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

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
20 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Mercator
Rank 396 417 375
Rank change year-on-year
+21 -42
Contract jobs citing Mercator 32 25 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.13% 0.099% 0.12%
As % of the Vendors category 0.29% 0.22% 0.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 16 1
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£500 £400 £475
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -15.78%
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £400 £350
% change year-on-year
+12.50% +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 London region.

Vendors Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
11112 11560 11525
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 45.05% 45.61% 46.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 7379 7621 7152
Average daily rate £425 £425 £425
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £250 £248
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 275 226 310
Average hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £42.90 £42.15
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £18.00 £18.08
% change year-on-year
- -0.41%

Mercator
Jobs Demand Trend in London

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

Mercator Jobs Demand Trend in London

Mercator
Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Mercator Daily Rate Trend in London

Mercator
Daily Rate Histogram in London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Mercator across the London region over the 3 months to 20 October 2014.

Mercator Daily Rate Histogram in London

Mercator
Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

Mercator Hourly Rate Trend in London

Mercator
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 20 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the London 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 34 (50.75%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (20.90%) Oracle
3 12 (17.91%) Degree
3 12 (17.91%) Customer Insight
3 12 (17.91%) User Experience
4 11 (16.42%) VMware
4 11 (16.42%) Windows
5 10 (14.93%) Microsoft
6 9 (13.43%) Citrix
6 9 (13.43%) SOA
6 9 (13.43%) Stakeholder Management
6 9 (13.43%) Scrum
7 8 (11.94%) ITIL
7 8 (11.94%) HTML
7 8 (11.94%) Java
7 8 (11.94%) SQL
8 7 (10.45%) CSS
8 7 (10.45%) XML
8 7 (10.45%) Cisco
8 7 (10.45%) WebSphere
8 7 (10.45%) SC Cleared
8 7 (10.45%) Security Cleared
9 6 (8.96%) Usability Testing
9 6 (8.96%) Psychology
9 6 (8.96%) Human Factors
9 6 (8.96%) Analytical Skills
9 6 (8.96%) Mobile App
9 6 (8.96%) Market Research
9 6 (8.96%) Rapid Prototyping
9 6 (8.96%) Middleware

Mercator
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 20 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the London 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 (10.45%) WebSphere
2 4 (5.97%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 3 (4.48%) WebSphere Process Server
3 3 (4.48%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (4.48%) MS Exchange
3 3 (4.48%) WebSphere Application Server
4 2 (2.99%) WebLogic
4 2 (2.99%) Apache
4 2 (2.99%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (1.49%) K2 blackpearl
5 1 (1.49%) SharePoint
5 1 (1.49%) IIS
Applications
1 2 (2.99%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.49%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.49%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.49%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 6 (8.96%) HTTP
2 5 (7.46%) SSL
3 4 (5.97%) VPN
3 4 (5.97%) Firewall
3 4 (5.97%) Cisco ASA
4 3 (4.48%) Junos
4 3 (4.48%) Cisco Nexus
4 3 (4.48%) TCP/IP
4 3 (4.48%) BIG-IP
4 3 (4.48%) FirePass
4 3 (4.48%) Cisco PIX
5 2 (2.99%) BGP
5 2 (2.99%) Wi-Fi
5 2 (2.99%) Wireshark
6 1 (1.49%) IPsec
6 1 (1.49%) Network Security
6 1 (1.49%) VLAN
6 1 (1.49%) DNS
6 1 (1.49%) Internet
6 1 (1.49%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (8.96%) Oracle Reports
2 4 (5.97%) Oracle Database
2 4 (5.97%) Oracle BI Publisher
3 3 (4.48%) Relational Database
4 2 (2.99%) SQL Server
4 2 (2.99%) RDBMS
5 1 (1.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (1.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (1.49%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 4 (5.97%) LoadRunner
2 3 (4.48%) Selenium
2 3 (4.48%) WebDriver
2 3 (4.48%) Cucumber
3 2 (2.99%) Rational DOORS
3 2 (2.99%) SoapUI
3 2 (2.99%) DbUnit
3 2 (2.99%) JUnit
3 2 (2.99%) ClearCase
4 1 (1.49%) Subversion
4 1 (1.49%) Git (software)
General
1 4 (5.97%) Retail
2 1 (1.49%) Law
Job Titles
1 13 (19.40%) Consultant
2 11 (16.42%) Developer
3 7 (10.45%) Architect
4 6 (8.96%) UX Designer
4 6 (8.96%) Designer
4 6 (8.96%) UI Designer
4 6 (8.96%) Interaction Designer
4 6 (8.96%) User Experience Researcher
5 4 (5.97%) Oracle SOA Developer
5 4 (5.97%) SOA Developer
5 4 (5.97%) Network Engineer
5 4 (5.97%) Oracle Developer
6 3 (4.48%) Senior Tester
6 3 (4.48%) QA Tester
6 3 (4.48%) Technical Architect
6 3 (4.48%) Technical Consultant
6 3 (4.48%) Business Analyst
6 3 (4.48%) Tester
6 3 (4.48%) Analyst
6 3 (4.48%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (11.94%) HTML
2 7 (10.45%) XML
2 7 (10.45%) CSS
3 6 (8.96%) SOAP
3 6 (8.96%) Web Services
3 6 (8.96%) Middleware
4 5 (7.46%) JMS
4 5 (7.46%) WSDL
4 5 (7.46%) REST
5 4 (5.97%) .NET
6 2 (2.99%) jQuery
6 2 (2.99%) JRockit
7 1 (1.49%) RESTful
7 1 (1.49%) ASP.NET MVC
7 1 (1.49%) HTML5
7 1 (1.49%) XML Messaging
7 1 (1.49%) JSON
7 1 (1.49%) ADO.NET
7 1 (1.49%) ASP.NET
7 1 (1.49%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 12 (17.91%) User Experience
2 6 (8.96%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (8.96%) Psychology
2 6 (8.96%) Human Factors
2 6 (8.96%) Mobile App
3 2 (2.99%) Blackberry
3 2 (2.99%) AS400
3 2 (2.99%) Data Integration
4 1 (1.49%) Visualisation
4 1 (1.49%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (1.49%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 11 (16.42%) Windows
2 6 (8.96%) Linux
3 5 (7.46%) Windows 7
4 3 (4.48%) UNIX
4 3 (4.48%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (4.48%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (2.99%) Android
5 2 (2.99%) AIX
5 2 (2.99%) Apple iOS
5 2 (2.99%) Windows 8
6 1 (1.49%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (1.49%) Mac OS X
6 1 (1.49%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (50.75%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (17.91%) Customer Insight
3 9 (13.43%) Stakeholder Management
3 9 (13.43%) Scrum
3 9 (13.43%) SOA
4 8 (11.94%) ITIL
5 6 (8.96%) Usability Testing
5 6 (8.96%) Market Research
5 6 (8.96%) Rapid Prototyping
6 5 (7.46%) UML
6 5 (7.46%) Migration
6 5 (7.46%) TOGAF
6 5 (7.46%) SysML
7 4 (5.97%) Problem Management
7 4 (5.97%) Release Management
7 4 (5.97%) ETL
7 4 (5.97%) Business Intelligence
7 4 (5.97%) Software Engineering
7 4 (5.97%) Data Migration
8 3 (4.48%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 8 (11.94%) Java
1 8 (11.94%) SQL
2 4 (5.97%) C
2 4 (5.97%) Scala
3 2 (2.99%) JavaScript
3 2 (2.99%) Python
4 1 (1.49%) Ruby
4 1 (1.49%) PowerShell
4 1 (1.49%) Perl
4 1 (1.49%) C#
Qualifications
1 12 (17.91%) Degree
2 7 (10.45%) SC Cleared
2 7 (10.45%) Security Cleared
3 3 (4.48%) CCIE
3 3 (4.48%) CCSP
3 3 (4.48%) CCNP
3 3 (4.48%) CCDP
3 3 (4.48%) Cisco Certification
3 3 (4.48%) CCSA
3 3 (4.48%) CCSE
4 1 (1.49%) RHCT
4 1 (1.49%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 1 (1.49%) MCITP
4 1 (1.49%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (1.49%) Network+ Certification
4 1 (1.49%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (4.48%) QA
2 1 (1.49%) GPG13
2 1 (1.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 4 (5.97%) Active Directory
1 4 (5.97%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (4.48%) vSphere
3 1 (1.49%) XenApp
3 1 (1.49%) XenDesktop
3 1 (1.49%) Xen
Systems Management
1 3 (4.48%) SCCM
2 2 (2.99%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.49%) SCOrch
3 1 (1.49%) SCOM
Vendors
1 14 (20.90%) Oracle
2 11 (16.42%) VMware
3 10 (14.93%) Microsoft
4 9 (13.43%) Citrix
5 7 (10.45%) Cisco
6 4 (5.97%) IBM
6 4 (5.97%) F5
7 3 (4.48%) Software AG
7 3 (4.48%) HP
7 3 (4.48%) Nokia
7 3 (4.48%) CheckPoint
8 2 (2.99%) Remedy
8 2 (2.99%) Juniper
8 2 (2.99%) NetApp
8 2 (2.99%) Riverbed
9 1 (1.49%) Aruba
9 1 (1.49%) BMC
9 1 (1.49%) SAP
9 1 (1.49%) Google
9 1 (1.49%) Red Hat