The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Applications Specialist featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 27 September 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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
27 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Application Specialist
Rank 599 606 558
Rank change year-on-year
+7 -48
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Specialist 58 55 84
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.096% 0.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.10% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 39 29
Median daily rate £375 £413 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% +17.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £324 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £580 £505
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
-7.53% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Median hourly rate - - £25.00
UK excluding London median 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
50649 54325 53290
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.63% 94.96% 93.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 33107 34727 32509
Median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.93% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.63% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1691 2060 2120
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.33 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.78% +5.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £41.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.33 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-4.78% +5.03%

Applications Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Applications Specialist in the job title.

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 27 September 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Applications Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 27 September 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +30 54 £375 -9.09% 15
London -8 22 £415 +0.60% 7
South East +20 14 £338 -7.53% 1
Hampshire +24 10 £338 -15.62% 1
North West +17 4 £490 +18.07%
Scotland +12 4 £385 -8.33% 2
South West +10 4 £343 - 1
Yorkshire +10 4 £225 -
West Yorkshire +6 4 £225 -
Southampton - 4 £288 -
Edinburgh +18 3 £350 - 2
Berkshire +10 2 - -
Winchester +7 2 - -
East of England +3 2 £300 -14.28% 4
North East - 2 - - 1
Bristol - 2 - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 2 - - 1
Oxfordshire - 2 - -
Bracknell - 2 - -
Oxford - 2 - -
Wakefield - 2 £225 -
Tyne and Wear - 2 - - 1
Manchester - 2 £500 -
Lancashire +18 1 £480 -
City of London +10 1 £500 +1.52% 1
Knutsford +9 1 - -
Cheshire +7 1 - -
Essex +1 1 £300 -14.28%
Chorley -3 1 £480 -
Midlands -7 1 £338 -

Applications Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 September 2016, Applications Specialist contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Applications Specialist in the job title.

1 43 (29.66%) Windows
2 40 (27.59%) Linux
3 31 (21.38%) SQL
3 31 (21.38%) SQL Server
4 30 (20.69%) Active Directory
5 29 (20.00%) Finance
6 28 (19.31%) Java
7 25 (17.24%) Oracle
8 24 (16.55%) Microsoft
9 23 (15.86%) Migration
10 22 (15.17%) Windows Server
11 20 (13.79%) Security Cleared
11 20 (13.79%) Unix
12 19 (13.10%) Firewall
13 18 (12.41%) Windows Server 2012
14 17 (11.72%) .NET
14 17 (11.72%) IBM
15 16 (11.03%) WebSphere
15 16 (11.03%) Data Centre
16 15 (10.34%) VMware
16 15 (10.34%) MS Excel
17 14 (9.66%) Citrix
17 14 (9.66%) Banking
18 13 (8.97%) JavaScript
18 13 (8.97%) WebSphere Application Server
19 12 (8.28%) HTML
19 12 (8.28%) ITIL
19 12 (8.28%) Windows Server 2003
19 12 (8.28%) Microsoft App-V
20 11 (7.59%) SC Cleared

Applications Specialist Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 16 (11.03%) WebSphere
2 13 (8.97%) WebSphere Application Server
3 10 (6.90%) SharePoint
4 7 (4.83%) Tomcat
5 6 (4.14%) IBM HTTP Server
5 6 (4.14%) IIS
6 5 (3.45%) Apache
6 5 (3.45%) WebSphere Portal
7 4 (2.76%) JBoss
8 3 (2.07%) Apache Solr
8 3 (2.07%) GlassFish
8 3 (2.07%) WebLogic
8 3 (2.07%) WebSphere Process Server
9 2 (1.38%) Alfresco
9 2 (1.38%) Commerce Server
9 2 (1.38%) FileNet
9 2 (1.38%) OpenStack
9 2 (1.38%) Oracle Workflow
9 2 (1.38%) SharePoint 2010
9 2 (1.38%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 15 (10.34%) MS Excel
2 10 (6.90%) MS Office
3 3 (2.07%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.69%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (3.45%) HFM
1 5 (3.45%) Hyperion Planning
2 4 (2.76%) Oracle EBS R12
2 4 (2.76%) Oracle ERP
3 3 (2.07%) ION MarketView
4 2 (1.38%) assyst
4 2 (1.38%) Cognos TM1
4 2 (1.38%) Fredhopper
4 2 (1.38%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (1.38%) Oracle BPM
4 2 (1.38%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (1.38%) PeopleSoft Financials
4 2 (1.38%) Primavera
5 1 (0.69%) Oracle Payroll
5 1 (0.69%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 9 (6.21%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.69%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.69%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 19 (13.10%) Firewall
2 8 (5.52%) Wireshark
3 5 (3.45%) SSL
4 4 (2.76%) NetScaler
5 3 (2.07%) HTTP
5 3 (2.07%) HTTPS
5 3 (2.07%) IPv6
5 3 (2.07%) LDAP
5 3 (2.07%) OpenLDAP
6 2 (1.38%) Intranet
6 2 (1.38%) SNMP
7 1 (0.69%) DHCP
7 1 (0.69%) DNS
7 1 (0.69%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 1 (0.69%) Internet
7 1 (0.69%) Network Security
7 1 (0.69%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (21.38%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.76%) Relational Database
2 4 (2.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (2.07%) Big Data
3 3 (2.07%) Hadoop
3 3 (2.07%) MySQL
3 3 (2.07%) Oracle Database
3 3 (2.07%) PostgreSQL
3 3 (2.07%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (1.38%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.38%) DB2
5 1 (0.69%) EDRMS
5 1 (0.69%) GIS
5 1 (0.69%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.69%) Oracle BI EE
5 1 (0.69%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.69%) Oracle ODI
5 1 (0.69%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (3.45%) MSI
2 3 (2.07%) InstallShield
2 3 (2.07%) Introscope
3 2 (1.38%) AppScan
3 2 (1.38%) Jenkins
3 2 (1.38%) PeopleTools
3 2 (1.38%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.69%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.69%) Mercurial
4 1 (0.69%) Oracle Forms
4 1 (0.69%) Subversion
4 1 (0.69%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 29 (20.00%) Finance
2 14 (9.66%) Banking
3 6 (4.14%) Law
4 4 (2.76%) Legal
5 3 (2.07%) Advertising
6 2 (1.38%) Front Office
6 2 (1.38%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.69%) Back Office
7 1 (0.69%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (11.72%) .NET
2 12 (8.28%) HTML
3 10 (6.90%) XML
4 8 (5.52%) J2EE
5 7 (4.83%) JSON
6 6 (4.14%) CSS
7 5 (3.45%) Java EE
7 5 (3.45%) Middleware
8 3 (2.07%) .NET Framework
8 3 (2.07%) ActiveMQ
8 3 (2.07%) Hibernate
8 3 (2.07%) HTML5
8 3 (2.07%) LAPP Stack
8 3 (2.07%) Struts
9 2 (1.38%) ASP.NET
9 2 (1.38%) CSS3
9 2 (1.38%) JMS
9 2 (1.38%) jQuery
9 2 (1.38%) Web Services
9 2 (1.38%) Worklight
Miscellaneous
1 16 (11.03%) Data Centre
2 6 (4.14%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 4 (2.76%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (2.76%) Clustering
3 4 (2.76%) Fat Client
3 4 (2.76%) Thin Client
4 3 (2.07%) Cryptography
4 3 (2.07%) DataPower
