Period
to 21 October 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 October 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 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 74 81 70
Rank change year-on-year +7 -11 0
Contract jobs citing SDLC 3175 2999 3325
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.20% 2.82% 2.91%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.78% 3.37% 3.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 2242 1993 2195
UK median daily rate £475 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.76% - -
10th Percentile £313 £294 £300
90th Percentile £644 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £386
% change year-on-year - +3.56% +3.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 48 69
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £43.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.98% +1.18% +19.72%
10th Percentile £27.00 £28.18 £23.63
90th Percentile £52.55 £51.50 £52.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £42.50 £41.23
% change year-on-year -5.88% +3.08% +14.53%

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 83949 89067 93073
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.52% 83.87% 81.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 55749 58891 60306
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1969 2340 2707
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £23.89 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.66% +8.58% +12.82%
10th Percentile £11.59 £11.50 £11.45
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £24.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +2.04% +8.89% +12.50%

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 October 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 October 2017.

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 21 October 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 +10 2922 £475 +8.57% 450
London +11 1621 £525 +10.53% 138
UK excluding London +11 1525 £400 - 343
South East +13 501 £400 - 79
North of England +16 243 £400 - 103
Midlands +22 219 £420 +4.88% 51
South West +29 177 £397 -6.59% 30
East of England -23 164 £370 -7.50% 49
Scotland -4 160 £413 +3.13% 20
North West -3 123 £400 +5.26% 44
West Midlands +27 112 £400 +3.23% 21
Yorkshire +11 106 £403 -5.29% 50
East Midlands 0 104 £438 +9.38% 30
Wales +8 37 £343 -5.52% 11
Northern Ireland -21 34 £433 +39.52%
North East +40 19 £425 +21.43% 9
Isle of Man - 3 £225 -

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 1670 (52.60%) Agile Software Development
2 1014 (31.94%) Finance
3 951 (29.95%) Java
4 833 (26.24%) SQL
5 575 (18.11%) JavaScript
6 508 (16.00%) Banking
7 498 (15.69%) C#
8 494 (15.56%) Microsoft
9 477 (15.02%) Scrum
10 469 (14.77%) .NET
11 464 (14.61%) SQL Server
12 453 (14.27%) TDD
13 438 (13.80%) Test Automation
14 431 (13.57%) Analytical Skills
15 418 (13.17%) HTML
16 377 (11.87%) Linux
17 367 (11.56%) JIRA
18 360 (11.34%) Project Management
19 341 (10.74%) Continuous Integration
20 324 (10.20%) Web Services
21 322 (10.14%) Windows
22 320 (10.08%) Degree
23 312 (9.83%) Oracle
24 311 (9.80%) QA
24 311 (9.80%) Software Engineering
24 311 (9.80%) Git (software)
25 306 (9.64%) CSS
26 294 (9.26%) Waterfall
27 289 (9.10%) Python
28 288 (9.07%) BDD

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
1 159 (5.01%) Confluence
2 77 (2.43%) Tomcat
3 60 (1.89%) JBoss
4 54 (1.70%) Apache Spark
5 53 (1.67%) SharePoint
6 51 (1.61%) Apache
