Period
to 27 May 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for SOAP skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SOAP over the 6 months to 27 May 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.

Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP)
UK
6 months to
27 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 146 118 130
Rank change year-on-year -28 +12 +5
Contract jobs citing SOAP 829 1,931 2,022
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.76% 2.13% 2.01%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 5.79% 6.52% 6.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 541 1,193 1,329
Median daily rate £500 £476 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.04% +2.92% +2.78%
10th Percentile £356 £350 £325
90th Percentile £600 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 30 25
Median hourly rate £42.75 £35.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.14% -17.65% -6.85%
10th Percentile £35.00 £26.33 £21.25
90th Percentile £67.38 £52.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.50 £35.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year +44.29% -22.22% -5.26%

SOAP is in the Software Libraries and Frameworks category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for technical specification, industry standards, software libraries and framework skills.

All Software Libraries and Frameworks
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for technical specification, industry standards, software libraries and framework skills 14,328 29,625 33,076
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 30.40% 32.67% 32.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,665 20,722 23,290
Median daily rate £500 £490 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.04% +3.16% +8.57%
10th Percentile £331 £331 £313
90th Percentile £675 £644 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £443 £413
% change year-on-year +1.69% +7.27% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 218 302 335
Median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £42.27
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.65% +0.56% +4.67%
10th Percentile £21.11 £18.17 £16.25
90th Percentile £63.00 £60.00 £64.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £40.75
% change year-on-year -17.65% +4.29% +1.88%

SOAP
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SOAP as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SOAP in the UK

SOAP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SOAP.

Daily rate trend for SOAP in the UK

SOAP
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SOAP over the 6 months to 27 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for SOAP in the UK

SOAP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SOAP.

Hourly rate trend for SOAP in the UK

SOAP
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing SOAP over the 6 months to 27 May 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for SOAP in the UK

SOAP
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 SOAP within the UK over the 6 months to 27 May 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 -12 775 £500 - 102
UK excluding London -35 475 £475 +5.56% 75
London +2 333 £500 -4.76% 29
South East +2 118 £448 -0.48% 14
North of England +14 116 £425 -5.03% 21
South West +26 105 £525 +16.67% 22
North West +31 61 £425 -4.49% 10
Midlands +11 58 £508 +12.78% 11
East of England -27 42 £525 - 5
West Midlands -1 37 £513 +13.89% 6
Yorkshire -3 35 £403 -10.56% 7
Work from Home +1 33 £500 +14.29% 6
Scotland -35 32 £425 -5.56% 1
North East +23 25 £405 +1.25% 4
East Midlands +48 21 £508 +45.00% 5
Wales -35 4 £394 -21.25% 1
Northern Ireland -1 1 - -

For the 6 months to 27 May 2020, IT contractor jobs citing SOAP 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 SOAP.

1 487 (58.75%) REST
2 483 (58.26%) Web Services
3 453 (54.64%) Java
4 391 (47.17%) Agile Software Development
5 333 (40.17%) XML
6 256 (30.88%) JavaScript
7 243 (29.31%) SQL
8 229 (27.62%) JSON
9 218 (26.30%) Oracle
10 202 (24.37%) Git (software)
11 178 (21.47%) HTML
11 178 (21.47%) TDD
12 177 (21.35%) RESTful
13 174 (20.99%) Jenkins
14 168 (20.27%) Microservices
15 154 (18.58%) Security Cleared
16 152 (18.34%) Spring
17 151 (18.21%) SOA
18 150 (18.09%) Scrum
19 146 (17.61%) CSS
19 146 (17.61%) AWS
20 145 (17.49%) DevOps
20 145 (17.49%) Linux
21 143 (17.25%) SC Cleared
22 142 (17.13%) Finance
23 140 (16.89%) SQL Server
24 125 (15.08%) .NET
24 125 (15.08%) Selenium
25 122 (14.72%) SoapUI
25 122 (14.72%) BDD

SOAP
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 89 (10.74%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 50 (6.03%) Tomcat
3 48 (5.79%) Apache
4 45 (5.43%) WebLogic
5 41 (4.95%) Red Hat Fuse
6 39 (4.70%) WebSphere
7 34 (4.10%) Elasticsearch
7 34 (4.10%) Mule
8 31 (3.74%) Oracle Service Bus
9 28 (3.38%) Confluence
10 22 (2.65%) JBoss
11 20 (2.41%) NServiceBus
12 14 (1.69%) SharePoint
13 13 (1.57%) CMS
14 10 (1.21%) BizTalk Server
15 8 (0.97%) Apache ServiceMix
16 7 (0.84%) IIS
17 6 (0.72%) Oracle Workflow
18 4 (0.48%) Drupal
18 4 (0.48%) nginx
Applications
1 20 (2.41%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (0.60%) Chatbot
2 5 (0.60%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (0.60%) RoboHelp
3 4 (0.48%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.12%) InVision
4 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.12%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 25 (3.02%) Remedy ITSM
2 24 (2.90%) Oracle ERP
3 18 (2.17%) BusinessWorks
4 6 (0.72%) Dynamics CRM
4 6 (0.72%) Magento
4 6 (0.72%) Oracle Applications
5 5 (0.60%) Oracle EBS
6 4 (0.48%) Shopify
6 4 (0.48%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 3 (0.36%) Oracle BPM
8 2 (0.24%) Siebel CRM
9 1 (0.12%) Oracle EBS R12
9 1 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
9 1 (0.12%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
9 1 (0.12%) Oracle Receivables
9 1 (0.12%) Oracle SCM
9 1 (0.12%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 1 (0.12%) SAP Hybris
9 1 (0.12%) Social Studio
9 1 (0.12%) StreamServe
Cloud Services
1 146 (17.61%) AWS
2 102 (12.30%) Azure
3 50 (6.03%) Amazon EC2
4 43 (5.19%) SaaS
5 36 (4.34%) PaaS
6 31 (3.74%) Boomi
7 25 (3.02%) GitHub
8 22 (2.65%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
9 21 (2.53%) Amazon SQS
10 20 (2.41%) Salesforce Service Cloud
11 16 (1.93%) Power Platform
12 15 (1.81%) OpenShift
12 15 (1.81%) Serverless
13 13 (1.57%) GCP
14 11 (1.33%) Heroku
15 10 (1.21%) Amazon S3
15 10 (1.21%) IaaS
16 9 (1.09%) Oracle CX
17 8 (0.97%) AWS Lambda
18 7 (0.84%) Apigee
Communications & Networking
1 101 (12.18%) HTTP
2 35 (4.22%) SNMP
3 24 (2.90%) FTP
4 23 (2.77%) SSL
5 17 (2.05%) Firewall
6 15 (1.81%) TCP/IP
7 14 (1.69%) DNS
8 11 (1.33%) Network Security
9 10 (1.21%) Intranet
10 9 (1.09%) DHCP
10 9 (1.09%) DMZ
10 9 (1.09%) Extranet
11 8 (0.97%) DOCSIS
11 8 (0.97%) Internet
12 7 (0.84%) AMQP
13 6 (0.72%) HTTPS
13 6 (0.72%) VPN
14 5 (0.60%) Kerberos
14 5 (0.60%) MQTT
14 5 (0.60%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 140 (16.89%) SQL Server
2 81 (9.77%) MySQL
3 53 (6.39%) Relational Database
4 49 (5.91%) PostgreSQL
5 43 (5.19%) Oracle Database
6 30 (3.62%) Amazon RDS
6 30 (3.62%) NoSQL
7 21 (2.53%) MongoDB
7 21 (2.53%) RDBMS
8 20 (2.41%) DB2
8 20 (2.41%) Oracle Database 11g
9 16 (1.93%) Apache Cassandra
9 16 (1.93%) Power BI
10 15 (1.81%) Data Warehouse
11 14 (1.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 13 (1.57%) SQL Server 2008
13 12 (1.45%) Spotfire
13 12 (1.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 10 (1.21%) Oracle ODI
15 9 (1.09%) DB2 UDB
Development Applications
1 202 (24.37%) Git (software)
2 174 (20.99%) Jenkins
3 125 (15.08%) Selenium
4 122 (14.72%) SoapUI
