Period
to 16 October 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 16 October 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
16 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 624 727 721
Rank change year-on-year +103 -6 +51
Contract jobs citing Life Science 186 186 163
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.22% 0.18% 0.16%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.70% 0.55% 0.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 59 65 83
UK median daily rate £500 £425 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.65% -5.56% +9.09%
10th Percentile £383 £235 £220
90th Percentile £608 £595 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £497 £425 £450
% change year-on-year +17.00% -5.56% +21.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 7 8
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £36.00 £19.30
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +86.58% +37.82%
10th Percentile £18.25 £16.28 £13.18
90th Percentile £47.50 £51.75 £30.34
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £36.00 £19.30
% change year-on-year +11.11% +86.58% +37.82%

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 26,612 33,534 32,846
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 31.25% 32.51% 33.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 16,877 21,735 21,471
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £263 £274 £263
90th Percentile £670 £656 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,041 1,051 1,015
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.50% - -
10th Percentile £11.61 £12.23 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £19.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +7.89% -5.00% -4.37%

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 16 October 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 16 October 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Life Science in the UK

Life Science
Top 14 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 16 October 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 +84 176 £500 +17.65% 124
UK excluding London +79 148 £497 +17.00% 108
South East +19 76 £500 +17.65% 23
North of England +53 33 £398 -0.63% 27
North West +24 30 £436 +9.06% 18
London +71 28 £525 +14.13% 27
East of England +34 28 £488 +11.43% 37
South West +2 6 - - 4
Midlands +48 4 - - 7
West Midlands - 3 - - 3
Yorkshire +43 2 - - 7
East Midlands +36 1 - - 4
Scotland +26 1 - - 11
North East +15 1 £350 - 2

For the 6 months to 16 October 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 96 (51.61%) Manufacturing
2 60 (32.26%) Agile Software Development
3 53 (28.49%) Pharmaceutical
4 41 (22.04%) SAP
5 40 (21.51%) Degree
6 36 (19.35%) Python
7 32 (17.20%) Computer Science
8 30 (16.13%) Project Management
9 29 (15.59%) Azure
10 28 (15.05%) DevOps
11 24 (12.90%) Java
12 23 (12.37%) Scrum
12 23 (12.37%) Git (software)
13 22 (11.83%) Data Structures
13 22 (11.83%) Analytics
13 22 (11.83%) Software Engineering
13 22 (11.83%) Data Warehouse
14 19 (10.22%) ERP
14 19 (10.22%) Continuous Integration
15 18 (9.68%) Analytical Skills
15 18 (9.68%) Docker
15 18 (9.68%) Business Intelligence
15 18 (9.68%) SQL
15 18 (9.68%) SAP Oil and Gas
15 18 (9.68%) Finance
15 18 (9.68%) Computer Science Degree
16 17 (9.14%) C#
17 16 (8.60%) C++
17 16 (8.60%) Web Services
17 16 (8.60%) Microsoft

