Period
to 29 July 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 29 July 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
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 116 158 176
Rank change year-on-year +42 +18 +35
Contract jobs citing SaaS 1,594 630 1,441
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.22% 1.71% 1.57%
As % of the Cloud Services category 6.28% 5.62% 5.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,116 437 961
10th Percentile £400 £363 £338
25th Percentile £454 £425 £418
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £525 £525
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% - +5.00%
75th Percentile £625 £600 £588
90th Percentile £700 £650 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £500 £513
% change year-on-year +5.00% -2.44% +7.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 3 17
10th Percentile " £62.30 £40.00
25th Percentile £14.00 £62.75 £65.00
Median hourly rate £28.00 £64.00 £80.00
Median % change year-on-year -56.25% -20.00% -
75th Percentile £58.75 £69.88 £83.75
90th Percentile £75.25 £72.20 £86.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £64.00 £80.00
% change year-on-year -56.25% -20.00% -

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 25,387 11,218 26,237
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 35.38% 30.54% 28.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 18,229 7,907 18,208
10th Percentile £325 £313 £308
25th Percentile £419 £406 £406
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £518 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +3.60% - +5.26%
75th Percentile £600 £600 £576
90th Percentile £688 £685 £656
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £470 £450
% change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 398 165 324
10th Percentile £12.04 £13.25 £12.74
25th Percentile £14.13 £16.50 £15.25
Median hourly rate £21.03 £20.00 £20.50
Median % change year-on-year +5.13% -2.44% +17.14%
75th Percentile £45.00 £37.00 £36.00
90th Percentile £65.50 £54.50 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -5.00% - +17.65%

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 29 July 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 29 July 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 29 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 +31 1,249 £550 +4.76% 1,073
London -4 602 £550 +2.33% 424
UK excluding London +50 593 £525 +5.00% 689
Work from Home -16 591 £550 +22.22% 321
South East +20 167 £575 +2.91% 183
North of England +51 152 £525 +13.45% 177
South West +17 76 £475 +0.53% 87
Midlands -4 75 £475 +11.76% 130
Yorkshire +28 71 £525 +5.00% 58
North West +10 63 £510 +13.33% 102
Scotland -24 60 £550 +4.76% 23
West Midlands -9 48 £475 +15.15% 77
East of England +15 44 £525 +1.69% 66
East Midlands -5 24 £470 -6.00% 52
North East +4 18 £575 +17.95% 17
Wales +7 15 £600 - 14
Northern Ireland - 5 £325 - 9

For the 6 months to 29 July 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.

1 698 (43.79%) Azure
2 567 (35.57%) PaaS
3 537 (33.69%) Agile Software Development
4 440 (27.60%) AWS
5 432 (27.10%) DevOps
6 425 (26.66%) IaaS
7 323 (20.26%) Social Skills
8 309 (19.39%) Finance
9 297 (18.63%) Microsoft
10 271 (17.00%) Migration
11 261 (16.37%) Microservices
12 257 (16.12%) SQL
13 210 (13.17%) Java
14 201 (12.61%) Kubernetes
15 199 (12.48%) Windows
16 198 (12.42%) Oracle
17 194 (12.17%) Python
18 175 (10.98%) JavaScript
19 174 (10.92%) Terraform
20 170 (10.66%) Docker
