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 14 February 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.

Location
3 months to
14 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Back Office
Rank 246 237 208
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -29
Contract jobs citing Back Office 486 484 527
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.94% 0.95% 1.07%
As % of the General category 2.44% 2.43% 2.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 308 338 353
Average daily rate £425 £450 £441
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.55% +1.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £300 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £630 £600 £625
UK excluding London average daily rate £331 £400 £315
% change year-on-year
-17.18% +26.98%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 2 8
Average hourly rate £27.50 £13.50 £27.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+103.70% -51.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.50 £11.10 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £66.00 £15.90 £62.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.50 £10.50 £27.75
% change year-on-year
+161.90% -62.16%

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
19957 19888 19734
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.71% 38.87% 40.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 12841 12637 12127
Average daily rate £450 £438 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -2.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £610
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year
- +3.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 531 436 624
Average hourly rate £30.00 £22.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+36.36% -2.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.00 £11.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.00 £44.60 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.75 £25.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+31.00% +16.27%

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 14 February 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 14 February 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 14 February 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 0 444 £425 -8.60% 163
London -22 273 £500 +4.16% 93
South East +29 75 £303 -13.57% 10
City of London 0 43 £531 +11.84% 32
Surrey -1 30 £310 -3.50% 4
South West +8 28 £325 -18.85% 9
Berkshire +12 24 £450 +28.57% 1
West Midlands +3 21 £400 +33.33% 10
Reading +10 19 £450 -21.73% 1
Wales -18 18 £420 -1.17% 1
South Wales -20 16 £450 +5.88% 1
Yorkshire -8 13 £375 +15.38% 14
Guildford +6 11 £350 +25.00%
West Yorkshire -4 11 £375 +15.38% 12
Cardiff -12 11 £420 +33.33% 1
North West -15 11 £418 +39.16% 16
Leeds -11 10 £375 +15.38% 11
Scotland -23 9 £308 -27.64% 3
Oxfordshire +9 8 £143 -66.95% 1
Bristol +8 8 £325 -23.52%
Oxford +7 8 £143 -70.76% 1
Devon +3 8 £308 +2.50% 1
East of England -2 8 £513 +16.47% 7
West Sussex +12 6 £425 +9.67% 1
East Midlands -8 6 £288 -4.16% 3
Newport -11 6 £495 +6.45%
Birmingham - 6 £325 - 2
Coventry - 6 £325 - 1
Canary Wharf +1 4 £701 +33.42%
Wiltshire -2 4 £351 -16.04% 7

Back Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 14 February 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.

1 346 (34.74%) Finance
2 290 (29.12%) Banking
3 211 (21.18%) SQL
4 195 (19.58%) SQL Server
5 192 (19.28%) Investment Banking
6 170 (17.07%) .NET
6 170 (17.07%) Windows
7 152 (15.26%) C#
8 151 (15.16%) Agile Software Development
9 146 (14.66%) Front Office
10 133 (13.35%) Microsoft
11 122 (12.25%) Project Management
12 96 (9.64%) Business Analysis
13 79 (7.93%) Oracle
13 79 (7.93%) Stakeholder Management
13 79 (7.93%) Analytical Skills
14 76 (7.63%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 75 (7.53%) .NET Framework
16 74 (7.43%) Fixed Income
17 68 (6.83%) Scrum
17 68 (6.83%) ITIL
18 66 (6.63%) MS Excel
18 66 (6.63%) MVC
19 65 (6.53%) Derivative
20 64 (6.43%) Java
21 62 (6.22%) ASP.NET
22 60 (6.02%) Telecoms
23 59 (5.92%) HTML
