Period
to 23 September 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 September 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 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 281 242 218
Rank change year-on-year -39 -24 -12
Contract jobs citing Performance Tuning 924 1,064 1,363
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.91% 1.09% 1.27%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.06% 1.27% 1.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 581 696 871
UK median daily rate £450 £441 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.98% +3.82% +6.25%
10th Percentile £328 £310 £300
90th Percentile £600 £625 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.13% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 7 10
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £41.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.76% +2.50% -5.88%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £37.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +20.00% -6.25% -5.88%

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 87,148 83,863 91,422
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.18% 85.61% 85.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,559 55,300 60,452
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +5.59%
10th Percentile £300 £279 £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 2,397 2,071 2,392
UK median hourly rate £20.65 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.98% +6.67% +3.45%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £24.00 £23.39
% change year-on-year -16.67% +2.62% +6.31%

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 September 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
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 September 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 -42 844 £450 - 234
London -20 481 £475 -5.00% 88
UK excluding London -60 427 £413 +3.13% 164
South East -45 169 £420 +4.87% 35
North of England -54 102 £400 +6.67% 37
Yorkshire -2 59 £410 +9.33% 14
Scotland -3 49 £400 - 14
Midlands -39 35 £363 -6.45% 50
East of England -17 33 £419 +15.52% 11
North West -44 32 £375 - 23
South West +9 25 £443 +14.05% 13
East Midlands +5 19 £338 -3.57% 18
Wales -7 17 £425 +21.43% 2
West Midlands -53 15 £413 +4.76% 32
North East -33 11 £425 +25.00%

For the 6 months to 23 September 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.

1 415 (44.91%) SQL
2 295 (31.93%) SQL Server
3 271 (29.33%) Oracle
4 237 (25.65%) Agile Software Development
5 221 (23.92%) Java
6 209 (22.62%) Linux
7 188 (20.35%) Finance
8 187 (20.24%) Unix
9 159 (17.21%) Microsoft
10 158 (17.10%) Data Warehouse
11 143 (15.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 135 (14.61%) Oracle Database
13 134 (14.50%) ETL
14 133 (14.39%) Business Intelligence
15 123 (13.31%) Migration
15 123 (13.31%) Amazon AWS
16 121 (13.10%) Python
17 117 (12.66%) Problem-Solving
18 105 (11.36%) Data Modelling
19 104 (11.26%) Windows
20 101 (10.93%) PL/SQL
20 101 (10.93%) Disaster Recovery
21 99 (10.71%) T-SQL
21 99 (10.71%) Shell Script
22 98 (10.61%) Microsoft Azure
23 94 (10.17%) Analytical Skills
24 91 (9.85%) Banking
25 88 (9.52%) DevOps
26 86 (9.31%) Relational Database
26 86 (9.31%) Web Services

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 46 (4.98%) Apache
2 42 (4.55%) JBoss
