Period
to 17 January 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 17 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.

Scrum
UK
6 months to
17 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 27 22 18
Rank change year-on-year -5 -4 0
Contract jobs citing Scrum 2,422 4,953 7,844
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 5.98% 6.80% 7.89%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.93% 7.94% 9.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,096 3,457 5,326
Median daily rate £499 £488 £485
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.31% +0.52% +2.11%
10th Percentile £350 £356 £360
90th Percentile £638 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £470 £458
% change year-on-year -4.26% +2.73% +4.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 32 54
Median hourly rate £47.50 £42.25 £48.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.43% -12.89% +4.86%
10th Percentile £24.00 £18.65 £27.16
90th Percentile £60.00 £51.48 £52.93
UK excluding London median hourly rate £52.50 £45.00 £47.50
% change year-on-year +16.67% -5.26% +2.70%

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 34,928 62,346 86,956
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.24% 85.58% 87.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 23,555 41,676 58,409
Median daily rate £475 £475 £475
10th Percentile £300 £281 £300
90th Percentile £650 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £433 £425
% change year-on-year -1.73% +1.76% +5.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,139 1,915 2,115
Median hourly rate £27.00 £21.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.57% -4.55% +2.33%
10th Percentile £11.87 £11.88 £11.25
90th Percentile £60.00 £53.00 £50.00
Median hourly rate £24.00 £19.75 £21.00
% change year-on-year +21.50% -5.94% -2.33%

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 17 January 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 17 January 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 17 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 -5 2,014 £500 +1.01% 983
London -5 1,090 £520 -0.95% 353
UK excluding London -2 979 £450 -4.26% 710
Work from Home +6 612 £480 +6.67% 143
South East 0 255 £475 - 168
North of England +3 254 £455 +1.00% 175
Midlands -10 145 £427 -10.11% 96
Yorkshire +11 127 £450 - 70
West Midlands -2 113 £427 -14.60% 63
Scotland -5 109 £425 -10.53% 51
South West -14 108 £475 - 106
North West -6 85 £452 -7.70% 88
East of England -4 84 £450 - 78
North East +3 42 £500 +16.28% 17
East Midlands -21 27 £370 -12.43% 33
Wales +6 25 £500 +11.11% 23

For the 6 months to 17 January 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 2,092 (86.37%) Agile Software Development
2 657 (27.13%) Java
3 654 (27.00%) DevOps
4 635 (26.22%) Kanban
5 607 (25.06%) JIRA
6 479 (19.78%) Finance
7 478 (19.74%) Git (software)
8 474 (19.57%) AWS
9 462 (19.08%) TDD
10 460 (18.99%) Azure
11 441 (18.21%) Test Automation
12 431 (17.80%) Jenkins
13 418 (17.26%) SQL
14 368 (15.19%) Microservices
15 365 (15.07%) Confluence
16 354 (14.62%) Python
17 352 (14.53%) Security Cleared
18 340 (14.04%) JavaScript
19 317 (13.09%) Docker
20 308 (12.72%) Problem-Solving
21 295 (12.18%) BDD
22 288 (11.89%) SC Cleared
23 284 (11.73%) Spring
24 281 (11.60%) Continuous Integration
25 270 (11.15%) User Stories
26 258 (10.65%) REST
27 257 (10.61%) Public Sector
28 252 (10.40%) Linux
29 237 (9.79%) Project Management
30 235 (9.70%) Kubernetes

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
