Period
to 14 April 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Agile Software Development skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Agile Software Development over the 6 months to 14 April 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.

Agile Software Development
UK
6 months to
14 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 1 1 1
Rank change year-on-year 0 0 0
Contract jobs citing Agile Software Development 13,268 14,313 26,783
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 25.16% 24.05% 27.77%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 28.99% 28.22% 31.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,427 10,003 18,743
10th Percentile £355 £350 £350
25th Percentile £413 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £500
75th Percentile £588 £588 £575
90th Percentile £669 £665 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 148 144 191
10th Percentile £22.00 £21.00 £21.42
25th Percentile £27.19 £37.16 £37.25
Median hourly rate £44.58 £47.50 £45.00
Median % change year-on-year -6.16% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £55.00 £55.00 £52.34
90th Percentile £61.28 £63.75 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £45.00

Agile Software Development 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 with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 45,765 50,722 84,415
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.79% 85.24% 87.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 31,346 33,752 56,994
10th Percentile £306 £281 £300
25th Percentile £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £480 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +1.05% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £575
90th Percentile £673 £653 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £445 £430
% change year-on-year -2.81% +3.49% +2.99%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,434 1,616 1,986
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.28 £11.62
25th Percentile £16.00 £15.75 £14.50
Median hourly rate £26.43 £21.50 £22.70
Median % change year-on-year +22.93% -5.29% +8.10%
75th Percentile £47.50 £45.41 £43.75
90th Percentile £59.63 £55.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.00 £20.03 £22.40
% change year-on-year +14.86% -10.60% +12.00%

Agile Software Development
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Agile Software Development as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Agile Software Development in the UK

Agile Software Development
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Agile Software Development.

Daily rate trend for Agile Software Development in the UK

Agile Software Development
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Agile Software Development over the 6 months to 14 April 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Agile Software Development in the UK

Agile Software Development
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Agile Software Development.

Hourly rate trend for Agile Software Development in the UK

Agile Software Development
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Agile Software Development over the 6 months to 14 April 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Agile Software Development in the UK

Agile Software Development
Top 19 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Agile Software Development within the UK over the 6 months to 14 April 2021. 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
England 0 10,471 £500 - 4,394
London +1 6,141 £525 -2.78% 1,769
UK excluding London 0 4,723 £450 - 2,982
Work from Home +1 4,031 £500 - 955
North of England 0 1,145 £450 - 868
South East 0 1,005 £475 +4.67% 586
Scotland 0 926 £425 -5.56% 239
North West +1 605 £450 -2.70% 481
South West 0 597 £500 +5.26% 368
Midlands 0 580 £425 -5.56% 481
Yorkshire 0 414 £450 - 295
West Midlands 0 414 £427 -5.64% 320
East of England 0 322 £495 +7.03% 297
East Midlands 0 152 £400 -5.88% 156
Wales +1 126 £475 -1.30% 96
North East 0 125 £475 +11.76% 92
Northern Ireland 0 26 £393 -1.75% 50
Isle of Man -1 1 - -
Channel Islands -3 1 - -

For the 6 months to 14 April 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Agile Software Development 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 with a requirement for Agile Software Development.

1 2,949 (22.23%) Scrum
2 2,916 (21.98%) DevOps
3 2,742 (20.67%) Finance
4 2,622 (19.76%) Java
5 2,515 (18.96%) Azure
6 2,444 (18.42%) AWS
7 2,146 (16.17%) JavaScript
8 2,039 (15.37%) SQL
9 1,807 (13.62%) Python
10 1,777 (13.39%) TDD
11 1,730 (13.04%) JIRA
12 1,648 (12.42%) Microservices
13 1,639 (12.35%) Security Cleared
14 1,582 (11.92%) Software Engineering
15 1,538 (11.59%) Public Sector
16 1,469 (11.07%) Test Automation
17 1,352 (10.19%) Docker
18 1,341 (10.11%) Git (software)
19 1,301 (9.81%) SC Cleared
20 1,243 (9.37%) Kubernetes
21 1,242 (9.36%) Jenkins
22 1,237 (9.32%) Stakeholder Management
23 1,230 (9.27%) React
24 1,219 (9.19%) User Experience
25 1,137 (8.57%) .NET
26 1,131 (8.52%) Problem-Solving
27 1,120 (8.44%) Microsoft
28 1,107 (8.34%) Banking
29 1,100 (8.29%) Project Management
30 1,061 (8.00%) Continuous Integration

Agile Software Development
Co-occurring IT Skills 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
1 919 (6.93%) Confluence
2 265 (2.00%) SharePoint
3 255 (1.92%) Apache
4 241 (1.82%) Apache Spark
5 162 (1.22%) Elasticsearch
6 151 (1.14%) CMS
7 100 (0.75%) WebLogic
8 78 (0.59%) JBoss
9 75 (0.57%) WebSphere
10 67 (0.50%) SAS
11 66 (0.50%) Cloud Foundry
12 64 (0.48%) Apache Airflow
12 64 (0.48%) Tomcat
13 55 (0.41%) BizTalk Server
14 52 (0.39%) Red Hat Fuse
15 49 (0.37%) IIS
16 45 (0.34%) nginx
17 43 (0.32%) Mule
18 40 (0.30%) Drupal
19 36 (0.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 244 (1.84%) Microsoft Office
2 208 (1.57%) Microsoft Excel
3 136 (1.03%) MS Visio
4 122 (0.92%) Sketch
5 121 (0.91%) Microsoft Project
6 93 (0.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 65 (0.49%) InVision
8 49 (0.37%) Figma
9 42 (0.32%) Zeplin
10 39 (0.29%) Adobe XD
11 37 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
12 34 (0.26%) Chatbot
13 28 (0.21%) Adobe Illustrator
13 28 (0.21%) Photoshop
14 27 (0.20%) Adobe Creative Suite
15 16 (0.12%) UserZoom
16 7 (0.053%) SPSS
17 6 (0.045%) Marvel
17 6 (0.045%) OmniGraffle
18 5 (0.038%) Adobe After Effects
Business Applications
1 111 (0.84%) Dynamics CRM
2 65 (0.49%) SAP S/4HANA
3 43 (0.32%) Magento
4 31 (0.23%) Teamcenter
5 30 (0.23%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 28 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
7 26 (0.20%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 24 (0.18%) Oracle ERP
8 24 (0.18%) SAP PSCD
9 22 (0.17%) SAP Hybris
10 17 (0.13%) Oracle Applications
11 16 (0.12%) Oracle Financials
11 16 (0.12%) Shopify
11 16 (0.12%) Summit
12 13 (0.098%) SAP ERP
13 12 (0.090%) SAP FI-CA
14 11 (0.083%) Dynamics AX
14 11 (0.083%) NetSuite
14 11 (0.083%) Oracle Receivables
15 10 (0.075%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 2,515 (18.96%) Azure
2 2,444 (18.42%) AWS
3 867 (6.53%) Serverless
4 648 (4.88%) GCP
5 539 (4.06%) AWS Lambda
6 516 (3.89%) GitHub
7 457 (3.44%) Power Platform
8 392 (2.95%) Amazon S3
9 320 (2.41%) SaaS
10 316 (2.38%) PaaS
11 251 (1.89%) Microsoft 365
12 238 (1.79%) AWS CloudFormation
13 209 (1.58%) Amazon SQS
14 206 (1.55%) IaaS
15 197 (1.48%) OpenShift
16 160 (1.21%) AWS Step Functions
17 149 (1.12%) Amazon EC2
18 143 (1.08%) Azure Active Directory
18 143 (1.08%) Azure Functions
19 140 (1.06%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 137 (1.03%) Firewall
2 129 (0.97%) HTTP
3 105 (0.79%) Internet
4 100 (0.75%) DNS
5 99 (0.75%) TCP/IP
6 76 (0.57%) WAN
7 67 (0.50%) VPN
8 65 (0.49%) LAN
9 61 (0.46%) SSL
10 47 (0.35%) Network Security
11 46 (0.35%) Unified Communications
12 41 (0.31%) DHCP
13 40 (0.30%) Skype
14 38 (0.29%) HTTPS
15 34 (0.26%) Wireless
16 33 (0.25%) SAN
17 32 (0.24%) FTP
18 30 (0.23%) VLAN
19 29 (0.22%) SD-WAN
20 27 (0.20%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 692 (5.22%) SQL Server
2 428 (3.23%) Data Warehouse
3 411 (3.10%) Big Data
4 401 (3.02%) NoSQL
5 375 (2.83%) PostgreSQL
6 362 (2.73%) Power BI
7 335 (2.52%) Relational Database
8 318 (2.40%) MongoDB
9 298 (2.25%) MySQL
10 274 (2.07%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 261 (1.97%) Hadoop
12 211 (1.59%) Amazon RDS
13 209 (1.58%) Data Lake
14 159 (1.20%) Azure SQL Database
15 145 (1.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 143 (1.08%) Tableau
17 137 (1.03%) Oracle Database
18 118 (0.89%) RDBMS
19 116 (0.87%) Redis
20 102 (0.77%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 1,730 (13.04%) JIRA
2 1,341 (10.11%) Git (software)
3 1,242 (9.36%) Jenkins
4 389 (2.93%) Selenium
5 385 (2.90%) Maven
6 315 (2.37%) Cucumber
7 280 (2.11%) GitLab
8 240 (1.81%) Bitbucket
9 227 (1.71%) JUnit
10 150 (1.13%) Visual Studio
11 149 (1.12%) TeamCity
12 144 (1.09%) Sonatype Nexus
13 135 (1.02%) webpack
14 134 (1.01%) Gradle
15 133 (1.00%) Postman
16 123 (0.93%) JMeter
17 116 (0.87%) Subversion
18 115 (0.87%) Atlassian Bamboo
19 112 (0.84%) Mockito
20 97 (0.73%) SonarQube
General
1 2,742 (20.67%) Finance
2 1,538 (11.59%) Public Sector
3 1,107 (8.34%) Banking
4 629 (4.74%) Front Office
5 402 (3.03%) Retail
6 386 (2.91%) Marketing
7 309 (2.33%) Investment Banking
8 277 (2.09%) Telecoms
9 177 (1.33%) Manufacturing
10 154 (1.16%) Legal
11 141 (1.06%) Law
12 128 (0.96%) Publishing
13 108 (0.81%) Retail Banking
14 102 (0.77%) Electronics
15 95 (0.72%) Games
16 93 (0.70%) Pharmaceutical
17 70 (0.53%) Financial Institution
18 66 (0.50%) Automotive
19 61 (0.46%) Back Office
20 57 (0.43%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 4,124 (31.08%) Developer
2 1,284 (9.68%) Analyst
3 1,157 (8.72%) Architect
4 927 (6.99%) Java Developer
5 863 (6.50%) Business Analyst
6 809 (6.10%) Project Manager
7 691 (5.21%) Designer
8 609 (4.59%) React Developer
9 533 (4.02%) Senior Developer
10 492 (3.71%) Software Engineer
11 416 (3.14%) DevOps Engineer
12 394 (2.97%) .NET Developer
13 390 (2.94%) Solutions Architect
14 383 (2.89%) Consultant
15 382 (2.88%) Full Stack Developer
16 359 (2.71%) Delivery Manager
17 336 (2.53%) AWS Developer
18 325 (2.45%) JavaScript Developer
19 314 (2.37%) Scrum Master
20 294 (2.22%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,230 (9.27%) React
2 1,137 (8.57%) .NET
3 1,049 (7.91%) HTML
4 1,019 (7.68%) Web Services
5 993 (7.48%) Node.js
6 938 (7.07%) CSS
7 872 (6.57%) AngularJS
7 872 (6.57%) Spring
8 793 (5.98%) REST
9 588 (4.43%) RESTful
10 531 (4.00%) Spring Boot
11 467 (3.52%) Kafka
12 448 (3.38%) JSON
13 368 (2.77%) HTML5
14 364 (2.74%) XML
15 328 (2.47%) .NET Core
16 292 (2.20%) SOAP
17 255 (1.92%) ASP.NET
18 238 (1.79%) GraphQL
18 238 (1.79%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 1,219 (9.19%) User Experience
2 979 (7.38%) Analytical Skills
3 406 (3.06%) Greenfield Project
4 355 (2.68%) Mobile App
5 287 (2.16%) Cloud Native
6 286 (2.16%) Self-Motivation
7 243 (1.83%) Enterprise Software
8 233 (1.76%) Fixed Income
9 227 (1.71%) Virtual Team
10 221 (1.67%) Data Structures
11 197 (1.48%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 191 (1.44%) Public Cloud
13 182 (1.37%) Derivative
14 174 (1.31%) Management Information System
15 155 (1.17%) Algorithms
16 139 (1.05%) NHS
17 137 (1.03%) Data Centre
18 131 (0.99%) Equities
19 75 (0.57%) Hedge funds
20 73 (0.55%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 902 (6.80%) Linux
2 486 (3.66%) Windows
3 377 (2.84%) Unix
4 267 (2.01%) Android
5 233 (1.76%) Apple iOS
6 136 (1.03%) Windows Server
7 97 (0.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 43 (0.32%) Ubuntu
9 39 (0.29%) Mac OS X
9 39 (0.29%) Windows 10
10 34 (0.26%) CentOS
11 33 (0.25%) Mac OS
12 22 (0.17%) Windows Server 2016
13 19 (0.14%) AIX
13 19 (0.14%) Windows Server 2012
14 17 (0.13%) OpenWrt
15 15 (0.11%) Windows Server 2008
16 12 (0.090%) Embedded Linux
17 11 (0.083%) Windows Server 2019
18 10 (0.075%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,949 (22.23%) Scrum
2 2,916 (21.98%) DevOps
3 1,777 (13.39%) TDD
4 1,648 (12.42%) Microservices
5 1,582 (11.92%) Software Engineering
6 1,469 (11.07%) Test Automation
7 1,237 (9.32%) Stakeholder Management
8 1,131 (8.52%) Problem-Solving
9 1,100 (8.29%) Project Management
