Period
to 18 July 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Continuous Improvement skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Continuous Improvement over the 6 months to 18 July 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.

Continual Improvement
UK
6 months to
18 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 112 118 141
Rank change year-on-year +6 +23 +29
Contract jobs citing Continuous Improvement 2,355 1,975 1,954
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.28% 2.08% 1.77%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.65% 2.45% 2.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,487 1,300 1,290
UK median daily rate £473 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +4.94%
10th Percentile £315 £312 £265
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 35 36
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +20.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £14.98 £19.40 £13.68
90th Percentile £62.25 £57.50 £41.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £27.50 £25.79
% change year-on-year +27.27% +6.64% -6.23%

Continuous Improvement 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 88,767 80,693 92,830
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.77% 84.92% 84.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,551 52,816 61,130
UK median daily rate £450 £445 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £601
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,431 2,128 2,300
UK median hourly rate £21.75 £25.00 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.00% +2.04% +13.95%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.50 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -18.00% - +16.01%

Continuous Improvement
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Continuous Improvement as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Continuous Improvement in the UK

Continuous Improvement
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Continuous Improvement.

Contractor daily rate trend for Continuous Improvement in the UK

Continuous Improvement
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Continuous Improvement over the 6 months to 18 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Continuous Improvement in the UK

Continuous Improvement
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Continuous Improvement.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Continuous Improvement in the UK

Continuous Improvement
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Continuous Improvement over the 6 months to 18 July 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Continuous Improvement in the UK

Continuous Improvement
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Continuous Improvement within the UK over the 6 months to 18 July 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
England +9 2,104 £475 +5.56% 715
UK excluding London +12 1,399 £425 - 561
London -6 929 £500 - 218
South East -6 442 £440 +3.53% 155
North of England +28 319 £425 +1.19% 131
Midlands +4 197 £463 +8.82% 94
Scotland +21 151 £425 +6.25% 40
West Midlands +12 135 £475 +2.70% 65
Yorkshire +3 133 £425 - 45
North West +25 130 £434 -1.14% 81
South West -4 113 £460 +12.20% 43
East of England +30 110 £488 +6.85% 74
Wales -2 71 £330 -18.67% 16
North East -4 62 £425 +8.97% 5
East Midlands -1 58 £425 +13.33% 29
Northern Ireland +17 5 £425 +41.67% 7

For the 6 months to 18 July 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Continuous Improvement 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 Continuous Improvement.

1 1,244 (52.82%) Agile Software Development
2 611 (25.94%) Finance
3 484 (20.55%) Scrum
4 411 (17.45%) Problem-Solving
5 346 (14.69%) Test Automation
6 327 (13.89%) Java
7 292 (12.40%) Project Management
8 281 (11.93%) SQL
9 279 (11.85%) DevOps
10 261 (11.08%) Analytical Skills
11 260 (11.04%) Microsoft
12 247 (10.49%) TDD
12 247 (10.49%) Coaching
13 244 (10.36%) Kanban
13 244 (10.36%) QA
14 240 (10.19%) Stakeholder Management
15 239 (10.15%) Continuous Integration
16 235 (9.98%) JavaScript
17 234 (9.94%) Degree
18 228 (9.68%) Mentoring
19 213 (9.04%) Security Cleared
20 211 (8.96%) Banking
21 206 (8.75%) User Stories
22 205 (8.70%) Git (software)
22 205 (8.70%) ITIL
23 192 (8.15%) Decision-Making
24 191 (8.11%) JIRA
25 189 (8.03%) Analytics
26 188 (7.98%) Amazon AWS
26 188 (7.98%) Windows

