The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Finance 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 Finance over the 3 months to 27 March 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.

Location
3 months to
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Financial
Rank 1 3 4
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +1
Contract jobs citing Finance 783 480 349
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.71% 16.94% 14.93%
As % of the General category 59.01% 57.07% 50.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 452 260 170
Average daily rate
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£410 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.80% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £250 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £534 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 4 7
Average hourly rate £17.75 £17.60 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.85% -2.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.42 £13.96 £10.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £71.40 £23.20 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.20 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+8.02% -19.00%
Finance
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
1327 841 691
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 36.79% 29.68% 29.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 695 448 296
Average daily rate £400 £390 £358
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £277 £223 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £520 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 66 52 43
Average hourly rate £17.75 £30.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-40.83% +50.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.75 £6.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £43.10 £51.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.00 £22.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -18.18%

Finance
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Finance Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Finance
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Finance Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Finance
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Finance across the North West region over the 3 months to 27 March 2015.

Finance Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Finance
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Finance Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Finance
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Finance across the North West region over the 3 months to 27 March 2015.

Finance Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Finance
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 Finance within the North West region over the 3 months to 27 March 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
Manchester +3 418 £425 +6.25% 141
Cheshire 0 213 £410 +5.80% 82
Merseyside -1 42 £295 -22.36% 25
Lancashire 0 39 £378 -2.58% 8
Cumbria -7 3 - -
Finance
England

Finance
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Finance 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 Finance.

1 307 (21.19%) Banking
2 243 (16.77%) Project Management
3 220 (15.18%) Oracle
4 206 (14.22%) SQL
5 199 (13.73%) Stakeholder Management
6 166 (11.46%) Agile Software Development
7 135 (9.32%) Microsoft
8 128 (8.83%) PRINCE2
9 126 (8.70%) Migration
10 120 (8.28%) Retail
11 110 (7.59%) Security Cleared
12 108 (7.45%) Windows
13 102 (7.04%) Java
14 94 (6.49%) Analytical Skills
15 93 (6.42%) SAP
15 93 (6.42%) Programme Management
16 90 (6.21%) UNIX
17 87 (6.00%) MS Excel
17 87 (6.00%) Business Intelligence
17 87 (6.00%) SC Cleared
18 80 (5.52%) ITIL
19 79 (5.45%) IBM
19 79 (5.45%) Oracle EBS
20 77 (5.31%) Oracle EBS R12
21 74 (5.11%) Business Analysis
22 72 (4.97%) Mainframe
22 72 (4.97%) SQL Server
23 69 (4.76%) Telecoms
24 68 (4.69%) CRM
24 68 (4.69%) Degree

Finance
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Finance 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 Finance. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 53 (3.66%) SAS
2 24 (1.66%) SharePoint
3 22 (1.52%) CICS
4 20 (1.38%) WebSphere
5 15 (1.04%) MS Exchange
6 12 (0.83%) NetWeaver
6 12 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2010
7 10 (0.69%) Oracle Workflow
8 7 (0.48%) MQSeries
9 6 (0.41%) Oracle HTTP Server
9 6 (0.41%) IIS
9 6 (0.41%) IBM HTTP Server
9 6 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2007
10 5 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2013
10 5 (0.35%) Oracle Self-Service HR
11 4 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2003
11 4 (0.28%) SharePoint 2013
11 4 (0.28%) IBM Notes
11 4 (0.28%) CMS
12 3 (0.21%) Tomcat
Applications
1 87 (6.00%) MS Excel
2 63 (4.35%) MS Project
3 61 (4.21%) MS PowerPoint
4 60 (4.14%) MS Office
5 30 (2.07%) MS Visio
6 14 (0.97%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.21%) Photoshop
7 3 (0.21%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.14%) SPSS
8 2 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 2 (0.14%) InfoPath
9 1 (0.069%) Adobe Captivate
9 1 (0.069%) Fireworks
9 1 (0.069%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 79 (5.45%) Oracle EBS
2 77 (5.31%) Oracle EBS R12
3 32 (2.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 31 (2.14%) Oracle Financials
5 25 (1.73%) Oracle General Ledger
6 20 (1.38%) Oracle Payables
7 19 (1.31%) Oracle Applications
8 17 (1.17%) Oracle Receivables
9 14 (0.97%) SAP FI
10 12 (0.83%) Agresso
11 11 (0.76%) SAP FI/CO
11 11 (0.76%) SAP CO
11 11 (0.76%) SAP SRM
11 11 (0.76%) Oracle Internet Expenses
12 10 (0.69%) Oracle Cash Management
12 10 (0.69%) Oracle Payroll
13 9 (0.62%) Oracle iRecruitment
13 9 (0.62%) Oracle Assets
14 8 (0.55%) Oracle E-Business Tax
14 8 (0.55%) Cognos Business Intelligence
Cloud Services
1 6 (0.41%) Office 365
2 5 (0.35%) IBM Blueworks
3 3 (0.21%) IaaS
3 3 (0.21%) SaaS
3 3 (0.21%) PaaS
3 3 (0.21%) Amazon S3
3 3 (0.21%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (0.14%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.069%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.069%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.069%) Route 53
5 1 (0.069%) Amazon ELB
5 1 (0.069%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 20 (1.38%) Internet
2 19 (1.31%) Firewall
3 18 (1.24%) HTTP
4 16 (1.10%) WAN
4 16 (1.10%) SAN
5 15 (1.04%) LAN
6 9 (0.62%) TCP/IP
7 7 (0.48%) Network Security
8 6 (0.41%) VPN
9 5 (0.35%) Wi-Fi
9 5 (0.35%) 2G
9 5 (0.35%) 3G
9 5 (0.35%) 4G
9 5 (0.35%) Intranet
10 4 (0.28%) NetScaler
10 4 (0.28%) DNS
10 4 (0.28%) Ethernet
10 4 (0.28%) ATM
11 3 (0.21%) DHCP
11 3 (0.21%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 72 (4.97%) SQL Server
2 44 (3.04%) Data Warehouse
3 30 (2.07%) SAS Data Integration Studio
4 29 (2.00%) Oracle BI EE
5 28 (1.93%) Oracle Database
6 23 (1.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 22 (1.52%) Base SAS
7 22 (1.52%) DB2
8 21 (1.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 18 (1.24%) Oracle Reports
10 15 (1.04%) Relational Database
11 14 (0.97%) BusinessObjects
11 14 (0.97%) SAP BW
12 11 (0.76%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
12 11 (0.76%) Oracle Discoverer
13 10 (0.69%) SQL Server 2008
13 10 (0.69%) Big Data
14 9 (0.62%) Oracle ODI
14 9 (0.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 9 (0.62%) DataStage
Development Applications
1 13 (0.90%) Subversion
2 12 (0.83%) Git (software)
3 11 (0.76%) Selenium
3 11 (0.76%) JIRA
4 10 (0.69%) JUnit
4 10 (0.69%) Oracle Forms
5 9 (0.62%) Cucumber
6 8 (0.55%) Oracle APEX
7 7 (0.48%) Axure RP
8 6 (0.41%) Mockito
9 5 (0.35%) Jenkins
9 5 (0.35%) Visual Studio
10 4 (0.28%) QAComplete
11 3 (0.21%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 3 (0.21%) SoapUI
11 3 (0.21%) WebDriver
11 3 (0.21%) QuickTest Pro
11 3 (0.21%) Maven
11 3 (0.21%) NUnit
11 3 (0.21%) LSMW
General
1 307 (21.19%) Banking
2 120 (8.28%) Retail
3 69 (4.76%) Telecoms
4 61 (4.21%) Retail Banking
5 47 (3.24%) Manufacturing
6 46 (3.17%) Marketing
7 32 (2.21%) Local Government
8 28 (1.93%) Legal
9 23 (1.59%) General Ledger
9 23 (1.59%) Electronics
10 22 (1.52%) Financial Institution
11 15 (1.04%) Law
12 14 (0.97%) Advertising
13 11 (0.76%) Billing
14 8 (0.55%) Pharmaceutical
15 6 (0.41%) Back Office
15 6 (0.41%) Investment Banking
16 3 (0.21%) Multimedia
16 3 (0.21%) Publishing
16 3 (0.21%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 300 (20.70%) Analyst
2 239 (16.49%) Project Manager
3 190 (13.11%) Developer
4 164 (11.32%) Business Analyst
5 140 (9.66%) Consultant
6 110 (7.59%) Architect
7 54 (3.73%) Oracle Consultant
8 52 (3.59%) Programme Manager
8 52 (3.59%) Java Developer
9 46 (3.17%) Solutions Architect
10 42 (2.90%) Senior Analyst
11 41 (2.83%) Senior Manager
12 36 (2.48%) Designer
13 33 (2.28%) Senior Business Analyst
14 30 (2.07%) Senior Project Manager
15 27 (1.86%) Infrastructure Manager
16 26 (1.79%) Administrator
16 26 (1.79%) Technical Architect
17 25 (1.73%) Infrastructure Project Manager
17 25 (1.73%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 67 (4.62%) XML
2 60 (4.14%) .NET
3 58 (4.00%) HTML
4 43 (2.97%) J2EE
5 42 (2.90%) Web Services
6 41 (2.83%) CSS
7 40 (2.76%) Spring
8 29 (2.00%) Middleware
9 28 (1.93%) SOAP
10 23 (1.59%) jQuery
11 20 (1.38%) JSON
12 18 (1.24%) WSDL
13 17 (1.17%) JDBC
13 17 (1.17%) HTML5
14 16 (1.10%) AngularJS
14 16 (1.10%) .NET Framework
15 14 (0.97%) JSP
15 14 (0.97%) ASP.NET
16 13 (0.90%) XSLT
16 13 (0.90%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 94 (6.49%) Analytical Skills
2 72 (4.97%) Mainframe
3 34 (2.35%) Management Information System
4 28 (1.93%) IBM Mainframe
5 23 (1.59%) DTV
6 19 (1.31%) User Experience
7 15 (1.04%) VSAM
8 14 (0.97%) Data Extraction
9 12 (0.83%) Online Banking
9 12 (0.83%) Life Science
10 11 (0.76%) NHS
10 11 (0.76%) Mobile App
11 9 (0.62%) PMI
12 7 (0.48%) Client/Server
12 7 (0.48%) Enterprise Software
12 7 (0.48%) Data Structures
12 7 (0.48%) Credit Risk
12 7 (0.48%) Performance Metrics
13 6 (0.41%) Clustering
14 5 (0.35%) E-Learning
Operating Systems
1 108 (7.45%) Windows
2 90 (6.21%) UNIX
3 46 (3.17%) Linux
4 28 (1.93%) AIX
5 22 (1.52%) Windows Server 2008
6 21 (1.45%) Windows Server 2012
7 20 (1.38%) Windows Server 2003
8 16 (1.10%) Solaris
9 15 (1.04%) Windows 7
10 10 (0.69%) Windows XP
10 10 (0.69%) VMS
11 9 (0.62%) Apple iOS
11 9 (0.62%) Android
12 6 (0.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 6 (0.41%) Mac OS
12 6 (0.41%) Windows Vista
13 5 (0.35%) VME
13 5 (0.35%) zOS
14 3 (0.21%) HPUX
14 3 (0.21%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 243 (16.77%) Project Management
2 199 (13.73%) Stakeholder Management
3 166 (11.46%) Agile Software Development
4 128 (8.83%) PRINCE2
5 126 (8.70%) Migration
6 93 (6.42%) Programme Management
7 87 (6.00%) Business Intelligence
8 80 (5.52%) ITIL
9 74 (5.11%) Business Analysis
10 68 (4.69%) CRM
11 63 (4.35%) Change Management
12 58 (4.00%) Service Delivery
13 51 (3.52%) Data Analysis
14 46 (3.17%) Supplier Management
15 45 (3.11%) Data Migration
16 44 (3.04%) User Acceptance Testing
16 44 (3.04%) Risk Management
17 41 (2.83%) Service Management
18 34 (2.35%) Continuous Improvement
19 31 (2.14%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 206 (14.22%) SQL
2 102 (7.04%) Java
3 53 (3.66%) JavaScript
4 39 (2.69%) PL/SQL
5 29 (2.00%) C#
6 20 (1.38%) VBA
7 19 (1.31%) T-SQL
8 18 (1.24%) C
9 16 (1.10%) COBOL
10 15 (1.04%) Shell Script
11 10 (0.69%) REXX
12 9 (0.62%) JCL
12 9 (0.62%) Objective-C
12 9 (0.62%) ABAP
12 9 (0.62%) Assembly Language
13 7 (0.48%) C++
14 4 (0.28%) Perl
15 3 (0.21%) PHP
15 3 (0.21%) Python
15 3 (0.21%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 110 (7.59%) Security Cleared
2 87 (6.00%) SC Cleared
3 68 (4.69%) Degree
4 30 (2.07%) PMI Certification
5 27 (1.86%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 23 (1.59%) PMP
7 21 (1.45%) ISEB
8 18 (1.24%) ISTQB
9 17 (1.17%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 15 (1.04%) CISSP
11 13 (0.90%) ITIL Certification
12 12 (0.83%) Cisco Certification
13 10 (0.69%) CCNA
14 6 (0.41%) CCNP
15 5 (0.35%) CCA
15 5 (0.35%) Citrix Certification
15 5 (0.35%) CCEA
15 5 (0.35%) CCIA
15 5 (0.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 4 (0.28%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (2.48%) QA
2 20 (1.38%) SLA
3 6 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 6 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (0.41%) Solvency II
3 6 (0.41%) Data Quality
3 6 (0.41%) P3O
4 5 (0.35%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.21%) COBIT
6 2 (0.14%) Basel II
6 2 (0.14%) FATCA
6 2 (0.14%) GxP
System Software
1 38 (2.62%) VMware Infrastructure
2 20 (1.38%) Active Directory
3 10 (0.69%) vSphere
4 6 (0.41%) Hyper-V
5 5 (0.35%) XenServer
5 5 (0.35%) XenDesktop
5 5 (0.35%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 3 (0.21%) Oracle RAC
6 3 (0.21%) Terminal Services
6 3 (0.21%) RACF
7 2 (0.14%) VMware ESX
7 2 (0.14%) XenApp
7 2 (0.14%) UAG
7 2 (0.14%) GPFS
8 1 (0.069%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.069%) PowerHA
8 1 (0.069%) EMC RecoverPoint
8 1 (0.069%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.069%) Xen
8 1 (0.069%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 13 (0.90%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (0.69%) SCCM
3 4 (0.28%) SCOM
3 4 (0.28%) NetBackup
3 4 (0.28%) Oracle Identity Management
3 4 (0.28%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (0.21%) Tivoli
4 3 (0.21%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 2 (0.14%) Netcool
5 2 (0.14%) Netcool/OMNIbus
5 2 (0.14%) Backup Exec
5 2 (0.14%) Oracle RMAN
5 2 (0.14%) CA Single Sign-On
5 2 (0.14%) StatsD
5 2 (0.14%) HP UCMDB
5 2 (0.14%) OpenView
6 1 (0.069%) Vagrant
6 1 (0.069%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.069%) Puppet
6 1 (0.069%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 220 (15.18%) Oracle
2 135 (9.32%) Microsoft
3 93 (6.42%) SAP
4 79 (5.45%) IBM
5 46 (3.17%) VMware
6 40 (2.76%) Citrix
7 37 (2.55%) Cisco
8 26 (1.79%) HP
9 22 (1.52%) Business Objects
9 22 (1.52%) CheckPoint
10 20 (1.38%) Cognos
11 17 (1.17%) CA
12 15 (1.04%) Teradata
13 14 (0.97%) Cyber-Ark
14 13 (0.90%) Tableau
15 11 (0.76%) McAfee
16 10 (0.69%) ArcSight
17 8 (0.55%) F5
17 8 (0.55%) Red Hat
17 8 (0.55%) Blue Coat
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