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The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for User Research skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited User Research over the 6 months to 27 June 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

User Research
UK
6 months to
27 Jun 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 225 369 504
Rank change year-on-year +144 +135 +69
Permanent jobs citing User Research 3,082 854 393
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.74% 0.81% 0.50%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.83% 0.87% 0.53%
Number of salaries quoted 800 572 322
10th Percentile £38,750 £36,938 £37,500
25th Percentile £47,488 £43,750 £40,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% +10.00% -9.52%
75th Percentile £70,000 £70,313 £63,750
90th Percentile £84,100 £82,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £54,056 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +8.11% - +11.11%

User Research is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 168,778 98,695 73,629
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 95.30% 93.81% 92.91%
Number of salaries quoted 83,934 68,329 59,379
10th Percentile £33,750 £32,500 £31,500
25th Percentile £44,750 £41,500 £41,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £55,000 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% - +4.76%
75th Percentile £80,000 £75,000 £73,750
90th Percentile £96,250 £91,250 £90,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £49,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +6.06% +4.21% +5.56%

User Research
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing User Research as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for User Research in the UK

User Research
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing User Research.

Salary trend for User Research in the UK

User Research
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing User Research over the 6 months to 27 June 2022.

Salary histogram for User Research in the UK

User Research
Top 16 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing User Research within the UK over the 6 months to 27 June 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Jobs
England +153 2,504 £60,000 +9.09% 129
London +164 1,797 £60,000 -4.00% 66
Work from Home +99 1,573 £60,000 +20.00% 40
UK excluding London +48 811 £54,056 +8.11% 81
North of England +35 319 £53,112 +6.22% 23
North West +29 176 £54,056 +8.11% 14
South East -65 157 £70,000 +27.27% 7
Yorkshire +3 135 £52,500 +5.00% 8
South West +59 130 £53,112 +1.17% 9
Midlands -3 100 £55,250 +19.70% 10
West Midlands -12 69 £57,500 +24.58% 6
Scotland -19 64 £49,861 +7.92% 8
East of England -46 46 £42,000 -16.00% 14
Wales +12 44 £45,000 +26.52% 8
East Midlands -9 31 £50,000 - 4
North East -37 5 £53,000 +4.43% 1

For the 6 months to 27 June 2022, IT jobs citing User Research also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads with a requirement for User Research.

1 2,026 (65.74%) User Experience
2 1,719 (55.78%) Agile
3 1,401 (45.46%) UX Design
4 1,050 (34.07%) Prototyping
5 985 (31.96%) Wireframes
6 906 (29.40%) Figma
7 862 (27.97%) UX Research
8 814 (26.41%) Social Skills
9 797 (25.86%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
10 655 (21.25%) Sketch
11 639 (20.73%) Interaction Design
12 620 (20.12%) Finance
13 603 (19.57%) Workshop Facilitation
14 583 (18.92%) Analytics
15 538 (17.46%) Problem-Solving
16 477 (15.48%) Design Thinking
17 471 (15.28%) Service Design
18 468 (15.18%) Accessibility
19 451 (14.63%) Coaching
20 446 (14.47%) Product Strategy
21 445 (14.44%) Product Management
22 441 (14.31%) Marketing
23 435 (14.11%) Mentoring
24 421 (13.66%) Adobe
25 417 (13.53%) Degree
26 406 (13.17%) Usability Testing
27 391 (12.69%) CSS
28 383 (12.43%) HTML
29 374 (12.13%) User Stories
30 359 (11.65%) Product Roadmap

