Period
to 21 October 2021

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Influencing Skills in contract job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Influencing Skills over the 6 months to 21 October 2021 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

Influencing Skills
UK
6 months to
21 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 192 205 216
Rank change year-on-year +13 +11 -5
Contract jobs citing Influencing Skills 1,225 414 1,115
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.45% 1.31% 1.31%
As % of the General category 2.72% 2.46% 2.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 807 290 676
10th Percentile £381 £320 £332
25th Percentile £438 £400 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £518 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +3.60% - +5.26%
75th Percentile £650 £588 £594
90th Percentile £750 £675 £667
UK excluding London median daily rate £488 £455 £475
% change year-on-year +7.14% -4.21% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 2 25
10th Percentile £14.68 £31.58 £24.68
25th Percentile £24.06 £38.81 £41.25
Median hourly rate £28.64 £51.75 £47.00
Median % change year-on-year -44.66% +10.11% +70.91%
75th Percentile £50.82 £63.81 £63.75
90th Percentile £55.15 £70.53 £73.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.82 £51.75 £52.50
% change year-on-year -46.24% -1.43% +29.52%

Influencing Skills is in the General Skills category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for common skills.

All General Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for common skills 44,992 16,803 43,739
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 53.23% 53.02% 51.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 30,482 11,356 28,341
10th Percentile £306 £269 £263
25th Percentile £413 £375 £365
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £520 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +9.47% - +3.26%
75th Percentile £625 £588 £575
90th Percentile £713 £700 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,392 568 1,497
10th Percentile £12.06 £11.59 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.25 £15.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £19.00 £22.00 £18.88
Median % change year-on-year -13.64% +16.56% +7.86%
75th Percentile £42.25 £42.28 £40.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.26 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -13.73% +14.29% -

Influencing Skills
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Influencing Skills as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Influencing Skills in the UK

Influencing Skills
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Influencing Skills.

Daily rate trend for Influencing Skills in the UK

Influencing Skills
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Influencing Skills over the 6 months to 21 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Influencing Skills in the UK

Influencing Skills
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Influencing Skills.

Hourly rate trend for Influencing Skills in the UK

Influencing Skills
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Influencing Skills over the 6 months to 21 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Influencing Skills in the UK

Influencing Skills
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 Influencing Skills within the UK over the 6 months to 21 October 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 +20 1,001 £525 +5.00% 222
UK excluding London -17 554 £488 +7.14% 157
London +21 497 £600 +12.25% 82
Work from Home -30 332 £510 +2.00% 31
South East -39 143 £491 +0.77% 27
North of England -1 122 £488 +26.79% 30
Midlands +14 119 £500 +15.74% 43
West Midlands +8 99 £500 +12.74% 26
Scotland -21 91 £475 +5.56% 14
North West -14 68 £488 +30.00% 19
Yorkshire -14 48 £486 +14.41% 9
South West -63 34 £430 -10.56% 13
East of England -33 33 £550 +10.00% 26
East Midlands -25 19 £531 +32.73% 16
Wales -18 13 £445 -11.05% 4
North East -15 6 £775 +77.14% 2

For the 6 months to 21 October 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Influencing Skills 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 Influencing Skills.

1 774 (63.18%) Social Skills
2 513 (41.88%) Agile Software Development
3 382 (31.18%) Finance
4 290 (23.67%) Stakeholder Management
5 271 (22.12%) Problem-Solving
6 254 (20.73%) Project Management
7 208 (16.98%) Analytical Skills
8 180 (14.69%) Azure
9 164 (13.39%) Project Delivery
10 162 (13.22%) Decision-Making
11 142 (11.59%) Public Sector
12 141 (11.51%) Scrum
13 138 (11.27%) AWS
13 138 (11.27%) Mentoring
14 136 (11.10%) Degree
14 136 (11.10%) Microsoft
15 127 (10.37%) Coaching
16 126 (10.29%) Change Management
17 124 (10.12%) Presentation Skills
18 119 (9.71%) Continuous Improvement
19 116 (9.47%) Waterfall
20 113 (9.22%) Migration
21 111 (9.06%) PRINCE2
21 111 (9.06%) JIRA
22 110 (8.98%) Risk Management
23 106 (8.65%) Analytics
24 101 (8.24%) Security Cleared
25 99 (8.08%) Business Case
26 95 (7.76%) Retail
27 92 (7.51%) Business Analysis

