Period
to 12 December 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 12 December 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
12 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 325 382 294
Rank change year-on-year +57 -88 -3
Contract jobs citing Customer Requirements 840 657 899
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.80% 0.64% 0.87%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.92% 0.74% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 452 352 484
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £200 £263
90th Percentile £564 £650 £547
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £385
% change year-on-year +3.90% - -1.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 27 59
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £25.00 £28.18
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -32.00% -11.28% -29.55%
10th Percentile £13.00 £15.94 £9.75
90th Percentile £50.50 £48.10 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £30.50 £26.59
% change year-on-year -44.26% +14.70% -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 91,311 88,763 88,177
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.72% 85.89% 85.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 60,478 59,188 58,099
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +2.41%
10th Percentile £300 £278 £263
90th Percentile £638 £638 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,339 2,077 2,491
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.33% +6.67% +2.27%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.25 £11.05
90th Percentile £50.25 £49.25 £48.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -16.00% +11.11% -

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 12 December 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 12 December 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 12 December 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 +48 747 £425 -3.13% 391
UK excluding London +43 632 £400 +3.90% 356
South East +29 182 £400 +8.11% 101
London -24 163 £475 -2.56% 68
Midlands +38 156 £401 +33.50% 68
West Midlands +42 128 £401 +33.50% 46
North of England +2 106 £365 -5.81% 71
East of England +1 64 £400 -11.11% 39
South West -23 60 £413 -11.76% 46
Yorkshire 0 49 £367 -8.31% 25
North West -8 44 £370 +2.07% 36
Wales +21 42 £440 +175.00% 18
East Midlands 0 27 £413 +29.41% 22
Scotland -5 20 £385 +11.59% 14
North East -6 14 £315 -10.64% 10
Isle of Man - 1 £350 -

For the 6 months to 12 December 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.

1 217 (25.83%) Windows
2 212 (25.24%) Oracle
3 195 (23.21%) Microsoft
4 180 (21.43%) SQL
4 180 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
5 168 (20.00%) Security Cleared
6 143 (17.02%) Unix
7 142 (16.90%) Test Scripting
8 137 (16.31%) SC Cleared
9 135 (16.07%) Java
9 135 (16.07%) Finance
10 124 (14.76%) XML
11 112 (13.33%) Microsoft Azure
12 109 (12.98%) ISEB
13 98 (11.67%) ISTQB
13 98 (11.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 96 (11.43%) Active Directory
15 90 (10.71%) Project Management
16 81 (9.64%) Analytical Skills
17 78 (9.29%) Degree
18 74 (8.81%) JIRA
19 69 (8.21%) Microsoft Excel
20 68 (8.10%) Amazon AWS
21 64 (7.62%) SAP
22 63 (7.50%) WebLogic
23 62 (7.38%) .NET
23 62 (7.38%) webMethods
24 60 (7.14%) Linux
24 60 (7.14%) Office 365
