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 27 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.

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
27 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Mercator
Rank 514 480 459
Rank change year-on-year
-34 -21
Contract jobs citing Mercator 41 54 49
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.089% 0.12% 0.12%
As % of the Vendors category 0.19% 0.27% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 21 7
Average daily rate
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£475 £423 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.29% -6.00%
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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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
21239 20302 19305
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 45.94% 45.62% 46.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 12658 11595 10381
Average daily rate £400 £393 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.91% +4.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £223 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 941 925 1249
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -12.82%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.35 £10.75 £10.72
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.50 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.22 £16.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+4.36% -13.15%

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 27 January 2015. 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 -35 5 - -
Mercator
UK

Mercator
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 January 2015, 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 29 (29.59%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (28.57%) Cisco
3 27 (27.55%) VMware
4 26 (26.53%) Windows
5 18 (18.37%) Firewall
6 17 (17.35%) Stakeholder Management
6 17 (17.35%) SC Cleared
6 17 (17.35%) Security Cleared
7 16 (16.33%) VMware Infrastructure
8 14 (14.29%) ITIL
9 13 (13.27%) Cisco ASA
9 13 (13.27%) F5
9 13 (13.27%) Cisco Nexus
10 12 (12.24%) Juniper
11 11 (11.22%) Active Directory
12 10 (10.20%) Microsoft
12 10 (10.20%) Problem Management
12 10 (10.20%) Windows Server 2008
13 9 (9.18%) Windows 7
13 9 (9.18%) HP
13 9 (9.18%) Citrix
13 9 (9.18%) Cisco Certification
14 8 (8.16%) IBM
14 8 (8.16%) SOA
14 8 (8.16%) Oracle
14 8 (8.16%) Migration
14 8 (8.16%) BIG-IP
14 8 (8.16%) Junos
15 7 (7.14%) High Availability
15 7 (7.14%) Windows Server 2012

Mercator
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 27 January 2015, 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 (6.12%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 6 (6.12%) MS Exchange
1 6 (6.12%) SharePoint
1 6 (6.12%) Exchange Server 2010
2 3 (3.06%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 2 (2.04%) WebSphere Application Server
3 2 (2.04%) IIS
3 2 (2.04%) WebSphere
3 2 (2.04%) WebSphere Process Server
3 2 (2.04%) K2 blackpearl
3 2 (2.04%) Lync
4 1 (1.02%) Liferay
4 1 (1.02%) WebLogic
Applications
1 4 (4.08%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.02%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.04%) IaaS
1 2 (2.04%) GitHub
1 2 (2.04%) Office 365
2 1 (1.02%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 18 (18.37%) Firewall
2 13 (13.27%) Cisco ASA
2 13 (13.27%) Cisco Nexus
3 8 (8.16%) BIG-IP
3 8 (8.16%) Junos
4 7 (7.14%) BGP
5 6 (6.12%) HTTP
6 5 (5.10%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 5 (5.10%) iSCSI
6 5 (5.10%) LAN
6 5 (5.10%) WAN
6 5 (5.10%) TCP/IP
6 5 (5.10%) SSL
7 4 (4.08%) VPN
8 3 (3.06%) FirePass
8 3 (3.06%) Cisco PIX
9 2 (2.04%) DNS
9 2 (2.04%) Kerberos
9 2 (2.04%) ATM
9 2 (2.04%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.10%) Oracle Reports
2 4 (4.08%) SQL Server
3 3 (3.06%) Oracle BI Publisher
4 2 (2.04%) EDRMS
4 2 (2.04%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 2 (2.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (2.04%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (1.02%) Big Data
5 1 (1.02%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (1.02%) Neo4j
5 1 (1.02%) Oracle Database
5 1 (1.02%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.02%) MongoDB
5 1 (1.02%) MS Access
5 1 (1.02%) FileMaker
Development Applications
1 4 (4.08%) MSI
2 3 (3.06%) Selenium
2 3 (3.06%) WebDriver
2 3 (3.06%) Cucumber
2 3 (3.06%) InstallShield
3 2 (2.04%) Git (software)
3 2 (2.04%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (1.02%) SoapUI
4 1 (1.02%) Rational Rhapsody
4 1 (1.02%) DbUnit
4 1 (1.02%) JUnit
4 1 (1.02%) Oracle Forms
4 1 (1.02%) ClearCase
4 1 (1.02%) LoadRunner
General
1 2 (2.04%) Retail
2 1 (1.02%) Telecoms
2 1 (1.02%) Finance
2 1 (1.02%) Law
2 1 (1.02%) Legal
Job Titles
1 26 (26.53%) Consultant
2 10 (10.20%) Systems Engineer
3 9 (9.18%) Architect
4 8 (8.16%) Developer
4 8 (8.16%) Network Engineer
4 8 (8.16%) Technical Consultant
5 7 (7.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 7 (7.14%) Network Consultant
6 6 (6.12%) Exchange Consultant
6 6 (6.12%) User Experience Researcher
7 5 (5.10%) Solutions Architect
8 4 (4.08%) Applications Packager
8 4 (4.08%) Analyst
8 4 (4.08%) Business Analyst
8 4 (4.08%) Tester
8 4 (4.08%) Agile Business Analyst
8 4 (4.08%) VMware Engineer
8 4 (4.08%) Citrix Engineer
8 4 (4.08%) Server Engineer
9 3 (3.06%) Oracle BI Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (7.14%) Web Services
2 5 (5.10%) XML
2 5 (5.10%) SOAP
3 4 (4.08%) REST
4 3 (3.06%) Application Packaging
4 3 (3.06%) .NET
4 3 (3.06%) JMS
4 3 (3.06%) WSDL
5 2 (2.04%) SAML
5 2 (2.04%) Middleware
5 2 (2.04%) ASP.NET
5 2 (2.04%) HTML
5 2 (2.04%) ASP.NET MVC
5 2 (2.04%) JSON
6 1 (1.02%) JAX-RS
6 1 (1.02%) Hibernate
6 1 (1.02%) jQuery
6 1 (1.02%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 6 (6.12%) Blackberry
1 6 (6.12%) User Experience
1 6 (6.12%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (2.04%) Open Source
3 1 (1.02%) PKI
3 1 (1.02%) Clustering
3 1 (1.02%) Data Protection Act
3 1 (1.02%) Human Factors
3 1 (1.02%) CMDB
3 1 (1.02%) Data Integration
3 1 (1.02%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 26 (26.53%) Windows
2 10 (10.20%) Windows Server 2008
3 9 (9.18%) Windows 7
4 7 (7.14%) Windows Server 2012
4 7 (7.14%) Windows Server 2003
5 5 (5.10%) Windows 8
5 5 (5.10%) Linux
6 3 (3.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (2.04%) UNIX
7 2 (2.04%) CentOS
7 2 (2.04%) Android
7 2 (2.04%) SUSE
7 2 (2.04%) Ubuntu
7 2 (2.04%) Apple iOS
8 1 (1.02%) Mac OS
8 1 (1.02%) AIX
8 1 (1.02%) Windows XP
8 1 (1.02%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (29.59%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (17.35%) Stakeholder Management
3 14 (14.29%) ITIL
4 10 (10.20%) Problem Management
5 8 (8.16%) SOA
5 8 (8.16%) Migration
6 7 (7.14%) High Availability
7 6 (6.12%) Project Management
8 5 (5.10%) Protective Monitoring
8 5 (5.10%) Scrum
9 4 (4.08%) Business Intelligence
9 4 (4.08%) Configuration Management
9 4 (4.08%) Kanban
9 4 (4.08%) Release Management
9 4 (4.08%) Software Engineering
10 3 (3.06%) TOGAF
10 3 (3.06%) SysML
10 3 (3.06%) BDD
10 3 (3.06%) UML
10 3 (3.06%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 7 (7.14%) SQL
2 6 (6.12%) Java
3 3 (3.06%) Scala
3 3 (3.06%) C
3 3 (3.06%) Python
4 2 (2.04%) Bash Shell
4 2 (2.04%) PowerShell
4 2 (2.04%) Ruby
5 1 (1.02%) VBScript
5 1 (1.02%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.02%) Perl
5 1 (1.02%) PHP
5 1 (1.02%) Ada
5 1 (1.02%) Pascal
Qualifications
1 17 (17.35%) SC Cleared
1 17 (17.35%) Security Cleared
2 9 (9.18%) Cisco Certification
3 7 (7.14%) RHCT
3 7 (7.14%) CCNP
3 7 (7.14%) CCDP
4 6 (6.12%) Microsoft Certification
4 6 (6.12%) MCP
4 6 (6.12%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 6 (6.12%) MCITP
5 4 (4.08%) CCIE
5 4 (4.08%) JNCIS
6 3 (3.06%) CCSE
6 3 (3.06%) CCSA
6 3 (3.06%) CCSP
7 2 (2.04%) Network+ Certification
8 1 (1.02%) Degree
8 1 (1.02%) HND
8 1 (1.02%) CCNA
8 1 (1.02%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.06%) QA
2 1 (1.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (1.02%) SLA
System Software
1 16 (16.33%) VMware Infrastructure
2 11 (11.22%) Active Directory
3 7 (7.14%) vSphere
4 5 (5.10%) XenApp
4 5 (5.10%) XenDesktop
5 4 (4.08%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (2.04%) Forefront TMG
6 2 (2.04%) UAG
6 2 (2.04%) Xen
7 1 (1.02%) vCloud
7 1 (1.02%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 6 (6.12%) SCCM
2 2 (2.04%) Puppet
2 2 (2.04%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.02%) SCOrch
3 1 (1.02%) SCOM
3 1 (1.02%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.02%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 28 (28.57%) Cisco
2 27 (27.55%) VMware
3 13 (13.27%) F5
4 12 (12.24%) Juniper
5 10 (10.20%) Microsoft
6 9 (9.18%) HP
6 9 (9.18%) Citrix
7 8 (8.16%) IBM
7 8 (8.16%) Oracle
8 7 (7.14%) Riverbed
8 7 (7.14%) Red Hat
9 6 (6.12%) Dell
10 3 (3.06%) CheckPoint
10 3 (3.06%) Nokia
11 2 (2.04%) Software AG
11 2 (2.04%) Sophos
11 2 (2.04%) Blue Coat
12 1 (1.02%) ServiceNow
12 1 (1.02%) Google
12 1 (1.02%) SAP