Period
to 16 April 2021

The median annual salary for a Designer was £52,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 16 April 2021.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Designer
UK
6 months to
16 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 241 264 264
Rank change year-on-year +23 0 -3
Permanent jobs requiring a Designer 1,144 1,369 1,984
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.36% 1.22% 1.33%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.46% 1.28% 1.39%
Number of salaries quoted 772 1,109 1,459
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £28,555
25th Percentile £41,250 £37,500 £33,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £51,483 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year +1.98% +8.39% +5.56%
75th Percentile £65,000 £65,000 £62,500
90th Percentile £75,000 £74,750 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £38,000
% change year-on-year +11.11% +18.42% -5.00%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies. 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 permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 78,200 106,708 142,739
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.12% 95.38% 96.02%
Number of salaries quoted 61,472 86,663 115,006
10th Percentile £31,500 £29,880 £28,500
25th Percentile £41,000 £38,000 £37,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £68,750
90th Percentile £88,750 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +2.27%

Designer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Designer in the UK

Designer
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Designer.

Salary trend for Designer in the UK

Designer
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Designer over the 6 months to 16 April 2021.

Salary histogram for Designer in the UK

Designer
Top 17 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Designer within the UK over the 6 months to 16 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +29 1,067 £52,500 - 157
UK excluding London +52 635 £50,000 +11.11% 84
London -2 443 £55,000 - 84
North of England +94 248 £49,250 +9.44% 22
Work from Home -13 180 £50,000 -13.04% 28
South East +41 167 £52,500 +5.00% 12
Yorkshire +73 115 £50,000 - 9
Midlands +28 95 £42,500 - 14
North West +44 92 £45,000 +12.50% 12
West Midlands +6 81 £42,500 -5.56% 10
South West +2 55 £45,000 +8.16% 17
North East +27 41 £49,250 +31.33% 1
East of England +39 32 £60,000 +26.32% 8
Scotland -14 29 £46,200 -14.05% 8
East Midlands +5 14 £32,500 -7.14% 4
Wales +23 7 £45,000 -10.00% 1
Northern Ireland -11 4 £35,000 - 2

Designer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 April 2021, Designer job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring Designer in the job title.

1 724 (63.29%) User Experience
2 409 (35.75%) Agile Software Development
3 321 (28.06%) Wireframes
4 261 (22.81%) Adobe
5 260 (22.73%) Prototyping
6 257 (22.47%) Sketch
7 201 (17.57%) HTML
8 190 (16.61%) CSS
9 184 (16.08%) InVision
10 179 (15.65%) Web Design
11 178 (15.56%) E-Commerce
12 160 (13.99%) Figma
13 149 (13.02%) Problem-Solving
14 146 (12.76%) Finance
15 136 (11.89%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
16 131 (11.45%) Service Design
17 126 (11.01%) Marketing
18 119 (10.40%) JavaScript
19 118 (10.31%) Blog
20 110 (9.62%) Lead Generation
21 107 (9.35%) Photoshop
22 100 (8.74%) Mobile App
23 95 (8.30%) Axure RP
24 87 (7.60%) Adobe Illustrator
24 87 (7.60%) Workshop Facilitation
25 81 (7.08%) Usability Testing
26 80 (6.99%) Design Thinking
27 72 (6.29%) Games
27 72 (6.29%) Public Sector
28 69 (6.03%) Adobe Creative Suite

