Period
to 28 January 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 28 January 2020 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 > South East
6 months to
28 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 70 84 75
Rank change year-on-year +14 -9 +18
Contract jobs citing SDLC 329 466 468
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 2.87% 2.95% 2.87%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.39% 3.38% 3.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 183 307 303
South East median daily rate £450 £475 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +13.10% +3.38%
10th Percentile £313 £353 £308
90th Percentile £625 £625 £598
England median daily rate £490 £500 £475
% change year-on-year -2.00% +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 10 21
South East median hourly rate £50.00 £43.75 £49.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.29% -11.62% +10.00%
10th Percentile £46.80 £33.00 £34.50
90th Percentile £70.88 £50.88 £67.25
England median hourly rate £44.25 £42.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year +4.12% - +1.19%

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 the South East with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 9,702 13,807 13,834
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 84.73% 87.33% 84.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,831 8,291 8,324
South East median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £263 £276 £263
90th Percentile £600 £600 £578
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +4.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 431 487 426
South East median hourly rate £23.50 £26.65 £24.78
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.82% +7.55% +10.13%
10th Percentile £13.07 £11.85 £11.25
90th Percentile £57.50 £52.02 £50.25
England median hourly rate £22.50 £23.88 £24.00
% change year-on-year -5.78% -0.50% +1.05%

SDLC
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing SDLC as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for SDLC in the South East

SDLC
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing SDLC in the South East.

Contractor daily rate trend for SDLC in the South East

SDLC
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SDLC in the South East over the 6 months to 28 January 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SDLC in the South East

SDLC
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing SDLC in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SDLC in the South East

SDLC
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SDLC in the South East over the 6 months to 28 January 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SDLC in the South East

SDLC
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SDLC within the South East region over the 6 months to 28 January 2020. 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
Thames Valley +25 148 £405 -11.96% 68
Berkshire +37 102 £463 +6.94% 24
Surrey -15 72 £488 -2.50% 43
Hampshire +35 61 £438 - 36
Buckinghamshire +14 33 £375 -9.64% 18
West Sussex +8 24 £503 +8.65% 11
Kent +22 16 £385 -5.23% 7
Oxfordshire +3 13 £398 -26.05% 26
East Sussex +14 5 £413 - 8
Middlesex - 2 £375 -
SDLC
England

For the 6 months to 28 January 2020, 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 South East region with a requirement for SDLC.

1 194 (58.97%) Agile Software Development
2 85 (25.84%) SQL
3 66 (20.06%) Linux
4 65 (19.76%) Waterfall
5 54 (16.41%) .NET
6 53 (16.11%) Java
7 52 (15.81%) JIRA
8 50 (15.20%) C#
9 49 (14.89%) Scrum
9 49 (14.89%) DevOps
10 48 (14.59%) Problem-Solving
10 48 (14.59%) Git (software)
11 47 (14.29%) Python
11 47 (14.29%) Microsoft
11 47 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
12 45 (13.68%) Software Engineering
13 43 (13.07%) Finance
14 42 (12.77%) Azure
15 41 (12.46%) Test Automation
15 41 (12.46%) Project Management
16 40 (12.16%) Oracle
16 40 (12.16%) QA
17 36 (10.94%) JavaScript
18 35 (10.64%) SQL Server
19 33 (10.03%) Selenium
20 32 (9.73%) Microsoft Office
21 31 (9.42%) Windows
21 31 (9.42%) AngularJS
22 30 (9.12%) Web Services
23 29 (8.81%) AWS

