Period
to 18 July 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 18 July 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
18 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 81 75 72
Rank change year-on-year -6 -3 -4
Contract jobs citing SDLC 2,643 3,291 2,962
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.85% 3.18% 3.12%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.28% 3.67% 3.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,759 2,118 2,013
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +8.82%
10th Percentile £337 £325 £310
90th Percentile £660 £638 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 38 54
UK median hourly rate £43.00 £42.75 £40.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.58% +6.21% +0.63%
10th Percentile £22.43 £20.00 £29.13
90th Percentile £50.00 £67.25 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.75 £42.50 £40.75
% change year-on-year +2.94% +4.29% +3.82%

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 80,502 89,695 81,430
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.90% 86.67% 85.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 52,992 59,180 53,286
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £443
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +1.69% +4.12%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £275
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,296 2,452 2,151
UK median hourly rate £24.84 £21.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.51% -14.00% +3.52%
10th Percentile £11.85 £11.17 £11.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.96 £20.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +16.85% -18.00% -

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 18 July 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 18 July 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 18 July 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 -8 2,427 £500 +5.26% 995
London -5 1,349 £525 - 292
UK excluding London -15 1,245 £438 +2.94% 798
South East -12 403 £450 -5.26% 195
North of England -30 223 £425 +6.25% 193
Midlands -1 197 £420 -0.59% 137
South West -32 128 £450 +7.14% 103
West Midlands -3 126 £416 -0.89% 80
Scotland -25 118 £375 -6.25% 61
North West -24 116 £425 +13.33% 103
East of England -1 114 £475 +11.76% 75
Yorkshire -31 84 £400 -3.03% 69
East Midlands +1 60 £410 -3.53% 55
Wales +1 59 £403 +11.81% 25
North East +18 23 £473 -0.53% 21
Northern Ireland -2 3 £325 +2.36% 9
Channel Islands - 2 - -

For the 6 months to 18 July 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 1,503 (56.87%) Agile Software Development
2 695 (26.30%) SQL
3 694 (26.26%) Finance
4 673 (25.46%) Java
5 508 (19.22%) JavaScript
6 497 (18.80%) Scrum
7 418 (15.82%) C#
8 413 (15.63%) Test Automation
9 394 (14.91%) DevOps
10 384 (14.53%) Problem-Solving
11 381 (14.42%) TDD
12 365 (13.81%) Microsoft Azure
13 347 (13.13%) HTML
14 345 (13.05%) .NET
15 344 (13.02%) JIRA
16 341 (12.90%) Amazon AWS
17 332 (12.56%) Analytical Skills
18 322 (12.18%) Git (software)
19 302 (11.43%) CSS
20 296 (11.20%) Oracle
21 294 (11.12%) Project Management
22 293 (11.09%) QA
23 289 (10.93%) Microsoft
24 287 (10.86%) Python
25 284 (10.75%) Microservices
26 283 (10.71%) Waterfall
27 282 (10.67%) SQL Server
28 281 (10.63%) Banking
29 275 (10.40%) Software Engineering
30 253 (9.57%) Jenkins

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
