Period
to 8 April 2020

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 8 April 2020 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
8 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 277 245 278
Rank change year-on-year -32 +33 -42
Contract jobs citing Performance Tuning 530 1,064 979
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.87% 1.10% 0.96%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.02% 1.26% 1.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 326 644 664
Median daily rate £473 £450 £433
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +4.05% +1.76%
10th Percentile £313 £350 £313
90th Percentile £700 £667 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 16 16
Median hourly rate £58.00 £30.34 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +91.20% -32.59% +12.50%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £58.00 £40.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year +45.00% -11.11% +12.50%

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 51,778 84,575 88,128
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.90% 87.25% 86.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 32,910 56,038 58,320
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +4.05%
10th Percentile £285 £300 £289
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £430 £415
% change year-on-year +2.33% +3.61% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,863 2,143 2,213
Median hourly rate £25.68 £25.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.72% +11.11% -10.00%
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.85 £11.38
90th Percentile £53.75 £51.21 £50.20
Median hourly rate £22.50 £23.49 £22.00
% change year-on-year -4.21% +6.77% -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 8 April 2020.

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
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 8 April 2020. 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 -26 471 £475 +5.56% 120
UK excluding London -24 294 £425 - 82
London -21 222 £550 +10.00% 41
North of England +30 92 £425 +6.25% 41
South East -18 87 £425 - 19
North West +30 55 £438 +16.67% 20
Scotland +9 51 £430 +2.69% 3
Yorkshire +35 31 £413 -2.94% 19
East of England +51 24 £431 -11.13% 3
South West -6 21 £470 -1.05% 13
Midlands +38 20 £413 -9.59% 3
West Midlands +46 11 £375 -23.04% 2
East Midlands +19 9 £425 +13.33% 1
North East +18 9 £650 +62.50% 2
Work from Home +4 3 £375 -6.25% 3

For the 6 months to 8 April 2020, 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.

1 221 (41.70%) SQL
2 167 (31.51%) SQL Server
3 144 (27.17%) Oracle
4 115 (21.70%) Linux
5 111 (20.94%) Agile Software Development
6 106 (20.00%) ETL
7 94 (17.74%) Microsoft
8 88 (16.60%) Azure
9 87 (16.42%) Migration
10 86 (16.23%) Windows
11 85 (16.04%) Oracle Database
12 78 (14.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 77 (14.53%) Java
14 76 (14.34%) Finance
15 72 (13.58%) Data Warehouse
16 70 (13.21%) Business Intelligence
16 70 (13.21%) T-SQL
17 66 (12.45%) DevOps
18 63 (11.89%) High Availability
19 62 (11.70%) Unix
20 56 (10.57%) Banking
21 55 (10.38%) VMware
21 55 (10.38%) AWS
22 53 (10.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
23 52 (9.81%) Disaster Recovery
24 51 (9.62%) Analytics
25 49 (9.25%) PL/SQL
