Period
to 10 December 2018

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 10 December 2018 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
10 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 458 398 382
Rank change year-on-year -60 -16 +3
Contract jobs citing Presales 217 256 314
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.39% 0.48% 0.56%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.45% 0.57% 0.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 118 116 145
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £470 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.38% -1.05% +5.56%
10th Percentile £363 £319 £325
90th Percentile £625 £584 £575
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £488
% change year-on-year - +2.56% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 2
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £49.15 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -28.79% +78.73% -53.78%
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £34.49
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.99% -18.86%

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 48,083 44,883 47,238
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 86.03% 84.37% 84.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 29,685 27,753 29,368
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
10th Percentile £270 £255 £249
90th Percentile £575 £573 £550
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,795 1,641 1,999
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.52% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -8.33% +6.67% +2.27%

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 10 December 2018.

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 10 December 2018. 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 +7 118 £450 -5.26% 86
Midlands -73 30 £550 +17.02% 72
North of England -22 27 £475 -5.00% 82
West Midlands -59 25 £500 +6.38% 51
South West -13 20 £550 -21.43% 42
North West -18 14 £500 +11.11% 50
East of England -13 12 £550 +22.22% 39
Yorkshire -4 11 £475 -9.52% 25
Scotland -28 7 £372 -7.13% 11
Wales -21 3 £550 - 7
East Midlands -19 2 £625 +56.25% 21
North East -20 2 - - 7
Channel Islands - 1 - -
Northern Ireland - 1 - -
Presales
UK

For the 6 months to 10 December 2018, 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 50 (23.04%) Microsoft
2 49 (22.58%) Security Cleared
3 48 (22.12%) ITIL
4 46 (21.20%) Agile Software Development
5 38 (17.51%) Microsoft Azure
6 32 (14.75%) Project Management
6 32 (14.75%) Problem-Solving
7 31 (14.29%) Scrum
8 28 (12.90%) Migration
8 28 (12.90%) SC Cleared
8 28 (12.90%) DevOps
9 25 (11.52%) SharePoint
10 24 (11.06%) Service Management
11 23 (10.60%) Stakeholder Management
11 23 (10.60%) Finance
11 23 (10.60%) MS Exchange
11 23 (10.60%) Mentoring
12 22 (10.14%) Office 365
12 22 (10.14%) PowerShell
13 21 (9.68%) WAN
13 21 (9.68%) Change Management
13 21 (9.68%) Amazon AWS
13 21 (9.68%) Decision-Making
13 21 (9.68%) Data Centre
14 20 (9.22%) Skype for Business
14 20 (9.22%) Exchange Server 2010
14 20 (9.22%) Active Directory
14 20 (9.22%) HP
15 19 (8.76%) JavaScript
15 19 (8.76%) Analytics

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 25 (11.52%) SharePoint
2 23 (10.60%) MS Exchange
3 20 (9.22%) Exchange Server 2010
3 20 (9.22%) Skype for Business
4 16 (7.37%) Exchange Server 2007
5 13 (5.99%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 13 (5.99%) SharePoint 2013
6 12 (5.53%) Confluence
7 7 (3.23%) OpenStack
8 4 (1.84%) Documentum
9 3 (1.38%) Cloud Foundry
9 3 (1.38%) CMS
9 3 (1.38%) Exchange Server 2013
9 3 (1.38%) Umbraco
10 2 (0.92%) Apache Solr
10 2 (0.92%) Apache Spark
11 1 (0.46%) Apache Pig
11 1 (0.46%) Elasticsearch
11 1 (0.46%) Office Communications Server
11 1 (0.46%) WebSphere
Applications
1 15 (6.91%) Microsoft Excel
2 14 (6.45%) Microsoft Office
3 12 (5.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 10 (4.61%) MS Visio
5 4 (1.84%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 5 (2.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.38%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (1.38%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.92%) BASE24
3 2 (0.92%) HFM
4 1 (0.46%) Dynamics SL
4 1 (0.46%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 38 (17.51%) Microsoft Azure
2 22 (10.14%) Office 365
3 21 (9.68%) Amazon AWS
4 13 (5.99%) PaaS
5 11 (5.07%) SaaS
6 10 (4.61%) IaaS
7 7 (3.23%) Dynamics 365
8 6 (2.76%) Cloud Computing
9 4 (1.84%) Azure Active Directory
10 2 (0.92%) Google Cloud Platform
11 1 (0.46%) AWS CloudFormation
11 1 (0.46%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
11 1 (0.46%) OneDrive
11 1 (0.46%) Tricentis Tosca
11 1 (0.46%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 21 (9.68%) WAN
2 17 (7.83%) LAN
3 14 (6.45%) Wireless
4 11 (5.07%) OSPF
5 10 (4.61%) Firewall
5 10 (4.61%) IPsec
5 10 (4.61%) Multicast
5 10 (4.61%) SNMP
5 10 (4.61%) SSH
5 10 (4.61%) Telnet
5 10 (4.61%) VRRP
5 10 (4.61%) Wireshark
5 10 (4.61%) WLAN
6 7 (3.23%) Internet
7 6 (2.76%) Skype
8 5 (2.30%) Cisco ASA
9 4 (1.84%) DHCP
9 4 (1.84%) DNS
10 3 (1.38%) Unified Communications
10 3 (1.38%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (5.07%) SQL Server
2 6 (2.76%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (1.38%) Big Data
3 3 (1.38%) Power BI
4 2 (0.92%) Endeca
4 2 (0.92%) Essbase
4 2 (0.92%) Hadoop
4 2 (0.92%) NoSQL
4 2 (0.92%) Oracle BI EE
4 2 (0.92%) Oracle BI Publisher
4 2 (0.92%) Oracle Database
4 2 (0.92%) Oracle Database 11g
4 2 (0.92%) Oracle Discoverer
4 2 (0.92%) Oracle Exadata
4 2 (0.92%) Oracle ODI
4 2 (0.92%) Star Schema
5 1 (0.46%) DataStax
5 1 (0.46%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 15 (6.91%) Jenkins
2 12 (5.53%) Bitbucket
2 12 (5.53%) JIRA
3 11 (5.07%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 11 (5.07%) Cucumber
4 7 (3.23%) Git (software)
4 7 (3.23%) Selenium
5 6 (2.76%) WebDriver
6 5 (2.30%) Appium
7 3 (1.38%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (1.38%) TeamCity
7 3 (1.38%) Visual Studio Team System
8 2 (0.92%) FishEye
8 2 (0.92%) GitLab
8 2 (0.92%) Octopus Deploy
9 1 (0.46%) Eclipse
9 1 (0.46%) Gradle
9 1 (0.46%) HP UFT
9 1 (0.46%) IntelliJ
9 1 (0.46%) SonarQube
General
1 23 (10.60%) Finance
2 13 (5.99%) Telecoms
3 5 (2.30%) Marketing
4 4 (1.84%) Manufacturing
4 4 (1.84%) Retail
5 1 (0.46%) Automotive
5 1 (0.46%) Banking
5 1 (0.46%) Billing
5 1 (0.46%) Legal
5 1 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.46%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 78 (35.94%) Architect
2 52 (23.96%) Consultant
3 28 (12.90%) Solutions Architect
4 22 (10.14%) Technical Architect
5 18 (8.29%) Analyst
6 13 (5.99%) Project Manager
7 11 (5.07%) Azure Architect
8 10 (4.61%) Automation Consultant
8 10 (4.61%) SharePoint Analyst
9 9 (4.15%) Technical Engineer
10 8 (3.69%) Cloud Architect
10 8 (3.69%) Lead Architect
10 8 (3.69%) Lead Solutions Architect
10 8 (3.69%) Technical Solutions Architect
11 7 (3.23%) C# Architect
11 7 (3.23%) Network Architect
11 7 (3.23%) Senior Architect
11 7 (3.23%) SharePoint Specialist
11 7 (3.23%) Technical Leader
12 6 (2.76%) ERP Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (5.99%) .NET
2 11 (5.07%) HTML
3 10 (4.61%) REST
3 10 (4.61%) XML
4 6 (2.76%) .NET Framework
4 6 (2.76%) Node.js
4 6 (2.76%) Web Services
