Period
to 5 December 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 5 December 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
5 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 21 25 23
Rank change year-on-year +4 -2 -4
Contract jobs citing Scrum 6,477 2,360 5,699
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 7.33% 6.31% 6.96%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 8.24% 7.28% 8.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,374 1,633 3,860
10th Percentile £400 £341 £363
25th Percentile £450 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £490
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +2.04% +3.16%
75th Percentile £613 £575 £575
90th Percentile £700 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £453 £463
% change year-on-year +10.46% -2.13% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 23 37
10th Percentile £19.43 £25.58 £23.30
25th Percentile £46.24 £40.63 £36.70
Median hourly rate £62.00 £51.00 £44.00
Median % change year-on-year +21.57% +15.91% -11.11%
75th Percentile £67.80 £55.63 £51.25
90th Percentile £78.98 £59.50 £52.82
UK excluding London median hourly rate £62.00 £51.25 £45.00
% change year-on-year +20.98% +13.89% -7.22%

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 78,602 32,413 70,953
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 88.98% 86.66% 86.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 55,141 21,990 47,509
10th Percentile £325 £300 £288
25th Percentile £413 £375 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% - +2.70%
75th Percentile £624 £575 £575
90th Percentile £700 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £432 £433
% change year-on-year +7.06% -0.19% +1.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,711 1,046 2,157
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.75 £11.78
25th Percentile £15.00 £15.78 £14.94
Median hourly rate £24.82 £27.21 £22.00
Median % change year-on-year -8.78% +23.67% +8.72%
75th Percentile £49.50 £47.22 £45.00
90th Percentile £64.00 £58.75 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £24.33 £20.95
% change year-on-year -17.78% +16.12% +4.74%

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 5 December 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 5 December 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Scrum in the UK

Scrum
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 Scrum within the UK over the 6 months to 5 December 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 +4 5,114 £537 +7.34% 1,516
London +7 2,831 £550 +4.76% 627
UK excluding London +1 2,399 £500 +10.46% 989
Work from Home +12 1,904 £525 +10.53% 295
South East +9 652 £538 +13.16% 211
North of England -11 425 £500 +4.17% 273
Scotland +18 419 £470 +6.82% 72
Midlands +9 409 £500 +19.05% 185
West Midlands +9 312 £513 +24.62% 128
South West +6 268 £500 +8.11% 135
Yorkshire -10 198 £489 +8.61% 79
North West -1 190 £475 -2.06% 151
East of England 0 177 £520 +16.20% 78
East Midlands +18 91 £475 +18.75% 55
Wales +6 51 £475 +4.11% 31
North East -11 38 £564 +12.75% 43
Northern Ireland - 11 £450 - 4

For the 6 months to 5 December 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 5,604 (86.52%) Agile Software Development
2 1,729 (26.69%) Social Skills
3 1,576 (24.33%) DevOps
4 1,394 (21.52%) JIRA
5 1,369 (21.14%) Azure
6 1,330 (20.53%) Finance
7 1,301 (20.09%) Kanban
8 1,272 (19.64%) Java
9 1,120 (17.29%) SQL
10 972 (15.01%) TDD
11 969 (14.96%) AWS
12 888 (13.71%) JavaScript
13 882 (13.62%) Git (software)
14 847 (13.08%) Microservices
15 826 (12.75%) Test Automation
16 820 (12.66%) User Stories
17 781 (12.06%) Confluence
