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 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.

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 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Mercator
Rank 534 517 500
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -17
Contract jobs citing Mercator 56 46 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.11% 0.096% 0.092%
As % of the Vendors category 0.23% 0.21% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 26 2
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£481 £400 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.31% -3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £455 £350 £363
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £505 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £455 £400 £350
% change year-on-year
+13.75% +14.28%
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
24019 22059 23454
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 45.06% 46.04% 46.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 14298 12809 12453
Average daily rate £395 £390 £395
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.28% -1.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1173 1068 1234
Average hourly rate £18.00 £17.85 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.86% -6.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.34
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £18.11 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-0.62% -4.67%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Mercator across the England region over the 3 months to 24 October 2014.

Mercator Daily Rate Histogram 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 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -19 8 - -
West Midlands -17 6 - -
Mercator
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Mercator
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 40 (40.82%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (19.39%) Oracle
3 18 (18.37%) SC Cleared
3 18 (18.37%) Security Cleared
4 15 (15.31%) Windows
5 14 (14.29%) Citrix
5 14 (14.29%) VMware
5 14 (14.29%) User Experience
6 13 (13.27%) Degree
7 12 (12.24%) Stakeholder Management
7 12 (12.24%) Microsoft
7 12 (12.24%) Customer Insight
8 11 (11.22%) SOA
8 11 (11.22%) Cisco
9 10 (10.20%) HTML
9 10 (10.20%) Java
9 10 (10.20%) SQL
10 9 (9.18%) ITIL
10 9 (9.18%) Scrum
11 8 (8.16%) Web Services
11 8 (8.16%) XML
11 8 (8.16%) Linux
11 8 (8.16%) CSS
12 7 (7.14%) Mobile App
12 7 (7.14%) SOAP
12 7 (7.14%) Oracle Reports
12 7 (7.14%) HTTP
12 7 (7.14%) Migration
12 7 (7.14%) WebSphere
12 7 (7.14%) Human Factors

Mercator
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 7 (7.14%) WebSphere
2 6 (6.12%) MS Exchange
2 6 (6.12%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 6 (6.12%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (4.08%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 3 (3.06%) WebSphere Process Server
4 3 (3.06%) WebSphere Application Server
4 3 (3.06%) WebLogic
5 2 (2.04%) IIS
5 2 (2.04%) Apache
5 2 (2.04%) SharePoint
5 2 (2.04%) K2 blackpearl
6 1 (1.02%) Liferay
Applications
1 4 (4.08%) MS Excel
2 2 (2.04%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.02%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.02%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 7 (7.14%) HTTP
2 5 (5.10%) Firewall
2 5 (5.10%) SSL
2 5 (5.10%) Cisco ASA
3 4 (4.08%) Junos
3 4 (4.08%) Cisco Nexus
3 4 (4.08%) TCP/IP
3 4 (4.08%) VPN
4 3 (3.06%) BIG-IP
4 3 (3.06%) Wi-Fi
4 3 (3.06%) BGP
4 3 (3.06%) FirePass
4 3 (3.06%) Cisco PIX
5 2 (2.04%) VLAN
5 2 (2.04%) Wireshark
5 2 (2.04%) DNS
5 2 (2.04%) Kerberos
6 1 (1.02%) ATM
6 1 (1.02%) LAN
6 1 (1.02%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (7.14%) Oracle Reports
2 5 (5.10%) Oracle Database
3 4 (4.08%) Oracle BI Publisher
3 4 (4.08%) Relational Database
4 3 (3.06%) SQL Server
5 2 (2.04%) RDBMS
5 2 (2.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (2.04%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (1.02%) MongoDB
6 1 (1.02%) Neo4j
6 1 (1.02%) Big Data
6 1 (1.02%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (1.02%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (1.02%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 4 (4.08%) LoadRunner
2 3 (3.06%) Selenium
2 3 (3.06%) WebDriver
2 3 (3.06%) Cucumber
2 3 (3.06%) Rational DOORS
3 2 (2.04%) SoapUI
3 2 (2.04%) DbUnit
3 2 (2.04%) JUnit
3 2 (2.04%) Oracle Forms
3 2 (2.04%) ClearCase
4 1 (1.02%) MSI
4 1 (1.02%) Subversion
4 1 (1.02%) Git (software)
4 1 (1.02%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 6 (6.12%) Retail
2 1 (1.02%) Telecoms
2 1 (1.02%) Law
Job Titles
1 24 (24.49%) Consultant
2 13 (13.27%) Developer
3 11 (11.22%) Architect
4 8 (8.16%) User Experience Researcher
5 6 (6.12%) Interaction Designer
5 6 (6.12%) Business Analyst
5 6 (6.12%) Analyst
5 6 (6.12%) Exchange Consultant
5 6 (6.12%) UI Designer
5 6 (6.12%) UX Designer
5 6 (6.12%) Designer
6 5 (5.10%) Agile Business Analyst
6 5 (5.10%) Network Engineer
6 5 (5.10%) Solutions Architect
7 4 (4.08%) Oracle Developer
7 4 (4.08%) Tester
7 4 (4.08%) Software Engineer
7 4 (4.08%) Oracle SOA Developer
7 4 (4.08%) SOA Developer
8 3 (3.06%) Oracle BI Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (10.20%) HTML
2 8 (8.16%) CSS
2 8 (8.16%) Web Services
2 8 (8.16%) XML
3 7 (7.14%) SOAP
4 6 (6.12%) Middleware
4 6 (6.12%) REST
5 5 (5.10%) .NET
5 5 (5.10%) JMS
5 5 (5.10%) WSDL
6 2 (2.04%) SAML
6 2 (2.04%) JRockit
6 2 (2.04%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2 (2.04%) JSON
6 2 (2.04%) jQuery
6 2 (2.04%) ASP.NET
7 1 (1.02%) RESTful
7 1 (1.02%) XML Messaging
7 1 (1.02%) Hibernate
7 1 (1.02%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 14 (14.29%) User Experience
2 7 (7.14%) Human Factors
2 7 (7.14%) Mobile App
3 6 (6.12%) Psychology
3 6 (6.12%) Blackberry
3 6 (6.12%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (2.04%) AS400
4 2 (2.04%) Data Integration
5 1 (1.02%) Visualisation
5 1 (1.02%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (1.02%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 15 (15.31%) Windows
2 8 (8.16%) Linux
3 6 (6.12%) Windows 7
4 5 (5.10%) UNIX
5 3 (3.06%) AIX
6 2 (2.04%) Apple iOS
6 2 (2.04%) Mac OS X
6 2 (2.04%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (2.04%) Android
6 2 (2.04%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (1.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (1.02%) Mac OS
7 1 (1.02%) Windows 8
7 1 (1.02%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (40.82%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (12.24%) Stakeholder Management
2 12 (12.24%) Customer Insight
3 11 (11.22%) SOA
4 9 (9.18%) ITIL
4 9 (9.18%) Scrum
5 7 (7.14%) Migration
6 6 (6.12%) Software Engineering
6 6 (6.12%) Usability Testing
6 6 (6.12%) Market Research
6 6 (6.12%) Rapid Prototyping
7 5 (5.10%) Release Management
7 5 (5.10%) SysML
7 5 (5.10%) TOGAF
7 5 (5.10%) UML
7 5 (5.10%) Business Intelligence
8 4 (4.08%) ETL
8 4 (4.08%) E-Commerce
8 4 (4.08%) Problem Management
8 4 (4.08%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 10 (10.20%) Java
1 10 (10.20%) SQL
2 5 (5.10%) C
3 4 (4.08%) Scala
4 3 (3.06%) JavaScript
5 2 (2.04%) Python
6 1 (1.02%) Ada
6 1 (1.02%) Pascal
6 1 (1.02%) Ruby
6 1 (1.02%) PowerShell
6 1 (1.02%) Perl
6 1 (1.02%) PHP
6 1 (1.02%) C#
Qualifications
1 18 (18.37%) SC Cleared
1 18 (18.37%) Security Cleared
2 13 (13.27%) Degree
3 3 (3.06%) Cisco Certification
3 3 (3.06%) CCIE
3 3 (3.06%) CCSP
3 3 (3.06%) CCNP
3 3 (3.06%) CCDP
3 3 (3.06%) CCSA
3 3 (3.06%) CCSE
4 2 (2.04%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (2.04%) Network+ Certification
4 2 (2.04%) MCP
5 1 (1.02%) IIBA
5 1 (1.02%) CBAP
5 1 (1.02%) RHCT
5 1 (1.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 1 (1.02%) MCDST
5 1 (1.02%) MCITP
5 1 (1.02%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.06%) QA
2 1 (1.02%) GPG13
2 1 (1.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 5 (5.10%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (4.08%) XenApp
2 4 (4.08%) Active Directory
3 3 (3.06%) XenDesktop
4 2 (2.04%) vSphere
5 1 (1.02%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (1.02%) Xen
Systems Management
1 4 (4.08%) SCCM
2 2 (2.04%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.04%) Oracle Identity Management
3 1 (1.02%) SCOrch
3 1 (1.02%) SCOM
Vendors
1 19 (19.39%) Oracle
2 14 (14.29%) Citrix
2 14 (14.29%) VMware
3 12 (12.24%) Microsoft
4 11 (11.22%) Cisco
5 5 (5.10%) F5
6 4 (4.08%) IBM
6 4 (4.08%) HP
7 3 (3.06%) CheckPoint
7 3 (3.06%) Software AG
7 3 (3.06%) Juniper
7 3 (3.06%) NetApp
7 3 (3.06%) Nokia
7 3 (3.06%) Riverbed
8 2 (2.04%) Red Hat
8 2 (2.04%) Remedy
8 2 (2.04%) SAP
9 1 (1.02%) Dell
9 1 (1.02%) Avaya
9 1 (1.02%) Google