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 29 September 2014 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
29 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Back Office
Rank 225 143 141
Rank change year-on-year
-82 -2
Contract jobs citing Back Office 545 814 849
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.94% 1.54% 1.47%
As % of the General category 2.41% 3.63% 3.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 349 502 486
Average daily rate
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£450 £450 £500
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £259 £250 £253
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £650 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £360
% change year-on-year
- -2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 16 16
Average hourly rate £13.50 £33.75 £29.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-60.00% +14.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £14.00 £17.17
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £87.50 £53.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £12.00 £35.00 £34.50
% change year-on-year
-65.71% +1.44%

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
22644 22408 25827
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.92% 42.45% 44.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 13709 13957 15247
Average daily rate £425 £450 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.55% +5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £620 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £396 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+4.21% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 523 592 745
Average hourly rate £22.50 £21.00 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -19.23%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.99 £45.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.25 £20.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
+31.25% -31.03%

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 29 September 2014.

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 29 September 2014.

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 29 September 2014. 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 -80 518 £450 - 178
London -40 334 £500 +0.50% 111
City of London -29 99 £498 +4.73% 44
South East -79 64 £375 +13.20% 19
South West -13 36 £380 +2.70% 7
Yorkshire +5 27 £318 -20.62% 5
Somerset +1 22 £378 +4.86%
North West +8 20 £325 -35.00% 18
Berkshire -76 19 - - 4
West Midlands -23 18 £325 - 5
Hampshire -4 14 £260 -5.45% 3
Scotland -5 14 £475 -5.00% 11
East of England -37 12 £394 +7.14% 6
Birmingham -3 10 £165 -46.98% 3
Manchester -4 10 £473 -5.45% 12
Surrey -4 10 £375 +10.29% 4
Leeds +10 9 £365 -8.75% 1
West Yorkshire -3 9 £365 -11.51% 2
East Midlands -14 8 £625 +792.85% 3
Cheshire +10 7 £325 - 5
Sheffield +10 7 £310 -31.11% 1
South Yorkshire +7 7 £310 -22.50% 2
Edinburgh +3 7 £475 -5.00% 8
Staffordshire - 7 £325 -
Glasgow -10 6 £475 +375.00% 3
Bedfordshire -14 6 £520 -9.56%
Stoke-on-Trent - 6 £325 -
Portsmouth - 6 £260 - 3
Devon -18 5 £450 +20.00% 1
Wiltshire - 5 £350 - 3

Back Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 September 2014, 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.

1 369 (31.48%) Finance
2 296 (25.26%) Banking
3 276 (23.55%) SQL
4 237 (20.22%) Front Office
5 226 (19.28%) Agile Software Development
6 187 (15.96%) Windows
7 181 (15.44%) SQL Server
8 180 (15.36%) .NET
9 174 (14.85%) C#
10 167 (14.25%) Microsoft
11 154 (13.14%) Oracle
12 152 (12.97%) Project Management
13 146 (12.46%) Investment Banking
14 129 (11.01%) Business Analysis
15 126 (10.75%) Scrum
16 122 (10.41%) Derivative
17 111 (9.47%) Java
18 105 (8.96%) Retail
19 101 (8.62%) MS Excel
20 97 (8.28%) Security Cleared
21 95 (8.11%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
22 93 (7.94%) User Acceptance Testing
23 91 (7.76%) Workflow
24 88 (7.51%) Analytical Skills
25 85 (7.25%) SC Cleared
26 84 (7.17%) ERP
27 82 (7.00%) Degree
28 81 (6.91%) TDD
29 79 (6.74%) MS Office
30 76 (6.48%) ASP.NET

