Period
to 19 November 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 19 November 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
19 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 260 254 215
Rank change year-on-year -6 -39 -11
Contract jobs citing Performance Tuning 1,072 1,048 1,336
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.04% 1.03% 1.27%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.20% 1.20% 1.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 666 737 876
UK median daily rate £445 £450 £431
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.11% +4.35% +7.81%
10th Percentile £331 £305 £300
90th Percentile £638 £675 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £388 £400
% change year-on-year +5.85% -3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 8 9
UK median hourly rate £34.07 £43.75 £43.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.14% +1.74% +1.18%
10th Percentile £24.17 £35.25 £29.64
90th Percentile £42.94 £121.03 £60.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £43.00
% change year-on-year +5.88% -1.16% +1.18%

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 89,184 86,972 89,322
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.36% 85.75% 85.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 59,020 57,836 58,961
UK median daily rate £460 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.22% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £300 £278 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +4.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,306 2,085 2,467
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £23.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.35% +2.22% +2.27%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.75 £49.75 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.20 £23.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year -9.79% +4.44% -

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 19 November 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 19 November 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Performance Tuning in the UK

Performance Tuning
Top 16 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 19 November 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 -8 976 £450 - 285
UK excluding London +5 539 £410 +5.85% 200
London -8 521 £475 -7.32% 104
South East -3 231 £400 +3.23% 59
North of England -34 102 £400 +6.67% 71
Midlands -17 61 £425 +9.68% 27
Scotland +17 60 £425 -5.56% 16
Yorkshire 0 56 £400 -5.88% 25
South West +8 41 £443 +26.43% 15
East Midlands +21 31 £364 +15.56% 9
North West -31 31 £388 -3.13% 43
West Midlands -36 30 £456 +11.28% 18
Wales -13 21 £438 +14.75% 1
East of England -46 19 £400 +19.40% 10
North East -27 15 £400 +14.29% 3
Northern Ireland - 7 £383 - 2

For the 6 months to 19 November 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.

1 465 (43.38%) SQL
2 331 (30.88%) SQL Server
3 307 (28.64%) Agile Software Development
4 303 (28.26%) Oracle
5 261 (24.35%) Linux
6 249 (23.23%) Java
7 226 (21.08%) Finance
8 210 (19.59%) Unix
9 184 (17.16%) Microsoft
10 165 (15.39%) Business Intelligence
11 163 (15.21%) Data Warehouse
12 158 (14.74%) ETL
13 148 (13.81%) Oracle Database
14 143 (13.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 137 (12.78%) Amazon AWS
15 137 (12.78%) Migration
16 136 (12.69%) Microsoft Azure
17 131 (12.22%) DevOps
18 126 (11.75%) Relational Database
