Period
to 18 November 2017

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 November 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.

Life Sciences
UK
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 719 732 739
Rank change year-on-year +13 +7 +48
Contract jobs citing Life Science 170 154 165
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.15% 0.14%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.50% 0.44% 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 82 77 46
UK median daily rate £475 £425 £359
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.76% +18.55% -10.38%
10th Percentile £307 £288 £182
90th Percentile £586 £588 £516
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £416 £360
% change year-on-year +14.25% +15.49% -10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 9 7
UK median hourly rate £19.30 £14.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.07% -65.88% +157.58%
10th Percentile £12.50 £10.90 £23.95
90th Percentile £28.24 £25.20 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.30 £14.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year +33.07% -65.88% +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 34307 34966 37326
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.60% 33.09% 32.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 22763 22959 23716
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £240
90th Percentile £650 £625 £618
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1004 1201 1466
UK median hourly rate £20.92 £21.00 £19.46
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.37% +7.91% +8.11%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.72 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £47.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.06 £21.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -4.48% +10.53% +8.57%

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 November 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 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 November 2017.

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 November 2017. 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 +49 157 £475 +11.76% 19
UK excluding London +66 129 £475 +14.25% 11
South East +31 63 £475 -13.16% 2
North of England +62 32 £350 +14.75% 2
North West +21 29 £350 +14.75% 1
London -34 26 £460 +8.24% 9
Midlands +34 17 £540 +13.68%
East of England -10 15 £338 -10.00% 2
East Midlands +16 14 £540 -
West Midlands +34 3 £308 -35.26%
Yorkshire - 3 £70 -
South West - 2 - - 4

For the 6 months to 18 November 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 51 (30.00%) Manufacturing
2 49 (28.82%) Pharmaceutical
3 38 (22.35%) Linux
4 36 (21.18%) Windows
5 32 (18.82%) Degree
6 30 (17.65%) Computer Science
7 28 (16.47%) Project Management
8 27 (15.88%) Agile Software Development
9 25 (14.71%) Java
10 24 (14.12%) Active Directory
11 22 (12.94%) Oracle
11 22 (12.94%) DevOps
12 21 (12.35%) Amazon AWS
13 20 (11.76%) Microsoft Azure
13 20 (11.76%) SQL
14 19 (11.18%) SAP
14 19 (11.18%) Python
14 19 (11.18%) Analytical Skills
15 18 (10.59%) Unix
15 18 (10.59%) Configuration Management
15 18 (10.59%) Information Security
16 17 (10.00%) Risk Management
16 17 (10.00%) Data Integration
17 16 (9.41%) Git (software)
18 15 (8.82%) Finance
18 15 (8.82%) Business Intelligence
18 15 (8.82%) SQL Server
18 15 (8.82%) JavaScript
19 14 (8.24%) PRINCE2
19 14 (8.24%) XML

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 (8.24%) Apache Spark
2 10 (5.88%) Apache Airflow
2 10 (5.88%) Luigi
3 5 (2.94%) SharePoint
4 4 (2.35%) SAS
5 3 (1.76%) Documentum
5 3 (1.76%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (1.76%) MS Exchange
5 3 (1.76%) NetWeaver
6 2 (1.18%) CMS
6 2 (1.18%) ColdFusion
6 2 (1.18%) Confluence
6 2 (1.18%) JBoss
6 2 (1.18%) Oracle Workflow
7 1 (0.59%) Apache
7 1 (0.59%) Apache Solr
7 1 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (0.59%) IIS
7 1 (0.59%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 10 (5.88%) Pipeline Pilot
2 7 (4.12%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (3.53%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (2.35%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (1.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.59%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 11 (6.47%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (2.35%) Oracle ERP
2 4 (2.35%) TrackWise
3 3 (1.76%) SAP ERP
3 3 (1.76%) SAP SRM
4 2 (1.18%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (1.18%) Oracle 11i
4 2 (1.18%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (1.18%) Oracle Assets
4 2 (1.18%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (1.18%) Oracle Payables
4 2 (1.18%) Oracle Receivables
4 2 (1.18%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (1.18%) SAP CO
4 2 (1.18%) SAP CRM
4 2 (1.18%) SAP FI
4 2 (1.18%) SAP FI/CO
4 2 (1.18%) SAP Hybris
5 1 (0.59%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.59%) SAP WM
Cloud Services
1 21 (12.35%) Amazon AWS
2 20 (11.76%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (2.94%) SaaS
4 2 (1.18%) SuccessFactors
5 1 (0.59%) Adobe Creative Cloud
5 1 (0.59%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.59%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.59%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.59%) Force.com
5 1 (0.59%) IaaS
5 1 (0.59%) Office 365
5 1 (0.59%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (4.12%) Firewall
2 2 (1.18%) DNS
2 2 (1.18%) TCP/IP
2 2 (1.18%) VPN
3 1 (0.59%) 802.11
3 1 (0.59%) BGP
3 1 (0.59%) DHCP
3 1 (0.59%) HSRP
3 1 (0.59%) Intranet
3 1 (0.59%) IP Telephony
3 1 (0.59%) IPsec
3 1 (0.59%) Kerberos
3 1 (0.59%) NAS
3 1 (0.59%) OSPF
3 1 (0.59%) SAN
3 1 (0.59%) Skype
3 1 (0.59%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (8.82%) SQL Server
2 14 (8.24%) Hadoop
3 13 (7.65%) Big Data
4 10 (5.88%) Data Mining
4 10 (5.88%) KNIME
5 7 (4.12%) Data Warehouse
5 7 (4.12%) RDBMS
5 7 (4.12%) Relational Database
6 5 (2.94%) Electronic Patient Records
6 5 (2.94%) PowerCenter
7 4 (2.35%) SAP BW
8 3 (1.76%) NoSQL
8 3 (1.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 2 (1.18%) Amazon Redshift
9 2 (1.18%) DB2
9 2 (1.18%) GIS
9 2 (1.18%) Oracle Database
9 2 (1.18%) Pentaho
9 2 (1.18%) SAP HANA
9 2 (1.18%) Text Mining
Development Applications
1 16 (9.41%) Git (software)
2 10 (5.88%) Subversion
3 7 (4.12%) Talend Open Studio
4 5 (2.94%) Rational Rhapsody
5 3 (1.76%) Selenium
6 2 (1.18%) Jenkins
6 2 (1.18%) JIRA
6 2 (1.18%) Oracle APEX
6 2 (1.18%) Oracle Forms
6 2 (1.18%) WebDriver
7 1 (0.59%) GitLab
7 1 (0.59%) JUnit
7 1 (0.59%) Mockito
7 1 (0.59%) Rational DOORS
7 1 (0.59%) Spock
7 1 (0.59%) Toad
General
1 51 (30.00%) Manufacturing
2 49 (28.82%) Pharmaceutical
3 15 (8.82%) Finance
4 11 (6.47%) Legal
5 6 (3.53%) Banking
6 5 (2.94%) Telecoms
7 3 (1.76%) Marketing
8 2 (1.18%) Aerospace
8 2 (1.18%) Brand Awareness
8 2 (1.18%) Local Government
8 2 (1.18%) Publishing
9 1 (0.59%) Automotive
9 1 (0.59%) Electronics
9 1 (0.59%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 31 (18.24%) Developer
2 29 (17.06%) Architect
3 28 (16.47%) Analyst
4 18 (10.59%) Project Manager
5 13 (7.65%) Azure Architect
5 13 (7.65%) Senior Architect
6 12 (7.06%) Python Developer
7 8 (4.71%) Business Analyst
8 7 (4.12%) Support Analyst
9 6 (3.53%) SAP Developer
9 6 (3.53%) Solutions Architect
10 5 (2.94%) Cybersecurity Engineer
10 5 (2.94%) Cybersecurity Specialist
10 5 (2.94%) Data Architect
10 5 (2.94%) Oracle Architect
10 5 (2.94%) Security Engineer
10 5 (2.94%) Security Specialist
10 5 (2.94%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
10 5 (2.94%) Senior Security Engineer
10 5 (2.94%) Senior Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (8.24%) XML
2 13 (7.65%) Web Services
3 12 (7.06%) JSON
4 10 (5.88%) RESTful
5 9 (5.29%) .NET
