Period
to 26 July 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 26 July 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
26 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 22 24 20
Rank change year-on-year +2 -4 -4
Contract jobs citing Scrum 5,078 2,445 7,061
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 7.15% 6.52% 7.64%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 8.10% 7.55% 8.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,361 1,686 4,822
10th Percentile £363 £355 £363
25th Percentile £425 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £498 £478
Median % change year-on-year +0.50% +4.08% +0.63%
75th Percentile £594 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £460 £450
% change year-on-year +3.26% +2.22% +1.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 30 54
10th Percentile £27.11 £26.87 £33.05
25th Percentile £46.31 £38.87 £41.44
Median hourly rate £56.50 £50.00 £50.00
Median % change year-on-year +13.00% - +1.01%
75th Percentile £65.44 £53.94 £57.50
90th Percentile £71.45 £58.33 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £58.60 £50.00 £46.50
% change year-on-year +17.19% +7.53% -4.12%

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 62,665 32,398 80,658
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 88.23% 86.35% 87.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 43,046 21,624 53,915
10th Percentile £313 £300 £300
25th Percentile £406 £400 £381
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £576 £575
90th Percentile £688 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,697 930 2,192
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.36 £11.61
25th Percentile £14.61 £16.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate £23.21 £23.05 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year +0.68% +2.46% +12.50%
75th Percentile £47.25 £46.00 £45.00
90th Percentile £60.50 £55.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £21.50 £22.92
% change year-on-year -4.65% -6.21% +20.64%

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 26 July 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 26 July 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 26 July 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 4,050 £513 +2.50% 1,541
London +9 2,226 £550 +4.76% 600
UK excluding London -2 1,905 £475 +3.26% 1,052
Work from Home +8 1,511 £500 +5.26% 290
South East +11 579 £500 +6.38% 226
North of England 0 329 £475 - 309
Scotland +9 313 £450 +2.27% 53
Midlands +6 302 £477 +6.83% 190
West Midlands +3 256 £483 +7.22% 119
South West -4 223 £500 +4.00% 127
North West -8 170 £450 -10.00% 176
Yorkshire +25 129 £475 +10.47% 109
East of England -17 129 £496 +10.19% 79
East Midlands -1 44 £468 +21.43% 70
North East -6 31 £550 +20.88% 24
Wales +7 29 £420 -12.73% 44
Northern Ireland -4 2 £430 +22.86% 26

For the 6 months to 26 July 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 4,357 (85.80%) Agile Software Development
2 1,271 (25.03%) Social Skills
3 1,258 (24.77%) DevOps
4 1,130 (22.25%) Kanban
5 1,115 (21.96%) Java
6 1,110 (21.86%) JIRA
7 1,044 (20.56%) Azure
8 969 (19.08%) SQL
9 962 (18.94%) Finance
10 871 (17.15%) TDD
11 785 (15.46%) Git (software)
12 775 (15.26%) AWS
13 714 (14.06%) JavaScript
14 672 (13.23%) Test Automation
15 661 (13.02%) Microservices
16 655 (12.90%) Jenkins
17 637 (12.54%) User Stories
18 636 (12.52%) Confluence
19 608 (11.97%) Python
20 607 (11.95%) Software Engineering
21 600 (11.82%) Problem-Solving
22 599 (11.80%) Continuous Integration
23 556 (10.95%) Security Cleared
