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 4 September 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Application Specialist
Rank 579 557 530
Rank change year-on-year
-22 -27
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Specialist 54 53 57
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.092% 0.095% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.100% 0.10% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 23 38
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£411 £350 £361
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.50% -3.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £304 £303 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £523 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £350 £331
% change year-on-year
+14.28% +5.82%
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
54235 51432 48394
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.81% 92.07% 92.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 34663 31190 28805
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1992 1996 2114
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.33 £17.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+1.94% -

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 4 September 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 29 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 4 September 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 -3 51 £413 +17.85% 18
London +16 25 £413 +6.45% 3
West Yorkshire -22 7 - - 2
Leeds -23 7 - - 1
South East -23 7 £325 -13.04% 9
Yorkshire -25 7 - - 3
West Midlands +13 4 £383 - 1
Berkshire 0 3 £400 +3.22% 2
Coventry - 2 £354 -
Warwickshire - 2 £413 -
Surrey - 2 £314 - 2
Brentwood - 2 - -
Warwick - 2 £413 -
Midlands - 2 - -
East of England - 2 - - 1
Essex - 2 - - 1
City of London +1 1 £410 +26.15% 2
Reading -7 1 £600 +54.83%
South West -7 1 - - 1
Scotland -12 1 - -
Cheshire -13 1 £280 -
Edinburgh -14 1 - -
North West -33 1 £280 -
Crawley - 1 £520 - 2
East Sussex - 1 £275 -
West Sussex - 1 £520 - 2
Slough - 1 £225 -
Knutsford - 1 £280 -
Lewes - 1 £275 -

Applications Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 54 (51.92%) Windows
2 43 (41.35%) SQL
3 28 (26.92%) Finance
4 27 (25.96%) Linux
5 26 (25.00%) SQL Server
5 26 (25.00%) Migration
6 22 (21.15%) Microsoft
7 21 (20.19%) ITIL
8 20 (19.23%) CA
9 19 (18.27%) Banking
10 18 (17.31%) UNIX
11 17 (16.35%) Introscope
11 17 (16.35%) CA Wily
12 16 (15.38%) Windows Server 2008
12 16 (15.38%) WebSphere
12 16 (15.38%) WebSphere Application Server
12 16 (15.38%) IIS
12 16 (15.38%) MS Excel
12 16 (15.38%) Solaris
13 15 (14.42%) CICS
13 15 (14.42%) zOS
13 15 (14.42%) AIX
13 15 (14.42%) DB2
13 15 (14.42%) LPAR
13 15 (14.42%) Jython
14 14 (13.46%) Windows Server 2012
14 14 (13.46%) VMware
14 14 (13.46%) Oracle
14 14 (13.46%) Java
14 14 (13.46%) Citrix

Applications Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 16 (15.38%) WebSphere Application Server
1 16 (15.38%) IIS
1 16 (15.38%) WebSphere
2 15 (14.42%) CICS
3 8 (7.69%) Tomcat
4 7 (6.73%) BizTalk Server
4 7 (6.73%) WebSphere Process Server
4 7 (6.73%) WebSphere Portal
5 5 (4.81%) Lync
6 4 (3.85%) LiveLink
6 4 (3.85%) SharePoint
6 4 (3.85%) MS Exchange
6 4 (3.85%) WebLogic
7 3 (2.88%) Apache
7 3 (2.88%) Mule
8 2 (1.92%) Confluence
9 1 (0.96%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 1 (0.96%) nginx
9 1 (0.96%) SAP Portal
9 1 (0.96%) Liferay
Applications
1 16 (15.38%) MS Excel
2 8 (7.69%) MS Office
3 1 (0.96%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.92%) BASE24
1 2 (1.92%) Summit
1 2 (1.92%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.96%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 1 (0.96%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.96%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (0.96%) SAP R/3
2 1 (0.96%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.92%) Office 365
2 1 (0.96%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.96%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.96%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (4.81%) LAN
1 5 (4.81%) WAN
1 5 (4.81%) DNS
2 4 (3.85%) Firewall
2 4 (3.85%) TCP/IP
2 4 (3.85%) VPN
3 2 (1.92%) DHCP
3 2 (1.92%) PBX
3 2 (1.92%) VoIP
3 2 (1.92%) IP Telephony
3 2 (1.92%) Intranet
3 2 (1.92%) Internet
4 1 (0.96%) SAN
4 1 (0.96%) DMZ
4 1 (0.96%) LDAP
4 1 (0.96%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (25.00%) SQL Server
2 15 (14.42%) DB2
3 9 (8.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 8 (7.69%) SQL Server 2008
4 8 (7.69%) SQL Server 2012
5 6 (5.77%) Oracle Database
6 5 (4.81%) Relational Database
7 3 (2.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.96%) Oracle BI EE
8 1 (0.96%) Couchbase
8 1 (0.96%) OLAP
8 1 (0.96%) Crystal Reports
8 1 (0.96%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.96%) DTS
8 1 (0.96%) OLTP
8 1 (0.96%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.96%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (0.96%) SAP BW
8 1 (0.96%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (0.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 17 (16.35%) Introscope
2 4 (3.85%) MSI
3 3 (2.88%) JIRA
4 2 (1.92%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.96%) Trac
5 1 (0.96%) InstallShield
5 1 (0.96%) AdminStudio
5 1 (0.96%) Bugzilla
General
1 28 (26.92%) Finance
2 19 (18.27%) Banking
3 12 (11.54%) Front Office
4 10 (9.62%) Investment Banking
5 5 (4.81%) Financial Institution
5 5 (4.81%) Telecoms
6 4 (3.85%) Legal
7 2 (1.92%) Aerospace
7 2 (1.92%) Retail
8 1 (0.96%) Marketing
8 1 (0.96%) Turkish Language
8 1 (0.96%) Law
8 1 (0.96%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.96%) Advertising
8 1 (0.96%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (11.54%) .NET
2 9 (8.65%) FIX Protocol
3 7 (6.73%) HTML
4 4 (3.85%) Application Packaging
4 4 (3.85%) Web Services
5 3 (2.88%) XML
5 3 (2.88%) Middleware
5 3 (2.88%) Oracle Fusion
6 2 (1.92%) REST
6 2 (1.92%) ASP.NET
6 2 (1.92%) CSS
7 1 (0.96%) SOAP
7 1 (0.96%) Spring
7 1 (0.96%) .NET Framework
7 1 (0.96%) Java EE
7 1 (0.96%) Play Framework
7 1 (0.96%) Software Packaging
7 1 (0.96%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 15 (14.42%) LPAR
2 13 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (6.73%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 5 (4.81%) Enterprise Software
4 5 (4.81%) Equities
4 5 (4.81%) Data Centre
5 3 (2.88%) Data Integration
5 3 (2.88%) Computer Science
5 3 (2.88%) Fat Client
5 3 (2.88%) Thin Client
5 3 (2.88%) Client/Server
6 2 (1.92%) Clustering
6 2 (1.92%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.92%) IVR
7 1 (0.96%) Tandem
7 1 (0.96%) Cryptography
7 1 (0.96%) PKI
7 1 (0.96%) Derivative
7 1 (0.96%) Data Conversion
7 1 (0.96%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 54 (51.92%) Windows
2 27 (25.96%) Linux
3 18 (17.31%) UNIX
4 16 (15.38%) Solaris
4 16 (15.38%) Windows Server 2008
5 15 (14.42%) AIX
5 15 (14.42%) zOS
6 14 (13.46%) Windows Server 2012
7 11 (10.58%) Windows Server 2003
8 7 (6.73%) Windows XP
8 7 (6.73%) Windows 7
9 3 (2.88%) Windows 8
10 2 (1.92%) Windows 2000 Server
10 2 (1.92%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (25.00%) Migration
2 21 (20.19%) ITIL
3 8 (7.69%) CRM
4 6 (5.77%) Service Management
4 6 (5.77%) Data Migration
4 6 (5.77%) User Acceptance Testing
4 6 (5.77%) Continuous Improvement
4 6 (5.77%) Performance Tuning
5 4 (3.85%) Performance Monitoring
5 4 (3.85%) Change Control
5 4 (3.85%) Electronic Trading
5 4 (3.85%) System Testing
6 3 (2.88%) Low Latency
6 3 (2.88%) Business Intelligence
6 3 (2.88%) Project Management
6 3 (2.88%) Programme Management
6 3 (2.88%) Business Analysis
6 3 (2.88%) Load Balancing
6 3 (2.88%) Problem Management
7 2 (1.92%) Telemarketing
Programming Languages
1 43 (41.35%) SQL
2 15 (14.42%) Jython
3 14 (13.46%) Java
4 9 (8.65%) C#
5 8 (7.69%) PowerShell
6 7 (6.73%) VBA
7 6 (5.77%) JavaScript
7 6 (5.77%) Perl
8 5 (4.81%) T-SQL
8 5 (4.81%) Python
9 4 (3.85%) PL/SQL
10 3 (2.88%) Shell Script
10 3 (2.88%) C++
10 3 (2.88%) VB
11 2 (1.92%) ABAP
12 1 (0.96%) PHP
12 1 (0.96%) COBOL
12 1 (0.96%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 8 (7.69%) Degree
2 7 (6.73%) MCSE
2 7 (6.73%) Microsoft Certification
3 5 (4.81%) Security Cleared
4 3 (2.88%) SC Cleared
4 3 (2.88%) MCITP
4 3 (2.88%) Citrix Certification
5 2 (1.92%) CCNA
5 2 (1.92%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.96%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (0.96%) CISSP
6 1 (0.96%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.88%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (0.96%) QA
2 1 (0.96%) SLA
System Software
1 12 (11.54%) Active Directory
2 9 (8.65%) VMware ESX
3 8 (7.69%) Microsoft App-V
4 6 (5.77%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (3.85%) XenApp
6 3 (2.88%) XenDesktop
6 3 (2.88%) BitLocker
7 2 (1.92%) Hyper-V
7 2 (1.92%) Xen
8 1 (0.96%) Terminal Server
8 1 (0.96%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.96%) vCloud
8 1 (0.96%) Docker
Systems Management
1 17 (16.35%) CA Wily
2 12 (11.54%) SCCM
3 3 (2.88%) SCOM
3 3 (2.88%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 1 (0.96%) ITRS Geneos
4 1 (0.96%) Puppet
4 1 (0.96%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.96%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.96%) OVSD
4 1 (0.96%) Business Desktop Deployment
Vendors
1 22 (21.15%) Microsoft
2 20 (19.23%) CA
3 14 (13.46%) Oracle
3 14 (13.46%) VMware
3 14 (13.46%) Citrix
4 8 (7.69%) Cisco
5 6 (5.77%) Bloomberg
6 5 (4.81%) SAP
7 4 (3.85%) PeopleSoft
7 4 (3.85%) Symantec
7 4 (3.85%) OpenText
8 3 (2.88%) MuleSoft
8 3 (2.88%) Wyse
8 3 (2.88%) AppSense
8 3 (2.88%) Sybase
8 3 (2.88%) IBM
8 3 (2.88%) HP
8 3 (2.88%) CheckPoint
9 2 (1.92%) Reuters
10 1 (0.96%) Dell
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