Period
to 3 August 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 3 August 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
3 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 152 149 131
Rank change year-on-year -3 -18 +9
Contract jobs citing SOAP 615 1,719 2,104
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.71% 1.87% 2.03%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 5.61% 5.87% 5.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 435 1,107 1,367
Median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £331 £350 £325
90th Percentile £600 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 28 20
Median hourly rate £51.75 £45.84 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.90% +7.85% +6.25%
10th Percentile £35.00 £34.48 £21.16
90th Percentile £68.75 £59.75 £47.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £53.13 £45.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +18.06% +5.88% +6.25%

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 10,955 29,288 35,414
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 30.41% 31.85% 34.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,287 20,393 24,960
Median daily rate £500 £490 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.04% +3.16% +5.56%
10th Percentile £330 £334 £320
90th Percentile £675 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £421
% change year-on-year +2.86% +4.04% +5.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 173 325 355
Median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £41.41
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.65% +2.63% +3.53%
10th Percentile £22.50 £18.50 £15.24
90th Percentile £63.60 £60.00 £58.25
Median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year -17.65% +6.25% -1.23%

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 3 August 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 3 August 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 3 August 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 +16 568 £500 +5.26% 137
UK excluding London 0 349 £475 +5.56% 116
London -3 242 £500 - 39
South West +55 92 £525 +10.53% 13
South East +25 91 £456 +1.40% 19
North of England +25 65 £450 +5.88% 43
Work from Home +14 47 £500 +17.65% 18
North West +66 42 £415 -12.63% 25
East of England +4 39 £450 -14.29% 9
Midlands +16 34 £435 -3.33% 14
West Midlands -7 19 £432 -6.59% 8
Scotland +3 18 £350 -22.22% 13
Yorkshire +13 16 £463 +8.82% 13
East Midlands +67 15 £488 +33.20% 6
Wales -19 9 £394 -17.11% 3
North East +25 7 £450 +12.50% 5
Northern Ireland +4 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 3 August 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.

1 363 (59.02%) Java
2 355 (57.72%) REST
3 350 (56.91%) Web Services
4 287 (46.67%) Agile Software Development
5 237 (38.54%) XML
6 187 (30.41%) SQL
7 181 (29.43%) Oracle
8 180 (29.27%) JSON
9 170 (27.64%) JavaScript
10 148 (24.07%) Git (software)
11 132 (21.46%) TDD
12 131 (21.30%) Security Cleared
13 129 (20.98%) Test Automation
14 126 (20.49%) SoapUI
15 125 (20.33%) RESTful
15 125 (20.33%) Scrum
16 124 (20.16%) SC Cleared
17 122 (19.84%) Jenkins
18 121 (19.67%) DevOps
19 119 (19.35%) Spring
20 117 (19.02%) SOA
21 116 (18.86%) Finance
22 110 (17.89%) Selenium
23 109 (17.72%) HTML
23 109 (17.72%) Microservices
24 99 (16.10%) Linux
25 93 (15.12%) AWS
26 91 (14.80%) Azure
27 90 (14.63%) XSLT
27 90 (14.63%) Public Sector

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 74 (12.03%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 52 (8.46%) Tomcat
2 52 (8.46%) WebLogic
3 46 (7.48%) Apache
4 40 (6.50%) Oracle Service Bus
5 38 (6.18%) Mule
6 36 (5.85%) Confluence
7 32 (5.20%) Red Hat Fuse
8 29 (4.72%) WebSphere
9 20 (3.25%) NServiceBus
10 19 (3.09%) JBoss
11 14 (2.28%) Elasticsearch
12 10 (1.63%) AquaLogic
12 10 (1.63%) CMS
13 8 (1.30%) SharePoint
14 7 (1.14%) IBM HTTP Server
15 6 (0.98%) WebSphere Application Server
16 5 (0.81%) Anypoint
16 5 (0.81%) Apache ServiceMix
16 5 (0.81%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 16 (2.60%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (1.46%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (0.81%) RoboHelp
4 4 (0.65%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.33%) LaTeX
5 2 (0.33%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.16%) Chatbot
6 1 (0.16%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 22 (3.58%) Oracle ERP
2 14 (2.28%) Oracle BPM
3 11 (1.79%) Remedy ITSM
4 9 (1.46%) Oracle EBS
5 6 (0.98%) SAP FI-CA
6 5 (0.81%) Dynamics CRM
7 4 (0.65%) Oracle Applications
8 3 (0.49%) Summit
9 2 (0.33%) Magento
9 2 (0.33%) PeopleSoft HCM
9 2 (0.33%) Siebel CRM
10 1 (0.16%) BusinessWorks
10 1 (0.16%) Maximo
10 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS R12
10 1 (0.16%) Oracle Payables
10 1 (0.16%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 1 (0.16%) Oracle SCM
10 1 (0.16%) SAP Hybris
10 1 (0.16%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
10 1 (0.16%) StreamServe
Cloud Services
1 93 (15.12%) AWS
2 91 (14.80%) Azure
3 37 (6.02%) SaaS
4 35 (5.69%) PaaS
5 30 (4.88%) Amazon EC2
6 17 (2.76%) Boomi
6 17 (2.76%) GitHub
6 17 (2.76%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
7 15 (2.44%) OpenShift
8 13 (2.11%) Salesforce Service Cloud
9 12 (1.95%) npm
10 11 (1.79%) Amazon S3
10 11 (1.79%) Apigee
10 11 (1.79%) Power Platform
10 11 (1.79%) Serverless
11 9 (1.46%) IaaS
12 8 (1.30%) Cloud Computing
13 6 (0.98%) Route 53
14 5 (0.81%) GCP
14 5 (0.81%) Yarn
Communications & Networking
1 64 (10.41%) HTTP
2 24 (3.90%) FTP
3 17 (2.76%) SNMP
3 17 (2.76%) SSL
4 12 (1.95%) TCP/IP
5 11 (1.79%) Firewall
6 10 (1.63%) DNS
7 6 (0.98%) HTTPS
7 6 (0.98%) VPN
8 5 (0.81%) X.509
9 4 (0.65%) DHCP
9 4 (0.65%) DOCSIS
9 4 (0.65%) Network Security
10 3 (0.49%) BIG-IP
10 3 (0.49%) Internet
10 3 (0.49%) NetScaler
10 3 (0.49%) Skype
10 3 (0.49%) SMTP
10 3 (0.49%) SSH
11 2 (0.33%) 4G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 88 (14.31%) SQL Server
2 54 (8.78%) Oracle Database
3 53 (8.62%) MySQL
4 45 (7.32%) PostgreSQL
5 29 (4.72%) Relational Database
6 26 (4.23%) Oracle Database 11g
7 21 (3.41%) MongoDB
7 21 (3.41%) NoSQL
8 19 (3.09%) Oracle Database 12c
9 17 (2.76%) DB2
10 16 (2.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 15 (2.44%) Oracle Database 10g
12 12 (1.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 11 (1.79%) Amazon RDS
13 11 (1.79%) Power BI
13 11 (1.79%) SQL Server 2008
14 10 (1.63%) Data Warehouse
15 9 (1.46%) DB2 UDB
