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 29 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
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Application Support
Rank 289 254 271
Rank change year-on-year
-35 +17
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 372 423 332
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.70% 0.80% 0.70%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.76% 0.86% 0.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 251 276 196
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £181 £203 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £513 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £289 £293
% change year-on-year
+12.55% -1.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 20 14
Average hourly rate £21.00 £18.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.51% -2.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.54 £14.95 £14.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.80 £26.80 £22.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £18.75 £20.75
% change year-on-year
-12.00% -9.63%

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
49251 48960 43769
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.35% 92.49% 92.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 30638 30338 25166
Average daily rate £400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £240
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 1929 1993 2147
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.27
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -6.92%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.80 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -5.71%

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 29 May 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
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 29 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 -42 337 £333 -6.33% 171
London -10 197 £395 -3.95% 68
City of London -12 37 £425 +6.25% 23
South East -14 36 £313 +4.16% 38
Yorkshire -30 26 £250 -4.76% 16
East of England +14 25 £301 -16.89% 14
Scotland -15 22 £375 +25.00% 5
South West +26 20 £325 +18.18% 11
West Midlands -8 15 £330 -2.22% 10
Essex +4 13 £338 -15.62% 7
West Yorkshire -15 12 £250 -13.04% 10
South Yorkshire -21 12 £225 +12.50% 4
Wales +2 11 £425 +6.25% 1
Edinburgh +5 10 £468 - 4
Leeds -13 10 £278 +4.81% 5
Glasgow -15 10 £375 +31.57% 1
East Sussex - 10 £375 - 2
East Midlands +1 9 £250 - 9
Brighton - 9 £375 - 1
South Wales 0 8 £425 +6.25% 1
Cardiff +12 7 £425 +6.25%
Cambridgeshire +7 7 £288 - 2
North West -18 7 £225 -18.18% 4
Berkshire +8 6 £288 -4.16% 14
Surrey +6 6 £350 +19.14% 8
Coventry +6 6 £330 +35.38% 3
Rotherham +1 5 £225 +25.00%
Gloucestershire -2 5 £336 - 4
Hampshire -3 5 £243 -25.95% 8
Buckinghamshire -3 5 £386 +14.22% 1

Applications Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 May 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.

1 458 (54.07%) SQL
2 254 (29.99%) Windows
3 229 (27.04%) Finance
4 221 (26.09%) UNIX
5 204 (24.09%) SQL Server
6 200 (23.61%) ITIL
7 192 (22.67%) Oracle
8 149 (17.59%) Linux
9 147 (17.36%) Front Office
10 144 (17.00%) .NET
11 134 (15.82%) Java
12 130 (15.35%) Banking
13 129 (15.23%) Microsoft
14 118 (13.93%) C#
15 99 (11.69%) IIS
16 87 (10.27%) Fixed Income
