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 21 November 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
21 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Front Office
Rank 30 21 21
Rank change year-on-year
-9 0
Contract jobs citing Front Office 330 457 384
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 5.67% 6.43% 5.99%
As % of the General category 11.00% 11.41% 10.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 294 384 319
Average daily rate
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£577 £575 £575
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.30% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £450 £450
10% offered a daily rate of more than £700 £675 £655
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £435 £350
% change year-on-year
-2.29% +24.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 4
Average hourly rate - - £26.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £14.34
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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
3000 4006 3707
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 51.52% 56.35% 57.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 2335 3016 2804
Average daily rate £475 £498 £475
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.52% +4.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £284 £313 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £650 £625
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 62 49
Average hourly rate £18.50 £20.00 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.50% -6.97%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.60 £11.65 £15.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.60 £38.00 £45.37
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £21.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+23.80% -16.00%

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 21 November 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 21 November 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.

1 295 (46.90%) Banking
2 240 (38.16%) Java
3 225 (35.77%) Finance
4 203 (32.27%) SQL
5 192 (30.52%) Investment Banking
6 166 (26.39%) C#
6 166 (26.39%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 151 (24.01%) Agile Software Development
8 141 (22.42%) Derivative
8 141 (22.42%) Fixed Income
9 140 (22.26%) Multithreading
10 115 (18.28%) Low Latency
11 90 (14.31%) C++
12 88 (13.99%) Oracle
12 88 (13.99%) UNIX
13 76 (12.08%) Linux
14 73 (11.61%) TDD
15 71 (11.29%) Risk Management
16 69 (10.97%) .NET
17 67 (10.65%) SQL Server
18 64 (10.17%) Spring
19 62 (9.86%) Degree
20 61 (9.70%) Sybase
21 59 (9.38%) E-Commerce
22 58 (9.22%) Analytical Skills
23 55 (8.74%) WPF
24 52 (8.27%) Equities
25 51 (8.11%) Windows
26 48 (7.63%) Python
27 47 (7.47%) Back Office

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

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 22 (3.50%) Oracle Coherence
2 10 (1.59%) WebSphere
3 9 (1.43%) TIBCO EMS
4 5 (0.79%) WebSphere Application Server
5 4 (0.64%) WebLogic
5 4 (0.64%) Confluence
6 2 (0.32%) Apache
6 2 (0.32%) MS Exchange
6 2 (0.32%) FileNet
7 1 (0.16%) IBM HTTP Server
7 1 (0.16%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.16%) Mule
7 1 (0.16%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.16%) MQSeries
7 1 (0.16%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.16%) IIS
7 1 (0.16%) JBoss
7 1 (0.16%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (0.16%) GemFire
