Period
to 24 September 2018

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 24 September 2018 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
24 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 75 74 80
Rank change year-on-year -1 +6 -9
Contract jobs citing SDLC 3,252 3,029 3,020
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.19% 3.11% 2.83%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.70% 3.63% 3.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,166 2,123 2,009
UK median daily rate £475 £465 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.15% +9.41% -
10th Percentile £328 £313 £284
90th Percentile £650 £638 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 61 45
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -5.88% -
10th Percentile £31.80 £27.00 £22.03
90th Percentile £47.30 £53.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £42.45
% change year-on-year +6.25% -5.77% +6.13%

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 87,849 83,375 90,760
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.17% 85.61% 85.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,038 54,987 60,016
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +5.59%
10th Percentile £300 £278 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,412 2,057 2,375
UK median hourly rate £20.55 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.38% +6.67% +2.69%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £24.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -16.67% +2.13% +6.82%

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 24 September 2018.

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 24 September 2018.

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 24 September 2018. 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 -2 2,953 £475 - 1,049
UK excluding London 0 1,699 £425 +6.25% 800
London -5 1,510 £525 - 344
South East -2 513 £450 +12.50% 172
North of England +21 366 £401 +0.13% 216
Midlands 0 238 £425 +2.41% 138
South West +1 204 £425 +11.48% 92
Scotland -13 174 £410 -3.53% 63
Yorkshire +18 171 £413 +2.48% 85
North West +19 168 £387 -3.25% 119
West Midlands +11 140 £450 +19.21% 76
East of England -22 115 £434 +15.67% 87
East Midlands +6 99 £425 -10.53% 61
Wales +17 84 £360 +7.46% 21
North East +1 30 £469 +23.36% 12
Northern Ireland +16 10 £350 -19.08% 11
Isle of Man -2 1 - -

For the 6 months to 24 September 2018, 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 2,009 (61.78%) Agile Software Development
2 848 (26.08%) Finance
3 801 (24.63%) Java
4 783 (24.08%) SQL
5 605 (18.60%) Scrum
6 568 (17.47%) C#
7 538 (16.54%) JavaScript
8 530 (16.30%) .NET
9 519 (15.96%) Test Automation
10 512 (15.74%) JIRA
11 461 (14.18%) Continuous Integration
12 452 (13.90%) TDD
13 430 (13.22%) HTML
14 426 (13.10%) SQL Server
15 414 (12.73%) Analytical Skills
16 413 (12.70%) Git (software)
17 411 (12.64%) Problem-Solving
18 407 (12.52%) Project Management
19 402 (12.36%) Oracle
19 402 (12.36%) Python
20 390 (11.99%) Web Services
21 359 (11.04%) QA
22 357 (10.98%) Banking
22 357 (10.98%) Microsoft
23 354 (10.89%) DevOps
24 353 (10.85%) Waterfall
25 350 (10.76%) Linux
26 347 (10.67%) CSS
27 342 (10.52%) Windows
28 323 (9.93%) Microsoft Azure

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
1 215 (6.61%) Confluence
2 71 (2.18%) CMS
3 69 (2.12%) SharePoint
4 68 (2.09%) Apache Spark
5 66 (2.03%) Elasticsearch
6 50 (1.54%) Apache
6 50 (1.54%) JBoss
7 46 (1.41%) IIS
8 40 (1.23%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 39 (1.20%) WebLogic
10 37 (1.14%) WebSphere
11 34 (1.05%) Drupal
12 22 (0.68%) Tomcat
13 19 (0.58%) SAS
14 17 (0.52%) Apache Solr
15 16 (0.49%) Appian
16 15 (0.46%) SharePoint 2013
16 15 (0.46%) Umbraco
17 13 (0.40%) Oracle Workflow
18 11 (0.34%) Liferay
Applications
1 104 (3.20%) Microsoft Office
2 100 (3.08%) Microsoft Excel
3 62 (1.91%) Microsoft Project
4 45 (1.38%) MS Visio
5 34 (1.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 9 (0.28%) Chatbot
7 8 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
8 5 (0.15%) InfoPath
9 4 (0.12%) HipChat
9 4 (0.12%) Photoshop
10 3 (0.092%) Fireworks
10 3 (0.092%) Windchill
11 1 (0.031%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.031%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 34 (1.05%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (0.40%) Oracle ERP
3 12 (0.37%) Markit EDM
4 11 (0.34%) Oracle EBS
5 9 (0.28%) Oracle BPM
6 7 (0.22%) Oracle EBS R12
7 6 (0.18%) Actimize
7 6 (0.18%) SAP FI
7 6 (0.18%) SAP S/4HANA
7 6 (0.18%) Temenos T24
8 5 (0.15%) BusinessWorks
8 5 (0.15%) Distributed Ledger
8 5 (0.15%) SAP ERP
8 5 (0.15%) SAP Hybris
8 5 (0.15%) thinkFolio
9 3 (0.092%) ION MarketView
9 3 (0.092%) Maximo
9 3 (0.092%) Oracle Financials
9 3 (0.092%) SAP FI/CO
9 3 (0.092%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 323 (9.93%) Microsoft Azure
2 297 (9.13%) Amazon AWS
3 87 (2.68%) GitHub
4 78 (2.40%) SaaS
5 69 (2.12%) Office 365
6 67 (2.06%) Serverless
7 62 (1.91%) Google Cloud Platform
8 60 (1.85%) PaaS
9 54 (1.66%) Amazon EC2
10 45 (1.38%) IaaS
11 39 (1.20%) AWS CloudFormation
12 34 (1.05%) Cloud Computing
13 30 (0.92%) Slack
14 24 (0.74%) AWS Lambda
15 18 (0.55%) Amazon S3
15 18 (0.55%) Azure Functions
16 16 (0.49%) Azure Data Factory
17 15 (0.46%) Akamai
17 15 (0.46%) Azure Active Directory
18 14 (0.43%) Datadog
Communications & Networking
1 62 (1.91%) Internet
2 55 (1.69%) DNS
2 55 (1.69%) HTTP
3 51 (1.57%) Firewall
4 38 (1.17%) TCP/IP
5 26 (0.80%) Network Security
6 18 (0.55%) BIG-IP
6 18 (0.55%) SMS
6 18 (0.55%) SSL
7 16 (0.49%) SAN
7 16 (0.49%) VPN
8 14 (0.43%) DHCP
9 13 (0.40%) LAN
9 13 (0.40%) RTMP
9 13 (0.40%) VoIP
10 12 (0.37%) AMQP
10 12 (0.37%) Intranet
11 11 (0.34%) Skype
11 11 (0.34%) WAN
12 9 (0.28%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 426 (13.10%) SQL Server
2 267 (8.21%) Relational Database
3 168 (5.17%) MySQL
4 134 (4.12%) Data Warehouse
5 125 (3.84%) NoSQL
6 116 (3.57%) MongoDB
7 115 (3.54%) Big Data
8 105 (3.23%) Hadoop
9 104 (3.20%) RDBMS
10 85 (2.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 80 (2.46%) PostgreSQL
12 55 (1.69%) Oracle Database
13 52 (1.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 45 (1.38%) Apache Hive
14 45 (1.38%) SQL Server 2008
15 39 (1.20%) HBase
15 39 (1.20%) SQL Server 2012
16 34 (1.05%) Azure SQL Database
16 34 (1.05%) DB2
16 34 (1.05%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 512 (15.74%) JIRA
2 413 (12.70%) Git (software)
3 301 (9.26%) Jenkins
4 231 (7.10%) Selenium
5 158 (4.86%) Cucumber
6 155 (4.77%) Subversion
7 128 (3.94%) TeamCity
8 125 (3.84%) Maven
9 108 (3.32%) JUnit
10 107 (3.29%) Visual Studio
11 106 (3.26%) Team Foundation Server
12 73 (2.24%) SoapUI
13 67 (2.06%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 62 (1.91%) Visual Studio Team System
15 59 (1.81%) Eclipse
16 55 (1.69%) NUnit
17 53 (1.63%) Bitbucket
18 43 (1.32%) JMeter
19 41 (1.26%) WebDriver
20 36 (1.11%) SpecFlow
General
1 848 (26.08%) Finance
2 357 (10.98%) Banking
3 157 (4.83%) Retail
4 140 (4.31%) Front Office
5 130 (4.00%) Investment Banking
6 74 (2.28%) Marketing
7 51 (1.57%) Telecoms
8 42 (1.29%) Manufacturing
8 42 (1.29%) Pharmaceutical
9 39 (1.20%) Financial Institution
10 38 (1.17%) Legal
11 32 (0.98%) Publishing
12 27 (0.83%) Law
13 23 (0.71%) Back Office
14 20 (0.62%) Electronics
15 19 (0.58%) Advertising
16 18 (0.55%) Aerospace
16 18 (0.55%) Games
16 18 (0.55%) Retail Banking
17 13 (0.40%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 1,216 (37.39%) Developer
2 428 (13.16%) Analyst
3 291 (8.95%) Project Manager
4 280 (8.61%) Java Developer
5 259 (7.96%) Architect
6 243 (7.47%) Business Analyst
7 216 (6.64%) .NET Developer
8 157 (4.83%) Senior Developer
9 153 (4.70%) C# Developer
10 118 (3.63%) Software Engineer
11 115 (3.54%) DevOps Engineer
12 104 (3.20%) Test Engineer
13 96 (2.95%) Tester
14 92 (2.83%) Solutions Architect
15 91 (2.80%) Python Developer
16 88 (2.71%) Full Stack Developer
17 84 (2.58%) Test Analyst
18 74 (2.28%) Delivery Manager
19 73 (2.24%) C# .NET Developer
20 69 (2.12%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 530 (16.30%) .NET
2 430 (13.22%) HTML
3 390 (11.99%) Web Services
4 347 (10.67%) CSS
5 295 (9.07%) AngularJS
6 278 (8.55%) XML
7 240 (7.38%) REST
8 194 (5.97%) HTML5
8 194 (5.97%) Spring
9 190 (5.84%) RESTful
10 174 (5.35%) React
11 170 (5.23%) ASP.NET
12 155 (4.77%) jQuery
13 153 (4.70%) .NET Framework
14 151 (4.64%) Node.js
15 143 (4.40%) SOAP
16 135 (4.15%) JSON
17 130 (4.00%) CSS3
18 94 (2.89%) ASP.NET Web API
18 94 (2.89%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 414 (12.73%) Analytical Skills
2 193 (5.93%) Computer Science
3 148 (4.55%) User Experience
4 145 (4.46%) Mobile App
5 131 (4.03%) Fixed Income
6 115 (3.54%) Self-Motivation
7 102 (3.14%) Greenfield Project
8 99 (3.04%) Derivative
9 87 (2.68%) Management Information System
10 85 (2.61%) Enterprise Software
11 69 (2.12%) Fintech
12 64 (1.97%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 54 (1.66%) Equity Derivative
14 46 (1.41%) Virtual Team
15 44 (1.35%) Equities
16 41 (1.26%) Data Centre
17 40 (1.23%) Data Structures
18 39 (1.20%) Algorithms
19 38 (1.17%) PKI
20 34 (1.05%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 350 (10.76%) Linux
2 342 (10.52%) Windows
3 222 (6.83%) Unix
4 69 (2.12%) Apple iOS
5 57 (1.75%) Android
6 49 (1.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 40 (1.23%) Windows Server
8 31 (0.95%) Solaris
9 26 (0.80%) CentOS
10 20 (0.62%) Ubuntu
11 19 (0.58%) Windows Server 2008
12 18 (0.55%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
13 16 (0.49%) SUSE
14 15 (0.46%) Windows 10
15 14 (0.43%) Windows 7
16 12 (0.37%) DC/OS
16 12 (0.37%) Mac OS
17 9 (0.28%) AIX
18 5 (0.15%) Windows Server 2012
19 3 (0.092%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,009 (61.78%) Agile Software Development
2 605 (18.60%) Scrum
3 519 (15.96%) Test Automation
4 461 (14.18%) Continuous Integration
5 452 (13.90%) TDD
6 411 (12.64%) Problem-Solving
7 407 (12.52%) Project Management
8 354 (10.89%) DevOps
9 353 (10.85%) Waterfall
10 307 (9.44%) Software Engineering
11 288 (8.86%) BDD
12 281 (8.64%) Stakeholder Management
13 226 (6.95%) OO
14 217 (6.67%) Unit Testing
15 211 (6.49%) MVC
16 209 (6.43%) Microservices
17 196 (6.03%) User Acceptance Testing
18 193 (5.93%) Analytics
19 191 (5.87%) Configuration Management
19 191 (5.87%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 801 (24.63%) Java
2 783 (24.08%) SQL
3 568 (17.47%) C#
4 538 (16.54%) JavaScript
5 402 (12.36%) Python
6 160 (4.92%) C++
7 115 (3.54%) T-SQL
8 111 (3.41%) C
9 105 (3.23%) TypeScript
10 100 (3.08%) Perl
11 98 (3.01%) Java 8
12 91 (2.80%) PowerShell
13 78 (2.40%) Scala
14 76 (2.34%) Ruby
15 63 (1.94%) PL/SQL
16 61 (1.88%) PHP
17 57 (1.75%) Bash Shell
18 51 (1.57%) VB
19 49 (1.51%) Shell Script
20 40 (1.23%) ES6
Qualifications
1 274 (8.43%) Degree
2 143 (4.40%) Security Cleared
3 89 (2.74%) ISEB
4 86 (2.64%) Computer Science Degree
5 76 (2.34%) SC Cleared
6 70 (2.15%) ISTQB
7 61 (1.88%) PMI Certification
8 58 (1.78%) PMP
9 43 (1.32%) CISSP
10 33 (1.01%) Master's Degree
11 32 (0.98%) DV Cleared
12 26 (0.80%) BPSS Clearance
12 26 (0.80%) CISM
13 22 (0.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 19 (0.58%) ITIL Certification
14 19 (0.58%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 17 (0.52%) CRISC
16 15 (0.46%) AWS Certification
16 15 (0.46%) CISA
16 15 (0.46%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 359 (11.04%) QA
2 62 (1.91%) Data Quality
2 62 (1.91%) GDPR
3 50 (1.54%) PMO
4 20 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 20 (0.62%) PCI DSS
4 20 (0.62%) SLA
5 18 (0.55%) WCAG
6 9 (0.28%) PSD2
6 9 (0.28%) SEPA
7 7 (0.22%) COBIT
7 7 (0.22%) GxP
7 7 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 6 (0.18%) ISO 9001
8 6 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 6 (0.18%) MiFID
9 5 (0.15%) EMIR
9 5 (0.15%) HIPAA
9 5 (0.15%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 4 (0.12%) JSP 440
System Software
1 170 (5.23%) Docker
2 47 (1.45%) Active Directory
3 37 (1.14%) VMware Infrastructure
4 24 (0.74%) Virtual Machines
5 17 (0.52%) Hyper-V
6 15 (0.46%) HDFS
6 15 (0.46%) XenApp
7 12 (0.37%) VirtualBox
8 10 (0.31%) vSphere
8 10 (0.31%) XenDesktop
9 4 (0.12%) Apache Flume
9 4 (0.12%) Virtual Desktop
10 2 (0.062%) Microsoft App-V
10 2 (0.062%) VMware ESXi
11 1 (0.031%) EMC RecoverPoint
11 1 (0.031%) Firmware
11 1 (0.031%) IAG
11 1 (0.031%) NFS
11 1 (0.031%) Squid
11 1 (0.031%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 128 (3.94%) Ansible
2 114 (3.51%) Puppet
3 100 (3.08%) Opscode Chef
4 82 (2.52%) Kubernetes
5 57 (1.75%) Terraform
6 34 (1.05%) HP Quality Center
7 32 (0.98%) Salt
8 18 (0.55%) Docker Swarm
9 17 (0.52%) Single Sign-On
10 15 (0.46%) CFEngine
10 15 (0.46%) Hadoop YARN
11 14 (0.43%) Nessus
12 13 (0.40%) HockeyApp
13 12 (0.37%) HP ALM
13 12 (0.37%) Packer
14 11 (0.34%) Kibana
15 9 (0.28%) Mesos
15 9 (0.28%) WMI
16 8 (0.25%) logstash
17 6 (0.18%) Nagios
Vendors
1 402 (12.36%) Oracle
2 357 (10.98%) Microsoft
3 72 (2.21%) SAP
4 70 (2.15%) IBM
5 63 (1.94%) Google
6 60 (1.85%) Atlassian
6 60 (1.85%) Sybase
7 54 (1.66%) Salesforce.com
8 48 (1.48%) Tableau
9 42 (1.29%) HP
9 42 (1.29%) ServiceNow
10 39 (1.20%) Red Hat
10 39 (1.20%) Sitecore
10 39 (1.20%) VMware
11 38 (1.17%) Splunk
12 37 (1.14%) Citrix
13 28 (0.86%) Informatica
14 22 (0.68%) F5
15 20 (0.62%) Pega
15 20 (0.62%) Talend