The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Applications Specialist featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 29 July 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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.

3 months to
29 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Application Specialist
Rank 577 578 587
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +9
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Specialist 84 71 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.16% 0.12% 0.084%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.16% 0.13% 0.089%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 45 23
Median daily rate £425 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £292 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £543 £565 £514
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £378 £355
% change year-on-year
+5.96% +6.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 4
Median hourly rate - - £24.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £19.00

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
51031 54127 51833
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.75% 94.79% 94.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 33206 34317 31392
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1549 2019 2086
Median hourly rate £17.00 £16.60 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% +0.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.16 £16.25
% change year-on-year
+2.10% -0.55%

Applications Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Applications Specialist in the job title.

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 29 July 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Applications Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 29 July 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +11 79 £425 +6.25% 15
London +2 35 £469 +13.63% 6
North West +9 12 £490 +26.04% 1
South East +6 12 £438 +34.61% 4
East of England +24 9 £425 -1.73% 2
Hampshire +7 9 £438 -2.77% 2
Manchester +4 7 £490 +29.80%
Essex - 7 £413 -
South West - 6 £308 - 1
Scotland +4 5 £420 - 1
City of London +50 4 £500 - 3
Yorkshire -2 4 £225 -
Winchester -3 4 £438 -2.77%
Colchester - 3 £425 -
Gloucester - 3 £280 -
Cheshire - 3 - -
Gloucestershire - 3 £280 -
West Dunbartonshire - 3 £420 -
Clydebank - 3 £420 -
Edinburgh -2 2 £325 - 1
West Yorkshire -4 2 £225 -
South Yorkshire - 2 - -
Oxford - 2 - -
Sheffield - 2 - -
Oxfordshire - 2 - -
Cambridge +17 1 - -
Cambridgeshire +16 1 - -
Reading +7 1 - -
Berkshire +2 1 - -
Birmingham -11 1 £325 -

Applications Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 2016, Applications Specialist contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Applications Specialist in the job title.

1 43 (28.29%) Windows
2 37 (24.34%) Finance
3 35 (23.03%) SQL
4 34 (22.37%) Java
5 30 (19.74%) Linux
6 29 (19.08%) SQL Server
7 27 (17.76%) Migration
8 26 (17.11%) Oracle
9 24 (15.79%) Microsoft
10 23 (15.13%) Banking
11 22 (14.47%) Active Directory
12 21 (13.82%) .NET
13 20 (13.16%) Windows Server 2012
13 20 (13.16%) Windows Server
14 19 (12.50%) IBM
14 19 (12.50%) Firewall
15 17 (11.18%) Data Centre
16 16 (10.53%) VMware
16 16 (10.53%) WebSphere
16 16 (10.53%) Citrix
17 15 (9.87%) Windows Server 2003
17 15 (9.87%) Unix
17 15 (9.87%) MS Excel
18 14 (9.21%) JavaScript
19 13 (8.55%) WebSphere Application Server
19 13 (8.55%) XML
19 13 (8.55%) Hyper-V
20 12 (7.89%) HTML
20 12 (7.89%) ITIL
21 11 (7.24%) Microsoft App-V

