Period
to 24 October 2021

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 24 October 2021 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
24 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 106 166 182
Rank change year-on-year +60 +16 +29
Contract jobs citing SaaS 2,015 527 1,288
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.40% 1.66% 1.52%
As % of the Cloud Services category 6.73% 5.21% 5.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,430 358 830
10th Percentile £400 £357 £313
25th Percentile £462 £417 £405
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £513
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% -2.44% +2.50%
75th Percentile £638 £588 £588
90th Percentile £713 £675 £688
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +2.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 2 31
10th Percentile " " £63.75
25th Percentile £28.00 " £71.25
Median hourly rate £57.50 £14.00 £80.00
Median % change year-on-year +310.71% -82.50% +220.00%
75th Percentile £68.88 " £82.50
90th Percentile £75.25 " £83.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.52 - £80.00

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 29,961 10,109 24,585
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 35.63% 31.75% 29.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 21,617 7,090 17,175
10th Percentile £325 £312 £287
25th Percentile £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £498
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +0.50% +4.74%
75th Percentile £625 £588 £575
90th Percentile £700 £675 £660
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +2.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 471 150 368
10th Percentile £12.25 £13.23 £13.50
25th Percentile £14.25 £16.30 £16.25
Median hourly rate £20.94 £21.93 £20.25
Median % change year-on-year -4.54% +8.30% +15.71%
75th Percentile £46.50 £40.56 £40.00
90th Percentile £65.50 £55.25 £63.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.33 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -8.35% - +14.29%

SaaS
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for SaaS in the UK

SaaS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SaaS.

Daily rate trend for SaaS in the UK

SaaS
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SaaS over the 6 months to 24 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for SaaS in the UK

SaaS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SaaS.

Hourly rate trend for SaaS in the UK

SaaS
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing SaaS over the 6 months to 24 October 2021.

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 24 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 +57 1,614 £550 +10.00% 1,107
London +20 829 £550 +8.64% 472
UK excluding London +67 725 £525 +5.00% 690
Work from Home +13 687 £550 +10.00% 299
South East +22 205 £564 +3.53% 187
North of England +69 204 £525 - 188
Yorkshire +35 110 £529 +0.76% 58
South West +13 99 £498 +6.51% 64
Midlands -9 96 £500 +14.29% 121
North West +2 78 £525 -2.33% 113
Scotland -34 64 £550 +15.79% 32
West Midlands -27 60 £500 +3.90% 66
East of England -34 40 £450 -11.33% 66
East Midlands -22 33 £465 +9.41% 54
North East +13 21 £575 +91.67% 17
Wales -10 17 £600 - 22
Northern Ireland - 1 £325 - 10

For the 6 months to 24 October 2021, 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.

1 786 (39.01%) Azure
2 695 (34.49%) Agile Software Development
3 647 (32.11%) PaaS
4 516 (25.61%) DevOps
5 513 (25.46%) IaaS
5 513 (25.46%) AWS
6 411 (20.40%) Finance
7 390 (19.35%) Social Skills
8 335 (16.63%) Microsoft
9 317 (15.73%) Microservices
10 277 (13.75%) Kubernetes
11 265 (13.15%) Migration
12 253 (12.56%) Java
13 246 (12.21%) SQL
14 242 (12.01%) Docker
15 220 (10.92%) Python
16 212 (10.52%) Oracle
17 211 (10.47%) JavaScript
18 207 (10.27%) Terraform
19 199 (9.88%) Windows
20 196 (9.73%) Linux
21 181 (8.98%) Security Cleared
22 180 (8.93%) Stakeholder Management
23 171 (8.49%) Active Directory
24 165 (8.19%) ERP
25 163 (8.09%) Public Sector
26 161 (7.99%) Problem-Solving
27 157 (7.79%) Project Management
28 155 (7.69%) Scrum
29 146 (7.25%) SC Cleared

