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 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Life Sciences
UK
Rank 490 551 537
Rank change year-on-year +61 -14  
Contract jobs citing Life Science 103 93 87
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.23% 0.17% 0.16%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.71% 0.56% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 29 42
Median daily rate £424 £375 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.00% -16.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £209 £248 £251
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £550 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £387 £388 £513
% change year-on-year -0.19% -24.39%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 12 2
Median hourly rate £19.00 £19.75 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.79% -53.52%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.80 £12.55 £32.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.10 £37.15 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year +3.22% -63.52%  

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 14491 16557 16015
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 31.99% 31.12% 30.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 9338 10791 9675
Median daily rate £445 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.70% +1.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £396 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +5.46% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 544 561 669
Median hourly rate £22.50 £22.84 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.46% +20.18%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.33 £12.50 £11.72
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £51.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.84 £28.50 £18.75
% change year-on-year -33.89% +52.00%  

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 25 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 25 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Life Science in the UK

Life Science
Top 30 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 25 March 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 +41 97 £423 +12.66% 18
South East +32 34 £408 -25.90% 7
London +33 24 £494 +31.66% 5
North West +22 20 £413 +39.83%
Berkshire +23 16 £420 -23.63% 1
Hampshire +23 15 £268 - 2
East of England +4 11 £313 -10.71% 4
Cambridgeshire +15 10 £313 -10.71% 4
Cambridge +13 10 £313 -10.71% 3
Manchester +3 10 £250 -15.25%
Farnborough - 9 - -
Bracknell 0 6 £420 -
Lancashire +19 4 £440 -
Scotland +23 3 £205 -
Cumbria - 3 - -
Reading - 2 £175 -
Cardiff - 2 £438 -
East Midlands - 2 - -
Basingstoke - 2 £379 -
South Wales - 2 £438 -
Wales - 2 £438 -
West Midlands +12 1 £440 +76.00% 1
Surrey +10 1 £438 - 1
City of London 0 1 £425 +13.33%
Highlands - 1 - -
West Sussex - 1 - - 1
Dundee - 1 £205 -
Glasgow - 1 - -
Inverness - 1 - -
Leicester - 1 - -

Life Science
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 March 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 65 (33.16%) Manufacturing
2 58 (29.59%) Pharmaceutical
3 43 (21.94%) Agile Software Development
4 41 (20.92%) Degree
5 39 (19.90%) SAP
6 35 (17.86%) Project Management
7 27 (13.78%) Oracle
8 26 (13.27%) Microsoft
9 22 (11.22%) Migration
9 22 (11.22%) Scrum
9 22 (11.22%) Windows
10 20 (10.20%) Java
10 20 (10.20%) SQL
11 18 (9.18%) Validation
11 18 (9.18%) Computer Science
12 17 (8.67%) QA
12 17 (8.67%) Finance
12 17 (8.67%) Change Management
12 17 (8.67%) TDD
12 17 (8.67%) Active Directory
13 16 (8.16%) ITIL
13 16 (8.16%) CRM
13 16 (8.16%) ERP
13 16 (8.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
14 15 (7.65%) Analytics
14 15 (7.65%) Stakeholder Management
14 15 (7.65%) MS Excel
15 14 (7.14%) Data Management
15 14 (7.14%) SDLC
15 14 (7.14%) BDD

