The table below looks at the statistics for Benchmarking skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Benchmarking over the 3 months to 10 December 2016 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
10 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Benchmarking
Rank 529 556 578
Rank change year-on-year
+27 +22
Contract jobs citing Benchmarking 85 93 70
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.17% 0.17% 0.12%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.21% 0.21% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 55 47
Median daily rate £450 £395 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.92% -9.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £340 £164 £289
10% offered a daily rate of more than £660 £482 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £395 £369
% change year-on-year
-2.53% +7.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 3 5
Median hourly rate £63.25 £20.00 £37.80
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+216.25% -47.08%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.70 £16.87 £23.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £95.00 £32.80 £51.12
UK excluding London median hourly rate £95.00 £26.05 £37.80
% change year-on-year
+264.75% -31.09%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
40909 44671 43502
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.54% 81.22% 77.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 27247 28978 28332
Median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +1.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £297 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £385
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1079 1330 1204
Median hourly rate £29.25 £30.15 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.98% +20.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.35 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £48.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £34.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-11.76% +36.00%

Benchmarking
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing Benchmarking as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Benchmarking Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Benchmarking
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Benchmarking within the UK.

Benchmarking Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Benchmarking
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Benchmarking within the UK over the 3 months to 10 December 2016.

Benchmarking Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Benchmarking
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Benchmarking within the UK.

Benchmarking Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Benchmarking
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Benchmarking within the UK over the 3 months to 10 December 2016.

Benchmarking Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Benchmarking
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Benchmarking within the UK over the 3 months to 10 December 2016. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +17 83 £450 +12.50% 18
London +12 43 £525 +35.48% 10
South East +23 21 £398 +50.00% 3
North West -6 10 £325 -21.21% 1
Surrey - 8 £550 - 1
Staines - 7 £550 -
West Sussex - 7 £375 -
Cheshire +19 5 £325 -31.57%
Hampshire +18 5 £525 +34.61%
West Midlands -14 4 £385 -3.75%
Crawley - 4 £375 -
Chester - 3 £325 -
Lancashire -8 2 £344 -28.38%
City of London -16 2 £443 -1.66% 3
Stafford - 2 - -
Farnborough - 2 - -
Preston - 2 £344 -
Staffordshire - 2 - -
East Midlands - 2 £513 - 1
Edinburgh +20 1 £375 -7.40%
Buckinghamshire +16 1 £513 +94.31% 1
South West +7 1 £350 -26.31% 2
East of England +1 1 - - 1
Scotland +1 1 £375 +35.13%
Hertfordshire 0 1 - -
Manchester -8 1 £538 +43.33% 1
North East -29 1 £425 -5.55%
Tyne and Wear -34 1 £425 -5.55%
Newcastle upon Tyne -35 1 £425 -5.55%
Solihull - 1 £375 -

Benchmarking
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 10 December 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Benchmarking also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Benchmarking.

1 83 (37.90%) Agile Software Development
2 72 (32.88%) SQL
3 61 (27.85%) Finance
4 55 (25.11%) Linux
5 50 (22.83%) Degree
6 49 (22.37%) Java
7 47 (21.46%) Performance Tuning
8 46 (21.00%) Analytics
9 45 (20.55%) Analytical Skills
10 44 (20.09%) Oracle
11 42 (19.18%) User Experience
12 41 (18.72%) SQL Server
13 39 (17.81%) Windows
14 34 (15.53%) Hadoop
14 34 (15.53%) HBase
15 33 (15.07%) VMware
16 32 (14.61%) Apache
16 32 (14.61%) LAN
16 32 (14.61%) WAN
17 31 (14.16%) Cisco
17 31 (14.16%) Banking
18 29 (13.24%) Middleware
18 29 (13.24%) VMware Infrastructure
19 28 (12.79%) Solaris
19 28 (12.79%) Scrum
20 27 (12.33%) MS Excel
20 27 (12.33%) JavaScript
20 27 (12.33%) HTML
20 27 (12.33%) Oracle RAC
21 26 (11.87%) Project Management

