The median contractor rate for a Lead Developer was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 26 May 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
3 months to
26 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 373 363 378
Rank change year-on-year -10 +15  
Contract jobs requiring a Lead Developer 243 330 278
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.53% 0.61% 0.51%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.55% 0.65% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 178 231 191
Median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £379 £377 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £650 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £460 £450
% change year-on-year -7.60% +2.22%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Median hourly rate £55.00 £33.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +64.17% -29.47%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £55.00 £33.50 £47.50
% change year-on-year +64.17% -29.47%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 43855 51073 51490
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 95.00% 94.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 28327 33327 31758
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1373 1470 2055
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.75 £16.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.39% +6.94%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £43.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year - +9.37%  

Lead Developer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Lead Developer in the job title.

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 3 months to 26 May 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 30 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 3 months to 26 May 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -11 234 £515 +3.00% 200
London +12 160 £550 - 96
City of London +19 42 £556 -11.00% 27
South East -21 20 £525 - 22
North West +20 13 £355 -25.45% 20
Manchester +15 11 £355 -5.33% 16
East of England +2 10 £544 +23.57% 13
West Midlands -12 8 £523 +16.17% 9
Scotland +37 7 £450 -5.26% 4
Berkshire +26 7 £488 -2.50% 3
Edinburgh +25 7 £450 +20.00% 3
Yorkshire +7 7 £425 -8.10% 18
South West +6 7 £425 +20.14% 14
Essex - 6 £613 - 4
Reading +20 5 £525 +5.00% 1
East Midlands -12 5 £425 -5.55% 6
Oxfordshire - 5 £600 -
Shropshire +8 4 £550 +32.53%
Telford +3 4 £550 +32.53%
Oxford - 4 £600 -
West Yorkshire +16 3 £388 -16.21% 11
Leeds +13 3 £388 -20.22% 8
Hampshire +13 3 £500 - 6
Hertfordshire +4 3 £413 -8.33% 4
Derbyshire -17 3 £425 -5.55%
North Yorkshire - 3 £438 - 2
York - 3 £438 - 1
Midlands - 3 - -
Wales +2 2 £525 +5.00% 2
Bristol 0 2 £400 +25.00% 6

Lead Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 May 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.

1 222 (44.49%) Agile Software Development
2 181 (36.27%) Java
3 168 (33.67%) JavaScript
4 129 (25.85%) .NET
5 128 (25.65%) HTML
6 117 (23.45%) TDD
7 112 (22.44%) CSS
8 110 (22.04%) C#
9 88 (17.64%) Finance
10 84 (16.83%) Scrum
10 84 (16.83%) AngularJS
11 79 (15.83%) SQL
12 76 (15.23%) Git (software)
13 73 (14.63%) HTML5
14 72 (14.43%) MVC
15 64 (12.83%) SQL Server
16 61 (12.22%) Web Services
17 59 (11.82%) Greenfield Project
18 56 (11.22%) Banking
19 53 (10.62%) ASP.NET
20 52 (10.42%) Node.js
20 52 (10.42%) DevOps
21 51 (10.22%) Front End Development
21 51 (10.22%) Continuous Integration
22 50 (10.02%) CSS3
23 48 (9.62%) Spring
23 48 (9.62%) Oracle
23 48 (9.62%) Linux
23 48 (9.62%) SOA
23 48 (9.62%) Microsoft

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 41 (8.22%) CMS
2 23 (4.61%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 19 (3.81%) Apache
4 17 (3.41%) Elasticsearch
5 14 (2.81%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 13 (2.61%) Apache Spark
7 12 (2.40%) WebSphere
8 11 (2.20%) SharePoint
9 10 (2.00%) Confluence
10 8 (1.60%) WebLogic
11 7 (1.40%) Mule
11 7 (1.40%) Sitecore CMS
12 6 (1.20%) Drupal
13 5 (1.00%) JBoss
13 5 (1.00%) Oracle Service Bus
13 5 (1.00%) Tomcat
14 4 (0.80%) Jetty
14 4 (0.80%) NServiceBus
15 3 (0.60%) Oracle Workflow
15 3 (0.60%) Umbraco
Applications
1 4 (0.80%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.40%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.40%) Photoshop
3 1 (0.20%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 12 (2.40%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (1.60%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.40%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.40%) Eloqua
3 2 (0.40%) Magento
3 2 (0.40%) RMDS
3 2 (0.40%) Shopify
3 2 (0.40%) Siebel CRM
4 1 (0.20%) Dynamics GP
4 1 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.20%) Oracle BPM
4 1 (0.20%) SAP CO
4 1 (0.20%) SAP FI
4 1 (0.20%) SAP FI/CO
4 1 (0.20%) SAP S/4HANA
4 1 (0.20%) SessionCam
4 1 (0.20%) Social Studio
Cloud Services
1 39 (7.82%) Microsoft Azure
2 22 (4.41%) Amazon AWS
3 16 (3.21%) GitHub
4 6 (1.20%) Salesforce Service Cloud
5 5 (1.00%) SaaS
6 3 (0.60%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (0.40%) Adobe Analytics
7 2 (0.40%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.20%) Akamai
8 1 (0.20%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.20%) CloudSense
8 1 (0.20%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.20%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.20%) Google App Engine
8 1 (0.20%) IaaS
8 1 (0.20%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
8 1 (0.20%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 17 (3.41%) HTTP
2 10 (2.00%) Internet
3 8 (1.60%) HTTPS
4 5 (1.00%) DNS
5 4 (0.80%) Firewall
5 4 (0.80%) SSL
6 2 (0.40%) TCP/IP
7 1 (0.20%) Asterisk PBX
7 1 (0.20%) Skype
7 1 (0.20%) Unified Communications
7 1 (0.20%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (12.83%) SQL Server
2 41 (8.22%) NoSQL
3 36 (7.21%) MongoDB
4 22 (4.41%) Big Data
5 19 (3.81%) MySQL
6 16 (3.21%) Relational Database
7 15 (3.01%) Apache Cassandra
7 15 (3.01%) Data Warehouse
7 15 (3.01%) Hadoop
8 13 (2.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 12 (2.40%) PostgreSQL
9 12 (2.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 9 (1.80%) Oracle Database
11 8 (1.60%) Hazelcast
11 8 (1.60%) SQL Server 2008
11 8 (1.60%) SQL Server 2012
12 7 (1.40%) Oracle Database 11g
13 6 (1.20%) QlikView
14 5 (1.00%) Apache Hive
15 4 (0.80%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 76 (15.23%) Git (software)
2 29 (5.81%) JIRA
3 23 (4.61%) JUnit
4 20 (4.01%) Visual Studio
5 19 (3.81%) Grunt
5 19 (3.81%) Jenkins
5 19 (3.81%) Maven
6 18 (3.61%) Mockito
6 18 (3.61%) TeamCity
7 17 (3.41%) gulp
8 16 (3.21%) Selenium
8 16 (3.21%) Team Foundation Server
9 14 (2.81%) Cucumber
9 14 (2.81%) Subversion
10 11 (2.20%) Eclipse
11 10 (2.00%) Bitbucket
11 10 (2.00%) Jasmine
12 9 (1.80%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 8 (1.60%) Mocha
13 8 (1.60%) StarTeam
General
1 88 (17.64%) Finance
2 56 (11.22%) Banking
3 27 (5.41%) Front Office
3 27 (5.41%) Marketing
4 18 (3.61%) Investment Banking
5 11 (2.20%) Retail
6 10 (2.00%) Telecoms
7 8 (1.60%) Electronics
7 8 (1.60%) Manufacturing
8 7 (1.40%) Games
9 5 (1.00%) Advertising
10 4 (0.80%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.60%) Law
11 3 (0.60%) Legal
12 2 (0.40%) Automotive
12 2 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.40%) Publishing
13 1 (0.20%) Back Office
13 1 (0.20%) Local Government
13 1 (0.20%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 129 (25.85%) .NET
2 128 (25.65%) HTML
3 112 (22.44%) CSS
4 84 (16.83%) AngularJS
5 73 (14.63%) HTML5
6 61 (12.22%) Web Services
7 53 (10.62%) ASP.NET
8 52 (10.42%) Node.js
9 50 (10.02%) CSS3
10 48 (9.62%) Spring
11 47 (9.42%) React
12 46 (9.22%) XML
13 45 (9.02%) REST
14 40 (8.02%) jQuery
15 38 (7.62%) RESTful
16 37 (7.41%) SOAP
17 34 (6.81%) JSON
18 30 (6.01%) ASP.NET MVC
18 30 (6.01%) ASP.NET Web API
18 30 (6.01%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 59 (11.82%) Greenfield Project
2 45 (9.02%) User Experience
3 30 (6.01%) Fixed Income
4 28 (5.61%) Mobile App
5 24 (4.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 19 (3.81%) Equities
7 18 (3.61%) Derivative
8 15 (3.01%) Virtual Team
9 14 (2.81%) Enterprise Software
10 13 (2.61%) Computer Science
11 8 (1.60%) Fintech
12 6 (1.20%) Analytical Skills
12 6 (1.20%) Client/Server
12 6 (1.20%) Equity Derivative
13 5 (1.00%) Algorithms
13 5 (1.00%) Management Information System
14 4 (0.80%) Hedge funds
14 4 (0.80%) Linux Command Line
14 4 (0.80%) Mainframe
15 3 (0.60%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 48 (9.62%) Linux
2 26 (5.21%) Android
3 23 (4.61%) Unix
4 15 (3.01%) Windows
5 12 (2.40%) Apple iOS
6 8 (1.60%) VME
7 7 (1.40%) Mac OS X
8 2 (0.40%) Oracle Linux
8 2 (0.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.20%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.20%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 222 (44.49%) Agile Software Development
2 117 (23.45%) TDD
3 84 (16.83%) Scrum
4 72 (14.43%) MVC
5 52 (10.42%) DevOps
6 51 (10.22%) Continuous Integration
6 51 (10.22%) Front End Development
7 48 (9.62%) SOA
8 39 (7.82%) Mentoring
9 38 (7.62%) Software Engineering
10 37 (7.41%) Microservices
11 36 (7.21%) Data Modelling
12 35 (7.01%) BDD
12 35 (7.01%) Open Source
12 35 (7.01%) Test Automation
13 33 (6.61%) Web Development
14 32 (6.41%) Business Intelligence
15 30 (6.01%) E-Commerce
15 30 (6.01%) OO
16 29 (5.81%) Multithreading
Programming Languages
1 181 (36.27%) Java
2 168 (33.67%) JavaScript
3 110 (22.04%) C#
4 79 (15.83%) SQL
5 29 (5.81%) Scala
6 26 (5.21%) Python
7 21 (4.21%) Ruby
8 15 (3.01%) ES6
9 14 (2.81%) C++
10 12 (2.40%) T-SQL
11 10 (2.00%) COBOL
11 10 (2.00%) PHP
12 9 (1.80%) Shell Script
13 8 (1.60%) C
13 8 (1.60%) Objective-C
13 8 (1.60%) VB.NET
14 6 (1.20%) PL/SQL
14 6 (1.20%) TypeScript
14 6 (1.20%) XPath
15 5 (1.00%) SOQL
Qualifications
1 25 (5.01%) Security Cleared
2 22 (4.41%) Degree
3 14 (2.81%) SC Cleared
4 7 (1.40%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (0.60%) Master's Degree
6 2 (0.40%) HNC
6 2 (0.40%) Oracle Certification
7 1 (0.20%) CFA
7 1 (0.20%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.20%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.20%) MCP
7 1 (0.20%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (4.41%) QA
2 13 (2.61%) MiFID
3 6 (1.20%) Data Quality
4 4 (0.80%) PA-DSS
4 4 (0.80%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.60%) EMIR
5 3 (0.60%) ISO 14001
5 3 (0.60%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.40%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.20%) ISO20022
7 1 (0.20%) Solvency II
7 1 (0.20%) WCAG
System Software
1 21 (4.21%) Docker
2 10 (2.00%) Virtual Machines
3 3 (0.60%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 3 (0.60%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.40%) Apache Flume
5 1 (0.20%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.20%) Oracle RAC
5 1 (0.20%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 8 (1.60%) Kibana
2 5 (1.00%) MOM
2 5 (1.00%) Opscode Chef
2 5 (1.00%) Puppet
3 4 (0.80%) Kubernetes
4 3 (0.60%) Oozie
5 2 (0.40%) Ansible
5 2 (0.40%) Oracle Identity Management
5 2 (0.40%) vRealize
6 1 (0.20%) AirWatch
6 1 (0.20%) Marathon
6 1 (0.20%) Mesos
6 1 (0.20%) Oracle RMAN
6 1 (0.20%) TeamSite
6 1 (0.20%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 48 (9.62%) Microsoft
1 48 (9.62%) Oracle
2 22 (4.41%) Adobe
3 20 (4.01%) ServiceNow
4 14 (2.81%) SAP
5 13 (2.61%) IBM
6 12 (2.40%) HP
6 12 (2.40%) Salesforce.com
7 10 (2.00%) Google
8 9 (1.80%) Sitecore
8 9 (1.80%) TIBCO
9 8 (1.60%) ICL
9 8 (1.60%) Tableau
10 7 (1.40%) hybris
10 7 (1.40%) WSO2
11 6 (1.20%) ION Trading
12 5 (1.00%) Informatica
12 5 (1.00%) MuleSoft
12 5 (1.00%) Red Hat
12 5 (1.00%) VMware
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