Period
to 24 July 2021

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 24 July 2021 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
24 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 74 81 85
Rank change year-on-year +7 +4 -5
Contract jobs citing SDLC 1,825 960 2,398
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 3.22% 2.88% 2.86%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.64% 3.32% 3.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,238 653 1,615
10th Percentile £363 £343 £350
25th Percentile £437 £413 £410
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £545 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +9.00% - +5.26%
75th Percentile £650 £625 £594
90th Percentile £725 £725 £675
UK median daily rate £525 £495 £495
% change year-on-year +6.06% - +4.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 15 28
10th Percentile £43.39 £37.16 £28.54
25th Percentile £47.50 £37.70 £40.88
Median hourly rate £55.75 £47.50 £43.00
Median % change year-on-year +17.37% +10.47% +1.18%
75th Percentile £65.54 £51.88 £50.00
90th Percentile £73.19 £58.45 "
UK median hourly rate £55.00 £45.00 £43.00
% change year-on-year +22.22% +4.65% +1.18%

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 50,121 28,945 73,415
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 88.56% 86.71% 87.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 34,693 19,679 49,670
10th Percentile £313 £305 £303
25th Percentile £408 £400 £388
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £488 £475
Median % change year-on-year +2.56% +2.63% +2.70%
75th Percentile £600 £588 £575
90th Percentile £700 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,470 790 1,912
10th Percentile £11.99 £12.37 £11.85
25th Percentile £14.55 £15.79 £14.60
Median hourly rate £23.00 £23.54 £23.00
Median % change year-on-year -2.28% +2.34% +9.52%
75th Percentile £46.50 £46.02 £46.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £55.00 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £23.08 £22.79
% change year-on-year +4.01% +1.25% +13.95%

SDLC
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for SDLC in England

SDLC
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Daily rate trend for SDLC in England

SDLC
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SDLC in England over the 6 months to 24 July 2021.

Daily rate histogram for SDLC in England

SDLC
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Hourly rate trend for SDLC in England

SDLC
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing SDLC in England over the 6 months to 24 July 2021.

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 24 July 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 +11 1,178 £578 +10.00% 330
South East -24 148 £475 - 141
North of England +9 144 £450 +7.78% 164
Midlands -18 116 £425 -2.02% 101
North West +19 89 £425 +23.19% 100
South West +2 75 £463 -2.63% 59
West Midlands -39 65 £450 - 65
East of England +5 58 £508 +1.50% 46
Yorkshire +2 51 £500 - 46
East Midlands -2 40 £403 +16.67% 36
North East -10 5 £450 - 18
SDLC
UK

For the 6 months to 24 July 2021, 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 1,153 (63.18%) Agile Software Development
2 539 (29.53%) Finance
3 446 (24.44%) Social Skills
4 439 (24.05%) Azure
5 428 (23.45%) Java
6 378 (20.71%) SQL
7 350 (19.18%) DevOps
8 330 (18.08%) Scrum
9 321 (17.59%) Microservices
10 308 (16.88%) AWS
11 303 (16.60%) JavaScript
12 268 (14.68%) Software Engineering
13 265 (14.52%) Banking
14 263 (14.41%) Python
15 247 (13.53%) JIRA
16 245 (13.42%) Test Automation
17 218 (11.95%) .NET
18 208 (11.40%) Problem-Solving
19 193 (10.58%) Stakeholder Management
19 193 (10.58%) Git (software)
20 192 (10.52%) Oracle
21 187 (10.25%) Microsoft
22 178 (9.75%) Project Management
22 178 (9.75%) TDD
23 177 (9.70%) C#
24 172 (9.42%) AngularJS
25 169 (9.26%) React
26 168 (9.21%) Kubernetes
27 164 (8.99%) Continuous Improvement
28 161 (8.82%) Analytics

