Period
to 17 May 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 17 May 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
17 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 4 3 4
Rank change year-on-year -1 +1 0
Contract jobs citing Social Skills 9,937 8,818 17,139
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 17.43% 17.68% 18.65%
As % of the General category 33.24% 34.81% 35.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,508 5,266 10,630
10th Percentile £250 £185 £217
25th Percentile £375 £325 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
75th Percentile £575 £550 £550
90th Percentile £675 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £420 £425
% change year-on-year +1.19% -1.18% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 452 515 630
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.32 £10.15
25th Percentile £13.25 £13.74 £12.08
Median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year -5.26% +18.75% -3.03%
75th Percentile £38.81 £33.75 £25.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £51.65 £43.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.14 £17.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -2.04% +16.67% -

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 29,891 25,329 48,508
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 52.42% 50.77% 52.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 20,045 16,425 31,837
10th Percentile £300 £250 £280
25th Percentile £400 £370 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £588 £575
90th Percentile £694 £675 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £435 £433 £425
% change year-on-year +0.54% +1.80% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,102 1,039 1,403
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.41 £10.75
25th Percentile £14.50 £15.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year +12.50% +6.95% +3.89%
75th Percentile £43.75 £40.00 £38.13
90th Percentile £55.90 £52.50 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.95 £19.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.56% +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 17 May 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 17 May 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Social Skills in the UK

Social Skills
Top 18 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 17 May 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 -1 7,978 £475 +5.56% 3,245
UK excluding London +1 4,372 £425 +1.19% 2,380
London -1 3,928 £520 +9.47% 1,078
Work from Home -2 2,494 £475 +8.57% 671
South East +1 1,232 £473 +7.39% 579
North of England 0 815 £450 +12.50% 626
Midlands +2 732 £400 -2.44% 407
Scotland 0 628 £425 +3.34% 159
West Midlands +2 532 £405 -1.22% 241
North West 0 488 £450 +13.92% 328
South West +1 477 £450 - 255
East of England +1 357 £425 +6.25% 291
Yorkshire -1 272 £450 +5.88% 214
East Midlands +3 189 £340 -17.58% 160
Wales +2 110 £450 - 57
North East -1 60 £350 -9.68% 84
Northern Ireland +1 41 £400 +128.57% 9
Channel Islands +4 4 - -

For the 6 months to 17 May 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 3,090 (31.10%) Agile Software Development
2 2,154 (21.68%) Finance
3 1,838 (18.50%) Problem-Solving
4 1,641 (16.51%) Analytical Skills
5 1,521 (15.31%) Azure
6 1,465 (14.74%) Microsoft
7 1,430 (14.39%) SQL
8 1,293 (13.01%) Stakeholder Management
9 1,200 (12.08%) Project Management
10 1,191 (11.99%) DevOps
11 1,183 (11.91%) Security Cleared
12 1,090 (10.97%) Java
13 1,063 (10.70%) Windows
14 1,055 (10.62%) AWS
15 976 (9.82%) Public Sector
16 973 (9.79%) Python
