Period
to 14 June 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Software Optimisation skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Software Optimisation over the 6 months to 14 June 2021 with a comparison to the same period in 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.

Software Optimisation
UK
6 months to
14 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 709 - 845
Rank change year-on-year - +845 +58
Contract jobs citing Software Optimisation 1 0 2
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.002% - 0.002%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.002% - 0.003%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 2
10th Percentile " " "
25th Percentile £425 " £463
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 - £475
75th Percentile £475 " £488
90th Percentile " " "
UK excluding London median daily rate - - £475

Software Optimisation is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 53,989 37,315 79,165
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 87.84% 85.89% 87.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 36,858 24,907 52,890
10th Percentile £313 £300 £303
25th Percentile £400 £388 £381
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,528 1,087 2,051
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.50 £11.80
25th Percentile £15.14 £16.10 £14.25
Median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% - +12.50%
75th Percentile £47.50 £46.00 £44.19
90th Percentile £60.00 £55.00 £51.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.00 £20.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +7.32% -8.89% +18.42%

Software Optimisation
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Software Optimisation as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Software Optimisation in the UK

Software Optimisation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Software Optimisation.

Daily rate trend for Software Optimisation in the UK

Software Optimisation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Software Optimisation.

Hourly rate trend for Software Optimisation in the UK

Software Optimisation
Top 3 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Optimisation within the UK over the 6 months to 14 June 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
London - 1 £450 -
England - 1 £450 -
Work from Home - 1 £450 -

For the 6 months to 14 June 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Software Optimisation 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 Software Optimisation.

1 1 (100.00%) Java
1 1 (100.00%) SQL
1 1 (100.00%) SQL Server
1 1 (100.00%) Web Services
1 1 (100.00%) OO
1 1 (100.00%) OOD
1 1 (100.00%) Finance
1 1 (100.00%) Games
1 1 (100.00%) Scrum
1 1 (100.00%) Extreme Programming
1 1 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (100.00%) TDD
1 1 (100.00%) Banking
1 1 (100.00%) Spring
1 1 (100.00%) Web Development
1 1 (100.00%) Degree
1 1 (100.00%) Mathematics
1 1 (100.00%) Computer Science
1 1 (100.00%) Continuous Integration
1 1 (100.00%) Kanban
1 1 (100.00%) BDD
1 1 (100.00%) REST
1 1 (100.00%) Microservices
1 1 (100.00%) Data Structures
1 1 (100.00%) Algorithms
1 1 (100.00%) Spring Boot
1 1 (100.00%) SOLID
1 1 (100.00%) Complexity Analysis
1 1 (100.00%) Spring Cloud
1 1 (100.00%) Java 8

Software Optimisation
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:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (100.00%) SQL Server
General
1 1 (100.00%) Banking
1 1 (100.00%) Finance
1 1 (100.00%) Games
1 1 (100.00%) Social Skills
Job Titles
1 1 (100.00%) Developer
1 1 (100.00%) Games Developer
1 1 (100.00%) Java Developer
1 1 (100.00%) Java Games Developer
1 1 (100.00%) Senior Developer
1 1 (100.00%) Senior Games Developer
1 1 (100.00%) Senior Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (100.00%) REST
1 1 (100.00%) Spring
1 1 (100.00%) Spring Boot
1 1 (100.00%) Spring Cloud
1 1 (100.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (100.00%) Algorithms
1 1 (100.00%) Data Structures
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (100.00%) BDD
1 1 (100.00%) Complexity Analysis
1 1 (100.00%) Computer Science
1 1 (100.00%) Continuous Integration
1 1 (100.00%) Extreme Programming
1 1 (100.00%) Kanban
1 1 (100.00%) Mathematics
1 1 (100.00%) Microservices
1 1 (100.00%) OO
1 1 (100.00%) OOD
1 1 (100.00%) Problem-Solving
1 1 (100.00%) Scrum
1 1 (100.00%) SOLID
1 1 (100.00%) TDD
1 1 (100.00%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 1 (100.00%) Java
1 1 (100.00%) Java 8
1 1 (100.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (100.00%) Degree