The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Applications Support featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 3 May 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
3 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Application Support
Rank 303 275 269
Rank change year-on-year
-28 -6
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 416 443 431
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.75% 0.79% 0.78%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.79% 0.84% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 284 293 291
Median daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £280 £275
% change year-on-year
+16.07% +1.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 12 13
Median hourly rate £22.00 £20.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.80 £16.50 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.50 £24.60 £29.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.00 £19.75 £26.00
% change year-on-year
+16.45% -24.03%

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
52745 52880 52258
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.86% 94.75% 94.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 34373 32080 31881
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £243 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1528 2113 2153
Median hourly rate £17.95 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.54% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.40 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.28 £17.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+7.50% -

Applications Support
Jobs Demand Trend

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

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 3 May 2016.

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 3 May 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Applications Support within the UK over the 3 months to 3 May 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 -22 387 £350 +3.70% 145
London -59 192 £400 +0.62% 60
South East +26 65 £350 +16.66% 32
East of England +38 60 £320 +28.00% 10
City of London +29 55 £450 - 16
Essex +25 27 £338 +35.00% 2
North West +5 23 £263 +34.61% 9
Hampshire +18 21 £375 - 10
Scotland -32 16 £389 +3.66% 7
West Midlands -7 13 £313 +9.64% 7
Yorkshire -10 13 £301 +33.55% 14
West Yorkshire +13 12 £301 +22.65% 10
Surrey 0 12 £288 +4.54% 9
Hertfordshire +21 11 £253 -
Cambridgeshire +12 11 £320 +11.30% 4
Manchester +1 11 £225 -6.44% 5
Leeds -3 11 £325 +36.80% 6
Edinburgh -14 11 £365 -24.74% 3
Norfolk +4 10 £300 +20.00%
Berkshire +15 9 £215 -33.84% 6
Cambridge +7 8 £325 - 1
South West -5 8 £368 +13.07% 8
North East -29 8 £350 -
Birmingham - 8 £300 - 2
Reading +3 7 £215 -33.84% 4
Cheshire -10 7 £263 +16.66% 2
Chelmsford - 7 £338 -
Oxfordshire +8 6 £183 -39.16% 1
Chester 0 6 £263 -
Wales -6 6 - -

Applications Support Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 May 2016, Applications Support 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 Support in the job title.

1 368 (45.71%) SQL
2 271 (33.66%) Windows
3 210 (26.09%) Finance
4 185 (22.98%) Linux
5 183 (22.73%) Oracle
6 178 (22.11%) ITIL
7 169 (20.99%) SQL Server
8 149 (18.51%) Unix
9 120 (14.91%) .NET
10 116 (14.41%) Banking
10 116 (14.41%) Windows Server
11 112 (13.91%) Java
12 109 (13.54%) Microsoft
13 85 (10.56%) IIS
14 81 (10.06%) Front Office
15 75 (9.32%) Perl
16 72 (8.94%) MS Excel
17 70 (8.70%) XML
17 70 (8.70%) Problem Management
18 63 (7.83%) Shell Script
19 61 (7.58%) Change Management
20 57 (7.08%) Web Services
20 57 (7.08%) MS Office
20 57 (7.08%) SharePoint
21 55 (6.83%) Incident Management
21 55 (6.83%) Security Cleared
22 53 (6.58%) Python
23 52 (6.46%) Tomcat
23 52 (6.46%) Service Delivery
24 48 (5.96%) Analytical Skills

