Period
to 17 August 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 August 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 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 331 373 291
Rank change year-on-year +42 -82 -8
Contract jobs citing Customer Requirements 804 622 948
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.78% 0.65% 0.87%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.90% 0.76% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 429 338 540
UK median daily rate £440 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% - -
10th Percentile £274 £236 £268
90th Percentile £567 £575 £539
UK excluding London median daily rate £423 £376 £375
% change year-on-year +12.43% +0.33% -5.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 63 31 60
UK median hourly rate £17.32 £23.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.70% -38.67% -
10th Percentile £12.60 £8.42 £12.50
90th Percentile £45.00 £48.75 £50.08
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.32 £20.25 £37.00
% change year-on-year -14.47% -45.27% -1.33%

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 88,862 81,893 92,305
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.23% 85.55% 84.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,641 53,667 60,922
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £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 2,390 2,076 2,301
UK median hourly rate £21.02 £24.86 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.45% +5.79% +8.60%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.41 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.25 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year -20.00% +4.17% +10.34%

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 August 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 August 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 August 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 +28 727 £447 +11.63% 324
UK excluding London +45 598 £423 +12.43% 281
South East +5 193 £425 +20.57% 75
London -27 175 £475 +5.56% 61
Midlands +52 113 £400 +33.33% 50
North of England +22 104 £390 +18.18% 55
East of England +31 89 £425 -5.56% 37
West Midlands +36 88 £400 -8.57% 35
North West +15 56 £363 +20.83% 28
South West -29 42 £363 -14.71% 45
Yorkshire +2 33 £425 +21.43% 25
Scotland -30 27 £425 +6.25% 12
Wales +5 26 £440 +13.55% 7
East Midlands +1 24 £363 +20.83% 15
North East -10 16 £293 -12.69% 2
Northern Ireland +30 4 - -

For the 6 months to 17 August 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.

1 193 (24.00%) Windows
2 165 (20.52%) Agile Software Development
3 156 (19.40%) SQL
3 156 (19.40%) Microsoft
4 141 (17.54%) Oracle
5 138 (17.16%) Java
6 135 (16.79%) Security Cleared
7 123 (15.30%) Finance
8 109 (13.56%) Test Scripting
9 106 (13.18%) Degree
10 105 (13.06%) Unix
11 101 (12.56%) Project Management
12 97 (12.06%) SC Cleared
13 94 (11.69%) XML
14 87 (10.82%) Analytical Skills
15 81 (10.07%) ISTQB
16 80 (9.95%) ISEB
17 76 (9.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
18 74 (9.20%) ITIL
19 73 (9.08%) Microsoft Azure
20 72 (8.96%) Active Directory
21 70 (8.71%) Problem-Solving
22 66 (8.21%) Telecoms
23 64 (7.96%) Linux
23 64 (7.96%) SAP
24 59 (7.34%) Migration
25 58 (7.21%) Management Information System
25 58 (7.21%) Office 365
26 57 (7.09%) Microsoft Excel
27 56 (6.97%) Self-Motivation

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 49 (6.09%) WebLogic
2 22 (2.74%) Confluence
3 18 (2.24%) SharePoint
4 15 (1.87%) MS Exchange
5 13 (1.62%) Apache
6 12 (1.49%) Apache Spark
6 12 (1.49%) Skype for Business
7 8 (1.00%) Documentum
8 6 (0.75%) Elasticsearch
8 6 (0.75%) Exchange Server 2010
8 6 (0.75%) IIS
8 6 (0.75%) SharePoint 2010
8 6 (0.75%) SharePoint 2013
8 6 (0.75%) Tomcat
9 5 (0.62%) Apache Pig
9 5 (0.62%) CMS
9 5 (0.62%) NetWeaver
9 5 (0.62%) SAP EP
10 4 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2013
10 4 (0.50%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 57 (7.09%) Microsoft Excel
2 28 (3.48%) Microsoft Office
3 27 (3.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 22 (2.74%) MS Visio
5 10 (1.24%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (0.62%) AutoCAD
7 3 (0.37%) Photoshop
7 3 (0.37%) PTC Creo
8 2 (0.25%) CATIA
8 2 (0.25%) Siemens NX
8 2 (0.25%) SOLIDWORKS
8 2 (0.25%) Windchill
9 1 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.12%) Simulink
9 1 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 13 (1.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.87%) SAP FI
3 5 (0.62%) Remedy ITSM
3 5 (0.62%) SAP CRM
4 4 (0.50%) Teamcenter
5 3 (0.37%) Oracle Applications
5 3 (0.37%) Oracle BPM
5 3 (0.37%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (0.37%) Oracle EBS R12
5 3 (0.37%) Oracle ERP
5 3 (0.37%) SAP S/4HANA
6 2 (0.25%) BASE24
6 2 (0.25%) ENOVIA
6 2 (0.25%) Oracle Financials
6 2 (0.25%) SAP APO
6 2 (0.25%) SAP FI-CA
6 2 (0.25%) SAP PSCD
7 1 (0.12%) BPCS
7 1 (0.12%) SAP FI/CO
7 1 (0.12%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 73 (9.08%) Microsoft Azure
2 58 (7.21%) Office 365
3 47 (5.85%) Amazon AWS
4 27 (3.36%) Azure Active Directory
5 19 (2.36%) SaaS
6 14 (1.74%) Amazon EC2
6 14 (1.74%) Amazon S3
6 14 (1.74%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 11 (1.37%) AWS CloudFormation
7 11 (1.37%) PaaS
8 8 (1.00%) Amazon ELB
8 8 (1.00%) IaaS
9 7 (0.87%) AWS Lambda
9 7 (0.87%) Serverless
10 6 (0.75%) Google Cloud Platform
11 5 (0.62%) Cloud Computing
11 5 (0.62%) Dynamics 365
11 5 (0.62%) SuccessFactors
11 5 (0.62%) Trello
12 3 (0.37%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 27 (3.36%) Firewall
2 20 (2.49%) WAN
3 19 (2.36%) LAN
4 18 (2.24%) TCP/IP
5 14 (1.74%) Skype
5 14 (1.74%) VPN
6 12 (1.49%) Radio Access Network
7 10 (1.24%) 5G
8 9 (1.12%) DNS
8 9 (1.12%) HTTP
8 9 (1.12%) LTE
8 9 (1.12%) VoLTE
9 8 (1.00%) 3GPP
9 8 (1.00%) BGP
9 8 (1.00%) GSM
9 8 (1.00%) UMTS
9 8 (1.00%) Wireless
10 7 (0.87%) Cisco ISE
10 7 (0.87%) Cisco Nexus
10 7 (0.87%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (3.86%) SQL Server
2 30 (3.73%) Relational Database
3 27 (3.36%) Data Warehouse
4 25 (3.11%) NoSQL
5 24 (2.99%) MongoDB
6 19 (2.36%) Oracle Database
7 17 (2.11%) Power BI
8 15 (1.87%) Amazon RDS
8 15 (1.87%) Big Data
8 15 (1.87%) PostgreSQL
9 14 (1.74%) Hadoop
10 13 (1.62%) RDBMS
11 12 (1.49%) Apache Hive
11 12 (1.49%) SAP BW
11 12 (1.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 11 (1.37%) Oracle Reports
13 10 (1.24%) Oracle Database 12c
14 9 (1.12%) MySQL
14 9 (1.12%) Oracle Database 11g
14 9 (1.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 47 (5.85%) Toad
2 42 (5.22%) JIRA
3 29 (3.61%) SoapUI
4 24 (2.99%) Selenium
5 22 (2.74%) Jenkins
6 19 (2.36%) Git (software)
7 16 (1.99%) Rational Rhapsody
8 14 (1.74%) MSI
9 12 (1.49%) Maven