Continuous Improvement
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 95 (4.03%) Confluence
2 50 (2.12%) SharePoint
3 38 (1.61%) Tomcat
4 36 (1.53%) CMS
5 33 (1.40%) Elasticsearch
5 33 (1.40%) IIS
6 29 (1.23%) Apache Spark
7 21 (0.89%) Apache
8 20 (0.85%) JBoss
9 19 (0.81%) MS Exchange
10 18 (0.76%) Skype for Business
11 17 (0.72%) Drupal
11 17 (0.72%) nginx
12 16 (0.68%) WebLogic
13 14 (0.59%) Cloud Foundry
13 14 (0.59%) SAS
13 14 (0.59%) WebSphere
14 11 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2010
15 8 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2013
16 7 (0.30%) Mule
Applications
1 103 (4.37%) Microsoft Excel
2 73 (3.10%) Microsoft Office
3 43 (1.83%) MS Visio
4 40 (1.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 20 (0.85%) Microsoft Project
6 13 (0.55%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.25%) HipChat
7 6 (0.25%) Photoshop
8 5 (0.21%) Adobe Illustrator
9 2 (0.085%) CATIA
9 2 (0.085%) Final Cut Pro
10 1 (0.042%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.042%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.042%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.042%) InDesign
10 1 (0.042%) InVision
10 1 (0.042%) OmniGraffle
10 1 (0.042%) Open Workbench
10 1 (0.042%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 16 (0.68%) Remedy ITSM
2 13 (0.55%) Magento
3 10 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
4 9 (0.38%) SAP CO
5 8 (0.34%) SAP FI
5 8 (0.34%) SAP FI/CO
6 7 (0.30%) SAP ERP
7 6 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
7 6 (0.25%) Oracle Payroll
7 6 (0.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 5 (0.21%) HFM
8 5 (0.21%) Oracle EBS R12
8 5 (0.21%) Oracle Financials
8 5 (0.21%) SAP BPC
9 4 (0.17%) Eloqua
9 4 (0.17%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 3 (0.13%) Oracle General Ledger
10 3 (0.13%) ResourceLink
10 3 (0.13%) SAP MM
10 3 (0.13%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 188 (7.98%) Amazon AWS
2 158 (6.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 65 (2.76%) Office 365
4 37 (1.57%) GitHub
5 31 (1.32%) Serverless
6 29 (1.23%) AWS Lambda
7 25 (1.06%) IaaS
7 25 (1.06%) SaaS
8 24 (1.02%) Datadog
9 21 (0.89%) PaaS
10 16 (0.68%) Cloud Computing
11 15 (0.64%) Amazon EC2
12 14 (0.59%) Amazon S3
12 14 (0.59%) Google Cloud Platform
12 14 (0.59%) OpenShift
13 12 (0.51%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 12 (0.51%) Google Analytics
13 12 (0.51%) Slack
14 11 (0.47%) npm
14 11 (0.47%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 59 (2.51%) Network Security
2 51 (2.17%) Firewall
3 42 (1.78%) Internet
4 36 (1.53%) TCP/IP
5 32 (1.36%) SMS
6 29 (1.23%) HTTP
7 28 (1.19%) SAN
8 25 (1.06%) DNS
9 22 (0.93%) Skype
10 20 (0.85%) LAN
10 20 (0.85%) WAN
11 18 (0.76%) SSL
12 17 (0.72%) DHCP
13 16 (0.68%) Wireless
14 14 (0.59%) VPN
15 12 (0.51%) Kerberos
16 10 (0.42%) Intranet
16 10 (0.42%) Unified Communications
16 10 (0.42%) VoIP
17 8 (0.34%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 160 (6.79%) SQL Server
2 84 (3.57%) Relational Database
3 72 (3.06%) MySQL
4 63 (2.68%) MongoDB
4 63 (2.68%) NoSQL
5 56 (2.38%) PostgreSQL
6 44 (1.87%) Big Data
7 43 (1.83%) Power BI
8 41 (1.74%) Hadoop
9 38 (1.61%) Oracle Database
10 37 (1.57%) Data Warehouse
11 32 (1.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 28 (1.19%) Redis
13 27 (1.15%) RDBMS
14 25 (1.06%) HBase
15 22 (0.93%) Data Lake
16 21 (0.89%) Amazon Redshift
17 18 (0.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 15 (0.64%) BusinessObjects
