The table below looks at the statistics for the Applications Support role in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Applications Support in their job title over the 3 months to 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Application Support
Rank 240 237 250
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +13
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 442 410 408
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.85% 0.85% 0.77%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.93% 0.92% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 259 258 215
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £177 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £258 £310 £275
% change year-on-year
-16.93% +12.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 16 28
Average hourly rate £21.00 £26.99 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.17% +13.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £16.50 £13.91
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.03 £50.00 £37.65
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £35.00 £18.01
% change year-on-year
-51.42% +94.39%
Applications Support
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the England region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
47557 44759 49184
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 91.01% 92.80% 92.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 29593 27372 28112
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £235 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £348
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +0.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1907 1958 2441
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -10.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

Applications Support
Jobs Demand Trend in England

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Applications Support in the job title across the England region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Applications Support Jobs Demand Trend in England

Applications Support
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Applications Support Daily Rate Trend in England

Applications Support
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Applications Support across the England region over the 3 months to 19 September 2014.

Applications Support Daily Rate Histogram in England

Applications Support
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Applications Support Hourly Rate Trend in England

Applications Support
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Applications Support across the England region over the 3 months to 19 September 2014.

Applications Support Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Applications Support
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 Applications Support within the England region over the 3 months to 19 September 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.

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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
London +30 264 £400 +5.26% 117
South East -13 52 £320 +6.66% 29
West Midlands -3 25 £244 -25.00% 8
North East - 25 £188 - 4
North West +1 22 £363 +15.07% 19
South West -31 22 £300 -1.63% 11
East of England -23 15 £250 -16.66% 12
Yorkshire -13 12 £204 +13.19% 7
East Midlands -4 6 - - 8
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Applications Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England region that cited Applications Support in their job title 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 with Applications Support in their job title.

1 421 (51.03%) SQL
2 297 (36.00%) Windows
3 230 (27.88%) UNIX
4 210 (25.45%) Finance
5 200 (24.24%) SQL Server
6 171 (20.73%) ITIL
7 167 (20.24%) Oracle
8 137 (16.61%) Linux
9 123 (14.91%) Banking
10 103 (12.48%) Java
11 102 (12.36%) Microsoft
12 96 (11.64%) .NET
13 95 (11.52%) Front Office
14 75 (9.09%) Perl
15 73 (8.85%) Change Management
16 67 (8.12%) C#
17 63 (7.64%) Python
17 63 (7.64%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
18 62 (7.52%) MS Excel
18 62 (7.52%) Analytical Skills
19 61 (7.39%) SLA
20 59 (7.15%) Back Office
21 56 (6.79%) Incident Management
22 54 (6.55%) Oracle Database
23 49 (5.94%) Investment Banking
23 49 (5.94%) Fixed Income
24 48 (5.82%) Windows Server 2008
25 46 (5.58%) Problem Management
25 46 (5.58%) Red Hat
25 46 (5.58%) IIS

Applications Support
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England region that cited Applications Support in their job title 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 with Applications Support in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 46 (5.58%) IIS
2 43 (5.21%) SharePoint
3 23 (2.79%) WebLogic
4 19 (2.30%) WebSphere
5 18 (2.18%) Apache
6 14 (1.70%) Tomcat
7 12 (1.45%) BizTalk Server
8 8 (0.97%) Documentum
8 8 (0.97%) WebSphere Process Server
8 8 (0.97%) Oracle Workflow
8 8 (0.97%) SharePoint 2010
8 8 (0.97%) Oracle Service Bus
9 7 (0.85%) SAS
9 7 (0.85%) MS Exchange
9 7 (0.85%) MQSeries
10 6 (0.73%) SharePoint 2013
11 4 (0.48%) CMS
12 3 (0.36%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 3 (0.36%) IBM Notes
13 2 (0.24%) Lotus Domino
Applications
1 62 (7.52%) MS Excel
2 43 (5.21%) MS Office
3 11 (1.33%) InfoPath
4 6 (0.73%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.24%) SPSS
5 2 (0.24%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.12%) MicroStation
6 1 (0.12%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 18 (2.18%) Markit EDM
2 17 (2.06%) Oracle EBS
3 12 (1.45%) Dynamics CRM
4 10 (1.21%) Oracle Applications
5 8 (0.97%) ReMetrica
6 7 (0.85%) SimCorp Dimension
7 6 (0.73%) BPCS
7 6 (0.73%) Oracle EBS R12
7 6 (0.73%) Oracle Payables
8 5 (0.61%) Oracle General Ledger
8 5 (0.61%) Academy Housing
8 5 (0.61%) HFM
9 4 (0.48%) RMDS
9 4 (0.48%) Temenos T24
9 4 (0.48%) ION MarketView
9 4 (0.48%) SunGard Stream Ubix
9 4 (0.48%) SunGard Stream Clearvision
9 4 (0.48%) Oracle Receivables
10 3 (0.36%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 3 (0.36%) Academy Revenues and Benefits
Cloud Services
1 7 (0.85%) IaaS
1 7 (0.85%) PaaS
2 4 (0.48%) SaaS
3 1 (0.12%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 35 (4.24%) Firewall
2 24 (2.91%) Multicast
3 21 (2.55%) Internet
4 19 (2.30%) FTP
5 18 (2.18%) TCP/IP
6 11 (1.33%) HTTP
7 9 (1.09%) HTTPS
8 8 (0.97%) SSL
8 8 (0.97%) DNS
9 7 (0.85%) Network Security
10 5 (0.61%) Broadband
11 3 (0.36%) LDAP
12 2 (0.24%) SMS
12 2 (0.24%) Intranet
12 2 (0.24%) Extranet
12 2 (0.24%) SSH
12 2 (0.24%) NAS
12 2 (0.24%) PuTTY
13 1 (0.12%) SAN
13 1 (0.12%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 200 (24.24%) SQL Server
2 54 (6.55%) Oracle Database
3 45 (5.45%) SQL Server 2008
4 37 (4.48%) SQL Server 2005
5 34 (4.12%) Relational Database
6 22 (2.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 21 (2.55%) SQL Server 2000
8 19 (2.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 16 (1.94%) Crystal Reports
9 16 (1.94%) SQL Server 2012
10 15 (1.82%) Data Warehouse
11 14 (1.70%) Oracle Database 11g
12 7 (0.85%) MySQL
12 7 (0.85%) RDBMS
13 6 (0.73%) Oracle Database 10g
13 6 (0.73%) Oracle Reports
13 6 (0.73%) QlikView
14 5 (0.61%) Oracle ODI
14 5 (0.61%) Essbase
15 4 (0.48%) DTS
Development Applications
1 13 (1.58%) Oracle Forms
2 11 (1.33%) Team Foundation Server
3 10 (1.21%) Visual Studio
3 10 (1.21%) Subversion
4 7 (0.85%) PVCS
5 6 (0.73%) JUnit
5 6 (0.73%) TeamCity
6 5 (0.61%) JIRA
7 4 (0.48%) Eclipse
7 4 (0.48%) Serena SBM
8 3 (0.36%) SoapUI
8 3 (0.36%) Toad
9 2 (0.24%) ClearCase
9 2 (0.24%) InstallShield
9 2 (0.24%) AdminStudio
9 2 (0.24%) Git (software)
10 1 (0.12%) VisualVM
10 1 (0.12%) Jenkins
10 1 (0.12%) Canoo WebTest
10 1 (0.12%) HtmlUnit
General
1 210 (25.45%) Finance
2 123 (14.91%) Banking
3 95 (11.52%) Front Office
4 59 (7.15%) Back Office
5 49 (5.94%) Investment Banking
6 26 (3.15%) Retail
7 19 (2.30%) Legal
8 17 (2.06%) Pharmaceutical
9 15 (1.82%) French Language
10 13 (1.58%) Law
10 13 (1.58%) Telecoms
10 13 (1.58%) Financial Institution
11 11 (1.33%) Manufacturing
12 9 (1.09%) General Ledger
13 8 (0.97%) Advertising
14 6 (0.73%) Local Government
15 5 (0.61%) Marketing
15 5 (0.61%) Billing
16 4 (0.48%) German Language
17 3 (0.36%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 96 (11.64%) .NET
2 43 (5.21%) Web Services
3 37 (4.48%) XML
4 31 (3.76%) Middleware
5 29 (3.52%) HTML
6 24 (2.91%) ASP.NET
7 18 (2.18%) J2EE
7 18 (2.18%) Rendezvous
7 18 (2.18%) Spring
8 14 (1.70%) WebSphere MQ
9 13 (1.58%) FIX Protocol
9 13 (1.58%) WCF
10 12 (1.45%) .NET Framework