23 59 (5.92%) Active Directory
24 55 (5.52%) QA

Back Office
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 14 February 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 33 (3.31%) SharePoint
2 30 (3.01%) IIS
3 20 (2.01%) MS Exchange
4 14 (1.41%) Exchange Server 2010
5 13 (1.31%) BizTalk Server
6 11 (1.10%) Elasticsearch
7 9 (0.90%) WebSphere
8 7 (0.70%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 7 (0.70%) CMS
9 6 (0.60%) Apache Solr
9 6 (0.60%) SharePoint 2013
9 6 (0.60%) Skype for Business
10 4 (0.40%) IBM Notes
10 4 (0.40%) SharePoint 2010
10 4 (0.40%) Umbraco
10 4 (0.40%) WebSphere Application Server
11 3 (0.30%) ColdFusion MX
11 3 (0.30%) Confluence
11 3 (0.30%) JBoss
11 3 (0.30%) MQSeries
Applications
1 66 (6.63%) MS Excel
2 44 (4.42%) MS Office
3 29 (2.91%) Photoshop
4 27 (2.71%) Adobe Illustrator
5 25 (2.51%) MS Visio
6 18 (1.81%) MS Project
7 15 (1.51%) MS PowerPoint
8 8 (0.80%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 18 (1.81%) Summit
2 17 (1.71%) Dynamics CRM
3 8 (0.80%) Oracle Payables
3 8 (0.80%) SAP ERP
4 6 (0.60%) Dynamics AX
4 6 (0.60%) Endur
4 6 (0.60%) Oracle ERP
5 5 (0.50%) Oracle EBS
5 5 (0.50%) SAP BPC
6 4 (0.40%) Loan IQ
6 4 (0.40%) Oracle Retail
6 4 (0.40%) SAP HCM
6 4 (0.40%) thinkFolio
6 4 (0.40%) Unit4 Business World
7 3 (0.30%) LatentZero
7 3 (0.30%) Oracle Financials
7 3 (0.30%) SAP HR
7 3 (0.30%) SAP IS-U
7 3 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 3 (0.30%) Tercero
Cloud Services
1 22 (2.21%) Office 365
2 9 (0.90%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (0.30%) OneDrive
3 3 (0.30%) Yammer
4 2 (0.20%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (0.20%) GitHub
4 2 (0.20%) SaaS
5 1 (0.10%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.10%) PaaS
5 1 (0.10%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 31 (3.11%) TCP/IP
2 30 (3.01%) DNS
3 24 (2.41%) 3G
4 22 (2.21%) 4G
5 18 (1.81%) 2G
5 18 (1.81%) Firewall
5 18 (1.81%) Internet
6 17 (1.71%) Radio Access Network
6 17 (1.71%) VoIP
7 15 (1.51%) LTE
8 14 (1.41%) Diameter Protocol
9 13 (1.31%) DHCP
9 13 (1.31%) MPLS
9 13 (1.31%) SAN
10 12 (1.20%) SMTP
10 12 (1.20%) SNMP
11 11 (1.10%) LAN
12 10 (1.00%) VoLTE
12 10 (1.00%) VPN
12 10 (1.00%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 195 (19.58%) SQL Server
2 55 (5.52%) SQL Server 2008
3 49 (4.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 40 (4.02%) SQL Server 2012
5 39 (3.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 21 (2.11%) Data Warehouse
6 21 (2.11%) SQL Server 2005
7 19 (1.91%) Oracle Database
7 19 (1.91%) Relational Database
8 14 (1.41%) Oracle Database 11g
8 14 (1.41%) Oracle Reports
9 13 (1.31%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 12 (1.20%) SQL Server 2014
11 11 (1.10%) Data Mining
11 11 (1.10%) MySQL
12 10 (1.00%) BusinessObjects
13 9 (0.90%) PostgreSQL
14 7 (0.70%) NoSQL
14 7 (0.70%) SQL Server 2000
15 6 (0.60%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 48 (4.82%) Team Foundation Server
2 38 (3.82%) Visual Studio
3 23 (2.31%) Git (software)
4 20 (2.01%) Selenium
5 17 (1.71%) JIRA
5 17 (1.71%) SpecFlow
6 16 (1.61%) Axure RP
7 13 (1.31%) Subversion
8 9 (0.90%) MSTest
9 8 (0.80%) NUnit
10 7 (0.70%) TeamCity
11 6 (0.60%) Jenkins
11 6 (0.60%) MorphX
12 4 (0.40%) Eclipse
12 4 (0.40%) HP UFT
12 4 (0.40%) Moq
13 3 (0.30%) Cucumber
13 3 (0.30%) JUnit
13 3 (0.30%) Maven
13 3 (0.30%) Oracle Forms
General
1 346 (34.74%) Finance
2 290 (29.12%) Banking
3 192 (19.28%) Investment Banking
4 146 (14.66%) Front Office
5 60 (6.02%) Telecoms
6 26 (2.61%) Retail
7 18 (1.81%) Billing
8 16 (1.61%) Legal
9 14 (1.41%) Financial Institution
10 12 (1.20%) General Ledger
11 9 (0.90%) Marketing
11 9 (0.90%) Retail Banking
12 8 (0.80%) Wholesale Banking
13 7 (0.70%) Local Government
14 6 (0.60%) German Language
14 6 (0.60%) International Banking
15 5 (0.50%) French Language
15 5 (0.50%) Law
15 5 (0.50%) Manufacturing
16 4 (0.40%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 287 (28.82%) Analyst
2 227 (22.79%) Developer
3 195 (19.58%) Business Analyst
4 95 (9.54%) .NET Developer
5 90 (9.04%) Project Manager
6 70 (7.03%) Banking Analyst
7 66 (6.63%) C# Developer
8 65 (6.53%) SQL Developer
9 50 (5.02%) Back Office Engineer
10 48 (4.82%) C# .NET Developer
11 47 (4.72%) Consultant
12 45 (4.52%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
13 36 (3.61%) Regulatory Business Analyst
14 35 (3.51%) Senior Developer
15 34 (3.41%) Architect
16 32 (3.21%) Administrator
17 30 (3.01%) Applications Support
17 30 (3.01%) IT Manager
17 30 (3.01%) Support Analyst
18 29 (2.91%) Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 170 (17.07%) .NET
2 75 (7.53%) .NET Framework
3 62 (6.22%) ASP.NET
4 59 (5.92%) HTML
5 48 (4.82%) WCF
6 44 (4.42%) ASP.NET MVC
7 43 (4.32%) Web Services
7 43 (4.32%) XML
8 32 (3.21%) WinForms
9 30 (3.01%) REST
10 29 (2.91%) Entity Framework
11 28 (2.81%) jQuery
12 26 (2.61%) CSS
13 23 (2.31%) Ajax
13 23 (2.31%) ASP.NET Web API
14 21 (2.11%) WPF
15 18 (1.81%) SOAP
16 16 (1.61%) Flash
17 14 (1.41%) J2EE
17 14 (1.41%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 79 (7.93%) Analytical Skills
2 76 (7.63%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 74 (7.43%) Fixed Income
4 65 (6.53%) Derivative
5 49 (4.92%) User Experience
6 43 (4.32%) Equities
7 34 (3.41%) Statistics
8 31 (3.11%) Management Information System
9 29 (2.91%) Market Risk
10 27 (2.71%) Hedge funds
11 19 (1.91%) SWIFT
12 18 (1.81%) Computer Science
13 15 (1.51%) NHS
14 14 (1.41%) Equity Derivative
15 13 (1.31%) Data Centre
16 12 (1.20%) Data Structures
17 10 (1.00%) Blackberry
17 10 (1.00%) Enterprise Software
17 10 (1.00%) Reference Data
18 9 (0.90%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 170 (17.07%) Windows
2 48 (4.82%) Unix
2 48 (4.82%) Windows Server
3 44 (4.42%) Linux
4 39 (3.92%) Windows Server 2008
5 37 (3.71%) Windows 7
6 23 (2.31%) Windows Server 2012
7 17 (1.71%) Windows Server 2003
8 13 (1.31%) Windows 8
8 13 (1.31%) Windows XP
9 7 (0.70%) Solaris
10 6 (0.60%) Android
10 6 (0.60%) Apple iOS
11 5 (0.50%) AIX
12 2 (0.20%) CentOS
12 2 (0.20%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.10%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.10%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 151 (15.16%) Agile Software Development
2 122 (12.25%) Project Management
3 96 (9.64%) Business Analysis
4 79 (7.93%) Stakeholder Management
5 68 (6.83%) ITIL
5 68 (6.83%) Scrum
6 66 (6.63%) MVC
7 51 (5.12%) Asset Management
7 51 (5.12%) Business Intelligence
8 50 (5.02%) Migration
8 50 (5.02%) Unit Testing
9 47 (4.72%) Change Management
9 47 (4.72%) Validation
10 46 (4.62%) E-Commerce
10 46 (4.62%) OO
11 45 (4.52%) Workflow
12 43 (4.32%) Investment Management
12 43 (4.32%) PRINCE2
12 43 (4.32%) TDD
13 41 (4.12%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 211 (21.18%) SQL
2 152 (15.26%) C#
3 64 (6.43%) Java
4 41 (4.12%) JavaScript
5 40 (4.02%) T-SQL
6 25 (2.51%) VB
6 25 (2.51%) VB.NET
7 24 (2.41%) VBA
8 19 (1.91%) PL/SQL
9 17 (1.71%) Shell Script
10 15 (1.51%) PowerShell
11 13 (1.31%) Perl
12 9 (0.90%) C
12 9 (0.90%) C++
13 8 (0.80%) Python
14 7 (0.70%) VB6
15 6 (0.60%) PHP
16 5 (0.50%) VBScript
17 4 (0.40%) Ruby
17 4 (0.40%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 54 (5.42%) Degree
2 40 (4.02%) Security Cleared
3 17 (1.71%) SC Cleared
4 15 (1.51%) Cisco Certification
5 12 (1.20%) Six Sigma Black Belt
6 11 (1.10%) ITIL Certification
7 10 (1.00%) CCNP
7 10 (1.00%) ISEB
8 9 (0.90%) HNC
9 8 (0.80%) BPSS Clearance
9 8 (0.80%) Microsoft Certification
9 8 (0.80%) PMI Certification
10 7 (0.70%) CCNA
11 6 (0.60%) CISA
11 6 (0.60%) HND
11 6 (0.60%) PMP
11 6 (0.60%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 6 (0.60%) Six Sigma Green Belt
11 6 (0.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 5 (0.50%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (5.52%) QA
2 46 (4.62%) MiFID
3 34 (3.41%) EMIR
3 34 (3.41%) SLA
4 19 (1.91%) AIFMD
5 15 (1.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 14 (1.41%) Dodd-Frank
7 13 (1.31%) Disclosure Scotland
8 11 (1.10%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 10 (1.00%) Data Quality
10 7 (0.70%) COREP
11 5 (0.50%) SEPA