24 544 (10.71%) Microsoft
25 515 (10.14%) BDD
26 504 (9.93%) Docker
27 493 (9.71%) Banking
28 487 (9.59%) Coaching
29 481 (9.47%) Scaled Agile Framework
30 479 (9.43%) Spring

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
1 636 (12.52%) Confluence
2 120 (2.36%) Apache Spark
3 114 (2.24%) Apache
4 103 (2.03%) SharePoint
5 78 (1.54%) CMS
5 78 (1.54%) SAS
6 63 (1.24%) Elasticsearch
7 62 (1.22%) WebLogic
8 56 (1.10%) Tomcat
9 34 (0.67%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 34 (0.67%) WebSphere
10 31 (0.61%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 29 (0.57%) JBoss
12 25 (0.49%) Cloud Foundry
13 22 (0.43%) Apache Airflow
13 22 (0.43%) IIS
14 19 (0.37%) Oracle Coherence
15 17 (0.33%) Drupal
15 17 (0.33%) Jetty
16 16 (0.32%) Jupyter
Applications
1 97 (1.91%) Microsoft Excel
2 68 (1.34%) Microsoft Office
3 33 (0.65%) Microsoft Project
4 30 (0.59%) MS Visio
5 29 (0.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 22 (0.43%) Sketch
7 12 (0.24%) Figma
8 10 (0.20%) Photoshop
9 8 (0.16%) InVision
10 6 (0.12%) Chatbot
10 6 (0.12%) Zeplin
11 4 (0.079%) UXPin
12 3 (0.059%) Simulink
13 2 (0.039%) Spreadsheet
13 2 (0.039%) SPSS
13 2 (0.039%) UserZoom
14 1 (0.020%) Adobe XD
14 1 (0.020%) Mingle
14 1 (0.020%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 60 (1.18%) Dynamics CRM
2 21 (0.41%) Oracle EBS
2 21 (0.41%) SAP S/4HANA
3 20 (0.39%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 16 (0.32%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 12 (0.24%) Magento
6 10 (0.20%) SAP Hybris
7 7 (0.14%) Oracle Applications
8 4 (0.079%) NetSuite
8 4 (0.079%) Oracle ERP
8 4 (0.079%) Oracle FAH
8 4 (0.079%) Oracle Payables
8 4 (0.079%) Oracle Receivables
8 4 (0.079%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 4 (0.079%) SAP QM
8 4 (0.079%) Shopify
9 3 (0.059%) Dynamics NAV
9 3 (0.059%) Oracle iProcurement
9 3 (0.059%) SAP CRM
9 3 (0.059%) SAP PP
Cloud Services
1 1,044 (20.56%) Azure
2 775 (15.26%) AWS
3 246 (4.84%) GitHub
4 228 (4.49%) Serverless
5 226 (4.45%) Power Platform
6 181 (3.56%) GCP
7 135 (2.66%) Azure Data Factory
8 118 (2.32%) PaaS
9 113 (2.23%) SaaS
10 104 (2.05%) AWS Lambda
11 94 (1.85%) AWS CloudFormation
12 91 (1.79%) Azure Synapse Analytics
13 81 (1.60%) Microsoft 365
13 81 (1.60%) OpenShift
14 68 (1.34%) Azure Cosmos DB
15 67 (1.32%) Azure Functions
16 63 (1.24%) Amazon S3
16 63 (1.24%) IaaS
17 54 (1.06%) Cloud Computing
18 49 (0.96%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 76 (1.50%) TCP/IP
2 72 (1.42%) Firewall
3 68 (1.34%) HTTP
4 54 (1.06%) SSL
5 34 (0.67%) LAN
6 32 (0.63%) DNS
7 28 (0.55%) Internet
8 27 (0.53%) WAN
9 24 (0.47%) VPN
10 16 (0.32%) IPv4
10 16 (0.32%) Wi-Fi
11 13 (0.26%) DHCP
11 13 (0.26%) Ethernet
11 13 (0.26%) OSPF
11 13 (0.26%) RTMP
12 12 (0.24%) Broadband
12 12 (0.24%) HTTPS
13 11 (0.22%) BGP
13 11 (0.22%) SD-WAN
13 11 (0.22%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 348 (6.85%) SQL Server
2 220 (4.33%) Data Warehouse
3 210 (4.14%) NoSQL
4 192 (3.78%) Power BI
5 189 (3.72%) Relational Database
6 181 (3.56%) PostgreSQL
7 172 (3.39%) Big Data
8 158 (3.11%) Hadoop
9 155 (3.05%) Data Lake
10 152 (2.99%) MongoDB
11 127 (2.50%) MySQL
12 110 (2.17%) Azure SQL Database
13 93 (1.83%) Redis
14 89 (1.75%) Oracle Database
15 77 (1.52%) Tableau
16 66 (1.30%) Apache Hive
17 63 (1.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 56 (1.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 50 (0.98%) DB2
20 48 (0.95%) HBase
Development Applications
1 1,110 (21.86%) JIRA
2 785 (15.46%) Git (software)
3 655 (12.90%) Jenkins