Benchmarking
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 32 (14.61%) Apache
2 25 (11.42%) Tomcat
3 19 (8.68%) Apache Spark
4 18 (8.22%) IIS
4 18 (8.22%) Oracle Coherence
4 18 (8.22%) Oracle HTTP Server
4 18 (8.22%) WebSphere
5 10 (4.57%) SharePoint
6 8 (3.65%) Apache Pig
6 8 (3.65%) Apache Solr
6 8 (3.65%) Cloud Foundry
7 7 (3.20%) GemFire
8 6 (2.74%) WebLogic
9 3 (1.37%) Apache Qpid
9 3 (1.37%) SAS
10 2 (0.91%) CMS
10 2 (0.91%) Confluence
10 2 (0.91%) Umbraco
11 1 (0.46%) JBoss
11 1 (0.46%) nginx
Applications
1 27 (12.33%) MS Excel
2 15 (6.85%) MS Office
3 14 (6.39%) OmniGraffle
4 11 (5.02%) MS PowerPoint
5 10 (4.57%) MS Visio
6 7 (3.20%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 3 (1.37%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (1.37%) SPSS
8 1 (0.46%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.46%) HipChat
8 1 (0.46%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.91%) Sprinklr
2 1 (0.46%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 1 (0.46%) Eloqua
2 1 (0.46%) Radian6
2 1 (0.46%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 11 (5.02%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (4.57%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (4.11%) Cloud Computing
4 7 (3.20%) GitHub
4 7 (3.20%) PaaS
5 6 (2.74%) Google Analytics
6 5 (2.28%) Office 365
7 2 (0.91%) SaaS
8 1 (0.46%) Adobe Analytics
8 1 (0.46%) BlueKai
Communications & Networking
1 32 (14.61%) LAN
1 32 (14.61%) WAN
2 24 (10.96%) SAN
3 22 (10.05%) FCoE
3 22 (10.05%) Fibre Channel
3 22 (10.05%) iSCSI
3 22 (10.05%) NAS
4 21 (9.59%) HTTP
4 21 (9.59%) Multicast
5 13 (5.94%) Internet
6 8 (3.65%) Kerberos
7 4 (1.83%) Firewall
7 4 (1.83%) LDAP
8 3 (1.37%) SNMP
9 2 (0.91%) GSM
9 2 (0.91%) Intranet
9 2 (0.91%) LTE
9 2 (0.91%) NetScaler
9 2 (0.91%) UMTS
9 2 (0.91%) XCAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (18.72%) SQL Server
2 34 (15.53%) Hadoop
2 34 (15.53%) HBase
3 20 (9.13%) Big Data
4 17 (7.76%) MySQL
5 16 (7.31%) Apache Hive
6 13 (5.94%) OLTP
7 12 (5.48%) Data Warehouse
7 12 (5.48%) NoSQL
8 10 (4.57%) Apache Cassandra
8 10 (4.57%) Oracle Exadata
9 9 (4.11%) Sqoop
10 8 (3.65%) Apache Zeppelin
10 8 (3.65%) Relational Database
11 4 (1.83%) BusinessObjects
11 4 (1.83%) PostgreSQL
12 3 (1.37%) Oracle Database
12 3 (1.37%) QlikView
13 2 (0.91%) MongoDB
13 2 (0.91%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 21 (9.59%) Git (software)
2 16 (7.31%) Axure RP
3 15 (6.85%) Jenkins
4 9 (4.11%) Gradle
4 9 (4.11%) JUnit
5 8 (3.65%) Cucumber
6 7 (3.20%) Eclipse
6 7 (3.20%) Selenium
7 5 (2.28%) Moq
8 4 (1.83%) JIRA
8 4 (1.83%) SoapUI
9 3 (1.37%) Maven
10 2 (0.91%) PHPUnit
10 2 (0.91%) Visual Studio
11 1 (0.46%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 1 (0.46%) JMeter
11 1 (0.46%) JSUnit
11 1 (0.46%) Subversion
11 1 (0.46%) TeamCity
11 1 (0.46%) Vagrant
