Period
to 28 March 2020

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 28 March 2020 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
28 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 91 85 77
Rank change year-on-year -6 -8 +6
Contract jobs citing SDLC 1,588 2,782 3,193
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.52% 2.88% 3.15%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.97% 3.29% 3.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,009 1,992 2,155
Median daily rate £488 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.50% +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £325 £350 £313
90th Percentile £688 £663 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £443 £414
% change year-on-year +1.69% +6.95% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 27 54
Median hourly rate £42.50 £43.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.16% -4.44% +7.14%
10th Percentile £32.50 £27.50 £32.65
90th Percentile £55.25 £50.00 £67.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £43.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year - -4.44% +7.14%

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 53,531 84,443 87,841
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.86% 87.31% 86.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 34,123 55,915 58,127
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +4.65%
10th Percentile £285 £300 £288
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +2.94% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,902 2,142 2,213
Median hourly rate £25.00 £24.28 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.97% +5.57% -8.00%
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.75 £11.38
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.23 £50.00
Median hourly rate £22.50 £22.84 £22.67
% change year-on-year -1.47% +0.72% -9.31%

SDLC
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SDLC as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SDLC in the UK

SDLC
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SDLC.

Daily rate trend for SDLC in the UK

SDLC
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SDLC over the 6 months to 28 March 2020.

Daily rate histogram for SDLC in the UK

SDLC
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SDLC.

Hourly rate trend for SDLC in the UK

SDLC
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing SDLC over the 6 months to 28 March 2020.

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 28 March 2020. 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 1,456 £500 - 691
UK excluding London -17 814 £450 +1.69% 531
London -1 736 £525 - 216
South East +24 298 £450 -5.26% 142
North of England -36 134 £463 +8.82% 125
Midlands -5 115 £440 -2.22% 89
West Midlands +17 95 £440 -2.22% 59
South West -2 92 £500 +13.64% 71
Scotland -7 88 £385 -3.75% 39
North West -11 73 £425 - 66
East of England +2 70 £500 +17.65% 48
Yorkshire -5 51 £481 +20.31% 40
East Midlands -20 20 £375 -16.67% 30
Work from Home -1 15 £525 -6.67% 37
Wales -27 12 £350 -17.65% 12
North East -1 10 £400 -19.92% 19
Northern Ireland +16 6 £550 +46.67% 6

For the 6 months to 28 March 2020, 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.

1 979 (61.65%) Agile Software Development
2 409 (25.76%) Java
3 348 (21.91%) SQL
4 343 (21.60%) Finance
5 289 (18.20%) Scrum
6 282 (17.76%) Azure
7 265 (16.69%) JavaScript
8 260 (16.37%) Test Automation
9 258 (16.25%) DevOps
10 230 (14.48%) Problem-Solving
10 230 (14.48%) .NET
11 226 (14.23%) C#
12 217 (13.66%) AWS
12 217 (13.66%) Waterfall
13 212 (13.35%) Microsoft
14 211 (13.29%) Analytical Skills
15 205 (12.91%) Python
16 201 (12.66%) JIRA
17 190 (11.96%) Git (software)
18 186 (11.71%) QA
19 180 (11.34%) SQL Server
20 174 (10.96%) HTML
21 171 (10.77%) CSS
21 171 (10.77%) Web Services
22 166 (10.45%) Continuous Integration
23 161 (10.14%) Linux
23 161 (10.14%) Oracle
24 159 (10.01%) Banking
25 158 (9.95%) Windows
26 157 (9.89%) Jenkins

