Period
to

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 4 July 2022 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
4 Jul 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 3 4 4
Rank change year-on-year +1 0 0
Contract jobs citing Social Skills 17,984 11,936 7,055
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 20.08% 17.99% 17.08%
As % of the General category 35.05% 33.98% 33.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,797 7,786 4,267
10th Percentile £263 £263 £200
25th Percentile £413 £384 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £480 £450
Median % change year-on-year +9.38% +6.67% -
75th Percentile £638 £588 £556
90th Percentile £750 £688 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +8.57% +2.94% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 665 510 413
10th Percentile £12.34 £11.25 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.41 £13.25 £13.50
Median hourly rate £19.00 £18.00 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% -5.26% +15.15%
75th Percentile £39.00 £39.50 £29.50
90th Percentile £56.52 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.06 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -8.26% - +15.93%

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 51,313 35,124 21,362
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 57.29% 52.93% 51.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 35,682 23,526 13,967
10th Percentile £325 £300 £263
25th Percentile £438 £400 £381
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £650 £600 £588
90th Percentile £750 £700 £688
UK excluding London median daily rate £488 £445 £438
% change year-on-year +9.55% +1.71% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,407 1,241 832
10th Percentile £12.77 £12.00 £12.31
25th Percentile £15.25 £14.00 £14.99
Median hourly rate £24.05 £21.00 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year +14.52% +5.00% +2.56%
75th Percentile £47.50 £43.00 £40.12
90th Percentile £60.68 £56.50 £53.68
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £18.50 £19.09
% change year-on-year +8.11% -3.09% +4.95%

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 4 July 2022.

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 4 July 2022.

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 4 July 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 +1 14,699 £525 +6.06% 4,182
London +1 8,128 £575 +9.52% 1,508
Work from Home 0 8,052 £525 +10.53% 1,542
UK excluding London 0 6,717 £475 +8.57% 2,881
South East 0 1,819 £475 - 693
North of England +1 1,307 £475 +5.56% 699
Midlands -1 1,094 £495 +22.22% 555
Scotland 0 883 £425 - 155
West Midlands -1 827 £500 +17.82% 346
South West 0 719 £500 +12.07% 351
North West 0 717 £475 +5.56% 356
East of England 0 682 £440 +10.00% 332
Yorkshire +3 532 £475 - 245
East Midlands -2 256 £450 +28.57% 205
Wales +3 179 £450 +2.86% 77
North East -5 76 £473 +35.00% 98
Northern Ireland +3 71 £463 +15.63% 20
Isle of Man - 11 £485 -
Channel Islands -8 1 - -

For the 6 months to 4 July 2022, 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 5,933 (32.99%) Agile
2 4,749 (26.41%) Finance
3 3,585 (19.93%) Problem-Solving
4 3,104 (17.26%) Analytical Skills
5 3,065 (17.04%) Microsoft
6 2,867 (15.94%) Stakeholder Management
7 2,562 (14.25%) Azure
8 2,454 (13.65%) Project Management
9 2,300 (12.79%) SQL
10 2,124 (11.81%) DevOps
11 1,929 (10.73%) Scrum
12 1,802 (10.02%) Windows
13 1,674 (9.31%) Banking
14 1,629 (9.06%) Java
15 1,627 (9.05%) AWS
16 1,625 (9.04%) Security Cleared
17 1,582 (8.80%) Public Sector
18 1,551 (8.62%) Degree
19 1,544 (8.59%) Python
20 1,499 (8.34%) ITIL
21 1,495 (8.31%) Migration
22 1,491 (8.29%) JIRA
23 1,464 (8.14%) Presentation Skills
24 1,396 (7.76%) Project Delivery
25 1,366 (7.60%) Oracle
26 1,350 (7.51%) SC Cleared
27 1,342 (7.46%) CI/CD
28 1,217 (6.77%) Analytics
29 1,181 (6.57%) Decision-Making
30 1,148 (6.38%) Linux

