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 20 October 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
20 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Back Office
Rank 236 143 140
Rank change year-on-year
-93 -3
Contract jobs citing Back Office 528 793 824
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.91% 1.51% 1.47%
As % of the General category 2.35% 3.59% 3.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 336 512 490
Average daily rate
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£425 £460 £477
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.60% -3.46%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £267 £261 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £650 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
-13.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 18 17
Average hourly rate £13.50 £33.75 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-60.00% +35.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £14.00 £14.34
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £86.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £11.00 £35.00 £33.00
% change year-on-year
-68.57% +6.06%

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
22423 22094 24897
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.48% 41.95% 44.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 13893 13906 14772
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 £270 £272 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £603 £625 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.40% +1.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 520 580 758
Average hourly rate £22.50 £21.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -16.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.99 £11.50 £12.06
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.55 £44.97 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.50 £22.22 £26.00
% change year-on-year
+10.28% -14.55%

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 20 October 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 20 October 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 20 October 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 -82 503 £425 -7.60% 151
London -52 325 £475 -5.00% 93
City of London -19 101 £475 -2.56% 38
South East -67 68 £285 -18.57% 10
Yorkshire +4 28 £325 -20.00% 6
South West -26 26 £348 -7.88% 16
North West -5 18 £325 -32.64% 10
Surrey +9 17 £270 -25.51% 1
Somerset -1 17 £330 -8.33% 1
West Midlands -30 17 £300 -4.76% 2
Berkshire -63 17 £216 -27.91% 3
Scotland -9 16 £450 -10.00% 9
West Yorkshire -9 10 £358 -10.62% 5
Hampshire -17 10 £260 -25.71% 2
Guildford - 10 £233 -
Leeds +2 9 £358 -10.62% 4
Birmingham -6 9 £130 -52.72% 1
East Midlands -8 9 £345 +392.85% 5
Edinburgh -2 8 £450 -10.00% 5
Manchester -6 8 £356 -28.75% 3
East of England -38 8 £458 +38.63% 5
Sheffield +11 7 £310 -31.11%
South Yorkshire +4 7 £310 -38.00%
Glasgow -8 7 £475 +46.15% 3
Cheshire +6 6 £325 -30.10% 6
Slough 0 6 £216 -
Bedfordshire -13 6 £520 -9.56%
Staffordshire - 6 £325 -
Portsmouth - 6 £260 - 2
Stoke-on-Trent - 6 £325 -

Back Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 October 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.

1 357 (32.43%) Finance
2 278 (25.25%) Banking
3 268 (24.34%) SQL
4 213 (19.35%) Front Office
5 206 (18.71%) Agile Software Development
6 176 (15.99%) SQL Server
7 169 (15.35%) .NET
8 160 (14.53%) C#
9 151 (13.71%) Oracle
10 146 (13.26%) Windows
11 139 (12.62%) Project Management
11 139 (12.62%) Investment Banking
12 136 (12.35%) Microsoft
13 128 (11.63%) Business Analysis
14 108 (9.81%) Java
14 108 (9.81%) Scrum
15 106 (9.63%) Derivative
16 102 (9.26%) Retail
17 94 (8.54%) MS Excel
18 81 (7.36%) User Acceptance Testing
18 81 (7.36%) Analytical Skills
19 79 (7.18%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
20 76 (6.90%) ERP
20 76 (6.90%) MS Office
20 76 (6.90%) Security Cleared
21 73 (6.63%) Degree
