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.

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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.

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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

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

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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

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 Developer?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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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