Period
to 24 July 2021

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Social Skills in contract job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Social Skills over the 6 months to 24 July 2021 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

Social Skills (Interpersonal, Communication)
UK
6 months to
24 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 4 4 4
Rank change year-on-year 0 0 0
Contract jobs citing Social Skills 13,037 6,368 17,133
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 18.31% 16.97% 18.63%
As % of the General category 34.54% 32.59% 35.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,489 3,895 10,704
10th Percentile £263 £200 £213
25th Percentile £390 £350 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £490 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +8.89% - -
75th Percentile £588 £560 £550
90th Percentile £700 £656 £645
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +3.53% - +6.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 557 364 625
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.17 £10.14
25th Percentile £13.00 £13.50 £12.00
Median hourly rate £17.56 £18.60 £16.50
Median % change year-on-year -5.59% +12.73% -2.94%
75th Percentile £37.25 £28.63 £25.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £47.08 £49.39
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -2.86% +12.90% -3.13%

Social Skills is in the General Skills category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for common skills.

All General Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for common skills 37,746 19,542 48,116
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 53.03% 52.08% 52.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 25,258 12,866 31,246
10th Percentile £305 £265 £275
25th Percentile £405 £388 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £613 £594 £575
90th Percentile £700 £700 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £443 £425
% change year-on-year +1.69% +4.12% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,292 736 1,451
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.30 £10.75
25th Percentile £13.50 £15.00 £13.75
Median hourly rate £19.89 £20.25 £19.32
Median % change year-on-year -1.77% +4.79% +7.33%
75th Percentile £41.28 £40.00 £38.75
90th Percentile £57.40 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.56 £19.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year -9.95% +8.33% +3.93%

Social Skills
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Social Skills in the UK

Social Skills
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for Social Skills in the UK

Social Skills
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Social Skills over the 6 months to 24 July 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Social Skills in the UK

Social Skills
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for Social Skills in the UK

Social Skills
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Social Skills over the 6 months to 24 July 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Social Skills in the UK

Social Skills
Top 19 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Social Skills within the UK over the 6 months to 24 July 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 0 10,381 £500 +11.11% 5,444
UK excluding London +1 5,515 £440 +3.53% 3,820
London 0 5,261 £533 +6.60% 1,918
Work from Home -2 3,394 £495 +16.47% 1,054
South East +1 1,524 £475 +5.56% 840
North of England 0 1,073 £450 +11.11% 1,105
Midlands +1 921 £418 +4.38% 646
Scotland +2 824 £425 +6.25% 221
West Midlands 0 659 £425 +3.66% 409
North West 0 628 £450 +16.13% 569
South West +2 566 £440 -2.22% 444
East of England +2 438 £390 -8.24% 442
Yorkshire 0 368 £475 +9.83% 382
East Midlands +3 250 £375 - 235
Wales +1 139 £444 -1.39% 88
North East +2 81 £336 -23.64% 154
Northern Ireland 0 61 £413 +17.86% 34
Channel Islands - 5 £475 -
Isle of Man - 1 £425 - 1

For the 6 months to 24 July 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Social Skills 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 Social Skills.

1 4,195 (32.18%) Agile Software Development
2 3,033 (23.26%) Finance
3 2,346 (17.99%) Problem-Solving
4 2,110 (16.18%) Analytical Skills
5 2,075 (15.92%) Azure
6 2,002 (15.36%) Microsoft
7 1,916 (14.70%) SQL
8 1,815 (13.92%) Stakeholder Management
9 1,595 (12.23%) Project Management
10 1,496 (11.48%) Java
11 1,484 (11.38%) DevOps
12 1,433 (10.99%) AWS
13 1,414 (10.85%) Windows
14 1,327 (10.18%) Degree
15 1,320 (10.13%) Migration
16 1,313 (10.07%) Security Cleared
17 1,303 (9.99%) Python
18 1,274 (9.77%) Scrum
19 1,127 (8.64%) Oracle
20 1,110 (8.51%) Presentation Skills
21 1,102 (8.45%) Banking
22 1,079 (8.28%) Public Sector
23 1,043 (8.00%) SC Cleared
24 1,038 (7.96%) JIRA
25 1,022 (7.84%) JavaScript
26 1,017 (7.80%) Analytics
27 988 (7.58%) ITIL
28 880 (6.75%) Project Delivery
29 879 (6.74%) Active Directory
30 845 (6.48%) Business Intelligence

