Period
to 27 October 2020

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 27 October 2020 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
27 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 91 90 79
Rank change year-on-year -1 -11 -6
Contract jobs citing SDLC 819 2,233 3,223
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.53% 2.65% 3.14%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.93% 3.06% 3.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 573 1,482 2,212
Median daily rate £475 £491 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.21% +3.32% +1.06%
10th Percentile £321 £350 £334
90th Percentile £650 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £406 £450 £425
% change year-on-year -9.72% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 29 31
Median hourly rate £41.50 £43.00 £43.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.49% - +6.17%
10th Percentile £35.00 £35.21 £33.13
90th Percentile £55.00 £51.80 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £51.25 £44.50 £43.00
% change year-on-year +15.17% +3.49% +5.52%

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 27,955 72,988 89,485
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.36% 86.56% 87.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 17,657 47,917 59,113
Median daily rate £475 £475 £455
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.40% +1.11%
10th Percentile £296 £300 £300
90th Percentile £663 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £438 £425
% change year-on-year - +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,001 2,275 2,401
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.93 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +46.29% +13.93% -10.64%
10th Percentile £12.36 £11.97 £11.18
90th Percentile £55.00 £53.75 £50.00
Median hourly rate £27.00 £22.50 £20.50
% change year-on-year +20.00% +9.76% -14.58%

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 27 October 2020.

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 27 October 2020.

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 27 October 2020. 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 -7 708 £475 -5.00% 411
London -1 445 £516 -5.63% 148
UK excluding London -20 296 £406 -9.72% 300
Work from Home +2 139 £450 -2.70% 74
Midlands +31 76 £400 -5.88% 49
North of England -12 51 £400 -5.88% 80
South East -26 51 £425 -5.56% 60
West Midlands +16 48 £432 +1.65% 39
South West +26 44 £440 -4.86% 37
Scotland +5 37 £400 +6.67% 26
East of England +43 29 £450 -5.26% 36
North West +9 26 £375 -11.76% 48
East Midlands +28 22 £368 +0.41% 10
Yorkshire +8 13 £410 -3.53% 23
North East +19 12 £425 - 9
Northern Ireland +12 8 £329 -40.18% 3
Wales +19 2 £500 +33.33% 10

For the 6 months to 27 October 2020, 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.

1 507 (61.90%) Agile Software Development
2 240 (29.30%) Java
3 213 (26.01%) Finance
4 178 (21.73%) SQL
5 159 (19.41%) Scrum
6 157 (19.17%) JavaScript
7 151 (18.44%) Azure
8 146 (17.83%) DevOps
9 136 (16.61%) Git (software)
10 132 (16.12%) JIRA
11 124 (15.14%) Banking
12 120 (14.65%) Python
13 116 (14.16%) Test Automation
14 108 (13.19%) AWS
15 106 (12.94%) Software Engineering
16 103 (12.58%) Waterfall
17 102 (12.45%) Microservices
18 101 (12.33%) C#
18 101 (12.33%) SQL Server
18 101 (12.33%) CSS
19 99 (12.09%) Windows
19 99 (12.09%) .NET
20 97 (11.84%) TDD
21 96 (11.72%) Problem-Solving
22 95 (11.60%) Analytical Skills
23 94 (11.48%) Oracle
24 93 (11.36%) HTML
24 93 (11.36%) Web Services
25 92 (11.23%) Microsoft
26 90 (10.99%) Continuous Integration

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 64 (7.81%) Confluence
2 26 (3.17%) WebLogic
3 24 (2.93%) Apache
4 23 (2.81%) Apache Spark
5 20 (2.44%) Cloud Foundry
6 15 (1.83%) WebSphere
7 14 (1.71%) CMS
7 14 (1.71%) JBoss
8 13 (1.59%) SharePoint
9 10 (1.22%) IIS
9 10 (1.22%) Mule
9 10 (1.22%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 10 (1.22%) Tomcat
10 9 (1.10%) Apache Pig
10 9 (1.10%) Red Hat Fuse
11 6 (0.73%) Appian
11 6 (0.73%) Oracle Workflow
12 4 (0.49%) WebSphere Application Server
13 2 (0.24%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 2 (0.24%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 48 (5.86%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (2.20%) Microsoft Project
3 16 (1.95%) Microsoft Excel
4 10 (1.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.73%) Chatbot
6 3 (0.37%) InVision
6 3 (0.37%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.37%) Sketch
7 2 (0.24%) Marvel
8 1 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.12%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.12%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.12%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 14 (1.71%) ION MarketView
2 8 (0.98%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.85%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 5 (0.61%) Lawson
4 5 (0.61%) Siebel CRM
5 4 (0.49%) SAP CO
5 4 (0.49%) SAP FI
5 4 (0.49%) SAP FI/CO
6 2 (0.24%) Advent Geneva
6 2 (0.24%) Payment Gateway
6 2 (0.24%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 2 (0.24%) SAP Hybris
7 1 (0.12%) Bloomberg TOMS
7 1 (0.12%) Loan IQ
7 1 (0.12%) Markit EDM
7 1 (0.12%) Maximo
7 1 (0.12%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.12%) SAP CRM
7 1 (0.12%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 151 (18.44%) Azure
2 108 (13.19%) AWS
3 43 (5.25%) GCP
4 23 (2.81%) GitHub
4 23 (2.81%) Google Analytics
5 21 (2.56%) Power Platform
6 17 (2.08%) Serverless
7 15 (1.83%) Cloud Computing
8 13 (1.59%) Dynamics 365
8 13 (1.59%) SaaS
9 12 (1.47%) Google Tag Manager
9 12 (1.47%) PaaS
10 11 (1.34%) Azure Data Factory
11 8 (0.98%) Amazon S3
11 8 (0.98%) Boomi
11 8 (0.98%) Office 365
11 8 (0.98%) SuccessFactors
12 7 (0.85%) OpenShift
12 7 (0.85%) Slack
13 6 (0.73%) Google Play
Communications & Networking
1 15 (1.83%) 2G
1 15 (1.83%) 5G
1 15 (1.83%) GSM
1 15 (1.83%) MVNO
2 14 (1.71%) Packet Switching
2 14 (1.71%) SSL
3 10 (1.22%) HTTP
3 10 (1.22%) HTTPS
3 10 (1.22%) SNMP
4 8 (0.98%) Firewall
5 7 (0.85%) Internet
6 6 (0.73%) WAN
7 4 (0.49%) DNS
7 4 (0.49%) SSH
8 3 (0.37%) Intrusion Detection
9 2 (0.24%) AMQP
9 2 (0.24%) Ethernet
9 2 (0.24%) Skype
9 2 (0.24%) SMS
9 2 (0.24%) Tactical Data Link
Database & Business Intelligence
1 101 (12.33%) SQL Server
2 51 (6.23%) NoSQL
3 42 (5.13%) Relational Database
4 33 (4.03%) MongoDB
5 29 (3.54%) Data Warehouse
6 28 (3.42%) MySQL
7 25 (3.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 21 (2.56%) Big Data
8 21 (2.56%) Oracle Database
9 20 (2.44%) Power BI
10 18 (2.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 13 (1.59%) Hadoop
12 12 (1.47%) Data Mining
13 11 (1.34%) Apache Hive
13 11 (1.34%) Azure SQL Database
13 11 (1.34%) RDBMS
13 11 (1.34%) Redis
14 10 (1.22%) Cosmos DB
14 10 (1.22%) PostgreSQL
15 9 (1.10%) Oracle OWB
Development Applications
1 136 (16.61%) Git (software)
2 132 (16.12%) JIRA
3 81 (9.89%) Jenkins
4 51 (6.23%) Maven
5 37 (4.52%) Cucumber
6 31 (3.79%) JUnit
7 28 (3.42%) JMeter
