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 30 April 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.

3 months to
30 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Application Specialist
Rank 590 573 551
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -22
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Specialist 68 58 67
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.10% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.11% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 45 40
Average daily rate £425 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £275 £281
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £441
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £290 £350
% change year-on-year
+29.31% -17.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Average hourly rate £20.00 - £52.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 - £52.50

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
53058 52916 51575
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.92% 94.76% 94.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 34561 32091 31451
Average daily rate £425 £400 £395
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1534 2122 2107
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.83 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+4.01% -1.02%

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 30 April 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 30 April 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 -26 58 £425 +13.33% 13
London +2 29 £538 +19.44% 4
East of England +8 9 £228 -46.35% 2
North West +3 9 £425 +13.33%
Scotland -10 9 £450 -
Edinburgh - 9 £450 -
Hertfordshire +9 6 £230 -48.60%
City of London +41 5 £575 +47.43% 2
Cheshire +1 5 £425 +13.33%
South East -35 5 £375 +36.36% 5
Hampshire -3 4 £375 -16.66% 3
Manchester - 3 £430 -
East Midlands +6 2 £381 +1.66%
South West +6 2 £425 +51.78%
Essex +5 2 £228 -46.35%
Winchester -4 2 £375 -21.05%
Thurrock - 2 £228 -
St Albans - 2 - -
Cambridgeshire +7 1 - - 1
Wales +4 1 - -
West Midlands -6 1 £250 -12.28% 1
Cambridge -7 1 - -
Chester - 1 - -
Warrington - 1 £320 -
Bournemouth - 1 £425 -
Hemel Hempstead - 1 £200 -
Potters Bar - 1 £230 -
Stevenage - 1 - -
Northampton - 1 £388 -
Leicestershire - 1 £375 -

Applications Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 April 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 33 (32.35%) Finance
1 33 (32.35%) Windows
2 24 (23.53%) SQL
3 23 (22.55%) Banking
4 20 (19.61%) Java
5 18 (17.65%) Oracle
6 17 (16.67%) Windows Server
7 16 (15.69%) Linux
8 15 (14.71%) Migration
9 14 (13.73%) .NET
10 12 (11.76%) SQL Server
10 12 (11.76%) Microsoft
11 11 (10.78%) ITIL
11 11 (10.78%) Unix
12 10 (9.80%) IBM
12 10 (9.80%) WebSphere
12 10 (9.80%) Windows Server 2012
12 10 (9.80%) Data Centre
13 9 (8.82%) Problem Management
13 9 (8.82%) Windows Server 2003
13 9 (8.82%) Citrix
14 8 (7.84%) Active Directory
14 8 (7.84%) JavaScript
15 7 (6.86%) Microsoft App-V
15 7 (6.86%) Security Testing
15 7 (6.86%) PowerShell
15 7 (6.86%) Hyper-V
15 7 (6.86%) WebSphere Application Server
15 7 (6.86%) IIS
15 7 (6.86%) PHP

Applications Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 April 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 10 (9.80%) WebSphere
2 7 (6.86%) IIS
2 7 (6.86%) WebSphere Application Server
3 5 (4.90%) IBM HTTP Server
4 4 (3.92%) Apache
4 4 (3.92%) JBoss
5 3 (2.94%) GlassFish
5 3 (2.94%) iPlanet
5 3 (2.94%) Oracle HTTP Server
5 3 (2.94%) WebSphere Portal
6 1 (0.98%) Apache Solr
6 1 (0.98%) IBM Notes
6 1 (0.98%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.98%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 7 (6.86%) MS Excel
2 3 (2.94%) MS Project
3 1 (0.98%) MS Office
3 1 (0.98%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (3.92%) HFM
1 4 (3.92%) Hyperion Planning
2 3 (2.94%) Oracle ERP
3 2 (1.96%) Oracle EBS R12
3 2 (1.96%) Primavera
4 1 (0.98%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.98%) Magento
4 1 (0.98%) Maximo
4 1 (0.98%) Northgate Housing
4 1 (0.98%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.98%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 6 (5.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.96%) Office 365
3 1 (0.98%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 7 (6.86%) Firewall
2 6 (5.88%) HTTP
2 6 (5.88%) HTTPS
3 3 (2.94%) DHCP
3 3 (2.94%) NetScaler
3 3 (2.94%) SSL
4 2 (1.96%) DNS
5 1 (0.98%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 1 (0.98%) Internet
5 1 (0.98%) Intranet
5 1 (0.98%) LAN
5 1 (0.98%) Network Security
5 1 (0.98%) SAN
5 1 (0.98%) VLAN
5 1 (0.98%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (11.76%) SQL Server
2 7 (6.86%) BusinessObjects
3 2 (1.96%) Crystal Reports
3 2 (1.96%) Data Mining
3 2 (1.96%) MS Access
3 2 (1.96%) MySQL
3 2 (1.96%) Oracle BI EE
3 2 (1.96%) Spotfire
4 1 (0.98%) Electronic Patient Records
4 1 (0.98%) GIS
4 1 (0.98%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.98%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (0.98%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 6 (5.88%) Introscope
2 4 (3.92%) AppScan
3 2 (1.96%) Git (software)
3 2 (1.96%) PHPUnit
3 2 (1.96%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.98%) LSMW
4 1 (0.98%) Visual Studio
General
1 33 (32.35%) Finance
2 23 (22.55%) Banking
3 5 (4.90%) Investment Banking
4 3 (2.94%) Front Office
5 2 (1.96%) Advertising
5 2 (1.96%) Law
5 2 (1.96%) Retail
6 1 (0.98%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (13.73%) .NET
2 6 (5.88%) HTML
2 6 (5.88%) Middleware
2 6 (5.88%) XML
3 4 (3.92%) .NET Framework
3 4 (3.92%) J2EE
4 3 (2.94%) CSS
4 3 (2.94%) Hibernate
4 3 (2.94%) Java EE
4 3 (2.94%) Struts
5 2 (1.96%) Behat
5 2 (1.96%) Doctrine
5 2 (1.96%) LAMP
6 1 (0.98%) Ajax
6 1 (0.98%) Web Services
6 1 (0.98%) WebSphere MQ
6 1 (0.98%) XSLT
6 1 (0.98%) Zend Framework
Miscellaneous
1 10 (9.80%) Data Centre
2 6 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.94%) DataPower
3 3 (2.94%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 3 (2.94%) Management Information System
4 2 (1.96%) Computer Science
4 2 (1.96%) Equities
4 2 (1.96%) Fat Client
4 2 (1.96%) Hedge funds
4 2 (1.96%) Mobile App
4 2 (1.96%) Thin Client
5 1 (0.98%) AS400
5 1 (0.98%) Data Conversion
5 1 (0.98%) FMCG
5 1 (0.98%) iSeries
5 1 (0.98%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 33 (32.35%) Windows
2 17 (16.67%) Windows Server
3 16 (15.69%) Linux
4 11 (10.78%) Unix
5 10 (9.80%) Windows Server 2012
6 9 (8.82%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (4.90%) Oracle Linux
7 5 (4.90%) SUSE
7 5 (4.90%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (1.96%) Android
8 2 (1.96%) Apple iOS
8 2 (1.96%) Windows 10
8 2 (1.96%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.98%) AIX
9 1 (0.98%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (14.71%) Migration
2 11 (10.78%) ITIL
3 9 (8.82%) Problem Management
4 7 (6.86%) Security Testing
5 6 (5.88%) Change Management
5 6 (5.88%) SDLC
5 6 (5.88%) Stakeholder Management
6 5 (4.90%) BPMN
6 5 (4.90%) Incident Management
6 5 (4.90%) Software Engineering
6 5 (4.90%) UML
6 5 (4.90%) Web Application Development
7 4 (3.92%) Agile Software Development
7 4 (3.92%) Asset Management
7 4 (3.92%) E-Commerce
7 4 (3.92%) Information Security
7 4 (3.92%) Penetration Testing
7 4 (3.92%) Performance Management
7 4 (3.92%) Risk Management
8 3 (2.94%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 24 (23.53%) SQL
2 20 (19.61%) Java
3 8 (7.84%) JavaScript
4 7 (6.86%) PHP
4 7 (6.86%) PowerShell
5 5 (4.90%) Python
6 4 (3.92%) C++
6 4 (3.92%) COBOL
6 4 (3.92%) Shell Script
7 3 (2.94%) C#
8 2 (1.96%) Perl
8 2 (1.96%) PHP 5
8 2 (1.96%) VBA
Qualifications
1 3 (2.94%) Degree
1 3 (2.94%) Security Cleared
2 2 (1.96%) ITIL Certification
2 2 (1.96%) SC Cleared
3 1 (0.98%) CCA
3 1 (0.98%) CCAA
3 1 (0.98%) CCEE
3 1 (0.98%) CISM
3 1 (0.98%) CISSP
3 1 (0.98%) Citrix Certification
3 1 (0.98%) ISEB
3 1 (0.98%) MCSE
3 1 (0.98%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (0.98%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.94%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (7.84%) Active Directory
2 7 (6.86%) Hyper-V
2 7 (6.86%) Microsoft App-V
3 5 (4.90%) XenApp
4 3 (2.94%) XenDesktop
5 2 (1.96%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 2 (1.96%) VMware ESX
5 2 (1.96%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (1.96%) VMware Infrastructure
6 1 (0.98%) MetaFrame
6 1 (0.98%) NFS
6 1 (0.98%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 6 (5.88%) CA Wily
1 6 (5.88%) HP Fortify
2 5 (4.90%) SCCM
3 4 (3.92%) WebInspect
4 3 (2.94%) Tivoli
5 2 (1.96%) Nagios
6 1 (0.98%) AirWatch
6 1 (0.98%) SCOM
6 1 (0.98%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 18 (17.65%) Oracle
2 12 (11.76%) Microsoft
3 10 (9.80%) IBM
4 9 (8.82%) Citrix
5 7 (6.86%) VMware
6 6 (5.88%) CA
7 4 (3.92%) Hyperion
7 4 (3.92%) Veracode
8 3 (2.94%) AppSense
8 3 (2.94%) Cisco
8 3 (2.94%) Northgate
8 3 (2.94%) SAP
8 3 (2.94%) Zend
9 2 (1.96%) AppDynamics
9 2 (1.96%) Charles River
9 2 (1.96%) HP
9 2 (1.96%) iManage
9 2 (1.96%) Red Hat
9 2 (1.96%) ServiceNow
9 2 (1.96%) Wyse