The table below looks at the statistics for the Author role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Author in their job title over the 3 months to 3 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Author
Rank 464 483 404
Rank change year-on-year
+19 -79
Contract jobs requiring an Author 149 109 153
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.27% 0.21% 0.31%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.29% 0.22% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 66 70
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £294
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +10.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £231 £200 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £428 £473
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £250
% change year-on-year
+3.84% +30.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 7 10
Average hourly rate £32.50 £26.00 £27.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -3.70%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £26.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -3.70%

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
51627 49001 45588
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.46% 92.58% 92.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 32558 29967 26404
Average daily rate £400 £395 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.26% -1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £238
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 1943 1955 2128
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% -10.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.29 £38.59 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -7.14%

Author
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Author in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Author Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Author
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Author within the UK.

Author Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Author
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Author within the UK over the 3 months to 3 July 2015.

Author Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Author
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Author within the UK.

Author Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Author
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Author within the UK over the 3 months to 3 July 2015.

Author Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Author
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 Author within the UK over the 3 months to 3 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 +8 140 £325 - 21
London -14 56 £300 -7.69% 4
South East 0 27 £350 +7.69% 7
East of England +9 22 £325 -18.75% 4
South West +11 21 £358 -
Cambridgeshire +2 14 £240 -40.00% 3
City of London -1 14 £275 -15.38% 2
Hampshire +12 11 £325 +62.50% 1
Bristol +7 8 £350 -
Cambridge -7 8 - -
Somerset - 8 £363 -
Taunton - 8 £363 -
Berkshire +18 6 £331 +20.45% 2
Surrey -6 6 - - 4
Yorkshire -16 6 £313 - 4
Suffolk - 6 £325 -
Scotland +1 4 £308 +10.87% 1
North West -19 4 £155 -48.33%
West Yorkshire - 4 £275 - 2
Gloucestershire - 4 £425 -
Cheltenham - 4 £425 -
Wales +8 3 £256 +144.04%
Buckinghamshire +2 3 £360 -
Cheshire -1 3 £155 -48.33%
Coventry - 3 £285 -
Crewe - 3 £155 -
Inverness - 3 £308 - 1
Ipswich - 3 £325 -
West Midlands - 3 £285 - 1
Highlands - 3 £308 - 1

Author
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Author 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 Author in their job title.

1 80 (25.00%) MS Visio
2 71 (22.19%) MS Excel
3 64 (20.00%) MS Office
4 62 (19.38%) XML
5 60 (18.75%) HTML
6 58 (18.13%) Microsoft
7 51 (15.94%) Java
8 50 (15.63%) MS PowerPoint
9 46 (14.38%) Finance
10 39 (12.19%) Degree
11 34 (10.63%) Security Cleared
12 33 (10.31%) Agile Software Development
13 32 (10.00%) UML
14 28 (8.75%) Data Modelling
14 28 (8.75%) Content Management
15 27 (8.44%) Windows
16 26 (8.13%) OO
16 26 (8.13%) Telecoms
16 26 (8.13%) Disaster Recovery
16 26 (8.13%) FrameMaker
17 25 (7.81%) .NET
17 25 (7.81%) C#
18 24 (7.50%) ITIL
18 24 (7.50%) Windows Server 2008
19 23 (7.19%) SC Cleared
20 22 (6.88%) SDLC
20 22 (6.88%) UNIX
20 22 (6.88%) Oracle
21 21 (6.56%) Windows Server 2003
21 21 (6.56%) Software Engineering

