Period
to 23 January 2022

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 23 January 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
23 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 3 4 3
Rank change year-on-year +1 -1 +1
Contract jobs citing Social Skills 16,747 6,957 13,448
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 19.43% 16.74% 18.56%
As % of the General category 35.97% 32.24% 36.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,984 4,516 8,423
10th Percentile £240 £213 £170
25th Percentile £405 £353 £320
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £508 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +12.78% - -
75th Percentile £625 £550 £548
90th Percentile £738 £650 £631
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £423 £420
% change year-on-year +6.38% +0.71% -1.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 743 358 667
10th Percentile £12.00 £10.71 £11.17
25th Percentile £12.50 £13.00 £13.67
Median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year -2.78% - +3.34%
75th Percentile £37.27 £32.25 £36.50
90th Percentile £53.72 £48.05 £51.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.40 £15.86 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.88% -9.37% +6.06%

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 46,559 21,581 36,542
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 54.02% 51.92% 50.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 32,120 14,577 23,735
10th Percentile £313 £263 £233
25th Percentile £413 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +2.70% -2.63%
75th Percentile £638 £580 £575
90th Percentile £725 £675 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £460 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +8.24% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,340 853 1,423
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.00 £12.00
25th Percentile £13.25 £15.00 £14.32
Median hourly rate £20.00 £23.43 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year -14.62% +25.27% +1.08%
75th Percentile £43.75 £43.75 £37.88
90th Percentile £58.55 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £21.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year -20.93% +19.44% +2.86%

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 23 January 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 23 January 2022.

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 23 January 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 0 13,572 £525 +16.67% 5,596
London +2 7,166 £568 +13.50% 2,154
UK excluding London 0 6,689 £450 +6.38% 3,819
Work from Home +2 4,404 £500 +8.11% 1,203
South East -1 1,721 £474 +7.92% 852
North of England +1 1,255 £440 +3.53% 980
Midlands 0 1,114 £450 +16.13% 652
Scotland 0 907 £425 +6.25% 319
West Midlands -1 791 £450 +12.50% 403
North West +1 762 £434 -0.65% 507
South West +1 747 £475 +7.95% 420
East of England 0 717 £450 +1.12% 504
Yorkshire 0 424 £450 +9.09% 347
East Midlands +4 303 £413 +21.77% 241
Wales +3 202 £426 +0.24% 70
North East +1 78 £375 -6.25% 126
Northern Ireland +3 50 £310 -20.00% 31
Channel Islands -2 3 £500 - 1

For the 6 months to 23 January 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 5,662 (33.81%) Agile Software Development
2 4,287 (25.60%) Finance
3 3,202 (19.12%) Problem-Solving
4 2,770 (16.54%) Analytical Skills
5 2,697 (16.10%) Microsoft
6 2,621 (15.65%) Stakeholder Management
7 2,479 (14.80%) Azure
8 2,244 (13.40%) Project Management
9 2,117 (12.64%) SQL
10 1,893 (11.30%) DevOps
11 1,777 (10.61%) Windows
12 1,688 (10.08%) Scrum
13 1,576 (9.41%) AWS
14 1,569 (9.37%) Public Sector
15 1,553 (9.27%) Presentation Skills
16 1,510 (9.02%) Java
17 1,498 (8.94%) Degree
18 1,403 (8.38%) Python
19 1,364 (8.14%) Security Cleared
20 1,349 (8.06%) Migration
21 1,330 (7.94%) ITIL
22 1,292 (7.71%) Banking
23 1,271 (7.59%) Analytics
24 1,253 (7.48%) JIRA
25 1,223 (7.30%) CI/CD
26 1,150 (6.87%) Oracle
27 1,087 (6.49%) Project Delivery
28 1,074 (6.41%) Business Intelligence
29 1,073 (6.41%) JavaScript
30 1,071 (6.40%) Active Directory

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
1 624 (3.73%) Confluence
2 521 (3.11%) SharePoint
3 207 (1.24%) Apache Spark
4 144 (0.86%) CMS
5 136 (0.81%) Apache
6 92 (0.55%) SAS
7 83 (0.50%) Elasticsearch
8 81 (0.48%) Tomcat
9 69 (0.41%) WebLogic
10 62 (0.37%) MS Exchange
11 58 (0.35%) IIS
12 45 (0.27%) Oracle Workflow
13 43 (0.26%) BizTalk Server
13 43 (0.26%) Skype for Business
14 42 (0.25%) Mule
15 40 (0.24%) JBoss
16 39 (0.23%) Adobe Experience Manager
16 39 (0.23%) WebSphere
17 34 (0.20%) Red Hat Fuse
18 33 (0.20%) Apache Airflow
Applications
1 957 (5.71%) Microsoft Office
2 929 (5.55%) Microsoft Excel
3 430 (2.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 303 (1.81%) Microsoft Project
5 228 (1.36%) MS Visio
6 95 (0.57%) Spreadsheet
7 92 (0.55%) Sketch
8 74 (0.44%) Photoshop
9 65 (0.39%) InVision
10 43 (0.26%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 38 (0.23%) Chatbot
12 32 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
13 30 (0.18%) Stata
14 22 (0.13%) Adobe After Effects
15 21 (0.13%) Camtasia
16 20 (0.12%) Adobe XD
17 18 (0.11%) Adobe Premiere
17 18 (0.11%) InDesign
18 16 (0.096%) Adobe Captivate
19 15 (0.090%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 175 (1.04%) SAP S/4HANA
2 102 (0.61%) Dynamics CRM
3 86 (0.51%) Dynamics AX
4 70 (0.42%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 64 (0.38%) NetSuite
6 48 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
7 44 (0.26%) SAP ERP
8 35 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 33 (0.20%) Endur
10 28 (0.17%) Oracle ERP
11 24 (0.14%) Oracle Receivables
11 24 (0.14%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
12 22 (0.13%) Oracle Payables
12 22 (0.13%) Teamcenter
13 21 (0.13%) SAP FI
13 21 (0.13%) Shopify
14 20 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
14 20 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
15 19 (0.11%) Magento
15 19 (0.11%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 2,479 (14.80%) Azure
2 1,576 (9.41%) AWS
3 1,049 (6.26%) Microsoft 365
4 788 (4.71%) Power Platform
5 510 (3.05%) GCP
6 406 (2.42%) GitHub
7 388 (2.32%) SaaS
8 321 (1.92%) PaaS
9 292 (1.74%) Serverless
10 268 (1.60%) Dynamics 365
11 246 (1.47%) IaaS
12 215 (1.28%) Azure Active Directory
13 165 (0.99%) Cloud Computing
14 157 (0.94%) Azure Data Factory
15 152 (0.91%) OpenShift
16 148 (0.88%) AWS Lambda
17 147 (0.88%) Amazon S3
18 136 (0.81%) PowerApps
19 135 (0.81%) AWS CloudFormation
20 107 (0.64%) Azure Cosmos DB
Communications & Networking
1 421 (2.51%) Firewall
2 305 (1.82%) DNS
3 267 (1.59%) WAN
4 228 (1.36%) LAN
5 211 (1.26%) Network Security
6 202 (1.21%) TCP/IP
7 188 (1.12%) DHCP
8 182 (1.09%) Internet
9 162 (0.97%) VPN
10 127 (0.76%) Wireless
11 122 (0.73%) HTTP
12 116 (0.69%) Wi-Fi
13 105 (0.63%) VoIP
14 83 (0.50%) SAN
15 82 (0.49%) SSL
16 81 (0.48%) BGP
16 81 (0.48%) MPLS
16 81 (0.48%) Skype
17 78 (0.47%) SD-WAN
18 65 (0.39%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 836 (4.99%) SQL Server
2 689 (4.11%) Power BI
3 540 (3.22%) Data Warehouse
4 486 (2.90%) Relational Database
5 443 (2.65%) Big Data
6 324 (1.93%) Tableau
7 295 (1.76%) NoSQL
8 273 (1.63%) Data Lake
9 262 (1.56%) Metadata
10 211 (1.26%) Oracle Database
11 210 (1.25%) MongoDB
12 201 (1.20%) Hadoop
13 191 (1.14%) MySQL
14 188 (1.12%) PostgreSQL
15 160 (0.96%) Azure SQL Database
