Period
to 21 August 2017

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 21 August 2017 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
21 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 73 73 69
Rank change year-on-year 0 -4 +3
Contract jobs citing SDLC 2977 3165 3192
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.11% 2.92% 2.81%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.68% 3.50% 3.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 2031 2094 2077
UK median daily rate £465 £430 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.20% +1.12% +1.19%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £300
90th Percentile £650 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 39 66
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £41.00 £43.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.44% -6.29% +31.58%
10th Percentile £29.25 £31.85 £25.63
90th Percentile £53.75 £48.38 £52.18
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.50 £41.38 £37.56
% change year-on-year -2.11% +10.16% +15.57%

SDLC is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 80806 90546 91791
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 84.35% 83.49% 80.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 53021 59806 58575
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £281 £263 £260
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1994 2206 2634
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +13.64% +8.96%
10th Percentile £11.72 £11.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.25 £48.38 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year - +11.11% +7.14%

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 21 August 2017.

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 21 August 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SDLC in the UK

SDLC
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 SDLC within the UK over the 6 months to 21 August 2017. 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 +6 2740 £475 +5.56% 575
London +9 1511 £525 +7.69% 220
UK excluding London -1 1436 £400 - 392
South East +6 467 £400 +6.67% 81
North of England +1 247 £388 +2.65% 117
Midlands +8 206 £401 +0.31% 52
South West +29 175 £403 -2.72% 54
Scotland -6 153 £425 +6.25% 32
East of England -26 135 £363 -9.38% 51
North West -13 118 £365 -8.75% 71
Yorkshire +11 116 £400 -5.88% 41
West Midlands +18 102 £365 -5.81% 26
East Midlands -5 101 £475 +14.46% 26
Wales +4 35 £335 -4.29% 4
Northern Ireland -30 27 £456 +30.36% 1
North East +23 14 £363 +25.00% 5

For the 6 months to 21 August 2017, IT contractor jobs citing SDLC also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for SDLC.

1 1506 (50.59%) Agile Software Development
2 934 (31.37%) Finance
3 887 (29.80%) Java
4 786 (26.40%) SQL
5 507 (17.03%) JavaScript
6 470 (15.79%) Banking
7 465 (15.62%) C#
8 447 (15.02%) Microsoft
9 429 (14.41%) TDD
10 421 (14.14%) Scrum
11 414 (13.91%) .NET
12 411 (13.81%) Analytical Skills
13 401 (13.47%) SQL Server
14 377 (12.66%) Test Automation
15 374 (12.56%) HTML
16 359 (12.06%) Linux
17 352 (11.82%) Oracle
18 349 (11.72%) Project Management
19 301 (10.11%) Continuous Integration
20 299 (10.04%) JIRA
21 298 (10.01%) Web Services
22 292 (9.81%) Waterfall
23 291 (9.77%) QA
24 290 (9.74%) Software Engineering
25 286 (9.61%) Windows
26 283 (9.51%) Python
27 278 (9.34%) Degree
28 266 (8.94%) Unix
29 256 (8.60%) CSS
30 253 (8.50%) Relational Database

