Period
to 17 July 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 17 July 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
17 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 75 72 67
Rank change year-on-year -3 -5 +6
Contract jobs citing SDLC 3,300 2,953 3,328
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.18% 3.11% 3.02%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.71% 3.66% 3.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,128 2,003 2,219
UK median daily rate £475 £460 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.26% +8.24% -
10th Percentile £325 £310 £291
90th Percentile £638 £650 £614
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £395
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.27% +5.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 53 40
UK median hourly rate £43.00 £40.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.17% +1.25% -14.89%
10th Percentile £20.00 £29.00 £32.18
90th Percentile £67.25 £53.75 £46.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £40.75 £39.00
% change year-on-year +4.29% +4.49% +3.67%

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 88,891 80,637 92,773
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.77% 84.89% 84.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,622 52,775 61,088
UK median daily rate £450 £445 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £601
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,428 2,131 2,298
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £25.00 £24.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.00% +1.01% +15.12%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.50 £11.72
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -20.00% - +16.01%

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 17 July 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 17 July 2018.

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 17 July 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 -3 2,966 £475 - 926
UK excluding London -2 1,751 £425 +6.25% 701
London -7 1,512 £525 - 318
South East -4 551 £475 +14.05% 174
North of England +21 366 £400 +6.67% 190
Midlands +5 245 £420 +5.00% 95
Scotland -1 219 £400 - 62
North West +19 175 £375 +3.45% 121
Yorkshire +14 170 £413 +6.45% 60
South West -4 163 £420 +5.00% 78
West Midlands +5 154 £418 +11.33% 58
East of England +13 123 £425 +10.39% 71
East Midlands -4 87 £425 -5.56% 37
Wales +13 71 £360 +1.41% 19
North East 0 27 £475 +39.71% 9
Northern Ireland +5 14 £318 -29.44% 11
Isle of Man - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 17 July 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 1,971 (59.73%) Agile Software Development
2 918 (27.82%) Finance
3 799 (24.21%) Java
4 770 (23.33%) SQL
5 577 (17.48%) Scrum
6 568 (17.21%) JavaScript
7 491 (14.88%) Test Automation
8 474 (14.36%) C#
9 453 (13.73%) Oracle
10 451 (13.67%) .NET
11 449 (13.61%) Continuous Integration
12 436 (13.21%) TDD
13 435 (13.18%) Analytical Skills
14 433 (13.12%) HTML
15 422 (12.79%) JIRA
16 420 (12.73%) Problem-Solving
17 417 (12.64%) Project Management
18 412 (12.48%) Git (software)
19 409 (12.39%) Banking
20 404 (12.24%) Python
21 397 (12.03%) Web Services
21 397 (12.03%) Linux
22 395 (11.97%) SQL Server
23 377 (11.42%) Microsoft
24 372 (11.27%) Waterfall
25 364 (11.03%) Jenkins
26 360 (10.91%) CSS
27 353 (10.70%) DevOps
28 351 (10.64%) Windows
29 343 (10.39%) Degree

