The 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 1 May 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
1 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Association for Payment Clearing Services (APACS)
Rank 595 583 547
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -36
Contract jobs citing APACS 5 12 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.009% 0.022% 0.014%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.030% 0.071% 0.046%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 7 2
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£525 £423 £273
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+24.26% +55.04%
UK excluding London average daily rate - £423 £273
% change year-on-year
- +55.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

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

Miscellaneous Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Miscellaneous category
16926 16915 15102
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 30.33% 31.05% 31.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 10398 10470 9012
Average daily rate £425 £405 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.93% -4.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £235 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 646 656 657
Average hourly rate £19.00 £22.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.63% -2.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.91 £12.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.60 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £21.50
% change year-on-year
-11.11% +4.65%

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 6 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 1 May 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
England -14 5 £525 +24.26% 1
City of London +4 3 £525 -
London -1 3 £525 -
South East -11 2 - - 1
Milton Keynes -8 1 - -
Buckinghamshire -11 1 - -

APACS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 May 2015, 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 5 (55.56%) EMV
1 5 (55.56%) WorldPay
2 4 (44.44%) EPoS
2 4 (44.44%) EFT
2 4 (44.44%) ATM
2 4 (44.44%) ISO 8583
3 3 (33.33%) E-Commerce
3 3 (33.33%) Mobile Commerce
3 3 (33.33%) Sage
3 3 (33.33%) Chip and PIN
3 3 (33.33%) Sage Pay
3 3 (33.33%) Elavon
3 3 (33.33%) Ingenico
3 3 (33.33%) Wincor Nixdorf
3 3 (33.33%) VocaLink
3 3 (33.33%) TSYS
3 3 (33.33%) VeriFone
4 2 (22.22%) QA
4 2 (22.22%) Performance Testing
4 2 (22.22%) BASE24
4 2 (22.22%) EFTPOS
4 2 (22.22%) Smartcard
4 2 (22.22%) SAS
4 2 (22.22%) Tandem
5 1 (11.11%) Service Delivery
5 1 (11.11%) BancTec
5 1 (11.11%) Finance
5 1 (11.11%) Scrum
5 1 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (11.11%) Banking

APACS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 2015, 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 2 (22.22%) SAS
Applications
1 1 (11.11%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 2 (22.22%) BASE24
Cloud Services
1 3 (33.33%) Sage Pay
Communications & Networking
1 4 (44.44%) ATM
2 1 (11.11%) SWIFTNet
Development Applications
1 1 (11.11%) JIRA
1 1 (11.11%) Axure RP
General
1 1 (11.11%) Finance
1 1 (11.11%) Banking
1 1 (11.11%) Retail
Job Titles
1 3 (33.33%) Tester
2 2 (22.22%) Developer
3 1 (11.11%) Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Test Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Senior Business Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Senior Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Software Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Embedded Software Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Business Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Lead Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (11.11%) XML
1 1 (11.11%) XML Schema
1 1 (11.11%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 5 (55.56%) EMV
2 4 (44.44%) EPoS
2 4 (44.44%) EFT
3 3 (33.33%) Chip and PIN
4 2 (22.22%) EFTPOS
4 2 (22.22%) Smartcard
4 2 (22.22%) Tandem
5 1 (11.11%) Cryptography
5 1 (11.11%) CCTV
5 1 (11.11%) Reference Data
5 1 (11.11%) User Experience
5 1 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (33.33%) E-Commerce
1 3 (33.33%) Mobile Commerce
2 2 (22.22%) Performance Testing
3 1 (11.11%) Service Delivery
3 1 (11.11%) Scrum
3 1 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (11.11%) Software Engineering
3 1 (11.11%) QMS
3 1 (11.11%) Data Entry
3 1 (11.11%) Requirements Engineering
3 1 (11.11%) Waterfall
3 1 (11.11%) Test Strategy
3 1 (11.11%) User Stories
3 1 (11.11%) Coaching
3 1 (11.11%) Stakeholder Analysis
3 1 (11.11%) Software Delivery
Programming Languages
1 1 (11.11%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (11.11%) ISEB
1 1 (11.11%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (44.44%) ISO 8583
2 2 (22.22%) QA
3 1 (11.11%) SLA
Vendors
1 5 (55.56%) WorldPay
2 3 (33.33%) Sage
2 3 (33.33%) Elavon
2 3 (33.33%) Ingenico
2 3 (33.33%) Wincor Nixdorf
2 3 (33.33%) VocaLink
2 3 (33.33%) TSYS
2 3 (33.33%) VeriFone
3 1 (11.11%) BancTec
3 1 (11.11%) HP