Period
to 24 January 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 January 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 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 155 158 184
Rank change year-on-year +3 +26 +53
Contract jobs citing SaaS 705 1,198 1,527
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.69% 1.66% 1.53%
As % of the Cloud Services category 5.06% 5.57% 6.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 637 831 1,062
Median daily rate £500 £510 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.96% -2.86% +5.00%
10th Percentile £350 £313 £338
90th Percentile £680 £675 £704
UK excluding London median daily rate £488 £500 £500
% change year-on-year -2.50% - +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 15 11
Median hourly rate £20.00 £80.00 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -75.00% +240.43% +9.30%
10th Percentile £12.65 £71.25 £12.50
90th Percentile £66.25 £82.50 £66.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £62.50 £80.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -21.88% +240.43% +113.64%

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 13,946 21,490 25,227
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.39% 29.74% 25.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,890 14,969 17,738
Median daily rate £495 £490 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.02% -1.90% +5.16%
10th Percentile £302 £275 £302
90th Percentile £650 £669 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £448 £450 £450
% change year-on-year -0.56% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 270 329 285
Median hourly rate £22.50 £19.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.38% +11.43% -3.34%
10th Percentile £12.75 £13.10 £11.25
90th Percentile £60.00 £68.25 £42.30
Median hourly rate £20.00 £18.50 £17.43
% change year-on-year +8.11% +6.14% +2.53%

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 January 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 January 2021.

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 24 January 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 +17 601 £500 -2.44% 662
London +26 339 £500 -4.76% 262
Work from Home -50 249 £500 -9.09% 180
UK excluding London -21 243 £488 -2.50% 421
South East -7 78 £481 -6.10% 114
Midlands +35 73 £444 -6.58% 67
West Midlands +26 52 £475 - 41
North of England -1 47 £520 +12.43% 125
North West +35 27 £538 +10.26% 75
East of England +52 21 £500 +11.11% 44
East Midlands +45 21 £425 +6.25% 26
Scotland -14 19 £525 +18.31% 20
South West +34 14 £425 -22.73% 44
Yorkshire +6 13 £425 -19.05% 37
North East +5 6 £300 -29.41% 13
Wales +13 2 £588 +4.44% 4

For the 6 months to 24 January 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.

1 272 (38.58%) Azure
2 256 (36.31%) PaaS
3 204 (28.94%) AWS
4 203 (28.79%) Agile Software Development
5 178 (25.25%) IaaS
6 145 (20.57%) Finance
7 130 (18.44%) Microsoft
8 127 (18.01%) DevOps
9 95 (13.48%) Oracle
9 95 (13.48%) Migration
10 89 (12.62%) SQL
11 87 (12.34%) Windows
12 81 (11.49%) Active Directory
13 79 (11.21%) Microservices
14 76 (10.78%) Kubernetes
15 75 (10.64%) JavaScript
16 68 (9.65%) Docker
17 65 (9.22%) Terraform
18 64 (9.08%) Office 365
19 62 (8.79%) Security Cleared
19 62 (8.79%) Java
19 62 (8.79%) Python
20 55 (7.80%) Power Platform
21 54 (7.66%) Linux
22 53 (7.52%) Business Intelligence
23 52 (7.38%) REST
23 52 (7.38%) Problem-Solving
24 50 (7.09%) Cybersecurity
24 50 (7.09%) Firewall
25 49 (6.95%) ITIL

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 39 (5.53%) SharePoint
2 17 (2.41%) Confluence
3 13 (1.84%) Elasticsearch
4 12 (1.70%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 9 (1.28%) BizTalk Server
6 7 (0.99%) Skype for Business
6 7 (0.99%) WebSphere
7 6 (0.85%) Apache Spark
7 6 (0.85%) JBoss
7 6 (0.85%) NetWeaver
8 5 (0.71%) Cloud Foundry
9 4 (0.57%) CMS
9 4 (0.57%) Umbraco
10 3 (0.43%) Apache
10 3 (0.43%) Mule
10 3 (0.43%) SAS
10 3 (0.43%) WebLogic
11 2 (0.28%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 2 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2013
11 2 (0.28%) WordPress
Applications
1 18 (2.55%) Microsoft Excel
2 12 (1.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 7 (0.99%) Microsoft Project
4 6 (0.85%) Microsoft Office
5 5 (0.71%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.28%) Chatbot
6 2 (0.28%) InVision
6 2 (0.28%) Marvel
7 1 (0.14%) Figma
7 1 (0.14%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 17 (2.41%) Oracle ERP
2 14 (1.99%) NetSuite
3 10 (1.42%) Dynamics CRM
4 8 (1.13%) Dynamics AX
5 6 (0.85%) Magento
6 4 (0.57%) Oracle Assets
6 4 (0.57%) Oracle Payables
6 4 (0.57%) Oracle Receivables
6 4 (0.57%) SAP S/4HANA
7 3 (0.43%) Oracle Applications
7 3 (0.43%) SAP Hybris
8 2 (0.28%) Dynamics NAV
8 2 (0.28%) Eloqua
8 2 (0.28%) Oracle Cash Management
8 2 (0.28%) Oracle FAH
8 2 (0.28%) Oracle General Ledger
8 2 (0.28%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 2 (0.28%) SAP GRC
9 1 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
9 1 (0.14%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 272 (38.58%) Azure
2 256 (36.31%) PaaS
3 204 (28.94%) AWS
4 178 (25.25%) IaaS
5 64 (9.08%) Office 365
6 55 (7.80%) Power Platform
7 48 (6.81%) GCP
8 45 (6.38%) Cloud Computing
9 44 (6.24%) Serverless
10 34 (4.82%) Azure Active Directory
11 26 (3.69%) AWS CloudFormation
12 24 (3.40%) AWS Lambda
13 19 (2.70%) GitHub
14 18 (2.55%) Amazon EC2
14 18 (2.55%) Amazon S3
15 13 (1.84%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 13 (1.84%) Amazon ECS
16 12 (1.70%) OpenShift
17 10 (1.42%) Azure ExpressRoute
18 9 (1.28%) iPaaS
Communications & Networking
1 50 (7.09%) Firewall
2 32 (4.54%) DNS
3 31 (4.40%) WAN
4 27 (3.83%) VPN
5 24 (3.40%) Network Security
6 21 (2.98%) Internet
6 21 (2.98%) VoIP
7 20 (2.84%) LAN
8 18 (2.55%) DHCP
9 15 (2.13%) Skype
9 15 (2.13%) TCP/IP
10 13 (1.84%) Kerberos
11 12 (1.70%) MPLS
11 12 (1.70%) Wireless
12 9 (1.28%) Intrusion Detection
12 9 (1.28%) Multicast
13 6 (0.85%) PBX
13 6 (0.85%) SAN
13 6 (0.85%) SSL
13 6 (0.85%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (6.95%) SQL Server
2 40 (5.67%) Power BI
3 22 (3.12%) Relational Database
4 17 (2.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 16 (2.27%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 16 (2.27%) Big Data
5 16 (2.27%) PostgreSQL
6 15 (2.13%) Data Warehouse
7 14 (1.99%) MongoDB
7 14 (1.99%) MySQL
8 13 (1.84%) Azure SQL Database
8 13 (1.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 11 (1.56%) Data Lake
9 11 (1.56%) NoSQL
9 11 (1.56%) Oracle Database
10 9 (1.28%) RDBMS
11 8 (1.13%) Amazon RDS
11 8 (1.13%) Cosmos DB
11 8 (1.13%) SAP HANA
11 8 (1.13%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 46 (6.52%) Jenkins
2 34 (4.82%) Git (software)
3 33 (4.68%) JIRA
4 15 (2.13%) JMeter
5 12 (1.70%) Bitbucket
5 12 (1.70%) Selenium
6 11 (1.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 11 (1.56%) IntelliJ
6 11 (1.56%) Postman
6 11 (1.56%) REST Assured
7 10 (1.42%) GitLab
7 10 (1.42%) JUnit
8 9 (1.28%) Maven
8 9 (1.28%) Subversion
8 9 (1.28%) Visual Studio
9 8 (1.13%) Cucumber
10 7 (0.99%) PyCharm
10 7 (0.99%) TeamCity
10 7 (0.99%) Visual Studio Code
11 6 (0.85%) CircleCI
General
1 145 (20.57%) Finance
2 48 (6.81%) Banking
3 41 (5.82%) Public Sector
4 30 (4.26%) Law
5 27 (3.83%) Marketing
6 21 (2.98%) Legal
7 19 (2.70%) Telecoms
8 17 (2.41%) Retail
9 14 (1.99%) Manufacturing
10 10 (1.42%) Pharmaceutical
11 9 (1.28%) Billing
11 9 (1.28%) Retail Banking
12 8 (1.13%) Front Office
13 6 (0.85%) French Language
13 6 (0.85%) Spanish Language
14 5 (0.71%) Advertising
14 5 (0.71%) Electronics
14 5 (0.71%) Investment Banking
14 5 (0.71%) Publishing
15 4 (0.57%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 208 (29.50%) Architect
2 116 (16.45%) Developer
3 70 (9.93%) Consultant
4 62 (8.79%) Solutions Architect
5 47 (6.67%) Analyst
6 46 (6.52%) Cloud Architect
7 36 (5.11%) Security Architect
8 33 (4.68%) Project Manager
9 31 (4.40%) Business Analyst
10 25 (3.55%) Azure Architect
10 25 (3.55%) Cloud Consultant
11 22 (3.12%) DevOps Engineer
11 22 (3.12%) Enterprise Architect
12 21 (2.98%) Java Developer
13 20 (2.84%) Technical Architect
14 19 (2.70%) Cloud Engineer
15 18 (2.55%) Security Engineer
16 17 (2.41%) Data Architect
16 17 (2.41%) Infrastructure Architect
17 16 (2.27%) AWS Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (7.38%) REST
2 44 (6.24%) Node.js
3 39 (5.53%) .NET
4 38 (5.39%) HTML
5 26 (3.69%) JSON
6 25 (3.55%) React
7 22 (3.12%) Spring
8 21 (2.98%) CSS
8 21 (2.98%) Web Services
9 20 (2.84%) Middleware
10 19 (2.70%) SOAP
11 18 (2.55%) Kafka
11 18 (2.55%) LDAP
12 16 (2.27%) Lambda Expressions
12 16 (2.27%) Spring Boot
13 15 (2.13%) AngularJS
14 14 (1.99%) RESTful
15 13 (1.84%) SAML
15 13 (1.84%) XML
16 12 (1.70%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 48 (6.81%) Analytical Skills
2 45 (6.38%) Public Cloud
3 41 (5.82%) User Experience
4 24 (3.40%) Cloud Native
4 24 (3.40%) Data Centre
4 24 (3.40%) Management Information System
5 19 (2.70%) Private Cloud
6 18 (2.55%) Hybrid Cloud
6 18 (2.55%) Self-Motivation
7 17 (2.41%) Enterprise Software
8 15 (2.13%) Clustering
8 15 (2.13%) Greenfield Project
9 14 (1.99%) Mobile App
10 11 (1.56%) Virtual Team
11 10 (1.42%) PKI
12 7 (0.99%) Enterprise Cloud
12 7 (0.99%) PMI
13 6 (0.85%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
14 5 (0.71%) Client/Server
14 5 (0.71%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 87 (12.34%) Windows
2 54 (7.66%) Linux
3 49 (6.95%) Windows Server
4 14 (1.99%) Unix
4 14 (1.99%) Windows Server 2012
5 12 (1.70%) Android
5 12 (1.70%) Apple iOS
5 12 (1.70%) Windows 10
5 12 (1.70%) Windows Server 2016
5 12 (1.70%) Windows Server 2019
6 10 (1.42%) Solaris
7 8 (1.13%) Windows Server 2008
8 7 (0.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 4 (0.57%) AIX
9 4 (0.57%) Amazon Linux
9 4 (0.57%) VMS
10 3 (0.43%) CentOS
10 3 (0.43%) Ubuntu
10 3 (0.43%) Windows Mobile
11 2 (0.28%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 203 (28.79%) Agile Software Development
2 127 (18.01%) DevOps
3 95 (13.48%) Migration
4 79 (11.21%) Microservices
5 53 (7.52%) Business Intelligence
6 52 (7.38%) Problem-Solving
7 50 (7.09%) Cybersecurity
8 49 (6.95%) ITIL
9 46 (6.52%) Security Architecture
10 45 (6.38%) High Availability
10 45 (6.38%) Test Automation
10 45 (6.38%) TOGAF
11 44 (6.24%) Scrum
12 43 (6.10%) ERP
12 43 (6.10%) Project Delivery
13 40 (5.67%) Analytics
14 37 (5.25%) TDD
15 36 (5.11%) Data Modelling
15 36 (5.11%) Software Engineering
15 36 (5.11%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 89 (12.62%) SQL
2 75 (10.64%) JavaScript
3 62 (8.79%) Java
3 62 (8.79%) Python
4 48 (6.81%) PowerShell
5 25 (3.55%) C#
6 21 (2.98%) TypeScript
7 18 (2.55%) Bash Shell
8 15 (2.13%) Go
8 15 (2.13%) Ruby
9 11 (1.56%) T-SQL
10 7 (0.99%) Apex Code
10 7 (0.99%) Java 8
10 7 (0.99%) PHP
10 7 (0.99%) Scala
11 6 (0.85%) C
11 6 (0.85%) Kotlin
11 6 (0.85%) Perl
11 6 (0.85%) SOQL
12 5 (0.71%) R
Qualifications
1 62 (8.79%) Security Cleared
2 47 (6.67%) SC Cleared
3 25 (3.55%) CISSP
4 24 (3.40%) Degree
5 21 (2.98%) CISM
6 12 (1.70%) CRISC
7 11 (1.56%) AWS Certification
8 10 (1.42%) CESG Certified Professional
9 9 (1.28%) Cisco Certification
10 8 (1.13%) CISA
11 7 (0.99%) Computer Science Degree
11 7 (0.99%) PMI Certification
12 6 (0.85%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 5 (0.71%) CCNA
13 5 (0.71%) DV Cleared
14 4 (0.57%) CCNP
15 3 (0.43%) ACCA
15 3 (0.43%) CAPM
15 3 (0.43%) CCIE
15 3 (0.43%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (4.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 30 (4.26%) QA
3 21 (2.98%) GDPR
3 21 (2.98%) NIST
4 13 (1.84%) Cyber Essentials
4 13 (1.84%) NCSC
5 12 (1.70%) PCI DSS
6 9 (1.28%) Data Quality
6 9 (1.28%) JSP 440
7 8 (1.13%) COBIT
8 7 (0.99%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 7 (0.99%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 6 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 4 (0.57%) HIPAA
10 4 (0.57%) NIST 800
10 4 (0.57%) PMO
11 3 (0.43%) ITGC
12 2 (0.28%) Disclosure Scotland
12 2 (0.28%) RMADS
13 1 (0.14%) PMBOK
System Software
1 81 (11.49%) Active Directory
2 68 (9.65%) Docker
3 36 (5.11%) VMware Infrastructure
4 12 (1.70%) Hyper-V
5 8 (1.13%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (0.85%) Microsoft App-V
7 5 (0.71%) Kamailio
7 5 (0.71%) ProxySG
8 4 (0.57%) Xen
9 3 (0.43%) KVM
9 3 (0.43%) Snort
9 3 (0.43%) UAG
9 3 (0.43%) VMware NSX
10 2 (0.28%) vSphere
10 2 (0.28%) XenApp
11 1 (0.14%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 1 (0.14%) HDFS
11 1 (0.14%) Veritas File System
11 1 (0.14%) VMware Workstation
11 1 (0.14%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 76 (10.78%) Kubernetes
2 65 (9.22%) Terraform
3 42 (5.96%) Ansible
4 18 (2.55%) Single Sign-On
5 16 (2.27%) Puppet
6 15 (2.13%) Microsoft Intune
6 15 (2.13%) Opscode Chef
7 14 (1.99%) SCCM
8 10 (1.42%) Kibana
9 7 (0.99%) Consul
10 6 (0.85%) CASB
10 6 (0.85%) logstash
10 6 (0.85%) Microsoft Clustering
11 4 (0.57%) AirWatch
11 4 (0.57%) Istio
11 4 (0.57%) Network Intrusion Detection System
11 4 (0.57%) Norton AntiVirus
11 4 (0.57%) vRealize
12 3 (0.43%) Grafana
12 3 (0.43%) Rancher
Vendors
1 130 (18.44%) Microsoft
2 95 (13.48%) Oracle
3 48 (6.81%) VMware
4 35 (4.96%) Salesforce.com
4 35 (4.96%) SAP
5 31 (4.40%) Google
5 31 (4.40%) ServiceNow
6 28 (3.97%) Cisco
7 18 (2.55%) Splunk
8 17 (2.41%) Red Hat
9 15 (2.13%) Citrix
10 14 (1.99%) MuleSoft
11 13 (1.84%) Workday
12 11 (1.56%) Blue Coat
12 11 (1.56%) IBM
13 10 (1.42%) Databricks
13 10 (1.42%) Dell
14 9 (1.28%) iManage
15 8 (1.13%) SolarWinds
16 7 (0.99%) SaltStack