Period
to 20 April 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 April 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 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 729 634 728
Rank change year-on-year -95 +94 -3
Contract jobs citing Life Science 155 215 165
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.23% 0.15%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.45% 0.69% 0.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 119 54
UK median daily rate £469 £438 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +16.67% -16.67%
10th Percentile £337 £261 £253
90th Percentile £638 £551 £601
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £419 £375
% change year-on-year +1.43% +11.73% -25.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 18 16
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £17.00 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +120.59% -35.85% -18.46%
10th Percentile £16.65 £15.50 £11.38
90th Percentile £42.95 £37.75 £46.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £16.50 £17.75
% change year-on-year +127.27% -7.04% -43.20%

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 34,326 31,143 35,618
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.93% 33.59% 33.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,562 20,203 23,165
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £265 £260 £245
90th Percentile £650 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +2.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,073 1,094 1,263
UK median hourly rate £21.79 £20.97 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.91% -0.14% +20.00%
10th Percentile £11.41 £11.32 £11.50
90th Percentile £53.40 £50.00 £49.59
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £19.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year +10.53% -9.52% +20.14%

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 April 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 April 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Life Science in the UK

Life Science
Top 13 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 April 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 -89 146 £469 +7.14% 95
UK excluding London -70 109 £425 +1.43% 70
South East -32 57 £425 -1.16% 19
London -63 33 £525 +16.67% 29
North of England -33 27 £350 -3.45% 14
North West -43 24 £350 -3.45% 6
East of England -12 12 £385 +23.20% 27
Midlands +3 11 £500 +13.64% 4
East Midlands +13 10 £500 - 3
South West +6 2 - - 2
Yorkshire - 2 - - 7
West Midlands +1 1 £308 -30.11% 1
North East - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 20 April 2018, 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 51 (32.90%) Agile Software Development
2 42 (27.10%) Manufacturing
3 35 (22.58%) Pharmaceutical
4 27 (17.42%) Project Management
5 25 (16.13%) SQL
6 24 (15.48%) Oracle
7 23 (14.84%) Linux
7 23 (14.84%) DevOps
8 22 (14.19%) Analytical Skills
8 22 (14.19%) Microsoft Azure
8 22 (14.19%) Scrum
9 21 (13.55%) Software Engineering
9 21 (13.55%) Windows
10 20 (12.90%) Matrix Organization
11 19 (12.26%) Microsoft
11 19 (12.26%) Computer Science
12 18 (11.61%) Degree
12 18 (11.61%) Amazon AWS
12 18 (11.61%) Jenkins
12 18 (11.61%) Python
13 17 (10.97%) JavaScript
14 16 (10.32%) SQL Server
15 15 (9.68%) Java
15 15 (9.68%) Analytics
15 15 (9.68%) Continuous Integration
15 15 (9.68%) Problem-Solving
16 14 (9.03%) PRINCE2
16 14 (9.03%) Business Intelligence
16 14 (9.03%) VMware
17 12 (7.74%) Finance

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 9 (5.81%) SharePoint
2 6 (3.87%) Apache Spark
3 5 (3.23%) nginx
3 5 (3.23%) SAS
3 5 (3.23%) Tomcat
4 3 (1.94%) Confluence
5 2 (1.29%) Apache
5 2 (1.29%) Apache Airflow
5 2 (1.29%) Luigi
5 2 (1.29%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.65%) CMS
6 1 (0.65%) Documentum
6 1 (0.65%) Oracle Workflow
6 1 (0.65%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 6 (3.87%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (2.58%) Pipeline Pilot
