Period
to 16 November 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 16 November 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
16 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 634 589 732
Rank change year-on-year -45 +143 -12
Contract jobs citing Performance Optimisation 264 314 176
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.25% 0.31% 0.17%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.29% 0.36% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 201 234 123
UK median daily rate £550 £488 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.82% +2.63% +5.56%
10th Percentile £405 £391 £314
90th Percentile £775 £688 £673
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £464 £400
% change year-on-year -8.36% +15.94% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 3 2
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £45.00 £42.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.22% +6.51% +12.67%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £45.00 £42.25
% change year-on-year -22.22% +6.51% +14.19%

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 89,743 88,240 90,478
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.35% 85.75% 85.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 59,341 58,663 59,661
UK median daily rate £460 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.22% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £300 £277 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,330 2,123 2,493
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £23.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.38% +4.44% +2.27%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.75 £49.75 £48.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.20 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -11.67% +6.67% -

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 16 November 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 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 Optimisation within the UK over the 6 months to 16 November 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 -66 255 £553 +13.33% 64
London -21 190 £600 +20.00% 29
UK excluding London -46 72 £425 -8.36% 37
South East +1 27 £430 -11.79% 7
East Midlands +11 16 £425 -5.56% 2
Midlands -8 16 £425 -5.56% 4
North of England -26 11 £378 -16.11% 16
North West -19 8 £375 -9.09% 13
South West -26 7 £475 +11.76% 3
East of England -1 4 £350 -23.29% 5
Wales -25 4 £480 +6.67% 1
Scotland -9 3 £325 -38.10% 1
Yorkshire -15 3 £410 -20.00% 2

For the 6 months to 16 November 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 92 (34.85%) SQL
2 82 (31.06%) Java
3 77 (29.17%) Agile Software Development
4 67 (25.38%) JavaScript
4 67 (25.38%) Oracle
5 63 (23.86%) Front Office
6 57 (21.59%) TDD
7 50 (18.94%) C#
7 50 (18.94%) Analytical Skills
8 49 (18.56%) HTML
8 49 (18.56%) Continuous Integration
9 45 (17.05%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 44 (16.67%) Finance
11 43 (16.29%) REST
12 42 (15.91%) Multithreading
13 41 (15.53%) Git (software)
13 41 (15.53%) Amazon AWS
14 40 (15.15%) Test Automation
14 40 (15.15%) Banking
14 40 (15.15%) .NET
15 39 (14.77%) Windows
15 39 (14.77%) Problem-Solving
16 38 (14.39%) CSS
17 37 (14.02%) Electronic Trading
18 36 (13.64%) Low Latency
18 36 (13.64%) Web Services
18 36 (13.64%) OO
19 34 (12.88%) SQL Server
19 34 (12.88%) DevOps
20 33 (12.50%) Degree

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 18 (6.82%) IIS
2 17 (6.44%) OpenStack
3 10 (3.79%) Apache Spark
4 9 (3.41%) Apache
5 8 (3.03%) CMS
5 8 (3.03%) WordPress
6 5 (1.89%) Confluence
6 5 (1.89%) Elasticsearch
7 4 (1.52%) Apache Solr
8 3 (1.14%) JBoss
8 3 (1.14%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.76%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 2 (0.76%) Drupal
10 1 (0.38%) BizTalk Server
10 1 (0.38%) OpenEdge
10 1 (0.38%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 1 (0.38%) SAS
10 1 (0.38%) WebSphere
Applications
1 7 (2.65%) Photoshop
2 3 (1.14%) Adobe Illustrator