Author
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Author 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 Author in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 20 (6.25%) MS Exchange
1 20 (6.25%) Exchange Server 2010
2 11 (3.44%) SharePoint
3 6 (1.88%) Confluence
3 6 (1.88%) SharePoint 2013
4 4 (1.25%) CMS
5 2 (0.63%) Moodle
5 2 (0.63%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 1 (0.31%) Sitecore CMS
6 1 (0.31%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 80 (25.00%) MS Visio
2 71 (22.19%) MS Excel
3 64 (20.00%) MS Office
4 50 (15.63%) MS PowerPoint
5 26 (8.13%) FrameMaker
6 18 (5.63%) RoboHelp
7 16 (5.00%) PaintShop Pro
7 16 (5.00%) Acrobat
8 5 (1.56%) Doxygen
9 3 (0.94%) Spreadsheet
10 2 (0.63%) Adobe Captivate
10 2 (0.63%) Photoshop
11 1 (0.31%) XMetaL
11 1 (0.31%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.31%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 4 (1.25%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.31%) Summit
2 1 (0.31%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.31%) SaaS
1 1 (0.31%) Adobe Analytics
1 1 (0.31%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 17 (5.31%) HTTP
2 6 (1.88%) VoIP
3 5 (1.56%) LDAP
3 5 (1.56%) DNS
4 4 (1.25%) WAN
4 4 (1.25%) LAN
5 3 (0.94%) WebEx
6 1 (0.31%) Broadband
6 1 (0.31%) Internet
6 1 (0.31%) 3G
6 1 (0.31%) SSH
6 1 (0.31%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (6.25%) SQL Server
2 3 (0.94%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.31%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.31%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (0.31%) Big Data
3 1 (0.31%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 17 (5.31%) Visual Studio
2 5 (1.56%) JIRA
2 5 (1.56%) Jenkins
3 4 (1.25%) Git (software)
4 3 (0.94%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (0.63%) Ant
General
1 46 (14.38%) Finance
2 26 (8.13%) Telecoms
3 16 (5.00%) Electronics
4 10 (3.13%) Publishing
5 9 (2.81%) Banking
6 7 (2.19%) Retail
6 7 (2.19%) Manufacturing
7 5 (1.56%) Games
7 5 (1.56%) Pharmaceutical
7 5 (1.56%) Marketing
8 3 (0.94%) Multimedia
9 2 (0.63%) Back Office
9 2 (0.63%) Automotive
10 1 (0.31%) Law
10 1 (0.31%) Legal
10 1 (0.31%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.31%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.31%) Billing
10 1 (0.31%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.31%) Advertising
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (19.38%) XML
2 60 (18.75%) HTML
3 25 (7.81%) .NET
4 19 (5.94%) CSS
4 19 (5.94%) Web Services
5 17 (5.31%) REST
5 17 (5.31%) .NET Framework
5 17 (5.31%) JSON
6 15 (4.69%) JMS
7 7 (2.19%) Sphinx
8 4 (1.25%) Oracle Fusion
9 3 (0.94%) RESTful
9 3 (0.94%) XSLT
10 2 (0.63%) Middleware
10 2 (0.63%) JSP
11 1 (0.31%) SGML
11 1 (0.31%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 20 (6.25%) Wiki
2 19 (5.94%) Computer Science
3 14 (4.38%) User Experience
4 13 (4.06%) Graphic Design
5 12 (3.75%) Management Information System
6 8 (2.50%) Derivative
7 7 (2.19%) NHS
7 7 (2.19%) E-Learning
7 7 (2.19%) Analytical Skills
8 5 (1.56%) Hedge funds
8 5 (1.56%) Learning Management System
8 5 (1.56%) GIS
8 5 (1.56%) 3D Graphics
9 4 (1.25%) Data Centre
10 3 (0.94%) Visualisation
10 3 (0.94%) Video Editing
10 3 (0.94%) Client/Server
10 3 (0.94%) Mainframe
10 3 (0.94%) SCORM
11 2 (0.63%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 27 (8.44%) Windows
2 24 (7.50%) Windows Server 2008
3 22 (6.88%) UNIX
4 21 (6.56%) Windows Server 2003
5 7 (2.19%) Linux
6 4 (1.25%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (0.94%) VME
8 2 (0.63%) Android
8 2 (0.63%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (10.31%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (10.00%) UML
3 28 (8.75%) Data Modelling
3 28 (8.75%) Content Management
4 26 (8.13%) OO
4 26 (8.13%) Disaster Recovery
5 24 (7.50%) ITIL
6 22 (6.88%) SDLC
7 21 (6.56%) Software Engineering
8 20 (6.25%) Scrum
9 16 (5.00%) Service Delivery
10 15 (4.69%) Project Management
10 15 (4.69%) Enterprise Architecture
11 14 (4.38%) Service Management
12 13 (4.06%) ITSM
13 10 (3.13%) Technical Architecture
14 7 (2.19%) Performance Improvement
14 7 (2.19%) CRM
14 7 (2.19%) E-Commerce
14 7 (2.19%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 51 (15.94%) Java
2 25 (7.81%) C#
3 9 (2.81%) C++
4 6 (1.88%) C
5 5 (1.56%) JavaScript
6 3 (0.94%) Python
7 2 (0.63%) PowerShell
7 2 (0.63%) Perl
Qualifications
1 39 (12.19%) Degree
2 34 (10.63%) Security Cleared
3 23 (7.19%) SC Cleared
4 5 (1.56%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.31%) CCA
5 1 (0.31%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (0.31%) ISACA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (2.50%) QA
2 4 (1.25%) GxP
3 3 (0.94%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 3 (0.94%) GCP
3 3 (0.94%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.63%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.63%) ISO 14001
5 1 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.31%) COBIT
5 1 (0.31%) DICOM
5 1 (0.31%) BS25999
System Software
1 17 (5.31%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.31%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 1 (0.31%) Tivoli Identity Manager
1 1 (0.31%) SCCM
Vendors
1 58 (18.13%) Microsoft
2 22 (6.88%) Oracle
3 17 (5.31%) Salesforce.com
4 10 (3.13%) Adobe
5 4 (1.25%) SAP
5 4 (1.25%) VMware
6 2 (0.63%) ServiceNow
7 1 (0.31%) Cyber-Ark
7 1 (0.31%) ForgeRock
7 1 (0.31%) BT
7 1 (0.31%) TOWER Software
7 1 (0.31%) Google
7 1 (0.31%) Sitecore
7 1 (0.31%) ArcSight
7 1 (0.31%) Cisco
7 1 (0.31%) IBM
7 1 (0.31%) HP
7 1 (0.31%) Dell
7 1 (0.31%) EMC
7 1 (0.31%) CA
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