The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Back Office in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Back Office over the 3 months to 22 December 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
22 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Back Office
Rank 228 179 153
Rank change year-on-year
-49 -26
Contract jobs citing Back Office 497 621 660
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.91% 1.21% 1.34%
As % of the General category 2.38% 2.94% 3.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 353 421 408
Average daily rate
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£450 £475 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.26% +5.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £299 £195 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £650 £638
UK excluding London average daily rate £369 £350 £365
% change year-on-year
+5.35% -4.10%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 10 15
Average hourly rate £24.75 £22.92 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.00% -0.36%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.55 £13.25 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £105.00 £34.10 £24.86
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £22.92 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-30.17% +43.21%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire General category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

General Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
General category
20925 21089 20182
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.38% 40.93% 41.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 13692 13290 11880
Average daily rate £438 £450 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% +5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £273 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £625 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 485 576 769
Average hourly rate £22.00 £22.00 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +2.32%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £43.80 £43.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £23.00 £21.94
% change year-on-year
-2.17% +4.84%

Back Office
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Back Office within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the General category.

Back Office Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Back Office
Daily Rate Trend

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

Back Office Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Back Office
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Back Office within the UK over the 3 months to 22 December 2014.

Back Office Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Back Office
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Back Office Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Back Office
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Back Office within the UK over the 3 months to 22 December 2014.

Back Office Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Back Office
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 Back Office within the UK over the 3 months to 22 December 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 -57 469 £450 -2.70% 146
London -28 319 £475 -5.00% 98
City of London -30 101 £475 -5.00% 36
South East -18 64 £369 -7.81% 16
Surrey +12 31 £350 +39.44% 3
South West -28 25 £350 +7.69% 9
Guildford +4 15 £233 -3.12%
Somerset -1 15 £333 +2.30% 2
Scotland 0 14 £425 -15.00% 3
North West -8 13 £304 -22.54% 8
North East -16 13 £400 +25.98% 1
Buckinghamshire -4 12 £375 +25.00%
Wales - 11 £470 -
Edinburgh -10 10 £425 -10.14% 1
West Midlands -12 10 £130 -56.66% 3
East of England -12 10 £450 +28.57% 3
Durham -8 8 £400 +25.98% 1
Berkshire -12 8 £350 -20.22% 5
Yorkshire -16 8 £350 -6.66% 4
Manchester -6 7 £315 -7.50% 3
East Midlands -21 7 £340 +385.71% 4
Birmingham -2 6 £130 -17.46%
Darlington - 6 £388 -
South Yorkshire -3 5 £350 -24.32%
Peterborough -5 5 £450 +20.00%
Cambridgeshire -10 5 £450 +20.00%
Tyne and Wear -15 5 £575 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 5 £575 -
Sheffield -2 4 £350 -
Swindon -7 4 £359 -24.07%

Back Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Back Office also 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 that cited Back Office.

1 352 (33.88%) Finance
2 268 (25.79%) Banking
3 262 (25.22%) SQL
4 194 (18.67%) Front Office
5 177 (17.04%) Agile Software Development
6 161 (15.50%) SQL Server
7 145 (13.96%) .NET
8 142 (13.67%) Project Management
9 138 (13.28%) Windows
10 132 (12.70%) Oracle
10 132 (12.70%) Microsoft
11 124 (11.93%) Investment Banking
12 122 (11.74%) C#
13 121 (11.65%) Business Analysis
13 121 (11.65%) Derivative
14 99 (9.53%) Retail
15 98 (9.43%) Analytical Skills
16 88 (8.47%) MS Excel
17 78 (7.51%) Java
18 77 (7.41%) MS Office
19 75 (7.22%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
20 74 (7.12%) User Acceptance Testing
21 69 (6.64%) Workflow
22 67 (6.45%) ITIL
23 66 (6.35%) ERP
24 63 (6.06%) PRINCE2
24 63 (6.06%) Scrum
25 61 (5.87%) ASP.NET
26 60 (5.77%) Telecoms
27 59 (5.68%) Migration

Back Office
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Back Office also 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 that cited Back Office. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 27 (2.60%) SharePoint
2 14 (1.35%) JBoss
3 13 (1.25%) IBM Notes
4 12 (1.15%) WebSphere
5 10 (0.96%) MS Exchange
6 7 (0.67%) Oracle Workflow
6 7 (0.67%) nginx
7 6 (0.58%) WordPress
7 6 (0.58%) Lync
7 6 (0.58%) WebLogic
8 5 (0.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 5 (0.48%) CMS
8 5 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2010
8 5 (0.48%) SharePoint 2010
9 4 (0.38%) TIBCO EMS
9 4 (0.38%) IIS
9 4 (0.38%) Elasticsearch
10 3 (0.29%) BizTalk Server
10 3 (0.29%) SAS
10 3 (0.29%) Apache
Applications
1 88 (8.47%) MS Excel
2 77 (7.41%) MS Office
3 24 (2.31%) MS PowerPoint
4 23 (2.21%) MS Visio
5 15 (1.44%) MS Project
6 5 (0.48%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.096%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.096%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.096%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 21 (2.02%) Markit EDM
2 19 (1.83%) Oracle EBS
3 13 (1.25%) Oracle Retail
4 11 (1.06%) Oracle EBS R12
4 11 (1.06%) Endur
5 7 (0.67%) Oracle Applications
6 6 (0.58%) Global One
6 6 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
7 5 (0.48%) ResourceLink
8 4 (0.38%) SunGard GMI
8 4 (0.38%) Dynamics AX
8 4 (0.38%) SunGard Martini
9 3 (0.29%) LatentZero
9 3 (0.29%) SAP HCM
9 3 (0.29%) Oracle ERP
9 3 (0.29%) Oracle 11i
9 3 (0.29%) Murex MxG2000
9 3 (0.29%) Agresso
9 3 (0.29%) OpenLink RightAngle
9 3 (0.29%) SunGard Stream Clearvision
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.29%) SaaS
1 3 (0.29%) Google Apps
2 2 (0.19%) IaaS
2 2 (0.19%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.096%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.096%) PaaS
3 1 (0.096%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 27 (2.60%) TCP/IP
2 25 (2.41%) Firewall
3 23 (2.21%) Internet
4 21 (2.02%) SAN
5 18 (1.73%) DNS
5 18 (1.73%) Ethernet
6 17 (1.64%) 3G
7 15 (1.44%) 4G
8 13 (1.25%) LTE
9 11 (1.06%) Radio Access Network
9 11 (1.06%) 2G
9 11 (1.06%) OSPF
10 10 (0.96%) WAN
10 10 (0.96%) LAN
11 9 (0.87%) BGP
12 8 (0.77%) DHCP
13 7 (0.67%) VPN
13 7 (0.67%) Intranet
14 6 (0.58%) MPLS
14 6 (0.58%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 161 (15.50%) SQL Server
2 32 (3.08%) SQL Server 2008
3 30 (2.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 29 (2.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 21 (2.02%) Oracle Database
6 20 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
7 18 (1.73%) MySQL
7 18 (1.73%) SQL Server 2005
8 16 (1.54%) Relational Database
9 11 (1.06%) Data Mining
9 11 (1.06%) FileMaker
10 10 (0.96%) MS Access
11 9 (0.87%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
12 8 (0.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 7 (0.67%) PostgreSQL
13 7 (0.67%) DB2
13 7 (0.67%) OLAP
13 7 (0.67%) SQL Server 2012
14 6 (0.58%) Oracle Reports
15 5 (0.48%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 27 (2.60%) Team Foundation Server
2 21 (2.02%) Visual Studio
3 13 (1.25%) JIRA
4 11 (1.06%) Eclipse
4 11 (1.06%) Subversion
5 9 (0.87%) Jenkins
6 7 (0.67%) Selenium
7 6 (0.58%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 6 (0.58%) Maven
8 5 (0.48%) JUnit
8 5 (0.48%) TestDirector
9 4 (0.38%) Serena SBM
10 3 (0.29%) NUnit
10 3 (0.29%) CruiseControl
10 3 (0.29%) Toad
10 3 (0.29%) ClearCase
10 3 (0.29%) Mockito
11 2 (0.19%) Cucumber
11 2 (0.19%) Git (software)
11 2 (0.19%) WebDriver
General
1 352 (33.88%) Finance
2 268 (25.79%) Banking
3 194 (18.67%) Front Office
4 124 (11.93%) Investment Banking
5 99 (9.53%) Retail
6 60 (5.77%) Telecoms
7 18 (1.73%) Legal
8 14 (1.35%) French Language
9 12 (1.15%) Retail Banking
10 11 (1.06%) Billing
11 10 (0.96%) Marketing
12 7 (0.67%) Manufacturing
13 6 (0.58%) Pharmaceutical
13 6 (0.58%) Automotive
14 5 (0.48%) Games
14 5 (0.48%) General Ledger
14 5 (0.48%) Local Government
15 4 (0.38%) Financial Institution
15 4 (0.38%) Advertising
15 4 (0.38%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 363 (34.94%) Analyst
2 211 (20.31%) Business Analyst
3 188 (18.09%) Developer
4 117 (11.26%) Project Manager
5 68 (6.54%) .NET Developer
6 64 (6.16%) Support Analyst
7 49 (4.72%) Applications Support
8 48 (4.62%) Consultant
9 44 (4.23%) Architect
10 43 (4.14%) SQL Developer
11 36 (3.46%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
12 32 (3.08%) Back Office Engineer
13 30 (2.89%) Applications Support Analyst
14 29 (2.79%) Senior Developer
15 28 (2.69%) C# Developer
16 27 (2.60%) Banking Business Analyst
17 25 (2.41%) Data Analyst
17 25 (2.41%) Support Technician
17 25 (2.41%) Test Analyst
18 23 (2.21%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 145 (13.96%) .NET
2 61 (5.87%) ASP.NET
3 58 (5.58%) XML
4 50 (4.81%) HTML
5 45 (4.33%) Web Services
6 31 (2.98%) ASP.NET MVC
7 26 (2.50%) WCF
8 24 (2.31%) .NET Framework
9 22 (2.12%) jQuery
10 19 (1.83%) Spring
10 19 (1.83%) J2EE
10 19 (1.83%) DOM
11 18 (1.73%) ASP.NET MVC 4
12 17 (1.64%) XSLT
12 17 (1.64%) CSS
13 16 (1.54%) WinForms
14 15 (1.44%) Hibernate
14 15 (1.44%) SOAP
15 14 (1.35%) FpML
15 14 (1.35%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 121 (11.65%) Derivative
2 98 (9.43%) Analytical Skills
3 75 (7.22%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 47 (4.52%) Fixed Income
5 40 (3.85%) Equities
6 34 (3.27%) Management Information System
7 32 (3.08%) Blackberry
7 32 (3.08%) User Experience
8 22 (2.12%) SWIFT
8 22 (2.12%) Credit Derivative
9 19 (1.83%) Credit Risk
10 18 (1.73%) Equity Derivative
11 16 (1.54%) Enterprise Software
12 14 (1.35%) Computer Science
12 14 (1.35%) Data Integration
13 12 (1.15%) EPoS
14 11 (1.06%) Market Risk
14 11 (1.06%) Mobile App
14 11 (1.06%) Open Source
15 9 (0.87%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 138 (13.28%) Windows
2 50 (4.81%) UNIX
3 46 (4.43%) Windows 7
4 34 (3.27%) Windows XP
5 28 (2.69%) Linux
6 22 (2.12%) Windows Server 2008
7 20 (1.92%) Windows Server 2003
8 10 (0.96%) Mac OS X Server
8 10 (0.96%) Windows Server 2012
9 5 (0.48%) Android
9 5 (0.48%) Windows 2000
10 3 (0.29%) Mac OS
11 2 (0.19%) Windows 8
11 2 (0.19%) Apple iOS
11 2 (0.19%) Windows 2000 Server
11 2 (0.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (0.19%) Solaris
12 1 (0.096%) HPUX
12 1 (0.096%) OS/400
12 1 (0.096%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 177 (17.04%) Agile Software Development
2 142 (13.67%) Project Management
3 121 (11.65%) Business Analysis
4 74 (7.12%) User Acceptance Testing
5 69 (6.64%) Workflow
6 67 (6.45%) ITIL
7 66 (6.35%) ERP
8 63 (6.06%) PRINCE2
8 63 (6.06%) Scrum
9 59 (5.68%) Migration
10 56 (5.39%) Stakeholder Management
11 53 (5.10%) E-Commerce
12 44 (4.23%) Asset Management
13 40 (3.85%) Data Modelling
14 38 (3.66%) Waterfall
15 36 (3.46%) CRM
15 36 (3.46%) Risk Management
16 35 (3.37%) Web Development
16 35 (3.37%) Investment Management
17 34 (3.27%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 262 (25.22%) SQL
2 122 (11.74%) C#
3 78 (7.51%) Java
4 50 (4.81%) JavaScript
5 45 (4.33%) T-SQL
6 32 (3.08%) VB
7 19 (1.83%) VBA
8 18 (1.73%) Shell Script
9 14 (1.35%) VB.NET
9 14 (1.35%) PL/SQL
10 13 (1.25%) C
10 13 (1.25%) VBScript
11 10 (0.96%) C++
11 10 (0.96%) Bash Shell
12 9 (0.87%) PowerShell
12 9 (0.87%) PHP
13 8 (0.77%) Perl
13 8 (0.77%) Python
14 7 (0.67%) Scala
15 6 (0.58%) VB6
Qualifications
1 53 (5.10%) Security Cleared
2 51 (4.91%) Degree
3 41 (3.95%) SC Cleared
4 15 (1.44%) Cisco Certification
5 12 (1.15%) ITIL Certification
6 11 (1.06%) PMI Certification
7 10 (0.96%) Microsoft Certification
8 8 (0.77%) ISEB
8 8 (0.77%) PMP
9 7 (0.67%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 6 (0.58%) HNC
10 6 (0.58%) CCNP
11 5 (0.48%) HND
11 5 (0.48%) MCSE
11 5 (0.48%) ISTQB
12 4 (0.38%) CCNA
12 4 (0.38%) A+ Certification
12 4 (0.38%) MCP
13 3 (0.29%) MCITP
13 3 (0.29%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (3.75%) QA
2 31 (2.98%) SLA
3 20 (1.92%) EMIR
4 9 (0.87%) Dodd-Frank
5 6 (0.58%) PCI DSS
6 5 (0.48%) MiFID
7 4 (0.38%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (0.19%) Basel III
8 2 (0.19%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.096%) FATCA
9 1 (0.096%) Solvency II
9 1 (0.096%) ISO 14001
9 1 (0.096%) ISO 8583
9 1 (0.096%) GxP
9 1 (0.096%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 36 (3.46%) Active Directory
2 17 (1.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (1.35%) XenApp
4 7 (0.67%) VMware ESX
5 5 (0.48%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 5 (0.48%) vSphere
5 5 (0.48%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (0.38%) XenDesktop
7 3 (0.29%) Shibboleth
7 3 (0.29%) ProxySG
8 2 (0.19%) NDS
8 2 (0.19%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
8 2 (0.19%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.096%) XenServer
9 1 (0.096%) GridGain
9 1 (0.096%) Firmware
9 1 (0.096%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 19 (1.83%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (0.77%) Control-M
2 8 (0.77%) SCCM
3 7 (0.67%) Puppet
3 7 (0.67%) Vagrant
3 7 (0.67%) Opscode Chef
4 4 (0.38%) Norton AntiVirus
5 3 (0.29%) Cisco CUCM
6 2 (0.19%) FortiGate
6 2 (0.19%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 2 (0.19%) BMC Marimba
6 2 (0.19%) Tivoli
6 2 (0.19%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 1 (0.096%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.096%) CA SiteMinder
7 1 (0.096%) ARCserve
7 1 (0.096%) MAILsweeper
7 1 (0.096%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.096%) Pingdom
7 1 (0.096%) Kibana
Vendors
1 132 (12.70%) Oracle
1 132 (12.70%) Microsoft
2 47 (4.52%) SAP
3 44 (4.23%) Citrix
4 30 (2.89%) Ericsson
5 27 (2.60%) Nokia
6 26 (2.50%) HP
6 26 (2.50%) Bloomberg
7 25 (2.41%) Cisco
8 24 (2.31%) VMware
9 22 (2.12%) NEC
10 18 (1.73%) Murex
11 17 (1.64%) Sybase
12 14 (1.35%) Reuters
13 13 (1.25%) Symantec
13 13 (1.25%) Huawei
13 13 (1.25%) Apple
14 12 (1.15%) Lotus
14 12 (1.15%) IBM
14 12 (1.15%) SunGard
London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £650 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
ISL
Rate: £40000.00 - £45000.00 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Esher, Surrey
Red10
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: £600 - £650 per day + competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Central London / West End
AWD Recruitment
Rate: £Neg
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Glastonbury, Somerset
Reed Professional Services
Rate: £440 - £540 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Parallel Consulting
Rate: £550 - £580 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Telford, Shropshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: market rates
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Montash
Rate: £500 - £650 per day + negotiable
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Edissero Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: Market related
Posted: 10 days ago