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 31 August 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
31 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Back Office
Rank 251 217 147
Rank change year-on-year
-34 -70
Contract jobs citing Back Office 521 556 784
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.88% 1.00% 1.49%
As % of the General category 2.18% 2.59% 3.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 347 368 494
Average daily rate
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£425 £450 £465
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.55% -3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £625 £675
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+14.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 8 12
Average hourly rate £19.25 £15.25 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.22% -56.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.30 £12.75 £14.34
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £78.50 £28.25 £89.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.25 £13.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+27.77% -61.42%

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
23927 21491 22424
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 40.27% 38.61% 42.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 15230 13179 13868
Average daily rate £438 £428 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.33% -5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £625
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £385
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +0.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 658 527 596
Average hourly rate £23.75 £21.15 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.29% -3.86%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £42.00 £44.97
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.50 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+22.22% -

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 31 August 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 31 August 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 31 August 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 -40 470 £450 - 168
London -26 298 £500 - 102
South East -17 82 £400 -5.32% 10
City of London -25 63 £475 - 42
Scotland 0 28 £350 -26.31% 8
South West -10 25 £375 -6.25% 15
Surrey +8 24 £384 -3.76% 6
Hampshire 0 20 £525 +101.92%
Wales +7 17 £425 -10.52% 4
West Sussex -5 16 £400 -9.14%
North West -36 16 £388 +19.23% 17
South Wales +3 15 £450 -5.26% 4
East of England +9 13 £500 +58.73% 6
West Midlands -13 13 £400 +23.07% 4
Guildford +9 12 £268 -
Yorkshire -39 12 £333 +2.30% 8
Glasgow +3 11 £330 -26.66% 2
West Yorkshire -30 11 £335 -4.28% 4
Edinburgh -13 10 £350 -40.42% 6
Berkshire -16 10 £401 -17.84% 2
Manchester -18 10 £388 +1.24% 14
Newport - 10 £501 -
Hertfordshire +8 8 £500 +143.90% 4
East Midlands -4 8 £319 -40.00% 4
Somerset -8 8 £325 -16.66%
Leeds -28 8 £375 +4.89% 4
Docklands, London -4 7 £593 -1.25%
Hook - 7 - -
Crawley - 7 £400 -
Birmingham +3 6 £400 +33.33% 1

Back Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 August 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 (35.93%) Finance
2 274 (28.45%) SQL
3 269 (27.93%) Banking
4 181 (18.80%) Agile Software Development
5 179 (18.59%) SQL Server
6 170 (17.65%) .NET
7 159 (16.51%) Windows
8 149 (15.47%) Investment Banking
9 145 (15.06%) C#
10 137 (14.23%) Project Management
11 130 (13.50%) Front Office
12 124 (12.88%) Microsoft
13 111 (11.53%) Oracle
14 102 (10.59%) Business Analysis
15 97 (10.07%) Stakeholder Management
16 96 (9.97%) Java
17 91 (9.45%) Scrum
18 75 (7.79%) Analytical Skills
19 71 (7.37%) Derivative
20 70 (7.27%) ASP.NET
21 66 (6.85%) UNIX
22 65 (6.75%) ITIL
