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 22 September 2014 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
22 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Application Support
Rank 241 231 245
Rank change year-on-year
-10 +14
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 473 447 457
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.82% 0.85% 0.78%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.90% 0.91% 0.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 278 281 235
Average daily rate
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£328 £338 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.96% +8.87%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £178 £174
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £265 £310 £275
% change year-on-year
-14.51% +12.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 18 34
Average hourly rate £21.00 £22.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.54% +15.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.91 £16.70 £15.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.19 £50.00 £39.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £22.50 £17.51
% change year-on-year
-33.33% +28.53%

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
52499 48968 54351
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.83% 92.75% 92.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 32042 29332 30408
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £348
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +0.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2057 2099 2690
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £18.06
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -5.86%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.34
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.20 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+1.85% -7.42%

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 22 September 2014.

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 22 September 2014.

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 22 September 2014. 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 -17 440 £350 - 216
London +18 264 £400 +5.26% 109
City of London +59 104 £450 +2.85% 37
South East -26 51 £320 +6.66% 33
Hampshire -5 26 £375 +100.00% 6
North East -8 26 £188 - 4
West Midlands +2 25 £250 -28.57% 10
Tyne and Wear - 25 £150 - 4
Newcastle upon Tyne - 24 £188 - 4
North West +3 23 £363 +15.07% 19
South West -21 22 £300 -1.63% 11
Scotland -16 21 £190 -41.98% 14
Surrey 0 12 £235 -27.69% 6
Southampton -6 12 £375 +177.77% 2
Yorkshire -13 12 £204 +13.19% 9
East of England -38 12 £250 -16.66% 13
Dorset +9 9 £300 -
Cheshire +10 8 £350 - 4
Edinburgh +3 8 £208 +18.57% 3
Warwickshire -4 7 £275 +26.43% 1
Birmingham -10 7 £185 -52.25% 2
South Yorkshire +1 6 £238 +34.75% 3
East Midlands -7 6 - - 8
Glasgow -24 6 £170 -48.48% 11
Coventry - 6 £250 - 2
Devon - 6 £380 -
Manchester -16 5 £325 +3.17% 10
Belfast - 5 £133 - 2
Bournemouth - 5 £288 -
County Antrim - 5 £133 - 2

Applications Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, 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.

1 463 (51.05%) SQL
2 321 (35.39%) Windows
3 254 (28.00%) UNIX
4 234 (25.80%) Finance
5 232 (25.58%) SQL Server
6 190 (20.95%) Oracle
7 187 (20.62%) ITIL
8 157 (17.31%) Linux
9 135 (14.88%) Banking
10 128 (14.11%) Microsoft
11 127 (14.00%) Java
12 118 (13.01%) .NET
13 96 (10.58%) Front Office
14 87 (9.59%) Perl
15 86 (9.48%) Change Management
16 76 (8.38%) C#
17 68 (7.50%) Analytical Skills
18 67 (7.39%) SLA
19 65 (7.17%) MS Excel
20 64 (7.06%) Python
20 64 (7.06%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
21 60 (6.62%) IIS
21 60 (6.62%) Back Office
22 58 (6.39%) MS Office
22 58 (6.39%) Windows Server 2008
23 57 (6.28%) Incident Management
24 56 (6.17%) SQL Server 2008
24 56 (6.17%) Oracle Database
25 53 (5.84%) Security Cleared
26 51 (5.62%) Investment Banking

