Period
to 20 February 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 February 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 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 72 82 70
Rank change year-on-year +10 -12 +2
Contract jobs citing SDLC 3,159 2,645 3,183
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.11% 2.78% 2.97%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.67% 3.31% 3.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,210 1,778 2,133
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £294
90th Percentile £650 £625 £605
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +0.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 52 56
UK median hourly rate £42.75 £42.50 £42.48
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.59% +0.05% +14.81%
10th Percentile £27.00 £26.25 £31.35
90th Percentile £67.25 £52.25 £50.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £42.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +2.38% -1.18% +2.10%

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 86,028 79,861 88,707
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.72% 83.81% 82.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,485 52,916 57,691
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £288 £263 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.13% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,077 2,220 2,614
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £24.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +1.83% +22.75%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.63 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.56 £25.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year -1.76% -3.85% +23.81%

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 February 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 February 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 February 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 +7 2,841 £475 +5.56% 1,109
London +5 1,563 £525 +5.00% 326
UK excluding London +20 1,557 £413 +3.13% 884
South East +3 491 £446 +4.88% 231
North of England +11 287 £425 +6.25% 244
Midlands +26 232 £400 - 115
Scotland +30 203 £400 +14.29% 73
East of England +28 147 £388 -8.82% 90
North West +6 145 £400 - 138
West Midlands +32 136 £425 +0.12% 78
Yorkshire -3 125 £425 +2.41% 90
South West -9 120 £375 - 103
East Midlands +1 89 £375 - 37
Wales +15 48 £375 -9.09% 20
Northern Ireland +16 32 £375 +62.69% 8
North East +39 26 £475 +19.50% 16
Isle of Man - 3 £225 -

For the 6 months to 20 February 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 1,761 (55.75%) Agile Software Development
2 958 (30.33%) Finance
3 822 (26.02%) Java
4 781 (24.72%) SQL
5 561 (17.76%) JavaScript
6 520 (16.46%) Scrum
7 467 (14.78%) .NET
8 457 (14.47%) Test Automation
9 445 (14.09%) C#
10 430 (13.61%) TDD
11 428 (13.55%) Banking
11 428 (13.55%) Analytical Skills
12 424 (13.42%) Project Management
13 414 (13.11%) Microsoft
14 412 (13.04%) JIRA
15 410 (12.98%) HTML
16 403 (12.76%) Linux
17 402 (12.73%) SQL Server
18 386 (12.22%) Git (software)
19 372 (11.78%) Degree
20 370 (11.71%) Stakeholder Management
21 351 (11.11%) CSS
21 351 (11.11%) Web Services
22 350 (11.08%) Oracle
23 348 (11.02%) Continuous Integration
24 328 (10.38%) DevOps
25 326 (10.32%) Software Engineering
26 313 (9.91%) QA
27 310 (9.81%) Windows
28 302 (9.56%) Waterfall

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