22 65 (6.75%) MS Excel
22 65 (6.75%) Fixed Income
23 64 (6.65%) Migration
23 64 (6.65%) .NET Framework
23 64 (6.65%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
24 63 (6.54%) Active Directory
24 63 (6.54%) Web Services
24 63 (6.54%) Asset Management

Back Office
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 August 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 (3.53%) IIS
2 31 (3.22%) SharePoint
3 28 (2.91%) JBoss
4 25 (2.60%) MS Exchange
5 21 (2.18%) WebSphere
6 15 (1.56%) Tomcat
7 9 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2010
8 8 (0.83%) SharePoint 2010
8 8 (0.83%) Lync
8 8 (0.83%) WebSphere Application Server
9 7 (0.73%) BizTalk Server
9 7 (0.73%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 5 (0.52%) FileNet
10 5 (0.52%) Jadu
10 5 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
11 4 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2013
11 4 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2000
11 4 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2003
11 4 (0.42%) CMS
11 4 (0.42%) Apache
Applications
1 65 (6.75%) MS Excel
2 59 (6.13%) MS Office
3 25 (2.60%) MS Project
4 16 (1.66%) MS Visio
5 13 (1.35%) MS PowerPoint
6 4 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.31%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 2 (0.21%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.10%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 15 (1.56%) SimCorp Dimension
2 12 (1.25%) thinkFolio
2 12 (1.25%) Markit EDM
3 8 (0.83%) SAP IS-U
3 8 (0.83%) Dynamics CRM
4 6 (0.62%) Findur
5 5 (0.52%) Summit
5 5 (0.52%) LatentZero
5 5 (0.52%) Loan IQ
5 5 (0.52%) Eagle PACE
6 4 (0.42%) Oracle BPM
6 4 (0.42%) Cerner Millennium
7 3 (0.31%) TIBCO iProcess
7 3 (0.31%) ACBS
7 3 (0.31%) BusinessWorks
8 2 (0.21%) SAP FI
8 2 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
8 2 (0.21%) SAP FI/CO
8 2 (0.21%) RMDS
8 2 (0.21%) SAP CO
Cloud Services
1 14 (1.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (1.14%) Office 365
3 8 (0.83%) IBM Blueworks
4 2 (0.21%) Google Analytics
4 2 (0.21%) PaaS
5 1 (0.10%) SaaS
5 1 (0.10%) Symantec.cloud
Communications & Networking
1 29 (3.01%) DNS
1 29 (3.01%) Firewall
2 26 (2.70%) TCP/IP
2 26 (2.70%) LAN
3 25 (2.60%) WAN
4 23 (2.39%) Internet
4 23 (2.39%) Radio Access Network
5 19 (1.97%) SAN
5 19 (1.97%) DHCP
6 17 (1.77%) VPN
7 14 (1.45%) 3G
8 13 (1.35%) HTTP
9 11 (1.14%) 2G
10 10 (1.04%) SNMP
10 10 (1.04%) GGSN
10 10 (1.04%) SGSN
10 10 (1.04%) SS7
11 9 (0.93%) MPLS
11 9 (0.93%) Ethernet
11 9 (0.93%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 179 (18.59%) SQL Server
2 59 (6.13%) SQL Server 2008
3 42 (4.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 30 (3.12%) Relational Database
5 29 (3.01%) Data Warehouse
6 28 (2.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 26 (2.70%) SQL Server 2012
8 25 (2.60%) Oracle Database
9 20 (2.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 19 (1.97%) SQL Server 2005
11 18 (1.87%) MySQL
12 17 (1.77%) BusinessObjects
13 12 (1.25%) PostgreSQL
14 11 (1.14%) RDBMS
15 10 (1.04%) Oracle Database 11g
16 9 (0.93%) Oracle Reports
17 6 (0.62%) NoSQL
17 6 (0.62%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
18 5 (0.52%) Oracle Database 10g
18 5 (0.52%) Sybase IQ
Development Applications
1 50 (5.19%) Team Foundation Server
2 35 (3.63%) Visual Studio
3 28 (2.91%) NUnit
4 22 (2.28%) JIRA
5 21 (2.18%) Subversion
6 17 (1.77%) Cucumber
7 13 (1.35%) CruiseControl
7 13 (1.35%) JUnit
8 12 (1.25%) ClearCase
8 12 (1.25%) Selenium
8 12 (1.25%) Mockito
9 11 (1.14%) Maven
10 10 (1.04%) Toad
11 9 (0.93%) SpecFlow
11 9 (0.93%) Talend Open Studio
12 7 (0.73%) TeamCity
12 7 (0.73%) Git (software)
13 6 (0.62%) Rhino Mocks
13 6 (0.62%) HP UFT
14 5 (0.52%) Jenkins
General
1 346 (35.93%) Finance
2 269 (27.93%) Banking
3 149 (15.47%) Investment Banking
4 130 (13.50%) Front Office
5 53 (5.50%) Retail
6 48 (4.98%) Telecoms
7 23 (2.39%) Legal
8 22 (2.28%) Billing
9 18 (1.87%) General Ledger
10 14 (1.45%) Retail Banking
11 11 (1.14%) Marketing
12 10 (1.04%) Corporate Banking
12 10 (1.04%) Wholesale Banking
12 10 (1.04%) Online Betting
12 10 (1.04%) Financial Institution
13 7 (0.73%) Law
14 4 (0.42%) Games
14 4 (0.42%) German Language
15 3 (0.31%) French Language
15 3 (0.31%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 331 (34.37%) Analyst
2 224 (23.26%) Developer
3 212 (22.01%) Business Analyst
4 110 (11.42%) Project Manager
5 73 (7.58%) .NET Developer
6 53 (5.50%) Consultant
7 47 (4.88%) SQL Developer
8 43 (4.47%) Senior Analyst
9 38 (3.95%) C# Developer
10 32 (3.32%) Senior Business Analyst
11 31 (3.22%) Architect
11 31 (3.22%) Test Analyst
12 30 (3.12%) Support Analyst
12 30 (3.12%) Banking Business Analyst
13 27 (2.80%) Java Developer
14 26 (2.70%) C# .NET Developer
15 25 (2.60%) Back Office Engineer
16 24 (2.49%) Support Engineer
17 21 (2.18%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
18 20 (2.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 170 (17.65%) .NET
2 70 (7.27%) ASP.NET
3 64 (6.65%) .NET Framework
4 63 (6.54%) Web Services
5 59 (6.13%) HTML
6 43 (4.47%) XML
7 35 (3.63%) WCF
8 33 (3.43%) REST
9 32 (3.32%) jQuery
10 29 (3.01%) Spring
11 25 (2.60%) LINQ
11 25 (2.60%) SOAP
12 24 (2.49%) ASP.NET Web API
13 23 (2.39%) ASP.NET MVC
13 23 (2.39%) WPF
14 20 (2.08%) CSS
14 20 (2.08%) Entity Framework
15 18 (1.87%) J2EE
16 16 (1.66%) XSLT
17 14 (1.45%) FIX Protocol
Miscellaneous
1 75 (7.79%) Analytical Skills
2 71 (7.37%) Derivative
3 65 (6.75%) Fixed Income
4 64 (6.65%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 53 (5.50%) Equities
6 26 (2.70%) Market Risk
7 25 (2.60%) SWIFT
8 24 (2.49%) Data Centre
9 22 (2.28%) User Experience
10 20 (2.08%) Management Information System
10 20 (2.08%) Computer Science
11 18 (1.87%) Statistics
11 18 (1.87%) Reference Data
12 17 (1.77%) NHS
12 17 (1.77%) Blackberry
13 16 (1.66%) Equity Derivative
14 14 (1.45%) Credit Risk
14 14 (1.45%) Enterprise Software
15 13 (1.35%) Data Structures
16 11 (1.14%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 159 (16.51%) Windows
2 66 (6.85%) UNIX
3 40 (4.15%) Windows 7
4 39 (4.05%) Linux
5 32 (3.32%) Windows Server 2008
6 27 (2.80%) Windows Server 2012
7 13 (1.35%) Windows XP
8 10 (1.04%) Windows Server 2003
9 9 (0.93%) Android
10 8 (0.83%) Apple iOS
11 7 (0.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 5 (0.52%) Windows 2000
13 4 (0.42%) Solaris
13 4 (0.42%) Windows 2000 Server
14 3 (0.31%) Windows NT
14 3 (0.31%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.21%) AIX
15 2 (0.21%) Windows 8
15 2 (0.21%) Windows Phone
16 1 (0.10%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 181 (18.80%) Agile Software Development
2 137 (14.23%) Project Management
3 102 (10.59%) Business Analysis
4 97 (10.07%) Stakeholder Management
5 91 (9.45%) Scrum
6 65 (6.75%) ITIL
7 64 (6.65%) Migration
8 63 (6.54%) Asset Management
9 60 (6.23%) SDLC
10 57 (5.92%) TDD
11 55 (5.71%) OO
12 54 (5.61%) MVC
13 52 (5.40%) Change Management
14 47 (4.88%) BDD
15 46 (4.78%) PRINCE2
16 45 (4.67%) Workflow
16 45 (4.67%) User Acceptance Testing
17 43 (4.47%) Unit Testing
18 40 (4.15%) Data Analysis
19 39 (4.05%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 274 (28.45%) SQL
2 145 (15.06%) C#
3 96 (9.97%) Java
4 52 (5.40%) JavaScript
5 35 (3.63%) PowerShell
6 33 (3.43%) Perl
7 26 (2.70%) PL/SQL
8 22 (2.28%) VB.NET
9 21 (2.18%) Python
10 19 (1.97%) C
10 19 (1.97%) T-SQL
11 14 (1.45%) VBA
12 12 (1.25%) Korn
13 11 (1.14%) Shell Script
14 10 (1.04%) Bash Shell
15 9 (0.93%) PHP
15 9 (0.93%) C++
16 7 (0.73%) VB
17 6 (0.62%) R
