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 27 August 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
27 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Author
Rank 480 417 442
Rank change year-on-year
-63 +25
Contract jobs requiring an Author 121 158 146
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.22% 0.30% 0.25%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.24% 0.32% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 82 78 60
Average daily rate
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£338 £275 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.72% -21.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £251 £200 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £400 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £260 £250
% change year-on-year
+25.00% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 12 16
Average hourly rate £21.00 £36.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-42.46% +21.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £21.50 £18.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £37.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £28.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-9.56% -4.16%

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
51265 49491 54504
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.21% 92.73% 92.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 31026 29372 30573
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1968 2145 2690
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.61 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-2.30% -5.55%

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 27 August 2014.

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
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 27 August 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 -54 110 £375 +36.36% 36
London 0 62 £375 +20.00% 13
Cambridgeshire 0 20 £400 - 5
East of England -26 20 £400 +100.00% 10
Cambridge -7 19 £400 - 4
City of London +30 14 £375 +0.67% 5
South East -33 11 £250 -9.09% 1
North East - 5 £325 - 1
East Midlands +1 4 £275 -1.78% 3
Yorkshire +9 3 - - 2
South Yorkshire +7 3 - -
Berkshire +7 3 £228 -30.00%
Leicestershire +5 3 £238 - 3
Scotland -20 3 £273 +111.65% 1
Sheffield +8 2 - -
South West -36 1 £260 +79.31% 5
Oxfordshire - 1 £290 -
Buckinghamshire - 1 - -
East Sussex - 1 £250 -
Gloucestershire - 1 £260 -
Cheltenham - 1 £260 -
Brighton - 1 £250 -
Milton Keynes - 1 - -
Newbury - - - -
Nottingham - - - -
Oxford - - - -
Reading - - - -
Rickmansworth - - - -
Bristol - - - - 5
Bath - - - -

Author
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 August 2014, 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 47 (20.35%) XML
2 46 (19.91%) Finance
3 30 (12.99%) MS Office
4 29 (12.55%) Microsoft
5 27 (11.69%) MS Visio
5 27 (11.69%) HTML
6 24 (10.39%) MS Excel
6 24 (10.39%) SharePoint
7 21 (9.09%) .NET
7 21 (9.09%) Security Cleared
8 20 (8.66%) Java
9 19 (8.23%) ITIL
9 19 (8.23%) MS PowerPoint
10 18 (7.79%) Banking
10 18 (7.79%) Publishing
11 17 (7.36%) FrameMaker
12 16 (6.93%) Perl
12 16 (6.93%) Degree
13 15 (6.49%) Oracle
13 15 (6.49%) Adobe
14 13 (5.63%) RoboHelp
14 13 (5.63%) Windows
14 13 (5.63%) UML
14 13 (5.63%) SC Cleared
15 12 (5.19%) Marketing
15 12 (5.19%) Web Services
15 12 (5.19%) SQL Server
15 12 (5.19%) Python
16 11 (4.76%) E-Commerce
16 11 (4.76%) CSS

Author
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 August 2014, 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 24 (10.39%) SharePoint
2 7 (3.03%) Confluence
3 3 (1.30%) CMS
3 3 (1.30%) Joomla!
4 2 (0.87%) MS Exchange
4 2 (0.87%) SAS
4 2 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.43%) Oracle Workflow
5 1 (0.43%) Drupal
5 1 (0.43%) Captiva
5 1 (0.43%) WordPress
Applications
1 30 (12.99%) MS Office
2 27 (11.69%) MS Visio
3 24 (10.39%) MS Excel
4 19 (8.23%) MS PowerPoint
5 17 (7.36%) FrameMaker
6 13 (5.63%) RoboHelp
7 9 (3.90%) Adobe Illustrator
8 6 (2.60%) Acrobat
9 5 (2.16%) CorelDRAW
10 4 (1.73%) PaintShop Pro
11 3 (1.30%) Adobe Captivate
11 3 (1.30%) Fireworks
11 3 (1.30%) MS Project
12 1 (0.43%) Photoshop
12 1 (0.43%) XMetaL
Business Applications
1 3 (1.30%) PeopleSoft HRMS
2 2 (0.87%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.43%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.87%) SaaS
2 1 (0.43%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.43%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (4.33%) HTTP
2 8 (3.46%) Internet
3 7 (3.03%) VPN
3 7 (3.03%) HTTPS
4 3 (1.30%) Intranet
4 3 (1.30%) IMAP
5 1 (0.43%) SAN
5 1 (0.43%) IP Telephony
5 1 (0.43%) LAN
5 1 (0.43%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (5.19%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.30%) MS Access
3 2 (0.87%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.43%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.43%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.43%) QlikView
4 1 (0.43%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (0.43%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.43%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 11 (4.76%) JIRA
2 8 (3.46%) Ant
3 6 (2.60%) Visual Studio
4 3 (1.30%) Dreamweaver
5 2 (0.87%) StarTeam
6 1 (0.43%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 46 (19.91%) Finance
2 18 (7.79%) Publishing
2 18 (7.79%) Banking
3 12 (5.19%) Marketing
4 11 (4.76%) Investment Banking
5 7 (3.03%) Manufacturing
5 7 (3.03%) Front Office
6 6 (2.60%) Electronics
6 6 (2.60%) Retail
7 4 (1.73%) Games
7 4 (1.73%) Telecoms
8 2 (0.87%) Aerospace
8 2 (0.87%) Automotive
8 2 (0.87%) Private Banking
9 1 (0.43%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.43%) French Language
9 1 (0.43%) Law
9 1 (0.43%) Legal
9 1 (0.43%) Back Office
9 1 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (20.35%) XML
2 27 (11.69%) HTML
3 21 (9.09%) .NET
4 12 (5.19%) Web Services
5 11 (4.76%) CSS
5 11 (4.76%) FpML
6 9 (3.90%) XML Schema
6 9 (3.90%) .NET Framework
7 8 (3.46%) XSLT
8 7 (3.03%) FIXML
9 5 (2.16%) JSON
9 5 (2.16%) REST
10 3 (1.30%) Flash
11 2 (0.87%) XHTML
11 2 (0.87%) JSP
11 2 (0.87%) ASP.NET
12 1 (0.43%) WPF
12 1 (0.43%) ASP.NET MVC
12 1 (0.43%) WebCenter
12 1 (0.43%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 11 (4.76%) E-Learning
2 9 (3.90%) Derivative
3 8 (3.46%) Copywriting
4 7 (3.03%) Management Information System
4 7 (3.03%) Credit Derivative
5 5 (2.16%) NHS
6 4 (1.73%) Fixed Income
6 4 (1.73%) Wiki
6 4 (1.73%) Graphic Design
6 4 (1.73%) Computer Science
6 4 (1.73%) Digital Media
7 3 (1.30%) Learning Management System
7 3 (1.30%) Client/Server
7 3 (1.30%) SCORM
8 2 (0.87%) DTV
8 2 (0.87%) GIS
8 2 (0.87%) Video Editing
8 2 (0.87%) Visualisation
8 2 (0.87%) Open Source
9 1 (0.43%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 13 (5.63%) Windows
2 5 (2.16%) Linux
3 4 (1.73%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (1.30%) Windows 7
4 3 (1.30%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (0.87%) UNIX
6 1 (0.43%) Solaris
6 1 (0.43%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (8.23%) ITIL
2 13 (5.63%) UML
3 11 (4.76%) E-Commerce
4 8 (3.46%) Service Management
5 7 (3.03%) Content Management
5 7 (3.03%) Enterprise Architecture
6 6 (2.60%) Software Engineering
6 6 (2.60%) Data Modelling
7 5 (2.16%) OO
7 5 (2.16%) ITSM
8 4 (1.73%) Business Intelligence
8 4 (1.73%) Information Security
8 4 (1.73%) Agile Software Development
8 4 (1.73%) Asset Management
8 4 (1.73%) Release Management
9 3 (1.30%) QMS
9 3 (1.30%) ITIL V3
9 3 (1.30%) Service Continuity Management
9 3 (1.30%) Programme Management
9 3 (1.30%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 20 (8.66%) Java
2 16 (6.93%) Perl
3 12 (5.19%) Python
4 11 (4.76%) Ruby
5 10 (4.33%) C#
6 9 (3.90%) PowerShell
7 7 (3.03%) SQL
8 3 (1.30%) JavaScript
8 3 (1.30%) ActionScript 2.0
8 3 (1.30%) ActionScript
9 2 (0.87%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.43%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.43%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.43%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.43%) VBScript
10 1 (0.43%) VB
Qualifications
1 21 (9.09%) Security Cleared
2 16 (6.93%) Degree
3 13 (5.63%) SC Cleared
4 3 (1.30%) DV Cleared
5 2 (0.87%) MCT
5 2 (0.87%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.43%) CISM
6 1 (0.43%) CISSP
6 1 (0.43%) PCI QSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (2.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 6 (2.60%) QA
2 2 (0.87%) Solvency II
3 1 (0.43%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.43%) ISO 9000
3 1 (0.43%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.43%) BS7799
System Software
1 1 (0.43%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (0.43%) SCOM
Vendors
1 29 (12.55%) Microsoft
2 15 (6.49%) Adobe
2 15 (6.49%) Oracle
3 9 (3.90%) Salesforce.com
4 5 (2.16%) Atlassian
5 4 (1.73%) Fujitsu
6 3 (1.30%) PeopleSoft
7 2 (0.87%) SAP
7 2 (0.87%) Borland
8 1 (0.43%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.43%) Nortel
8 1 (0.43%) Cisco
8 1 (0.43%) Aruba
8 1 (0.43%) Ciena
8 1 (0.43%) McAfee
8 1 (0.43%) FatWire
8 1 (0.43%) Blue Coat
8 1 (0.43%) NetScout
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