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 7 May 2015 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
7 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Application Support
Rank 269 268 258
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -10
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 416 410 344
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.75% 0.74% 0.72%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.81% 0.80% 0.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 277 274 217
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £191 £200 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £275 £304
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -9.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 15 8
Average hourly rate £21.00 £23.50 £18.38
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.63% +27.83%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.80 £16.00 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.66 £28.70 £19.38
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.75 £26.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
-24.03% +85.71%

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
51431 51236 44013
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.36% 92.41% 92.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 31393 31521 25178
Average daily rate £400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2037 2059 2170
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £18.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -4.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £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 7 May 2015.

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 7 May 2015.

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 7 May 2015. 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 -3 370 £350 -3.44% 172
London +7 239 £400 -2.43% 72
City of London +6 58 £450 +5.88% 24
South East -9 34 £306 -8.03% 30
Scotland -8 28 £375 +37.23% 3
Yorkshire -20 28 £225 -6.25% 16
East of England +14 22 £263 -34.37% 16
West Midlands 0 15 £285 +14.00% 7
Wales +3 14 £450 +12.50% 3
South West +17 13 £325 +18.18% 13
Edinburgh +5 13 £485 +56.45% 1
South Yorkshire -22 13 £225 +12.50% 5
West Yorkshire -7 12 £238 -26.84% 11
Cardiff +16 10 £438 +9.37% 2
South Wales 0 10 £438 +9.37% 3
Leeds -10 10 £231 -9.60% 6
North West -18 10 £165 -40.00% 12
Glasgow -12 9 £375 +37.23% 1
East Sussex - 9 £300 - 2
Essex +3 8 £250 -37.50% 3
Cambridgeshire +8 7 £288 -32.35% 1
East Midlands -7 7 £250 +25.00% 4
Oxfordshire -15 7 £300 +25.00% 1
Brighton - 7 - - 1
Coventry +7 5 £330 +35.38% 1
Hampshire - 5 £350 - 7
Wiltshire +15 4 £300 - 3
Leicester +10 4 £250 -
Bedfordshire +3 4 £263 +5.00% 1
Leicestershire +2 4 £250 +11.11%

Applications Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 7 May 2015, 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 (54.15%) SQL
2 262 (30.64%) Windows
3 230 (26.90%) Finance
4 213 (24.91%) UNIX
5 212 (24.80%) Oracle
6 211 (24.68%) SQL Server
7 196 (22.92%) ITIL
8 155 (18.13%) .NET
9 145 (16.96%) Linux
10 140 (16.37%) Front Office
11 136 (15.91%) Microsoft
12 129 (15.09%) Banking
13 128 (14.97%) Java
14 120 (14.04%) C#
15 88 (10.29%) IIS
16 87 (10.18%) Fixed Income
17 82 (9.59%) MS Excel
18 81 (9.47%) Perl
19 72 (8.42%) Python
20 69 (8.07%) Analytical Skills
21 68 (7.95%) SQL Server 2008
22 67 (7.84%) JavaScript
23 62 (7.25%) XML
23 62 (7.25%) Windows Server 2008
24 60 (7.02%) CRM
