Period
to 20 October 2017

The median contractor rate for a Lead Developer was £513 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 October 2017.

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.

Lead Developer
UK
6 months to
20 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 401 417 411
Rank change year-on-year +16 -6 +12
Contract jobs requiring a Lead Developer 587 584 611
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.59% 0.55% 0.54%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.62% 0.58% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 421 400 431
UK median daily rate £513 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.89% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £375 £358 £353
90th Percentile £638 £625 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £436 £440
% change year-on-year +3.15% -0.85% +3.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
UK median hourly rate - - £50.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £41.00

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 94185 100715 108433
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.76% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 61877 65601 68922
UK median daily rate £440 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £250 £246
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +6.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2805 3286 4157
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.03 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.72% +0.17% +8.70%
10th Percentile £10.87 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £46.98 £44.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% - +6.06%

Lead Developer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Lead Developer in the UK

Lead Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Lead Developer in the UK

Lead Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Lead Developer over the 6 months to 20 October 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Lead Developer in the UK

Lead Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Lead Developer in the UK

Lead Developer
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Lead Developer within the UK over the 6 months to 20 October 2017. 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 +33 536 £523 +10.00% 127
London +26 321 £530 +0.95% 52
UK excluding London +35 259 £450 +3.15% 89
East of England +13 56 £516 +17.33% 16
South East +2 49 £525 +5.00% 20
Midlands +20 47 £425 +2.41% 6
Scotland +39 42 £450 +4.35% 10
North of England +24 41 £425 -2.86% 22
Yorkshire +38 28 £431 -6.76% 8
East Midlands +13 24 £475 +5.56% 2
West Midlands -3 23 £338 -18.67% 4
South West +21 18 £425 +6.25% 11
North West -4 11 £425 - 10
Wales +13 6 £395 -24.76% 4
North East +43 2 £425 -8.11% 4

Lead Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 October 2017, Lead Developer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Lead Developer in the job title.

1 313 (53.32%) Agile Software Development
2 206 (35.09%) JavaScript
3 204 (34.75%) Java
4 188 (32.03%) TDD
5 157 (26.75%) .NET
6 151 (25.72%) C#
7 134 (22.83%) HTML
8 130 (22.15%) Finance
9 124 (21.12%) CSS
10 119 (20.27%) Git (software)
11 112 (19.08%) AngularJS
12 100 (17.04%) Scrum
13 96 (16.35%) Greenfield Project
14 95 (16.18%) Spring
15 87 (14.82%) BDD
16 85 (14.48%) RESTful
17 81 (13.80%) SQL
18 80 (13.63%) ASP.NET
19 78 (13.29%) Web Services
20 77 (13.12%) MVC
21 74 (12.61%) Maven
21 74 (12.61%) SQL Server
22 73 (12.44%) HTML5
23 70 (11.93%) Microservices
24 69 (11.75%) Continuous Integration
25 67 (11.41%) jQuery
25 67 (11.41%) DevOps
25 67 (11.41%) React
25 67 (11.41%) Node.js
26 66 (11.24%) Amazon AWS

Lead Developer 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 31 (5.28%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 27 (4.60%) CMS
3 26 (4.43%) Mule
3 26 (4.43%) Oracle Service Bus
3 26 (4.43%) Tomcat
4 24 (4.09%) JBoss
5 22 (3.75%) Apache
6 20 (3.41%) NServiceBus
7 17 (2.90%) Jetty
8 16 (2.73%) Confluence
9 11 (1.87%) SharePoint
10 10 (1.70%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 9 (1.53%) Apache Spark
11 9 (1.53%) Elasticsearch
12 8 (1.36%) WildFly
12 8 (1.36%) WordPress
13 7 (1.19%) Drupal
14 6 (1.02%) Apache Solr
14 6 (1.02%) EPiServer
14 6 (1.02%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 12 (2.04%) Photoshop
2 3 (0.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.34%) Adobe Illustrator
3 2 (0.34%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.17%) GIMP
4 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.17%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 15 (2.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (1.36%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.68%) Eloqua
4 2 (0.34%) ION MarketView
4 2 (0.34%) Oracle BPM
4 2 (0.34%) Oracle Financials
4 2 (0.34%) Social Studio
5 1 (0.17%) Adobe Campaign
5 1 (0.17%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.17%) Payment Gateway
5 1 (0.17%) Radian6
5 1 (0.17%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.17%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.17%) SAP FI/CO
5 1 (0.17%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.17%) SessionCam
Cloud Services
1 66 (11.24%) Amazon AWS
2 63 (10.73%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (2.56%) Dynamics 365
4 10 (1.70%) GitHub
5 9 (1.53%) npm
6 6 (1.02%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
6 6 (1.02%) Salesforce Service Cloud
7 5 (0.85%) Google Cloud Platform
8 4 (0.68%) Amazon EC2
9 3 (0.51%) Amazon S3
9 3 (0.51%) Office 365
9 3 (0.51%) Route 53
9 3 (0.51%) Serverless
10 2 (0.34%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 2 (0.34%) AWS Lambda
10 2 (0.34%) CloudFront
10 2 (0.34%) SaaS
11 1 (0.17%) Amazon SQS
11 1 (0.17%) Heroku
11 1 (0.17%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (1.87%) Internet
2 8 (1.36%) HTTP
3 4 (0.68%) Kerberos
4 3 (0.51%) Firewall
5 2 (0.34%) TCP/IP
6 1 (0.17%) AMQP
6 1 (0.17%) Bluetooth
6 1 (0.17%) CTI
6 1 (0.17%) Diameter Protocol
6 1 (0.17%) Intranet
6 1 (0.17%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (12.61%) SQL Server
2 51 (8.69%) MongoDB
2 51 (8.69%) NoSQL
3 22 (3.75%) Big Data
3 22 (3.75%) Data Warehouse
3 22 (3.75%) Relational Database
3 22 (3.75%) SQL Server 2012
4 20 (3.41%) MySQL
5 19 (3.24%) SQL Server 2008
5 19 (3.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 18 (3.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 15 (2.56%) Hadoop
8 14 (2.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 13 (2.21%) PostgreSQL
10 12 (2.04%) QlikView
10 12 (2.04%) RDBMS
11 11 (1.87%) SQL Server 2016
12 10 (1.70%) Oracle Database
13 9 (1.53%) SQL Server 2014
14 8 (1.36%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 119 (20.27%) Git (software)
2 74 (12.61%) Maven
3 56 (9.54%) Jenkins
4 46 (7.84%) JUnit
5 45 (7.67%) Subversion
6 37 (6.30%) JIRA
7 34 (5.79%) Mockito
8 29 (4.94%) Visual Studio
9 22 (3.75%) Selenium
10 21 (3.58%) SpecFlow
10 21 (3.58%) Team Foundation Server
11 20 (3.41%) Vagrant
12 19 (3.24%) gulp
13 18 (3.07%) Eclipse
13 18 (3.07%) Octopus Deploy
14 16 (2.73%) Cucumber
14 16 (2.73%) TeamCity
15 15 (2.56%) Grunt
16 12 (2.04%) Ant
16 12 (2.04%) SonarQube
General
1 130 (22.15%) Finance
2 49 (8.35%) Marketing
3 48 (8.18%) Banking
4 35 (5.96%) Manufacturing
4 35 (5.96%) Telecoms
5 32 (5.45%) Electronics
6 23 (3.92%) Retail
7 15 (2.56%) Investment Banking
8 12 (2.04%) Front Office
9 7 (1.19%) Financial Institution
10 6 (1.02%) Advertising
10 6 (1.02%) Publishing
11 5 (0.85%) Back Office
12 4 (0.68%) Local Government
13 2 (0.34%) Automotive
13 2 (0.34%) Games
13 2 (0.34%) Law
