The table below looks at the statistics for the Applications Support 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 Support in their job title over the 3 months to 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Application Support
Rank 241 255 252
Rank change year-on-year
+14 -3
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 537 450 403
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.92% 0.81% 0.77%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.99% 0.88% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 331 269 235
Average daily rate
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£363 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £170 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £250 £300
% change year-on-year
+40.00% -16.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 23 22
Average hourly rate £21.00 £20.00 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -15.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.30 £10.75 £17.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £31.79 £49.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £28.25
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -29.20%

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
54347 51343 48877
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.79% 92.32% 92.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 34673 31061 29030
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 2003 1976 2120
Average hourly rate £17.33 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.94% -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 £17.00 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+3.03% -2.94%

Applications Support
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Applications Support in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Applications Support Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Applications Support
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Applications Support within the UK.

Applications Support Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Applications Support
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Applications Support within the UK over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

Applications Support Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Applications Support
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Applications Support within the UK.

Applications Support Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Applications Support
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Applications Support within the UK over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

Applications Support Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Applications Support
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 Support within the UK over the 3 months to 28 August 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 +7 501 £375 +7.14% 171
London -13 220 £413 +3.12% 62
City of London -23 64 £425 -5.55% 20
East of England +47 61 £325 +62.50% 20
North West +3 51 £438 +16.66% 20
Essex +31 48 £350 +47.36% 5
South East -15 46 £238 -29.10% 27
Yorkshire +1 45 £350 +59.09% 12
West Midlands +1 27 £369 +55.26% 4
Scotland +2 26 £325 +88.40% 5
Birmingham +20 23 £369 +99.32% 2
West Yorkshire -7 22 £288 +30.68% 7
South West -8 22 £350 +16.66% 17
Leeds -12 21 £271 +23.29% 6
Chelmsford - 21 £350 -
East Midlands +6 19 £275 -8.33% 7
York - 19 £388 - 3
North Yorkshire - 19 £388 - 3
Manchester -4 17 £456 - 13
Surrey +1 15 £223 -1.11% 8
Cheshire -1 13 £525 +50.00% 2
Liverpool +6 12 £356 - 1
Merseyside +2 12 £356 - 2
Glasgow +5 8 £425 +150.00% 2
Gloucestershire - 8 £300 - 2
Northamptonshire +2 7 £250 -16.66% 3
Berkshire 0 7 £331 +38.02% 5
Hampshire -19 7 £378 +0.66% 4
Oxfordshire -19 7 £220 -43.22% 4
North East -46 7 £220 +17.33% 2

Applications Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Applications Support 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 Support in their job title.

1 501 (54.87%) SQL
2 275 (30.12%) Windows
3 267 (29.24%) Finance
4 244 (26.73%) SQL Server
5 226 (24.75%) ITIL
6 202 (22.12%) UNIX
7 197 (21.58%) Oracle
8 159 (17.42%) .NET
9 145 (15.88%) Microsoft
10 142 (15.55%) Java
11 131 (14.35%) Linux
11 131 (14.35%) IIS
12 124 (13.58%) Banking
13 109 (11.94%) C#
14 104 (11.39%) Front Office
15 89 (9.75%) Analytical Skills
16 81 (8.87%) Perl
17 79 (8.65%) MS Excel
18 73 (8.00%) Python
19 71 (7.78%) JavaScript
20 70 (7.67%) SLA
21 68 (7.45%) SharePoint
22 66 (7.23%) Investment Banking
23 65 (7.12%) Change Management
24 61 (6.68%) Windows Server 2008
25 60 (6.57%) CRM
26 59 (6.46%) Service Management
26 59 (6.46%) PowerShell
27 58 (6.35%) Security Cleared
27 58 (6.35%) Shell Script

Applications Support
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Applications Support 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 Support in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 131 (14.35%) IIS
2 68 (7.45%) SharePoint
3 52 (5.70%) JBoss
4 46 (5.04%) Tomcat
5 38 (4.16%) Apache
6 28 (3.07%) WebLogic
7 26 (2.85%) BizTalk Server
8 25 (2.74%) WebSphere
9 16 (1.75%) SharePoint 2013
10 14 (1.53%) Oracle Workflow
11 11 (1.20%) SharePoint 2010
12 10 (1.10%) CMS
12 10 (1.10%) WebSphere Application Server
13 9 (0.99%) Sitecore CMS
13 9 (0.99%) Lync
14 7 (0.77%) WordPress
14 7 (0.77%) MS Exchange
15 5 (0.55%) Zope
15 5 (0.55%) Plone
16 4 (0.44%) IBM HTTP Server
Applications
1 79 (8.65%) MS Excel
2 33 (3.61%) MS Office
3 8 (0.88%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.33%) MS Project
5 2 (0.22%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.22%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.11%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 32 (3.50%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (1.86%) thinkFolio
3 9 (0.99%) Oracle EBS R12
3 9 (0.99%) Oracle BPM
3 9 (0.99%) Agresso
3 9 (0.99%) Oracle EBS
3 9 (0.99%) Oracle Applications
4 8 (0.88%) ResourceLink
5 7 (0.77%) Summit
6 6 (0.66%) Front Arena
6 6 (0.66%) Markit EDM
6 6 (0.66%) ION MarketView
7 5 (0.55%) OPENHousing
7 5 (0.55%) RMDS
7 5 (0.55%) Dynamics AX
8 4 (0.44%) LatentZero
9 3 (0.33%) Tesseract
9 3 (0.33%) Minerva
9 3 (0.33%) Sentinel
9 3 (0.33%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 15 (1.64%) Google Analytics
2 8 (0.88%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (0.55%) Office 365
4 4 (0.44%) Amazon AWS
5 3 (0.33%) Amazon EC2
5 3 (0.33%) Google Apps
6 2 (0.22%) SaaS
7 1 (0.11%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 34 (3.72%) Internet
2 26 (2.85%) Firewall
2 26 (2.85%) TCP/IP
3 25 (2.74%) DNS
4 11 (1.20%) LDAP
5 10 (1.10%) HTTP
6 9 (0.99%) Extranet
7 8 (0.88%) Intranet
8 7 (0.77%) SMS
9 6 (0.66%) DHCP
9 6 (0.66%) SSL
9 6 (0.66%) BIG-IP
10 5 (0.55%) FTP
11 4 (0.44%) LAN
11 4 (0.44%) Multicast
12 3 (0.33%) SMTP
12 3 (0.33%) Kerberos
13 2 (0.22%) SAN
13 2 (0.22%) WAN
13 2 (0.22%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 244 (26.73%) SQL Server
2 57 (6.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 53 (5.81%) SQL Server 2008
4 48 (5.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 43 (4.71%) Oracle Database
6 40 (4.38%) Relational Database
7 36 (3.94%) Data Warehouse
8 24 (2.63%) SQL Server 2012
9 22 (2.41%) Crystal Reports
10 19 (2.08%) SQL Server 2005
11 18 (1.97%) MySQL
12 15 (1.64%) RDBMS
12 15 (1.64%) Oracle Database 11g
13 13 (1.42%) DB2
14 11 (1.20%) Oracle Reports
14 11 (1.20%) BusinessObjects
15 8 (0.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 7 (0.77%) PostgreSQL
17 5 (0.55%) SQL Server 2000
17 5 (0.55%) Informix
Development Applications
1 23 (2.52%) Visual Studio
2 18 (1.97%) JIRA
2 18 (1.97%) Subversion
3 10 (1.10%) Team Foundation Server
4 9 (0.99%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 7 (0.77%) Oracle APEX
5 7 (0.77%) Introscope
5 7 (0.77%) Eclipse
6 5 (0.55%) Oracle Forms
6 5 (0.55%) Jenkins
7 4 (0.44%) Rational Rhapsody
7 4 (0.44%) Git (software)
7 4 (0.44%) PVCS
8 3 (0.33%) ClearCase
8 3 (0.33%) JMeter
8 3 (0.33%) Ant
8 3 (0.33%) Maven
9 2 (0.22%) MSI
9 2 (0.22%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 2 (0.22%) TestDirector
General
1 267 (29.24%) Finance
2 124 (13.58%) Banking
3 104 (11.39%) Front Office
4 66 (7.23%) Investment Banking
5 25 (2.74%) Retail
6 17 (1.86%) Back Office
7 16 (1.75%) Legal
8 14 (1.53%) Financial Institution
9 11 (1.20%) Manufacturing
9 11 (1.20%) Marketing
10 7 (0.77%) Advertising
11 6 (0.66%) German Language
12 4 (0.44%) French Language
12 4 (0.44%) Corporate Banking
12 4 (0.44%) Local Government
12 4 (0.44%) Games
12 4 (0.44%) Telecoms
12 4 (0.44%) Law
13 3 (0.33%) Aerospace
14 2 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 159 (17.42%) .NET
2 58 (6.35%) XML
3 51 (5.59%) HTML
4 48 (5.26%) FIX Protocol
5 33 (3.61%) Web Services
6 32 (3.50%) ASP.NET
7 24 (2.63%) CSS
8 20 (2.19%) Middleware
9 17 (1.86%) .NET Framework
10 15 (1.64%) WebSphere MQ
10 15 (1.64%) J2EE
11 12 (1.31%) WCF
12 11 (1.20%) Java EE
12 11 (1.20%) SOAP
13 9 (0.99%) ODBC
13 9 (0.99%) Spring
14 8 (0.88%) Application Packaging
14 8 (0.88%) HTML5
15 6 (0.66%) Software Packaging
16 5 (0.55%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 89 (9.75%) Analytical Skills
2 53 (5.81%) Fixed Income
2 53 (5.81%) Equities
3 37 (4.05%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 33 (3.61%) Derivative
5 27 (2.96%) Management Information System
6 21 (2.30%) Client/Server
6 21 (2.30%) NHS
7 20 (2.19%) Computer Science
8 14 (1.53%) Enterprise Software
9 12 (1.31%) Hedge funds
10 8 (0.88%) Social Media
10 8 (0.88%) AS400
11 7 (0.77%) Clustering
11 7 (0.77%) iSeries
12 6 (0.66%) Data Structures
13 5 (0.55%) CMDB
13 5 (0.55%) Market Risk
13 5 (0.55%) Equity Derivative
13 5 (0.55%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 275 (30.12%) Windows
2 202 (22.12%) UNIX
3 131 (14.35%) Linux
4 61 (6.68%) Windows Server 2008
5 48 (5.26%) Windows Server 2012
6 27 (2.96%) Windows Server 2003
7 18 (1.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 13 (1.42%) Windows 7
9 11 (1.20%) Windows XP
10 10 (1.10%) AIX
11 8 (0.88%) Solaris
12 5 (0.55%) Debian
13 4 (0.44%) Windows 8
13 4 (0.44%) Mac OS X
14 3 (0.33%) CentOS
14 3 (0.33%) Windows 2000
14 3 (0.33%) Windows NT
15 2 (0.22%) Windows 2000 Server
15 2 (0.22%) HPUX
15 2 (0.22%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 226 (24.75%) ITIL
2 65 (7.12%) Change Management
3 60 (6.57%) CRM
4 59 (6.46%) Service Management
5 55 (6.02%) Problem Management
6 54 (5.91%) Workflow
7 47 (5.15%) Incident Management
8 45 (4.93%) Service Delivery
