Period
to 23 July 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Performance Tuning skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Performance Tuning over the 6 months to 23 July 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 Tuning
UK
6 months to
23 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 307 231 216
Rank change year-on-year -76 -15 -15
Contract jobs citing Performance Tuning 879 1,077 1,377
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.85% 1.13% 1.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.99% 1.33% 1.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 557 674 892
UK median daily rate £438 £433 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.16% +1.76% +6.25%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £300
90th Percentile £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +1.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 5 8
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £41.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.76% +2.50% -11.11%
10th Percentile £40.60 £33.50 £31.10
90th Percentile £50.00 £128.05 £43.11
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £35.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +28.57% -12.50% -8.57%

Performance Tuning 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 88,531 80,811 92,792
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.73% 84.93% 84.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,416 52,890 61,118
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 2,436 2,119 2,265
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £25.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.00% +4.17% +11.63%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.50 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.13 £52.40 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.81 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -16.78% - +16.01%

Performance Tuning
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Performance Tuning in the UK

Performance Tuning
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Performance Tuning in the UK

Performance Tuning
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Performance Tuning over the 6 months to 23 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Performance Tuning in the UK

Performance Tuning
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Performance Tuning in the UK

Performance Tuning
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Performance Tuning over the 6 months to 23 July 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Performance Tuning in the UK

Performance Tuning
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 Tuning within the UK over the 6 months to 23 July 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 -72 791 £450 +1.98% 251
London -61 449 £475 -5.00% 111
UK excluding London -83 406 £405 +1.25% 155
South East -63 143 £425 - 30
North of England -34 101 £400 +6.67% 49
Yorkshire -2 52 £403 +7.33% 16
Scotland -31 45 £383 +0.66% 8
North West -43 42 £388 +4.73% 28
East of England -9 41 £425 +41.67% 14
Midlands -48 38 £400 +3.23% 38
East Midlands +8 24 £388 +0.98% 22
Wales -2 23 £400 +6.67% 5
South West +2 17 £375 +3.45% 9
West Midlands -58 14 £425 +9.68% 16
North East -18 7 £420 +20.00% 5

For the 6 months to 23 July 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Performance Tuning 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 Tuning.

1 430 (48.92%) SQL
2 290 (32.99%) SQL Server
3 223 (25.37%) Oracle
4 195 (22.18%) Finance
5 194 (22.07%) Agile Software Development
6 191 (21.73%) Java
7 178 (20.25%) Data Warehouse
8 171 (19.45%) Linux
9 170 (19.34%) Unix
10 166 (18.89%) ETL
11 154 (17.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 139 (15.81%) Microsoft
13 135 (15.36%) Migration
14 127 (14.45%) Data Modelling
15 124 (14.11%) Business Intelligence
16 123 (13.99%) Windows
17 120 (13.65%) Problem-Solving
18 117 (13.31%) Amazon AWS
18 117 (13.31%) Oracle Database
19 114 (12.97%) Banking
20 109 (12.40%) T-SQL
21 105 (11.95%) PL/SQL
22 104 (11.83%) Python
23 96 (10.92%) Microsoft Azure
24 87 (9.90%) Shell Script
25 85 (9.67%) Web Services
25 85 (9.67%) Analytical Skills
26 84 (9.56%) Relational Database
27 83 (9.44%) DevOps
28 82 (9.33%) Disaster Recovery

Performance Tuning
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 50 (5.69%) Apache
2 37 (4.21%) Apache Spark
3 29 (3.30%) WebLogic
4 24 (2.73%) WebSphere
5 22 (2.50%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 22 (2.50%) SharePoint
6 21 (2.39%) JBoss
7 19 (2.16%) Elasticsearch
7 19 (2.16%) Tomcat
8 17 (1.93%) WebSphere Application Server
9 16 (1.82%) Apache Solr
9 16 (1.82%) Confluence
10 14 (1.59%) OpenStack
11 13 (1.48%) Apache Pig
12 12 (1.37%) IIS
13 11 (1.25%) Moodle
13 11 (1.25%) nginx
14 10 (1.14%) MS Exchange
15 9 (1.02%) SAS
16 6 (0.68%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 27 (3.07%) Microsoft Excel
2 22 (2.50%) MS Visio
3 12 (1.37%) Microsoft Office
3 12 (1.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 9 (1.02%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.46%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.11%) Chatbot
6 1 (0.11%) HipChat
6 1 (0.11%) RoboHelp
6 1 (0.11%) Shockwave
Business Applications
1 6 (0.68%) Oracle Applications
1 6 (0.68%) Oracle EBS
2 5 (0.57%) Remedy ITSM
3 4 (0.46%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.46%) Oracle EBS R12
4 3 (0.34%) Markit EDM
4 3 (0.34%) Maximo
4 3 (0.34%) Oracle 11i
4 3 (0.34%) Oracle BPM
5 2 (0.23%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 2 (0.23%) JDE EnterpriseOne
5 2 (0.23%) NetSuite
5 2 (0.23%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.23%) PeopleSoft HCM
5 2 (0.23%) SAP Payroll
5 2 (0.23%) Unit4 Business World
6 1 (0.11%) Cognos TM1
6 1 (0.11%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.11%) Hyperion Planning
6 1 (0.11%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 117 (13.31%) Amazon AWS
2 96 (10.92%) Microsoft Azure
3 31 (3.53%) IaaS
4 25 (2.84%) Serverless
5 19 (2.16%) Amazon EC2
5 19 (2.16%) PaaS
5 19 (2.16%) SaaS
6 18 (2.05%) Google Cloud Platform
7 17 (1.93%) Amazon Kinesis
7 17 (1.93%) AWS Lambda
8 16 (1.82%) Amazon EMR
9 15 (1.71%) Amazon S3
10 11 (1.25%) Cloud Computing
11 9 (1.02%) GitHub
12 8 (0.91%) AWS CloudFormation
13 7 (0.80%) Azure Data Factory
14 5 (0.57%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 4 (0.46%) Office 365
16 3 (0.34%) Azure Active Directory
16 3 (0.34%) Stackdriver
Communications & Networking
1 48 (5.46%) Firewall
1 48 (5.46%) SAN
2 40 (4.55%) DNS
3 25 (2.84%) SSL
3 25 (2.84%) VPN
4 24 (2.73%) NAS
5 23 (2.62%) TCP/IP
6 19 (2.16%) DHCP
7 17 (1.93%) NetScaler
8 16 (1.82%) Network Security
9 14 (1.59%) HTTP
9 14 (1.59%) MPLS
10 12 (1.37%) Internet
10 12 (1.37%) VSAN
11 11 (1.25%) iSCSI
11 11 (1.25%) Kerberos
11 11 (1.25%) SMS
11 11 (1.25%) WAN
12 8 (0.91%) LAN
13 6 (0.68%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 290 (32.99%) SQL Server
2 178 (20.25%) Data Warehouse
3 154 (17.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 117 (13.31%) Oracle Database
5 84 (9.56%) Relational Database
6 78 (8.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 62 (7.05%) PostgreSQL
8 59 (6.71%) NoSQL
8 59 (6.71%) SQL Server 2008
9 58 (6.60%) Big Data
9 58 (6.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 54 (6.14%) Hadoop
11 50 (5.69%) MongoDB
12 49 (5.57%) Oracle Database 12c
13 45 (5.12%) Oracle Database 11g
13 45 (5.12%) SQL Server 2016
14 43 (4.89%) MySQL
15 41 (4.66%) Apache Cassandra
16 38 (4.32%) RDBMS
17 36 (4.10%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 67 (7.62%) Git (software)
2 48 (5.46%) JIRA