User Research
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 45 (1.46%) Confluence
2 32 (1.04%) CMS
3 15 (0.49%) WordPress
4 11 (0.36%) EPiServer
5 10 (0.32%) Apache Airflow
6 9 (0.29%) Umbraco
7 8 (0.26%) Apache Spark
8 3 (0.097%) R Markdown
9 1 (0.032%) Apache Solr
9 1 (0.032%) Headless CMS
9 1 (0.032%) Liferay
9 1 (0.032%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.032%) SharePoint
9 1 (0.032%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 655 (21.25%) Sketch
2 352 (11.42%) InVision
3 162 (5.26%) Adobe XD
4 143 (4.64%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 105 (3.41%) Photoshop
6 98 (3.18%) Zeplin
7 94 (3.05%) Adobe Illustrator
8 63 (2.04%) Marvel
9 35 (1.14%) InDesign
10 26 (0.84%) Campfire
11 25 (0.81%) Adobe After Effects
12 20 (0.65%) UserZoom
13 17 (0.55%) Microsoft Excel
14 15 (0.49%) MS Visio
14 15 (0.49%) OmniGraffle
15 12 (0.39%) UXPin
16 11 (0.36%) Chatbot
16 11 (0.36%) Spreadsheet
17 10 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
18 8 (0.26%) EngageOne
Business Applications
1 14 (0.45%) Magento
2 13 (0.42%) Shopify
3 1 (0.032%) Raiser's Edge
3 1 (0.032%) SystmOne
3 1 (0.032%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 906 (29.40%) Figma
2 265 (8.60%) SaaS
3 137 (4.45%) Miro
4 111 (3.60%) Google Analytics
5 81 (2.63%) dbt
5 81 (2.63%) Slack
6 64 (2.08%) Azure
7 62 (2.01%) AWS
8 50 (1.62%) PaaS
9 42 (1.36%) Heroku
10 40 (1.30%) Adobe Creative Cloud
10 40 (1.30%) Snowflake
11 34 (1.10%) Power Platform
12 30 (0.97%) Azure DevOps
12 30 (0.97%) GitHub
13 29 (0.94%) Azure Active Directory
14 23 (0.75%) Canva
14 23 (0.75%) Typeform
15 16 (0.52%) Trello
16 15 (0.49%) Adobe Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 63 (2.04%) Internet
2 60 (1.95%) Broadband
3 17 (0.55%) Wi-Fi
4 15 (0.49%) Skype
5 11 (0.36%) Network Security
6 10 (0.32%) 5G
7 8 (0.26%) SMS
8 4 (0.13%) DAB
9 3 (0.097%) HTTP
9 3 (0.097%) SD-WAN
9 3 (0.097%) WAN
10 2 (0.065%) DNS
10 2 (0.065%) Intranet
10 2 (0.065%) WebEx
11 1 (0.032%) DHCP
11 1 (0.032%) FTP
11 1 (0.032%) SMTP
11 1 (0.032%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 100 (3.24%) PostgreSQL
2 57 (1.85%) Looker
3 38 (1.23%) Elasticsearch
4 30 (0.97%) Power BI
5 29 (0.94%) BigQuery
6 27 (0.88%) Mixpanel
7 23 (0.75%) Tableau
8 21 (0.68%) Big Data
8 21 (0.68%) Relational Database
9 14 (0.45%) Metadata
10 13 (0.42%) Data Warehouse
11 11 (0.36%) MongoDB
11 11 (0.36%) MySQL
12 9 (0.29%) Redis
13 8 (0.26%) Hadoop
14 5 (0.16%) NoSQL
15 4 (0.13%) Couchbase
16 3 (0.097%) Spatial Data
17 2 (0.065%) RDBMS
18 1 (0.032%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 155 (5.03%) JIRA
2 134 (4.35%) Axure RP
3 60 (1.95%) Git (software)
4 47 (1.52%) CircleCI
5 39 (1.27%) Balsamiq
6 35 (1.14%) GitLab
7 32 (1.04%) Jenkins
8 18 (0.58%) webpack
9 15 (0.49%) Cypress.io