4 6 (2.76%) WebdriverIO
5 5 (2.30%) SOAP
6 3 (1.38%) ASP.NET
6 3 (1.38%) ASP.NET MVC
6 3 (1.38%) Entity Framework
6 3 (1.38%) LDAP
7 2 (0.92%) ADSI
7 2 (0.92%) AngularJS
7 2 (0.92%) jQuery
7 2 (0.92%) Natural Language Processing
7 2 (0.92%) OAuth
7 2 (0.92%) RESTful
7 2 (0.92%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 21 (9.68%) Data Centre
2 13 (5.99%) Mobile App
3 10 (4.61%) Public Cloud
4 8 (3.69%) Analytical Skills
5 7 (3.23%) e-Learning
6 4 (1.84%) Algorithms
6 4 (1.84%) Data Structures
6 4 (1.84%) Hybrid Cloud
6 4 (1.84%) Social Media
6 4 (1.84%) Virtual Team
6 4 (1.84%) Wiki
7 3 (1.38%) Client/Server
7 3 (1.38%) IVR
7 3 (1.38%) Mainframe
7 3 (1.38%) Management Information System
7 3 (1.38%) Smart Meter
7 3 (1.38%) Video Conferencing
8 2 (0.92%) Clustering
8 2 (0.92%) Oracle Exalytics
8 2 (0.92%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 18 (8.29%) Windows
2 12 (5.53%) Windows Server
3 5 (2.30%) Windows Server 2012
4 4 (1.84%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (1.84%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (1.38%) Linux
5 3 (1.38%) Windows 10
6 2 (0.92%) Android
6 2 (0.92%) Apple iOS
6 2 (0.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (0.92%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (22.12%) ITIL
2 46 (21.20%) Agile Software Development
3 32 (14.75%) Problem-Solving
3 32 (14.75%) Project Management
4 31 (14.29%) Scrum
5 28 (12.90%) DevOps
5 28 (12.90%) Migration
6 24 (11.06%) Service Management
7 23 (10.60%) Mentoring
7 23 (10.60%) Stakeholder Management
8 21 (9.68%) Change Management
8 21 (9.68%) Decision-Making
9 19 (8.76%) Analytics
9 19 (8.76%) Waterfall
10 18 (8.29%) Continuous Integration
10 18 (8.29%) Technical Leadership
11 17 (7.83%) Test Automation
12 16 (7.37%) Service Delivery
13 15 (6.91%) Translating Business Requirements
14 14 (6.45%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 22 (10.14%) PowerShell
2 19 (8.76%) JavaScript
3 17 (7.83%) Java
4 13 (5.99%) C#
5 12 (5.53%) SQL
6 5 (2.30%) Python
7 3 (1.38%) Perl
7 3 (1.38%) VBA
7 3 (1.38%) X++
8 1 (0.46%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.46%) C
8 1 (0.46%) Ruby
8 1 (0.46%) Scala
8 1 (0.46%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 49 (22.58%) Security Cleared
2 28 (12.90%) SC Cleared
3 19 (8.76%) DV Cleared
4 12 (5.53%) Degree
5 10 (4.61%) HP MASE
6 9 (4.15%) Cisco Certification
7 5 (2.30%) CCIE
7 5 (2.30%) Microsoft Certification
8 4 (1.84%) CCNP
8 4 (1.84%) JNCIE
8 4 (1.84%) MCSA
8 4 (1.84%) MCSE
9 3 (1.38%) AWS Certification
10 2 (0.92%) CCNA
10 2 (0.92%) ISEB
10 2 (0.92%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 2 (0.92%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 2 (0.92%) TOGAF Certification
10 2 (0.92%) VCP6
10 2 (0.92%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (6.45%) QA
2 3 (1.38%) SLA
3 2 (0.92%) SEPA
4 1 (0.46%) GxP
4 1 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 20 (9.22%) Active Directory
2 10 (4.61%) FreeRADIUS
2 10 (4.61%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (3.69%) Hyper-V
4 4 (1.84%) Docker
4 4 (1.84%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (0.92%) KVM
5 2 (0.92%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.92%) VMware NSX
5 2 (0.92%) XenApp
6 1 (0.46%) BitLocker
6 1 (0.46%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.46%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 10 (4.61%) HP ALM
2 7 (3.23%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (2.30%) Puppet
4 4 (1.84%) Ansible
4 4 (1.84%) SCCM
5 2 (0.92%) Cobbler
5 2 (0.92%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 2 (0.92%) Icinga
5 2 (0.92%) Kubernetes
5 2 (0.92%) Microsoft Intune
5 2 (0.92%) Rundeck
5 2 (0.92%) vCenter Server
6 1 (0.46%) Cisco UCCX
6 1 (0.46%) Terraform
Vendors
1 50 (23.04%) Microsoft
2 20 (9.22%) HP
3 18 (8.29%) Cisco
4 14 (6.45%) VMware
5 12 (5.53%) Aruba
5 12 (5.53%) Atlassian
6 10 (4.61%) Brocade
6 10 (4.61%) Fortinet
7 9 (4.15%) Juniper
8 7 (3.23%) Citrix
8 7 (3.23%) Oracle
8 7 (3.23%) Virgin Media
9 6 (2.76%) CheckPoint
9 6 (2.76%) IBM
10 5 (2.30%) Palo Alto
11 4 (1.84%) Blue Coat
11 4 (1.84%) Niku
11 4 (1.84%) Pega
12 3 (1.38%) Avaya
12 3 (1.38%) SAP