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 29 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Application Specialist
Rank 560 519 528
Rank change year-on-year
-41 +9
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Specialist 46 60 63
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.081% 0.11% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.088% 0.12% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 39 31
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£350 £363 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% -3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £303 £310 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £523 £500 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £331 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.82% -5.50%
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 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
52093 48868 53723
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.10% 92.73% 92.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 31576 29013 30174
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2015 2118 2639
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -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 29 August 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 29 August 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 -33 43 £350 -3.11% 19
London +7 15 £388 -13.88% 7
City of London +15 7 £325 -35.00% 5
South East -27 6 £374 +16.77%
Yorkshire -1 4 £343 -5.51% 1
Hampshire -25 4 £360 +15.20%
Tyne and Wear - 4 - - 1
North East - 4 - - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 4 - - 1
Bristol - 3 £350 -
East Midlands - 3 £300 -
South West - 3 £350 -
West Yorkshire 0 2 - -
Leeds -4 2 - -
Scotland -15 2 £350 -22.22%
Buckinghamshire -3 1 - -
Birmingham -4 1 - - 3
West Midlands -17 1 - - 4
North West - 1 - -
South Yorkshire - 1 £350 -
Berkshire - 1 £388 -
West Lothian - 1 - -
Cheshire - 1 - -
Edinburgh - 1 £350 -
Reading - 1 £388 -
Sheffield - 1 £350 -
Skipton - - - - 1
Slough - - - -
Southampton - - - -
St Helens - - - -

Applications Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 21 (28.38%) SQL
2 20 (27.03%) Finance
3 17 (22.97%) Windows
3 17 (22.97%) Microsoft
4 13 (17.57%) Web Services
4 13 (17.57%) Oracle
5 11 (14.86%) ITIL
6 10 (13.51%) Linux
7 9 (12.16%) XML
8 8 (10.81%) MS Office
8 8 (10.81%) SQL Server
8 8 (10.81%) J2EE
8 8 (10.81%) WebSphere Application Server
8 8 (10.81%) PL/SQL
8 8 (10.81%) SOA
8 8 (10.81%) Migration
8 8 (10.81%) Banking
8 8 (10.81%) WebSphere
8 8 (10.81%) Spreadsheet
9 7 (9.46%) Oracle Service Bus
9 7 (9.46%) MS Excel
9 7 (9.46%) .NET
9 7 (9.46%) Java
10 6 (8.11%) UNIX
10 6 (8.11%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 6 (8.11%) E-Learning
10 6 (8.11%) SC Cleared
10 6 (8.11%) Security Cleared
10 6 (8.11%) MS PowerPoint
10 6 (8.11%) Oracle ODI

Applications Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 8 (10.81%) WebSphere Application Server
1 8 (10.81%) WebSphere
2 7 (9.46%) Oracle Service Bus
3 5 (6.76%) SharePoint
4 4 (5.41%) WebLogic
4 4 (5.41%) Apache
5 3 (4.05%) Node.js
5 3 (4.05%) Oracle Coherence
5 3 (4.05%) Liferay
5 3 (4.05%) WebLogic Portal
6 2 (2.70%) Tomcat
6 2 (2.70%) WorkSite
7 1 (1.35%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (1.35%) IIS
7 1 (1.35%) IBM Notes
7 1 (1.35%) CICS
Applications
1 8 (10.81%) MS Office
1 8 (10.81%) Spreadsheet
2 7 (9.46%) MS Excel
3 6 (8.11%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (4.05%) Agresso
2 2 (2.70%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (1.35%) Markit EDM
3 1 (1.35%) SimCorp Dimension
3 1 (1.35%) LatentZero
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.35%) Amazon ELB
1 1 (1.35%) IaaS
1 1 (1.35%) CloudFront
1 1 (1.35%) Route 53
1 1 (1.35%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (1.35%) Amazon EC2
1 1 (1.35%) Amazon S3
1 1 (1.35%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.35%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (5.41%) LDAP
2 3 (4.05%) FTP
3 2 (2.70%) HTTPS
3 2 (2.70%) Firewall
3 2 (2.70%) NAS
4 1 (1.35%) NetScaler
4 1 (1.35%) Wireshark
4 1 (1.35%) OpenLDAP
4 1 (1.35%) Intranet
4 1 (1.35%) Internet
4 1 (1.35%) HTTP
4 1 (1.35%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (10.81%) SQL Server
2 6 (8.11%) Oracle ODI
