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 15 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
15 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Back Office
Rank 224 143 143
Rank change year-on-year
-81 0
Contract jobs citing Back Office 555 817 830
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.97% 1.55% 1.41%
As % of the General category 2.50% 3.64% 3.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 351 516 487
Average daily rate
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£450 £460 £500
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.17% -8.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £650 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £373
% change year-on-year
- -6.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 14 16
Average hourly rate £13.50 £35.00 £32.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-61.42% +8.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.55 £14.00 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £88.50 £53.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £12.75 £35.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
-63.57% -2.77%

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
22174 22437 26103
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.67% 42.43% 44.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 13524 13946 15468
Average daily rate £430 £450 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.44% +5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £625 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £396 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+4.21% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 525 597 752
Average hourly rate £21.50 £21.57 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.30% -13.74%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £45.00 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.00 £21.00 £28.50
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -26.31%

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 15 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 15 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 15 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 -75 525 £450 -2.70% 180
London -50 338 £500 - 108
City of London -33 89 £498 +4.73% 47
South East -84 72 £388 +14.81% 27
South West -18 36 £400 +9.58% 8
Berkshire -63 25 £400 +33.33% 7
Yorkshire +9 23 £325 -20.00% 8
North West +7 21 £325 -35.00% 14
Somerset +4 19 £400 +18.95%
Buckinghamshire +12 16 £425 -
Scotland -4 16 £475 +8.57% 10
West Midlands -29 16 £325 - 5
Surrey +11 13 £375 +10.70% 2
Hampshire -9 13 £260 -25.71% 10
Milton Keynes +15 12 £425 -
East of England -33 12 £334 -11.00% 6
West Yorkshire +2 11 £350 -16.41% 4
Manchester -3 10 £473 -5.45% 9
Leeds +15 9 £365 -8.75% 3
Cheshire +11 9 £325 - 5
Birmingham -8 9 £300 -3.61% 2
Edinburgh -8 8 £500 +14.28% 7
Reading -31 8 £400 +50.94% 7
Glasgow -11 7 £450 +350.00% 2
East Midlands -12 7 £531 +658.92% 2
Wiltshire - 7 £393 - 2
Staffordshire - 7 £325 -
Swindon - 7 £393 - 1
Stoke-on-Trent - 6 £325 -
Sheffield +10 5 £300 -33.33% 2

Back Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 15 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.

1 390 (33.11%) Finance
2 304 (25.81%) Banking
3 268 (22.75%) SQL
4 254 (21.56%) Front Office
5 221 (18.76%) Agile Software Development
6 180 (15.28%) SQL Server
7 177 (15.03%) .NET
8 176 (14.94%) Windows
9 172 (14.60%) C#
10 158 (13.41%) Microsoft
11 157 (13.33%) Project Management
12 156 (13.24%) Oracle
13 151 (12.82%) Investment Banking
14 130 (11.04%) Business Analysis
15 125 (10.61%) Derivative
16 122 (10.36%) Scrum
17 116 (9.85%) Java
18 99 (8.40%) Retail
19 97 (8.23%) Workflow
20 96 (8.15%) MS Excel
20 96 (8.15%) Security Cleared
21 95 (8.06%) User Acceptance Testing
21 95 (8.06%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
22 89 (7.56%) Analytical Skills
23 83 (7.05%) ERP
