The first 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 28 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all terms in our General category.

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
28 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Back Office
Rank 199 149 121
Rank change year-on-year
-50 -28
Contract jobs citing Back Office 574 714 892
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.05% 1.40% 1.54%
As % of the General category 2.71% 3.25% 3.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 385 466 535
Average daily rate
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£450 £475 £488
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.26% -2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £264 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £675 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 15 11
Average hourly rate £17.00 £15.77 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.79% -31.43%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.65 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.60 £88.00 £65.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.77 £28.25
% change year-on-year
+1.45% -44.17%
General Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
General category
21142 22003 25803
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.67% 43.05% 44.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 13052 13464 15354
Average daily rate £425 £450 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.55% +5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £620 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
-0.64% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 554 631 726
Average hourly rate £20.50 £22.50 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.88% -2.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.98 £44.90 £47.70
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.00 £22.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-2.22% -18.18%

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 28 July 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 28 July 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 28 July 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -38 541 £450 -5.26% 146
London -31 365 £500 -4.76% 97
City of London -30 98 £500 +5.26% 47
South East -68 60 £425 +6.58% 8
South West -3 48 £330 -9.58% 10
North West +5 24 £200 +99.50% 8
West Midlands -4 21 £325 -1.51% 2
Berkshire -42 19 £438 +41.12% 2
Surrey +4 18 £375 +3.44% 2
Scotland -15 18 £450 +5.88% 4
Manchester -1 15 £466 +365.50% 5
Buckinghamshire +3 12 £425 - 1
West Yorkshire 0 10 £345 -8.00% 3
Yorkshire -5 10 £345 -8.00% 6
Milton Keynes +2 9 £425 - 1
Reading -14 9 £438 +68.26% 1
Edinburgh -18 9 £550 +22.22% 1
East of England -35 9 £250 -42.52% 6
Cheshire +9 8 £200 -
Leeds +10 7 £383 +2.00% 3
Glasgow -1 7 £400 +300.00% 3
Swindon +3 6 £350 -15.15% 1
Birmingham -8 6 £293 -22.00%
Wiltshire -8 6 £350 -15.15% 3
Hampshire -20 6 £450 +71.42%
Docklands, London +3 5 £600 +26.31%
East Midlands -4 5 £438 +548.14% 9
Staffordshire - 5 £328 -
Warrington - 5 £200 -
Hertfordshire +2 4 £190 -

Back Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 July 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.

1 438 (34.30%) Finance
2 331 (25.92%) Banking
3 300 (23.49%) SQL
4 246 (19.26%) Front Office
5 189 (14.80%) .NET
6 186 (14.57%) SQL Server
7 182 (14.25%) C#
8 174 (13.63%) Windows
9 172 (13.47%) Project Management
10 167 (13.08%) Investment Banking
11 156 (12.22%) Microsoft
12 153 (11.98%) Scrum
13 139 (10.88%) Oracle
14 137 (10.73%) Java
15 134 (10.49%) Derivative
16 120 (9.40%) Business Analysis
17 119 (9.32%) Agile Software Development
18 106 (8.30%) User Acceptance Testing
19 105 (8.22%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
20 103 (8.07%) Retail
21 102 (7.99%) Security Cleared
22 101 (7.91%) Workflow
23 100 (7.83%) Change Management
24 99 (7.75%) PRINCE2
