Period
to 26 July 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 26 July 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
26 Jul 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 18,625 9,171 24,481
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 26.22% 24.44% 26.48%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 29.72% 28.31% 30.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,169 6,589 16,987
10th Percentile £363 £350 £356
25th Percentile £425 £416 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £513 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +2.50% - +5.26%
75th Percentile £600 £600 £580
90th Percentile £690 £678 £660
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £465 £450
% change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +4.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 158 87 217
10th Percentile £23.44 £20.50 £20.30
25th Percentile £36.25 £26.70 £37.00
Median hourly rate £50.00 £47.00 £46.00
Median % change year-on-year +6.38% +2.17% +3.37%
75th Percentile £62.00 £55.00 £55.00
90th Percentile £68.48 £63.75 £69.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £52.50 £43.48 £45.64
% change year-on-year +20.75% -4.72% +5.51%

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 62,665 32,398 80,658
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 88.23% 86.35% 87.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 43,046 21,624 53,915
10th Percentile £313 £300 £300
25th Percentile £406 £400 £381
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £576 £575
90th Percentile £688 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,697 930 2,192
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.36 £11.61
25th Percentile £14.61 £16.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate £23.21 £23.05 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year +0.68% +2.46% +12.50%
75th Percentile £47.25 £46.00 £45.00
90th Percentile £60.50 £55.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £21.50 £22.92
% change year-on-year -4.65% -6.21% +20.64%

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 26 July 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 26 July 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 26 July 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 14,804 £525 +5.00% 5,648
London +1 8,657 £550 - 2,396
UK excluding London 0 6,584 £475 +2.15% 3,589
Work from Home +1 5,308 £500 +2.56% 1,192
North of England 0 1,572 £475 +5.56% 1,158
South East -1 1,520 £491 +3.37% 730
Scotland 0 1,261 £450 -0.11% 226
Midlands -1 865 £471 +4.72% 599
North West +1 787 £470 +4.44% 649
South West 0 746 £493 +1.03% 378
West Midlands 0 660 £475 +5.56% 366
Yorkshire 0 627 £475 +5.56% 379
East of England -2 418 £475 - 346
East Midlands -4 191 £425 +0.59% 230
Wales +1 177 £475 -5.00% 95
North East 0 161 £513 +9.63% 130
Northern Ireland -1 29 £475 +7.83% 59
Channel Islands -2 2 £475 -
Isle of Man - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 26 July 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 4,357 (23.39%) Scrum
2 4,196 (22.53%) Social Skills
3 4,035 (21.66%) DevOps
4 3,965 (21.29%) Finance
5 3,602 (19.34%) Azure
6 3,541 (19.01%) Java
7 3,178 (17.06%) AWS
8 2,928 (15.72%) SQL
9 2,763 (14.83%) JavaScript
10 2,474 (13.28%) TDD
11 2,405 (12.91%) JIRA
12 2,268 (12.18%) Python
13 2,195 (11.79%) Microservices
14 2,087 (11.21%) Software Engineering
15 2,022 (10.86%) Test Automation
16 1,974 (10.60%) Stakeholder Management
17 1,960 (10.52%) Git (software)
18 1,854 (9.95%) Docker
19 1,837 (9.86%) React
19 1,837 (9.86%) Public Sector
20 1,755 (9.42%) Security Cleared
21 1,712 (9.19%) Banking
