The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Back Office in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Back Office 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.

Location
3 months to
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Back Office
Rank 126 116 123
Rank change year-on-year
-10 +7
Contract jobs citing Back Office 13 13 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.40% 0.46% 0.24%
As % of the General category 1.22% 1.32% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 6 3
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£304 £393 £265
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-22.54% +48.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £298 £330 £253
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £495 £353
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £10.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £22.92 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-30.17% +43.21%
Back Office
England

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

General Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
General category
1066 984 878
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 33.20% 34.75% 29.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 618 494 447
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 58 66
Average hourly rate £18.00 £31.56 £17.10
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-42.95% +84.53%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.05 £12.44 £8.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.70 £42.80 £55.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +11.11%

Back Office
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Back Office across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the General category.

Back Office Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Back Office
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Back Office across the North West region.

Back Office Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Back Office
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Back Office across the North West region over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

Back Office Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Back Office
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Back Office across the North West region.

Back Office Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Back Office
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Back Office within the North West 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
Manchester -10 7 £315 -7.50% 3
Cheshire +3 3 £313 -22.83% 4
Merseyside - - - - 2
Back Office
England

Back Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Back Office 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 Back Office.

1 13 (39.39%) .NET
1 13 (39.39%) SQL Server
2 12 (36.36%) C#
3 10 (30.30%) SQL
3 10 (30.30%) Web Services
4 8 (24.24%) Retail
4 8 (24.24%) WinForms
4 8 (24.24%) Finance
4 8 (24.24%) VB
4 8 (24.24%) Oracle
4 8 (24.24%) Windows
5 5 (15.15%) PRINCE2
5 5 (15.15%) Oracle Database
6 4 (12.12%) Project Management
6 4 (12.12%) OO
7 3 (9.09%) PL/SQL
7 3 (9.09%) SAP
7 3 (9.09%) ASP.NET
7 3 (9.09%) Service Delivery
7 3 (9.09%) Microsoft
7 3 (9.09%) HP
7 3 (9.09%) Programme Management
7 3 (9.09%) MVC
7 3 (9.09%) Business Analysis
7 3 (9.09%) Software Testing
7 3 (9.09%) WCF
7 3 (9.09%) WPF
7 3 (9.09%) Integration Testing
7 3 (9.09%) SC Cleared
7 3 (9.09%) Security Cleared

Back Office
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Back Office 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 Back Office. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (3.03%) JBoss
1 1 (3.03%) CMS
1 1 (3.03%) Liferay
Applications
1 1 (3.03%) MS Excel
1 1 (3.03%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (6.06%) SAP HCM
2 1 (3.03%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.03%) SaaS
1 1 (3.03%) PaaS
1 1 (3.03%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.03%) ATM
1 1 (3.03%) SDH
1 1 (3.03%) Ethernet
1 1 (3.03%) TCP/IP
1 1 (3.03%) DNS
1 1 (3.03%) 3G
1 1 (3.03%) 2G
1 1 (3.03%) 2.5G
1 1 (3.03%) LTE
1 1 (3.03%) 4G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (39.39%) SQL Server
2 5 (15.15%) Oracle Database
3 2 (6.06%) Oracle Database 10g
4 1 (3.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (3.03%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (3.03%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (3.03%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (6.06%) Visual Studio
2 1 (3.03%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (3.03%) MSTest
General
1 8 (24.24%) Finance
1 8 (24.24%) Retail
2 2 (6.06%) Billing
2 2 (6.06%) Banking
2 2 (6.06%) Retail Banking
2 2 (6.06%) Front Office
3 1 (3.03%) Telecoms
3 1 (3.03%) Legal
3 1 (3.03%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 14 (42.42%) Developer
2 10 (30.30%) .NET Developer
3 4 (12.12%) Project Manager
3 4 (12.12%) Analyst
4 3 (9.09%) Test Analyst
4 3 (9.09%) Software Developer
4 3 (9.09%) Architect
4 3 (9.09%) Programme Manager
4 3 (9.09%) SQL Developer
5 1 (3.03%) IT Support Technician
5 1 (3.03%) SQL Server Developer
5 1 (3.03%) Enterprise Architect
5 1 (3.03%) Senior Solutions Architect
5 1 (3.03%) Software Manager
5 1 (3.03%) Software Programmer
5 1 (3.03%) Avaya Engineer
5 1 (3.03%) Voice Engineer
5 1 (3.03%) IT Support
5 1 (3.03%) Senior Architect
5 1 (3.03%) Transmission Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (39.39%) .NET
2 10 (30.30%) Web Services
3 8 (24.24%) WinForms
4 3 (9.09%) WCF
4 3 (9.09%) WPF
4 3 (9.09%) ASP.NET
5 2 (6.06%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
5 2 (6.06%) LINQ
5 2 (6.06%) .NET Framework
5 2 (6.06%) XML
5 2 (6.06%) DOM
6 1 (3.03%) Middleware
6 1 (3.03%) Java EE
6 1 (3.03%) J2EE
6 1 (3.03%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 1 (3.03%) Client/Server
1 1 (3.03%) Management Information System
1 1 (3.03%) Open Source
1 1 (3.03%) Mobile App
1 1 (3.03%) Enterprise Software
1 1 (3.03%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 8 (24.24%) Windows
2 1 (3.03%) Windows XP
2 1 (3.03%) Windows 2000 Server
2 1 (3.03%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (15.15%) PRINCE2
2 4 (12.12%) OO
2 4 (12.12%) Project Management
3 3 (9.09%) Service Delivery
3 3 (9.09%) Programme Management
3 3 (9.09%) Business Analysis
3 3 (9.09%) Software Testing
3 3 (9.09%) Integration Testing
3 3 (9.09%) System Testing
3 3 (9.09%) MVC
4 2 (6.06%) Network Management
4 2 (6.06%) Resource Management
4 2 (6.06%) SAP Implementation
4 2 (6.06%) User Acceptance Testing
4 2 (6.06%) Unit Testing
4 2 (6.06%) ITIL
4 2 (6.06%) BPR
4 2 (6.06%) Validation
4 2 (6.06%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (6.06%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 12 (36.36%) C#
2 10 (30.30%) SQL
3 8 (24.24%) VB
4 3 (9.09%) PL/SQL
5 2 (6.06%) Java
6 1 (3.03%) JavaScript
6 1 (3.03%) T-SQL
6 1 (3.03%) VBScript
6 1 (3.03%) VB6
Qualifications
1 3 (9.09%) SC Cleared
1 3 (9.09%) Security Cleared
2 1 (3.03%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
2 1 (3.03%) MCSE
2 1 (3.03%) CCNA
2 1 (3.03%) Cisco Certification
2 1 (3.03%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (3.03%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (6.06%) QA
System Software
1 1 (3.03%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (9.09%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (24.24%) Oracle
2 3 (9.09%) SAP
2 3 (9.09%) Microsoft
2 3 (9.09%) HP
3 1 (3.03%) Avaya
3 1 (3.03%) Remedy
3 1 (3.03%) Cisco
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