General
1 61 (27.85%) Finance
2 31 (14.16%) Banking
3 14 (6.39%) Marketing
4 10 (4.57%) Legal
5 8 (3.65%) Retail
5 8 (3.65%) Telecoms
6 6 (2.74%) Investment Banking
7 4 (1.83%) Advertising
7 4 (1.83%) Publishing
8 3 (1.37%) Back Office
8 3 (1.37%) Local Government
9 2 (0.91%) Games
10 1 (0.46%) Automotive
10 1 (0.46%) Billing
10 1 (0.46%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.46%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.46%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 44 (20.09%) Architect
2 38 (17.35%) Analyst
3 28 (12.79%) Infrastructure Architect
4 17 (7.76%) Designer
5 16 (7.31%) Business Analyst
5 16 (7.31%) UX Designer
6 14 (6.39%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
6 14 (6.39%) Solutions Architect
7 12 (5.48%) Developer
8 9 (4.11%) User Researcher
9 8 (3.65%) Administrator
9 8 (3.65%) IT Manager
9 8 (3.65%) Java Developer
10 7 (3.20%) Data Administrator
10 7 (3.20%) Lead Developer
10 7 (3.20%) Senior Developer
10 7 (3.20%) Team Leader
10 7 (3.20%) Technical Leader
11 6 (2.74%) Java Team Leader
11 6 (2.74%) Senior Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (13.24%) Middleware
2 27 (12.33%) HTML
3 25 (11.42%) XML
4 16 (7.31%) Rendezvous
4 16 (7.31%) XSLT
5 15 (6.85%) Kafka
6 12 (5.48%) RESTful
7 11 (5.02%) JSON
7 11 (5.02%) Spring
8 9 (4.11%) AngularJS
8 9 (4.11%) SAML
9 8 (3.65%) Apache Tez
9 8 (3.65%) CSS
9 8 (3.65%) HTML5
9 8 (3.65%) Oracle GoldenGate
10 7 (3.20%) J2EE
10 7 (3.20%) Node.js
10 7 (3.20%) React
10 7 (3.20%) Spring Boot
11 6 (2.74%) Spring Integration
Miscellaneous
1 45 (20.55%) Analytical Skills
2 42 (19.18%) User Experience
3 22 (10.05%) Management Information System
4 17 (7.76%) Enterprise Software
5 12 (5.48%) Computer Science
5 12 (5.48%) Psychology
6 10 (4.57%) NHS
6 10 (4.57%) Statistics
7 9 (4.11%) Grid Computing
7 9 (4.11%) Virtual Team
8 8 (3.65%) Algorithms
9 7 (3.20%) Copywriting
9 7 (3.20%) Mobile App
9 7 (3.20%) Taxonomies
10 6 (2.74%) Inversion of Control
10 6 (2.74%) Mobile Payment
10 6 (2.74%) PKI
10 6 (2.74%) Visualisation
11 5 (2.28%) Mobile Banking
11 5 (2.28%) Online Banking
Operating Systems
1 55 (25.11%) Linux
2 39 (17.81%) Windows
3 28 (12.79%) Solaris
4 25 (11.42%) Unix
5 6 (2.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 6 (2.74%) Windows 7
6 4 (1.83%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (1.37%) Windows 10
7 3 (1.37%) Windows Server
8 2 (0.91%) Oracle Linux
8 2 (0.91%) Windows 8
8 2 (0.91%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.46%) Android
9 1 (0.46%) CentOS
9 1 (0.46%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (37.90%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (21.46%) Performance Tuning
3 46 (21.00%) Analytics
4 28 (12.79%) Scrum
5 26 (11.87%) Project Management
6 24 (10.96%) Business Intelligence
