Period
to 17 July 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 17 July 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
17 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 258 243 196
Rank change year-on-year -15 -47 +45
Contract jobs citing Release Management 1,056 995 1,475
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.02% 1.05% 1.34%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.19% 1.23% 1.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 668 622 917
UK median daily rate £475 £430 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.47% -4.44% +5.88%
10th Percentile £314 £308 £275
90th Percentile £650 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +6.25% +3.23% -3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 29 42
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £22.38 £35.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.24% -37.40% +70.24%
10th Percentile £16.00 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £53.40 £46.95 £44.43
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.92 £19.66 £36.00
% change year-on-year +26.73% -45.39% +71.43%

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 88,891 80,637 92,773
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.77% 84.89% 84.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,622 52,775 61,088
UK median daily rate £450 £445 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £601
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,428 2,131 2,298
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £25.00 £24.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.00% +1.01% +15.12%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.50 £11.72
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -20.00% - +16.01%

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 17 July 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 17 July 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 17 July 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 -13 987 £475 +5.56% 207
UK excluding London -3 545 £425 +6.25% 154
London -33 490 £520 +9.47% 62
South East -28 203 £427 -2.06% 45
North of England +41 117 £425 +13.33% 47
Midlands +13 76 £432 +23.29% 22
North West +7 61 £550 +46.67% 20
East of England +23 51 £425 -3.13% 17
South West -4 51 £453 +6.47% 14
West Midlands +6 46 £432 +23.29% 14
Yorkshire +14 41 £410 -12.77% 23
Scotland -49 37 £388 - 5
East Midlands -6 27 £498 +48.51% 8
North East +1 15 £275 -11.29% 4
Wales -34 10 £388 +10.71% 4
Northern Ireland - 2 £250 -

For the 6 months to 17 July 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.

1 490 (46.40%) Agile Software Development
2 270 (25.57%) DevOps
3 235 (22.25%) Finance
4 198 (18.75%) ITIL
5 196 (18.56%) Git (software)
6 192 (18.18%) Continuous Integration
7 188 (17.80%) Scrum
8 187 (17.71%) Change Management
9 177 (16.76%) Configuration Management
10 168 (15.91%) Java
10 168 (15.91%) Jenkins
11 163 (15.44%) JIRA
12 153 (14.49%) Test Automation
13 150 (14.20%) JavaScript
14 133 (12.59%) Service Management
15 132 (12.50%) Windows
16 131 (12.41%) Problem-Solving
17 130 (12.31%) Microsoft
18 124 (11.74%) Microsoft Azure
19 120 (11.36%) SQL
20 113 (10.70%) Linux
21 107 (10.13%) Python
21 107 (10.13%) Project Management
22 96 (9.09%) Confluence
23 92 (8.71%) QA
24 88 (8.33%) Kanban
25 87 (8.24%) SQL Server
25 87 (8.24%) Stakeholder Management
26 86 (8.14%) Degree
27 85 (8.05%) SDLC

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 96 (9.09%) Confluence
2 40 (3.79%) SharePoint
3 37 (3.50%) OpenStack
4 30 (2.84%) CMS
4 30 (2.84%) Drupal
5 26 (2.46%) WebSphere
6 24 (2.27%) Elasticsearch
7 23 (2.18%) JBoss
8 20 (1.89%) IIS
9 15 (1.42%) MS Exchange
10 14 (1.33%) WebLogic
11 11 (1.04%) Apache Spark
12 8 (0.76%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 8 (0.76%) Apache
13 6 (0.57%) BizTalk Server
13 6 (0.57%) nginx
13 6 (0.57%) Sitecore CMS
14 5 (0.47%) Cloud Foundry
14 5 (0.47%) SAS
14 5 (0.47%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 35 (3.31%) Microsoft Excel
2 25 (2.37%) Microsoft Office
3 19 (1.80%) Microsoft Project
4 10 (0.95%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 10 (0.95%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.38%) SOLIDWORKS
6 2 (0.19%) SPSS
7 1 (0.095%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.095%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 17 (1.61%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (1.04%) Magento
3 4 (0.38%) Oracle Applications
3 4 (0.38%) Oracle CRM
3 4 (0.38%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.38%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.28%) Oracle Financials
5 2 (0.19%) BusinessWorks
5 2 (0.19%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 2 (0.19%) ION MarketView
5 2 (0.19%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.19%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 2 (0.19%) SAP CO
5 2 (0.19%) SAP FI
5 2 (0.19%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.19%) SAP PLM
6 1 (0.095%) Oracle Assets
6 1 (0.095%) Oracle Cash Management
6 1 (0.095%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 1 (0.095%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 124 (11.74%) Microsoft Azure
2 82 (7.77%) Amazon AWS
3 54 (5.11%) PaaS
4 33 (3.13%) GitHub
5 30 (2.84%) SaaS
6 20 (1.89%) IaaS
6 20 (1.89%) Serverless
7 18 (1.70%) Cloud Computing
8 15 (1.42%) Salesforce Service Cloud
8 15 (1.42%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 14 (1.33%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 13 (1.23%) Office 365
11 12 (1.14%) AWS CloudFormation
11 12 (1.14%) AWS CloudTrail
12 11 (1.04%) AWS Lambda
13 9 (0.85%) Amazon Kinesis
14 8 (0.76%) Force.com
15 7 (0.66%) Azure Data Factory
15 7 (0.66%) IBM Cloud
16 6 (0.57%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 31 (2.94%) Firewall
2 17 (1.61%) SAN
3 14 (1.33%) DNS
3 14 (1.33%) VPN
4 13 (1.23%) SMS
5 12 (1.14%) SSL
6 11 (1.04%) LAN
6 11 (1.04%) WAN
7 10 (0.95%) TCP/IP
8 6 (0.57%) Cisco IOS
8 6 (0.57%) Remote Desktop
9 5 (0.47%) HTTP
9 5 (0.47%) Internet
9 5 (0.47%) Intranet
9 5 (0.47%) MPLS
9 5 (0.47%) Network Security
9 5 (0.47%) Skype
9 5 (0.47%) Unified Communications
10 4 (0.38%) DHCP
11 3 (0.28%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 87 (8.24%) SQL Server
2 42 (3.98%) Big Data
3 41 (3.88%) Data Warehouse
3 41 (3.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 40 (3.79%) MySQL
5 37 (3.50%) Cosmos DB
6 34 (3.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 25 (2.37%) Relational Database
8 23 (2.18%) Power BI
9 20 (1.89%) Hadoop
9 20 (1.89%) MongoDB
9 20 (1.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 19 (1.80%) Oracle Database
11 13 (1.23%) Data Lake
11 13 (1.23%) Data Mining
12 12 (1.14%) PostgreSQL
13 11 (1.04%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 10 (0.95%) Apache Hive
15 9 (0.85%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
15 9 (0.85%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 196 (18.56%) Git (software)
2 168 (15.91%) Jenkins
3 163 (15.44%) JIRA
4 77 (7.29%) Selenium
5 60 (5.68%) Visual Studio Team System
6 57 (5.40%) Subversion
7 52 (4.92%) Visual Studio
8 50 (4.73%) Maven
9 40 (3.79%) Mercurial
10 32 (3.03%) Team Foundation Server
11 28 (2.65%) Artifactory
11 28 (2.65%) Sublime Text
12 27 (2.56%) Cucumber
13 25 (2.37%) GitLab
13 25 (2.37%) TeamCity
14 24 (2.27%) SpecFlow
15 23 (2.18%) Gradle
16 19 (1.80%) Octopus Deploy
17 16 (1.52%) Bitbucket
18 14 (1.33%) Vagrant
General
1 235 (22.25%) Finance
2 77 (7.29%) Banking
3 33 (3.13%) Retail
4 28 (2.65%) Front Office
5 22 (2.08%) Financial Institution
6 16 (1.52%) Legal
6 16 (1.52%) Pharmaceutical
7 15 (1.42%) Retail Banking
8 12 (1.14%) Telecoms
9 10 (0.95%) Back Office
9 10 (0.95%) Manufacturing
10 9 (0.85%) Publishing
11 8 (0.76%) Law
12 7 (0.66%) Investment Banking
13 6 (0.57%) Games
13 6 (0.57%) Marketing
13 6 (0.57%) Military
14 4 (0.38%) Billing
14 4 (0.38%) Electronics
14 4 (0.38%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 215 (20.36%) Developer
2 135 (12.78%) Release Manager
3 96 (9.09%) Analyst
4 88 (8.33%) DevOps Engineer
5 60 (5.68%) Consultant
6 56 (5.30%) Architect
6 56 (5.30%) Project Manager
7 39 (3.69%) Service Manager
8 35 (3.31%) Infrastructure Manager
9 34 (3.22%) Java Developer
10 30 (2.84%) React Developer
11 29 (2.75%) Applications Developer
11 29 (2.75%) Delivery Manager
12 28 (2.65%) Mobile Applications Developer
13 27 (2.56%) JavaScript Developer
14 26 (2.46%) Drupal Developer
14 26 (2.46%) IT Manager
14 26 (2.46%) Lead DevOps
15 25 (2.37%) C# Developer
15 25 (2.37%) Scrum Master
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 75 (7.10%) .NET
2 73 (6.91%) AngularJS
3 70 (6.63%) Web Services
4 61 (5.78%) REST
5 60 (5.68%) HTML
6 58 (5.49%) CSS
7 49 (4.64%) JSON
8 36 (3.41%) HTML5
9 32 (3.03%) XML
10 30 (2.84%) OAuth
11 29 (2.75%) Gherkin
12 28 (2.65%) OAuth2
12 28 (2.65%) OpenID
12 28 (2.65%) React
12 28 (2.65%) React Native
12 28 (2.65%) Spring
13 27 (2.56%) Node.js
14 25 (2.37%) Sass
15 23 (2.18%) CSS3
15 23 (2.18%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 84 (7.95%) Analytical Skills
2 65 (6.16%) User Experience
3 52 (4.92%) Self-Motivation
4 43 (4.07%) Mobile App
5 41 (3.88%) Computer Science
6 34 (3.22%) Virtual Team
7 33 (3.13%) Management Information System
8 21 (1.99%) Data Centre
9 15 (1.42%) CMDB
10 13 (1.23%) Enterprise Software
11 10 (0.95%) Greenfield Project
12 8 (0.76%) Derivative
13 7 (0.66%) Life Science
13 7 (0.66%) Market Risk
13 7 (0.66%) NHS
13 7 (0.66%) PKI
13 7 (0.66%) Smart Meter
14 6 (0.57%) Equity Derivative
14 6 (0.57%) Mainframe
14 6 (0.57%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 132 (12.50%) Windows
2 113 (10.70%) Linux
3 68 (6.44%) Unix
4 39 (3.69%) Apple iOS
5 31 (2.94%) Android
6 27 (2.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 23 (2.18%) Windows Server
8 17 (1.61%) CentOS
9 9 (0.85%) Ubuntu
10 8 (0.76%) Windows 10
10 8 (0.76%) Windows Server 2008
11 7 (0.66%) Solaris
12 6 (0.57%) Mac OS
12 6 (0.57%) VMS
12 6 (0.57%) Windows Server 2012
13 5 (0.47%) AIX
13 5 (0.47%) Windows 7
13 5 (0.47%) zOS
14 4 (0.38%) SUSE
14 4 (0.38%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 490 (46.40%) Agile Software Development
2 270 (25.57%) DevOps
3 198 (18.75%) ITIL
4 192 (18.18%) Continuous Integration
5 188 (17.80%) Scrum
6 187 (17.71%) Change Management
7 177 (16.76%) Configuration Management
8 153 (14.49%) Test Automation
9 133 (12.59%) Service Management
10 131 (12.41%) Problem-Solving
11 107 (10.13%) Project Management
12 88 (8.33%) Kanban
13 87 (8.24%) Stakeholder Management
14 85 (8.05%) SDLC
15 83 (7.86%) Continuous Improvement
16 74 (7.01%) Migration
17 71 (6.72%) Continuous Delivery
18 70 (6.63%) Deployment Automation
19 63 (5.97%) TDD
19 63 (5.97%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 168 (15.91%) Java
2 150 (14.20%) JavaScript
3 120 (11.36%) SQL
4 107 (10.13%) Python
5 73 (6.91%) PowerShell
6 58 (5.49%) C#
7 55 (5.21%) Bash Shell
8 43 (4.07%) PHP
9 38 (3.60%) Ruby
10 27 (2.56%) JSX
11 24 (2.27%) Shell Script
12 22 (2.08%) Perl
13 19 (1.80%) C
14 17 (1.61%) C++
14 17 (1.61%) T-SQL
15 14 (1.33%) Apex Code
16 13 (1.23%) Groovy
17 11 (1.04%) VB.NET
18 9 (0.85%) Go
19 8 (0.76%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 86 (8.14%) Degree
2 80 (7.58%) Security Cleared
3 57 (5.40%) SC Cleared
4 29 (2.75%) ITIL Certification
5 19 (1.80%) Numerate Degree
6 13 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
6 13 (1.23%) ISTQB
7 11 (1.04%) DV Cleared
8 10 (0.95%) PMP
9 9 (0.85%) Master's Degree
10 8 (0.76%) ISEB
11 6 (0.57%) Microsoft Certification
11 6 (0.57%) PMI Certification
11 6 (0.57%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 5 (0.47%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 4 (0.38%) CISSP
14 3 (0.28%) APMP
14 3 (0.28%) AWS Certification
14 3 (0.28%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 3 (0.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 92 (8.71%) QA
2 42 (3.98%) SLA
3 28 (2.65%) PMO
4 19 (1.80%) Data Quality
5 7 (0.66%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 4 (0.38%) GxP
7 3 (0.28%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 3 (0.28%) GCP
7 3 (0.28%) GLP
7 3 (0.28%) GMP
7 3 (0.28%) ISO 20022
7 3 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 3 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 2 (0.19%) COBIT
8 2 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
8 2 (0.19%) GDPR
9 1 (0.095%) GAMP
9 1 (0.095%) HL7
9 1 (0.095%) MISRA
9 1 (0.095%) MISRA C
System Software
1 53 (5.02%) Docker
2 33 (3.13%) Active Directory
3 27 (2.56%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (0.85%) Virtual Machines
5 8 (0.76%) Firmware
5 8 (0.76%) Microsoft App-V
6 7 (0.66%) Hyper-V
6 7 (0.66%) VMware ESXi
7 6 (0.57%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.19%) Apache Flume
8 2 (0.19%) HDFS
8 2 (0.19%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.095%) KVM
9 1 (0.095%) NFS
9 1 (0.095%) OpenAM
9 1 (0.095%) Samba
9 1 (0.095%) vCloud
9 1 (0.095%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 1 (0.095%) vSphere
9 1 (0.095%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 55 (5.21%) Puppet
2 36 (3.41%) Ansible
3 27 (2.56%) Opscode Chef
3 27 (2.56%) Single Sign-On
4 22 (2.08%) SCCM
5 17 (1.61%) Kubernetes
6 11 (1.04%) WSUS
7 10 (0.95%) HP ALM
8 7 (0.66%) Perfmon
8 7 (0.66%) Rancher
8 7 (0.66%) Salt
9 6 (0.57%) ITRS Geneos
9 6 (0.57%) Mesos
9 6 (0.57%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 5 (0.47%) Backup Exec
10 5 (0.47%) BladeLogic
10 5 (0.47%) EMC NetWorker
10 5 (0.47%) HP SIM
10 5 (0.47%) NetBackup
10 5 (0.47%) SCOM
Vendors
1 130 (12.31%) Microsoft
2 84 (7.95%) Oracle
3 56 (5.30%) ServiceNow
4 52 (4.92%) Salesforce.com
5 42 (3.98%) Red Hat
6 38 (3.60%) SAP
7 29 (2.75%) VMware
8 27 (2.56%) HP
9 23 (2.18%) Atlassian
9 23 (2.18%) IBM
10 19 (1.80%) Citrix
11 16 (1.52%) BMC
11 16 (1.52%) Sitecore
12 15 (1.42%) Cisco
13 14 (1.33%) Informatica
13 14 (1.33%) Remedy
14 12 (1.14%) AlienVault
14 12 (1.14%) Apiary
14 12 (1.14%) MuleSoft
14 12 (1.14%) Symantec