Period
to 7 December 2019

The median contractor rate for a Technical Leader was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 7 December 2019.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Technical Lead
UK
6 months to
7 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 380 428 424
Rank change year-on-year +48 -4 -57
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Leader 498 561 564
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.62% 0.54% 0.55%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.66% 0.57% 0.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 310 349 397
UK median daily rate £550 £525 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.76% - +7.69%
10th Percentile £406 £369 £354
90th Percentile £688 £700 £688
UK excluding London median daily rate £513 £500 £460
% change year-on-year +2.50% +8.70% +5.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 3 1
UK median hourly rate £47.50 £37.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.38% +68.18% -56.00%
10th Percentile £43.80 £22.37 £21.00
90th Percentile £55.75 £46.00 £23.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £28.54 £22.00
% change year-on-year - +29.72% -56.00%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 75,459 99,275 98,138
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.00% 94.81% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 49,328 65,713 64,999
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £250 £270 £258
90th Percentile £644 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +1.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,907 3,078 2,899
UK median hourly rate £19.47 £18.47 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.39% -1.23% +3.89%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.79
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% - -

Technical Leader
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Technical Leader in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Technical Leader in the UK

Technical Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Technical Leader in the UK

Technical Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Technical Leader over the 6 months to 7 December 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Technical Leader in the UK

Technical Leader
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Technical Leader in the UK

Technical Leader
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Technical Leader over the 6 months to 7 December 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Technical Leader in the UK

Technical Leader
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Technical Leader within the UK over the 6 months to 7 December 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 +44 451 £550 +4.76% 102
UK excluding London +85 250 £513 +2.50% 87
London +42 231 £575 +4.55% 24
South East +48 81 £513 -2.19% 20
South West +42 57 £500 -4.76% 7
North of England +40 45 £530 +0.95% 29
Scotland +55 32 £515 +17.05% 5
North West +19 25 £530 +0.95% 17
Yorkshire +43 19 £519 -1.19% 11
Midlands +16 16 £459 +6.69% 13
West Midlands +31 11 £500 +11.11% 8
East of England +20 11 £450 -7.69% 9
Northern Ireland +15 9 £575 -4.17% 3
East Midlands +4 5 £455 +9.64% 5
Wales +29 2 £550 -2.22% 1
North East +27 2 £700 -3.45% 1

Technical Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 7 December 2019, Technical Leader contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Technical Leader in the job title.

1 192 (38.55%) Agile Software Development
2 131 (26.31%) Java
3 89 (17.87%) Azure
4 84 (16.87%) AWS
5 78 (15.66%) DevOps
6 76 (15.26%) Finance
7 69 (13.86%) Microsoft
8 65 (13.05%) Windows
8 65 (13.05%) TDD
9 63 (12.65%) Technical Leadership
10 60 (12.05%) Microservices
10 60 (12.05%) Python
11 59 (11.85%) Security Cleared
12 58 (11.65%) Migration
13 56 (11.24%) Mentoring
14 53 (10.64%) Scrum
15 52 (10.44%) JavaScript
16 46 (9.24%) .NET
17 45 (9.04%) SQL
18 44 (8.84%) Continuous Integration
19 41 (8.23%) Software Engineering
19 41 (8.23%) Test Automation
20 40 (8.03%) Active Directory
20 40 (8.03%) React
21 39 (7.83%) Serverless
21 39 (7.83%) Git (software)
21 39 (7.83%) Kanban
22 38 (7.63%) Node.js
22 38 (7.63%) Stakeholder Management
23 37 (7.43%) SC Cleared