3 3 (1.94%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (1.29%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.65%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.65%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 6 (3.87%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (2.58%) SAP EWM
2 4 (2.58%) SAP SD
3 3 (1.94%) Oracle 11i
3 3 (1.94%) Oracle Applications
3 3 (1.94%) Oracle Assets
3 3 (1.94%) Oracle Payables
3 3 (1.94%) Oracle Receivables
4 2 (1.29%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.65%) JDE EnterpriseOne
5 1 (0.65%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.65%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.65%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 1 (0.65%) SAP HCM
5 1 (0.65%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.65%) TrackWise
Cloud Services
1 22 (14.19%) Microsoft Azure
2 18 (11.61%) Amazon AWS
3 12 (7.74%) PaaS
4 8 (5.16%) SaaS
5 5 (3.23%) Veeva
6 4 (2.58%) Firebase
6 4 (2.58%) Office 365
7 3 (1.94%) Adobe Creative Cloud
7 3 (1.94%) Serverless
8 2 (1.29%) Google Cloud Platform
8 2 (1.29%) Taleo
9 1 (0.65%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.94%) VPN
2 2 (1.29%) DNS
2 2 (1.29%) Firewall
2 2 (1.29%) HTTP
2 2 (1.29%) Kerberos
2 2 (1.29%) SSL
2 2 (1.29%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.65%) BGP
3 1 (0.65%) Cisco Nexus
3 1 (0.65%) DWDM
3 1 (0.65%) OSPF
3 1 (0.65%) Software-Defined Networking
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (10.32%) SQL Server
2 12 (7.74%) Big Data
3 11 (7.10%) Hadoop
4 8 (5.16%) Oracle Database
5 7 (4.52%) Relational Database
6 6 (3.87%) Data Warehouse
6 6 (3.87%) RDBMS
7 5 (3.23%) MongoDB
7 5 (3.23%) MySQL
7 5 (3.23%) NoSQL
8 4 (2.58%) Electronic Patient Records
8 4 (2.58%) Oracle Database 11g
8 4 (2.58%) Oracle Database 12c
8 4 (2.58%) SQL Server 2008
8 4 (2.58%) SQL Server 2012
8 4 (2.58%) SQL Server 2014
8 4 (2.58%) SQL Server 2016
9 3 (1.94%) Data Mining
9 3 (1.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 3 (1.94%) Text Mining
Development Applications
1 18 (11.61%) Jenkins
2 11 (7.10%) Subversion
3 9 (5.81%) Bitbucket
3 9 (5.81%) Git (software)
4 8 (5.16%) FishEye
4 8 (5.16%) Octopus Deploy
4 8 (5.16%) TeamCity
4 8 (5.16%) Vagrant
5 6 (3.87%) JIRA
6 4 (2.58%) Visual Studio
7 3 (1.94%) Oracle Forms
8 2 (1.29%) Eclipse
8 2 (1.29%) Oracle APEX
9 1 (0.65%) Ant
9 1 (0.65%) gulp
9 1 (0.65%) JUnit
9 1 (0.65%) MSTest
9 1 (0.65%) NUnit
9 1 (0.65%) Qt Creator
9 1 (0.65%) Toad
General
1 42 (27.10%) Manufacturing
2 35 (22.58%) Pharmaceutical
3 12 (7.74%) Finance
4 9 (5.81%) Marketing
5 6 (3.87%) Legal
6 3 (1.94%) Retail
7 2 (1.29%) Advertising
7 2 (1.29%) Electronics
7 2 (1.29%) Local Government
7 2 (1.29%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.65%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.65%) Back Office
8 1 (0.65%) Banking
8 1 (0.65%) German Language
8 1 (0.65%) Interactive Media
Job Titles
1 30 (19.35%) Analyst
2 21 (13.55%) Developer
2 21 (13.55%) Project Manager
3 17 (10.97%) Architect
4 16 (10.32%) Business Analyst
5 15 (9.68%) DevOps Engineer
6 11 (7.10%) Software Engineer
7 6 (3.87%) HR Manager
8 5 (3.23%) Agile Business Analyst
8 5 (3.23%) Applications Support
8 5 (3.23%) Cloud Engineer
8 5 (3.23%) Consultant
8 5 (3.23%) Designer
8 5 (3.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 5 (3.23%) IT Manager
9 4 (2.58%) .NET Developer
9 4 (2.58%) Applications Manager
9 4 (2.58%) Applications Support Analyst
9 4 (2.58%) Data Analyst
9 4 (2.58%) Python Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (6.45%) .NET
2 9 (5.81%) React
3 6 (3.87%) CSS
4 5 (3.23%) ASP.NET
4 5 (3.23%) HTML
4 5 (3.23%) LEMP Stack
4 5 (3.23%) Node.js
4 5 (3.23%) REST
4 5 (3.23%) Visualforce
5 4 (2.58%) Android SDK
5 4 (2.58%) ASP.NET MVC
5 4 (2.58%) iOS SDK
5 4 (2.58%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 4 (2.58%) Web Services
5 4 (2.58%) XML
6 3 (1.94%) AngularJS
6 3 (1.94%) Elastic Stack
6 3 (1.94%) jQuery
