Period
to 24 October 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 24 October 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
24 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 159 184 133
Rank change year-on-year +25 -51 +1
Contract jobs citing SOAP 549 1,258 2,141
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.72% 1.49% 2.07%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 5.59% 4.83% 5.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 411 808 1,370
Median daily rate £475 £475 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.70% +2.78%
10th Percentile £331 £340 £331
90th Percentile £600 £638 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £440
% change year-on-year - +2.27% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 17 15
Median hourly rate £35.00 £50.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.00% +11.11% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £45.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% -5.56%

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 9,822 26,067 36,075
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 30.85% 30.86% 34.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,511 18,132 25,435
Median daily rate £488 £498 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.01% +4.74% +5.56%
10th Percentile £313 £338 £325
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £435 £438 £425
% change year-on-year -0.57% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 136 277 319
Median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £41.53
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.65% +2.34% +3.83%
10th Percentile £25.70 £20.26 £16.05
90th Percentile £61.64 £68.50 £58.75
Median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £41.00
% change year-on-year -17.65% +3.66% -

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 October 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 24 October 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 24 October 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 +34 480 £473 -0.53% 162
UK excluding London +30 275 £450 - 110
London +34 215 £500 -4.76% 58
Work from Home -9 106 £525 +29.23% 26
North of England +78 66 £475 +11.76% 33
South East +26 57 £475 +5.56% 21
South West +87 56 £495 - 19
North West +98 54 £469 -5.30% 15
Midlands +21 39 £432 -6.59% 21
East of England +67 34 £450 -14.29% 9
West Midlands +12 27 £432 -9.05% 13
Scotland +6 14 £450 - 5
East Midlands +33 8 £315 -13.93% 8
Yorkshire +41 7 £400 -3.03% 13
Wales +8 7 £406 -3.85% 2
North East +19 5 £475 +18.75% 5
Northern Ireland +8 2 £424 -

For the 6 months to 24 October 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.

1 304 (55.37%) Java
2 301 (54.83%) REST
3 279 (50.82%) Web Services
4 254 (46.27%) Agile Software Development
5 181 (32.97%) XML
6 159 (28.96%) Oracle
7 147 (26.78%) JSON
8 145 (26.41%) SQL
9 144 (26.23%) Jenkins
10 143 (26.05%) Git (software)
11 135 (24.59%) DevOps
12 132 (24.04%) Microservices
13 122 (22.22%) Security Cleared
14 119 (21.68%) JavaScript
15 117 (21.31%) SC Cleared
16 116 (21.13%) Test Automation
17 113 (20.58%) Scrum
18 105 (19.13%) RESTful
19 103 (18.76%) Public Sector
20 102 (18.58%) Selenium
20 102 (18.58%) TDD
21 100 (18.21%) AWS
22 98 (17.85%) JIRA
23 96 (17.49%) HTML
24 93 (16.94%) Spring
25 92 (16.76%) Python
25 92 (16.76%) SOA
26 91 (16.58%) SoapUI
27 82 (14.94%) .NET
28 78 (14.21%) Middleware

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 57 (10.38%) Oracle SOA Suite
1 57 (10.38%) WebLogic
2 51 (9.29%) Confluence
3 43 (7.83%) Mule
4 37 (6.74%) Oracle Service Bus
5 31 (5.65%) Apache
6 30 (5.46%) Red Hat Fuse
7 28 (5.10%) WebSphere
8 26 (4.74%) Tomcat
9 20 (3.64%) NServiceBus
10 16 (2.91%) BizTalk Server
11 12 (2.19%) CMS
11 12 (2.19%) SharePoint
12 11 (2.00%) Elasticsearch
13 10 (1.82%) AquaLogic
13 10 (1.82%) JBoss
13 10 (1.82%) Oracle Workflow
14 8 (1.46%) Appian
15 7 (1.28%) Anypoint
15 7 (1.28%) Apache ServiceMix
Applications
1 9 (1.64%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (1.46%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (1.09%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.91%) RoboHelp
5 2 (0.36%) LaTeX
5 2 (0.36%) SPSS
6 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 16 (2.91%) Oracle BPM
2 12 (2.19%) SAP FI-CA
3 11 (2.00%) Dynamics CRM
4 10 (1.82%) Oracle ERP
5 5 (0.91%) Oracle EBS
6 3 (0.55%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 2 (0.36%) Oracle Applications
7 2 (0.36%) PeopleSoft HCM
7 2 (0.36%) Summit
8 1 (0.18%) BusinessWorks
8 1 (0.18%) Exstream
8 1 (0.18%) Magento
8 1 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
8 1 (0.18%) SAP ERP
8 1 (0.18%) SAP PSCD
8 1 (0.18%) SAP S/4HANA
8 1 (0.18%) StreamServe
Cloud Services
1 100 (18.21%) AWS
2 76 (13.84%) Azure
3 29 (5.28%) AWS CloudFormation
4 28 (5.10%) Amazon EKS
5 26 (4.74%) GitHub
6 19 (3.46%) SaaS
7 17 (3.10%) Amazon EC2
8 14 (2.55%) Boomi
9 13 (2.37%) Apigee
9 13 (2.37%) PaaS
10 12 (2.19%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
11 11 (2.00%) Serverless
12 9 (1.64%) Oracle Service Cloud
13 8 (1.46%) Amazon S3
13 8 (1.46%) npm
13 8 (1.46%) Salesforce Service Cloud
14 7 (1.28%) Amazon ECS
14 7 (1.28%) Amazon SQS
14 7 (1.28%) Power Platform
15 6 (1.09%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 56 (10.20%) HTTP
2 10 (1.82%) SNMP
3 9 (1.64%) DNS
3 9 (1.64%) FTP
4 8 (1.46%) TCP/IP
5 7 (1.28%) Firewall
6 6 (1.09%) SSH
6 6 (1.09%) SSL
7 4 (0.73%) LAN
7 4 (0.73%) WAN
8 3 (0.55%) HTTPS
8 3 (0.55%) Internet
9 2 (0.36%) DHCP
9 2 (0.36%) Intranet
9 2 (0.36%) Skype
9 2 (0.36%) WinSCP
10 1 (0.18%) Bluetooth
10 1 (0.18%) ISDN
10 1 (0.18%) SMTP
10 1 (0.18%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 61 (11.11%) MySQL
2 59 (10.75%) SQL Server
3 46 (8.38%) Oracle Database
4 34 (6.19%) PostgreSQL
5 33 (6.01%) Relational Database
6 30 (5.46%) MongoDB
7 24 (4.37%) NoSQL
8 19 (3.46%) Oracle Database 11g
9 17 (3.10%) Oracle Database 12c
10 15 (2.73%) Hadoop
11 14 (2.55%) Oracle Database 10g
12 12 (2.19%) Apache Hive
12 12 (2.19%) Big Data
13 11 (2.00%) Amazon RDS
13 11 (2.00%) Data Warehouse
14 10 (1.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 9 (1.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 8 (1.46%) DB2
17 7 (1.28%) Oracle Reports
17 7 (1.28%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 144 (26.23%) Jenkins
2 143 (26.05%) Git (software)
3 102 (18.58%) Selenium