Applications Support
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, 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 60 (6.62%) IIS
2 48 (5.29%) SharePoint
3 30 (3.31%) WebLogic
4 29 (3.20%) WebSphere
5 18 (1.98%) Apache
5 18 (1.98%) Tomcat
6 12 (1.32%) BizTalk Server
6 12 (1.32%) CMS
7 11 (1.21%) Documentum
8 9 (0.99%) SharePoint 2010
9 8 (0.88%) WebSphere Process Server
9 8 (0.88%) Oracle Service Bus
10 7 (0.77%) Oracle Workflow
10 7 (0.77%) SAS
10 7 (0.77%) MQSeries
10 7 (0.77%) MS Exchange
10 7 (0.77%) WebSphere Application Server
11 6 (0.66%) SharePoint 2013
12 3 (0.33%) IBM Notes
12 3 (0.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 65 (7.17%) MS Excel
2 58 (6.39%) MS Office
3 11 (1.21%) InfoPath
4 6 (0.66%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.33%) MS Project
6 2 (0.22%) SPSS
6 2 (0.22%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.11%) MS PowerPoint
7 1 (0.11%) MicroStation
Business Applications
1 18 (1.98%) Markit EDM
2 16 (1.76%) Oracle EBS
3 11 (1.21%) Dynamics CRM
4 9 (0.99%) Oracle Applications
5 8 (0.88%) ReMetrica
6 7 (0.77%) SimCorp Dimension
7 6 (0.66%) BPCS
8 5 (0.55%) HFM
8 5 (0.55%) Academy Housing
8 5 (0.55%) Oracle Payables
8 5 (0.55%) Oracle EBS R12
9 4 (0.44%) ION MarketView
9 4 (0.44%) SunGard Stream Ubix
9 4 (0.44%) SunGard Stream Clearvision
9 4 (0.44%) Temenos T24
9 4 (0.44%) RMDS
10 3 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 3 (0.33%) Front Arena
10 3 (0.33%) Oracle General Ledger
10 3 (0.33%) Academy Revenues and Benefits
Cloud Services
1 8 (0.88%) PaaS
1 8 (0.88%) IaaS
2 5 (0.55%) SaaS
3 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.11%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 40 (4.41%) Firewall
2 26 (2.87%) Internet
3 24 (2.65%) Multicast
4 22 (2.43%) TCP/IP
5 19 (2.09%) FTP
6 12 (1.32%) DNS
7 11 (1.21%) HTTP
8 9 (0.99%) HTTPS
9 8 (0.88%) SSL
10 7 (0.77%) Network Security
11 5 (0.55%) Broadband
12 3 (0.33%) LDAP
13 2 (0.22%) SMS
13 2 (0.22%) SAN
13 2 (0.22%) DMZ
13 2 (0.22%) Intranet
13 2 (0.22%) Extranet
13 2 (0.22%) NAS
13 2 (0.22%) SSH
13 2 (0.22%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 232 (25.58%) SQL Server
2 56 (6.17%) SQL Server 2008
2 56 (6.17%) Oracle Database
3 42 (4.63%) Relational Database
3 42 (4.63%) SQL Server 2005
4 29 (3.20%) SQL Server 2000
5 23 (2.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 19 (2.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 16 (1.76%) SQL Server 2012
7 16 (1.76%) Data Warehouse
8 15 (1.65%) RDBMS
9 14 (1.54%) Crystal Reports
9 14 (1.54%) Oracle Database 11g
10 7 (0.77%) MySQL
11 6 (0.66%) QlikView
11 6 (0.66%) InterSystems Cache
12 5 (0.55%) Essbase
12 5 (0.55%) Oracle ODI
12 5 (0.55%) Oracle Database 10g
12 5 (0.55%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 13 (1.43%) Team Foundation Server
2 12 (1.32%) Oracle Forms
3 10 (1.10%) Visual Studio
3 10 (1.10%) Subversion
4 7 (0.77%) PVCS
5 6 (0.66%) JUnit
5 6 (0.66%) TeamCity
6 5 (0.55%) Serena SBM
6 5 (0.55%) JIRA
7 4 (0.44%) Eclipse
7 4 (0.44%) Toad
8 3 (0.33%) TestDirector
8 3 (0.33%) SoapUI
9 2 (0.22%) Rational Rhapsody
9 2 (0.22%) Git (software)
9 2 (0.22%) ClearCase
9 2 (0.22%) InstallShield
9 2 (0.22%) AdminStudio
10 1 (0.11%) Introscope
10 1 (0.11%) Oracle APEX
General
1 234 (25.80%) Finance
2 135 (14.88%) Banking
3 96 (10.58%) Front Office
