Period
to 17 August 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 17 August 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
17 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 603 590 707
Rank change year-on-year -13 +117 +45
Contract jobs citing Performance Optimisation 302 276 192
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.29% 0.29% 0.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.34% 0.34% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 252 207 136
UK median daily rate £538 £475 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.16% -9.52% +10.82%
10th Percentile £363 £350 £316
90th Percentile £775 £680 £688
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £450
% change year-on-year +6.25% -11.11% +19.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 0
UK median hourly rate £46.25 £52.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.90% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £45.00 -

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 88,862 81,893 92,305
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.23% 85.55% 84.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,641 53,667 60,922
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,390 2,076 2,301
UK median hourly rate £21.02 £24.86 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.45% +5.79% +8.60%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.41 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.25 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year -20.00% +4.17% +10.34%

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 17 August 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 17 August 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 -11 293 £538 +13.16% 59
London -6 205 £600 +20.00% 27
UK excluding London -15 96 £425 +6.25% 34
South East -2 27 £375 -23.08% 12
Midlands +9 20 £425 +11.84% 1
East Midlands +11 18 £425 +3.03% 1
East of England -16 16 £463 +15.81% 7
North of England -26 15 £375 +7.14% 7
South West -7 10 £463 +15.63% 5
North West -19 10 £375 +7.14% 6
Scotland -37 8 £450 - 2
North East - 5 £444 -
West Midlands -19 2 £375 -1.32%

For the 6 months to 17 August 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.

1 113 (37.42%) Agile Software Development
2 96 (31.79%) TDD
3 90 (29.80%) Java
4 84 (27.81%) SQL
5 82 (27.15%) JavaScript
6 69 (22.85%) Test Automation
7 67 (22.19%) HTML
8 65 (21.52%) CSS
9 63 (20.86%) Front Office
10 62 (20.53%) Amazon AWS
11 61 (20.20%) Finance
12 57 (18.87%) Git (software)
12 57 (18.87%) Unit Testing
13 56 (18.54%) Node.js
14 54 (17.88%) Analytics
14 54 (17.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 53 (17.55%) Linux
15 53 (17.55%) HTML5
16 52 (17.22%) Low Latency
16 52 (17.22%) React
17 51 (16.89%) CSS3
18 50 (16.56%) Multithreading
19 48 (15.89%) C#
20 47 (15.56%) Electronic Trading
20 47 (15.56%) Analytical Skills
21 45 (14.90%) BDD
22 44 (14.57%) Problem-Solving
23 43 (14.24%) .NET
24 42 (13.91%) Oracle
24 42 (13.91%) Banking

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 9 (2.98%) Apache Spark
1 9 (2.98%) IIS
2 7 (2.32%) Apache
2 7 (2.32%) OpenStack
3 5 (1.66%) Confluence
3 5 (1.66%) Elasticsearch
4 3 (0.99%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 3 (0.99%) Tomcat
5 2 (0.66%) Apache Solr
5 2 (0.66%) JBoss
5 2 (0.66%) SAS
6 1 (0.33%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 1 (0.33%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.33%) Drupal
Applications
1 6 (1.99%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (0.99%) Adobe Illustrator
2 3 (0.99%) InVision
2 3 (0.99%) Photoshop
3 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 8 (2.65%) Oracle EBS
1 8 (2.65%) Oracle EBS R12
2 5 (1.66%) Oracle ERP
3 2 (0.66%) Maximo
4 1 (0.33%) Adobe Campaign
4 1 (0.33%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 1 (0.33%) Cognos TM1
4 1 (0.33%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.33%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.33%) HiPortfolio
4 1 (0.33%) Oracle Assets
4 1 (0.33%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.33%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.33%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.33%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 62 (20.53%) Amazon AWS
2 31 (10.26%) Microsoft Azure
3 26 (8.61%) npm
4 13 (4.30%) Cloud Computing
5 6 (1.99%) AWS CloudFormation
5 6 (1.99%) Azure Data Factory
5 6 (1.99%) Google Cloud Platform
6 5 (1.66%) Boomi
6 5 (1.66%) iPaaS
6 5 (1.66%) Serverless
7 3 (0.99%) Force.com
7 3 (0.99%) Sauce Labs
8 2 (0.66%) Amazon ELB
8 2 (0.66%) GitHub
8 2 (0.66%) Logentries
8 2 (0.66%) PaaS
9 1 (0.33%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.33%) Google Play
9 1 (0.33%) OpenShift
9 1 (0.33%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 13 (4.30%) HTTP
2 9 (2.98%) DMARC
3 8 (2.65%) Firewall
4 6 (1.99%) DKIM
4 6 (1.99%) Internet
4 6 (1.99%) SSL
5 4 (1.32%) DNS
5 4 (1.32%) SSH
5 4 (1.32%) VLAN
6 2 (0.66%) 2G
6 2 (0.66%) 3G
6 2 (0.66%) 4G
6 2 (0.66%) DHCP
6 2 (0.66%) Radio Access Network
6 2 (0.66%) SAN
6 2 (0.66%) SMTP
6 2 (0.66%) TCP/IP
7 1 (0.33%) FTP
7 1 (0.33%) SMS
7 1 (0.33%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (13.25%) SQL Server
2 29 (9.60%) Data Warehouse
3 21 (6.95%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 20 (6.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 17 (5.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 15 (4.97%) Big Data
7 14 (4.64%) MySQL
8 12 (3.97%) Data Lake
8 12 (3.97%) HDInsight
9 10 (3.31%) NoSQL
9 10 (3.31%) Relational Database
10 9 (2.98%) Hadoop
11 8 (2.65%) Oracle Database
11 8 (2.65%) Qlik Sense
11 8 (2.65%) QlikView
12 7 (2.32%) PostgreSQL
13 6 (1.99%) Power BI
13 6 (1.99%) SQL Server 2016
14 5 (1.66%) Cosmos DB
14 5 (1.66%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 57 (18.87%) Git (software)
2 22 (7.28%) Jenkins
3 20 (6.62%) gulp
4 18 (5.96%) Grunt
4 18 (5.96%) JIRA
5 17 (5.63%) SonarQube
6 16 (5.30%) TeamCity
7 12 (3.97%) Team Foundation Server
8 10 (3.31%) webpack
9 8 (2.65%) Visual Studio
10 7 (2.32%) JDeveloper
10 7 (2.32%) Toad
11 6 (1.99%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 6 (1.99%) Visual Studio Team System
12 5 (1.66%) JMeter
12 5 (1.66%) Selenium
13 4 (1.32%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 4 (1.32%) Gatling
13 4 (1.32%) Liquibase
13 4 (1.32%) Mocha
General
1 63 (20.86%) Front Office
2 61 (20.20%) Finance
3 42 (13.91%) Banking
4 13 (4.30%) Retail
5 10 (3.31%) Telecoms
6 8 (2.65%) Marketing
7 6 (1.99%) Mandarin Language
7 6 (1.99%) Manufacturing
8 4 (1.32%) Electronics
9 3 (0.99%) Retail Banking
10 2 (0.66%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.66%) Legal
11 1 (0.33%) Automotive
11 1 (0.33%) General Ledger
11 1 (0.33%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.33%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 201 (66.56%) Developer
2 51 (16.89%) Java Developer
3 35 (11.59%) Electronic Trading Developer
4 26 (8.61%) C# Developer
4 26 (8.61%) Senior Developer
5 25 (8.28%) Electronic Trading Java Developer
6 21 (6.95%) Front Office Developer
7 16 (5.30%) Full Stack Developer
8 15 (4.97%) React Developer
8 15 (4.97%) UI Developer
9 14 (4.64%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
10 12 (3.97%) Android Developer
11 11 (3.64%) .NET Developer
11 11 (3.64%) Analyst
11 11 (3.64%) Node.js Developer
12 10 (3.31%) C# Developer - Electronic Trading
13 9 (2.98%) DevOps Engineer
13 9 (2.98%) Low Latency Java Developer
14 8 (2.65%) Architect
14 8 (2.65%) C++ Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 67 (22.19%) HTML
2 65 (21.52%) CSS
3 56 (18.54%) Node.js
4 53 (17.55%) HTML5
5 52 (17.22%) React
6 51 (16.89%) CSS3
7 43 (14.24%) .NET
8 42 (13.91%) jQuery
9 41 (13.58%) Web Services
10 28 (9.27%) JSON
11 25 (8.28%) LESS
12 24 (7.95%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 23 (7.62%) REST
13 23 (7.62%) RESTful
14 22 (7.28%) Ajax
15 21 (6.95%) AngularJS
16 16 (5.30%) SOAP
17 14 (4.64%) .NET Framework
17 14 (4.64%) Entity Framework
17 14 (4.64%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 54 (17.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 47 (15.56%) Analytical Skills
3 36 (11.92%) Computer Science
4 26 (8.61%) User Experience
5 13 (4.30%) Fixed Income
6 12 (3.97%) Algorithms
7 11 (3.64%) Self-Motivation
8 8 (2.65%) Data Structures
8 8 (2.65%) Private Cloud
9 7 (2.32%) Clustering
9 7 (2.32%) Virtual Team
10 6 (1.99%) Data Centre
10 6 (1.99%) Management Information System
11 5 (1.66%) Linux Command Line
12 4 (1.32%) Apple TV
12 4 (1.32%) Equities
12 4 (1.32%) Greenfield Project
12 4 (1.32%) Mobile App
13 3 (0.99%) Animation
13 3 (0.99%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 53 (17.55%) Linux
2 24 (7.95%) Windows
3 13 (4.30%) Android
4 12 (3.97%) Unix
4 12 (3.97%) Windows Server
5 7 (2.32%) Mac OS
6 6 (1.99%) Windows 7
7 5 (1.66%) Apple iOS
8 3 (0.99%) Windows 8
8 3 (0.99%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (0.66%) Debian
9 2 (0.66%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.66%) Windows Vista
10 1 (0.33%) AIX
10 1 (0.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.33%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 113 (37.42%) Agile Software Development
2 96 (31.79%) TDD
3 69 (22.85%) Test Automation
4 57 (18.87%) Unit Testing
5 54 (17.88%) Analytics
6 52 (17.22%) Low Latency
7 50 (16.56%) Multithreading
8 47 (15.56%) Electronic Trading
9 45 (14.90%) BDD
10 44 (14.57%) Problem-Solving
11 37 (12.25%) Front End Development
12 36 (11.92%) Algorithmic Trading
12 36 (11.92%) Continuous Integration
13 34 (11.26%) DevOps
14 33 (10.93%) Business Intelligence
14 33 (10.93%) MVC
15 32 (10.60%) E-Commerce
15 32 (10.60%) Scrum
16 31 (10.26%) Microservices
17 30 (9.93%) FX Algorithmic Trading
Programming Languages
1 90 (29.80%) Java
2 84 (27.81%) SQL
3 82 (27.15%) JavaScript
4 48 (15.89%) C#
5 28 (9.27%) Python
6 22 (7.28%) C++
7 20 (6.62%) Scala
8 15 (4.97%) T-SQL
9 14 (4.64%) Java 8
10 12 (3.97%) Kotlin
10 12 (3.97%) PL/SQL
10 12 (3.97%) TypeScript
11 10 (3.31%) ES6
12 8 (2.65%) C
12 8 (2.65%) PHP
13 7 (2.32%) PowerShell
13 7 (2.32%) Shell Script
14 6 (1.99%) Bash Shell
14 6 (1.99%) Go
15 5 (1.66%) VB
Qualifications
1 37 (12.25%) Degree
2 22 (7.28%) Security Cleared
3 19 (6.29%) SC Cleared
4 11 (3.64%) Computer Science Degree
5 6 (1.99%) DV Cleared
6 4 (1.32%) PhD
6 4 (1.32%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 3 (0.99%) ISEB
7 3 (0.99%) ISTQB
7 3 (0.99%) Numerate Degree
8 2 (0.66%) DBS Check
8 2 (0.66%) MCP
9 1 (0.33%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.33%) MBA
9 1 (0.33%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (5.63%) QA
2 16 (5.30%) SLA
3 4 (1.32%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 3 (0.99%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.99%) GCP
System Software
1 10 (3.31%) Docker
2 9 (2.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (2.32%) Active Directory
4 6 (1.99%) Xen
5 4 (1.32%) NFS
6 2 (0.66%) KVM
6 2 (0.66%) Postfix
6 2 (0.66%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 20 (6.62%) Puppet
2 11 (3.64%) Ansible
3 10 (3.31%) Kubernetes
4 8 (2.65%) Terraform
5 6 (1.99%) Opscode Chef
6 5 (1.66%) Mesos
7 4 (1.32%) Docker Swarm
8 2 (0.66%) Forum Sentry
8 2 (0.66%) Grafana
8 2 (0.66%) Kibana
8 2 (0.66%) logstash
8 2 (0.66%) Microsoft Clustering
8 2 (0.66%) Salt
8 2 (0.66%) yum
9 1 (0.33%) AirWatch
9 1 (0.33%) Hadoop YARN
9 1 (0.33%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (0.33%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 42 (13.91%) Oracle
2 27 (8.94%) Microsoft
3 17 (5.63%) Perforce
4 10 (3.31%) SAP
5 9 (2.98%) VMware
6 8 (2.65%) Google
7 6 (1.99%) Cisco
7 6 (1.99%) IBM
7 6 (1.99%) Informatica
8 5 (1.66%) Alibaba
8 5 (1.66%) Atlassian
8 5 (1.66%) Dell
8 5 (1.66%) Huawei
8 5 (1.66%) Red Hat
9 4 (1.32%) Apple
9 4 (1.32%) Salesforce.com
9 4 (1.32%) Splunk
9 4 (1.32%) Tableau
10 3 (0.99%) MuleSoft
10 3 (0.99%) Veracode