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 1 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Application Support
Rank 245 233 240
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +7
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 460 459 463
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.80% 0.87% 0.81%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.89% 0.94% 0.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 267 291 251
Average daily rate
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£325 £340 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.41% +13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £175 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £265 £323 £260
% change year-on-year
-17.82% +24.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 18 33
Average hourly rate £21.00 £20.34 £20.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.27% -2.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.96 £16.35 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.02 £46.50 £39.85
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £21.50 £17.51
% change year-on-year
-20.93% +22.78%

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
51806 48814 53474
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.56% 92.66% 93.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 31840 29382 29897
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £568
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2020 2076 2649
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 £11.19
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

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 1 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 1 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 1 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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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 -10 428 £350 - 213
London +12 252 £400 +5.96% 105
City of London +61 96 £450 +5.88% 39
South East -42 49 £320 -17.41% 38
North East -13 27 £250 - 2
Tyne and Wear - 26 £225 - 2
West Midlands -4 25 £250 -33.33% 11
Newcastle upon Tyne - 25 £250 - 2
North West -1 24 £350 +11.11% 14
South West -14 23 £300 -3.22% 11
Hampshire -1 22 £388 +109.45% 7
Scotland -22 20 £173 -47.72% 7
Yorkshire -12 12 £191 +6.25% 11
East of England -28 12 £250 -16.66% 16
Surrey -4 11 £275 -15.38% 11
Dorset +7 9 £300 -
Southampton -5 9 £375 +177.77% 2
Cheshire +9 8 £350 +7.69% 4
Edinburgh +2 8 £208 +18.57% 2
Warwickshire -3 7 £275 +103.70%
Birmingham -8 7 £185 -53.01% 2
Berkshire -20 6 £306 -27.94% 9
Glasgow -30 6 £170 -48.48% 5
Devon - 6 £380 -
Coventry +3 5 £250 - 3
East Midlands -6 5 - - 5
West Yorkshire -12 5 £174 -42.08% 6
Manchester -19 5 £325 +3.17% 6
Belfast - 5 £133 -
Bournemouth - 5 £288 -

Applications Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 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.

1 446 (50.11%) SQL
2 312 (35.06%) Windows
3 244 (27.42%) UNIX
4 227 (25.51%) SQL Server
4 227 (25.51%) Finance
5 184 (20.67%) ITIL
6 180 (20.22%) Oracle
7 148 (16.63%) Linux
8 130 (14.61%) Banking
9 128 (14.38%) Microsoft
10 122 (13.71%) Java
11 112 (12.58%) .NET
12 94 (10.56%) Front Office
13 84 (9.44%) Perl
14 81 (9.10%) Change Management
15 71 (7.98%) C#
16 66 (7.42%) Analytical Skills
17 65 (7.30%) MS Excel
18 62 (6.97%) Python
18 62 (6.97%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
19 61 (6.85%) Back Office
19 61 (6.85%) SLA
20 60 (6.74%) IIS
21 56 (6.29%) MS Office
21 56 (6.29%) SQL Server 2008
22 55 (6.18%) Windows Server 2008
22 55 (6.18%) Incident Management
23 53 (5.96%) Security Cleared
23 53 (5.96%) Oracle Database
24 50 (5.62%) Investment Banking

Applications Support
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 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 60 (6.74%) IIS
2 47 (5.28%) SharePoint
3 29 (3.26%) WebLogic
4 27 (3.03%) WebSphere
5 18 (2.02%) Tomcat
6 16 (1.80%) Apache
7 12 (1.35%) BizTalk Server
7 12 (1.35%) CMS
8 11 (1.24%) Documentum
9 10 (1.12%) SharePoint 2010
10 8 (0.90%) MS Exchange
10 8 (0.90%) WebSphere Process Server
11 7 (0.79%) SharePoint 2013
11 7 (0.79%) Oracle Service Bus
11 7 (0.79%) SAS
11 7 (0.79%) MQSeries
12 6 (0.67%) WebSphere Application Server
12 6 (0.67%) Oracle Workflow
13 3 (0.34%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 3 (0.34%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 65 (7.30%) MS Excel
2 56 (6.29%) MS Office
3 10 (1.12%) InfoPath
4 5 (0.56%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.34%) MS Project
6 2 (0.22%) SPSS
6 2 (0.22%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.11%) MicroStation
7 1 (0.11%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 18 (2.02%) Markit EDM
2 16 (1.80%) Oracle EBS
3 11 (1.24%) Dynamics CRM
4 7 (0.79%) Oracle Applications
4 7 (0.79%) SimCorp Dimension
5 6 (0.67%) BPCS
6 5 (0.56%) HFM
6 5 (0.56%) Academy Housing
6 5 (0.56%) CODA-Financials
7 4 (0.45%) RMDS
7 4 (0.45%) ION MarketView
7 4 (0.45%) ReMetrica
7 4 (0.45%) SunGard Stream Ubix
7 4 (0.45%) SunGard Stream Clearvision
7 4 (0.45%) Temenos T24
7 4 (0.45%) Oracle EBS R12
7 4 (0.45%) Oracle Payables
8 3 (0.34%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 3 (0.34%) Oracle Receivables
8 3 (0.34%) Oracle General Ledger
Cloud Services
1 8 (0.90%) PaaS
1 8 (0.90%) IaaS
2 6 (0.67%) SaaS
3 1 (0.11%) Office 365
3 1 (0.11%) Amazon ELB
3 1 (0.11%) Route 53
3 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.11%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 37 (4.16%) Firewall
2 22 (2.47%) TCP/IP
2 22 (2.47%) Internet
3 21 (2.36%) Multicast
4 19 (2.13%) FTP
5 12 (1.35%) DNS
6 11 (1.24%) HTTP
7 9 (1.01%) HTTPS
8 8 (0.90%) SSL
9 6 (0.67%) Network Security
10 3 (0.34%) Broadband
11 2 (0.22%) LDAP
11 2 (0.22%) SMS
11 2 (0.22%) SAN
11 2 (0.22%) DMZ
11 2 (0.22%) SSH
11 2 (0.22%) Intrusion Detection
11 2 (0.22%) NAS
11 2 (0.22%) PuTTY
12 1 (0.11%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 227 (25.51%) SQL Server
2 56 (6.29%) SQL Server 2008
3 53 (5.96%) Oracle Database
4 40 (4.49%) Relational Database
5 39 (4.38%) SQL Server 2005
6 28 (3.15%) SQL Server 2000
7 20 (2.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 19 (2.13%) SQL Server 2012
9 17 (1.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 15 (1.69%) RDBMS
11 13 (1.46%) Oracle Database 11g
11 13 (1.46%) Crystal Reports
12 11 (1.24%) Data Warehouse
13 9 (1.01%) MySQL
14 6 (0.67%) QlikView
14 6 (0.67%) InterSystems Cache
15 5 (0.56%) BusinessObjects XI
15 5 (0.56%) Essbase
15 5 (0.56%) Oracle Database 10g
15 5 (0.56%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 12 (1.35%) Visual Studio
1 12 (1.35%) Team Foundation Server
2 10 (1.12%) Oracle Forms
3 8 (0.90%) Subversion
4 7 (0.79%) PVCS
5 6 (0.67%) JUnit
5 6 (0.67%) TeamCity
6 5 (0.56%) Serena SBM
6 5 (0.56%) JIRA
7 4 (0.45%) Eclipse
8 3 (0.34%) SoapUI
8 3 (0.34%) TestDirector
8 3 (0.34%) Toad
9 2 (0.22%) ClearCase
9 2 (0.22%) InstallShield
9 2 (0.22%) AdminStudio
9 2 (0.22%) Git (software)
9 2 (0.22%) Rational Rhapsody
10 1 (0.11%) Jenkins
10 1 (0.11%) VisualVM
General
1 227 (25.51%) Finance
2 130 (14.61%) Banking
3 94 (10.56%) Front Office
4 61 (6.85%) Back Office
5 50 (5.62%) Investment Banking
6 27 (3.03%) Retail
7 19 (2.13%) Legal
8 17 (1.91%) French Language
8 17 (1.91%) Telecoms
9 16 (1.80%) Pharmaceutical
10 11 (1.24%) Financial Institution
11 10 (1.12%) Manufacturing
12 9 (1.01%) Law
13 8 (0.90%) Advertising
14 7 (0.79%) General Ledger
15 6 (0.67%) Local Government
16 5 (0.56%) Billing
16 5 (0.56%) Publishing
16 5 (0.56%) Marketing
17 4 (0.45%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 112 (12.58%) .NET
2 44 (4.94%) Web Services
3 34 (3.82%) XML
4 32 (3.60%) Middleware
5 28 (3.15%) HTML
6 24 (2.70%) ASP.NET
7 20 (2.25%) J2EE
8 17 (1.91%) Spring
9 16 (1.80%) WebSphere MQ
9 16 (1.80%) Rendezvous
10 15 (1.69%) FIX Protocol
11 13 (1.46%) WCF
12 10 (1.12%) SOAP
12 10 (1.12%) .NET Framework
12 10 (1.12%) Hibernate
13 7 (0.79%) Classic ASP
14 6 (0.67%) CGI
14 6 (0.67%) CSS
14 6 (0.67%) WF
14 6 (0.67%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 66 (7.42%) Analytical Skills
2 62 (6.97%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 45 (5.06%) Fixed Income
4 37 (4.16%) NHS
5 34 (3.82%) Management Information System
6 33 (3.71%) Derivative
7 22 (2.47%) Equities
7 22 (2.47%) SWIFT
8 17 (1.91%) Enterprise Software
9 16 (1.80%) Computer Science
10 15 (1.69%) N-Tier
10 15 (1.69%) AS400
11 13 (1.46%) iSeries
12 12 (1.35%) Client/Server
13 10 (1.12%) Statistics
14 9 (1.01%) Hedge funds
15 7 (0.79%) E-Learning
15 7 (0.79%) Market Risk
16 6 (0.67%) Replication
16 6 (0.67%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 312 (35.06%) Windows
2 244 (27.42%) UNIX
3 148 (16.63%) Linux
4 55 (6.18%) Windows Server 2008
5 44 (4.94%) Windows Server 2003
6 43 (4.83%) Windows 7
7 40 (4.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 37 (4.16%) Windows XP
9 22 (2.47%) Solaris
10 13 (1.46%) Windows Server 2012
11 10 (1.12%) HPUX
12 7 (0.79%) CentOS
13 6 (0.67%) AIX
13 6 (0.67%) Ubuntu
14 5 (0.56%) Windows 8
14 5 (0.56%) Mac OS X
15 3 (0.34%) Oracle Linux
15 3 (0.34%) Windows Vista
15 3 (0.34%) MVS
15 3 (0.34%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 184 (20.67%) ITIL
2 81 (9.10%) Change Management
3 55 (6.18%) Incident Management
4 49 (5.51%) Problem Management
4 49 (5.51%) Service Delivery
5 44 (4.94%) Asset Management
6 42 (4.72%) Service Management
7 40 (4.49%) Root Cause Analysis
8 39 (4.38%) CRM
9 38 (4.27%) Low Latency
10 34 (3.82%) Project Management
11 29 (3.26%) Agile Software Development
11 29 (3.26%) Change Control
12 28 (3.15%) Continuous Improvement
12 28 (3.15%) User Acceptance Testing
12 28 (3.15%) Workflow
13 27 (3.03%) Electronic Trading
13 27 (3.03%) Investment Management
14 26 (2.92%) Release Management
14 26 (2.92%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 446 (50.11%) SQL
2 122 (13.71%) Java
3 84 (9.44%) Perl
4 71 (7.98%) C#
5 62 (6.97%) Python
6 42 (4.72%) PL/SQL
7 36 (4.04%) T-SQL
8 34 (3.82%) VB
9 29 (3.26%) Shell Script
10 25 (2.81%) PowerShell
11 23 (2.58%) VBA
12 21 (2.36%) C++
13 18 (2.02%) JavaScript
13 18 (2.02%) Korn
14 16 (1.80%) VBScript
15 15 (1.69%) Bash Shell
15 15 (1.69%) VB.NET
16 13 (1.46%) PHP
17 10 (1.12%) VB6
18 8 (0.90%) RPG
Qualifications
1 53 (5.96%) Security Cleared
2 48 (5.39%) Degree
3 39 (4.38%) SC Cleared
4 17 (1.91%) ITIL Certification
5 7 (0.79%) Microsoft Certification
6 6 (0.67%) CTC Cleared
7 5 (0.56%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 4 (0.45%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.11%) MCITP
9 1 (0.11%) MCP
9 1 (0.11%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (6.85%) SLA
2 26 (2.92%) QA
3 5 (0.56%) COBIT
3 5 (0.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (0.34%) Data Quality
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 44 (4.94%) Active Directory
2 13 (1.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (0.67%) Microsoft App-V
4 5 (0.56%) vSphere
4 5 (0.56%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
5 4 (0.45%) XenApp
5 4 (0.45%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 2 (0.22%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 20 (2.25%) Tivoli
2 16 (1.80%) SCCM
3 12 (1.35%) Tivoli Monitoring
4 11 (1.24%) ITRS Geneos
4 11 (1.24%) Control-M
5 8 (0.90%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 5 (0.56%) Nagios
7 3 (0.34%) SCOM
7 3 (0.34%) Dollar Universe
7 3 (0.34%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 2 (0.22%) HP Quality Center
8 2 (0.22%) Hyperic
9 1 (0.11%) Opsview
9 1 (0.11%) Puppet
9 1 (0.11%) Foglight
9 1 (0.11%) WSUS
9 1 (0.11%) WMI
9 1 (0.11%) CA SiteMinder
9 1 (0.11%) Netcool
Vendors
1 180 (20.22%) Oracle
2 128 (14.38%) Microsoft
3 42 (4.72%) Red Hat
4 34 (3.82%) Reuters
5 33 (3.71%) Sybase
6 31 (3.48%) HP
7 30 (3.37%) Citrix
8 26 (2.92%) TIBCO
9 24 (2.70%) Charles River
10 21 (2.36%) VMware
10 21 (2.36%) Bloomberg
11 20 (2.25%) MarketAxess
12 19 (2.13%) Sun
13 18 (2.02%) thinkFolio
14 16 (1.80%) eSpeed
15 14 (1.57%) Business Objects
16 13 (1.46%) IBM
17 12 (1.35%) Cognos
18 10 (1.12%) Salesforce.com
18 10 (1.12%) Tradeweb
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