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 30 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
30 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Benchmarking
Rank 511 502 474
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -28
Contract jobs citing Benchmarking 90 68 100
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.15% 0.13% 0.19%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.21% 0.18% 0.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 46 55
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£450 £525 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.28% +50.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £638 £594
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £413 £261
% change year-on-year
-33.33% +57.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 1 1
Average hourly rate £33.15 £31.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.93% -17.33%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.80 £31.00 -
% change year-on-year
+21.93% -

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
42805 38338 38752
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.63% 74.18% 71.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 27653 23841 22623
Average daily rate £415 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £585 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £378 £363 £368
% change year-on-year
+4.13% -1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1170 1158 1420
Average hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% -10.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-9.09% -

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 30 October 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 30 October 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 30 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 -14 83 £463 -11.90% 27
London +10 52 £500 -16.66% 13
West Midlands -9 8 £165 -63.33% 1
City of London +14 7 £575 -4.16% 2
Scotland +5 5 £275 -
North West -11 5 £338 -25.00% 1
Yorkshire - 5 £133 - 2
Hertfordshire -10 4 £448 +98.88%
East of England -16 4 £448 -36.07%
South East -22 4 £333 -11.33% 6
Berkshire - 3 £375 - 3
East Midlands +5 2 - - 1
Glasgow +1 2 £275 -
Merseyside -2 2 - -
South West -40 2 £188 -48.90% 3
Wiltshire - 2 £188 -
Birmingham - 2 £165 -
Swindon - 2 £188 -
Hampshire -19 1 £290 -35.55% 2
Leeds - 1 - -
Nottingham - 1 - -
Reading - 1 - - 2
Hemel Hempstead - 1 £448 -
West Yorkshire - 1 - -
North Yorkshire - 1 - - 2
Northamptonshire - 1 - -
Nottinghamshire - 1 - -
Oxfordshire - - - -
Suffolk - - - -
Surrey - - - -

Benchmarking
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 October 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 76 (36.71%) Finance
2 68 (32.85%) Analytical Skills
3 49 (23.67%) Analytics
3 49 (23.67%) SQL
4 41 (19.81%) Degree
5 32 (15.46%) Project Management
6 28 (13.53%) Data Analysis
7 27 (13.04%) SQL Server
7 27 (13.04%) Linux
8 25 (12.08%) NHS
9 24 (11.59%) Continuous Improvement
10 21 (10.14%) Statistics
11 20 (9.66%) Performance Management
11 20 (9.66%) MS Excel
11 20 (9.66%) Retail
11 20 (9.66%) Change Management
12 19 (9.18%) Windows
13 18 (8.70%) Management Information System
14 17 (8.21%) ITIL
14 17 (8.21%) Oracle
14 17 (8.21%) Performance Monitoring
15 16 (7.73%) Performance Tuning
15 16 (7.73%) User Experience
15 16 (7.73%) Marketing
15 16 (7.73%) Microsoft
15 16 (7.73%) Validation
16 15 (7.25%) SLA
16 15 (7.25%) Cisco
16 15 (7.25%) SAN
16 15 (7.25%) E-Commerce

Benchmarking
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 October 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 (7.25%) SAS
2 13 (6.28%) SharePoint
3 7 (3.38%) Oracle Coherence
4 6 (2.90%) Apache Solr
5 4 (1.93%) Apache
6 3 (1.45%) CMS
6 3 (1.45%) IIS
6 3 (1.45%) Tomcat
6 3 (1.45%) Oracle HTTP Server
6 3 (1.45%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.48%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.48%) Drupal
Applications
1 20 (9.66%) MS Excel
2 14 (6.76%) MS Office
3 11 (5.31%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (1.93%) MS Visio
5 3 (1.45%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.97%) SPSS
7 1 (0.48%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 7 (3.38%) Google Analytics
2 6 (2.90%) Fredhopper
3 3 (1.45%) RMDS
4 1 (0.48%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.48%) ENOVIA
4 1 (0.48%) Oracle CRM
4 1 (0.48%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.48%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 15 (7.25%) SAN
1 15 (7.25%) NAS
2 13 (6.28%) LAN
3 12 (5.80%) WAN
4 8 (3.86%) FCoE
4 8 (3.86%) Fibre Channel
4 8 (3.86%) Multicast
5 7 (3.38%) Internet
6 3 (1.45%) HTTP
6 3 (1.45%) Intranet
6 3 (1.45%) iSCSI
7 1 (0.48%) Intrusion Detection
7 1 (0.48%) Firewall
7 1 (0.48%) Wi-Fi
7 1 (0.48%) IPsec
7 1 (0.48%) TCP/IP
7 1 (0.48%) VPN
7 1 (0.48%) WLAN
7 1 (0.48%) GSM
7 1 (0.48%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (13.04%) SQL Server
2 12 (5.80%) MS Access
3 11 (5.31%) Data Warehouse
4 8 (3.86%) HBase
4 8 (3.86%) Hadoop
5 7 (3.38%) MySQL
6 6 (2.90%) Big Data
7 5 (2.42%) SQL Server 2005
7 5 (2.42%) Apache Hive
7 5 (2.42%) MongoDB
7 5 (2.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 5 (2.42%) Riak
7 5 (2.42%) Sqoop
7 5 (2.42%) Couchbase
7 5 (2.42%) Mahout
7 5 (2.42%) Oracle Exadata
7 5 (2.42%) NoSQL
7 5 (2.42%) HCatalog
8 4 (1.93%) MarkLogic
8 4 (1.93%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 4 (1.93%) LoadRunner
2 3 (1.45%) JMeter
2 3 (1.45%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 2 (0.97%) PHPUnit
3 2 (0.97%) Git (software)
3 2 (0.97%) JSUnit
3 2 (0.97%) Xcode
3 2 (0.97%) Subversion
4 1 (0.48%) NUnit
4 1 (0.48%) Introscope
4 1 (0.48%) JUnit
4 1 (0.48%) Talend Open Studio
4 1 (0.48%) Cucumber
4 1 (0.48%) Axure RP
4 1 (0.48%) QADirector
4 1 (0.48%) JIRA
4 1 (0.48%) Spock
4 1 (0.48%) NeoLoad
General
1 76 (36.71%) Finance
2 20 (9.66%) Retail
3 16 (7.73%) Marketing
4 14 (6.76%) Banking
5 12 (5.80%) Manufacturing
6 11 (5.31%) Legal
7 10 (4.83%) Telecoms
8 7 (3.38%) Investment Banking
9 3 (1.45%) Automotive
9 3 (1.45%) Law
10 1 (0.48%) Local Government
10 1 (0.48%) Publishing
10 1 (0.48%) Electronics
10 1 (0.48%) Back Office
10 1 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 69 (33.33%) Analyst
2 24 (11.59%) Consultant
3 17 (8.21%) Architect
4 15 (7.25%) Information Analyst
5 12 (5.80%) Fraud Analyst
6 10 (4.83%) Data Analyst
7 9 (4.35%) Business Analyst
8 8 (3.86%) MI Analyst
9 7 (3.38%) Developer
9 7 (3.38%) PMO Analyst
10 6 (2.90%) Digital Marketing Executive
10 6 (2.90%) Marketing Executive
10 6 (2.90%) Virtualisation Engineer
10 6 (2.90%) Business Consultant
10 6 (2.90%) Senior Analyst
10 6 (2.90%) Product Manager
11 5 (2.42%) Performance Analyst
11 5 (2.42%) Performance Manager
11 5 (2.42%) Data Architect
11 5 (2.42%) Content Editor
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (3.86%) XML
1 8 (3.86%) HTML
2 3 (1.45%) XSLT
2 3 (1.45%) Web Services
2 3 (1.45%) .NET
2 3 (1.45%) Rendezvous
2 3 (1.45%) Middleware
3 2 (0.97%) iOS SDK
3 2 (0.97%) CSS3
3 2 (0.97%) REST
3 2 (0.97%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 2 (0.97%) UIKit
3 2 (0.97%) AngularJS
3 2 (0.97%) JSON
3 2 (0.97%) HTML5
3 2 (0.97%) CSS
3 2 (0.97%) SOAP
3 2 (0.97%) Ajax
4 1 (0.48%) ASP.NET
4 1 (0.48%) Flash
Miscellaneous
1 68 (32.85%) Analytical Skills
2 25 (12.08%) NHS
3 21 (10.14%) Statistics
4 18 (8.70%) Management Information System
5 16 (7.73%) User Experience
6 13 (6.28%) Mainframe
6 13 (6.28%) iPad
7 11 (5.31%) Taxonomies
7 11 (5.31%) Visualisation
8 10 (4.83%) Social Media
8 10 (4.83%) Copywriting
9 5 (2.42%) Informatics
9 5 (2.42%) Computer Science
10 4 (1.93%) New Media
10 4 (1.93%) Video on Demand
10 4 (1.93%) Smartcard
11 3 (1.45%) Freedom of Information
11 3 (1.45%) Open Source
11 3 (1.45%) Data Protection Act
11 3 (1.45%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 27 (13.04%) Linux
2 19 (9.18%) Windows
3 9 (4.35%) UNIX
4 8 (3.86%) Solaris
5 2 (0.97%) Apple iOS
5 2 (0.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (0.97%) Android
6 1 (0.48%) zOS
6 1 (0.48%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.48%) Tizen
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (23.67%) Analytics
2 32 (15.46%) Project Management
3 28 (13.53%) Data Analysis
4 24 (11.59%) Continuous Improvement
5 20 (9.66%) Performance Management
5 20 (9.66%) Change Management
6 17 (8.21%) ITIL
6 17 (8.21%) Performance Monitoring
7 16 (7.73%) Performance Tuning
7 16 (7.73%) Validation
8 15 (7.25%) E-Commerce
9 14 (6.76%) Business Intelligence
10 13 (6.28%) Coaching
11 12 (5.80%) Statistical Modelling
11 12 (5.80%) Project Planning
11 12 (5.80%) Performance Testing
11 12 (5.80%) B2C
12 11 (5.31%) Service Delivery
12 11 (5.31%) Operations Research
13 10 (4.83%) Performance Improvement
Programming Languages
1 49 (23.67%) SQL
2 14 (6.76%) VBA
3 10 (4.83%) Java
4 7 (3.38%) Python
4 7 (3.38%) Perl
5 6 (2.90%) JavaScript
6 4 (1.93%) C
6 4 (1.93%) C#
7 3 (1.45%) PHP
8 2 (0.97%) Shell Script
8 2 (0.97%) MATLAB
8 2 (0.97%) PL/SQL
8 2 (0.97%) T-SQL
8 2 (0.97%) C++
9 1 (0.48%) VB
9 1 (0.48%) Scala
9 1 (0.48%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.48%) R
Qualifications
1 41 (19.81%) Degree
2 6 (2.90%) Cisco Certification
2 6 (2.90%) CCNA
3 5 (2.42%) Security Cleared
4 3 (1.45%) SC Cleared
5 2 (0.97%) ITIL Certification
5 2 (0.97%) Postgraduate
6 1 (0.48%) MCITP
6 1 (0.48%) CIMA
6 1 (0.48%) PMP
6 1 (0.48%) PMI Certification
6 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.48%) ISEB
6 1 (0.48%) CISSP
6 1 (0.48%) ISTQB
6 1 (0.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (7.25%) SLA
2 9 (4.35%) QA
3 3 (1.45%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 3 (1.45%) GAMP
4 2 (0.97%) WCAG
4 2 (0.97%) WAI
5 1 (0.48%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.48%) COBIT
System Software
1 10 (4.83%) KVM
1 10 (4.83%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (3.86%) Oracle RAC
2 8 (3.86%) SRDF
2 8 (3.86%) NFS
3 7 (3.38%) VMware ESXi
4 5 (2.42%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 5 (2.42%) Apache Flume
4 5 (2.42%) HDFS
5 4 (1.93%) Xen
5 4 (1.93%) vSphere
6 3 (1.45%) Firmware
6 3 (1.45%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.48%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 5 (2.42%) Ambari
1 5 (2.42%) Oozie
2 1 (0.48%) OpenView
2 1 (0.48%) CA Wily
2 1 (0.48%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 17 (8.21%) Oracle
2 16 (7.73%) Microsoft
3 15 (7.25%) Cisco
4 12 (5.80%) Intel
5 11 (5.31%) Endeca
5 11 (5.31%) TSYS
6 10 (4.83%) VMware
7 8 (3.86%) EMC
7 8 (3.86%) NetApp
7 8 (3.86%) Salesforce.com
7 8 (3.86%) SAP
8 7 (3.38%) Google
8 7 (3.38%) Netezza
8 7 (3.38%) Sybase
9 6 (2.90%) Marketo
9 6 (2.90%) Pardot
9 6 (2.90%) Eloqua
10 5 (2.42%) Teradata
10 5 (2.42%) Hortonworks
11 4 (1.93%) MapR
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