Rates and Project Lengths for Freelance Developers

The most comprehensive study on freelancer day rates and project lengths in the UK development 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 Developer

Data for rates in the development category

The average day rate for those working in the Developer discipline in 2019 was £385 per day with the top 10% of rates being at least £500 per day. The field has a wide range of roles working with start-ups and recognised brands and has one of the highest average day rates amongst all disciplines.

I like contracts to be no longer than 3 months, as it allows me to rotate my skill set constantly. All projects have different tech stacks and challenges, so being involved in longer projects helps prevent burn-out and the feeling of being left behind in emerging technologies.
Juan Martinez - Senior Front-End Developer
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Data for project lengths in the development category

With a large range of roles and responsibilities within the discipline, the average job length in 2019 was approximately two months (38 working days) and the top 10%, significantly higher at nearly six months (113 working days). These are longer contracts compared to other disciplines, demonstrating that many projects require a decent tenure for freelancers to work on and roll out new products and digital services.

Freelance Rates Developer

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 Developer?

There are several reasons why now might be the time to hire a freelance developer. This includes:

Time — Freelancers are not constrained to the normal 9am till 5pm working hours, so can offer flexibility to move quickly on your project, whilst still delivering a high standard of work. This creates a better end result for both the project and yourself, and can release pressure from your own in-house teams, ensuring you deliver quickly.

Skills/knowledge — You can hire a developer specialised with particular expertise, from app developers to mobile developers, angular.js developers to magento developers. Depending on your project, you can ensure you hire a freelancer with specialised skills to deliver a world class solution.

Ideas — Software developers are the creative, brainstorming masterminds behind computer programs While some software developers may focus on a specific program or app, others create networks or underlying systems that help trigger and power other programmes. Not only can they help give a fresh perspective on your business with their knowledge and expertise, they can also help develop programmes that can help improve your customer experience.

Why choose a YunoJuno Developer?

Each of our freelance developers 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 developer 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 Developer do I need?

Each of our freelance developers has a profile page that outlines their skills and experience. So always ensure that you review this information to ensure you are hiring a developer 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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