1 189 (5.98%) Confluence
2 80 (2.53%) SharePoint
3 52 (1.65%) IIS
3 52 (1.65%) Tomcat
4 51 (1.61%) Elasticsearch
5 44 (1.39%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 42 (1.33%) CMS
7 39 (1.23%) JBoss
8 33 (1.04%) Apache
9 28 (0.89%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 22 (0.70%) Apache Spark
10 22 (0.70%) SAS
10 22 (0.70%) WebSphere
11 15 (0.47%) Apache Solr
11 15 (0.47%) Cloud Foundry
11 15 (0.47%) WebLogic
12 13 (0.41%) Drupal
13 12 (0.38%) SharePoint 2013
14 10 (0.32%) MS Exchange
15 9 (0.28%) nginx
Applications
1 115 (3.64%) Microsoft Excel
2 99 (3.13%) Microsoft Office
3 84 (2.66%) Microsoft Project
4 69 (2.18%) MS Visio
5 40 (1.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 10 (0.32%) Acrobat
7 9 (0.28%) PaintShop Pro
8 3 (0.095%) Fireworks
8 3 (0.095%) HipChat
8 3 (0.095%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.095%) Spreadsheet
9 2 (0.063%) InfoPath
10 1 (0.032%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.032%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.032%) Chatbot
10 1 (0.032%) Vectorworks
Business Applications
1 71 (2.25%) Dynamics CRM
2 19 (0.60%) ION MarketView
3 9 (0.28%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 7 (0.22%) BPCS
4 7 (0.22%) KANA IQ
4 7 (0.22%) Markit EDM
5 6 (0.19%) NetSuite
5 6 (0.19%) Oracle BPM
5 6 (0.19%) Oracle Cash Management
5 6 (0.19%) Unit4 Business World
6 5 (0.16%) Actimize
6 5 (0.16%) Infor CRM
6 5 (0.16%) Oracle Retail
6 5 (0.16%) SAP ERP
7 4 (0.13%) BusinessWorks
7 4 (0.13%) HiPortfolio
7 4 (0.13%) Kondor
8 3 (0.095%) Maximo
8 3 (0.095%) Oracle EBS
8 3 (0.095%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 211 (6.68%) Amazon AWS
2 185 (5.86%) Microsoft Azure
3 96 (3.04%) IaaS
4 92 (2.91%) SaaS
5 60 (1.90%) PaaS
6 54 (1.71%) npm
7 52 (1.65%) Slack
8 48 (1.52%) Office 365
9 35 (1.11%) Serverless
10 30 (0.95%) Cloud Computing
11 24 (0.76%) GitHub
12 22 (0.70%) iPaaS
13 20 (0.63%) Google Cloud Platform
14 17 (0.54%) SuccessFactors
15 14 (0.44%) AWS CloudFormation
16 13 (0.41%) Amazon EC2
17 10 (0.32%) Dynamics 365
18 6 (0.19%) Google App Engine
19 5 (0.16%) OneDrive
19 5 (0.16%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 76 (2.41%) Firewall
2 59 (1.87%) Internet
3 47 (1.49%) HTTP
4 45 (1.42%) TCP/IP
5 31 (0.98%) DNS
6 30 (0.95%) SSL
7 24 (0.76%) Network Security
8 22 (0.70%) LAN
8 22 (0.70%) WAN
9 20 (0.63%) FTP
10 19 (0.60%) MPLS
11 15 (0.47%) VLAN
12 14 (0.44%) SMTP
13 13 (0.41%) Reverse Proxy
13 13 (0.41%) SAN
14 12 (0.38%) Intranet
14 12 (0.38%) SNMP
14 12 (0.38%) VPN
15 11 (0.35%) SMS
15 11 (0.35%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 402 (12.73%) SQL Server
2 296 (9.37%) Relational Database
3 153 (4.84%) RDBMS
4 134 (4.24%) NoSQL
5 113 (3.58%) Data Warehouse
6 107 (3.39%) MongoDB
7 103 (3.26%) MySQL
8 98 (3.10%) Oracle Database
9 97 (3.07%) Big Data
10 69 (2.18%) PostgreSQL
11 67 (2.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 54 (1.71%) DB2
13 49 (1.55%) Hadoop
14 48 (1.52%) SQL Server 2008
15 45 (1.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 43 (1.36%) Apache Cassandra
17 34 (1.08%) SQL Server 2012
18 27 (0.85%) Apache Hive
19 26 (0.82%) SQL Server 2014
20 24 (0.76%) Redis
Development Applications
1 412 (13.04%) JIRA
2 386 (12.22%) Git (software)
3 280 (8.86%) Jenkins
4 151 (4.78%) Maven
5 148 (4.69%) Selenium
6 131 (4.15%) JUnit
7 112 (3.55%) Team Foundation Server
8 103 (3.26%) Visual Studio
9 94 (2.98%) Cucumber
10 93 (2.94%) TeamCity
11 90 (2.85%) Subversion
12 74 (2.34%) Bitbucket
13 61 (1.93%) webpack
14 56 (1.77%) Gradle
15 52 (1.65%) NUnit
15 52 (1.65%) SoapUI
16 49 (1.55%) Sonatype Nexus
17 46 (1.46%) Jasmine
18 41 (1.30%) Mocha
18 41 (1.30%) WebDriver
General
1 958 (30.33%) Finance
2 428 (13.55%) Banking
3 184 (5.82%) Investment Banking
4 155 (4.91%) Front Office
5 124 (3.93%) Retail
6 89 (2.82%) Marketing
7 67 (2.12%) Telecoms
8 57 (1.80%) Manufacturing
9 45 (1.42%) Back Office
10 42 (1.33%) Financial Institution
11 40 (1.27%) Billing
12 29 (0.92%) Retail Banking
13 27 (0.85%) Electronics
13 27 (0.85%) Law
14 24 (0.76%) Games
15 23 (0.73%) Legal
16 22 (0.70%) Publishing
17 19 (0.60%) Automotive
17 19 (0.60%) Pharmaceutical
18 11 (0.35%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 1,118 (35.39%) Developer
2 572 (18.11%) Analyst
3 344 (10.89%) Business Analyst
4 332 (10.51%) Java Developer
5 261 (8.26%) Project Manager
6 257 (8.14%) Architect
7 132 (4.18%) Senior Developer
8 129 (4.08%) .NET Developer
9 119 (3.77%) C# Developer
10 111 (3.51%) Consultant
11 105 (3.32%) Full Stack Developer
12 100 (3.17%) Software Engineer
13 99 (3.13%) Tester
14 91 (2.88%) DevOps Engineer
14 91 (2.88%) JavaScript Developer
15 83 (2.63%) Solutions Architect
15 83 (2.63%) Test Analyst
16 80 (2.53%) Agile Business Analyst
17 72 (2.28%) Test Engineer
18 69 (2.18%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 467 (14.78%) .NET
2 410 (12.98%) HTML
3 351 (11.11%) CSS
3 351 (11.11%) Web Services
4 269 (8.52%) XML
5 257 (8.14%) Spring
6 256 (8.10%) AngularJS
7 237 (7.50%) REST
8 191 (6.05%) RESTful
9 182 (5.76%) HTML5
10 163 (5.16%) React
11 157 (4.97%) SOAP
12 141 (4.46%) jQuery
12 141 (4.46%) Node.js
13 133 (4.21%) ASP.NET
14 130 (4.12%) .NET Framework
15 129 (4.08%) Hibernate
16 117 (3.70%) JMS
17 98 (3.10%) CSS3
18 97 (3.07%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 428 (13.55%) Analytical Skills
2 167 (5.29%) Computer Science
3 136 (4.31%) User Experience
4 132 (4.18%) Management Information System
5 122 (3.86%) Greenfield Project
6 99 (3.13%) Virtual Team
7 95 (3.01%) Equities
8 93 (2.94%) Enterprise Software
9 92 (2.91%) Derivative
10 81 (2.56%) Fixed Income
11 74 (2.34%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 72 (2.28%) Mobile App
13 59 (1.87%) Fintech
14 48 (1.52%) Algorithms
14 48 (1.52%) Data Structures
15 47 (1.49%) Data Centre
16 39 (1.23%) Equity Derivative
17 33 (1.04%) N-Tier
18 32 (1.01%) Client/Server
18 32 (1.01%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 403 (12.76%) Linux
2 310 (9.81%) Windows
3 265 (8.39%) Unix
4 79 (2.50%) Apple iOS
5 69 (2.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 61 (1.93%) Android
7 50 (1.58%) Windows Server
8 27 (0.85%) AIX
9 22 (0.70%) Windows Server 2003
10 19 (0.60%) Solaris
11 16 (0.51%) Windows Server 2008
12 11 (0.35%) CentOS
12 11 (0.35%) Windows Server 2012
13 10 (0.32%) Mac OS X
13 10 (0.32%) Windows 10
14 7 (0.22%) Windows 2000
15 6 (0.19%) Mac OS
15 6 (0.19%) Windows 8
16 5 (0.16%) Windows 7
16 5 (0.16%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,761 (55.75%) Agile Software Development
2 520 (16.46%) Scrum
3 457 (14.47%) Test Automation
4 430 (13.61%) TDD
5 424 (13.42%) Project Management
6 370 (11.71%) Stakeholder Management
7 348 (11.02%) Continuous Integration
8 328 (10.38%) DevOps
9 326 (10.32%) Software Engineering
10 302 (9.56%) Waterfall
11 281 (8.90%) BDD
12 223 (7.06%) Business Analysis
13 215 (6.81%) OO
14 201 (6.36%) MVC
15 189 (5.98%) User Acceptance Testing
16 181 (5.73%) Change Management
17 179 (5.67%) Web Development
18 178 (5.63%) ITIL
19 176 (5.57%) Configuration Management
20 173 (5.48%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 822 (26.02%) Java
2 781 (24.72%) SQL
3 561 (17.76%) JavaScript
4 445 (14.09%) C#
5 277 (8.77%) Python
6 126 (3.99%) C++
7 111 (3.51%) T-SQL
8 109 (3.45%) Perl
9 101 (3.20%) TypeScript
10 95 (3.01%) C
11 74 (2.34%) PL/SQL
11 74 (2.34%) Shell Script
12 71 (2.25%) ES6
13 68 (2.15%) PowerShell
13 68 (2.15%) VBA
14 64 (2.03%) Scala
15 57 (1.80%) PHP
16 51 (1.61%) Bash Shell
17 46 (1.46%) Ruby
18 31 (0.98%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 372 (11.78%) Degree
2 134 (4.24%) Security Cleared
3 79 (2.50%) ISTQB
3 79 (2.50%) SC Cleared
4 74 (2.34%) Computer Science Degree
5 70 (2.22%) CISSP
6 65 (2.06%) ISEB
7 58 (1.84%) PMI Certification
8 39 (1.23%) PMP
9 37 (1.17%) DV Cleared
10 33 (1.04%) Microsoft Certification
11 32 (1.01%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 29 (0.92%) CISM
13 26 (0.82%) Numerate Degree
14 23 (0.73%) CISA
15 22 (0.70%) Master's Degree
16 19 (0.60%) Cisco Certification
16 19 (0.60%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 17 (0.54%) IIBA
18 16 (0.51%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 313 (9.91%) QA
2 68 (2.15%) GDPR
3 63 (1.99%) PMO
4 33 (1.04%) MiFID
5 32 (1.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 23 (0.73%) PCI DSS
7 20 (0.63%) Data Quality
8 16 (0.51%) WCAG
9 11 (0.35%) ISO 9001
10 10 (0.32%) HL7
11 9 (0.28%) MISRA
12 8 (0.25%) PSD2
12 8 (0.25%) SLA
13 7 (0.22%) Dodd-Frank
14 6 (0.19%) IFRS
14 6 (0.19%) IFRS 9
14 6 (0.19%) SEPA
15 5 (0.16%) EMIR
15 5 (0.16%) ISO 20022
15 5 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 175 (5.54%) Docker
2 39 (1.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (0.95%) Active Directory
4 10 (0.32%) HDFS
4 10 (0.32%) Virtual Machines
5 9 (0.28%) Hyper-V
6 8 (0.25%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 8 (0.25%) Virtual Servers
7 7 (0.22%) vSphere
8 6 (0.19%) vCloud
9 5 (0.16%) Apache Flume
9 5 (0.16%) Microsoft App-V
9 5 (0.16%) Virtual Desktop
10 4 (0.13%) Oracle RAC
10 4 (0.13%) VMware ESXi
11 3 (0.095%) KVM
11 3 (0.095%) Time Sharing Option
11 3 (0.095%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
12 2 (0.063%) IAG
13 1 (0.032%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 101 (3.20%) Ansible
2 83 (2.63%) Puppet
3 82 (2.60%) Opscode Chef
4 44 (1.39%) HP Quality Center
4 44 (1.39%) Kubernetes
5 25 (0.79%) Nessus
6 17 (0.54%) ZABBIX
7 16 (0.51%) Terraform
8 15 (0.47%) Single Sign-On
9 14 (0.44%) Nagios
10 12 (0.38%) SCCM
11 11 (0.35%) Opsview
12 8 (0.25%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 6 (0.19%) Docker Swarm
13 6 (0.19%) Oozie
14 4 (0.13%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
14 4 (0.13%) Packer
14 4 (0.13%) SCOM
14 4 (0.13%) Tivoli
15 3 (0.095%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 414 (13.11%) Microsoft
2 350 (11.08%) Oracle
3 80 (2.53%) Salesforce.com
4 76 (2.41%) HP
5 74 (2.34%) SAP
6 54 (1.71%) Atlassian
7 46 (1.46%) Sybase
8 45 (1.42%) Red Hat
9 43 (1.36%) IBM
10 40 (1.27%) VMware
11 38 (1.20%) Adobe
11 38 (1.20%) Informatica
12 33 (1.04%) ServiceNow
13 25 (0.79%) Citrix
14 24 (0.76%) Cognos
15 23 (0.73%) Splunk
16 22 (0.70%) Netezza
17 21 (0.66%) Cisco
17 21 (0.66%) Google
17 21 (0.66%) ION Trading