The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Sun Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 23 June 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.

Sun Certification
UK
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 588 609 590
Rank change year-on-year +21 -19  
Contract jobs citing Sun Certification 14 34 49
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.030% 0.063% 0.087%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.16% 0.29% 0.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 29 28
Median daily rate £356 £450 £419
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -20.83% +7.39%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £387 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £371 £492 £483
UK excluding London median daily rate £356 £450 £444
% change year-on-year -20.83% +1.40%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

Sun Certification is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9015 11714 10685
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.26% 21.77% 19.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 5392 7313 6190
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 493 442 560
Median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.03% +16.32%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.55 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.08 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.10 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.62% +24.80%  

Sun Certification
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Sun Certification as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for Sun Certification in the UK

Sun Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Sun Certification in the UK

Sun Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Sun Certification in the UK

Sun Certification
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 Sun Certification within the UK over the 3 months to 23 June 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 +13 14 £356 -20.83% 3
South East - 5 - - 1
Yorkshire +26 4 £369 -1.66% 1
West Yorkshire +23 4 £369 -1.66% 1
Halifax +10 3 £375 -16.66%
Hampshire - 3 - -
London +3 2 - -
Norwich - 2 £350 -
Abingdon - 2 - -
Basingstoke - 2 - -
Norfolk - 2 £350 -
Oxfordshire - 2 - -
East of England - 2 £350 -
North West +21 1 - -
Leeds +12 1 £363 +20.83%
Surrey - 1 - -
Hayes - 1 - -
Preston - 1 - -
Lancashire - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Sun Certification 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 Sun Certification.

1 29 (82.86%) Java
2 24 (68.57%) SQL
3 21 (60.00%) Spring
3 21 (60.00%) Oracle
4 20 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
5 17 (48.57%) Hibernate
6 15 (42.86%) XML
6 15 (42.86%) Sun
7 12 (34.29%) Java EE
8 11 (31.43%) Computer Science
8 11 (31.43%) TDD
8 11 (31.43%) SOA
8 11 (31.43%) PL/SQL
8 11 (31.43%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 10 (28.57%) J2EE
9 10 (28.57%) OO
9 10 (28.57%) Subversion
10 9 (25.71%) OOA/OOD
10 9 (25.71%) SDLC
11 8 (22.86%) XSLT
11 8 (22.86%) Scrum
12 7 (20.00%) WebSphere
12 7 (20.00%) JBoss
12 7 (20.00%) XSD
12 7 (20.00%) JSP
12 7 (20.00%) Servlets
12 7 (20.00%) SOAP
12 7 (20.00%) JavaScript
12 7 (20.00%) SQL Server
12 7 (20.00%) Eclipse

Sun Certification
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 11 (31.43%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 7 (20.00%) JBoss
2 7 (20.00%) WebSphere
3 4 (11.43%) WebLogic
4 3 (8.57%) Liferay
4 3 (8.57%) Tomcat
4 3 (8.57%) WebLogic Portal
4 3 (8.57%) WebSphere Portal
5 2 (5.71%) Apache Spark
5 2 (5.71%) Confluence
5 2 (5.71%) Oracle Workflow
5 2 (5.71%) WebSphere Application Server
6 1 (2.86%) Jetty
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.71%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (2.86%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
2 1 (2.86%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 3 (8.57%) Internet
2 2 (5.71%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 4 (11.43%) Relational Database
3 3 (8.57%) DB2
3 3 (8.57%) Informix
3 3 (8.57%) Oracle Database
3 3 (8.57%) Oracle Database 10g
4 2 (5.71%) Big Data
5 1 (2.86%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 10 (28.57%) Subversion
2 7 (20.00%) Eclipse
2 7 (20.00%) Git (software)
3 5 (14.29%) JIRA
4 4 (11.43%) JUnit
4 4 (11.43%) Maven
5 3 (8.57%) Jenkins
5 3 (8.57%) NetBeans
6 2 (5.71%) Bitbucket
6 2 (5.71%) Eclipse RCP
7 1 (2.86%) Lombardi
7 1 (2.86%) Mockito
7 1 (2.86%) Rational Application Developer
General
1 6 (17.14%) Finance
2 3 (8.57%) Financial Institution
3 1 (2.86%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.86%) Retail
3 1 (2.86%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 28 (80.00%) Developer
2 23 (65.71%) Java Developer
3 6 (17.14%) Senior Developer
3 6 (17.14%) Senior Java Developer
4 3 (8.57%) Agile Developer
4 3 (8.57%) Agile Java Developer
4 3 (8.57%) Analyst
4 3 (8.57%) Analyst Developer
4 3 (8.57%) Architect
4 3 (8.57%) Developer Analyst
4 3 (8.57%) NOC Technician
4 3 (8.57%) WebSphere Developer
4 3 (8.57%) WebSphere Portal Developer
5 2 (5.71%) Java Architect
5 2 (5.71%) Java WebSphere Developer
5 2 (5.71%) Portal Developer
5 2 (5.71%) SC Cleared Java Developer
5 2 (5.71%) Senior Agile Developer
5 2 (5.71%) Senior Agile Java Developer
5 2 (5.71%) Senior Oracle Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (60.00%) Spring
2 17 (48.57%) Hibernate
3 15 (42.86%) XML
4 12 (34.29%) Java EE
5 10 (28.57%) J2EE
6 8 (22.86%) XSLT
7 7 (20.00%) JSP
7 7 (20.00%) REST
7 7 (20.00%) Servlets
7 7 (20.00%) SOAP
7 7 (20.00%) XSD
8 6 (17.14%) HTML
8 6 (17.14%) JMS
8 6 (17.14%) JPA
9 5 (14.29%) CSS
9 5 (14.29%) JSF
9 5 (14.29%) Web Services
10 4 (11.43%) Ajax
10 4 (11.43%) EJB
10 4 (11.43%) JDBC
Miscellaneous
1 11 (31.43%) Computer Science
2 3 (8.57%) NHS
2 3 (8.57%) Virtual Team
3 2 (5.71%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (5.71%) Blog
Operating Systems
1 4 (11.43%) Unix
2 3 (8.57%) Solaris
3 1 (2.86%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (31.43%) SOA
2 11 (31.43%) TDD
3 10 (28.57%) OO
4 9 (25.71%) OOA/OOD
4 9 (25.71%) SDLC
5 8 (22.86%) Scrum
6 7 (20.00%) Open Source
7 6 (17.14%) Continuous Integration
7 6 (17.14%) Customer Requirements
7 6 (17.14%) Performance Monitoring
7 6 (17.14%) Refactoring
7 6 (17.14%) SOLID
8 5 (14.29%) Enterprise Architecture
8 5 (14.29%) UML
9 4 (11.43%) Multithreading
10 3 (8.57%) BDD
10 3 (8.57%) Continuous Improvement
10 3 (8.57%) Data Validation
10 3 (8.57%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 29 (82.86%) Java
2 24 (68.57%) SQL
3 11 (31.43%) PL/SQL
4 7 (20.00%) JavaScript
5 3 (8.57%) T-SQL
6 1 (2.86%) C
Qualifications
1 6 (17.14%) Degree
2 3 (8.57%) Computer Science Degree
3 2 (5.71%) OCPJP
3 2 (5.71%) SC Cleared
3 2 (5.71%) Security Cleared
4 1 (2.86%) IBM Certification
4 1 (2.86%) OCMJD
4 1 (2.86%) OCPJWCD
4 1 (2.86%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.57%) SLA
Systems Management
1 3 (8.57%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 21 (60.00%) Oracle
2 15 (42.86%) Sun
3 5 (14.29%) IBM
4 3 (8.57%) BEA
4 3 (8.57%) Remedy
4 3 (8.57%) Sybase
5 2 (5.71%) Atlassian
6 1 (2.86%) MuleSoft
6 1 (2.86%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (2.86%) Zuora