The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Software Packaging skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Software Packaging over the 3 months to 30 March 2017 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 Packaging
UK
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 530 620 602
Rank change year-on-year +90 -18  
Contract jobs citing Software Packaging 70 20 23
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.037% 0.043%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.49% 0.13% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 18 17
Median daily rate £475 £305 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +55.73% +1.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £299 £282 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £483 £369
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £298 £275
% change year-on-year +59.66% +8.18%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £51.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £51.00 - -

Software Packaging is in the industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills.

Contract Software Library & Framework Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills 14295 15148 14225
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 31.40% 27.98% 26.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 9923 10542 9247
Median daily rate £425 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 185 222 188
Median hourly rate £42.50 £38.75 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.67% +10.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £13.00 £18.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £60.62 £46.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £38.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year +7.89% +5.55%  

Software Packaging
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Software Packaging as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category.

Job vacancy trend for Software Packaging in the UK

Software Packaging
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Software Packaging.

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Packaging in the UK

Software Packaging
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Packaging over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Packaging in the UK

Software Packaging
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Packaging.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Packaging in the UK

Software Packaging
Top 29 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Packaging within the UK over the 3 months to 30 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +97 69 £475 +55.73% 4
North East +9 30 £475 +53.22%
Newcastle upon Tyne +12 29 £475 +53.22%
Tyne and Wear +7 29 £475 +53.22%
London +56 25 £475 -5.00% 2
North West +32 5 £538 +88.59%
City of London - 5 £538 - 2
East of England +5 3 £495 +23.75% 1
East Midlands - 3 £216 -
Derbyshire - 2 £191 -
Derby - 2 £191 -
Yorkshire - 2 £375 - 1
Hertfordshire - 2 £495 - 1
Berkshire +25 1 £500 +5.15%
South East +17 1 £500 +81.81%
Manchester +13 1 - -
Nottinghamshire - 1 £525 -
Merseyside - 1 - -
Hatfield - 1 £440 -
Nottingham - 1 £525 -
Sheffield - 1 - -
Leeds - 1 £375 -
West Yorkshire - 1 £375 -
South Yorkshire - 1 - -
Reading - 1 £500 -
Croydon - 1 - -
Kingston Upon Thames - 1 £350 -
Docklands, London - 1 £563 -
Bedfordshire - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 30 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Software Packaging also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Software Packaging.

1 89 (64.03%) Linux
2 87 (62.59%) DevOps
3 81 (58.27%) Agile Software Development
4 77 (55.40%) Configuration Management
5 76 (54.68%) Git (software)
6 70 (50.36%) Windows
6 70 (50.36%) Oracle
6 70 (50.36%) Sonatype Nexus
7 67 (48.20%) Jenkins
8 66 (47.48%) JIRA
9 64 (46.04%) Confluence
10 63 (45.32%) Security Cleared
11 62 (44.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 61 (43.88%) Amazon AWS
13 59 (42.45%) PowerShell
13 59 (42.45%) Unix
14 57 (41.01%) Puppet
15 56 (40.29%) Red Hat
16 53 (38.13%) Continuous Integration
16 53 (38.13%) Analytical Skills
17 52 (37.41%) Ansible
17 52 (37.41%) Active Directory
18 48 (34.53%) SC Cleared
19 44 (31.65%) Atlassian
20 41 (29.50%) Change Control
21 39 (28.06%) WebLogic
21 39 (28.06%) Windows Server
22 37 (26.62%) BusinessObjects
22 37 (26.62%) Service Management
22 37 (26.62%) Microsoft Azure

Software Packaging
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 64 (46.04%) Confluence
2 39 (28.06%) WebLogic
3 22 (15.83%) Apache
4 20 (14.39%) Elasticsearch
5 13 (9.35%) nginx
6 9 (6.47%) JBoss
6 9 (6.47%) WebSphere
6 9 (6.47%) WebSphere Application Server
7 5 (3.60%) Oracle Workflow
8 4 (2.88%) SharePoint
9 3 (2.16%) FileNet
9 3 (2.16%) SAS
10 2 (1.44%) MS Exchange
10 2 (1.44%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.72%) IIS
Applications
1 21 (15.11%) HipChat
2 7 (5.04%) MS Excel
3 6 (4.32%) MS Office
4 2 (1.44%) MS Project
4 2 (1.44%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 9 (6.47%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
2 4 (2.88%) Oracle 11i
3 2 (1.44%) Demantra
3 2 (1.44%) Oracle Applications
3 2 (1.44%) Oracle BPM
3 2 (1.44%) SnowdropKCS
Cloud Services
1 61 (43.88%) Amazon AWS
2 37 (26.62%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (15.11%) Trello
4 5 (3.60%) OpenShift
5 4 (2.88%) Office 365
6 3 (2.16%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 3 (2.16%) Amazon EC2
6 3 (2.16%) Amazon ELB
6 3 (2.16%) Amazon S3
6 3 (2.16%) Amazon SQS
6 3 (2.16%) AWS CloudFormation
6 3 (2.16%) AWS Lambda
6 3 (2.16%) OneDrive
6 3 (2.16%) Route 53
6 3 (2.16%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 2 (1.44%) IaaS
8 1 (0.72%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 30 (21.58%) DNS
2 27 (19.42%) VPN
3 23 (16.55%) Reverse Proxy
3 23 (16.55%) SSL
4 20 (14.39%) OpenLDAP
4 20 (14.39%) OpenVPN
4 20 (14.39%) SSH
5 18 (12.95%) LDAP
6 17 (12.23%) IPsec
7 12 (8.63%) Firewall
8 10 (7.19%) Cisco Nexus
9 4 (2.88%) Internet
10 3 (2.16%) HTTP
10 3 (2.16%) Intrusion Detection
10 3 (2.16%) SMTP
11 2 (1.44%) Network Security
11 2 (1.44%) SAN
12 1 (0.72%) LAN
12 1 (0.72%) TCP/IP
12 1 (0.72%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (26.62%) BusinessObjects
2 28 (20.14%) Oracle Database
3 27 (19.42%) PostgreSQL
4 24 (17.27%) Oracle Database 11g
5 17 (12.23%) Hadoop
6 5 (3.60%) SQL Server
6 5 (3.60%) SQL Server 2012
7 4 (2.88%) Crystal Reports
7 4 (2.88%) Oracle Database 10g
7 4 (2.88%) Oracle Reports
7 4 (2.88%) Relational Database
7 4 (2.88%) SQL Server 2005
8 3 (2.16%) Amazon RDS
8 3 (2.16%) Big Data
9 2 (1.44%) DTS
9 2 (1.44%) Oracle BI Publisher
9 2 (1.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 2 (1.44%) Star Schema
10 1 (0.72%) SQL Server 2008
10 1 (0.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 76 (54.68%) Git (software)
2 70 (50.36%) Sonatype Nexus
3 67 (48.20%) Jenkins
4 66 (47.48%) JIRA
5 24 (17.27%) GitLab
6 21 (15.11%) JIRA Agile
7 20 (14.39%) Ant
7 20 (14.39%) JUnit
7 20 (14.39%) Liquibase
7 20 (14.39%) Maven
7 20 (14.39%) SonarQube
8 11 (7.91%) Vagrant
9 8 (5.76%) MSI
10 5 (3.60%) InstallShield
11 4 (2.88%) Subversion
12 2 (1.44%) Bitbucket
12 2 (1.44%) JDeveloper
12 2 (1.44%) Oracle Forms
13 1 (0.72%) AdminStudio
13 1 (0.72%) ClearCase
General
1 11 (7.91%) Finance
2 7 (5.04%) Banking
3 6 (4.32%) Retail
4 5 (3.60%) Investment Banking
5 4 (2.88%) Manufacturing
5 4 (2.88%) Publishing
6 1 (0.72%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.72%) Front Office
6 1 (0.72%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 61 (43.88%) DevOps Engineer
2 15 (10.79%) AWS Engineer
3 14 (10.07%) Azure Engineer
4 13 (9.35%) Azure DevOps
5 12 (8.63%) AWS DevOps
6 10 (7.19%) Cloud Engineer
7 8 (5.76%) Consultant
7 8 (5.76%) Linux Engineer
7 8 (5.76%) Linux/Unix DevOps
7 8 (5.76%) Network Engineer
7 8 (5.76%) Unix Engineer
7 8 (5.76%) Windows Engineer
8 7 (5.04%) Analyst
8 7 (5.04%) Linux DevOps Engineer
8 7 (5.04%) Unix Linux Engineer
9 6 (4.32%) Applications Packager
9 6 (4.32%) Support Analyst
10 5 (3.60%) Middleware Engineer
10 5 (3.60%) Technical Engineer
11 4 (2.88%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (14.39%) Elastic Stack
1 20 (14.39%) MCollective
2 9 (6.47%) Middleware
2 9 (6.47%) WebSphere MQ
3 5 (3.60%) XML
4 3 (2.16%) Django
4 3 (2.16%) JSON
4 3 (2.16%) REST
4 3 (2.16%) SOAP
5 2 (1.44%) .NET
5 2 (1.44%) HTML