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
1 190 (5.76%) Confluence
2 83 (2.52%) Elasticsearch
3 62 (1.88%) CMS
4 59 (1.79%) SharePoint
5 55 (1.67%) JBoss
6 51 (1.55%) Apache Spark
7 42 (1.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 42 (1.27%) WebSphere
8 35 (1.06%) Tomcat
9 34 (1.03%) IIS
9 34 (1.03%) WebLogic
10 26 (0.79%) Apache
10 26 (0.79%) SAS
11 21 (0.64%) Apache Solr
11 21 (0.64%) OpenStack
12 20 (0.61%) Drupal
13 16 (0.48%) Mule
14 12 (0.36%) Oracle Workflow
15 11 (0.33%) Liferay
15 11 (0.33%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 113 (3.42%) Microsoft Excel
2 111 (3.36%) Microsoft Office
3 77 (2.33%) Microsoft Project
4 57 (1.73%) MS Visio
5 34 (1.03%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 7 (0.21%) InfoPath
6 7 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.15%) HipChat
8 4 (0.12%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.091%) Chatbot
10 2 (0.061%) Fireworks
11 1 (0.030%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.030%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.030%) PaintShop Pro
11 1 (0.030%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 49 (1.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (0.39%) Oracle ERP
3 10 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
4 9 (0.27%) SAP S/4HANA
5 7 (0.21%) Markit EDM
5 7 (0.21%) Oracle EBS R12
6 6 (0.18%) Distributed Ledger
6 6 (0.18%) Oracle BPM
6 6 (0.18%) SAP ERP
7 5 (0.15%) Actimize
7 5 (0.15%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 5 (0.15%) SAP FI
7 5 (0.15%) SAP Hybris
7 5 (0.15%) thinkFolio
8 4 (0.12%) Oracle Cash Management
9 3 (0.091%) HiPortfolio
9 3 (0.091%) Oracle Financials
9 3 (0.091%) Remedy ITSM
9 3 (0.091%) Sonata
9 3 (0.091%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 273 (8.27%) Amazon AWS
2 260 (7.88%) Microsoft Azure
3 79 (2.39%) SaaS
4 66 (2.00%) Serverless
5 59 (1.79%) GitHub
6 56 (1.70%) IaaS
7 55 (1.67%) PaaS
8 48 (1.45%) Office 365
9 43 (1.30%) AWS CloudFormation
9 43 (1.30%) Google Cloud Platform
10 41 (1.24%) Amazon EC2
11 28 (0.85%) Cloud Computing
11 28 (0.85%) Slack
12 27 (0.82%) npm
13 19 (0.58%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 17 (0.52%) AWS Lambda
14 17 (0.52%) Datadog
15 12 (0.36%) Azure Active Directory
15 12 (0.36%) OpenShift
16 11 (0.33%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 71 (2.15%) HTTP
2 70 (2.12%) Firewall
3 65 (1.97%) Internet
4 36 (1.09%) DNS
5 31 (0.94%) FTP
5 31 (0.94%) TCP/IP
6 29 (0.88%) SSL
7 27 (0.82%) Network Security
8 22 (0.67%) VPN
9 18 (0.55%) LAN
9 18 (0.55%) WAN
10 17 (0.52%) SMS
11 16 (0.48%) VLAN
12 13 (0.39%) VoIP
13 12 (0.36%) Intranet
13 12 (0.36%) RTMP
13 12 (0.36%) SAN
13 12 (0.36%) SNMP
14 11 (0.33%) Ethernet
14 11 (0.33%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 395 (11.97%) SQL Server
2 298 (9.03%) Relational Database
3 130 (3.94%) Big Data
4 129 (3.91%) NoSQL
5 126 (3.82%) MySQL
6 124 (3.76%) Data Warehouse
7 115 (3.48%) RDBMS
8 109 (3.30%) MongoDB
9 95 (2.88%) PostgreSQL
10 90 (2.73%) Hadoop
11 89 (2.70%) Oracle Database
12 75 (2.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 52 (1.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 42 (1.27%) DB2
15 40 (1.21%) Power BI
15 40 (1.21%) SQL Server 2012
16 36 (1.09%) Apache Hive
17 34 (1.03%) HBase
18 32 (0.97%) SQL Server 2008
19 31 (0.94%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 422 (12.79%) JIRA
2 412 (12.48%) Git (software)
3 364 (11.03%) Jenkins