16 8 (1.30%) Apache Cassandra
16 8 (1.30%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 148 (24.07%) Git (software)
2 126 (20.49%) SoapUI
3 122 (19.84%) Jenkins
4 110 (17.89%) Selenium
5 82 (13.33%) Maven
6 80 (13.01%) JIRA
7 64 (10.41%) JUnit
8 63 (10.24%) Cucumber
9 47 (7.64%) Postman
10 39 (6.34%) Team Foundation Server
11 36 (5.85%) Subversion
12 35 (5.69%) JMeter
13 33 (5.37%) Eclipse
14 28 (4.55%) Mockito
15 27 (4.39%) SonarQube
16 26 (4.23%) Ant
17 25 (4.07%) Gradle
17 25 (4.07%) SpecFlow
18 22 (3.58%) Visual Studio
19 20 (3.25%) GitLab
General
1 116 (18.86%) Finance
2 90 (14.63%) Public Sector
3 59 (9.59%) Marketing
4 50 (8.13%) Telecoms
5 44 (7.15%) Manufacturing
6 40 (6.50%) Electronics
7 37 (6.02%) Banking
8 7 (1.14%) Front Office
8 7 (1.14%) Investment Banking
9 6 (0.98%) Back Office
9 6 (0.98%) Retail
10 3 (0.49%) Aerospace
10 3 (0.49%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.49%) Law
10 3 (0.49%) Retail Banking
11 2 (0.33%) French Language
11 2 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.33%) Police
12 1 (0.16%) Dutch Language
12 1 (0.16%) German Language
Job Titles
1 328 (53.33%) Developer
2 111 (18.05%) Java Developer
3 65 (10.57%) Architect
4 49 (7.97%) Senior Developer
5 41 (6.67%) Analyst
6 40 (6.50%) .NET Developer
7 34 (5.53%) Consultant
8 31 (5.04%) Salesforce Developer
9 30 (4.88%) Tester
10 28 (4.55%) Senior Java Developer
11 23 (3.74%) Automation Tester
12 20 (3.25%) Integration Developer
13 19 (3.09%) Full Stack Developer
13 19 (3.09%) Solutions Architect
14 18 (2.93%) Software Engineer
15 17 (2.76%) Designer
15 17 (2.76%) Oracle Developer
16 16 (2.60%) Senior Automation Tester
16 16 (2.60%) Senior Tester
16 16 (2.60%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 355 (57.72%) REST
2 350 (56.91%) Web Services
3 237 (38.54%) XML
4 180 (29.27%) JSON
5 125 (20.33%) RESTful
6 119 (19.35%) Spring
7 109 (17.72%) HTML
8 90 (14.63%) XSLT
9 80 (13.01%) Middleware
10 79 (12.85%) .NET
11 78 (12.68%) CSS
12 66 (10.73%) AngularJS
13 60 (9.76%) Spring Boot
14 57 (9.27%) J2EE
15 53 (8.62%) Apache Camel
16 47 (7.64%) Node.js
16 47 (7.64%) Swagger
17 44 (7.15%) ASP.NET
18 40 (6.50%) Hibernate
19 39 (6.34%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 30 (4.88%) User Experience
2 29 (4.72%) Mobile App
3 28 (4.55%) Enterprise Software
4 24 (3.90%) Analytical Skills
5 16 (2.60%) Mainframe
6 15 (2.44%) PKI
7 13 (2.11%) DataPower
8 12 (1.95%) CMDB
8 12 (1.95%) Linux Command Line
9 11 (1.79%) Data Structures
10 10 (1.63%) Greenfield Project
11 8 (1.30%) Management Information System
11 8 (1.30%) Self-Motivation
12 6 (0.98%) W3C
13 5 (0.81%) Clustering
13 5 (0.81%) Learning Management System
14 4 (0.65%) iPad
14 4 (0.65%) Marketing Technology
14 4 (0.65%) Spread Betting
15 3 (0.49%) Mobile Payment
Operating Systems
1 99 (16.10%) Linux
2 72 (11.71%) Windows
3 68 (11.06%) Unix
4 16 (2.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 10 (1.63%) Android
6 8 (1.30%) AIX
7 7 (1.14%) Windows Server
7 7 (1.14%) Windows Server 2016
8 6 (0.98%) Amazon Linux
8 6 (0.98%) Apple iOS
9 5 (0.81%) Windows Server 2012
10 4 (0.65%) Oracle Linux
11 2 (0.33%) VMS
12 1 (0.16%) CentOS
12 1 (0.16%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.16%) OpenVMS
12 1 (0.16%) Solaris
