Period
to 22 August 2019

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge and experience of Sparx products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Sparx over the 6 months to 22 August 2019 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.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are not representative of contractor rates within Sparx Systems.

Sparx
UK
6 months to
22 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 705 755 796
Rank change year-on-year +50 +41 -20
Contract jobs citing Sparx 135 146 85
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.14% 0.089%
As % of the Vendors category 0.35% 0.34% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 89 85 49
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +11.76% -10.53%
10th Percentile £320 £363 £316
90th Percentile £650 £645 £660
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £475 £394
% change year-on-year -5.26% +20.63% -12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 1
UK median hourly rate £48.42 - £51.00
10th Percentile £37.03 - £49.50
90th Percentile £53.34 - £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.46 - £51.00

Sparx is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services.

All Vendors
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 38,528 42,677 41,928
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.89% 41.80% 43.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,035 26,388 25,638
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.65% +3.61%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,436 1,600 1,387
UK median hourly rate £19.85 £17.50 £17.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.41% +0.72% -0.71%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.50
90th Percentile £51.02 £46.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.06 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +9.42% - -4.35%

Sparx
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Sparx as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Sparx in the UK

Sparx
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Sparx in the UK

Sparx
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Sparx over the 6 months to 22 August 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Sparx in the UK

Sparx
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Sparx in the UK

Sparx
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Sparx over the 6 months to 22 August 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Sparx in the UK

Sparx
Top 13 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Sparx within the UK over the 6 months to 22 August 2019. 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 +51 115 £500 +7.53% 17
UK excluding London +60 79 £450 -5.26% 14
London +49 54 £550 +37.50% 4
South East +29 27 £328 -40.45% 1
South West -19 16 £475 +17.28% 5
Midlands +34 13 £575 +15.00% 4
Scotland +33 10 £408 -14.21%
West Midlands +36 9 £650 +57.58% 4
Wales +10 9 £592 +24.53% 1
East Midlands +27 4 £513 +2.50%
North West +30 3 £550 - 1
North of England +18 3 £550 +25.71% 2
East of England +19 1 £450 -5.26% 1

For the 6 months to 22 August 2019, IT contractor jobs citing Sparx 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 Sparx.

1 110 (81.48%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 56 (41.48%) Security Cleared
3 50 (37.04%) SC Cleared
3 50 (37.04%) UML
4 41 (30.37%) Data Modelling
5 38 (28.15%) TOGAF
6 36 (26.67%) Enterprise Architecture
7 35 (25.93%) Linux
8 31 (22.96%) Agile Software Development
9 26 (19.26%) C
10 25 (18.52%) Business Analysis
11 24 (17.78%) JSON
11 24 (17.78%) Data Architecture
11 24 (17.78%) Scrum
11 24 (17.78%) Project Delivery
12 23 (17.04%) Physical Data Model
12 23 (17.04%) Finance
12 23 (17.04%) Unix
13 22 (16.30%) JIRA
13 22 (16.30%) Logical Data Model
13 22 (16.30%) Relational Database
13 22 (16.30%) Public Sector
14 20 (14.81%) DevOps
14 20 (14.81%) ArchiMate
15 19 (14.07%) Elasticsearch
15 19 (14.07%) PostgreSQL
15 19 (14.07%) Software Engineering
16 18 (13.33%) GeoJSON
16 18 (13.33%) Swagger
17 17 (12.59%) Analytical Skills

Sparx
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 19 (14.07%) Elasticsearch
2 10 (7.41%) Confluence
3 3 (2.22%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 3 (2.22%) Skype for Business
4 2 (1.48%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.74%) Anypoint
5 1 (0.74%) Apache
5 1 (0.74%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.74%) JBoss
5 1 (0.74%) Jetty
5 1 (0.74%) OpenStack
5 1 (0.74%) Oracle Self-Service HR
5 1 (0.74%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.74%) WebLogic
Applications
1 15 (11.11%) MS Visio
2 2 (1.48%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.74%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 110 (81.48%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 3 (2.22%) Teamcenter
3 2 (1.48%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (1.48%) Magento
3 2 (1.48%) Oracle CRM
3 2 (1.48%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (1.48%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 16 (11.85%) Azure
2 15 (11.11%) AWS
3 12 (8.89%) AWS CloudFormation
4 9 (6.67%) PaaS
4 9 (6.67%) SaaS
5 8 (5.93%) IaaS
6 4 (2.96%) Dynamics 365
7 3 (2.22%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
7 3 (2.22%) Salesforce Service Cloud
8 2 (1.48%) Azure Data Factory
8 2 (1.48%) GitHub
8 2 (1.48%) Power Platform
9 1 (0.74%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.74%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (5.19%) Firewall
2 3 (2.22%) Skype
3 2 (1.48%) Ethernet
3 2 (1.48%) Softphone
4 1 (0.74%) SSH
4 1 (0.74%) WPA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (16.30%) Relational Database
2 19 (14.07%) PostgreSQL
3 13 (9.63%) SQL Server
4 6 (4.44%) Data Warehouse
4 6 (4.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (2.22%) MySQL
6 2 (1.48%) Apache Ignite
6 2 (1.48%) Azure SQL Database
6 2 (1.48%) Big Data
6 2 (1.48%) Data Lake
6 2 (1.48%) Oracle Database
6 2 (1.48%) Power BI
6 2 (1.48%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.74%) Amazon QuickSight
7 1 (0.74%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (0.74%) Amazon Redshift
7 1 (0.74%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.74%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.74%) IBM InfoSphere
7 1 (0.74%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 22 (16.30%) JIRA
2 17 (12.59%) Jenkins
3 14 (10.37%) Ant
3 14 (10.37%) ClearCase
3 14 (10.37%) Subversion
4 13 (9.63%) CppUnit
4 13 (9.63%) GoogleTest
4 13 (9.63%) NUnit
5 10 (7.41%) Git (software)
6 8 (5.93%) Selenium
7 7 (5.19%) Artifactory
7 7 (5.19%) SonarQube
8 6 (4.44%) ERwin
8 6 (4.44%) GitLab
8 6 (4.44%) Sonatype Nexus
9 2 (1.48%) Bitbucket
9 2 (1.48%) ER Studio
9 2 (1.48%) PowerDesigner
10 1 (0.74%) Gradle
10 1 (0.74%) Leiningen
General
1 23 (17.04%) Finance
2 22 (16.30%) Public Sector
3 6 (4.44%) Police
4 5 (3.70%) Aerospace
4 5 (3.70%) Local Government
4 5 (3.70%) Marketing
4 5 (3.70%) Telecoms
5 3 (2.22%) Manufacturing
5 3 (2.22%) Retail
6 2 (1.48%) Electronics
7 1 (0.74%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.74%) Fire and Rescue
Job Titles
1 77 (57.04%) Architect
2 36 (26.67%) Data Architect
3 21 (15.56%) Solutions Architect
4 13 (9.63%) Developer
5 11 (8.15%) Analyst
5 11 (8.15%) Software Engineer
6 9 (6.67%) Enterprise Architect
7 8 (5.93%) Infrastructure Architect
8 7 (5.19%) Business Analyst
8 7 (5.19%) Cloud Architect
9 6 (4.44%) Designer
10 5 (3.70%) C Developer
10 5 (3.70%) DevOps Engineer
11 4 (2.96%) C Software Engineer
11 4 (2.96%) Data Modeller
11 4 (2.96%) Salesforce Architect
11 4 (2.96%) Senior Architect
11 4 (2.96%) Senior Data Architect
11 4 (2.96%) Senior DevOps
11 4 (2.96%) Telephony Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (17.78%) JSON
2 18 (13.33%) GeoJSON
2 18 (13.33%) Swagger
3 16 (11.85%) JSON Schema
3 16 (11.85%) PostGIS
4 11 (8.15%) Middleware
5 6 (4.44%) .NET
5 6 (4.44%) Web Services
6 5 (3.70%) YAML
7 4 (2.96%) ASP.NET
7 4 (2.96%) Oracle Fusion
7 4 (2.96%) SOAP
8 3 (2.22%) Kafka
8 3 (2.22%) XML
9 2 (1.48%) ASP.NET Web API
9 2 (1.48%) HTML
9 2 (1.48%) IBM Integration Bus
9 2 (1.48%) REST
10 1 (0.74%) GWT
10 1 (0.74%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 17 (12.59%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (10.37%) Derivative
3 9 (6.67%) N-Tier
3 9 (6.67%) PKI
4 8 (5.93%) Data Centre
5 7 (5.19%) Cloud Native
6 6 (4.44%) Data Structures
7 5 (3.70%) CMDB
8 3 (2.22%) User Experience
9 2 (1.48%) Hedge funds
9 2 (1.48%) Management Information System
9 2 (1.48%) Mobile App
9 2 (1.48%) Self-Motivation
10 1 (0.74%) Enterprise Software
10 1 (0.74%) Frameworx
10 1 (0.74%) Hybrid Cloud
10 1 (0.74%) Mainframe
10 1 (0.74%) Taxonomies
10 1 (0.74%) TM Forum
Operating Systems
1 35 (25.93%) Linux
2 23 (17.04%) Unix
3 10 (7.41%) Windows
4 6 (4.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (2.22%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.74%) Android
6 1 (0.74%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.74%) CentOS
6 1 (0.74%) Debian
6 1 (0.74%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.74%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (37.04%) UML
2 41 (30.37%) Data Modelling
3 38 (28.15%) TOGAF
4 36 (26.67%) Enterprise Architecture
5 31 (22.96%) Agile Software Development
6 25 (18.52%) Business Analysis
7 24 (17.78%) Data Architecture
7 24 (17.78%) Project Delivery
7 24 (17.78%) Scrum
8 23 (17.04%) Physical Data Model
9 22 (16.30%) Logical Data Model
10 20 (14.81%) ArchiMate
10 20 (14.81%) DevOps
11 19 (14.07%) Software Engineering
12 17 (12.59%) Project Management
13 16 (11.85%) OO
13 16 (11.85%) Service Design
13 16 (11.85%) Use Case
14 15 (11.11%) OOD
15 13 (9.63%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 26 (19.26%) C
2 17 (12.59%) C++
3 16 (11.85%) Python
4 10 (7.41%) SQL
5 4 (2.96%) C#
5 4 (2.96%) Java
6 3 (2.22%) PowerShell
7 2 (1.48%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.74%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.74%) Clojure
8 1 (0.74%) ClojureScript
8 1 (0.74%) Groovy
8 1 (0.74%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.74%) Perl
8 1 (0.74%) Ruby
8 1 (0.74%) Scala
8 1 (0.74%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.74%) VBA
Qualifications
1 56 (41.48%) Security Cleared
2 50 (37.04%) SC Cleared
3 6 (4.44%) DV Cleared
4 5 (3.70%) AWS Certification
5 3 (2.22%) ISEB
5 3 (2.22%) TOGAF Certification
6 2 (1.48%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (1.48%) Degree
7 1 (0.74%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.74%) Master's Degree
7 1 (0.74%) MCSA
7 1 (0.74%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.44%) QA
2 4 (2.96%) SLA
3 2 (1.48%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.74%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 5 (3.70%) Postfix
2 4 (2.96%) Docker
2 4 (2.96%) Virtual Servers
2 4 (2.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.74%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 7 (5.19%) Ansible
1 7 (5.19%) Consul
1 7 (5.19%) Terraform
2 6 (4.44%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (3.70%) yum
4 4 (2.96%) Kubernetes
5 3 (2.22%) Microsoft Intune
5 3 (2.22%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (0.74%) Puppet
6 1 (0.74%) Salt
Vendors
1 17 (12.59%) Microsoft
2 9 (6.67%) Oracle
3 7 (5.19%) BiZZdesign
3 7 (5.19%) Splunk
4 6 (4.44%) Atlassian
4 6 (4.44%) IBM
4 6 (4.44%) Red Hat
5 5 (3.70%) CA
6 4 (2.96%) Salesforce.com
6 4 (2.96%) SAP
6 4 (2.96%) VMware
7 3 (2.22%) Siemens
8 2 (1.48%) Ab Initio
8 2 (1.48%) BMC
8 2 (1.48%) RedGate
8 2 (1.48%) Remedy
8 2 (1.48%) Tableau
8 2 (1.48%) Talend
8 2 (1.48%) Temenos
9 1 (0.74%) Hortonworks