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
1 114 (3.83%) Confluence
2 57 (1.91%) SharePoint
3 53 (1.78%) Apache
3 53 (1.78%) Apache Spark
3 53 (1.78%) JBoss
4 51 (1.71%) Tomcat
5 43 (1.44%) WebSphere
6 41 (1.38%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 38 (1.28%) CMS
8 35 (1.18%) WebLogic
9 27 (0.91%) IIS
10 22 (0.74%) Elasticsearch
11 20 (0.67%) SAS
12 18 (0.60%) Skype for Business
13 17 (0.57%) Mule
14 15 (0.50%) BizTalk Server
15 12 (0.40%) Apache Solr
15 12 (0.40%) Oracle Workflow
16 10 (0.34%) Drupal
17 9 (0.30%) Oracle Service Bus
Applications
1 99 (3.33%) Microsoft Excel
2 90 (3.02%) Microsoft Office
3 81 (2.72%) MS Visio
4 56 (1.88%) Microsoft Project
5 37 (1.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 9 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.20%) Acrobat
7 6 (0.20%) PaintShop Pro
7 6 (0.20%) Simulink
8 4 (0.13%) HipChat
9 3 (0.10%) Photoshop
10 2 (0.067%) Fireworks
11 1 (0.034%) InfoPath
11 1 (0.034%) TargetLink
11 1 (0.034%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 70 (2.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 56 (1.88%) ION MarketView
3 22 (0.74%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 17 (0.57%) Unit4 Business World
5 16 (0.54%) Remedy ITSM
6 11 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
7 10 (0.34%) Markit EDM
7 10 (0.34%) Oracle BPM
7 10 (0.34%) Oracle EBS
7 10 (0.34%) Pega PRPC
8 9 (0.30%) Maximo
9 8 (0.27%) JDE EnterpriseOne
9 8 (0.27%) Oracle EBS R12
10 6 (0.20%) Eagle PACE
10 6 (0.20%) Fredhopper
10 6 (0.20%) OpenText Process Suite
10 6 (0.20%) SAP ERP
11 4 (0.13%) Endur
11 4 (0.13%) iTrent
11 4 (0.13%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 125 (4.20%) Microsoft Azure
2 118 (3.96%) Amazon AWS
3 48 (1.61%) SaaS
4 44 (1.48%) IaaS
5 41 (1.38%) PaaS
6 35 (1.18%) GitHub
7 34 (1.14%) Cloud Computing
8 27 (0.91%) Office 365
9 24 (0.81%) Dynamics 365
10 19 (0.64%) Google Cloud Platform
11 16 (0.54%) AWS Lambda
12 15 (0.50%) Slack
13 11 (0.37%) Amazon EC2
14 9 (0.30%) G Suite
15 8 (0.27%) Amazon S3
15 8 (0.27%) AWS CloudFormation
16 6 (0.20%) OpenShift
16 6 (0.20%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 5 (0.17%) BrowserStack
17 5 (0.17%) CloudSense
Communications & Networking
1 73 (2.45%) Internet
2 39 (1.31%) HTTP
3 28 (0.94%) Firewall
4 23 (0.77%) TCP/IP
5 20 (0.67%) Network Security
6 19 (0.64%) DNS
7 16 (0.54%) LDAP
8 12 (0.40%) Kerberos
8 12 (0.40%) Skype
9 10 (0.34%) SSL
10 9 (0.30%) Unified Communications
11 8 (0.27%) FTP
11 8 (0.27%) Intranet
11 8 (0.27%) SAN
12 7 (0.24%) VPN
13 6 (0.20%) HTTPS
13 6 (0.20%) LAN
13 6 (0.20%) Wireless
13 6 (0.20%) Wireshark
14 5 (0.17%) IMAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 401 (13.47%) SQL Server
2 253 (8.50%) Relational Database
3 125 (4.20%) Big Data
4 123 (4.13%) Data Warehouse
5 120 (4.03%) NoSQL
6 119 (4.00%) MongoDB
7 106 (3.56%) MySQL
8 104 (3.49%) RDBMS
9 83 (2.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 77 (2.59%) Hadoop
11 76 (2.55%) Oracle Database
12 69 (2.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 67 (2.25%) DB2
14 48 (1.61%) PostgreSQL
15 47 (1.58%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 43 (1.44%) Apache Hive
17 40 (1.34%) SQL Server 2008
18 28 (0.94%) HBase
18 28 (0.94%) SQL Server 2012
19 25 (0.84%) Sybase ASE
Development Applications
1 299 (10.04%) JIRA
2 220 (7.39%) Git (software)
3 198 (6.65%) Jenkins
4 149 (5.01%) Selenium
5 141 (4.74%) Team Foundation Server
