Period
to 21 June 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 June 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 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 710 642 731
Rank change year-on-year -68 +89 -5
Contract jobs citing Life Science 169 204 168
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.22% 0.16%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.50% 0.65% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 113 62
UK median daily rate £450 £440 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +18.92% -7.50%
10th Percentile £235 £206 £273
90th Percentile £574 £552 £573
UK excluding London median daily rate £406 £413 £344
% change year-on-year -1.52% +20.00% -31.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 13 22
UK median hourly rate £36.00 £17.50 £16.73
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +105.71% +4.63% -25.67%
10th Percentile £18.85 £15.50 £11.03
90th Percentile £42.50 £37.75 £45.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £16.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year +125.00% +14.29% -44.00%

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 33,747 31,149 36,067
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.73% 34.17% 33.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,035 20,194 23,607
UK median daily rate £455 £445 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.25% +4.71% +6.25%
10th Percentile £271 £263 £250
90th Percentile £656 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +1.25% +5.26% +3.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,051 1,092 1,206
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £21.34
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.50% -6.28% +17.33%
10th Percentile £11.80 £11.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £51.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £18.50 £21.25
% change year-on-year +16.22% -12.94% +21.43%

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 June 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 June 2018.

Contractor 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 21 June 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 -85 161 £444 +0.85% 100
UK excluding London -23 128 £406 -1.52% 80
South East -13 75 £425 +0.59% 18
London -51 31 £500 -4.76% 29
North of England -51 31 £400 -10.11% 14
North West -32 27 £400 -10.11% 10
East of England +1 14 £385 +20.78% 26
East Midlands +2 5 £500 - 6
Midlands -12 5 £500 +13.64% 12
South West +7 2 - - 1
North East - 2 - - 2
Yorkshire - 2 - - 2
Scotland -38 1 - - 6

For the 6 months to 21 June 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 59 (34.91%) Manufacturing
2 54 (31.95%) Pharmaceutical
3 48 (28.40%) Agile Software Development
4 33 (19.53%) Analytical Skills
5 29 (17.16%) Project Management
6 24 (14.20%) Problem-Solving
7 22 (13.02%) Matrix Organization
7 22 (13.02%) SAP
7 22 (13.02%) Validation
7 22 (13.02%) Scrum
8 20 (11.83%) SQL
9 19 (11.24%) Oracle
9 19 (11.24%) SharePoint
10 18 (10.65%) Business Intelligence
10 18 (10.65%) Quality Management
10 18 (10.65%) Degree
11 17 (10.06%) Analytics
11 17 (10.06%) GxP
12 16 (9.47%) Windows
12 16 (9.47%) PRINCE2
12 16 (9.47%) Java
12 16 (9.47%) Data Management
13 15 (8.88%) Migration
13 15 (8.88%) Linux
13 15 (8.88%) Microsoft Azure
14 14 (8.28%) SaaS
14 14 (8.28%) Microsoft
15 13 (7.69%) LIMS
15 13 (7.69%) Python
15 13 (7.69%) Workflow

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 19 (11.24%) SharePoint
2 8 (4.73%) SAS
3 4 (2.37%) Confluence
3 4 (2.37%) nginx
3 4 (2.37%) Tomcat
4 3 (1.78%) NetWeaver
5 2 (1.18%) Apache
5 2 (1.18%) OpenStack
5 2 (1.18%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (0.59%) Oracle Workflow
6 1 (0.59%) SAP Portal
Applications
1 7 (4.14%) InfoPath
2 6 (3.55%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (2.96%) SOLIDWORKS
4 2 (1.18%) Pipeline Pilot
5 1 (0.59%) Microsoft Excel
5 1 (0.59%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 11 (6.51%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 6 (3.55%) SAP EWM
3 4 (2.37%) SAP ERP
3 4 (2.37%) SAP WM
4 3 (1.78%) Oracle 11i
4 3 (1.78%) Oracle Applications
4 3 (1.78%) Oracle Assets
4 3 (1.78%) Oracle General Ledger
4 3 (1.78%) Oracle Payables
4 3 (1.78%) Oracle Receivables
4 3 (1.78%) SmartPlant
5 2 (1.18%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (1.18%) SAP SD
6 1 (0.59%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.59%) SAP CRM
6 1 (0.59%) SAP S/4HANA
6 1 (0.59%) TrackWise
Cloud Services
1 15 (8.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 14 (8.28%) SaaS
3 13 (7.69%) PaaS
4 10 (5.92%) Office 365
5 9 (5.33%) Amazon AWS
6 6 (3.55%) Veeva
7 3 (1.78%) Serverless
8 2 (1.18%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (1.18%) Google Cloud Platform
8 2 (1.18%) Taleo
9 1 (0.59%) Adobe Creative Cloud
9 1 (0.59%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.59%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.78%) RFID
2 2 (1.18%) DNS
2 2 (1.18%) HTTP
2 2 (1.18%) Kerberos
2 2 (1.18%) SSL
2 2 (1.18%) TCP/IP
2 2 (1.18%) VPN
3 1 (0.59%) BGP
3 1 (0.59%) Cisco IPT
3 1 (0.59%) Cisco Nexus
3 1 (0.59%) DWDM
3 1 (0.59%) Firewall
3 1 (0.59%) LAN
3 1 (0.59%) OSPF
3 1 (0.59%) Software-Defined Networking
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (5.33%) Relational Database
2 8 (4.73%) Power BI
3 7 (4.14%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (4.14%) Oracle Database
4 6 (3.55%) Big Data
4 6 (3.55%) RDBMS
4 6 (3.55%) SQL Server
5 5 (2.96%) MySQL
6 4 (2.37%) Hadoop
6 4 (2.37%) MongoDB
6 4 (2.37%) Oracle Database 12c
7 3 (1.78%) Oracle Database 11g
7 3 (1.78%) Qlik Sense
7 3 (1.78%) Spotfire
7 3 (1.78%) SQL Server 2008
7 3 (1.78%) SQL Server 2012
7 3 (1.78%) SQL Server 2014
7 3 (1.78%) SQL Server 2016
8 2 (1.18%) Data Lake
8 2 (1.18%) Electronic Patient Records
Development Applications
1 9 (5.33%) Jenkins
2 7 (4.14%) Git (software)
2 7 (4.14%) Vagrant
3 6 (3.55%) Bitbucket
3 6 (3.55%) JIRA
4 5 (2.96%) Subversion
5 4 (2.37%) FishEye
5 4 (2.37%) Octopus Deploy
5 4 (2.37%) TeamCity
5 4 (2.37%) Visual Studio
6 3 (1.78%) Eclipse
6 3 (1.78%) Oracle Forms
7 2 (1.18%) Cucumber
7 2 (1.18%) Oracle APEX
7 2 (1.18%) Selenium
8 1 (0.59%) Ant
8 1 (0.59%) Grunt
8 1 (0.59%) gulp
8 1 (0.59%) MSTest
8 1 (0.59%) Qt Creator
General
1 59 (34.91%) Manufacturing
2 54 (31.95%) Pharmaceutical
3 11 (6.51%) Finance
4 9 (5.33%) Marketing
5 6 (3.55%) Legal
6 3 (1.78%) Advertising
7 2 (1.18%) Electronics
8 1 (0.59%) Games
8 1 (0.59%) German Language
8 1 (0.59%) Interactive Media
8 1 (0.59%) Local Government
8 1 (0.59%) Retail
8 1 (0.59%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 48 (28.40%) Analyst
2 24 (14.20%) Project Manager
3 19 (11.24%) Business Analyst
4 16 (9.47%) Developer
5 11 (6.51%) IT Analyst
6 10 (5.92%) Applications Support
7 9 (5.33%) Architect
7 9 (5.33%) Software Engineer
8 8 (4.73%) DevOps Engineer
8 8 (4.73%) IT Manager
9 7 (4.14%) Consultant
10 6 (3.55%) HR Manager
10 6 (3.55%) IT Project Manager
10 6 (3.55%) Support Analyst
11 5 (2.96%) Agile Business Analyst
11 5 (2.96%) Business IT Analyst
11 5 (2.96%) Coordinator
11 5 (2.96%) IT Business Analyst
11 5 (2.96%) SharePoint Support
12 4 (2.37%) Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (7.10%) CSS
2 10 (5.92%) jQuery
3 8 (4.73%) REST
4 6 (3.55%) HTML
4 6 (3.55%) React
5 5 (2.96%) .NET
5 5 (2.96%) AngularJS
5 5 (2.96%) ASP.NET
5 5 (2.96%) Visualforce
5 5 (2.96%) Web Services
5 5 (2.96%) XML
6 4 (2.37%) ASP.NET MVC
6 4 (2.37%) LEMP Stack
6 4 (2.37%) Middleware
7 2 (1.18%) Elastic Stack
7 2 (1.18%) J2EE
7 2 (1.18%) LDAP
7 2 (1.18%) Web Dynpro
7 2 (1.18%) XSD
7 2 (1.18%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 33 (19.53%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (7.69%) Computer Science
2 13 (7.69%) LIMS
2 13 (7.69%) Self-Motivation
3 12 (7.10%) Management Information System
4 10 (5.92%) User Experience
5 9 (5.33%) Data Centre
6 7 (4.14%) Greenfield Project
6 7 (4.14%) Virtual Team
7 6 (3.55%) FMCG
8 5 (2.96%) Data Structures
9 4 (2.37%) Algorithms
10 3 (1.78%) Cloud Native
11 2 (1.18%) Client/Server
11 2 (1.18%) e-Health
11 2 (1.18%) mHealth
11 2 (1.18%) Public Cloud
11 2 (1.18%) Replication
11 2 (1.18%) Social Media
12 1 (0.59%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 16 (9.47%) Windows
2 15 (8.88%) Linux
3 6 (3.55%) Unix
3 6 (3.55%) Windows Server
4 4 (2.37%) CentOS
4 4 (2.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (1.78%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (1.78%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (1.18%) Ubuntu
6 2 (1.18%) Windows 2000
6 2 (1.18%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.59%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (28.40%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (17.16%) Project Management
3 24 (14.20%) Problem-Solving
4 22 (13.02%) Matrix Organization
4 22 (13.02%) Scrum
4 22 (13.02%) Validation
5 18 (10.65%) Business Intelligence
5 18 (10.65%) Quality Management
6 17 (10.06%) Analytics
7 16 (9.47%) Data Management
7 16 (9.47%) PRINCE2
8 15 (8.88%) Migration
9 13 (7.69%) Content Management
9 13 (7.69%) Software Engineering
9 13 (7.69%) Workflow
10 12 (7.10%) Business Analysis
10 12 (7.10%) CAD
10 12 (7.10%) Clinical Data Management
10 12 (7.10%) Document Management
11 11 (6.51%) QMS
Programming Languages
1 20 (11.83%) SQL
2 16 (9.47%) Java
3 13 (7.69%) Python
4 10 (5.92%) JavaScript
5 7 (4.14%) C#
5 7 (4.14%) PL/SQL
6 6 (3.55%) C++
7 5 (2.96%) Apex Code
8 4 (2.37%) C
9 3 (1.78%) T-SQL
10 2 (1.18%) Bash Shell
10 2 (1.18%) MATLAB
10 2 (1.18%) Perl
10 2 (1.18%) R
11 1 (0.59%) Embedded C
11 1 (0.59%) Embedded C++
11 1 (0.59%) Go
11 1 (0.59%) PowerShell
11 1 (0.59%) TypeScript
11 1 (0.59%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 18 (10.65%) Degree
2 10 (5.92%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
3 7 (4.14%) PhD
4 3 (1.78%) Computer Science Degree
4 3 (1.78%) MCP
5 2 (1.18%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (0.59%) CCIE
6 1 (0.59%) CCNP
6 1 (0.59%) CISA
6 1 (0.59%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.59%) CISM
6 1 (0.59%) CISSP
6 1 (0.59%) Master's Degree
6 1 (0.59%) PMI Certification
6 1 (0.59%) PMP
6 1 (0.59%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (10.06%) GxP
2 9 (5.33%) QA
3 7 (4.14%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 7 (4.14%) GMP
4 6 (3.55%) GCP
4 6 (3.55%) GLP
5 5 (2.96%) Data Quality
6 2 (1.18%) GDPR
6 2 (1.18%) ISO 13485
6 2 (1.18%) SLA
7 1 (0.59%) CDISC
7 1 (0.59%) HL7
7 1 (0.59%) IASME
System Software
1 8 (4.73%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (2.37%) Active Directory
2 4 (2.37%) Docker
2 4 (2.37%) VMware ESXi
3 2 (1.18%) Hyper-V
3 2 (1.18%) NFS
3 2 (1.18%) OpenDJ
3 2 (1.18%) OpenIDM
3 2 (1.18%) vCloud
4 1 (0.59%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 7 (4.14%) Ansible
2 4 (2.37%) Terraform
3 3 (1.78%) Cisco IPCC
4 2 (1.18%) Salt
4 2 (1.18%) SCCM
5 1 (0.59%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.59%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 22 (13.02%) SAP
2 19 (11.24%) Oracle
3 14 (8.28%) Microsoft
4 12 (7.10%) VMware
5 9 (5.33%) Salesforce.com
6 6 (3.55%) EMC
7 5 (2.96%) Vertica
8 4 (2.37%) Cisco
8 4 (2.37%) Citrix
8 4 (2.37%) Google
8 4 (2.37%) SaltStack
8 4 (2.37%) ServiceNow
8 4 (2.37%) Talend
8 4 (2.37%) Wyse
9 3 (1.78%) Micro Focus
9 3 (1.78%) MicroStrategy
9 3 (1.78%) Red Hat
9 3 (1.78%) webMethods
10 2 (1.18%) Atlassian
10 2 (1.18%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud