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 14 February 2016 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
14 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Application Support
Rank 287 246 261
Rank change year-on-year
-41 +15
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 397 469 398
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.77% 0.92% 0.81%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.81% 0.97% 0.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 258 312 239
Average daily rate £338 £399 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.46% +14.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £200 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £313 £300
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 13 21
Average hourly rate £29.00 £21.00 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+38.09% +7.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.72 £15.93 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £32.00 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.00 £21.25 £17.75
% change year-on-year
+36.47% +19.71%

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
48768 48345 46356
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.58% 94.48% 94.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 31355 30091 27314
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £565
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1699 1902 2042
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.22 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.62% -1.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

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 14 February 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 14 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Applications Support within the UK over the 3 months to 14 February 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
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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 -26 379 £338 -15.62% 195
London -76 171 £388 -13.88% 73
South East +13 57 £330 -5.71% 55
City of London +21 49 £443 -1.66% 30
Yorkshire +17 40 £300 +15.38% 18
East of England +16 38 £325 +44.44% 17
North West +13 37 £488 +65.25% 11
Essex +17 29 £325 +46.06% 3
West Yorkshire +11 27 £415 +69.38% 14
Leeds +3 27 £415 +107.50% 10
Cheshire +14 22 £500 - 1
Berkshire +10 18 £338 -6.89% 14
Reading +10 15 £338 -20.58% 8
Surrey 0 14 £330 -5.71% 12
South West +1 13 £311 -4.23% 11
Warrington - 13 £500 -
Manchester -15 12 £285 -21.91% 5
West Sussex +13 11 £300 -4.00% 5
West Midlands -14 11 £351 +22.17% 5
North Yorkshire - 10 £300 - 1
East Midlands -4 9 £275 +10.00% 5
Brentwood +6 8 £219 +9.37% 2
Coventry -5 8 £413 +46.66% 4
Scotland -30 8 £275 -15.38% 11
Chester +5 7 £388 -
Crawley -3 7 £300 -4.00% 2
Gloucestershire +7 6 £630 +33.33%
Harrogate - 6 £300 -
Southampton +15 5 £575 +61.97% 1
Hampshire +11 5 £575 +61.97% 5

Applications Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, 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.

1 433 (48.22%) SQL
2 264 (29.40%) Windows
3 236 (26.28%) Finance
4 230 (25.61%) Oracle
5 226 (25.17%) SQL Server
