Period
to 16 December 2018

The median contractor rate for a Technical Leader was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 16 December 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
16 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 436 424 369
Rank change year-on-year -12 -55 +39
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Leader 559 559 666
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.54% 0.54% 0.65%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.57% 0.57% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 350 387 412
UK median daily rate £525 £520 £488
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.96% +6.67% +8.33%
10th Percentile £369 £354 £352
90th Percentile £710 £693 £640
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £470 £438
% change year-on-year +6.38% +7.43% +0.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 15
UK median hourly rate £37.00 £22.00 £50.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +68.18% -56.00% +7.53%
10th Percentile £22.37 £21.00 £23.33
90th Percentile £46.00 £23.00 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.54 £22.00 £50.00
% change year-on-year +29.72% -56.00% +4.17%

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 98,693 97,400 97,270
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.71% 94.93% 94.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 65,349 64,570 63,457
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £270 £258 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.01% +5.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,031 2,855 3,293
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.07% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.77 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £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 16 December 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 16 December 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 16 December 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 -11 526 £525 - 107
London +43 290 £550 +2.09% 42
UK excluding London -50 263 £500 +6.38% 70
South East -24 94 £530 +0.95% 21
Midlands -23 52 £440 +3.53% 10
North of England -60 41 £528 +24.12% 16
East of England -9 33 £488 +20.97% 7
East Midlands +1 30 £415 -3.77% 3
North West -12 26 £528 +24.12% 12
Scotland -7 24 £425 -15.00% 1
West Midlands -19 18 £500 +17.65% 7
South West -15 15 £506 -3.57% 11
Yorkshire -42 14 £525 +19.32% 4
Wales -25 3 £563 +25.00% 2
North East -22 1 £725 +81.25%
Northern Ireland - 1 £600 - 2

Technical Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 December 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.

1 176 (31.48%) Agile Software Development
2 139 (24.87%) Java
3 90 (16.10%) Finance
3 90 (16.10%) DevOps
4 87 (15.56%) Amazon AWS
5 82 (14.67%) Migration
6 81 (14.49%) JavaScript
7 80 (14.31%) Microservices
8 76 (13.60%) Microsoft
9 71 (12.70%) Security Cleared
9 71 (12.70%) Technical Leadership
10 65 (11.63%) Linux
10 65 (11.63%) Microsoft Azure
11 63 (11.27%) REST
11 63 (11.27%) Docker
12 59 (10.55%) SQL
13 57 (10.20%) Spring
13 57 (10.20%) Kubernetes
14 56 (10.02%) SOAP
15 54 (9.66%) Scrum
16 53 (9.48%) Mentoring
17 52 (9.30%) Windows
18 49 (8.77%) HTML
19 46 (8.23%) Web Services
20 45 (8.05%) CSS
21 43 (7.69%) .NET
21 43 (7.69%) Continuous Integration
21 43 (7.69%) Git (software)
22 42 (7.51%) SC Cleared
22 42 (7.51%) RESTful

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 23 (4.11%) SharePoint
2 21 (3.76%) Elasticsearch
3 17 (3.04%) Apache Spark
4 12 (2.15%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 10 (1.79%) Apache
5 10 (1.79%) SAP Portal
6 8 (1.43%) Confluence
7 7 (1.25%) MS Exchange
8 5 (0.89%) JBoss
8 5 (0.89%) WebSphere
9 4 (0.72%) CMS
9 4 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2010
9 4 (0.72%) Skype for Business
9 4 (0.72%) WebLogic
10 3 (0.54%) Gunicorn
10 3 (0.54%) IIS
10 3 (0.54%) Moodle
10 3 (0.54%) NetWeaver
10 3 (0.54%) Tomcat
11 2 (0.36%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 4 (0.72%) Microsoft Office
1 4 (0.72%) Microsoft Project
2 2 (0.36%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.18%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 21 (3.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.72%) HFM
3 3 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.54%) SAP GTS
3 3 (0.54%) SAP S/4HANA
4 2 (0.36%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.36%) Primavera
4 2 (0.36%) SAP Hybris
5 1 (0.18%) Distributed Ledger
5 1 (0.18%) Maximo
5 1 (0.18%) OpenText VIM for SAP
5 1 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.18%) R3 Corda
5 1 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.18%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 87 (15.56%) Amazon AWS
2 65 (11.63%) Microsoft Azure
3 34 (6.08%) SaaS
4 31 (5.55%) Office 365
5 18 (3.22%) Dynamics 365
6 14 (2.50%) Heroku
6 14 (2.50%) PaaS
7 11 (1.97%) Apigee
7 11 (1.97%) IaaS
8 10 (1.79%) Yammer
9 7 (1.25%) Cloud Computing
9 7 (1.25%) GitHub
9 7 (1.25%) Google Cloud Platform
9 7 (1.25%) OpenShift
10 6 (1.07%) Amazon S3
11 5 (0.89%) OneDrive
12 4 (0.72%) Azure Active Directory
12 4 (0.72%) Salesforce Service Cloud
13 3 (0.54%) Azure Data Factory
13 3 (0.54%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 22 (3.94%) DNS
1 22 (3.94%) Firewall
2 18 (3.22%) SSL
3 17 (3.04%) LAN
4 16 (2.86%) FTP
4 16 (2.86%) HTTP
4 16 (2.86%) TCP/IP
5 14 (2.50%) WAN
6 8 (1.43%) LTE
7 7 (1.25%) SAN
8 6 (1.07%) VPN
8 6 (1.07%) Wireless
9 5 (0.89%) Radio Access Network
10 4 (0.72%) BGP
10 4 (0.72%) Ethernet
10 4 (0.72%) Network Security
10 4 (0.72%) OSPF
10 4 (0.72%) Skype
11 3 (0.54%) Internet
11 3 (0.54%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (7.51%) Big Data
2 39 (6.98%) MongoDB
3 34 (6.08%) SQL Server
4 32 (5.72%) Hadoop
5 23 (4.11%) Apache Cassandra
6 20 (3.58%) MySQL
7 16 (2.86%) NoSQL
8 13 (2.33%) Relational Database
9 11 (1.97%) Power BI
9 11 (1.97%) Redis
10 10 (1.79%) Oracle Database
11 9 (1.61%) RDBMS
11 9 (1.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 8 (1.43%) PostgreSQL
12 8 (1.43%) Riak
13 7 (1.25%) Data Warehouse
13 7 (1.25%) DB2
14 6 (1.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 5 (0.89%) Amazon RDS
15 5 (0.89%) HBase
Development Applications
1 43 (7.69%) Git (software)
2 38 (6.80%) Jenkins
3 25 (4.47%) Maven
4 23 (4.11%) Gradle
5 14 (2.50%) GitLab
5 14 (2.50%) gulp
5 14 (2.50%) JIRA
6 12 (2.15%) TeamCity
7 9 (1.61%) Octopus Deploy
8 8 (1.43%) Sonatype Nexus
9 7 (1.25%) JUnit
9 7 (1.25%) Selenium
10 6 (1.07%) Artifactory
10 6 (1.07%) JMeter
11 5 (0.89%) Ant
11 5 (0.89%) Cucumber
11 5 (0.89%) Vagrant
12 4 (0.72%) SoapUI
12 4 (0.72%) Subversion
12 4 (0.72%) Visual Studio
General
1 90 (16.10%) Finance
2 24 (4.29%) Marketing
3 20 (3.58%) Banking
4 19 (3.40%) Retail
5 17 (3.04%) Manufacturing
6 16 (2.86%) Telecoms
7 14 (2.50%) Back Office
8 13 (2.33%) Front Office
9 10 (1.79%) Law
10 8 (1.43%) Legal
11 5 (0.89%) Electronics
12 4 (0.72%) Advertising
13 3 (0.54%) Aerospace
13 3 (0.54%) General Ledger
14 2 (0.36%) Automotive
14 2 (0.36%) Investment Banking
14 2 (0.36%) Publishing
15 1 (0.18%) Games
15 1 (0.18%) Multimedia
15 1 (0.18%) Retail Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (11.27%) REST
2 57 (10.20%) Spring
3 56 (10.02%) SOAP
4 49 (8.77%) HTML
5 46 (8.23%) Web Services
6 45 (8.05%) CSS
7 43 (7.69%) .NET
8 42 (7.51%) RESTful
9 37 (6.62%) AngularJS
10 36 (6.44%) Spring Boot
11 35 (6.26%) HTML5
11 35 (6.26%) React
12 25 (4.47%) Node.js
13 23 (4.11%) OAuth
14 20 (3.58%) JSON
14 20 (3.58%) Kafka
15 18 (3.22%) CSS3
16 16 (2.86%) Hibernate
16 16 (2.86%) Middleware
17 15 (2.68%) Ember.js
Miscellaneous
1 34 (6.08%) Data Centre
2 26 (4.65%) Analytical Skills
3 24 (4.29%) Greenfield Project
3 24 (4.29%) Public Cloud
4 13 (2.33%) iPad
5 12 (2.15%) Mobile App
6 11 (1.97%) Management Information System
7 10 (1.79%) Fintech
7 10 (1.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 9 (1.61%) Data Structures
8 9 (1.61%) Enterprise Software
9 8 (1.43%) Fixed Income
9 8 (1.43%) Hybrid Cloud
10 5 (0.89%) Equities
11 4 (0.72%) Derivative
11 4 (0.72%) Hedge funds
11 4 (0.72%) User Experience
12 3 (0.54%) Clustering
12 3 (0.54%) Private Cloud
13 2 (0.36%) VLE
Operating Systems
1 65 (11.63%) Linux
2 52 (9.30%) Windows
3 21 (3.76%) Windows Server
4 13 (2.33%) Unix
5 11 (1.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 10 (1.79%) Windows Server 2012
7 9 (1.61%) Solaris
8 7 (1.25%) Windows 10
8 7 (1.25%) Windows Server 2008
9 5 (0.89%) Windows 7
10 3 (0.54%) Android
10 3 (0.54%) Apple iOS
10 3 (0.54%) SUSE
11 2 (0.36%) AIX
11 2 (0.36%) Oracle Linux
11 2 (0.36%) Windows 2000 Server
11 2 (0.36%) Windows Server 2003
11 2 (0.36%) zOS
12 1 (0.18%) CentOS
12 1 (0.18%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 176 (31.48%) Agile Software Development
2 90 (16.10%) DevOps
3 82 (14.67%) Migration
4 80 (14.31%) Microservices
5 71 (12.70%) Technical Leadership
6 54 (9.66%) Scrum
7 53 (9.48%) Mentoring
8 43 (7.69%) Continuous Integration
9 38 (6.80%) Service Management
10 36 (6.44%) TDD
10 36 (6.44%) Technical Architecture
11 35 (6.26%) Collaborative Working
12 32 (5.72%) Analytics
12 32 (5.72%) ITIL
13 31 (5.55%) Problem-Solving
14 30 (5.37%) E-Commerce
14 30 (5.37%) Open Source
14 30 (5.37%) Project Management
14 30 (5.37%) Test Automation
15 28 (5.01%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 139 (24.87%) Java
2 81 (14.49%) JavaScript
3 59 (10.55%) SQL
4 41 (7.33%) Java 8
5 37 (6.62%) Python
6 35 (6.26%) C#
7 18 (3.22%) ES6
8 17 (3.04%) TypeScript
9 13 (2.33%) PHP
10 11 (1.97%) PowerShell
10 11 (1.97%) Scala
11 10 (1.79%) Ruby
12 8 (1.43%) C++
12 8 (1.43%) Shell Script
13 5 (0.89%) ABAP
13 5 (0.89%) Bash Shell
13 5 (0.89%) Go
14 3 (0.54%) Apex Code
14 3 (0.54%) C
14 3 (0.54%) RPG
Qualifications
1 71 (12.70%) Security Cleared
2 42 (7.51%) SC Cleared
3 27 (4.83%) Degree
4 24 (4.29%) DV Cleared
5 15 (2.68%) Cisco Certification
6 13 (2.33%) Computer Science Degree
7 12 (2.15%) CCNA
8 8 (1.43%) CISSP
9 7 (1.25%) CISA
9 7 (1.25%) CISM
10 5 (0.89%) CCNP
11 4 (0.72%) Numerate Degree
12 3 (0.54%) AWS Certification
12 3 (0.54%) BPSS Clearance
12 3 (0.54%) CCIE
12 3 (0.54%) MCSE
12 3 (0.54%) Microsoft Certification
13 2 (0.36%) ISTQB
14 1 (0.18%) CTC Cleared
14 1 (0.18%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (5.90%) QA
2 11 (1.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 8 (1.43%) HIPAA
4 6 (1.07%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.54%) GDPR
5 3 (0.54%) PSD2
5 3 (0.54%) SLA
6 1 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.18%) GPG13
6 1 (0.18%) HL7
6 1 (0.18%) MiFID
6 1 (0.18%) PMO
6 1 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 63 (11.27%) Docker
2 24 (4.29%) Active Directory
3 14 (2.50%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (1.25%) VMware ESXi
5 6 (1.07%) Hyper-V
6 5 (0.89%) vSphere
6 5 (0.89%) XenApp
6 5 (0.89%) XenDesktop
7 4 (0.72%) vCloud
8 3 (0.54%) Shibboleth
9 2 (0.36%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.36%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.18%) NDS
10 1 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 57 (10.20%) Kubernetes
2 25 (4.47%) Terraform
3 17 (3.04%) Docker Swarm
4 14 (2.50%) Ansible
5 13 (2.33%) SCCM
6 8 (1.43%) Kibana
7 5 (0.89%) ITRS Geneos
7 5 (0.89%) Nagios
8 4 (0.72%) Puppet
9 3 (0.54%) EMC NetWorker
9 3 (0.54%) Grafana
9 3 (0.54%) logstash
9 3 (0.54%) Opscode Chef
9 3 (0.54%) SCOM
9 3 (0.54%) Single Sign-On
10 2 (0.36%) CloudForms
10 2 (0.36%) Mesos
10 2 (0.36%) Microsoft Clustering
10 2 (0.36%) Prometheus
10 2 (0.36%) WebSphere Service Registry and Repository
Vendors
1 76 (13.60%) Microsoft
2 32 (5.72%) SAP
3 27 (4.83%) Oracle
4 23 (4.11%) VMware
5 20 (3.58%) Cisco
6 16 (2.86%) Splunk
7 15 (2.68%) Salesforce.com
8 12 (2.15%) Red Hat
9 10 (1.79%) CA
9 10 (1.79%) Citrix
9 10 (1.79%) Google
9 10 (1.79%) hybris
10 9 (1.61%) IBM
11 8 (1.43%) AppDynamics
11 8 (1.43%) Cloudera
11 8 (1.43%) Dell
11 8 (1.43%) Forcepoint
11 8 (1.43%) McAfee
12 7 (1.25%) ForeScout
12 7 (1.25%) MuleSoft