Period
to 21 September 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Data Protection skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Data Protection over the 6 months to 21 September 2021 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.

Data Protection
UK
6 months to
21 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 86 235 353
Rank change year-on-year +149 +118 -5
Contract jobs citing Data Protection 2,195 314 614
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.75% 1.07% 0.70%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.09% 1.23% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,891 202 403
10th Percentile £319 £280 £264
25th Percentile £413 £355 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £475
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% -5.26% +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £700 £650 £656
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £463
% change year-on-year +2.86% -5.41% +8.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 9 22
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.24 £11.05
25th Percentile £21.63 £16.25 £15.49
Median hourly rate £46.75 £20.00 £22.93
Median % change year-on-year +133.75% -12.78% +11.85%
75th Percentile £65.00 £24.50 £35.02
90th Percentile £71.50 £29.23 £49.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.25 £19.80 £20.00
% change year-on-year +204.25% -0.99% +11.62%

Data Protection 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 71,035 25,617 76,864
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 88.97% 87.05% 87.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 49,067 17,212 51,359
10th Percentile £319 £300 £300
25th Percentile £413 £388 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £700 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,717 745 2,179
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.01 £11.50
25th Percentile £14.88 £16.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate £24.50 £25.00 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year -2.00% +11.11% +15.38%
75th Percentile £48.75 £45.91 £45.25
90th Percentile £62.50 £56.30 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year -6.67% - +19.49%

Data Protection
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Data Protection as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Data Protection in the UK

Data Protection
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Data Protection.

Daily rate trend for Data Protection in the UK

Data Protection
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Data Protection over the 6 months to 21 September 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Data Protection in the UK

Data Protection
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Data Protection.

Hourly rate trend for Data Protection in the UK

Data Protection
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Data Protection over the 6 months to 21 September 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Data Protection in the UK

Data Protection
Top 17 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Data Protection within the UK over the 6 months to 21 September 2021. 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 +147 1,973 £525 +16.67% 264
UK excluding London +130 1,036 £450 +2.86% 181
London +136 951 £550 +4.76% 104
North of England +86 372 £475 +14.46% 52
North West +74 242 £475 +90.00% 31
Work from Home -97 222 £475 +11.76% 43
Midlands +43 205 £438 -7.89% 39
South East +43 202 £450 +9.36% 24
West Midlands +38 169 £438 -7.89% 25
Scotland +19 152 £443 -4.32% 14
Yorkshire +24 120 £475 -7.32% 16
South West -3 72 £475 +22.58% 23
East of England -18 32 £215 -51.55% 22
East Midlands -16 30 £425 - 14
North East -10 10 £525 +57.89% 5
Wales -28 1 - - 6
Northern Ireland - 1 £375 - 1

For the 6 months to 21 September 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Data Protection 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 Data Protection.

1 1,471 (67.02%) Data Protection Act
2 610 (27.79%) Agile Software Development
3 548 (24.97%) Finance
4 427 (19.45%) DevOps
5 397 (18.09%) Social Skills
6 392 (17.86%) Azure
7 350 (15.95%) Java
8 318 (14.49%) Python
9 317 (14.44%) AWS
10 309 (14.08%) GDPR
11 280 (12.76%) SQL
12 222 (10.11%) Microsoft
13 214 (9.75%) JavaScript
14 205 (9.34%) Legal
15 200 (9.11%) Docker
15 200 (9.11%) Kubernetes
16 199 (9.07%) Terraform
17 189 (8.61%) Windows
18 184 (8.38%) Microservices
19 182 (8.29%) Banking
20 180 (8.20%) Project Management
21 179 (8.15%) Migration
22 171 (7.79%) Linux
22 171 (7.79%) Cybersecurity
23 160 (7.29%) Information Security
24 152 (6.92%) Problem-Solving
25 145 (6.61%) Financial Institution
26 144 (6.56%) Stakeholder Management
26 144 (6.56%) Ansible
27 142 (6.47%) Hedge funds

Data Protection
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 65 (2.96%) SharePoint
2 54 (2.46%) Confluence
3 31 (1.41%) Apache Spark
4 26 (1.18%) OpenStack
5 22 (1.00%) Tomcat
6 14 (0.64%) Apache
6 14 (0.64%) MS Exchange
7 12 (0.55%) WebSphere
7 12 (0.55%) WordPress
8 11 (0.50%) CICS
8 11 (0.50%) CMS
9 10 (0.46%) Cloud Foundry
9 10 (0.46%) JBoss
9 10 (0.46%) Oracle Workflow
9 10 (0.46%) SAS
10 9 (0.41%) Elasticsearch
10 9 (0.41%) IIS
11 7 (0.32%) BizTalk Server
11 7 (0.32%) Skype for Business
12 6 (0.27%) nginx
Applications
1 45 (2.05%) Microsoft Excel
2 36 (1.64%) Microsoft Office
3 31 (1.41%) InVision
4 24 (1.09%) Sketch
5 17 (0.77%) Figma
6 14 (0.64%) MS Visio
7 13 (0.59%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 10 (0.46%) Photoshop
9 9 (0.41%) Microsoft Project
10 8 (0.36%) Spreadsheet
11 6 (0.27%) Adobe Premiere
12 3 (0.14%) GIMP
12 3 (0.14%) Siemens NX
13 2 (0.091%) Open Workbench
14 1 (0.046%) Stata
Business Applications
1 16 (0.73%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.46%) Magento
3 7 (0.32%) Shopify
4 6 (0.27%) Cloudability
4 6 (0.27%) SAP CO
4 6 (0.27%) SAP FI
4 6 (0.27%) SAP FI/CO
4 6 (0.27%) SAP S/4HANA
5 4 (0.18%) ION MarketView
5 4 (0.18%) Sentinel
5 4 (0.18%) Teamcenter
6 3 (0.14%) ContrOCC
6 3 (0.14%) Oracle CRM
6 3 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
7 2 (0.091%) Oracle Applications
7 2 (0.091%) Oracle EBS R12
7 2 (0.091%) Oracle Financials
7 2 (0.091%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 2 (0.091%) SAP EWM
7 2 (0.091%) SAP Travel Management
Cloud Services
1 392 (17.86%) Azure
2 317 (14.44%) AWS
3 128 (5.83%) GitHub
4 121 (5.51%) Serverless
5 120 (5.47%) GCP
6 117 (5.33%) IaaS
7 114 (5.19%) PaaS
8 82 (3.74%) Microsoft 365
9 61 (2.78%) SaaS
10 58 (2.64%) Power Platform
11 56 (2.55%) AWS Lambda
12 44 (2.00%) AWS CloudFormation
13 31 (1.41%) GitHub Actions
14 30 (1.37%) Azure Functions
15 28 (1.28%) Azure Active Directory
16 25 (1.14%) Amazon EC2
17 24 (1.09%) Amazon S3
17 24 (1.09%) Azure Data Factory
18 23 (1.05%) Azure Cosmos DB
19 22 (1.00%) Snowflake
Communications & Networking
1 87 (3.96%) Firewall
2 37 (1.69%) Network Security
3 33 (1.50%) DNS
4 31 (1.41%) SAN
5 22 (1.00%) VPN
6 20 (0.91%) Internet
7 19 (0.87%) DHCP
8 17 (0.77%) NAS
9 16 (0.73%) HTTPS
10 14 (0.64%) Skype
10 14 (0.64%) Unified Communications
11 13 (0.59%) VoIP
11 13 (0.59%) VSAN
11 13 (0.59%) WAN
12 10 (0.46%) LAN
13 9 (0.41%) HTTP
14 8 (0.36%) SSL
14 8 (0.36%) TCP/IP
15 7 (0.32%) 5G
15 7 (0.32%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 100 (4.56%) SQL Server
2 85 (3.87%) Big Data
3 64 (2.92%) Hadoop
4 56 (2.55%) NoSQL
5 53 (2.41%) Data Warehouse
6 51 (2.32%) Data Lake
7 47 (2.14%) PostgreSQL
8 44 (2.00%) Relational Database
9 43 (1.96%) Power BI
10 40 (1.82%) MongoDB
11 34 (1.55%) Apache Hive
11 34 (1.55%) MySQL
12 29 (1.32%) Tableau
13 21 (0.96%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 21 (0.96%) DB2
14 17 (0.77%) Oracle Database
15 16 (0.73%) Delta Lake
16 15 (0.68%) BigQuery
17 14 (0.64%) Azure SQL Database
17 14 (0.64%) Metadata
Development Applications
1 136 (6.20%) Git (software)
2 132 (6.01%) Jenkins
3 90 (4.10%) JIRA
4 58 (2.64%) Maven
5 31 (1.41%) GitLab
6 29 (1.32%) Subversion
7 26 (1.18%) Sonatype Nexus
8 24 (1.09%) Bitbucket
8 24 (1.09%) JUnit
9 22 (1.00%) TeamCity
10 19 (0.87%) Selenium
11 18 (0.82%) Mockito
12 15 (0.68%) Eclipse
12 15 (0.68%) Visual Studio
13 14 (0.64%) webpack
14 12 (0.55%) IntelliJ
14 12 (0.55%) Octopus Deploy
14 12 (0.55%) Postman
15 11 (0.50%) Xcode
16 10 (0.46%) Mocha
General
1 548 (24.97%) Finance
2 397 (18.09%) Social Skills
3 205 (9.34%) Legal
4 182 (8.29%) Banking
5 145 (6.61%) Financial Institution
6 125 (5.69%) Analytical Skills
7 105 (4.78%) Public Sector
8 78 (3.55%) Telecoms
9 43 (1.96%) Presentation Skills
10 42 (1.91%) Organisational Skills
11 41 (1.87%) Law
12 33 (1.50%) Marketing
13 30 (1.37%) Retail
14 28 (1.28%) Investment Banking
15 27 (1.23%) Influencing Skills
16 23 (1.05%) Front Office
16 23 (1.05%) Local Government
17 21 (0.96%) Documentation Skills
17 21 (0.96%) Games
18 16 (0.73%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 504 (22.96%) Developer
2 222 (10.11%) Architect
3 172 (7.84%) Analyst
4 124 (5.65%) Consultant
5 123 (5.60%) Java Developer
6 98 (4.46%) Azure Engineer
7 97 (4.42%) Project Manager
8 84 (3.83%) Designer
9 83 (3.78%) DevOps Engineer
10 79 (3.60%) Data Engineer
11 71 (3.23%) Business Analyst
12 64 (2.92%) Solutions Architect
13 55 (2.51%) Python Developer
14 46 (2.10%) AWS Engineer
15 44 (2.00%) Full Stack Developer
16 42 (1.91%) Security Architect
17 35 (1.59%) C# Developer
18 34 (1.55%) AWS Architect
19 33 (1.50%) Data Architect
19 33 (1.50%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 131 (5.97%) React
2 128 (5.83%) .NET
3 126 (5.74%) HTML
4 117 (5.33%) CSS
5 97 (4.42%) Spring
6 84 (3.83%) Node.js
7 80 (3.64%) Spring Boot
8 78 (3.55%) REST
9 67 (3.05%) AngularJS
9 67 (3.05%) Web Services
10 49 (2.23%) RESTful
11 42 (1.91%) HTML5
12 36 (1.64%) .NET Core
13 33 (1.50%) CSS3
13 33 (1.50%) JSON
13 33 (1.50%) Kafka
14 27 (1.23%) Django
14 27 (1.23%) Flask
14 27 (1.23%) OAuth
15 26 (1.18%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 1,471 (67.02%) Data Protection Act
2 142 (6.47%) Hedge funds
3 103 (4.69%) User Experience
4 101 (4.60%) Management Information System
5 90 (4.10%) Data Centre
6 66 (3.01%) Cloud Native
7 44 (2.00%) Enterprise Software
7 44 (2.00%) NHS
8 38 (1.73%) Self-Motivation
9 35 (1.59%) Public Cloud
10 34 (1.55%) Freedom of Information
11 32 (1.46%) Mobile App
12 27 (1.23%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 25 (1.14%) Freedom of Information Act
14 19 (0.87%) Fixed Income
15 18 (0.82%) Analytical Mindset
15 18 (0.82%) Reference Data
16 17 (0.77%) Enterprise Cloud
16 17 (0.77%) Private Cloud
17 16 (0.73%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 189 (8.61%) Windows
2 171 (7.79%) Linux
3 78 (3.55%) Windows Server
4 69 (3.14%) Unix
5 48 (2.19%) Android
6 35 (1.59%) Windows 10
7 33 (1.50%) Apple iOS
8 26 (1.18%) Windows Server 2016
9 24 (1.09%) Windows Server 2012
10 21 (0.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 7 (0.32%) Windows 7
12 5 (0.23%) Debian
12 5 (0.23%) Windows Server 2008
13 4 (0.18%) AIX
13 4 (0.18%) Mac OS X
13 4 (0.18%) Windows Server 2019
14 3 (0.14%) Ubuntu
14 3 (0.14%) zOS
15 2 (0.091%) CentOS
15 2 (0.091%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 610 (27.79%) Agile Software Development
2 427 (19.45%) DevOps
3 184 (8.38%) Microservices
4 180 (8.20%) Project Management
5 179 (8.15%) Migration
6 171 (7.79%) Cybersecurity
7 160 (7.29%) Information Security
8 152 (6.92%) Problem-Solving
9 144 (6.56%) Stakeholder Management
10 139 (6.33%) Analytics
11 137 (6.24%) Infrastructure as Code
12 126 (5.74%) Test Automation
