The table below looks at the prevalence of the term APACS in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited APACS over the 3 months to 20 October 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
20 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Association for Payment Clearing Services (APACS)
Rank 583 558 548
Rank change year-on-year
-25 -10
Contract jobs citing APACS 5 2 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.009% 0.004% 0.031%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.030% 0.013% 0.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 12
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£425 - £275
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 - £275
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
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 Miscellaneous category in contract jobs advertised in the England region.

Miscellaneous Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Miscellaneous category
16548 15435 15940
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 31.14% 32.09% 31.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 10446 9856 9526
Average daily rate £420 £415 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.20% -2.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £243 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 693 606 776
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.80 £22.95
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.91% -18.08%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.30 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
- -22.22%

APACS
Jobs Demand Trend in England

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing APACS across the England region as a proportion of the total demand within the Miscellaneous category.

APACS Jobs Demand Trend in England

APACS
Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing APACS across the England region.

APACS Daily Rate Trend in England

APACS
Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing APACS across the England region.

APACS Hourly Rate Trend in England

APACS
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing APACS within the England region over the 3 months to 20 October 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
East of England - 3 - - 1
London - - - -
North West - - - -
APACS
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APACS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 20 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing APACS 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 APACS.

1 6 (37.50%) EMV
1 6 (37.50%) Test Strategy
2 5 (31.25%) Test Scripting
2 5 (31.25%) System Testing
2 5 (31.25%) Base SAS
2 5 (31.25%) User Acceptance Testing
2 5 (31.25%) Performance Testing
2 5 (31.25%) BASE24
2 5 (31.25%) Tandem
2 5 (31.25%) Project Management
2 5 (31.25%) SAS
3 4 (25.00%) Java
3 4 (25.00%) ISO 8583
3 4 (25.00%) Retail
3 4 (25.00%) Requirements Analysis
4 3 (18.75%) Retail Banking
4 3 (18.75%) Business Analysis
4 3 (18.75%) Banking
4 3 (18.75%) Data Migration
4 3 (18.75%) Business Transformation
4 3 (18.75%) Business Process Improvement
4 3 (18.75%) SWIFT
4 3 (18.75%) Rational Rose
4 3 (18.75%) UML
4 3 (18.75%) SSADM
4 3 (18.75%) DSDM
4 3 (18.75%) C++
4 3 (18.75%) GAP Analysis
4 3 (18.75%) Finance
4 3 (18.75%) Migration

APACS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 20 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing APACS 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 APACS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 5 (31.25%) SAS
Business Applications
1 5 (31.25%) BASE24
Cloud Services
1 2 (12.50%) SaaS
1 2 (12.50%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (12.50%) Firewall
2 1 (6.25%) NFC
2 1 (6.25%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (31.25%) Base SAS
Development Applications
1 3 (18.75%) Rational Rose
General
1 4 (25.00%) Retail
2 3 (18.75%) Retail Banking
2 3 (18.75%) Finance
2 3 (18.75%) Banking
Job Titles
1 6 (37.50%) Tester
2 3 (18.75%) Developer
2 3 (18.75%) Analyst
2 3 (18.75%) Senior Business Analyst
2 3 (18.75%) Senior Analyst
2 3 (18.75%) Business Analyst
2 3 (18.75%) Payments Business Analyst
3 2 (12.50%) Software Developer
3 2 (12.50%) Project Manager
4 1 (6.25%) Technical Designer
4 1 (6.25%) Designer
4 1 (6.25%) Lead Tester
4 1 (6.25%) Systems Engineer
4 1 (6.25%) Solutions Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.25%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (37.50%) EMV
2 5 (31.25%) Tandem
3 3 (18.75%) SWIFT
3 3 (18.75%) Mobile Payment
4 2 (12.50%) EFT
5 1 (6.25%) EFTPOS
5 1 (6.25%) Smartcard
5 1 (6.25%) PKI
5 1 (6.25%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 2 (12.50%) UNIX
1 2 (12.50%) Windows
1 2 (12.50%) Linux
2 1 (6.25%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (37.50%) Test Strategy
2 5 (31.25%) Test Scripting
2 5 (31.25%) System Testing
2 5 (31.25%) Project Management
2 5 (31.25%) User Acceptance Testing
2 5 (31.25%) Performance Testing
3 4 (25.00%) Requirements Analysis
4 3 (18.75%) Business Analysis
4 3 (18.75%) GAP Analysis
4 3 (18.75%) Migration
4 3 (18.75%) UML
4 3 (18.75%) SSADM
4 3 (18.75%) DSDM
4 3 (18.75%) Data Migration
4 3 (18.75%) Business Process Improvement
4 3 (18.75%) Business Transformation
5 2 (12.50%) Waterfall
5 2 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
5 2 (12.50%) Scrum
5 2 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 4 (25.00%) Java
2 3 (18.75%) C++
3 1 (6.25%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (12.50%) PMP
1 2 (12.50%) PMI Certification
2 1 (6.25%) ISTQB
2 1 (6.25%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (25.00%) ISO 8583
2 2 (12.50%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 2 (12.50%) vSphere
Vendors
1 2 (12.50%) CheckPoint
1 2 (12.50%) VMware
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