21 73 (6.63%) ASP.NET
22 67 (6.09%) HTML
23 66 (5.99%) Workflow
23 66 (5.99%) SC Cleared

Back Office
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 October 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 33 (3.00%) SharePoint
2 19 (1.73%) MS Exchange
3 18 (1.63%) WebSphere
4 16 (1.45%) IIS
5 12 (1.09%) IBM Notes
6 10 (0.91%) WebSphere Application Server
6 10 (0.91%) SharePoint 2010
7 9 (0.82%) Elasticsearch
7 9 (0.82%) Oracle Workflow
7 9 (0.82%) Apache
8 8 (0.73%) CMS
8 8 (0.73%) K2 blackpearl
9 7 (0.64%) JBoss
10 6 (0.54%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 6 (0.54%) WebLogic
10 6 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2010
10 6 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2007
10 6 (0.54%) nginx
11 5 (0.45%) WordPress
11 5 (0.45%) TIBCO EMS
Applications
1 94 (8.54%) MS Excel
2 76 (6.90%) MS Office
3 33 (3.00%) MS Visio
4 29 (2.63%) MS Project
5 16 (1.45%) MS PowerPoint
6 7 (0.64%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.091%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.091%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.091%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.091%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 27 (2.45%) Oracle EBS
2 23 (2.09%) Oracle Retail
3 11 (1.00%) Oracle Applications
4 10 (0.91%) Oracle EBS R12
5 9 (0.82%) Markit EDM
6 7 (0.64%) Dynamics CRM
7 6 (0.54%) SunGard GMI
8 5 (0.45%) Endur
9 4 (0.36%) SunGard Martini
9 4 (0.36%) Global One
10 3 (0.27%) Oracle ERP
10 3 (0.27%) Agresso
10 3 (0.27%) SAP ERP
10 3 (0.27%) SAP HCM
10 3 (0.27%) Aligne
11 2 (0.18%) SunGard Stream Clearvision
11 2 (0.18%) IntelliMatch
11 2 (0.18%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
11 2 (0.18%) TIBCO iProcess
11 2 (0.18%) Eagle PACE
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (0.36%) SaaS
3 3 (0.27%) Google Apps
3 3 (0.27%) IaaS
4 2 (0.18%) PaaS
4 2 (0.18%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.091%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.091%) Force.com
5 1 (0.091%) Office 365
5 1 (0.091%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 25 (2.27%) TCP/IP
1 25 (2.27%) SAN
2 22 (2.00%) Internet
3 21 (1.91%) Firewall
4 19 (1.73%) LAN
5 18 (1.63%) 3G
6 17 (1.54%) DNS
7 16 (1.45%) 4G
8 14 (1.27%) LTE
8 14 (1.27%) WAN
8 14 (1.27%) Ethernet
9 12 (1.09%) Radio Access Network
9 12 (1.09%) 2G
10 10 (0.91%) Cisco IOS
10 10 (0.91%) DHCP
11 8 (0.73%) VPN
11 8 (0.73%) Cisco ASA
12 7 (0.64%) Wireless
13 6 (0.54%) HTTP
13 6 (0.54%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 176 (15.99%) SQL Server
2 37 (3.36%) SQL Server 2008
3 24 (2.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 24 (2.18%) MySQL
4 23 (2.09%) Oracle Database
5 21 (1.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 20 (1.82%) SQL Server 2005
7 19 (1.73%) Relational Database
8 17 (1.54%) Data Warehouse
9 12 (1.09%) SQL Server 2012
10 11 (1.00%) FileMaker
11 8 (0.73%) MS Access
12 7 (0.64%) Oracle Reports
12 7 (0.64%) Oracle Database 10g
12 7 (0.64%) Data Mining
12 7 (0.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 6 (0.54%) PostgreSQL
14 5 (0.45%) RDBMS
14 5 (0.45%) DB2
15 2 (0.18%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 28 (2.54%) Team Foundation Server
2 21 (1.91%) Visual Studio
3 16 (1.45%) Jenkins
4 12 (1.09%) JIRA
5 11 (1.00%) Subversion
6 10 (0.91%) Selenium
7 9 (0.82%) Eclipse
8 7 (0.64%) JUnit
8 7 (0.64%) Maven
9 5 (0.45%) Git (software)
9 5 (0.45%) Serena SBM
10 4 (0.36%) TestDirector
11 3 (0.27%) NUnit
11 3 (0.27%) CruiseControl
11 3 (0.27%) ProC
11 3 (0.27%) Xcode
11 3 (0.27%) ClearCase
12 2 (0.18%) Jasmine
12 2 (0.18%) Karma Test Runner
12 2 (0.18%) FitNesse
General
1 357 (32.43%) Finance
2 278 (25.25%) Banking
3 213 (19.35%) Front Office
4 139 (12.62%) Investment Banking
5 102 (9.26%) Retail
6 45 (4.09%) Telecoms
7 18 (1.63%) French Language
8 17 (1.54%) Legal
8 17 (1.54%) Retail Banking
9 11 (1.00%) Billing
9 11 (1.00%) Games
10 10 (0.91%) Marketing
11 8 (0.73%) Manufacturing
12 7 (0.64%) General Ledger
13 6 (0.54%) Local Government
13 6 (0.54%) Financial Institution
14 5 (0.45%) Pharmaceutical
15 3 (0.27%) Advertising
15 3 (0.27%) Corporate Banking
15 3 (0.27%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 346 (31.43%) Analyst
2 232 (21.07%) Developer
3 220 (19.98%) Business Analyst
4 129 (11.72%) Project Manager
5 84 (7.63%) .NET Developer
6 61 (5.54%) Consultant
7 52 (4.72%) Applications Support
8 47 (4.27%) Support Analyst
9 44 (4.00%) Java Developer
10 43 (3.91%) SQL Developer
11 42 (3.81%) Architect
12 39 (3.54%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
13 36 (3.27%) C# Developer
14 35 (3.18%) Banking Business Analyst
15 33 (3.00%) Senior Developer
16 24 (2.18%) Support Technician
17 23 (2.09%) Applications Support Analyst
18 21 (1.91%) Oracle Consultant
18 21 (1.91%) Back Office Engineer
19 20 (1.82%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 169 (15.35%) .NET
2 73 (6.63%) ASP.NET
3 67 (6.09%) HTML
4 56 (5.09%) XML
5 55 (5.00%) Web Services
6 38 (3.45%) ASP.NET MVC
7 36 (3.27%) DOM
8 35 (3.18%) .NET Framework
9 32 (2.91%) Spring
10 31 (2.82%) CSS
11 27 (2.45%) WCF
12 23 (2.09%) jQuery
12 23 (2.09%) XSLT
13 22 (2.00%) J2EE
14 19 (1.73%) WPF
15 18 (1.63%) HTML5
16 17 (1.54%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
16 17 (1.54%) ASP.NET MVC 4
16 17 (1.54%) Hibernate
17 16 (1.45%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 106 (9.63%) Derivative
2 81 (7.36%) Analytical Skills
3 79 (7.18%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 46 (4.18%) Fixed Income
5 37 (3.36%) Management Information System
6 30 (2.72%) Blackberry
7 29 (2.63%) Credit Risk
8 27 (2.45%) Equities
9 23 (2.09%) Credit Derivative
10 22 (2.00%) User Experience
11 21 (1.91%) Open Source
12 20 (1.82%) SWIFT
13 17 (1.54%) Market Risk
14 15 (1.36%) Mobile App
14 15 (1.36%) Enterprise Software
15 14 (1.27%) Equity Derivative
15 14 (1.27%) Computer Science
16 10 (0.91%) EPoS
17 9 (0.82%) Social Media
17 9 (0.82%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 146 (13.26%) Windows
2 50 (4.54%) UNIX
3 47 (4.27%) Windows 7
4 39 (3.54%) Windows XP
5 26 (2.36%) Windows Server 2003
6 24 (2.18%) Windows Server 2008
7 22 (2.00%) Linux
8 10 (0.91%) Mac OS X Server
9 9 (0.82%) Windows 2000
10 8 (0.73%) Windows Server 2012
11 5 (0.45%) Android
12 3 (0.27%) Apple iOS
12 3 (0.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (0.27%) Solaris
13 2 (0.18%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.091%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.091%) Windows 2000 Server
14 1 (0.091%) HPUX
14 1 (0.091%) OS/400
14 1 (0.091%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 206 (18.71%) Agile Software Development
2 139 (12.62%) Project Management
3 128 (11.63%) Business Analysis
4 108 (9.81%) Scrum
5 81 (7.36%) User Acceptance Testing
6 76 (6.90%) ERP
7 66 (5.99%) Workflow
8 62 (5.63%) Migration
9 61 (5.54%) PRINCE2
10 56 (5.09%) TDD
10 56 (5.09%) Continuous Integration
11 55 (5.00%) ITIL
12 52 (4.72%) Unit Testing
13 50 (4.54%) Change Management
14 49 (4.45%) E-Commerce
14 49 (4.45%) Stakeholder Management
15 46 (4.18%) OO
16 45 (4.09%) Risk Management
17 43 (3.91%) CRM
18 42 (3.81%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 268 (24.34%) SQL
2 160 (14.53%) C#
3 108 (9.81%) Java
4 65 (5.90%) JavaScript
5 38 (3.45%) T-SQL
6 29 (2.63%) VB
7 27 (2.45%) VB.NET
8 23 (2.09%) Shell Script
9 21 (1.91%) Python
10 20 (1.82%) C++
10 20 (1.82%) PL/SQL
11 18 (1.63%) C
12 16 (1.45%) Bash Shell
13 13 (1.18%) PHP
14 12 (1.09%) VBScript
15 10 (0.91%) VBA
15 10 (0.91%) Perl
16 9 (0.82%) PowerShell
16 9 (0.82%) Scala
17 6 (0.54%) Korn
Qualifications
1 76 (6.90%) Security Cleared
2 73 (6.63%) Degree
3 66 (5.99%) SC Cleared
4 14 (1.27%) Microsoft Certification
4 14 (1.27%) ITIL Certification
5 11 (1.00%) PMI Certification
5 11 (1.00%) ISEB
6 9 (0.82%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 8 (0.73%) PMP
7 8 (0.73%) Cisco Certification
7 8 (0.73%) MCSE
8 7 (0.64%) ISTQB
9 4 (0.36%) CTC Cleared
9 4 (0.36%) MCP
9 4 (0.36%) A+ Certification
10 3 (0.27%) MCITP
10 3 (0.27%) Six Sigma Black Belt
11 2 (0.18%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 2 (0.18%) HNC
11 2 (0.18%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (3.18%) QA
2 33 (3.00%) SLA
3 18 (1.63%) EMIR
4 12 (1.09%) Dodd-Frank
5 7 (0.64%) ISO 9001
6 5 (0.45%) PCI DSS
7 4 (0.36%) Data Quality
8 3 (0.27%) MiFID
9 2 (0.18%) Basel III
9 2 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.091%) ISO 14001
10 1 (0.091%) ISO 8583
10 1 (0.091%) GxP
10 1 (0.091%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.091%) COREP
System Software
1 43 (3.91%) Active Directory
2 15 (1.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (0.91%) XenApp
4 6 (0.54%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 6 (0.54%) VMware ESX
5 5 (0.45%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (0.36%) ISA Server
6 4 (0.36%) XenDesktop
7 3 (0.27%) ProxySG
8 2 (0.18%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
8 2 (0.18%) NDS
8 2 (0.18%) Oracle RAC
8 2 (0.18%) vSphere
9 1 (0.091%) GridGain
9 1 (0.091%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 1 (0.091%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.091%) SRDF
9 1 (0.091%) XenServer
9 1 (0.091%) NFS
9 1 (0.091%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 25 (2.27%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (1.00%) SCCM
3 6 (0.54%) Puppet
3 6 (0.54%) Vagrant
3 6 (0.54%) Opscode Chef
4 5 (0.45%) DameWare
5 4 (0.36%) OVSD
5 4 (0.36%) OpenView
5 4 (0.36%) Tivoli
6 3 (0.27%) Control-M
7 2 (0.18%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 2 (0.18%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 2 (0.18%) BMC Marimba
7 2 (0.18%) TIBCO Hawk
7 2 (0.18%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (0.18%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 2 (0.18%) Cisco CUCM
7 2 (0.18%) FortiGate
8 1 (0.091%) ITRS Geneos
8 1 (0.091%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 151 (13.71%) Oracle
2 136 (12.35%) Microsoft
3 47 (4.27%) SAP
4 39 (3.54%) HP
5 38 (3.45%) Citrix
6 25 (2.27%) VMware
7 24 (2.18%) Nokia
7 24 (2.18%) Cisco
8 23 (2.09%) Ericsson
9 21 (1.91%) Sybase
10 19 (1.73%) Murex
11 17 (1.54%) CheckPoint
12 15 (1.36%) Apple
12 15 (1.36%) SunGard
12 15 (1.36%) IBM
13 14 (1.27%) Huawei
13 14 (1.27%) Charles River
13 14 (1.27%) NEC
14 13 (1.18%) Calypso
15 12 (1.09%) Lotus
Bristol, Avon
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £450.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Taunton, Somerset
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £330 Per Day Ltd Co Basis
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Aston Carter
Rate: £500 - £650 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £500.00 - £600.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £500 - £600 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £410 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Oxford
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
West Sussex
Comtecs
Rate: £425 - £450 Per Day
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £250 to £300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Docklands
CPS Group
Rate: £399 - £400 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
City of London
Austin Fraser Limited
Rate: NEG
Posted: 11 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: £400 - £425 per day + competitive
Posted: 17 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 18 days ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 18 days ago
Docklands
iKonnect
Rate: £500 - £615 per day
Posted: 23 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 24 days ago
London
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: £400 - 450 per day
Posted: 24 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 24 days ago
Nottingham
Mint Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 24 days ago