13 125 (5.69%) Scrum
14 121 (5.51%) TDD
14 121 (5.51%) Value Proposition
15 113 (5.15%) ITIL
16 105 (4.78%) Continuous Integration
17 104 (4.74%) Information Governance
18 100 (4.56%) Full Stack Development
19 96 (4.37%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 350 (15.95%) Java
2 318 (14.49%) Python
3 280 (12.76%) SQL
4 214 (9.75%) JavaScript
5 120 (5.47%) C#
6 87 (3.96%) Scala
7 72 (3.28%) PowerShell
8 60 (2.73%) C++
9 54 (2.46%) Bash Shell
10 43 (1.96%) Java 8
10 43 (1.96%) TypeScript
11 38 (1.73%) Kotlin
12 37 (1.69%) C
13 24 (1.09%) Objective-C
14 21 (0.96%) Apple Swift
14 21 (0.96%) PL/SQL
15 18 (0.82%) PHP
16 17 (0.77%) Shell Script
17 16 (0.73%) Go
17 16 (0.73%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 132 (6.01%) Degree
2 115 (5.24%) Security Cleared
3 88 (4.01%) SC Cleared
4 72 (3.28%) CISSP
5 39 (1.78%) Computer Science Degree
6 38 (1.73%) CISM
7 28 (1.28%) Cisco Certification
8 26 (1.18%) Microsoft Certification
9 24 (1.09%) ITIL Certification
10 20 (0.91%) DV Cleared
11 19 (0.87%) Master's Degree
12 14 (0.64%) CCNA
12 14 (0.64%) CCNP
12 14 (0.64%) ISEB
13 12 (0.55%) AWS Certification
13 12 (0.55%) CISA
13 12 (0.55%) PMI Certification
14 11 (0.50%) CRISC
15 8 (0.36%) PMP
16 7 (0.32%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 309 (14.08%) GDPR
2 67 (3.05%) QA
3 52 (2.37%) Data Quality
4 51 (2.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 37 (1.69%) Accessibility
6 30 (1.37%) NIST
6 30 (1.37%) PMO
7 25 (1.14%) SLA
8 24 (1.09%) PCI DSS
9 14 (0.64%) MiFID
10 13 (0.59%) GRC
11 12 (0.55%) COBIT
11 12 (0.55%) NCSC
12 10 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 9 (0.41%) Cyber Essentials
14 8 (0.36%) Disclosure Scotland
15 7 (0.32%) SOC 2
16 6 (0.27%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 6 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27005
17 5 (0.23%) GxP
System Software
1 200 (9.11%) Docker
2 126 (5.74%) Active Directory
3 81 (3.69%) VMware Infrastructure
4 29 (1.32%) Virtual Machines
5 23 (1.05%) vSphere
6 22 (1.00%) Hyper-V
7 18 (0.82%) VMware ESXi
8 17 (0.77%) Virtual Desktop
8 17 (0.77%) VMware NSX
9 16 (0.73%) OpenAM
10 15 (0.68%) vCloud
11 14 (0.64%) Microsoft App-V
12 10 (0.46%) DFS Replication
13 8 (0.36%) BitLocker
14 6 (0.27%) XenApp
14 6 (0.27%) XenDesktop
15 3 (0.14%) Apache Flume
15 3 (0.14%) Apache ZooKeeper
16 2 (0.091%) Virtual Servers
16 2 (0.091%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 200 (9.11%) Kubernetes
2 199 (9.07%) Terraform
3 144 (6.56%) Ansible
4 49 (2.23%) Puppet
4 49 (2.23%) SCCM
5 25 (1.14%) Single Sign-On
6 16 (0.73%) Microsoft Intune
6 16 (0.73%) vCenter Server
7 15 (0.68%) Prometheus
8 14 (0.64%) SCOM
9 13 (0.59%) Grafana
10 12 (0.55%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 11 (0.50%) Failover Clustering
11 11 (0.50%) SCDPM
11 11 (0.50%) SCVMM
11 11 (0.50%) WSUS
12 10 (0.46%) HP Data Protector
12 10 (0.46%) Microsoft Clustering
12 10 (0.46%) SCSM
13 9 (0.41%) vRealize
Vendors
1 222 (10.11%) Microsoft
2 117 (5.33%) Oracle
3 95 (4.33%) VMware
4 86 (3.92%) Google
5 48 (2.19%) Salesforce.com
6 38 (1.73%) Citrix
7 37 (1.69%) Cisco
8 32 (1.46%) Splunk
9 31 (1.41%) HP
10 30 (1.37%) Red Hat
11 24 (1.09%) Dell
12 23 (1.05%) SAP
13 22 (1.00%) Databricks
13 22 (1.00%) MuleSoft
14 20 (0.91%) ServiceNow
15 18 (0.82%) CheckPoint
15 18 (0.82%) EMC
15 18 (0.82%) IBM
16 17 (0.77%) F5
17 16 (0.73%) Ericsson