Applications Support 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 85 (10.56%) IIS
2 57 (7.08%) SharePoint
3 52 (6.46%) Tomcat
4 45 (5.59%) Apache
5 24 (2.98%) WebLogic
6 23 (2.86%) WebSphere
7 22 (2.73%) JBoss
8 15 (1.86%) CMS
9 12 (1.49%) Documentum
10 10 (1.24%) BizTalk Server
11 9 (1.12%) Confluence
12 7 (0.87%) MS Exchange
12 7 (0.87%) nginx
12 7 (0.87%) OpenStack
13 6 (0.75%) MQSeries
14 5 (0.62%) IBM Domino
14 5 (0.62%) SharePoint 2010
14 5 (0.62%) WebSphere Application Server
15 4 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2003
15 4 (0.50%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 72 (8.94%) MS Excel
2 57 (7.08%) MS Office
3 19 (2.36%) MS Visio
4 17 (2.11%) MS PowerPoint
5 7 (0.87%) MS Project
6 6 (0.75%) SPSS
7 5 (0.62%) Spreadsheet
8 4 (0.50%) SOLIDWORKS
9 1 (0.12%) FrameMaker
Business Applications
1 11 (1.37%) Dynamics AX
1 11 (1.37%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.75%) Academy Housing
2 6 (0.75%) HFM
2 6 (0.75%) Hyperion Planning
2 6 (0.75%) Maximo
2 6 (0.75%) Oracle BPM
2 6 (0.75%) SAP CRM
3 5 (0.62%) Academy Revenues and Benefits
3 5 (0.62%) ION MarketView
3 5 (0.62%) Northgate Housing
3 5 (0.62%) Oracle EBS
4 4 (0.50%) Kondor
4 4 (0.50%) Oracle Applications
4 4 (0.50%) Oracle ERP
4 4 (0.50%) Salerio
4 4 (0.50%) thinkFolio
4 4 (0.50%) Unica
5 3 (0.37%) LatentZero
5 3 (0.37%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 19 (2.36%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (1.12%) Office 365
3 7 (0.87%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (0.62%) Amazon EC2
5 3 (0.37%) Google Apps
6 1 (0.12%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.12%) Google Analytics
6 1 (0.12%) IBM SmartCloud
6 1 (0.12%) Sumo Logic
Communications & Networking
1 39 (4.84%) TCP/IP
2 31 (3.85%) Firewall
2 31 (3.85%) HTTP
3 24 (2.98%) Internet
4 22 (2.73%) DNS
5 18 (2.24%) SSH
6 17 (2.11%) LDAP
6 17 (2.11%) SSL
7 12 (1.49%) VPN
8 11 (1.37%) SMTP
9 9 (1.12%) HTTPS
9 9 (1.12%) Wireshark
10 5 (0.62%) Multicast
10 5 (0.62%) PuTTY
10 5 (0.62%) Wi-Fi
11 4 (0.50%) FTP
12 3 (0.37%) BIG-IP
12 3 (0.37%) Intranet
12 3 (0.37%) SAN
12 3 (0.37%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 169 (20.99%) SQL Server
2 38 (4.72%) Oracle Database
3 34 (4.22%) Relational Database
4 26 (3.23%) SQL Server 2008
5 25 (3.11%) BusinessObjects
6 21 (2.61%) Crystal Reports
6 21 (2.61%) MySQL
7 19 (2.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 19 (2.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 18 (2.24%) Data Warehouse
8 18 (2.24%) SQL Server 2012
9 15 (1.86%) RDBMS
10 14 (1.74%) DB2
10 14 (1.74%) SQL Server 2005
11 10 (1.24%) MS Access
12 8 (0.99%) Oracle BI EE
12 8 (0.99%) SQL Server 2000
13 6 (0.75%) GIS
13 6 (0.75%) Oracle Reports
14 5 (0.62%) DTS
Development Applications
1 22 (2.73%) JIRA
2 20 (2.48%) Subversion
3 14 (1.74%) Team Foundation Server
4 13 (1.61%) Jenkins
5 12 (1.49%) Eclipse
6 11 (1.37%) JUnit
7 8 (0.99%) IntelliJ
7 8 (0.99%) Maven
7 8 (0.99%) Visual Studio
8 6 (0.75%) Git (software)
9 5 (0.62%) MSI
9 5 (0.62%) TeamCity
10 4 (0.50%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 4 (0.50%) WiX
11 3 (0.37%) Toad
11 3 (0.37%) VisualVM
12 2 (0.25%) Ant
12 2 (0.25%) Octopus Deploy
12 2 (0.25%) Oracle Forms
12 2 (0.25%) Sinon.JS
General
1 210 (26.09%) Finance
2 116 (14.41%) Banking
3 81 (10.06%) Front Office
4 42 (5.22%) Investment Banking
5 30 (3.73%) Back Office
6 29 (3.60%) Retail
