Period
to 29 July 2021

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Life Science in permanent job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Life Science over the 6 months to 29 July 2021 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Life Sciences
UK
6 months to
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 302 598 660
Rank change year-on-year +296 +62 +144
Permanent jobs citing Life Science 1,228 198 497
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.09% 0.29% 0.35%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 2.78% 0.81% 0.98%
Number of salaries quoted 214 141 325
10th Percentile £27,000 £36,250 £31,250
25th Percentile £36,500 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £53,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +0.95% +5.00% -9.09%
75th Percentile £81,250 £66,250 £63,750
90th Percentile £102,500 £85,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £44,000 £50,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -12.00% +11.11% -

Life Science is in the Generic IT Skills category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills.

All Generic IT Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 44,225 24,477 50,695
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 39.17% 35.47% 35.20%
Number of salaries quoted 26,825 19,485 38,769
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,986 £30,000
25th Percentile £42,500 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +4.55% +4.76% -
75th Percentile £78,750 £76,250 £72,500
90th Percentile £97,500 £96,250 £90,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -

Life Science
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Life Science in the UK

Life Science
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Life Science.

Salary trend for Life Science in the UK

Life Science
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Life Science over the 6 months to 29 July 2021.

Salary histogram for Life Science in the UK

Life Science
Top 17 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Life Science within the UK over the 6 months to 29 July 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +247 893 £55,000 +4.76% 168
UK excluding London +206 657 £44,000 -12.00% 127
Work from Home -14 302 £56,250 -2.17% 35
London +75 268 £70,000 +12.00% 59
East of England +95 266 £56,250 +18.42% 24
South East +79 212 £41,957 -20.08% 33
North of England -10 83 £30,500 -44.55% 25
North West -19 51 £33,500 -50.37% 21
Midlands -56 42 £45,000 -18.18% 18
Scotland -43 31 £42,500 -39.29% 11
Yorkshire -46 26 £18,000 -60.00% 2
East Midlands - 25 £51,500 - 6
West Midlands -64 17 £45,000 -18.18% 12
Wales - 11 £38,125 - 3
South West -79 7 £57,500 +130.00% 9
North East -25 6 - - 2
Northern Ireland -34 5 £32,500 - 4

For the 6 months to 29 July 2021, IT jobs citing Life Science also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads with a requirement for Life Science.

1 577 (46.99%) Pharmaceutical
2 550 (44.79%) Degree
3 444 (36.16%) Social Skills
4 303 (24.67%) Agile Software Development
5 284 (23.13%) Computer Science
6 273 (22.23%) Data Management
7 236 (19.22%) Analytics
8 218 (17.75%) Project Management
9 202 (16.45%) Data Science
10 200 (16.29%) Validation
11 176 (14.33%) SQL
12 166 (13.52%) SAS
13 160 (13.03%) Analytical Skills
14 155 (12.62%) Problem-Solving
15 147 (11.97%) Law
16 135 (10.99%) Finance
17 133 (10.83%) Mathematics
17 133 (10.83%) Biotechnology
17 133 (10.83%) AWS
18 132 (10.75%) CDISC
18 132 (10.75%) Python
19 129 (10.50%) Veeva
20 121 (9.85%) Statistics
21 118 (9.61%) Oracle
21 118 (9.61%) Clinical Data Management
21 118 (9.61%) Inclusion and Diversity
22 116 (9.45%) Project Delivery
22 116 (9.45%) Marketing
23 115 (9.36%) Mentoring
24 112 (9.12%) Management Information System

Life Science
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
1 166 (13.52%) SAS
2 74 (6.03%) SharePoint
3 60 (4.89%) Documentum
4 32 (2.61%) CMS
5 15 (1.22%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 14 (1.14%) Apache Spark
7 10 (0.81%) Drupal
7 10 (0.81%) WordPress
8 9 (0.73%) Confluence
8 9 (0.73%) Headless CMS
9 2 (0.16%) Apache
9 2 (0.16%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (0.16%) IIS
10 1 (0.081%) Appian
10 1 (0.081%) nginx
10 1 (0.081%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.081%) Tomcat
Applications
1 59 (4.80%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (1.63%) Microsoft Project
3 19 (1.55%) Microsoft Excel
4 16 (1.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 12 (0.98%) Sketch
6 11 (0.90%) Figma
7 10 (0.81%) Spreadsheet
8 9 (0.73%) MS Visio
9 5 (0.41%) InVision
9 5 (0.41%) Windchill
9 5 (0.41%) Zeplin
10 4 (0.33%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 4 (0.33%) Adobe Illustrator
10 4 (0.33%) SPSS
11 3 (0.24%) Adobe After Effects
11 3 (0.24%) FrameMaker
12 2 (0.16%) Acrobat
12 2 (0.16%) InDesign
12 2 (0.16%) Photoshop
12 2 (0.16%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 27 (2.20%) TrackWise
2 18 (1.47%) Magento
2 18 (1.47%) Oracle Clinical
3 12 (0.98%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 10 (0.81%) BambooHR
5 7 (0.57%) SAP S/4HANA
6 6 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
7 4 (0.33%) HFM
7 4 (0.33%) Hyperion Planning
7 4 (0.33%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
8 3 (0.24%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 2 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
9 2 (0.16%) SAP PP
9 2 (0.16%) SAP QM
10 1 (0.081%) Misys Midas
10 1 (0.081%) Oracle ERP
10 1 (0.081%) Oracle Financials
10 1 (0.081%) SAP FI
10 1 (0.081%) SAP FI/CO
10 1 (0.081%) SAP PP-PI
Cloud Services
1 133 (10.83%) AWS
2 129 (10.50%) Veeva
3 108 (8.79%) SaaS
4 61 (4.97%) Azure
5 47 (3.83%) GCP
6 40 (3.26%) Serverless
7 32 (2.61%) Power Platform
8 23 (1.87%) Microsoft 365
9 13 (1.06%) GitHub
10 10 (0.81%) Google Analytics
11 9 (0.73%) Boomi
11 9 (0.73%) Dynamics 365
12 8 (0.65%) IaaS
12 8 (0.65%) Smartsheet
12 8 (0.65%) Snowflake
13 6 (0.49%) Force.com
13 6 (0.49%) Power Automate
13 6 (0.49%) PowerApps
14 5 (0.41%) AWS Lambda
15 4 (0.33%) Apigee
Communications & Networking
1 15 (1.22%) Firewall
1 15 (1.22%) VPN
2 11 (0.90%) TCP/IP
3 8 (0.65%) DHCP
3 8 (0.65%) DNS
3 8 (0.65%) NAS
3 8 (0.65%) SAN
3 8 (0.65%) VoIP
4 6 (0.49%) Ethernet
5 5 (0.41%) FTP
5 5 (0.41%) Internet
5 5 (0.41%) Intranet
5 5 (0.41%) VLAN
6 4 (0.33%) HTTP
7 3 (0.24%) LAN
7 3 (0.24%) WAN
8 2 (0.16%) BGP
8 2 (0.16%) DMZ
8 2 (0.16%) OSPF
8 2 (0.16%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 69 (5.62%) Tableau
2 57 (4.64%) Data Warehouse
3 52 (4.23%) Metadata
4 39 (3.18%) Data Lake
4 39 (3.18%) SQL Server
5 38 (3.09%) MySQL
6 37 (3.01%) PostgreSQL
7 32 (2.61%) Base SAS
8 31 (2.52%) Oracle ODI
9 29 (2.36%) Big Data
10 28 (2.28%) Power BI
10 28 (2.28%) Relational Database
11 20 (1.63%) Spotfire
12 15 (1.22%) Data Mining
13 14 (1.14%) Electronic Patient Records
14 11 (0.90%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
14 11 (0.90%) MongoDB
15 10 (0.81%) BusinessObjects
15 10 (0.81%) GIS
15 10 (0.81%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 46 (3.75%) Git (software)
2 28 (2.28%) JIRA
2 28 (2.28%) Oracle APEX
3 19 (1.55%) Cucumber
4 13 (1.06%) webpack
5 11 (0.90%) Jenkins
5 11 (0.90%) Maven
5 11 (0.90%) Mocha
6 10 (0.81%) Cypress.io
6 10 (0.81%) Team Foundation Server
7 9 (0.73%) GitLab
8 8 (0.65%) Oracle Forms
8 8 (0.65%) Subversion
9 7 (0.57%) Grunt
9 7 (0.57%) Postman
9 7 (0.57%) ProC
9 7 (0.57%) Selenium
10 6 (0.49%) JUnit
11 4 (0.33%) Bitbucket
12 3 (0.24%) Mockito
General
1 577 (46.99%) Pharmaceutical
2 444 (36.16%) Social Skills
3 160 (13.03%) Analytical Skills
4 147 (11.97%) Law
5 135 (10.99%) Finance
6 118 (9.61%) Inclusion and Diversity
7 116 (9.45%) Marketing
8 97 (7.90%) Automotive
9 80 (6.51%) Manufacturing
10 75 (6.11%) Presentation Skills
11 58 (4.72%) Organisational Skills
12 56 (4.56%) Games
13 52 (4.23%) Influencing Skills
14 40 (3.26%) Legal
15 39 (3.18%) German Language
16 38 (3.09%) French Language
17 34 (2.77%) Spanish Language
18 33 (2.69%) Public Sector
19 31 (2.52%) Publishing
20 27 (2.20%) Retail
Job Titles
1 152 (12.38%) Consultant
2 131 (10.67%) Data Manager
3 129 (10.50%) Programmer
4 99 (8.06%) Statistical Programmer
5 83 (6.76%) Developer
6 71 (5.78%) Architect
7 64 (5.21%) Analyst
7 64 (5.21%) Senior Programmer
8 55 (4.48%) Senior Consultant
9 54 (4.40%) Product Manager
10 52 (4.23%) Implementation Consultant
11 50 (4.07%) Senior Statistical Programmer
12 42 (3.42%) Project Manager
12 42 (3.42%) Software Engineer
13 38 (3.09%) Senior Manager
14 34 (2.77%) Commercial Consultant
14 34 (2.77%) Graduate
15 33 (2.69%) Data Engineer
16 32 (2.61%) Digital Product Manager
17 31 (2.52%) SAS Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (5.05%) React
2 57 (4.64%) Web Services
3 49 (3.99%) CSS
4 46 (3.75%) HTML
5 44 (3.58%) .NET
6 39 (3.18%) XML
7 34 (2.77%) Node.js
8 32 (2.61%) REST
9 30 (2.44%) AngularJS
10 20 (1.63%) Kafka
11 18 (1.47%) ASP.NET
12 16 (1.30%) RESTful
13 15 (1.22%) GraphQL
13 15 (1.22%) SOAP
14 14 (1.14%) JSON
15 13 (1.06%) HTML5
15 13 (1.06%) Vue.js
16 12 (0.98%) ASP.NET MVC
16 12 (0.98%) Spring
16 12 (0.98%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 133 (10.83%) Biotechnology
2 112 (9.12%) Management Information System
3 97 (7.90%) Renewable Energy
4 53 (4.32%) Self-Motivation
5 45 (3.66%) User Experience
6 44 (3.58%) Social Media
7 32 (2.61%) Algorithms
7 32 (2.61%) Legacy Systems
8 28 (2.28%) Reference Data
9 25 (2.04%) Pharmacovigilance
10 21 (1.71%) Enterprise Software
11 18 (1.47%) Virtual Team
12 17 (1.38%) LIMS
13 14 (1.14%) Mobile App
14 12 (0.98%) Data Structures
14 12 (0.98%) mHealth
15 11 (0.90%) Cloud Native
16 10 (0.81%) FMCG
17 9 (0.73%) Semantic Web
18 7 (0.57%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 57 (4.64%) Windows
2 22 (1.79%) Linux
3 15 (1.22%) Windows Server
4 9 (0.73%) Unix
5 7 (0.57%) Windows Server 2012
5 7 (0.57%) Windows Server 2016
6 5 (0.41%) Windows 10
6 5 (0.41%) Windows 7
7 3 (0.24%) Mac OS
8 2 (0.16%) Apple iOS
8 2 (0.16%) Mac OS X
8 2 (0.16%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.081%) Android