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
1 756 (4.20%) Confluence
2 514 (2.86%) SharePoint
3 159 (0.88%) CMS
4 147 (0.82%) Apache Spark
5 141 (0.78%) Apache
6 112 (0.62%) MS Exchange
7 90 (0.50%) Tomcat
8 89 (0.49%) WebLogic
9 85 (0.47%) SAS
10 80 (0.44%) IIS
11 61 (0.34%) WebSphere
12 50 (0.28%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 48 (0.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 47 (0.26%) Apache Airflow
15 46 (0.26%) Skype for Business
16 45 (0.25%) JBoss
16 45 (0.25%) nginx
17 43 (0.24%) Oracle Workflow
18 40 (0.22%) BizTalk Server
19 38 (0.21%) Red Hat Fuse
Applications
1 1,092 (6.07%) Microsoft Office
2 1,003 (5.58%) Microsoft Excel
3 558 (3.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 428 (2.38%) Microsoft Project
5 258 (1.43%) MS Visio
6 89 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
7 70 (0.39%) Sketch
8 47 (0.26%) InVision
9 29 (0.16%) Photoshop
10 28 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 25 (0.14%) Chatbot
12 24 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
13 21 (0.12%) Zeplin
14 17 (0.095%) SPSS
15 15 (0.083%) Adobe XD
16 14 (0.078%) Oracle Smart View
17 12 (0.067%) InDesign
18 11 (0.061%) AutoCAD
18 11 (0.061%) Stata
19 10 (0.056%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 195 (1.08%) SAP S/4HANA
2 151 (0.84%) Dynamics CRM
3 76 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
4 69 (0.38%) Oracle EBS
5 60 (0.33%) assyst
6 57 (0.32%) NetSuite
7 55 (0.31%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 46 (0.26%) Oracle Payables
8 46 (0.26%) Oracle Receivables
9 44 (0.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 40 (0.22%) Magento
11 38 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
12 36 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
12 36 (0.20%) SAP FI
12 36 (0.20%) Shopify
13 35 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
14 32 (0.18%) SAP CO
14 32 (0.18%) SAP FI/CO
14 32 (0.18%) Workday HCM
15 31 (0.17%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 2,562 (14.25%) Azure
2 1,627 (9.05%) AWS
3 1,115 (6.20%) Microsoft 365
4 790 (4.39%) Power Platform
5 503 (2.80%) GCP
6 497 (2.76%) Azure DevOps
7 440 (2.45%) SaaS
8 396 (2.20%) GitHub
9 320 (1.78%) Dynamics 365
10 312 (1.73%) Serverless
11 297 (1.65%) PaaS
12 220 (1.22%) Azure Active Directory
12 220 (1.22%) IaaS
13 178 (0.99%) AWS Lambda
14 170 (0.95%) PowerApps
15 167 (0.93%) Cloud Computing
16 164 (0.91%) AWS CloudFormation
17 147 (0.82%) OpenShift
18 131 (0.73%) Azure Data Factory
19 126 (0.70%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 520 (2.89%) Firewall
2 348 (1.94%) DNS
3 255 (1.42%) WAN
4 253 (1.41%) LAN
5 249 (1.38%) TCP/IP
6 244 (1.36%) Internet
7 227 (1.26%) Network Security
8 184 (1.02%) DHCP
9 181 (1.01%) Wireless
10 156 (0.87%) Wi-Fi
11 152 (0.85%) VPN
12 130 (0.72%) HTTP
13 113 (0.63%) SAN
14 80 (0.44%) 4G
14 80 (0.44%) SSL
15 75 (0.42%) VoIP
16 74 (0.41%) MPLS
17 72 (0.40%) Skype
18 69 (0.38%) 3G
19 68 (0.38%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 828 (4.60%) SQL Server
2 630 (3.50%) Power BI
3 424 (2.36%) Relational Database
4 423 (2.35%) Data Warehouse
5 314 (1.75%) Big Data
6 295 (1.64%) NoSQL
7 258 (1.43%) Oracle Database
8 254 (1.41%) MongoDB
9 229 (1.27%) MySQL
10 216 (1.20%) Data Lake
11 211 (1.17%) Metadata
12 194 (1.08%) PostgreSQL
13 190 (1.06%) Tableau
14 136 (0.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 133 (0.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 122 (0.68%) Azure SQL Database
16 122 (0.68%) Hadoop
17 119 (0.66%) RDBMS
18 107 (0.59%) DB2
19 103 (0.57%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 1,491 (8.29%) JIRA
2 829 (4.61%) Git (software)
3 756 (4.20%) Jenkins
4 242 (1.35%) GitLab
5 236 (1.31%) Maven
6 229 (1.27%) Bitbucket
7 203 (1.13%) Selenium
8 166 (0.92%) Cucumber
9 164 (0.91%) Visual Studio
10 137 (0.76%) TeamCity
11 125 (0.70%) JUnit
12 120 (0.67%) Eclipse
13 119 (0.66%) Gradle
14 112 (0.62%) Artifactory
15 108 (0.60%) Postman
16 89 (0.49%) Subversion
17 81 (0.45%) webpack
18 77 (0.43%) SonarQube
19 69 (0.38%) Sonatype Nexus
20 68 (0.38%) JMeter
General
1 4,749 (26.41%) Finance
2 3,104 (17.26%) Analytical Skills
3 1,674 (9.31%) Banking
4 1,582 (8.80%) Public Sector
5 1,464 (8.14%) Presentation Skills
6 889 (4.94%) Influencing Skills
7 711 (3.95%) Organisational Skills
8 678 (3.77%) Retail
9 631 (3.51%) Telecoms
10 588 (3.27%) Front Office
11 515 (2.86%) Investment Banking
12 508 (2.82%) Marketing
13 506 (2.81%) Legal
14 386 (2.15%) Documentation Skills
15 252 (1.40%) Manufacturing
16 224 (1.25%) Law
17 187 (1.04%) Inclusion and Diversity
18 168 (0.93%) Financial Institution
19 145 (0.81%) Billing
20 134 (0.75%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 3,213 (17.87%) Analyst
2 2,318 (12.89%) Developer
3 1,731 (9.63%) Project Manager
4 1,708 (9.50%) Architect
5 1,525 (8.48%) Business Analyst
6 868 (4.83%) Consultant
7 643 (3.58%) Solutions Architect
8 428 (2.38%) Java Developer
9 425 (2.36%) Service Analyst
10 396 (2.20%) Designer
11 379 (2.11%) Support Engineer
12 324 (1.80%) IT Manager
13 316 (1.76%) Data Engineer
14 302 (1.68%) Data Analyst
15 292 (1.62%) Service Desk Analyst
16 278 (1.55%) Data Architect
17 277 (1.54%) Programme Manager
18 275 (1.53%) Senior Manager
19 269 (1.50%) Delivery Manager
20 265 (1.47%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 784 (4.36%) .NET
2 718 (3.99%) HTML
3 596 (3.31%) React
4 567 (3.15%) CSS
5 543 (3.02%) REST
6 432 (2.40%) Spring
7 411 (2.29%) AngularJS
8 399 (2.22%) Node.js
9 381 (2.12%) Web Services
10 366 (2.04%) JSON
11 365 (2.03%) RESTful
12 339 (1.89%) XML
13 304 (1.69%) Kafka
14 253 (1.41%) HTML5
15 235 (1.31%) Spring Boot
16 196 (1.09%) .NET Framework
16 196 (1.09%) SOAP
17 195 (1.08%) Middleware
18 165 (0.92%) J2EE
19 158 (0.88%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 884 (4.92%) User Experience
2 770 (4.28%) Self-Motivation
3 565 (3.14%) Management Information System
4 529 (2.94%) Data Centre
5 375 (2.09%) Virtual Team
6 339 (1.89%) Public Cloud
7 294 (1.63%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 254 (1.41%) Cloud Native
9 244 (1.36%) Fixed Income
10 239 (1.33%) Data Structures
11 232 (1.29%) Renewable Energy
12 231 (1.28%) Algorithms
13 220 (1.22%) Enterprise Software
14 215 (1.20%) NHS
15 201 (1.12%) Mobile App
16 196 (1.09%) Data Protection Act
17 168 (0.93%) Legacy Systems
18 158 (0.88%) Derivative
19 139 (0.77%) Greenfield Project
20 130 (0.72%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 1,802 (10.02%) Windows
2 1,148 (6.38%) Linux
3 632 (3.51%) Unix
4 613 (3.41%) Windows 10
5 405 (2.25%) Windows Server
6 214 (1.19%) Apple iOS
7 194 (1.08%) Android
8 172 (0.96%) Windows 7
9 157 (0.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 93 (0.52%) Windows Server 2012
11 84 (0.47%) Mac OS
12 79 (0.44%) Windows Server 2016
13 76 (0.42%) Solaris
14 57 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
15 52 (0.29%) AIX
16 50 (0.28%) Windows Server 2003
17 46 (0.26%) Windows Server 2019
18 45 (0.25%) VMS
19 43 (0.24%) CentOS
20 35 (0.19%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 5,933 (32.99%) Agile
2 3,585 (19.93%) Problem-Solving
3 2,867 (15.94%) Stakeholder Management
4 2,454 (13.65%) Project Management
5 2,124 (11.81%) DevOps
