The table below looks at the statistics for the Buyer role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Buyer in their job title over the 3 months to 24 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
24 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Buyer
Rank 602 571 579
Rank change year-on-year
-31 +8
Contract jobs requiring a Buyer 11 6 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.019% 0.011% 0.017%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.021% 0.012% 0.018%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 5 3
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£451 £140 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+222.32% -53.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £330 £100 £182
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £380 £324
UK excluding London average daily rate £451 £100 £300
% change year-on-year
+351.25% -66.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £8.63
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £8.63

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
52969 48660 50794
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.75% 92.77% 93.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 33173 29376 28609
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £229 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2125 2122 2499
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £39.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.20 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-0.24% -7.42%

Buyer
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Buyer in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Buyer Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Buyer
Daily Rate Trend

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

Buyer Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Buyer
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Buyer within the UK over the 3 months to 24 October 2014.

Buyer Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Buyer
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Buyer Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Buyer
Top 12 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Buyer within the UK over the 3 months to 24 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 -22 11 £451 +222.32% 8
South East -16 6 £465 +365.00% 3
London -7 1 - -
East of England - 1 £360 - 1
Bedfordshire - 1 £360 -
Berkshire - - - -
Cheshire - - - -
Northamptonshire - - - -
City of London - - - -
East Midlands - - - -
North West - - - -
Wilmslow - - - -

Buyer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Buyer in their job title 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 with Buyer in their job title.

1 5 (25.00%) SC Cleared
1 5 (25.00%) Security Cleared
1 5 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 4 (20.00%) Oracle
3 3 (15.00%) MS Excel
3 3 (15.00%) Project Management
4 2 (10.00%) Data Entry
4 2 (10.00%) German Language
4 2 (10.00%) MS Office
4 2 (10.00%) Automotive
4 2 (10.00%) Continuous Improvement
4 2 (10.00%) Line Management
4 2 (10.00%) People Management
5 1 (5.00%) Software Licensing
5 1 (5.00%) Change Control
5 1 (5.00%) Demand Management
5 1 (5.00%) Performance Analysis
5 1 (5.00%) Procure-to-pay
5 1 (5.00%) Law
5 1 (5.00%) Legal
5 1 (5.00%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (5.00%) Supply Chain Management
5 1 (5.00%) Supplier Management
5 1 (5.00%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (5.00%) Marketing
5 1 (5.00%) NGN
5 1 (5.00%) Degree
5 1 (5.00%) IBM Notes
5 1 (5.00%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (5.00%) Lotus

Buyer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Buyer in their job title 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 with Buyer in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (5.00%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 3 (15.00%) MS Excel
2 2 (10.00%) MS Office
3 1 (5.00%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 1 (5.00%) Broadband
1 1 (5.00%) Internet
1 1 (5.00%) 3G
1 1 (5.00%) Wireless
1 1 (5.00%) NGN
1 1 (5.00%) Wireless Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.00%) Oracle Reports
General
1 2 (10.00%) Automotive
1 2 (10.00%) German Language
2 1 (5.00%) Finance
2 1 (5.00%) Law
2 1 (5.00%) Legal
2 1 (5.00%) Marketing
Miscellaneous
1 1 (5.00%) Management Information System
1 1 (5.00%) Blog
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (15.00%) Project Management
2 2 (10.00%) Continuous Improvement
2 2 (10.00%) Data Entry
2 2 (10.00%) Line Management
2 2 (10.00%) People Management
3 1 (5.00%) ERP
3 1 (5.00%) Software Licensing
3 1 (5.00%) Stakeholder Engagement
3 1 (5.00%) Change Control
3 1 (5.00%) Demand Management
3 1 (5.00%) Performance Analysis
3 1 (5.00%) Procure-to-pay
3 1 (5.00%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (5.00%) Supply Chain Management
3 1 (5.00%) Supplier Management
3 1 (5.00%) Security Testing
Qualifications
1 5 (25.00%) SC Cleared
1 5 (25.00%) Security Cleared
2 1 (5.00%) Degree
Vendors
1 5 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 4 (20.00%) Oracle
3 1 (5.00%) Lotus
3 1 (5.00%) NEC
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