Period
to 6 December 2019

The median contractor rate for a Lead Developer was £520 per day in advertised job vacancies in the UK excluding London during the 6 months to 6 December 2019.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Lead Developer
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
6 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 371 375 348
Rank change year-on-year +4 -27 +78
Contract jobs requiring a Lead Developer 243 341 316
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.54% 0.61% 0.58%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.58% 0.64% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 149 247 221
UK excluding London median daily rate £520 £488 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +8.33% +5.88%
10th Percentile £398 £363 £313
90th Percentile £615 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £525 £525 £500
% change year-on-year - +5.00% +7.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
UK excluding London median hourly rate £72.00 £45.00 £43.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +60.00% +4.65% -
UK median hourly rate £72.00 £45.00 £43.00
% change year-on-year +60.00% +4.65% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies in the UK excluding London with a recognized job title 42,106 52,994 51,362
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.41% 94.91% 95.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 25,868 32,718 31,498
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +1.43%
10th Percentile £203 £250 £220
90th Percentile £588 £575 £560
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,321 2,395 2,318
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.86% - -
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.75 £10.51
90th Percentile £50.75 £48.61 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £19.46 £18.50 £18.70
% change year-on-year +5.19% -1.07% +3.89%

Lead Developer
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings that featured Lead Developer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Lead Developer in the UK excluding London

Lead Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Lead Developer in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Lead Developer in the UK excluding London

Lead Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Lead Developer in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 6 December 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Lead Developer in the UK excluding London

Lead Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Lead Developer in the UK excluding London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Lead Developer in the UK excluding London

Lead Developer
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Lead Developer within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 6 December 2019. 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
South East +14 73 £500 -9.09% 39
Midlands +63 64 £550 +4.76% 31
North of England +7 48 £500 +11.11% 58
West Midlands +52 44 £550 +4.76% 12
South West 0 30 £505 +12.22% 21
North West +7 27 £500 +17.65% 36
East Midlands +35 23 £641 +28.10% 19
Yorkshire +22 20 £500 +8.11% 15
Northern Ireland +10 12 £525 +40.00% 2
Scotland +21 10 £503 +22.09% 19
East of England +4 8 £481 -8.33% 26
Wales +19 1 - - 4
North East +15 1 £425 -8.11% 7
Lead Developer
UK

Lead Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London

For the 6 months to 6 December 2019, Lead Developer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the UK excluding London region featuring Lead Developer in the job title.

1 129 (53.09%) Agile Software Development
2 97 (39.92%) .NET
3 85 (34.98%) JavaScript
4 71 (29.22%) Java
4 71 (29.22%) C#
4 71 (29.22%) Azure
5 63 (25.93%) SQL
6 58 (23.87%) SQL Server
7 51 (20.99%) HTML
7 51 (20.99%) Microsoft
8 46 (18.93%) Scrum
9 43 (17.70%) Git (software)
10 42 (17.28%) CSS
11 39 (16.05%) TDD
12 34 (13.99%) MVC
13 33 (13.58%) DevOps
14 32 (13.17%) Linux
15 31 (12.76%) ASP.NET
15 31 (12.76%) Web Services
15 31 (12.76%) Finance
15 31 (12.76%) Continuous Integration
15 31 (12.76%) AWS
15 31 (12.76%) Serverless
16 30 (12.35%) BDD
17 29 (11.93%) Python
18 28 (11.52%) Kanban
18 28 (11.52%) Public Sector
19 27 (11.11%) Enterprise Software
20 25 (10.29%) Mentoring
20 25 (10.29%) Security Cleared

Lead Developer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding 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 10 (4.12%) Confluence
2 9 (3.70%) SAS
2 9 (3.70%) SharePoint
3 6 (2.47%) Apache
3 6 (2.47%) Tomcat
4 5 (2.06%) Jupyter
4 5 (2.06%) OpenStack
5 4 (1.65%) JBoss
5 4 (1.65%) Mendix
6 3 (1.23%) ArcGIS
6 3 (1.23%) CMS
7 2 (0.82%) Anypoint
7 2 (0.82%) Cloud Foundry
7 2 (0.82%) GemFire
7 2 (0.82%) Umbraco
8 1 (0.41%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.41%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.41%) Kentico
8 1 (0.41%) Mule
8 1 (0.41%) ThingWorx
Applications
1 7 (2.88%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 14 (5.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (2.06%) Magento
3 1 (0.41%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 71 (29.22%) Azure
2 31 (12.76%) AWS
2 31 (12.76%) Serverless
3 17 (7.00%) AWS CloudFormation
4 14 (5.76%) GitHub
4 14 (5.76%) Power Platform
5 12 (4.94%) Amazon EC2
5 12 (4.94%) SaaS
6 11 (4.53%) AWS Lambda
6 11 (4.53%) Dynamics 365
7 9 (3.70%) Azure Functions
8 7 (2.88%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 7 (2.88%) Amazon S3
8 7 (2.88%) GCP
9 4 (1.65%) PaaS
10 2 (0.82%) Amazon ECS
10 2 (0.82%) Azure Active Directory
10 2 (0.82%) Cloud Computing
10 2 (0.82%) Google Play
10 2 (0.82%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 2 (0.82%) SSH
2 1 (0.41%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (23.87%) SQL Server
2 17 (7.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 14 (5.76%) Power BI
3 14 (5.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 10 (4.12%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 9 (3.70%) Big Data
5 9 (3.70%) Data Warehouse
6 8 (3.29%) Azure SQL Database
6 8 (3.29%) MongoDB
6 8 (3.29%) MySQL
6 8 (3.29%) Oracle Database
7 7 (2.88%) PostgreSQL
8 6 (2.47%) BigQuery
8 6 (2.47%) NoSQL
9 5 (2.06%) Relational Database
10 4 (1.65%) Cosmos DB
10 4 (1.65%) DB2
10 4 (1.65%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 3 (1.23%) GIS
11 3 (1.23%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 43 (17.70%) Git (software)
2 24 (9.88%) Jenkins
3 13 (5.35%) JIRA
3 13 (5.35%) Maven
4 10 (4.12%) JUnit
5 8 (3.29%) Gradle
6 7 (2.88%) SonarQube
6 7 (2.88%) Sonatype Nexus
7 6 (2.47%) Bitbucket
7 6 (2.47%) NUnit
7 6 (2.47%) Team Foundation Server
8 5 (2.06%) Subversion
9 4 (1.65%) DbUnit
10 3 (1.23%) FindBugs
10 3 (1.23%) git-flow
10 3 (1.23%) jMock
10 3 (1.23%) Log4j
10 3 (1.23%) Mercurial
10 3 (1.23%) Mockito
11 2 (0.82%) TeamCity
General
1 31 (12.76%) Finance
2 28 (11.52%) Public Sector
3 10 (4.12%) Banking
4 8 (3.29%) Investment Banking
4 8 (3.29%) Manufacturing
5 6 (2.47%) Financial Institution
5 6 (2.47%) Retail
6 5 (2.06%) Telecoms
7 3 (1.23%) Electronics
7 3 (1.23%) Marketing
8 1 (0.41%) Advertising
8 1 (0.41%) Back Office
8 1 (0.41%) Games
8 1 (0.41%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 97 (39.92%) .NET
2 51 (20.99%) HTML
3 42 (17.28%) CSS
4 31 (12.76%) ASP.NET
4 31 (12.76%) Web Services
5 24 (9.88%) .NET Core
5 24 (9.88%) AngularJS
5 24 (9.88%) Node.js
6 23 (9.47%) ASP.NET MVC
7 22 (9.05%) ASP.NET Web API
7 22 (9.05%) Spring
8 21 (8.64%) .NET Framework
9 19 (7.82%) REST
10 18 (7.41%) XML
11 17 (7.00%) RESTful
12 13 (5.35%) React
12 13 (5.35%) SOAP
13 12 (4.94%) Dapper ORM
14 11 (4.53%) JSON
15 9 (3.70%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 27 (11.11%) Enterprise Software
2 19 (7.82%) Greenfield Project
3 7 (2.88%) Mobile App
4 6 (2.47%) User Experience
5 4 (1.65%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (0.82%) Blog
6 2 (0.82%) Client/Server
6 2 (0.82%) Linux Command Line
6 2 (0.82%) PKI
7 1 (0.41%) Algorithms
7 1 (0.41%) Cloud Native
7 1 (0.41%) Data Structures
7 1 (0.41%) Derivative
7 1 (0.41%) Life Science
7 1 (0.41%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.41%) NHS
7 1 (0.41%) Public Cloud
7 1 (0.41%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 32 (13.17%) Linux
2 18 (7.41%) Windows
3 15 (6.17%) Unix
4 5 (2.06%) Android
4 5 (2.06%) Apple iOS
5 3 (1.23%) CentOS
5 3 (1.23%) Debian
5 3 (1.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (1.23%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.41%) Oracle Linux
6 1 (0.41%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 129 (53.09%) Agile Software Development
2 46 (18.93%) Scrum
3 39 (16.05%) TDD
4 34 (13.99%) MVC
5 33 (13.58%) DevOps
6 31 (12.76%) Continuous Integration
7 30 (12.35%) BDD
8 28 (11.52%) Kanban
9 25 (10.29%) Mentoring
9 25 (10.29%) Technical Leadership
10 23 (9.47%) Software Engineering
11 20 (8.23%) Business Intelligence
12 18 (7.41%) Microservices
13 16 (6.58%) Digital Transformation Programme
14 15 (6.17%) Analytics
14 15 (6.17%) CRM
14 15 (6.17%) Front End Development
15 14 (5.76%) SOLID
15 14 (5.76%) Test Automation
16 13 (5.35%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 85 (34.98%) JavaScript
2 71 (29.22%) C#
2 71 (29.22%) Java
3 63 (25.93%) SQL
4 29 (11.93%) Python
5 12 (4.94%) PHP
6 9 (3.70%) T-SQL
7 8 (3.29%) Bash Shell
8 7 (2.88%) PowerShell
9 5 (2.06%) R
9 5 (2.06%) Shell Script
10 4 (1.65%) ABAP
11 3 (1.23%) C++
11 3 (1.23%) ES6
11 3 (1.23%) Ruby
11 3 (1.23%) TypeScript
11 3 (1.23%) VB
12 2 (0.82%) ES7
12 2 (0.82%) Java 8
12 2 (0.82%) PHP 7
Qualifications
1 25 (10.29%) Security Cleared
2 21 (8.64%) SC Cleared
3 16 (6.58%) Degree
4 13 (5.35%) BPSS Clearance
5 4 (1.65%) Computer Science Degree
6 3 (1.23%) AWS Certification
6 3 (1.23%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.41%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (2.88%) Data Quality
2 2 (0.82%) CRD IV
2 2 (0.82%) QA
2 2 (0.82%) WCAG
3 1 (0.41%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 19 (7.82%) Docker
2 8 (3.29%) Active Directory
3 3 (1.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (1.23%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 15 (6.17%) Ansible
2 11 (4.53%) Kubernetes
3 5 (2.06%) Terraform
4 4 (1.65%) Opscode Chef
4 4 (1.65%) Puppet
5 3 (1.23%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (0.41%) HAProxy
6 1 (0.41%) SCCM
6 1 (0.41%) SCOM
Vendors
1 51 (20.99%) Microsoft
2 23 (9.47%) Oracle
3 10 (4.12%) Google
4 9 (3.70%) SAP
5 4 (1.65%) ESRI
5 4 (1.65%) OutSystems
5 4 (1.65%) ServiceNow
6 3 (1.23%) Cloudera
6 3 (1.23%) Tableau
6 3 (1.23%) VMware
6 3 (1.23%) WSO2
6 3 (1.23%) Xamarin
7 2 (0.82%) Adobe
7 2 (0.82%) AppDynamics
7 2 (0.82%) Apple
7 2 (0.82%) MuleSoft
7 2 (0.82%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (0.82%) UiPath
8 1 (0.41%) Tealium
8 1 (0.41%) Workday