25 59 (7.02%) VMware

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 63 (7.50%) WebLogic
2 40 (4.76%) SharePoint
3 37 (4.40%) Confluence
4 25 (2.98%) Apache
4 25 (2.98%) Apache Spark
5 14 (1.67%) MS Exchange
6 13 (1.55%) Elasticsearch
7 11 (1.31%) Jupyter
8 9 (1.07%) Skype for Business
9 8 (0.95%) Documentum
9 8 (0.95%) Tomcat
10 7 (0.83%) CMS
10 7 (0.83%) NetWeaver
10 7 (0.83%) SAP EP
11 6 (0.71%) SharePoint 2010
11 6 (0.71%) SharePoint 2013
12 4 (0.48%) Apache Pig
12 4 (0.48%) BizTalk Server
12 4 (0.48%) IBM Domino
12 4 (0.48%) nginx
Applications
1 69 (8.21%) Microsoft Excel
2 42 (5.00%) Microsoft Office
3 35 (4.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 19 (2.26%) Microsoft Project
5 9 (1.07%) MS Visio
6 8 (0.95%) Photoshop
7 4 (0.48%) Open Workbench
8 3 (0.36%) Adobe Captivate
8 3 (0.36%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 3 (0.36%) Adobe Illustrator
8 3 (0.36%) AutoCAD
8 3 (0.36%) Camtasia
8 3 (0.36%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.12%) Maya
Business Applications
1 21 (2.50%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (2.38%) Oracle BPM
3 12 (1.43%) SAP FI-CA
3 12 (1.43%) SAP PSCD
4 11 (1.31%) Oracle ERP
5 10 (1.19%) Oracle EBS
6 9 (1.07%) Oracle EBS R12
7 8 (0.95%) SAP CRM
8 7 (0.83%) Oracle General Ledger
8 7 (0.83%) Remedy ITSM
9 6 (0.71%) Oracle Financials
9 6 (0.71%) Oracle Payables
9 6 (0.71%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
9 6 (0.71%) Oracle Receivables
10 3 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
11 2 (0.24%) Oracle Applications
11 2 (0.24%) SAP CAR
11 2 (0.24%) Workday HCM
12 1 (0.12%) Infor M3
12 1 (0.12%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 112 (13.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 68 (8.10%) Amazon AWS
3 60 (7.14%) Office 365
4 28 (3.33%) Azure Active Directory
5 18 (2.14%) SaaS
6 12 (1.43%) Amazon EC2
6 12 (1.43%) Amazon S3
7 10 (1.19%) Dynamics 365
7 10 (1.19%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 9 (1.07%) AWS CloudFormation
8 9 (1.07%) OneDrive
9 8 (0.95%) Amazon ELB
9 8 (0.95%) AWS Lambda
9 8 (0.95%) Serverless
10 7 (0.83%) SuccessFactors
11 5 (0.60%) Google Cloud Platform
11 5 (0.60%) PaaS
12 4 (0.48%) Force.com
12 4 (0.48%) Heroku
12 4 (0.48%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 31 (3.69%) Firewall
2 23 (2.74%) WAN
3 19 (2.26%) LAN
4 18 (2.14%) TCP/IP
5 13 (1.55%) DNS
5 13 (1.55%) SSL
5 13 (1.55%) VoIP
6 12 (1.43%) 5G
6 12 (1.43%) Radio Access Network
7 11 (1.31%) DAB
7 11 (1.31%) VoLTE
8 10 (1.19%) 3GPP
8 10 (1.19%) GSM
8 10 (1.19%) LTE
8 10 (1.19%) Skype
8 10 (1.19%) UMTS
9 9 (1.07%) VPN
10 8 (0.95%) iSCSI
10 8 (0.95%) SAN
10 8 (0.95%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (5.24%) SQL Server
2 38 (4.52%) Oracle Database
3 31 (3.69%) MongoDB
4 28 (3.33%) Oracle Database 12c
5 27 (3.21%) Data Warehouse
6 24 (2.86%) PostgreSQL
6 24 (2.86%) Relational Database
7 19 (2.26%) MySQL
8 18 (2.14%) Hadoop
9 16 (1.90%) Oracle Reports
10 15 (1.79%) Apache Hive
10 15 (1.79%) BusinessObjects
11 13 (1.55%) NoSQL
12 11 (1.31%) Amazon RDS
13 10 (1.19%) HBase
13 10 (1.19%) Oracle Database 11g
13 10 (1.19%) Oracle Exadata
14 8 (0.95%) Big Data
14 8 (0.95%) Oracle OWB
14 8 (0.95%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 74 (8.81%) JIRA
2 52 (6.19%) Toad
3 32 (3.81%) Selenium
3 32 (3.81%) SoapUI
4 25 (2.98%) Cucumber
