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 1 May 2016 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.

3 months to
1 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Back Office
Rank 277 247 168
Rank change year-on-year
-30 -79
Contract jobs citing Back Office 473 523 711
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.85% 0.92% 1.30%
As % of the General category 2.26% 2.38% 3.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 311 332 503
Average daily rate £425 £465 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.60% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £288 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £625 £625
UK excluding London average daily rate £356 £363 £325
% change year-on-year
-1.72% +11.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 18 10
Average hourly rate £15.88 £13.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.11% -29.72%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.65 £10.44 £14.68
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £21.75 £66.05
UK excluding London average hourly rate £11.50 £13.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-11.53% -21.21%

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
20919 21950 21211
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 37.43% 38.69% 38.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 13796 13554 13205
Average daily rate £450 £438 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% +2.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £613
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 476 546 572
Average hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £23.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -4.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.58 £11.56
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.33 £42.69 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.00 £24.25 £25.75
% change year-on-year
+15.46% -5.82%

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 1 May 2016.

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 1 May 2016.

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 1 May 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 -19 442 £440 -7.36% 172
London -30 280 £500 -4.76% 89
South East +1 82 £419 +11.66% 14
City of London +15 45 £550 +10.00% 34
Berkshire +6 38 £323 -14.56% 4
North West -2 28 £325 -1.51% 18
Reading +10 23 - - 3
East of England +15 15 £318 -7.97% 7
East Midlands +7 14 £205 -43.83% 4
Wales +10 13 £410 -18.00%
Scotland -31 13 £400 -5.88% 5
Surrey -5 12 £308 -18.00% 5
South Wales -3 11 £410 -20.77%
Cardiff -10 11 £410 -41.42%
Oxfordshire - 11 £638 - 1
South West -10 10 £375 +15.38% 13
West Sussex -13 10 £413 +10.00% 2
Crawley -6 9 £413 +4.76% 2
Yorkshire -2 8 £338 -6.89% 18
Buckinghamshire +10 7 £350 +21.73%
Manchester -10 7 £188 -50.00% 6
Hertfordshire +13 6 £430 +14.66% 1
Edinburgh -12 6 £450 +2.85% 1
Oxford - 6 £600 - 1
Leicestershire +9 5 £77 -74.33% 1
Leeds +4 5 £338 +8.00% 13
West Yorkshire -5 5 £338 -10.00% 14
Northamptonshire - 5 £310 -
Northampton - 5 £310 -
Milton Keynes +6 4 £350 +21.73%

Back Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, 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.

1 327 (34.46%) Finance
2 246 (25.92%) Banking
3 190 (20.02%) SQL
4 171 (18.02%) SQL Server
5 170 (17.91%) Windows
6 166 (17.49%) .NET
7 159 (16.75%) Front Office
8 154 (16.23%) Investment Banking
9 136 (14.33%) C#
10 130 (13.70%) Microsoft
11 124 (13.07%) Agile Software Development
12 117 (12.33%) Project Management
13 103 (10.85%) Business Analysis
14 95 (10.01%) Oracle
15 83 (8.75%) ITIL
15 83 (8.75%) Java
15 83 (8.75%) Analytical Skills
16 76 (8.01%) MS Excel
17 73 (7.69%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
18 72 (7.59%) Stakeholder Management
19 63 (6.64%) Validation
19 63 (6.64%) HTML
19 63 (6.64%) Derivative
20 60 (6.32%) Unix
21 59 (6.22%) Degree
22 57 (6.01%) Fixed Income
23 55 (5.80%) Telecoms
23 55 (5.80%) .NET Framework
24 54 (5.69%) ASP.NET
24 54 (5.69%) Business Intelligence

