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 August 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 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Back Office
Rank 204 141 138
Rank change year-on-year
-63 -3
Contract jobs citing Back Office 572 780 846
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.03% 1.47% 1.44%
As % of the General category 2.67% 3.42% 3.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 380 492 502
Average daily rate
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£450 £463 £500
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.70% -7.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £250 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £675 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £364 £375
% change year-on-year
-9.27% -3.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 12 16
Average hourly rate £17.50 £26.71 £26.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-34.48% +1.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £11.30 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.75 £89.50 £65.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £32.50 £33.75
% change year-on-year
-50.76% -3.70%

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
21410 22807 26188
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.64% 42.88% 44.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 13177 14097 15580
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 £269 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £625 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+0.64% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 526 606 744
Average hourly rate £20.75 £22.50 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.77% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.65 £12.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £44.62 £48.54
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.00 £22.50 £28.50
% change year-on-year
-2.22% -21.05%

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 August 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 August 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 August 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 -55 541 £450 -3.22% 159
London -34 353 £500 - 98
City of London -23 94 £500 +5.26% 46
South East -59 67 £424 +21.07% 19
South West -11 39 £375 +2.73% 10
West Midlands -10 25 £325 -2.98% 1
North West +6 24 £325 +8.33% 11
Berkshire -57 23 £488 +58.53% 3
Yorkshire +3 20 £325 -20.00% 8
Scotland -11 17 £450 +2.85% 9
Surrey +7 15 £399 +13.52% 2
Manchester -3 14 £300 - 6
West Yorkshire +1 13 £350 -6.66% 5
Buckinghamshire +14 12 £425 - 1
Leeds +15 11 £358 -9.20% 5
Milton Keynes +15 10 £425 -
Cheshire +10 10 £325 - 5
Glasgow -3 10 £450 +350.00% 3
Hampshire -15 10 £260 -25.71% 4
Reading -16 9 £488 +61.15% 3
East of England -26 9 £313 -19.35% 9
Birmingham -1 8 £240 -28.35%
Staffordshire - 8 £325 -
Stoke-on-Trent - 7 £325 -
Wiltshire -9 6 £350 - 2
Edinburgh -15 6 £550 +25.71% 5
Swindon - 6 £350 - 1
Docklands, London +4 5 £600 +13.74%
East Midlands -3 4 £531 +672.72% 3
Devon -7 4 £450 - 1

Back Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 August 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.

1 442 (34.67%) Finance
2 331 (25.96%) Banking
3 310 (24.31%) SQL
4 254 (19.92%) Front Office
5 196 (15.37%) .NET
6 194 (15.22%) SQL Server
7 187 (14.67%) C#
8 178 (13.96%) Windows
9 173 (13.57%) Investment Banking
10 162 (12.71%) Microsoft
11 161 (12.63%) Project Management
12 154 (12.08%) Oracle
13 149 (11.69%) Scrum
14 134 (10.51%) Derivative
15 129 (10.12%) Business Analysis
16 128 (10.04%) Java
17 111 (8.71%) Agile Software Development
18 109 (8.55%) User Acceptance Testing
18 109 (8.55%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
19 107 (8.39%) Workflow
20 105 (8.24%) Security Cleared
20 105 (8.24%) Retail
21 99 (7.76%) MS Excel
22 90 (7.06%) TDD
23 89 (6.98%) SC Cleared
24 88 (6.90%) Degree
24 88 (6.90%) PRINCE2
