The first table below looks at the prevalence of the term APACS in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited APACS over the 3 months to 31 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all terms in our Miscellaneous category.

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
31 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Association for Payment Clearing Services (APACS)
Rank 583 565 577
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +12
Contract jobs citing APACS 11 5 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.020% 0.010% 0.012%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.080% 0.037% 0.049%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 0 5
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£500 - £275
UK excluding London average daily rate £500 - £275
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Miscellaneous Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Miscellaneous category
13803 13390 14249
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 25.23% 26.19% 24.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 8349 8099 8176
Average daily rate £413 £425 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £235 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
- +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 567 599 792
Average hourly rate £20.50 £22.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.81% -12.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.42 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.00 £21.00 £25.73
% change year-on-year
- -18.38%

APACS
Jobs Demand Trend

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

APACS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

APACS
Daily Rate Trend

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

APACS Daily Rate Trend in the UK

APACS
Hourly Rate Trend

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

APACS Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

APACS
Top 8 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing APACS within the UK over the 3 months to 31 July 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 -21 11 £500 - 1
London +21 5 - - 1
Manchester - - - -
Oldham - - - -
Watford - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -
North West - - - -
East of England - - - -

APACS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing APACS 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 APACS.

1 10 (43.48%) Retail
2 9 (39.13%) Finance
3 8 (34.78%) EMV
3 8 (34.78%) EFT
3 8 (34.78%) Banking
4 7 (30.43%) SWIFT
4 7 (30.43%) Java
4 7 (30.43%) UML
4 7 (30.43%) E-Commerce
4 7 (30.43%) ISO 8583
4 7 (30.43%) Retail Banking
5 6 (26.09%) Business Analysis
5 6 (26.09%) GAP Analysis
5 6 (26.09%) Tandem
5 6 (26.09%) Migration
5 6 (26.09%) BASE24
5 6 (26.09%) SSADM
5 6 (26.09%) DSDM
5 6 (26.09%) C++
5 6 (26.09%) Business Transformation
5 6 (26.09%) Requirements Analysis
5 6 (26.09%) User Acceptance Testing
5 6 (26.09%) Performance Testing
5 6 (26.09%) Data Migration
5 6 (26.09%) Business Process Improvement
6 5 (21.74%) Test Scripting
6 5 (21.74%) System Testing
6 5 (21.74%) Base SAS
6 5 (21.74%) Test Strategy
6 5 (21.74%) SAS

APACS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing APACS 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 APACS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 5 (21.74%) SAS
2 1 (4.35%) BizTalk Server
Business Applications
1 6 (26.09%) BASE24
Cloud Services
1 2 (8.70%) SaaS
1 2 (8.70%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (8.70%) ATM
1 2 (8.70%) Firewall
2 1 (4.35%) NFC
2 1 (4.35%) ISDN
2 1 (4.35%) ADSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (21.74%) Base SAS
Development Applications
1 4 (17.39%) Rational Rose
General
1 10 (43.48%) Retail
2 9 (39.13%) Finance
3 8 (34.78%) Banking
4 7 (30.43%) Retail Banking
5 2 (8.70%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 7 (30.43%) Business Analyst
1 7 (30.43%) Analyst
2 6 (26.09%) Senior Business Analyst
2 6 (26.09%) Senior Analyst
2 6 (26.09%) Payments Business Analyst
3 5 (21.74%) Tester
3 5 (21.74%) Developer
4 3 (13.04%) Software Developer
5 2 (8.70%) Project Manager
5 2 (8.70%) Java Developer
6 1 (4.35%) Technical Designer
6 1 (4.35%) Delivery Manager
6 1 (4.35%) UAT Test Manager
6 1 (4.35%) Designer
6 1 (4.35%) UAT Manager
6 1 (4.35%) Test Manager
6 1 (4.35%) Support Engineer
6 1 (4.35%) Solutions Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.35%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 8 (34.78%) EFT
1 8 (34.78%) EMV
2 7 (30.43%) SWIFT
3 6 (26.09%) Tandem
4 4 (17.39%) Mobile Payment
5 2 (8.70%) EPoS
5 2 (8.70%) Chip and PIN
5 2 (8.70%) EFTPOS
5 2 (8.70%) Smartcard
6 1 (4.35%) Device Driver
Operating Systems
1 2 (8.70%) UNIX
1 2 (8.70%) Windows
1 2 (8.70%) Linux
2 1 (4.35%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (30.43%) UML
1 7 (30.43%) E-Commerce
2 6 (26.09%) SSADM
2 6 (26.09%) DSDM
2 6 (26.09%) GAP Analysis
2 6 (26.09%) Migration
2 6 (26.09%) Business Analysis
2 6 (26.09%) Requirements Analysis
2 6 (26.09%) User Acceptance Testing
2 6 (26.09%) Performance Testing
2 6 (26.09%) Data Migration
2 6 (26.09%) Business Process Improvement
2 6 (26.09%) Business Transformation
3 5 (21.74%) Test Strategy
3 5 (21.74%) Test Scripting
3 5 (21.74%) System Testing
3 5 (21.74%) Project Management
4 3 (13.04%) Stakeholder Management
4 3 (13.04%) OOP
4 3 (13.04%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 7 (30.43%) Java
2 6 (26.09%) C++
Qualifications
1 2 (8.70%) PMP
1 2 (8.70%) PMI Certification
2 1 (4.35%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (30.43%) ISO 8583
2 2 (8.70%) PCI DSS
3 1 (4.35%) QA
System Software
1 2 (8.70%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 1 (4.35%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (8.70%) Sage
1 2 (8.70%) CheckPoint
1 2 (8.70%) VMware
1 2 (8.70%) Wincor Nixdorf
1 2 (8.70%) TSYS
2 1 (4.35%) VeriFone
2 1 (4.35%) SAP
2 1 (4.35%) HP
2 1 (4.35%) Cognizant
2 1 (4.35%) VocaLink