Period
to 19 January 2021

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Retail in contract job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Retail over the 6 months to 19 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

Retailing
UK
6 months to
19 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 105 64 60
Rank change year-on-year -41 -4 -8
Contract jobs citing Retail 932 2,483 3,921
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.25% 3.46% 3.97%
As % of the General category 5.54% 9.22% 9.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 681 1,591 2,663
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £285 £200 £285
90th Percentile £675 £625 £619
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £425
% change year-on-year +6.25% -5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 49 36
Median hourly rate £13.00 £14.39 £13.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.66% +3.94% -14.80%
10th Percentile £10.00 £12.50 £11.42
90th Percentile £33.08 £46.40 £20.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.00 £14.39 £14.00
% change year-on-year -9.66% +2.79% -9.68%

Retail is in the General Skills category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for common skills.

All General Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for common skills 16,812 26,924 39,703
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 40.54% 37.54% 40.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,303 17,754 26,425
Median daily rate £490 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.16% - +2.70%
10th Percentile £294 £270 £300
90th Percentile £700 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £431 £425
% change year-on-year -1.39% +1.41% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 630 812 1,019
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.06 £20.08
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.66% -0.10% -4.40%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.44 £11.85
90th Percentile £52.85 £50.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate £23.13 £19.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +18.59% -2.50% -2.44%

Retail
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Retail in the UK

Retail
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for Retail in the UK

Retail
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Retail over the 6 months to 19 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Retail in the UK

Retail
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for Retail in the UK

Retail
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Retail over the 6 months to 19 January 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Retail in the UK

Retail
Top 17 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Retail within the UK over the 6 months to 19 January 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 -34 812 £475 +5.56% 539
London -34 464 £500 - 176
UK excluding London -60 335 £425 +6.25% 393
Work from Home -38 241 £475 -9.52% 98
North of England -42 97 £388 +1.31% 126
South East -22 82 £425 - 77
North West +14 76 £388 -1.27% 78
East of England -13 50 £475 +11.76% 38
Midlands -51 50 £413 - 86
East Midlands -19 33 £290 -30.75% 48
South West +5 29 £458 +26.21% 34
Scotland +18 25 £413 +17.86% 17
Yorkshire -61 19 £400 +3.23% 38
West Midlands -29 17 £425 +4.62% 37
North East +20 2 £100 -69.23% 10
Wales +15 1 £100 -76.48% 15
Northern Ireland +7 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 19 January 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Retail 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 Retail.

1 242 (25.97%) Agile Software Development
2 193 (20.71%) E-Commerce
3 176 (18.88%) Finance
4 133 (14.27%) SQL
5 123 (13.20%) Azure
6 109 (11.70%) Microsoft
7 103 (11.05%) Stakeholder Management
8 94 (10.09%) DevOps
9 87 (9.33%) AWS
10 86 (9.23%) Java
11 83 (8.91%) SAP
12 79 (8.48%) JavaScript
13 72 (7.73%) Analytical Skills
14 71 (7.62%) Python
15 69 (7.40%) Oracle
16 68 (7.30%) Windows
17 66 (7.08%) Project Management
18 65 (6.97%) Banking
19 63 (6.76%) JIRA
20 62 (6.65%) Migration
21 61 (6.55%) ERP
22 60 (6.44%) Business Intelligence
22 60 (6.44%) Problem-Solving
23 59 (6.33%) Microservices
24 58 (6.22%) Analytics
25 57 (6.12%) Marketing
26 52 (5.58%) User Stories
27 49 (5.26%) Scrum
28 48 (5.15%) Change Management
28 48 (5.15%) User Experience

Retail
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 32 (3.43%) Confluence
2 19 (2.04%) CMS
3 18 (1.93%) SharePoint
4 17 (1.82%) Apache Spark
5 15 (1.61%) WebSphere
6 10 (1.07%) SAS
7 7 (0.75%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 7 (0.75%) Elasticsearch
8 6 (0.64%) IBM Domino
8 6 (0.64%) Sitecore CMS
9 5 (0.54%) Jupyter
9 5 (0.54%) Tomcat
10 4 (0.43%) Anypoint
10 4 (0.43%) Apache
10 4 (0.43%) Apache Airflow
10 4 (0.43%) JBoss
10 4 (0.43%) nginx
11 3 (0.32%) Apache Solr
12 2 (0.21%) Drupal
12 2 (0.21%) WordPress
Applications
1 34 (3.65%) Microsoft Excel
2 23 (2.47%) Microsoft Office
3 10 (1.07%) Microsoft Project
4 9 (0.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 8 (0.86%) Adobe Illustrator
5 8 (0.86%) Photoshop
6 7 (0.75%) Sketch
7 5 (0.54%) Spreadsheet
8 4 (0.43%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 3 (0.32%) MS Visio
10 2 (0.21%) InVision
11 1 (0.11%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.11%) Adobe After Effects
11 1 (0.11%) Adobe XD
11 1 (0.11%) Marvel
11 1 (0.11%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 22 (2.36%) Magento
2 20 (2.15%) SAP S/4HANA
3 15 (1.61%) Oracle Retail
4 13 (1.39%) SAP Retail
5 11 (1.18%) Dynamics AX
6 8 (0.86%) NetSuite
6 8 (0.86%) SAP Hybris
7 7 (0.75%) Dynamics CRM
7 7 (0.75%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 7 (0.75%) SAP SD
8 6 (0.64%) Dynamics NAV
9 5 (0.54%) SAP CAR
10 4 (0.43%) Payment Gateway
10 4 (0.43%) Shopify
11 3 (0.32%) SAP Forecasting and Replenishment
11 3 (0.32%) SAP MM
12 2 (0.21%) Fredhopper
12 2 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
12 2 (0.21%) SAP CRM
12 2 (0.21%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 123 (13.20%) Azure
2 87 (9.33%) AWS
3 36 (3.86%) GCP
4 33 (3.54%) Office 365
5 32 (3.43%) Power Platform
6 30 (3.22%) Dynamics 365
6 30 (3.22%) Serverless
7 22 (2.36%) AWS Lambda
8 21 (2.25%) GitHub
9 18 (1.93%) PaaS
9 18 (1.93%) SaaS
10 15 (1.61%) IaaS
11 13 (1.39%) Cloud Computing
12 8 (0.86%) Azure Data Factory
12 8 (0.86%) Salesforce Service Cloud
13 6 (0.64%) Adobe Creative Cloud
13 6 (0.64%) Amazon SageMaker
13 6 (0.64%) IBM Cloud
13 6 (0.64%) OneDrive
14 5 (0.54%) Apigee
Communications & Networking
1 23 (2.47%) Wi-Fi
2 12 (1.29%) Firewall
3 10 (1.07%) TCP/IP
4 9 (0.97%) SAN
4 9 (0.97%) WAN
5 8 (0.86%) DNS
5 8 (0.86%) Network Security
6 7 (0.75%) FTP
6 7 (0.75%) HTTP
7 5 (0.54%) LAN
8 4 (0.43%) Internet
8 4 (0.43%) Kerberos
9 3 (0.32%) Cisco IOS
9 3 (0.32%) DHCP
9 3 (0.32%) Skype
9 3 (0.32%) VPN
10 2 (0.21%) Broadband
10 2 (0.21%) HTTPS
10 2 (0.21%) SSH
10 2 (0.21%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (3.76%) Data Warehouse
2 32 (3.43%) Big Data
3 28 (3.00%) Power BI
4 25 (2.68%) SQL Server
5 22 (2.36%) MySQL
6 21 (2.25%) Tableau
7 16 (1.72%) Data Lake
8 14 (1.50%) BigQuery
8 14 (1.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 13 (1.39%) Hadoop
10 11 (1.18%) Azure SQL Database
11 10 (1.07%) NoSQL
12 9 (0.97%) Amazon Redshift
13 8 (0.86%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 7 (0.75%) Data Mining
14 7 (0.75%) DB2
14 7 (0.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 6 (0.64%) Amazon Aurora
15 6 (0.64%) PostgreSQL
15 6 (0.64%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 63 (6.76%) JIRA
2 34 (3.65%) Git (software)
3 23 (2.47%) Jenkins
4 11 (1.18%) Maven
5 9 (0.97%) Cucumber
6 8 (0.86%) Oracle APEX
6 8 (0.86%) Team Foundation Server
6 8 (0.86%) webpack
7 6 (0.64%) GitLab
8 5 (0.54%) Bitbucket
8 5 (0.54%) Visual Studio Team System
9 4 (0.43%) Axure RP
9 4 (0.43%) Octopus Deploy
9 4 (0.43%) Postman
9 4 (0.43%) REST Assured
9 4 (0.43%) TeamCity
10 3 (0.32%) CircleCI
10 3 (0.32%) Cypress.io
10 3 (0.32%) Mocha
10 3 (0.32%) Selenium
General
1 176 (18.88%) Finance
2 65 (6.97%) Banking
3 57 (6.12%) Marketing
4 35 (3.76%) Manufacturing
5 29 (3.11%) Telecoms
6 22 (2.36%) Investment Banking
6 22 (2.36%) Public Sector
7 18 (1.93%) Retail Banking
8 16 (1.72%) Pharmaceutical
9 14 (1.50%) Corporate Banking
10 11 (1.18%) Automotive
11 10 (1.07%) Advertising
12 9 (0.97%) Billing
12 9 (0.97%) Legal
12 9 (0.97%) Publishing
12 9 (0.97%) Retail Finance
13 8 (0.86%) Law
14 7 (0.75%) Games
15 5 (0.54%) Financial Institution
15 5 (0.54%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 166 (17.81%) Analyst
2 143 (15.34%) Developer
3 138 (14.81%) Architect
4 91 (9.76%) Business Analyst
5 79 (8.48%) Consultant
6 65 (6.97%) Project Manager
7 50 (5.36%) Solutions Architect
8 30 (3.22%) Retail Business Analyst
9 28 (3.00%) Designer
10 24 (2.58%) DevOps Engineer
11 22 (2.36%) .NET Developer
11 22 (2.36%) Data Engineer
11 22 (2.36%) Java Developer
11 22 (2.36%) Programme Manager
11 22 (2.36%) SAP Consultant
11 22 (2.36%) Service Analyst
12 21 (2.25%) React Developer
13 18 (1.93%) AWS Engineer
13 18 (1.93%) Data Scientist
14 16 (1.72%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (4.83%) HTML
2 43 (4.61%) CSS
3 41 (4.40%) Node.js
4 40 (4.29%) React
5 37 (3.97%) .NET
5 37 (3.97%) REST
6 29 (3.11%) Web Services
7 27 (2.90%) Spring
8 18 (1.93%) GraphQL
8 18 (1.93%) HTML5
9 17 (1.82%) JSON
9 17 (1.82%) XML
10 15 (1.61%) Middleware
10 15 (1.61%) SOAP
11 14 (1.50%) Spring Boot
12 13 (1.39%) Kafka
12 13 (1.39%) RESTful
13 12 (1.29%) CSS3
13 12 (1.29%) Express
14 11 (1.18%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 72 (7.73%) Analytical Skills
2 48 (5.15%) User Experience
3 37 (3.97%) FMCG
4 32 (3.43%) Greenfield Project
5 24 (2.58%) Mobile App
6 21 (2.25%) Virtual Team
7 20 (2.15%) EPoS
8 19 (2.04%) Data Structures
9 18 (1.93%) Management Information System
10 15 (1.61%) Self-Motivation
11 13 (1.39%) Data Centre
12 12 (1.29%) Algorithms
12 12 (1.29%) Digital Signage
13 11 (1.18%) Analytical Mindset
13 11 (1.18%) Driving Licence
14 8 (0.86%) Credit Risk
14 8 (0.86%) Public Cloud
15 7 (0.75%) Clustering
15 7 (0.75%) Linux Command Line
15 7 (0.75%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 68 (7.30%) Windows
2 32 (3.43%) Apple iOS
2 32 (3.43%) Linux
3 24 (2.58%) Windows 10
4 17 (1.82%) Windows Server
5 15 (1.61%) Android
5 15 (1.61%) Windows 7
6 10 (1.07%) Unix
7 9 (0.97%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (0.86%) Windows Server 2008
9 7 (0.75%) Windows Server 2016
10 6 (0.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 6 (0.64%) Windows Server 2019
11 5 (0.54%) Mac OS X
12 4 (0.43%) MVS
12 4 (0.43%) VMS
13 2 (0.21%) zOS
14 1 (0.11%) Windows 2000
14 1 (0.11%) Windows Server 2003
14 1 (0.11%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 242 (25.97%) Agile Software Development
2 193 (20.71%) E-Commerce
3 103 (11.05%) Stakeholder Management
4 94 (10.09%) DevOps
5 66 (7.08%) Project Management
6 62 (6.65%) Migration
7 61 (6.55%) ERP
8 60 (6.44%) Business Intelligence
8 60 (6.44%) Problem-Solving
9 59 (6.33%) Microservices
10 58 (6.22%) Analytics
11 52 (5.58%) User Stories
12 49 (5.26%) Scrum
13 48 (5.15%) Change Management
14 44 (4.72%) Project Delivery
15 42 (4.51%) CRM
16 40 (4.29%) Cybersecurity
16 40 (4.29%) Requirements Gathering
17 39 (4.18%) Data Modelling
18 38 (4.08%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 133 (14.27%) SQL
2 86 (9.23%) Java
3 79 (8.48%) JavaScript
4 71 (7.62%) Python
5 29 (3.11%) C#
6 16 (1.72%) PHP
6 16 (1.72%) TypeScript
7 14 (1.50%) Ruby
8 13 (1.39%) C
9 12 (1.29%) Apple Swift
9 12 (1.29%) PowerShell
10 9 (0.97%) ABAP
10 9 (0.97%) PL/SQL
11 7 (0.75%) Bash Shell
11 7 (0.75%) ES6
11 7 (0.75%) Go
11 7 (0.75%) Java 8
11 7 (0.75%) VBA
12 6 (0.64%) Perl
12 6 (0.64%) R
Qualifications
1 36 (3.86%) Degree
2 20 (2.15%) Security Cleared
3 19 (2.04%) SC Cleared
4 10 (1.07%) Microsoft Certification
5 8 (0.86%) MCSA
6 7 (0.75%) A+ Certification
7 6 (0.64%) Numerate Degree
8 5 (0.54%) AWS Certification
8 5 (0.54%) TOGAF Certification
9 4 (0.43%) ISTQB
9 4 (0.43%) PMP
10 3 (0.32%) CISSP
10 3 (0.32%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (0.32%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 3 (0.32%) Tableau Certification
11 2 (0.21%) Computer Science Degree
11 2 (0.21%) ISEB
11 2 (0.21%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 2 (0.21%) MCSE
11 2 (0.21%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (3.76%) QA
2 21 (2.25%) PMO
3 16 (1.72%) SLA
4 14 (1.50%) GDPR
5 12 (1.29%) PCI DSS
6 11 (1.18%) Data Quality
7 10 (1.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 10 (1.07%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 8 (0.86%) NIST
9 7 (0.75%) IFRS
10 6 (0.64%) IFRS 9
11 4 (0.43%) Section 508
11 4 (0.43%) WAI
12 3 (0.32%) PSD2
13 2 (0.21%) ISO 8583
14 1 (0.11%) Basel III
14 1 (0.11%) COBIT
14 1 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
14 1 (0.11%) ISO 9001
14 1 (0.11%) NIST 800
System Software
1 40 (4.29%) Docker
2 29 (3.11%) Active Directory
3 13 (1.39%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (0.97%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (0.32%) BitLocker
6 2 (0.21%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.21%) Virtual Desktop
6 2 (0.21%) XenApp
7 1 (0.11%) HDFS
7 1 (0.11%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.11%) vCloud
7 1 (0.11%) VMware NSX
7 1 (0.11%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 40 (4.29%) Kubernetes
2 35 (3.76%) Terraform
3 14 (1.50%) Ansible
3 14 (1.50%) SCCM
4 8 (0.86%) Puppet
5 7 (0.75%) Opscode Chef
6 6 (0.64%) AirWatch
7 5 (0.54%) Microsoft Clustering
8 4 (0.43%) Grafana
8 4 (0.43%) SCOM
9 3 (0.32%) Nessus
10 2 (0.21%) Host Intrusion Detection System
10 2 (0.21%) IBM BigFix
10 2 (0.21%) Microsoft Intune
10 2 (0.21%) NetBackup
11 1 (0.11%) Consul
11 1 (0.11%) Rancher
11 1 (0.11%) RSA Archer
11 1 (0.11%) Stealthwatch
11 1 (0.11%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 109 (11.70%) Microsoft
2 83 (8.91%) SAP
3 69 (7.40%) Oracle
4 41 (4.40%) Salesforce.com
5 32 (3.43%) IBM
6 28 (3.00%) Google
7 27 (2.90%) Adobe
8 24 (2.58%) hybris
9 22 (2.36%) VMware
10 19 (2.04%) Cisco
11 16 (1.72%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
12 14 (1.50%) ServiceNow
13 13 (1.39%) Citrix
14 9 (0.97%) MuleSoft
15 8 (0.86%) Red Hat
16 6 (0.64%) Apple
16 6 (0.64%) CheckPoint
16 6 (0.64%) JD Edwards
16 6 (0.64%) NetApp
16 6 (0.64%) Teradata