5 18 (2.14%) Git (software)
6 17 (2.02%) Jenkins
7 16 (1.90%) Gatling
8 11 (1.31%) Subversion
9 8 (0.95%) Rational Rhapsody
9 8 (0.95%) Visual Studio
10 7 (0.83%) MSI
10 7 (0.83%) Team Foundation Server
11 6 (0.71%) Maven
12 5 (0.60%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 5 (0.60%) Axure RP
12 5 (0.60%) JUnit
12 5 (0.60%) Vagrant
13 4 (0.48%) Bitbucket
13 4 (0.48%) ClearCase
General
1 135 (16.07%) Finance
2 43 (5.12%) Telecoms
3 21 (2.50%) Retail
4 16 (1.90%) Banking
4 16 (1.90%) Manufacturing
4 16 (1.90%) Marketing
5 12 (1.43%) Legal
6 7 (0.83%) Publishing
7 5 (0.60%) Billing
7 5 (0.60%) Games
7 5 (0.60%) Military
8 4 (0.48%) Aerospace
8 4 (0.48%) Automotive
8 4 (0.48%) Financial Institution
8 4 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
9 3 (0.36%) Back Office
9 3 (0.36%) Law
9 3 (0.36%) Multimedia
10 2 (0.24%) Electronics
10 2 (0.24%) German Language
Job Titles
1 227 (27.02%) Analyst
2 114 (13.57%) Developer
3 98 (11.67%) Test Analyst
4 92 (10.95%) Architect
5 85 (10.12%) Consultant
6 57 (6.79%) Business Analyst
7 35 (4.17%) Project Manager
8 26 (3.10%) .NET Developer
9 22 (2.62%) Oracle Developer
10 21 (2.50%) Windows Consultant
11 20 (2.38%) ETL Developer
11 20 (2.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 20 (2.38%) Network Engineer
12 18 (2.14%) Administrator
12 18 (2.14%) BPM Developer
12 18 (2.14%) Solutions Architect
13 17 (2.02%) Microsoft Consultant
13 17 (2.02%) Software Engineer
14 15 (1.79%) Security Consultant
14 15 (1.79%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 124 (14.76%) XML
2 62 (7.38%) .NET
3 42 (5.00%) Web Services
4 28 (3.33%) ASP.NET
5 26 (3.10%) Oracle Fusion
5 26 (3.10%) SOAP
6 25 (2.98%) HTML
6 25 (2.98%) Middleware
7 23 (2.74%) Oracle ADF
8 22 (2.62%) ASP.NET MVC
9 20 (2.38%) CSS
9 20 (2.38%) WebCenter
10 17 (2.02%) RabbitMQ
11 14 (1.67%) Elastic Stack
12 13 (1.55%) OpenSocial
13 11 (1.31%) Natural Language Processing
13 11 (1.31%) TensorFlow
14 10 (1.19%) .NET Framework
14 10 (1.19%) AngularJS
14 10 (1.19%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 81 (9.64%) Analytical Skills
2 50 (5.95%) Self-Motivation
3 41 (4.88%) Management Information System
4 26 (3.10%) Data Centre
5 20 (2.38%) User Experience
6 12 (1.43%) Algorithms
7 11 (1.31%) Mainframe
8 10 (1.19%) Mobile App
9 9 (1.07%) Enterprise Software
10 8 (0.95%) NHS
11 7 (0.83%) Data Structures
12 6 (0.71%) Device Driver
12 6 (0.71%) Fat Client
12 6 (0.71%) iPad
12 6 (0.71%) PKI
12 6 (0.71%) Thin Client
12 6 (0.71%) Video Conferencing
13 5 (0.60%) Client/Server
14 4 (0.48%) Digital TV
14 4 (0.48%) Freedom of Information
Operating Systems
1 217 (25.83%) Windows
2 143 (17.02%) Unix
3 60 (7.14%) Linux
4 43 (5.12%) Windows Server
5 36 (4.29%) Windows 10
6 23 (2.74%) Windows 7
7 18 (2.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 14 (1.67%) Solaris
9 13 (1.55%) Apple iOS
10 11 (1.31%) SUSE
11 8 (0.95%) Android
12 7 (0.83%) Windows 8
12 7 (0.83%) Windows Server 2012
13 6 (0.71%) CentOS
13 6 (0.71%) Windows Server 2008
13 6 (0.71%) Windows XP
14 5 (0.60%) AIX
15 4 (0.48%) VME
16 3 (0.36%) Oracle Linux
16 3 (0.36%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 180 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
2 142 (16.90%) Test Scripting
3 90 (10.71%) Project Management
4 57 (6.79%) Problem-Solving
4 57 (6.79%) Stakeholder Management
5 56 (6.67%) ITIL
