Period
to 20 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Lead Developer was £513 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 January 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
20 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 334 394 389
Rank change year-on-year +60 -5 +56
Contract jobs requiring a Lead Developer 700 551 615
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.70% 0.57% 0.57%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.74% 0.60% 0.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 519 400 418
UK median daily rate £513 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.89% +5.56% -5.26%
10th Percentile £363 £350 £350
90th Percentile £646 £631 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 3
UK median hourly rate £43.00 - £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 - £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 94,249 91,784 102,687
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.78% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,616 59,908 65,517
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £260 £253 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,769 3,237 3,875
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.78% -5.26% +15.15%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.10 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.13
% change year-on-year - -3.45% +9.85%

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 January 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 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 January 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 +42 638 £525 +10.53% 384
UK excluding London +103 360 £450 +5.88% 234
London -5 333 £550 +10.00% 162
South East +13 88 £475 -4.04% 67
Midlands +42 72 £375 -13.29% 41
North of England +30 64 £438 -5.41% 61
East of England +28 61 £520 +15.56% 35
West Midlands +59 57 £350 -12.50% 29
Scotland +14 45 £425 -1.45% 9
North West +7 37 £475 +11.76% 42
Yorkshire +23 24 £400 -15.79% 17
South West +10 18 £431 +16.55% 18
East Midlands +3 14 £500 +12.36% 12
Wales +25 12 £425 - 2
North East +35 3 £400 -15.79% 2

Lead Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 January 2018, 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.

1 341 (48.71%) Agile Software Development
2 284 (40.57%) Java
3 241 (34.43%) JavaScript
4 225 (32.14%) TDD
5 165 (23.57%) .NET
6 160 (22.86%) C#
7 145 (20.71%) Finance
8 142 (20.29%) HTML
9 141 (20.14%) CSS
10 128 (18.29%) AngularJS
11 124 (17.71%) Greenfield Project
12 120 (17.14%) Web Services
13 119 (17.00%) Spring
14 104 (14.86%) Git (software)
14 104 (14.86%) SQL Server
15 102 (14.57%) Scrum
16 98 (14.00%) SQL
17 94 (13.43%) BDD
18 92 (13.14%) Maven
19 91 (13.00%) MVC
20 83 (11.86%) Continuous Integration
21 79 (11.29%) ASP.NET
21 79 (11.29%) Mentoring
22 78 (11.14%) jQuery
22 78 (11.14%) RESTful
23 74 (10.57%) Microservices
23 74 (10.57%) React
24 71 (10.14%) REST
24 71 (10.14%) Amazon AWS
25 69 (9.86%) HTML5

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 37 (5.29%) Apache
2 36 (5.14%) CMS
3 34 (4.86%) Tomcat
4 29 (4.14%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 27 (3.86%) Mule
6 26 (3.71%) JBoss
7 24 (3.43%) Oracle Service Bus
8 19 (2.71%) NServiceBus
9 17 (2.43%) Elasticsearch
9 17 (2.43%) WebSphere
10 16 (2.29%) Confluence
11 15 (2.14%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 14 (2.00%) Apache Spark
13 12 (1.71%) Apache Solr
13 12 (1.71%) Jetty
14 9 (1.29%) SharePoint
14 9 (1.29%) WildFly
15 7 (1.00%) GemFire
16 6 (0.86%) WebLogic
17 5 (0.71%) SAS