2 3 (1.14%) InVision
3 2 (0.76%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (0.38%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (3.03%) Oracle EBS R12
2 7 (2.65%) Oracle EBS
2 7 (2.65%) Oracle ERP
3 2 (0.76%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 1 (0.38%) Adobe Campaign
4 1 (0.38%) Magento
4 1 (0.38%) Oracle Assets
4 1 (0.38%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.38%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.38%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.38%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 41 (15.53%) Amazon AWS
2 30 (11.36%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (4.17%) Azure Data Factory
4 9 (3.41%) Google Cloud Platform
4 9 (3.41%) npm
5 7 (2.65%) AWS CloudFormation
6 5 (1.89%) Boomi
6 5 (1.89%) iPaaS
6 5 (1.89%) Sauce Labs
6 5 (1.89%) Serverless
7 4 (1.52%) Amazon ELB
7 4 (1.52%) GitHub
8 3 (1.14%) Amazon EMR
8 3 (1.14%) Google Play
9 2 (0.76%) Apigee
9 2 (0.76%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (0.76%) Logentries
10 1 (0.38%) Force.com
10 1 (0.38%) OpenShift
10 1 (0.38%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 16 (6.06%) Firewall
2 15 (5.68%) SSL
3 12 (4.55%) SSH
3 12 (4.55%) VLAN
4 5 (1.89%) DHCP
4 5 (1.89%) DNS
4 5 (1.89%) SAN
5 2 (0.76%) Connectrix
5 2 (0.76%) DMARC
5 2 (0.76%) Kerberos
5 2 (0.76%) NAS
5 2 (0.76%) SMTP
5 2 (0.76%) TCP/IP
6 1 (0.38%) FTP
6 1 (0.38%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (12.88%) SQL Server
2 21 (7.95%) Oracle Database
3 16 (6.06%) Data Warehouse
4 14 (5.30%) Data Lake
4 14 (5.30%) HDInsight
4 14 (5.30%) MySQL
5 13 (4.92%) Big Data
5 13 (4.92%) Power BI
6 12 (4.55%) Oracle Database 12c
6 12 (4.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 11 (4.17%) Relational Database
8 10 (3.79%) Apache Cassandra
8 10 (3.79%) PostgreSQL
9 9 (3.41%) Hadoop
9 9 (3.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 8 (3.03%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 8 (3.03%) SQLPlus
11 7 (2.65%) NoSQL
12 6 (2.27%) MongoDB
12 6 (2.27%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 41 (15.53%) Git (software)
2 28 (10.61%) TeamCity
3 17 (6.44%) JIRA
4 12 (4.55%) Toad
5 10 (3.79%) Jenkins
5 10 (3.79%) Selenium
5 10 (3.79%) webpack
6 9 (3.41%) JDeveloper
6 9 (3.41%) Team Foundation Server
7 8 (3.03%) Firebug
8 7 (2.65%) gulp
8 7 (2.65%) JMeter
9 6 (2.27%) Cucumber
9 6 (2.27%) Gatling
10 5 (1.89%) CocoaPods
10 5 (1.89%) Gradle
10 5 (1.89%) Grunt
10 5 (1.89%) SpecFlow
10 5 (1.89%) Travis CI
10 5 (1.89%) WebDriver
General
1 63 (23.86%) Front Office
2 44 (16.67%) Finance
3 40 (15.15%) Banking
4 11 (4.17%) Marketing
5 10 (3.79%) Retail
6 5 (1.89%) Telecoms
7 3 (1.14%) Financial Institution
7 3 (1.14%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.76%) Electronics
8 2 (0.76%) Games
8 2 (0.76%) Publishing
9 1 (0.38%) Advertising
9 1 (0.38%) Automotive
9 1 (0.38%) Back Office
9 1 (0.38%) Billing
9 1 (0.38%) General Ledger
9 1 (0.38%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.38%) Mandarin Language
9 1 (0.38%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 160 (60.61%) Developer
2 42 (15.91%) Java Developer
3 28 (10.61%) C# Developer
4 27 (10.23%) Electronic Trading Developer
5 19 (7.20%) C# Developer - Electronic Trading
5 19 (7.20%) Full Stack Developer
6 18 (6.82%) DevOps Engineer
6 18 (6.82%) Front Office Developer
7 14 (5.30%) Architect
7 14 (5.30%) React Developer
8 12 (4.55%) C++ Developer
9 9 (3.41%) Applications Developer
9 9 (3.41%) Consultant
9 9 (3.41%) DBA
9 9 (3.41%) Senior Developer
10 8 (3.03%) Electronic Trading Java Developer
10 8 (3.03%) iOS Developer
10 8 (3.03%) Low Latency Java Developer
10 8 (3.03%) WordPress Developer
11 7 (2.65%) Senior DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (18.56%) HTML
2 43 (16.29%) REST
3 40 (15.15%) .NET
4 38 (14.39%) CSS
5 36 (13.64%) Web Services
6 32 (12.12%) HTML5
7 31 (11.74%) Node.js
8 28 (10.61%) AngularJS
8 28 (10.61%) JSON
9 22 (8.33%) CSS3
10 21 (7.95%) jQuery
11 20 (7.58%) WebSockets
12 19 (7.20%) .NET Framework
12 19 (7.20%) Dapper ORM
12 19 (7.20%) Entity Framework
12 19 (7.20%) NHibernate
12 19 (7.20%) React
13 15 (5.68%) RESTful
13 15 (5.68%) Sass
13 15 (5.68%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 50 (18.94%) Analytical Skills
2 45 (17.05%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 28 (10.61%) Computer Science
4 21 (7.95%) Fixed Income
5 19 (7.20%) Clustering
6 12 (4.55%) User Experience
7 11 (4.17%) Algorithms
8 9 (3.41%) Data Structures
9 8 (3.03%) Apple TV
9 8 (3.03%) Mobile App
10 7 (2.65%) Equities
11 6 (2.27%) Greenfield Project
11 6 (2.27%) iPhone
12 5 (1.89%) Fintech
12 5 (1.89%) iPad
12 5 (1.89%) Over-the-Top Content
12 5 (1.89%) Video\Live Streaming
13 4 (1.52%) Animation
13 4 (1.52%) Linux Command Line
14 3 (1.14%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 39 (14.77%) Windows
2 32 (12.12%) Linux
3 23 (8.71%) Windows Server
4 16 (6.06%) Apple iOS
5 12 (4.55%) Android
5 12 (4.55%) Unix
6 8 (3.03%) Windows 7
7 5 (1.89%) tvOS
7 5 (1.89%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (1.89%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (1.89%) Windows Vista
8 4 (1.52%) Debian
8 4 (1.52%) Windows Mobile
9 3 (1.14%) Mac OS
9 3 (1.14%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.38%) AIX
10 1 (0.38%) Android TV
10 1 (0.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (29.17%) Agile Software Development
2 57 (21.59%) TDD
3 49 (18.56%) Continuous Integration
4 42 (15.91%) Multithreading
5 40 (15.15%) Test Automation
6 39 (14.77%) Problem-Solving
7 37 (14.02%) Electronic Trading
8 36 (13.64%) Low Latency
8 36 (13.64%) OO
9 34 (12.88%) DevOps
10 31 (11.74%) Analytics
10 31 (11.74%) SDLC
11 29 (10.98%) Front End Development
12 27 (10.23%) Scrum
13 26 (9.85%) Business Intelligence
14 23 (8.71%) BDD
14 23 (8.71%) E-Commerce
14 23 (8.71%) Software Engineering
15 22 (8.33%) Configuration Management
16 21 (7.95%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 92 (34.85%) SQL
2 82 (31.06%) Java
3 67 (25.38%) JavaScript
4 50 (18.94%) C#
5 24 (9.09%) C++
5 24 (9.09%) Python
6 21 (7.95%) TypeScript
7 19 (7.20%) PL/SQL
8 16 (6.06%) Bash Shell
9 14 (5.30%) Go
9 14 (5.30%) PHP
10 12 (4.55%) Shell Script
10 12 (4.55%) T-SQL
11 11 (4.17%) Java 8
12 9 (3.41%) PowerShell
13 8 (3.03%) Apple Swift
13 8 (3.03%) Perl
13 8 (3.03%) PHP 5
13 8 (3.03%) PHP 7
14 6 (2.27%) ES6
Qualifications
1 33 (12.50%) Degree
2 13 (4.92%) Security Cleared
3 8 (3.03%) SC Cleared
4 7 (2.65%) DV Cleared
5 6 (2.27%) Computer Science Degree
6 5 (1.89%) ISEB
6 5 (1.89%) ISTQB
7 2 (0.76%) DBS Check
7 2 (0.76%) Numerate Degree
7 2 (0.76%) PhD
8 1 (0.38%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.38%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (5.30%) QA
2 4 (1.52%) ISO 9001
2 4 (1.52%) SLA
2 4 (1.52%) TickIT
System Software
1 21 (7.95%) VMware Infrastructure
2 18 (6.82%) Docker
3 14 (5.30%) Xen
4 12 (4.55%) NFS
5 8 (3.03%) Active Directory
6 3 (1.14%) vSphere
7 2 (0.76%) Postfix
7 2 (0.76%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.38%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 20 (7.58%) Ansible
1 20 (7.58%) Kubernetes
2 15 (5.68%) Terraform
3 13 (4.92%) Mesos
4 12 (4.55%) Docker Swarm
5 9 (3.41%) Opscode Chef
5 9 (3.41%) Puppet
6 5 (1.89%) Microsoft Clustering
7 4 (1.52%) Kibana
7 4 (1.52%) logstash
7 4 (1.52%) McAfee ePO
7 4 (1.52%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 2 (0.76%) Forum Sentry
8 2 (0.76%) Grafana
8 2 (0.76%) Icinga
8 2 (0.76%) Nagios
8 2 (0.76%) Prometheus
9 1 (0.38%) Oozie
9 1 (0.38%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 67 (25.38%) Oracle
2 22 (8.33%) Microsoft
3 21 (7.95%) VMware
4 17 (6.44%) Google
5 12 (4.55%) Splunk
6 9 (3.41%) SAP
7 8 (3.03%) Apple
8 7 (2.65%) Atlassian
8 7 (2.65%) Red Hat
9 6 (2.27%) Informatica
9 6 (2.27%) Sencha
9 6 (2.27%) Xamarin
10 5 (1.89%) Dell
10 5 (1.89%) MuleSoft
10 5 (1.89%) Tableau
10 5 (1.89%) Talend
10 5 (1.89%) Veracode
11 4 (1.52%) AppDynamics
11 4 (1.52%) Hortonworks
11 4 (1.52%) Lumension