10 1,061 (8.00%) Continuous Integration
11 945 (7.12%) SDLC
12 938 (7.07%) Analytics
13 937 (7.06%) BDD
14 927 (6.99%) Waterfall
15 924 (6.96%) User Stories
16 916 (6.90%) Kanban
17 756 (5.70%) Continuous Improvement
18 743 (5.60%) Project Delivery
19 742 (5.59%) Migration
20 662 (4.99%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 2,622 (19.76%) Java
2 2,146 (16.17%) JavaScript
3 2,039 (15.37%) SQL
4 1,807 (13.62%) Python
5 1,034 (7.79%) C#
6 759 (5.72%) TypeScript
7 458 (3.45%) Java 8
8 450 (3.39%) Scala
9 340 (2.56%) PowerShell
10 318 (2.40%) Kotlin
11 285 (2.15%) C++
12 264 (1.99%) Bash Shell
13 255 (1.92%) C
14 243 (1.83%) PL/SQL
15 217 (1.64%) Go
16 182 (1.37%) Shell Script
17 174 (1.31%) PHP
18 169 (1.27%) Ruby
19 159 (1.20%) T-SQL
20 144 (1.09%) ES6
Qualifications
1 1,639 (12.35%) Security Cleared
2 1,301 (9.81%) SC Cleared
3 782 (5.89%) Degree
4 284 (2.14%) DV Cleared
5 163 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
6 144 (1.09%) BPSS Clearance
7 118 (0.89%) ISTQB
8 103 (0.78%) ISEB
9 99 (0.75%) PMP
10 94 (0.71%) PMI Certification
11 74 (0.56%) Cisco Certification
12 61 (0.46%) AWS Certification
13 58 (0.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 51 (0.38%) Microsoft Certification
15 49 (0.37%) PhD
16 48 (0.36%) CISSP
17 45 (0.34%) CCNP
17 45 (0.34%) Master's Degree
18 40 (0.30%) CCNA
19 37 (0.28%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 749 (5.65%) QA
2 170 (1.28%) Data Quality
3 140 (1.06%) GDPR
4 134 (1.01%) PMO
5 96 (0.72%) SLA
6 75 (0.57%) WCAG
7 70 (0.53%) Disclosure Scotland
8 53 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 42 (0.32%) PCI DSS
10 30 (0.23%) NIST
11 23 (0.17%) Actionable Recommendations
12 22 (0.17%) MiFID
13 17 (0.13%) COBIT
14 16 (0.12%) GRC
14 16 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 15 (0.11%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 11 (0.083%) IFRS
17 10 (0.075%) JTAG
17 10 (0.075%) NCSC
18 9 (0.068%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 1,352 (10.19%) Docker
2 222 (1.67%) Active Directory
3 127 (0.96%) VMware Infrastructure
4 69 (0.52%) HDFS
5 51 (0.38%) Virtual Machines
6 37 (0.28%) VMware NSX
7 22 (0.17%) Hyper-V
7 22 (0.17%) vSphere
8 21 (0.16%) GridGain
9 20 (0.15%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 19 (0.14%) VMware ESXi
11 17 (0.13%) Microsoft App-V
12 15 (0.11%) Firmware
12 15 (0.11%) Platform Symphony
13 14 (0.11%) GlusterFS
14 12 (0.090%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
15 9 (0.068%) NFS
16 7 (0.053%) Time Sharing Option
17 6 (0.045%) vCloud
18 5 (0.038%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 1,243 (9.37%) Kubernetes
2 879 (6.62%) Terraform
3 558 (4.21%) Ansible
4 184 (1.39%) Puppet
5 162 (1.22%) Grafana
6 123 (0.93%) Opscode Chef
7 112 (0.84%) Prometheus
8 78 (0.59%) Single Sign-On
9 75 (0.57%) Kibana
10 36 (0.27%) Packer
11 32 (0.24%) Oozie
12 30 (0.23%) vRealize
13 29 (0.22%) SCCM
14 28 (0.21%) HP ALM
15 26 (0.20%) Salt
16 25 (0.19%) HP Quality Center
17 24 (0.18%) Microsoft Intune
18 21 (0.16%) Hadoop YARN
18 21 (0.16%) Nagios
18 21 (0.16%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 1,120 (8.44%) Microsoft
2 855 (6.44%) Oracle
3 372 (2.80%) Salesforce.com
4 368 (2.77%) SAP
5 364 (2.74%) Google
6 226 (1.70%) Atlassian
7 189 (1.42%) Splunk
8 188 (1.42%) MuleSoft
9 185 (1.39%) Adobe
10 181 (1.36%) VMware
11 179 (1.35%) IBM
12 172 (1.30%) Databricks
13 150 (1.13%) ServiceNow
14 125 (0.94%) Cisco
15 92 (0.69%) Red Hat
16 87 (0.66%) Informatica
17 84 (0.63%) HP
18 68 (0.51%) CheckPoint
19 65 (0.49%) webMethods
20 62 (0.47%) hybris