Period
to 21 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Customer Requirements skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Customer Requirements over the 6 months to 21 October 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.

Customer Requirements
UK
6 months to
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 314 381 303
Rank change year-on-year +67 -78 -9
Contract jobs citing Customer Requirements 816 631 888
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.80% 0.64% 0.84%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.92% 0.74% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 447 327 499
UK median daily rate £425 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £267 £212 £263
90th Percentile £575 £622 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £375 £380
% change year-on-year +8.07% -1.32% -3.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 27 52
UK median hourly rate £17.32 £30.00 £29.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -42.27% +0.84% -21.63%
10th Percentile £13.18 £13.60 £12.50
90th Percentile £45.00 £48.75 £49.92
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.16 £30.00 £26.59
% change year-on-year -42.80% +12.82% -33.53%

Customer Requirements 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 88,236 85,185 90,398
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.22% 85.74% 85.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,207 56,461 59,666
UK median daily rate £451 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.11% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £300 £280 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,391 2,040 2,460
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £24.93 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.75% +10.78% +3.59%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £48.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.12 £25.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -19.51% +8.70% +4.55%

Customer Requirements
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Customer Requirements as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Customer Requirements in the UK

Customer Requirements
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Customer Requirements in the UK

Customer Requirements
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Customer Requirements over the 6 months to 21 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Customer Requirements in the UK

Customer Requirements
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Customer Requirements in the UK

Customer Requirements
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Customer Requirements over the 6 months to 21 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Customer Requirements in the UK

Customer Requirements
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Customer Requirements within the UK over the 6 months to 21 October 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 +41 735 £425 - 406
UK excluding London +54 603 £405 +8.07% 374
South East +20 199 £425 +18.06% 109
London -21 179 £475 -4.76% 63
Midlands +21 134 £400 +33.33% 72
West Midlands +38 115 £400 +18.52% 44
North of England +3 103 £365 +4.29% 78
East of England +25 69 £400 -11.11% 35
North West -1 49 £365 +12.31% 45
Yorkshire +3 45 £388 - 16
South West -38 38 £381 -11.03% 50
Wales +8 34 £440 +35.38% 17
Scotland -10 26 £413 +46.67% 11
East Midlands -1 18 £400 +33.33% 28
North East -2 10 £275 -16.67% 17

For the 6 months to 21 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Customer Requirements 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 Customer Requirements.

1 210 (25.74%) Windows
2 186 (22.79%) Microsoft
3 183 (22.43%) Oracle
4 161 (19.73%) SQL
5 156 (19.12%) Security Cleared
6 147 (18.01%) Agile Software Development
7 132 (16.18%) Java
8 130 (15.93%) Unix
9 126 (15.44%) Finance
10 125 (15.32%) Test Scripting
11 118 (14.46%) SC Cleared
12 116 (14.22%) XML
13 101 (12.38%) Microsoft Azure
14 98 (12.01%) ISEB
15 95 (11.64%) ISTQB
16 94 (11.52%) Active Directory
17 93 (11.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
18 89 (10.91%) Degree
19 86 (10.54%) Project Management
20 78 (9.56%) Analytical Skills
21 73 (8.95%) Microsoft Excel
22 70 (8.58%) SAP
23 67 (8.21%) Office 365
24 66 (8.09%) ITIL
25 65 (7.97%) Linux
26 63 (7.72%) Migration
27 62 (7.60%) VMware
28 60 (7.35%) WebLogic
28 60 (7.35%) Amazon AWS
29 59 (7.23%) Analytics