4 213 (6.45%) Selenium
5 146 (4.42%) Cucumber
6 123 (3.73%) Maven
7 117 (3.55%) Subversion
8 112 (3.39%) JUnit
9 104 (3.15%) TeamCity
10 102 (3.09%) Visual Studio
11 77 (2.33%) Team Foundation Server
12 66 (2.00%) SoapUI
13 65 (1.97%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 64 (1.94%) Bitbucket
15 57 (1.73%) webpack
16 55 (1.67%) Gerrit
17 50 (1.52%) Mocha
18 46 (1.39%) Eclipse
19 43 (1.30%) JMeter
20 42 (1.27%) NUnit
General
1 918 (27.82%) Finance
2 409 (12.39%) Banking
3 162 (4.91%) Retail
4 159 (4.82%) Investment Banking
5 133 (4.03%) Front Office
6 75 (2.27%) Marketing
7 56 (1.70%) Telecoms
8 38 (1.15%) Back Office
8 38 (1.15%) Legal
9 37 (1.12%) Financial Institution
9 37 (1.12%) Manufacturing
10 31 (0.94%) Law
11 27 (0.82%) Electronics
11 27 (0.82%) Pharmaceutical
12 22 (0.67%) Automotive
13 20 (0.61%) Retail Banking
14 19 (0.58%) Publishing
15 17 (0.52%) Advertising
16 14 (0.42%) Billing
17 13 (0.39%) Games
Job Titles
1 1,186 (35.94%) Developer
2 481 (14.58%) Analyst
3 319 (9.67%) Project Manager
4 294 (8.91%) Java Developer
5 289 (8.76%) Business Analyst
6 266 (8.06%) Architect
7 165 (5.00%) .NET Developer
8 157 (4.76%) Senior Developer
9 132 (4.00%) C# Developer
10 119 (3.61%) Full Stack Developer
11 115 (3.48%) DevOps Engineer
12 107 (3.24%) Software Engineer
13 99 (3.00%) Tester
14 97 (2.94%) Solutions Architect
15 90 (2.73%) Test Engineer
16 89 (2.70%) Consultant
17 83 (2.52%) Python Developer
18 81 (2.45%) Test Analyst
19 66 (2.00%) JavaScript Developer
20 64 (1.94%) Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 451 (13.67%) .NET
2 433 (13.12%) HTML
3 397 (12.03%) Web Services
4 360 (10.91%) CSS
5 331 (10.03%) AngularJS
6 282 (8.55%) XML
7 263 (7.97%) REST
8 236 (7.15%) Spring
9 205 (6.21%) RESTful
10 204 (6.18%) HTML5
11 198 (6.00%) React
12 171 (5.18%) Node.js
13 164 (4.97%) SOAP
14 143 (4.33%) jQuery
15 137 (4.15%) ASP.NET
15 137 (4.15%) JSON
16 127 (3.85%) Hibernate
17 126 (3.82%) CSS3
18 124 (3.76%) JMS
19 119 (3.61%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 435 (13.18%) Analytical Skills
2 189 (5.73%) Computer Science
3 176 (5.33%) User Experience
4 123 (3.73%) Management Information System
5 122 (3.70%) Self-Motivation
6 112 (3.39%) Mobile App
7 102 (3.09%) Fixed Income
8 93 (2.82%) Greenfield Project
9 84 (2.55%) Derivative
9 84 (2.55%) Enterprise Software
10 64 (1.94%) Fintech
11 63 (1.91%) Virtual Team
12 57 (1.73%) Data Centre
13 51 (1.55%) Data Structures
14 49 (1.48%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 48 (1.45%) Linux Command Line
16 44 (1.33%) Algorithms
17 40 (1.21%) PKI
18 34 (1.03%) Equity Derivative
19 31 (0.94%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 397 (12.03%) Linux
2 351 (10.64%) Windows
3 290 (8.79%) Unix
4 78 (2.36%) Apple iOS
5 63 (1.91%) Android
6 53 (1.61%) Windows Server
7 48 (1.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 35 (1.06%) CentOS
9 26 (0.79%) Ubuntu
10 25 (0.76%) Windows Server 2008
11 19 (0.58%) DC/OS
12 18 (0.55%) Mac OS
13 14 (0.42%) AIX
13 14 (0.42%) Solaris
14 12 (0.36%) Windows 10
14 12 (0.36%) Windows 7
15 6 (0.18%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
16 4 (0.12%) SUSE
17 3 (0.091%) Mac OS X
17 3 (0.091%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,971 (59.73%) Agile Software Development
2 577 (17.48%) Scrum
3 491 (14.88%) Test Automation
4 449 (13.61%) Continuous Integration
5 436 (13.21%) TDD
6 420 (12.73%) Problem-Solving
7 417 (12.64%) Project Management
