Period
to 16 January 2019

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 16 January 2019 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
16 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 82 72 88
Rank change year-on-year -10 +16 -15
Contract jobs citing SDLC 2,728 2,879 2,399
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 2.99% 3.12% 2.67%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.44% 3.63% 3.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,957 2,045 1,605
England median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £350 £313 £308
90th Percentile £673 £650 £625
UK median daily rate £495 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +4.21% +5.56% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 56 46
England median hourly rate £42.50 £41.88 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.49% -1.47% +6.25%
10th Percentile £33.06 £22.75 £28.00
90th Percentile £47.25 £62.25 £56.25
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £41.88 £43.25
% change year-on-year +1.49% -3.18% +1.86%

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 79,259 79,369 76,677
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 86.96% 85.96% 85.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 52,940 53,613 51,048
England median daily rate £475 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% +1.18%
10th Percentile £300 £286 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £613
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,949 1,842 2,154
England median hourly rate £23.50 £23.26 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.04% -2.07% +5.56%
10th Percentile £11.34 £11.26 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.50 £49.75 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £23.00 £22.92
% change year-on-year +2.17% +0.34% -0.34%

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 16 January 2019.

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 16 January 2019.

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 16 January 2019. 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 -8 1,362 £525 - 349
South East -8 485 £475 +15.15% 218
North of England +21 345 £425 - 216
Midlands -9 237 £433 +8.13% 142
South West -13 163 £425 +13.33% 113
Yorkshire +17 161 £413 -4.07% 96
West Midlands +2 151 £450 +6.19% 86
North West +4 146 £413 +3.13% 102
East of England -10 125 £425 +16.44% 72
East Midlands -5 81 £450 +12.50% 56
North East +13 38 £495 +6.97% 18
South Coast - 1 - -
SDLC
UK

For the 6 months to 16 January 2019, 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 1,691 (61.99%) Agile Software Development
2 728 (26.69%) SQL
3 696 (25.51%) Finance
4 643 (23.57%) Java
5 552 (20.23%) Scrum
6 510 (18.70%) JIRA
7 505 (18.51%) Test Automation
8 502 (18.40%) C#
9 487 (17.85%) .NET
10 415 (15.21%) TDD
11 401 (14.70%) JavaScript
12 366 (13.42%) Microsoft
13 353 (12.94%) Continuous Integration
14 351 (12.87%) Analytical Skills
15 347 (12.72%) DevOps
16 343 (12.57%) SQL Server
17 342 (12.54%) Git (software)
18 334 (12.24%) Problem-Solving
19 331 (12.13%) Oracle
20 330 (12.10%) Banking
21 311 (11.40%) Waterfall
22 308 (11.29%) Microsoft Azure
23 307 (11.25%) HTML
24 296 (10.85%) Amazon AWS
25 293 (10.74%) Project Management
26 292 (10.70%) Web Services
27 284 (10.41%) Stakeholder Management
27 284 (10.41%) BDD
28 282 (10.34%) Linux
29 276 (10.12%) Python

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
1 264 (9.68%) Confluence
2 71 (2.60%) SharePoint
3 61 (2.24%) CMS
4 58 (2.13%) Apache Spark
5 47 (1.72%) Apache
5 47 (1.72%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 41 (1.50%) IIS
7 39 (1.43%) WebLogic
8 29 (1.06%) Elasticsearch
9 27 (0.99%) Umbraco
10 26 (0.95%) WebSphere
11 25 (0.92%) Tomcat
12 24 (0.88%) JBoss
13 19 (0.70%) Drupal
14 16 (0.59%) Cloud Foundry
14 16 (0.59%) SAS
15 12 (0.44%) Mule
15 12 (0.44%) Mule ESB
16 11 (0.40%) BizTalk Server
17 7 (0.26%) Oracle Service Bus
Applications
1 111 (4.07%) Microsoft Office
2 96 (3.52%) Microsoft Excel
3 59 (2.16%) Microsoft Project
4 40 (1.47%) MS Visio
5 37 (1.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 9 (0.33%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.22%) Chatbot
8 2 (0.073%) EngageOne
8 2 (0.073%) Fireworks
8 2 (0.073%) HipChat
8 2 (0.073%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.073%) Windchill
9 1 (0.037%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.037%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 57 (2.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (0.44%) Workday HCM
3 10 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
3 10 (0.37%) Oracle BPM
4 8 (0.29%) ION MarketView
4 8 (0.29%) Markit EDM
4 8 (0.29%) Oracle EBS R12
5 6 (0.22%) Endur
5 6 (0.22%) Oracle FAH
5 6 (0.22%) SAP S/4HANA
6 5 (0.18%) HFM
6 5 (0.18%) thinkFolio
7 4 (0.15%) BusinessWorks
7 4 (0.15%) Hyperion Planning
7 4 (0.15%) Oracle ERP
7 4 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
8 3 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
8 3 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
8 3 (0.11%) Temenos T24
9 2 (0.073%) Actimize
Cloud Services
1 308 (11.29%) Microsoft Azure
2 296 (10.85%) Amazon AWS
3 86 (3.15%) SaaS
4 59 (2.16%) Serverless
5 57 (2.09%) Slack
6 53 (1.94%) Google Cloud Platform
7 52 (1.91%) GitHub
8 50 (1.83%) Amazon EC2
8 50 (1.83%) Dynamics 365
9 45 (1.65%) PaaS
10 43 (1.58%) IaaS
11 42 (1.54%) Office 365
12 32 (1.17%) AWS Lambda
13 30 (1.10%) Amazon S3
14 29 (1.06%) Cloud Computing
15 28 (1.03%) AWS CloudFormation
16 22 (0.81%) AWS CloudTrail
16 22 (0.81%) Route 53
16 22 (0.81%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 21 (0.77%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 60 (2.20%) DNS
2 47 (1.72%) Internet
3 44 (1.61%) Firewall
3 44 (1.61%) TCP/IP
4 38 (1.39%) HTTP
5 22 (0.81%) Network Security
6 20 (0.73%) VLAN
7 19 (0.70%) SSL
8 16 (0.59%) DHCP
8 16 (0.59%) SAN
9 15 (0.55%) BIG-IP
10 14 (0.51%) VoIP
11 12 (0.44%) FTP
11 12 (0.44%) Reverse Proxy
12 10 (0.37%) AMQP
13 9 (0.33%) Unified Communications
14 8 (0.29%) Intranet
14 8 (0.29%) LAN
14 8 (0.29%) VPN
14 8 (0.29%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 343 (12.57%) SQL Server
2 214 (7.84%) Relational Database
3 129 (4.73%) Data Warehouse
4 107 (3.92%) NoSQL
5 106 (3.89%) MySQL
6 95 (3.48%) MongoDB
7 91 (3.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 79 (2.90%) Oracle Database
9 74 (2.71%) RDBMS
10 73 (2.68%) Big Data
11 63 (2.31%) Hadoop
12 60 (2.20%) PostgreSQL
13 47 (1.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 40 (1.47%) SQL Server 2012
15 35 (1.28%) Oracle Database 12c
16 34 (1.25%) SQL Server 2008
17 33 (1.21%) Amazon RDS
17 33 (1.21%) Apache Cassandra
18 31 (1.14%) Apache Hive
18 31 (1.14%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 510 (18.70%) JIRA
2 342 (12.54%) Git (software)
3 255 (9.35%) Jenkins
4 161 (5.90%) Selenium
5 112 (4.11%) Maven
