Period
to 21 February 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 21 February 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
21 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 92 81 77
Rank change year-on-year -11 -4 +7
Contract jobs citing SDLC 1,713 2,899 3,166
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.50% 2.92% 3.12%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.94% 3.35% 3.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,074 2,084 2,208
UK median daily rate £481 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.75% +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £325 £350 £313
90th Percentile £675 £659 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £436 £413
% change year-on-year +3.15% +5.76% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 24 52
UK median hourly rate £43.00 £41.50 £42.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.61% -2.92% +0.59%
10th Percentile £34.50 £22.78 £27.00
90th Percentile £53.05 £47.35 £67.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £42.00 £43.00
% change year-on-year +7.14% -2.33% +2.38%

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 58,217 86,577 87,736
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.05% 87.35% 86.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 37,630 57,241 58,557
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £285 £300 £281
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +2.94% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,922 2,248 2,146
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £24.00 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.08% +2.13% -3.73%
10th Percentile £12.44 £11.39 £11.41
90th Percentile £53.25 £50.00 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £22.75 £24.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% -5.21% +3.30%

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 21 February 2020.

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 21 February 2020.

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 21 February 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 -8 1,569 £490 -2.00% 929
UK excluding London -16 889 £450 +3.15% 724
London -8 792 £525 - 289
South East +22 318 £450 -5.26% 184
North of England -31 154 £450 +5.88% 197
Midlands -17 109 £450 +2.04% 106
South West +4 108 £469 +6.53% 77
Scotland -3 104 £375 -6.25% 54
West Midlands +6 89 £450 +2.45% 64
North West -10 85 £450 +5.88% 105
East of England -9 78 £525 +23.53% 76
Yorkshire -26 54 £475 +14.80% 79
East Midlands -18 20 £381 -15.28% 42
North East +3 15 £350 -29.93% 13
Wales -30 12 £325 -19.75% 15
Northern Ireland +16 7 £550 +57.14% 15

For the 6 months to 21 February 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 1,041 (60.77%) Agile Software Development
2 426 (24.87%) Java
3 372 (21.72%) SQL
4 359 (20.96%) Finance
5 331 (19.32%) Scrum
6 289 (16.87%) Azure
7 274 (16.00%) Problem-Solving
8 267 (15.59%) DevOps
9 256 (14.94%) Test Automation
10 255 (14.89%) JavaScript
11 249 (14.54%) Analytical Skills
12 240 (14.01%) .NET
12 240 (14.01%) Python
13 238 (13.89%) C#
14 229 (13.37%) Microsoft
15 222 (12.96%) AWS
16 207 (12.08%) Git (software)
17 203 (11.85%) Linux
18 198 (11.56%) Waterfall
19 197 (11.50%) Web Services
20 188 (10.97%) JIRA
21 185 (10.80%) QA
22 183 (10.68%) SQL Server
23 175 (10.22%) Banking
24 174 (10.16%) Oracle
25 171 (9.98%) Continuous Integration
26 169 (9.87%) Jenkins
27 166 (9.69%) HTML
28 162 (9.46%) CSS
29 158 (9.22%) Project Management

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 89 (5.20%) Confluence
2 44 (2.57%) WebLogic
3 37 (2.16%) SharePoint
4 33 (1.93%) WebSphere
5 32 (1.87%) IIS
6 29 (1.69%) Apache Spark
7 22 (1.28%) Tomcat
8 19 (1.11%) CMS
8 19 (1.11%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 19 (1.11%) SAS
9 17 (0.99%) GeoServer
10 13 (0.76%) Anypoint
11 12 (0.70%) Apache
11 12 (0.70%) OpenStack
12 11 (0.64%) Drupal
12 11 (0.64%) Oracle Service Bus
13 9 (0.53%) Elasticsearch
14 8 (0.47%) JBoss
15 7 (0.41%) Camunda
15 7 (0.41%) Jupyter
Applications
1 91 (5.31%) Microsoft Office
2 63 (3.68%) Microsoft Excel
3 40 (2.34%) Microsoft Project
4 27 (1.58%) MS Visio
5 21 (1.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 5 (0.29%) Zeplin
7 4 (0.23%) InfoPath
8 3 (0.18%) Adobe Illustrator
8 3 (0.18%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.058%) Abaqus
9 1 (0.058%) Adobe Captivate
9 1 (0.058%) Figma
9 1 (0.058%) RoboHelp
9 1 (0.058%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 21 (1.23%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.47%) BASE24
3 7 (0.41%) Maximo
3 7 (0.41%) Oracle BPM
4 6 (0.35%) SAP MM
4 6 (0.35%) SAP S/4HANA
5 5 (0.29%) Adobe Campaign
5 5 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
6 4 (0.23%) ION MarketView
7 3 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
7 3 (0.18%) Loan IQ
7 3 (0.18%) Remedy AR System
7 3 (0.18%) SAP CO
7 3 (0.18%) SAP FI
7 3 (0.18%) SAP FI/CO
7 3 (0.18%) SAP PM
7 3 (0.18%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 2 (0.12%) Markit EDM
8 2 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
8 2 (0.12%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 289 (16.87%) Azure
2 222 (12.96%) AWS
3 70 (4.09%) Power Platform
4 54 (3.15%) GitHub
5 50 (2.92%) GCP
6 42 (2.45%) Serverless
7 37 (2.16%) PaaS
8 32 (1.87%) SaaS
9 30 (1.75%) AWS Lambda
10 26 (1.52%) Office 365
11 25 (1.46%) IaaS
12 24 (1.40%) Amazon S3
13 21 (1.23%) OpenShift
14 19 (1.11%) npm
15 18 (1.05%) Amazon EC2
15 18 (1.05%) AWS CloudFormation
16 15 (0.88%) Dynamics 365
17 14 (0.82%) Amazon EMR
18 12 (0.70%) Amazon ECS
19 11 (0.64%) Amazon Kinesis
Communications & Networking
1 27 (1.58%) HTTP
2 23 (1.34%) Firewall
3 13 (0.76%) DNS
3 13 (0.76%) Network Security
3 13 (0.76%) SSH
3 13 (0.76%) SSL
3 13 (0.76%) Wireshark
4 11 (0.64%) VPN
5 10 (0.58%) WAN
6 9 (0.53%) Internet
6 9 (0.53%) RTMP
7 8 (0.47%) TCP/IP
8 6 (0.35%) DSL
8 6 (0.35%) HTTPS
8 6 (0.35%) IPv6
8 6 (0.35%) LAN
9 4 (0.23%) PuTTY
9 4 (0.23%) X.509
10 3 (0.18%) Cisco ASA
10 3 (0.18%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 183 (10.68%) SQL Server
2 94 (5.49%) Relational Database
3 84 (4.90%) Big Data
4 75 (4.38%) Data Warehouse
5 53 (3.09%) Power BI
6 42 (2.45%) Oracle Database
7 37 (2.16%) NoSQL
8 36 (2.10%) RDBMS
9 34 (1.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 32 (1.87%) MySQL
11 29 (1.69%) PostgreSQL
12 28 (1.63%) Hadoop
13 26 (1.52%) Apache Hive
13 26 (1.52%) MongoDB
14 23 (1.34%) KDB
14 23 (1.34%) Redis
15 22 (1.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 18 (1.05%) GIS
16 18 (1.05%) Kdb+
17 16 (0.93%) Geospatial Data
Development Applications
1 207 (12.08%) Git (software)
2 188 (10.97%) JIRA
3 169 (9.87%) Jenkins
4 88 (5.14%) Selenium
5 60 (3.50%) Cucumber
6 58 (3.39%) Maven
7 55 (3.21%) TeamCity
8 36 (2.10%) Team Foundation Server
9 34 (1.98%) JMeter