8 372 (11.27%) Waterfall
9 353 (10.70%) DevOps
10 333 (10.09%) Stakeholder Management
11 304 (9.21%) Software Engineering
12 277 (8.39%) BDD
13 241 (7.30%) Configuration Management
14 231 (7.00%) Unit Testing
15 202 (6.12%) Business Analysis
16 200 (6.06%) Data Modelling
16 200 (6.06%) Microservices
17 199 (6.03%) ITIL
18 198 (6.00%) Coaching
19 193 (5.85%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 799 (24.21%) Java
2 770 (23.33%) SQL
3 568 (17.21%) JavaScript
4 474 (14.36%) C#
5 404 (12.24%) Python
6 132 (4.00%) C++
7 128 (3.88%) Java 8
8 115 (3.48%) TypeScript
9 104 (3.15%) T-SQL
10 99 (3.00%) C
11 94 (2.85%) Perl
12 78 (2.36%) Scala
13 69 (2.09%) Ruby
13 69 (2.09%) Shell Script
14 67 (2.03%) PowerShell
15 60 (1.82%) PL/SQL
16 58 (1.76%) ES6
17 51 (1.55%) Bash Shell
18 44 (1.33%) PHP
19 39 (1.18%) Go
Qualifications
1 343 (10.39%) Degree
2 153 (4.64%) Security Cleared
3 89 (2.70%) Computer Science Degree
3 89 (2.70%) SC Cleared
4 69 (2.09%) ISEB
5 66 (2.00%) ISTQB
5 66 (2.00%) PMI Certification
6 65 (1.97%) PMP
7 45 (1.36%) CISSP
8 33 (1.00%) DV Cleared
9 31 (0.94%) Master's Degree
10 28 (0.85%) CISM
11 27 (0.82%) BPSS Clearance
12 22 (0.67%) CISA
12 22 (0.67%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 20 (0.61%) AWS Certification
13 20 (0.61%) Cisco Certification
13 20 (0.61%) Numerate Degree
14 19 (0.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 17 (0.52%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 341 (10.33%) QA
2 72 (2.18%) GDPR
3 56 (1.70%) Data Quality
4 32 (0.97%) PMO
5 27 (0.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 24 (0.73%) PCI DSS
7 18 (0.55%) SLA
8 16 (0.48%) WCAG
9 11 (0.33%) SEPA
10 10 (0.30%) GCP
11 9 (0.27%) MiFID
11 9 (0.27%) PSD2
12 7 (0.21%) COBIT
12 7 (0.21%) IEC 62304
12 7 (0.21%) ISO 9001
12 7 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 15288
12 7 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 6 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 5 (0.15%) EMIR
14 5 (0.15%) HIPAA
System Software
1 188 (5.70%) Docker
2 49 (1.48%) Active Directory
3 48 (1.45%) VMware Infrastructure
4 34 (1.03%) Virtual Machines
5 26 (0.79%) Hyper-V
6 20 (0.61%) VirtualBox
7 14 (0.42%) HDFS
8 12 (0.36%) vSphere
9 8 (0.24%) XenApp
10 6 (0.18%) XenDesktop
11 4 (0.12%) VMware ESXi
12 3 (0.091%) KVM
12 3 (0.091%) QEMU
13 2 (0.061%) Firmware
13 2 (0.061%) Microsoft App-V
13 2 (0.061%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
14 1 (0.030%) Apache Flume
14 1 (0.030%) NFS
14 1 (0.030%) Squid
14 1 (0.030%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 146 (4.42%) Ansible
2 128 (3.88%) Puppet
3 118 (3.58%) Opscode Chef
4 68 (2.06%) Kubernetes
5 61 (1.85%) Terraform
6 42 (1.27%) HP Quality Center
7 40 (1.21%) Salt
8 33 (1.00%) HP ALM
9 28 (0.85%) Single Sign-On
10 25 (0.76%) Docker Swarm
11 20 (0.61%) Nessus
11 20 (0.61%) Packer
12 14 (0.42%) SCCM
13 10 (0.30%) Mesos
14 9 (0.27%) Nagios
15 8 (0.24%) Rancher
16 7 (0.21%) Opsview
17 6 (0.18%) CFEngine
17 6 (0.18%) Oozie
17 6 (0.18%) WMI
Vendors
1 453 (13.73%) Oracle
2 377 (11.42%) Microsoft
3 77 (2.33%) SAP
4 75 (2.27%) HP
5 74 (2.24%) IBM
6 72 (2.18%) Salesforce.com
7 58 (1.76%) Sybase
8 52 (1.58%) VMware
9 50 (1.52%) Atlassian
10 47 (1.42%) Google
11 43 (1.30%) Informatica
12 38 (1.15%) Citrix
13 37 (1.12%) Splunk
14 36 (1.09%) Tableau
15 34 (1.03%) Red Hat
15 34 (1.03%) Sitecore
16 33 (1.00%) ServiceNow
17 25 (0.76%) Cisco
18 22 (0.67%) MuleSoft
19 20 (0.61%) Siebel