9 1 (0.081%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 303 (24.67%) Agile Software Development
2 284 (23.13%) Computer Science
3 273 (22.23%) Data Management
4 236 (19.22%) Analytics
5 218 (17.75%) Project Management
6 202 (16.45%) Data Science
7 200 (16.29%) Validation
8 155 (12.62%) Problem-Solving
9 133 (10.83%) Mathematics
10 121 (9.85%) Statistics
11 118 (9.61%) Clinical Data Management
12 116 (9.45%) Project Delivery
13 115 (9.36%) Mentoring
14 106 (8.63%) Software Engineering
15 94 (7.65%) Coaching
16 93 (7.57%) Visualisation
17 89 (7.25%) Business Intelligence
18 83 (6.76%) Product Management
19 79 (6.43%) Migration
20 76 (6.19%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 176 (14.33%) SQL
2 132 (10.75%) Python
3 101 (8.22%) JavaScript
4 62 (5.05%) R
5 57 (4.64%) Java
6 41 (3.34%) C#
7 34 (2.77%) SAS Macro
8 30 (2.44%) TypeScript
9 25 (2.04%) C
10 15 (1.22%) VBA
11 14 (1.14%) C++
11 14 (1.14%) PL/SQL
12 13 (1.06%) PowerShell
13 11 (0.90%) PHP
14 10 (0.81%) ES6
14 10 (0.81%) Scala
15 9 (0.73%) ES7
16 7 (0.57%) PROC SQL
17 6 (0.49%) Bash Shell
17 6 (0.49%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 550 (44.79%) Degree
2 85 (6.92%) Computer Science Degree
3 81 (6.60%) PhD
4 63 (5.13%) Master's Degree
5 42 (3.42%) Numerate Degree
6 31 (2.52%) MBA
7 29 (2.36%) PMI Certification
8 24 (1.95%) PMP
9 9 (0.73%) CISM
9 9 (0.73%) CISSP
9 9 (0.73%) TOGAF Certification
10 8 (0.65%) ACCA
10 8 (0.65%) CIMA
11 5 (0.41%) ISEB
12 4 (0.33%) CRISC
12 4 (0.33%) Microsoft Certification
12 4 (0.33%) SANS
13 3 (0.24%) Postgraduate
14 2 (0.16%) CCNP
14 2 (0.16%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 132 (10.75%) CDISC
2 91 (7.41%) QA
3 83 (6.76%) Good Clinical Practice
4 61 (4.97%) Data Quality
5 30 (2.44%) GxP
6 24 (1.95%) GDPR
7 19 (1.55%) 21 CFR Part 11
8 18 (1.47%) HIPAA
9 15 (1.22%) GMP
10 14 (1.14%) ISO 13485
11 9 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 9 (0.73%) PMO
11 9 (0.73%) SLA
12 8 (0.65%) IEC 62304
13 5 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 4 (0.33%) GAMP
14 4 (0.33%) ISO 9001
14 4 (0.33%) NIST
15 2 (0.16%) Accessibility
15 2 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 17025
System Software
1 35 (2.85%) Docker
2 18 (1.47%) Active Directory
3 13 (1.06%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (0.49%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.081%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 34 (2.77%) Kubernetes
2 9 (0.73%) Terraform
3 5 (0.41%) Prometheus
4 4 (0.33%) Oracle EDQ
5 3 (0.24%) Ansible
5 3 (0.24%) Computer Incident Response Team
5 3 (0.24%) Kubeflow
6 2 (0.16%) Single Sign-On
7 1 (0.081%) CASB
7 1 (0.081%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 118 (9.61%) Oracle
2 92 (7.49%) Microsoft
3 70 (5.70%) SAP
4 57 (4.64%) Salesforce.com
5 45 (3.66%) Facebook
6 41 (3.34%) OpenText
7 37 (3.01%) MuleSoft
8 32 (2.61%) Instagram
9 30 (2.44%) Google
10 27 (2.20%) Adobe
11 25 (2.04%) Informatica
12 14 (1.14%) VMware
13 13 (1.06%) YouTube
14 12 (0.98%) Cisco
15 10 (0.81%) IBM
16 9 (0.73%) Talend
16 9 (0.73%) TIBCO
17 8 (0.65%) Workday
18 7 (0.57%) Sage
18 7 (0.57%) Sitecore