17 969 (9.75%) Degree
18 966 (9.72%) SC Cleared
19 953 (9.59%) Migration
20 930 (9.36%) Scrum
21 828 (8.33%) Oracle
22 813 (8.18%) Banking
23 767 (7.72%) Presentation Skills
24 763 (7.68%) ITIL
25 755 (7.60%) Analytics
26 740 (7.45%) JIRA
27 675 (6.79%) Business Intelligence
28 668 (6.72%) JavaScript
29 663 (6.67%) Active Directory
30 652 (6.56%) 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
1 356 (3.58%) SharePoint
2 322 (3.24%) Confluence
3 157 (1.58%) Apache Spark
4 151 (1.52%) Apache
5 84 (0.85%) CMS
6 80 (0.81%) MS Exchange
7 71 (0.71%) SAS
8 67 (0.67%) Tomcat
9 65 (0.65%) WebSphere
10 57 (0.57%) IIS
10 57 (0.57%) Mule
11 54 (0.54%) WebLogic
12 42 (0.42%) Skype for Business
13 41 (0.41%) Elasticsearch
14 32 (0.32%) Apache Airflow
15 31 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2010
15 31 (0.31%) IBM Domino
15 31 (0.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 28 (0.28%) ArcGIS
16 28 (0.28%) JBoss
Applications
1 581 (5.85%) Microsoft Office
2 481 (4.84%) Microsoft Excel
3 219 (2.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 216 (2.17%) Microsoft Project
5 158 (1.59%) MS Visio
6 47 (0.47%) Photoshop
7 46 (0.46%) Spreadsheet
8 28 (0.28%) Sketch
9 25 (0.25%) Chatbot
10 23 (0.23%) Adobe Illustrator
11 21 (0.21%) InVision
12 20 (0.20%) Figma
13 18 (0.18%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 14 (0.14%) InDesign
14 14 (0.14%) Windchill
15 13 (0.13%) SPSS
16 12 (0.12%) PTC Creo
17 11 (0.11%) Adobe Captivate
18 10 (0.10%) AutoCAD
19 8 (0.081%) Revit
Business Applications
1 92 (0.93%) SAP S/4HANA
2 90 (0.91%) Dynamics CRM
3 72 (0.72%) Oracle EBS
4 45 (0.45%) Magento
5 43 (0.43%) NetSuite
6 34 (0.34%) Dynamics AX
6 34 (0.34%) Oracle Payables
7 32 (0.32%) SAP ERP
8 31 (0.31%) Oracle EBS R12
9 29 (0.29%) Oracle ERP
9 29 (0.29%) Teamcenter
10 26 (0.26%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
11 24 (0.24%) SAP FI
12 23 (0.23%) SAP PSCD
13 22 (0.22%) Salesforce.com CRM
14 21 (0.21%) SAP CO
14 21 (0.21%) SAP SD
15 20 (0.20%) Oracle Receivables
15 20 (0.20%) SAP FI/CO
16 19 (0.19%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 1,521 (15.31%) Azure
2 1,055 (10.62%) AWS
3 561 (5.65%) Microsoft 365
4 423 (4.26%) Power Platform
5 360 (3.62%) GCP
6 235 (2.36%) Serverless
7 225 (2.26%) SaaS
8 178 (1.79%) GitHub
9 171 (1.72%) Azure Active Directory
10 169 (1.70%) PaaS
11 148 (1.49%) IaaS
12 147 (1.48%) Dynamics 365
13 99 (1.00%) AWS Lambda
14 84 (0.85%) Azure Functions
15 82 (0.83%) Cloud Computing
16 80 (0.81%) Azure Data Factory
16 80 (0.81%) PowerApps
17 77 (0.77%) OpenShift
18 73 (0.73%) Amazon S3
19 64 (0.64%) Azure Synapse Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 238 (2.40%) Firewall
2 188 (1.89%) DNS
3 165 (1.66%) WAN
4 155 (1.56%) LAN
5 141 (1.42%) Network Security
6 139 (1.40%) VPN
7 123 (1.24%) TCP/IP
8 108 (1.09%) Internet
9 102 (1.03%) SAN
10 96 (0.97%) DHCP
11 72 (0.72%) HTTP
12 71 (0.71%) Wireless
13 69 (0.69%) 4G
14 68 (0.68%) Wi-Fi
15 63 (0.63%) Skype
16 56 (0.56%) SSL
17 55 (0.55%) 3G
18 52 (0.52%) VLAN
19 51 (0.51%) MPLS
20 50 (0.50%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 438 (4.41%) SQL Server
2 353 (3.55%) Power BI
3 323 (3.25%) Data Warehouse
4 280 (2.82%) Relational Database
5 251 (2.53%) Big Data
6 170 (1.71%) Tableau
7 165 (1.66%) MySQL
8 158 (1.59%) Hadoop
9 156 (1.57%) NoSQL
10 147 (1.48%) Oracle Database
11 113 (1.14%) Data Lake
12 104 (1.05%) MongoDB
13 91 (0.92%) PostgreSQL
14 86 (0.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 80 (0.81%) RDBMS
16 77 (0.77%) DB2
17 68 (0.68%) Azure SQL Database
17 68 (0.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 64 (0.64%) BigQuery
19 63 (0.63%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 740 (7.45%) JIRA
2 487 (4.90%) Git (software)
3 430 (4.33%) Jenkins
4 131 (1.32%) Cucumber
5 117 (1.18%) Maven
6 116 (1.17%) Selenium
7 107 (1.08%) Visual Studio
8 92 (0.93%) GitLab
9 91 (0.92%) Bitbucket
10 78 (0.78%) JUnit
11 68 (0.68%) Subversion
12 66 (0.66%) Postman
13 65 (0.65%) TeamCity
14 61 (0.61%) Artifactory
15 57 (0.57%) Gradle
15 57 (0.57%) JMeter
16 52 (0.52%) Eclipse
16 52 (0.52%) webpack
17 45 (0.45%) REST Assured
17 45 (0.45%) SoapUI
General
1 2,154 (21.68%) Finance
2 1,641 (16.51%) Analytical Skills
3 976 (9.82%) Public Sector
4 813 (8.18%) Banking
5 767 (7.72%) Presentation Skills
6 441 (4.44%) Influencing Skills
7 431 (4.34%) Telecoms
8 384 (3.86%) Organisational Skills
9 351 (3.53%) Marketing
10 274 (2.76%) Retail
11 270 (2.72%) Front Office
12 239 (2.41%) Documentation Skills
13 228 (2.29%) Manufacturing
14 190 (1.91%) Investment Banking
15 167 (1.68%) Legal
16 117 (1.18%) Electronics
17 103 (1.04%) Pharmaceutical
18 94 (0.95%) Law
19 85 (0.86%) Publishing
20 66 (0.66%) Billing
Job Titles
1 1,581 (15.91%) Analyst
2 1,526 (15.36%) Developer
3 1,019 (10.25%) Architect
4 735 (7.40%) Project Manager
5 659 (6.63%) Business Analyst
6 577 (5.81%) Consultant
7 307 (3.09%) Java Developer
8 278 (2.80%) Solutions Architect
9 213 (2.14%) Designer
10 212 (2.13%) Data Analyst
11 201 (2.02%) Data Architect
12 191 (1.92%) Senior Developer
13 187 (1.88%) DevOps Engineer
14 180 (1.81%) Service Analyst
15 173 (1.74%) Data Engineer
16 146 (1.47%) Software Engineer
17 140 (1.41%) Service Desk Analyst
18 137 (1.38%) Administrator
18 137 (1.38%) IT Manager
19 132 (1.33%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 448 (4.51%) .NET
2 397 (4.00%) HTML
3 375 (3.77%) CSS
4 302 (3.04%) Web Services
5 299 (3.01%) Spring
6 296 (2.98%) Node.js
7 285 (2.87%) REST
8 280 (2.82%) React
9 271 (2.73%) AngularJS
10 226 (2.27%) JSON
11 201 (2.02%) XML
12 189 (1.90%) RESTful
13 187 (1.88%) Middleware
14 146 (1.47%) Kafka
15 138 (1.39%) Spring Boot
16 131 (1.32%) SOAP
17 127 (1.28%) HTML5
18 125 (1.26%) J2EE
19 115 (1.16%) ASP.NET
20 102 (1.03%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 477 (4.80%) User Experience
2 414 (4.17%) Self-Motivation
3 321 (3.23%) Management Information System
4 233 (2.34%) Data Centre
5 173 (1.74%) Virtual Team
6 164 (1.65%) Greenfield Project
7 159 (1.60%) Mobile App
8 153 (1.54%) Data Structures
9 142 (1.43%) NHS
10 127 (1.28%) Public Cloud
11 124 (1.25%) Enterprise Software
12 120 (1.21%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 118 (1.19%) Algorithms
14 115 (1.16%) Cloud Native
15 89 (0.90%) Social Media
16 74 (0.74%) Equities
17 72 (0.72%) Derivative
18 68 (0.68%) Fixed Income
19 57 (0.57%) FMCG
20 55 (0.55%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 1,063 (10.70%) Windows
2 652 (6.56%) Linux
3 369 (3.71%) Unix
4 334 (3.36%) Windows 10
5 293 (2.95%) Windows Server
6 149 (1.50%) Android
7 113 (1.14%) Windows Server 2012
8 110 (1.11%) Apple iOS
9 94 (0.95%) Windows 7
10 91 (0.92%) Windows Server 2008
11 89 (0.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 78 (0.78%) Windows Server 2016
13 48 (0.48%) Windows Server 2019
14 41 (0.41%) Windows Server 2003
15 30 (0.30%) Windows 8
16 28 (0.28%) Mac OS
17 27 (0.27%) AIX
18 25 (0.25%) Solaris
19 23 (0.23%) CentOS
20 21 (0.21%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,090 (31.10%) Agile Software Development
2 1,838 (18.50%) Problem-Solving
3 1,293 (13.01%) Stakeholder Management
4 1,200 (12.08%) Project Management
5 1,191 (11.99%) DevOps
6 953 (9.59%) Migration
7 930 (9.36%) Scrum
8 763 (7.68%) ITIL
9 755 (7.60%) Analytics
10 675 (6.79%) Business Intelligence
11 644 (6.48%) Project Delivery
12 581 (5.85%) Test Automation
13 527 (5.30%) Data Modelling
14 523 (5.26%) Change Management
15 510 (5.13%) Computer Science
16 498 (5.01%) Decision-Making
17 496 (4.99%) Software Engineering
18 464 (4.67%) TDD
19 431 (4.34%) Microservices
20 430 (4.33%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 1,430 (14.39%) SQL
2 1,090 (10.97%) Java
3 973 (9.79%) Python
4 668 (6.72%) JavaScript
5 465 (4.68%) C#
6 377 (3.79%) PowerShell
7 213 (2.14%) C++
8 204 (2.05%) TypeScript
9 176 (1.77%) C
10 169 (1.70%) PL/SQL
11 163 (1.64%) Scala
12 128 (1.29%) Shell Script
13 127 (1.28%) Java 8
14 121 (1.22%) PHP
15 114 (1.15%) Kotlin
15 114 (1.15%) R
16 112 (1.13%) Bash Shell
17 95 (0.96%) Go
18 91 (0.92%) Perl
19 81 (0.82%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 1,183 (11.91%) Security Cleared
2 969 (9.75%) Degree
3 966 (9.72%) SC Cleared
4 213 (2.14%) Computer Science Degree
5 170 (1.71%) DV Cleared
6 133 (1.34%) Cisco Certification
7 132 (1.33%) Microsoft Certification
8 116 (1.17%) CISSP
9 113 (1.14%) PMP
10 109 (1.10%) ISTQB
11 104 (1.05%) BPSS Clearance
12 90 (0.91%) PMI Certification
13 86 (0.87%) ISEB
14 82 (0.83%) ITIL Certification
15 70 (0.70%) CISM
16 67 (0.67%) CCNA
17 66 (0.66%) CCNP
18 61 (0.61%) Master's Degree
18 61 (0.61%) MCSE
19 42 (0.42%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 466 (4.69%) QA
2 240 (2.42%) PMO
3 212 (2.13%) Data Quality
4 180 (1.81%) SLA
5 136 (1.37%) GDPR
6 86 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 68 (0.68%) PCI DSS
8 61 (0.61%) NIST
9 45 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
10 38 (0.38%) COBIT
11 33 (0.33%) GRC
12 29 (0.29%) MiFID
13 26 (0.26%) IFRS
13 26 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 18 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 17 (0.17%) Actionable Recommendations
16 15 (0.15%) WCAG
17 14 (0.14%) GxP
17 14 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
18 13 (0.13%) DO-178B
System Software
1 663 (6.67%) Active Directory
2 426 (4.29%) Docker
3 260 (2.62%) VMware Infrastructure
4 97 (0.98%) Hyper-V
5 75 (0.75%) VMware ESXi
6 60 (0.60%) XenApp
7 50 (0.50%) vSphere
8 48 (0.48%) VMware NSX
9 44 (0.44%) Virtual Machines
10 36 (0.36%) Microsoft App-V
11 31 (0.31%) HDFS
12 25 (0.25%) Firmware
13 19 (0.19%) BitLocker
13 19 (0.19%) Oracle RAC
13 19 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
14 15 (0.15%) NFS
15 14 (0.14%) Virtual Servers
15 14 (0.14%) XenDesktop
16 11 (0.11%) PowerHA
16 11 (0.11%) RACF
Systems Management
1 395 (3.98%) Kubernetes
2 299 (3.01%) Ansible
3 273 (2.75%) Terraform
4 170 (1.71%) SCCM
5 79 (0.80%) Microsoft Intune
6 75 (0.75%) Puppet
7 60 (0.60%) Opscode Chef
8 44 (0.44%) Single Sign-On
9 39 (0.39%) Grafana
10 38 (0.38%) vCenter Server
11 37 (0.37%) Prometheus
12 33 (0.33%) HP Quality Center
13 29 (0.29%) vRealize
14 26 (0.26%) Kibana
14 26 (0.26%) NetBackup
15 23 (0.23%) HP ALM
15 23 (0.23%) Packer
15 23 (0.23%) SCOM
16 21 (0.21%) WSUS
17 19 (0.19%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 1,465 (14.74%) Microsoft
2 828 (8.33%) Oracle
3 592 (5.96%) SAP
4 376 (3.78%) VMware
5 314 (3.16%) Salesforce.com
6 262 (2.64%) Google
7 257 (2.59%) Cisco
8 180 (1.81%) IBM
9 159 (1.60%) Adobe
10 155 (1.56%) Citrix
11 154 (1.55%) ServiceNow
12 149 (1.50%) Databricks
13 134 (1.35%) HP
14 133 (1.34%) Splunk
15 116 (1.17%) Remedy
16 100 (1.01%) Red Hat
17 94 (0.95%) Dell
18 93 (0.94%) Atlassian
19 82 (0.83%) CheckPoint
19 82 (0.83%) MuleSoft