4 3 (2.07%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 3 (2.07%) Private Cloud
5 2 (1.38%) CMDB
5 2 (1.38%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (1.38%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.38%) Smart Meter
6 1 (0.69%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.69%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.69%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.69%) N-Tier
6 1 (0.69%) Online Gambling
6 1 (0.69%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 43 (29.66%) Windows
2 40 (27.59%) Linux
3 22 (15.17%) Windows Server
4 20 (13.79%) Unix
5 18 (12.41%) Windows Server 2012
6 12 (8.28%) Windows Server 2003
7 10 (6.90%) SUSE
8 7 (4.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 6 (4.14%) AIX
10 5 (3.45%) Windows Server 2008
11 4 (2.76%) Windows 7
12 3 (2.07%) CentOS
12 3 (2.07%) Windows 10
13 2 (1.38%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.69%) Android
14 1 (0.69%) Apple iOS
14 1 (0.69%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (15.86%) Migration
2 12 (8.28%) ITIL
3 9 (6.21%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (6.21%) Incident Management
3 9 (6.21%) Test Scripting
4 8 (5.52%) Application Packaging
5 7 (4.83%) DevOps
5 7 (4.83%) Information Security
6 6 (4.14%) Analytics
6 6 (4.14%) Change Management
6 6 (4.14%) Workflow
7 5 (3.45%) Electronic Trading
7 5 (3.45%) ERP
7 5 (3.45%) Problem Management
7 5 (3.45%) Stakeholder Management
7 5 (3.45%) Technical Architecture
8 4 (2.76%) Data Analytics
8 4 (2.76%) Performance Management
8 4 (2.76%) Performance Monitoring
8 4 (2.76%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 31 (21.38%) SQL
2 28 (19.31%) Java
3 13 (8.97%) JavaScript
4 8 (5.52%) Perl
4 8 (5.52%) Shell Script
5 7 (4.83%) C
5 7 (4.83%) T-SQL
6 5 (3.45%) C++
6 5 (3.45%) PHP
6 5 (3.45%) PL/SQL
7 4 (2.76%) C#
7 4 (2.76%) VBA
8 3 (2.07%) Bash Shell
8 3 (2.07%) PowerShell
8 3 (2.07%) Python
8 3 (2.07%) VB
8 3 (2.07%) VBScript
9 2 (1.38%) COBOL
9 2 (1.38%) Jython
10 1 (0.69%) XPath
Qualifications
1 20 (13.79%) Security Cleared
2 11 (7.59%) SC Cleared
3 9 (6.21%) ISEB
4 8 (5.52%) DV Cleared
4 8 (5.52%) ISTQB
5 5 (3.45%) MOS
6 2 (1.38%) CISM
6 2 (1.38%) CISSP
6 2 (1.38%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.69%) CCA
7 1 (0.69%) CISA
7 1 (0.69%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (0.69%) CRISC
7 1 (0.69%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.07%) QA
2 2 (1.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 2 (1.38%) SLA
3 1 (0.69%) Basel III
3 1 (0.69%) COBIT
3 1 (0.69%) HL7
3 1 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 30 (20.69%) Active Directory
2 12 (8.28%) Microsoft App-V
3 11 (7.59%) Hyper-V
4 8 (5.52%) XenApp
5 5 (3.45%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (2.07%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 3 (2.07%) Docker
6 3 (2.07%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (1.38%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.69%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 8 (5.52%) Puppet
2 7 (4.83%) SCCM
2 7 (4.83%) Tivoli
3 4 (2.76%) SCOM
3 4 (2.76%) TADDM
4 3 (2.07%) CA Wily
4 3 (2.07%) ZABBIX
5 2 (1.38%) HP Fortify
5 2 (1.38%) WebInspect
6 1 (0.69%) Data Guard
6 1 (0.69%) Graphite
6 1 (0.69%) HP SIM
6 1 (0.69%) Kibana
6 1 (0.69%) logstash
6 1 (0.69%) Nagios
6 1 (0.69%) Opsview
6 1 (0.69%) WSUS
Vendors
1 25 (17.24%) Oracle
2 24 (16.55%) Microsoft
3 17 (11.72%) IBM
4 15 (10.34%) VMware
5 14 (9.66%) Citrix
6 7 (4.83%) Red Hat
7 6 (4.14%) AppSense
7 6 (4.14%) HP
8 5 (3.45%) Hyperion
9 4 (2.76%) Cognos
9 4 (2.76%) F5
9 4 (2.76%) Wyse
10 3 (2.07%) Akamai
10 3 (2.07%) AppDynamics
10 3 (2.07%) CA
10 3 (2.07%) Cyber-Ark
10 3 (2.07%) iManage
10 3 (2.07%) ION Trading
10 3 (2.07%) Splunk
11 2 (1.38%) Remedy
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