Period
to 1 August 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 1 August 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
1 Aug 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 183 210 209
Rank change year-on-year +27 -1 -10
Contract jobs citing Influencing Skills 1,036 456 1,243
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.44% 1.26% 1.36%
As % of the General category 2.72% 2.39% 2.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 710 304 757
10th Percentile £367 £350 £328
25th Percentile £450 £416 £408
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £517 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +3.40% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £625 £595 £590
90th Percentile £725 £681 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £495 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +4.21% +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 3 25
10th Percentile £18.20 £13.83 £17.50
25th Percentile £24.06 £18.68 £23.25
Median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £43.00
Median % change year-on-year +14.04% -33.72% +8.67%
75th Percentile £50.82 £42.00 £53.75
90th Percentile £54.60 £49.05 £69.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £19.85 £43.20
% change year-on-year +51.13% -54.05% +0.47%

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 38,109 19,043 47,862
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 53.03% 52.42% 52.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 25,498 12,607 31,066
10th Percentile £306 £263 £275
25th Percentile £405 £384 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £613 £595 £575
90th Percentile £700 £700 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +0.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,293 722 1,475
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.42 £10.87
25th Percentile £13.25 £15.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £19.36 £20.56 £19.36
Median % change year-on-year -5.85% +6.21% +7.56%
75th Percentile £40.00 £40.75 £38.75
90th Percentile £56.50 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +11.11% +3.93%

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 1 August 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 1 August 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 1 August 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 +16 837 £520 +2.21% 235
UK excluding London +3 447 £495 +4.21% 159
London +32 432 £550 - 89
Work from Home -57 301 £508 +1.50% 31
South East -24 122 £490 +0.51% 27
North of England +8 98 £498 +10.65% 52
Scotland -13 74 £475 +8.57% 8
Midlands -7 71 £513 +13.26% 32
West Midlands +4 63 £504 +6.05% 22
North West -4 46 £475 +26.67% 30
Yorkshire +1 43 £533 +18.33% 15
South West -10 34 £440 -12.00% 17
East of England -19 33 £525 +5.00% 15
Wales 0 15 £486 -2.80% 7
North East -5 9 £450 -14.29% 7
East Midlands -24 7 £544 +25.00% 9

For the 6 months to 1 August 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.

1 623 (60.14%) Social Skills
2 423 (40.83%) Agile Software Development
3 309 (29.83%) Finance
4 241 (23.26%) Stakeholder Management
5 236 (22.78%) Problem-Solving
6 207 (19.98%) Project Management
7 164 (15.83%) Analytical Skills
8 149 (14.38%) Azure
9 144 (13.90%) Project Delivery
10 138 (13.32%) Scrum
11 137 (13.22%) Public Sector
12 129 (12.45%) Decision-Making
12 129 (12.45%) Microsoft
13 125 (12.07%) Degree
14 123 (11.87%) AWS
15 111 (10.71%) Security Cleared
16 110 (10.62%) Presentation Skills
17 109 (10.52%) Continuous Improvement
18 108 (10.42%) Change Management
19 106 (10.23%) PRINCE2
19 106 (10.23%) Migration
20 101 (9.75%) Coaching
21 96 (9.27%) Mentoring
22 86 (8.30%) Risk Management
22 86 (8.30%) JIRA
23 84 (8.11%) SC Cleared
24 82 (7.92%) SDLC
25 81 (7.82%) Business Case
26 80 (7.72%) Waterfall
26 80 (7.72%) ITIL

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 60 (5.79%) Confluence
2 35 (3.38%) SharePoint
3 17 (1.64%) CMS
4 12 (1.16%) SAS
5 11 (1.06%) Apache
6 10 (0.97%) Elasticsearch
7 5 (0.48%) JBoss
7 5 (0.48%) WebLogic
8 4 (0.39%) Apache Spark
8 4 (0.39%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.29%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 3 (0.29%) IIS
9 3 (0.29%) Oracle Coherence
9 3 (0.29%) WebSphere
9 3 (0.29%) WebSphere Application Server
10 2 (0.19%) Drupal
10 2 (0.19%) MS Exchange
10 2 (0.19%) OpenStack
10 2 (0.19%) Oracle Workflow
10 2 (0.19%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 55 (5.31%) Microsoft Excel
2 54 (5.21%) Microsoft Project
3 50 (4.83%) Microsoft Office
4 38 (3.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 25 (2.41%) MS Visio
6 8 (0.77%) Chatbot
7 3 (0.29%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.19%) InVision
8 2 (0.19%) Sketch
9 1 (0.097%) CINEMA 4D
9 1 (0.097%) Figma
9 1 (0.097%) Flinto
9 1 (0.097%) InDesign
9 1 (0.097%) Siemens NX
9 1 (0.097%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 9 (0.87%) Remedy ITSM
2 6 (0.58%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 6 (0.58%) SAP ERP
2 6 (0.58%) SAP HCM
2 6 (0.58%) Sprinklr
3 5 (0.48%) Oracle ERP
4 4 (0.39%) Endur
4 4 (0.39%) SAP CRM
4 4 (0.39%) Sentinel
4 4 (0.39%) VisionPLUS
5 3 (0.29%) Magento
5 3 (0.29%) Oracle Cash Management
5 3 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (0.29%) Oracle Receivables
5 3 (0.29%) SAP S/4HANA
6 2 (0.19%) Sage X3
6 2 (0.19%) SAP Hybris
6 2 (0.19%) Teamcenter
6 2 (0.19%) Workday HCM
7 1 (0.097%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 149 (14.38%) Azure
2 123 (11.87%) AWS
3 44 (4.25%) GCP
4 37 (3.57%) PaaS
5 35 (3.38%) Power Platform
6 30 (2.90%) IaaS
7 26 (2.51%) Serverless
8 25 (2.41%) Microsoft 365
8 25 (2.41%) SaaS
9 23 (2.22%) AWS Lambda
10 18 (1.74%) Amazon S3
10 18 (1.74%) OpenShift
11 15 (1.45%) GitHub
12 12 (1.16%) Cloud Computing
13 11 (1.06%) AWS CloudFormation
13 11 (1.06%) Azure Active Directory
14 10 (0.97%) SuccessFactors
15 9 (0.87%) Azure Stack
16 8 (0.77%) Amazon EC2
16 8 (0.77%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 24 (2.32%) Firewall
2 13 (1.25%) Intranet
3 12 (1.16%) HTTP
3 12 (1.16%) WAN
4 11 (1.06%) DNS
5 10 (0.97%) SAN
5 10 (0.97%) TCP/IP
6 9 (0.87%) Internet
6 9 (0.87%) LAN
7 8 (0.77%) NAS
7 8 (0.77%) RTMP
8 7 (0.68%) Network Security
8 7 (0.68%) SMS
9 6 (0.58%) Cisco Nexus
9 6 (0.58%) SSL
9 6 (0.58%) WLAN
10 5 (0.48%) DKIM
10 5 (0.48%) DMARC
10 5 (0.48%) FTP
10 5 (0.48%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (2.32%) Power BI
2 21 (2.03%) Data Warehouse
3 19 (1.83%) Big Data
3 19 (1.83%) SQL Server
4 18 (1.74%) PostgreSQL
5 17 (1.64%) MongoDB
6 16 (1.54%) Relational Database
7 15 (1.45%) Data Lake
8 13 (1.25%) Data Mining
9 12 (1.16%) Tableau
10 9 (0.87%) Amazon Aurora
11 7 (0.68%) Redis
11 7 (0.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 6 (0.58%) Metadata
13 5 (0.48%) DB2
13 5 (0.48%) Hadoop
13 5 (0.48%) Oracle Database
13 5 (0.48%) Oracle Reports
14 4 (0.39%) InfluxDB
15 3 (0.29%) HBase
Development Applications
1 86 (8.30%) JIRA
2 44 (4.25%) Jenkins
3 34 (3.28%) Git (software)
4 21 (2.03%) Selenium
5 18 (1.74%) Cucumber
5 18 (1.74%) GitLab
6 15 (1.45%) Artifactory
7 12 (1.16%) Gatling
7 12 (1.16%) JUnit
8 7 (0.68%) Mocha
8 7 (0.68%) Sinon.JS
9 6 (0.58%) Bitbucket
9 6 (0.58%) Pa11y
9 6 (0.58%) PowerDesigner
9 6 (0.58%) Sonatype Nexus
10 5 (0.48%) Eclipse
10 5 (0.48%) IntelliJ
10 5 (0.48%) Oracle Forms
11 4 (0.39%) Postman
11 4 (0.39%) REST Assured
General
1 623 (60.14%) Social Skills
2 309 (29.83%) Finance
3 164 (15.83%) Analytical Skills
4 137 (13.22%) Public Sector
5 110 (10.62%) Presentation Skills
6 66 (6.37%) Banking
7 59 (5.69%) Telecoms
8 44 (4.25%) Retail
9 39 (3.76%) Organisational Skills
10 34 (3.28%) Marketing
11 24 (2.32%) Legal
12 22 (2.12%) Law
13 17 (1.64%) Pharmaceutical
14 14 (1.35%) Manufacturing
15 12 (1.16%) Aerospace
16 11 (1.06%) Billing
17 8 (0.77%) Investment Banking
18 7 (0.68%) Back Office
18 7 (0.68%) Front Office
19 6 (0.58%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 169 (16.31%) Architect
2 167 (16.12%) Project Manager
3 127 (12.26%) Analyst
4 70 (6.76%) Solutions Architect
5 69 (6.66%) Business Analyst
6 57 (5.50%) Developer
7 41 (3.96%) IT Manager
8 36 (3.47%) Senior Manager
9 35 (3.38%) Programme Manager
10 34 (3.28%) User Researcher
11 28 (2.70%) Delivery Manager
11 28 (2.70%) Test Manager
12 23 (2.22%) Designer
12 23 (2.22%) IT Project Manager
12 23 (2.22%) Technical Architect
13 22 (2.12%) Service Manager
14 21 (2.03%) Transition Manager
15 20 (1.93%) Senior Project Manager
15 20 (1.93%) Technical Leader
16 19 (1.83%) Enterprise Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (3.67%) HTML
2 30 (2.90%) JSON
3 29 (2.80%) CSS
4 28 (2.70%) REST
5 25 (2.41%) Web Services
5 25 (2.41%) XML
6 24 (2.32%) SOAP
7 20 (1.93%) Node.js
8 18 (1.74%) Spring
9 17 (1.64%) Middleware
10 15 (1.45%) .NET
10 15 (1.45%) HTML5
11 13 (1.25%) Spring Boot
12 12 (1.16%) Play Framework
12 12 (1.16%) RESTful
13 11 (1.06%) OAuth
14 8 (0.77%) React
15 7 (0.68%) Chai
15 7 (0.68%) Express
15 7 (0.68%) Keycloak
Miscellaneous
1 64 (6.18%) User Experience
2 50 (4.83%) Self-Motivation
3 45 (4.34%) Management Information System
4 44 (4.25%) Virtual Team
5 23 (2.22%) Data Centre
6 21 (2.03%) Legacy Systems
7 20 (1.93%) Hybrid Cloud
7 20 (1.93%) PMI
8 19 (1.83%) Mobile App
9 18 (1.74%) FMCG
10 16 (1.54%) NHS
10 16 (1.54%) Public Cloud
11 15 (1.45%) Cloud Native
12 10 (0.97%) Enterprise Software
12 10 (0.97%) Social Media
13 9 (0.87%) Data Structures
13 9 (0.87%) Fixed Income
14 8 (0.77%) Analytical Mindset
14 8 (0.77%) Client/Server
14 8 (0.77%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 40 (3.86%) Windows
2 32 (3.09%) Linux
3 16 (1.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 15 (1.45%) Unix
5 12 (1.16%) Windows Server
6 10 (0.97%) Windows 10
7 9 (0.87%) Apple iOS
8 8 (0.77%) Ubuntu
9 7 (0.68%) Android
10 4 (0.39%) Solaris
11 3 (0.29%) Mac OS
12 2 (0.19%) VMS
12 2 (0.19%) Windows Server 2008
12 2 (0.19%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (0.19%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 423 (40.83%) Agile Software Development
2 241 (23.26%) Stakeholder Management
3 236 (22.78%) Problem-Solving
4 207 (19.98%) Project Management
5 144 (13.90%) Project Delivery
6 138 (13.32%) Scrum
7 129 (12.45%) Decision-Making
8 109 (10.52%) Continuous Improvement
9 108 (10.42%) Change Management
10 106 (10.23%) Migration
10 106 (10.23%) PRINCE2
11 101 (9.75%) Coaching
12 96 (9.27%) Mentoring
13 86 (8.30%) Risk Management
14 82 (7.92%) SDLC
15 81 (7.82%) Business Case
16 80 (7.72%) ITIL
16 80 (7.72%) Waterfall
17 79 (7.63%) Analytics
18 75 (7.24%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 60 (5.79%) Java
1 60 (5.79%) SQL
2 50 (4.83%) Python
3 42 (4.05%) JavaScript
4 16 (1.54%) PowerShell
4 16 (1.54%) Scala
5 15 (1.45%) C#
6 14 (1.35%) TypeScript
7 11 (1.06%) R
8 9 (0.87%) Bash Shell
8 9 (0.87%) Java 11
9 6 (0.58%) C
9 6 (0.58%) Go
9 6 (0.58%) Groovy
10 5 (0.48%) C++
10 5 (0.48%) PL/SQL
10 5 (0.48%) VBA
11 4 (0.39%) Java 8
11 4 (0.39%) VB
11 4 (0.39%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 125 (12.07%) Degree
2 111 (10.71%) Security Cleared
3 84 (8.11%) SC Cleared
4 38 (3.67%) PMP
5 28 (2.70%) PMI Certification
6 27 (2.61%) ISTQB
7 21 (2.03%) BPSS Clearance
7 21 (2.03%) ISEB
8 19 (1.83%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 16 (1.54%) Master's Degree
10 15 (1.45%) CISA
11 12 (1.16%) Six Sigma Green Belt
12 10 (0.97%) CISSP
12 10 (0.97%) ITIL Certification
13 9 (0.87%) DV Cleared
14 8 (0.77%) ACCA
14 8 (0.77%) CISM
14 8 (0.77%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 7 (0.68%) Computer Science Degree
15 7 (0.68%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 78 (7.53%) QA
2 67 (6.47%) PMO
3 38 (3.67%) GDPR
4 33 (3.19%) Accessibility
5 20 (1.93%) PCI DSS
6 18 (1.74%) Data Quality
6 18 (1.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 12 (1.16%) GRC
8 11 (1.06%) Disclosure Scotland
9 10 (0.97%) COBIT
9 10 (0.97%) SLA
10 8 (0.77%) WCAG
11 6 (0.58%) GMP
11 6 (0.58%) GxP
11 6 (0.58%) ISO 9001
11 6 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 5 (0.48%) PSD2
13 4 (0.39%) Actionable Recommendations
13 4 (0.39%) Cyber Essentials
13 4 (0.39%) NIST
System Software
1 54 (5.21%) Docker
2 22 (2.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (1.93%) Active Directory
4 8 (0.77%) KVM
5 5 (0.48%) PowerHA
5 5 (0.48%) Virtual Machines
5 5 (0.48%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (0.39%) Virtual Desktop
7 3 (0.29%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.29%) NFS
7 3 (0.29%) Oracle RAC
7 3 (0.29%) SRDF
7 3 (0.29%) vSphere
7 3 (0.29%) Xen
Systems Management
1 56 (5.41%) Kubernetes
2 26 (2.51%) Ansible
3 25 (2.41%) Grafana
4 22 (2.12%) Kibana
4 22 (2.12%) Terraform
5 10 (0.97%) Microsoft Intune
6 8 (0.77%) Puppet
7 7 (0.68%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 7 (0.68%) vRealize
8 5 (0.48%) Packer
8 5 (0.48%) vRealize Orchestrator
9 3 (0.29%) SCCM
10 2 (0.19%) HAProxy
10 2 (0.19%) PaperCut
11 1 (0.097%) HP ALM
11 1 (0.097%) HP Quality Center
11 1 (0.097%) Jamf Pro
11 1 (0.097%) OPNET
11 1 (0.097%) QRadar
11 1 (0.097%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 129 (12.45%) Microsoft
2 49 (4.73%) SAP
3 48 (4.63%) Oracle
4 35 (3.38%) Atlassian
5 26 (2.51%) Google
6 23 (2.22%) VMware
7 18 (1.74%) CheckPoint
8 16 (1.54%) Salesforce.com
8 16 (1.54%) ServiceNow
9 15 (1.45%) Adobe
10 11 (1.06%) Cisco
11 9 (0.87%) BMC
11 9 (0.87%) MuleSoft
11 9 (0.87%) Remedy
12 8 (0.77%) IBM
12 8 (0.77%) Workday
13 7 (0.68%) BT
14 6 (0.58%) Avaya
14 6 (0.58%) Genesys
14 6 (0.58%) Pega