Period
to 22 January 2022

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 22 January 2022 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
22 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 74 90 96
Rank change year-on-year +16 +6 -11
Contract jobs citing SDLC 2,685 1,047 1,797
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.09% 2.51% 2.47%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.47% 2.88% 2.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,908 706 1,179
10th Percentile £400 £349 £337
25th Percentile £463 £408 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £570 £488 £488
Median % change year-on-year +16.82% - -0.51%
75th Percentile £675 £588 £600
90th Percentile £763 £650 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £490 £432 £450
% change year-on-year +13.56% -4.11% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 18 24
10th Percentile £35.00 £42.55 £32.01
25th Percentile £41.25 £43.94 £36.70
Median hourly rate £61.50 £48.00 £43.00
Median % change year-on-year +28.13% +11.63% +1.18%
75th Percentile £67.80 £55.00 £46.69
90th Percentile £75.00 £57.65 £50.78
UK excluding London median hourly rate £66.65 £52.50 £46.00
% change year-on-year +26.95% +14.13% +8.24%

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 77,391 36,395 62,771
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 89.19% 87.20% 86.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 54,346 24,863 42,009
10th Percentile £325 £300 £281
25th Percentile £425 £375 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% - -
75th Percentile £625 £575 £575
90th Percentile £713 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £425 £430
% change year-on-year +11.76% -1.16% +1.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,612 1,177 1,917
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.00 £12.00
25th Percentile £15.25 £16.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate £25.52 £27.50 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year -7.22% +30.95% -3.49%
75th Percentile £49.25 £47.50 £45.00
90th Percentile £63.98 £60.00 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £24.40 £19.71
% change year-on-year -13.93% +23.80% -6.13%

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 22 January 2022.

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 22 January 2022.

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 22 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England +17 2,158 £580 +17.17% 881
London +12 1,373 £625 +19.05% 354
UK excluding London +34 828 £490 +13.56% 610
Work from Home +14 651 £530 +7.07% 181
South East +35 244 £550 +22.22% 142
Midlands -3 150 £450 +12.50% 108
Scotland +23 143 £475 +18.75% 67
North of England +4 136 £473 +18.13% 156
West Midlands -13 94 £475 +11.76% 73
South West -19 86 £475 +5.56% 62
North West +9 78 £500 +33.33% 82
East Midlands +7 55 £428 +10.32% 35
East of England -24 49 £518 +15.11% 51
Yorkshire -17 47 £435 -3.33% 58
North East +8 17 £604 +63.62% 16
Wales -18 13 £475 +2.70% 15
Northern Ireland -10 9 £500 +16.01% 11
Isle of Man - 1 £708 -

For the 6 months to 22 January 2022, 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 1,725 (64.25%) Agile Software Development
2 819 (30.50%) Finance
3 741 (27.60%) Social Skills
4 740 (27.56%) Azure
5 698 (26.00%) DevOps
6 569 (21.19%) SQL
7 550 (20.48%) Scrum
8 505 (18.81%) Java
9 495 (18.44%) CI/CD
10 450 (16.76%) AWS
11 417 (15.53%) Microservices
12 416 (15.49%) JavaScript
13 393 (14.64%) .NET
14 380 (14.15%) C#
15 369 (13.74%) JIRA
16 349 (13.00%) Microsoft
17 348 (12.96%) Problem-Solving
18 345 (12.85%) Software Engineering
19 337 (12.55%) Banking
20 305 (11.36%) Analytical Skills
21 297 (11.06%) SQL Server
22 296 (11.02%) Stakeholder Management
23 293 (10.91%) Test Automation
24 287 (10.69%) Python
24 287 (10.69%) Kubernetes
25 286 (10.65%) Waterfall
26 266 (9.91%) Security Cleared
27 256 (9.53%) CSS
28 248 (9.24%) Git (software)
28 248 (9.24%) TDD

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
1 137 (5.10%) Confluence
2 78 (2.91%) Apache Spark
3 75 (2.79%) SharePoint
4 55 (2.05%) CMS
5 40 (1.49%) Apache
6 39 (1.45%) IIS
7 27 (1.01%) Elasticsearch
8 26 (0.97%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 24 (0.89%) BizTalk Server
10 22 (0.82%) nginx
11 21 (0.78%) OpenStack
12 16 (0.60%) JBoss
13 14 (0.52%) Tomcat
14 10 (0.37%) Red Hat Fuse
15 9 (0.34%) Camunda
15 9 (0.34%) Sitecore CMS
16 8 (0.30%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 8 (0.30%) WebSphere
17 7 (0.26%) Appian
17 7 (0.26%) SAS
Applications
1 62 (2.31%) Microsoft Office
2 60 (2.23%) Microsoft Excel
3 45 (1.68%) Microsoft Project
4 28 (1.04%) MS Visio
5 25 (0.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 6 (0.22%) Adobe XD
6 6 (0.22%) Blender
6 6 (0.22%) InVision
7 5 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
7 5 (0.19%) Photoshop
7 5 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.037%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.037%) Chatbot
8 1 (0.037%) Marvel
8 1 (0.037%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 52 (1.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 24 (0.89%) SAP S/4HANA
3 23 (0.86%) ION MarketView
4 10 (0.37%) FLEXCUBE
5 7 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
5 7 (0.26%) Endur
5 7 (0.26%) NetSuite
5 7 (0.26%) SAP MM
6 6 (0.22%) Workfront
7 5 (0.19%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 5 (0.19%) SAP IBP
8 4 (0.15%) Sentinel
9 3 (0.11%) Aligne
9 3 (0.11%) Oracle EBS R12
9 3 (0.11%) Oracle Financials
10 2 (0.074%) Bloomberg TOMS
10 2 (0.074%) Cognos Business Intelligence
10 2 (0.074%) Magento
10 2 (0.074%) Payment Gateway
10 2 (0.074%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 740 (27.56%) Azure
2 450 (16.76%) AWS
3 155 (5.77%) GitHub
4 142 (5.29%) Power Platform
5 125 (4.66%) PaaS
6 113 (4.21%) SaaS
7 109 (4.06%) GCP
8 106 (3.95%) Serverless
9 89 (3.31%) Azure Logic Apps
10 77 (2.87%) IaaS
11 66 (2.46%) Dynamics 365
12 64 (2.38%) AWS Lambda
13 51 (1.90%) Azure Service Bus
14 50 (1.86%) Amazon S3
15 49 (1.82%) Azure Functions
16 47 (1.75%) PowerApps
17 45 (1.68%) OpenShift
18 43 (1.60%) Azure Cosmos DB
19 42 (1.56%) Azure Active Directory
20 36 (1.34%) Microsoft 365
Communications & Networking
1 42 (1.56%) 5G
2 40 (1.49%) 2G
2 40 (1.49%) GSM
2 40 (1.49%) MVNO
3 39 (1.45%) DNS
4 28 (1.04%) Packet Switching
5 27 (1.01%) SSL
6 24 (0.89%) Firewall
7 21 (0.78%) Network Security
8 16 (0.60%) Internet
9 14 (0.52%) HTTP
10 13 (0.48%) Broadband
11 12 (0.45%) RTMP
11 12 (0.45%) TCP/IP
11 12 (0.45%) VPN
12 9 (0.34%) LAN
13 6 (0.22%) Intranet
14 5 (0.19%) NAS
14 5 (0.19%) Wireshark
15 4 (0.15%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 297 (11.06%) SQL Server
2 175 (6.52%) Relational Database
3 134 (4.99%) Big Data
4 119 (4.43%) Data Warehouse
5 116 (4.32%) NoSQL
6 109 (4.06%) Power BI
7 98 (3.65%) MongoDB
8 93 (3.46%) Data Lake
9 88 (3.28%) PostgreSQL
10 59 (2.20%) Hadoop
11 58 (2.16%) Metadata
11 58 (2.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 57 (2.12%) MySQL
13 53 (1.97%) RDBMS
14 47 (1.75%) Azure SQL Database
15 44 (1.64%) Tableau
16 43 (1.60%) Amazon Redshift
16 43 (1.60%) Oracle Database
17 30 (1.12%) Amazon Athena
18 29 (1.08%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 369 (13.74%) JIRA
2 248 (9.24%) Git (software)
3 183 (6.82%) Jenkins
4 95 (3.54%) Sonatype Nexus
5 86 (3.20%) Selenium
6 83 (3.09%) GitLab
7 68 (2.53%) Team Foundation Server
8 66 (2.46%) TeamCity
