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.

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.

Freelance Rates Designer

Why 12,000+ world’s most innovative companies trust YunoJuno

YunoJuno offers WONGDOODY access to a lot of great freelancers, supporting us with an account manager and talent manager.



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YunoJuno offers WONGDOODY access to a lot of great freelancers, supporting us with an account manager and talent manager.



Emma Dawson, Lead Talent Acquisition, EMEA

YunoJuno has reduced the time and admin spent on completing IR35 compliance for all of our freelancers. It's revolutionised how quickly we can hire someone, in a fully compliant way.

Emma Hughes, Senior Creative Producer

YunoJuno is a great platform for finding the best freelancers and really happy with the support of the team there. Super easy to use and it takes care of all our freelancing requirements. All-in-all, it's been a great solution for me and for our Creative Studio at OVO Energy. Happy to recommend YunoJuno to all of my contacts.

Natasha Montgomery, Creative Resource Manager

It's helpful to have the contracts/ briefs and bookings all in one place.The team from YJ are really helpful and make the process smooth.

Tessa Schimetat, Senior Production Manager

The recruitment portal on YunoJuno is really clear and easy to use. It's super helpful to have the list of candidates and all our invoices in one place and to be paid on time. The team is helpful, knowledgeable and on hand to help with any questions we have. Would be great if more of our clients used YunoJuno to manage their freelancers.

Daniel Levy

YunoJuno IR35 process is a seamless experience and takes a lot of the stress away. YunoJuno really helps from an agility and productivity perspective, quickly answering the business needs and helping to create a much more diverse and output focused team. The quick payment of freelancers at YJ is a game changer. We've managed to reduce time to hire from a week to a couple of hours.

Senior Project Manager

I really enjoy working with YunoJuno. The platform is user friendly, intuitive and the Account Management team has been responsive and on hand to help throughout the entire process.Working with YunoJuno, I have been able to onboard, hire and manage my freelancers seamlessly and with speed.

EMEA Marketing Director, Creator, Emerging, Social

I have to say a huge thanks to your team — YunoJuno has saved us on many occasions now.

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

Frequently asked questions

When should I hire a designer?

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?

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?

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?

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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