Period
to 20 January 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for WCF skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited WCF over the 6 months to 20 January 2018 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.

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)
UK
6 months to
20 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 236 252 198
Rank change year-on-year +16 -54 -44
Contract jobs citing WCF 1,063 967 1,370
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.07% 1.00% 1.27%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 3.33% 3.18% 4.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 891 690 1,056
UK median daily rate £450 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% -5.88% +6.92%
10th Percentile £326 £300 £300
90th Percentile £644 £556 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £350 £366
% change year-on-year +4.29% -4.24% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 12 19
UK median hourly rate £43.00 £42.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.18% - +13.33%
10th Percentile £41.63 £23.71 £33.61
90th Percentile £46.38 £48.04 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £42.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year +1.18% - +13.33%

WCF is in the Software Libraries and Frameworks category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for technical specification, industry standards, software libraries and framework skills.

All Software Libraries and Frameworks
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for technical specification, industry standards, software libraries and framework skills 31,912 30,450 31,261
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 32.10% 31.45% 28.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,768 20,957 21,585
UK median daily rate £460 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.24% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £278
90th Percentile £625 £590 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £394 £375
% change year-on-year +1.46% +5.13% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 331 345 587
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £18.50 £15.25 £15.17
90th Percentile £53.75 £52.00 £55.22
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £38.25 £37.50
% change year-on-year +4.58% +2.00% +8.70%

WCF
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing WCF as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for WCF in the UK

WCF
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for WCF in the UK

WCF
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing WCF over the 6 months to 20 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for WCF in the UK

WCF
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for WCF in the UK

WCF
Top 17 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WCF within the UK over the 6 months to 20 January 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 1,019 £450 +12.50% 476
London +56 581 £550 +22.22% 164
UK excluding London -19 469 £365 +4.29% 330
South East +34 201 £368 -8.13% 117
North of England +44 90 £350 +3.32% 85
Midlands -92 61 £350 -1.41% 43
North West +13 51 £363 +3.57% 54
East of England +1 51 £363 +20.83% 34
South West -42 43 £400 +18.08% 32
Yorkshire +24 39 £340 +3.82% 28
West Midlands -54 33 £350 -0.71% 18
East Midlands -40 28 £340 -7.48% 25
Wales +18 14 £375 - 9
Scotland -21 14 £375 +15.38% 9
Northern Ireland -20 3 £400 - 1
North East +43 1 £375 +15.38% 3
Isle of Man -1 1 £210 -50.59%

For the 6 months to 20 January 2018, IT contractor jobs citing WCF also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for WCF.

1 977 (91.91%) C#
2 936 (88.05%) .NET
3 636 (59.83%) SQL Server
4 585 (55.03%) Agile Software Development
5 465 (43.74%) MVC
6 457 (42.99%) SQL
7 411 (38.66%) ASP.NET
8 360 (33.87%) WPF
9 348 (32.74%) Microsoft
10 344 (32.36%) TDD
11 315 (29.63%) .NET Framework
12 305 (28.69%) ASP.NET Web API
13 304 (28.60%) JavaScript
14 269 (25.31%) Finance
15 262 (24.65%) ASP.NET MVC
16 248 (23.33%) Web Services
17 242 (22.77%) HTML
18 231 (21.73%) AngularJS
19 183 (17.22%) CSS
20 178 (16.75%) Scrum
21 172 (16.18%) Continuous Integration
22 167 (15.71%) Entity Framework
23 166 (15.62%) Team Foundation Server
23 166 (15.62%) Banking
24 165 (15.52%) Visual Studio
25 156 (14.68%) XML
26 154 (14.49%) REST
27 152 (14.30%) Windows
28 145 (13.64%) Unit Testing
29 141 (13.26%) Microsoft Azure