SDLC
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 21 (6.38%) Confluence
2 17 (5.17%) GeoServer
2 17 (5.17%) SharePoint
3 10 (3.04%) WebSphere
4 9 (2.74%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 7 (2.13%) Oracle Service Bus
6 5 (1.52%) Cloud Foundry
6 5 (1.52%) IIS
6 5 (1.52%) Tomcat
7 4 (1.22%) Apache Spark
7 4 (1.22%) GemFire
7 4 (1.22%) nginx
8 3 (0.91%) Drupal
8 3 (0.91%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.61%) Apache
9 2 (0.61%) CMS
9 2 (0.61%) JBoss
10 1 (0.30%) SAS
10 1 (0.30%) Umbraco
10 1 (0.30%) WebLogic
Applications
1 32 (9.73%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (7.29%) MS Visio
3 19 (5.78%) Microsoft Excel
4 14 (4.26%) Microsoft Project
5 11 (3.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.61%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.30%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.30%) Figma
Business Applications
1 7 (2.13%) Maximo
2 5 (1.52%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (1.52%) Remedy ITSM
2 5 (1.52%) SAP S/4HANA
3 3 (0.91%) Remedy AR System
4 2 (0.61%) SAP SCM
4 2 (0.61%) SimCorp Dimension
4 2 (0.61%) thinkFolio
5 1 (0.30%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.30%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.30%) SAP HR
5 1 (0.30%) SAP Payroll
Cloud Services
1 42 (12.77%) Azure
2 29 (8.81%) AWS
3 11 (3.34%) Amazon S3
4 10 (3.04%) SaaS
5 8 (2.43%) PaaS
6 7 (2.13%) GitHub
6 7 (2.13%) OpenShift
6 7 (2.13%) Serverless
7 6 (1.82%) Amazon Cognito
7 6 (1.82%) AWS Lambda
7 6 (1.82%) Azure Active Directory
7 6 (1.82%) CloudFront
8 5 (1.52%) Amazon EC2
8 5 (1.52%) Amazon ECS
8 5 (1.52%) Amazon ELB
8 5 (1.52%) Amazon EMR
8 5 (1.52%) IaaS
9 4 (1.22%) Amazon Kinesis
9 4 (1.22%) npm
9 4 (1.22%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 10 (3.04%) DNS
2 5 (1.52%) DSL
2 5 (1.52%) IPv6
3 4 (1.22%) Firewall
3 4 (1.22%) Internet
4 3 (0.91%) TCP/IP
5 2 (0.61%) ATM
5 2 (0.61%) HTTP
5 2 (0.61%) SSL
5 2 (0.61%) WAN
6 1 (0.30%) 802.15
6 1 (0.30%) Bluetooth
6 1 (0.30%) DMZ
6 1 (0.30%) LAN
6 1 (0.30%) MPLS
6 1 (0.30%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (0.30%) Wireless
6 1 (0.30%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (10.64%) SQL Server
2 22 (6.69%) GIS
3 20 (6.08%) Relational Database
4 17 (5.17%) Geospatial Data
5 9 (2.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 8 (2.43%) Spatial Data
7 7 (2.13%) Azure SQL Database
7 7 (2.13%) Oracle Database
7 7 (2.13%) PostgreSQL
8 6 (1.82%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 6 (1.82%) Data Warehouse
8 6 (1.82%) Oracle ODI
9 5 (1.52%) Cosmos DB
9 5 (1.52%) MariaDB
9 5 (1.52%) Oracle Database 11g
9 5 (1.52%) Oracle Database 12c
9 5 (1.52%) SQLite
9 5 (1.52%) SSDT
10 4 (1.22%) RDBMS
10 4 (1.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 52 (15.81%) JIRA
2 48 (14.59%) Git (software)
3 33 (10.03%) Selenium
4 25 (7.60%) Jenkins
5 15 (4.56%) Visual Studio
6 14 (4.26%) JMeter
7 13 (3.95%) ProC
8 12 (3.65%) TeamCity
9 11 (3.34%) Subversion
10 10 (3.04%) Postman
11 9 (2.74%) Bitbucket
