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 March 2015 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 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Front Office
Rank 34 23 19
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -4
Contract jobs citing Front Office 254 378 397
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 4.95% 6.23% 6.72%
As % of the General category 9.43% 11.51% 11.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 230 329 341
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£583 £600 £550
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.91% +9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £430 £475 £425
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £675 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £440 £388 £325
% change year-on-year
+13.54% +19.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £19.00 £9.99
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +90.19%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £20.50
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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
2693 3283 3378
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 52.45% 54.11% 57.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 2089 2394 2628
Average daily rate £475 £500 £475
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £650 £625
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 53 33
Average hourly rate £17.87 £22.38 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.15% -0.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £13.80 £12.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.20 £48.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.00 £22.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -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 March 2015.

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 March 2015, 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.

1 219 (39.32%) Banking
2 201 (36.09%) Java
3 183 (32.85%) SQL
4 178 (31.96%) C#
4 178 (31.96%) Finance
5 151 (27.11%) Derivative
6 149 (26.75%) Investment Banking
7 140 (25.13%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 128 (22.98%) Agile Software Development
9 116 (20.83%) Multithreading
10 103 (18.49%) UNIX
11 90 (16.16%) Fixed Income
12 89 (15.98%) Low Latency
13 84 (15.08%) Linux
14 83 (14.90%) .NET
15 75 (13.46%) SQL Server
15 75 (13.46%) C++
16 65 (11.67%) Equities
16 65 (11.67%) TDD
17 59 (10.59%) WPF
18 54 (9.69%) VBA
19 48 (8.62%) Windows
20 47 (8.44%) HTML
21 46 (8.26%) Electronic Trading
22 44 (7.90%) Equity Derivative
22 44 (7.90%) Oracle
23 42 (7.54%) TIBCO
24 41 (7.36%) OO
24 41 (7.36%) WCF
25 39 (7.00%) Microsoft

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

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, 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 17 (3.05%) TIBCO EMS
2 3 (0.54%) Oracle Coherence
2 3 (0.54%) Confluence
2 3 (0.54%) WebSphere
3 2 (0.36%) FileNet
3 2 (0.36%) JBoss
3 2 (0.36%) MTS
3 2 (0.36%) MQSeries
4 1 (0.18%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.18%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 1 (0.18%) Node.js
4 1 (0.18%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.18%) WebLogic
Applications
1 21 (3.77%) MS Excel
2 8 (1.44%) MS PowerPoint
3 7 (1.26%) Spreadsheet
3 7 (1.26%) MS Office
4 5 (0.90%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.72%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 19 (3.41%) thinkFolio
2 10 (1.80%) Markit EDM
3 8 (1.44%) ION MarketView
4 6 (1.08%) Summit
4 6 (1.08%) LatentZero
5 4 (0.72%) Sentinel
6 3 (0.54%) Tesseract
6 3 (0.54%) Minerva
7 2 (0.36%) IntelliMatch
8 1 (0.18%) SimCorp Dimension
8 1 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
8 1 (0.18%) 3000 Xtra
8 1 (0.18%) SAP HR
8 1 (0.18%) SAP SD
8 1 (0.18%) Endur
8 1 (0.18%) Global One
Communications & Networking
1 10 (1.80%) TCP/IP
2 2 (0.36%) Internet
2 2 (0.36%) Firewall
3 1 (0.18%) Network Security
3 1 (0.18%) Multicast
3 1 (0.18%) VPN
3 1 (0.18%) DNS
3 1 (0.18%) DHCP
3 1 (0.18%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 75 (13.46%) SQL Server
2 20 (3.59%) Relational Database
3 15 (2.69%) KDB
3 15 (2.69%) SQL Server 2008
4 13 (2.33%) Data Warehouse
5 9 (1.62%) Hadoop
6 8 (1.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 6 (1.08%) Big Data
8 5 (0.90%) Oracle Database
8 5 (0.90%) QlikView
9 4 (0.72%) SQL Server 2005
9 4 (0.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 4 (0.72%) DB2
10 3 (0.54%) SQL Server 2012
11 2 (0.36%) MongoDB
11 2 (0.36%) Crystal Reports
11 2 (0.36%) Data Mart
11 2 (0.36%) MySQL
11 2 (0.36%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 1 (0.18%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 24 (4.31%) TeamCity
2 23 (4.13%) JUnit
3 14 (2.51%) CruiseControl
4 13 (2.33%) Subversion
4 13 (2.33%) Ant
5 12 (2.15%) Visual Studio
6 10 (1.80%) JIRA
7 9 (1.62%) NUnit
8 8 (1.44%) Mockito
9 6 (1.08%) Team Foundation Server
9 6 (1.08%) Maven
10 4 (0.72%) Git (software)
10 4 (0.72%) Cucumber
11 3 (0.54%) WebDriver
11 3 (0.54%) Selenium
11 3 (0.54%) Toad
12 2 (0.36%) QuickTest Pro
12 2 (0.36%) MSI
12 2 (0.36%) JBehave
13 1 (0.18%) SpecFlow
General
1 219 (39.32%) Banking
2 178 (31.96%) Finance
3 149 (26.75%) Investment Banking
4 35 (6.28%) Back Office
5 17 (3.05%) Financial Institution
6 11 (1.97%) Legal
7 5 (0.90%) Advertising
7 5 (0.90%) Retail
8 2 (0.36%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.18%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.18%) Marketing
9 1 (0.18%) French Language
Job Titles
1 300 (53.86%) Developer
2 141 (25.31%) Analyst
3 131 (23.52%) Java Developer
4 94 (16.88%) C# Developer
5 71 (12.75%) Senior Developer
6 62 (11.13%) Support Analyst
7 60 (10.77%) Business Analyst
8 48 (8.62%) Applications Support
9 39 (7.00%) Senior C# Developer
10 33 (5.92%) Applications Support Analyst
11 28 (5.03%) C++ Developer
11 28 (5.03%) Project Manager
12 22 (3.95%) Senior Java Developer
13 20 (3.59%) Front Office Developer
14 12 (2.15%) IT Business Analyst
14 12 (2.15%) C++/Java Developer
14 12 (2.15%) RAD Developer
15 11 (1.97%) VBA Developer
15 11 (1.97%) WPF Developer
16 10 (1.80%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 83 (14.90%) .NET
2 59 (10.59%) WPF
3 47 (8.44%) HTML
4 41 (7.36%) WCF
5 31 (5.57%) FIX Protocol
6 28 (5.03%) HTML5
7 25 (4.49%) XML
8 23 (4.13%) WinForms
9 20 (3.59%) Spring
10 16 (2.87%) ASP.NET
11 15 (2.69%) JDBC
12 14 (2.51%) Web Services
12 14 (2.51%) JMS
12 14 (2.51%) Rendezvous
13 13 (2.33%) Swing
14 12 (2.15%) .NET Framework
15 10 (1.80%) Middleware
15 10 (1.80%) AngularJS
16 9 (1.62%) RESTful
16 9 (1.62%) Reactive Extensions
Miscellaneous
1 151 (27.11%) Derivative
2 140 (25.13%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 90 (16.16%) Fixed Income
4 65 (11.67%) Equities
5 44 (7.90%) Equity Derivative
6 33 (5.92%) Analytical Skills
7 23 (4.13%) Credit Derivative
8 22 (3.95%) Market Risk
9 16 (2.87%) Computer Science
10 14 (2.51%) Grid Computing
11 12 (2.15%) Mathematics
11 12 (2.15%) Credit Risk
12 11 (1.97%) Management Information System
13 9 (1.62%) Hedge funds
14 7 (1.26%) Algorithms
15 6 (1.08%) SWIFT
15 6 (1.08%) Physics
16 5 (0.90%) Enterprise Software
16 5 (0.90%) Data Structures
17 4 (0.72%) Swaptions
Operating Systems
1 103 (18.49%) UNIX
2 84 (15.08%) Linux
3 48 (8.62%) Windows
4 11 (1.97%) Solaris
5 4 (0.72%) Oracle Linux
6 2 (0.36%) Windows 7
6 2 (0.36%) Windows XP
7 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.18%) Windows Vista
7 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.18%) AIX
7 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 128 (22.98%) Agile Software Development
2 116 (20.83%) Multithreading
3 89 (15.98%) Low Latency
4 65 (11.67%) TDD
5 46 (8.26%) Electronic Trading
6 41 (7.36%) OO
7 36 (6.46%) Risk Management
8 34 (6.10%) Ultra-Low Latency
9 33 (5.92%) Business Analysis
10 32 (5.75%) Analytics
11 30 (5.39%) RAD
11 30 (5.39%) Project Management
12 25 (4.49%) Asset Management
13 24 (4.31%) E-Commerce
14 20 (3.59%) User Acceptance Testing
14 20 (3.59%) Greeks
15 19 (3.41%) ITIL
15 19 (3.41%) Stakeholder Management
16 17 (3.05%) OOD
16 17 (3.05%) Algorithmic Trading
Programming Languages
1 201 (36.09%) Java
2 183 (32.85%) SQL
3 178 (31.96%) C#
4 75 (13.46%) C++
5 54 (9.69%) VBA
6 35 (6.28%) JavaScript
7 31 (5.57%) Python
8 16 (2.87%) T-SQL
9 14 (2.51%) VB
10 12 (2.15%) Perl
11 11 (1.97%) C
12 10 (1.80%) Shell Script
13 7 (1.26%) Scala
13 7 (1.26%) XAML
14 5 (0.90%) VBScript
15 4 (0.72%) PL/SQL
16 2 (0.36%) VB.NET
16 2 (0.36%) Bash Shell
16 2 (0.36%) Clojure
16 2 (0.36%) Cython
Qualifications
1 38 (6.82%) Degree
2 4 (0.72%) PhD
3 2 (0.36%) ISEB
3 2 (0.36%) CCA
3 2 (0.36%) ISEB Practitioner
4 1 (0.18%) ISTQB
4 1 (0.18%) MCP
4 1 (0.18%) MCSE
4 1 (0.18%) MCSA
4 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (0.18%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 1 (0.18%) SC Cleared
4 1 (0.18%) Security Cleared
4 1 (0.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.15%) QA
2 4 (0.72%) EMIR
3 3 (0.54%) Dodd-Frank
4 2 (0.36%) COREP
4 2 (0.36%) Basel II
5 1 (0.18%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.18%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.18%) CRD IV
System Software
1 3 (0.54%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.18%) Platform Symphony
3 1 (0.18%) HDFS
3 1 (0.18%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 5 (0.90%) Control-M
2 4 (0.72%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (0.54%) ITRS Geneos
4 1 (0.18%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 44 (7.90%) Oracle
2 42 (7.54%) TIBCO
3 39 (7.00%) Microsoft
4 30 (5.39%) Sybase
5 29 (5.21%) Bloomberg
6 17 (3.05%) ION Trading
7 15 (2.69%) Murex
8 12 (2.15%) Fidessa
8 12 (2.15%) Charles River
8 12 (2.15%) DevExpress
9 11 (1.97%) Reuters
10 9 (1.62%) 29West
11 5 (0.90%) Tradeweb
11 5 (0.90%) MarketAxess
12 4 (0.72%) DataSynapse
12 4 (0.72%) IBM
13 3 (0.54%) Adobe
14 2 (0.36%) Cisco
14 2 (0.36%) SAP
14 2 (0.36%) Salesforce.com
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