Period
to 19 October 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 October 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 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 70 139 63
Rank change year-on-year +69 -76 -2
Contract jobs citing Retail 2,715 589 3,084
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.22% 1.89% 3.65%
As % of the General category 6.05% 3.56% 7.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,605 328 1,923
10th Percentile £350 £238 £263
25th Percentile £420 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £465 £463
Median % change year-on-year +12.90% +0.54% +2.78%
75th Percentile £619 £563 £575
90th Percentile £713 £700 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £400 £425
% change year-on-year +18.75% -5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 85 18 50
10th Percentile £12.00 " £12.37
25th Percentile £12.50 £10.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate £14.50 £10.50 £14.28
Median % change year-on-year +38.10% -26.47% +5.78%
75th Percentile £20.00 £14.00 £20.00
90th Percentile £64.75 £16.58 £46.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £10.50 £14.28
% change year-on-year +28.57% -26.47% +5.78%

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 44,851 16,563 43,513
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 53.27% 53.12% 51.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 30,366 11,204 28,191
10th Percentile £306 £269 £263
25th Percentile £413 £375 £365
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £520 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +9.47% - +3.26%
75th Percentile £625 £588 £575
90th Percentile £713 £700 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,378 547 1,479
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.25 £15.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £19.00 £22.00 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year -13.64% +15.79% +7.16%
75th Percentile £42.95 £41.77 £40.00
90th Percentile £60.15 £51.60 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.25 £20.13 £17.50
% change year-on-year -14.29% +15.00% -

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 October 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 October 2021.

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 19 October 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 +69 2,351 £525 +10.53% 1,248
London +62 1,268 £538 +7.50% 437
UK excluding London +84 960 £475 +18.75% 881
Work from Home +14 784 £515 +6.74% 265
South East +39 235 £463 +15.63% 130
North of England +28 218 £475 +24.59% 328
Midlands +30 196 £450 +2.55% 191
East of England +37 193 £550 +37.50% 73
North West -1 117 £475 +18.75% 179
West Midlands +17 101 £475 +11.76% 110
East Midlands +14 94 £425 -8.37% 80
Yorkshire +19 85 £475 +38.18% 118
South West +11 76 £475 +18.75% 84
Scotland -55 36 £400 +6.67% 39
North East +3 16 £556 +456.25% 31
Wales -22 6 £575 +475.00% 32

For the 6 months to 19 October 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.

1 890 (32.78%) Agile Software Development
2 650 (23.94%) Social Skills
3 537 (19.78%) E-Commerce
4 511 (18.82%) Finance
5 379 (13.96%) Azure
6 362 (13.33%) Stakeholder Management
7 268 (9.87%) Java
8 266 (9.80%) DevOps
9 252 (9.28%) SAP
10 251 (9.24%) SQL
11 242 (8.91%) AWS
12 228 (8.40%) Project Management
13 223 (8.21%) Scrum
14 213 (7.85%) Problem-Solving
15 206 (7.59%) Microsoft
16 201 (7.40%) JavaScript
17 198 (7.29%) Analytical Skills
18 195 (7.18%) Analytics
