Period
to 17 February 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Task Automation skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Task Automation over the 6 months to 17 February 2020 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.

Task Automation
UK
6 months to
17 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 435 460 499
Rank change year-on-year +25 +39 +99
Contract jobs citing Task Automation 313 463 409
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.46% 0.47% 0.41%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.54% 0.54% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 186 275 277
UK median daily rate £494 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.25% +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £311 £363 £339
90th Percentile £700 £583 £577
UK excluding London median daily rate £458 £500 £450
% change year-on-year -8.50% +11.11% -2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 10 5
UK median hourly rate £18.25 £14.05 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.89% -51.55% +5.45%
10th Percentile £13.05 £12.25 £19.50
90th Percentile £43.40 £19.10 £33.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £14.05 £15.00
% change year-on-year +24.56% -6.33% -45.45%

Task Automation 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 58,293 85,360 86,814
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.04% 87.41% 86.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 37,750 56,371 57,910
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £285 £300 £281
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £434 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +2.06% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,919 2,226 2,113
UK median hourly rate £23.00 £23.63 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.65% -1.56% -
10th Percentile £12.42 £11.25 £11.40
90th Percentile £53.06 £50.00 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year -6.67% -6.25% +4.58%

Task Automation
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Task Automation in the UK

Task Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Task Automation in the UK

Task Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Task Automation over the 6 months to 17 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Task Automation in the UK

Task Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Task Automation in the UK

Task Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Task Automation over the 6 months to 17 February 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Task Automation in the UK

Task Automation
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Task Automation within the UK over the 6 months to 17 February 2020. 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 +25 277 £498 -0.50% 142
UK excluding London +56 185 £458 -8.50% 81
London +28 122 £495 -1.00% 64
North of England +57 48 £450 -10.00% 28
South East +58 41 £440 -12.00% 23
South West +29 38 £525 +5.00% 6
Scotland +23 28 £450 -2.70% 1
Yorkshire +56 23 £450 +28.57% 12
North West +40 19 £525 +27.27% 13
East of England +33 18 £338 -22.86% 8
Midlands +28 9 £325 -40.91% 13
West Midlands +29 8 £344 -37.50% 9
North East +4 6 - - 3
Wales +32 3 £300 - 2
East Midlands +29 1 £325 -38.12% 4

For the 6 months to 17 February 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Task Automation 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 Task Automation.

1 96 (30.67%) Agile Software Development
2 94 (30.03%) Python
3 91 (29.07%) DevOps
4 85 (27.16%) Microsoft
5 84 (26.84%) PowerShell
5 84 (26.84%) Azure
6 79 (25.24%) Docker
7 77 (24.60%) Kubernetes
8 75 (23.96%) Git (software)
9 73 (23.32%) SQL
10 70 (22.36%) AWS
10 70 (22.36%) Ansible
11 62 (19.81%) Windows
12 60 (19.17%) Jenkins
13 59 (18.85%) Linux
13 59 (18.85%) Finance
14 57 (18.21%) Bash Shell
15 54 (17.25%) Problem-Solving
16 53 (16.93%) Terraform
17 51 (16.29%) Security Cleared
18 46 (14.70%) Infrastructure as Code
18 46 (14.70%) Puppet
19 44 (14.06%) VMware
20 43 (13.74%) JavaScript
21 42 (13.42%) Configuration Management
22 38 (12.14%) Continuous Integration
23 34 (10.86%) Ruby
23 34 (10.86%) SQL Server
24 33 (10.54%) Active Directory
25 32 (10.22%) Red Hat

