Period
to 14 October 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 14 October 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
14 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 84 80 72
Rank change year-on-year -4 -8 +15
Contract jobs citing SDLC 2,162 2,903 2,890
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 2.77% 3.11% 3.19%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.19% 3.58% 3.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,411 1,971 2,038
England median daily rate £500 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% - +9.83%
10th Percentile £350 £340 £313
90th Percentile £675 £669 £650
UK median daily rate £488 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +2.63% - +11.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 28 55
England median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -5.88%
10th Percentile £28.07 £33.09 £25.50
90th Percentile £53.00 £47.15 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £42.75 £42.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +0.59% +6.25% -6.98%

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 67,710 81,102 78,164
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 86.75% 86.84% 86.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 44,940 54,096 52,148
England median daily rate £475 £470 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £281
90th Percentile £650 £644 £626
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,975 2,205 1,881
England median hourly rate £24.12 £20.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.66% -18.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £11.80 £11.18 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.00 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £20.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +17.07% -18.00% +11.11%

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 14 October 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 14 October 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 14 October 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 1,182 £543 +3.33% 270
South East -13 356 £450 - 189
North of England -24 214 £425 +3.66% 173
Midlands +16 173 £425 - 126
South West -37 143 £463 +8.82% 91
West Midlands +19 117 £420 -6.67% 72
North West -27 97 £425 +9.68% 88
Yorkshire -22 86 £425 +3.03% 71
East of England -2 85 £475 +9.20% 89
East Midlands -2 50 £430 +1.18% 53
North East +19 31 £367 -20.65% 14
SDLC
UK

For the 6 months to 14 October 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 1,218 (56.34%) Agile Software Development
2 529 (24.47%) SQL
3 524 (24.24%) Finance
4 480 (22.20%) Java
5 421 (19.47%) Scrum
6 357 (16.51%) C#
7 352 (16.28%) JavaScript
8 340 (15.73%) DevOps
9 337 (15.59%) Azure
10 324 (14.99%) Test Automation
11 312 (14.43%) .NET
12 309 (14.29%) Problem-Solving
13 302 (13.97%) TDD
14 274 (12.67%) Git (software)
15 260 (12.03%) Microsoft
15 260 (12.03%) Analytical Skills
16 259 (11.98%) AWS
17 257 (11.89%) Oracle
18 248 (11.47%) Banking
19 245 (11.33%) Python
20 231 (10.68%) JIRA
21 227 (10.50%) Project Management
22 224 (10.36%) Software Engineering
23 223 (10.31%) HTML
24 222 (10.27%) SQL Server
25 217 (10.04%) QA
26 215 (9.94%) Microservices
27 200 (9.25%) CSS
28 197 (9.11%) Linux
29 195 (9.02%) Web Services

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 93 (4.30%) Confluence
