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 October 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 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Application Support
Rank 256 241 220
Rank change year-on-year
-15 -21
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 454 449 491
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.78% 0.85% 0.88%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.86% 0.92% 0.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 270 282 267
Average daily rate
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£325 £350 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £175 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £260 £328 £250
% change year-on-year
-20.61% +31.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 18 41
Average hourly rate £21.00 £19.17 £24.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.54% -21.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.96 £16.35 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.08 £38.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £19.17 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-21.75% +3.62%

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
52814 48754 52062
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.71% 92.76% 93.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 32941 29468 29352
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2104 2105 2558
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £39.50 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
- -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 21 October 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 October 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 October 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 -13 426 £350 -6.66% 218
London +20 266 £425 +6.25% 100
City of London +48 93 £475 +5.55% 32
South East -40 54 £300 -29.41% 33
North East -18 23 £250 - 3
Tyne and Wear - 22 £225 - 3
Newcastle upon Tyne - 22 £225 - 3
Hampshire +1 20 £400 +100.00% 7
West Midlands -15 20 £250 -16.66% 15
North West -13 18 £325 +1.56% 13
Scotland -35 17 £173 -47.72% 12
South West -25 15 £300 - 14
Surrey -3 14 £268 -14.40% 10
Yorkshire -10 14 £213 +18.05% 17
East of England -18 14 £250 -16.66% 17
Cheshire +10 9 £350 +7.69% 4
West Yorkshire -8 8 £213 -29.16% 13
Leeds -4 7 £213 -29.16% 10
Southampton -6 7 £360 +105.71% 4
Berkshire -25 7 £306 -27.94% 7
Edinburgh +2 6 £250 +42.85% 4
Feltham - 6 £235 -
Bristol - 6 £250 - 9
Devon - 6 £380 -
Middlesex +4 5 £260 -
Warwickshire -9 5 £310 +129.62% 2
Glasgow -29 5 £170 -48.48% 6
Exeter - 5 £385 -
County Antrim - 5 £133 -
Belfast - 5 £133 -

Applications Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 444 (50.17%) SQL
2 309 (34.92%) Windows
3 259 (29.27%) UNIX
4 224 (25.31%) Finance
5 220 (24.86%) SQL Server
6 202 (22.82%) Oracle
7 182 (20.56%) ITIL
8 156 (17.63%) Linux
9 123 (13.90%) Java
10 119 (13.45%) Banking
11 117 (13.22%) Microsoft
12 101 (11.41%) .NET
13 99 (11.19%) Front Office
14 96 (10.85%) Perl
15 78 (8.81%) C#
16 73 (8.25%) Change Management
17 68 (7.68%) Python
18 63 (7.12%) Windows Server 2008
19 62 (7.01%) SLA
20 60 (6.78%) MS Excel
21 59 (6.67%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
21 59 (6.67%) Security Cleared
21 59 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
22 55 (6.21%) SQL Server 2008
23 54 (6.10%) Problem Management
24 52 (5.88%) Incident Management
24 52 (5.88%) Service Delivery
24 52 (5.88%) Oracle Database
25 51 (5.76%) Back Office
25 51 (5.76%) PL/SQL

Applications Support
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 51 (5.76%) IIS
2 37 (4.18%) SharePoint
3 27 (3.05%) WebLogic
4 25 (2.82%) Tomcat
5 24 (2.71%) WebSphere
6 18 (2.03%) Apache
7 13 (1.47%) CMS
8 12 (1.36%) BizTalk Server
9 11 (1.24%) Documentum
10 9 (1.02%) SharePoint 2010
11 8 (0.90%) WebSphere Process Server
12 7 (0.79%) Oracle Workflow
12 7 (0.79%) SAS
12 7 (0.79%) MS Exchange
12 7 (0.79%) MQSeries
13 5 (0.56%) Oracle Service Bus
13 5 (0.56%) SharePoint 2013
14 4 (0.45%) JBoss
15 3 (0.34%) IBM Notes
15 3 (0.34%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 60 (6.78%) MS Excel
2 46 (5.20%) MS Office
3 8 (0.90%) InfoPath
4 6 (0.68%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.34%) SPSS
6 2 (0.23%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.11%) MicroStation
Business Applications
1 18 (2.03%) Oracle EBS
1 18 (2.03%) Markit EDM
2 9 (1.02%) Dynamics CRM
3 8 (0.90%) Oracle Applications
4 7 (0.79%) SimCorp Dimension
4 7 (0.79%) Oracle EBS R12
5 6 (0.68%) ION MarketView
5 6 (0.68%) Oracle Payables
5 6 (0.68%) Oracle Receivables
5 6 (0.68%) Oracle General Ledger
5 6 (0.68%) BPCS
5 6 (0.68%) CODA-Financials
6 4 (0.45%) Temenos T24
6 4 (0.45%) RMDS
6 4 (0.45%) Academy Housing
6 4 (0.45%) SunGard Stream Ubix
6 4 (0.45%) SunGard Stream Clearvision
6 4 (0.45%) ReMetrica
7 3 (0.34%) Oracle iProcurement
7 3 (0.34%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 8 (0.90%) PaaS
1 8 (0.90%) IaaS
2 6 (0.68%) SaaS
3 2 (0.23%) Amazon ELB
3 2 (0.23%) Route 53
3 2 (0.23%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 36 (4.07%) Firewall
2 26 (2.94%) TCP/IP
3 19 (2.15%) FTP
4 18 (2.03%) Multicast
5 15 (1.69%) Internet
6 13 (1.47%) DNS
7 11 (1.24%) HTTP
8 10 (1.13%) HTTPS
8 10 (1.13%) SSL
9 3 (0.34%) DMZ
9 3 (0.34%) PuTTY
9 3 (0.34%) SSH
9 3 (0.34%) Network Security
9 3 (0.34%) NAS
10 2 (0.23%) Intrusion Detection
10 2 (0.23%) SAN
10 2 (0.23%) LDAP
10 2 (0.23%) Broadband
10 2 (0.23%) SMS
11 1 (0.11%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 220 (24.86%) SQL Server
2 55 (6.21%) SQL Server 2008
3 52 (5.88%) Oracle Database
4 38 (4.29%) Relational Database
5 30 (3.39%) SQL Server 2005
6 18 (2.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 18 (2.03%) SQL Server 2012
6 18 (2.03%) SQL Server 2000
7 16 (1.81%) Oracle Database 11g
8 15 (1.69%) RDBMS
9 14 (1.58%) Crystal Reports
10 13 (1.47%) MySQL
11 12 (1.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 11 (1.24%) Data Warehouse
13 7 (0.79%) Oracle Database 10g
14 6 (0.68%) Oracle Reports
14 6 (0.68%) QlikView
14 6 (0.68%) InterSystems Cache
14 6 (0.68%) BusinessObjects XI
15 5 (0.56%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 17 (1.92%) Team Foundation Server
2 15 (1.69%) JIRA
3 12 (1.36%) Visual Studio
4 8 (0.90%) Oracle Forms
5 7 (0.79%) PVCS
5 7 (0.79%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 7 (0.79%) Subversion
5 7 (0.79%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 6 (0.68%) JUnit
6 6 (0.68%) TeamCity
7 5 (0.56%) Eclipse
8 4 (0.45%) Serena SBM
9 3 (0.34%) Toad
9 3 (0.34%) SoapUI
10 2 (0.23%) Rational Rhapsody
10 2 (0.23%) InstallShield
10 2 (0.23%) AdminStudio
10 2 (0.23%) Git (software)
11 1 (0.11%) Oracle APEX
11 1 (0.11%) HtmlUnit
General
1 224 (25.31%) Finance
2 119 (13.45%) Banking
3 99 (11.19%) Front Office
4 51 (5.76%) Back Office
5 49 (5.54%) Investment Banking
6 27 (3.05%) Retail
7 18 (2.03%) Legal
8 17 (1.92%) French Language
9 16 (1.81%) Telecoms
9 16 (1.81%) Pharmaceutical
10 11 (1.24%) Financial Institution
11 9 (1.02%) Manufacturing
11 9 (1.02%) Law
12 7 (0.79%) General Ledger
12 7 (0.79%) Advertising
13 6 (0.68%) Publishing
13 6 (0.68%) Marketing
14 4 (0.45%) German Language
14 4 (0.45%) Local Government
15 3 (0.34%) Billing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 101 (11.41%) .NET
2 42 (4.75%) Web Services
3 31 (3.50%) Middleware
4 30 (3.39%) HTML
5 28 (3.16%) XML
6 22 (2.49%) ASP.NET
7 18 (2.03%) J2EE
7 18 (2.03%) Spring
7 18 (2.03%) FIX Protocol
8 17 (1.92%) Rendezvous
9 16 (1.81%) WebSphere MQ
10 15 (1.69%) CSS
11 11 (1.24%) Hibernate
11 11 (1.24%) WCF
12 10 (1.13%) SOAP
13 9 (1.02%) jQuery
14 7 (0.79%) CGI
14 7 (0.79%) .NET Framework
15 6 (0.68%) Application Packaging
15 6 (0.68%) Classic ASP
Miscellaneous
1 59 (6.67%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
1 59 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
2 44 (4.97%) Fixed Income
3 39 (4.41%) NHS
4 36 (4.07%) Derivative
5 31 (3.50%) Management Information System
6 21 (2.37%) Equities
6 21 (2.37%) SWIFT
7 14 (1.58%) Computer Science
8 13 (1.47%) Client/Server
9 12 (1.36%) AS400
10 11 (1.24%) iSeries
10 11 (1.24%) Hedge funds
11 10 (1.13%) Statistics
12 9 (1.02%) Enterprise Software
13 8 (0.90%) Credit Derivative
13 8 (0.90%) N-Tier
14 7 (0.79%) E-Learning
15 6 (0.68%) Wiki
15 6 (0.68%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 309 (34.92%) Windows
2 259 (29.27%) UNIX
3 156 (17.63%) Linux
4 63 (7.12%) Windows Server 2008
5 44 (4.97%) Windows Server 2003
6 40 (4.52%) Windows 7
7 38 (4.29%) Windows XP
8 35 (3.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 23 (2.60%) Solaris
10 12 (1.36%) AIX
11 11 (1.24%) Windows Server 2012
12 9 (1.02%) HPUX
13 8 (0.90%) CentOS
14 7 (0.79%) Windows 8
15 6 (0.68%) Mac OS X
15 6 (0.68%) Ubuntu
16 4 (0.45%) Windows Vista
16 4 (0.45%) Windows NT
17 3 (0.34%) MVS
17 3 (0.34%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 182 (20.56%) ITIL
2 73 (8.25%) Change Management
3 54 (6.10%) Problem Management
4 52 (5.88%) Incident Management
4 52 (5.88%) Service Delivery
5 45 (5.08%) Service Management
6 41 (4.63%) Asset Management
7 40 (4.52%) Root Cause Analysis
8 37 (4.18%) Low Latency
9 33 (3.73%) User Acceptance Testing
10 31 (3.50%) Migration
11 30 (3.39%) Workflow
12 29 (3.28%) Change Control
13 28 (3.16%) CRM
14 27 (3.05%) Agile Software Development
14 27 (3.05%) Continuous Improvement
14 27 (3.05%) Electronic Trading
15 25 (2.82%) Investment Management
15 25 (2.82%) Release Management
15 25 (2.82%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 444 (50.17%) SQL
2 123 (13.90%) Java
3 96 (10.85%) Perl
4 78 (8.81%) C#
5 68 (7.68%) Python
6 51 (5.76%) PL/SQL
7 41 (4.63%) Shell Script
8 33 (3.73%) VB
9 31 (3.50%) T-SQL
10 29 (3.28%) PowerShell
11 28 (3.16%) Korn
12 27 (3.05%) C++
13 25 (2.82%) Bash Shell
14 23 (2.60%) JavaScript
15 20 (2.26%) VBA
16 15 (1.69%) VB.NET
17 14 (1.58%) PHP
18 12 (1.36%) VBScript
19 9 (1.02%) VB6
20 8 (0.90%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 59 (6.67%) Security Cleared
2 40 (4.52%) Degree
3 39 (4.41%) SC Cleared
4 16 (1.81%) ITIL Certification
5 9 (1.02%) DV Cleared
6 8 (0.90%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 7 (0.79%) Microsoft Certification
8 5 (0.56%) CTC Cleared
9 1 (0.11%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.11%) MCITP
9 1 (0.11%) MCP
9 1 (0.11%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 62 (7.01%) SLA
2 15 (1.69%) QA
3 7 (0.79%) COBIT
4 4 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 3 (0.34%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 1 (0.11%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.11%) HIPAA
7 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.11%) GxP
System Software
1 48 (5.42%) Active Directory
2 15 (1.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (0.68%) Microsoft App-V
4 5 (0.56%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
4 5 (0.56%) vSphere
5 4 (0.45%) Veritas Cluster Server
5 4 (0.45%) XenApp
6 2 (0.23%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.11%) ISA Server
7 1 (0.11%) VMware ESX
7 1 (0.11%) Tivoli Directory Server
Systems Management
1 21 (2.37%) Tivoli
2 15 (1.69%) SCCM
2 15 (1.69%) ITRS Geneos
3 12 (1.36%) Tivoli Monitoring
3 12 (1.36%) Control-M
4 6 (0.68%) Nagios
4 6 (0.68%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 3 (0.34%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 3 (0.34%) SCOM
5 3 (0.34%) Dollar Universe
6 2 (0.23%) HP Quality Center
6 2 (0.23%) Hyperic
7 1 (0.11%) Opsview
7 1 (0.11%) Puppet
7 1 (0.11%) OpenView
7 1 (0.11%) Netcool
7 1 (0.11%) CA SiteMinder
7 1 (0.11%) Foglight
7 1 (0.11%) WMI
7 1 (0.11%) WSUS
Vendors
1 202 (22.82%) Oracle
2 117 (13.22%) Microsoft
3 37 (4.18%) Red Hat
3 37 (4.18%) Reuters
4 36 (4.07%) Sybase
5 31 (3.50%) HP
6 28 (3.16%) Citrix
7 25 (2.82%) Bloomberg
7 25 (2.82%) TIBCO
8 22 (2.49%) VMware
9 21 (2.37%) Sun
9 21 (2.37%) MarketAxess
10 20 (2.26%) Charles River
11 17 (1.92%) thinkFolio
12 16 (1.81%) Business Objects
13 14 (1.58%) eSpeed
14 13 (1.47%) IBM
14 13 (1.47%) Tradeweb
15 12 (1.36%) Cognos
15 12 (1.36%) Salesforce.com
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