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 21 August 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
21 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Application Support
Rank 240 258 247
Rank change year-on-year
+18 -11
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 452 391 442
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.80% 0.75% 0.76%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.87% 0.80% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 270 228 228
Average daily rate
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£340 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £179 £181
10% offered a daily rate of more than £543 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £250 £300 £280
% change year-on-year
-16.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 23 27
Average hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.11% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.75 £17.00 £10.26
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.79 £49.00 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-11.11% +28.57%

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
52000 48616 53775
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.35% 92.66% 92.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 31509 28830 30178
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2002 2090 2663
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.08 £39.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.68
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.96%

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 21 August 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 21 August 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 21 August 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 +8 423 £350 - 183
London +31 249 £375 -11.76% 107
City of London +56 94 £425 -5.55% 60
South East -17 49 £320 +53.29% 16
North East - 29 £188 - 3
Tyne and Wear - 27 £150 - 3
West Midlands +3 25 £231 +15.62% 8
Newcastle upon Tyne - 25 £188 - 3
Hampshire -14 21 £375 +89.87% 2
Scotland -17 21 £181 -45.07% 15
South West -28 21 £300 +4.34% 7
North West -2 16 £375 +19.04% 12
Yorkshire -7 15 £195 -29.09% 8
East of England -25 15 £188 -18.47% 13
Surrey 0 14 £225 -30.76% 2
Dorset +10 9 £300 -
Birmingham +5 9 £185 -64.76% 4
West Yorkshire +1 8 £220 -30.15% 5
Edinburgh -11 8 £208 - 2
Glasgow -12 8 £171 -48.10% 9
Leeds +3 7 £220 -30.15% 3
South Yorkshire +2 7 £170 -2.85% 3
Warwickshire 0 7 £275 +26.43%
Coventry -4 7 £250 +30.71% 2
Sheffield +13 6 £165 -7.04% 2
Cheshire +1 6 £313 -10.71% 4
Southampton -16 6 £375 +167.85%
East Midlands +3 5 £300 -25.00% 11
Essex -2 5 £238 +42.85% 1
Bournemouth - 5 £288 -

Applications Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 August 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.

1 453 (51.36%) SQL
2 317 (35.94%) Windows
3 243 (27.55%) UNIX
4 230 (26.08%) Finance
5 229 (25.96%) SQL Server
6 207 (23.47%) ITIL
7 202 (22.90%) Oracle
8 156 (17.69%) Linux
9 133 (15.08%) .NET
10 127 (14.40%) Microsoft
11 125 (14.17%) Java
12 121 (13.72%) Banking
13 87 (9.86%) C#
14 83 (9.41%) Front Office
15 77 (8.73%) Change Management
16 73 (8.28%) Perl
16 73 (8.28%) IIS
17 66 (7.48%) MS Excel
18 63 (7.14%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
19 62 (7.03%) SLA
20 60 (6.80%) Python
