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Contractor forecast for 2015 – UI and UX designers

7/01/2015 by Sharon Shahzad


​UI and UX design contractors will be highly sought after in 2015 as IT executives begin to hire new workers for important programming and application development activities. According to Computerworld's annual IT forecast, around 48% of global executives are planning to source new talent during the next 12 months. This makes coders with these skills and talents in Java, Java EE and .NET the hottest commodities for the next year – ahead of information security, project management and technical support.

Software is pivotal to many modern businesses, with internal systems and applications underpinning everyday activities and helping firms to become more agile and extract maximum value. Important functions such as payroll, marketing and sales, and order and inventory tracking are powered by software and require exceptional programming talent to ensure they are utilised to their fullest. Companies will hire employees with coding skills to fulfil a range of tasks, including the design and development of new applications, along with maximising ROI from legacy computer systems.

While the latest Report on Jobs by the Recruitment and Employment Federation suggests there was a slowdown in the IT contractor market in the run-up to Christmas, highly skilled professionals in the UK and across central Europe are likely to be in high demand during the first quarter of 2015. This is due to employers’ attempts to address skill shortages in UI, UX and Java. This will also lead to “increased rates of pay for new hires,” according to the confederation.

According to data from ITJobsWatch, the forecast is promising for both UI and UX contractors. User experience designers are earning 9.33% more than they were a year ago while UX designers have seen their average daily rate rise by 6.66% during the same period. UI developer and programmers are also earning more than they were in 2013, with the average daily rate for the three months leading up to January 2015 sitting at £413 – a 10% increase year-on-year. This upward trend is likely to continue through the first quarter of 2015.

The increasing consumerisation of IT in 2015 will make UI and UX designers pivotal to the success of business of all sizes. The arrival of social chat tools in the UK and Europe will mean that businesses will now want their employees to work on a project simultaneously via apps and other internal platforms. UI and UX will make this transition easier, and this shows the importance of talented temporary IT workers to modern firms once again.

This article has been written by Harry Glover - Associate Consultant, if you have any questions or would like a detailed discussion about your recruitment requirements for 2015, please contact Harry Glover on: +44 (0)20 7014 0231 or send an email to 

Montash is a multi-award winning global technology recruitment business. Specialising in permanent and contract positions across mid-senior appointments across a wide range of industry sectors and IT functions, including:

ERP, BI & Data, Information Security, IT Architecture & Strategy, Energy Technology, Demand IT and Business Engagement, Digital and E-commerce, Leadership Talent, Infrastructure and Service Delivery, Project and Programme Delivery.

Montash is headquartered in Old Street, London, in the heart of the technology hub. Montash has completed assignments in over 30 countries and has appointed technical professionals from board level to senior and mid management in permanent and contract roles.

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