Period
to 13 October 2019

The median contractor rate for a Lead Developer was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 13 October 2019.

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
13 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 334 339 408
Rank change year-on-year +5 +69 +26
Contract jobs requiring a Lead Developer 631 796 580
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.74% 0.78% 0.58%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.79% 0.82% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 378 581 411
UK median daily rate £550 £530 £513
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.77% +3.41% +7.89%
10th Percentile £413 £381 £375
90th Percentile £700 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +10.53% +5.56% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £42.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.67% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £42.00 -
% change year-on-year -16.67% - -

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 79,876 96,851 94,108
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.15% 94.75% 94.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 52,397 63,608 61,672
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.27% +3.53%
10th Percentile £263 £269 £263
90th Percentile £648 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,821 3,129 2,823
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £17.97 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.30% -5.42% +2.70%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.70 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +6.83% -2.78% -

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 13 October 2019.

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 13 October 2019. 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 -4 586 £550 +2.33% 309
London -6 342 £575 +4.55% 169
UK excluding London +23 280 £525 +10.53% 162
Midlands +96 74 £550 +7.32% 23
South East -10 69 £513 -6.82% 38
North of England +17 59 £500 +17.65% 35
West Midlands +69 45 £550 +10.00% 13
East Midlands +49 32 £631 +21.64% 10
Yorkshire +37 30 £500 +11.11% 12
North West +4 29 £500 +21.21% 20
Scotland +33 23 £550 +29.72% 15
East of England +16 23 £519 -0.72% 21
South West -22 18 £525 +20.07% 23
Northern Ireland +21 16 £525 - 2
Wales +17 1 - - 5

Lead Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 October 2019, 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.

1 341 (54.04%) Agile Software Development
2 232 (36.77%) Java
3 215 (34.07%) JavaScript
4 170 (26.94%) .NET
5 157 (24.88%) TDD
6 155 (24.56%) Azure
7 154 (24.41%) C#
8 145 (22.98%) SQL
9 141 (22.35%) Microservices
10 139 (22.03%) DevOps
10 139 (22.03%) Finance
11 136 (21.55%) AWS
12 118 (18.70%) Scrum
13 117 (18.54%) Web Services
14 116 (18.38%) Software Engineering
15 113 (17.91%) HTML
16 111 (17.59%) Python
17 103 (16.32%) CSS
18 100 (15.85%) Git (software)
18 100 (15.85%) AngularJS
19 97 (15.37%) SQL Server
20 92 (14.58%) Node.js
21 90 (14.26%) React
22 87 (13.79%) Mentoring
22 87 (13.79%) BDD
23 84 (13.31%) Docker
24 80 (12.68%) Greenfield Project
25 79 (12.52%) Microsoft
26 77 (12.20%) Continuous Integration
27 73 (11.57%) Serverless

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 40 (6.34%) Confluence
2 15 (2.38%) Tomcat
3 12 (1.90%) JBoss
4 10 (1.58%) Apache Spark
5 9 (1.43%) Elasticsearch
5 9 (1.43%) Jupyter
5 9 (1.43%) OpenStack
6 8 (1.27%) SharePoint
7 6 (0.95%) Apache
7 6 (0.95%) CMS
8 5 (0.79%) NServiceBus
8 5 (0.79%) WebSphere
9 4 (0.63%) WebLogic
10 3 (0.48%) ArcGIS
10 3 (0.48%) SAS
11 2 (0.32%) BizTalk Server
11 2 (0.32%) GemFire
11 2 (0.32%) IIS
11 2 (0.32%) Jetty
11 2 (0.32%) Mule
Applications
1 8 (1.27%) Sketch
2 6 (0.95%) Zeplin
3 2 (0.32%) Chatbot
3 2 (0.32%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 13 (2.06%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (1.43%) Magento
3 4 (0.63%) FINCAD Analytics
4 3 (0.48%) Shopify
5 1 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.16%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.16%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 155 (24.56%) Azure
2 136 (21.55%) AWS
3 73 (11.57%) Serverless
4 57 (9.03%) AWS CloudFormation
5 53 (8.40%) Amazon EC2
6 51 (8.08%) AWS Lambda
7 45 (7.13%) Amazon S3
8 42 (6.66%) Amazon ECS
9 39 (6.18%) OpenShift
10 38 (6.02%) Power Platform
11 35 (5.55%) Amazon SQS
12 26 (4.12%) GCP
12 26 (4.12%) GitHub
13 15 (2.38%) SaaS
14 14 (2.22%) Dynamics 365
15 13 (2.06%) PaaS
16 10 (1.58%) Amazon CloudWatch
17 9 (1.43%) Azure Functions
18 8 (1.27%) Office 365
19 7 (1.11%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.11%) HTTP
1 7 (1.11%) Skype
2 4 (0.63%) DNS
2 4 (0.63%) SSL
3 2 (0.32%) Internet
3 2 (0.32%) Kerberos
3 2 (0.32%) SMTP
4 1 (0.16%) Bluetooth
4 1 (0.16%) Ethernet
4 1 (0.16%) iBeacon
4 1 (0.16%) MPLS
4 1 (0.16%) RTP
4 1 (0.16%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.16%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 97 (15.37%) SQL Server
2 41 (6.50%) MySQL
3 38 (6.02%) Power BI
4 37 (5.86%) Amazon RDS
5 35 (5.55%) Amazon Redshift
6 34 (5.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 33 (5.23%) NoSQL
8 32 (5.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 27 (4.28%) Relational Database
10 26 (4.12%) Azure SQL Database
10 26 (4.12%) PostgreSQL
11 22 (3.49%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 21 (3.33%) Big Data
13 20 (3.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 18 (2.85%) Oracle Database
15 17 (2.69%) Cosmos DB
16 15 (2.38%) MariaDB
17 14 (2.22%) DB2
17 14 (2.22%) RDBMS
18 13 (2.06%) BigQuery
Development Applications
1 100 (15.85%) Git (software)
2 69 (10.94%) Jenkins
3 59 (9.35%) JIRA
4 41 (6.50%) RStudio
5 36 (5.71%) Artifactory
6 32 (5.07%) JUnit
7 24 (3.80%) Bitbucket
8 23 (3.65%) Maven
9 14 (2.22%) Sonatype Nexus
10 13 (2.06%) Gradle
11 11 (1.74%) Jasmine
11 11 (1.74%) webpack
12 10 (1.58%) Selenium
12 10 (1.58%) SonarQube
13 9 (1.43%) Subversion
13 9 (1.43%) Visual Studio
13 9 (1.43%) Visual Studio Code
14 8 (1.27%) Eclipse
14 8 (1.27%) SoapUI
14 8 (1.27%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 139 (22.03%) Finance
2 70 (11.09%) Front Office
3 57 (9.03%) Banking
4 26 (4.12%) Public Sector
5 24 (3.80%) Investment Banking
5 24 (3.80%) Marketing
6 19 (3.01%) Retail
7 12 (1.90%) Financial Institution
8 9 (1.43%) Games
8 9 (1.43%) Law
9 7 (1.11%) Legal
9 7 (1.11%) Manufacturing
10 6 (0.95%) Telecoms
11 4 (0.63%) Electronics
12 3 (0.48%) Publishing
13 2 (0.32%) Back Office
14 1 (0.16%) Advertising
14 1 (0.16%) Environmental Health
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 170 (26.94%) .NET
2 117 (18.54%) Web Services
3 113 (17.91%) HTML
4 103 (16.32%) CSS
5 100 (15.85%) AngularJS
6 92 (14.58%) Node.js
7 90 (14.26%) React
8 63 (9.98%) Spring
9 57 (9.03%) RESTful
10 55 (8.72%) .NET Core
11 52 (8.24%) ASP.NET
12 40 (6.34%) ASP.NET MVC
12 40 (6.34%) REST
13 38 (6.02%) .NET Framework
13 38 (6.02%) ASP.NET Web API
14 37 (5.86%) J2EE
15 33 (5.23%) Spring Boot
16 32 (5.07%) HTML5
17 29 (4.60%) Sass
17 29 (4.60%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 80 (12.68%) Greenfield Project
2 61 (9.67%) Fixed Income
3 38 (6.02%) User Experience
4 28 (4.44%) Enterprise Software
5 27 (4.28%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 26 (4.12%) Derivative
7 24 (3.80%) Public Cloud
8 21 (3.33%) Equities
9 15 (2.38%) Analytical Skills
10 13 (2.06%) Mobile App
11 12 (1.90%) Blog
12 8 (1.27%) Credit Risk
12 8 (1.27%) Equity Derivative
13 7 (1.11%) Hedge funds
14 6 (0.95%) Cloud Native
14 6 (0.95%) Smartphone
14 6 (0.95%) Virtual Team
15 4 (0.63%) Digital Media
16 3 (0.48%) Social Media
16 3 (0.48%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 71 (11.25%) Linux
2 37 (5.86%) Windows
3 25 (3.96%) CentOS
4 22 (3.49%) Android
5 21 (3.33%) Unix
6 5 (0.79%) Apple iOS
7 4 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (0.48%) Debian
8 3 (0.48%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.16%) Android TV
9 1 (0.16%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.16%) Oracle Linux
9 1 (0.16%) Windows Server
9 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 341 (54.04%) Agile Software Development
2 157 (24.88%) TDD
3 141 (22.35%) Microservices
4 139 (22.03%) DevOps
5 118 (18.70%) Scrum
6 116 (18.38%) Software Engineering
7 87 (13.79%) BDD
7 87 (13.79%) Mentoring
8 77 (12.20%) Continuous Integration
9 67 (10.62%) Front End Development
10 62 (9.83%) E-Commerce
11 58 (9.19%) Technical Leadership
12 57 (9.03%) Analytics
13 56 (8.87%) MVC
13 56 (8.87%) Open Source
14 53 (8.40%) Test Automation
15 50 (7.92%) Kanban
16 49 (7.77%) Asset Management
17 47 (7.45%) Unit Testing
18 42 (6.66%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 232 (36.77%) Java
2 215 (34.07%) JavaScript
3 154 (24.41%) C#
4 145 (22.98%) SQL
5 111 (17.59%) Python
6 58 (9.19%) TypeScript
7 28 (4.44%) R
8 25 (3.96%) PHP
9 23 (3.65%) Shell Script
10 21 (3.33%) Kotlin
11 18 (2.85%) ES6
12 15 (2.38%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 14 (2.22%) T-SQL
14 13 (2.06%) C++
14 13 (2.06%) PL/SQL
15 11 (1.74%) Bash Shell
16 9 (1.43%) Java 8
17 7 (1.11%) IronPython
18 6 (0.95%) Groovy
18 6 (0.95%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 39 (6.18%) Security Cleared
2 30 (4.75%) SC Cleared
3 29 (4.60%) Degree
4 24 (3.80%) AWS Certification
5 12 (1.90%) BPSS Clearance
5 12 (1.90%) Computer Science Degree
6 7 (1.11%) OCPJP
6 7 (1.11%) Sun Certification
7 3 (0.48%) DBS Check
8 2 (0.32%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.16%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (1.58%) QA
2 5 (0.79%) PCI DSS
3 4 (0.63%) PSD2
4 2 (0.32%) CRD IV
4 2 (0.32%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.32%) WCAG
5 1 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.16%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 84 (13.31%) Docker
2 8 (1.27%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (0.63%) vSphere
4 1 (0.16%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 73 (11.57%) Kubernetes
2 58 (9.19%) Terraform
3 38 (6.02%) Ansible
4 6 (0.95%) Single Sign-On
5 3 (0.48%) HP Quality Center
5 3 (0.48%) Puppet
6 2 (0.32%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.16%) CloudHub
7 1 (0.16%) Mesos
7 1 (0.16%) MIIS
7 1 (0.16%) SCCM
7 1 (0.16%) SCOM
Vendors
1 79 (12.52%) Microsoft
2 56 (8.87%) Oracle
3 21 (3.33%) Google
4 13 (2.06%) Atlassian
5 12 (1.90%) Salesforce.com
6 11 (1.74%) MuleSoft
6 11 (1.74%) Red Hat
7 9 (1.43%) SAP
8 7 (1.11%) Sun
8 7 (1.11%) TIBCO
8 7 (1.11%) Xamarin
9 6 (0.95%) Informatica
10 5 (0.79%) VMware
11 4 (0.63%) Adobe
11 4 (0.63%) Cloudera
11 4 (0.63%) hybris
11 4 (0.63%) ServiceNow
12 3 (0.48%) Apple
12 3 (0.48%) Tableau
12 3 (0.48%) WSO2