Period
to 21 September 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 21 September 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
21 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 672 754 750
Rank change year-on-year +82 -4 +39
Contract jobs citing Life Science 177 137 147
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.18% 0.13% 0.13%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.54% 0.38% 0.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 88 55 46
UK median daily rate £450 £400 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +8.11% -7.50%
10th Percentile £223 £288 £245
90th Percentile £560 £588 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £445 £350 £425
% change year-on-year +27.14% -17.65% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 14 9
UK median hourly rate £19.30 £14.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.07% -42.00% +78.57%
10th Percentile £13.56 £11.08 £13.50
90th Percentile £26.79 £46.75 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.30 £14.25 £42.50
% change year-on-year +35.40% -66.47% +203.57%

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 32953 35792 36527
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.37% 33.26% 32.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 21602 23512 23010
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £240
90th Percentile £650 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 983 1195 1415
UK median hourly rate £21.90 £21.00 £18.88
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.29% +11.23% -3.80%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.62 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £46.93 £47.33
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.75 £21.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year -1.19% +16.67% -6.49%

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 21 September 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 21 September 2017.

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 21 September 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 +83 172 £450 +12.50% 48
UK excluding London +78 136 £445 +27.14% 31
South East +51 59 £440 -20.00% 6
North of England +65 50 £450 +47.54% 6
North West +34 47 £463 +51.64% 4
London +28 35 £525 +14.13% 22
East of England +6 16 £325 - 6
Midlands +26 8 £540 +13.68% 2
East Midlands 0 5 £540 -
West Midlands +38 3 - - 2
Yorkshire - 3 £70 -
South West +5 2 £450 +33.33% 6
Scotland - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 21 September 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 66 (37.29%) Manufacturing
2 59 (33.33%) Pharmaceutical
3 35 (19.77%) Project Management
4 29 (16.38%) SAP
5 27 (15.25%) Linux
6 26 (14.69%) Agile Software Development
7 25 (14.12%) Degree
8 23 (12.99%) Analytical Skills
8 23 (12.99%) Finance
9 22 (12.43%) Oracle
9 22 (12.43%) Stakeholder Management
9 22 (12.43%) QA
10 20 (11.30%) Change Management
10 20 (11.30%) Java
11 19 (10.73%) SQL
12 18 (10.17%) ITIL
12 18 (10.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
13 16 (9.04%) Computer Science
13 16 (9.04%) Risk Management
14 15 (8.47%) Web Services
14 15 (8.47%) PRINCE2
14 15 (8.47%) Windows
14 15 (8.47%) ERP
15 14 (7.91%) Workflow
15 14 (7.91%) Amazon AWS
16 13 (7.34%) Validation
17 12 (6.78%) Business Intelligence
17 12 (6.78%) Python
17 12 (6.78%) Scrum
17 12 (6.78%) Git (software)

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 (5.08%) SharePoint
2 7 (3.95%) Apache Spark
3 5 (2.82%) Apache Airflow
3 5 (2.82%) Documentum
3 5 (2.82%) Luigi
3 5 (2.82%) MS Exchange
4 4 (2.26%) CMS
4 4 (2.26%) Exchange Server 2010
4 4 (2.26%) Oracle Workflow
4 4 (2.26%) SAS
5 3 (1.69%) NetWeaver
6 2 (1.13%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (1.13%) ColdFusion
6 2 (1.13%) Confluence
6 2 (1.13%) IIS
6 2 (1.13%) JBoss
6 2 (1.13%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.56%) Apache
7 1 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (0.56%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 6 (3.39%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (2.82%) Pipeline Pilot
3 3 (1.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.69%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (1.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.56%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 18 (10.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (2.26%) Oracle ERP
3 3 (1.69%) SAP ERP
3 3 (1.69%) SAP SRM
4 2 (1.13%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (1.13%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (1.13%) SAP CO
4 2 (1.13%) SAP CRM
4 2 (1.13%) SAP FI
4 2 (1.13%) SAP FI/CO
4 2 (1.13%) SAP Hybris
5 1 (0.56%) Maximo
5 1 (0.56%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.56%) Primavera
5 1 (0.56%) SAP FI-AP
5 1 (0.56%) SAP MDM
5 1 (0.56%) SAP WM
5 1 (0.56%) TrackWise
Cloud Services
1 14 (7.91%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (3.95%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (3.95%) SaaS
3 4 (2.26%) Veeva
4 1 (0.56%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (0.56%) Amazon S3
4 1 (0.56%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.56%) Force.com
4 1 (0.56%) IaaS
4 1 (0.56%) Office 365
4 1 (0.56%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (2.82%) Firewall
1 5 (2.82%) Internet
2 2 (1.13%) DNS
2 2 (1.13%) OSPF
2 2 (1.13%) Skype
2 2 (1.13%) VLAN
2 2 (1.13%) VPN
3 1 (0.56%) BGP
3 1 (0.56%) Cisco ASA
3 1 (0.56%) Cisco IOS
3 1 (0.56%) DHCP
3 1 (0.56%) HSRP
3 1 (0.56%) Intranet
3 1 (0.56%) Kerberos
3 1 (0.56%) LAN
3 1 (0.56%) NAS
3 1 (0.56%) Network Security
3 1 (0.56%) SAN
3 1 (0.56%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.56%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (4.52%) Data Warehouse
1 8 (4.52%) RDBMS
1 8 (4.52%) Relational Database
1 8 (4.52%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.95%) Big Data
2 7 (3.95%) Hadoop
3 5 (2.82%) Data Mining
3 5 (2.82%) Electronic Patient Records
3 5 (2.82%) KNIME
3 5 (2.82%) PowerCenter
4 4 (2.26%) Oracle Database
4 4 (2.26%) SAP BW
5 3 (1.69%) GIS
5 3 (1.69%) NoSQL
5 3 (1.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (1.13%) DB2
6 2 (1.13%) SAP HANA
7 1 (0.56%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.56%) Oracle BI EE
7 1 (0.56%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 12 (6.78%) Git (software)
2 8 (4.52%) Talend Open Studio
3 5 (2.82%) Rational Rhapsody
3 5 (2.82%) Subversion
4 3 (1.69%) JIRA
4 3 (1.69%) Selenium
5 2 (1.13%) Jenkins
5 2 (1.13%) WebDriver
6 1 (0.56%) GitLab
6 1 (0.56%) JUnit
6 1 (0.56%) Mockito
6 1 (0.56%) Spock
General
1 66 (37.29%) Manufacturing
2 59 (33.33%) Pharmaceutical
3 23 (12.99%) Finance
4 7 (3.95%) Legal
5 6 (3.39%) Back Office
5 6 (3.39%) Banking
6 5 (2.82%) Marketing
7 4 (2.26%) Telecoms
8 3 (1.69%) Publishing
9 2 (1.13%) Brand Awareness
10 1 (0.56%) Local Government
10 1 (0.56%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 36 (20.34%) Analyst
2 23 (12.99%) Developer
2 23 (12.99%) Project Manager
3 19 (10.73%) Architect
4 13 (7.34%) Business Analyst
5 7 (3.95%) Consultant
5 7 (3.95%) Data Architect
5 7 (3.95%) Python Developer
5 7 (3.95%) Solutions Architect
6 6 (3.39%) SAP Analyst
6 6 (3.39%) SAP Developer
6 6 (3.39%) Security Specialist
7 5 (2.82%) Business Change Manager
7 5 (2.82%) Change Analyst
7 5 (2.82%) IT Security Specialist
7 5 (2.82%) Support Analyst
8 4 (2.26%) Administrator
8 4 (2.26%) Documentum Consultant
8 4 (2.26%) Programmer
8 4 (2.26%) Senior Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (8.47%) Web Services
2 10 (5.65%) XML
3 7 (3.95%) JSON
4 5 (2.82%) HTML
4 5 (2.82%) RESTful
5 4 (2.26%) .NET
5 4 (2.26%) HTML5
5 4 (2.26%) REST
6 3 (1.69%) Hibernate
6 3 (1.69%) J2EE
6 3 (1.69%) SAML
6 3 (1.69%) SAP Basis
6 3 (1.69%) Spring
7 2 (1.13%) CSS
7 2 (1.13%) Django
7 2 (1.13%) EJB
7 2 (1.13%) JSP
7 2 (1.13%) Middleware
7 2 (1.13%) Struts
7 2 (1.13%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 23 (12.99%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (9.04%) Computer Science
3 10 (5.65%) Management Information System