Customer Requirements
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 60 (7.35%) WebLogic
2 30 (3.68%) Confluence
3 27 (3.31%) SharePoint
4 21 (2.57%) Apache
4 21 (2.57%) Apache Spark
5 14 (1.72%) MS Exchange
6 12 (1.47%) Elasticsearch
7 9 (1.10%) Jupyter
8 8 (0.98%) Documentum
8 8 (0.98%) Skype for Business
9 7 (0.86%) IIS
10 6 (0.74%) NetWeaver
10 6 (0.74%) SAP EP
10 6 (0.74%) SharePoint 2010
10 6 (0.74%) SharePoint 2013
11 5 (0.61%) Apache Pig
11 5 (0.61%) CMS
12 4 (0.49%) nginx
12 4 (0.49%) Tomcat
13 3 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 73 (8.95%) Microsoft Excel
2 34 (4.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 25 (3.06%) Microsoft Office
4 20 (2.45%) MS Visio
5 17 (2.08%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (0.61%) Photoshop
7 3 (0.37%) AutoCAD
7 3 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.12%) Maya
8 1 (0.12%) Open Workbench
8 1 (0.12%) PTC Creo
8 1 (0.12%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 14 (1.72%) Dynamics CRM
1 14 (1.72%) Oracle BPM
2 12 (1.47%) SAP FI-CA
2 12 (1.47%) SAP PSCD
3 9 (1.10%) Remedy ITSM
4 6 (0.74%) Oracle ERP
4 6 (0.74%) Oracle Financials
4 6 (0.74%) SAP CRM
5 5 (0.61%) Oracle EBS
5 5 (0.61%) Oracle EBS R12
6 3 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
7 2 (0.25%) Oracle Applications
7 2 (0.25%) Oracle General Ledger
7 2 (0.25%) SAP APO
7 2 (0.25%) SAP FI
7 2 (0.25%) SAP S/4HANA
7 2 (0.25%) Teamcenter
7 2 (0.25%) Workday HCM
8 1 (0.12%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 1 (0.12%) SAP CAR
Cloud Services
1 101 (12.38%) Microsoft Azure
2 67 (8.21%) Office 365
3 60 (7.35%) Amazon AWS
4 34 (4.17%) Azure Active Directory
5 18 (2.21%) SaaS
6 13 (1.59%) Amazon EC2
6 13 (1.59%) Amazon S3
7 11 (1.35%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 10 (1.23%) AWS CloudFormation
9 9 (1.10%) Trello
10 8 (0.98%) Amazon ELB
10 8 (0.98%) AWS Lambda
10 8 (0.98%) PaaS
10 8 (0.98%) Serverless
11 7 (0.86%) Dynamics 365
11 7 (0.86%) IaaS
11 7 (0.86%) OneDrive
12 6 (0.74%) SuccessFactors
13 5 (0.61%) Google Cloud Platform
14 4 (0.49%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 28 (3.43%) Firewall
2 22 (2.70%) TCP/IP
3 21 (2.57%) WAN
4 17 (2.08%) LAN
5 12 (1.47%) DNS
5 12 (1.47%) VPN
6 11 (1.35%) Radio Access Network
6 11 (1.35%) SSL
7 10 (1.23%) 5G
7 10 (1.23%) Skype
8 9 (1.10%) DAB
8 9 (1.10%) LTE
8 9 (1.10%) SNMP
8 9 (1.10%) VoLTE
9 8 (0.98%) 3GPP
9 8 (0.98%) GSM
9 8 (0.98%) UMTS
10 7 (0.86%) iSCSI
10 7 (0.86%) SAN
10 7 (0.86%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (4.66%) SQL Server
2 29 (3.55%) MongoDB
2 29 (3.55%) Oracle Database
3 26 (3.19%) Data Warehouse
3 26 (3.19%) Relational Database
4 24 (2.94%) Oracle Database 12c
5 20 (2.45%) PostgreSQL
6 19 (2.33%) Hadoop
7 17 (2.08%) Oracle Reports
8 16 (1.96%) MySQL
9 15 (1.84%) Apache Hive
10 13 (1.59%) NoSQL
11 12 (1.47%) Amazon RDS
12 11 (1.35%) Big Data
13 10 (1.23%) Oracle Exadata
13 10 (1.23%) Power BI
14 9 (1.10%) HBase
14 9 (1.10%) Oracle Database 11g
15 8 (0.98%) BusinessObjects
16 7 (0.86%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 59 (7.23%) JIRA
2 51 (6.25%) Toad
3 31 (3.80%) SoapUI
4 27 (3.31%) Selenium
5 19 (2.33%) Cucumber
5 19 (2.33%) Git (software)
5 19 (2.33%) Jenkins
6 13 (1.59%) Visual Studio
7 12 (1.47%) Gatling
7 12 (1.47%) Team Foundation Server
8 11 (1.35%) Subversion
9 10 (1.23%) Rational Rhapsody
10 7 (0.86%) MSI
11 6 (0.74%) Vagrant
12 5 (0.61%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 5 (0.61%) Axure RP
13 4 (0.49%) Bitbucket
13 4 (0.49%) ClearCase
13 4 (0.49%) Eclipse
13 4 (0.49%) Maven
General
1 126 (15.44%) Finance
2 57 (6.99%) Telecoms
3 17 (2.08%) Banking
4 16 (1.96%) Retail
5 15 (1.84%) Manufacturing
6 11 (1.35%) Legal
7 9 (1.10%) Marketing
8 7 (0.86%) Billing
9 4 (0.49%) Aerospace
9 4 (0.49%) Electronics
9 4 (0.49%) Financial Institution
9 4 (0.49%) Law
10 3 (0.37%) Automotive
10 3 (0.37%) Games
10 3 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
10 3 (0.37%) Publishing
11 1 (0.12%) Back Office
11 1 (0.12%) French Language
11 1 (0.12%) General Ledger
11 1 (0.12%) Military
Job Titles
1 225 (27.57%) Analyst
2 106 (12.99%) Architect
3 95 (11.64%) Test Analyst
4 94 (11.52%) Consultant
5 82 (10.05%) Developer
6 57 (6.99%) Business Analyst
7 29 (3.55%) Project Manager
8 26 (3.19%) Solutions Architect
8 26 (3.19%) Windows Consultant
9 22 (2.70%) .NET Developer
10 21 (2.57%) Software Engineer
11 20 (2.45%) Administrator
12 19 (2.33%) Network Engineer
13 17 (2.08%) Oracle Developer
14 15 (1.84%) Desktop Support
14 15 (1.84%) Microsoft Consultant
14 15 (1.84%) Technical Consultant
15 14 (1.72%) Active Directory Consultant
15 14 (1.72%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 14 (1.72%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 116 (14.22%) XML
2 47 (5.76%) .NET
3 38 (4.66%) Web Services
4 27 (3.31%) SOAP
5 26 (3.19%) HTML
6 21 (2.57%) CSS
6 21 (2.57%) Middleware
7 20 (2.45%) ASP.NET
8 19 (2.33%) Oracle Fusion
9 17 (2.08%) Oracle ADF
10 16 (1.96%) ASP.NET MVC
10 16 (1.96%) RabbitMQ
11 14 (1.72%) WebCenter
12 11 (1.35%) .NET Framework
12 11 (1.35%) Elastic Stack
12 11 (1.35%) OpenSocial
13 10 (1.23%) Gherkin
13 10 (1.23%) Natural Language Processing
14 9 (1.10%) jQuery
14 9 (1.10%) TensorFlow
Miscellaneous
1 78 (9.56%) Analytical Skills
2 48 (5.88%) Management Information System
3 44 (5.39%) Self-Motivation
4 34 (4.17%) Computer Science
4 34 (4.17%) Data Centre
5 21 (2.57%) User Experience
6 13 (1.59%) Video Conferencing
7 11 (1.35%) Mainframe
8 10 (1.23%) Algorithms
8 10 (1.23%) Enterprise Software
8 10 (1.23%) Mobile App
9 9 (1.10%) Freedom of Information
9 9 (1.10%) NHS
9 9 (1.10%) PMI
10 8 (0.98%) Freedom of Information Act
10 8 (0.98%) Virtual Team
11 7 (0.86%) Public Cloud
12 6 (0.74%) Client/Server
12 6 (0.74%) Fat Client
12 6 (0.74%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 210 (25.74%) Windows
2 130 (15.93%) Unix
3 65 (7.97%) Linux
4 47 (5.76%) Windows Server
5 32 (3.92%) Windows 10
6 26 (3.19%) Windows 7
7 20 (2.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 15 (1.84%) Solaris
9 11 (1.35%) Apple iOS
9 11 (1.35%) SUSE
10 10 (1.23%) Windows Server 2012
11 8 (0.98%) Android
11 8 (0.98%) Windows Server 2008
12 7 (0.86%) CentOS
12 7 (0.86%) Windows 8
13 6 (0.74%) Windows XP
14 5 (0.61%) AIX
15 4 (0.49%) VME
16 3 (0.37%) Oracle Linux
16 3 (0.37%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 147 (18.01%) Agile Software Development
2 125 (15.32%) Test Scripting
3 86 (10.54%) Project Management
4 66 (8.09%) ITIL
5 63 (7.72%) Migration
6 59 (7.23%) Analytics
7 56 (6.86%) Problem-Solving
8 48 (5.88%) Stakeholder Management
9 44 (5.39%) Validation
10 43 (5.27%) DevOps
11 42 (5.15%) Test Automation