1 365 (15.07%) Confluence
2 59 (2.44%) Apache Spark
2 59 (2.44%) Cloud Foundry
3 54 (2.23%) Apache
4 52 (2.15%) WebLogic
5 50 (2.06%) CMS
6 36 (1.49%) Mule
7 34 (1.40%) SharePoint
8 28 (1.16%) Elasticsearch
8 28 (1.16%) Red Hat Fuse
9 24 (0.99%) JBoss
10 18 (0.74%) Tomcat
11 13 (0.54%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 13 (0.54%) WebSphere
12 12 (0.50%) MQSeries
12 12 (0.50%) SAS
13 9 (0.37%) Jetty
13 9 (0.37%) OpenStack
14 8 (0.33%) Jupyter
14 8 (0.33%) Oracle Self-Service HR
Applications
1 42 (1.73%) Microsoft Excel
2 26 (1.07%) MS Visio
3 25 (1.03%) Microsoft Office
4 16 (0.66%) Sketch
5 13 (0.54%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 13 (0.54%) Microsoft Project
6 10 (0.41%) InVision
7 5 (0.21%) Marvel
7 5 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
8 4 (0.17%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.12%) Acrobat
9 3 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 3 (0.12%) OmniGraffle
10 2 (0.083%) Chatbot
10 2 (0.083%) Simulink
11 1 (0.041%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.041%) Figma
11 1 (0.041%) InfoPath
11 1 (0.041%) SPSS
11 1 (0.041%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 19 (0.78%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 18 (0.74%) Dynamics CRM
3 13 (0.54%) Magento
4 7 (0.29%) SAP S/4HANA
5 6 (0.25%) SAP Hybris
6 5 (0.21%) Aligne
6 5 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
6 5 (0.21%) HiPortfolio
6 5 (0.21%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 4 (0.17%) BusinessWorks
7 4 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
7 4 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
7 4 (0.17%) Payment Gateway
7 4 (0.17%) SAP CRM
8 3 (0.12%) Endur
8 3 (0.12%) Markit EDM
8 3 (0.12%) Oracle BPM
8 3 (0.12%) SAP CO
8 3 (0.12%) SAP FI
8 3 (0.12%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 474 (19.57%) AWS
2 460 (18.99%) Azure
3 162 (6.69%) GitHub
4 120 (4.95%) Slack
5 114 (4.71%) GCP
6 93 (3.84%) Serverless
7 75 (3.10%) AWS Lambda
8 74 (3.06%) PaaS
9 63 (2.60%) IaaS
9 63 (2.60%) Power Platform
10 52 (2.15%) AWS CloudFormation
11 47 (1.94%) SaaS
12 44 (1.82%) Amazon S3
13 40 (1.65%) Amazon EKS
14 34 (1.40%) Amazon EC2
14 34 (1.40%) Azure Functions
14 34 (1.40%) Office 365
15 31 (1.28%) Amazon ECS
15 31 (1.28%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 26 (1.07%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 31 (1.28%) HTTP
1 31 (1.28%) TCP/IP
2 29 (1.20%) Firewall
3 23 (0.95%) SSL
4 17 (0.70%) DNS
5 16 (0.66%) Internet
5 16 (0.66%) VPN
6 14 (0.58%) Multicast
6 14 (0.58%) WAN
7 11 (0.45%) FTP
7 11 (0.45%) Wi-Fi
8 10 (0.41%) AMQP
8 10 (0.41%) SSH
8 10 (0.41%) VSAN
9 9 (0.37%) Ethernet
9 9 (0.37%) LAN
9 9 (0.37%) Wireless
10 8 (0.33%) Cisco ASA
10 8 (0.33%) Cisco Nexus
10 8 (0.33%) UPnP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 162 (6.69%) SQL Server
2 93 (3.84%) MySQL
3 90 (3.72%) Big Data
3 90 (3.72%) Data Warehouse
4 87 (3.59%) Relational Database
5 76 (3.14%) PostgreSQL
6 75 (3.10%) NoSQL
7 73 (3.01%) Hadoop
8 71 (2.93%) MongoDB
9 70 (2.89%) Oracle Database
10 51 (2.11%) Power BI
11 50 (2.06%) Pentaho
12 46 (1.90%) Data Lake
13 31 (1.28%) Apache Hive
14 29 (1.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 27 (1.11%) Amazon DynamoDB
16 26 (1.07%) Azure SQL Database
16 26 (1.07%) Redis
17 25 (1.03%) Oracle Database 11g
18 23 (0.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 607 (25.06%) JIRA
2 478 (19.74%) Git (software)
3 431 (17.80%) Jenkins
4 188 (7.76%) Maven
