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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Application Support
Rank 258 246 271
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +25
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 480 446 367
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.84% 0.82% 0.72%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.91% 0.88% 0.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 298 267 206
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£350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £185 £183
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £520 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £266
% change year-on-year
+8.33% +12.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 26 23
Average hourly rate £21.00 £19.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -13.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.70 £13.25 £19.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £29.66 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -11.11%

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
52581 50525 47327
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.47% 92.45% 92.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 33383 30630 27733
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1941 1999 2141
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.56 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.65% -5.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £37.80 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -2.94%

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 31 July 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 31 July 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 31 July 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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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 +3 440 £358 +2.39% 189
London -4 214 £425 +13.33% 92
East of England +38 52 £325 +44.44% 14
City of London -32 51 £425 +13.33% 38
South East -18 48 £256 -26.78% 27
Essex +29 43 £338 +42.10% 8
Yorkshire -8 36 £325 +18.18% 12
West Midlands +6 27 £375 +50.00% 12
North West -14 24 £438 +16.66% 11
Scotland -15 24 £288 +5.50% 10
West Yorkshire -14 23 £325 +18.18% 5
Chelmsford - 22 £350 - 2
Birmingham +16 20 £400 +116.21% 2
Leeds -16 20 £325 +25.00% 4
East Midlands +11 17 £250 -9.09% 8
Surrey +2 17 £225 +2.85% 4
South West -13 14 £350 +16.66% 9
Manchester +3 13 £459 - 8
Hampshire -18 11 £363 -1.36% 3
North Yorkshire - 11 £325 - 4
York - 11 £338 - 1
Berkshire +11 8 £250 +3.09% 4
Glasgow +4 8 £169 -26.33% 3
Wales +3 7 £425 - 2
Buckinghamshire -5 7 £271 -22.57% 5
South Wales - 7 £425 - 2
Livingston +1 6 £330 -5.71%
Derbyshire -1 6 - - 1
West Lothian -3 6 £330 -5.71%
Hertfordshire -3 6 - - 3

Applications Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 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.

1 482 (53.20%) SQL
2 269 (29.69%) Windows
3 254 (28.04%) Finance
4 228 (25.17%) SQL Server
5 227 (25.06%) ITIL
6 223 (24.61%) UNIX
7 194 (21.41%) Oracle
8 152 (16.78%) .NET
9 146 (16.11%) Linux
10 142 (15.67%) Java
11 139 (15.34%) Microsoft
12 129 (14.24%) IIS
12 129 (14.24%) Banking
13 126 (13.91%) Front Office
14 108 (11.92%) C#
15 87 (9.60%) Perl
16 83 (9.16%) SharePoint
16 83 (9.16%) Analytical Skills
