Period
to 23 October 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 23 October 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
23 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 438 373 376
Rank change year-on-year -65 +3 +12
Contract jobs citing Presales 214 273 327
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.39% 0.52% 0.56%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.45% 0.62% 0.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 110 142 167
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £356 £300 £325
90th Percentile £615 £599 £600
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £485
% change year-on-year - +3.09% +7.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 3
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 - £27.50
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £30.74
% change year-on-year -12.50% +30.14% -5.43%

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 47,099 44,241 49,435
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 85.52% 84.23% 84.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 28,832 27,234 30,805
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.52%
10th Percentile £268 £256 £250
90th Percentile £575 £556 £550
UK median daily rate £455 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +1.11% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,875 1,657 1,974
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.17 £25.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.32% +11.11% +2.69%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £24.98 £22.50
% change year-on-year -15.93% +11.02% +3.73%

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 23 October 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 23 October 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 +2 116 £450 -5.26% 93
Midlands -66 38 £500 +33.33% 69
West Midlands -58 33 £463 -1.60% 47
North of England -28 22 £500 +17.65% 80
South West -5 16 £550 +51.72% 29
North West -16 14 £500 +66.67% 52
East of England +2 13 £438 -2.78% 40
Yorkshire -5 6 £450 -14.29% 22
Scotland -29 6 £368 -8.00% 16
Wales -17 3 £550 - 4
East Midlands -12 2 £625 +78.57% 22
North East -16 2 - - 6
Channel Islands - 1 - -
Northern Ireland - 1 - - 1
Presales
UK

For the 6 months to 23 October 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 54 (25.23%) Microsoft
2 53 (24.77%) Agile Software Development
3 47 (21.96%) ITIL
4 45 (21.03%) Security Cleared
5 38 (17.76%) Microsoft Azure
6 35 (16.36%) Migration
7 33 (15.42%) Project Management
8 31 (14.49%) SC Cleared
9 30 (14.02%) Problem-Solving
10 27 (12.62%) Service Management
10 27 (12.62%) Scrum
11 26 (12.15%) Analytics
12 25 (11.68%) Finance
12 25 (11.68%) DevOps
13 24 (11.21%) PowerShell
14 23 (10.75%) HP
15 22 (10.28%) Windows
15 22 (10.28%) SharePoint
16 21 (9.81%) MS Exchange
16 21 (9.81%) Java
16 21 (9.81%) JavaScript
16 21 (9.81%) Change Management
16 21 (9.81%) Waterfall
16 21 (9.81%) Mentoring
17 20 (9.35%) Office 365
17 20 (9.35%) Stakeholder Management
17 20 (9.35%) WAN
17 20 (9.35%) Active Directory
18 19 (8.88%) Exchange Server 2010
18 19 (8.88%) Skype for Business

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 22 (10.28%) SharePoint
2 21 (9.81%) MS Exchange
3 19 (8.88%) Exchange Server 2010
3 19 (8.88%) Skype for Business
4 15 (7.01%) Exchange Server 2007
5 12 (5.61%) Confluence
5 12 (5.61%) SharePoint 2013
6 11 (5.14%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 7 (3.27%) OpenStack
8 6 (2.80%) Documentum
9 5 (2.34%) Elasticsearch
9 5 (2.34%) Tomcat
10 3 (1.40%) Cloud Foundry
10 3 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2013
11 2 (0.93%) Apache Solr
11 2 (0.93%) Apache Spark
11 2 (0.93%) BizTalk Server
11 2 (0.93%) WebSphere
12 1 (0.47%) Apache Pig
12 1 (0.47%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 15 (7.01%) Microsoft Excel
2 13 (6.07%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 12 (5.61%) Microsoft Office
3 12 (5.61%) MS Visio
4 7 (3.27%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 6 (2.80%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (1.87%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (1.40%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.93%) BASE24
4 2 (0.93%) HFM
5 1 (0.47%) Dynamics SL
5 1 (0.47%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 38 (17.76%) Microsoft Azure
2 20 (9.35%) Office 365
3 19 (8.88%) Amazon AWS
4 12 (5.61%) PaaS
5 11 (5.14%) IaaS
6 9 (4.21%) Azure Active Directory
6 9 (4.21%) SaaS
7 7 (3.27%) Dynamics 365
8 6 (2.80%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (0.93%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
9 2 (0.93%) Google Cloud Platform
10 1 (0.47%) AWS CloudFormation
10 1 (0.47%) Azure Data Factory
10 1 (0.47%) OneDrive
10 1 (0.47%) Tricentis Tosca
10 1 (0.47%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 20 (9.35%) WAN
2 17 (7.94%) LAN
3 13 (6.07%) Wireless
4 11 (5.14%) OSPF
4 11 (5.14%) WLAN
5 10 (4.67%) Internet
5 10 (4.67%) IPsec
5 10 (4.67%) Multicast
5 10 (4.67%) SNMP
5 10 (4.67%) SSH
5 10 (4.67%) Telnet
5 10 (4.67%) VRRP
5 10 (4.67%) Wireshark
6 9 (4.21%) Firewall
7 6 (2.80%) Cisco ASA
7 6 (2.80%) Skype
8 4 (1.87%) Unified Communications
9 3 (1.40%) DNS
9 3 (1.40%) MPLS
9 3 (1.40%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (5.14%) SQL Server
2 8 (3.74%) Big Data
3 7 (3.27%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (1.87%) Azure SQL Database
4 4 (1.87%) Power BI
5 3 (1.40%) Hadoop
5 3 (1.40%) NoSQL
5 3 (1.40%) Oracle BI EE
5 3 (1.40%) Oracle Database
5 3 (1.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (1.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (0.93%) Data Lake
6 2 (0.93%) Endeca
6 2 (0.93%) Essbase
6 2 (0.93%) Oracle BI Publisher
6 2 (0.93%) Oracle Database 11g
6 2 (0.93%) Oracle Discoverer
6 2 (0.93%) Oracle Exadata
6 2 (0.93%) Oracle ODI
6 2 (0.93%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 13 (6.07%) Jenkins
2 12 (5.61%) Bitbucket
2 12 (5.61%) JIRA
3 11 (5.14%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 11 (5.14%) Cucumber
4 7 (3.27%) Git (software)
4 7 (3.27%) Selenium
5 6 (2.80%) WebDriver
6 5 (2.34%) Appium
7 2 (0.93%) FishEye
7 2 (0.93%) Mercurial
7 2 (0.93%) Subversion
7 2 (0.93%) Visual Studio
8 1 (0.47%) Eclipse
8 1 (0.47%) Gradle
8 1 (0.47%) HP UFT
8 1 (0.47%) IntelliJ
8 1 (0.47%) SonarQube
General
1 25 (11.68%) Finance
2 16 (7.48%) Telecoms
3 5 (2.34%) Marketing
4 4 (1.87%) Law
5 3 (1.40%) Retail
6 2 (0.93%) Advertising
6 2 (0.93%) Automotive
6 2 (0.93%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.47%) Banking
7 1 (0.47%) Billing
7 1 (0.47%) Legal
7 1 (0.47%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.47%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 71 (33.18%) Architect
2 56 (26.17%) Consultant
3 29 (13.55%) Solutions Architect
4 18 (8.41%) Analyst
5 16 (7.48%) Azure Architect
5 16 (7.48%) Technical Architect
6 15 (7.01%) Project Manager
7 10 (4.67%) Automation Consultant
7 10 (4.67%) Cloud Architect
8 9 (4.21%) SharePoint Analyst
8 9 (4.21%) Technical Engineer
9 8 (3.74%) Lead Architect
9 8 (3.74%) Lead Solutions Architect
9 8 (3.74%) Technical Solutions Architect
10 7 (3.27%) Senior Architect
10 7 (3.27%) Technical Leader
11 6 (2.80%) ERP Consultant
11 6 (2.80%) Principal Engineer
11 6 (2.80%) QA Consultant
11 6 (2.80%) SharePoint Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (5.14%) HTML
1 11 (5.14%) XML
2 10 (4.67%) .NET
3 7 (3.27%) REST
4 6 (2.80%) Node.js
4 6 (2.80%) WebdriverIO
5 5 (2.34%) .NET Framework
6 4 (1.87%) Apache Camel
6 4 (1.87%) jQuery
7 3 (1.40%) Web Services
8 2 (0.93%) ADSI
8 2 (0.93%) AngularJS
8 2 (0.93%) CSS
8 2 (0.93%) Entity Framework
8 2 (0.93%) LDAP
8 2 (0.93%) Natural Language Processing
8 2 (0.93%) OAuth
8 2 (0.93%) SOAP
8 2 (0.93%) Spring
8 2 (0.93%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 19 (8.88%) Data Centre
2 11 (5.14%) Mobile App
3 8 (3.74%) Public Cloud
3 8 (3.74%) Virtual Team
4 7 (3.27%) Hybrid Cloud
5 6 (2.80%) e-Learning
6 5 (2.34%) Analytical Skills
6 5 (2.34%) Computer Science
7 4 (1.87%) Management Information System
7 4 (1.87%) Social Media
