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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 May 2022 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 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 73 79 85
Rank change year-on-year +6 +6 0
Contract jobs citing SDLC 2,223 1,404 1,215
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 3.16% 3.03% 2.82%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.52% 3.41% 3.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,551 931 827
10th Percentile £406 £360 £350
25th Percentile £472 £425 £419
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £575 £517 £500
Median % change year-on-year +11.22% +3.40% -
75th Percentile £688 £625 £625
90th Percentile £775 £700 £700
UK median daily rate £564 £508 £500
% change year-on-year +11.08% +1.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 29 15
10th Percentile £21.85 £42.25 -
25th Percentile £35.00 £50.00 £37.16
Median hourly rate £52.59 £56.50 £45.00
Median % change year-on-year -6.92% +25.56% +4.05%
75th Percentile £64.38 £65.54 £51.25
90th Percentile £75.00 £73.45 £58.45
UK median hourly rate £54.89 £56.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year -2.85% +32.94% -1.16%

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 63,104 41,162 37,384
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 89.62% 88.85% 86.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 44,932 28,322 25,236
10th Percentile £350 £313 £300
25th Percentile £436 £400 £388
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £545 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +9.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £650 £588 £575
90th Percentile £750 £688 £675
UK median daily rate £538 £498 £475
% change year-on-year +8.04% +4.74% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,581 1,261 1,061
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.75 £12.42
25th Percentile £16.25 £15.21 £15.75
Median hourly rate £26.98 £24.47 £21.57
Median % change year-on-year +10.26% +13.44% -4.13%
75th Percentile £51.48 £46.00 £45.00
90th Percentile £65.25 £58.00 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £27.59 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +10.34% +11.11% -

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 May 2022.

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 May 2022.

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 May 2022. 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
Jobs
London +3 1,368 £600 +9.09% 233
South East +19 242 £548 +21.67% 75
Midlands +5 173 £495 +16.47% 61
North of England -25 133 £475 +5.56% 98
West Midlands -1 119 £497 +10.44% 28
South West -3 104 £520 +12.43% 47
North West -9 81 £475 +22.58% 55
East of England -16 55 £523 +3.08% 44
East Midlands -5 52 £488 +21.88% 33
Yorkshire -30 40 £501 +0.25% 33
North East -2 12 £475 +5.56% 10
South Coast - 2 £900 -
SDLC
UK

For the 6 months to 24 May 2022, 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 1,479 (66.53%) Agile
2 674 (30.32%) Social Skills
3 662 (29.78%) Finance
4 653 (29.37%) DevOps
5 599 (26.95%) Azure
6 472 (21.23%) Scrum
7 401 (18.04%) CI/CD
8 384 (17.27%) Java
9 383 (17.23%) SQL
10 366 (16.46%) C#
11 364 (16.37%) AWS
12 363 (16.33%) JIRA
13 355 (15.97%) .NET
14 353 (15.88%) Microsoft
15 346 (15.56%) JavaScript
16 301 (13.54%) Banking
17 295 (13.27%) Microservices
18 292 (13.14%) Test Automation
19 291 (13.09%) Problem-Solving
20 273 (12.28%) Python
21 265 (11.92%) Software Engineering
