Period
to 18 September 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 18 September 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
18 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 384 453 505
Rank change year-on-year +69 +52 -2
Contract jobs citing Task Automation 130 420 448
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.43% 0.47% 0.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.50% 0.54% 0.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 107 247 275
Median daily rate £500 £500 £500
10th Percentile £413 £323 £356
90th Percentile £650 £675 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +11.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 12 7
Median hourly rate £27.00 £17.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +58.82% -2.86% -39.66%
10th Percentile £18.63 £13.05 £15.90
90th Percentile £33.13 £17.50 £55.06
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +58.82% -2.86% -

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 25,882 77,480 89,716
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.40% 86.75% 87.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 16,295 50,845 59,157
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
10th Percentile £300 £300 £300
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 941 2,303 2,467
Median hourly rate £35.00 £24.50 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +42.86% +19.51% -14.58%
10th Percentile £12.63 £11.80 £11.17
90th Percentile £55.00 £53.75 £50.00
Median hourly rate £30.00 £24.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +25.00% +20.00% -16.67%

Task Automation
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Task Automation in the UK

Task Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Task Automation.

Daily rate trend for Task Automation in the UK

Task Automation
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Task Automation over the 6 months to 18 September 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Task Automation in the UK

Task Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Task Automation.

Hourly rate trend for Task Automation in the UK

Task Automation
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Task Automation over the 6 months to 18 September 2020.

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 18 September 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 +108 119 £500 - 61
UK excluding London +131 69 £500 +5.26% 34
London +84 52 £519 -0.72% 37
Work from Home -29 32 £525 - 13
North of England +136 25 £425 +6.25% 10
South East +153 22 £560 +12.00% 8
Yorkshire +79 17 £425 -3.41% 5
Midlands +103 12 £525 +47.37% 2
North West +87 7 £425 +6.25% 3
East of England +74 7 £500 +45.45% 1
West Midlands +67 7 £525 +35.48% 1
East Midlands +67 5 - - 1
South West +69 3 £700 +27.27% 2
Scotland +47 3 £413 -4.35% 7
North East +42 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 47 (36.15%) DevOps
2 45 (34.62%) Azure
3 41 (31.54%) Test Automation
4 39 (30.00%) Microsoft
5 37 (28.46%) Ansible
6 35 (26.92%) SQL
6 35 (26.92%) PowerShell
7 34 (26.15%) Python
8 33 (25.38%) Windows
9 32 (24.62%) Finance
9 32 (24.62%) Agile Software Development
10 31 (23.85%) Jenkins
11 28 (21.54%) Git (software)
12 25 (19.23%) AWS
12 25 (19.23%) JIRA
13 24 (18.46%) Continuous Integration
13 24 (18.46%) Analytics
14 22 (16.92%) Puppet
14 22 (16.92%) Change Management
14 22 (16.92%) Linux
15 21 (16.15%) Continuous Delivery
15 21 (16.15%) Data Lake
16 20 (15.38%) Cybersecurity
16 20 (15.38%) Unix
16 20 (15.38%) Java
17 19 (14.62%) Configuration Management
17 19 (14.62%) Confluence
18 18 (13.85%) Analytical Skills
19 17 (13.08%) Incident Management
20 16 (12.31%) Oracle

