Period
to 20 February 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 20 February 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
20 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 160 179 224
Rank change year-on-year +19 +45 +18
Contract jobs citing SaaS 1,138 1,552 1,239
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.66% 1.56% 1.22%
As % of the Cloud Services category 5.51% 6.06% 6.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 698 1,037 861
UK median daily rate £513 £525 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.38% +5.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £313 £339 £325
90th Percentile £700 £700 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £488 £500 £485
% change year-on-year -2.50% +3.09% +15.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 12 9
UK median hourly rate £77.50 £28.25 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +174.34% +31.40% -49.41%
10th Percentile £35.00 £12.75 £17.60
90th Percentile £82.50 £65.15 £38.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £78.75 £28.25 £35.00
% change year-on-year +178.76% -19.29% -4.11%

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 20,661 25,603 19,350
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 30.07% 25.81% 19.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,963 17,663 13,424
UK median daily rate £488 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.50% +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £278 £310 £298
90th Percentile £663 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 371 316 244
UK median hourly rate £21.25 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.43% -12.50% +7.25%
10th Percentile £13.20 £11.69 £11.25
90th Percentile £68.75 £56.25 £52.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year +14.29% +2.94% -0.35%

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 20 February 2020.

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 20 February 2020.

Contractor 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 20 February 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 +21 1,023 £525 +0.96% 803
UK excluding London +42 669 £488 -2.50% 504
London +13 437 £550 +4.76% 356
South East +72 247 £503 -2.90% 140
North of England +59 154 £450 -10.00% 137
Midlands -1 90 £475 - 66
Scotland +42 81 £438 -18.22% 34
West Midlands -12 70 £475 - 40
Yorkshire +51 61 £525 +7.69% 40
South West -18 57 £600 +50.00% 57
North West +25 48 £500 - 77
North East +44 45 £425 -8.11% 20
East of England +21 31 £450 -11.76% 46
East Midlands +35 20 £363 -21.62% 25
Wales -1 11 £575 -4.17% 23
Northern Ireland +12 3 £413 -19.12% 2

For the 6 months to 20 February 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.

1 475 (41.74%) Azure
2 443 (38.93%) PaaS
3 347 (30.49%) IaaS
4 331 (29.09%) Agile Software Development
5 286 (25.13%) Microsoft
6 275 (24.17%) DevOps
7 270 (23.73%) AWS
8 176 (15.47%) Finance
9 168 (14.76%) SQL
10 166 (14.59%) Windows
11 152 (13.36%) Web Services
11 152 (13.36%) JavaScript
12 147 (12.92%) Public Sector
13 146 (12.83%) .NET
14 142 (12.48%) Active Directory
15 139 (12.21%) Migration
16 137 (12.04%) Microservices
17 136 (11.95%) Docker
17 136 (11.95%) Security Cleared
18 135 (11.86%) Java
19 129 (11.34%) Kubernetes
20 120 (10.54%) Office 365
21 110 (9.67%) SC Cleared
22 107 (9.40%) Firewall
23 106 (9.31%) SQL Server
24 103 (9.05%) C#
25 100 (8.79%) HTML
26 97 (8.52%) ERP
27 95 (8.35%) PowerShell
28 94 (8.26%) Oracle

