Period
to 12 April 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 12 April 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
12 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 214 283 252
Rank change year-on-year +69 -31 +33
Contract jobs citing Performance Tuning 595 519 1,041
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.14% 0.87% 1.08%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.31% 1.02% 1.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 402 317 631
10th Percentile £350 £318 £350
25th Percentile £420 £390 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £510 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +7.37% +5.56% +2.86%
75th Percentile £608 £580 £564
90th Percentile £750 £700 £669
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £430
% change year-on-year - -1.16% +7.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 1 15
10th Percentile £22.10 " £15.37
25th Percentile £27.50 " £16.58
Median hourly rate £57.50 £58.00 £25.67
Median % change year-on-year -0.86% +125.94% -42.96%
75th Percentile £58.75 " £56.25
90th Percentile £60.60 " £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £58.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year -48.28% +36.47% -5.56%

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 45,350 50,829 84,409
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.76% 85.23% 87.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 31,056 33,828 56,991
10th Percentile £305 £281 £300
25th Percentile £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £480 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +1.05% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £575
90th Percentile £669 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £445 £430
% change year-on-year -2.81% +3.49% +3.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,431 1,617 1,986
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.30 £11.62
25th Percentile £15.77 £15.75 £14.50
Median hourly rate £26.00 £21.50 £22.70
Median % change year-on-year +20.93% -5.29% +6.45%
75th Percentile £47.17 £45.75 £43.75
90th Percentile £58.75 £55.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.00 £20.03 £22.40
% change year-on-year +14.86% -10.60% +12.00%

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 12 April 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 12 April 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 12 April 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 +78 491 £525 +10.53% 123
London +92 336 £550 - 67
UK excluding London +21 182 £425 - 60
Work from Home -110 145 £513 +17.14% 15
North of England +19 49 £325 -21.21% 18
Scotland +3 41 £425 -1.16% 5
North West +8 31 £363 -13.43% 11
South East +24 29 £483 +7.22% 13
East of England +36 21 £450 +4.41% 9
South West +61 20 £500 +6.38% 4
Yorkshire +23 18 £321 -22.18% 7
Midlands +24 16 £425 +3.03% 11
West Midlands +15 12 £425 +13.33% 5
Wales - 6 £476 -
East Midlands +23 4 £400 -5.88% 6

For the 6 months to 12 April 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.

1 238 (40.00%) SQL
2 200 (33.61%) Oracle
3 180 (30.25%) Java
4 171 (28.74%) Linux
5 166 (27.90%) Agile Software Development
6 143 (24.03%) Finance
7 139 (23.36%) Banking
8 112 (18.82%) SQL Server
9 107 (17.98%) Oracle Database
10 100 (16.81%) Azure
11 97 (16.30%) AWS
12 93 (15.63%) Relational Database
13 92 (15.46%) DevOps
14 90 (15.13%) High Availability
15 87 (14.62%) Jenkins
16 85 (14.29%) Python
17 83 (13.95%) Data Modelling
18 81 (13.61%) Data Warehouse
19 80 (13.45%) Windows
19 80 (13.45%) Analytical Skills
20 79 (13.28%) Scrum
21 78 (13.11%) Microservices
22 76 (12.77%) PL/SQL
23 75 (12.61%) Unix
24 74 (12.44%) Migration
24 74 (12.44%) Continuous Integration
24 74 (12.44%) Problem-Solving
25 72 (12.10%) Multithreading
25 72 (12.10%) Microsoft
26 71 (11.93%) ETL

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 39 (6.55%) Apache
2 35 (5.88%) Confluence
3 30 (5.04%) Apache Spark
4 21 (3.53%) WebLogic
5 20 (3.36%) Red Hat Fuse
6 16 (2.69%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 15 (2.52%) IIS
8 12 (2.02%) nginx
8 12 (2.02%) WebSphere
9 11 (1.85%) CICS
10 10 (1.68%) Apache Airflow
10 10 (1.68%) Tomcat
10 10 (1.68%) WebLogic Portal
11 8 (1.34%) Oracle Coherence
11 8 (1.34%) SharePoint
12 7 (1.18%) WebSphere Application Server
13 6 (1.01%) Oracle Workflow
13 6 (1.01%) SAS
14 5 (0.84%) Adobe Experience Manager
14 5 (0.84%) OpenStack
Applications
1 3 (0.50%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.34%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.17%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 21 (3.53%) Oracle EBS
2 15 (2.52%) Oracle Applications
3 11 (1.85%) Dynamics NAV
4 5 (0.84%) Oracle EBS R12
5 3 (0.50%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.50%) SAP MDG
5 3 (0.50%) SAP S/4HANA
5 3 (0.50%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 3 (0.50%) Summit
6 2 (0.34%) Oracle BPM
7 1 (0.17%) Cerner Millennium
7 1 (0.17%) OpenText VIM for SAP
7 1 (0.17%) Oracle Cash Management
7 1 (0.17%) Oracle Payables
7 1 (0.17%) Payment Gateway
7 1 (0.17%) SAP MDM
7 1 (0.17%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 100 (16.81%) Azure
2 97 (16.30%) AWS
3 42 (7.06%) Power Platform
4 36 (6.05%) PaaS
5 34 (5.71%) GitHub
6 32 (5.38%) SaaS
7 26 (4.37%) GCP
8 22 (3.70%) AWS CloudFormation
9 18 (3.03%) Cloud Computing
10 16 (2.69%) Amazon S3
10 16 (2.69%) IaaS
10 16 (2.69%) Serverless
11 15 (2.52%) Amazon ECS
12 14 (2.35%) Amazon EC2
13 13 (2.18%) Azure Data Factory
14 12 (2.02%) Amazon Kinesis
15 11 (1.85%) AWS Lambda
16 10 (1.68%) Amazon ElastiCache
16 10 (1.68%) Datadog
16 10 (1.68%) Mavenlink
Communications & Networking
1 21 (3.53%) DNS
2 20 (3.36%) Kerberos
3 18 (3.03%) TCP/IP
4 17 (2.86%) Firewall
4 17 (2.86%) SAN
5 12 (2.02%) LAN
5 12 (2.02%) SSL
6 10 (1.68%) HTTP
6 10 (1.68%) WAN
7 9 (1.51%) Internet
8 8 (1.34%) DHCP
8 8 (1.34%) Multicast
8 8 (1.34%) NAS
9 7 (1.18%) Cisco Nexus
10 5 (0.84%) iSCSI
10 5 (0.84%) VLAN
11 4 (0.67%) BGP
11 4 (0.67%) FCoE
11 4 (0.67%) OSPF
11 4 (0.67%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 112 (18.82%) SQL Server
2 107 (17.98%) Oracle Database
3 93 (15.63%) Relational Database
4 81 (13.61%) Data Warehouse
5 59 (9.92%) Oracle Database 11g
6 51 (8.57%) Oracle Database 12c
7 47 (7.90%) RDBMS
8 44 (7.39%) Hadoop
9 42 (7.06%) Power BI
10 40 (6.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 34 (5.71%) MongoDB
12 33 (5.55%) NoSQL
13 32 (5.38%) Big Data
14 30 (5.04%) MySQL
15 29 (4.87%) PostgreSQL
16 25 (4.20%) SQL Server 2008
17 24 (4.03%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 22 (3.70%) Data Lake
19 21 (3.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
20 20 (3.36%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 87 (14.62%) Jenkins
2 67 (11.26%) Git (software)
3 54 (9.08%) JIRA
4 25 (4.20%) TeamCity
5 19 (3.19%) Bitbucket
6 16 (2.69%) Maven
6 16 (2.69%) Sonatype Nexus
7 12 (2.02%) ERwin
8 11 (1.85%) Gradle
8 11 (1.85%) Octopus Deploy
9 10 (1.68%) Subversion
10 9 (1.51%) JMeter
10 9 (1.51%) Oracle APEX
11 7 (1.18%) Selenium
12 6 (1.01%) Ant
12 6 (1.01%) Cucumber
12 6 (1.01%) ER Studio
13 5 (0.84%) CircleCI
13 5 (0.84%) IntelliJ
13 5 (0.84%) Oracle Forms
General
1 143 (24.03%) Finance
2 139 (23.36%) Banking
3 61 (10.25%) Investment Banking
4 49 (8.24%) Front Office
5 18 (3.03%) Public Sector
6 13 (2.18%) Retail
7 11 (1.85%) Publishing
8 7 (1.18%) Manufacturing
8 7 (1.18%) Pharmaceutical
8 7 (1.18%) Telecoms
9 4 (0.67%) Back Office
9 4 (0.67%) Marketing
9 4 (0.67%) Private Banking
10 3 (0.50%) Electronics
10 3 (0.50%) French Language
11 2 (0.34%) Games
11 2 (0.34%) International Banking
11 2 (0.34%) Law
11 2 (0.34%) Local Government
11 2 (0.34%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 218 (36.64%) Developer
2 110 (18.49%) Java Developer
3 98 (16.47%) DBA
4 57 (9.58%) Architect
5 49 (8.24%) Oracle DBA
6 48 (8.07%) Data Engineer
7 43 (7.23%) Administrator
8 36 (6.05%) Senior Developer
9 33 (5.55%) Front Office Developer
10 28 (4.71%) Oracle Developer
11 27 (4.54%) Consultant
12 26 (4.37%) Investment Banking Java Developer
13 22 (3.70%) Analyst
13 22 (3.70%) DevOps Engineer
14 21 (3.53%) Senior Java Developer
14 21 (3.53%) Solutions Architect
14 21 (3.53%) SQL DBA
15 16 (2.69%) Business Intelligence Developer
16 14 (2.35%) .NET Developer
16 14 (2.35%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 69 (11.60%) Spring
2 56 (9.41%) REST
3 46 (7.73%) HTML
4 43 (7.23%) XML
5 40 (6.72%) FIX Protocol
5 40 (6.72%) Spring Boot
6 36 (6.05%) HTML5
7 35 (5.88%) .NET
8 33 (5.55%) Middleware
9 32 (5.38%) RESTful
10 31 (5.21%) Kafka
11 28 (4.71%) AngularJS
11 28 (4.71%) Web Services
12 27 (4.54%) JDBC
12 27 (4.54%) JMS
13 26 (4.37%) JSON
14 25 (4.20%) Apache Camel
14 25 (4.20%) Hibernate
15 23 (3.87%) jQuery
16 22 (3.70%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 80 (13.45%) Analytical Skills
2 65 (10.92%) Clustering
3 61 (10.25%) Data Structures
4 57 (9.58%) Enterprise Software
5 49 (8.24%) Greenfield Project
6 43 (7.23%) Derivative
7 41 (6.89%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 34 (5.71%) Replication
9 15 (2.52%) Algorithms
10 14 (2.35%) Cloud Native
10 14 (2.35%) Data Centre
11 13 (2.18%) Credit Risk
11 13 (2.18%) Fixed Income
12 12 (2.02%) User Experience
13 11 (1.85%) Hybrid Cloud
14 10 (1.68%) Mainframe
14 10 (1.68%) Management Information System
15 9 (1.51%) Analytical Mindset
15 9 (1.51%) Self-Motivation
16 7 (1.18%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 171 (28.74%) Linux
2 80 (13.45%) Windows
3 75 (12.61%) Unix
4 34 (5.71%) Windows Server
5 26 (4.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 23 (3.87%) CentOS
7 20 (3.36%) AIX
8 15 (2.52%) Windows Server 2012
9 13 (2.18%) zOS
10 12 (2.02%) Windows Server 2008
11 9 (1.51%) Windows Server 2016
12 8 (1.34%) Android
12 8 (1.34%) Apple iOS
13 7 (1.18%) Solaris
13 7 (1.18%) SUSE
14 6 (1.01%) Windows Server 2019
15 5 (0.84%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
16 4 (0.67%) Windows Server 2003
17 3 (0.50%) CoreOS
17 3 (0.50%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 166 (27.90%) Agile Software Development
2 92 (15.46%) DevOps
3 90 (15.13%) High Availability
4 83 (13.95%) Data Modelling
5 79 (13.28%) Scrum
6 78 (13.11%) Microservices
7 74 (12.44%) Continuous Integration
7 74 (12.44%) Migration
7 74 (12.44%) Problem-Solving
8 72 (12.10%) Multithreading
9 71 (11.93%) Analytics
9 71 (11.93%) ETL
10 67 (11.26%) Business Intelligence
11 54 (9.08%) Disaster Recovery
12 53 (8.91%) Capacity Planning
13 52 (8.74%) Multithreaded Programming
14 48 (8.07%) OO
15 47 (7.90%) Low Latency
16 46 (7.73%) Test Automation
17 37 (6.22%) Memory Management
Programming Languages
1 238 (40.00%) SQL
2 180 (30.25%) Java
3 85 (14.29%) Python
4 76 (12.77%) PL/SQL
5 68 (11.43%) JavaScript
6 46 (7.73%) Java 8
7 42 (7.06%) C++
7 42 (7.06%) Shell Script
8 38 (6.39%) T-SQL
9 34 (5.71%) C#
10 32 (5.38%) PowerShell
11 23 (3.87%) Scala
12 18 (3.03%) Perl
13 17 (2.86%) Bash Shell
14 11 (1.85%) C
15 8 (1.34%) Haskell
16 7 (1.18%) Ruby
17 6 (1.01%) Apple Swift
17 6 (1.01%) PHP
17 6 (1.01%) REXX
Qualifications
1 31 (5.21%) Security Cleared
2 26 (4.37%) Degree
3 18 (3.03%) SC Cleared
4 13 (2.18%) Computer Science Degree
5 11 (1.85%) AWS Certification
6 10 (1.68%) Master's Degree
6 10 (1.68%) Microsoft Certification
7 9 (1.51%) DV Cleared
8 5 (0.84%) Cisco Certification
9 4 (0.67%) CCNP
9 4 (0.67%) MCP
9 4 (0.67%) MCSE
9 4 (0.67%) OCPJP
9 4 (0.67%) Sun Certification
9 4 (0.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 3 (0.50%) MCITP
10 3 (0.50%) MCTS
10 3 (0.50%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
11 2 (0.34%) RHCE
12 1 (0.17%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (6.05%) QA
2 22 (3.70%) Data Quality
3 12 (2.02%) PCI DSS
3 12 (2.02%) SLA
4 11 (1.85%) GDPR
5 7 (1.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 5 (0.84%) MiFID
7 2 (0.34%) NIST
8 1 (0.17%) COREP
8 1 (0.17%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.17%) FINREP
8 1 (0.17%) IFRS
8 1 (0.17%) PMO
System Software
1 32 (5.38%) VMware Infrastructure
2 31 (5.21%) Oracle RAC
3 25 (4.20%) Docker
4 20 (3.36%) Active Directory
5 14 (2.35%) Hyper-V
6 12 (2.02%) NFS
6 12 (2.02%) Oracle Clusterware
7 11 (1.85%) VMware ESXi
8 9 (1.51%) Firmware
8 9 (1.51%) Virtual Machines
9 6 (1.01%) Apache Flume
9 6 (1.01%) HDFS
9 6 (1.01%) KVM
9 6 (1.01%) Xen
10 5 (0.84%) vSphere
11 4 (0.67%) Ceph
11 4 (0.67%) Microcode
11 4 (0.67%) SRDF
11 4 (0.67%) XenApp
12 3 (0.50%) GPFS
Systems Management
1 43 (7.23%) Kubernetes
2 37 (6.22%) Ansible
3 32 (5.38%) Oracle RMAN
4 23 (3.87%) Puppet
4 23 (3.87%) Terraform
5 21 (3.53%) Data Guard
6 13 (2.18%) NetBackup
7 9 (1.51%) Control-M
7 9 (1.51%) Hadoop YARN
7 9 (1.51%) Opscode Chef
8 8 (1.34%) Ambari
8 8 (1.34%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
9 7 (1.18%) SCCM
10 6 (1.01%) Grafana
11 5 (0.84%) BladeLogic
11 5 (0.84%) Microsoft Clustering
12 4 (0.67%) Failover Clustering
12 4 (0.67%) Single Sign-On
12 4 (0.67%) Tivoli Storage Manager
12 4 (0.67%) WSUS
Vendors
1 200 (33.61%) Oracle
2 72 (12.10%) Microsoft
3 42 (7.06%) VMware
4 32 (5.38%) IBM
5 21 (3.53%) SAP
6 19 (3.19%) Google
6 19 (3.19%) Red Hat
7 17 (2.86%) Cisco
7 17 (2.86%) Cloudera
7 17 (2.86%) Splunk
8 16 (2.69%) Atlassian
8 16 (2.69%) Databricks
8 16 (2.69%) MuleSoft
9 13 (2.18%) Talend
10 12 (2.02%) HP
11 11 (1.85%) NetApp
11 11 (1.85%) Salesforce.com
11 11 (1.85%) Sybase
12 10 (1.68%) Dell
12 10 (1.68%) McAfee