Period
to 19 November 2019

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 November 2019 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 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 94 83 74
Rank change year-on-year -11 -9 +13
Contract jobs citing SDLC 2,115 3,203 3,262
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.52% 3.10% 3.22%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.93% 3.57% 3.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,359 2,202 2,308
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £475
10th Percentile £325 £335 £313
90th Percentile £675 £663 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £434 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.06% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 32 58
UK median hourly rate £43.00 £42.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.18% +6.25% -6.98%
10th Percentile £36.70 £33.01 £23.45
90th Percentile £50.93 £47.45 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.75 £42.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +5.29% +6.25% -5.88%

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 72,108 89,730 87,427
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.03% 86.88% 86.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 47,225 59,375 58,105
UK median daily rate £475 £460 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.26% +2.22% +5.88%
10th Percentile £294 £300 £275
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £435 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,305 2,320 2,097
UK median hourly rate £23.75 £22.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.95% -4.35% +2.22%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.53 £49.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £21.00 £23.14
% change year-on-year +7.14% -9.25% +2.84%

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 19 November 2019.

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 19 November 2019.

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 19 November 2019. 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 1,956 £490 +2.78% 830
UK excluding London -26 1,061 £434 +2.06% 659
London -8 1,027 £550 +4.76% 243
South East -8 348 £450 - 170
North of England -31 214 £425 +3.03% 138
South West -27 141 £463 +6.94% 107
Midlands -14 137 £420 -1.18% 119
Scotland -10 117 £375 -6.25% 53
North West -31 101 £425 +6.25% 82
West Midlands -3 98 £425 -5.56% 75
East of England -4 83 £475 +10.47% 54
Yorkshire -27 82 £440 +5.07% 43
East Midlands -20 37 £375 -11.76% 43
North East +10 31 £367 -22.74% 13
Wales -32 14 £373 +3.47% 15
Northern Ireland +5 6 £505 +18.13% 4
Channel Islands - 2 - -

For the 6 months to 19 November 2019, 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 1,173 (55.46%) Agile Software Development
2 527 (24.92%) SQL
3 505 (23.88%) Finance
4 440 (20.80%) Java
5 380 (17.97%) Scrum
6 353 (16.69%) C#
7 322 (15.22%) .NET
8 317 (14.99%) JavaScript
9 312 (14.75%) Test Automation
10 311 (14.70%) Problem-Solving
11 295 (13.95%) DevOps
12 292 (13.81%) Azure
13 279 (13.19%) Analytical Skills
14 266 (12.58%) Microsoft
15 245 (11.58%) TDD
16 240 (11.35%) Git (software)
17 225 (10.64%) Banking
17 225 (10.64%) Linux
17 225 (10.64%) Python
18 220 (10.40%) QA
19 219 (10.35%) JIRA
20 217 (10.26%) HTML
21 215 (10.17%) Project Management
22 209 (9.88%) Oracle
23 208 (9.83%) Software Engineering
24 204 (9.65%) Microservices
25 201 (9.50%) Web Services
26 199 (9.41%) AWS
27 196 (9.27%) SQL Server
28 190 (8.98%) CSS

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 (5.01%) Confluence
2 65 (3.07%) SharePoint
3 52 (2.46%) IIS
4 41 (1.94%) Apache Spark
5 33 (1.56%) CMS
6 25 (1.18%) WebLogic
7 22 (1.04%) Apache
8 17 (0.80%) GeoServer
9 15 (0.71%) JBoss
9 15 (0.71%) WebSphere
10 14 (0.66%) MS Exchange
10 14 (0.66%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 14 (0.66%) Tomcat
11 13 (0.61%) SAS
12 11 (0.52%) Drupal
13 10 (0.47%) Anypoint
14 9 (0.43%) BizTalk Server
14 9 (0.43%) SharePoint 2013
15 8 (0.38%) Elasticsearch
15 8 (0.38%) OpenStack
Applications
1 102 (4.82%) Microsoft Office
2 69 (3.26%) Microsoft Excel
3 46 (2.17%) Microsoft Project
3 46 (2.17%) MS Visio
4 32 (1.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
5 4 (0.19%) Photoshop
5 4 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.14%) InfoPath
7 2 (0.095%) Chatbot
7 2 (0.095%) Simulink
8 1 (0.047%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.047%) Adobe Captivate
8 1 (0.047%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.047%) Figma
8 1 (0.047%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 49 (2.32%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (0.61%) Endur
3 12 (0.57%) BASE24
4 11 (0.52%) Temenos T24
5 9 (0.43%) SAP S/4HANA
6 6 (0.28%) Maximo
7 5 (0.24%) Adobe Campaign
7 5 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
7 5 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
7 5 (0.24%) Oracle Receivables
7 5 (0.24%) SAP MM
7 5 (0.24%) Workday HCM
8 4 (0.19%) ION MarketView
8 4 (0.19%) Oracle BPM
8 4 (0.19%) SimCorp Dimension
8 4 (0.19%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 4 (0.19%) thinkFolio
9 3 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
9 3 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
9 3 (0.14%) SAP SCM
Cloud Services
1 292 (13.81%) Azure
2 199 (9.41%) AWS
3 64 (3.03%) Power Platform
4 42 (1.99%) GitHub
5 38 (1.80%) GCP
6 36 (1.70%) Dynamics 365
7 32 (1.51%) Serverless
8 31 (1.47%) SaaS
9 27 (1.28%) PaaS
10 26 (1.23%) Amazon S3
11 25 (1.18%) Amazon EC2
12 24 (1.13%) AWS Lambda
13 23 (1.09%) npm
14 22 (1.04%) IaaS
14 22 (1.04%) Office 365
15 17 (0.80%) OpenShift
16 15 (0.71%) AWS CloudFormation
17 13 (0.61%) Amazon ECS
17 13 (0.61%) Amazon EMR
17 13 (0.61%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 25 (1.18%) Firewall
2 20 (0.95%) Internet
2 20 (0.95%) WAN
3 15 (0.71%) SSH
4 14 (0.66%) HTTP
5 12 (0.57%) FTP
6 10 (0.47%) Network Security
6 10 (0.47%) TCP/IP
6 10 (0.47%) Wireshark
7 8 (0.38%) DNS
7 8 (0.38%) RS-232
7 8 (0.38%) RS-485
8 7 (0.33%) LAN
8 7 (0.33%) VPN
9 6 (0.28%) SAN
10 4 (0.19%) ATM
10 4 (0.19%) MPLS
10 4 (0.19%) SSL
10 4 (0.19%) X.509
11 3 (0.14%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 196 (9.27%) SQL Server
2 97 (4.59%) Relational Database
3 93 (4.40%) Big Data
4 87 (4.11%) Data Warehouse
5 61 (2.88%) Power BI
5 61 (2.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 49 (2.32%) NoSQL
7 45 (2.13%) PostgreSQL
8 42 (1.99%) Hadoop
9 41 (1.94%) Apache Hive
10 39 (1.84%) MySQL
11 34 (1.61%) KDB
11 34 (1.61%) Oracle Database
12 28 (1.32%) Kdb+
12 28 (1.32%) MongoDB
13 26 (1.23%) GIS
14 24 (1.13%) Cosmos DB
15 21 (0.99%) RDBMS
16 20 (0.95%) HBase
16 20 (0.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 240 (11.35%) Git (software)
2 219 (10.35%) JIRA
3 167 (7.90%) Jenkins
4 123 (5.82%) Selenium
5 69 (3.26%) TeamCity
6 64 (3.03%) Bitbucket
7 62 (2.93%) Visual Studio
