Period
to 22 April 2018

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 22 April 2018 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
22 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 80 79 68
Rank change year-on-year -1 -11 +8
Contract jobs citing SDLC 2,816 2,467 2,943
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 3.04% 2.90% 3.00%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.54% 3.42% 3.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,859 1,637 2,013
England median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £300
90th Percentile £638 £638 £613
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 47 44
England median hourly rate £43.50 £42.00 £41.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.57% +2.13% +11.15%
10th Percentile £20.00 £29.40 £32.50
90th Percentile £67.25 £55.25 £56.30
UK median hourly rate £43.50 £41.25 £42.45
% change year-on-year +5.45% -2.83% +17.92%

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 79,505 72,043 82,377
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 85.79% 84.55% 83.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 52,859 47,675 54,574
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.29%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £613
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,052 1,936 2,232
England median hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 £23.27
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.00% +7.43% +10.81%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.25 £50.00 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -10.00% - +19.22%

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 22 April 2018.

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 22 April 2018.

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 22 April 2018. 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 -7 1,444 £525 +5.00% 328
South East +1 519 £475 +11.76% 181
North of England +17 345 £413 +6.45% 193
Midlands +15 253 £400 +0.63% 117
Yorkshire +17 168 £425 +2.41% 76
North West +5 159 £375 +2.74% 112
West Midlands +28 146 £400 +2.89% 74
East of England +29 139 £425 +6.25% 79
South West -10 112 £400 - 85
East Midlands +9 97 £400 - 43
North East +37 26 £475 +39.71% 5
SDLC
UK

For the 6 months to 22 April 2018, 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 1,593 (56.57%) Agile Software Development
2 846 (30.04%) Finance
3 674 (23.93%) SQL
4 671 (23.83%) Java
5 517 (18.36%) JavaScript
6 466 (16.55%) Scrum
7 434 (15.41%) Test Automation
8 414 (14.70%) HTML
9 400 (14.20%) Analytical Skills
10 394 (13.99%) TDD
11 391 (13.88%) .NET
12 385 (13.67%) Banking
13 370 (13.14%) C#
13 370 (13.14%) Linux
14 369 (13.10%) Project Management
15 362 (12.86%) CSS
16 358 (12.71%) Git (software)
17 355 (12.61%) Degree
18 353 (12.54%) Microsoft
19 347 (12.32%) Problem-Solving
20 341 (12.11%) JIRA
21 331 (11.75%) Continuous Integration
22 329 (11.68%) Web Services
23 328 (11.65%) Stakeholder Management
23 328 (11.65%) DevOps
24 321 (11.40%) SQL Server
25 305 (10.83%) Jenkins
26 301 (10.69%) Oracle
27 300 (10.65%) Windows
28 292 (10.37%) QA