2 76 (3.52%) Apache Spark
3 64 (2.96%) SharePoint
4 50 (2.31%) IIS
5 31 (1.43%) CMS
6 23 (1.06%) Apache
6 23 (1.06%) WebLogic
7 21 (0.97%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 15 (0.69%) GeoServer
8 15 (0.69%) JBoss
8 15 (0.69%) Magnolia
9 14 (0.65%) SAS
10 13 (0.60%) MS Exchange
11 12 (0.56%) Tomcat
12 11 (0.51%) Elasticsearch
13 10 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
13 10 (0.46%) WebSphere
14 9 (0.42%) Appian
14 9 (0.42%) Cloud Foundry
15 8 (0.37%) Anypoint
Applications
1 97 (4.49%) Microsoft Office
2 82 (3.79%) Microsoft Excel
3 47 (2.17%) MS Visio
4 45 (2.08%) Microsoft Project
5 33 (1.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 4 (0.19%) Simulink
6 4 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.14%) InfoPath
8 2 (0.093%) Chatbot
8 2 (0.093%) Windchill
9 1 (0.046%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.046%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 46 (2.13%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (0.93%) Endur
3 13 (0.60%) SAP S/4HANA
4 11 (0.51%) BASE24
4 11 (0.51%) Temenos T24
5 7 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
5 7 (0.32%) Workday HCM
6 6 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
7 5 (0.23%) BusinessWorks
7 5 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
7 5 (0.23%) Oracle Receivables
8 4 (0.19%) Actimize
8 4 (0.19%) Adobe Campaign
8 4 (0.19%) ION MarketView
8 4 (0.19%) Oracle BPM
8 4 (0.19%) SAP FI
8 4 (0.19%) SimCorp Dimension
8 4 (0.19%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 4 (0.19%) thinkFolio
9 3 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 337 (15.59%) Azure
2 259 (11.98%) AWS
3 63 (2.91%) Power Platform
4 55 (2.54%) GitHub
5 53 (2.45%) GCP
6 41 (1.90%) SaaS
7 40 (1.85%) Dynamics 365
8 35 (1.62%) Serverless
9 33 (1.53%) npm
10 29 (1.34%) Amazon S3
11 28 (1.30%) IaaS
12 27 (1.25%) Amazon EC2
13 25 (1.16%) PaaS
14 24 (1.11%) Amazon ECS
14 24 (1.11%) Office 365
15 23 (1.06%) AWS Lambda
16 20 (0.93%) OpenShift
17 18 (0.83%) Amazon EMR
17 18 (0.83%) Azure Active Directory
18 17 (0.79%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 26 (1.20%) Firewall
2 22 (1.02%) Internet
3 20 (0.93%) WAN
4 14 (0.65%) HTTP
5 13 (0.60%) FTP
6 11 (0.51%) VPN
7 10 (0.46%) LAN
8 9 (0.42%) TCP/IP
9 7 (0.32%) DNS
10 6 (0.28%) DSL
10 6 (0.28%) SAN
10 6 (0.28%) SSH
11 5 (0.23%) Network Security
11 5 (0.23%) RS-232
11 5 (0.23%) RS-485
12 4 (0.19%) Intranet
12 4 (0.19%) MPLS
12 4 (0.19%) Radio Access Network
12 4 (0.19%) Wireshark
12 4 (0.19%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 222 (10.27%) SQL Server
2 104 (4.81%) Big Data
3 98 (4.53%) Relational Database
4 92 (4.26%) Data Warehouse
5 62 (2.87%) Apache Hive
5 62 (2.87%) Power BI
6 59 (2.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 56 (2.59%) NoSQL
8 53 (2.45%) MySQL
9 52 (2.41%) Hadoop
10 47 (2.17%) PostgreSQL
11 38 (1.76%) Oracle Database
12 35 (1.62%) MongoDB
13 34 (1.57%) Impala
14 29 (1.34%) KDB
15 28 (1.30%) Kdb+
16 25 (1.16%) Cosmos DB
17 24 (1.11%) GIS
18 23 (1.06%) HBase
19 22 (1.02%) Amazon DynamoDB
Development Applications
1 274 (12.67%) Git (software)
2 231 (10.68%) JIRA
3 186 (8.60%) Jenkins
4 133 (6.15%) Selenium
5 74 (3.42%) TeamCity
6 68 (3.15%) Bitbucket
7 61 (2.82%) Cucumber
8 56 (2.59%) Visual Studio
9 55 (2.54%) Maven
10 53 (2.45%) Visual Studio Team System
11 47 (2.17%) Sonatype Nexus
12 35 (1.62%) Team Foundation Server
13 34 (1.57%) SpecFlow
14 32 (1.48%) SonarQube
15 31 (1.43%) Subversion
16 30 (1.39%) gulp
17 28 (1.30%) JUnit
18 23 (1.06%) SoapUI
18 23 (1.06%) WebDriver
19 22 (1.02%) webpack
General
1 524 (24.24%) Finance
2 248 (11.47%) Banking
3 114 (5.27%) Front Office
4 71 (3.28%) Investment Banking
5 67 (3.10%) Public Sector
5 67 (3.10%) Retail
6 53 (2.45%) Telecoms
7 45 (2.08%) Marketing
8 37 (1.71%) Financial Institution
9 36 (1.67%) Back Office
10 25 (1.16%) Manufacturing
11 24 (1.11%) Legal
12 22 (1.02%) Publishing
13 20 (0.93%) Law
14 14 (0.65%) Pharmaceutical
15 10 (0.46%) Aerospace
15 10 (0.46%) Automotive
15 10 (0.46%) Electronics
15 10 (0.46%) Local Government
16 9 (0.42%) Games
Job Titles
1 759 (35.11%) Developer
2 326 (15.08%) Analyst
3 193 (8.93%) Business Analyst
4 183 (8.46%) Architect
5 138 (6.38%) Project Manager
6 130 (6.01%) Senior Developer
7 118 (5.46%) C# Developer
8 116 (5.37%) Java Developer
9 98 (4.53%) .NET Developer
10 77 (3.56%) React Developer
11 75 (3.47%) Software Engineer
12 74 (3.42%) Full Stack Developer
13 64 (2.96%) DevOps Engineer
14 55 (2.54%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
15 53 (2.45%) Solutions Architect
16 52 (2.41%) Angular Developer
17 50 (2.31%) Test Analyst
17 50 (2.31%) Tester
18 46 (2.13%) Consultant
19 45 (2.08%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 312 (14.43%) .NET
2 223 (10.31%) HTML
3 200 (9.25%) CSS
4 195 (9.02%) Web Services
5 181 (8.37%) AngularJS
6 165 (7.63%) React
7 128 (5.92%) XML
8 127 (5.87%) Node.js
9 126 (5.83%) RESTful
10 125 (5.78%) REST
11 103 (4.76%) JSON
12 97 (4.49%) HTML5
13 85 (3.93%) .NET Framework
14 84 (3.89%) Spring
15 83 (3.84%) Redux
16 79 (3.65%) .NET Core
17 68 (3.15%) Middleware
18 66 (3.05%) ASP.NET
18 66 (3.05%) jQuery
19 55 (2.54%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 260 (12.03%) Analytical Skills
2 109 (5.04%) Greenfield Project
3 100 (4.63%) User Experience
4 88 (4.07%) Self-Motivation
5 83 (3.84%) Management Information System
6 81 (3.75%) Enterprise Software
7 58 (2.68%) Mobile App
8 56 (2.59%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 36 (1.67%) Equities
10 33 (1.53%) Derivative
11 32 (1.48%) Hedge funds
12 31 (1.43%) Data Structures
12 31 (1.43%) Fixed Income
13 28 (1.30%) Public Cloud
14 26 (1.20%) Linux Command Line
15 25 (1.16%) Robotics
16 23 (1.06%) Algorithms
16 23 (1.06%) Virtual Team
17 20 (0.93%) PKI
18 17 (0.79%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 197 (9.11%) Linux
2 163 (7.54%) Windows
3 109 (5.04%) Unix
4 35 (1.62%) Android
5 29 (1.34%) Apple iOS
6 25 (1.16%) Windows Server
7 15 (0.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 11 (0.51%) Windows 10
9 9 (0.42%) Ubuntu
10 8 (0.37%) Windows 7
11 7 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
12 6 (0.28%) CentOS
13 5 (0.23%) Solaris
14 4 (0.19%) AIX
14 4 (0.19%) Mac OS X
14 4 (0.19%) OpenVMS
15 3 (0.14%) Mac OS
15 3 (0.14%) VMS
15 3 (0.14%) Windows Server 2012
16 2 (0.093%) DC/OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,218 (56.34%) Agile Software Development
2 421 (19.47%) Scrum
3 340 (15.73%) DevOps
4 324 (14.99%) Test Automation
5 309 (14.29%) Problem-Solving
6 302 (13.97%) TDD
7 227 (10.50%) Project Management
8 224 (10.36%) Software Engineering
9 215 (9.94%) Microservices
10 188 (8.70%) Continuous Integration
11 186 (8.60%) Waterfall
12 182 (8.42%) Analytics
13 159 (7.35%) Stakeholder Management
14 158 (7.31%) BDD
15 153 (7.08%) Unit Testing
16 142 (6.57%) Migration
17 133 (6.15%) Business Analysis
17 133 (6.15%) Business Intelligence
18 126 (5.83%) Data Modelling
19 123 (5.69%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 529 (24.47%) SQL
2 480 (22.20%) Java
3 357 (16.51%) C#
4 352 (16.28%) JavaScript
5 245 (11.33%) Python
6 148 (6.85%) TypeScript
7 143 (6.61%) C++
8 63 (2.91%) C
9 61 (2.82%) Shell Script
10 59 (2.73%) T-SQL
11 46 (2.13%) PowerShell
11 46 (2.13%) VB.NET
12 45 (2.08%) Perl
13 39 (1.80%) Scala
14 38 (1.76%) PL/SQL
15 32 (1.48%) ES6
15 32 (1.48%) Java 8
16 31 (1.43%) Ruby
17 26 (1.20%) VB
18 25 (1.16%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 176 (8.14%) Security Cleared
2 169 (7.82%) Degree
3 129 (5.97%) SC Cleared
4 69 (3.19%) ISTQB
5 60 (2.78%) ISEB
6 42 (1.94%) PMI Certification
7 35 (1.62%) ISEB Practitioner
8 33 (1.53%) PMP
9 30 (1.39%) Computer Science Degree
10 23 (1.06%) DV Cleared
10 23 (1.06%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 18 (0.83%) Microsoft Certification
12 16 (0.74%) CISSP
12 16 (0.74%) SANS
13 15 (0.69%) TOGAF Certification
14 12 (0.56%) FFIEC
15 9 (0.42%) Cisco Certification
15 9 (0.42%) IIBA
15 9 (0.42%) MCSE
16 8 (0.37%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 217 (10.04%) QA
2 35 (1.62%) SLA
3 34 (1.57%) PMO
4 29 (1.34%) Data Quality
5 26 (1.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 20 (0.93%) PCI DSS
7 16 (0.74%) NIST
8 12 (0.56%) GDPR
8 12 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 8 (0.37%) MISRA
10 7 (0.32%) COBIT
11 6 (0.28%) RMADS
12 5 (0.23%) PSD2
13 4 (0.19%) COREP
13 4 (0.19%) FINREP
13 4 (0.19%) MISRA C
13 4 (0.19%) PA-DSS
14 3 (0.14%) GMP
15 2 (0.093%) GAMP
15 2 (0.093%) GLP
System Software
1 146 (6.75%) Docker
2 51 (2.36%) Active Directory
3 22 (1.02%) Virtual Machines
4 20 (0.93%) HDFS
5 12 (0.56%) Hyper-V
6 11 (0.51%) VMware Infrastructure
7 7 (0.32%) vSphere
8 5 (0.23%) Virtual Servers
9 3 (0.14%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 2 (0.093%) IAG
10 2 (0.093%) LXC
10 2 (0.093%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
10 2 (0.093%) VirtualBox
10 2 (0.093%) XenDesktop
11 1 (0.046%) Apache Flume
11 1 (0.046%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.046%) Terminal Server
11 1 (0.046%) VMware ESXi
11 1 (0.046%) Xen
Systems Management
1 117 (5.41%) Kubernetes
2 64 (2.96%) Terraform
3 56 (2.59%) Ansible
4 38 (1.76%) Opscode Chef
5 36 (1.67%) Puppet
6 29 (1.34%) Single Sign-On
7 14 (0.65%) Hadoop YARN
8 13 (0.60%) HP Quality Center
9 10 (0.46%) Kibana
10 9 (0.42%) CA Service Virtualization
10 9 (0.42%) HP ALM
11 6 (0.28%) MIIS
11 6 (0.28%) vCenter Server
12 4 (0.19%) Docker Swarm
12 4 (0.19%) Grafana
12 4 (0.19%) Nagios
13 3 (0.14%) HP Fortify
13 3 (0.14%) Nessus
13 3 (0.14%) Packer
13 3 (0.14%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 260 (12.03%) Microsoft
2 257 (11.89%) Oracle
3 69 (3.19%) SAP
4 57 (2.64%) Google
5 51 (2.36%) Salesforce.com
6 37 (1.71%) Cloudera
7 34 (1.57%) IBM
8 33 (1.53%) Tableau
9 31 (1.43%) HP
10 30 (1.39%) Informatica
11 25 (1.16%) Citrix
12 22 (1.02%) Pega
12 22 (1.02%) Splunk
13 20 (0.93%) MuleSoft
13 20 (0.93%) OpenLink
13 20 (0.93%) ServiceNow
14 19 (0.88%) TIBCO
14 19 (0.88%) webMethods
15 18 (0.83%) CheckPoint
16 16 (0.74%) Teradata