Period
to 22 September 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for SaaS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SaaS over the 6 months to 22 September 2019 with a comparison to the same period in 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.

Software as a Service (SaaS)
UK
6 months to
22 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 173 209 287
Rank change year-on-year +36 +78 -28
Contract jobs citing SaaS 1,342 1,343 901
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.54% 1.32% 0.91%
As % of the Cloud Services category 5.34% 5.83% 5.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 848 881 619
UK median daily rate £525 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -
10th Percentile £325 £344 £313
90th Percentile £688 £675 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 5 4
UK median hourly rate £80.00 £25.00 £55.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +220.00% -54.55% +180.47%
10th Percentile £56.25 £18.25 £37.43
90th Percentile £87.50 £47.70 £65.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £80.00 £24.25 £65.00
% change year-on-year +229.90% -62.69% +231.46%

SaaS is in the Cloud Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for cloud computing skills.

All Cloud Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for cloud computing skills 25,124 23,050 15,314
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 28.77% 22.61% 15.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 17,116 15,860 10,529
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £460
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +2.22%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £275
90th Percentile £656 £638 £619
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 403 346 225
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £18.13 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.38% -9.38% +5.26%
10th Percentile £13.78 £11.25 £11.10
90th Percentile £78.75 £63.47 £63.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.42 £17.50 £18.96
% change year-on-year +28.10% -7.70% +11.53%

SaaS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SaaS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SaaS in the UK

SaaS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing SaaS.

Contractor daily rate trend for SaaS in the UK

SaaS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SaaS over the 6 months to 22 September 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SaaS in the UK

SaaS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing SaaS.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SaaS in the UK

SaaS
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SaaS over the 6 months to 22 September 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SaaS in the UK

SaaS
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 SaaS within the UK over the 6 months to 22 September 2019. 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 +29 1,217 £525 +5.00% 646
UK excluding London +39 751 £500 +5.26% 437
London +41 563 £550 +4.76% 251
South East +60 359 £525 +5.00% 137
North of England +4 122 £500 +11.11% 88
Midlands -1 81 £475 +5.56% 74
Scotland +42 73 £438 -20.45% 24
North West -9 58 £500 +11.11% 50
West Midlands -14 55 £450 - 40
Yorkshire +21 54 £500 +17.65% 26
South West -21 53 £450 +20.00% 47
East of England +1 30 £525 +5.00% 49
Wales +47 28 £563 +47.54% 16
East Midlands +19 25 £525 +10.53% 33
North East +26 10 £175 -62.16% 12
Northern Ireland +6 4 £419 -1.47% 2
Channel Islands - 1 £525 -

For the 6 months to 22 September 2019, IT contractor jobs citing SaaS 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 SaaS.

1 546 (40.69%) Azure
2 534 (39.79%) PaaS
3 439 (32.71%) IaaS
4 403 (30.03%) Agile Software Development
5 367 (27.35%) Microsoft
6 358 (26.68%) AWS
7 304 (22.65%) DevOps
8 284 (21.16%) Finance
9 202 (15.05%) SQL
10 176 (13.11%) Security Cleared
11 166 (12.37%) JavaScript
11 166 (12.37%) Windows
12 159 (11.85%) Active Directory
13 153 (11.40%) Office 365
14 149 (11.10%) SC Cleared
14 149 (11.10%) Web Services
15 146 (10.88%) Oracle
16 139 (10.36%) Java
17 138 (10.28%) Migration
18 136 (10.13%) Firewall
18 136 (10.13%) .NET
19 123 (9.17%) Microservices
20 122 (9.09%) Python
21 116 (8.64%) HTML
22 114 (8.49%) Jenkins
23 111 (8.27%) Project Management
24 108 (8.05%) Degree
24 108 (8.05%) Problem-Solving
25 107 (7.97%) Kubernetes
25 107 (7.97%) Information Security

SaaS
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 58 (4.32%) Confluence
2 37 (2.76%) SharePoint
3 34 (2.53%) IIS
4 29 (2.16%) OpenStack
5 25 (1.86%) Apache
6 19 (1.42%) Tomcat
7 17 (1.27%) Skype for Business
8 14 (1.04%) Apache Spark
9 13 (0.97%) CMS
10 12 (0.89%) Elasticsearch
11 10 (0.75%) Anypoint
11 10 (0.75%) GeoServer
12 8 (0.60%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 6 (0.45%) MS Exchange
14 5 (0.37%) Adobe Experience Manager
14 5 (0.37%) JBoss
15 4 (0.30%) Apache Airflow
15 4 (0.30%) Cloud Foundry
15 4 (0.30%) Luigi
15 4 (0.30%) nginx
Applications
1 79 (5.89%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (1.64%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (1.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 12 (0.89%) MS Visio
5 11 (0.82%) Photoshop
6 9 (0.67%) Adobe Illustrator
7 8 (0.60%) Sketch
8 6 (0.45%) Microsoft Project
9 3 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
10 2 (0.15%) Figma
11 1 (0.075%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 1 (0.075%) Chatbot
11 1 (0.075%) InVision
Business Applications
1 20 (1.49%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (1.19%) Sonata
3 15 (1.12%) SAP ERP
3 15 (1.12%) SAP S/4HANA
4 13 (0.97%) Eloqua
4 13 (0.97%) Oracle EBS
5 12 (0.89%) NetSuite
6 11 (0.82%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 7 (0.52%) Dynamics AX
7 7 (0.52%) Oracle Internet Expenses
7 7 (0.52%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 6 (0.45%) Oracle Cash Management
8 6 (0.45%) Oracle ERP
8 6 (0.45%) Oracle Payables
8 6 (0.45%) SAP HR
9 5 (0.37%) Oracle EBS R12
9 5 (0.37%) Oracle General Ledger
9 5 (0.37%) Oracle Receivables
9 5 (0.37%) SAP Hybris
9 5 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 546 (40.69%) Azure
2 534 (39.79%) PaaS
3 439 (32.71%) IaaS
4 358 (26.68%) AWS
5 153 (11.40%) Office 365
6 99 (7.38%) GCP
7 82 (6.11%) Serverless
8 74 (5.51%) Azure Active Directory
9 49 (3.65%) AWS Lambda
10 40 (2.98%) AWS CloudFormation
11 37 (2.76%) OpenShift
12 36 (2.68%) Dynamics 365
13 34 (2.53%) Cloud Computing
14 33 (2.46%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 33 (2.46%) Power Platform
15 32 (2.38%) GitHub
16 24 (1.79%) Amazon S3
16 24 (1.79%) iPaaS
17 20 (1.49%) SuccessFactors
18 18 (1.34%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 136 (10.13%) Firewall
2 91 (6.78%) DNS
3 84 (6.26%) VPN
4 57 (4.25%) Internet
5 49 (3.65%) TCP/IP
6 44 (3.28%) Network Security
7 38 (2.83%) Reverse Proxy
8 37 (2.76%) SAN
9 35 (2.61%) NAS
10 29 (2.16%) WAN
11 28 (2.09%) DHCP
12 20 (1.49%) Skype
13 19 (1.42%) LAN
14 18 (1.34%) NetScaler
15 16 (1.19%) VLAN
16 13 (0.97%) Cisco ASA
17 11 (0.82%) ICMP
17 11 (0.82%) SNMP
17 11 (0.82%) Telnet
17 11 (0.82%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 97 (7.23%) SQL Server
2 42 (3.13%) NoSQL
3 39 (2.91%) Relational Database
4 38 (2.83%) Data Warehouse
5 35 (2.61%) Azure SQL Database
5 35 (2.61%) Cosmos DB
6 33 (2.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 32 (2.38%) Oracle Database
8 31 (2.31%) Data Lake
8 31 (2.31%) RDBMS
9 30 (2.24%) Power BI
10 26 (1.94%) Big Data
10 26 (1.94%) MongoDB
11 24 (1.79%) PostgreSQL
12 20 (1.49%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 19 (1.42%) Hadoop
13 19 (1.42%) MySQL
13 19 (1.42%) Oracle Reports
14 17 (1.27%) Apache Cassandra
14 17 (1.27%) GIS
Development Applications
1 114 (8.49%) Jenkins
2 100 (7.45%) JIRA
3 79 (5.89%) Git (software)
4 55 (4.10%) Visual Studio Team System
5 39 (2.91%) TeamCity
6 33 (2.46%) Visual Studio
7 22 (1.64%) Bitbucket
8 18 (1.34%) Maven
9 16 (1.19%) MSTest
10 15 (1.12%) Selenium
11 13 (0.97%) GitLab
11 13 (0.97%) JUnit
11 13 (0.97%) Mockito
11 13 (0.97%) Team Foundation Server
12 12 (0.89%) JMeter
12 12 (0.89%) NUnit
12 12 (0.89%) Visual Studio Code
13 10 (0.75%) MSBuild
13 10 (0.75%) Octopus Deploy
14 9 (0.67%) Karma Test Runner
General
1 284 (21.16%) Finance
2 100 (7.45%) Public Sector
3 88 (6.56%) Banking
4 65 (4.84%) Marketing
5 59 (4.40%) Telecoms
6 44 (3.28%) Legal
7 43 (3.20%) Retail
8 33 (2.46%) Manufacturing
9 21 (1.56%) Law
10 19 (1.42%) Investment Banking
11 18 (1.34%) Electronics
12 16 (1.19%) Games
13 13 (0.97%) Billing
14 11 (0.82%) Publishing
15 9 (0.67%) Local Government
16 7 (0.52%) Back Office
17 6 (0.45%) Advertising
17 6 (0.45%) Automotive
17 6 (0.45%) Retail Banking
18 3 (0.22%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 393 (29.28%) Architect
2 240 (17.88%) Developer
3 122 (9.09%) Cloud Architect
4 117 (8.72%) Solutions Architect
5 99 (7.38%) Analyst
6 81 (6.04%) Azure Architect
7 70 (5.22%) Consultant
8 64 (4.77%) Security Architect
9 56 (4.17%) DevOps Engineer
10 52 (3.87%) Project Manager
11 50 (3.73%) Azure Engineer
12 49 (3.65%) Technical Architect
13 48 (3.58%) Cloud Engineer
14 45 (3.35%) AWS Architect
15 41 (3.06%) .NET Developer
16 33 (2.46%) Senior Developer
17 30 (2.24%) Business Analyst
17 30 (2.24%) Data Architect
18 29 (2.16%) Designer
18 29 (2.16%) Full Stack Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 149 (11.10%) Web Services
2 136 (10.13%) .NET
3 116 (8.64%) HTML
4 84 (6.26%) CSS
4 84 (6.26%) XML
5 77 (5.74%) REST
6 60 (4.47%) React
7 59 (4.40%) JSON
8 57 (4.25%) AngularJS
9 52 (3.87%) RESTful
10 51 (3.80%) .NET Framework
11 45 (3.35%) Node.js
12 39 (2.91%) SOAP
13 38 (2.83%) .NET Core
14 33 (2.46%) Spring
15 32 (2.38%) HTML5
16 31 (2.31%) ASP.NET
16 31 (2.31%) Oracle Fusion
17 30 (2.24%) Redux
18 27 (2.01%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 101 (7.53%) Analytical Skills
2 72 (5.37%) User Experience
3 69 (5.14%) Public Cloud
4 62 (4.62%) Data Centre
5 57 (4.25%) Management Information System
6 52 (3.87%) Enterprise Software
7 48 (3.58%) Hybrid Cloud
8 45 (3.35%) Greenfield Project
9 41 (3.06%) Replication
10 30 (2.24%) PKI
11 29 (2.16%) Cloud Native
12 27 (2.01%) Self-Motivation
13 22 (1.64%) Mobile App
14 21 (1.56%) Private Cloud
15 15 (1.12%) Client/Server
15 15 (1.12%) Virtual Team
16 14 (1.04%) N-Tier
17 11 (0.82%) Microsoft Licensing
17 11 (0.82%) Social Media
18 10 (0.75%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 166 (12.37%) Windows
2 97 (7.23%) Linux
3 61 (4.55%) Windows Server
4 58 (4.32%) Unix
5 43 (3.20%) Windows 10
6 20 (1.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 19 (1.42%) Android
8 15 (1.12%) Windows Server 2008
9 12 (0.89%) Apple iOS
9 12 (0.89%) Windows 8
9 12 (0.89%) Windows Server 2012
10 10 (0.75%) Windows 7
11 7 (0.52%) Ubuntu
12 6 (0.45%) VMS
13 5 (0.37%) Mac OS
14 4 (0.30%) Debian
14 4 (0.30%) Windows Mobile
15 2 (0.15%) CentOS
15 2 (0.15%) Mac OS X
16 1 (0.075%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 403 (30.03%) Agile Software Development
2 304 (22.65%) DevOps
3 138 (10.28%) Migration
4 123 (9.17%) Microservices
5 111 (8.27%) Project Management
6 108 (8.05%) Problem-Solving
7 107 (7.97%) Information Security
8 101 (7.53%) Scrum
9 99 (7.38%) Continuous Integration
10 96 (7.15%) ERP
10 96 (7.15%) ITIL
11 93 (6.93%) TOGAF
12 89 (6.63%) Analytics
13 82 (6.11%) Business Intelligence
14 77 (5.74%) Computer Science
15 76 (5.66%) Stakeholder Management
16 73 (5.44%) Security Architecture
17 70 (5.22%) Test Automation
18 69 (5.14%) Enterprise Architecture
18 69 (5.14%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 202 (15.05%) SQL
2 166 (12.37%) JavaScript
3 139 (10.36%) Java
4 122 (9.09%) Python
5 103 (7.68%) PowerShell
6 101 (7.53%) C#
7 35 (2.61%) TypeScript
8 27 (2.01%) PHP
9 24 (1.79%) T-SQL
10 23 (1.71%) Shell Script
11 22 (1.64%) Bash Shell
12 17 (1.27%) Go
13 16 (1.19%) Perl
14 15 (1.12%) ES6
15 14 (1.04%) C
16 13 (0.97%) C++
17 12 (0.89%) Ruby
17 12 (0.89%) Scala
18 11 (0.82%) VBA
19 10 (0.75%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 176 (13.11%) Security Cleared
2 149 (11.10%) SC Cleared
3 108 (8.05%) Degree
4 62 (4.62%) CISSP
5 37 (2.76%) Microsoft Certification
6 32 (2.38%) TOGAF Certification
7 31 (2.31%) Cisco Certification
8 29 (2.16%) CISM
9 22 (1.64%) MCSE
10 19 (1.42%) AWS Certification
11 14 (1.04%) BPSS Clearance
12 13 (0.97%) CCIE
12 13 (0.97%) IISP
13 12 (0.89%) Computer Science Degree
13 12 (0.89%) DBS Check
14 10 (0.75%) CCNA
15 9 (0.67%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 9 (0.67%) SSCP
16 8 (0.60%) DV Cleared
16 8 (0.60%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (5.07%) QA
2 58 (4.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 35 (2.61%) PCI DSS
4 28 (2.09%) NIST
5 24 (1.79%) Data Quality
6 21 (1.56%) GDPR
7 19 (1.42%) SLA
8 13 (0.97%) COBIT
8 13 (0.97%) Disclosure Scotland
8 13 (0.97%) NCSC
9 9 (0.67%) PMO
10 7 (0.52%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 3 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 19770
12 2 (0.15%) PSD2
13 1 (0.075%) FedRAMP
13 1 (0.075%) GAAP
13 1 (0.075%) Government Security Classifications
13 1 (0.075%) ISO 22301
13 1 (0.075%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 1 (0.075%) TickIT
System Software
1 159 (11.85%) Active Directory
2 106 (7.90%) Docker
3 51 (3.80%) VMware Infrastructure
4 27 (2.01%) Hyper-V
5 25 (1.86%) XenDesktop
6 21 (1.56%) VMware ESXi
7 18 (1.34%) XenApp
8 12 (0.89%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 10 (0.75%) Virtual Machines
10 8 (0.60%) Microsoft App-V
11 7 (0.52%) VMware NSX
11 7 (0.52%) vSphere
12 6 (0.45%) Virtual Desktop
13 4 (0.30%) LXC
13 4 (0.30%) Postfix
14 3 (0.22%) KVM
14 3 (0.22%) vCloud
15 2 (0.15%) BitLocker
15 2 (0.15%) NFS
15 2 (0.15%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 107 (7.97%) Kubernetes
2 78 (5.81%) Terraform
3 67 (4.99%) Ansible
4 50 (3.73%) Single Sign-On
5 40 (2.98%) SCCM
6 38 (2.83%) Opscode Chef
7 36 (2.68%) Microsoft Intune
8 34 (2.53%) Puppet
9 19 (1.42%) CASB
10 14 (1.04%) SCOM
11 12 (0.89%) vCenter Server
12 11 (0.82%) Salt
12 11 (0.82%) WMI
13 9 (0.67%) AirWatch
13 9 (0.67%) logstash
14 8 (0.60%) Kibana
15 7 (0.52%) vRealize
16 6 (0.45%) Istio
17 5 (0.37%) Marathon
17 5 (0.37%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 367 (27.35%) Microsoft
2 146 (10.88%) Oracle
3 103 (7.68%) SAP
4 88 (6.56%) VMware
5 87 (6.48%) Google
6 55 (4.10%) Citrix
6 55 (4.10%) Salesforce.com
7 45 (3.35%) Cisco
8 43 (3.20%) Atlassian
9 41 (3.06%) Workday
10 38 (2.83%) Splunk
11 35 (2.61%) ServiceNow
12 24 (1.79%) MuleSoft
13 20 (1.49%) Red Hat
14 18 (1.34%) Databricks
15 15 (1.12%) Ariba
16 14 (1.04%) Concur
17 13 (0.97%) Dell
17 13 (0.97%) Qualys
18 12 (0.89%) Fortinet