Period
to 24 January 2022

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 24 January 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.

Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP)
UK
6 months to
24 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 251 192 199
Rank change year-on-year -59 +7 -75
Contract jobs citing SOAP 930 592 1,017
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.07% 1.43% 1.41%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 3.74% 4.71% 4.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 630 390 599
10th Percentile £383 £320 £327
25th Percentile £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% - -
75th Percentile £615 £538 £538
90th Percentile £675 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £485 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +7.78% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 7 13
10th Percentile £37.44 £30.90 £48.65
25th Percentile £44.90 £45.00 £49.25
Median hourly rate £48.27 £50.00 £53.00
Median % change year-on-year -3.47% -5.66% +17.78%
75th Percentile £51.63 £54.38 £55.50
90th Percentile £58.28 £55.00 £73.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £49.50 £50.00 £53.00
% change year-on-year -1.00% -5.66% +17.78%

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 24,864 12,567 21,533
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 28.58% 30.37% 29.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 18,119 8,925 15,179
10th Percentile £383 £315 £328
25th Percentile £450 £400 £405
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £475 £490
Median % change year-on-year +15.79% -3.06% +3.16%
75th Percentile £650 £575 £575
90th Percentile £738 £655 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £484 £425 £445
% change year-on-year +13.82% -4.49% +4.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 247 149 193
10th Percentile £21.00 £25.37 £18.98
25th Percentile £36.13 £35.00 £34.00
Median hourly rate £51.25 £45.00 £47.00
Median % change year-on-year +13.89% -4.26% +12.74%
75th Percentile £65.54 £57.50 £53.00
90th Percentile £76.62 £63.80 £78.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £52.50 £46.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year +14.13% +2.22% +8.36%

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 24 January 2022.

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 24 January 2022.

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 24 January 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 -76 701 £525 +10.53% 272
London -81 364 £550 +10.00% 110
UK excluding London -68 332 £485 +7.78% 174
Work from Home -65 305 £525 +5.00% 76
South East -11 111 £550 +10.00% 43
Scotland -28 60 £494 +16.18% 11
Midlands -60 49 £450 +4.41% 38
North of England -80 46 £500 +5.26% 53
West Midlands -51 34 £419 -3.07% 22
South West -46 30 £450 - 15
East of England -48 25 £513 +11.11% 10
North West -70 25 £525 +5.00% 22
East Midlands -26 16 £468 +36.70% 16
Yorkshire -37 14 £463 +8.82% 24
Wales -24 9 £525 -4.55% 4
North East 0 7 £475 -5.00% 7
Channel Islands - 2 £500 -

For the 6 months to 24 January 2022, 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.

1 592 (63.66%) REST
2 416 (44.73%) Agile Software Development
3 403 (43.33%) Java
4 333 (35.81%) Web Services
5 320 (34.41%) XML
6 293 (31.51%) JSON
7 265 (28.49%) SQL
8 234 (25.16%) JavaScript
9 226 (24.30%) DevOps
10 208 (22.37%) Azure
11 202 (21.72%) Git (software)
12 189 (20.32%) HTML
13 186 (20.00%) Social Skills
14 179 (19.25%) Test Automation
15 176 (18.92%) Jenkins
16 168 (18.06%) CI/CD
17 167 (17.96%) AWS
18 163 (17.53%) Oracle
19 160 (17.20%) Microservices
20 151 (16.24%) SoapUI
21 149 (16.02%) JIRA
22 148 (15.91%) .NET
23 147 (15.81%) C#
24 145 (15.59%) SQL Server
25 144 (15.48%) Spring
26 143 (15.38%) Finance
27 139 (14.95%) Scrum
28 133 (14.30%) CSS
29 126 (13.55%) RESTful
30 125 (13.44%) HTTP

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 65 (6.99%) Confluence
2 33 (3.55%) WebSphere
3 30 (3.23%) Tomcat
4 27 (2.90%) SharePoint
5 25 (2.69%) WebLogic
6 20 (2.15%) Apache
7 18 (1.94%) IIS
7 18 (1.94%) JBoss
8 17 (1.83%) Mule
8 17 (1.83%) WebSphere Application Server
9 15 (1.61%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 14 (1.51%) CMS
11 12 (1.29%) BizTalk Server
12 10 (1.08%) Mule ESB
13 9 (0.97%) Elasticsearch
14 8 (0.86%) Anypoint
14 8 (0.86%) Apache Solr
14 8 (0.86%) Liferay
14 8 (0.86%) Mendix
15 5 (0.54%) nginx
Applications
1 5 (0.54%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.43%) Chatbot
3 3 (0.32%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.11%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 14 (1.51%) SAP FI-CA
1 14 (1.51%) SAP PSCD
2 10 (1.08%) Oracle ERP
3 7 (0.75%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.75%) Remedy ITSM
4 6 (0.65%) NetSuite
5 5 (0.54%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 5 (0.54%) SAP S/4HANA
6 4 (0.43%) Carpe Diem
6 4 (0.43%) Elite 3E
6 4 (0.43%) Magento
7 3 (0.32%) Oracle EBS
7 3 (0.32%) Payment Gateway
7 3 (0.32%) Shopify
8 2 (0.22%) Dynamics GP
8 2 (0.22%) Oracle BPM
8 2 (0.22%) SAP CRM
8 2 (0.22%) SAP HR
8 2 (0.22%) Siebel CRM
9 1 (0.11%) Oracle General Ledger
Cloud Services
1 208 (22.37%) Azure
2 167 (17.96%) AWS
3 75 (8.06%) GitHub
4 70 (7.53%) Serverless
5 59 (6.34%) SaaS
6 51 (5.48%) PaaS
7 35 (3.76%) Azure Functions
8 32 (3.44%) AWS Lambda
9 28 (3.01%) Azure Service Bus
10 25 (2.69%) IaaS
11 21 (2.26%) GCP
12 18 (1.94%) Azure Event Grid
12 18 (1.94%) Azure Logic Apps
13 17 (1.83%) Amazon S3
14 16 (1.72%) Amazon EC2
15 15 (1.61%) Amazon SQS
16 14 (1.51%) Apigee
16 14 (1.51%) Azure Active Directory
17 12 (1.29%) AWS CloudFormation
18 11 (1.18%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 125 (13.44%) HTTP
2 40 (4.30%) HTTPS
3 29 (3.12%) SSL
4 28 (3.01%) TCP/IP
5 27 (2.90%) DNS
5 27 (2.90%) FTP
6 26 (2.80%) Firewall
7 13 (1.40%) SAN
8 12 (1.29%) Network Security
8 12 (1.29%) SNMP
9 10 (1.08%) LAN
9 10 (1.08%) WAN
10 9 (0.97%) VPN
11 8 (0.86%) SMTP
12 7 (0.75%) DHCP
13 6 (0.65%) Intranet
13 6 (0.65%) SSH
14 4 (0.43%) MQTT
15 3 (0.32%) BIG-IP
15 3 (0.32%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 145 (15.59%) SQL Server
2 74 (7.96%) Relational Database
3 59 (6.34%) NoSQL
4 46 (4.95%) PostgreSQL
5 44 (4.73%) MySQL
6 41 (4.41%) MongoDB
7 32 (3.44%) Oracle Database
7 32 (3.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 24 (2.58%) RDBMS
9 20 (2.15%) Oracle Reports
10 19 (2.04%) DB2
11 18 (1.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 16 (1.72%) Azure SQL Database
13 15 (1.61%) SQL Server 2008
14 13 (1.40%) SQL Server 2016
15 12 (1.29%) Data Lake
16 11 (1.18%) Parquet
17 9 (0.97%) Couchbase
18 8 (0.86%) Amazon RDS
18 8 (0.86%) Riak
Development Applications
1 202 (21.72%) Git (software)
2 176 (18.92%) Jenkins
3 151 (16.24%) SoapUI
4 149 (16.02%) JIRA
5 118 (12.69%) Selenium
6 103 (11.08%) Postman
7 69 (7.42%) Maven
8 62 (6.67%) Cucumber
9 54 (5.81%) JUnit
10 47 (5.05%) JMeter
11 35 (3.76%) Bitbucket
12 31 (3.33%) Visual Studio
