Period
to 24 January 2019

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 24 January 2019 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
24 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 80 77 86
Rank change year-on-year -3 +9 -15
Contract jobs citing SDLC 2,980 3,142 2,593
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.99% 3.12% 2.67%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.44% 3.64% 3.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,123 2,219 1,726
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +2.86%
10th Percentile £350 £313 £300
90th Percentile £650 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £430 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +7.50% - +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 54 53
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £41.88 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.49% -1.47% +0.09%
10th Percentile £33.00 £22.05 £26.50
90th Percentile £47.15 £65.75 £52.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £41.63
% change year-on-year - +2.10% -2.01%

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 86,640 86,344 82,582
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 87.00% 85.86% 85.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,238 57,722 54,551
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +0.95%
10th Percentile £300 £281 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,207 2,061 2,401
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £23.00 £23.28
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.17% -1.18% -0.32%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.06
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% -10.00%

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 24 January 2019.

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 24 January 2019.

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 24 January 2019. 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 -4 2,736 £500 +5.26% 1,157
UK excluding London -5 1,567 £430 +7.50% 873
London -8 1,374 £525 - 388
South East -9 478 £478 +15.76% 212
North of England +18 355 £425 - 243
Midlands -7 240 £438 +9.38% 143
Yorkshire +23 167 £413 -4.07% 107
South West -17 154 £445 +18.67% 108
West Midlands +3 152 £450 +8.04% 94
North West -9 147 £415 +3.75% 119
Scotland -23 144 £400 - 60
East of England -8 122 £425 +13.94% 63
East Midlands -3 83 £450 +20.00% 49
Wales +17 69 £390 +4.00% 29
North East +7 41 £495 +9.94% 17
Northern Ireland +1 5 £350 -6.67% 15
Isle of Man -1 4 - -

For the 6 months to 24 January 2019, 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 1,837 (61.64%) Agile Software Development
2 794 (26.64%) SQL
3 782 (26.24%) Finance
4 746 (25.03%) Java
5 566 (18.99%) Scrum
6 548 (18.39%) Test Automation
7 535 (17.95%) C#
8 528 (17.72%) JIRA
9 516 (17.32%) .NET
10 453 (15.20%) JavaScript
11 424 (14.23%) TDD
12 393 (13.19%) Continuous Integration
13 384 (12.89%) Microsoft
14 382 (12.82%) SQL Server
15 378 (12.68%) DevOps
16 376 (12.62%) Analytical Skills
17 374 (12.55%) Git (software)
18 361 (12.11%) Banking
19 360 (12.08%) Oracle
20 356 (11.95%) HTML
21 354 (11.88%) Problem-Solving
22 340 (11.41%) Waterfall
23 328 (11.01%) Project Management
24 318 (10.67%) Amazon AWS
25 317 (10.64%) Web Services
26 316 (10.60%) Microsoft Azure
27 315 (10.57%) Stakeholder Management
28 311 (10.44%) Linux
29 310 (10.40%) Python
30 309 (10.37%) CSS

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
1 270 (9.06%) Confluence
2 82 (2.75%) SharePoint
3 61 (2.05%) Apache Spark
3 61 (2.05%) CMS
4 48 (1.61%) Apache
5 47 (1.58%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 44 (1.48%) IIS
7 43 (1.44%) WebLogic
8 28 (0.94%) Elasticsearch
8 28 (0.94%) Tomcat
8 28 (0.94%) WebSphere
9 27 (0.91%) Umbraco
10 25 (0.84%) JBoss
11 19 (0.64%) SAS
12 15 (0.50%) Cloud Foundry
12 15 (0.50%) Drupal
13 13 (0.44%) Mule
13 13 (0.44%) Mule ESB
14 11 (0.37%) BizTalk Server
15 8 (0.27%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 126 (4.23%) Microsoft Office
2 101 (3.39%) Microsoft Excel
3 61 (2.05%) Microsoft Project
4 44 (1.48%) MS Visio
5 39 (1.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 10 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.20%) Chatbot
8 3 (0.10%) Windchill
9 2 (0.067%) EngageOne
9 2 (0.067%) Fireworks
9 2 (0.067%) HipChat
9 2 (0.067%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.034%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.034%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 59 (1.98%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (0.40%) Workday HCM
3 10 (0.34%) Dynamics AX
3 10 (0.34%) Oracle BPM
4 9 (0.30%) Oracle EBS R12
5 8 (0.27%) ION MarketView
5 8 (0.27%) Markit EDM
6 6 (0.20%) Endur
6 6 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
6 6 (0.20%) Oracle FAH
6 6 (0.20%) SAP S/4HANA
7 5 (0.17%) HFM
7 5 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
7 5 (0.17%) thinkFolio
8 4 (0.13%) Hyperion Planning
8 4 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
9 3 (0.10%) BusinessWorks
9 3 (0.10%) Dynamics NAV
9 3 (0.10%) Maximo
9 3 (0.10%) Oracle Cash Management
Cloud Services
1 318 (10.67%) Amazon AWS
2 316 (10.60%) Microsoft Azure
3 93 (3.12%) SaaS
4 60 (2.01%) Serverless
5 58 (1.95%) Slack
6 57 (1.91%) PaaS
7 56 (1.88%) Google Cloud Platform
8 54 (1.81%) GitHub
9 51 (1.71%) Dynamics 365
10 49 (1.64%) Office 365
11 46 (1.54%) Amazon EC2
12 44 (1.48%) IaaS
13 33 (1.11%) AWS Lambda
14 32 (1.07%) Cloud Computing
15 30 (1.01%) Amazon S3
15 30 (1.01%) AWS CloudFormation
16 24 (0.81%) Route 53
16 24 (0.81%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 23 (0.77%) AWS CloudTrail
18 20 (0.67%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 60 (2.01%) DNS
2 52 (1.74%) Internet
3 49 (1.64%) TCP/IP
4 46 (1.54%) HTTP
5 43 (1.44%) Firewall
6 22 (0.74%) Network Security
7 20 (0.67%) SSL
7 20 (0.67%) VLAN
8 16 (0.54%) DHCP
9 15 (0.50%) BIG-IP
9 15 (0.50%) SAN
10 14 (0.47%) FTP
10 14 (0.47%) Reverse Proxy
10 14 (0.47%) VoIP
11 13 (0.44%) LAN
12 9 (0.30%) AMQP
12 9 (0.30%) Intranet
12 9 (0.30%) Unified Communications
13 8 (0.27%) VPN
13 8 (0.27%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 382 (12.82%) SQL Server
2 238 (7.99%) Relational Database
3 129 (4.33%) Data Warehouse
4 123 (4.13%) NoSQL
5 115 (3.86%) MySQL
6 95 (3.19%) MongoDB
7 94 (3.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 91 (3.05%) RDBMS
9 82 (2.75%) Oracle Database
10 73 (2.45%) Big Data
11 71 (2.38%) Hadoop
12 68 (2.28%) PostgreSQL
13 51 (1.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 40 (1.34%) SQL Server 2012
15 38 (1.28%) Apache Cassandra
15 38 (1.28%) Oracle Database 12c
16 35 (1.17%) SQL Server 2008
17 34 (1.14%) Amazon RDS
18 33 (1.11%) Apache Hive
18 33 (1.11%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 528 (17.72%) JIRA
2 374 (12.55%) Git (software)
3 276 (9.26%) Jenkins
4 175 (5.87%) Selenium
5 125 (4.19%) Subversion
6 123 (4.13%) Maven
7 117 (3.93%) Cucumber
8 113 (3.79%) Visual Studio
9 108 (3.62%) Team Foundation Server
10 90 (3.02%) JUnit
11 79 (2.65%) TeamCity
12 77 (2.58%) Visual Studio Team System
13 63 (2.11%) Bitbucket
14 60 (2.01%) JMeter
15 59 (1.98%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 55 (1.85%) WebDriver
17 50 (1.68%) LoadRunner
18 49 (1.64%) SoapUI
18 49 (1.64%) Sonatype Nexus
19 48 (1.61%) Eclipse
General
1 782 (26.24%) Finance
2 361 (12.11%) Banking
3 157 (5.27%) Front Office
4 117 (3.93%) Retail
5 111 (3.72%) Investment Banking
6 59 (1.98%) Marketing
7 47 (1.58%) Telecoms
8 33 (1.11%) Manufacturing
9 32 (1.07%) Pharmaceutical
10 29 (0.97%) Back Office
11 28 (0.94%) Financial Institution
12 26 (0.87%) Law
13 24 (0.81%) Legal
13 24 (0.81%) Publishing
14 19 (0.64%) Electronics
14 19 (0.64%) Games
15 17 (0.57%) Retail Banking
16 13 (0.44%) Advertising
16 13 (0.44%) Billing
17 12 (0.40%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 1,153 (38.69%) Developer
2 411 (13.79%) Analyst
3 272 (9.13%) Java Developer
4 222 (7.45%) .NET Developer
5 219 (7.35%) Business Analyst
6 203 (6.81%) Architect
7 185 (6.21%) Project Manager
8 160 (5.37%) C# Developer
9 132 (4.43%) Senior Developer
10 120 (4.03%) Full Stack Developer
11 114 (3.83%) DevOps Engineer
12 106 (3.56%) C# .NET Developer
13 99 (3.32%) Test Engineer
14 91 (3.05%) Software Engineer
15 87 (2.92%) Consultant
15 87 (2.92%) Test Analyst
16 86 (2.89%) Tester
17 84 (2.82%) Python Developer
18 71 (2.38%) SQL Developer
19 70 (2.35%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 516 (17.32%) .NET
2 356 (11.95%) HTML
3 317 (10.64%) Web Services
4 309 (10.37%) CSS
5 264 (8.86%) REST
6 234 (7.85%) AngularJS
7 209 (7.01%) XML
8 181 (6.07%) ASP.NET
9 174 (5.84%) RESTful
10 152 (5.10%) Spring
11 144 (4.83%) Node.js
12 137 (4.60%) React
13 131 (4.40%) .NET Framework
14 130 (4.36%) SOAP
15 128 (4.30%) jQuery
16 125 (4.19%) HTML5
17 111 (3.72%) JSON
18 91 (3.05%) ASP.NET MVC
19 86 (2.89%) ASP.NET Web API
20 83 (2.79%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 376 (12.62%) Analytical Skills
2 134 (4.50%) Greenfield Project
3 116 (3.89%) Enterprise Software
4 105 (3.52%) User Experience
5 96 (3.22%) Self-Motivation
6 78 (2.62%) Management Information System
6 78 (2.62%) Mobile App
7 76 (2.55%) Fintech
8 71 (2.38%) Fixed Income
9 66 (2.21%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 62 (2.08%) Derivative
11 45 (1.51%) Data Centre
11 45 (1.51%) Data Structures
12 32 (1.07%) Algorithms
13 31 (1.04%) N-Tier
14 29 (0.97%) Equity Derivative
15 28 (0.94%) Equities
16 26 (0.87%) CMDB
16 26 (0.87%) Hedge funds
17 25 (0.84%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 311 (10.44%) Linux
2 282 (9.46%) Windows
3 178 (5.97%) Unix
4 72 (2.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 40 (1.34%) Windows Server
6 34 (1.14%) Apple iOS
7 25 (0.84%) Android
8 24 (0.81%) Solaris
9 20 (0.67%) CentOS
10 12 (0.40%) SUSE
10 12 (0.40%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
11 9 (0.30%) Oracle Linux
11 9 (0.30%) Windows Server 2008
12 7 (0.23%) AIX
12 7 (0.23%) Ubuntu
13 6 (0.20%) Windows 10
14 5 (0.17%) DC/OS
14 5 (0.17%) OpenVMS
14 5 (0.17%) Windows 7
15 4 (0.13%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,837 (61.64%) Agile Software Development
2 566 (18.99%) Scrum
3 548 (18.39%) Test Automation
4 424 (14.23%) TDD
5 393 (13.19%) Continuous Integration
6 378 (12.68%) DevOps
7 354 (11.88%) Problem-Solving
8 340 (11.41%) Waterfall
9 328 (11.01%) Project Management
10 315 (10.57%) Stakeholder Management
11 292 (9.80%) BDD
12 287 (9.63%) Software Engineering
13 229 (7.68%) Microservices
14 218 (7.32%) OO
15 211 (7.08%) Mentoring
16 191 (6.41%) MVC
17 190 (6.38%) Coaching
17 190 (6.38%) User Acceptance Testing
18 187 (6.28%) Unit Testing
19 183 (6.14%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 794 (26.64%) SQL
2 746 (25.03%) Java
3 535 (17.95%) C#
4 453 (15.20%) JavaScript
5 310 (10.40%) Python
6 127 (4.26%) T-SQL
7 126 (4.23%) C++
8 101 (3.39%) TypeScript
9 99 (3.32%) C
10 82 (2.75%) Perl
11 80 (2.68%) PL/SQL
12 79 (2.65%) PowerShell
13 68 (2.28%) Java 8
14 67 (2.25%) Ruby
15 61 (2.05%) VB
16 57 (1.91%) PHP
17 52 (1.74%) Scala
18 47 (1.58%) Shell Script
19 40 (1.34%) Bash Shell
20 37 (1.24%) VBA
Qualifications
1 236 (7.92%) Degree
2 110 (3.69%) Security Cleared
3 104 (3.49%) ISEB
4 98 (3.29%) ISTQB
5 85 (2.85%) SC Cleared
6 52 (1.74%) CISSP
7 50 (1.68%) Computer Science Degree
8 34 (1.14%) CISM
9 31 (1.04%) PMI Certification
10 26 (0.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 25 (0.84%) Master's Degree
11 25 (0.84%) PMP
12 21 (0.70%) ITIL Certification
13 18 (0.60%) DV Cleared
14 13 (0.44%) Cisco Certification
14 13 (0.44%) Microsoft Certification
15 12 (0.40%) CCNA
15 12 (0.40%) ISEB Practitioner
16 11 (0.37%) SANS
17 10 (0.34%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 285 (9.56%) QA
2 59 (1.98%) Data Quality
3 50 (1.68%) GDPR
4 49 (1.64%) PMO
5 24 (0.81%) WCAG
6 22 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 22 (0.74%) SLA
7 18 (0.60%) PCI DSS
8 12 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 7 (0.23%) COBIT
9 7 (0.23%) GxP
10 6 (0.20%) HIPAA
10 6 (0.20%) JSP 440
10 6 (0.20%) PSD2
11 5 (0.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 4 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 4 (0.13%) PMBOK
13 3 (0.10%) HL7
13 3 (0.10%) MISRA
13 3 (0.10%) Solvency II
System Software
1 179 (6.01%) Docker
2 29 (0.97%) Active Directory
3 27 (0.91%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (0.47%) HDFS
5 10 (0.34%) XenApp
5 10 (0.34%) XenDesktop
6 7 (0.23%) Virtual Machines
6 7 (0.23%) VMware ESXi
6 7 (0.23%) vSphere
7 6 (0.20%) Apache Flume
7 6 (0.20%) Hyper-V
7 6 (0.20%) NFS
8 5 (0.17%) VirtualBox
9 4 (0.13%) Microsoft App-V
9 4 (0.13%) Virtual Desktop
10 2 (0.067%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 2 (0.067%) LXC
11 1 (0.034%) IAG
11 1 (0.034%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.034%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 122 (4.09%) Ansible
2 83 (2.79%) Kubernetes
3 80 (2.68%) Puppet
4 68 (2.28%) Terraform
5 55 (1.85%) Opscode Chef
6 24 (0.81%) Docker Swarm
7 23 (0.77%) Kibana
7 23 (0.77%) Nessus
8 22 (0.74%) HP Quality Center
9 21 (0.70%) Nagios
10 18 (0.60%) ZABBIX
11 17 (0.57%) HP ALM
12 13 (0.44%) Hadoop YARN
12 13 (0.44%) Single Sign-On
13 12 (0.40%) CFEngine
14 10 (0.34%) Grafana
14 10 (0.34%) logstash
15 9 (0.30%) HockeyApp
16 8 (0.27%) PowerCLI
16 8 (0.27%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 384 (12.89%) Microsoft
2 360 (12.08%) Oracle
3 64 (2.15%) Atlassian
3 64 (2.15%) SAP
4 59 (1.98%) Google
4 59 (1.98%) Workday
5 49 (1.64%) MuleSoft
6 47 (1.58%) HP
6 47 (1.58%) IBM
6 47 (1.58%) Splunk
7 45 (1.51%) Citrix
7 45 (1.51%) ServiceNow
7 45 (1.51%) Sybase
8 42 (1.41%) Red Hat
9 35 (1.17%) Tableau
9 35 (1.17%) VMware
10 32 (1.07%) Salesforce.com
11 23 (0.77%) Pega
12 22 (0.74%) TIBCO
13 19 (0.64%) Hortonworks