Period
to 21 February 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Performance Optimisation skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Performance Optimisation over the 6 months to 21 February 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 Optimisation
UK
6 months to
21 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 587 663 687
Rank change year-on-year +76 +24 -84
Contract jobs citing Performance Optimisation 297 183 189
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.29% 0.19% 0.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.34% 0.23% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 229 124 121
UK median daily rate £515 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.18% - -10.53%
10th Percentile £409 £314 £304
90th Percentile £775 £596 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £381 £381
% change year-on-year +18.03% - -9.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 1
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £42.25 £38.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.51% +11.18% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.75 £42.25 -
% change year-on-year +3.55% - -

Performance Optimisation 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 86,111 80,463 88,072
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.77% 83.81% 82.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,529 53,322 57,292
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £288 £263 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.13% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,080 2,233 2,595
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £24.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +0.60% +24.25%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.67 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.02 £25.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year -3.92% -3.85% +23.81%

Performance Optimisation
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Performance Optimisation in the UK

Performance Optimisation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Performance Optimisation in the UK

Performance Optimisation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Performance Optimisation over the 6 months to 21 February 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Performance Optimisation in the UK

Performance Optimisation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Performance Optimisation in the UK

Performance Optimisation
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Performance Optimisation within the UK over the 6 months to 21 February 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 +81 280 £515 +21.18% 67
London +79 217 £525 +5.00% 28
UK excluding London +4 79 £450 +18.03% 42
South East -5 28 £525 +23.53% 10
North of England +25 17 £450 +12.50% 17
Scotland - 11 £450 - 3
South West +7 10 £388 +10.71%
North West +9 8 £450 +14.29% 15
Yorkshire -2 8 £500 +17.65% 1
East Midlands +11 7 £450 +12.50% 5
Midlands +5 7 £450 +19.21% 7
East of England -5 5 £489 +39.71% 5
Northern Ireland - 5 £400 -
Wales -1 1 £375 -16.67%
North East - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 21 February 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Performance Optimisation 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 Performance Optimisation.

1 110 (37.04%) Java
2 99 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 69 (23.23%) Git (software)
4 68 (22.90%) TDD
5 66 (22.22%) JavaScript
6 60 (20.20%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 59 (19.87%) Low Latency
8 57 (19.19%) SQL
8 57 (19.19%) Front Office
9 54 (18.18%) Linux
10 53 (17.85%) Multithreading
10 53 (17.85%) Electronic Trading
11 51 (17.17%) Computer Science
12 50 (16.84%) Degree
12 50 (16.84%) Analytics
12 50 (16.84%) DevOps
13 49 (16.50%) CSS
14 47 (15.82%) Amazon AWS
15 45 (15.15%) Continuous Integration
15 45 (15.15%) HTML
15 45 (15.15%) Finance
15 45 (15.15%) Analytical Skills
16 41 (13.80%) Banking
16 41 (13.80%) Python
17 39 (13.13%) Algorithmic Trading
17 39 (13.13%) Test Automation
18 36 (12.12%) Node.js
19 35 (11.78%) Scrum
20 34 (11.45%) C#
21 32 (10.77%) Unix