12 4 (0.40%) Solvency II
13 3 (0.30%) UCITS
14 2 (0.20%) Basel III
14 2 (0.20%) CRD IV
14 2 (0.20%) FATCA
14 2 (0.20%) PMBOK
15 1 (0.10%) ISO20022
15 1 (0.10%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 59 (5.92%) Active Directory
2 25 (2.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (1.61%) XenApp
4 11 (1.10%) Hyper-V
5 9 (0.90%) XenDesktop
6 7 (0.70%) vSphere
7 5 (0.50%) ISA Server
7 5 (0.50%) Terminal Server
7 5 (0.50%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (0.30%) Firmware
8 3 (0.30%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (0.20%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 2 (0.20%) VMware ESX
9 2 (0.20%) XenServer
10 1 (0.10%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.10%) IAG
10 1 (0.10%) KVM
10 1 (0.10%) Oracle RAC
10 1 (0.10%) UAG
10 1 (0.10%) Xen
Systems Management
1 18 (1.81%) SCCM
2 6 (0.60%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (0.60%) Norton AntiVirus
2 6 (0.60%) SCOM
3 4 (0.40%) Control-M
3 4 (0.40%) Nagios
3 4 (0.40%) Windows Intune
4 2 (0.20%) NSN NetAct
4 2 (0.20%) Puppet
5 1 (0.10%) Cisco UCCE
5 1 (0.10%) Data Guard
5 1 (0.10%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 1 (0.10%) FortiGate
5 1 (0.10%) NetBackup
5 1 (0.10%) OPNET
5 1 (0.10%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.10%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 1 (0.10%) Thomson Reuters DACS
5 1 (0.10%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.10%) WSUS
Vendors
1 133 (13.35%) Microsoft
2 79 (7.93%) Oracle
3 44 (4.42%) Huawei
4 42 (4.22%) Citrix
4 42 (4.22%) VMware
5 36 (3.61%) Murex
6 35 (3.51%) Calypso
7 33 (3.31%) Cisco
8 29 (2.91%) SAP
9 27 (2.71%) Adobe
10 17 (1.71%) Nokia
11 15 (1.51%) HP
11 15 (1.51%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
11 15 (1.51%) SmartStream
12 14 (1.41%) IBM
12 14 (1.41%) Sybase
13 11 (1.10%) Bloomberg
13 11 (1.10%) Fidessa
14 10 (1.00%) BT
14 10 (1.00%) Ericsson
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Reed Technology
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Coal IT Services
Rate: £525 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
North West
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Pertemps IT
Rate: Excellent Rate depending on experience
Posted: 3 days ago
Egham, Surrey
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £300 - £315 Per Day Ltd Co Basis
Posted: 3 days ago
Hitchin, Hertfordshire
Circle Recruitment
Rate: Excellent Rates
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Eames Consulting
Rate: £250 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Scot Lewis Associates
Rate: From £550 to £650 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £600 - £800 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
South West London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £425.00 - £450.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Walton-On-Thames, Surrey
Jenrick IT
Rate: £20 - £25 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Warwickshire
First Point
Rate: £350.00 - £425.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Search Point
Rate: £700 - £850 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £575 - £625 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £700 - £701 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds
Capita plc
Rate: £60000 - £70000 per annum + car/benefits
Posted: 9 days ago
Hereford, Herefordshire
Hoople Ltd
Rate: £55,000 per annum Circa £55k
Posted: 9 days ago
Leeds
aap3
Rate: £400 - £500 per day + Neg
Posted: 10 days ago
Brentwood
aap3
Rate: £250 - £275 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: £650 - £700 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Cardiff
Edward Carter Solutions
Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: 18 days ago
City of London
Hays London City Cheapside
Rate: £850.00 - £1300.00 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
Bedfordshire
Universe Technology Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 24 days ago
London
caspian one
Rate: £550.00 - £650.00 per day
Posted: 27 days ago