9 12 (1.49%) Subversion
10 11 (1.37%) Team Foundation Server
10 11 (1.37%) Visual Studio
11 10 (1.24%) Cucumber
12 7 (0.87%) Gatling
12 7 (0.87%) JMeter
13 6 (0.75%) JUnit
13 6 (0.75%) Rational DOORS
14 5 (0.62%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 5 (0.62%) Eclipse
14 5 (0.62%) Vagrant
General
1 123 (15.30%) Finance
2 66 (8.21%) Telecoms
3 29 (3.61%) Banking
4 21 (2.61%) Retail
5 18 (2.24%) Manufacturing
6 13 (1.62%) Legal
7 10 (1.24%) Billing
8 9 (1.12%) Marketing
9 8 (1.00%) Military
10 6 (0.75%) Advertising
11 5 (0.62%) Aerospace
11 5 (0.62%) Electronics
11 5 (0.62%) Financial Institution
11 5 (0.62%) Games
12 4 (0.50%) Digital Economy
12 4 (0.50%) Investment Banking
13 3 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
14 2 (0.25%) Automotive
14 2 (0.25%) Law
14 2 (0.25%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 208 (25.87%) Analyst
2 105 (13.06%) Architect
3 96 (11.94%) Consultant
4 83 (10.32%) Developer
5 75 (9.33%) Test Analyst
6 63 (7.84%) Business Analyst
7 37 (4.60%) Project Manager
8 28 (3.48%) Solutions Architect
9 23 (2.86%) Software Engineer
10 21 (2.61%) Java Developer
10 21 (2.61%) Systems Engineer
11 20 (2.49%) Administrator
12 19 (2.36%) Windows Consultant
13 18 (2.24%) Designer
13 18 (2.24%) Desktop Support
14 17 (2.11%) Data Analyst
15 16 (1.99%) Network Engineer
15 16 (1.99%) Senior Systems Engineer
16 14 (1.74%) Microsoft Consultant
16 14 (1.74%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 94 (11.69%) XML
2 46 (5.72%) HTML
3 41 (5.10%) Web Services
4 37 (4.60%) CSS
5 32 (3.98%) .NET
6 27 (3.36%) SOAP
7 22 (2.74%) Spring
8 16 (1.99%) ASP.NET Web API
9 14 (1.74%) AngularJS
9 14 (1.74%) HTML5
9 14 (1.74%) REST
10 12 (1.49%) .NET Framework
10 12 (1.49%) ASP.NET
10 12 (1.49%) Java EE
11 11 (1.37%) Sass
12 10 (1.24%) jQuery
12 10 (1.24%) JSON
12 10 (1.24%) RabbitMQ
13 9 (1.12%) Middleware
14 8 (1.00%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 87 (10.82%) Analytical Skills
2 58 (7.21%) Management Information System
3 56 (6.97%) Self-Motivation
4 41 (5.10%) Data Centre
5 40 (4.98%) Computer Science
6 31 (3.86%) User Experience
7 14 (1.74%) Mobile App
8 12 (1.49%) Video Conferencing
9 10 (1.24%) Algorithms
9 10 (1.24%) CMDB
9 10 (1.24%) Freedom of Information
9 10 (1.24%) PMI
9 10 (1.24%) Virtual Team
10 9 (1.12%) Freedom of Information Act
10 9 (1.12%) Replication
11 8 (1.00%) Enterprise Software
11 8 (1.00%) Public Cloud
12 7 (0.87%) Mainframe
12 7 (0.87%) NHS
13 6 (0.75%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 193 (24.00%) Windows
2 105 (13.06%) Unix
3 64 (7.96%) Linux
4 40 (4.98%) Windows Server
5 34 (4.23%) Windows 7
6 31 (3.86%) Windows 10
7 17 (2.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 13 (1.62%) Solaris
9 12 (1.49%) Apple iOS
10 10 (1.24%) Windows XP
11 9 (1.12%) Android
12 8 (1.00%) CentOS
12 8 (1.00%) SUSE
12 8 (1.00%) Windows Server 2012
13 7 (0.87%) Windows Server 2008
14 5 (0.62%) VME
14 5 (0.62%) Windows 8
15 3 (0.37%) Mac OS
15 3 (0.37%) Oracle Linux
15 3 (0.37%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 165 (20.52%) Agile Software Development
2 109 (13.56%) Test Scripting
3 101 (12.56%) Project Management
4 74 (9.20%) ITIL
5 70 (8.71%) Problem-Solving
6 59 (7.34%) Migration
7 54 (6.72%) Analytics
8 51 (6.34%) Validation
9 49 (6.09%) User Stories
10 48 (5.97%) Scrum
10 48 (5.97%) Stakeholder Management
11 47 (5.85%) Business Analysis
12 45 (5.60%) Change Management
13 42 (5.22%) Business Intelligence
14 41 (5.10%) Test Automation
15 40 (4.98%) Service Delivery
15 40 (4.98%) User Acceptance Testing
16 39 (4.85%) Data Modelling
17 37 (4.60%) Software Engineering
18 35 (4.35%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 156 (19.40%) SQL
2 138 (17.16%) Java
3 54 (6.72%) JavaScript
4 45 (5.60%) C#
5 37 (4.60%) Python
6 34 (4.23%) C
7 33 (4.10%) C++
8 27 (3.36%) PowerShell
9 15 (1.87%) R
10 13 (1.62%) Perl
10 13 (1.62%) PHP
11 11 (1.37%) Java 8
11 11 (1.37%) PL/SQL
11 11 (1.37%) Shell Script
12 8 (1.00%) Bash Shell
13 7 (0.87%) T-SQL
14 5 (0.62%) ABAP
14 5 (0.62%) Go
15 3 (0.37%) VB
15 3 (0.37%) VBA
Qualifications
1 135 (16.79%) Security Cleared
2 106 (13.18%) Degree
3 97 (12.06%) SC Cleared
4 81 (10.07%) ISTQB
5 80 (9.95%) ISEB
6 76 (9.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 35 (4.35%) Microsoft Certification
8 26 (3.23%) MCSE
9 21 (2.61%) Cisco Certification
10 20 (2.49%) PMP
11 19 (2.36%) DV Cleared
12 18 (2.24%) Computer Science Degree
13 17 (2.11%) MCITP
13 17 (2.11%) PMI Certification
14 12 (1.49%) ITIL Certification
15 11 (1.37%) BPSS Clearance
15 11 (1.37%) CCIE
16 10 (1.24%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 8 (1.00%) CISSP
18 7 (0.87%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (5.60%) QA
2 38 (4.73%) SLA
3 14 (1.74%) PMO
4 11 (1.37%) Data Quality
5 10 (1.24%) ISO 9001
6 8 (1.00%) Def Stans
7 7 (0.87%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 3 (0.37%) GxP
9 2 (0.25%) COBIT
9 2 (0.25%) Disclosure Scotland
9 2 (0.25%) GDPR
9 2 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 2 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 2 (0.25%) SEPA
10 1 (0.12%) DO-178B
10 1 (0.12%) DO-254
10 1 (0.12%) HIPAA
10 1 (0.12%) MIL-STD-1553
10 1 (0.12%) PCI DSS
10 1 (0.12%) RMADS
System Software
1 72 (8.96%) Active Directory
2 43 (5.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (1.87%) Microsoft App-V
4 14 (1.74%) vSphere
5 13 (1.62%) Docker
6 8 (1.00%) Oracle RAC
7 7 (0.87%) NFS
7 7 (0.87%) Virtual Machines
8 4 (0.50%) BitLocker
8 4 (0.50%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (0.50%) XenApp
9 3 (0.37%) Firmware
9 3 (0.37%) VMware NSX
9 3 (0.37%) VMware Workstation
9 3 (0.37%) XenDesktop
10 2 (0.25%) Apache Flume
10 2 (0.25%) VirtualBox
11 1 (0.12%) Hyper-V
11 1 (0.12%) vCloud
11 1 (0.12%) Xen
Systems Management
1 34 (4.23%) SCCM
2 30 (3.73%) Microsoft Intune
3 25 (3.11%) Terraform
4 20 (2.49%) Ansible
5 19 (2.36%) AirWatch
6 17 (2.11%) Opscode Chef
6 17 (2.11%) XenMobile
7 16 (1.99%) PTC Integrity
8 14 (1.74%) Kubernetes
8 14 (1.74%) Puppet
9 9 (1.12%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 6 (0.75%) Kibana
11 5 (0.62%) logstash
11 5 (0.62%) Nagios
11 5 (0.62%) SCOM
11 5 (0.62%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 4 (0.50%) NetBackup
12 4 (0.50%) SCOrch
12 4 (0.50%) Tivoli Storage Manager
12 4 (0.50%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 156 (19.40%) Microsoft
2 141 (17.54%) Oracle
3 64 (7.96%) SAP
4 53 (6.59%) VMware
5 48 (5.97%) webMethods
6 31 (3.86%) Cisco
7 30 (3.73%) IBM
8 18 (2.24%) PTC
8 18 (2.24%) ServiceNow
9 16 (1.99%) CA
10 13 (1.62%) Symantec
11 12 (1.49%) Remedy
12 11 (1.37%) Citrix
12 11 (1.37%) Juniper
13 10 (1.24%) Computacenter
13 10 (1.24%) Infoblox
13 10 (1.24%) OpenText
13 10 (1.24%) Red Hat
13 10 (1.24%) Splunk
14 9 (1.12%) Capita