10 33 (1.93%) JUnit
11 30 (1.75%) Mockito
12 29 (1.69%) Visual Studio
13 27 (1.58%) Visual Studio Team System
14 25 (1.46%) Postman
15 24 (1.40%) Bitbucket
16 23 (1.34%) SpecFlow
17 22 (1.28%) gulp
18 21 (1.23%) Subversion
19 18 (1.05%) Gradle
19 18 (1.05%) WebDriver
General
1 359 (20.96%) Finance
2 175 (10.22%) Banking
3 78 (4.55%) Public Sector
4 71 (4.14%) Front Office
5 63 (3.68%) Investment Banking
6 43 (2.51%) Retail
7 23 (1.34%) Marketing
7 23 (1.34%) Telecoms
8 20 (1.17%) German Language
8 20 (1.17%) Manufacturing
9 17 (0.99%) Pharmaceutical
10 15 (0.88%) Back Office
11 12 (0.70%) Legal
12 11 (0.64%) Financial Institution
12 11 (0.64%) Italian Language
13 8 (0.47%) Publishing
13 8 (0.47%) Retail Banking
14 7 (0.41%) Corporate Banking
14 7 (0.41%) Law
14 7 (0.41%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 602 (35.14%) Developer
2 234 (13.66%) Analyst
3 185 (10.80%) Architect
4 126 (7.36%) Business Analyst
5 120 (7.01%) Java Developer
6 98 (5.72%) Project Manager
7 77 (4.50%) Senior Developer
8 70 (4.09%) Solutions Architect
9 68 (3.97%) .NET Developer
10 62 (3.62%) DevOps Engineer
11 61 (3.56%) C# Developer
12 55 (3.21%) Consultant
13 54 (3.15%) React Developer
14 53 (3.09%) Software Developer
14 53 (3.09%) Tester
15 46 (2.69%) Software Engineer
16 35 (2.04%) Angular Developer
17 34 (1.98%) Test Manager
18 30 (1.75%) Test Analyst
19 29 (1.69%) Oracle Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 240 (14.01%) .NET
2 197 (11.50%) Web Services
3 166 (9.69%) HTML
4 162 (9.46%) CSS
5 155 (9.05%) AngularJS
6 133 (7.76%) XML
7 119 (6.95%) REST
8 114 (6.65%) Spring
9 101 (5.90%) React
10 96 (5.60%) RESTful
11 89 (5.20%) HTML5
12 78 (4.55%) JSON
13 71 (4.14%) .NET Core
14 67 (3.91%) ASP.NET
15 65 (3.79%) .NET Framework
16 59 (3.44%) Node.js
16 59 (3.44%) SOAP
17 55 (3.21%) Spring Boot
18 50 (2.92%) jQuery
19 49 (2.86%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 249 (14.54%) Analytical Skills
2 78 (4.55%) Self-Motivation
3 76 (4.44%) User Experience
4 70 (4.09%) Greenfield Project
5 58 (3.39%) Enterprise Software
6 50 (2.92%) Management Information System
7 49 (2.86%) Mobile App
8 46 (2.69%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 38 (2.22%) Data Structures
10 36 (2.10%) Linux Command Line
11 31 (1.81%) Public Cloud
12 27 (1.58%) Virtual Team
13 22 (1.28%) Derivative
14 21 (1.23%) Algorithms
15 17 (0.99%) Hedge funds
16 14 (0.82%) Data Centre
16 14 (0.82%) PKI
17 13 (0.76%) Wiki
18 12 (0.70%) CMDB
18 12 (0.70%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 203 (11.85%) Linux
2 154 (8.99%) Windows
3 99 (5.78%) Unix
4 49 (2.86%) Android
5 39 (2.28%) Apple iOS
6 22 (1.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 14 (0.82%) Windows 10
8 13 (0.76%) Ubuntu
9 12 (0.70%) AIX
9 12 (0.70%) Windows Server
10 9 (0.53%) CentOS
11 8 (0.47%) Windows Server 2008
12 5 (0.29%) OpenVMS
13 4 (0.23%) DC/OS
13 4 (0.23%) Solaris
13 4 (0.23%) Windows 7
14 3 (0.18%) Mac OS
14 3 (0.18%) Oracle Linux
14 3 (0.18%) VMS
14 3 (0.18%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,041 (60.77%) Agile Software Development
2 331 (19.32%) Scrum
3 274 (16.00%) Problem-Solving
4 267 (15.59%) DevOps
5 256 (14.94%) Test Automation
6 198 (11.56%) Waterfall
7 171 (9.98%) Continuous Integration
8 158 (9.22%) Microservices
8 158 (9.22%) Project Management
9 147 (8.58%) TDD
10 139 (8.11%) Software Engineering
11 136 (7.94%) Stakeholder Management
12 132 (7.71%) Data Modelling
13 122 (7.12%) Business Intelligence
14 109 (6.36%) BDD
15 107 (6.25%) Kanban
15 107 (6.25%) Unit Testing
16 100 (5.84%) Analytics
17 96 (5.60%) ITIL
18 90 (5.25%) OO
Programming Languages
1 426 (24.87%) Java
2 372 (21.72%) SQL
3 255 (14.89%) JavaScript
4 240 (14.01%) Python
5 238 (13.89%) C#
6 79 (4.61%) TypeScript
7 78 (4.55%) C++
8 65 (3.79%) C
9 62 (3.62%) PowerShell
10 59 (3.44%) T-SQL
11 51 (2.98%) Shell Script
12 42 (2.45%) Ruby
13 41 (2.39%) PL/SQL
14 37 (2.16%) Bash Shell
15 32 (1.87%) Perl
16 26 (1.52%) Kotlin
17 25 (1.46%) Scala
18 22 (1.28%) Groovy
19 21 (1.23%) PHP
20 20 (1.17%) Go
Qualifications
1 136 (7.94%) Security Cleared
2 133 (7.76%) Degree
3 117 (6.83%) SC Cleared
4 56 (3.27%) ISEB
5 51 (2.98%) ISTQB
6 25 (1.46%) Computer Science Degree
7 23 (1.34%) PMP
8 21 (1.23%) CISSP
9 20 (1.17%) Microsoft Certification
10 17 (0.99%) PMI Certification
10 17 (0.99%) TOGAF Certification
11 16 (0.93%) AWS Certification
11 16 (0.93%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 14 (0.82%) ISEB Practitioner
12 14 (0.82%) MCSE
13 10 (0.58%) Cisco Certification
13 10 (0.58%) CISM
13 10 (0.58%) DV Cleared
14 9 (0.53%) BPSS Clearance
15 7 (0.41%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 185 (10.80%) QA
2 19 (1.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 19 (1.11%) PMO
3 17 (0.99%) Data Quality
4 14 (0.82%) GDPR
4 14 (0.82%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 13 (0.76%) SLA
6 11 (0.64%) NIST
7 10 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 8 (0.47%) GxP
9 6 (0.35%) NCSC
9 6 (0.35%) PCI DSS
10 5 (0.29%) HIPAA
11 4 (0.23%) ISO 22301
11 4 (0.23%) MiFID
12 3 (0.18%) GAMP
12 3 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 3 (0.18%) JSP 440
12 3 (0.18%) Solvency II
13 2 (0.12%) COREP
System Software
1 125 (7.30%) Docker
2 19 (1.11%) Active Directory
3 14 (0.82%) VMware Infrastructure
4 10 (0.58%) HDFS
4 10 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (0.35%) Oracle RAC
6 5 (0.29%) VirtualBox
7 4 (0.23%) Hyper-V
8 3 (0.18%) vSphere
9 2 (0.12%) Apache Flume
9 2 (0.12%) NFS
9 2 (0.12%) Samba
9 2 (0.12%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
9 2 (0.12%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.12%) Xen
9 2 (0.12%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.058%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.058%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.058%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 100 (5.84%) Kubernetes
2 59 (3.44%) Ansible
3 53 (3.09%) Terraform
4 37 (2.16%) Opscode Chef
5 34 (1.98%) Puppet
6 23 (1.34%) HP Quality Center
7 12 (0.70%) Hadoop YARN
8 11 (0.64%) HP ALM
9 10 (0.58%) Docker Swarm
10 9 (0.53%) Nagios
11 8 (0.47%) Packer
12 6 (0.35%) Data Guard
12 6 (0.35%) HP SiteScope
12 6 (0.35%) Oracle RMAN
12 6 (0.35%) SCCM
13 5 (0.29%) MIIS
14 4 (0.23%) Grafana
14 4 (0.23%) Kibana
14 4 (0.23%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
14 4 (0.23%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 229 (13.37%) Microsoft
2 174 (10.16%) Oracle
3 51 (2.98%) Google
4 47 (2.74%) SAP
5 46 (2.69%) Salesforce.com
6 37 (2.16%) HP
7 29 (1.69%) Tableau
8 24 (1.40%) IBM
8 24 (1.40%) MuleSoft
8 24 (1.40%) Splunk
9 21 (1.23%) CheckPoint
10 17 (0.99%) Cloudera
10 17 (0.99%) ServiceNow
10 17 (0.99%) VMware
11 16 (0.93%) Red Hat
12 14 (0.82%) webMethods
13 13 (0.76%) Atlassian
13 13 (0.76%) Remedy
14 12 (0.70%) Cisco
14 12 (0.70%) Informatica