7 23 (10.50%) Continuous Improvement
8 22 (10.05%) Usability Testing
9 20 (9.13%) Wireframes
10 17 (7.76%) Open Source
10 17 (7.76%) Service Delivery
10 17 (7.76%) Stakeholder Management
11 16 (7.31%) High Availability
11 16 (7.31%) ITIL
11 16 (7.31%) Translating Business Requirements
11 16 (7.31%) Web Analytics
12 14 (6.39%) Data Analysis
12 14 (6.39%) MapReduce
13 13 (5.94%) BDD
13 13 (5.94%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 72 (32.88%) SQL
2 49 (22.37%) Java
3 27 (12.33%) JavaScript
4 14 (6.39%) C
5 11 (5.02%) C++
6 7 (3.20%) C#
6 7 (3.20%) Python
6 7 (3.20%) Shell Script
7 6 (2.74%) T-SQL
8 5 (2.28%) TypeScript
9 4 (1.83%) Bash Shell
9 4 (1.83%) R
10 3 (1.37%) PowerShell
10 3 (1.37%) SPARQL
10 3 (1.37%) VB
11 2 (0.91%) MapBasic
11 2 (0.91%) Scala
12 1 (0.46%) Perl
12 1 (0.46%) PHP
12 1 (0.46%) VBA
Qualifications
1 50 (22.83%) Degree
2 13 (5.94%) Security Cleared
3 10 (4.57%) SC Cleared
4 7 (3.20%) ISEB
5 3 (1.37%) PMI Certification
5 3 (1.37%) PMP
6 2 (0.91%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (0.91%) ITIL Certification
6 2 (0.91%) MCITP
6 2 (0.91%) MCSA
6 2 (0.91%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.46%) AWS Certification
7 1 (0.46%) CIPD
7 1 (0.46%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.46%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (7.76%) QA
2 6 (2.74%) Data Quality
2 6 (2.74%) SLA
3 4 (1.83%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (1.37%) ISO 14001
5 2 (0.91%) Actionable Recommendations
6 1 (0.46%) COBIT
6 1 (0.46%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.46%) P3O
6 1 (0.46%) PMBOK
System Software
1 29 (13.24%) VMware Infrastructure
2 27 (12.33%) Oracle RAC
3 23 (10.50%) Hyper-V
4 22 (10.05%) NFS
4 22 (10.05%) SRDF
5 21 (9.59%) KVM
5 21 (9.59%) Xen
6 16 (7.31%) Active Directory
7 15 (6.85%) HDFS
8 11 (5.02%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 9 (4.11%) Apache Flume
10 7 (3.20%) Docker
11 6 (2.74%) Microsoft App-V
12 5 (2.28%) Virtual Machines
13 3 (1.37%) Shibboleth
14 2 (0.91%) XenDesktop
15 1 (0.46%) VirtualBox
15 1 (0.46%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 9 (4.11%) Ambari
1 9 (4.11%) Oozie
1 9 (4.11%) Opscode Chef
2 8 (3.65%) Hadoop YARN
3 7 (3.20%) Tivoli
4 6 (2.74%) OpenView
4 6 (2.74%) SCCM
5 3 (1.37%) vRealize
6 2 (0.91%) Ansible
6 2 (0.91%) Puppet
7 1 (0.46%) NSN NetAct
7 1 (0.46%) OpenAM
Vendors
1 44 (20.09%) Oracle
2 33 (15.07%) VMware
3 31 (14.16%) Cisco
4 24 (10.96%) IBM
4 24 (10.96%) Microsoft
5 23 (10.50%) Intel
6 22 (10.05%) EMC
6 22 (10.05%) NetApp
7 17 (7.76%) Sybase
8 16 (7.31%) DataSynapse
8 16 (7.31%) TIBCO
9 11 (5.02%) Teradata
10 9 (4.11%) Hortonworks
11 8 (3.65%) Adobe
12 7 (3.20%) Red Hat
13 6 (2.74%) AppDynamics
13 6 (2.74%) BMC
13 6 (2.74%) Google
13 6 (2.74%) Sun
14 4 (1.83%) KANA
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