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
1 129 (7.07%) Confluence
2 67 (3.67%) Apache
3 48 (2.63%) Apache Spark
4 40 (2.19%) BizTalk Server
5 31 (1.70%) CMS
5 31 (1.70%) Tomcat
6 19 (1.04%) SharePoint
6 19 (1.04%) WebSphere
7 16 (0.88%) JBoss
8 15 (0.82%) WebLogic
9 14 (0.77%) Elasticsearch
10 13 (0.71%) nginx
11 12 (0.66%) Oracle Coherence
12 10 (0.55%) Red Hat Fuse
13 8 (0.44%) Camunda
13 8 (0.44%) EPiServer
14 7 (0.38%) Appian
14 7 (0.38%) Mule
14 7 (0.38%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 6 (0.33%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 70 (3.84%) Microsoft Office
2 56 (3.07%) Microsoft Excel
3 40 (2.19%) Microsoft Project
4 35 (1.92%) MS Visio
5 25 (1.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.16%) Blender
6 3 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.11%) Chatbot
7 2 (0.11%) Figma
7 2 (0.11%) InVision
7 2 (0.11%) Simulink
7 2 (0.11%) Sketch
7 2 (0.11%) Windchill
8 1 (0.055%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 22 (1.21%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (0.82%) ION MarketView
3 10 (0.55%) OneSumX
4 8 (0.44%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 7 (0.38%) Oracle EBS
6 6 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
6 6 (0.33%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 6 (0.33%) SAP S/4HANA
7 5 (0.27%) Eikon
7 5 (0.27%) Oracle Applications
7 5 (0.27%) Oracle EBS R12
7 5 (0.27%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
8 4 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
8 4 (0.22%) SAP HR
8 4 (0.22%) Unit4 Business World
9 3 (0.16%) SAP Hybris
9 3 (0.16%) Summit
9 3 (0.16%) Workday HCM
10 2 (0.11%) Adobe Campaign
10 2 (0.11%) SAP MDM
Cloud Services
1 439 (24.05%) Azure
2 308 (16.88%) AWS
3 145 (7.95%) Serverless
4 90 (4.93%) GCP
5 85 (4.66%) AWS Lambda
6 69 (3.78%) GitHub
7 60 (3.29%) SaaS
8 52 (2.85%) Azure Logic Apps
8 52 (2.85%) PaaS
9 48 (2.63%) Azure Functions
10 45 (2.47%) Azure Cosmos DB
11 44 (2.41%) Power Platform
12 40 (2.19%) Azure Storage
13 28 (1.53%) Dynamics 365
13 28 (1.53%) IaaS
13 28 (1.53%) Microsoft 365
14 26 (1.42%) Azure Data Factory
15 20 (1.10%) Cloud Computing
16 19 (1.04%) Azure Synapse Analytics
17 17 (0.93%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 37 (2.03%) 2G
1 37 (2.03%) 5G
1 37 (2.03%) GSM
1 37 (2.03%) MVNO
2 30 (1.64%) Packet Switching
3 25 (1.37%) Firewall
4 18 (0.99%) Internet
5 16 (0.88%) LAN
6 14 (0.77%) AMQP
7 11 (0.60%) Kerberos
8 10 (0.55%) HTTP
8 10 (0.55%) WAN
9 7 (0.38%) TCP/IP
10 6 (0.33%) SSL
11 5 (0.27%) Intranet
11 5 (0.27%) Network Security
12 4 (0.22%) DNS
12 4 (0.22%) SAN
13 3 (0.16%) Broadband
13 3 (0.16%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 140 (7.67%) SQL Server
2 113 (6.19%) Big Data
3 103 (5.64%) Relational Database
4 100 (5.48%) MongoDB
5 81 (4.44%) Data Warehouse
6 80 (4.38%) NoSQL
7 57 (3.12%) MySQL
8 53 (2.90%) Azure SQL Database
9 45 (2.47%) PostgreSQL
10 43 (2.36%) Data Lake
11 38 (2.08%) Redis
12 33 (1.81%) Tableau
13 31 (1.70%) Hadoop
14 30 (1.64%) Metadata
15 29 (1.59%) Power BI
16 27 (1.48%) Oracle Database
16 27 (1.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 24 (1.32%) RDBMS
18 21 (1.15%) Tableau Desktop
18 21 (1.15%) Tableau Server
Development Applications
1 247 (13.53%) JIRA
2 193 (10.58%) Git (software)
3 134 (7.34%) Jenkins
4 69 (3.78%) Maven
