Period
to 21 January 2022

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 21 January 2022 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
21 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 68 108 65
Rank change year-on-year +40 -43 -4
Contract jobs citing Retail 2,902 932 2,523
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.32% 2.24% 3.46%
As % of the General category 6.15% 4.32% 6.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,767 546 1,578
10th Percentile £375 £285 £200
25th Percentile £440 £375 £332
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +5.56% -1.64%
75th Percentile £638 £565 £538
90th Percentile £738 £675 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +17.65% +6.25% -5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 72 39 48
10th Percentile £12.58 £10.00 £12.85
25th Percentile £13.25 £10.25 £13.00
Median hourly rate £16.18 £13.00 £14.70
Median % change year-on-year +24.42% -11.53% +6.14%
75th Percentile £22.25 £15.00 £17.19
90th Percentile £64.75 £24.20 £46.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £12.75 £14.39
% change year-on-year +21.57% -11.40% +2.79%

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 47,207 21,583 36,782
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 54.02% 51.96% 50.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 32,584 14,568 23,901
10th Percentile £313 £268 £235
25th Percentile £413 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £465
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +2.15% -2.11%
75th Percentile £638 £581 £575
90th Percentile £725 £675 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £460 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +8.24% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,347 855 1,429
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.89 £12.00
25th Percentile £13.25 £15.00 £14.26
Median hourly rate £20.00 £23.25 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year -13.98% +24.33% +2.10%
75th Percentile £43.75 £43.75 £37.63
90th Percentile £58.06 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.97 £21.23 £17.90
% change year-on-year -20.07% +18.58% +2.29%

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 21 January 2022.

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 21 January 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for Retail in the UK

Retail
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 Retail within the UK over the 6 months to 21 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England +39 2,514 £525 +10.53% 1,265
London +34 1,353 £550 +10.00% 419
UK excluding London +59 1,052 £500 +17.65% 894
Work from Home +34 850 £525 +10.53% 223
North of England +41 277 £488 +21.88% 286
South East +32 258 £500 +5.26% 137
Midlands +38 199 £500 +33.33% 222
East of England +27 190 £563 +18.42% 102
North West +2 140 £475 +20.63% 150
Yorkshire +48 129 £475 +15.15% 89
West Midlands +30 112 £500 +17.65% 134
South West +1 93 £463 +1.09% 88
East Midlands +9 82 £475 +61.02% 88
Scotland -33 37 £464 +12.42% 40
North East +5 8 £563 +462.50% 47
Wales -27 3 £631 +531.25% 16

For the 6 months to 21 January 2022, 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.

1 953 (32.84%) Agile Software Development
2 660 (22.74%) Social Skills
3 601 (20.71%) Finance
4 544 (18.75%) E-Commerce
5 422 (14.54%) Stakeholder Management
6 407 (14.02%) Azure
7 294 (10.13%) AWS
8 284 (9.79%) DevOps
9 251 (8.65%) SQL
10 238 (8.20%) Analytics
11 231 (7.96%) Problem-Solving
12 225 (7.75%) Project Management
13 224 (7.72%) Java
14 218 (7.51%) Scrum
15 214 (7.37%) Banking
16 210 (7.24%) Migration
16 210 (7.24%) JavaScript
17 209 (7.20%) SAP
18 205 (7.06%) Microsoft
19 196 (6.75%) CI/CD
20 192 (6.62%) Analytical Skills
21 189 (6.51%) Microservices
22 169 (5.82%) Marketing
23 164 (5.65%) React
24 163 (5.62%) JIRA
25 157 (5.41%) Kubernetes
26 154 (5.31%) Terraform
27 153 (5.27%) User Experience
28 148 (5.10%) Project Delivery
29 142 (4.89%) Waterfall

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 81 (2.79%) Confluence
2 48 (1.65%) CMS
3 33 (1.14%) Apache Spark
4 22 (0.76%) SharePoint
5 17 (0.59%) IBM Domino
6 15 (0.52%) SAS
7 12 (0.41%) Apache
7 12 (0.41%) WebSphere
8 11 (0.38%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 11 (0.38%) Elasticsearch
9 8 (0.28%) Drupal
10 6 (0.21%) Camunda
11 5 (0.17%) Apache Pulsar
12 4 (0.14%) IBM Notes
12 4 (0.14%) MS Exchange
12 4 (0.14%) nginx
12 4 (0.14%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 3 (0.10%) Documentum
13 3 (0.10%) JBoss
13 3 (0.10%) Tomcat
Applications
1 87 (3.00%) Microsoft Excel
2 53 (1.83%) Microsoft Office
3 32 (1.10%) Sketch
4 22 (0.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 18 (0.62%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 13 (0.45%) Zeplin
7 12 (0.41%) InVision
7 12 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
8 11 (0.38%) Microsoft Project
9 10 (0.34%) MS Visio
9 10 (0.34%) Photoshop
10 5 (0.17%) Adobe Illustrator
10 5 (0.17%) Adobe XD
10 5 (0.17%) Chatbot
11 4 (0.14%) Fireworks
12 3 (0.10%) Marvel
12 3 (0.10%) SPSS
13 2 (0.069%) FreeHand
14 1 (0.034%) Final Cut Pro
14 1 (0.034%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 51 (1.76%) SAP Retail
2 40 (1.38%) SAP S/4HANA
3 31 (1.07%) Shopify
4 24 (0.83%) Magento
5 18 (0.62%) Dynamics AX
6 15 (0.52%) Payment Gateway
7 13 (0.45%) SAP Hybris
7 13 (0.45%) SAP MDG
8 11 (0.38%) Dynamics CRM
8 11 (0.38%) SAP AFS
9 10 (0.34%) SAP ERP
9 10 (0.34%) SAP Forecasting and Replenishment
10 9 (0.31%) SAP CAR
11 8 (0.28%) NetSuite
12 6 (0.21%) Oracle Retail
12 6 (0.21%) Salesforce.com CRM
13 5 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
13 5 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
14 4 (0.14%) Sentinel
15 3 (0.10%) BASE24
Cloud Services
1 407 (14.02%) Azure
2 294 (10.13%) AWS
3 114 (3.93%) GCP
4 87 (3.00%) Power Platform
5 72 (2.48%) Serverless
6 67 (2.31%) Microsoft 365
6 67 (2.31%) SaaS
7 59 (2.03%) GitHub
8 51 (1.76%) Dynamics 365
9 38 (1.31%) PaaS
10 37 (1.27%) AWS Lambda
10 37 (1.27%) Google Analytics
11 29 (1.00%) AWS CloudFormation
12 24 (0.83%) GitHub Actions
13 23 (0.79%) Adobe Analytics
14 21 (0.72%) Snowflake
15 20 (0.69%) Azure Service Bus
15 20 (0.69%) Figma
15 20 (0.69%) IaaS
16 19 (0.65%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 46 (1.59%) Wi-Fi
2 23 (0.79%) DNS
3 21 (0.72%) Firewall
4 19 (0.65%) WAN
5 18 (0.62%) Network Security
6 17 (0.59%) HTTP
6 17 (0.59%) VPN
7 15 (0.52%) LAN
8 14 (0.48%) DHCP
9 9 (0.31%) SMS
10 7 (0.24%) Cisco IOS
10 7 (0.24%) TCP/IP
11 6 (0.21%) Kerberos
11 6 (0.21%) RFID
11 6 (0.21%) SSL
12 5 (0.17%) Internet
12 5 (0.17%) VLAN
13 4 (0.14%) SAN
13 4 (0.14%) SNMP
13 4 (0.14%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (2.55%) SQL Server
2 72 (2.48%) Power BI
3 68 (2.34%) Data Warehouse
4 66 (2.27%) Big Data
5 45 (1.55%) NoSQL
6 44 (1.52%) Hadoop
7 38 (1.31%) MySQL
8 33 (1.14%) Azure SQL Database
9 32 (1.10%) Tableau
10 29 (1.00%) MongoDB
11 24 (0.83%) Data Lake
12 22 (0.76%) DB2
13 20 (0.69%) Relational Database
14 18 (0.62%) SAP HANA
15 16 (0.55%) Amazon Redshift
16 14 (0.48%) Amazon DynamoDB
16 14 (0.48%) BigQuery
16 14 (0.48%) Oracle Database
16 14 (0.48%) PostgreSQL
17 12 (0.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 163 (5.62%) JIRA
2 121 (4.17%) Git (software)
3 103 (3.55%) Jenkins
4 34 (1.17%) GitLab
5 26 (0.90%) Postman
6 21 (0.72%) Mockito
6 21 (0.72%) webpack
7 20 (0.69%) Cypress.io
7 20 (0.69%) SonarQube
8 19 (0.65%) Cucumber
9 18 (0.62%) Selenium
10 16 (0.55%) JUnit
10 16 (0.55%) Maven
11 15 (0.52%) ERwin
12 14 (0.48%) JMeter
12 14 (0.48%) Visual Studio
13 13 (0.45%) Bitbucket
13 13 (0.45%) Sonatype Nexus
14 11 (0.38%) Subversion
15 10 (0.34%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 660 (22.74%) Social Skills
2 601 (20.71%) Finance
3 214 (7.37%) Banking
4 192 (6.62%) Analytical Skills
5 169 (5.82%) Marketing
6 133 (4.58%) Presentation Skills
7 110 (3.79%) Retail Banking
8 105 (3.62%) Influencing Skills
9 92 (3.17%) Investment Banking
10 79 (2.72%) Legal
11 73 (2.52%) Manufacturing
12 71 (2.45%) Corporate Banking
13 64 (2.21%) Telecoms
14 54 (1.86%) Organisational Skills
15 51 (1.76%) Back Office
16 33 (1.14%) Automotive
17 27 (0.93%) Pharmaceutical
17 27 (0.93%) Public Sector
18 26 (0.90%) Advertising
19 25 (0.86%) Games
Job Titles
1 496 (17.09%) Analyst
2 390 (13.44%) Architect
3 343 (11.82%) Developer
4 308 (10.61%) Project Manager
5 274 (9.44%) Business Analyst
6 235 (8.10%) Solutions Architect
7 119 (4.10%) Consultant
8 87 (3.00%) Product Manager
9 77 (2.65%) Designer
10 74 (2.55%) Programme Manager
11 69 (2.38%) DevOps Engineer
12 66 (2.27%) Azure Engineer
13 64 (2.21%) IT Manager
14 61 (2.10%) Java Developer
15 56 (1.93%) Service Analyst
16 54 (1.86%) Product Owner
16 54 (1.86%) Retail Business Analyst
17 53 (1.83%) Delivery Manager
18 52 (1.79%) Senior Manager
19 51 (1.76%) IT Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 164 (5.65%) React
2 125 (4.31%) Node.js
3 105 (3.62%) .NET
4 103 (3.55%) CSS
4 103 (3.55%) HTML
5 73 (2.52%) Kafka
5 73 (2.52%) REST
6 72 (2.48%) Spring
7 68 (2.34%) Spring Boot
8 51 (1.76%) GraphQL
9 49 (1.69%) RESTful
10 46 (1.59%) .NET Core
11 39 (1.34%) Web Services
12 38 (1.31%) AngularJS
13 32 (1.10%) .NET Framework
14 28 (0.96%) Jest
15 26 (0.90%) Sass
16 25 (0.86%) JSON
17 24 (0.83%) ASP.NET
17 24 (0.83%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 153 (5.27%) User Experience
2 95 (3.27%) Mobile App
3 82 (2.83%) Self-Motivation
4 72 (2.48%) Greenfield Project
5 68 (2.34%) EPoS
6 55 (1.90%) FMCG
7 46 (1.59%) Legacy Systems
8 44 (1.52%) iPad
8 44 (1.52%) Management Information System
9 43 (1.48%) Virtual Team
10 41 (1.41%) Public Cloud
11 29 (1.00%) NHS
12 27 (0.93%) Data Structures
13 26 (0.90%) Cloud Native
14 25 (0.86%) Data Centre
15 22 (0.76%) Data Protection Act
16 18 (0.62%) Renewable Energy
17 16 (0.55%) Hedge funds
17 16 (0.55%) Social Media
18 15 (0.52%) Digital Signage
Operating Systems
1 115 (3.96%) Windows
2 73 (2.52%) Linux
3 57 (1.96%) Apple iOS
4 50 (1.72%) Android
5 33 (1.14%) Windows 10
6 28 (0.96%) Unix
7 23 (0.79%) Windows Server
8 22 (0.76%) Windows 7
9 7 (0.24%) Windows Server 2019
10 6 (0.21%) Mac OS
11 5 (0.17%) Windows Server 2012
12 4 (0.14%) Mac OS X
13 3 (0.10%) Windows Phone
13 3 (0.10%) Windows Server 2003
13 3 (0.10%) Windows Server 2008
13 3 (0.10%) zOS
14 2 (0.069%) CentOS
14 2 (0.069%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 1 (0.034%) Embedded Linux
15 1 (0.034%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 953 (32.84%) Agile Software Development
2 544 (18.75%) E-Commerce
3 422 (14.54%) Stakeholder Management
4 284 (9.79%) DevOps
5 238 (8.20%) Analytics
6 231 (7.96%) Problem-Solving
7 225 (7.75%) Project Management
8 218 (7.51%) Scrum
9 210 (7.24%) Migration
10 196 (6.75%) CI/CD
11 189 (6.51%) Microservices
12 148 (5.10%) Project Delivery
13 142 (4.89%) Waterfall
14 137 (4.72%) Business Intelligence
15 128 (4.41%) Logistics
16 126 (4.34%) CRM
17 124 (4.27%) ERP
18 115 (3.96%) ITIL
19 113 (3.89%) Continuous Improvement
20 112 (3.86%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 251 (8.65%) SQL
2 224 (7.72%) Java
3 210 (7.24%) JavaScript
4 142 (4.89%) Python
5 93 (3.20%) C#
6 76 (2.62%) TypeScript
7 49 (1.69%) PowerShell
8 37 (1.27%) C
9 36 (1.24%) Bash
9 36 (1.24%) PHP
10 30 (1.03%) ES6
11 29 (1.00%) Java 11
12 26 (0.90%) Kotlin
13 25 (0.86%) Go
13 25 (0.86%) Groovy
13 25 (0.86%) Java 8
13 25 (0.86%) Scala
14 21 (0.72%) C++
15 18 (0.62%) Ruby
16 17 (0.59%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 107 (3.69%) Degree
2 53 (1.83%) Security Cleared
3 41 (1.41%) SC Cleared
4 40 (1.38%) Microsoft Certification
5 25 (0.86%) PMP
6 24 (0.83%) MCSA
7 22 (0.76%) A+ Certification
8 19 (0.65%) PMI Certification
9 18 (0.62%) AWS Certification
10 15 (0.52%) CISSP
11 14 (0.48%) Computer Science Degree
12 13 (0.45%) CISM
13 12 (0.41%) TOGAF Certification
14 10 (0.34%) BPSS Clearance
14 10 (0.34%) ITIL Certification
15 8 (0.28%) Cisco Certification
16 7 (0.24%) IIBA
16 7 (0.24%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 6 (0.21%) MCP
17 6 (0.21%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 96 (3.31%) QA
2 50 (1.72%) SLA
3 45 (1.55%) Accessibility
4 41 (1.41%) PMO
5 37 (1.27%) GDPR
6 29 (1.00%) PCI DSS
7 28 (0.96%) Data Quality
8 15 (0.52%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 9 (0.31%) FINREP
10 8 (0.28%) ISO 20022
10 8 (0.28%) NIST
11 7 (0.24%) GRC
11 7 (0.24%) SEPA
12 6 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
12 6 (0.21%) PSD2
13 5 (0.17%) COBIT
14 4 (0.14%) COREP
15 3 (0.10%) Actionable Recommendations
15 3 (0.10%) WCAG
16 2 (0.069%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 106 (3.65%) Docker
2 72 (2.48%) Active Directory
3 11 (0.38%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (0.31%) VMware NSX
5 7 (0.24%) HDFS
6 6 (0.21%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 4 (0.14%) Hyper-V
7 4 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
7 4 (0.14%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (0.14%) vSphere
8 3 (0.10%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (0.10%) VMware Server
9 2 (0.069%) NFS
9 2 (0.069%) VirtualBox
9 2 (0.069%) XenApp
10 1 (0.034%) ProxySG
10 1 (0.034%) Slurm Workload Manager
10 1 (0.034%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 157 (5.41%) Kubernetes
2 154 (5.31%) Terraform
3 56 (1.93%) Ansible
4 32 (1.10%) SCCM
5 25 (0.86%) Puppet
6 19 (0.65%) Grafana
7 17 (0.59%) Opscode Chef
8 15 (0.52%) Istio
8 15 (0.52%) Prometheus
9 12 (0.41%) AirWatch
10 9 (0.31%) Microsoft Intune
11 8 (0.28%) Packer
12 6 (0.21%) Jamf Pro
12 6 (0.21%) vCenter Server
12 6 (0.21%) vRealize
13 4 (0.14%) HP ALM
13 4 (0.14%) HP Quality Center
13 4 (0.14%) Kibana
13 4 (0.14%) Single Sign-On
14 2 (0.069%) Consul
Vendors
1 209 (7.20%) SAP
2 205 (7.06%) Microsoft
3 108 (3.72%) Salesforce.com
4 104 (3.58%) Adobe
5 99 (3.41%) Oracle
6 94 (3.24%) Google
7 55 (1.90%) ServiceNow
8 51 (1.76%) Citrix
9 42 (1.45%) hybris
10 38 (1.31%) VMware
11 37 (1.27%) IBM
12 29 (1.00%) Databricks
13 22 (0.76%) Cisco
14 17 (0.59%) Xerox
15 16 (0.55%) MicroStrategy
15 16 (0.55%) Teradata
16 15 (0.52%) MuleSoft
17 14 (0.48%) Apple
17 14 (0.48%) Splunk
18 12 (0.41%) Red Hat