19 14 (0.59%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 205 (8.70%) Git (software)
2 191 (8.11%) JIRA
3 164 (6.96%) Jenkins
4 117 (4.97%) Selenium
5 81 (3.44%) Cucumber
6 54 (2.29%) Maven
7 48 (2.04%) TeamCity
8 43 (1.83%) SoapUI
9 41 (1.74%) Subversion
10 33 (1.40%) Visual Studio
11 30 (1.27%) gulp
12 25 (1.06%) JUnit
13 24 (1.02%) Team Foundation Server
14 23 (0.98%) Gradle
15 22 (0.93%) Bitbucket
15 22 (0.93%) Jasmine
16 21 (0.89%) webpack
17 20 (0.85%) Sonatype Nexus
17 20 (0.85%) WebDriver
18 19 (0.81%) IntelliJ
General
1 611 (25.94%) Finance
2 211 (8.96%) Banking
3 116 (4.93%) Retail
4 99 (4.20%) Telecoms
5 73 (3.10%) Games
6 67 (2.85%) Marketing
7 62 (2.63%) Legal
8 49 (2.08%) Manufacturing
9 47 (2.00%) Front Office
10 32 (1.36%) Investment Banking
11 30 (1.27%) Financial Institution
12 25 (1.06%) Back Office
13 21 (0.89%) Electronics
14 18 (0.76%) Law
15 14 (0.59%) Pharmaceutical
15 14 (0.59%) Publishing
15 14 (0.59%) Retail Banking
16 13 (0.55%) Advertising
17 11 (0.47%) Military
18 8 (0.34%) French Language
Job Titles
1 380 (16.14%) Developer
2 313 (13.29%) Analyst
3 152 (6.45%) Scrum Master
4 144 (6.11%) Architect
5 124 (5.27%) Project Manager
6 117 (4.97%) Business Analyst
7 101 (4.29%) Java Developer
8 97 (4.12%) Consultant
9 93 (3.95%) User Researcher
10 92 (3.91%) DevOps Engineer
11 65 (2.76%) Delivery Manager
12 58 (2.46%) Service Manager
13 56 (2.38%) Solutions Architect
14 52 (2.21%) Senior Developer
15 50 (2.12%) IT Manager
16 48 (2.04%) Product Manager
17 47 (2.00%) .NET Developer
18 45 (1.91%) Test Engineer
19 43 (1.83%) Tester
20 42 (1.78%) JavaScript Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 175 (7.43%) Web Services
2 140 (5.94%) HTML
3 137 (5.82%) .NET
4 119 (5.05%) RESTful
5 110 (4.67%) AngularJS
6 101 (4.29%) CSS
7 86 (3.65%) React
8 80 (3.40%) XML
9 76 (3.23%) HTML5
10 74 (3.14%) REST
11 73 (3.10%) Node.js
12 67 (2.85%) Spring
13 49 (2.08%) JSON
14 46 (1.95%) CSS3
15 44 (1.87%) Gherkin
15 44 (1.87%) SOAP
15 44 (1.87%) Velocity
16 41 (1.74%) jQuery
17 39 (1.66%) .NET Framework
17 39 (1.66%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 261 (11.08%) Analytical Skills
2 133 (5.65%) User Experience
3 109 (4.63%) Management Information System
4 79 (3.35%) Data Centre
5 64 (2.72%) Self-Motivation
6 56 (2.38%) Blog
7 51 (2.17%) Computer Science
8 48 (2.04%) Virtual Team
9 40 (1.70%) Greenfield Project
10 37 (1.57%) Mobile App
11 27 (1.15%) Fixed Income
12 26 (1.10%) Public Cloud
13 23 (0.98%) Enterprise Software
14 22 (0.93%) Robotics
15 18 (0.76%) Fintech
16 16 (0.68%) Cyberthreat
17 13 (0.55%) Equities
17 13 (0.55%) iPad
18 12 (0.51%) Data Structures
18 12 (0.51%) Over-the-Top Content
Operating Systems
1 188 (7.98%) Windows
2 185 (7.86%) Linux
3 95 (4.03%) Unix
4 55 (2.34%) Windows Server
5 40 (1.70%) Android
6 32 (1.36%) Windows Server 2012
7 30 (1.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 24 (1.02%) Solaris
9 23 (0.98%) Windows 10
10 22 (0.93%) Apple iOS
10 22 (0.93%) Windows 7
11 19 (0.81%) CentOS
12 18 (0.76%) Ubuntu
13 14 (0.59%) Windows Server 2008
14 11 (0.47%) AIX
15 7 (0.30%) HPUX
15 7 (0.30%) Windows Server 2003
16 4 (0.17%) Debian
16 4 (0.17%) SUSE
16 4 (0.17%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,244 (52.82%) Agile Software Development
2 484 (20.55%) Scrum
3 411 (17.45%) Problem-Solving
4 346 (14.69%) Test Automation
5 292 (12.40%) Project Management
6 279 (11.85%) DevOps
7 247 (10.49%) Coaching
7 247 (10.49%) TDD
8 244 (10.36%) Kanban
