Period
to 17 October 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Process Improvement skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Process Improvement over the 6 months to 17 October 2019 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.

Process Improvement
UK
6 months to
17 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 235 256 257
Rank change year-on-year +21 +1 -55
Contract jobs citing Process Improvement 1,004 1,094 1,016
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.18% 1.06% 1.02%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.37% 1.22% 1.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 645 683 653
UK median daily rate £450 £436 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.21% +3.81% -1.18%
10th Percentile £313 £269 £263
90th Percentile £618 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 38 24
UK median hourly rate £32.00 £29.58 £28.37
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.20% +4.27% +27.48%
10th Percentile £10.64 £13.50 £14.43
90th Percentile £60.00 £43.00 £47.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £34.25 £29.87
% change year-on-year -6.57% +14.68% +32.73%

Process Improvement 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 73,535 89,538 85,627
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.42% 86.78% 86.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 48,274 59,055 56,652
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £278
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,262 2,433 2,077
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £20.50 £24.87
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.07% -17.57% +10.53%
10th Percentile £11.81 £11.18 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.21 £20.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +16.04% -20.00% +6.38%

Process Improvement
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Process Improvement as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Process Improvement in the UK

Process Improvement
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Process Improvement.

Contractor daily rate trend for Process Improvement in the UK

Process Improvement
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Process Improvement over the 6 months to 17 October 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Process Improvement in the UK

Process Improvement
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Process Improvement.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Process Improvement in the UK

Process Improvement
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Process Improvement over the 6 months to 17 October 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Process Improvement in the UK

Process Improvement
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 Process Improvement within the UK over the 6 months to 17 October 2019. 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 +20 901 £455 +3.47% 257
UK excluding London +31 678 £450 +5.88% 211
London +34 296 £450 -2.70% 72
South East +43 220 £486 +11.78% 55
North of England +62 157 £450 +5.88% 43
Midlands -14 88 £435 -0.11% 34
Yorkshire +59 80 £476 +12.06% 9
East of England +27 77 £450 -5.26% 26
West Midlands -5 75 £450 +2.86% 22
Scotland +25 53 £450 +20.00% 20
South West -24 52 £468 +15.43% 27
North West +26 50 £425 - 25
North East +28 26 £351 -24.05% 9
Wales +30 19 £500 +30.62% 5
East Midlands +6 12 £300 -22.33% 12
Northern Ireland +2 12 £250 -37.50% 1

For the 6 months to 17 October 2019, IT contractor jobs citing Process Improvement 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 Process Improvement.

1 365 (36.35%) Agile Software Development
2 271 (26.99%) Finance
3 152 (15.14%) Stakeholder Management
4 150 (14.94%) DevOps
5 149 (14.84%) SQL
6 144 (14.34%) Problem-Solving
7 142 (14.14%) Test Strategy
8 138 (13.75%) ITIL
9 136 (13.55%) Microsoft
10 133 (13.25%) Change Management
11 127 (12.65%) JIRA
12 126 (12.55%) Project Management
13 120 (11.95%) Analytical Skills
14 110 (10.96%) Analytics
15 105 (10.46%) Scrum
16 104 (10.36%) Oracle
17 95 (9.46%) Confluence
18 94 (9.36%) Business Intelligence
19 92 (9.16%) Linux
20 90 (8.96%) Python
20 90 (8.96%) Azure
21 89 (8.86%) Data Modelling
22 86 (8.57%) Business Analysis
23 84 (8.37%) Security Cleared
24 82 (8.17%) Configuration Management
25 81 (8.07%) Problem Management
25 81 (8.07%) Project Delivery
26 79 (7.87%) Degree
26 79 (7.87%) Windows
27 75 (7.47%) Continuous Improvement