7 14 (1.74%) Law
8 11 (1.37%) Legal
8 11 (1.37%) Telecoms
9 9 (1.12%) Advertising
10 7 (0.87%) Billing
11 4 (0.50%) Pharmaceutical
12 3 (0.37%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.37%) Local Government
12 3 (0.37%) Manufacturing
12 3 (0.37%) Marketing
13 2 (0.25%) Automotive
13 2 (0.25%) Electronics
13 2 (0.25%) German Language
13 2 (0.25%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 120 (14.91%) .NET
2 70 (8.70%) XML
3 57 (7.08%) Web Services
4 44 (5.47%) HTML
5 29 (3.60%) CSS
6 26 (3.23%) J2EE
7 25 (3.11%) FIX Protocol
8 18 (2.24%) .NET Framework
8 18 (2.24%) ASP.NET
9 17 (2.11%) LAMP
9 17 (2.11%) SAML
10 15 (1.86%) Classic ASP
10 15 (1.86%) Middleware
11 11 (1.37%) SOAP
11 11 (1.37%) WebSphere MQ
12 9 (1.12%) Ajax
12 9 (1.12%) EDI
12 9 (1.12%) Java EE
12 9 (1.12%) XML Messaging
13 7 (0.87%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 48 (5.96%) Analytical Skills
2 41 (5.09%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 35 (4.35%) Equities
4 32 (3.98%) Fixed Income
5 31 (3.85%) Derivative
6 20 (2.48%) Enterprise Software
6 20 (2.48%) Management Information System
7 13 (1.61%) Data Centre
8 12 (1.49%) Computer Science
9 11 (1.37%) Client/Server
9 11 (1.37%) SWIFT
10 9 (1.12%) Hedge funds
11 8 (0.99%) Cryptography
11 8 (0.99%) PKI
12 6 (0.75%) Blackberry
12 6 (0.75%) Driving Licence
12 6 (0.75%) iSeries
13 5 (0.62%) Mainframe
13 5 (0.62%) NHS
13 5 (0.62%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 271 (33.66%) Windows
2 185 (22.98%) Linux
3 149 (18.51%) Unix
4 116 (14.41%) Windows Server
5 39 (4.84%) Windows Server 2012
6 38 (4.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 32 (3.98%) Windows Server 2008
8 26 (3.23%) Windows Server 2003
9 20 (2.48%) Windows 7
10 15 (1.86%) Solaris
11 11 (1.37%) AIX
12 10 (1.24%) Android
13 9 (1.12%) Windows XP
14 5 (0.62%) Apple iOS
14 5 (0.62%) Oracle Linux
15 4 (0.50%) Mac OS X
15 4 (0.50%) Mac OS X Server
16 3 (0.37%) CentOS
16 3 (0.37%) Windows 8
17 2 (0.25%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 178 (22.11%) ITIL
2 70 (8.70%) Problem Management
3 61 (7.58%) Change Management
4 55 (6.83%) Incident Management
5 52 (6.46%) Service Delivery
6 35 (4.35%) CRM
7 34 (4.22%) Service Management
8 33 (4.10%) Release Management
9 31 (3.85%) Asset Management
10 30 (3.73%) Agile Software Development
10 30 (3.73%) E-Commerce
11 29 (3.60%) ERP
11 29 (3.60%) Performance Tuning
12 28 (3.48%) Configuration Management
13 26 (3.23%) Electronic Trading
14 23 (2.86%) User Acceptance Testing
15 22 (2.73%) Business Intelligence
15 22 (2.73%) Migration
15 22 (2.73%) Root Cause Analysis
16 21 (2.61%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 368 (45.71%) SQL
2 112 (13.91%) Java
3 75 (9.32%) Perl
4 63 (7.83%) Shell Script
5 53 (6.58%) Python
6 46 (5.71%) C#
7 40 (4.97%) PowerShell
8 39 (4.84%) JavaScript
9 38 (4.72%) VB
10 33 (4.10%) PHP
11 23 (2.86%) PL/SQL
12 21 (2.61%) T-SQL
12 21 (2.61%) VBA
13 20 (2.48%) VB.NET
14 15 (1.86%) Bash Shell
15 11 (1.37%) C++
16 10 (1.24%) C
17 9 (1.12%) AWK
17 9 (1.12%) sed
17 9 (1.12%) VB6
Qualifications
1 55 (6.83%) Security Cleared
2 28 (3.48%) SC Cleared
3 25 (3.11%) ITIL Certification
4 23 (2.86%) Degree
4 23 (2.86%) Microsoft Certification
5 22 (2.73%) MCSE
6 18 (2.24%) DV Cleared
7 13 (1.61%) MCSA
8 9 (1.12%) CCNA
8 9 (1.12%) Cisco Certification
9 7 (0.87%) CISSP
9 7 (0.87%) MCP
10 5 (0.62%) CTC Cleared
11 4 (0.50%) BPSS Clearance
