Period
to 24 May 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 24 May 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
24 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 591 615 703
Rank change year-on-year +24 +88 -58
Contract jobs citing Performance Optimisation 305 236 185
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.26% 0.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.35% 0.31% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 245 181 132
UK median daily rate £525 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.53% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £365 £325 £310
90th Percentile £790 £650 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £389 £394
% change year-on-year +15.76% -1.27% -7.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
UK median hourly rate £45.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 86,403 76,480 88,712
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.74% 84.67% 84.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,005 50,162 58,325
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £423 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +5.63% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,286 2,054 2,318
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.00% - +19.05%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.48 £11.63
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £50.61
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.04 £25.50 £26.83
% change year-on-year -21.41% -4.96% +22.96%

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 24 May 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 14 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 24 May 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 +9 293 £525 +10.53% 59
London +3 214 £550 +4.76% 31
UK excluding London -1 91 £450 +15.76% 31
South East -8 25 £350 -22.22% 4
East of England +6 16 £500 +25.00% 4
Midlands +2 15 £413 +36.36% 2
East Midlands +13 13 £423 +2.55% 2
Scotland -23 12 £450 - 2
North of England -34 12 £375 +7.14% 17
South West +12 11 £375 -9.09% 1
North West -31 6 £375 +9.09% 16
North East - 5 £444 -
West Midlands -17 2 £375 +33.93%
Yorkshire -20 1 £475 +21.79% 1

For the 6 months to 24 May 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.

1 126 (41.31%) Agile Software Development
2 93 (30.49%) TDD
3 86 (28.20%) Java
4 81 (26.56%) JavaScript
5 75 (24.59%) Analytics
6 73 (23.93%) CSS
7 72 (23.61%) SQL
8 71 (23.28%) Git (software)
9 70 (22.95%) HTML
10 66 (21.64%) Test Automation
11 62 (20.33%) Problem-Solving
12 60 (19.67%) Front Office
13 58 (19.02%) Analytical Skills
14 57 (18.69%) Unit Testing
15 56 (18.36%) Low Latency
16 55 (18.03%) Multithreading
17 54 (17.70%) Node.js
17 54 (17.70%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
17 54 (17.70%) React
18 53 (17.38%) Linux
18 53 (17.38%) HTML5
18 53 (17.38%) CSS3
19 51 (16.72%) Electronic Trading
20 50 (16.39%) Amazon AWS
20 50 (16.39%) Finance
21 49 (16.07%) jQuery
21 49 (16.07%) BDD
22 48 (15.74%) Computer Science
23 45 (14.75%) Algorithmic Trading
23 45 (14.75%) C#

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 13 (4.26%) Apache Spark
2 6 (1.97%) Tomcat
3 3 (0.98%) CMS
4 2 (0.66%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.33%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 1 (0.33%) Alfresco
5 1 (0.33%) Cloud Foundry
5 1 (0.33%) Drupal
5 1 (0.33%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.33%) Jetty
5 1 (0.33%) Mule
5 1 (0.33%) SAS
5 1 (0.33%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.33%) WildFly
Applications
1 5 (1.64%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.33%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 5 (1.64%) Adobe Campaign
2 4 (1.31%) HiPortfolio
3 3 (0.98%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.98%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.66%) Maximo
4 2 (0.66%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.66%) Oracle EBS R12
5 1 (0.33%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.33%) Cognos TM1
5 1 (0.33%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.33%) SAP SRM
Cloud Services
1 50 (16.39%) Amazon AWS
2 26 (8.52%) Microsoft Azure
3 24 (7.87%) npm
4 17 (5.57%) Cloud Computing
5 7 (2.30%) Google Analytics
6 5 (1.64%) Amazon S3
7 4 (1.31%) PaaS
8 3 (0.98%) AWS CloudFormation
8 3 (0.98%) Force.com
9 2 (0.66%) SaaS
10 1 (0.33%) Adobe Analytics
10 1 (0.33%) Azure Data Factory
10 1 (0.33%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.33%) GitHub
10 1 (0.33%) Google Cloud Platform
10 1 (0.33%) Google Play
10 1 (0.33%) IaaS
10 1 (0.33%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 25 (8.20%) HTTP
2 9 (2.95%) 3G
2 9 (2.95%) 4G
2 9 (2.95%) DMARC
3 7 (2.30%) Internet
4 6 (1.97%) DKIM
5 5 (1.64%) 2G
5 5 (1.64%) Radio Access Network
6 4 (1.31%) Broadband
6 4 (1.31%) Firewall
7 3 (0.98%) TCP/IP
8 2 (0.66%) Cisco Nexus
8 2 (0.66%) DNS
8 2 (0.66%) Network Security
8 2 (0.66%) Wi-Fi
9 1 (0.33%) Cisco ASA
9 1 (0.33%) Cisco IOS
9 1 (0.33%) Cisco ISE
9 1 (0.33%) iSCSI
9 1 (0.33%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (13.11%) SQL Server
2 39 (12.79%) Data Warehouse
3 29 (9.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 25 (8.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 24 (7.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 23 (7.54%) Big Data
7 16 (5.25%) NoSQL
8 15 (4.92%) MySQL
9 12 (3.93%) Data Lake
9 12 (3.93%) HDInsight
10 11 (3.61%) Qlik Sense
10 11 (3.61%) QlikView
11 7 (2.30%) Relational Database
12 4 (1.31%) Hadoop
13 3 (0.98%) Azure SQL Database
13 3 (0.98%) HBase
13 3 (0.98%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 3 (0.98%) PostgreSQL
13 3 (0.98%) SQL Server 2014
13 3 (0.98%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 71 (23.28%) Git (software)
2 28 (9.18%) Jenkins
3 19 (6.23%) gulp
4 17 (5.57%) Grunt
4 17 (5.57%) SonarQube
5 15 (4.92%) Team Foundation Server
6 10 (3.28%) JIRA
7 8 (2.62%) Maven
8 5 (1.64%) Visual Studio
9 4 (1.31%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 4 (1.31%) Subversion
9 4 (1.31%) TeamCity
10 3 (0.98%) Visual Studio Team System
10 3 (0.98%) webpack
11 2 (0.66%) Gatling
11 2 (0.66%) JMeter
12 1 (0.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 1 (0.33%) JDeveloper
12 1 (0.33%) JUnit
12 1 (0.33%) Selenium
General
1 60 (19.67%) Front Office
2 50 (16.39%) Finance
3 35 (11.48%) Banking
4 14 (4.59%) Telecoms
5 13 (4.26%) Marketing
6 11 (3.61%) Retail
7 5 (1.64%) Mandarin Language
8 4 (1.31%) Legal
8 4 (1.31%) Manufacturing
8 4 (1.31%) Retail Banking
9 3 (0.98%) Electronics
10 2 (0.66%) French Language
10 2 (0.66%) German Language
10 2 (0.66%) Italian Language
10 2 (0.66%) Spanish Language
11 1 (0.33%) Advertising
11 1 (0.33%) Automotive
11 1 (0.33%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.33%) Games
11 1 (0.33%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 208 (68.20%) Developer
2 62 (20.33%) Java Developer
3 36 (11.80%) Electronic Trading Developer
3 36 (11.80%) Electronic Trading Java Developer
4 32 (10.49%) Senior Developer
5 26 (8.52%) Front Office Developer
6 20 (6.56%) C# Developer
7 17 (5.57%) Android Developer
8 16 (5.25%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
9 15 (4.92%) Node.js Developer
9 15 (4.92%) UI Developer
10 13 (4.26%) React Developer
11 12 (3.93%) Data Scientist
12 11 (3.61%) E-Commerce Developer
12 11 (3.61%) QlikView Developer
12 11 (3.61%) Senior E-Commerce Developer
13 10 (3.28%) .NET Developer
14 9 (2.95%) Consultant
15 7 (2.30%) Performance Manager
15 7 (2.30%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (23.93%) CSS
2 70 (22.95%) HTML
3 54 (17.70%) Node.js
3 54 (17.70%) React
4 53 (17.38%) CSS3
4 53 (17.38%) HTML5
5 49 (16.07%) jQuery