Technical Leader Skill Set
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 12 (2.41%) MS Exchange
1 12 (2.41%) SharePoint
2 9 (1.81%) Apache
2 9 (1.81%) CMS
2 9 (1.81%) Confluence
3 7 (1.41%) Apache Spark
4 6 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (1.00%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 4 (0.80%) Cloud Foundry
6 4 (0.80%) Skype for Business
7 3 (0.60%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (0.60%) IIS
7 3 (0.60%) NetWeaver
7 3 (0.60%) SAS
8 2 (0.40%) Apache Pig
8 2 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2013
8 2 (0.40%) Magnolia
8 2 (0.40%) WebLogic
9 1 (0.20%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.20%) Tomcat
Applications
1 5 (1.00%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.80%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.40%) InDesign
3 2 (0.40%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.20%) Chatbot
4 1 (0.20%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.20%) InVision
4 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.20%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.20%) Sketch
4 1 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.20%) UserZoom
4 1 (0.20%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 16 (3.21%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (1.61%) SAP S/4HANA
3 5 (1.00%) Magento
4 3 (0.60%) Payment Gateway
4 3 (0.60%) SAP CO
4 3 (0.60%) SAP FI
4 3 (0.60%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.40%) Academy Housing
5 2 (0.40%) Academy Revenues and Benefits
5 2 (0.40%) BusinessWorks
5 2 (0.40%) Eloqua
6 1 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.20%) FINCAD Analytics
6 1 (0.20%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.20%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.20%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.20%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 89 (17.87%) Azure
2 84 (16.87%) AWS
3 39 (7.83%) Serverless
4 23 (4.62%) Azure Active Directory
4 23 (4.62%) Dynamics 365
5 21 (4.22%) Office 365
6 20 (4.02%) AWS CloudFormation
7 16 (3.21%) PaaS
8 13 (2.61%) AWS Lambda
8 13 (2.61%) GitHub
9 11 (2.21%) Power Platform
10 9 (1.81%) IaaS
11 8 (1.61%) Azure Data Factory
11 8 (1.61%) GCP
11 8 (1.61%) Salesforce Service Cloud
12 7 (1.41%) Apigee
13 6 (1.20%) Cloud Computing
14 5 (1.00%) Amazon S3
14 5 (1.00%) G Suite
14 5 (1.00%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 12 (2.41%) Wi-Fi
2 8 (1.61%) Firewall
3 6 (1.20%) Skype
4 4 (0.80%) SAN
5 3 (0.60%) Internet
5 3 (0.60%) VPN
6 2 (0.40%) Cisco Nexus
6 2 (0.40%) DNS
6 2 (0.40%) Radio Access Network
6 2 (0.40%) TCP/IP
6 2 (0.40%) Unified Communications
6 2 (0.40%) WAN
7 1 (0.20%) 4G
7 1 (0.20%) DHCP
7 1 (0.20%) DMZ
7 1 (0.20%) HTTP
7 1 (0.20%) iSCSI
7 1 (0.20%) LAN
7 1 (0.20%) MPLS
7 1 (0.20%) VoLTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (6.63%) SQL Server
2 29 (5.82%) Big Data
3 20 (4.02%) MongoDB
3 20 (4.02%) Relational Database
4 15 (3.01%) NoSQL
5 11 (2.21%) Data Lake
5 11 (2.21%) Power BI
6 10 (2.01%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 8 (1.61%) Data Warehouse
7 8 (1.61%) SQL Server 2012
