Period
to 16 January 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for Software Optimisation skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Software Optimisation over the 6 months to 16 January 2021 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.

Software Optimisation
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
16 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank - 567 659
Contract jobs citing Software Optimisation 0 2 5
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK excluding London - 0.005% 0.009%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category - 0.006% 0.011%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 2 5
Median daily rate - £557 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +23.67% +5.88%
UK median daily rate £450 £557 £450
% change year-on-year -19.14% +23.67% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK median hourly rate - - -

Software Optimisation 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 14,399 34,379 45,835
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 84.28% 84.32% 86.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,507 21,729 28,943
Median daily rate £427 £433 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.27% +1.76% +5.59%
10th Percentile £238 £258 £270
90th Percentile £600 £600 £588
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £475
Number of hourly rates quoted 841 1,478 1,638
Median hourly rate £24.00 £19.88 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.74% -5.35% -2.33%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.50 £11.17
90th Percentile £56.25 £51.75 £50.00
Median hourly rate £27.00 £21.00 £21.90
% change year-on-year +28.57% -4.11% +1.86%

Software Optimisation
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Software Optimisation as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Software Optimisation in the UK excluding London

Software Optimisation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Software Optimisation in the UK excluding London.

Daily rate trend for Software Optimisation in the UK excluding London