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 2 March 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
2 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Back Office
Rank 212 182 171
Rank change year-on-year
-30 -11
Contract jobs citing Back Office 517 573 535
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.98% 1.12% 1.19%
As % of the General category 2.52% 2.83% 2.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 348 385 342
Average daily rate
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£460 £425 £500
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.23% -15.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £297 £164 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £617 £600 £700
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £300 £375
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 11 15
Average hourly rate £13.00 £24.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-46.93% +36.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.94 £14.00 £14.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.70 £35.00 £23.14
UK excluding London average hourly rate £11.75 £27.75 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-57.65% +85.00%

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
20530 20268 18681
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 39.06% 39.65% 41.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 12798 12320 11299
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 £263 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £601 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 442 624 604
Average hourly rate £22.00 £22.50 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.22% -2.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £9.41
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £24.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -7.69%

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 2 March 2015.

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
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 2 March 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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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 -44 470 £473 +11.17% 180
London -12 323 £494 +0.76% 101
City of London -5 91 £475 -5.00% 48
South East -14 65 £370 +28.69% 23
Scotland +19 26 £425 -4.49% 8
Surrey +10 25 £321 +22.61% 8
South West -15 25 £350 -15.15% 12
Berkshire +4 24 £500 +203.03% 3
North West +6 19 £300 +100.00% 17
Wales - 14 £425 - 1
Yorkshire -27 13 £350 - 7
South Wales - 13 £425 - 1
Guildford +5 11 £280 +16.66% 1
Edinburgh +5 10 £425 +6.25% 4
East of England +2 9 £425 +41.66%
West Yorkshire -23 9 £344 -1.78% 5
Manchester - 9 £394 - 8
Reading -9 8 £500 +90.83% 3
West Midlands -10 8 £300 -4.76% 9
East Midlands -29 8 £300 +328.57% 6
Stirling - 8 - - 1
Glasgow +10 7 £350 -10.25% 3
Buckinghamshire -1 7 £488 +2.63% 2
Newport - 7 £438 - 1
Shropshire - 6 £300 - 1
Wiltshire +4 5 £435 +6.09% 5
Hampshire -22 5 £375 -8.53% 4
Cheshire +5 4 £300 - 5
Devon -1 4 £300 -33.33% 2
Swindon -2 4 £443 +7.92% 2

Back Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 March 2015, 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.

1 346 (35.41%) Finance
2 266 (27.23%) Banking
3 256 (26.20%) SQL
4 173 (17.71%) Front Office
5 165 (16.89%) SQL Server
6 162 (16.58%) Agile Software Development
7 143 (14.64%) .NET
8 131 (13.41%) Windows
9 130 (13.31%) Project Management
9 130 (13.31%) Investment Banking
10 128 (13.10%) C#
11 124 (12.69%) Microsoft
12 103 (10.54%) Derivative
13 100 (10.24%) Oracle
14 99 (10.13%) Java
15 95 (9.72%) Analytical Skills
16 90 (9.21%) Business Analysis
17 86 (8.80%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
18 74 (7.57%) Retail
19 73 (7.47%) Workflow
20 70 (7.16%) ASP.NET
21 68 (6.96%) ITIL
22 65 (6.65%) JavaScript
23 64 (6.55%) Stakeholder Management
24 63 (6.45%) UNIX
24 63 (6.45%) MS Excel
25 60 (6.14%) Migration
26 59 (6.04%) Asset Management
26 59 (6.04%) E-Commerce
26 59 (6.04%) HTML

Back Office
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 March 2015, 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 28 (2.87%) SharePoint
2 27 (2.76%) WebSphere
3 22 (2.25%) JBoss
4 17 (1.74%) FileNet
5 16 (1.64%) MS Exchange
6 12 (1.23%) IBM Notes
6 12 (1.23%) WebLogic
7 11 (1.13%) Apache
8 9 (0.92%) Lync
9 8 (0.82%) CMS
10 7 (0.72%) WebSphere Application Server
10 7 (0.72%) SharePoint 2010
11 6 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2010
12 5 (0.51%) WordPress
12 5 (0.51%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 4 (0.41%) WebSphere Process Server
14 3 (0.31%) IIS
14 3 (0.31%) SAS
14 3 (0.31%) BizTalk Server
14 3 (0.31%) K2 blackpearl
Applications
1 63 (6.45%) MS Excel
2 59 (6.04%) MS Office
3 19 (1.94%) MS Visio
4 16 (1.64%) MS Project
5 14 (1.43%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.10%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.10%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 30 (3.07%) Markit EDM
2 11 (1.13%) thinkFolio
3 8 (0.82%) Endur
4 7 (0.72%) Global One
4 7 (0.72%) Dynamics CRM
4 7 (0.72%) ResourceLink
4 7 (0.72%) Oracle EBS R12
5 5 (0.51%) Dynamics NAV
5 5 (0.51%) Oracle Retail
5 5 (0.51%) Dynamics AX
5 5 (0.51%) Oracle EBS
6 4 (0.41%) SunGard Martini
6 4 (0.41%) Aligne
7 3 (0.31%) SunGard Stream Clearvision
7 3 (0.31%) OpenLink RightAngle
7 3 (0.31%) Oracle Payables
7 3 (0.31%) SunGard GMI
7 3 (0.31%) Oracle ERP
7 3 (0.31%) Oracle 11i
7 3 (0.31%) Murex MxG2000
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.31%) Microsoft Azure
1 3 (0.31%) SaaS
1 3 (0.31%) Office 365
2 2 (0.20%) Google Apps
3 1 (0.10%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.10%) IBM Blueworks
3 1 (0.10%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 28 (2.87%) SAN
2 27 (2.76%) TCP/IP
3 26 (2.66%) Firewall
4 19 (1.94%) DNS
5 18 (1.84%) Internet
6 17 (1.74%) LAN
6 17 (1.74%) WAN
6 17 (1.74%) Ethernet
7 16 (1.64%) HTTP
8 15 (1.54%) OSPF
9 13 (1.33%) BGP
10 11 (1.13%) MPLS
11 9 (0.92%) Radio Access Network
11 9 (0.92%) Intranet
11 9 (0.92%) DHCP
12 8 (0.82%) 3G
12 8 (0.82%) HSRP
13 6 (0.61%) Wireless
13 6 (0.61%) 2G
14 5 (0.51%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 165 (16.89%) SQL Server
2 50 (5.12%) SQL Server 2008
3 38 (3.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 36 (3.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 25 (2.56%) Data Warehouse
6 22 (2.25%) MySQL
7 19 (1.94%) SQL Server 2005
8 18 (1.84%) Oracle Database
9 14 (1.43%) Relational Database
10 11 (1.13%) FileMaker
11 10 (1.02%) MS Access
11 10 (1.02%) DB2
12 9 (0.92%) Data Mining
12 9 (0.92%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
12 9 (0.92%) SQL Server 2012
13 6 (0.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 6 (0.61%) OLAP
14 5 (0.51%) Oracle Reports
14 5 (0.51%) Big Data
14 5 (0.51%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 23 (2.35%) Subversion
2 20 (2.05%) Visual Studio
3 17 (1.74%) Team Foundation Server
4 16 (1.64%) JIRA
5 8 (0.82%) Selenium
5 8 (0.82%) NUnit
5 8 (0.82%) Eclipse
6 6 (0.61%) TeamCity
6 6 (0.61%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 5 (0.51%) TestDirector
8 4 (0.41%) Maven
8 4 (0.41%) Toad
8 4 (0.41%) Jenkins
8 4 (0.41%) Git (software)
8 4 (0.41%) MSTest
8 4 (0.41%) Cucumber
9 3 (0.31%) Rhino Mocks
9 3 (0.31%) Mockito
9 3 (0.31%) WebDriver
9 3 (0.31%) Serena SBM
General
1 346 (35.41%) Finance
2 266 (27.23%) Banking
3 173 (17.71%) Front Office
4 130 (13.31%) Investment Banking
5 74 (7.57%) Retail
6 51 (5.22%) Telecoms
7 17 (1.74%) Legal
8 14 (1.43%) Financial Institution
8 14 (1.43%) Marketing
9 9 (0.92%) Local Government
10 7 (0.72%) General Ledger
11 6 (0.61%) Billing
12 5 (0.51%) Retail Banking
12 5 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
12 5 (0.51%) Manufacturing
12 5 (0.51%) Automotive
13 4 (0.41%) Law
13 4 (0.41%) Publishing
13 4 (0.41%) French Language
14 3 (0.31%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 338 (34.60%) Analyst
2 214 (21.90%) Developer
3 208 (21.29%) Business Analyst
4 107 (10.95%) Project Manager
5 65 (6.65%) Support Analyst
6 61 (6.24%) .NET Developer
7 52 (5.32%) Applications Support
8 42 (4.30%) SQL Developer
9 37 (3.79%) Architect
10 36 (3.68%) Java Developer
11 34 (3.48%) C# Developer
12 33 (3.38%) Applications Support Analyst
13 32 (3.28%) Senior Developer
14 31 (3.17%) Consultant
15 29 (2.97%) Back Office Engineer
16 28 (2.87%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
17 22 (2.25%) Banking Business Analyst
17 22 (2.25%) Solutions Architect
17 22 (2.25%) Support Engineer
18 21 (2.15%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 143 (14.64%) .NET
2 70 (7.16%) ASP.NET
3 59 (6.04%) HTML
4 50 (5.12%) Web Services
4 50 (5.12%) XML
5 36 (3.68%) jQuery
6 30 (3.07%) WCF
7 27 (2.76%) .NET Framework
7 27 (2.76%) CSS
7 27 (2.76%) ASP.NET MVC
8 25 (2.56%) Spring
9 18 (1.84%) XSLT
10 16 (1.64%) J2EE
11 15 (1.54%) Middleware
12 14 (1.43%) LINQ
12 14 (1.43%) XHTML
12 14 (1.43%) SOAP
13 13 (1.33%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 12 (1.23%) RESTful
14 12 (1.23%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 103 (10.54%) Derivative
2 95 (9.72%) Analytical Skills
3 86 (8.80%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 58 (5.94%) Fixed Income
5 52 (5.32%) Equities
6 28 (2.87%) User Experience
7 24 (2.46%) Blackberry
7 24 (2.46%) Management Information System
8 19 (1.94%) Equity Derivative
9 16 (1.64%) Enterprise Software
10 15 (1.54%) Data Integration
10 15 (1.54%) Credit Derivative
11 13 (1.33%) Contract for Difference
11 13 (1.33%) Computer Science
12 12 (1.23%) N-Tier
12 12 (1.23%) NHS
12 12 (1.23%) Reference Data
12 12 (1.23%) SWIFT
13 10 (1.02%) Mobile App
13 10 (1.02%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 131 (13.41%) Windows
2 63 (6.45%) UNIX
3 49 (5.02%) Linux
4 33 (3.38%) Windows 7
5 21 (2.15%) Windows Server 2008
6 18 (1.84%) Windows XP
7 15 (1.54%) Android
8 10 (1.02%) Mac OS X Server
8 10 (1.02%) Windows Server 2003
9 8 (0.82%) Windows 8
9 8 (0.82%) Windows Server 2012
10 5 (0.51%) Apple iOS
11 3 (0.31%) Mac OS
12 2 (0.20%) Oracle Linux
12 2 (0.20%) Windows 2000 Server
12 2 (0.20%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.20%) Windows 2000
13 1 (0.10%) Solaris
13 1 (0.10%) Ubuntu
13 1 (0.10%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 162 (16.58%) Agile Software Development
2 130 (13.31%) Project Management
3 90 (9.21%) Business Analysis
4 73 (7.47%) Workflow
5 68 (6.96%) ITIL
6 64 (6.55%) Stakeholder Management
7 60 (6.14%) Migration
8 59 (6.04%) Asset Management
8 59 (6.04%) E-Commerce
8 59 (6.04%) User Acceptance Testing
9 51 (5.22%) PRINCE2
10 47 (4.81%) Scrum
11 46 (4.71%) Waterfall
12 43 (4.40%) Risk Management
13 42 (4.30%) MVC
13 42 (4.30%) Investment Management
14 39 (3.99%) Data Modelling
15 38 (3.89%) ERP
15 38 (3.89%) OO
16 37 (3.79%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 256 (26.20%) SQL
2 128 (13.10%) C#
3 99 (10.13%) Java
4 65 (6.65%) JavaScript
5 35 (3.58%) T-SQL
6 27 (2.76%) VB
7 25 (2.56%) VBA
8 22 (2.25%) VB.NET
9 15 (1.54%) Shell Script
10 14 (1.43%) C++
11 13 (1.33%) C
11 13 (1.33%) VBScript
12 11 (1.13%) Perl
13 10 (1.02%) PL/SQL
14 8 (0.82%) Python
14 8 (0.82%) Scala
15 7 (0.72%) VB6
15 7 (0.72%) PHP
16 6 (0.61%) PowerShell
17 4 (0.41%) Korn
Qualifications
1 41 (4.20%) Security Cleared
2 32 (3.28%) Degree
3 28 (2.87%) SC Cleared
4 12 (1.23%) VCP4
4 12 (1.23%) Cisco Certification
5 10 (1.02%) Microsoft Certification
5 10 (1.02%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 8 (0.82%) ITIL Certification