13 2 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
13 2 (0.34%) Retail Banking
13 2 (0.34%) Wholesale Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 157 (26.75%) .NET
2 134 (22.83%) HTML
3 124 (21.12%) CSS
4 112 (19.08%) AngularJS
5 95 (16.18%) Spring
6 85 (14.48%) RESTful
7 80 (13.63%) ASP.NET
8 78 (13.29%) Web Services
9 73 (12.44%) HTML5
10 67 (11.41%) jQuery
10 67 (11.41%) Node.js
10 67 (11.41%) React
11 63 (10.73%) REST
12 61 (10.39%) JSON
13 55 (9.37%) XML
14 53 (9.03%) ASP.NET Web API
15 48 (8.18%) CSS3
16 45 (7.67%) Hibernate
17 38 (6.47%) Apache Camel
18 37 (6.30%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 96 (16.35%) Greenfield Project
2 32 (5.45%) User Experience
3 23 (3.92%) Mobile App
4 18 (3.07%) Hedge funds
5 10 (1.70%) Virtual Team
6 9 (1.53%) Digital Media
6 9 (1.53%) Fixed Income
6 9 (1.53%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 9 (1.53%) Linux Command Line
7 8 (1.36%) Fintech
8 7 (1.19%) Analytical Skills
8 7 (1.19%) iPad
9 5 (0.85%) Client/Server
9 5 (0.85%) Computer Science
10 4 (0.68%) Algorithms
10 4 (0.68%) NHS
10 4 (0.68%) STB
11 3 (0.51%) Derivative
11 3 (0.51%) Management Information System
11 3 (0.51%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 41 (6.98%) Linux
2 27 (4.60%) Unix
3 19 (3.24%) Android
4 10 (1.70%) Apple iOS
5 9 (1.53%) Windows
6 8 (1.36%) VMS
7 3 (0.51%) Windows Mobile
8 2 (0.34%) Mac OS X
8 2 (0.34%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.17%) CentOS
9 1 (0.17%) SUSE
9 1 (0.17%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 313 (53.32%) Agile Software Development
2 188 (32.03%) TDD
3 100 (17.04%) Scrum
4 87 (14.82%) BDD
5 77 (13.12%) MVC
6 70 (11.93%) Microservices
7 69 (11.75%) Continuous Integration
8 67 (11.41%) DevOps
9 59 (10.05%) SOA
10 58 (9.88%) Mentoring
11 57 (9.71%) Business Intelligence
12 56 (9.54%) Data Modelling
12 56 (9.54%) Front End Development
13 55 (9.37%) Test Automation
14 42 (7.16%) OO
15 39 (6.64%) E-Commerce
16 33 (5.62%) Digital Marketing
17 32 (5.45%) Programme Management
17 32 (5.45%) Unit Testing
18 27 (4.60%) CQRS
Programming Languages
1 206 (35.09%) JavaScript
2 204 (34.75%) Java
3 151 (25.72%) C#
4 81 (13.80%) SQL
5 33 (5.62%) Python
6 26 (4.43%) XPath
7 15 (2.56%) PHP
7 15 (2.56%) PowerShell
7 15 (2.56%) T-SQL
8 11 (1.87%) Shell Script
9 10 (1.70%) Scala
10 9 (1.53%) TypeScript
11 8 (1.36%) C
11 8 (1.36%) JPQL
11 8 (1.36%) Ruby
12 7 (1.19%) C++
12 7 (1.19%) ECMAScript
12 7 (1.19%) ES6
13 6 (1.02%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 6 (1.02%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 25 (4.26%) Security Cleared
2 14 (2.39%) Degree
3 11 (1.87%) SC Cleared
4 10 (1.70%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (1.02%) MCITP
5 6 (1.02%) MCSE
6 4 (0.68%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (0.34%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (0.17%) CFA
8 1 (0.17%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (5.11%) QA
2 6 (1.02%) Data Quality
3 3 (0.51%) MiFID
System Software
1 51 (8.69%) Docker
2 2 (0.34%) Varnish
2 2 (0.34%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (0.34%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (0.34%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 30 (5.11%) Puppet
2 22 (3.75%) Ansible
3 19 (3.24%) Opscode Chef
4 10 (1.70%) Kubernetes
5 4 (0.68%) Cobbler
6 3 (0.51%) cPanel
7 2 (0.34%) Nagios
8 1 (0.17%) HP Quality Center
8 1 (0.17%) Oozie
8 1 (0.17%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 60 (10.22%) Microsoft
1 60 (10.22%) Oracle
2 43 (7.33%) ServiceNow
3 34 (5.79%) SAP
4 28 (4.77%) WSO2
5 20 (3.41%) Sitecore
6 11 (1.87%) Adobe
7 10 (1.70%) Salesforce.com
8 9 (1.53%) Google
9 8 (1.36%) Tableau
10 6 (1.02%) Cloudera
10 6 (1.02%) IBM
10 6 (1.02%) RedGate
11 5 (0.85%) ION Trading
12 4 (0.68%) hybris
12 4 (0.68%) Marketo
12 4 (0.68%) VMware
12 4 (0.68%) Xamarin
13 3 (0.51%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
13 3 (0.51%) TIBCO