12 3 (0.37%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 2 (0.25%) HNC
13 2 (0.25%) RHCSA
14 1 (0.12%) Oracle Certification
14 1 (0.12%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 1 (0.12%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (4.72%) SLA
2 17 (2.11%) QA
3 7 (0.87%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.50%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.25%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.12%) BS7666
7 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.12%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.12%) TickIT
7 1 (0.12%) WCAG
System Software
1 39 (4.84%) Active Directory
2 15 (1.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (0.99%) Microsoft App-V
4 7 (0.87%) qmail
4 7 (0.87%) Squid
5 6 (0.75%) XenApp
6 5 (0.62%) Samba
6 5 (0.62%) Terminal Services
7 3 (0.37%) Docker
7 3 (0.37%) XenDesktop
7 3 (0.37%) XenServer
8 2 (0.25%) VMware Workstation
9 1 (0.12%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 1 (0.12%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.12%) NFS
9 1 (0.12%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.12%) Time Sharing Option
9 1 (0.12%) Tivoli Directory Server
9 1 (0.12%) Varnish
9 1 (0.12%) Xen
Systems Management
1 23 (2.86%) Nagios
2 21 (2.61%) Puppet
3 19 (2.36%) ITRS Geneos
4 13 (1.61%) Cacti
5 12 (1.49%) logstash
5 12 (1.49%) WSUS
6 11 (1.37%) Ansible
7 10 (1.24%) Control-M
7 10 (1.24%) ZABBIX
8 9 (1.12%) SCCM
8 9 (1.12%) Tivoli
9 8 (0.99%) HP Quality Center
9 8 (0.99%) yum
10 7 (0.87%) collectd
10 7 (0.87%) Ganglia
10 7 (0.87%) Graphite
11 4 (0.50%) McAfee ePO
11 4 (0.50%) NetBackup
11 4 (0.50%) Norton AntiVirus
11 4 (0.50%) Opsview
Vendors
1 183 (22.73%) Oracle
2 109 (13.54%) Microsoft
3 40 (4.97%) Sybase
4 39 (4.84%) Red Hat
5 35 (4.35%) IBM
5 35 (4.35%) VMware
6 23 (2.86%) Citrix
6 23 (2.86%) Fidessa
7 19 (2.36%) Cisco
7 19 (2.36%) HP
8 18 (2.24%) Bloomberg
8 18 (2.24%) Charles River
9 17 (2.11%) Remedy
10 16 (1.99%) ServiceNow
11 15 (1.86%) Reuters
12 14 (1.74%) SAP
13 12 (1.49%) Civica
13 12 (1.49%) Hyperion
14 11 (1.37%) Northgate
14 11 (1.37%) Splunk
Lanarkshire
Reed Technology
Rate: £16.00 - £18.00 per annum
Posted: 4 hours ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Westbourne Partners
Rate: From £300 to £550 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
London
Scott-Merrick LLP
Posted: 8 hours ago
Forest Row, East Sussex
Vadis People
Rate: Circa £275-£350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Head Resourcing
Rate: £275 - £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
South West
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Surrey
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 6 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Montash
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
South West
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Posted: 6 days ago
Sheffield
Capita plc
Rate: £220.00 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
London
OCC Computer Personnel
Rate: £150 - 190 per day + Rate
Posted: 11 days ago
Southampton
IQ Telecom
Rate: £200 - £210 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
Edinburgh
Cathcart Associates
Posted: 15 days ago
London
Talent Point
Rate: £40000.00 - £45000.00 per annum
Posted: 18 days ago
Ipswich
Vivid Resourcing
Rate: Market related
Posted: 20 days ago
London
Development and Infrastructure
Rate: £550 - 650 per day
Posted: 22 days ago