Period
to 21 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a Junior was £250 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 July 2018.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Junior
UK
6 months to
21 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 414 367 374
Rank change year-on-year -47 +7 -14
Contract jobs requiring a Junior 607 643 710
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.58% 0.67% 0.65%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.61% 0.71% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 359 374 468
UK median daily rate £250 £225 £225
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% - +4.65%
10th Percentile £105 £107 £106
90th Percentile £388 £389 £356
UK excluding London median daily rate £250 £211 £210
% change year-on-year +18.34% +0.60% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 43 38
UK median hourly rate £14.24 £15.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.10% +15.38% -18.11%
10th Percentile £8.60 £10.00 £8.94
90th Percentile £28.66 £42.60 £24.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.50 £14.50 £11.50
% change year-on-year -13.79% +26.09% -26.98%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 98,820 91,098 104,627
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 94.94% 95.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,745 59,055 68,056
UK median daily rate £450 £428 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +0.59% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £256
90th Percentile £638 £619 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,198 2,930 3,131
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -2.63% +8.57%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.40
90th Percentile £48.75 £50.00 £47.39
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year - -7.89% +11.76%

Junior
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Junior in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Junior in the UK

Junior
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Junior.

Contractor daily rate trend for Junior in the UK

Junior
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Junior over the 6 months to 21 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Junior in the UK

Junior
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Junior.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Junior in the UK

Junior
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Junior over the 6 months to 21 July 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Junior in the UK

Junior
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 Junior within the UK over the 6 months to 21 July 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 -53 543 £250 +11.11% 643
UK excluding London -2 342 £250 +18.34% 506
London -83 254 £250 -5.66% 153
South East -12 109 £215 +7.50% 119
North of England +2 86 £263 +50.00% 162
Scotland -26 45 £274 +21.67% 11
North West -7 41 £265 +58.21% 92
South West +14 38 £275 +29.41% 51
Midlands -24 38 £200 -23.81% 100
Yorkshire -9 30 £235 +88.00% 61
East Midlands +4 19 £200 -28.38% 52
West Midlands -41 19 £250 +3.09% 48
East of England -10 18 £175 -22.22% 58
North East +3 15 £200 -20.00% 9
Northern Ireland +21 5 £318 -9.29% 2
Wales -17 3 £193 -8.33% 3

Junior Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 July 2018, Junior contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Junior in the job title.

1 135 (22.24%) Finance
2 99 (16.31%) Agile Software Development
3 98 (16.14%) Windows
4 93 (15.32%) Project Management
5 83 (13.67%) Microsoft
6 77 (12.69%) Degree
7 69 (11.37%) Java
8 65 (10.71%) SQL
9 63 (10.38%) Analytical Skills
10 60 (9.88%) JavaScript
11 59 (9.72%) HTML
11 59 (9.72%) Microsoft Excel
12 57 (9.39%) Microsoft Office
13 56 (9.23%) C#
14 52 (8.57%) Problem-Solving
15 49 (8.07%) CSS
16 48 (7.91%) Active Directory
16 48 (7.91%) Stakeholder Management
17 47 (7.74%) PMO
18 45 (7.41%) Computer Science
19 43 (7.08%) Python
20 42 (6.92%) Linux
20 42 (6.92%) Banking
21 39 (6.43%) Migration
22 38 (6.26%) .NET
23 34 (5.60%) ITIL
23 34 (5.60%) Scrum
24 31 (5.11%) Security Cleared
24 31 (5.11%) Windows 10
25 30 (4.94%) PRINCE2

Junior Skill Set
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 27 (4.45%) SharePoint
2 14 (2.31%) CMS
2 14 (2.31%) Confluence
3 11 (1.81%) MS Exchange
4 9 (1.48%) SAS
5 8 (1.32%) WordPress
6 7 (1.15%) IIS
7 6 (0.99%) Tomcat
8 5 (0.82%) Elasticsearch
9 4 (0.66%) BizTalk Server
9 4 (0.66%) Drupal
9 4 (0.66%) Sitecore CMS
9 4 (0.66%) WebSphere
10 3 (0.49%) Apache
10 3 (0.49%) Umbraco
11 1 (0.16%) Cloud Foundry
11 1 (0.16%) Ethereum
11 1 (0.16%) Exchange Server 2010
11 1 (0.16%) Hyperledger
11 1 (0.16%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 59 (9.72%) Microsoft Excel
2 57 (9.39%) Microsoft Office
3 25 (4.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 24 (3.95%) Microsoft Project
5 18 (2.97%) Photoshop
6 10 (1.65%) MS Visio
7 7 (1.15%) Adobe Illustrator
8 6 (0.99%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 6 (0.99%) Spreadsheet
9 3 (0.49%) Acrobat
10 2 (0.33%) InDesign
11 1 (0.16%) Adobe After Effects
11 1 (0.16%) Adobe Captivate
11 1 (0.16%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 3 (0.49%) Dynamics AX
1 3 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (0.49%) Dynamics NAV
1 3 (0.49%) SAP S/4HANA
1 3 (0.49%) Unit4 Business World
2 2 (0.33%) NetSuite
2 2 (0.33%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (0.33%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.16%) JDE EnterpriseOne
3 1 (0.16%) Magento
3 1 (0.16%) R3 Corda
3 1 (0.16%) Ripple
3 1 (0.16%) SAP CO
3 1 (0.16%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.16%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.16%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (0.16%) SAP GRC
3 1 (0.16%) SAP R/3
3 1 (0.16%) Shopify
3 1 (0.16%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 22 (3.62%) Amazon AWS
2 16 (2.64%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (1.81%) Office 365
4 6 (0.99%) Datadog
5 5 (0.82%) OpenShift
6 4 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (0.49%) Google Analytics
7 3 (0.49%) IaaS
7 3 (0.49%) Serverless
8 2 (0.33%) Adobe Analytics
8 2 (0.33%) Adobe Creative Cloud
8 2 (0.33%) Amazon S3
8 2 (0.33%) FinancialForce
9 1 (0.16%) AdWords
9 1 (0.16%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.16%) npm
9 1 (0.16%) NUVI
9 1 (0.16%) PaaS
9 1 (0.16%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
9 1 (0.16%) Yarn
Communications & Networking
1 13 (2.14%) Firewall
1 13 (2.14%) LAN
2 11 (1.81%) DNS
2 11 (1.81%) Internet
3 9 (1.48%) Wireless
4 7 (1.15%) DHCP
5 6 (0.99%) SAN
5 6 (0.99%) WAN
6 5 (0.82%) TCP/IP
6 5 (0.82%) VLAN
7 4 (0.66%) SMS
8 3 (0.49%) Network Security
9 2 (0.33%) DOCSIS
9 2 (0.33%) FTP
9 2 (0.33%) HTTP
9 2 (0.33%) Intranet
9 2 (0.33%) MPLS
9 2 (0.33%) PuTTY
9 2 (0.33%) Skype
9 2 (0.33%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (4.28%) SQL Server
2 22 (3.62%) MySQL
3 8 (1.32%) NoSQL
4 7 (1.15%) Relational Database
5 6 (0.99%) Big Data
5 6 (0.99%) Hadoop
5 6 (0.99%) PostgreSQL
6 5 (0.82%) BusinessObjects
7 4 (0.66%) DB2
7 4 (0.66%) Oracle Database
7 4 (0.66%) Power BI
7 4 (0.66%) QlikView
7 4 (0.66%) SAP HANA
7 4 (0.66%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (0.49%) Apache Cassandra
8 3 (0.49%) MS Access
8 3 (0.49%) Oracle Database 11g
9 2 (0.33%) GIS
9 2 (0.33%) SQL Server 2008
9 2 (0.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 24 (3.95%) JIRA
2 22 (3.62%) Git (software)
3 14 (2.31%) Visual Studio
4 13 (2.14%) Jenkins
5 8 (1.32%) Eclipse
6 6 (0.99%) Selenium
7 5 (0.82%) GitLab
7 5 (0.82%) Grunt
7 5 (0.82%) SonarQube
8 4 (0.66%) Jasmine
8 4 (0.66%) Karma Test Runner
8 4 (0.66%) Visual Studio Team System
9 3 (0.49%) Axure RP
9 3 (0.49%) Cucumber
9 3 (0.49%) Dreamweaver
9 3 (0.49%) Subversion
9 3 (0.49%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (0.33%) Ant
10 2 (0.33%) JUnit
10 2 (0.33%) MSI
General
1 135 (22.24%) Finance
2 42 (6.92%) Banking
3 27 (4.45%) Marketing
4 23 (3.79%) Telecoms
5 21 (3.46%) Retail
6 16 (2.64%) Legal
7 12 (1.98%) Investment Banking
7 12 (1.98%) Law
8 9 (1.48%) Financial Institution
9 8 (1.32%) Advertising
9 8 (1.32%) Manufacturing
10 7 (1.15%) Billing
10 7 (1.15%) Publishing
11 6 (0.99%) Games
12 5 (0.82%) Electronics
12 5 (0.82%) Retail Banking
13 4 (0.66%) Front Office
14 3 (0.49%) Multimedia
15 2 (0.33%) Back Office
15 2 (0.33%) Mandarin Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (9.72%) HTML
2 49 (8.07%) CSS
3 38 (6.26%) .NET
4 24 (3.95%) HTML5
5 23 (3.79%) ASP.NET
6 19 (3.13%) jQuery
7 18 (2.97%) AngularJS
8 14 (2.31%) CSS3
9 12 (1.98%) Spring
10 10 (1.65%) REST
11 8 (1.32%) Laravel
11 8 (1.32%) Node.js
11 8 (1.32%) React
11 8 (1.32%) WPF
12 7 (1.15%) Elastic Stack
12 7 (1.15%) RESTful
12 7 (1.15%) XML
13 6 (0.99%) ASP.NET MVC
13 6 (0.99%) MFC
13 6 (0.99%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 63 (10.38%) Analytical Skills
2 45 (7.41%) Computer Science
3 23 (3.79%) User Experience
4 17 (2.80%) Self-Motivation
5 14 (2.31%) Data Structures
6 13 (2.14%) Algorithms
6 13 (2.14%) Greenfield Project
7 11 (1.81%) Data Centre
7 11 (1.81%) Management Information System
7 11 (1.81%) Mobile App
8 10 (1.65%) Fintech
8 10 (1.65%) Virtual Team
9 7 (1.15%) Mainframe
9 7 (1.15%) Social Media
10 5 (0.82%) Hedge funds
11 4 (0.66%) EPoS
11 4 (0.66%) Fixed Income
11 4 (0.66%) Life Science
12 3 (0.49%) Client/Server
12 3 (0.49%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 98 (16.14%) Windows
2 42 (6.92%) Linux
3 31 (5.11%) Windows 10
4 27 (4.45%) Windows 7
5 18 (2.97%) Unix
6 14 (2.31%) Windows Server
7 12 (1.98%) Android
8 11 (1.81%) Apple iOS
9 5 (0.82%) Windows Server 2012
10 4 (0.66%) Solaris
10 4 (0.66%) zOS
11 3 (0.49%) Windows Server 2008
11 3 (0.49%) Windows XP
12 2 (0.33%) Mac OS
12 2 (0.33%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.16%) CentOS
13 1 (0.16%) Ubuntu
13 1 (0.16%) VMS
13 1 (0.16%) Windows Mobile
13 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 99 (16.31%) Agile Software Development
2 93 (15.32%) Project Management
3 52 (8.57%) Problem-Solving
4 48 (7.91%) Stakeholder Management
5 39 (6.43%) Migration
6 34 (5.60%) ITIL
6 34 (5.60%) Scrum
7 30 (4.94%) PRINCE2
8 29 (4.78%) Analytics
9 23 (3.79%) Business Analysis