Performance Optimisation
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 16 (5.39%) Tomcat
2 10 (3.37%) Apache Spark
3 9 (3.03%) WebSphere
4 8 (2.69%) Cloud Foundry
4 8 (2.69%) Elasticsearch
5 6 (2.02%) JBoss
6 5 (1.68%) IIS
7 4 (1.35%) Alfresco
7 4 (1.35%) Jetty
7 4 (1.35%) Mule
7 4 (1.35%) WildFly
8 3 (1.01%) CMS
9 2 (0.67%) Confluence
9 2 (0.67%) Oracle Application Server
9 2 (0.67%) WebLogic
9 2 (0.67%) WebSphere Application Server
10 1 (0.34%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 1 (0.34%) SAS
Applications
1 2 (0.67%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.34%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 8 (2.69%) Adobe Campaign
2 4 (1.35%) Dynamics AX
2 4 (1.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (1.35%) HiPortfolio
2 4 (1.35%) Oracle Applications
2 4 (1.35%) SAP Hybris
3 2 (0.67%) Oracle ERP
3 2 (0.67%) SAP BPC
3 2 (0.67%) SAP SRM
4 1 (0.34%) Cognos TM1
4 1 (0.34%) SAP Business One
4 1 (0.34%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 47 (15.82%) Amazon AWS
2 20 (6.73%) Microsoft Azure
3 18 (6.06%) npm
4 12 (4.04%) GitHub
4 12 (4.04%) Google Analytics
5 10 (3.37%) Amazon S3
6 8 (2.69%) Serverless
7 5 (1.68%) AWS Lambda
7 5 (1.68%) Cloud Computing
7 5 (1.68%) PaaS
8 4 (1.35%) Heroku
8 4 (1.35%) IaaS
9 1 (0.34%) Adobe Analytics
9 1 (0.34%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.34%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 17 (5.72%) HTTP
2 8 (2.69%) 3G
2 8 (2.69%) 4G
3 6 (2.02%) DNS
3 6 (2.02%) Internet
4 4 (1.35%) Broadband
5 3 (1.01%) 2G
5 3 (1.01%) BGP
5 3 (1.01%) Ethernet
5 3 (1.01%) Firewall
5 3 (1.01%) Junos
5 3 (1.01%) LAN
5 3 (1.01%) MPLS
5 3 (1.01%) NetScaler
5 3 (1.01%) NetScreen
5 3 (1.01%) OSPF
5 3 (1.01%) Radio Access Network
5 3 (1.01%) SNMP
5 3 (1.01%) TCP/IP
5 3 (1.01%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (10.10%) SQL Server
2 25 (8.42%) Data Warehouse
3 22 (7.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 19 (6.40%) Big Data
4 19 (6.40%) NoSQL
4 19 (6.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 17 (5.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 8 (2.69%) Data Lake
6 8 (2.69%) Power BI
7 7 (2.36%) HDInsight
7 7 (2.36%) OLAP
8 6 (2.02%) IBM PureData
8 6 (2.02%) Oracle Database
8 6 (2.02%) Oracle Reports
9 4 (1.35%) Oracle Exadata
9 4 (1.35%) PostgreSQL
10 3 (1.01%) Hadoop
10 3 (1.01%) KDB
10 3 (1.01%) Qlik Sense
10 3 (1.01%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 69 (23.23%) Git (software)
2 22 (7.41%) Jenkins
3 17 (5.72%) Maven
4 13 (4.38%) JIRA
5 12 (4.04%) gulp
6 11 (3.70%) Grunt
7 10 (3.37%) SonarQube
7 10 (3.37%) webpack
8 9 (3.03%) Codeception
8 9 (3.03%) Codeship
8 9 (3.03%) PHPUnit
9 8 (2.69%) Subversion
10 7 (2.36%) Team Foundation Server
11 6 (2.02%) Babel
12 4 (1.35%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 4 (1.35%) Eclipse
12 4 (1.35%) Oracle Forms
13 3 (1.01%) Crashlytics
14 2 (0.67%) JUnit
14 2 (0.67%) Spock
General
1 57 (19.19%) Front Office
2 45 (15.15%) Finance
3 41 (13.80%) Banking
4 21 (7.07%) Marketing
5 13 (4.38%) Telecoms
6 5 (1.68%) Advertising
6 5 (1.68%) Retail
7 4 (1.35%) Investment Banking
8 3 (1.01%) Billing
8 3 (1.01%) Games
8 3 (1.01%) Multimedia
9 2 (0.67%) Automotive
9 2 (0.67%) Electronics
9 2 (0.67%) French Language
9 2 (0.67%) German Language
9 2 (0.67%) Italian Language
9 2 (0.67%) Legal
9 2 (0.67%) Spanish Language
10 1 (0.34%) Law
10 1 (0.34%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 185 (62.29%) Developer
2 73 (24.58%) Java Developer
3 27 (9.09%) Electronic Trading Developer
4 26 (8.75%) Electronic Trading Java Developer
5 24 (8.08%) Consultant
5 24 (8.08%) Senior Developer
6 14 (4.71%) C# Developer
6 14 (4.71%) Front Office Developer
7 13 (4.38%) SC Cleared Java Developer
8 10 (3.37%) Algorithmic Trading Developer
8 10 (3.37%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