4 60 (6.62%) Back Office
5 51 (5.62%) Investment Banking
6 29 (3.20%) Retail
7 19 (2.09%) Legal
8 17 (1.87%) Pharmaceutical
8 17 (1.87%) Telecoms
9 15 (1.65%) French Language
10 13 (1.43%) Financial Institution
10 13 (1.43%) Law
11 12 (1.32%) Manufacturing
12 8 (0.88%) Advertising
13 7 (0.77%) Publishing
13 7 (0.77%) General Ledger
14 6 (0.66%) Local Government
15 5 (0.55%) Billing
15 5 (0.55%) Marketing
16 4 (0.44%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 118 (13.01%) .NET
2 44 (4.85%) Web Services
3 38 (4.19%) XML
4 33 (3.64%) Middleware
5 30 (3.31%) HTML
6 26 (2.87%) ASP.NET
7 22 (2.43%) J2EE
8 18 (1.98%) Spring
8 18 (1.98%) Rendezvous
9 16 (1.76%) WebSphere MQ
10 13 (1.43%) FIX Protocol
10 13 (1.43%) WCF
11 12 (1.32%) .NET Framework
12 10 (1.10%) Hibernate
13 9 (0.99%) SOAP
14 8 (0.88%) Classic ASP
15 7 (0.77%) QuickFIX
16 6 (0.66%) WF
16 6 (0.66%) CSS
16 6 (0.66%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 68 (7.50%) Analytical Skills
2 64 (7.06%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 49 (5.40%) Fixed Income
4 37 (4.08%) Management Information System
4 37 (4.08%) NHS
5 32 (3.53%) Derivative
6 22 (2.43%) SWIFT
7 21 (2.32%) Equities
8 16 (1.76%) Enterprise Software
9 15 (1.65%) AS400
9 15 (1.65%) N-Tier
9 15 (1.65%) Computer Science
10 13 (1.43%) iSeries
11 12 (1.32%) Client/Server
12 11 (1.21%) Statistics
13 9 (0.99%) Hedge funds
14 7 (0.77%) Replication
14 7 (0.77%) Market Risk
15 6 (0.66%) Wiki
15 6 (0.66%) E-Learning
Operating Systems
1 321 (35.39%) Windows
2 254 (28.00%) UNIX
3 157 (17.31%) Linux
4 58 (6.39%) Windows Server 2008
5 46 (5.07%) Windows 7
6 44 (4.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 44 (4.85%) Windows Server 2003
7 36 (3.97%) Windows XP
8 22 (2.43%) Solaris
9 13 (1.43%) Windows Server 2012
10 11 (1.21%) HPUX
11 7 (0.77%) AIX
11 7 (0.77%) CentOS
12 6 (0.66%) Ubuntu
13 4 (0.44%) Mac OS X
13 4 (0.44%) Windows 8
14 3 (0.33%) Oracle Linux
14 3 (0.33%) MVS
14 3 (0.33%) Windows Vista
14 3 (0.33%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 187 (20.62%) ITIL
2 86 (9.48%) Change Management
3 57 (6.28%) Incident Management
4 49 (5.40%) Service Delivery
5 46 (5.07%) Problem Management
6 45 (4.96%) Asset Management
7 41 (4.52%) Root Cause Analysis
8 40 (4.41%) Service Management
9 38 (4.19%) CRM
9 38 (4.19%) Low Latency
10 36 (3.97%) Project Management
11 32 (3.53%) Agile Software Development
11 32 (3.53%) Electronic Trading
12 31 (3.42%) Continuous Improvement
12 31 (3.42%) Workflow
13 29 (3.20%) Change Control
14 27 (2.98%) Investment Management
14 27 (2.98%) Release Management
14 27 (2.98%) User Acceptance Testing
15 26 (2.87%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 463 (51.05%) SQL
2 127 (14.00%) Java
3 87 (9.59%) Perl
4 76 (8.38%) C#
5 64 (7.06%) Python
6 44 (4.85%) PL/SQL
7 39 (4.30%) T-SQL
8 36 (3.97%) VB
9 29 (3.20%) Shell Script
10 25 (2.76%) PowerShell
11 23 (2.54%) VBA
12 21 (2.32%) C++
12 21 (2.32%) JavaScript
13 16 (1.76%) VBScript
13 16 (1.76%) Korn
14 15 (1.65%) Bash Shell
14 15 (1.65%) VB.NET
15 12 (1.32%) PHP
16 9 (0.99%) VB6
17 8 (0.88%) RPG
Qualifications
1 53 (5.84%) Security Cleared
2 49 (5.40%) Degree
3 42 (4.63%) SC Cleared
4 18 (1.98%) ITIL Certification
5 6 (0.66%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (0.66%) CTC Cleared
6 4 (0.44%) DV Cleared
6 4 (0.44%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (0.11%) MCP
7 1 (0.11%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 67 (7.39%) SLA
2 30 (3.31%) QA
3 6 (0.66%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 5 (0.55%) COBIT
5 3 (0.33%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 1 (0.11%) GxP
7 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 44 (4.85%) Active Directory
2 13 (1.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (0.88%) Microsoft App-V
4 5 (0.55%) vSphere
4 5 (0.55%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
5 4 (0.44%) XenApp
5 4 (0.44%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 2 (0.22%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 20 (2.21%) Tivoli
2 18 (1.98%) SCCM
3 12 (1.32%) ITRS Geneos
3 12 (1.32%) Tivoli Monitoring
4 10 (1.10%) Control-M
5 9 (0.99%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 4 (0.44%) Nagios
7 3 (0.33%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 3 (0.33%) SCOM
7 3 (0.33%) Dollar Universe
8 2 (0.22%) HP Quality Center
8 2 (0.22%) Hyperic
9 1 (0.11%) Opsview
9 1 (0.11%) Puppet
9 1 (0.11%) Netcool
9 1 (0.11%) CA SiteMinder
9 1 (0.11%) Foglight
9 1 (0.11%) WMI
Vendors
1 190 (20.95%) Oracle
2 128 (14.11%) Microsoft
3 46 (5.07%) Red Hat
4 36 (3.97%) Reuters
5 32 (3.53%) Citrix
5 32 (3.53%) Sybase
6 30 (3.31%) HP
6 30 (3.31%) TIBCO
7 24 (2.65%) Charles River
8 21 (2.32%) VMware
8 21 (2.32%) MarketAxess
9 20 (2.21%) Bloomberg
10 19 (2.09%) Sun
11 18 (1.98%) eSpeed
11 18 (1.98%) thinkFolio
12 14 (1.54%) IBM
13 12 (1.32%) Cognos
14 11 (1.21%) Business Objects
14 11 (1.21%) Remedy
15 10 (1.10%) Civica
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Venturi
Rate: £200 - £225 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Berkshire
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £275 - £350 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Lancashire
Synergize Consulting
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 13 hours ago
Central London / West End
VIRTUATel Ltd
Rate: Rate negotiable
Posted: 15 hours ago
London
Uniting Ambition
Rate: 400 - 500
Posted: 15 hours ago
City of London
Uniting Ambition
Rate: 400 - 500
Posted: 16 hours ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Square One Resources
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Synergize Consulting
Rate: From £325 to £400 per day This depends on what shift is worked.
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Venn Group - UK
Rate: 35000 Per Annum Temp - Perm
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £396 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Belfast, County Antrim
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £140 - £145 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Middlesbrough
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £20 - £30 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Networking People
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City of London
Interquest - Fulcrum Telecom
Rate: £320 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Warwickshire
Consult Solutions
Rate: £270 - £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £410.00 - £511.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Farnborough, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago