Rates and Project Lengths for Freelance Designers

The most comprehensive study on freelancer day rates and project lengths in the UK design industry, by the country's leading marketplace of premium talent.

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Knowledge is power - for freelancer and hirer.

YunoJuno is committed to providing a new level of transparency to both freelancers and companies alike. The following data is from our 2019/20 Freelancer Rates Report - a study based on over 25,000 bookings on the YunoJuno platform in 2019.

Freelance Rates Designer

Data for rates in the design category

The most common day rate range was £250-350 per day and the top 10% was over £375 per day, both being close to the overall average (£315 per day). The closeness of the averages and top 10% shows that there are more standardised rates for freelancers being applied within the sector.

Be confident in your abilities. Everyone wants a bargain, but the bargain is securing work where your skill set will be appreciated, then you can charge your rate. Be confident in your skills too, your abilities should match what you are charging.
Kate Margolis - Lead UX/UI Designer
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Data for project lengths in the design category

With a large range of roles and responsibilities within the discipline, the average job length in 2019 was approximately three weeks (14 working days) and the top 10%, six weeks (31 working days). These are shorter contracts compared to other disciplines, demonstrating projects can be planned more precisely and require freelancers to make immediate impact.

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Christine Richter, Creative Operations Manager

We haven’t used a recruiter in ages, working closely with the YunoJuno Talent team we moved to sourcing 100% via the YJ Marketplace.

Marie Brittain, Resource Manager

YunoJuno have been brilliant in identifying remote working freelancers who always deliver. From first introductions and telephone calls, to brief discussions and final delivery, the key has been good, clear and honest communication.

Nick Astor, Content Strategy & Execution Lead

The freelancers on YunoJuno are consistently of the highest calibre. It is also the easiest and most transparent recruitment service I have ever dealt with.

Christian Anderson-Ramshall, Head of Digital Production

Implementing YunoJuno has taken much of the manual management out of this system, reducing administrative workload and improving operational efficiency. The way we on-board and pay our valued freelancers is now a totally different experience.

Dan de Lord, Talent Strategy & Acquisition Director

YunoJuno are my recruitment saviours! I’ve worked with them for a few years now and they’ve helped with many resourcing challenges. The platform is really easy to use, it provides a wide range of freelancers to interact with and also means I’m only dealing with one vendor – which makes my internal financing hassle free!

Steph Fair, Creative Services Manager

Freelance support can be a great option for your business. It gives you the advantage of flexibility and the power to hire specialist expertise when it’s truly needed. Independent contractors can be self managing and great additions to the team.

Claire, Head of Design

The YunoJuno team have been super helpful and helped me find a talented engineer to support our MVP build in no time at all!

Winnie, Founder & CEO,

For us, the benefits of using YunoJuno are across the board. It allows us to brief and hire freelancers quickly and easily, making it very simple for us to scale resource on any given project at any time. It also allows us to quickly find freelancers across multiple industries, all from the same place.

Chris Ashby, UX/UI Design Lead

Frequently asked questions

When should I hire a designer?
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There are several reasons why now might be the time to hire a freelance designer. This includes:

Time — Hiring a designer will give you more time to focus on other things, A professional designer can help come up with a design concept in the quarter of time you can, with much better end results.

Skills/knowledge — A designer can help make your business look professional, as you only have a few seconds to make a positive impact on a customer's impression of your brand. It's important to get your brand right, as this is a visual representation of the message your business is trying to portray. A designer can help elegantly portray that message by following strategic design theories.

Ideas — It’s not not always easy to explain your business in a visual format. A designer can help give a fresh perspective on your business and with their knowledge and ideas, they can help create material that will resonate with your customers.

Results driven — Hiring a designer will help you achieve your goals. A well-presented brochure will compel your readers to keep turning pages. The same as a well-designed website will guide your users through the buying process. Promotional material that is well-designed will reach more people and convert your leads into customers. More customers will recommend your business to others.

Why choose a YunoJuno designer?
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Each of our freelance designers have been manually vetted by our dedicated onboarding team to ensure they have the right skills and experience to be considered an elite Freelancer, ensuring the highest calibre within our marketplace. Each designer has their own profile page that outlines their skills and experience, giving you the opportunity to review this information, to ensure you are hiring a designer with the right background for your project.

What type of designer do I need?
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Each of our Freelance Designers has a profile page that outlines their skills and experience. So always ensure that you review this information to ensure you are hiring a designer with the right background for your project.

Alternatively, our Talent Team can help you from brief creation, to ensure your brief outlines exactly what you are looking for and trying to achieve, to shortlisting and finding the perfect freelancer.

Where can I download the full 2019/20 Rates Report?
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We believe this information should be available and transparent to both freelancers and companies alike. That's why this report is completely free to download. No required email before downloading. No catch.

Download the full report here.

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