4 98 (17.85%) JIRA
5 91 (16.58%) SoapUI
6 73 (13.30%) Cucumber
7 65 (11.84%) Maven
8 56 (10.20%) JUnit
9 35 (6.38%) JMeter
10 32 (5.83%) Postman
11 30 (5.46%) GitLab
12 27 (4.92%) SonarQube
12 27 (4.92%) Subversion
13 25 (4.55%) Team Foundation Server
14 24 (4.37%) Cypress.io
15 22 (4.01%) Ant
15 22 (4.01%) Mockito
16 20 (3.64%) SpecFlow
17 19 (3.46%) Gradle
18 18 (3.28%) LoadRunner
General
1 103 (18.76%) Public Sector
2 77 (14.03%) Finance
3 50 (9.11%) Telecoms
4 46 (8.38%) Marketing
5 39 (7.10%) Manufacturing
6 37 (6.74%) Electronics
7 25 (4.55%) Banking
8 9 (1.64%) Retail
9 4 (0.73%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.55%) Aerospace
10 3 (0.55%) Back Office
10 3 (0.55%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.36%) Automotive
11 2 (0.36%) French Language
11 2 (0.36%) Front Office
11 2 (0.36%) Law
11 2 (0.36%) Police
12 1 (0.18%) Games
12 1 (0.18%) Pharmaceutical
12 1 (0.18%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 259 (47.18%) Developer
2 100 (18.21%) Java Developer
3 53 (9.65%) Architect
4 44 (8.01%) Senior Developer
5 40 (7.29%) Consultant
6 39 (7.10%) .NET Developer
7 30 (5.46%) Analyst
7 30 (5.46%) Tester
8 28 (5.10%) Integration Developer
9 26 (4.74%) DevOps Engineer
10 23 (4.19%) Automation Tester
10 23 (4.19%) Senior Java Developer
11 21 (3.83%) Solutions Architect
12 18 (3.28%) Senior Integration Developer
12 18 (3.28%) Test Analyst
12 18 (3.28%) Test Engineer
13 17 (3.10%) Test Automation Engineer
14 16 (2.91%) Lead Developer
15 15 (2.73%) Python Developer
15 15 (2.73%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 301 (54.83%) REST
2 279 (50.82%) Web Services
3 181 (32.97%) XML
4 147 (26.78%) JSON
5 105 (19.13%) RESTful
6 96 (17.49%) HTML
7 93 (16.94%) Spring
8 82 (14.94%) .NET
9 78 (14.21%) Middleware
10 65 (11.84%) CSS
11 61 (11.11%) XSLT
12 51 (9.29%) Node.js
13 45 (8.20%) AngularJS
14 42 (7.65%) Apache Camel
14 42 (7.65%) ASP.NET
15 41 (7.47%) J2EE
16 40 (7.29%) Spring Boot
17 36 (6.56%) jQuery
18 34 (6.19%) JMS
19 32 (5.83%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 32 (5.83%) Mobile App
2 25 (4.55%) Enterprise Software
3 23 (4.19%) User Experience
4 20 (3.64%) Analytical Skills
4 20 (3.64%) Data Structures
5 16 (2.91%) Linux Command Line
6 14 (2.55%) CMDB
7 10 (1.82%) Mainframe
7 10 (1.82%) Management Information System
8 8 (1.46%) DataPower
8 8 (1.46%) Mobile Payment
8 8 (1.46%) Self-Motivation
9 6 (1.09%) Greenfield Project
10 5 (0.91%) Clustering
10 5 (0.91%) Data Centre
10 5 (0.91%) PKI
10 5 (0.91%) Public Cloud
11 4 (0.73%) Marketing Technology
12 3 (0.55%) Robotics
12 3 (0.55%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 60 (10.93%) Windows
2 57 (10.38%) Unix
3 51 (9.29%) Linux
4 9 (1.64%) Android
4 9 (1.64%) Windows Server
5 8 (1.46%) Apple iOS
5 8 (1.46%) Windows Server 2016
6 6 (1.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (1.09%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (0.36%) AIX
7 2 (0.36%) CentOS
7 2 (0.36%) Oracle Linux
7 2 (0.36%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.18%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.18%) OpenVMS
8 1 (0.18%) VMS
8 1 (0.18%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 254 (46.27%) Agile Software Development
