Period
to 19 September 2021

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 19 September 2021 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
19 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 76 92 86
Rank change year-on-year +16 -6 -6
Contract jobs citing SDLC 2,440 779 2,469
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.11% 2.64% 2.78%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.49% 3.03% 3.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,707 504 1,628
10th Percentile £375 £330 £339
25th Percentile £450 £406 £409
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £475 £494
Median % change year-on-year +15.79% -3.85% +4.00%
75th Percentile £650 £588 £594
90th Percentile £738 £700 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £425 £450
% change year-on-year +11.76% -5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 14 31
10th Percentile £42.68 £41.25 £29.25
25th Percentile £47.50 £41.50 £40.75
Median hourly rate £57.00 £50.00 £43.00
Median % change year-on-year +14.00% +16.28% +1.18%
75th Percentile £65.54 £53.75 £48.00
90th Percentile £73.45 £55.44 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £56.50 £50.00 £43.75
% change year-on-year +13.00% +14.29% +3.55%

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 69,818 25,731 77,662
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 88.98% 87.07% 87.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 48,205 17,257 51,937
10th Percentile £319 £300 £300
25th Percentile £413 £388 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £700 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,697 747 2,192
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.01 £11.51
25th Percentile £14.68 £16.02 £14.50
Median hourly rate £24.50 £26.00 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year -5.77% +15.56% +16.02%
75th Percentile £48.75 £46.00 £45.00
90th Percentile £62.50 £56.70 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year -6.67% - +20.56%

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 19 September 2021.

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 19 September 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for SDLC in the UK

SDLC
Top 18 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 19 September 2021. 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 +17 1,995 £550 +14.11% 777
London +13 1,310 £600 +14.29% 354
UK excluding London +18 742 £475 +11.76% 474
Work from Home -8 593 £533 +12.11% 153
South East +9 174 £500 +5.26% 126
North of England +22 161 £475 +18.75% 108
Scotland -1 144 £450 +12.50% 47
Midlands -32 122 £445 +13.02% 85
North West +6 90 £446 +18.93% 72
West Midlands -34 78 £475 +9.32% 54
Yorkshire +10 67 £500 +19.05% 27
South West -9 66 £463 +2.78% 58
East of England -14 56 £525 +11.11% 39
East Midlands -26 37 £403 +21.97% 30
Northern Ireland +5 16 £475 +94.27% 5
North East -14 6 £450 +2.86% 9
Wales -21 3 £625 +36.24% 7
Isle of Man - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 19 September 2021, 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 1,536 (62.95%) Agile Software Development
2 744 (30.49%) Finance
3 632 (25.90%) Social Skills
4 596 (24.43%) Azure
5 554 (22.70%) Java
6 524 (21.48%) SQL
7 476 (19.51%) DevOps
8 451 (18.48%) Scrum
9 427 (17.50%) Microservices
10 414 (16.97%) JavaScript
10 414 (16.97%) AWS
11 325 (13.32%) Python
12 324 (13.28%) Software Engineering
13 317 (12.99%) Banking
14 314 (12.87%) JIRA
15 305 (12.50%) Test Automation
16 285 (11.68%) .NET
17 275 (11.27%) Stakeholder Management
18 274 (11.23%) Problem-Solving
19 252 (10.33%) Kubernetes