11 9 (2.74%) Visual Studio Team System
12 8 (2.43%) Android Studio
12 8 (2.43%) PVCS
12 8 (2.43%) SpecFlow
12 8 (2.43%) Team Foundation Server
13 7 (2.13%) Cucumber
14 6 (1.82%) ClearCase
14 6 (1.82%) PowerBuilder
14 6 (1.82%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 43 (13.07%) Finance
2 17 (5.17%) Banking
2 17 (5.17%) Telecoms
3 12 (3.65%) Retail
4 9 (2.74%) Manufacturing
5 6 (1.82%) Public Sector
6 5 (1.52%) Local Government
7 4 (1.22%) Automotive
8 3 (0.91%) Marketing
8 3 (0.91%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.61%) Aerospace
9 2 (0.61%) Back Office
9 2 (0.61%) Corporate Banking
9 2 (0.61%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.61%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.30%) Environmental Health
10 1 (0.30%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.30%) French Language
10 1 (0.30%) Publishing
10 1 (0.30%) Romanian Language
Job Titles
1 108 (32.83%) Developer
2 52 (15.81%) Analyst
3 34 (10.33%) Project Manager
4 31 (9.42%) Business Analyst
5 21 (6.38%) .NET Developer
6 20 (6.08%) Software Developer
7 18 (5.47%) DevOps Engineer
8 16 (4.86%) Oracle Developer
9 14 (4.26%) Technical Leader
10 12 (3.65%) Architect
11 11 (3.34%) C# Developer
12 10 (3.04%) GIS Developer
12 10 (3.04%) Senior Developer
12 10 (3.04%) Software Engineer
13 9 (2.74%) .NET Software Developer
13 9 (2.74%) QA Engineer
13 9 (2.74%) Test Engineer
13 9 (2.74%) Test Manager
13 9 (2.74%) Tester
14 8 (2.43%) Android Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (16.41%) .NET
2 31 (9.42%) AngularJS
3 30 (9.12%) Web Services
4 27 (8.21%) RESTful
5 23 (6.99%) .NET Framework
5 23 (6.99%) HTML
6 19 (5.78%) React
7 18 (5.47%) Node.js
8 16 (4.86%) CSS
8 16 (4.86%) XML
9 14 (4.26%) .NET Core
9 14 (4.26%) REST
10 11 (3.34%) ASP.NET
11 10 (3.04%) JSON
12 9 (2.74%) HTML5
12 9 (2.74%) Oracle Fusion
13 8 (2.43%) Spring
13 8 (2.43%) Vue.js
14 6 (1.82%) ASP.NET Web API
14 6 (1.82%) RAML
Miscellaneous
1 47 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (4.56%) Management Information System
2 15 (4.56%) Self-Motivation
3 11 (3.34%) User Experience
4 10 (3.04%) CMDB
5 9 (2.74%) Data Structures
6 8 (2.43%) Analytical Mindset
7 7 (2.13%) Data Centre
7 7 (2.13%) Driving Licence
7 7 (2.13%) Enterprise Cloud
8 4 (1.22%) Life Science
8 4 (1.22%) Mobile App
8 4 (1.22%) Virtual Team
9 3 (0.91%) Handset
9 3 (0.91%) PMI
9 3 (0.91%) Private Cloud
9 3 (0.91%) Public Cloud
10 2 (0.61%) Algorithms
10 2 (0.61%) Digital Media
10 2 (0.61%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 66 (20.06%) Linux
2 31 (9.42%) Windows
3 15 (4.56%) Unix
4 10 (3.04%) Android
4 10 (3.04%) Windows 10
5 7 (2.13%) AIX
6 6 (1.82%) OpenVMS
6 6 (1.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 4 (1.22%) Windows Server
8 2 (0.61%) Windows 7
8 2 (0.61%) Windows 8
8 2 (0.61%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.30%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.30%) HPUX
9 1 (0.30%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.30%) Solaris
9 1 (0.30%) ThreadX
9 1 (0.30%) VMS
