Period
to 25 September 2021

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 25 September 2021 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
25 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 232 159 176
Rank change year-on-year -73 +17 -43
Contract jobs citing SOAP 921 511 1,378
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.15% 1.72% 1.56%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 3.86% 5.51% 4.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 618 363 869
10th Percentile £363 £332 £337
25th Percentile £413 £413 £405
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £495 £475
Median % change year-on-year +1.01% +4.21% +4.24%
75th Percentile £588 £550 £550
90th Percentile £675 £600 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £461 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -2.89% +5.56% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 5 17
10th Percentile £33.20 £43.20 £33.15
25th Percentile £42.75 £48.00 £43.75
Median hourly rate £48.25 £52.50 £50.00
Median % change year-on-year -8.10% +5.00% +11.11%
75th Percentile £51.63 £54.69 £73.75
90th Percentile £52.06 £61.48 "
UK excluding London median hourly rate £48.63 £53.13 £50.00
% change year-on-year -8.47% +6.25% +11.11%

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 23,850 9,277 27,699
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 29.83% 31.21% 31.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 17,080 6,528 19,440
10th Percentile £363 £320 £335
25th Percentile £425 £406 £406
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £495
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +1.01% +4.21%
75th Percentile £625 £588 £575
90th Percentile £700 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £450 £443
% change year-on-year +2.78% +1.69% +4.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 225 75 271
10th Percentile £16.60 £21.35 £18.50
25th Percentile £27.73 £30.00 £31.75
Median hourly rate £49.00 £43.00 £45.00
Median % change year-on-year +13.95% -4.44% +7.64%
75th Percentile £63.00 £50.19 £52.75
90th Percentile £72.30 £59.75 £63.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £49.00 £46.45 £45.00
% change year-on-year +5.49% +3.22% +8.43%

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 25 September 2021.

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 25 September 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for SOAP in the UK

SOAP
Top 16 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 25 September 2021. 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 -83 735 £500 +5.26% 292
London -52 405 £525 +5.00% 120
UK excluding London -118 317 £461 -2.89% 181
Work from Home -48 311 £495 +2.06% 61
South East -34 106 £513 +2.50% 44
North of England -63 77 £450 -10.00% 50
North West -50 50 £430 -14.00% 22
Midlands -72 39 £425 - 41
Scotland -53 35 £450 -14.29% 12
South West -73 33 £450 -14.29% 14
West Midlands -59 27 £405 -6.25% 28
East of England -65 25 £495 +10.00% 19
Yorkshire -45 17 £540 +13.68% 20
East Midlands -31 12 £450 +42.86% 13
North East -4 10 £475 -11.38% 8
Wales -32 2 £438 -20.45% 1

For the 6 months to 25 September 2021, 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.

1 618 (67.10%) REST
2 404 (43.87%) Agile Software Development
3 376 (40.83%) Java
4 324 (35.18%) Web Services
5 301 (32.68%) XML
6 293 (31.81%) JSON
7 281 (30.51%) SQL
8 247 (26.82%) JavaScript
9 234 (25.41%) DevOps
10 231 (25.08%) Social Skills
11 205 (22.26%) Git (software)
12 203 (22.04%) Azure
13 189 (20.52%) HTML
14 175 (19.00%) Jenkins
15 165 (17.92%) AWS
16 164 (17.81%) Microservices
17 159 (17.26%) Oracle
18 154 (16.72%) SQL Server
18 154 (16.72%) C#
18 154 (16.72%) CSS
18 154 (16.72%) Test Automation
19 146 (15.85%) Scrum
20 142 (15.42%) Spring
21 138 (14.98%) .NET
22 136 (14.77%) SoapUI
23 130 (14.12%) RESTful
24 129 (14.01%) Linux
25 121 (13.14%) JIRA
26 109 (11.83%) HTTP
27 107 (11.62%) Finance

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 46 (4.99%) Apache
1 46 (4.99%) Tomcat
2 43 (4.67%) Confluence
3 27 (2.93%) SharePoint
4 26 (2.82%) JBoss
5 25 (2.71%) WebLogic
6 23 (2.50%) WebSphere
7 22 (2.39%) Elasticsearch
8 20 (2.17%) CMS
9 17 (1.85%) BizTalk Server
9 17 (1.85%) IIS
10 15 (1.63%) Anypoint
11 13 (1.41%) Mule
12 12 (1.30%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 11 (1.19%) Mule ESB
14 8 (0.87%) Liferay
15 7 (0.76%) Drupal
15 7 (0.76%) IBM Domino
16 6 (0.65%) Adobe Experience Manager
16 6 (0.65%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 10 (1.09%) Microsoft Excel
2 9 (0.98%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (0.54%) Chatbot
4 2 (0.22%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 14 (1.52%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (1.41%) Oracle ERP
3 8 (0.87%) Magento
3 8 (0.87%) Payment Gateway
4 5 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
5 4 (0.43%) NetSuite
5 4 (0.43%) SAP FI-CA
5 4 (0.43%) SAP PSCD
6 3 (0.33%) Oracle CRM
6 3 (0.33%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 3 (0.33%) SAP CRM
6 3 (0.33%) SAP ERP
6 3 (0.33%) SAP Hybris
6 3 (0.33%) Shopify
7 2 (0.22%) BusinessWorks
7 2 (0.22%) Dynamics GP
7 2 (0.22%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 2 (0.22%) Workday HCM
8 1 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 1 (0.11%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 203 (22.04%) Azure
2 165 (17.92%) AWS
3 65 (7.06%) GitHub
4 54 (5.86%) SaaS
5 50 (5.43%) Serverless
6 44 (4.78%) PaaS
7 38 (4.13%) Azure Service Bus
8 28 (3.04%) Azure Data Factory
9 26 (2.82%) Power Platform
10 24 (2.61%) Amazon EC2
11 23 (2.50%) AWS Lambda
11 23 (2.50%) Azure Logic Apps
11 23 (2.50%) GCP
12 22 (2.39%) Azure Functions
13 21 (2.28%) IaaS
14 19 (2.06%) Force.com
15 18 (1.95%) Dynamics 365
15 18 (1.95%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
16 17 (1.85%) Cloud Computing
17 16 (1.74%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 109 (11.83%) HTTP
2 34 (3.69%) SSL
3 31 (3.37%) DNS
4 30 (3.26%) FTP
5 21 (2.28%) Firewall
5 21 (2.28%) TCP/IP
6 19 (2.06%) HTTPS
7 15 (1.63%) Internet
8 12 (1.30%) SMTP
9 9 (0.98%) SSH
10 8 (0.87%) VPN
11 7 (0.76%) SNMP
12 6 (0.65%) DHCP
12 6 (0.65%) LAN
12 6 (0.65%) Network Security
13 5 (0.54%) Intranet
13 5 (0.54%) PuTTY
13 5 (0.54%) Telnet
13 5 (0.54%) WAN
13 5 (0.54%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 154 (16.72%) SQL Server
2 74 (8.03%) MySQL
3 72 (7.82%) Relational Database
4 61 (6.62%) PostgreSQL
5 52 (5.65%) NoSQL
6 50 (5.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 38 (4.13%) MongoDB
8 27 (2.93%) Data Warehouse
9 25 (2.71%) Oracle Database
10 22 (2.39%) RDBMS
11 21 (2.28%) Data Lake
11 21 (2.28%) Power BI
12 18 (1.95%) Azure SQL Database
12 18 (1.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 17 (1.85%) SQL Server 2016
14 13 (1.41%) DB2
14 13 (1.41%) Redis
15 11 (1.19%) Oracle Reports
16 10 (1.09%) BusinessObjects
16 10 (1.09%) Parquet
Development Applications
1 205 (22.26%) Git (software)
2 175 (19.00%) Jenkins
3 136 (14.77%) SoapUI
4 121 (13.14%) JIRA
5 104 (11.29%) Maven
6 95 (10.31%) Selenium
7 86 (9.34%) Postman
8 63 (6.84%) JUnit
9 54 (5.86%) Cucumber
10 49 (5.32%) Bitbucket
11 33 (3.58%) Mockito
12 30 (3.26%) GitLab
13 29 (3.15%) JMeter
13 29 (3.15%) Visual Studio
14 27 (2.93%) Team Foundation Server
15 25 (2.71%) Subversion
16 23 (2.50%) Gradle
17 22 (2.39%) Ant
17 22 (2.39%) REST Assured
18 21 (2.28%) TeamCity
General
1 231 (25.08%) Social Skills
2 107 (11.62%) Finance
3 72 (7.82%) Analytical Skills
4 63 (6.84%) Public Sector
5 54 (5.86%) Banking
6 36 (3.91%) Presentation Skills
7 35 (3.80%) Telecoms
8 32 (3.47%) Marketing
9 22 (2.39%) Influencing Skills
10 19 (2.06%) Retail
11 9 (0.98%) Back Office
11 9 (0.98%) Documentation Skills
12 6 (0.65%) Automotive
12 6 (0.65%) Investment Banking
12 6 (0.65%) Legal
12 6 (0.65%) Local Government
12 6 (0.65%) Manufacturing
13 5 (0.54%) Front Office
14 4 (0.43%) Organisational Skills
14 4 (0.43%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 428 (46.47%) Developer
2 143 (15.53%) Architect
3 104 (11.29%) Java Developer
4 61 (6.62%) Solutions Architect
5 51 (5.54%) Senior Developer
6 50 (5.43%) Tester
7 48 (5.21%) Salesforce Developer
8 47 (5.10%) .NET Developer
9 41 (4.45%) C# Developer
9 41 (4.45%) Consultant
10 37 (4.02%) Automation Tester
11 30 (3.26%) Software Engineer
12 29 (3.15%) Analyst
13 28 (3.04%) ServiceNow Developer
14 27 (2.93%) Integration Architect
15 26 (2.82%) Technical Leader
16 23 (2.50%) Technical Architect
17 22 (2.39%) Full Stack Developer
17 22 (2.39%) SQL Developer
17 22 (2.39%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 618 (67.10%) REST
2 324 (35.18%) Web Services
3 301 (32.68%) XML
4 293 (31.81%) JSON
5 189 (20.52%) HTML
6 154 (16.72%) CSS
7 142 (15.42%) Spring
8 138 (14.98%) .NET
9 130 (14.12%) RESTful
10 89 (9.66%) Spring Boot
11 81 (8.79%) Node.js
12 80 (8.69%) AngularJS
13 66 (7.17%) Middleware
14 64 (6.95%) JMS
14 64 (6.95%) jQuery
15 63 (6.84%) JDBC
16 61 (6.62%) XSLT
17 56 (6.08%) React
18 52 (5.65%) Kafka
19 51 (5.54%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 37 (4.02%) Mobile App
2 29 (3.15%) User Experience
3 27 (2.93%) Enterprise Software
4 23 (2.50%) Greenfield Project
5 21 (2.28%) Data Protection Act
6 20 (2.17%) Self-Motivation
7 19 (2.06%) Cloud Native
8 14 (1.52%) Data Structures
9 13 (1.41%) PKI
9 13 (1.41%) Private Cloud
10 12 (1.30%) Linux Command Line
11 11 (1.19%) Data Centre
12 10 (1.09%) W3C
13 9 (0.98%) Public Cloud
13 9 (0.98%) Virtual Team
14 8 (0.87%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
14 8 (0.87%) Legacy Systems
15 7 (0.76%) Management Information System
15 7 (0.76%) NHS
16 6 (0.65%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 129 (14.01%) Linux
2 93 (10.10%) Windows
3 87 (9.45%) Unix
4 27 (2.93%) Windows Server
5 25 (2.71%) Apple iOS
6 14 (1.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 12 (1.30%) Android
8 11 (1.19%) Solaris
9 10 (1.09%) Ubuntu
10 8 (0.87%) Windows Server 2016
11 6 (0.65%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (0.22%) OS/400
12 2 (0.22%) Windows 10
12 2 (0.22%) Windows 2000
12 2 (0.22%) Windows 7
12 2 (0.22%) Windows Server 2019
12 2 (0.22%) Windows XP
12 2 (0.22%) zOS
13 1 (0.11%) Debian
13 1 (0.11%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 404 (43.87%) Agile Software Development
2 234 (25.41%) DevOps
3 164 (17.81%) Microservices
4 154 (16.72%) Test Automation
5 146 (15.85%) Scrum
6 104 (11.29%) TDD
7 100 (10.86%) Problem-Solving