17 77 (8.50%) Python
18 76 (8.39%) MS Excel
19 70 (7.73%) Fixed Income
20 68 (7.51%) Service Management
20 68 (7.51%) Change Management
21 65 (7.17%) XML
21 65 (7.17%) Investment Banking
22 60 (6.62%) CRM
23 59 (6.51%) SLA
24 58 (6.40%) Incident Management
24 58 (6.40%) Equities
25 57 (6.29%) Security Cleared

Applications Support
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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
1 129 (14.24%) IIS
2 83 (9.16%) SharePoint
3 46 (5.08%) Tomcat
4 44 (4.86%) JBoss
5 38 (4.19%) Apache
6 26 (2.87%) WebSphere
7 23 (2.54%) WebLogic
8 22 (2.43%) BizTalk Server
9 17 (1.88%) WebSphere Application Server
10 16 (1.77%) SharePoint 2013
11 14 (1.55%) Oracle Workflow
12 12 (1.32%) CMS
13 9 (0.99%) Sitecore CMS
13 9 (0.99%) SharePoint 2010
14 7 (0.77%) WordPress
15 6 (0.66%) Lync
16 5 (0.55%) Zope
16 5 (0.55%) Plone
17 4 (0.44%) MS Exchange
17 4 (0.44%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 76 (8.39%) MS Excel
2 29 (3.20%) MS Office
3 8 (0.88%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (0.66%) MS Project
5 5 (0.55%) InfoPath
6 3 (0.33%) MS Visio
7 2 (0.22%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 21 (2.32%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (1.77%) thinkFolio
3 12 (1.32%) ION MarketView
4 10 (1.10%) RMDS
5 9 (0.99%) Agresso
5 9 (0.99%) Oracle EBS
5 9 (0.99%) Oracle EBS R12
6 8 (0.88%) Front Arena
7 7 (0.77%) ResourceLink
7 7 (0.77%) Oracle Applications
7 7 (0.77%) Markit EDM
8 6 (0.66%) Aareon QL
9 5 (0.55%) OPENHousing
9 5 (0.55%) Oracle BPM
9 5 (0.55%) Summit
10 4 (0.44%) Dynamics AX
11 3 (0.33%) Dynamics NAV
11 3 (0.33%) Academy Housing
11 3 (0.33%) Bloomberg TOMS
11 3 (0.33%) LatentZero
Cloud Services
1 18 (1.99%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (0.88%) Google Analytics
3 4 (0.44%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (0.44%) Office 365
4 3 (0.33%) Google Apps
4 3 (0.33%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (0.33%) Amazon EC2
5 2 (0.22%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 36 (3.97%) Firewall
2 35 (3.86%) Internet
3 27 (2.98%) TCP/IP
3 27 (2.98%) DNS
4 14 (1.55%) LDAP
5 11 (1.21%) FTP
5 11 (1.21%) HTTP
5 11 (1.21%) Extranet
5 11 (1.21%) BIG-IP
6 10 (1.10%) Intranet
7 7 (0.77%) SSL
8 5 (0.55%) DHCP
8 5 (0.55%) Multicast
9 4 (0.44%) SMS
10 3 (0.33%) LAN
10 3 (0.33%) SMTP
11 2 (0.22%) SAN
11 2 (0.22%) NAS
12 1 (0.11%) Wireshark
12 1 (0.11%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 228 (25.17%) SQL Server
2 44 (4.86%) Relational Database
3 40 (4.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 40 (4.42%) SQL Server 2008
4 37 (4.08%) Oracle Database
5 36 (3.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 32 (3.53%) Data Warehouse
7 20 (2.21%) SQL Server 2012
8 19 (2.10%) Crystal Reports
9 18 (1.99%) MySQL
10 17 (1.88%) SQL Server 2005
11 14 (1.55%) Oracle Database 11g
11 14 (1.55%) BusinessObjects
12 13 (1.43%) RDBMS
13 11 (1.21%) DB2
14 9 (0.99%) Oracle Reports
15 8 (0.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 7 (0.77%) PostgreSQL
17 5 (0.55%) MS Access
18 4 (0.44%) Informix
Development Applications
1 23 (2.54%) Visual Studio
2 19 (2.10%) Subversion
3 13 (1.43%) Introscope
4 11 (1.21%) JIRA
5 10 (1.10%) Team Foundation Server
6 8 (0.88%) JMeter
7 7 (0.77%) Eclipse
8 6 (0.66%) Oracle APEX
9 5 (0.55%) PVCS
9 5 (0.55%) Maven
9 5 (0.55%) Ant