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 12 (6.45%) SharePoint
2 10 (5.38%) Apache Spark
3 4 (2.15%) Apache Solr
3 4 (2.15%) Documentum
3 4 (2.15%) Elasticsearch
4 3 (1.61%) CMS
5 2 (1.08%) SAS
5 2 (1.08%) WordPress
6 1 (0.54%) Apache
6 1 (0.54%) IIS
6 1 (0.54%) NetWeaver
6 1 (0.54%) Oracle Workflow
6 1 (0.54%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 9 (4.84%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (2.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (2.15%) InfoPath
4 3 (1.61%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (1.08%) Camtasia
5 2 (1.08%) Figma
5 2 (1.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (1.08%) OmniGraffle
5 2 (1.08%) Sketch
5 2 (1.08%) XMetaL
Business Applications
1 18 (9.68%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 15 (8.06%) SAP ERP
3 11 (5.91%) SAP EWM
3 11 (5.91%) SAP WM
4 3 (1.61%) Oracle 11i
4 3 (1.61%) Oracle Applications
4 3 (1.61%) Oracle Assets
4 3 (1.61%) Oracle General Ledger
4 3 (1.61%) Oracle Payables
4 3 (1.61%) Oracle Receivables
4 3 (1.61%) TrackWise
5 2 (1.08%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 2 (1.08%) Primavera
5 2 (1.08%) SAP S/4HANA
6 1 (0.54%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.54%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.54%) Oracle Manufacturing
6 1 (0.54%) SAP HR
6 1 (0.54%) SAP MM
6 1 (0.54%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 29 (15.59%) Azure
2 13 (6.99%) Office 365
3 12 (6.45%) AWS
3 12 (6.45%) GCP
4 9 (4.84%) SaaS
4 9 (4.84%) Serverless
5 7 (3.76%) Amazon EMR
5 7 (3.76%) Amazon S3
5 7 (3.76%) Amazon SQS
5 7 (3.76%) AWS Lambda
5 7 (3.76%) Power Platform
6 4 (2.15%) Boomi
6 4 (2.15%) Microsoft Flow
6 4 (2.15%) PowerApps
6 4 (2.15%) Veeva
7 3 (1.61%) AtomSphere
7 3 (1.61%) Azure Active Directory
7 3 (1.61%) Azure Data Factory
7 3 (1.61%) GitHub
8 2 (1.08%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 12 (6.45%) RFID
2 6 (3.23%) LAN
3 4 (2.15%) RS-232
3 4 (2.15%) RS-485
3 4 (2.15%) WAN
4 3 (1.61%) WLAN
5 2 (1.08%) 802.11
5 2 (1.08%) BGP
5 2 (1.08%) EIGRP
5 2 (1.08%) Ethernet
5 2 (1.08%) Firewall
5 2 (1.08%) HSRP
5 2 (1.08%) IGRP
5 2 (1.08%) Intranet
5 2 (1.08%) MPLS
5 2 (1.08%) Spanning Tree
5 2 (1.08%) VoIP
5 2 (1.08%) Wireless
6 1 (0.54%) DHCP
6 1 (0.54%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (11.83%) Data Warehouse
2 14 (7.53%) Amazon Redshift
3 9 (4.84%) MySQL
4 7 (3.76%) Amazon Aurora
4 7 (3.76%) Apache Hive
4 7 (3.76%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
4 7 (3.76%) NoSQL
4 7 (3.76%) PostgreSQL
4 7 (3.76%) SQL Server
5 6 (3.23%) Power BI
6 5 (2.69%) Spotfire
7 4 (2.15%) Oracle Reports
8 3 (1.61%) Azure SQL Database
8 3 (1.61%) Relational Database
9 2 (1.08%) Cognos Report Studio
9 2 (1.08%) QlikView
9 2 (1.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1 (0.54%) Hadoop
10 1 (0.54%) Oracle Discoverer
10 1 (0.54%) Snowflake Schema
Development Applications
1 23 (12.37%) Git (software)
2 10 (5.38%) Jenkins
3 7 (3.76%) Artifactory
3 7 (3.76%) Sonatype Nexus
4 6 (3.23%) TeamCity
4 6 (3.23%) Visual Studio Team System
5 4 (2.15%) Cucumber
5 4 (2.15%) Mocha
5 4 (2.15%) Selenium
5 4 (2.15%) SpecFlow
5 4 (2.15%) WebDriver
6 3 (1.61%) Oracle Forms
6 3 (1.61%) Visual Studio
7 2 (1.08%) Axure RP
7 2 (1.08%) Oracle APEX
8 1 (0.54%) JIRA
8 1 (0.54%) Subversion
General
1 96 (51.61%) Manufacturing
2 53 (28.49%) Pharmaceutical
3 18 (9.68%) Finance
4 7 (3.76%) Telecoms
5 5 (2.69%) Legal
5 5 (2.69%) Marketing
5 5 (2.69%) Publishing
5 5 (2.69%) Retail
6 2 (1.08%) Automotive
6 2 (1.08%) French Language
6 2 (1.08%) Games
6 2 (1.08%) Public Sector
7 1 (0.54%) Advertising
7 1 (0.54%) Banking
7 1 (0.54%) Front Office
7 1 (0.54%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 30 (16.13%) Analyst
2 27 (14.52%) Developer
3 24 (12.90%) Consultant
4 18 (9.68%) Software Engineer
5 16 (8.60%) SAP Consultant
6 15 (8.06%) Functional Consultant
6 15 (8.06%) Project Manager
7 12 (6.45%) Business Analyst
7 12 (6.45%) SAP Functional Consultant
8 7 (3.76%) Data Analyst