22 1,705 (9.15%) Project Management
23 1,686 (9.05%) Kubernetes
24 1,680 (9.02%) Problem-Solving
25 1,670 (8.97%) Jenkins
26 1,625 (8.72%) .NET
27 1,564 (8.40%) C#
28 1,563 (8.39%) Microsoft
29 1,545 (8.30%) User Experience

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 1,262 (6.78%) Confluence
2 383 (2.06%) SharePoint
3 293 (1.57%) Apache Spark
4 285 (1.53%) Apache
5 259 (1.39%) CMS
6 206 (1.11%) Elasticsearch
7 121 (0.65%) Tomcat
8 117 (0.63%) SAS
8 117 (0.63%) WebLogic
9 97 (0.52%) Apache Airflow
10 91 (0.49%) WebSphere
11 84 (0.45%) JBoss
12 72 (0.39%) IIS
13 69 (0.37%) Adobe Experience Manager
14 64 (0.34%) BizTalk Server
15 63 (0.34%) nginx
16 55 (0.30%) Drupal
17 54 (0.29%) Cloud Foundry
18 49 (0.26%) Oracle SOA Suite
19 44 (0.24%) Mule
Applications
1 329 (1.77%) Microsoft Office
2 327 (1.76%) Microsoft Excel
3 197 (1.06%) Sketch
4 186 (1.00%) Microsoft Project
5 183 (0.98%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 169 (0.91%) MS Visio
7 112 (0.60%) Figma
8 103 (0.55%) InVision
9 71 (0.38%) Zeplin
10 50 (0.27%) Photoshop
11 44 (0.24%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 44 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
12 40 (0.21%) Chatbot
13 34 (0.18%) Adobe Illustrator
14 33 (0.18%) Adobe XD
15 18 (0.097%) Marvel
16 14 (0.075%) UserZoom
17 9 (0.048%) OmniGraffle
18 6 (0.032%) Open Workbench
18 6 (0.032%) Oracle Smart View
Business Applications
1 145 (0.78%) Dynamics CRM
2 70 (0.38%) SAP S/4HANA
3 63 (0.34%) Magento
4 60 (0.32%) Oracle EBS
5 51 (0.27%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 35 (0.19%) SAP Hybris
7 29 (0.16%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 25 (0.13%) Shopify
9 23 (0.12%) Oracle ERP
9 23 (0.12%) Oracle Financials
9 23 (0.12%) SAP ERP
9 23 (0.12%) Teamcenter
10 21 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
10 21 (0.11%) NetSuite
10 21 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
11 17 (0.091%) Summit
12 13 (0.070%) SAP Oil and Gas
12 13 (0.070%) SAP PSCD
13 12 (0.064%) Dynamics NAV
13 12 (0.064%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 3,602 (19.34%) Azure
2 3,178 (17.06%) AWS
3 1,092 (5.86%) Serverless
4 917 (4.92%) GCP
5 680 (3.65%) AWS Lambda
6 668 (3.59%) GitHub
7 666 (3.58%) Power Platform
8 530 (2.85%) SaaS
9 483 (2.59%) PaaS
10 477 (2.56%) Amazon S3
11 367 (1.97%) Microsoft 365
12 360 (1.93%) IaaS
13 323 (1.73%) AWS CloudFormation
14 260 (1.40%) OpenShift
15 253 (1.36%) Amazon SQS
16 228 (1.22%) Azure Data Factory
17 212 (1.14%) AWS Step Functions
18 187 (1.00%) Amazon EC2
18 187 (1.00%) Azure Functions
19 183 (0.98%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 216 (1.16%) Firewall
2 204 (1.10%) HTTP
3 141 (0.76%) Internet
4 137 (0.74%) DNS
4 137 (0.74%) TCP/IP
5 115 (0.62%) WAN
6 112 (0.60%) LAN
6 112 (0.60%) SSL
7 106 (0.57%) VPN
8 69 (0.37%) Network Security
9 65 (0.35%) 5G
10 63 (0.34%) DHCP
11 58 (0.31%) 2G
12 50 (0.27%) SAN
13 49 (0.26%) Unified Communications
14 46 (0.25%) Skype
14 46 (0.25%) Wireless
15 45 (0.24%) HTTPS
15 45 (0.24%) MVNO
16 43 (0.23%) GSM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 934 (5.01%) SQL Server
2 608 (3.26%) Data Warehouse
3 575 (3.09%) NoSQL
4 570 (3.06%) Power BI
5 559 (3.00%) Relational Database
6 550 (2.95%) Big Data
7 489 (2.63%) PostgreSQL
8 450 (2.42%) MongoDB
9 364 (1.95%) MySQL
10 348 (1.87%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 328 (1.76%) Data Lake
12 322 (1.73%) Hadoop
13 249 (1.34%) Amazon RDS
14 222 (1.19%) Tableau
15 212 (1.14%) Azure SQL Database
15 212 (1.14%) Oracle Database
16 211 (1.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 167 (0.90%) RDBMS
18 159 (0.85%) Redis
