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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Front Office
Rank 27 23 21
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -2
Contract jobs citing Front Office 286 380 367
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 5.63% 6.43% 6.51%
As % of the General category 10.80% 11.48% 11.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 253 330 316
Average daily rate
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£588 £588 £550
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £426 £475 £425
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £675 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+28.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 4
Average hourly rate - £14.50 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -45.28%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
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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
2648 3311 3189
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 52.16% 55.99% 56.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 2063 2492 2475
Average daily rate £475 £500 £471
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% +6.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £325 £315
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 49 49
Average hourly rate £17.87 £20.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.67% -11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.30 £13.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.45 £42.50 £52.70
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.25 £22.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+19.31% -12.00%

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 30 January 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 30 January 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.

1 236 (39.60%) Java
1 236 (39.60%) Banking
2 199 (33.39%) SQL
3 194 (32.55%) Finance
4 167 (28.02%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 153 (25.67%) Investment Banking
5 153 (25.67%) Derivative
6 146 (24.50%) C#
7 139 (23.32%) Agile Software Development
8 127 (21.31%) Multithreading
9 108 (18.12%) UNIX
10 103 (17.28%) Fixed Income
11 96 (16.11%) Low Latency
12 94 (15.77%) Linux
13 90 (15.10%) C++
14 70 (11.74%) Oracle
15 69 (11.58%) .NET
16 65 (10.91%) SQL Server
17 63 (10.57%) Equities
18 57 (9.56%) TDD
19 56 (9.40%) Degree
19 56 (9.40%) Windows
20 53 (8.89%) WPF
21 50 (8.39%) Risk Management
22 47 (7.89%) Analytical Skills
23 45 (7.55%) VBA
24 43 (7.21%) HTML
24 43 (7.21%) Business Analysis
25 40 (6.71%) Back Office
26 39 (6.54%) Sybase

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

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 13 (2.18%) Oracle Coherence
2 10 (1.68%) TIBCO EMS
3 5 (0.84%) WebSphere
4 4 (0.67%) Confluence
5 3 (0.50%) WebLogic
6 2 (0.34%) MQSeries
6 2 (0.34%) JBoss
6 2 (0.34%) FileNet
7 1 (0.17%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.17%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.17%) MTS
7 1 (0.17%) MS Exchange
7 1 (0.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (0.17%) Node.js
7 1 (0.17%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 22 (3.69%) MS Excel
2 9 (1.51%) MS PowerPoint
3 8 (1.34%) MS Office
4 7 (1.17%) Spreadsheet
5 5 (0.84%) MS Project
5 5 (0.84%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 12 (2.01%) Markit EDM
2 7 (1.17%) Summit
3 6 (1.01%) ION MarketView
4 5 (0.84%) RMDS
5 4 (0.67%) Oracle EBS
6 3 (0.50%) Bloomberg TOMS
7 2 (0.34%) Sentinel
7 2 (0.34%) LatentZero
7 2 (0.34%) Murex MxG2000
7 2 (0.34%) Global One
8 1 (0.17%) IntelliMatch
8 1 (0.17%) Endur
8 1 (0.17%) SAP HR
8 1 (0.17%) 3000 Xtra
8 1 (0.17%) Tesseract
8 1 (0.17%) Minerva
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.17%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (0.17%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 9 (1.51%) TCP/IP
2 5 (0.84%) Firewall
3 2 (0.34%) Internet
3 2 (0.34%) DNS
3 2 (0.34%) Multicast
4 1 (0.17%) VPN
4 1 (0.17%) DHCP
4 1 (0.17%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (10.91%) SQL Server
2 23 (3.86%) Relational Database
3 17 (2.85%) KDB
4 12 (2.01%) SQL Server 2008
5 9 (1.51%) Hadoop
6 8 (1.34%) Data Warehouse
7 6 (1.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 6 (1.01%) Oracle Database
8 5 (0.84%) Big Data
8 5 (0.84%) SQL Server 2005
8 5 (0.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 4 (0.67%) QlikView
9 4 (0.67%) DB2
10 3 (0.50%) MongoDB
10 3 (0.50%) Data Mart
11 2 (0.34%) Sybase ASE
11 2 (0.34%) MySQL
12 1 (0.17%) Triplestore
12 1 (0.17%) Couchbase
12 1 (0.17%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 28 (4.70%) TeamCity
2 26 (4.36%) JUnit
3 18 (3.02%) CruiseControl
4 15 (2.52%) Ant
5 13 (2.18%) Subversion
6 11 (1.85%) JIRA
7 9 (1.51%) Visual Studio
7 9 (1.51%) NUnit
8 8 (1.34%) Mockito
9 7 (1.17%) Maven
10 5 (0.84%) Team Foundation Server
11 4 (0.67%) WebDriver
11 4 (0.67%) Git (software)
12 3 (0.50%) Toad
12 3 (0.50%) Cucumber
12 3 (0.50%) Selenium
13 2 (0.34%) jMock
13 2 (0.34%) Hudson
13 2 (0.34%) JBehave
13 2 (0.34%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 236 (39.60%) Banking
2 194 (32.55%) Finance
3 153 (25.67%) Investment Banking
4 40 (6.71%) Back Office
5 12 (2.01%) Financial Institution
6 10 (1.68%) Legal
7 7 (1.17%) Advertising
8 4 (0.67%) Retail
9 2 (0.34%) Telecoms
10 1 (0.17%) Law
10 1 (0.17%) French Language
10 1 (0.17%) Marketing
10 1 (0.17%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 313 (52.52%) Developer
2 157 (26.34%) Java Developer
3 145 (24.33%) Analyst
4 71 (11.91%) C# Developer
5 67 (11.24%) Business Analyst
6 62 (10.40%) Senior Developer
7 60 (10.07%) Support Analyst
8 59 (9.90%) Applications Support
9 41 (6.88%) Project Manager
10 35 (5.87%) Applications Support Analyst
11 31 (5.20%) C++ Developer
12 30 (5.03%) Front Office Developer
13 28 (4.70%) Senior C# Developer
14 24 (4.03%) Senior Java Developer
15 13 (2.18%) Architect
15 13 (2.18%) IT Business Analyst
16 12 (2.01%) C++/Java Developer
17 11 (1.85%) Support Engineer
17 11 (1.85%) Risk Analyst
17 11 (1.85%) VBA Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 69 (11.58%) .NET
2 53 (8.89%) WPF
3 43 (7.21%) HTML
4 35 (5.87%) WCF
4 35 (5.87%) XML
5 33 (5.54%) FIX Protocol
6 30 (5.03%) Spring
7 24 (4.03%) WinForms
8 23 (3.86%) JMS
9 22 (3.69%) HTML5
10 20 (3.36%) Web Services
11 18 (3.02%) JDBC
12 17 (2.85%) Hibernate
13 15 (2.52%) Swing
14 12 (2.01%) RESTful
14 12 (2.01%) Middleware
14 12 (2.01%) ASP.NET
15 10 (1.68%) Rendezvous
16 9 (1.51%) .NET Framework
17 8 (1.34%) Reactive Extensions
Miscellaneous
1 167 (28.02%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 153 (25.67%) Derivative
3 103 (17.28%) Fixed Income
4 63 (10.57%) Equities
5 47 (7.89%) Analytical Skills
6 34 (5.70%) Equity Derivative
6 34 (5.70%) Credit Derivative
7 25 (4.19%) Market Risk
8 19 (3.19%) Computer Science
9 17 (2.85%) Credit Risk
10 14 (2.35%) Mathematics
10 14 (2.35%) Grid Computing
11 12 (2.01%) Algorithms
12 11 (1.85%) Data Structures
12 11 (1.85%) Management Information System
13 7 (1.17%) Hedge funds
14 4 (0.67%) Interest Rate Derivative
14 4 (0.67%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
14 4 (0.67%) SWIFT
14 4 (0.67%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 108 (18.12%) UNIX
2 94 (15.77%) Linux
3 56 (9.40%) Windows
4 11 (1.85%) Solaris
5 10 (1.68%) Oracle Linux
6 5 (0.84%) Windows 7
7 2 (0.34%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (0.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (0.34%) Windows XP
8 1 (0.17%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.17%) AIX
8 1 (0.17%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.17%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 139 (23.32%) Agile Software Development
2 127 (21.31%) Multithreading
3 96 (16.11%) Low Latency
4 57 (9.56%) TDD
5 50 (8.39%) Risk Management
6 43 (7.21%) Business Analysis
7 38 (6.38%) OO
7 38 (6.38%) Project Management
7 38 (6.38%) Electronic Trading
8 35 (5.87%) E-Commerce
9 34 (5.70%) Asset Management
10 32 (5.37%) Ultra-Low Latency
11 30 (5.03%) Analytics
12 27 (4.53%) Stakeholder Management
13 26 (4.36%) RAD
13 26 (4.36%) User Acceptance Testing
13 26 (4.36%) Investment Management
14 19 (3.19%) OOD
14 19 (3.19%) Migration
15 18 (3.02%) Algorithmic Trading
Programming Languages
1 236 (39.60%) Java
2 199 (33.39%) SQL
3 146 (24.50%) C#
4 90 (15.10%) C++
5 45 (7.55%) VBA
6 31 (5.20%) JavaScript
7 30 (5.03%) Python
8 15 (2.52%) Perl
8 15 (2.52%) T-SQL
9 12 (2.01%) Scala
9 12 (2.01%) C
10 11 (1.85%) VB
11 8 (1.34%) XAML
12 7 (1.17%) Shell Script
13 6 (1.01%) PL/SQL
14 4 (0.67%) Bash Shell
14 4 (0.67%) VBScript
15 3 (0.50%) Korn
16 2 (0.34%) Clojure
16 2 (0.34%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 56 (9.40%) Degree
2 7 (1.17%) PhD
3 2 (0.34%) ISEB Practitioner
3 2 (0.34%) CCA
3 2 (0.34%) ISEB
4 1 (0.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (0.17%) MCP
4 1 (0.17%) MCSE
4 1 (0.17%) MCSA
4 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (0.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 1 (0.17%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (0.17%) SC Cleared
4 1 (0.17%) Security Cleared
4 1 (0.17%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (2.35%) QA
2 7 (1.17%) EMIR
3 5 (0.84%) Dodd-Frank
4 4 (0.67%) COREP
5 2 (0.34%) MiFID
6 1 (0.17%) CRD IV
6 1 (0.17%) Basel II
6 1 (0.17%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 4 (0.67%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.34%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.17%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 4 (0.67%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (0.50%) ITRS Geneos
2 3 (0.50%) Control-M
3 2 (0.34%) SCCM
4 1 (0.17%) Salt
4 1 (0.17%) Kibana
4 1 (0.17%) logstash
4 1 (0.17%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (0.17%) Puppet
Vendors
1 70 (11.74%) Oracle
2 39 (6.54%) Sybase
3 38 (6.38%) Bloomberg
4 34 (5.70%) Microsoft
5 32 (5.37%) TIBCO
6 24 (4.03%) thinkFolio
7 22 (3.69%) Charles River
8 21 (3.52%) Murex
9 15 (2.52%) ION Trading
10 12 (2.01%) 29West
10 12 (2.01%) Reuters
11 11 (1.85%) Fidessa
12 10 (1.68%) DevExpress
13 5 (0.84%) Adobe
14 4 (0.67%) Microgen
14 4 (0.67%) MarketAxess
14 4 (0.67%) Tradeweb
14 4 (0.67%) IBM
15 3 (0.50%) FactSet
15 3 (0.50%) Red Hat
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