Period
to 26 July 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 26 July 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
26 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 77 105 61
Rank change year-on-year +28 -44 -5
Contract jobs citing Retail 2,174 831 3,574
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.06% 2.21% 3.87%
As % of the General category 5.77% 4.25% 7.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,217 465 2,297
10th Percentile £313 £278 £310
25th Percentile £413 £375 £388
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £520 £450 £475
Median % change year-on-year +15.56% -5.26% +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £700 £702 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £420 £445
% change year-on-year +10.12% -5.62% +4.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 82 17 33
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £13.20
25th Percentile £12.25 £13.00 £14.28
Median hourly rate £13.75 £14.50 £16.50
Median % change year-on-year -5.17% -12.12% +10.00%
75th Percentile £20.00 £15.00 £20.00
90th Percentile £60.50 £16.25 £24.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £14.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year -6.90% -12.12% +22.22%

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 37,665 19,540 48,384
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 53.03% 52.08% 52.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 25,165 12,860 31,391
10th Percentile £305 £267 £275
25th Percentile £405 £388 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £613 £594 £575
90th Percentile £700 £700 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £443 £425
% change year-on-year +1.52% +4.29% +0.97%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,295 738 1,459
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.21 £10.75
25th Percentile £13.39 £15.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £19.50 £20.18 £19.32
Median % change year-on-year -3.35% +4.43% +6.59%
75th Percentile £40.00 £40.00 £38.75
90th Percentile £56.50 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year -10.26% +8.33% +3.93%

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 26 July 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 26 July 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 26 July 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 +28 1,883 £525 +16.67% 1,161
London +49 999 £525 +5.00% 374
UK excluding London +27 780 £463 +10.12% 847
Work from Home -9 577 £500 - 250
East of England +23 188 £525 +10.53% 79
North of England +9 181 £454 +13.59% 289
South East +31 165 £475 +11.11% 149
Midlands -22 125 £425 +3.03% 184
North West +16 96 £450 +13.21% 162
South West +34 89 £519 +16.90% 81
Yorkshire -10 70 £475 +18.75% 102
East Midlands -12 66 £400 -11.11% 71
West Midlands -10 59 £448 +11.88% 113
Scotland -57 30 £390 +119.72% 36
North East +12 15 £494 - 25
Wales -2 4 £450 -28.00% 19

For the 6 months to 26 July 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.

1 651 (29.94%) Agile Software Development
2 452 (20.79%) Social Skills
3 449 (20.65%) E-Commerce
4 391 (17.99%) Finance
5 303 (13.94%) Stakeholder Management
6 265 (12.19%) Azure
7 248 (11.41%) Java
8 242 (11.13%) SQL
9 228 (10.49%) SAP
10 224 (10.30%) DevOps
11 207 (9.52%) Project Management
12 183 (8.42%) Scrum
13 174 (8.00%) AWS
13 174 (8.00%) Problem-Solving
14 171 (7.87%) Microsoft
15 165 (7.59%) CRM
16 161 (7.41%) Analytical Skills
17 156 (7.18%) JavaScript
18 147 (6.76%) User Experience
18 147 (6.76%) Microservices
19 144 (6.62%) Analytics
20 138 (6.35%) Marketing
21 136 (6.26%) Banking
22 131 (6.03%) Oracle
23 130 (5.98%) ERP
24 129 (5.93%) Python
25 121 (5.57%) Migration
25 121 (5.57%) JIRA
26 118 (5.43%) Salesforce.com
27 116 (5.34%) Project Delivery

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 35 (1.61%) SharePoint
2 32 (1.47%) CMS
3 27 (1.24%) Confluence
4 24 (1.10%) IBM Domino
5 22 (1.01%) WebSphere
6 14 (0.64%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 14 (0.64%) SAS
7 9 (0.41%) Tomcat
8 7 (0.32%) Apache Spark
9 6 (0.28%) BizTalk Server
10 4 (0.18%) JBoss
11 3 (0.14%) Apache
11 3 (0.14%) Cloud Foundry
11 3 (0.14%) IBM Notes
11 3 (0.14%) MQSeries
11 3 (0.14%) MS Exchange
12 2 (0.092%) Documentum
12 2 (0.092%) OpenStack
12 2 (0.092%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 2 (0.092%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 61 (2.81%) Microsoft Excel
2 52 (2.39%) Microsoft Office
3 48 (2.21%) Sketch
4 36 (1.66%) Zeplin
5 24 (1.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 22 (1.01%) InVision
7 20 (0.92%) MS Visio
8 18 (0.83%) Microsoft Project
9 14 (0.64%) Spreadsheet
10 7 (0.32%) Figma
11 6 (0.28%) Adobe Illustrator
11 6 (0.28%) Photoshop
12 4 (0.18%) Chatbot
12 4 (0.18%) Marvel
13 3 (0.14%) Adobe XD
13 3 (0.14%) UserZoom
14 1 (0.046%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 1 (0.046%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 79 (3.63%) SAP S/4HANA
2 65 (2.99%) SAP Retail
3 50 (2.30%) Magento
4 27 (1.24%) Dynamics CRM
4 27 (1.24%) SAP CAR
4 27 (1.24%) SAP Forecasting and Replenishment
5 21 (0.97%) Dynamics AX
5 21 (0.97%) Shopify
6 20 (0.92%) SAP Hybris
7 18 (0.83%) SAP FI
8 16 (0.74%) SAP CO
8 16 (0.74%) SAP FI/CO
9 15 (0.69%) Oracle Retail
10 14 (0.64%) SAP MDG
11 13 (0.60%) SAP SD
12 12 (0.55%) SAP MM
13 11 (0.51%) NetSuite
14 9 (0.41%) Salesforce.com CRM
14 9 (0.41%) SAP ERP
15 7 (0.32%) SAP MDM
Cloud Services
1 265 (12.19%) Azure
2 174 (8.00%) AWS
3 73 (3.36%) Microsoft 365
4 67 (3.08%) Power Platform
5 65 (2.99%) GCP
6 57 (2.62%) Serverless
7 48 (2.21%) Dynamics 365
8 34 (1.56%) Adobe Creative Cloud
8 34 (1.56%) SaaS
9 30 (1.38%) GitHub
10 29 (1.33%) Azure Synapse Analytics
11 28 (1.29%) PaaS
12 27 (1.24%) AWS Lambda
13 22 (1.01%) Azure Data Factory
14 17 (0.78%) PowerApps
15 14 (0.64%) Azure Cosmos DB
16 12 (0.55%) AWS CloudFormation
16 12 (0.55%) Azure Functions
16 12 (0.55%) Google Analytics
17 11 (0.51%) Apigee
Communications & Networking
1 37 (1.70%) Wi-Fi
2 36 (1.66%) DNS
3 26 (1.20%) Firewall
4 19 (0.87%) DHCP
5 16 (0.74%) HTTP
6 12 (0.55%) Cisco IOS
6 12 (0.55%) SNMP
6 12 (0.55%) TCP/IP
7 10 (0.46%) HTTPS
7 10 (0.46%) VPN
8 8 (0.37%) Internet
8 8 (0.37%) WAN
9 6 (0.28%) Network Security
9 6 (0.28%) SD-WAN
10 5 (0.23%) RTP
10 5 (0.23%) Wireless
11 4 (0.18%) SMS
11 4 (0.18%) VLAN
11 4 (0.18%) VoIP
11 4 (0.18%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 62 (2.85%) Data Warehouse
2 53 (2.44%) Power BI
3 41 (1.89%) Big Data
4 39 (1.79%) MySQL
4 39 (1.79%) SQL Server
5 37 (1.70%) Data Lake
6 33 (1.52%) Tableau
7 28 (1.29%) Relational Database
8 26 (1.20%) PostgreSQL
9 24 (1.10%) NoSQL
10 23 (1.06%) Azure SQL Database
11 20 (0.92%) Metadata
12 19 (0.87%) Hadoop
13 17 (0.78%) DB2
14 12 (0.55%) RDBMS
14 12 (0.55%) SQL Server 2008
14 12 (0.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 12 (0.55%) SQLite
15 10 (0.46%) MongoDB
15 10 (0.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 121 (5.57%) JIRA
2 89 (4.09%) Git (software)
3 64 (2.94%) Jenkins
4 33 (1.52%) Maven
5 29 (1.33%) Cucumber
6 27 (1.24%) Postman
7 18 (0.83%) Selenium
8 15 (0.69%) Cypress.io
9 14 (0.64%) JUnit
9 14 (0.64%) Mockito
10 13 (0.60%) Eclipse
11 12 (0.55%) IntelliJ
11 12 (0.55%) webpack
12 11 (0.51%) Axure RP
13 10 (0.46%) Xcode
14 9 (0.41%) CruiseControl
15 8 (0.37%) CircleCI
15 8 (0.37%) ESLint
16 7 (0.32%) REST Assured
16 7 (0.32%) Storybook
General
1 452 (20.79%) Social Skills
2 391 (17.99%) Finance
3 161 (7.41%) Analytical Skills
4 138 (6.35%) Marketing
5 136 (6.26%) Banking
6 97 (4.46%) Presentation Skills
7 67 (3.08%) Manufacturing
8 60 (2.76%) Retail Banking
9 57 (2.62%) Telecoms
10 44 (2.02%) Investment Banking
10 44 (2.02%) Organisational Skills
11 43 (1.98%) Influencing Skills
12 36 (1.66%) Corporate Banking
13 31 (1.43%) Billing
14 26 (1.20%) Public Sector
15 23 (1.06%) Documentation Skills
16 21 (0.97%) Automotive
16 21 (0.97%) Legal
17 18 (0.83%) Front Office
18 17 (0.78%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 332 (15.27%) Architect
2 329 (15.13%) Analyst
3 317 (14.58%) Developer
4 208 (9.57%) Project Manager
5 195 (8.97%) Solutions Architect
6 184 (8.46%) Business Analyst
7 114 (5.24%) Consultant
8 80 (3.68%) Designer
9 68 (3.13%) Java Developer
10 53 (2.44%) Data Architect
11 51 (2.35%) Service Analyst
12 49 (2.25%) Senior Developer
13 48 (2.21%) SAP Consultant
14 47 (2.16%) E-Commerce Manager
15 46 (2.12%) Service Desk Analyst
16 43 (1.98%) Enterprise Architect
17 42 (1.93%) Programme Manager
18 40 (1.84%) Technical Manager
19 39 (1.79%) Retail Business Analyst
20 37 (1.70%) Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 89 (4.09%) HTML
2 86 (3.96%) CSS
3 82 (3.77%) React
4 69 (3.17%) Spring
5 68 (3.13%) .NET
6 65 (2.99%) REST
7 61 (2.81%) Node.js
8 59 (2.71%) Web Services
9 54 (2.48%) RESTful
10 45 (2.07%) Spring Boot
11 39 (1.79%) XML
12 32 (1.47%) J2EE
12 32 (1.47%) Kafka
13 30 (1.38%) GraphQL
14 26 (1.20%) HTML5
15 25 (1.15%) Jest
16 23 (1.06%) CSS3
16 23 (1.06%) JMS
17 22 (1.01%) Swagger
18 21 (0.97%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 147 (6.76%) User Experience
2 81 (3.73%) Mobile App
3 66 (3.04%) FMCG
4 53 (2.44%) Greenfield Project
5 43 (1.98%) EPoS
5 43 (1.98%) Public Cloud
6 37 (1.70%) Management Information System
7 33 (1.52%) Legacy Systems
8 31 (1.43%) Virtual Team
9 29 (1.33%) Algorithms
10 24 (1.10%) Self-Motivation
11 18 (0.83%) Data Structures
11 18 (0.83%) iPad
11 18 (0.83%) NHS
12 17 (0.78%) W3C
13 16 (0.74%) Social Media
14 15 (0.69%) Digital Signage
15 13 (0.60%) Legacy Applications
16 12 (0.55%) Cloud Native
17 11 (0.51%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 86 (3.96%) Windows
2 69 (3.17%) Apple iOS
3 62 (2.85%) Android
4 43 (1.98%) Linux
5 33 (1.52%) Windows 10
6 30 (1.38%) Windows 7
7 23 (1.06%) Unix
8 22 (1.01%) Windows Server
9 9 (0.41%) Windows Server 2012
10 6 (0.28%) AIX
11 4 (0.18%) VMS
11 4 (0.18%) zOS
12 3 (0.14%) CentOS
12 3 (0.14%) Mac OS
12 3 (0.14%) Windows Phone
12 3 (0.14%) Windows Server 2016
12 3 (0.14%) Windows Server 2019
13 2 (0.092%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.092%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (0.092%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 651 (29.94%) Agile Software Development
2 449 (20.65%) E-Commerce
3 303 (13.94%) Stakeholder Management
4 224 (10.30%) DevOps
5 207 (9.52%) Project Management
6 183 (8.42%) Scrum
7 174 (8.00%) Problem-Solving
8 165 (7.59%) CRM
9 147 (6.76%) Microservices
10 144 (6.62%) Analytics
11 130 (5.98%) ERP
12 121 (5.57%) Migration
13 116 (5.34%) Project Delivery
14 100 (4.60%) TDD
15 95 (4.37%) Software Engineering
16 91 (4.19%) Waterfall
17 90 (4.14%) Logistics
18 88 (4.05%) Data Modelling
19 83 (3.82%) Business Intelligence
19 83 (3.82%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 248 (11.41%) Java
2 242 (11.13%) SQL
3 156 (7.18%) JavaScript
4 129 (5.93%) Python
5 68 (3.13%) C#
6 51 (2.35%) Go
7 41 (1.89%) TypeScript
8 27 (1.24%) PowerShell
9 25 (1.15%) Java 8
10 22 (1.01%) ES6
10 22 (1.01%) PL/SQL
11 21 (0.97%) PHP
11 21 (0.97%) Scala
12 20 (0.92%) Apple Swift
12 20 (0.92%) Bash Shell
13 19 (0.87%) R
14 18 (0.83%) Java 11
15 16 (0.74%) Kotlin
16 14 (0.64%) Apex Code
17 13 (0.60%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 101 (4.65%) Degree
2 37 (1.70%) Security Cleared
3 35 (1.61%) SC Cleared
4 22 (1.01%) Microsoft Certification
5 16 (0.74%) Computer Science Degree
5 16 (0.74%) ITIL Certification
6 14 (0.64%) PMI Certification
6 14 (0.64%) PMP
7 12 (0.55%) A+ Certification
7 12 (0.55%) MCSA
8 9 (0.41%) MCP
9 8 (0.37%) ISEB
9 8 (0.37%) TOGAF Certification
10 6 (0.28%) RIBA
11 5 (0.23%) APMP
11 5 (0.23%) Cisco Certification
12 4 (0.18%) CISM
12 4 (0.18%) CISSP
12 4 (0.18%) PhD
12 4 (0.18%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 97 (4.46%) QA
2 42 (1.93%) Accessibility
3 40 (1.84%) PMO
4 34 (1.56%) GDPR
5 29 (1.33%) SLA
6 26 (1.20%) Data Quality
7 21 (0.97%) PCI DSS
8 9 (0.41%) IFRS
9 5 (0.23%) IFRS 9
10 4 (0.18%) GRC
10 4 (0.18%) PSD2
11 3 (0.14%) COBIT
11 3 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 3 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 2 (0.092%) Solvency II
13 1 (0.046%) Cyber Essentials
13 1 (0.046%) Disclosure Scotland
13 1 (0.046%) ISO 20022
13 1 (0.046%) NIST 800
13 1 (0.046%) SEPA
System Software
1 108 (4.97%) Docker
2 73 (3.36%) Active Directory
3 16 (0.74%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (0.32%) VMware NSX
5 5 (0.23%) vSphere
6 4 (0.18%) Hyper-V
6 4 (0.18%) Virtual Machines
6 4 (0.18%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (0.14%) NFS
7 3 (0.14%) Slurm Workload Manager
7 3 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (0.092%) Firmware
8 2 (0.092%) Postfix
9 1 (0.046%) Ceph
9 1 (0.046%) Samba
9 1 (0.046%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 101 (4.65%) Kubernetes
2 75 (3.45%) Terraform
3 47 (2.16%) Ansible
4 29 (1.33%) SCCM
5 22 (1.01%) Puppet
6 18 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
7 12 (0.55%) AirWatch
8 8 (0.37%) Grafana
9 7 (0.32%) vCenter Server
10 6 (0.28%) Active Directory Federation Services
10 6 (0.28%) Istio
10 6 (0.28%) Microsoft Intune
10 6 (0.28%) Packer
11 5 (0.23%) HP ALM
11 5 (0.23%) Nessus
12 4 (0.18%) EMC NetWorker
12 4 (0.18%) Prometheus
12 4 (0.18%) vRealize
13 3 (0.14%) Knative
14 2 (0.092%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 228 (10.49%) SAP
2 171 (7.87%) Microsoft
3 131 (6.03%) Oracle
4 118 (5.43%) Salesforce.com
5 73 (3.36%) hybris
6 63 (2.90%) Adobe
7 56 (2.58%) Google
8 50 (2.30%) MuleSoft
9 45 (2.07%) Cisco
10 43 (1.98%) IBM
11 32 (1.47%) VMware
12 30 (1.38%) ServiceNow
13 29 (1.33%) Databricks
14 26 (1.20%) Splunk
15 24 (1.10%) Citrix
15 24 (1.10%) Xerox
16 17 (0.78%) Meraki
17 16 (0.74%) Atlassian
18 15 (0.69%) Apple
19 14 (0.64%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud