Period
to 24 September 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for WCAG skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited WCAG over the 6 months to 24 September 2021 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.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
UK
6 months to
24 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 627 424 747
Rank change year-on-year -203 +323 +70
Contract jobs citing WCAG 171 97 102
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.33% 0.12%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.70% 2.81% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 119 65 60
10th Percentile £300 £306 £323
25th Percentile £361 £350 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £475 £419
Median % change year-on-year -10.53% +13.43% -0.30%
75th Percentile £516 £550 £505
90th Percentile £600 £595 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £390 £408
% change year-on-year +3.98% -4.42% -3.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 1
10th Percentile £19.29 " "
25th Percentile £20.96 " £51.00
Median hourly rate £24.50 - £52.00
75th Percentile £25.38 " £53.00
90th Percentile £25.45 " "
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.03 - £52.00

WCAG is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 10,061 3,456 9,964
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.51% 11.62% 11.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,764 2,157 6,262
10th Percentile £265 £265 £250
25th Percentile £381 £361 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £468 £450
Median % change year-on-year +6.95% +3.89% -
75th Percentile £590 £563 £550
90th Percentile £680 £638 £637
UK excluding London median daily rate £435 £433 £425
% change year-on-year +0.54% +1.80% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 333 152 411
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.92 £10.88
25th Percentile £12.99 £15.24 £14.80
Median hourly rate £20.00 £21.28 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year -5.99% +1.31% +9.09%
75th Percentile £45.00 £45.00 £44.00
90th Percentile £62.32 £55.00 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £21.05 £22.75
% change year-on-year -16.86% -7.47% +18.18%

WCAG
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for WCAG in the UK

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for WCAG in the UK

WCAG
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing WCAG over the 6 months to 24 September 2021.

Daily rate histogram for WCAG in the UK

WCAG
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for WCAG in the UK

WCAG
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 WCAG within the UK over the 6 months to 24 September 2021. 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 -194 129 £425 -12.82% 28
London -164 81 £453 -13.81% 14
UK excluding London -157 57 £405 +3.98% 17
Work from Home -222 45 £483 +22.46% 5
South East -79 14 £490 - 4
North of England -92 13 £400 -21.95% 9
Scotland -65 12 £390 +95.00% 2
Wales - 10 £375 - 2
Yorkshire -44 9 £395 - 2
Midlands -81 7 £363 +13.99%
West Midlands -57 6 £363 -23.68%
North East -14 2 £405 +2.79% 3
North West -67 2 £475 -9.52% 4
South West -43 1 £475 -
East Midlands -60 1 - -

For the 6 months to 24 September 2021, IT contractor jobs citing WCAG 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 WCAG.

1 141 (82.46%) Accessibility
2 89 (52.05%) Agile Software Development
3 83 (48.54%) HTML
4 81 (47.37%) JavaScript
5 80 (46.78%) CSS
6 60 (35.09%) User Experience
7 57 (33.33%) Front End Development
8 43 (25.15%) Problem-Solving
9 42 (24.56%) Public Sector
10 39 (22.81%) Git (software)
11 38 (22.22%) User Research
12 35 (20.47%) Web Development
13 33 (19.30%) Social Skills
13 33 (19.30%) Microservices
14 31 (18.13%) Test Automation
15 30 (17.54%) Node.js
16 28 (16.37%) Continuous Integration
16 28 (16.37%) Scrum
16 28 (16.37%) DevOps
17 26 (15.20%) JSON
17 26 (15.20%) Security Cleared
17 26 (15.20%) Sass
18 25 (14.62%) QA
18 25 (14.62%) Adobe
18 25 (14.62%) GitHub
18 25 (14.62%) Prototyping
19 24 (14.04%) Wireframes
19 24 (14.04%) Jenkins
20 23 (13.45%) Analytical Skills
21 22 (12.87%) Azure

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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 (7.02%) CMS
2 10 (5.85%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 5 (2.92%) SharePoint
4 4 (2.34%) Moodle
4 4 (2.34%) Totara
4 4 (2.34%) Umbraco
5 3 (1.75%) Drupal
5 3 (1.75%) Kentico
5 3 (1.75%) WordPress
6 2 (1.17%) Confluence
6 2 (1.17%) Headless CMS
6 2 (1.17%) Jupyter
6 2 (1.17%) R Markdown
7 1 (0.58%) Apache
7 1 (0.58%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.58%) Magnolia
7 1 (0.58%) nginx
Applications
1 18 (10.53%) Sketch
2 14 (8.19%) Adobe XD
3 9 (5.26%) InVision
4 8 (4.68%) Figma
4 8 (4.68%) Zeplin
5 7 (4.09%) Photoshop
6 5 (2.92%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 2 (1.17%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 25 (14.62%) GitHub
2 22 (12.87%) Azure
3 12 (7.02%) Google Analytics
4 7 (4.09%) Siteimprove
5 6 (3.51%) BrowserStack
5 6 (3.51%) Sauce Labs
6 5 (2.92%) npm
7 4 (2.34%) AWS
8 3 (1.75%) Azure Cosmos DB
8 3 (1.75%) Azure Service Bus
8 3 (1.75%) Serverless
9 2 (1.17%) GitHub Actions
9 2 (1.17%) Miro
10 1 (0.58%) Firebase
10 1 (0.58%) Microsoft 365
10 1 (0.58%) OpenShift
10 1 (0.58%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 7 (4.09%) HTTP
1 7 (4.09%) TCP/IP
2 6 (3.51%) SSL
3 2 (1.17%) Broadband
4 1 (0.58%) HTTPS
4 1 (0.58%) Internet
4 1 (0.58%) Intranet
4 1 (0.58%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (9.36%) MongoDB
2 15 (8.77%) NoSQL
3 14 (8.19%) Oracle Database
4 6 (3.51%) SQL Server
5 4 (2.34%) MS Access
5 4 (2.34%) SQL Server 2016
6 3 (1.75%) Azure SQL Database
7 2 (1.17%) MySQL
8 1 (0.58%) Couchbase
8 1 (0.58%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.58%) DB2
8 1 (0.58%) Hazelcast
8 1 (0.58%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 39 (22.81%) Git (software)
2 24 (14.04%) Jenkins
3 17 (9.94%) Postman
4 15 (8.77%) Cucumber
4 15 (8.77%) JUnit
5 14 (8.19%) Axure RP
6 12 (7.02%) Selenium
7 10 (5.85%) webpack
8 9 (5.26%) JIRA
9 8 (4.68%) Gatling
10 7 (4.09%) Appium
10 7 (4.09%) gulp
10 7 (4.09%) Pa11y
11 6 (3.51%) Storybook
11 6 (3.51%) TestNG
12 4 (2.34%) Subversion
13 3 (1.75%) Jasmine
13 3 (1.75%) Visual Studio
14 2 (1.17%) Mocha
14 2 (1.17%) RSpec
General
1 42 (24.56%) Public Sector
2 33 (19.30%) Social Skills
3 23 (13.45%) Analytical Skills
4 13 (7.60%) Finance
5 10 (5.85%) Influencing Skills
6 9 (5.26%) Police
7 8 (4.68%) Banking
7 8 (4.68%) Legal
8 7 (4.09%) Military
9 6 (3.51%) Law
10 5 (2.92%) Publishing
11 4 (2.34%) Telecoms
12 3 (1.75%) Presentation Skills
13 2 (1.17%) Games
13 2 (1.17%) Marketing
13 2 (1.17%) Multimedia
13 2 (1.17%) Welsh Language
14 1 (0.58%) Advertising
14 1 (0.58%) Automotive
14 1 (0.58%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 74 (43.27%) Developer
2 46 (26.90%) Designer
3 36 (21.05%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
4 24 (14.04%) UX Designer
5 17 (9.94%) UI Designer
6 12 (7.02%) UI/UX Designer
7 10 (5.85%) React Developer
7 10 (5.85%) Web Developer
8 8 (4.68%) Full Stack Developer
8 8 (4.68%) User Researcher
9 7 (4.09%) Scala Developer
9 7 (4.09%) Senior Developer
10 5 (2.92%) Analyst
10 5 (2.92%) Content Designer
10 5 (2.92%) QA Engineer
10 5 (2.92%) Senior Designer
11 4 (2.34%) .NET Developer
11 4 (2.34%) Test Engineer
11 4 (2.34%) Tester
12 3 (1.75%) Systems Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 83 (48.54%) HTML
2 80 (46.78%) CSS
3 30 (17.54%) Node.js
4 26 (15.20%) JSON
4 26 (15.20%) Sass
5 22 (12.87%) .NET
5 22 (12.87%) HTML5
6 21 (12.28%) CSS3
7 20 (11.70%) React
8 19 (11.11%) RESTful
9 18 (10.53%) Play Framework
10 15 (8.77%) REST
11 14 (8.19%) XML
12 13 (7.60%) jQuery
12 13 (7.60%) React Native
12 13 (7.60%) Web Services
13 12 (7.02%) AngularJS
14 10 (5.85%) Ajax
14 10 (5.85%) ASP.NET
14 10 (5.85%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 60 (35.09%) User Experience
2 13 (7.60%) Mobile App
3 11 (6.43%) W3C
4 8 (4.68%) Public Cloud
5 4 (2.34%) Learning Management System
6 3 (1.75%) SCORM
6 3 (1.75%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (1.17%) Blog
7 2 (1.17%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.17%) NHS
7 2 (1.17%) Renewable Energy
7 2 (1.17%) Taxonomies
8 1 (0.58%) Algorithms
8 1 (0.58%) Clustering
8 1 (0.58%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.58%) e-Learning
8 1 (0.58%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.58%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 14 (8.19%) Android
1 14 (8.19%) Apple iOS
2 3 (1.75%) Windows Server 2019
3 1 (0.58%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 89 (52.05%) Agile Software Development
2 57 (33.33%) Front End Development
3 43 (25.15%) Problem-Solving
4 38 (22.22%) User Research
5 35 (20.47%) Web Development
6 33 (19.30%) Microservices
7 31 (18.13%) Test Automation
8 28 (16.37%) Continuous Integration
8 28 (16.37%) DevOps
8 28 (16.37%) Scrum
9 25 (14.62%) Prototyping
10 24 (14.04%) Wireframes
11 18 (10.53%) Analytics
12 16 (9.36%) Unit Testing
13 15 (8.77%) Service Design
13 15 (8.77%) Web Accessibility
14 14 (8.19%) Information Architecture
14 14 (8.19%) TDD
14 14 (8.19%) User Stories
15 13 (7.60%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 81 (47.37%) JavaScript
2 20 (11.70%) Scala
3 17 (9.94%) TypeScript
4 15 (8.77%) C#
4 15 (8.77%) Java
5 14 (8.19%) Python
6 11 (6.43%) SQL
7 10 (5.85%) Ruby
8 9 (5.26%) Go
9 8 (4.68%) PHP
10 5 (2.92%) Kotlin
11 4 (2.34%) VBA
12 3 (1.75%) ES6
12 3 (1.75%) R
13 2 (1.17%) JSX
14 1 (0.58%) Ada
14 1 (0.58%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 26 (15.20%) Security Cleared
2 21 (12.28%) SC Cleared
3 4 (2.34%) BPSS Clearance
3 4 (2.34%) Degree
4 3 (1.75%) CCA
5 2 (1.17%) DBS Check
5 2 (1.17%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.58%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 141 (82.46%) Accessibility
2 25 (14.62%) QA
3 6 (3.51%) WAI
4 1 (0.58%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.58%) Section 508
System Software
1 2 (1.17%) Docker
Systems Management
1 6 (3.51%) Grafana
1 6 (3.51%) Kibana
Vendors
1 25 (14.62%) Adobe
2 18 (10.53%) Google
3 16 (9.36%) Oracle
4 6 (3.51%) Hotjar
4 6 (3.51%) Perfecto Mobile
5 4 (2.34%) Openreach
6 3 (1.75%) Capita
6 3 (1.75%) Microsoft
7 2 (1.17%) hybris
7 2 (1.17%) Mercator
8 1 (0.58%) AppDynamics
8 1 (0.58%) Northgate
8 1 (0.58%) ServiceNow
8 1 (0.58%) Splunk