Period
to 2 December 2021

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Social Skills in contract job vacancies advertised in England. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Social Skills over the 6 months to 2 December 2021 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

Social Skills (Interpersonal, Communication)
UK > England
6 months to
2 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 4 4 3
Rank change year-on-year 0 -1 +1
Contract jobs citing Social Skills 13,892 5,130 13,870
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 19.46% 16.41% 18.74%
As % of the General category 36.32% 31.00% 37.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,160 3,329 8,876
10th Percentile £256 £213 £185
25th Percentile £406 £350 £338
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £515 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +14.44% - -
75th Percentile £625 £551 £550
90th Percentile £738 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +11.11% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 703 263 602
10th Percentile £11.81 £10.75 £10.60
25th Percentile £12.50 £13.00 £13.25
Median hourly rate £17.00 £17.96 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -5.35% +2.63% +2.94%
75th Percentile £36.00 £32.38 £28.75
90th Percentile £51.73 £50.00 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% +2.86% +1.24%

Social Skills is in the General Skills 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 common skills.

All General Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for common skills 38,247 16,546 37,422
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 53.59% 52.93% 50.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 26,401 11,358 24,656
10th Percentile £306 £275 £256
25th Percentile £413 £375 £366
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £485 £475
Median % change year-on-year +8.25% +2.11% -
75th Percentile £638 £600 £575
90th Percentile £725 £700 £675
UK median daily rate £525 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +10.53% - +1.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,291 627 1,339
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.75 £11.25
25th Percentile £13.25 £15.04 £14.00
Median hourly rate £19.20 £22.50 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year -14.67% +20.32% +1.08%
75th Percentile £42.73 £43.75 £37.50
90th Percentile £57.00 £52.50 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £19.51 £22.50 £18.89
% change year-on-year -13.29% +19.13% +3.88%

Social Skills
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Social Skills as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Social Skills in England

Social Skills
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Social Skills in England.

Daily rate trend for Social Skills in England

Social Skills
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Social Skills in England over the 6 months to 2 December 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Social Skills in England

Social Skills
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Social Skills in England.

Hourly rate trend for Social Skills in England

Social Skills
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Social Skills in England over the 6 months to 2 December 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Social Skills in England

Social Skills
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 Social Skills within the England region over the 6 months to 2 December 2021. 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 +3 7,240 £550 +12.82% 2,228
South East 0 1,764 £475 +11.76% 931
North of England +1 1,391 £450 +11.25% 1,068
Midlands 0 1,174 £450 +14.65% 683
North West +2 844 £450 +16.28% 592
West Midlands 0 830 £450 +12.50% 435
South West +1 772 £450 +4.01% 484
East of England +2 692 £450 +5.88% 484
Yorkshire 0 466 £468 +11.31% 329
East Midlands +4 327 £413 +17.86% 244
North East +2 90 £394 -7.29% 147
Social Skills
UK

For the 6 months to 2 December 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Social Skills 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 Social Skills.

1 4,546 (32.72%) Agile Software Development
2 3,699 (26.63%) Finance
3 2,665 (19.18%) Problem-Solving
4 2,340 (16.84%) Analytical Skills
5 2,229 (16.05%) Microsoft
6 2,161 (15.56%) Stakeholder Management
7 2,080 (14.97%) Azure
8 1,916 (13.79%) SQL
9 1,753 (12.62%) Project Management
10 1,538 (11.07%) DevOps
11 1,527 (10.99%) Windows
12 1,469 (10.57%) Java
13 1,466 (10.55%) AWS
14 1,358 (9.78%) Scrum
15 1,345 (9.68%) Presentation Skills
16 1,279 (9.21%) Degree
17 1,221 (8.79%) Python
18 1,164 (8.38%) Migration
19 1,122 (8.08%) JIRA
19 1,122 (8.08%) Security Cleared
20 1,105 (7.95%) ITIL
21 1,104 (7.95%) Analytics
22 1,089 (7.84%) Banking
23 1,030 (7.41%) Oracle
24 1,001 (7.21%) JavaScript
25 958 (6.90%) Active Directory
26 932 (6.71%) Microsoft 365
27 931 (6.70%) Public Sector
28 894 (6.44%) Business Intelligence
29 885 (6.37%) Project Delivery

Social Skills
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
1 533 (3.84%) Confluence
2 444 (3.20%) SharePoint
3 201 (1.45%) Apache Spark
4 144 (1.04%) CMS
5 110 (0.79%) Apache
6 92 (0.66%) Tomcat
7 85 (0.61%) WebLogic
8 80 (0.58%) SAS
9 79 (0.57%) Elasticsearch
10 64 (0.46%) MS Exchange
11 56 (0.40%) IIS
12 54 (0.39%) Mule
13 48 (0.35%) Oracle Workflow
14 46 (0.33%) JBoss
15 43 (0.31%) WebSphere
16 40 (0.29%) Adobe Experience Manager
17 35 (0.25%) BizTalk Server
18 33 (0.24%) Apache Airflow
19 30 (0.22%) Skype for Business
20 28 (0.20%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 808 (5.82%) Microsoft Excel
2 799 (5.75%) Microsoft Office
3 354 (2.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 256 (1.84%) Microsoft Project
5 198 (1.43%) MS Visio
6 76 (0.55%) Spreadsheet
7 70 (0.50%) Sketch
8 63 (0.45%) Figma
9 58 (0.42%) Photoshop
10 53 (0.38%) InVision
11 35 (0.25%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 25 (0.18%) Chatbot
12 25 (0.18%) Stata
13 23 (0.17%) Adobe Illustrator
14 13 (0.094%) Adobe XD
15 11 (0.079%) Zeplin
16 10 (0.072%) Camtasia
16 10 (0.072%) Windchill
17 9 (0.065%) Siemens NX
18 7 (0.050%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 138 (0.99%) SAP S/4HANA
2 61 (0.44%) Dynamics CRM
3 60 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
4 38 (0.27%) Oracle EBS
5 34 (0.24%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 32 (0.23%) Magento
7 31 (0.22%) NetSuite
8 29 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
8 29 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 25 (0.18%) Endur
10 23 (0.17%) SAP ERP
11 21 (0.15%) Teamcenter
12 20 (0.14%) SAP Hybris
13 17 (0.12%) Oracle Receivables
14 16 (0.12%) Shopify
15 15 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
15 15 (0.11%) Oracle Payables
15 15 (0.11%) SAP FI
16 14 (0.10%) Oracle Financials
16 14 (0.10%) SAP MDG
Cloud Services
1 2,080 (14.97%) Azure
2 1,466 (10.55%) AWS
3 932 (6.71%) Microsoft 365
4 615 (4.43%) Power Platform
5 486 (3.50%) GCP
6 334 (2.40%) SaaS
7 329 (2.37%) GitHub
8 287 (2.07%) PaaS
9 284 (2.04%) Serverless
10 236 (1.70%) IaaS
11 189 (1.36%) Dynamics 365
12 179 (1.29%) Azure Active Directory
13 162 (1.17%) Cloud Computing
14 141 (1.01%) AWS Lambda
15 133 (0.96%) OpenShift
16 131 (0.94%) Azure Data Factory
17 126 (0.91%) Amazon S3
18 113 (0.81%) AWS CloudFormation
19 94 (0.68%) Amazon EC2
20 91 (0.66%) Azure Cosmos DB
Communications & Networking
1 381 (2.74%) Firewall
2 249 (1.79%) DNS
3 214 (1.54%) WAN
4 180 (1.30%) LAN
5 167 (1.20%) VPN
6 159 (1.14%) TCP/IP
7 157 (1.13%) Network Security
8 148 (1.07%) DHCP
9 143 (1.03%) Internet
10 105 (0.76%) Wireless
11 92 (0.66%) HTTP
11 92 (0.66%) VoIP
12 88 (0.63%) Wi-Fi
13 71 (0.51%) SSL
14 70 (0.50%) Skype
15 65 (0.47%) MPLS
16 61 (0.44%) SAN
17 60 (0.43%) BGP
18 56 (0.40%) SD-WAN
19 52 (0.37%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 760 (5.47%) SQL Server
2 543 (3.91%) Power BI
3 479 (3.45%) Data Warehouse
4 449 (3.23%) Relational Database
5 414 (2.98%) Big Data
6 290 (2.09%) NoSQL
7 284 (2.04%) Tableau
8 219 (1.58%) PostgreSQL
9 206 (1.48%) Data Lake
10 199 (1.43%) Metadata
11 198 (1.43%) Oracle Database
12 197 (1.42%) MySQL
13 178 (1.28%) Hadoop
14 177 (1.27%) MongoDB
15 138 (0.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 127 (0.91%) RDBMS
17 113 (0.81%) Azure SQL Database
18 97 (0.70%) Apache Hive
19 93 (0.67%) Oracle Reports
20 89 (0.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1,122 (8.08%) JIRA
2 708 (5.10%) Git (software)
3 595 (4.28%) Jenkins
4 213 (1.53%) Maven
5 180 (1.30%) Selenium
6 150 (1.08%) GitLab
7 144 (1.04%) Cucumber
8 135 (0.97%) Bitbucket
9 118 (0.85%) TeamCity
10 114 (0.82%) JMeter
11 105 (0.76%) Postman
12 104 (0.75%) Visual Studio
13 84 (0.60%) Subversion
14 80 (0.58%) JUnit
15 79 (0.57%) Sonatype Nexus
16 73 (0.53%) webpack
17 71 (0.51%) Gradle
18 65 (0.47%) Mocha
19 58 (0.42%) Cypress.io
20 51 (0.37%) Artifactory
General
1 3,699 (26.63%) Finance
2 2,340 (16.84%) Analytical Skills
3 1,345 (9.68%) Presentation Skills
4 1,089 (7.84%) Banking
5 931 (6.70%) Public Sector
6 701 (5.05%) Influencing Skills
7 671 (4.83%) Organisational Skills
8 612 (4.41%) Retail
9 601 (4.33%) Marketing
10 480 (3.46%) Telecoms
11 432 (3.11%) Front Office
12 410 (2.95%) Legal
13 354 (2.55%) Investment Banking
14 331 (2.38%) Manufacturing
15 327 (2.35%) Documentation Skills
16 175 (1.26%) Financial Institution
17 154 (1.11%) Law
18 126 (0.91%) Automotive
19 122 (0.88%) Electronics
20 98 (0.71%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 2,379 (17.12%) Analyst
2 2,121 (15.27%) Developer
3 1,409 (10.14%) Architect
4 1,143 (8.23%) Project Manager
5 977 (7.03%) Business Analyst
6 667 (4.80%) Consultant
7 533 (3.84%) Solutions Architect
8 419 (3.02%) Java Developer
9 378 (2.72%) Support Engineer
10 343 (2.47%) Service Analyst
11 324 (2.33%) Data Analyst
12 301 (2.17%) Designer
13 295 (2.12%) Data Engineer
14 287 (2.07%) IT Manager
15 272 (1.96%) C# Developer
16 262 (1.89%) Service Desk Analyst
17 253 (1.82%) Senior Developer
18 235 (1.69%) Data Architect
19 217 (1.56%) Desktop Support
20 210 (1.51%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 767 (5.52%) .NET
2 620 (4.46%) HTML
3 546 (3.93%) CSS
4 542 (3.90%) React
5 438 (3.15%) AngularJS
6 366 (2.63%) Node.js
7 361 (2.60%) REST
8 344 (2.48%) RESTful
9 342 (2.46%) Web Services
10 314 (2.26%) Spring
11 311 (2.24%) Kafka
12 275 (1.98%) JSON
13 254 (1.83%) XML
14 227 (1.63%) Middleware
15 225 (1.62%) HTML5
16 181 (1.30%) .NET Framework
17 176 (1.27%) Spring Boot
18 175 (1.26%) SOAP
19 161 (1.16%) .NET Core
20 149 (1.07%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 713 (5.13%) User Experience
2 587 (4.23%) Self-Motivation
3 434 (3.12%) Management Information System
4 285 (2.05%) Data Centre
5 254 (1.83%) Data Protection Act
5 254 (1.83%) Virtual Team
6 229 (1.65%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 182 (1.31%) Public Cloud
8 177 (1.27%) Mobile App
9 176 (1.27%) Cloud Native
10 173 (1.25%) Algorithms
11 167 (1.20%) Data Structures
12 150 (1.08%) Hedge funds
12 150 (1.08%) NHS
13 141 (1.01%) Enterprise Software
13 141 (1.01%) Greenfield Project
14 135 (0.97%) Derivative
14 135 (0.97%) Fixed Income
15 118 (0.85%) Legacy Systems
16 108 (0.78%) Renewable Energy
Operating Systems
1 1,527 (10.99%) Windows
2 866 (6.23%) Linux
3 533 (3.84%) Windows 10
4 480 (3.46%) Unix
5 350 (2.52%) Windows Server
6 189 (1.36%) Android
6 189 (1.36%) Windows 7
7 169 (1.22%) Apple iOS
8 97 (0.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 93 (0.67%) Windows Server 2016
10 88 (0.63%) Windows Server 2012
11 66 (0.48%) Mac OS
12 62 (0.45%) Windows Server 2008
13 61 (0.44%) Windows Server 2019
14 42 (0.30%) Windows 8
15 39 (0.28%) AIX
16 38 (0.27%) Ubuntu
17 35 (0.25%) Mac OS X
17 35 (0.25%) Solaris
18 27 (0.19%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 4,546 (32.72%) Agile Software Development
2 2,665 (19.18%) Problem-Solving
3 2,161 (15.56%) Stakeholder Management
4 1,753 (12.62%) Project Management
5 1,538 (11.07%) DevOps
6 1,358 (9.78%) Scrum
7 1,164 (8.38%) Migration
8 1,105 (7.95%) ITIL
9 1,104 (7.95%) Analytics
10 894 (6.44%) Business Intelligence
11 885 (6.37%) Project Delivery
12 804 (5.79%) Decision-Making
13 801 (5.77%) Microservices
14 764 (5.50%) Test Automation
15 709 (5.10%) Change Management
16 708 (5.10%) Continuous Improvement
17 699 (5.03%) Software Engineering
18 652 (4.69%) Data Modelling
19 620 (4.46%) SDLC
20 599 (4.31%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 1,916 (13.79%) SQL
2 1,469 (10.57%) Java
3 1,221 (8.79%) Python
4 1,001 (7.21%) JavaScript
5 879 (6.33%) C#
6 417 (3.00%) PowerShell
7 337 (2.43%) TypeScript
8 324 (2.33%) C++
9 253 (1.82%) C
10 237 (1.71%) Scala
11 197 (1.42%) PL/SQL
12 192 (1.38%) Bash Shell
13 175 (1.26%) Java 8
14 162 (1.17%) Shell Script
15 159 (1.14%) R
16 137 (0.99%) Perl
17 126 (0.91%) Go
18 118 (0.85%) T-SQL
19 112 (0.81%) PHP
20 99 (0.71%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 1,279 (9.21%) Degree
2 1,122 (8.08%) Security Cleared
3 852 (6.13%) SC Cleared
4 226 (1.63%) Computer Science Degree
5 203 (1.46%) Cisco Certification
6 173 (1.25%) DV Cleared
7 152 (1.09%) PMP
8 151 (1.09%) PMI Certification
9 141 (1.01%) Microsoft Certification
10 138 (0.99%) ITIL Certification
11 134 (0.96%) CISSP
12 121 (0.87%) ISTQB
13 100 (0.72%) Master's Degree
14 96 (0.69%) BPSS Clearance
15 95 (0.68%) CCNA
16 84 (0.60%) CCNP
17 79 (0.57%) ISEB
18 74 (0.53%) MCP
19 67 (0.48%) CISM
20 63 (0.45%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 611 (4.40%) QA
2 384 (2.76%) PMO
3 362 (2.61%) SLA
4 341 (2.45%) Data Quality
5 335 (2.41%) GDPR
6 177 (1.27%) Accessibility
7 138 (0.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 75 (0.54%) NIST
9 57 (0.41%) PCI DSS
10 56 (0.40%) GRC
11 47 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 38 (0.27%) WCAG
13 37 (0.27%) NCSC
14 36 (0.26%) MiFID
15 33 (0.24%) IFRS
16 28 (0.20%) COBIT
17 23 (0.17%) EMIR
18 16 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials
18 16 (0.12%) ISO 20022
19 14 (0.10%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 958 (6.90%) Active Directory
2 640 (4.61%) Docker
3 304 (2.19%) VMware Infrastructure
4 95 (0.68%) Hyper-V
5 87 (0.63%) Virtual Machines
6 68 (0.49%) Virtual Desktop
7 63 (0.45%) VMware ESXi
8 59 (0.42%) vSphere
9 41 (0.30%) HDFS
10 35 (0.25%) VMware NSX
11 31 (0.22%) Microsoft App-V
11 31 (0.22%) XenApp
12 30 (0.22%) Oracle RAC
13 25 (0.18%) NFS
14 23 (0.17%) XenDesktop
15 20 (0.14%) Virtual Servers
16 19 (0.14%) Firmware
17 17 (0.12%) OpenAM
18 13 (0.094%) BitLocker
19 12 (0.086%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 661 (4.76%) Kubernetes
2 444 (3.20%) Terraform
3 378 (2.72%) Ansible
4 272 (1.96%) SCCM
5 164 (1.18%) Microsoft Intune
6 110 (0.79%) Puppet
7 75 (0.54%) Single Sign-On
8 72 (0.52%) Grafana
9 63 (0.45%) Opscode Chef
10 62 (0.45%) Active Directory Federation Services
11 48 (0.35%) Prometheus
12 44 (0.32%) Kibana
13 43 (0.31%) Packer
14 41 (0.30%) Docker Swarm
15 34 (0.24%) Data Guard
16 31 (0.22%) Tivoli
17 30 (0.22%) vRealize
18 29 (0.21%) Consul
18 29 (0.21%) Oozie
19 27 (0.19%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 2,229 (16.05%) Microsoft
2 1,030 (7.41%) Oracle
3 660 (4.75%) SAP
4 434 (3.12%) VMware
5 407 (2.93%) Salesforce.com
6 374 (2.69%) Google
7 294 (2.12%) Cisco
8 292 (2.10%) ServiceNow
9 235 (1.69%) Citrix
10 203 (1.46%) Databricks
10 203 (1.46%) IBM
11 198 (1.43%) Adobe
12 145 (1.04%) HP
13 142 (1.02%) Red Hat
14 140 (1.01%) Splunk
15 136 (0.98%) Informatica
16 122 (0.88%) Atlassian
17 121 (0.87%) Apple
18 96 (0.69%) MuleSoft
19 88 (0.63%) Dell