Period
to 6 April 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 6 April 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
6 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 589 732 734
Rank change year-on-year +143 +2 -81
Contract jobs citing Life Science 104 146 166
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.15% 0.16%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.53% 0.47% 0.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 65 61
Median daily rate £420 £413 £480
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.82% -14.06% +12.94%
10th Percentile £275 £214 £363
90th Percentile £723 £608 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £450
% change year-on-year -3.03% -8.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 10 5
Median hourly rate £34.41 £44.50 £39.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.67% +12.66% +132.35%
10th Percentile £19.83 £12.75 £20.30
90th Percentile £60.00 £56.50 £44.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.82 £44.00 £40.75
% change year-on-year -48.14% +7.98% +146.97%

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 19,693 30,834 33,057
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 31.87% 31.80% 32.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,225 20,041 21,707
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £231 £275 £263
90th Percentile £675 £663 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 960 996 1,021
Median hourly rate £25.53 £21.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.57% -2.33% +7.50%
10th Percentile £12.61 £11.85 £11.61
90th Percentile £53.00 £50.00 £50.67
Median hourly rate £21.57 £20.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year +7.85% -4.76% +14.29%

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 6 April 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 6 April 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Life Science in the UK

Life Science
Top 13 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 6 April 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 +117 91 £430 +4.18% 110
UK excluding London +102 76 £400 -3.03% 69
North of England +75 25 £370 +55.79% 7
South East +63 24 £450 +9.09% 23
North West +42 22 £370 +55.79% 5
East of England +29 22 £415 -17.00% 26
London +136 17 £515 +24.85% 44
Work from Home - 6 - - 7
Scotland +31 3 - - 2
Yorkshire +51 2 - - 2
North East +34 1 - -
Wales - 1 £400 - 1
South West - 1 - - 5

For the 6 months to 6 April 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 44 (42.31%) Pharmaceutical
2 37 (35.58%) Manufacturing
3 30 (28.85%) Agile Software Development
4 26 (25.00%) Degree
5 23 (22.12%) SAP
6 22 (21.15%) Project Management
7 16 (15.38%) Microsoft
8 15 (14.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 14 (13.46%) Business Intelligence
9 14 (13.46%) Change Management
9 14 (13.46%) Stakeholder Management
10 12 (11.54%) Finance
10 12 (11.54%) Problem-Solving
10 12 (11.54%) Project Delivery
11 11 (10.58%) Marketing
12 10 (9.62%) Computer Science
12 10 (9.62%) CRM
12 10 (9.62%) Analytics
13 9 (8.65%) Docker
13 9 (8.65%) Python
13 9 (8.65%) Validation
14 8 (7.69%) Windows
14 8 (7.69%) Business Analysis
14 8 (7.69%) DevOps
14 8 (7.69%) AWS
15 7 (6.73%) hybris
15 7 (6.73%) Office 365
15 7 (6.73%) Apache Spark
15 7 (6.73%) Analytical Skills
15 7 (6.73%) QA