Process Improvement
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 95 (9.46%) Confluence
2 46 (4.58%) SharePoint
3 34 (3.39%) WebLogic
4 20 (1.99%) SAS
5 16 (1.59%) Apache Spark
6 12 (1.20%) Skype for Business
7 10 (1.00%) MS Exchange
8 9 (0.90%) Jupyter
8 9 (0.90%) OpenStack
9 8 (0.80%) CMS
10 6 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2010
10 6 (0.60%) K2 blackpearl
10 6 (0.60%) SAP Portal
11 4 (0.40%) Apache Airflow
12 3 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2003
12 3 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2007
12 3 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2013
12 3 (0.30%) Luigi
12 3 (0.30%) Magnolia
12 3 (0.30%) WebSphere
Applications
1 64 (6.37%) Microsoft Excel
2 59 (5.88%) Microsoft Office
3 50 (4.98%) MS Visio
4 35 (3.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.60%) Microsoft Project
5 6 (0.60%) SPSS
6 5 (0.50%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.40%) CATIA
7 4 (0.40%) Windchill
8 1 (0.100%) Adobe XD
8 1 (0.100%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 14 (1.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (1.29%) SAP HCM
3 9 (0.90%) SAP BPC
3 9 (0.90%) SAP GRC
4 8 (0.80%) SAP S/4HANA
5 6 (0.60%) Dynamics NAV
5 6 (0.60%) Oracle EBS
5 6 (0.60%) Teamcenter
6 5 (0.50%) Dynamics AX
6 5 (0.50%) NetSuite
6 5 (0.50%) Oracle Financials
6 5 (0.50%) SAP ERP
6 5 (0.50%) SAP PSCD
7 3 (0.30%) Unit4 Business World
8 2 (0.20%) assyst
8 2 (0.20%) Maximo
8 2 (0.20%) Oracle HRMS
8 2 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
8 2 (0.20%) SAP EHS
8 2 (0.20%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 90 (8.96%) Azure
2 62 (6.18%) AWS
3 39 (3.88%) Power Platform
4 27 (2.69%) Office 365
5 20 (1.99%) GCP
6 19 (1.89%) SuccessFactors
7 17 (1.69%) GitHub
8 15 (1.49%) SaaS
8 15 (1.49%) Trello
9 14 (1.39%) PaaS
10 13 (1.29%) Dynamics 365
11 12 (1.20%) OpenShift
12 6 (0.60%) Amazon EMR
12 6 (0.60%) Amazon S3
13 5 (0.50%) Amazon SQS
13 5 (0.50%) Azure Active Directory
13 5 (0.50%) Cloud Computing
13 5 (0.50%) IaaS
14 4 (0.40%) Google Analytics
15 3 (0.30%) Adobe Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 19 (1.89%) Firewall
1 19 (1.89%) TCP/IP
2 18 (1.79%) Internet
3 17 (1.69%) VoIP
4 16 (1.59%) Skype
5 14 (1.39%) WAN
6 13 (1.29%) LAN
7 11 (1.10%) 4G
8 10 (1.00%) MPLS
8 10 (1.00%) Unified Communications
9 9 (0.90%) Intranet
9 9 (0.90%) Radio Access Network
10 8 (0.80%) BGP
10 8 (0.80%) DNS
10 8 (0.80%) HTTP
10 8 (0.80%) PSTN
11 7 (0.70%) EIGRP
11 7 (0.70%) SAN
11 7 (0.70%) SSL
11 7 (0.70%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 62 (6.18%) SQL Server
2 39 (3.88%) Power BI
3 37 (3.69%) MySQL
4 34 (3.39%) Big Data
5 32 (3.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 26 (2.59%) Relational Database
7 25 (2.49%) Data Warehouse
8 22 (2.19%) Oracle Database
9 18 (1.79%) BusinessObjects
10 16 (1.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 15 (1.49%) SQL Server 2012
12 14 (1.39%) Data Mining
12 14 (1.39%) Oracle Reports
12 14 (1.39%) RDBMS
13 11 (1.10%) Apache Hive
14 10 (1.00%) Amazon Redshift
14 10 (1.00%) Oracle BI EE
15 9 (0.90%) BigQuery
15 9 (0.90%) PostgreSQL
16 8 (0.80%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 127 (12.65%) JIRA
2 60 (5.98%) Git (software)
3 53 (5.28%) Jenkins
4 25 (2.49%) Bitbucket
5 16 (1.59%) Sonatype Nexus