11 10 (1.21%) Hibernate
12 8 (0.97%) Classic ASP
12 8 (0.97%) SOAP
13 7 (0.85%) QuickFIX
14 6 (0.73%) CSS
14 6 (0.73%) WF
15 5 (0.61%) AppFabric
Miscellaneous
1 63 (7.64%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 62 (7.52%) Analytical Skills
3 49 (5.94%) Fixed Income
4 35 (4.24%) Management Information System
5 33 (4.00%) NHS
6 31 (3.76%) Derivative
7 22 (2.67%) SWIFT
8 20 (2.42%) Equities
9 15 (1.82%) Enterprise Software
10 14 (1.70%) N-Tier
10 14 (1.70%) Computer Science
11 13 (1.58%) AS400
12 12 (1.45%) Client/Server
13 11 (1.33%) iSeries
13 11 (1.33%) Statistics
14 9 (1.09%) Hedge funds
15 7 (0.85%) Market Risk
15 7 (0.85%) Replication
16 6 (0.73%) E-Learning
16 6 (0.73%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 297 (36.00%) Windows
2 230 (27.88%) UNIX
3 137 (16.61%) Linux
4 48 (5.82%) Windows Server 2008
5 44 (5.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 42 (5.09%) Windows Server 2003
7 40 (4.85%) Windows 7
8 34 (4.12%) Windows XP
9 21 (2.55%) Solaris
10 11 (1.33%) Windows Server 2012
10 11 (1.33%) HPUX
11 7 (0.85%) CentOS
12 6 (0.73%) AIX
12 6 (0.73%) Ubuntu
13 4 (0.48%) Mac OS X
13 4 (0.48%) Windows 8
14 3 (0.36%) Oracle Linux
14 3 (0.36%) Windows Vista
14 3 (0.36%) MVS
14 3 (0.36%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 171 (20.73%) ITIL
2 73 (8.85%) Change Management
3 56 (6.79%) Incident Management
4 46 (5.58%) Problem Management
5 45 (5.45%) Asset Management
6 42 (5.09%) Service Delivery
7 39 (4.73%) Root Cause Analysis
7 39 (4.73%) CRM
8 38 (4.61%) Low Latency
9 35 (4.24%) Service Management
10 32 (3.88%) Project Management
10 32 (3.88%) Electronic Trading
10 32 (3.88%) Continuous Improvement
11 31 (3.76%) Workflow
12 30 (3.64%) Agile Software Development
13 28 (3.39%) Change Control
14 26 (3.15%) Investment Management
15 25 (3.03%) User Acceptance Testing
15 25 (3.03%) Release Management
15 25 (3.03%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 421 (51.03%) SQL
2 103 (12.48%) Java
3 75 (9.09%) Perl
4 67 (8.12%) C#
5 63 (7.64%) Python
6 41 (4.97%) PL/SQL
7 39 (4.73%) T-SQL
8 36 (4.36%) VB
9 28 (3.39%) Shell Script
10 24 (2.91%) PowerShell
11 21 (2.55%) JavaScript
11 21 (2.55%) C++
12 16 (1.94%) VBScript
12 16 (1.94%) Korn
13 15 (1.82%) Bash Shell
13 15 (1.82%) VBA
14 13 (1.58%) VB.NET
15 9 (1.09%) VB6
16 7 (0.85%) RPG
17 6 (0.73%) PHP
Qualifications
1 43 (5.21%) Degree
2 41 (4.97%) Security Cleared
3 33 (4.00%) SC Cleared
4 18 (2.18%) ITIL Certification
5 4 (0.48%) CTC Cleared
5 4 (0.48%) DV Cleared
5 4 (0.48%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 3 (0.36%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.12%) MCP
7 1 (0.12%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (7.39%) SLA
2 31 (3.76%) QA
3 5 (0.61%) COBIT
3 5 (0.61%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (0.36%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.12%) GxP
System Software
1 42 (5.09%) Active Directory
2 12 (1.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (0.61%) vSphere
3 5 (0.61%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
4 4 (0.48%) Microsoft App-V
4 4 (0.48%) Veritas Cluster Server
5 3 (0.36%) XenApp
6 2 (0.24%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 20 (2.42%) Tivoli
2 17 (2.06%) SCCM
3 12 (1.45%) Tivoli Monitoring
3 12 (1.45%) ITRS Geneos
4 10 (1.21%) Control-M
5 9 (1.09%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 4 (0.48%) Nagios
7 3 (0.36%) Dollar Universe
7 3 (0.36%) SCOM
7 3 (0.36%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 2 (0.24%) HP Quality Center
8 2 (0.24%) Hyperic
9 1 (0.12%) Opsview
9 1 (0.12%) Puppet
9 1 (0.12%) WMI
9 1 (0.12%) Foglight
Vendors
1 167 (20.24%) Oracle
2 102 (12.36%) Microsoft
3 46 (5.58%) Red Hat
4 36 (4.36%) Reuters
5 26 (3.15%) TIBCO
5 26 (3.15%) Sybase
6 24 (2.91%) Citrix
7 23 (2.79%) Charles River
8 22 (2.67%) HP
9 21 (2.55%) MarketAxess
10 20 (2.42%) Bloomberg
11 19 (2.30%) VMware
11 19 (2.30%) Sun
12 18 (2.18%) eSpeed
13 17 (2.06%) thinkFolio
14 11 (1.33%) Cognos
14 11 (1.33%) Business Objects
15 10 (1.21%) Remedy
15 10 (1.21%) Civica
16 9 (1.09%) Tradeweb
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