2 42 (4.55%) WebLogic
3 37 (4.00%) Apache Spark
4 30 (3.25%) WebSphere
5 28 (3.03%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 23 (2.49%) Apache Solr
6 23 (2.49%) Confluence
6 23 (2.49%) Tomcat
7 22 (2.38%) SharePoint
8 18 (1.95%) Elasticsearch
9 15 (1.62%) MS Exchange
9 15 (1.62%) OpenStack
10 12 (1.30%) WebSphere Application Server
11 10 (1.08%) nginx
12 7 (0.76%) Apache Pig
12 7 (0.76%) CMS
13 6 (0.65%) IIS
14 5 (0.54%) Oracle Service Bus
14 5 (0.54%) SAS
Applications
1 29 (3.14%) Microsoft Excel
2 23 (2.49%) MS Visio
3 15 (1.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 14 (1.52%) Microsoft Office
5 6 (0.65%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.11%) RoboHelp
6 1 (0.11%) Shockwave
Business Applications
1 10 (1.08%) Maximo
1 10 (1.08%) Remedy ITSM
2 8 (0.87%) Oracle EBS
3 7 (0.76%) Oracle Applications
4 6 (0.65%) Oracle Retail
5 5 (0.54%) Payment Gateway
6 4 (0.43%) Dynamics CRM
6 4 (0.43%) Fredhopper
7 3 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
7 3 (0.32%) Oracle BPM
7 3 (0.32%) Oracle EBS R12
7 3 (0.32%) Unit4 Business World
8 2 (0.22%) JDE EnterpriseOne
8 2 (0.22%) NetSuite
8 2 (0.22%) Oracle Financials
8 2 (0.22%) SAP Payroll
9 1 (0.11%) Cognos Business Intelligence
9 1 (0.11%) Markit EDM
9 1 (0.11%) SAP Hybris
9 1 (0.11%) TIBCO BusinessEvents
Cloud Services
1 123 (13.31%) Amazon AWS
2 98 (10.61%) Microsoft Azure
3 25 (2.71%) Amazon EC2
3 25 (2.71%) IaaS
4 18 (1.95%) Cloud Computing
5 17 (1.84%) Google Cloud Platform
5 17 (1.84%) Serverless
6 14 (1.52%) Amazon EMR
6 14 (1.52%) Amazon S3
7 12 (1.30%) GitHub
8 11 (1.19%) PaaS
9 10 (1.08%) Azure Data Factory
10 9 (0.97%) AWS Lambda
10 9 (0.97%) SaaS
11 7 (0.76%) Azure Active Directory
11 7 (0.76%) Azure Functions
12 6 (0.65%) Amazon Kinesis
13 5 (0.54%) AWS CloudFormation
13 5 (0.54%) Office 365
13 5 (0.54%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 57 (6.17%) Firewall
2 53 (5.74%) DNS
3 42 (4.55%) SAN
4 35 (3.79%) TCP/IP
5 26 (2.81%) Network Security
5 26 (2.81%) VPN
6 24 (2.60%) SSL
7 22 (2.38%) HTTP
8 20 (2.16%) NAS
9 19 (2.06%) NetScaler
10 18 (1.95%) iSCSI
11 16 (1.73%) DHCP
12 15 (1.62%) BGP
12 15 (1.62%) OSPF
13 13 (1.41%) BIG-IP
13 13 (1.41%) Cisco ASA
13 13 (1.41%) MPLS
14 10 (1.08%) Internet
15 9 (0.97%) Cisco Nexus
15 9 (0.97%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 295 (31.93%) SQL Server
2 158 (17.10%) Data Warehouse
3 143 (15.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 135 (14.61%) Oracle Database
5 86 (9.31%) Relational Database
6 70 (7.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 69 (7.47%) NoSQL
8 65 (7.03%) PostgreSQL
9 63 (6.82%) Oracle Database 11g
10 57 (6.17%) Oracle Database 12c
11 56 (6.06%) Hadoop
11 56 (6.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 55 (5.95%) Big Data
13 54 (5.84%) MongoDB
14 52 (5.63%) SQL Server 2016
15 50 (5.41%) Apache Cassandra
16 43 (4.65%) SQL Server 2008
17 39 (4.22%) DB2
17 39 (4.22%) RDBMS
18 38 (4.11%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 78 (8.44%) Git (software)
2 64 (6.93%) JIRA
3 56 (6.06%) Jenkins
4 36 (3.90%) Team Foundation Server
5 34 (3.68%) Visual Studio
6 27 (2.92%) Visual Studio Team System
7 22 (2.38%) JDeveloper
8 21 (2.27%) Maven
9 18 (1.95%) JMeter
9 18 (1.95%) Sonatype Nexus
10 17 (1.84%) SpecFlow
11 16 (1.73%) Octopus Deploy
11 16 (1.73%) Subversion
12 15 (1.62%) Toad
13 14 (1.52%) LoadRunner
14 13 (1.41%) TeamCity
15 12 (1.30%) Vagrant
16 11 (1.19%) Gatling
17 10 (1.08%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 10 (1.08%) Selenium
General
1 188 (20.35%) Finance
2 91 (9.85%) Banking
3 46 (4.98%) Front Office
4 33 (3.57%) Investment Banking
5 21 (2.27%) Retail
6 11 (1.19%) Games
7 10 (1.08%) Telecoms
8 7 (0.76%) Electronics
8 7 (0.76%) Manufacturing
9 5 (0.54%) Back Office
9 5 (0.54%) Law
9 5 (0.54%) Marketing
10 4 (0.43%) Billing
10 4 (0.43%) Financial Institution
10 4 (0.43%) Spanish Language
11 3 (0.32%) Advertising
11 3 (0.32%) Legal
11 3 (0.32%) Local Government
12 2 (0.22%) Prime Brokerage
12 2 (0.22%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 375 (40.58%) Developer
2 187 (20.24%) DBA
3 97 (10.50%) Administrator
4 93 (10.06%) SQL DBA
5 76 (8.23%) SQL Developer
6 62 (6.71%) Oracle Developer
7 61 (6.60%) Oracle DBA
8 60 (6.49%) Java Developer
9 58 (6.28%) Consultant
10 46 (4.98%) Senior Developer
11 39 (4.22%) SQL Server DBA
12 37 (4.00%) Business Intelligence Developer
13 32 (3.46%) ETL Developer
14 30 (3.25%) C# Developer
15 28 (3.03%) Architect
16 27 (2.92%) Data Engineer
17 24 (2.60%) Analyst
18 21 (2.27%) Data Warehouse Developer
19 20 (2.16%) DevOps Engineer
19 20 (2.16%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 86 (9.31%) Web Services
2 71 (7.68%) XML
3 66 (7.14%) Middleware
4 52 (5.63%) J2EE
5 46 (4.98%) .NET
6 41 (4.44%) RESTful
7 40 (4.33%) REST
8 39 (4.22%) HTML
9 33 (3.57%) CSS
9 33 (3.57%) Kafka
10 32 (3.46%) AngularJS
11 29 (3.14%) LDAP
12 28 (3.03%) SOAP
13 27 (2.92%) JSON
14 26 (2.81%) React
15 25 (2.71%) SAML
16 24 (2.60%) MDX
16 24 (2.60%) Oracle GoldenGate
16 24 (2.60%) WPF
17 23 (2.49%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 94 (10.17%) Analytical Skills
2 66 (7.14%) Data Centre
3 59 (6.39%) Replication
4 53 (5.74%) Clustering
5 33 (3.57%) Computer Science
6 32 (3.46%) Data Structures
7 25 (2.71%) Greenfield Project
7 25 (2.71%) User Experience
8 21 (2.27%) Management Information System
9 20 (2.16%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 17 (1.84%) Fixed Income
10 17 (1.84%) Self-Motivation
11 15 (1.62%) Algorithms
12 14 (1.52%) Linux Command Line
13 13 (1.41%) Fintech
13 13 (1.41%) Virtual Team
14 12 (1.30%) Derivative
14 12 (1.30%) Enterprise Software
14 12 (1.30%) Equities
14 12 (1.30%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 209 (22.62%) Linux
2 187 (20.24%) Unix
3 104 (11.26%) Windows
4 58 (6.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 32 (3.46%) Windows Server
6 26 (2.81%) CentOS
7 22 (2.38%) Solaris
8 15 (1.62%) Windows Server 2008
8 15 (1.62%) Windows Server 2012
9 12 (1.30%) AIX
9 12 (1.30%) Windows 10
10 9 (0.97%) Oracle Linux
11 7 (0.76%) Apple iOS
12 6 (0.65%) Ubuntu
12 6 (0.65%) Windows Server 2003
13 5 (0.54%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 4 (0.43%) Android
14 4 (0.43%) Data ONTAP
15 1 (0.11%) SUSE
15 1 (0.11%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 237 (25.65%) Agile Software Development
2 134 (14.50%) ETL
3 133 (14.39%) Business Intelligence
4 123 (13.31%) Migration
5 117 (12.66%) Problem-Solving
6 105 (11.36%) Data Modelling
7 101 (10.93%) Disaster Recovery
8 88 (9.52%) DevOps
9 81 (8.77%) ITIL
10 74 (8.01%) Capacity Planning
10 74 (8.01%) Continuous Integration
11 72 (7.79%) High Availability
12 67 (7.25%) Database Tuning
13 66 (7.14%) Unit Testing
14 61 (6.60%) Microservices
15 57 (6.17%) Test Automation
16 54 (5.84%) Open Source
16 54 (5.84%) Scrum
17 53 (5.74%) Capacity Management
18 51 (5.52%) Performance Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 415 (44.91%) SQL
2 221 (23.92%) Java
3 121 (13.10%) Python
4 101 (10.93%) PL/SQL
5 99 (10.71%) Shell Script
5 99 (10.71%) T-SQL
6 73 (7.90%) C#
7 54 (5.84%) PowerShell
8 53 (5.74%) Bash Shell
9 50 (5.41%) JavaScript
10 43 (4.65%) Perl
10 43 (4.65%) Scala
11 32 (3.46%) Ruby
12 16 (1.73%) Java 8
13 14 (1.52%) C
13 14 (1.52%) R
14 13 (1.41%) Korn
15 12 (1.30%) VBA
16 10 (1.08%) PHP
17 8 (0.87%) C++
Qualifications
1 65 (7.03%) Security Cleared
2 43 (4.65%) SC Cleared
3 32 (3.46%) Degree
4 21 (2.27%) Oracle Certification
5 17 (1.84%) Computer Science Degree
5 17 (1.84%) Microsoft Certification
6 16 (1.73%) Check Point Certification
7 15 (1.62%) CCSA
8 14 (1.52%) CCNP
8 14 (1.52%) Cisco Certification
8 14 (1.52%) MCSE
9 13 (1.41%) CCSE
10 10 (1.08%) OCP
11 9 (0.97%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 7 (0.76%) RHCE
13 5 (0.54%) MCSA
13 5 (0.54%) VCP6
14 4 (0.43%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 4 (0.43%) RHCSA
14 4 (0.43%) RHCVA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (4.00%) QA
2 22 (2.38%) Data Quality
3 12 (1.30%) SLA
4 8 (0.87%) GDPR
5 7 (0.76%) PCI DSS
6 6 (0.65%) Disclosure Scotland
6 6 (0.65%) PMO
7 3 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (0.22%) Basel III
8 2 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 2 (0.22%) MiFID
9 1 (0.11%) EMIR
9 1 (0.11%) Government Security Classifications
9 1 (0.11%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.11%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 1 (0.11%) Solvency II
System Software
1 62 (6.71%) Docker
2 55 (5.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 45 (4.87%) Active Directory
4 35 (3.79%) Oracle RAC
5 31 (3.35%) Virtual Machines
6 23 (2.49%) vSphere
7 19 (2.06%) XenApp
7 19 (2.06%) XenDesktop
8 14 (1.52%) Microsoft App-V
8 14 (1.52%) NFS
9 13 (1.41%) Apache Flume
9 13 (1.41%) HDFS
10 12 (1.30%) Virtual Desktop
11 10 (1.08%) Hyper-V
12 9 (0.97%) VMware ESXi
12 9 (0.97%) VMware NSX
13 6 (0.65%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 6 (0.65%) KVM
13 6 (0.65%) Virtual Servers
14 5 (0.54%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 72 (7.79%) Ansible
2 48 (5.19%) Puppet
3 43 (4.65%) Opscode Chef
4 34 (3.68%) Data Guard
5 32 (3.46%) Kubernetes
5 32 (3.46%) Oracle RMAN
6 17 (1.84%) Oracle Identity Management
6 17 (1.84%) Oracle Identity Manager
6 17 (1.84%) Terraform
7 15 (1.62%) Tivoli
8 14 (1.52%) FortiGate
8 14 (1.52%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 12 (1.30%) Hadoop YARN
9 12 (1.30%) Oozie
9 12 (1.30%) Prometheus
9 12 (1.30%) Single Sign-On
10 11 (1.19%) SCCM
11 10 (1.08%) Packer
11 10 (1.08%) SCOM
12 8 (0.87%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 271 (29.33%) Oracle
2 159 (17.21%) Microsoft
3 67 (7.25%) VMware
4 59 (6.39%) Red Hat
5 56 (6.06%) IBM
6 32 (3.46%) HP
7 31 (3.35%) Tableau
8 25 (2.71%) CheckPoint
8 25 (2.71%) SAP
9 22 (2.38%) Cisco
9 22 (2.38%) Citrix
10 21 (2.27%) Sybase
11 19 (2.06%) NetApp
11 19 (2.06%) Palo Alto
12 18 (1.95%) EMC
12 18 (1.95%) F5
12 18 (1.95%) Juniper
13 17 (1.84%) Okta
14 14 (1.52%) Google
14 14 (1.52%) RedGate