9 5 (0.55%) Jenkins
10 4 (0.44%) Rational Rhapsody
10 4 (0.44%) Git (software)
10 4 (0.44%) Oracle Forms
10 4 (0.44%) MSI
11 3 (0.33%) ClearCase
12 2 (0.22%) VSS/SourceSafe
12 2 (0.22%) TestDirector
12 2 (0.22%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 254 (28.04%) Finance
2 129 (14.24%) Banking
3 126 (13.91%) Front Office
4 65 (7.17%) Investment Banking
5 25 (2.76%) Retail
6 24 (2.65%) Back Office
7 16 (1.77%) Marketing
8 15 (1.66%) Legal
9 14 (1.55%) Manufacturing
9 14 (1.55%) Financial Institution
10 8 (0.88%) German Language
11 7 (0.77%) Advertising
12 5 (0.55%) Telecoms
12 5 (0.55%) Local Government
13 4 (0.44%) French Language
13 4 (0.44%) Corporate Banking
13 4 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
14 3 (0.33%) Law
15 2 (0.22%) Games
15 2 (0.22%) Private Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 152 (16.78%) .NET
2 65 (7.17%) XML
3 44 (4.86%) HTML
4 42 (4.64%) Web Services
5 40 (4.42%) FIX Protocol
6 35 (3.86%) ASP.NET
7 24 (2.65%) CSS
8 22 (2.43%) Middleware
9 19 (2.10%) J2EE
10 18 (1.99%) Java EE
11 14 (1.55%) WebSphere MQ
12 13 (1.43%) WCF
13 12 (1.32%) .NET Framework
13 12 (1.32%) SOAP
14 11 (1.21%) Spring
15 8 (0.88%) Application Packaging
15 8 (0.88%) HTML5
16 6 (0.66%) Entity Framework
16 6 (0.66%) ASP.NET Web Forms
16 6 (0.66%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 83 (9.16%) Analytical Skills
2 70 (7.73%) Fixed Income
3 58 (6.40%) Equities
4 49 (5.41%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 30 (3.31%) Derivative
6 25 (2.76%) NHS
6 25 (2.76%) Management Information System
7 24 (2.65%) Computer Science
8 15 (1.66%) Client/Server
9 14 (1.55%) Hedge funds
10 12 (1.32%) Enterprise Software
11 9 (0.99%) SWIFT
12 8 (0.88%) iSeries
12 8 (0.88%) Social Media
13 7 (0.77%) Mobile App
13 7 (0.77%) Equity Derivative
14 6 (0.66%) Statistics
14 6 (0.66%) Data Structures
15 5 (0.55%) AS400
15 5 (0.55%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 269 (29.69%) Windows
2 223 (24.61%) UNIX
3 146 (16.11%) Linux
4 54 (5.96%) Windows Server 2008
5 42 (4.64%) Windows Server 2012
6 22 (2.43%) Windows Server 2003
7 21 (2.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 19 (2.10%) Windows 7
9 12 (1.32%) Windows XP
10 11 (1.21%) Solaris
11 6 (0.66%) Windows 8
12 5 (0.55%) AIX
12 5 (0.55%) Debian
13 4 (0.44%) Apple iOS
14 3 (0.33%) Android
14 3 (0.33%) CentOS
14 3 (0.33%) Windows NT
14 3 (0.33%) Mac OS X
14 3 (0.33%) VMS
14 3 (0.33%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 227 (25.06%) ITIL
2 68 (7.51%) Service Management
2 68 (7.51%) Change Management
3 60 (6.62%) CRM
4 58 (6.40%) Incident Management
5 52 (5.74%) Workflow
6 47 (5.19%) Problem Management
7 45 (4.97%) Project Management
8 41 (4.53%) Service Delivery
8 41 (4.53%) Agile Software Development
9 39 (4.30%) E-Commerce
10 38 (4.19%) Configuration Management
11 35 (3.86%) Business Intelligence
12 32 (3.53%) Continuous Improvement
13 30 (3.31%) Risk Management
14 28 (3.09%) Release Management
15 26 (2.87%) SDLC
15 26 (2.87%) Asset Management
16 25 (2.76%) Stakeholder Management
17 24 (2.65%) Electronic Trading
Programming Languages
1 482 (53.20%) SQL
2 142 (15.67%) Java
3 108 (11.92%) C#
4 87 (9.60%) Perl
5 77 (8.50%) Python
6 57 (6.29%) PowerShell
7 55 (6.07%) Shell Script
8 52 (5.74%) JavaScript
9 44 (4.86%) T-SQL
10 43 (4.75%) VBA
11 41 (4.53%) PL/SQL
12 37 (4.08%) VB
13 31 (3.42%) C++
14 22 (2.43%) C
15 16 (1.77%) VBScript
16 15 (1.66%) VB.NET
16 15 (1.66%) PHP
17 12 (1.32%) Bash Shell
18 7 (0.77%) VB6
19 6 (0.66%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 57 (6.29%) Security Cleared
2 51 (5.63%) Degree
3 35 (3.86%) SC Cleared
4 20 (2.21%) DV Cleared
5 19 (2.10%) ITIL Certification
6 14 (1.55%) Microsoft Certification
7 11 (1.21%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 8 (0.88%) MCP
9 6 (0.66%) MCSE
10 4 (0.44%) LPIC
11 3 (0.33%) MCSA
11 3 (0.33%) MCSD
12 2 (0.22%) PMP
12 2 (0.22%) PMI Certification
13 1 (0.11%) MCITP
13 1 (0.11%) NVQ Level 3
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (6.51%) SLA
2 22 (2.43%) QA
3 2 (0.22%) HL7
3 2 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.11%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 29 (3.20%) Active Directory
2 9 (0.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (0.88%) Microsoft App-V
4 4 (0.44%) ISA Server
4 4 (0.44%) XenApp
5 3 (0.33%) Terminal Services
6 2 (0.22%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.22%) VMware ESX
7 1 (0.11%) Varnish
7 1 (0.11%) vCloud
7 1 (0.11%) Docker
7 1 (0.11%) NFS
7 1 (0.11%) Terminal Server
7 1 (0.11%) Samba
7 1 (0.11%) Squid
Systems Management
1 29 (3.20%) ITRS Geneos
2 15 (1.66%) Control-M
2 15 (1.66%) Puppet
3 12 (1.32%) Nagios
4 9 (0.99%) Tivoli
5 7 (0.77%) OpenView
5 7 (0.77%) SCCM
6 3 (0.33%) BladeLogic
6 3 (0.33%) Netcool
7 2 (0.22%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.22%) Opsview
7 2 (0.22%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 2 (0.22%) Unicenter
8 1 (0.11%) MOM
8 1 (0.11%) CA Single Sign-On
8 1 (0.11%) WMI
8 1 (0.11%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 1 (0.11%) WSUS
8 1 (0.11%) SCOM
8 1 (0.11%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 194 (21.41%) Oracle
2 139 (15.34%) Microsoft
3 39 (4.30%) Sybase
4 32 (3.53%) Red Hat
5 29 (3.20%) IBM
5 29 (3.20%) VMware
6 25 (2.76%) SAP
7 20 (2.21%) Cognos
8 19 (2.10%) Google
9 17 (1.88%) ION Trading
9 17 (1.88%) Bloomberg
10 16 (1.77%) Citrix
11 13 (1.43%) Sun
11 13 (1.43%) Charles River
11 13 (1.43%) Splunk
12 12 (1.32%) F5
12 12 (1.32%) Remedy
12 12 (1.32%) Sitecore
12 12 (1.32%) SunGard
13 11 (1.21%) Murex
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
South Yorkshire
Connectus
Rate: £13 - £25 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £300 - £425 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £18 - £20 per hour + Negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Oxfordshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £220 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester
Amoria Bond - UK
Posted: 3 days ago
Lincolnshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Spencer Rose
Rate: From £400 to £460 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Pioneer Search
Rate: £425 - £475 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Search Consultancy
Rate: DOE
Posted: 5 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £200 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Spring Technology
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
England
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Hayes, Middlesex
Salt
Rate: £280 - £290 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Brentwood, Essex
Ampersand Consulting
Rate: £180 - £220 per day
Posted: 6 days ago