Period
to 18 July 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for SDLC skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SDLC over the 6 months to 18 July 2018 with a comparison to the 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.

Systems or Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
UK > England
6 months to
18 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 75 73 69
Rank change year-on-year -2 -4 +6
Contract jobs citing SDLC 2,961 2,726 3,024
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 3.14% 3.12% 2.97%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.65% 3.66% 3.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,910 1,860 2,060
England median daily rate £475 £475 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.95% +3.53%
10th Percentile £331 £310 £294
90th Percentile £650 £650 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £425
% change year-on-year +2.70% +8.82% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 48 34
England median hourly rate £42.50 £41.75 £39.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.80% +5.03% -15.43%
10th Percentile £20.00 £28.68 £32.50
90th Percentile £67.25 £53.75 £46.20
UK median hourly rate £42.75 £40.25 £40.00
% change year-on-year +6.21% +0.63% -14.89%

SDLC is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 81,069 74,495 85,828
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 85.88% 85.13% 84.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 53,895 49,069 57,206
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.94%
10th Percentile £300 £280 £268
90th Percentile £638 £625 £613
UK median daily rate £450 £445 £425
% change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,236 1,936 2,070
England median hourly rate £22.46 £25.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.16% +4.17% +11.63%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.39 £11.72
90th Percentile £50.50 £51.38 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £21.75 £25.00 £24.50
% change year-on-year -13.00% +2.04% +13.95%

SDLC
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing SDLC as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for SDLC in England

SDLC
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing SDLC in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for SDLC in England

SDLC
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SDLC in England over the 6 months to 18 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SDLC in England

SDLC
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing SDLC in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SDLC in England

SDLC
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SDLC in England over the 6 months to 18 July 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SDLC in England

SDLC
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 SDLC within the England region over the 6 months to 18 July 2018. 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 -4 1,506 £525 - 325
South East -8 550 £475 +14.05% 177
North of England +25 364 £400 +6.67% 189
Midlands +4 247 £423 +4.97% 94
North West +11 173 £375 +3.45% 119
Yorkshire +3 170 £413 +6.45% 61
South West 0 165 £420 +5.00% 73
West Midlands +6 155 £420 +12.00% 58
East of England +8 123 £425 +10.39% 66
East Midlands +1 88 £425 -5.56% 36
North East +10 27 £475 +39.71% 9
SDLC
UK

For the 6 months to 18 July 2018, IT contractor jobs citing SDLC also mentioned the following 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 with a requirement for SDLC.

1 1,736 (58.63%) Agile Software Development
2 857 (28.94%) Finance
3 711 (24.01%) Java
4 701 (23.67%) SQL
5 525 (17.73%) Scrum
6 500 (16.89%) JavaScript
7 429 (14.49%) C#
8 420 (14.18%) Test Automation
9 409 (13.81%) .NET
10 400 (13.51%) Analytical Skills
11 396 (13.37%) Continuous Integration
11 396 (13.37%) HTML
12 392 (13.24%) TDD
13 387 (13.07%) Banking
14 386 (13.04%) Problem-Solving
15 375 (12.66%) JIRA
16 369 (12.46%) Oracle
17 365 (12.33%) Web Services
18 361 (12.19%) Linux
18 361 (12.19%) Project Management
19 351 (11.85%) Python
20 341 (11.52%) Jenkins
21 338 (11.42%) Git (software)
22 335 (11.31%) SQL Server
23 332 (11.21%) Windows
24 328 (11.08%) Waterfall
25 327 (11.04%) CSS
26 323 (10.91%) Degree
27 320 (10.81%) Microsoft
28 308 (10.40%) DevOps