18 4 (0.42%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 60 (6.23%) Degree
2 29 (3.01%) Security Cleared
3 19 (1.97%) SC Cleared
4 12 (1.25%) PMI Certification
5 10 (1.04%) Cisco Certification
6 9 (0.93%) ISEB
7 8 (0.83%) CCNP
7 8 (0.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 7 (0.73%) ISTQB
8 7 (0.73%) CCNA
8 7 (0.73%) PMP
9 6 (0.62%) Microsoft Certification
9 6 (0.62%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 6 (0.62%) VCP5
10 5 (0.52%) HND
11 4 (0.42%) ITIL Certification
11 4 (0.42%) MCITP
12 3 (0.31%) CIMA
12 3 (0.31%) MCDBA
12 3 (0.31%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (3.12%) QA
2 29 (3.01%) SLA
3 19 (1.97%) MiFID
4 16 (1.66%) EMIR
5 11 (1.14%) Dodd-Frank
5 11 (1.14%) COREP
6 10 (1.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 7 (0.73%) CRD IV
8 6 (0.62%) AIFMD
8 6 (0.62%) Solvency II
9 5 (0.52%) PMBOK
10 3 (0.31%) Data Quality
10 3 (0.31%) ISO 9001
11 2 (0.21%) Basel III
11 2 (0.21%) FATCA
12 1 (0.10%) P3O
12 1 (0.10%) HL7
12 1 (0.10%) Basel II
System Software
1 63 (6.54%) Active Directory
2 31 (3.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (2.60%) vSphere
4 14 (1.45%) GridGain
5 13 (1.35%) VMware ESXi
6 10 (1.04%) VMware ESX
7 8 (0.83%) ISA Server
8 7 (0.73%) Hyper-V
9 6 (0.62%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 5 (0.52%) XenApp
11 4 (0.42%) XenDesktop
12 3 (0.31%) Firmware
12 3 (0.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 1 (0.10%) vCloud
13 1 (0.10%) Docker
13 1 (0.10%) HDFS
13 1 (0.10%) NDS
13 1 (0.10%) Microsoft App-V
13 1 (0.10%) ProxySG
13 1 (0.10%) Squid
Systems Management
1 9 (0.93%) OPNET
2 8 (0.83%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (0.83%) ITRS Geneos
3 7 (0.73%) Tivoli
4 6 (0.62%) Control-M
4 6 (0.62%) WSUS
5 5 (0.52%) SCCM
5 5 (0.52%) SCOM
5 5 (0.52%) Norton AntiVirus
6 3 (0.31%) ARCserve
6 3 (0.31%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 3 (0.31%) Casper Suite
6 3 (0.31%) vMotion
6 3 (0.31%) BladeLogic
7 2 (0.21%) AirWatch
7 2 (0.21%) Nagios
7 2 (0.21%) NSN NetAct
8 1 (0.10%) Business Desktop Deployment
8 1 (0.10%) Puppet
8 1 (0.10%) Windows Intune
Vendors
1 124 (12.88%) Microsoft
2 111 (11.53%) Oracle
3 46 (4.78%) Citrix
4 41 (4.26%) VMware
5 38 (3.95%) IBM
6 30 (3.12%) SAP
7 29 (3.01%) Cisco
8 25 (2.60%) Sybase
9 22 (2.28%) HP
10 18 (1.87%) Huawei
11 17 (1.77%) SimCorp
12 16 (1.66%) Pega
13 14 (1.45%) Charles River
13 14 (1.45%) Murex
14 12 (1.25%) Salesforce.com
15 11 (1.14%) Red Hat
16 10 (1.04%) NetApp
17 9 (0.93%) Ericsson
17 9 (0.93%) TIBCO
17 9 (0.93%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £600 - £800 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £400 - £600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
South West London
Advantage XPO
Posted: 4 days ago
Plymouth
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £20000.00 - £22000.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City of London
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £200.00 - £300.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
East London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: Up to £600 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Lexis Nexis Risk Solutions
Rate: From £30,500 to £35,500 per annum
Posted: 7 days ago
Hertfordshire
Next Ventures Limited
Rate: Excellent Rates and Packages
Posted: 7 days ago
Hertfordshire
Next Ventures Limited
Rate: Excellent Rates and Packages
Posted: 11 days ago
Edinburgh
Cathcart Associates
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
Edinburgh
Cathcart Associates
Posted: 12 days ago
London
Venturi
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: £600 - £750 per day + Travel expenses
Posted: 17 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: £400 - £450 per day + competitive
Posted: 18 days ago