2 135 (24.59%) DevOps
3 132 (24.04%) Microservices
4 116 (21.13%) Test Automation
5 113 (20.58%) Scrum
6 102 (18.58%) TDD
7 92 (16.76%) SOA
8 72 (13.11%) Continuous Integration
9 68 (12.39%) BDD
10 61 (11.11%) Unit Testing
11 58 (10.56%) Business Intelligence
12 57 (10.38%) Migration
13 54 (9.84%) SDLC
14 43 (7.83%) Open Source
15 41 (7.47%) API Testing
16 40 (7.29%) Kanban
17 37 (6.74%) Digital Marketing
17 37 (6.74%) Programme Management
18 32 (5.83%) Software Engineering
19 31 (5.65%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 304 (55.37%) Java
2 145 (26.41%) SQL
3 119 (21.68%) JavaScript
4 92 (16.76%) Python
5 75 (13.66%) C#
6 44 (8.01%) PL/SQL
7 34 (6.19%) Bash Shell
7 34 (6.19%) Perl
7 34 (6.19%) XPath
8 32 (5.83%) PowerShell
9 28 (5.10%) Shell Script
10 22 (4.01%) PHP
11 21 (3.83%) Apex Code
12 17 (3.10%) Java 8
13 13 (2.37%) Kotlin
14 11 (2.00%) VB.NET
15 10 (1.82%) Groovy
16 9 (1.64%) C
16 9 (1.64%) T-SQL
16 9 (1.64%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 122 (22.22%) Security Cleared
2 117 (21.31%) SC Cleared
3 24 (4.37%) ISTQB
4 18 (3.28%) ISEB
5 17 (3.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 16 (2.91%) Degree
7 15 (2.73%) DV Cleared
8 7 (1.28%) Computer Science Degree
9 5 (0.91%) BPSS Clearance
10 3 (0.55%) CISSP
11 2 (0.36%) ISEB Practitioner
12 1 (0.18%) CAPM
12 1 (0.18%) Cisco Certification
12 1 (0.18%) DBS Check
12 1 (0.18%) ISSMP
12 1 (0.18%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 1 (0.18%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 1 (0.18%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 1 (0.18%) TOGAF Certification
12 1 (0.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (6.19%) QA
2 4 (0.73%) GDPR
2 4 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.36%) ISO 9001
3 2 (0.36%) WCAG
4 1 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 1 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.18%) GxP
4 1 (0.18%) HL7
4 1 (0.18%) NCSC
4 1 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.18%) SLA
System Software
1 49 (8.93%) Docker
2 17 (3.10%) Active Directory
3 11 (2.00%) HDFS
4 5 (0.91%) Postfix
5 3 (0.55%) RACF
5 3 (0.55%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (0.55%) vSphere
6 2 (0.36%) NFS
7 1 (0.18%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
Systems Management
1 53 (9.65%) Kubernetes
2 41 (7.47%) Ansible
3 38 (6.92%) Terraform
4 12 (2.19%) HP ALM
5 10 (1.82%) Netcool
5 10 (1.82%) Netcool/OMNIbus
5 10 (1.82%) Netcool/Webtop
5 10 (1.82%) Tivoli
6 7 (1.28%) HP Quality Center
6 7 (1.28%) Opscode Chef
6 7 (1.28%) Puppet
7 5 (0.91%) Kibana
8 4 (0.73%) Grafana
9 3 (0.55%) Rancher
10 2 (0.36%) Nessus
10 2 (0.36%) NetIQ Identity Manager
10 2 (0.36%) Oracle ZFS
10 2 (0.36%) Salt
10 2 (0.36%) SCCM
11 1 (0.18%) MIIS
Vendors
1 159 (28.96%) Oracle
2 60 (10.93%) SAP
3 51 (9.29%) Microsoft
4 40 (7.29%) IBM
5 37 (6.74%) Salesforce.com
6 27 (4.92%) MuleSoft
7 24 (4.37%) Talend
7 24 (4.37%) WSO2
8 19 (3.46%) ServiceNow
9 18 (3.28%) Atlassian
10 15 (2.73%) TIBCO
11 14 (2.55%) Dell
11 14 (2.55%) HP
11 14 (2.55%) Red Hat
12 13 (2.37%) Pega
13 10 (1.82%) BEA
13 10 (1.82%) Splunk
14 9 (1.64%) webMethods
15 8 (1.46%) Axway
15 8 (1.46%) Remedy