WCF
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 41 (3.86%) IIS
2 40 (3.76%) BizTalk Server
3 24 (2.26%) SharePoint
4 22 (2.07%) Elasticsearch
4 22 (2.07%) NServiceBus
5 11 (1.03%) Apache
6 10 (0.94%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 9 (0.85%) CMS
7 9 (0.85%) Tomcat
8 8 (0.75%) Confluence
9 7 (0.66%) nginx
9 7 (0.66%) Oracle Coherence
9 7 (0.66%) SharePoint 2013
10 4 (0.38%) SharePoint 2010
10 4 (0.38%) Sitecore CMS
10 4 (0.38%) Umbraco
11 3 (0.28%) WebLogic
12 2 (0.19%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 2 (0.19%) EPiServer
12 2 (0.19%) MQSeries
Applications
1 16 (1.51%) Microsoft Excel
2 11 (1.03%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 6 (0.56%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (0.47%) InfoPath
4 5 (0.47%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.094%) Microsoft Office
5 1 (0.094%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 35 (3.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (1.03%) SimCorp Dimension
3 5 (0.47%) RMDS
4 3 (0.28%) Payment Gateway
4 3 (0.28%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 2 (0.19%) Endur
6 1 (0.094%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.094%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 141 (13.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 27 (2.54%) Amazon AWS
3 19 (1.79%) SaaS
4 14 (1.32%) Dynamics 365
5 11 (1.03%) Serverless
6 10 (0.94%) IaaS
7 9 (0.85%) GitHub
7 9 (0.85%) PaaS
8 5 (0.47%) Firebase
9 3 (0.28%) Boomi
9 3 (0.28%) iPaaS
10 2 (0.19%) Azure Active Directory
10 2 (0.19%) Office 365
11 1 (0.094%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 18 (1.69%) HTTP
2 16 (1.51%) TCP/IP
3 13 (1.22%) CTI
3 13 (1.22%) Network Security
3 13 (1.22%) SSL
4 9 (0.85%) Internet
5 8 (0.75%) Intranet
5 8 (0.75%) Kerberos
6 6 (0.56%) SMTP
7 5 (0.47%) DNS
8 4 (0.38%) AMQP
8 4 (0.38%) IMAP
8 4 (0.38%) SMS
9 2 (0.19%) BIG-IP
9 2 (0.19%) snoop
10 1 (0.094%) HTTPS
10 1 (0.094%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 636 (59.83%) SQL Server
2 114 (10.72%) SQL Server 2008
3 97 (9.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 93 (8.75%) SQL Server 2012
5 82 (7.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 67 (6.30%) NoSQL
7 53 (4.99%) Relational Database
8 50 (4.70%) SQL Server 2014
9 49 (4.61%) SQL Server 2016
10 44 (4.14%) SQL Server 2005
11 36 (3.39%) MongoDB
12 25 (2.35%) Oracle Database
13 21 (1.98%) RDBMS
14 17 (1.60%) SQL Server 2000
15 12 (1.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 11 (1.03%) Data Warehouse
17 9 (0.85%) Oracle Database 10g
17 9 (0.85%) Oracle Database 11g
18 6 (0.56%) Azure SQL Database
18 6 (0.56%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 166 (15.62%) Team Foundation Server
2 165 (15.52%) Visual Studio
3 107 (10.07%) Git (software)
4 106 (9.97%) NUnit
5 103 (9.69%) TeamCity
6 85 (8.00%) JIRA
7 57 (5.36%) Moq
8 56 (5.27%) MSTest
9 51 (4.80%) ReSharper
10 47 (4.42%) Subversion
11 43 (4.05%) Octopus Deploy
12 32 (3.01%) Selenium
13 29 (2.73%) MSBuild
14 28 (2.63%) SpecFlow
15 27 (2.54%) Visual Studio Team System
16 24 (2.26%) Jenkins
17 22 (2.07%) Atlassian Bamboo
18 21 (1.98%) FitNesse
19 19 (1.79%) WiX
20 18 (1.69%) AccuRev
General
1 269 (25.31%) Finance
2 166 (15.62%) Banking
3 86 (8.09%) Front Office
4 52 (4.89%) Investment Banking
5 42 (3.95%) Financial Institution
6 33 (3.10%) Back Office
7 27 (2.54%) Legal
8 14 (1.32%) Advertising
9 12 (1.13%) Retail
10 8 (0.75%) Law
11 7 (0.66%) Marketing
12 6 (0.56%) Manufacturing
12 6 (0.56%) Private Banking
13 5 (0.47%) Telecoms
14 3 (0.28%) Games
14 3 (0.28%) Local Government
15 2 (0.19%) Automotive
16 1 (0.094%) Electronics
16 1 (0.094%) International Banking
16 1 (0.094%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 934 (87.86%) Developer
2 580 (54.56%) C# Developer
3 441 (41.49%) .NET Developer
4 248 (23.33%) C# .NET Developer
5 156 (14.68%) WCF Developer
6 149 (14.02%) WPF Developer
7 145 (13.64%) C# WCF Developer
8 131 (12.32%) SQL Developer
9 129 (12.14%) C# WPF Developer
10 114 (10.72%) Full Stack Developer
11 106 (9.97%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
12 100 (9.41%) ASP.NET Developer
13 86 (8.09%) C# ASP.NET Developer
13 86 (8.09%) Senior Developer
14 59 (5.55%) Software Developer
15 56 (5.27%) Agile Developer
16 55 (5.17%) SQL Server Developer
17 53 (4.99%) Agile C# Developer
18 50 (4.70%) Senior .NET Developer
19 45 (4.23%) Senior C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 936 (88.05%) .NET
2 411 (38.66%) ASP.NET
3 360 (33.87%) WPF
4 315 (29.63%) .NET Framework
5 305 (28.69%) ASP.NET Web API
6 262 (24.65%) ASP.NET MVC
7 248 (23.33%) Web Services
8 242 (22.77%) HTML
9 231 (21.73%) AngularJS
10 183 (17.22%) CSS
11 167 (15.71%) Entity Framework
12 156 (14.68%) XML
13 154 (14.49%) REST
14 123 (11.57%) jQuery
15 121 (11.38%) SOAP
16 115 (10.82%) WinForms
17 97 (9.13%) HTML5
18 92 (8.65%) JSON
19 83 (7.81%) LINQ
20 77 (7.24%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 92 (8.65%) Greenfield Project
2 75 (7.06%) Computer Science
3 52 (4.89%) Enterprise Software
4 51 (4.80%) Derivative
5 47 (4.42%) Fixed Income
6 46 (4.33%) Fintech
7 42 (3.95%) N-Tier
8 41 (3.86%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 41 (3.86%) Market Risk
9 36 (3.39%) Credit Risk
10 34 (3.20%) Hedge funds
11 30 (2.82%) Data Structures
12 28 (2.63%) Algorithms
12 28 (2.63%) NHS
13 26 (2.45%) Analytical Skills
13 26 (2.45%) User Experience
14 20 (1.88%) Equities
15 16 (1.51%) Client/Server
16 15 (1.41%) Mobile App
17 11 (1.03%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 152 (14.30%) Windows
2 25 (2.35%) Unix
3 20 (1.88%) Windows Server
4 17 (1.60%) Apple iOS
5 9 (0.85%) Android
5 9 (0.85%) Linux
6 6 (0.56%) Windows Mobile
7 1 (0.094%) MVS
7 1 (0.094%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.094%) Windows 8
7 1 (0.094%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.094%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 585 (55.03%) Agile Software Development
2 465 (43.74%) MVC
3 344 (32.36%) TDD
4 178 (16.75%) Scrum
5 172 (16.18%) Continuous Integration
6 145 (13.64%) Unit Testing
7 140 (13.17%) MVVM
8 130 (12.23%) Multithreading
9 110 (10.35%) OO
10 106 (9.97%) BDD
11 101 (9.50%) Web Development
12 100 (9.41%) Software Engineering
13 91 (8.56%) SOA
14 89 (8.37%) SOLID
15 85 (8.00%) Test Automation
16 74 (6.96%) OOD
17 68 (6.40%) E-Commerce
18 63 (5.93%) OOP
18 63 (5.93%) SDLC
19 55 (5.17%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 977 (91.91%) C#
2 457 (42.99%) SQL
3 304 (28.60%) JavaScript
4 120 (11.29%) T-SQL
5 57 (5.36%) PowerShell
6 50 (4.70%) TypeScript
7 44 (4.14%) Java
8 32 (3.01%) C++
9 27 (2.54%) PL/SQL
9 27 (2.54%) VB.NET
10 21 (1.98%) Python
10 21 (1.98%) XAML
11 14 (1.32%) C
12 13 (1.22%) XPath
13 9 (0.85%) F#
13 9 (0.85%) PHP
14 6 (0.56%) VB
14 6 (0.56%) VBA
15 5 (0.47%) Bash Shell
16 4 (0.38%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 111 (10.44%) Degree
2 30 (2.82%) Computer Science Degree
3 15 (1.41%) Microsoft Certification
4 14 (1.32%) Security Cleared
5 8 (0.75%) SC Cleared
6 5 (0.47%) MCP
6 5 (0.47%) MCPD
7 4 (0.38%) Master's Degree
7 4 (0.38%) MCSD
8 2 (0.19%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.19%) Numerate Degree
8 2 (0.19%) PhD
9 1 (0.094%) MCITP
9 1 (0.094%) MCSE
9 1 (0.094%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (2.63%) HL7
2 26 (2.45%) QA
3 17 (1.60%) MiFID
4 5 (0.47%) EMIR
5 3 (0.28%) SLA
6 1 (0.094%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.094%) PMO
6 1 (0.094%) PSD2
System Software
1 14 (1.32%) Active Directory
2 12 (1.13%) Docker
3 3 (0.28%) Hyper-V
3 3 (0.28%) Microsoft App-V
3 3 (0.28%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (0.19%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (0.19%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 9 (0.85%) BladeLogic
2 8 (0.75%) CA Single Sign-On
3 5 (0.47%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (0.47%) Puppet
3 5 (0.47%) SCCM
4 4 (0.38%) Ansible
4 4 (0.38%) Terraform
5 3 (0.28%) vCenter Server
6 2 (0.19%) HP Quality Center
6 2 (0.19%) ITRS Geneos
6 2 (0.19%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.094%) Business Desktop Deployment
7 1 (0.094%) CA Service Virtualization
7 1 (0.094%) Kibana
Vendors
1 348 (32.74%) Microsoft
2 136 (12.79%) Oracle
3 25 (2.35%) DevExpress
4 19 (1.79%) TIBCO
5 18 (1.69%) Apigee
6 14 (1.32%) Xamarin
7 12 (1.13%) Charles River
8 11 (1.03%) SimCorp
9 10 (0.94%) Infragistics
10 9 (0.85%) CA
10 9 (0.85%) Syncfusion
10 9 (0.85%) Telerik
11 8 (0.75%) Axway
11 8 (0.75%) BMC
11 8 (0.75%) ForgeRock
11 8 (0.75%) ServiceNow
12 7 (0.66%) Capita
13 5 (0.47%) Atlassian
13 5 (0.47%) Google
13 5 (0.47%) Sitecore