Period
to 21 November 2018

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 6 months to 21 November 2018 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
6 months to
21 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 708 712 739
Rank change year-on-year +4 +27 -9
Contract jobs citing Life Science 178 170 151
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.16% 0.14%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.50% 0.48% 0.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 82 76
UK median daily rate £425 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.53% +5.56% +22.45%
10th Percentile £275 £307 £288
90th Percentile £608 £586 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £475 £419
% change year-on-year -10.53% +13.37% +11.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 9 9
UK median hourly rate £30.50 £19.30 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +58.07% +33.07% -65.88%
10th Percentile £15.86 £12.50 £10.90
90th Percentile £51.38 £28.24 £25.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £19.30 £14.50
% change year-on-year +86.58% +33.07% -65.88%

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

All Generic IT Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 35,464 35,528 35,707
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 34.08% 34.44% 34.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 23,376 23,503 23,333
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
10th Percentile £278 £263 £250
90th Percentile £656 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +6.25% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,082 1,080 1,232
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £20.17 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.14% +0.83% +5.10%
10th Percentile £12.23 £11.25 £11.67
90th Percentile £50.25 £48.28 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year - -2.44% +8.24%

Life Science
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Life Science as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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 6 months to 21 November 2018.

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 6 months to 21 November 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Life Science in the UK

Life Science
Top 14 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 6 months to 21 November 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 +19 170 £425 -10.53% 145
UK excluding London -4 134 £425 -10.53% 123
South East +14 79 £438 -7.89% 35
London +32 39 £396 -13.91% 28
East of England +15 30 £450 +33.33% 31
North of England -19 19 £400 +14.29% 28
North West -35 16 £400 +14.29% 14
Scotland - 3 - - 6
North East - 2 - - 7
East Midlands -5 1 - - 2
Yorkshire -13 1 - - 7
South West -15 1 - - 11
Midlands -28 1 - - 12
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 21 November 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Life Science also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for Life Science.

1 65 (36.52%) Manufacturing
2 58 (32.58%) Pharmaceutical
3 52 (29.21%) Agile Software Development
4 48 (26.97%) Degree
5 33 (18.54%) Project Management
6 30 (16.85%) Computer Science
7 24 (13.48%) Software Engineering
8 22 (12.36%) Microsoft
9 21 (11.80%) HTML
9 21 (11.80%) Analytical Skills
9 21 (11.80%) Problem-Solving
10 20 (11.24%) Web Services
11 18 (10.11%) Windows
11 18 (10.11%) Test Automation
12 17 (9.55%) Mathematics
12 17 (9.55%) User Experience
12 17 (9.55%) Web Application Development
12 17 (9.55%) HTML5
13 16 (8.99%) Finance
14 14 (7.87%) Migration
14 14 (7.87%) CSS
14 14 (7.87%) JavaScript
14 14 (7.87%) AngularJS
15 13 (7.30%) Analytics
15 13 (7.30%) Microsoft Office
15 13 (7.30%) Business Intelligence
15 13 (7.30%) Validation
16 12 (6.74%) Workflow
16 12 (6.74%) Business Analysis
16 12 (6.74%) Python

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 7 (3.93%) SharePoint
2 6 (3.37%) Confluence
3 4 (2.25%) NetWeaver
4 3 (1.69%) SAS
4 3 (1.69%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (0.56%) Apache
5 1 (0.56%) CMS
5 1 (0.56%) Drupal
5 1 (0.56%) MS Project Server
5 1 (0.56%) nginx
5 1 (0.56%) OpenStack
5 1 (0.56%) SAP Portal
Applications
1 13 (7.30%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (3.37%) Microsoft Project
3 4 (2.25%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (1.69%) InfoPath
4 3 (1.69%) MS Visio
5 2 (1.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.56%) Simulink
6 1 (0.56%) SOLIDWORKS
6 1 (0.56%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (2.25%) Oracle EBS
1 4 (2.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (1.12%) NetSuite
2 2 (1.12%) Oracle 11i
2 2 (1.12%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (1.12%) Oracle Assets
2 2 (1.12%) Oracle General Ledger
2 2 (1.12%) Oracle Payables
2 2 (1.12%) Oracle Receivables
2 2 (1.12%) SAP CO
2 2 (1.12%) SAP FI
2 2 (1.12%) SAP FI/CO
2 2 (1.12%) TrackWise
3 1 (0.56%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.56%) Primavera
3 1 (0.56%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.56%) SAP EWM
3 1 (0.56%) SAP SD
3 1 (0.56%) SAP WM
Cloud Services
1 9 (5.06%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (4.49%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (4.49%) Office 365
3 4 (2.25%) Azure Active Directory
3 4 (2.25%) Force.com
3 4 (2.25%) SaaS
4 3 (1.69%) GitHub
5 2 (1.12%) Firebase
5 2 (1.12%) Google Cloud Platform
5 2 (1.12%) Heroku
5 2 (1.12%) npm
5 2 (1.12%) Serverless
6 1 (0.56%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.56%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.25%) HTTP
2 3 (1.69%) Ethernet
2 3 (1.69%) HTTPS
2 3 (1.69%) LAN
2 3 (1.69%) SSL
3 2 (1.12%) Intranet
3 2 (1.12%) VoIP
4 1 (0.56%) Cisco IPT
4 1 (0.56%) DNS
4 1 (0.56%) Kerberos
4 1 (0.56%) RFID
4 1 (0.56%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (5.06%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.93%) MySQL
2 7 (3.93%) Relational Database
3 5 (2.81%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (2.81%) Power BI
4 4 (2.25%) Spotfire
5 3 (1.69%) NoSQL
5 3 (1.69%) Qlik Sense
5 3 (1.69%) SAP BW
6 2 (1.12%) Big Data
6 2 (1.12%) Data Mart
6 2 (1.12%) EDMS
7 1 (0.56%) Cognos Report Studio
7 1 (0.56%) Data Lake
7 1 (0.56%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.56%) MarkLogic
7 1 (0.56%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.56%) QlikView
7 1 (0.56%) SAP HANA
7 1 (0.56%) Triplestore
Development Applications
1 9 (5.06%) JIRA
2 6 (3.37%) Git (software)
3 4 (2.25%) Jenkins
3 4 (2.25%) Selenium
4 2 (1.12%) Bitbucket
4 2 (1.12%) Cucumber
4 2 (1.12%) Eclipse
4 2 (1.12%) MSBuild
4 2 (1.12%) Oracle APEX
4 2 (1.12%) Oracle Forms
4 2 (1.12%) Subversion
4 2 (1.12%) Visual Studio Team System
5 1 (0.56%) GCC
5 1 (0.56%) Mocha
5 1 (0.56%) Vagrant
General
1 65 (36.52%) Manufacturing
2 58 (32.58%) Pharmaceutical
3 16 (8.99%) Finance
4 5 (2.81%) Publishing
5 4 (2.25%) Advertising
5 4 (2.25%) Electronics
5 4 (2.25%) Retail
6 3 (1.69%) Law
7 2 (1.12%) Back Office
7 2 (1.12%) French Language
7 2 (1.12%) Marketing
8 1 (0.56%) Billing
8 1 (0.56%) Dutch Language
8 1 (0.56%) Interactive Media
8 1 (0.56%) Legal
8 1 (0.56%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 43 (24.16%) Analyst
2 27 (15.17%) Developer
3 25 (14.04%) Project Manager
4 21 (11.80%) Business Analyst
5 14 (7.87%) Software Engineer
6 11 (6.18%) IT Analyst
6 11 (6.18%) Support Analyst
7 10 (5.62%) IT Manager
8 9 (5.06%) IT Project Manager
9 8 (4.49%) Business IT Analyst
9 8 (4.49%) Consultant
9 8 (4.49%) IT Business Analyst
10 5 (2.81%) Senior Analyst
10 5 (2.81%) Software Developer
11 4 (2.25%) Author
11 4 (2.25%) Data Manager
11 4 (2.25%) Desktop Support
11 4 (2.25%) Junior
11 4 (2.25%) Programme Manager
11 4 (2.25%) Technical Author
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (11.80%) HTML
2 20 (11.24%) Web Services
3 17 (9.55%) HTML5
4 14 (7.87%) AngularJS
4 14 (7.87%) CSS
5 11 (6.18%) Angular 2
6 10 (5.62%) jQuery
7 7 (3.93%) XML
8 6 (3.37%) JSON
9 5 (2.81%) .NET
9 5 (2.81%) Ajax
9 5 (2.81%) React
9 5 (2.81%) REST
10 4 (2.25%) CSS3
10 4 (2.25%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 3 (1.69%) Node.js
11 3 (1.69%) Visualforce
11 3 (1.69%) Web Dynpro
12 2 (1.12%) ASP.NET
12 2 (1.12%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 30 (16.85%) Computer Science
2 21 (11.80%) Analytical Skills
3 17 (9.55%) User Experience
4 9 (5.06%) Virtual Team
5 8 (4.49%) Management Information System
6 7 (3.93%) Biotechnology
6 7 (3.93%) Self-Motivation
7 6 (3.37%) NHS
8 4 (2.25%) Algorithms
8 4 (2.25%) Data Centre
9 3 (1.69%) AS400
9 3 (1.69%) FMCG
9 3 (1.69%) LIMS
9 3 (1.69%) Mainframe
9 3 (1.69%) PMI
10 2 (1.12%) Blog
10 2 (1.12%) Data Structures
10 2 (1.12%) Device Driver
10 2 (1.12%) Social Media
11 1 (0.56%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 18 (10.11%) Windows
2 10 (5.62%) Linux
3 5 (2.81%) Unix
3 5 (2.81%) Windows 10
4 3 (1.69%) CentOS
4 3 (1.69%) Windows Server
5 2 (1.12%) Apple iOS
5 2 (1.12%) Ubuntu
5 2 (1.12%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.56%) Debian
6 1 (0.56%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (29.21%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (18.54%) Project Management
3 24 (13.48%) Software Engineering
4 21 (11.80%) Problem-Solving
5 18 (10.11%) Test Automation
6 17 (9.55%) Mathematics
6 17 (9.55%) Web Application Development
7 14 (7.87%) Migration
8 13 (7.30%) Analytics
8 13 (7.30%) Business Intelligence
8 13 (7.30%) Validation
9 12 (6.74%) Business Analysis
9 12 (6.74%) Microservices
9 12 (6.74%) Workflow
10 11 (6.18%) Scrum
11 10 (5.62%) Continuous Integration
11 10 (5.62%) Stakeholder Management
11 10 (5.62%) UX Design
12 9 (5.06%) Process Improvement
12 9 (5.06%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 14 (7.87%) JavaScript
2 12 (6.74%) Python
2 12 (6.74%) SQL
3 11 (6.18%) C#
4 8 (4.49%) Go
4 8 (4.49%) Java
5 5 (2.81%) C
5 5 (2.81%) C++
5 5 (2.81%) R
6 3 (1.69%) Apex Code
6 3 (1.69%) MATLAB
6 3 (1.69%) PHP
7 2 (1.12%) ABAP
7 2 (1.12%) Embedded C
7 2 (1.12%) Java 8
7 2 (1.12%) Perl
7 2 (1.12%) PL/SQL
7 2 (1.12%) Ruby
8 1 (0.56%) VBA
8 1 (0.56%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 48 (26.97%) Degree
2 9 (5.06%) Computer Science Degree
3 6 (3.37%) PMI Certification
4 5 (2.81%) CBAP
5 4 (2.25%) ISEB
5 4 (2.25%) PhD
5 4 (2.25%) PMP
5 4 (2.25%) Security Cleared
6 3 (1.69%) Numerate Degree
6 3 (1.69%) SC Cleared
7 1 (0.56%) CISA
7 1 (0.56%) CISM
7 1 (0.56%) CISSP
7 1 (0.56%) CTC Cleared
7 1 (0.56%) IIBA
7 1 (0.56%) Master's Degree
7 1 (0.56%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (5.06%) GxP
2 6 (3.37%) GMP
2 6 (3.37%) QA
3 4 (2.25%) PMO
3 4 (2.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (1.69%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 2 (1.12%) GDPR
6 1 (0.56%) GAMP
6 1 (0.56%) GCP
6 1 (0.56%) IASME
6 1 (0.56%) ISO 13485
6 1 (0.56%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.56%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.56%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (5.62%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.12%) Docker
2 2 (1.12%) Firmware
2 2 (1.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.56%) KVM
3 1 (0.56%) NFS
3 1 (0.56%) OpenDJ
3 1 (0.56%) OpenIDM
3 1 (0.56%) QEMU
3 1 (0.56%) vCloud
3 1 (0.56%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 2 (1.12%) SCCM
1 2 (1.12%) WSUS
2 1 (0.56%) Ansible
2 1 (0.56%) EMC NetWorker
2 1 (0.56%) Single Sign-On
2 1 (0.56%) Terraform
Vendors
1 22 (12.36%) Microsoft
2 12 (6.74%) Google
3 10 (5.62%) SAP
4 9 (5.06%) Oracle
5 6 (3.37%) Salesforce.com
6 5 (2.81%) Red Hat
7 4 (2.25%) JD Edwards
7 4 (2.25%) Workday
8 3 (1.69%) MicroStrategy
8 3 (1.69%) ServiceNow
8 3 (1.69%) Syncsort
8 3 (1.69%) Tableau
9 2 (1.12%) Apple
9 2 (1.12%) Atlassian
9 2 (1.12%) Cisco
9 2 (1.12%) Splunk
9 2 (1.12%) VMware
9 2 (1.12%) Zend
10 1 (0.56%) Cadence
10 1 (0.56%) Meridio