21 59 (6.69%) Incident Management
22 58 (6.58%) SQL Server 2008
22 58 (6.58%) Oracle Database
23 54 (6.12%) Fixed Income
23 54 (6.12%) Windows Server 2008
24 53 (6.01%) Back Office
25 52 (5.90%) Red Hat
25 52 (5.90%) Service Delivery
26 51 (5.78%) T-SQL

Applications Support
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 August 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 73 (8.28%) IIS
2 50 (5.67%) SharePoint
3 34 (3.85%) WebLogic
4 31 (3.51%) WebSphere
5 22 (2.49%) Tomcat
6 21 (2.38%) Apache
7 14 (1.59%) CMS
8 12 (1.36%) BizTalk Server
9 11 (1.25%) Documentum
9 11 (1.25%) Oracle Service Bus
10 9 (1.02%) MS Exchange
11 8 (0.91%) WebSphere Application Server
11 8 (0.91%) Oracle Workflow
11 8 (0.91%) WebSphere Process Server
12 7 (0.79%) MQSeries
12 7 (0.79%) SAS
12 7 (0.79%) SharePoint 2010
13 6 (0.68%) SharePoint 2013
14 4 (0.45%) WebLogic Portal
14 4 (0.45%) Liferay
Applications
1 66 (7.48%) MS Excel
2 48 (5.44%) MS Office
3 15 (1.70%) InfoPath
4 6 (0.68%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (0.45%) MS Project
6 2 (0.23%) MS PowerPoint
7 1 (0.11%) MicroStation
7 1 (0.11%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.11%) Fireworks
7 1 (0.11%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.11%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 15 (1.70%) Oracle EBS
2 14 (1.59%) Markit EDM
3 11 (1.25%) Oracle Applications
3 11 (1.25%) Dynamics CRM
4 8 (0.91%) ReMetrica
5 7 (0.79%) SimCorp Dimension
6 6 (0.68%) Oracle Payables
6 6 (0.68%) Oracle EBS R12
7 5 (0.57%) HFM
7 5 (0.57%) Academy Housing
7 5 (0.57%) Temenos T24
7 5 (0.57%) Oracle General Ledger
8 4 (0.45%) RMDS
8 4 (0.45%) SunGard Stream Ubix
8 4 (0.45%) SunGard Stream Clearvision
8 4 (0.45%) Oracle Receivables
9 3 (0.34%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
9 3 (0.34%) ION MarketView
9 3 (0.34%) Academy Revenues and Benefits
9 3 (0.34%) Front Arena
Cloud Services
1 8 (0.91%) PaaS
1 8 (0.91%) IaaS
2 3 (0.34%) SaaS
3 1 (0.11%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 46 (5.22%) Firewall
2 27 (3.06%) Internet
2 27 (3.06%) Multicast
3 19 (2.15%) FTP
4 16 (1.81%) TCP/IP
5 10 (1.13%) DNS
5 10 (1.13%) HTTP
6 9 (1.02%) Network Security
6 9 (1.02%) HTTPS
7 6 (0.68%) SSL
7 6 (0.68%) Broadband
8 5 (0.57%) LDAP
9 4 (0.45%) SAN
10 3 (0.34%) DMZ
10 3 (0.34%) Intranet
10 3 (0.34%) LAN
10 3 (0.34%) PuTTY
10 3 (0.34%) WAN
11 2 (0.23%) SMS
11 2 (0.23%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 229 (25.96%) SQL Server
2 58 (6.58%) SQL Server 2008
2 58 (6.58%) Oracle Database
3 48 (5.44%) SQL Server 2005
4 36 (4.08%) Relational Database
5 34 (3.85%) SQL Server 2000
6 29 (3.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 24 (2.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 18 (2.04%) Crystal Reports
8 18 (2.04%) Data Warehouse
9 16 (1.81%) Oracle Database 11g
10 13 (1.47%) SQL Server 2012
10 13 (1.47%) RDBMS
11 11 (1.25%) Oracle ODI
12 10 (1.13%) Oracle Reports
13 8 (0.91%) MySQL
13 8 (0.91%) InterSystems Cache
14 7 (0.79%) QlikView
15 6 (0.68%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 6 (0.68%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 16 (1.81%) Oracle Forms
2 12 (1.36%) Subversion
3 11 (1.25%) Visual Studio
4 10 (1.13%) JIRA
5 9 (1.02%) Team Foundation Server
6 7 (0.79%) PVCS
7 6 (0.68%) JUnit
7 6 (0.68%) Rational Rhapsody
7 6 (0.68%) TeamCity
8 4 (0.45%) Eclipse
8 4 (0.45%) Toad
9 3 (0.34%) TestDirector
9 3 (0.34%) SoapUI
10 2 (0.23%) WebLOAD
10 2 (0.23%) ClearCase
10 2 (0.23%) Serena SBM
10 2 (0.23%) InstallShield
10 2 (0.23%) AdminStudio
11 1 (0.11%) Introscope
11 1 (0.11%) Oracle APEX
General
1 230 (26.08%) Finance
2 121 (13.72%) Banking
3 83 (9.41%) Front Office
4 53 (6.01%) Back Office
5 46 (5.22%) Investment Banking
6 30 (3.40%) Retail
7 18 (2.04%) Legal
7 18 (2.04%) Pharmaceutical
8 15 (1.70%) Telecoms
9 14 (1.59%) Financial Institution
9 14 (1.59%) French Language
10 13 (1.47%) Law
11 9 (1.02%) Manufacturing
11 9 (1.02%) Advertising
11 9 (1.02%) Publishing
11 9 (1.02%) General Ledger
12 6 (0.68%) Local Government
13 5 (0.57%) Billing
14 4 (0.45%) German Language
14 4 (0.45%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 133 (15.08%) .NET
2 48 (5.44%) Web Services
3 41 (4.65%) XML
4 34 (3.85%) ASP.NET
5 33 (3.74%) HTML
6 32 (3.63%) Middleware
7 22 (2.49%) Spring
8 21 (2.38%) J2EE
8 21 (2.38%) Rendezvous
9 17 (1.93%) WebSphere MQ
10 16 (1.81%) .NET Framework
11 14 (1.59%) WCF
12 13 (1.47%) Hibernate
13 8 (0.91%) SOAP
13 8 (0.91%) FIX Protocol
13 8 (0.91%) QuickFIX
14 7 (0.79%) Classic ASP
15 6 (0.68%) WSDL
15 6 (0.68%) Application Packaging
15 6 (0.68%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 63 (7.14%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 54 (6.12%) Fixed Income
3 35 (3.97%) Management Information System
4 34 (3.85%) NHS
5 28 (3.17%) Derivative
6 18 (2.04%) SWIFT
7 16 (1.81%) Equities
8 14 (1.59%) N-Tier
9 13 (1.47%) Enterprise Software
10 12 (1.36%) Client/Server
10 12 (1.36%) Statistics
10 12 (1.36%) Computer Science
11 11 (1.25%) Replication
11 11 (1.25%) AS400
12 8 (0.91%) Wiki
12 8 (0.91%) iSeries
13 7 (0.79%) Market Risk
13 7 (0.79%) Hedge funds
14 6 (0.68%) Mobile App
15 5 (0.57%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 317 (35.94%) Windows
2 243 (27.55%) UNIX
3 156 (17.69%) Linux
4 54 (6.12%) Windows Server 2008
5 49 (5.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 44 (4.99%) Windows Server 2003
7 37 (4.20%) Windows 7
8 33 (3.74%) Windows XP
9 23 (2.61%) Solaris
10 11 (1.25%) HPUX
10 11 (1.25%) Windows Server 2012
11 7 (0.79%) CentOS
11 7 (0.79%) AIX
12 6 (0.68%) Ubuntu
13 4 (0.45%) Windows 8
14 3 (0.34%) Windows Vista
14 3 (0.34%) Mac OS X
14 3 (0.34%) MVS
14 3 (0.34%) Windows NT
15 2 (0.23%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 207 (23.47%) ITIL
2 77 (8.73%) Change Management
3 59 (6.69%) Incident Management
4 52 (5.90%) Service Delivery
5 44 (4.99%) Root Cause Analysis
6 43 (4.88%) Problem Management
7 40 (4.54%) Asset Management
8 39 (4.42%) Service Management
8 39 (4.42%) CRM
9 36 (4.08%) Low Latency
10 35 (3.97%) Electronic Trading
11 34 (3.85%) Project Management
12 31 (3.51%) Workflow
13 30 (3.40%) Continuous Improvement
14 27 (3.06%) Change Control
15 26 (2.95%) Investment Management
15 26 (2.95%) Release Management
16 25 (2.83%) ERP
16 25 (2.83%) Performance Tuning
17 24 (2.72%) Capacity Management
Programming Languages
1 453 (51.36%) SQL
2 125 (14.17%) Java
3 87 (9.86%) C#
4 73 (8.28%) Perl
5 60 (6.80%) Python
6 51 (5.78%) T-SQL
7 49 (5.56%) PL/SQL
8 38 (4.31%) VB
9 28 (3.17%) Shell Script
10 25 (2.83%) PowerShell
11 23 (2.61%) VBA
11 23 (2.61%) JavaScript
12 15 (1.70%) C++
13 14 (1.59%) VB.NET
13 14 (1.59%) VBScript