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 38 (3.34%) SharePoint
2 32 (2.81%) Confluence
3 18 (1.58%) OpenStack
4 16 (1.41%) Skype for Business
5 12 (1.05%) CMS
6 11 (0.97%) Cloud Foundry
6 11 (0.97%) IIS
7 10 (0.88%) Apache
7 10 (0.88%) MS Exchange
8 9 (0.79%) Elasticsearch
9 8 (0.70%) BizTalk Server
10 7 (0.62%) Anypoint
11 5 (0.44%) Apache Spark
11 5 (0.44%) WebSphere
12 3 (0.26%) Ethereum
12 3 (0.26%) Hyperledger
12 3 (0.26%) nginx
12 3 (0.26%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 3 (0.26%) Tomcat
12 3 (0.26%) WebLogic
Applications
1 55 (4.83%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (2.20%) Microsoft Excel
3 20 (1.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 17 (1.49%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.62%) Chatbot
6 6 (0.53%) Microsoft Project
7 5 (0.44%) Sketch
8 4 (0.35%) Adobe Illustrator
8 4 (0.35%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.26%) InVision
10 2 (0.18%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 1 (0.088%) Adobe XD
11 1 (0.088%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 40 (3.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 31 (2.72%) NetSuite
3 12 (1.05%) Oracle Cash Management
3 12 (1.05%) Oracle ERP
4 10 (0.88%) SAP S/4HANA
5 9 (0.79%) Dynamics AX
5 9 (0.79%) Oracle Receivables
6 8 (0.70%) Oracle Payables
7 7 (0.62%) SAP ERP
8 6 (0.53%) Oracle Financials
8 6 (0.53%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
9 5 (0.44%) Oracle EBS R12
10 4 (0.35%) Oracle Applications
10 4 (0.35%) Oracle EBS
11 3 (0.26%) Distributed Ledger
11 3 (0.26%) Oracle Assets
11 3 (0.26%) R3 Corda
11 3 (0.26%) Sentinel
12 2 (0.18%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
12 2 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 475 (41.74%) Azure
2 443 (38.93%) PaaS
3 347 (30.49%) IaaS
4 270 (23.73%) AWS
5 120 (10.54%) Office 365
6 85 (7.47%) Azure Active Directory
6 85 (7.47%) Serverless
7 66 (5.80%) GCP
8 47 (4.13%) Dynamics 365
9 39 (3.43%) AWS Lambda
10 38 (3.34%) GitHub
11 37 (3.25%) Amazon S3
12 35 (3.08%) Cloud Computing
13 34 (2.99%) Power Platform
14 31 (2.72%) Azure ExpressRoute
15 30 (2.64%) OpenShift
16 28 (2.46%) AWS CloudFormation
17 24 (2.11%) Amazon EC2
18 21 (1.85%) Azure Functions
18 21 (1.85%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 107 (9.40%) Firewall
2 68 (5.98%) DNS
3 55 (4.83%) VPN
4 43 (3.78%) TCP/IP
5 42 (3.69%) Network Security
6 34 (2.99%) Internet
7 33 (2.90%) SAN
8 26 (2.28%) Reverse Proxy
9 25 (2.20%) NAS
9 25 (2.20%) WAN
10 24 (2.11%) DHCP
11 22 (1.93%) LAN
12 16 (1.41%) Skype
13 10 (0.88%) BGP
13 10 (0.88%) Kerberos
13 10 (0.88%) Wi-Fi
13 10 (0.88%) X.509
14 8 (0.70%) OSPF
15 7 (0.62%) MPLS
15 7 (0.62%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 106 (9.31%) SQL Server
2 44 (3.87%) NoSQL
3 33 (2.90%) Data Warehouse
4 32 (2.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 30 (2.64%) Power BI
6 29 (2.55%) PostgreSQL
7 28 (2.46%) Azure SQL Database
7 28 (2.46%) Relational Database
8 26 (2.28%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 22 (1.93%) Data Lake
9 22 (1.93%) MySQL
10 21 (1.85%) MongoDB
11 19 (1.67%) Big Data
12 16 (1.41%) RDBMS
12 16 (1.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 14 (1.23%) Cosmos DB
14 13 (1.14%) Oracle Database
15 9 (0.79%) SimpleDB
16 8 (0.70%) Data Mart
16 8 (0.70%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 68 (5.98%) JIRA
2 57 (5.01%) Git (software)
3 56 (4.92%) Jenkins
4 29 (2.55%) Visual Studio
5 25 (2.20%) TeamCity
6 20 (1.76%) Octopus Deploy
6 20 (1.76%) Visual Studio Team System
7 18 (1.58%) Selenium
8 17 (1.49%) Cucumber
9 16 (1.41%) Team Foundation Server
10 14 (1.23%) Bitbucket
11 12 (1.05%) GitLab
11 12 (1.05%) Travis CI
12 10 (0.88%) Artifactory
12 10 (0.88%) Subversion
13 8 (0.70%) webpack
14 7 (0.62%) JUnit
15 6 (0.53%) Sonatype Nexus
15 6 (0.53%) SpecFlow
16 5 (0.44%) TestCafe
General
1 176 (15.47%) Finance
2 147 (12.92%) Public Sector
3 57 (5.01%) Marketing
4 49 (4.31%) Retail
5 32 (2.81%) Telecoms
6 23 (2.02%) Banking
7 20 (1.76%) Manufacturing
8 12 (1.05%) Billing
8 12 (1.05%) Electronics
9 10 (0.88%) Law
10 8 (0.70%) General Ledger
11 7 (0.62%) Back Office
11 7 (0.62%) French Language
11 7 (0.62%) Legal
11 7 (0.62%) Publishing
12 6 (0.53%) Automotive
13 5 (0.44%) Games
14 4 (0.35%) Advertising
14 4 (0.35%) Digital Economy
15 3 (0.26%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 294 (25.83%) Architect
2 233 (20.47%) Developer
3 106 (9.31%) Solutions Architect
4 71 (6.24%) Consultant
5 64 (5.62%) Analyst
6 63 (5.54%) Cloud Architect
7 60 (5.27%) DevOps Engineer
8 55 (4.83%) Project Manager
9 49 (4.31%) Cloud Engineer
10 47 (4.13%) Azure Architect
11 40 (3.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 39 (3.43%) Azure Engineer
13 38 (3.34%) Security Architect
14 34 (2.99%) .NET Developer
15 32 (2.81%) Senior Developer
16 27 (2.37%) Business Analyst
16 27 (2.37%) C# Developer
16 27 (2.37%) Technical Architect
17 25 (2.20%) Designer
18 24 (2.11%) React Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 152 (13.36%) Web Services
2 146 (12.83%) .NET
3 100 (8.79%) HTML
4 91 (8.00%) REST
5 89 (7.82%) Node.js
6 82 (7.21%) CSS
7 64 (5.62%) XML
8 58 (5.10%) React
9 43 (3.78%) JSON
10 39 (3.43%) SOAP
11 38 (3.34%) AngularJS
12 35 (3.08%) .NET Core
13 31 (2.72%) Middleware
14 28 (2.46%) SAML
15 26 (2.28%) ASP.NET
15 26 (2.28%) Oracle Fusion
16 22 (1.93%) OAuth
17 20 (1.76%) YAML
18 17 (1.49%) Kafka
18 17 (1.49%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 80 (7.03%) Enterprise Software
2 71 (6.24%) Public Cloud
3 50 (4.39%) Hybrid Cloud
4 47 (4.13%) User Experience
5 44 (3.87%) Analytical Skills
6 40 (3.51%) Greenfield Project
7 39 (3.43%) Cloud Native
7 39 (3.43%) Data Centre
8 35 (3.08%) Management Information System
8 35 (3.08%) Self-Motivation
9 30 (2.64%) Replication
10 24 (2.11%) Private Cloud
11 14 (1.23%) PKI
12 11 (0.97%) Life Science
12 11 (0.97%) Social Media
13 10 (0.88%) W3C
14 9 (0.79%) Mobile App
15 8 (0.70%) Video Conferencing
16 7 (0.62%) Enterprise Cloud
16 7 (0.62%) Microsoft Licensing
Operating Systems
1 166 (14.59%) Windows
2 55 (4.83%) Linux
3 52 (4.57%) Windows Server
4 46 (4.04%) Windows 10
5 35 (3.08%) Android
6 33 (2.90%) Apple iOS
7 20 (1.76%) Unix
8 19 (1.67%) Windows Server 2012
9 15 (1.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 9 (0.79%) Ubuntu
10 9 (0.79%) Windows 7
11 7 (0.62%) Windows Server 2008
12 4 (0.35%) AIX
12 4 (0.35%) Debian
12 4 (0.35%) VMS
13 3 (0.26%) CentOS
14 2 (0.18%) DC/OS
14 2 (0.18%) Solaris
14 2 (0.18%) Windows Mobile
14 2 (0.18%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 331 (29.09%) Agile Software Development
2 275 (24.17%) DevOps
3 139 (12.21%) Migration
4 137 (12.04%) Microservices
5 97 (8.52%) ERP
6 90 (7.91%) Stakeholder Management
7 85 (7.47%) CRM
8 75 (6.59%) Scrum
9 72 (6.33%) Continuous Integration
10 70 (6.15%) Analytics
10 70 (6.15%) Project Management
11 67 (5.89%) Information Security
12 63 (5.54%) Computer Science
13 61 (5.36%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 61 (5.36%) ITIL
14 60 (5.27%) Project Delivery
15 58 (5.10%) Test Automation
16 57 (5.01%) Business Intelligence
16 57 (5.01%) Problem-Solving
16 57 (5.01%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 168 (14.76%) SQL
2 152 (13.36%) JavaScript
3 135 (11.86%) Java
4 103 (9.05%) C#
5 95 (8.35%) PowerShell
6 64 (5.62%) Python
7 45 (3.95%) PHP
8 31 (2.72%) TypeScript
9 25 (2.20%) Bash Shell
10 19 (1.67%) T-SQL
11 18 (1.58%) Ruby
12 17 (1.49%) Shell Script
13 16 (1.41%) ES6
13 16 (1.41%) Go
13 16 (1.41%) Perl
14 15 (1.32%) C++
14 15 (1.32%) Java 8
15 13 (1.14%) PL/SQL
16 11 (0.97%) C
17 6 (0.53%) Apex Code
Qualifications
1 136 (11.95%) Security Cleared
2 110 (9.67%) SC Cleared
3 87 (7.64%) Degree
4 29 (2.55%) Microsoft Certification
5 26 (2.28%) Computer Science Degree
6 21 (1.85%) DV Cleared
7 15 (1.32%) BPSS Clearance
8 13 (1.14%) CISSP
9 12 (1.05%) MCSE
10 9 (0.79%) PMI Certification
10 9 (0.79%) PMP
10 9 (0.79%) TOGAF Certification
11 7 (0.62%) Cisco Certification
11 7 (0.62%) CISM
11 7 (0.62%) MCITP
12 6 (0.53%) ITIL Certification
13 5 (0.44%) CTC Cleared
14 4 (0.35%) AWS Certification
14 4 (0.35%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 4 (0.35%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (3.95%) QA
2 42 (3.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 27 (2.37%) GDPR
4 21 (1.85%) SLA
5 12 (1.05%) NIST
6 11 (0.97%) Data Quality
7 10 (0.88%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 6 (0.53%) NCSC
8 6 (0.53%) PCI DSS
9 5 (0.44%) Cyber Essentials
9 5 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
9 5 (0.44%) GxP
10 4 (0.35%) BS7799
10 4 (0.35%) PMO
11 3 (0.26%) COBIT
11 3 (0.26%) NIST 800
12 2 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 2 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 1 (0.088%) FedRAMP
13 1 (0.088%) RMADS
System Software
1 142 (12.48%) Active Directory
2 136 (11.95%) Docker
3 43 (3.78%) VMware Infrastructure
4 25 (2.20%) vSphere
5 20 (1.76%) Hyper-V
6 9 (0.79%) XenApp
7 8 (0.70%) Virtual Machines
8 7 (0.62%) VMware NSX
9 6 (0.53%) Microsoft App-V
10 5 (0.44%) VMware ESXi
11 4 (0.35%) Oracle RAC
12 3 (0.26%) Terminal Services
12 3 (0.26%) Virtual Servers
12 3 (0.26%) XenDesktop
13 2 (0.18%) BitLocker
13 2 (0.18%) DFS Replication
14 1 (0.088%) KVM
14 1 (0.088%) UAG
14 1 (0.088%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 129 (11.34%) Kubernetes
2 89 (7.82%) Ansible
3 64 (5.62%) Terraform
4 34 (2.99%) Single Sign-On
5 28 (2.46%) SCCM
6 25 (2.20%) Microsoft Intune
6 25 (2.20%) Puppet
7 17 (1.49%) Opscode Chef
8 15 (1.32%) SCOM
9 8 (0.70%) CASB
9 8 (0.70%) vCenter Server
10 7 (0.62%) Network Intrusion Detection System
10 7 (0.62%) vRealize
11 6 (0.53%) CA Single Sign-On
11 6 (0.53%) Norton AntiVirus
11 6 (0.53%) Prometheus
12 5 (0.44%) AirWatch
12 5 (0.44%) Data Guard
12 5 (0.44%) Nagios
12 5 (0.44%) WSUS
Vendors
1 286 (25.13%) Microsoft
2 94 (8.26%) Oracle
3 68 (5.98%) VMware
4 61 (5.36%) SAP
5 50 (4.39%) Google
6 44 (3.87%) Salesforce.com
7 37 (3.25%) Cisco
8 36 (3.16%) Citrix
9 33 (2.90%) ServiceNow
10 28 (2.46%) MuleSoft
11 27 (2.37%) AppDynamics
12 25 (2.20%) Workday
13 24 (2.11%) Dell
14 22 (1.93%) Sparx
14 22 (1.93%) Splunk
15 14 (1.23%) IBM
16 12 (1.05%) Hyperion
16 12 (1.05%) Red Hat
17 11 (0.97%) CA
17 11 (0.97%) JD Edwards