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 2 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
2 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Front Office
Rank 32 27 19
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -8
Contract jobs citing Front Office 263 342 391
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 5.12% 5.80% 6.84%
As % of the General category 10.02% 10.66% 11.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 232 297 337
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£588 £600 £550
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.08% +9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £425
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £675 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £445 £400 £338
% change year-on-year
+11.25% +18.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
Average hourly rate - £14.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -58.57%
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
2624 3209 3295
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 51.12% 54.43% 57.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 2025 2343 2576
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 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 50 38
Average hourly rate £17.87 £22.38 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.15% -5.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.95 £14.00 £11.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.61 £42.50 £51.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £24.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -7.69%

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 2 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 2 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.

1 229 (39.62%) Banking
2 219 (37.89%) Java
3 191 (33.04%) SQL
4 181 (31.31%) Finance
5 168 (29.07%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 162 (28.03%) C#
7 157 (27.16%) Investment Banking
8 148 (25.61%) Derivative
9 133 (23.01%) Agile Software Development
10 122 (21.11%) Multithreading
11 108 (18.69%) UNIX
12 103 (17.82%) Fixed Income
13 92 (15.92%) Low Latency
14 90 (15.57%) Linux
15 83 (14.36%) .NET
16 82 (14.19%) C++
17 68 (11.76%) SQL Server
18 63 (10.90%) Equities
19 60 (10.38%) TDD
20 59 (10.21%) WPF
21 54 (9.34%) Oracle
22 53 (9.17%) Windows
23 52 (9.00%) VBA
24 49 (8.48%) Degree
25 47 (8.13%) Risk Management
26 45 (7.79%) HTML
27 40 (6.92%) OO
27 40 (6.92%) Back Office
27 40 (6.92%) Electronic Trading
28 38 (6.57%) WCF

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

For the 6 months to 2 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 10 (1.73%) TIBCO EMS
2 8 (1.38%) Oracle Coherence
3 4 (0.69%) Confluence
4 3 (0.52%) WebSphere
5 2 (0.35%) FileNet
5 2 (0.35%) JBoss
5 2 (0.35%) MTS
5 2 (0.35%) MQSeries
6 1 (0.17%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.17%) MS Exchange
6 1 (0.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (0.17%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.17%) Node.js
6 1 (0.17%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.17%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.17%) WebLogic
Applications
1 22 (3.81%) MS Excel
2 9 (1.56%) MS PowerPoint
3 8 (1.38%) MS Office
4 7 (1.21%) Spreadsheet
5 6 (1.04%) MS Visio
6 5 (0.87%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 21 (3.63%) thinkFolio
2 10 (1.73%) Markit EDM
3 9 (1.56%) ION MarketView
4 7 (1.21%) Summit
5 6 (1.04%) LatentZero
6 5 (0.87%) Sentinel
7 4 (0.69%) Tesseract
7 4 (0.69%) Minerva
8 3 (0.52%) RMDS
9 2 (0.35%) IntelliMatch
9 2 (0.35%) Global One
10 1 (0.17%) 3000 Xtra
10 1 (0.17%) Bloomberg TOMS
10 1 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
10 1 (0.17%) SAP HR
10 1 (0.17%) Endur
10 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (1.90%) TCP/IP
2 4 (0.69%) Firewall
3 2 (0.35%) DNS
3 2 (0.35%) Internet
4 1 (0.17%) Multicast
4 1 (0.17%) VPN
4 1 (0.17%) DHCP
4 1 (0.17%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 68 (11.76%) SQL Server
2 21 (3.63%) Relational Database
3 16 (2.77%) KDB
4 12 (2.08%) SQL Server 2008
5 10 (1.73%) Hadoop
5 10 (1.73%) Data Warehouse
6 6 (1.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 5 (0.87%) SQL Server 2005
7 5 (0.87%) Oracle Database
7 5 (0.87%) Big Data
8 4 (0.69%) QlikView
8 4 (0.69%) DB2
9 3 (0.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 3 (0.52%) Data Mart
10 2 (0.35%) MySQL
10 2 (0.35%) MongoDB
11 1 (0.17%) Apache Cassandra
11 1 (0.17%) NoSQL
11 1 (0.17%) HBase
11 1 (0.17%) Redis
Development Applications
1 28 (4.84%) TeamCity
2 23 (3.98%) JUnit
3 15 (2.60%) CruiseControl
4 14 (2.42%) Subversion
4 14 (2.42%) Ant
5 12 (2.08%) JIRA
6 11 (1.90%) Visual Studio
7 9 (1.56%) NUnit
8 8 (1.38%) Mockito
9 6 (1.04%) Team Foundation Server
9 6 (1.04%) Maven
10 5 (0.87%) Git (software)
11 4 (0.69%) Cucumber
11 4 (0.69%) WebDriver
12 3 (0.52%) Selenium
12 3 (0.52%) Toad
13 2 (0.35%) QuickTest Pro
13 2 (0.35%) MSI
13 2 (0.35%) JBehave
14 1 (0.17%) Hudson
General
1 229 (39.62%) Banking
2 181 (31.31%) Finance
3 157 (27.16%) Investment Banking
4 40 (6.92%) Back Office
5 12 (2.08%) Financial Institution
6 10 (1.73%) Legal
7 4 (0.69%) Advertising
7 4 (0.69%) Retail
8 2 (0.35%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.17%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.17%) Marketing
9 1 (0.17%) French Language
Job Titles
1 301 (52.08%) Developer
2 145 (25.09%) Analyst
3 140 (24.22%) Java Developer
4 83 (14.36%) C# Developer
5 66 (11.42%) Business Analyst
5 66 (11.42%) Senior Developer
6 62 (10.73%) Support Analyst
7 52 (9.00%) Applications Support
8 35 (6.06%) Project Manager
8 35 (6.06%) Applications Support Analyst
9 34 (5.88%) Senior C# Developer
10 31 (5.36%) C++ Developer
11 26 (4.50%) Front Office Developer
12 21 (3.63%) Senior Java Developer
13 14 (2.42%) IT Business Analyst
14 13 (2.25%) Architect
15 12 (2.08%) C++/Java Developer
16 11 (1.90%) Risk Analyst
17 10 (1.73%) VBA Developer
17 10 (1.73%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 83 (14.36%) .NET
2 59 (10.21%) WPF
3 45 (7.79%) HTML
4 38 (6.57%) WCF
5 27 (4.67%) XML
6 26 (4.50%) FIX Protocol
7 24 (4.15%) HTML5
8 23 (3.98%) WinForms
9 19 (3.29%) JMS
10 18 (3.11%) Spring
10 18 (3.11%) Web Services
11 16 (2.77%) JDBC
12 15 (2.60%) ASP.NET
13 14 (2.42%) Swing
14 12 (2.08%) Middleware
15 11 (1.90%) .NET Framework
16 10 (1.73%) Rendezvous
16 10 (1.73%) RESTful
17 8 (1.38%) Reactive Extensions
17 8 (1.38%) FpML
Miscellaneous
1 168 (29.07%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 148 (25.61%) Derivative
3 103 (17.82%) Fixed Income
4 63 (10.90%) Equities
5 38 (6.57%) Equity Derivative
5 38 (6.57%) Analytical Skills
6 24 (4.15%) Market Risk
6 24 (4.15%) Credit Derivative
7 20 (3.46%) Computer Science
8 17 (2.94%) Credit Risk
9 14 (2.42%) Mathematics
9 14 (2.42%) Grid Computing
10 12 (2.08%) Management Information System
11 9 (1.56%) Algorithms
12 8 (1.38%) Hedge funds
13 7 (1.21%) Data Structures
14 5 (0.87%) Enterprise Software
14 5 (0.87%) Physics
15 4 (0.69%) Swaptions
15 4 (0.69%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 108 (18.69%) UNIX
2 90 (15.57%) Linux
3 53 (9.17%) Windows
4 14 (2.42%) Solaris
5 6 (1.04%) Oracle Linux
6 3 (0.52%) Windows 7
7 2 (0.35%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (0.35%) Windows XP
8 1 (0.17%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.17%) Windows Vista
8 1 (0.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.17%) AIX
8 1 (0.17%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 133 (23.01%) Agile Software Development
2 122 (21.11%) Multithreading
3 92 (15.92%) Low Latency
4 60 (10.38%) TDD
5 47 (8.13%) Risk Management
6 40 (6.92%) OO
6 40 (6.92%) Electronic Trading
7 36 (6.23%) Business Analysis
7 36 (6.23%) Project Management
7 36 (6.23%) Ultra-Low Latency
8 34 (5.88%) E-Commerce
9 31 (5.36%) Analytics
10 29 (5.02%) Asset Management
11 27 (4.67%) RAD
12 24 (4.15%) User Acceptance Testing
13 23 (3.98%) Stakeholder Management
13 23 (3.98%) Investment Management
14 21 (3.63%) ITIL
15 19 (3.29%) OOD
15 19 (3.29%) Algorithmic Trading
Programming Languages
1 219 (37.89%) Java
2 191 (33.04%) SQL
3 162 (28.03%) C#
4 82 (14.19%) C++
5 52 (9.00%) VBA
6 33 (5.71%) JavaScript
7 27 (4.67%) Python
8 15 (2.60%) T-SQL
9 12 (2.08%) VB
9 12 (2.08%) C
10 11 (1.90%) Perl
11 10 (1.73%) XAML
12 9 (1.56%) Shell Script
13 8 (1.38%) Scala
14 5 (0.87%) VBScript
15 4 (0.69%) PL/SQL
16 2 (0.35%) VB.NET
16 2 (0.35%) Bash Shell
16 2 (0.35%) Clojure
16 2 (0.35%) Cython
Qualifications
1 49 (8.48%) Degree
2 6 (1.04%) PhD
3 4 (0.69%) VCP4
4 2 (0.35%) ISEB
4 2 (0.35%) CCA
4 2 (0.35%) ISEB Practitioner
5 1 (0.17%) ISTQB
5 1 (0.17%) MCP
5 1 (0.17%) MCSE
5 1 (0.17%) MCSA
5 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (0.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (0.17%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (0.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.17%) SC Cleared
5 1 (0.17%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (2.25%) QA
2 6 (1.04%) EMIR
3 4 (0.69%) Dodd-Frank
4 2 (0.35%) COREP
4 2 (0.35%) Basel II
5 1 (0.17%) MiFID
5 1 (0.17%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.17%) CRD IV
5 1 (0.17%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 3 (0.52%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.17%) HDFS
3 1 (0.17%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 4 (0.69%) Control-M
1 4 (0.69%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (0.52%) ITRS Geneos
3 1 (0.17%) logstash
3 1 (0.17%) Salt
3 1 (0.17%) Kibana
3 1 (0.17%) Puppet
3 1 (0.17%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 54 (9.34%) Oracle
2 37 (6.40%) Microsoft
3 33 (5.71%) Bloomberg
4 32 (5.54%) TIBCO
4 32 (5.54%) Sybase
5 19 (3.29%) Murex
6 18 (3.11%) ION Trading
7 12 (2.08%) Charles River
7 12 (2.08%) Fidessa
8 11 (1.90%) Reuters
9 10 (1.73%) DevExpress
9 10 (1.73%) 29West
10 5 (0.87%) Tradeweb
10 5 (0.87%) MarketAxess
11 4 (0.69%) IBM
12 3 (0.52%) Adobe
12 3 (0.52%) DataSynapse
13 2 (0.35%) VMware
13 2 (0.35%) Red Hat
13 2 (0.35%) Cisco
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