Stakeholder Management
27 312 (8.44%) Degree
28 311 (8.41%) Figma
29 308 (8.33%) Analytical Skills

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
1 191 (5.16%) CMS
2 146 (3.95%) Confluence
3 76 (2.06%) SharePoint
4 43 (1.16%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 24 (0.65%) Elasticsearch
5 24 (0.65%) Sitecore CMS
6 20 (0.54%) Headless CMS
7 19 (0.51%) WordPress
8 17 (0.46%) Drupal
9 16 (0.43%) Cloud Foundry
10 14 (0.38%) OnBase
11 12 (0.32%) IIS
12 11 (0.30%) Tomcat
13 9 (0.24%) Apache Spark
14 8 (0.22%) Apache
15 7 (0.19%) SAS
16 6 (0.16%) WebSphere
17 5 (0.14%) GeoServer
18 4 (0.11%) Alfresco
19 3 (0.081%) nginx
Applications
1 361 (9.76%) Sketch
2 218 (5.90%) InVision
3 101 (2.73%) Adobe XD
4 91 (2.46%) Photoshop
5 81 (2.19%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 78 (2.11%) Adobe Illustrator
7 60 (1.62%) Zeplin
8 52 (1.41%) Microsoft Office
9 46 (1.24%) MS Visio
10 44 (1.19%) Marvel
11 34 (0.92%) Microsoft Excel
12 23 (0.62%) Chatbot
13 18 (0.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
14 12 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
15 11 (0.30%) InDesign
15 11 (0.30%) OmniGraffle
16 9 (0.24%) Adobe Premiere
16 9 (0.24%) UserZoom
16 9 (0.24%) UXPin
17 8 (0.22%) Adobe After Effects
Business Applications
1 26 (0.70%) SAP S/4HANA
2 21 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
3 11 (0.30%) Shopify
4 10 (0.27%) Magento
5 8 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
6 7 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
7 5 (0.14%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 4 (0.11%) Adobe Campaign
8 4 (0.11%) NetSuite
8 4 (0.11%) SAP ERP
9 3 (0.081%) Oracle Applications
9 3 (0.081%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 3 (0.081%) SAP Hybris
10 2 (0.054%) Oracle EBS R12
10 2 (0.054%) Oracle Financials
10 2 (0.054%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 2 (0.054%) Oracle Utilities
10 2 (0.054%) Payment Gateway
10 2 (0.054%) SAP CRM
10 2 (0.054%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 343 (9.28%) Azure
2 311 (8.41%) Figma
3 269 (7.27%) AWS
4 115 (3.11%) SaaS
5 98 (2.65%) GitHub
6 93 (2.51%) Power Platform
7 76 (2.06%) GCP
8 75 (2.03%) Serverless
9 68 (1.84%) Google Analytics
10 67 (1.81%) Miro
11 62 (1.68%) Adobe Creative Cloud
12 57 (1.54%) Microsoft 365
13 55 (1.49%) npm
14 45 (1.22%) Yarn
15 44 (1.19%) PaaS
16 41 (1.11%) OpenShift
17 40 (1.08%) AWS Lambda
18 35 (0.95%) AWS CloudFormation
19 34 (0.92%) Amazon S3
20 24 (0.65%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 29 (0.78%) Internet
2 19 (0.51%) HTTP
3 16 (0.43%) Network Security
4 13 (0.35%) DNS
4 13 (0.35%) Intranet
5 10 (0.27%) LAN
5 10 (0.27%) Wi-Fi
6 9 (0.24%) TCP/IP
7 8 (0.22%) Firewall
8 7 (0.19%) WAN
8 7 (0.19%) Wireless
9 6 (0.16%) SSL
9 6 (0.16%) VPN
10 5 (0.14%) DHCP
10 5 (0.14%) VoIP
11 4 (0.11%) VLAN
11 4 (0.11%) WLAN
12 3 (0.081%) Radio Access Network
12 3 (0.081%) SD-WAN
12 3 (0.081%) TETRA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 105 (2.84%) Relational Database
2 87 (2.35%) SQL Server
3 81 (2.19%) Power BI
4 66 (1.78%) NoSQL
5 63 (1.70%) PostgreSQL
6 60 (1.62%) MongoDB
7 55 (1.49%) MySQL
8 39 (1.05%) Big Data
9 33 (0.89%) Data Lake
10 31 (0.84%) Data Warehouse
11 30 (0.81%) Tableau
12 27 (0.73%) RDBMS
13 23 (0.62%) Amazon Aurora
14 20 (0.54%) Oracle Database
15 19 (0.51%) Metadata
16 17 (0.46%) Azure SQL Database
17 16 (0.43%) Amazon RDS
18 13 (0.35%) Amazon DynamoDB
18 13 (0.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
19 12 (0.32%) Redis
Development Applications
1 283 (7.65%) JIRA
2 242 (6.54%) Git (software)
3 171 (4.62%) Axure RP
4 137 (3.70%) Jenkins
5 93 (2.51%) webpack
6 50 (1.35%) TeamCity
7 47 (1.27%) Selenium
8 43 (1.16%) Jasmine
9 42 (1.14%) Storybook
10 40 (1.08%) Mocha
11 39 (1.05%) Cypress.io
12 37 (1.00%) Karma Test Runner
13 35 (0.95%) Bitbucket
14 30 (0.81%) GitLab
15 27 (0.73%) Maven
15 27 (0.73%) Visual Studio
16 26 (0.70%) SonarQube
17 25 (0.68%) Sonatype Nexus
18 22 (0.59%) Android Studio
19 21 (0.57%) Artifactory
General
1 925 (25.01%) Social Skills
2 667 (18.04%) Finance
3 378 (10.22%) Public Sector
4 308 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
5 259 (7.00%) Banking
6 240 (6.49%) Marketing
7 153 (4.14%) Front Office
7 153 (4.14%) Retail
8 126 (3.41%) Presentation Skills
9 103 (2.79%) Telecoms
10 89 (2.41%) Investment Banking
11 87 (2.35%) Influencing Skills
12 78 (2.11%) Legal
13 75 (2.03%) Publishing
14 53 (1.43%) Organisational Skills
15 41 (1.11%) Pharmaceutical
16 37 (1.00%) Manufacturing
17 35 (0.95%) Law
18 32 (0.87%) Multimedia
19 30 (0.81%) Games
Job Titles
1 1,251 (33.83%) Designer
2 930 (25.15%) Developer
3 789 (21.34%) UX Designer
4 309 (8.36%) UI Designer
5 270 (7.30%) React Developer
6 246 (6.65%) Analyst
7 234 (6.33%) UI/UX Designer
8 224 (6.06%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
9 222 (6.00%) Senior Designer
10 185 (5.00%) Architect
11 176 (4.76%) Business Analyst
12 156 (4.22%) Senior Developer
13 140 (3.79%) Senior UX Designer
14 129 (3.49%) Interaction Designer
15 127 (3.43%) User Researcher
16 118 (3.19%) UI Developer
17 110 (2.97%) Full Stack Developer
18 108 (2.92%) User Experience Researcher
19 103 (2.79%) Software Engineer
20 94 (2.54%) Content Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 713 (19.28%) HTML
2 673 (18.20%) CSS
3 584 (15.79%) React
4 256 (6.92%) Node.js
5 243 (6.57%) AngularJS
6 226 (6.11%) HTML5
7 205 (5.54%) .NET
8 194 (5.25%) Redux
9 183 (4.95%) REST
10 158 (4.27%) RESTful
11 144 (3.89%) CSS3
12 108 (2.92%) Sass
13 93 (2.51%) Web Services
14 81 (2.19%) Spring
15 73 (1.97%) GraphQL
16 70 (1.89%) Jest
17 69 (1.87%) JSON
18 64 (1.73%) Twitter Bootstrap
19 61 (1.65%) Vue.js
20 58 (1.57%) React Native
Miscellaneous
1 250 (6.76%) Mobile App
2 96 (2.60%) Self-Motivation
3 92 (2.49%) Virtual Team
4 91 (2.46%) Greenfield Project
5 69 (1.87%) Management Information System
6 64 (1.73%) Enterprise Software
7 61 (1.65%) Data Protection Act
8 58 (1.57%) Data Structures
9 55 (1.49%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 52 (1.41%) Hedge funds
11 50 (1.35%) Equities
12 45 (1.22%) Derivative
13 38 (1.03%) Legacy Systems
14 36 (0.97%) Social Media
15 35 (0.95%) Fixed Income
16 32 (0.87%) NHS
17 30 (0.81%) Cloud Native
17 30 (0.81%) Graphic Design
18 25 (0.68%) iPad
18 25 (0.68%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 139 (3.76%) Apple iOS
2 137 (3.70%) Android
3 108 (2.92%) Linux
4 98 (2.65%) Windows
5 54 (1.46%) Unix
6 17 (0.46%) Windows 10
7 13 (0.35%) Windows Server
8 5 (0.14%) Mac OS
8 5 (0.14%) tvOS
8 5 (0.14%) Windows 7
8 5 (0.14%) Windows Server 2016
9 4 (0.11%) Embedded Linux
9 4 (0.11%) Mac OS X
9 4 (0.11%) Windows Server 2012
9 4 (0.11%) Windows Server 2019
10 3 (0.081%) CentOS
10 3 (0.081%) Windows Server 2008
11 2 (0.054%) Solaris
12 1 (0.027%) Mesosphere
12 1 (0.027%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,887 (51.03%) Agile Software Development
2 1,876 (50.73%) UX Design
3 691 (18.69%) User Research
4 594 (16.06%) Wireframes
5 592 (16.01%) Scrum
6 575 (15.55%) Prototyping
7 486 (13.14%) Front End Development
8 395 (10.68%) Analytics
9 379 (10.25%) Service Design
10 369 (9.98%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
11 362 (9.79%) Problem-Solving
12 349 (9.44%) Interaction Design
13 343 (9.28%) UX Research
14 318 (8.60%) Stakeholder Management
15 302 (8.17%) Software Engineering
16 300 (8.11%) CI/CD
17 279 (7.54%) User Stories
18 258 (6.98%) Test Automation
19 241 (6.52%) Workshop Facilitation
20 228 (6.17%) Full Stack Development
Programming Languages
1 763 (20.63%) JavaScript
2 384 (10.38%) TypeScript
3 322 (8.71%) Java
4 256 (6.92%) SQL
5 213 (5.76%) Python
6 212 (5.73%) C#
7 83 (2.24%) ES6
8 52 (1.41%) Apple Swift
9 40 (1.08%) PHP
10 38 (1.03%) Bash
11 34 (0.92%) C
12 28 (0.76%) Objective-C
12 28 (0.76%) PowerShell
13 27 (0.73%) Kotlin
13 27 (0.73%) Ruby
14 26 (0.70%) T-SQL
15 24 (0.65%) C++
16 21 (0.57%) Scala
17 18 (0.49%) R
18 17 (0.46%) Go
Qualifications
1 312 (8.44%) Degree
2 179 (4.84%) Security Cleared
3 131 (3.54%) SC Cleared
4 61 (1.65%) BPSS Clearance
5 49 (1.33%) Computer Science Degree
6 33 (0.89%) Master's Degree
7 19 (0.51%) DV Cleared
8 13 (0.35%) MBA
9 12 (0.32%) CISM
9 12 (0.32%) CISSP
10 11 (0.30%) ISEB
11 10 (0.27%) ISTQB
12 9 (0.24%) CRISC
12 9 (0.24%) PMI Certification
13 8 (0.22%) Sun Certification
13 8 (0.22%) TOGAF Certification
14 7 (0.19%) DBS Check
14 7 (0.19%) IIBA
15 6 (0.16%) OCPJP
15 6 (0.16%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 464 (12.55%) Accessibility
2 152 (4.11%) QA
3 98 (2.65%) WCAG
4 22 (0.59%) Data Quality
5 17 (0.46%) GDPR
6 15 (0.41%) SLA
7 14 (0.38%) Actionable Recommendations
8 13 (0.35%) Disclosure Scotland
9 8 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 7 (0.19%) PMO
11 3 (0.081%) Def Stans
11 3 (0.081%) DICOM
11 3 (0.081%) GxP
11 3 (0.081%) HL7
11 3 (0.081%) ISO 13485
11 3 (0.081%) NIST
12 2 (0.054%) Cyber Essentials
12 2 (0.054%) GRC
12 2 (0.054%) PCI DSS
13 1 (0.027%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
System Software
1 188 (5.08%) Docker
2 66 (1.78%) Active Directory
3 9 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
3 9 (0.24%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (0.19%) Hyper-V
5 4 (0.11%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (0.081%) XenDesktop
7 2 (0.054%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.054%) Oracle RAC
7 2 (0.054%) XenApp
8 1 (0.027%) Firmware
8 1 (0.027%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 147 (3.98%) Kubernetes
2 81 (2.19%) Terraform
3 40 (1.08%) Ansible
4 23 (0.62%) Grafana
5 20 (0.54%) SCCM
6 17 (0.46%) Single Sign-On
7 14 (0.38%) Microsoft Intune
8 12 (0.32%) Jamf Pro
9 9 (0.24%) Puppet
10 6 (0.16%) Kibana
11 5 (0.14%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 4 (0.11%) Prometheus
13 3 (0.081%) HP ALM
13 3 (0.081%) Opscode Chef
13 3 (0.081%) Rancher
14 2 (0.054%) Data Guard
14 2 (0.054%) HP SiteScope
14 2 (0.054%) Opsgenie
14 2 (0.054%) TeamSite
14 2 (0.054%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 339 (9.17%) Adobe
2 227 (6.14%) Microsoft
3 142 (3.84%) Google
4 96 (2.60%) Salesforce.com
5 94 (2.54%) Oracle
6 88 (2.38%) SAP
7 47 (1.27%) Mercator
8 27 (0.73%) hybris
9 26 (0.70%) Sitecore
10 23 (0.62%) ServiceNow
11 19 (0.51%) MuleSoft
11 19 (0.51%) Red Hat
12 18 (0.49%) Databricks
13 17 (0.46%) Apple
14 16 (0.43%) Hotjar
15 14 (0.38%) Citrix
15 14 (0.38%) Hyland
15 14 (0.38%) Nuxeo
16 13 (0.35%) IBM
16 13 (0.35%) VMware