6 222 (24.72%) Linux
7 209 (23.27%) ITIL
8 169 (18.82%) Unix
9 157 (17.48%) Microsoft
10 136 (15.14%) Banking
11 131 (14.59%) .NET
12 119 (13.25%) Java
13 106 (11.80%) Windows Server
14 86 (9.58%) MS Excel
15 82 (9.13%) Perl
16 81 (9.02%) Security Cleared
17 80 (8.91%) Shell Script
18 75 (8.35%) Problem Management
19 73 (8.13%) Front Office
20 71 (7.91%) IIS
21 69 (7.68%) C#
22 68 (7.57%) JavaScript
23 63 (7.02%) Investment Banking
24 61 (6.79%) Change Management
25 58 (6.46%) Service Management
25 58 (6.46%) Service Delivery
26 57 (6.35%) MS Office
26 57 (6.35%) Incident Management
27 56 (6.24%) SharePoint
28 53 (5.90%) Python

Applications Support
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, 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 71 (7.91%) IIS
2 56 (6.24%) SharePoint
3 52 (5.79%) Tomcat
4 47 (5.23%) WebLogic
5 46 (5.12%) Apache
6 42 (4.68%) WebSphere
7 25 (2.78%) JBoss
8 18 (2.00%) Documentum
9 14 (1.56%) BizTalk Server
10 11 (1.22%) CMS
11 9 (1.00%) MS Exchange
12 8 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2010
12 8 (0.89%) nginx
13 7 (0.78%) OpenStack
13 7 (0.78%) Oracle Workflow
13 7 (0.78%) Skype for Business
14 6 (0.67%) SharePoint 2010
15 5 (0.56%) IBM HTTP Server
15 5 (0.56%) MQSeries
16 4 (0.45%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 86 (9.58%) MS Excel
2 57 (6.35%) MS Office
3 17 (1.89%) MS Visio
4 13 (1.45%) MS PowerPoint
5 11 (1.22%) Spreadsheet
6 10 (1.11%) SOLIDWORKS
7 9 (1.00%) MS Project
8 2 (0.22%) SPSS
9 1 (0.11%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 23 (2.56%) Oracle BPM
2 17 (1.89%) Dynamics CRM
3 11 (1.22%) Dynamics AX
4 9 (1.00%) Remedy ITSM
5 8 (0.89%) Oracle Applications
6 6 (0.67%) SimCorp Dimension
7 5 (0.56%) Academy Housing
7 5 (0.56%) Academy Revenues and Benefits
7 5 (0.56%) Salerio
8 4 (0.45%) ION MarketView
8 4 (0.45%) Kondor
8 4 (0.45%) Maximo
8 4 (0.45%) Northgate Housing
8 4 (0.45%) Oracle EBS
8 4 (0.45%) Oracle EBS R12
8 4 (0.45%) Unit4 Business World
9 3 (0.33%) Sonata
9 3 (0.33%) Summit
9 3 (0.33%) Teamcenter
9 3 (0.33%) Tercero
Cloud Services
1 17 (1.89%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (0.56%) Google Analytics
2 5 (0.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (0.45%) Google Apps
3 4 (0.45%) Office 365
4 1 (0.11%) SaaS
4 1 (0.11%) Sumo Logic
Communications & Networking
1 42 (4.68%) TCP/IP
2 39 (4.34%) DNS
3 21 (2.34%) LDAP
4 16 (1.78%) Firewall
4 16 (1.78%) HTTP
5 15 (1.67%) Internet
5 15 (1.67%) SSL
6 12 (1.34%) SSH
7 11 (1.22%) VPN
8 8 (0.89%) SMTP
9 7 (0.78%) FTP
10 6 (0.67%) HTTPS
10 6 (0.67%) iSCSI
11 5 (0.56%) DHCP
11 5 (0.56%) Wi-Fi
11 5 (0.56%) Wireshark
12 3 (0.33%) Intranet
12 3 (0.33%) Kerberos
12 3 (0.33%) SMS
12 3 (0.33%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 226 (25.17%) SQL Server
2 50 (5.57%) Oracle Database
3 49 (5.46%) SQL Server 2008
4 42 (4.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 39 (4.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 32 (3.56%) BusinessObjects
7 28 (3.12%) Relational Database
8 23 (2.56%) MySQL
9 22 (2.45%) SQL Server 2005
9 22 (2.45%) SQL Server 2012
10 19 (2.12%) Data Warehouse
11 17 (1.89%) Crystal Reports
