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 28 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
28 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Application Support
Rank 335 244 249
Rank change year-on-year
-91 +5
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 346 570 493
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.65% 0.98% 0.86%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.68% 1.03% 0.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 251 371 289
Median daily rate £340 £365 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.84% +7.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £195 £220 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £353 £265
% change year-on-year
-14.89% +33.01%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 17 31
Median hourly rate £16.00 £22.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-27.27% +4.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.20 £17.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.37 £35.00 £32.82
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.50 £26.25 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-2.85% +38.15%

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
50559 55175 53302
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.62% 94.96% 93.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 33062 35242 32521
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 1693 2081 2120
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.37 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% +5.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.33 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-4.78% +5.03%

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 28 September 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 28 September 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 28 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 -85 326 £348 -6.08% 155
London -98 139 £390 - 58
South East +39 73 £300 -14.89% 27
City of London -2 42 £435 +2.35% 20
East of England -10 34 £265 -24.21% 14
Hampshire +34 21 £300 -25.92% 4
Scotland +4 20 £293 -14.59% 7
South West -1 20 £375 +4.89% 12
North West -23 19 £355 -11.25% 17
West Sussex +10 17 £360 +1.40% 4
Yorkshire -18 14 £231 -38.33% 6
Essex -13 13 £270 -28.00%
Manchester -17 12 £350 -22.73% 9
West Midlands -34 12 £325 -8.25% 11
West Yorkshire +8 11 £250 -13.04% 6
Cambridgeshire +35 10 £185 -14.94% 4
Buckinghamshire +32 9 £200 -42.85% 1
Hertfordshire +9 9 £225 - 3
North East -12 9 £230 +4.54% 4
Tyne and Wear -22 9 £230 +4.54% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne -25 9 £230 +4.54% 3
Milton Keynes - 9 £200 - 1
Cambridge +23 8 £200 +25.00% 1
Edinburgh +15 8 £350 +7.69% 2
Merseyside -1 7 £375 +27.65% 4
Leeds -1 7 £250 - 5
Surrey -3 7 £463 +105.55% 9
Erskine - 7 £290 -
Renfrewshire - 7 £290 -
Wiltshire +14 6 £400 -14.89% 2

Applications Support Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 September 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.

1 353 (48.42%) SQL
2 217 (29.77%) Oracle
3 192 (26.34%) Finance
4 186 (25.51%) ITIL
5 166 (22.77%) Windows
6 154 (21.12%) SQL Server
7 144 (19.75%) Linux
8 143 (19.62%) Java
9 132 (18.11%) Unix
10 102 (13.99%) .NET
11 98 (13.44%) Microsoft
12 86 (11.80%) Banking
13 76 (10.43%) MS Excel
14 70 (9.60%) XML
15 69 (9.47%) Windows Server
16 68 (9.33%) Oracle Database
17 66 (9.05%) Perl
18 63 (8.64%) IIS
19 60 (8.23%) MS Office
20 59 (8.09%) PL/SQL
20 59 (8.09%) Analytical Skills
21 58 (7.96%) Tomcat
22 57 (7.82%) C#
23 56 (7.68%) Security Cleared
24 54 (7.41%) JavaScript
25 53 (7.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
26 49 (6.72%) T-SQL
27 48 (6.58%) HTML
28 47 (6.45%) Citrix
29 46 (6.31%) CRM

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 63 (8.64%) IIS
2 58 (7.96%) Tomcat
3 44 (6.04%) SharePoint
4 43 (5.90%) Apache
5 34 (4.66%) WebLogic
6 21 (2.88%) WebSphere
7 13 (1.78%) JBoss
8 12 (1.65%) BizTalk Server
9 10 (1.37%) CMS
9 10 (1.37%) SharePoint 2010
10 9 (1.23%) Oracle Application Server
11 7 (0.96%) Oracle Workflow
11 7 (0.96%) SharePoint Server
12 6 (0.82%) Drupal
13 5 (0.69%) Alfresco
13 5 (0.69%) Elasticsearch
13 5 (0.69%) MS Exchange
14 4 (0.55%) Mule
14 4 (0.55%) Oracle HTTP Server
14 4 (0.55%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 76 (10.43%) MS Excel
2 60 (8.23%) MS Office
3 14 (1.92%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (0.82%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.69%) Spreadsheet
6 4 (0.55%) SPSS
7 3 (0.41%) CATIA
8 2 (0.27%) InfoPath
9 1 (0.14%) FrameMaker
Business Applications
1 14 (1.92%) Markit EDM
2 11 (1.51%) ION MarketView
2 11 (1.51%) Summit
3 10 (1.37%) Dynamics CRM
4 8 (1.10%) Oracle Applications
4 8 (1.10%) Orchard Housing
5 7 (0.96%) Academy Housing
5 7 (0.96%) Northgate Housing
5 7 (0.96%) Oracle EBS R12
6 6 (0.82%) CSG Singleview
6 6 (0.82%) HFM
6 6 (0.82%) Hyperion Planning
6 6 (0.82%) Unit4 Business World
7 5 (0.69%) Academy Revenues and Benefits
7 5 (0.69%) assyst
7 5 (0.69%) Oracle EBS
7 5 (0.69%) Oracle ERP
8 4 (0.55%) Dynamics NAV
9 3 (0.41%) Cognos TM1
9 3 (0.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 7 (0.96%) Office 365
2 6 (0.82%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (0.41%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.41%) Google Apps
3 3 (0.41%) SaaS
4 2 (0.27%) Google Analytics
5 1 (0.14%) Google Play
5 1 (0.14%) IBM Cloud
5 1 (0.14%) IBM SmartCloud
Communications & Networking
1 45 (6.17%) Firewall
2 37 (5.08%) Internet
3 22 (3.02%) TCP/IP
4 16 (2.19%) LDAP
5 14 (1.92%) DNS
5 14 (1.92%) SSL
6 12 (1.65%) HTTP
7 9 (1.23%) SSH
8 8 (1.10%) DHCP
8 8 (1.10%) FTP
8 8 (1.10%) Intranet
9 7 (0.96%) IPv6
9 7 (0.96%) Multicast
9 7 (0.96%) OpenLDAP
10 6 (0.82%) HTTPS
11 5 (0.69%) Wireshark
12 4 (0.55%) BIG-IP
12 4 (0.55%) Network Security
13 3 (0.41%) SNMP
14 2 (0.27%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 154 (21.12%) SQL Server
2 68 (9.33%) Oracle Database
3 37 (5.08%) Relational Database
4 28 (3.84%) SQL Server 2008
5 20 (2.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 18 (2.47%) PostgreSQL
7 15 (2.06%) BusinessObjects
7 15 (2.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 14 (1.92%) MySQL
8 14 (1.92%) RDBMS
9 13 (1.78%) SQLPlus
10 11 (1.51%) MS Access
11 10 (1.37%) QlikView
11 10 (1.37%) SQL Server 2012
12 8 (1.10%) Crystal Reports
12 8 (1.10%) Data Warehouse
12 8 (1.10%) DB2
12 8 (1.10%) SAP BI
12 8 (1.10%) SQL Server 2014
13 7 (0.96%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 15 (2.06%) JIRA
2 14 (1.92%) Visual Studio
3 11 (1.51%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 9 (1.23%) Log4j
5 8 (1.10%) Eclipse
6 6 (0.82%) JUnit
7 5 (0.69%) ClearCase
7 5 (0.69%) ClearQuest
7 5 (0.69%) Jenkins
7 5 (0.69%) Subversion
8 4 (0.55%) MSI
8 4 (0.55%) Toad
9 3 (0.41%) IntelliJ
9 3 (0.41%) Maven
9 3 (0.41%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 3 (0.41%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (0.27%) Git (software)
10 2 (0.27%) JBuilder
10 2 (0.27%) Oracle Forms
11 1 (0.14%) JDeveloper
General
1 192 (26.34%) Finance
2 86 (11.80%) Banking
3 44 (6.04%) Retail
4 33 (4.53%) Front Office
5 27 (3.70%) Investment Banking
6 24 (3.29%) Back Office
7 16 (2.19%) Law
8 15 (2.06%) Billing
9 13 (1.78%) Legal
10 9 (1.23%) Marketing
11 8 (1.10%) Financial Institution
12 7 (0.96%) Pharmaceutical
13 6 (0.82%) Advertising
14 5 (0.69%) French Language
14 5 (0.69%) German Language
14 5 (0.69%) Local Government
14 5 (0.69%) Manufacturing
14 5 (0.69%) Telecoms
15 4 (0.55%) Automotive
15 4 (0.55%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 102 (13.99%) .NET
2 70 (9.60%) XML
3 48 (6.58%) HTML
4 45 (6.17%) CSS
5 29 (3.98%) J2EE
5 29 (3.98%) Web Services
6 23 (3.16%) ASP.NET
7 20 (2.74%) XSLT
8 18 (2.47%) Middleware
9 17 (2.33%) FIX Protocol
9 17 (2.33%) Spring
10 16 (2.19%) .NET Framework
10 16 (2.19%) jQuery
11 14 (1.92%) J2SE
11 14 (1.92%) JSP
11 14 (1.92%) SOAP
12 11 (1.51%) WebCenter
13 9 (1.23%) WebSphere MQ
13 9 (1.23%) XML Schema
14 8 (1.10%) Rendezvous
Miscellaneous
1 59 (8.09%) Analytical Skills
2 37 (5.08%) Enterprise Software
3 32 (4.39%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 22 (3.02%) Data Centre
4 22 (3.02%) Derivative
5 21 (2.88%) Fixed Income
6 13 (1.78%) Management Information System
7 11 (1.51%) Equities
7 11 (1.51%) Equity Derivative
8 10 (1.37%) iPad
9 8 (1.10%) Mainframe
10 7 (0.96%) Client/Server
10 7 (0.96%) Smart Meter
10 7 (0.96%) SWIFT
11 6 (0.82%) Clustering
11 6 (0.82%) EPoS
11 6 (0.82%) Fintech
12 5 (0.69%) NHS
13 4 (0.55%) Blackberry
13 4 (0.55%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 166 (22.77%) Windows
2 144 (19.75%) Linux
3 132 (18.11%) Unix
4 69 (9.47%) Windows Server
5 53 (7.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 26 (3.57%) Windows Server 2012
7 19 (2.61%) Windows Server 2003
8 18 (2.47%) Windows Server 2008
9 16 (2.19%) Solaris
10 7 (0.96%) Mac OS
11 6 (0.82%) Windows 7
12 4 (0.55%) VMS
13 3 (0.41%) AIX
13 3 (0.41%) Windows 2000
14 2 (0.27%) Android
14 2 (0.27%) CentOS
14 2 (0.27%) Windows 10
14 2 (0.27%) Windows 2000 Server
14 2 (0.27%) Windows Vista
14 2 (0.27%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 186 (25.51%) ITIL
2 46 (6.31%) CRM
3 41 (5.62%) Problem Management
3 41 (5.62%) Release Management
4 36 (4.94%) ITIL V3
4 36 (4.94%) Service Management
5 34 (4.66%) Change Management
6 33 (4.53%) Incident Management
6 33 (4.53%) Service Delivery
7 30 (4.12%) Migration
8 27 (3.70%) Workflow
9 22 (3.02%) Configuration Management
9 22 (3.02%) E-Commerce
9 22 (3.02%) Electronic Trading
10 21 (2.88%) Business Intelligence
11 20 (2.74%) Business Analysis
11 20 (2.74%) ERP
11 20 (2.74%) Stakeholder Management
12 19 (2.61%) ITSM
12 19 (2.61%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 353 (48.42%) SQL
2 143 (19.62%) Java
3 66 (9.05%) Perl
4 59 (8.09%) PL/SQL
5 57 (7.82%) C#
6 54 (7.41%) JavaScript
7 49 (6.72%) T-SQL
8 45 (6.17%) Python
9 38 (5.21%) Shell Script
9 38 (5.21%) VB
10 34 (4.66%) PowerShell
11 32 (4.39%) VBA
12 31 (4.25%) PHP
13 29 (3.98%) Bash Shell
14 26 (3.57%) C++
15 25 (3.43%) VB.NET
16 20 (2.74%) VB6
17 16 (2.19%) C
18 5 (0.69%) COBOL
19 3 (0.41%) Korn
Qualifications
1 56 (7.68%) Security Cleared
2 35 (4.80%) SC Cleared
3 29 (3.98%) Degree
4 13 (1.78%) ITIL Certification
5 11 (1.51%) DV Cleared
6 8 (1.10%) MCP
7 7 (0.96%) Microsoft Certification
7 7 (0.96%) MOS
8 5 (0.69%) MCSA
8 5 (0.69%) MCSE
9 3 (0.41%) BPSS Clearance
9 3 (0.41%) CTC Cleared
10 2 (0.27%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 1 (0.14%) HNC
11 1 (0.14%) MCAD
11 1 (0.14%) MCSD
11 1 (0.14%) Oracle Certification
11 1 (0.14%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (5.35%) SLA
2 16 (2.19%) QA
3 7 (0.96%) ISO 9001
4 4 (0.55%) HL7
5 3 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 3 (0.41%) SEPA
6 2 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.14%) Data Quality
System Software
1 35 (4.80%) Active Directory
2 13 (1.78%) Microsoft App-V
2 13 (1.78%) XenApp
3 11 (1.51%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (1.10%) Terminal Services
5 5 (0.69%) Virtual Machines
6 4 (0.55%) Virtual Desktop
7 3 (0.41%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.41%) Varnish
8 2 (0.27%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 2 (0.27%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 2 (0.27%) Docker
8 2 (0.27%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.27%) XenDesktop
8 2 (0.27%) XenServer
9 1 (0.14%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
9 1 (0.14%) VirtualBox
9 1 (0.14%) vSphere
9 1 (0.14%) Xen
Systems Management
1 23 (3.16%) Control-M
2 14 (1.92%) ITRS Geneos
3 13 (1.78%) Puppet
4 8 (1.10%) SCCM
5 6 (0.82%) WMI
6 5 (0.69%) BladeLogic
6 5 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
6 5 (0.69%) SCOM
7 4 (0.55%) Kibana
7 4 (0.55%) logstash
7 4 (0.55%) Opsview
8 3 (0.41%) Ansible
8 3 (0.41%) Nagios
8 3 (0.41%) WhatsUp Gold
8 3 (0.41%) yum
9 2 (0.27%) Cacti
9 2 (0.27%) Dollar Universe
9 2 (0.27%) Tivoli
10 1 (0.14%) Data Guard
10 1 (0.14%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 217 (29.77%) Oracle
2 98 (13.44%) Microsoft
3 47 (6.45%) Citrix
4 38 (5.21%) Red Hat
5 29 (3.98%) IBM
6 27 (3.70%) VMware
7 23 (3.16%) SAP
8 20 (2.74%) Cognos
9 18 (2.47%) HP
10 17 (2.33%) Northgate
10 17 (2.33%) Remedy
11 16 (2.19%) Sybase
12 12 (1.65%) Hyperion
12 12 (1.65%) Sun
12 12 (1.65%) SunGard
12 12 (1.65%) TIBCO
13 11 (1.51%) Capita
13 11 (1.51%) Civica
13 11 (1.51%) ILOG
13 11 (1.51%) ION Trading
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