6 13 (1.29%) Selenium
7 9 (0.90%) CA Gen
7 9 (0.90%) Gradle
7 9 (0.90%) JUnit
7 9 (0.90%) Team Foundation Server
7 9 (0.90%) Visual Studio
8 8 (0.80%) Gerrit
8 8 (0.80%) Octopus Deploy
9 7 (0.70%) GitLab
9 7 (0.70%) Maven
9 7 (0.70%) Protractor
9 7 (0.70%) WebDriver
10 6 (0.60%) Cucumber
10 6 (0.60%) JMeter
10 6 (0.60%) SoapUI
General
1 271 (26.99%) Finance
2 65 (6.47%) Banking
3 63 (6.27%) Telecoms
4 58 (5.78%) Public Sector
5 40 (3.98%) Financial Institution
6 33 (3.29%) Retail
7 27 (2.69%) Manufacturing
8 22 (2.19%) Legal
9 19 (1.89%) Marketing
10 18 (1.79%) Investment Banking
10 18 (1.79%) Pharmaceutical
11 16 (1.59%) Local Government
12 11 (1.10%) Retail Banking
13 8 (0.80%) French Language
14 6 (0.60%) Automotive
14 6 (0.60%) Law
14 6 (0.60%) Private Banking
15 5 (0.50%) Front Office
15 5 (0.50%) Games
15 5 (0.50%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 210 (20.92%) Analyst
2 165 (16.43%) Developer
3 110 (10.96%) Business Analyst
4 78 (7.77%) Consultant
5 67 (6.67%) Project Manager
6 43 (4.28%) Python Developer
7 30 (2.99%) Architect
8 29 (2.89%) Process Analyst
8 29 (2.89%) Test Manager
9 26 (2.59%) DevOps Engineer
9 26 (2.59%) Scrum Master
10 25 (2.49%) Administrator
10 25 (2.49%) Java Developer
11 23 (2.29%) Data Analyst
12 21 (2.09%) IT Manager
12 21 (2.09%) SQL Developer
13 20 (1.99%) Senior Developer
14 19 (1.89%) Senior Analyst
15 17 (1.69%) Delivery Manager
16 16 (1.59%) Operations Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (3.69%) CSS
2 35 (3.49%) HTML
3 34 (3.39%) .NET
4 31 (3.09%) Velocity
5 30 (2.99%) Spring
6 27 (2.69%) J2EE
7 26 (2.59%) XML
8 21 (2.09%) Web Services
9 19 (1.89%) JSON
10 18 (1.79%) AngularJS
10 18 (1.79%) Spring Boot
11 12 (1.20%) ASP.NET
11 12 (1.20%) ASP.NET MVC
11 12 (1.20%) REST
12 11 (1.10%) Kafka
13 10 (1.00%) Middleware
14 9 (0.90%) jQuery
14 9 (0.90%) NumPy
14 9 (0.90%) Pandas
14 9 (0.90%) scikit-learn
Miscellaneous
1 120 (11.95%) Analytical Skills
2 63 (6.27%) Management Information System
3 51 (5.08%) Self-Motivation
4 29 (2.89%) Virtual Team
5 28 (2.79%) User Experience
6 27 (2.69%) Data Centre
7 16 (1.59%) Data Structures
8 10 (1.00%) Algorithms
8 10 (1.00%) NHS
9 9 (0.90%) Driving Licence
9 9 (0.90%) Hybrid Cloud
9 9 (0.90%) Linux Command Line
10 8 (0.80%) Blackberry
11 7 (0.70%) Public Cloud
11 7 (0.70%) Robotics
12 6 (0.60%) Clustering
12 6 (0.60%) CMDB
12 6 (0.60%) Derivative
12 6 (0.60%) Social Media
13 5 (0.50%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 92 (9.16%) Linux
2 79 (7.87%) Windows
3 48 (4.78%) Unix
4 35 (3.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 22 (2.19%) Windows Server 2012
6 17 (1.69%) Windows Server
7 15 (1.49%) Windows 10
8 12 (1.20%) Windows 7
9 11 (1.10%) CentOS
10 10 (1.00%) Windows Server 2008
11 6 (0.60%) Windows Server 2003
11 6 (0.60%) zOS
12 4 (0.40%) AIX
12 4 (0.40%) Solaris
13 3 (0.30%) Mac OS X
13 3 (0.30%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
13 3 (0.30%) Windows 2000
13 3 (0.30%) Windows XP
14 2 (0.20%) VMS
14 2 (0.20%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 365 (36.35%) Agile Software Development
2 152 (15.14%) Stakeholder Management
3 150 (14.94%) DevOps
4 144 (14.34%) Problem-Solving
5 142 (14.14%) Test Strategy
6 138 (13.75%) ITIL
7 133 (13.25%) Change Management
8 126 (12.55%) Project Management
9 110 (10.96%) Analytics
10 105 (10.46%) Scrum
11 94 (9.36%) Business Intelligence
12 89 (8.86%) Data Modelling
13 86 (8.57%) Business Analysis
14 82 (8.17%) Configuration Management
15 81 (8.07%) Problem Management
15 81 (8.07%) Project Delivery
16 75 (7.47%) Continuous Improvement
17 70 (6.97%) Service Delivery
18 68 (6.77%) Migration
19 65 (6.47%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 149 (14.84%) SQL
2 90 (8.96%) Python
3 74 (7.37%) Java
4 54 (5.38%) C#
5 53 (5.28%) JavaScript
6 33 (3.29%) PowerShell
7 32 (3.19%) PL/SQL
8 25 (2.49%) Bash Shell
9 23 (2.29%) VB
10 21 (2.09%) Perl
10 21 (2.09%) Scala
11 20 (1.99%) Shell Script
11 20 (1.99%) VBA
12 19 (1.89%) VB6
13 17 (1.69%) C
14 16 (1.59%) T-SQL
15 11 (1.10%) ABAP
15 11 (1.10%) Ruby
16 10 (1.00%) R
17 6 (0.60%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 84 (8.37%) Security Cleared
2 79 (7.87%) Degree
3 57 (5.68%) SC Cleared
4 23 (2.29%) ISEB
4 23 (2.29%) ISTQB
5 13 (1.29%) Cisco Certification
6 12 (1.20%) DV Cleared
6 12 (1.20%) Microsoft Certification
6 12 (1.20%) Six Sigma Black Belt
7 11 (1.10%) CCNP
7 11 (1.10%) ITIL Certification
7 11 (1.10%) Six Sigma Green Belt
8 10 (1.00%) BPSS Clearance
8 10 (1.00%) CISSP
8 10 (1.00%) MCSE
8 10 (1.00%) PMI Certification
9 9 (0.90%) CCNA
9 9 (0.90%) CISM
9 9 (0.90%) PMP
10 8 (0.80%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 67 (6.67%) QA
2 66 (6.57%) SLA
3 24 (2.39%) Data Quality
4 14 (1.39%) PMO
5 9 (0.90%) COBIT
5 9 (0.90%) GDPR
6 6 (0.60%) ISO 9001
6 6 (0.60%) MiFID
6 6 (0.60%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 4 (0.40%) Cyber Essentials
7 4 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 4 (0.40%) NIST
8 3 (0.30%) GxP
8 3 (0.30%) PCI DSS
9 2 (0.20%) EFQM
9 2 (0.20%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 2 (0.20%) IFRS
10 1 (0.100%) Disclosure Scotland
10 1 (0.100%) PSD2
10 1 (0.100%) WCAG
System Software
1 32 (3.19%) Docker
2 28 (2.79%) Active Directory
3 23 (2.29%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (0.60%) Oracle RAC
4 6 (0.60%) vSphere
5 5 (0.50%) HDFS
5 5 (0.50%) Hyper-V
5 5 (0.50%) XenApp
5 5 (0.50%) XenDesktop
6 3 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.20%) BitLocker
7 2 (0.20%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.20%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (0.20%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.100%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 51 (5.08%) Ansible
2 18 (1.79%) SCCM
3 15 (1.49%) Terraform
4 12 (1.20%) Kubernetes
4 12 (1.20%) Puppet
5 10 (1.00%) Single Sign-On
6 8 (0.80%) SCOM
7 7 (0.70%) Opscode Chef
8 6 (0.60%) Data Guard
8 6 (0.60%) Oracle RMAN
9 5 (0.50%) Grafana
9 5 (0.50%) HP SIM
10 4 (0.40%) HP Quality Center
11 3 (0.30%) NetBackup
12 2 (0.20%) AirWatch
12 2 (0.20%) EMC NetWorker
12 2 (0.20%) EnCase
12 2 (0.20%) Kibana
13 1 (0.100%) CA Service Virtualization
13 1 (0.100%) Packer
Vendors
1 136 (13.55%) Microsoft
2 104 (10.36%) Oracle
3 74 (7.37%) SAP
4 39 (3.88%) VMware
4 39 (3.88%) webMethods
5 38 (3.78%) Red Hat
6 30 (2.99%) Salesforce.com
7 29 (2.89%) Google
8 28 (2.79%) ServiceNow
9 27 (2.69%) Cisco
10 26 (2.59%) BEA
11 16 (1.59%) Huawei
12 15 (1.49%) Dell
12 15 (1.49%) Tableau
13 14 (1.39%) Adobe
14 13 (1.29%) Informatica
15 12 (1.20%) Citrix
16 11 (1.10%) Pega
17 10 (1.00%) HP
17 10 (1.00%) IBM