7 1 (0.16%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 22 (3.50%) MS Excel
2 12 (1.91%) MS Office
3 9 (1.43%) Spreadsheet
4 5 (0.79%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (0.79%) MS Project
5 4 (0.64%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.16%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 10 (1.59%) Markit EDM
2 7 (1.11%) Bloomberg TOMS
3 6 (0.95%) RMDS
3 6 (0.95%) ION MarketView
4 5 (0.79%) Oracle EBS
4 5 (0.79%) Summit
5 4 (0.64%) LatentZero
6 2 (0.32%) Global One
6 2 (0.32%) Murex MxG2000
6 2 (0.32%) Sentinel
6 2 (0.32%) Front Arena
7 1 (0.16%) SAP HR
7 1 (0.16%) Tesseract
7 1 (0.16%) Minerva
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.16%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (0.16%) Force.com
1 1 (0.16%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.11%) Firewall
2 4 (0.64%) HTTP
2 4 (0.64%) TCP/IP
2 4 (0.64%) NetScaler
2 4 (0.64%) Multicast
3 2 (0.32%) DNS
4 1 (0.16%) Intranet
4 1 (0.16%) Internet
4 1 (0.16%) BIG-IP
4 1 (0.16%) LDAP
4 1 (0.16%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 67 (10.65%) SQL Server
2 26 (4.13%) Relational Database
3 21 (3.34%) KDB
4 15 (2.38%) SQL Server 2008
5 10 (1.59%) Oracle Database
6 7 (1.11%) MongoDB
6 7 (1.11%) SQL Server 2005
6 7 (1.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 6 (0.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 6 (0.95%) Hadoop
8 5 (0.79%) Big Data
8 5 (0.79%) Data Warehouse
8 5 (0.79%) Oracle Database 10g
9 4 (0.64%) DB2
9 4 (0.64%) Data Mart
10 3 (0.48%) Sybase ASE
10 3 (0.48%) Oracle Reports
11 2 (0.32%) OLAP
11 2 (0.32%) QlikView
11 2 (0.32%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 18 (2.86%) JUnit
2 16 (2.54%) TeamCity
3 13 (2.07%) Subversion
3 13 (2.07%) JIRA
4 10 (1.59%) NUnit
5 9 (1.43%) Maven
5 9 (1.43%) Mockito
6 8 (1.27%) Visual Studio
7 7 (1.11%) CruiseControl
8 4 (0.64%) jMock
8 4 (0.64%) Team Foundation Server
9 3 (0.48%) Hudson
9 3 (0.48%) Jenkins
9 3 (0.48%) Ant
9 3 (0.48%) Git (software)
9 3 (0.48%) Eclipse
10 2 (0.32%) IntelliJ
10 2 (0.32%) QuickTest Pro
10 2 (0.32%) MSI
10 2 (0.32%) Grunt
General
1 295 (46.90%) Banking
2 225 (35.77%) Finance
3 192 (30.52%) Investment Banking
4 47 (7.47%) Back Office
5 12 (1.91%) Financial Institution
6 10 (1.59%) Legal
7 9 (1.43%) Advertising
8 3 (0.48%) Retail
9 1 (0.16%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.16%) Law
9 1 (0.16%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 336 (53.42%) Developer
2 155 (24.64%) Java Developer
3 135 (21.46%) Analyst
4 69 (10.97%) C# Developer
5 68 (10.81%) Business Analyst
5 68 (10.81%) Senior Developer
6 53 (8.43%) Applications Support
7 48 (7.63%) Support Analyst
8 46 (7.31%) Project Manager
9 27 (4.29%) Applications Support Analyst
10 26 (4.13%) Front Office Developer
10 26 (4.13%) Senior Java Developer
11 24 (3.82%) C++ Developer
12 23 (3.66%) Senior C# Developer
13 17 (2.70%) Python Developer
13 17 (2.70%) Architect
14 15 (2.38%) Quantitative Developer
15 14 (2.23%) WPF Developer
16 12 (1.91%) Programme Manager
17 11 (1.75%) Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 69 (10.97%) .NET
2 64 (10.17%) Spring
3 55 (8.74%) WPF
4 44 (7.00%) XML
5 43 (6.84%) FIX Protocol
6 41 (6.52%) HTML
7 31 (4.93%) WCF
8 30 (4.77%) WinForms
9 26 (4.13%) Hibernate
10 25 (3.97%) JMS
11 24 (3.82%) HTML5
12 21 (3.34%) Middleware
13 19 (3.02%) Web Services
14 13 (2.07%) Rendezvous
15 12 (1.91%) JDBC
16 11 (1.75%) ASP.NET
16 11 (1.75%) RESTful
17 8 (1.27%) Reactive Extensions
17 8 (1.27%) .NET Framework
17 8 (1.27%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 166 (26.39%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 141 (22.42%) Fixed Income
2 141 (22.42%) Derivative
3 58 (9.22%) Analytical Skills
4 52 (8.27%) Equities
5 34 (5.41%) Credit Derivative
6 27 (4.29%) Credit Risk
6 27 (4.29%) Market Risk
7 22 (3.50%) Equity Derivative
8 21 (3.34%) Computer Science
9 18 (2.86%) Data Structures
10 17 (2.70%) Mathematics
11 13 (2.07%) Algorithms
12 9 (1.43%) Hedge funds
13 8 (1.27%) Management Information System
13 8 (1.27%) N-Tier
14 7 (1.11%) Grid Computing
15 5 (0.79%) Interest Rate Derivative
15 5 (0.79%) Open Source
15 5 (0.79%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 88 (13.99%) UNIX
2 76 (12.08%) Linux
3 51 (8.11%) Windows
4 13 (2.07%) Oracle Linux
5 10 (1.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 7 (1.11%) Windows 7
7 4 (0.64%) Solaris
8 2 (0.32%) Apple iOS
8 2 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.16%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 151 (24.01%) Agile Software Development
2 140 (22.26%) Multithreading
3 115 (18.28%) Low Latency
4 73 (11.61%) TDD
5 71 (11.29%) Risk Management
6 59 (9.38%) E-Commerce
7 46 (7.31%) OO
8 44 (7.00%) Business Analysis
8 44 (7.00%) Analytics
9 37 (5.88%) Asset Management
9 37 (5.88%) Project Management
10 34 (5.41%) Electronic Trading
11 29 (4.61%) Investment Management
12 25 (3.97%) Stakeholder Management
13 22 (3.50%) Algorithmic Trading
13 22 (3.50%) Continuous Integration
14 21 (3.34%) User Acceptance Testing
15 20 (3.18%) Migration
16 18 (2.86%) SOA
17 17 (2.70%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 240 (38.16%) Java
2 203 (32.27%) SQL
3 166 (26.39%) C#
4 90 (14.31%) C++
5 48 (7.63%) Python
6 34 (5.41%) VBA
7 24 (3.82%) JavaScript
7 24 (3.82%) Perl
8 16 (2.54%) PL/SQL
9 14 (2.23%) VB
10 11 (1.75%) T-SQL
10 11 (1.75%) Shell Script
10 11 (1.75%) Scala
11 9 (1.43%) Bash Shell
12 7 (1.11%) C
13 5 (0.79%) XAML
14 3 (0.48%) Korn
14 3 (0.48%) PowerShell
15 2 (0.32%) R
15 2 (0.32%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 62 (9.86%) Degree
2 10 (1.59%) PhD
3 2 (0.32%) ISEB
3 2 (0.32%) CCA
3 2 (0.32%) ISEB Practitioner
4 1 (0.16%) Security Cleared
4 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (0.16%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 1 (0.16%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (2.38%) QA
2 8 (1.27%) EMIR
3 5 (0.79%) Dodd-Frank
4 4 (0.64%) COREP
5 3 (0.48%) MiFID
5 3 (0.48%) Basel III
6 2 (0.32%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.16%) Basel II
System Software
1 10 (1.59%) Active Directory
2 4 (0.64%) Oracle RAC
3 3 (0.48%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 9 (1.43%) ITRS Geneos
2 5 (0.79%) SCCM
3 4 (0.64%) BMC PATROL
3 4 (0.64%) Control-M
3 4 (0.64%) Nagios
3 4 (0.64%) Tivoli
4 3 (0.48%) HP Quality Center
5 2 (0.32%) BladeLogic
5 2 (0.32%) BMC Marimba
6 1 (0.16%) Puppet
6 1 (0.16%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.16%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.16%) logstash
6 1 (0.16%) Salt
6 1 (0.16%) Kibana
Vendors
1 88 (13.99%) Oracle
2 61 (9.70%) Sybase
3 47 (7.47%) TIBCO
4 38 (6.04%) Bloomberg
5 34 (5.41%) Microsoft
6 30 (4.77%) Charles River
7 26 (4.13%) thinkFolio
8 24 (3.82%) Murex
9 17 (2.70%) ION Trading
10 12 (1.91%) Reuters
11 11 (1.75%) Red Hat
11 11 (1.75%) 29West
12 8 (1.27%) Citrix
12 8 (1.27%) Fidessa
13 7 (1.11%) Adobe
14 6 (0.95%) Tradeweb
14 6 (0.95%) DataSynapse
14 6 (0.95%) DevExpress
15 5 (0.79%) MarketAxess
16 4 (0.64%) Microgen
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