8 88 (9.55%) Unit Testing
9 84 (9.12%) SDLC
10 80 (8.69%) Migration
11 79 (8.58%) MVC
12 78 (8.47%) OO
13 77 (8.36%) BDD
13 77 (8.36%) SOA
14 76 (8.25%) Software Engineering
15 74 (8.03%) Continuous Integration
16 60 (6.51%) API Development
17 53 (5.75%) API Testing
18 52 (5.65%) Full Stack Development
19 49 (5.32%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 376 (40.83%) Java
2 281 (30.51%) SQL
3 247 (26.82%) JavaScript
4 154 (16.72%) C#
5 102 (11.07%) Python
6 50 (5.43%) Apex Code
7 48 (5.21%) Shell Script
8 46 (4.99%) PowerShell
9 43 (4.67%) TypeScript
10 40 (4.34%) Bash Shell
10 40 (4.34%) Java 8
11 39 (4.23%) T-SQL
12 36 (3.91%) PL/SQL
13 32 (3.47%) PHP
14 22 (2.39%) VB.NET
15 21 (2.28%) Groovy
16 20 (2.17%) Java 11
17 19 (2.06%) Perl
18 16 (1.74%) ES6
19 13 (1.41%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 81 (8.79%) Security Cleared
2 62 (6.73%) SC Cleared
3 48 (5.21%) Degree
4 18 (1.95%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 17 (1.85%) ISTQB
6 16 (1.74%) ISEB
6 16 (1.74%) Master's Degree
7 14 (1.52%) Computer Science Degree
8 9 (0.98%) BPSS Clearance
9 7 (0.76%) DV Cleared
10 5 (0.54%) AWS Certification
10 5 (0.54%) CISA
10 5 (0.54%) ITIL Certification
11 4 (0.43%) TOGAF Certification
12 3 (0.33%) CCA
12 3 (0.33%) CEH
12 3 (0.33%) GIAC
12 3 (0.33%) OSCE
12 3 (0.33%) OSCP
13 2 (0.22%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (6.19%) QA
2 19 (2.06%) Accessibility
3 8 (0.87%) GDPR
3 8 (0.87%) HL7
4 5 (0.54%) SLA
4 5 (0.54%) WCAG
5 4 (0.43%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.43%) NIST
6 3 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.22%) HIPAA
7 2 (0.22%) NCSC
8 1 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.11%) EMIR
8 1 (0.11%) MiFID
8 1 (0.11%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.11%) PSD2
8 1 (0.11%) RosettaNet
System Software
1 90 (9.77%) Docker
2 42 (4.56%) Active Directory
3 11 (1.19%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (0.98%) NFS
5 8 (0.87%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (0.65%) IAG
7 5 (0.54%) Virtual Servers
8 3 (0.33%) RACF
8 3 (0.33%) vSphere
9 2 (0.22%) Postfix
10 1 (0.11%) HDFS
10 1 (0.11%) Hyper-V
10 1 (0.11%) Virtual Desktop
10 1 (0.11%) VirtualBox
10 1 (0.11%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 59 (6.41%) Kubernetes
2 47 (5.10%) Terraform
3 33 (3.58%) Grafana
4 30 (3.26%) Single Sign-On
5 27 (2.93%) Kibana
6 25 (2.71%) Ansible
7 15 (1.63%) HP ALM
8 14 (1.52%) Nagios
9 11 (1.19%) Puppet
10 10 (1.09%) CloudHub
11 7 (0.76%) Graylog
12 6 (0.65%) Failover Clustering
12 6 (0.65%) HP Quality Center
12 6 (0.65%) PingFederate
13 5 (0.54%) ITRS Geneos
14 4 (0.43%) HP Fortify
14 4 (0.43%) logstash
14 4 (0.43%) Nessus
14 4 (0.43%) Prometheus
15 3 (0.33%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 159 (17.26%) Oracle
2 87 (9.45%) Salesforce.com
3 82 (8.90%) Microsoft
4 54 (5.86%) SAP
5 49 (5.32%) MuleSoft
6 44 (4.78%) ServiceNow
7 41 (4.45%) IBM
8 28 (3.04%) webMethods
9 26 (2.82%) Splunk
10 20 (2.17%) Adobe
11 15 (1.63%) HP
12 14 (1.52%) Confluent
12 14 (1.52%) Google
12 14 (1.52%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
13 12 (1.30%) CA
13 12 (1.30%) Databricks
13 12 (1.30%) TIBCO
13 12 (1.30%) VMware
14 10 (1.09%) hybris
14 10 (1.09%) Workday