8 45 (4.93%) Project Management
9 44 (4.82%) E-Commerce
10 40 (4.38%) Agile Software Development
11 35 (3.83%) Continuous Improvement
12 31 (3.40%) Business Intelligence
13 29 (3.18%) Risk Management
14 27 (2.96%) Configuration Management
14 27 (2.96%) Asset Management
15 24 (2.63%) Content Management
16 23 (2.52%) SDLC
17 21 (2.30%) SOA
17 21 (2.30%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 501 (54.87%) SQL
2 142 (15.55%) Java
3 109 (11.94%) C#
4 81 (8.87%) Perl
5 73 (8.00%) Python
6 71 (7.78%) JavaScript
7 59 (6.46%) PowerShell
8 58 (6.35%) Shell Script
9 46 (5.04%) VB
10 38 (4.16%) VBA
11 37 (4.05%) T-SQL
12 36 (3.94%) PL/SQL
13 31 (3.40%) C++
14 23 (2.52%) C
15 17 (1.86%) VBScript
16 15 (1.64%) PHP
17 11 (1.20%) VB.NET
17 11 (1.20%) Bash Shell
18 8 (0.88%) VB6
19 7 (0.77%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 58 (6.35%) Security Cleared
2 46 (5.04%) Degree
3 29 (3.18%) SC Cleared
4 24 (2.63%) DV Cleared
5 22 (2.41%) ITIL Certification
6 10 (1.10%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 10 (1.10%) Microsoft Certification
7 6 (0.66%) MCP
8 4 (0.44%) LPIC
9 3 (0.33%) PMP
9 3 (0.33%) PMI Certification
10 2 (0.22%) MCSE
10 2 (0.22%) MCSA
11 1 (0.11%) MCITP
11 1 (0.11%) NVQ Level 3
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 70 (7.67%) SLA
2 23 (2.52%) QA
3 2 (0.22%) HL7
3 2 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.11%) Solvency II
4 1 (0.11%) Data Quality
System Software
1 40 (4.38%) Active Directory
2 16 (1.75%) Microsoft App-V
3 9 (0.99%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (0.77%) XenApp
5 4 (0.44%) ISA Server
6 3 (0.33%) Terminal Services
6 3 (0.33%) XenServer
6 3 (0.33%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.11%) Varnish
7 1 (0.11%) vCloud
7 1 (0.11%) Docker
7 1 (0.11%) NFS
7 1 (0.11%) Terminal Server
7 1 (0.11%) Samba
7 1 (0.11%) VMware ESX
7 1 (0.11%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 21 (2.30%) Puppet
2 19 (2.08%) ITRS Geneos
3 13 (1.42%) Control-M
3 13 (1.42%) Nagios
4 10 (1.10%) Tivoli
5 9 (0.99%) SCCM
6 6 (0.66%) OpenView
7 4 (0.44%) Opsview
8 3 (0.33%) Netcool
8 3 (0.33%) BladeLogic
9 2 (0.22%) SCOM
9 2 (0.22%) Unicenter
9 2 (0.22%) Opscode Chef
10 1 (0.11%) AirWatch
10 1 (0.11%) MOM
10 1 (0.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 1 (0.11%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 1 (0.11%) WMI
10 1 (0.11%) ZABBIX
10 1 (0.11%) WSUS
Vendors
1 197 (21.58%) Oracle
2 145 (15.88%) Microsoft
3 38 (4.16%) Sybase
4 34 (3.72%) VMware
5 31 (3.40%) IBM
6 28 (3.07%) Red Hat
7 27 (2.96%) Citrix
8 26 (2.85%) Google
9 25 (2.74%) SAP
10 20 (2.19%) Cognos
10 20 (2.19%) Splunk
11 18 (1.97%) Remedy
12 16 (1.75%) webMethods
12 16 (1.75%) Software AG
13 15 (1.64%) Bloomberg
13 15 (1.64%) Charles River
14 12 (1.31%) Fidessa
14 12 (1.31%) HP
15 11 (1.20%) Murex
15 11 (1.20%) MicroStrategy
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