5 123 (5.08%) Selenium
6 119 (4.91%) Sonatype Nexus
7 106 (4.38%) JUnit
8 103 (4.25%) GitLab
9 80 (3.30%) Cucumber
10 70 (2.89%) Mockito
11 60 (2.48%) Bitbucket
12 57 (2.35%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 53 (2.19%) Gradle
14 52 (2.15%) Xcode
15 51 (2.11%) Android Studio
16 47 (1.94%) JMeter
16 47 (1.94%) Postman
17 42 (1.73%) IntelliJ
17 42 (1.73%) Team Foundation Server
18 41 (1.69%) CocoaPods
General
1 479 (19.78%) Finance
2 257 (10.61%) Public Sector
3 222 (9.17%) Banking
4 79 (3.26%) Investment Banking
5 75 (3.10%) Marketing
6 73 (3.01%) Front Office
7 46 (1.90%) Retail
8 45 (1.86%) Telecoms
9 22 (0.91%) Automotive
9 22 (0.91%) Law
9 22 (0.91%) Legal
10 17 (0.70%) Electronics
10 17 (0.70%) Manufacturing
10 17 (0.70%) Pharmaceutical
11 16 (0.66%) Games
12 14 (0.58%) Retail Banking
13 10 (0.41%) Aerospace
13 10 (0.41%) German Language
14 9 (0.37%) Back Office
14 9 (0.37%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 821 (33.90%) Developer
2 233 (9.62%) Scrum Master
3 216 (8.92%) Java Developer
4 192 (7.93%) Analyst
5 154 (6.36%) Architect
6 138 (5.70%) Business Analyst
7 129 (5.33%) Project Manager
8 123 (5.08%) Senior Developer
9 106 (4.38%) DevOps Engineer
10 84 (3.47%) Full Stack Developer
11 79 (3.26%) Software Engineer
12 68 (2.81%) Delivery Manager
13 62 (2.56%) .NET Developer
14 59 (2.44%) Solutions Architect
15 56 (2.31%) Consultant
16 49 (2.02%) Data Engineer
16 49 (2.02%) Software Developer
17 48 (1.98%) React Developer
18 45 (1.86%) C# Developer
18 45 (1.86%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 284 (11.73%) Spring
2 258 (10.65%) REST
3 210 (8.67%) Node.js
4 207 (8.55%) HTML
5 204 (8.42%) Web Services
6 202 (8.34%) Spring Boot
7 199 (8.22%) .NET
8 198 (8.18%) React
9 164 (6.77%) AngularJS
10 163 (6.73%) CSS
11 161 (6.65%) JSON
12 146 (6.03%) RESTful
13 107 (4.42%) SOAP
14 97 (4.00%) XML
15 93 (3.84%) HTML5
16 84 (3.47%) Kafka
17 61 (2.52%) J2EE
18 59 (2.44%) jQuery
19 57 (2.35%) ASP.NET
19 57 (2.35%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 212 (8.75%) Analytical Skills
2 209 (8.63%) User Experience
3 114 (4.71%) Mobile App
4 85 (3.51%) Greenfield Project
5 67 (2.77%) Enterprise Software
6 52 (2.15%) Derivative
7 50 (2.06%) Public Cloud
8 44 (1.82%) Fixed Income
9 43 (1.78%) Cloud Native
9 43 (1.78%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 41 (1.69%) Data Structures
11 38 (1.57%) Self-Motivation
12 33 (1.36%) Virtual Team
13 31 (1.28%) Data Centre
13 31 (1.28%) Management Information System
14 27 (1.11%) Clustering
15 26 (1.07%) Linux Command Line
16 22 (0.91%) Hedge funds
16 22 (0.91%) Hybrid Cloud
17 19 (0.78%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 252 (10.40%) Linux
2 137 (5.66%) Unix
3 121 (5.00%) Windows
4 101 (4.17%) Android
5 89 (3.67%) Apple iOS
6 30 (1.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 29 (1.20%) Windows Server
8 27 (1.11%) Ubuntu
9 20 (0.83%) CentOS
10 12 (0.50%) Mac OS X
11 10 (0.41%) Embedded Linux
12 8 (0.33%) Debian
12 8 (0.33%) Windows 10
13 7 (0.29%) OpenWrt
14 6 (0.25%) Windows Server 2012
14 6 (0.25%) Windows Server 2016
15 4 (0.17%) Solaris
16 3 (0.12%) Data ONTAP
16 3 (0.12%) Fedora
16 3 (0.12%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,092 (86.37%) Agile Software Development
2 654 (27.00%) DevOps
3 635 (26.22%) Kanban
4 462 (19.08%) TDD
5 441 (18.21%) Test Automation
6 368 (15.19%) Microservices
7 308 (12.72%) Problem-Solving
8 295 (12.18%) BDD
9 281 (11.60%) Continuous Integration
10 270 (11.15%) User Stories
11 237 (9.79%) Project Management
12 228 (9.41%) Software Engineering
13 225 (9.29%) Scaled Agile Framework
14 184 (7.60%) Data Modelling
15 176 (7.27%) Analytics
15 176 (7.27%) SDLC
16 173 (7.14%) Project Delivery
16 173 (7.14%) Stakeholder Management
17 169 (6.98%) Coaching
18 164 (6.77%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 657 (27.13%) Java
2 418 (17.26%) SQL
3 354 (14.62%) Python
4 340 (14.04%) JavaScript
5 197 (8.13%) Java 8
6 192 (7.93%) C#
7 111 (4.58%) Scala
8 96 (3.96%) Kotlin
9 89 (3.67%) Bash Shell
10 84 (3.47%) Shell Script
11 78 (3.22%) C
11 78 (3.22%) PL/SQL
12 76 (3.14%) TypeScript
13 75 (3.10%) C++
14 63 (2.60%) Apple Swift
14 63 (2.60%) PowerShell
15 51 (2.11%) Perl
16 45 (1.86%) T-SQL
17 36 (1.49%) Ruby
18 33 (1.36%) R
Qualifications
1 352 (14.53%) Security Cleared
2 288 (11.89%) SC Cleared
3 149 (6.15%) Degree
4 50 (2.06%) DV Cleared
5 40 (1.65%) ISEB
6 39 (1.61%) ISTQB
7 36 (1.49%) Computer Science Degree
8 30 (1.24%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 25 (1.03%) Numerate Degree
10 24 (0.99%) Master's Degree
11 19 (0.78%) AWS Certification
12 18 (0.74%) PMP
13 15 (0.62%) BPSS Clearance
14 12 (0.50%) PMI Certification
15 11 (0.45%) APMP
16 9 (0.37%) Microsoft Certification
17 8 (0.33%) CTC Cleared
17 8 (0.33%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
18 7 (0.29%) CISSP
18 7 (0.29%) OCPJP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 180 (7.43%) QA
2 26 (1.07%) PMO
3 25 (1.03%) SLA
4 19 (0.78%) Data Quality
5 16 (0.66%) GDPR
6 11 (0.45%) NIST
7 9 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
8 5 (0.21%) JTAG
9 4 (0.17%) HIPAA
9 4 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 4 (0.17%) MiFID
9 4 (0.17%) NCSC
9 4 (0.17%) PCI DSS
10 3 (0.12%) COBIT
10 3 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials
10 3 (0.12%) GxP
10 3 (0.12%) RMADS
10 3 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 2 (0.083%) PSD2
11 2 (0.083%) WCAG
System Software
1 317 (13.09%) Docker
2 64 (2.64%) Active Directory
3 33 (1.36%) VMware Infrastructure
4 21 (0.87%) HDFS
5 15 (0.62%) Virtual Machines
5 15 (0.62%) VMware ESXi
5 15 (0.62%) VMware NSX
6 9 (0.37%) Microsoft App-V
7 7 (0.29%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 7 (0.29%) NDS
7 7 (0.29%) NetIQ eDirectory
8 5 (0.21%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
8 5 (0.21%) Hyper-V
8 5 (0.21%) Postfix
8 5 (0.21%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
9 3 (0.12%) Time Sharing Option
10 2 (0.083%) Oracle RAC
10 2 (0.083%) vSphere
11 1 (0.041%) DFS Replication
11 1 (0.041%) Xen
Systems Management
1 235 (9.70%) Kubernetes
2 139 (5.74%) Terraform
3 122 (5.04%) Ansible
4 51 (2.11%) Puppet
5 43 (1.78%) Opscode Chef
6 30 (1.24%) Prometheus
7 29 (1.20%) Grafana
8 19 (0.78%) Kibana
9 15 (0.62%) vCenter Server
10 14 (0.58%) Oozie
11 9 (0.37%) Hadoop YARN
11 9 (0.37%) SCCM
11 9 (0.37%) Single Sign-On
11 9 (0.37%) vRealize Orchestrator
12 8 (0.33%) Salt
12 8 (0.33%) Tivoli
13 7 (0.29%) HP Quality Center
13 7 (0.29%) vRealize
14 6 (0.25%) NetIQ Identity Manager
14 6 (0.25%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 234 (9.66%) Microsoft
2 203 (8.38%) Oracle
3 107 (4.42%) Splunk
4 80 (3.30%) AppDynamics
5 78 (3.22%) Salesforce.com
6 77 (3.18%) Google
7 65 (2.68%) Atlassian
8 63 (2.60%) MuleSoft
9 57 (2.35%) SAP
10 47 (1.94%) Pega
11 43 (1.78%) VMware
12 40 (1.65%) Databricks
13 31 (1.28%) Red Hat
14 30 (1.24%) IBM
15 27 (1.11%) webMethods
16 26 (1.07%) Adobe
17 25 (1.03%) BEA
17 25 (1.03%) Sparx
18 22 (0.91%) Cisco
18 22 (0.91%) ServiceNow