6 53 (6.31%) Analytics
7 52 (6.19%) Migration
8 49 (5.83%) Continuous Improvement
9 48 (5.71%) Validation
10 46 (5.48%) Test Automation
11 44 (5.24%) DevOps
12 39 (4.64%) User Stories
13 38 (4.52%) CRM
14 36 (4.29%) Software Engineering
15 35 (4.17%) Decision-Making
16 34 (4.05%) Open Source
17 33 (3.93%) Change Management
17 33 (3.93%) ETL
17 33 (3.93%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 180 (21.43%) SQL
2 135 (16.07%) Java
3 49 (5.83%) JavaScript
4 45 (5.36%) PowerShell
5 28 (3.33%) Python
6 22 (2.62%) Shell Script
7 21 (2.50%) C
7 21 (2.50%) C#
8 19 (2.26%) PL/SQL
9 14 (1.67%) PHP
10 13 (1.55%) C++
11 10 (1.19%) Bash Shell
11 10 (1.19%) Perl
12 7 (0.83%) ABAP
12 7 (0.83%) T-SQL
12 7 (0.83%) VBScript
13 5 (0.60%) VBA
14 4 (0.48%) C-shell
14 4 (0.48%) Korn
14 4 (0.48%) Scala
Qualifications
1 168 (20.00%) Security Cleared
2 137 (16.31%) SC Cleared
3 109 (12.98%) ISEB
4 98 (11.67%) ISTQB
4 98 (11.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 78 (9.29%) Degree
6 40 (4.76%) Microsoft Certification
7 27 (3.21%) MCSE
8 22 (2.62%) DV Cleared
9 17 (2.02%) MCITP
10 13 (1.55%) Cisco Certification
11 12 (1.43%) BPSS Clearance
11 12 (1.43%) ITIL Certification
12 9 (1.07%) CCNA
13 8 (0.95%) Computer Science Degree
13 8 (0.95%) MCSA
14 7 (0.83%) CCNP
14 7 (0.83%) HNC
15 6 (0.71%) PMI Certification
15 6 (0.71%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 56 (6.67%) QA
2 33 (3.93%) PMO
3 24 (2.86%) SLA
4 8 (0.95%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.48%) ISO 9001
6 3 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.24%) COBIT
7 2 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.24%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.24%) TickIT
8 1 (0.12%) GDPR
8 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.12%) PMBOK
System Software
1 96 (11.43%) Active Directory
2 43 (5.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (1.67%) Microsoft App-V
4 11 (1.31%) Docker
4 11 (1.31%) XenApp
5 10 (1.19%) Oracle RAC
6 8 (0.95%) BitLocker
6 8 (0.95%) Firmware
7 7 (0.83%) Virtual Machines
7 7 (0.83%) XenDesktop
8 6 (0.71%) vSphere
9 5 (0.60%) Hyper-V
9 5 (0.60%) NFS
9 5 (0.60%) VMware ESXi
10 4 (0.48%) Samba
11 1 (0.12%) Squid
11 1 (0.12%) vCloud
11 1 (0.12%) VirtualBox
11 1 (0.12%) VMware NSX
11 1 (0.12%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 44 (5.24%) SCCM
2 37 (4.40%) Microsoft Intune
3 23 (2.74%) Terraform
4 21 (2.50%) Ansible
5 14 (1.67%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 14 (1.67%) Kibana
6 13 (1.55%) AirWatch
6 13 (1.55%) logstash
7 11 (1.31%) Kubernetes
7 11 (1.31%) XenMobile
8 9 (1.07%) Puppet
9 8 (0.95%) Opscode Chef
9 8 (0.95%) PTC Integrity
10 6 (0.71%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 6 (0.71%) SCOM
10 6 (0.71%) SCVMM
10 6 (0.71%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 5 (0.60%) Nagios
12 4 (0.48%) Rundeck
13 3 (0.36%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 212 (25.24%) Oracle
2 195 (23.21%) Microsoft
3 64 (7.62%) SAP
4 62 (7.38%) webMethods
5 59 (7.02%) VMware
6 30 (3.57%) Cisco
7 23 (2.74%) IBM
8 20 (2.38%) Citrix
8 20 (2.38%) Remedy
9 14 (1.67%) Fujitsu
9 14 (1.67%) HP
9 14 (1.67%) Juniper
9 14 (1.67%) Red Hat
10 13 (1.55%) Salesforce.com
10 13 (1.55%) Symantec
11 12 (1.43%) Informatica
12 11 (1.31%) Computacenter
12 11 (1.31%) Google
12 11 (1.31%) OpenText
13 10 (1.19%) Actix