12 40 (4.90%) User Stories
13 37 (4.53%) Software Engineering
14 36 (4.41%) Decision-Making
15 35 (4.29%) Business Analysis
15 35 (4.29%) PRINCE2
16 34 (4.17%) BDD
16 34 (4.17%) Business Intelligence
16 34 (4.17%) Continuous Improvement
16 34 (4.17%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 161 (19.73%) SQL
2 132 (16.18%) Java
3 47 (5.76%) PowerShell
4 42 (5.15%) JavaScript
5 33 (4.04%) C#
6 30 (3.68%) Python
7 27 (3.31%) C
8 20 (2.45%) C++
9 19 (2.33%) Shell Script
10 15 (1.84%) PL/SQL
11 13 (1.59%) PHP
12 11 (1.35%) Perl
13 10 (1.23%) Bash Shell
14 8 (0.98%) VBScript
15 6 (0.74%) ABAP
15 6 (0.74%) T-SQL
16 5 (0.61%) Embedded C
16 5 (0.61%) VBA
17 4 (0.49%) R
17 4 (0.49%) Scala
Qualifications
1 156 (19.12%) Security Cleared
2 118 (14.46%) SC Cleared
3 98 (12.01%) ISEB
4 95 (11.64%) ISTQB
5 93 (11.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 89 (10.91%) Degree
7 45 (5.51%) Microsoft Certification
8 34 (4.17%) MCSE
9 23 (2.82%) MCITP
10 22 (2.70%) DV Cleared
11 17 (2.08%) ITIL Certification
12 15 (1.84%) Cisco Certification
13 14 (1.72%) BPSS Clearance
14 13 (1.59%) PMP
14 13 (1.59%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 12 (1.47%) PMI Certification
16 9 (1.10%) CCNA
16 9 (1.10%) Computer Science Degree
17 8 (0.98%) MCSA
18 6 (0.74%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (6.13%) QA
2 29 (3.55%) SLA
3 24 (2.94%) PMO
4 12 (1.47%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (0.37%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.25%) COBIT
7 2 (0.25%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.25%) GxP
7 2 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.12%) Def Stans
8 1 (0.12%) GDPR
8 1 (0.12%) HIPAA
8 1 (0.12%) RMADS
8 1 (0.12%) TickIT
System Software
1 94 (11.52%) Active Directory
2 53 (6.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (1.72%) Microsoft App-V
4 12 (1.47%) XenApp
5 11 (1.35%) Docker
5 11 (1.35%) Oracle RAC
6 8 (0.98%) BitLocker
6 8 (0.98%) Virtual Machines
7 7 (0.86%) Firmware
7 7 (0.86%) vSphere
7 7 (0.86%) XenDesktop
8 5 (0.61%) NFS
8 5 (0.61%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (0.49%) Hyper-V
10 3 (0.37%) Samba
10 3 (0.37%) VMware NSX
11 2 (0.25%) Apache Flume
11 2 (0.25%) VirtualBox
12 1 (0.12%) vCloud
12 1 (0.12%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 44 (5.39%) Microsoft Intune
2 43 (5.27%) SCCM
3 26 (3.19%) Terraform
4 21 (2.57%) Ansible
5 20 (2.45%) AirWatch
6 18 (2.21%) XenMobile
7 14 (1.72%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 12 (1.47%) Kibana
8 12 (1.47%) Kubernetes
8 12 (1.47%) Opscode Chef
9 11 (1.35%) logstash
9 11 (1.35%) Puppet
10 10 (1.23%) PTC Integrity
11 7 (0.86%) SCOM
12 6 (0.74%) SCVMM
13 5 (0.61%) Nagios
13 5 (0.61%) OpenView Configuration Management
13 5 (0.61%) SCOrch
13 5 (0.61%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
14 4 (0.49%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 186 (22.79%) Microsoft
2 183 (22.43%) Oracle
3 70 (8.58%) SAP
4 62 (7.60%) VMware
5 59 (7.23%) webMethods
6 27 (3.31%) Cisco
7 24 (2.94%) IBM
8 22 (2.70%) Remedy
9 17 (2.08%) Citrix
10 15 (1.84%) Computacenter
10 15 (1.84%) HP
11 13 (1.59%) Juniper
11 13 (1.59%) Red Hat
12 12 (1.47%) CA
12 12 (1.47%) Fujitsu
12 12 (1.47%) Salesforce.com
12 12 (1.47%) Symantec
13 11 (1.35%) OpenText
14 10 (1.23%) PTC
14 10 (1.23%) Splunk