Period
to 26 October 2020

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 26 October 2020 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
26 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 166 177 203
Rank change year-on-year +11 +26 +60
Contract jobs citing SaaS 535 1,286 1,440
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.66% 1.53% 1.39%
As % of the Cloud Services category 5.27% 5.25% 5.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 418 861 973
Median daily rate £500 £513 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.44% +2.50% +5.26%
10th Percentile £350 £313 £350
90th Percentile £679 £688 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £504 £500 £488
% change year-on-year +0.75% +2.56% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 35 6
Median hourly rate £35.00 £80.00 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -56.25% +180.70% +39.02%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £80.00 £24.25
% change year-on-year -56.25% +229.90% -

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 10,146 24,476 24,229
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 31.54% 29.03% 23.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,630 16,777 16,773
Median daily rate £500 £495 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.01% +4.21% +3.26%
10th Percentile £310 £293 £305
90th Percentile £675 £656 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £440
% change year-on-year - +2.27% +3.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 216 410 336
Median hourly rate £35.00 £21.42 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +63.40% +22.40% -10.83%
10th Percentile £14.00 £14.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.13 £74.13 £56.88
Median hourly rate £22.66 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +7.90% +20.00% -

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 26 October 2020.

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 26 October 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for SaaS in the UK

SaaS
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 SaaS within the UK over the 6 months to 26 October 2020. 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 +11 468 £500 -2.44% 572
London +61 277 £500 -6.32% 214
UK excluding London -20 188 £504 +0.75% 376
Work from Home -35 140 £500 -3.61% 167
South East -15 65 £550 +4.76% 114
Midlands +46 33 £431 -9.21% 53
North of England +19 29 £525 +5.00% 117
South West +90 25 £468 -4.00% 47
Scotland +24 21 £463 +1.37% 14
East of England +84 18 £508 +14.37% 26
North West +42 18 £550 +10.00% 53
West Midlands +28 17 £438 -7.89% 31
East Midlands +35 16 £425 -19.05% 22
Yorkshire +24 8 £525 - 50
North East +20 2 £300 -17.24% 14
Wales +19 1 £600 +4.35% 4

For the 6 months to 26 October 2020, 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.

1 217 (40.56%) PaaS
2 215 (40.19%) Azure
3 154 (28.79%) Agile Software Development
4 146 (27.29%) AWS
5 138 (25.79%) IaaS
6 120 (22.43%) DevOps
7 119 (22.24%) Oracle
8 114 (21.31%) Security Cleared
9 113 (21.12%) Microsoft
10 105 (19.63%) Windows
10 105 (19.63%) SC Cleared
11 100 (18.69%) Finance
12 85 (15.89%) Migration
13 84 (15.70%) Active Directory
14 74 (13.83%) Java
14 74 (13.83%) Windows Server
15 67 (12.52%) DNS
16 66 (12.34%) SQL
17 65 (12.15%) Microservices
18 62 (11.59%) Linux
19 59 (11.03%) Kubernetes
20 56 (10.47%) Cybersecurity
20 56 (10.47%) JavaScript
21 54 (10.09%) Public Sector
22 53 (9.91%) ERP
23 52 (9.72%) PowerShell
23 52 (9.72%) Office 365
24 50 (9.35%) Firewall
25 49 (9.16%) Python
26 48 (8.97%) SOA