22 256 (11.52%) Analytics
23 253 (11.38%) Stakeholder Management
24 252 (11.34%) Analytical Skills
25 247 (11.11%) Git (software)
26 224 (10.08%) QA
26 224 (10.08%) Project Management
27 215 (9.67%) Security Cleared
28 213 (9.58%) Waterfall
29 212 (9.54%) CSS

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
1 143 (6.43%) Confluence
2 63 (2.83%) Apache Spark
2 63 (2.83%) SharePoint
3 30 (1.35%) Apache
4 23 (1.03%) Elasticsearch
5 22 (0.99%) CMS
6 21 (0.94%) IIS
7 20 (0.90%) JBoss
8 19 (0.85%) Tomcat
9 18 (0.81%) BizTalk Server
10 13 (0.58%) Red Hat Fuse
11 12 (0.54%) nginx
11 12 (0.54%) WebLogic
12 11 (0.49%) Camunda
13 10 (0.45%) WebSphere
14 9 (0.40%) CICS
15 8 (0.36%) Adobe Experience Manager
15 8 (0.36%) Drupal
15 8 (0.36%) OpenStack
15 8 (0.36%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 52 (2.34%) Microsoft Project
2 51 (2.29%) Microsoft Office
3 47 (2.11%) Microsoft Excel
4 32 (1.44%) MS Visio
5 24 (1.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 4 (0.18%) InVision
7 3 (0.13%) Adobe XD
7 3 (0.13%) Chatbot
7 3 (0.13%) Sketch
7 3 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.090%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.090%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.045%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.045%) CATIA
9 1 (0.045%) Marvel
9 1 (0.045%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 29 (1.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.36%) SAP S/4HANA
3 7 (0.31%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 6 (0.27%) Eloqua
4 6 (0.27%) FLEXCUBE
4 6 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
4 6 (0.27%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 6 (0.27%) Teamcenter
4 6 (0.27%) Workfront
5 5 (0.22%) SAP ERP
5 5 (0.22%) SAP MM
5 5 (0.22%) VisionPLUS
6 4 (0.18%) Endur
6 4 (0.18%) ION MarketView
6 4 (0.18%) Payment Gateway
6 4 (0.18%) SAP IBP
7 3 (0.13%) Oracle Applications
7 3 (0.13%) SAP CRM
7 3 (0.13%) Sentinel
7 3 (0.13%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 599 (26.95%) Azure
2 364 (16.37%) AWS
3 127 (5.71%) Serverless
4 101 (4.54%) GitHub
5 97 (4.36%) GCP
5 97 (4.36%) PaaS
6 96 (4.32%) Power Platform
7 92 (4.14%) SaaS
8 74 (3.33%) Azure Logic Apps
9 69 (3.10%) IaaS
10 66 (2.97%) AWS Lambda
11 48 (2.16%) Amazon S3
12 45 (2.02%) Azure Functions
13 36 (1.62%) Azure Monitor
13 36 (1.62%) BrowserStack
13 36 (1.62%) Dynamics 365
14 32 (1.44%) PowerApps
15 29 (1.30%) Sauce Labs
16 28 (1.26%) Azure Service Bus
17 27 (1.21%) Azure Cosmos DB
Communications & Networking
1 30 (1.35%) RTMP
2 22 (0.99%) VPN
3 19 (0.85%) Firewall
3 19 (0.85%) SSL
4 17 (0.76%) Internet
5 14 (0.63%) Broadband
5 14 (0.63%) DNS
5 14 (0.63%) Network Security
6 12 (0.54%) SD-WAN
6 12 (0.54%) WAN
7 8 (0.36%) BGP
7 8 (0.36%) HTTP
7 8 (0.36%) HTTPS
7 8 (0.36%) LAN
8 7 (0.31%) IPsec
8 7 (0.31%) NGFW
9 5 (0.22%) TCP/IP
10 4 (0.18%) 5G
10 4 (0.18%) Bluetooth
10 4 (0.18%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 210 (9.45%) SQL Server
2 158 (7.11%) Relational Database
3 124 (5.58%) Big Data
4 93 (4.18%) Data Warehouse
5 81 (3.64%) NoSQL
6 79 (3.55%) Data Lake
7 70 (3.15%) Power BI
8 61 (2.74%) MongoDB
9 51 (2.29%) PostgreSQL
10 45 (2.02%) RDBMS
11 42 (1.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 41 (1.84%) MySQL
13 34 (1.53%) Hadoop
14 33 (1.48%) Metadata
14 33 (1.48%) Tableau
15 31 (1.39%) Azure SQL Database
16 30 (1.35%) Amazon RDS
17 26 (1.17%) Pentaho
18 22 (0.99%) Redis
19 20 (0.90%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 363 (16.33%) JIRA
