Period
to 22 January 2019

The median contractor rate for a Release Manager was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 January 2019.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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 Manager
UK
6 months to
22 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 706 698 642
Rank change year-on-year -8 -56 -58
Contract jobs requiring a Release Manager 165 191 228
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.19% 0.24%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.17% 0.20% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 104 128 159
UK median daily rate £475 £470 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.06% +1.51% -2.53%
10th Percentile £350 £325 £363
90th Percentile £584 £629 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £438 £438
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 94,341 94,536 90,401
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.67% 94.90% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,381 62,788 59,003
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £269 £260 £253
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,894 2,791 3,199
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.08% +2.78% -5.26%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

Release Manager
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Release Manager in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Release Manager in the UK

Release Manager
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Release Manager in the UK

Release Manager
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Release Manager over the 6 months to 22 January 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Release Manager in the UK

Release Manager
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Release Manager in the UK

Release Manager
Top 13 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Release Manager within the UK over the 6 months to 22 January 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 -21 157 £475 +1.06% 33
UK excluding London -42 96 £438 - 25
London 0 64 £538 +7.50% 9
South East -35 29 £400 -8.57% 3
Midlands +10 23 £450 +8.76% 3
North of England -7 20 £431 -21.59% 16
East Midlands +21 19 £400 - 1
East of England +14 12 £400 -41.82%
South West -24 11 £450 +30.43% 2
North West +2 10 £438 -2.23% 9
Yorkshire -7 10 £425 +3.66% 5
West Midlands -22 5 £400 -39.85% 2
Scotland -10 3 £425 - 1

Release Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 January 2019, Release Manager contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Release Manager in the job title.

1 91 (55.15%) Release Management
2 59 (35.76%) Agile Software Development
3 33 (20.00%) ITIL
4 30 (18.18%) Project Management
5 28 (16.97%) Finance
6 25 (15.15%) Stakeholder Management
7 24 (14.55%) DevOps
8 21 (12.73%) Jenkins
9 20 (12.12%) Configuration Management
10 19 (11.52%) Oracle
10 19 (11.52%) Banking
11 17 (10.30%) SDLC
11 17 (10.30%) E-Commerce
11 17 (10.30%) Service Management
12 16 (9.70%) Windows
13 15 (9.09%) JIRA
13 15 (9.09%) QA
14 13 (7.88%) Retail
15 12 (7.27%) Change Management
15 12 (7.27%) ITIL Certification
15 12 (7.27%) Analytical Skills
15 12 (7.27%) Runbook
16 11 (6.67%) Security Cleared
16 11 (6.67%) Microsoft
17 10 (6.06%) Microsoft Office
17 10 (6.06%) SC Cleared
18 9 (5.45%) Waterfall
18 9 (5.45%) Microsoft Excel
19 8 (4.85%) Incident Management
19 8 (4.85%) Continuous Improvement

Release Manager Skill Set
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 8 (4.85%) Confluence
2 5 (3.03%) WebSphere
3 2 (1.21%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.61%) IIS
4 1 (0.61%) Tomcat
Applications
1 10 (6.06%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (5.45%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (3.64%) Oracle Retail
2 5 (3.03%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.61%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.61%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.61%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.61%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (0.61%) Oracle Payroll
3 1 (0.61%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
3 1 (0.61%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.42%) Microsoft Azure
1 4 (2.42%) OpenShift
2 2 (1.21%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (1.21%) IaaS
3 1 (0.61%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (3.64%) Firewall
2 3 (1.82%) Internet
3 1 (0.61%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.21%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.61%) Big Data
2 1 (0.61%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
2 1 (0.61%) Oracle Database
2 1 (0.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (0.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 21 (12.73%) Jenkins
2 15 (9.09%) JIRA
3 8 (4.85%) GitLab
4 7 (4.24%) Git (software)
5 5 (3.03%) Visual Studio Team System
6 4 (2.42%) TeamCity
7 2 (1.21%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.61%) Ant
8 1 (0.61%) CruiseControl
8 1 (0.61%) git-flow
8 1 (0.61%) SonarQube
8 1 (0.61%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (0.61%) Vagrant
8 1 (0.61%) Visual Studio
General
1 28 (16.97%) Finance
2 19 (11.52%) Banking
3 13 (7.88%) Retail
4 7 (4.24%) Publishing
4 7 (4.24%) Telecoms
5 4 (2.42%) Front Office
5 4 (2.42%) Law
6 2 (1.21%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.21%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.61%) Back Office
7 1 (0.61%) Electronics
7 1 (0.61%) General Ledger
7 1 (0.61%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.61%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (3.64%) Oracle Fusion
2 3 (1.82%) .NET
3 1 (0.61%) .NET Framework
3 1 (0.61%) ASP.NET
3 1 (0.61%) J2EE
3 1 (0.61%) RESTful
3 1 (0.61%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 12 (7.27%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (3.64%) Management Information System
2 6 (3.64%) Mobile App
3 3 (1.82%) Greenfield Project
3 3 (1.82%) Reference Data
4 2 (1.21%) CMDB
4 2 (1.21%) Data Centre
4 2 (1.21%) Equities
4 2 (1.21%) NHS
4 2 (1.21%) Virtual Team
5 1 (0.61%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.61%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 16 (9.70%) Windows
2 5 (3.03%) Android
2 5 (3.03%) Apple iOS
3 4 (2.42%) Linux
4 2 (1.21%) Unix
5 1 (0.61%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 91 (55.15%) Release Management
2 59 (35.76%) Agile Software Development
3 33 (20.00%) ITIL
4 30 (18.18%) Project Management
5 25 (15.15%) Stakeholder Management
6 24 (14.55%) DevOps
7 20 (12.12%) Configuration Management
8 17 (10.30%) E-Commerce
8 17 (10.30%) SDLC
8 17 (10.30%) Service Management
9 12 (7.27%) Change Management
9 12 (7.27%) Runbook
10 9 (5.45%) Waterfall
11 8 (4.85%) Continuous Improvement
11 8 (4.85%) Incident Management
12 7 (4.24%) Acceptance Criteria
13 6 (3.64%) Agile Project Management
13 6 (3.64%) Collaborative Working
14 5 (3.03%) Analytics
14 5 (3.03%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (4.24%) Java
2 5 (3.03%) Perl
2 5 (3.03%) Python
3 4 (2.42%) PowerShell
4 2 (1.21%) Go
4 2 (1.21%) Groovy
4 2 (1.21%) SQL
5 1 (0.61%) Bash Shell
5 1 (0.61%) C#
5 1 (0.61%) PL/SQL
5 1 (0.61%) Ruby
5 1 (0.61%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 12 (7.27%) ITIL Certification
2 11 (6.67%) Security Cleared
3 10 (6.06%) SC Cleared
4 6 (3.64%) Degree
5 3 (1.82%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 2 (1.21%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.61%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (9.09%) QA
2 8 (4.85%) GDPR
3 1 (0.61%) HL7
3 1 (0.61%) PMO
3 1 (0.61%) PSD2
System Software
1 5 (3.03%) Docker
2 1 (0.61%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (4.24%) Ansible
1 7 (4.24%) Terraform
2 1 (0.61%) Kibana
2 1 (0.61%) Kubernetes
2 1 (0.61%) Nagios
2 1 (0.61%) Puppet
2 1 (0.61%) Scalr
Vendors
1 19 (11.52%) Oracle
2 11 (6.67%) Microsoft
3 5 (3.03%) BMC
3 5 (3.03%) Remedy
3 5 (3.03%) Salesforce.com
3 5 (3.03%) SAP
4 4 (2.42%) JD Edwards
5 3 (1.82%) CA Agile Central
6 2 (1.21%) AppDynamics
6 2 (1.21%) CA
6 2 (1.21%) Dynatrace
6 2 (1.21%) IBM
6 2 (1.21%) New Relic
6 2 (1.21%) Splunk
7 1 (0.61%) Cadence
7 1 (0.61%) Cognos
7 1 (0.61%) HP
7 1 (0.61%) PeopleSoft
7 1 (0.61%) Talend
7 1 (0.61%) VMware