26 47 (8.87%) Shell Script
27 46 (8.68%) Python
28 44 (8.30%) Security Cleared

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 31 (5.85%) Apache Spark
2 23 (4.34%) Apache
2 23 (4.34%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 18 (3.40%) WebLogic
4 16 (3.02%) IIS
5 12 (2.26%) Oracle Service Bus
6 10 (1.89%) Tomcat
7 9 (1.70%) nginx
8 6 (1.13%) Confluence
8 6 (1.13%) Elasticsearch
8 6 (1.13%) JBoss
9 5 (0.94%) MS Exchange
9 5 (0.94%) Oracle Application Server
10 4 (0.75%) SAS
10 4 (0.75%) SharePoint
10 4 (0.75%) Skype for Business
10 4 (0.75%) WebSphere
11 3 (0.57%) Mendix
12 2 (0.38%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 2 (0.38%) Apache Pig
Applications
1 19 (3.58%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (1.13%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.38%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.38%) Stata
4 1 (0.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 15 (2.83%) Oracle EBS
2 9 (1.70%) Oracle Applications
3 5 (0.94%) Oracle BPM
3 5 (0.94%) Payment Gateway
4 4 (0.75%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.75%) NetSuite
5 3 (0.57%) ContrOCC
5 3 (0.57%) Oracle 11i
5 3 (0.57%) thinkFolio
6 2 (0.38%) Oracle Receivables
6 2 (0.38%) Oracle Retail
6 2 (0.38%) SAP BPC
6 2 (0.38%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 1 (0.19%) Northgate Housing
7 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
7 1 (0.19%) Oracle ERP
7 1 (0.19%) Oracle Financials
7 1 (0.19%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 88 (16.60%) Azure
2 55 (10.38%) AWS
3 25 (4.72%) Power Platform
4 14 (2.64%) IaaS
5 13 (2.45%) OpenShift
5 13 (2.45%) PaaS
6 12 (2.26%) Amazon S3
7 11 (2.08%) Office 365
8 9 (1.70%) GCP
9 8 (1.51%) Azure Data Factory
9 8 (1.51%) Cloud Computing
10 5 (0.94%) Amazon EMR
10 5 (0.94%) Amazon Glacier
10 5 (0.94%) Amazon SageMaker
11 4 (0.75%) Apigee
11 4 (0.75%) GitHub
12 3 (0.57%) Amazon EC2
12 3 (0.57%) Azure Active Directory
12 3 (0.57%) SaaS
13 2 (0.38%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 29 (5.47%) Firewall
2 16 (3.02%) Cisco Nexus
3 15 (2.83%) BGP
3 15 (2.83%) Cisco ASA
3 15 (2.83%) DNS
3 15 (2.83%) OSPF
3 15 (2.83%) SAN
4 9 (1.70%) DHCP
5 8 (1.51%) HTTP
6 7 (1.32%) iSCSI
6 7 (1.32%) Network Security
6 7 (1.32%) TCP/IP
6 7 (1.32%) VPN
7 6 (1.13%) LAN
7 6 (1.13%) NAS
7 6 (1.13%) SSL
8 5 (0.94%) Fibre Channel
8 5 (0.94%) Kerberos
8 5 (0.94%) SMTP
8 5 (0.94%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 167 (31.51%) SQL Server
2 85 (16.04%) Oracle Database
3 78 (14.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 72 (13.58%) Data Warehouse
5 53 (10.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 42 (7.92%) Big Data
7 40 (7.55%) Hadoop
8 38 (7.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 30 (5.66%) Data Lake
9 30 (5.66%) NoSQL
9 30 (5.66%) Oracle Database 11g
9 30 (5.66%) SQL Server 2008
10 29 (5.47%) Relational Database
11 27 (5.09%) Oracle Database 12c
12 25 (4.72%) Power BI
13 22 (4.15%) SQL Server 2012
14 19 (3.58%) Oracle Database 10g
15 17 (3.21%) MongoDB
15 17 (3.21%) Oracle Reports
15 17 (3.21%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 20 (3.77%) Jenkins
2 15 (2.83%) JIRA
3 13 (2.45%) Git (software)
4 11 (2.08%) Visual Studio
5 10 (1.89%) JConsole
5 10 (1.89%) JProfiler
5 10 (1.89%) VisualVM
6 9 (1.70%) Team Foundation Server
7 8 (1.51%) Maven
8 6 (1.13%) JMeter
8 6 (1.13%) Oracle Forms
8 6 (1.13%) PowerBuilder
8 6 (1.13%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 6 (1.13%) Toad
8 6 (1.13%) Travis CI
9 5 (0.94%) Subversion
9 5 (0.94%) Visual Studio Team System
10 4 (0.75%) Bitbucket
10 4 (0.75%) JUnit
10 4 (0.75%) TeamCity
General
1 76 (14.34%) Finance
2 56 (10.57%) Banking
3 37 (6.98%) Public Sector
4 26 (4.91%) Front Office
5 14 (2.64%) Investment Banking
6 6 (1.13%) Local Government
6 6 (1.13%) Manufacturing
6 6 (1.13%) Retail
6 6 (1.13%) Retail Banking
6 6 (1.13%) Telecoms
7 5 (0.94%) Games
7 5 (0.94%) Law
7 5 (0.94%) Marketing
8 4 (0.75%) Pharmaceutical
9 3 (0.57%) Back Office
9 3 (0.57%) Legal
9 3 (0.57%) Publishing
10 2 (0.38%) Aerospace
10 2 (0.38%) Electronics
10 2 (0.38%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 193 (36.42%) Developer
2 127 (23.96%) DBA
3 57 (10.75%) SQL DBA
4 49 (9.25%) Architect
5 45 (8.49%) SQL Developer
6 42 (7.92%) Oracle DBA
7 39 (7.36%) Analyst
8 36 (6.79%) Java Developer
9 35 (6.60%) Administrator
10 26 (4.91%) Senior Developer
11 25 (4.72%) Oracle Developer
12 22 (4.15%) SQL Server DBA
13 20 (3.77%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 18 (3.40%) Consultant
14 18 (3.40%) Data Architect
15 15 (2.83%) Data Engineer
15 15 (2.83%) Network Engineer
16 14 (2.64%) Infrastructure Architect
17 13 (2.45%) Platform Engineer
17 13 (2.45%) SQL Server Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (6.79%) Middleware
2 33 (6.23%) Web Services
3 32 (6.04%) .NET
4 28 (5.28%) XML
5 25 (4.72%) AngularJS
5 25 (4.72%) REST
6 22 (4.15%) CSS
7 21 (3.96%) Kafka
8 19 (3.58%) React
9 18 (3.40%) HTML
10 17 (3.21%) FIX Protocol
11 15 (2.83%) Oracle GoldenGate
12 14 (2.64%) Spring
13 13 (2.45%) Oracle Fusion
14 12 (2.26%) Redux
15 11 (2.08%) Spark Streaming
16 10 (1.89%) Node.js
16 10 (1.89%) RESTful
16 10 (1.89%) SOAP
16 10 (1.89%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 42 (7.92%) Data Centre
2 41 (7.74%) Replication
3 39 (7.36%) Analytical Skills
4 29 (5.47%) Clustering
5 20 (3.77%) Greenfield Project
6 19 (3.58%) Data Structures
7 14 (2.64%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 14 (2.64%) Management Information System
8 12 (2.26%) Public Cloud
9 10 (1.89%) Linux Command Line
10 8 (1.51%) Fixed Income
11 6 (1.13%) Mobile App
12 5 (0.94%) Client/Server
12 5 (0.94%) Credit Risk
12 5 (0.94%) Enterprise Storage
12 5 (0.94%) User Experience
13 4 (0.75%) Animation
13 4 (0.75%) Blackberry
13 4 (0.75%) Handset
13 4 (0.75%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 115 (21.70%) Linux
2 86 (16.23%) Windows
3 62 (11.70%) Unix
4 33 (6.23%) Windows Server
5 32 (6.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 19 (3.58%) AIX
7 14 (2.64%) Windows Server 2008
8 12 (2.26%) Windows Server 2016
9 11 (2.08%) VME
10 9 (1.70%) Solaris
11 8 (1.51%) Windows Server 2012
12 7 (1.32%) Apple iOS
12 7 (1.32%) Windows 10
13 5 (0.94%) HPUX
13 5 (0.94%) Windows Server 2003
14 4 (0.75%) Android
15 3 (0.57%) CentOS
15 3 (0.57%) Oracle Linux
15 3 (0.57%) Windows 7
15 3 (0.57%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 111 (20.94%) Agile Software Development
2 106 (20.00%) ETL
3 87 (16.42%) Migration
4 70 (13.21%) Business Intelligence
5 66 (12.45%) DevOps
6 63 (11.89%) High Availability
7 52 (9.81%) Disaster Recovery
8 51 (9.62%) Analytics
9 42 (7.92%) Capacity Planning
9 42 (7.92%) Problem-Solving
10 37 (6.98%) TDD
11 36 (6.79%) Data Modelling
12 32 (6.04%) Performance Monitoring
13 30 (5.66%) ITIL
14 29 (5.47%) Capacity Management
14 29 (5.47%) Data Migration
15 27 (5.09%) Database Tuning
15 27 (5.09%) Low Latency
15 27 (5.09%) Test Automation
16 26 (4.91%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 221 (41.70%) SQL
2 77 (14.53%) Java
3 70 (13.21%) T-SQL
4 49 (9.25%) PL/SQL
5 47 (8.87%) Shell Script
6 46 (8.68%) Python
7 36 (6.79%) PowerShell
8 32 (6.04%) JavaScript
9 23 (4.34%) C#
10 19 (3.58%) Perl
10 19 (3.58%) TypeScript
11 16 (3.02%) Bash Shell
12 14 (2.64%) Scala
13 12 (2.26%) COBOL
14 10 (1.89%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 8 (1.51%) R
15 8 (1.51%) VBA
16 7 (1.32%) C
16 7 (1.32%) C++
17 6 (1.13%) Korn
Qualifications
1 44 (8.30%) Security Cleared
2 33 (6.23%) SC Cleared
3 28 (5.28%) Degree
4 16 (3.02%) Microsoft Certification
5 15 (2.83%) Cisco Certification
6 14 (2.64%) CCNP
7 12 (2.26%) Computer Science Degree
8 10 (1.89%) MCSE
9 9 (1.70%) DV Cleared
10 8 (1.51%) BPSS Clearance
11 5 (0.94%) MCITP
12 4 (0.75%) VCP6
12 4 (0.75%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 3 (0.57%) CCA
13 3 (0.57%) Citrix Certification
13 3 (0.57%) MCSA
14 2 (0.38%) CCSA
14 2 (0.38%) ITIL Certification
14 2 (0.38%) Oracle Certification
14 2 (0.38%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (3.96%) QA
2 20 (3.77%) SLA
3 6 (1.13%) PCI DSS
4 4 (0.75%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 3 (0.57%) SNOMED CT
6 2 (0.38%) COREP
6 2 (0.38%) FINREP
6 2 (0.38%) PMO
6 2 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.19%) HL7
System Software
1 37 (6.98%) Active Directory
2 27 (5.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (4.34%) Docker
4 22 (4.15%) Oracle RAC
5 17 (3.21%) HDFS
6 16 (3.02%) Virtual Machines
7 14 (2.64%) Hyper-V
8 12 (2.26%) LXC
8 12 (2.26%) NFS
8 12 (2.26%) vSphere
9 9 (1.70%) VMware NSX
9 9 (1.70%) XenApp
10 6 (1.13%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 4 (0.75%) Oracle Clusterware
11 4 (0.75%) vCloud
11 4 (0.75%) VMware ESXi
11 4 (0.75%) XenDesktop
12 3 (0.57%) Gluster
12 3 (0.57%) GlusterFS
13 2 (0.38%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 30 (5.66%) Ansible
2 18 (3.40%) Kubernetes
3 17 (3.21%) Data Guard
3 17 (3.21%) Oracle RMAN
4 15 (2.83%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 14 (2.64%) Puppet
6 12 (2.26%) Terraform
7 11 (2.08%) vRealize
8 10 (1.89%) Hadoop YARN
9 9 (1.70%) Opscode Chef
10 7 (1.32%) SCCM
11 6 (1.13%) Tivoli Storage Manager
12 5 (0.94%) vCenter Server
13 4 (0.75%) HP SIM
13 4 (0.75%) Oracle Flashback
13 4 (0.75%) Single Sign-On
13 4 (0.75%) Tivoli
13 4 (0.75%) WSUS
14 3 (0.57%) Foglight
14 3 (0.57%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 144 (27.17%) Oracle
2 94 (17.74%) Microsoft
3 55 (10.38%) VMware
4 36 (6.79%) Red Hat
5 24 (4.53%) Cisco
6 22 (4.15%) IBM
7 17 (3.21%) Cloudera
7 17 (3.21%) SAP
7 17 (3.21%) Tableau
8 14 (2.64%) CheckPoint
8 14 (2.64%) Citrix
9 13 (2.45%) HP
9 13 (2.45%) Talend
10 12 (2.26%) Informatica
11 9 (1.70%) Sybase
12 8 (1.51%) ICL
13 7 (1.32%) Ab Initio
13 7 (1.32%) MapR
13 7 (1.32%) MicroStrategy
13 7 (1.32%) SolarWinds