Task Automation
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 22 (7.03%) SharePoint
2 11 (3.51%) IIS
3 10 (3.19%) Apache
4 9 (2.88%) Elasticsearch
5 7 (2.24%) nginx
6 6 (1.92%) MS Exchange
7 5 (1.60%) CMS
7 5 (1.60%) DataSynapse
7 5 (1.60%) OpenStack
8 4 (1.28%) FileNet
8 4 (1.28%) WebSphere
9 3 (0.96%) Confluence
9 3 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2010
10 2 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2007
10 2 (0.64%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 2 (0.64%) Oracle Workflow
10 2 (0.64%) Skype for Business
11 1 (0.32%) ArcGIS
11 1 (0.32%) JBoss
11 1 (0.32%) MQSeries
Applications
1 26 (8.31%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (3.83%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (1.60%) MS Visio
4 4 (1.28%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (0.96%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (0.96%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.32%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (0.32%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 1 (0.32%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 84 (26.84%) Azure
2 70 (22.36%) AWS
3 27 (8.63%) GitHub
3 27 (8.63%) Office 365
4 26 (8.31%) OpenShift
5 21 (6.71%) PaaS
6 17 (5.43%) AWS CloudFormation
7 16 (5.11%) Power Platform
8 12 (3.83%) OneDrive
8 12 (3.83%) SaaS
9 11 (3.51%) Route 53
10 10 (3.19%) IaaS
11 9 (2.88%) Amazon EKS
11 9 (2.88%) Azure Data Factory
11 9 (2.88%) Azure Machine Learning
11 9 (2.88%) Azure Stack
12 8 (2.56%) GCP
13 7 (2.24%) Amazon SQS
13 7 (2.24%) npm
14 6 (1.92%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 29 (9.27%) DNS
2 25 (7.99%) HTTP
3 19 (6.07%) TCP/IP
4 14 (4.47%) Firewall
4 14 (4.47%) Skype
5 12 (3.83%) SSL
6 11 (3.51%) SMTP
7 9 (2.88%) Internet
7 9 (2.88%) WAN
8 8 (2.56%) LAN
9 6 (1.92%) FTP
9 6 (1.92%) HTTPS
10 5 (1.60%) SSH
10 5 (1.60%) VPN
11 4 (1.28%) DHCP
11 4 (1.28%) Network Security
11 4 (1.28%) Remote Desktop
12 3 (0.96%) Unified Communications
12 3 (0.96%) VLAN
12 3 (0.96%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (10.86%) SQL Server
2 14 (4.47%) Power BI
3 13 (4.15%) Oracle Database
4 12 (3.83%) NoSQL
5 11 (3.51%) PostgreSQL
6 10 (3.19%) Data Lake
7 9 (2.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 8 (2.56%) Redis
9 7 (2.24%) MongoDB
10 6 (1.92%) Relational Database
10 6 (1.92%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 5 (1.60%) Data Warehouse
11 5 (1.60%) MySQL
11 5 (1.60%) Oracle Database 11g
11 5 (1.60%) SQL Server 2012
11 5 (1.60%) SQL Server 2016
12 4 (1.28%) Oracle Reports
12 4 (1.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 3 (0.96%) Oracle Database 10g
13 3 (0.96%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 75 (23.96%) Git (software)
2 60 (19.17%) Jenkins
3 29 (9.27%) JIRA
4 24 (7.67%) Subversion
5 21 (6.71%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 15 (4.79%) gulp
7 13 (4.15%) Travis CI
8 12 (3.83%) CircleCI
9 10 (3.19%) Bitbucket
10 9 (2.88%) GitLab
10 9 (2.88%) Grunt
10 9 (2.88%) MSBuild
11 7 (2.24%) Maven
11 7 (2.24%) Team Foundation Server
12 6 (1.92%) Selenium
12 6 (1.92%) TeamCity
13 5 (1.60%) Ant
13 5 (1.60%) git-flow
13 5 (1.60%) SonarQube
13 5 (1.60%) StarTeam
General
1 59 (18.85%) Finance
2 28 (8.95%) Public Sector
3 27 (8.63%) Banking
4 10 (3.19%) Financial Institution
5 9 (2.88%) Publishing
6 5 (1.60%) Pharmaceutical
7 4 (1.28%) Retail Banking
8 3 (0.96%) Electronics
8 3 (0.96%) Marketing
8 3 (0.96%) Retail
9 2 (0.64%) Advertising
9 2 (0.64%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.64%) Legal
9 2 (0.64%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.32%) Local Government
10 1 (0.32%) Military
10 1 (0.32%) Norwegian Language
10 1 (0.32%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 41 (13.10%) DevOps Engineer
2 32 (10.22%) Developer
3 30 (9.58%) Analyst
4 24 (7.67%) Consultant
5 21 (6.71%) DBA
6 18 (5.75%) Architect
6 18 (5.75%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 16 (5.11%) Azure Engineer
8 13 (4.15%) Automation Engineer
8 13 (4.15%) Cloud Engineer
9 12 (3.83%) Administrator
9 12 (3.83%) SQL DBA
10 11 (3.51%) Platform Engineer
10 11 (3.51%) Security Analyst
10 11 (3.51%) Senior Developer
10 11 (3.51%) Senior DevOps
11 10 (3.19%) .NET Developer
11 10 (3.19%) Cybersecurity Analyst
11 10 (3.19%) Data Engineer
11 10 (3.19%) DevOps Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (7.99%) .NET
2 22 (7.03%) CSS
3 19 (6.07%) AngularJS
4 17 (5.43%) HTML
5 15 (4.79%) React
5 15 (4.79%) Sass
6 14 (4.47%) LDAP
7 12 (3.83%) REST
8 9 (2.88%) .NET Core
8 9 (2.88%) LESS
8 9 (2.88%) Middleware
9 8 (2.56%) Elastic Stack
9 8 (2.56%) SOAP
10 7 (2.24%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 7 (2.24%) Vue.js
10 7 (2.24%) Web Services
10 7 (2.24%) YAML
11 6 (1.92%) Kafka
12 5 (1.60%) Node.js
12 5 (1.60%) Polymer
Miscellaneous
1 29 (9.27%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (6.39%) Data Centre
3 17 (5.43%) Clustering
4 13 (4.15%) Public Cloud
5 12 (3.83%) PKI
6 11 (3.51%) Replication
6 11 (3.51%) User Experience
7 8 (2.56%) Enterprise Software
7 8 (2.56%) Greenfield Project
8 7 (2.24%) Mobile App
8 7 (2.24%) NHS
9 6 (1.92%) Management Information System
10 5 (1.60%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 5 (1.60%) Grid Computing
11 4 (1.28%) Robotics
12 3 (0.96%) Blog
12 3 (0.96%) Life Science
12 3 (0.96%) Social Media
12 3 (0.96%) Virtual Team
12 3 (0.96%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 62 (19.81%) Windows
2 59 (18.85%) Linux
3 22 (7.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 21 (6.71%) Windows 10
5 20 (6.39%) Windows Server
6 18 (5.75%) Unix
7 15 (4.79%) Windows Server 2008
7 15 (4.79%) Windows Server 2012
8 12 (3.83%) Windows 7
9 10 (3.19%) Android
9 10 (3.19%) CentOS
10 7 (2.24%) Apple iOS
11 6 (1.92%) Ubuntu
11 6 (1.92%) Windows Server 2003
11 6 (1.92%) Windows XP
12 5 (1.60%) AIX
13 4 (1.28%) Solaris
14 3 (0.96%) Debian
15 2 (0.64%) DC/OS
15 2 (0.64%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (30.67%) Agile Software Development
2 91 (29.07%) DevOps
3 54 (17.25%) Problem-Solving
4 46 (14.70%) Infrastructure as Code
5 42 (13.42%) Configuration Management
6 38 (12.14%) Continuous Integration
