Period
to 2 July 2020

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 2 July 2020 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
2 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 513 661 726
Rank change year-on-year +148 +65 -82
Contract jobs citing Life Science 78 186 170
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.20% 0.17%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.57% 0.63% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 74 54
Median daily rate £425 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.56% - +2.27%
10th Percentile £350 £224 £225
90th Percentile £575 £623 £622
UK excluding London median daily rate £408 £450 £425
% change year-on-year -9.44% +5.88% +0.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 15 3
Median hourly rate £34.41 £40.00 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.98% +11.11% +125.00%
10th Percentile £19.83 £12.70 £18.85
90th Percentile £60.00 £56.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.82 £40.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year -42.95% +11.11% +125.00%

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 13,657 29,543 32,975
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.09% 31.96% 32.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,450 18,926 21,335
Median daily rate £475 £475 £453
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.97% +1.12%
10th Percentile £260 £275 £268
90th Percentile £710 £665 £656
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £410
% change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 627 1,045 1,053
Median hourly rate £31.00 £20.86 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +48.65% -3.00% +7.50%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.77 £11.80
90th Percentile £53.75 £52.50 £50.25
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year +20.00% -6.25% +8.11%

Life Science
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Life Science in the UK

Life Science
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Life Science.

Daily rate trend for Life Science in the UK

Life Science
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Life Science over the 6 months to 2 July 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Life Science in the UK

Life Science
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Life Science.

Hourly rate trend for Life Science in the UK

Life Science
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Life Science over the 6 months to 2 July 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Life Science in the UK

Life Science
Top 12 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 2 July 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 +171 67 £475 +5.56% 61
UK excluding London +113 48 £408 -9.44% 52
London +188 21 £508 -3.33% 10
South East +86 18 £563 +36.36% 18
North of England +85 13 £395 +5.33% 10
East of England +47 13 £415 -14.87% 18
North West +50 8 £365 -7.30% 6
Work from Home +5 6 - - 7
Yorkshire +81 4 £488 - 4
Scotland +67 3 - - 1
North East +38 1 - -
Wales - 1 £400 -

For the 6 months to 2 July 2020, 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 32 (41.03%) Pharmaceutical
1 32 (41.03%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (26.92%) Manufacturing
3 17 (21.79%) Degree
4 13 (16.67%) SAP
5 11 (14.10%) Marketing
6 10 (12.82%) AWS
6 10 (12.82%) Analytics
6 10 (12.82%) SQL
6 10 (12.82%) Microsoft
7 9 (11.54%) Project Management
7 9 (11.54%) Business Intelligence
7 9 (11.54%) CRM
7 9 (11.54%) Problem-Solving
8 8 (10.26%) Project Delivery
8 8 (10.26%) Apache Spark
8 8 (10.26%) Change Management
8 8 (10.26%) Big Data
8 8 (10.26%) Data Governance
8 8 (10.26%) Machine Learning
8 8 (10.26%) Statistics
8 8 (10.26%) Artificial Intelligence
8 8 (10.26%) Finance
8 8 (10.26%) Computer Science
9 7 (8.97%) Validation
9 7 (8.97%) Analytical Skills
9 7 (8.97%) Data Science
9 7 (8.97%) Power Platform
9 7 (8.97%) Power BI
10 6 (7.69%) Retail