7 4 (1.87%) Video Conferencing
7 4 (1.87%) Wiki
8 3 (1.40%) Client/Server
8 3 (1.40%) Enterprise Software
8 3 (1.40%) IVR
8 3 (1.40%) Mainframe
8 3 (1.40%) Smart Meter
9 2 (0.93%) Clustering
9 2 (0.93%) Oracle Exalytics
9 2 (0.93%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 22 (10.28%) Windows
2 10 (4.67%) Linux
3 9 (4.21%) Windows Server
4 7 (3.27%) Windows 10
5 4 (1.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (0.93%) Android
6 2 (0.93%) Apple iOS
6 2 (0.93%) Ubuntu
6 2 (0.93%) Unix
6 2 (0.93%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (0.93%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (0.93%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.47%) AIX
7 1 (0.47%) HPUX
7 1 (0.47%) Solaris
7 1 (0.47%) SUSE
7 1 (0.47%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (24.77%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (21.96%) ITIL
3 35 (16.36%) Migration
4 33 (15.42%) Project Management
5 30 (14.02%) Problem-Solving
6 27 (12.62%) Scrum
6 27 (12.62%) Service Management
7 26 (12.15%) Analytics
8 25 (11.68%) DevOps
9 21 (9.81%) Change Management
9 21 (9.81%) Mentoring
9 21 (9.81%) Waterfall
10 20 (9.35%) Stakeholder Management
11 17 (7.94%) Decision-Making
12 15 (7.01%) Business Analysis
12 15 (7.01%) Service Delivery
12 15 (7.01%) TOGAF
13 13 (6.07%) Cybersecurity
13 13 (6.07%) Test Automation
13 13 (6.07%) Translating Business Requirements
Programming Languages
1 24 (11.21%) PowerShell
2 21 (9.81%) Java
2 21 (9.81%) JavaScript
3 16 (7.48%) SQL
4 10 (4.67%) Python
5 7 (3.27%) Perl
6 6 (2.80%) Bash Shell
6 6 (2.80%) C#
7 5 (2.34%) Ruby
8 3 (1.40%) VBA
8 3 (1.40%) X++
9 1 (0.47%) C
9 1 (0.47%) Scala
9 1 (0.47%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.47%) VB
9 1 (0.47%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 45 (21.03%) Security Cleared
2 31 (14.49%) SC Cleared
3 13 (6.07%) DV Cleared
4 11 (5.14%) Degree
5 10 (4.67%) HP MASE
6 8 (3.74%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (2.80%) CCIE
8 4 (1.87%) CCNP
8 4 (1.87%) JNCIE
9 3 (1.40%) ISEB
9 3 (1.40%) MCSA
9 3 (1.40%) MCSE
9 3 (1.40%) Microsoft Certification
9 3 (1.40%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 2 (0.93%) AWS Certification
10 2 (0.93%) CCNA
10 2 (0.93%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (0.93%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 2 (0.93%) TOGAF Certification
10 2 (0.93%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (5.14%) QA
2 4 (1.87%) SLA
3 2 (0.93%) SEPA
4 1 (0.47%) COBIT
4 1 (0.47%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.47%) GxP
4 1 (0.47%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 1 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 1 (0.47%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 20 (9.35%) Active Directory
2 10 (4.67%) FreeRADIUS
3 7 (3.27%) Hyper-V
3 7 (3.27%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (2.34%) Docker
5 4 (1.87%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (0.93%) BitLocker
6 2 (0.93%) KVM
6 2 (0.93%) VMware NSX
7 1 (0.47%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.47%) XenApp
7 1 (0.47%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 10 (4.67%) HP ALM
2 8 (3.74%) Opscode Chef
3 7 (3.27%) Puppet
4 5 (2.34%) SCCM
5 4 (1.87%) Ansible
5 4 (1.87%) Mesos
5 4 (1.87%) Nagios
6 2 (0.93%) Cobbler
6 2 (0.93%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 2 (0.93%) Icinga
6 2 (0.93%) Kubernetes
6 2 (0.93%) Microsoft Intune
6 2 (0.93%) Rundeck
6 2 (0.93%) Terraform
6 2 (0.93%) vCenter Server
7 1 (0.47%) CA Wily
7 1 (0.47%) Cisco UCCX
7 1 (0.47%) logstash
7 1 (0.47%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 54 (25.23%) Microsoft
2 23 (10.75%) HP
3 16 (7.48%) Cisco
4 12 (5.61%) Aruba
4 12 (5.61%) Atlassian
4 12 (5.61%) VMware
5 10 (4.67%) Brocade
5 10 (4.67%) Fortinet
6 9 (4.21%) Juniper
7 7 (3.27%) Oracle
8 6 (2.80%) CheckPoint
8 6 (2.80%) Citrix
8 6 (2.80%) IBM
8 6 (2.80%) Niku
8 6 (2.80%) Pega
8 6 (2.80%) Virgin Media
9 5 (2.34%) Palo Alto
10 4 (1.87%) Blue Coat
10 4 (1.87%) Cloudera
10 4 (1.87%) Red Hat