3 43 (4.89%) Jenkins
4 34 (3.87%) Team Foundation Server
5 23 (2.62%) Visual Studio
6 22 (2.50%) Subversion
7 17 (1.93%) Maven
7 17 (1.93%) Visual Studio Team System
8 14 (1.59%) JMeter
9 13 (1.48%) JUnit
9 13 (1.48%) Sonatype Nexus
10 12 (1.37%) Selenium
11 10 (1.14%) Cucumber
11 10 (1.14%) SpecFlow
11 10 (1.14%) Vagrant
12 9 (1.02%) JDeveloper
13 8 (0.91%) Artifactory
13 8 (0.91%) LoadRunner
13 8 (0.91%) Octopus Deploy
13 8 (0.91%) Toad
General
1 195 (22.18%) Finance
2 114 (12.97%) Banking
3 37 (4.21%) Front Office
4 33 (3.75%) Investment Banking
5 25 (2.84%) Retail
6 12 (1.37%) Telecoms
7 11 (1.25%) Games
7 11 (1.25%) Marketing
8 10 (1.14%) Corporate Banking
9 8 (0.91%) Manufacturing
10 7 (0.80%) Electronics
10 7 (0.80%) Local Government
10 7 (0.80%) Publishing
11 6 (0.68%) Back Office
11 6 (0.68%) Legal
11 6 (0.68%) Spanish Language
12 3 (0.34%) Advertising
12 3 (0.34%) Billing
12 3 (0.34%) Law
12 3 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 371 (42.21%) Developer
2 177 (20.14%) DBA
3 94 (10.69%) SQL Developer
4 91 (10.35%) SQL DBA
5 80 (9.10%) Administrator
6 72 (8.19%) Java Developer
7 53 (6.03%) Senior Developer
8 51 (5.80%) Oracle DBA
9 50 (5.69%) ETL Developer
10 47 (5.35%) Consultant
11 37 (4.21%) Business Intelligence Developer
12 36 (4.10%) Architect
12 36 (4.10%) Oracle Developer
12 36 (4.10%) SQL Server DBA
13 33 (3.75%) Analyst
14 24 (2.73%) SQL Server Developer
15 23 (2.62%) Senior Java Developer
16 21 (2.39%) Data Engineer
17 20 (2.28%) Technical Leader
18 19 (2.16%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 85 (9.67%) Web Services
2 72 (8.19%) XML
3 59 (6.71%) Middleware
4 51 (5.80%) RESTful
5 44 (5.01%) HTML
6 42 (4.78%) J2EE
7 34 (3.87%) Kafka
8 31 (3.53%) .NET
9 30 (3.41%) AngularJS
9 30 (3.41%) CSS
9 30 (3.41%) Spring
10 29 (3.30%) JMS
10 29 (3.30%) JSON
10 29 (3.30%) REST
11 25 (2.84%) React
12 23 (2.62%) SOAP
13 21 (2.39%) HTML5
14 18 (2.05%) LDAP
15 17 (1.93%) MDX
15 17 (1.93%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 85 (9.67%) Analytical Skills
2 66 (7.51%) Replication
3 57 (6.48%) Data Centre
4 37 (4.21%) Clustering
5 29 (3.30%) User Experience
6 28 (3.19%) Self-Motivation
7 25 (2.84%) Data Structures
8 24 (2.73%) Computer Science
9 19 (2.16%) Management Information System
10 18 (2.05%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 18 (2.05%) Greenfield Project
11 17 (1.93%) Algorithms
12 16 (1.82%) Derivative
12 16 (1.82%) Enterprise Software
12 16 (1.82%) Mobile App
13 15 (1.71%) Client/Server
13 15 (1.71%) Credit Risk
13 15 (1.71%) Equities
14 14 (1.59%) PKI
15 12 (1.37%) DataPower
Operating Systems
1 171 (19.45%) Linux
2 170 (19.34%) Unix
3 123 (13.99%) Windows
4 44 (5.01%) Windows Server
5 28 (3.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 20 (2.28%) CentOS
7 15 (1.71%) Solaris
8 13 (1.48%) Windows 10
9 12 (1.37%) Apple iOS
10 10 (1.14%) Android
11 9 (1.02%) Ubuntu
11 9 (1.02%) Windows Server 2008
12 8 (0.91%) Windows Server 2012
13 7 (0.80%) Oracle Linux
14 6 (0.68%) AIX
14 6 (0.68%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
15 4 (0.46%) SUSE
16 3 (0.34%) Data ONTAP
17 2 (0.23%) Debian
17 2 (0.23%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 194 (22.07%) Agile Software Development
2 166 (18.89%) ETL
3 135 (15.36%) Migration
4 127 (14.45%) Data Modelling
5 124 (14.11%) Business Intelligence
6 120 (13.65%) Problem-Solving
7 83 (9.44%) DevOps
8 82 (9.33%) Disaster Recovery
9 80 (9.10%) High Availability
10 69 (7.85%) Continuous Integration
11 66 (7.51%) Open Source
12 63 (7.17%) Capacity Planning
13 62 (7.05%) ITIL
14 59 (6.71%) Performance Monitoring
15 58 (6.60%) Analytics
16 53 (6.03%) Microservices
17 51 (5.80%) Kimball Methodology
18 48 (5.46%) Test Automation
18 48 (5.46%) Unit Testing
19 45 (5.12%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 430 (48.92%) SQL
2 191 (21.73%) Java
3 109 (12.40%) T-SQL
4 105 (11.95%) PL/SQL
5 104 (11.83%) Python
6 87 (9.90%) Shell Script
7 63 (7.17%) JavaScript
8 49 (5.57%) Bash Shell
9 47 (5.35%) C#
10 46 (5.23%) Perl
11 43 (4.89%) PowerShell
12 36 (4.10%) Scala
13 31 (3.53%) Ruby
14 27 (3.07%) PHP
15 24 (2.73%) Java 8
16 14 (1.59%) Korn
16 14 (1.59%) VB
17 12 (1.37%) C++
17 12 (1.37%) R
18 10 (1.14%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 50 (5.69%) Security Cleared
2 43 (4.89%) Degree
3 31 (3.53%) SC Cleared
4 22 (2.50%) Microsoft Certification
5 18 (2.05%) Computer Science Degree
6 16 (1.82%) Oracle Certification
7 12 (1.37%) MCSE
8 10 (1.14%) MCITP
8 10 (1.14%) MCTS
9 9 (1.02%) Check Point Certification
10 8 (0.91%) CCSA
11 7 (0.80%) CCNP
11 7 (0.80%) CCSE
11 7 (0.80%) Cisco Certification
11 7 (0.80%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 6 (0.68%) MCSA
13 5 (0.57%) RHCE
13 5 (0.57%) Sun Certification
14 4 (0.46%) DV Cleared
14 4 (0.46%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (4.21%) Data Quality
2 30 (3.41%) QA
3 11 (1.25%) SLA
4 9 (1.02%) GDPR
5 7 (0.80%) GCP
5 7 (0.80%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 5 (0.57%) HIPAA
7 3 (0.34%) PMO
8 2 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
8 2 (0.23%) MiFID
8 2 (0.23%) PCI DSS
9 1 (0.11%) COREP
9 1 (0.11%) EMIR
9 1 (0.11%) FINREP
9 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 1 (0.11%) Solvency II
System Software
1 45 (5.12%) VMware Infrastructure
2 44 (5.01%) Docker
3 41 (4.66%) Active Directory
4 29 (3.30%) Oracle RAC
5 28 (3.19%) Virtual Machines
6 23 (2.62%) vSphere
7 21 (2.39%) Apache Flume
8 18 (2.05%) XenApp
9 17 (1.93%) Hyper-V
9 17 (1.93%) XenDesktop
10 15 (1.71%) Microsoft App-V
11 14 (1.59%) Virtual Desktop
12 12 (1.37%) VMware NSX
13 11 (1.25%) HDFS
13 11 (1.25%) KVM
14 10 (1.14%) VMware ESXi
15 8 (0.91%) NFS
15 8 (0.91%) Virtual Servers
16 6 (0.68%) Apache ZooKeeper
16 6 (0.68%) Samba
Systems Management
1 58 (6.60%) Ansible
2 30 (3.41%) Data Guard
3 29 (3.30%) Oracle RMAN
4 28 (3.19%) Opscode Chef
5 27 (3.07%) Puppet
6 24 (2.73%) Oozie
6 24 (2.73%) Terraform
7 20 (2.28%) Kubernetes
8 18 (2.05%) Single Sign-On
9 15 (1.71%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 13 (1.48%) Tivoli
11 12 (1.37%) Kibana
12 10 (1.14%) logstash
13 9 (1.02%) Grafana
13 9 (1.02%) Oracle Identity Management
13 9 (1.02%) Oracle Identity Manager
14 8 (0.91%) FortiGate
14 8 (0.91%) Hadoop YARN
15 7 (0.80%) Consul
15 7 (0.80%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 223 (25.37%) Oracle
2 139 (15.81%) Microsoft
3 61 (6.94%) IBM
4 51 (5.80%) VMware
5 31 (3.53%) Citrix
6 28 (3.19%) SAP
6 28 (3.19%) Tableau
7 25 (2.84%) HP
7 25 (2.84%) Red Hat
8 24 (2.73%) Google
9 19 (2.16%) Informatica
10 18 (2.05%) NetApp
11 17 (1.93%) Cloudera
12 15 (1.71%) Cisco
12 15 (1.71%) Talend
13 13 (1.48%) Ab Initio
13 13 (1.48%) EMC
13 13 (1.48%) Ivanti
13 13 (1.48%) Sybase
13 13 (1.48%) Wyse