6 3 (1.94%) JSON
6 3 (1.94%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 22 (14.19%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (12.26%) Computer Science
3 11 (7.10%) Self-Motivation
4 9 (5.81%) Greenfield Project
5 8 (5.16%) LIMS
6 6 (3.87%) Algorithms
6 6 (3.87%) Data Centre
6 6 (3.87%) User Experience
7 4 (2.58%) Cloud Native
7 4 (2.58%) FMCG
7 4 (2.58%) Mobile App
7 4 (2.58%) Virtual Team
8 2 (1.29%) Client/Server
8 2 (1.29%) e-Health
8 2 (1.29%) Management Information System
8 2 (1.29%) mHealth
8 2 (1.29%) Public Cloud
8 2 (1.29%) Replication
8 2 (1.29%) Social Media
9 1 (0.65%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 23 (14.84%) Linux
2 21 (13.55%) Windows
3 8 (5.16%) CentOS
3 8 (5.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 8 (5.16%) Unix
4 7 (4.52%) Windows Server
5 4 (2.58%) Android
5 4 (2.58%) Apple iOS
5 4 (2.58%) Windows 7
5 4 (2.58%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (2.58%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (1.94%) Windows 2000
7 2 (1.29%) Ubuntu
7 2 (1.29%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (32.90%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (17.42%) Project Management
3 23 (14.84%) DevOps
4 22 (14.19%) Scrum
5 21 (13.55%) Software Engineering
6 20 (12.90%) Matrix Organization
7 15 (9.68%) Analytics
7 15 (9.68%) Continuous Integration
7 15 (9.68%) Problem-Solving
8 14 (9.03%) Business Intelligence
8 14 (9.03%) PRINCE2
9 12 (7.74%) TDD
10 11 (7.10%) Business Analysis
10 11 (7.10%) Migration
10 11 (7.10%) Stakeholder Management
10 11 (7.10%) Validation
11 10 (6.45%) Change Management
11 10 (6.45%) Visualisation
12 9 (5.81%) Test Automation
12 9 (5.81%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 25 (16.13%) SQL
2 18 (11.61%) Python
3 17 (10.97%) JavaScript
4 15 (9.68%) Java
5 11 (7.10%) C++
6 7 (4.52%) C#
6 7 (4.52%) PL/SQL
7 6 (3.87%) C
8 5 (3.23%) Apex Code
9 4 (2.58%) MATLAB
9 4 (2.58%) Perl
9 4 (2.58%) R
10 3 (1.94%) PHP
10 3 (1.94%) Scala
10 3 (1.94%) T-SQL
11 2 (1.29%) Bash Shell
11 2 (1.29%) Ruby
12 1 (0.65%) Embedded C
12 1 (0.65%) Embedded C++
12 1 (0.65%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 18 (11.61%) Degree
2 10 (6.45%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
3 7 (4.52%) PhD
4 2 (1.29%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (1.29%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (0.65%) CCIE
5 1 (0.65%) CCNP
5 1 (0.65%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (0.65%) PMI Certification
5 1 (0.65%) PMP
5 1 (0.65%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.16%) GxP
2 7 (4.52%) Data Quality
3 4 (2.58%) QA
4 3 (1.94%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 3 (1.94%) ISO 13485
5 2 (1.29%) GCP
5 2 (1.29%) GLP
5 2 (1.29%) GMP
5 2 (1.29%) SLA
6 1 (0.65%) Actionable Recommendations
6 1 (0.65%) CDISC
6 1 (0.65%) GAMP
6 1 (0.65%) GDPR
6 1 (0.65%) HAZOP
6 1 (0.65%) HIPAA
6 1 (0.65%) HL7
6 1 (0.65%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.65%) PMO
6 1 (0.65%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 8 (5.16%) VMware ESXi
2 6 (3.87%) Active Directory
2 6 (3.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (1.94%) Docker
3 3 (1.94%) Hyper-V
4 2 (1.29%) HDFS
4 2 (1.29%) NFS
4 2 (1.29%) OpenDJ
4 2 (1.29%) OpenIDM
4 2 (1.29%) vCloud
5 1 (0.65%) Firmware
5 1 (0.65%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 8 (5.16%) Ansible
2 5 (3.23%) Terraform
3 3 (1.94%) Cisco IPCC
3 3 (1.94%) Salt
3 3 (1.94%) SCCM
4 1 (0.65%) Cisco UCCE
4 1 (0.65%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 24 (15.48%) Oracle
2 19 (12.26%) Microsoft
3 14 (9.03%) VMware
4 12 (7.74%) SAP
5 8 (5.16%) Salesforce.com
6 5 (3.23%) Cisco
6 5 (3.23%) SaltStack
6 5 (3.23%) Talend
6 5 (3.23%) Vertica
7 4 (2.58%) Genesys
7 4 (2.58%) Google
7 4 (2.58%) ServiceNow
8 3 (1.94%) Adobe
8 3 (1.94%) Micro Focus
8 3 (1.94%) MicroStrategy
8 3 (1.94%) webMethods
9 2 (1.29%) EMC
9 2 (1.29%) Netezza
9 2 (1.29%) Red Hat
9 2 (1.29%) TOWER Software