6 111 (4.07%) Subversion
7 96 (3.52%) Cucumber
8 94 (3.45%) Visual Studio
9 92 (3.37%) Team Foundation Server
10 76 (2.79%) TeamCity
11 75 (2.75%) JUnit
12 73 (2.68%) Visual Studio Team System
13 61 (2.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 57 (2.09%) Bitbucket
15 56 (2.05%) JMeter
16 52 (1.91%) WebDriver
17 50 (1.83%) LoadRunner
17 50 (1.83%) SoapUI
17 50 (1.83%) Sonatype Nexus
18 43 (1.58%) Eclipse
General
1 696 (25.51%) Finance
2 330 (12.10%) Banking
3 154 (5.65%) Front Office
4 123 (4.51%) Retail
5 105 (3.85%) Investment Banking
6 62 (2.27%) Marketing
7 47 (1.72%) Telecoms
8 31 (1.14%) Manufacturing
9 29 (1.06%) Pharmaceutical
10 27 (0.99%) Law
11 26 (0.95%) Back Office
12 23 (0.84%) Financial Institution
12 23 (0.84%) Publishing
13 21 (0.77%) Legal
14 20 (0.73%) Games
15 19 (0.70%) Electronics
16 16 (0.59%) Retail Banking
17 13 (0.48%) Aerospace
18 12 (0.44%) Billing
19 11 (0.40%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 1,033 (37.87%) Developer
2 375 (13.75%) Analyst
3 248 (9.09%) Java Developer
4 213 (7.81%) .NET Developer
5 201 (7.37%) Business Analyst
6 189 (6.93%) Architect
7 182 (6.67%) Project Manager
8 166 (6.09%) C# Developer
9 118 (4.33%) Senior Developer
10 107 (3.92%) DevOps Engineer
11 106 (3.89%) C# .NET Developer
11 106 (3.89%) Full Stack Developer
12 85 (3.12%) Test Engineer
13 83 (3.04%) Software Engineer
13 83 (3.04%) Tester
14 77 (2.82%) Test Analyst
15 73 (2.68%) Consultant
16 68 (2.49%) SQL Developer
16 68 (2.49%) Test Manager
17 63 (2.31%) Python Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 487 (17.85%) .NET
2 307 (11.25%) HTML
3 292 (10.70%) Web Services
4 269 (9.86%) CSS
5 231 (8.47%) REST
6 210 (7.70%) AngularJS
7 189 (6.93%) XML
8 165 (6.05%) RESTful
9 164 (6.01%) ASP.NET
10 131 (4.80%) Node.js
11 128 (4.69%) Spring
12 114 (4.18%) .NET Framework
12 114 (4.18%) jQuery
13 113 (4.14%) React
14 112 (4.11%) HTML5
15 104 (3.81%) JSON
16 91 (3.34%) SOAP
17 84 (3.08%) .NET Core
17 84 (3.08%) ASP.NET Web API
18 82 (3.01%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 351 (12.87%) Analytical Skills
2 121 (4.44%) Greenfield Project
3 108 (3.96%) Enterprise Software
4 100 (3.67%) User Experience
5 90 (3.30%) Self-Motivation
6 77 (2.82%) Mobile App
7 76 (2.79%) Fixed Income
8 74 (2.71%) Fintech
9 73 (2.68%) Management Information System
10 68 (2.49%) Derivative
10 68 (2.49%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 43 (1.58%) Data Structures
12 36 (1.32%) Equity Derivative
13 35 (1.28%) Equities
14 33 (1.21%) Algorithms
15 29 (1.06%) Data Centre
16 27 (0.99%) N-Tier
17 26 (0.95%) PMI
18 23 (0.84%) Hybrid Cloud
18 23 (0.84%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 282 (10.34%) Linux
2 269 (9.86%) Windows
3 168 (6.16%) Unix
4 71 (2.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 39 (1.43%) Windows Server
6 29 (1.06%) Apple iOS
7 24 (0.88%) Android
8 20 (0.73%) Solaris
9 19 (0.70%) CentOS
10 12 (0.44%) SUSE
10 12 (0.44%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
11 9 (0.33%) Windows Server 2008
12 8 (0.29%) Oracle Linux
12 8 (0.29%) Ubuntu
13 6 (0.22%) Windows 10
13 6 (0.22%) Windows 7
14 5 (0.18%) DC/OS
15 4 (0.15%) AIX
15 4 (0.15%) Windows Server 2012
16 3 (0.11%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,691 (61.99%) Agile Software Development
2 552 (20.23%) Scrum
3 505 (18.51%) Test Automation
4 415 (15.21%) TDD
5 353 (12.94%) Continuous Integration
6 347 (12.72%) DevOps
7 334 (12.24%) Problem-Solving
8 311 (11.40%) Waterfall