Back Office
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, 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 (3.27%) SharePoint
2 22 (2.32%) IIS
3 17 (1.79%) MS Exchange
4 14 (1.48%) BizTalk Server
5 13 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2010
6 12 (1.26%) CMS
7 9 (0.95%) WebSphere
8 8 (0.84%) Skype for Business
9 7 (0.74%) Apache Spark
10 6 (0.63%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 6 (0.63%) Confluence
10 6 (0.63%) SharePoint 2010
11 5 (0.53%) Apache
11 5 (0.53%) ColdFusion
11 5 (0.53%) ColdFusion MX
11 5 (0.53%) Elasticsearch
11 5 (0.53%) JBoss
11 5 (0.53%) SharePoint 2013
11 5 (0.53%) WebSphere Application Server
12 3 (0.32%) Tomcat
Applications
1 76 (8.01%) MS Excel
2 45 (4.74%) MS Office
3 18 (1.90%) Adobe Illustrator
3 18 (1.90%) Photoshop
4 16 (1.69%) MS Visio
5 14 (1.48%) MS PowerPoint
6 13 (1.37%) MS Project
7 9 (0.95%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 20 (2.11%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (1.48%) Summit
3 13 (1.37%) Oracle EBS
4 12 (1.26%) Oracle EBS R12
5 9 (0.95%) SAP ERP
6 8 (0.84%) Oracle Payables
6 8 (0.84%) Unit4 Business World
7 7 (0.74%) Oracle ERP
8 6 (0.63%) Dynamics AX
8 6 (0.63%) Maximo
8 6 (0.63%) SAP BPC
9 4 (0.42%) Loan IQ
9 4 (0.42%) Markit EDM
9 4 (0.42%) Oracle Retail
9 4 (0.42%) Remedy ITSM
9 4 (0.42%) SunGard GMI
10 3 (0.32%) Endur
10 3 (0.32%) Oracle Financials
10 3 (0.32%) SAP HR
11 2 (0.21%) Misys Opics
Cloud Services
1 29 (3.06%) Microsoft Azure
2 22 (2.32%) Office 365
3 10 (1.05%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (0.53%) OneDrive
4 5 (0.53%) SaaS
4 5 (0.53%) Yammer
5 2 (0.21%) OpenShift
6 1 (0.11%) GitHub
6 1 (0.11%) IBM Blueworks
6 1 (0.11%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 35 (3.69%) TCP/IP
2 29 (3.06%) 4G
3 27 (2.85%) 3G
4 25 (2.63%) DNS
5 22 (2.32%) Firewall
6 19 (2.00%) Internet
6 19 (2.00%) SAN
7 18 (1.90%) Diameter Protocol
7 18 (1.90%) LDAP
8 17 (1.79%) Radio Access Network
9 15 (1.58%) LAN
10 14 (1.48%) LTE
10 14 (1.48%) WAN
11 13 (1.37%) DHCP
12 12 (1.26%) 2G
12 12 (1.26%) VPN
13 11 (1.16%) VoIP
14 10 (1.05%) INAP
14 10 (1.05%) SMTP
14 10 (1.05%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 171 (18.02%) SQL Server
2 30 (3.16%) SQL Server 2012
3 29 (3.06%) SQL Server 2008
4 28 (2.95%) Data Warehouse
5 27 (2.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 26 (2.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 22 (2.32%) Data Mining
8 19 (2.00%) Relational Database
9 17 (1.79%) Oracle Database
10 14 (1.48%) SQL Server 2005
10 14 (1.48%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 12 (1.26%) MySQL
12 11 (1.16%) NoSQL
12 11 (1.16%) RDBMS
13 9 (0.95%) Hadoop
13 9 (0.95%) Oracle Database 11g
13 9 (0.95%) Oracle Reports
14 8 (0.84%) Big Data
15 7 (0.74%) BusinessObjects
15 7 (0.74%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 24 (2.53%) Team Foundation Server
2 22 (2.32%) Visual Studio
3 21 (2.21%) JIRA
4 16 (1.69%) Subversion
5 14 (1.48%) Maven
5 14 (1.48%) Selenium
6 13 (1.37%) Git (software)
7 11 (1.16%) Axure RP
7 11 (1.16%) Oracle Forms
8 10 (1.05%) MSTest
9 9 (0.95%) NUnit
10 6 (0.63%) MorphX
10 6 (0.63%) SpecFlow
11 5 (0.53%) Eclipse
11 5 (0.53%) JUnit
11 5 (0.53%) Mockito
12 3 (0.32%) Cucumber
12 3 (0.32%) ERwin
12 3 (0.32%) TeamCity
12 3 (0.32%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 327 (34.46%) Finance
2 246 (25.92%) Banking
3 159 (16.75%) Front Office
4 154 (16.23%) Investment Banking
5 55 (5.80%) Telecoms
6 25 (2.63%) Retail
7 24 (2.53%) Legal
8 18 (1.90%) Financial Institution
9 15 (1.58%) Billing
9 15 (1.58%) General Ledger
10 10 (1.05%) Advertising
11 9 (0.95%) Local Government
12 8 (0.84%) Manufacturing
13 6 (0.63%) Law
13 6 (0.63%) Publishing
13 6 (0.63%) Retail Banking
14 5 (0.53%) Marketing
15 4 (0.42%) Wholesale Banking
16 3 (0.32%) German Language
16 3 (0.32%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 265 (27.92%) Analyst
2 206 (21.71%) Developer
3 175 (18.44%) Business Analyst
4 100 (10.54%) Project Manager
5 55 (5.80%) Banking Analyst
6 54 (5.69%) .NET Developer
7 51 (5.37%) C# Developer
8 47 (4.95%) Architect
8 47 (4.95%) SQL Developer
9 36 (3.79%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
9 36 (3.79%) Senior Developer
9 36 (3.79%) Support Engineer
10 35 (3.69%) IT Manager
11 32 (3.37%) Back Office Engineer
12 31 (3.27%) Support Analyst
13 30 (3.16%) Administrator
13 30 (3.16%) Applications Support
14 29 (3.06%) Consultant
15 26 (2.74%) Business Manager
16 25 (2.63%) C# .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 166 (17.49%) .NET
2 63 (6.64%) HTML
3 55 (5.80%) .NET Framework
4 54 (5.69%) ASP.NET
5 42 (4.43%) Web Services
6 36 (3.79%) XML
7 26 (2.74%) CSS
7 26 (2.74%) WCF
8 25 (2.63%) WinForms
9 21 (2.21%) Entity Framework
10 20 (2.11%) ASP.NET MVC
11 18 (1.90%) jQuery
11 18 (1.90%) SOAP
12 17 (1.79%) REST
13 15 (1.58%) FIX Protocol
13 15 (1.58%) Flash
14 13 (1.37%) Ajax
15 12 (1.26%) Middleware
16 11 (1.16%) J2EE
16 11 (1.16%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 83 (8.75%) Analytical Skills
2 73 (7.69%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 63 (6.64%) Derivative
4 57 (6.01%) Fixed Income
5 41 (4.32%) Statistics
6 39 (4.11%) Management Information System
7 36 (3.79%) Equities
8 35 (3.69%) Hedge funds
9 33 (3.48%) User Experience
10 28 (2.95%) Computer Science
11 23 (2.42%) Data Centre
12 21 (2.21%) Market Risk
13 16 (1.69%) Enterprise Software
14 14 (1.48%) NHS
15 12 (1.26%) Blackberry
15 12 (1.26%) Data Structures
16 10 (1.05%) Data Extraction
16 10 (1.05%) Equity Derivative
16 10 (1.05%) Reference Data
16 10 (1.05%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 170 (17.91%) Windows
2 60 (6.32%) Unix
3 52 (5.48%) Windows Server
4 50 (5.27%) Linux
5 33 (3.48%) Windows 7
6 30 (3.16%) Windows Server 2008
7 22 (2.32%) Windows Server 2012
8 20 (2.11%) Windows XP
9 12 (1.26%) Windows 8
9 12 (1.26%) Windows Server 2003
10 10 (1.05%) Solaris
11 8 (0.84%) AIX
11 8 (0.84%) Apple iOS
12 7 (0.74%) Android
13 5 (0.53%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.21%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 1 (0.11%) CentOS
15 1 (0.11%) Ubuntu
15 1 (0.11%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 124 (13.07%) Agile Software Development
2 117 (12.33%) Project Management
3 103 (10.85%) Business Analysis
4 83 (8.75%) ITIL
5 72 (7.59%) Stakeholder Management
6 63 (6.64%) Validation
7 54 (5.69%) Business Intelligence
8 53 (5.58%) Asset Management
8 53 (5.58%) Migration
8 53 (5.58%) Scrum
9 50 (5.27%) Change Management
9 50 (5.27%) OO
10 49 (5.16%) Investment Management
11 48 (5.06%) SDLC
12 44 (4.64%) Network Design
12 44 (4.64%) Service Delivery
13 42 (4.43%) PRINCE2
14 41 (4.32%) Capacity Management
15 40 (4.21%) Web Development
16 39 (4.11%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 190 (20.02%) SQL
2 136 (14.33%) C#
3 83 (8.75%) Java
4 35 (3.69%) JavaScript
5 29 (3.06%) PowerShell
6 27 (2.85%) T-SQL
7 26 (2.74%) VBA
8 24 (2.53%) VB
9 21 (2.21%) Perl
10 18 (1.90%) C++
10 18 (1.90%) VB.NET
11 16 (1.69%) PL/SQL
11 16 (1.69%) Shell Script
12 15 (1.58%) Python
13 12 (1.26%) PHP
14 7 (0.74%) Bash Shell
14 7 (0.74%) C
14 7 (0.74%) Scala
15 5 (0.53%) VB6
16 4 (0.42%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 59 (6.22%) Degree
2 27 (2.85%) Security Cleared
3 22 (2.32%) Cisco Certification
4 15 (1.58%) HNC
5 14 (1.48%) ITIL Certification
6 13 (1.37%) CCNP
7 12 (1.26%) CCNA
7 12 (1.26%) HND
8 9 (0.95%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 8 (0.84%) BPSS Clearance
9 8 (0.84%) PMI Certification
9 8 (0.84%) SC Cleared
10 7 (0.74%) Microsoft Certification
10 7 (0.74%) PMP
10 7 (0.74%) Six Sigma Green Belt
10 7 (0.74%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 6 (0.63%) CISA
11 6 (0.63%) ISEB
11 6 (0.63%) Six Sigma Black Belt
12 5 (0.53%) ACCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (3.79%) QA
2 32 (3.37%) MiFID
3 26 (2.74%) EMIR
3 26 (2.74%) SLA
4 14 (1.48%) AIFMD
5 13 (1.37%) Disclosure Scotland
6 9 (0.95%) COREP
6 9 (0.95%) Dodd-Frank
7 7 (0.74%) Data Quality
7 7 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 5 (0.53%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 4 (0.42%) FINREP
10 3 (0.32%) FATCA
10 3 (0.32%) PMBOK
10 3 (0.32%) Solvency II
11 2 (0.21%) Basel III
11 2 (0.21%) ISO20022
11 2 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 1 (0.11%) SEPA
12 1 (0.11%) UCITS
System Software
1 53 (5.58%) Active Directory
2 24 (2.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (1.58%) XenApp
4 13 (1.37%) vSphere
5 10 (1.05%) Hyper-V
6 8 (0.84%) XenDesktop
7 5 (0.53%) ISA Server
7 5 (0.53%) Terminal Server
8 4 (0.42%) HDFS
9 2 (0.21%) Docker
9 2 (0.21%) ProxySG
10 1 (0.11%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 1 (0.11%) Forefront TMG
10 1 (0.11%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.11%) Oracle RAC
10 1 (0.11%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
10 1 (0.11%) VMware ESX
10 1 (0.11%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.11%) Xen
10 1 (0.11%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 17 (1.79%) SCCM
2 8 (0.84%) Control-M
3 7 (0.74%) Norton AntiVirus
4 6 (0.63%) SCOM
5 5 (0.53%) HP Quality Center
5 5 (0.53%) Puppet
6 4 (0.42%) Amdocs OSS
6 4 (0.42%) Nagios
7 3 (0.32%) Ansible
7 3 (0.32%) FortiGate
7 3 (0.32%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.32%) Tivoli
7 3 (0.32%) Windows Intune
8 2 (0.21%) Kubernetes
8 2 (0.21%) Mesos
8 2 (0.21%) OpenView
9 1 (0.11%) ITRS Geneos
9 1 (0.11%) OVSD
9 1 (0.11%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 1 (0.11%) WSUS
Vendors
1 130 (13.70%) Microsoft
2 95 (10.01%) Oracle
3 39 (4.11%) Cisco
3 39 (4.11%) Huawei
4 34 (3.58%) Citrix
4 34 (3.58%) VMware
5 33 (3.48%) Murex
6 32 (3.37%) SAP
7 27 (2.85%) Calypso
8 25 (2.63%) IBM
9 23 (2.42%) Adobe
10 22 (2.32%) Nokia
11 20 (2.11%) SmartStream
12 19 (2.00%) HP
13 17 (1.79%) Remedy
13 17 (1.79%) Tableau
14 16 (1.69%) Sybase
15 15 (1.58%) Nokia Networks
16 14 (1.48%) BT
17 11 (1.16%) Fidessa
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