The table below looks at the statistics for DFSS skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited DFSS over the 3 months to 28 July 2015 with a comparison to the same period in 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.

Location
3 months to
28 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Design For Six Sigma (DFSS)
Rank 608 592 582
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -10
Contract jobs citing DFSS 3 1 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.005% 0.002% 0.006%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.007% 0.002% 0.008%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 2
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£350 - £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £52.13 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £52.13 - -

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
44318 41702 38141
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 77.68% 76.22% 74.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 28766 25845 23099
Average daily rate £415 £400 £405
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% -1.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1167 1177 1114
Average hourly rate £28.85 £25.00 £30.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -18.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.62 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £47.50 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.98 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+11.21% -12.98%

DFSS
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing DFSS within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

DFSS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

DFSS
Daily Rate Trend

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

DFSS Daily Rate Trend in the UK

DFSS
Hourly Rate Trend

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

DFSS Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

DFSS
Top 6 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing DFSS within the UK over the 3 months to 28 July 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -24 3 £350 -
Bristol - 2 £350 -
South West - 2 £350 -
Barrow-in-Furness - 1 - -
Cumbria - 1 - -
North West - 1 - -

DFSS
Top 28 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing DFSS also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited DFSS.

1 4 (100.00%) Six Sigma
1 4 (100.00%) DMAIC
2 3 (75.00%) Six Sigma Black Belt
2 3 (75.00%) Finance
2 3 (75.00%) Lean Six Sigma
3 2 (50.00%) Stakeholder Management
3 2 (50.00%) Manufacturing
3 2 (50.00%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (50.00%) Data Extraction
3 2 (50.00%) MS Project
3 2 (50.00%) MS Excel
3 2 (50.00%) MS Visio
3 2 (50.00%) Microsoft
4 1 (25.00%) PRINCE2
4 1 (25.00%) Project Management
4 1 (25.00%) Process Management
4 1 (25.00%) Change Management
4 1 (25.00%) Minitab
4 1 (25.00%) Programme Management
4 1 (25.00%) Data Analysis
4 1 (25.00%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (25.00%) Process Improvement
4 1 (25.00%) Analytics
4 1 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (25.00%) Statistical Analysis
4 1 (25.00%) Degree
4 1 (25.00%) MBA
4 1 (25.00%) Six Sigma Master Black Belt

DFSS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing DFSS also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited DFSS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 2 (50.00%) MS Project
1 2 (50.00%) MS Excel
1 2 (50.00%) MS Visio
1 2 (50.00%) MS PowerPoint
General
1 3 (75.00%) Finance
2 2 (50.00%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 2 (50.00%) Consultant
1 2 (50.00%) Process Consultant
1 2 (50.00%) Six Sigma Consultant
2 1 (25.00%) Business Improvement Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Business Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 2 (50.00%) Data Extraction
2 1 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (100.00%) Six Sigma
1 4 (100.00%) DMAIC
2 3 (75.00%) Lean Six Sigma
3 2 (50.00%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (25.00%) PRINCE2
4 1 (25.00%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (25.00%) Process Improvement
4 1 (25.00%) Analytics
4 1 (25.00%) Programme Management
4 1 (25.00%) Data Analysis
4 1 (25.00%) Statistical Analysis
4 1 (25.00%) Project Management
4 1 (25.00%) Process Management
4 1 (25.00%) Change Management
Qualifications
1 3 (75.00%) Six Sigma Black Belt
2 1 (25.00%) MBA
2 1 (25.00%) Degree
2 1 (25.00%) Six Sigma Master Black Belt
Vendors
1 2 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (25.00%) Minitab