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 27 August 2014 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
27 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Front Office
Rank 31 21 18
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -3
Contract jobs citing Front Office 302 497 551
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 5.20% 6.75% 6.95%
As % of the General category 10.27% 11.54% 11.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 262 381 462
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£585 £550 £575
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.36% -4.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £450
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £675 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £413 £425 £380
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +11.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Average hourly rate - £17.50 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -16.66%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.00 £90.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
-76.66% +150.00%
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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
2941 4308 4802
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 50.61% 58.48% 60.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 2177 3205 3622
Average daily rate £475 £475 £475
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £320 £301
10% offered a daily rate of more than £638 £625 £625
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+0.64% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 66 70
Average hourly rate £19.00 £20.25 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.17% +1.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £13.50 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.02 £51.15 £51.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
- -18.18%

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 27 August 2014.

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 27 August 2014, 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.

1 316 (47.59%) Banking
2 234 (35.24%) Finance
3 218 (32.83%) Java
4 205 (30.87%) SQL
5 201 (30.27%) Investment Banking
6 176 (26.51%) C#
7 174 (26.20%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 146 (21.99%) Fixed Income
9 140 (21.08%) Derivative
10 125 (18.83%) Multithreading
11 109 (16.42%) Oracle
12 94 (14.16%) Low Latency
13 93 (14.01%) C++
14 83 (12.50%) UNIX
15 81 (12.20%) Risk Management
15 81 (12.20%) Agile Software Development
16 77 (11.60%) Linux
17 75 (11.30%) TDD
18 72 (10.84%) Spring
19 71 (10.69%) Degree
19 71 (10.69%) .NET
20 69 (10.39%) SQL Server
21 61 (9.19%) Python
22 60 (9.04%) Analytics
23 57 (8.58%) OO
23 57 (8.58%) Back Office
24 56 (8.43%) WPF
25 54 (8.13%) Sybase
26 52 (7.83%) Windows
27 51 (7.68%) Equities

