Period
to 18 September 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Release Management skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Release Management over the 6 months to 18 September 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.

Release Management
UK
6 months to
18 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 269 248 204
Rank change year-on-year -21 -44 +42
Contract jobs citing Release Management 1,001 1,032 1,391
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.97% 1.05% 1.31%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.13% 1.23% 1.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 632 646 860
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £314 £313 £260
90th Percentile £650 £603 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £375
% change year-on-year - +13.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 38 46
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £33.25 £32.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -27.81% +1.28% +62.63%
10th Percentile £15.90 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £42.10 £52.37 £39.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.12 £33.33 £33.00
% change year-on-year -30.63% +1.00% +63.49%

Release Management 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 88,872 83,852 90,386
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.24% 85.60% 85.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,625 55,176 59,764
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.12%
10th Percentile £300 £280 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,448 2,093 2,334
UK median hourly rate £20.50 £24.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.58% +4.35% +4.55%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £24.00 £23.59
% change year-on-year -16.67% +1.74% +7.23%

Release Management
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Release Management as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Release Management in the UK

Release Management
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Release Management in the UK

Release Management
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Release Management over the 6 months to 18 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Release Management in the UK

Release Management
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Release Management in the UK

Release Management
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Release Management over the 6 months to 18 September 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Release Management in the UK

Release Management
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 Release Management within the UK over the 6 months to 18 September 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 -11 938 £475 +5.56% 162
UK excluding London -29 520 £425 - 119
London -15 472 £525 +13.51% 60
South East -27 195 £425 -5.56% 29
North of England +29 107 £431 +1.47% 22
Midlands -19 68 £450 +23.71% 24
South West -7 59 £444 +4.41% 11
North West -2 55 £525 +23.53% 12
Yorkshire +15 48 £413 -13.16% 7
Scotland -30 42 £375 -3.23% 14
East of England -12 39 £425 -5.56% 16
East Midlands -4 37 £495 +50.00% 9
West Midlands -28 28 £413 +6.45% 15
Wales -38 11 £388 +10.71% 3
North East -11 4 £513 +65.32% 3
Northern Ireland +33 1 - -

For the 6 months to 18 September 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Release Management 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 Release Management.

1 450 (44.96%) Agile Software Development
2 267 (26.67%) DevOps
3 230 (22.98%) Finance
4 194 (19.38%) Git (software)
5 189 (18.88%) Continuous Integration
6 185 (18.48%) Configuration Management
7 179 (17.88%) Jenkins
8 178 (17.78%) ITIL
9 170 (16.98%) Java
10 159 (15.88%) JavaScript
11 154 (15.38%) Windows
12 151 (15.08%) Change Management
13 149 (14.89%) Scrum
14 146 (14.59%) JIRA
15 142 (14.19%) Test Automation
16 140 (13.99%) Microsoft Azure
17 138 (13.79%) Microsoft
18 118 (11.79%) Service Management
19 116 (11.59%) Problem-Solving
20 111 (11.09%) Linux
21 108 (10.79%) Python
22 107 (10.69%) QA
23 106 (10.59%) Project Management
24 98 (9.79%) SQL
25 93 (9.29%) Amazon AWS
26 89 (8.89%) SQL Server
27 87 (8.69%) .NET
28 83 (8.29%) Continuous Improvement
29 82 (8.19%) Security Cleared
30 81 (8.09%) Docker

Release Management
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 73 (7.29%) Confluence
2 44 (4.40%) SharePoint
3 27 (2.70%) JBoss
4 24 (2.40%) Drupal
5 22 (2.20%) Elasticsearch
6 21 (2.10%) WebSphere
7 20 (2.00%) IIS
8 19 (1.90%) WebLogic
9 18 (1.80%) CMS
9 18 (1.80%) OpenStack
10 13 (1.30%) MS Exchange
11 12 (1.20%) Apache
11 12 (1.20%) Cloud Foundry
12 10 (1.00%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 7 (0.70%) BizTalk Server
13 7 (0.70%) nginx
14 5 (0.50%) Apache ServiceMix
15 3 (0.30%) Apache Solr
15 3 (0.30%) Apache Spark
15 3 (0.30%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 47 (4.70%) Microsoft Excel
2 32 (3.20%) Microsoft Office
3 20 (2.00%) Microsoft Project
4 17 (1.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 12 (1.20%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.30%) SOLIDWORKS
6 3 (0.30%) SPSS
7 1 (0.100%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 12 (1.20%) Dynamics CRM
1 12 (1.20%) Magento
2 7 (0.70%) Remedy ITSM
3 5 (0.50%) Oracle EBS
4 4 (0.40%) Oracle Applications
5 3 (0.30%) Oracle Financials
5 3 (0.30%) SAP S/4HANA
5 3 (0.30%) thinkFolio
5 3 (0.30%) Workday HCM
6 2 (0.20%) ION MarketView
6 2 (0.20%) Oracle General Ledger
6 2 (0.20%) SAP CO
6 2 (0.20%) SAP FI
6 2 (0.20%) SAP FI/CO
6 2 (0.20%) SAP GTS
7 1 (0.100%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 1 (0.100%) Endur
7 1 (0.100%) Oracle ERP
7 1 (0.100%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.100%) SAP MDM
Cloud Services
1 140 (13.99%) Microsoft Azure
2 93 (9.29%) Amazon AWS
3 58 (5.79%) PaaS
4 29 (2.90%) SaaS
5 25 (2.50%) GitHub
5 25 (2.50%) Serverless
6 22 (2.20%) Cloud Computing
7 21 (2.10%) IaaS
8 20 (2.00%) AWS Lambda
9 16 (1.60%) AWS CloudFormation
9 16 (1.60%) Office 365
10 11 (1.10%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 10 (1.00%) Amazon EC2
11 10 (1.00%) Amazon Kinesis
11 10 (1.00%) Salesforce Service Cloud
11 10 (1.00%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 9 (0.90%) OpenShift
13 8 (0.80%) AWS CloudTrail
14 6 (0.60%) IBM Cloud
14 6 (0.60%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 32 (3.20%) Firewall
2 13 (1.30%) SSL
3 12 (1.20%) SMS
3 12 (1.20%) TCP/IP
3 12 (1.20%) WAN
4 11 (1.10%) SAN
5 9 (0.90%) DNS
5 9 (0.90%) HTTP
5 9 (0.90%) LAN
6 8 (0.80%) Internet
6 8 (0.80%) Intranet
6 8 (0.80%) SSH
7 7 (0.70%) VPN
8 5 (0.50%) NetScaler
8 5 (0.50%) Network Security
9 3 (0.30%) BIG-IP
9 3 (0.30%) MPLS
9 3 (0.30%) Skype
10 2 (0.20%) Kerberos
10 2 (0.20%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 89 (8.89%) SQL Server
2 37 (3.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 33 (3.30%) Cosmos DB
4 32 (3.20%) Data Warehouse
4 32 (3.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 30 (3.00%) MySQL
6 24 (2.40%) Relational Database
7 21 (2.10%) MongoDB
8 20 (2.00%) Big Data
8 20 (2.00%) NoSQL
9 18 (1.80%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 17 (1.70%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 14 (1.40%) PostgreSQL
12 13 (1.30%) Power BI
13 10 (1.00%) Oracle Database
14 8 (0.80%) Data Mining
15 7 (0.70%) Hadoop
15 7 (0.70%) SAP HANA
16 6 (0.60%) Apache Cassandra
16 6 (0.60%) DB2
Development Applications
1 194 (19.38%) Git (software)
2 179 (17.88%) Jenkins
3 146 (14.59%) JIRA
4 68 (6.79%) Selenium
5 66 (6.59%) Visual Studio Team System
6 59 (5.89%) Maven
7 58 (5.79%) Subversion
8 50 (5.00%) Visual Studio
9 44 (4.40%) Mercurial
10 33 (3.30%) Gradle
11 30 (3.00%) Artifactory
12 28 (2.80%) Sublime Text
13 26 (2.60%) Team Foundation Server
14 23 (2.30%) GitLab
14 23 (2.30%) TeamCity
15 21 (2.10%) Cucumber
16 20 (2.00%) SonarQube
17 18 (1.80%) Bitbucket
18 16 (1.60%) SpecFlow
19 15 (1.50%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 230 (22.98%) Finance
2 79 (7.89%) Banking
3 27 (2.70%) Retail
4 26 (2.60%) Telecoms
5 22 (2.20%) Financial Institution
5 22 (2.20%) Front Office
6 18 (1.80%) Legal
6 18 (1.80%) Publishing
7 14 (1.40%) Retail Banking
8 12 (1.20%) Pharmaceutical
9 11 (1.10%) Manufacturing
10 6 (0.60%) Back Office
10 6 (0.60%) Games
10 6 (0.60%) Investment Banking
10 6 (0.60%) Law
10 6 (0.60%) Military
11 5 (0.50%) Electronics
11 5 (0.50%) Marketing
12 4 (0.40%) Billing
12 4 (0.40%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 213 (21.28%) Developer
2 125 (12.49%) Release Manager
3 104 (10.39%) DevOps Engineer
4 90 (8.99%) Analyst
5 54 (5.39%) Project Manager
6 50 (5.00%) Architect
7 46 (4.60%) Consultant
8 37 (3.70%) React Developer
9 33 (3.30%) Applications Developer
10 31 (3.10%) Service Manager
11 30 (3.00%) Delivery Manager
12 29 (2.90%) C# Developer
12 29 (2.90%) IT Manager
13 28 (2.80%) Java Developer
13 28 (2.80%) Mobile Applications Developer
13 28 (2.80%) Senior DevOps
13 28 (2.80%) Test Manager
14 27 (2.70%) JavaScript Developer
14 27 (2.70%) Senior DevOps Engineer
15 26 (2.60%) .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 87 (8.69%) .NET
2 79 (7.89%) AngularJS
3 72 (7.19%) HTML
3 72 (7.19%) Web Services
4 63 (6.29%) REST
5 62 (6.19%) CSS
6 47 (4.70%) JSON
7 43 (4.30%) React
8 40 (4.00%) XML
9 38 (3.80%) HTML5
9 38 (3.80%) Spring
10 37 (3.70%) Node.js
11 35 (3.50%) OAuth
12 34 (3.40%) RESTful
13 32 (3.20%) OpenID
14 31 (3.10%) OAuth2
15 29 (2.90%) CSS3
15 29 (2.90%) LDAP
16 28 (2.80%) React Native
17 23 (2.30%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 81 (8.09%) Analytical Skills
2 60 (5.99%) User Experience
3 39 (3.90%) Mobile App
4 35 (3.50%) Management Information System
4 35 (3.50%) Virtual Team
5 31 (3.10%) Computer Science
6 28 (2.80%) Enterprise Software
7 18 (1.80%) Self-Motivation
8 14 (1.40%) CMDB
9 10 (1.00%) Greenfield Project
10 9 (0.90%) Algorithms
10 9 (0.90%) NHS
10 9 (0.90%) PKI
10 9 (0.90%) PMI
10 9 (0.90%) Public Cloud
11 8 (0.80%) Smart Meter
12 7 (0.70%) Data Structures
12 7 (0.70%) Fixed Income
12 7 (0.70%) Mainframe
13 6 (0.60%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 154 (15.38%) Windows
2 111 (11.09%) Linux
3 72 (7.19%) Unix
4 37 (3.70%) Apple iOS
5 30 (3.00%) Android
6 29 (2.90%) Windows Server
7 26 (2.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 17 (1.70%) CentOS
9 10 (1.00%) Windows 10
10 8 (0.80%) VMS
10 8 (0.80%) Windows Server 2012
11 7 (0.70%) Solaris
11 7 (0.70%) Windows 7
12 6 (0.60%) Windows Server 2008
12 6 (0.60%) zOS
13 5 (0.50%) Ubuntu
14 4 (0.40%) Windows Server 2003
15 3 (0.30%) Mac OS X
15 3 (0.30%) VME
16 2 (0.20%) Mac OS X Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 450 (44.96%) Agile Software Development
2 267 (26.67%) DevOps
3 189 (18.88%) Continuous Integration
4 185 (18.48%) Configuration Management
5 178 (17.78%) ITIL
6 151 (15.08%) Change Management
7 149 (14.89%) Scrum
8 142 (14.19%) Test Automation
9 118 (11.79%) Service Management
10 116 (11.59%) Problem-Solving
11 106 (10.59%) Project Management
12 83 (8.29%) Continuous Improvement
13 77 (7.69%) TDD
14 76 (7.59%) SDLC
15 67 (6.69%) Migration
16 66 (6.59%) Microservices
16 66 (6.59%) Stakeholder Management
17 64 (6.39%) Change Control
17 64 (6.39%) E-Commerce
18 58 (5.79%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 170 (16.98%) Java
2 159 (15.88%) JavaScript
3 108 (10.79%) Python
4 98 (9.79%) SQL
5 72 (7.19%) PowerShell
6 60 (5.99%) C#
7 49 (4.90%) Bash Shell
8 38 (3.80%) Ruby
9 34 (3.40%) PHP
10 27 (2.70%) JSX
11 25 (2.50%) Perl
12 21 (2.10%) Shell Script
13 18 (1.80%) C++
14 16 (1.60%) C
14 16 (1.60%) T-SQL
15 13 (1.30%) Groovy
16 12 (1.20%) VB.NET
17 10 (1.00%) Scala
18 8 (0.80%) PL/SQL
18 8 (0.80%) VB
Qualifications
1 82 (8.19%) Security Cleared
2 73 (7.29%) Degree
3 60 (5.99%) SC Cleared
4 25 (2.50%) ITIL Certification
5 16 (1.60%) PMP
6 15 (1.50%) Master's Degree
7 12 (1.20%) ISTQB
7 12 (1.20%) Numerate Degree
8 10 (1.00%) DV Cleared
8 10 (1.00%) PMI Certification
9 8 (0.80%) Microsoft Certification
9 8 (0.80%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 7 (0.70%) ISEB
11 6 (0.60%) Computer Science Degree
11 6 (0.60%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 5 (0.50%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 4 (0.40%) AWS Certification
13 4 (0.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 3 (0.30%) CISSP
14 3 (0.30%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 107 (10.69%) QA
2 43 (4.30%) SLA
3 29 (2.90%) PMO
4 25 (2.50%) Data Quality
5 7 (0.70%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 6 (0.60%) GDPR
7 5 (0.50%) ISO 20022
8 4 (0.40%) GxP
8 4 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 3 (0.30%) 21 CFR Part 11
9 3 (0.30%) Disclosure Scotland
9 3 (0.30%) GCP
9 3 (0.30%) GLP
9 3 (0.30%) GMP
9 3 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 2 (0.20%) COBIT
10 2 (0.20%) HL7
11 1 (0.100%) GAMP
11 1 (0.100%) MISRA
11 1 (0.100%) MISRA C
System Software
1 81 (8.09%) Docker
2 37 (3.70%) Active Directory
3 29 (2.90%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (0.80%) Hyper-V
4 8 (0.80%) VMware ESXi
5 7 (0.70%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (0.60%) Microsoft App-V
6 6 (0.60%) Virtual Servers
6 6 (0.60%) vSphere
7 4 (0.40%) KVM
7 4 (0.40%) LXC
8 3 (0.30%) VMware NSX
9 2 (0.20%) Firmware
9 2 (0.20%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (0.20%) vCloud
10 1 (0.100%) Apache Flume
10 1 (0.100%) Oracle RAC
10 1 (0.100%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 1 (0.100%) Virtual Desktop
10 1 (0.100%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 60 (5.99%) Puppet
2 44 (4.40%) Ansible
3 37 (3.70%) Opscode Chef
4 34 (3.40%) Single Sign-On
5 31 (3.10%) Kubernetes
6 16 (1.60%) SCCM
7 11 (1.10%) ITRS Geneos
8 10 (1.00%) Rancher
8 10 (1.00%) Terraform
9 9 (0.90%) BladeLogic
10 8 (0.80%) SCOM
11 7 (0.70%) Perfmon
12 6 (0.60%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 6 (0.60%) WSUS
13 5 (0.50%) CFEngine
13 5 (0.50%) HP SIM
13 5 (0.50%) Salt
14 4 (0.40%) Control-M
14 4 (0.40%) McAfee ePO
14 4 (0.40%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 138 (13.79%) Microsoft
2 80 (7.99%) Oracle
3 49 (4.90%) ServiceNow
4 41 (4.10%) Red Hat
4 41 (4.10%) SAP
5 36 (3.60%) VMware
6 26 (2.60%) Salesforce.com
7 17 (1.70%) HP
8 16 (1.60%) MuleSoft
9 15 (1.50%) Atlassian
10 13 (1.30%) Citrix
10 13 (1.30%) TIBCO
11 12 (1.20%) Apiary
11 12 (1.20%) BMC
11 12 (1.20%) IBM
11 12 (1.20%) Splunk
12 11 (1.10%) Remedy
12 11 (1.10%) Sitecore
13 10 (1.00%) AlienVault
13 10 (1.00%) Ivanti