The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Life Science in contract job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Life Science over the 3 months to 29 April 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

Life Sciences
UK
3 months to
29 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 483 565 549
Rank change year-on-year +82 -16  
Contract jobs citing Life Science 114 84 93
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.24% 0.15% 0.17%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.72% 0.46% 0.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 25 45
Median daily rate £423 £375 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.66% -16.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £297 £254
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £535 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £369 £370 £513
% change year-on-year -0.33% -27.80%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 14 4
Median hourly rate £16.00 £20.75 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.89% -5.68%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.60 £12.65 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.30 £43.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.75 £22.00
% change year-on-year +1.58% -28.40%  

Life Science is in the generic IT skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills.

Generic IT Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 15741 18200 17709
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 33.40% 32.57% 31.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 10307 11962 10819
Median daily rate £450 £425 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +0.59%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £610 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year +3.89% +2.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 511 551 662
Median hourly rate £25.00 £23.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.69% +22.99%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.45 £11.74
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.33 £45.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £23.00 £18.90
% change year-on-year +8.69% +21.69%  

Life Science
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Life Science as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Miscellaneous category.

Job vacancy trend for Life Science in the UK

Life Science
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Life Science.

Contractor daily rate trend for Life Science in the UK

Life Science
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Life Science over the 3 months to 29 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Life Science in the UK

Life Science
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Life Science.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Life Science in the UK

Life Science
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Life Science over the 3 months to 29 April 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Life Science in the UK

Life Science
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 Life Science within the UK over the 3 months to 29 April 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 +71 111 £423 +12.66% 29
South East +32 37 £395 -10.98% 1
North West +43 33 £475 +58.33% 3
Manchester +14 20 £190 -35.59% 1
London +27 18 £550 +46.66% 18
Berkshire +21 15 £379 -14.64%
East of England +4 14 £313 - 6
Cambridge - 13 £313 - 5
Cambridgeshire - 13 £313 - 5
Surrey +15 11 £445 -
Hampshire +20 10 £238 - 1
Woking - 9 £450 -
Lancashire +10 6 £458 -
Bracknell +6 6 £395 -
Cumbria - 4 - -
Farnborough - 3 - -
West Midlands - 3 £440 - 1
Scotland +43 2 - -
Reading +23 2 £175 -48.14%
Birmingham - 2 - - 1
East Midlands - 2 - -
South Wales +14 1 £425 +25.92%
Wales +5 1 £425 +25.92%
Essex -10 1 - -
Inverness - 1 - -
Staffordshire - 1 £440 -
Glasgow - 1 - -
Highlands - 1 - -
Slough - 1 - -
Saffron Walden - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 29 April 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Life Science also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Life Science.

1 78 (37.14%) Manufacturing
2 68 (32.38%) Pharmaceutical
3 38 (18.10%) Project Management
3 38 (18.10%) SAP
4 37 (17.62%) Agile Software Development
5 31 (14.76%) Degree
6 28 (13.33%) Oracle
7 26 (12.38%) Validation
8 25 (11.90%) Windows
8 25 (11.90%) QA
9 24 (11.43%) Microsoft
10 21 (10.00%) Migration
10 21 (10.00%) Finance
11 20 (9.52%) Change Management
12 19 (9.05%) Stakeholder Management
13 17 (8.10%) Active Directory
13 17 (8.10%) SAP Oil and Gas
14 16 (7.62%) Analytics
14 16 (7.62%) ITIL
14 16 (7.62%) SQL
14 16 (7.62%) ERP
15 15 (7.14%) CRM
15 15 (7.14%) GxP
16 14 (6.67%) Scrum
16 14 (6.67%) SQL Server
17 13 (6.19%) VMware
17 13 (6.19%) Risk Management
17 13 (6.19%) Data Management
17 13 (6.19%) Analytical Skills
17 13 (6.19%) Business Analysis

Life Science
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 9 (4.29%) MS Exchange
1 9 (4.29%) SharePoint
2 8 (3.81%) Exchange Server 2010
3 7 (3.33%) BizTalk Server
3 7 (3.33%) Documentum
4 5 (2.38%) SAS
4 5 (2.38%) Skype for Business
5 3 (1.43%) OpenStack
6 2 (0.95%) Apache
6 2 (0.95%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (0.95%) IBM Domino
6 2 (0.95%) IIS
6 2 (0.95%) NetWeaver
6 2 (0.95%) nginx
6 2 (0.95%) Tornado
7 1 (0.48%) Confluence
7 1 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 11 (5.24%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (4.29%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.43%) S-PLUS
3 3 (1.43%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.48%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 17 (8.10%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 6 (2.86%) Oracle ERP
3 5 (2.38%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (2.38%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (1.43%) SAP EHS
5 2 (0.95%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.95%) WebTrends
6 1 (0.48%) Primavera
6 1 (0.48%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.48%) SAP HR
6 1 (0.48%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 11 (5.24%) SaaS
2 9 (4.29%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (3.33%) Office 365
4 6 (2.86%) Veeva
5 5 (2.38%) Yammer
6 4 (1.90%) Amazon AWS
7 2 (0.95%) Oracle CX
7 2 (0.95%) SuccessFactors
8 1 (0.48%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 9 (4.29%) Firewall
2 8 (3.81%) Internet
3 6 (2.86%) DNS
4 4 (1.90%) TCP/IP
4 4 (1.90%) VoIP
5 3 (1.43%) DHCP
5 3 (1.43%) NAS
6 2 (0.95%) HTTP
6 2 (0.95%) IP Telephony
6 2 (0.95%) Kerberos
6 2 (0.95%) LAN
6 2 (0.95%) LDAP
6 2 (0.95%) OSPF
6 2 (0.95%) RFID
6 2 (0.95%) SAN
6 2 (0.95%) SSL
6 2 (0.95%) VPN
7 1 (0.48%) Ethernet
7 1 (0.48%) iSCSI
7 1 (0.48%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (6.67%) SQL Server
2 8 (3.81%) MySQL
3 7 (3.33%) Big Data
4 6 (2.86%) Relational Database
5 5 (2.38%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (1.90%) RDBMS
6 4 (1.90%) Spotfire
7 3 (1.43%) GIS
7 3 (1.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 2 (0.95%) Cognos Report Studio
8 2 (0.95%) DB2
8 2 (0.95%) Hadoop
8 2 (0.95%) MongoDB
8 2 (0.95%) NoSQL
8 2 (0.95%) SAP BW
8 2 (0.95%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (0.95%) SQLite
9 1 (0.48%) DTS
9 1 (0.48%) Electronic Patient Records
9 1 (0.48%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 6 (2.86%) Git (software)
2 4 (1.90%) JIRA
3 2 (0.95%) Jenkins
3 2 (0.95%) Talend Open Studio
3 2 (0.95%) Vagrant
General
1 78 (37.14%) Manufacturing
2 68 (32.38%) Pharmaceutical
3 21 (10.00%) Finance
4 8 (3.81%) Retail
5 7 (3.33%) Legal
6 6 (2.86%) Back Office
6 6 (2.86%) Marketing
7 4 (1.90%) Publishing
8 3 (1.43%) Law
9 1 (0.48%) Local Government
9 1 (0.48%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 50 (23.81%) Analyst
2 27 (12.86%) Project Manager
3 21 (10.00%) Business Analyst
4 15 (7.14%) Developer
5 14 (6.67%) Architect
5 14 (6.67%) Consultant
6 8 (3.81%) Quality Manager
6 8 (3.81%) Support Analyst
7 7 (3.33%) Change Manager
8 6 (2.86%) Data Business Analyst
8 6 (2.86%) IT Analyst
8 6 (2.86%) QA Manager
8 6 (2.86%) SAP Consultant
8 6 (2.86%) Security Specialist
8 6 (2.86%) Service Analyst
8 6 (2.86%) Service Desk Analyst
8 6 (2.86%) Software Engineer
9 5 (2.38%) Microsoft Consultant
9 5 (2.38%) Oracle Analyst
9 5 (2.38%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (3.33%) Flask
1 7 (3.33%) Web Services
2 6 (2.86%) .NET
2 6 (2.86%) HTML
3 5 (2.38%) COM
3 5 (2.38%) CSS
3 5 (2.38%) Django
3 5 (2.38%) Middleware
3 5 (2.38%) XML
4 4 (1.90%) REST
5 3 (1.43%) Akka
5 3 (1.43%) Play Framework
5 3 (1.43%) SAML
5 3 (1.43%) SAP Basis
6 2 (0.95%) Boost C++ Libraries
6 2 (0.95%) HTML5
6 2 (0.95%) React
6 2 (0.95%) Redux
6 2 (0.95%) SAP TM
6 2 (0.95%) Symfony
Miscellaneous
1 13 (6.19%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (5.71%) Computer Science
3 9 (4.29%) Video Conferencing
4 6 (2.86%) Greenfield Project
4 6 (2.86%) Linked Data
4 6 (2.86%) Management Information System
5 5 (2.38%) Biotechnology
6 4 (1.90%) Clustering
6 4 (1.90%) Data Centre
6 4 (1.90%) e-Learning
6 4 (1.90%) NHS
7 3 (1.43%) Internet of Things
8 2 (0.95%) FMCG
8 2 (0.95%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 2 (0.95%) Learning Management System
8 2 (0.95%) LIMS
8 2 (0.95%) Mobile App
8 2 (0.95%) User Experience
9 1 (0.48%) Social Media
9 1 (0.48%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 25 (11.90%) Windows
2 10 (4.76%) Windows 10
2 10 (4.76%) Windows 7
2 10 (4.76%) Windows Server
3 9 (4.29%) Linux
4 8 (3.81%) AIX
5 7 (3.33%) Windows Server 2008
5 7 (3.33%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (1.43%) Ubuntu
7 2 (0.95%) Android
7 2 (0.95%) Apple iOS
7 2 (0.95%) Unix
7 2 (0.95%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.48%) CentOS
8 1 (0.48%) Fedora
8 1 (0.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.48%) SUSE
8 1 (0.48%) Windows 2000
8 1 (0.48%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (18.10%) Project Management
2 37 (17.62%) Agile Software Development
3 26 (12.38%) Validation
4 21 (10.00%) Migration
5 20 (9.52%) Change Management
6 19 (9.05%) Stakeholder Management
7 16 (7.62%) Analytics
7 16 (7.62%) ERP
7 16 (7.62%) ITIL
8 15 (7.14%) CRM
9 14 (6.67%) Scrum
10 13 (6.19%) Business Analysis
10 13 (6.19%) Data Management
10 13 (6.19%) Risk Management
11 12 (5.71%) PRINCE2
12 11 (5.24%) Business Intelligence
12 11 (5.24%) Integration Testing
13 10 (4.76%) Biology
13 10 (4.76%) Logistics
13 10 (4.76%) Quality Management
Programming Languages
1 16 (7.62%) SQL
2 12 (5.71%) Java
3 10 (4.76%) Python
4 6 (2.86%) JavaScript
5 5 (2.38%) C++
6 4 (1.90%) C
6 4 (1.90%) PHP
7 3 (1.43%) Bash Shell
7 3 (1.43%) C#
7 3 (1.43%) Perl
7 3 (1.43%) PowerShell
7 3 (1.43%) R
7 3 (1.43%) Scala
7 3 (1.43%) T-SQL
8 2 (0.95%) Embedded C
8 2 (0.95%) PL/SQL
8 2 (0.95%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.48%) Ruby
9 1 (0.48%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.48%) VB
Qualifications
1 31 (14.76%) Degree
2 10 (4.76%) Microsoft Certification
3 9 (4.29%) MCSE
4 8 (3.81%) IRCA
4 8 (3.81%) MCP
5 7 (3.33%) MCSA
6 5 (2.38%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 2 (0.95%) CCNA
7 2 (0.95%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (0.95%) CISSP
7 2 (0.95%) MCITP
7 2 (0.95%) PhD
7 2 (0.95%) Security Cleared
7 2 (0.95%) Six Sigma Green Belt
8 1 (0.48%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.48%) CBAP
8 1 (0.48%) CISA
8 1 (0.48%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.48%) MOS
8 1 (0.48%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (11.90%) QA
2 15 (7.14%) GxP
3 10 (4.76%) SLA
4 3 (1.43%) Data Quality
4 3 (1.43%) ISO13485
4 3 (1.43%) PMO
5 2 (0.95%) CDISC
5 2 (0.95%) GMP
5 2 (0.95%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.48%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 1 (0.48%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.48%) GAMP
6 1 (0.48%) GDPR
System Software
1 17 (8.10%) Active Directory
2 13 (6.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (1.90%) Hyper-V
4 3 (1.43%) NFS
5 2 (0.95%) vCloud
6 1 (0.48%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 1 (0.48%) Docker
6 1 (0.48%) Firmware
6 1 (0.48%) GPFS
6 1 (0.48%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.48%) XenApp
6 1 (0.48%) zsh
Systems Management
1 2 (0.95%) Ansible
1 2 (0.95%) Backup Exec
1 2 (0.95%) OpenIDM
1 2 (0.95%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
1 2 (0.95%) Terraform
1 2 (0.95%) WSUS
2 1 (0.48%) Cisco IPCC
2 1 (0.48%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.48%) SCCM
Vendors
1 38 (18.10%) SAP
2 28 (13.33%) Oracle
3 24 (11.43%) Microsoft
4 13 (6.19%) VMware
5 11 (5.24%) Remedy
6 8 (3.81%) Citrix
6 8 (3.81%) HP
7 7 (3.33%) Cisco
8 6 (2.86%) Polycom
8 6 (2.86%) Salesforce.com
8 6 (2.86%) ServiceNow
9 5 (2.38%) Infor
10 4 (1.90%) Google
10 4 (1.90%) hybris
10 4 (1.90%) Red Hat
11 3 (1.43%) Tableau
11 3 (1.43%) webMethods
12 2 (0.95%) Symantec
12 2 (0.95%) TIBCO
12 2 (0.95%) Wyse