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 6 May 2015 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
6 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Application Specialist
Rank 566 558 503
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -55
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Specialist 46 36 49
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.082% 0.067% 0.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.089% 0.072% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 20 32
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£400 £388 £440
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -11.93%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £273 £314
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £441 £522
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £313 £413
% change year-on-year
-7.20% -24.24%
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
51545 49678 43330
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.34% 92.37% 92.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 31452 30529 24746
Average daily rate £400 £388 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2047 1994 2137
Average hourly rate £17.41 £17.50 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.50% -4.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.75 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-4.28% -

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 6 May 2015.

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 21 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 6 May 2015. 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 -2 46 £400 - 13
London -3 23 £450 +5.88% 4
South East +1 12 £275 -26.66% 2
East of England - 6 £425 - 3
City of London +19 5 £475 +11.76% 2
West Sussex - 5 £275 -
Hampshire - 5 £402 -
Worthing - 5 £275 -
South West +11 4 £285 +3.63%
Bristol +1 3 £280 -
Cambridgeshire - 3 £425 -
Cambridge - 2 £430 -
Hertfordshire - 2 £448 - 3
Farnborough - 2 £402 -
Oxfordshire -20 1 £375 -
Watford - 1 £420 - 1
West Midlands - 1 £285 - 2
Hertford - 1 £475 -
Lewes - 1 £275 -
East Sussex - 1 £275 -
Essex - 1 £425 -

Applications Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 May 2015, 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 27 (28.72%) Windows
1 27 (28.72%) Linux
2 24 (25.53%) Finance
3 20 (21.28%) Security Cleared
4 19 (20.21%) WebSphere
5 18 (19.15%) Microsoft
6 17 (18.09%) WebSphere Application Server
7 15 (15.96%) SQL
7 15 (15.96%) SQL Server
7 15 (15.96%) SC Cleared
8 13 (13.83%) MCSE
8 13 (13.83%) Microsoft Certification
9 12 (12.77%) UNIX
9 12 (12.77%) Bash Shell
9 12 (12.77%) Migration
10 11 (11.70%) VMware
10 11 (11.70%) ITIL
10 11 (11.70%) Active Directory
11 10 (10.64%) Analytics
12 9 (9.57%) Windows Server 2008
12 9 (9.57%) Microsoft App-V
12 9 (9.57%) Banking
12 9 (9.57%) Workflow
12 9 (9.57%) Oracle
12 9 (9.57%) .NET
12 9 (9.57%) Cognos
12 9 (9.57%) WAN
13 8 (8.51%) MSI
13 8 (8.51%) Citrix
13 8 (8.51%) Windows Server 2003

Applications Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 6 May 2015, 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 19 (20.21%) WebSphere
2 17 (18.09%) WebSphere Application Server
3 7 (7.45%) IIS
4 5 (5.32%) SAS
5 4 (4.26%) BizTalk Server
5 4 (4.26%) Oracle Application Server
6 3 (3.19%) WebSphere Process Server
6 3 (3.19%) WebSphere Portal
6 3 (3.19%) Lync
6 3 (3.19%) CICS
7 2 (2.13%) FileNet
7 2 (2.13%) LiveLink
8 1 (1.06%) Apache
8 1 (1.06%) Tomcat
Applications
1 6 (6.38%) MS Excel
2 4 (4.26%) MS Office
2 4 (4.26%) Final Cut Pro
3 2 (2.13%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 6 (6.38%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (2.13%) Summit
3 1 (1.06%) FLEXCUBE
3 1 (1.06%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (1.06%) SAP EHS
3 1 (1.06%) thinkFolio
3 1 (1.06%) SAP GRC
3 1 (1.06%) Markit EDM
3 1 (1.06%) SAP HR
3 1 (1.06%) CODA-Financials
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.06%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.06%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (9.57%) WAN
2 6 (6.38%) LAN
3 5 (5.32%) TCP/IP
3 5 (5.32%) Intranet
3 5 (5.32%) Internet
3 5 (5.32%) Firewall
4 4 (4.26%) VPN
4 4 (4.26%) DNS
5 2 (2.13%) PBX
5 2 (2.13%) VoIP
5 2 (2.13%) FTP
5 2 (2.13%) IP Telephony
5 2 (2.13%) SAN
6 1 (1.06%) DMZ
6 1 (1.06%) LDAP
6 1 (1.06%) NAS
6 1 (1.06%) Kerberos
6 1 (1.06%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (15.96%) SQL Server
2 5 (5.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 4 (4.26%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (3.19%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 3 (3.19%) DB2
5 2 (2.13%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (2.13%) Oracle Database
5 2 (2.13%) MySQL
6 1 (1.06%) Relational Database
6 1 (1.06%) Couchbase
6 1 (1.06%) Oracle BI EE
6 1 (1.06%) OLAP
6 1 (1.06%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (1.06%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (1.06%) DTS
6 1 (1.06%) OLTP
6 1 (1.06%) Oracle Database 10g
6 1 (1.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (1.06%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 8 (8.51%) MSI
2 5 (5.32%) Introscope
3 2 (2.13%) AdminStudio
4 1 (1.06%) Toad
General
1 24 (25.53%) Finance
2 9 (9.57%) Banking
3 6 (6.38%) Legal
3 6 (6.38%) Front Office
4 5 (5.32%) Retail
4 5 (5.32%) Publishing
5 3 (3.19%) Financial Institution
6 2 (2.13%) Retail Banking
6 2 (2.13%) Telecoms
7 1 (1.06%) Advertising
7 1 (1.06%) Investment Banking
7 1 (1.06%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (9.57%) .NET
2 7 (7.45%) Web Services
3 6 (6.38%) HTML
4 5 (5.32%) XML
4 5 (5.32%) Application Packaging
5 3 (3.19%) SOAP
6 2 (2.13%) WebSphere MQ
6 2 (2.13%) WCF
7 1 (1.06%) RESTful
7 1 (1.06%) REST
7 1 (1.06%) FIX Protocol
7 1 (1.06%) Middleware
7 1 (1.06%) .NET Framework
7 1 (1.06%) Java EE
7 1 (1.06%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 5 (5.32%) Enterprise Software
1 5 (5.32%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (3.19%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 3 (3.19%) Thin Client
2 3 (3.19%) Fixed Income
2 3 (3.19%) Statistics
2 3 (3.19%) Wiki
2 3 (3.19%) Fat Client
2 3 (3.19%) DataPower
2 3 (3.19%) LPAR
3 2 (2.13%) Equities
3 2 (2.13%) IVR
3 2 (2.13%) Derivative
4 1 (1.06%) Cryptography
4 1 (1.06%) PKI
4 1 (1.06%) Clustering
4 1 (1.06%) Mainframe
4 1 (1.06%) Open Source
4 1 (1.06%) SWIFT
4 1 (1.06%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 27 (28.72%) Windows
1 27 (28.72%) Linux
2 12 (12.77%) UNIX
3 9 (9.57%) Windows Server 2008
4 8 (8.51%) Windows Server 2003
5 7 (7.45%) Windows XP
5 7 (7.45%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (6.38%) Windows 7
7 5 (5.32%) AIX
8 4 (4.26%) Solaris
8 4 (4.26%) Mac OS X
9 3 (3.19%) zOS
9 3 (3.19%) Mac OS X Server
10 2 (2.13%) Windows 2000 Server
10 2 (2.13%) Windows Vista
11 1 (1.06%) HPUX
11 1 (1.06%) OS/400
11 1 (1.06%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (12.77%) Migration
2 11 (11.70%) ITIL
3 10 (10.64%) Analytics
4 9 (9.57%) Workflow
5 6 (6.38%) Performance Monitoring
5 6 (6.38%) Problem Management
5 6 (6.38%) Business Analysis
6 5 (5.32%) Asset Management
6 5 (5.32%) Process Management
6 5 (5.32%) Change Management
6 5 (5.32%) ITIL V3
7 4 (4.26%) Data Governance
8 3 (3.19%) Continuous Improvement
8 3 (3.19%) Content Management
8 3 (3.19%) User Acceptance Testing
9 2 (2.13%) Data Management
9 2 (2.13%) Telemarketing
9 2 (2.13%) Business Continuity
9 2 (2.13%) CRM
9 2 (2.13%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 15 (15.96%) SQL
2 12 (12.77%) Bash Shell
3 7 (7.45%) VB
3 7 (7.45%) Java
4 6 (6.38%) JavaScript
5 4 (4.26%) T-SQL
5 4 (4.26%) C#
5 4 (4.26%) C++
5 4 (4.26%) Shell Script
6 3 (3.19%) Jython
6 3 (3.19%) Perl
7 2 (2.13%) RPG
7 2 (2.13%) Python
8 1 (1.06%) ABAP
8 1 (1.06%) VBA
8 1 (1.06%) PowerShell
8 1 (1.06%) PHP
8 1 (1.06%) COBOL
8 1 (1.06%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 20 (21.28%) Security Cleared
2 15 (15.96%) SC Cleared
3 13 (13.83%) Microsoft Certification
3 13 (13.83%) MCSE
4 5 (5.32%) MCITP
5 4 (4.26%) Degree
6 2 (2.13%) CCNA
6 2 (2.13%) CISSP
6 2 (2.13%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (1.06%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (7.45%) QA
2 3 (3.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 2 (2.13%) SLA
System Software
1 11 (11.70%) Active Directory
2 9 (9.57%) Microsoft App-V
3 8 (8.51%) XenApp
3 8 (8.51%) VMware ESX
4 5 (5.32%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (3.19%) XenDesktop
5 3 (3.19%) BitLocker
6 2 (2.13%) Xen
7 1 (1.06%) NFS
7 1 (1.06%) Terminal Server
7 1 (1.06%) Samba
Systems Management
1 7 (7.45%) SCCM
2 5 (5.32%) CA Wily
3 3 (3.19%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 1 (1.06%) ITRS Geneos
4 1 (1.06%) SCOM
4 1 (1.06%) Tivoli
4 1 (1.06%) Nagios
Vendors
1 18 (19.15%) Microsoft
2 11 (11.70%) VMware
3 9 (9.57%) Cognos
3 9 (9.57%) Oracle
4 8 (8.51%) Citrix
5 7 (7.45%) CA
6 6 (6.38%) Bloomberg
6 6 (6.38%) Cisco
7 5 (5.32%) Reuters
8 4 (4.26%) Symantec
8 4 (4.26%) Novell
8 4 (4.26%) AppSense
8 4 (4.26%) Imperva
9 3 (3.19%) Wyse
9 3 (3.19%) CheckPoint
10 2 (2.13%) ILOG
10 2 (2.13%) Sybase
10 2 (2.13%) Business Objects
10 2 (2.13%) SAP
10 2 (2.13%) OpenText
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