Period
to 16 October 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 16 October 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
16 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 3 4 3
Rank change year-on-year +1 -1 +1
Contract jobs citing Social Skills 16,033 5,022 15,872
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 19.28% 16.26% 18.63%
As % of the General category 36.19% 30.60% 36.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,385 3,218 10,029
10th Percentile £256 £213 £199
25th Percentile £400 £350 £343
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% - -
75th Percentile £600 £550 £550
90th Percentile £713 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £423 £425
% change year-on-year +6.38% -0.47% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 684 242 637
10th Percentile £11.25 £10.75 £10.28
25th Percentile £12.50 £13.01 £13.00
Median hourly rate £16.83 £18.95 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -11.19% +8.26% +2.94%
75th Percentile £33.75 £31.94 £28.73
90th Percentile £54.73 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year -3.03% - -

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 44,299 16,411 43,893
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 53.26% 53.15% 51.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 29,969 11,112 28,402
10th Percentile £306 £269 £263
25th Percentile £413 £375 £367
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £518 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +9.05% - +3.26%
75th Percentile £625 £588 £575
90th Percentile £713 £700 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,363 541 1,488
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.25 £15.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £19.00 £22.00 £18.75
Median % change year-on-year -13.64% +17.33% +5.75%
75th Percentile £42.90 £41.55 £39.00
90th Percentile £60.40 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.19 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -14.08% +14.29% -

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 16 October 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 16 October 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 16 October 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 12,967 £500 +11.11% 5,903
London +3 6,686 £550 +10.00% 2,170
UK excluding London +2 6,626 £450 +6.38% 4,095
Work from Home 0 4,186 £500 +11.11% 1,240
South East 0 1,745 £475 +9.88% 865
North of England +1 1,337 £450 +12.50% 1,110
Midlands 0 1,095 £438 +9.38% 712
Scotland +1 956 £425 +4.94% 258
West Midlands 0 801 £450 +9.09% 423
North West +3 788 £450 +16.28% 603
South West +3 708 £450 +2.86% 490
East of England +3 592 £438 +2.94% 517
Yorkshire +1 468 £461 +11.28% 368
East Midlands +2 287 £420 +26.13% 285
Wales +2 169 £413 -13.16% 111
North East +1 87 £336 -10.40% 139
Northern Ireland -1 57 £451 +22.62% 33
Channel Islands -1 1 £475 - 2
Isle of Man - 1 £425 -

For the 6 months to 16 October 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 5,314 (33.14%) Agile Software Development
2 4,004 (24.97%) Finance
3 2,951 (18.41%) Problem-Solving
4 2,678 (16.70%) Analytical Skills
5 2,484 (15.49%) Microsoft
6 2,442 (15.23%) Azure
7 2,409 (15.03%) Stakeholder Management
8 2,231 (13.92%) SQL
9 2,053 (12.80%) Project Management
10 1,731 (10.80%) DevOps
11 1,685 (10.51%) Windows
12 1,665 (10.38%) Java
13 1,623 (10.12%) Scrum
14 1,589 (9.91%) AWS
15 1,546 (9.64%) Degree
16 1,476 (9.21%) Migration
17 1,472 (9.18%) Presentation Skills
18 1,448 (9.03%) Python
19 1,317 (8.21%) Public Sector
20 1,307 (8.15%) Security Cleared
21 1,303 (8.13%) JIRA
22 1,281 (7.99%) Oracle
23 1,272 (7.93%) Analytics
24 1,222 (7.62%) Banking
25 1,213 (7.57%) ITIL
26 1,208 (7.53%) JavaScript
27 1,053 (6.57%) Business Intelligence
28 1,034 (6.45%) Project Delivery
29 1,015 (6.33%) Active Directory
30 1,012 (6.31%) SC Cleared

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
1 615 (3.84%) Confluence
2 539 (3.36%) SharePoint
3 247 (1.54%) Apache Spark
4 186 (1.16%) CMS
5 149 (0.93%) Apache
6 112 (0.70%) SAS
7 103 (0.64%) Tomcat
8 102 (0.64%) WebLogic
9 83 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
10 78 (0.49%) IIS
10 78 (0.49%) MS Exchange
11 56 (0.35%) Mule
12 52 (0.32%) WebSphere
13 49 (0.31%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 49 (0.31%) BizTalk Server
14 44 (0.27%) Apache Airflow
15 43 (0.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 37 (0.23%) Oracle Workflow
17 35 (0.22%) JBoss
18 33 (0.21%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 926 (5.78%) Microsoft Office
2 896 (5.59%) Microsoft Excel
3 412 (2.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 296 (1.85%) Microsoft Project
5 231 (1.44%) MS Visio
6 95 (0.59%) Spreadsheet
7 89 (0.56%) Sketch
8 70 (0.44%) Photoshop
9 68 (0.42%) InVision
10 65 (0.41%) Figma
11 42 (0.26%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 30 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
13 21 (0.13%) Chatbot
14 15 (0.094%) Stata
15 13 (0.081%) Siemens NX
16 12 (0.075%) Adobe XD
17 10 (0.062%) Windchill
17 10 (0.062%) Zeplin
18 8 (0.050%) AutoCAD
18 8 (0.050%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 175 (1.09%) SAP S/4HANA
2 110 (0.69%) Dynamics CRM
3 97 (0.61%) Dynamics AX
4 61 (0.38%) Oracle EBS
5 54 (0.34%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 49 (0.31%) Magento
7 46 (0.29%) NetSuite
8 38 (0.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 36 (0.22%) SAP FI
10 34 (0.21%) SAP ERP
11 30 (0.19%) SAP CO
12 29 (0.18%) Teamcenter
13 28 (0.17%) SAP FI/CO
14 27 (0.17%) Oracle ERP
15 25 (0.16%) SAP MM
15 25 (0.16%) SAP SD
16 23 (0.14%) Oracle Applications
17 22 (0.14%) Cloudability
18 21 (0.13%) SAP Hybris
19 20 (0.12%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 2,442 (15.23%) Azure
2 1,589 (9.91%) AWS
3 992 (6.19%) Microsoft 365
4 702 (4.38%) Power Platform
5 602 (3.75%) GCP
6 388 (2.42%) SaaS
7 358 (2.23%) Serverless
8 340 (2.12%) GitHub
9 316 (1.97%) PaaS
10 266 (1.66%) Dynamics 365
11 258 (1.61%) IaaS
12 209 (1.30%) Azure Active Directory
13 171 (1.07%) AWS Lambda
14 164 (1.02%) Cloud Computing
15 142 (0.89%) Azure Data Factory
16 128 (0.80%) Amazon S3
16 128 (0.80%) OpenShift
17 117 (0.73%) Azure Functions
18 113 (0.70%) Amazon EC2
19 109 (0.68%) Azure Synapse Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 397 (2.48%) Firewall
2 254 (1.58%) DNS
3 200 (1.25%) WAN
4 186 (1.16%) LAN
4 186 (1.16%) VPN
5 177 (1.10%) Network Security
6 159 (0.99%) TCP/IP
7 148 (0.92%) DHCP
8 137 (0.85%) Internet
9 114 (0.71%) HTTP
10 107 (0.67%) Wireless
11 101 (0.63%) SAN
12 90 (0.56%) SSL
13 86 (0.54%) VoIP
14 82 (0.51%) Wi-Fi
15 77 (0.48%) MPLS
16 72 (0.45%) Skype
17 71 (0.44%) BGP
18 69 (0.43%) Intranet
19 68 (0.42%) 5G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 802 (5.00%) SQL Server
2 611 (3.81%) Power BI
3 552 (3.44%) Data Warehouse
4 525 (3.27%) Relational Database
5 429 (2.68%) Big Data
6 302 (1.88%) Tableau
7 298 (1.86%) NoSQL
8 258 (1.61%) Data Lake
9 256 (1.60%) MySQL
10 240 (1.50%) Oracle Database
11 227 (1.42%) Hadoop
12 226 (1.41%) PostgreSQL
13 219 (1.37%) Metadata
14 171 (1.07%) RDBMS
15 159 (0.99%) MongoDB
16 157 (0.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 140 (0.87%) Azure SQL Database