19 150 (0.81%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 2,405 (12.91%) JIRA
2 1,960 (10.52%) Git (software)
3 1,670 (8.97%) Jenkins
4 586 (3.15%) Maven
5 515 (2.77%) Selenium
6 500 (2.68%) Cucumber
7 369 (1.98%) JUnit
8 360 (1.93%) Bitbucket
9 349 (1.87%) GitLab
10 265 (1.42%) TeamCity
11 243 (1.30%) Visual Studio
12 213 (1.14%) Postman
13 206 (1.11%) Subversion
14 182 (0.98%) Mockito
15 174 (0.93%) Gradle
16 173 (0.93%) JMeter
17 158 (0.85%) Cypress.io
17 158 (0.85%) webpack
18 156 (0.84%) Sonatype Nexus
19 137 (0.74%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 4,196 (22.53%) Social Skills
2 3,965 (21.29%) Finance
3 1,837 (9.86%) Public Sector
4 1,712 (9.19%) Banking
5 1,406 (7.55%) Analytical Skills
6 715 (3.84%) Front Office
7 651 (3.50%) Retail
8 647 (3.47%) Presentation Skills
9 518 (2.78%) Investment Banking
10 500 (2.68%) Marketing
11 455 (2.44%) Telecoms
12 416 (2.23%) Influencing Skills
13 246 (1.32%) Manufacturing
14 225 (1.21%) Documentation Skills
15 221 (1.19%) Organisational Skills
16 202 (1.08%) Legal
17 165 (0.89%) Games
18 149 (0.80%) Retail Banking
19 147 (0.79%) Publishing
20 127 (0.68%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 5,386 (28.92%) Developer
2 2,015 (10.82%) Analyst
3 1,577 (8.47%) Architect
4 1,398 (7.51%) Business Analyst
5 1,391 (7.47%) Project Manager
6 1,244 (6.68%) Java Developer
7 868 (4.66%) Designer
8 727 (3.90%) Senior Developer
9 686 (3.68%) React Developer
10 644 (3.46%) Software Engineer
11 590 (3.17%) DevOps Engineer
12 569 (3.06%) Solutions Architect
13 552 (2.96%) .NET Developer
14 534 (2.87%) Delivery Manager
15 518 (2.78%) Consultant
16 489 (2.63%) Scrum Master
17 479 (2.57%) Full Stack Developer
18 428 (2.30%) C# Developer
19 394 (2.12%) Data Engineer
20 364 (1.95%) JavaScript Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,837 (9.86%) React
2 1,625 (8.72%) .NET
3 1,441 (7.74%) HTML
4 1,304 (7.00%) Spring
5 1,273 (6.83%) CSS
6 1,253 (6.73%) Node.js
7 1,177 (6.32%) AngularJS
8 1,173 (6.30%) Web Services
9 1,090 (5.85%) REST
10 804 (4.32%) Spring Boot
11 793 (4.26%) RESTful
12 676 (3.63%) Kafka
13 591 (3.17%) JSON
14 485 (2.60%) .NET Core
15 472 (2.53%) HTML5
16 470 (2.52%) XML
17 364 (1.95%) Redux
18 363 (1.95%) SOAP
19 356 (1.91%) ASP.NET
20 342 (1.84%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 1,545 (8.30%) User Experience
2 475 (2.55%) Greenfield Project
3 434 (2.33%) Mobile App
4 424 (2.28%) Self-Motivation
5 383 (2.06%) Cloud Native
6 298 (1.60%) Public Cloud
7 296 (1.59%) Virtual Team
8 295 (1.58%) Data Structures
9 290 (1.56%) Fixed Income
10 288 (1.55%) Enterprise Software
11 269 (1.44%) Management Information System
12 255 (1.37%) Legacy Systems
13 245 (1.32%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 234 (1.26%) Data Protection Act
15 222 (1.19%) Derivative
16 219 (1.18%) Algorithms
17 186 (1.00%) NHS
18 165 (0.89%) Data Centre
19 140 (0.75%) Equities
20 94 (0.50%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 1,226 (6.58%) Linux
2 691 (3.71%) Windows
3 555 (2.98%) Unix
4 320 (1.72%) Android
5 279 (1.50%) Apple iOS
6 161 (0.86%) Windows Server
7 124 (0.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 56 (0.30%) CentOS
9 39 (0.21%) Ubuntu
10 37 (0.20%) Windows 10
11 31 (0.17%) AIX
12 30 (0.16%) VMS
13 27 (0.14%) Mac OS
14 24 (0.13%) Solaris
15 23 (0.12%) Windows Server 2012
16 22 (0.12%) Windows Server 2016
17 21 (0.11%) Mac OS X
18 20 (0.11%) Windows Server 2019
19 18 (0.097%) zOS
20 16 (0.086%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 4,357 (23.39%) Scrum
2 4,035 (21.66%) DevOps
3 2,474 (13.28%) TDD
4 2,195 (11.79%) Microservices
5 2,087 (11.21%) Software Engineering
6 2,022 (10.86%) Test Automation
7 1,974 (10.60%) Stakeholder Management
8 1,705 (9.15%) Project Management
9 1,680 (9.02%) Problem-Solving
10 1,495 (8.03%) Continuous Integration
11 1,461 (7.84%) Waterfall
12 1,445 (7.76%) User Stories
13 1,403 (7.53%) SDLC
14 1,372 (7.37%) Analytics
15 1,227 (6.59%) Project Delivery
16 1,213 (6.51%) Kanban
17 1,206 (6.48%) BDD
18 1,161 (6.23%) Continuous Improvement
19 1,072 (5.76%) Migration
20 1,021 (5.48%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 3,541 (19.01%) Java
2 2,928 (15.72%) SQL
3 2,763 (14.83%) JavaScript
4 2,268 (12.18%) Python
5 1,564 (8.40%) C#
6 1,118 (6.00%) TypeScript
7 631 (3.39%) Scala
8 577 (3.10%) Java 8
9 463 (2.49%) PowerShell
10 440 (2.36%) C++
11 354 (1.90%) Kotlin
12 350 (1.88%) C
13 348 (1.87%) Bash Shell
14 345 (1.85%) PL/SQL
15 286 (1.54%) Go
16 232 (1.25%) PHP
17 231 (1.24%) Shell Script
18 217 (1.17%) Java 11
19 196 (1.05%) Ruby
20 185 (0.99%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 1,755 (9.42%) Security Cleared
2 1,345 (7.22%) SC Cleared
3 1,085 (5.83%) Degree
4 270 (1.45%) DV Cleared
5 244 (1.31%) BPSS Clearance
6 204 (1.10%) Computer Science Degree
7 175 (0.94%) ISTQB
8 173 (0.93%) PMI Certification
9 150 (0.81%) PMP
10 147 (0.79%) ISEB
11 85 (0.46%) CISSP
11 85 (0.46%) Master's Degree
12 75 (0.40%) AWS Certification
13 74 (0.40%) TOGAF Certification
14 73 (0.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 64 (0.34%) Cisco Certification
16 63 (0.34%) ITIL Certification
17 62 (0.33%) DBS Check
18 50 (0.27%) PRINCE2 Certification
19 49 (0.26%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 981 (5.27%) QA
2 586 (3.15%) Accessibility
3 259 (1.39%) Data Quality
3 259 (1.39%) PMO
4 199 (1.07%) GDPR
5 90 (0.48%) SLA
6 85 (0.46%) Disclosure Scotland
7 77 (0.41%) WCAG
8 67 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 67 (0.36%) PCI DSS
9 49 (0.26%) NIST
10 48 (0.26%) COBIT
11 33 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 32 (0.17%) MiFID
13 29 (0.16%) GRC
14 20 (0.11%) PMBOK
15 17 (0.091%) IFRS
16 14 (0.075%) ISO 20022
16 14 (0.075%) NCSC
17 13 (0.070%) Actionable Recommendations
System Software
1 1,854 (9.95%) Docker
2 304 (1.63%) Active Directory
3 174 (0.93%) VMware Infrastructure
4 68 (0.37%) Virtual Machines
5 62 (0.33%) HDFS
6 42 (0.23%) vSphere
7 39 (0.21%) VMware ESXi
8 31 (0.17%) GridGain
9 25 (0.13%) Platform Symphony
10 23 (0.12%) RACF
11 21 (0.11%) Firmware
11 21 (0.11%) VMware NSX
12 19 (0.10%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 17 (0.091%) Hyper-V
14 14 (0.075%) NFS
14 14 (0.075%) Virtual Servers
15 12 (0.064%) Virtual Desktop
16 9 (0.048%) Job Entry Subsystem
16 9 (0.048%) XenApp
17 8 (0.043%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 1,686 (9.05%) Kubernetes
2 1,135 (6.09%) Terraform
3 824 (4.42%) Ansible
4 254 (1.36%) Grafana
5 230 (1.23%) Puppet
6 167 (0.90%) Opscode Chef
7 163 (0.88%) Prometheus
8 110 (0.59%) Kibana
9 91 (0.49%) Single Sign-On
10 59 (0.32%) Packer
11 53 (0.28%) Istio
12 49 (0.26%) SCCM
13 41 (0.22%) HP Quality Center
14 38 (0.20%) Nagios
15 36 (0.19%) Microsoft Intune
16 34 (0.18%) vRealize
17 31 (0.17%) Active Directory Federation Services
17 31 (0.17%) HP ALM
17 31 (0.17%) Rancher
18 27 (0.14%) Oozie
Vendors
1 1,563 (8.39%) Microsoft
2 1,352 (7.26%) Oracle
3 582 (3.12%) Salesforce.com
4 557 (2.99%) Google
5 494 (2.65%) SAP
6 314 (1.69%) Databricks
7 293 (1.57%) Adobe
8 266 (1.43%) IBM
9 264 (1.42%) Atlassian
9 264 (1.42%) VMware
10 224 (1.20%) Splunk
11 221 (1.19%) ServiceNow
12 178 (0.96%) MuleSoft
13 156 (0.84%) Informatica
14 145 (0.78%) Red Hat
15 138 (0.74%) Cisco
16 96 (0.52%) hybris
17 85 (0.46%) HP
18 79 (0.42%) CA Agile Central
18 79 (0.42%) CheckPoint