Period
to 7 December 2021

The median contractor rate for a Lead Developer was £581 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 7 December 2021.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Lead Developer
UK > England
6 months to
7 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 367 336 358
Rank change year-on-year -31 +22 -24
Contract jobs requiring a Lead Developer 468 202 507
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.66% 0.64% 0.69%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.70% 0.69% 0.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 341 154 294
10th Percentile £450 £411 £413
25th Percentile £506 £466 £466
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £581 £550 £538
Median % change year-on-year +5.55% +2.33% -
75th Percentile £700 £667 £601
90th Percentile £738 £800 £700
UK median daily rate £575 £550 £525
% change year-on-year +4.55% +4.76% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
Median hourly rate £90.67 - £72.00
UK median hourly rate £31.35 - £72.00

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
England
Contract vacancies in England with a recognized job title 66,886 29,191 68,838
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.62% 92.59% 93.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 47,399 20,148 46,617
10th Percentile £300 £256 £250
25th Percentile £413 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £515 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +8.42% +2.70% +1.82%
75th Percentile £625 £575 £575
90th Percentile £700 £663 £650
UK median daily rate £506 £473 £451
% change year-on-year +6.98% +4.83% +0.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,982 1,063 2,408
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.00 £14.25 £13.75
Median hourly rate £20.00 £23.00 £18.33
Median % change year-on-year -13.04% +25.51% +4.71%
75th Percentile £45.23 £45.00 £42.50
90th Percentile £62.25 £55.00 £51.90
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £23.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year -13.04% +22.99% +6.86%

Lead Developer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings that featured Lead Developer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Lead Developer in England

Lead Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Lead Developer in England.

Daily rate trend for Lead Developer in England

Lead Developer
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Lead Developer in England over the 6 months to 7 December 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Lead Developer in England

Lead Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Lead Developer in England.

Hourly rate trend for Lead Developer in England

Lead Developer
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Lead Developer in England over the 6 months to 7 December 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Lead Developer in England

Lead Developer
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Lead Developer within the England region over the 6 months to 7 December 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -39 319 £645 +12.17% 135
Midlands -39 41 £525 -0.24% 24
North of England -61 36 £550 +7.32% 58
West Midlands -48 24 £655 +21.30% 20
South East -73 23 £513 +13.89% 22
North West -46 22 £531 +6.25% 30
East Midlands -21 17 £520 +15.56% 4
Yorkshire -43 12 £550 +7.32% 19
East of England -43 11 £575 +14.14% 11
South West -53 10 £513 -8.89% 18
North East -7 2 £650 +15.45% 9
Lead Developer
UK

Lead Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 7 December 2021, Lead Developer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region featuring Lead Developer in the job title.

1 177 (37.82%) JavaScript
2 164 (35.04%) Agile Software Development
3 135 (28.85%) Azure
4 129 (27.56%) React
5 121 (25.85%) Node.js
6 115 (24.57%) Java
7 111 (23.72%) Finance
8 109 (23.29%) AWS
9 100 (21.37%) HTML
10 98 (20.94%) C#
11 94 (20.09%) CSS
12 93 (19.87%) .NET
13 89 (19.02%) Full Stack Development
14 85 (18.16%) Social Skills
15 82 (17.52%) TypeScript
16 81 (17.31%) Git (software)
17 76 (16.24%) SQL
18 75 (16.03%) Python
19 72 (15.38%) Software Engineering
20 68 (14.53%) Microservices
21 59 (12.61%) Front End Development
22 58 (12.39%) GCP
22 58 (12.39%) Docker
23 54 (11.54%) AngularJS
24 52 (11.11%) TDD
24 52 (11.11%) Front Office
25 51 (10.90%) DevOps
25 51 (10.90%) Kubernetes
26 50 (10.68%) SQL Server
27 48 (10.26%) Derivative

Lead Developer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 24 (5.13%) Confluence
2 21 (4.49%) SharePoint
3 18 (3.85%) SharePoint 2010
4 15 (3.21%) CMS
5 9 (1.92%) Elasticsearch
6 7 (1.50%) Apache
6 7 (1.50%) SharePoint Server
7 5 (1.07%) Headless CMS
8 4 (0.85%) WordPress
9 2 (0.43%) Apache Solr
9 2 (0.43%) IIS
9 2 (0.43%) Mule
9 2 (0.43%) Umbraco
9 2 (0.43%) WebLogic
9 2 (0.43%) WebSphere
10 1 (0.21%) Apache Pulsar
10 1 (0.21%) Apache Spark
10 1 (0.21%) Camunda
10 1 (0.21%) Kentico
10 1 (0.21%) Mule ESB
Applications
1 3 (0.64%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.43%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 1 (0.21%) Adobe Captivate
3 1 (0.21%) InfoPath
3 1 (0.21%) Oracle Smart View
Business Applications
1 6 (1.28%) Payment Gateway
2 5 (1.07%) Oracle ERP
2 5 (1.07%) Social Studio
3 2 (0.43%) IBM Planning Analytics
4 1 (0.21%) Hyperion Planning
4 1 (0.21%) Magento
4 1 (0.21%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.21%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 135 (28.85%) Azure
2 109 (23.29%) AWS
3 58 (12.39%) GCP
4 31 (6.62%) Serverless
5 25 (5.34%) AWS Lambda
6 22 (4.70%) AWS CloudFormation
6 22 (4.70%) Power Platform
7 16 (3.42%) GitHub
8 15 (3.21%) OpenShift
9 14 (2.99%) SaaS
10 11 (2.35%) Azure Data Factory
11 8 (1.71%) Firebase
12 5 (1.07%) Amazon S3
12 5 (1.07%) PaaS
12 5 (1.07%) Salesforce Service Cloud
13 4 (0.85%) Azure Logic Apps
13 4 (0.85%) Force.com
13 4 (0.85%) npm
13 4 (0.85%) Pulumi
13 4 (0.85%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 20 (4.27%) Internet
2 4 (0.85%) BGP
2 4 (0.85%) HTTP
2 4 (0.85%) SAN
3 3 (0.64%) DNS
4 1 (0.21%) DHCP
4 1 (0.21%) Firewall
4 1 (0.21%) Multicast
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (10.68%) SQL Server
2 21 (4.49%) Power BI
3 18 (3.85%) PostgreSQL
4 17 (3.63%) Data Warehouse
5 15 (3.21%) Apache Cassandra
6 14 (2.99%) DataStax
7 12 (2.56%) MongoDB
7 12 (2.56%) MySQL
8 11 (2.35%) Relational Database
9 8 (1.71%) Big Data
10 7 (1.50%) Redis
11 6 (1.28%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 6 (1.28%) Azure SQL Database
11 6 (1.28%) Data Lake
11 6 (1.28%) QlikView
12 5 (1.07%) BusinessObjects
12 5 (1.07%) NoSQL
12 5 (1.07%) Oracle Database
12 5 (1.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 4 (0.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 81 (17.31%) Git (software)
2 35 (7.48%) Jenkins
3 31 (6.62%) JIRA
4 19 (4.06%) GitLab
5 15 (3.21%) Cucumber
5 15 (3.21%) Mocha
6 14 (2.99%) NUnit
7 10 (2.14%) Protractor
7 10 (2.14%) Sinon.JS
7 10 (2.14%) TeamCity
8 9 (1.92%) Cypress.io
8 9 (1.92%) Maven
9 8 (1.71%) Subversion
9 8 (1.71%) webpack
10 7 (1.50%) Grunt
10 7 (1.50%) Jasmine
11 6 (1.28%) Team Foundation Server
12 5 (1.07%) CircleCI
12 5 (1.07%) Selenium
13 4 (0.85%) Postman
General
1 111 (23.72%) Finance
2 85 (18.16%) Social Skills
3 52 (11.11%) Front Office
4 35 (7.48%) Public Sector
5 28 (5.98%) Banking
6 22 (4.70%) Analytical Skills
7 17 (3.63%) Retail
8 14 (2.99%) Presentation Skills
9 6 (1.28%) Games
9 6 (1.28%) Law
9 6 (1.28%) Marketing
10 5 (1.07%) Investment Banking
11 4 (0.85%) Publishing
11 4 (0.85%) Telecoms
12 3 (0.64%) Documentation Skills
12 3 (0.64%) Electronics
12 3 (0.64%) Organisational Skills
13 2 (0.43%) Police
14 1 (0.21%) Fire and Rescue
14 1 (0.21%) Influencing Skills
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 129 (27.56%) React
2 121 (25.85%) Node.js
3 100 (21.37%) HTML
4 94 (20.09%) CSS
5 93 (19.87%) .NET
6 54 (11.54%) AngularJS
7 45 (9.62%) Web Services
8 44 (9.40%) .NET Core
9 42 (8.97%) HTML5
10 34 (7.26%) RESTful
