Period
to 23 April 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for R skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited R over the 6 months to 23 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.

R
UK
6 months to
23 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 285 262 333
Rank change year-on-year -23 +71 -14
Contract jobs citing R 486 543 741
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.90% 0.97% 0.78%
As % of the Programming Languages category 2.21% 2.38% 1.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 336 389 432
10th Percentile £325 £359 £325
25th Percentile £413 £425 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £525 £515
Median % change year-on-year - +1.94% -0.96%
75th Percentile £625 £631 £601
90th Percentile £666 £713 £681
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £475 £453
% change year-on-year - +4.97% +0.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 8 3
10th Percentile £19.24 £19.28 £18.37
25th Percentile £23.63 £22.29 £20.29
Median hourly rate £26.50 £25.00 £23.49
Median % change year-on-year +6.00% +6.43% -6.04%
75th Percentile £38.94 £43.94 £30.50
90th Percentile £58.75 £61.98 £34.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £41.05 £21.65
% change year-on-year -39.10% +89.63% -18.31%

R is in the Programming Languages category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for coding skills.

All Programming Languages
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for coding skills 21,950 22,786 40,829
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 40.57% 40.56% 42.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 15,454 16,009 28,809
10th Percentile £325 £325 £325
25th Percentile £401 £400 £394
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £485 £475
Median % change year-on-year +3.09% +2.11% +2.70%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £450 £425
% change year-on-year -5.56% +5.88% +5.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 446 427 648
10th Percentile £17.77 £17.13 £17.43
25th Percentile £25.47 £21.57 £24.25
Median hourly rate £42.50 £43.00 £42.50
Median % change year-on-year -1.16% +1.18% +6.25%
75th Percentile £50.67 £50.00 £48.75
90th Percentile £60.50 £57.50 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.12 £42.50 £42.75
% change year-on-year -5.61% -0.58% +6.88%

R
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing R as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for R in the UK

R
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing R.

Daily rate trend for R in the UK

R
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing R over the 6 months to 23 April 2021.

Daily rate histogram for R in the UK

R
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing R.

Hourly rate trend for R in the UK

R
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing R over the 6 months to 23 April 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for R in the UK

R
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 R within the UK over the 6 months to 23 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 -3 393 £539 +2.62% 129
London -51 234 £550 - 67
UK excluding London +52 155 £475 - 80
Work from Home -133 151 £498 -33.67% 28
South East +52 36 £505 +6.32% 9
South West +32 31 £640 +38.38% 10
North of England +61 30 £500 +5.26% 16
Wales +15 25 £394 -17.11%
Yorkshire +44 18 £513 +13.89% 6
Scotland +6 13 £425 - 17
North West +25 12 £425 -20.93% 7
East of England +31 10 £338 -43.75% 13
Midlands +17 10 £425 - 14
West Midlands +12 6 £438 +2.94% 11
East Midlands +22 4 £310 -31.11% 3

For the 6 months to 23 April 2021, IT contractor jobs citing R 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 R.

1 387 (79.63%) Python
2 272 (55.97%) SQL
3 189 (38.89%) Analytics
4 171 (35.19%) Data Science
5 162 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
6 137 (28.19%) Machine Learning
7 135 (27.78%) Visualisation
8 134 (27.57%) Agile Software Development
9 113 (23.25%) Azure
10 111 (22.84%) AWS
11 105 (21.60%) Statistics
12 104 (21.40%) Finance
13 91 (18.72%) Data Analysis
14 86 (17.70%) SAS
14 86 (17.70%) Business Intelligence
15 83 (17.08%) Security Cleared
16 80 (16.46%) Data Modelling
17 74 (15.23%) Java
17 74 (15.23%) Data Visualisation
18 73 (15.02%) SC Cleared
18 73 (15.02%) Mathematics
19 72 (14.81%) Apache Spark
20 71 (14.61%) Tableau
21 70 (14.40%) Degree
22 62 (12.76%) Computer Science
22 62 (12.76%) ETL
22 62 (12.76%) Public Sector
23 61 (12.55%) Big Data
24 60 (12.35%) Data Management
25 59 (12.14%) Data Engineering

