Period
to 14 April 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 14 April 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
14 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 83 73 57
Rank change year-on-year -10 -16 -3
Contract jobs citing Retail 1,411 1,777 3,792
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.68% 2.99% 3.93%
As % of the General category 6.54% 7.98% 9.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 786 1,097 2,516
10th Percentile £313 £213 £305
25th Percentile £400 £331 £381
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £475
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% -5.26% +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £550 £573
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £450
% change year-on-year +12.50% -11.11% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 36 32
10th Percentile £10.25 £13.00 £11.82
25th Percentile £12.25 £13.75 £13.19
Median hourly rate £13.50 £14.50 £15.00
Median % change year-on-year -6.90% -3.33% -1.64%
75th Percentile £18.75 £16.75 £18.00
90th Percentile £24.00 £18.38 £18.23
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.00 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -10.34% -3.33% +4.24%

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 21,559 22,258 38,452
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 40.89% 37.41% 39.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,652 14,690 25,736
10th Percentile £306 £272 £300
25th Percentile £400 £385 £385
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £480 £484
Median % change year-on-year +4.17% -0.83% +1.89%
75th Percentile £600 £600 £588
90th Percentile £700 £688 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £430 £445 £438
% change year-on-year -3.37% +1.71% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 764 705 933
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.44 £11.78
25th Percentile £15.04 £15.67 £14.75
Median hourly rate £24.00 £21.50 £20.86
Median % change year-on-year +11.63% +3.09% -0.69%
75th Percentile £44.33 £43.75 £41.00
90th Percentile £54.00 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £20.03 £20.00
% change year-on-year +7.37% +0.13% +5.26%

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 14 April 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 14 April 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 14 April 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 -7 1,221 £500 +11.11% 806
London -6 643 £525 +5.00% 246
UK excluding London -9 541 £450 +12.50% 605
Work from Home -18 371 £500 -6.10% 200
North of England -7 144 £413 +3.13% 230
East of England +9 112 £500 +5.34% 44
North West +37 103 £388 -2.52% 124
South East -48 90 £500 +17.65% 92
South West +55 86 £488 +25.81% 64
Midlands -28 82 £401 +0.31% 126
East Midlands -10 49 £349 -7.00% 64
Yorkshire -41 36 £413 +3.13% 64
West Midlands -7 33 £415 +3.75% 61
Scotland -23 27 £400 +14.29% 23
North East +32 5 £425 +203.57% 42
Wales +14 1 £338 -25.00% 23
Northern Ireland +12 1 - - 4

For the 6 months to 14 April 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.

1 402 (28.49%) Agile Software Development
2 313 (22.18%) E-Commerce
3 253 (17.93%) Finance
4 194 (13.75%) SQL
5 183 (12.97%) Stakeholder Management
6 153 (10.84%) Azure
7 148 (10.49%) Java
7 148 (10.49%) DevOps
8 131 (9.28%) Project Management
9 120 (8.50%) SAP
10 113 (8.01%) JavaScript
11 112 (7.94%) Scrum
12 110 (7.80%) AWS
13 106 (7.51%) Oracle
13 106 (7.51%) Analytical Skills
14 103 (7.30%) Problem-Solving
14 103 (7.30%) Python
15 96 (6.80%) Banking
15 96 (6.80%) JIRA
16 95 (6.73%) Microsoft
17 93 (6.59%) Analytics
18 90 (6.38%) Salesforce.com
19 87 (6.17%) Microservices
20 84 (5.95%) Migration
21 82 (5.81%) User Experience
22 80 (5.67%) ERP
23 78 (5.53%) Marketing
24 73 (5.17%) Windows
25 72 (5.10%) User Stories
26 71 (5.03%) HTML

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 33 (2.34%) CMS
2 27 (1.91%) SharePoint
3 24 (1.70%) Confluence
4 21 (1.49%) WebSphere
5 17 (1.20%) Apache Spark
6 13 (0.92%) SAS
7 10 (0.71%) IBM Domino
8 7 (0.50%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 7 (0.50%) Elasticsearch
8 7 (0.50%) Sitecore CMS
8 7 (0.50%) Tomcat
9 6 (0.43%) Apache Solr
9 6 (0.43%) JBoss
10 4 (0.28%) Anypoint
10 4 (0.28%) Apache Airflow
10 4 (0.28%) Jupyter
11 3 (0.21%) BizTalk Server
11 3 (0.21%) CICS
11 3 (0.21%) WebSphere Application Server
11 3 (0.21%) WordPress
Applications
1 35 (2.48%) Microsoft Excel
2 29 (2.06%) Microsoft Office
3 15 (1.06%) Microsoft Project
4 13 (0.92%) MS Visio
4 13 (0.92%) Sketch
5 10 (0.71%) Adobe Illustrator
5 10 (0.71%) Photoshop
6 9 (0.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 7 (0.50%) Spreadsheet
8 5 (0.35%) Zeplin
9 4 (0.28%) InVision
10 2 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 2 (0.14%) Adobe XD
10 2 (0.14%) Chatbot
10 2 (0.14%) UserZoom
11 1 (0.071%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.071%) Adobe After Effects
11 1 (0.071%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 41 (2.91%) Magento
2 40 (2.83%) SAP S/4HANA
3 28 (1.98%) SAP Retail
4 21 (1.49%) Oracle Retail
5 14 (0.99%) SAP SD
6 13 (0.92%) Shopify
7 12 (0.85%) Dynamics CRM
8 10 (0.71%) SAP CO
8 10 (0.71%) SAP FI
8 10 (0.71%) SAP FI/CO
8 10 (0.71%) SAP Hybris
8 10 (0.71%) SAP MM
9 9 (0.64%) SAP CAR
10 8 (0.57%) NetSuite
10 8 (0.57%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 6 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
11 6 (0.43%) Sentinel
12 5 (0.35%) Dynamics NAV
12 5 (0.35%) SAP MDG
13 4 (0.28%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 153 (10.84%) Azure
2 110 (7.80%) AWS
3 61 (4.32%) Microsoft 365
4 45 (3.19%) Serverless
5 40 (2.83%) Power Platform
6 36 (2.55%) GCP
7 30 (2.13%) Dynamics 365
8 26 (1.84%) GitHub
9 23 (1.63%) AWS Lambda
9 23 (1.63%) SaaS
10 16 (1.13%) Azure Data Factory
11 15 (1.06%) PaaS
12 13 (0.92%) Adobe Creative Cloud
13 12 (0.85%) Salesforce Service Cloud
14 10 (0.71%) IaaS
15 8 (0.57%) iPaaS
15 8 (0.57%) PowerApps
15 8 (0.57%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
16 7 (0.50%) Azure Functions
16 7 (0.50%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 22 (1.56%) Wi-Fi
2 14 (0.99%) Firewall
3 11 (0.78%) DNS
3 11 (0.78%) WAN
4 10 (0.71%) HTTP
5 9 (0.64%) Internet
5 9 (0.64%) TCP/IP
6 8 (0.57%) DHCP
6 8 (0.57%) SAN
7 7 (0.50%) Network Security
8 6 (0.43%) FTP
9 5 (0.35%) Cisco IOS
10 4 (0.28%) SD-WAN
10 4 (0.28%) VPN
11 3 (0.21%) HTTPS
11 3 (0.21%) LAN
11 3 (0.21%) Skype
11 3 (0.21%) Wireless
12 2 (0.14%) SSH
12 2 (0.14%) UPnP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (2.98%) Data Warehouse
2 40 (2.83%) MySQL
3 38 (2.69%) Big Data
4 36 (2.55%) SQL Server
5 31 (2.20%) Data Lake
6 30 (2.13%) Power BI
7 27 (1.91%) Tableau
8 18 (1.28%) Azure SQL Database
9 16 (1.13%) PostgreSQL
10 15 (1.06%) DB2
11 14 (0.99%) Relational Database
12 13 (0.92%) NoSQL
13 12 (0.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 11 (0.78%) Amazon Redshift
14 11 (0.78%) BigQuery
14 11 (0.78%) Hadoop
15 10 (0.71%) Amazon DynamoDB
15 10 (0.71%) Cosmos DB
16 7 (0.50%) DbVisualizer
16 7 (0.50%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 96 (6.80%) JIRA
2 57 (4.04%) Git (software)
3 45 (3.19%) Jenkins
4 19 (1.35%) Maven
5 17 (1.20%) Cucumber
6 13 (0.92%) Eclipse
7 11 (0.78%) Oracle APEX
8 10 (0.71%) Bitbucket
8 10 (0.71%) Selenium
9 8 (0.57%) webpack
10 7 (0.50%) Cypress.io
10 7 (0.50%) IntelliJ
10 7 (0.50%) Postman
10 7 (0.50%) REST Assured
10 7 (0.50%) TeamCity
11 6 (0.43%) GitLab
11 6 (0.43%) Team Foundation Server
12 5 (0.35%) Axure RP
12 5 (0.35%) kappa
12 5 (0.35%) Storybook
General
1 253 (17.93%) Finance
2 96 (6.80%) Banking
3 78 (5.53%) Marketing
4 46 (3.26%) Manufacturing
5 35 (2.48%) Telecoms
6 27 (1.91%) Investment Banking
6 27 (1.91%) Retail Banking
7 25 (1.77%) Corporate Banking
8 23 (1.63%) Public Sector
9 22 (1.56%) Pharmaceutical
10 17 (1.20%) Billing
11 14 (0.99%) Legal
12 13 (0.92%) Back Office
13 11 (0.78%) Automotive
13 11 (0.78%) Games
13 11 (0.78%) Publishing
14 10 (0.71%) Front Office
15 9 (0.64%) Financial Institution
16 8 (0.57%) Advertising
16 8 (0.57%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 241 (17.08%) Analyst
2 229 (16.23%) Developer
3 201 (14.25%) Architect
4 134 (9.50%) Business Analyst
5 123 (8.72%) Project Manager
6 98 (6.95%) Solutions Architect
7 85 (6.02%) Consultant
8 40 (2.83%) Java Developer
9 38 (2.69%) Designer
10 34 (2.41%) .NET Developer
10 34 (2.41%) Data Engineer
10 34 (2.41%) E-Commerce Manager
10 34 (2.41%) Retail Business Analyst
10 34 (2.41%) Service Analyst
11 33 (2.34%) Service Desk Analyst
12 30 (2.13%) Programme Manager
13 28 (1.98%) React Developer
14 25 (1.77%) Data Architect
14 25 (1.77%) Senior Developer
15 24 (1.70%) Product Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 71 (5.03%) HTML
2 67 (4.75%) CSS
3 59 (4.18%) .NET
4 57 (4.04%) React
5 49 (3.47%) Node.js
6 47 (3.33%) REST
7 43 (3.05%) Web Services
8 39 (2.76%) Spring
9 37 (2.62%) RESTful
10 26 (1.84%) HTML5
11 22 (1.56%) GraphQL
12 21 (1.49%) CSS3
13 18 (1.28%) XML
14 17 (1.20%) Middleware
14 17 (1.20%) Redux
15 15 (1.06%) .NET Core
15 15 (1.06%) AngularJS
16 14 (0.99%) Kafka
16 14 (0.99%) OAuth
16 14 (0.99%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 106 (7.51%) Analytical Skills
2 82 (5.81%) User Experience
3 42 (2.98%) Greenfield Project
4 40 (2.83%) FMCG
5 32 (2.27%) Mobile App
6 26 (1.84%) Management Information System
7 23 (1.63%) Algorithms
8 20 (1.42%) Virtual Team
9 18 (1.28%) Self-Motivation
10 17 (1.20%) Data Structures
11 15 (1.06%) EPoS
12 13 (0.92%) Data Centre
13 10 (0.71%) NHS
14 9 (0.64%) Social Media
15 8 (0.57%) Cloud Native
15 8 (0.57%) Credit Risk
15 8 (0.57%) Mainframe
15 8 (0.57%) SWIFT
16 7 (0.50%) Analytical Mindset
16 7 (0.50%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 73 (5.17%) Windows
2 36 (2.55%) Linux
3 26 (1.84%) Apple iOS
4 25 (1.77%) Windows 10
5 23 (1.63%) Android
6 19 (1.35%) Windows 7
7 17 (1.20%) Unix
8 11 (0.78%) Windows Server
9 6 (0.43%) Windows Server 2012
10 5 (0.35%) AIX
10 5 (0.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 5 (0.35%) Windows Server 2016
11 4 (0.28%) CentOS
11 4 (0.28%) Mac OS X
11 4 (0.28%) MVS
11 4 (0.28%) zOS
12 2 (0.14%) Mac OS
12 2 (0.14%) Ubuntu
12 2 (0.14%) VMS
12 2 (0.14%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 402 (28.49%) Agile Software Development
2 313 (22.18%) E-Commerce
3 183 (12.97%) Stakeholder Management
4 148 (10.49%) DevOps
5 131 (9.28%) Project Management
6 112 (7.94%) Scrum
7 103 (7.30%) Problem-Solving
8 93 (6.59%) Analytics
9 87 (6.17%) Microservices
10 84 (5.95%) Migration
11 80 (5.67%) ERP
12 72 (5.10%) User Stories
13 70 (4.96%) CRM
13 70 (4.96%) Project Delivery
14 61 (4.32%) Software Engineering
15 57 (4.04%) Business Intelligence
15 57 (4.04%) Change Management
15 57 (4.04%) TDD
16 56 (3.97%) Data Modelling
17 54 (3.83%) Logistics
Programming Languages
1 194 (13.75%) SQL
2 148 (10.49%) Java
3 113 (8.01%) JavaScript
4 103 (7.30%) Python
5 52 (3.69%) C#
6 26 (1.84%) PL/SQL
7 23 (1.63%) PHP
8 21 (1.49%) PowerShell
9 18 (1.28%) TypeScript
10 17 (1.20%) R
11 15 (1.06%) Go
12 14 (0.99%) ES6
13 13 (0.92%) Scala
14 12 (0.85%) C
14 12 (0.85%) Java 8
15 11 (0.78%) Ruby
16 9 (0.64%) Apex Code
16 9 (0.64%) Apple Swift
16 9 (0.64%) Bash Shell
17 8 (0.57%) Perl
Qualifications
1 46 (3.26%) Degree
2 29 (2.06%) Security Cleared
3 28 (1.98%) SC Cleared
4 15 (1.06%) Microsoft Certification
5 11 (0.78%) A+ Certification
5 11 (0.78%) Computer Science Degree
5 11 (0.78%) MCSA
5 11 (0.78%) PMP
6 9 (0.64%) PMI Certification
7 7 (0.50%) TOGAF Certification
8 6 (0.43%) MCP
9 5 (0.35%) CISSP
9 5 (0.35%) Tableau Certification
10 4 (0.28%) PhD
11 3 (0.21%) Cisco Certification
12 2 (0.14%) CCNA
12 2 (0.14%) CISM
12 2 (0.14%) ISEB
12 2 (0.14%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (0.14%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (4.18%) QA
2 34 (2.41%) PMO
3 20 (1.42%) Data Quality
4 16 (1.13%) GDPR
5 14 (0.99%) PCI DSS
5 14 (0.99%) SLA
6 9 (0.64%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 7 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 7 (0.50%) NIST
8 6 (0.43%) IFRS
9 5 (0.35%) GRC
10 4 (0.28%) IFRS 9
11 3 (0.21%) COBIT
11 3 (0.21%) PSD2
12 2 (0.14%) Section 508
12 2 (0.14%) WAI
13 1 (0.071%) Disclosure Scotland
13 1 (0.071%) ISO 20022
13 1 (0.071%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 1 (0.071%) PMBOK
System Software
1 69 (4.89%) Docker
2 40 (2.83%) Active Directory
3 10 (0.71%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.35%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (0.21%) BitLocker
5 3 (0.21%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
6 2 (0.14%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (0.14%) VMware NSX
7 1 (0.071%) Ceph
7 1 (0.071%) HDFS
7 1 (0.071%) Samba
7 1 (0.071%) vCloud
7 1 (0.071%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 55 (3.90%) Kubernetes
2 42 (2.98%) Terraform
3 20 (1.42%) Ansible
3 20 (1.42%) SCCM
4 9 (0.64%) AirWatch
5 7 (0.50%) Opscode Chef
6 5 (0.35%) Puppet
7 4 (0.28%) Grafana
8 3 (0.21%) HP ALM
8 3 (0.21%) Microsoft Intune
9 2 (0.14%) Consul
9 2 (0.14%) Host Intrusion Detection System
9 2 (0.14%) IBM BigFix
9 2 (0.14%) Nessus
9 2 (0.14%) Packer
9 2 (0.14%) Single Sign-On
10 1 (0.071%) EMC NetWorker
10 1 (0.071%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 1 (0.071%) Pingdom
10 1 (0.071%) SCOM
Vendors
1 120 (8.50%) SAP
2 106 (7.51%) Oracle
3 95 (6.73%) Microsoft
4 90 (6.38%) Salesforce.com
5 51 (3.61%) hybris
6 40 (2.83%) IBM
7 33 (2.34%) MuleSoft
8 30 (2.13%) Adobe
9 27 (1.91%) Cisco
10 25 (1.77%) Google
11 19 (1.35%) Databricks
12 18 (1.28%) Citrix
12 18 (1.28%) ServiceNow
12 18 (1.28%) VMware
13 16 (1.13%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
14 10 (0.71%) Atlassian
14 10 (0.71%) Meraki
14 10 (0.71%) Xerox
15 9 (0.64%) Ariba
15 9 (0.64%) Sitecore