2 247 (11.11%) Git (software)
3 197 (8.86%) Jenkins
4 109 (4.90%) Selenium
5 89 (4.00%) GitLab
6 68 (3.06%) TeamCity
7 54 (2.43%) Sonatype Nexus
8 50 (2.25%) Postman
9 49 (2.20%) Team Foundation Server
10 48 (2.16%) Bitbucket
10 48 (2.16%) Cypress.io
10 48 (2.16%) JMeter
11 45 (2.02%) Cucumber
12 42 (1.89%) SpecFlow
13 38 (1.71%) SonarQube
14 36 (1.62%) Maven
15 35 (1.57%) Robot Framework
15 35 (1.57%) Subversion
16 33 (1.48%) Gatling
17 31 (1.39%) JUnit
General
1 674 (30.32%) Social Skills
2 662 (29.78%) Finance
3 301 (13.54%) Banking
4 252 (11.34%) Analytical Skills
5 158 (7.11%) Investment Banking
6 136 (6.12%) Public Sector
7 131 (5.89%) Front Office
8 105 (4.72%) Retail
9 100 (4.50%) Presentation Skills
10 56 (2.52%) Influencing Skills
11 53 (2.38%) Telecoms
12 46 (2.07%) Back Office
13 42 (1.89%) Legal
14 40 (1.80%) Marketing
15 39 (1.75%) Law
16 38 (1.71%) Documentation Skills
17 29 (1.30%) Manufacturing
18 27 (1.21%) Financial Institution
19 23 (1.03%) Organisational Skills
20 21 (0.94%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 572 (25.73%) Developer
2 306 (13.77%) Analyst
3 249 (11.20%) Architect
4 203 (9.13%) Business Analyst
5 148 (6.66%) Java Developer
6 146 (6.57%) Project Manager
7 130 (5.85%) Solutions Architect
8 123 (5.53%) DevOps Engineer
9 97 (4.36%) Software Engineer
10 91 (4.09%) Senior Developer
11 66 (2.97%) .NET Developer
12 63 (2.83%) React Developer
13 61 (2.74%) Data Engineer
14 56 (2.52%) C# Developer
14 56 (2.52%) Full Stack Developer
15 55 (2.47%) Financial Analyst
16 54 (2.43%) Delivery Manager
17 53 (2.38%) Test Manager
18 50 (2.25%) IT Manager
18 50 (2.25%) Scrum Master
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 355 (15.97%) .NET
2 212 (9.54%) CSS
3 197 (8.86%) React
4 195 (8.77%) HTML
5 179 (8.05%) REST
6 159 (7.15%) AngularJS
7 130 (5.85%) Spring
8 112 (5.04%) Kafka
9 105 (4.72%) Web Services
10 98 (4.41%) JSON
11 89 (4.00%) ASP.NET
12 87 (3.91%) RESTful
13 79 (3.55%) .NET Framework
13 79 (3.55%) Node.js
14 67 (3.01%) Spring Boot
15 63 (2.83%) .NET Core
16 61 (2.74%) HTML5
17 59 (2.65%) XML
18 58 (2.61%) SOAP
19 56 (2.52%) Reactive Extensions
Miscellaneous
1 144 (6.48%) User Experience
2 99 (4.45%) Virtual Team
3 87 (3.91%) Cloud Native
4 81 (3.64%) Self-Motivation
5 78 (3.51%) Management Information System
6 69 (3.10%) Public Cloud
7 62 (2.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 52 (2.34%) Greenfield Project
9 50 (2.25%) Enterprise Software
9 50 (2.25%) Mobile App
10 37 (1.66%) Legacy Systems
11 34 (1.53%) Algorithms
12 28 (1.26%) Derivative
13 27 (1.21%) Data Protection Act
14 25 (1.12%) Data Centre
15 24 (1.08%) Data Structures
16 23 (1.03%) Fixed Income
17 21 (0.94%) Credit Risk
17 21 (0.94%) N-Tier
18 17 (0.76%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 185 (8.32%) Linux
2 119 (5.35%) Windows
3 69 (3.10%) Unix
4 29 (1.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 27 (1.21%) Apple iOS
6 26 (1.17%) Android
7 10 (0.45%) CentOS
8 9 (0.40%) Windows Server
9 5 (0.22%) Amazon Linux
9 5 (0.22%) Debian
9 5 (0.22%) Ubuntu
10 4 (0.18%) zOS
11 3 (0.13%) MVS
12 2 (0.090%) Windows Server 2008
13 1 (0.045%) AIX
13 1 (0.045%) Embedded Linux
13 1 (0.045%) HPUX
13 1 (0.045%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.045%) Solaris
13 1 (0.045%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,479 (66.53%) Agile
2 653 (29.37%) DevOps
3 472 (21.23%) Scrum
4 401 (18.04%) CI/CD
5 295 (13.27%) Microservices
6 292 (13.14%) Test Automation
7 291 (13.09%) Problem-Solving
8 265 (11.92%) Software Engineering
9 256 (11.52%) Analytics
10 253 (11.38%) Stakeholder Management
11 224 (10.08%) Project Management
12 213 (9.58%) Waterfall
13 206 (9.27%) Continuous Integration
14 205 (9.22%) Continuous Improvement
15 202 (9.09%) Business Intelligence
16 196 (8.82%) TDD
17 165 (7.42%) Mentoring
18 161 (7.24%) ETL
19 149 (6.70%) Migration
20 148 (6.66%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 384 (17.27%) Java
2 383 (17.23%) SQL
3 366 (16.46%) C#
4 346 (15.56%) JavaScript
5 273 (12.28%) Python
6 157 (7.06%) TypeScript
7 96 (4.32%) PowerShell
8 71 (3.19%) C++
9 64 (2.88%) Bash
10 52 (2.34%) T-SQL
11 47 (2.11%) Go
12 43 (1.93%) VB.NET
13 41 (1.84%) C
14 39 (1.75%) PL/SQL
15 31 (1.39%) XAML
16 27 (1.21%) Shell Script
17 20 (0.90%) Ruby
18 14 (0.63%) PHP
19 13 (0.58%) Apex Code
20 12 (0.54%) Scala
Qualifications
1 215 (9.67%) Security Cleared
2 180 (8.10%) SC Cleared
3 154 (6.93%) Degree
4 69 (3.10%) ISTQB
5 41 (1.84%) DV Cleared
5 41 (1.84%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 34 (1.53%) Computer Science Degree
7 30 (1.35%) ISEB
8 26 (1.17%) CISSP
8 26 (1.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 25 (1.12%) AWS Certification
10 21 (0.94%) BPSS Clearance
11 17 (0.76%) CISM
12 15 (0.67%) PMI Certification
13 14 (0.63%) IIBA
13 14 (0.63%) Master's Degree
14 13 (0.58%) Cisco Certification
14 13 (0.58%) PMP
15 10 (0.45%) Numerate Degree
15 10 (0.45%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 224 (10.08%) QA
2 38 (1.71%) GDPR
3 36 (1.62%) Data Quality
4 28 (1.26%) SLA
5 26 (1.17%) NIST
6 16 (0.72%) Accessibility
7 14 (0.63%) EMIR
7 14 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 14 (0.63%) MiFID
7 14 (0.63%) PMO
8 10 (0.45%) GRC
9 9 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 8 (0.36%) SOC 2
11 7 (0.31%) COBIT
11 7 (0.31%) COSO
12 6 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 6 (0.27%) Solvency II
13 4 (0.18%) GxP
13 4 (0.18%) ISO 13485
13 4 (0.18%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 181 (8.14%) Docker
2 39 (1.75%) Active Directory
3 14 (0.63%) Virtual Machines
4 12 (0.54%) VMware Infrastructure
5 6 (0.27%) Hyper-V
6 5 (0.22%) vCloud
7 4 (0.18%) Slurm Workload Manager
8 3 (0.13%) NFS
8 3 (0.13%) Oracle RAC
8 3 (0.13%) Samba
9 2 (0.090%) Virtual Desktop
9 2 (0.090%) Virtual Servers
9 2 (0.090%) VirtualBox
9 2 (0.090%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.045%) Firmware
10 1 (0.045%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.045%) RHEV
10 1 (0.045%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 193 (8.68%) Kubernetes
2 176 (7.92%) Terraform
3 168 (7.56%) Ansible
4 56 (2.52%) Puppet
5 39 (1.75%) Grafana
6 28 (1.26%) Prometheus
7 26 (1.17%) Opscode Chef
8 24 (1.08%) Kibana
9 17 (0.76%) Docker Swarm
9 17 (0.76%) Packer
10 16 (0.72%) Netcool
11 13 (0.58%) logstash
12 12 (0.54%) Single Sign-On
13 10 (0.45%) HP Quality Center
14 9 (0.40%) Istio
15 8 (0.36%) Argo
15 8 (0.36%) Microsoft Intune
16 7 (0.31%) HP ALM
17 5 (0.22%) Consul
17 5 (0.22%) Fluentd
Vendors
1 353 (15.88%) Microsoft
2 140 (6.30%) Oracle
3 77 (3.46%) SAP
4 61 (2.74%) Google
5 58 (2.61%) ServiceNow
6 57 (2.56%) Salesforce.com
7 48 (2.16%) MuleSoft
8 45 (2.02%) Talend
9 39 (1.75%) Red Hat
10 38 (1.71%) Informatica
11 36 (1.62%) Splunk
12 35 (1.57%) Databricks
13 33 (1.48%) CheckPoint
14 27 (1.21%) Adobe
14 27 (1.21%) AppDynamics
14 27 (1.21%) Sitecore
15 24 (1.08%) VMware
16 23 (1.03%) Atlassian
17 19 (0.85%) BiZZdesign
18 15 (0.67%) New Relic