R
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 86 (17.70%) SAS
2 72 (14.81%) Apache Spark
3 19 (3.91%) Confluence
4 18 (3.70%) Apache
5 15 (3.09%) Jupyter
6 14 (2.88%) Elasticsearch
7 12 (2.47%) Apache Airflow
8 2 (0.41%) Luigi
8 2 (0.41%) Oracle Coherence
8 2 (0.41%) SharePoint
9 1 (0.21%) Apache Pig
9 1 (0.21%) ArcGIS
9 1 (0.21%) Tomcat
Applications
1 32 (6.58%) Microsoft Excel
2 18 (3.70%) SPSS
3 12 (2.47%) Stata
4 6 (1.23%) Microsoft Office
4 6 (1.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (1.03%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.62%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 2 (0.41%) SAP HCM
3 1 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.21%) SAP CRM
3 1 (0.21%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 113 (23.25%) Azure
2 111 (22.84%) AWS
3 55 (11.32%) Power Platform
4 49 (10.08%) GCP
5 26 (5.35%) Amazon S3
6 15 (3.09%) GitHub
7 14 (2.88%) Amazon EMR
7 14 (2.88%) Azure Data Factory
8 12 (2.47%) Amazon EC2
8 12 (2.47%) Serverless
9 11 (2.26%) AWS CloudFormation
9 11 (2.26%) AWS Lambda
10 8 (1.65%) AWS Step Functions
10 8 (1.65%) Google Analytics
11 6 (1.23%) Adobe Analytics
11 6 (1.23%) Amazon Glacier
11 6 (1.23%) AWS CodeBuild
11 6 (1.23%) AWS CodePipeline
11 6 (1.23%) Cloud Computing
12 5 (1.03%) Amazon Kinesis
Communications & Networking
1 6 (1.23%) Network Security
2 4 (0.82%) 2G
2 4 (0.82%) 3G
2 4 (0.82%) 4G
2 4 (0.82%) 5G
2 4 (0.82%) LAN
2 4 (0.82%) Radio Access Network
3 3 (0.62%) BIG-IP
3 3 (0.62%) Cisco ASA
3 3 (0.62%) Cisco IOS
3 3 (0.62%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
3 3 (0.62%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 3 (0.62%) H.323
3 3 (0.62%) MGCP
3 3 (0.62%) NX-OS
3 3 (0.62%) Sourcefire
3 3 (0.62%) TCP/IP
3 3 (0.62%) Unified Communications
3 3 (0.62%) VoIP
3 3 (0.62%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (14.61%) Tableau
2 61 (12.55%) Big Data
3 55 (11.32%) Power BI
4 50 (10.29%) Relational Database
5 49 (10.08%) Hadoop
6 48 (9.88%) Data Mining
7 43 (8.85%) SQL Server
8 36 (7.41%) NoSQL
9 35 (7.20%) Data Warehouse
10 25 (5.14%) PostgreSQL
11 24 (4.94%) Amazon Redshift
11 24 (4.94%) Apache Hive
12 22 (4.53%) Amazon Athena
13 21 (4.32%) MySQL
13 21 (4.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 18 (3.70%) Data Lake
15 16 (3.29%) Amazon RDS
16 12 (2.47%) Amazon DynamoDB
17 10 (2.06%) SAS Data Integration Studio
18 9 (1.85%) Geospatial Data
Development Applications
1 31 (6.38%) Git (software)
2 29 (5.97%) JIRA
3 26 (5.35%) RStudio
4 13 (2.67%) Jenkins
5 9 (1.85%) Bitbucket
6 8 (1.65%) GitLab
7 5 (1.03%) Maven
7 5 (1.03%) Sonatype Nexus
7 5 (1.03%) Subversion
8 4 (0.82%) LoadRunner
8 4 (0.82%) Selenium
8 4 (0.82%) Visual Studio Team System
