Period
to 21 January 2020

The median contractor rate for a Lead Developer was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 January 2020.

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
21 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 349 344 360
Rank change year-on-year -5 +16 +46
Contract jobs requiring a Lead Developer 478 747 687
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.66% 0.76% 0.70%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.70% 0.80% 0.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 278 532 512
UK median daily rate £525 £534 £513
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.64% +4.15% +7.89%
10th Percentile £413 £400 £363
90th Percentile £700 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £498 £500 £450
% change year-on-year -0.46% +11.11% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 1
UK median hourly rate £72.00 £40.00 £43.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +80.00% -6.98% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £72.00 £45.00 £43.00
% change year-on-year +60.00% +4.65% -

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 68,393 93,612 93,740
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.83% 94.72% 94.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 44,529 61,889 62,249
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £241 £270 £260
90th Percentile £644 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,723 2,859 2,761
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £18.70 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.60% +1.08% +2.78%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £51.75 £48.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% - -

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 21 January 2020.

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 21 January 2020. 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 -6 455 £525 -4.55% 359
London -8 245 £550 - 158
UK excluding London +21 229 £498 -0.46% 221
South East +30 63 £475 -9.52% 48
Midlands +38 60 £550 +4.76% 35
North of England +40 46 £475 +5.56% 56
South West +17 36 £503 +9.24% 34
West Midlands +32 35 £550 +4.76% 15
North West +17 31 £498 +24.43% 28
East Midlands +35 28 £631 +26.20% 20
Scotland +18 12 £485 +14.12% 13
Yorkshire +39 11 £500 +5.26% 23
Northern Ireland +8 9 £425 +13.33% 2
North East +16 4 £435 -3.33% 5
East of England -13 2 £450 -14.29% 28
Wales +18 1 - - 5

Lead Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 January 2020, 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.

1 223 (46.65%) Agile Software Development
2 145 (30.33%) .NET
3 142 (29.71%) Java
3 142 (29.71%) JavaScript
4 122 (25.52%) C#
5 121 (25.31%) Azure
6 103 (21.55%) AWS
6 103 (21.55%) DevOps
7 99 (20.71%) Finance
8 96 (20.08%) SQL
9 93 (19.46%) Python
10 87 (18.20%) Web Services
11 84 (17.57%) Microsoft
12 83 (17.36%) Microservices
13 81 (16.95%) Software Engineering
14 76 (15.90%) TDD
15 69 (14.44%) HTML
16 67 (14.02%) Docker
17 65 (13.60%) Serverless
17 65 (13.60%) SQL Server
18 63 (13.18%) Scrum
19 61 (12.76%) Kubernetes
20 60 (12.55%) CSS
21 58 (12.13%) Node.js
22 50 (10.46%) Mentoring
23 49 (10.25%) .NET Core
23 49 (10.25%) Front Office
24 48 (10.04%) Fixed Income
24 48 (10.04%) Asset Management
25 46 (9.62%) Git (software)

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 13 (2.72%) Confluence
2 10 (2.09%) SharePoint
3 8 (1.67%) Mendix
4 7 (1.46%) SAS
5 6 (1.26%) Apache
5 6 (1.26%) Elasticsearch
6 5 (1.05%) NServiceBus
7 4 (0.84%) Apache Spark
7 4 (0.84%) Tomcat
7 4 (0.84%) WebSphere
8 3 (0.63%) ArcGIS
8 3 (0.63%) Cloud Foundry
8 3 (0.63%) CMS
8 3 (0.63%) JBoss
8 3 (0.63%) Mule
9 2 (0.42%) Appian
9 2 (0.42%) GemFire
9 2 (0.42%) Oracle Service Bus
9 2 (0.42%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 2 (0.42%) Red Hat Fuse
Applications
1 7 (1.46%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.05%) Photoshop
3 3 (0.63%) Adobe Illustrator
4 2 (0.42%) Chatbot
4 2 (0.42%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.42%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 15 (3.14%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (1.67%) Magento
3 5 (1.05%) FINCAD Analytics
4 3 (0.63%) Shopify
5 1 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 121 (25.31%) Azure
2 103 (21.55%) AWS
3 65 (13.60%) Serverless
4 41 (8.58%) AWS Lambda
5 40 (8.37%) AWS CloudFormation
6 38 (7.95%) Amazon S3
7 37 (7.74%) Amazon EC2
8 31 (6.49%) Amazon ECS
9 28 (5.86%) OpenShift
10 27 (5.65%) Amazon SQS
11 21 (4.39%) Power Platform
12 19 (3.97%) GCP
13 14 (2.93%) Dynamics 365
14 12 (2.51%) Azure Functions
15 11 (2.30%) GitHub
16 9 (1.88%) CloudFront
16 9 (1.88%) PaaS
16 9 (1.88%) SaaS
17 8 (1.67%) Amazon CloudWatch
18 5 (1.05%) Amazon Kinesis
Communications & Networking
1 5 (1.05%) HTTP
2 4 (0.84%) DNS
2 4 (0.84%) SSL
3 3 (0.63%) Kerberos
4 2 (0.42%) SSH
5 1 (0.21%) Bluetooth
5 1 (0.21%) Firewall
5 1 (0.21%) iBeacon
5 1 (0.21%) WEP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (13.60%) SQL Server
2 29 (6.07%) Amazon RDS
3 27 (5.65%) Amazon Redshift
4 23 (4.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 21 (4.39%) PostgreSQL
5 21 (4.39%) Power BI
6 20 (4.18%) MySQL
6 20 (4.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 19 (3.97%) Azure SQL Database
7 19 (3.97%) Data Warehouse
7 19 (3.97%) NoSQL
8 16 (3.35%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 13 (2.72%) Relational Database
10 12 (2.51%) Cosmos DB
11 11 (2.30%) Amazon Aurora
12 9 (1.88%) Amazon Athena
12 9 (1.88%) Big Data
12 9 (1.88%) MongoDB
12 9 (1.88%) Oracle Database
12 9 (1.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 46 (9.62%) Git (software)
2 36 (7.53%) Jenkins
3 35 (7.32%) RStudio
4 28 (5.86%) Artifactory
5 17 (3.56%) JIRA
6 15 (3.14%) Maven
7 10 (2.09%) JUnit
8 8 (1.67%) NUnit
9 7 (1.46%) Team Foundation Server
10 6 (1.26%) Gradle
11 5 (1.05%) Eclipse
11 5 (1.05%) IntelliJ
12 4 (0.84%) Bitbucket
12 4 (0.84%) git-flow
12 4 (0.84%) Mercurial
12 4 (0.84%) Mockito
12 4 (0.84%) Selenium
12 4 (0.84%) Visual Studio Team System
13 3 (0.63%) CircleCI
13 3 (0.63%) Crashlytics
General
1 99 (20.71%) Finance
2 49 (10.25%) Front Office
3 30 (6.28%) Public Sector
4 25 (5.23%) Banking
5 14 (2.93%) Marketing
6 10 (2.09%) Law
6 10 (2.09%) Manufacturing
7 8 (1.67%) Telecoms
8 6 (1.26%) Investment Banking
8 6 (1.26%) Retail
9 5 (1.05%) Electronics
10 4 (0.84%) Games
11 2 (0.42%) Advertising
11 2 (0.42%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.42%) Publishing
12 1 (0.21%) Billing
12 1 (0.21%) Legal
12 1 (0.21%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 145 (30.33%) .NET
2 87 (18.20%) Web Services
3 69 (14.44%) HTML
4 60 (12.55%) CSS
5 58 (12.13%) Node.js
6 49 (10.25%) .NET Core
7 46 (9.62%) React
8 42 (8.79%) AngularJS
9 38 (7.95%) ASP.NET
10 36 (7.53%) RESTful
11 35 (7.32%) J2EE
12 33 (6.90%) Spring
13 31 (6.49%) .NET Framework
14 30 (6.28%) XML
15 27 (5.65%) ASP.NET Web API
15 27 (5.65%) J2SE
15 27 (5.65%) REST
16 23 (4.81%) ASP.NET MVC
16 23 (4.81%) HTML5
17 21 (4.39%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 48 (10.04%) Fixed Income
2 46 (9.62%) Greenfield Project
3 33 (6.90%) Derivative
4 32 (6.69%) Equities
5 30 (6.28%) Enterprise Software
6 23 (4.81%) User Experience
7 21 (4.39%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 14 (2.93%) Mobile App
9 12 (2.51%) Analytical Skills
10 10 (2.09%) Public Cloud
11 9 (1.88%) Reference Data
12 7 (1.46%) Blog
13 5 (1.05%) Cloud Native
13 5 (1.05%) Equity Derivative
13 5 (1.05%) Hedge funds
13 5 (1.05%) Virtual Team
14 2 (0.42%) Data Structures
14 2 (0.42%) Hybrid Cloud
14 2 (0.42%) Linux Command Line
14 2 (0.42%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 34 (7.11%) Linux
2 25 (5.23%) Android
3 23 (4.81%) Windows
4 17 (3.56%) Apple iOS
5 14 (2.93%) Unix
6 3 (0.63%) Mac OS
7 1 (0.21%) Android TV
7 1 (0.21%) CentOS
7 1 (0.21%) Debian
7 1 (0.21%) Oracle Linux
7 1 (0.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.21%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.21%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 223 (46.65%) Agile Software Development
2 103 (21.55%) DevOps
3 83 (17.36%) Microservices
4 81 (16.95%) Software Engineering
5 76 (15.90%) TDD
6 63 (13.18%) Scrum
7 50 (10.46%) Mentoring
8 48 (10.04%) Asset Management
9 43 (9.00%) Analytics
10 41 (8.58%) Business Intelligence
11 40 (8.37%) BDD
12 36 (7.53%) Front End Development
12 36 (7.53%) MVC
13 35 (7.32%) Decision-Making
14 34 (7.11%) Unit Testing
15 33 (6.90%) ETL
16 30 (6.28%) Continuous Integration
17 29 (6.07%) Test Automation
18 26 (5.44%) Kanban
18 26 (5.44%) OO
Programming Languages
1 142 (29.71%) Java
1 142 (29.71%) JavaScript
2 122 (25.52%) C#
3 96 (20.08%) SQL
4 93 (19.46%) Python
5 40 (8.37%) R
6 29 (6.07%) PHP
7 27 (5.65%) TypeScript
8 18 (3.77%) Kotlin
9 17 (3.56%) C++
10 12 (2.51%) ES6
10 12 (2.51%) Ruby
10 12 (2.51%) T-SQL
11 11 (2.30%) Apple Swift
12 10 (2.09%) Shell Script
13 8 (1.67%) C
14 7 (1.46%) Java 8
14 7 (1.46%) PowerShell
15 4 (0.84%) Groovy
15 4 (0.84%) Scala
Qualifications
1 25 (5.23%) Degree
2 21 (4.39%) Security Cleared
3 17 (3.56%) SC Cleared
4 14 (2.93%) BPSS Clearance
5 9 (1.88%) Computer Science Degree
6 4 (0.84%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.21%) BC Cleared
7 1 (0.21%) Master's Degree
7 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (2.09%) Data Quality
2 9 (1.88%) QA
3 4 (0.84%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.63%) PMO
4 3 (0.63%) SLA
5 2 (0.42%) WCAG
6 1 (0.21%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 67 (14.02%) Docker
2 12 (2.51%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 61 (12.76%) Kubernetes
2 31 (6.49%) Terraform
3 11 (2.30%) Ansible
4 4 (0.84%) Opscode Chef
4 4 (0.84%) Puppet
4 4 (0.84%) Single Sign-On
5 2 (0.42%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.21%) HAProxy
6 1 (0.21%) MIIS
6 1 (0.21%) SCCM
6 1 (0.21%) SCOM
Vendors
1 84 (17.57%) Microsoft
2 31 (6.49%) Oracle
3 11 (2.30%) SAP
4 9 (1.88%) Google
5 8 (1.67%) Apple
6 7 (1.46%) Xamarin
7 6 (1.26%) IBM
8 5 (1.05%) Informatica
8 5 (1.05%) Salesforce.com
8 5 (1.05%) Tableau
9 4 (0.84%) ESRI
9 4 (0.84%) OutSystems
10 3 (0.63%) Adobe
10 3 (0.63%) Cognizant
10 3 (0.63%) Facebook
10 3 (0.63%) Tealium
10 3 (0.63%) Trillium
11 2 (0.42%) AppDynamics
11 2 (0.42%) HP
11 2 (0.42%) WSO2