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 18 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
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Benchmarking
Rank 504 502 511
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +9
Contract jobs citing Benchmarking 109 82 97
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.19% 0.16% 0.17%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.26% 0.21% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 51 52
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£380 £475 £361
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +31.48%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £171 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £615 £625 £496
UK excluding London average daily rate £225 £450 £250
% change year-on-year
-50.00% +79.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 0 6
Average hourly rate £34.00 - £35.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.52 - £21.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £63.96 - £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.80 - £35.00

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
42685 38525 41504
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.19% 74.10% 72.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 26682 23752 24020
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1176 1101 1519
Average hourly rate £23.83 £27.50 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.35% -11.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.51 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.50 £50.00 £45.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-13.33% -

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 18 September 2014.

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 18 September 2014.

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 18 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 -12 98 £398 -16.31% 19
London +3 57 £475 -20.83% 8
South West -23 12 £160 +25.49%
City of London +6 10 £575 -4.16% 3
Wiltshire - 10 £163 -
Swindon - 10 £163 -
South East -12 9 £338 -28.94% 3
West Midlands -12 6 - -
Scotland -15 6 £275 +57.14%
Yorkshire - 6 £213 - 2
Berkshire +2 4 £338 - 1
East of England -27 4 £443 -38.96% 2
Hertfordshire - 3 - - 1
East Midlands +8 2 - -
North West -8 2 - - 4
Bristol -17 2 £151 +18.62%
Glasgow - 2 £275 -
Warwickshire - 2 - -
West Yorkshire - 2 £219 -
Nottingham +14 1 - -
Nottinghamshire +11 1 - -
Hampshire -18 1 £400 -15.78%
North Yorkshire - 1 - - 2
Northamptonshire - 1 - -
Reading - 1 - -
Runcorn - - - -
Staines - - - -
Portsmouth - - - -
Luton - - - -
Maidenhead - - - -

Benchmarking
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 September 2014, 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 77 (34.22%) Finance
2 70 (31.11%) Analytical Skills
3 50 (22.22%) SQL
4 49 (21.78%) Analytics
5 36 (16.00%) Degree
6 35 (15.56%) Project Management
7 34 (15.11%) Data Analysis
8 33 (14.67%) SQL Server
9 31 (13.78%) NHS
10 26 (11.56%) Retail
10 26 (11.56%) Continuous Improvement
11 25 (11.11%) SEO
11 25 (11.11%) MS Excel
12 24 (10.67%) Performance Management
13 22 (9.78%) Management Information System
14 21 (9.33%) Statistics
15 20 (8.89%) Change Management
15 20 (8.89%) Linux
15 20 (8.89%) User Experience
16 19 (8.44%) Oracle
17 18 (8.00%) Agile Software Development
17 18 (8.00%) Microsoft
17 18 (8.00%) HTML
17 18 (8.00%) Marketing
18 17 (7.56%) XML
19 16 (7.11%) JavaScript
19 16 (7.11%) MySQL
19 16 (7.11%) VBA
19 16 (7.11%) Business Intelligence
19 16 (7.11%) Legal

