Period
to 23 June 2018

The median contractor rate for a Lead Developer was £531 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 June 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.

Lead Developer
UK
6 months to
23 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 336 433 408
Rank change year-on-year +97 -25 +9
Contract jobs requiring a Lead Developer 741 472 607
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.74% 0.52% 0.57%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.78% 0.54% 0.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 542 336 393
UK median daily rate £531 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +5.26% -
10th Percentile £382 £363 £363
90th Percentile £650 £675 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £484 £425 £450
% change year-on-year +13.82% -5.56% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 3
UK median hourly rate £39.00 £55.00 £55.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -29.09% - +61.76%
10th Percentile £37.00 £52.50 £33.40
90th Percentile £41.00 £57.50 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.00 £55.00 £33.50
% change year-on-year -29.09% +64.18% -1.47%

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 95,060 86,949 101,432
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.82% 94.95% 95.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,233 56,238 65,870
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +0.59% +5.63%
10th Percentile £268 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £613 £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 3,065 2,873 3,092
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% -6.50% +14.29%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.14 £50.00 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.58 £19.63
% change year-on-year -0.46% -10.42% +17.16%

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 23 June 2018.

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 16 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 23 June 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 +75 684 £550 +10.00% 334
London -19 368 £575 +9.52% 123
UK excluding London +142 363 £484 +13.82% 223
South East +75 133 £525 +5.53% 60
North of England +15 78 £438 +2.94% 61
Midlands +10 55 £488 +14.71% 27
North West +8 44 £413 +13.79% 35
West Midlands +6 38 £400 -19.29% 11
Scotland -23 32 £430 -4.44% 8
Yorkshire -1 30 £475 +7.04% 21
East of England +12 28 £600 -2.04% 30
South West +8 22 £450 +12.50% 33
East Midlands +7 17 £500 +17.65% 16
Wales +2 15 £430 -18.10% 4
North East +1 4 £420 -9.19% 5
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

Lead Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 June 2018, Lead Developer 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 Lead Developer in the job title.

1 347 (46.83%) Java
2 328 (44.26%) Agile Software Development
3 224 (30.23%) JavaScript
4 205 (27.67%) TDD
5 164 (22.13%) Spring
6 150 (20.24%) SQL
7 147 (19.84%) .NET
7 147 (19.84%) HTML
8 140 (18.89%) Microservices
9 137 (18.49%) CSS
10 128 (17.27%) C#
10 128 (17.27%) Web Services
11 121 (16.33%) Finance
12 120 (16.19%) Greenfield Project
13 115 (15.52%) Amazon AWS
14 114 (15.38%) RESTful
15 103 (13.90%) Scrum
16 101 (13.63%) Maven
17 99 (13.36%) Java 8
18 94 (12.69%) SQL Server
19 93 (12.55%) AngularJS
20 87 (11.74%) Docker
21 85 (11.47%) REST
22 83 (11.20%) Spring Boot
23 81 (10.93%) Node.js
23 81 (10.93%) Microsoft Azure
24 80 (10.80%) Test Automation
24 80 (10.80%) Hibernate
25 78 (10.53%) OO
25 78 (10.53%) Continuous Integration