5 106 (12.79%) Maven
6 87 (10.49%) JUnit
7 74 (8.93%) JIRA
8 64 (7.72%) Postman
9 54 (6.51%) Cucumber
10 52 (6.27%) Mockito
11 49 (5.91%) Team Foundation Server
12 47 (5.67%) SonarQube
13 41 (4.95%) Eclipse
14 36 (4.34%) DbUnit
14 36 (4.34%) Gradle
14 36 (4.34%) jMock
15 34 (4.10%) GitLab
16 33 (3.98%) JMeter
17 30 (3.62%) Visual Studio
18 27 (3.26%) Ant
General
1 142 (17.13%) Finance
2 113 (13.63%) Public Sector
3 66 (7.96%) Marketing
4 54 (6.51%) Telecoms
5 44 (5.31%) Banking
5 44 (5.31%) Manufacturing
6 41 (4.95%) Electronics
7 14 (1.69%) Retail
8 10 (1.21%) Back Office
9 7 (0.84%) Front Office
9 7 (0.84%) Games
9 7 (0.84%) Law
10 6 (0.72%) Pharmaceutical
11 5 (0.60%) Investment Banking
12 4 (0.48%) Legal
12 4 (0.48%) Local Government
13 3 (0.36%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.36%) Police
13 3 (0.36%) Retail Banking
14 2 (0.24%) French Language
Job Titles
1 480 (57.90%) Developer
2 151 (18.21%) Java Developer
3 92 (11.10%) Architect
4 57 (6.88%) Senior Developer
5 55 (6.63%) .NET Developer
6 46 (5.55%) Salesforce Developer
7 43 (5.19%) Analyst
8 39 (4.70%) Consultant
8 39 (4.70%) Designer
9 35 (4.22%) Senior Java Developer
10 31 (3.74%) Angular Developer
11 30 (3.62%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
12 29 (3.50%) Full Stack Developer
13 28 (3.38%) Integration Developer
13 28 (3.38%) Tester
14 26 (3.14%) Solutions Architect
15 24 (2.90%) Software Engineer
16 22 (2.65%) Applications Developer
17 21 (2.53%) Solutions Designer
18 20 (2.41%) Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 487 (58.75%) REST
2 483 (58.26%) Web Services
3 333 (40.17%) XML
4 229 (27.62%) JSON
5 178 (21.47%) HTML
6 177 (21.35%) RESTful
7 152 (18.34%) Spring
8 146 (17.61%) CSS
9 125 (15.08%) .NET
10 119 (14.35%) AngularJS
11 109 (13.15%) XSLT
12 82 (9.89%) Middleware
13 68 (8.20%) J2EE
14 67 (8.08%) Node.js
15 64 (7.72%) ASP.NET
15 64 (7.72%) Spring Boot
16 57 (6.88%) Swagger
17 55 (6.63%) Apache Camel
18 54 (6.51%) Hibernate
19 52 (6.27%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 62 (7.48%) Analytical Skills
2 45 (5.43%) User Experience
3 39 (4.70%) Mobile App
4 38 (4.58%) Enterprise Software
5 31 (3.74%) PKI
6 24 (2.90%) Greenfield Project
7 21 (2.53%) Algorithms
8 14 (1.69%) Data Structures
8 14 (1.69%) Mainframe
8 14 (1.69%) Management Information System
9 11 (1.33%) Linux Command Line
10 10 (1.21%) Mobile Payment
11 8 (0.97%) Virtual Team
12 7 (0.84%) DataPower
12 7 (0.84%) Public Cloud
13 6 (0.72%) NHS
13 6 (0.72%) N-Tier
13 6 (0.72%) Self-Motivation
13 6 (0.72%) W3C
14 5 (0.60%) Learning Management System
Operating Systems
1 145 (17.49%) Linux
2 82 (9.89%) Windows
3 79 (9.53%) Unix
4 22 (2.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 13 (1.57%) Android
6 9 (1.09%) Windows Server
7 8 (0.97%) Apple iOS
8 6 (0.72%) AIX
8 6 (0.72%) Amazon Linux
9 4 (0.48%) Oracle Linux
9 4 (0.48%) Windows Server 2016
10 3 (0.36%) Ubuntu
10 3 (0.36%) Windows Server 2012
11 2 (0.24%) CentOS
11 2 (0.24%) Solaris
11 2 (0.24%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 391 (47.17%) Agile Software Development
2 178 (21.47%) TDD
3 168 (20.27%) Microservices
4 151 (18.21%) SOA
5 150 (18.09%) Scrum
6 145 (17.49%) DevOps
7 122 (14.72%) BDD
8 121 (14.60%) Test Automation