8 61 (2.88%) Cucumber
9 53 (2.51%) Maven
10 48 (2.27%) Visual Studio Team System
11 42 (1.99%) Team Foundation Server
12 35 (1.65%) SpecFlow
13 30 (1.42%) Sonatype Nexus
14 28 (1.32%) gulp
15 27 (1.28%) JMeter
16 25 (1.18%) JUnit
17 22 (1.04%) SoapUI
17 22 (1.04%) SonarQube
17 22 (1.04%) Subversion
17 22 (1.04%) WebDriver
General
1 505 (23.88%) Finance
2 225 (10.64%) Banking
3 104 (4.92%) Front Office
4 87 (4.11%) Public Sector
5 67 (3.17%) Investment Banking
6 61 (2.88%) Retail
7 46 (2.17%) Telecoms
8 40 (1.89%) Marketing
9 31 (1.47%) Manufacturing
10 28 (1.32%) Back Office
11 22 (1.04%) Financial Institution
12 20 (0.95%) Law
13 19 (0.90%) Legal
13 19 (0.90%) Publishing
14 17 (0.80%) Pharmaceutical
15 14 (0.66%) German Language
16 13 (0.61%) Military
17 11 (0.52%) Electronics
18 10 (0.47%) Local Government
19 9 (0.43%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 718 (33.95%) Developer
2 336 (15.89%) Analyst
3 179 (8.46%) Architect
4 178 (8.42%) Business Analyst
5 139 (6.57%) Project Manager
6 115 (5.44%) Java Developer
7 113 (5.34%) C# Developer
8 108 (5.11%) Senior Developer
9 107 (5.06%) .NET Developer
10 76 (3.59%) Software Engineer
11 74 (3.50%) React Developer
12 64 (3.03%) Full Stack Developer
13 63 (2.98%) Tester
14 57 (2.70%) Solutions Architect
15 56 (2.65%) Angular Developer
16 52 (2.46%) DevOps Engineer
16 52 (2.46%) Test Analyst
17 49 (2.32%) Consultant
18 45 (2.13%) SQL Developer
19 43 (2.03%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 322 (15.22%) .NET
2 217 (10.26%) HTML
3 201 (9.50%) Web Services
4 190 (8.98%) CSS
5 180 (8.51%) AngularJS
6 145 (6.86%) XML
7 144 (6.81%) React
8 131 (6.19%) REST
9 105 (4.96%) JSON
10 101 (4.78%) RESTful
11 91 (4.30%) Node.js
12 88 (4.16%) HTML5
13 84 (3.97%) .NET Framework
13 84 (3.97%) Spring
14 75 (3.55%) .NET Core
15 72 (3.40%) SOAP
16 70 (3.31%) Middleware
17 69 (3.26%) ASP.NET
18 66 (3.12%) Redux
19 65 (3.07%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 279 (13.19%) Analytical Skills
2 103 (4.87%) User Experience
3 102 (4.82%) Self-Motivation
4 100 (4.73%) Greenfield Project
5 82 (3.88%) Enterprise Software
6 81 (3.83%) Management Information System
7 57 (2.70%) Mobile App
8 46 (2.17%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 42 (1.99%) Linux Command Line
10 30 (1.42%) Data Structures
11 29 (1.37%) Equities
12 28 (1.32%) Hedge funds
13 27 (1.28%) Fixed Income
14 25 (1.18%) Public Cloud
15 24 (1.13%) Algorithms
15 24 (1.13%) Derivative
15 24 (1.13%) Virtual Team
16 22 (1.04%) Robotics
17 19 (0.90%) SWIFT
18 17 (0.80%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 225 (10.64%) Linux
2 177 (8.37%) Windows
3 116 (5.48%) Unix
4 45 (2.13%) Android
5 35 (1.65%) Apple iOS
6 20 (0.95%) Windows Server
7 14 (0.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 12 (0.57%) Windows 10
9 11 (0.52%) Ubuntu
10 8 (0.38%) OpenVMS
10 8 (0.38%) Windows 7
11 7 (0.33%) Windows Server 2008
12 6 (0.28%) CentOS
12 6 (0.28%) Solaris
13 5 (0.24%) Mac OS X
14 4 (0.19%) AIX
14 4 (0.19%) Windows Server 2012
15 3 (0.14%) HPUX
15 3 (0.14%) Mac OS
15 3 (0.14%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,173 (55.46%) Agile Software Development
2 380 (17.97%) Scrum
3 312 (14.75%) Test Automation
4 311 (14.70%) Problem-Solving
5 295 (13.95%) DevOps
6 245 (11.58%) TDD
7 215 (10.17%) Project Management
8 208 (9.83%) Software Engineering
9 204 (9.65%) Microservices
10 188 (8.89%) Continuous Integration
11 176 (8.32%) Waterfall
12 172 (8.13%) Analytics
13 163 (7.71%) Stakeholder Management
14 161 (7.61%) Unit Testing
15 143 (6.76%) Business Intelligence
16 136 (6.43%) BDD
17 129 (6.10%) Migration
18 128 (6.05%) Data Modelling
19 124 (5.86%) Business Analysis
20 117 (5.53%) OO
Programming Languages
1 527 (24.92%) SQL
2 440 (20.80%) Java
3 353 (16.69%) C#
4 317 (14.99%) JavaScript
5 225 (10.64%) Python
6 149 (7.04%) C++
7 112 (5.30%) TypeScript
8 70 (3.31%) C
9 67 (3.17%) T-SQL
10 53 (2.51%) PowerShell
11 50 (2.36%) PL/SQL
12 43 (2.03%) Shell Script
13 39 (1.84%) VB.NET
14 35 (1.65%) Perl
15 30 (1.42%) Bash Shell
15 30 (1.42%) Scala
16 29 (1.37%) Ruby
17 27 (1.28%) PHP
18 21 (0.99%) Go
18 21 (0.99%) VB
Qualifications
1 179 (8.46%) Degree
2 151 (7.14%) Security Cleared
3 115 (5.44%) SC Cleared
4 69 (3.26%) ISTQB
5 51 (2.41%) ISEB
6 30 (1.42%) Computer Science Degree
7 28 (1.32%) ISEB Practitioner
8 27 (1.28%) PMP
9 26 (1.23%) PMI Certification
10 25 (1.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 24 (1.13%) Microsoft Certification
12 19 (0.90%) DV Cleared
13 15 (0.71%) SANS
14 14 (0.66%) CISSP
15 13 (0.61%) TOGAF Certification
16 11 (0.52%) MCSE
17 10 (0.47%) PRINCE2 Certification
18 8 (0.38%) HND
18 8 (0.38%) IIBA
18 8 (0.38%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 220 (10.40%) QA
2 36 (1.70%) PMO
3 31 (1.47%) Data Quality
3 31 (1.47%) SLA
4 15 (0.71%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 13 (0.61%) PCI DSS
6 12 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 11 (0.52%) GDPR
7 11 (0.52%) NIST
8 6 (0.28%) RMADS
9 5 (0.24%) COBIT
9 5 (0.24%) MISRA
10 4 (0.19%) HIPAA
11 3 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials
11 3 (0.14%) GAMP
11 3 (0.14%) GxP
11 3 (0.14%) JSP 440
12 2 (0.095%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 2 (0.095%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 2 (0.095%) PSD2
System Software
1 123 (5.82%) Docker
2 28 (1.32%) Active Directory
3 19 (0.90%) Virtual Machines
4 18 (0.85%) HDFS
5 11 (0.52%) Hyper-V
6 10 (0.47%) VMware Infrastructure
7 8 (0.38%) vSphere
8 5 (0.24%) Virtual Servers
9 3 (0.14%) Apache Flume
10 2 (0.095%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 2 (0.095%) Oracle RAC
10 2 (0.095%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
10 2 (0.095%) VirtualBox
10 2 (0.095%) XenDesktop
11 1 (0.047%) LXC
11 1 (0.047%) Snort
11 1 (0.047%) Terminal Server
11 1 (0.047%) VMware ESXi
11 1 (0.047%) Xen
Systems Management
1 96 (4.54%) Kubernetes
2 54 (2.55%) Terraform
3 52 (2.46%) Ansible
4 34 (1.61%) Opscode Chef
5 30 (1.42%) Puppet
6 23 (1.09%) HP Quality Center
7 14 (0.66%) Hadoop YARN
7 14 (0.66%) Single Sign-On
8 10 (0.47%) HP ALM
9 8 (0.38%) CA Service Virtualization
10 7 (0.33%) Kibana
11 6 (0.28%) MIIS
11 6 (0.28%) vCenter Server
12 5 (0.24%) Docker Swarm
12 5 (0.24%) Grafana
12 5 (0.24%) Nessus
12 5 (0.24%) Packer
13 3 (0.14%) HP Fortify
13 3 (0.14%) HP SiteScope
13 3 (0.14%) Nagios
Vendors
1 266 (12.58%) Microsoft
2 209 (9.88%) Oracle
3 66 (3.12%) SAP
4 46 (2.17%) Salesforce.com
5 45 (2.13%) Google
6 38 (1.80%) HP
7 32 (1.51%) Tableau
8 27 (1.28%) IBM
9 26 (1.23%) Splunk
10 24 (1.13%) MuleSoft
11 22 (1.04%) Informatica
12 21 (0.99%) Citrix
13 20 (0.95%) Cloudera
14 17 (0.80%) Pega
14 17 (0.80%) Teradata
15 15 (0.71%) CheckPoint
15 15 (0.71%) webMethods
16 13 (0.61%) Adobe
16 13 (0.61%) OpenLink
16 13 (0.61%) TIBCO