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 24 June 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
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 502 570 590
Rank change year-on-year +68 +20  
Contract jobs citing Life Science 99 74 56
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.14% 0.100%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.64% 0.41% 0.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 30 20
Median daily rate £450 £370 £358
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.62% +3.49%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £305 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £553 £505
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £338 £475
% change year-on-year +33.33% -28.94%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 11 5
Median hourly rate £16.00 £14.50 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.34% -32.55%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £14.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year +14.28% -34.88%  

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 15350 17924 17751
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 33.18% 33.33% 31.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 9976 11744 11107
Median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 485 588 660
Median hourly rate £22.50 £22.25 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +17.10%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.27 £12.50 £12.24
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.39 £47.03
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £18.69
% change year-on-year +11.11% +20.38%  

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 24 June 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 24 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Life Science in the UK

Life Science
Top 27 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 24 June 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 +78 97 £450 +20.00% 50
South East +55 36 £450 -18.18% 1
North West +18 31 £450 +47.54% 7
London +25 20 £525 +23.52% 29
Manchester +4 19 £236 -22.62% 5
Berkshire +37 18 £488 +27.86% 1
Surrey +14 12 £450 -
Bracknell - 10 £441 -
Woking - 8 £453 -
East of England -4 6 £325 - 10
Cambridgeshire - 6 £325 - 8
Cambridge - 6 £325 - 8
Cheshire +26 5 £438 +18.24% 1
Hampshire +13 5 £238 -57.77%
Macclesfield +2 3 £525 +43.83%
Slough - 3 £500 -
West Midlands +27 2 - - 2
Birmingham - 2 - - 1
Lancashire - 2 £475 -
Cumbria - 2 - -
South West +4 1 £450 +33.33% 1
Maidenhead 0 1 £575 +35.29%
Bristol -3 1 £450 +33.33%
Oxfordshire - 1 £300 -
Farnborough - 1 - -
Basingstoke - 1 - -
Wallingford - 1 £300 -

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 75 (37.13%) Manufacturing
2 68 (33.66%) Pharmaceutical
3 42 (20.79%) Project Management
4 36 (17.82%) SAP
5 32 (15.84%) Agile Software Development
6 31 (15.35%) Oracle
7 25 (12.38%) Finance
7 25 (12.38%) Change Management
7 25 (12.38%) Degree
8 24 (11.88%) Stakeholder Management
9 23 (11.39%) ITIL
10 21 (10.40%) Windows
10 21 (10.40%) Validation
10 21 (10.40%) QA
11 20 (9.90%) Microsoft
12 19 (9.41%) SQL
13 18 (8.91%) PRINCE2
13 18 (8.91%) Linux
13 18 (8.91%) SAP Oil and Gas
14 17 (8.42%) Migration
15 15 (7.43%) Active Directory
15 15 (7.43%) ERP
15 15 (7.43%) GxP
15 15 (7.43%) Analytical Skills
16 14 (6.93%) Analytics
16 14 (6.93%) Logistics
17 13 (6.44%) CRM
17 13 (6.44%) Python
17 13 (6.44%) Web Services
17 13 (6.44%) Remedy

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 10 (4.95%) SharePoint
2 8 (3.96%) MS Exchange
3 7 (3.47%) Exchange Server 2010
4 6 (2.97%) Documentum
5 4 (1.98%) BizTalk Server
5 4 (1.98%) CMS
5 4 (1.98%) Oracle Workflow
6 3 (1.49%) IIS
6 3 (1.49%) SAS
7 2 (0.99%) Apache
7 2 (0.99%) IBM Domino
7 2 (0.99%) nginx
7 2 (0.99%) OpenStack
7 2 (0.99%) Skype for Business
7 2 (0.99%) Tornado
8 1 (0.50%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.50%) Confluence
8 1 (0.50%) NetWeaver
8 1 (0.50%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 11 (5.45%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (3.96%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.99%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (0.99%) S-PLUS
3 2 (0.99%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.50%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 18 (8.91%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 7 (3.47%) Oracle ERP
3 4 (1.98%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (1.98%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (1.49%) SAP EHS
5 2 (0.99%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.99%) SAP CRM
5 2 (0.99%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.50%) Primavera
6 1 (0.50%) SAP CO
6 1 (0.50%) SAP FI/CO
6 1 (0.50%) SAP HR
6 1 (0.50%) SAP MM
6 1 (0.50%) TrackWise
Cloud Services
1 12 (5.94%) SaaS
2 8 (3.96%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (2.97%) Veeva
4 5 (2.48%) Microsoft Azure
5 4 (1.98%) Office 365
6 2 (0.99%) Oracle CX
6 2 (0.99%) Oracle Service Cloud
6 2 (0.99%) SuccessFactors
6 2 (0.99%) Yammer
7 1 (0.50%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.50%) Force.com
7 1 (0.50%) IaaS
7 1 (0.50%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (4.46%) Firewall
2 7 (3.47%) Internet
3 5 (2.48%) DNS
4 3 (1.49%) LAN
4 3 (1.49%) TCP/IP
4 3 (1.49%) VPN
5 2 (0.99%) DHCP
5 2 (0.99%) HTTP
5 2 (0.99%) IP Telephony
5 2 (0.99%) Kerberos
5 2 (0.99%) LDAP
5 2 (0.99%) NAS
5 2 (0.99%) OSPF
5 2 (0.99%) SAN
5 2 (0.99%) SSL
5 2 (0.99%) VLAN
5 2 (0.99%) VoIP
5 2 (0.99%) WAN
6 1 (0.50%) HSRP
6 1 (0.50%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (5.94%) SQL Server
2 9 (4.46%) Relational Database
3 8 (3.96%) Data Warehouse
4 7 (3.47%) Big Data
4 7 (3.47%) RDBMS
5 5 (2.48%) GIS
5 5 (2.48%) MySQL
6 4 (1.98%) Oracle Database
6 4 (1.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 3 (1.49%) Electronic Patient Records
7 3 (1.49%) Hadoop
8 2 (0.99%) Cognos Report Studio
8 2 (0.99%) MongoDB
8 2 (0.99%) PowerCenter
8 2 (0.99%) Spotfire
8 2 (0.99%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (0.99%) SQLite
9 1 (0.50%) BusinessObjects
9 1 (0.50%) EDRMS
9 1 (0.50%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 7 (3.47%) Git (software)
2 5 (2.48%) JIRA
2 5 (2.48%) Talend Open Studio
3 2 (0.99%) Jenkins
3 2 (0.99%) Rational Rhapsody
3 2 (0.99%) Vagrant
General
1 75 (37.13%) Manufacturing
2 68 (33.66%) Pharmaceutical
3 25 (12.38%) Finance
4 8 (3.96%) Legal
5 6 (2.97%) Back Office
6 4 (1.98%) Retail
7 3 (1.49%) Marketing
7 3 (1.49%) Publishing
7 3 (1.49%) Telecoms
8 2 (0.99%) Banking
Job Titles
1 48 (23.76%) Analyst
2 27 (13.37%) Project Manager
3 20 (9.90%) Business Analyst
4 17 (8.42%) Architect
5 15 (7.43%) Consultant
5 15 (7.43%) Developer
6 9 (4.46%) Support Analyst
7 8 (3.96%) Solutions Architect
8 6 (2.97%) SAP Consultant
8 6 (2.97%) Security Specialist
8 6 (2.97%) Senior Developer
9 5 (2.48%) Business Change Manager
9 5 (2.48%) Change Analyst
9 5 (2.48%) Data Architect
9 5 (2.48%) IT Security Specialist
9 5 (2.48%) Oracle Analyst
9 5 (2.48%) Python Developer
9 5 (2.48%) Senior Python Developer
9 5 (2.48%) Service Analyst
9 5 (2.48%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (6.44%) Web Services
2 7 (3.47%) HTML
3 6 (2.97%) .NET
3 6 (2.97%) Django
3 6 (2.97%) Flask
4 5 (2.48%) CSS
4 5 (2.48%) XML
5 4 (1.98%) Middleware
6 3 (1.49%) Akka
6 3 (1.49%) ASP.NET
6 3 (1.49%) HTML5
6 3 (1.49%) jQuery
6 3 (1.49%) Play Framework
6 3 (1.49%) SAML
6 3 (1.49%) SAP Basis
7 2 (0.99%) Boost C++ Libraries
7 2 (0.99%) LEMP Stack
7 2 (0.99%) React
7 2 (0.99%) SAPUI5
7 2 (0.99%) ZeroMQ
Miscellaneous
1 15 (7.43%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (5.45%) Management Information System