Influencing Skills
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 74 (6.04%) Confluence
2 42 (3.43%) SharePoint
3 17 (1.39%) SAS
4 13 (1.06%) CMS
5 8 (0.65%) Elasticsearch
6 4 (0.33%) Apache Spark
7 3 (0.24%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 3 (0.24%) Apache
7 3 (0.24%) Cloud Foundry
7 3 (0.24%) IIS
7 3 (0.24%) JBoss
7 3 (0.24%) OpenStack
7 3 (0.24%) R Markdown
8 2 (0.16%) ArcGIS
8 2 (0.16%) Jupyter
8 2 (0.16%) MS Exchange
8 2 (0.16%) WebLogic
9 1 (0.082%) CICS
9 1 (0.082%) Documentum
9 1 (0.082%) GeoServer
Applications
1 65 (5.31%) Microsoft Excel
2 55 (4.49%) Microsoft Office
3 51 (4.16%) Microsoft Project
4 41 (3.35%) MS Visio
5 35 (2.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 9 (0.73%) Chatbot
7 6 (0.49%) Sketch
8 5 (0.41%) Figma
9 3 (0.24%) InVision
9 3 (0.24%) Photoshop
10 2 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
11 1 (0.082%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.082%) Adobe XD
11 1 (0.082%) CINEMA 4D
11 1 (0.082%) Flinto
11 1 (0.082%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 8 (0.65%) Endur
2 7 (0.57%) SAP HCM
3 5 (0.41%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 5 (0.41%) SAP S/4HANA
3 5 (0.41%) Sprinklr
3 5 (0.41%) VisionPLUS
4 4 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
4 4 (0.33%) SAP CRM
4 4 (0.33%) SAP ERP
5 3 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
5 3 (0.24%) Magento
5 3 (0.24%) Workday HCM
6 2 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.16%) Payment Gateway
6 2 (0.16%) SAP Hybris
6 2 (0.16%) SAP IBP
6 2 (0.16%) SAP MDG
6 2 (0.16%) Teamcenter
7 1 (0.082%) Avolution ABACUS
7 1 (0.082%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 180 (14.69%) Azure
2 138 (11.27%) AWS
3 42 (3.43%) Power Platform
4 36 (2.94%) Microsoft 365
5 29 (2.37%) GCP
6 27 (2.20%) Serverless
7 25 (2.04%) PaaS
8 24 (1.96%) AWS Lambda
8 24 (1.96%) SaaS
9 19 (1.55%) Amazon S3
10 16 (1.31%) Azure Active Directory
11 15 (1.22%) IaaS
12 14 (1.14%) Cloud Computing
13 13 (1.06%) OpenShift
14 11 (0.90%) AWS CloudFormation
15 10 (0.82%) Dynamics 365
15 10 (0.82%) GitHub
15 10 (0.82%) Google Analytics
16 9 (0.73%) OneDrive
17 7 (0.57%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 35 (2.86%) Firewall
2 18 (1.47%) DNS
3 17 (1.39%) HTTP
4 16 (1.31%) WAN
5 14 (1.14%) Intranet
6 13 (1.06%) Network Security
7 12 (0.98%) LAN
8 9 (0.73%) DKIM
8 9 (0.73%) DMARC
8 9 (0.73%) SMTP
8 9 (0.73%) TCP/IP
9 8 (0.65%) RTMP
9 8 (0.65%) SMS
10 6 (0.49%) SD-WAN
10 6 (0.49%) WLAN
11 5 (0.41%) 4G
11 5 (0.41%) DHCP
11 5 (0.41%) Unified Communications
12 4 (0.33%) Ethernet
12 4 (0.33%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (3.18%) Big Data
1 39 (3.18%) Power BI
2 28 (2.29%) Data Warehouse
3 21 (1.71%) Tableau
4 19 (1.55%) Relational Database
5 18 (1.47%) Data Lake
6 16 (1.31%) PostgreSQL
7 15 (1.22%) SQL Server
8 13 (1.06%) Data Mining
9 12 (0.98%) Metadata
9 12 (0.98%) MongoDB
10 11 (0.90%) Amazon Aurora
11 10 (0.82%) Hadoop
12 8 (0.65%) NoSQL
13 7 (0.57%) Amazon Redshift
13 7 (0.57%) QlikView
14 5 (0.41%) Text Mining
15 4 (0.33%) Pentaho
15 4 (0.33%) RDBMS
15 4 (0.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 111 (9.06%) JIRA
2 29 (2.37%) Jenkins
3 26 (2.12%) Git (software)
4 21 (1.71%) Selenium
5 18 (1.47%) Cucumber
6 17 (1.39%) Artifactory
7 14 (1.14%) PowerDesigner
8 12 (0.98%) Gatling
9 8 (0.65%) JUnit
10 7 (0.57%) Bitbucket
10 7 (0.57%) GitLab
10 7 (0.57%) Sonatype Nexus
11 5 (0.41%) Postman
11 5 (0.41%) REST Assured
11 5 (0.41%) SonarQube
12 4 (0.33%) Pa11y
13 3 (0.24%) Eclipse
13 3 (0.24%) Metasploit
13 3 (0.24%) Mocha
13 3 (0.24%) Sinon.JS
General
1 774 (63.18%) Social Skills
2 382 (31.18%) Finance
3 208 (16.98%) Analytical Skills
4 142 (11.59%) Public Sector
5 124 (10.12%) Presentation Skills
6 95 (7.76%) Retail
7 68 (5.55%) Banking
8 63 (5.14%) Telecoms
9 47 (3.84%) Marketing
10 43 (3.51%) Organisational Skills
11 32 (2.61%) Legal
12 20 (1.63%) Documentation Skills
13 18 (1.47%) Law
14 17 (1.39%) Front Office
15 13 (1.06%) Investment Banking
15 13 (1.06%) Pharmaceutical
16 12 (0.98%) Aerospace
17 10 (0.82%) Manufacturing
17 10 (0.82%) Retail Banking
18 9 (0.73%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 191 (15.59%) Project Manager
2 181 (14.78%) Architect
3 175 (14.29%) Analyst
4 111 (9.06%) Business Analyst
5 82 (6.69%) Solutions Architect
6 53 (4.33%) IT Manager
6 53 (4.33%) Senior Manager
7 49 (4.00%) Developer
8 44 (3.59%) Programme Manager
9 39 (3.18%) Designer
10 37 (3.02%) Test Manager
11 34 (2.78%) Senior Project Manager
12 33 (2.69%) Consultant
12 33 (2.69%) Delivery Manager
12 33 (2.69%) User Researcher
13 32 (2.61%) Coordinator
14 31 (2.53%) IT Project Manager
15 27 (2.20%) Enterprise Architect
16 25 (2.04%) Senior Analyst
17 24 (1.96%) Change Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (3.02%) HTML
2 25 (2.04%) CSS
3 23 (1.88%) Web Services
4 21 (1.71%) JSON
5 18 (1.47%) .NET
6 17 (1.39%) REST
6 17 (1.39%) XML
7 14 (1.14%) SOAP
8 13 (1.06%) RESTful
8 13 (1.06%) Spring Boot
9 12 (0.98%) Middleware
9 12 (0.98%) Node.js
9 12 (0.98%) Spring
10 11 (0.90%) React
11 9 (0.73%) HTML5
12 8 (0.65%) ADO
13 7 (0.57%) Kafka
14 6 (0.49%) OAuth
14 6 (0.49%) Play Framework
14 6 (0.49%) TensorFlow
Miscellaneous
1 90 (7.35%) User Experience
2 86 (7.02%) Self-Motivation
3 59 (4.82%) Management Information System
4 45 (3.67%) Virtual Team
5 27 (2.20%) Legacy Systems
6 25 (2.04%) Data Centre
7 24 (1.96%) NHS
8 20 (1.63%) PMI
9 17 (1.39%) Analytical Mindset
10 15 (1.22%) FMCG
10 15 (1.22%) Mobile App
11 13 (1.06%) Cloud Native
12 12 (0.98%) Hybrid Cloud
13 11 (0.90%) Fixed Income
14 9 (0.73%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 8 (0.65%) Client/Server
16 7 (0.57%) Data Protection Act
16 7 (0.57%) Life Science
16 7 (0.57%) Mainframe
16 7 (0.57%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 52 (4.24%) Windows
2 29 (2.37%) Linux
3 15 (1.22%) Windows 10
4 13 (1.06%) Unix
5 12 (0.98%) Windows Server
6 10 (0.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 6 (0.49%) Android
8 5 (0.41%) Ubuntu
9 4 (0.33%) Mac OS
10 3 (0.24%) Apple iOS
11 2 (0.16%) AIX
11 2 (0.16%) Solaris
11 2 (0.16%) Windows Server 2012
11 2 (0.16%) Windows Server 2016
12 1 (0.082%) VMS
12 1 (0.082%) Windows Server 2003
12 1 (0.082%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 513 (41.88%) Agile Software Development
2 290 (23.67%) Stakeholder Management
3 271 (22.12%) Problem-Solving
4 254 (20.73%) Project Management
5 164 (13.39%) Project Delivery
6 162 (13.22%) Decision-Making
7 141 (11.51%) Scrum
8 138 (11.27%) Mentoring
9 127 (10.37%) Coaching
10 126 (10.29%) Change Management
11 119 (9.71%) Continuous Improvement
12 116 (9.47%) Waterfall
13 113 (9.22%) Migration
14 111 (9.06%) PRINCE2
15 110 (8.98%) Risk Management
16 106 (8.65%) Analytics
17 99 (8.08%) Business Case
18 92 (7.51%) Business Analysis
19 85 (6.94%) Collaborative Working
20 84 (6.86%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 68 (5.55%) SQL
2 57 (4.65%) Python
3 52 (4.24%) Java
4 43 (3.51%) JavaScript
5 18 (1.47%) C
5 18 (1.47%) R
6 17 (1.39%) C#
7 16 (1.31%) PowerShell
8 12 (0.98%) TypeScript
9 9 (0.73%) Groovy
10 8 (0.65%) Scala
11 7 (0.57%) C++
11 7 (0.57%) Java 11
12 6 (0.49%) Julia
12 6 (0.49%) MATLAB
13 5 (0.41%) VB
14 4 (0.33%) VBA
15 3 (0.24%) Bash Shell
15 3 (0.24%) COBOL
15 3 (0.24%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 136 (11.10%) Degree
2 101 (8.24%) Security Cleared
3 74 (6.04%) SC Cleared
4 34 (2.78%) ISTQB
4 34 (2.78%) PMP
5 31 (2.53%) PMI Certification
6 26 (2.12%) ISEB
7 24 (1.96%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 23 (1.88%) BPSS Clearance
8 23 (1.88%) Master's Degree
9 18 (1.47%) CISSP
10 13 (1.06%) CISM
11 12 (0.98%) CISA
11 12 (0.98%) ITIL Certification
12 11 (0.90%) CRISC
13 10 (0.82%) Six Sigma Green Belt
14 9 (0.73%) Cisco Certification
14 9 (0.73%) Computer Science Degree
14 9 (0.73%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 8 (0.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 92 (7.51%) QA
2 76 (6.20%) PMO
3 40 (3.27%) Accessibility
4 33 (2.69%) GDPR
5 28 (2.29%) Data Quality
6 19 (1.55%) SLA
7 17 (1.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 15 (1.22%) PCI DSS
9 12 (0.98%) COBIT
10 11 (0.90%) Disclosure Scotland
11 10 (0.82%) GRC
12 9 (0.73%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 8 (0.65%) NCSC
13 8 (0.65%) WCAG
14 6 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 5 (0.41%) Actionable Recommendations
15 5 (0.41%) GMP
16 4 (0.33%) NIST
17 3 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
17 3 (0.24%) PSD2
System Software
1 30 (2.45%) Active Directory
1 30 (2.45%) Docker
2 17 (1.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (0.41%) Virtual Desktop
3 5 (0.41%) VMware ESXi
4 4 (0.33%) KVM
5 3 (0.24%) vSphere
6 1 (0.082%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.082%) vCloud
6 1 (0.082%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.082%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 51 (4.16%) Kubernetes
2 20 (1.63%) Ansible
3 17 (1.39%) Grafana
4 14 (1.14%) Microsoft Intune
5 12 (0.98%) Kibana
6 7 (0.57%) Istio
6 7 (0.57%) Puppet
7 6 (0.49%) Terraform
8 3 (0.24%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 3 (0.24%) Nessus
8 3 (0.24%) Nmap
8 3 (0.24%) QRadar
8 3 (0.24%) SCCM
9 2 (0.16%) HAProxy
9 2 (0.16%) PaperCut
10 1 (0.082%) HP ALM
10 1 (0.082%) Jamf Pro
10 1 (0.082%) Mesos
10 1 (0.082%) Nexpose
10 1 (0.082%) vRealize
Vendors
1 136 (11.10%) Microsoft
2 47 (3.84%) SAP
3 32 (2.61%) Oracle
4 31 (2.53%) Atlassian
5 30 (2.45%) Google
5 30 (2.45%) Salesforce.com
6 26 (2.12%) CheckPoint
7 24 (1.96%) VMware
8 16 (1.31%) Adobe
9 15 (1.22%) Cisco
10 14 (1.14%) ServiceNow
11 13 (1.06%) IBM
12 9 (0.73%) BiZZdesign
12 9 (0.73%) Workday
13 8 (0.65%) BT
14 7 (0.57%) Citrix
14 7 (0.57%) Databricks
14 7 (0.57%) MuleSoft
15 6 (0.49%) Avaya
15 6 (0.49%) Juniper