13 28 (3.01%) Sonatype Nexus
14 27 (2.90%) GitLab
14 27 (2.90%) Subversion
15 25 (2.69%) Team Foundation Server
16 23 (2.47%) Mockito
17 22 (2.37%) SonarQube
18 21 (2.26%) REST Assured
19 15 (1.61%) LoadRunner
General
1 186 (20.00%) Social Skills
2 143 (15.38%) Finance
3 123 (13.23%) Public Sector
4 65 (6.99%) Banking
5 56 (6.02%) Telecoms
6 51 (5.48%) Analytical Skills
7 41 (4.41%) Marketing
8 28 (3.01%) Presentation Skills
9 25 (2.69%) Manufacturing
10 20 (2.15%) Electronics
11 15 (1.61%) Investment Banking
12 14 (1.51%) Retail
13 11 (1.18%) Documentation Skills
14 10 (1.08%) Back Office
15 8 (0.86%) Legal
16 7 (0.75%) Front Office
17 6 (0.65%) Financial Institution
17 6 (0.65%) Influencing Skills
17 6 (0.65%) Law
18 5 (0.54%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 427 (45.91%) Developer
2 142 (15.27%) Architect
3 141 (15.16%) Java Developer
4 68 (7.31%) Solutions Architect
5 58 (6.24%) Senior Developer
6 53 (5.70%) Tester
7 50 (5.38%) Analyst
8 48 (5.16%) .NET Developer
9 45 (4.84%) Consultant
10 43 (4.62%) ServiceNow Developer
11 41 (4.41%) Test Analyst
12 37 (3.98%) Senior Java Developer
13 32 (3.44%) Salesforce Developer
14 29 (3.12%) Automation Tester
14 29 (3.12%) Software Engineer
15 28 (3.01%) Test Engineer
16 27 (2.90%) Full Stack Developer
16 27 (2.90%) Integration Architect
16 27 (2.90%) Senior Software Engineer
17 23 (2.47%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 592 (63.66%) REST
2 333 (35.81%) Web Services
3 320 (34.41%) XML
4 293 (31.51%) JSON
5 189 (20.32%) HTML
6 148 (15.91%) .NET
7 144 (15.48%) Spring
8 133 (14.30%) CSS
9 126 (13.55%) RESTful
10 109 (11.72%) Spring Boot
11 90 (9.68%) AngularJS
12 83 (8.92%) XSLT
13 65 (6.99%) Node.js
14 62 (6.67%) Middleware
15 54 (5.81%) React
16 52 (5.59%) OAuth
17 51 (5.48%) jQuery
17 51 (5.48%) LDAP
17 51 (5.48%) Swagger
18 49 (5.27%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 39 (4.19%) User Experience
2 37 (3.98%) Mobile App
3 33 (3.55%) Public Cloud
4 32 (3.44%) Self-Motivation
5 27 (2.90%) Data Protection Act
6 24 (2.58%) Enterprise Software
7 23 (2.47%) Cloud Native
8 18 (1.94%) Virtual Team
9 16 (1.72%) Greenfield Project
10 15 (1.61%) PKI
11 14 (1.51%) Legacy Systems
12 12 (1.29%) Data Structures
13 11 (1.18%) CMDB
14 10 (1.08%) W3C
15 9 (0.97%) Algorithms
16 8 (0.86%) Clustering
16 8 (0.86%) Private Cloud
17 7 (0.75%) Management Information System
18 6 (0.65%) Client/Server
18 6 (0.65%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 111 (11.94%) Linux
2 94 (10.11%) Unix
3 89 (9.57%) Windows
4 18 (1.94%) Windows Server
5 15 (1.61%) Apple iOS
6 13 (1.40%) Solaris
7 10 (1.08%) Ubuntu
8 8 (0.86%) Android
8 8 (0.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 4 (0.43%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (0.32%) Windows Server 2016
11 2 (0.22%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.11%) AIX
12 1 (0.11%) Kali Linux
12 1 (0.11%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 416 (44.73%) Agile Software Development
2 226 (24.30%) DevOps
3 179 (19.25%) Test Automation
4 168 (18.06%) CI/CD
5 160 (17.20%) Microservices
6 139 (14.95%) Scrum
7 110 (11.83%) TDD
8 90 (9.68%) Problem-Solving
9 88 (9.46%) SOA
10 83 (8.92%) Continuous Integration
11 75 (8.06%) SDLC
12 74 (7.96%) BDD
13 73 (7.85%) API Testing
13 73 (7.85%) Software Engineering
14 70 (7.53%) Migration
15 68 (7.31%) MVC
16 60 (6.45%) Open Source
17 54 (5.81%) Unit Testing
18 51 (5.48%) Full Stack Development
19 50 (5.38%) OO
Programming Languages
1 403 (43.33%) Java
2 265 (28.49%) SQL
3 234 (25.16%) JavaScript
4 147 (15.81%) C#
5 98 (10.54%) Python
6 48 (5.16%) Java 8
7 46 (4.95%) Shell Script
8 41 (4.41%) PowerShell
9 39 (4.19%) TypeScript
10 37 (3.98%) Apex Code
11 34 (3.66%) Java 11
11 34 (3.66%) T-SQL
12 33 (3.55%) XPath
13 32 (3.44%) Bash
14 28 (3.01%) Perl
14 28 (3.01%) PL/SQL
15 21 (2.26%) PHP
16 19 (2.04%) Groovy
17 17 (1.83%) VB.NET
18 12 (1.29%) VB
Qualifications
1 111 (11.94%) Security Cleared
2 88 (9.46%) SC Cleared
3 35 (3.76%) Degree
4 22 (2.37%) ISTQB
4 22 (2.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 21 (2.26%) BPSS Clearance
5 21 (2.26%) ISEB
6 12 (1.29%) CEH
7 11 (1.18%) Master's Degree
8 9 (0.97%) GIAC
8 9 (0.97%) TOGAF Certification
9 8 (0.86%) CISSP
10 7 (0.75%) CISA
11 6 (0.65%) Computer Science Degree
11 6 (0.65%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 5 (0.54%) CSSLP
12 5 (0.54%) DV Cleared
13 4 (0.43%) Microsoft Certification
13 4 (0.43%) OSCE
13 4 (0.43%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (7.31%) QA
2 16 (1.72%) Accessibility
3 13 (1.40%) SLA
4 9 (0.97%) GRC
5 8 (0.86%) HL7
6 7 (0.75%) GDPR
7 6 (0.65%) NIST
8 5 (0.54%) Actionable Recommendations
8 5 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 2 (0.22%) Data Quality
9 2 (0.22%) RosettaNet
10 1 (0.11%) COBIT
10 1 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
10 1 (0.11%) ISO 8583
10 1 (0.11%) ISO 9000
10 1 (0.11%) PSD2
10 1 (0.11%) WCAG
10 1 (0.11%) Web Application Security Consortium
System Software
1 93 (10.00%) Docker
2 39 (4.19%) Active Directory
3 18 (1.94%) Virtual Machines
4 9 (0.97%) NFS
5 8 (0.86%) VMware Infrastructure
6 6 (0.65%) IAG
7 3 (0.32%) Postfix
8 2 (0.22%) HDFS
8 2 (0.22%) vCloud
8 2 (0.22%) VMware NSX
8 2 (0.22%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 61 (6.56%) Kubernetes
2 60 (6.45%) Ansible
3 47 (5.05%) Single Sign-On
4 31 (3.33%) Terraform
5 15 (1.61%) Opscode Chef
6 14 (1.51%) HP ALM
7 12 (1.29%) Kibana
7 12 (1.29%) Nessus
8 10 (1.08%) Grafana
8 10 (1.08%) HP Fortify
8 10 (1.08%) WebInspect
9 7 (0.75%) Amdocs OSS
9 7 (0.75%) Netcool
9 7 (0.75%) Netcool/OMNIbus
10 6 (0.65%) HP Quality Center
10 6 (0.65%) PingFederate
11 5 (0.54%) Prometheus
12 4 (0.43%) Puppet
13 3 (0.32%) WMI
14 2 (0.22%) CA Service Virtualization
Vendors
1 163 (17.53%) Oracle
2 120 (12.90%) Microsoft
3 76 (8.17%) Salesforce.com
4 75 (8.06%) SAP
5 73 (7.85%) ServiceNow
6 56 (6.02%) MuleSoft
7 42 (4.52%) IBM
8 26 (2.80%) HP
8 26 (2.80%) Splunk
9 23 (2.47%) webMethods
10 22 (2.37%) Confluent
11 15 (1.61%) Verint
12 14 (1.51%) AppDynamics
13 12 (1.29%) F5
14 11 (1.18%) BMC
14 11 (1.18%) Pega
15 10 (1.08%) Databricks
15 10 (1.08%) Qualys
15 10 (1.08%) Red Hat
16 9 (0.97%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud