Period
to 17 February 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 17 February 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
17 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 338 306 307
Rank change year-on-year -32 +1 -9
Contract jobs citing Customer Requirements 702 753 866
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.70% 0.78% 0.80%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.82% 0.94% 0.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 393 388 515
UK median daily rate £435 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.75% - +0.63%
10th Percentile £253 £250 £263
90th Percentile £649 £538 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £380
% change year-on-year +6.67% -1.32% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 40 56
UK median hourly rate £38.00 £17.59 £42.46
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +116.06% -58.58% +24.88%
10th Percentile £16.68 £9.88 £13.73
90th Percentile £56.25 £42.55 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.00 £18.09 £41.00
% change year-on-year +132.20% -55.88% +10.81%

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 85,211 80,432 89,445
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.70% 83.82% 82.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,902 53,269 58,166
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £288 £263 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.13% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,047 2,240 2,647
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £24.23
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +3.18% +21.15%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.30 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.35 £49.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £25.66
% change year-on-year - -2.57% +25.17%

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 17 February 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 17 February 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Customer Requirements in the UK

Customer Requirements
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 Customer Requirements within the UK over the 6 months to 17 February 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 -23 649 £450 +12.50% 388
UK excluding London -10 467 £400 +6.67% 340
London -5 210 £488 +8.33% 68
South East -53 134 £375 +7.14% 93
North of England +38 93 £425 +13.33% 73
Midlands -3 89 £308 -25.45% 64
East of England +5 64 £450 +45.16% 53
West Midlands -16 51 £308 -31.67% 44
South West -28 49 £475 +18.75% 36
Yorkshire +15 40 £388 +17.42% 30
East Midlands +13 38 £319 -16.12% 20
North West +16 33 £425 +26.87% 33
North East +48 22 £450 +7.78% 10
Scotland -13 18 £388 -8.28% 4
Wales -3 15 £435 +45.00% 13
Northern Ireland -11 7 - - 4

For the 6 months to 17 February 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.

1 141 (20.09%) Security Cleared
2 136 (19.37%) Agile Software Development
3 123 (17.52%) Finance
4 109 (15.53%) Microsoft
5 107 (15.24%) Project Management
6 87 (12.39%) SC Cleared
7 86 (12.25%) Degree
8 81 (11.54%) ITIL
9 79 (11.25%) Analytical Skills
10 78 (11.11%) Windows
11 77 (10.97%) SQL
12 68 (9.69%) SDLC
13 67 (9.54%) Java
14 61 (8.69%) Test Scripting
15 60 (8.55%) Oracle
16 58 (8.26%) Stakeholder Management
17 57 (8.12%) Microsoft Azure
18 56 (7.98%) Software Engineering
19 55 (7.83%) Validation
20 53 (7.55%) Telecoms
21 50 (7.12%) Linux
22 47 (6.70%) Management Information System
23 46 (6.55%) User Acceptance Testing
24 45 (6.41%) Presales
25 44 (6.27%) PowerShell
25 44 (6.27%) SAP
26 42 (5.98%) Cisco
26 42 (5.98%) Migration
27 41 (5.84%) Business Intelligence
28 40 (5.70%) C

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 14 (1.99%) SharePoint
2 11 (1.57%) Apache
2 11 (1.57%) MS Exchange
2 11 (1.57%) WebLogic
3 10 (1.42%) Elasticsearch
4 9 (1.28%) Skype for Business
5 6 (0.85%) OpenStack
5 6 (0.85%) Tomcat
6 5 (0.71%) Confluence
6 5 (0.71%) IIS
6 5 (0.71%) SAS
6 5 (0.71%) WebSphere
7 4 (0.57%) JBoss
8 3 (0.43%) Apache Spark
8 3 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2013
8 3 (0.43%) nginx
8 3 (0.43%) NServiceBus
9 2 (0.28%) ArcGIS
9 2 (0.28%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.28%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 38 (5.41%) Microsoft Office
2 37 (5.27%) Microsoft Excel
3 17 (2.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 15 (2.14%) MS Visio
5 13 (1.85%) Microsoft Project
6 6 (0.85%) Simulink
7 3 (0.43%) AutoCAD
8 2 (0.28%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.28%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.14%) EngageOne
9 1 (0.14%) PrintSoft PReS
9 1 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 10 (1.42%) Dynamics CRM
1 10 (1.42%) Elite 3E
1 10 (1.42%) SAP FI
2 7 (1.00%) BPCS
3 6 (0.85%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.85%) Oracle ERP
3 6 (0.85%) SAP HR-PA
4 5 (0.71%) SAP BPC
5 4 (0.57%) SAP HCM
5 4 (0.57%) SAP S/4HANA
5 4 (0.57%) Workday HCM
6 3 (0.43%) Dynamics NAV
6 3 (0.43%) SAP CRM
6 3 (0.43%) SAP IS-U
7 2 (0.28%) OpenText MBPM
7 2 (0.28%) Oracle Financials
7 2 (0.28%) Primavera
7 2 (0.28%) SAP HR
7 2 (0.28%) SAP Payroll
7 2 (0.28%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 57 (8.12%) Microsoft Azure
2 40 (5.70%) Amazon AWS
3 25 (3.56%) Office 365
4 21 (2.99%) SaaS
5 16 (2.28%) PaaS
6 9 (1.28%) OneDrive
7 8 (1.14%) IaaS
8 5 (0.71%) Google Cloud Platform
9 3 (0.43%) Azure Active Directory
9 3 (0.43%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.14%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (0.14%) AWS CloudFormation
10 1 (0.14%) AWS CloudTrail
10 1 (0.14%) Azure Data Factory
10 1 (0.14%) G Suite
10 1 (0.14%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
10 1 (0.14%) Salesforce Service Cloud
10 1 (0.14%) Serverless
10 1 (0.14%) SuccessFactors
10 1 (0.14%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 36 (5.13%) Firewall
1 36 (5.13%) LAN
2 27 (3.85%) DNS
3 26 (3.70%) WAN
4 21 (2.99%) VPN
5 19 (2.71%) Internet
5 19 (2.71%) Network Security
6 18 (2.56%) DHCP
6 18 (2.56%) Wireless
7 17 (2.42%) NetScaler
8 15 (2.14%) SSL
9 14 (1.99%) TCP/IP
10 12 (1.71%) MPLS
11 11 (1.57%) SMS
12 10 (1.42%) 4G
13 9 (1.28%) 3G
13 9 (1.28%) BGP
13 9 (1.28%) Skype
14 7 (1.00%) Bluetooth
14 7 (1.00%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (5.27%) SQL Server
2 16 (2.28%) Big Data
2 16 (2.28%) NoSQL
2 16 (2.28%) Relational Database
3 14 (1.99%) BusinessObjects
4 13 (1.85%) Oracle Database
5 11 (1.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 9 (1.28%) Azure SQL Database
6 9 (1.28%) MySQL
6 9 (1.28%) Power BI
6 9 (1.28%) SAP BW
6 9 (1.28%) SAP HANA
7 8 (1.14%) DB2
8 7 (1.00%) Oracle Reports
8 7 (1.00%) QlikView
8 7 (1.00%) Spatial Data
