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.


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.

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