6 39 (12.79%) Web Services
7 33 (10.82%) .NET
7 33 (10.82%) RESTful
8 31 (10.16%) JSON
9 29 (9.51%) LESS
9 29 (9.51%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 24 (7.87%) Ajax
11 20 (6.56%) Dagger
11 20 (6.56%) Retrofit
11 20 (6.56%) RxJava
12 18 (5.90%) XML
13 16 (5.25%) Android SDK
13 16 (5.25%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 58 (19.02%) Analytical Skills
2 54 (17.70%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 48 (15.74%) Computer Science
4 33 (10.82%) User Experience
5 10 (3.28%) Algorithms
6 8 (2.62%) Data Centre
6 8 (2.62%) Data Structures
6 8 (2.62%) Self-Motivation
7 6 (1.97%) Management Information System
7 6 (1.97%) Private Cloud
8 4 (1.31%) Fixed Income
8 4 (1.31%) Linux Command Line
8 4 (1.31%) Mobile App
8 4 (1.31%) Virtual Team
9 3 (0.98%) Animation
9 3 (0.98%) DataPower
9 3 (0.98%) Fintech
9 3 (0.98%) Greenfield Project
10 2 (0.66%) Blog
10 2 (0.66%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 53 (17.38%) Linux
2 20 (6.56%) Android
3 17 (5.57%) Unix
4 9 (2.95%) Windows
5 4 (1.31%) Mac OS
5 4 (1.31%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.33%) CentOS
6 1 (0.33%) SmartOS
6 1 (0.33%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.33%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.33%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.33%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 126 (41.31%) Agile Software Development
2 93 (30.49%) TDD
3 75 (24.59%) Analytics
4 66 (21.64%) Test Automation
5 62 (20.33%) Problem-Solving
6 57 (18.69%) Unit Testing
7 56 (18.36%) Low Latency
8 55 (18.03%) Multithreading
9 51 (16.72%) Electronic Trading
10 49 (16.07%) BDD
11 45 (14.75%) Algorithmic Trading
12 39 (12.79%) DevOps
12 39 (12.79%) Front End Development
13 36 (11.80%) ETL
13 36 (11.80%) FX Algorithmic Trading
14 34 (11.15%) MVC
15 33 (10.82%) E-Commerce
16 32 (10.49%) Business Intelligence
16 32 (10.49%) Microservices
17 31 (10.16%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 86 (28.20%) Java
2 81 (26.56%) JavaScript
3 72 (23.61%) SQL
4 45 (14.75%) C#
5 33 (10.82%) Python
6 27 (8.85%) Scala
7 21 (6.89%) Java 8
8 20 (6.56%) Kotlin
8 20 (6.56%) T-SQL
9 12 (3.93%) C++
9 12 (3.93%) R
10 11 (3.61%) VB
11 8 (2.62%) C
12 7 (2.30%) PHP
13 6 (1.97%) ES6
13 6 (1.97%) Perl
13 6 (1.97%) Ruby
14 5 (1.64%) PL/SQL
15 4 (1.31%) Apex Code
15 4 (1.31%) Korn
Qualifications
1 40 (13.11%) Degree
2 22 (7.21%) Security Cleared
3 21 (6.89%) SC Cleared
4 20 (6.56%) Computer Science Degree
5 6 (1.97%) Numerate Degree
6 4 (1.31%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 3 (0.98%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.66%) PhD
9 1 (0.33%) ISEB
9 1 (0.33%) ISTQB
9 1 (0.33%) MBA
9 1 (0.33%) MCP
9 1 (0.33%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (8.20%) QA
2 16 (5.25%) SLA
3 4 (1.31%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 3 (0.98%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.33%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 7 (2.30%) Docker
2 2 (0.66%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.66%) KVM
2 2 (0.66%) Xen
3 1 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.33%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 24 (7.87%) Puppet
2 6 (1.97%) Ansible
3 4 (1.31%) Kubernetes
4 2 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (0.66%) Salt
4 2 (0.66%) yum
5 1 (0.33%) AirWatch
5 1 (0.33%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 32 (10.49%) Microsoft
2 17 (5.57%) Perforce
3 15 (4.92%) Oracle
4 9 (2.95%) Google
5 8 (2.62%) Tableau
6 7 (2.30%) Adobe
7 6 (1.97%) Cisco
7 6 (1.97%) Genesys
7 6 (1.97%) IBM
7 6 (1.97%) Pega
8 5 (1.64%) Salesforce.com
9 4 (1.31%) Alibaba
9 4 (1.31%) Huawei
9 4 (1.31%) SAP
10 2 (0.66%) CheckPoint
10 2 (0.66%) MicroStrategy
10 2 (0.66%) Netezza
10 2 (0.66%) Sitecore
11 1 (0.33%) Riverbed
11 1 (0.33%) Veeam