7 28 (3.42%) Team Foundation Server
8 25 (3.05%) TeamCity
9 22 (2.69%) Subversion
10 19 (2.32%) Selenium
10 19 (2.32%) Visual Studio Team System
11 18 (2.20%) Gradle
12 16 (1.95%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 16 (1.95%) Bitbucket
13 14 (1.71%) FishEye
13 14 (1.71%) Jasmine
14 13 (1.59%) Ant
15 12 (1.47%) LoadUI
16 11 (1.34%) eggPlant
General
1 213 (26.01%) Finance
2 124 (15.14%) Banking
3 68 (8.30%) Public Sector
4 56 (6.84%) Investment Banking
5 47 (5.74%) Front Office
6 28 (3.42%) Telecoms
7 16 (1.95%) Retail
8 13 (1.59%) Financial Institution
9 8 (0.98%) Back Office
9 8 (0.98%) Pharmaceutical
10 6 (0.73%) Advertising
11 5 (0.61%) Corporate Banking
11 5 (0.61%) Legal
11 5 (0.61%) Manufacturing
12 4 (0.49%) Local Government
12 4 (0.49%) Marketing
13 3 (0.37%) Billing
13 3 (0.37%) Electronics
13 3 (0.37%) Games
13 3 (0.37%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 312 (38.10%) Developer
2 110 (13.43%) Analyst
3 91 (11.11%) Java Developer
4 54 (6.59%) Business Analyst
5 52 (6.35%) Architect
6 43 (5.25%) Senior Developer
7 38 (4.64%) Project Manager
8 36 (4.40%) .NET Developer
9 31 (3.79%) Software Engineer
10 30 (3.66%) React Developer
11 26 (3.17%) Consultant
12 23 (2.81%) DevOps Engineer
12 23 (2.81%) Digital Analyst
12 23 (2.81%) Full Stack Developer
12 23 (2.81%) Performance Analyst
13 22 (2.69%) Solutions Architect
14 21 (2.56%) C# Developer
14 21 (2.56%) Digital Performance Analyst
14 21 (2.56%) Python Developer
15 20 (2.44%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 101 (12.33%) CSS
2 99 (12.09%) .NET
3 93 (11.36%) HTML
3 93 (11.36%) Web Services
4 84 (10.26%) AngularJS
4 84 (10.26%) Spring
5 82 (10.01%) RESTful
6 71 (8.67%) React
7 70 (8.55%) REST
8 64 (7.81%) XML
9 54 (6.59%) SOAP
10 47 (5.74%) Node.js
11 43 (5.25%) Middleware
12 38 (4.64%) HTML5
12 38 (4.64%) JSON
13 36 (4.40%) .NET Core
13 36 (4.40%) Spring Boot
14 31 (3.79%) Redux
15 29 (3.54%) Kafka
16 28 (3.42%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 95 (11.60%) Analytical Skills
2 64 (7.81%) Fixed Income
3 60 (7.33%) User Experience
4 50 (6.11%) Self-Motivation
5 42 (5.13%) Mobile App
6 40 (4.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 37 (4.52%) Data Structures
8 23 (2.81%) Enterprise Software
8 23 (2.81%) Management Information System
8 23 (2.81%) Virtual Team
9 22 (2.69%) Greenfield Project
10 20 (2.44%) Algorithms
10 20 (2.44%) Derivative
11 17 (2.08%) Equities
12 15 (1.83%) PMI
13 13 (1.59%) Credit Risk
13 13 (1.59%) Linux Command Line
14 10 (1.22%) Mobile Payment
15 9 (1.10%) N-Tier
16 8 (0.98%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 99 (12.09%) Windows
2 73 (8.91%) Linux
3 61 (7.45%) Unix
4 26 (3.17%) Apple iOS
5 25 (3.05%) Android
6 8 (0.98%) Windows Server
7 7 (0.85%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (0.85%) Windows Server 2016
8 4 (0.49%) Windows 7
9 3 (0.37%) Windows 10
9 3 (0.37%) Windows 8
10 2 (0.24%) AIX
10 2 (0.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.12%) CentOS
11 1 (0.12%) Solaris
11 1 (0.12%) Windows Server 2019
11 1 (0.12%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 507 (61.90%) Agile Software Development
2 159 (19.41%) Scrum
3 146 (17.83%) DevOps
4 116 (14.16%) Test Automation
5 106 (12.94%) Software Engineering
6 103 (12.58%) Waterfall
7 102 (12.45%) Microservices
8 97 (11.84%) TDD
9 96 (11.72%) Problem-Solving
10 90 (10.99%) Continuous Integration
11 83 (10.13%) OO
12 82 (10.01%) Data Modelling
13 74 (9.04%) Continuous Improvement
14 73 (8.91%) Stakeholder Management
15 64 (7.81%) Migration
15 64 (7.81%) Project Delivery
16 60 (7.33%) Data Analysis
17 58 (7.08%) Analytics
17 58 (7.08%) Computer Science
17 58 (7.08%) Multithreading
Programming Languages
1 240 (29.30%) Java
2 178 (21.73%) SQL
3 157 (19.17%) JavaScript
4 120 (14.65%) Python
5 101 (12.33%) C#
6 44 (5.37%) Kotlin
7 40 (4.88%) Java 8
8 34 (4.15%) T-SQL
9 31 (3.79%) Shell Script
10 29 (3.54%) C
11 24 (2.93%) PL/SQL
11 24 (2.93%) PowerShell
12 19 (2.32%) Scala
12 19 (2.32%) TypeScript
13 18 (2.20%) C++
13 18 (2.20%) Perl
14 17 (2.08%) Bash Shell
15 14 (1.71%) Apple Swift
15 14 (1.71%) ES6
16 11 (1.34%) R
Qualifications
1 79 (9.65%) Security Cleared
2 73 (8.91%) Degree
3 69 (8.42%) SC Cleared
4 21 (2.56%) ISTQB
5 18 (2.20%) Computer Science Degree
6 16 (1.95%) PMI Certification
7 14 (1.71%) ISEB
8 12 (1.47%) DV Cleared
8 12 (1.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 10 (1.22%) CISSP
9 10 (1.22%) TOGAF Certification
10 8 (0.98%) ISEB Practitioner
11 6 (0.73%) Cisco Certification
11 6 (0.73%) CISM
12 5 (0.61%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 5 (0.61%) PMP
13 4 (0.49%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 4 (0.49%) BPSS Clearance
13 4 (0.49%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
14 3 (0.37%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 82 (10.01%) QA
2 18 (2.20%) WCAG
3 14 (1.71%) PMBOK
4 13 (1.59%) NIST
5 10 (1.22%) PMO
6 8 (0.98%) SLA
7 7 (0.85%) GDPR
8 6 (0.73%) Data Quality
8 6 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 5 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 4 (0.49%) GxP
11 3 (0.37%) SEPA
12 2 (0.24%) COBIT
12 2 (0.24%) Dodd-Frank
12 2 (0.24%) ISO 31000
13 1 (0.12%) COREP
13 1 (0.12%) EMIR
13 1 (0.12%) FINREP
13 1 (0.12%) MiFID
13 1 (0.12%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 52 (6.35%) Docker
2 6 (0.73%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.49%) Oracle RAC
4 3 (0.37%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.24%) Ceph
5 2 (0.24%) Firmware
5 2 (0.24%) Time Sharing Option
5 2 (0.24%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.12%) GlusterFS
6 1 (0.12%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.12%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.12%) NFS
6 1 (0.12%) Samba
6 1 (0.12%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.12%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.12%) vSphere
6 1 (0.12%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 52 (6.35%) Kubernetes
2 30 (3.66%) Prometheus
3 21 (2.56%) Terraform
4 20 (2.44%) Ansible
5 16 (1.95%) HP ALM
6 15 (1.83%) Tivoli
7 11 (1.34%) SCOM
7 11 (1.34%) ZABBIX
8 10 (1.22%) Netcool
8 10 (1.22%) Netcool/OMNIbus
8 10 (1.22%) Netcool/Webtop
9 9 (1.10%) Grafana
9 9 (1.10%) Kibana
9 9 (1.10%) Zipkin
10 8 (0.98%) HP Quality Center
10 8 (0.98%) Opscode Chef
11 6 (0.73%) Data Guard
12 5 (0.61%) ITRS Geneos
13 4 (0.49%) Puppet
14 2 (0.24%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 94 (11.48%) Oracle
2 92 (11.23%) Microsoft
3 65 (7.94%) Splunk
4 38 (4.64%) Google
5 31 (3.79%) AppDynamics
6 27 (3.30%) SAP
7 22 (2.69%) HP
7 22 (2.69%) Salesforce.com
8 21 (2.56%) ServiceNow
9 20 (2.44%) IBM
10 19 (2.32%) MuleSoft
11 17 (2.08%) Atlassian
12 16 (1.95%) Murex
13 14 (1.71%) ION Trading
13 14 (1.71%) Sybase
14 13 (1.59%) CheckPoint
14 13 (1.59%) Databricks
14 13 (1.59%) Dynatrace
14 13 (1.59%) New Relic
15 12 (1.47%) SolarWinds