5 2 (1.44%) J2EE
5 2 (1.44%) JSP
5 2 (1.44%) SAML
5 2 (1.44%) Servlets
5 2 (1.44%) Twisted
5 2 (1.44%) Web Services
6 1 (0.72%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 53 (38.13%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (5.04%) User Experience
3 3 (2.16%) DataPower
3 3 (2.16%) PKI
4 2 (1.44%) CESG
4 2 (1.44%) Data Centre
4 2 (1.44%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.72%) Blackberry
5 1 (0.72%) BYOD
5 1 (0.72%) Clustering
5 1 (0.72%) Computer Science
5 1 (0.72%) Digital Media
5 1 (0.72%) Grid Computing
5 1 (0.72%) Private Cloud
5 1 (0.72%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 89 (64.03%) Linux
2 70 (50.36%) Windows
3 62 (44.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 59 (42.45%) Unix
5 39 (28.06%) Windows Server
6 19 (13.67%) CentOS
7 17 (12.23%) AIX
7 17 (12.23%) VyOS
8 13 (9.35%) RancherOS
9 9 (6.47%) Windows Server 2012
10 8 (5.76%) Windows 10
11 3 (2.16%) Windows 7
11 3 (2.16%) Windows Server 2003
11 3 (2.16%) Windows Server 2008
12 2 (1.44%) HPUX
13 1 (0.72%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (62.59%) DevOps
2 81 (58.27%) Agile Software Development
3 77 (55.40%) Configuration Management
4 53 (38.13%) Continuous Integration
5 41 (29.50%) Change Control
6 37 (26.62%) Service Management
7 35 (25.18%) Scrum
8 31 (22.30%) Workflow
9 30 (21.58%) Continuous Delivery
10 27 (19.42%) Open Source
11 20 (14.39%) Identity Management
12 18 (12.95%) OO
13 16 (11.51%) Stakeholder Management
14 13 (9.35%) ITIL
15 12 (8.63%) Coaching
16 10 (7.19%) Problem Management
17 6 (4.32%) Change Management
17 6 (4.32%) Root Cause Analysis
18 5 (3.60%) QMS
19 4 (2.88%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 59 (42.45%) PowerShell
2 20 (14.39%) Shell Script
3 14 (10.07%) Java
4 13 (9.35%) SQL
5 9 (6.47%) Perl
6 4 (2.88%) PL/SQL
6 4 (2.88%) Python
7 3 (2.16%) Ruby
8 2 (1.44%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.72%) C++
9 1 (0.72%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 63 (45.32%) Security Cleared
2 48 (34.53%) SC Cleared
3 13 (9.35%) DV Cleared
4 9 (6.47%) Degree
5 6 (4.32%) HNC
6 4 (2.88%) Microsoft Certification
7 3 (2.16%) CTC Cleared
7 3 (2.16%) MCSE
8 2 (1.44%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (1.44%) CISA
8 2 (1.44%) CISSP
8 2 (1.44%) CSSLP
8 2 (1.44%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (1.44%) MCP
8 2 (1.44%) RHCE
9 1 (0.72%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (0.72%) OCA
9 1 (0.72%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.88%) ISO 9001
2 2 (1.44%) QA
2 2 (1.44%) SLA
3 1 (0.72%) JSP 440
System Software
1 52 (37.41%) Active Directory
2 30 (21.58%) vCloud
3 26 (18.71%) Docker
4 21 (15.11%) Microsoft App-V
5 20 (14.39%) Postfix
5 20 (14.39%) Squid
6 10 (7.19%) VMware ESXi
7 5 (3.60%) XenDesktop
8 3 (2.16%) BitLocker
8 3 (2.16%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (2.16%) VMware Infrastructure
8 3 (2.16%) vSphere
9 2 (1.44%) XenApp
10 1 (0.72%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.72%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 57 (41.01%) Puppet
2 52 (37.41%) Ansible
3 30 (21.58%) Dollar Universe
3 30 (21.58%) ZABBIX
4 29 (20.86%) SCCM
5 22 (15.83%) Terraform
6 20 (14.39%) Docker Swarm
6 20 (14.39%) Kibana
6 20 (14.39%) Kubernetes
6 20 (14.39%) logstash
6 20 (14.39%) Rancher
7 17 (12.23%) Opscode Chef
8 14 (10.07%) Consul
8 14 (10.07%) Packer
9 13 (9.35%) Forum Sentry
9 13 (9.35%) HAProxy
10 10 (7.19%) FortiGate
11 3 (2.16%) Microsoft Intune
11 3 (2.16%) Rsyslog
11 3 (2.16%) SCOM
Vendors
1 70 (50.36%) Oracle
2 56 (40.29%) Red Hat
3 44 (31.65%) Atlassian
4 35 (25.18%) VMware
5 31 (22.30%) HP
6 30 (21.58%) TIBCO
7 20 (14.39%) Sonatype
8 17 (12.23%) IBM
8 17 (12.23%) Vyatta
9 16 (11.51%) Citrix
10 15 (10.79%) Microsoft
11 14 (10.07%) AppDynamics
12 12 (8.63%) Cisco
12 12 (8.63%) Palo Alto
13 10 (7.19%) AlienVault
13 10 (7.19%) Juniper
14 9 (6.47%) Axway
14 9 (6.47%) Informatica
14 9 (6.47%) Siebel
15 8 (5.76%) Sun