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Montash blog: UX/UI Design – hiring rates and pay trends

23/04/2015 by Sharon Shahzad


The financial sector is sourcing the most UI designers in the UK this year with a 16.13% share of the jobs market, ahead of Marketing (9.68%), Banking (9.27%), Retail (6.45%), Games (2.42%) and Investment Banking (1.21%). The landscape is similar for UX designers with Finance (13.35%) leading recruitment and Retail (8.70%), Banking (7.54%), Marketing (6%) and Games (3.87%) rounding out the top five sectors.

The average daily rate for a UI design contractor for the three months leading up to the 15th of April 2015 was £350, which is down 3.44% for the same period in 2014. In contrast, the average daily rate for UX designers has surged by 3.33% during the same period to £388. The latest statistics show that 90% of UI jobs offered a daily rate of £250 or more, while 10% had a premium rate of £435. UX designers are more sought after this year and this is reflected in like-for-like rates, with 90% of jobs offering £291 and the final 10% paying £518 a day. Demand for UX and UI designers is currently high in London, the South East, Berkshire and the North West.

The Recruitment and Employment Federation's Report on Jobs for April suggests UI and UX designers will be highly sought after in the foreseeable future as contract roles have increased by 4.4% during the last 12 months, while technical skills within IT are in very short supply. Hiring for digital is also becoming a trend, while 98% of contractor clients are showing the willingness to source talented temporary workers during the next three months. This positive outlook is also supported by the fact that 99% of clients are planning to hire even more contractors with specialist IT skills by the end of April 2016.

On a global scale, UX designer salaries are currently the highest in San Francisco with an average of $125,000 a year. The demand for UX talent is also extremely high in New York where there can be up to 1,000 job listings related to UX work with average annual salaries of $120,000. London remains the central location in Europe with an $80,000 average. This is ahead of Berlin, which has a $65,000 average. The German capital is now one of the fastest growing tech hubs on the continent and offers many opportunities for talented designers in both UX and UI. Budapest ($30,000), Hong Kong ($80,000) and Singapore ($80,000) are also UI and design hotspots. The United States is the most popular though due to its high rates, lower cost of living and abundance of job opportunities.

This article has been written by Harry Glover - Design & Development Consultant, if you have any questions or would like a detailed discussion about your Digital Technology 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 Recruitment, BI & Data Recruitment, Information Security Recruitment, IT Architecture & Strategy Recruitment , Energy Technology Recruitment, Demand IT and Business Engagement Recruitment, Digital and E-commerce Recruitment, Leadership Talent, Infrastructure and Service Delivery Recruitment, Project and Programme Delivery Recruitment.

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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