Social Skills
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
1 474 (3.64%) SharePoint
2 449 (3.44%) Confluence
3 202 (1.55%) Apache Spark
4 154 (1.18%) Apache
5 137 (1.05%) CMS
6 95 (0.73%) MS Exchange
6 95 (0.73%) Tomcat
7 87 (0.67%) WebLogic
8 85 (0.65%) SAS
9 71 (0.54%) WebSphere
10 67 (0.51%) IIS
11 66 (0.51%) Elasticsearch
12 62 (0.48%) Mule
13 51 (0.39%) Skype for Business
14 46 (0.35%) Apache Airflow
15 42 (0.32%) IBM Domino
16 41 (0.31%) Adobe Experience Manager
16 41 (0.31%) BizTalk Server
17 36 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2010
17 36 (0.28%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 758 (5.81%) Microsoft Office
2 678 (5.20%) Microsoft Excel
3 303 (2.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 270 (2.07%) Microsoft Project
5 210 (1.61%) MS Visio
6 66 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
7 48 (0.37%) Photoshop
8 44 (0.34%) Sketch
9 35 (0.27%) InVision
10 30 (0.23%) Figma
11 26 (0.20%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 17 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
13 16 (0.12%) Chatbot
14 14 (0.11%) Windchill
15 12 (0.092%) AutoCAD
15 12 (0.092%) SPSS
16 10 (0.077%) Adobe Captivate
16 10 (0.077%) PTC Creo
17 9 (0.069%) InDesign
18 7 (0.054%) Stata
Business Applications
1 134 (1.03%) SAP S/4HANA
2 115 (0.88%) Dynamics CRM
3 70 (0.54%) Oracle EBS
4 65 (0.50%) Dynamics AX
5 62 (0.48%) Magento
6 39 (0.30%) NetSuite
7 35 (0.27%) SAP ERP
7 35 (0.27%) SAP FI
8 33 (0.25%) Teamcenter
9 29 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
10 28 (0.21%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 28 (0.21%) SAP CO
10 28 (0.21%) SAP FI/CO
11 26 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
12 24 (0.18%) Dynamics NAV
13 23 (0.18%) Cloudability
13 23 (0.18%) SAP SD
13 23 (0.18%) Shopify
14 22 (0.17%) SAP MM
15 21 (0.16%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 2,075 (15.92%) Azure
2 1,433 (10.99%) AWS
3 788 (6.04%) Microsoft 365
4 579 (4.44%) Power Platform
5 527 (4.04%) GCP
6 316 (2.42%) Serverless
7 315 (2.42%) SaaS
8 258 (1.98%) GitHub
9 240 (1.84%) PaaS
10 227 (1.74%) IaaS
11 213 (1.63%) Dynamics 365
12 204 (1.56%) Azure Active Directory
13 159 (1.22%) AWS Lambda
14 133 (1.02%) Cloud Computing
15 103 (0.79%) Azure Synapse Analytics
15 103 (0.79%) OpenShift
16 99 (0.76%) Azure Data Factory
17 96 (0.74%) Amazon S3
18 95 (0.73%) Azure Functions
19 90 (0.69%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 324 (2.49%) Firewall
2 232 (1.78%) DNS
3 182 (1.40%) WAN
4 178 (1.37%) LAN
5 166 (1.27%) VPN
6 157 (1.20%) Network Security
7 148 (1.14%) TCP/IP
8 138 (1.06%) Internet
9 129 (0.99%) DHCP
10 120 (0.92%) SAN
11 91 (0.70%) HTTP
12 85 (0.65%) Wireless
13 81 (0.62%) Skype
14 71 (0.54%) SSL
15 70 (0.54%) Wi-Fi
16 62 (0.48%) MPLS
17 58 (0.44%) 5G
18 57 (0.44%) VoIP
19 56 (0.43%) 4G
19 56 (0.43%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 623 (4.78%) SQL Server
2 488 (3.74%) Power BI
3 463 (3.55%) Data Warehouse
4 411 (3.15%) Relational Database
5 362 (2.78%) Big Data
6 236 (1.81%) NoSQL
7 219 (1.68%) MySQL
8 212 (1.63%) Tableau
9 211 (1.62%) Oracle Database
10 192 (1.47%) Hadoop
11 169 (1.30%) Data Lake
12 163 (1.25%) PostgreSQL
13 148 (1.14%) Metadata
14 135 (1.04%) MongoDB
15 134 (1.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 123 (0.94%) RDBMS
17 98 (0.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 93 (0.71%) BusinessObjects
19 89 (0.68%) BigQuery
20 86 (0.66%) DB2
Development Applications
1 1,038 (7.96%) JIRA
2 642 (4.92%) Git (software)
3 548 (4.20%) Jenkins
4 208 (1.60%) Maven
5 172 (1.32%) Cucumber
6 168 (1.29%) Selenium
7 144 (1.10%) Bitbucket
8 143 (1.10%) Visual Studio
9 128 (0.98%) GitLab
10 110 (0.84%) Subversion
11 106 (0.81%) JUnit
12 103 (0.79%) Postman
13 91 (0.70%) TeamCity
14 73 (0.56%) JMeter
15 68 (0.52%) webpack
16 66 (0.51%) Artifactory
17 64 (0.49%) Eclipse
18 62 (0.48%) Gradle
19 59 (0.45%) IntelliJ
20 54 (0.41%) SoapUI
General
1 3,033 (23.26%) Finance
2 2,110 (16.18%) Analytical Skills
3 1,110 (8.51%) Presentation Skills
4 1,102 (8.45%) Banking
5 1,079 (8.28%) Public Sector
6 609 (4.67%) Influencing Skills
7 511 (3.92%) Organisational Skills
8 488 (3.74%) Telecoms
9 466 (3.57%) Marketing
10 449 (3.44%) Retail
11 358 (2.75%) Front Office
12 312 (2.39%) Documentation Skills
13 308 (2.36%) Manufacturing
14 305 (2.34%) Investment Banking
15 279 (2.14%) Legal
16 126 (0.97%) Law
17 114 (0.87%) Pharmaceutical
18 107 (0.82%) Electronics
19 102 (0.78%) Back Office
20 89 (0.68%) Billing
Job Titles
1 2,085 (15.99%) Developer
2 2,037 (15.62%) Analyst
3 1,322 (10.14%) Architect
4 976 (7.49%) Project Manager
5 860 (6.60%) Business Analyst
6 802 (6.15%) Consultant
7 432 (3.31%) Java Developer
8 399 (3.06%) Solutions Architect
9 283 (2.17%) Senior Developer
10 262 (2.01%) Designer
11 257 (1.97%) Data Engineer
12 255 (1.96%) Data Analyst
13 228 (1.75%) Data Architect
14 223 (1.71%) DevOps Engineer
14 223 (1.71%) Support Engineer
15 219 (1.68%) IT Manager
16 206 (1.58%) Service Analyst
17 193 (1.48%) .NET Developer
18 188 (1.44%) Administrator
19 183 (1.40%) Full Stack Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 688 (5.28%) .NET
2 603 (4.63%) HTML
3 553 (4.24%) CSS
4 541 (4.15%) React
5 420 (3.22%) AngularJS
6 406 (3.11%) Node.js
7 398 (3.05%) REST
8 374 (2.87%) Spring
9 371 (2.85%) Web Services
10 286 (2.19%) JSON
11 280 (2.15%) RESTful
12 276 (2.12%) XML
13 242 (1.86%) Kafka
14 213 (1.63%) HTML5
15 204 (1.56%) Middleware
16 196 (1.50%) Spring Boot
17 188 (1.44%) SOAP
18 184 (1.41%) J2EE
19 177 (1.36%) ASP.NET
20 145 (1.11%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 631 (4.84%) User Experience
2 553 (4.24%) Self-Motivation
3 410 (3.14%) Management Information System
4 308 (2.36%) Data Centre
5 221 (1.70%) Virtual Team
6 196 (1.50%) Mobile App
7 191 (1.47%) Greenfield Project
8 185 (1.42%) Public Cloud
9 168 (1.29%) Cloud Native
10 163 (1.25%) Data Structures
11 159 (1.22%) Enterprise Software
12 148 (1.14%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 145 (1.11%) Algorithms
14 142 (1.09%) NHS
15 133 (1.02%) Legacy Systems
16 114 (0.87%) Data Protection Act
17 113 (0.87%) Social Media
18 112 (0.86%) Derivative
19 110 (0.84%) Fixed Income
20 83 (0.64%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 1,414 (10.85%) Windows
2 843 (6.47%) Linux
3 466 (3.57%) Unix
4 417 (3.20%) Windows 10
5 373 (2.86%) Windows Server
6 186 (1.43%) Android
6 186 (1.43%) Apple iOS
7 124 (0.95%) Windows 7
8 106 (0.81%) Windows Server 2012
9 100 (0.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 90 (0.69%) Windows Server 2008
11 89 (0.68%) Windows Server 2016
12 61 (0.47%) Windows Server 2019
13 42 (0.32%) Windows Server 2003
14 41 (0.31%) Windows 8
15 36 (0.28%) Solaris
16 35 (0.27%) AIX
16 35 (0.27%) Mac OS
17 26 (0.20%) Ubuntu
18 25 (0.19%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 4,195 (32.18%) Agile Software Development
2 2,346 (17.99%) Problem-Solving
3 1,815 (13.92%) Stakeholder Management
4 1,595 (12.23%) Project Management
5 1,484 (11.38%) DevOps
6 1,320 (10.13%) Migration
7 1,274 (9.77%) Scrum