10 12 (0.39%) Gerrit
11 9 (0.29%) Babel
12 7 (0.23%) Snyk
13 5 (0.16%) Dreamweaver
13 5 (0.16%) Postman
14 4 (0.13%) JIRA Agile
14 4 (0.13%) Mocha
15 3 (0.097%) Browser DevTools
15 3 (0.097%) Travis CI
16 2 (0.065%) Jasmine
16 2 (0.065%) Subversion
General
1 814 (26.41%) Social Skills
2 620 (20.12%) Finance
3 441 (14.31%) Marketing
4 336 (10.90%) Analytical Skills
5 312 (10.12%) Public Sector
6 294 (9.54%) Retail
7 269 (8.73%) Inclusion and Diversity
8 202 (6.55%) Presentation Skills
9 183 (5.94%) Legal
10 147 (4.77%) Games
11 98 (3.18%) Automotive
12 87 (2.82%) Influencing Skills
13 84 (2.73%) Banking
14 83 (2.69%) Local Government
15 81 (2.63%) Publishing
16 68 (2.21%) Organisational Skills
16 68 (2.21%) Pharmaceutical
17 52 (1.69%) Manufacturing
18 50 (1.62%) Tech for Good
19 46 (1.49%) Public Speaking
Job Titles
1 1,298 (42.12%) Designer
2 601 (19.50%) UX Designer
3 454 (14.73%) Senior Designer
4 311 (10.09%) Product Manager
5 245 (7.95%) UI Designer
6 242 (7.85%) User Researcher
7 212 (6.88%) UI/UX Designer
8 209 (6.78%) Analyst
9 208 (6.75%) User Experience Researcher
10 191 (6.20%) Senior UX Designer
11 161 (5.22%) Business Analyst
12 155 (5.03%) Senior Manager
13 154 (5.00%) Lead Designer
14 147 (4.77%) Senior Product Manager
15 114 (3.70%) Interaction Designer
16 108 (3.50%) Software Engineer
17 104 (3.37%) Senior User Researcher
18 98 (3.18%) Senior User Experience Researcher
19 91 (2.95%) Developer
20 82 (2.66%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 391 (12.69%) CSS
2 383 (12.43%) HTML
3 148 (4.80%) React
4 112 (3.63%) Node.js
5 101 (3.28%) Ruby on Rails
6 77 (2.50%) Kafka
7 72 (2.34%) Vue.js
8 67 (2.17%) GraphQL
9 66 (2.14%) AngularJS
10 65 (2.11%) HTML5
11 59 (1.91%) React Native
12 51 (1.65%) CSS3
13 42 (1.36%) Framer.js
14 32 (1.04%) RESTful
15 28 (0.91%) Elastic Stack
15 28 (0.91%) Svelte
16 22 (0.71%) Jest
17 21 (0.68%) Tailwind CSS
18 20 (0.65%) Web Services
19 19 (0.62%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 2,026 (65.74%) User Experience
2 262 (8.50%) Mobile App
3 234 (7.59%) Virtual Team
4 171 (5.55%) Blog
5 151 (4.90%) NHS
6 133 (4.32%) Self-Motivation
7 101 (3.28%) Graphic Design
8 98 (3.18%) Management Information System
9 49 (1.59%) Social Media
10 46 (1.49%) Animation
11 34 (1.10%) Legacy Systems
12 32 (1.04%) Blockchain
13 31 (1.01%) Greenfield Project
14 29 (0.94%) Analytical Mindset
14 29 (0.94%) Enterprise Software
15 26 (0.84%) Sports Betting
16 24 (0.78%) Educational Technology
17 22 (0.71%) Cloud Native
17 22 (0.71%) Data Structures
17 22 (0.71%) Renewable Energy
Operating Systems
1 186 (6.04%) Apple iOS
2 184 (5.97%) Android
3 90 (2.92%) Linux
4 45 (1.46%) Windows
5 6 (0.19%) Unix
6 5 (0.16%) Mac OS
7 1 (0.032%) Alpine Linux
7 1 (0.032%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,719 (55.78%) Agile
