Period
to 20 April 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Business Case skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Business Case over the 6 months to 20 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.

Business Cases
UK
6 months to
20 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 154 179 207
Rank change year-on-year +25 +28 -35
Contract jobs citing Business Case 910 853 1,355
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.70% 1.49% 1.42%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.96% 1.74% 1.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 624 584 859
10th Percentile £344 £313 £356
25th Percentile £409 £405 £409
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year -5.00% +5.26% +0.53%
75th Percentile £576 £588 £575
90th Percentile £675 £663 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £460 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -3.16% +5.56% +1.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 16 13
10th Percentile £21.72 £20.17 £21.45
25th Percentile £23.54 £25.73 £31.49
Median hourly rate £26.75 £36.75 £42.50
Median % change year-on-year -27.21% -13.53% +23.19%
75th Percentile £48.44 £59.81 £47.50
90th Percentile £78.60 £63.75 £52.52
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £36.75 £38.50
% change year-on-year -34.69% -4.55% +6.94%

Business Case 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 46,528 48,924 83,745
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.88% 85.19% 87.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 31,905 32,513 56,467
10th Percentile £306 £281 £300
25th Percentile £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £488 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +2.63% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £576 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £656 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £436 £445 £435
% change year-on-year -2.02% +2.30% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,436 1,553 2,004
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.37 £11.57
25th Percentile £15.81 £15.85 £14.50
Median hourly rate £26.50 £21.50 £22.75
Median % change year-on-year +23.24% -5.49% +8.33%
75th Percentile £47.50 £46.00 £43.88
90th Percentile £59.38 £55.00 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.00 £20.11 £22.40
% change year-on-year +14.37% -10.22% +12.00%

Business Case
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Business Case as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Business Case in the UK

Business Case
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Business Case.

Daily rate trend for Business Case in the UK

Business Case
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Business Case over the 6 months to 20 April 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Business Case in the UK

Business Case
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Business Case.

Hourly rate trend for Business Case in the UK

Business Case
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Business Case over the 6 months to 20 April 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Business Case in the UK

Business Case
Top 18 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Business Case within the UK over the 6 months to 20 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 +11 764 £475 -5.00% 135
UK excluding London +44 454 £460 -3.16% 92
London -12 323 £500 -4.76% 48
Work from Home -74 232 £474 -4.01% 11
North of England +56 105 £513 +13.89% 22
South East +28 105 £453 -4.74% 21
Midlands +72 99 £427 -10.11% 19
West Midlands +54 89 £427 -18.67% 12
South West +35 65 £508 +1.50% 11
North West +40 58 £525 +44.83% 16
Scotland +11 44 £450 +5.88% 3
Yorkshire +14 31 £450 -10.00% 6
East of England -7 27 £461 -2.89% 13
North East +38 16 £500 +42.86%
East Midlands +21 10 £465 +3.33% 7
Wales +12 9 £400 -15.79% 4
Northern Ireland +10 1 - -
Channel Islands - 1 £400 -

For the 6 months to 20 April 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Business Case 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 Business Case.

1 366 (40.22%) Finance
2 290 (31.87%) Agile Software Development
3 261 (28.68%) Project Management
4 221 (24.29%) Stakeholder Management
5 195 (21.43%) Project Delivery
6 163 (17.91%) Public Sector
7 149 (16.37%) Security Cleared
8 141 (15.49%) Change Management
9 118 (12.97%) SC Cleared
10 117 (12.86%) Migration
11 102 (11.21%) Decision-Making
12 99 (10.88%) Microsoft
12 99 (10.88%) Business Analysis
13 89 (9.78%) PRINCE2
14 87 (9.56%) Analytical Skills
15 85 (9.34%) Requirements Gathering
16 84 (9.23%) Problem-Solving
16 84 (9.23%) Stakeholder Engagement
17 74 (8.13%) Degree
18 73 (8.02%) Workshop Facilitation
19 71 (7.80%) Programme Management
20 70 (7.69%) Microsoft Office
21 65 (7.14%) Waterfall
22 63 (6.92%) Scrum
23 62 (6.81%) ITIL
24 60 (6.59%) PMO
25 59 (6.48%) Risk Management
26 58 (6.37%) JIRA
26 58 (6.37%) Continuous Improvement
27 55 (6.04%) Acceptance Criteria