19 194 (7.15%) Marketing
20 190 (7.00%) CRM
21 187 (6.89%) Microservices
22 167 (6.15%) User Experience
23 154 (5.67%) Banking
24 151 (5.56%) JIRA
25 150 (5.52%) Project Delivery
26 148 (5.45%) Migration
27 144 (5.30%) ERP
27 144 (5.30%) Python
28 138 (5.08%) Salesforce.com
29 137 (5.05%) Degree

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 59 (2.17%) Confluence
2 38 (1.40%) CMS
3 33 (1.22%) SharePoint
4 22 (0.81%) IBM Domino
5 21 (0.77%) WebSphere
6 20 (0.74%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 17 (0.63%) Apache Spark
8 13 (0.48%) SAS
9 9 (0.33%) Apache
9 9 (0.33%) Tomcat
10 7 (0.26%) IBM Notes
11 6 (0.22%) MS Exchange
12 5 (0.18%) BizTalk Server
12 5 (0.18%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 4 (0.15%) Camunda
13 4 (0.15%) JBoss
14 3 (0.11%) CICS
14 3 (0.11%) Cloud Foundry
14 3 (0.11%) Drupal
14 3 (0.11%) MQSeries
Applications
1 73 (2.69%) Microsoft Excel
2 62 (2.28%) Microsoft Office
3 54 (1.99%) Sketch
4 36 (1.33%) Zeplin
5 29 (1.07%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 22 (0.81%) InVision
7 14 (0.52%) MS Visio
8 13 (0.48%) Figma
8 13 (0.48%) Spreadsheet
9 11 (0.41%) Microsoft Project
10 8 (0.29%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 8 (0.29%) Photoshop
11 6 (0.22%) Adobe Illustrator
12 5 (0.18%) Adobe XD
12 5 (0.18%) Chatbot
12 5 (0.18%) Marvel
13 3 (0.11%) Fireworks
14 1 (0.037%) InfoPath
14 1 (0.037%) Open Workbench
14 1 (0.037%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 65 (2.39%) SAP Retail
2 63 (2.32%) SAP S/4HANA
3 38 (1.40%) Magento
4 33 (1.22%) Dynamics AX
5 31 (1.14%) SAP Forecasting and Replenishment
6 28 (1.03%) SAP CAR
7 22 (0.81%) Dynamics CRM
8 21 (0.77%) Shopify
9 19 (0.70%) SAP Hybris
10 15 (0.55%) Payment Gateway
11 13 (0.48%) SAP MDG
12 11 (0.41%) Salesforce.com CRM
13 10 (0.37%) NetSuite
13 10 (0.37%) SAP ERP
14 9 (0.33%) SAP FI
15 8 (0.29%) SAP CO
16 7 (0.26%) SAP AFS
16 7 (0.26%) SAP FI/CO
16 7 (0.26%) SAP SD
17 5 (0.18%) SAP MDM
Cloud Services
1 379 (13.96%) Azure
2 242 (8.91%) AWS
3 111 (4.09%) GCP
4 81 (2.98%) Power Platform
5 67 (2.47%) Microsoft 365
6 59 (2.17%) Serverless
7 58 (2.14%) Dynamics 365
8 54 (1.99%) SaaS
9 45 (1.66%) PaaS
10 42 (1.55%) GitHub
11 40 (1.47%) Adobe Creative Cloud
12 35 (1.29%) AWS Lambda
13 25 (0.92%) AWS CloudFormation
14 24 (0.88%) Azure Data Factory
15 23 (0.85%) Google Analytics
16 19 (0.70%) Azure Synapse Analytics
17 18 (0.66%) GitHub Actions
18 17 (0.63%) IaaS
18 17 (0.63%) PowerApps
19 15 (0.55%) Azure Storage
Communications & Networking
1 44 (1.62%) Wi-Fi
2 35 (1.29%) DNS
3 31 (1.14%) Firewall
4 21 (0.77%) HTTP
5 18 (0.66%) DHCP
6 15 (0.55%) VPN
7 14 (0.52%) Network Security
8 13 (0.48%) WAN
9 11 (0.41%) SNMP
10 10 (0.37%) LAN
11 9 (0.33%) HTTPS
12 8 (0.29%) Cisco IOS
12 8 (0.29%) SMS
12 8 (0.29%) TCP/IP
13 7 (0.26%) Internet
13 7 (0.26%) VLAN
14 6 (0.22%) Kerberos
15 5 (0.18%) RTP
15 5 (0.18%) SD-WAN
15 5 (0.18%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (2.62%) Power BI
2 67 (2.47%) Data Warehouse
3 48 (1.77%) Big Data
4 45 (1.66%) SQL Server
5 38 (1.40%) Tableau
6 36 (1.33%) Hadoop
6 36 (1.33%) NoSQL
7 30 (1.10%) Relational Database
8 27 (0.99%) Data Lake
8 27 (0.99%) MySQL
9 25 (0.92%) Azure SQL Database
10 20 (0.74%) PostgreSQL
11 16 (0.59%) Metadata
11 16 (0.59%) Oracle Database
12 15 (0.55%) MongoDB
13 14 (0.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 13 (0.48%) Data Vault
14 13 (0.48%) RDBMS
15 12 (0.44%) BusinessObjects
15 12 (0.44%) DB2
Development Applications
1 151 (5.56%) JIRA
2 111 (4.09%) Git (software)
3 71 (2.62%) Jenkins
4 37 (1.36%) Postman
5 34 (1.25%) Mockito
6 30 (1.10%) Cucumber
6 30 (1.10%) Maven
7 22 (0.81%) JUnit
7 22 (0.81%) Selenium
8 16 (0.59%) Cypress.io
9 13 (0.48%) Axure RP
9 13 (0.48%) CircleCI
9 13 (0.48%) GitLab
9 13 (0.48%) Xcode
10 12 (0.44%) SonarQube
10 12 (0.44%) Visual Studio
11 11 (0.41%) webpack
12 10 (0.37%) JMeter
13 9 (0.33%) Subversion
13 9 (0.33%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 650 (23.94%) Social Skills
2 511 (18.82%) Finance
3 198 (7.29%) Analytical Skills
4 194 (7.15%) Marketing
5 154 (5.67%) Banking
6 127 (4.68%) Presentation Skills
7 94 (3.46%) Influencing Skills
8 82 (3.02%) Retail Banking
9 81 (2.98%) Manufacturing
10 69 (2.54%) Telecoms
11 57 (2.10%) Organisational Skills
12 53 (1.95%) Investment Banking
13 45 (1.66%) Corporate Banking
14 44 (1.62%) Legal
15 34 (1.25%) Documentation Skills
16 32 (1.18%) Automotive
16 32 (1.18%) Billing
17 28 (1.03%) Back Office
18 26 (0.96%) Public Sector
19 24 (0.88%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 427 (15.73%) Architect
2 398 (14.66%) Analyst
3 340 (12.52%) Developer
4 291 (10.72%) Project Manager
5 250 (9.21%) Solutions Architect
6 226 (8.32%) Business Analyst
7 129 (4.75%) Consultant
8 96 (3.54%) Designer
9 75 (2.76%) Java Developer
10 61 (2.25%) Delivery Manager
11 59 (2.17%) IT Manager
11 59 (2.17%) SAP Consultant
12 58 (2.14%) Enterprise Architect
13 57 (2.10%) Technical Manager
14 56 (2.06%) Data Architect
15 54 (1.99%) Service Analyst
16 51 (1.88%) Programme Manager
16 51 (1.88%) Retail Business Analyst
17 49 (1.80%) Senior Developer
18 47 (1.73%) Product Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 121 (4.46%) React
2 102 (3.76%) CSS
3 98 (3.61%) HTML
4 96 (3.54%) Node.js
5 85 (3.13%) Spring
6 84 (3.09%) REST
7 79 (2.91%) .NET
8 67 (2.47%) Spring Boot
8 67 (2.47%) Web Services
9 63 (2.32%) RESTful
10 48 (1.77%) GraphQL
11 47 (1.73%) Kafka
12 42 (1.55%) XML
13 25 (0.92%) J2EE
14 24 (0.88%) Jest
15 22 (0.81%) .NET Core
15 22 (0.81%) AngularJS
16 21 (0.77%) CSS3
16 21 (0.77%) jQuery
16 21 (0.77%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 167 (6.15%) User Experience
2 111 (4.09%) Mobile App
3 68 (2.50%) Greenfield Project
4 63 (2.32%) EPoS
5 62 (2.28%) FMCG
6 60 (2.21%) Self-Motivation
7 55 (2.03%) Public Cloud
8 49 (1.80%) Legacy Systems
9 34 (1.25%) Management Information System
9 34 (1.25%) Virtual Team
10 26 (0.96%) NHS
11 24 (0.88%) iPad
12 23 (0.85%) Cloud Native
13 22 (0.81%) Social Media
13 22 (0.81%) W3C
14 20 (0.74%) Algorithms
15 19 (0.70%) Data Protection Act
15 19 (0.70%) Data Structures
16 18 (0.66%) Digital Signage
17 15 (0.55%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 112 (4.13%) Windows
2 85 (3.13%) Apple iOS
3 77 (2.84%) Android
4 57 (2.10%) Linux
5 33 (1.22%) Windows 10
6 27 (0.99%) Windows Server
7 25 (0.92%) Windows 7
8 22 (0.81%) Unix
9 10 (0.37%) Windows Server 2012
10 6 (0.22%) Windows Phone
10 6 (0.22%) Windows Server 2019
11 4 (0.15%) VMS
11 4 (0.15%) zOS
12 3 (0.11%) AIX
12 3 (0.11%) Mac OS
12 3 (0.11%) Mac OS X
12 3 (0.11%) Windows Server 2003
13 2 (0.074%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (0.074%) Windows Server 2016
14 1 (0.037%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 890 (32.78%) Agile Software Development
2 537 (19.78%) E-Commerce
3 362 (13.33%) Stakeholder Management
4 266 (9.80%) DevOps
5 228 (8.40%) Project Management
6 223 (8.21%) Scrum
7 213 (7.85%) Problem-Solving
8 195 (7.18%) Analytics
9 190 (7.00%) CRM
10 187 (6.89%) Microservices
11 150 (5.52%) Project Delivery
12 148 (5.45%) Migration
13 144 (5.30%) ERP
14 133 (4.90%) Business Intelligence
15 129 (4.75%) Logistics
16 114 (4.20%) TDD
17 110 (4.05%) Waterfall
18 104 (3.83%) Continuous Improvement
19 98 (3.61%) Software Engineering
20 96 (3.54%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 268 (9.87%) Java
2 251 (9.24%) SQL
3 201 (7.40%) JavaScript
4 144 (5.30%) Python
5 80 (2.95%) C#
6 67 (2.47%) TypeScript
7 55 (2.03%) Go
8 38 (1.40%) PowerShell
9 34 (1.25%) Java 8
10 32 (1.18%) Java 11
11 29 (1.07%) Bash Shell
12 28 (1.03%) ES6
13 26 (0.96%) Apple Swift
14 22 (0.81%) Kotlin
15 19 (0.70%) PHP
15 19 (0.70%) Scala
16 17 (0.63%) ABAP
17 16 (0.59%) Objective-C
17 16 (0.59%) Ruby
18 12 (0.44%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 137 (5.05%) Degree
2 43 (1.58%) Security Cleared
3 37 (1.36%) Microsoft Certification
3 37 (1.36%) SC Cleared
4 22 (0.81%) PMP
5 21 (0.77%) ITIL Certification
6 20 (0.74%) PMI Certification
7 18 (0.66%) A+ Certification
7 18 (0.66%) MCSA
8 15 (0.55%) Computer Science Degree
9 13 (0.48%) TOGAF Certification
10 8 (0.29%) ISEB
11 7 (0.26%) AWS Certification
11 7 (0.26%) RIBA
12 6 (0.22%) Cisco Certification
12 6 (0.22%) Numerate Degree
12 6 (0.22%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 5 (0.18%) CISSP
13 5 (0.18%) Master's Degree
13 5 (0.18%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 115 (4.24%) QA
2 54 (1.99%) Accessibility
3 42 (1.55%) SLA
4 41 (1.51%) GDPR
5 35 (1.29%) PMO
6 28 (1.03%) PCI DSS
7 27 (0.99%) Data Quality
8 7 (0.26%) IFRS
9 6 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 5 (0.18%) GRC
11 4 (0.15%) COBIT
11 4 (0.15%) COREP
11 4 (0.15%) FINREP
11 4 (0.15%) IFRS 9
11 4 (0.15%) ISO 20022
11 4 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
12 3 (0.11%) Actionable Recommendations
12 3 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
12 3 (0.11%) PSD2
13 2 (0.074%) NIST
System Software
1 103 (3.79%) Docker
2 88 (3.24%) Active Directory
3 18 (0.66%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (0.26%) VMware ESXi
5 6 (0.22%) VMware NSX
5 6 (0.22%) vSphere
6 5 (0.18%) HDFS
7 4 (0.15%) NFS
7 4 (0.15%) Virtual Desktop
7 4 (0.15%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (0.11%) Slurm Workload Manager
9 2 (0.074%) Firmware
9 2 (0.074%) Postfix
9 2 (0.074%) VMware Server
9 2 (0.074%) XenApp
10 1 (0.037%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 1 (0.037%) Hyper-V
10 1 (0.037%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.037%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 125 (4.60%) Kubernetes
2 101 (3.72%) Terraform
3 58 (2.14%) Ansible
4 30 (1.10%) Puppet
5 28 (1.03%) SCCM
6 22 (0.81%) Opscode Chef
7 13 (0.48%) Istio
8 11 (0.41%) Grafana
9 10 (0.37%) Microsoft Intune
10 8 (0.29%) Packer
11 7 (0.26%) vCenter Server
12 6 (0.22%) Prometheus
13 5 (0.18%) AirWatch
13 5 (0.18%) Nessus
14 4 (0.15%) HP Quality Center
14 4 (0.15%) Knative
15 3 (0.11%) EMC NetWorker
15 3 (0.11%) HP ALM
15 3 (0.11%) Single Sign-On
15 3 (0.11%) vRealize
Vendors
1 252 (9.28%) SAP
2 206 (7.59%) Microsoft
3 138 (5.08%) Salesforce.com
4 110 (4.05%) Oracle
5 97 (3.57%) Adobe
6 88 (3.24%) Google
7 60 (2.21%) hybris
8 45 (1.66%) IBM
9 44 (1.62%) ServiceNow
10 43 (1.58%) VMware
11 36 (1.33%) Cisco
11 36 (1.33%) MuleSoft
12 31 (1.14%) Citrix
13 28 (1.03%) Databricks
14 26 (0.96%) Splunk
15 22 (0.81%) Xerox
16 18 (0.66%) Apple
17 16 (0.59%) Atlassian
17 16 (0.59%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
18 14 (0.52%) IFS