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 (6.73%) Apache Spark
1 7 (6.73%) SharePoint
2 5 (4.81%) IIS
3 4 (3.85%) Apache
3 4 (3.85%) SAS
4 3 (2.88%) CMS
5 2 (1.92%) OnBase
6 1 (0.96%) Confluence
6 1 (0.96%) Drupal
6 1 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.96%) MS Exchange
6 1 (0.96%) Sitecore CMS
6 1 (0.96%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 7 (6.73%) Microsoft Project
2 4 (3.85%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (1.92%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.96%) Camtasia
4 1 (0.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.96%) XMetaL
Business Applications
1 15 (14.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (2.88%) SAP CRM
2 3 (2.88%) SAP S/4HANA
3 2 (1.92%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 2 (1.92%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (1.92%) SAP MDG
3 2 (1.92%) SAP MDM
3 2 (1.92%) Sprinklr
4 1 (0.96%) PeopleSoft HCM
4 1 (0.96%) SAP EWM
4 1 (0.96%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.96%) SAP MDG-BP
4 1 (0.96%) SAP Payroll
4 1 (0.96%) SAP PP
4 1 (0.96%) SAP PP-PI
Cloud Services
1 8 (7.69%) AWS
2 7 (6.73%) Office 365
3 6 (5.77%) Azure
3 6 (5.77%) Power Platform
3 6 (5.77%) SaaS
4 3 (2.88%) IaaS
4 3 (2.88%) PaaS
4 3 (2.88%) Veeva
5 2 (1.92%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (1.92%) Google Analytics
6 1 (0.96%) Adobe Analytics
6 1 (0.96%) AWS Lambda
6 1 (0.96%) GCP
6 1 (0.96%) Serverless
6 1 (0.96%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.88%) WAN
2 2 (1.92%) DNS
2 2 (1.92%) LAN
3 1 (0.96%) DHCP
3 1 (0.96%) Firewall
3 1 (0.96%) Internet
3 1 (0.96%) PABX
3 1 (0.96%) PBX
3 1 (0.96%) RS-232
3 1 (0.96%) RS-485
3 1 (0.96%) Skype
3 1 (0.96%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.96%) Unified Communications
3 1 (0.96%) Wireless
3 1 (0.96%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.77%) Power BI
2 5 (4.81%) Big Data
3 4 (3.85%) Data Lake
3 4 (3.85%) Relational Database
3 4 (3.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 3 (2.88%) QlikView
4 3 (2.88%) SAP HANA
4 3 (2.88%) Spotfire
4 3 (2.88%) SQL Server
5 2 (1.92%) Cognos Report Studio
5 2 (1.92%) MongoDB
5 2 (1.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (1.92%) Sqoop
6 1 (0.96%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.96%) Flink
6 1 (0.96%) MySQL
6 1 (0.96%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.96%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.96%) Qlik Sense
Development Applications
1 6 (5.77%) Git (software)
2 3 (2.88%) Jenkins
2 3 (2.88%) JIRA
2 3 (2.88%) Visual Studio
3 2 (1.92%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 44 (42.31%) Pharmaceutical
2 37 (35.58%) Manufacturing
3 12 (11.54%) Finance
4 11 (10.58%) Marketing
5 6 (5.77%) Publishing
5 6 (5.77%) Retail
6 3 (2.88%) Public Sector
7 2 (1.92%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.96%) Advertising
8 1 (0.96%) Banking
8 1 (0.96%) Electronics
8 1 (0.96%) French Language
8 1 (0.96%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 22 (21.15%) Analyst
2 18 (17.31%) Project Manager
3 16 (15.38%) Developer
4 12 (11.54%) Business Analyst
5 7 (6.73%) SAP Manager
5 7 (6.73%) SAP Project Manager
6 6 (5.77%) Architect
7 5 (4.81%) Consultant
7 5 (4.81%) SAP Consultant
8 4 (3.85%) .NET Developer
8 4 (3.85%) Cognos Developer
9 3 (2.88%) Biostatistician
9 3 (2.88%) Business Consultant
9 3 (2.88%) Data Business Analyst
9 3 (2.88%) Data Scientist
9 3 (2.88%) IT Manager
9 3 (2.88%) IT Project Manager
9 3 (2.88%) SAP Business Consultant
9 3 (2.88%) Senior Data Scientist
9 3 (2.88%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (6.73%) .NET
2 5 (4.81%) HTML
