The table below looks at the statistics for the Applications Specialist role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Applications Specialist in their job title over the 3 months to 8 February 2016 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
8 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Application Specialist
Rank 589 556 515
Rank change year-on-year
-33 -41
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Specialist 39 53 67
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.076% 0.10% 0.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.080% 0.11% 0.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 29 39
Average daily rate £420 £400 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £265 £267
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £530 £484
UK excluding London average daily rate £381 £425 £350
% change year-on-year
-10.29% +21.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 5
Average hourly rate £18.50 £27.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-32.72% +57.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.60 £20.35 £14.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.88 £30.00 £37.06
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.63 £21.68 £14.25
% change year-on-year
-4.84% +52.10%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
48598 48731 45782
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.48% 94.46% 94.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 31271 30416 27107
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £238 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1757 1902 2013
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.72 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.66% -4.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

Applications Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Applications Specialist in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Applications Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Applications Specialist
Daily Rate Trend

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

Applications Specialist Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Applications Specialist
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Applications Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 8 February 2016.

Applications Specialist Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Applications Specialist
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Applications Specialist Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Applications Specialist
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 Applications Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 8 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -28 36 £433 +8.12% 25
London +3 13 £500 +30.71% 8
South East -7 10 £300 -29.41% 9
West Sussex +7 5 £300 - 3
City of London +44 4 £550 +46.66% 5
East Midlands -7 4 £381 +3.04%
North West -17 4 £425 +6.25%
Crawley - 4 £300 - 3
South West +2 3 £313 +64.47% 3
Scotland - 3 £420 - 1
Manchester - 3 £425 -
Northampton +10 2 £381 -10.29%
Northamptonshire +8 2 £381 -10.29%
Bristol +2 2 - - 1
Surrey -1 2 £440 +95.55% 1
Buckinghamshire - 2 £444 - 3
Nottinghamshire - 2 - -
Milton Keynes - 2 £444 -
West Dunbartonshire - 2 £420 -
Clydebank - 2 £420 -
Essex - 1 £300 -
Glasgow - 1 £400 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 £350 -
North East - 1 £350 -
East of England - 1 £300 - 2
Chester - 1 - -
Harlow - 1 £300 -
Slough - 1 - -
Tyne and Wear - 1 £350 -
Cheshire - 1 - -

Applications Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Applications Specialist in their job title 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 with Applications Specialist in their job title.

1 35 (34.31%) SQL
2 33 (32.35%) Windows
3 28 (27.45%) Finance
3 28 (27.45%) Banking
4 21 (20.59%) Linux
5 19 (18.63%) Oracle
6 17 (16.67%) ITIL
7 16 (15.69%) Windows Server
8 15 (14.71%) Microsoft
9 14 (13.73%) Unix
10 12 (11.76%) WebSphere
10 12 (11.76%) WebSphere Application Server
11 11 (10.78%) SQL Server
11 11 (10.78%) Active Directory
11 11 (10.78%) IBM
11 11 (10.78%) SCCM
11 11 (10.78%) Security Cleared
12 10 (9.80%) Microsoft App-V
12 10 (9.80%) Middleware
12 10 (9.80%) Citrix
13 9 (8.82%) BusinessObjects
13 9 (8.82%) Windows Server 2003
13 9 (8.82%) MS Excel
13 9 (8.82%) J2EE
13 9 (8.82%) Migration
13 9 (8.82%) PowerShell
13 9 (8.82%) Windows Server 2012
13 9 (8.82%) Analytical Skills
14 8 (7.84%) Windows Server 2008
14 8 (7.84%) SC Cleared

Applications Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Applications Specialist in their job title 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 with Applications Specialist in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 12 (11.76%) WebSphere
1 12 (11.76%) WebSphere Application Server
2 6 (5.88%) SharePoint
3 4 (3.92%) Apache
3 4 (3.92%) IIS
3 4 (3.92%) WebSphere Portal
3 4 (3.92%) WebSphere Process Server
4 3 (2.94%) IBM HTTP Server
4 3 (2.94%) MS Exchange
4 3 (2.94%) Mule
4 3 (2.94%) WebLogic
5 2 (1.96%) CICS
5 2 (1.96%) Confluence
5 2 (1.96%) Documentum
5 2 (1.96%) JBoss
5 2 (1.96%) LiveLink
5 2 (1.96%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.98%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 1 (0.98%) IBM Notes
6 1 (0.98%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 9 (8.82%) MS Excel
2 4 (3.92%) MS Office
3 3 (2.94%) MS Project
4 2 (1.96%) SOLIDWORKS
5 1 (0.98%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.98%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (2.94%) SAP SRM
2 1 (0.98%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.98%) ION MarketView
2 1 (0.98%) Northgate Housing
2 1 (0.98%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.98%) Google Apps
1 1 (0.98%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (0.98%) Office 365
1 1 (0.98%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (7.84%) Firewall
2 5 (4.90%) HTTP
3 4 (3.92%) DHCP
3 4 (3.92%) DNS
3 4 (3.92%) HTTPS
3 4 (3.92%) SSL
4 2 (1.96%) Internet
5 1 (0.98%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 1 (0.98%) Intranet
5 1 (0.98%) LAN
5 1 (0.98%) LDAP
5 1 (0.98%) Multicast
5 1 (0.98%) NetScaler
5 1 (0.98%) Network Security
5 1 (0.98%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.98%) WAN
5 1 (0.98%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (10.78%) SQL Server
2 9 (8.82%) BusinessObjects
3 5 (4.90%) Oracle Database
4 4 (3.92%) Data Mining
5 3 (2.94%) DB2
5 3 (2.94%) MS Access
5 3 (2.94%) MySQL
5 3 (2.94%) SAP BI
5 3 (2.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (1.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.98%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.98%) SQL Server 2005
7 1 (0.98%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 3 (2.94%) JIRA
1 3 (2.94%) MSI
1 3 (2.94%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (1.96%) Git (software)
2 2 (1.96%) Introscope
2 2 (1.96%) PHPUnit
2 2 (1.96%) Subversion
2 2 (1.96%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.98%) Ant
3 1 (0.98%) Bugzilla
3 1 (0.98%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.98%) LSMW
3 1 (0.98%) Maven
3 1 (0.98%) Trac
General
1 28 (27.45%) Banking
1 28 (27.45%) Finance
2 6 (5.88%) Investment Banking
2 6 (5.88%) Telecoms
3 3 (2.94%) Retail
4 2 (1.96%) Aerospace
4 2 (1.96%) Law
5 1 (0.98%) Front Office
5 1 (0.98%) Japanese Language
5 1 (0.98%) Legal
5 1 (0.98%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.98%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (9.80%) Middleware
2 9 (8.82%) J2EE
3 8 (7.84%) .NET
4 3 (2.94%) Oracle Fusion
4 3 (2.94%) SAP PI
4 3 (2.94%) SAP XI
4 3 (2.94%) Web Services
5 2 (1.96%) .NET Framework
5 2 (1.96%) Behat
5 2 (1.96%) Doctrine
5 2 (1.96%) EDI
5 2 (1.96%) HTML
5 2 (1.96%) LAMP
5 2 (1.96%) WebSphere MQ
5 2 (1.96%) WinForms
5 2 (1.96%) XML
6 1 (0.98%) CSS
6 1 (0.98%) FIX Protocol
6 1 (0.98%) Java EE
6 1 (0.98%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 9 (8.82%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (3.92%) Data Centre
2 4 (3.92%) DataPower
2 4 (3.92%) Management Information System
3 3 (2.94%) Data Integration
4 2 (1.96%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (1.96%) Equities
4 2 (1.96%) LPAR
4 2 (1.96%) Statistics
5 1 (0.98%) AS400
5 1 (0.98%) Biometrics
5 1 (0.98%) Computer Science
5 1 (0.98%) Data Conversion
5 1 (0.98%) Fixed Income
5 1 (0.98%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (0.98%) Google Search Appliance
5 1 (0.98%) Hedge funds
5 1 (0.98%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 33 (32.35%) Windows
2 21 (20.59%) Linux
3 16 (15.69%) Windows Server
4 14 (13.73%) Unix
5 9 (8.82%) Windows Server 2003
5 9 (8.82%) Windows Server 2012
6 8 (7.84%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (6.86%) AIX
8 6 (5.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 5 (4.90%) Oracle Linux
10 4 (3.92%) Windows 7
10 4 (3.92%) Windows 8
11 3 (2.94%) CentOS
11 3 (2.94%) Windows XP
12 2 (1.96%) Solaris
12 2 (1.96%) zOS
13 1 (0.98%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.98%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.98%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (16.67%) ITIL
2 9 (8.82%) Migration
3 7 (6.86%) SDLC
4 6 (5.88%) Problem Management
4 6 (5.88%) Risk Management
4 6 (5.88%) Security Testing
5 5 (4.90%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (4.90%) Change Management
5 5 (4.90%) Incident Management
5 5 (4.90%) Performance Tuning
5 5 (4.90%) Project Management
5 5 (4.90%) Software Engineering
5 5 (4.90%) UML
5 5 (4.90%) User Acceptance Testing
6 4 (3.92%) Analytics
6 4 (3.92%) Change Control
6 4 (3.92%) Information Security
6 4 (3.92%) Non-Functional Testing
6 4 (3.92%) Service Management
6 4 (3.92%) Web Application Development
Programming Languages
1 35 (34.31%) SQL
2 9 (8.82%) PowerShell
3 8 (7.84%) Java
4 5 (4.90%) JavaScript
4 5 (4.90%) Shell Script
5 4 (3.92%) C#
5 4 (3.92%) Perl
6 3 (2.94%) ABAP
6 3 (2.94%) PHP
6 3 (2.94%) PL/SQL
7 2 (1.96%) Bash Shell
7 2 (1.96%) Jython
7 2 (1.96%) PHP 5
7 2 (1.96%) Python
7 2 (1.96%) T-SQL
7 2 (1.96%) VB
7 2 (1.96%) VB6
8 1 (0.98%) AppleScript
8 1 (0.98%) VBA
Qualifications
1 11 (10.78%) Security Cleared
2 8 (7.84%) SC Cleared
3 5 (4.90%) Citrix Certification
3 5 (4.90%) Microsoft Certification
4 4 (3.92%) Degree
4 4 (3.92%) MCITP
4 4 (3.92%) MCSE
5 3 (2.94%) ITIL Certification
6 2 (1.96%) CCAA
6 2 (1.96%) CCEE
7 1 (0.98%) CCA
7 1 (0.98%) CCEA
7 1 (0.98%) CISM
7 1 (0.98%) CISSP
7 1 (0.98%) ISEB
7 1 (0.98%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.96%) SLA
2 1 (0.98%) GxP
2 1 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.98%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.98%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 11 (10.78%) Active Directory
2 10 (9.80%) Microsoft App-V
3 3 (2.94%) XenApp
3 3 (2.94%) XenDesktop
4 2 (1.96%) Terminal Server
4 2 (1.96%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.98%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.98%) MetaFrame
5 1 (0.98%) VMware ESX
5 1 (0.98%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.98%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 11 (10.78%) SCCM
2 4 (3.92%) SCOM
3 2 (1.96%) CA Wily
4 1 (0.98%) ITRS Geneos
4 1 (0.98%) Nagios
4 1 (0.98%) NetBackup
4 1 (0.98%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 1 (0.98%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 19 (18.63%) Oracle
2 15 (14.71%) Microsoft
3 11 (10.78%) IBM
4 10 (9.80%) Citrix
5 6 (5.88%) Red Hat
5 6 (5.88%) SAP
6 4 (3.92%) VMware
7 3 (2.94%) Baan
7 3 (2.94%) F5
7 3 (2.94%) Hyperion
7 3 (2.94%) MuleSoft
7 3 (2.94%) ServiceNow
8 2 (1.96%) AppDynamics
8 2 (1.96%) CA
8 2 (1.96%) Google
8 2 (1.96%) OpenText
8 2 (1.96%) SolarWinds
8 2 (1.96%) Splunk
8 2 (1.96%) Zend
9 1 (0.98%) Infor
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