Period
to 20 January 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 20 January 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
20 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 701 695 698
Rank change year-on-year -6 +3 +52
Contract jobs citing Life Science 169 149 179
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.15% 0.17%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.51% 0.47% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 91 61
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +20.00% -6.25%
10th Percentile £325 £290 £208
90th Percentile £638 £569 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £420 £375
% change year-on-year +10.12% +12.00% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 7 8
UK median hourly rate £19.90 £16.50 £38.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.59% -57.42% +76.14%
10th Percentile £12.25 £15.50 £28.38
90th Percentile £41.33 £33.70 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.90 £16.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year +20.59% -61.18% +157.58%

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 33,303 31,637 35,368
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.50% 32.67% 32.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,301 20,633 22,554
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £263 £251 £238
90th Percentile £650 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £394 £375
% change year-on-year +1.65% +4.93% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 941 1,115 1,415
UK median hourly rate £21.79 £20.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.29% +2.50% +14.29%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.32 £11.25
90th Percentile £49.50 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +7.50% - +14.29%

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 20 January 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 20 January 2018.

Contractor 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 20 January 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 +8 158 £475 +5.56% 110
UK excluding London +57 128 £463 +10.12% 68
South East -1 62 £450 - 17
London -62 29 £490 +8.89% 45
North of England +41 24 £210 -34.45% 15
Midlands +24 22 £540 +13.68% 7
North West +9 21 £350 +9.38% 13
East Midlands - 19 £540 - 6
East of England -1 18 £338 - 25
West Midlands +21 3 £308 -35.26% 1
Yorkshire - 3 £70 -
South West +4 2 - - 1

For the 6 months to 20 January 2018, 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 48 (28.40%) Manufacturing
2 39 (23.08%) Linux
3 38 (22.49%) Agile Software Development
4 36 (21.30%) Windows
4 36 (21.30%) Computer Science
5 34 (20.12%) Pharmaceutical
6 33 (19.53%) Degree
6 33 (19.53%) DevOps
7 27 (15.98%) Oracle
8 25 (14.79%) Microsoft Azure
9 24 (14.20%) Project Management
10 22 (13.02%) Active Directory
10 22 (13.02%) Java
11 21 (12.43%) Python
12 20 (11.83%) Analytical Skills
13 19 (11.24%) Hadoop
13 19 (11.24%) SQL
13 19 (11.24%) Scrum
14 18 (10.65%) Information Security
14 18 (10.65%) Big Data
15 17 (10.06%) Data Integration
15 17 (10.06%) Risk Management
15 17 (10.06%) SAP
15 17 (10.06%) Microsoft
16 16 (9.47%) Configuration Management
16 16 (9.47%) Unix
16 16 (9.47%) Business Intelligence
16 16 (9.47%) Subversion
16 16 (9.47%) Amazon AWS
17 15 (8.88%) Git (software)

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 14 (8.28%) Apache Spark
2 10 (5.92%) Apache Airflow
2 10 (5.92%) Luigi
3 7 (4.14%) SharePoint
4 5 (2.96%) nginx
5 3 (1.78%) NetWeaver
5 3 (1.78%) Tomcat
6 2 (1.18%) Apache
6 2 (1.18%) ColdFusion
6 2 (1.18%) Confluence
6 2 (1.18%) OpenStack
6 2 (1.18%) SAS
6 2 (1.18%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.59%) CMS
7 1 (0.59%) Documentum
7 1 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (0.59%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 12 (7.10%) Pipeline Pilot
2 7 (4.14%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (4.14%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (2.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (1.78%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.59%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 10 (5.92%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (1.78%) Oracle ERP
2 3 (1.78%) SAP ERP
2 3 (1.78%) SAP SRM
2 3 (1.78%) TrackWise
3 2 (1.18%) Oracle 11i
3 2 (1.18%) Oracle Applications
3 2 (1.18%) Oracle Assets
3 2 (1.18%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (1.18%) Oracle Payables
3 2 (1.18%) Oracle Receivables
3 2 (1.18%) SAP EWM
3 2 (1.18%) SAP SD
4 1 (0.59%) JDE EnterpriseOne
4 1 (0.59%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.59%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.59%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 1 (0.59%) SAP FI
4 1 (0.59%) SAP FI-AP
4 1 (0.59%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 25 (14.79%) Microsoft Azure
2 16 (9.47%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (3.55%) PaaS
4 4 (2.37%) Firebase
5 3 (1.78%) SaaS
5 3 (1.78%) Veeva
6 2 (1.18%) Adobe Creative Cloud
6 2 (1.18%) Office 365
6 2 (1.18%) SuccessFactors
7 1 (0.59%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.59%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.59%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 6 (3.55%) Firewall
2 4 (2.37%) TCP/IP
3 3 (1.78%) DNS
3 3 (1.78%) Kerberos
4 2 (1.18%) HTTP
4 2 (1.18%) SSL
4 2 (1.18%) VPN
5 1 (0.59%) 802.11
5 1 (0.59%) BGP
5 1 (0.59%) HSRP
5 1 (0.59%) Intranet
5 1 (0.59%) IPsec
5 1 (0.59%) OSPF
5 1 (0.59%) Skype
5 1 (0.59%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (11.24%) Hadoop
2 18 (10.65%) Big Data
3 15 (8.88%) SQL Server
4 11 (6.51%) Data Mining
5 10 (5.92%) KNIME
6 6 (3.55%) Oracle Database
7 5 (2.96%) Data Warehouse
7 5 (2.96%) MongoDB
7 5 (2.96%) MySQL
7 5 (2.96%) RDBMS
7 5 (2.96%) Relational Database
8 4 (2.37%) Electronic Patient Records
8 4 (2.37%) NoSQL
8 4 (2.37%) Oracle Database 12c
9 3 (1.78%) PowerCenter
9 3 (1.78%) SAP BW
9 3 (1.78%) Text Mining
10 2 (1.18%) Amazon Redshift
10 2 (1.18%) Apache Hive
10 2 (1.18%) DB2
Development Applications
1 16 (9.47%) Subversion
2 15 (8.88%) Git (software)
2 15 (8.88%) Jenkins
3 6 (3.55%) Bitbucket
3 6 (3.55%) FishEye
3 6 (3.55%) Octopus Deploy
3 6 (3.55%) TeamCity
4 5 (2.96%) Vagrant
5 3 (1.78%) JIRA
5 3 (1.78%) Rational Rhapsody
6 2 (1.18%) Oracle APEX
6 2 (1.18%) Oracle Forms
6 2 (1.18%) Selenium
6 2 (1.18%) WebDriver
7 1 (0.59%) GitLab
7 1 (0.59%) Rational DOORS
7 1 (0.59%) Toad
General
1 48 (28.40%) Manufacturing
2 34 (20.12%) Pharmaceutical
3 10 (5.92%) Finance
4 7 (4.14%) Legal
5 5 (2.96%) Banking
5 5 (2.96%) Telecoms
6 4 (2.37%) Marketing
7 3 (1.78%) Retail
8 2 (1.18%) Aerospace
8 2 (1.18%) Brand Awareness
9 1 (0.59%) Automotive
9 1 (0.59%) Back Office
9 1 (0.59%) Electronics
9 1 (0.59%) German Language
9 1 (0.59%) Local Government
9 1 (0.59%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 31 (18.34%) Developer
2 30 (17.75%) Architect
3 25 (14.79%) Analyst
4 17 (10.06%) Project Manager
5 13 (7.69%) Azure Architect
5 13 (7.69%) DevOps Engineer
5 13 (7.69%) Senior Architect
6 12 (7.10%) Python Developer
7 7 (4.14%) Data Analyst
8 5 (2.96%) Cloud Engineer
8 5 (2.96%) Cybersecurity Specialist
8 5 (2.96%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 5 (2.96%) Security Engineer
8 5 (2.96%) Security Specialist
8 5 (2.96%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
8 5 (2.96%) Senior Security Engineer
8 5 (2.96%) Senior Security Specialist
8 5 (2.96%) Software Developer
8 5 (2.96%) Solutions Architect
8 5 (2.96%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (7.10%) XML
2 10 (5.92%) JSON
2 10 (5.92%) RESTful
3 8 (4.73%) .NET
4 6 (3.55%) Web Services
5 5 (2.96%) LEMP Stack
6 4 (2.37%) Android SDK
6 4 (2.37%) iOS SDK
6 4 (2.37%) Natural Language Processing
6 4 (2.37%) Node.js
6 4 (2.37%) React
6 4 (2.37%) REST
6 4 (2.37%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 3 (1.78%) Elastic Stack
7 3 (1.78%) LAMP
7 3 (1.78%) Visualforce
8 2 (1.18%) LDAP
8 2 (1.18%) Middleware
8 2 (1.18%) SAP Basis
8 2 (1.18%) SparkR
Miscellaneous
1 36 (21.30%) Computer Science
2 20 (11.83%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (3.55%) Greenfield Project
4 5 (2.96%) Data Centre
5 4 (2.37%) Mobile App
6 3 (1.78%) Algorithms
6 3 (1.78%) Cloud Native
6 3 (1.78%) LIMS
7 2 (1.18%) Clustering
7 2 (1.18%) Linked Data
7 2 (1.18%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.18%) Pharmacovigilance
7 2 (1.18%) Social Media
7 2 (1.18%) Video Conferencing
8 1 (0.59%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.59%) FMCG
8 1 (0.59%) Mobile Computing
8 1 (0.59%) Semantic Web
8 1 (0.59%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.59%) Social Network
Operating Systems
1 39 (23.08%) Linux
2 36 (21.30%) Windows
3 16 (9.47%) Unix
4 9 (5.33%) Windows 10
5 7 (4.14%) CentOS
6 6 (3.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (2.96%) Android
7 5 (2.96%) Windows 7
8 4 (2.37%) Apple iOS
9 3 (1.78%) Ubuntu
9 3 (1.78%) Windows Server
9 3 (1.78%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (1.18%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (0.59%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.59%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (22.49%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (19.53%) DevOps
3 24 (14.20%) Project Management
4 19 (11.24%) Scrum
5 18 (10.65%) Information Security
6 17 (10.06%) Data Integration
6 17 (10.06%) Risk Management
7 16 (9.47%) Business Intelligence
7 16 (9.47%) Configuration Management
8 14 (8.28%) Software Engineering
8 14 (8.28%) TDD
9 13 (7.69%) Continuous Integration
9 13 (7.69%) Test Automation
10 12 (7.10%) Chemistry
10 12 (7.10%) Migration
10 12 (7.10%) OO
10 12 (7.10%) Unit Testing
10 12 (7.10%) Workflow
11 11 (6.51%) Change Management
11 11 (6.51%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 22 (13.02%) Java
2 21 (12.43%) Python
3 19 (11.24%) SQL
4 14 (8.28%) JavaScript
5 12 (7.10%) Perl
6 10 (5.92%) Ruby
7 9 (5.33%) C++
8 7 (4.14%) C
9 6 (3.55%) PHP
10 5 (2.96%) PL/SQL
11 4 (2.37%) C#
12 3 (1.78%) Apex Code
12 3 (1.78%) R
12 3 (1.78%) Scala
13 2 (1.18%) Bash Shell
13 2 (1.18%) MATLAB
14 1 (0.59%) ABAP
14 1 (0.59%) Ada
14 1 (0.59%) Embedded C
14 1 (0.59%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 33 (19.53%) Degree
2 12 (7.10%) PhD
3 5 (2.96%) PMI Certification
3 5 (2.96%) PMP
4 2 (1.18%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (1.18%) Master's Degree
4 2 (1.18%) Numerate Degree
4 2 (1.18%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 2 (1.18%) SC Cleared
4 2 (1.18%) Security Cleared
5 1 (0.59%) CCA
5 1 (0.59%) CCNA
5 1 (0.59%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (0.59%) CISSP
5 1 (0.59%) Citrix Certification
5 1 (0.59%) MCSA
5 1 (0.59%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (0.59%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 1 (0.59%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (7.69%) Actionable Recommendations
1 13 (7.69%) HIPAA
1 13 (7.69%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 8 (4.73%) Data Quality
3 7 (4.14%) QA
4 4 (2.37%) GxP
5 2 (1.18%) GAMP
5 2 (1.18%) ISO 13485
5 2 (1.18%) SLA
6 1 (0.59%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 1 (0.59%) GCP
6 1 (0.59%) GDPR
6 1 (0.59%) HL7
6 1 (0.59%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.59%) PMO
System Software
1 22 (13.02%) Active Directory
2 13 (7.69%) Virtual Machines
3 6 (3.55%) VMware ESXi
4 4 (2.37%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (1.78%) NFS
6 2 (1.18%) HDFS
6 2 (1.18%) OpenDJ
6 2 (1.18%) OpenIDM
6 2 (1.18%) vCloud
7 1 (0.59%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.59%) IAG
7 1 (0.59%) Samba
Systems Management
1 6 (3.55%) Ansible
2 5 (2.96%) Terraform
3 3 (1.78%) Salt
3 3 (1.78%) SCCM
4 1 (0.59%) Cisco UCCE
4 1 (0.59%) Oracle EDQ
4 1 (0.59%) Puppet
Vendors
1 27 (15.98%) Oracle
2 17 (10.06%) Microsoft
2 17 (10.06%) SAP
3 10 (5.92%) Netezza
3 10 (5.92%) RapidMiner
3 10 (5.92%) VMware
4 6 (3.55%) Talend
5 5 (2.96%) Salesforce.com
5 5 (2.96%) SaltStack
5 5 (2.96%) Vertica
6 4 (2.37%) Genesys
6 4 (2.37%) Red Hat
6 4 (2.37%) webMethods
7 3 (1.78%) Cisco
7 3 (1.78%) Informatica
7 3 (1.78%) LabWare
7 3 (1.78%) Micro Focus
7 3 (1.78%) Tableau
8 2 (1.18%) MuleSoft
8 2 (1.18%) Twitter