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 8 (10.26%) Apache Spark
2 5 (6.41%) Apache
3 3 (3.85%) SAS
4 2 (2.56%) OnBase
4 2 (2.56%) SharePoint
5 1 (1.28%) Confluence
5 1 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (1.28%) MS Exchange
5 1 (1.28%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (1.28%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.28%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (3.85%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 3 (3.85%) TrackWise
2 2 (2.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.56%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (1.28%) Oracle 11i
3 1 (1.28%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (1.28%) Oracle Assets
3 1 (1.28%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (1.28%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (1.28%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (1.28%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (1.28%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (1.28%) Oracle Receivables
3 1 (1.28%) PeopleSoft HCM
3 1 (1.28%) SAP EWM
3 1 (1.28%) SAP MDG
3 1 (1.28%) SAP MDG-BP
3 1 (1.28%) SAP MDM
Cloud Services
1 10 (12.82%) AWS
2 7 (8.97%) Power Platform
3 6 (7.69%) Office 365
4 5 (6.41%) SaaS
5 2 (2.56%) Azure
5 2 (2.56%) IaaS
5 2 (2.56%) PaaS
5 2 (2.56%) Veeva
6 1 (1.28%) Amazon EMR
6 1 (1.28%) Amazon S3
6 1 (1.28%) Amazon SQS
6 1 (1.28%) AWS Lambda
6 1 (1.28%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (1.28%) Serverless
6 1 (1.28%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.85%) Skype
2 1 (1.28%) Kerberos
2 1 (1.28%) LAN
2 1 (1.28%) PABX
2 1 (1.28%) PBX
2 1 (1.28%) Unified Communications
2 1 (1.28%) WAN
2 1 (1.28%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (10.26%) Big Data
2 7 (8.97%) Power BI
3 4 (5.13%) Data Lake
4 2 (2.56%) MongoDB
4 2 (2.56%) NoSQL
4 2 (2.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (2.56%) Sqoop
5 1 (1.28%) Amazon Redshift
5 1 (1.28%) Apache Hive
5 1 (1.28%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (1.28%) ObjectStore
5 1 (1.28%) SAP HANA
5 1 (1.28%) SQL Server
5 1 (1.28%) Triplestore
Development Applications
1 4 (5.13%) ER Studio
1 4 (5.13%) ERwin
2 2 (2.56%) JIRA
3 1 (1.28%) Git (software)
3 1 (1.28%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.28%) Oracle APEX
3 1 (1.28%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (1.28%) Visual Studio
General
1 32 (41.03%) Pharmaceutical
2 21 (26.92%) Manufacturing
3 11 (14.10%) Marketing
4 8 (10.26%) Finance
5 6 (7.69%) Retail
6 2 (2.56%) Publishing
7 1 (1.28%) Banking
7 1 (1.28%) Electronics
7 1 (1.28%) French Language
7 1 (1.28%) Public Sector
7 1 (1.28%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 22 (28.21%) Analyst
2 14 (17.95%) Business Analyst
3 9 (11.54%) Architect
4 8 (10.26%) Project Manager
5 5 (6.41%) Data Scientist
5 5 (6.41%) Senior Data Scientist
5 5 (6.41%) Support Analyst
6 4 (5.13%) Developer
6 4 (5.13%) Information Architect
6 4 (5.13%) IT Analyst
7 3 (3.85%) Biostatistician
7 3 (3.85%) Data Business Analyst
7 3 (3.85%) Data Engineer
7 3 (3.85%) IT Manager
7 3 (3.85%) IT Project Manager
7 3 (3.85%) SAP Manager
7 3 (3.85%) SAP Project Manager
7 3 (3.85%) Senior Analyst
7 3 (3.85%) Senior Business Analyst
8 2 (2.56%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.41%) Keras
1 5 (6.41%) TensorFlow
2 3 (3.85%) JSON
2 3 (3.85%) Web Services
3 2 (2.56%) .NET
3 2 (2.56%) Akka
3 2 (2.56%) Kafka
4 1 (1.28%) Node.js
4 1 (1.28%) OAuth
4 1 (1.28%) OpenID
4 1 (1.28%) REST
4 1 (1.28%) SAML
4 1 (1.28%) Software Packaging
4 1 (1.28%) Spring
4 1 (1.28%) Spring Boot
4 1 (1.28%) Spring Cloud
Miscellaneous
1 7 (8.97%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (5.13%) Data Centre
2 4 (5.13%) Reference Data
3 3 (3.85%) LIMS
3 3 (3.85%) Public Cloud
3 3 (3.85%) User Experience
4 2 (2.56%) Algorithms
4 2 (2.56%) Semantic Web
5 1 (1.28%) CCTV
5 1 (1.28%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.28%) Cloud Native
5 1 (1.28%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (1.28%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.28%) Mobile Computing
5 1 (1.28%) NHS
5 1 (1.28%) PACS
5 1 (1.28%) SCADA
5 1 (1.28%) Smartphone
5 1 (1.28%) Taxonomies
5 1 (1.28%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 4 (5.13%) Windows
2 1 (1.28%) Apple iOS
2 1 (1.28%) Embedded Linux
2 1 (1.28%) Linux
2 1 (1.28%) Windows 7
2 1 (1.28%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (41.03%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (12.82%) Analytics
3 9 (11.54%) Business Intelligence
3 9 (11.54%) CRM
3 9 (11.54%) Problem-Solving
3 9 (11.54%) Project Management
4 8 (10.26%) Artificial Intelligence
4 8 (10.26%) Change Management
4 8 (10.26%) Computer Science
4 8 (10.26%) Data Governance
4 8 (10.26%) Machine Learning
4 8 (10.26%) Project Delivery
4 8 (10.26%) Statistics
5 7 (8.97%) Data Science
5 7 (8.97%) Validation
6 6 (7.69%) Business Analysis
7 5 (6.41%) Data Migration
7 5 (6.41%) Data Modelling
7 5 (6.41%) ITIL
7 5 (6.41%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 10 (12.82%) SQL
2 6 (7.69%) Python
3 2 (2.56%) Java
3 2 (2.56%) JavaScript
3 2 (2.56%) Scala
4 1 (1.28%) C#
4 1 (1.28%) C++
4 1 (1.28%) Embedded C++
4 1 (1.28%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 17 (21.79%) Degree
2 2 (2.56%) Computer Science Degree
2 2 (2.56%) IIBA
2 2 (2.56%) Master's Degree
2 2 (2.56%) PMI Certification
2 2 (2.56%) PMP
3 1 (1.28%) ISEB
3 1 (1.28%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 1 (1.28%) MCSA
3 1 (1.28%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (1.28%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (7.69%) QA
2 4 (5.13%) GxP
3 3 (3.85%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 3 (3.85%) DICOM
4 2 (2.56%) Data Quality
5 1 (1.28%) CDISC
5 1 (1.28%) GMP
5 1 (1.28%) IEC 62304
5 1 (1.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 2 (2.56%) Active Directory
1 2 (2.56%) Docker
2 1 (1.28%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 2 (2.56%) Hadoop YARN
1 2 (2.56%) Oozie
2 1 (1.28%) Kubernetes
2 1 (1.28%) Single Sign-On
2 1 (1.28%) Terraform
Vendors
1 13 (16.67%) SAP
2 10 (12.82%) Microsoft
3 6 (7.69%) Oracle
4 3 (3.85%) hybris
4 3 (3.85%) Pega
5 2 (2.56%) Alteryx
5 2 (2.56%) Ariba
5 2 (2.56%) Cognizant
5 2 (2.56%) Kofax
5 2 (2.56%) ServiceNow
5 2 (2.56%) Tableau
6 1 (1.28%) Apple
6 1 (1.28%) Atlassian
6 1 (1.28%) Cisco
6 1 (1.28%) PeopleSoft
6 1 (1.28%) Rockwell
6 1 (1.28%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (1.28%) Siemens
6 1 (1.28%) Talend
6 1 (1.28%) Workday