6 120 (4.03%) Cucumber
7 114 (3.83%) Subversion
8 111 (3.73%) Maven
9 109 (3.66%) JUnit
10 105 (3.53%) Visual Studio
11 79 (2.65%) TeamCity
12 58 (1.95%) SoapUI
13 54 (1.81%) Mockito
14 51 (1.71%) WebDriver
15 46 (1.55%) NUnit
16 45 (1.51%) Sonatype Nexus
17 37 (1.24%) JMeter
18 31 (1.04%) Eclipse
19 27 (0.91%) Artifactory
19 27 (0.91%) Gradle
General
1 934 (31.37%) Finance
2 470 (15.79%) Banking
3 235 (7.89%) Investment Banking
4 186 (6.25%) Front Office
5 147 (4.94%) Retail
6 59 (1.98%) Marketing
7 53 (1.78%) Financial Institution
8 52 (1.75%) Telecoms
9 45 (1.51%) Back Office
10 38 (1.28%) Pharmaceutical
11 35 (1.18%) Legal
12 31 (1.04%) Publishing
13 29 (0.97%) Billing
14 25 (0.84%) Law
14 25 (0.84%) Manufacturing
15 24 (0.81%) Retail Banking
16 21 (0.71%) Local Government
17 17 (0.57%) Automotive
18 15 (0.50%) Advertising
19 13 (0.44%) Games
Job Titles
1 1143 (38.39%) Developer
2 527 (17.70%) Analyst
3 368 (12.36%) Java Developer
4 301 (10.11%) Business Analyst
5 217 (7.29%) Project Manager
6 198 (6.65%) Architect
7 176 (5.91%) C# Developer
8 172 (5.78%) .NET Developer
9 126 (4.23%) Senior Developer
10 124 (4.17%) Consultant
11 118 (3.96%) SQL Developer
12 105 (3.53%) Software Engineer
13 98 (3.29%) Tester
14 97 (3.26%) C# .NET Developer
15 89 (2.99%) JavaScript Developer
16 83 (2.79%) Electronic Trading Developer
17 81 (2.72%) Test Analyst
18 75 (2.52%) Software Developer
19 72 (2.42%) Electronic Trading Java Developer
20 66 (2.22%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 414 (13.91%) .NET
2 374 (12.56%) HTML
3 298 (10.01%) Web Services
4 256 (8.60%) CSS
5 248 (8.33%) XML
6 246 (8.26%) Spring
7 230 (7.73%) AngularJS
8 174 (5.84%) REST
9 169 (5.68%) HTML5
10 143 (4.80%) SOAP
11 133 (4.47%) Hibernate
12 131 (4.40%) ASP.NET
13 126 (4.23%) jQuery
14 117 (3.93%) Node.js
15 114 (3.83%) .NET Framework
16 107 (3.59%) RESTful
17 98 (3.29%) JMS
18 84 (2.82%) Ajax
19 83 (2.79%) J2EE
20 81 (2.72%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 411 (13.81%) Analytical Skills
2 138 (4.64%) Equities
3 127 (4.27%) Greenfield Project
4 126 (4.23%) Computer Science
5 113 (3.80%) Virtual Team
6 111 (3.73%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 108 (3.63%) Management Information System
8 98 (3.29%) Fixed Income
9 95 (3.19%) User Experience
10 77 (2.59%) Derivative
11 75 (2.52%) Enterprise Software
12 64 (2.15%) Mobile App
13 57 (1.91%) Fintech
14 52 (1.75%) Equity Derivative
15 48 (1.61%) Data Structures
16 47 (1.58%) N-Tier
17 40 (1.34%) PMI
18 37 (1.24%) Client/Server
19 34 (1.14%) Algorithms
19 34 (1.14%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 359 (12.06%) Linux
2 286 (9.61%) Windows
3 266 (8.94%) Unix
4 52 (1.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 43 (1.44%) Apple iOS
6 41 (1.38%) Solaris
7 39 (1.31%) Windows Server
8 31 (1.04%) Android
9 30 (1.01%) Windows 10
10 19 (0.64%) Windows Server 2008
11 16 (0.54%) CentOS
12 15 (0.50%) AIX
13 14 (0.47%) Windows Server 2012
14 10 (0.34%) Embedded Linux
15 8 (0.27%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
15 8 (0.27%) Windows 7
16 7 (0.24%) Windows Server 2003
17 6 (0.20%) Ubuntu
18 4 (0.13%) CoreOS
18 4 (0.13%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 1506 (50.59%) Agile Software Development
2 429 (14.41%) TDD
3 421 (14.14%) Scrum
4 377 (12.66%) Test Automation
5 349 (11.72%) Project Management
6 301 (10.11%) Continuous Integration
7 292 (9.81%) Waterfall
8 290 (9.74%) Software Engineering