Applications
1 4 (0.57%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.29%) InfoPath
2 2 (0.29%) Photoshop
3 1 (0.14%) Gephi
3 1 (0.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.14%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.14%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.14%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 8 (1.14%) Dynamics AX
2 7 (1.00%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.71%) Magento
4 3 (0.43%) SAP IS-U
5 2 (0.29%) Oracle BPM
5 2 (0.29%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.29%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.14%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 1 (0.14%) ION MarketView
6 1 (0.14%) Payment Gateway
6 1 (0.14%) Radian6
6 1 (0.14%) Social Studio
Cloud Services
1 71 (10.14%) Amazon AWS
2 65 (9.29%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (2.00%) Dynamics 365
4 10 (1.43%) GitHub
5 7 (1.00%) PaaS
6 6 (0.86%) Google Cloud Platform
6 6 (0.86%) npm
6 6 (0.86%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
7 5 (0.71%) Amazon EC2
7 5 (0.71%) Amazon S3
7 5 (0.71%) Serverless
8 4 (0.57%) IaaS
8 4 (0.57%) Office 365
8 4 (0.57%) SaaS
9 3 (0.43%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 3 (0.43%) AWS Lambda
9 3 (0.43%) Azure Active Directory
9 3 (0.43%) Salesforce Service Cloud
10 2 (0.29%) Amazon SQS
10 2 (0.29%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 17 (2.43%) HTTP
2 7 (1.00%) Internet
3 4 (0.57%) Kerberos
4 3 (0.43%) Firewall
4 3 (0.43%) SMS
4 3 (0.43%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.14%) AMQP
5 1 (0.14%) Bluetooth
5 1 (0.14%) BOOTP
5 1 (0.14%) CTI
5 1 (0.14%) Diameter Protocol
5 1 (0.14%) Intranet
5 1 (0.14%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 104 (14.86%) SQL Server
2 51 (7.29%) MongoDB
3 41 (5.86%) NoSQL
4 27 (3.86%) Relational Database
5 25 (3.57%) MySQL
5 25 (3.57%) SQL Server 2012
6 23 (3.29%) Data Warehouse
7 22 (3.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 20 (2.86%) Hadoop
8 20 (2.86%) SQL Server 2008
9 18 (2.57%) PostgreSQL
10 16 (2.29%) Big Data
11 14 (2.00%) RDBMS
12 13 (1.86%) SQL Server 2014
12 13 (1.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 12 (1.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 11 (1.57%) SQL Server 2016
15 9 (1.29%) Oracle Database
16 7 (1.00%) Apache Hive
16 7 (1.00%) Redis
Development Applications
1 104 (14.86%) Git (software)
2 92 (13.14%) Maven
3 58 (8.29%) Jenkins
4 44 (6.29%) JUnit
5 42 (6.00%) Subversion
6 38 (5.43%) Mockito
7 35 (5.00%) JIRA
8 33 (4.71%) Team Foundation Server
9 27 (3.86%) Visual Studio
10 24 (3.43%) Selenium
11 20 (2.86%) Cucumber
11 20 (2.86%) webpack
12 17 (2.43%) Vagrant
13 16 (2.29%) SpecFlow
14 15 (2.14%) Ant
15 14 (2.00%) Octopus Deploy
16 13 (1.86%) NUnit
16 13 (1.86%) TeamCity
17 12 (1.71%) SonarQube
18 11 (1.57%) Jasmine
General
1 145 (20.71%) Finance
2 56 (8.00%) Banking
3 35 (5.00%) Marketing
4 30 (4.29%) Manufacturing
4 30 (4.29%) Telecoms
5 26 (3.71%) Electronics
6 19 (2.71%) Retail
7 13 (1.86%) Front Office
8 10 (1.43%) Investment Banking
9 8 (1.14%) Financial Institution
9 8 (1.14%) Publishing
10 6 (0.86%) Back Office
11 4 (0.57%) Local Government
12 3 (0.43%) Advertising
12 3 (0.43%) Billing
12 3 (0.43%) Law
12 3 (0.43%) Retail Banking
13 2 (0.29%) Games
13 2 (0.29%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.14%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 165 (23.57%) .NET
2 142 (20.29%) HTML
3 141 (20.14%) CSS
4 128 (18.29%) AngularJS
5 120 (17.14%) Web Services
6 119 (17.00%) Spring
7 79 (11.29%) ASP.NET
8 78 (11.14%) jQuery