13 14 (1.59%) Bash Shell
14 12 (1.36%) VB6
15 11 (1.25%) Korn
16 8 (0.91%) PHP
17 4 (0.45%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 48 (5.44%) Security Cleared
2 41 (4.65%) Degree
3 35 (3.97%) SC Cleared
4 25 (2.83%) ITIL Certification
5 7 (0.79%) CTC Cleared
6 4 (0.45%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (0.45%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 3 (0.34%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 62 (7.03%) SLA
2 31 (3.51%) QA
3 9 (1.02%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 8 (0.91%) COBIT
5 4 (0.45%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.11%) GxP
6 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 49 (5.56%) Active Directory
2 9 (1.02%) Microsoft App-V
3 8 (0.91%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.57%) XenApp
4 5 (0.57%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
4 5 (0.57%) vSphere
5 4 (0.45%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 3 (0.34%) XenDesktop
6 3 (0.34%) VMware ESX
6 3 (0.34%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.11%) XenServer
7 1 (0.11%) Apache ZooKeeper
Systems Management
1 19 (2.15%) Tivoli
2 17 (1.93%) SCCM
3 12 (1.36%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 11 (1.25%) ITRS Geneos
5 10 (1.13%) Tivoli Monitoring
6 8 (0.91%) Control-M
7 4 (0.45%) Nagios
8 3 (0.34%) Dollar Universe
9 2 (0.23%) Hyperic
9 2 (0.23%) SCOM
9 2 (0.23%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 1 (0.11%) Netcool
10 1 (0.11%) HP Quality Center
10 1 (0.11%) WMI
10 1 (0.11%) Puppet
10 1 (0.11%) Opsview
Vendors
1 202 (22.90%) Oracle
2 127 (14.40%) Microsoft
3 52 (5.90%) Red Hat
4 35 (3.97%) Reuters
5 33 (3.74%) TIBCO
6 29 (3.29%) Citrix
7 25 (2.83%) HP
7 25 (2.83%) Sybase
8 23 (2.61%) Charles River
9 22 (2.49%) MarketAxess
10 20 (2.27%) eSpeed
11 19 (2.15%) VMware
12 18 (2.04%) Sun
13 17 (1.93%) Bloomberg
13 17 (1.93%) thinkFolio
14 13 (1.47%) Business Objects
15 12 (1.36%) IBM
16 11 (1.25%) SAP
17 10 (1.13%) Cognos
17 10 (1.13%) Remedy
Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £225 - £250 Per Day
Posted: 1 hour ago
City of London
Interquest - ITQ Financial - Tunbridge Wells
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
City, London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £500 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 4 hours ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 5 hours ago
City, London
Aston Carter
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
EMBS- People Transfer
Rate: £20 phr (£40k equivalent)
Posted: Yesterday
City of London
Huxley Associates
Rate: £400 - £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
East Midlands
Venn Group - UK
Rate: 100-125 Per Day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Elevate Direct
Rate: Unspecified - negotiable dependent on experience
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
JM
Rate: £500 - £700 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: market rate
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City of London
Huxley Associates
Rate: £500 per day + competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £20000.00 - £25000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
JM
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Venn Group - UK
Rate: 300-400 Per Day
Posted: 7 days ago