Period
to 20 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Designer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in 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.

Designer
England > West Midlands
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 80 78 71
Rank change year-on-year -2 -7 +47
Contract jobs requiring a Designer 116 153 115
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.42% 2.50% 2.32%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.55% 2.63% 2.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 79 89 68
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £299
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +33.89% -9.67%
10th Percentile £313 £223 £106
90th Percentile £523 £575 £421
England median daily rate £413 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +3.13% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 2
West Midlands median hourly rate £26.75 £29.75 £23.39
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.08% +27.22% +5.10%
10th Percentile £23.30 £24.68 £16.18
90th Percentile £29.80 £34.63 £26.59
England median hourly rate £23.00 £34.99 £23.50
% change year-on-year -34.26% +48.88% +6.82%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
West Midlands
Contract vacancies in the West Midlands with a recognized job title 4542 5822 4705
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.59% 95.05% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 2864 3494 2693
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £213 £234 £213
90th Percentile £540 £550 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 200 236 274
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.38 £15.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.83% -11.76% +5.07%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.00 £10.54
90th Percentile £43.75 £38.75 £38.75
England median hourly rate £18.69 £18.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +1.00% +2.78% +9.09%

Designer
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings that featured Designer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Designer in the West Midlands

Designer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Designer in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Designer in the West Midlands

Designer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Designer in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Designer in the West Midlands

Designer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Designer in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Designer in the West Midlands

Designer
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Designer within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 20 November 2017. 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
Shropshire +12 33 £425 +6.92%
Birmingham +7 29 £388 -3.13% 4
Coventry +4 24 £450 +12.50% 6
Warwickshire +2 5 £475 +26.67% 2
Kingswinford - 5 £460 -
Solihull -1 4 - -
Halesowen - 2 £225 - 3
Designer
England

Designer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 20 November 2017, Designer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region featuring Designer in the job title.

1 63 (54.31%) Agile Software Development
2 42 (36.21%) User Experience
3 37 (31.90%) HTML
4 32 (27.59%) CSS
5 29 (25.00%) Publishing
6 26 (22.41%) Service Design
7 21 (18.10%) SEO
8 20 (17.24%) Web Design
9 17 (14.66%) Legal
9 17 (14.66%) Prototyping
10 15 (12.93%) Mobile App
10 15 (12.93%) Digital Transformation Programme
10 15 (12.93%) Degree
11 14 (12.07%) Rapid Prototyping
11 14 (12.07%) Photoshop
12 13 (11.21%) Wireframes
12 13 (11.21%) Front End Development
13 12 (10.34%) Collaborative Working
14 11 (9.48%) Adobe Illustrator
14 11 (9.48%) Analytics
15 10 (8.62%) Social Media
15 10 (8.62%) Web Analytics
16 9 (7.76%) Internet
16 9 (7.76%) .NET
16 9 (7.76%) JavaScript
16 9 (7.76%) User Stories
17 8 (6.90%) SQL
17 8 (6.90%) C#
17 8 (6.90%) Oracle
17 8 (6.90%) CRM

Designer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 5 (4.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 2 (1.72%) CMS
2 2 (1.72%) ThingWorx
3 1 (0.86%) Confluence
3 1 (0.86%) Drupal
3 1 (0.86%) Umbraco
3 1 (0.86%) WordPress
Applications
1 14 (12.07%) Photoshop
2 11 (9.48%) Adobe Illustrator
3 3 (2.59%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 3 (2.59%) InDesign
4 2 (1.72%) InVision
4 2 (1.72%) Microsoft Excel
5 1 (0.86%) CATIA
5 1 (0.86%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 1 (0.86%) BusinessWorks
1 1 (0.86%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.45%) SaaS
2 1 (0.86%) MailChimp
2 1 (0.86%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.86%) Slack
2 1 (0.86%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 9 (7.76%) Internet
2 3 (2.59%) LAN
3 2 (1.72%) Network Security
4 1 (0.86%) DHCP
4 1 (0.86%) DNS
4 1 (0.86%) SMS
4 1 (0.86%) WAN
4 1 (0.86%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (6.03%) Oracle Database
2 6 (5.17%) Oracle Database 10g
2 6 (5.17%) Oracle Database 11g
3 2 (1.72%) RDBMS
3 2 (1.72%) Relational Database
3 2 (1.72%) SQL Server
3 2 (1.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (4.31%) JIRA
2 4 (3.45%) Axure RP
General
1 29 (25.00%) Publishing
2 17 (14.66%) Legal
3 5 (4.31%) Marketing
3 5 (4.31%) Retail
4 3 (2.59%) Automotive
4 3 (2.59%) Games
5 2 (1.72%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (31.90%) HTML
2 32 (27.59%) CSS
3 9 (7.76%) .NET
4 8 (6.90%) WCF
4 8 (6.90%) WPF
5 6 (5.17%) jQuery
5 6 (5.17%) Web Services
6 5 (4.31%) HTML5
7 4 (3.45%) React
8 2 (1.72%) CSS3
9 1 (0.86%) ASP.NET
9 1 (0.86%) JMS
9 1 (0.86%) LESS
9 1 (0.86%) Material Design
9 1 (0.86%) Rendezvous
9 1 (0.86%) RESTful
9 1 (0.86%) Sass
9 1 (0.86%) TIBCO EMS
9 1 (0.86%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 1 (0.86%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 42 (36.21%) User Experience
2 15 (12.93%) Mobile App
3 10 (8.62%) Social Media
4 3 (2.59%) Animation
5 2 (1.72%) BBC
5 2 (1.72%) SCADA
6 1 (0.86%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (0.86%) FMCG
6 1 (0.86%) Graphic Design
6 1 (0.86%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.86%) Photography
6 1 (0.86%) Smart Meter
6 1 (0.86%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 2 (1.72%) Android
1 2 (1.72%) Apple iOS
1 2 (1.72%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (54.31%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (22.41%) Service Design
3 21 (18.10%) SEO
4 20 (17.24%) Web Design
5 17 (14.66%) Prototyping
6 15 (12.93%) Digital Transformation Programme
7 14 (12.07%) Rapid Prototyping
8 13 (11.21%) Front End Development
8 13 (11.21%) Wireframes
9 12 (10.34%) Collaborative Working
10 11 (9.48%) Analytics
11 10 (8.62%) Web Analytics
12 9 (7.76%) User Stories
13 8 (6.90%) CRM
14 7 (6.03%) Scrum
14 7 (6.03%) Usability Testing
14 7 (6.03%) Web Application Development
15 6 (5.17%) Data Management
15 6 (5.17%) ETL
15 6 (5.17%) Stakeholder Engagement
Programming Languages
1 9 (7.76%) JavaScript
2 8 (6.90%) C#
2 8 (6.90%) SQL
3 6 (5.17%) PL/SQL
4 2 (1.72%) Shell Script
4 2 (1.72%) VB.NET
4 2 (1.72%) VBA
5 1 (0.86%) C
5 1 (0.86%) Java
Qualifications
1 15 (12.93%) Degree
2 7 (6.03%) SC Cleared
2 7 (6.03%) Security Cleared
3 1 (0.86%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (0.86%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (0.86%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 8 (6.90%) Adobe
1 8 (6.90%) Oracle
2 4 (3.45%) Juniper
3 3 (2.59%) Microsoft
4 1 (0.86%) Cisco
4 1 (0.86%) Google
4 1 (0.86%) JD Edwards
4 1 (0.86%) TIBCO