Designer Skill Set
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 28 (2.45%) CMS
2 25 (2.19%) WordPress
3 6 (0.52%) Smallworld
4 4 (0.35%) Joomla!
5 3 (0.26%) Confluence
5 3 (0.26%) Drupal
6 2 (0.17%) MS Exchange
6 2 (0.17%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.087%) Kentico
7 1 (0.087%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 257 (22.47%) Sketch
2 184 (16.08%) InVision
3 160 (13.99%) Figma
4 107 (9.35%) Photoshop
5 87 (7.60%) Adobe Illustrator
6 69 (6.03%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 65 (5.68%) Adobe XD
8 37 (3.23%) Zeplin
9 28 (2.45%) InDesign
10 26 (2.27%) Adobe After Effects
11 19 (1.66%) UXPin
12 14 (1.22%) OmniGraffle
13 12 (1.05%) Marvel
13 12 (1.05%) MS Visio
14 10 (0.87%) CINEMA 4D
15 8 (0.70%) Adobe Premiere
15 8 (0.70%) Flinto
15 8 (0.70%) Microsoft Office
16 6 (0.52%) AutoCAD
16 6 (0.52%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 6 (0.52%) Shopify
2 4 (0.35%) Magento
3 2 (0.17%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 1 (0.087%) GoldMine
Cloud Services
1 56 (4.90%) Adobe Creative Cloud
2 51 (4.46%) SaaS
3 42 (3.67%) Azure
4 22 (1.92%) AWS
5 7 (0.61%) Google Analytics
5 7 (0.61%) Google Workspace
6 4 (0.35%) Microsoft 365
6 4 (0.35%) OpenShift
7 3 (0.26%) Azure Active Directory
7 3 (0.26%) IaaS
7 3 (0.26%) Power Platform
7 3 (0.26%) SuccessFactors
8 2 (0.17%) Amazon EKS
8 2 (0.17%) Apigee
8 2 (0.17%) GitHub
8 2 (0.17%) PaaS
9 1 (0.087%) Heroku
9 1 (0.087%) Lucidchart
9 1 (0.087%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 21 (1.84%) Broadband
2 11 (0.96%) DNS
2 11 (0.96%) DWDM
2 11 (0.96%) Ethernet
3 10 (0.87%) SDH
4 8 (0.70%) Wi-Fi
5 7 (0.61%) Firewall
5 7 (0.61%) Network Security
5 7 (0.61%) SAN
6 5 (0.44%) Internet
6 5 (0.44%) MPLS
7 4 (0.35%) Cisco ASA
7 4 (0.35%) DHCP
7 4 (0.35%) GPON
7 4 (0.35%) IKE
7 4 (0.35%) NAS
8 3 (0.26%) BGP
8 3 (0.26%) Intranet
9 2 (0.17%) Structured Cabling
10 1 (0.087%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (0.87%) MongoDB
2 8 (0.70%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (0.61%) GIS
4 6 (0.52%) Data Lake
4 6 (0.52%) Relational Database
5 5 (0.44%) SQL Server
6 4 (0.35%) NoSQL
6 4 (0.35%) RDBMS
7 3 (0.26%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
8 2 (0.17%) Tableau
9 1 (0.087%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.087%) Azure SQL Database
9 1 (0.087%) Big Data
9 1 (0.087%) Blockchain
9 1 (0.087%) Cosmos DB
9 1 (0.087%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.087%) Power BI
9 1 (0.087%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (0.087%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.087%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 95 (8.30%) Axure RP
2 42 (3.67%) Balsamiq
3 11 (0.96%) JIRA
4 8 (0.70%) Git (software)
5 3 (0.26%) Dreamweaver
5 3 (0.26%) Visual Website Optimizer
6 2 (0.17%) FumeFX
7 1 (0.087%) Jenkins
7 1 (0.087%) Oracle Forms
7 1 (0.087%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 146 (12.76%) Finance
2 126 (11.01%) Marketing
3 72 (6.29%) Games
3 72 (6.29%) Public Sector
4 38 (3.32%) Telecoms
5 33 (2.88%) Retail
6 32 (2.80%) Publishing
7 26 (2.27%) Legal
8 18 (1.57%) Banking
9 17 (1.49%) Electronics
10 13 (1.14%) Local Government
11 12 (1.05%) Advertising
12 11 (0.96%) Law
12 11 (0.96%) Manufacturing
13 9 (0.79%) Automotive
13 9 (0.79%) Financial Institution
13 9 (0.79%) Multimedia
14 6 (0.52%) Pharmaceutical
15 5 (0.44%) Brand Awareness
16 3 (0.26%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 201 (17.57%) HTML
2 190 (16.61%) CSS
3 34 (2.97%) Framer.js
4 28 (2.45%) HTML5
5 26 (2.27%) .NET
6 18 (1.57%) AngularJS
6 18 (1.57%) CSS3
6 18 (1.57%) Unity (Game Engine)
7 17 (1.49%) jQuery
7 17 (1.49%) Unreal Engine
8 14 (1.22%) Sass
9 10 (0.87%) Kafka
9 10 (0.87%) MEAN Stack
10 9 (0.79%) Node.js
10 9 (0.79%) React
11 7 (0.61%) Web Services
12 6 (0.52%) JSON
12 6 (0.52%) LESS
12 6 (0.52%) SOAP
12 6 (0.52%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 724 (63.29%) User Experience
2 118 (10.31%) Blog
3 100 (8.74%) Mobile App
4 51 (4.46%) Analytical Skills
5 49 (4.28%) Animation
6 42 (3.67%) Graphic Design
7 40 (3.50%) Social Media
8 37 (3.23%) Self-Motivation
9 25 (2.19%) Motion Graphics
10 23 (2.01%) Virtual Team
11 14 (1.22%) Greenfield Project
12 12 (1.05%) Enterprise Software
13 11 (0.96%) Mobile Games
13 11 (0.96%) Podcast
14 10 (0.87%) Life Science
15 7 (0.61%) Data Centre
15 7 (0.61%) Management Information System
16 5 (0.44%) Fibre Optics
16 5 (0.44%) Public Cloud
16 5 (0.44%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 59 (5.16%) Apple iOS
2 56 (4.90%) Android
3 12 (1.05%) Windows
4 5 (0.44%) Linux
5 4 (0.35%) Mac OS
6 3 (0.26%) Windows Server
7 2 (0.17%) Unix
8 1 (0.087%) MVS
8 1 (0.087%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.087%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 409 (35.75%) Agile Software Development
2 321 (28.06%) Wireframes
3 260 (22.73%) Prototyping
4 179 (15.65%) Web Design
5 178 (15.56%) E-Commerce
6 149 (13.02%) Problem-Solving
7 136 (11.89%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
8 131 (11.45%) Service Design
9 110 (9.62%) Lead Generation
10 87 (7.60%) Workshop Facilitation
11 81 (7.08%) Usability Testing
12 80 (6.99%) Design Thinking
13 64 (5.59%) Scrum
14 63 (5.51%) Analytics
15 59 (5.16%) Front End Development
16 56 (4.90%) Fintech
16 56 (4.90%) Storytelling
17 55 (4.81%) Collaborative Working
18 51 (4.46%) Requirements Gathering
19 50 (4.37%) High-Fidelity Prototypes
Programming Languages
1 119 (10.40%) JavaScript
2 37 (3.23%) SQL
3 22 (1.92%) C#
3 22 (1.92%) Java
4 10 (0.87%) C++
5 8 (0.70%) PL/SQL
6 6 (0.52%) C
7 4 (0.35%) Python
7 4 (0.35%) VB.NET
8 3 (0.26%) ABAP
8 3 (0.26%) COBOL
8 3 (0.26%) PowerShell
9 2 (0.17%) Lua
9 2 (0.17%) PHP
10 1 (0.087%) Kotlin
10 1 (0.087%) Scala
10 1 (0.087%) TypeScript
10 1 (0.087%) VBA
10 1 (0.087%) XPath
Qualifications
1 66 (5.77%) Degree
2 22 (1.92%) Security Cleared
3 21 (1.84%) SC Cleared
4 11 (0.96%) Cisco Certification
5 8 (0.70%) CCNP
6 7 (0.61%) CCIE
7 5 (0.44%) CISSP
8 4 (0.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 3 (0.26%) BPSS Clearance
9 3 (0.26%) JNCIE
9 3 (0.26%) JNCIP
9 3 (0.26%) JNCIS
10 1 (0.087%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.087%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (0.79%) QA
2 3 (0.26%) GDPR
3 2 (0.17%) Actionable Recommendations
3 2 (0.17%) Good Clinical Practice
4 1 (0.087%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.087%) HIPAA
4 1 (0.087%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.087%) SLA
4 1 (0.087%) WCAG
System Software
1 12 (1.05%) Active Directory
2 8 (0.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (0.35%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 4 (0.35%) Virtual Servers
3 4 (0.35%) XenApp
3 4 (0.35%) XenDesktop
4 1 (0.087%) VMware NSX
4 1 (0.087%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 8 (0.70%) Ansible
2 4 (0.35%) HAProxy
2 4 (0.35%) vRealize
3 3 (0.26%) Kubernetes
4 2 (0.17%) Puppet
4 2 (0.17%) Single Sign-On
4 2 (0.17%) Terraform
5 1 (0.087%) BMC PATROL
5 1 (0.087%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (0.087%) Nagios
5 1 (0.087%) OpenView
5 1 (0.087%) SCOM
5 1 (0.087%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 261 (22.81%) Adobe
2 44 (3.85%) Microsoft
3 25 (2.19%) Oracle
4 16 (1.40%) SAP
5 13 (1.14%) Cisco
6 12 (1.05%) Google
7 11 (0.96%) Nokia
8 10 (0.87%) Alcatel-Lucent
8 10 (0.87%) VMware
9 7 (0.61%) BT
9 7 (0.61%) Cadence
9 7 (0.61%) CheckPoint
9 7 (0.61%) Mercator
10 6 (0.52%) HubSpot
10 6 (0.52%) IBM
10 6 (0.52%) Virgin Media
11 4 (0.35%) Mapinfo
11 4 (0.35%) Openreach
11 4 (0.35%) Red Hat
11 4 (0.35%) Salesforce.com