Period
to 18 January 2019

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 18 January 2019 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
18 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 717 720 734
Rank change year-on-year +3 +14 -24
Contract jobs citing Life Science 161 167 146
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.16% 0.17% 0.15%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.49% 0.50% 0.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 71 89
UK median daily rate £425 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.53% +5.56% +20.00%
10th Percentile £251 £325 £293
90th Percentile £599 £638 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £463 £420
% change year-on-year -2.70% +10.12% +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 8 7
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £19.90 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.08% +20.59% -57.42%
10th Percentile £16.25 £12.25 £15.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £41.33 £33.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £19.90 £16.50
% change year-on-year +0.52% +20.59% -61.18%

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 32,910 33,522 31,999
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.08% 33.42% 32.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 21,677 22,386 20,809
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £280 £263 £250
90th Percentile £650 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56% +2.97%
Number of hourly rates quoted 997 965 1,129
UK median hourly rate £20.69 £20.66 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.17% +3.28% -
10th Percentile £12.01 £11.29 £11.32
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.10 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year - +2.56% +2.47%

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 18 January 2019.

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 18 January 2019.

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 18 January 2019. 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 +9 155 £425 -10.53% 129
UK excluding London -19 120 £450 -2.70% 101
South East +8 69 £450 - 17
London +17 37 £383 -21.94% 34
East of England +20 32 £450 +33.33% 42
North of England -29 15 £238 +13.23% 20
North West -12 14 £238 -32.14% 12
Scotland - 2 - - 4
West Midlands -15 1 - - 10
Midlands -32 1 - - 12
North East - 1 - - 4
Northern Ireland - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 18 January 2019, 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 56 (34.78%) Pharmaceutical
2 55 (34.16%) Manufacturing
3 47 (29.19%) Degree
4 43 (26.71%) Agile Software Development
5 32 (19.88%) Project Management
6 26 (16.15%) Microsoft
6 26 (16.15%) Computer Science
7 22 (13.66%) HTML
7 22 (13.66%) Software Engineering
8 21 (13.04%) Web Services
8 21 (13.04%) Problem-Solving
9 20 (12.42%) Analytical Skills
10 19 (11.80%) Microsoft Office
11 18 (11.18%) Web Application Development
11 18 (11.18%) Mathematics
12 17 (10.56%) HTML5
13 16 (9.94%) Finance
14 15 (9.32%) Python
15 14 (8.70%) Test Automation
16 13 (8.07%) User Experience
16 13 (8.07%) Data Science
16 13 (8.07%) Windows
16 13 (8.07%) JavaScript
16 13 (8.07%) Stakeholder Management
16 13 (8.07%) Data Analysis
17 12 (7.45%) Google
17 12 (7.45%) Publishing
17 12 (7.45%) Business Intelligence
17 12 (7.45%) Angular 2
17 12 (7.45%) Process Improvement

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 (6.21%) SharePoint
2 3 (1.86%) SAS
3 2 (1.24%) NetWeaver
3 2 (1.24%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (0.62%) CMS
4 1 (0.62%) Confluence
4 1 (0.62%) Drupal
4 1 (0.62%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 19 (11.80%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (4.97%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (3.11%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (2.48%) InfoPath
5 3 (1.86%) MS Visio
6 2 (1.24%) Acrobat
6 2 (1.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 1 (0.62%) Simulink
7 1 (0.62%) SOLIDWORKS
7 1 (0.62%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (1.86%) Cognos Business Intelligence
1 3 (1.86%) TrackWise
2 2 (1.24%) NetSuite
2 2 (1.24%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (1.24%) SAP CO
2 2 (1.24%) SAP FI
2 2 (1.24%) SAP FI/CO
2 2 (1.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.62%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.62%) Primavera
3 1 (0.62%) SAP Retail
3 1 (0.62%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 7 (4.35%) Amazon AWS
1 7 (4.35%) Office 365
2 6 (3.73%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (3.11%) Azure Active Directory
4 4 (2.48%) Force.com
5 3 (1.86%) GitHub
6 2 (1.24%) Amazon S3
6 2 (1.24%) Google Cloud Platform
6 2 (1.24%) Heroku
7 1 (0.62%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.62%) Amazon Kinesis
7 1 (0.62%) Amazon SQS
7 1 (0.62%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.62%) SaaS
7 1 (0.62%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.48%) HTTP
2 3 (1.86%) Ethernet
2 3 (1.86%) HTTPS
2 3 (1.86%) SSL
3 2 (1.24%) Intranet
3 2 (1.24%) LAN
3 2 (1.24%) VoIP
4 1 (0.62%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (6.21%) Relational Database
2 6 (3.73%) Geospatial Data
2 6 (3.73%) GIS
2 6 (3.73%) SQL Server
3 5 (3.11%) QlikView
3 5 (3.11%) Spotfire
4 4 (2.48%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (1.86%) Cognos Report Studio
5 3 (1.86%) MySQL
6 2 (1.24%) EDMS
6 2 (1.24%) Power BI
6 2 (1.24%) PowerPivot
6 2 (1.24%) Qlik Sense
6 2 (1.24%) SAP BW
7 1 (0.62%) Data Lake
7 1 (0.62%) DB2
7 1 (0.62%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.62%) Triplestore
Development Applications
1 4 (2.48%) JIRA
2 3 (1.86%) Git (software)
2 3 (1.86%) Jenkins
3 2 (1.24%) MSBuild
3 2 (1.24%) Selenium
3 2 (1.24%) Subversion
3 2 (1.24%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (1.24%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (0.62%) Eclipse
4 1 (0.62%) GCC
General
1 56 (34.78%) Pharmaceutical
2 55 (34.16%) Manufacturing
3 16 (9.94%) Finance
4 12 (7.45%) Publishing
5 8 (4.97%) Retail
6 6 (3.73%) Multimedia
7 4 (2.48%) Electronics
8 2 (1.24%) Advertising
8 2 (1.24%) Back Office
8 2 (1.24%) French Language
8 2 (1.24%) Law
8 2 (1.24%) Legal
8 2 (1.24%) Marketing
8 2 (1.24%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.62%) Billing
9 1 (0.62%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.62%) Interactive Media
Job Titles
1 38 (23.60%) Analyst
2 22 (13.66%) Project Manager
3 21 (13.04%) Developer
4 14 (8.70%) Business Analyst
4 14 (8.70%) Software Engineer
5 12 (7.45%) Data Analyst
6 11 (6.83%) Consultant
7 8 (4.97%) IT Manager
7 8 (4.97%) Junior
7 8 (4.97%) Junior Analyst
7 8 (4.97%) Junior Data Analyst
8 7 (4.35%) IT Project Manager
9 6 (3.73%) Architect
10 5 (3.11%) SharePoint Analyst
11 4 (2.48%) Administrator
11 4 (2.48%) Chief Architect
11 4 (2.48%) Embedded Engineer
11 4 (2.48%) IT Analyst
11 4 (2.48%) Senior Analyst
11 4 (2.48%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (13.66%) HTML
2 21 (13.04%) Web Services
3 17 (10.56%) HTML5
4 12 (7.45%) Angular 2
5 11 (6.83%) CSS
6 10 (6.21%) AngularJS
7 8 (4.97%) jQuery
8 7 (4.35%) XML
9 6 (3.73%) JSON
10 5 (3.11%) .NET
10 5 (3.11%) Ajax
11 3 (1.86%) CSS3
11 3 (1.86%) OAuth
11 3 (1.86%) OpenID
11 3 (1.86%) SAML
11 3 (1.86%) Visualforce
12 2 (1.24%) ASP.NET
12 2 (1.24%) ASP.NET MVC
12 2 (1.24%) REST
12 2 (1.24%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 20 (12.42%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (8.07%) User Experience
3 9 (5.59%) Self-Motivation
4 7 (4.35%) Management Information System
5 6 (3.73%) NHS
6 5 (3.11%) Biotechnology
6 5 (3.11%) Virtual Team
7 4 (2.48%) Data Centre
7 4 (2.48%) Public Cloud
8 3 (1.86%) Algorithms
8 3 (1.86%) AS400
8 3 (1.86%) Enterprise Software
8 3 (1.86%) FMCG
8 3 (1.86%) LIMS
8 3 (1.86%) Mainframe
8 3 (1.86%) Pharmacovigilance
9 2 (1.24%) Blog
9 2 (1.24%) Device Driver
9 2 (1.24%) Social Media
10 1 (0.62%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 13 (8.07%) Windows
2 7 (4.35%) Linux
3 5 (3.11%) Windows 10
4 4 (2.48%) Unix
5 3 (1.86%) Apple iOS
5 3 (1.86%) CentOS
5 3 (1.86%) Windows Server
6 2 (1.24%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.62%) Android
7 1 (0.62%) Debian
7 1 (0.62%) Embedded Linux
7 1 (0.62%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (26.71%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (19.88%) Project Management
3 26 (16.15%) Computer Science
4 22 (13.66%) Software Engineering
5 21 (13.04%) Problem-Solving
6 18 (11.18%) Mathematics
6 18 (11.18%) Web Application Development
7 14 (8.70%) Test Automation
8 13 (8.07%) Data Analysis
8 13 (8.07%) Data Science
8 13 (8.07%) Stakeholder Management
9 12 (7.45%) Business Intelligence
9 12 (7.45%) Process Improvement
10 11 (6.83%) Analytics
10 11 (6.83%) Data Management
10 11 (6.83%) Microservices
10 11 (6.83%) Migration
11 10 (6.21%) Knowledge Management
11 10 (6.21%) UX Design
11 10 (6.21%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 15 (9.32%) Python
2 13 (8.07%) JavaScript
3 9 (5.59%) Go
3 9 (5.59%) R
4 8 (4.97%) C#
4 8 (4.97%) SQL
5 5 (3.11%) C
5 5 (3.11%) Java
6 4 (2.48%) C++
7 3 (1.86%) Apex Code
7 3 (1.86%) MATLAB
8 2 (1.24%) Embedded C
8 2 (1.24%) Java 8
8 2 (1.24%) Ruby
9 1 (0.62%) ABAP
9 1 (0.62%) Perl
9 1 (0.62%) PHP
9 1 (0.62%) SPARQL
9 1 (0.62%) VBA
9 1 (0.62%) XAML
Qualifications
1 47 (29.19%) Degree
2 5 (3.11%) Computer Science Degree
2 5 (3.11%) PMI Certification
2 5 (3.11%) PMP
3 4 (2.48%) ISEB
3 4 (2.48%) Security Cleared
4 3 (1.86%) CBAP
4 3 (1.86%) PhD
4 3 (1.86%) SC Cleared
5 2 (1.24%) Master's Degree
5 2 (1.24%) Numerate Degree
6 1 (0.62%) CTC Cleared
6 1 (0.62%) IIBA
6 1 (0.62%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (7.45%) QA
2 9 (5.59%) GxP
3 5 (3.11%) PMO
4 4 (2.48%) GMP
4 4 (2.48%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 3 (1.86%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 3 (1.86%) Data Quality
6 2 (1.24%) GDPR
7 1 (0.62%) GAMP
7 1 (0.62%) GCP
7 1 (0.62%) ISO 13485
7 1 (0.62%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.62%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.62%) SLA
System Software
1 7 (4.35%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.24%) Firmware
2 2 (1.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.62%) KVM
3 1 (0.62%) QEMU
3 1 (0.62%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 2 (1.24%) SCCM
1 2 (1.24%) WSUS
2 1 (0.62%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 26 (16.15%) Microsoft
2 12 (7.45%) Google
3 7 (4.35%) Oracle
4 6 (3.73%) SAP
5 5 (3.11%) Salesforce.com
5 5 (3.11%) ServiceNow
6 4 (2.48%) JD Edwards
6 4 (2.48%) Red Hat
6 4 (2.48%) Tableau
7 3 (1.86%) Cognos
7 3 (1.86%) Syncsort
8 2 (1.24%) Adobe
8 2 (1.24%) Apple
8 2 (1.24%) Okta
8 2 (1.24%) Splunk
8 2 (1.24%) VMware
8 2 (1.24%) Workday
9 1 (0.62%) Ariba
9 1 (0.62%) Cadence
9 1 (0.62%) Meridio