Period
to 14 April 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Scrum skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Scrum over the 6 months to 14 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.

Scrum
UK
6 months to
14 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 24 23 19
Rank change year-on-year -1 -4 -1
Contract jobs citing Scrum 3,424 3,934 7,541
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 6.49% 6.61% 7.82%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.48% 7.76% 8.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,314 2,737 5,116
10th Percentile £350 £360 £358
25th Percentile £413 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £480
Median % change year-on-year - +4.17% +1.05%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £575
90th Percentile £638 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £470 £463
% change year-on-year -1.60% +1.62% +3.93%
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 34 42
10th Percentile £25.60 £26.44 £35.25
25th Percentile £41.25 £37.16 £41.56
Median hourly rate £55.00 £46.25 £49.00
Median % change year-on-year +18.92% -5.61% -2.49%
75th Percentile £60.00 £51.44 £56.50
90th Percentile £63.00 £57.10 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £53.75 £47.50 £45.75
% change year-on-year +13.16% +3.83% -3.68%

Scrum is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 45,765 50,722 84,415
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.79% 85.24% 87.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 31,346 33,752 56,994
10th Percentile £306 £281 £300
25th Percentile £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £480 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +1.05% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £575
90th Percentile £673 £653 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £445 £430
% change year-on-year -2.81% +3.49% +2.99%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,434 1,616 1,986
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.28 £11.62
25th Percentile £16.00 £15.75 £14.50
Median hourly rate £26.43 £21.50 £22.70
Median % change year-on-year +22.93% -5.29% +8.10%
75th Percentile £47.50 £45.41 £43.75
90th Percentile £59.63 £55.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.00 £20.03 £22.40
% change year-on-year +14.86% -10.60% +12.00%

Scrum
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Scrum as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Scrum in the UK

Scrum
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Scrum.

Daily rate trend for Scrum in the UK

Scrum
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Scrum over the 6 months to 14 April 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Scrum in the UK

Scrum
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Scrum.

Hourly rate trend for Scrum in the UK

Scrum
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Scrum over the 6 months to 14 April 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Scrum in the UK

Scrum
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 Scrum within the UK over the 6 months to 14 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 -3 2,681 £500 - 1,165
London -3 1,480 £525 - 428
UK excluding London +1 1,287 £463 -1.60% 865
Work from Home +8 1,042 £495 +4.21% 228
South East +2 356 £486 +2.34% 183
North of England +11 249 £475 +5.56% 207
Scotland +10 217 £445 -5.32% 80
Midlands 0 203 £410 -8.89% 138
West Midlands +4 167 £410 -13.68% 86
South West -11 143 £500 +5.26% 128
North West +9 126 £465 -7.00% 105
Yorkshire +17 99 £475 +8.26% 81
East of England -5 89 £475 +5.56% 72
Wales +14 32 £450 -5.26% 43
East Midlands -15 29 £398 -3.34% 50
North East -3 24 £495 +15.12% 21

For the 6 months to 14 April 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Scrum 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 Scrum.

1 2,949 (86.13%) Agile Software Development
2 937 (27.37%) DevOps
3 858 (25.06%) Kanban
4 805 (23.51%) JIRA
5 791 (23.10%) Java
6 685 (20.01%) Azure
7 635 (18.55%) Finance
8 633 (18.49%) SQL
9 630 (18.40%) TDD
10 581 (16.97%) Git (software)
11 561 (16.38%) AWS
12 540 (15.77%) Jenkins
13 512 (14.95%) Test Automation
14 497 (14.52%) JavaScript
15 465 (13.58%) Python
16 463 (13.52%) Microservices
17 428 (12.50%) Software Engineering
18 424 (12.38%) Confluence
18 424 (12.38%) Problem-Solving
19 419 (12.24%) Security Cleared
20 417 (12.18%) Continuous Integration
21 397 (11.59%) User Stories
22 394 (11.51%) BDD
23 377 (11.01%) Docker
24 353 (10.31%) Microsoft
25 343 (10.02%) SC Cleared
26 340 (9.93%) Banking
27 337 (9.84%) Linux
28 336 (9.81%) Public Sector
29 327 (9.55%) Oracle

