Period
to 20 November 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for SDLC skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SDLC over the 6 months to 20 November 2018 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.

Systems or Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
UK
6 months to
20 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 80 73 84
Rank change year-on-year -7 +11 -14
Contract jobs citing SDLC 3,217 3,278 2,864
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.09% 3.20% 2.75%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.58% 3.74% 3.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,214 2,317 1,933
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £435
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +9.20% +0.87%
10th Percentile £335 £313 £294
90th Percentile £663 £647 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 59 47
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £43.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -6.98% +1.27%
10th Percentile £33.01 £23.80 £27.32
90th Percentile £47.45 £53.75 £51.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +6.25% -5.88% +6.25%

SDLC 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 89,850 87,697 88,614
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.36% 85.74% 85.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 59,462 58,317 58,473
UK median daily rate £460 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.22% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £300 £277 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +4.99%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,321 2,108 2,455
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £23.14 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.93% +2.84% +1.74%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.75 £49.75 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.20 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -11.67% +6.67% -

SDLC
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SDLC as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SDLC in the UK

SDLC
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing SDLC.

Contractor daily rate trend for SDLC in the UK

SDLC
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SDLC over the 6 months to 20 November 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SDLC in the UK

SDLC
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing SDLC.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SDLC in the UK

SDLC
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SDLC over the 6 months to 20 November 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SDLC in the UK

SDLC
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 SDLC within the UK over the 6 months to 20 November 2018. 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 2,918 £476 +0.21% 1,138
UK excluding London -5 1,704 £425 +6.25% 882
London -7 1,466 £525 - 364
South East -11 499 £450 +9.42% 195
North of England +28 368 £413 +2.48% 255
Midlands -4 247 £425 +5.59% 127
South West -4 192 £425 +13.33% 117
Scotland -5 176 £400 - 71
Yorkshire +36 174 £419 -1.47% 99
West Midlands +10 159 £450 +12.50% 88
North West +4 154 £400 - 130
East of England -15 137 £430 +17.81% 80
East Midlands -7 88 £425 +3.66% 39
Wales +8 80 £360 +10.77% 25
North East +18 41 £475 +11.76% 26
Northern Ireland +22 7 £428 +0.29% 12
Isle of Man -3 2 - -

For the 6 months to 20 November 2018, IT contractor jobs citing SDLC 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 SDLC.

1 1,982 (61.61%) Agile Software Development
2 837 (26.02%) SQL
3 817 (25.40%) Finance
4 789 (24.53%) Java
5 611 (18.99%) C#
6 610 (18.96%) Scrum
7 578 (17.97%) .NET
8 554 (17.22%) JIRA
9 530 (16.47%) Test Automation
10 474 (14.73%) JavaScript
11 447 (13.89%) SQL Server
12 441 (13.71%) Continuous Integration
13 438 (13.62%) TDD
14 416 (12.93%) Oracle
15 410 (12.74%) Analytical Skills
16 405 (12.59%) Microsoft
17 399 (12.40%) Problem-Solving
18 384 (11.94%) Git (software)
19 373 (11.59%) HTML
20 370 (11.50%) Project Management
20 370 (11.50%) DevOps
21 353 (10.97%) Python
22 347 (10.79%) Web Services
23 344 (10.69%) Waterfall
24 343 (10.66%) Linux
25 342 (10.63%) QA
26 338 (10.51%) Windows
27 336 (10.44%) Banking
27 336 (10.44%) Microsoft Azure
28 325 (10.10%) Amazon AWS

SDLC
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
1 246 (7.65%) Confluence
2 85 (2.64%) SharePoint
3 75 (2.33%) CMS
4 69 (2.14%) Apache Spark
5 52 (1.62%) Apache
6 51 (1.59%) Elasticsearch
7 49 (1.52%) IIS
8 48 (1.49%) JBoss
9 46 (1.43%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 41 (1.27%) WebLogic
11 31 (0.96%) Drupal
11 31 (0.96%) Tomcat
12 30 (0.93%) WebSphere
13 29 (0.90%) Umbraco
14 20 (0.62%) SAS
15 14 (0.44%) Cloud Foundry
16 13 (0.40%) SharePoint 2013
17 12 (0.37%) Oracle Workflow
18 11 (0.34%) Apache Solr
18 11 (0.34%) Liferay
Applications
1 123 (3.82%) Microsoft Office
2 109 (3.39%) Microsoft Excel
3 69 (2.14%) Microsoft Project
4 42 (1.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 40 (1.24%) MS Visio
6 13 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
7 9 (0.28%) Chatbot
8 3 (0.093%) Fireworks
8 3 (0.093%) HipChat
8 3 (0.093%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.093%) Windchill
9 1 (0.031%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.031%) CATIA
9 1 (0.031%) EngageOne
Business Applications
1 47 (1.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (0.40%) Oracle EBS R12
3 11 (0.34%) Markit EDM
4 10 (0.31%) Oracle ERP
5 9 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
5 9 (0.28%) Workday HCM
6 8 (0.25%) SAP S/4HANA
7 7 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
7 7 (0.22%) Endur
7 7 (0.22%) thinkFolio
8 6 (0.19%) Oracle FAH
8 6 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
8 6 (0.19%) Temenos T24
9 5 (0.16%) BusinessWorks
9 5 (0.16%) Distributed Ledger
9 5 (0.16%) Oracle BPM
10 4 (0.12%) SAP FI
11 3 (0.093%) CA PPM
11 3 (0.093%) SAP ERP
11 3 (0.093%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 336 (10.44%) Microsoft Azure
2 325 (10.10%) Amazon AWS
3 76 (2.36%) Office 365
4 73 (2.27%) SaaS
5 69 (2.14%) GitHub
6 60 (1.87%) Serverless
7 55 (1.71%) Amazon EC2
8 54 (1.68%) Google Cloud Platform
9 53 (1.65%) Slack
10 52 (1.62%) PaaS
11 49 (1.52%) IaaS
12 39 (1.21%) AWS CloudFormation
13 37 (1.15%) Cloud Computing
13 37 (1.15%) Dynamics 365
14 32 (0.99%) AWS Lambda
15 27 (0.84%) Amazon S3
16 18 (0.56%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 17 (0.53%) Route 53
18 16 (0.50%) Akamai
18 16 (0.50%) AWS CloudTrail
Communications & Networking
1 63 (1.96%) DNS
2 60 (1.87%) Internet
3 54 (1.68%) Firewall
4 51 (1.59%) HTTP
5 50 (1.55%) TCP/IP
6 25 (0.78%) Network Security
7 20 (0.62%) SSL
8 18 (0.56%) BIG-IP
9 17 (0.53%) DHCP
9 17 (0.53%) VoIP
10 16 (0.50%) SAN
11 15 (0.47%) AMQP
12 14 (0.44%) VLAN
13 12 (0.37%) VPN
14 11 (0.34%) Skype
15 10 (0.31%) Intranet
15 10 (0.31%) Reverse Proxy
15 10 (0.31%) RTMP
15 10 (0.31%) SMS
15 10 (0.31%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 447 (13.89%) SQL Server
2 264 (8.21%) Relational Database
3 161 (5.00%) MySQL
4 129 (4.01%) Data Warehouse
5 121 (3.76%) NoSQL
6 115 (3.57%) MongoDB
7 104 (3.23%) Big Data
8 99 (3.08%) RDBMS
9 95 (2.95%) Hadoop
9 95 (2.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 75 (2.33%) Oracle Database
11 73 (2.27%) PostgreSQL
12 49 (1.52%) SQL Server 2008
13 48 (1.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 45 (1.40%) SQL Server 2012
15 41 (1.27%) Apache Hive
16 37 (1.15%) HBase
17 35 (1.09%) DB2
18 34 (1.06%) Oracle Database 12c
19 32 (0.99%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 554 (17.22%) JIRA
2 384 (11.94%) Git (software)
3 296 (9.20%) Jenkins
4 208 (6.47%) Selenium
5 157 (4.88%) Cucumber
6 142 (4.41%) Subversion
7 128 (3.98%) Maven
8 120 (3.73%) TeamCity
9 118 (3.67%) Team Foundation Server
10 115 (3.57%) Visual Studio
11 107 (3.33%) JUnit
12 75 (2.33%) SoapUI
13 67 (2.08%) Visual Studio Team System
14 64 (1.99%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 58 (1.80%) JMeter
16 55 (1.71%) NUnit
17 49 (1.52%) Bitbucket
18 48 (1.49%) Eclipse
18 48 (1.49%) WebDriver
19 41 (1.27%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 817 (25.40%) Finance
2 336 (10.44%) Banking
3 165 (5.13%) Front Office
4 146 (4.54%) Retail
5 123 (3.82%) Investment Banking
6 67 (2.08%) Marketing
7 43 (1.34%) Telecoms
8 39 (1.21%) Pharmaceutical
9 36 (1.12%) Financial Institution
10 34 (1.06%) Manufacturing
11 31 (0.96%) Publishing
12 30 (0.93%) Law
12 30 (0.93%) Legal
13 21 (0.65%) Advertising
14 19 (0.59%) Back Office
15 18 (0.56%) Electronics
15 18 (0.56%) Games
16 16 (0.50%) Aerospace
17 15 (0.47%) Retail Banking
18 13 (0.40%) Billing
Job Titles
1 1,213 (37.71%) Developer
2 429 (13.34%) Analyst
3 292 (9.08%) Java Developer
4 252 (7.83%) .NET Developer
5 243 (7.55%) Project Manager
6 230 (7.15%) Architect
7 226 (7.03%) Business Analyst
8 181 (5.63%) C# Developer
9 152 (4.72%) Senior Developer
10 106 (3.29%) DevOps Engineer
11 105 (3.26%) Full Stack Developer
11 105 (3.26%) Software Engineer
12 102 (3.17%) Test Engineer
12 102 (3.17%) Tester
13 99 (3.08%) C# .NET Developer
14 89 (2.77%) Test Analyst
15 79 (2.46%) SQL Developer
16 78 (2.42%) Python Developer
17 72 (2.24%) Delivery Manager
17 72 (2.24%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 578 (17.97%) .NET
2 373 (11.59%) HTML
3 347 (10.79%) Web Services
4 305 (9.48%) CSS
5 280 (8.70%) AngularJS
6 253 (7.86%) XML
7 244 (7.58%) REST
8 197 (6.12%) ASP.NET
9 180 (5.60%) Spring
10 165 (5.13%) RESTful
11 155 (4.82%) .NET Framework
12 154 (4.79%) jQuery
13 146 (4.54%) React
14 144 (4.48%) Node.js
15 136 (4.23%) HTML5
16 117 (3.64%) SOAP
17 116 (3.61%) JSON
18 110 (3.42%) ASP.NET MVC
19 98 (3.05%) CSS3
20 95 (2.95%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 410 (12.74%) Analytical Skills
2 171 (5.32%) Computer Science
3 126 (3.92%) User Experience
4 124 (3.85%) Greenfield Project
5 118 (3.67%) Self-Motivation
6 114 (3.54%) Fixed Income
7 102 (3.17%) Mobile App
8 97 (3.02%) Enterprise Software
9 90 (2.80%) Management Information System
10 83 (2.58%) Derivative
11 72 (2.24%) Fintech
12 60 (1.87%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 46 (1.43%) Equity Derivative
14 43 (1.34%) Data Centre
15 33 (1.03%) N-Tier
16 32 (0.99%) Equities
17 28 (0.87%) Algorithms
17 28 (0.87%) PKI
17 28 (0.87%) Public Cloud
18 27 (0.84%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 343 (10.66%) Linux
2 338 (10.51%) Windows
3 204 (6.34%) Unix
4 74 (2.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 49 (1.52%) Apple iOS
6 40 (1.24%) Windows Server
7 37 (1.15%) Android
8 27 (0.84%) Solaris
9 25 (0.78%) CentOS
10 16 (0.50%) SUSE
10 16 (0.50%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
11 13 (0.40%) Ubuntu
12 12 (0.37%) Windows Server 2008
13 11 (0.34%) Windows 10
13 11 (0.34%) Windows 7
14 7 (0.22%) DC/OS
15 5 (0.16%) Windows Server 2012
16 4 (0.12%) AIX
16 4 (0.12%) Mac OS X
17 3 (0.093%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,982 (61.61%) Agile Software Development
2 610 (18.96%) Scrum
3 530 (16.47%) Test Automation
4 441 (13.71%) Continuous Integration
5 438 (13.62%) TDD
6 399 (12.40%) Problem-Solving
7 370 (11.50%) DevOps
7 370 (11.50%) Project Management
8 344 (10.69%) Waterfall
9 306 (9.51%) Software Engineering
10 289 (8.98%) Stakeholder Management
11 277 (8.61%) BDD
12 223 (6.93%) OO
13 219 (6.81%) Mentoring
14 216 (6.71%) MVC
15 205 (6.37%) Unit Testing
16 204 (6.34%) Microservices
17 196 (6.09%) User Acceptance Testing
18 180 (5.60%) Coaching
19 174 (5.41%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 837 (26.02%) SQL
2 789 (24.53%) Java
3 611 (18.99%) C#
4 474 (14.73%) JavaScript
5 353 (10.97%) Python
6 146 (4.54%) C++
7 128 (3.98%) T-SQL
8 119 (3.70%) TypeScript
9 115 (3.57%) C
10 95 (2.95%) PowerShell
11 94 (2.92%) Java 8
11 94 (2.92%) Perl
12 85 (2.64%) Ruby
13 82 (2.55%) PL/SQL
14 68 (2.11%) Scala
15 60 (1.87%) PHP
16 55 (1.71%) VB
17 54 (1.68%) Bash Shell
18 49 (1.52%) Shell Script
19 34 (1.06%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 254 (7.90%) Degree
2 142 (4.41%) Security Cleared
3 109 (3.39%) ISEB
4 101 (3.14%) ISTQB
5 87 (2.70%) SC Cleared
6 81 (2.52%) Computer Science Degree
7 47 (1.46%) CISSP
8 34 (1.06%) Master's Degree
8 34 (1.06%) PMI Certification
9 31 (0.96%) CISM
9 31 (0.96%) DV Cleared
9 31 (0.96%) PMP
10 26 (0.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 24 (0.75%) BPSS Clearance
12 17 (0.53%) ISEB Practitioner
13 16 (0.50%) Cisco Certification
13 16 (0.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 15 (0.47%) CCNA
14 15 (0.47%) ITIL Certification
15 13 (0.40%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 342 (10.63%) QA
2 57 (1.77%) GDPR
3 55 (1.71%) PMO
4 53 (1.65%) Data Quality
5 26 (0.81%) WCAG
6 24 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 23 (0.71%) PCI DSS
8 14 (0.44%) SLA
9 9 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 7 (0.22%) GxP
10 7 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 6 (0.19%) COBIT
11 6 (0.19%) JSP 440
12 5 (0.16%) HIPAA
12 5 (0.16%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 4 (0.12%) ISO 9001
13 4 (0.12%) PSD2
14 3 (0.093%) 21 CFR Part 11
14 3 (0.093%) GAMP
14 3 (0.093%) PMBOK
System Software
1 187 (5.81%) Docker
2 40 (1.24%) Active Directory
3 33 (1.03%) VMware Infrastructure
4 15 (0.47%) HDFS
5 13 (0.40%) vSphere
5 13 (0.40%) XenApp
6 11 (0.34%) Hyper-V
6 11 (0.34%) XenDesktop
7 10 (0.31%) Virtual Machines
8 7 (0.22%) NFS
8 7 (0.22%) VirtualBox
8 7 (0.22%) VMware ESXi
9 5 (0.16%) Apache Flume
10 4 (0.12%) Virtual Desktop
11 2 (0.062%) LXC
12 1 (0.031%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 1 (0.031%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 1 (0.031%) IAG
12 1 (0.031%) Squid
12 1 (0.031%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 131 (4.07%) Ansible
2 92 (2.86%) Puppet
3 87 (2.70%) Kubernetes
4 72 (2.24%) Opscode Chef
5 62 (1.93%) Terraform
6 22 (0.68%) Docker Swarm
6 22 (0.68%) HP Quality Center
7 21 (0.65%) Nessus
8 19 (0.59%) Single Sign-On
9 16 (0.50%) Nagios
10 15 (0.47%) CFEngine
11 14 (0.44%) Hadoop YARN
12 13 (0.40%) HP ALM
12 13 (0.40%) ZABBIX
13 12 (0.37%) Kibana
14 10 (0.31%) Packer
15 9 (0.28%) HockeyApp
15 9 (0.28%) logstash
15 9 (0.28%) WMI
16 8 (0.25%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 416 (12.93%) Oracle
2 405 (12.59%) Microsoft
3 70 (2.18%) SAP
4 63 (1.96%) Atlassian
5 60 (1.87%) IBM
6 52 (1.62%) Google
7 49 (1.52%) Red Hat
7 49 (1.52%) Sybase
8 47 (1.46%) Salesforce.com
9 45 (1.40%) Tableau
10 41 (1.27%) HP
11 40 (1.24%) Citrix
11 40 (1.24%) VMware
12 38 (1.18%) Sitecore
13 35 (1.09%) Splunk
14 34 (1.06%) ServiceNow
15 30 (0.93%) MuleSoft
16 27 (0.84%) Workday
17 23 (0.71%) Pega
18 21 (0.65%) F5