9 246 (8.26%) BDD
9 246 (8.26%) OO
10 241 (8.10%) Stakeholder Management
11 237 (7.96%) Business Analysis
12 224 (7.52%) DevOps
13 186 (6.25%) ITIL
14 184 (6.18%) User Acceptance Testing
15 183 (6.15%) MVC
16 177 (5.95%) Data Modelling
17 170 (5.71%) Multithreading
18 169 (5.68%) Business Intelligence
19 161 (5.41%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 887 (29.80%) Java
2 786 (26.40%) SQL
3 507 (17.03%) JavaScript
4 465 (15.62%) C#
5 283 (9.51%) Python
6 222 (7.46%) C++
7 136 (4.57%) T-SQL
8 127 (4.27%) C
8 127 (4.27%) Perl
9 76 (2.55%) Shell Script
10 69 (2.32%) PL/SQL
11 61 (2.05%) TypeScript
12 59 (1.98%) Bash Shell
13 51 (1.71%) PHP
14 48 (1.61%) PowerShell
15 46 (1.55%) Ruby
16 38 (1.28%) VBA
17 36 (1.21%) Scala
18 34 (1.14%) VB.NET
19 33 (1.11%) Korn
Qualifications
1 278 (9.34%) Degree
2 147 (4.94%) Security Cleared
3 96 (3.22%) ISEB
4 95 (3.19%) SC Cleared
5 69 (2.32%) ISTQB
6 61 (2.05%) PMI Certification
7 48 (1.61%) Computer Science Degree
8 42 (1.41%) CISSP
9 30 (1.01%) PMP
10 28 (0.94%) DV Cleared
11 27 (0.91%) BPSS Clearance
12 26 (0.87%) CISA
13 25 (0.84%) CISM
13 25 (0.84%) IIBA
13 25 (0.84%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 19 (0.64%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 14 (0.47%) Microsoft Certification
15 14 (0.47%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 11 (0.37%) CBAP
17 10 (0.34%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 291 (9.77%) QA
2 77 (2.59%) MiFID
3 63 (2.12%) Data Quality
4 37 (1.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 35 (1.18%) PMO
6 33 (1.11%) SLA
7 30 (1.01%) PCI DSS
8 28 (0.94%) GDPR
9 16 (0.54%) Dodd-Frank
9 16 (0.54%) EMIR
10 12 (0.40%) Disclosure Scotland
11 11 (0.37%) COBIT
12 9 (0.30%) GCP
13 8 (0.27%) FedRAMP
13 8 (0.27%) MISRA
14 6 (0.20%) GAAP
14 6 (0.20%) JSP 440
14 6 (0.20%) MISRA C
14 6 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 5 (0.17%) GxP
System Software
1 115 (3.86%) Docker
2 37 (1.24%) Active Directory
3 18 (0.60%) VMware Infrastructure
4 17 (0.57%) HDFS
5 11 (0.37%) Apache Flume
6 7 (0.24%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 6 (0.20%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (0.20%) vSphere
8 4 (0.13%) NFS
8 4 (0.13%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
8 4 (0.13%) Virtual Servers
9 2 (0.067%) KVM
9 2 (0.067%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (0.067%) RHEV
10 1 (0.034%) Hyper-V
10 1 (0.034%) OpenAM
10 1 (0.034%) OpenIDM
10 1 (0.034%) Oracle RAC
10 1 (0.034%) Squid
10 1 (0.034%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 78 (2.62%) Opscode Chef
2 76 (2.55%) Puppet
3 62 (2.08%) Ansible
4 36 (1.21%) HP Quality Center
5 23 (0.77%) Kubernetes
6 17 (0.57%) HP Fortify
7 13 (0.44%) Nagios
8 11 (0.37%) Terraform
9 10 (0.34%) SCCM
9 10 (0.34%) ZABBIX
10 8 (0.27%) BladeLogic
10 8 (0.27%) CA Single Sign-On
10 8 (0.27%) logstash
10 8 (0.27%) Oozie
10 8 (0.27%) SCOM
11 7 (0.24%) Hadoop YARN
11 7 (0.24%) ITRS Geneos
11 7 (0.24%) Kibana
12 6 (0.20%) CFEngine
12 6 (0.20%) Netcool
Vendors
1 447 (15.02%) Microsoft
2 352 (11.82%) Oracle
3 91 (3.06%) Sybase
4 86 (2.89%) SAP
5 82 (2.75%) ION Trading
6 81 (2.72%) Salesforce.com
7 70 (2.35%) IBM
8 63 (2.12%) Red Hat
9 60 (2.02%) HP
10 46 (1.55%) TIBCO
11 42 (1.41%) Google
12 39 (1.31%) Bloomberg
13 38 (1.28%) ServiceNow
14 37 (1.24%) Atlassian
15 36 (1.21%) Splunk
16 31 (1.04%) Informatica
17 28 (0.94%) Perforce
18 26 (0.87%) Cisco
19 25 (0.84%) VMware
20 24 (0.81%) Pega