Period
to 28 May 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 May 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 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 57 84 78
Rank change year-on-year +27 -6 -3
Contract jobs citing SDLC 215 413 507
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 3.01% 2.82% 3.02%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.59% 3.22% 3.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 121 270 290
Median daily rate £460 £478 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.66% +0.53% +11.76%
10th Percentile £313 £337 £338
90th Percentile £675 £625 £575
England median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +1.93%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 3 21
Median hourly rate £39.77 £36.22 £50.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.82% -27.57% +25.00%
10th Percentile £37.16 £27.37 £20.00
90th Percentile £58.30 £47.62 £67.25
England median hourly rate £42.00 £43.00 £44.75
% change year-on-year -2.33% -3.91% +5.29%

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 5,991 12,829 14,394
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 83.92% 87.47% 85.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,487 7,723 8,522
Median daily rate £450 £450 £433
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.99% +4.28%
10th Percentile £263 £280 £275
90th Percentile £613 £610 £588
England median daily rate £475 £475 £463
% change year-on-year - +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 277 459 474
Median hourly rate £26.81 £27.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.51% +22.22% +7.14%
10th Percentile £12.83 £12.00 £10.73
90th Percentile £55.00 £55.00 £52.50
Median hourly rate £28.00 £24.91 £22.00
% change year-on-year +12.40% +13.23% -13.73%

SDLC
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing SDLC as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SDLC in the South East.

Daily rate trend for SDLC in the South East

SDLC
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SDLC in the South East over the 6 months to 28 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for SDLC in the South East

SDLC
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SDLC in the South East.

Hourly rate trend for SDLC in the South East

SDLC
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing SDLC in the South East over the 6 months to 28 May 2020.

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 May 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 +7 78 £400 -13.04% 20
Hampshire +43 55 £500 +22.25% 10
Surrey +9 52 £488 - 13
Berkshire +9 51 £438 -2.78% 10
West Sussex +28 20 £600 +21.21% 1
Oxfordshire +32 15 £375 +8.70% 8
Buckinghamshire +2 12 £400 -15.79% 2
Kent +17 5 £385 -23.00% 5
East Sussex +26 2 £700 +69.70% 3
Middlesex +15 2 £340 -32.84%
SDLC
England

For the 6 months to 28 May 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.

1 148 (68.84%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (23.26%) Waterfall
3 48 (22.33%) Java
4 47 (21.86%) DevOps
5 44 (20.47%) Azure
5 44 (20.47%) Scrum
6 42 (19.53%) Python
7 40 (18.60%) Project Management
8 39 (18.14%) Microsoft
8 39 (18.14%) JIRA
9 37 (17.21%) Git (software)
10 36 (16.74%) SQL
11 33 (15.35%) Security Cleared
12 32 (14.88%) QA
13 31 (14.42%) SC Cleared
13 31 (14.42%) Analytical Skills
14 30 (13.95%) Linux
15 29 (13.49%) Stakeholder Management
15 29 (13.49%) Problem-Solving
16 28 (13.02%) .NET
16 28 (13.02%) SQL Server
17 27 (12.56%) Finance
17 27 (12.56%) AWS
18 26 (12.09%) Software Engineering
19 25 (11.63%) Oracle
19 25 (11.63%) ITIL
20 24 (11.16%) Windows
20 24 (11.16%) JavaScript
20 24 (11.16%) C#
20 24 (11.16%) Business Intelligence

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 15 (6.98%) Confluence
2 12 (5.58%) SharePoint
3 8 (3.72%) IIS
4 7 (3.26%) Cloud Foundry
4 7 (3.26%) WebSphere
5 4 (1.86%) Apache Spark
5 4 (1.86%) GemFire
5 4 (1.86%) nginx
5 4 (1.86%) Tomcat
6 3 (1.40%) SAS
7 2 (0.93%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.47%) Oracle Service Bus
8 1 (0.47%) Red Hat Fuse
Applications
1 21 (9.77%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (7.91%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (5.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 11 (5.12%) MS Visio
4 8 (3.72%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 9 (4.19%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (2.33%) Remedy ITSM
3 4 (1.86%) Maximo
4 3 (1.40%) Remedy AR System
5 2 (0.93%) SAP S/4HANA
6 1 (0.47%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.47%) SimCorp Dimension
6 1 (0.47%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 44 (20.47%) Azure
2 27 (12.56%) AWS
3 10 (4.65%) Amazon S3
3 10 (4.65%) Power Platform
3 10 (4.65%) Serverless
4 8 (3.72%) PaaS
5 7 (3.26%) Amazon EC2
5 7 (3.26%) Amazon ECS
5 7 (3.26%) Amazon ELB
5 7 (3.26%) Amazon EMR
5 7 (3.26%) IaaS
5 7 (3.26%) SaaS
6 6 (2.79%) GitHub
7 5 (2.33%) OpenShift
8 4 (1.86%) Amazon Kinesis
8 4 (1.86%) AWS Lambda
9 3 (1.40%) Amazon Cognito
9 3 (1.40%) Azure Active Directory
9 3 (1.40%) CloudFront
10 2 (0.93%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (3.72%) DNS
2 7 (3.26%) DSL
2 7 (3.26%) Internet
3 5 (2.33%) IPv6
3 5 (2.33%) SNMP
4 4 (1.86%) TCP/IP
5 3 (1.40%) Firewall
5 3 (1.40%) HTTP
5 3 (1.40%) SSL
6 2 (0.93%) Network Security
7 1 (0.47%) 802.15
7 1 (0.47%) ATM
7 1 (0.47%) DMZ
7 1 (0.47%) FTP
7 1 (0.47%) HTTPS
7 1 (0.47%) LAN
7 1 (0.47%) VPN
7 1 (0.47%) WAN
7 1 (0.47%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (13.02%) SQL Server
2 12 (5.58%) Data Warehouse
3 9 (4.19%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
3 9 (4.19%) Oracle BI EE
3 9 (4.19%) Power BI
3 9 (4.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 8 (3.72%) Big Data
4 8 (3.72%) NoSQL
4 8 (3.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 7 (3.26%) Apache Cassandra
5 7 (3.26%) MariaDB
6 6 (2.79%) Cosmos DB
6 6 (2.79%) Data Lake
7 4 (1.86%) Oracle Database
7 4 (1.86%) Relational Database
8 3 (1.40%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 3 (1.40%) Blockchain
8 3 (1.40%) Oracle Database 11g
8 3 (1.40%) Oracle Database 12c
9 2 (0.93%) Electronic Patient Records
Development Applications
1 39 (18.14%) JIRA
2 37 (17.21%) Git (software)
3 19 (8.84%) Jenkins
4 17 (7.91%) Selenium
5 8 (3.72%) ProC
5 8 (3.72%) PVCS
6 7 (3.26%) Liquibase
7 6 (2.79%) Cucumber
7 6 (2.79%) JMeter
7 6 (2.79%) Subversion
8 5 (2.33%) Android Studio
8 5 (2.33%) Sonatype Nexus
9 4 (1.86%) Protractor
9 4 (1.86%) Team Foundation Server
10 3 (1.40%) Bitbucket
10 3 (1.40%) TeamCity
11 2 (0.93%) SoapUI
11 2 (0.93%) TestDirector
11 2 (0.93%) TestNG
11 2 (0.93%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 27 (12.56%) Finance
2 10 (4.65%) Retail
3 9 (4.19%) Public Sector
4 8 (3.72%) Banking
5 5 (2.33%) Telecoms
6 3 (1.40%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.93%) Automotive
7 2 (0.93%) Corporate Banking
7 2 (0.93%) Local Government
7 2 (0.93%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.47%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.47%) Back Office
8 1 (0.47%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.47%) French Language
8 1 (0.47%) Legal
8 1 (0.47%) Police
Job Titles
1 61 (28.37%) Developer
2 38 (17.67%) Project Manager
3 30 (13.95%) Analyst
4 18 (8.37%) Business Analyst
5 13 (6.05%) .NET Developer
5 13 (6.05%) DevOps Engineer
6 12 (5.58%) Software Engineer
7 10 (4.65%) Oracle Developer
8 9 (4.19%) Architect
8 9 (4.19%) IT Manager
8 9 (4.19%) IT Project Manager
8 9 (4.19%) OBIEE Developer
8 9 (4.19%) Software Developer
9 8 (3.72%) Digital Project Manager
10 7 (3.26%) DevOps Developer
10 7 (3.26%) Tester
11 6 (2.79%) Android Developer
11 6 (2.79%) C Developer
11 6 (2.79%) Consultant
11 6 (2.79%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (13.02%) .NET
2 19 (8.84%) XML
3 14 (6.51%) .NET Framework
4 13 (6.05%) AngularJS
4 13 (6.05%) ASP.NET
5 11 (5.12%) Kafka
5 11 (5.12%) RESTful
5 11 (5.12%) Web Services
6 10 (4.65%) HTML
7 9 (4.19%) ASP.NET MVC
7 9 (4.19%) CSS
7 9 (4.19%) REST
8 8 (3.72%) JSON
8 8 (3.72%) React
9 7 (3.26%) jQuery
9 7 (3.26%) Node.js
9 7 (3.26%) SOAP
10 6 (2.79%) Entity Framework
10 6 (2.79%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 6 (2.79%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 31 (14.42%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (5.58%) Self-Motivation
3 8 (3.72%) Management Information System
4 4 (1.86%) User Experience
5 3 (1.40%) Analytical Mindset
5 3 (1.40%) Cloud Native
5 3 (1.40%) Data Structures
5 3 (1.40%) Handset
5 3 (1.40%) Mobile App
5 3 (1.40%) N-Tier
5 3 (1.40%) PKI
5 3 (1.40%) Public Cloud
6 2 (0.93%) Clustering
6 2 (0.93%) CMDB
6 2 (0.93%) Data Centre
6 2 (0.93%) e-Health
6 2 (0.93%) Life Science
6 2 (0.93%) LIMS
6 2 (0.93%) PACS
7 1 (0.47%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 30 (13.95%) Linux
2 24 (11.16%) Windows
3 11 (5.12%) Unix
4 7 (3.26%) AIX
4 7 (3.26%) Android
5 5 (2.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 5 (2.33%) Windows 10
6 2 (0.93%) Solaris
7 1 (0.47%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.47%) HPUX
7 1 (0.47%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.47%) VMS
7 1 (0.47%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.47%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 148 (68.84%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (23.26%) Waterfall
3 47 (21.86%) DevOps
4 44 (20.47%) Scrum
5 40 (18.60%) Project Management
6 29 (13.49%) Problem-Solving
6 29 (13.49%) Stakeholder Management
7 26 (12.09%) Software Engineering
8 25 (11.63%) ITIL
9 24 (11.16%) Business Intelligence
10 19 (8.84%) Test Automation
11 18 (8.37%) Kanban
12 17 (7.91%) Business Analysis
12 17 (7.91%) Data Modelling
12 17 (7.91%) Project Delivery
12 17 (7.91%) Test Scripting
13 16 (7.44%) Mentoring
13 16 (7.44%) Migration
13 16 (7.44%) Software Delivery
14 15 (6.98%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 48 (22.33%) Java
2 42 (19.53%) Python
3 36 (16.74%) SQL
4 24 (11.16%) C#
4 24 (11.16%) JavaScript
5 19 (8.84%) Shell Script
6 12 (5.58%) C
7 11 (5.12%) Perl
8 10 (4.65%) T-SQL
9 7 (3.26%) Groovy
10 6 (2.79%) C++
10 6 (2.79%) XAML
11 5 (2.33%) Jython
11 5 (2.33%) PL/SQL
11 5 (2.33%) TypeScript
12 4 (1.86%) PowerShell
13 3 (1.40%) Bash Shell
13 3 (1.40%) Kotlin
13 3 (1.40%) Solidity
13 3 (1.40%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 33 (15.35%) Security Cleared
2 31 (14.42%) SC Cleared
3 21 (9.77%) Degree
4 13 (6.05%) ISTQB
5 7 (3.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 5 (2.33%) Computer Science Degree
6 5 (2.33%) ISEB
6 5 (2.33%) MCSE
6 5 (2.33%) Microsoft Certification
7 3 (1.40%) PMP
7 3 (1.40%) SANS
8 2 (0.93%) CISA
8 2 (0.93%) CISM
8 2 (0.93%) CISSP
8 2 (0.93%) Master's Degree
8 2 (0.93%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.47%) CEH
9 1 (0.47%) GIAC
9 1 (0.47%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (0.47%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (14.88%) QA
2 8 (3.72%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 7 (3.26%) GDPR
3 7 (3.26%) GxP
4 4 (1.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (1.40%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 3 (1.40%) NIST
5 3 (1.40%) PMO
6 2 (0.93%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.93%) HL7
7 1 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.47%) IFRS
7 1 (0.47%) ISO 9000
7 1 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 1 (0.47%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 17 (7.91%) Docker
2 5 (2.33%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.47%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.47%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 14 (6.51%) Kubernetes
2 12 (5.58%) Terraform
3 9 (4.19%) Ansible
4 8 (3.72%) HP ALM
4 8 (3.72%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (2.33%) SCDPM
6 3 (1.40%) HP Quality Center
6 3 (1.40%) Puppet
7 2 (0.93%) Docker Swarm
8 1 (0.47%) HP Fortify
8 1 (0.47%) Istio
8 1 (0.47%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 1 (0.47%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 39 (18.14%) Microsoft
2 25 (11.63%) Oracle
3 10 (4.65%) SAP
4 9 (4.19%) HP
5 6 (2.79%) Salesforce.com
5 6 (2.79%) ServiceNow
5 6 (2.79%) Xamarin
6 5 (2.33%) Remedy
6 5 (2.33%) Tableau
7 4 (1.86%) Citrix
8 3 (1.40%) BMC
8 3 (1.40%) CheckPoint
8 3 (1.40%) MicroStrategy
9 2 (0.93%) Blue Prism
9 2 (0.93%) Red Hat
10 1 (0.47%) Black Duck
10 1 (0.47%) CA
10 1 (0.47%) Databricks
10 1 (0.47%) IBM
10 1 (0.47%) Sonatype