24 88 (6.90%) Change Management
25 87 (6.82%) ITIL
26 80 (6.27%) ASP.NET

Back Office
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 38 (2.98%) SharePoint
2 22 (1.73%) IIS
3 21 (1.65%) MS Exchange
4 15 (1.18%) Apache
5 14 (1.10%) WebSphere
6 12 (0.94%) SharePoint 2010
7 11 (0.86%) Elasticsearch
8 10 (0.78%) WebSphere Application Server
8 10 (0.78%) Oracle Workflow
9 9 (0.71%) CMS
10 8 (0.63%) K2 blackpearl
11 7 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2007
11 7 (0.55%) WebLogic
12 6 (0.47%) IBM Notes
12 6 (0.47%) AquaLogic
12 6 (0.47%) Oracle Service Bus
12 6 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2010
12 6 (0.47%) SharePoint 2013
13 5 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2013
13 5 (0.39%) nginx
Applications
1 99 (7.76%) MS Excel
2 74 (5.80%) MS Office
3 34 (2.67%) MS Visio
4 28 (2.20%) MS Project
5 27 (2.12%) MS PowerPoint
6 10 (0.78%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.47%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.078%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 22 (1.73%) Oracle Retail
2 21 (1.65%) Oracle EBS
3 14 (1.10%) Markit EDM
3 14 (1.10%) Oracle Applications
4 10 (0.78%) Oracle EBS R12
5 9 (0.71%) Endur
6 8 (0.63%) Temenos T24
7 7 (0.55%) Dynamics NAV
7 7 (0.55%) SunGard GMI
7 7 (0.55%) Summit
8 5 (0.39%) SAP ERP
8 5 (0.39%) Dynamics CRM
9 4 (0.31%) Temenos Globus
9 4 (0.31%) SimCorp Dimension
10 3 (0.24%) Algo Collateral
10 3 (0.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 3 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
10 3 (0.24%) Agresso
11 2 (0.16%) SAP FI
11 2 (0.16%) BusinessWorks
Cloud Services
1 13 (1.02%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (0.55%) SaaS
3 4 (0.31%) PaaS
3 4 (0.31%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (0.31%) IaaS
3 4 (0.31%) GitHub
4 2 (0.16%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (0.16%) Force.com
5 1 (0.078%) Google Apps
5 1 (0.078%) Office 365
5 1 (0.078%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 27 (2.12%) LAN
2 25 (1.96%) Firewall
3 20 (1.57%) WAN
4 19 (1.49%) SAN
5 18 (1.41%) DNS
6 17 (1.33%) Internet
7 12 (0.94%) 3G
7 12 (0.94%) Cisco IOS
8 11 (0.86%) TCP/IP
9 10 (0.78%) LTE
9 10 (0.78%) 4G
10 9 (0.71%) MGW
10 9 (0.71%) GGSN
10 9 (0.71%) SGSN
10 9 (0.71%) DHCP
11 8 (0.63%) VPN
11 8 (0.63%) 2G
11 8 (0.63%) Network Security
12 7 (0.55%) Wireless
12 7 (0.55%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 194 (15.22%) SQL Server
2 36 (2.82%) SQL Server 2008
3 29 (2.27%) Data Warehouse
4 26 (2.04%) Relational Database
5 24 (1.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 21 (1.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 19 (1.49%) Oracle Database
8 16 (1.25%) MySQL
9 15 (1.18%) SQL Server 2005
10 13 (1.02%) Data Mining
11 10 (0.78%) MS Access
11 10 (0.78%) SQL Server 2012
12 9 (0.71%) Oracle Reports
13 7 (0.55%) Oracle Database 10g
13 7 (0.55%) RDBMS
14 5 (0.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 5 (0.39%) PostgreSQL
15 4 (0.31%) Crystal Reports
15 4 (0.31%) Data Mart
16 3 (0.24%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 28 (2.20%) Team Foundation Server
2 27 (2.12%) Jenkins
3 25 (1.96%) Visual Studio
4 22 (1.73%) JIRA
5 18 (1.41%) Selenium
6 12 (0.94%) Maven
7 9 (0.71%) JUnit
8 8 (0.63%) Serena SBM
8 8 (0.63%) Git (software)
9 7 (0.55%) Jasmine
9 7 (0.55%) Grunt
9 7 (0.55%) Cucumber
10 6 (0.47%) FitNesse
10 6 (0.47%) Subversion
10 6 (0.47%) Karma Test Runner
11 4 (0.31%) Eclipse
11 4 (0.31%) Xcode
12 3 (0.24%) Behat
12 3 (0.24%) ProC
12 3 (0.24%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 442 (34.67%) Finance
2 331 (25.96%) Banking
3 254 (19.92%) Front Office
4 173 (13.57%) Investment Banking
5 105 (8.24%) Retail
6 45 (3.53%) Telecoms
7 33 (2.59%) Billing
8 21 (1.65%) French Language
8 21 (1.65%) Legal
9 18 (1.41%) Retail Banking
10 16 (1.25%) Financial Institution
11 15 (1.18%) Marketing
12 12 (0.94%) Games
13 11 (0.86%) General Ledger
14 9 (0.71%) International Banking
15 8 (0.63%) Publishing
16 6 (0.47%) Manufacturing
17 4 (0.31%) Advertising
17 4 (0.31%) Private Banking
18 3 (0.24%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 401 (31.45%) Analyst
2 259 (20.31%) Developer
3 248 (19.45%) Business Analyst
4 140 (10.98%) Project Manager
5 84 (6.59%) .NET Developer
6 58 (4.55%) Consultant
7 55 (4.31%) Architect
8 53 (4.16%) Applications Support
9 47 (3.69%) SQL Developer
10 46 (3.61%) Java Developer
11 40 (3.14%) Support Analyst
12 38 (2.98%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
13 37 (2.90%) Senior Developer
13 37 (2.90%) C# Developer
14 36 (2.82%) Support Engineer
15 35 (2.75%) Programme Manager
16 31 (2.43%) Banking Business Analyst
17 28 (2.20%) Test Analyst
18 24 (1.88%) Service Analyst
18 24 (1.88%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 196 (15.37%) .NET
2 80 (6.27%) ASP.NET
3 70 (5.49%) HTML
4 67 (5.25%) XML
5 60 (4.71%) Web Services
6 49 (3.84%) ASP.NET MVC
7 39 (3.06%) .NET Framework
8 37 (2.90%) Spring
8 37 (2.90%) J2EE
8 37 (2.90%) CSS
9 33 (2.59%) WCF
10 32 (2.51%) DOM
11 30 (2.35%) jQuery
12 24 (1.88%) HTML5
13 23 (1.80%) XSLT
14 22 (1.73%) WPF
15 20 (1.57%) Middleware
15 20 (1.57%) Hibernate
15 20 (1.57%) ASP.NET MVC 4
16 19 (1.49%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 134 (10.51%) Derivative
2 109 (8.55%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 78 (6.12%) Fixed Income
4 63 (4.94%) Management Information System
5 54 (4.24%) Equities
6 36 (2.82%) Open Source
7 30 (2.35%) Credit Risk
8 28 (2.20%) Statistics
9 27 (2.12%) Credit Derivative
10 21 (1.65%) Enterprise Software
10 21 (1.65%) Blackberry
11 18 (1.41%) N-Tier
11 18 (1.41%) Equity Derivative
12 17 (1.33%) Computer Science
13 16 (1.25%) Market Risk
13 16 (1.25%) SWIFT
14 12 (0.94%) Interest Rate Derivative
14 12 (0.94%) Reference Data
14 12 (0.94%) Mobile App
15 10 (0.78%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 178 (13.96%) Windows
2 66 (5.18%) UNIX
3 59 (4.63%) Windows 7
4 47 (3.69%) Windows XP
5 25 (1.96%) Windows Server 2003
6 22 (1.73%) Linux
7 19 (1.49%) Windows Server 2008
8 9 (0.71%) Windows 2000
9 8 (0.63%) Solaris
10 6 (0.47%) Apple iOS
11 4 (0.31%) Android
11 4 (0.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 4 (0.31%) Windows Server 2012
12 3 (0.24%) Windows CE
13 2 (0.16%) MVS
14 1 (0.078%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.078%) Windows 2000 Server
14 1 (0.078%) Debian
14 1 (0.078%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 161 (12.63%) Project Management
2 149 (11.69%) Scrum
3 129 (10.12%) Business Analysis
4 111 (8.71%) Agile Software Development
5 109 (8.55%) User Acceptance Testing
6 107 (8.39%) Workflow
7 90 (7.06%) TDD
8 88 (6.90%) PRINCE2
8 88 (6.90%) Change Management
9 87 (6.82%) ITIL
10 79 (6.20%) ERP
11 70 (5.49%) Continuous Integration
12 66 (5.18%) CRM
13 63 (4.94%) OO
13 63 (4.94%) Unit Testing
14 59 (4.63%) Migration
15 55 (4.31%) Data Analysis
16 54 (4.24%) Risk Management
17 53 (4.16%) Service Delivery
18 52 (4.08%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 310 (24.31%) SQL
2 187 (14.67%) C#
3 128 (10.04%) Java
4 75 (5.88%) JavaScript
5 41 (3.22%) T-SQL
6 29 (2.27%) VB
7 27 (2.12%) Python
8 26 (2.04%) VB.NET
9 25 (1.96%) Shell Script
10 24 (1.88%) C++
11 23 (1.80%) PL/SQL
12 22 (1.73%) PHP
13 20 (1.57%) C
14 17 (1.33%) VBA
15 13 (1.02%) Bash Shell
16 10 (0.78%) Scala
17 9 (0.71%) Perl
18 8 (0.63%) Korn
19 7 (0.55%) PowerShell
20 5 (0.39%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 105 (8.24%) Security Cleared
2 89 (6.98%) SC Cleared
3 88 (6.90%) Degree
4 31 (2.43%) ISEB
5 30 (2.35%) Microsoft Certification
6 25 (1.96%) MCP
7 23 (1.80%) PMI Certification
8 20 (1.57%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 19 (1.49%) PMP
10 16 (1.25%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 15 (1.18%) ISTQB
12 10 (0.78%) ITIL Certification
13 8 (0.63%) MCSE
13 8 (0.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 7 (0.55%) Cisco Certification
