The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Mercator products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Mercator over the 3 months to 24 December 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.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are NOT representative of contractor rates within Mercator Software, Inc.

Location
3 months to
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Mercator
Rank 533 503 480
Rank change year-on-year
-30 -23
Contract jobs citing Mercator 46 48 54
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.093% 0.10% 0.12%
As % of the Vendors category 0.20% 0.22% 0.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 21 8
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£475 £420 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.09% -6.66%
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £400 £450
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
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UK

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the England region.

Vendors Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
22556 21567 20997
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 45.50% 46.05% 47.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 13730 12523 11265
Average daily rate £388 £393 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.27% +4.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1073 1022 1287
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -10.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.00 £36.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.94% -10.52%

Mercator
Jobs Demand Trend in England

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

Mercator Jobs Demand Trend in England

Mercator
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Mercator Daily Rate Trend in England

Mercator
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Mercator Hourly Rate Trend in England

Mercator
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 Mercator within the England region over the 3 months to 24 December 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
South East -41 6 - -
West Midlands -5 2 - -
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UK

Mercator
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing Mercator 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 Mercator.

1 33 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (22.22%) Cisco
3 21 (21.21%) Windows
3 21 (21.21%) Stakeholder Management
3 21 (21.21%) VMware
4 16 (16.16%) SC Cleared
4 16 (16.16%) Security Cleared
5 15 (15.15%) ITIL
6 14 (14.14%) Firewall
7 12 (12.12%) Oracle
7 12 (12.12%) VMware Infrastructure
8 10 (10.10%) Cisco ASA
8 10 (10.10%) Problem Management
8 10 (10.10%) Linux
8 10 (10.10%) Microsoft
8 10 (10.10%) Citrix
8 10 (10.10%) F5
8 10 (10.10%) Cisco Nexus
9 9 (9.09%) HP
9 9 (9.09%) Juniper
10 8 (8.08%) IBM
10 8 (8.08%) SOA
10 8 (8.08%) SQL
10 8 (8.08%) Windows Server 2008
11 7 (7.07%) vSphere
11 7 (7.07%) RHCT
11 7 (7.07%) Java
11 7 (7.07%) MCP
11 7 (7.07%) Web Services
11 7 (7.07%) HTTP

Mercator
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing Mercator 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 Mercator. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 6 (6.06%) MS Exchange
1 6 (6.06%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 6 (6.06%) WebSphere
1 6 (6.06%) Exchange Server 2010
2 3 (3.03%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 3 (3.03%) WebLogic
2 3 (3.03%) SharePoint
3 2 (2.02%) WebSphere Application Server
3 2 (2.02%) IIS
3 2 (2.02%) Apache
3 2 (2.02%) WebSphere Process Server
3 2 (2.02%) K2 blackpearl
4 1 (1.01%) Liferay
Applications
1 4 (4.04%) MS Excel
2 2 (2.02%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.01%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.02%) GitHub
2 1 (1.01%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 14 (14.14%) Firewall
2 10 (10.10%) Cisco ASA
2 10 (10.10%) Cisco Nexus
3 7 (7.07%) Junos
3 7 (7.07%) HTTP
3 7 (7.07%) TCP/IP
4 6 (6.06%) BIG-IP
4 6 (6.06%) BGP
5 5 (5.05%) SSL
6 3 (3.03%) FirePass
6 3 (3.03%) Cisco PIX
6 3 (3.03%) VPN
6 3 (3.03%) LAN
6 3 (3.03%) WAN
6 3 (3.03%) iSCSI
6 3 (3.03%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 2 (2.02%) DNS
7 2 (2.02%) Kerberos
8 1 (1.01%) SNMP
8 1 (1.01%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.05%) Oracle Reports
2 4 (4.04%) SQL Server
2 4 (4.04%) Oracle Database
2 4 (4.04%) Relational Database
3 3 (3.03%) Oracle BI Publisher
4 2 (2.02%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (2.02%) RDBMS
4 2 (2.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (2.02%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (1.01%) MongoDB
5 1 (1.01%) Neo4j
5 1 (1.01%) Big Data
5 1 (1.01%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (1.01%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (1.01%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 3 (3.03%) LoadRunner
1 3 (3.03%) Selenium
1 3 (3.03%) Git (software)
1 3 (3.03%) WebDriver
1 3 (3.03%) Cucumber
2 2 (2.02%) Rational DOORS
2 2 (2.02%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (1.01%) ClearCase
3 1 (1.01%) MSI
3 1 (1.01%) Subversion
3 1 (1.01%) DbUnit
3 1 (1.01%) SoapUI
3 1 (1.01%) Rational Rhapsody
3 1 (1.01%) JUnit
General
1 6 (6.06%) Retail
2 1 (1.01%) Telecoms
2 1 (1.01%) Finance
2 1 (1.01%) Law
2 1 (1.01%) Legal
Job Titles
1 23 (23.23%) Consultant
2 9 (9.09%) Systems Engineer
2 9 (9.09%) Architect
2 9 (9.09%) Developer
3 7 (7.07%) Network Engineer
3 7 (7.07%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 7 (7.07%) User Experience Researcher
4 6 (6.06%) Exchange Consultant
5 5 (5.05%) Technical Consultant
5 5 (5.05%) Network Consultant
5 5 (5.05%) Solutions Architect
6 4 (4.04%) Analyst
6 4 (4.04%) Business Analyst
6 4 (4.04%) Tester
6 4 (4.04%) Administrator
6 4 (4.04%) Agile Business Analyst
6 4 (4.04%) VMware Engineer
7 3 (3.03%) Agile Tester
7 3 (3.03%) Senior Agile Tester
7 3 (3.03%) Oracle SOA Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (7.07%) Web Services
2 5 (5.05%) XML
2 5 (5.05%) SOAP
3 4 (4.04%) HTML
3 4 (4.04%) .NET
3 4 (4.04%) Middleware
3 4 (4.04%) REST
4 3 (3.03%) JMS
4 3 (3.03%) WSDL
5 2 (2.02%) SAML
5 2 (2.02%) JRockit
5 2 (2.02%) ASP.NET
5 2 (2.02%) CSS
5 2 (2.02%) ASP.NET MVC
5 2 (2.02%) JSON
6 1 (1.01%) jQuery
6 1 (1.01%) Hibernate
6 1 (1.01%) HTML5
6 1 (1.01%) JAX-RS
6 1 (1.01%) ADO.NET
Miscellaneous
1 7 (7.07%) User Experience
2 6 (6.06%) Blackberry
3 3 (3.03%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (2.02%) Open Source
4 2 (2.02%) AS400
4 2 (2.02%) Human Factors
4 2 (2.02%) CMDB
5 1 (1.01%) Data Integration
5 1 (1.01%) Visualisation
5 1 (1.01%) Clustering
5 1 (1.01%) PKI
5 1 (1.01%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (1.01%) Psychology
5 1 (1.01%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 21 (21.21%) Windows
2 10 (10.10%) Linux
3 8 (8.08%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (7.07%) Windows Server 2003
5 6 (6.06%) Windows 7
6 5 (5.05%) UNIX
6 5 (5.05%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (3.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (3.03%) AIX
8 2 (2.02%) Mac OS X
8 2 (2.02%) SUSE
8 2 (2.02%) Ubuntu
8 2 (2.02%) Android
8 2 (2.02%) CentOS
8 2 (2.02%) Apple iOS
9 1 (1.01%) Windows 8
9 1 (1.01%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (21.21%) Stakeholder Management
3 15 (15.15%) ITIL
4 10 (10.10%) Problem Management
5 8 (8.08%) SOA
6 7 (7.07%) High Availability
7 6 (6.06%) Project Management
7 6 (6.06%) Scrum
8 5 (5.05%) Configuration Management
9 4 (4.04%) Migration
9 4 (4.04%) Software Engineering
9 4 (4.04%) ITSM
9 4 (4.04%) Business Intelligence
9 4 (4.04%) E-Commerce
9 4 (4.04%) Release Management
9 4 (4.04%) Kanban
10 3 (3.03%) Protective Monitoring
10 3 (3.03%) BDD
10 3 (3.03%) UML
10 3 (3.03%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (8.08%) SQL
2 7 (7.07%) Java
3 5 (5.05%) Python
4 4 (4.04%) Scala
5 3 (3.03%) C
5 3 (3.03%) Ruby
5 3 (3.03%) JavaScript
6 2 (2.02%) Perl
6 2 (2.02%) PowerShell
6 2 (2.02%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.01%) C#
7 1 (1.01%) PHP
7 1 (1.01%) Ada
7 1 (1.01%) Pascal
Qualifications
1 16 (16.16%) SC Cleared
1 16 (16.16%) Security Cleared
2 7 (7.07%) MCP
2 7 (7.07%) Cisco Certification
2 7 (7.07%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (7.07%) RHCT
3 6 (6.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 6 (6.06%) CCDP
3 6 (6.06%) CCNP
3 6 (6.06%) MCITP
4 3 (3.03%) CCIE
4 3 (3.03%) CCSP
4 3 (3.03%) CCSA
4 3 (3.03%) CCSE
4 3 (3.03%) JNCIS
5 2 (2.02%) Network+ Certification
5 2 (2.02%) Degree
6 1 (1.01%) MCDST
6 1 (1.01%) HND
6 1 (1.01%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.03%) QA
2 1 (1.01%) GPG13
2 1 (1.01%) SLA
2 1 (1.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 12 (12.12%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (7.07%) vSphere
3 5 (5.05%) XenApp
3 5 (5.05%) Active Directory
4 4 (4.04%) XenDesktop
5 2 (2.02%) Xen
6 1 (1.01%) vCloud
6 1 (1.01%) VMware ESX
6 1 (1.01%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 5 (5.05%) SCCM
2 2 (2.02%) SCOM
2 2 (2.02%) Puppet
2 2 (2.02%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (2.02%) SCOrch
3 1 (1.01%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 22 (22.22%) Cisco
2 21 (21.21%) VMware
3 12 (12.12%) Oracle
4 10 (10.10%) Microsoft
4 10 (10.10%) Citrix
4 10 (10.10%) F5
5 9 (9.09%) HP
5 9 (9.09%) Juniper
6 8 (8.08%) IBM
7 7 (7.07%) Red Hat
8 6 (6.06%) Dell
8 6 (6.06%) Riverbed
9 3 (3.03%) CheckPoint
9 3 (3.03%) Nokia
10 2 (2.02%) Software AG
10 2 (2.02%) SAP
11 1 (1.01%) Avaya
11 1 (1.01%) BMC
11 1 (1.01%) NetApp
11 1 (1.01%) Remedy