Benchmarking
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 September 2014, 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 15 (6.67%) SAS
2 13 (5.78%) SharePoint
3 12 (5.33%) CMS
4 7 (3.11%) Oracle Coherence
5 6 (2.67%) Apache Solr
6 4 (1.78%) Apache
7 3 (1.33%) Tomcat
7 3 (1.33%) IIS
7 3 (1.33%) WebSphere
7 3 (1.33%) Oracle HTTP Server
8 1 (0.44%) WebLogic
8 1 (0.44%) Drupal
Applications
1 25 (11.11%) MS Excel
2 14 (6.22%) MS PowerPoint
2 14 (6.22%) MS Office
3 4 (1.78%) MS Visio
4 3 (1.33%) SPSS
4 3 (1.33%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.44%) Stata
Business Applications
1 7 (3.11%) Google Analytics
2 6 (2.67%) Fredhopper
3 3 (1.33%) RMDS
4 1 (0.44%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.44%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.44%) Oracle CRM
4 1 (0.44%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.44%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 13 (5.78%) LAN
2 12 (5.33%) WAN
3 8 (3.56%) SAN
3 8 (3.56%) NAS
3 8 (3.56%) FCoE
3 8 (3.56%) Fibre Channel
3 8 (3.56%) Multicast
4 6 (2.67%) Internet
5 3 (1.33%) Intranet
5 3 (1.33%) HTTP
5 3 (1.33%) iSCSI
6 1 (0.44%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (0.44%) TCP/IP
6 1 (0.44%) VPN
6 1 (0.44%) WLAN
6 1 (0.44%) MPLS
6 1 (0.44%) Firewall
6 1 (0.44%) IPsec
6 1 (0.44%) Intrusion Detection
6 1 (0.44%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (14.67%) SQL Server
2 16 (7.11%) MySQL
3 14 (6.22%) MS Access
3 14 (6.22%) Data Warehouse
4 8 (3.56%) Hadoop
4 8 (3.56%) HBase
5 7 (3.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 6 (2.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 6 (2.67%) Big Data
7 5 (2.22%) Couchbase
7 5 (2.22%) Sqoop
7 5 (2.22%) Riak
7 5 (2.22%) Mahout
7 5 (2.22%) NoSQL
7 5 (2.22%) Oracle Exadata
7 5 (2.22%) Apache Hive
7 5 (2.22%) MongoDB
7 5 (2.22%) SQL Server 2005
7 5 (2.22%) HCatalog
8 4 (1.78%) DB2
Development Applications
1 11 (4.89%) Subversion
1 11 (4.89%) JSUnit
1 11 (4.89%) Git (software)
1 11 (4.89%) PHPUnit
2 5 (2.22%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 3 (1.33%) LoadRunner
4 2 (0.89%) JMeter
4 2 (0.89%) Xcode
5 1 (0.44%) NUnit
5 1 (0.44%) Introscope
5 1 (0.44%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.44%) Talend Open Studio
5 1 (0.44%) JUnit
5 1 (0.44%) Axure RP
5 1 (0.44%) Cucumber
General
1 77 (34.22%) Finance
2 26 (11.56%) Retail
3 18 (8.00%) Marketing
4 16 (7.11%) Legal
5 13 (5.78%) Banking
6 11 (4.89%) Manufacturing
7 8 (3.56%) Telecoms
8 5 (2.22%) Investment Banking
9 4 (1.78%) Law
10 2 (0.89%) German Language
10 2 (0.89%) Local Government
10 2 (0.89%) Automotive
11 1 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.44%) Back Office
11 1 (0.44%) Electronics
11 1 (0.44%) Advertising
11 1 (0.44%) Publishing
11 1 (0.44%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 75 (33.33%) Analyst
2 23 (10.22%) Consultant
3 19 (8.44%) Developer
3 19 (8.44%) Information Analyst
4 18 (8.00%) Architect
5 12 (5.33%) Fraud Analyst
6 11 (4.89%) Web Developer
7 10 (4.44%) Business Analyst
7 10 (4.44%) Data Analyst
8 9 (4.00%) MI Analyst
8 9 (4.00%) Designer
9 8 (3.56%) User Experience Designer
10 7 (3.11%) PMO Analyst
10 7 (3.11%) Performance Manager
11 6 (2.67%) Marketing Executive
11 6 (2.67%) Digital Marketing Executive
11 6 (2.67%) Business Consultant
11 6 (2.67%) Senior Analyst
12 5 (2.22%) Data Architect
12 5 (2.22%) Performance Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (8.00%) HTML
2 17 (7.56%) XML
3 12 (5.33%) CSS
4 11 (4.89%) Ajax
4 11 (4.89%) HTML5
4 11 (4.89%) CSS3
4 11 (4.89%) AngularJS