9 1 (0.30%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 194 (58.97%) Agile Software Development
2 65 (19.76%) Waterfall
3 49 (14.89%) DevOps
3 49 (14.89%) Scrum
4 48 (14.59%) Problem-Solving
5 45 (13.68%) Software Engineering
6 41 (12.46%) Project Management
6 41 (12.46%) Test Automation
7 28 (8.51%) TDD
8 26 (7.90%) Data Modelling
9 24 (7.29%) Decision-Making
10 22 (6.69%) Stakeholder Management
11 21 (6.38%) Business Intelligence
12 20 (6.08%) Kanban
13 19 (5.78%) Migration
14 18 (5.47%) Change Management
14 18 (5.47%) ITIL
14 18 (5.47%) OO
14 18 (5.47%) Service Management
14 18 (5.47%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 85 (25.84%) SQL
2 53 (16.11%) Java
3 50 (15.20%) C#
4 47 (14.29%) Python
5 36 (10.94%) JavaScript
6 21 (6.38%) C
7 18 (5.47%) PowerShell
8 16 (4.86%) PL/SQL
8 16 (4.86%) Shell Script
9 15 (4.56%) C++
10 13 (3.95%) T-SQL
11 10 (3.04%) Perl
12 9 (2.74%) Ruby
13 8 (2.43%) Bash Shell
14 6 (1.82%) Fortran
14 6 (1.82%) Groovy
14 6 (1.82%) Kotlin
14 6 (1.82%) TypeScript
15 5 (1.52%) VC++
16 4 (1.22%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 26 (7.90%) Security Cleared
2 25 (7.60%) Degree
3 23 (6.99%) SC Cleared
4 13 (3.95%) ISEB
5 9 (2.74%) ISTQB
6 8 (2.43%) MCSE
6 8 (2.43%) Microsoft Certification
6 8 (2.43%) PMP
6 8 (2.43%) TOGAF Certification
7 6 (1.82%) PMI Certification
8 4 (1.22%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 3 (0.91%) IIBA
9 3 (0.91%) ISEB Practitioner
9 3 (0.91%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 2 (0.61%) CBAP
10 2 (0.61%) Computer Science Degree
10 2 (0.61%) DV Cleared
10 2 (0.61%) MBA
11 1 (0.30%) CEH
11 1 (0.30%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (12.16%) QA
2 7 (2.13%) SLA
3 6 (1.82%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 5 (1.52%) PMO
5 4 (1.22%) GDPR
5 4 (1.22%) GxP
6 3 (0.91%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.91%) NIST
6 3 (0.91%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.30%) GAMP
8 1 (0.30%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 12 (3.65%) Active Directory
2 10 (3.04%) Docker
3 3 (0.91%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.61%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.30%) Apache Flume
5 1 (0.30%) LXC
5 1 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 11 (3.34%) Ansible
2 9 (2.74%) Terraform
3 8 (2.43%) HP ALM
4 7 (2.13%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (1.82%) Puppet
6 5 (1.52%) Kubernetes
7 4 (1.22%) HP Quality Center
8 1 (0.30%) Docker Swarm
8 1 (0.30%) HP Fortify
8 1 (0.30%) Oozie
8 1 (0.30%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 1 (0.30%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 47 (14.29%) Microsoft
2 40 (12.16%) Oracle
3 14 (4.26%) SAP
4 13 (3.95%) Remedy
5 8 (2.43%) ComArch
5 8 (2.43%) HP
5 8 (2.43%) Salesforce.com
5 8 (2.43%) TIBCO
6 6 (1.82%) MuleSoft
7 4 (1.22%) ServiceNow
8 3 (0.91%) BMC
8 3 (0.91%) CheckPoint
8 3 (0.91%) Citrix
8 3 (0.91%) DevExpress
8 3 (0.91%) IBM
8 3 (0.91%) Tableau
8 3 (0.91%) VMware
9 2 (0.61%) Ariba
9 2 (0.61%) Ericsson
9 2 (0.61%) Nokia