Life Science
Top Related 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 9 (4.59%) MS Exchange
1 9 (4.59%) SharePoint
2 8 (4.08%) Documentum
3 7 (3.57%) Exchange Server 2010
4 6 (3.06%) BizTalk Server
5 5 (2.55%) SAS
5 5 (2.55%) Skype for Business
6 3 (1.53%) OpenStack
7 2 (1.02%) Apache
7 2 (1.02%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (1.02%) IIS
7 2 (1.02%) NetWeaver
7 2 (1.02%) nginx
7 2 (1.02%) Tornado
8 1 (0.51%) Confluence
8 1 (0.51%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 15 (7.65%) MS Excel
2 10 (5.10%) MS Office
3 3 (1.53%) S-PLUS
3 3 (1.53%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.51%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.51%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.51%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 16 (8.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 8 (4.08%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (3.06%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (3.06%) Oracle ERP
4 3 (1.53%) NetSuite
4 3 (1.53%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 3 (1.53%) SAP EHS
5 2 (1.02%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (1.02%) WebTrends
6 1 (0.51%) Primavera
6 1 (0.51%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.51%) SAP HR
6 1 (0.51%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 13 (6.63%) SaaS
2 8 (4.08%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (3.57%) Office 365
4 6 (3.06%) Veeva
5 5 (2.55%) Yammer
6 4 (2.04%) Amazon AWS
7 2 (1.02%) Force.com
7 2 (1.02%) Oracle CX
7 2 (1.02%) SuccessFactors
8 1 (0.51%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 7 (3.57%) DNS
2 6 (3.06%) Firewall
3 5 (2.55%) HTTP
3 5 (2.55%) VoIP
4 4 (2.04%) DHCP
4 4 (2.04%) NAS
4 4 (2.04%) TCP/IP
5 3 (1.53%) Internet
6 2 (1.02%) Ethernet
6 2 (1.02%) IP Telephony
6 2 (1.02%) iSCSI
6 2 (1.02%) Kerberos
6 2 (1.02%) LAN
6 2 (1.02%) LDAP
6 2 (1.02%) SAN
6 2 (1.02%) SSL
6 2 (1.02%) Unified Communications
7 1 (0.51%) VSAN
7 1 (0.51%) WAN
7 1 (0.51%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (6.63%) SQL Server
2 10 (5.10%) MySQL
3 7 (3.57%) Big Data
4 4 (2.04%) Relational Database
4 4 (2.04%) Spotfire
5 3 (1.53%) BusinessObjects
5 3 (1.53%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (1.53%) GIS
5 3 (1.53%) Pentaho
6 2 (1.02%) Cognos Report Studio
6 2 (1.02%) DB2
6 2 (1.02%) Hadoop
6 2 (1.02%) MongoDB
6 2 (1.02%) NoSQL
6 2 (1.02%) RDBMS
6 2 (1.02%) SAP BW
6 2 (1.02%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (1.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (1.02%) SQLite
7 1 (0.51%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 6 (3.06%) Git (software)
2 4 (2.04%) JIRA
3 2 (1.02%) Jenkins
3 2 (1.02%) Oracle APEX
3 2 (1.02%) Vagrant
General
1 65 (33.16%) Manufacturing
2 58 (29.59%) Pharmaceutical
3 17 (8.67%) Finance
4 9 (4.59%) Marketing
5 8 (4.08%) Retail
6 7 (3.57%) Legal
7 4 (2.04%) Back Office
8 3 (1.53%) Law
8 3 (1.53%) Publishing
9 1 (0.51%) Banking
9 1 (0.51%) Local Government
9 1 (0.51%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 47 (23.98%) Analyst
2 23 (11.73%) Developer
3 22 (11.22%) Business Analyst
4 21 (10.71%) Project Manager
5 16 (8.16%) Consultant
6 12 (6.12%) Architect
7 9 (4.59%) Support Analyst
8 8 (4.08%) SAP Consultant
9 7 (3.57%) Change Manager
10 6 (3.06%) Data Business Analyst
10 6 (3.06%) Java Developer
10 6 (3.06%) Scala Developer
10 6 (3.06%) Software Engineer
11 5 (2.55%) Dynamics AX Consultant
11 5 (2.55%) IT Analyst
11 5 (2.55%) Microsoft Consultant
11 5 (2.55%) Oracle Analyst
11 5 (2.55%) Quality Manager
11 5 (2.55%) Service Desk Analyst
11 5 (2.55%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (6.12%) XML
2 9 (4.59%) Web Services
3 8 (4.08%) COM
4 7 (3.57%) Flask
5 6 (3.06%) .NET
5 6 (3.06%) Akka
5 6 (3.06%) CSS
5 6 (3.06%) HTML
5 6 (3.06%) Play Framework
6 5 (2.55%) Django
6 5 (2.55%) Middleware
7 4 (2.04%) React
7 4 (2.04%) REST
8 3 (1.53%) jQuery
8 3 (1.53%) Redux
8 3 (1.53%) SAP Basis
9 2 (1.02%) Boost C++ Libraries
9 2 (1.02%) OAuth
9 2 (1.02%) Symfony
9 2 (1.02%) Visualforce
Miscellaneous