8 7 (1.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 6 (0.85%) Data Warehouse
9 6 (0.85%) Geospatial Data
9 6 (0.85%) GIS
Development Applications
1 22 (3.13%) JIRA
2 13 (1.85%) Jenkins
3 10 (1.42%) Toad
4 8 (1.14%) Visual Studio
5 7 (1.00%) Subversion
6 6 (0.85%) MSI
6 6 (0.85%) Team Foundation Server
7 5 (0.71%) CANoe
7 5 (0.71%) JUnit
7 5 (0.71%) Mockito
8 4 (0.57%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 4 (0.57%) Cucumber
8 4 (0.57%) dotCover
8 4 (0.57%) Git (software)
8 4 (0.57%) NDepend
8 4 (0.57%) Rational Rhapsody
9 3 (0.43%) Bitbucket
9 3 (0.43%) Maven
9 3 (0.43%) Rational DOORS
9 3 (0.43%) Vagrant
General
1 123 (17.52%) Finance
2 53 (7.55%) Telecoms
3 29 (4.13%) Legal
4 28 (3.99%) Law
5 18 (2.56%) Manufacturing
6 12 (1.71%) Marketing
7 11 (1.57%) Military
8 10 (1.42%) Banking
8 10 (1.42%) Retail
9 8 (1.14%) Automotive
9 8 (1.14%) Billing
9 8 (1.14%) Electronics
10 6 (0.85%) Advertising
10 6 (0.85%) Publishing
11 4 (0.57%) Aerospace
12 3 (0.43%) Back Office
12 3 (0.43%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.28%) General Ledger
13 2 (0.28%) Local Government
13 2 (0.28%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 115 (16.38%) Analyst
2 105 (14.96%) Consultant
3 75 (10.68%) Developer
4 65 (9.26%) Architect
5 44 (6.27%) Business Analyst
6 38 (5.41%) Project Manager
7 31 (4.42%) Network Engineer
8 30 (4.27%) Java Developer
9 27 (3.85%) Administrator
10 26 (3.70%) Software Engineer
11 22 (3.13%) SAP Consultant
12 19 (2.71%) Test Engineer
13 18 (2.56%) Data Analyst
14 17 (2.42%) Solutions Architect
15 15 (2.14%) Coordinator
15 15 (2.14%) Project Coordinator
16 14 (1.99%) Senior Test Engineer
16 14 (1.99%) Test Analyst
17 13 (1.85%) Designer
17 13 (1.85%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (5.27%) .NET
2 30 (4.27%) HTML
3 28 (3.99%) Web Services
4 25 (3.56%) CSS
5 24 (3.42%) XML
6 23 (3.28%) Spring
7 17 (2.42%) ASP.NET Web API
7 17 (2.42%) RESTful
8 14 (1.99%) AngularJS
9 13 (1.85%) Java EE
9 13 (1.85%) REST
10 11 (1.57%) Regular Expression
11 9 (1.28%) EDI
11 9 (1.28%) HTML5
11 9 (1.28%) Middleware
12 8 (1.14%) SOAP
13 7 (1.00%) .NET Framework
13 7 (1.00%) Hibernate
14 6 (0.85%) CSS3
14 6 (0.85%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 79 (11.25%) Analytical Skills
2 47 (6.70%) Management Information System
3 34 (4.84%) Computer Science
4 28 (3.99%) User Experience
5 13 (1.85%) CESG
6 10 (1.42%) CMDB
7 9 (1.28%) Mobile App
8 7 (1.00%) Enterprise Software
8 7 (1.00%) NHS
8 7 (1.00%) Virtual Team
9 6 (0.85%) Freedom of Information
9 6 (0.85%) Freedom of Information Act
10 4 (0.57%) Data Centre
10 4 (0.57%) PKI
11 3 (0.43%) Client/Server
11 3 (0.43%) Clustering
11 3 (0.43%) Linux Command Line
11 3 (0.43%) Public Cloud
12 2 (0.28%) LIMS
12 2 (0.28%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 78 (11.11%) Windows
2 50 (7.12%) Linux
3 30 (4.27%) Unix
4 20 (2.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 20 (2.85%) Windows 7
5 19 (2.71%) Windows 10
5 19 (2.71%) Windows Server
6 15 (2.14%) Windows Server 2012
7 12 (1.71%) CentOS
7 12 (1.71%) Windows Server 2008
8 8 (1.14%) VMS
9 7 (1.00%) Solaris
10 4 (0.57%) Android
11 3 (0.43%) Apple iOS
11 3 (0.43%) Windows XP
12 2 (0.28%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 136 (19.37%) Agile Software Development
2 107 (15.24%) Project Management
3 81 (11.54%) ITIL
4 68 (9.69%) SDLC
5 61 (8.69%) Test Scripting
6 58 (8.26%) Stakeholder Management
7 56 (7.98%) Software Engineering
8 55 (7.83%) Validation
9 46 (6.55%) User Acceptance Testing
10 45 (6.41%) Presales
11 42 (5.98%) Migration
12 41 (5.84%) Business Intelligence
13 40 (5.70%) Change Management
14 38 (5.41%) Service Management
15 37 (5.27%) Scrum
16 36 (5.13%) DevOps
17 35 (4.99%) Continuous Integration
17 35 (4.99%) Waterfall
18 34 (4.84%) Risk Management
19 33 (4.70%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 77 (10.97%) SQL
2 67 (9.54%) Java
3 44 (6.27%) PowerShell
4 40 (5.70%) C
5 36 (5.13%) C#
6 31 (4.42%) Python
7 29 (4.13%) JavaScript
8 17 (2.42%) VBScript
9 16 (2.28%) R
10 14 (1.99%) C++
11 12 (1.71%) PL/SQL
12 10 (1.42%) Shell Script
13 9 (1.28%) T-SQL
14 8 (1.14%) Embedded C
14 8 (1.14%) Perl
14 8 (1.14%) PHP
15 7 (1.00%) Bash Shell
15 7 (1.00%) RPG
15 7 (1.00%) RPG IV
16 6 (0.85%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 141 (20.09%) Security Cleared
2 87 (12.39%) SC Cleared
3 86 (12.25%) Degree
4 32 (4.56%) DV Cleared
5 22 (3.13%) Microsoft Certification
6 19 (2.71%) Cisco Certification
7 15 (2.14%) CISSP
8 13 (1.85%) CCNP
9 12 (1.71%) Numerate Degree
10 10 (1.42%) Computer Science Degree
11 8 (1.14%) CESG Certified Professional
11 8 (1.14%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 6 (0.85%) BPSS Clearance
12 6 (0.85%) CCNA
12 6 (0.85%) ISEB
13 5 (0.71%) CISM
13 5 (0.71%) Master's Degree
13 5 (0.71%) MBA
14 4 (0.57%) CISA
14 4 (0.57%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (4.56%) QA
2 29 (4.13%) SLA
3 9 (1.28%) ISO 9001
4 8 (1.14%) Def Stans
5 5 (0.71%) MISRA
6 4 (0.57%) Data Quality
6 4 (0.57%) GDPR
6 4 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 3 (0.43%) PMO
8 2 (0.28%) GCP
8 2 (0.28%) MISRA C
8 2 (0.28%) RMADS
8 2 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.14%) DO-178B
9 1 (0.14%) DO-254
9 1 (0.14%) ECSS
9 1 (0.14%) ISO 22301
9 1 (0.14%) MIL-STD-1553
9 1 (0.14%) SEPA
System Software
1 37 (5.27%) Active Directory
2 27 (3.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (2.56%) Microsoft App-V
4 15 (2.14%) BitLocker
5 13 (1.85%) XenDesktop
6 12 (1.71%) XenApp
7 7 (1.00%) vSphere
8 6 (0.85%) Docker
8 6 (0.85%) Hyper-V
9 5 (0.71%) VMware ESXi
10 4 (0.57%) vCloud
11 3 (0.43%) Virtual Machines
12 2 (0.28%) Ceph
12 2 (0.28%) Firmware
12 2 (0.28%) KVM
13 1 (0.14%) HDFS
13 1 (0.14%) NFS
13 1 (0.14%) ProxySG
13 1 (0.14%) VMware Server
13 1 (0.14%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 21 (2.99%) SCCM
2 14 (1.99%) Ansible
2 14 (1.99%) Puppet
3 12 (1.71%) Microsoft Intune
4 9 (1.28%) Norton AntiVirus
4 9 (1.28%) SCOM
4 9 (1.28%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 9 (1.28%) Terraform
5 8 (1.14%) Opscode Chef
6 5 (0.71%) Kubernetes
6 5 (0.71%) vRealize
7 4 (0.57%) Nagios
7 4 (0.57%) PTC Integrity
7 4 (0.57%) Tivoli
8 3 (0.43%) SCOrch
8 3 (0.43%) Single Sign-On
9 2 (0.28%) CloudForms
9 2 (0.28%) Failover Clustering
9 2 (0.28%) HAProxy
9 2 (0.28%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 109 (15.53%) Microsoft
2 60 (8.55%) Oracle
3 44 (6.27%) SAP
4 42 (5.98%) Cisco
5 34 (4.84%) VMware
6 28 (3.99%) Citrix
7 20 (2.85%) Juniper
8 15 (2.14%) CheckPoint
8 15 (2.14%) ServiceNow
9 14 (1.99%) Extreme Networks
9 14 (1.99%) Red Hat
10 13 (1.85%) Dell
11 11 (1.57%) HP
11 11 (1.57%) Ivanti
12 10 (1.42%) Cloudera
12 10 (1.42%) Intapp
12 10 (1.42%) Tableau
13 9 (1.28%) IBM
13 9 (1.28%) Remedy
13 9 (1.28%) Symantec