Period
to 19 April 2018

The median contractor rate for a Lead Developer was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 April 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
19 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 338 386 390
Rank change year-on-year +48 +4 +11
Contract jobs requiring a Lead Developer 742 528 630
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.73% 0.57% 0.59%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.77% 0.60% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 552 391 412
UK median daily rate £525 £500 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +8.11% +0.54%
10th Percentile £375 £355 £332
90th Percentile £661 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £420 £438
% change year-on-year +13.10% -4.00% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 3
UK median hourly rate £43.00 £55.00 £55.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.82% - +61.76%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £55.00 £33.50
% change year-on-year -21.82% +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 96,001 87,918 101,505
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.95% 94.87% 95.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,167 57,151 65,412
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £258 £251
90th Percentile £632 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +2.50% +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,952 3,021 3,351
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.75 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.33% -3.85% +15.73%
10th Percentile £10.88 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.54 £48.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% -5.26% +15.15%

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 19 April 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 19 April 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 +57 684 £525 +5.00% 378
UK excluding London +140 385 £475 +13.10% 214
London -14 353 £550 +10.00% 184
South East +45 121 £475 -4.04% 58
North of England +27 77 £480 +14.97% 58
Midlands +47 73 £413 -10.38% 30
West Midlands +28 55 £375 -30.23% 14
North West 0 48 £480 +29.73% 32
East of England +23 40 £600 +20.00% 29
Scotland -10 37 £430 +10.97% 14
Yorkshire +3 26 £488 +2.63% 20
South West +10 20 £450 +20.00% 19
East Midlands +5 17 £500 +33.33% 16
Wales +4 16 £435 - 6
North East +23 3 £428 -7.57% 6
Northern Ireland -15 1 - -

Lead Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 April 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.

1 352 (47.44%) Java
2 314 (42.32%) Agile Software Development
3 226 (30.46%) JavaScript
4 219 (29.51%) TDD
5 161 (21.70%) Spring
6 142 (19.14%) HTML
7 139 (18.73%) .NET
7 139 (18.73%) CSS
8 136 (18.33%) Web Services
9 126 (16.98%) SQL
10 124 (16.71%) C#
11 123 (16.58%) Finance
12 118 (15.90%) AngularJS
13 117 (15.77%) Greenfield Project
14 103 (13.88%) Microservices
15 102 (13.75%) Maven
16 101 (13.61%) SQL Server
17 97 (13.07%) Scrum
18 96 (12.94%) RESTful
19 89 (11.99%) Java 8
20 88 (11.86%) Amazon AWS
21 86 (11.59%) REST
22 84 (11.32%) MVC
23 78 (10.51%) Hibernate
24 76 (10.24%) Git (software)
24 76 (10.24%) Front End Development
25 75 (10.11%) BDD
25 75 (10.11%) Continuous Integration
26 73 (9.84%) Test Automation
27 71 (9.57%) SOAP