1 151 (5.71%) Confluence
2 101 (3.82%) Apache Spark
3 69 (2.61%) SharePoint
4 63 (2.38%) CMS
5 52 (1.97%) IIS
6 50 (1.89%) Apache
7 37 (1.40%) WebLogic
8 30 (1.14%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 22 (0.83%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 21 (0.79%) WebSphere
11 20 (0.76%) JBoss
12 19 (0.72%) Magnolia
12 19 (0.72%) Tomcat
13 17 (0.64%) Elasticsearch
14 14 (0.53%) Apache Pig
14 14 (0.53%) Mule
15 12 (0.45%) Cloud Foundry
15 12 (0.45%) GlassFish
15 12 (0.45%) SAS
15 12 (0.45%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 114 (4.31%) Microsoft Office
2 104 (3.93%) Microsoft Excel
3 58 (2.19%) Microsoft Project
4 43 (1.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 39 (1.48%) MS Visio
6 8 (0.30%) Simulink
7 7 (0.26%) Windchill
8 4 (0.15%) Chatbot
8 4 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
9 3 (0.11%) Photoshop
10 2 (0.076%) Acrobat
10 2 (0.076%) Fireworks
11 1 (0.038%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.038%) InVision
11 1 (0.038%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 51 (1.93%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (0.76%) Endur
3 14 (0.53%) Oracle EBS
4 11 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
4 11 (0.42%) Temenos T24
5 9 (0.34%) SAP FI
6 8 (0.30%) Workday HCM
7 7 (0.26%) BASE24
7 7 (0.26%) Oracle EBS R12
7 7 (0.26%) Oracle Payables
7 7 (0.26%) SAP S/4HANA
8 6 (0.23%) ION MarketView
8 6 (0.23%) Oracle AGIS
8 6 (0.23%) Oracle Cash Management
8 6 (0.23%) Oracle E-Business Tax
8 6 (0.23%) Oracle General Ledger
8 6 (0.23%) Oracle iProcurement
8 6 (0.23%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 6 (0.23%) Oracle Receivables
9 5 (0.19%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
Cloud Services
1 365 (13.81%) Microsoft Azure
2 341 (12.90%) Amazon AWS
3 74 (2.80%) GitHub
4 69 (2.61%) Google Cloud Platform
5 67 (2.53%) PaaS
6 59 (2.23%) SaaS
7 50 (1.89%) IaaS
8 47 (1.78%) Serverless
9 39 (1.48%) Dynamics 365
9 39 (1.48%) Power Platform
10 35 (1.32%) npm
11 34 (1.29%) Amazon S3
12 28 (1.06%) Amazon ECS
12 28 (1.06%) AWS Lambda
13 26 (0.98%) Amazon EC2
14 25 (0.95%) AWS CloudFormation
15 23 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
16 22 (0.83%) Google Sheets
17 19 (0.72%) Office 365
18 17 (0.64%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 36 (1.36%) Internet
2 31 (1.17%) Firewall
3 27 (1.02%) HTTP
4 21 (0.79%) WAN
5 19 (0.72%) LAN
5 19 (0.72%) TCP/IP
6 14 (0.53%) FTP
7 13 (0.49%) DNS
8 9 (0.34%) Intranet
9 6 (0.23%) MPLS
9 6 (0.23%) SSH
10 5 (0.19%) DSL
10 5 (0.19%) Kerberos
10 5 (0.19%) Radio Access Network
10 5 (0.19%) SAN
10 5 (0.19%) X.21
11 4 (0.15%) RS-232
11 4 (0.15%) RS-485
11 4 (0.15%) Skype
11 4 (0.15%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 282 (10.67%) SQL Server
2 141 (5.33%) Relational Database
3 130 (4.92%) Big Data
4 112 (4.24%) Data Warehouse
5 94 (3.56%) NoSQL
6 75 (2.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 71 (2.69%) Apache Hive
7 71 (2.69%) Hadoop
8 59 (2.23%) MongoDB
9 50 (1.89%) MySQL
10 49 (1.85%) HBase
10 49 (1.85%) Oracle Database
11 47 (1.78%) Apache Cassandra
12 42 (1.59%) Impala
13 40 (1.51%) PostgreSQL
14 38 (1.44%) Power BI
15 31 (1.17%) RDBMS
16 29 (1.10%) Redis
16 29 (1.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 25 (0.95%) Amazon DynamoDB
Development Applications
1 344 (13.02%) JIRA
2 322 (12.18%) Git (software)
3 253 (9.57%) Jenkins
4 169 (6.39%) Selenium
5 91 (3.44%) Visual Studio
6 90 (3.41%) Maven
7 88 (3.33%) Bitbucket
8 74 (2.80%) Cucumber
9 73 (2.76%) Visual Studio Team System
10 70 (2.65%) JUnit
11 60 (2.27%) Team Foundation Server
12 56 (2.12%) Subversion
13 51 (1.93%) Eclipse
14 49 (1.85%) TeamCity
15 43 (1.63%) Sonatype Nexus
16 39 (1.48%) SpecFlow
17 38 (1.44%) WebDriver
18 36 (1.36%) SoapUI
19 35 (1.32%) gulp
20 34 (1.29%) Gradle
General
1 694 (26.26%) Finance
2 281 (10.63%) Banking
3 92 (3.48%) Front Office
4 90 (3.41%) Retail
5 79 (2.99%) Marketing
6 63 (2.38%) Telecoms
7 51 (1.93%) Investment Banking
8 46 (1.74%) Financial Institution
9 39 (1.48%) Back Office
9 39 (1.48%) Manufacturing
10 31 (1.17%) Legal
11 29 (1.10%) Publishing
12 27 (1.02%) Pharmaceutical
13 18 (0.68%) Automotive
14 17 (0.64%) General Ledger
14 17 (0.64%) Law
15 15 (0.57%) Electronics
16 13 (0.49%) Aerospace
16 13 (0.49%) Games
17 10 (0.38%) French Language
Job Titles
1 993 (37.57%) Developer
2 449 (16.99%) Analyst
3 237 (8.97%) Business Analyst
4 175 (6.62%) Java Developer
5 174 (6.58%) Architect
6 172 (6.51%) Project Manager
7 154 (5.83%) Senior Developer
8 131 (4.96%) C# Developer
9 127 (4.81%) .NET Developer
10 95 (3.59%) Full Stack Developer
11 93 (3.52%) Software Engineer
11 93 (3.52%) Test Analyst
12 87 (3.29%) DevOps Engineer
13 81 (3.06%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
14 76 (2.88%) Tester
15 75 (2.84%) Python Developer
16 73 (2.76%) C# .NET Developer
17 67 (2.53%) React Developer
18 63 (2.38%) Consultant
19 62 (2.35%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 347 (13.13%) HTML
2 345 (13.05%) .NET
3 302 (11.43%) CSS
4 244 (9.23%) Web Services
5 217 (8.21%) AngularJS
6 202 (7.64%) React
7 200 (7.57%) REST
8 177 (6.70%) Node.js
9 173 (6.55%) XML
10 140 (5.30%) Spring
11 136 (5.15%) RESTful
12 130 (4.92%) HTML5
13 129 (4.88%) JSON
14 104 (3.93%) SOAP
15 95 (3.59%) Redux
16 91 (3.44%) ASP.NET
17 87 (3.29%) jQuery
18 65 (2.46%) CSS3
18 65 (2.46%) Middleware
19 64 (2.42%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 332 (12.56%) Analytical Skills
2 125 (4.73%) Greenfield Project
2 125 (4.73%) User Experience
3 117 (4.43%) Enterprise Software
4 103 (3.90%) Management Information System
4 103 (3.90%) Self-Motivation
5 101 (3.82%) Mobile App
6 52 (1.97%) Equities
7 50 (1.89%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 47 (1.78%) Fixed Income
9 39 (1.48%) Virtual Team
10 38 (1.44%) Derivative
10 38 (1.44%) Hedge funds
11 27 (1.02%) Data Protection Act
11 27 (1.02%) Social Media
12 25 (0.95%) Algorithms
12 25 (0.95%) Robotics
13 23 (0.87%) Data Structures
13 23 (0.87%) Linux Command Line
14 20 (0.76%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 223 (8.44%) Linux
2 194 (7.34%) Windows
3 129 (4.88%) Unix
4 45 (1.70%) Android
5 44 (1.66%) Apple iOS
6 25 (0.95%) Windows Server
7 12 (0.45%) Windows 10
8 11 (0.42%) Solaris
9 10 (0.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 9 (0.34%) Ubuntu
11 8 (0.30%) AIX
12 6 (0.23%) OpenVMS
13 5 (0.19%) Windows 7
14 4 (0.15%) Kali Linux
15 3 (0.11%) CentOS
16 2 (0.076%) Debian
16 2 (0.076%) Oracle Linux
16 2 (0.076%) VMS
17 1 (0.038%) Fedora
17 1 (0.038%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,503 (56.87%) Agile Software Development
2 497 (18.80%) Scrum
3 413 (15.63%) Test Automation
4 394 (14.91%) DevOps
5 384 (14.53%) Problem-Solving
6 381 (14.42%) TDD
7 294 (11.12%) Project Management
8 284 (10.75%) Microservices
9 283 (10.71%) Waterfall
10 275 (10.40%) Software Engineering
11 241 (9.12%) Continuous Integration
12 229 (8.66%) Stakeholder Management
13 228 (8.63%) BDD
14 191 (7.23%) Analytics
15 168 (6.36%) Business Analysis
16 161 (6.09%) Migration
17 156 (5.90%) Unit Testing
18 153 (5.79%) OO
19 152 (5.75%) Kanban
20 139 (5.26%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 695 (26.30%) SQL
2 673 (25.46%) Java
3 508 (19.22%) JavaScript
4 418 (15.82%) C#
5 287 (10.86%) Python
6 170 (6.43%) C++
7 157 (5.94%) TypeScript
8 70 (2.65%) C
9 68 (2.57%) VB.NET
10 66 (2.50%) Shell Script
11 63 (2.38%) Scala
12 61 (2.31%) T-SQL
13 59 (2.23%) PowerShell
14 58 (2.19%) ES6
14 58 (2.19%) PL/SQL
14 58 (2.19%) VB
15 49 (1.85%) Perl
16 46 (1.74%) VBA
17 44 (1.66%) Java 8
18 38 (1.44%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 202 (7.64%) Degree
2 183 (6.92%) Security Cleared
3 127 (4.81%) SC Cleared
4 80 (3.03%) ISTQB
5 78 (2.95%) ISEB
6 49 (1.85%) PMI Certification
7 46 (1.74%) Computer Science Degree
8 40 (1.51%) PMP
9 34 (1.29%) ISEB Practitioner
10 27 (1.02%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 23 (0.87%) CISSP
12 19 (0.72%) DV Cleared
13 18 (0.68%) SANS
14 12 (0.45%) Microsoft Certification
15 11 (0.42%) BPSS Clearance
15 11 (0.42%) FFIEC
16 10 (0.38%) Master's Degree
16 10 (0.38%) TOGAF Certification
17 9 (0.34%) HND
18 8 (0.30%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 293 (11.09%) QA
2 50 (1.89%) PMO
3 34 (1.29%) SLA
4 31 (1.17%) Data Quality
5 28 (1.06%) NIST
6 27 (1.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 23 (0.87%) PCI DSS
8 22 (0.83%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 19 (0.72%) GDPR
10 11 (0.42%) COBIT
11 9 (0.34%) MISRA
12 7 (0.26%) Disclosure Scotland
12 7 (0.26%) PSD2
13 5 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 5 (0.19%) MISRA C
14 4 (0.15%) COREP
14 4 (0.15%) FINREP
14 4 (0.15%) IFRS
14 4 (0.15%) PA-DSS
14 4 (0.15%) RMADS
System Software
1 182 (6.89%) Docker
2 50 (1.89%) Active Directory
3 31 (1.17%) Virtual Machines
4 29 (1.10%) HDFS
5 10 (0.38%) Hyper-V
6 8 (0.30%) Apache Flume
7 7 (0.26%) VMware Infrastructure
8 5 (0.19%) IAG
8 5 (0.19%) Virtual Servers
8 5 (0.19%) vSphere
8 5 (0.19%) XenApp
8 5 (0.19%) XenDesktop
9 4 (0.15%) Microsoft App-V
9 4 (0.15%) Slurm Workload Manager
10 3 (0.11%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10 3 (0.11%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 2 (0.076%) Oracle RAC
12 1 (0.038%) Cronacle
12 1 (0.038%) Snort
12 1 (0.038%) Xen
Systems Management
1 138 (5.22%) Kubernetes
2 90 (3.41%) Puppet
3 74 (2.80%) Ansible
4 66 (2.50%) Terraform
5 61 (2.31%) Opscode Chef
6 25 (0.95%) Grafana
7 24 (0.91%) Single Sign-On
8 20 (0.76%) HP Quality Center
9 18 (0.68%) Kibana
10 13 (0.49%) HP ALM
11 12 (0.45%) Control-M
12 11 (0.42%) Hadoop YARN
12 11 (0.42%) Nessus
13 7 (0.26%) logstash
13 7 (0.26%) Nagios
13 7 (0.26%) Rancher
14 6 (0.23%) CA Service Virtualization
14 6 (0.23%) Sysdig
14 6 (0.23%) vCenter Server
15 5 (0.19%) Mesos
Vendors
1 296 (11.20%) Oracle
2 289 (10.93%) Microsoft
3 85 (3.22%) SAP
4 77 (2.91%) Google
5 50 (1.89%) IBM
6 43 (1.63%) MuleSoft
6 43 (1.63%) Splunk
7 39 (1.48%) Salesforce.com
8 38 (1.44%) ServiceNow
9 35 (1.32%) Adobe
9 35 (1.32%) Cloudera
10 34 (1.29%) Informatica
11 32 (1.21%) Tableau
12 29 (1.10%) HP
13 26 (0.98%) Citrix
14 24 (0.91%) Atlassian
15 22 (0.83%) Sybase
16 21 (0.79%) Pega
17 20 (0.76%) OpenLink
17 20 (0.76%) TIBCO