6 8 (0.82%) CCNP
7 6 (0.61%) MCSE
8 5 (0.51%) HNC
8 5 (0.51%) CCNA
8 5 (0.51%) PMI Certification
8 5 (0.51%) IBM Certification
8 5 (0.51%) ISTQB
9 4 (0.41%) ISEB
9 4 (0.41%) HND
10 3 (0.31%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 3 (0.31%) MCITP
10 3 (0.31%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (3.28%) QA
2 21 (2.15%) EMIR
3 17 (1.74%) SLA
4 10 (1.02%) MiFID
5 9 (0.92%) Dodd-Frank
6 5 (0.51%) ISO 9001
7 3 (0.31%) PCI DSS
8 2 (0.20%) Solvency II
8 2 (0.20%) COREP
9 1 (0.10%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.10%) FATCA
9 1 (0.10%) Basel III
9 1 (0.10%) GxP
9 1 (0.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 35 (3.58%) Active Directory
2 20 (2.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (1.23%) XenApp
4 10 (1.02%) vSphere
5 4 (0.41%) XenDesktop
5 4 (0.41%) VMware ESX
6 3 (0.31%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.31%) Shibboleth
7 2 (0.20%) ProxySG
8 1 (0.10%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.10%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 1 (0.10%) Firmware
8 1 (0.10%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
8 1 (0.10%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.10%) GridGain
8 1 (0.10%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 15 (1.54%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (1.33%) Control-M
3 8 (0.82%) SCCM
4 3 (0.31%) Norton AntiVirus
5 2 (0.20%) WSUS
5 2 (0.20%) SCOM
5 2 (0.20%) Puppet
5 2 (0.20%) FortiGate
5 2 (0.20%) Vagrant
5 2 (0.20%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.20%) ARCserve
6 1 (0.10%) Hyperic
6 1 (0.10%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 1 (0.10%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 1 (0.10%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.10%) EMC NetWorker
6 1 (0.10%) Nagios
6 1 (0.10%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.10%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 124 (12.69%) Microsoft
2 100 (10.24%) Oracle
3 33 (3.38%) Citrix
4 28 (2.87%) VMware
5 27 (2.76%) Ericsson
6 26 (2.66%) Cisco
6 26 (2.66%) Bloomberg
7 24 (2.46%) Murex
8 22 (2.25%) SAP
9 21 (2.15%) Sybase
9 21 (2.15%) IBM
10 19 (1.94%) Nokia
11 18 (1.84%) NEC
12 16 (1.64%) Apple
13 13 (1.33%) Reuters
13 13 (1.33%) F5
14 11 (1.13%) Lotus
14 11 (1.13%) SunGard
15 10 (1.02%) Siebel
15 10 (1.02%) Symantec
Greater Manchester
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
London
Venn Group
Rate: £300 - £350 Per Day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Sutton, Surrey
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: direct - no agency margin
Posted: 14 hours ago
London
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: £40000 - £45000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: 18 hours ago
London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 20 hours ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West Midlands
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £650.00 - £750.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Oxford
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Roc Search
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £600 - £650 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Nakama
Rate: Unspecified Competitive Market Rates
Posted: 5 days ago
Market Drayton
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Glasgow
Real Staffing
Rate: £500 - £600 per day + competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Be-IT Resourcing
Posted: 6 days ago
Glasgow
Real Staffing
Rate: £500 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
City of London
Interquest - ITQ Financial - Tunbridge Wells
Rate: £575 - £610 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Chester
Shortlist Recruitment
Rate: £250 - £300 per annum
Posted: 10 days ago