18 126 (11.75%) Disaster Recovery
18 126 (11.75%) Python
18 126 (11.75%) C#
19 118 (11.01%) Windows
20 112 (10.45%) Data Modelling
20 112 (10.45%) Git (software)
20 112 (10.45%) Problem-Solving
21 109 (10.17%) PL/SQL
22 103 (9.61%) T-SQL
23 99 (9.24%) Shell Script
23 99 (9.24%) Ansible

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 74 (6.90%) Apache
2 67 (6.25%) JBoss
3 51 (4.76%) WebLogic
4 39 (3.64%) Apache Spark
5 33 (3.08%) Confluence
5 33 (3.08%) Tomcat
6 31 (2.89%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 29 (2.71%) WebSphere
8 18 (1.68%) Apache Solr
8 18 (1.68%) MS Exchange
9 17 (1.59%) SAS
10 14 (1.31%) Elasticsearch
11 13 (1.21%) SharePoint
12 12 (1.12%) OpenStack
13 10 (0.93%) CMS
14 9 (0.84%) Oracle HTTP Server
15 7 (0.65%) Apache Pig
15 7 (0.65%) WebSphere Application Server
16 4 (0.37%) nginx
16 4 (0.37%) Oracle Service Bus
Applications
1 31 (2.89%) Microsoft Excel
2 18 (1.68%) MS Visio
3 11 (1.03%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 10 (0.93%) Microsoft Office
5 4 (0.37%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.093%) RoboHelp
6 1 (0.093%) Shockwave
6 1 (0.093%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 13 (1.21%) Maximo
2 9 (0.84%) Oracle BPM
2 9 (0.84%) Oracle EBS
2 9 (0.84%) Payment Gateway
3 7 (0.65%) Oracle Applications
3 7 (0.65%) Oracle EBS R12
4 6 (0.56%) Oracle ERP
4 6 (0.56%) Oracle Retail
5 5 (0.47%) Dynamics CRM
5 5 (0.47%) Remedy ITSM
6 4 (0.37%) Fredhopper
7 3 (0.28%) BusinessWorks
7 3 (0.28%) Dynamics AX
8 2 (0.19%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 2 (0.19%) Cognos TM1
8 2 (0.19%) IntelliMatch
8 2 (0.19%) NetSuite
8 2 (0.19%) Oracle Financials
8 2 (0.19%) SAP Payroll
8 2 (0.19%) TIBCO iProcess
Cloud Services
1 137 (12.78%) Amazon AWS
2 136 (12.69%) Microsoft Azure
3 32 (2.99%) Google Cloud Platform
4 28 (2.61%) Amazon EC2
5 26 (2.43%) IaaS
6 24 (2.24%) Azure Data Factory
7 21 (1.96%) PaaS
8 17 (1.59%) Azure Active Directory
9 16 (1.49%) OpenShift
10 15 (1.40%) Amazon S3
10 15 (1.40%) Cloud Computing
11 14 (1.31%) GitHub
12 13 (1.21%) Serverless
13 11 (1.03%) Office 365
14 9 (0.84%) Amazon EMR
14 9 (0.84%) SaaS
15 7 (0.65%) AWS Lambda
16 5 (0.47%) AWS CloudFormation
16 5 (0.47%) Azure Functions
17 4 (0.37%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 64 (5.97%) Firewall
2 49 (4.57%) DNS
3 36 (3.36%) TCP/IP
4 34 (3.17%) iSCSI
5 28 (2.61%) HTTP
5 28 (2.61%) Network Security
6 26 (2.43%) SAN
7 24 (2.24%) VPN
8 19 (1.77%) BIG-IP
8 19 (1.77%) SSL
9 17 (1.59%) BGP
9 17 (1.59%) Cisco ASA
9 17 (1.59%) NetScaler
9 17 (1.59%) OSPF
10 16 (1.49%) NAS
11 15 (1.40%) Internet
12 14 (1.31%) Kerberos
13 13 (1.21%) LAN
13 13 (1.21%) WAN
14 12 (1.12%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 331 (30.88%) SQL Server
2 163 (15.21%) Data Warehouse
3 148 (13.81%) Oracle Database
4 143 (13.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 126 (11.75%) Relational Database
6 80 (7.46%) Big Data
6 80 (7.46%) Oracle Database 12c
7 75 (7.00%) NoSQL
8 73 (6.81%) Oracle Database 11g
9 72 (6.72%) SQL Server 2016
9 72 (6.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 70 (6.53%) Hadoop
11 64 (5.97%) RDBMS
12 61 (5.69%) PostgreSQL
13 57 (5.32%) MongoDB
14 54 (5.04%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 51 (4.76%) Power BI
16 49 (4.57%) Apache Cassandra
16 49 (4.57%) MySQL
17 47 (4.38%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 112 (10.45%) Git (software)
2 76 (7.09%) JIRA
3 63 (5.88%) Jenkins
4 58 (5.41%) Visual Studio Team System
5 54 (5.04%) Visual Studio
6 52 (4.85%) Team Foundation Server
7 31 (2.89%) SpecFlow
8 29 (2.71%) Octopus Deploy
9 23 (2.15%) JDeveloper
10 20 (1.87%) Selenium
11 19 (1.77%) Maven
12 18 (1.68%) LoadRunner
12 18 (1.68%) TeamCity
12 18 (1.68%) Toad
13 16 (1.49%) JMeter
13 16 (1.49%) Subversion
14 15 (1.40%) JUnit
15 13 (1.21%) NUnit
15 13 (1.21%) Sonatype Nexus
16 12 (1.12%) Bitbucket
General
1 226 (21.08%) Finance
2 94 (8.77%) Banking
3 54 (5.04%) Front Office
4 30 (2.80%) Investment Banking
5 23 (2.15%) Retail
6 13 (1.21%) Games
7 7 (0.65%) Law
7 7 (0.65%) Telecoms
8 6 (0.56%) Back Office
8 6 (0.56%) Financial Institution
8 6 (0.56%) Marketing
8 6 (0.56%) Publishing
9 5 (0.47%) Electronics
9 5 (0.47%) Manufacturing
10 3 (0.28%) Advertising
10 3 (0.28%) Legal
10 3 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.19%) General Ledger
11 2 (0.19%) Local Government
11 2 (0.19%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 432 (40.30%) Developer
2 191 (17.82%) DBA
3 112 (10.45%) Administrator
4 97 (9.05%) SQL DBA
5 81 (7.56%) Oracle Developer
5 81 (7.56%) SQL Developer
6 68 (6.34%) Oracle DBA
7 66 (6.16%) Consultant
8 56 (5.22%) Java Developer
9 50 (4.66%) C# Developer
9 50 (4.66%) Senior Developer
10 46 (4.29%) Architect
11 40 (3.73%) SQL Server DBA
12 39 (3.64%) Business Intelligence Developer
12 39 (3.64%) Linux Engineer
13 38 (3.54%) ETL Developer
14 33 (3.08%) .NET Developer
15 32 (2.99%) DevOps Engineer
16 30 (2.80%) Data Engineer
17 25 (2.33%) Data Warehouse Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 92 (8.58%) XML
2 89 (8.30%) .NET
3 87 (8.12%) Web Services
4 77 (7.18%) Middleware
5 54 (5.04%) AngularJS
6 48 (4.48%) HTML
7 47 (4.38%) J2EE
7 47 (4.38%) JSON
8 44 (4.10%) RESTful
9 40 (3.73%) CSS
10 39 (3.64%) REST
11 35 (3.26%) Oracle GoldenGate
11 35 (3.26%) React
11 35 (3.26%) WPF
12 34 (3.17%) WCF
13 33 (3.08%) ASP.NET Web API
13 33 (3.08%) Kafka
14 31 (2.89%) LDAP
15 29 (2.71%) .NET Core
16 28 (2.61%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 96 (8.96%) Analytical Skills
2 64 (5.97%) Clustering
2 64 (5.97%) Data Centre
3 57 (5.32%) Computer Science
4 50 (4.66%) Replication
5 37 (3.45%) User Experience
6 36 (3.36%) Greenfield Project
7 30 (2.80%) Data Structures
8 25 (2.33%) Fintech
9 23 (2.15%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 23 (2.15%) Management Information System
10 18 (1.68%) Enterprise Software
11 17 (1.59%) Self-Motivation
12 16 (1.49%) Fixed Income
13 15 (1.40%) Equities
13 15 (1.40%) PKI
14 13 (1.21%) Cloud Native
14 13 (1.21%) Derivative
14 13 (1.21%) Linux Command Line
14 13 (1.21%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 261 (24.35%) Linux
2 210 (19.59%) Unix
3 118 (11.01%) Windows
4 97 (9.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 42 (3.92%) Windows Server
6 24 (2.24%) CentOS
7 21 (1.96%) Solaris
8 20 (1.87%) Windows Server 2012
9 16 (1.49%) Oracle Linux
10 15 (1.40%) Windows Server 2008
11 11 (1.03%) Windows 10
12 9 (0.84%) AIX
12 9 (0.84%) Windows Server 2003
13 6 (0.56%) Android
13 6 (0.56%) Ubuntu
14 5 (0.47%) Apple iOS
14 5 (0.47%) SUSE
14 5 (0.47%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 5 (0.47%) Windows 7
15 2 (0.19%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 307 (28.64%) Agile Software Development
2 165 (15.39%) Business Intelligence
3 158 (14.74%) ETL
4 137 (12.78%) Migration
5 131 (12.22%) DevOps
6 126 (11.75%) Disaster Recovery
7 112 (10.45%) Data Modelling
7 112 (10.45%) Problem-Solving
8 94 (8.77%) Scrum
9 92 (8.58%) Continuous Integration
10 83 (7.74%) Capacity Planning
10 83 (7.74%) High Availability
10 83 (7.74%) ITIL
11 76 (7.09%) Test Automation
12 73 (6.81%) Unit Testing
13 66 (6.16%) Analytics
13 66 (6.16%) Capacity Management
13 66 (6.16%) Microservices
14 59 (5.50%) Continuous Delivery
14 59 (5.50%) Database Tuning
Programming Languages
1 465 (43.38%) SQL
2 249 (23.23%) Java
3 126 (11.75%) C#
3 126 (11.75%) Python
4 109 (10.17%) PL/SQL
5 103 (9.61%) T-SQL
6 99 (9.24%) Shell Script
7 65 (6.06%) PowerShell
8 58 (5.41%) JavaScript
9 56 (5.22%) Bash Shell
10 49 (4.57%) Scala
11 45 (4.20%) Perl
12 23 (2.15%) C
13 21 (1.96%) Ruby
14 16 (1.49%) R
15 15 (1.40%) VBA
16 14 (1.31%) C++
17 13 (1.21%) Groovy
17 13 (1.21%) Java 8
17 13 (1.21%) U-SQL
Qualifications
1 76 (7.09%) Security Cleared
2 45 (4.20%) SC Cleared
3 44 (4.10%) Degree
4 27 (2.52%) Microsoft Certification
5 24 (2.24%) Computer Science Degree
5 24 (2.24%) MCSE
6 22 (2.05%) Oracle Certification
7 19 (1.77%) CCSA
7 19 (1.77%) Check Point Certification
7 19 (1.77%) OCP
8 17 (1.59%) CCSE
9 14 (1.31%) CCNP
9 14 (1.31%) Cisco Certification
10 13 (1.21%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 10 (0.93%) DV Cleared
12 9 (0.84%) MCSA
12 9 (0.84%) RHCE
13 7 (0.65%) VCP6
14 5 (0.47%) MCITP
15 4 (0.37%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (3.26%) QA
2 18 (1.68%) Data Quality
3 13 (1.21%) SLA
4 12 (1.12%) PCI DSS
5 7 (0.65%) Disclosure Scotland
5 7 (0.65%) GDPR
5 7 (0.65%) IFRS
5 7 (0.65%) IFRS 9
6 6 (0.56%) Basel III
7 5 (0.47%) PMO
8 4 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 2 (0.19%) MiFID
10 1 (0.093%) Government Security Classifications
10 1 (0.093%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 1 (0.093%) Solvency II
System Software
1 95 (8.86%) Docker
2 58 (5.41%) Active Directory
3 55 (5.13%) VMware Infrastructure
4 46 (4.29%) Oracle RAC
5 41 (3.82%) Virtual Machines
6 34 (3.17%) NFS
7 23 (2.15%) vSphere
8 19 (1.77%) XenApp
8 19 (1.77%) XenDesktop
9 16 (1.49%) HDFS
10 8 (0.75%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 7 (0.65%) VMware ESXi
12 6 (0.56%) Microsoft App-V
12 6 (0.56%) vCloud
12 6 (0.56%) Virtual Desktop
12 6 (0.56%) Virtual Servers
13 5 (0.47%) Apache Flume
13 5 (0.47%) Hyper-V
13 5 (0.47%) Sendmail
13 5 (0.47%) Veritas File System
Systems Management
1 99 (9.24%) Ansible
2 72 (6.72%) Puppet
3 64 (5.97%) Kubernetes
4 56 (5.22%) Opscode Chef
5 43 (4.01%) Data Guard
6 36 (3.36%) Oracle RMAN
7 22 (2.05%) Terraform
8 21 (1.96%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 20 (1.87%) Prometheus
10 18 (1.68%) FortiGate
10 18 (1.68%) Oracle Identity Management
10 18 (1.68%) Oracle Identity Manager
11 16 (1.49%) Hadoop YARN
12 15 (1.40%) Foglight
12 15 (1.40%) Red Hat Satellite
12 15 (1.40%) SELinux
13 14 (1.31%) Microsoft Clustering
13 14 (1.31%) Tivoli
14 13 (1.21%) SCCM
15 11 (1.03%) SCOM
Vendors
1 303 (28.26%) Oracle
2 184 (17.16%) Microsoft
3 92 (8.58%) Red Hat
4 70 (6.53%) VMware
5 46 (4.29%) IBM
6 36 (3.36%) Tableau
7 34 (3.17%) Cisco
8 30 (2.80%) CheckPoint
9 28 (2.61%) Sybase
10 27 (2.52%) HP
11 26 (2.43%) SAP
12 24 (2.24%) EMC
13 23 (2.15%) Juniper
14 22 (2.05%) F5
14 22 (2.05%) NetApp
14 22 (2.05%) Palo Alto
15 19 (1.77%) Google
16 18 (1.68%) Citrix
16 18 (1.68%) Okta
17 17 (1.59%) BMC