Period
to 19 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Technical Leader was £515 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 October 2018.

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
19 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 417 419 375
Rank change year-on-year +2 -44 +38
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Leader 571 555 678
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.55% 0.56% 0.64%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.58% 0.59% 0.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 371 390 428
UK median daily rate £515 £515 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +8.42% +7.95%
10th Percentile £369 £363 £330
90th Percentile £688 £675 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% +2.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 5
UK median hourly rate £37.00 £28.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.82% -40.00% +2.15%
10th Percentile £22.37 £22.15 £24.02
90th Percentile £46.00 £36.05 £57.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.54 £28.50 £47.50
% change year-on-year +0.13% -40.00% +2.15%

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 97,664 94,376 100,916
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.74% 94.92% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,189 61,985 65,717
UK median daily rate £450 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £268 £263 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,134 2,810 3,301
UK median hourly rate £17.99 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.82% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.44
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% +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 19 October 2018.

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 19 October 2018.

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 19 October 2018. 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 -10 540 £517 -1.29% 116
London +55 321 £550 - 54
UK excluding London -58 246 £475 +5.56% 69
South East -19 79 £500 -7.83% 14
Midlands -27 41 £415 -2.35% 7
East of England +9 40 £450 +11.66% 13
North of England -71 39 £506 +19.12% 23
East Midlands -3 30 £415 +1.22% 1
Scotland -18 26 £465 -5.10% 3
North West -38 23 £506 +19.12% 10
South West -11 19 £450 -10.00% 5
Yorkshire -41 13 £475 +10.14% 11
West Midlands -33 11 £440 +3.53% 5
North East +2 3 £650 +62.50% 2
Northern Ireland +34 1 £600 +53.85% 1
Wales - 1 £375 - 3

Technical Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 October 2018, 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.

1 174 (30.47%) Agile Software Development
2 160 (28.02%) Java
3 100 (17.51%) Finance
4 87 (15.24%) Amazon AWS
5 86 (15.06%) DevOps
6 84 (14.71%) Migration
7 75 (13.13%) Microservices
8 71 (12.43%) SQL
9 65 (11.38%) JavaScript
10 64 (11.21%) Docker
11 61 (10.68%) Security Cleared
12 59 (10.33%) Microsoft
13 58 (10.16%) Linux
14 57 (9.98%) Scrum
15 56 (9.81%) Mentoring
16 55 (9.63%) Microsoft Azure
16 55 (9.63%) Spring
17 51 (8.93%) Windows
17 51 (8.93%) Kubernetes
18 48 (8.41%) REST
18 48 (8.41%) HTML
19 47 (8.23%) .NET
20 45 (7.88%) Web Services
21 44 (7.71%) Continuous Integration
22 43 (7.53%) CSS
23 41 (7.18%) SOAP
24 40 (7.01%) TDD
24 40 (7.01%) Java 8
25 39 (6.83%) Jenkins
25 39 (6.83%) ITIL

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 18 (3.15%) Elasticsearch
2 16 (2.80%) Apache
3 12 (2.10%) Apache Spark
3 12 (2.10%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 11 (1.93%) Confluence
5 9 (1.58%) IIS
6 5 (0.88%) CMS
6 5 (0.88%) SharePoint
6 5 (0.88%) Tomcat
6 5 (0.88%) WebLogic
7 4 (0.70%) JBoss
8 3 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2010
8 3 (0.53%) Gunicorn
8 3 (0.53%) Moodle
8 3 (0.53%) MS Exchange
8 3 (0.53%) SAS
9 2 (0.35%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 2 (0.35%) Anypoint
9 2 (0.35%) Cloud Foundry
9 2 (0.35%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 6 (1.05%) Microsoft Excel
1 6 (1.05%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.70%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (0.53%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.18%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.18%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 6 (1.05%) SAP Hybris
2 5 (0.88%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.53%) HFM
4 2 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.18%) Adobe Campaign
5 1 (0.18%) Distributed Ledger
5 1 (0.18%) LatentZero
5 1 (0.18%) Minerva
5 1 (0.18%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.18%) OpenText VIM for SAP
5 1 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.18%) R3 Corda
5 1 (0.18%) SAP APO
5 1 (0.18%) SAP BPC
5 1 (0.18%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.18%) SAP HR
5 1 (0.18%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.18%) Summit
5 1 (0.18%) Tesseract
5 1 (0.18%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 87 (15.24%) Amazon AWS
2 55 (9.63%) Microsoft Azure
3 25 (4.38%) SaaS
4 18 (3.15%) Office 365
5 11 (1.93%) PaaS
5 11 (1.93%) Salesforce Service Cloud
6 10 (1.75%) Apigee
7 9 (1.58%) Heroku
8 8 (1.40%) Cloud Computing
9 7 (1.23%) GitHub
9 7 (1.23%) IaaS
10 6 (1.05%) Dynamics 365
10 6 (1.05%) Google Cloud Platform
11 5 (0.88%) Azure Active Directory
11 5 (0.88%) NuGet
11 5 (0.88%) OpenShift
12 4 (0.70%) Amazon Kinesis
12 4 (0.70%) Amazon S3
12 4 (0.70%) OneDrive
13 3 (0.53%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 34 (5.95%) Firewall
2 24 (4.20%) DNS
3 13 (2.28%) LAN
4 12 (2.10%) HTTP
4 12 (2.10%) SSL
4 12 (2.10%) TCP/IP
5 11 (1.93%) FTP
6 9 (1.58%) WAN
6 9 (1.58%) Wireless
7 8 (1.40%) LTE
8 7 (1.23%) VPN
9 6 (1.05%) DHCP
10 5 (0.88%) Network Security
10 5 (0.88%) SAN
11 4 (0.70%) BGP
11 4 (0.70%) Cisco Nexus
11 4 (0.70%) FabricPath
11 4 (0.70%) HSRP
11 4 (0.70%) Internet
11 4 (0.70%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (6.48%) SQL Server
2 33 (5.78%) MongoDB
3 26 (4.55%) Big Data
4 24 (4.20%) MySQL
5 20 (3.50%) Hadoop
5 20 (3.50%) NoSQL
6 19 (3.33%) Relational Database
7 18 (3.15%) Apache Cassandra
8 16 (2.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 14 (2.45%) Data Warehouse
10 13 (2.28%) PostgreSQL
10 13 (2.28%) Redis
11 9 (1.58%) Oracle Database
12 8 (1.40%) DB2
12 8 (1.40%) RDBMS
12 8 (1.40%) Riak
12 8 (1.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 5 (0.88%) Impala
14 4 (0.70%) HBase
14 4 (0.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 39 (6.83%) Jenkins
2 36 (6.30%) Git (software)
3 33 (5.78%) Maven
4 20 (3.50%) Gradle
5 14 (2.45%) JIRA
6 12 (2.10%) TeamCity
7 11 (1.93%) JMeter
7 11 (1.93%) Octopus Deploy
8 10 (1.75%) gulp
9 9 (1.58%) GitLab
10 8 (1.40%) Artifactory
10 8 (1.40%) Sonatype Nexus
11 7 (1.23%) Ant
11 7 (1.23%) Selenium
11 7 (1.23%) SonarQube
11 7 (1.23%) The Grinder
12 6 (1.05%) Cucumber
12 6 (1.05%) Visual Studio
13 5 (0.88%) Vagrant
14 4 (0.70%) MSBuild
General
1 100 (17.51%) Finance
2 27 (4.73%) Banking
3 23 (4.03%) Retail
4 17 (2.98%) Law
5 16 (2.80%) Front Office
5 16 (2.80%) Telecoms
6 9 (1.58%) Manufacturing
7 8 (1.40%) Marketing
8 5 (0.88%) Advertising
8 5 (0.88%) Electronics
9 4 (0.70%) Investment Banking
9 4 (0.70%) Publishing
10 3 (0.53%) General Ledger
11 2 (0.35%) Automotive
11 2 (0.35%) Games
12 1 (0.18%) Back Office
12 1 (0.18%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.18%) Legal
12 1 (0.18%) Military
12 1 (0.18%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (9.63%) Spring
2 48 (8.41%) HTML
2 48 (8.41%) REST
3 47 (8.23%) .NET
4 45 (7.88%) Web Services
5 43 (7.53%) CSS
6 41 (7.18%) SOAP
7 37 (6.48%) RESTful
8 33 (5.78%) Spring Boot
9 32 (5.60%) HTML5
10 28 (4.90%) AngularJS
11 27 (4.73%) Kafka
12 26 (4.55%) React
13 22 (3.85%) OAuth
14 20 (3.50%) Node.js
15 19 (3.33%) JSON
16 17 (2.98%) CSS3
16 17 (2.98%) J2EE
17 16 (2.80%) Hibernate
17 16 (2.80%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 30 (5.25%) Data Centre
2 29 (5.08%) Analytical Skills
3 25 (4.38%) Public Cloud
4 20 (3.50%) Computer Science
5 16 (2.80%) Fintech
5 16 (2.80%) Greenfield Project
6 14 (2.45%) Management Information System
7 10 (1.75%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 9 (1.58%) Enterprise Software
8 9 (1.58%) Fixed Income
8 9 (1.58%) Hybrid Cloud
8 9 (1.58%) iPad
9 7 (1.23%) Mobile App
9 7 (1.23%) User Experience
10 6 (1.05%) Equities
10 6 (1.05%) Private Cloud
11 5 (0.88%) Derivative
12 4 (0.70%) Hedge funds
12 4 (0.70%) iSeries
13 3 (0.53%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 58 (10.16%) Linux
2 51 (8.93%) Windows
3 19 (3.33%) Windows Server
4 12 (2.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 12 (2.10%) Windows 10
5 11 (1.93%) Unix
6 10 (1.75%) Windows Server 2012
7 9 (1.58%) Windows 7
8 6 (1.05%) Solaris
9 5 (0.88%) Apple iOS
10 4 (0.70%) Windows Server 2008
11 3 (0.53%) Android
11 3 (0.53%) SUSE
12 2 (0.35%) AIX
12 2 (0.35%) CentOS
12 2 (0.35%) Mac OS
12 2 (0.35%) Oracle Linux
12 2 (0.35%) Windows Server 2003
13 1 (0.18%) Kali Linux
13 1 (0.18%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 174 (30.47%) Agile Software Development
2 86 (15.06%) DevOps
3 84 (14.71%) Migration
4 75 (13.13%) Microservices
5 57 (9.98%) Scrum
6 56 (9.81%) Mentoring
7 44 (7.71%) Continuous Integration
8 40 (7.01%) TDD
9 39 (6.83%) ITIL
10 38 (6.65%) Project Management
11 33 (5.78%) Analytics
12 31 (5.43%) Collaborative Working
12 31 (5.43%) Software Engineering
13 30 (5.25%) Problem-Solving
13 30 (5.25%) Service Management
14 29 (5.08%) Configuration Management
15 28 (4.90%) Technical Architecture
16 27 (4.73%) Coaching
17 26 (4.55%) Stakeholder Management
18 25 (4.38%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 160 (28.02%) Java
2 71 (12.43%) SQL
3 65 (11.38%) JavaScript
4 40 (7.01%) Java 8
5 36 (6.30%) C#
6 32 (5.60%) Python
7 18 (3.15%) Scala
8 14 (2.45%) PowerShell
9 13 (2.28%) ES6
9 13 (2.28%) PHP
10 12 (2.10%) C++
10 12 (2.10%) TypeScript
11 8 (1.40%) Bash Shell
11 8 (1.40%) Clojure
11 8 (1.40%) Shell Script
12 7 (1.23%) Ruby
13 5 (0.88%) Go
14 4 (0.70%) VB
14 4 (0.70%) VB.NET
15 3 (0.53%) Perl
Qualifications
1 61 (10.68%) Security Cleared
2 34 (5.95%) SC Cleared
3 29 (5.08%) Degree
4 22 (3.85%) DV Cleared
5 19 (3.33%) Cisco Certification
6 17 (2.98%) Computer Science Degree
7 16 (2.80%) CCNA
8 13 (2.28%) CISSP
9 12 (2.10%) CISA
9 12 (2.10%) CISM
10 5 (0.88%) CCNP
11 3 (0.53%) AWS Certification
12 2 (0.35%) BPSS Clearance
13 1 (0.18%) CCIE
13 1 (0.18%) GISP
13 1 (0.18%) ITIL Certification
13 1 (0.18%) Master's Degree
13 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Certification
13 1 (0.18%) OSCP
13 1 (0.18%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (4.55%) QA
2 19 (3.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 13 (2.28%) HIPAA
4 8 (1.40%) Data Quality
4 8 (1.40%) GDPR
5 7 (1.23%) SLA
6 5 (0.88%) PSD2
7 4 (0.70%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (0.35%) MiFID
9 1 (0.18%) ECSS
9 1 (0.18%) HL7
System Software
1 64 (11.21%) Docker
2 23 (4.03%) Active Directory
3 17 (2.98%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (1.23%) VMware ESXi
5 6 (1.05%) Hyper-V
5 6 (1.05%) XenApp
6 5 (0.88%) Microsoft App-V
6 5 (0.88%) XenDesktop
7 4 (0.70%) vCloud
7 4 (0.70%) vSphere
8 2 (0.35%) BitLocker
8 2 (0.35%) Shibboleth
8 2 (0.35%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (0.35%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.18%) NDS
9 1 (0.18%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 51 (8.93%) Kubernetes
2 25 (4.38%) Terraform
3 19 (3.33%) Ansible
4 13 (2.28%) SCCM
5 12 (2.10%) Docker Swarm
6 11 (1.93%) Kibana
7 8 (1.40%) Puppet
8 7 (1.23%) Opscode Chef
9 6 (1.05%) ITRS Geneos
9 6 (1.05%) Mesos
9 6 (1.05%) Nagios
9 6 (1.05%) SCOM
9 6 (1.05%) Single Sign-On
10 4 (0.70%) logstash
11 3 (0.53%) Grafana
12 2 (0.35%) CloudForms
12 2 (0.35%) Jamf Pro
12 2 (0.35%) Microsoft Clustering
12 2 (0.35%) Prometheus
12 2 (0.35%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 59 (10.33%) Microsoft
2 32 (5.60%) Oracle
3 26 (4.55%) Splunk
3 26 (4.55%) VMware
4 22 (3.85%) SAP
5 19 (3.33%) Cisco
6 17 (2.98%) Salesforce.com
7 16 (2.80%) Citrix
8 14 (2.45%) hybris
8 14 (2.45%) Red Hat
9 13 (2.28%) Google
9 13 (2.28%) McAfee
10 12 (2.10%) CyberArk
10 12 (2.10%) ForeScout
11 10 (1.75%) MuleSoft
12 9 (1.58%) AppDynamics
12 9 (1.58%) CA
12 9 (1.58%) Forcepoint
13 7 (1.23%) IBM
14 6 (1.05%) Sitecore