10 22 (3.62%) MVC
11 20 (3.29%) OO
11 20 (3.29%) SDLC
11 20 (3.29%) Test Automation
11 20 (3.29%) Web Development
12 18 (2.97%) DevOps
13 17 (2.80%) Front End Development
13 17 (2.80%) Project Planning
13 17 (2.80%) Stakeholder Engagement
13 17 (2.80%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 69 (11.37%) Java
2 65 (10.71%) SQL
3 60 (9.88%) JavaScript
4 56 (9.23%) C#
5 43 (7.08%) Python
6 30 (4.94%) C++
7 22 (3.62%) PHP
8 12 (1.98%) C
9 11 (1.81%) PowerShell
9 11 (1.81%) Ruby
10 9 (1.48%) Perl
11 8 (1.32%) Bash Shell
11 8 (1.32%) VBA
12 7 (1.15%) Java 8
12 7 (1.15%) R
13 6 (0.99%) VC++
14 4 (0.66%) APL
14 4 (0.66%) Scala
15 3 (0.49%) Shell Script
15 3 (0.49%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 77 (12.69%) Degree
2 31 (5.11%) Security Cleared
3 25 (4.12%) SC Cleared
4 24 (3.95%) Computer Science Degree
5 9 (1.48%) ITIL Certification
5 9 (1.48%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 6 (0.99%) Cisco Certification
7 5 (0.82%) CCNA
7 5 (0.82%) CISSP
8 4 (0.66%) A+ Certification
8 4 (0.66%) PMP
9 3 (0.49%) DV Cleared
9 3 (0.49%) ISEB
9 3 (0.49%) ISTQB
9 3 (0.49%) Numerate Degree
9 3 (0.49%) PMI Certification
10 2 (0.33%) CCNP
10 2 (0.33%) MCSA
10 2 (0.33%) MCSE
10 2 (0.33%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (7.74%) PMO
2 28 (4.61%) SLA
3 22 (3.62%) QA
4 16 (2.64%) GDPR
5 10 (1.65%) Data Quality
6 4 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 3 (0.49%) PCI DSS
8 2 (0.33%) WCAG
9 1 (0.16%) Dodd-Frank
9 1 (0.16%) EMIR
9 1 (0.16%) ISAE 3402
9 1 (0.16%) MiFID
9 1 (0.16%) PSD2
9 1 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.16%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 48 (7.91%) Active Directory
2 8 (1.32%) Docker
3 5 (0.82%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.66%) XenApp
5 2 (0.33%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.16%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.16%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.16%) Postfix
6 1 (0.16%) RACF
6 1 (0.16%) Squid
6 1 (0.16%) vCloud
6 1 (0.16%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.16%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 12 (1.98%) Ansible
1 12 (1.98%) Puppet
2 8 (1.32%) AirWatch
3 6 (0.99%) Nagios
3 6 (0.99%) SCCM
4 5 (0.82%) Kubernetes
4 5 (0.82%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.16%) Docker Swarm
5 1 (0.16%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.16%) Kibana
5 1 (0.16%) logstash
5 1 (0.16%) NetBackup
5 1 (0.16%) Nmap
5 1 (0.16%) Opsview
5 1 (0.16%) Prometheus
5 1 (0.16%) Rancher
5 1 (0.16%) SCOM
5 1 (0.16%) Terraform
5 1 (0.16%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 83 (13.67%) Microsoft
2 22 (3.62%) Oracle
3 21 (3.46%) Cisco
4 20 (3.29%) Adobe
5 16 (2.64%) Citrix
6 12 (1.98%) SAP
7 9 (1.48%) Google
8 8 (1.32%) Ivanti
9 7 (1.15%) JD Edwards
9 7 (1.15%) Salesforce.com
9 7 (1.15%) VMware
10 6 (0.99%) Facebook
10 6 (0.99%) New Relic
10 6 (0.99%) Splunk
10 6 (0.99%) Tableau
10 6 (0.99%) Twitter
11 5 (0.82%) Apple
11 5 (0.82%) Aruba
11 5 (0.82%) Sitecore
12 4 (0.66%) Symantec