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
1 162 (5.75%) Confluence
2 69 (2.45%) SharePoint
3 61 (2.17%) Elasticsearch
4 37 (1.31%) CMS
4 37 (1.31%) Tomcat
5 35 (1.24%) IIS
6 33 (1.17%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 25 (0.89%) WebSphere
8 23 (0.82%) SAS
9 19 (0.67%) Apache
9 19 (0.67%) Mule
10 18 (0.64%) OpenStack
11 14 (0.50%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 14 (0.50%) Cloud Foundry
11 14 (0.50%) WebLogic
12 13 (0.46%) Apache Solr
13 12 (0.43%) JBoss
14 10 (0.36%) Apache Spark
14 10 (0.36%) GemFire
14 10 (0.36%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 117 (4.15%) Microsoft Excel
2 107 (3.80%) Microsoft Office
3 78 (2.77%) Microsoft Project
4 67 (2.38%) MS Visio
5 37 (1.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 5 (0.18%) InfoPath
7 3 (0.11%) Acrobat
7 3 (0.11%) HipChat
7 3 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.071%) PaintShop Pro
8 2 (0.071%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.036%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.036%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.036%) Chatbot
9 1 (0.036%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 47 (1.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.32%) Actimize
3 8 (0.28%) Oracle Cash Management
4 7 (0.25%) SAP S/4HANA
5 6 (0.21%) NetSuite
5 6 (0.21%) Unit4 Business World
6 5 (0.18%) BPCS
6 5 (0.18%) HiPortfolio
6 5 (0.18%) Infor CRM
6 5 (0.18%) Markit EDM
6 5 (0.18%) Oracle BPM
6 5 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 5 (0.18%) SAP Hybris
7 3 (0.11%) Adobe Campaign
7 3 (0.11%) ION MarketView
7 3 (0.11%) Oracle ERP
8 2 (0.071%) Dynamics AX
8 2 (0.071%) Oracle Financials
8 2 (0.071%) PeopleSoft Financials
8 2 (0.071%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 200 (7.10%) Microsoft Azure
2 190 (6.75%) Amazon AWS
3 83 (2.95%) IaaS
4 63 (2.24%) SaaS
5 61 (2.17%) PaaS
6 55 (1.95%) npm
7 52 (1.85%) Serverless
8 48 (1.70%) Slack
9 45 (1.60%) Office 365
10 34 (1.21%) Google Cloud Platform
11 26 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
11 26 (0.92%) GitHub
12 21 (0.75%) AWS CloudFormation
13 19 (0.67%) Amazon EC2
14 16 (0.57%) NuGet
15 13 (0.46%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 12 (0.43%) Datadog
17 10 (0.36%) Dynamics 365
18 8 (0.28%) OpenShift
19 7 (0.25%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 58 (2.06%) Internet
2 56 (1.99%) Firewall
3 45 (1.60%) HTTP
4 40 (1.42%) TCP/IP
5 35 (1.24%) FTP
6 30 (1.07%) SSL
7 29 (1.03%) DNS
8 24 (0.85%) Network Security
9 18 (0.64%) LAN
10 17 (0.60%) VLAN
11 16 (0.57%) WAN
12 14 (0.50%) Intranet
12 14 (0.50%) MPLS
13 13 (0.46%) SMTP
13 13 (0.46%) SNMP
14 12 (0.43%) SAN
15 11 (0.39%) DHCP
15 11 (0.39%) VPN
16 10 (0.36%) Skype
17 8 (0.28%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 321 (11.40%) SQL Server
2 269 (9.55%) Relational Database
3 116 (4.12%) RDBMS
4 108 (3.84%) NoSQL
5 94 (3.34%) Big Data
6 92 (3.27%) MySQL
7 87 (3.09%) MongoDB
8 86 (3.05%) Data Warehouse
9 82 (2.91%) Oracle Database
10 77 (2.73%) PostgreSQL
11 49 (1.74%) DB2
12 45 (1.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 43 (1.53%) Apache Cassandra
14 40 (1.42%) SQL Server 2012
15 38 (1.35%) Hadoop
16 36 (1.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 35 (1.24%) Power BI
18 30 (1.07%) SQL Server 2008
19 28 (0.99%) Apache Hive
20 23 (0.82%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 358 (12.71%) Git (software)
2 341 (12.11%) JIRA
3 305 (10.83%) Jenkins
4 136 (4.83%) Selenium
5 113 (4.01%) Maven
6 104 (3.69%) JUnit
7 99 (3.52%) Visual Studio
8 81 (2.88%) Team Foundation Server
8 81 (2.88%) webpack
9 80 (2.84%) Cucumber
10 78 (2.77%) Subversion
11 64 (2.27%) Mocha
12 55 (1.95%) Bitbucket
12 55 (1.95%) Jasmine
13 54 (1.92%) TeamCity
14 53 (1.88%) Gerrit
15 50 (1.78%) Babel
15 50 (1.78%) Gradle
16 45 (1.60%) Sinon.JS
16 45 (1.60%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 846 (30.04%) Finance
2 385 (13.67%) Banking
3 165 (5.86%) Investment Banking
4 125 (4.44%) Retail
5 120 (4.26%) Front Office
6 66 (2.34%) Marketing
7 50 (1.78%) Back Office
7 50 (1.78%) Telecoms
8 43 (1.53%) Manufacturing
9 34 (1.21%) Legal
10 33 (1.17%) Financial Institution
11 30 (1.07%) Electronics
12 29 (1.03%) Law
13 22 (0.78%) Billing
14 20 (0.71%) Automotive
14 20 (0.71%) Pharmaceutical
15 17 (0.60%) Retail Banking
16 15 (0.53%) Publishing
17 13 (0.46%) Games
18 11 (0.39%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 984 (34.94%) Developer
2 491 (17.44%) Analyst
3 298 (10.58%) Business Analyst
4 265 (9.41%) Project Manager
5 240 (8.52%) Java Developer
6 232 (8.24%) Architect
7 137 (4.87%) Full Stack Developer
8 121 (4.30%) C# Developer
9 119 (4.23%) Senior Developer
10 113 (4.01%) .NET Developer
11 94 (3.34%) DevOps Engineer
11 94 (3.34%) Software Engineer
12 89 (3.16%) Consultant
13 75 (2.66%) Solutions Architect
14 71 (2.52%) React Developer
15 70 (2.49%) JavaScript Developer
16 69 (2.45%) Test Engineer
17 68 (2.41%) Test Analyst
18 67 (2.38%) Agile Business Analyst
19 66 (2.34%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 414 (14.70%) HTML
2 391 (13.88%) .NET
3 362 (12.86%) CSS
4 329 (11.68%) Web Services
5 261 (9.27%) AngularJS
6 244 (8.66%) REST
7 243 (8.63%) XML
8 199 (7.07%) HTML5
9 198 (7.03%) Spring
10 172 (6.11%) RESTful
11 170 (6.04%) React
12 166 (5.89%) Node.js
13 131 (4.65%) JMS
14 123 (4.37%) jQuery
15 119 (4.23%) .NET Framework
16 118 (4.19%) SOAP
17 113 (4.01%) ASP.NET
18 109 (3.87%) CSS3
19 99 (3.52%) Hibernate
20 93 (3.30%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 400 (14.20%) Analytical Skills
2 167 (5.93%) Computer Science
3 164 (5.82%) User Experience
4 118 (4.19%) Management Information System
5 89 (3.16%) Self-Motivation
6 88 (3.13%) Enterprise Software
7 81 (2.88%) Greenfield Project
8 72 (2.56%) Virtual Team
9 71 (2.52%) Mobile App
10 66 (2.34%) Derivative
11 62 (2.20%) Fintech
12 57 (2.02%) Equities
13 56 (1.99%) Fixed Income
14 44 (1.56%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 41 (1.46%) Data Structures
16 40 (1.42%) Algorithms
17 38 (1.35%) Data Centre
18 32 (1.14%) Equity Derivative
18 32 (1.14%) Linux Command Line
19 25 (0.89%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 370 (13.14%) Linux
2 300 (10.65%) Windows
3 222 (7.88%) Unix
4 77 (2.73%) Apple iOS
5 72 (2.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 54 (1.92%) Windows Server
7 52 (1.85%) Android
8 28 (0.99%) AIX
9 26 (0.92%) Windows Server 2008
10 22 (0.78%) CentOS
11 15 (0.53%) Ubuntu
12 14 (0.50%) Windows 10
13 13 (0.46%) DC/OS
13 13 (0.46%) Mac OS
14 11 (0.39%) Solaris
15 10 (0.36%) Windows Server 2003
16 9 (0.32%) Windows 7
16 9 (0.32%) Windows Server 2012
17 6 (0.21%) Windows 8
18 5 (0.18%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,593 (56.57%) Agile Software Development
2 466 (16.55%) Scrum
3 434 (15.41%) Test Automation
4 394 (13.99%) TDD
5 369 (13.10%) Project Management
6 347 (12.32%) Problem-Solving
7 331 (11.75%) Continuous Integration
8 328 (11.65%) DevOps
8 328 (11.65%) Stakeholder Management
9 276 (9.80%) Waterfall
10 275 (9.77%) Software Engineering
11 264 (9.38%) BDD
12 206 (7.32%) Unit Testing
13 197 (7.00%) Configuration Management
14 196 (6.96%) Business Analysis
15 193 (6.85%) Coaching
16 188 (6.68%) Microservices
17 184 (6.53%) Web Development
18 173 (6.14%) ITIL
19 172 (6.11%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 674 (23.93%) SQL
2 671 (23.83%) Java
3 517 (18.36%) JavaScript
4 370 (13.14%) C#
5 278 (9.87%) Python
6 121 (4.30%) Java 8
7 111 (3.94%) TypeScript
8 104 (3.69%) C++
9 98 (3.48%) T-SQL
10 92 (3.27%) Perl
11 82 (2.91%) C
12 75 (2.66%) ES6
13 65 (2.31%) Shell Script
14 59 (2.10%) Scala
15 54 (1.92%) PowerShell
16 52 (1.85%) PHP
16 52 (1.85%) PL/SQL
17 47 (1.67%) Ruby
18 43 (1.53%) Bash Shell
19 41 (1.46%) VBA
Qualifications
1 355 (12.61%) Degree
2 132 (4.69%) Security Cleared
3 80 (2.84%) SC Cleared
4 72 (2.56%) Computer Science Degree
5 53 (1.88%) ISTQB
6 52 (1.85%) PMI Certification
7 49 (1.74%) PMP
8 42 (1.49%) ISEB
9 41 (1.46%) CISSP
10 34 (1.21%) DV Cleared
11 30 (1.07%) Numerate Degree
12 26 (0.92%) CISM
13 25 (0.89%) Master's Degree
14 22 (0.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 21 (0.75%) CISA
16 18 (0.64%) Cisco Certification
17 15 (0.53%) IIBA
18 13 (0.46%) CCNP
18 13 (0.46%) PRINCE2 Certification
18 13 (0.46%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 292 (10.37%) QA
2 78 (2.77%) GDPR
3 51 (1.81%) PMO
4 34 (1.21%) Data Quality
5 31 (1.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 23 (0.82%) PCI DSS
7 16 (0.57%) WCAG
8 15 (0.53%) MiFID
8 15 (0.53%) SEPA
9 10 (0.36%) PSD2
9 10 (0.36%) SLA
10 9 (0.32%) ISO 9001
11 8 (0.28%) IEC 62304
12 7 (0.25%) IFRS
12 7 (0.25%) IFRS 9
12 7 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 15288
13 6 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 5 (0.18%) COBIT
14 5 (0.18%) EMIR
14 5 (0.18%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 166 (5.89%) Docker
2 53 (1.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 29 (1.03%) Active Directory
4 21 (0.75%) Virtual Machines
5 20 (0.71%) Hyper-V
6 14 (0.50%) VirtualBox
7 10 (0.36%) vSphere
8 8 (0.28%) VMware ESXi
9 7 (0.25%) HDFS
9 7 (0.25%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 7 (0.25%) Virtual Servers
10 6 (0.21%) KVM
10 6 (0.21%) Microsoft App-V
10 6 (0.21%) vCloud
11 5 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
12 3 (0.11%) QEMU
13 2 (0.071%) Firmware
14 1 (0.036%) Apache Flume
14 1 (0.036%) IAG
14 1 (0.036%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 100 (3.55%) Ansible
2 99 (3.52%) Opscode Chef
3 96 (3.41%) Puppet
4 50 (1.78%) Kubernetes
5 35 (1.24%) HP ALM
6 30 (1.07%) Terraform
7 27 (0.96%) HP Quality Center
8 26 (0.92%) Single Sign-On
9 25 (0.89%) Nessus
10 18 (0.64%) Docker Swarm
11 16 (0.57%) Packer
11 16 (0.57%) Salt
12 13 (0.46%) Opsview
12 13 (0.46%) SCCM
12 13 (0.46%) ZABBIX
13 12 (0.43%) Nagios
14 6 (0.21%) Grafana
14 6 (0.21%) vMotion
14 6 (0.21%) vRealize
15 5 (0.18%) Rancher
Vendors
1 353 (12.54%) Microsoft
2 301 (10.69%) Oracle
3 73 (2.59%) HP
3 73 (2.59%) SAP
4 63 (2.24%) Salesforce.com
5 57 (2.02%) VMware
6 48 (1.70%) IBM
7 44 (1.56%) Sybase
8 42 (1.49%) Red Hat
9 34 (1.21%) Google
10 29 (1.03%) Citrix
11 28 (0.99%) Atlassian
12 25 (0.89%) Cisco
13 22 (0.78%) Apple
13 22 (0.78%) Informatica
13 22 (0.78%) ServiceNow
14 21 (0.75%) MuleSoft
15 19 (0.67%) Splunk
16 17 (0.60%) Adobe
16 17 (0.60%) Teradata