The table below looks at the statistics for Ant skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Ant 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
Apache Ant
Rank 319 347 324
Rank change year-on-year
+28 -23
Contract jobs citing Ant 305 237 256
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.56% 0.46% 0.53%
As % of the Development Applications category 4.22% 3.97% 4.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 215 144 133
Average daily rate
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£425 £390 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.97% -5.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £265 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £318 £350
% change year-on-year
+18.11% -9.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 3
Average hourly rate £47.50 £38.75 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.58% +10.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £16.95 £25.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.00 £38.95 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £47.50 £38.75 £28.75
% change year-on-year
+22.58% +34.78%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Development Applications category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Development Applications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
7223 5965 5730
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.32% 11.65% 11.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 4980 3815 3554
Average daily rate £400 £388 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +1.97%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £270 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £525 £543
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £340 £338
% change year-on-year
+10.29% +0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 124 148 226
Average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.50 £20.35 £24.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.40 £45.30 £46.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.66%

Ant
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Ant within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Development Applications category.

Ant Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Ant
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Ant within the UK.

Ant Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Ant
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Ant within the UK over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

Ant Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Ant
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Ant within the UK.

Ant Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Ant
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Ant within the UK over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

Ant Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Ant
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Ant within the UK 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
England +32 283 £438 +5.42% 54
London +24 130 £530 +17.77% 24
South East +1 59 £305 -0.75% 9
Hampshire +13 49 £300 -2.28% 4
East of England +11 37 £401 +27.14% 2
City of London +19 34 £575 +27.77% 10
Hook -2 22 £300 -2.44%
South West -13 20 £478 +73.81% 10
Scotland -20 16 £400 +17.21% 4
Hertfordshire +13 12 £438 +18.64%
North West -3 12 £400 +14.28% 5
Edinburgh -14 11 £400 +2.56% 3
Gloucestershire - 11 £478 -
East Midlands - 11 £425 - 1
Essex - 10 £425 -
Southampton - 9 £325 - 1
Cambridge +5 8 £400 - 1
Cambridgeshire -11 8 £400 - 1
Nottingham - 8 £250 -
Nottinghamshire - 8 £250 -
West Midlands -14 7 £375 +41.50% 1
Suffolk +6 6 £400 - 1
Ipswich -6 6 £400 - 1
Bristol - 5 £375 - 9
Cheshire +11 4 £375 +7.14% 1
Manchester -11 3 £475 - 3
Oxfordshire -16 3 £483 +37.85%
Berkshire -9 2 £425 +102.38% 1
Swindon -13 2 £335 +3.07%
West Yorkshire -14 2 £365 +15.87% 1

Ant
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Ant 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 Ant.

1 427 (74.13%) Java
2 354 (61.46%) Maven
3 298 (51.74%) Agile Software Development
4 265 (46.01%) Linux
5 262 (45.49%) Subversion
6 245 (42.53%) XML
7 217 (37.67%) UNIX
8 201 (34.90%) Oracle
9 193 (33.51%) Continuous Integration
10 190 (32.99%) SQL
11 188 (32.64%) HTML
12 181 (31.42%) Spring
13 180 (31.25%) JavaScript
14 162 (28.13%) Web Services
15 161 (27.95%) JUnit
16 157 (27.26%) TDD
17 150 (26.04%) Eclipse
18 147 (25.52%) J2EE
19 146 (25.35%) Scrum
20 140 (24.31%) Jenkins
21 130 (22.57%) SOAP
22 117 (20.31%) CSS
23 106 (18.40%) OO
24 103 (17.88%) Tomcat
24 103 (17.88%) Relational Database
25 100 (17.36%) JSP
26 99 (17.19%) Security Cleared
27 98 (17.01%) Git (software)
28 96 (16.67%) Perl
29 92 (15.97%) Finance

