The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Front Office in IT contracts advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Front Office over the 3 months to 10 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Front Office
Rank 21 31 26
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -5
Contract jobs citing Front Office 240 268 371
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 7.63% 5.21% 6.23%
As % of the General category 13.71% 10.03% 11.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 217 239 323
Average daily rate £600 £580 £588
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% -1.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £429 £475
10% offered a daily rate of more than £700 £655 £675
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £445 £413
% change year-on-year
-10.11% +7.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £14.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Front Office
London

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire General category in contract jobs advertised in the City of London region.

General Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
General category
1751 2672 3269
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 55.66% 51.97% 54.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 1371 2086 2447
Average daily rate £525 £475 £500
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.52% -5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year
- +3.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 15 49
Average hourly rate £39.75 £17.87 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+122.50% -10.67%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.99 £13.23 £12.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £28.80 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.66 £25.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+31.98% +10.86%

Front Office
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Front Office across the City of London region as a proportion of the total demand within the General category.

Front Office Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

Front Office
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Front Office across the City of London region.

Front Office Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

Front Office
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Front Office across the City of London region over the 3 months to 10 February 2016.

Front Office Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Front Office
Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Front Office across the City of London region.

Front Office Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

Front Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing Front Office also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Front Office.

1 212 (43.80%) Banking
2 195 (40.29%) Finance
3 149 (30.79%) Java
3 149 (30.79%) Investment Banking
4 138 (28.51%) SQL
5 133 (27.48%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 120 (24.79%) Derivative
7 106 (21.90%) C#
8 102 (21.07%) Agile Software Development
9 101 (20.87%) Multithreading
10 79 (16.32%) Equities
11 76 (15.70%) Fixed Income
12 68 (14.05%) Oracle
13 64 (13.22%) Unix
14 63 (13.02%) .NET
15 62 (12.81%) C++
16 57 (11.78%) Linux
17 54 (11.16%) TDD
18 49 (10.12%) Low Latency
19 48 (9.92%) Electronic Trading
20 44 (9.09%) Risk Management
20 44 (9.09%) Python
21 42 (8.68%) Windows
22 41 (8.47%) FIX Protocol
23 40 (8.26%) Analytical Skills
24 36 (7.44%) Spring
25 35 (7.23%) Oracle Coherence
25 35 (7.23%) SQL Server
26 33 (6.82%) VBA
26 33 (6.82%) Degree

Front Office
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing Front Office also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Front Office. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 35 (7.23%) Oracle Coherence
2 5 (1.03%) Apache
2 5 (1.03%) Apache Spark
3 2 (0.41%) Jetty
3 2 (0.41%) Node.js
4 1 (0.21%) Apache Solr
4 1 (0.21%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.21%) GemFire
4 1 (0.21%) IIS
4 1 (0.21%) JBoss
4 1 (0.21%) SharePoint
Applications
1 16 (3.31%) MS Excel
2 10 (2.07%) MS Office
3 7 (1.45%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (1.24%) MS Project
5 4 (0.83%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.21%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.21%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (1.24%) Summit
2 5 (1.03%) Sentinel
3 4 (0.83%) Front Arena
3 4 (0.83%) ION MarketView
3 4 (0.83%) LatentZero
4 3 (0.62%) Endur
5 2 (0.41%) Eikon
5 2 (0.41%) Misys Opics
5 2 (0.41%) SimCorp Dimension
6 1 (0.21%) Algo Collateral
6 1 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.21%) Eagle PACE
6 1 (0.21%) Hi Portfolio
6 1 (0.21%) Kondor
6 1 (0.21%) Loan IQ
6 1 (0.21%) Minerva
6 1 (0.21%) RMDS
6 1 (0.21%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.41%) Cloud Computing
1 2 (0.41%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 13 (2.69%) TCP/IP
2 4 (0.83%) Internet
2 4 (0.83%) Multicast
2 4 (0.83%) SSH
3 3 (0.62%) Firewall
4 2 (0.41%) DHCP
4 2 (0.41%) DNS
4 2 (0.41%) Unicast
4 2 (0.41%) VPN
5 1 (0.21%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (7.23%) SQL Server
2 18 (3.72%) Oracle Database
2 18 (3.72%) Relational Database
3 13 (2.69%) KDB
4 11 (2.27%) RDBMS
5 7 (1.45%) Data Warehouse
5 7 (1.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 6 (1.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 5 (1.03%) Big Data
7 5 (1.03%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 5 (1.03%) MySQL
7 5 (1.03%) NoSQL
7 5 (1.03%) Oracle Database 10g
7 5 (1.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (0.62%) Apache Hive
8 3 (0.62%) Hadoop
8 3 (0.62%) HBase
8 3 (0.62%) Impala
8 3 (0.62%) Oracle Database 11g
8 3 (0.62%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 14 (2.89%) Git (software)
2 13 (2.69%) TeamCity
3 12 (2.48%) Subversion
4 11 (2.27%) Maven
5 10 (2.07%) JIRA
6 4 (0.83%) Jenkins
6 4 (0.83%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (0.83%) Visual Studio
7 2 (0.41%) Cucumber
7 2 (0.41%) Gradle
7 2 (0.41%) HP UFT
7 2 (0.41%) InstallShield
7 2 (0.41%) JUnit
7 2 (0.41%) MSI
7 2 (0.41%) Octopus Deploy
7 2 (0.41%) Selenium
8 1 (0.21%) Eclipse
8 1 (0.21%) FitNesse
8 1 (0.21%) SpecFlow
8 1 (0.21%) WebStorm
General
1 212 (43.80%) Banking
2 195 (40.29%) Finance
3 149 (30.79%) Investment Banking
4 30 (6.20%) Back Office
5 14 (2.89%) Financial Institution
6 12 (2.48%) Legal
7 5 (1.03%) Retail
8 4 (0.83%) Advertising
9 2 (0.41%) International Banking
9 2 (0.41%) Spanish Language
10 1 (0.21%) Private Banking
10 1 (0.21%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 246 (50.83%) Developer
2 126 (26.03%) Analyst
3 104 (21.49%) Java Developer
4 72 (14.88%) Front Office Developer
5 71 (14.67%) C# Developer
6 63 (13.02%) Business Analyst
7 48 (9.92%) Senior Developer
8 35 (7.23%) Support Analyst
9 32 (6.61%) C++ Developer
10 31 (6.40%) Project Manager
11 26 (5.37%) Applications Support
12 21 (4.34%) Senior C# Developer
12 21 (4.34%) Senior Java Developer
13 20 (4.13%) Investment Banking Java Developer
14 18 (3.72%) Quantitative Developer
14 18 (3.72%) WPF Developer
15 16 (3.31%) C# WPF Developer
16 14 (2.89%) Applications Support Analyst
17 13 (2.69%) JavaScript Developer
18 12 (2.48%) Risk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (13.02%) .NET
2 41 (8.47%) FIX Protocol
3 36 (7.44%) Spring
4 33 (6.82%) WPF
5 30 (6.20%) WCF
6 21 (4.34%) HTML
7 16 (3.31%) JMS
8 13 (2.69%) AngularJS
8 13 (2.69%) RESTful
9 12 (2.48%) HTML5
10 10 (2.07%) XML
11 9 (1.86%) ASP.NET
12 8 (1.65%) ATL
12 8 (1.65%) FpML
13 7 (1.45%) Hibernate
13 7 (1.45%) jQuery
13 7 (1.45%) MFC
13 7 (1.45%) Middleware
13 7 (1.45%) STL
13 7 (1.45%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 133 (27.48%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 120 (24.79%) Derivative
3 79 (16.32%) Equities
4 76 (15.70%) Fixed Income
5 40 (8.26%) Analytical Skills
6 22 (4.55%) Data Structures
6 22 (4.55%) Grid Computing
7 21 (4.34%) Algorithms
8 19 (3.93%) Equity Derivative
9 18 (3.72%) Interest Rate Derivative
10 15 (3.10%) Mathematics
11 13 (2.69%) Hedge funds
11 13 (2.69%) Market Risk
12 11 (2.27%) Credit Risk
12 11 (2.27%) User Experience
13 10 (2.07%) Computer Science
14 7 (1.45%) Fintech
15 6 (1.24%) Credit Derivative
15 6 (1.24%) Reference Data
16 5 (1.03%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 64 (13.22%) Unix
2 57 (11.78%) Linux
3 42 (8.68%) Windows
4 9 (1.86%) Windows 7
4 9 (1.86%) Windows Server
5 7 (1.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 4 (0.83%) Solaris
7 3 (0.62%) Android
7 3 (0.62%) Apple iOS
7 3 (0.62%) Windows 8
8 2 (0.41%) Mac OS X
8 2 (0.41%) SUSE
8 2 (0.41%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.21%) AIX
9 1 (0.21%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.21%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.21%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 102 (21.07%) Agile Software Development
2 101 (20.87%) Multithreading
3 54 (11.16%) TDD
4 49 (10.12%) Low Latency
5 48 (9.92%) Electronic Trading
6 44 (9.09%) Risk Management
7 32 (6.61%) Business Analysis
8 31 (6.40%) SDLC
9 27 (5.58%) Algorithmic Trading
10 26 (5.37%) Pair Programming
11 25 (5.17%) Migration
12 24 (4.96%) Project Management
13 23 (4.75%) Asset Management
13 23 (4.75%) OO
14 20 (4.13%) Greeks
15 19 (3.93%) Data Management
15 19 (3.93%) Software Engineering
15 19 (3.93%) Stakeholder Management
16 18 (3.72%) Analytics
17 17 (3.51%) MVVM
Programming Languages
1 149 (30.79%) Java
2 138 (28.51%) SQL
3 106 (21.90%) C#
4 62 (12.81%) C++
5 44 (9.09%) Python
6 33 (6.82%) VBA
7 29 (5.99%) JavaScript
8 21 (4.34%) Scala
9 18 (3.72%) Bash Shell
10 17 (3.51%) Perl
11 13 (2.69%) PowerShell
12 7 (1.45%) C
12 7 (1.45%) Shell Script
12 7 (1.45%) VC++
13 5 (1.03%) PL/SQL
13 5 (1.03%) XAML
14 4 (0.83%) MATLAB
14 4 (0.83%) T-SQL
15 3 (0.62%) ANSI SQL
15 3 (0.62%) CoffeeScript
Qualifications
1 33 (6.82%) Degree
2 13 (2.69%) PhD
3 4 (0.83%) RHCE
3 4 (0.83%) RHCSA
4 3 (0.62%) ITIL Certification
4 3 (0.62%) PMI Certification
5 1 (0.21%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (3.10%) QA
2 14 (2.89%) MiFID
3 9 (1.86%) Dodd-Frank
3 9 (1.86%) EMIR
4 3 (0.62%) FATCA
5 2 (0.41%) SLA
6 1 (0.21%) Basel III
6 1 (0.21%) Data Quality
System Software
1 7 (1.45%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (0.83%) Squid
3 3 (0.62%) Active Directory
3 3 (0.62%) HDFS
4 2 (0.41%) NFS
5 1 (0.21%) Apache Flume
5 1 (0.21%) Platform Symphony
Systems Management
1 5 (1.03%) Nagios
2 4 (0.83%) Ansible
2 4 (0.83%) CFEngine
2 4 (0.83%) Cobbler
3 2 (0.41%) Control-M
3 2 (0.41%) Hadoop YARN
3 2 (0.41%) ITRS Geneos
3 2 (0.41%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (0.41%) Puppet
4 1 (0.21%) SCCM
4 1 (0.21%) Thomson Reuters DACS
Vendors
1 68 (14.05%) Oracle
2 25 (5.17%) Murex
3 22 (4.55%) Bloomberg
4 20 (4.13%) Sybase
5 18 (3.72%) DataSynapse
6 16 (3.31%) Microsoft
7 15 (3.10%) Fidessa
8 11 (2.27%) Reuters
9 9 (1.86%) Charles River
10 8 (1.65%) Calypso
10 8 (1.65%) HP
11 7 (1.45%) FXall
11 7 (1.45%) ION Trading
11 7 (1.45%) VMware
12 5 (1.03%) DevExpress
12 5 (1.03%) FactSet
12 5 (1.03%) IBM
12 5 (1.03%) OpenLink
13 4 (0.83%) Citrix
13 4 (0.83%) SunGard
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