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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Back Office
Rank 226 178 168
Rank change year-on-year
-48 -10
Contract jobs citing Back Office 472 544 564
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.92% 1.13% 1.26%
As % of the General category 2.38% 2.77% 3.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 331 358 376
Average daily rate
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£450 £450 £475
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £150 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £625 £675
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £315 £375
% change year-on-year
+26.98% -16.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 8 14
Average hourly rate £16.50 £22.25 £19.63
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.84% +13.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.20 £13.25 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £105.00 £31.90 £27.94
UK excluding London average hourly rate £10.25 £24.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-58.16% +53.12%

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
19845 19654 18048
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.89% 40.81% 40.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 12710 12215 10738
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 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £625 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 439 589 676
Average hourly rate £24.50 £22.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.36% -4.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.25 £22.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+19.31% -12.00%

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 30 January 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
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 30 January 2015.

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 30 January 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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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 -53 422 £450 - 165
London -25 300 £475 -5.00% 105
City of London -24 84 £475 -5.00% 60
South East -3 53 £369 -8.95% 6
Surrey +8 25 £350 +45.83% 3
Scotland +6 23 £425 -5.55%
Wales - 23 £425 - 1
South West -18 20 £401 +27.14% 13
Edinburgh +7 13 £450 +12.50%
Berkshire -5 13 £350 +40.00% 1
East of England +1 12 £440 +46.66% 9
Yorkshire -16 12 £350 - 5
Guildford +3 11 £280 +16.66% 1
North East -4 10 £400 +25.98% 3
North West -12 9 £300 -11.76% 13
Durham -5 8 £400 +25.98% 1
West Yorkshire -8 7 £325 -7.14% 5
Glasgow -2 6 £350 -16.66%
Darlington - 6 £388 -
Cambridgeshire -9 5 £450 +20.00%
Reading -3 4 £575 +124.60% 1
Manchester -4 4 £281 -17.27% 7
Wiltshire -4 4 £426 +15.20% 4
Swindon -6 4 £426 +15.20% 2
South Yorkshire -8 4 £350 +18.64%
East Midlands -14 4 £320 +357.14% 6
Essex +4 3 £420 +46.08% 5
Cheshire +4 3 £313 -22.83% 3
Sheffield -1 3 £350 -
Devon -4 3 £300 -

Back Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 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.

1 333 (34.22%) Finance
2 260 (26.72%) Banking
3 253 (26.00%) SQL
4 168 (17.27%) Front Office
5 158 (16.24%) SQL Server
6 152 (15.62%) Agile Software Development
7 141 (14.49%) Windows
8 130 (13.36%) .NET
9 128 (13.16%) Microsoft
10 123 (12.64%) Project Management
11 118 (12.13%) Investment Banking
12 111 (11.41%) Oracle
13 110 (11.31%) C#
14 97 (9.97%) Derivative
15 92 (9.46%) Java
16 91 (9.35%) Business Analysis
17 90 (9.25%) Analytical Skills
18 78 (8.02%) MS Excel
18 78 (8.02%) Retail
19 74 (7.61%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
20 72 (7.40%) ITIL
21 71 (7.30%) Workflow
22 69 (7.09%) MS Office
23 62 (6.37%) UNIX
24 61 (6.27%) Stakeholder Management
25 59 (6.06%) Telecoms
26 58 (5.96%) Migration
27 55 (5.65%) User Acceptance Testing
28 54 (5.55%) ERP
29 53 (5.45%) ASP.NET

Back Office
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 34 (3.49%) SharePoint
2 27 (2.77%) WebSphere
3 20 (2.06%) JBoss
4 17 (1.75%) FileNet
5 14 (1.44%) MS Exchange
6 12 (1.23%) IBM Notes
7 8 (0.82%) Lync
8 7 (0.72%) WebSphere Application Server
8 7 (0.72%) WebLogic
8 7 (0.72%) Oracle Workflow
9 6 (0.62%) Apache
9 6 (0.62%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 6 (0.62%) WordPress
10 5 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2010
10 5 (0.51%) SharePoint 2010
10 5 (0.51%) CMS
11 4 (0.41%) WebSphere Process Server
11 4 (0.41%) nginx
12 3 (0.31%) BizTalk Server
12 3 (0.31%) Tomcat
Applications
1 78 (8.02%) MS Excel
2 69 (7.09%) MS Office
3 24 (2.47%) MS Visio
4 20 (2.06%) MS PowerPoint
5 15 (1.54%) MS Project
6 1 (0.10%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.10%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 28 (2.88%) Markit EDM
2 10 (1.03%) Oracle EBS
2 10 (1.03%) Oracle Retail
3 9 (0.92%) Oracle EBS R12
4 8 (0.82%) Dynamics CRM
5 6 (0.62%) Global One
5 6 (0.62%) Endur
5 6 (0.62%) ResourceLink
6 4 (0.41%) Dynamics AX
6 4 (0.41%) Dynamics NAV
6 4 (0.41%) SunGard Martini
6 4 (0.41%) Aligne
7 3 (0.31%) Oracle Payables
7 3 (0.31%) OpenLink RightAngle
7 3 (0.31%) SunGard GMI
7 3 (0.31%) Murex MxG2000
7 3 (0.31%) SAP FI
7 3 (0.31%) Oracle 11i
7 3 (0.31%) Oracle ERP
7 3 (0.31%) LatentZero
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.31%) Google Apps
1 3 (0.31%) Office 365
1 3 (0.31%) SaaS
2 2 (0.21%) IaaS
3 1 (0.10%) PaaS
3 1 (0.10%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 31 (3.19%) Firewall
2 27 (2.77%) SAN
3 24 (2.47%) Internet
3 24 (2.47%) TCP/IP
4 20 (2.06%) DNS
5 18 (1.85%) Ethernet
6 14 (1.44%) 3G
6 14 (1.44%) OSPF
7 13 (1.34%) LAN
7 13 (1.34%) WAN
8 12 (1.23%) BGP
8 12 (1.23%) 4G
9 11 (1.13%) 2G
10 10 (1.03%) Wireless
10 10 (1.03%) Radio Access Network
11 9 (0.92%) LTE
11 9 (0.92%) Intranet
11 9 (0.92%) MPLS
12 8 (0.82%) HTTP
12 8 (0.82%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 158 (16.24%) SQL Server
2 37 (3.80%) SQL Server 2008
3 30 (3.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 29 (2.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 18 (1.85%) Data Warehouse
5 18 (1.85%) Oracle Database
6 16 (1.64%) MySQL
7 15 (1.54%) SQL Server 2005
8 12 (1.23%) Relational Database
9 11 (1.13%) FileMaker
9 11 (1.13%) MS Access
10 9 (0.92%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
10 9 (0.92%) Data Mining
11 8 (0.82%) DB2
12 7 (0.72%) SQL Server 2012
13 6 (0.62%) OLAP
14 5 (0.51%) Big Data
14 5 (0.51%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 5 (0.51%) SQL Server 2000
14 5 (0.51%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 20 (2.06%) Subversion
1 20 (2.06%) Team Foundation Server
2 11 (1.13%) Visual Studio
3 9 (0.92%) JIRA
4 8 (0.82%) NUnit
4 8 (0.82%) Eclipse
4 8 (0.82%) Selenium
5 6 (0.62%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 5 (0.51%) Jenkins
6 5 (0.51%) TestDirector
7 4 (0.41%) Serena SBM
7 4 (0.41%) Toad
7 4 (0.41%) Maven
7 4 (0.41%) Cucumber
8 3 (0.31%) Rhino Mocks
8 3 (0.31%) Mockito
8 3 (0.31%) MSTest
8 3 (0.31%) WebDriver
8 3 (0.31%) ClearCase
8 3 (0.31%) JUnit
General
1 333 (34.22%) Finance
2 260 (26.72%) Banking
3 168 (17.27%) Front Office
4 118 (12.13%) Investment Banking
5 78 (8.02%) Retail
6 59 (6.06%) Telecoms
7 17 (1.75%) Legal
8 12 (1.23%) Financial Institution
9 8 (0.82%) French Language
9 8 (0.82%) Marketing
9 8 (0.82%) Local Government
10 6 (0.62%) Billing
10 6 (0.62%) Retail Banking
11 5 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
11 5 (0.51%) Manufacturing
11 5 (0.51%) Automotive
12 4 (0.41%) Publishing
12 4 (0.41%) General Ledger
12 4 (0.41%) Corporate Banking
13 3 (0.31%) Games
Job Titles
1 332 (34.12%) Analyst
2 195 (20.04%) Developer
3 189 (19.42%) Business Analyst
4 108 (11.10%) Project Manager
5 68 (6.99%) Support Analyst
6 61 (6.27%) .NET Developer
7 58 (5.96%) Applications Support
8 43 (4.42%) SQL Developer
9 36 (3.70%) Architect
10 35 (3.60%) Back Office Engineer
11 33 (3.39%) Consultant
11 33 (3.39%) Applications Support Analyst
12 32 (3.29%) Java Developer
13 31 (3.19%) Senior Developer
14 28 (2.88%) C# Developer
15 26 (2.67%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
16 25 (2.57%) Data Analyst
17 24 (2.47%) Banking Business Analyst
18 23 (2.36%) Support Technician
19 22 (2.26%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 130 (13.36%) .NET
2 53 (5.45%) ASP.NET
3 47 (4.83%) XML
4 46 (4.73%) Web Services
5 45 (4.62%) HTML
6 27 (2.77%) jQuery
7 25 (2.57%) WCF
7 25 (2.57%) ASP.NET MVC
8 24 (2.47%) .NET Framework
9 22 (2.26%) Spring
10 19 (1.95%) CSS
11 16 (1.64%) J2EE
12 15 (1.54%) ASP.NET MVC 4
13 13 (1.34%) WPF
13 13 (1.34%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 13 (1.34%) SOAP
14 12 (1.23%) WinForms
14 12 (1.23%) XSLT
15 11 (1.13%) Middleware
16 10 (1.03%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 97 (9.97%) Derivative
2 90 (9.25%) Analytical Skills
3 74 (7.61%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 53 (5.45%) Fixed Income
5 43 (4.42%) Equities
6 32 (3.29%) Blackberry
7 29 (2.98%) Management Information System
8 28 (2.88%) User Experience
9 18 (1.85%) Credit Derivative
10 16 (1.64%) SWIFT
10 16 (1.64%) Enterprise Software
10 16 (1.64%) Equity Derivative
11 14 (1.44%) Computer Science
11 14 (1.44%) Data Integration
12 11 (1.13%) Open Source
12 11 (1.13%) Credit Risk
13 10 (1.03%) EPoS
13 10 (1.03%) Contract for Difference
13 10 (1.03%) Reference Data
13 10 (1.03%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 141 (14.49%) Windows
2 62 (6.37%) UNIX
3 42 (4.32%) Linux
4 39 (4.01%) Windows 7
5 31 (3.19%) Windows XP
6 27 (2.77%) Windows Server 2008
7 20 (2.06%) Windows Server 2003
8 12 (1.23%) Windows Server 2012
9 10 (1.03%) Mac OS X Server
10 7 (0.72%) Android
11 5 (0.51%) Windows 2000
12 3 (0.31%) Windows 8
12 3 (0.31%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.21%) Windows 2000 Server
14 1 (0.10%) Oracle Linux
14 1 (0.10%) Apple iOS
14 1 (0.10%) Windows Vista
14 1 (0.10%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.10%) OS/400
14 1 (0.10%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 152 (15.62%) Agile Software Development
2 123 (12.64%) Project Management
3 91 (9.35%) Business Analysis
4 72 (7.40%) ITIL
5 71 (7.30%) Workflow
6 61 (6.27%) Stakeholder Management
7 58 (5.96%) Migration
8 55 (5.65%) User Acceptance Testing
9 54 (5.55%) ERP
10 51 (5.24%) Scrum
11 50 (5.14%) E-Commerce
12 49 (5.04%) PRINCE2
13 46 (4.73%) Asset Management
14 45 (4.62%) Waterfall
15 41 (4.21%) Investment Management
16 40 (4.11%) Data Modelling
17 36 (3.70%) Web Development
18 35 (3.60%) Service Delivery
19 33 (3.39%) CRM
20 32 (3.29%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 253 (26.00%) SQL
2 110 (11.31%) C#
3 92 (9.46%) Java
4 50 (5.14%) JavaScript
5 45 (4.62%) T-SQL
6 31 (3.19%) VB
7 23 (2.36%) VBA
8 16 (1.64%) VBScript
9 14 (1.44%) C
10 13 (1.34%) Shell Script
11 12 (1.23%) C++
12 11 (1.13%) VB.NET
13 9 (0.92%) Perl
14 7 (0.72%) Scala
14 7 (0.72%) PowerShell
15 6 (0.62%) VB6
15 6 (0.62%) PHP
15 6 (0.62%) PL/SQL
15 6 (0.62%) Python
16 4 (0.41%) Korn
Qualifications
1 48 (4.93%) Security Cleared
2 36 (3.70%) SC Cleared
2 36 (3.70%) Degree
3 17 (1.75%) Cisco Certification
4 10 (1.03%) ITIL Certification
5 8 (0.82%) Microsoft Certification
5 8 (0.82%) CCNP
6 7 (0.72%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 6 (0.62%) ISEB
7 6 (0.62%) PMI Certification
7 6 (0.62%) CCNA
8 5 (0.51%) IBM Certification
8 5 (0.51%) HNC
9 4 (0.41%) HND
9 4 (0.41%) MCSE
9 4 (0.41%) PMP
9 4 (0.41%) ISTQB
10 3 (0.31%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 3 (0.31%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 2 (0.21%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (3.39%) QA
2 26 (2.67%) SLA
3 19 (1.95%) EMIR
4 7 (0.72%) Dodd-Frank
4 7 (0.72%) MiFID
5 5 (0.51%) ISO 9001
6 4 (0.41%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.21%) Solvency II
8 1 (0.10%) FATCA
8 1 (0.10%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.10%) Basel III
8 1 (0.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.10%) GxP
8 1 (0.10%) ISO 8583
8 1 (0.10%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 30 (3.08%) Active Directory
2 22 (2.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (1.75%) XenApp
4 9 (0.92%) vSphere
5 7 (0.72%) VMware ESX
6 5 (0.51%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (0.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 4 (0.41%) XenDesktop
8 3 (0.31%) Shibboleth
8 3 (0.31%) Hyper-V
9 2 (0.21%) ProxySG
9 2 (0.21%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
10 1 (0.10%) GridGain
10 1 (0.10%) XenServer
10 1 (0.10%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 1 (0.10%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 16 (1.64%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (1.34%) Control-M
3 6 (0.62%) SCCM
4 4 (0.41%) Norton AntiVirus
4 4 (0.41%) Puppet
4 4 (0.41%) Vagrant
4 4 (0.41%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (0.31%) Cisco CUCM
6 2 (0.21%) Tivoli
6 2 (0.21%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 2 (0.21%) WSUS
6 2 (0.21%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 2 (0.21%) FortiGate
7 1 (0.10%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 1 (0.10%) Kibana
7 1 (0.10%) Pingdom
7 1 (0.10%) SCOM
7 1 (0.10%) EMC NetWorker
7 1 (0.10%) MAILsweeper
7 1 (0.10%) CA SiteMinder
Vendors
1 128 (13.16%) Microsoft
2 111 (11.41%) Oracle
3 43 (4.42%) Citrix
4 32 (3.29%) SAP
5 31 (3.19%) VMware
6 30 (3.08%) Cisco
6 30 (3.08%) Ericsson
7 26 (2.67%) Murex
7 26 (2.67%) Bloomberg
8 25 (2.57%) Nokia
9 22 (2.26%) HP
10 21 (2.16%) Sybase
10 21 (2.16%) NEC
11 20 (2.06%) IBM
12 13 (1.34%) Huawei
12 13 (1.34%) Reuters
12 13 (1.34%) Symantec
12 13 (1.34%) Kofax
13 12 (1.23%) Apple
13 12 (1.23%) F5
London
Cititec
Rate: competitive
Posted: Yesterday
London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Connectus
Rate: £250 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
ISL
Rate: £43000.00 - £46000.00 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Bath
Mint Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Essex
Oliver James Associates
Rate: £450 - £600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £600 - £800 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Pioneer Search
Rate: £600.00 - £700 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £550 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City of London
iKonnect
Rate: £425 - £475 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City of London
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: £450 - £550 per day + competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £600.00 - £700.00 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
London
iKonnect
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
City of London
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: Market related
Posted: 10 days ago
City of London
Mint Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
City of London
Mint Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £500 - £540 per day
Posted: 12 days ago