17 85 (10.04%) Perl
18 81 (9.56%) Python
19 74 (8.74%) MS Excel
20 70 (8.26%) Investment Banking
21 68 (8.03%) Analytical Skills
22 62 (7.32%) SharePoint
23 57 (6.73%) XML
24 56 (6.61%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
25 52 (6.14%) Shell Script
26 51 (6.02%) T-SQL
27 50 (5.90%) Degree
27 50 (5.90%) Service Management
27 50 (5.90%) Change Management
27 50 (5.90%) Security Cleared

Applications Support
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 May 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 99 (11.69%) IIS
2 62 (7.32%) SharePoint
3 45 (5.31%) Tomcat
4 38 (4.49%) Apache
5 32 (3.78%) WebSphere
6 30 (3.54%) JBoss
7 22 (2.60%) WebLogic
8 19 (2.24%) BizTalk Server
8 19 (2.24%) WebSphere Application Server
9 7 (0.83%) SharePoint 2010
9 7 (0.83%) CMS
9 7 (0.83%) Oracle Workflow
10 5 (0.59%) Sitecore CMS
10 5 (0.59%) Node.js
10 5 (0.59%) IBM HTTP Server
10 5 (0.59%) Zope
10 5 (0.59%) Plone
11 4 (0.47%) SharePoint Server
11 4 (0.47%) MS Project Server
11 4 (0.47%) Oracle BPEL
Applications
1 74 (8.74%) MS Excel
2 26 (3.07%) MS Office
3 8 (0.94%) MS Project
4 5 (0.59%) InfoPath
5 3 (0.35%) Final Cut Pro
5 3 (0.35%) MS PowerPoint
6 2 (0.24%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.24%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 20 (2.36%) Markit EDM
2 16 (1.89%) Dynamics CRM
3 15 (1.77%) thinkFolio
4 12 (1.42%) ION MarketView
5 10 (1.18%) Agresso
6 9 (1.06%) Front Arena
7 8 (0.94%) RMDS
8 7 (0.83%) Oracle BPM
9 6 (0.71%) LatentZero
9 6 (0.71%) ResourceLink
9 6 (0.71%) Aareon QL
10 5 (0.59%) Cerner Millennium
11 4 (0.47%) Summit
11 4 (0.47%) Oracle EBS
11 4 (0.47%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 4 (0.47%) OPENHousing
11 4 (0.47%) Oracle EBS R12
12 3 (0.35%) Bloomberg TOMS
12 3 (0.35%) Academy Housing
12 3 (0.35%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 18 (2.13%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (0.59%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.35%) Google Apps
4 2 (0.24%) Office 365
4 2 (0.24%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.12%) SaaS
5 1 (0.12%) PaaS
5 1 (0.12%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 30 (3.54%) Firewall
2 23 (2.72%) Internet
3 20 (2.36%) DNS
4 13 (1.53%) LDAP
5 12 (1.42%) HTTP
5 12 (1.42%) TCP/IP
6 11 (1.30%) BIG-IP
7 9 (1.06%) Intranet
7 9 (1.06%) FTP
8 8 (0.94%) SMS
9 7 (0.83%) DHCP
10 5 (0.59%) Extranet
11 2 (0.24%) SSL
11 2 (0.24%) VPN
11 2 (0.24%) DMZ
11 2 (0.24%) Multicast
12 1 (0.12%) NetScaler
12 1 (0.12%) LAN
12 1 (0.12%) WAN
12 1 (0.12%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 204 (24.09%) SQL Server
2 45 (5.31%) SQL Server 2008
3 43 (5.08%) Relational Database
4 41 (4.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 39 (4.60%) Oracle Database
6 22 (2.60%) Oracle Database 11g
7 21 (2.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 20 (2.36%) MySQL
9 15 (1.77%) SQL Server 2005
10 13 (1.53%) SQL Server 2012
10 13 (1.53%) Data Warehouse
11 12 (1.42%) Crystal Reports
11 12 (1.42%) DB2
12 8 (0.94%) Oracle Reports
12 8 (0.94%) MS Access
12 8 (0.94%) RDBMS
13 7 (0.83%) SQL Server 2000
14 6 (0.71%) PostgreSQL
14 6 (0.71%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 4 (0.47%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 23 (2.72%) Subversion
2 21 (2.48%) Visual Studio
3 13 (1.53%) Introscope
4 8 (0.94%) JMeter
4 8 (0.94%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (0.71%) Ant
6 5 (0.59%) Git (software)
7 4 (0.47%) Maven
7 4 (0.47%) PVCS
7 4 (0.47%) Eclipse
7 4 (0.47%) MSI
7 4 (0.47%) TestDirector
8 2 (0.24%) JIRA
8 2 (0.24%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 2 (0.24%) ClearCase
8 2 (0.24%) Oracle Forms
8 2 (0.24%) Toad
8 2 (0.24%) ClearQuest
9 1 (0.12%) Oracle APEX
9 1 (0.12%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 229 (27.04%) Finance
2 147 (17.36%) Front Office
3 130 (15.35%) Banking
4 70 (8.26%) Investment Banking
5 47 (5.55%) Back Office
6 17 (2.01%) Retail
7 13 (1.53%) Manufacturing
8 12 (1.42%) Legal
8 12 (1.42%) Marketing
9 10 (1.18%) Telecoms
10 9 (1.06%) Advertising
11 8 (0.94%) German Language
12 7 (0.83%) Financial Institution
13 5 (0.59%) Local Government
13 5 (0.59%) Billing
14 4 (0.47%) Law
14 4 (0.47%) Publishing
14 4 (0.47%) Electronics
14 4 (0.47%) Retail Banking
14 4 (0.47%) French Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 144 (17.00%) .NET
2 57 (6.73%) XML
3 43 (5.08%) HTML
4 38 (4.49%) Web Services
5 35 (4.13%) ASP.NET
6 30 (3.54%) FIX Protocol
7 28 (3.31%) J2EE
8 25 (2.95%) Middleware
9 24 (2.83%) CSS
10 20 (2.36%) Java EE
11 15 (1.77%) WCF
12 11 (1.30%) XSLT
12 11 (1.30%) .NET Framework
13 10 (1.18%) Spring
13 10 (1.18%) CGI
14 8 (0.94%) SOAP
15 7 (0.83%) jQuery
15 7 (0.83%) Application Packaging
16 6 (0.71%) WebSphere MQ
16 6 (0.71%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 87 (10.27%) Fixed Income
2 68 (8.03%) Analytical Skills
3 56 (6.61%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 44 (5.19%) Equities
5 36 (4.25%) Derivative
6 27 (3.19%) NHS
6 27 (3.19%) Computer Science
7 17 (2.01%) Management Information System
8 14 (1.65%) Enterprise Software
9 13 (1.53%) Equity Derivative
10 12 (1.42%) Hedge funds
11 11 (1.30%) iSeries
11 11 (1.30%) Client/Server
12 8 (0.94%) SWIFT
13 7 (0.83%) Mobile App
13 7 (0.83%) Data Structures
13 7 (0.83%) AS400
14 5 (0.59%) Statistics
15 4 (0.47%) IVR
15 4 (0.47%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 254 (29.99%) Windows
2 221 (26.09%) UNIX
3 149 (17.59%) Linux
4 47 (5.55%) Windows Server 2008
5 31 (3.66%) Windows Server 2012
6 26 (3.07%) Windows Server 2003
7 20 (2.36%) Windows 7
8 18 (2.13%) Windows XP
8 18 (2.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 11 (1.30%) Solaris
10 6 (0.71%) Windows Vista
10 6 (0.71%) AIX
10 6 (0.71%) Mac OS X
10 6 (0.71%) Windows 8
10 6 (0.71%) Apple iOS
11 5 (0.59%) Debian
12 4 (0.47%) Windows NT
12 4 (0.47%) VMS
12 4 (0.47%) OpenVMS
12 4 (0.47%) OS/400
Processes & Methodologies
1 200 (23.61%) ITIL
2 50 (5.90%) Service Management
2 50 (5.90%) Change Management
3 49 (5.79%) CRM
4 47 (5.55%) Incident Management
5 37 (4.37%) Workflow
6 36 (4.25%) Project Management
6 36 (4.25%) Problem Management
7 34 (4.01%) Agile Software Development
7 34 (4.01%) Investment Management
8 31 (3.66%) Business Intelligence
9 29 (3.42%) E-Commerce
9 29 (3.42%) Electronic Trading
9 29 (3.42%) Release Management
10 27 (3.19%) Service Delivery
10 27 (3.19%) Asset Management
11 25 (2.95%) Configuration Management
11 25 (2.95%) Risk Management
12 23 (2.72%) SDLC
13 21 (2.48%) OO
Programming Languages
1 458 (54.07%) SQL
2 134 (15.82%) Java
3 118 (13.93%) C#
4 85 (10.04%) Perl
5 81 (9.56%) Python
6 52 (6.14%) Shell Script
7 51 (6.02%) T-SQL
8 48 (5.67%) PL/SQL
9 47 (5.55%) JavaScript
10 38 (4.49%) VBA
11 35 (4.13%) PowerShell
12 31 (3.66%) VB
13 29 (3.42%) C++
14 19 (2.24%) VBScript
14 19 (2.24%) VB.NET
15 16 (1.89%) Bash Shell
16 13 (1.53%) Korn
17 12 (1.42%) C
18 9 (1.06%) PHP
18 9 (1.06%) VB6
Qualifications
1 50 (5.90%) Degree
1 50 (5.90%) Security Cleared
2 28 (3.31%) SC Cleared
3 24 (2.83%) DV Cleared
4 22 (2.60%) ITIL Certification
5 9 (1.06%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 9 (1.06%) Microsoft Certification
6 5 (0.59%) MCSE
6 5 (0.59%) MCP
7 4 (0.47%) LPIC
8 3 (0.35%) MCSD
9 2 (0.24%) MCSA
9 2 (0.24%) CCA
9 2 (0.24%) Citrix Certification
10 1 (0.12%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (5.43%) SLA
2 21 (2.48%) QA
3 2 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.12%) Data Quality
System Software
1 29 (3.42%) Active Directory
2 7 (0.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (0.71%) Microsoft App-V
4 4 (0.47%) Terminal Services
4 4 (0.47%) XenApp
5 3 (0.35%) ISA Server
6 2 (0.24%) Squid
6 2 (0.24%) vSphere
6 2 (0.24%) UAG
6 2 (0.24%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.12%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.12%) Terminal Server
7 1 (0.12%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 26 (3.07%) ITRS Geneos
2 23 (2.72%) Control-M
3 7 (0.83%) Tivoli
4 6 (0.71%) OpenView
4 6 (0.71%) SCCM
5 4 (0.47%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 4 (0.47%) HP Quality Center
6 3 (0.35%) Puppet
6 3 (0.35%) Nagios
6 3 (0.35%) BladeLogic
7 2 (0.24%) TIBCO Hawk
7 2 (0.24%) Netcool
7 2 (0.24%) BMC PATROL
7 2 (0.24%) Unicenter
8 1 (0.12%) SCOM
8 1 (0.12%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.12%) Hyperic
8 1 (0.12%) MOM
8 1 (0.12%) CA Single Sign-On
8 1 (0.12%) WMI
Vendors
1 192 (22.67%) Oracle
2 129 (15.23%) Microsoft
3 43 (5.08%) Sybase
4 29 (3.42%) Red Hat
5 26 (3.07%) IBM
6 24 (2.83%) VMware
7 20 (2.36%) SAP
7 20 (2.36%) Charles River
8 17 (2.01%) Bloomberg
8 17 (2.01%) ION Trading
9 16 (1.89%) Cognos
10 15 (1.77%) F5
10 15 (1.77%) Sun
11 14 (1.65%) Murex
12 13 (1.53%) TIBCO
13 12 (1.42%) Citrix
13 12 (1.42%) Remedy
14 11 (1.30%) Sitecore
15 9 (1.06%) Reuters
15 9 (1.06%) SunGard
Gloucester
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Search Consultancy
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £280.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
C.O.A.L IT Services Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
West Bromwich, West Midlands (County)
Net Recruit.co.uk Ltd
Rate: £26,000
Posted: 5 days ago
North Yorkshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £230 - £260 per day + competitive
Posted: 9 days ago
Southampton
Austin Fraser Limited
Rate: £0.00 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 10 days ago
Luton
Interquest - IQ Tech
Rate: £330 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
Central London / West End
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: From £200 to £250 per day direct - no agency margin
Posted: 15 days ago
Coventry
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £10.00 - £20.00 per hour
Posted: 18 days ago
Leeds
Interquest - IQ ERP
Rate: £320 - £350 per day
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