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

For the 6 months to 27 August 2014, 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 32 (4.82%) Oracle Coherence
2 9 (1.36%) WebSphere
3 8 (1.20%) TIBCO EMS
4 6 (0.90%) WebSphere Application Server
5 5 (0.75%) Confluence
6 3 (0.45%) WebLogic
6 3 (0.45%) Oracle Workflow
7 2 (0.30%) SharePoint
7 2 (0.30%) Apache
7 2 (0.30%) Mule
8 1 (0.15%) GemFire
8 1 (0.15%) MTS
8 1 (0.15%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.15%) IIS
8 1 (0.15%) MS Exchange
8 1 (0.15%) SAS
8 1 (0.15%) IBM HTTP Server
8 1 (0.15%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 13 (1.96%) MS Excel
2 6 (0.90%) MS Office
2 6 (0.90%) Spreadsheet
3 3 (0.45%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.30%) MS Project
5 1 (0.15%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 15 (2.26%) RMDS
2 10 (1.51%) Markit EDM
3 6 (0.90%) ION MarketView
3 6 (0.90%) Bloomberg TOMS
3 6 (0.90%) Oracle EBS
3 6 (0.90%) LatentZero
4 5 (0.75%) Summit
5 3 (0.45%) Endur
5 3 (0.45%) Oracle Retail
6 2 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
6 2 (0.30%) Murex MxG2000
6 2 (0.30%) Front Arena
6 2 (0.30%) Aligne
7 1 (0.15%) Oracle BPM
7 1 (0.15%) SimCorp Dimension
7 1 (0.15%) Global One
7 1 (0.15%) Tesseract
7 1 (0.15%) Minerva
7 1 (0.15%) Sentinel
7 1 (0.15%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.15%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (0.15%) Force.com
1 1 (0.15%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 5 (0.75%) HTTP
1 5 (0.75%) Firewall
2 4 (0.60%) NetScaler
2 4 (0.60%) Multicast
3 3 (0.45%) Internet
3 3 (0.45%) FTP
4 2 (0.30%) TCP/IP
4 2 (0.30%) DNS
5 1 (0.15%) Intranet
5 1 (0.15%) LDAP
5 1 (0.15%) BIG-IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 69 (10.39%) SQL Server
2 29 (4.37%) Relational Database
3 20 (3.01%) KDB
4 17 (2.56%) Oracle Database
5 15 (2.26%) SQL Server 2008
6 8 (1.20%) MongoDB
7 6 (0.90%) Oracle Database 10g
7 6 (0.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 5 (0.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 5 (0.75%) Oracle Database 11g
9 4 (0.60%) Big Data
9 4 (0.60%) SQL Server 2005
9 4 (0.60%) RDBMS
9 4 (0.60%) Oracle Reports
10 3 (0.45%) OLAP
10 3 (0.45%) Sybase ASE
10 3 (0.45%) Data Mart
10 3 (0.45%) SQL Server 2012
10 3 (0.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 2 (0.30%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 27 (4.07%) JUnit
2 12 (1.81%) Maven
2 12 (1.81%) JIRA
2 12 (1.81%) TeamCity
3 10 (1.51%) Mockito
4 9 (1.36%) Team Foundation Server
4 9 (1.36%) Visual Studio
5 8 (1.20%) Jenkins
6 7 (1.05%) NUnit
7 6 (0.90%) Ant
7 6 (0.90%) Subversion
7 6 (0.90%) jMock
8 5 (0.75%) Git (software)
8 5 (0.75%) WebDriver
8 5 (0.75%) CruiseControl
8 5 (0.75%) Grunt
8 5 (0.75%) Bower
8 5 (0.75%) Moq
9 4 (0.60%) Eclipse
10 3 (0.45%) Rhino Mocks
General
1 316 (47.59%) Banking
2 234 (35.24%) Finance
3 201 (30.27%) Investment Banking
4 57 (8.58%) Back Office
5 18 (2.71%) Financial Institution
6 16 (2.41%) Advertising
7 14 (2.11%) Legal
8 6 (0.90%) Retail
9 3 (0.45%) Private Banking
10 2 (0.30%) German Language
11 1 (0.15%) Italian Language
11 1 (0.15%) Marketing
11 1 (0.15%) French Language
11 1 (0.15%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.15%) Corporate Banking
11 1 (0.15%) Law
Job Titles
1 349 (52.56%) Developer
2 155 (23.34%) Analyst
3 139 (20.93%) Java Developer
4 90 (13.55%) Business Analyst
5 73 (10.99%) C# Developer
6 52 (7.83%) Project Manager
7 50 (7.53%) Senior Developer
8 41 (6.17%) Applications Support
9 38 (5.72%) Support Analyst
10 34 (5.12%) C++ Developer
11 22 (3.31%) Quantitative Developer
11 22 (3.31%) Python Developer
12 20 (3.01%) Applications Support Analyst
13 18 (2.71%) C++ Quantitative Developer
14 16 (2.41%) WPF Developer
14 16 (2.41%) Senior Java Developer
15 13 (1.96%) Front Office Developer
15 13 (1.96%) Programme Manager
16 11 (1.66%) Senior Analyst
17 10 (1.51%) Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 72 (10.84%) Spring
2 71 (10.69%) .NET
3 56 (8.43%) WPF
4 41 (6.17%) WCF
5 35 (5.27%) JMS
6 30 (4.52%) XML
7 28 (4.22%) HTML
8 22 (3.31%) Hibernate
9 21 (3.16%) FIX Protocol
10 20 (3.01%) HTML5
10 20 (3.01%) WinForms
10 20 (3.01%) Middleware
11 18 (2.71%) Web Services
12 17 (2.56%) LINQ
13 13 (1.96%) Rendezvous
14 12 (1.81%) ASP.NET
14 12 (1.81%) AngularJS
15 11 (1.66%) JDBC
15 11 (1.66%) Java EE
16 10 (1.51%) Django
Miscellaneous
1 174 (26.20%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 146 (21.99%) Fixed Income
3 140 (21.08%) Derivative
4 51 (7.68%) Equities
5 39 (5.87%) Credit Risk
6 32 (4.82%) Computer Science
7 26 (3.92%) Market Risk
8 24 (3.61%) Credit Derivative
8 24 (3.61%) Equity Derivative
9 14 (2.11%) Grid Computing
10 12 (1.81%) Mathematics
11 9 (1.36%) Interest Rate Derivative
11 9 (1.36%) Open Source
12 8 (1.20%) iPad
12 8 (1.20%) Hedge funds
13 7 (1.05%) N-Tier
14 5 (0.75%) Economics
14 5 (0.75%) Visualisation
15 4 (0.60%) Physics
16 3 (0.45%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 83 (12.50%) UNIX
2 77 (11.60%) Linux
3 52 (7.83%) Windows
4 9 (1.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 8 (1.20%) Oracle Linux
5 8 (1.20%) Solaris
6 5 (0.75%) Windows 7
7 2 (0.30%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.15%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 125 (18.83%) Multithreading
2 94 (14.16%) Low Latency
3 81 (12.20%) Risk Management
3 81 (12.20%) Agile Software Development
4 75 (11.30%) TDD
5 60 (9.04%) Analytics
6 57 (8.58%) OO
7 47 (7.08%) E-Commerce
7 47 (7.08%) Business Analysis
8 44 (6.63%) Asset Management
9 34 (5.12%) Software Engineering
10 31 (4.67%) Project Management
11 29 (4.37%) Electronic Trading
12 26 (3.92%) Stakeholder Management
13 25 (3.77%) Continuous Integration
13 25 (3.77%) Investment Management
14 24 (3.61%) Scrum
15 20 (3.01%) Fund Management
15 20 (3.01%) Greeks
16 18 (2.71%) Algorithmic Trading
Programming Languages
1 218 (32.83%) Java
2 205 (30.87%) SQL
3 176 (26.51%) C#
4 93 (14.01%) C++
5 61 (9.19%) Python
6 33 (4.97%) Perl
7 31 (4.67%) VBA
8 21 (3.16%) JavaScript
9 15 (2.26%) PL/SQL
10 12 (1.81%) VB
11 10 (1.51%) T-SQL
11 10 (1.51%) Shell Script
11 10 (1.51%) Bash Shell
12 9 (1.36%) Scala
13 6 (0.90%) C
14 4 (0.60%) PHP
15 3 (0.45%) XAML
16 2 (0.30%) Korn
16 2 (0.30%) Haskell
16 2 (0.30%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 71 (10.69%) Degree
2 8 (1.20%) PhD
3 5 (0.75%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 3 (0.45%) Security Cleared
5 2 (0.30%) SC Cleared
5 2 (0.30%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (0.30%) PMP
5 2 (0.30%) PMI Certification
6 1 (0.15%) CFA
6 1 (0.15%) ISTQB
6 1 (0.15%) MCSD
6 1 (0.15%) Postgraduate
6 1 (0.15%) MCSE
6 1 (0.15%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (2.26%) QA
2 14 (2.11%) EMIR
3 11 (1.66%) Dodd-Frank
4 8 (1.20%) ISO 9001
5 7 (1.05%) Basel III
6 4 (0.60%) Basel II
7 2 (0.30%) MiFID
7 2 (0.30%) FATCA
7 2 (0.30%) COREP
7 2 (0.30%) CRD IV
System Software
1 9 (1.36%) Active Directory
2 4 (0.60%) Oracle RAC
3 2 (0.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.30%) Platform Symphony
Systems Management
1 9 (1.36%) ITRS Geneos
2 6 (0.90%) Nagios
3 5 (0.75%) SCCM
4 4 (0.60%) Tivoli
4 4 (0.60%) BMC PATROL
4 4 (0.60%) Control-M
5 2 (0.30%) BladeLogic
5 2 (0.30%) BMC Marimba
6 1 (0.15%) ServiceCenter
6 1 (0.15%) Puppet
6 1 (0.15%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 109 (16.42%) Oracle
2 54 (8.13%) Sybase
3 42 (6.33%) TIBCO
4 41 (6.17%) Charles River
5 36 (5.42%) Bloomberg
6 31 (4.67%) Microsoft
7 20 (3.01%) Murex
7 20 (3.01%) 29West
8 19 (2.86%) ION Trading
9 16 (2.41%) thinkFolio
10 15 (2.26%) Reuters
11 12 (1.81%) Fidessa
12 10 (1.51%) Red Hat
12 10 (1.51%) JBoss
13 9 (1.36%) Adobe
14 8 (1.20%) DataSynapse
15 7 (1.05%) Citrix
16 5 (0.75%) MarketAxess
16 5 (0.75%) DevExpress
17 4 (0.60%) Calypso
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