17 781 (12.06%) Software Engineering
18 740 (11.43%) Problem-Solving
19 735 (11.35%) Jenkins
20 731 (11.29%) C#
21 707 (10.92%) Microsoft
22 677 (10.45%) Continuous Integration
23 662 (10.22%) Python
24 661 (10.21%) Security Cleared
25 643 (9.93%) .NET
26 624 (9.63%) Scaled Agile Framework
27 608 (9.39%) Stakeholder Management
28 607 (9.37%) Coaching
29 595 (9.19%) Project Management

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
1 781 (12.06%) Confluence
2 141 (2.18%) Apache Spark
3 133 (2.05%) SharePoint
4 115 (1.78%) CMS
5 65 (1.00%) Apache
6 63 (0.97%) SAS
7 61 (0.94%) Tomcat
8 56 (0.86%) Elasticsearch
9 47 (0.73%) IIS
10 42 (0.65%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 41 (0.63%) WebLogic
12 32 (0.49%) WebSphere
13 30 (0.46%) JBoss
13 30 (0.46%) Jupyter
14 26 (0.40%) Cloud Foundry
15 17 (0.26%) Appian
15 17 (0.26%) OpenStack
16 15 (0.23%) DataSynapse
16 15 (0.23%) nginx
17 14 (0.22%) Jetty
Applications
1 169 (2.61%) Microsoft Excel
2 71 (1.10%) Microsoft Office
3 47 (0.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 47 (0.73%) MS Visio
4 46 (0.71%) Microsoft Project
5 33 (0.51%) Sketch
6 23 (0.36%) Figma
7 17 (0.26%) Photoshop
8 12 (0.19%) InVision
8 12 (0.19%) Zeplin
9 9 (0.14%) UXPin
10 7 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 5 (0.077%) Adobe XD
12 4 (0.062%) Adobe Illustrator
12 4 (0.062%) Mingle
13 3 (0.046%) Chatbot
13 3 (0.046%) Simulink
13 3 (0.046%) Spreadsheet
13 3 (0.046%) Stata
14 2 (0.031%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 65 (1.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (0.31%) SAP Hybris
3 18 (0.28%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 12 (0.19%) Magento
4 12 (0.19%) SAP S/4HANA
4 12 (0.19%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 11 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
6 9 (0.14%) NetSuite
7 6 (0.093%) Markit EDM
7 6 (0.093%) Oracle Financials
7 6 (0.093%) Payment Gateway
7 6 (0.093%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 5 (0.077%) Oracle BPM
8 5 (0.077%) Social Studio
9 4 (0.062%) Primavera
9 4 (0.062%) SAP CRM
9 4 (0.062%) SAP ERP
9 4 (0.062%) Workday HCM
10 3 (0.046%) IBM Planning Analytics
10 3 (0.046%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 1,369 (21.14%) Azure
2 969 (14.96%) AWS
3 319 (4.93%) GitHub
4 314 (4.85%) Power Platform
5 220 (3.40%) Serverless
6 204 (3.15%) GCP
7 173 (2.67%) SaaS
8 155 (2.39%) PaaS
9 128 (1.98%) AWS Lambda
10 122 (1.88%) Azure Data Factory
11 105 (1.62%) Microsoft 365
12 103 (1.59%) Amazon S3
13 96 (1.48%) AWS CloudFormation
14 84 (1.30%) IaaS
15 80 (1.24%) Azure Cosmos DB
16 72 (1.11%) Azure Active Directory
17 70 (1.08%) PowerApps
18 68 (1.05%) OpenShift
19 63 (0.97%) Azure Synapse Analytics
20 60 (0.93%) Azure Service Bus
Communications & Networking
1 79 (1.22%) Firewall
2 68 (1.05%) HTTP
3 54 (0.83%) TCP/IP
4 45 (0.69%) SSL
5 43 (0.66%) DNS
6 38 (0.59%) Internet
7 27 (0.42%) RTMP
8 25 (0.39%) MQTT
9 24 (0.37%) IPv4
10 22 (0.34%) IPv6
10 22 (0.34%) VPN
11 21 (0.32%) LAN
12 19 (0.29%) Multicast
13 17 (0.26%) WAN
14 15 (0.23%) SSH
15 14 (0.22%) Ethernet
15 14 (0.22%) Wi-Fi
16 12 (0.19%) DHCP
17 11 (0.17%) FTP
17 11 (0.17%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 469 (7.24%) SQL Server
2 257 (3.97%) Power BI
3 255 (3.94%) Big Data
4 248 (3.83%) Data Warehouse
5 238 (3.67%) Relational Database
6 234 (3.61%) NoSQL
7 216 (3.33%) MySQL
8 185 (2.86%) PostgreSQL
9 182 (2.81%) Data Lake
10 176 (2.72%) MongoDB
11 134 (2.07%) Tableau
12 133 (2.05%) Hadoop
13 118 (1.82%) Oracle Database
14 97 (1.50%) Azure SQL Database
15 85 (1.31%) Apache Hive
16 84 (1.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 70 (1.08%) Redis
18 67 (1.03%) RDBMS
19 64 (0.99%) Amazon DynamoDB
20 57 (0.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1,394 (21.52%) JIRA
2 882 (13.62%) Git (software)
3 735 (11.35%) Jenkins
4 262 (4.05%) Selenium
5 242 (3.74%) Maven
6 194 (3.00%) Cucumber
6 194 (3.00%) GitLab
7 174 (2.69%) JUnit
8 134 (2.07%) Bitbucket
9 133 (2.05%) Visual Studio
10 126 (1.95%) TeamCity
11 109 (1.68%) Team Foundation Server
12 99 (1.53%) Gradle
13 92 (1.42%) SpecFlow
14 88 (1.36%) Mockito
14 88 (1.36%) Postman
15 84 (1.30%) SonarQube
16 83 (1.28%) Subversion
17 75 (1.16%) Sonatype Nexus
18 57 (0.88%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 1,729 (26.69%) Social Skills
2 1,330 (20.53%) Finance
3 584 (9.02%) Public Sector
4 569 (8.78%) Banking
5 535 (8.26%) Analytical Skills
6 243 (3.75%) Presentation Skills
7 230 (3.55%) Marketing
8 228 (3.52%) Retail
9 187 (2.89%) Investment Banking
10 156 (2.41%) Influencing Skills
11 142 (2.19%) Telecoms
12 126 (1.95%) Front Office
13 107 (1.65%) Legal
14 97 (1.50%) Games
15 67 (1.03%) Manufacturing
16 64 (0.99%) Publishing
17 62 (0.96%) Financial Institution
18 61 (0.94%) Law
19 60 (0.93%) Documentation Skills
20 54 (0.83%) Organisational Skills
Job Titles
1 1,774 (27.39%) Developer
2 723 (11.16%) Scrum Master
3 667 (10.30%) Analyst
4 481 (7.43%) Project Manager
5 457 (7.06%) Business Analyst
6 432 (6.67%) Java Developer
7 420 (6.48%) Architect
8 270 (4.17%) Senior Developer
9 247 (3.81%) Delivery Manager
10 204 (3.15%) .NET Developer
11 202 (3.12%) DevOps Engineer
12 192 (2.96%) Agile Coach
12 192 (2.96%) Data Engineer
13 179 (2.76%) Solutions Architect
14 173 (2.67%) Product Owner
15 155 (2.39%) Software Engineer
16 153 (2.36%) C# Developer
17 148 (2.29%) Designer
18 144 (2.22%) Agile Scrum Master
19 141 (2.18%) Full Stack Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 643 (9.93%) .NET
2 522 (8.06%) HTML
3 518 (8.00%) Spring
4 479 (7.40%) REST
5 476 (7.35%) CSS
6 450 (6.95%) React
7 391 (6.04%) Node.js
8 380 (5.87%) Web Services
9 373 (5.76%) RESTful
10 362 (5.59%) AngularJS
11 360 (5.56%) Spring Boot
12 219 (3.38%) Kafka
13 211 (3.26%) JSON
14 205 (3.17%) .NET Framework
15 204 (3.15%) XML
16 195 (3.01%) ASP.NET
17 179 (2.76%) HTML5
18 156 (2.41%) .NET Core
19 149 (2.30%) SOAP
20 125 (1.93%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 557 (8.60%) User Experience
2 176 (2.72%) Mobile App
3 168 (2.59%) Self-Motivation
4 155 (2.39%) Greenfield Project
5 108 (1.67%) Virtual Team
6 107 (1.65%) Cloud Native
7 102 (1.57%) Data Protection Act
8 100 (1.54%) Enterprise Software
9 93 (1.44%) Public Cloud
10 87 (1.34%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 81 (1.25%) Algorithms
12 80 (1.24%) Data Centre
13 78 (1.20%) Data Structures
14 72 (1.11%) Management Information System
15 54 (0.83%) Hybrid Cloud
16 53 (0.82%) PMI
17 51 (0.79%) Hedge funds
18 45 (0.69%) Social Media
19 44 (0.68%) Derivative
20 36 (0.56%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 447 (6.90%) Linux
2 332 (5.13%) Windows
3 213 (3.29%) Unix
4 103 (1.59%) Android
5 82 (1.27%) Apple iOS
6 64 (0.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 56 (0.86%) Windows Server
8 18 (0.28%) CentOS
9 17 (0.26%) Windows 10
10 15 (0.23%) Ubuntu
11 12 (0.19%) zOS
12 11 (0.17%) AIX
13 10 (0.15%) Solaris
13 10 (0.15%) Windows Server 2016
14 9 (0.14%) Windows Server 2012
15 8 (0.12%) OpenWrt
16 5 (0.077%) Mac OS
16 5 (0.077%) VME
16 5 (0.077%) Windows Server 2008
17 4 (0.062%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 5,604 (86.52%) Agile Software Development
2 1,576 (24.33%) DevOps
3 1,301 (20.09%) Kanban
4 972 (15.01%) TDD
5 847 (13.08%) Microservices
6 826 (12.75%) Test Automation
7 820 (12.66%) User Stories
8 781 (12.06%) Software Engineering
9 740 (11.43%) Problem-Solving
10 677 (10.45%) Continuous Integration
11 624 (9.63%) Scaled Agile Framework
12 608 (9.39%) Stakeholder Management
13 607 (9.37%) Coaching
14 595 (9.19%) Project Management
15 592 (9.14%) Analytics
16 542 (8.37%) BDD
17 515 (7.95%) SDLC
18 493 (7.61%) Continuous Improvement
18 493 (7.61%) Mentoring
19 451 (6.96%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 1,272 (19.64%) Java
2 1,120 (17.29%) SQL
3 888 (13.71%) JavaScript
4 731 (11.29%) C#
5 662 (10.22%) Python
6 327 (5.05%) TypeScript
7 286 (4.42%) Java 8
8 227 (3.50%) Scala
9 164 (2.53%) PowerShell
10 139 (2.15%) Shell Script
11 133 (2.05%) PL/SQL
12 124 (1.91%) Java 11
13 120 (1.85%) C++
14 108 (1.67%) Bash Shell
15 86 (1.33%) Ruby
16 85 (1.31%) C
17 77 (1.19%) T-SQL
18 76 (1.17%) Groovy
19 75 (1.16%) R
20 66 (1.02%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 661 (10.21%) Security Cleared
2 491 (7.58%) SC Cleared
3 367 (5.67%) Degree
4 136 (2.10%) BPSS Clearance
5 101 (1.56%) PMI Certification
6 85 (1.31%) DV Cleared
7 81 (1.25%) PMP
8 57 (0.88%) Computer Science Degree
9 50 (0.77%) ISTQB
10 39 (0.60%) AWS Certification
11 35 (0.54%) ISEB
11 35 (0.54%) Sun Certification
12 33 (0.51%) OCPJP
13 32 (0.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 30 (0.46%) Master's Degree
15 21 (0.32%) DBS Check
16 19 (0.29%) CISSP
17 18 (0.28%) ITIL Certification
18 16 (0.25%) CSPO
19 14 (0.22%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 397 (6.13%) QA
2 184 (2.84%) Accessibility
3 97 (1.50%) PMO
4 87 (1.34%) Data Quality
5 76 (1.17%) GDPR
6 41 (0.63%) Disclosure Scotland
7 29 (0.45%) WCAG
8 25 (0.39%) SLA
9 23 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 19 (0.29%) COBIT
10 19 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 18 (0.28%) NIST
12 16 (0.25%) PCI DSS
13 8 (0.12%) IFRS
14 7 (0.11%) Basel III
14 7 (0.11%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 7 (0.11%) MiFID
15 6 (0.093%) JTAG
16 5 (0.077%) COREP
16 5 (0.077%) EMIR
System Software
1 583 (9.00%) Docker
2 113 (1.74%) Active Directory
3 38 (0.59%) HDFS
4 31 (0.48%) VMware Infrastructure
5 25 (0.39%) Virtual Machines
6 14 (0.22%) Virtual Desktop
7 10 (0.15%) Hyper-V
8 9 (0.14%) Job Entry Subsystem
8 9 (0.14%) RACF
8 9 (0.14%) vSphere
9 8 (0.12%) Microsoft App-V
10 7 (0.11%) Firmware
10 7 (0.11%) IAG
11 6 (0.093%) vCloud
12 5 (0.077%) LXC
12 5 (0.077%) Postfix
12 5 (0.077%) Virtual Servers
13 4 (0.062%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
13 4 (0.062%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 4 (0.062%) Platform Symphony
Systems Management
1 547 (8.45%) Kubernetes
2 331 (5.11%) Terraform
3 296 (4.57%) Ansible
4 100 (1.54%) Grafana
5 72 (1.11%) Puppet
6 71 (1.10%) Prometheus
7 55 (0.85%) Kibana
8 44 (0.68%) Opscode Chef
9 22 (0.34%) Rancher
9 22 (0.34%) Single Sign-On
10 16 (0.25%) Istio
11 15 (0.23%) Nagios
12 13 (0.20%) HP ALM
12 13 (0.20%) Packer
12 13 (0.20%) ZABBIX
13 10 (0.15%) Microsoft Intune
14 9 (0.14%) Tivoli NetView
15 8 (0.12%) HAProxy
15 8 (0.12%) ITRS Geneos
15 8 (0.12%) Netcool
Vendors
1 707 (10.92%) Microsoft
2 456 (7.04%) Oracle
3 209 (3.23%) Salesforce.com
4 161 (2.49%) Google
5 160 (2.47%) Databricks
6 131 (2.02%) SAP
7 125 (1.93%) Atlassian
8 107 (1.65%) ServiceNow
9 92 (1.42%) IBM
10 87 (1.34%) Splunk
11 69 (1.07%) VMware
12 68 (1.05%) Adobe
13 65 (1.00%) Pega
14 61 (0.94%) Informatica
15 58 (0.90%) Cloudera
16 50 (0.77%) Hortonworks
17 49 (0.76%) Red Hat
18 43 (0.66%) Mercator
19 41 (0.63%) CA Agile Central
19 41 (0.63%) Talend