6 4 (2.35%) REST
7 3 (1.76%) Hibernate
7 3 (1.76%) HTML
7 3 (1.76%) J2EE
7 3 (1.76%) Natural Language Processing
7 3 (1.76%) SAP Basis
7 3 (1.76%) Spring
8 2 (1.18%) CSS
8 2 (1.18%) Django
8 2 (1.18%) EJB
8 2 (1.18%) HTML5
8 2 (1.18%) JSP
8 2 (1.18%) Middleware
8 2 (1.18%) Struts
8 2 (1.18%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 30 (17.65%) Computer Science
2 19 (11.18%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (4.12%) LIMS
4 3 (1.76%) Enterprise Software
4 3 (1.76%) Greenfield Project
4 3 (1.76%) Management Information System
4 3 (1.76%) PMI
4 3 (1.76%) Video Conferencing
5 2 (1.18%) Clustering
5 2 (1.18%) Driving Licence
5 2 (1.18%) Mobile App
5 2 (1.18%) Pharmacovigilance
5 2 (1.18%) Semantic Web
5 2 (1.18%) Social Media
6 1 (0.59%) e-Learning
6 1 (0.59%) FMCG
6 1 (0.59%) IVR
6 1 (0.59%) Mobile Computing
6 1 (0.59%) NHS
6 1 (0.59%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 38 (22.35%) Linux
2 36 (21.18%) Windows
3 18 (10.59%) Unix
4 10 (5.88%) Windows 10
5 6 (3.53%) Windows 7
6 3 (1.76%) Windows Server
7 2 (1.18%) CentOS
7 2 (1.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (1.18%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.59%) Android
8 1 (0.59%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.59%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.59%) Windows 2000
8 1 (0.59%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (16.47%) Project Management
2 27 (15.88%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (12.94%) DevOps
4 18 (10.59%) Configuration Management
4 18 (10.59%) Information Security
5 17 (10.00%) Data Integration
5 17 (10.00%) Risk Management
6 15 (8.82%) Business Intelligence
7 14 (8.24%) PRINCE2
7 14 (8.24%) Scrum
7 14 (8.24%) Service Delivery
8 13 (7.65%) Chemistry
8 13 (7.65%) ERP
8 13 (7.65%) ITIL
8 13 (7.65%) Stakeholder Management
8 13 (7.65%) Unit Testing
8 13 (7.65%) Workflow
9 12 (7.06%) OO
9 12 (7.06%) TDD
10 11 (6.47%) Bioinformatics
Programming Languages
1 25 (14.71%) Java
2 20 (11.76%) SQL
3 19 (11.18%) Python
4 15 (8.82%) JavaScript
5 10 (5.88%) Perl
5 10 (5.88%) Ruby
6 8 (4.71%) PL/SQL
7 7 (4.12%) C++
8 6 (3.53%) C
8 6 (3.53%) PHP
9 5 (2.94%) Scala
10 4 (2.35%) C#
11 2 (1.18%) MATLAB
11 2 (1.18%) R
11 2 (1.18%) SPARQL
11 2 (1.18%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.59%) ABAP
12 1 (0.59%) Ada
12 1 (0.59%) Apex Code
12 1 (0.59%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 32 (18.82%) Degree
2 10 (5.88%) PhD
3 9 (5.29%) PMI Certification
4 6 (3.53%) PMP
5 3 (1.76%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (1.76%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (1.76%) Numerate Degree
6 2 (1.18%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 2 (1.18%) Master's Degree
6 2 (1.18%) MCSA
6 2 (1.18%) MCSE
6 2 (1.18%) SC Cleared
6 2 (1.18%) Security Cleared
7 1 (0.59%) CCA
7 1 (0.59%) CCNA
7 1 (0.59%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (0.59%) MCITP
7 1 (0.59%) MCP
7 1 (0.59%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 1 (0.59%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (7.65%) Actionable Recommendations
1 13 (7.65%) HIPAA
1 13 (7.65%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 10 (5.88%) QA
3 8 (4.71%) Data Quality
4 6 (3.53%) GxP
5 4 (2.35%) GAMP
6 2 (1.18%) PMO
6 2 (1.18%) SLA
7 1 (0.59%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 1 (0.59%) CDISC
7 1 (0.59%) GCP
7 1 (0.59%) GDPR
7 1 (0.59%) HL7
7 1 (0.59%) ISO 13485
7 1 (0.59%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.59%) PMBOK
System Software
1 24 (14.12%) Active Directory
2 13 (7.65%) Virtual Machines
3 3 (1.76%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (1.18%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.59%) IAG
5 1 (0.59%) NFS
5 1 (0.59%) Samba
Systems Management
1 4 (2.35%) Ansible
2 3 (1.76%) SCCM
3 1 (0.59%) Backup Exec
3 1 (0.59%) Cisco UCCE
3 1 (0.59%) Oracle EDQ
3 1 (0.59%) Puppet
3 1 (0.59%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 1 (0.59%) WSUS
Vendors
1 22 (12.94%) Oracle
2 19 (11.18%) SAP
3 11 (6.47%) Microsoft
4 10 (5.88%) Netezza
4 10 (5.88%) RapidMiner
5 7 (4.12%) Talend
6 5 (2.94%) Informatica
6 5 (2.94%) LabWare
6 5 (2.94%) Red Hat
7 4 (2.35%) Cisco
7 4 (2.35%) Remedy
8 3 (1.76%) Cognizant
8 3 (1.76%) Genesys
8 3 (1.76%) Salesforce.com
8 3 (1.76%) ServiceNow
8 3 (1.76%) Twitter
8 3 (1.76%) VMware
9 2 (1.18%) Google
9 2 (1.18%) hybris
9 2 (1.18%) Tableau