5 63 (3.45%) TeamCity
6 47 (2.58%) Cucumber
7 45 (2.47%) Selenium
7 45 (2.47%) Sonatype Nexus
8 44 (2.41%) JUnit
9 40 (2.19%) Subversion
10 31 (1.70%) Bitbucket
11 30 (1.64%) Mocha
12 26 (1.42%) Octopus Deploy
13 25 (1.37%) Visual Studio
14 23 (1.26%) GitLab
15 22 (1.21%) Cypress.io
15 22 (1.21%) PowerDesigner
16 19 (1.04%) FishEye
17 18 (0.99%) kappa
17 18 (0.99%) webpack
General
1 539 (29.53%) Finance
2 446 (24.44%) Social Skills
3 265 (14.52%) Banking
4 154 (8.44%) Analytical Skills
5 102 (5.59%) Investment Banking
6 98 (5.37%) Public Sector
7 83 (4.55%) Telecoms
8 82 (4.49%) Front Office
9 71 (3.89%) Influencing Skills
10 68 (3.73%) Presentation Skills
11 55 (3.01%) Retail
12 29 (1.59%) Marketing
13 27 (1.48%) Documentation Skills
14 22 (1.21%) Legal
15 21 (1.15%) Financial Institution
16 18 (0.99%) Electronics
17 13 (0.71%) Manufacturing
18 12 (0.66%) Retail Banking
19 11 (0.60%) Back Office
19 11 (0.60%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 624 (34.19%) Developer
2 232 (12.71%) Analyst
3 211 (11.56%) Architect
4 156 (8.55%) Java Developer
5 153 (8.38%) Business Analyst
6 124 (6.79%) Project Manager
7 107 (5.86%) Senior Developer
8 99 (5.42%) Solutions Architect
9 83 (4.55%) Software Engineer
10 63 (3.45%) .NET Developer
11 50 (2.74%) Consultant
11 50 (2.74%) DevOps Engineer
11 50 (2.74%) Full Stack Developer
11 50 (2.74%) React Developer
12 48 (2.63%) C# Developer
13 47 (2.58%) Python Developer
14 44 (2.41%) Data Architect
15 42 (2.30%) Tester
16 41 (2.25%) Delivery Manager
17 40 (2.19%) Azure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 218 (11.95%) .NET
2 172 (9.42%) AngularJS
3 169 (9.26%) React
4 160 (8.77%) HTML
5 143 (7.84%) CSS
6 134 (7.34%) Web Services
7 129 (7.07%) Spring
8 122 (6.68%) Node.js
9 108 (5.92%) REST
10 103 (5.64%) RESTful
11 92 (5.04%) Kafka
12 86 (4.71%) XML
13 76 (4.16%) .NET Core
14 70 (3.84%) JSON
15 61 (3.34%) SOAP
16 52 (2.85%) Spring Boot
17 50 (2.74%) Hibernate
18 47 (2.58%) ASP.NET
19 46 (2.52%) HTML5
20 44 (2.41%) GraphQL
Miscellaneous
1 100 (5.48%) User Experience
2 88 (4.82%) Cloud Native
3 83 (4.55%) Self-Motivation
4 76 (4.16%) Fixed Income
5 64 (3.51%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 60 (3.29%) Mobile App
7 57 (3.12%) Virtual Team
8 48 (2.63%) Enterprise Software
9 46 (2.52%) Management Information System
10 43 (2.36%) Greenfield Project
11 37 (2.03%) Legacy Systems
12 35 (1.92%) Derivative
13 34 (1.86%) Data Protection Act
13 34 (1.86%) Public Cloud
14 29 (1.59%) Data Structures
14 29 (1.59%) Equities
14 29 (1.59%) PMI
15 27 (1.48%) N-Tier
16 21 (1.15%) Market Risk
17 20 (1.10%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 132 (7.23%) Linux
2 131 (7.18%) Windows
3 47 (2.58%) Unix
4 36 (1.97%) Android
5 33 (1.81%) Apple iOS
6 14 (0.77%) Windows Server
7 9 (0.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 5 (0.27%) CentOS
9 4 (0.22%) Ubuntu
9 4 (0.22%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (0.16%) Windows Server 2016
11 2 (0.11%) MVS
11 2 (0.11%) Windows 10
11 2 (0.11%) Windows Server 2008
12 1 (0.055%) DC/OS
12 1 (0.055%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,153 (63.18%) Agile Software Development
2 350 (19.18%) DevOps
3 330 (18.08%) Scrum
4 321 (17.59%) Microservices
5 268 (14.68%) Software Engineering
6 245 (13.42%) Test Automation
7 208 (11.40%) Problem-Solving
8 193 (10.58%) Stakeholder Management
9 178 (9.75%) Project Management
9 178 (9.75%) TDD
10 164 (8.99%) Continuous Improvement
11 161 (8.82%) Analytics
12 153 (8.38%) Waterfall
13 145 (7.95%) Continuous Integration
13 145 (7.95%) Data Modelling
14 136 (7.45%) Mentoring
15 125 (6.85%) Project Delivery
16 114 (6.25%) BDD
17 107 (5.86%) Kanban
18 105 (5.75%) Requirements Gathering
Programming Languages
1 428 (23.45%) Java
2 378 (20.71%) SQL
3 303 (16.60%) JavaScript
4 263 (14.41%) Python
5 177 (9.70%) C#
6 107 (5.86%) C++
7 103 (5.64%) TypeScript
8 87 (4.77%) C
9 69 (3.78%) PL/SQL
10 61 (3.34%) T-SQL
11 60 (3.29%) Java 8
12 50 (2.74%) PowerShell
13 43 (2.36%) Go
14 38 (2.08%) Scala
15 37 (2.03%) Bash Shell
15 37 (2.03%) Kotlin
16 29 (1.59%) ES6
16 29 (1.59%) Shell Script
17 25 (1.37%) PHP
18 24 (1.32%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 154 (8.44%) Security Cleared
2 142 (7.78%) Degree
3 139 (7.62%) SC Cleared
4 42 (2.30%) ISTQB
5 41 (2.25%) DV Cleared
6 35 (1.92%) PMI Certification
7 33 (1.81%) ISEB
8 26 (1.42%) Computer Science Degree
9 25 (1.37%) CISSP
10 23 (1.26%) PMP
11 16 (0.88%) ITIL Certification
12 14 (0.77%) CRISC
12 14 (0.77%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 13 (0.71%) BPSS Clearance
13 13 (0.71%) TOGAF Certification
14 11 (0.60%) CISM
15 10 (0.55%) AWS Certification
15 10 (0.55%) Master's Degree
16 9 (0.49%) Cisco Certification
16 9 (0.49%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 138 (7.56%) QA
2 42 (2.30%) Data Quality
3 28 (1.53%) NIST
4 21 (1.15%) Accessibility
4 21 (1.15%) GDPR
5 20 (1.10%) GRC
6 19 (1.04%) PMBOK
7 16 (0.88%) SLA
8 14 (0.77%) PCI DSS
9 12 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 8 (0.44%) PMO
11 7 (0.38%) Cyber Essentials
12 6 (0.33%) MiFID
12 6 (0.33%) WCAG
13 5 (0.27%) COBIT
13 5 (0.27%) FedRAMP
14 2 (0.11%) Actionable Recommendations
14 2 (0.11%) EMIR
14 2 (0.11%) GxP
14 2 (0.11%) SOC 2
System Software
1 139 (7.62%) Docker
2 20 (1.10%) Active Directory
3 6 (0.33%) Firmware
3 6 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
4 4 (0.22%) Virtual Desktop
4 4 (0.22%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (0.16%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.16%) XenApp
5 3 (0.16%) XenDesktop
6 2 (0.11%) HDFS
7 1 (0.055%) ISA Server
7 1 (0.055%) NFS
7 1 (0.055%) OpenAM
7 1 (0.055%) RHEV
7 1 (0.055%) Shibboleth
7 1 (0.055%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.055%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 168 (9.21%) Kubernetes
2 107 (5.86%) Ansible
3 73 (4.00%) Terraform
4 52 (2.85%) Puppet
5 17 (0.93%) Opscode Chef
6 13 (0.71%) HP Fortify
7 11 (0.60%) Kibana
8 10 (0.55%) CA Single Sign-On
8 10 (0.55%) Packer
8 10 (0.55%) Prometheus
9 9 (0.49%) Grafana
9 9 (0.49%) Rancher
10 8 (0.44%) Control-M
11 6 (0.33%) Zipkin
12 5 (0.27%) Salt
12 5 (0.27%) Single Sign-On
13 4 (0.22%) Docker Swarm
13 4 (0.22%) HP ALM
14 3 (0.16%) logstash
14 3 (0.16%) Opsgenie
Vendors
1 192 (10.52%) Oracle
2 187 (10.25%) Microsoft
3 72 (3.95%) Salesforce.com
4 71 (3.89%) MuleSoft
5 51 (2.79%) SAP
6 45 (2.47%) Google
7 38 (2.08%) Databricks
8 28 (1.53%) ServiceNow
9 23 (1.26%) BiZZdesign
10 19 (1.04%) CheckPoint
10 19 (1.04%) HP
11 18 (0.99%) IBM
11 18 (0.99%) ION Trading
12 17 (0.93%) Informatica
13 15 (0.82%) Red Hat
14 14 (0.77%) Sybase
15 13 (0.71%) Atlassian
16 12 (0.66%) Splunk
16 12 (0.66%) VMware
17 11 (0.60%) Alibaba