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 30 (5.61%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 24 (4.49%) WebLogic
3 20 (3.74%) Apache
4 19 (3.55%) Tomcat
5 16 (2.99%) SharePoint
6 12 (2.24%) Confluence
7 11 (2.06%) Apache Solr
8 10 (1.87%) Elasticsearch
9 9 (1.68%) BizTalk Server
10 8 (1.50%) Apache Spark
11 7 (1.31%) WebSphere
12 6 (1.12%) JBoss
12 6 (1.12%) NetWeaver
13 4 (0.75%) Skype for Business
13 4 (0.75%) Umbraco
14 3 (0.56%) CMS
14 3 (0.56%) SAS
15 2 (0.37%) Cloud Foundry
15 2 (0.37%) IIS
15 2 (0.37%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 9 (1.68%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (1.12%) Microsoft Project
3 4 (0.75%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (0.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.37%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.19%) Chatbot
5 1 (0.19%) InVision
Business Applications
1 18 (3.36%) NetSuite
2 13 (2.43%) Oracle ERP
3 11 (2.06%) Dynamics CRM
4 10 (1.87%) Dynamics AX
5 6 (1.12%) SAP S/4HANA
6 5 (0.93%) Dynamics NAV
7 4 (0.75%) Magento
7 4 (0.75%) Oracle Assets
8 3 (0.56%) Oracle EBS
9 2 (0.37%) CA PPM
9 2 (0.37%) Eloqua
9 2 (0.37%) Infor SunSystems
9 2 (0.37%) Oracle Applications
9 2 (0.37%) Oracle Cash Management
9 2 (0.37%) Oracle Payables
9 2 (0.37%) Oracle Receivables
9 2 (0.37%) PeopleSoft HCM
9 2 (0.37%) SAP GRC
10 1 (0.19%) SAP HCM
10 1 (0.19%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 217 (40.56%) PaaS
2 215 (40.19%) Azure
3 146 (27.29%) AWS
4 138 (25.79%) IaaS
5 52 (9.72%) Office 365
6 31 (5.79%) GCP
7 30 (5.61%) Serverless
8 26 (4.86%) Cloud Computing
9 25 (4.67%) Azure Active Directory
10 19 (3.55%) AWS CloudFormation
11 16 (2.99%) Amazon EC2
11 16 (2.99%) Amazon S3
12 15 (2.80%) AWS Lambda
12 15 (2.80%) Power Platform
13 13 (2.43%) GitHub
14 12 (2.24%) OpenShift
15 11 (2.06%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 9 (1.68%) Amazon ECS
17 7 (1.31%) Dynamics 365
17 7 (1.31%) iPaaS
Communications & Networking
1 67 (12.52%) DNS
2 50 (9.35%) Firewall
3 45 (8.41%) VPN
4 28 (5.23%) WAN
5 27 (5.05%) DMZ
5 27 (5.05%) Network Security
6 19 (3.55%) TCP/IP
7 18 (3.36%) DHCP
8 17 (3.18%) LAN
8 17 (3.18%) Skype
9 16 (2.99%) HTTP
10 15 (2.80%) Internet
10 15 (2.80%) SSL
11 12 (2.24%) MPLS
11 12 (2.24%) VoIP
12 11 (2.06%) Kerberos
12 11 (2.06%) SNMP
12 11 (2.06%) Wireless
13 10 (1.87%) OSPF
14 9 (1.68%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (8.60%) SQL Server
2 21 (3.93%) Oracle ODI
3 16 (2.99%) Big Data
4 14 (2.62%) Relational Database
5 13 (2.43%) MySQL
5 13 (2.43%) SQL Server 2016
6 12 (2.24%) MongoDB
6 12 (2.24%) PostgreSQL
6 12 (2.24%) Power BI
7 11 (2.06%) Azure SQL Database
8 10 (1.87%) Cosmos DB
9 9 (1.68%) SAP HANA
10 8 (1.50%) Data Warehouse
11 7 (1.31%) DB2
11 7 (1.31%) NoSQL
11 7 (1.31%) Oracle Database
12 6 (1.12%) Amazon RDS
12 6 (1.12%) RDBMS
13 5 (0.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 5 (0.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 40 (7.48%) Jenkins
2 33 (6.17%) Git (software)
3 23 (4.30%) JIRA
4 12 (2.24%) Bitbucket
4 12 (2.24%) Cucumber
4 12 (2.24%) GitLab
4 12 (2.24%) Selenium
5 11 (2.06%) Postman
6 10 (1.87%) Cypress.io
6 10 (1.87%) WebDriver
7 9 (1.68%) Subversion
8 8 (1.50%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 8 (1.50%) Jasmine
8 8 (1.50%) JMeter
9 7 (1.31%) Maven
10 6 (1.12%) REST Assured
10 6 (1.12%) SoapUI
11 4 (0.75%) CircleCI
11 4 (0.75%) Octopus Deploy
11 4 (0.75%) Sublime Text
General
1 100 (18.69%) Finance
2 54 (10.09%) Public Sector
3 29 (5.42%) Banking
4 20 (3.74%) Retail
4 20 (3.74%) Telecoms
5 19 (3.55%) Manufacturing
6 17 (3.18%) Marketing
7 15 (2.80%) Pharmaceutical
8 9 (1.68%) Electronics
8 9 (1.68%) Legal
9 7 (1.31%) Law
10 6 (1.12%) Advertising
10 6 (1.12%) Investment Banking
11 4 (0.75%) Retail Banking
12 2 (0.37%) French Language
12 2 (0.37%) General Ledger
12 2 (0.37%) Publishing
13 1 (0.19%) German Language
13 1 (0.19%) Italian Language
13 1 (0.19%) Polish Language
Job Titles
1 135 (25.23%) Architect
2 72 (13.46%) Developer
3 51 (9.53%) Consultant
4 40 (7.48%) Solutions Architect
5 34 (6.36%) Cloud Architect
6 29 (5.42%) Analyst
7 26 (4.86%) Project Manager
7 26 (4.86%) Technical Architect
8 24 (4.49%) DevOps Engineer
9 23 (4.30%) Azure Architect
10 18 (3.36%) Cloud Developer
11 17 (3.18%) Cloud Engineer
11 17 (3.18%) Security Architect
12 16 (2.99%) Cloud Consultant
12 16 (2.99%) Infrastructure Architect
13 13 (2.43%) Security Engineer
14 12 (2.24%) AWS Engineer
14 12 (2.24%) Business Analyst
14 12 (2.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 12 (2.24%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (8.04%) Oracle Fusion
1 43 (8.04%) REST
1 43 (8.04%) SAML
2 37 (6.92%) Web Services
3 36 (6.73%) .NET
4 30 (5.61%) HTML
5 27 (5.05%) Middleware
6 24 (4.49%) JSON
7 21 (3.93%) CSS
7 21 (3.93%) Node.js
8 20 (3.74%) SOAP
9 19 (3.55%) React
10 16 (2.99%) LDAP
10 16 (2.99%) XML
11 15 (2.80%) AngularJS
12 14 (2.62%) RESTful
13 11 (2.06%) RabbitMQ
13 11 (2.06%) Spring
14 10 (1.87%) OAuth
15 9 (1.68%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 38 (7.10%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (5.05%) Public Cloud
3 26 (4.86%) Data Centre
4 20 (3.74%) Enterprise Software
5 18 (3.36%) User Experience
6 15 (2.80%) Cloud Native
6 15 (2.80%) Clustering
7 13 (2.43%) Management Information System
7 13 (2.43%) Self-Motivation
8 11 (2.06%) Greenfield Project
9 10 (1.87%) Hybrid Cloud
9 10 (1.87%) PKI
10 7 (1.31%) Mobile App
11 6 (1.12%) Client/Server
11 6 (1.12%) Video Conferencing
11 6 (1.12%) Video\Live Streaming
12 5 (0.93%) Analytical Mindset
12 5 (0.93%) Enterprise Cloud
12 5 (0.93%) Private Cloud
13 4 (0.75%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 105 (19.63%) Windows
2 74 (13.83%) Windows Server
3 62 (11.59%) Linux
4 27 (5.05%) Windows Server 2016
5 18 (3.36%) Unix
6 16 (2.99%) Windows Server 2012
7 13 (2.43%) Windows Server 2019
8 12 (2.24%) Apple iOS
9 10 (1.87%) Windows 10
10 8 (1.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 8 (1.50%) Solaris
11 7 (1.31%) Windows Server 2008
12 5 (0.93%) Android
13 4 (0.75%) Amazon Linux
13 4 (0.75%) Mac OS
13 4 (0.75%) Ubuntu
13 4 (0.75%) VMS
14 3 (0.56%) AIX
15 2 (0.37%) CentOS
15 2 (0.37%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 154 (28.79%) Agile Software Development
2 120 (22.43%) DevOps
3 85 (15.89%) Migration
4 65 (12.15%) Microservices
5 56 (10.47%) Cybersecurity
6 53 (9.91%) ERP
7 48 (8.97%) SOA
8 47 (8.79%) Problem-Solving
9 45 (8.41%) ITIL
10 41 (7.66%) Scrum
11 39 (7.29%) Open Source
12 37 (6.92%) Business Intelligence
12 37 (6.92%) High Availability
12 37 (6.92%) Test Automation
13 31 (5.79%) Continuous Integration
13 31 (5.79%) Information Security
13 31 (5.79%) Security Architecture
14 30 (5.61%) Dashboard Development
14 30 (5.61%) Project Management
14 30 (5.61%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 74 (13.83%) Java
2 66 (12.34%) SQL
3 56 (10.47%) JavaScript
4 52 (9.72%) PowerShell
5 49 (9.16%) Python
6 35 (6.54%) C
7 31 (5.79%) Shell Script
8 23 (4.30%) C#
9 21 (3.93%) Bash Shell
10 7 (1.31%) Scala
11 6 (1.12%) Ruby
11 6 (1.12%) TypeScript
12 5 (0.93%) PL/SQL
13 4 (0.75%) Groovy
13 4 (0.75%) Kotlin
13 4 (0.75%) PHP
13 4 (0.75%) VB.NET
14 3 (0.56%) Apple Swift
14 3 (0.56%) Java 8
14 3 (0.56%) R
Qualifications
1 114 (21.31%) Security Cleared
2 105 (19.63%) SC Cleared
3 25 (4.67%) DV Cleared
4 20 (3.74%) Degree
5 11 (2.06%) CISSP
6 9 (1.68%) CISA
6 9 (1.68%) CISM
7 8 (1.50%) AWS Certification
8 7 (1.31%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (0.93%) Computer Science Degree
9 5 (0.93%) CRISC
9 5 (0.93%) PMI Certification
9 5 (0.93%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 5 (0.93%) TOGAF Certification
10 4 (0.75%) CESG Certified Professional
11 3 (0.56%) (ISC)2 CCSP
11 3 (0.56%) CCIE
11 3 (0.56%) CCNA
11 3 (0.56%) CCNP
12 2 (0.37%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (6.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 31 (5.79%) GDPR
3 21 (3.93%) QA
4 20 (3.74%) Cyber Essentials
5 14 (2.62%) HIPAA
6 11 (2.06%) NIST
7 10 (1.87%) PCI DSS
8 8 (1.50%) COBIT
8 8 (1.50%) SLA
9 7 (1.31%) NCSC
9 7 (1.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 6 (1.12%) PMO
11 5 (0.93%) ITGC
12 4 (0.75%) Data Quality
12 4 (0.75%) GxP
12 4 (0.75%) JSP 440
13 3 (0.56%) Disclosure Scotland
14 2 (0.37%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 1 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 1 (0.19%) NIST 800
System Software
1 84 (15.70%) Active Directory
2 44 (8.22%) Docker
3 20 (3.74%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (1.68%) Hyper-V
4 9 (1.68%) Virtual Machines
5 8 (1.50%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (1.12%) OpenAM
7 4 (0.75%) Microsoft App-V
8 3 (0.56%) UAG
9 2 (0.37%) DFS Replication
9 2 (0.37%) Kamailio
9 2 (0.37%) ProxySG
9 2 (0.37%) vSphere
10 1 (0.19%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 1 (0.19%) KVM
10 1 (0.19%) VMware Workstation
10 1 (0.19%) Xen
10 1 (0.19%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 59 (11.03%) Kubernetes
2 43 (8.04%) Ansible
3 42 (7.85%) Terraform
4 41 (7.66%) Single Sign-On
5 25 (4.67%) SCCM
6 23 (4.30%) Opscode Chef
7 21 (3.93%) Puppet
8 15 (2.80%) Microsoft Intune
9 13 (2.43%) WSUS
10 7 (1.31%) Microsoft Clustering
11 6 (1.12%) FreeIPA
11 6 (1.12%) Kibana
11 6 (1.12%) Nagios
11 6 (1.12%) SCOM
12 5 (0.93%) AirWatch
12 5 (0.93%) Network Intrusion Detection System
13 4 (0.75%) Failover Clustering
14 3 (0.56%) McAfee ePO
14 3 (0.56%) Red Hat Satellite
15 2 (0.37%) OPNET
Vendors
1 119 (22.24%) Oracle
2 113 (21.12%) Microsoft
3 36 (6.73%) SAP
4 28 (5.23%) VMware
5 27 (5.05%) Salesforce.com
6 26 (4.86%) ServiceNow
7 25 (4.67%) Splunk
8 23 (4.30%) Cisco
9 11 (2.06%) Citrix
10 10 (1.87%) Google
11 9 (1.68%) IBM
11 9 (1.68%) Workday
12 8 (1.50%) MuleSoft
13 7 (1.31%) Dell
13 7 (1.31%) Red Hat
13 7 (1.31%) SolarWinds
14 6 (1.12%) Informatica
14 6 (1.12%) SaltStack
14 6 (1.12%) Sun
14 6 (1.12%) Talend