25 96 (7.52%) TDD
26 94 (7.36%) MS Excel
27 87 (6.81%) Degree
28 85 (6.66%) SC Cleared
29 83 (6.50%) MS Office
30 80 (6.26%) JavaScript

Back Office
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 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 31 (2.43%) SharePoint
2 24 (1.88%) IIS
3 23 (1.80%) MS Exchange
4 16 (1.25%) Apache
5 15 (1.17%) WebSphere
6 13 (1.02%) SharePoint 2010
7 10 (0.78%) WebSphere Application Server
7 10 (0.78%) Elasticsearch
8 9 (0.70%) CMS
9 8 (0.63%) IBM Notes
9 8 (0.63%) K2 blackpearl
10 7 (0.55%) WebLogic
10 7 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2007
11 6 (0.47%) AquaLogic
11 6 (0.47%) Oracle Service Bus
11 6 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2010
11 6 (0.47%) SAS
11 6 (0.47%) SharePoint 2013
12 5 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2013
12 5 (0.39%) MQSeries
Applications
1 94 (7.36%) MS Excel
2 83 (6.50%) MS Office
3 33 (2.58%) MS Visio
4 32 (2.51%) MS Project
5 30 (2.35%) MS PowerPoint
6 10 (0.78%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.47%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.078%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 19 (1.49%) Oracle Retail
2 17 (1.33%) Oracle EBS
3 14 (1.10%) Oracle Applications
3 14 (1.10%) Markit EDM
4 9 (0.70%) Endur
5 8 (0.63%) Summit
5 8 (0.63%) Temenos T24
5 8 (0.63%) Oracle EBS R12
6 7 (0.55%) Dynamics NAV
7 6 (0.47%) SunGard GMI
8 4 (0.31%) SimCorp Dimension
8 4 (0.31%) SAP ERP
8 4 (0.31%) Temenos Globus
9 3 (0.23%) RMDS
9 3 (0.23%) Cerner Millennium
9 3 (0.23%) Advent Geneva
9 3 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 3 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
9 3 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
9 3 (0.23%) Algo Collateral
Cloud Services
1 16 (1.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (0.47%) SaaS
3 4 (0.31%) GitHub
3 4 (0.31%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (0.23%) PaaS
5 2 (0.16%) IaaS
5 2 (0.16%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (0.16%) Force.com
6 1 (0.078%) SuccessFactors
6 1 (0.078%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 30 (2.35%) LAN
2 25 (1.96%) WAN
3 21 (1.64%) Firewall
4 20 (1.57%) DNS
5 17 (1.33%) SAN
6 12 (0.94%) TCP/IP
6 12 (0.94%) VPN
7 11 (0.86%) DHCP
8 10 (0.78%) Internet
9 9 (0.70%) GGSN
9 9 (0.70%) SGSN
9 9 (0.70%) Network Security
9 9 (0.70%) MGW
10 8 (0.63%) Cisco IOS
11 7 (0.55%) 3G
11 7 (0.55%) SSL
12 6 (0.47%) IPv4
12 6 (0.47%) SDH
12 6 (0.47%) Broadband
12 6 (0.47%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 186 (14.57%) SQL Server
2 42 (3.29%) SQL Server 2008
3 33 (2.58%) Data Warehouse
4 32 (2.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 28 (2.19%) Relational Database
6 25 (1.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 20 (1.57%) Oracle Database
8 19 (1.49%) MySQL
9 18 (1.41%) SQL Server 2005
10 14 (1.10%) SQL Server 2012
11 13 (1.02%) Data Mining
12 7 (0.55%) RDBMS
12 7 (0.55%) MS Access
13 6 (0.47%) Oracle Reports
13 6 (0.47%) Oracle Database 10g
13 6 (0.47%) NoSQL
14 4 (0.31%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 4 (0.31%) Data Mart
14 4 (0.31%) PostgreSQL
14 4 (0.31%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 27 (2.11%) Visual Studio
1 27 (2.11%) Team Foundation Server
2 26 (2.04%) Jenkins
3 24 (1.88%) JIRA
4 21 (1.64%) Selenium
5 12 (0.94%) Maven
6 11 (0.86%) Git (software)
7 9 (0.70%) JUnit
8 8 (0.63%) Serena SBM
8 8 (0.63%) Subversion
9 7 (0.55%) Cucumber
9 7 (0.55%) Grunt
9 7 (0.55%) Jasmine
10 6 (0.47%) Karma Test Runner
11 5 (0.39%) Behat
11 5 (0.39%) Xcode
11 5 (0.39%) FitNesse
12 4 (0.31%) Eclipse
13 3 (0.23%) QuickTest Pro
13 3 (0.23%) ProC
General
1 438 (34.30%) Finance
2 331 (25.92%) Banking
3 246 (19.26%) Front Office
4 167 (13.08%) Investment Banking
5 103 (8.07%) Retail
6 43 (3.37%) Telecoms
7 39 (3.05%) Billing
8 24 (1.88%) Legal
9 21 (1.64%) Marketing
10 18 (1.41%) Retail Banking
10 18 (1.41%) French Language
10 18 (1.41%) Financial Institution
11 14 (1.10%) International Banking
12 9 (0.70%) Publishing
12 9 (0.70%) Games
12 9 (0.70%) General Ledger
13 6 (0.47%) Manufacturing
14 5 (0.39%) German Language
15 4 (0.31%) Advertising
15 4 (0.31%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 408 (31.95%) Analyst
2 252 (19.73%) Developer
3 249 (19.50%) Business Analyst
4 152 (11.90%) Project Manager
5 71 (5.56%) .NET Developer
6 63 (4.93%) Architect
7 55 (4.31%) Consultant
8 50 (3.92%) Java Developer
9 48 (3.76%) Applications Support
10 43 (3.37%) SQL Developer
11 40 (3.13%) Support Engineer
11 40 (3.13%) Support Analyst
12 39 (3.05%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
13 37 (2.90%) Senior Developer
14 36 (2.82%) C# Developer
15 34 (2.66%) Programme Manager
16 31 (2.43%) Banking Business Analyst
17 29 (2.27%) Service Analyst
17 29 (2.27%) Service Desk Analyst
18 26 (2.04%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 189 (14.80%) .NET
2 79 (6.19%) ASP.NET
3 75 (5.87%) HTML
4 67 (5.25%) XML
5 59 (4.62%) Web Services
6 44 (3.45%) ASP.NET MVC
7 42 (3.29%) CSS
8 39 (3.05%) Spring
9 38 (2.98%) .NET Framework
9 38 (2.98%) J2EE
10 31 (2.43%) WCF
10 31 (2.43%) jQuery
11 29 (2.27%) DOM
12 28 (2.19%) XSLT
13 25 (1.96%) HTML5
14 22 (1.72%) Middleware
14 22 (1.72%) Hibernate
15 19 (1.49%) JMS
16 18 (1.41%) JSP
16 18 (1.41%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 134 (10.49%) Derivative
2 105 (8.22%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 73 (5.72%) Fixed Income
4 64 (5.01%) Management Information System
5 59 (4.62%) Equities
6 36 (2.82%) Open Source
7 28 (2.19%) Statistics
8 24 (1.88%) Credit Risk
9 23 (1.80%) Credit Derivative
10 22 (1.72%) Enterprise Software
11 20 (1.57%) Equity Derivative
12 19 (1.49%) N-Tier
13 16 (1.25%) Blackberry
13 16 (1.25%) Computer Science
14 15 (1.17%) SWIFT
15 13 (1.02%) Mobile App
15 13 (1.02%) Market Risk
16 12 (0.94%) NHS
17 11 (0.86%) Reference Data
18 10 (0.78%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 174 (13.63%) Windows
2 61 (4.78%) UNIX
3 59 (4.62%) Windows 7
4 47 (3.68%) Windows XP
5 29 (2.27%) Linux
6 17 (1.33%) Windows Server 2003
7 15 (1.17%) Windows Server 2008
8 10 (0.78%) Solaris
9 9 (0.70%) Apple iOS
10 7 (0.55%) Windows 2000
11 6 (0.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (0.23%) Windows CE
12 3 (0.23%) Windows 8
12 3 (0.23%) Android
13 2 (0.16%) Windows Server 2012
13 2 (0.16%) MVS
14 1 (0.078%) Debian
14 1 (0.078%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 172 (13.47%) Project Management
2 153 (11.98%) Scrum
3 120 (9.40%) Business Analysis
4 119 (9.32%) Agile Software Development
5 106 (8.30%) User Acceptance Testing
6 101 (7.91%) Workflow
7 100 (7.83%) Change Management
8 99 (7.75%) PRINCE2
9 96 (7.52%) TDD
10 79 (6.19%) ITIL
11 70 (5.48%) Migration
11 70 (5.48%) Continuous Integration
12 69 (5.40%) CRM
13 67 (5.25%) OO
14 61 (4.78%) ERP
15 58 (4.54%) Unit Testing
16 56 (4.39%) Risk Management
17 53 (4.15%) Stakeholder Management
18 52 (4.07%) Data Analysis
19 49 (3.84%) Investment Management
Programming Languages
1 300 (23.49%) SQL
2 182 (14.25%) C#
3 137 (10.73%) Java
4 80 (6.26%) JavaScript
5 32 (2.51%) VB.NET
6 29 (2.27%) T-SQL
7 28 (2.19%) C++
8 27 (2.11%) PHP
8 27 (2.11%) Python
9 24 (1.88%) PL/SQL
10 23 (1.80%) Shell Script
10 23 (1.80%) C
10 23 (1.80%) VB
11 14 (1.10%) VBA
12 13 (1.02%) Bash Shell
13 10 (0.78%) Scala
14 9 (0.70%) Perl
15 8 (0.63%) Korn
16 7 (0.55%) PowerShell
17 5 (0.39%) PHP5
Qualifications
1 102 (7.99%) Security Cleared
2 87 (6.81%) Degree
3 85 (6.66%) SC Cleared
4 32 (2.51%) Microsoft Certification
5 28 (2.19%) ISEB
6 25 (1.96%) MCP
7 23 (1.80%) PMI Certification
8 19 (1.49%) PMP
8 19 (1.49%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 17 (1.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 15 (1.17%) ISTQB
11 9 (0.70%) MCSE
12 8 (0.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 7 (0.55%) ITIL Certification
14 4 (0.31%) Cisco Certification
14 4 (0.31%) CTC Cleared
14 4 (0.31%) MCITP
14 4 (0.31%) Six Sigma Black Belt
15 3 (0.23%) A+ Certification
15 3 (0.23%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (4.54%) QA
2 41 (3.21%) EMIR
3 38 (2.98%) Dodd-Frank
4 26 (2.04%) SLA
5 8 (0.63%) MiFID
6 5 (0.39%) ISO 9001
7 4 (0.31%) Data Quality
8 3 (0.23%) PCI DSS
9 2 (0.16%) Basel III
9 2 (0.16%) COREP
9 2 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.078%) ISO 14001
10 1 (0.078%) WAI
10 1 (0.078%) GCP
10 1 (0.078%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.078%) FINREP
10 1 (0.078%) AIFMD
10 1 (0.078%) FATCA
10 1 (0.078%) P3O
10 1 (0.078%) CRD IV
System Software
1 68 (5.32%) Active Directory
2 28 (2.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (0.47%) ISA Server
4 4 (0.31%) Microsoft App-V
4 4 (0.31%) vSphere
5 3 (0.23%) XenApp
5 3 (0.23%) Oracle RAC
5 3 (0.23%) NFS
5 3 (0.23%) SRDF
6 2 (0.16%) NDS
6 2 (0.16%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.078%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.078%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 1 (0.078%) Varnish
7 1 (0.078%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.078%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.078%) ProxySG
7 1 (0.078%) Oracle RMAN
Systems Management
1 23 (1.80%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (0.86%) SCCM
3 9 (0.70%) OpenView
4 7 (0.55%) DameWare
5 6 (0.47%) OVSD
6 4 (0.31%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 3 (0.23%) Tivoli
7 3 (0.23%) Control-M
7 3 (0.23%) Puppet
7 3 (0.23%) Vagrant
7 3 (0.23%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.23%) ServiceCenter
8 2 (0.16%) Nagios
8 2 (0.16%) TIBCO Hawk
8 2 (0.16%) BMC Marimba
9 1 (0.078%) Backup Exec
9 1 (0.078%) Data Guard
9 1 (0.078%) Cacti
9 1 (0.078%) SolarWinds Orion
9 1 (0.078%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 156 (12.22%) Microsoft
2 139 (10.88%) Oracle
3 40 (3.13%) SAP
3 40 (3.13%) VMware
4 31 (2.43%) Cisco
4 31 (2.43%) HP
5 24 (1.88%) Calypso
6 23 (1.80%) Charles River
7 22 (1.72%) Citrix
8 21 (1.64%) Murex
9 19 (1.49%) Sybase
9 19 (1.49%) Bloomberg
10 18 (1.41%) Remedy
10 18 (1.41%) CheckPoint
11 14 (1.10%) Business Objects
11 14 (1.10%) JBoss
11 14 (1.10%) Fidessa
11 14 (1.10%) IBM
12 13 (1.02%) Reuters
13 12 (0.94%) Cognos
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Roc Search
Posted: 9 hours ago
Manchester
Real Staffing
Rate: £10 - £12 per day + competitive
Posted: 9 hours ago
Brentwood
Real Staffing
Rate: £10 - £12 per hour + competitive
Posted: 10 hours ago
Edinburgh
Real Staffing
Rate: £10 - £12 per day + competitive
Posted: 10 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Comvergent Limited
Rate: Excellent Contract Rate
Posted: 16 hours ago
City, London
Aston Carter
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Aston Carter
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
East Midlands
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £450 - £475 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £495.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Surrey
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £650 - £700 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Essex
Harrington Starr
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Aston Carter
Rate: £550 - £675 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Arrows Group
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £601.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Streamline Connections
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Interquest - ITQ Financial - Tunbridge Wells
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds
DP Connect
Rate: £325 - £355 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £500 to £600 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City of London
Huxley Associates
Rate: £800 - £1000 per day + competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago