Period
to 4 December 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London 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 4 December 2021 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)
England > London
6 months to
4 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 67 78 90
Rank change year-on-year +11 +12 -9
Contract jobs citing SDLC 1,435 527 993
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 3.81% 3.24% 2.83%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.17% 3.65% 3.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,065 361 715
10th Percentile £439 £363 £375
25th Percentile £519 £450 £450
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £625 £550 £550
Median % change year-on-year +13.64% - +4.76%
75th Percentile £713 £625 £625
90th Percentile £800 £700 £700
England median daily rate £575 £488 £494
% change year-on-year +17.95% -1.32% +1.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 0 5
Median hourly rate £51.50 - £36.70
England median hourly rate £51.50 £50.00 £43.00
% change year-on-year +3.00% +16.28% +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 London with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 34,406 14,420 31,061
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 91.23% 88.77% 88.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,990 10,421 22,671
10th Percentile £375 £319 £325
25th Percentile £463 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £513
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% -2.44% +2.50%
75th Percentile £663 £613 £600
90th Percentile £750 £700 £688
England median daily rate £525 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +10.53% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 318 133 372
10th Percentile £17.18 £16.15 £12.44
25th Percentile £21.50 £22.50 £16.08
Median hourly rate £37.50 £32.00 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year +17.19% +42.22% +7.14%
75th Percentile £54.22 £45.75 £44.06
90th Percentile £70.00 £58.60 £53.75
England median hourly rate £24.08 £27.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year -10.81% +22.73% +9.15%

SDLC
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings citing SDLC as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in London.

Job vacancy trend for SDLC in London

SDLC
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SDLC in London.

Daily rate trend for SDLC in London

SDLC
Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SDLC in London over the 6 months to 4 December 2021.

Daily rate histogram for SDLC in London

SDLC
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SDLC in London.

Hourly rate trend for SDLC in London

SDLC
Hourly Rate Histogram in London

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing SDLC in London over the 6 months to 4 December 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for SDLC in London

SDLC
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SDLC within the London region over the 6 months to 4 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
Central London +25 176 £615 +11.77% 120
South London +4 18 £520 +60.00% 20
West London -19 13 £570 +14.00% 30
East London -6 8 £775 +72.22% 19
SDLC
England

For the 6 months to 4 December 2021, 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 London region with a requirement for SDLC.

1 886 (61.74%) Agile Software Development
2 535 (37.28%) Finance
3 394 (27.46%) Social Skills
4 372 (25.92%) DevOps
5 367 (25.57%) Azure
6 355 (24.74%) Java
7 324 (22.58%) SQL
8 276 (19.23%) AWS
9 268 (18.68%) Scrum
10 263 (18.33%) JavaScript
11 252 (17.56%) Microservices
12 250 (17.42%) Banking
13 241 (16.79%) Python
14 209 (14.56%) Kubernetes
15 203 (14.15%) Software Engineering
16 185 (12.89%) JIRA
17 179 (12.47%) .NET
17 179 (12.47%) Problem-Solving
18 178 (12.40%) C#
19 177 (12.33%) SQL Server
20 166 (11.57%) Test Automation
21 163 (11.36%) Stakeholder Management
22 153 (10.66%) React
23 149 (10.38%) Analytics
24 147 (10.24%) Analytical Skills
25 146 (10.17%) Docker
26 145 (10.10%) Investment Banking
27 144 (10.03%) Microsoft
28 143 (9.97%) CSS
29 142 (9.90%) Continuous Improvement

SDLC
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 67 (4.67%) Confluence
2 40 (2.79%) CMS
3 31 (2.16%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 31 (2.16%) Apache Spark
4 26 (1.81%) Apache
5 25 (1.74%) BizTalk Server
6 23 (1.60%) Tomcat
7 22 (1.53%) nginx
7 22 (1.53%) OpenStack
7 22 (1.53%) SharePoint
8 21 (1.46%) IIS
9 15 (1.05%) JBoss
10 13 (0.91%) Elasticsearch
10 13 (0.91%) WebSphere
11 12 (0.84%) WebLogic
12 11 (0.77%) Appian
12 11 (0.77%) Camunda
13 9 (0.63%) Red Hat Fuse
14 4 (0.28%) Sitecore CMS
15 3 (0.21%) Mule
Applications
1 30 (2.09%) Microsoft Excel
2 21 (1.46%) Microsoft Project
3 20 (1.39%) MS Visio
4 17 (1.18%) Microsoft Office
5 10 (0.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 9 (0.63%) Blender
7 4 (0.28%) Adobe XD
7 4 (0.28%) InVision
8 3 (0.21%) Adobe Illustrator
8 3 (0.21%) Chatbot
8 3 (0.21%) Figma
8 3 (0.21%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.070%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.070%) Marvel
9 1 (0.070%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 28 (1.95%) ION MarketView
2 8 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.35%) OneSumX
3 5 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.21%) Sentinel
5 2 (0.14%) Adobe Campaign
5 2 (0.14%) Bloomberg TOMS
5 2 (0.14%) FINCAD Analytics
5 2 (0.14%) Magento
5 2 (0.14%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 2 (0.14%) SAP HR
5 2 (0.14%) SAP S/4HANA
6 1 (0.070%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.070%) Dynamics GP
6 1 (0.070%) Loan IQ
6 1 (0.070%) Markit EDM
6 1 (0.070%) Oracle BPM
6 1 (0.070%) SAP Hybris
6 1 (0.070%) SAP IBP
6 1 (0.070%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 367 (25.57%) Azure
2 276 (19.23%) AWS
3 99 (6.90%) GCP
4 86 (5.99%) GitHub
5 75 (5.23%) Serverless
6 58 (4.04%) PaaS
7 57 (3.97%) AWS Lambda
8 54 (3.76%) Power Platform
9 39 (2.72%) SaaS
10 38 (2.65%) Azure Functions
11 35 (2.44%) Azure Cosmos DB
12 29 (2.02%) IaaS
13 26 (1.81%) Azure Logic Apps
14 25 (1.74%) Azure Storage
15 20 (1.39%) Azure Service Bus
16 19 (1.32%) Amazon S3
16 19 (1.32%) AWS CloudFormation
17 18 (1.25%) GitHub Actions
18 17 (1.18%) npm
18 17 (1.18%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 60 (4.18%) 2G
1 60 (4.18%) 5G
1 60 (4.18%) GSM
1 60 (4.18%) MVNO
2 41 (2.86%) Packet Switching
3 22 (1.53%) DNS
4 18 (1.25%) Internet
5 17 (1.18%) SSL
6 11 (0.77%) AMQP
7 10 (0.70%) Firewall
8 9 (0.63%) Broadband
9 8 (0.56%) HTTP
10 7 (0.49%) Network Security
11 6 (0.42%) Intranet
12 5 (0.35%) NAS
12 5 (0.35%) SAN
12 5 (0.35%) Wireshark
13 4 (0.28%) RTMP
13 4 (0.28%) TCP/IP
14 2 (0.14%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 177 (12.33%) SQL Server
2 97 (6.76%) Relational Database
3 82 (5.71%) MongoDB
4 67 (4.67%) NoSQL
5 63 (4.39%) PostgreSQL
6 59 (4.11%) Big Data
7 54 (3.76%) Power BI
8 51 (3.55%) Data Lake
9 48 (3.34%) Data Warehouse
10 45 (3.14%) MySQL
11 34 (2.37%) Azure SQL Database
11 34 (2.37%) RDBMS
12 28 (1.95%) Hadoop
13 24 (1.67%) Oracle Database
14 22 (1.53%) Amazon Redshift
14 22 (1.53%) Metadata
15 21 (1.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 18 (1.25%) Oracle Reports
17 17 (1.18%) Couchbase
17 17 (1.18%) Redis
Development Applications
1 185 (12.89%) JIRA
2 131 (9.13%) Git (software)
3 118 (8.22%) Jenkins
4 67 (4.67%) Sonatype Nexus
5 59 (4.11%) TeamCity
6 49 (3.41%) Selenium
7 43 (3.00%) Cucumber
8 40 (2.79%) GitLab
9 38 (2.65%) Maven
10 33 (2.30%) JUnit
10 33 (2.30%) Mocha
11 31 (2.16%) SpecFlow
12 30 (2.09%) Team Foundation Server
13 27 (1.88%) Cypress.io
14 26 (1.81%) Mockito
14 26 (1.81%) SonarQube
15 22 (1.53%) Subversion
16 21 (1.46%) NUnit
16 21 (1.46%) REST Assured
17 20 (1.39%) Bitbucket
General
1 535 (37.28%) Finance
2 394 (27.46%) Social Skills
3 250 (17.42%) Banking
4 147 (10.24%) Analytical Skills
5 145 (10.10%) Investment Banking
6 98 (6.83%) Front Office
7 77 (5.37%) Telecoms
8 65 (4.53%) Presentation Skills
9 40 (2.79%) Retail
10 34 (2.37%) Public Sector
11 26 (1.81%) Financial Institution
12 24 (1.67%) Influencing Skills
13 23 (1.60%) Legal
14 21 (1.46%) Marketing
15 14 (0.98%) Documentation Skills
16 12 (0.84%) Back Office
17 11 (0.77%) Games
18 9 (0.63%) Law
18 9 (0.63%) Organisational Skills
19 8 (0.56%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 565 (39.37%) Developer
2 168 (11.71%) Analyst
3 157 (10.94%) Java Developer
4 135 (9.41%) Architect
5 124 (8.64%) Business Analyst
6 118 (8.22%) Senior Developer
7 71 (4.95%) Project Manager
8 69 (4.81%) DevOps Engineer
9 68 (4.74%) Software Engineer
10 67 (4.67%) C# Developer
11 64 (4.46%) .NET Developer
12 55 (3.83%) Solutions Architect
13 52 (3.62%) Python Developer
14 48 (3.34%) Full Stack Developer
15 42 (2.93%) Electronic Trading Developer
15 42 (2.93%) Java Engineer
16 41 (2.86%) AWS Engineer
17 40 (2.79%) Technical Manager
18 36 (2.51%) Senior Software Engineer
19 34 (2.37%) Azure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 179 (12.47%) .NET
2 153 (10.66%) React
3 143 (9.97%) CSS
4 130 (9.06%) HTML
5 122 (8.50%) Web Services
6 108 (7.53%) REST
7 104 (7.25%) AngularJS
8 99 (6.90%) Kafka
9 86 (5.99%) .NET Core
10 84 (5.85%) Spring
11 60 (4.18%) XML
12 52 (3.62%) RESTful
13 50 (3.48%) Node.js
13 50 (3.48%) RabbitMQ
14 49 (3.41%) ASP.NET
14 49 (3.41%) JSON
15 48 (3.34%) .NET Framework
15 48 (3.34%) Hibernate
16 46 (3.21%) SOAP
17 43 (3.00%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 88 (6.13%) User Experience
2 74 (5.16%) Cloud Native
3 70 (4.88%) Virtual Team
4 65 (4.53%) Mobile App
5 58 (4.04%) Enterprise Software
6 49 (3.41%) Public Cloud
7 48 (3.34%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 46 (3.21%) Data Protection Act
8 46 (3.21%) Fixed Income
8 46 (3.21%) Self-Motivation
9 45 (3.14%) Greenfield Project
10 41 (2.86%) Management Information System
11 40 (2.79%) Data Structures
12 36 (2.51%) Derivative
12 36 (2.51%) PMI
13 34 (2.37%) Legacy Systems
14 23 (1.60%) Algorithms
14 23 (1.60%) Equities
15 22 (1.53%) Market Risk
16 19 (1.32%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 125 (8.71%) Linux
2 81 (5.64%) Windows
3 64 (4.46%) Unix
4 45 (3.14%) Apple iOS
5 36 (2.51%) Android
6 14 (0.98%) Debian
7 13 (0.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 9 (0.63%) Ubuntu
9 8 (0.56%) Windows Server
10 4 (0.28%) CentOS
10 4 (0.28%) Windows 10
11 3 (0.21%) Windows Server 2008
11 3 (0.21%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (0.14%) Mac OS
12 2 (0.14%) zOS
13 1 (0.070%) DC/OS
13 1 (0.070%) Solaris
13 1 (0.070%) VMS
13 1 (0.070%) Windows Server 2016
13 1 (0.070%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 886 (61.74%) Agile Software Development
2 372 (25.92%) DevOps
3 268 (18.68%) Scrum
4 252 (17.56%) Microservices
5 203 (14.15%) Software Engineering
6 179 (12.47%) Problem-Solving
7 166 (11.57%) Test Automation
8 163 (11.36%) Stakeholder Management
9 149 (10.38%) Analytics
10 142 (9.90%) Continuous Improvement
11 141 (9.83%) TDD
12 131 (9.13%) Full Stack Development
13 126 (8.78%) Project Delivery
14 122 (8.50%) Continuous Integration
15 119 (8.29%) Waterfall
16 106 (7.39%) Project Management
17 97 (6.76%) Data Modelling
18 88 (6.13%) Computer Science
18 88 (6.13%) Open Source
19 87 (6.06%) Requirements Gathering
Programming Languages
1 355 (24.74%) Java
2 324 (22.58%) SQL
3 263 (18.33%) JavaScript
4 241 (16.79%) Python
5 178 (12.40%) C#
6 110 (7.67%) C
7 108 (7.53%) TypeScript
8 95 (6.62%) C++
9 48 (3.34%) Java 8
9 48 (3.34%) PL/SQL
10 46 (3.21%) PowerShell
11 42 (2.93%) T-SQL
12 37 (2.58%) Go
13 34 (2.37%) Ruby
14 30 (2.09%) Bash Shell
15 29 (2.02%) Scala
16 23 (1.60%) Kotlin
17 22 (1.53%) Apple Swift
18 18 (1.25%) Groovy
19 17 (1.18%) Java 11
Qualifications
1 113 (7.87%) Degree
2 67 (4.67%) Security Cleared
3 60 (4.18%) SC Cleared
4 38 (2.65%) PMI Certification
5 17 (1.18%) CISSP
5 17 (1.18%) Computer Science Degree
6 13 (0.91%) CRISC
6 13 (0.91%) DV Cleared
7 12 (0.84%) ISTQB
8 10 (0.70%) PMP
9 9 (0.63%) ITIL Certification
10 8 (0.56%) BPSS Clearance
11 7 (0.49%) (ISC)2 CCSP
11 7 (0.49%) CISA
11 7 (0.49%) Cisco Certification
11 7 (0.49%) CISM
11 7 (0.49%) ISEB
12 5 (0.35%) AWS Certification
12 5 (0.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 4 (0.28%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 104 (7.25%) QA
2 30 (2.09%) Data Quality
3 26 (1.81%) PMBOK
4 19 (1.32%) GDPR
5 16 (1.11%) NIST
6 14 (0.98%) GRC
7 10 (0.70%) Accessibility
8 9 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 9 (0.63%) SLA
9 8 (0.56%) COBIT
9 8 (0.56%) PMO
10 7 (0.49%) PCI DSS
11 6 (0.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 3 (0.21%) Basel II
12 3 (0.21%) FedRAMP
13 2 (0.14%) EMIR
13 2 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 2 (0.14%) MiFID
13 2 (0.14%) NCSC
13 2 (0.14%) Solvency II
System Software
1 146 (10.17%) Docker
2 25 (1.74%) Active Directory
3 14 (0.98%) vCloud
4 5 (0.35%) NFS
5 4 (0.28%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (0.21%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.21%) Samba
6 3 (0.21%) Virtual Servers
7 2 (0.14%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 2 (0.14%) HDFS
7 2 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
7 2 (0.14%) Time Sharing Option
8 1 (0.070%) GeoWebCache
8 1 (0.070%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.070%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.070%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 209 (14.56%) Kubernetes
2 108 (7.53%) Ansible
3 95 (6.62%) Terraform
4 42 (2.93%) Prometheus
5 41 (2.86%) Puppet
6 37 (2.58%) Grafana
7 24 (1.67%) Opscode Chef
8 17 (1.18%) Kibana
9 14 (0.98%) Consul
9 14 (0.98%) Fluentd
9 14 (0.98%) HAProxy
9 14 (0.98%) ZABBIX
10 9 (0.63%) Netcool
11 5 (0.35%) Packer
12 4 (0.28%) HP Quality Center
12 4 (0.28%) Istio
12 4 (0.28%) logstash
12 4 (0.28%) WebSphere Cast Iron
13 3 (0.21%) CASB
13 3 (0.21%) Docker Swarm
Vendors
1 144 (10.03%) Microsoft
2 119 (8.29%) Oracle
3 56 (3.90%) Google
4 44 (3.07%) MuleSoft
4 44 (3.07%) Salesforce.com
5 39 (2.72%) Adobe
6 29 (2.02%) Databricks
7 28 (1.95%) ION Trading
8 23 (1.60%) VMware
9 19 (1.32%) Red Hat
10 17 (1.18%) Sybase
11 16 (1.11%) Murex
12 15 (1.05%) CA
12 15 (1.05%) CyberArk
12 15 (1.05%) Perfecto Mobile
12 15 (1.05%) Splunk
13 14 (0.98%) Sonatype
14 13 (0.91%) Ab Initio
14 13 (0.91%) BiZZdesign
15 12 (0.84%) SAP