SDLC
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
1 187 (6.32%) Confluence
2 79 (2.67%) Elasticsearch
3 61 (2.06%) CMS
4 52 (1.76%) SharePoint
5 45 (1.52%) Apache Spark
6 41 (1.38%) JBoss
6 41 (1.38%) WebSphere
7 36 (1.22%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 34 (1.15%) Tomcat
9 33 (1.11%) WebLogic
10 31 (1.05%) IIS
11 26 (0.88%) SAS
12 23 (0.78%) Drupal
13 20 (0.68%) Apache
13 20 (0.68%) Apache Solr
14 18 (0.61%) OpenStack
15 15 (0.51%) Mule
16 13 (0.44%) Oracle Workflow
17 11 (0.37%) Liferay
17 11 (0.37%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 108 (3.65%) Microsoft Excel
2 102 (3.44%) Microsoft Office
3 73 (2.47%) Microsoft Project
4 53 (1.79%) MS Visio
5 32 (1.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 7 (0.24%) InfoPath
6 7 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.17%) HipChat
8 4 (0.14%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.10%) Chatbot
10 2 (0.068%) Fireworks
11 1 (0.034%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.034%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 29 (0.98%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.37%) Oracle ERP
3 9 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
3 9 (0.30%) SAP S/4HANA
4 6 (0.20%) Distributed Ledger
4 6 (0.20%) Markit EDM
4 6 (0.20%) SAP ERP
5 5 (0.17%) Actimize
5 5 (0.17%) Oracle BPM
5 5 (0.17%) Oracle EBS R12
5 5 (0.17%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 5 (0.17%) SAP FI
5 5 (0.17%) SAP Hybris
6 4 (0.14%) Oracle Cash Management
7 3 (0.10%) Dynamics AX
7 3 (0.10%) Remedy ITSM
7 3 (0.10%) Sonata
7 3 (0.10%) Temenos T24
7 3 (0.10%) thinkFolio
8 2 (0.068%) SAP SCM
Cloud Services
1 242 (8.17%) Amazon AWS
2 227 (7.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 70 (2.36%) SaaS
4 64 (2.16%) Serverless
5 54 (1.82%) IaaS
6 53 (1.79%) GitHub
7 52 (1.76%) PaaS
8 49 (1.65%) Office 365
9 43 (1.45%) Google Cloud Platform
10 40 (1.35%) Amazon EC2
11 37 (1.25%) AWS CloudFormation
12 28 (0.95%) Cloud Computing
12 28 (0.95%) Slack
13 26 (0.88%) npm
14 18 (0.61%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 17 (0.57%) AWS Lambda
15 17 (0.57%) Datadog
16 12 (0.41%) OpenShift
17 11 (0.37%) Azure Active Directory
18 10 (0.34%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 64 (2.16%) Firewall
2 60 (2.03%) HTTP
3 58 (1.96%) Internet
4 34 (1.15%) DNS
5 31 (1.05%) FTP
6 27 (0.91%) Network Security
6 27 (0.91%) SSL
6 27 (0.91%) TCP/IP
7 21 (0.71%) VPN
8 17 (0.57%) LAN
9 16 (0.54%) VLAN
9 16 (0.54%) WAN
10 15 (0.51%) SMS
11 12 (0.41%) RTMP
11 12 (0.41%) SAN
11 12 (0.41%) Skype
11 12 (0.41%) SNMP
11 12 (0.41%) VoIP
12 11 (0.37%) Ethernet
13 10 (0.34%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 335 (11.31%) SQL Server
2 269 (9.08%) Relational Database
3 118 (3.99%) NoSQL
4 117 (3.95%) Big Data
5 107 (3.61%) Data Warehouse
6 100 (3.38%) MongoDB
7 99 (3.34%) RDBMS
8 93 (3.14%) MySQL
9 87 (2.94%) PostgreSQL
10 76 (2.57%) Hadoop
11 71 (2.40%) Oracle Database
12 64 (2.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 41 (1.38%) SQL Server 2012
14 40 (1.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 38 (1.28%) Power BI
16 36 (1.22%) Apache Hive
17 35 (1.18%) DB2
18 34 (1.15%) HBase
19 29 (0.98%) Data Lake
20 28 (0.95%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 375 (12.66%) JIRA
2 341 (11.52%) Jenkins
3 338 (11.42%) Git (software)
4 169 (5.71%) Selenium
5 113 (3.82%) Maven
6 109 (3.68%) JUnit
7 103 (3.48%) Cucumber
8 95 (3.21%) TeamCity
9 90 (3.04%) Subversion
10 89 (3.01%) Visual Studio
11 69 (2.33%) Team Foundation Server
12 65 (2.20%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 64 (2.16%) SoapUI
14 63 (2.13%) Bitbucket
15 57 (1.93%) webpack
16 54 (1.82%) Gerrit
17 50 (1.69%) Mocha
18 42 (1.42%) NUnit
19 41 (1.38%) Eclipse
20 40 (1.35%) Babel
General
1 857 (28.94%) Finance
2 387 (13.07%) Banking
3 156 (5.27%) Investment Banking
4 155 (5.23%) Retail
5 130 (4.39%) Front Office
6 71 (2.40%) Marketing
7 49 (1.65%) Telecoms
8 37 (1.25%) Financial Institution
9 36 (1.22%) Back Office
10 35 (1.18%) Manufacturing
11 33 (1.11%) Legal
12 30 (1.01%) Law
13 28 (0.95%) Pharmaceutical
14 27 (0.91%) Electronics
15 22 (0.74%) Automotive
16 16 (0.54%) Retail Banking
17 15 (0.51%) Publishing
18 14 (0.47%) Advertising
19 13 (0.44%) Games
20 10 (0.34%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 1,070 (36.14%) Developer
2 444 (14.99%) Analyst
3 303 (10.23%) Project Manager
4 273 (9.22%) Business Analyst
5 254 (8.58%) Architect
6 252 (8.51%) Java Developer
7 155 (5.23%) .NET Developer
8 150 (5.07%) Senior Developer
9 121 (4.09%) C# Developer
10 116 (3.92%) Full Stack Developer
11 96 (3.24%) DevOps Engineer
12 90 (3.04%) Software Engineer
13 89 (3.01%) Solutions Architect
14 78 (2.63%) Tester
15 76 (2.57%) Consultant
16 73 (2.47%) Test Analyst
17 72 (2.43%) Python Developer
18 66 (2.23%) JavaScript Developer
19 60 (2.03%) React Developer
19 60 (2.03%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 409 (13.81%) .NET
2 396 (13.37%) HTML
3 365 (12.33%) Web Services
4 327 (11.04%) CSS
5 285 (9.63%) AngularJS
6 260 (8.78%) XML
7 233 (7.87%) REST
8 196 (6.62%) Spring
9 183 (6.18%) HTML5
10 182 (6.15%) React
11 180 (6.08%) RESTful
12 160 (5.40%) Node.js
13 142 (4.80%) SOAP
14 132 (4.46%) jQuery
15 125 (4.22%) ASP.NET
16 121 (4.09%) JSON
17 120 (4.05%) JMS
18 118 (3.99%) CSS3
19 109 (3.68%) .NET Framework
20 104 (3.51%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 400 (13.51%) Analytical Skills
2 180 (6.08%) Computer Science
3 164 (5.54%) User Experience
4 117 (3.95%) Management Information System
5 111 (3.75%) Self-Motivation
6 110 (3.71%) Mobile App
7 102 (3.44%) Fixed Income
8 84 (2.84%) Greenfield Project
9 77 (2.60%) Enterprise Software
10 76 (2.57%) Derivative
11 61 (2.06%) Fintech
12 58 (1.96%) Virtual Team
13 51 (1.72%) Data Centre
13 51 (1.72%) Data Structures
14 48 (1.62%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 40 (1.35%) Algorithms
16 38 (1.28%) Linux Command Line
17 37 (1.25%) PKI
18 33 (1.11%) Equity Derivative
19 28 (0.95%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 361 (12.19%) Linux
2 332 (11.21%) Windows
3 245 (8.27%) Unix
4 75 (2.53%) Apple iOS
5 59 (1.99%) Android
6 50 (1.69%) Windows Server
7 47 (1.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 35 (1.18%) CentOS
9 26 (0.88%) Ubuntu
10 24 (0.81%) Windows Server 2008
11 19 (0.64%) DC/OS
12 18 (0.61%) Mac OS
13 14 (0.47%) AIX
14 13 (0.44%) Solaris
14 13 (0.44%) Windows 10
14 13 (0.44%) Windows 7
15 6 (0.20%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
16 4 (0.14%) SUSE
17 3 (0.10%) Windows Server 2012
18 2 (0.068%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,736 (58.63%) Agile Software Development
2 525 (17.73%) Scrum
3 420 (14.18%) Test Automation
4 396 (13.37%) Continuous Integration
5 392 (13.24%) TDD
6 386 (13.04%) Problem-Solving