2 1,401 (45.46%) UX Design
3 1,050 (34.07%) Prototyping
4 985 (31.96%) Wireframes
5 862 (27.97%) UX Research
6 797 (25.86%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
7 639 (20.73%) Interaction Design
8 603 (19.57%) Workshop Facilitation
9 583 (18.92%) Analytics
10 538 (17.46%) Problem-Solving
11 477 (15.48%) Design Thinking
12 471 (15.28%) Service Design
13 451 (14.63%) Coaching
14 446 (14.47%) Product Strategy
15 445 (14.44%) Product Management
16 435 (14.11%) Mentoring
17 406 (13.17%) Usability Testing
18 374 (12.13%) User Stories
19 359 (11.65%) Product Roadmap
20 340 (11.03%) Quantitative Research
Programming Languages
1 347 (11.26%) JavaScript
2 141 (4.57%) Python
3 137 (4.45%) Ruby
4 133 (4.32%) TypeScript
5 109 (3.54%) SQL
6 96 (3.11%) C
7 46 (1.49%) Java
8 44 (1.43%) Elm
9 32 (1.04%) R
10 29 (0.94%) Groovy
11 28 (0.91%) Bash
12 26 (0.84%) C#
13 23 (0.75%) Clojure
14 21 (0.68%) Go
15 13 (0.42%) PHP
16 11 (0.36%) ES6
17 9 (0.29%) Elixir
17 9 (0.29%) Kotlin
18 6 (0.19%) ES7
19 4 (0.13%) Julia
Qualifications
1 417 (13.53%) Degree
2 190 (6.16%) Security Cleared
3 85 (2.76%) Master's Degree
4 82 (2.66%) SC Cleared
5 25 (0.81%) Postgraduate
6 23 (0.75%) BPSS Clearance
7 11 (0.36%) IIBA
7 11 (0.36%) PhD
8 10 (0.32%) Computer Science Degree
9 9 (0.29%) MBA
10 7 (0.23%) DBS Check
11 4 (0.13%) Numerate Degree
12 3 (0.097%) DV Cleared
13 2 (0.065%) CIPD
14 1 (0.032%) CBAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 468 (15.18%) Accessibility
2 194 (6.29%) QA
3 38 (1.23%) Data Quality
4 34 (1.10%) GDPR
5 32 (1.04%) WCAG
6 21 (0.68%) GRC
7 4 (0.13%) Actionable Recommendations
7 4 (0.13%) GLP
8 3 (0.097%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.032%) HL7
9 1 (0.032%) NCSC
9 1 (0.032%) PMO
9 1 (0.032%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 83 (2.69%) Docker
2 29 (0.94%) Active Directory
3 9 (0.29%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.032%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 94 (3.05%) Terraform
2 64 (2.08%) Kubernetes
3 28 (0.91%) Kibana
3 28 (0.91%) logstash
3 28 (0.91%) ZABBIX
4 17 (0.55%) Panaseer
5 12 (0.39%) Ansible
5 12 (0.39%) Failover Clustering
5 12 (0.39%) HAProxy
6 8 (0.26%) Nagios
7 7 (0.23%) Opscode Chef
8 6 (0.19%) yum
9 2 (0.065%) Single Sign-On
10 1 (0.032%) Microsoft Intune
10 1 (0.032%) SCCM
Vendors
1 421 (13.66%) Adobe
2 177 (5.74%) Google
3 78 (2.53%) Microsoft
4 58 (1.88%) Apple
5 56 (1.82%) NEC
6 48 (1.56%) Mercator
7 45 (1.46%) Cadence
8 30 (0.97%) Hotjar
9 28 (0.91%) Dynatrace
9 28 (0.91%) Monzo
10 27 (0.88%) Facebook
11 25 (0.81%) Cisco
11 25 (0.81%) IBM
12 22 (0.71%) Databricks
13 20 (0.65%) Salesforce.com
14 19 (0.62%) Amplitude
15 17 (0.55%) Snowplow
16 16 (0.52%) accuRx
17 15 (0.49%) Virgin Media
17 15 (0.49%) WorldPay