Period
to 22 April 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 22 April 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
22 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 75 77 67
Rank change year-on-year +2 -10 +7
Contract jobs citing SDLC 3,150 2,657 3,197
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.11% 2.89% 3.00%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.64% 3.42% 3.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,088 1,756 2,150
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £313 £308 £297
90th Percentile £638 £638 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -1.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 49 53
UK median hourly rate £43.50 £41.25 £42.45
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.45% -2.83% +17.92%
10th Percentile £20.00 £29.70 £32.50
90th Percentile £67.25 £54.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.25 £42.00 £42.25
% change year-on-year +5.36% -0.59% +15.75%

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 86,614 77,646 89,328
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.63% 84.39% 83.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,208 51,083 58,365
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £298 £270 £263
90th Percentile £638 £620 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £400 £393
% change year-on-year +5.00% +1.91% +4.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,226 2,117 2,447
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.00% - +19.22%
10th Percentile £11.22 £11.35 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.25 £51.25 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.24 £25.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year -15.04% -1.96% +15.91%

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 22 April 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 22 April 2018.

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 22 April 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 -1 2,816 £475 +2.70% 984
UK excluding London +12 1,666 £420 +5.00% 739
London -7 1,444 £525 +5.00% 329
South East +1 519 £475 +11.76% 181
North of England +17 345 £413 +6.45% 193
Midlands +15 253 £400 +0.63% 117
Scotland +6 209 £400 +6.67% 62
Yorkshire +17 168 £425 +2.41% 76
North West +5 159 £375 +2.74% 112
West Midlands +28 146 £400 +2.89% 74
East of England +29 139 £425 +6.25% 79
South West -10 112 £400 - 85
East Midlands +9 97 £400 - 43
Wales +13 61 £398 +1.27% 15
Northern Ireland +23 29 £375 -7.98% 6
North East +37 26 £475 +39.71% 5

For the 6 months to 22 April 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 1,797 (57.05%) Agile Software Development
2 908 (28.83%) Finance
3 748 (23.75%) SQL
4 739 (23.46%) Java
5 585 (18.57%) JavaScript
6 516 (16.38%) Scrum
7 477 (15.14%) Test Automation
8 450 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
8 450 (14.29%) HTML
9 443 (14.06%) .NET
10 437 (13.87%) TDD
11 434 (13.78%) Project Management
12 415 (13.17%) C#
13 406 (12.89%) Microsoft
14 404 (12.83%) Git (software)
15 401 (12.73%) Banking
16 400 (12.70%) Linux
17 397 (12.60%) CSS
18 388 (12.32%) Problem-Solving
19 387 (12.29%) Continuous Integration
20 377 (11.97%) Degree
21 376 (11.94%) Oracle
22 374 (11.87%) SQL Server
23 370 (11.75%) JIRA
24 361 (11.46%) Web Services
24 361 (11.46%) Stakeholder Management
25 359 (11.40%) DevOps
26 332 (10.54%) Waterfall
27 328 (10.41%) Jenkins
28 324 (10.29%) QA

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
1 169 (5.37%) Confluence
2 87 (2.76%) SharePoint
3 64 (2.03%) Elasticsearch
4 43 (1.37%) CMS
5 40 (1.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 38 (1.21%) Tomcat
7 36 (1.14%) IIS
8 29 (0.92%) JBoss
9 25 (0.79%) WebSphere
10 23 (0.73%) SAS
11 21 (0.67%) Apache
12 20 (0.63%) OpenStack
13 19 (0.60%) Mule
14 17 (0.54%) WebLogic
15 14 (0.44%) Adobe Experience Manager
15 14 (0.44%) Cloud Foundry
16 13 (0.41%) Apache Solr
17 12 (0.38%) Apache Spark
18 11 (0.35%) SharePoint 2013
19 10 (0.32%) GemFire
Applications
1 122 (3.87%) Microsoft Excel
2 111 (3.52%) Microsoft Office
3 83 (2.63%) Microsoft Project
4 70 (2.22%) MS Visio
5 43 (1.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 5 (0.16%) InfoPath
7 4 (0.13%) Acrobat
8 3 (0.095%) HipChat
8 3 (0.095%) PaintShop Pro
8 3 (0.095%) Spreadsheet
9 2 (0.063%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.032%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.032%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.032%) Chatbot
10 1 (0.032%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 70 (2.22%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.29%) Actimize
3 8 (0.25%) Oracle Cash Management
3 8 (0.25%) SAP S/4HANA
4 7 (0.22%) BPCS
5 6 (0.19%) NetSuite
5 6 (0.19%) Oracle ERP
5 6 (0.19%) Unit4 Business World
6 5 (0.16%) HiPortfolio
6 5 (0.16%) Infor CRM
6 5 (0.16%) Markit EDM
6 5 (0.16%) Oracle BPM
6 5 (0.16%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 5 (0.16%) SAP Hybris
7 4 (0.13%) Oracle Retail
8 3 (0.095%) Adobe Campaign
8 3 (0.095%) Dynamics AX
8 3 (0.095%) ION MarketView
8 3 (0.095%) Oracle EBS
8 3 (0.095%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 235 (7.46%) Microsoft Azure
2 227 (7.21%) Amazon AWS
3 84 (2.67%) IaaS
4 75 (2.38%) SaaS
5 62 (1.97%) PaaS
6 55 (1.75%) npm
7 52 (1.65%) Serverless
8 50 (1.59%) Office 365
9 48 (1.52%) Slack
10 34 (1.08%) Google Cloud Platform
11 32 (1.02%) GitHub
12 30 (0.95%) Cloud Computing
13 28 (0.89%) AWS CloudFormation
14 19 (0.60%) Amazon EC2
15 16 (0.51%) NuGet
16 13 (0.41%) Amazon CloudWatch
17 12 (0.38%) Datadog
18 10 (0.32%) Dynamics 365
19 8 (0.25%) OpenShift
20 7 (0.22%) iPaaS
Communications & Networking
1 66 (2.10%) Internet
2 61 (1.94%) Firewall
2 61 (1.94%) HTTP
3 44 (1.40%) TCP/IP
4 35 (1.11%) FTP
5 34 (1.08%) SSL
6 33 (1.05%) DNS
7 24 (0.76%) Network Security
8 18 (0.57%) LAN
9 17 (0.54%) VLAN
9 17 (0.54%) WAN
10 15 (0.48%) Intranet
10 15 (0.48%) MPLS
11 13 (0.41%) SMTP
11 13 (0.41%) SNMP
12 12 (0.38%) SAN
12 12 (0.38%) VPN
13 11 (0.35%) DHCP
14 10 (0.32%) Skype
15 9 (0.29%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 374 (11.87%) SQL Server
2 304 (9.65%) Relational Database
3 133 (4.22%) RDBMS
4 118 (3.75%) NoSQL
5 115 (3.65%) Data Warehouse
6 109 (3.46%) Big Data
7 101 (3.21%) MySQL
8 99 (3.14%) Oracle Database
9 90 (2.86%) MongoDB
10 83 (2.63%) PostgreSQL
11 62 (1.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 58 (1.84%) DB2
13 50 (1.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 48 (1.52%) Hadoop
15 43 (1.37%) Apache Cassandra
16 40 (1.27%) SQL Server 2012
17 36 (1.14%) Power BI
18 33 (1.05%) SQL Server 2008
19 28 (0.89%) Apache Hive
20 23 (0.73%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 404 (12.83%) Git (software)
2 370 (11.75%) JIRA
3 328 (10.41%) Jenkins
4 161 (5.11%) Selenium
5 123 (3.90%) Maven
6 113 (3.59%) Visual Studio
7 108 (3.43%) JUnit
8 96 (3.05%) Cucumber
9 95 (3.02%) Team Foundation Server
10 86 (2.73%) Subversion
11 81 (2.57%) webpack
12 64 (2.03%) Mocha
13 60 (1.90%) TeamCity
14 56 (1.78%) Bitbucket
15 55 (1.75%) Jasmine
16 54 (1.71%) Gerrit
17 51 (1.62%) Gradle
18 50 (1.59%) Babel
19 47 (1.49%) NUnit
20 45 (1.43%) Sinon.JS
General
1 908 (28.83%) Finance
2 401 (12.73%) Banking
3 170 (5.40%) Investment Banking
4 135 (4.29%) Retail
5 121 (3.84%) Front Office
6 73 (2.32%) Marketing
7 57 (1.81%) Telecoms
8 54 (1.71%) Back Office
9 48 (1.52%) Manufacturing
10 35 (1.11%) Legal
11 33 (1.05%) Financial Institution
12 30 (0.95%) Electronics
12 30 (0.95%) Law
13 26 (0.83%) Billing
14 24 (0.76%) Automotive
14 24 (0.76%) Retail Banking
15 20 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
16 16 (0.51%) Publishing
17 13 (0.41%) Games
18 11 (0.35%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 1,083 (34.38%) Developer
2 535 (16.98%) Analyst
3 322 (10.22%) Business Analyst
4 298 (9.46%) Project Manager
5 271 (8.60%) Java Developer
6 261 (8.29%) Architect
7 141 (4.48%) Full Stack Developer
8 127 (4.03%) C# Developer
9 126 (4.00%) Senior Developer
10 124 (3.94%) .NET Developer
11 113 (3.59%) DevOps Engineer
12 110 (3.49%) Consultant
13 106 (3.37%) Software Engineer
14 86 (2.73%) Solutions Architect
15 82 (2.60%) Tester
16 81 (2.57%) Test Engineer
17 78 (2.48%) Test Analyst
18 77 (2.44%) React Developer
19 71 (2.25%) JavaScript Developer
20 70 (2.22%) Agile Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 450 (14.29%) HTML
2 443 (14.06%) .NET
3 397 (12.60%) CSS
4 361 (11.46%) Web Services
5 305 (9.68%) AngularJS
6 277 (8.79%) REST
7 264 (8.38%) XML
8 236 (7.49%) Spring
9 216 (6.86%) HTML5
10 198 (6.29%) RESTful
11 197 (6.25%) React
12 175 (5.56%) Node.js
13 140 (4.44%) JMS
14 136 (4.32%) jQuery
15 134 (4.25%) SOAP
16 131 (4.16%) .NET Framework
16 131 (4.16%) ASP.NET
17 123 (3.90%) Hibernate
18 122 (3.87%) CSS3
19 104 (3.30%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 450 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
2 177 (5.62%) User Experience
3 176 (5.59%) Computer Science
4 129 (4.10%) Management Information System
5 97 (3.08%) Self-Motivation
6 93 (2.95%) Enterprise Software
7 89 (2.83%) Greenfield Project
8 81 (2.57%) Mobile App
9 79 (2.51%) Virtual Team
10 71 (2.25%) Derivative
11 63 (2.00%) Fintech
12 61 (1.94%) Equities
13 58 (1.84%) Fixed Income
14 47 (1.49%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 44 (1.40%) Data Centre
16 41 (1.30%) Algorithms
16 41 (1.30%) Data Structures
16 41 (1.30%) Linux Command Line
17 32 (1.02%) Equity Derivative
18 28 (0.89%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 400 (12.70%) Linux
2 307 (9.75%) Windows
3 274 (8.70%) Unix
4 86 (2.73%) Apple iOS
5 72 (2.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 62 (1.97%) Android
7 55 (1.75%) Windows Server
8 28 (0.89%) AIX
9 26 (0.83%) Windows Server 2008
10 22 (0.70%) CentOS
11 16 (0.51%) Windows 10
12 15 (0.48%) Ubuntu
13 13 (0.41%) DC/OS
13 13 (0.41%) Mac OS
14 11 (0.35%) Solaris
15 10 (0.32%) Windows Server 2003
16 9 (0.29%) Windows 7
16 9 (0.29%) Windows Server 2012
17 6 (0.19%) Mac OS X
17 6 (0.19%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,797 (57.05%) Agile Software Development
2 516 (16.38%) Scrum
3 477 (15.14%) Test Automation
4 437 (13.87%) TDD
5 434 (13.78%) Project Management
6 388 (12.32%) Problem-Solving
7 387 (12.29%) Continuous Integration
8 361 (11.46%) Stakeholder Management
9 359 (11.40%) DevOps
10 332 (10.54%) Waterfall
11 316 (10.03%) Software Engineering
12 282 (8.95%) BDD
13 221 (7.02%) Configuration Management
14 215 (6.83%) Business Analysis
14 215 (6.83%) Unit Testing
15 208 (6.60%) Coaching
15 208 (6.60%) Web Development
16 203 (6.44%) Microservices
17 200 (6.35%) ITIL
18 196 (6.22%) OO
Programming Languages
1 748 (23.75%) SQL
2 739 (23.46%) Java
3 585 (18.57%) JavaScript
4 415 (13.17%) C#
5 304 (9.65%) Python
6 123 (3.90%) Java 8
7 117 (3.71%) C++
7 117 (3.71%) TypeScript
8 104 (3.30%) T-SQL
9 99 (3.14%) Perl
10 84 (2.67%) C
11 76 (2.41%) ES6
12 72 (2.29%) Shell Script
13 67 (2.13%) PowerShell
14 65 (2.06%) Scala
15 58 (1.84%) PL/SQL
16 54 (1.71%) PHP
17 50 (1.59%) Ruby
18 47 (1.49%) Bash Shell
19 41 (1.30%) VBA
Qualifications
1 377 (11.97%) Degree
2 142 (4.51%) Security Cleared
3 85 (2.70%) SC Cleared
4 77 (2.44%) Computer Science Degree
5 64 (2.03%) ISTQB
5 64 (2.03%) PMI Certification
6 57 (1.81%) PMP
7 46 (1.46%) ISEB
8 41 (1.30%) CISSP
9 34 (1.08%) DV Cleared
10 30 (0.95%) Numerate Degree
11 26 (0.83%) CISM
11 26 (0.83%) Master's Degree
12 23 (0.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 23 (0.73%) Microsoft Certification
13 21 (0.67%) CISA
14 18 (0.57%) BPSS Clearance
14 18 (0.57%) Cisco Certification
14 18 (0.57%) TOGAF Certification
15 17 (0.54%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 324 (10.29%) QA
2 78 (2.48%) GDPR
3 56 (1.78%) PMO
4 35 (1.11%) Data Quality
5 31 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 23 (0.73%) PCI DSS
7 16 (0.51%) MiFID
7 16 (0.51%) WCAG
8 15 (0.48%) SEPA
9 10 (0.32%) ISO 9001
9 10 (0.32%) PSD2
9 10 (0.32%) SLA
10 8 (0.25%) IEC 62304
11 7 (0.22%) IFRS
11 7 (0.22%) IFRS 9
11 7 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 15288
12 6 (0.19%) Dodd-Frank
12 6 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 5 (0.16%) EMIR
13 5 (0.16%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 172 (5.46%) Docker
2 55 (1.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 29 (0.92%) Active Directory
4 21 (0.67%) Virtual Machines
5 20 (0.63%) Hyper-V
6 14 (0.44%) VirtualBox
7 10 (0.32%) vSphere
8 8 (0.25%) VMware ESXi
9 7 (0.22%) HDFS
9 7 (0.22%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 7 (0.22%) Virtual Servers
10 6 (0.19%) KVM
10 6 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
10 6 (0.19%) vCloud
11 5 (0.16%) Virtual Desktop
12 3 (0.095%) QEMU
12 3 (0.095%) Time Sharing Option
12 3 (0.095%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
13 2 (0.063%) Firmware
14 1 (0.032%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 112 (3.56%) Ansible
2 101 (3.21%) Opscode Chef
3 98 (3.11%) Puppet
4 52 (1.65%) Kubernetes
5 47 (1.49%) HP ALM
6 41 (1.30%) HP Quality Center
7 32 (1.02%) Terraform
8 26 (0.83%) Single Sign-On
9 25 (0.79%) Nessus
10 18 (0.57%) Docker Swarm
11 16 (0.51%) Packer
11 16 (0.51%) Salt
12 13 (0.41%) Opsview
12 13 (0.41%) SCCM
12 13 (0.41%) ZABBIX
13 12 (0.38%) Nagios
14 6 (0.19%) Grafana
14 6 (0.19%) Mesos
14 6 (0.19%) vMotion
14 6 (0.19%) vRealize
Vendors
1 406 (12.89%) Microsoft
2 376 (11.94%) Oracle
3 86 (2.73%) HP
4 74 (2.35%) SAP
5 68 (2.16%) Salesforce.com
6 59 (1.87%) VMware
7 57 (1.81%) IBM
8 48 (1.52%) Sybase
9 42 (1.33%) Informatica
9 42 (1.33%) Red Hat
10 34 (1.08%) Google
11 29 (0.92%) Atlassian
11 29 (0.92%) Citrix
12 26 (0.83%) Cisco
12 26 (0.83%) ServiceNow
13 25 (0.79%) Splunk
14 22 (0.70%) Apple
15 21 (0.67%) MuleSoft
16 19 (0.60%) Teradata
17 18 (0.57%) Adobe