23 83 (7.05%) SC Cleared
24 81 (6.88%) Degree
24 81 (6.88%) TDD
25 77 (6.54%) PRINCE2
25 77 (6.54%) ITIL

Back Office
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 15 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 (3.40%) SharePoint
2 21 (1.78%) MS Exchange
2 21 (1.78%) IIS
3 14 (1.19%) WebSphere
3 14 (1.19%) SharePoint 2010
4 11 (0.93%) Oracle Workflow
4 11 (0.93%) Apache
4 11 (0.93%) Elasticsearch
5 10 (0.85%) WebSphere Application Server
6 8 (0.68%) IBM Notes
6 8 (0.68%) CMS
6 8 (0.68%) K2 blackpearl
7 6 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2010
7 6 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2007
7 6 (0.51%) WebLogic
7 6 (0.51%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 5 (0.42%) Tomcat
8 5 (0.42%) MQSeries
8 5 (0.42%) AquaLogic
8 5 (0.42%) TIBCO EMS
Applications
1 96 (8.15%) MS Excel
2 76 (6.45%) MS Office
3 32 (2.72%) MS Visio
4 29 (2.46%) MS Project
5 23 (1.95%) 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 25 (2.12%) Oracle EBS
2 22 (1.87%) Oracle Retail
3 14 (1.19%) Markit EDM
3 14 (1.19%) Oracle Applications
4 12 (1.02%) Oracle EBS R12
5 9 (0.76%) Endur
6 6 (0.51%) SunGard GMI
7 5 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
8 4 (0.34%) Temenos Globus
8 4 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
8 4 (0.34%) Aligne
9 3 (0.25%) Algo Collateral
9 3 (0.25%) Temenos T24
9 3 (0.25%) SimCorp Dimension
9 3 (0.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 3 (0.25%) Dynamics AX
9 3 (0.25%) SAP ERP
9 3 (0.25%) Agresso
10 2 (0.17%) BusinessWorks
10 2 (0.17%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 13 (1.10%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (0.51%) SaaS
3 4 (0.34%) GitHub
4 3 (0.25%) IaaS
4 3 (0.25%) PaaS
5 2 (0.17%) Google Apps
5 2 (0.17%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.17%) Force.com
6 1 (0.085%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 24 (2.04%) LAN
2 23 (1.95%) SAN
2 23 (1.95%) Firewall
3 19 (1.61%) DNS
3 19 (1.61%) Internet
4 17 (1.44%) WAN
5 16 (1.36%) TCP/IP
6 14 (1.19%) 3G
7 12 (1.02%) DHCP
7 12 (1.02%) Cisco IOS
7 12 (1.02%) LTE
7 12 (1.02%) 4G
8 11 (0.93%) 2G
9 10 (0.85%) VPN
10 8 (0.68%) Ethernet
10 8 (0.68%) ATM
11 7 (0.59%) GGSN
11 7 (0.59%) SGSN
11 7 (0.59%) Wireless
11 7 (0.59%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 180 (15.28%) SQL Server
2 36 (3.06%) SQL Server 2008
3 25 (2.12%) Oracle Database
4 21 (1.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 18 (1.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 18 (1.53%) Relational Database
6 17 (1.44%) SQL Server 2005
7 15 (1.27%) MySQL
7 15 (1.27%) Data Warehouse
8 11 (0.93%) SQL Server 2012
9 10 (0.85%) Data Mining
10 9 (0.76%) MS Access
11 8 (0.68%) Oracle Reports
12 7 (0.59%) Oracle Database 10g
13 6 (0.51%) RDBMS
14 5 (0.42%) PostgreSQL
14 5 (0.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 4 (0.34%) Crystal Reports
16 2 (0.17%) DB2
16 2 (0.17%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 27 (2.29%) Jenkins
2 25 (2.12%) Team Foundation Server
2 25 (2.12%) Visual Studio
3 14 (1.19%) JIRA
3 14 (1.19%) Selenium
4 10 (0.85%) Serena SBM
5 8 (0.68%) Maven
6 7 (0.59%) Git (software)
6 7 (0.59%) JUnit
6 7 (0.59%) Grunt
6 7 (0.59%) Jasmine
7 6 (0.51%) Karma Test Runner
8 5 (0.42%) Eclipse
9 4 (0.34%) Subversion
9 4 (0.34%) Xcode
10 3 (0.25%) ProC
10 3 (0.25%) Behat
11 2 (0.17%) FitNesse
11 2 (0.17%) Toad
11 2 (0.17%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 390 (33.11%) Finance
2 304 (25.81%) Banking
3 254 (21.56%) Front Office
4 151 (12.82%) Investment Banking
5 99 (8.40%) Retail
6 37 (3.14%) Telecoms
7 25 (2.12%) Billing
8 22 (1.87%) Legal
9 21 (1.78%) French Language
10 19 (1.61%) Retail Banking
11 12 (1.02%) Financial Institution
11 12 (1.02%) Games
12 11 (0.93%) Marketing
12 11 (0.93%) General Ledger
13 7 (0.59%) Manufacturing
14 6 (0.51%) Advertising
15 4 (0.34%) Publishing
15 4 (0.34%) Local Government
15 4 (0.34%) Corporate Banking
15 4 (0.34%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 357 (30.31%) Analyst
2 238 (20.20%) Developer
3 228 (19.35%) Business Analyst
4 137 (11.63%) Project Manager
5 77 (6.54%) .NET Developer
6 61 (5.18%) Consultant
7 59 (5.01%) Applications Support
8 52 (4.41%) Architect
9 42 (3.57%) Support Analyst
10 41 (3.48%) Java Developer
11 38 (3.23%) C# Developer
11 38 (3.23%) SQL Developer
12 36 (3.06%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
13 34 (2.89%) Banking Business Analyst
14 33 (2.80%) Senior Developer
15 32 (2.72%) Support Engineer
16 28 (2.38%) Programme Manager
17 23 (1.95%) Solutions Architect
17 23 (1.95%) Applications Support Analyst
18 22 (1.87%) Oracle Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 177 (15.03%) .NET
2 69 (5.86%) ASP.NET
3 65 (5.52%) HTML
4 61 (5.18%) XML
5 50 (4.24%) Web Services
6 36 (3.06%) .NET Framework
6 36 (3.06%) DOM
6 36 (3.06%) ASP.NET MVC
7 34 (2.89%) CSS
8 33 (2.80%) WCF
9 30 (2.55%) Spring
10 27 (2.29%) J2EE
10 27 (2.29%) jQuery
11 23 (1.95%) HTML5
11 23 (1.95%) XSLT
12 21 (1.78%) WPF
13 19 (1.61%) WinForms
14 17 (1.44%) Middleware
15 16 (1.36%) JMS
15 16 (1.36%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 125 (10.61%) Derivative
2 95 (8.06%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 89 (7.56%) Analytical Skills
4 64 (5.43%) Fixed Income
5 59 (5.01%) Management Information System
6 41 (3.48%) Equities
7 35 (2.97%) Open Source
8 27 (2.29%) Credit Risk
9 25 (2.12%) Enterprise Software
9 25 (2.12%) Blackberry
10 24 (2.04%) Statistics
11 23 (1.95%) Credit Derivative
11 23 (1.95%) User Experience
12 20 (1.70%) N-Tier
13 18 (1.53%) SWIFT
14 17 (1.44%) Equity Derivative
15 16 (1.36%) Computer Science
16 15 (1.27%) Market Risk
17 13 (1.10%) Mobile App
18 11 (0.93%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 176 (14.94%) Windows
2 61 (5.18%) Windows 7
3 58 (4.92%) UNIX
4 44 (3.74%) Windows XP
5 27 (2.29%) Windows Server 2003
6 21 (1.78%) Windows Server 2008
7 12 (1.02%) Linux
8 10 (0.85%) Windows 2000
9 7 (0.59%) Windows Server 2012
10 6 (0.51%) Solaris
11 5 (0.42%) Apple iOS
11 5 (0.42%) Android
12 3 (0.25%) Windows CE
12 3 (0.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.085%) Debian
13 1 (0.085%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.085%) Windows 2000 Server
13 1 (0.085%) HPUX
13 1 (0.085%) OS/400
Processes & Methodologies
1 221 (18.76%) Agile Software Development
2 157 (13.33%) Project Management
3 130 (11.04%) Business Analysis
4 122 (10.36%) Scrum
5 97 (8.23%) Workflow
6 95 (8.06%) User Acceptance Testing
7 83 (7.05%) ERP
8 81 (6.88%) TDD
9 77 (6.54%) ITIL
9 77 (6.54%) PRINCE2
10 75 (6.37%) Change Management
11 65 (5.52%) Continuous Integration
12 62 (5.26%) OO
12 62 (5.26%) CRM
13 58 (4.92%) Migration
14 57 (4.84%) Unit Testing
15 52 (4.41%) Risk Management
16 48 (4.07%) Investment Management
17 46 (3.90%) Stakeholder Management
17 46 (3.90%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 268 (22.75%) SQL
2 172 (14.60%) C#
3 116 (9.85%) Java
4 66 (5.60%) JavaScript
5 35 (2.97%) T-SQL
6 34 (2.89%) VB
7 29 (2.46%) Python
8 27 (2.29%) VB.NET
9 26 (2.21%) C++
10 24 (2.04%) Shell Script
11 23 (1.95%) PL/SQL
12 20 (1.70%) C
13 19 (1.61%) PHP
14 14 (1.19%) Bash Shell
15 13 (1.10%) Scala
15 13 (1.10%) VBA
16 9 (0.76%) PowerShell
17 8 (0.68%) Perl
18 6 (0.51%) VBScript
18 6 (0.51%) Korn
Qualifications
1 96 (8.15%) Security Cleared
2 83 (7.05%) SC Cleared
3 81 (6.88%) Degree
4 26 (2.21%) Microsoft Certification
5 20 (1.70%) MCP
6 18 (1.53%) PMI Certification
7 17 (1.44%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 15 (1.27%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 15 (1.27%) PMP
8 15 (1.27%) ISEB
9 12 (1.02%) ITIL Certification
10 7 (0.59%) ISTQB
10 7 (0.59%) Cisco Certification
10 7 (0.59%) MCSE
11 4 (0.34%) A+ Certification
11 4 (0.34%) Six Sigma Black Belt
11 4 (0.34%) CTC Cleared
12 2 (0.17%) Six Sigma Green Belt
12 2 (0.17%) MCITP
12 2 (0.17%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 52 (4.41%) QA
2 39 (3.31%) SLA
3 34 (2.89%) EMIR
4 27 (2.29%) Dodd-Frank
5 6 (0.51%) MiFID
6 5 (0.42%) PCI DSS
6 5 (0.42%) ISO 9001
7 4 (0.34%) Data Quality
8 3 (0.25%) Basel III
9 2 (0.17%) COREP
10 1 (0.085%) FINREP
10 1 (0.085%) AIFMD
10 1 (0.085%) FATCA
10 1 (0.085%) GCP
10 1 (0.085%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.085%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.085%) ISO 14001
10 1 (0.085%) ISO 8583
10 1 (0.085%) WAI
10 1 (0.085%) CRD IV
System Software
1 53 (4.50%) Active Directory
2 28 (2.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (0.51%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 6 (0.51%) XenApp
3 6 (0.51%) ISA Server
4 5 (0.42%) VMware ESX
5 4 (0.34%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (0.25%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.17%) NDS
7 2 (0.17%) vSphere
7 2 (0.17%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.085%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.085%) SRDF
8 1 (0.085%) NFS
8 1 (0.085%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.085%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
8 1 (0.085%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 19 (1.61%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (1.02%) SCCM
3 7 (0.59%) DameWare
4 6 (0.51%) OVSD
4 6 (0.51%) OpenView
5 5 (0.42%) Puppet
5 5 (0.42%) Vagrant
5 5 (0.42%) Opscode Chef
6 4 (0.34%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 3 (0.25%) Tivoli
7 3 (0.25%) Control-M
8 2 (0.17%) BMC Marimba
8 2 (0.17%) TIBCO Hawk
8 2 (0.17%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (0.17%) Cisco CUCM
9 1 (0.085%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 1 (0.085%) ITRS Geneos
9 1 (0.085%) Cisco Prime
9 1 (0.085%) Pingdom
9 1 (0.085%) Kibana
Vendors
1 158 (13.41%) Microsoft
2 156 (13.24%) Oracle
3 51 (4.33%) SAP
4 40 (3.40%) HP
4 40 (3.40%) VMware
5 32 (2.72%) Citrix
6 24 (2.04%) Cisco
6 24 (2.04%) Murex
7 22 (1.87%) Charles River
8 20 (1.70%) Calypso
9 19 (1.61%) CheckPoint
10 16 (1.36%) Sybase
10 16 (1.36%) Nokia
11 15 (1.27%) IBM
12 14 (1.19%) Bloomberg
13 13 (1.10%) Huawei
14 12 (1.02%) Reuters
15 11 (0.93%) JBoss
15 11 (0.93%) Ericsson
16 10 (0.85%) SunGard
City of London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £450.00 - £479.00 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £600 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Aston Carter
Rate: £550 - £700 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: £Market Rates
Posted: 3 days ago
Scotland
Initi8 Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £500 Per Day
Posted: 3 days ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £425 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: £320 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Romford, Essex
Keystream Resources Limited
Rate: From £200 to £250 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Knowle, Sidmouth, Devon, South West
East Devon Disctrict Council
Rate: £25,727 per annum, plus market supplement of £3,801 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
JM
Rate: £400 - £600 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Red10
Rate: £800 - £900 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £280 - £340 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £500.00 - £700.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £30000 - £32700 per annum + benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 6 days ago
South West London
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £142 Per Day Ltd Co/Umbrella basis
Posted: 6 days ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Advanced Resource Managers
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 6 days ago
Luton
Interquest - IQ ESM
Rate: £520 per day
Posted: 6 days ago