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 6 May 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
6 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Author
Rank 455 482 422
Rank change year-on-year
+27 -60
Contract jobs requiring an Author 159 112 130
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.28% 0.21% 0.28%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.31% 0.23% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 62 54
Average daily rate
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£300 £325 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% +13.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £225 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £414 £389 £430
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £325 £260
% change year-on-year
-7.69% +25.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 2 12
Average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+90.47% -40.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.75 £21.00 £22.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.15 £21.00 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+90.47% -40.00%

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
51545 49678 43330
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.34% 92.37% 92.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 31452 30529 24746
Average daily rate £400 £388 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2047 1994 2137
Average hourly rate £17.41 £17.50 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.50% -4.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.75 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-4.28% -

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 6 May 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 6 May 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 6 May 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 +32 151 £300 -7.69% 35
London +14 72 £300 -7.69% 5
South East -1 33 £325 - 12
Surrey +22 19 £325 - 4
City of London +21 16 £300 -7.69%
Cambridgeshire +14 16 £290 +13.17% 10
East of England +10 16 £290 +13.17% 12
Cambridge +3 11 £290 +13.17% 7
West Midlands -7 9 £285 -
Hampshire -12 9 £250 -16.66% 5
East Midlands -7 6 £294 -
Coventry - 6 £285 -
Berkshire -3 4 £300 +9.09% 1
North East -9 4 £425 +102.38%
North West -18 4 £315 -16.00% 2
South West +10 3 £375 +3.44% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne -6 3 £425 +102.38%
Tyne and Wear -9 3 £425 +102.38%
Manchester -16 3 £315 -16.00% 1
Leicester - 3 - -
Guildford - 3 £350 -
Leicestershire - 3 - -
Nottinghamshire - 3 £294 -
Salford -1 2 £315 -16.00%
Yorkshire -10 2 £325 - 2
Gloucestershire -11 2 £425 -
Hook -11 2 £250 -24.24%
East Yorkshire - 2 £325 -
Nottingham - 2 £300 -
Peterborough - 2 - -

Author
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 May 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 90 (28.21%) MS Visio
2 82 (25.71%) MS Office
3 80 (25.08%) MS Excel
4 75 (23.51%) XML
5 70 (21.94%) Microsoft
6 65 (20.38%) Java
7 63 (19.75%) MS PowerPoint
8 59 (18.50%) UML
9 52 (16.30%) Degree
10 50 (15.67%) Data Modelling
11 49 (15.36%) OO
11 49 (15.36%) C#
11 49 (15.36%) .NET
12 46 (14.42%) Oracle
13 42 (13.17%) SQL Server
13 42 (13.17%) ITIL
14 38 (11.91%) Visual Studio
14 38 (11.91%) Web Services
14 38 (11.91%) HTML
14 38 (11.91%) HTTP
14 38 (11.91%) Salesforce.com
14 38 (11.91%) FrameMaker
14 38 (11.91%) JSON
14 38 (11.91%) .NET Framework
14 38 (11.91%) REST
15 37 (11.60%) Disaster Recovery
16 36 (11.29%) Finance
17 35 (10.97%) Software Engineering
18 34 (10.66%) Service Delivery
19 32 (10.03%) Enterprise Architecture

Author
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 6 May 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 18 (5.64%) MS Exchange
1 18 (5.64%) Exchange Server 2010
2 10 (3.13%) SharePoint
3 9 (2.82%) Confluence
4 6 (1.88%) CMS
5 4 (1.25%) SAS
6 2 (0.63%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 1 (0.31%) Sitecore CMS
7 1 (0.31%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 90 (28.21%) MS Visio
2 82 (25.71%) MS Office
3 80 (25.08%) MS Excel
4 63 (19.75%) MS PowerPoint
5 38 (11.91%) FrameMaker
6 15 (4.70%) Acrobat
7 12 (3.76%) RoboHelp
7 12 (3.76%) PaintShop Pro
8 8 (2.51%) Adobe Illustrator
9 5 (1.57%) Doxygen
10 4 (1.25%) Photoshop
11 3 (0.94%) Spreadsheet
12 2 (0.63%) Adobe Captivate
13 1 (0.31%) Solid Edge
13 1 (0.31%) XMetaL
13 1 (0.31%) CorelDRAW
13 1 (0.31%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 19 (5.96%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 4 (1.25%) SaaS
2 1 (0.31%) Adobe Analytics
2 1 (0.31%) Google Drive
2 1 (0.31%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 38 (11.91%) HTTP
2 5 (1.57%) DNS
2 5 (1.57%) LDAP
3 2 (0.63%) LAN
3 2 (0.63%) WAN
3 2 (0.63%) IMAP
4 1 (0.31%) NAS
4 1 (0.31%) WebEx
4 1 (0.31%) Broadband
4 1 (0.31%) Internet
4 1 (0.31%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (13.17%) SQL Server
2 3 (0.94%) Relational Database
3 2 (0.63%) MySQL
3 2 (0.63%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (0.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.31%) QlikView
4 1 (0.31%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (0.31%) Big Data
4 1 (0.31%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 38 (11.91%) Visual Studio
2 10 (3.13%) Ant
3 4 (1.25%) Jenkins
3 4 (1.25%) JIRA
4 3 (0.94%) Git (software)
4 3 (0.94%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 36 (11.29%) Finance
2 18 (5.64%) Banking
3 16 (5.02%) Electronics
4 14 (4.39%) Telecoms
5 12 (3.76%) Publishing
6 8 (2.51%) Manufacturing
6 8 (2.51%) Automotive
6 8 (2.51%) Back Office
7 5 (1.57%) Marketing
7 5 (1.57%) Games
8 4 (1.25%) Advertising
8 4 (1.25%) Pharmaceutical
9 3 (0.94%) Retail
10 2 (0.63%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.63%) Law
10 2 (0.63%) Legal
11 1 (0.31%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.31%) Billing
11 1 (0.31%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.31%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 75 (23.51%) XML
2 49 (15.36%) .NET
3 38 (11.91%) HTML
3 38 (11.91%) Web Services
3 38 (11.91%) .NET Framework
3 38 (11.91%) JSON
3 38 (11.91%) REST
4 19 (5.96%) Oracle Fusion
5 12 (3.76%) CSS
6 9 (2.82%) JMS
7 7 (2.19%) Sphinx
8 4 (1.25%) JSP
9 3 (0.94%) RESTful
10 2 (0.63%) jQuery
11 1 (0.31%) SailPoint
11 1 (0.31%) SGML
11 1 (0.31%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 31 (9.72%) Computer Science
2 17 (5.33%) Wiki
3 16 (5.02%) User Experience
4 10 (3.13%) Analytical Skills
4 10 (3.13%) Management Information System
5 7 (2.19%) NHS
5 7 (2.19%) E-Learning
5 7 (2.19%) Open Source
6 6 (1.88%) Client/Server
7 5 (1.57%) Hedge funds
7 5 (1.57%) 3D Graphics
7 5 (1.57%) Derivative
8 4 (1.25%) Graphic Design
8 4 (1.25%) Video Editing
8 4 (1.25%) Copywriting
8 4 (1.25%) Learning Management System
9 3 (0.94%) Visualisation
9 3 (0.94%) Mainframe
10 2 (0.63%) Fixed Income
10 2 (0.63%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 23 (7.21%) Windows
2 21 (6.58%) Windows Server 2008
3 18 (5.64%) Windows Server 2003
4 15 (4.70%) UNIX
5 8 (2.51%) Linux
6 3 (0.94%) VME
6 3 (0.94%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (0.63%) Mac OS
7 2 (0.63%) Apple iOS
7 2 (0.63%) Android
7 2 (0.63%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (18.50%) UML
2 50 (15.67%) Data Modelling
3 49 (15.36%) OO
4 42 (13.17%) ITIL
5 37 (11.60%) Disaster Recovery
6 35 (10.97%) Software Engineering
7 34 (10.66%) Service Delivery
8 32 (10.03%) Enterprise Architecture
9 29 (9.09%) Agile Software Development
10 24 (7.52%) Content Management
11 15 (4.70%) Service Management
12 14 (4.39%) Scrum
12 14 (4.39%) Project Management
13 11 (3.45%) ITSM
14 10 (3.13%) Technical Architecture
15 7 (2.19%) Use Case
15 7 (2.19%) E-Commerce
16 6 (1.88%) Performance Improvement
17 5 (1.57%) 3D Programming
17 5 (1.57%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 65 (20.38%) Java
2 49 (15.36%) C#
3 10 (3.13%) Perl
3 10 (3.13%) PowerShell
4 9 (2.82%) SQL
5 8 (2.51%) C++
6 6 (1.88%) C
7 5 (1.57%) JavaScript
8 2 (0.63%) PHP
8 2 (0.63%) Python
9 1 (0.31%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.31%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 52 (16.30%) Degree
2 28 (8.78%) Security Cleared
3 19 (5.96%) SC Cleared
4 5 (1.57%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.31%) HND
5 1 (0.31%) CCA
5 1 (0.31%) ISACA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (2.51%) QA
2 3 (0.94%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 3 (0.94%) GCP
2 3 (0.94%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.63%) Solvency II
3 2 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.63%) COBIT
4 1 (0.31%) DICOM
4 1 (0.31%) BS25999
4 1 (0.31%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.31%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 13 (4.08%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (0.31%) Tivoli Identity Manager
Vendors
1 70 (21.94%) Microsoft
2 46 (14.42%) Oracle
3 38 (11.91%) Salesforce.com
4 20 (6.27%) Adobe
5 5 (1.57%) Atlassian
6 4 (1.25%) SAP
7 2 (0.63%) ServiceNow
7 2 (0.63%) Apple
7 2 (0.63%) Google
8 1 (0.31%) Quark
8 1 (0.31%) BT
8 1 (0.31%) TOWER Software
8 1 (0.31%) Cyber-Ark
8 1 (0.31%) ForgeRock
8 1 (0.31%) Sitecore
8 1 (0.31%) ArcSight
8 1 (0.31%) Cisco
8 1 (0.31%) IBM
8 1 (0.31%) HP
8 1 (0.31%) Dell
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