7 30 (9.58%) ITIL
7 30 (9.58%) Performance Tuning
8 28 (8.95%) Migration
9 27 (8.63%) High Availability
9 27 (8.63%) Scrum
9 27 (8.63%) Software Engineering
10 26 (8.31%) Test Automation
11 23 (7.35%) Microservices
11 23 (7.35%) Workflow
12 20 (6.39%) Analytics
12 20 (6.39%) Continuous Delivery
13 19 (6.07%) Business Intelligence
13 19 (6.07%) Change Management
13 19 (6.07%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 94 (30.03%) Python
2 84 (26.84%) PowerShell
3 73 (23.32%) SQL
4 57 (18.21%) Bash Shell
5 43 (13.74%) JavaScript
6 34 (10.86%) Ruby
7 30 (9.58%) Perl
8 26 (8.31%) Java
9 16 (5.11%) Go
10 14 (4.47%) C#
11 12 (3.83%) Shell Script
12 10 (3.19%) T-SQL
13 9 (2.88%) PL/SQL
14 4 (1.28%) VBScript
15 3 (0.96%) PHP
16 2 (0.64%) C
16 2 (0.64%) TypeScript
16 2 (0.64%) VB
17 1 (0.32%) VBA
17 1 (0.32%) XAML
Qualifications
1 51 (16.29%) Security Cleared
2 30 (9.58%) SC Cleared
3 19 (6.07%) Degree
4 18 (5.75%) DV Cleared
5 15 (4.79%) Microsoft Certification
6 9 (2.88%) MCSE
6 9 (2.88%) MCTS
7 7 (2.24%) MCSA
8 6 (1.92%) Computer Science Degree
8 6 (1.92%) ISTQB
9 5 (1.60%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (1.60%) CompTIA Security+
9 5 (1.60%) GIAC
9 5 (1.60%) MCITP
9 5 (1.60%) Network+ Certification
9 5 (1.60%) SANS
9 5 (1.60%) SSCP
10 4 (1.28%) CCNA
10 4 (1.28%) Cisco Certification
10 4 (1.28%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (7.67%) QA
2 20 (6.39%) GDPR
3 15 (4.79%) SLA
4 6 (1.92%) NIST
5 5 (1.60%) WCAG
6 4 (1.28%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 2 (0.64%) GxP
8 1 (0.32%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.32%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.32%) PMO
System Software
1 79 (25.24%) Docker
2 33 (10.54%) Active Directory
3 21 (6.71%) Virtual Machines
4 18 (5.75%) VMware ESXi
5 16 (5.11%) Hyper-V
5 16 (5.11%) VMware Infrastructure
6 12 (3.83%) LXC
7 11 (3.51%) GlusterFS
7 11 (3.51%) vSphere
8 10 (3.19%) NFS
9 7 (2.24%) Gluster
10 4 (1.28%) Oracle RAC
10 4 (1.28%) VirtualBox
11 3 (0.96%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 3 (0.96%) Samba
11 3 (0.96%) vCloud
12 2 (0.64%) NDS
12 2 (0.64%) NetIQ eDirectory
12 2 (0.64%) Terminal Services
12 2 (0.64%) Xen
Systems Management
1 77 (24.60%) Kubernetes
2 70 (22.36%) Ansible
3 53 (16.93%) Terraform
4 46 (14.70%) Puppet
5 29 (9.27%) Opscode Chef
5 29 (9.27%) SCCM
6 17 (5.43%) Salt
7 16 (5.11%) vCenter Server
8 15 (4.79%) Prometheus
9 14 (4.47%) Docker Swarm
10 10 (3.19%) Nagios
11 8 (2.56%) Netcool
12 7 (2.24%) Failover Clustering
12 7 (2.24%) Grafana
13 6 (1.92%) SCOM
14 5 (1.60%) McAfee ePO
14 5 (1.60%) Perfmon
14 5 (1.60%) Tivoli
15 4 (1.28%) PowerCLI
15 4 (1.28%) Rancher
Vendors
1 85 (27.16%) Microsoft
2 44 (14.06%) VMware
3 32 (10.22%) Red Hat
4 23 (7.35%) Splunk
5 18 (5.75%) Cisco
5 18 (5.75%) Oracle
6 17 (5.43%) ServiceNow
7 11 (3.51%) Citrix
7 11 (3.51%) Lets Encrypt
8 10 (3.19%) Google
8 10 (3.19%) HP
9 9 (2.88%) SolarWinds
10 8 (2.56%) AppDynamics
10 8 (2.56%) Dynatrace
11 7 (2.24%) NetApp
11 7 (2.24%) Remedy
12 6 (1.92%) IBM
12 6 (1.92%) McAfee
12 6 (1.92%) RedGate
13 5 (1.60%) Guidewire