3 4 (3.85%) JSON
3 4 (3.85%) React
3 4 (3.85%) Web Services
4 3 (2.88%) AngularJS
4 3 (2.88%) Kafka
4 3 (2.88%) Keras
4 3 (2.88%) Node.js
4 3 (2.88%) TensorFlow
4 3 (2.88%) XML
5 2 (1.92%) Akka
5 2 (1.92%) ASP.NET
5 2 (1.92%) ASP.NET Web API
5 2 (1.92%) CSS
5 2 (1.92%) jQuery
5 2 (1.92%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 1 (0.96%) HTML5
6 1 (0.96%) Samza
6 1 (0.96%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 7 (6.73%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (4.81%) Data Centre
2 5 (4.81%) Management Information System
3 4 (3.85%) Enterprise Software
3 4 (3.85%) User Experience
4 3 (2.88%) Biotechnology
4 3 (2.88%) LIMS
4 3 (2.88%) Pharmacovigilance
5 2 (1.92%) Algorithms
5 2 (1.92%) Public Cloud
5 2 (1.92%) Semantic Web
5 2 (1.92%) Virtual Team
6 1 (0.96%) Blog
6 1 (0.96%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (0.96%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (0.96%) Mobile Computing
6 1 (0.96%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (0.96%) Social Media
6 1 (0.96%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (0.96%) Video Editing
Operating Systems
1 8 (7.69%) Windows
2 4 (3.85%) Apple iOS
3 2 (1.92%) Linux
4 1 (0.96%) Android
4 1 (0.96%) Embedded Linux
4 1 (0.96%) Windows 7
4 1 (0.96%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (28.85%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (21.15%) Project Management
3 14 (13.46%) Business Intelligence
3 14 (13.46%) Change Management
3 14 (13.46%) Stakeholder Management
4 12 (11.54%) Problem-Solving
4 12 (11.54%) Project Delivery
5 10 (9.62%) Analytics
5 10 (9.62%) Computer Science
5 10 (9.62%) CRM
6 9 (8.65%) Validation
7 8 (7.69%) Business Analysis
7 8 (7.69%) DevOps
8 7 (6.73%) Migration
9 6 (5.77%) Artificial Intelligence
9 6 (5.77%) Data Science
9 6 (5.77%) ITIL
9 6 (5.77%) Machine Learning
9 6 (5.77%) Service Delivery
9 6 (5.77%) Statistics
Programming Languages
1 9 (8.65%) Python
2 7 (6.73%) JavaScript
3 6 (5.77%) C#
4 5 (4.81%) Scala
4 5 (4.81%) SQL
5 3 (2.88%) C
5 3 (2.88%) C++
5 3 (2.88%) Java
5 3 (2.88%) R
6 2 (1.92%) PowerShell
6 2 (1.92%) TypeScript
7 1 (0.96%) Embedded C++
7 1 (0.96%) Objective-C
7 1 (0.96%) PHP
Qualifications
1 26 (25.00%) Degree
2 5 (4.81%) Computer Science Degree
2 5 (4.81%) PMI Certification
2 5 (4.81%) PMP
3 4 (3.85%) Master's Degree
4 3 (2.88%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (1.92%) IIBA
5 2 (1.92%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 2 (1.92%) MCP
5 2 (1.92%) PhD
6 1 (0.96%) CCIE
6 1 (0.96%) CCNA
6 1 (0.96%) CCNP
6 1 (0.96%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.96%) ISEB
6 1 (0.96%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (6.73%) QA
2 5 (4.81%) GxP
3 3 (2.88%) PMO
4 2 (1.92%) CDISC
5 1 (0.96%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.96%) GDPR
5 1 (0.96%) GMP
5 1 (0.96%) IEC 62304
5 1 (0.96%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.96%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (8.65%) Docker
2 2 (1.92%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.96%) Firmware
3 1 (0.96%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 5 (4.81%) Kubernetes
2 2 (1.92%) Hadoop YARN
2 2 (1.92%) Oozie
3 1 (0.96%) Single Sign-On
3 1 (0.96%) TeamSite
3 1 (0.96%) Terraform
Vendors
1 23 (22.12%) SAP
2 16 (15.38%) Microsoft
3 7 (6.73%) hybris
4 4 (3.85%) Cognos
5 3 (2.88%) Google
5 3 (2.88%) Oracle
5 3 (2.88%) Tableau
6 2 (1.92%) Agnitio
6 2 (1.92%) Ariba
6 2 (1.92%) Cisco
6 2 (1.92%) Cognizant
6 2 (1.92%) Kofax
6 2 (1.92%) ServiceNow
7 1 (0.96%) Adobe
7 1 (0.96%) Apple
7 1 (0.96%) Atlassian
7 1 (0.96%) BT
7 1 (0.96%) Cadence
7 1 (0.96%) PeopleSoft
7 1 (0.96%) Remedy