24 60 (7.02%) Investment Banking
25 59 (6.90%) SharePoint
26 58 (6.78%) T-SQL
27 56 (6.55%) Security Cleared
28 55 (6.43%) Shell Script

Applications Support
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 7 May 2015, 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 88 (10.29%) IIS
2 59 (6.90%) SharePoint
3 37 (4.33%) Tomcat
4 36 (4.21%) WebSphere
5 32 (3.74%) Apache
6 27 (3.16%) BizTalk Server
7 26 (3.04%) WebLogic
8 21 (2.46%) JBoss
9 16 (1.87%) WebSphere Application Server
10 7 (0.82%) CMS
11 6 (0.70%) Oracle Workflow
12 5 (0.58%) Sitecore CMS
12 5 (0.58%) Node.js
12 5 (0.58%) SharePoint 2010
12 5 (0.58%) Zope
12 5 (0.58%) Plone
13 4 (0.47%) Oracle BPEL
13 4 (0.47%) MS Exchange
14 3 (0.35%) Lync
14 3 (0.35%) IBM HTTP Server
Applications
1 82 (9.59%) MS Excel
2 32 (3.74%) MS Office
3 8 (0.94%) MS Project
4 4 (0.47%) InfoPath
4 4 (0.47%) MS PowerPoint
5 3 (0.35%) Final Cut Pro
6 2 (0.23%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.23%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 28 (3.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 23 (2.69%) Markit EDM
3 16 (1.87%) thinkFolio
4 13 (1.52%) Oracle BPM
5 10 (1.17%) Agresso
5 10 (1.17%) ION MarketView
6 9 (1.05%) Front Arena
7 8 (0.94%) RMDS
8 7 (0.82%) ResourceLink
9 6 (0.70%) LatentZero
9 6 (0.70%) Oracle EBS
9 6 (0.70%) Aareon QL
10 5 (0.58%) Cerner Millennium
11 4 (0.47%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 4 (0.47%) Summit
11 4 (0.47%) Oracle Applications
11 4 (0.47%) Oracle EBS R12
12 3 (0.35%) Bloomberg TOMS
12 3 (0.35%) FLEXCUBE
12 3 (0.35%) Tesseract
Cloud Services
1 18 (2.11%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (0.58%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.35%) Google Apps
4 2 (0.23%) Office 365
4 2 (0.23%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.12%) SaaS
5 1 (0.12%) PaaS
5 1 (0.12%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 28 (3.27%) Firewall
2 23 (2.69%) HTTP
3 21 (2.46%) Internet
4 20 (2.34%) DNS
5 18 (2.11%) FTP
6 13 (1.52%) TCP/IP
7 11 (1.29%) LDAP
8 10 (1.17%) SMS
9 9 (1.05%) BIG-IP
10 7 (0.82%) Intranet
11 6 (0.70%) DHCP
12 5 (0.58%) VPN
12 5 (0.58%) SSL
13 4 (0.47%) SSH
13 4 (0.47%) SAN
13 4 (0.47%) HTTPS
14 3 (0.35%) LAN
14 3 (0.35%) WAN
14 3 (0.35%) Extranet
15 2 (0.23%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 211 (24.68%) SQL Server
2 68 (7.95%) SQL Server 2008
3 47 (5.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 41 (4.80%) Oracle Database
4 41 (4.80%) Relational Database
5 31 (3.63%) SQL Server 2005
6 21 (2.46%) Oracle Database 11g
6 21 (2.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 19 (2.22%) MS Access
8 17 (1.99%) SQL Server 2000
9 16 (1.87%) Crystal Reports
10 15 (1.75%) SQL Server 2012
10 15 (1.75%) MySQL
10 15 (1.75%) Data Warehouse
11 13 (1.52%) RDBMS
12 10 (1.17%) DB2
13 8 (0.94%) Oracle Reports
14 6 (0.70%) PostgreSQL
14 6 (0.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 4 (0.47%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 25 (2.92%) Subversion
2 19 (2.22%) Visual Studio
3 14 (1.64%) Team Foundation Server
4 11 (1.29%) Introscope
5 9 (1.05%) JIRA
6 8 (0.94%) JMeter
7 7 (0.82%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 7 (0.82%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 6 (0.70%) Ant
9 5 (0.58%) Git (software)
9 5 (0.58%) Toad
9 5 (0.58%) MSI
10 4 (0.47%) Maven
10 4 (0.47%) TestDirector
10 4 (0.47%) PVCS
11 2 (0.23%) ClearQuest
11 2 (0.23%) Eclipse
11 2 (0.23%) Rational Rhapsody
12 1 (0.12%) Rational Application Developer
12 1 (0.12%) Hudson
General
1 230 (26.90%) Finance
2 140 (16.37%) Front Office
3 129 (15.09%) Banking
4 60 (7.02%) Investment Banking
5 49 (5.73%) Back Office
6 22 (2.57%) Telecoms
7 15 (1.75%) Billing
8 14 (1.64%) Retail
8 14 (1.64%) Manufacturing
9 12 (1.40%) Marketing
10 11 (1.29%) Legal
11 8 (0.94%) German Language
11 8 (0.94%) Advertising
12 7 (0.82%) Financial Institution
12 7 (0.82%) Local Government
13 5 (0.58%) Pharmaceutical
14 4 (0.47%) Retail Banking
14 4 (0.47%) Publishing
14 4 (0.47%) Electronics
14 4 (0.47%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 155 (18.13%) .NET
2 62 (7.25%) XML
3 54 (6.32%) HTML
4 50 (5.85%) Web Services
5 39 (4.56%) ASP.NET
6 32 (3.74%) CSS
7 25 (2.92%) Middleware
8 23 (2.69%) J2EE
8 23 (2.69%) WCF
9 22 (2.57%) FIX Protocol
10 18 (2.11%) Java EE
10 18 (2.11%) XSLT
11 15 (1.75%) jQuery
12 13 (1.52%) .NET Framework
13 10 (1.17%) CGI
14 8 (0.94%) Application Packaging
14 8 (0.94%) Spring
14 8 (0.94%) SOAP
14 8 (0.94%) Entity Framework
15 7 (0.82%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 87 (10.18%) Fixed Income
2 69 (8.07%) Analytical Skills
3 51 (5.96%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 44 (5.15%) Equities
5 42 (4.91%) Derivative
6 27 (3.16%) NHS
7 23 (2.69%) Computer Science
8 16 (1.87%) Management Information System
9 15 (1.75%) Enterprise Software
10 14 (1.64%) Equity Derivative
11 11 (1.29%) Hedge funds
11 11 (1.29%) iSeries
11 11 (1.29%) Client/Server
12 10 (1.17%) SWIFT
13 9 (1.05%) IVR
14 8 (0.94%) Data Structures
15 7 (0.82%) Mobile App
15 7 (0.82%) AS400
16 5 (0.58%) Statistics
17 4 (0.47%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 262 (30.64%) Windows
2 213 (24.91%) UNIX
3 145 (16.96%) Linux
4 62 (7.25%) Windows Server 2008
5 33 (3.86%) Windows Server 2003
6 29 (3.39%) Windows Server 2012
7 26 (3.04%) Windows XP
8 19 (2.22%) Windows 7
9 16 (1.87%) Windows Vista
10 15 (1.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 13 (1.52%) AIX
12 9 (1.05%) Solaris
13 7 (0.82%) Mac OS X
14 6 (0.70%) Windows 8
14 6 (0.70%) Apple iOS
15 5 (0.58%) Debian
16 4 (0.47%) VMS
16 4 (0.47%) OpenVMS
16 4 (0.47%) OS/400
16 4 (0.47%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 196 (22.92%) ITIL
2 60 (7.02%) CRM
3 49 (5.73%) Service Management
4 48 (5.61%) Incident Management
4 48 (5.61%) Change Management
5 37 (4.33%) Problem Management
6 35 (4.09%) Agile Software Development
6 35 (4.09%) Project Management
6 35 (4.09%) Investment Management
7 32 (3.74%) Workflow
8 31 (3.63%) Asset Management
8 31 (3.63%) Business Intelligence
9 28 (3.27%) Configuration Management
9 28 (3.27%) Release Management
10 27 (3.16%) Migration
11 24 (2.81%) E-Commerce
12 23 (2.69%) Service Delivery
12 23 (2.69%) Electronic Trading
13 22 (2.57%) Risk Management
14 19 (2.22%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 463 (54.15%) SQL
2 128 (14.97%) Java
3 120 (14.04%) C#
4 81 (9.47%) Perl
5 72 (8.42%) Python
6 67 (7.84%) JavaScript
7 58 (6.78%) T-SQL
8 55 (6.43%) Shell Script
9 44 (5.15%) PL/SQL
10 35 (4.09%) VB
11 33 (3.86%) PowerShell
12 32 (3.74%) VBA
13 26 (3.04%) C++
14 23 (2.69%) Bash Shell
15 19 (2.22%) VB.NET
15 19 (2.22%) VBScript
16 18 (2.11%) Korn
17 15 (1.75%) VB6
18 12 (1.40%) C
19 10 (1.17%) PHP
Qualifications
1 56 (6.55%) Security Cleared
2 48 (5.61%) Degree
3 32 (3.74%) SC Cleared
4 28 (3.27%) DV Cleared
5 26 (3.04%) ITIL Certification
6 9 (1.05%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 9 (1.05%) Microsoft Certification
7 5 (0.58%) MCP
7 5 (0.58%) MCSE
8 4 (0.47%) LPIC
9 3 (0.35%) MCSD
10 2 (0.23%) CCA
10 2 (0.23%) Citrix Certification
10 2 (0.23%) MCSA
11 1 (0.12%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (4.91%) SLA
2 27 (3.16%) QA
3 3 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.12%) HIPAA
System Software
1 29 (3.39%) Active Directory
2 10 (1.17%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (0.70%) Microsoft App-V
4 4 (0.47%) Terminal Services
4 4 (0.47%) XenApp
5 2 (0.23%) Squid
5 2 (0.23%) VMware ESX
5 2 (0.23%) vSphere
5 2 (0.23%) UAG
6 1 (0.12%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.12%) NFS
6 1 (0.12%) Terminal Server
6 1 (0.12%) Samba
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle RAC
6 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 22 (2.57%) ITRS Geneos
2 21 (2.46%) Control-M
3 7 (0.82%) SCCM
4 5 (0.58%) OpenView
4 5 (0.58%) Tivoli
5 4 (0.47%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 4 (0.47%) HP Quality Center
6 3 (0.35%) Puppet
6 3 (0.35%) Nagios
7 2 (0.23%) BMC PATROL
7 2 (0.23%) TIBCO Hawk
8 1 (0.12%) SCOM
8 1 (0.12%) WebSphere Cast Iron
8 1 (0.12%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.12%) Hyperic
8 1 (0.12%) Unicenter
8 1 (0.12%) Netcool
8 1 (0.12%) CA Single Sign-On
8 1 (0.12%) MOM
8 1 (0.12%) WMI
Vendors
1 212 (24.80%) Oracle
2 136 (15.91%) Microsoft
3 32 (3.74%) Sybase
4 28 (3.27%) VMware
5 27 (3.16%) IBM
6 25 (2.92%) Red Hat
7 23 (2.69%) Charles River
8 22 (2.57%) SAP
9 21 (2.46%) Bloomberg
10 16 (1.87%) Remedy
11 15 (1.75%) Sitecore
11 15 (1.75%) ION Trading
11 15 (1.75%) Cognos
12 14 (1.64%) Murex
13 13 (1.52%) F5
13 13 (1.52%) Citrix
14 12 (1.40%) TIBCO
14 12 (1.40%) Sun
15 10 (1.17%) Reuters
15 10 (1.17%) HP
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £550 - £625 per annum
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
Kelway Ltd
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 17 hours ago
South Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £300 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Luton
Interquest - IQ ESM
Rate: £330 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Cornwall
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
City, London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West Midlands
Austin Fraser
Rate: £250 - £320 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West London
Eaglecliff
Rate: From £40,000 to £50,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Montash
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 5 days ago
Hampshire
LA International
Posted: 5 days ago
Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Burnham Resources
Rate: From £15 to £18 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £12 - £17 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Interquest - IQ Telecom
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Halifax
Computer Futures
Rate: £11 - £13 per hour + competitive
Posted: 7 days ago
Kingston upon Thames
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £230.00 - £250.00 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Rate: £18 - £23 per hour + competitive
Posted: 8 days ago
West Yorkshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £250 - £300 per day + competitive
Posted: 12 days ago
South Yorkshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £210 per day + competitive
Posted: 14 days ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + competitive
Posted: 16 days ago