Period
to 13 April 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 13 April 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
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 127 155 172
Rank change year-on-year +28 +17 +54
Contract jobs citing SaaS 1,034 1,035 1,573
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.97% 1.73% 1.63%
As % of the Cloud Services category 5.67% 5.71% 5.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 705 671 1,103
10th Percentile £356 £325 £331
25th Percentile £419 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £525 £525
Median % change year-on-year -4.76% - +5.00%
75th Percentile £600 £600 £600
90th Percentile £688 £688 £688
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £500 £500
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 5 7
10th Percentile £12.50 £62.60 £12.50
25th Percentile £13.63 £63.50 £12.63
Median hourly rate £20.00 £72.50 £13.50
Median % change year-on-year -72.41% +437.04% -37.21%
75th Percentile £52.38 £82.50 £49.13
90th Percentile £66.25 " £69.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £62.50 £72.50 £22.25
% change year-on-year -13.79% +225.84% +102.27%

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 18,250 18,115 26,348
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 34.77% 30.24% 27.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,161 12,698 18,467
10th Percentile £313 £281 £313
25th Percentile £406 £400 £406
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £500
75th Percentile £588 £588 £575
90th Percentile £663 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £453
% change year-on-year - -0.56% +3.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 328 284 258
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.75 £11.00
25th Percentile £15.38 £16.25 £13.20
Median hourly rate £22.00 £20.00 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% +14.29% -0.17%
75th Percentile £45.00 £35.19 £25.75
90th Percentile £60.48 £57.50 £48.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £19.08 £17.00
% change year-on-year +2.19% +12.25% +6.25%

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 13 April 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 13 April 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 13 April 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 +21 841 £500 -4.76% 811
London +11 438 £524 -4.73% 333
Work from Home -47 381 £500 -9.09% 244
UK excluding London +18 377 £500 - 522
South East +23 123 £535 +1.90% 110
Midlands +46 92 £450 -5.26% 92
West Midlands +34 67 £469 -1.32% 59
North of England -5 59 £500 +11.11% 157
Scotland -27 35 £513 +13.89% 25
East of England +41 33 £550 +18.92% 46
South West +33 31 £425 -27.81% 69
North West +11 28 £520 +22.35% 79
East Midlands +35 25 £425 -10.53% 33
Yorkshire +16 24 £500 - 44
Wales +19 8 £588 -2.08% 18
North East 0 7 £400 -9.09% 34
Northern Ireland +14 5 - - 5

For the 6 months to 13 April 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.

1 423 (40.91%) Azure
2 361 (34.91%) PaaS
3 318 (30.75%) Agile Software Development
4 299 (28.92%) AWS
5 255 (24.66%) IaaS
6 221 (21.37%) DevOps
7 214 (20.70%) Finance
8 198 (19.15%) Microsoft
9 171 (16.54%) Migration
10 164 (15.86%) SQL
11 140 (13.54%) Microservices
12 138 (13.35%) Windows
13 127 (12.28%) Oracle
14 113 (10.93%) Python
15 109 (10.54%) Kubernetes
16 108 (10.44%) Active Directory
17 107 (10.35%) Terraform
18 103 (9.96%) JavaScript
19 97 (9.38%) Java
20 94 (9.09%) Docker
21 92 (8.90%) Microsoft 365
22 87 (8.41%) ERP
23 86 (8.32%) Linux
24 82 (7.93%) Salesforce.com
25 81 (7.83%) TOGAF
25 81 (7.83%) Continuous Integration
25 81 (7.83%) JIRA
26 78 (7.54%) Jenkins
27 77 (7.45%) PowerShell
27 77 (7.45%) VMware

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 53 (5.13%) SharePoint
2 34 (3.29%) Confluence
3 15 (1.45%) CMS
3 15 (1.45%) Elasticsearch
4 11 (1.06%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 7 (0.68%) Apache Spark
5 7 (0.68%) WebSphere
6 6 (0.58%) Apache
7 5 (0.48%) BizTalk Server
7 5 (0.48%) Cloud Foundry
7 5 (0.48%) Headless CMS
7 5 (0.48%) Mule
7 5 (0.48%) NetWeaver
7 5 (0.48%) OpenStack
7 5 (0.48%) Skype for Business
8 4 (0.39%) JBoss
8 4 (0.39%) Sitecore CMS
9 3 (0.29%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 3 (0.29%) SAS
9 3 (0.29%) SugarCRM
Applications
1 19 (1.84%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (1.55%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (1.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (0.77%) Microsoft Project
4 8 (0.77%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.68%) Figma
6 5 (0.48%) InVision
7 4 (0.39%) Adobe XD
7 4 (0.39%) Marvel
7 4 (0.39%) Sketch
8 2 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.19%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.097%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 27 (2.61%) NetSuite
2 19 (1.84%) Oracle ERP
3 11 (1.06%) Dynamics CRM
4 10 (0.97%) Oracle Payables
5 7 (0.68%) Oracle Receivables
6 5 (0.48%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 4 (0.39%) Magento
7 4 (0.39%) Oracle Assets
7 4 (0.39%) Oracle FAH
7 4 (0.39%) Oracle General Ledger
7 4 (0.39%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 4 (0.39%) SAP Hybris
7 4 (0.39%) Unit4 Business World
8 3 (0.29%) Oracle Cash Management
8 3 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
9 2 (0.19%) iTrent
9 2 (0.19%) Oracle Applications
9 2 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
9 2 (0.19%) Oracle Financials
9 2 (0.19%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 423 (40.91%) Azure
2 361 (34.91%) PaaS
3 299 (28.92%) AWS
4 255 (24.66%) IaaS
5 92 (8.90%) Microsoft 365
6 68 (6.58%) Power Platform
7 66 (6.38%) Azure Active Directory
8 60 (5.80%) GCP
9 43 (4.16%) Cloud Computing
9 43 (4.16%) Serverless
10 34 (3.29%) AWS CloudFormation
11 33 (3.19%) GitHub
12 22 (2.13%) Boomi
13 20 (1.93%) AWS Lambda
14 19 (1.84%) iPaaS
15 18 (1.74%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 16 (1.55%) OneDrive
17 14 (1.35%) Amazon GuardDuty
17 14 (1.35%) OpenShift
18 13 (1.26%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 74 (7.16%) Firewall
2 40 (3.87%) DNS
3 39 (3.77%) VPN
4 38 (3.68%) WAN
5 34 (3.29%) Internet
6 30 (2.90%) Network Security
7 29 (2.80%) LAN
8 22 (2.13%) VoIP
9 19 (1.84%) DHCP
9 19 (1.84%) Wireless
10 17 (1.64%) SD-WAN
11 14 (1.35%) Wi-Fi
12 13 (1.26%) TCP/IP
13 11 (1.06%) HTTP
14 10 (0.97%) MPLS
15 9 (0.87%) Intrusion Detection
15 9 (0.87%) Skype
16 8 (0.77%) Kerberos
16 8 (0.77%) VLAN
17 5 (0.48%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (5.71%) SQL Server
2 50 (4.84%) Power BI
3 22 (2.13%) NoSQL
4 18 (1.74%) Big Data
4 18 (1.74%) PostgreSQL
5 17 (1.64%) Azure SQL Database
6 15 (1.45%) Data Lake
6 15 (1.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 14 (1.35%) Data Warehouse
7 14 (1.35%) MongoDB
7 14 (1.35%) Relational Database
8 13 (1.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 13 (1.26%) Tableau
9 12 (1.16%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 10 (0.97%) MySQL
11 8 (0.77%) Hadoop
11 8 (0.77%) Oracle Reports
11 8 (0.77%) SQL Server 2012
11 8 (0.77%) SQL Server 2016
12 7 (0.68%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 81 (7.83%) JIRA
2 78 (7.54%) Jenkins
3 59 (5.71%) Git (software)
4 21 (2.03%) Bitbucket
5 19 (1.84%) GitLab
6 12 (1.16%) TeamCity
7 11 (1.06%) JUnit
7 11 (1.06%) Maven
7 11 (1.06%) Postman
7 11 (1.06%) Visual Studio
8 10 (0.97%) Cucumber
8 10 (0.97%) IntelliJ
8 10 (0.97%) PyCharm
8 10 (0.97%) Visual Studio Code
9 9 (0.87%) Gradle
9 9 (0.87%) JMeter
9 9 (0.87%) Selenium
10 8 (0.77%) Gatling
10 8 (0.77%) LoadRunner
11 7 (0.68%) Bitbucket Server
General
1 214 (20.70%) Finance
2 61 (5.90%) Public Sector
3 60 (5.80%) Banking
4 49 (4.74%) Marketing
5 47 (4.55%) Telecoms
6 35 (3.38%) Law
7 33 (3.19%) Manufacturing
8 29 (2.80%) Legal
9 23 (2.22%) Retail
10 21 (2.03%) Electronics
11 19 (1.84%) Publishing
12 15 (1.45%) Billing
12 15 (1.45%) General Ledger
13 9 (0.87%) Front Office
13 9 (0.87%) German Language
14 8 (0.77%) Retail Banking
15 7 (0.68%) French Language
16 6 (0.58%) Spanish Language
17 5 (0.48%) Back Office
18 4 (0.39%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 269 (26.02%) Architect
2 173 (16.73%) Developer
3 119 (11.51%) Consultant
4 102 (9.86%) Solutions Architect
5 83 (8.03%) Analyst
6 63 (6.09%) Cloud Architect
7 57 (5.51%) Project Manager
8 46 (4.45%) Business Analyst
9 43 (4.16%) DevOps Engineer
9 43 (4.16%) Security Architect
10 39 (3.77%) Cloud Consultant
11 35 (3.38%) Azure Consultant
12 32 (3.09%) Azure Architect
13 30 (2.90%) Java Developer
14 29 (2.80%) Enterprise Architect
15 28 (2.71%) Azure Engineer
16 26 (2.51%) Infrastructure Architect
17 25 (2.42%) Cloud Engineer
18 24 (2.32%) Security Engineer
19 22 (2.13%) AWS Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (6.77%) .NET
2 67 (6.48%) REST
3 62 (6.00%) Node.js
4 60 (5.80%) HTML
5 55 (5.32%) Web Services
6 44 (4.26%) React
7 39 (3.77%) CSS
8 37 (3.58%) AngularJS
9 34 (3.29%) XML
10 33 (3.19%) JSON
11 32 (3.09%) .NET Core
12 30 (2.90%) Spring
13 26 (2.51%) RESTful
14 25 (2.42%) Spring Boot
15 23 (2.22%) Kafka
15 23 (2.22%) Middleware
16 22 (2.13%) Redux
17 20 (1.93%) Lambda Expressions
17 20 (1.93%) SOAP
18 18 (1.74%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 71 (6.87%) Analytical Skills
2 62 (6.00%) Public Cloud
3 60 (5.80%) Cloud Native
4 58 (5.61%) User Experience
5 44 (4.26%) Management Information System
6 34 (3.29%) Enterprise Software
7 26 (2.51%) Data Centre
8 24 (2.32%) Private Cloud
9 23 (2.22%) Hybrid Cloud
10 22 (2.13%) Self-Motivation
11 19 (1.84%) Clustering
12 18 (1.74%) Mobile App
13 14 (1.35%) Greenfield Project
14 13 (1.26%) Social Media
14 13 (1.26%) Virtual Team
15 10 (0.97%) PKI
16 9 (0.87%) Data Structures
17 8 (0.77%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
18 6 (0.58%) Internet of Things
18 6 (0.58%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 138 (13.35%) Windows
2 86 (8.32%) Linux
3 63 (6.09%) Windows Server
4 20 (1.93%) Android
4 20 (1.93%) Apple iOS
4 20 (1.93%) Unix
5 17 (1.64%) Windows Server 2012
6 16 (1.55%) Windows Server 2016
7 13 (1.26%) Windows 10
8 9 (0.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 9 (0.87%) Windows Mobile
8 9 (0.87%) Windows Server 2019
9 8 (0.77%) Solaris
10 7 (0.68%) CentOS
11 6 (0.58%) SUSE
11 6 (0.58%) Windows Server 2008
12 5 (0.48%) AIX
12 5 (0.48%) VMS
12 5 (0.48%) Windows 7
13 3 (0.29%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 318 (30.75%) Agile Software Development
2 221 (21.37%) DevOps
3 171 (16.54%) Migration
4 140 (13.54%) Microservices
5 87 (8.41%) ERP
6 81 (7.83%) Continuous Integration
6 81 (7.83%) TOGAF
7 75 (7.25%) Test Automation
8 68 (6.58%) Problem-Solving
8 68 (6.58%) Stakeholder Management
9 67 (6.48%) Cybersecurity
10 65 (6.29%) Business Intelligence
11 61 (5.90%) Scrum
12 60 (5.80%) Project Delivery
13 59 (5.71%) Project Management
14 53 (5.13%) CRM
14 53 (5.13%) Technical Architecture
15 52 (5.03%) Analytics
15 52 (5.03%) Enterprise Architecture
15 52 (5.03%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 164 (15.86%) SQL
2 113 (10.93%) Python
3 103 (9.96%) JavaScript
4 97 (9.38%) Java
5 77 (7.45%) PowerShell
6 50 (4.84%) C#
6 50 (4.84%) TypeScript
7 34 (3.29%) Bash Shell
8 27 (2.61%) Go
9 26 (2.51%) Ruby
10 13 (1.26%) Perl
10 13 (1.26%) T-SQL
11 11 (1.06%) C
12 10 (0.97%) PHP
13 9 (0.87%) Apex Code
14 8 (0.77%) VB
15 7 (0.68%) Java 8
15 7 (0.68%) Kotlin
16 6 (0.58%) Ada
17 5 (0.48%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 67 (6.48%) Security Cleared
2 44 (4.26%) Degree
3 43 (4.16%) SC Cleared
4 33 (3.19%) CISSP
5 27 (2.61%) CISM
6 20 (1.93%) AWS Certification
7 14 (1.35%) CRISC
8 13 (1.26%) CESG Certified Professional
9 12 (1.16%) PMP
10 11 (1.06%) Microsoft Certification
11 10 (0.97%) Computer Science Degree
12 9 (0.87%) TOGAF Certification
13 8 (0.77%) Cisco Certification
13 8 (0.77%) DV Cleared
13 8 (0.77%) PMI Certification
14 5 (0.48%) CCNP
14 5 (0.48%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 4 (0.39%) CCNA
16 3 (0.29%) ACCA
16 3 (0.29%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (4.35%) QA
2 37 (3.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 23 (2.22%) NIST
4 22 (2.13%) GDPR
5 16 (1.55%) NCSC
6 11 (1.06%) Cyber Essentials
7 10 (0.97%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 9 (0.87%) Data Quality
8 9 (0.87%) JSP 440
8 9 (0.87%) PCI DSS
9 7 (0.68%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 6 (0.58%) NIST 800
10 6 (0.58%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 5 (0.48%) COBIT
11 5 (0.48%) HIPAA
11 5 (0.48%) SLA
12 3 (0.29%) IFRS
12 3 (0.29%) PMO
13 2 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
13 2 (0.19%) IEC 62304
System Software
1 108 (10.44%) Active Directory
2 94 (9.09%) Docker
3 66 (6.38%) VMware Infrastructure
4 39 (3.77%) Hyper-V
5 20 (1.93%) Microsoft App-V
6 11 (1.06%) XenApp
7 8 (0.77%) VMware ESXi
8 5 (0.48%) Virtual Desktop
9 4 (0.39%) Kamailio
9 4 (0.39%) ProxySG
9 4 (0.39%) Snort
9 4 (0.39%) vSphere
10 3 (0.29%) HDFS
10 3 (0.29%) vCloud
10 3 (0.29%) VMware NSX
10 3 (0.29%) VMware Workstation
10 3 (0.29%) Xen
11 2 (0.19%) BitLocker
11 2 (0.19%) KVM
11 2 (0.19%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 109 (10.54%) Kubernetes
2 107 (10.35%) Terraform
3 64 (6.19%) Ansible
4 30 (2.90%) Single Sign-On
5 23 (2.22%) Microsoft Intune
6 21 (2.03%) Puppet
7 17 (1.64%) Opscode Chef
8 15 (1.45%) SCCM
9 12 (1.16%) Istio
10 10 (0.97%) Consul
11 8 (0.77%) CASB
11 8 (0.77%) Kibana
11 8 (0.77%) logstash
11 8 (0.77%) SCOM
12 7 (0.68%) vRealize
13 6 (0.58%) Network Intrusion Detection System
14 5 (0.48%) Grafana
14 5 (0.48%) SCSM
14 5 (0.48%) vCenter Server
15 4 (0.39%) Trend Micro Deep Security
Vendors
1 198 (19.15%) Microsoft
2 127 (12.28%) Oracle
3 82 (7.93%) Salesforce.com
4 77 (7.45%) VMware
5 71 (6.87%) SAP
6 50 (4.84%) Google
7 30 (2.90%) Cisco
7 30 (2.90%) Citrix
7 30 (2.90%) Dell
8 28 (2.71%) ServiceNow
9 26 (2.51%) Workday
10 22 (2.13%) Red Hat
11 17 (1.64%) Splunk
12 15 (1.45%) iManage
12 15 (1.45%) MuleSoft
13 13 (1.26%) IBM
13 13 (1.26%) Intapp
14 9 (0.87%) Blue Coat
14 9 (0.87%) Samsung
15 8 (0.77%) Palo Alto