Period
to 12 August 2020

The median contractor rate for a Technical Leader was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 12 August 2020.

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
12 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 333 344 427
Rank change year-on-year +11 +83 -23
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Leader 204 662 591
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.59% 0.73% 0.58%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.63% 0.77% 0.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 153 415 392
Median daily rate £550 £538 £516
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.33% +4.17% +3.20%
10th Percentile £413 £403 £363
90th Percentile £795 £688 £686
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £514 £455
% change year-on-year -2.68% +12.91% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 2
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £30.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +13.82% -12.14%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £19.64 £13.50
% change year-on-year -15.99% +45.48% -61.43%

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 32,143 85,711 97,293
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.01% 94.34% 94.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 19,955 56,236 63,690
Median daily rate £475 £465 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +3.45%
10th Percentile £256 £263 £269
90th Percentile £671 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +1.80% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,329 2,930 3,113
Median hourly rate £26.61 £19.64 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +35.46% +9.11% -3.74%
10th Percentile £11.74 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.12 £52.50 £47.83
Median hourly rate £21.50 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +16.22% +5.71% -1.55%

Technical Leader
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Technical Leader in the UK

Technical Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Technical Leader.

Daily rate trend for Technical Leader in the UK

Technical Leader
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Technical Leader over the 6 months to 12 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Technical Leader in the UK

Technical Leader
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Technical Leader.

Hourly rate trend for Technical Leader in the UK

Technical Leader
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Technical Leader over the 6 months to 12 August 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Technical Leader in the UK

Technical Leader
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 Technical Leader within the UK over the 6 months to 12 August 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 +15 188 £570 +6.05% 61
UK excluding London +43 101 £500 -2.68% 35
London +25 98 £588 +6.82% 25
South East +116 33 £625 +25.00% 9
South West +64 17 £575 +4.55% 9
East of England +63 17 £475 -2.56% 3
Work from Home -7 17 £556 -3.26% 9
Midlands +82 11 £425 -39.29% 4
Wales +46 11 £500 -30.80%
West Midlands +78 7 £450 -21.74% 3
North of England +55 7 £500 -4.76% 11
Yorkshire +62 6 £500 +5.26% 4
Scotland +42 5 £400 -20.40% 2
East Midlands +54 2 - - 1
North East +42 1 £695 - 3

Technical Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 12 August 2020, 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 92 (45.10%) Agile Software Development
2 62 (30.39%) Azure
3 56 (27.45%) AWS
4 51 (25.00%) Finance
5 41 (20.10%) Microsoft
5 41 (20.10%) DevOps
6 40 (19.61%) Java
7 38 (18.63%) Python
7 38 (18.63%) Microservices
7 38 (18.63%) React
8 37 (18.14%) Web Services
8 37 (18.14%) C#
8 37 (18.14%) Migration
9 34 (16.67%) JavaScript
10 32 (15.69%) Security Cleared
10 32 (15.69%) AngularJS
11 30 (14.71%) Technical Leadership
12 29 (14.22%) .NET
13 27 (13.24%) SQL
14 26 (12.75%) Software Engineering
15 24 (11.76%) Kubernetes
16 23 (11.27%) Node.js
17 22 (10.78%) Mentoring
18 21 (10.29%) PowerShell
18 21 (10.29%) Front Office
19 20 (9.80%) Linux
19 20 (9.80%) SC Cleared
19 20 (9.80%) TDD
19 20 (9.80%) Docker
20 19 (9.31%) Terraform

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 17 (8.33%) Elasticsearch
2 6 (2.94%) Apache Spark
3 5 (2.45%) Confluence
4 4 (1.96%) Magnolia
5 3 (1.47%) CMS
5 3 (1.47%) SAS
5 3 (1.47%) SharePoint
5 3 (1.47%) Skype for Business
6 2 (0.98%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (0.98%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (0.98%) MS Exchange
7 1 (0.49%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 1 (0.49%) Apache
7 1 (0.49%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (0.49%) IIS
7 1 (0.49%) JBoss
7 1 (0.49%) Mule
7 1 (0.49%) Oracle HTTP Server
7 1 (0.49%) Red Hat Fuse
7 1 (0.49%) Tomcat
Applications
1 3 (1.47%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.98%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (1.96%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.98%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 2 (0.98%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 62 (30.39%) Azure
2 56 (27.45%) AWS
3 13 (6.37%) GCP
4 11 (5.39%) Amazon S3
5 10 (4.90%) Serverless
6 9 (4.41%) IaaS
7 8 (3.92%) Azure Functions
7 8 (3.92%) Office 365
8 7 (3.43%) Azure Active Directory
9 5 (2.45%) PaaS
9 5 (2.45%) SaaS
10 4 (1.96%) Amazon SQS
10 4 (1.96%) Dynamics 365
10 4 (1.96%) Power Platform
11 3 (1.47%) Amazon EMR
11 3 (1.47%) AWS CloudFormation
11 3 (1.47%) Logic Apps
12 2 (0.98%) OpenShift
12 2 (0.98%) PowerApps
13 1 (0.49%) Amazon EKS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (6.86%) WAN
2 13 (6.37%) LAN
3 10 (4.90%) Wi-Fi
4 8 (3.92%) ADSL
4 8 (3.92%) Broadband
4 8 (3.92%) Ethernet
4 8 (3.92%) GPON
4 8 (3.92%) VDSL
5 6 (2.94%) Firewall
6 5 (2.45%) Wireless
7 4 (1.96%) 802.11
7 4 (1.96%) Network Security
7 4 (1.96%) WLAN
8 3 (1.47%) DNS
8 3 (1.47%) Skype
8 3 (1.47%) VPN
9 2 (0.98%) DMZ
10 1 (0.49%) HTTP
10 1 (0.49%) Internet
10 1 (0.49%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (7.35%) MySQL
2 12 (5.88%) Data Lake
2 12 (5.88%) SQL Server
3 9 (4.41%) PostgreSQL
4 8 (3.92%) MongoDB
5 7 (3.43%) Data Warehouse
6 6 (2.94%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 5 (2.45%) Amazon Aurora
7 5 (2.45%) Relational Database
8 4 (1.96%) Amazon Redshift
8 4 (1.96%) Apache Hive
8 4 (1.96%) Big Data
8 4 (1.96%) Cosmos DB
9 3 (1.47%) Azure SQL Database
9 3 (1.47%) Hadoop
9 3 (1.47%) Power BI
10 2 (0.98%) Oracle Database
10 2 (0.98%) Qlik Sense
10 2 (0.98%) QlikView
10 2 (0.98%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 14 (6.86%) JIRA
2 9 (4.41%) Git (software)
2 9 (4.41%) Selenium
3 8 (3.92%) Jenkins
4 4 (1.96%) SpecFlow
4 4 (1.96%) Visual Studio Team System
5 3 (1.47%) Cucumber
5 3 (1.47%) JMeter
5 3 (1.47%) SoapUI
5 3 (1.47%) Sonatype Nexus
5 3 (1.47%) Visual Studio
5 3 (1.47%) Visual Studio Coded UI
5 3 (1.47%) WebDriver
6 2 (0.98%) Checkstyle
6 2 (0.98%) IntelliJ
6 2 (0.98%) Mockito
6 2 (0.98%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (0.49%) JUnit
7 1 (0.49%) Maven
7 1 (0.49%) Xcode
General
1 51 (25.00%) Finance
2 21 (10.29%) Front Office
3 10 (4.90%) Banking
3 10 (4.90%) Public Sector
4 8 (3.92%) Telecoms
5 5 (2.45%) Local Government
5 5 (2.45%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.47%) Electronics
6 3 (1.47%) Marketing
6 3 (1.47%) Retail
7 2 (0.98%) Financial Institution
7 2 (0.98%) Games
8 1 (0.49%) Back Office
8 1 (0.49%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.49%) Law
8 1 (0.49%) Legal
8 1 (0.49%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (18.63%) React
2 37 (18.14%) Web Services
3 32 (15.69%) AngularJS
4 29 (14.22%) .NET
5 23 (11.27%) Node.js
6 19 (9.31%) .NET Core
7 17 (8.33%) ASP.NET
8 15 (7.35%) ASP.NET Core
8 15 (7.35%) Spring
9 14 (6.86%) Vue.js
10 13 (6.37%) REST
11 11 (5.39%) HTML
12 10 (4.90%) Spring Boot
13 9 (4.41%) CSS
14 6 (2.94%) Elastic Stack
14 6 (2.94%) Lambda Expressions
15 5 (2.45%) Oracle Fusion
15 5 (2.45%) SOAP
16 4 (1.96%) 802.1X
16 4 (1.96%) scikit-learn
Miscellaneous
1 19 (9.31%) Hedge funds
2 17 (8.33%) Derivative
2 17 (8.33%) Equities
2 17 (8.33%) Fixed Income
2 17 (8.33%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 15 (7.35%) Analytical Skills
4 8 (3.92%) Data Centre
4 8 (3.92%) Video\Live Streaming
5 5 (2.45%) Greenfield Project
5 5 (2.45%) Management Information System
5 5 (2.45%) Self-Motivation
6 4 (1.96%) Device Driver
6 4 (1.96%) Enterprise Software
6 4 (1.96%) Fat Client
6 4 (1.96%) Mobile Banking
6 4 (1.96%) PKI
6 4 (1.96%) Thin Client
7 3 (1.47%) Client/Server
7 3 (1.47%) Virtual Team
8 2 (0.98%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 20 (9.80%) Linux
2 12 (5.88%) Windows
3 5 (2.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 5 (2.45%) Windows Server 2012
3 5 (2.45%) Windows Server 2016
4 4 (1.96%) Apple iOS
4 4 (1.96%) Embedded Linux
5 3 (1.47%) Android
5 3 (1.47%) Windows 10
5 3 (1.47%) Windows 7
5 3 (1.47%) Windows Server 2019
6 2 (0.98%) Unix
6 2 (0.98%) Windows Server
6 2 (0.98%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.49%) CentOS
7 1 (0.49%) Check Point GAiA
7 1 (0.49%) Mac OS
7 1 (0.49%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.49%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 92 (45.10%) Agile Software Development
2 41 (20.10%) DevOps
3 38 (18.63%) Microservices
4 37 (18.14%) Migration
5 30 (14.71%) Technical Leadership
6 26 (12.75%) Software Engineering
7 22 (10.78%) Mentoring
8 20 (9.80%) TDD
9 18 (8.82%) Analytics
9 18 (8.82%) Asset Management
9 18 (8.82%) Continuous Integration
10 17 (8.33%) Investment Management
11 15 (7.35%) Fintech
11 15 (7.35%) Stakeholder Management
12 14 (6.86%) Problem-Solving
12 14 (6.86%) Scrum
13 12 (5.88%) Coaching
13 12 (5.88%) Computer Science
13 12 (5.88%) Data Modelling
13 12 (5.88%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 40 (19.61%) Java
2 38 (18.63%) Python
3 37 (18.14%) C#
4 34 (16.67%) JavaScript
5 27 (13.24%) SQL
6 21 (10.29%) PowerShell
7 14 (6.86%) TypeScript
8 11 (5.39%) Go
9 8 (3.92%) Java 8
10 7 (3.43%) Kotlin
11 5 (2.45%) T-SQL
12 4 (1.96%) C++
12 4 (1.96%) Scala
13 3 (1.47%) C
13 3 (1.47%) Ruby
14 1 (0.49%) ANSI SQL
14 1 (0.49%) Apex Code
14 1 (0.49%) Apple Swift
14 1 (0.49%) Bash Shell
14 1 (0.49%) GLSL
Qualifications
1 32 (15.69%) Security Cleared
2 20 (9.80%) SC Cleared
3 16 (7.84%) Degree
4 14 (6.86%) DV Cleared
5 3 (1.47%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (0.98%) CCNP
6 2 (0.98%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (0.98%) DBS Check
6 2 (0.98%) OCP
6 2 (0.98%) Oracle Certification
7 1 (0.49%) CCNA
7 1 (0.49%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.45%) QA
2 1 (0.49%) WCAG
System Software
1 20 (9.80%) Docker
2 12 (5.88%) Active Directory
3 4 (1.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (1.96%) vSphere
4 1 (0.49%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.49%) VMware NSX
4 1 (0.49%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 24 (11.76%) Kubernetes
2 19 (9.31%) Terraform
3 6 (2.94%) Kibana
3 6 (2.94%) logstash
4 5 (2.45%) SCOM
5 4 (1.96%) Ansible
5 4 (1.96%) SCCM
6 3 (1.47%) McAfee ePO
6 3 (1.47%) Rancher
7 2 (0.98%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (0.49%) Cisco CUCM
8 1 (0.49%) Cisco UCCX
8 1 (0.49%) Forum Sentry
8 1 (0.49%) Red Hat Satellite
8 1 (0.49%) vRealize
Vendors
1 41 (20.10%) Microsoft
2 13 (6.37%) Oracle
3 12 (5.88%) Cisco
4 8 (3.92%) Google
4 8 (3.92%) VMware
5 6 (2.94%) Salesforce.com
5 6 (2.94%) SolarWinds
6 5 (2.45%) Red Hat
6 5 (2.45%) SAP
7 4 (1.96%) IFS
7 4 (1.96%) Juniper
7 4 (1.96%) Talend
8 3 (1.47%) Mavenir
8 3 (1.47%) McAfee
9 2 (0.98%) Citrix
9 2 (0.98%) Databricks
9 2 (0.98%) MuleSoft
10 1 (0.49%) Concur
10 1 (0.49%) NVIDIA
10 1 (0.49%) Xamarin