8 10 (3.37%) Java Developer - Algorithmic Trading
8 10 (3.37%) Low Latency Java Developer
8 10 (3.37%) React Developer
8 10 (3.37%) UI Developer
9 9 (3.03%) Analytics Consultant
9 9 (3.03%) Architect
9 9 (3.03%) AWS Engineer
9 9 (3.03%) Data Scientist
9 9 (3.03%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (16.50%) CSS
2 45 (15.15%) HTML
3 36 (12.12%) Node.js
4 31 (10.44%) JSON
4 31 (10.44%) React
5 29 (9.76%) CSS3
5 29 (9.76%) HTML5
6 26 (8.75%) Web Services
7 22 (7.41%) Redux
7 22 (7.41%) REST
8 20 (6.73%) XML
9 19 (6.40%) RESTful
10 18 (6.06%) FIX Protocol
11 17 (5.72%) AngularJS
11 17 (5.72%) Sass
12 16 (5.39%) .NET
12 16 (5.39%) RabbitMQ
13 14 (4.71%) Java EE
13 14 (4.71%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 13 (4.38%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 60 (20.20%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 51 (17.17%) Computer Science
3 45 (15.15%) Analytical Skills
4 23 (7.74%) User Experience
5 18 (6.06%) Data Structures
6 16 (5.39%) Algorithms
7 9 (3.03%) Fintech
8 8 (2.69%) Enterprise Software
9 7 (2.36%) Mainframe
10 6 (2.02%) Data Centre
10 6 (2.02%) Greenfield Project
10 6 (2.02%) Linux Command Line
11 5 (1.68%) Animation
11 5 (1.68%) Client/Server
12 3 (1.01%) 3D Graphics
12 3 (1.01%) Clustering
12 3 (1.01%) Public Cloud
13 2 (0.67%) Equities
13 2 (0.67%) Management Information System
13 2 (0.67%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 54 (18.18%) Linux
2 32 (10.77%) Unix
3 12 (4.04%) Android
4 8 (2.69%) CentOS
5 4 (1.35%) Mac OS X
6 3 (1.01%) Apple iOS
6 3 (1.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (1.01%) Windows
7 1 (0.34%) SmartOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 99 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 68 (22.90%) TDD
3 59 (19.87%) Low Latency
4 53 (17.85%) Electronic Trading
4 53 (17.85%) Multithreading
5 50 (16.84%) Analytics
5 50 (16.84%) DevOps
6 45 (15.15%) Continuous Integration
7 39 (13.13%) Algorithmic Trading
7 39 (13.13%) Test Automation
8 35 (11.78%) Scrum
9 31 (10.44%) ETL
10 29 (9.76%) FX Algorithmic Trading
11 27 (9.09%) BDD
12 26 (8.75%) Business Intelligence
12 26 (8.75%) OO
12 26 (8.75%) Visualisation
13 25 (8.42%) Data Visualisation
14 24 (8.08%) OOD
14 24 (8.08%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 110 (37.04%) Java
2 66 (22.22%) JavaScript
3 57 (19.19%) SQL
4 41 (13.80%) Python
5 34 (11.45%) C#
6 21 (7.07%) Scala
7 20 (6.73%) ES6
8 18 (6.06%) C++
9 14 (4.71%) T-SQL
10 12 (4.04%) C
11 10 (3.37%) PHP
11 10 (3.37%) Shell Script
12 9 (3.03%) Kotlin
12 9 (3.03%) Perl
12 9 (3.03%) R
13 7 (2.36%) PL/SQL
13 7 (2.36%) VB
14 6 (2.02%) Groovy
14 6 (2.02%) PowerShell
15 5 (1.68%) GraphQL
Qualifications
1 50 (16.84%) Degree
2 27 (9.09%) Computer Science Degree
3 18 (6.06%) SC Cleared
3 18 (6.06%) Security Cleared
4 4 (1.35%) Numerate Degree
5 1 (0.34%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.34%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (7.41%) QA
2 5 (1.68%) SLA
3 2 (0.67%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.67%) HL7
4 1 (0.34%) IEC 62304
4 1 (0.34%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 8 (2.69%) Docker
2 3 (1.01%) Platform Symphony
3 1 (0.34%) Firmware
3 1 (0.34%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 11 (3.70%) Puppet
2 9 (3.03%) Nagios
3 5 (1.68%) ZABBIX
4 4 (1.35%) Ansible
4 4 (1.35%) Graphite
4 4 (1.35%) Kubernetes
4 4 (1.35%) Opsview
5 3 (1.01%) Kibana
Vendors
1 28 (9.43%) Microsoft
2 19 (6.40%) Oracle
3 13 (4.38%) Adobe
3 13 (4.38%) IBM
3 13 (4.38%) Tableau
4 12 (4.04%) Google
5 10 (3.37%) Perforce
5 10 (3.37%) SAP
6 9 (3.03%) Genesys
6 9 (3.03%) Pega
7 8 (2.69%) AppDynamics
7 8 (2.69%) Red Hat
8 7 (2.36%) Solace
9 6 (2.02%) Netezza
10 5 (1.68%) Currenex
10 5 (1.68%) New Relic
10 5 (1.68%) Splunk
11 4 (1.35%) hybris
11 4 (1.35%) Reuters
12 3 (1.01%) JD Edwards