4 241 (4.75%) Maven
5 206 (4.06%) Cucumber
6 199 (3.92%) Selenium
7 153 (3.01%) GitLab
8 149 (2.93%) JUnit
9 121 (2.38%) Bitbucket
10 99 (1.95%) TeamCity
11 88 (1.73%) Mockito
12 87 (1.71%) Subversion
13 86 (1.69%) Visual Studio
14 77 (1.52%) Gradle
15 66 (1.30%) Postman
16 65 (1.28%) Team Foundation Server
17 61 (1.20%) Sonatype Nexus
18 50 (0.98%) Visual Studio Team System
19 46 (0.91%) JMeter
19 46 (0.91%) SpecFlow
General
1 1,271 (25.03%) Social Skills
2 962 (18.94%) Finance
3 493 (9.71%) Banking
4 443 (8.72%) Public Sector
5 400 (7.88%) Analytical Skills
6 183 (3.60%) Retail
7 161 (3.17%) Presentation Skills
8 159 (3.13%) Investment Banking
9 157 (3.09%) Marketing
10 135 (2.66%) Influencing Skills
11 122 (2.40%) Front Office
12 121 (2.38%) Telecoms
13 90 (1.77%) Documentation Skills
14 56 (1.10%) Manufacturing
15 49 (0.96%) Games
16 45 (0.89%) Organisational Skills
17 39 (0.77%) Retail Banking
18 36 (0.71%) Back Office
18 36 (0.71%) Legal
19 33 (0.65%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 1,442 (28.40%) Developer
2 558 (10.99%) Scrum Master
3 470 (9.26%) Analyst
4 393 (7.74%) Java Developer
5 343 (6.75%) Project Manager
6 337 (6.64%) Architect
7 306 (6.03%) Business Analyst
8 246 (4.84%) Senior Developer
9 188 (3.70%) Delivery Manager
10 175 (3.45%) DevOps Engineer
11 161 (3.17%) Agile Coach
12 156 (3.07%) Software Engineer
13 154 (3.03%) Data Engineer
14 139 (2.74%) Consultant
15 137 (2.70%) Full Stack Developer
16 131 (2.58%) .NET Developer
17 116 (2.28%) Solutions Architect
18 107 (2.11%) C# Developer
18 107 (2.11%) Product Owner
19 102 (2.01%) Senior Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 479 (9.43%) Spring
2 396 (7.80%) .NET
3 391 (7.70%) React
4 388 (7.64%) REST
5 370 (7.29%) HTML
6 351 (6.91%) Node.js
7 348 (6.85%) RESTful
8 327 (6.44%) CSS
9 324 (6.38%) Web Services
10 312 (6.14%) AngularJS
11 307 (6.05%) Spring Boot
12 165 (3.25%) Kafka
13 158 (3.11%) HTML5
14 155 (3.05%) JSON
15 149 (2.93%) XML
16 123 (2.42%) SOAP
17 116 (2.28%) jQuery
18 107 (2.11%) .NET Framework
19 106 (2.09%) Redux
20 99 (1.95%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 360 (7.09%) User Experience
2 138 (2.72%) Mobile App
3 128 (2.52%) Greenfield Project
4 108 (2.13%) Self-Motivation
5 106 (2.09%) Enterprise Software
6 105 (2.07%) Cloud Native
7 97 (1.91%) Virtual Team
8 96 (1.89%) Data Structures
9 90 (1.77%) Algorithms
10 67 (1.32%) Public Cloud
11 66 (1.30%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 65 (1.28%) Legacy Systems
13 64 (1.26%) Management Information System
14 55 (1.08%) Data Centre
15 45 (0.89%) Fixed Income
16 43 (0.85%) Data Protection Act
17 42 (0.83%) Hybrid Cloud
18 39 (0.77%) Derivative
19 36 (0.71%) Analytical Mindset
20 34 (0.67%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 439 (8.65%) Linux
2 228 (4.49%) Windows
3 217 (4.27%) Unix
4 99 (1.95%) Android
5 55 (1.08%) Apple iOS
6 50 (0.98%) Windows Server
7 48 (0.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 21 (0.41%) Windows 10
9 18 (0.35%) Ubuntu
10 16 (0.32%) CentOS
11 12 (0.24%) AIX
12 11 (0.22%) Windows Server 2016
12 11 (0.22%) zOS
13 8 (0.16%) OpenWrt
14 6 (0.12%) Windows Server 2012
15 5 (0.098%) Embedded Linux
16 4 (0.079%) Solaris
16 4 (0.079%) Windows Server 2019
17 3 (0.059%) Debian
17 3 (0.059%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 4,357 (85.80%) Agile Software Development
2 1,258 (24.77%) DevOps
3 1,130 (22.25%) Kanban
4 871 (17.15%) TDD
5 672 (13.23%) Test Automation
6 661 (13.02%) Microservices
7 637 (12.54%) User Stories
8 607 (11.95%) Software Engineering
9 600 (11.82%) Problem-Solving
10 599 (11.80%) Continuous Integration
11 515 (10.14%) BDD
12 487 (9.59%) Coaching
13 481 (9.47%) Scaled Agile Framework
14 469 (9.24%) Stakeholder Management
15 454 (8.94%) Project Management
16 437 (8.61%) Analytics
17 426 (8.39%) Mentoring
18 400 (7.88%) SDLC
19 343 (6.75%) Continuous Improvement
20 333 (6.56%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 1,115 (21.96%) Java
2 969 (19.08%) SQL
3 714 (14.06%) JavaScript
4 608 (11.97%) Python
5 450 (8.86%) C#
6 229 (4.51%) TypeScript
7 225 (4.43%) Java 8
8 207 (4.08%) Scala
9 159 (3.13%) PowerShell
10 141 (2.78%) C++
11 122 (2.40%) PL/SQL
11 122 (2.40%) Shell Script
12 118 (2.32%) C
13 97 (1.91%) Bash Shell
14 67 (1.32%) Java 11
14 67 (1.32%) Perl
15 66 (1.30%) Ruby
16 65 (1.28%) T-SQL
17 56 (1.10%) Kotlin
18 52 (1.02%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 556 (10.95%) Security Cleared
2 407 (8.01%) SC Cleared
3 335 (6.60%) Degree
4 105 (2.07%) DV Cleared
5 73 (1.44%) BPSS Clearance
6 62 (1.22%) Computer Science Degree
7 58 (1.14%) PMI Certification
8 50 (0.98%) PMP
9 37 (0.73%) ISEB
10 36 (0.71%) ISTQB
11 31 (0.61%) AWS Certification
12 28 (0.55%) Master's Degree
13 20 (0.39%) ITIL Certification
14 19 (0.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 19 (0.37%) Sun Certification
15 17 (0.33%) TOGAF Certification
16 14 (0.28%) CSPO
16 14 (0.28%) OCPJP
17 12 (0.24%) Cisco Certification
17 12 (0.24%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 356 (7.01%) QA
2 94 (1.85%) Accessibility
3 58 (1.14%) PMO
4 44 (0.87%) Data Quality
5 40 (0.79%) GDPR
6 36 (0.71%) SLA
7 21 (0.41%) NIST
7 21 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 17 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
8 17 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 16 (0.32%) WCAG
10 13 (0.26%) MiFID
11 12 (0.24%) PCI DSS
12 8 (0.16%) GRC
13 7 (0.14%) COBIT
14 4 (0.079%) EMIR
14 4 (0.079%) GxP
14 4 (0.079%) ISO 20022
14 4 (0.079%) JTAG
14 4 (0.079%) PSD2
System Software
1 504 (9.93%) Docker
2 79 (1.56%) Active Directory
3 46 (0.91%) HDFS
4 25 (0.49%) VMware Infrastructure
5 18 (0.35%) Platform Symphony
6 12 (0.24%) Virtual Machines
7 9 (0.18%) Job Entry Subsystem
7 9 (0.18%) RACF
8 8 (0.16%) vSphere
9 7 (0.14%) Firmware
9 7 (0.14%) GridGain
9 7 (0.14%) Hyper-V
10 5 (0.098%) Microsoft App-V
10 5 (0.098%) NDS
10 5 (0.098%) NetIQ eDirectory
10 5 (0.098%) Virtual Servers
10 5 (0.098%) VMware ESXi
11 4 (0.079%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
12 3 (0.059%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 3 (0.059%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 426 (8.39%) Kubernetes
2 240 (4.73%) Terraform
3 220 (4.33%) Ansible
4 90 (1.77%) Grafana
5 74 (1.46%) Puppet
6 57 (1.12%) Prometheus
7 54 (1.06%) Opscode Chef
8 40 (0.79%) Kibana
9 24 (0.47%) Rancher
10 20 (0.39%) Oozie
10 20 (0.39%) SCCM
10 20 (0.39%) Single Sign-On
11 16 (0.32%) Packer
12 15 (0.30%) HP Quality Center
13 13 (0.26%) HP ALM
14 11 (0.22%) Active Directory Federation Services
15 9 (0.18%) Tivoli NetView
16 8 (0.16%) Control-M
16 8 (0.16%) HP NNM
16 8 (0.16%) RSA Archer
Vendors
1 544 (10.71%) Microsoft
2 465 (9.16%) Oracle
3 209 (4.12%) Salesforce.com
4 181 (3.56%) Databricks
5 152 (2.99%) Atlassian
6 147 (2.89%) Google
7 128 (2.52%) SAP
8 95 (1.87%) Splunk
9 82 (1.61%) IBM
10 77 (1.52%) ServiceNow
11 71 (1.40%) Adobe
12 54 (1.06%) Pega
13 53 (1.04%) VMware
14 48 (0.95%) Informatica
15 44 (0.87%) MuleSoft
16 40 (0.79%) Red Hat
17 37 (0.73%) HP
18 35 (0.69%) Cisco
19 32 (0.63%) webMethods
20 29 (0.57%) CA Agile Central