9 240 (10.19%) Stakeholder Management
10 239 (10.15%) Continuous Integration
11 228 (9.68%) Mentoring
12 206 (8.75%) User Stories
13 205 (8.70%) ITIL
14 192 (8.15%) Decision-Making
15 189 (8.03%) Analytics
16 173 (7.35%) BDD
17 167 (7.09%) Software Engineering
18 150 (6.37%) Service Management
19 142 (6.03%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 327 (13.89%) Java
2 281 (11.93%) SQL
3 235 (9.98%) JavaScript
4 166 (7.05%) Python
5 158 (6.71%) C#
6 76 (3.23%) Ruby
7 67 (2.85%) Bash Shell
7 67 (2.85%) Scala
8 63 (2.68%) C
9 53 (2.25%) PowerShell
10 50 (2.12%) Groovy
11 43 (1.83%) Perl
12 42 (1.78%) PHP
13 36 (1.53%) C++
14 34 (1.44%) T-SQL
15 32 (1.36%) Shell Script
16 31 (1.32%) TypeScript
17 30 (1.27%) PL/SQL
18 29 (1.23%) Java 8
19 25 (1.06%) ES6
Qualifications
1 234 (9.94%) Degree
2 213 (9.04%) Security Cleared
3 143 (6.07%) SC Cleared
4 38 (1.61%) BPSS Clearance
5 35 (1.49%) CISSP
6 27 (1.15%) ITIL Certification
7 24 (1.02%) ISEB
8 23 (0.98%) PMI Certification
9 22 (0.93%) Microsoft Certification
9 22 (0.93%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 20 (0.85%) Cisco Certification
11 18 (0.76%) Computer Science Degree
12 17 (0.72%) Six Sigma Black Belt
13 15 (0.64%) PMP
13 15 (0.64%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 14 (0.59%) CISM
15 13 (0.55%) CCNP
15 13 (0.55%) DV Cleared
15 13 (0.55%) ISTQB
16 12 (0.51%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 244 (10.36%) QA
2 83 (3.52%) SLA
3 58 (2.46%) PMO
4 34 (1.44%) GDPR
5 31 (1.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 23 (0.98%) PCI DSS
7 18 (0.76%) Data Quality
8 14 (0.59%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 12 (0.51%) COBIT
10 11 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
11 9 (0.38%) ISO 9001
12 4 (0.17%) FINREP
12 4 (0.17%) IFRS
12 4 (0.17%) ISO 22301
12 4 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 3 (0.13%) COSO
13 3 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials
13 3 (0.13%) FISMA
13 3 (0.13%) NIST 800
13 3 (0.13%) SEPA
System Software
1 108 (4.59%) Docker
2 85 (3.61%) Active Directory
3 43 (1.83%) VMware Infrastructure
4 18 (0.76%) Hyper-V
5 15 (0.64%) Virtual Machines
6 12 (0.51%) VMware ESXi
7 6 (0.25%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 6 (0.25%) vSphere
8 5 (0.21%) HDFS
8 5 (0.21%) Microsoft App-V
9 4 (0.17%) Squid
10 3 (0.13%) KVM
10 3 (0.13%) Postfix
10 3 (0.13%) Varnish
10 3 (0.13%) VMware Server
10 3 (0.13%) XenApp
11 2 (0.085%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 2 (0.085%) Oracle RAC
11 2 (0.085%) Xen
11 2 (0.085%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 93 (3.95%) Ansible
2 90 (3.82%) Puppet
3 71 (3.01%) Terraform
4 68 (2.89%) Kubernetes
5 33 (1.40%) Opscode Chef
6 24 (1.02%) Nagios
6 24 (1.02%) Packer
7 22 (0.93%) SCCM
8 19 (0.81%) Grafana
8 19 (0.81%) Kibana
9 12 (0.51%) Rancher
10 11 (0.47%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 10 (0.42%) WSUS
12 7 (0.30%) Docker Swarm
12 7 (0.30%) HAProxy
12 7 (0.30%) SCOM
12 7 (0.30%) Single Sign-On
12 7 (0.30%) ZABBIX
13 6 (0.25%) HP ALM
13 6 (0.25%) logstash
Vendors
1 260 (11.04%) Microsoft
2 186 (7.90%) Oracle
3 106 (4.50%) SAP
4 58 (2.46%) VMware
5 49 (2.08%) Cisco
6 44 (1.87%) Splunk
7 43 (1.83%) IBM
8 33 (1.40%) Atlassian
9 32 (1.36%) Google
10 28 (1.19%) New Relic
10 28 (1.19%) ServiceNow
11 25 (1.06%) HP
11 25 (1.06%) Tableau
12 22 (0.93%) Citrix
13 21 (0.89%) Red Hat
13 21 (0.89%) Remedy
14 20 (0.85%) Cadence
15 19 (0.81%) Alteryx
16 16 (0.68%) AppDynamics
16 16 (0.68%) BMC