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 34 (4.58%) CMS
2 29 (3.91%) Apache
3 27 (3.64%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 23 (3.10%) Oracle Service Bus
4 23 (3.10%) Tomcat
5 21 (2.83%) Elasticsearch
5 21 (2.83%) JBoss
6 20 (2.70%) Mule
7 19 (2.56%) WebSphere
8 12 (1.62%) Apache Spark
8 12 (1.62%) Cloud Foundry
9 11 (1.48%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 9 (1.21%) NServiceBus
10 9 (1.21%) Sitecore CMS
11 7 (0.94%) Apache Solr
11 7 (0.94%) Confluence
11 7 (0.94%) GemFire
11 7 (0.94%) nginx
11 7 (0.94%) SharePoint
12 6 (0.81%) WildFly
Applications
1 7 (0.94%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.27%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.13%) Gephi
3 1 (0.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.13%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 12 (1.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.81%) Magento
3 3 (0.40%) SAP IS-U
4 2 (0.27%) Elite 3E
4 2 (0.27%) Oracle ERP
4 2 (0.27%) Payment Gateway
5 1 (0.13%) Cognos TM1
Cloud Services
1 88 (11.86%) Amazon AWS
2 68 (9.16%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (1.21%) Cloud Computing
3 9 (1.21%) Serverless
4 8 (1.08%) GitHub
4 8 (1.08%) IaaS
4 8 (1.08%) PaaS
5 7 (0.94%) npm
6 6 (0.81%) Amazon S3
7 5 (0.67%) AWS Lambda
7 5 (0.67%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
8 4 (0.54%) Amazon EC2
8 4 (0.54%) Amazon SQS
8 4 (0.54%) Google Cloud Platform
9 3 (0.40%) Azure Active Directory
9 3 (0.40%) Google Analytics
9 3 (0.40%) OpenShift
9 3 (0.40%) SaaS
9 3 (0.40%) Trello
10 2 (0.27%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 20 (2.70%) HTTP
2 4 (0.54%) Internet
3 2 (0.27%) SMS
3 2 (0.27%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.13%) BOOTP
4 1 (0.13%) Ethernet
4 1 (0.13%) FTP
4 1 (0.13%) MPLS
4 1 (0.13%) Skype
4 1 (0.13%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 101 (13.61%) SQL Server
2 51 (6.87%) Relational Database
3 31 (4.18%) MongoDB
3 31 (4.18%) MySQL
4 29 (3.91%) Data Warehouse
5 27 (3.64%) NoSQL
6 26 (3.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 22 (2.96%) Oracle Database
8 21 (2.83%) PostgreSQL
9 20 (2.70%) RDBMS
10 16 (2.16%) Hadoop
11 15 (2.02%) SQL Server 2012
11 15 (2.02%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 13 (1.75%) Oracle Database 11g
13 12 (1.62%) Big Data
13 12 (1.62%) Redis
13 12 (1.62%) SQL Server 2008
13 12 (1.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 10 (1.35%) Blockchain
14 10 (1.35%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 102 (13.75%) Maven
2 76 (10.24%) Git (software)
3 46 (6.20%) Jenkins
4 31 (4.18%) Team Foundation Server
5 29 (3.91%) Subversion
6 27 (3.64%) JUnit
7 25 (3.37%) JIRA
7 25 (3.37%) Visual Studio
8 23 (3.10%) Cucumber
9 21 (2.83%) Mockito
9 21 (2.83%) Selenium
10 20 (2.70%) webpack
11 12 (1.62%) NUnit
12 10 (1.35%) Ant
12 10 (1.35%) Jasmine
12 10 (1.35%) TeamCity
13 9 (1.21%) SonarQube
13 9 (1.21%) Vagrant
14 8 (1.08%) Eclipse
14 8 (1.08%) SoapUI
General
1 123 (16.58%) Finance
2 69 (9.30%) Banking
3 26 (3.50%) Retail
4 22 (2.96%) Telecoms
5 19 (2.56%) Front Office
6 17 (2.29%) Manufacturing
6 17 (2.29%) Marketing
7 16 (2.16%) Electronics
7 16 (2.16%) Investment Banking
8 13 (1.75%) Financial Institution
9 8 (1.08%) Games
10 5 (0.67%) Advertising
10 5 (0.67%) Publishing
11 4 (0.54%) Legal
12 3 (0.40%) Billing
12 3 (0.40%) Law
13 2 (0.27%) French Language
14 1 (0.13%) Digital Economy
14 1 (0.13%) Local Government
14 1 (0.13%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 161 (21.70%) Spring
2 142 (19.14%) HTML
3 139 (18.73%) .NET
3 139 (18.73%) CSS
4 136 (18.33%) Web Services
5 118 (15.90%) AngularJS
6 96 (12.94%) RESTful
7 86 (11.59%) REST
8 78 (10.51%) Hibernate
9 71 (9.57%) SOAP
10 68 (9.16%) Node.js
11 66 (8.89%) jQuery
12 65 (8.76%) HTML5
13 62 (8.36%) Spring Boot
14 59 (7.95%) React