12 16 (1.78%) Oracle Database 11g
13 15 (1.67%) DB2
14 11 (1.22%) Oracle Reports
14 11 (1.22%) SQL Server 2000
15 10 (1.11%) MS Access
16 9 (1.00%) EDRMS
16 9 (1.00%) RDBMS
17 5 (0.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 26 (2.90%) JIRA
2 19 (2.12%) Team Foundation Server
3 10 (1.11%) Visual Studio
4 8 (0.89%) Subversion
5 7 (0.78%) Eclipse
6 6 (0.67%) Jenkins
6 6 (0.67%) Maven
6 6 (0.67%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 5 (0.56%) IntelliJ
7 5 (0.56%) JUnit
8 4 (0.45%) MSI
8 4 (0.45%) Oracle APEX
8 4 (0.45%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 4 (0.45%) WiX
9 3 (0.33%) Bugzilla
9 3 (0.33%) Git (software)
9 3 (0.33%) Log4j
9 3 (0.33%) Trac
10 2 (0.22%) Oracle Forms
10 2 (0.22%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 236 (26.28%) Finance
2 136 (15.14%) Banking
3 73 (8.13%) Front Office
4 63 (7.02%) Investment Banking
5 30 (3.34%) Back Office
6 24 (2.67%) Retail
7 15 (1.67%) Financial Institution
8 13 (1.45%) Telecoms
9 9 (1.00%) Legal
10 7 (0.78%) Advertising
10 7 (0.78%) Manufacturing
11 6 (0.67%) Law
12 5 (0.56%) Billing
13 4 (0.45%) Automotive
13 4 (0.45%) Spanish Language
14 3 (0.33%) Games
14 3 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
15 2 (0.22%) Aerospace
15 2 (0.22%) Electronics
15 2 (0.22%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 131 (14.59%) .NET
2 49 (5.46%) XML
3 46 (5.12%) Web Services
4 40 (4.45%) HTML
5 39 (4.34%) ASP.NET
6 31 (3.45%) J2EE
7 26 (2.90%) WebSphere MQ
8 22 (2.45%) FIX Protocol
9 20 (2.23%) Middleware
10 18 (2.00%) CSS
11 15 (1.67%) EDI
12 13 (1.45%) SAML
13 12 (1.34%) IBM Integration Bus
13 12 (1.34%) LAMP
14 11 (1.22%) .NET Framework
14 11 (1.22%) Software Packaging
15 8 (0.89%) Ajax
15 8 (0.89%) Classic ASP
16 7 (0.78%) MCollective
16 7 (0.78%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 53 (5.90%) Analytical Skills
2 44 (4.90%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 42 (4.68%) Equities
4 35 (3.90%) Fixed Income
5 29 (3.23%) Derivative
6 27 (3.01%) Management Information System
7 20 (2.23%) Computer Science
8 16 (1.78%) Enterprise Software
9 15 (1.67%) Client/Server
10 11 (1.22%) SWIFT
11 10 (1.11%) NHS
12 9 (1.00%) Clustering
13 8 (0.89%) Mainframe
14 7 (0.78%) AS400
14 7 (0.78%) Hedge funds
15 6 (0.67%) Cryptography
15 6 (0.67%) iSeries
16 5 (0.56%) Mobile App
16 5 (0.56%) PKI
16 5 (0.56%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 264 (29.40%) Windows
2 222 (24.72%) Linux
3 169 (18.82%) Unix
4 106 (11.80%) Windows Server
5 38 (4.23%) Windows Server 2012
6 33 (3.67%) Windows Server 2008
7 26 (2.90%) AIX
8 23 (2.56%) Solaris
8 23 (2.56%) Windows 7
9 19 (2.12%) Windows Server 2003
10 18 (2.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 10 (1.11%) Android
12 5 (0.56%) Apple iOS
12 5 (0.56%) Oracle Linux
12 5 (0.56%) Windows 8
12 5 (0.56%) Windows XP
13 3 (0.33%) Mac OS X
13 3 (0.33%) Mac OS X Server
13 3 (0.33%) SUSE
14 2 (0.22%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 209 (23.27%) ITIL
2 75 (8.35%) Problem Management
3 61 (6.79%) Change Management
4 58 (6.46%) Service Delivery
4 58 (6.46%) Service Management
5 57 (6.35%) Incident Management
6 37 (4.12%) Release Management
7 35 (3.90%) CRM
8 33 (3.67%) Asset Management
8 33 (3.67%) E-Commerce
9 32 (3.56%) ERP
10 29 (3.23%) Agile Software Development
10 29 (3.23%) Performance Tuning
10 29 (3.23%) User Acceptance Testing
11 28 (3.12%) Investment Management
12 27 (3.01%) Configuration Management
13 25 (2.78%) ITIL V3
13 25 (2.78%) Risk Management
14 24 (2.67%) Workflow
15 23 (2.56%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 433 (48.22%) SQL
2 119 (13.25%) Java
3 82 (9.13%) Perl
4 80 (8.91%) Shell Script
5 69 (7.68%) C#
6 68 (7.57%) JavaScript
7 53 (5.90%) Python
8 51 (5.68%) PowerShell
9 46 (5.12%) VB
10 30 (3.34%) PL/SQL
11 25 (2.78%) VBA
12 22 (2.45%) PHP
13 21 (2.34%) C
14 18 (2.00%) T-SQL
15 17 (1.89%) Bash Shell
15 17 (1.89%) C++
16 16 (1.78%) VB.NET
17 14 (1.56%) VBScript
18 11 (1.22%) VB6
19 10 (1.11%) AWK
Qualifications
1 81 (9.02%) Security Cleared
2 46 (5.12%) DV Cleared
3 39 (4.34%) Degree
4 28 (3.12%) SC Cleared
5 24 (2.67%) ITIL Certification
6 19 (2.12%) Microsoft Certification
7 18 (2.00%) MCSE
8 12 (1.34%) MCSA
9 10 (1.11%) CCNA
9 10 (1.11%) Cisco Certification
10 7 (0.78%) CISSP
11 6 (0.67%) MCP
12 4 (0.45%) BPSS Clearance
12 4 (0.45%) Citrix Certification
13 3 (0.33%) CTC Cleared
13 3 (0.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 2 (0.22%) HNC
14 2 (0.22%) RHCSA
15 1 (0.11%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 1 (0.11%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (4.12%) SLA
2 13 (1.45%) QA
3 10 (1.11%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.33%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.22%) TickIT
6 1 (0.11%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.11%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.11%) WCAG
System Software
1 38 (4.23%) Active Directory
2 13 (1.45%) Microsoft App-V
2 13 (1.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (0.78%) qmail
3 7 (0.78%) Squid
4 5 (0.56%) XenApp
4 5 (0.56%) XenServer
5 4 (0.45%) Samba
5 4 (0.45%) XenDesktop
6 3 (0.33%) NDS
6 3 (0.33%) Novell eDirectory
6 3 (0.33%) Time Sharing Option
7 2 (0.22%) Platform Symphony
7 2 (0.22%) VMware Workstation
8 1 (0.11%) NFS
8 1 (0.11%) Snort
8 1 (0.11%) Tivoli Directory Server
8 1 (0.11%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 33 (3.67%) Nagios
2 25 (2.78%) Puppet
3 18 (2.00%) ITRS Geneos
4 14 (1.56%) SCCM
5 12 (1.34%) Cacti
5 12 (1.34%) logstash
6 11 (1.22%) WSUS
7 10 (1.11%) SCSM
8 8 (0.89%) Control-M
8 8 (0.89%) ZABBIX
9 7 (0.78%) collectd
9 7 (0.78%) Ganglia
9 7 (0.78%) Graphite
9 7 (0.78%) SCOM
10 6 (0.67%) Tivoli
11 5 (0.56%) Ansible
11 5 (0.56%) HP Quality Center
11 5 (0.56%) NetBackup
11 5 (0.56%) yum
12 4 (0.45%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 230 (25.61%) Oracle
2 157 (17.48%) Microsoft
3 48 (5.35%) IBM
4 44 (4.90%) Sybase
5 34 (3.79%) Remedy
6 31 (3.45%) VMware
7 23 (2.56%) Red Hat
8 22 (2.45%) Citrix
9 18 (2.00%) Fidessa
10 17 (1.89%) Bloomberg
10 17 (1.89%) Cisco
10 17 (1.89%) Splunk
11 15 (1.67%) ServiceNow
12 14 (1.56%) ION Trading
12 14 (1.56%) Murex
13 13 (1.45%) Sun
14 12 (1.34%) Baan
14 12 (1.34%) Charles River
14 12 (1.34%) Hyperion
14 12 (1.34%) SAP
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