12 1 (0.16%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 287 (46.67%) Agile Software Development
2 132 (21.46%) TDD
3 129 (20.98%) Test Automation
4 125 (20.33%) Scrum
5 121 (19.67%) DevOps
6 117 (19.02%) SOA
7 109 (17.72%) Microservices
8 89 (14.47%) BDD
9 86 (13.98%) Continuous Integration
9 86 (13.98%) Unit Testing
10 76 (12.36%) Business Intelligence
11 65 (10.57%) Kanban
12 54 (8.78%) API Testing
13 53 (8.62%) Problem-Solving
14 52 (8.46%) MVC
15 49 (7.97%) Software Engineering
16 46 (7.48%) ERP
17 44 (7.15%) Migration
18 42 (6.83%) Integration Testing
18 42 (6.83%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 363 (59.02%) Java
2 187 (30.41%) SQL
3 170 (27.64%) JavaScript
4 80 (13.01%) C#
5 71 (11.54%) Python
6 62 (10.08%) PL/SQL
7 46 (7.48%) Perl
8 41 (6.67%) PowerShell
9 37 (6.02%) XPath
10 32 (5.20%) Java 8
11 31 (5.04%) Shell Script
12 29 (4.72%) PHP
13 26 (4.23%) Apex Code
14 23 (3.74%) Groovy
15 16 (2.60%) C
15 16 (2.60%) TypeScript
16 15 (2.44%) T-SQL
16 15 (2.44%) VB.NET
17 14 (2.28%) Bash Shell
17 14 (2.28%) BeanShell
Qualifications
1 131 (21.30%) Security Cleared
2 124 (20.16%) SC Cleared
3 21 (3.41%) Degree
4 16 (2.60%) DV Cleared
5 14 (2.28%) ISEB
5 14 (2.28%) ISTQB
6 13 (2.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 8 (1.30%) BPSS Clearance
8 6 (0.98%) Computer Science Degree
9 4 (0.65%) CCNA
9 4 (0.65%) CCNP
9 4 (0.65%) Cisco Certification
9 4 (0.65%) DBS Check
10 3 (0.49%) SANS
11 2 (0.33%) ISEB Practitioner
11 2 (0.33%) Microsoft Certification
12 1 (0.16%) Master's Degree
12 1 (0.16%) MCITP
12 1 (0.16%) MCSA
12 1 (0.16%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (6.34%) QA
2 6 (0.98%) GDPR
3 4 (0.65%) GxP
4 3 (0.49%) ISO 20022
5 2 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.33%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.33%) WCAG
6 1 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 1 (0.16%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.16%) NCSC
6 1 (0.16%) NIST
System Software
1 52 (8.46%) Docker
2 29 (4.72%) Active Directory
3 10 (1.63%) NFS
3 10 (1.63%) vSphere
4 9 (1.46%) RACF
5 8 (1.30%) VMware Infrastructure
6 6 (0.98%) HDFS
6 6 (0.98%) OpenAM
6 6 (0.98%) OpenDJ
7 4 (0.65%) Postfix
8 1 (0.16%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.16%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 37 (6.02%) Kubernetes
2 16 (2.60%) Ansible
3 14 (2.28%) Terraform
4 11 (1.79%) Netcool
4 11 (1.79%) Netcool/OMNIbus
5 10 (1.63%) Amdocs OSS
5 10 (1.63%) Single Sign-On
6 7 (1.14%) Opscode Chef
6 7 (1.14%) Puppet
7 4 (0.65%) Docker Swarm
7 4 (0.65%) HP Quality Center
7 4 (0.65%) NetIQ Identity Manager
7 4 (0.65%) Oracle ZFS
8 3 (0.49%) CA Single Sign-On
8 3 (0.49%) Control-M
8 3 (0.49%) Data Guard
8 3 (0.49%) Grafana
8 3 (0.49%) Kibana
8 3 (0.49%) Rancher
9 2 (0.33%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 181 (29.43%) Oracle
2 86 (13.98%) SAP
3 73 (11.87%) Microsoft
4 52 (8.46%) IBM
5 44 (7.15%) Salesforce.com
6 31 (5.04%) ServiceNow
7 29 (4.72%) WSO2
8 28 (4.55%) Talend
9 24 (3.90%) Red Hat
10 21 (3.41%) MuleSoft
11 19 (3.09%) Dell
12 18 (2.93%) Remedy
13 13 (2.11%) Google
14 12 (1.95%) BMC
14 12 (1.95%) Siebel
15 11 (1.79%) Cisco
16 10 (1.63%) BEA
16 10 (1.63%) HP
16 10 (1.63%) PeopleSoft
16 10 (1.63%) VMware