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 19 December 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Application Support
Rank 262 269 244
Rank change year-on-year
+7 -25
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 426 374 380
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.77% 0.72% 0.77%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.84% 0.78% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 269 216 217
Average daily rate
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£360 £350 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £212 £173 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £501 £525 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £316 £323 £225
% change year-on-year
-1.93% +43.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 26 29
Average hourly rate £20.00 £20.09 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.42% +3.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £16.75 £15.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.50 £32.75 £45.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £19.17 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-19.14% +6.50%

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
50642 47729 46134
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.79% 92.49% 92.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 32228 28770 26034
Average daily rate £400 £400 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2044 2098 2641
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -5.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

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 19 December 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 19 December 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 19 December 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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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 -13 392 £375 +7.52% 190
London +37 260 £400 +6.66% 87
City of London +29 83 £444 -1.38% 33
South East -17 66 £325 -23.52% 32
Scotland +2 29 £285 -18.57% 3
Surrey +5 15 £301 -27.19% 3
North West +2 15 £325 - 11
Edinburgh 0 15 £260 -30.66%
Berkshire -4 14 £320 -24.70% 12
Staines - 13 - -
Middlesex +9 11 £260 - 1
Yorkshire -5 11 £300 +65.51% 16
West Midlands -21 11 £188 -18.47% 10
Hampshire -25 10 £430 +91.22% 9
South West -29 10 £244 +62.50% 18
West Yorkshire - 10 £300 - 14
East of England -18 9 £400 +61.61% 12
Leeds - 9 £300 - 9
Glasgow -8 7 £181 -39.66%
North East -22 7 £365 +121.21% 1
Tyne and Wear -24 7 £365 +121.21%
Slough - 7 £313 - 3
Feltham - 7 £272 -
Milton Keynes -8 6 £501 +66.83% 2
Buckinghamshire -8 6 £501 +66.83% 4
Newcastle upon Tyne -18 6 £370 +124.24%
Lancashire -18 5 £363 -
Brighton -2 4 £394 +5.00% 1
East Sussex -4 4 £394 +5.00% 2
Manchester - 4 £325 - 6

Applications Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 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.

1 457 (50.72%) SQL
2 297 (32.96%) Windows
3 266 (29.52%) UNIX
4 237 (26.30%) Finance
5 229 (25.42%) Oracle
6 219 (24.31%) SQL Server
7 173 (19.20%) ITIL
8 156 (17.31%) Linux
9 134 (14.87%) Banking
10 128 (14.21%) .NET
10 128 (14.21%) Microsoft
11 122 (13.54%) Front Office
12 114 (12.65%) Java
13 105 (11.65%) C#
14 92 (10.21%) Perl
15 86 (9.54%) MS Excel
16 77 (8.55%) Windows Server 2008
17 76 (8.44%) SQL Server 2008
18 68 (7.55%) Analytical Skills
19 67 (7.44%) Security Cleared
20 63 (6.99%) Change Management
21 59 (6.55%) MS Office
21 59 (6.55%) Oracle Database
22 56 (6.22%) Fixed Income
22 56 (6.22%) Investment Banking
23 55 (6.10%) Windows Server 2003
24 54 (5.99%) Shell Script
24 54 (5.99%) IIS
24 54 (5.99%) Python
25 53 (5.88%) SLA