9 108 (13.03%) Continuous Integration
10 107 (12.91%) Unit Testing
11 105 (12.67%) Problem-Solving
12 81 (9.77%) Business Intelligence
13 77 (9.29%) Open Source
14 75 (9.05%) Kanban
15 68 (8.20%) Migration
15 68 (8.20%) MVC
16 67 (8.08%) Integration Testing
17 52 (6.27%) API Testing
18 51 (6.15%) Software Engineering
18 51 (6.15%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 453 (54.64%) Java
2 256 (30.88%) JavaScript
3 243 (29.31%) SQL
4 117 (14.11%) C#
5 95 (11.46%) Python
6 65 (7.84%) PL/SQL
7 60 (7.24%) XPath
8 54 (6.51%) Java 8
8 54 (6.51%) Perl
9 46 (5.55%) Shell Script
10 45 (5.43%) PHP
11 42 (5.07%) PowerShell
12 38 (4.58%) Groovy
13 36 (4.34%) Apex Code
14 29 (3.50%) VB.NET
15 24 (2.90%) T-SQL
16 22 (2.65%) Bash Shell
17 21 (2.53%) TypeScript
18 19 (2.29%) C
19 17 (2.05%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 154 (18.58%) Security Cleared
2 143 (17.25%) SC Cleared
3 42 (5.07%) Degree
4 14 (1.69%) ISTQB
5 13 (1.57%) Computer Science Degree
6 11 (1.33%) DV Cleared
6 11 (1.33%) ISEB
7 9 (1.09%) DBS Check
7 9 (1.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 8 (0.97%) BPSS Clearance
9 6 (0.72%) Cisco Certification
10 5 (0.60%) CCNA
10 5 (0.60%) CCNP
11 3 (0.36%) SANS
12 2 (0.24%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 2 (0.24%) Microsoft Certification
12 2 (0.24%) Sun Certification
13 1 (0.12%) AWS Certification
13 1 (0.12%) CISM
13 1 (0.12%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (5.79%) QA
2 10 (1.21%) GDPR
3 6 (0.72%) GxP
4 5 (0.60%) ISO 20022
5 4 (0.48%) RMADS
6 3 (0.36%) Government Security Classifications
6 3 (0.36%) NCSC
6 3 (0.36%) SLA
7 2 (0.24%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.24%) HL7
7 2 (0.24%) WCAG
8 1 (0.12%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.12%) NIST
8 1 (0.12%) PMO
System Software
1 94 (11.34%) Docker
2 45 (5.43%) Active Directory
3 21 (2.53%) Postfix
4 11 (1.33%) vSphere
5 10 (1.21%) NFS
5 10 (1.21%) VMware Infrastructure
6 9 (1.09%) RACF
7 6 (0.72%) OpenAM
7 6 (0.72%) OpenDJ
8 4 (0.48%) NDS
8 4 (0.48%) NetIQ eDirectory
9 2 (0.24%) LXC
9 2 (0.24%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.24%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.12%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 35 (4.22%) Kubernetes
2 25 (3.02%) Amdocs OSS
2 25 (3.02%) Netcool
2 25 (3.02%) Netcool/OMNIbus
3 24 (2.90%) Ansible
4 20 (2.41%) Single Sign-On
5 15 (1.81%) Terraform
6 7 (0.84%) Opscode Chef
6 7 (0.84%) Puppet
7 6 (0.72%) Docker Swarm
7 6 (0.72%) NetIQ Identity Manager
8 4 (0.48%) Oracle ZFS
9 3 (0.36%) CA Single Sign-On
9 3 (0.36%) Control-M
9 3 (0.36%) Data Guard
9 3 (0.36%) Oracle Identity Management
9 3 (0.36%) ZABBIX
10 2 (0.24%) Nessus
10 2 (0.24%) Oracle Identity Manager
10 2 (0.24%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 218 (26.30%) Oracle
2 87 (10.49%) Microsoft
3 79 (9.53%) SAP
4 65 (7.84%) Salesforce.com
5 58 (7.00%) IBM
6 41 (4.95%) ServiceNow
7 37 (4.46%) Red Hat
8 33 (3.98%) Dell
9 32 (3.86%) Remedy
9 32 (3.86%) WSO2
10 28 (3.38%) BMC
11 27 (3.26%) Siebel
11 27 (3.26%) Talend
12 25 (3.02%) Cramer
12 25 (3.02%) xMatters
13 18 (2.17%) Cisco
13 18 (2.17%) TIBCO
14 17 (2.05%) MuleSoft
15 16 (1.93%) Google
15 16 (1.93%) Nokia