Period
to 24 November 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 24 November 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
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 72 84 69
Rank change year-on-year +12 -15 +4
Contract jobs citing SDLC 3302 2902 3333
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.20% 2.76% 2.91%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.79% 3.29% 3.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 2335 1960 2199
UK median daily rate £475 £438 £433
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.57% +1.16% +1.76%
10th Percentile £313 £294 £300
90th Percentile £650 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 48 67
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £42.75 £41.80
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.43% +2.27% +11.47%
10th Percentile £23.45 £28.18 £21.05
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.75 £51.02
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £42.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25% +6.67%

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 87050 88088 93684
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.46% 83.89% 81.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 58011 58216 60663
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £635 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2044 2370 2759
UK median hourly rate £23.75 £23.72 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.15% +5.40% +18.42%
10th Percentile £11.37 £11.25 £11.28
90th Percentile £49.93 £48.75 £47.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £24.00 £23.75
% change year-on-year - +1.05% +18.75%

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 November 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 24 November 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 24 November 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 +11 3037 £475 +5.56% 521
London +12 1677 £525 +10.18% 181
UK excluding London +18 1590 £400 - 386
South East +17 529 £411 +6.13% 90
Midlands +30 247 £400 - 34
North of England +13 242 £413 +3.13% 121
South West +6 175 £375 -10.71% 45
Scotland +4 168 £400 +14.29% 34
East of England +8 166 £368 -13.53% 49
North West +11 132 £400 +3.23% 60
West Midlands +19 126 £400 +0.63% 21
East Midlands +16 118 £418 +4.38% 13
Yorkshire -4 95 £425 +1.19% 44
Wales +15 45 £325 -16.13% 13
Northern Ireland -25 23 £375 +38.89%
North East +36 22 £425 +21.43% 17
Isle of Man - 3 £225 -

For the 6 months to 24 November 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 1764 (53.42%) Agile Software Development
2 1042 (31.56%) Finance
3 935 (28.32%) Java
4 871 (26.38%) SQL
5 594 (17.99%) JavaScript
6 525 (15.90%) Scrum
7 506 (15.32%) C#
8 499 (15.11%) Banking
9 494 (14.96%) .NET
10 488 (14.78%) SQL Server
11 486 (14.72%) Microsoft
12 485 (14.69%) Test Automation
13 477 (14.45%) TDD
14 461 (13.96%) Analytical Skills
15 430 (13.02%) HTML
16 407 (12.33%) Project Management
17 404 (12.24%) JIRA
18 391 (11.84%) Linux
19 352 (10.66%) Continuous Integration
20 349 (10.57%) Degree
20 349 (10.57%) QA
21 337 (10.21%) Git (software)
22 334 (10.12%) Web Services
23 330 (9.99%) CSS
24 319 (9.66%) Stakeholder Management
25 314 (9.51%) Windows
25 314 (9.51%) Software Engineering
26 313 (9.48%) Oracle
27 312 (9.45%) BDD
28 299 (9.06%) DevOps

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
1 176 (5.33%) Confluence
2 77 (2.33%) Tomcat
3 55 (1.67%) JBoss
3 55 (1.67%) SharePoint
4 53 (1.61%) Apache
5 44 (1.33%) Apache Spark
5 44 (1.33%) CMS
6 40 (1.21%) IIS
7 39 (1.18%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 33 (1.00%) WebSphere
9 31 (0.94%) Elasticsearch
10 27 (0.82%) SAS
10 27 (0.82%) WebLogic
11 26 (0.79%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 14 (0.42%) Drupal
13 13 (0.39%) Apache Solr
13 13 (0.39%) MS Exchange
14 12 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2010
14 12 (0.36%) OpenStack
15 9 (0.27%) Documentum
Applications
1 105 (3.18%) Microsoft Excel
2 89 (2.70%) Microsoft Office
3 77 (2.33%) MS Visio
4 60 (1.82%) Microsoft Project
5 34 (1.03%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 13 (0.39%) Acrobat
7 12 (0.36%) PaintShop Pro
8 4 (0.12%) HipChat
8 4 (0.12%) Photoshop
8 4 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
9 3 (0.091%) Fireworks
10 2 (0.061%) Simulink
11 1 (0.030%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.030%) InfoPath
11 1 (0.030%) TargetLink
11 1 (0.030%) UXPin
11 1 (0.030%) Vectorworks
Business Applications
1 79 (2.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 44 (1.33%) ION MarketView
3 18 (0.55%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 14 (0.42%) Markit EDM
5 10 (0.30%) Maximo
6 9 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
7 7 (0.21%) KANA IQ
7 7 (0.21%) Oracle BPM
8 6 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
8 6 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
8 6 (0.18%) SAP ERP
9 5 (0.15%) BusinessWorks
9 5 (0.15%) Eagle PACE
9 5 (0.15%) Kondor
10 4 (0.12%) Oracle Cash Management
11 3 (0.091%) Bloomberg TOMS
11 3 (0.091%) BondVision
11 3 (0.091%) OpenText Process Suite
11 3 (0.091%) Oracle EBS R12
11 3 (0.091%) Oracle iProcurement
Cloud Services
1 182 (5.51%) Amazon AWS
2 161 (4.88%) Microsoft Azure
3 72 (2.18%) SaaS
4 67 (2.03%) IaaS
5 40 (1.21%) GitHub
6 39 (1.18%) Slack
7 38 (1.15%) PaaS
8 33 (1.00%) npm
9 28 (0.85%) Google Cloud Platform
10 24 (0.73%) Cloud Computing
10 24 (0.73%) iPaaS
10 24 (0.73%) Office 365
11 19 (0.58%) SuccessFactors
12 16 (0.48%) Serverless
13 11 (0.33%) Dynamics 365
14 10 (0.30%) Amazon EC2
15 9 (0.27%) AWS CloudFormation
16 7 (0.21%) G Suite
17 6 (0.18%) AWS Lambda
18 5 (0.15%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 72 (2.18%) Internet
2 50 (1.51%) Firewall
3 43 (1.30%) HTTP
4 28 (0.85%) TCP/IP
5 23 (0.70%) DNS
6 16 (0.48%) LDAP
6 16 (0.48%) SSL
7 15 (0.45%) Network Security
8 12 (0.36%) LAN
8 12 (0.36%) Unified Communications
9 11 (0.33%) FTP
9 11 (0.33%) WAN
10 10 (0.30%) Reverse Proxy
11 9 (0.27%) Kerberos
11 9 (0.27%) VPN
12 8 (0.24%) SMS
12 8 (0.24%) SMTP
12 8 (0.24%) Wireshark
13 7 (0.21%) MPLS
13 7 (0.21%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 488 (14.78%) SQL Server
2 271 (8.21%) Relational Database
3 142 (4.30%) NoSQL
4 141 (4.27%) RDBMS
5 137 (4.15%) Data Warehouse
6 133 (4.03%) MongoDB
7 120 (3.63%) Big Data
8 105 (3.18%) MySQL
9 94 (2.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 82 (2.48%) Oracle Database
11 68 (2.06%) Hadoop
12 65 (1.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 64 (1.94%) PostgreSQL
14 62 (1.88%) SQL Server 2008
15 46 (1.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 44 (1.33%) DB2
17 41 (1.24%) Apache Hive
18 37 (1.12%) MS Access
19 28 (0.85%) HBase
19 28 (0.85%) Redis
Development Applications
1 404 (12.24%) JIRA
2 337 (10.21%) Git (software)
3 259 (7.84%) Jenkins
4 165 (5.00%) Selenium
5 149 (4.51%) Team Foundation Server
6 147 (4.45%) Maven
7 134 (4.06%) JUnit
8 127 (3.85%) Cucumber
9 117 (3.54%) Subversion
10 115 (3.48%) TeamCity
11 100 (3.03%) Visual Studio
12 69 (2.09%) SoapUI
13 56 (1.70%) Bitbucket
14 53 (1.61%) WebDriver
15 49 (1.48%) NUnit
16 46 (1.39%) Gradle
16 46 (1.39%) Sonatype Nexus
17 42 (1.27%) Eclipse
18 39 (1.18%) JMeter
19 37 (1.12%) gulp
General
1 1042 (31.56%) Finance
2 499 (15.11%) Banking
3 238 (7.21%) Investment Banking
4 205 (6.21%) Front Office
5 144 (4.36%) Retail
6 82 (2.48%) Marketing
7 67 (2.03%) Telecoms
8 62 (1.88%) Financial Institution
9 51 (1.54%) Back Office
10 43 (1.30%) Billing
11 41 (1.24%) Manufacturing
12 33 (1.00%) Law
13 32 (0.97%) Publishing
13 32 (0.97%) Retail Banking
14 26 (0.79%) Legal
15 24 (0.73%) Electronics
15 24 (0.73%) Games
16 23 (0.70%) Pharmaceutical
17 22 (0.67%) Automotive
18 11 (0.33%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 1291 (39.10%) Developer
2 590 (17.87%) Analyst
3 393 (11.90%) Java Developer
4 344 (10.42%) Business Analyst
5 242 (7.33%) Architect
6 227 (6.87%) Project Manager
7 175 (5.30%) .NET Developer
8 161 (4.88%) C# Developer
9 149 (4.51%) Senior Developer
10 109 (3.30%) Consultant
10 109 (3.30%) SQL Developer
11 102 (3.09%) Tester
12 99 (3.00%) Test Analyst
13 97 (2.94%) Software Engineer
14 94 (2.85%) JavaScript Developer
15 84 (2.54%) Full Stack Developer
16 82 (2.48%) C# .NET Developer
17 77 (2.33%) Solutions Architect
18 75 (2.27%) DevOps Engineer
19 74 (2.24%) Java Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 494 (14.96%) .NET
2 430 (13.02%) HTML
3 334 (10.12%) Web Services
4 330 (9.99%) CSS
5 278 (8.42%) Spring
6 269 (8.15%) AngularJS
7 265 (8.03%) XML
8 203 (6.15%) REST
9 182 (5.51%) HTML5
10 166 (5.03%) jQuery
11 164 (4.97%) RESTful
12 161 (4.88%) SOAP
13 153 (4.63%) Hibernate
14 140 (4.24%) ASP.NET
15 132 (4.00%) Node.js
16 125 (3.79%) .NET Framework
17 121 (3.66%) React
18 93 (2.82%) JSON
19 92 (2.79%) Ajax
19 92 (2.79%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 461 (13.96%) Analytical Skills
2 182 (5.51%) Computer Science
3 146 (4.42%) Virtual Team
4 134 (4.06%) Greenfield Project
5 128 (3.88%) Equities
5 128 (3.88%) User Experience
6 121 (3.66%) Management Information System
7 116 (3.51%) Fixed Income
8 108 (3.27%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 106 (3.21%) Derivative
10 100 (3.03%) Enterprise Software
11 81 (2.45%) Mobile App
12 66 (2.00%) N-Tier
13 61 (1.85%) Data Structures
14 55 (1.67%) Fintech
15 50 (1.51%) Equity Derivative
16 48 (1.45%) Algorithms
17 42 (1.27%) Client/Server
17 42 (1.27%) Data Centre
18 34 (1.03%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 391 (11.84%) Linux
2 314 (9.51%) Windows
3 255 (7.72%) Unix
4 71 (2.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 62 (1.88%) Apple iOS
6 53 (1.61%) Android
7 50 (1.51%) Windows Server
8 39 (1.18%) Solaris
9 25 (0.76%) AIX
10 21 (0.64%) Windows Server 2003
11 20 (0.61%) CentOS
12 18 (0.55%) Windows Server 2008
13 11 (0.33%) Windows 10
14 10 (0.30%) Windows Server 2012
15 7 (0.21%) Mac OS X
15 7 (0.21%) Windows 2000
15 7 (0.21%) Windows 7
16 5 (0.15%) Embedded Linux
16 5 (0.15%) Ubuntu
17 4 (0.12%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 1764 (53.42%) Agile Software Development
2 525 (15.90%) Scrum
3 485 (14.69%) Test Automation
4 477 (14.45%) TDD
5 407 (12.33%) Project Management
6 352 (10.66%) Continuous Integration
7 319 (9.66%) Stakeholder Management
8 314 (9.51%) Software Engineering
9 312 (9.45%) BDD
10 299 (9.06%) DevOps
11 289 (8.75%) Waterfall
12 239 (7.24%) OO
13 226 (6.84%) Business Analysis
14 219 (6.63%) MVC
15 215 (6.51%) User Acceptance Testing
16 201 (6.09%) ITIL
17 200 (6.06%) Data Modelling
18 194 (5.88%) Business Intelligence
19 189 (5.72%) Multithreading
20 186 (5.63%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 935 (28.32%) Java
2 871 (26.38%) SQL
3 594 (17.99%) JavaScript
4 506 (15.32%) C#
5 295 (8.93%) Python
6 157 (4.75%) C++
7 153 (4.63%) T-SQL
8 122 (3.69%) Perl
9 108 (3.27%) C
10 79 (2.39%) Shell Script
11 77 (2.33%) VBA
12 74 (2.24%) PL/SQL
13 71 (2.15%) TypeScript
14 58 (1.76%) Bash Shell
15 56 (1.70%) PHP
16 50 (1.51%) PowerShell
17 47 (1.42%) Ruby
17 47 (1.42%) Scala
18 46 (1.39%) ES6
19 30 (0.91%) VB
Qualifications
1 349 (10.57%) Degree
2 148 (4.48%) Security Cleared
3 90 (2.73%) SC Cleared
4 84 (2.54%) ISEB
5 76 (2.30%) ISTQB
6 75 (2.27%) Computer Science Degree
7 73 (2.21%) CISSP
8 55 (1.67%) PMI Certification
9 34 (1.03%) CISM
9 34 (1.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 32 (0.97%) DV Cleared
11 31 (0.94%) PMP
12 30 (0.91%) BPSS Clearance
12 30 (0.91%) CISA
13 29 (0.88%) Microsoft Certification
14 20 (0.61%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 19 (0.58%) CEH
16 18 (0.55%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 13 (0.39%) SANS
18 12 (0.36%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 349 (10.57%) QA
2 63 (1.91%) MiFID
3 59 (1.79%) PMO
4 49 (1.48%) Data Quality
5 46 (1.39%) GDPR
6 44 (1.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 34 (1.03%) PCI DSS
8 25 (0.76%) SLA
9 12 (0.36%) Dodd-Frank
10 11 (0.33%) EMIR
11 10 (0.30%) HL7
12 9 (0.27%) GCP
12 9 (0.27%) WCAG
13 7 (0.21%) Disclosure Scotland
14 6 (0.18%) COBIT
14 6 (0.18%) PSD2
15 5 (0.15%) DO-178B
15 5 (0.15%) MISRA
15 5 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 5 (0.15%) Solvency II
System Software
1 162 (4.91%) Docker
2 44 (1.33%) Active Directory
3 22 (0.67%) VMware Infrastructure
4 17 (0.51%) HDFS
5 10 (0.30%) Apache Flume
5 10 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
6 8 (0.24%) Hyper-V
7 5 (0.15%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 5 (0.15%) KVM
7 5 (0.15%) Oracle RAC
7 5 (0.15%) vCloud
7 5 (0.15%) vSphere
8 4 (0.12%) NFS
8 4 (0.12%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
9 3 (0.091%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (0.061%) IAG
10 2 (0.061%) RHEV
11 1 (0.030%) OpenAM
11 1 (0.030%) OpenIDM
11 1 (0.030%) zsh
Systems Management
1 89 (2.70%) Puppet
2 84 (2.54%) Ansible
3 77 (2.33%) Opscode Chef
4 45 (1.36%) HP Quality Center
5 41 (1.24%) Kubernetes
6 14 (0.42%) SCCM
6 14 (0.42%) ZABBIX
7 13 (0.39%) Nagios
7 13 (0.39%) Nessus
8 10 (0.30%) SCOM
8 10 (0.30%) Terraform
9 9 (0.27%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 8 (0.24%) HP Fortify
10 8 (0.24%) ITRS Geneos
10 8 (0.24%) Oozie
11 6 (0.18%) Docker Swarm
12 5 (0.15%) BladeLogic
13 4 (0.12%) Netcool
13 4 (0.12%) Tivoli
13 4 (0.12%) WMI
Vendors
1 486 (14.72%) Microsoft
2 313 (9.48%) Oracle
3 90 (2.73%) SAP
4 88 (2.67%) Salesforce.com
5 76 (2.30%) Sybase
6 65 (1.97%) Red Hat
7 63 (1.91%) Atlassian
8 62 (1.88%) HP
9 57 (1.73%) ION Trading
10 56 (1.70%) IBM
11 51 (1.54%) ServiceNow
12 48 (1.45%) Splunk
13 46 (1.39%) Bloomberg
14 42 (1.27%) Google
14 42 (1.27%) Perforce
15 39 (1.18%) Adobe
16 30 (0.91%) Cisco
16 30 (0.91%) TIBCO
17 27 (0.82%) Informatica
18 24 (0.73%) VMware