14 59 (7.95%) XML
15 53 (7.14%) CSS3
15 53 (7.14%) JSON
16 52 (7.01%) ASP.NET
17 45 (6.06%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 117 (15.77%) Greenfield Project
2 26 (3.50%) Analytical Skills
3 25 (3.37%) User Experience
4 23 (3.10%) Digital Media
5 22 (2.96%) Self-Motivation
6 21 (2.83%) Enterprise Software
7 18 (2.43%) Fintech
8 12 (1.62%) Algorithms
8 12 (1.62%) Mobile App
9 11 (1.48%) iPad
9 11 (1.48%) NHS
10 9 (1.21%) Computer Science
10 9 (1.21%) iPhone
11 7 (0.94%) Mainframe
12 6 (0.81%) Data Structures
12 6 (0.81%) Minimum Viable Product
12 6 (0.81%) Over-the-Top Content
12 6 (0.81%) Video on Demand
13 5 (0.67%) Hedge funds
13 5 (0.67%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 53 (7.14%) Linux
2 39 (5.26%) Unix
3 19 (2.56%) Apple iOS
4 15 (2.02%) AIX
5 12 (1.62%) Android
5 12 (1.62%) Windows
6 3 (0.40%) Ubuntu
6 3 (0.40%) VMS
6 3 (0.40%) Windows Server
7 2 (0.27%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.13%) Debian
8 1 (0.13%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.13%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 314 (42.32%) Agile Software Development
2 219 (29.51%) TDD
3 103 (13.88%) Microservices
4 97 (13.07%) Scrum
5 84 (11.32%) MVC
6 76 (10.24%) Front End Development
7 75 (10.11%) BDD
7 75 (10.11%) Continuous Integration
8 73 (9.84%) Test Automation
9 60 (8.09%) OO
10 52 (7.01%) Software Engineering
11 51 (6.87%) Mentoring
11 51 (6.87%) SOA
12 48 (6.47%) DevOps
13 47 (6.33%) Business Intelligence
14 45 (6.06%) ETL
15 44 (5.93%) Kanban
16 42 (5.66%) CRM
16 42 (5.66%) Project Management
17 39 (5.26%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 352 (47.44%) Java
2 226 (30.46%) JavaScript
3 126 (16.98%) SQL
4 124 (16.71%) C#
5 89 (11.99%) Java 8
6 42 (5.66%) Python
7 28 (3.77%) Scala
8 21 (2.83%) ES6
9 20 (2.70%) PHP
9 20 (2.70%) XPath
10 19 (2.56%) TypeScript
11 15 (2.02%) T-SQL
12 13 (1.75%) C++
13 11 (1.48%) PowerShell
13 11 (1.48%) Shell Script
13 11 (1.48%) VB.NET
14 10 (1.35%) Apple Swift
14 10 (1.35%) PL/SQL
15 9 (1.21%) Apex Code
15 9 (1.21%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 24 (3.23%) Security Cleared
2 21 (2.83%) Degree
3 20 (2.70%) SC Cleared
4 6 (0.81%) Computer Science Degree
5 5 (0.67%) AWS Certification
6 4 (0.54%) DV Cleared
6 4 (0.54%) Master's Degree
7 3 (0.40%) Oracle Certification
8 2 (0.27%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (0.27%) DBS Check
8 2 (0.27%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (0.13%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.13%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.13%) MCSE
9 1 (0.13%) Numerate Degree
9 1 (0.13%) OCA
9 1 (0.13%) OCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (4.72%) QA
2 4 (0.54%) PMO
3 2 (0.27%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.13%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.13%) GCP
System Software
1 66 (8.89%) Docker
2 2 (0.27%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.27%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (0.27%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 35 (4.72%) Ansible
2 30 (4.04%) Puppet
3 29 (3.91%) Opscode Chef
4 15 (2.02%) Kubernetes
5 9 (1.21%) Terraform
6 3 (0.40%) Cobbler
7 2 (0.27%) HP ALM
7 2 (0.27%) Kibana
7 2 (0.27%) Oracle Flashback
7 2 (0.27%) Salt
7 2 (0.27%) Single Sign-On
8 1 (0.13%) Grafana
8 1 (0.13%) Hadoop YARN
8 1 (0.13%) logstash
8 1 (0.13%) Marathon
8 1 (0.13%) Mesos
Vendors
1 69 (9.30%) Oracle
2 57 (7.68%) Microsoft
3 26 (3.50%) SAP
3 26 (3.50%) ServiceNow
4 22 (2.96%) WSO2
5 21 (2.83%) IBM
6 19 (2.56%) Salesforce.com
7 15 (2.02%) webMethods
8 13 (1.75%) TIBCO
9 12 (1.62%) Adobe
10 11 (1.48%) CA
10 11 (1.48%) Teradata
11 9 (1.21%) Sitecore
12 8 (1.08%) Informatica
13 6 (0.81%) Atlassian
13 6 (0.81%) Google
14 5 (0.67%) Talend
15 4 (0.54%) Cognos
15 4 (0.54%) MicroStrategy
15 4 (0.54%) Zend