Business Case
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 38 (4.18%) Confluence
2 34 (3.74%) SharePoint
3 11 (1.21%) Skype for Business
4 9 (0.99%) Apache
5 7 (0.77%) Oracle Workflow
6 6 (0.66%) MS Exchange
7 3 (0.33%) SAS
8 2 (0.22%) Apache Spark
8 2 (0.22%) Red Hat Fuse
9 1 (0.11%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 1 (0.11%) ArcGIS
9 1 (0.11%) CMS
9 1 (0.11%) MS Project Server
9 1 (0.11%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.11%) TPMS
Applications
1 70 (7.69%) Microsoft Office
2 54 (5.93%) Microsoft Project
3 32 (3.52%) Microsoft Excel
4 27 (2.97%) MS Visio
5 22 (2.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 7 (0.77%) AutoCAD
7 6 (0.66%) Revit
8 4 (0.44%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 3 (0.33%) Open Workbench
10 1 (0.11%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.11%) Chatbot
10 1 (0.11%) SPSS
10 1 (0.11%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 11 (1.21%) Magento
2 7 (0.77%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (0.66%) SAP FI
3 6 (0.66%) SAP Hybris
4 5 (0.55%) SAP CO
4 5 (0.55%) SAP FI/CO
5 3 (0.33%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 3 (0.33%) SAP S/4HANA
5 3 (0.33%) Unit4 Business World
6 2 (0.22%) SAP BPC
6 2 (0.22%) SAP CRM
6 2 (0.22%) SAP SD
7 1 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
7 1 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
7 1 (0.11%) Oracle ERP
7 1 (0.11%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 1 (0.11%) SAP SCM
7 1 (0.11%) Sentinel
7 1 (0.11%) Unica
7 1 (0.11%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 51 (5.60%) Azure
2 48 (5.27%) Microsoft 365
3 29 (3.19%) AWS
4 18 (1.98%) Power Platform
5 12 (1.32%) GCP
6 11 (1.21%) OneDrive
6 11 (1.21%) Yammer
7 9 (0.99%) IaaS
8 6 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
8 6 (0.66%) PaaS
9 5 (0.55%) GitHub
10 4 (0.44%) Asana
10 4 (0.44%) SaaS
11 3 (0.33%) Azure Stack
11 3 (0.33%) Dynamics 365
11 3 (0.33%) Google Docs
11 3 (0.33%) Google Sheets
11 3 (0.33%) Trello
12 2 (0.22%) Azure Active Directory
12 2 (0.22%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 22 (2.42%) WAN
2 17 (1.87%) LAN
3 15 (1.65%) Skype
4 10 (1.10%) Internet
5 8 (0.88%) Radio Access Network
5 8 (0.88%) SAN
5 8 (0.88%) Unified Communications
6 7 (0.77%) FTP
7 6 (0.66%) 4G
7 6 (0.66%) 5G
7 6 (0.66%) Firewall
8 5 (0.55%) 3G
8 5 (0.55%) NAS
8 5 (0.55%) VoLTE
9 4 (0.44%) LTE
9 4 (0.44%) MPLS
9 4 (0.44%) SD-WAN
10 3 (0.33%) BGP
10 3 (0.33%) OSPF
10 3 (0.33%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (1.65%) Power BI
1 15 (1.65%) SQL Server
2 14 (1.54%) Big Data
3 11 (1.21%) Data Warehouse
4 7 (0.77%) Data Lake
4 7 (0.77%) Oracle Database
4 7 (0.77%) PostgreSQL
5 6 (0.66%) Tableau
6 5 (0.55%) Data Mining
6 5 (0.55%) DB2
7 4 (0.44%) Relational Database
8 3 (0.33%) Electronic Patient Records
8 3 (0.33%) GIS
8 3 (0.33%) MS Access
9 2 (0.22%) Blockchain
9 2 (0.22%) EDMS
9 2 (0.22%) Snowflake Schema
10 1 (0.11%) Parquet
10 1 (0.11%) QGIS
10 1 (0.11%) Qlik Sense
Development Applications
1 58 (6.37%) JIRA
2 16 (1.76%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 16 (1.76%) Bitbucket
3 7 (0.77%) FishEye
4 6 (0.66%) Jenkins
4 6 (0.66%) ScriptRunner
5 5 (0.55%) Vagrant
6 1 (0.11%) Artifactory
6 1 (0.11%) Cucumber
6 1 (0.11%) Git (software)
6 1 (0.11%) gulp
6 1 (0.11%) Toad
6 1 (0.11%) Visual Studio
6 1 (0.11%) Visual Studio Code
6 1 (0.11%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (0.11%) webpack
General
1 366 (40.22%) Finance
2 163 (17.91%) Public Sector
3 50 (5.49%) Retail
4 45 (4.95%) Legal
5 37 (4.07%) Police
6 34 (3.74%) Telecoms
7 31 (3.41%) Banking
8 26 (2.86%) Marketing
9 18 (1.98%) Local Government
9 18 (1.98%) Manufacturing
10 17 (1.87%) Automotive
11 16 (1.76%) Law
12 8 (0.88%) Electronics
13 6 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
14 5 (0.55%) Publishing
15 4 (0.44%) Back Office
16 3 (0.33%) Billing
16 3 (0.33%) Financial Institution
16 3 (0.33%) Front Office
16 3 (0.33%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 220 (24.18%) Project Manager
2 203 (22.31%) Analyst
3 159 (17.47%) Business Analyst
4 94 (10.33%) Architect
5 47 (5.16%) Programme Manager
6 39 (4.29%) Senior Manager
7 35 (3.85%) IT Manager
8 32 (3.52%) Consultant
9 31 (3.41%) Solutions Architect
10 29 (3.19%) Infrastructure Manager
11 27 (2.97%) Business Manager
12 25 (2.75%) Infrastructure Project Manager
13 23 (2.53%) IT Project Manager
13 23 (2.53%) Senior Analyst
14 22 (2.42%) Change Manager
14 22 (2.42%) Senior Business Analyst
15 21 (2.31%) Senior Project Manager
16 20 (2.20%) Product Manager
17 17 (1.87%) Technical Analyst
17 17 (1.87%) Technical Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (1.21%) Middleware
1 11 (1.21%) Oracle Fusion
2 9 (0.99%) REST
3 7 (0.77%) .NET
3 7 (0.77%) HTML
3 7 (0.77%) SOAP
3 7 (0.77%) Web Services
4 6 (0.66%) JSON
4 6 (0.66%) RESTful
4 6 (0.66%) SAML
4 6 (0.66%) XML
5 5 (0.55%) CSS
6 4 (0.44%) Ajax
6 4 (0.44%) EDI
7 2 (0.22%) AngularJS
7 2 (0.22%) LAPP Stack
8 1 (0.11%) Gherkin
8 1 (0.11%) React
8 1 (0.11%) Sass
8 1 (0.11%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 87 (9.56%) Analytical Skills
2 43 (4.73%) Management Information System
3 39 (4.29%) User Experience
4 37 (4.07%) NHS
5 26 (2.86%) Data Centre
6 20 (2.20%) Organisational Skills
7 18 (1.98%) PMI
8 9 (0.99%) Clustering
8 9 (0.99%) Public Cloud
9 8 (0.88%) Greenfield Project
9 8 (0.88%) Robotics
9 8 (0.88%) Virtual Team
10 7 (0.77%) CMDB
10 7 (0.77%) Data Protection Act
10 7 (0.77%) Data Structures
10 7 (0.77%) Replication
10 7 (0.77%) Self-Motivation
11 6 (0.66%) Enterprise Software
12 5 (0.55%) iSeries
12 5 (0.55%) LPAR
Operating Systems
1 26 (2.86%) Windows
2 10 (1.10%) Linux
3 9 (0.99%) Windows 10
4 8 (0.88%) Apple iOS
5 5 (0.55%) Unix
5 5 (0.55%) Windows 7
6 3 (0.33%) Windows Server
7 2 (0.22%) Android
8 1 (0.11%) Solaris
8 1 (0.11%) VMS
8 1 (0.11%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.11%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 290 (31.87%) Agile Software Development
2 261 (28.68%) Project Management
3 221 (24.29%) Stakeholder Management
4 195 (21.43%) Project Delivery
5 141 (15.49%) Change Management
6 117 (12.86%) Migration
7 102 (11.21%) Decision-Making
8 99 (10.88%) Business Analysis
9 89 (9.78%) PRINCE2
10 85 (9.34%) Requirements Gathering
11 84 (9.23%) Problem-Solving
11 84 (9.23%) Stakeholder Engagement
12 73 (8.02%) Workshop Facilitation
13 71 (7.80%) Programme Management
14 65 (7.14%) Waterfall
15 63 (6.92%) Scrum
16 62 (6.81%) ITIL
17 59 (6.48%) Risk Management
18 58 (6.37%) Continuous Improvement
19 55 (6.04%) Acceptance Criteria
Programming Languages
1 22 (2.42%) SQL
2 21 (2.31%) Python
3 16 (1.76%) C
4 7 (0.77%) Java
4 7 (0.77%) Perl
5 6 (0.66%) C#
6 5 (0.55%) R
6 5 (0.55%) VBA
7 4 (0.44%) JavaScript
7 4 (0.44%) PL/SQL
8 3 (0.33%) Bash Shell
8 3 (0.33%) PowerShell
9 2 (0.22%) Scala
9 2 (0.22%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.11%) ES6
10 1 (0.11%) ES7
10 1 (0.11%) Ruby
10 1 (0.11%) VB
10 1 (0.11%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 149 (16.37%) Security Cleared
2 118 (12.97%) SC Cleared
3 74 (8.13%) Degree
4 41 (4.51%) PMP
5 33 (3.63%) PMI Certification
6 18 (1.98%) BPSS Clearance
7 13 (1.43%) DV Cleared
7 13 (1.43%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 10 (1.10%) APMP
8 10 (1.10%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 9 (0.99%) Computer Science Degree
10 7 (0.77%) CCAB
11 6 (0.66%) BICSI Certification
11 6 (0.66%) BICSI RCDD
11 6 (0.66%) CIMA
11 6 (0.66%) CISSP
11 6 (0.66%) Microsoft Certification
12 5 (0.55%) DBS Check
12 5 (0.55%) ISEB
12 5 (0.55%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 60 (6.59%) PMO
2 36 (3.96%) QA
3 20 (2.20%) GDPR
4 12 (1.32%) Data Quality
5 11 (1.21%) Disclosure Scotland
6 10 (1.10%) SLA
7 5 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 4 (0.44%) Actionable Recommendations
9 3 (0.33%) P3O
10 2 (0.22%) COBIT
10 2 (0.22%) GRC
10 2 (0.22%) ISO 9001
10 2 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 2 (0.22%) MiFID
11 1 (0.11%) GMP
System Software
1 19 (2.09%) Active Directory
2 8 (0.88%) Docker
3 5 (0.55%) GlusterFS
3 5 (0.55%) PowerHA
3 5 (0.55%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.44%) Virtual Desktop
4 4 (0.44%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.22%) OpenAM
5 2 (0.22%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.11%) BitLocker
6 1 (0.11%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.11%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 12 (1.32%) NetBackup
2 8 (0.88%) Ansible
2 8 (0.88%) Single Sign-On
3 7 (0.77%) Terraform
4 6 (0.66%) Microsoft Intune
5 5 (0.55%) Grafana
5 5 (0.55%) Prometheus
6 4 (0.44%) SCCM
7 3 (0.33%) Kubernetes
7 3 (0.33%) NSN NetAct
8 2 (0.22%) HP ALM
9 1 (0.11%) Cisco CUCM
9 1 (0.11%) HP Quality Center
9 1 (0.11%) Jamf Pro
9 1 (0.11%) Nagios
Vendors
1 99 (10.88%) Microsoft
2 37 (4.07%) SAP
3 27 (2.97%) Oracle
4 23 (2.53%) Salesforce.com
5 19 (2.09%) Atlassian
6 18 (1.98%) VMware
7 14 (1.54%) Google
7 14 (1.54%) hybris
8 11 (1.21%) IBM
8 11 (1.21%) MuleSoft
9 10 (1.10%) CheckPoint
10 9 (0.99%) ServiceNow
11 8 (0.88%) Adobe
11 8 (0.88%) Cisco
12 7 (0.77%) BT
13 6 (0.66%) Cadence
14 5 (0.55%) HP
15 4 (0.44%) Apple
15 4 (0.44%) UiPath
16 3 (0.33%) Nokia