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
1 106 (6.68%) Confluence
2 44 (2.77%) WebLogic
3 38 (2.39%) WebSphere
4 36 (2.27%) IIS
5 35 (2.20%) SharePoint
6 26 (1.64%) Tomcat
7 21 (1.32%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 21 (1.32%) SAS
8 20 (1.26%) Apache Spark
8 20 (1.26%) CMS
9 13 (0.82%) Apache
9 13 (0.82%) Elasticsearch
10 11 (0.69%) Drupal
10 11 (0.69%) Oracle Service Bus
11 9 (0.57%) OpenStack
12 8 (0.50%) Anypoint
12 8 (0.50%) Cloud Foundry
12 8 (0.50%) JBoss
13 7 (0.44%) Camunda
14 6 (0.38%) GeoServer
Applications
1 86 (5.42%) Microsoft Office
2 73 (4.60%) Microsoft Excel
3 36 (2.27%) Microsoft Project
4 23 (1.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 20 (1.26%) MS Visio
6 5 (0.31%) Zeplin
7 3 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
7 3 (0.19%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.063%) Abaqus
8 1 (0.063%) Adobe Captivate
8 1 (0.063%) Figma
8 1 (0.063%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.063%) RoboHelp
8 1 (0.063%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 22 (1.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.57%) Maximo
3 7 (0.44%) ION MarketView
4 6 (0.38%) Oracle BPM
5 5 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
6 3 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
6 3 (0.19%) Loan IQ
6 3 (0.19%) Remedy AR System
6 3 (0.19%) SAP CO
6 3 (0.19%) SAP FI
6 3 (0.19%) SAP FI/CO
6 3 (0.19%) SAP MM
7 2 (0.13%) Adobe Campaign
7 2 (0.13%) BASE24
7 2 (0.13%) Lawson
7 2 (0.13%) Magento
7 2 (0.13%) Markit EDM
7 2 (0.13%) SAP HR
7 2 (0.13%) SAP PM
7 2 (0.13%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 282 (17.76%) Azure
2 217 (13.66%) AWS
3 64 (4.03%) GitHub
4 61 (3.84%) Power Platform
5 48 (3.02%) GCP
6 42 (2.64%) Serverless
7 34 (2.14%) PaaS
8 33 (2.08%) SaaS
9 29 (1.83%) AWS Lambda
10 25 (1.57%) Amazon S3
10 25 (1.57%) IaaS
11 19 (1.20%) AWS CloudFormation
11 19 (1.20%) Office 365
12 18 (1.13%) Amazon EC2
12 18 (1.13%) OpenShift
13 14 (0.88%) Amazon ECS
13 14 (0.88%) npm
14 13 (0.82%) Azure Data Factory
15 12 (0.76%) Amazon ELB
16 11 (0.69%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 36 (2.27%) HTTP
2 18 (1.13%) Firewall
3 17 (1.07%) SSL
4 15 (0.94%) RTMP
5 14 (0.88%) Internet
6 12 (0.76%) HTTPS
6 12 (0.76%) Network Security
6 12 (0.76%) TCP/IP
7 11 (0.69%) DNS
8 10 (0.63%) Wireshark
9 8 (0.50%) DSL
9 8 (0.50%) VPN
9 8 (0.50%) WAN
10 6 (0.38%) IPv6
11 5 (0.31%) FTP
11 5 (0.31%) LAN
11 5 (0.31%) PuTTY
11 5 (0.31%) SNMP
12 3 (0.19%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
12 3 (0.19%) NetScreen
Database & Business Intelligence
1 180 (11.34%) SQL Server
2 96 (6.05%) Relational Database
3 92 (5.79%) Data Warehouse
4 71 (4.47%) Big Data
5 54 (3.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 50 (3.15%) NoSQL
7 46 (2.90%) Oracle Database
8 44 (2.77%) Power BI
9 38 (2.39%) RDBMS
10 35 (2.20%) MySQL
10 35 (2.20%) Redis
11 31 (1.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 30 (1.89%) MongoDB
13 27 (1.70%) PostgreSQL
14 17 (1.07%) Oracle OWB
14 17 (1.07%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 16 (1.01%) Oracle Database 12c
16 15 (0.94%) Oracle BI EE
17 14 (0.88%) Oracle ODI
18 13 (0.82%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 201 (12.66%) JIRA
2 190 (11.96%) Git (software)
3 157 (9.89%) Jenkins
4 85 (5.35%) Selenium
5 65 (4.09%) Cucumber
6 54 (3.40%) JUnit
7 50 (3.15%) Maven
8 47 (2.96%) Team Foundation Server
9 37 (2.33%) Mockito
10 36 (2.27%) JMeter
11 32 (2.02%) TeamCity
12 27 (1.70%) Postman
12 27 (1.70%) Visual Studio
13 25 (1.57%) SpecFlow
13 25 (1.57%) WebDriver
14 23 (1.45%) Gradle
15 22 (1.39%) Subversion
16 20 (1.26%) git-flow
17 19 (1.20%) Bitbucket
17 19 (1.20%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 343 (21.60%) Finance
2 159 (10.01%) Banking
3 81 (5.10%) Public Sector
4 65 (4.09%) Investment Banking
5 58 (3.65%) Front Office
6 34 (2.14%) Retail
7 21 (1.32%) Telecoms
8 19 (1.20%) Marketing
8 19 (1.20%) Pharmaceutical
9 18 (1.13%) Manufacturing
10 16 (1.01%) Back Office
10 16 (1.01%) German Language
11 12 (0.76%) Financial Institution
12 10 (0.63%) Legal
13 9 (0.57%) Publishing
14 8 (0.50%) Corporate Banking
14 8 (0.50%) Italian Language
15 6 (0.38%) Advertising
15 6 (0.38%) Law
15 6 (0.38%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 540 (34.01%) Developer
2 221 (13.92%) Analyst
3 167 (10.52%) Architect
4 118 (7.43%) Java Developer
5 114 (7.18%) Business Analyst
6 104 (6.55%) Project Manager
7 67 (4.22%) Solutions Architect
8 62 (3.90%) Senior Developer
8 62 (3.90%) Tester
9 58 (3.65%) DevOps Engineer
9 58 (3.65%) React Developer
10 57 (3.59%) .NET Developer
11 54 (3.40%) C# Developer
12 49 (3.09%) Consultant
13 44 (2.77%) Software Engineer
14 42 (2.64%) Software Developer
15 31 (1.95%) Full Stack Developer
15 31 (1.95%) Python Developer
16 29 (1.83%) IT Manager
17 28 (1.76%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 230 (14.48%) .NET
2 174 (10.96%) HTML
3 171 (10.77%) CSS
3 171 (10.77%) Web Services
4 137 (8.63%) AngularJS
4 137 (8.63%) XML
5 119 (7.49%) Spring
6 114 (7.18%) REST
7 105 (6.61%) RESTful
8 102 (6.42%) React
9 98 (6.17%) HTML5
10 68 (4.28%) JSON
11 66 (4.16%) Node.js
12 64 (4.03%) ASP.NET
13 59 (3.72%) Spring Boot
14 56 (3.53%) .NET Framework
14 56 (3.53%) SOAP
15 51 (3.21%) .NET Core
16 50 (3.15%) jQuery
17 49 (3.09%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 211 (13.29%) Analytical Skills
2 91 (5.73%) User Experience
3 76 (4.79%) Self-Motivation
4 72 (4.53%) Greenfield Project
5 55 (3.46%) Enterprise Software
6 51 (3.21%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 50 (3.15%) Mobile App
8 47 (2.96%) Management Information System
9 33 (2.08%) Data Structures
10 26 (1.64%) Derivative
11 23 (1.45%) Virtual Team
12 20 (1.26%) Linux Command Line
13 18 (1.13%) Fixed Income
14 16 (1.01%) Mobile Payment
14 16 (1.01%) Public Cloud
15 15 (0.94%) Data Centre
15 15 (0.94%) Hedge funds
15 15 (0.94%) PKI
16 14 (0.88%) Algorithms
16 14 (0.88%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 161 (10.14%) Linux
2 158 (9.95%) Windows
3 83 (5.23%) Unix
4 47 (2.96%) Android
5 31 (1.95%) Apple iOS
6 22 (1.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 12 (0.76%) Ubuntu
8 11 (0.69%) AIX
8 11 (0.69%) Windows 10
8 11 (0.69%) Windows Server
9 8 (0.50%) CentOS
10 6 (0.38%) Solaris
10 6 (0.38%) Windows Server 2008
11 5 (0.31%) OpenVMS
12 4 (0.25%) HPUX
12 4 (0.25%) Mac OS X
13 3 (0.19%) DC/OS
13 3 (0.19%) Mac OS
13 3 (0.19%) Oracle Linux
13 3 (0.19%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 979 (61.65%) Agile Software Development
2 289 (18.20%) Scrum
3 260 (16.37%) Test Automation
4 258 (16.25%) DevOps
5 230 (14.48%) Problem-Solving
6 217 (13.66%) Waterfall
7 166 (10.45%) Continuous Integration
8 147 (9.26%) Project Management
9 146 (9.19%) Data Modelling
10 145 (9.13%) Microservices
11 130 (8.19%) Software Engineering
11 130 (8.19%) TDD
12 123 (7.75%) Stakeholder Management
13 120 (7.56%) Kanban
14 118 (7.43%) Business Intelligence
15 102 (6.42%) BDD
16 90 (5.67%) ITIL
17 87 (5.48%) Mentoring
18 82 (5.16%) Analytics
19 81 (5.10%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 409 (25.76%) Java
2 348 (21.91%) SQL
3 265 (16.69%) JavaScript
4 226 (14.23%) C#
5 205 (12.91%) Python
6 75 (4.72%) TypeScript
7 65 (4.09%) PowerShell
8 63 (3.97%) T-SQL
9 61 (3.84%) C
10 53 (3.34%) C++
11 48 (3.02%) Shell Script
12 42 (2.64%) PL/SQL
13 38 (2.39%) Ruby
14 30 (1.89%) Bash Shell
14 30 (1.89%) Kotlin
15 25 (1.57%) Perl
16 24 (1.51%) Java 8
17 21 (1.32%) Groovy
17 21 (1.32%) PHP
18 16 (1.01%) Scala
Qualifications
1 143 (9.01%) Security Cleared
2 135 (8.50%) Degree
3 127 (8.00%) SC Cleared
4 56 (3.53%) ISEB
5 49 (3.09%) ISTQB
6 35 (2.20%) Computer Science Degree
7 23 (1.45%) CISSP
8 21 (1.32%) PMP
9 16 (1.01%) AWS Certification
10 15 (0.94%) CISM
11 14 (0.88%) ISEB Practitioner
11 14 (0.88%) Microsoft Certification
11 14 (0.88%) PMI Certification
12 13 (0.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 12 (0.76%) DV Cleared
14 10 (0.63%) MCSE
14 10 (0.63%) TOGAF Certification
15 9 (0.57%) BPSS Clearance
15 9 (0.57%) GIAC
16 8 (0.50%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 186 (11.71%) QA
2 18 (1.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 17 (1.07%) Data Quality
3 17 (1.07%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 15 (0.94%) PMO
5 13 (0.82%) GDPR
6 12 (0.76%) SLA
7 11 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 10 (0.63%) GxP
8 10 (0.63%) NIST
9 8 (0.50%) Solvency II
10 6 (0.38%) HIPAA
10 6 (0.38%) NCSC
10 6 (0.38%) PCI DSS
11 4 (0.25%) ISO 22301
11 4 (0.25%) MiFID
11 4 (0.25%) WCAG
12 3 (0.19%) HL7
12 3 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 3 (0.19%) JSP 440
System Software
1 124 (7.81%) Docker
2 15 (0.94%) Active Directory
3 10 (0.63%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (0.44%) Oracle RAC
4 7 (0.44%) Virtual Machines
5 5 (0.31%) VirtualBox
6 4 (0.25%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.19%) HDFS
7 3 (0.19%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (0.19%) vSphere
8 2 (0.13%) Apache Flume
8 2 (0.13%) NFS
8 2 (0.13%) Samba
8 2 (0.13%) Xen
9 1 (0.063%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.063%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.063%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.063%) XenApp
9 1 (0.063%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 106 (6.68%) Kubernetes
2 49 (3.09%) Ansible
3 48 (3.02%) Terraform
4 40 (2.52%) Opscode Chef
5 34 (2.14%) Puppet
6 19 (1.20%) HP Quality Center
7 10 (0.63%) HP ALM
8 9 (0.57%) Docker Swarm
9 8 (0.50%) Packer
10 7 (0.44%) Data Guard
10 7 (0.44%) Nagios
10 7 (0.44%) Oracle RMAN
11 6 (0.38%) Kibana
11 6 (0.38%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 6 (0.38%) SCCM
11 6 (0.38%) SCDPM
12 4 (0.25%) HP SiteScope
12 4 (0.25%) Prometheus
12 4 (0.25%) Single Sign-On
13 3 (0.19%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 212 (13.35%) Microsoft
2 161 (10.14%) Oracle
3 46 (2.90%) Google
4 41 (2.58%) SAP
5 36 (2.27%) Salesforce.com
6 32 (2.02%) HP
7 27 (1.70%) IBM
8 26 (1.64%) Tableau
9 23 (1.45%) ServiceNow
10 22 (1.39%) Splunk
11 20 (1.26%) Atlassian
12 17 (1.07%) CheckPoint
12 17 (1.07%) MuleSoft
12 17 (1.07%) Red Hat
13 12 (0.76%) VMware
14 11 (0.69%) webMethods
15 10 (0.63%) Dell
15 10 (0.63%) Sybase
16 9 (0.57%) Citrix
16 9 (0.57%) Netsparker