9 293 (10.74%) Project Management
10 284 (10.41%) BDD
10 284 (10.41%) Stakeholder Management
11 269 (9.86%) Software Engineering
12 199 (7.29%) Microservices
13 198 (7.26%) Mentoring
14 193 (7.07%) OO
15 181 (6.63%) MVC
16 180 (6.60%) User Acceptance Testing
17 176 (6.45%) Test Strategy
18 171 (6.27%) Coaching
19 170 (6.23%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 728 (26.69%) SQL
2 643 (23.57%) Java
3 502 (18.40%) C#
4 401 (14.70%) JavaScript
5 276 (10.12%) Python
6 124 (4.55%) T-SQL
7 109 (4.00%) C++
8 98 (3.59%) C
9 93 (3.41%) TypeScript
10 72 (2.64%) Perl
11 70 (2.57%) PL/SQL
12 66 (2.42%) Java 8
13 63 (2.31%) PowerShell
14 61 (2.24%) Ruby
15 53 (1.94%) VB
16 52 (1.91%) PHP
17 43 (1.58%) Shell Script
18 39 (1.43%) Scala
19 35 (1.28%) Bash Shell
20 34 (1.25%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 219 (8.03%) Degree
2 106 (3.89%) ISEB
3 100 (3.67%) Security Cleared
4 95 (3.48%) ISTQB
5 75 (2.75%) SC Cleared
6 48 (1.76%) CISSP
7 43 (1.58%) Computer Science Degree
8 33 (1.21%) CISM
9 31 (1.14%) PMI Certification
10 27 (0.99%) Master's Degree
11 24 (0.88%) PMP
12 22 (0.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 20 (0.73%) ITIL Certification
14 19 (0.70%) DV Cleared
15 14 (0.51%) ISEB Practitioner
16 13 (0.48%) Cisco Certification
17 12 (0.44%) CCNA
18 11 (0.40%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
18 11 (0.40%) Microsoft Certification
18 11 (0.40%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 271 (9.93%) QA
2 56 (2.05%) Data Quality
3 52 (1.91%) GDPR
4 47 (1.72%) PMO
5 24 (0.88%) WCAG
6 20 (0.73%) SLA
7 19 (0.70%) PCI DSS
8 16 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 6 (0.22%) HIPAA
9 6 (0.22%) JSP 440
9 6 (0.22%) PSD2
9 6 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 5 (0.18%) GxP
10 5 (0.18%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 4 (0.15%) COBIT
12 3 (0.11%) HL7
12 3 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 3 (0.11%) Solvency II
13 2 (0.073%) PMBOK
13 2 (0.073%) SEPA
System Software
1 176 (6.45%) Docker
2 29 (1.06%) Active Directory
3 25 (0.92%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (0.40%) HDFS
5 7 (0.26%) Virtual Machines
5 7 (0.26%) XenApp
5 7 (0.26%) XenDesktop
6 6 (0.22%) Hyper-V
7 5 (0.18%) Apache Flume
7 5 (0.18%) VirtualBox
7 5 (0.18%) VMware ESXi
7 5 (0.18%) vSphere
8 4 (0.15%) NFS
8 4 (0.15%) Virtual Desktop
9 2 (0.073%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 2 (0.073%) LXC
10 1 (0.037%) IAG
10 1 (0.037%) Oracle RAC
10 1 (0.037%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 115 (4.22%) Ansible
2 80 (2.93%) Kubernetes
3 77 (2.82%) Puppet
4 60 (2.20%) Terraform
5 56 (2.05%) Opscode Chef
6 24 (0.88%) Docker Swarm
7 23 (0.84%) HP Quality Center
8 21 (0.77%) Nagios
8 21 (0.77%) Nessus
9 18 (0.66%) ZABBIX
10 15 (0.55%) HP ALM
11 14 (0.51%) Single Sign-On
12 13 (0.48%) Hadoop YARN
12 13 (0.48%) Kibana
13 12 (0.44%) CFEngine
14 9 (0.33%) HockeyApp
14 9 (0.33%) logstash
15 7 (0.26%) nmon
15 7 (0.26%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
15 7 (0.26%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 366 (13.42%) Microsoft
2 331 (12.13%) Oracle
3 67 (2.46%) Atlassian
4 63 (2.31%) SAP
5 60 (2.20%) Workday
6 54 (1.98%) Google
7 44 (1.61%) HP
7 44 (1.61%) IBM
8 43 (1.58%) Splunk
9 42 (1.54%) Sybase
10 41 (1.50%) Citrix
10 41 (1.50%) ServiceNow
11 40 (1.47%) Red Hat
12 35 (1.28%) MuleSoft
13 34 (1.25%) Tableau
14 33 (1.21%) VMware
15 29 (1.06%) Salesforce.com
16 25 (0.92%) Pega
17 22 (0.81%) TIBCO
18 18 (0.66%) F5