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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 12 August 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
12 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 78 75 84
Rank change year-on-year -3 +9 +2
Contract jobs citing SDLC 2,735 2,304 971
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.08% 3.12% 2.81%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.44% 3.49% 3.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,821 1,575 643
10th Percentile £413 £363 £331
25th Percentile £475 £438 £406
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £575 £538 £482
Median % change year-on-year +6.98% +11.51% -3.60%
75th Percentile £688 £648 £600
90th Percentile £775 £725 £713
UK excluding London median daily rate £523 £463 £428
% change year-on-year +13.11% +8.06% -2.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 48 20
10th Percentile £16.00 £42.68 £37.16
25th Percentile £45.94 £47.19 £39.56
Median hourly rate £58.98 £55.75 £45.00
Median % change year-on-year +5.78% +23.89% +4.65%
75th Percentile £65.00 £65.51 £53.75
90th Percentile £73.88 £72.85 £57.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.00 £56.50 £50.00
% change year-on-year +6.19% +13.00% +12.36%

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 79,509 66,061 30,126
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 89.67% 89.37% 87.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 55,850 45,517 20,122
10th Percentile £350 £313 £300
25th Percentile £450 £410 £398
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £650 £600 £576
90th Percentile £750 £689 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,680 1,694 868
10th Percentile £13.25 £12.00 £12.35
25th Percentile £17.00 £14.55 £16.25
Median hourly rate £30.75 £23.13 £25.00
Median % change year-on-year +32.97% -7.50% +11.11%
75th Percentile £57.50 £46.53 £46.00
90th Percentile £69.53 £62.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £20.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +21.95% -8.89% -

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 12 August 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 12 August 2022.

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 12 August 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 -2 2,272 £575 +4.55% 571
London -2 1,429 £600 +2.13% 249
Work from Home +19 1,285 £550 +4.76% 285
UK excluding London 0 827 £523 +13.11% 351
South East +22 214 £544 +14.47% 63
Midlands +11 173 £500 +14.29% 54
North of England -15 160 £490 +8.78% 104
West Midlands +24 131 £503 +5.79% 26
South West +12 102 £558 +20.54% 48
North West -14 94 £475 +11.76% 57
Scotland -42 87 £475 +5.56% 27
East of England -4 58 £575 +13.30% 49
Yorkshire -32 54 £500 - 37
East Midlands 0 40 £500 +24.22% 27
Wales +19 23 £594 -5.00% 4
North East -2 14 £588 +30.56% 10
Northern Ireland -1 13 £500 +5.26% 2

For the 6 months to 12 August 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 1,834 (67.06%) Agile
2 813 (29.73%) Finance
3 810 (29.62%) Social Skills
4 791 (28.92%) DevOps
5 644 (23.55%) Azure
6 544 (19.89%) Java
7 537 (19.63%) Scrum
8 497 (18.17%) CI/CD
9 490 (17.92%) SQL
10 481 (17.59%) JIRA
11 424 (15.50%) JavaScript
12 416 (15.21%) AWS
13 405 (14.81%) C#
14 397 (14.52%) Python
15 392 (14.33%) Microsoft
16 384 (14.04%) Test Automation
17 381 (13.93%) .NET
18 357 (13.05%) Problem-Solving
19 348 (12.72%) Analytical Skills
20 330 (12.07%) Microservices
21 318 (11.63%) Banking
22 315 (11.52%) Software Engineering
23 305 (11.15%) Git (software)
24 293 (10.71%) Security Cleared
25 291 (10.64%) Project Management
26 290 (10.60%) Stakeholder Management
27 288 (10.53%) Kubernetes
28 286 (10.46%) Jenkins
29 271 (9.91%) Analytics
30 269 (9.84%) React

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
1 210 (7.68%) Confluence
2 81 (2.96%) SharePoint
3 61 (2.23%) Apache Spark
4 55 (2.01%) Apache
5 34 (1.24%) WebLogic
6 32 (1.17%) CMS
6 32 (1.17%) JBoss
7 25 (0.91%) Tomcat
8 22 (0.80%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 21 (0.77%) nginx
10 19 (0.69%) WebSphere
11 18 (0.66%) Red Hat Fuse
11 18 (0.66%) SAS
12 14 (0.51%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 14 (0.51%) BizTalk Server
12 14 (0.51%) OpenStack
13 13 (0.48%) Headless CMS
14 12 (0.44%) Drupal
15 9 (0.33%) CICS
16 8 (0.29%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 74 (2.71%) Microsoft Office
2 58 (2.12%) Microsoft Project
3 55 (2.01%) Microsoft Excel
4 41 (1.50%) MS Visio
5 38 (1.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 17 (0.62%) Chatbot
7 2 (0.073%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.037%) Adobe After Effects
8 1 (0.037%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.037%) Adobe XD
8 1 (0.037%) CATIA
8 1 (0.037%) Oracle Smart View
8 1 (0.037%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 23 (0.84%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (0.51%) SAP S/4HANA
3 12 (0.44%) Teamcenter
4 10 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 8 (0.29%) Oracle ERP
5 8 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
6 6 (0.22%) CA PPM
6 6 (0.22%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 6 (0.22%) VisionPLUS
7 5 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
7 5 (0.18%) Oracle SCM
7 5 (0.18%) Summit
8 4 (0.15%) Eloqua
8 4 (0.15%) ION MarketView
8 4 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
8 4 (0.15%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 4 (0.15%) SAP ERP
9 3 (0.11%) Aladdin
9 3 (0.11%) SAP CRM
10 2 (0.073%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 644 (23.55%) Azure
2 416 (15.21%) AWS
3 223 (8.15%) Azure DevOps
4 149 (5.45%) GitHub
5 135 (4.94%) GCP
5 135 (4.94%) Serverless
6 101 (3.69%) SaaS
7 96 (3.51%) PaaS
8 90 (3.29%) Power Platform
9 72 (2.63%) AWS Lambda
10 54 (1.97%) Azure Logic Apps
11 49 (1.79%) Dynamics 365
12 45 (1.65%) IaaS
13 42 (1.54%) Amazon S3
14 39 (1.43%) Azure Service Bus
15 37 (1.35%) Amazon EKS
16 35 (1.28%) AWS CloudFormation
17 32 (1.17%) BrowserStack
17 32 (1.17%) npm
18 31 (1.13%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 45 (1.65%) Firewall
2 35 (1.28%) SSL
3 26 (0.95%) Network Security
4 24 (0.88%) VPN
5 20 (0.73%) BGP
6 19 (0.69%) RTMP
7 18 (0.66%) DNS
7 18 (0.66%) Internet
8 15 (0.55%) HTTP
8 15 (0.55%) HTTPS
8 15 (0.55%) WAN
9 13 (0.48%) NGFW
10 12 (0.44%) Broadband
10 12 (0.44%) SD-WAN
11 11 (0.40%) TCP/IP
12 9 (0.33%) IPsec
13 8 (0.29%) LAN
14 6 (0.22%) Tactical Data Link
14 6 (0.22%) VoIP
15 5 (0.18%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 244 (8.92%) SQL Server
2 136 (4.97%) Relational Database
3 123 (4.50%) Big Data
4 109 (3.99%) Data Warehouse
5 102 (3.73%) NoSQL
6 92 (3.36%) PostgreSQL
7 83 (3.03%) Data Lake
8 69 (2.52%) Redis
9 64 (2.34%) Power BI
10 58 (2.12%) MongoDB
11 54 (1.97%) MySQL
12 49 (1.79%) Hadoop
13 47 (1.72%) RDBMS
14 44 (1.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 37 (1.35%) Amazon RDS
15 37 (1.35%) Azure SQL Database
16 35 (1.28%) Oracle Database
17 29 (1.06%) BigQuery
18 28 (1.02%) Metadata
19 26 (0.95%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 481 (17.59%) JIRA
2 305 (11.15%) Git (software)
3 286 (10.46%) Jenkins
4 123 (4.50%) GitLab
5 115 (4.20%) Selenium
6 83 (3.03%) TeamCity
7 77 (2.82%) Bitbucket
8 69 (2.52%) Maven
9 66 (2.41%) Cypress.io
10 61 (2.23%) Postman
11 55 (2.01%) Sonatype Nexus
12 53 (1.94%) Artifactory
13 49 (1.79%) Team Foundation Server
14 48 (1.76%) Cucumber
15 44 (1.61%) SpecFlow
16 43 (1.57%) JMeter
17 37 (1.35%) Eclipse
18 35 (1.28%) Gradle
19 34 (1.24%) Subversion
20 33 (1.21%) JUnit
General
1 813 (29.73%) Finance
2 810 (29.62%) Social Skills
3 348 (12.72%) Analytical Skills
4 318 (11.63%) Banking
5 188 (6.87%) Public Sector
6 141 (5.16%) Investment Banking
7 130 (4.75%) Retail
8 120 (4.39%) Presentation Skills
9 95 (3.47%) Front Office
10 74 (2.71%) Telecoms
11 59 (2.16%) Documentation Skills
12 57 (2.08%) Legal
13 53 (1.94%) Marketing
14 52 (1.90%) Influencing Skills
15 49 (1.79%) Manufacturing
16 44 (1.61%) Organisational Skills
17 33 (1.21%) Financial Institution
18 32 (1.17%) Law
19 31 (1.13%) Inclusion and Diversity
20 26 (0.95%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 744 (27.20%) Developer
2 333 (12.18%) Analyst
3 319 (11.66%) Architect
4 212 (7.75%) Business Analyst
5 193 (7.06%) Project Manager
6 164 (6.00%) Java Developer
7 159 (5.81%) Solutions Architect
8 140 (5.12%) DevOps Engineer
9 112 (4.10%) Senior Developer
10 82 (3.00%) React Developer
11 81 (2.96%) Software Engineer
12 80 (2.93%) Full Stack Developer
13 79 (2.89%) Consultant
14 77 (2.82%) .NET Developer
15 65 (2.38%) C# Developer
15 65 (2.38%) Cloud Architect
16 61 (2.23%) Data Architect
16 61 (2.23%) Delivery Manager
17 56 (2.05%) IT Manager
17 56 (2.05%) JavaScript Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 381 (13.93%) .NET
2 269 (9.84%) React
3 224 (8.19%) CSS
4 220 (8.04%) REST
5 213 (7.79%) AngularJS
6 205 (7.50%) HTML
7 195 (7.13%) Spring
8 188 (6.87%) RESTful
9 151 (5.52%) Web Services
10 133 (4.86%) Node.js
11 131 (4.79%) ASP.NET
12 129 (4.72%) Kafka
13 123 (4.50%) JSON
14 121 (4.42%) Spring Boot
15 101 (3.69%) SOAP
16 99 (3.62%) .NET Framework
17 79 (2.89%) HTML5
18 78 (2.85%) XML
19 69 (2.52%) jQuery
20 68 (2.49%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 177 (6.47%) User Experience
2 135 (4.94%) Self-Motivation
3 119 (4.35%) Management Information System
4 103 (3.77%) Virtual Team
5 87 (3.18%) Mobile App
6 86 (3.14%) Public Cloud
7 78 (2.85%) Cloud Native
8 72 (2.63%) Enterprise Software
9 55 (2.01%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 46 (1.68%) Data Protection Act
11 43 (1.57%) Greenfield Project
12 36 (1.32%) Data Structures
12 36 (1.32%) Legacy Systems
13 35 (1.28%) Algorithms
14 34 (1.24%) Derivative
15 33 (1.21%) Credit Risk
16 29 (1.06%) Fixed Income
17 21 (0.77%) CMDB
18 19 (0.69%) Data Centre
19 18 (0.66%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 230 (8.41%) Linux
2 151 (5.52%) Windows
3 81 (2.96%) Unix
4 30 (1.10%) Android
4 30 (1.10%) Apple iOS
5 28 (1.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 12 (0.44%) Debian
7 11 (0.40%) Windows Server
8 8 (0.29%) CentOS
9 6 (0.22%) Mac OS
10 5 (0.18%) Amazon Linux
10 5 (0.18%) Kali Linux
11 4 (0.15%) Ubuntu
11 4 (0.15%) Windows Server 2016
11 4 (0.15%) Windows Server 2019
12 3 (0.11%) zOS
13 2 (0.073%) VMS
14 1 (0.037%) AIX
14 1 (0.037%) HPUX
14 1 (0.037%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,834 (67.06%) Agile
2 791 (28.92%) DevOps
3 537 (19.63%) Scrum
4 497 (18.17%) CI/CD
5 384 (14.04%) Test Automation
6 357 (13.05%) Problem-Solving
7 330 (12.07%) Microservices
8 315 (11.52%) Software Engineering
9 291 (10.64%) Project Management
10 290 (10.60%) Stakeholder Management
11 271 (9.91%) Analytics
12 252 (9.21%) Continuous Integration
13 232 (8.48%) Waterfall
14 203 (7.42%) Continuous Improvement
15 195 (7.13%) TDD
16 190 (6.95%) Mentoring
17 185 (6.76%) Business Intelligence
18 182 (6.65%) User Stories
19 179 (6.54%) Full Stack Development
20 170 (6.22%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 544 (19.89%) Java
2 490 (17.92%) SQL
3 424 (15.50%) JavaScript
4 405 (14.81%) C#
5 397 (14.52%) Python
6 218 (7.97%) TypeScript
7 131 (4.79%) PowerShell
8 96 (3.51%) C++
9 88 (3.22%) Bash
10 53 (1.94%) Go
11 51 (1.86%) Ruby
12 49 (1.79%) T-SQL
13 44 (1.61%) Shell Script
14 40 (1.46%) PL/SQL
15 38 (1.39%) Scala
16 33 (1.21%) C
17 26 (0.95%) PHP
18 25 (0.91%) VB.NET
19 21 (0.77%) VBScript
20 19 (0.69%) XAML
Qualifications
1 293 (10.71%) Security Cleared
2 240 (8.78%) SC Cleared
3 212 (7.75%) Degree
4 58 (2.12%) DV Cleared
5 55 (2.01%) ISTQB
6 45 (1.65%) Computer Science Degree
7 42 (1.54%) CISSP
8 37 (1.35%) AWS Certification
9 36 (1.32%) ISEB
10 30 (1.10%) BPSS Clearance
11 29 (1.06%) CISM
12 23 (0.84%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 20 (0.73%) CRISC
14 18 (0.66%) PMP
15 16 (0.59%) Cisco Certification
16 15 (0.55%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
16 15 (0.55%) PhD
16 15 (0.55%) PMI Certification
17 13 (0.48%) ITIL Certification
17 13 (0.48%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 245 (8.96%) QA
2 39 (1.43%) Data Quality
3 33 (1.21%) PMO
4 31 (1.13%) Accessibility
5 28 (1.02%) GDPR
6 27 (0.99%) NIST
7 24 (0.88%) SLA
8 16 (0.59%) MiFID
9 13 (0.48%) EMIR
10 12 (0.44%) GRC
11 10 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 10 (0.37%) PCI DSS
12 9 (0.33%) COBIT
13 6 (0.22%) GxP
13 6 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 5 (0.18%) GAMP
14 5 (0.18%) ISO 13485
14 5 (0.18%) SEPA
14 5 (0.18%) WCAG
15 4 (0.15%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 227 (8.30%) Docker
2 37 (1.35%) Active Directory
3 15 (0.55%) VMware Infrastructure
4 12 (0.44%) vCloud
5 9 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
6 8 (0.29%) Oracle RAC
7 4 (0.15%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 3 (0.11%) Firmware
8 3 (0.11%) Hyper-V
8 3 (0.11%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (0.11%) VMware NSX
9 2 (0.073%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.037%) HDFS
10 1 (0.037%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.037%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 288 (10.53%) Kubernetes
2 231 (8.45%) Ansible
3 212 (7.75%) Terraform
4 73 (2.67%) Puppet
5 52 (1.90%) Grafana
6 42 (1.54%) Prometheus
7 38 (1.39%) Opscode Chef
8 28 (1.02%) Kibana
9 21 (0.77%) Single Sign-On
10 15 (0.55%) Packer
11 14 (0.51%) HP ALM
12 13 (0.48%) Consul
12 13 (0.48%) ZABBIX
13 12 (0.44%) Fluentd
13 12 (0.44%) HAProxy
13 12 (0.44%) HP Quality Center
14 10 (0.37%) Docker Swarm
14 10 (0.37%) MIIS
14 10 (0.37%) WSUS
15 9 (0.33%) Argo
Vendors
1 392 (14.33%) Microsoft
2 228 (8.34%) Oracle
3 106 (3.88%) SAP
4 93 (3.40%) Salesforce.com
5 91 (3.33%) Google
6 82 (3.00%) ServiceNow
7 66 (2.41%) MuleSoft
8 60 (2.19%) Red Hat
9 38 (1.39%) Informatica
10 37 (1.35%) Databricks
11 36 (1.32%) Splunk
11 36 (1.32%) VMware
12 34 (1.24%) Atlassian
13 24 (0.88%) CA
14 23 (0.84%) Talend
15 22 (0.80%) HP
16 21 (0.77%) Adobe
17 20 (0.73%) AppDynamics
18 18 (0.66%) CheckPoint
18 18 (0.66%) CyberArk