Period
to 21 February 2020

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 21 February 2020 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
21 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 92 84 79
Rank change year-on-year -8 -5 +7
Contract jobs citing SDLC 1,569 2,640 2,843
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 2.53% 2.91% 3.05%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.97% 3.32% 3.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 994 1,914 1,988
England median daily rate £490 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.00% +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £337 £355 £325
90th Percentile £688 £663 £650
UK median daily rate £481 £500 £475
% change year-on-year -3.75% +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 20 52
England median hourly rate £45.00 £42.75 £42.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% - +1.79%
10th Percentile £35.34 £34.81 £27.00
90th Percentile £56.90 £47.75 £67.25
UK median hourly rate £43.00 £41.50 £42.75
% change year-on-year +3.61% -2.92% +0.59%

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 52,834 79,460 80,686
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 85.24% 87.54% 86.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 34,603 53,140 54,351
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +3.45%
10th Percentile £290 £305 £288
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,694 1,992 1,969
England median hourly rate £23.00 £24.04 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.33% +0.17% -2.04%
10th Percentile £12.42 £11.50 £11.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £50.25
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £24.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -2.08% +2.13% -3.73%

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 21 February 2020.

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 21 February 2020.

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 21 February 2020. 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 -8 792 £525 - 291
South East +22 318 £450 -5.26% 180
North of England -31 154 £450 +5.88% 194
Midlands -17 109 £450 +2.04% 106
South West +4 108 £469 +6.53% 75
West Midlands +6 89 £450 +2.45% 65
North West -10 85 £450 +5.88% 100
East of England -9 78 £525 +23.53% 76
Yorkshire -26 54 £475 +14.80% 81
East Midlands -18 20 £381 -15.28% 41
North East +3 15 £350 -29.93% 13
SDLC
UK

For the 6 months to 21 February 2020, 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.

1 960 (61.19%) Agile Software Development
2 384 (24.47%) Java
3 335 (21.35%) SQL
4 315 (20.08%) Finance
5 313 (19.95%) Scrum
6 276 (17.59%) Azure
7 250 (15.93%) DevOps
8 243 (15.49%) Test Automation
9 238 (15.17%) JavaScript
10 237 (15.11%) Problem-Solving
11 220 (14.02%) .NET
11 220 (14.02%) Python
11 220 (14.02%) Microsoft
12 215 (13.70%) AWS
13 212 (13.51%) C#
14 209 (13.32%) Analytical Skills
15 196 (12.49%) Git (software)
16 191 (12.17%) Waterfall
17 181 (11.54%) Web Services
18 176 (11.22%) SQL Server
18 176 (11.22%) JIRA
19 171 (10.90%) Linux
20 169 (10.77%) Oracle
20 169 (10.77%) QA
21 168 (10.71%) Banking
22 159 (10.13%) Jenkins
23 153 (9.75%) HTML
24 149 (9.50%) Microservices
25 148 (9.43%) Continuous Integration
26 147 (9.37%) 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 89 (5.67%) Confluence
2 43 (2.74%) WebLogic
3 36 (2.29%) SharePoint
4 31 (1.98%) IIS
5 30 (1.91%) WebSphere
6 29 (1.85%) Apache Spark
7 22 (1.40%) Tomcat
8 19 (1.21%) CMS
8 19 (1.21%) SAS
9 18 (1.15%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 17 (1.08%) GeoServer
11 12 (0.76%) Anypoint
11 12 (0.76%) OpenStack
12 11 (0.70%) Apache
12 11 (0.70%) Drupal
12 11 (0.70%) Oracle Service Bus
13 9 (0.57%) Elasticsearch
14 7 (0.45%) Camunda
14 7 (0.45%) JBoss
14 7 (0.45%) Jupyter
Applications
1 90 (5.74%) Microsoft Office
2 63 (4.02%) Microsoft Excel
3 39 (2.49%) Microsoft Project
4 27 (1.72%) MS Visio
5 21 (1.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 5 (0.32%) Zeplin
7 4 (0.25%) InfoPath
8 3 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
8 3 (0.19%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.064%) Adobe Captivate
9 1 (0.064%) Figma
9 1 (0.064%) RoboHelp
9 1 (0.064%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 21 (1.34%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.51%) BASE24
3 7 (0.45%) Maximo
3 7 (0.45%) Oracle BPM
4 6 (0.38%) SAP S/4HANA
5 5 (0.32%) Adobe Campaign
5 5 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
6 4 (0.25%) ION MarketView
7 3 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
7 3 (0.19%) Loan IQ
7 3 (0.19%) Remedy AR System
7 3 (0.19%) SAP CO
7 3 (0.19%) SAP FI
7 3 (0.19%) SAP FI/CO
7 3 (0.19%) SAP MM
7 3 (0.19%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 2 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
8 2 (0.13%) Oracle Receivables
8 2 (0.13%) SAP HR
8 2 (0.13%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 276 (17.59%) Azure
2 215 (13.70%) AWS
3 69 (4.40%) Power Platform
4 50 (3.19%) GitHub
5 48 (3.06%) GCP
6 42 (2.68%) Serverless
7 36 (2.29%) PaaS
8 31 (1.98%) SaaS
9 30 (1.91%) AWS Lambda
10 25 (1.59%) Office 365
11 24 (1.53%) Amazon S3
11 24 (1.53%) IaaS
12 21 (1.34%) OpenShift
13 18 (1.15%) Amazon EC2
13 18 (1.15%) AWS CloudFormation
13 18 (1.15%) npm
14 14 (0.89%) Amazon EMR
15 13 (0.83%) Dynamics 365
16 12 (0.76%) Amazon ECS
17 11 (0.70%) Amazon Kinesis
Communications & Networking
1 26 (1.66%) HTTP
2 23 (1.47%) Firewall
3 13 (0.83%) DNS
3 13 (0.83%) Network Security
3 13 (0.83%) Wireshark
4 11 (0.70%) VPN
5 10 (0.64%) SSL
6 9 (0.57%) RTMP
7 8 (0.51%) Internet
7 8 (0.51%) TCP/IP
7 8 (0.51%) WAN
8 6 (0.38%) DSL
8 6 (0.38%) IPv6
8 6 (0.38%) LAN
9 5 (0.32%) HTTPS
10 4 (0.25%) PuTTY
10 4 (0.25%) X.509
11 3 (0.19%) Cisco ASA
11 3 (0.19%) Cisco IOS
11 3 (0.19%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 176 (11.22%) SQL Server
2 92 (5.86%) Relational Database
3 78 (4.97%) Big Data
4 74 (4.72%) Data Warehouse
5 52 (3.31%) Power BI
6 40 (2.55%) Oracle Database
7 36 (2.29%) NoSQL
8 35 (2.23%) RDBMS
9 34 (2.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 31 (1.98%) MySQL
11 29 (1.85%) PostgreSQL
12 28 (1.78%) Hadoop
13 26 (1.66%) Apache Hive
13 26 (1.66%) MongoDB
14 23 (1.47%) Redis
15 22 (1.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 18 (1.15%) GIS
16 18 (1.15%) KDB
16 18 (1.15%) Kdb+
17 16 (1.02%) Geospatial Data
Development Applications
1 196 (12.49%) Git (software)
2 176 (11.22%) JIRA
3 159 (10.13%) Jenkins
4 82 (5.23%) Selenium
5 60 (3.82%) Cucumber
6 56 (3.57%) Maven
7 55 (3.51%) TeamCity
8 33 (2.10%) JUnit
9 31 (1.98%) Team Foundation Server
10 30 (1.91%) Mockito
11 29 (1.85%) JMeter
12 26 (1.66%) Visual Studio Team System
13 25 (1.59%) Postman
13 25 (1.59%) Visual Studio
14 24 (1.53%) Bitbucket
15 22 (1.40%) gulp
15 22 (1.40%) SpecFlow
16 20 (1.27%) Subversion
17 18 (1.15%) Sonatype Nexus
17 18 (1.15%) WebDriver
General
1 315 (20.08%) Finance
2 168 (10.71%) Banking
3 70 (4.46%) Front Office
4 68 (4.33%) Public Sector
5 62 (3.95%) Investment Banking
6 43 (2.74%) Retail
7 22 (1.40%) Marketing
7 22 (1.40%) Telecoms
8 20 (1.27%) German Language
9 17 (1.08%) Manufacturing
10 15 (0.96%) Pharmaceutical
11 14 (0.89%) Back Office
12 12 (0.76%) Legal
13 11 (0.70%) Financial Institution
13 11 (0.70%) Italian Language
14 7 (0.45%) Law
14 7 (0.45%) Local Government
14 7 (0.45%) Publishing
14 7 (0.45%) Retail Banking
15 6 (0.38%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 548 (34.93%) Developer
2 204 (13.00%) Analyst
3 174 (11.09%) Architect
4 117 (7.46%) Business Analyst
5 98 (6.25%) Java Developer
6 93 (5.93%) Project Manager
7 77 (4.91%) Senior Developer
8 64 (4.08%) Solutions Architect
9 62 (3.95%) DevOps Engineer
10 57 (3.63%) .NET Developer
11 53 (3.38%) Software Developer
12 51 (3.25%) C# Developer
13 50 (3.19%) Consultant
13 50 (3.19%) Tester
14 42 (2.68%) React Developer
15 36 (2.29%) Software Engineer
16 34 (2.17%) Test Manager
17 27 (1.72%) Oracle Developer
18 26 (1.66%) Angular Developer
18 26 (1.66%) Python Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 220 (14.02%) .NET
2 181 (11.54%) Web Services
3 153 (9.75%) HTML
4 147 (9.37%) CSS
5 133 (8.48%) AngularJS
6 115 (7.33%) XML
7 101 (6.44%) REST
8 94 (5.99%) Spring
9 90 (5.74%) RESTful
10 82 (5.23%) HTML5
11 81 (5.16%) React
12 67 (4.27%) .NET Core
13 60 (3.82%) .NET Framework
13 60 (3.82%) ASP.NET
14 59 (3.76%) JSON
15 53 (3.38%) Node.js
15 53 (3.38%) Spring Boot
16 46 (2.93%) jQuery
17 45 (2.87%) Middleware
18 40 (2.55%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 209 (13.32%) Analytical Skills
2 75 (4.78%) User Experience
3 73 (4.65%) Self-Motivation
4 66 (4.21%) Greenfield Project
5 58 (3.70%) Enterprise Software
6 49 (3.12%) Management Information System
7 45 (2.87%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 45 (2.87%) Mobile App
8 36 (2.29%) Data Structures
9 31 (1.98%) Public Cloud
10 25 (1.59%) Virtual Team
11 22 (1.40%) Linux Command Line
12 19 (1.21%) Algorithms
12 19 (1.21%) Derivative
13 17 (1.08%) Hedge funds
14 13 (0.83%) Data Centre
14 13 (0.83%) PKI
14 13 (0.83%) Wiki
15 12 (0.76%) CMDB
15 12 (0.76%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 171 (10.90%) Linux
2 141 (8.99%) Windows
3 81 (5.16%) Unix
4 49 (3.12%) Android
5 39 (2.49%) Apple iOS
6 22 (1.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 14 (0.89%) Windows 10
8 13 (0.83%) Ubuntu
9 11 (0.70%) AIX
9 11 (0.70%) Windows Server
10 9 (0.57%) CentOS
11 8 (0.51%) Windows Server 2008
12 5 (0.32%) OpenVMS
13 4 (0.25%) DC/OS
13 4 (0.25%) Solaris
13 4 (0.25%) Windows 7
14 3 (0.19%) Mac OS X
14 3 (0.19%) Oracle Linux
14 3 (0.19%) VMS
14 3 (0.19%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 960 (61.19%) Agile Software Development
2 313 (19.95%) Scrum
3 250 (15.93%) DevOps
4 243 (15.49%) Test Automation
5 237 (15.11%) Problem-Solving
6 191 (12.17%) Waterfall
7 149 (9.50%) Microservices
8 148 (9.43%) Continuous Integration
9 146 (9.31%) Project Management
10 132 (8.41%) Data Modelling
11 130 (8.29%) TDD
12 126 (8.03%) Software Engineering
13 121 (7.71%) Stakeholder Management
14 116 (7.39%) Business Intelligence
15 98 (6.25%) Kanban
16 96 (6.12%) Unit Testing
17 93 (5.93%) BDD
18 91 (5.80%) Analytics
19 83 (5.29%) ITIL
20 78 (4.97%) OO
Programming Languages
1 384 (24.47%) Java
2 335 (21.35%) SQL
3 238 (15.17%) JavaScript
4 220 (14.02%) Python
5 212 (13.51%) C#
6 78 (4.97%) TypeScript
7 69 (4.40%) C++
8 64 (4.08%) C
9 59 (3.76%) PowerShell
10 54 (3.44%) T-SQL
11 50 (3.19%) Shell Script
12 42 (2.68%) Ruby
13 37 (2.36%) PL/SQL
14 36 (2.29%) Bash Shell
15 29 (1.85%) Perl
16 26 (1.66%) Kotlin
17 24 (1.53%) Scala
18 22 (1.40%) Groovy
19 20 (1.27%) Go
19 20 (1.27%) PHP
Qualifications
1 130 (8.29%) Security Cleared
2 119 (7.58%) Degree
3 112 (7.14%) SC Cleared
4 53 (3.38%) ISEB
5 46 (2.93%) ISTQB
6 22 (1.40%) Computer Science Degree
7 21 (1.34%) CISSP
8 20 (1.27%) Microsoft Certification
9 19 (1.21%) PMP
10 17 (1.08%) TOGAF Certification
11 16 (1.02%) PMI Certification
12 14 (0.89%) AWS Certification
12 14 (0.89%) ISEB Practitioner
12 14 (0.89%) MCSE
13 13 (0.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 10 (0.64%) Cisco Certification
14 10 (0.64%) CISM
14 10 (0.64%) DV Cleared
15 9 (0.57%) BPSS Clearance
16 7 (0.45%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 169 (10.77%) QA
2 19 (1.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 17 (1.08%) Data Quality
4 16 (1.02%) PMO
5 14 (0.89%) GDPR
5 14 (0.89%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 13 (0.83%) SLA
7 11 (0.70%) NIST
8 10 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 8 (0.51%) GxP
10 6 (0.38%) NCSC
10 6 (0.38%) PCI DSS
11 5 (0.32%) HIPAA
12 4 (0.25%) ISO 22301
12 4 (0.25%) MiFID
13 3 (0.19%) GAMP
13 3 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 3 (0.19%) JSP 440
13 3 (0.19%) Solvency II
14 2 (0.13%) Good Clinical Practice
System Software
1 122 (7.78%) Docker
2 19 (1.21%) Active Directory
3 13 (0.83%) VMware Infrastructure
4 10 (0.64%) HDFS
4 10 (0.64%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (0.38%) Oracle RAC
6 5 (0.32%) VirtualBox
7 4 (0.25%) Hyper-V
8 3 (0.19%) vSphere
9 2 (0.13%) Apache Flume
9 2 (0.13%) NFS
9 2 (0.13%) Samba
9 2 (0.13%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
9 2 (0.13%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.13%) Xen
9 2 (0.13%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.064%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.064%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.064%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 95 (6.05%) Kubernetes
2 58 (3.70%) Ansible
3 53 (3.38%) Terraform
4 37 (2.36%) Opscode Chef
5 34 (2.17%) Puppet
6 19 (1.21%) HP Quality Center
7 12 (0.76%) Hadoop YARN
8 11 (0.70%) HP ALM
9 10 (0.64%) Docker Swarm
10 9 (0.57%) Nagios
11 8 (0.51%) Packer
12 6 (0.38%) Data Guard
12 6 (0.38%) Oracle RMAN
13 5 (0.32%) MIIS
13 5 (0.32%) SCCM
14 4 (0.25%) Grafana
14 4 (0.25%) Kibana
14 4 (0.25%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
14 4 (0.25%) Prometheus
15 3 (0.19%) HP Fortify
Vendors
1 220 (14.02%) Microsoft
2 169 (10.77%) Oracle
3 49 (3.12%) Google
4 43 (2.74%) Salesforce.com
4 43 (2.74%) SAP
5 34 (2.17%) HP
6 29 (1.85%) Tableau
7 23 (1.47%) IBM
7 23 (1.47%) MuleSoft
8 21 (1.34%) CheckPoint
9 20 (1.27%) Splunk
10 17 (1.08%) Cloudera
11 16 (1.02%) Red Hat
11 16 (1.02%) VMware
12 14 (0.89%) ServiceNow
12 14 (0.89%) webMethods
13 13 (0.83%) Atlassian
13 13 (0.83%) Remedy
14 12 (0.76%) Cisco
14 12 (0.76%) Informatica