18 119 (0.74%) BusinessObjects
19 117 (0.73%) Oracle Reports
20 111 (0.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1,303 (8.13%) JIRA
2 786 (4.90%) Git (software)
3 662 (4.13%) Jenkins
4 252 (1.57%) Maven
5 232 (1.45%) Selenium
6 200 (1.25%) Cucumber
7 194 (1.21%) Bitbucket
8 172 (1.07%) GitLab
9 146 (0.91%) Visual Studio
10 139 (0.87%) TeamCity
11 132 (0.82%) Postman
12 124 (0.77%) Subversion
13 115 (0.72%) JMeter
14 109 (0.68%) JUnit
15 85 (0.53%) Gradle
16 71 (0.44%) Cypress.io
16 71 (0.44%) Sonatype Nexus
17 67 (0.42%) webpack
18 62 (0.39%) SoapUI
19 61 (0.38%) REST Assured
General
1 4,004 (24.97%) Finance
2 2,678 (16.70%) Analytical Skills
3 1,472 (9.18%) Presentation Skills
4 1,317 (8.21%) Public Sector
5 1,222 (7.62%) Banking
6 758 (4.73%) Influencing Skills
7 712 (4.44%) Organisational Skills
8 679 (4.24%) Marketing
9 642 (4.00%) Retail
10 523 (3.26%) Telecoms
11 416 (2.59%) Legal
12 405 (2.53%) Front Office
13 368 (2.30%) Investment Banking
13 368 (2.30%) Manufacturing
14 367 (2.29%) Documentation Skills
15 162 (1.01%) Law
16 149 (0.93%) Financial Institution
17 143 (0.89%) Automotive
18 136 (0.85%) Pharmaceutical
19 114 (0.71%) Billing
Job Titles
1 2,688 (16.77%) Analyst
2 2,432 (15.17%) Developer
3 1,596 (9.95%) Architect
4 1,292 (8.06%) Project Manager
5 1,135 (7.08%) Business Analyst
6 959 (5.98%) Consultant
7 540 (3.37%) Solutions Architect
8 463 (2.89%) Java Developer
9 365 (2.28%) Support Engineer
10 363 (2.26%) Designer
11 344 (2.15%) IT Manager
12 339 (2.11%) Data Engineer
13 331 (2.06%) Service Analyst
14 323 (2.01%) Data Analyst
15 304 (1.90%) Senior Developer
16 282 (1.76%) Data Architect
17 260 (1.62%) C# Developer
18 241 (1.50%) .NET Developer
19 238 (1.48%) DevOps Engineer
20 236 (1.47%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 842 (5.25%) .NET
2 758 (4.73%) HTML
3 670 (4.18%) CSS
4 619 (3.86%) React
5 516 (3.22%) AngularJS
6 458 (2.86%) REST
7 442 (2.76%) Node.js
8 393 (2.45%) Web Services
9 380 (2.37%) Spring
10 378 (2.36%) RESTful
11 326 (2.03%) JSON
12 318 (1.98%) Kafka
13 302 (1.88%) XML
14 271 (1.69%) HTML5
15 245 (1.53%) SOAP
16 234 (1.46%) Middleware
17 211 (1.32%) Spring Boot
18 188 (1.17%) J2EE
19 179 (1.12%) .NET Framework
20 177 (1.10%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 829 (5.17%) User Experience
2 669 (4.17%) Self-Motivation
3 529 (3.30%) Management Information System
4 351 (2.19%) Data Centre
5 285 (1.78%) Virtual Team
6 227 (1.42%) Data Protection Act
7 216 (1.35%) Mobile App
8 204 (1.27%) Public Cloud
9 197 (1.23%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 180 (1.12%) Cloud Native
11 173 (1.08%) Algorithms
12 167 (1.04%) Data Structures
12 167 (1.04%) Greenfield Project
13 164 (1.02%) Enterprise Software
14 158 (0.99%) Fixed Income
14 158 (0.99%) NHS
15 148 (0.92%) Social Media
16 144 (0.90%) Legacy Systems
17 134 (0.84%) Derivative
18 124 (0.77%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 1,685 (10.51%) Windows
2 945 (5.89%) Linux
3 565 (3.52%) Windows 10
4 550 (3.43%) Unix
5 390 (2.43%) Windows Server
6 216 (1.35%) Android
7 197 (1.23%) Windows 7
8 189 (1.18%) Apple iOS
9 118 (0.74%) Windows Server 2016
10 117 (0.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 101 (0.63%) Windows Server 2012
12 76 (0.47%) Windows Server 2019
13 66 (0.41%) Windows Server 2008
14 51 (0.32%) Mac OS
15 44 (0.27%) Windows 8
16 41 (0.26%) Solaris
17 39 (0.24%) AIX
18 37 (0.23%) Ubuntu
19 29 (0.18%) Mac OS X
20 28 (0.17%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 5,314 (33.14%) Agile Software Development
2 2,951 (18.41%) Problem-Solving
3 2,409 (15.03%) Stakeholder Management
4 2,053 (12.80%) Project Management
5 1,731 (10.80%) DevOps
6 1,623 (10.12%) Scrum
7 1,476 (9.21%) Migration
8 1,272 (7.93%) Analytics
9 1,213 (7.57%) ITIL
10 1,053 (6.57%) Business Intelligence
11 1,034 (6.45%) Project Delivery
12 964 (6.01%) Test Automation
13 863 (5.38%) Decision-Making
14 848 (5.29%) Microservices
15 827 (5.16%) Change Management
16 770 (4.80%) Data Modelling
17 753 (4.70%) Software Engineering
18 746 (4.65%) Business Analysis
19 725 (4.52%) Continuous Improvement
20 689 (4.30%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 2,231 (13.92%) SQL
2 1,665 (10.38%) Java
3 1,448 (9.03%) Python
4 1,208 (7.53%) JavaScript
5 926 (5.78%) C#
6 466 (2.91%) PowerShell
7 341 (2.13%) TypeScript
8 339 (2.11%) C++
9 267 (1.67%) Scala
10 259 (1.62%) C
11 222 (1.38%) PL/SQL
12 194 (1.21%) Shell Script
13 188 (1.17%) Java 8
14 185 (1.15%) Bash Shell
15 166 (1.04%) R
16 153 (0.95%) T-SQL
17 151 (0.94%) Perl
18 142 (0.89%) PHP
19 132 (0.82%) VBA
20 130 (0.81%) Go
Qualifications
1 1,546 (9.64%) Degree
2 1,307 (8.15%) Security Cleared
3 1,012 (6.31%) SC Cleared
4 252 (1.57%) Computer Science Degree
5 210 (1.31%) Cisco Certification
6 189 (1.18%) PMP
7 181 (1.13%) DV Cleared
8 175 (1.09%) CISSP
9 162 (1.01%) PMI Certification
10 161 (1.00%) BPSS Clearance
11 159 (0.99%) ISTQB
12 152 (0.95%) Microsoft Certification
13 150 (0.94%) ITIL Certification
14 117 (0.73%) ISEB
15 113 (0.70%) Master's Degree
16 93 (0.58%) CCNA
17 92 (0.57%) CISM
18 78 (0.49%) CCNP
19 68 (0.42%) TOGAF Certification
20 65 (0.41%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 674 (4.20%) QA
2 439 (2.74%) PMO
3 407 (2.54%) Data Quality
4 336 (2.10%) GDPR
4 336 (2.10%) SLA
5 208 (1.30%) Accessibility
6 146 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 76 (0.47%) NIST
8 74 (0.46%) GRC
9 69 (0.43%) PCI DSS
10 67 (0.42%) Disclosure Scotland
11 65 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 42 (0.26%) MiFID
12 42 (0.26%) NCSC
13 39 (0.24%) WCAG
14 32 (0.20%) IFRS
15 31 (0.19%) COBIT
16 20 (0.12%) EMIR
17 16 (0.100%) Cyber Essentials
18 14 (0.087%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 1,015 (6.33%) Active Directory
2 675 (4.21%) Docker
3 339 (2.11%) VMware Infrastructure
4 96 (0.60%) Hyper-V
5 87 (0.54%) vSphere
6 78 (0.49%) VMware ESXi
7 77 (0.48%) Virtual Machines
8 72 (0.45%) VMware NSX
9 66 (0.41%) Virtual Desktop
10 54 (0.34%) XenApp
11 41 (0.26%) HDFS
12 40 (0.25%) Microsoft App-V
13 33 (0.21%) Oracle RAC
14 28 (0.17%) XenDesktop
15 27 (0.17%) Firmware
16 26 (0.16%) NFS
17 23 (0.14%) OpenAM
18 22 (0.14%) Virtual Servers
19 19 (0.12%) BitLocker
20 17 (0.11%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 702 (4.38%) Kubernetes
2 446 (2.78%) Terraform
3 421 (2.63%) Ansible
4 308 (1.92%) SCCM
5 151 (0.94%) Microsoft Intune
6 122 (0.76%) Puppet
7 82 (0.51%) Single Sign-On
8 70 (0.44%) Grafana
9 68 (0.42%) Opscode Chef
10 65 (0.41%) vRealize
11 57 (0.36%) Active Directory Federation Services
12 49 (0.31%) Kibana
13 46 (0.29%) Prometheus
14 41 (0.26%) Packer
15 37 (0.23%) vRealize Orchestrator
16 35 (0.22%) HP Quality Center
17 34 (0.21%) Docker Swarm
18 31 (0.19%) HP ALM
19 30 (0.19%) Data Guard
19 30 (0.19%) SCOM
Vendors
1 2,484 (15.49%) Microsoft
2 1,281 (7.99%) Oracle
3 880 (5.49%) SAP
4 542 (3.38%) Salesforce.com
5 498 (3.11%) VMware
6 469 (2.93%) Google
7 325 (2.03%) ServiceNow
8 293 (1.83%) Cisco
9 254 (1.58%) Databricks
10 252 (1.57%) Adobe
11 246 (1.53%) Citrix
12 233 (1.45%) IBM
13 182 (1.14%) HP
14 176 (1.10%) Informatica
15 171 (1.07%) Splunk
16 147 (0.92%) Red Hat
17 137 (0.85%) Atlassian
18 121 (0.75%) MuleSoft
19 112 (0.70%) Apple
20 99 (0.62%) Dell