21 167 (10.48%) Linux
22 157 (9.85%) ERP
23 151 (9.47%) Active Directory
24 142 (8.91%) Problem-Solving
25 141 (8.85%) SAP
26 137 (8.59%) .NET
27 134 (8.41%) JIRA
28 127 (7.97%) Git (software)
28 127 (7.97%) Public Sector
28 127 (7.97%) Jenkins

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 76 (4.77%) SharePoint
2 45 (2.82%) Confluence
3 27 (1.69%) Apache
3 27 (1.69%) CMS
4 18 (1.13%) Elasticsearch
4 18 (1.13%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 17 (1.07%) Apache Spark
6 13 (0.82%) BizTalk Server
6 13 (0.82%) OpenStack
6 13 (0.82%) Tomcat
7 11 (0.69%) SAS
8 10 (0.63%) IIS
9 9 (0.56%) NetWeaver
9 9 (0.56%) nginx
9 9 (0.56%) WebSphere
10 8 (0.50%) Headless CMS
10 8 (0.50%) Skype for Business
11 7 (0.44%) MS Exchange
11 7 (0.44%) WebLogic
12 6 (0.38%) JBoss
Applications
1 35 (2.20%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (1.13%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (0.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 9 (0.56%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.44%) Figma
6 6 (0.38%) Microsoft Project
7 5 (0.31%) Adobe XD
8 4 (0.25%) InVision
9 3 (0.19%) Photoshop
10 2 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 2 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
10 2 (0.13%) Marvel
10 2 (0.13%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 38 (2.38%) NetSuite
2 26 (1.63%) Dynamics CRM
3 21 (1.32%) Oracle ERP
4 9 (0.56%) Oracle EBS
5 8 (0.50%) Oracle Payables
5 8 (0.50%) SAP ERP
6 7 (0.44%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 6 (0.38%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 6 (0.38%) SAP S/4HANA
8 5 (0.31%) Dynamics NAV
8 5 (0.31%) Magento
8 5 (0.31%) Oracle Receivables
8 5 (0.31%) Unit4 Business World
9 4 (0.25%) Oracle Financials
9 4 (0.25%) Oracle General Ledger
10 3 (0.19%) iTrent
10 3 (0.19%) Oracle Assets
10 3 (0.19%) Oracle Cash Management
10 3 (0.19%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
10 3 (0.19%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 698 (43.79%) Azure
2 567 (35.57%) PaaS
3 440 (27.60%) AWS
4 425 (26.66%) IaaS
5 125 (7.84%) Microsoft 365
6 114 (7.15%) GCP
7 95 (5.96%) Azure Active Directory
8 92 (5.77%) Serverless
9 82 (5.14%) GitHub
10 59 (3.70%) Power Platform
11 43 (2.70%) Cloud Computing
12 35 (2.20%) AWS CloudFormation
12 35 (2.20%) AWS Lambda
13 34 (2.13%) Boomi
13 34 (2.13%) OpenShift
14 33 (2.07%) OneDrive
15 31 (1.94%) Dynamics 365
16 25 (1.57%) Azure Logic Apps
17 24 (1.51%) Amazon EKS
18 22 (1.38%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 93 (5.83%) Firewall
2 46 (2.89%) VPN
3 45 (2.82%) DNS
4 40 (2.51%) Network Security
4 40 (2.51%) WAN
5 32 (2.01%) Internet
6 29 (1.82%) LAN
7 22 (1.38%) Wi-Fi
8 20 (1.25%) Kerberos
9 17 (1.07%) DHCP
9 17 (1.07%) HTTP
9 17 (1.07%) Wireless
10 15 (0.94%) TCP/IP
11 14 (0.88%) SD-WAN
12 13 (0.82%) SSL
13 12 (0.75%) Skype
13 12 (0.75%) VoIP
14 8 (0.50%) IPsec
14 8 (0.50%) SAN
14 8 (0.50%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 106 (6.65%) SQL Server
2 53 (3.32%) PostgreSQL
3 41 (2.57%) Power BI
4 38 (2.38%) NoSQL
5 37 (2.32%) MySQL
6 34 (2.13%) Azure SQL Database
6 34 (2.13%) MongoDB
7 28 (1.76%) Tableau
8 23 (1.44%) Data Lake
9 20 (1.25%) Big Data
9 20 (1.25%) SQL Server 2016
10 18 (1.13%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 18 (1.13%) Data Warehouse
11 17 (1.07%) Hadoop
11 17 (1.07%) SQL Server 2012
12 16 (1.00%) Oracle Reports
13 14 (0.88%) SAP HANA
14 13 (0.82%) Relational Database
15 12 (0.75%) SQL Server 2008
16 11 (0.69%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 134 (8.41%) JIRA
2 127 (7.97%) Git (software)
2 127 (7.97%) Jenkins
3 29 (1.82%) Bitbucket
4 28 (1.76%) Cucumber
4 28 (1.76%) Selenium
5 27 (1.69%) Postman
6 25 (1.57%) GitLab
6 25 (1.57%) JUnit
6 25 (1.57%) SonarQube
6 25 (1.57%) TeamCity
7 24 (1.51%) Cypress.io
7 24 (1.51%) Maven
8 15 (0.94%) Subversion
9 11 (0.69%) Gradle
9 11 (0.69%) JMeter
9 11 (0.69%) Sonatype Nexus
10 10 (0.63%) Bitbucket Server
10 10 (0.63%) Mockito
11 9 (0.56%) WebDriver
General
1 323 (20.26%) Social Skills
2 309 (19.39%) Finance
3 127 (7.97%) Public Sector
4 102 (6.40%) Analytical Skills
5 67 (4.20%) Marketing
6 64 (4.02%) Banking
7 55 (3.45%) Telecoms
8 44 (2.76%) Presentation Skills
9 40 (2.51%) Manufacturing
10 37 (2.32%) Retail
11 29 (1.82%) Electronics
12 28 (1.76%) Legal
13 26 (1.63%) Influencing Skills
14 21 (1.32%) Publishing
15 20 (1.25%) Documentation Skills
16 19 (1.19%) Law
17 18 (1.13%) General Ledger
17 18 (1.13%) Organisational Skills
18 12 (0.75%) German Language
19 11 (0.69%) Billing
Job Titles
1 447 (28.04%) Architect
2 223 (13.99%) Developer
3 171 (10.73%) Solutions Architect
4 140 (8.78%) Consultant
5 105 (6.59%) Cloud Architect
6 99 (6.21%) Analyst
7 95 (5.96%) DevOps Engineer
8 94 (5.90%) Azure Engineer
9 79 (4.96%) Project Manager
10 70 (4.39%) Azure Architect
11 60 (3.76%) Security Architect
12 54 (3.39%) Business Analyst
13 50 (3.14%) Senior Architect
14 46 (2.89%) Cloud Engineer
14 46 (2.89%) Technical Architect
15 43 (2.70%) AWS Architect
16 42 (2.63%) Azure DevOps Engineer
17 38 (2.38%) Enterprise Architect
18 34 (2.13%) Cloud Consultant
19 33 (2.07%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 137 (8.59%) .NET
2 104 (6.52%) React
3 99 (6.21%) Web Services
4 95 (5.96%) HTML
5 88 (5.52%) CSS
5 88 (5.52%) Node.js
5 88 (5.52%) REST
6 77 (4.83%) AngularJS
7 55 (3.45%) RESTful
8 54 (3.39%) XML
9 51 (3.20%) JSON
10 48 (3.01%) .NET Core
11 43 (2.70%) Middleware
11 43 (2.70%) SAML
11 43 (2.70%) Spring
12 42 (2.63%) OAuth
12 42 (2.63%) Spring Boot
13 36 (2.26%) GraphQL
14 33 (2.07%) SOAP
15 31 (1.94%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 117 (7.34%) Cloud Native
2 99 (6.21%) Public Cloud
3 72 (4.52%) User Experience
4 70 (4.39%) Data Centre
5 69 (4.33%) Management Information System
6 55 (3.45%) Hybrid Cloud
7 53 (3.32%) Enterprise Software
8 38 (2.38%) Legacy Systems
9 25 (1.57%) Greenfield Project
10 23 (1.44%) Legacy Applications
11 20 (1.25%) Mobile App
12 19 (1.19%) PKI
12 19 (1.19%) Self-Motivation
13 18 (1.13%) Data Structures
13 18 (1.13%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
14 17 (1.07%) Social Media
15 14 (0.88%) Data Protection Act
16 13 (0.82%) Clustering
17 11 (0.69%) Private Cloud
17 11 (0.69%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 199 (12.48%) Windows
2 167 (10.48%) Linux
3 64 (4.02%) Windows Server
4 29 (1.82%) Unix
5 27 (1.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 25 (1.57%) Windows Server 2016
7 23 (1.44%) Windows Server 2012
8 22 (1.38%) Apple iOS
9 19 (1.19%) Android
10 14 (0.88%) Windows 10
11 12 (0.75%) CentOS
11 12 (0.75%) Windows Server 2019
12 11 (0.69%) SUSE
13 10 (0.63%) Solaris
13 10 (0.63%) Windows Mobile
14 7 (0.44%) VMS
15 6 (0.38%) AIX
16 5 (0.31%) Ubuntu
16 5 (0.31%) Windows 7
17 4 (0.25%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 537 (33.69%) Agile Software Development
2 432 (27.10%) DevOps
3 271 (17.00%) Migration
4 261 (16.37%) Microservices
5 157 (9.85%) ERP
6 142 (8.91%) Problem-Solving
7 126 (7.90%) Stakeholder Management
8 125 (7.84%) Test Automation
9 116 (7.28%) Continuous Integration
9 116 (7.28%) Scrum
10 114 (7.15%) Project Management
11 109 (6.84%) CRM
12 108 (6.78%) Enterprise Architecture
13 107 (6.71%) TOGAF
14 100 (6.27%) Information Security
15 97 (6.09%) SOA
16 96 (6.02%) Software Engineering
17 94 (5.90%) Cybersecurity
18 89 (5.58%) SDLC
19 88 (5.52%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 257 (16.12%) SQL
2 210 (13.17%) Java
3 194 (12.17%) Python
4 175 (10.98%) JavaScript
5 111 (6.96%) PowerShell
6 100 (6.27%) C#
7 83 (5.21%) Bash Shell
8 77 (4.83%) TypeScript
9 38 (2.38%) Ruby
10 31 (1.94%) PHP
11 27 (1.69%) C++
12 26 (1.63%) C
13 24 (1.51%) Go
14 22 (1.38%) Perl
15 21 (1.32%) T-SQL
16 14 (0.88%) Java 8
16 14 (0.88%) PL/SQL
17 13 (0.82%) VB
18 11 (0.69%) Shell Script
19 10 (0.63%) Scala
Qualifications
1 117 (7.34%) Security Cleared
2 86 (5.40%) SC Cleared
3 80 (5.02%) Degree
4 39 (2.45%) CISSP
5 28 (1.76%) TOGAF Certification
6 24 (1.51%) AWS Certification
7 23 (1.44%) CISM
8 18 (1.13%) Computer Science Degree
8 18 (1.13%) DV Cleared
8 18 (1.13%) PMP
9 17 (1.07%) Microsoft Certification
10 14 (0.88%) CISA
10 14 (0.88%) Cisco Certification
11 11 (0.69%) CRISC
11 11 (0.69%) ISTQB
12 9 (0.56%) BPSS Clearance
12 9 (0.56%) SANS
13 8 (0.50%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 8 (0.50%) FFIEC
14 7 (0.44%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 75 (4.71%) QA
2 44 (2.76%) GDPR
2 44 (2.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 35 (2.20%) NIST
4 18 (1.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 13 (0.82%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 12 (0.75%) PMO
7 11 (0.69%) NCSC
7 11 (0.69%) NIST 800
7 11 (0.69%) PCI DSS
8 9 (0.56%) Accessibility
9 8 (0.50%) Data Quality
10 7 (0.44%) GRC
11 6 (0.38%) COBIT
11 6 (0.38%) FedRAMP
11 6 (0.38%) ITGC
11 6 (0.38%) SLA
12 5 (0.31%) HIPAA
13 4 (0.25%) Cyber Essentials
14 3 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 170 (10.66%) Docker
2 151 (9.47%) Active Directory
3 62 (3.89%) VMware Infrastructure
4 41 (2.57%) Hyper-V
5 22 (1.38%) Virtual Machines
6 19 (1.19%) Microsoft App-V
7 16 (1.00%) VMware ESXi
8 13 (0.82%) XenApp
9 11 (0.69%) Virtual Desktop
10 7 (0.44%) RACF
11 4 (0.25%) NFS
11 4 (0.25%) OpenAM
11 4 (0.25%) vCloud
11 4 (0.25%) Veritas File System
11 4 (0.25%) Veritas Volume Manager
11 4 (0.25%) VMware Workstation
11 4 (0.25%) vSphere
12 3 (0.19%) HDFS
12 3 (0.19%) ProxySG
13 2 (0.13%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 201 (12.61%) Kubernetes
2 174 (10.92%) Terraform
3 119 (7.47%) Ansible
4 36 (2.26%) Puppet
5 35 (2.20%) Single Sign-On
6 34 (2.13%) Microsoft Intune
7 32 (2.01%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 32 (2.01%) SCCM
8 27 (1.69%) Opscode Chef
9 14 (0.88%) Istio
10 11 (0.69%) SCOM
11 10 (0.63%) Tivoli
12 9 (0.56%) Network Intrusion Detection System
12 9 (0.56%) QRadar
13 8 (0.50%) Control-M
13 8 (0.50%) EMC NetWorker
13 8 (0.50%) Tivoli Storage Manager
14 6 (0.38%) Failover Clustering
14 6 (0.38%) Grafana
14 6 (0.38%) Kibana
Vendors
1 297 (18.63%) Microsoft
2 198 (12.42%) Oracle
3 141 (8.85%) SAP
4 126 (7.90%) Salesforce.com
5 80 (5.02%) VMware
6 68 (4.27%) Google
7 40 (2.51%) Dell
8 36 (2.26%) ServiceNow
9 35 (2.20%) Workday
10 33 (2.07%) Cisco
10 33 (2.07%) Citrix
11 28 (1.76%) IBM
11 28 (1.76%) Splunk
12 24 (1.51%) Informatica
13 23 (1.44%) MuleSoft
14 22 (1.38%) Red Hat
15 17 (1.07%) CyberArk
16 16 (1.00%) EMC
17 13 (0.82%) Qualys
18 12 (0.75%) Adobe