1 18 (9.18%) Computer Science
2 11 (5.61%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (4.08%) Video Conferencing
4 6 (3.06%) Linked Data
5 5 (2.55%) Data Centre
5 5 (2.55%) Enterprise Software
6 4 (2.04%) Clustering
6 4 (2.04%) e-Learning
7 3 (1.53%) Biotechnology
7 3 (1.53%) LIMS
7 3 (1.53%) Management Information System
7 3 (1.53%) NHS
7 3 (1.53%) User Experience
8 2 (1.02%) FMCG
8 2 (1.02%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 2 (1.02%) Learning Management System
8 2 (1.02%) Smartphone
9 1 (0.51%) Mainframe
9 1 (0.51%) Robotics
9 1 (0.51%) SCORM
Operating Systems
1 22 (11.22%) Windows
2 10 (5.10%) Windows Server
3 8 (4.08%) Linux
4 7 (3.57%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (3.57%) Windows Server 2012
5 6 (3.06%) Windows 7
6 5 (2.55%) Windows 10
7 4 (2.04%) Unix
8 3 (1.53%) Ubuntu
9 2 (1.02%) Windows XP
10 1 (0.51%) CentOS
10 1 (0.51%) Fedora
10 1 (0.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.51%) SUSE
10 1 (0.51%) Windows 2000
10 1 (0.51%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (21.94%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (17.86%) Project Management
3 22 (11.22%) Migration
3 22 (11.22%) Scrum
4 18 (9.18%) Validation
5 17 (8.67%) Change Management
5 17 (8.67%) TDD
6 16 (8.16%) CRM
6 16 (8.16%) ERP
6 16 (8.16%) ITIL
7 15 (7.65%) Analytics
7 15 (7.65%) Stakeholder Management
8 14 (7.14%) BDD
8 14 (7.14%) Data Management
8 14 (7.14%) SDLC
9 12 (6.12%) Business Analysis
9 12 (6.12%) Continuous Integration
9 12 (6.12%) Integration Testing
9 12 (6.12%) Risk Management
10 11 (5.61%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 20 (10.20%) Java
1 20 (10.20%) SQL
2 10 (5.10%) Python
3 9 (4.59%) C++
4 8 (4.08%) JavaScript
5 7 (3.57%) Scala
6 4 (2.04%) C#
6 4 (2.04%) PHP
6 4 (2.04%) PowerShell
7 3 (1.53%) Bash Shell
7 3 (1.53%) C
7 3 (1.53%) Perl
7 3 (1.53%) R
8 2 (1.02%) Apex Code
8 2 (1.02%) Embedded C
8 2 (1.02%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.51%) C-shell
9 1 (0.51%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.51%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.51%) VB
Qualifications
1 41 (20.92%) Degree
2 10 (5.10%) Microsoft Certification
3 8 (4.08%) MCSE
4 7 (3.57%) MCP
4 7 (3.57%) MCSA
5 4 (2.04%) PMI Certification
6 3 (1.53%) PhD
6 3 (1.53%) PMP
6 3 (1.53%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 2 (1.02%) MCITP
7 2 (1.02%) MOS
7 2 (1.02%) Security Cleared
7 2 (1.02%) Six Sigma Green Belt
8 1 (0.51%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.51%) CBAP
8 1 (0.51%) CCNA
8 1 (0.51%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (0.51%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 1 (0.51%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (8.67%) QA
2 9 (4.59%) SLA
3 7 (3.57%) GxP
4 5 (2.55%) PMO
5 3 (1.53%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 3 (1.53%) ISO13485
6 2 (1.02%) CDISC
6 2 (1.02%) GMP
7 1 (0.51%) COBIT
7 1 (0.51%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.51%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.51%) GAMP
7 1 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 17 (8.67%) Active Directory
2 12 (6.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (2.04%) Hyper-V
4 3 (1.53%) NFS
5 2 (1.02%) vCloud
6 1 (0.51%) Docker
6 1 (0.51%) Firmware
6 1 (0.51%) GPFS
6 1 (0.51%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.51%) zsh
Systems Management
1 2 (1.02%) Ansible
1 2 (1.02%) Backup Exec
1 2 (1.02%) OpenIDM
1 2 (1.02%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
1 2 (1.02%) Terraform
1 2 (1.02%) WSUS
2 1 (0.51%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.51%) SCCM
Vendors
1 39 (19.90%) SAP
2 27 (13.78%) Oracle
3 26 (13.27%) Microsoft
4 12 (6.12%) VMware
5 9 (4.59%) Salesforce.com
6 7 (3.57%) Citrix
6 7 (3.57%) HP
7 6 (3.06%) Cisco
8 5 (2.55%) Infor
8 5 (2.55%) Polycom
9 4 (2.04%) hybris
9 4 (2.04%) Red Hat
10 3 (1.53%) Remedy
10 3 (1.53%) Siebel
10 3 (1.53%) Tableau
10 3 (1.53%) webMethods
11 2 (1.02%) Kaseya
11 2 (1.02%) Kaspersky
11 2 (1.02%) SolarWinds
11 2 (1.02%) Wyse
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