Period
to 31 July 2021

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 31 July 2021 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
31 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 236 249 273
Rank change year-on-year +13 +24 +46
Contract jobs citing Performance Tuning 824 373 940
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.14% 1.03% 1.03%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.29% 1.19% 1.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 539 237 602
10th Percentile £357 £335 £325
25th Percentile £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £465
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +7.53% +6.29%
75th Percentile £638 £638 £575
90th Percentile £771 £700 £670
UK excluding London median daily rate £448 £431 £430
% change year-on-year +3.80% +0.26% +4.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 2 8
10th Percentile £62.24 £43.38 £23.75
25th Percentile £65.50 £45.81 £36.59
Median hourly rate £65.54 £50.75 £57.50
Median % change year-on-year +29.14% -11.74% +27.78%
75th Percentile £73.45 £54.81 £60.00
90th Percentile " £56.73 "
UK excluding London median hourly rate £65.54 £50.75 £60.00
% change year-on-year +29.14% -15.42% +33.33%

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 64,103 31,475 80,163
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 88.72% 86.65% 87.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 44,125 21,020 53,584
10th Percentile £313 £300 £300
25th Percentile £406 £400 £381
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £576 £575
90th Percentile £688 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,710 908 2,204
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.42 £11.42
25th Percentile £14.56 £16.23 £14.37
Median hourly rate £23.26 £24.70 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year -5.83% +9.78% +12.50%
75th Percentile £47.25 £46.00 £45.00
90th Percentile £60.87 £55.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.55 £21.88 £22.79
% change year-on-year -6.08% -3.99% +20.34%

Performance Tuning
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Performance Tuning in the UK

Performance Tuning
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Performance Tuning.

Daily rate trend for Performance Tuning in the UK

Performance Tuning
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Performance Tuning over the 6 months to 31 July 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Performance Tuning in the UK

Performance Tuning
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Performance Tuning.

Hourly rate trend for Performance Tuning in the UK

Performance Tuning
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Performance Tuning over the 6 months to 31 July 2021.

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 31 July 2021. 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 0 683 £525 - 150
London +29 482 £575 +4.55% 71
UK excluding London -41 209 £448 +3.80% 83
Work from Home -91 207 £475 +13.10% 27
North of England -34 51 £363 +0.69% 20
South East -68 48 £475 -11.63% 26
Scotland -39 35 £438 +2.34% 3
Midlands -28 34 £438 +4.17% 18
North West -46 27 £363 +4.24% 9
Yorkshire -6 24 £321 -32.17% 11
South West -5 23 £463 +13.85% 6
West Midlands -26 21 £498 +17.06% 12
East Midlands -7 13 £388 -5.49% 6
East of England -28 12 £479 +1.06% 7
Wales - 6 £511 - 2

For the 6 months to 31 July 2021, 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.

1 349 (42.35%) SQL
2 270 (32.77%) Java
3 238 (28.88%) Agile Software Development
4 214 (25.97%) Linux
5 209 (25.36%) Oracle
6 182 (22.09%) Finance
7 180 (21.84%) Azure
8 174 (21.12%) SQL Server
9 173 (21.00%) Banking
10 162 (19.66%) Social Skills
11 156 (18.93%) Python
12 142 (17.23%) DevOps
13 135 (16.38%) AWS
14 133 (16.14%) Data Warehouse
15 127 (15.41%) Business Intelligence
16 125 (15.17%) Data Modelling
17 120 (14.56%) Analytics
18 119 (14.44%) Jenkins
19 118 (14.32%) ETL
20 114 (13.83%) Microsoft
21 113 (13.71%) Microservices
22 108 (13.11%) Continuous Integration
23 106 (12.86%) Scrum
24 103 (12.50%) Multithreading
25 100 (12.14%) Data Structures
25 100 (12.14%) Unix
26 96 (11.65%) Relational Database
27 95 (11.53%) Migration
28 93 (11.29%) Windows
29 92 (11.17%) Investment Banking

