Period
to 22 January 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Performance Improvement skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Performance Improvement over the 6 months to 22 January 2018 with a comparison to the same period in 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.

Performance Improvement
UK
6 months to
22 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 762 791 784
Rank change year-on-year +29 -7 -25
Contract jobs citing Performance Improvement 116 65 96
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.068% 0.089%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.14% 0.081% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 74 33 69
UK median daily rate £450 £413 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.09% -8.33% +24.14%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £238
90th Percentile £614 £605 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £456 £400
% change year-on-year +1.37% +14.06% +10.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 4 4
UK median hourly rate £26.87 £26.00 £18.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +40.41% -3.00%
10th Percentile £16.05 £15.98 £13.45
90th Percentile £29.02 £36.73 £28.94
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.87 £32.00 £17.04
% change year-on-year -16.05% +87.85% -

Performance Improvement is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 84,205 79,866 88,986
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.54% 83.78% 82.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,381 52,904 57,748
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £285 £263 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +2.50% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,967 2,230 2,728
UK median hourly rate £23.38 £24.50 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.59% +2.08% +20.00%
10th Percentile £11.35 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £24.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -2.04% -2.00% +25.00%

Performance Improvement
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Performance Improvement as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Performance Improvement in the UK

Performance Improvement
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Performance Improvement.

Contractor daily rate trend for Performance Improvement in the UK

Performance Improvement
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Performance Improvement over the 6 months to 22 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Performance Improvement in the UK

Performance Improvement
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Performance Improvement.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Performance Improvement in the UK

Performance Improvement
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 Performance Improvement within the UK over the 6 months to 22 January 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 +23 87 £438 +4.48% 23
UK excluding London +50 83 £463 +1.37% 19
South East -9 34 £463 +22.92% 9
London -25 31 £450 +20.00% 4
Northern Ireland - 23 £475 -
South West +10 7 £400 -15.79% 2
East of England -16 7 £360 - 5
Midlands -2 6 £450 -14.69% 1
Scotland -12 5 £358 +30.00%
West Midlands +7 4 £450 -14.69%
East Midlands -1 2 £375 -18.92% 1
North of England +34 1 £171 -65.80% 2
North West -3 1 £171 -65.80% 1

For the 6 months to 22 January 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Performance Improvement 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 Performance Improvement.

1 46 (39.66%) Finance
2 29 (25.00%) Project Management
2 29 (25.00%) TDD
3 24 (20.69%) C#
3 24 (20.69%) Microsoft
4 23 (19.83%) Microsoft Excel
4 23 (19.83%) Visual Studio
4 23 (19.83%) Multithreading
5 22 (18.97%) Continuous Integration
5 22 (18.97%) Test Automation
5 22 (18.97%) Continuous Improvement
6 21 (18.10%) C++
7 20 (17.24%) Low Latency
7 20 (17.24%) Asynchronous Programming
8 18 (15.52%) Banking
8 18 (15.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
9 17 (14.66%) Refactoring
10 16 (13.79%) Microsoft Office
10 16 (13.79%) Data Structures
10 16 (13.79%) Analytical Skills
11 15 (12.93%) Programme Management
11 15 (12.93%) Performance Management
12 14 (12.07%) Portfolio Management
12 14 (12.07%) Process Improvement
12 14 (12.07%) PMO
13 13 (11.21%) Degree
13 13 (11.21%) DMAIC
13 13 (11.21%) Facilities Management
13 13 (11.21%) PMP
13 13 (11.21%) PMI Certification

Performance Improvement
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 6 (5.17%) Skype for Business
2 4 (3.45%) CMS
3 3 (2.59%) Apache Spark
3 3 (2.59%) JBoss
4 2 (1.72%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.86%) ColdFusion
5 1 (0.86%) GeoServer
5 1 (0.86%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.86%) WebSphere
Applications
1 23 (19.83%) Microsoft Excel
2 18 (15.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 16 (13.79%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (0.86%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (1.72%) SAP CO
1 2 (1.72%) SAP ERP
1 2 (1.72%) SAP FI
1 2 (1.72%) SAP FI/CO
1 2 (1.72%) SAP FS
2 1 (0.86%) Oracle 11i
2 1 (0.86%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.86%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 6 (5.17%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (2.59%) Google Analytics
2 3 (2.59%) Google Cloud Platform
3 1 (0.86%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.86%) Office 365
3 1 (0.86%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 5 (4.31%) LAN
1 5 (4.31%) WAN
1 5 (4.31%) WLAN
2 4 (3.45%) 3G
2 4 (3.45%) Unified Communications
2 4 (3.45%) VoLTE
2 4 (3.45%) VoWiFi
3 2 (1.72%) Skype
4 1 (0.86%) Cisco Nexus
4 1 (0.86%) Firewall
4 1 (0.86%) Kerberos
4 1 (0.86%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.31%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (3.45%) Big Data
3 3 (2.59%) Apache Hive
3 3 (2.59%) Cloudera CDH
3 3 (2.59%) Hadoop
3 3 (2.59%) HBase
3 3 (2.59%) Oracle Database
3 3 (2.59%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (1.72%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.72%) OLAP
4 2 (1.72%) OLAP Cube
4 2 (1.72%) Oracle BI EE
4 2 (1.72%) Oracle Database 11g
4 2 (1.72%) SAP HANA
4 2 (1.72%) SQL Server
5 1 (0.86%) DB2
5 1 (0.86%) Hazelcast
5 1 (0.86%) MySQL
5 1 (0.86%) Oracle Database 12c
5 1 (0.86%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 23 (19.83%) Visual Studio
2 2 (1.72%) Maven
3 1 (0.86%) Cucumber
3 1 (0.86%) JUnit
3 1 (0.86%) LoadRunner
3 1 (0.86%) Oracle APEX
3 1 (0.86%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (0.86%) Selenium
3 1 (0.86%) Toad
General
1 46 (39.66%) Finance
2 18 (15.52%) Banking
3 11 (9.48%) Telecoms
4 6 (5.17%) Legal
5 4 (3.45%) Front Office
5 4 (3.45%) Marketing
6 2 (1.72%) Law
6 2 (1.72%) Retail
7 1 (0.86%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.86%) Local Government
7 1 (0.86%) Mandarin Language
7 1 (0.86%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.86%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.86%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 30 (25.86%) Developer
2 23 (19.83%) Analyst
2 23 (19.83%) C# Developer
3 16 (13.79%) Senior C# Developer
3 16 (13.79%) Senior Developer
4 15 (12.93%) C++ Developer
4 15 (12.93%) C++/C# Developer
5 13 (11.21%) PMO Analyst
5 13 (11.21%) Senior C++ Developer
6 9 (7.76%) Business Analyst
7 6 (5.17%) Architect
8 5 (4.31%) Consultant
8 5 (4.31%) DBA
8 5 (4.31%) Performance Manager
8 5 (4.31%) Performance Specialist
8 5 (4.31%) Project Manager
9 4 (3.45%) C Developer
9 4 (3.45%) Network Specialist
10 3 (2.59%) Business Project Manager
10 3 (2.59%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.59%) Spring
1 3 (2.59%) Web Services
1 3 (2.59%) XML
2 2 (1.72%) Drools
2 2 (1.72%) Hibernate
2 2 (1.72%) jBPM
2 2 (1.72%) JPA
2 2 (1.72%) JSF
2 2 (1.72%) RESTful
2 2 (1.72%) SOAP
2 2 (1.72%) Spring Batch
2 2 (1.72%) XSLT
3 1 (0.86%) Apache Camel
3 1 (0.86%) JMS
3 1 (0.86%) Laravel
3 1 (0.86%) Middleware
3 1 (0.86%) OAuth2
3 1 (0.86%) Oracle Fusion
3 1 (0.86%) REST
3 1 (0.86%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 16 (13.79%) Analytical Skills
1 16 (13.79%) Data Structures
2 12 (10.34%) Derivative
2 12 (10.34%) Management Information System
3 6 (5.17%) NHS
4 3 (2.59%) Algorithms
4 3 (2.59%) Computer Science
4 3 (2.59%) Data Centre
4 3 (2.59%) Mainframe
5 2 (1.72%) FMCG
6 1 (0.86%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 2 (1.72%) Linux
1 2 (1.72%) Windows
2 1 (0.86%) Oracle Linux
2 1 (0.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (0.86%) Unix
2 1 (0.86%) Windows Server
2 1 (0.86%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (0.86%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (25.00%) Project Management
1 29 (25.00%) TDD
2 23 (19.83%) Multithreading
3 22 (18.97%) Continuous Improvement
3 22 (18.97%) Continuous Integration
3 22 (18.97%) Test Automation
4 20 (17.24%) Asynchronous Programming
4 20 (17.24%) Low Latency
5 17 (14.66%) Refactoring
6 15 (12.93%) Performance Management
6 15 (12.93%) Programme Management
7 14 (12.07%) Portfolio Management
7 14 (12.07%) Process Improvement
8 13 (11.21%) DMAIC
8 13 (11.21%) Facilities Management
9 12 (10.34%) Contingency Planning
10 11 (9.48%) Agile Software Development
10 11 (9.48%) Data Analysis
10 11 (9.48%) Six Sigma
11 10 (8.62%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 24 (20.69%) C#
2 21 (18.10%) C++
3 11 (9.48%) SQL
4 8 (6.90%) Java
5 5 (4.31%) C
6 4 (3.45%) Perl
6 4 (3.45%) PL/SQL
6 4 (3.45%) R
7 3 (2.59%) Python
7 3 (2.59%) Scala
7 3 (2.59%) VBA
8 2 (1.72%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.86%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.86%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.86%) PHP
9 1 (0.86%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.86%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.86%) VB
9 1 (0.86%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 13 (11.21%) Degree
1 13 (11.21%) PMI Certification
1 13 (11.21%) PMP
2 11 (9.48%) Security Cleared
3 9 (7.76%) BPSS Clearance
3 9 (7.76%) SC Cleared
4 3 (2.59%) PhD
5 2 (1.72%) MOS
6 1 (0.86%) ACCA
6 1 (0.86%) CIMA
6 1 (0.86%) CIPD
6 1 (0.86%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (0.86%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 1 (0.86%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (12.07%) PMO
2 4 (3.45%) QA
3 2 (1.72%) SLA
4 1 (0.86%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.86%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 2 (1.72%) Oracle RAC
2 1 (0.86%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.86%) Virtual Servers
2 1 (0.86%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (2.59%) Hadoop YARN
2 2 (1.72%) Data Guard
2 2 (1.72%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
2 2 (1.72%) Grafana
3 1 (0.86%) Foglight
3 1 (0.86%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.86%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 1 (0.86%) Oracle RMAN
3 1 (0.86%) vRealize
Vendors
1 24 (20.69%) Microsoft
2 6 (5.17%) Cisco
2 6 (5.17%) Google
3 5 (4.31%) Nortel
3 5 (4.31%) Oracle
4 4 (3.45%) Siemens
5 3 (2.59%) AppDynamics
5 3 (2.59%) Citrix
5 3 (2.59%) SAP
6 2 (1.72%) Red Hat
6 2 (1.72%) VMware
7 1 (0.86%) BMC
7 1 (0.86%) Dell
7 1 (0.86%) HP
7 1 (0.86%) JDA
7 1 (0.86%) Meraki
7 1 (0.86%) MetaSolv
7 1 (0.86%) RedPrairie