The table below looks at the statistics for Benchmarking skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Benchmarking over the 3 months to 6 May 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
6 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Benchmarking
Rank 522 503 495
Rank change year-on-year
-19 -8
Contract jobs citing Benchmarking 90 91 57
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.16% 0.17% 0.12%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.21% 0.23% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 49 36
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£380 £400 £324
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% +23.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £293 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £375 £270
% change year-on-year
-6.66% +38.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 3 3
Average hourly rate £17.50 £37.50 £42.46
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-53.33% -11.67%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £37.50 £25.29
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.60 £141.50 £42.49
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.00 £37.50 £31.75
% change year-on-year
-65.33% +18.11%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
42640 40307 34513
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 76.39% 74.95% 73.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 26680 25279 20562
Average daily rate £413 £400 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -2.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1247 1176 1030
Average hourly rate £29.00 £28.99 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.03% -9.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.85 £50.00 £52.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

Benchmarking
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Benchmarking within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Benchmarking Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Benchmarking
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Benchmarking within the UK.

Benchmarking Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Benchmarking
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Benchmarking within the UK over the 3 months to 6 May 2015.

Benchmarking Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Benchmarking
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Benchmarking within the UK.

Benchmarking Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Benchmarking
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Benchmarking within the UK over the 3 months to 6 May 2015.

Benchmarking Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Benchmarking
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 Benchmarking within the UK over the 3 months to 6 May 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 -22 80 £378 -5.62% 39
London -12 37 £450 +12.50% 16
South East +1 23 £350 -12.50% 8
City of London +20 10 £450 -21.73% 7
Berkshire 0 10 £350 -20.00% 2
North West - 9 £350 - 3
South West +12 6 £425 +30.76% 4
Oxfordshire -15 6 £313 -
Scotland 0 4 £425 -
Cheshire - 4 £439 -
Wiltshire +16 3 £400 +23.07% 3
Swindon +15 3 £400 +23.07% 1
Edinburgh -14 3 £425 -
Feltham - 3 £360 - 1
Oxford - 3 £313 -
Reading - 3 £345 - 1
Merseyside - 3 £338 -
Liverpool - 3 £338 -
Surrey +9 2 £550 +71.87%
West Yorkshire -10 2 - - 1
East Midlands -12 2 £208 - 1
Yorkshire -18 2 - - 6
Hampshire - 2 £381 - 1
Buckinghamshire - 2 £279 -
Manchester - 2 £300 - 1
Aylesbury - 2 £279 -
Somerset +10 1 £388 -
Docklands, London -3 1 £650 +4.00%
Halifax -6 1 - -
Leeds -6 1 - - 1

Benchmarking
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Benchmarking 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 Benchmarking.

1 61 (38.13%) Finance
2 32 (20.00%) SQL
3 28 (17.50%) Linux
4 24 (15.00%) Oracle
5 23 (14.38%) Analytical Skills
6 22 (13.75%) SQL Server
7 21 (13.13%) Cisco
7 21 (13.13%) Agile Software Development
8 20 (12.50%) Banking
9 19 (11.88%) SAN
9 19 (11.88%) Performance Tuning
9 19 (11.88%) NAS
10 18 (11.25%) KVM
10 18 (11.25%) Project Management
10 18 (11.25%) Windows
10 18 (11.25%) VMware
11 17 (10.63%) HTTP
11 17 (10.63%) VMware Infrastructure
11 17 (10.63%) Continuous Improvement
12 16 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
12 16 (10.00%) Business Analysis
13 15 (9.38%) Data Analysis
13 15 (9.38%) LAN
13 15 (9.38%) WAN
13 15 (9.38%) CRM
13 15 (9.38%) Intel
13 15 (9.38%) Performance Management
14 14 (8.75%) Oracle RAC
14 14 (8.75%) RTP
14 14 (8.75%) ITIL

Benchmarking
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 6 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Benchmarking 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 Benchmarking. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 11 (6.88%) Oracle Coherence
2 10 (6.25%) IIS
3 9 (5.63%) Apache
3 9 (5.63%) Tomcat
3 9 (5.63%) Oracle HTTP Server
3 9 (5.63%) WebSphere
4 4 (2.50%) SAS
5 3 (1.88%) SharePoint
5 3 (1.88%) Lync
6 2 (1.25%) CMS
7 1 (0.63%) Node.js
7 1 (0.63%) WebSphere Application Server
7 1 (0.63%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 10 (6.25%) MS Excel
2 7 (4.38%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (1.88%) MS Visio
3 3 (1.88%) MS Office
4 2 (1.25%) MS Project
4 2 (1.25%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.63%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 5 (3.13%) RMDS
2 2 (1.25%) Oracle Financials
2 2 (1.25%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.63%) Primavera
3 1 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.63%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.63%) Oracle E-Business Tax
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.50%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.63%) Adobe Analytics
2 1 (0.63%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 19 (11.88%) SAN
1 19 (11.88%) NAS
2 17 (10.63%) HTTP
3 15 (9.38%) LAN
3 15 (9.38%) WAN
4 14 (8.75%) RTP
5 13 (8.13%) FCoE
5 13 (8.13%) Fibre Channel
5 13 (8.13%) Multicast
6 12 (7.50%) iSCSI
7 8 (5.00%) TCP/IP
8 6 (3.75%) VoIP
8 6 (3.75%) MGCP
9 5 (3.13%) Megaco
9 5 (3.13%) Intranet
10 4 (2.50%) Internet
11 3 (1.88%) Cisco ICM
11 3 (1.88%) SIGTRAN
11 3 (1.88%) SS7
11 3 (1.88%) IPv4
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (13.75%) SQL Server
2 9 (5.63%) Hadoop
2 9 (5.63%) HBase
3 7 (4.38%) Oracle Exadata
3 7 (4.38%) Data Mining
4 6 (3.75%) Data Warehouse
5 5 (3.13%) Oracle Database
5 5 (3.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (1.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (1.88%) SAP BW
6 3 (1.88%) DB2
6 3 (1.88%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (1.25%) MarkLogic
7 2 (1.25%) Couchbase
7 2 (1.25%) Sqoop
7 2 (1.25%) Riak
7 2 (1.25%) Mahout
7 2 (1.25%) Big Data
7 2 (1.25%) Relational Database
7 2 (1.25%) HCatalog
Development Applications
1 4 (2.50%) JIRA
1 4 (2.50%) Jenkins
2 3 (1.88%) Maven
2 3 (1.88%) Ant
2 3 (1.88%) JUnit
3 2 (1.25%) Visual Studio
3 2 (1.25%) Git (software)
3 2 (1.25%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.63%) Axure RP
4 1 (0.63%) Cucumber
4 1 (0.63%) Jasmine
4 1 (0.63%) Selenium
4 1 (0.63%) Grunt
4 1 (0.63%) PhantomJS
4 1 (0.63%) Karma Test Runner
4 1 (0.63%) CasperJS
General
1 61 (38.13%) Finance
2 20 (12.50%) Banking
3 13 (8.13%) Telecoms
4 9 (5.63%) Legal
5 6 (3.75%) Retail
6 5 (3.13%) Local Government
6 5 (3.13%) Marketing
7 4 (2.50%) Multimedia
7 4 (2.50%) Billing
7 4 (2.50%) Investment Banking
8 3 (1.88%) Retail Banking
9 2 (1.25%) German Language
9 2 (1.25%) Automotive
10 1 (0.63%) Law
10 1 (0.63%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.63%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.63%) Publishing
10 1 (0.63%) Games
10 1 (0.63%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 45 (28.13%) Analyst
2 14 (8.75%) Architect
2 14 (8.75%) Business Analyst
2 14 (8.75%) Senior Analyst
2 14 (8.75%) Data Analyst
3 13 (8.13%) Project Manager
4 11 (6.88%) Developer
5 8 (5.00%) Solutions Architect
5 8 (5.00%) Information Analyst
5 8 (5.00%) Infrastructure Architect
5 8 (5.00%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
6 6 (3.75%) Vendor Manager
6 6 (3.75%) MI Analyst
6 6 (3.75%) Business Data Analyst
7 5 (3.13%) Virtualisation Engineer
7 5 (3.13%) Senior Information Analyst
7 5 (3.13%) Design Engineer
8 4 (2.50%) Service Manager
8 4 (2.50%) Consultant
8 4 (2.50%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (6.25%) HTML
1 10 (6.25%) Middleware
2 9 (5.63%) Rendezvous
2 9 (5.63%) XML
2 9 (5.63%) XSLT
3 5 (3.13%) Ultra Messaging
4 4 (2.50%) .NET
5 2 (1.25%) Entity Framework
5 2 (1.25%) XMPP
6 1 (0.63%) JSON
6 1 (0.63%) jQuery
6 1 (0.63%) OpenVG
6 1 (0.63%) Ajax
6 1 (0.63%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.63%) CSS
6 1 (0.63%) Flash
6 1 (0.63%) OpenGL
6 1 (0.63%) REST
6 1 (0.63%) OpenCL
6 1 (0.63%) Renderscript
Miscellaneous
1 23 (14.38%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (8.75%) Management Information System
3 13 (8.13%) NHS
4 8 (5.00%) Device Driver
5 5 (3.13%) Statistics
5 5 (3.13%) Performance Metrics
6 4 (2.50%) User Experience
6 4 (2.50%) Freedom of Information
7 3 (1.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 3 (1.88%) Data Protection Act
7 3 (1.88%) Computer Science
7 3 (1.88%) Visualisation
8 2 (1.25%) Open Source
8 2 (1.25%) Social Media
8 2 (1.25%) Mobile App
8 2 (1.25%) Mobile Banking
8 2 (1.25%) Private Cloud
8 2 (1.25%) Video Conferencing
8 2 (1.25%) Copywriting
8 2 (1.25%) Online Banking
Operating Systems
1 28 (17.50%) Linux
2 18 (11.25%) Windows
3 13 (8.13%) Solaris
4 8 (5.00%) FreeBSD
5 6 (3.75%) UNIX
6 1 (0.63%) Android
6 1 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (13.13%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (11.88%) Performance Tuning
3 18 (11.25%) Project Management
4 17 (10.63%) Continuous Improvement
5 16 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
5 16 (10.00%) Business Analysis
6 15 (9.38%) Data Analysis
6 15 (9.38%) Performance Management
6 15 (9.38%) CRM
7 14 (8.75%) ITIL
8 12 (7.50%) Business Intelligence
8 12 (7.50%) Migration
9 11 (6.88%) Risk Management
9 11 (6.88%) PRINCE2
10 10 (6.25%) Change Management
10 10 (6.25%) Analytics
11 9 (5.63%) Service Delivery
12 8 (5.00%) GAP Analysis
12 8 (5.00%) Multithreading
12 8 (5.00%) Requirements Analysis
Programming Languages
1 32 (20.00%) SQL
2 11 (6.88%) Java
3 10 (6.25%) JavaScript
4 8 (5.00%) C
5 6 (3.75%) Perl
5 6 (3.75%) Python
6 5 (3.13%) VBA
7 3 (1.88%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.63%) VB
8 1 (0.63%) C#
8 1 (0.63%) C++
Qualifications
1 11 (6.88%) Degree
2 10 (6.25%) Security Cleared
3 9 (5.63%) PMI Certification
4 8 (5.00%) Cisco Certification
5 7 (4.38%) PMP
6 6 (3.75%) CCNA
7 5 (3.13%) SC Cleared
8 4 (2.50%) ISEB
9 1 (0.63%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.00%) SLA
2 5 (3.13%) Data Quality
3 4 (2.50%) ISO 14001
4 3 (1.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (1.88%) COBIT
5 2 (1.25%) ISO 9000
5 2 (1.25%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.63%) P3O
6 1 (0.63%) QA
System Software
1 18 (11.25%) KVM
2 17 (10.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (8.75%) Oracle RAC
4 13 (8.13%) NFS
5 12 (7.50%) Xen
5 12 (7.50%) Hyper-V
6 11 (6.88%) SRDF
7 6 (3.75%) VMware ESXi
8 5 (3.13%) vSphere
9 4 (2.50%) Active Directory
10 2 (1.25%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 2 (1.25%) Apache Flume
10 2 (1.25%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 5 (3.13%) Data Guard
2 4 (2.50%) Oracle RMAN
2 4 (2.50%) Oracle Flashback
3 3 (1.88%) Puppet
4 2 (1.25%) Ambari
4 2 (1.25%) Oozie
5 1 (0.63%) Vagrant
5 1 (0.63%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 24 (15.00%) Oracle
2 21 (13.13%) Cisco
3 18 (11.25%) VMware
4 15 (9.38%) Intel
5 13 (8.13%) NetApp
5 13 (8.13%) EMC
6 12 (7.50%) Microsoft
6 12 (7.50%) Sybase
7 9 (5.63%) IBM
7 9 (5.63%) TIBCO
7 9 (5.63%) DataSynapse
8 5 (3.13%) SAP
9 4 (2.50%) Cognos
10 3 (1.88%) Verint
11 2 (1.25%) MapR
11 2 (1.25%) Netezza
11 2 (1.25%) Hortonworks
11 2 (1.25%) Teradata
11 2 (1.25%) Business Objects
11 2 (1.25%) Salesforce.com
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