Period
to 26 June 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 26 June 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
26 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 84 79 77
Rank change year-on-year -5 -2 -8
Contract jobs citing SDLC 2,371 2,817 2,637
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 2.85% 3.06% 3.12%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.26% 3.53% 3.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,590 1,829 1,799
England median daily rate £500 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% - +8.57%
10th Percentile £355 £330 £310
90th Percentile £660 £638 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £460
% change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +8.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 35 47
England median hourly rate £43.00 £44.50 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.37% +5.95% +5.00%
10th Percentile £28.07 £20.00 £29.40
90th Percentile £50.00 £67.25 £55.25
UK median hourly rate £43.00 £44.50 £41.75
% change year-on-year -3.37% +6.59% +2.45%

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 72,757 79,819 72,515
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 87.40% 86.77% 85.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 48,329 53,009 47,730
England median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £306 £300 £275
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,954 2,180 1,911
England median hourly rate £25.34 £22.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.16% -12.00% -
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £11.44
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £51.50
UK median hourly rate £25.34 £21.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +17.84% -14.00% -

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 26 June 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 26 June 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 26 June 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 +2 1,319 £525 - 97
South East -7 404 £458 -1.61% 47
North of England -33 219 £425 +6.25% 57
Midlands +5 194 £427 +1.67% 40
West Midlands -11 118 £420 +0.60% 25
East of England -5 111 £464 +9.12% 20
South West -38 111 £450 +7.14% 21
North West -19 110 £433 +15.33% 19
Yorkshire -31 88 £400 -4.76% 23
East Midlands +12 62 £440 +3.53% 15
North East +20 21 £476 +0.21% 15
SDLC
UK

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 1,384 (58.37%) Agile Software Development
2 642 (27.08%) Finance
3 615 (25.94%) SQL
4 594 (25.05%) Java
5 464 (19.57%) JavaScript
6 448 (18.89%) Scrum
7 388 (16.36%) C#
8 377 (15.90%) DevOps
9 374 (15.77%) Test Automation
10 364 (15.35%) TDD
11 350 (14.76%) Problem-Solving
12 336 (14.17%) Microsoft Azure
13 324 (13.67%) JIRA
14 315 (13.29%) Amazon AWS
15 313 (13.20%) .NET
16 296 (12.48%) Analytical Skills
17 295 (12.44%) HTML
18 287 (12.10%) Banking
19 282 (11.89%) Git (software)
20 275 (11.60%) Waterfall
21 273 (11.51%) Python
22 270 (11.39%) CSS
23 267 (11.26%) Project Management
24 264 (11.13%) Microservices
25 263 (11.09%) SQL Server
26 261 (11.01%) Oracle
27 259 (10.92%) QA
28 256 (10.80%) Microsoft
29 229 (9.66%) Software Engineering
30 224 (9.45%) Jenkins

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
1 158 (6.66%) Confluence
2 92 (3.88%) Apache Spark
3 61 (2.57%) CMS
4 51 (2.15%) SharePoint
5 45 (1.90%) Apache
6 37 (1.56%) IIS
7 32 (1.35%) WebLogic
8 28 (1.18%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 27 (1.14%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 23 (0.97%) WebSphere
11 19 (0.80%) Elasticsearch
11 19 (0.80%) JBoss
12 14 (0.59%) Apache Pig
12 14 (0.59%) Magnolia
12 14 (0.59%) Tomcat
13 13 (0.55%) GlassFish
13 13 (0.55%) SAS
13 13 (0.55%) WebSphere Application Server
14 12 (0.51%) Mule
15 11 (0.46%) Appian
Applications
1 100 (4.22%) Microsoft Excel
2 94 (3.96%) Microsoft Office
3 46 (1.94%) Microsoft Project
4 38 (1.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 32 (1.35%) MS Visio
6 8 (0.34%) Simulink
7 7 (0.30%) Windchill
8 5 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
9 4 (0.17%) Chatbot
10 2 (0.084%) Acrobat
10 2 (0.084%) Fireworks
10 2 (0.084%) Photoshop
11 1 (0.042%) EngageOne
11 1 (0.042%) InVision
11 1 (0.042%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 33 (1.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (0.84%) Endur
3 10 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
3 10 (0.42%) Oracle EBS
4 9 (0.38%) SAP FI
4 9 (0.38%) Temenos T24
5 8 (0.34%) ION MarketView
6 7 (0.30%) Oracle BPM
6 7 (0.30%) SAP S/4HANA
7 6 (0.25%) Oracle EBS R12
7 6 (0.25%) Oracle Payables
7 6 (0.25%) Workday HCM
8 5 (0.21%) Actimize
8 5 (0.21%) Adobe Campaign
8 5 (0.21%) Oracle AGIS
8 5 (0.21%) Oracle Cash Management
8 5 (0.21%) Oracle E-Business Tax
8 5 (0.21%) Oracle General Ledger
8 5 (0.21%) Oracle iProcurement
8 5 (0.21%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 336 (14.17%) Microsoft Azure
2 315 (13.29%) Amazon AWS
3 71 (2.99%) PaaS
4 70 (2.95%) SaaS
5 65 (2.74%) Google Cloud Platform
6 58 (2.45%) GitHub
7 52 (2.19%) IaaS
8 49 (2.07%) Serverless
9 36 (1.52%) Dynamics 365
9 36 (1.52%) Power Platform
10 35 (1.48%) Amazon S3
11 33 (1.39%) npm
12 28 (1.18%) AWS Lambda
13 27 (1.14%) Amazon ECS
14 25 (1.05%) Amazon EC2
15 23 (0.97%) Cloud Computing
16 22 (0.93%) AWS CloudFormation
17 21 (0.89%) Google Sheets
18 18 (0.76%) Slack
19 16 (0.67%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 28 (1.18%) Firewall
1 28 (1.18%) Internet
2 25 (1.05%) HTTP
3 20 (0.84%) LAN
3 20 (0.84%) WAN
4 17 (0.72%) TCP/IP
5 15 (0.63%) FTP
6 12 (0.51%) DNS
7 8 (0.34%) SSH
8 7 (0.30%) SAN
9 6 (0.25%) MPLS
10 5 (0.21%) Intranet
10 5 (0.21%) Network Security
10 5 (0.21%) Radio Access Network
10 5 (0.21%) X.21
11 4 (0.17%) DSL
11 4 (0.17%) SNMP
11 4 (0.17%) VLAN
11 4 (0.17%) VPN
12 3 (0.13%) 3G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 263 (11.09%) SQL Server
2 127 (5.36%) Relational Database
3 115 (4.85%) Big Data
4 108 (4.56%) Data Warehouse
5 89 (3.75%) NoSQL
6 70 (2.95%) Hadoop
7 66 (2.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 64 (2.70%) Apache Hive
9 61 (2.57%) MongoDB
10 51 (2.15%) MySQL
11 49 (2.07%) Apache Cassandra
12 43 (1.81%) HBase
13 39 (1.64%) Oracle Database
14 38 (1.60%) Impala
15 35 (1.48%) PostgreSQL
15 35 (1.48%) Power BI
16 32 (1.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 27 (1.14%) Redis
18 25 (1.05%) Amazon DynamoDB
18 25 (1.05%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 324 (13.67%) JIRA
2 282 (11.89%) Git (software)
3 224 (9.45%) Jenkins
4 137 (5.78%) Selenium
5 81 (3.42%) Bitbucket
6 76 (3.21%) Visual Studio
7 74 (3.12%) Maven
8 70 (2.95%) Visual Studio Team System
9 59 (2.49%) Cucumber
10 56 (2.36%) Team Foundation Server
11 54 (2.28%) JUnit
12 49 (2.07%) Subversion
13 40 (1.69%) Sonatype Nexus
13 40 (1.69%) TeamCity
14 38 (1.60%) Eclipse
15 37 (1.56%) WebDriver
16 35 (1.48%) JMeter
16 35 (1.48%) SpecFlow
17 34 (1.43%) gulp
18 30 (1.27%) LoadRunner
General
1 642 (27.08%) Finance
2 287 (12.10%) Banking
3 91 (3.84%) Front Office
4 89 (3.75%) Retail
5 76 (3.21%) Marketing
6 61 (2.57%) Telecoms
7 58 (2.45%) Investment Banking
8 45 (1.90%) Financial Institution
9 40 (1.69%) Back Office
10 38 (1.60%) Manufacturing
11 32 (1.35%) Legal
12 28 (1.18%) Publishing
13 20 (0.84%) Pharmaceutical
14 18 (0.76%) Law
15 16 (0.67%) General Ledger
16 15 (0.63%) Automotive
16 15 (0.63%) Electronics
17 11 (0.46%) Aerospace
17 11 (0.46%) Games
18 10 (0.42%) French Language
Job Titles
1 923 (38.93%) Developer
2 407 (17.17%) Analyst
3 230 (9.70%) Business Analyst
4 175 (7.38%) Architect
5 165 (6.96%) Java Developer
6 156 (6.58%) Project Manager
7 144 (6.07%) Senior Developer
8 128 (5.40%) C# Developer
9 124 (5.23%) .NET Developer
10 90 (3.80%) Full Stack Developer
11 86 (3.63%) DevOps Engineer
12 80 (3.37%) Test Analyst
13 78 (3.29%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
13 78 (3.29%) Python Developer
14 77 (3.25%) C# .NET Developer
15 64 (2.70%) Tester
16 61 (2.57%) Software Engineer
17 60 (2.53%) Consultant
18 58 (2.45%) SQL Developer
19 54 (2.28%) React Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 313 (13.20%) .NET
2 295 (12.44%) HTML
3 270 (11.39%) CSS
4 210 (8.86%) Web Services
5 189 (7.97%) REST
6 184 (7.76%) AngularJS
6 184 (7.76%) React
7 169 (7.13%) Node.js
8 151 (6.37%) XML
9 135 (5.69%) RESTful
10 115 (4.85%) HTML5
10 115 (4.85%) JSON
11 114 (4.81%) Spring
12 88 (3.71%) SOAP
13 83 (3.50%) Redux
14 81 (3.42%) ASP.NET
15 79 (3.33%) jQuery
16 60 (2.53%) Sass
17 59 (2.49%) Kafka
18 58 (2.45%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 296 (12.48%) Analytical Skills
2 124 (5.23%) Greenfield Project
3 114 (4.81%) Enterprise Software
4 104 (4.39%) User Experience
5 99 (4.18%) Self-Motivation
6 98 (4.13%) Mobile App
7 94 (3.96%) Management Information System
8 50 (2.11%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 48 (2.02%) Equities
10 42 (1.77%) Derivative
11 41 (1.73%) Virtual Team
12 38 (1.60%) Fixed Income
13 37 (1.56%) Hedge funds
14 31 (1.31%) Data Structures
15 27 (1.14%) Social Media
16 26 (1.10%) Algorithms
17 25 (1.05%) Linux Command Line
18 24 (1.01%) Data Protection Act
19 20 (0.84%) PKI
20 19 (0.80%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 217 (9.15%) Linux
2 162 (6.83%) Windows
3 116 (4.89%) Unix
4 40 (1.69%) Android
4 40 (1.69%) Apple iOS
5 22 (0.93%) Windows Server
6 12 (0.51%) Windows 10
7 9 (0.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 8 (0.34%) Ubuntu
9 7 (0.30%) Solaris
10 6 (0.25%) OpenVMS
11 5 (0.21%) Windows 7
12 4 (0.17%) Kali Linux
12 4 (0.17%) Oracle Linux
13 3 (0.13%) AIX
14 2 (0.084%) CentOS
14 2 (0.084%) Debian
14 2 (0.084%) VMS
15 1 (0.042%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,384 (58.37%) Agile Software Development
2 448 (18.89%) Scrum
3 377 (15.90%) DevOps
4 374 (15.77%) Test Automation
5 364 (15.35%) TDD
6 350 (14.76%) Problem-Solving
7 275 (11.60%) Waterfall
8 267 (11.26%) Project Management
9 264 (11.13%) Microservices
10 229 (9.66%) Software Engineering
11 222 (9.36%) Continuous Integration
12 216 (9.11%) BDD
12 216 (9.11%) Stakeholder Management
13 179 (7.55%) Analytics
14 161 (6.79%) Business Analysis
15 149 (6.28%) Migration
16 135 (5.69%) User Stories
17 134 (5.65%) Unit Testing
18 127 (5.36%) OO
19 126 (5.31%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 615 (25.94%) SQL
2 594 (25.05%) Java
3 464 (19.57%) JavaScript
4 388 (16.36%) C#
5 273 (11.51%) Python
6 139 (5.86%) TypeScript
7 136 (5.74%) C++
8 65 (2.74%) VB.NET
9 60 (2.53%) T-SQL
10 59 (2.49%) C
10 59 (2.49%) PowerShell
11 58 (2.45%) Scala
12 55 (2.32%) VB
13 54 (2.28%) ES6
14 53 (2.24%) Shell Script
15 48 (2.02%) VBA
16 47 (1.98%) PL/SQL
17 46 (1.94%) Perl
18 40 (1.69%) Java 8
19 32 (1.35%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 192 (8.10%) Degree
2 154 (6.50%) Security Cleared
3 105 (4.43%) SC Cleared
4 69 (2.91%) ISEB
5 68 (2.87%) ISTQB
6 45 (1.90%) PMI Certification
7 37 (1.56%) Computer Science Degree
8 36 (1.52%) PMP
9 25 (1.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 23 (0.97%) CISSP
11 20 (0.84%) ISEB Practitioner
12 18 (0.76%) SANS
13 17 (0.72%) DV Cleared
14 13 (0.55%) ITIL Certification
15 12 (0.51%) Master's Degree
16 10 (0.42%) FFIEC
16 10 (0.42%) Microsoft Certification
16 10 (0.42%) TOGAF Certification
17 9 (0.38%) CISM
18 8 (0.34%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 259 (10.92%) QA
2 39 (1.64%) PMO
3 30 (1.27%) Data Quality
4 25 (1.05%) PCI DSS
5 23 (0.97%) NIST
6 22 (0.93%) GDPR
6 22 (0.93%) SLA
7 21 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 19 (0.80%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 9 (0.38%) MISRA
10 8 (0.34%) PSD2
11 7 (0.30%) COBIT
12 5 (0.21%) Disclosure Scotland
12 5 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 5 (0.21%) MISRA C
13 4 (0.17%) COREP
13 4 (0.17%) FINREP
13 4 (0.17%) PA-DSS
13 4 (0.17%) Solvency II
14 3 (0.13%) RMADS
System Software
1 176 (7.42%) Docker
2 49 (2.07%) Active Directory
3 29 (1.22%) Virtual Machines
4 24 (1.01%) HDFS
5 8 (0.34%) Apache Flume
6 6 (0.25%) Hyper-V
6 6 (0.25%) VMware Infrastructure
7 5 (0.21%) IAG
7 5 (0.21%) vSphere
8 4 (0.17%) Slurm Workload Manager
8 4 (0.17%) Virtual Servers
9 3 (0.13%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 3 (0.13%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (0.13%) XenApp
9 3 (0.13%) XenDesktop
10 2 (0.084%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.042%) Cronacle
11 1 (0.042%) Firmware
11 1 (0.042%) LXC
11 1 (0.042%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 130 (5.48%) Kubernetes
2 84 (3.54%) Puppet
3 72 (3.04%) Ansible
4 62 (2.61%) Terraform
5 53 (2.24%) Opscode Chef
6 25 (1.05%) Grafana
7 19 (0.80%) Kibana
8 17 (0.72%) Single Sign-On
9 15 (0.63%) HP Quality Center
10 12 (0.51%) Hadoop YARN
11 10 (0.42%) Nessus
12 9 (0.38%) Control-M
12 9 (0.38%) HP ALM
13 7 (0.30%) Nagios
13 7 (0.30%) Rancher
14 6 (0.25%) logstash
14 6 (0.25%) Sysdig
15 5 (0.21%) vCenter Server
16 4 (0.17%) CA Service Virtualization
16 4 (0.17%) Salt
Vendors
1 261 (11.01%) Oracle
2 256 (10.80%) Microsoft
3 73 (3.08%) SAP
4 70 (2.95%) Google
5 47 (1.98%) IBM
6 42 (1.77%) Splunk
7 37 (1.56%) Salesforce.com
7 37 (1.56%) ServiceNow
8 32 (1.35%) Adobe
9 31 (1.31%) Informatica
9 31 (1.31%) Tableau
10 30 (1.27%) Cloudera
10 30 (1.27%) HP
11 29 (1.22%) Atlassian
12 26 (1.10%) Citrix
13 25 (1.05%) MuleSoft
14 22 (0.93%) Sybase
15 20 (0.84%) OpenLink
15 20 (0.84%) TIBCO
16 16 (0.67%) Hortonworks