4 6 (3.39%) Greenfield Project
5 4 (2.26%) LIMS
5 4 (2.26%) Mobile App
5 4 (2.26%) Video Conferencing
6 3 (1.69%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (1.69%) PMI
7 2 (1.13%) Biotechnology
7 2 (1.13%) Clustering
7 2 (1.13%) Driving Licence
7 2 (1.13%) Internet of Things
7 2 (1.13%) NHS
7 2 (1.13%) Pharmacovigilance
7 2 (1.13%) Semantic Web
7 2 (1.13%) Social Media
8 1 (0.56%) e-Learning
8 1 (0.56%) IVR
8 1 (0.56%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 27 (15.25%) Linux
2 15 (8.47%) Windows
3 9 (5.08%) Unix
4 8 (4.52%) AIX
5 6 (3.39%) Windows 10
5 6 (3.39%) Windows 7
6 4 (2.26%) Windows Server
7 3 (1.69%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (1.69%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (1.13%) Android
8 2 (1.13%) Apple iOS
8 2 (1.13%) CentOS
8 2 (1.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.56%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.56%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (19.77%) Project Management
2 26 (14.69%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (12.43%) Stakeholder Management
4 20 (11.30%) Change Management
5 18 (10.17%) ITIL
6 16 (9.04%) Risk Management
7 15 (8.47%) ERP
7 15 (8.47%) PRINCE2
8 14 (7.91%) Workflow
9 13 (7.34%) Validation
10 12 (6.78%) Business Intelligence
10 12 (6.78%) Data Integration
10 12 (6.78%) Scrum
11 11 (6.21%) DevOps
11 11 (6.21%) Line Management
12 10 (5.65%) Analytics
12 10 (5.65%) Configuration Management
13 9 (5.08%) Quality Management
14 8 (4.52%) Data Management
14 8 (4.52%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 20 (11.30%) Java
2 19 (10.73%) SQL
3 12 (6.78%) Python
4 9 (5.08%) JavaScript
5 7 (3.95%) PL/SQL
6 5 (2.82%) Perl
6 5 (2.82%) Ruby
7 3 (1.69%) C#
7 3 (1.69%) Scala
7 3 (1.69%) T-SQL
8 2 (1.13%) ABAP
8 2 (1.13%) C
8 2 (1.13%) PHP
8 2 (1.13%) SPARQL
9 1 (0.56%) Apex Code
9 1 (0.56%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.56%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 25 (14.12%) Degree
2 8 (4.52%) IRCA
3 6 (3.39%) PMI Certification
4 5 (2.82%) PhD
4 5 (2.82%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 3 (1.69%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (1.69%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 3 (1.69%) MCSE
5 3 (1.69%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (1.69%) Numerate Degree
5 3 (1.69%) PMP
6 2 (1.13%) CCNA
6 2 (1.13%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (1.13%) CISSP
6 2 (1.13%) Master's Degree
6 2 (1.13%) MCP
6 2 (1.13%) MCSA
7 1 (0.56%) CCSP
7 1 (0.56%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.56%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (12.43%) QA
2 10 (5.65%) GxP
3 8 (4.52%) Data Quality
4 4 (2.26%) Actionable Recommendations
4 4 (2.26%) HIPAA
4 4 (2.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 4 (2.26%) SLA
5 3 (1.69%) GAMP
6 2 (1.13%) ISO 9000
6 2 (1.13%) PMO
7 1 (0.56%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 1 (0.56%) CDISC
7 1 (0.56%) GCP
7 1 (0.56%) GDPR
7 1 (0.56%) ISO 13485
7 1 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 15288
7 1 (0.56%) PMBOK
System Software
1 10 (5.65%) Active Directory
2 4 (2.26%) Virtual Machines
3 3 (1.69%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.56%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 1 (0.56%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.56%) IAG
4 1 (0.56%) NFS
4 1 (0.56%) Samba
4 1 (0.56%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 4 (2.26%) Ansible
2 1 (0.56%) Backup Exec
2 1 (0.56%) Cisco IPCC
2 1 (0.56%) Puppet
2 1 (0.56%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 1 (0.56%) WSUS
Vendors
1 29 (16.38%) SAP
2 22 (12.43%) Oracle
3 11 (6.21%) Microsoft
3 11 (6.21%) Remedy
4 8 (4.52%) ServiceNow
4 8 (4.52%) Talend
5 6 (3.39%) Informatica
6 5 (2.82%) Netezza
6 5 (2.82%) RapidMiner
6 5 (2.82%) Red Hat
7 4 (2.26%) Cisco
7 4 (2.26%) Google
7 4 (2.26%) Twitter
8 3 (1.69%) Citrix
8 3 (1.69%) Salesforce.com
8 3 (1.69%) VMware
9 2 (1.13%) hybris
9 2 (1.13%) LabWare
9 2 (1.13%) Polycom
9 2 (1.13%) Tableau