Back Office
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 September 2014, 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 40 (3.41%) SharePoint
2 21 (1.79%) MS Exchange
3 20 (1.71%) IIS
4 18 (1.54%) WebSphere
5 14 (1.19%) SharePoint 2010
6 12 (1.02%) Elasticsearch
7 11 (0.94%) Oracle Workflow
8 10 (0.85%) IBM Notes
8 10 (0.85%) WebSphere Application Server
9 9 (0.77%) Apache
10 8 (0.68%) K2 blackpearl
11 7 (0.60%) CMS
12 6 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2007
12 6 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2010
12 6 (0.51%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 5 (0.43%) SharePoint 2013
13 5 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2013
13 5 (0.43%) WebLogic
13 5 (0.43%) Tomcat
13 5 (0.43%) MQSeries
Applications
1 101 (8.62%) MS Excel
2 79 (6.74%) MS Office
3 33 (2.82%) MS Visio
4 29 (2.47%) MS Project
5 23 (1.96%) MS PowerPoint
6 8 (0.68%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.51%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.085%) Windchill
8 1 (0.085%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 27 (2.30%) Oracle EBS
2 23 (1.96%) Oracle Retail
3 14 (1.19%) Oracle Applications
4 13 (1.11%) Oracle EBS R12
5 12 (1.02%) Markit EDM
6 6 (0.51%) SunGard GMI
6 6 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
6 6 (0.51%) Endur
7 4 (0.34%) Aligne
8 3 (0.26%) Oracle ERP
8 3 (0.26%) Agresso
8 3 (0.26%) SAP HCM
8 3 (0.26%) Algo Collateral
8 3 (0.26%) Dynamics NAV
8 3 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
8 3 (0.26%) Temenos Globus
8 3 (0.26%) SAP ERP
9 2 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
9 2 (0.17%) LatentZero
9 2 (0.17%) SunGard Martini
Cloud Services
1 13 (1.11%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (0.43%) SaaS
3 4 (0.34%) GitHub
4 3 (0.26%) IaaS
4 3 (0.26%) PaaS
5 2 (0.17%) Force.com
5 2 (0.17%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.17%) Google Apps
6 1 (0.085%) Office 365
6 1 (0.085%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 25 (2.13%) SAN
2 24 (2.05%) Firewall
3 23 (1.96%) LAN
4 22 (1.88%) TCP/IP
5 20 (1.71%) DNS
5 20 (1.71%) Internet
6 17 (1.45%) 3G
7 16 (1.37%) WAN
8 14 (1.19%) 4G
9 13 (1.11%) LTE
10 12 (1.02%) Cisco IOS
10 12 (1.02%) DHCP
10 12 (1.02%) 2G
11 10 (0.85%) Ethernet
11 10 (0.85%) VPN
11 10 (0.85%) Radio Access Network
12 8 (0.68%) ATM
13 7 (0.60%) Wireless
13 7 (0.60%) Cisco ASA
14 6 (0.51%) GGSN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 181 (15.44%) SQL Server
2 36 (3.07%) SQL Server 2008
3 26 (2.22%) Oracle Database
4 23 (1.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 22 (1.88%) MySQL
6 20 (1.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 19 (1.62%) SQL Server 2005
8 17 (1.45%) Relational Database
9 13 (1.11%) Data Warehouse
10 11 (0.94%) SQL Server 2012
11 10 (0.85%) MS Access
12 9 (0.77%) Oracle Reports
12 9 (0.77%) Data Mining
13 7 (0.60%) Oracle Database 10g
13 7 (0.60%) FileMaker
14 6 (0.51%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 6 (0.51%) RDBMS
15 5 (0.43%) PostgreSQL
16 3 (0.26%) Crystal Reports
17 2 (0.17%) WebFOCUS
Development Applications
1 28 (2.39%) Team Foundation Server
2 27 (2.30%) Jenkins
3 24 (2.05%) Visual Studio
4 15 (1.28%) Selenium
5 12 (1.02%) JIRA
6 11 (0.94%) Serena SBM
7 7 (0.60%) Jasmine
7 7 (0.60%) Karma Test Runner
8 6 (0.51%) Maven
8 6 (0.51%) Git (software)
8 6 (0.51%) Eclipse
8 6 (0.51%) JUnit
8 6 (0.51%) Grunt
9 5 (0.43%) Subversion
10 4 (0.34%) Xcode
11 3 (0.26%) Behat
11 3 (0.26%) ProC
12 2 (0.17%) FitNesse
12 2 (0.17%) QuickTest Pro
12 2 (0.17%) Toad
General
1 369 (31.48%) Finance
2 296 (25.26%) Banking
3 237 (20.22%) Front Office
4 146 (12.46%) Investment Banking
5 105 (8.96%) Retail
6 41 (3.50%) Telecoms
7 20 (1.71%) Billing
7 20 (1.71%) French Language
8 18 (1.54%) Retail Banking
8 18 (1.54%) Legal
9 12 (1.02%) Games
10 10 (0.85%) Marketing
11 9 (0.77%) General Ledger
12 8 (0.68%) Manufacturing
13 7 (0.60%) Financial Institution
14 5 (0.43%) Publishing
14 5 (0.43%) Local Government
15 4 (0.34%) Private Banking
15 4 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
15 4 (0.34%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 361 (30.80%) Analyst
2 238 (20.31%) Developer
3 228 (19.45%) Business Analyst
4 135 (11.52%) Project Manager
5 80 (6.83%) .NET Developer
6 61 (5.20%) Applications Support
6 61 (5.20%) Consultant
7 48 (4.10%) Architect
8 47 (4.01%) Support Analyst
9 41 (3.50%) SQL Developer
10 40 (3.41%) C# Developer
10 40 (3.41%) Java Developer
11 35 (2.99%) Banking Business Analyst
11 35 (2.99%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
12 33 (2.82%) Senior Developer
13 27 (2.30%) Support Engineer
14 24 (2.05%) Applications Support Analyst
15 22 (1.88%) Oracle Consultant
15 22 (1.88%) Programme Manager
16 21 (1.79%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 180 (15.36%) .NET
2 76 (6.48%) ASP.NET
3 66 (5.63%) HTML
4 62 (5.29%) XML
5 50 (4.27%) Web Services
6 40 (3.41%) ASP.NET MVC
7 37 (3.16%) DOM
7 37 (3.16%) .NET Framework
8 33 (2.82%) CSS
8 33 (2.82%) WCF
9 28 (2.39%) Spring
10 25 (2.13%) XSLT
11 24 (2.05%) jQuery
11 24 (2.05%) J2EE
12 23 (1.96%) HTML5
13 21 (1.79%) WPF
14 19 (1.62%) WinForms
14 19 (1.62%) ASP.NET MVC 4
15 18 (1.54%) Middleware
16 16 (1.37%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 122 (10.41%) Derivative
2 95 (8.11%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 88 (7.51%) Analytical Skills
4 61 (5.20%) Fixed Income
5 53 (4.52%) Management Information System
6 36 (3.07%) Equities
7 35 (2.99%) Open Source
8 29 (2.47%) Blackberry
9 26 (2.22%) Enterprise Software
9 26 (2.22%) Credit Risk
10 23 (1.96%) User Experience
11 22 (1.88%) Credit Derivative
12 21 (1.79%) N-Tier
12 21 (1.79%) Statistics
13 18 (1.54%) SWIFT
14 17 (1.45%) Computer Science
15 15 (1.28%) Market Risk
15 15 (1.28%) Equity Derivative
16 14 (1.19%) Mobile App
17 11 (0.94%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 187 (15.96%) Windows
2 62 (5.29%) Windows 7
3 51 (4.35%) UNIX
4 45 (3.84%) Windows XP
5 28 (2.39%) Windows Server 2003
6 24 (2.05%) Windows Server 2008
7 14 (1.19%) Linux
8 11 (0.94%) Windows 2000
9 8 (0.68%) Windows Server 2012
10 6 (0.51%) Mac OS X Server
11 5 (0.43%) Solaris
11 5 (0.43%) Android
12 4 (0.34%) Apple iOS
13 3 (0.26%) Windows CE
13 3 (0.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.085%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.085%) OS/400
14 1 (0.085%) HPUX
14 1 (0.085%) Windows 2000 Server
14 1 (0.085%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 226 (19.28%) Agile Software Development
2 152 (12.97%) Project Management
3 129 (11.01%) Business Analysis
4 126 (10.75%) Scrum
5 93 (7.94%) User Acceptance Testing
6 91 (7.76%) Workflow
7 84 (7.17%) ERP
8 81 (6.91%) TDD
9 73 (6.23%) ITIL
10 71 (6.06%) Change Management
11 70 (5.97%) PRINCE2
12 67 (5.72%) Continuous Integration
13 62 (5.29%) OO
14 60 (5.12%) CRM
14 60 (5.12%) Unit Testing
15 58 (4.95%) Migration
16 50 (4.27%) E-Commerce
16 50 (4.27%) Stakeholder Management
17 45 (3.84%) Risk Management
17 45 (3.84%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 276 (23.55%) SQL
2 174 (14.85%) C#
3 111 (9.47%) Java
4 67 (5.72%) JavaScript
5 40 (3.41%) T-SQL
6 32 (2.73%) VB
7 29 (2.47%) VB.NET
8 28 (2.39%) Python
9 26 (2.22%) C++
10 23 (1.96%) Shell Script
11 21 (1.79%) PL/SQL
12 19 (1.62%) C
12 19 (1.62%) PHP
13 14 (1.19%) Bash Shell
14 13 (1.11%) Scala
15 12 (1.02%) VBA
16 10 (0.85%) PowerShell
17 8 (0.68%) Perl
17 8 (0.68%) VBScript
18 4 (0.34%) Korn
Qualifications
1 97 (8.28%) Security Cleared
2 85 (7.25%) SC Cleared
3 82 (7.00%) Degree
4 25 (2.13%) Microsoft Certification
5 17 (1.45%) MCP
6 15 (1.28%) PMI Certification
7 14 (1.19%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 14 (1.19%) ISEB
8 13 (1.11%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 13 (1.11%) ITIL Certification
9 12 (1.02%) PMP
10 8 (0.68%) MCSE
11 7 (0.60%) Cisco Certification
11 7 (0.60%) ISTQB
12 4 (0.34%) CTC Cleared
12 4 (0.34%) A+ Certification
13 3 (0.26%) MCITP
13 3 (0.26%) Six Sigma Black Belt
14 2 (0.17%) HNC
14 2 (0.17%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (4.35%) QA
2 39 (3.33%) SLA
3 31 (2.65%) EMIR
4 24 (2.05%) Dodd-Frank
5 5 (0.43%) ISO 9001
5 5 (0.43%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.34%) MiFID
6 4 (0.34%) Data Quality
7 2 (0.17%) Basel III
7 2 (0.17%) COREP
8 1 (0.085%) FATCA
8 1 (0.085%) AIFMD
8 1 (0.085%) ISO 14001
8 1 (0.085%) ISO 8583
8 1 (0.085%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.085%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 53 (4.52%) Active Directory
2 26 (2.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (0.77%) XenApp
4 6 (0.51%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 6 (0.51%) ISA Server
4 6 (0.51%) VMware ESX
5 5 (0.43%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (0.26%) ProxySG
7 2 (0.17%) Oracle RAC
7 2 (0.17%) XenDesktop
7 2 (0.17%) vSphere
7 2 (0.17%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
7 2 (0.17%) NDS
7 2 (0.17%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.085%) NFS
8 1 (0.085%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.085%) Firmware
8 1 (0.085%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 1 (0.085%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.085%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 20 (1.71%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (1.02%) SCCM
3 7 (0.60%) DameWare
4 6 (0.51%) OVSD
4 6 (0.51%) OpenView
5 5 (0.43%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (0.43%) Vagrant
5 5 (0.43%) Puppet
6 4 (0.34%) Tivoli
6 4 (0.34%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 3 (0.26%) Control-M
8 2 (0.17%) BMC Marimba
8 2 (0.17%) TIBCO Hawk
8 2 (0.17%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 2 (0.17%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (0.17%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 2 (0.17%) FortiGate
8 2 (0.17%) Cisco CUCM
9 1 (0.085%) ITRS Geneos
9 1 (0.085%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 167 (14.25%) Microsoft
2 154 (13.14%) Oracle
3 49 (4.18%) SAP
4 41 (3.50%) HP
5 38 (3.24%) VMware
6 34 (2.90%) Citrix
7 25 (2.13%) Cisco
8 22 (1.88%) Murex
9 20 (1.71%) CheckPoint
10 19 (1.62%) IBM
11 18 (1.54%) Sybase
12 17 (1.45%) Calypso
12 17 (1.45%) Nokia
13 16 (1.37%) Charles River
14 14 (1.19%) Huawei
15 13 (1.11%) SunGard
15 13 (1.11%) Ericsson
16 12 (1.02%) Bloomberg
17 11 (0.94%) Serena
17 11 (0.94%) Reuters
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
Connectus
Rate: £446 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Red10
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
London
Aston Carter
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
City, London
Aston Carter
Rate: £200 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: market rates
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 3 days ago
London
SmartSourcing plc
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: market rates
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Aston Carter
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £700 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Premier Group Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Premier Group Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Oliver James Associates
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West Sussex
Comtecs
Rate: £400 - £450 Per Day
Posted: 4 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
Comvergent Limited
Rate: Excellent daily rate
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £350.00 - £430.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago