Period
to 14 December 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 14 December 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
14 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 166 186 250
Rank change year-on-year +20 +64 0
Contract jobs citing SaaS 1,325 1,597 1,093
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.67% 1.52% 1.06%
As % of the Cloud Services category 5.65% 6.18% 6.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 810 1,063 746
UK median daily rate £525 £500 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% - +11.11%
10th Percentile £317 £350 £325
90th Percentile £688 £688 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £500 £475
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% +13.10%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 9 7
UK median hourly rate £80.00 £23.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +240.43% -32.86% -20.45%
10th Percentile £35.00 £12.70 £20.15
90th Percentile £87.50 £60.75 £42.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £80.00 £23.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year +240.43% -32.86% +78.48%

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 23,456 25,823 18,079
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 29.64% 24.61% 17.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 15,941 17,918 12,563
UK median daily rate £495 £488 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.54% +2.63% +5.56%
10th Percentile £275 £305 £275
90th Percentile £660 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 400 336 228
UK median hourly rate £20.79 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.80% -12.50% +11.11%
10th Percentile £14.00 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £78.75 £61.47 £58.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +14.29% - +2.58%

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 14 December 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 14 December 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 14 December 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 +28 1,201 £525 +5.00% 732
UK excluding London +43 796 £525 +5.00% 482
London +13 504 £525 - 292
South East +83 342 £525 +5.00% 189
North of England +27 147 £475 -5.00% 95
Midlands +29 104 £500 +9.29% 66
Scotland +34 81 £463 -22.92% 29
West Midlands +4 74 £500 +7.82% 37
South West +23 69 £550 +38.19% 57
Yorkshire +34 65 £525 +16.67% 33
North West +15 60 £444 -11.25% 47
East Midlands +36 29 £513 +7.89% 29
East of England -6 28 £450 -10.00% 33
Wales +34 23 £575 -4.17% 8
North East +22 22 £388 -18.42% 15
Northern Ireland +6 4 £413 -8.33% 5
Channel Islands - 1 £525 -

For the 6 months to 14 December 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.

1 596 (44.98%) Azure
2 566 (42.72%) PaaS
3 450 (33.96%) IaaS
4 399 (30.11%) Microsoft
5 361 (27.25%) Agile Software Development
6 338 (25.51%) DevOps
7 325 (24.53%) AWS
8 251 (18.94%) Finance
9 222 (16.75%) SQL
10 200 (15.09%) Windows
11 185 (13.96%) Active Directory
12 182 (13.74%) Security Cleared
13 172 (12.98%) Web Services
14 164 (12.38%) Firewall
15 159 (12.00%) Office 365
16 150 (11.32%) Kubernetes
17 146 (11.02%) SC Cleared
18 145 (10.94%) JavaScript
19 142 (10.72%) .NET
20 140 (10.57%) Java
20 140 (10.57%) Oracle
20 140 (10.57%) Migration
21 138 (10.42%) Public Sector
22 130 (9.81%) PowerShell
23 126 (9.51%) Microservices
24 123 (9.28%) Docker
25 114 (8.60%) HTML
26 112 (8.45%) DNS
27 111 (8.38%) Degree
28 109 (8.23%) Azure Active Directory

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 47 (3.55%) Confluence
2 42 (3.17%) SharePoint
3 37 (2.79%) OpenStack
4 25 (1.89%) IIS
5 19 (1.43%) Skype for Business
6 12 (0.91%) Apache
7 10 (0.75%) Cloud Foundry
8 9 (0.68%) CMS
9 8 (0.60%) Anypoint
10 7 (0.53%) BizTalk Server
10 7 (0.53%) Elasticsearch
10 7 (0.53%) WebSphere
11 6 (0.45%) nginx
11 6 (0.45%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 5 (0.38%) JBoss
12 5 (0.38%) MS Exchange
12 5 (0.38%) Tomcat
13 3 (0.23%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 3 (0.23%) ArcGIS
13 3 (0.23%) WebLogic
Applications
1 79 (5.96%) Microsoft Office
2 28 (2.11%) Microsoft Excel
3 21 (1.58%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 19 (1.43%) MS Visio
5 9 (0.68%) Adobe Illustrator
5 9 (0.68%) Photoshop
6 7 (0.53%) Microsoft Project
7 6 (0.45%) Sketch
8 3 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
9 2 (0.15%) Chatbot
9 2 (0.15%) InVision
10 1 (0.075%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 36 (2.72%) Dynamics CRM
2 27 (2.04%) NetSuite
3 16 (1.21%) Sonata
4 12 (0.91%) SAP S/4HANA
5 10 (0.75%) Eloqua
5 10 (0.75%) Oracle Cash Management
5 10 (0.75%) Oracle EBS
6 9 (0.68%) SAP ERP
7 8 (0.60%) Oracle ERP
7 8 (0.60%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 7 (0.53%) Dynamics AX
8 7 (0.53%) Oracle EBS R12
8 7 (0.53%) Oracle Internet Expenses
8 7 (0.53%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
9 6 (0.45%) Oracle Payables
10 5 (0.38%) Oracle Receivables
10 5 (0.38%) SAP HR
11 4 (0.30%) Oracle Assets
11 4 (0.30%) Oracle FAH
11 4 (0.30%) Oracle iProcurement
Cloud Services
1 596 (44.98%) Azure
2 566 (42.72%) PaaS
3 450 (33.96%) IaaS
4 325 (24.53%) AWS
5 159 (12.00%) Office 365
6 109 (8.23%) Azure Active Directory
7 95 (7.17%) Serverless
8 88 (6.64%) GCP
9 50 (3.77%) Dynamics 365
10 49 (3.70%) GitHub
11 46 (3.47%) Cloud Computing
12 43 (3.25%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 41 (3.09%) Power Platform
14 40 (3.02%) AWS Lambda
15 32 (2.42%) Amazon S3
15 32 (2.42%) OpenShift
16 29 (2.19%) AWS CloudFormation
17 24 (1.81%) iPaaS
18 23 (1.74%) Boomi
19 19 (1.43%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 164 (12.38%) Firewall
2 112 (8.45%) DNS
3 100 (7.55%) VPN
4 65 (4.91%) TCP/IP
5 62 (4.68%) Internet
6 61 (4.60%) Network Security
7 54 (4.08%) SAN
8 50 (3.77%) Reverse Proxy
9 46 (3.47%) NAS
10 37 (2.79%) DHCP
11 35 (2.64%) WAN
12 27 (2.04%) LAN
13 20 (1.51%) Skype
14 16 (1.21%) Wi-Fi
15 15 (1.13%) NetScaler
16 14 (1.06%) VLAN
17 13 (0.98%) Cisco ASA
18 11 (0.83%) BGP
18 11 (0.83%) ICMP
18 11 (0.83%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 105 (7.92%) SQL Server
2 46 (3.47%) Relational Database
3 44 (3.32%) NoSQL
4 42 (3.17%) Azure SQL Database
5 41 (3.09%) Data Warehouse
6 40 (3.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 38 (2.87%) Power BI
8 34 (2.57%) Oracle Database
8 34 (2.57%) RDBMS
9 31 (2.34%) Data Lake
10 28 (2.11%) Cosmos DB
11 26 (1.96%) MySQL
12 22 (1.66%) MongoDB
13 18 (1.36%) Oracle Reports
14 17 (1.28%) Amazon DynamoDB
15 16 (1.21%) Big Data
15 16 (1.21%) Data Mart
16 14 (1.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 13 (0.98%) PostgreSQL
18 11 (0.83%) Oracle BI Publisher
Development Applications
1 98 (7.40%) JIRA
2 77 (5.81%) Jenkins
3 53 (4.00%) Git (software)
3 53 (4.00%) Visual Studio Team System
4 35 (2.64%) TeamCity