9 3 (0.62%) Cucumber
9 3 (0.62%) ERwin
9 3 (0.62%) FishEye
9 3 (0.62%) JUnit
9 3 (0.62%) TestDirector
9 3 (0.62%) TestNG
10 2 (0.41%) Jasmine
10 2 (0.41%) TeamCity
General
1 104 (21.40%) Finance
2 62 (12.76%) Public Sector
3 44 (9.05%) Marketing
4 31 (6.38%) Front Office
5 18 (3.70%) Retail
6 15 (3.09%) Pharmaceutical
7 12 (2.47%) Banking
8 8 (1.65%) Games
8 8 (1.65%) Telecoms
9 7 (1.44%) Multimedia
10 6 (1.23%) Local Government
11 3 (0.62%) Electronics
11 3 (0.62%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.62%) Legal
11 3 (0.62%) Manufacturing
11 3 (0.62%) Social Science
12 2 (0.41%) Advertising
12 2 (0.41%) Automotive
13 1 (0.21%) Law
13 1 (0.21%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 108 (22.22%) Analyst
1 108 (22.22%) Data Scientist
2 92 (18.93%) Developer
3 78 (16.05%) Data Analyst
4 60 (12.35%) Data Engineer
5 33 (6.79%) Senior Data Scientist
6 28 (5.76%) Python Developer
7 26 (5.35%) JavaScript Developer
8 25 (5.14%) Front Office Developer
9 23 (4.73%) Architect
10 22 (4.53%) AWS Engineer
11 16 (3.29%) Data Architect
12 12 (2.47%) Business Intelligence Developer
12 12 (2.47%) SQL Analyst
13 11 (2.26%) Consultant
13 11 (2.26%) Power BI Developer
14 10 (2.06%) Research Analyst
14 10 (2.06%) SAS Analyst
14 10 (2.06%) Senior Analyst
14 10 (2.06%) SQL Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (9.05%) Shiny
2 35 (7.20%) Web Services
3 31 (6.38%) AngularJS
4 27 (5.56%) React
5 26 (5.35%) NumPy
5 26 (5.35%) TensorFlow
6 25 (5.14%) Vue.js
7 19 (3.91%) Pandas
8 17 (3.50%) Kafka
9 15 (3.09%) PyTorch
10 14 (2.88%) Keras
11 13 (2.67%) PySpark
11 13 (2.67%) scikit-learn
12 11 (2.26%) XML
13 10 (2.06%) Akka
14 7 (1.44%) Play Framework
15 6 (1.23%) Elastic Stack
15 6 (1.23%) Spring
16 5 (1.03%) D3.js
16 5 (1.03%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 162 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
2 39 (8.02%) Algorithms
3 26 (5.35%) Derivative
4 25 (5.14%) Equities
4 25 (5.14%) Fixed Income
5 23 (4.73%) Data Structures
6 16 (3.29%) NHS
7 13 (2.67%) Analytical Mindset
8 10 (2.06%) Organisational Skills
9 8 (1.65%) Credit Risk
9 8 (1.65%) Management Information System
9 8 (1.65%) PlayStation
9 8 (1.65%) Public Cloud
10 7 (1.44%) Lidar
11 6 (1.23%) Reference Data
11 6 (1.23%) Social Media
12 5 (1.03%) Market Risk
12 5 (1.03%) Replication
12 5 (1.03%) Swaptions
13 4 (0.82%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 19 (3.91%) Linux
2 8 (1.65%) Unix
3 7 (1.44%) Windows
4 1 (0.21%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 189 (38.89%) Analytics
2 171 (35.19%) Data Science
3 137 (28.19%) Machine Learning
4 135 (27.78%) Visualisation
5 134 (27.57%) Agile Software Development
6 105 (21.60%) Statistics
7 91 (18.72%) Data Analysis