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 19 (14.62%) Confluence
2 7 (5.38%) SharePoint
3 6 (4.62%) Cloud Foundry
4 5 (3.85%) Mule
4 5 (3.85%) WebLogic
5 3 (2.31%) nginx
6 2 (1.54%) Apache Spark
6 2 (1.54%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (1.54%) MS Exchange
7 1 (0.77%) Apache
7 1 (0.77%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.77%) JBoss
7 1 (0.77%) MQSeries
7 1 (0.77%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.77%) Oracle Workflow
7 1 (0.77%) SAS
7 1 (0.77%) Tomcat
Applications
1 5 (3.85%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (2.31%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (2.31%) SAP Hybris
2 1 (0.77%) SAP FI-CA
Cloud Services
1 45 (34.62%) Azure
2 25 (19.23%) AWS
3 14 (10.77%) Power Platform
4 12 (9.23%) IaaS
5 10 (7.69%) PaaS
6 7 (5.38%) GCP
6 7 (5.38%) Office 365
7 5 (3.85%) Power Automate
7 5 (3.85%) PowerApps
8 4 (3.08%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (3.08%) SaaS
9 3 (2.31%) Tricentis Tosca
10 2 (1.54%) GitHub
10 2 (1.54%) Stackdriver
10 2 (1.54%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 1 (0.77%) Apigee
11 1 (0.77%) Azure Data Factory
11 1 (0.77%) OneDrive
11 1 (0.77%) OpenShift
11 1 (0.77%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 8 (6.15%) TCP/IP
2 7 (5.38%) Firewall
3 6 (4.62%) HTTP
4 5 (3.85%) SSH
5 3 (2.31%) DNS
5 3 (2.31%) SMTP
6 2 (1.54%) FTP
6 2 (1.54%) NAS
6 2 (1.54%) Network Security
6 2 (1.54%) SAN
7 1 (0.77%) DHCP
7 1 (0.77%) Internet
7 1 (0.77%) Intranet
7 1 (0.77%) Intrusion Detection
7 1 (0.77%) IPsec
7 1 (0.77%) Kerberos
7 1 (0.77%) SNMP
7 1 (0.77%) VPN
7 1 (0.77%) WAN
7 1 (0.77%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (16.15%) Data Lake
2 14 (10.77%) Hadoop
3 13 (10.00%) Power BI
4 12 (9.23%) Data Warehouse
4 12 (9.23%) SQL Server
5 10 (7.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 9 (6.92%) HDInsight
7 8 (6.15%) MySQL
8 7 (5.38%) Oracle Database
8 7 (5.38%) Relational Database
9 5 (3.85%) Big Data
10 4 (3.08%) MongoDB
11 3 (2.31%) Apache Cassandra
11 3 (2.31%) Apache Hive
11 3 (2.31%) NoSQL
11 3 (2.31%) PostgreSQL
12 2 (1.54%) Amazon RDS
12 2 (1.54%) HBase
12 2 (1.54%) RDBMS
12 2 (1.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 31 (23.85%) Jenkins
2 28 (21.54%) Git (software)
3 25 (19.23%) JIRA
4 10 (7.69%) CircleCI
5 9 (6.92%) Visual Studio
6 7 (5.38%) Cucumber
7 6 (4.62%) Gradle
7 6 (4.62%) JMeter
7 6 (4.62%) Selenium
7 6 (4.62%) Vagrant
7 6 (4.62%) Xcode
8 5 (3.85%) Toad
9 4 (3.08%) Bitbucket
10 3 (2.31%) Pylint
10 3 (2.31%) Sourcetree
11 2 (1.54%) GitLab
11 2 (1.54%) Octopus Deploy
11 2 (1.54%) SoapUI
11 2 (1.54%) Sonatype Nexus
11 2 (1.54%) TeamCity
General
1 32 (24.62%) Finance
2 12 (9.23%) Public Sector
3 7 (5.38%) Banking
4 3 (2.31%) Retail
5 2 (1.54%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.77%) Advertising
6 1 (0.77%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.77%) International Banking
6 1 (0.77%) Law
Job Titles
1 21 (16.15%) DevOps Engineer
2 12 (9.23%) Developer
3 10 (7.69%) Lead DevOps
4 9 (6.92%) Windows Engineer
5 8 (6.15%) Azure DevOps
6 7 (5.38%) Architect
6 7 (5.38%) DBA
6 7 (5.38%) Technical Leader
7 6 (4.62%) Linux Engineer
8 5 (3.85%) Administrator
8 5 (3.85%) Analyst
8 5 (3.85%) Azure Engineer
8 5 (3.85%) Consultant
8 5 (3.85%) Technical Engineer
8 5 (3.85%) Unix Engineer
9 4 (3.08%) Azure DevOps Engineer
9 4 (3.08%) Mobile Engineer
9 4 (3.08%) Solutions Architect
9 4 (3.08%) Test Automation Engineer
9 4 (3.08%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (6.15%) JSON
2 7 (5.38%) Web Services
3 6 (4.62%) XML
4 4 (3.08%) React
4 4 (3.08%) REST
5 3 (2.31%) .NET
5 3 (2.31%) Elastic Stack
5 3 (2.31%) Pandas
5 3 (2.31%) pytest
5 3 (2.31%) Redux
5 3 (2.31%) RESTful
6 2 (1.54%) Dask
6 2 (1.54%) J2EE
6 2 (1.54%) Jinja
6 2 (1.54%) LDAP
6 2 (1.54%) Middleware
6 2 (1.54%) SOAP
7 1 (0.77%) Gherkin
7 1 (0.77%) Jest
7 1 (0.77%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 18 (13.85%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (4.62%) Mobile App
3 5 (3.85%) Self-Motivation
4 4 (3.08%) Data Centre
4 4 (3.08%) Linux Command Line
4 4 (3.08%) Replication
5 3 (2.31%) Clustering
5 3 (2.31%) Management Information System
5 3 (2.31%) Public Cloud
5 3 (2.31%) Security Operations Centre
5 3 (2.31%) User Experience
6 2 (1.54%) Credit Risk
6 2 (1.54%) Cyber Defence
6 2 (1.54%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (1.54%) Private Cloud
7 1 (0.77%) Cyberthreat
7 1 (0.77%) Robotics
7 1 (0.77%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 33 (25.38%) Windows
2 22 (16.92%) Linux
3 20 (15.38%) Unix
4 6 (4.62%) Android
4 6 (4.62%) Apple iOS
5 5 (3.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 5 (3.85%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.77%) CentOS
6 1 (0.77%) Solaris
6 1 (0.77%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.77%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (36.15%) DevOps
2 41 (31.54%) Test Automation
3 32 (24.62%) Agile Software Development
4 24 (18.46%) Analytics
4 24 (18.46%) Continuous Integration
5 22 (16.92%) Change Management
6 21 (16.15%) Continuous Delivery
7 20 (15.38%) Cybersecurity
8 19 (14.62%) Configuration Management
9 17 (13.08%) Incident Management
10 16 (12.31%) Continuous Improvement
11 15 (11.54%) Digital Transformation Programme
11 15 (11.54%) ITIL
12 14 (10.77%) Data Management
12 14 (10.77%) Deployment Automation
12 14 (10.77%) Problem-Solving
12 14 (10.77%) Vulnerability Management
13 13 (10.00%) Business Intelligence
14 12 (9.23%) Scrum
15 11 (8.46%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 35 (26.92%) PowerShell
1 35 (26.92%) SQL
2 34 (26.15%) Python
3 20 (15.38%) Java
4 13 (10.00%) Shell Script
5 10 (7.69%) Bash Shell
5 10 (7.69%) JavaScript
6 7 (5.38%) Perl
7 6 (4.62%) Apple Swift
7 6 (4.62%) Kotlin
8 5 (3.85%) C#
9 2 (1.54%) C
9 2 (1.54%) C++
9 2 (1.54%) R
9 2 (1.54%) Scala
9 2 (1.54%) VB
10 1 (0.77%) BeanShell
10 1 (0.77%) Go
10 1 (0.77%) VBA
10 1 (0.77%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 12 (9.23%) SC Cleared
1 12 (9.23%) Security Cleared
2 11 (8.46%) CISM
2 11 (8.46%) CISSP
3 10 (7.69%) CCIE
3 10 (7.69%) CCNA
3 10 (7.69%) CCNP
3 10 (7.69%) CISA
3 10 (7.69%) Cisco Certification
3 10 (7.69%) Degree
4 4 (3.08%) ISEB
5 3 (2.31%) DBS Check
5 3 (2.31%) ISTQB
5 3 (2.31%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (1.54%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.77%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (0.77%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (8.46%) SLA
2 4 (3.08%) QA
3 2 (1.54%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.54%) PMO
3 2 (1.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.77%) GDPR
4 1 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 14 (10.77%) Docker
1 14 (10.77%) Virtual Machines
2 10 (7.69%) Active Directory
3 5 (3.85%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (2.31%) HDFS
5 2 (1.54%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 1 (0.77%) LXC
6 1 (0.77%) NFS
6 1 (0.77%) Samba
6 1 (0.77%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.77%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 37 (28.46%) Ansible
2 22 (16.92%) Puppet
3 11 (8.46%) Kubernetes
4 8 (6.15%) Opscode Chef
5 7 (5.38%) Terraform
6 5 (3.85%) Prometheus
6 5 (3.85%) Rancher
6 5 (3.85%) Salt
7 4 (3.08%) SCCM
8 3 (2.31%) Nagios
8 3 (2.31%) SCOM
9 2 (1.54%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 2 (1.54%) Hadoop YARN
9 2 (1.54%) PowerCLI
10 1 (0.77%) Kibana
10 1 (0.77%) McAfee ePO
10 1 (0.77%) Rundeck
10 1 (0.77%) SCOrch
10 1 (0.77%) vRealize
10 1 (0.77%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 39 (30.00%) Microsoft
2 16 (12.31%) Oracle
3 11 (8.46%) Splunk
4 9 (6.92%) Hortonworks
5 8 (6.15%) Informatica
5 8 (6.15%) VMware
6 7 (5.38%) AppDynamics
7 6 (4.62%) HP
7 6 (4.62%) MuleSoft
8 5 (3.85%) Google
9 4 (3.08%) Red Hat
9 4 (3.08%) SAP
9 4 (3.08%) webMethods
10 3 (2.31%) Blue Prism
10 3 (2.31%) Cisco
10 3 (2.31%) Citrix
10 3 (2.31%) EMC
10 3 (2.31%) hybris
11 2 (1.54%) Proofpoint
11 2 (1.54%) Tableau