Period
to 20 May 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for Presales skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Presales over the 6 months to 20 May 2019 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.

Presales
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
20 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 442 460 391
Rank change year-on-year +18 -69 +43
Contract jobs citing Presales 186 191 232
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.38% 0.36% 0.47%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.45% 0.42% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 92 101 119
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% -11.11% -
10th Percentile £330 £325 £300
90th Percentile £611 £547 £600
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £475
% change year-on-year +11.11% -5.26% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 0
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £47.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -62.77% - -
UK median hourly rate £49.13 £27.16 £43.75
% change year-on-year +80.89% -37.92% +14.42%

Presales 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 UK excluding London with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 41,659 45,240 41,320
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 85.74% 85.41% 84.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 25,852 27,718 25,324
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.17% +5.00% +0.50%
10th Percentile £274 £263 £250
90th Percentile £600 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,644 1,653 1,689
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.49 £20.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.59% -18.00% -6.82%
10th Percentile £11.37 £11.05 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.25 £48.75 £52.17
UK median hourly rate £24.91 £22.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +13.23% -12.00% -

Presales
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Presales as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Presales in the UK excluding London

Presales
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 Presales in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Presales in the UK excluding London

Presales
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Presales in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 20 May 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Presales in the UK excluding London

Presales
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 Presales in the UK excluding London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Presales in the UK excluding London

Presales
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 Presales within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 20 May 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 +18 84 £425 +6.25% 55
East of England -2 29 £425 +3.03% 14
Midlands +20 28 £533 +31.48% 25
West Midlands +11 23 £540 +27.06% 17
North of England +6 18 £475 +5.56% 30
South West -4 13 £550 +46.67% 9
Yorkshire +7 8 £475 +26.67% 9
Scotland +17 5 £338 -34.31% 10
North West +10 5 £600 +33.33% 17
Wales +2 5 £413 +10.00%
North East - 5 £450 - 4
Northern Ireland +4 2 £400 -
Channel Islands - 2 £600 -
East Midlands +13 1 £600 +66.67% 8
Presales
UK

For the 6 months to 20 May 2019, IT contractor jobs citing Presales 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for Presales.

1 62 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 49 (26.34%) Microsoft Azure
3 44 (23.66%) VMware
3 44 (23.66%) Agile Software Development
4 37 (19.89%) Security Cleared
5 33 (17.74%) Cisco
6 31 (16.67%) Office 365
7 30 (16.13%) Windows
8 29 (15.59%) Amazon AWS
9 28 (15.05%) WAN
9 28 (15.05%) Project Management
10 27 (14.52%) VMware Infrastructure
11 26 (13.98%) Cisco Certification
11 26 (13.98%) Oracle
11 26 (13.98%) Telecoms
12 25 (13.44%) Finance
12 25 (13.44%) IBM
13 24 (12.90%) LAN
14 21 (11.29%) Windows Server
15 20 (10.75%) Java
15 20 (10.75%) ITIL
15 20 (10.75%) Active Directory
15 20 (10.75%) Analytical Skills
16 18 (9.68%) CCNP
16 18 (9.68%) Degree
17 17 (9.14%) CCNA
17 17 (9.14%) Citrix
17 17 (9.14%) Wireless
18 16 (8.60%) TOGAF
18 16 (8.60%) RDBMS

Presales
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 13 (6.99%) Skype for Business
2 12 (6.45%) MS Exchange
3 11 (5.91%) WebLogic
4 10 (5.38%) WebSphere
5 6 (3.23%) SharePoint
6 4 (2.15%) Exchange Server 2007
6 4 (2.15%) Exchange Server 2010
7 3 (1.61%) Confluence
7 3 (1.61%) Office Communications Server
8 2 (1.08%) MQSeries
9 1 (0.54%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.54%) JBoss
9 1 (0.54%) SharePoint 2013
9 1 (0.54%) ThingWorx
Applications
1 6 (3.23%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (2.69%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (1.61%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (1.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (1.08%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.54%) Adobe After Effects
5 1 (0.54%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.54%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 1 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.54%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.54%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 49 (26.34%) Microsoft Azure
2 31 (16.67%) Office 365
3 29 (15.59%) Amazon AWS
4 10 (5.38%) PaaS
5 7 (3.76%) Cloud Computing
5 7 (3.76%) SaaS
6 5 (2.69%) IaaS
7 4 (2.15%) Dynamics 365
8 3 (1.61%) Google Cloud Platform
8 3 (1.61%) Oracle Service Cloud
9 2 (1.08%) Apigee
10 1 (0.54%) Amazon Kinesis
10 1 (0.54%) AWS CloudFormation
10 1 (0.54%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 1 (0.54%) Azure Functions
10 1 (0.54%) Azure Stack
10 1 (0.54%) Boomi
10 1 (0.54%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 28 (15.05%) WAN
2 24 (12.90%) LAN
3 17 (9.14%) Wireless
4 15 (8.06%) Unified Communications
5 9 (4.84%) Skype
6 8 (4.30%) Cisco ASA
6 8 (4.30%) Firewall
7 7 (3.76%) Wireless Security
8 6 (3.23%) MPLS
8 6 (3.23%) TCP/IP
9 5 (2.69%) Cisco Firepower
9 5 (2.69%) SAN
9 5 (2.69%) VPN
10 4 (2.15%) 3G
10 4 (2.15%) BGP
10 4 (2.15%) ISDN
10 4 (2.15%) OSPF
10 4 (2.15%) PBX
10 4 (2.15%) PSTN
10 4 (2.15%) SDH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (8.60%) RDBMS
1 16 (8.60%) Relational Database
2 14 (7.53%) Oracle Database
3 8 (4.30%) NoSQL
4 5 (2.69%) Big Data
5 3 (1.61%) DB2
5 3 (1.61%) PostgreSQL
5 3 (1.61%) SQL Server
6 2 (1.08%) Data Mining
6 2 (1.08%) DbVisualizer
7 1 (0.54%) Amazon Redshift
7 1 (0.54%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.54%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 3 (1.61%) JIRA
1 3 (1.61%) Team Foundation Server
1 3 (1.61%) Visual Studio Team System
2 2 (1.08%) Jenkins
2 2 (1.08%) Selenium
2 2 (1.08%) SoapUI
3 1 (0.54%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (0.54%) Bitbucket
3 1 (0.54%) GNU Toolchain
3 1 (0.54%) IBM UrbanCode
3 1 (0.54%) LoadRunner
3 1 (0.54%) Lombardi
3 1 (0.54%) MorphX
3 1 (0.54%) Octopus Deploy
3 1 (0.54%) TeamCity
3 1 (0.54%) Travis CI
3 1 (0.54%) Visual Studio
General
1 26 (13.98%) Telecoms
2 25 (13.44%) Finance
3 10 (5.38%) Retail
4 8 (4.30%) Games
5 3 (1.61%) Billing
6 2 (1.08%) Law
6 2 (1.08%) Marketing
7 1 (0.54%) Automotive
7 1 (0.54%) Banking
7 1 (0.54%) Local Government
7 1 (0.54%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.54%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 70 (37.63%) Architect
2 39 (20.97%) Consultant
3 34 (18.28%) Solutions Architect
4 19 (10.22%) Project Manager
5 16 (8.60%) Azure Architect
6 11 (5.91%) Presales Consultant
7 8 (4.30%) AWS Architect
7 8 (4.30%) Network Architect
7 8 (4.30%) Network Consultant
7 8 (4.30%) Network Engineer
7 8 (4.30%) Systems Engineer
8 7 (3.76%) Cisco Consultant
8 7 (3.76%) E-Commerce Manager
8 7 (3.76%) E-Commerce Project Manager
8 7 (3.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 7 (3.76%) Technical Architect
9 6 (3.23%) AWS Solutions Architect
9 6 (3.23%) Cloud Architect
9 6 (3.23%) Lead Architect
10 5 (2.69%) Wireless Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (5.91%) Middleware
2 10 (5.38%) J2EE
3 6 (3.23%) HTML
3 6 (3.23%) Web Services
4 5 (2.69%) LDAP
4 5 (2.69%) XML
5 4 (2.15%) .NET
5 4 (2.15%) OAuth
5 4 (2.15%) OpenID
6 3 (1.61%) Flash
6 3 (1.61%) RESTful
7 2 (1.08%) 802.1X
7 2 (1.08%) ASP.NET
7 2 (1.08%) OAuth2
7 2 (1.08%) REST
7 2 (1.08%) SAML
8 1 (0.54%) AngularJS
8 1 (0.54%) Elastic Stack
8 1 (0.54%) KnockoutJS
8 1 (0.54%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 20 (10.75%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (8.06%) Hybrid Cloud
3 11 (5.91%) Public Cloud
4 10 (5.38%) Algorithms
4 10 (5.38%) Data Centre
5 7 (3.76%) Data Structures
5 7 (3.76%) Virtual Team
6 6 (3.23%) Smart Meter
7 5 (2.69%) Fat Client
7 5 (2.69%) Thin Client
8 4 (2.15%) Management Information System
9 3 (1.61%) Cyber Defence
9 3 (1.61%) PMI
9 3 (1.61%) Video Conferencing
10 2 (1.08%) Blackberry
10 2 (1.08%) Cyberthreat
10 2 (1.08%) DataPower
10 2 (1.08%) Enterprise Software
10 2 (1.08%) Self-Motivation
10 2 (1.08%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 30 (16.13%) Windows
2 21 (11.29%) Windows Server
3 11 (5.91%) AIX
3 11 (5.91%) Linux
3 11 (5.91%) Solaris
3 11 (5.91%) Windows Server 2012
4 9 (4.84%) Windows Server 2003
5 8 (4.30%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (1.61%) Unix
7 2 (1.08%) HPUX
7 2 (1.08%) Windows 10
7 2 (1.08%) Windows 7
7 2 (1.08%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.54%) Mesosphere
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (23.66%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (15.05%) Project Management
3 20 (10.75%) ITIL
4 16 (8.60%) Decision-Making
4 16 (8.60%) Problem-Solving
4 16 (8.60%) TOGAF
5 14 (7.53%) Stakeholder Management
6 13 (6.99%) Mentoring
6 13 (6.99%) PRINCE2
6 13 (6.99%) Risk Management
7 12 (6.45%) Migration
7 12 (6.45%) Technical Leadership
7 12 (6.45%) Test Automation
8 11 (5.91%) Change Management
8 11 (5.91%) Customer Requirements
8 11 (5.91%) Time Management
9 10 (5.38%) Computer Science
9 10 (5.38%) E-Commerce
9 10 (5.38%) Scrum
10 9 (4.84%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 20 (10.75%) Java
2 11 (5.91%) SQL
3 10 (5.38%) C#
4 6 (3.23%) C
4 6 (3.23%) JavaScript
4 6 (3.23%) PowerShell
5 4 (2.15%) Python
6 3 (1.61%) C++
7 2 (1.08%) Scala
8 1 (0.54%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.54%) Go
8 1 (0.54%) PHP
8 1 (0.54%) X++
Qualifications
1 37 (19.89%) Security Cleared
2 26 (13.98%) Cisco Certification
3 18 (9.68%) CCNP
3 18 (9.68%) Degree
4 17 (9.14%) CCNA
5 16 (8.60%) DV Cleared
6 15 (8.06%) SC Cleared
7 11 (5.91%) Microsoft Certification
8 9 (4.84%) CCIE
8 9 (4.84%) MCSE
9 6 (3.23%) TOGAF Certification
10 5 (2.69%) CISSP
11 4 (2.15%) CCIE Security
11 4 (2.15%) CCIE Wireless
11 4 (2.15%) PMI Certification
11 4 (2.15%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 3 (1.61%) MCSA
12 3 (1.61%) PMP
13 2 (1.08%) ISEB
13 2 (1.08%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.23%) SLA
2 3 (1.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (1.61%) QA
3 2 (1.08%) PMO
4 1 (0.54%) GPG13
4 1 (0.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 27 (14.52%) VMware Infrastructure
2 20 (10.75%) Active Directory
3 15 (8.06%) Hyper-V
4 4 (2.15%) XenApp
5 3 (1.61%) ProxySG
5 3 (1.61%) vSphere
5 3 (1.61%) XenDesktop
6 2 (1.08%) Firmware
7 1 (0.54%) Docker
7 1 (0.54%) vCloud
7 1 (0.54%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.54%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 3 (1.61%) Nessus
2 2 (1.08%) Cisco Prime
2 2 (1.08%) Tivoli Identity Manager
3 1 (0.54%) Ansible
3 1 (0.54%) Automic
3 1 (0.54%) Consul
3 1 (0.54%) HP ALM
3 1 (0.54%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (0.54%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.54%) Prometheus
3 1 (0.54%) Puppet
3 1 (0.54%) QRadar
3 1 (0.54%) Stealthwatch
3 1 (0.54%) Terraform
3 1 (0.54%) vRealize
3 1 (0.54%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 62 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 44 (23.66%) VMware
3 33 (17.74%) Cisco
4 26 (13.98%) Oracle
5 25 (13.44%) IBM
6 17 (9.14%) Citrix
7 12 (6.45%) Aruba
7 12 (6.45%) HP
8 9 (4.84%) Juniper
9 8 (4.30%) Huawei
10 7 (3.76%) Fujitsu
11 6 (3.23%) Meraki
12 5 (2.69%) CheckPoint
12 5 (2.69%) Palo Alto
12 5 (2.69%) SAP
13 4 (2.15%) Dell
13 4 (2.15%) Fortinet
13 4 (2.15%) IronPort
14 3 (1.61%) Atlassian
14 3 (1.61%) Qualys