8 86 (17.70%) Business Intelligence
9 80 (16.46%) Data Modelling
10 74 (15.23%) Data Visualisation
11 73 (15.02%) Mathematics
12 62 (12.76%) Computer Science
12 62 (12.76%) ETL
13 60 (12.35%) Data Management
14 59 (12.14%) Data Engineering
15 55 (11.32%) Problem-Solving
16 54 (11.11%) Software Engineering
17 53 (10.91%) Data Analytics
18 51 (10.49%) Decision-Making
19 42 (8.64%) Predictive Modelling
Programming Languages
1 387 (79.63%) Python
2 272 (55.97%) SQL
3 74 (15.23%) Java
4 48 (9.88%) Scala
5 43 (8.85%) JavaScript
6 24 (4.94%) MATLAB
7 19 (3.91%) C++
8 18 (3.70%) VBA
9 10 (2.06%) C#
9 10 (2.06%) PowerShell
10 8 (1.65%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 7 (1.44%) Bash Shell
12 6 (1.23%) PL/SQL
13 5 (1.03%) Java 8
13 5 (1.03%) T-SQL
13 5 (1.03%) TypeScript
14 4 (0.82%) Shell Script
15 3 (0.62%) HiveQL
15 3 (0.62%) Perl
15 3 (0.62%) PHP
Qualifications
1 83 (17.08%) Security Cleared
2 73 (15.02%) SC Cleared
3 70 (14.40%) Degree
4 19 (3.91%) DV Cleared
5 16 (3.29%) PhD
6 13 (2.67%) BPSS Clearance
7 10 (2.06%) Numerate Degree
8 9 (1.85%) AWS Certification
9 6 (1.23%) Master's Degree
10 5 (1.03%) Computer Science Degree
11 4 (0.82%) Postgraduate
12 3 (0.62%) CCNP
12 3 (0.62%) Cisco Certification
12 3 (0.62%) DBS Check
12 3 (0.62%) PMP
13 2 (0.41%) CCNA
14 1 (0.21%) CCIE
14 1 (0.21%) CTC Cleared
14 1 (0.21%) ISEB
14 1 (0.21%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (10.49%) Data Quality
2 21 (4.32%) QA
3 4 (0.82%) CDISC
3 4 (0.82%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.62%) IFRS
4 3 (0.62%) IFRS 9
5 1 (0.21%) Dodd-Frank
5 1 (0.21%) EMIR
5 1 (0.21%) MiFID
5 1 (0.21%) PMO
System Software
1 23 (4.73%) Docker
2 6 (1.23%) HDFS
3 3 (0.62%) VMware NSX
4 1 (0.21%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
Systems Management
1 20 (4.12%) Kubernetes
2 18 (3.70%) Terraform
3 7 (1.44%) Ansible
3 7 (1.44%) Kibana
4 4 (0.82%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (0.62%) Cisco CUCM
5 3 (0.62%) Cisco Prime
5 3 (0.62%) HP Quality Center
5 3 (0.62%) HP SiteScope
5 3 (0.62%) ITRS Geneos
5 3 (0.62%) Puppet
6 2 (0.41%) Prometheus
6 2 (0.41%) Salt
6 2 (0.41%) SolarWinds Orion
7 1 (0.21%) Argo
7 1 (0.21%) Grafana
7 1 (0.21%) logstash
7 1 (0.21%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 37 (7.61%) Databricks
1 37 (7.61%) Oracle
2 35 (7.20%) Microsoft
3 23 (4.73%) Google
4 22 (4.53%) Adobe
5 16 (3.29%) Salesforce.com
6 14 (2.88%) SAP
7 11 (2.26%) Talend
8 10 (2.06%) IBM
9 9 (1.85%) Alteryx
10 8 (1.65%) Informatica
10 8 (1.65%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
11 6 (1.23%) Teradata
12 4 (0.82%) Cloudera
12 4 (0.82%) MicroStrategy
12 4 (0.82%) Vertica
13 3 (0.62%) F5
13 3 (0.62%) HP
13 3 (0.62%) SolarWinds
13 3 (0.62%) Splunk