Scrum
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
1 424 (12.38%) Confluence
2 106 (3.10%) Apache
3 93 (2.72%) Apache Spark
4 70 (2.04%) WebLogic
5 56 (1.64%) SharePoint
6 50 (1.46%) CMS
7 42 (1.23%) Elasticsearch
8 38 (1.11%) Cloud Foundry
9 37 (1.08%) Tomcat
10 31 (0.91%) WebSphere
11 30 (0.88%) SAS
12 27 (0.79%) Red Hat Fuse
13 26 (0.76%) JBoss
14 18 (0.53%) Jetty
15 16 (0.47%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 15 (0.44%) Oracle Coherence
17 11 (0.32%) Apache Airflow
17 11 (0.32%) Mule
18 10 (0.29%) EPiServer
18 10 (0.29%) IIS
Applications
1 46 (1.34%) Microsoft Excel
2 44 (1.29%) Microsoft Office
3 39 (1.14%) MS Visio
4 25 (0.73%) Sketch
5 21 (0.61%) Microsoft Project
6 18 (0.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 12 (0.35%) InVision
8 11 (0.32%) Photoshop
9 7 (0.20%) Chatbot
9 7 (0.20%) Figma
10 4 (0.12%) Marvel
10 4 (0.12%) OmniGraffle
11 3 (0.088%) Zeplin
12 2 (0.058%) Acrobat
12 2 (0.058%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 2 (0.058%) Spreadsheet
12 2 (0.058%) UserZoom
12 2 (0.058%) UXPin
13 1 (0.029%) Simulink
13 1 (0.029%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 35 (1.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 18 (0.53%) SAP S/4HANA
3 15 (0.44%) Oracle EBS
4 14 (0.41%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 12 (0.35%) Magento
6 10 (0.29%) Oracle Applications
7 8 (0.23%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 7 (0.20%) SAP Hybris
9 5 (0.15%) Aligne
9 5 (0.15%) Shopify
10 4 (0.12%) BusinessWorks
10 4 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
10 4 (0.12%) Oracle BPM
11 3 (0.088%) ION MarketView
11 3 (0.088%) NetSuite
11 3 (0.088%) SAP CO
11 3 (0.088%) SAP CRM
11 3 (0.088%) SAP ERP
11 3 (0.088%) SAP FI
11 3 (0.088%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 685 (20.01%) Azure
2 561 (16.38%) AWS
3 174 (5.08%) Serverless
4 168 (4.91%) GitHub
5 132 (3.86%) GCP
6 123 (3.59%) Power Platform
7 102 (2.98%) AWS Lambda
8 99 (2.89%) PaaS
9 85 (2.48%) AWS CloudFormation
10 67 (1.96%) Slack
11 63 (1.84%) Amazon S3
11 63 (1.84%) Azure Data Factory
12 61 (1.78%) IaaS
12 61 (1.78%) SaaS
13 55 (1.61%) Azure Functions
14 46 (1.34%) Microsoft 365
15 45 (1.31%) OpenShift
16 40 (1.17%) Amazon EKS
17 35 (1.02%) Amazon ECS
17 35 (1.02%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 48 (1.40%) HTTP
2 47 (1.37%) TCP/IP
3 40 (1.17%) Firewall
4 27 (0.79%) SSL
5 21 (0.61%) DNS
6 20 (0.58%) Internet
6 20 (0.58%) WAN
7 18 (0.53%) VPN
8 15 (0.44%) LAN
8 15 (0.44%) Wi-Fi
9 13 (0.38%) MPLS
9 13 (0.38%) Multicast
10 12 (0.35%) Broadband
10 12 (0.35%) FTP
10 12 (0.35%) Network Security
11 11 (0.32%) Ethernet
12 10 (0.29%) BGP
12 10 (0.29%) DECT
12 10 (0.29%) DHCP
12 10 (0.29%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 229 (6.69%) SQL Server
2 130 (3.80%) Hadoop
2 130 (3.80%) NoSQL
3 127 (3.71%) Data Warehouse
4 116 (3.39%) Big Data
5 112 (3.27%) PostgreSQL
6 103 (3.01%) Power BI
7 96 (2.80%) MongoDB
7 96 (2.80%) Relational Database
8 83 (2.42%) MySQL
9 75 (2.19%) Oracle Database
10 74 (2.16%) Data Lake
11 57 (1.66%) Azure SQL Database
12 54 (1.58%) Apache Hive
13 48 (1.40%) Redis
14 43 (1.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 41 (1.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 40 (1.17%) HBase
17 39 (1.14%) Cosmos DB
18 34 (0.99%) Amazon DynamoDB
Development Applications
1 805 (23.51%) JIRA
2 581 (16.97%) Git (software)
3 540 (15.77%) Jenkins
4 197 (5.75%) Maven