6 1,929 (10.73%) Scrum
7 1,499 (8.34%) ITIL
8 1,495 (8.31%) Migration
9 1,396 (7.76%) Project Delivery
10 1,342 (7.46%) CI/CD
11 1,217 (6.77%) Analytics
12 1,181 (6.57%) Decision-Making
13 988 (5.49%) Business Analysis
14 983 (5.47%) Change Management
15 940 (5.23%) Business Intelligence
16 890 (4.95%) Test Automation
17 846 (4.70%) Microservices
18 824 (4.58%) Data Modelling
19 821 (4.57%) Software Engineering
20 817 (4.54%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 2,300 (12.79%) SQL
2 1,629 (9.06%) Java
3 1,544 (8.59%) Python
4 984 (5.47%) JavaScript
5 957 (5.32%) C#
6 513 (2.85%) PowerShell
7 388 (2.16%) C++
8 327 (1.82%) C
9 300 (1.67%) Bash
10 266 (1.48%) TypeScript
11 219 (1.22%) Scala
12 203 (1.13%) PL/SQL
13 190 (1.06%) Shell Script
14 159 (0.88%) Perl
15 131 (0.73%) T-SQL
16 129 (0.72%) R
17 125 (0.70%) Go
18 108 (0.60%) Ruby
19 98 (0.54%) VBA
20 90 (0.50%) PHP
Qualifications
1 1,625 (9.04%) Security Cleared
2 1,551 (8.62%) Degree
3 1,350 (7.51%) SC Cleared
4 303 (1.68%) Computer Science Degree
5 275 (1.53%) PMI Certification
6 210 (1.17%) Cisco Certification
7 209 (1.16%) PMP
8 195 (1.08%) DV Cleared
9 180 (1.00%) ITIL Certification
10 174 (0.97%) BPSS Clearance
11 171 (0.95%) CISSP
12 151 (0.84%) Microsoft Certification
13 148 (0.82%) ISTQB
14 134 (0.75%) ISEB
15 124 (0.69%) CCNA
15 124 (0.69%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 122 (0.68%) CISM
17 111 (0.62%) Master's Degree
18 103 (0.57%) CCNP
19 87 (0.48%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 879 (4.89%) QA
2 576 (3.20%) PMO
3 521 (2.90%) SLA
4 333 (1.85%) GDPR
5 311 (1.73%) Data Quality
6 307 (1.71%) Accessibility
7 203 (1.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 140 (0.78%) NIST
9 83 (0.46%) Disclosure Scotland
10 65 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 58 (0.32%) WCAG
12 57 (0.32%) GRC
13 47 (0.26%) PCI DSS
14 42 (0.23%) MiFID
15 39 (0.22%) COBIT
16 32 (0.18%) IFRS
17 29 (0.16%) NCSC
18 24 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials
18 24 (0.13%) ISO 20022
19 22 (0.12%) SEPA
System Software
1 1,056 (5.87%) Active Directory
2 669 (3.72%) Docker
3 393 (2.19%) VMware Infrastructure
4 138 (0.77%) Hyper-V
4 138 (0.77%) Virtual Machines
5 82 (0.46%) vSphere
6 74 (0.41%) XenApp
7 73 (0.41%) VMware ESXi
8 71 (0.39%) Virtual Desktop
9 50 (0.28%) Oracle RAC
10 45 (0.25%) XenDesktop
11 35 (0.19%) Firmware
11 35 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
12 32 (0.18%) VMware NSX
13 30 (0.17%) HDFS
13 30 (0.17%) Virtual Servers
14 25 (0.14%) KVM
15 24 (0.13%) Veritas Cluster Server
16 23 (0.13%) Veritas Volume Manager
17 22 (0.12%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 785 (4.36%) Kubernetes
2 577 (3.21%) Terraform
3 507 (2.82%) Ansible
4 273 (1.52%) SCCM
5 177 (0.98%) Puppet
6 151 (0.84%) Microsoft Intune
7 86 (0.48%) Single Sign-On
8 77 (0.43%) Opscode Chef
9 70 (0.39%) Grafana
10 52 (0.29%) Active Directory Federation Services
11 47 (0.26%) Istio
12 46 (0.26%) ITRS Geneos
12 46 (0.26%) vCenter Server
13 40 (0.22%) Data Guard
13 40 (0.22%) Oracle RMAN
13 40 (0.22%) Prometheus
14 39 (0.22%) Packer
15 37 (0.21%) SCOM
16 36 (0.20%) Jamf Pro
17 35 (0.19%) Docker Swarm
Vendors
1 3,065 (17.04%) Microsoft
2 1,366 (7.60%) Oracle
3 900 (5.00%) SAP
4 584 (3.25%) VMware
5 511 (2.84%) Google
6 457 (2.54%) Salesforce.com
7 408 (2.27%) ServiceNow
8 404 (2.25%) Cisco
9 324 (1.80%) Citrix
10 239 (1.33%) IBM
11 228 (1.27%) Databricks
12 213 (1.18%) Adobe
13 207 (1.15%) Red Hat
14 206 (1.15%) Splunk
15 156 (0.87%) Remedy
16 128 (0.71%) Atlassian
17 124 (0.69%) Informatica
18 122 (0.68%) HP
19 115 (0.64%) Workday
20 109 (0.61%) Apple