8 78 (11.14%) RESTful
9 74 (10.57%) React
10 71 (10.14%) REST
11 69 (9.86%) HTML5
12 66 (9.43%) Node.js
13 64 (9.14%) Hibernate
14 58 (8.29%) ASP.NET Web API
15 57 (8.14%) CSS3
15 57 (8.14%) SOAP
16 55 (7.86%) XML
17 49 (7.00%) JSON
18 41 (5.86%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 124 (17.71%) Greenfield Project
2 28 (4.00%) Digital Media
3 24 (3.43%) Analytical Skills
4 22 (3.14%) User Experience
5 19 (2.71%) Mobile App
6 15 (2.14%) Fintech
7 11 (1.57%) Hedge funds
8 9 (1.29%) iPad
9 8 (1.14%) Linux Command Line
9 8 (1.14%) Virtual Team
10 7 (1.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 7 (1.00%) iPhone
11 6 (0.86%) Computer Science
12 5 (0.71%) Data Structures
12 5 (0.71%) Market Risk
13 4 (0.57%) Enterprise Software
13 4 (0.57%) NHS
14 3 (0.43%) Credit Risk
14 3 (0.43%) Fixed Income
14 3 (0.43%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 48 (6.86%) Linux
2 26 (3.71%) Unix
3 13 (1.86%) Android
4 12 (1.71%) Windows
5 11 (1.57%) Apple iOS
6 8 (1.14%) VMS
7 7 (1.00%) AIX
8 4 (0.57%) Ubuntu
9 3 (0.43%) Windows Server
10 2 (0.29%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.14%) CentOS
11 1 (0.14%) SUSE
11 1 (0.14%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 341 (48.71%) Agile Software Development
2 225 (32.14%) TDD
3 102 (14.57%) Scrum
4 94 (13.43%) BDD
5 91 (13.00%) MVC
6 83 (11.86%) Continuous Integration
7 79 (11.29%) Mentoring
8 74 (10.57%) Microservices
9 66 (9.43%) Front End Development
10 65 (9.29%) Test Automation
11 60 (8.57%) SOA
12 51 (7.29%) DevOps
13 50 (7.14%) Business Intelligence
14 46 (6.57%) Data Modelling
14 46 (6.57%) OO
14 46 (6.57%) Software Engineering
15 35 (5.00%) CRM
15 35 (5.00%) Unit Testing
16 30 (4.29%) E-Commerce
16 30 (4.29%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 284 (40.57%) Java
2 241 (34.43%) JavaScript
3 160 (22.86%) C#
4 98 (14.00%) SQL
5 39 (5.57%) Python
6 25 (3.57%) XPath
7 18 (2.57%) Scala
7 18 (2.57%) T-SQL
8 17 (2.43%) PHP
9 16 (2.29%) PowerShell
10 14 (2.00%) TypeScript
11 13 (1.86%) C++
11 13 (1.86%) ES6
12 8 (1.14%) Apex Code
12 8 (1.14%) Apple Swift
12 8 (1.14%) JPQL
12 8 (1.14%) PL/SQL
12 8 (1.14%) Shell Script
12 8 (1.14%) VB.NET
13 6 (0.86%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 22 (3.14%) Security Cleared
2 21 (3.00%) Degree
3 13 (1.86%) SC Cleared
4 6 (0.86%) Computer Science Degree
5 5 (0.71%) BPSS Clearance
6 3 (0.43%) Master's Degree
7 2 (0.29%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.14%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.14%) MCITP
8 1 (0.14%) MCSE
8 1 (0.14%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (5.43%) QA
2 1 (0.14%) Data Quality
2 1 (0.14%) GCP
2 1 (0.14%) PMO
System Software
1 57 (8.14%) Docker
2 2 (0.29%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (0.29%) vSphere
3 1 (0.14%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.14%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 39 (5.57%) Puppet
2 37 (5.29%) Ansible
3 33 (4.71%) Opscode Chef
4 10 (1.43%) Kubernetes
5 7 (1.00%) Cobbler
6 2 (0.29%) Salt
7 1 (0.14%) Grafana
7 1 (0.14%) HP Quality Center
7 1 (0.14%) Kibana
7 1 (0.14%) logstash
7 1 (0.14%) Terraform
Vendors
1 68 (9.71%) Oracle
2 62 (8.86%) Microsoft
3 34 (4.86%) ServiceNow
4 31 (4.43%) SAP
5 28 (4.00%) WSO2
6 19 (2.71%) IBM
7 16 (2.29%) Adobe
7 16 (2.29%) Salesforce.com
7 16 (2.29%) Sitecore
8 7 (1.00%) Google
8 7 (1.00%) webMethods
9 6 (0.86%) Atlassian
10 5 (0.71%) Informatica
10 5 (0.71%) MicroStrategy
11 4 (0.57%) Cloudera
11 4 (0.57%) MuleSoft
11 4 (0.57%) Tableau
11 4 (0.57%) Zend
12 3 (0.43%) Red Hat
12 3 (0.43%) Xamarin