7 49 (1.54%) CMS
8 41 (1.29%) IIS
8 41 (1.29%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 34 (1.07%) WebSphere
10 28 (0.88%) WebLogic
11 26 (0.82%) Elasticsearch
12 25 (0.79%) SAS
13 21 (0.66%) Adobe Experience Manager
14 16 (0.50%) Drupal
15 13 (0.41%) Apache Solr
15 13 (0.41%) MS Exchange
16 12 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2010
17 11 (0.35%) MS Project Server
17 11 (0.35%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 90 (2.83%) Microsoft Excel
2 83 (2.61%) Microsoft Office
3 75 (2.36%) MS Visio
4 53 (1.67%) Microsoft Project
5 25 (0.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 12 (0.38%) Acrobat
6 12 (0.38%) PaintShop Pro
7 5 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
8 4 (0.13%) HipChat
8 4 (0.13%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.094%) Fireworks
9 3 (0.094%) Simulink
10 1 (0.031%) InfoPath
10 1 (0.031%) TargetLink
10 1 (0.031%) UXPin
10 1 (0.031%) Vectorworks
Business Applications
1 74 (2.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 54 (1.70%) ION MarketView
3 25 (0.79%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 14 (0.44%) Markit EDM
4 14 (0.44%) Remedy ITSM
5 12 (0.38%) Maximo
6 9 (0.28%) Dynamics AX
6 9 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
6 9 (0.28%) Pega PRPC
6 9 (0.28%) SAP ERP
7 7 (0.22%) KANA IQ
7 7 (0.22%) Oracle BPM
7 7 (0.22%) Oracle EBS R12
8 5 (0.16%) BusinessWorks
8 5 (0.16%) Eagle PACE
8 5 (0.16%) Kondor
9 4 (0.13%) OpenText Process Suite
10 3 (0.094%) Bloomberg TOMS
10 3 (0.094%) Oracle iProcurement
10 3 (0.094%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 163 (5.13%) Amazon AWS
2 141 (4.44%) Microsoft Azure
3 69 (2.17%) SaaS
4 66 (2.08%) IaaS
5 48 (1.51%) PaaS
6 44 (1.39%) npm
7 38 (1.20%) GitHub
8 30 (0.94%) Cloud Computing
9 27 (0.85%) Slack
10 26 (0.82%) Office 365
11 24 (0.76%) Dynamics 365
12 22 (0.69%) Google Cloud Platform
13 20 (0.63%) iPaaS
14 18 (0.57%) Serverless
15 15 (0.47%) SuccessFactors
16 13 (0.41%) AWS Lambda
17 9 (0.28%) AWS CloudFormation
18 7 (0.22%) Amazon EC2
18 7 (0.22%) G Suite
19 6 (0.19%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 78 (2.46%) Internet
2 53 (1.67%) Firewall
3 41 (1.29%) HTTP
4 28 (0.88%) TCP/IP
5 22 (0.69%) DNS
5 22 (0.69%) LDAP
6 17 (0.54%) Network Security
7 16 (0.50%) SSL
8 14 (0.44%) Kerberos
9 12 (0.38%) FTP
9 12 (0.38%) LAN
9 12 (0.38%) Unified Communications
10 11 (0.35%) WAN
11 10 (0.31%) Reverse Proxy
12 9 (0.28%) Intranet
12 9 (0.28%) VPN
13 8 (0.25%) Skype
13 8 (0.25%) SMS
13 8 (0.25%) Wireshark
14 7 (0.22%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 464 (14.61%) SQL Server
2 265 (8.35%) Relational Database
3 143 (4.50%) NoSQL
4 132 (4.16%) MongoDB
5 131 (4.13%) RDBMS
6 129 (4.06%) Big Data
7 125 (3.94%) Data Warehouse
8 98 (3.09%) MySQL
9 91 (2.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 81 (2.55%) Oracle Database
11 74 (2.33%) Hadoop
12 61 (1.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 59 (1.86%) PostgreSQL
14 57 (1.80%) SQL Server 2008
15 52 (1.64%) DB2
16 46 (1.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 44 (1.39%) Apache Hive
18 32 (1.01%) MS Access
18 32 (1.01%) Redis
19 31 (0.98%) HBase
Development Applications
1 367 (11.56%) JIRA
2 311 (9.80%) Git (software)
3 269 (8.47%) Jenkins
4 154 (4.85%) Selenium
4 154 (4.85%) Team Foundation Server
5 145 (4.57%) Maven
6 131 (4.13%) Cucumber
6 131 (4.13%) JUnit
7 129 (4.06%) Subversion
8 111 (3.50%) Visual Studio
9 110 (3.46%) TeamCity
10 69 (2.17%) SoapUI
11 60 (1.89%) Sonatype Nexus
12 58 (1.83%) NUnit
13 56 (1.76%) WebDriver
14 49 (1.54%) Mockito
15 47 (1.48%) Bitbucket
16 41 (1.29%) Eclipse
17 40 (1.26%) Gradle
18 39 (1.23%) Ant
General
1 1014 (31.94%) Finance
2 508 (16.00%) Banking
3 248 (7.81%) Investment Banking
4 208 (6.55%) Front Office
5 135 (4.25%) Retail
6 83 (2.61%) Marketing
7 70 (2.20%) Telecoms
8 63 (1.98%) Financial Institution
9 47 (1.48%) Back Office
10 38 (1.20%) Manufacturing
11 37 (1.17%) Billing
12 32 (1.01%) Publishing
13 30 (0.94%) Law
14 29 (0.91%) Retail Banking
15 27 (0.85%) Legal
15 27 (0.85%) Pharmaceutical
16 22 (0.69%) Electronics
17 19 (0.60%) Automotive
18 18 (0.57%) Games
19 12 (0.38%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 1264 (39.81%) Developer
2 573 (18.05%) Analyst
3 411 (12.94%) Java Developer
4 333 (10.49%) Business Analyst
5 213 (6.71%) Architect
6 204 (6.43%) Project Manager
7 176 (5.54%) .NET Developer
8 164 (5.17%) C# Developer
9 140 (4.41%) Senior Developer
10 113 (3.56%) SQL Developer
11 107 (3.37%) Tester
12 106 (3.34%) Consultant
12 106 (3.34%) JavaScript Developer
13 101 (3.18%) Software Engineer
14 90 (2.83%) Test Analyst
15 86 (2.71%) C# .NET Developer
16 79 (2.49%) DevOps Engineer
17 73 (2.30%) Full Stack Developer
18 72 (2.27%) Solutions Architect
19 71 (2.24%) Electronic Trading Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 469 (14.77%) .NET
2 418 (13.17%) HTML
3 324 (10.20%) Web Services
4 306 (9.64%) CSS
5 285 (8.98%) Spring
6 270 (8.50%) AngularJS
7 255 (8.03%) XML
8 193 (6.08%) HTML5
9 189 (5.95%) REST
10 171 (5.39%) SOAP
11 162 (5.10%) jQuery
12 160 (5.04%) RESTful
13 159 (5.01%) Hibernate
14 143 (4.50%) ASP.NET
15 137 (4.31%) Node.js
16 122 (3.84%) .NET Framework
17 107 (3.37%) React
18 93 (2.93%) JMS
19 90 (2.83%) Ajax
20 88 (2.77%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 431 (13.57%) Analytical Skills
2 151 (4.76%) Computer Science
3 145 (4.57%) Virtual Team
4 132 (4.16%) Greenfield Project
5 125 (3.94%) Equities
6 117 (3.69%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 115 (3.62%) User Experience
8 112 (3.53%) Management Information System
9 110 (3.46%) Fixed Income
10 98 (3.09%) Derivative
11 88 (2.77%) Enterprise Software
12 74 (2.33%) Mobile App
13 62 (1.95%) N-Tier
14 60 (1.89%) Data Structures
15 50 (1.57%) Fintech
16 49 (1.54%) Algorithms
17 47 (1.48%) Equity Derivative
18 43 (1.35%) Client/Server
19 37 (1.17%) Data Centre
20 33 (1.04%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 377 (11.87%) Linux
2 322 (10.14%) Windows
3 258 (8.13%) Unix
4 60 (1.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 48 (1.51%) Apple iOS
6 44 (1.39%) Windows Server
7 41 (1.29%) Android
8 36 (1.13%) Solaris
9 22 (0.69%) Windows 10
10 21 (0.66%) Windows Server 2003
10 21 (0.66%) Windows Server 2008
11 20 (0.63%) AIX
11 20 (0.63%) CentOS
12 15 (0.47%) Windows Server 2012
13 10 (0.31%) Embedded Linux
14 9 (0.28%) Windows 7
15 7 (0.22%) Windows 2000
16 6 (0.19%) Mac OS X
16 6 (0.19%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
16 6 (0.19%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1670 (52.60%) Agile Software Development
2 477 (15.02%) Scrum
3 453 (14.27%) TDD
4 438 (13.80%) Test Automation
5 360 (11.34%) Project Management
6 341 (10.74%) Continuous Integration
7 311 (9.80%) Software Engineering
8 294 (9.26%) Waterfall
9 288 (9.07%) BDD
10 281 (8.85%) Stakeholder Management
11 278 (8.76%) DevOps
12 248 (7.81%) OO
13 244 (7.69%) Business Analysis
14 202 (6.36%) MVC
15 199 (6.27%) Multithreading
16 194 (6.11%) User Acceptance Testing
17 188 (5.92%) Data Modelling
18 186 (5.86%) ITIL
19 180 (5.67%) Business Intelligence
20 175 (5.51%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 951 (29.95%) Java
2 833 (26.24%) SQL
3 575 (18.11%) JavaScript
4 498 (15.69%) C#
5 289 (9.10%) Python
6 177 (5.57%) C++
7 139 (4.38%) T-SQL
8 122 (3.84%) Perl
9 112 (3.53%) C
10 76 (2.39%) PL/SQL
10 76 (2.39%) Shell Script
11 70 (2.20%) TypeScript
12 63 (1.98%) VBA
13 60 (1.89%) Bash Shell
14 57 (1.80%) PowerShell
15 52 (1.64%) PHP
16 43 (1.35%) Ruby
17 42 (1.32%) ES6
18 39 (1.23%) Scala
19 34 (1.07%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 320 (10.08%) Degree
2 141 (4.44%) Security Cleared
3 99 (3.12%) SC Cleared
4 96 (3.02%) ISEB
5 69 (2.17%) CISSP
6 68 (2.14%) ISTQB
7 61 (1.92%) Computer Science Degree
8 55 (1.73%) PMI Certification
9 30 (0.94%) PMP
10 29 (0.91%) CISA
10 29 (0.91%) CISM
11 26 (0.82%) BPSS Clearance
11 26 (0.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 25 (0.79%) Microsoft Certification
13 24 (0.76%) DV Cleared
14 20 (0.63%) IIBA
15 18 (0.57%) CEH
15 18 (0.57%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 18 (0.57%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 13 (0.41%) CBAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 311 (9.80%) QA
2 60 (1.89%) MiFID
3 58 (1.83%) Data Quality
4 42 (1.32%) GDPR
5 40 (1.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 38 (1.20%) PMO
7 30 (0.94%) PCI DSS
8 26 (0.82%) SLA
9 11 (0.35%) EMIR
10 10 (0.31%) MISRA
11 9 (0.28%) Dodd-Frank
12 8 (0.25%) COBIT
12 8 (0.25%) Disclosure Scotland
12 8 (0.25%) GCP
13 7 (0.22%) HL7
14 6 (0.19%) GAAP
14 6 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 6 (0.19%) WCAG
15 5 (0.16%) FedRAMP
15 5 (0.16%) Solvency II
System Software
1 163 (5.13%) Docker
2 48 (1.51%) Active Directory
3 18 (0.57%) HDFS
4 13 (0.41%) VMware Infrastructure
5 11 (0.35%) Apache Flume
6 10 (0.31%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (0.19%) Hyper-V
8 5 (0.16%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 5 (0.16%) Oracle RAC
9 4 (0.13%) NFS
9 4 (0.13%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
10 3 (0.094%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 3 (0.094%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.063%) IAG
11 2 (0.063%) KVM
11 2 (0.063%) RHEV
12 1 (0.031%) OpenAM
12 1 (0.031%) OpenIDM
12 1 (0.031%) XenApp
12 1 (0.031%) zsh
Systems Management
1 94 (2.96%) Puppet
2 92 (2.90%) Opscode Chef
3 84 (2.65%) Ansible
4 46 (1.45%) HP Quality Center
5 38 (1.20%) Kubernetes
6 15 (0.47%) SCCM
6 15 (0.47%) ZABBIX
7 13 (0.41%) HP Fortify
7 13 (0.41%) Nagios
8 10 (0.31%) SCOM
8 10 (0.31%) Terraform
9 9 (0.28%) Oozie
10 8 (0.25%) CA Single Sign-On
10 8 (0.25%) ITRS Geneos
10 8 (0.25%) Nessus
11 7 (0.22%) BladeLogic
12 6 (0.19%) logstash
12 6 (0.19%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 5 (0.16%) Hadoop YARN
13 5 (0.16%) Mesos
Vendors
1 494 (15.56%) Microsoft
2 312 (9.83%) Oracle
3 88 (2.77%) Salesforce.com
4 85 (2.68%) SAP
5 76 (2.39%) Sybase
6 73 (2.30%) ION Trading
7 64 (2.02%) Atlassian
8 63 (1.98%) Red Hat
9 62 (1.95%) HP
10 60 (1.89%) IBM
11 49 (1.54%) Bloomberg
11 49 (1.54%) Splunk
12 45 (1.42%) ServiceNow
13 44 (1.39%) Perforce
14 40 (1.26%) Google
15 39 (1.23%) TIBCO
16 33 (1.04%) Adobe
17 27 (0.85%) Informatica
18 24 (0.76%) Cisco
19 23 (0.72%) Pega