8 1,017 (7.80%) Analytics
9 988 (7.58%) ITIL
10 880 (6.75%) Project Delivery
11 845 (6.48%) Business Intelligence
12 802 (6.15%) Test Automation
13 667 (5.12%) Change Management
14 657 (5.04%) Software Engineering
15 656 (5.03%) Decision-Making
16 653 (5.01%) Data Modelling
17 630 (4.83%) Computer Science
18 627 (4.81%) Microservices
19 579 (4.44%) Business Analysis
20 575 (4.41%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 1,916 (14.70%) SQL
2 1,496 (11.48%) Java
3 1,303 (9.99%) Python
4 1,022 (7.84%) JavaScript
5 718 (5.51%) C#
6 505 (3.87%) PowerShell
7 302 (2.32%) TypeScript
8 279 (2.14%) C++
9 238 (1.83%) Scala
10 206 (1.58%) C
11 184 (1.41%) PL/SQL
12 167 (1.28%) Shell Script
13 162 (1.24%) Java 8
14 148 (1.14%) Bash Shell
15 144 (1.10%) R
16 142 (1.09%) PHP
17 132 (1.01%) Kotlin
18 128 (0.98%) T-SQL
19 121 (0.93%) Go
20 117 (0.90%) Perl
Qualifications
1 1,327 (10.18%) Degree
2 1,313 (10.07%) Security Cleared
3 1,043 (8.00%) SC Cleared
4 244 (1.87%) Computer Science Degree
5 191 (1.47%) DV Cleared
6 163 (1.25%) PMP
7 154 (1.18%) Cisco Certification
8 147 (1.13%) Microsoft Certification
9 140 (1.07%) CISSP
10 126 (0.97%) PMI Certification
11 124 (0.95%) ISTQB
12 118 (0.91%) ITIL Certification
13 110 (0.84%) BPSS Clearance
14 99 (0.76%) ISEB
15 86 (0.66%) Master's Degree
16 84 (0.64%) MCSE
17 78 (0.60%) CCNA
18 75 (0.58%) CISM
19 67 (0.51%) CCNP
20 61 (0.47%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 602 (4.62%) QA
2 350 (2.68%) PMO
3 309 (2.37%) Data Quality
4 225 (1.73%) SLA
5 220 (1.69%) GDPR
6 150 (1.15%) Accessibility
7 111 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 77 (0.59%) NIST
9 71 (0.54%) PCI DSS
10 59 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
11 56 (0.43%) GRC
12 47 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 39 (0.30%) MiFID
14 34 (0.26%) COBIT
15 31 (0.24%) IFRS
16 19 (0.15%) GxP
16 19 (0.15%) NCSC
17 18 (0.14%) WCAG
18 15 (0.12%) ISO 20022
18 15 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 879 (6.74%) Active Directory
2 562 (4.31%) Docker
3 346 (2.65%) VMware Infrastructure
4 123 (0.94%) Hyper-V
5 90 (0.69%) VMware ESXi
6 77 (0.59%) vSphere
6 77 (0.59%) XenApp
7 71 (0.54%) VMware NSX
8 50 (0.38%) Microsoft App-V
9 48 (0.37%) Virtual Desktop
9 48 (0.37%) Virtual Machines
10 31 (0.24%) Firmware
11 27 (0.21%) Oracle RAC
12 26 (0.20%) HDFS
13 22 (0.17%) BitLocker
14 21 (0.16%) NFS
14 21 (0.16%) Virtual Servers
15 18 (0.14%) XenDesktop
16 14 (0.11%) VMware Workstation
17 9 (0.069%) PowerHA
Systems Management
1 581 (4.46%) Kubernetes
2 391 (3.00%) Ansible
3 369 (2.83%) Terraform
4 227 (1.74%) SCCM
5 115 (0.88%) Puppet
6 110 (0.84%) Microsoft Intune
7 74 (0.57%) Opscode Chef
8 63 (0.48%) vRealize
9 59 (0.45%) Single Sign-On
10 55 (0.42%) Grafana
11 50 (0.38%) Active Directory Federation Services
12 43 (0.33%) vCenter Server
13 39 (0.30%) Kibana
13 39 (0.30%) Packer
13 39 (0.30%) Prometheus
14 30 (0.23%) HP ALM
14 30 (0.23%) vRealize Orchestrator
15 28 (0.21%) Data Guard
15 28 (0.21%) HP Quality Center
16 24 (0.18%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 2,002 (15.36%) Microsoft
2 1,127 (8.64%) Oracle
3 775 (5.94%) SAP
4 499 (3.83%) VMware
5 410 (3.14%) Salesforce.com
6 379 (2.91%) Google
7 288 (2.21%) Cisco
8 228 (1.75%) IBM
9 227 (1.74%) ServiceNow
10 220 (1.69%) Citrix
11 219 (1.68%) Databricks
12 200 (1.53%) Adobe
13 167 (1.28%) HP
14 157 (1.20%) Splunk
15 115 (0.88%) Red Hat
16 112 (0.86%) Dell
16 112 (0.86%) Informatica
17 102 (0.78%) Atlassian
18 92 (0.71%) MuleSoft
19 89 (0.68%) Apple