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 19 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Application Specialist
Rank 553 525 511
Rank change year-on-year
-28 -14
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Specialist 42 57 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.076% 0.11% 0.093%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.083% 0.12% 0.100%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 35 31
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£425 £395 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.59% +4.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £309 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £680 £500 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £263
% change year-on-year
- +52.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 0
Average hourly rate £25.00 £61.85 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-59.57% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 - -

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
50642 47729 46134
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.79% 92.49% 92.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 32228 28770 26034
Average daily rate £400 £400 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2044 2098 2641
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -5.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

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 19 December 2014.

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 19 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 -41 42 £425 +7.59% 14
London -12 13 £500 +41.04% 3
South East -16 11 £400 - 3
City of London +1 6 £400 +11.96% 1
Hampshire -15 4 £375 - 2
South West -19 4 - - 1
Berkshire - 2 £500 - 1
Guildford - 2 - -
Surrey - 2 - -
Yorkshire - 2 £400 - 2
Leeds - 1 £400 - 2
West Yorkshire - 1 £400 - 2
Wiltshire - - - -
Worcestershire - - - -
Warwickshire - - - -
Hull - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - -
East Sussex - - - -
Essex - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -
Lancashire - - - -
Northamptonshire - - - -
South Yorkshire - - - -
Staffordshire - - - -
Luton - - - -
Northampton - - - -
Nuneaton - - - -
Preston - - - -
Reading - - - -

Applications Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, 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 50 (46.73%) Microsoft
2 41 (38.32%) MS Office
3 40 (37.38%) MS Excel
3 40 (37.38%) E-Learning
3 40 (37.38%) MS PowerPoint
3 40 (37.38%) Spreadsheet
4 24 (22.43%) SQL
5 19 (17.76%) Finance
6 16 (14.95%) Windows
7 14 (13.08%) SQL Server
8 12 (11.21%) ITIL
8 12 (11.21%) Web Services
9 11 (10.28%) Oracle
9 11 (10.28%) Linux
9 11 (10.28%) .NET
10 8 (7.48%) WAN
10 8 (7.48%) Security Cleared
11 7 (6.54%) SOA
11 7 (6.54%) Active Directory
11 7 (6.54%) J2EE
11 7 (6.54%) Java
11 7 (6.54%) SOAP
11 7 (6.54%) XML
11 7 (6.54%) Microsoft App-V
11 7 (6.54%) Middleware
12 6 (5.61%) PL/SQL
12 6 (5.61%) Application Packaging
13 5 (4.67%) OWASP
13 5 (4.67%) XenApp
13 5 (4.67%) PCI DSS

Applications Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, 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 5 (4.67%) IIS
2 4 (3.74%) Oracle Service Bus
3 3 (2.80%) WebSphere
3 3 (2.80%) WebSphere Application Server
3 3 (2.80%) WebLogic
4 2 (1.87%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.87%) Tomcat
4 2 (1.87%) AquaLogic
5 1 (0.93%) Liferay
5 1 (0.93%) Node.js
5 1 (0.93%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.93%) WorkSite
5 1 (0.93%) Oracle Coherence
5 1 (0.93%) IBM Notes
5 1 (0.93%) Apache
5 1 (0.93%) CICS
5 1 (0.93%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.93%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 41 (38.32%) MS Office
2 40 (37.38%) MS Excel
2 40 (37.38%) MS PowerPoint
2 40 (37.38%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.93%) Final Cut Pro
Business Applications
1 3 (2.80%) Agresso
2 2 (1.87%) Markit EDM
3 1 (0.93%) SAP GRC
3 1 (0.93%) Temenos T24
3 1 (0.93%) SAP EHS
3 1 (0.93%) FLEXCUBE
3 1 (0.93%) SimCorp Dimension
3 1 (0.93%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.93%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.93%) SaaS
1 1 (0.93%) Amazon EC2
1 1 (0.93%) Amazon S3
1 1 (0.93%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (0.93%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (0.93%) CloudFront
1 1 (0.93%) Route 53
1 1 (0.93%) IaaS
1 1 (0.93%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 8 (7.48%) WAN
2 5 (4.67%) TCP/IP
3 4 (3.74%) LAN
3 4 (3.74%) PBX
3 4 (3.74%) VoIP
3 4 (3.74%) LDAP
3 4 (3.74%) IP Telephony
4 3 (2.80%) FTP
5 2 (1.87%) ISDN
5 2 (1.87%) Asterisk PBX
6 1 (0.93%) OpenLDAP
6 1 (0.93%) Wireshark
6 1 (0.93%) HTTP
6 1 (0.93%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (13.08%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.74%) SQL Server 2008
2 4 (3.74%) Oracle Database
2 4 (3.74%) Oracle ODI
3 3 (2.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (1.87%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (1.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.93%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.93%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.93%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.93%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.93%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.93%) MySQL
5 1 (0.93%) Crystal Reports
5 1 (0.93%) Informix
5 1 (0.93%) Ingres
5 1 (0.93%) Adabas
5 1 (0.93%) IDOL
5 1 (0.93%) UniData
5 1 (0.93%) Easytrieve
Development Applications
1 5 (4.67%) MSI
2 3 (2.80%) Ant
3 1 (0.93%) Maven
3 1 (0.93%) Toad
3 1 (0.93%) AdminStudio
General
1 19 (17.76%) Finance
2 5 (4.67%) Legal
3 4 (3.74%) Telecoms
3 4 (3.74%) Banking
4 2 (1.87%) Retail
4 2 (1.87%) Back Office
4 2 (1.87%) French Language
5 1 (0.93%) Dutch Language
5 1 (0.93%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.93%) Local Government
5 1 (0.93%) Retail Banking
5 1 (0.93%) Financial Institution
5 1 (0.93%) Front Office
5 1 (0.93%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (11.21%) Web Services
2 11 (10.28%) .NET
3 7 (6.54%) J2EE
3 7 (6.54%) SOAP
3 7 (6.54%) XML
3 7 (6.54%) Middleware
4 6 (5.61%) Application Packaging
5 4 (3.74%) WCF
5 4 (3.74%) WF
5 4 (3.74%) AppFabric
6 2 (1.87%) JMS
6 2 (1.87%) JDBC
6 2 (1.87%) HTML
6 2 (1.87%) JNDI
7 1 (0.93%) RESTful
7 1 (0.93%) REST
7 1 (0.93%) Kafka
7 1 (0.93%) Spring
7 1 (0.93%) WSDL
7 1 (0.93%) XML-RPC
Miscellaneous
1 40 (37.38%) E-Learning
2 4 (3.74%) IVR
2 4 (3.74%) SWIFT
3 2 (1.87%) Thin Client
3 2 (1.87%) Derivative
3 2 (1.87%) Fat Client
4 1 (0.93%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (0.93%) iSeries
4 1 (0.93%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (0.93%) CMDB
4 1 (0.93%) Computer Science
4 1 (0.93%) Data Integration
4 1 (0.93%) PKI
4 1 (0.93%) Fixed Income
4 1 (0.93%) Clustering
4 1 (0.93%) Equities
4 1 (0.93%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 16 (14.95%) Windows
2 11 (10.28%) Linux
3 4 (3.74%) UNIX
3 4 (3.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 3 (2.80%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (2.80%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (1.87%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (0.93%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.93%) Mac OS X Server
6 1 (0.93%) AIX
6 1 (0.93%) Windows XP
6 1 (0.93%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (11.21%) ITIL
2 7 (6.54%) SOA
3 5 (4.67%) OWASP
3 5 (4.67%) Incident Management
3 5 (4.67%) Penetration Testing
3 5 (4.67%) Information Security
3 5 (4.67%) Migration
4 4 (3.74%) BCP
4 4 (3.74%) Change Management
4 4 (3.74%) User Acceptance Testing
5 3 (2.80%) Mentoring
5 3 (2.80%) Test Scripting
5 3 (2.80%) Asset Management
5 3 (2.80%) ERP
5 3 (2.80%) Project Management
6 2 (1.87%) Configuration Management
6 2 (1.87%) Workflow
6 2 (1.87%) Business Continuity
6 2 (1.87%) Service Management
6 2 (1.87%) Telemarketing
Programming Languages
1 24 (22.43%) SQL
2 7 (6.54%) Java
3 6 (5.61%) PL/SQL
4 4 (3.74%) C#
4 4 (3.74%) VB
5 3 (2.80%) T-SQL
6 2 (1.87%) Shell Script
6 2 (1.87%) JavaScript
6 2 (1.87%) Perl
6 2 (1.87%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
7 1 (0.93%) C++
7 1 (0.93%) COBOL
7 1 (0.93%) RPG
7 1 (0.93%) UniBasic
7 1 (0.93%) NATURAL
Qualifications
1 8 (7.48%) Security Cleared
2 4 (3.74%) CCNA
2 4 (3.74%) Cisco Certification
2 4 (3.74%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (3.74%) MCSE
2 4 (3.74%) SC Cleared
3 3 (2.80%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.67%) PCI DSS
1 5 (4.67%) SLA
2 4 (3.74%) QA
3 1 (0.93%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 7 (6.54%) Active Directory
1 7 (6.54%) Microsoft App-V
2 5 (4.67%) XenApp
3 1 (0.93%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (0.93%) Apache ZooKeeper
Systems Management
1 4 (3.74%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
2 3 (2.80%) SCCM
3 2 (1.87%) OpenView
4 1 (0.93%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.93%) SCOM
4 1 (0.93%) WMI
4 1 (0.93%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.93%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 50 (46.73%) Microsoft
2 11 (10.28%) Oracle
3 4 (3.74%) Novell
3 4 (3.74%) Cisco
4 3 (2.80%) HP
4 3 (2.80%) Citrix
4 3 (2.80%) Red Hat
5 2 (1.87%) Reuters
5 2 (1.87%) Informatica
5 2 (1.87%) Business Objects
5 2 (1.87%) AppDynamics
6 1 (0.93%) thinkFolio
6 1 (0.93%) jBASE
6 1 (0.93%) SimCorp
6 1 (0.93%) SAP
6 1 (0.93%) Temenos
6 1 (0.93%) Intel
6 1 (0.93%) Ab Initio
6 1 (0.93%) VMware
6 1 (0.93%) AppSense
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