Applications Support
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 54 (5.99%) IIS
2 31 (3.44%) SharePoint
3 28 (3.11%) Tomcat
3 28 (3.11%) WebSphere
4 27 (3.00%) WebLogic
5 24 (2.66%) Apache
6 21 (2.33%) BizTalk Server
7 11 (1.22%) CMS
8 7 (0.78%) MS Exchange
8 7 (0.78%) Documentum
9 6 (0.67%) WebSphere Application Server
9 6 (0.67%) Oracle Service Bus
10 5 (0.55%) SharePoint 2013
10 5 (0.55%) SharePoint 2010
10 5 (0.55%) Oracle Workflow
10 5 (0.55%) Oracle BPEL
10 5 (0.55%) MQSeries
10 5 (0.55%) JBoss
11 4 (0.44%) SAS
11 4 (0.44%) WebSphere Process Server
Applications
1 86 (9.54%) MS Excel
2 59 (6.55%) MS Office
3 4 (0.44%) Spreadsheet
4 3 (0.33%) SPSS
5 2 (0.22%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.11%) MicroStation
6 1 (0.11%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.11%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 29 (3.22%) Markit EDM
2 21 (2.33%) Dynamics CRM
3 13 (1.44%) Oracle EBS
4 8 (0.89%) ION MarketView
5 7 (0.78%) Oracle Applications
5 7 (0.78%) BPCS
6 6 (0.67%) CODA-Financials
6 6 (0.67%) SimCorp Dimension
6 6 (0.67%) Oracle BPM
6 6 (0.67%) Oracle EBS R12
7 5 (0.55%) Oracle Receivables
7 5 (0.55%) Oracle General Ledger
8 4 (0.44%) Agresso
8 4 (0.44%) ResourceLink
8 4 (0.44%) Academy Housing
9 3 (0.33%) Oracle Payables
9 3 (0.33%) FLEXCUBE
9 3 (0.33%) RMDS
9 3 (0.33%) Academy Revenues and Benefits
9 3 (0.33%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 8 (0.89%) PaaS
1 8 (0.89%) IaaS
2 7 (0.78%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (0.67%) SaaS
4 3 (0.33%) Route 53
4 3 (0.33%) Amazon ELB
5 1 (0.11%) Office 365
5 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 31 (3.44%) Firewall
2 26 (2.89%) FTP
2 26 (2.89%) HTTP
2 26 (2.89%) TCP/IP
3 20 (2.22%) DNS
4 16 (1.78%) SSL
5 10 (1.11%) Internet
5 10 (1.11%) HTTPS
6 9 (1.00%) SSH
7 7 (0.78%) Multicast
8 6 (0.67%) WAN
8 6 (0.67%) VPN
8 6 (0.67%) LAN
8 6 (0.67%) SAN
9 4 (0.44%) DMZ
9 4 (0.44%) SMS
9 4 (0.44%) Network Security
9 4 (0.44%) NAS
10 3 (0.33%) PuTTY
11 2 (0.22%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 219 (24.31%) SQL Server
2 76 (8.44%) SQL Server 2008
3 59 (6.55%) Oracle Database
4 43 (4.77%) Relational Database
5 42 (4.66%) SQL Server 2005
6 34 (3.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 27 (3.00%) SQL Server 2000
8 22 (2.44%) Oracle Database 11g
9 21 (2.33%) MS Access
10 20 (2.22%) RDBMS
11 17 (1.89%) SQL Server 2012
11 17 (1.89%) MySQL
12 16 (1.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 16 (1.78%) Crystal Reports
13 15 (1.66%) Data Warehouse
14 8 (0.89%) Oracle Reports
14 8 (0.89%) Oracle Database 10g
15 7 (0.78%) BusinessObjects XI
16 6 (0.67%) InterSystems Cache
17 5 (0.55%) DB2
Development Applications
1 25 (2.77%) Team Foundation Server
2 20 (2.22%) JIRA
3 14 (1.55%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 14 (1.55%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 13 (1.44%) Visual Studio
5 10 (1.11%) Subversion
6 6 (0.67%) TeamCity
7 5 (0.55%) Toad
7 5 (0.55%) Eclipse
8 4 (0.44%) PVCS
8 4 (0.44%) Serena SBM
8 4 (0.44%) Git (software)
9 3 (0.33%) Jenkins
10 2 (0.22%) JUnit
10 2 (0.22%) Hudson
10 2 (0.22%) Mercurial
10 2 (0.22%) Rational Rhapsody
11 1 (0.11%) HtmlUnit
11 1 (0.11%) Canoo WebTest
11 1 (0.11%) Maven
General
1 237 (26.30%) Finance
2 134 (14.87%) Banking
3 122 (13.54%) Front Office
4 56 (6.22%) Investment Banking
5 51 (5.66%) Back Office
6 25 (2.77%) Telecoms
7 19 (2.11%) Retail
8 15 (1.66%) Billing
9 14 (1.55%) Legal
9 14 (1.55%) French Language
10 9 (1.00%) Law
10 9 (1.00%) Financial Institution
11 8 (0.89%) Pharmaceutical
11 8 (0.89%) Manufacturing
11 8 (0.89%) Advertising
12 6 (0.67%) Marketing
13 5 (0.55%) Local Government
14 3 (0.33%) Electronics
14 3 (0.33%) German Language
15 2 (0.22%) General Ledger
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 128 (14.21%) .NET
2 50 (5.55%) Web Services
3 41 (4.55%) HTML
4 40 (4.44%) FIX Protocol
5 36 (4.00%) XML
6 31 (3.44%) Middleware
7 26 (2.89%) CSS
8 25 (2.77%) ASP.NET
9 24 (2.66%) J2EE
10 21 (2.33%) WCF
11 19 (2.11%) jQuery
12 14 (1.55%) Spring
13 11 (1.22%) WebSphere MQ
14 9 (1.00%) WF
14 9 (1.00%) XSLT
14 9 (1.00%) Rendezvous
15 8 (0.89%) CGI
15 8 (0.89%) .NET Framework
15 8 (0.89%) Hibernate
16 7 (0.78%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 68 (7.55%) Analytical Skills
2 56 (6.22%) Fixed Income
3 50 (5.55%) Derivative
4 42 (4.66%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 38 (4.22%) Equities
6 34 (3.77%) NHS
7 23 (2.55%) Management Information System
8 18 (2.00%) SWIFT
9 15 (1.66%) Enterprise Software
9 15 (1.66%) Client/Server
10 14 (1.55%) Computer Science
11 11 (1.22%) iSeries
11 11 (1.22%) AS400
12 10 (1.11%) Equity Derivative
13 9 (1.00%) Data Structures
13 9 (1.00%) Hedge funds
13 9 (1.00%) Credit Derivative
13 9 (1.00%) IVR
13 9 (1.00%) Statistics
14 6 (0.67%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 297 (32.96%) Windows
2 266 (29.52%) UNIX
3 156 (17.31%) Linux
4 77 (8.55%) Windows Server 2008
5 55 (6.10%) Windows Server 2003
6 48 (5.33%) Windows XP
7 26 (2.89%) Windows 7
8 22 (2.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 20 (2.22%) AIX
10 18 (2.00%) Solaris
11 17 (1.89%) Windows Vista
12 15 (1.66%) Windows Server 2012
13 9 (1.00%) HPUX
14 7 (0.78%) Mac OS X
15 6 (0.67%) Windows 8
16 5 (0.55%) Oracle Linux
16 5 (0.55%) CentOS
16 5 (0.55%) Windows NT
17 4 (0.44%) Windows 2000
18 2 (0.22%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 173 (19.20%) ITIL
2 63 (6.99%) Change Management
3 50 (5.55%) Problem Management
4 48 (5.33%) Incident Management
4 48 (5.33%) Service Delivery
5 40 (4.44%) Asset Management
5 40 (4.44%) Service Management
6 38 (4.22%) CRM
6 38 (4.22%) Migration
7 36 (4.00%) User Acceptance Testing
8 33 (3.66%) Change Control
9 30 (3.33%) Agile Software Development
9 30 (3.33%) Investment Management
10 28 (3.11%) Root Cause Analysis
11 25 (2.77%) Electronic Trading
11 25 (2.77%) Configuration Management
12 23 (2.55%) Continuous Improvement
13 22 (2.44%) Project Management
13 22 (2.44%) Risk Management
14 21 (2.33%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 457 (50.72%) SQL
2 114 (12.65%) Java
3 105 (11.65%) C#
4 92 (10.21%) Perl
5 54 (5.99%) Shell Script
5 54 (5.99%) Python
6 52 (5.77%) JavaScript
7 48 (5.33%) PL/SQL
8 42 (4.66%) T-SQL
9 41 (4.55%) VB
10 35 (3.88%) PowerShell
11 32 (3.55%) Korn
12 25 (2.77%) Bash Shell
13 24 (2.66%) C++
14 22 (2.44%) VBA
15 17 (1.89%) VB6
16 16 (1.78%) VB.NET
17 13 (1.44%) PHP
18 11 (1.22%) Ruby
19 9 (1.00%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 67 (7.44%) Security Cleared
2 41 (4.55%) Degree
3 39 (4.33%) SC Cleared
4 20 (2.22%) DV Cleared
5 17 (1.89%) ITIL Certification
6 10 (1.11%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 3 (0.33%) CTC Cleared
7 3 (0.33%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (0.22%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.11%) MCITP
9 1 (0.11%) MCSE
9 1 (0.11%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (5.88%) SLA
2 24 (2.66%) QA
3 4 (0.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 4 (0.44%) COBIT
4 3 (0.33%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.33%) HIPAA
5 2 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.11%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.11%) GxP
System Software
1 50 (5.55%) Active Directory
2 21 (2.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (0.55%) vSphere
4 3 (0.33%) VMware ESX
4 3 (0.33%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
5 2 (0.22%) Squid
6 1 (0.11%) Tivoli Directory Server
6 1 (0.11%) Samba
6 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (0.11%) Oracle RAC
6 1 (0.11%) NFS
6 1 (0.11%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 18 (2.00%) Tivoli
2 16 (1.78%) Control-M
3 12 (1.33%) ITRS Geneos
4 9 (1.00%) SCCM
4 9 (1.00%) Tivoli Monitoring
5 6 (0.67%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 4 (0.44%) Nagios
6 4 (0.44%) SCOM
6 4 (0.44%) HP Quality Center
7 2 (0.22%) BMC PATROL
7 2 (0.22%) OpenView
7 2 (0.22%) Hyperic
8 1 (0.11%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.11%) Data Guard
8 1 (0.11%) Puppet
8 1 (0.11%) NetBackup
8 1 (0.11%) WSUS
8 1 (0.11%) CA SiteMinder
8 1 (0.11%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 1 (0.11%) Foglight
Vendors
1 229 (25.42%) Oracle
2 128 (14.21%) Microsoft
3 34 (3.77%) Sybase
4 32 (3.55%) Bloomberg
5 31 (3.44%) HP
6 30 (3.33%) VMware
7 29 (3.22%) Charles River
8 28 (3.11%) Reuters
9 23 (2.55%) Red Hat
10 22 (2.44%) Business Objects
11 20 (2.22%) TIBCO
12 19 (2.11%) thinkFolio
13 18 (2.00%) Remedy
14 17 (1.89%) Citrix
14 17 (1.89%) IBM
15 16 (1.78%) Sun
16 15 (1.66%) ION Trading
17 14 (1.55%) Tradeweb
18 13 (1.44%) MarketAxess
18 13 (1.44%) SAP
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