8 7 (1.41%) Cosmos DB
8 7 (1.41%) Hadoop
9 6 (1.20%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 6 (1.20%) BigQuery
9 6 (1.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 5 (1.00%) MySQL
10 5 (1.00%) Oracle Database
10 5 (1.00%) PostgreSQL
11 3 (0.60%) Qlik Sense
11 3 (0.60%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 39 (7.83%) Git (software)
2 25 (5.02%) JIRA
3 13 (2.61%) Jenkins
4 7 (1.41%) Postman
4 7 (1.41%) Selenium
5 6 (1.20%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (1.20%) Visual Studio Team System
6 5 (1.00%) Cucumber
6 5 (1.00%) Maven
6 5 (1.00%) Visual Studio
7 4 (0.80%) Sonatype Nexus
7 4 (0.80%) StarTeam
8 3 (0.60%) CircleCI
8 3 (0.60%) GitLab
8 3 (0.60%) GoCD
8 3 (0.60%) Gradle
8 3 (0.60%) SonarQube
8 3 (0.60%) SpecFlow
8 3 (0.60%) WebDriver
9 2 (0.40%) Hudson
General
1 76 (15.26%) Finance
2 36 (7.23%) Banking
3 31 (6.22%) Public Sector
4 27 (5.42%) Law
5 20 (4.02%) Legal
6 15 (3.01%) Telecoms
7 14 (2.81%) Investment Banking
8 12 (2.41%) Marketing
9 8 (1.61%) Front Office
9 8 (1.61%) Pharmaceutical
10 4 (0.80%) Retail Banking
11 3 (0.60%) Corporate Banking
11 3 (0.60%) Manufacturing
11 3 (0.60%) Music Industry
12 2 (0.40%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.40%) Electronics
12 2 (0.40%) Publishing
12 2 (0.40%) Retail
13 1 (0.20%) Billing
13 1 (0.20%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (9.24%) .NET
2 40 (8.03%) React
3 38 (7.63%) Node.js
4 36 (7.23%) REST
5 34 (6.83%) Web Services
6 28 (5.62%) Spring
7 24 (4.82%) AngularJS
8 23 (4.62%) Spring Boot
9 20 (4.02%) SOAP
10 17 (3.41%) HTML
11 14 (2.81%) Kafka
12 12 (2.41%) .NET Core
12 12 (2.41%) CSS
13 11 (2.21%) JSON
13 11 (2.21%) RabbitMQ
13 11 (2.21%) Ruby on Rails
14 10 (2.01%) RESTful
15 8 (1.61%) HTML5
15 8 (1.61%) Middleware
16 7 (1.41%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 25 (5.02%) Enterprise Software
2 15 (3.01%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (2.61%) User Experience
4 10 (2.01%) Greenfield Project
4 10 (2.01%) Mobile App
5 9 (1.81%) Derivative
5 9 (1.81%) Fixed Income
5 9 (1.81%) Virtual Team
6 8 (1.61%) Data Centre
7 6 (1.20%) Public Cloud
8 5 (1.00%) Data Structures
8 5 (1.00%) Enterprise Cloud
8 5 (1.00%) Management Information System
8 5 (1.00%) Robotics
9 4 (0.80%) Driving Licence
9 4 (0.80%) Hybrid Cloud
9 4 (0.80%) Mobile Banking
10 3 (0.60%) EMV
10 3 (0.60%) PKI
10 3 (0.60%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 65 (13.05%) Windows
2 30 (6.02%) Linux
3 20 (4.02%) Windows Server
4 17 (3.41%) Windows 7
5 16 (3.21%) Windows Server 2012
6 14 (2.81%) Unix
7 11 (2.21%) Android
7 11 (2.21%) Windows 10
8 10 (2.01%) Apple iOS
9 9 (1.81%) Windows Server 2008
10 8 (1.61%) CentOS
11 7 (1.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (0.80%) Mac OS
12 4 (0.80%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.20%) HPUX
13 1 (0.20%) Oracle Linux
13 1 (0.20%) Ubuntu
13 1 (0.20%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 192 (38.55%) Agile Software Development
2 78 (15.66%) DevOps
3 65 (13.05%) TDD
4 63 (12.65%) Technical Leadership
5 60 (12.05%) Microservices
6 58 (11.65%) Migration
7 56 (11.24%) Mentoring
8 53 (10.64%) Scrum
9 44 (8.84%) Continuous Integration
10 41 (8.23%) Software Engineering
10 41 (8.23%) Test Automation
11 39 (7.83%) Kanban
12 38 (7.63%) Stakeholder Management
13 32 (6.43%) Project Management
14 31 (6.22%) Project Delivery
15 29 (5.82%) Technical Architecture
16 28 (5.62%) Problem-Solving
17 27 (5.42%) Continuous Delivery
18 25 (5.02%) ITIL
19 23 (4.62%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 131 (26.31%) Java
2 60 (12.05%) Python
3 52 (10.44%) JavaScript
4 45 (9.04%) SQL
5 35 (7.03%) C#
6 20 (4.02%) Ruby
7 18 (3.61%) PowerShell
8 17 (3.41%) Apex Code
9 12 (2.41%) C++
10 11 (2.21%) Java 8
11 10 (2.01%) C
12 9 (1.81%) Kotlin
12 9 (1.81%) T-SQL
13 8 (1.61%) TypeScript
14 7 (1.41%) Bash Shell
15 6 (1.20%) Clojure
15 6 (1.20%) PHP
15 6 (1.20%) Scala
16 5 (1.00%) Apple Swift
17 4 (0.80%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 59 (11.85%) Security Cleared
2 37 (7.43%) SC Cleared
3 17 (3.41%) Degree
4 16 (3.21%) BPSS Clearance
5 9 (1.81%) AWS Certification
5 9 (1.81%) ISEB
5 9 (1.81%) Microsoft Certification
6 8 (1.61%) DV Cleared
7 5 (1.00%) ISTQB
7 5 (1.00%) MCSE
8 4 (0.80%) Computer Science Degree
9 3 (0.60%) CEH
9 3 (0.60%) DBS Check
9 3 (0.60%) MCSA
9 3 (0.60%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 2 (0.40%) CCNP
10 2 (0.40%) Cisco Certification
10 2 (0.40%) CISSP
10 2 (0.40%) OCPJP
10 2 (0.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (2.81%) QA
2 6 (1.20%) SLA
3 4 (0.80%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.40%) COBIT
4 2 (0.40%) ISO 8583
4 2 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.20%) ECSS
5 1 (0.20%) GDPR
5 1 (0.20%) MiFID
5 1 (0.20%) PMO
5 1 (0.20%) PSD2
System Software
1 40 (8.03%) Active Directory
2 23 (4.62%) Docker
3 7 (1.41%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.60%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.40%) Apache Flume
5 2 (0.40%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.40%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.40%) vSphere
6 1 (0.20%) BitLocker
6 1 (0.20%) Firmware
6 1 (0.20%) IAG
6 1 (0.20%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 1 (0.20%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.20%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 19 (3.82%) SCCM
2 17 (3.41%) Kubernetes
3 11 (2.21%) Single Sign-On
4 10 (2.01%) Terraform
5 9 (1.81%) Ansible
6 7 (1.41%) Microsoft Intune
6 7 (1.41%) Puppet
7 6 (1.20%) SCOM
8 4 (0.80%) Opscode Chef
9 3 (0.60%) Docker Swarm
10 2 (0.40%) Grafana
10 2 (0.40%) HP Quality Center
10 2 (0.40%) Oozie
10 2 (0.40%) Salt
11 1 (0.20%) AirWatch
11 1 (0.20%) Istio
11 1 (0.20%) Kibana
11 1 (0.20%) MIIS
11 1 (0.20%) Pacemaker
11 1 (0.20%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 69 (13.86%) Microsoft
2 31 (6.22%) Oracle
3 26 (5.22%) Salesforce.com
3 26 (5.22%) SAP
4 16 (3.21%) Google
5 14 (2.81%) VMware
6 13 (2.61%) Cisco
7 11 (2.21%) Adobe
8 8 (1.61%) Aruba
8 8 (1.61%) Reuters
8 8 (1.61%) Sun
9 7 (1.41%) Bloomberg
9 7 (1.41%) CA
9 7 (1.41%) Citrix
9 7 (1.41%) MuleSoft
9 7 (1.41%) Okta
10 6 (1.20%) Pega
10 6 (1.20%) UiPath
11 5 (1.00%) Red Hat
11 5 (1.00%) TIBCO