11 33 (7.05%) GraphQL
12 28 (5.98%) REST
12 28 (5.98%) Vue.js
13 27 (5.77%) Spring Boot
14 26 (5.56%) Kafka
15 22 (4.70%) JSON
16 21 (4.49%) Spring
17 19 (4.06%) ASP.NET
18 18 (3.85%) Express
18 18 (3.85%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 48 (10.26%) Derivative
2 46 (9.83%) Fixed Income
3 45 (9.62%) Equities
3 45 (9.62%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 45 (9.62%) Hedge funds
3 45 (9.62%) User Experience
4 24 (5.13%) Credit Risk
5 18 (3.85%) Credit Derivative
6 17 (3.63%) Mobile App
7 14 (2.99%) Greenfield Project
8 12 (2.56%) Self-Motivation
9 8 (1.71%) Legacy Systems
10 7 (1.50%) Data Structures
11 6 (1.28%) Cloud Native
11 6 (1.28%) NHS
12 5 (1.07%) Data Protection Act
12 5 (1.07%) Public Cloud
12 5 (1.07%) Virtual Team
13 4 (0.85%) Client/Server
13 4 (0.85%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 19 (4.06%) Apple iOS
2 18 (3.85%) Android
3 11 (2.35%) Linux
4 10 (2.14%) Unix
5 8 (1.71%) Windows
6 3 (0.64%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.21%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 164 (35.04%) Agile Software Development
2 89 (19.02%) Full Stack Development
3 72 (15.38%) Software Engineering
4 68 (14.53%) Microservices
5 59 (12.61%) Front End Development
6 52 (11.11%) TDD
7 51 (10.90%) DevOps
8 44 (9.40%) Asset Management
9 43 (9.19%) Analytics
9 43 (9.19%) Investment Management
10 41 (8.76%) Migration
11 39 (8.33%) Mentoring
12 38 (8.12%) Scrum
13 35 (7.48%) MVC
14 33 (7.05%) Test Automation
15 31 (6.62%) Continuous Integration
16 28 (5.98%) Problem-Solving
17 27 (5.77%) Stakeholder Management
18 25 (5.34%) Web Development
19 24 (5.13%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 177 (37.82%) JavaScript
2 115 (24.57%) Java
3 98 (20.94%) C#
4 82 (17.52%) TypeScript
5 76 (16.24%) SQL
6 75 (16.03%) Python
7 39 (8.33%) Scala
8 37 (7.91%) Kotlin
9 32 (6.84%) C++
10 26 (5.56%) PowerShell
11 19 (4.06%) PHP
12 12 (2.56%) ES6
13 11 (2.35%) Apple Swift
13 11 (2.35%) Java 8
14 9 (1.92%) VB.NET
15 7 (1.50%) VB
16 6 (1.28%) Objective-C
16 6 (1.28%) PL/SQL
17 5 (1.07%) Apex Code
18 4 (0.85%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 46 (9.83%) Security Cleared
2 27 (5.77%) SC Cleared
3 15 (3.21%) Degree
4 11 (2.35%) BPSS Clearance
5 10 (2.14%) Computer Science Degree
5 10 (2.14%) DV Cleared
6 2 (0.43%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.21%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (2.14%) Accessibility
2 7 (1.50%) QA
3 4 (0.85%) Data Quality
3 4 (0.85%) WCAG
4 2 (0.43%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.21%) Actionable Recommendations
System Software
1 58 (12.39%) Docker
2 12 (2.56%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.85%) Microsoft App-V
3 4 (0.85%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.21%) HDFS
4 1 (0.21%) OpenAM
4 1 (0.21%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 51 (10.90%) Kubernetes
2 31 (6.62%) Terraform
3 4 (0.85%) SCCM
4 2 (0.43%) Ansible
4 2 (0.43%) Puppet
5 1 (0.21%) Control-M
5 1 (0.21%) IBM Cloud Orchestrator
5 1 (0.21%) Oozie
Vendors
1 46 (9.83%) Microsoft
2 30 (6.41%) Oracle
3 22 (4.70%) Salesforce.com
4 10 (2.14%) Google
5 8 (1.71%) Informatica
6 6 (1.28%) Blue Prism
7 5 (1.07%) Databricks
7 5 (1.07%) VMware
8 4 (0.85%) Adobe
8 4 (0.85%) Citrix
8 4 (0.85%) IBM
9 3 (0.64%) Confluent
9 3 (0.64%) Cvent
9 3 (0.64%) ForgeRock
9 3 (0.64%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
9 3 (0.64%) ServiceNow
10 2 (0.43%) Automation Anywhere
10 2 (0.43%) Demandware
10 2 (0.43%) MuleSoft
10 2 (0.43%) Okta