4 11 (4.89%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 4 (1.78%) .NET
6 3 (1.33%) XSLT
6 3 (1.33%) Rendezvous
6 3 (1.33%) Middleware
7 2 (0.89%) JSON
7 2 (0.89%) iOS SDK
7 2 (0.89%) REST
7 2 (0.89%) Oracle Fusion
7 2 (0.89%) ASP.NET
7 2 (0.89%) UIKit
7 2 (0.89%) Web Services
8 1 (0.44%) Cascading
Miscellaneous
1 70 (31.11%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (13.78%) NHS
3 22 (9.78%) Management Information System
4 21 (9.33%) Statistics
5 20 (8.89%) User Experience
6 14 (6.22%) Copywriting
7 13 (5.78%) iPad
7 13 (5.78%) Mainframe
8 11 (4.89%) Taxonomies
8 11 (4.89%) Visualisation
9 10 (4.44%) Social Media
10 5 (2.22%) Informatics
10 5 (2.22%) Computer Science
11 4 (1.78%) Mobile App
11 4 (1.78%) Smartcard
12 3 (1.33%) Video on Demand
12 3 (1.33%) Health Informatics
12 3 (1.33%) New Media
12 3 (1.33%) Data Integration
12 3 (1.33%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 20 (8.89%) Linux
2 13 (5.78%) Windows
3 8 (3.56%) Solaris
4 2 (0.89%) Android
4 2 (0.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (0.89%) Apple iOS
4 2 (0.89%) UNIX
5 1 (0.44%) Tizen
5 1 (0.44%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (0.44%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (21.78%) Analytics
2 35 (15.56%) Project Management
3 34 (15.11%) Data Analysis
4 26 (11.56%) Continuous Improvement
5 25 (11.11%) SEO
6 24 (10.67%) Performance Management
7 20 (8.89%) Change Management
8 18 (8.00%) Agile Software Development
9 16 (7.11%) Business Intelligence
9 16 (7.11%) Performance Tuning
10 15 (6.67%) E-Commerce
10 15 (6.67%) Validation
10 15 (6.67%) Content Management
11 14 (6.22%) Stakeholder Management
11 14 (6.22%) Coaching
12 13 (5.78%) Unit Testing
12 13 (5.78%) Service Delivery
13 12 (5.33%) Risk Management
13 12 (5.33%) OO
13 12 (5.33%) B2C
Programming Languages
1 50 (22.22%) SQL
2 16 (7.11%) JavaScript
2 16 (7.11%) VBA
3 12 (5.33%) PHP
4 9 (4.00%) Java
5 5 (2.22%) C
5 5 (2.22%) C#
6 3 (1.33%) T-SQL
7 2 (0.89%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.44%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.44%) Scala
8 1 (0.44%) R
8 1 (0.44%) C++
8 1 (0.44%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 36 (16.00%) Degree
2 7 (3.11%) Security Cleared
3 3 (1.33%) SC Cleared
4 2 (0.89%) Postgraduate
4 2 (0.89%) ITIL Certification
4 2 (0.89%) PMP
4 2 (0.89%) PMI Certification
5 1 (0.44%) CIMA
5 1 (0.44%) MCITP
5 1 (0.44%) CISSP
5 1 (0.44%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (6.67%) SLA
2 7 (3.11%) QA
3 3 (1.33%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 3 (1.33%) GAMP
4 2 (0.89%) WCAG
4 2 (0.89%) WAI
5 1 (0.44%) COBIT
5 1 (0.44%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.44%) P3O
5 1 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 8 (3.56%) NFS
1 8 (3.56%) Oracle RAC
1 8 (3.56%) SRDF
2 5 (2.22%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 5 (2.22%) Apache Flume
2 5 (2.22%) HDFS
3 4 (1.78%) Xen
4 3 (1.33%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (1.33%) Hyper-V
4 3 (1.33%) KVM
5 1 (0.44%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 5 (2.22%) Ambari
1 5 (2.22%) Oozie
2 1 (0.44%) CA Wily
Vendors
1 19 (8.44%) Oracle
2 18 (8.00%) Microsoft
3 15 (6.67%) Cisco
4 12 (5.33%) Intel
5 11 (4.89%) Endeca
5 11 (4.89%) TSYS
6 8 (3.56%) EMC
6 8 (3.56%) NetApp
6 8 (3.56%) Salesforce.com
7 7 (3.11%) Sybase
7 7 (3.11%) SAP
7 7 (3.11%) Google
7 7 (3.11%) Netezza
8 6 (2.67%) Eloqua
8 6 (2.67%) Marketo
8 6 (2.67%) Pardot
9 5 (2.22%) Hortonworks
9 5 (2.22%) Teradata
9 5 (2.22%) Business Objects
10 4 (1.78%) IBM
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