8 7 (3.76%) Data Engineer
8 7 (3.76%) SAP Manager
9 6 (3.23%) Data Analytics Engineer
10 5 (2.69%) .NET Developer
10 5 (2.69%) Architect
10 5 (2.69%) Programme Director
10 5 (2.69%) SAP Programme Director
11 4 (2.15%) Embedded Software Engineer
11 4 (2.15%) IT Manager
11 4 (2.15%) Senior Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (8.60%) Web Services
2 12 (6.45%) .NET
2 12 (6.45%) CSS
3 11 (5.91%) .NET Core
3 11 (5.91%) REST
4 10 (5.38%) HTML
5 9 (4.84%) AngularJS
6 8 (4.30%) jQuery
7 6 (3.23%) XML
8 5 (2.69%) OpenCV
8 5 (2.69%) React
9 4 (2.15%) Node.js
9 4 (2.15%) OAuth
9 4 (2.15%) SAML
10 3 (1.61%) WinForms
10 3 (1.61%) WPF
11 2 (1.08%) ASP.NET
11 2 (1.08%) RESTful
11 2 (1.08%) SOAP
11 2 (1.08%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 22 (11.83%) Data Structures
2 18 (9.68%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (7.53%) Management Information System
4 10 (5.38%) User Experience
5 7 (3.76%) Algorithms
6 4 (2.15%) Embedded Systems
7 3 (1.61%) Data Centre
7 3 (1.61%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (1.61%) Self-Motivation
7 3 (1.61%) Virtual Team
8 2 (1.08%) Blog
8 2 (1.08%) LIMS
8 2 (1.08%) Mobile App
8 2 (1.08%) Pharmacovigilance
8 2 (1.08%) Robotics
8 2 (1.08%) Smartphone
8 2 (1.08%) Video Editing
9 1 (0.54%) Data Protection Act
9 1 (0.54%) NHS
9 1 (0.54%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 10 (5.38%) Linux
2 8 (4.30%) Windows
3 4 (2.15%) Unix
4 1 (0.54%) Windows 10
4 1 (0.54%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (32.26%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (17.20%) Computer Science
3 30 (16.13%) Project Management
4 28 (15.05%) DevOps
5 23 (12.37%) Scrum
6 22 (11.83%) Analytics
6 22 (11.83%) Software Engineering
7 19 (10.22%) Continuous Integration
7 19 (10.22%) ERP
8 18 (9.68%) Business Intelligence
9 16 (8.60%) Project Delivery
10 15 (8.06%) Data Modelling
11 14 (7.53%) Artificial Intelligence
11 14 (7.53%) Data Science
11 14 (7.53%) Test Automation
11 14 (7.53%) Validation
12 13 (6.99%) Logistics
12 13 (6.99%) Machine Learning
13 12 (6.45%) Change Management
13 12 (6.45%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 36 (19.35%) Python
2 24 (12.90%) Java
3 18 (9.68%) SQL
4 17 (9.14%) C#
5 16 (8.60%) C++
6 10 (5.38%) JavaScript
6 10 (5.38%) Scala
7 9 (4.84%) C
8 7 (3.76%) R
9 6 (3.23%) PL/SQL
10 4 (2.15%) Go
11 2 (1.08%) PHP
11 2 (1.08%) PowerShell
11 2 (1.08%) TypeScript
12 1 (0.54%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.54%) Fortran
12 1 (0.54%) Perl
12 1 (0.54%) VB
12 1 (0.54%) VBA
Qualifications
1 40 (21.51%) Degree
2 18 (9.68%) Computer Science Degree
3 6 (3.23%) PMP
4 5 (2.69%) PMI Certification
5 4 (2.15%) Master's Degree
6 2 (1.08%) CCNP
6 2 (1.08%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (1.08%) ISTQB
6 2 (1.08%) Security Cleared
7 1 (0.54%) ACCA
7 1 (0.54%) APMP
7 1 (0.54%) CBAP
7 1 (0.54%) CCNA
7 1 (0.54%) CIMA
7 1 (0.54%) ISEB
7 1 (0.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (0.54%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 1 (0.54%) SC Cleared
7 1 (0.54%) Six Sigma Black Belt
7 1 (0.54%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (6.45%) QA
2 11 (5.91%) GxP
3 5 (2.69%) PMO
4 2 (1.08%) Data Quality
4 2 (1.08%) GDPR
4 2 (1.08%) SLA
5 1 (0.54%) COBIT
5 1 (0.54%) ISO 13485
System Software
1 18 (9.68%) Docker
2 9 (4.84%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.08%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 10 (5.38%) Kubernetes
2 4 (2.15%) Single Sign-On
3 2 (1.08%) WSUS
4 1 (0.54%) Ansible
4 1 (0.54%) HP ALM
4 1 (0.54%) Terraform
Vendors
1 41 (22.04%) SAP
2 16 (8.60%) Microsoft
3 15 (8.06%) Oracle
4 9 (4.84%) Cisco
5 7 (3.76%) Ariba
5 7 (3.76%) Google
5 7 (3.76%) Tableau
6 6 (3.23%) Salesforce.com
7 5 (2.69%) Dell
8 4 (2.15%) Cypress Semiconductor
8 4 (2.15%) Workday
9 3 (1.61%) Cognos
9 3 (1.61%) Databricks
9 3 (1.61%) hybris
9 3 (1.61%) MicroStrategy
10 2 (1.08%) Alteryx
10 2 (1.08%) TIBCO
11 1 (0.54%) LabVantage
11 1 (0.54%) Marketo
11 1 (0.54%) SOTI