Period
to 9 May 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 9 May 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
9 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 78 83 87
Rank change year-on-year +5 +4 -6
Contract jobs citing SDLC 1,332 1,297 2,441
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 3.00% 2.78% 2.89%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.42% 3.25% 3.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 882 894 1,697
10th Percentile £356 £350 £356
25th Percentile £425 £416 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £515 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +2.90% - +5.26%
75th Percentile £614 £625 £594
90th Percentile £695 £700 £663
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £500
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 15 23
10th Percentile £42.00 " £30.46
25th Percentile £47.13 £37.16 £38.88
Median hourly rate £55.00 £45.00 £43.00
Median % change year-on-year +22.22% +4.65% -4.44%
75th Percentile £62.13 £51.00 £50.00
90th Percentile £68.70 £58.45 "
UK median hourly rate £55.00 £42.50 £43.00
% change year-on-year +29.41% -1.16% -4.44%

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 38,931 39,854 74,123
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 87.54% 85.58% 87.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 26,797 26,820 50,370
10th Percentile £308 £300 £306
25th Percentile £400 £388 £388
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +2.70%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £490 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +3.16% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,226 1,165 1,790
10th Percentile £11.80 £12.36 £11.62
25th Percentile £15.50 £15.85 £14.50
Median hourly rate £25.00 £21.50 £22.65
Median % change year-on-year +16.28% -5.08% +6.21%
75th Percentile £46.44 £45.00 £45.00
90th Percentile £58.71 £53.90 £51.25
UK median hourly rate £26.50 £22.00 £22.93
% change year-on-year +20.45% -4.06% +11.01%

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 9 May 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 9 May 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 9 May 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 +3 830 £550 +3.24% 232
South East -22 127 £450 -3.23% 99
Midlands +9 96 £408 -7.39% 91
North of England +24 87 £450 +4.65% 136
South West +30 74 £463 -26.17% 50
West Midlands -17 57 £440 -0.23% 60
North West +17 52 £388 +0.65% 86
East of England +18 42 £508 +1.50% 44
East Midlands +33 33 £400 +6.67% 29
Yorkshire +11 31 £500 +5.26% 38
North East +24 4 £450 - 12
SDLC
UK

For the 6 months to 9 May 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.

1 825 (61.94%) Agile Software Development
2 372 (27.93%) Finance
3 337 (25.30%) Java
4 333 (25.00%) Azure
5 314 (23.57%) Social Skills
6 285 (21.40%) SQL
7 264 (19.82%) Scrum
8 245 (18.39%) DevOps
9 236 (17.72%) Microservices
10 231 (17.34%) Software Engineering
11 224 (16.82%) AWS
12 203 (15.24%) Test Automation
13 199 (14.94%) JIRA
14 197 (14.79%) JavaScript
15 196 (14.71%) Python
16 185 (13.89%) Banking
17 170 (12.76%) Git (software)
18 164 (12.31%) .NET
19 154 (11.56%) Problem-Solving
20 150 (11.26%) Microsoft
21 149 (11.19%) Project Management
22 145 (10.89%) Security Cleared
23 142 (10.66%) Serverless
24 137 (10.29%) QA
25 134 (10.06%) Continuous Improvement
26 133 (9.98%) C#
26 133 (9.98%) Kubernetes
27 130 (9.76%) TDD
27 130 (9.76%) SC Cleared
28 125 (9.38%) Stakeholder Management

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
1 109 (8.18%) Confluence
2 63 (4.73%) Apache
3 45 (3.38%) BizTalk Server
4 35 (2.63%) Apache Spark
5 22 (1.65%) CMS
5 22 (1.65%) JBoss
5 22 (1.65%) SharePoint
6 15 (1.13%) Elasticsearch
6 15 (1.13%) Red Hat Fuse
7 14 (1.05%) Cloud Foundry
7 14 (1.05%) WebSphere
8 12 (0.90%) Oracle Coherence
8 12 (0.90%) Tomcat
9 11 (0.83%) Mule
10 10 (0.75%) EPiServer
11 6 (0.45%) nginx
11 6 (0.45%) Skype for Business
12 5 (0.38%) Camunda
12 5 (0.38%) Drupal
12 5 (0.38%) OpenStack
Applications
1 42 (3.15%) Microsoft Excel
2 41 (3.08%) Microsoft Office
3 25 (1.88%) Microsoft Project
4 15 (1.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 12 (0.90%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.15%) Figma
7 2 (0.15%) InVision
7 2 (0.15%) Simulink
7 2 (0.15%) Sketch
7 2 (0.15%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 22 (1.65%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.60%) SAP S/4HANA
2 8 (0.60%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 6 (0.45%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 5 (0.38%) Eikon
4 5 (0.38%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
5 4 (0.30%) Dynamics AX
5 4 (0.30%) Unit4 Business World
6 3 (0.23%) Primavera
7 2 (0.15%) ION MarketView
7 2 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
7 2 (0.15%) SAP MDM
7 2 (0.15%) SAP PS
7 2 (0.15%) Summit
8 1 (0.075%) Cognos TM1
8 1 (0.075%) Maximo
8 1 (0.075%) NetSuite
8 1 (0.075%) Oracle Retail
8 1 (0.075%) Siebel CRM
8 1 (0.075%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 333 (25.00%) Azure
2 224 (16.82%) AWS
3 142 (10.66%) Serverless
4 71 (5.33%) AWS Lambda
5 60 (4.50%) Azure Logic Apps
6 51 (3.83%) Azure Functions
7 50 (3.75%) Azure Cosmos DB
8 49 (3.68%) Azure Storage
9 48 (3.60%) GCP
10 46 (3.45%) GitHub
11 37 (2.78%) Power Platform
12 35 (2.63%) SaaS
13 28 (2.10%) PaaS
14 26 (1.95%) Dynamics 365
14 26 (1.95%) Microsoft 365
15 23 (1.73%) Azure Data Factory
16 20 (1.50%) OpenShift
17 18 (1.35%) Amazon S3
18 15 (1.13%) Azure Synapse Analytics
19 14 (1.05%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 19 (1.43%) Firewall
2 13 (0.98%) Internet
2 13 (0.98%) TCP/IP
3 12 (0.90%) HTTP
4 10 (0.75%) 2G
4 10 (0.75%) 5G
4 10 (0.75%) GSM
4 10 (0.75%) LAN
4 10 (0.75%) MVNO
4 10 (0.75%) Packet Switching
5 9 (0.68%) SSL
6 8 (0.60%) DNS
7 7 (0.53%) Intrusion Detection
7 7 (0.53%) Kerberos
7 7 (0.53%) Skype
8 6 (0.45%) Unified Communications
8 6 (0.45%) WAN
9 4 (0.30%) HTTPS
9 4 (0.30%) PBX
9 4 (0.30%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 100 (7.51%) SQL Server
2 96 (7.21%) Big Data
3 85 (6.38%) MongoDB
4 64 (4.80%) NoSQL
5 59 (4.43%) Data Warehouse
6 55 (4.13%) Azure SQL Database
6 55 (4.13%) Relational Database
7 46 (3.45%) MySQL
8 32 (2.40%) Data Lake
9 30 (2.25%) PostgreSQL
10 28 (2.10%) Tableau
11 25 (1.88%) Power BI
11 25 (1.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 22 (1.65%) Hadoop
13 21 (1.58%) Tableau Desktop
13 21 (1.58%) Tableau Server
14 20 (1.50%) Redis
15 14 (1.05%) Amazon DynamoDB
15 14 (1.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 13 (0.98%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 199 (14.94%) JIRA
2 170 (12.76%) Git (software)
3 90 (6.76%) Jenkins
4 49 (3.68%) Maven
5 43 (3.23%) JUnit
5 43 (3.23%) Selenium
5 43 (3.23%) TeamCity
6 35 (2.63%) Cucumber
6 35 (2.63%) Subversion
7 31 (2.33%) Visual Studio
8 25 (1.88%) Octopus Deploy
9 24 (1.80%) Team Foundation Server
10 20 (1.50%) FishEye
10 20 (1.50%) kappa
10 20 (1.50%) PowerDesigner
11 19 (1.43%) Ant
12 18 (1.35%) Bitbucket
13 17 (1.28%) Visual Studio Team System
14 16 (1.20%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 14 (1.05%) WebDriver
General
1 372 (27.93%) Finance
2 314 (23.57%) Social Skills
3 185 (13.89%) Banking
4 91 (6.83%) Analytical Skills
5 80 (6.01%) Public Sector
6 68 (5.11%) Investment Banking
7 52 (3.90%) Influencing Skills
8 51 (3.83%) Telecoms
9 47 (3.53%) Front Office
10 37 (2.78%) Retail
11 33 (2.48%) Presentation Skills
12 17 (1.28%) Marketing
13 16 (1.20%) Financial Institution
14 14 (1.05%) Legal
15 10 (0.75%) Electronics
15 10 (0.75%) Law
15 10 (0.75%) Pharmaceutical
16 9 (0.68%) Manufacturing
16 9 (0.68%) Wearables
17 8 (0.60%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 441 (33.11%) Developer
2 161 (12.09%) Analyst
3 134 (10.06%) Architect
4 106 (7.96%) Java Developer
5 91 (6.83%) Business Analyst
6 87 (6.53%) Project Manager
7 78 (5.86%) Software Engineer
8 77 (5.78%) Senior Developer
9 66 (4.95%) Solutions Architect
10 46 (3.45%) .NET Developer
11 42 (3.15%) Python Developer
12 38 (2.85%) React Developer
13 36 (2.70%) Test Manager
14 34 (2.55%) Data Architect
14 34 (2.55%) Senior Software Engineer
15 33 (2.48%) Consultant
16 32 (2.40%) Full Stack Developer
17 31 (2.33%) DV Cleared Software Engineer
18 30 (2.25%) Delivery Manager
18 30 (2.25%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 164 (12.31%) .NET
2 121 (9.08%) Web Services
3 110 (8.26%) Spring
4 107 (8.03%) REST
5 105 (7.88%) Node.js
6 97 (7.28%) AngularJS
7 89 (6.68%) HTML
8 87 (6.53%) React
9 85 (6.38%) CSS
10 78 (5.86%) XML
11 72 (5.41%) RESTful
12 59 (4.43%) Kafka
13 48 (3.60%) .NET Core
13 48 (3.60%) JSON
14 45 (3.38%) SOAP
15 43 (3.23%) Hibernate
16 39 (2.93%) Spring Boot
17 38 (2.85%) Apache NiFi
18 37 (2.78%) JMS
19 31 (2.33%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 82 (6.16%) Cloud Native
2 80 (6.01%) Self-Motivation
3 76 (5.71%) User Experience
4 70 (5.26%) Virtual Team
5 63 (4.73%) Fixed Income
6 61 (4.58%) Mobile App
7 53 (3.98%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 25 (1.88%) Equities
9 23 (1.73%) Public Cloud
10 22 (1.65%) Derivative
10 22 (1.65%) Management Information System
11 21 (1.58%) Data Structures
11 21 (1.58%) Greenfield Project
12 18 (1.35%) Enterprise Software
12 18 (1.35%) N-Tier
13 13 (0.98%) Client/Server
13 13 (0.98%) PMI
14 12 (0.90%) Hedge funds
14 12 (0.90%) Replication
15 11 (0.83%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 87 (6.53%) Windows
2 84 (6.31%) Linux
3 41 (3.08%) Android
3 41 (3.08%) Unix
4 31 (2.33%) Apple iOS
5 13 (0.98%) Windows Server
6 10 (0.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 6 (0.45%) CentOS
8 3 (0.23%) Ubuntu
9 2 (0.15%) MVS
9 2 (0.15%) Windows 10
9 2 (0.15%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.075%) AIX
10 1 (0.075%) DC/OS
10 1 (0.075%) Solaris
10 1 (0.075%) SUSE
10 1 (0.075%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 825 (61.94%) Agile Software Development
2 264 (19.82%) Scrum
3 245 (18.39%) DevOps
4 236 (17.72%) Microservices
5 231 (17.34%) Software Engineering
6 203 (15.24%) Test Automation
7 154 (11.56%) Problem-Solving
8 149 (11.19%) Project Management
9 134 (10.06%) Continuous Improvement
10 130 (9.76%) TDD
11 125 (9.38%) Stakeholder Management
12 108 (8.11%) Continuous Integration
13 100 (7.51%) Waterfall
14 96 (7.21%) Kanban
14 96 (7.21%) Mentoring
15 95 (7.13%) Analytics
15 95 (7.13%) Data Modelling
16 94 (7.06%) BDD
17 85 (6.38%) Software Testing
18 84 (6.31%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 337 (25.30%) Java
2 285 (21.40%) SQL
3 197 (14.79%) JavaScript
4 196 (14.71%) Python
5 133 (9.98%) C#
6 80 (6.01%) C++
7 64 (4.80%) PL/SQL
8 55 (4.13%) T-SQL
9 52 (3.90%) Java 8
10 51 (3.83%) Go
10 51 (3.83%) TypeScript
11 40 (3.00%) PowerShell
12 39 (2.93%) Kotlin
13 31 (2.33%) C
14 30 (2.25%) VB
15 29 (2.18%) Scala
16 23 (1.73%) Apex Code
17 22 (1.65%) ES6
18 18 (1.35%) Bash Shell
18 18 (1.35%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 145 (10.89%) Security Cleared
2 130 (9.76%) SC Cleared
3 115 (8.63%) Degree
4 41 (3.08%) DV Cleared
5 38 (2.85%) ISTQB
6 19 (1.43%) ISEB
6 19 (1.43%) PMI Certification
7 18 (1.35%) Computer Science Degree
8 17 (1.28%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 15 (1.13%) CISSP
10 14 (1.05%) PMP
11 11 (0.83%) TOGAF Certification
12 10 (0.75%) CISM
13 9 (0.68%) CRISC
14 8 (0.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 6 (0.45%) AWS Certification
15 6 (0.45%) BPSS Clearance
15 6 (0.45%) Master's Degree
16 5 (0.38%) CHECK Team Leader
16 5 (0.38%) CREST Certified
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 137 (10.29%) QA
2 33 (2.48%) Data Quality
3 22 (1.65%) SLA
4 16 (1.20%) NIST
5 11 (0.83%) PMO
6 8 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 8 (0.60%) WCAG
7 7 (0.53%) GDPR
8 6 (0.45%) PMBOK
9 5 (0.38%) Cyber Essentials
9 5 (0.38%) PCI DSS
10 4 (0.30%) MiFID
11 3 (0.23%) GRC
11 3 (0.23%) ISO 8583
12 2 (0.15%) COBIT
12 2 (0.15%) COREP
12 2 (0.15%) CRD IV
13 1 (0.075%) 21 CFR Part 11
13 1 (0.075%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 1 (0.075%) P3O
System Software
1 105 (7.88%) Docker
2 14 (1.05%) Active Directory
3 8 (0.60%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.38%) Virtual Machines
5 4 (0.30%) XenApp
5 4 (0.30%) XenDesktop
6 3 (0.23%) Firmware
7 2 (0.15%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.075%) HDFS
8 1 (0.075%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.075%) ISA Server
8 1 (0.075%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.075%) OpenAM
8 1 (0.075%) Shibboleth
8 1 (0.075%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.075%) VirtualBox
8 1 (0.075%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.075%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 133 (9.98%) Kubernetes
2 52 (3.90%) Ansible
3 51 (3.83%) Terraform
4 27 (2.03%) Puppet
5 22 (1.65%) Opscode Chef
6 19 (1.43%) Prometheus
7 10 (0.75%) Kibana
8 7 (0.53%) Consul
8 7 (0.53%) Control-M
8 7 (0.53%) Single Sign-On
8 7 (0.53%) Zipkin
9 6 (0.45%) CA Single Sign-On
9 6 (0.45%) HP Fortify
10 5 (0.38%) Grafana
10 5 (0.38%) logstash
10 5 (0.38%) Rancher
11 4 (0.30%) Docker Swarm
12 3 (0.23%) Cisco UCCE
12 3 (0.23%) HP Quality Center
12 3 (0.23%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 150 (11.26%) Microsoft
2 125 (9.38%) Oracle
3 79 (5.93%) MuleSoft
4 46 (3.45%) Salesforce.com
5 42 (3.15%) SAP
6 33 (2.48%) Google
7 23 (1.73%) Databricks
8 20 (1.50%) BiZZdesign
9 19 (1.43%) Red Hat
10 18 (1.35%) ServiceNow
11 17 (1.28%) Ericsson
11 17 (1.28%) Huawei
11 17 (1.28%) Nokia
11 17 (1.28%) Splunk
12 16 (1.20%) Atlassian
12 16 (1.20%) CheckPoint
13 15 (1.13%) Citrix
13 15 (1.13%) Sybase
14 14 (1.05%) HP
15 13 (0.98%) Informatica