20 246 (10.08%) Oracle
20 246 (10.08%) Git (software)
21 245 (10.04%) Analytical Skills
22 241 (9.88%) Microsoft
23 237 (9.71%) C#
24 236 (9.67%) TDD
25 230 (9.43%) Project Management
26 229 (9.39%) React
27 228 (9.34%) Waterfall
28 222 (9.10%) AngularJS

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
1 157 (6.43%) Confluence
2 67 (2.75%) Apache
3 62 (2.54%) Apache Spark
4 53 (2.17%) CMS
5 37 (1.52%) SharePoint
6 34 (1.39%) Tomcat
7 32 (1.31%) BizTalk Server
8 25 (1.02%) Elasticsearch
9 21 (0.86%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 20 (0.82%) WebSphere
11 18 (0.74%) WebLogic
12 16 (0.66%) JBoss
13 14 (0.57%) nginx
14 13 (0.53%) IIS
15 12 (0.49%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 11 (0.45%) Appian
17 10 (0.41%) Camunda
17 10 (0.41%) Drupal
18 8 (0.33%) Oracle Coherence
18 8 (0.33%) SAS
Applications
1 95 (3.89%) Microsoft Office
2 59 (2.42%) Microsoft Excel
3 51 (2.09%) Microsoft Project
4 42 (1.72%) MS Visio
5 25 (1.02%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 9 (0.37%) Blender
7 4 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
8 3 (0.12%) Chatbot
8 3 (0.12%) Figma
9 2 (0.082%) UserZoom
10 1 (0.041%) Adobe XD
10 1 (0.041%) Open Workbench
10 1 (0.041%) Simulink
10 1 (0.041%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 29 (1.19%) Dynamics CRM
2 24 (0.98%) ION MarketView
3 13 (0.53%) Dynamics AX
4 12 (0.49%) OneSumX
5 7 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
5 7 (0.29%) Oracle EBS R12
6 6 (0.25%) Oracle Applications
6 6 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
6 6 (0.25%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 5 (0.20%) Dynamics NAV
7 5 (0.20%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 5 (0.20%) SAP S/4HANA
8 4 (0.16%) Endur
8 4 (0.16%) NetSuite
8 4 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
8 4 (0.16%) SAP HR
9 3 (0.12%) Dynamics GP
9 3 (0.12%) Magento
9 3 (0.12%) SAP MDM
9 3 (0.12%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 596 (24.43%) Azure
2 414 (16.97%) AWS
3 158 (6.48%) Serverless
4 117 (4.80%) GitHub
5 112 (4.59%) GCP
6 106 (4.34%) SaaS
7 88 (3.61%) AWS Lambda
8 87 (3.57%) PaaS
9 74 (3.03%) Power Platform
10 55 (2.25%) Azure Logic Apps
11 53 (2.17%) IaaS
12 52 (2.13%) Azure Functions
13 47 (1.93%) Azure Cosmos DB
14 40 (1.64%) Azure Data Factory
15 37 (1.52%) Azure Storage
15 37 (1.52%) Dynamics 365
16 30 (1.23%) Microsoft 365
17 29 (1.19%) Cloud Computing
17 29 (1.19%) npm
17 29 (1.19%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 62 (2.54%) 2G
1 62 (2.54%) 5G
1 62 (2.54%) GSM
1 62 (2.54%) MVNO
2 48 (1.97%) Packet Switching
3 26 (1.07%) Firewall
4 25 (1.02%) Internet
5 21 (0.86%) DNS
6 16 (0.66%) LAN
6 16 (0.66%) SSL
7 14 (0.57%) Network Security
8 13 (0.53%) AMQP
9 12 (0.49%) HTTP
10 10 (0.41%) Intranet
11 9 (0.37%) Kerberos
12 7 (0.29%) Broadband
13 6 (0.25%) NAS
13 6 (0.25%) VPN
13 6 (0.25%) WAN
14 5 (0.20%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 220 (9.02%) SQL Server
2 158 (6.48%) Relational Database
3 124 (5.08%) Big Data
4 119 (4.88%) NoSQL
5 116 (4.75%) MongoDB
6 104 (4.26%) Data Warehouse
7 85 (3.48%) PostgreSQL
8 66 (2.70%) MySQL
9 65 (2.66%) Data Lake
10 58 (2.38%) Power BI
11 57 (2.34%) Azure SQL Database
12 52 (2.13%) Hadoop
13 43 (1.76%) Redis
13 43 (1.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 42 (1.72%) RDBMS
15 38 (1.56%) Metadata
16 36 (1.48%) Oracle Database
17 30 (1.23%) Tableau
18 27 (1.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 26 (1.07%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 314 (12.87%) JIRA
2 246 (10.08%) Git (software)
3 189 (7.75%) Jenkins
4 91 (3.73%) Maven
5 80 (3.28%) Selenium
6 78 (3.20%) TeamCity
7 69 (2.83%) Cucumber
8 68 (2.79%) JUnit
9 67 (2.75%) Sonatype Nexus
10 61 (2.50%) Bitbucket
11 51 (2.09%) Subversion
12 43 (1.76%) GitLab
13 37 (1.52%) Mocha
14 31 (1.27%) Mockito
15 30 (1.23%) SonarQube
16 29 (1.19%) NUnit
16 29 (1.19%) Team Foundation Server
16 29 (1.19%) Visual Studio
17 28 (1.15%) Artifactory
18 27 (1.11%) SpecFlow
General
1 744 (30.49%) Finance
2 632 (25.90%) Social Skills
3 317 (12.99%) Banking
4 245 (10.04%) Analytical Skills
5 136 (5.57%) Public Sector
6 128 (5.25%) Investment Banking
7 106 (4.34%) Presentation Skills
7 106 (4.34%) Telecoms
8 97 (3.98%) Front Office
9 95 (3.89%) Influencing Skills
10 76 (3.11%) Retail
11 44 (1.80%) Marketing
12 36 (1.48%) Documentation Skills
13 28 (1.15%) Legal
14 23 (0.94%) Financial Institution
14 23 (0.94%) Manufacturing
15 18 (0.74%) Organisational Skills
16 16 (0.66%) Back Office
16 16 (0.66%) Electronics
16 16 (0.66%) Law
Job Titles
1 823 (33.73%) Developer
2 331 (13.57%) Analyst
3 291 (11.93%) Architect
4 225 (9.22%) Business Analyst
5 212 (8.69%) Java Developer
6 162 (6.64%) Project Manager
7 146 (5.98%) Senior Developer
8 124 (5.08%) Solutions Architect
9 105 (4.30%) Software Engineer
10 86 (3.52%) .NET Developer
11 78 (3.20%) Full Stack Developer
12 72 (2.95%) C# Developer
13 70 (2.87%) DevOps Engineer
14 67 (2.75%) Python Developer
15 66 (2.70%) Consultant
16 58 (2.38%) Data Architect
17 57 (2.34%) Delivery Manager
18 47 (1.93%) Tester
19 45 (1.84%) React Developer
19 45 (1.84%) Technical Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 285 (11.68%) .NET
2 229 (9.39%) React
3 222 (9.10%) AngularJS
4 205 (8.40%) HTML
5 190 (7.79%) CSS
6 184 (7.54%) Web Services
7 174 (7.13%) Spring
8 171 (7.01%) REST
9 147 (6.02%) Node.js
10 125 (5.12%) Kafka
11 119 (4.88%) RESTful
12 110 (4.51%) XML
13 109 (4.47%) .NET Core
14 88 (3.61%) ASP.NET
15 87 (3.57%) JSON
15 87 (3.57%) SOAP
16 83 (3.40%) Spring Boot
17 67 (2.75%) Hibernate
18 63 (2.58%) .NET Framework
19 53 (2.17%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 126 (5.16%) User Experience
2 119 (4.88%) Cloud Native
3 103 (4.22%) Self-Motivation
4 84 (3.44%) Virtual Team
5 72 (2.95%) Enterprise Software
5 72 (2.95%) Management Information System
6 71 (2.91%) Mobile App
7 70 (2.87%) Fixed Income
8 57 (2.34%) Data Protection Act
8 57 (2.34%) Greenfield Project
9 50 (2.05%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 47 (1.93%) Derivative
11 46 (1.89%) Data Structures
12 43 (1.76%) Public Cloud
13 41 (1.68%) PMI
14 37 (1.52%) Legacy Systems
15 30 (1.23%) N-Tier
16 29 (1.19%) Client/Server
17 28 (1.15%) Equities
18 26 (1.07%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 179 (7.34%) Linux
2 165 (6.76%) Windows
3 77 (3.16%) Unix
4 44 (1.80%) Apple iOS
5 40 (1.64%) Android
6 16 (0.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 12 (0.49%) Windows Server
8 6 (0.25%) Windows Server 2012
9 5 (0.20%) Debian
9 5 (0.20%) Windows Server 2016
10 4 (0.16%) Ubuntu
11 2 (0.082%) Kali Linux
11 2 (0.082%) zOS
12 1 (0.041%) CentOS
12 1 (0.041%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.041%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.041%) Mesosphere
12 1 (0.041%) MVS
12 1 (0.041%) Windows Server 2008
12 1 (0.041%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,536 (62.95%) Agile Software Development
2 476 (19.51%) DevOps
3 451 (18.48%) Scrum
4 427 (17.50%) Microservices
5 324 (13.28%) Software Engineering
6 305 (12.50%) Test Automation
7 275 (11.27%) Stakeholder Management
8 274 (11.23%) Problem-Solving
9 236 (9.67%) TDD
10 230 (9.43%) Project Management
11 228 (9.34%) Waterfall
12 204 (8.36%) Data Modelling
13 202 (8.28%) Analytics
14 199 (8.16%) Project Delivery
15 197 (8.07%) Full Stack Development
16 190 (7.79%) Mentoring
17 174 (7.13%) Continuous Integration
18 169 (6.93%) Continuous Improvement
19 157 (6.43%) Requirements Gathering
20 151 (6.19%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 554 (22.70%) Java
2 524 (21.48%) SQL
3 414 (16.97%) JavaScript
4 325 (13.32%) Python
5 237 (9.71%) C#
6 135 (5.53%) C
7 134 (5.49%) TypeScript
8 125 (5.12%) C++
9 76 (3.11%) Java 8
10 68 (2.79%) T-SQL
11 64 (2.62%) PL/SQL
12 63 (2.58%) PowerShell
13 53 (2.17%) Bash Shell
14 48 (1.97%) Scala
15 45 (1.84%) Go
16 38 (1.56%) Ruby
17 35 (1.43%) Kotlin
17 35 (1.43%) Shell Script
18 29 (1.19%) ES6
19 27 (1.11%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 197 (8.07%) Degree
2 169 (6.93%) Security Cleared
3 151 (6.19%) SC Cleared
4 52 (2.13%) ISTQB
5 48 (1.97%) PMI Certification
6 39 (1.60%) Computer Science Degree
7 35 (1.43%) DV Cleared
7 35 (1.43%) ISEB
8 34 (1.39%) CISSP
9 27 (1.11%) PMP
10 21 (0.86%) BPSS Clearance
10 21 (0.86%) ITIL Certification
11 20 (0.82%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 17 (0.70%) TOGAF Certification
13 15 (0.61%) CISM
14 13 (0.53%) AWS Certification
14 13 (0.53%) CRISC
15 12 (0.49%) Cisco Certification
15 12 (0.49%) DBS Check
16 11 (0.45%) (ISC)2 CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 193 (7.91%) QA
2 65 (2.66%) Data Quality
3 35 (1.43%) NIST
4 29 (1.19%) PMBOK
5 25 (1.02%) GDPR
6 20 (0.82%) GRC
6 20 (0.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 19 (0.78%) SLA
8 17 (0.70%) PCI DSS
9 16 (0.66%) Accessibility
9 16 (0.66%) PMO
10 7 (0.29%) COBIT
10 7 (0.29%) Cyber Essentials
10 7 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
11 6 (0.25%) MiFID
11 6 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 5 (0.20%) FedRAMP
13 4 (0.16%) Actionable Recommendations
13 4 (0.16%) GxP
14 3 (0.12%) EMIR
System Software
1 199 (8.16%) Docker
2 37 (1.52%) Active Directory
3 7 (0.29%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.20%) Firmware
4 5 (0.20%) vCloud
5 4 (0.16%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (0.12%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
6 3 (0.12%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (0.082%) HDFS
7 2 (0.082%) Hyper-V
7 2 (0.082%) NFS
7 2 (0.082%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.041%) KVM
8 1 (0.041%) RHEV
8 1 (0.041%) Shibboleth
8 1 (0.041%) Time Sharing Option
8 1 (0.041%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.041%) vSphere
8 1 (0.041%) Xen
8 1 (0.041%) zsh
Systems Management
1 252 (10.33%) Kubernetes
2 125 (5.12%) Ansible
3 107 (4.39%) Terraform
4 59 (2.42%) Puppet
5 23 (0.94%) Grafana
6 19 (0.78%) Prometheus
7 17 (0.70%) Kibana
7 17 (0.70%) Opscode Chef
8 12 (0.49%) HP ALM
9 11 (0.45%) HP Fortify
9 11 (0.45%) HP Quality Center
10 10 (0.41%) Packer
11 9 (0.37%) CA Single Sign-On
11 9 (0.37%) Control-M
12 7 (0.29%) Fluentd
12 7 (0.29%) Netcool
12 7 (0.29%) Rancher
12 7 (0.29%) Single Sign-On
13 6 (0.25%) Tivoli
13 6 (0.25%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 246 (10.08%) Oracle
2 241 (9.88%) Microsoft
3 104 (4.26%) Salesforce.com
4 67 (2.75%) Google
5 64 (2.62%) MuleSoft
6 60 (2.46%) SAP
7 50 (2.05%) Databricks
8 46 (1.89%) Informatica
9 33 (1.35%) CheckPoint
10 31 (1.27%) ServiceNow
11 26 (1.07%) HP
11 26 (1.07%) Splunk
12 25 (1.02%) ION Trading
13 24 (0.98%) Adobe
14 23 (0.94%) Sybase
15 20 (0.82%) IBM
15 20 (0.82%) VMware
16 19 (0.78%) Red Hat
17 17 (0.70%) BiZZdesign
17 17 (0.70%) Murex