7 361 (12.19%) Project Management
8 328 (11.08%) Waterfall
9 308 (10.40%) DevOps
10 303 (10.23%) Stakeholder Management
11 260 (8.78%) Software Engineering
12 254 (8.58%) BDD
13 220 (7.43%) Unit Testing
14 216 (7.29%) Configuration Management
15 191 (6.45%) Business Analysis
16 190 (6.42%) Data Modelling
17 186 (6.28%) Coaching
18 181 (6.11%) Microservices
19 179 (6.05%) ITIL
20 175 (5.91%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 711 (24.01%) Java
2 701 (23.67%) SQL
3 500 (16.89%) JavaScript
4 429 (14.49%) C#
5 351 (11.85%) Python
6 124 (4.19%) Java 8
7 118 (3.99%) C++
8 115 (3.88%) TypeScript
9 102 (3.44%) T-SQL
10 96 (3.24%) C
11 84 (2.84%) Perl
12 66 (2.23%) Scala
13 64 (2.16%) Shell Script
14 61 (2.06%) Ruby
15 59 (1.99%) PowerShell
16 58 (1.96%) ES6
17 52 (1.76%) PL/SQL
18 47 (1.59%) Bash Shell
19 38 (1.28%) Go
20 35 (1.18%) PHP
Qualifications
1 323 (10.91%) Degree
2 145 (4.90%) Security Cleared
3 86 (2.90%) SC Cleared
4 83 (2.80%) Computer Science Degree
5 71 (2.40%) ISEB
6 61 (2.06%) PMP
7 60 (2.03%) PMI Certification
8 54 (1.82%) ISTQB
9 45 (1.52%) CISSP
10 33 (1.11%) DV Cleared
11 32 (1.08%) Master's Degree
12 28 (0.95%) CISM
13 22 (0.74%) CISA
13 22 (0.74%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 20 (0.68%) Cisco Certification
14 20 (0.68%) Numerate Degree
15 19 (0.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 18 (0.61%) BPSS Clearance
17 17 (0.57%) CRISC
18 15 (0.51%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 291 (9.83%) QA
2 73 (2.47%) GDPR
3 55 (1.86%) Data Quality
4 31 (1.05%) PMO
5 26 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 24 (0.81%) PCI DSS
7 18 (0.61%) SLA
8 17 (0.57%) WCAG
9 11 (0.37%) SEPA
10 10 (0.34%) GCP
11 9 (0.30%) MiFID
12 8 (0.27%) PSD2
13 7 (0.24%) COBIT
13 7 (0.24%) IEC 62304
13 7 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 15288
13 7 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 6 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 5 (0.17%) EMIR
15 5 (0.17%) HIPAA
15 5 (0.17%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 180 (6.08%) Docker
2 47 (1.59%) Active Directory
3 44 (1.49%) VMware Infrastructure
4 33 (1.11%) Virtual Machines
5 25 (0.84%) Hyper-V
6 20 (0.68%) VirtualBox
7 14 (0.47%) HDFS
8 12 (0.41%) vSphere
9 9 (0.30%) XenApp
10 7 (0.24%) XenDesktop
11 4 (0.14%) VMware ESXi
12 3 (0.10%) KVM
12 3 (0.10%) QEMU
13 2 (0.068%) Firmware
13 2 (0.068%) Microsoft App-V
14 1 (0.034%) Apache Flume
14 1 (0.034%) IAG
14 1 (0.034%) Squid
14 1 (0.034%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 131 (4.42%) Ansible
2 125 (4.22%) Puppet
3 116 (3.92%) Opscode Chef
4 66 (2.23%) Kubernetes
5 59 (1.99%) Terraform
6 40 (1.35%) Salt
7 28 (0.95%) Single Sign-On
8 25 (0.84%) Docker Swarm
8 25 (0.84%) HP Quality Center
9 20 (0.68%) Nessus
9 20 (0.68%) Packer
10 19 (0.64%) HP ALM
11 14 (0.47%) SCCM
12 9 (0.30%) Mesos
12 9 (0.30%) Nagios
13 8 (0.27%) Rancher
14 7 (0.24%) WMI
15 6 (0.20%) CFEngine
15 6 (0.20%) HockeyApp
15 6 (0.20%) Oozie
Vendors
1 369 (12.46%) Oracle
2 320 (10.81%) Microsoft
3 76 (2.57%) SAP
4 71 (2.40%) IBM
5 64 (2.16%) Salesforce.com
6 58 (1.96%) HP
7 55 (1.86%) Sybase
8 50 (1.69%) Atlassian
9 48 (1.62%) VMware
10 47 (1.59%) Google
11 39 (1.32%) Citrix
12 36 (1.22%) Tableau
13 34 (1.15%) Sitecore
14 33 (1.11%) Red Hat
15 32 (1.08%) Informatica
16 31 (1.05%) ServiceNow
17 27 (0.91%) Splunk
18 25 (0.84%) Cisco
19 21 (0.71%) MuleSoft
20 20 (0.68%) Siebel