Period
to 22 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 22 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
22 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 709 710 699
Rank change year-on-year +1 -11 +55
Contract jobs citing Life Science 169 146 181
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 88 61
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +20.00% -6.25%
10th Percentile £325 £286 £208
90th Percentile £638 £556 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £420 £375
% change year-on-year +13.10% +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 33,386 31,158 35,273
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.52% 32.69% 32.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,373 20,330 22,521
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £263 £253 £238
90th Percentile £650 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £395 £378
% change year-on-year +1.27% +4.64% +4.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 950 1,099 1,425
UK median hourly rate £21.70 £20.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.85% +2.50% +14.29%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.33 £11.25
90th Percentile £49.25 £47.50 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.01 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +5.05% - +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 22 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 22 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 22 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 +17 158 £483 +7.22% 116
UK excluding London +61 128 £475 +13.10% 76
South East -3 61 £450 - 17
London -69 29 £490 +8.89% 45
North of England +45 24 £210 -34.45% 19
Midlands +20 23 £540 +13.68% 9
North West +5 21 £350 +9.38% 16
East Midlands - 20 £540 - 8
East of England -13 18 £338 - 25
West Midlands +8 3 £308 -35.26% 1
Yorkshire - 3 £70 -
South West +7 2 - - 1

For the 6 months to 22 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 40 (23.67%) Linux
3 39 (23.08%) Agile Software Development
4 37 (21.89%) Windows
4 37 (21.89%) Computer Science
5 34 (20.12%) Degree
5 34 (20.12%) DevOps
5 34 (20.12%) Pharmaceutical
6 28 (16.57%) Oracle
7 26 (15.38%) Microsoft Azure
8 24 (14.20%) Project Management
9 22 (13.02%) Active Directory
9 22 (13.02%) Java
10 21 (12.43%) Python
11 19 (11.24%) Scrum
11 19 (11.24%) Hadoop
11 19 (11.24%) Analytical Skills
12 18 (10.65%) Big Data
12 18 (10.65%) Information Security
12 18 (10.65%) SQL
12 18 (10.65%) Microsoft
13 17 (10.06%) SAP
13 17 (10.06%) Risk Management
13 17 (10.06%) Subversion
13 17 (10.06%) Data Integration
14 16 (9.47%) Amazon AWS
14 16 (9.47%) Jenkins
14 16 (9.47%) Unix
14 16 (9.47%) SQL Server
14 16 (9.47%) Business Intelligence

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-AP
4 1 (0.59%) SAP HCM
4 1 (0.59%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 26 (15.38%) Microsoft Azure
2 16 (9.47%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (4.14%) 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 16 (9.47%) SQL Server
4 11 (6.51%) Data Mining
5 10 (5.92%) KNIME
6 7 (4.14%) 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%) Oracle Database 11g
9 3 (1.78%) PowerCenter
9 3 (1.78%) SQL Server 2008
9 3 (1.78%) SQL Server 2012
9 3 (1.78%) SQL Server 2014
9 3 (1.78%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 17 (10.06%) Subversion
2 16 (9.47%) Jenkins
3 15 (8.88%) Git (software)
4 7 (4.14%) Bitbucket
4 7 (4.14%) FishEye
4 7 (4.14%) Octopus Deploy
4 7 (4.14%) TeamCity
5 5 (2.96%) Vagrant
6 3 (1.78%) JIRA
6 3 (1.78%) Rational Rhapsody
7 2 (1.18%) Oracle APEX
7 2 (1.18%) Oracle Forms
7 2 (1.18%) Selenium
7 2 (1.18%) WebDriver
8 1 (0.59%) GitLab
8 1 (0.59%) Rational DOORS
8 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 14 (8.28%) DevOps Engineer
6 13 (7.69%) Azure Architect
6 13 (7.69%) Senior Architect
7 12 (7.10%) Python Developer
8 7 (4.14%) Data Analyst
9 5 (2.96%) Cybersecurity Engineer
9 5 (2.96%) Cybersecurity Specialist
9 5 (2.96%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 5 (2.96%) Security Engineer
9 5 (2.96%) Security Specialist
9 5 (2.96%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
9 5 (2.96%) Senior Security Engineer
9 5 (2.96%) Senior Security Specialist
9 5 (2.96%) Software Developer
9 5 (2.96%) Solutions Architect
9 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 37 (21.89%) Computer Science
2 19 (11.24%) 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%) e-Learning
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%) Social Network
Operating Systems
1 40 (23.67%) Linux
2 37 (21.89%) Windows
3 16 (9.47%) Unix
4 9 (5.33%) Windows 10
5 8 (4.73%) CentOS
6 7 (4.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (2.96%) Android
7 5 (2.96%) Windows 7
8 4 (2.37%) Apple iOS
8 4 (2.37%) Windows Server
8 4 (2.37%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (1.78%) Ubuntu
9 3 (1.78%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.59%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.59%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (23.08%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (20.12%) 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 18 (10.65%) SQL
4 13 (7.69%) JavaScript
5 12 (7.10%) Perl
6 10 (5.92%) Ruby
7 9 (5.33%) C++
8 7 (4.14%) C
9 5 (2.96%) PHP
9 5 (2.96%) PL/SQL
10 4 (2.37%) C#
11 3 (1.78%) Apex Code
11 3 (1.78%) R
11 3 (1.78%) Scala
12 2 (1.18%) Bash Shell
12 2 (1.18%) MATLAB
13 1 (0.59%) Gremlin
13 1 (0.59%) Julia
13 1 (0.59%) SPARQL
13 1 (0.59%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 34 (20.12%) 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 7 (4.14%) 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 28 (16.57%) Oracle
2 18 (10.65%) Microsoft
3 17 (10.06%) SAP
4 11 (6.51%) VMware
5 10 (5.92%) Netezza
5 10 (5.92%) RapidMiner
6 6 (3.55%) Talend
7 5 (2.96%) Salesforce.com
7 5 (2.96%) SaltStack
7 5 (2.96%) Vertica
8 4 (2.37%) Genesys
8 4 (2.37%) Red Hat
8 4 (2.37%) webMethods
9 3 (1.78%) Cisco
9 3 (1.78%) Informatica
9 3 (1.78%) LabWare
9 3 (1.78%) Micro Focus
9 3 (1.78%) Tableau
10 2 (1.18%) ForgeRock
10 2 (1.18%) ServiceNow