Ant
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Ant 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 Ant. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 103 (17.88%) Tomcat
2 91 (15.80%) Apache
3 90 (15.63%) WebLogic
4 73 (12.67%) JBoss
5 43 (7.47%) WebSphere
6 31 (5.38%) CMS
7 23 (3.99%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 16 (2.78%) Node.js
9 12 (2.08%) Adobe CQ
10 10 (1.74%) Confluence
10 10 (1.74%) SharePoint
11 9 (1.56%) Documentum
11 9 (1.56%) WebSphere Application Server
11 9 (1.56%) lighttpd
12 6 (1.04%) GlassFish
13 5 (0.87%) TeamSite
13 5 (0.87%) MQSeries
14 4 (0.69%) AquaLogic
14 4 (0.69%) Oracle Workflow
14 4 (0.69%) IIS
Applications
1 15 (2.60%) MS Excel
2 12 (2.08%) FrameMaker
3 4 (0.69%) MS Office
4 2 (0.35%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.35%) MS Project
5 1 (0.17%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 18 (3.13%) Oracle BPM
2 3 (0.52%) BusinessWorks
3 2 (0.35%) Staffware
3 2 (0.35%) TIBCO iProcess
4 1 (0.17%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.17%) Radian6
4 1 (0.17%) Adaptiv
4 1 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 8 (1.39%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (1.22%) Amazon EC2
3 6 (1.04%) Cloud Computing
4 4 (0.69%) Amazon S3
4 4 (0.69%) CloudFront
4 4 (0.69%) Route 53
4 4 (0.69%) Amazon ELB
4 4 (0.69%) Google Cloud Platform
5 3 (0.52%) Google App Engine
6 2 (0.35%) GitHub
6 2 (0.35%) SaaS
7 1 (0.17%) PaaS
7 1 (0.17%) Heroku
7 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Azure
7 1 (0.17%) Force.com
7 1 (0.17%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 26 (4.51%) Internet
2 19 (3.30%) HTTP
3 9 (1.56%) TCP/IP
4 6 (1.04%) LDAP
5 5 (0.87%) DNS
5 5 (0.87%) SSL
5 5 (0.87%) AMQP
6 4 (0.69%) DHCP
7 3 (0.52%) HTTPS
8 2 (0.35%) Firewall
9 1 (0.17%) IPsec
9 1 (0.17%) SSH
9 1 (0.17%) Cisco PIX
9 1 (0.17%) Cisco ASA
9 1 (0.17%) OpenLDAP
9 1 (0.17%) DMZ
9 1 (0.17%) BGP
9 1 (0.17%) EIGRP
9 1 (0.17%) VPN
9 1 (0.17%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 103 (17.88%) Relational Database
2 59 (10.24%) MySQL
3 48 (8.33%) RDBMS
4 44 (7.64%) Oracle Database
5 34 (5.90%) SQL Server
6 28 (4.86%) PostgreSQL
7 23 (3.99%) NoSQL
8 22 (3.82%) Oracle Database 11g
9 21 (3.65%) Ingres
10 20 (3.47%) DB2
11 8 (1.39%) Oracle Database 10g
11 8 (1.39%) MongoDB
12 6 (1.04%) Hadoop
12 6 (1.04%) Oracle Reports
12 6 (1.04%) Big Data
13 3 (0.52%) SQLPlus
14 2 (0.35%) SQL Server 2005
14 2 (0.35%) Redis
14 2 (0.35%) Triplestore
15 1 (0.17%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 354 (61.46%) Maven
2 262 (45.49%) Subversion
3 161 (27.95%) JUnit
4 150 (26.04%) Eclipse
5 140 (24.31%) Jenkins
6 98 (17.01%) Git (software)
7 81 (14.06%) ClearCase
8 77 (13.37%) Selenium
9 61 (10.59%) CruiseControl
10 59 (10.24%) JIRA
11 52 (9.03%) IntelliJ
12 41 (7.12%) NUnit
13 37 (6.42%) TeamCity
14 36 (6.25%) ClearQuest
14 36 (6.25%) Hudson
15 35 (6.08%) Mockito
16 33 (5.73%) GoogleTest
16 33 (5.73%) CppUnit
17 31 (5.38%) Gradle
18 30 (5.21%) SoapUI
General
1 92 (15.97%) Finance
2 64 (11.11%) Banking
3 47 (8.16%) Retail
4 41 (7.12%) Marketing
5 37 (6.42%) Investment Banking
6 20 (3.47%) Front Office
7 16 (2.78%) Telecoms
8 10 (1.74%) Financial Institution
8 10 (1.74%) Publishing
9 8 (1.39%) Legal
9 8 (1.39%) Manufacturing
10 6 (1.04%) Games
11 4 (0.69%) Advertising
12 2 (0.35%) French Language
13 1 (0.17%) Automotive
13 1 (0.17%) Back Office
13 1 (0.17%) Dutch Language
13 1 (0.17%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 366 (63.54%) Developer
2 199 (34.55%) Java Developer
3 53 (9.20%) Senior Developer
4 35 (6.08%) Senior Java Developer
5 34 (5.90%) DevOps Engineer
6 24 (4.17%) Software Engineer
7 21 (3.65%) Front-End Developer
8 20 (3.47%) Java/J2EE Developer
9 19 (3.30%) Tester
10 15 (2.60%) Architect
11 14 (2.43%) Lead Developer
11 14 (2.43%) Senior DevOps Engineer
12 13 (2.26%) Administrator
13 12 (2.08%) Software Developer
13 12 (2.08%) Author
13 12 (2.08%) Technical Author
13 12 (2.08%) Android Developer
13 12 (2.08%) Release Engineer
14 11 (1.91%) Consultant
15 10 (1.74%) Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 245 (42.53%) XML
2 188 (32.64%) HTML
3 181 (31.42%) Spring
4 162 (28.13%) Web Services
5 147 (25.52%) J2EE
6 130 (22.57%) SOAP
7 117 (20.31%) CSS
8 100 (17.36%) JSP
9 90 (15.63%) Ajax
10 84 (14.58%) REST
11 83 (14.41%) Hibernate
12 78 (13.54%) JSON
13 77 (13.37%) JDBC
14 65 (11.28%) XSLT
15 58 (10.07%) HTML5
16 56 (9.72%) RESTful
17 55 (9.55%) XSD
17 55 (9.55%) jQuery
18 53 (9.20%) JMS
19 50 (8.68%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 59 (10.24%) Analytical Skills
2 39 (6.77%) Derivative
3 34 (5.90%) Open Source
4 30 (5.21%) Social Media
5 29 (5.03%) iPad
6 28 (4.86%) Computer Science
7 21 (3.65%) Enterprise Software
8 18 (3.13%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 16 (2.78%) User Experience
10 9 (1.56%) Taxonomies
10 9 (1.56%) Web 2.0
11 7 (1.22%) Cryptography
11 7 (1.22%) Client/Server
11 7 (1.22%) W3C
11 7 (1.22%) Management Information System
11 7 (1.22%) Market Risk
11 7 (1.22%) Inversion of Control
11 7 (1.22%) Algorithms
12 6 (1.04%) Data Structures
12 6 (1.04%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 265 (46.01%) Linux
2 217 (37.67%) UNIX
3 84 (14.58%) Windows
4 28 (4.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 25 (4.34%) Solaris
6 22 (3.82%) Android
7 15 (2.60%) AIX
8 14 (2.43%) Apple iOS
9 5 (0.87%) HPUX
10 4 (0.69%) Ubuntu
11 3 (0.52%) VMS
12 2 (0.35%) zOS
12 2 (0.35%) CentOS
13 1 (0.17%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 298 (51.74%) Agile Software Development
2 193 (33.51%) Continuous Integration
3 157 (27.26%) TDD
4 146 (25.35%) Scrum
5 106 (18.40%) OO
6 86 (14.93%) MVC
6 86 (14.93%) Content Management
7 83 (14.41%) Configuration Management
8 72 (12.50%) Unit Testing
9 71 (12.33%) BDD
10 68 (11.81%) SOA
11 59 (10.24%) E-Commerce
12 57 (9.90%) Software Engineering
13 53 (9.20%) Waterfall
14 49 (8.51%) UML
15 47 (8.16%) DevOps
16 38 (6.60%) User Stories
16 38 (6.60%) OOD
16 38 (6.60%) Use Case
17 35 (6.08%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 427 (74.13%) Java
2 190 (32.99%) SQL
3 180 (31.25%) JavaScript
4 96 (16.67%) Perl
5 83 (14.41%) Python
6 50 (8.68%) Groovy
7 44 (7.64%) Shell Script
8 43 (7.47%) PL/SQL
9 42 (7.29%) C
10 37 (6.42%) C++
11 36 (6.25%) PowerShell
12 32 (5.56%) XPath
12 32 (5.56%) Bash Shell
13 31 (5.38%) C#
14 24 (4.17%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
15 23 (3.99%) PHP
16 19 (3.30%) Ruby
17 18 (3.13%) XQuery
18 15 (2.60%) Lua
18 15 (2.60%) Scala
Qualifications
1 99 (17.19%) Security Cleared
2 53 (9.20%) SC Cleared
3 39 (6.77%) Degree
4 31 (5.38%) Sun Certification
5 30 (5.21%) DV Cleared
6 13 (2.26%) OCPJP
7 10 (1.74%) ISTQB
8 9 (1.56%) ITIL Certification
8 9 (1.56%) ISEB
9 8 (1.39%) Oracle Certification
10 1 (0.17%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 1 (0.17%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (0.17%) CCNP
10 1 (0.17%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (3.30%) QA
2 5 (0.87%) SLA
2 5 (0.87%) WCAG
3 1 (0.17%) WAI
3 1 (0.17%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 5 (0.87%) Oracle RAC
2 4 (0.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (0.52%) Docker
4 1 (0.17%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.17%) vSphere
4 1 (0.17%) Dovecot
4 1 (0.17%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 34 (5.90%) Puppet
2 28 (4.86%) Opscode Chef
3 18 (3.13%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 16 (2.78%) Oracle Identity Management
5 13 (2.26%) HP Quality Center
6 10 (1.74%) Vagrant
7 8 (1.39%) Control-M
8 7 (1.22%) Ansible
9 5 (0.87%) OpenView
10 4 (0.69%) ITRS Geneos
11 3 (0.52%) Nagios
11 3 (0.52%) TIBCO Hawk
12 1 (0.17%) ZABBIX
12 1 (0.17%) CFEngine
12 1 (0.17%) Cobbler
12 1 (0.17%) logstash
12 1 (0.17%) Salt
12 1 (0.17%) Kibana
12 1 (0.17%) OpenAM
Vendors
1 201 (34.90%) Oracle
2 39 (6.77%) IBM
2 39 (6.77%) Perforce
3 30 (5.21%) ATG
3 30 (5.21%) Endeca
4 24 (4.17%) Sybase
5 21 (3.65%) Sun
5 21 (3.65%) Red Hat
6 17 (2.95%) Atlassian
7 14 (2.43%) Google
7 14 (2.43%) Microsoft
8 12 (2.08%) VMware
9 10 (1.74%) Adobe
9 10 (1.74%) HP
10 8 (1.39%) Informatica
11 7 (1.22%) Salesforce.com
12 6 (1.04%) FatWire
13 5 (0.87%) Interwoven
13 5 (0.87%) Guidewire
14 4 (0.69%) AccuRev
London
Real Staffing
Rate: £500 - £650 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Austin Fraser
Rate: £0.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Southampton, Hampshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: Market
Posted: 2 days ago
West Midlands
TEKsystems
Rate: £400 - £470 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Edissero Ltd
Rate: £Competitive - on application
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £650 - £750 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
North Wales
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + doe
Posted: 7 days ago
Liverpool
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + doe
Posted: 7 days ago
Hampshire
Synergize Consulting
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 8 days ago
Hampshire
Synergize Consulting
Posted: 9 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
Edinburgh
Claremont Consulting Limited
Rate: £400 - £430 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
Leeds
Real Staffing
Rate: £330 - £380 per day + competitive
Posted: 20 days ago