Period
to 15 October 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 15 October 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
15 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 78 70 84
Rank change year-on-year -8 +14 -13
Contract jobs citing SDLC 2,921 2,890 2,740
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 3.10% 3.19% 2.80%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.60% 3.72% 3.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,982 2,038 1,855
England median daily rate £475 £475 £433
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +9.83% -3.89%
10th Percentile £340 £313 £289
90th Percentile £669 £650 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £425
% change year-on-year - +11.76% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 55 38
England median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -5.88% +0.09%
10th Percentile £33.09 £25.50 £22.11
90th Percentile £47.15 £53.75 £59.13
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £43.00
% change year-on-year +6.25% -6.98% +1.18%

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 81,220 77,719 83,622
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 86.23% 85.90% 85.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 54,167 51,884 55,741
England median daily rate £470 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £300 £281 £263
90th Percentile £645 £630 £605
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,202 1,867 2,203
England median hourly rate £21.00 £25.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.01% +11.11% +3.45%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £48.00
UK median hourly rate £20.50 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -18.00% +11.11% +3.45%

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 15 October 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 15 October 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 15 October 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 -4 1,509 £525 - 335
South East -9 498 £450 +12.50% 201
North of England +24 353 £410 +2.50% 271
Midlands -8 225 £425 +2.72% 145
South West -4 205 £425 +7.05% 114
Yorkshire +23 164 £413 +2.48% 111
North West +8 160 £388 -3.13% 137
West Midlands +6 137 £450 +12.50% 86
East of England -27 124 £435 +16.31% 93
East Midlands -4 90 £425 -5.56% 59
North East +13 31 £463 +8.82% 23
SDLC
UK

For the 6 months to 15 October 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 1,789 (61.25%) Agile Software Development
2 768 (26.29%) Finance
3 752 (25.74%) SQL
4 738 (25.27%) Java
5 604 (20.68%) Scrum
6 542 (18.56%) C#
7 498 (17.05%) .NET
8 486 (16.64%) JIRA
9 461 (15.78%) JavaScript
10 451 (15.44%) Test Automation
11 437 (14.96%) TDD
12 401 (13.73%) Continuous Integration
13 392 (13.42%) Analytical Skills
14 382 (13.08%) Problem-Solving
15 358 (12.26%) HTML
15 358 (12.26%) SQL Server
16 356 (12.19%) Web Services
17 348 (11.91%) Project Management
18 347 (11.88%) Oracle
19 345 (11.81%) Python
19 345 (11.81%) Banking
20 339 (11.61%) Git (software)
21 330 (11.30%) Microsoft
22 325 (11.13%) Waterfall
23 316 (10.82%) Windows
24 311 (10.65%) DevOps
25 309 (10.58%) Linux
26 299 (10.24%) QA
26 299 (10.24%) Microsoft Azure
27 288 (9.86%) BDD

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
1 216 (7.39%) Confluence
2 67 (2.29%) Apache Spark
3 66 (2.26%) CMS
4 56 (1.92%) Elasticsearch
5 51 (1.75%) SharePoint
6 48 (1.64%) JBoss
7 47 (1.61%) Apache
8 45 (1.54%) IIS
9 41 (1.40%) WebLogic
10 36 (1.23%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 35 (1.20%) WebSphere
12 34 (1.16%) Drupal
13 23 (0.79%) Tomcat
14 22 (0.75%) Umbraco
15 19 (0.65%) SAS
16 15 (0.51%) Apache Solr
17 13 (0.45%) Oracle Workflow
18 12 (0.41%) Appian
18 12 (0.41%) Cloud Foundry
19 11 (0.38%) Liferay
Applications
1 102 (3.49%) Microsoft Excel
2 95 (3.25%) Microsoft Office
3 67 (2.29%) Microsoft Project
4 41 (1.40%) MS Visio
5 33 (1.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 9 (0.31%) Chatbot
7 7 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
8 4 (0.14%) HipChat
8 4 (0.14%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.10%) Fireworks
10 2 (0.068%) InfoPath
10 2 (0.068%) Windchill
11 1 (0.034%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.034%) EngageOne
11 1 (0.034%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 37 (1.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (0.45%) Oracle EBS R12
2 13 (0.45%) Oracle ERP
3 12 (0.41%) Markit EDM
4 11 (0.38%) Oracle EBS
5 7 (0.24%) SAP S/4HANA
6 6 (0.21%) Oracle BPM
6 6 (0.21%) Oracle FAH
6 6 (0.21%) Temenos T24
7 5 (0.17%) BusinessWorks
7 5 (0.17%) Distributed Ledger
7 5 (0.17%) SAP ERP
7 5 (0.17%) SAP FI
8 4 (0.14%) Oracle Financials
9 3 (0.10%) CA PPM
9 3 (0.10%) Dynamics AX
9 3 (0.10%) Endur
9 3 (0.10%) Remedy ITSM
9 3 (0.10%) SAP FI/CO
9 3 (0.10%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 299 (10.24%) Microsoft Azure
2 274 (9.38%) Amazon AWS
3 77 (2.64%) SaaS
4 75 (2.57%) GitHub
5 60 (2.05%) PaaS
6 59 (2.02%) Serverless
7 58 (1.99%) Office 365
8 56 (1.92%) Google Cloud Platform
9 53 (1.81%) Amazon EC2
10 49 (1.68%) IaaS
11 39 (1.34%) Slack
12 38 (1.30%) AWS CloudFormation
13 34 (1.16%) Cloud Computing
14 27 (0.92%) AWS Lambda
15 22 (0.75%) Dynamics 365
16 18 (0.62%) Amazon S3
17 15 (0.51%) Azure Active Directory
18 14 (0.48%) Azure Functions
18 14 (0.48%) OpenShift
19 13 (0.45%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 58 (1.99%) DNS
1 58 (1.99%) Internet
2 51 (1.75%) HTTP
3 44 (1.51%) Firewall
4 39 (1.34%) TCP/IP
5 25 (0.86%) Network Security
6 19 (0.65%) SSL
7 18 (0.62%) BIG-IP
7 18 (0.62%) DHCP
8 15 (0.51%) SAN
8 15 (0.51%) VPN
9 14 (0.48%) AMQP
9 14 (0.48%) VoIP
10 13 (0.45%) RTMP
10 13 (0.45%) SMS
11 11 (0.38%) Skype
12 10 (0.34%) Intranet
12 10 (0.34%) WAN
13 9 (0.31%) LAN
13 9 (0.31%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 358 (12.26%) SQL Server
2 248 (8.49%) Relational Database
3 136 (4.66%) MySQL
4 131 (4.48%) Data Warehouse
5 122 (4.18%) NoSQL
6 110 (3.77%) MongoDB
7 106 (3.63%) Big Data
8 92 (3.15%) Hadoop
9 88 (3.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 84 (2.88%) RDBMS
11 81 (2.77%) PostgreSQL
12 52 (1.78%) Oracle Database
13 48 (1.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 46 (1.57%) SQL Server 2008
15 41 (1.40%) Apache Hive
15 41 (1.40%) SQL Server 2012
16 39 (1.34%) HBase
17 31 (1.06%) DB2
18 29 (0.99%) Azure SQL Database
19 26 (0.89%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 486 (16.64%) JIRA
2 339 (11.61%) Git (software)
3 267 (9.14%) Jenkins
4 185 (6.33%) Selenium
5 128 (4.38%) TeamCity
6 125 (4.28%) Cucumber
7 120 (4.11%) Subversion
8 114 (3.90%) Maven
9 98 (3.36%) JUnit
10 94 (3.22%) Team Foundation Server
11 85 (2.91%) Visual Studio
12 71 (2.43%) SoapUI
13 66 (2.26%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 61 (2.09%) Visual Studio Team System
15 54 (1.85%) Eclipse
16 50 (1.71%) Bitbucket
17 43 (1.47%) NUnit
17 43 (1.47%) WebDriver
18 37 (1.27%) SpecFlow
19 33 (1.13%) Gradle
General
1 768 (26.29%) Finance
2 345 (11.81%) Banking
3 151 (5.17%) Front Office
4 145 (4.96%) Retail
5 128 (4.38%) Investment Banking
6 68 (2.33%) Marketing
7 53 (1.81%) Telecoms
8 38 (1.30%) Financial Institution
8 38 (1.30%) Pharmaceutical
9 37 (1.27%) Manufacturing
10 26 (0.89%) Law
10 26 (0.89%) Publishing
11 25 (0.86%) Legal
12 24 (0.82%) Back Office
13 20 (0.68%) Aerospace
13 20 (0.68%) Games
14 19 (0.65%) Retail Banking
15 16 (0.55%) Electronics
16 15 (0.51%) Advertising
17 10 (0.34%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 1,098 (37.59%) Developer
2 399 (13.66%) Analyst
3 257 (8.80%) Java Developer
4 242 (8.28%) Project Manager
5 225 (7.70%) Business Analyst
6 223 (7.63%) Architect
7 211 (7.22%) .NET Developer
8 153 (5.24%) Senior Developer
9 148 (5.07%) C# Developer
10 98 (3.36%) Software Engineer
11 90 (3.08%) Tester
12 89 (3.05%) DevOps Engineer
13 81 (2.77%) Full Stack Developer
14 80 (2.74%) Solutions Architect
15 77 (2.64%) C# .NET Developer
15 77 (2.64%) Test Analyst
16 71 (2.43%) Python Developer
16 71 (2.43%) Test Engineer
17 70 (2.40%) SQL Developer
18 69 (2.36%) Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 498 (17.05%) .NET
2 358 (12.26%) HTML
3 356 (12.19%) Web Services
4 287 (9.83%) CSS
5 258 (8.83%) XML
6 243 (8.32%) AngularJS
7 235 (8.05%) REST
8 172 (5.89%) Spring
9 167 (5.72%) RESTful
10 155 (5.31%) ASP.NET
11 147 (5.03%) Node.js
12 140 (4.79%) jQuery
13 137 (4.69%) React
14 131 (4.48%) .NET Framework
15 127 (4.35%) HTML5
15 127 (4.35%) JSON
16 118 (4.04%) SOAP
17 98 (3.36%) CSS3
18 92 (3.15%) ASP.NET Web API
19 79 (2.70%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 392 (13.42%) Analytical Skills
2 179 (6.13%) Computer Science
3 133 (4.55%) Fixed Income
4 131 (4.48%) Mobile App
5 119 (4.07%) User Experience
6 106 (3.63%) Self-Motivation
7 104 (3.56%) Greenfield Project
8 92 (3.15%) Derivative
9 87 (2.98%) Enterprise Software
10 85 (2.91%) Management Information System
11 74 (2.53%) Fintech
12 66 (2.26%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 54 (1.85%) Equity Derivative
14 41 (1.40%) Data Centre
14 41 (1.40%) Equities
15 37 (1.27%) Virtual Team
16 36 (1.23%) Algorithms
16 36 (1.23%) Data Structures
17 35 (1.20%) PKI
17 35 (1.20%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 316 (10.82%) Windows
2 309 (10.58%) Linux
3 201 (6.88%) Unix
4 59 (2.02%) Apple iOS
5 56 (1.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 50 (1.71%) Android
7 38 (1.30%) Windows Server
8 29 (0.99%) Solaris
9 24 (0.82%) CentOS
10 17 (0.58%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
11 16 (0.55%) SUSE
11 16 (0.55%) Ubuntu
12 14 (0.48%) Windows Server 2008
13 13 (0.45%) Windows 10
14 12 (0.41%) Windows 7
15 8 (0.27%) DC/OS
16 7 (0.24%) Mac OS
17 5 (0.17%) AIX
17 5 (0.17%) Windows Server 2012
18 3 (0.10%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,789 (61.25%) Agile Software Development
2 604 (20.68%) Scrum
3 451 (15.44%) Test Automation
4 437 (14.96%) TDD
5 401 (13.73%) Continuous Integration
6 382 (13.08%) Problem-Solving
7 348 (11.91%) Project Management
8 325 (11.13%) Waterfall
9 311 (10.65%) DevOps
10 288 (9.86%) BDD
11 283 (9.69%) Software Engineering
12 263 (9.00%) Stakeholder Management
13 198 (6.78%) OO
14 194 (6.64%) MVC
15 191 (6.54%) Microservices
16 186 (6.37%) Unit Testing
17 182 (6.23%) Mentoring
18 164 (5.61%) Analytics
19 162 (5.55%) User Acceptance Testing
20 160 (5.48%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 752 (25.74%) SQL
2 738 (25.27%) Java
3 542 (18.56%) C#
4 461 (15.78%) JavaScript
5 345 (11.81%) Python
6 139 (4.76%) C++
7 125 (4.28%) T-SQL
8 104 (3.56%) C
9 101 (3.46%) Java 8
10 91 (3.12%) TypeScript
11 82 (2.81%) Perl
12 73 (2.50%) PowerShell
13 72 (2.46%) Ruby
14 65 (2.23%) Scala
15 63 (2.16%) PL/SQL
16 53 (1.81%) Bash Shell
17 51 (1.75%) PHP
18 48 (1.64%) VB
19 45 (1.54%) Shell Script
20 35 (1.20%) VC++
Qualifications
1 247 (8.46%) Degree
2 135 (4.62%) Security Cleared
3 92 (3.15%) ISEB
4 79 (2.70%) Computer Science Degree
5 74 (2.53%) SC Cleared
6 69 (2.36%) ISTQB
7 54 (1.85%) PMI Certification
8 47 (1.61%) CISSP
8 47 (1.61%) PMP
9 38 (1.30%) Master's Degree
10 36 (1.23%) DV Cleared
11 31 (1.06%) CISM
12 26 (0.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 18 (0.62%) BPSS Clearance
13 18 (0.62%) ITIL Certification
13 18 (0.62%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 14 (0.48%) CISA
14 14 (0.48%) Cisco Certification
15 13 (0.45%) CCNA
15 13 (0.45%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 299 (10.24%) QA
2 62 (2.12%) GDPR
3 58 (1.99%) Data Quality
4 47 (1.61%) PMO
5 23 (0.79%) PCI DSS
6 21 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 19 (0.65%) WCAG
8 18 (0.62%) SLA
9 9 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 8 (0.27%) PSD2
11 6 (0.21%) JSP 440
12 5 (0.17%) COBIT
12 5 (0.17%) GxP
12 5 (0.17%) HIPAA
12 5 (0.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 5 (0.17%) ISO 9001
12 5 (0.17%) MiFID
12 5 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 4 (0.14%) EMIR
13 4 (0.14%) SEPA
System Software
1 164 (5.61%) Docker
2 47 (1.61%) Active Directory
3 31 (1.06%) VMware Infrastructure
4 18 (0.62%) Virtual Machines
5 15 (0.51%) HDFS
5 15 (0.51%) XenApp
6 12 (0.41%) vSphere
7 11 (0.38%) Hyper-V
8 10 (0.34%) XenDesktop
9 8 (0.27%) VirtualBox
10 4 (0.14%) Apache Flume
10 4 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
11 3 (0.10%) VMware ESXi
12 2 (0.068%) Microsoft App-V
12 2 (0.068%) NFS
13 1 (0.034%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 1 (0.034%) IAG
13 1 (0.034%) LXC
13 1 (0.034%) Squid
Systems Management
1 118 (4.04%) Ansible
2 101 (3.46%) Puppet
3 88 (3.01%) Opscode Chef
4 76 (2.60%) Kubernetes
5 57 (1.95%) Terraform
6 26 (0.89%) Salt
7 25 (0.86%) HP Quality Center
8 18 (0.62%) Single Sign-On
9 15 (0.51%) CFEngine
9 15 (0.51%) HockeyApp
9 15 (0.51%) Nessus
10 14 (0.48%) Docker Swarm
10 14 (0.48%) Hadoop YARN
11 10 (0.34%) Kibana
12 9 (0.31%) WMI
13 8 (0.27%) HP ALM
13 8 (0.27%) logstash
14 7 (0.24%) Mesos
14 7 (0.24%) Packer
15 6 (0.21%) SCCM
Vendors
1 347 (11.88%) Oracle
2 330 (11.30%) Microsoft
3 62 (2.12%) Atlassian
4 59 (2.02%) SAP
5 58 (1.99%) IBM
6 56 (1.92%) Google
7 51 (1.75%) Tableau
8 50 (1.71%) Sybase
9 41 (1.40%) Red Hat
10 40 (1.37%) Citrix
11 39 (1.34%) Salesforce.com
12 38 (1.30%) Sitecore
13 36 (1.23%) ServiceNow
14 33 (1.13%) VMware
15 32 (1.10%) HP
16 29 (0.99%) Splunk
17 23 (0.79%) Informatica
18 22 (0.75%) F5
19 20 (0.68%) Cloudera
20 19 (0.65%) UiPath