9 65 (2.42%) Cucumber
10 56 (2.09%) Bitbucket
11 50 (1.86%) SonarQube
12 49 (1.82%) NUnit
13 46 (1.71%) Visual Studio
14 45 (1.68%) SpecFlow
15 41 (1.53%) JUnit
16 37 (1.38%) Maven
17 32 (1.19%) Subversion
18 31 (1.15%) Artifactory
18 31 (1.15%) Moq
19 29 (1.08%) Mockito
General
1 819 (30.50%) Finance
2 741 (27.60%) Social Skills
3 337 (12.55%) Banking
4 305 (11.36%) Analytical Skills
5 175 (6.52%) Investment Banking
6 162 (6.03%) Public Sector
7 121 (4.51%) Front Office
8 98 (3.65%) Presentation Skills
9 84 (3.13%) Retail
10 82 (3.05%) Telecoms
11 69 (2.57%) Influencing Skills
12 57 (2.12%) Marketing
13 45 (1.68%) Financial Institution
14 43 (1.60%) Back Office
15 42 (1.56%) Law
16 38 (1.42%) Legal
17 37 (1.38%) Documentation Skills
18 35 (1.30%) Organisational Skills
19 30 (1.12%) Manufacturing
20 20 (0.74%) Games
Job Titles
1 861 (32.07%) Developer
2 390 (14.53%) Analyst
3 310 (11.55%) Architect
4 238 (8.86%) Business Analyst
5 203 (7.56%) Java Developer
6 151 (5.62%) Project Manager
7 148 (5.51%) Solutions Architect
8 145 (5.40%) Senior Developer
9 126 (4.69%) .NET Developer
10 122 (4.54%) Software Engineer
11 112 (4.17%) DevOps Engineer
12 94 (3.50%) C# Developer
13 75 (2.79%) Full Stack Developer
14 69 (2.57%) Data Engineer
15 68 (2.53%) Java Engineer
16 63 (2.35%) Test Manager
17 61 (2.27%) Consultant
18 58 (2.16%) AWS Engineer
19 57 (2.12%) Scrum Master
20 56 (2.09%) React Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 393 (14.64%) .NET
2 256 (9.53%) CSS
3 245 (9.12%) React
4 242 (9.01%) HTML
5 184 (6.85%) REST
6 167 (6.22%) AngularJS
7 153 (5.70%) Kafka
8 150 (5.59%) .NET Core
9 136 (5.07%) ASP.NET
9 136 (5.07%) Web Services
10 133 (4.95%) Spring
11 103 (3.84%) .NET Framework
12 102 (3.80%) JSON
13 100 (3.72%) XML
14 95 (3.54%) Node.js
15 89 (3.31%) RESTful
16 73 (2.72%) SOAP
17 64 (2.38%) Middleware
18 63 (2.35%) ASP.NET Web API
19 60 (2.23%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 183 (6.82%) User Experience
2 113 (4.21%) Cloud Native
3 96 (3.58%) Virtual Team
4 82 (3.05%) Management Information System
4 82 (3.05%) Self-Motivation
5 80 (2.98%) Mobile App
6 74 (2.76%) Public Cloud
7 63 (2.35%) Enterprise Software
8 58 (2.16%) Legacy Systems
9 55 (2.05%) Greenfield Project
10 54 (2.01%) Data Structures
10 54 (2.01%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 50 (1.86%) Algorithms
12 37 (1.38%) Data Protection Act
13 33 (1.23%) Derivative
13 33 (1.23%) PMI
14 32 (1.19%) Fixed Income
15 28 (1.04%) Client/Server
16 25 (0.93%) Legacy Applications
17 24 (0.89%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 218 (8.12%) Linux
2 172 (6.41%) Windows
3 101 (3.76%) Unix
4 54 (2.01%) Apple iOS
5 43 (1.60%) Android
6 26 (0.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 14 (0.52%) Debian
7 14 (0.52%) Windows Server
8 9 (0.34%) CentOS
9 7 (0.26%) Ubuntu
10 6 (0.22%) Windows 10
11 4 (0.15%) Windows Server 2012
11 4 (0.15%) zOS
12 3 (0.11%) Windows Server 2008
12 3 (0.11%) Windows Server 2016
13 2 (0.074%) DC/OS
13 2 (0.074%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.074%) MVS
13 2 (0.074%) VMS
13 2 (0.074%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,725 (64.25%) Agile Software Development
2 698 (26.00%) DevOps
3 550 (20.48%) Scrum
4 495 (18.44%) CI/CD
5 417 (15.53%) Microservices
6 348 (12.96%) Problem-Solving
7 345 (12.85%) Software Engineering
8 296 (11.02%) Stakeholder Management
9 293 (10.91%) Test Automation
10 286 (10.65%) Waterfall
11 248 (9.24%) TDD
12 239 (8.90%) Analytics
13 228 (8.49%) Project Management
14 219 (8.16%) Continuous Integration
15 196 (7.30%) Project Delivery
16 195 (7.26%) Data Modelling
17 191 (7.11%) Business Intelligence
18 188 (7.00%) Continuous Improvement
19 183 (6.82%) ETL
20 173 (6.44%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 569 (21.19%) SQL
2 505 (18.81%) Java
3 416 (15.49%) JavaScript
4 380 (14.15%) C#
5 287 (10.69%) Python
6 176 (6.55%) TypeScript
7 138 (5.14%) C
8 136 (5.07%) C++
9 89 (3.31%) PowerShell
10 79 (2.94%) PL/SQL
11 69 (2.57%) T-SQL
12 53 (1.97%) Java 8
13 51 (1.90%) Go
14 44 (1.64%) Bash
15 43 (1.60%) Scala
16 36 (1.34%) Ruby
17 27 (1.01%) VB.NET
18 22 (0.82%) Shell Script
19 21 (0.78%) Apple Swift
20 19 (0.71%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 266 (9.91%) Security Cleared
2 233 (8.68%) SC Cleared
3 187 (6.96%) Degree
4 84 (3.13%) ISTQB
5 46 (1.71%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 44 (1.64%) PMI Certification
7 37 (1.38%) ISEB
8 33 (1.23%) CISSP
9 30 (1.12%) Computer Science Degree
10 29 (1.08%) BPSS Clearance
10 29 (1.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 26 (0.97%) DV Cleared
12 24 (0.89%) PMP
13 18 (0.67%) CISM
14 16 (0.60%) AWS Certification
14 16 (0.60%) Cisco Certification
15 14 (0.52%) (ISC)2 CCSP
15 14 (0.52%) ISEB Practitioner
15 14 (0.52%) Master's Degree
16 13 (0.48%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 220 (8.19%) QA
2 71 (2.64%) Data Quality
3 45 (1.68%) GDPR
4 33 (1.23%) SLA
5 25 (0.93%) NIST
6 23 (0.86%) Accessibility
6 23 (0.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 22 (0.82%) PMBOK
8 19 (0.71%) PMO
9 11 (0.41%) GRC
9 11 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 9 (0.34%) PCI DSS
11 7 (0.26%) COBIT
11 7 (0.26%) WCAG
12 5 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 4 (0.15%) Disclosure Scotland
13 4 (0.15%) NCSC
14 3 (0.11%) SEPA
14 3 (0.11%) SOC 2
14 3 (0.11%) Solvency II
System Software
1 233 (8.68%) Docker
2 61 (2.27%) Active Directory
3 14 (0.52%) vCloud
4 12 (0.45%) VMware Infrastructure
5 6 (0.22%) NFS
6 5 (0.19%) Samba
6 5 (0.19%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
7 4 (0.15%) Hyper-V
7 4 (0.15%) Slurm Workload Manager
7 4 (0.15%) Time Sharing Option
7 4 (0.15%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (0.11%) Oracle RAC
8 3 (0.11%) vSphere
9 2 (0.074%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 2 (0.074%) HDFS
9 2 (0.074%) RHEV
9 2 (0.074%) Virtual Servers
9 2 (0.074%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.037%) GeoWebCache
10 1 (0.037%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 287 (10.69%) Kubernetes
2 153 (5.70%) Terraform
3 139 (5.18%) Ansible
4 55 (2.05%) Puppet
5 54 (2.01%) Grafana
6 50 (1.86%) Prometheus
7 40 (1.49%) Opscode Chef
8 27 (1.01%) Kibana
9 23 (0.86%) Netcool
10 14 (0.52%) Consul
10 14 (0.52%) Fluentd
10 14 (0.52%) HAProxy
10 14 (0.52%) ZABBIX
11 12 (0.45%) HP Quality Center
11 12 (0.45%) Single Sign-On
12 11 (0.41%) logstash
13 10 (0.37%) Microsoft Intune
14 9 (0.34%) SCCM
15 8 (0.30%) Docker Swarm
15 8 (0.30%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 349 (13.00%) Microsoft
2 208 (7.75%) Oracle
3 78 (2.91%) SAP
4 69 (2.57%) Google
5 68 (2.53%) Salesforce.com
6 49 (1.82%) MuleSoft
6 49 (1.82%) Splunk
6 49 (1.82%) Talend
7 44 (1.64%) Adobe
8 43 (1.60%) Informatica
8 43 (1.60%) ServiceNow
9 41 (1.53%) Databricks
10 37 (1.38%) CheckPoint
10 37 (1.38%) Red Hat
11 33 (1.23%) Sitecore
12 29 (1.08%) VMware
13 28 (1.04%) AppDynamics
14 23 (0.86%) ION Trading
15 20 (0.74%) Ab Initio
15 20 (0.74%) CyberArk