3 4 (5.41%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (4.05%) Oracle Database
4 3 (4.05%) Oracle Database 11g
4 3 (4.05%) SQL Server 2005
4 3 (4.05%) MongoDB
5 2 (2.70%) IDOL
6 1 (1.35%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (1.35%) Relational Database
6 1 (1.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (1.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (1.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (1.35%) MySQL
6 1 (1.35%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (1.35%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (1.35%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 1 (1.35%) Maven
1 1 (1.35%) MSI
1 1 (1.35%) AdminStudio
1 1 (1.35%) Ant
1 1 (1.35%) Toad
General
1 20 (27.03%) Finance
2 8 (10.81%) Banking
3 4 (5.41%) Back Office
4 3 (4.05%) French Language
4 3 (4.05%) Legal
5 2 (2.70%) Electronics
5 2 (2.70%) Telecoms
5 2 (2.70%) Financial Institution
5 2 (2.70%) Investment Banking
5 2 (2.70%) Manufacturing
5 2 (2.70%) Publishing
5 2 (2.70%) Marketing
6 1 (1.35%) Advertising
6 1 (1.35%) Retail
6 1 (1.35%) Aerospace
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (17.57%) Web Services
2 9 (12.16%) XML
3 8 (10.81%) J2EE
4 7 (9.46%) .NET
5 5 (6.76%) Middleware
6 4 (5.41%) SOAP
6 4 (5.41%) WSDL
6 4 (5.41%) WCF
6 4 (5.41%) WF
6 4 (5.41%) AppFabric
7 3 (4.05%) Kafka
7 3 (4.05%) Spring
8 2 (2.70%) Application Packaging
9 1 (1.35%) REST
9 1 (1.35%) Java EE
9 1 (1.35%) XML-RPC
Miscellaneous
1 6 (8.11%) E-Learning
2 3 (4.05%) SWIFT
2 3 (4.05%) Mainframe
3 2 (2.70%) DTV
4 1 (1.35%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.35%) PKI
4 1 (1.35%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (1.35%) Fat Client
4 1 (1.35%) CMDB
4 1 (1.35%) iSeries
4 1 (1.35%) Fixed Income
4 1 (1.35%) VAX
4 1 (1.35%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.35%) NHS
4 1 (1.35%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 17 (22.97%) Windows
2 10 (13.51%) Linux
3 6 (8.11%) UNIX
4 5 (6.76%) Windows 7
5 3 (4.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (4.05%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (4.05%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (2.70%) zOS
6 2 (2.70%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (1.35%) Windows 8
7 1 (1.35%) VMS
7 1 (1.35%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (14.86%) ITIL
2 8 (10.81%) SOA
2 8 (10.81%) Migration
3 5 (6.76%) Configuration Management
3 5 (6.76%) Project Management
4 4 (5.41%) ERP
4 4 (5.41%) Change Management
4 4 (5.41%) Information Security
5 3 (4.05%) High Availability
5 3 (4.05%) Release Management
5 3 (4.05%) Incident Management
5 3 (4.05%) Dependency Injection
5 3 (4.05%) MVC
6 2 (2.70%) ETL
6 2 (2.70%) Business Intelligence
6 2 (2.70%) Asset Management
6 2 (2.70%) Document Management
6 2 (2.70%) Programme Management
6 2 (2.70%) ETRM
6 2 (2.70%) OWASP
Programming Languages
1 21 (28.38%) SQL
2 8 (10.81%) PL/SQL
3 7 (9.46%) Java
4 5 (6.76%) C#
5 2 (2.70%) Perl
5 2 (2.70%) T-SQL
5 2 (2.70%) Shell Script
5 2 (2.70%) AWK
5 2 (2.70%) Bash Shell
5 2 (2.70%) Korn
5 2 (2.70%) sed
6 1 (1.35%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 6 (8.11%) SC Cleared
1 6 (8.11%) Security Cleared
2 1 (1.35%) CCAA
2 1 (1.35%) Degree
2 1 (1.35%) MCSE
2 1 (1.35%) CCA
2 1 (1.35%) Citrix Certification
2 1 (1.35%) CCEA
2 1 (1.35%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.41%) SLA
2 2 (2.70%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 5 (6.76%) Microsoft App-V
2 3 (4.05%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 2 (2.70%) Active Directory
3 2 (2.70%) XenApp
4 1 (1.35%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.35%) XenDesktop
4 1 (1.35%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 6 (8.11%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
2 3 (4.05%) SCCM
2 3 (4.05%) Tivoli
3 2 (2.70%) WMI
4 1 (1.35%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (1.35%) SCVMM
4 1 (1.35%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 17 (22.97%) Microsoft
2 13 (17.57%) Oracle
3 4 (5.41%) Citrix
4 3 (4.05%) Reuters
5 2 (2.70%) Sun
5 2 (2.70%) HP
5 2 (2.70%) ILOG
5 2 (2.70%) SAP
5 2 (2.70%) Red Hat
5 2 (2.70%) Remedy
5 2 (2.70%) Charles River
5 2 (2.70%) AppSense
6 1 (1.35%) thinkFolio
6 1 (1.35%) VMware
6 1 (1.35%) SimCorp
6 1 (1.35%) Business Objects
6 1 (1.35%) Lotus
6 1 (1.35%) iSOFT