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 52 (6.31%) Apache Spark
2 38 (4.61%) Confluence
3 28 (3.40%) Apache
4 20 (2.43%) Oracle Coherence
5 19 (2.31%) SAS
5 19 (2.31%) WebLogic
5 19 (2.31%) WebSphere
6 16 (1.94%) CICS
7 15 (1.82%) Apache Airflow
7 15 (1.82%) SharePoint
8 14 (1.70%) IIS
8 14 (1.70%) Tomcat
9 12 (1.46%) WebSphere Application Server
10 10 (1.21%) CMS
10 10 (1.21%) nginx
11 9 (1.09%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 9 (1.09%) Oracle Workflow
11 9 (1.09%) Red Hat Fuse
12 8 (0.97%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 6 (0.73%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 10 (1.21%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (0.85%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.36%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (0.36%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.24%) Figma
4 2 (0.24%) Zeplin
5 1 (0.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.12%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 12 (1.46%) Oracle EBS
2 11 (1.33%) SAP S/4HANA
3 10 (1.21%) SAP CAR
3 10 (1.21%) SAP Forecasting and Replenishment
3 10 (1.21%) SAP Retail
4 9 (1.09%) Dynamics NAV
4 9 (1.09%) Oracle Applications
5 3 (0.36%) Oracle EBS R12
5 3 (0.36%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 2 (0.24%) Dynamics CRM
6 2 (0.24%) Oracle ERP
6 2 (0.24%) Oracle Financials
6 2 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.12%) Dynamics AX
7 1 (0.12%) FLEXCUBE
7 1 (0.12%) SAP FI
7 1 (0.12%) SAP FI/CO
7 1 (0.12%) SAP MDM
7 1 (0.12%) Sentinel
7 1 (0.12%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 180 (21.84%) Azure
2 135 (16.38%) AWS
3 73 (8.86%) Power Platform
4 44 (5.34%) GCP
4 44 (5.34%) PaaS
5 38 (4.61%) Azure Data Factory
6 31 (3.76%) GitHub
7 27 (3.28%) SaaS
8 23 (2.79%) IaaS
9 20 (2.43%) Azure Synapse Analytics
10 18 (2.18%) Cloud Computing
11 17 (2.06%) AWS CloudFormation
12 13 (1.58%) Serverless
13 12 (1.46%) Amazon S3
14 10 (1.21%) Amazon ECS
14 10 (1.21%) Apigee
14 10 (1.21%) AWS Lambda
15 9 (1.09%) Datadog
16 7 (0.85%) Amazon SQS
16 7 (0.85%) Microsoft 365
Communications & Networking
1 45 (5.46%) TCP/IP
2 40 (4.85%) SSL
3 28 (3.40%) SAN
4 24 (2.91%) DNS
5 23 (2.79%) LAN
6 18 (2.18%) Kerberos
7 15 (1.82%) HTTP
8 13 (1.58%) Cisco Nexus
8 13 (1.58%) Firewall
8 13 (1.58%) NAS
8 13 (1.58%) WAN
9 11 (1.33%) iSCSI
10 10 (1.21%) FCoE
10 10 (1.21%) Fibre Channel
10 10 (1.21%) Multicast
10 10 (1.21%) VPN
11 9 (1.09%) Internet
12 8 (0.97%) DHCP
13 7 (0.85%) MQTT
13 7 (0.85%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 174 (21.12%) SQL Server
2 133 (16.14%) Data Warehouse
3 96 (11.65%) Relational Database
4 88 (10.68%) Oracle Database
5 76 (9.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 73 (8.86%) Power BI
7 65 (7.89%) Big Data
7 65 (7.89%) Hadoop
8 52 (6.31%) Oracle Database 12c
9 50 (6.07%) Oracle Database 11g
10 49 (5.95%) PostgreSQL
11 45 (5.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 44 (5.34%) MongoDB
12 44 (5.34%) NoSQL
13 43 (5.22%) Data Lake
14 39 (4.73%) Redis
15 38 (4.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 35 (4.25%) RDBMS
17 34 (4.13%) Hazelcast
17 34 (4.13%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 119 (14.44%) Jenkins
2 90 (10.92%) Git (software)
3 66 (8.01%) JIRA
4 36 (4.37%) Maven
5 35 (4.25%) Sonatype Nexus
6 31 (3.76%) TeamCity
7 25 (3.03%) Subversion
8 21 (2.55%) Selenium
9 19 (2.31%) Visual Studio
10 17 (2.06%) Cucumber
11 16 (1.94%) Bitbucket
11 16 (1.94%) JUnit
12 12 (1.46%) SonarQube
13 11 (1.33%) CircleCI
13 11 (1.33%) FishEye
13 11 (1.33%) Gradle
13 11 (1.33%) IntelliJ
13 11 (1.33%) TestNG
14 10 (1.21%) Ant
14 10 (1.21%) Artifactory
General
1 182 (22.09%) Finance
2 173 (21.00%) Banking
3 162 (19.66%) Social Skills
4 92 (11.17%) Investment Banking
5 85 (10.32%) Analytical Skills
6 82 (9.95%) Front Office
7 29 (3.52%) Documentation Skills
8 25 (3.03%) Retail
9 22 (2.67%) Public Sector
10 15 (1.82%) Presentation Skills
11 14 (1.70%) Publishing
12 10 (1.21%) Back Office
13 8 (0.97%) Marketing
13 8 (0.97%) Telecoms
14 6 (0.73%) Retail Banking
15 4 (0.49%) Financial Institution
15 4 (0.49%) French Language
15 4 (0.49%) Games
15 4 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
16 3 (0.36%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 326 (39.56%) Developer
2 146 (17.72%) Java Developer
3 125 (15.17%) DBA
4 70 (8.50%) Senior Developer
5 56 (6.80%) Consultant
6 52 (6.31%) Senior Java Developer
7 51 (6.19%) Architect
8 49 (5.95%) Administrator
9 46 (5.58%) Data Engineer
10 44 (5.34%) Oracle DBA
11 40 (4.85%) Investment Banking Java Developer
11 40 (4.85%) SQL DBA
12 35 (4.25%) Front Office Developer
13 33 (4.00%) DevOps Engineer
14 32 (3.88%) Azure Engineer
14 32 (3.88%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 32 (3.88%) SQL Developer
15 26 (3.16%) Oracle Developer
16 24 (2.91%) Analyst
17 21 (2.55%) SQL Server DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 90 (10.92%) Spring
2 63 (7.65%) .NET
2 63 (7.65%) REST
2 63 (7.65%) RESTful
3 61 (7.40%) Spring Boot
4 53 (6.43%) XML
5 49 (5.95%) Kafka
6 45 (5.46%) HTML
7 41 (4.98%) JSON
7 41 (4.98%) Web Services
8 39 (4.73%) FIX Protocol
9 36 (4.37%) Node.js
10 34 (4.13%) AngularJS
11 33 (4.00%) Middleware
12 32 (3.88%) React
13 30 (3.64%) Memcached
14 28 (3.40%) HTML5
14 28 (3.40%) JDBC
15 27 (3.28%) ASP.NET
16 25 (3.03%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 100 (12.14%) Data Structures
2 72 (8.74%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 69 (8.37%) Derivative
4 53 (6.43%) Replication
5 45 (5.46%) Clustering
6 40 (4.85%) Algorithms
6 40 (4.85%) Enterprise Software
7 38 (4.61%) Cloud Native
8 37 (4.49%) Greenfield Project
9 30 (3.64%) Fixed Income
10 29 (3.52%) Management Information System
11 22 (2.67%) User Experience
12 21 (2.55%) Legacy Systems
13 15 (1.82%) Data Centre
14 14 (1.70%) Mobile App
15 13 (1.58%) Equities
15 13 (1.58%) Self-Motivation
16 12 (1.46%) Client/Server
17 11 (1.33%) Mainframe
18 10 (1.21%) Analytical Mindset
Operating Systems
1 214 (25.97%) Linux
2 100 (12.14%) Unix
3 93 (11.29%) Windows
4 37 (4.49%) Windows Server
5 29 (3.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 27 (3.28%) Solaris
7 23 (2.79%) CentOS
8 18 (2.18%) zOS
9 15 (1.82%) AIX
9 15 (1.82%) Windows Server 2016
10 14 (1.70%) Windows Server 2012
11 13 (1.58%) Android
12 12 (1.46%) Apple iOS
13 11 (1.33%) Windows Server 2008
14 7 (0.85%) SUSE
15 6 (0.73%) CoreOS
15 6 (0.73%) Windows Server 2019
16 4 (0.49%) Windows 10
17 3 (0.36%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
17 3 (0.36%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 238 (28.88%) Agile Software Development
2 142 (17.23%) DevOps
3 127 (15.41%) Business Intelligence
4 125 (15.17%) Data Modelling
5 120 (14.56%) Analytics
6 118 (14.32%) ETL
7 113 (13.71%) Microservices
8 108 (13.11%) Continuous Integration
9 106 (12.86%) Scrum
10 103 (12.50%) Multithreading
11 95 (11.53%) Migration
12 86 (10.44%) Problem-Solving
13 82 (9.95%) Capacity Planning
13 82 (9.95%) High Availability
14 73 (8.86%) Root Cause Analysis
15 65 (7.89%) Computer Science
16 62 (7.52%) Disaster Recovery
17 56 (6.80%) Low Latency
17 56 (6.80%) TDD
18 50 (6.07%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 349 (42.35%) SQL
2 270 (32.77%) Java
3 156 (18.93%) Python
4 91 (11.04%) PL/SQL
5 77 (9.34%) Java 8
6 65 (7.89%) JavaScript
7 64 (7.77%) C#
8 61 (7.40%) C++
9 57 (6.92%) T-SQL
10 53 (6.43%) Shell Script
11 51 (6.19%) Scala
12 41 (4.98%) PowerShell
13 37 (4.49%) Bash Shell
14 30 (3.64%) Haskell
15 24 (2.91%) Perl
16 20 (2.43%) PHP
17 17 (2.06%) TypeScript
18 14 (1.70%) R
19 11 (1.33%) REXX
20 10 (1.21%) C
Qualifications
1 54 (6.55%) Security Cleared
2 49 (5.95%) Degree
3 47 (5.70%) SC Cleared
4 17 (2.06%) Computer Science Degree
5 11 (1.33%) Numerate Degree
6 9 (1.09%) AWS Certification
7 6 (0.73%) CCNP
7 6 (0.73%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (0.73%) Master's Degree
8 4 (0.49%) CCIE
8 4 (0.49%) Microsoft Certification
9 3 (0.36%) OCP
9 3 (0.36%) OCPJP
9 3 (0.36%) Oracle Certification
9 3 (0.36%) Sun Certification
10 2 (0.24%) CFA
10 2 (0.24%) MCITP
10 2 (0.24%) MCP
10 2 (0.24%) MCTS
10 2 (0.24%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (4.25%) QA
2 29 (3.52%) Data Quality
3 14 (1.70%) SLA
4 12 (1.46%) PCI DSS
5 10 (1.21%) GDPR
6 4 (0.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.12%) IFRS
7 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.12%) MiFID
System Software
1 58 (7.04%) Docker
2 35 (4.25%) Oracle RAC
3 27 (3.28%) VMware Infrastructure
4 25 (3.03%) Active Directory
5 16 (1.94%) Hyper-V
6 15 (1.82%) NFS
7 13 (1.58%) Firmware
7 13 (1.58%) HDFS
8 11 (1.33%) Apache Flume
8 11 (1.33%) KVM
8 11 (1.33%) VMware ESXi
9 10 (1.21%) SRDF
9 10 (1.21%) Xen
10 6 (0.73%) Virtual Machines
11 5 (0.61%) Oracle Clusterware
12 4 (0.49%) XenApp
13 3 (0.36%) GPFS
13 3 (0.36%) Virtual Servers
13 3 (0.36%) vSphere
14 2 (0.24%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 78 (9.47%) Ansible
2 66 (8.01%) Kubernetes
3 45 (5.46%) Terraform
4 38 (4.61%) Puppet
5 29 (3.52%) Oracle RMAN
6 28 (3.40%) Data Guard
7 17 (2.06%) Control-M
8 12 (1.46%) Opscode Chef
9 9 (1.09%) ITRS Geneos
9 9 (1.09%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 8 (0.97%) Failover Clustering
10 8 (0.97%) Grafana
11 7 (0.85%) Ambari
11 7 (0.85%) Hadoop YARN
11 7 (0.85%) NetBackup
11 7 (0.85%) SCCM
12 6 (0.73%) BladeLogic
12 6 (0.73%) Oozie
13 4 (0.49%) Nagios
13 4 (0.49%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 209 (25.36%) Oracle
2 114 (13.83%) Microsoft
3 43 (5.22%) VMware
4 34 (4.13%) Splunk
5 31 (3.76%) Databricks
6 27 (3.28%) IBM
7 25 (3.03%) Google
7 25 (3.03%) Red Hat
8 24 (2.91%) SAP
9 21 (2.55%) Cisco
10 20 (2.43%) MuleSoft
10 20 (2.43%) Sybase
11 19 (2.31%) Cloudera
12 18 (2.18%) EMC
12 18 (2.18%) NetApp
13 16 (1.94%) Salesforce.com
14 15 (1.82%) Talend
15 14 (1.70%) HP
16 13 (1.58%) Citrix
17 12 (1.46%) McAfee