Period
to 19 January 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 19 January 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
19 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 78 86 72
Rank change year-on-year +8 -14 +4
Contract jobs citing SDLC 2,851 2,412 2,839
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 3.09% 2.68% 2.86%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.65% 3.19% 3.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,025 1,616 1,944
England median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.57%
10th Percentile £313 £306 £300
90th Percentile £650 £625 £613
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 46 52
England median hourly rate £41.88 £42.25 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.89% +5.63% +9.59%
10th Percentile £22.05 £27.25 £20.80
90th Percentile £62.25 £53.75 £56.78
UK median hourly rate £41.88 £42.50 £42.46
% change year-on-year -1.47% +0.09% +14.76%

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 78,060 75,679 82,021
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 84.60% 84.07% 82.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 52,754 50,508 53,968
England median daily rate £450 £432 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.11% +1.71% +6.12%
10th Percentile £291 £269 £263
90th Percentile £638 £618 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,792 2,052 2,501
England median hourly rate £23.63 £25.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.50% +8.70% +15.00%
10th Percentile £11.35 £11.36 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £23.44 £24.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year -4.34% +4.26% +17.50%

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 19 January 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 19 January 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 19 January 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 +9 1,586 £525 +9.38% 423
South East +31 491 £413 +3.13% 232
North of England +7 263 £425 +2.41% 258
Midlands +31 225 £400 - 122
East of England +23 151 £369 -12.14% 115
North West +1 138 £400 - 151
South West -2 136 £375 -6.25% 87
West Midlands +30 119 £424 +2.73% 72
Yorkshire 0 110 £430 +2.38% 91
East Midlands +16 99 £384 +2.27% 50
North East +34 23 £450 +7.14% 16
SDLC
UK

For the 6 months to 19 January 2018, IT contractor jobs citing SDLC also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for SDLC.

1 1,568 (55.00%) Agile Software Development
2 911 (31.95%) Finance
3 811 (28.45%) Java
4 725 (25.43%) SQL
5 504 (17.68%) JavaScript
6 475 (16.66%) Scrum
7 436 (15.29%) Test Automation
8 431 (15.12%) Banking
9 422 (14.80%) TDD
9 422 (14.80%) .NET
10 418 (14.66%) C#
11 397 (13.92%) Microsoft
12 394 (13.82%) JIRA
13 379 (13.29%) Analytical Skills
14 377 (13.22%) HTML
15 373 (13.08%) SQL Server
16 368 (12.91%) Project Management
17 347 (12.17%) Git (software)
18 344 (12.07%) Linux
19 334 (11.72%) Degree
20 312 (10.94%) Web Services
20 312 (10.94%) DevOps
21 309 (10.84%) CSS
22 304 (10.66%) Stakeholder Management
23 294 (10.31%) Software Engineering
24 290 (10.17%) Windows
25 289 (10.14%) Continuous Integration
26 288 (10.10%) QA
27 273 (9.58%) BDD
28 263 (9.22%) Oracle

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
1 180 (6.31%) Confluence
2 63 (2.21%) SharePoint
3 56 (1.96%) Tomcat
4 45 (1.58%) IIS
5 40 (1.40%) Apache
5 40 (1.40%) CMS
6 38 (1.33%) Elasticsearch
6 38 (1.33%) JBoss
6 38 (1.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 30 (1.05%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 22 (0.77%) WebLogic
9 21 (0.74%) Apache Spark
10 20 (0.70%) SAS
10 20 (0.70%) WebSphere
11 14 (0.49%) Cloud Foundry
11 14 (0.49%) MS Exchange
12 13 (0.46%) Apache Solr
12 13 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2010
13 12 (0.42%) Drupal
14 11 (0.39%) OpenStack
Applications
1 105 (3.68%) Microsoft Excel
2 96 (3.37%) Microsoft Office
3 78 (2.74%) Microsoft Project
4 77 (2.70%) MS Visio
5 33 (1.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 14 (0.49%) Acrobat
7 13 (0.46%) PaintShop Pro
8 3 (0.11%) HipChat
8 3 (0.11%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
9 2 (0.070%) Fireworks
9 2 (0.070%) Simulink
10 1 (0.035%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.035%) Chatbot
10 1 (0.035%) TargetLink
10 1 (0.035%) Vectorworks
Business Applications
1 66 (2.31%) Dynamics CRM
2 24 (0.84%) ION MarketView
3 12 (0.42%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 7 (0.25%) KANA IQ
5 6 (0.21%) Oracle BPM
6 5 (0.18%) BusinessWorks
6 5 (0.18%) Kondor
6 5 (0.18%) Oracle Cash Management
6 5 (0.18%) Unit4 Business World
7 4 (0.14%) Actimize
7 4 (0.14%) BPCS
7 4 (0.14%) Infor CRM
7 4 (0.14%) Markit EDM
7 4 (0.14%) Maximo
7 4 (0.14%) NetSuite
7 4 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
7 4 (0.14%) SAP ERP
8 3 (0.11%) BondVision
8 3 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
8 3 (0.11%) HiPortfolio
Cloud Services
1 189 (6.63%) Amazon AWS
2 161 (5.65%) Microsoft Azure
3 94 (3.30%) IaaS
4 78 (2.74%) SaaS
5 59 (2.07%) PaaS
6 51 (1.79%) npm
7 47 (1.65%) Slack
8 34 (1.19%) Office 365
9 24 (0.84%) Cloud Computing
9 24 (0.84%) iPaaS
10 23 (0.81%) GitHub
11 22 (0.77%) Google Cloud Platform
12 20 (0.70%) Serverless
13 19 (0.67%) SuccessFactors
14 13 (0.46%) Amazon EC2
15 11 (0.39%) AWS CloudFormation
16 10 (0.35%) Dynamics 365
17 6 (0.21%) Google App Engine
18 4 (0.14%) BrowserStack
18 4 (0.14%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 54 (1.89%) Internet
2 50 (1.75%) Firewall
3 42 (1.47%) TCP/IP
4 33 (1.16%) HTTP
5 19 (0.67%) DNS
5 19 (0.67%) LAN
5 19 (0.67%) WAN
6 18 (0.63%) Network Security
7 15 (0.53%) FTP
8 14 (0.49%) MPLS
8 14 (0.49%) SSL
9 13 (0.46%) SMTP
9 13 (0.46%) Unified Communications
10 12 (0.42%) Wireshark
11 11 (0.39%) SNMP
12 10 (0.35%) Intranet
12 10 (0.35%) Reverse Proxy
12 10 (0.35%) VLAN
13 9 (0.32%) SMS
14 8 (0.28%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 373 (13.08%) SQL Server
2 250 (8.77%) Relational Database
3 134 (4.70%) RDBMS
4 126 (4.42%) NoSQL
5 123 (4.31%) MongoDB
6 104 (3.65%) MySQL
7 101 (3.54%) Data Warehouse
8 97 (3.40%) Big Data
9 74 (2.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 71 (2.49%) Oracle Database
11 57 (2.00%) PostgreSQL
12 51 (1.79%) Hadoop
13 48 (1.68%) SQL Server 2008
14 47 (1.65%) DB2
14 47 (1.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 41 (1.44%) Apache Cassandra
16 32 (1.12%) MS Access
17 30 (1.05%) Apache Hive
17 30 (1.05%) SQL Server 2012
17 30 (1.05%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 394 (13.82%) JIRA
2 347 (12.17%) Git (software)
3 249 (8.73%) Jenkins
4 141 (4.95%) Selenium
5 137 (4.81%) Maven
6 117 (4.10%) JUnit
7 104 (3.65%) Team Foundation Server
8 99 (3.47%) Cucumber
9 97 (3.40%) Subversion
10 93 (3.26%) TeamCity
11 87 (3.05%) Visual Studio
12 61 (2.14%) Bitbucket
13 54 (1.89%) Gradle
14 53 (1.86%) SoapUI
15 47 (1.65%) webpack
16 46 (1.61%) WebDriver
17 43 (1.51%) NUnit
18 40 (1.40%) Jasmine
19 37 (1.30%) gulp
20 36 (1.26%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 911 (31.95%) Finance
2 431 (15.12%) Banking
3 205 (7.19%) Investment Banking
4 163 (5.72%) Front Office
5 118 (4.14%) Retail
6 85 (2.98%) Marketing
7 65 (2.28%) Telecoms
8 50 (1.75%) Financial Institution
9 47 (1.65%) Manufacturing
10 36 (1.26%) Billing
11 35 (1.23%) Back Office
12 29 (1.02%) Publishing
13 26 (0.91%) Retail Banking
14 24 (0.84%) Games
14 24 (0.84%) Law
15 22 (0.77%) Electronics
16 21 (0.74%) Legal
17 20 (0.70%) Pharmaceutical
18 12 (0.42%) Automotive
19 10 (0.35%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 1,056 (37.04%) Developer
2 511 (17.92%) Analyst
3 330 (11.57%) Java Developer
4 299 (10.49%) Business Analyst
5 230 (8.07%) Architect
6 224 (7.86%) Project Manager
7 132 (4.63%) Senior Developer
8 127 (4.45%) .NET Developer
8 127 (4.45%) C# Developer
9 94 (3.30%) Full Stack Developer
10 89 (3.12%) Software Engineer
11 86 (3.02%) JavaScript Developer
11 86 (3.02%) Tester
12 85 (2.98%) Test Analyst
13 82 (2.88%) DevOps Engineer
14 81 (2.84%) Consultant
15 76 (2.67%) Solutions Architect
16 71 (2.49%) Java Engineer
17 68 (2.39%) IT Manager
17 68 (2.39%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 422 (14.80%) .NET
2 377 (13.22%) HTML
3 312 (10.94%) Web Services
4 309 (10.84%) CSS
5 233 (8.17%) Spring
6 230 (8.07%) AngularJS
7 224 (7.86%) XML
8 206 (7.23%) REST
9 167 (5.86%) HTML5
10 151 (5.30%) RESTful
11 138 (4.84%) jQuery
12 128 (4.49%) SOAP
13 118 (4.14%) Node.js
13 118 (4.14%) React
14 111 (3.89%) .NET Framework
15 110 (3.86%) Hibernate
16 106 (3.72%) ASP.NET
17 96 (3.37%) JMS
17 96 (3.37%) Middleware
18 87 (3.05%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 379 (13.29%) Analytical Skills
2 164 (5.75%) Computer Science
3 119 (4.17%) User Experience
4 118 (4.14%) Greenfield Project
5 117 (4.10%) Virtual Team
6 113 (3.96%) Equities
7 103 (3.61%) Management Information System
8 98 (3.44%) Enterprise Software
9 86 (3.02%) Fixed Income
10 83 (2.91%) Derivative
11 78 (2.74%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 69 (2.42%) Mobile App
13 53 (1.86%) Fintech
14 49 (1.72%) Data Structures
15 48 (1.68%) Algorithms
16 44 (1.54%) Equity Derivative
17 37 (1.30%) Client/Server
18 34 (1.19%) Data Centre
19 31 (1.09%) Market Risk
19 31 (1.09%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 344 (12.07%) Linux
2 290 (10.17%) Windows
3 207 (7.26%) Unix
4 64 (2.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 62 (2.17%) Apple iOS
6 51 (1.79%) Windows Server
7 49 (1.72%) Android
8 27 (0.95%) Windows Server 2003
9 25 (0.88%) AIX
10 21 (0.74%) Solaris
11 20 (0.70%) Windows Server 2008
12 11 (0.39%) Windows 10
12 11 (0.39%) Windows Server 2012
13 9 (0.32%) CentOS
14 8 (0.28%) Windows 7
14 8 (0.28%) Windows 8
15 7 (0.25%) Mac OS X
15 7 (0.25%) Windows 2000
16 5 (0.18%) Windows Vista
17 1 (0.035%) Windows Embedded Compact
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,568 (55.00%) Agile Software Development
2 475 (16.66%) Scrum
3 436 (15.29%) Test Automation
4 422 (14.80%) TDD
5 368 (12.91%) Project Management
6 312 (10.94%) DevOps
7 304 (10.66%) Stakeholder Management
8 294 (10.31%) Software Engineering
9 289 (10.14%) Continuous Integration
10 273 (9.58%) BDD
11 260 (9.12%) Waterfall
12 214 (7.51%) OO
13 186 (6.52%) Business Analysis
14 180 (6.31%) MVC
15 172 (6.03%) Business Intelligence
16 171 (6.00%) User Stories
17 165 (5.79%) User Acceptance Testing
18 163 (5.72%) Mentoring
19 161 (5.65%) Microservices
20 154 (5.40%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 811 (28.45%) Java
2 725 (25.43%) SQL
3 504 (17.68%) JavaScript
4 418 (14.66%) C#
5 252 (8.84%) Python
6 122 (4.28%) C++
7 108 (3.79%) T-SQL
8 100 (3.51%) C
9 92 (3.23%) Perl
10 74 (2.60%) TypeScript
11 71 (2.49%) VBA
12 68 (2.39%) Shell Script
13 60 (2.10%) PL/SQL
14 59 (2.07%) Scala
15 58 (2.03%) PowerShell
16 56 (1.96%) PHP
17 54 (1.89%) ES6
18 41 (1.44%) Ruby
19 38 (1.33%) Bash Shell
20 30 (1.05%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 334 (11.72%) Degree
2 146 (5.12%) Security Cleared
3 84 (2.95%) SC Cleared
4 74 (2.60%) ISTQB
5 67 (2.35%) Computer Science Degree
6 64 (2.24%) ISEB
7 54 (1.89%) CISSP
8 52 (1.82%) PMI Certification
9 40 (1.40%) DV Cleared
10 34 (1.19%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 34 (1.19%) PMP
11 25 (0.88%) CISM
12 23 (0.81%) BPSS Clearance
13 21 (0.74%) Numerate Degree
14 20 (0.70%) CISA
15 19 (0.67%) Microsoft Certification
16 17 (0.60%) Master's Degree
17 16 (0.56%) Cisco Certification
18 15 (0.53%) PRINCE2 Certification
18 15 (0.53%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 288 (10.10%) QA
2 57 (2.00%) GDPR
3 53 (1.86%) PMO
4 42 (1.47%) MiFID
5 30 (1.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 28 (0.98%) Data Quality
7 25 (0.88%) PCI DSS
8 13 (0.46%) SLA
8 13 (0.46%) WCAG
9 11 (0.39%) ISO 9001
10 9 (0.32%) PSD2
11 7 (0.25%) Dodd-Frank
11 7 (0.25%) GCP
12 6 (0.21%) IFRS
12 6 (0.21%) IFRS 9
12 6 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 5 (0.18%) EMIR
13 5 (0.18%) SEPA
14 4 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
14 4 (0.14%) GAAP
System Software
1 155 (5.44%) Docker
2 40 (1.40%) VMware Infrastructure
3 34 (1.19%) Active Directory
4 16 (0.56%) HDFS
5 8 (0.28%) Apache Flume
5 8 (0.28%) Hyper-V
5 8 (0.28%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 8 (0.28%) Virtual Servers
6 7 (0.25%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (0.21%) vCloud
7 6 (0.21%) vSphere
8 5 (0.18%) KVM
8 5 (0.18%) Microsoft App-V
8 5 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
9 4 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
9 4 (0.14%) VMware ESXi
10 3 (0.11%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
11 2 (0.070%) IAG
11 2 (0.070%) RHEV
12 1 (0.035%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 79 (2.77%) Ansible
2 70 (2.46%) Opscode Chef
3 64 (2.24%) Puppet
4 43 (1.51%) HP Quality Center
5 39 (1.37%) Kubernetes
6 18 (0.63%) Nessus
7 14 (0.49%) ZABBIX
8 13 (0.46%) Terraform
9 11 (0.39%) Nagios
10 10 (0.35%) Oozie
10 10 (0.35%) Opsview
11 8 (0.28%) SCCM
11 8 (0.28%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 6 (0.21%) Docker Swarm
13 4 (0.14%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 4 (0.14%) SCOM
14 3 (0.11%) Data Guard
14 3 (0.11%) ITRS Geneos
14 3 (0.11%) Tivoli
14 3 (0.11%) WSUS
Vendors
1 397 (13.92%) Microsoft
2 263 (9.22%) Oracle
3 81 (2.84%) Salesforce.com
4 73 (2.56%) SAP
5 64 (2.24%) HP
6 53 (1.86%) Atlassian
7 49 (1.72%) Sybase
8 44 (1.54%) Adobe
9 42 (1.47%) Red Hat
9 42 (1.47%) VMware
10 40 (1.40%) IBM
11 37 (1.30%) ServiceNow
12 27 (0.95%) ION Trading
13 25 (0.88%) Cognos
14 22 (0.77%) Bloomberg
15 19 (0.67%) Google
15 19 (0.67%) Workday
16 18 (0.63%) Citrix
16 18 (0.63%) Perforce
17 17 (0.60%) Cisco