5 136 (3.97%) GitLab
6 134 (3.91%) Selenium
7 115 (3.36%) Cucumber
8 90 (2.63%) Sonatype Nexus
9 86 (2.51%) Bitbucket
9 86 (2.51%) JUnit
10 60 (1.75%) TeamCity
10 60 (1.75%) Visual Studio
11 59 (1.72%) Mockito
12 58 (1.69%) Gradle
13 51 (1.49%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 49 (1.43%) CA Gen
15 48 (1.40%) Artifactory
16 42 (1.23%) Subversion
17 39 (1.14%) JMeter
17 39 (1.14%) Postman
General
1 635 (18.55%) Finance
2 340 (9.93%) Banking
3 336 (9.81%) Public Sector
4 121 (3.53%) Investment Banking
5 112 (3.27%) Retail
6 100 (2.92%) Front Office
7 98 (2.86%) Marketing
8 81 (2.37%) Telecoms
9 25 (0.73%) Games
9 25 (0.73%) Law
10 24 (0.70%) Back Office
10 24 (0.70%) Pharmaceutical
11 23 (0.67%) Legal
11 23 (0.67%) Manufacturing
12 22 (0.64%) Publishing
12 22 (0.64%) Retail Banking
13 20 (0.58%) Automotive
14 16 (0.47%) Electronics
15 15 (0.44%) Financial Institution
16 14 (0.41%) French Language
Job Titles
1 1,057 (30.87%) Developer
2 360 (10.51%) Scrum Master
3 288 (8.41%) Analyst
4 281 (8.21%) Java Developer
5 204 (5.96%) Architect
6 199 (5.81%) Business Analyst
7 195 (5.70%) Project Manager
7 195 (5.70%) Senior Developer
8 135 (3.94%) Delivery Manager
9 131 (3.83%) Software Engineer
10 129 (3.77%) DevOps Engineer
11 121 (3.53%) Consultant
12 109 (3.18%) Full Stack Developer
13 95 (2.77%) .NET Developer
14 89 (2.60%) Data Engineer
15 75 (2.19%) React Developer
16 74 (2.16%) Agile Coach
16 74 (2.16%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
17 72 (2.10%) Solutions Architect
18 70 (2.04%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 314 (9.17%) Spring
2 294 (8.59%) REST
3 270 (7.89%) .NET
4 248 (7.24%) Node.js
5 246 (7.18%) HTML
6 244 (7.13%) Web Services
7 242 (7.07%) React
8 236 (6.89%) RESTful
9 216 (6.31%) CSS
10 192 (5.61%) Spring Boot
11 183 (5.34%) AngularJS
12 132 (3.86%) JSON
13 117 (3.42%) HTML5
14 103 (3.01%) SOAP
15 102 (2.98%) Hibernate
15 102 (2.98%) jQuery
16 101 (2.95%) Kafka
17 97 (2.83%) XML
18 91 (2.66%) J2EE
19 71 (2.07%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 296 (8.64%) User Experience
2 285 (8.32%) Analytical Skills
3 111 (3.24%) Mobile App
4 99 (2.89%) Greenfield Project
5 97 (2.83%) Enterprise Software
6 82 (2.39%) Cloud Native
7 73 (2.13%) Data Structures
8 68 (1.99%) Self-Motivation
9 54 (1.58%) Virtual Team
10 53 (1.55%) Public Cloud
11 45 (1.31%) Management Information System
12 41 (1.20%) Linux Command Line
13 37 (1.08%) Algorithms
13 37 (1.08%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 35 (1.02%) Data Centre
15 34 (0.99%) Clustering
16 33 (0.96%) Hybrid Cloud
17 30 (0.88%) Derivative
18 25 (0.73%) Wiki
19 21 (0.61%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 337 (9.84%) Linux
2 184 (5.37%) Unix
3 160 (4.67%) Windows
4 76 (2.22%) Android
5 60 (1.75%) Apple iOS
6 42 (1.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 41 (1.20%) Windows Server
8 23 (0.67%) Ubuntu
8 23 (0.67%) Windows 10
9 16 (0.47%) OpenWrt
10 12 (0.35%) CentOS
11 8 (0.23%) Embedded Linux
12 6 (0.18%) Debian
12 6 (0.18%) Mac OS X
12 6 (0.18%) Windows Server 2016
13 5 (0.15%) AIX
13 5 (0.15%) Mac OS
13 5 (0.15%) Windows Server 2012
14 4 (0.12%) Data ONTAP
15 3 (0.088%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,949 (86.13%) Agile Software Development
2 937 (27.37%) DevOps
3 858 (25.06%) Kanban
4 630 (18.40%) TDD
5 512 (14.95%) Test Automation
6 463 (13.52%) Microservices
7 428 (12.50%) Software Engineering
8 424 (12.38%) Problem-Solving
9 417 (12.18%) Continuous Integration
10 397 (11.59%) User Stories
11 394 (11.51%) BDD
12 305 (8.91%) Project Management
13 303 (8.85%) Stakeholder Management
14 301 (8.79%) Coaching
15 291 (8.50%) Scaled Agile Framework
16 284 (8.29%) SDLC
17 266 (7.77%) Analytics
18 257 (7.51%) Mentoring
19 218 (6.37%) Waterfall
20 215 (6.28%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 791 (23.10%) Java
2 633 (18.49%) SQL
3 497 (14.52%) JavaScript
4 465 (13.58%) Python
5 281 (8.21%) C#
6 167 (4.88%) Java 8
7 153 (4.47%) Scala
8 147 (4.29%) Shell Script
9 143 (4.18%) TypeScript
10 118 (3.45%) PowerShell
11 101 (2.95%) PL/SQL
12 98 (2.86%) Bash Shell
12 98 (2.86%) C
13 86 (2.51%) C++
14 64 (1.87%) Perl
15 63 (1.84%) Kotlin
16 62 (1.81%) T-SQL
17 54 (1.58%) Ruby
18 46 (1.34%) Groovy
19 44 (1.29%) Go
Qualifications
1 419 (12.24%) Security Cleared
2 343 (10.02%) SC Cleared
3 242 (7.07%) Degree
4 62 (1.81%) Computer Science Degree
4 62 (1.81%) DV Cleared
5 47 (1.37%) BPSS Clearance
6 42 (1.23%) ISEB
7 32 (0.93%) ISTQB
8 28 (0.82%) PMI Certification
8 28 (0.82%) PMP
9 26 (0.76%) AWS Certification
9 26 (0.76%) Numerate Degree
10 18 (0.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 17 (0.50%) Master's Degree
12 12 (0.35%) Cisco Certification
13 11 (0.32%) SAFe Agilist
14 10 (0.29%) CCNP
15 9 (0.26%) OCPJP
15 9 (0.26%) Sun Certification
16 8 (0.23%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 251 (7.33%) QA
2 30 (0.88%) SLA
3 27 (0.79%) PMO
4 20 (0.58%) Data Quality
5 16 (0.47%) GDPR
6 15 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
7 11 (0.32%) WCAG
8 10 (0.29%) JTAG
9 9 (0.26%) MiFID
10 8 (0.23%) NIST
11 4 (0.12%) GRC
11 4 (0.12%) ISO 20022
12 3 (0.088%) Cyber Essentials
12 3 (0.088%) ISO/IEC 27001
12 3 (0.088%) NCSC
12 3 (0.088%) PCI DSS
12 3 (0.088%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 2 (0.058%) GxP
13 2 (0.058%) IFRS
13 2 (0.058%) PSD2
System Software
1 377 (11.01%) Docker
2 64 (1.87%) Active Directory
3 46 (1.34%) HDFS
4 40 (1.17%) VMware Infrastructure
5 14 (0.41%) Microsoft App-V
5 14 (0.41%) Platform Symphony
5 14 (0.41%) Virtual Machines
6 12 (0.35%) Hyper-V
7 11 (0.32%) GridGain
7 11 (0.32%) VMware NSX
8 9 (0.26%) VMware ESXi
9 7 (0.20%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 6 (0.18%) vSphere
11 5 (0.15%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
12 3 (0.088%) Time Sharing Option
12 3 (0.088%) Virtual Desktop
13 2 (0.058%) Firmware
13 2 (0.058%) NDS
13 2 (0.058%) NetIQ eDirectory
13 2 (0.058%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 314 (9.17%) Kubernetes
2 179 (5.23%) Terraform
3 160 (4.67%) Ansible
4 62 (1.81%) Grafana
5 50 (1.46%) Puppet
6 47 (1.37%) Opscode Chef
7 45 (1.31%) Prometheus
8 27 (0.79%) Oozie
9 24 (0.70%) Kibana
10 13 (0.38%) HP ALM
10 13 (0.38%) Packer
11 12 (0.35%) Hadoop YARN
11 12 (0.35%) Oracle RMAN
11 12 (0.35%) Rancher
11 12 (0.35%) Single Sign-On
12 11 (0.32%) SCCM
13 10 (0.29%) HP Quality Center
14 9 (0.26%) Salt
14 9 (0.26%) vCenter Server
15 8 (0.23%) HP NNM
Vendors
1 353 (10.31%) Microsoft
2 327 (9.55%) Oracle
3 123 (3.59%) Salesforce.com
4 117 (3.42%) Atlassian
5 101 (2.95%) Google
6 89 (2.60%) SAP
6 89 (2.60%) Splunk
7 78 (2.28%) Databricks
8 66 (1.93%) Pega
9 53 (1.55%) VMware
10 46 (1.34%) MuleSoft
11 44 (1.29%) Adobe
12 42 (1.23%) webMethods
13 38 (1.11%) BEA
13 38 (1.11%) Cisco
13 38 (1.11%) HP
14 34 (0.99%) IBM
15 32 (0.93%) AppDynamics
16 31 (0.91%) ServiceNow
17 29 (0.85%) Red Hat