3 10 (4.95%) Computer Science
4 7 (3.47%) Greenfield Project
4 7 (3.47%) Video Conferencing
5 4 (1.98%) Data Centre
5 4 (1.98%) LIMS
6 3 (1.49%) Biotechnology
6 3 (1.49%) Clustering
6 3 (1.49%) e-Learning
6 3 (1.49%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (0.99%) Driving Licence
7 2 (0.99%) FMCG
7 2 (0.99%) Internet of Things
7 2 (0.99%) Learning Management System
7 2 (0.99%) Linked Data
7 2 (0.99%) Mobile App
7 2 (0.99%) NHS
7 2 (0.99%) PMI
8 1 (0.50%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 21 (10.40%) Windows
2 18 (8.91%) Linux
3 9 (4.46%) Windows 10
3 9 (4.46%) Windows 7
3 9 (4.46%) Windows Server
4 8 (3.96%) AIX
5 6 (2.97%) Windows Server 2008
5 6 (2.97%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (1.98%) Unix
7 2 (0.99%) Android
7 2 (0.99%) Apple iOS
7 2 (0.99%) Ubuntu
7 2 (0.99%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.50%) CentOS
8 1 (0.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.50%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (20.79%) Project Management
2 32 (15.84%) Agile Software Development
3 25 (12.38%) Change Management
4 24 (11.88%) Stakeholder Management
5 23 (11.39%) ITIL
6 21 (10.40%) Validation
7 18 (8.91%) PRINCE2
8 17 (8.42%) Migration
9 15 (7.43%) ERP
10 14 (6.93%) Analytics
10 14 (6.93%) Logistics
11 13 (6.44%) CRM
11 13 (6.44%) Risk Management
11 13 (6.44%) Scrum
12 12 (5.94%) Business Analysis
13 11 (5.45%) Business Intelligence
14 10 (4.95%) Continuous Integration
14 10 (4.95%) Line Management
14 10 (4.95%) SDLC
15 9 (4.46%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 19 (9.41%) SQL
2 13 (6.44%) Python
3 12 (5.94%) Java
4 7 (3.47%) JavaScript
5 5 (2.48%) PL/SQL
6 4 (1.98%) Scala
6 4 (1.98%) T-SQL
7 3 (1.49%) C
7 3 (1.49%) C++
7 3 (1.49%) VB.NET
8 2 (0.99%) Bash Shell
8 2 (0.99%) C#
8 2 (0.99%) Perl
8 2 (0.99%) PHP
8 2 (0.99%) PowerShell
8 2 (0.99%) R
9 1 (0.50%) ABAP
9 1 (0.50%) Apex Code
9 1 (0.50%) Embedded C
9 1 (0.50%) VB
Qualifications
1 25 (12.38%) Degree
2 8 (3.96%) IRCA
2 8 (3.96%) MCSE
2 8 (3.96%) Microsoft Certification
3 6 (2.97%) MCP
4 5 (2.48%) MCSA
4 5 (2.48%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 4 (1.98%) PMI Certification
6 3 (1.49%) CCNA
6 3 (1.49%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (1.49%) Computer Science Degree
6 3 (1.49%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 2 (0.99%) CISSP
7 2 (0.99%) MCITP
7 2 (0.99%) PMP
7 2 (0.99%) Six Sigma Green Belt
8 1 (0.50%) CBAP
8 1 (0.50%) CISA
8 1 (0.50%) MBA
8 1 (0.50%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (10.40%) QA
2 15 (7.43%) GxP
3 10 (4.95%) SLA
4 6 (2.97%) Data Quality
5 3 (1.49%) CDISC
5 3 (1.49%) GAMP
5 3 (1.49%) ISO 13485
6 2 (0.99%) GMP
6 2 (0.99%) ISO 9000
6 2 (0.99%) PMO
7 1 (0.50%) GDPR
7 1 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 15288
7 1 (0.50%) PMBOK
System Software
1 15 (7.43%) Active Directory
2 11 (5.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (1.98%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.99%) NFS
4 2 (0.99%) vCloud
5 1 (0.50%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 1 (0.50%) Firmware
5 1 (0.50%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.50%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 4 (1.98%) Ansible
2 2 (0.99%) Backup Exec
2 2 (0.99%) OpenIDM
2 2 (0.99%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 2 (0.99%) Terraform
2 2 (0.99%) WSUS
3 1 (0.50%) Cisco IPCC
3 1 (0.50%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.50%) SCCM
Vendors
1 36 (17.82%) SAP
2 31 (15.35%) Oracle
3 20 (9.90%) Microsoft
4 13 (6.44%) Remedy
5 11 (5.45%) VMware
6 7 (3.47%) Cisco
6 7 (3.47%) Citrix
6 7 (3.47%) HP
6 7 (3.47%) ServiceNow
7 5 (2.48%) Polycom
7 5 (2.48%) Red Hat
7 5 (2.48%) Talend
8 4 (1.98%) Google
8 4 (1.98%) Informatica
8 4 (1.98%) Salesforce.com
9 3 (1.49%) BMC
9 3 (1.49%) hybris
9 3 (1.49%) Tableau
9 3 (1.49%) Twitter
10 2 (0.99%) Isilon
London
Volt
Rate: £500.00 - £550.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Volt
Rate: £450 - £550.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Austin Fraser
Rate: NEG
Posted: 4 days ago
North London
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 5 days ago
Cambridge
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 25 days ago