Applications Specialist Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 16 (10.53%) WebSphere
2 13 (8.55%) WebSphere Application Server
3 9 (5.92%) IIS
3 9 (5.92%) SharePoint
4 7 (4.61%) IBM HTTP Server
5 6 (3.95%) Apache
5 6 (3.95%) Tomcat
6 5 (3.29%) WebSphere Portal
7 4 (2.63%) JBoss
8 3 (1.97%) Apache Solr
8 3 (1.97%) GlassFish
8 3 (1.97%) iPlanet
8 3 (1.97%) Oracle HTTP Server
8 3 (1.97%) WebLogic
8 3 (1.97%) WebSphere Process Server
9 2 (1.32%) Alfresco
9 2 (1.32%) FileNet
9 2 (1.32%) Oracle Workflow
9 2 (1.32%) SharePoint 2010
9 2 (1.32%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 15 (9.87%) MS Excel
2 7 (4.61%) MS Office
3 1 (0.66%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 5 (3.29%) HFM
1 5 (3.29%) Hyperion Planning
2 4 (2.63%) Oracle EBS R12
2 4 (2.63%) Oracle ERP
3 3 (1.97%) ION MarketView
4 2 (1.32%) assyst
4 2 (1.32%) Cognos TM1
4 2 (1.32%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (1.32%) Oracle BPM
4 2 (1.32%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (1.32%) PeopleSoft Financials
4 2 (1.32%) Primavera
5 1 (0.66%) Magento
5 1 (0.66%) Maximo
5 1 (0.66%) Northgate Housing
5 1 (0.66%) Oracle Payroll
5 1 (0.66%) SAP HCM
5 1 (0.66%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 9 (5.92%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.32%) Office 365
3 1 (0.66%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 19 (12.50%) Firewall
2 6 (3.95%) HTTP
2 6 (3.95%) HTTPS
3 5 (3.29%) SSL
4 4 (2.63%) DHCP
4 4 (2.63%) NetScaler
5 3 (1.97%) DNS
5 3 (1.97%) Intranet
5 3 (1.97%) IPv6
5 3 (1.97%) OpenLDAP
5 3 (1.97%) Wireshark
6 2 (1.32%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 2 (1.32%) Internet
6 2 (1.32%) LDAP
6 2 (1.32%) Network Security
6 2 (1.32%) SNMP
7 1 (0.66%) LAN
7 1 (0.66%) TCP/IP
7 1 (0.66%) VLAN
7 1 (0.66%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (19.08%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (1.97%) Big Data
3 3 (1.97%) Hadoop
3 3 (1.97%) MySQL
3 3 (1.97%) Oracle BI EE
3 3 (1.97%) Oracle Database
3 3 (1.97%) PostgreSQL
3 3 (1.97%) Relational Database
3 3 (1.97%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (1.32%) Crystal Reports
4 2 (1.32%) Data Mining
4 2 (1.32%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.32%) Spotfire
5 1 (0.66%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (0.66%) EDRMS
5 1 (0.66%) GIS
5 1 (0.66%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.66%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.66%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 6 (3.95%) Introscope
2 4 (2.63%) AppScan
3 2 (1.32%) PeopleTools
3 2 (1.32%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.66%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.66%) InstallShield
4 1 (0.66%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.66%) LSMW
4 1 (0.66%) Mercurial
4 1 (0.66%) MSI
4 1 (0.66%) Oracle Forms
4 1 (0.66%) Subversion
General
1 37 (24.34%) Finance
2 23 (15.13%) Banking
3 6 (3.95%) Law
4 4 (2.63%) Front Office
4 4 (2.63%) Legal
5 3 (1.97%) Advertising
5 3 (1.97%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.66%) Back Office
6 1 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (13.82%) .NET
2 13 (8.55%) XML
3 12 (7.89%) HTML
4 10 (6.58%) J2EE
4 10 (6.58%) Middleware
5 6 (3.95%) CSS
6 5 (3.29%) Java EE
6 5 (3.29%) JSON
7 3 (1.97%) .NET Framework
7 3 (1.97%) ActiveMQ
7 3 (1.97%) Hibernate
7 3 (1.97%) HTML5
7 3 (1.97%) LAPP Stack
7 3 (1.97%) Struts
7 3 (1.97%) Web Services
8 2 (1.32%) ASP.NET
8 2 (1.32%) JMS
8 2 (1.32%) jQuery
8 2 (1.32%) Spring
8 2 (1.32%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 17 (11.18%) Data Centre
2 8 (5.26%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 6 (3.95%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (2.63%) Clustering
4 4 (2.63%) Fat Client
4 4 (2.63%) Thin Client
5 3 (1.97%) DataPower
5 3 (1.97%) Management Information System
5 3 (1.97%) Mobile App
5 3 (1.97%) Private Cloud
6 2 (1.32%) CMDB
6 2 (1.32%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 2 (1.32%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (1.32%) Equities
6 2 (1.32%) Hedge funds
6 2 (1.32%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.66%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.66%) Data Conversion
7 1 (0.66%) FMCG
7 1 (0.66%) Online Gambling
Operating Systems
1 43 (28.29%) Windows
2 30 (19.74%) Linux
3 20 (13.16%) Windows Server
3 20 (13.16%) Windows Server 2012
4 15 (9.87%) Unix
4 15 (9.87%) Windows Server 2003
5 10 (6.58%) SUSE
6 9 (5.92%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (4.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (1.97%) AIX
8 3 (1.97%) Android
8 3 (1.97%) Apple iOS
8 3 (1.97%) CentOS
8 3 (1.97%) Windows 10
8 3 (1.97%) Windows 7
9 2 (1.32%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.66%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.66%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (17.76%) Migration
2 12 (7.89%) ITIL
3 10 (6.58%) Problem Management
4 8 (5.26%) Agile Software Development
4 8 (5.26%) Incident Management
5 7 (4.61%) Analytics
5 7 (4.61%) Electronic Trading
6 5 (3.29%) Application Packaging
6 5 (3.29%) BPMN
6 5 (3.29%) Change Management
6 5 (3.29%) Information Security
6 5 (3.29%) Penetration Testing
6 5 (3.29%) Root Cause Analysis
6 5 (3.29%) Security Testing
6 5 (3.29%) Software Engineering
6 5 (3.29%) Stakeholder Management
6 5 (3.29%) Technical Architecture
6 5 (3.29%) UML
6 5 (3.29%) Web Application Development
6 5 (3.29%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 35 (23.03%) SQL
2 34 (22.37%) Java
3 14 (9.21%) JavaScript
4 10 (6.58%) Perl
5 7 (4.61%) PHP
5 7 (4.61%) T-SQL
6 6 (3.95%) C#
6 6 (3.95%) PowerShell
6 6 (3.95%) Shell Script
7 5 (3.29%) Python
7 5 (3.29%) VBA
8 4 (2.63%) C++
8 4 (2.63%) COBOL
8 4 (2.63%) PL/SQL
9 3 (1.97%) Bash Shell
10 2 (1.32%) C
10 2 (1.32%) Jython
10 2 (1.32%) VBScript
11 1 (0.66%) Ruby
11 1 (0.66%) VB
Qualifications
1 10 (6.58%) Security Cleared
2 6 (3.95%) SC Cleared
3 5 (3.29%) ISEB
4 4 (2.63%) MOS
5 3 (1.97%) DV Cleared
5 3 (1.97%) ISTQB
6 2 (1.32%) CISM
6 2 (1.32%) CISSP
6 2 (1.32%) DBS Check
6 2 (1.32%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.66%) CCA
7 1 (0.66%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (0.66%) Degree
7 1 (0.66%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.29%) SLA
2 1 (0.66%) HL7
2 1 (0.66%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 22 (14.47%) Active Directory
2 13 (8.55%) Hyper-V
3 11 (7.24%) Microsoft App-V
4 7 (4.61%) XenApp
5 6 (3.95%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (1.97%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 3 (1.97%) Docker
7 2 (1.32%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (1.32%) VMware ESX
7 2 (1.32%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (1.32%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.66%) NFS
8 1 (0.66%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.66%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 8 (5.26%) SCCM
2 7 (4.61%) Puppet
2 7 (4.61%) Tivoli
3 6 (3.95%) CA Wily
3 6 (3.95%) HP Fortify
4 4 (2.63%) SCOM
4 4 (2.63%) TADDM
4 4 (2.63%) WebInspect
5 3 (1.97%) Nagios
5 3 (1.97%) ZABBIX
6 1 (0.66%) AirWatch
6 1 (0.66%) Data Guard
6 1 (0.66%) Graphite
6 1 (0.66%) Kibana
6 1 (0.66%) logstash
6 1 (0.66%) Opsview
Vendors
1 26 (17.11%) Oracle
2 24 (15.79%) Microsoft
3 19 (12.50%) IBM
4 16 (10.53%) Citrix
4 16 (10.53%) VMware
5 7 (4.61%) Red Hat
6 6 (3.95%) CA
7 5 (3.29%) AppSense
7 5 (3.29%) F5
7 5 (3.29%) Hyperion
8 4 (2.63%) Cognos
8 4 (2.63%) HP
8 4 (2.63%) iManage
8 4 (2.63%) Veracode
8 4 (2.63%) Wyse
9 3 (1.97%) Cisco
9 3 (1.97%) Cyber-Ark
9 3 (1.97%) ION Trading
9 3 (1.97%) Northgate
10 2 (1.32%) Splunk
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