16 157 (0.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 150 (0.90%) RDBMS
18 118 (0.70%) Oracle Reports
18 118 (0.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 93 (0.56%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 1,253 (7.48%) JIRA
2 788 (4.71%) Git (software)
3 703 (4.20%) Jenkins
4 219 (1.31%) Selenium
5 207 (1.24%) Maven
6 190 (1.13%) GitLab
7 179 (1.07%) Cucumber
8 152 (0.91%) TeamCity
9 137 (0.82%) Bitbucket
10 133 (0.79%) Visual Studio
11 124 (0.74%) JMeter
12 100 (0.60%) Postman
13 98 (0.59%) JUnit
14 83 (0.50%) Sonatype Nexus
15 82 (0.49%) Gradle
16 76 (0.45%) webpack
17 72 (0.43%) Artifactory
18 70 (0.42%) Subversion
19 68 (0.41%) SonarQube
20 64 (0.38%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 4,287 (25.60%) Finance
2 2,770 (16.54%) Analytical Skills
3 1,569 (9.37%) Public Sector
4 1,553 (9.27%) Presentation Skills
5 1,292 (7.71%) Banking
6 839 (5.01%) Influencing Skills
7 765 (4.57%) Organisational Skills
8 718 (4.29%) Marketing
9 656 (3.92%) Retail
10 531 (3.17%) Telecoms
11 473 (2.82%) Front Office
12 466 (2.78%) Legal
13 415 (2.48%) Investment Banking
14 376 (2.25%) Documentation Skills
15 356 (2.13%) Manufacturing
16 182 (1.09%) Financial Institution
17 157 (0.94%) Law
18 142 (0.85%) Pharmaceutical
19 136 (0.81%) Electronics
20 127 (0.76%) Billing
Job Titles
1 3,015 (18.00%) Analyst
2 2,365 (14.12%) Developer
3 1,667 (9.95%) Architect
4 1,467 (8.76%) Project Manager
5 1,308 (7.81%) Business Analyst
6 906 (5.41%) Consultant
7 642 (3.83%) Solutions Architect
8 435 (2.60%) Designer
9 410 (2.45%) Service Analyst
10 404 (2.41%) Support Engineer
11 388 (2.32%) Data Analyst
11 388 (2.32%) Java Developer
12 328 (1.96%) Data Engineer
13 327 (1.95%) IT Manager
14 294 (1.76%) Service Desk Analyst
15 280 (1.67%) C# Developer
16 275 (1.64%) Data Architect
17 262 (1.56%) Senior Developer
18 249 (1.49%) Desktop Support
19 243 (1.45%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 831 (4.96%) .NET
2 720 (4.30%) HTML
3 598 (3.57%) React
4 593 (3.54%) CSS
5 461 (2.75%) AngularJS
6 403 (2.41%) Node.js
7 397 (2.37%) REST
8 339 (2.02%) RESTful
9 336 (2.01%) Spring
10 320 (1.91%) Kafka
11 306 (1.83%) Web Services
12 303 (1.81%) JSON
13 270 (1.61%) XML
14 252 (1.50%) Middleware
15 239 (1.43%) HTML5
16 194 (1.16%) Spring Boot
17 185 (1.10%) .NET Framework
18 182 (1.09%) SOAP
19 156 (0.93%) ASP.NET
20 153 (0.91%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 906 (5.41%) User Experience
2 741 (4.42%) Self-Motivation
3 547 (3.27%) Management Information System
4 348 (2.08%) Data Centre
5 332 (1.98%) Virtual Team
6 271 (1.62%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 242 (1.45%) Public Cloud
8 226 (1.35%) NHS
9 218 (1.30%) Mobile App
10 212 (1.27%) Data Structures
11 201 (1.20%) Data Protection Act
12 185 (1.10%) Cloud Native
13 176 (1.05%) Algorithms
14 166 (0.99%) Hedge funds
15 163 (0.97%) Legacy Systems
15 163 (0.97%) Renewable Energy
16 161 (0.96%) Greenfield Project
17 151 (0.90%) Derivative
18 149 (0.89%) Enterprise Software
19 136 (0.81%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 1,777 (10.61%) Windows
2 1,009 (6.02%) Linux
3 581 (3.47%) Windows 10
4 503 (3.00%) Unix
5 412 (2.46%) Windows Server
6 198 (1.18%) Android
7 182 (1.09%) Windows 7
8 151 (0.90%) Apple iOS
9 138 (0.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 122 (0.73%) Windows Server 2012
10 122 (0.73%) Windows Server 2016
11 78 (0.47%) Windows Server 2019
12 76 (0.45%) Windows Server 2008
13 73 (0.44%) Mac OS
14 61 (0.36%) Solaris
15 49 (0.29%) AIX
16 39 (0.23%) Mac OS X
17 37 (0.22%) Windows 8
18 36 (0.21%) Ubuntu
19 35 (0.21%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 5,662 (33.81%) Agile Software Development
2 3,202 (19.12%) Problem-Solving
3 2,621 (15.65%) Stakeholder Management
4 2,244 (13.40%) Project Management
5 1,893 (11.30%) DevOps
6 1,688 (10.08%) Scrum
7 1,349 (8.06%) Migration
8 1,330 (7.94%) ITIL
9 1,271 (7.59%) Analytics
10 1,223 (7.30%) CI/CD
11 1,087 (6.49%) Project Delivery
12 1,074 (6.41%) Business Intelligence
13 935 (5.58%) Decision-Making
14 904 (5.40%) Test Automation
15 880 (5.25%) Microservices
16 840 (5.02%) Change Management
17 821 (4.90%) Continuous Improvement
18 803 (4.79%) Business Analysis
19 801 (4.78%) Software Engineering
20 799 (4.77%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 2,117 (12.64%) SQL
2 1,510 (9.02%) Java
3 1,403 (8.38%) Python
4 1,073 (6.41%) JavaScript
5 970 (5.79%) C#
6 444 (2.65%) PowerShell
7 348 (2.08%) C++
8 332 (1.98%) TypeScript
9 276 (1.65%) C
10 248 (1.48%) Scala
11 230 (1.37%) R
12 208 (1.24%) Bash
13 196 (1.17%) PL/SQL
14 175 (1.04%) Shell Script
15 141 (0.84%) Java 8
16 139 (0.83%) Go
17 134 (0.80%) T-SQL
18 119 (0.71%) Perl
18 119 (0.71%) VBA
19 110 (0.66%) PHP
Qualifications
1 1,498 (8.94%) Degree
2 1,364 (8.14%) Security Cleared
3 1,054 (6.29%) SC Cleared
4 257 (1.53%) Computer Science Degree
5 240 (1.43%) Cisco Certification
6 198 (1.18%) DV Cleared
7 194 (1.16%) PMP
8 192 (1.15%) BPSS Clearance
9 189 (1.13%) PMI Certification
10 183 (1.09%) ISTQB
11 167 (1.00%) Microsoft Certification
12 162 (0.97%) CISSP
12 162 (0.97%) ITIL Certification
13 127 (0.76%) Master's Degree
14 112 (0.67%) ISEB
15 108 (0.64%) CCNA
16 104 (0.62%) CCNP
16 104 (0.62%) CISM
17 103 (0.62%) AWS Certification
18 96 (0.57%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 734 (4.38%) QA
2 478 (2.85%) PMO
3 466 (2.78%) SLA
4 380 (2.27%) Data Quality
5 347 (2.07%) GDPR
6 278 (1.66%) Accessibility
7 165 (0.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 74 (0.44%) NIST
9 61 (0.36%) Disclosure Scotland
10 58 (0.35%) WCAG
11 57 (0.34%) PCI DSS
12 48 (0.29%) GRC
12 48 (0.29%) NCSC
13 46 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 40 (0.24%) IFRS
15 36 (0.21%) MiFID
16 35 (0.21%) COBIT
17 24 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials
18 23 (0.14%) EMIR
19 17 (0.10%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 1,071 (6.40%) Active Directory
2 642 (3.83%) Docker
3 321 (1.92%) VMware Infrastructure
4 109 (0.65%) Hyper-V
4 109 (0.65%) Virtual Machines
5 77 (0.46%) vSphere
6 74 (0.44%) Virtual Desktop
7 66 (0.39%) VMware ESXi
8 56 (0.33%) HDFS
9 43 (0.26%) VMware NSX
10 35 (0.21%) Oracle RAC
11 34 (0.20%) Firmware
12 30 (0.18%) XenDesktop
13 28 (0.17%) Microsoft App-V
14 27 (0.16%) NFS
14 27 (0.16%) XenApp
15 21 (0.13%) BitLocker
16 16 (0.096%) OpenAM
16 16 (0.096%) Virtual Servers
17 11 (0.066%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 662 (3.95%) Kubernetes
2 543 (3.24%) Terraform
3 425 (2.54%) Ansible
4 282 (1.68%) SCCM
5 178 (1.06%) Microsoft Intune
6 100 (0.60%) Puppet
7 82 (0.49%) Single Sign-On
8 72 (0.43%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 72 (0.43%) Grafana
9 68 (0.41%) Opscode Chef
10 55 (0.33%) Kibana
11 48 (0.29%) Prometheus
12 40 (0.24%) Packer
13 37 (0.22%) Docker Swarm
14 35 (0.21%) ITRS Geneos
15 34 (0.20%) vCenter Server
16 32 (0.19%) AirWatch
16 32 (0.19%) SCOM
17 30 (0.18%) Data Guard
17 30 (0.18%) logstash
Vendors
1 2,697 (16.10%) Microsoft
2 1,150 (6.87%) Oracle
3 823 (4.91%) SAP
4 522 (3.12%) Salesforce.com
5 480 (2.87%) VMware
6 450 (2.69%) Google
7 356 (2.13%) Cisco
8 330 (1.97%) ServiceNow
9 241 (1.44%) Citrix
10 225 (1.34%) Databricks
11 224 (1.34%) Adobe
12 218 (1.30%) IBM
13 181 (1.08%) Red Hat
14 167 (1.00%) Splunk
15 143 (0.85%) Informatica
16 137 (0.82%) Atlassian
17 133 (0.79%) HP
18 116 (0.69%) Apple
19 110 (0.66%) MuleSoft
20 104 (0.62%) Remedy