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 23 (3.10%) CMS
1 23 (3.10%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 20 (2.70%) JBoss
2 20 (2.70%) Oracle Service Bus
3 18 (2.43%) Elasticsearch
4 14 (1.89%) Tomcat
5 13 (1.75%) Cloud Foundry
5 13 (1.75%) Mule
6 11 (1.48%) Apache
7 10 (1.35%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 10 (1.35%) Sitecore CMS
7 10 (1.35%) WebLogic
8 9 (1.21%) Apache Spark
9 8 (1.08%) WildFly
10 7 (0.94%) NServiceBus
11 6 (0.81%) Drupal
11 6 (0.81%) SharePoint
12 5 (0.67%) Confluence
12 5 (0.67%) WebSphere
13 4 (0.54%) Jetty
Applications
1 9 (1.21%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.27%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 14 (1.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.54%) Oracle ERP
3 2 (0.27%) Elite 3E
3 2 (0.27%) Magento
3 2 (0.27%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.13%) Cognos TM1
4 1 (0.13%) HFM
4 1 (0.13%) Hyperion Planning
4 1 (0.13%) SAP S/4HANA
4 1 (0.13%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 115 (15.52%) Amazon AWS
2 81 (10.93%) Microsoft Azure
3 13 (1.75%) Cloud Computing
3 13 (1.75%) GitHub
4 10 (1.35%) Amazon EC2
4 10 (1.35%) SaaS
4 10 (1.35%) Serverless
5 6 (0.81%) Amazon S3
6 5 (0.67%) Google Cloud Platform
6 5 (0.67%) IaaS
6 5 (0.67%) npm
6 5 (0.67%) OpenShift
7 4 (0.54%) Dynamics 365
7 4 (0.54%) Trello
8 3 (0.40%) AWS Lambda
8 3 (0.40%) Azure Active Directory
8 3 (0.40%) PaaS
8 3 (0.40%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
9 2 (0.27%) BrowserStack
9 2 (0.27%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 15 (2.02%) HTTP
2 4 (0.54%) FTP
3 3 (0.40%) Internet
4 2 (0.27%) DNS
4 2 (0.27%) HTTPS
4 2 (0.27%) SMS
4 2 (0.27%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.13%) Bluetooth
5 1 (0.13%) BOOTP
5 1 (0.13%) Ethernet
5 1 (0.13%) Firewall
5 1 (0.13%) MPLS
5 1 (0.13%) SNMP
5 1 (0.13%) SSL
5 1 (0.13%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 94 (12.69%) SQL Server
2 53 (7.15%) Relational Database
3 39 (5.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 37 (4.99%) MongoDB
5 36 (4.86%) NoSQL
6 31 (4.18%) Data Warehouse
7 26 (3.51%) MySQL
7 26 (3.51%) PostgreSQL
8 22 (2.97%) Redis
9 21 (2.83%) Oracle Database
10 19 (2.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 17 (2.29%) RDBMS
12 15 (2.02%) Big Data
12 15 (2.02%) DB2
12 15 (2.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 14 (1.89%) Apache Cassandra
14 12 (1.62%) Hadoop
14 12 (1.62%) SQL Server 2012
15 11 (1.48%) Oracle Database 11g
15 11 (1.48%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 101 (13.63%) Maven
2 71 (9.58%) Git (software)
3 57 (7.69%) Jenkins
4 37 (4.99%) Visual Studio
5 24 (3.24%) Selenium
6 23 (3.10%) JIRA
7 20 (2.70%) Cucumber
7 20 (2.70%) Team Foundation Server
8 19 (2.56%) Subversion
9 17 (2.29%) JUnit
10 14 (1.89%) TeamCity
11 13 (1.75%) webpack
12 11 (1.48%) Visual Studio Team System
13 10 (1.35%) Bitbucket
13 10 (1.35%) Eclipse
13 10 (1.35%) Vagrant
14 9 (1.21%) Jasmine
14 9 (1.21%) Mockito
14 9 (1.21%) SpecFlow
15 8 (1.08%) SoapUI
General
1 121 (16.33%) Finance
2 67 (9.04%) Banking
3 26 (3.51%) Front Office
4 22 (2.97%) Telecoms
5 21 (2.83%) Retail
6 16 (2.16%) Investment Banking
7 15 (2.02%) Games
8 14 (1.89%) Manufacturing
8 14 (1.89%) Marketing
9 13 (1.75%) Electronics
10 12 (1.62%) Financial Institution
11 5 (0.67%) Music Industry
12 4 (0.54%) Advertising
12 4 (0.54%) Law
13 3 (0.40%) Automotive
13 3 (0.40%) Legal
13 3 (0.40%) Publishing
14 2 (0.27%) French Language
14 2 (0.27%) Local Government
15 1 (0.13%) Russian Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 164 (22.13%) Spring
2 147 (19.84%) .NET
2 147 (19.84%) HTML
3 137 (18.49%) CSS
4 128 (17.27%) Web Services
5 114 (15.38%) RESTful
6 93 (12.55%) AngularJS
7 85 (11.47%) REST
8 83 (11.20%) Spring Boot
9 81 (10.93%) Node.js
10 80 (10.80%) Hibernate
11 72 (9.72%) React
12 64 (8.64%) HTML5
13 59 (7.96%) jQuery
13 59 (7.96%) JSON
13 59 (7.96%) SOAP
14 58 (7.83%) XML
15 53 (7.15%) ASP.NET
16 51 (6.88%) .NET Framework
17 46 (6.21%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 120 (16.19%) Greenfield Project
2 28 (3.78%) User Experience
3 19 (2.56%) Enterprise Software
3 19 (2.56%) Self-Motivation
4 14 (1.89%) Mobile App
5 13 (1.75%) Algorithms
5 13 (1.75%) Fintech
6 12 (1.62%) Analytical Skills
6 12 (1.62%) Hedge funds
7 10 (1.35%) Computer Science
7 10 (1.35%) Digital Media
7 10 (1.35%) iPad
7 10 (1.35%) Over-the-Top Content
7 10 (1.35%) Video on Demand
8 9 (1.21%) NHS
9 7 (0.94%) Data Structures
9 7 (0.94%) iPhone
10 6 (0.81%) Derivative
10 6 (0.81%) Mainframe
10 6 (0.81%) Minimum Viable Product
Operating Systems
1 50 (6.75%) Linux
2 34 (4.59%) Unix
3 19 (2.56%) Android
3 19 (2.56%) Apple iOS
4 14 (1.89%) AIX
5 11 (1.48%) Windows
6 4 (0.54%) Ubuntu
7 3 (0.40%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.27%) Mac OS X
8 2 (0.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.27%) Windows Server
9 1 (0.13%) Debian
9 1 (0.13%) VMS
9 1 (0.13%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 328 (44.26%) Agile Software Development
2 205 (27.67%) TDD
3 140 (18.89%) Microservices
4 103 (13.90%) Scrum
5 80 (10.80%) Test Automation
6 78 (10.53%) Continuous Integration
6 78 (10.53%) OO
7 68 (9.18%) Project Management
8 67 (9.04%) DevOps
8 67 (9.04%) MVC
9 59 (7.96%) BDD
10 55 (7.42%) Business Intelligence
10 55 (7.42%) Problem-Solving
11 53 (7.15%) SOA
12 51 (6.88%) Software Engineering
13 49 (6.61%) Front End Development
14 47 (6.34%) ETL
15 45 (6.07%) SDLC
16 40 (5.40%) Mentoring
17 34 (4.59%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 347 (46.83%) Java
2 224 (30.23%) JavaScript
3 150 (20.24%) SQL
4 128 (17.27%) C#
5 99 (13.36%) Java 8
6 58 (7.83%) Python
7 29 (3.91%) Scala
8 22 (2.97%) ES6
8 22 (2.97%) PHP
9 21 (2.83%) T-SQL
10 17 (2.29%) C++
11 16 (2.16%) TypeScript
12 15 (2.02%) Ruby
12 15 (2.02%) XPath
13 13 (1.75%) PL/SQL
14 10 (1.35%) Apple Swift
14 10 (1.35%) PowerShell
15 9 (1.21%) Shell Script
16 8 (1.08%) Bash Shell
16 8 (1.08%) VBA
Qualifications
1 23 (3.10%) Security Cleared
2 19 (2.56%) Degree
3 16 (2.16%) SC Cleared
4 5 (0.67%) AWS Certification
4 5 (0.67%) Computer Science Degree
4 5 (0.67%) DV Cleared
5 4 (0.54%) DBS Check
6 3 (0.40%) BPSS Clearance
6 3 (0.40%) Oracle Certification
7 2 (0.27%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.13%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.13%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.13%) Master's Degree
8 1 (0.13%) MCSE
8 1 (0.13%) OCA
8 1 (0.13%) OCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (3.64%) QA
2 3 (0.40%) Data Quality
2 3 (0.40%) PMO
3 1 (0.13%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.13%) MiFID
System Software
1 87 (11.74%) Docker
2 4 (0.54%) Active Directory
2 4 (0.54%) HDFS
3 3 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.13%) Terminal Server
4 1 (0.13%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.13%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 29 (3.91%) Kubernetes
2 24 (3.24%) Ansible
3 21 (2.83%) Opscode Chef
4 20 (2.70%) Puppet
5 18 (2.43%) Terraform
6 3 (0.40%) Kibana
6 3 (0.40%) Mesos
7 2 (0.27%) HP ALM
7 2 (0.27%) Marathon
7 2 (0.27%) Oracle Flashback
8 1 (0.13%) Docker Swarm
8 1 (0.13%) Grafana
8 1 (0.13%) Hadoop YARN
8 1 (0.13%) logstash
8 1 (0.13%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 62 (8.37%) Oracle
2 54 (7.29%) Microsoft
3 21 (2.83%) ServiceNow
4 20 (2.70%) SAP
4 20 (2.70%) Teradata
5 18 (2.43%) WSO2
6 16 (2.16%) Sitecore
7 14 (1.89%) webMethods
8 13 (1.75%) TIBCO
9 12 (1.62%) Google
9 12 (1.62%) IBM
9 12 (1.62%) Salesforce.com
10 11 (1.48%) CA
11 9 (1.21%) Adobe
12 6 (0.81%) Talend
13 5 (0.67%) Informatica
13 5 (0.67%) Splunk
14 4 (0.54%) Apple
14 4 (0.54%) Cognos
14 4 (0.54%) hybris