5 32 (2.42%) Visual Studio
6 22 (1.66%) Octopus Deploy
7 17 (1.28%) GitLab
7 17 (1.28%) Selenium
8 16 (1.21%) Team Foundation Server
9 12 (0.91%) Travis CI
10 11 (0.83%) Bitbucket
10 11 (0.83%) Cucumber
11 10 (0.75%) Artifactory
12 8 (0.60%) MSTest
13 7 (0.53%) SpecFlow
13 7 (0.53%) Visual Studio Code
13 7 (0.53%) webpack
14 6 (0.45%) MSBuild
14 6 (0.45%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 251 (18.94%) Finance
2 138 (10.42%) Public Sector
3 72 (5.43%) Marketing
4 47 (3.55%) Telecoms
5 46 (3.47%) Retail
6 43 (3.25%) Banking
6 43 (3.25%) Legal
7 26 (1.96%) Manufacturing
8 19 (1.43%) Law
9 16 (1.21%) Electronics
10 13 (0.98%) Billing
11 11 (0.83%) Investment Banking
12 8 (0.60%) Publishing
13 7 (0.53%) Games
14 5 (0.38%) Automotive
14 5 (0.38%) Retail Banking
15 4 (0.30%) Aerospace
16 3 (0.23%) Advertising
16 3 (0.23%) Back Office
16 3 (0.23%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 403 (30.42%) Architect
2 227 (17.13%) Developer
3 139 (10.49%) Solutions Architect
4 106 (8.00%) Cloud Architect
5 84 (6.34%) Analyst
5 84 (6.34%) Azure Architect
6 78 (5.89%) Consultant
7 76 (5.74%) DevOps Engineer
8 62 (4.68%) Security Architect
9 56 (4.23%) Technical Architect
10 52 (3.92%) Azure Engineer
11 50 (3.77%) Project Manager
12 48 (3.62%) Cloud Engineer
13 40 (3.02%) Senior Developer
14 35 (2.64%) .NET Developer
15 31 (2.34%) Designer
16 30 (2.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
17 29 (2.19%) AWS Architect
18 27 (2.04%) Data Architect
18 27 (2.04%) Integration Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 172 (12.98%) Web Services
2 142 (10.72%) .NET
3 114 (8.60%) HTML
4 94 (7.09%) XML
5 93 (7.02%) REST
6 91 (6.87%) CSS
7 69 (5.21%) Node.js
8 58 (4.38%) React
9 56 (4.23%) JSON
10 47 (3.55%) SOAP
11 42 (3.17%) AngularJS
12 40 (3.02%) SAML
13 37 (2.79%) .NET Core
14 32 (2.42%) Oracle Fusion
15 31 (2.34%) RESTful
16 28 (2.11%) OAuth
17 25 (1.89%) .NET Framework
18 23 (1.74%) ASP.NET
19 21 (1.58%) Middleware
20 19 (1.43%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 80 (6.04%) Analytical Skills
2 79 (5.96%) Public Cloud
3 73 (5.51%) Enterprise Software
4 64 (4.83%) User Experience
5 60 (4.53%) Hybrid Cloud
6 59 (4.45%) Data Centre
7 54 (4.08%) Replication
8 50 (3.77%) Management Information System
9 40 (3.02%) Greenfield Project
10 36 (2.72%) Cloud Native
11 34 (2.57%) Self-Motivation
12 31 (2.34%) PKI
13 28 (2.11%) Private Cloud
14 15 (1.13%) Mobile App
15 14 (1.06%) Microsoft Licensing
15 14 (1.06%) N-Tier
16 11 (0.83%) Social Media
17 10 (0.75%) W3C
18 9 (0.68%) Client/Server
18 9 (0.68%) Graphic Design
Operating Systems
1 200 (15.09%) Windows
2 81 (6.11%) Linux
3 62 (4.68%) Unix
3 62 (4.68%) Windows Server
4 53 (4.00%) Windows 10
5 24 (1.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 16 (1.21%) Windows Server 2012
7 15 (1.13%) Android
8 12 (0.91%) Windows 7
9 11 (0.83%) Ubuntu
10 10 (0.75%) Apple iOS
11 9 (0.68%) VMS
12 8 (0.60%) Windows Server 2008
13 7 (0.53%) Windows 8
14 5 (0.38%) Debian
15 4 (0.30%) Mac OS
15 4 (0.30%) Windows Mobile
16 3 (0.23%) CentOS
17 2 (0.15%) Mac OS X
17 2 (0.15%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 361 (27.25%) Agile Software Development
2 338 (25.51%) DevOps
3 140 (10.57%) Migration
4 126 (9.51%) Microservices
5 108 (8.15%) Project Management
6 105 (7.92%) Information Security
7 103 (7.77%) ITIL
8 98 (7.40%) ERP
8 98 (7.40%) Problem-Solving
9 93 (7.02%) Continuous Integration
10 88 (6.64%) Analytics
11 87 (6.57%) Stakeholder Management
12 84 (6.34%) Computer Science
13 82 (6.19%) TOGAF
14 80 (6.04%) Scrum
15 75 (5.66%) CRM
16 74 (5.58%) Business Intelligence
17 67 (5.06%) Security Architecture
17 67 (5.06%) Test Automation
18 66 (4.98%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 222 (16.75%) SQL
2 145 (10.94%) JavaScript
3 140 (10.57%) Java
4 130 (9.81%) PowerShell
5 93 (7.02%) Python
6 88 (6.64%) C#
7 33 (2.49%) TypeScript
8 31 (2.34%) PHP
9 30 (2.26%) Bash Shell
10 28 (2.11%) Shell Script
11 22 (1.66%) Go
12 21 (1.58%) T-SQL
13 17 (1.28%) C
13 17 (1.28%) Perl
14 15 (1.13%) C++
15 11 (0.83%) PL/SQL
15 11 (0.83%) VBA
16 9 (0.68%) Ruby
17 6 (0.45%) Tcl
18 5 (0.38%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 182 (13.74%) Security Cleared
2 146 (11.02%) SC Cleared
3 111 (8.38%) Degree
4 55 (4.15%) CISSP
5 39 (2.94%) Microsoft Certification
6 28 (2.11%) CISM
7 27 (2.04%) Cisco Certification
7 27 (2.04%) TOGAF Certification
8 22 (1.66%) BPSS Clearance
8 22 (1.66%) MCSE
9 21 (1.58%) AWS Certification
10 15 (1.13%) DV Cleared
11 14 (1.06%) Computer Science Degree
12 13 (0.98%) CCIE
12 13 (0.98%) IISP
13 9 (0.68%) CCNA
13 9 (0.68%) CRISC
13 9 (0.68%) DBS Check
14 8 (0.60%) ITIL Certification
14 8 (0.60%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (5.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 59 (4.45%) QA
3 26 (1.96%) SLA
4 24 (1.81%) GDPR
4 24 (1.81%) PCI DSS
5 21 (1.58%) Data Quality
5 21 (1.58%) NIST
6 12 (0.91%) Disclosure Scotland
6 12 (0.91%) NCSC
7 11 (0.83%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 10 (0.75%) COBIT
9 4 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials
9 4 (0.30%) PMO
10 3 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 19770
10 3 (0.23%) NIST 800
11 2 (0.15%) BS7799
11 2 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 1 (0.075%) GxP
12 1 (0.075%) ISO 9001
12 1 (0.075%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 185 (13.96%) Active Directory
2 123 (9.28%) Docker
3 60 (4.53%) VMware Infrastructure
4 26 (1.96%) vSphere
5 24 (1.81%) Hyper-V
6 22 (1.66%) XenDesktop
7 18 (1.36%) VMware ESXi
8 15 (1.13%) XenApp
9 11 (0.83%) VMware NSX
10 9 (0.68%) Virtual Machines
11 7 (0.53%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 7 (0.53%) Microsoft App-V
12 5 (0.38%) Virtual Desktop
13 4 (0.30%) LXC
14 3 (0.23%) BitLocker
15 2 (0.15%) DFS Replication
15 2 (0.15%) KVM
15 2 (0.15%) Oracle RAC
16 1 (0.075%) Postfix
16 1 (0.075%) Xen
Systems Management
1 150 (11.32%) Kubernetes
2 93 (7.02%) Ansible
3 72 (5.43%) Terraform
4 49 (3.70%) Single Sign-On
5 41 (3.09%) SCCM
6 40 (3.02%) Microsoft Intune
7 33 (2.49%) Puppet
8 23 (1.74%) Opscode Chef
9 21 (1.58%) CASB
10 16 (1.21%) SCOM
10 16 (1.21%) vCenter Server
11 11 (0.83%) Salt
11 11 (0.83%) vRealize
11 11 (0.83%) WMI
12 8 (0.60%) CA Single Sign-On
13 7 (0.53%) Network Intrusion Detection System
14 6 (0.45%) Cisco Prime
14 6 (0.45%) Nagios
14 6 (0.45%) Prometheus
15 5 (0.38%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 399 (30.11%) Microsoft
2 140 (10.57%) Oracle
3 100 (7.55%) VMware
4 82 (6.19%) Google
5 79 (5.96%) SAP
6 54 (4.08%) Cisco
7 51 (3.85%) Citrix
8 50 (3.77%) Salesforce.com
9 41 (3.09%) Workday
10 39 (2.94%) ServiceNow
11 34 (2.57%) Splunk
12 33 (2.49%) Atlassian
13 31 (2.34%) Dell
14 29 (2.19%) MuleSoft
15 18 (1.36%) Sparx
16 17 (1.28%) Red Hat
17 16 (1.21%) Databricks
18 15 (1.13%) IBM
19 14 (1.06%) Ariba
20 12 (0.91%) Apple