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 86 (4.27%) SharePoint
2 50 (2.48%) Confluence
3 34 (1.69%) Apache
4 29 (1.44%) Elasticsearch
5 26 (1.29%) BizTalk Server
6 23 (1.14%) CMS
7 22 (1.09%) OpenStack
8 20 (0.99%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 19 (0.94%) Apache Spark
9 19 (0.94%) MS Exchange
10 18 (0.89%) Tomcat
11 16 (0.79%) nginx
11 16 (0.79%) SAS
12 13 (0.65%) IIS
12 13 (0.65%) WebSphere
13 12 (0.60%) Skype for Business
14 11 (0.55%) WebLogic
15 10 (0.50%) NetWeaver
16 8 (0.40%) Headless CMS
16 8 (0.40%) JBoss
Applications
1 29 (1.44%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (0.74%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (0.55%) MS Visio
4 8 (0.40%) Figma
4 8 (0.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 7 (0.35%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.15%) Sketch
7 2 (0.099%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 2 (0.099%) MadCap Flare
7 2 (0.099%) Marvel
8 1 (0.050%) Adobe XD
8 1 (0.050%) Chatbot
8 1 (0.050%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.050%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 28 (1.39%) Oracle ERP
2 24 (1.19%) Dynamics CRM
3 23 (1.14%) NetSuite
4 10 (0.50%) SAP S/4HANA
5 9 (0.45%) SAP ERP
6 8 (0.40%) Oracle EBS
7 5 (0.25%) Dynamics NAV
7 5 (0.25%) Magento
8 4 (0.20%) Oracle Financials
8 4 (0.20%) Workfront
9 3 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
9 3 (0.15%) Maximo
9 3 (0.15%) Oracle Payroll
9 3 (0.15%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 3 (0.15%) SAP MDM
9 3 (0.15%) Sentinel
9 3 (0.15%) Workday HCM
10 2 (0.099%) Dynamics GP
10 2 (0.099%) Remedy ITSM
10 2 (0.099%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 786 (39.01%) Azure
2 647 (32.11%) PaaS
3 513 (25.46%) AWS
3 513 (25.46%) IaaS
4 145 (7.20%) Serverless
5 143 (7.10%) Microsoft 365
6 135 (6.70%) GCP
7 92 (4.57%) GitHub
8 90 (4.47%) Azure Active Directory
9 66 (3.28%) Power Platform
10 59 (2.93%) AWS Lambda
11 55 (2.73%) Cloud Computing
12 44 (2.18%) AWS CloudFormation
13 42 (2.08%) Amazon S3
14 41 (2.03%) Azure Logic Apps
15 38 (1.89%) Dynamics 365
16 35 (1.74%) Azure Service Bus
17 34 (1.69%) Amazon EKS
18 33 (1.64%) Amazon ECS
19 32 (1.59%) Azure Cosmos DB
Communications & Networking
1 128 (6.35%) Firewall
2 58 (2.88%) WAN
3 53 (2.63%) VPN
4 52 (2.58%) DNS
5 49 (2.43%) Network Security
6 45 (2.23%) Internet
7 37 (1.84%) LAN
8 34 (1.69%) HTTP
9 29 (1.44%) SSL
10 28 (1.39%) TCP/IP
11 21 (1.04%) IPsec
12 20 (0.99%) Kerberos
12 20 (0.99%) SD-WAN
12 20 (0.99%) Wi-Fi
13 17 (0.84%) Skype
14 15 (0.74%) DHCP
15 14 (0.69%) VoIP
16 13 (0.65%) Intranet
17 12 (0.60%) IKE
17 12 (0.60%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 131 (6.50%) SQL Server
2 63 (3.13%) PostgreSQL
3 60 (2.98%) MongoDB
4 52 (2.58%) NoSQL
5 49 (2.43%) MySQL
6 46 (2.28%) Data Warehouse
7 45 (2.23%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 38 (1.89%) Azure SQL Database
8 38 (1.89%) Relational Database
9 36 (1.79%) Power BI
10 29 (1.44%) Tableau
11 26 (1.29%) Amazon RDS
12 25 (1.24%) Data Lake
13 23 (1.14%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 22 (1.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 21 (1.04%) SQL Server 2012
16 20 (0.99%) RDBMS
17 19 (0.94%) SQL Server 2016
18 18 (0.89%) Oracle Database
18 18 (0.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 134 (6.65%) Git (software)
2 131 (6.50%) Jenkins
3 126 (6.25%) JIRA
4 51 (2.53%) Selenium
5 46 (2.28%) SonarQube
6 45 (2.23%) JUnit
7 44 (2.18%) Cucumber
8 43 (2.13%) Cypress.io
9 34 (1.69%) Maven
10 32 (1.59%) GitLab
11 31 (1.54%) Postman
12 26 (1.29%) TeamCity
13 24 (1.19%) Mockito
14 21 (1.04%) Sonatype Nexus
15 19 (0.94%) Subversion
16 14 (0.69%) Bitbucket
17 13 (0.65%) Bitbucket Server
18 12 (0.60%) Serenity BDD
19 11 (0.55%) Gradle
19 11 (0.55%) Jasmine
General
1 411 (20.40%) Finance
2 390 (19.35%) Social Skills
3 163 (8.09%) Public Sector
4 108 (5.36%) Analytical Skills
5 84 (4.17%) Marketing
6 78 (3.87%) Banking
7 73 (3.62%) Legal
8 64 (3.18%) Telecoms
9 57 (2.83%) Retail
10 54 (2.68%) Presentation Skills
11 38 (1.89%) Law
12 28 (1.39%) Manufacturing
13 26 (1.29%) Documentation Skills
13 26 (1.29%) Financial Institution
14 25 (1.24%) Games
14 25 (1.24%) Influencing Skills
15 23 (1.14%) Organisational Skills
16 20 (0.99%) Electronics
17 18 (0.89%) Billing
18 13 (0.65%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 589 (29.23%) Architect
2 291 (14.44%) Developer
3 230 (11.41%) Solutions Architect
4 132 (6.55%) Project Manager
5 112 (5.56%) DevOps Engineer
6 106 (5.26%) Consultant
7 105 (5.21%) Azure Engineer
8 104 (5.16%) Cloud Architect
9 88 (4.37%) Azure Architect
10 87 (4.32%) Security Architect
11 84 (4.17%) Analyst
12 65 (3.23%) Senior Architect
13 58 (2.88%) Cloud Engineer
14 55 (2.73%) Technical Architect
15 53 (2.63%) Security Engineer
16 49 (2.43%) AWS Architect
17 47 (2.33%) AWS Engineer
18 44 (2.18%) Lead Architect
19 43 (2.13%) Business Analyst
19 43 (2.13%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 136 (6.75%) REST
2 132 (6.55%) .NET
3 124 (6.15%) React
4 115 (5.71%) CSS
5 111 (5.51%) HTML
6 109 (5.41%) Web Services
7 92 (4.57%) Node.js
8 80 (3.97%) AngularJS
9 66 (3.28%) RESTful
10 65 (3.23%) SOAP
10 65 (3.23%) XML
11 62 (3.08%) JSON
12 55 (2.73%) SAML
13 54 (2.68%) GraphQL
14 50 (2.48%) Middleware
15 48 (2.38%) Spring Boot
16 46 (2.28%) OAuth
17 41 (2.03%) Swagger
18 39 (1.94%) Kafka
19 36 (1.79%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 117 (5.81%) Cloud Native
2 107 (5.31%) Public Cloud
3 103 (5.11%) User Experience
4 81 (4.02%) Management Information System
5 76 (3.77%) Data Centre
6 68 (3.37%) Hybrid Cloud
7 51 (2.53%) Enterprise Software
8 44 (2.18%) Legacy Systems
9 43 (2.13%) Virtual Team
10 34 (1.69%) Greenfield Project
10 34 (1.69%) Private Cloud
11 33 (1.64%) Legacy Applications
12 30 (1.49%) Mobile App
13 27 (1.34%) PKI
14 24 (1.19%) Data Protection Act
14 24 (1.19%) Self-Motivation
15 23 (1.14%) Hedge funds
16 20 (0.99%) Enterprise Cloud
17 17 (0.84%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
18 15 (0.74%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 199 (9.88%) Windows
2 196 (9.73%) Linux
3 68 (3.37%) Windows Server
4 37 (1.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 37 (1.84%) Unix
5 24 (1.19%) Windows Server 2016
6 23 (1.14%) Windows Server 2012
7 21 (1.04%) Apple iOS
8 13 (0.65%) Android
8 13 (0.65%) SUSE
9 12 (0.60%) Windows Server 2019
10 10 (0.50%) AIX
10 10 (0.50%) Windows 10
11 8 (0.40%) CentOS
11 8 (0.40%) Windows 7
12 7 (0.35%) Ubuntu
13 6 (0.30%) Solaris
13 6 (0.30%) VMS
14 5 (0.25%) Mac OS
14 5 (0.25%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 695 (34.49%) Agile Software Development
2 516 (25.61%) DevOps
3 317 (15.73%) Microservices
4 265 (13.15%) Migration
5 180 (8.93%) Stakeholder Management
6 165 (8.19%) ERP
7 161 (7.99%) Problem-Solving
8 157 (7.79%) Project Management
9 155 (7.69%) Scrum
10 141 (7.00%) Test Automation
11 140 (6.95%) Infrastructure as Code
12 137 (6.80%) Enterprise Architecture
13 131 (6.50%) Cybersecurity
14 118 (5.86%) Project Delivery
14 118 (5.86%) Software Engineering
15 115 (5.71%) SDLC
16 113 (5.61%) ITIL
17 109 (5.41%) Information Security
18 108 (5.36%) Analytics
19 102 (5.06%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 253 (12.56%) Java
2 246 (12.21%) SQL
3 220 (10.92%) Python
4 211 (10.47%) JavaScript
5 121 (6.00%) PowerShell
6 110 (5.46%) C#
7 87 (4.32%) Bash Shell
8 75 (3.72%) TypeScript
9 47 (2.33%) Ruby
10 36 (1.79%) C++
11 33 (1.64%) T-SQL
12 32 (1.59%) C
12 32 (1.59%) PHP
13 23 (1.14%) Go
13 23 (1.14%) Perl
14 22 (1.09%) Java 11
15 19 (0.94%) Groovy
15 19 (0.94%) PL/SQL
16 15 (0.74%) Shell Script
17 12 (0.60%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 181 (8.98%) Security Cleared
2 146 (7.25%) SC Cleared
3 105 (5.21%) Degree
4 47 (2.33%) CISSP
5 31 (1.54%) TOGAF Certification
6 30 (1.49%) PMP
7 24 (1.19%) Computer Science Degree
8 23 (1.14%) AWS Certification
9 22 (1.09%) BPSS Clearance
10 20 (0.99%) CISA
11 16 (0.79%) ISTQB
12 15 (0.74%) CISM
12 15 (0.74%) CRISC
12 15 (0.74%) DV Cleared
13 14 (0.69%) Cisco Certification
14 12 (0.60%) MBA
15 11 (0.55%) Microsoft Certification
16 10 (0.50%) FFIEC
16 10 (0.50%) SANS
17 9 (0.45%) (ISC)2 CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 108 (5.36%) QA
2 78 (3.87%) GDPR
3 59 (2.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 37 (1.84%) NIST
5 27 (1.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 20 (0.99%) PMO
7 14 (0.69%) NIST 800
8 13 (0.65%) PCI DSS
9 11 (0.55%) Disclosure Scotland
9 11 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 10 (0.50%) Accessibility
11 9 (0.45%) FedRAMP
12 8 (0.40%) GRC
12 8 (0.40%) ITGC
13 7 (0.35%) Cyber Essentials
14 6 (0.30%) COBIT
14 6 (0.30%) NCSC
14 6 (0.30%) SOC 2
15 5 (0.25%) SLA
16 4 (0.20%) Data Quality
System Software
1 242 (12.01%) Docker
2 171 (8.49%) Active Directory
3 49 (2.43%) VMware Infrastructure
4 37 (1.84%) Virtual Machines
5 31 (1.54%) Hyper-V
6 17 (0.84%) VMware ESXi
7 13 (0.65%) vCloud
7 13 (0.65%) VMware Workstation
8 10 (0.50%) XenApp
9 9 (0.45%) Microsoft App-V
10 7 (0.35%) RACF
10 7 (0.35%) Virtual Desktop
11 6 (0.30%) vSphere
12 4 (0.20%) KVM
12 4 (0.20%) NFS
12 4 (0.20%) OpenAM
12 4 (0.20%) Veritas File System
12 4 (0.20%) Veritas Volume Manager
13 3 (0.15%) Firmware
14 2 (0.099%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 277 (13.75%) Kubernetes
2 207 (10.27%) Terraform
3 109 (5.41%) Ansible
4 37 (1.84%) Puppet
5 35 (1.74%) SCCM
6 31 (1.54%) Single Sign-On
7 27 (1.34%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 22 (1.09%) Opscode Chef
9 16 (0.79%) Microsoft Intune
10 11 (0.55%) QRadar
11 10 (0.50%) Tivoli
12 9 (0.45%) CASB
13 8 (0.40%) Control-M
13 8 (0.40%) EMC NetWorker
13 8 (0.40%) Tivoli Storage Manager
14 7 (0.35%) Network Intrusion Detection System
14 7 (0.35%) SCOM
15 6 (0.30%) AirWatch
15 6 (0.30%) Istio
15 6 (0.30%) Kibana
Vendors
1 335 (16.63%) Microsoft
2 212 (10.52%) Oracle
3 129 (6.40%) SAP
4 114 (5.66%) Salesforce.com
5 81 (4.02%) Google
6 79 (3.92%) VMware
7 61 (3.03%) ServiceNow
8 45 (2.23%) Cisco
9 38 (1.89%) Splunk
10 32 (1.59%) MuleSoft
11 29 (1.44%) Red Hat
12 28 (1.39%) Citrix
13 27 (1.34%) IBM
14 24 (1.19%) Informatica
15 21 (1.04%) Dell
16 19 (0.94%) Databricks
17 18 (0.89%) CheckPoint
18 15 (0.74%) CA
18 15 (0.74%) EMC
18 15 (0.74%) Workday