15 5 (0.39%) A+ Certification
16 4 (0.31%) Six Sigma Black Belt
16 4 (0.31%) CTC Cleared
17 2 (0.16%) HNC
17 2 (0.16%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 56 (4.39%) QA
2 36 (2.82%) EMIR
3 34 (2.67%) SLA
4 33 (2.59%) Dodd-Frank
5 7 (0.55%) MiFID
6 4 (0.31%) ISO 9001
6 4 (0.31%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.31%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.24%) Basel III
8 2 (0.16%) COREP
9 1 (0.078%) FATCA
9 1 (0.078%) P3O
9 1 (0.078%) AIFMD
9 1 (0.078%) FINREP
9 1 (0.078%) CRD IV
9 1 (0.078%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.078%) WAI
9 1 (0.078%) ISO 8583
9 1 (0.078%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.078%) GCP
System Software
1 57 (4.47%) Active Directory
2 30 (2.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (0.47%) ISA Server
4 5 (0.39%) XenApp
4 5 (0.39%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 3 (0.24%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (0.24%) vSphere
5 3 (0.24%) VMware ESX
5 3 (0.24%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.16%) NDS
6 2 (0.16%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.078%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.078%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 1 (0.078%) SRDF
7 1 (0.078%) ProxySG
7 1 (0.078%) Oracle RMAN
7 1 (0.078%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
7 1 (0.078%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.078%) NFS
Systems Management
1 24 (1.88%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (0.86%) SCCM
3 8 (0.63%) OpenView
4 7 (0.55%) DameWare
5 6 (0.47%) OVSD
6 5 (0.39%) Opscode Chef
6 5 (0.39%) Vagrant
6 5 (0.39%) Puppet
7 4 (0.31%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 4 (0.31%) Tivoli
8 3 (0.24%) Control-M
9 2 (0.16%) TIBCO Hawk
9 2 (0.16%) Norton AntiVirus
9 2 (0.16%) BMC Marimba
9 2 (0.16%) ServiceCenter
9 2 (0.16%) Cisco CUCM
10 1 (0.078%) Cisco Prime
10 1 (0.078%) Kibana
10 1 (0.078%) Pingdom
10 1 (0.078%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 162 (12.71%) Microsoft
2 154 (12.08%) Oracle
3 48 (3.76%) SAP
4 42 (3.29%) HP
5 41 (3.22%) VMware
6 28 (2.20%) Murex
7 26 (2.04%) Cisco
7 26 (2.04%) Citrix
8 24 (1.88%) Charles River
9 23 (1.80%) Calypso
10 22 (1.73%) CheckPoint
11 19 (1.49%) Bloomberg
12 17 (1.33%) Sybase
13 15 (1.18%) Nokia
14 14 (1.10%) Remedy
14 14 (1.10%) Reuters
14 14 (1.10%) IBM
15 12 (0.94%) Business Objects
15 12 (0.94%) JBoss
15 12 (0.94%) Fidessa
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £600 - £800 per day
Posted: 30 minutes ago
London
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 38 minutes ago
City, London
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
London
Elevate Direct
Rate: Unspecified - negotiable dependent on experience
Posted: 17 hours ago
City, London
I.T. Skillfinder
Rate: £400 - £550 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
East Riding
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 20 hours ago
London
Aston Carter
Rate: £650 - £750 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £500 - £700 per day
Posted: Yesterday
South East London
Forman Computer Staff
Rate: From £350 to £375 per day DOE
Posted: Yesterday
London
Verticality Ltd
Rate: £300 to £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Roc Search
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
I.T. Skillfinder
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Taunton, Somerset
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 Per Day Rate DOE Ltd Co Basis
Posted: 4 days ago
Essex
Aquent
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
South West London
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £108 Per Day Ltd Co/umbrella basis
Posted: 4 days ago
Croydon, Surrey
Think IT Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £200.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £380 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago