The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Finance in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Finance over the 3 months to 22 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Financial
Rank 2 2 2
Rank change year-on-year
0 0
Contract jobs citing Finance 10973 11525 13084
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.47% 21.62% 22.59%
As % of the General category 50.31% 50.50% 50.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 7084 7340 8409
Average daily rate
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£425 £425 £425
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £396 £375
% change year-on-year
+1.01% +5.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 129 229 230
Average hourly rate £18.00 £19.50 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% -7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.74 £45.00 £47.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-5.71% -12.50%

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
21809 22823 25773
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.69% 42.81% 44.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 13398 14103 15322
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 531 608 741
Average hourly rate £21.07 £22.50 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.35% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.58 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £44.97 £49.34
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
- -18.18%

Finance
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Finance within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the General category.

Finance Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Finance
Daily Rate Trend

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

Finance Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Finance
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Finance within the UK over the 3 months to 22 August 2014.

Finance Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Finance
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Finance Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Finance
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Finance within the UK over the 3 months to 22 August 2014.

Finance Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Finance
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 Finance within the UK over the 3 months to 22 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 0 9818 £425 -2.29% 3306
London 0 5451 £470 +3.29% 1717
City of London 0 1605 £475 +2.15% 834
South East -1 1403 £375 -8.31% 515
Scotland 0 750 £400 +6.66% 179
South West 0 671 £400 - 215
North West -1 576 £400 +8.10% 300
East of England -1 493 £400 - 183
Yorkshire -1 464 £375 - 168
Edinburgh 0 394 £400 +5.26% 96
Berkshire +4 352 £400 - 144
West Yorkshire -1 348 £375 +2.11% 115
Buckinghamshire 0 346 £350 - 64
East Midlands 0 309 £425 +6.25% 82
West Midlands -1 294 £375 -6.25% 102
Milton Keynes +2 269 £370 +12.12% 33
Manchester -1 259 £385 +8.45% 148
Glasgow 0 247 £386 +14.44% 43
Hampshire 0 243 £375 -21.05% 59
Wiltshire +1 222 £425 +6.25% 35
Bristol +1 222 £363 -9.37% 86
Surrey -5 199 £375 -6.25% 119
Swindon 0 185 £430 +3.30% 22
Cheshire 0 183 £401 +6.93% 82
Hertfordshire +5 175 £386 -9.11% 77
Leeds 0 159 £375 +7.14% 62
Wales -1 158 £400 +6.66% 50
Northamptonshire 0 139 £450 - 30
South Wales 0 136 £375 - 46
Birmingham -1 127 £330 -20.00% 60

Finance
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Finance 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 Finance.

1 5084 (23.66%) Banking
2 3561 (16.57%) SQL
3 3197 (14.88%) Project Management
4 3044 (14.16%) Oracle
5 2519 (11.72%) Stakeholder Management
6 2283 (10.62%) Microsoft
7 2019 (9.39%) Windows
8 1821 (8.47%) Java
9 1729 (8.05%) MS Excel
10 1678 (7.81%) SQL Server
11 1671 (7.78%) PRINCE2
12 1477 (6.87%) Migration
13 1465 (6.82%) Retail
14 1462 (6.80%) .NET
15 1452 (6.76%) SAP
16 1409 (6.56%) Agile Software Development
17 1394 (6.49%) UNIX
18 1393 (6.48%) Business Analysis
19 1391 (6.47%) Business Intelligence
20 1387 (6.45%) Investment Banking
21 1309 (6.09%) Degree
22 1224 (5.70%) C#
23 1204 (5.60%) Linux
24 1194 (5.56%) ITIL
25 1164 (5.42%) MS Office
26 1097 (5.10%) Change Management
27 1068 (4.97%) Telecoms
28 988 (4.60%) HTML
29 951 (4.43%) Risk Management
30 947 (4.41%) JavaScript

Finance
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Finance 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 Finance. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 874 (4.07%) SharePoint
2 385 (1.79%) WebSphere
3 364 (1.69%) SAS
4 264 (1.23%) WebLogic
5 253 (1.18%) MS Exchange
6 244 (1.14%) CMS
7 202 (0.94%) IIS
8 201 (0.94%) Tomcat
9 180 (0.84%) Apache
10 161 (0.75%) SharePoint 2010
11 124 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2010
12 117 (0.54%) Lync
13 114 (0.53%) BizTalk Server
14 110 (0.51%) Oracle Workflow
15 93 (0.43%) WebSphere Application Server
16 78 (0.36%) SharePoint 2013
16 78 (0.36%) IBM Notes
17 75 (0.35%) MQSeries
18 71 (0.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
19 61 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 1729 (8.05%) MS Excel
2 1164 (5.42%) MS Office
3 764 (3.55%) MS Project
4 668 (3.11%) MS PowerPoint
5 476 (2.21%) MS Visio
6 173 (0.80%) Spreadsheet
7 103 (0.48%) Photoshop
8 48 (0.22%) Adobe Illustrator
9 34 (0.16%) InfoPath
10 24 (0.11%) OmniGraffle
11 17 (0.079%) SPSS
12 14 (0.065%) Adobe Captivate
12 14 (0.065%) InDesign
13 13 (0.060%) RoboHelp
14 12 (0.056%) PowerPivot
14 12 (0.056%) Open Workbench
15 8 (0.037%) Fireworks
16 7 (0.033%) AutoCAD
16 7 (0.033%) Adobe After Effects
17 6 (0.028%) Mathematica
Business Applications
1 427 (1.99%) Oracle EBS
2 407 (1.89%) Oracle EBS R12
3 328 (1.53%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 270 (1.26%) Oracle Financials
5 261 (1.21%) Oracle General Ledger
6 248 (1.15%) Oracle Receivables
7 246 (1.14%) Oracle Payables
8 186 (0.87%) SAP FI
9 172 (0.80%) SAP CO
10 169 (0.79%) Dynamics CRM
11 166 (0.77%) Dynamics AX
12 157 (0.73%) SAP FI/CO
13 155 (0.72%) Oracle Applications
14 133 (0.62%) Agresso
15 129 (0.60%) Oracle Assets
16 103 (0.48%) Markit EDM
17 96 (0.45%) Cognos TM1
18 89 (0.41%) Oracle Cash Management
19 74 (0.34%) Cognos Business Intelligence
20 71 (0.33%) Oracle Internet Expenses
Cloud Services
1 120 (0.56%) SaaS
2 68 (0.32%) Amazon AWS
3 56 (0.26%) Cloud Computing
4 43 (0.20%) Office 365
5 35 (0.16%) Amazon EC2
5 35 (0.16%) Microsoft Azure
6 23 (0.11%) PaaS
7 21 (0.098%) IaaS
8 20 (0.093%) GitHub
9 17 (0.079%) Force.com
10 12 (0.056%) IBM SmartCloud
11 7 (0.033%) Google Apps
11 7 (0.033%) SuccessFactors
12 4 (0.019%) Amazon EMR
12 4 (0.019%) IBM Blueworks
12 4 (0.019%) Taleo
13 3 (0.014%) Google App Engine
14 2 (0.009%) Heroku
14 2 (0.009%) Responsys
15 1 (0.005%) CheetahMail
Communications & Networking
1 464 (2.16%) Firewall
2 328 (1.53%) Internet
3 262 (1.22%) WAN
4 257 (1.20%) SAN
5 246 (1.14%) LAN
6 229 (1.07%) DNS
7 223 (1.04%) TCP/IP
8 194 (0.90%) Intranet
9 166 (0.77%) HTTP
10 164 (0.76%) VPN
11 130 (0.60%) Network Security
12 93 (0.43%) SSL
13 92 (0.43%) VoIP
14 89 (0.41%) Wireless
15 88 (0.41%) FTP
16 84 (0.39%) LDAP
17 83 (0.39%) BGP
18 81 (0.38%) Multicast
19 80 (0.37%) DHCP
20 68 (0.32%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1678 (7.81%) SQL Server
2 913 (4.25%) Data Warehouse
3 636 (2.96%) Oracle Database
4 533 (2.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 503 (2.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 494 (2.30%) Relational Database
7 443 (2.06%) SQL Server 2008
8 300 (1.40%) Oracle Database 11g
9 260 (1.21%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 237 (1.10%) QlikView
11 231 (1.07%) Oracle Reports
12 228 (1.06%) RDBMS
13 207 (0.96%) DB2
14 180 (0.84%) SQL Server 2005
15 176 (0.82%) MySQL
16 172 (0.80%) MS Access
17 171 (0.80%) Oracle BI EE
18 170 (0.79%) Oracle Database 10g
19 159 (0.74%) Data Mining
20 140 (0.65%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 275 (1.28%) JIRA
2 267 (1.24%) Subversion
3 254 (1.18%) Selenium
4 242 (1.13%) Visual Studio
5 212 (0.99%) Maven
6 200 (0.93%) Team Foundation Server
7 192 (0.89%) Git (software)
8 163 (0.76%) JUnit
9 142 (0.66%) Eclipse
10 132 (0.61%) QuickTest Pro
11 130 (0.60%) Oracle Forms
12 113 (0.53%) Jenkins
13 102 (0.47%) Cucumber
14 97 (0.45%) Ant
15 82 (0.38%) NUnit
16 79 (0.37%) TeamCity
17 78 (0.36%) WebDriver
18 69 (0.32%) FitNesse
19 67 (0.31%) LoadRunner
20 57 (0.27%) Toad
General
1 5084 (23.66%) Banking
2 1465 (6.82%) Retail
3 1387 (6.45%) Investment Banking
4 1068 (4.97%) Telecoms
5 896 (4.17%) Financial Institution
6 779 (3.62%) Marketing
7 772 (3.59%) Front Office
8 611 (2.84%) Manufacturing
9 551 (2.56%) Legal
10 502 (2.34%) Retail Banking
11 436 (2.03%) Back Office
12 275 (1.28%) Electronics
13 259 (1.21%) Advertising
14 244 (1.14%) Billing
15 236 (1.10%) General Ledger
16 160 (0.74%) Law
17 137 (0.64%) Publishing
18 102 (0.47%) Pharmaceutical
19 93 (0.43%) German Language
20 87 (0.40%) French Language
Job Titles
1 5647 (26.28%) Analyst
2 3675 (17.10%) Developer
3 2911 (13.55%) Project Manager
4 2637 (12.27%) Business Analyst
5 1505 (7.00%) Consultant
6 1222 (5.69%) Architect
7 651 (3.03%) Java Developer
8 470 (2.19%) Programme Manager
8 470 (2.19%) Data Analyst
9 464 (2.16%) Test Analyst
10 463 (2.15%) Solutions Architect
11 461 (2.15%) Senior Analyst
12 448 (2.08%) Support Analyst
13 425 (1.98%) Administrator
14 375 (1.74%) .NET Developer
15 370 (1.72%) Senior Manager
16 337 (1.57%) C# Developer
17 319 (1.48%) PMO Analyst
18 300 (1.40%) Business Manager
19 289 (1.34%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1462 (6.80%) .NET
2 988 (4.60%) HTML
3 805 (3.75%) XML
4 731 (3.40%) Web Services
5 689 (3.21%) CSS
6 549 (2.55%) ASP.NET
7 483 (2.25%) Spring
8 473 (2.20%) jQuery
9 427 (1.99%) J2EE
10 424 (1.97%) HTML5
11 378 (1.76%) Middleware
12 285 (1.33%) WCF
13 271 (1.26%) Hibernate
14 233 (1.08%) CSS3
15 228 (1.06%) WPF
16 219 (1.02%) SOAP
17 214 (1.00%) Ajax
18 205 (0.95%) ASP.NET MVC
19 197 (0.92%) .NET Framework
20 188 (0.87%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 629 (2.93%) Management Information System
2 461 (2.15%) Derivative
3 382 (1.78%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 365 (1.70%) Computer Science
5 358 (1.67%) Fixed Income
6 335 (1.56%) Hedge funds
7 310 (1.44%) Credit Risk
8 279 (1.30%) Mainframe
9 271 (1.26%) DTV
10 228 (1.06%) Equities
11 224 (1.04%) Blackberry
12 217 (1.01%) PMI
13 216 (1.01%) Open Source
14 198 (0.92%) Mobile App
15 196 (0.91%) Enterprise Software
16 184 (0.86%) Mathematics
16 184 (0.86%) Clustering
17 180 (0.84%) Data Integration
18 161 (0.75%) Market Risk
19 156 (0.73%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 2019 (9.39%) Windows
2 1394 (6.49%) UNIX
3 1204 (5.60%) Linux
4 514 (2.39%) Windows 7
5 378 (1.76%) Windows Server 2008
6 343 (1.60%) Solaris
7 252 (1.17%) Windows Server 2003
8 202 (0.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 200 (0.93%) Windows XP
10 171 (0.80%) Apple iOS
11 161 (0.75%) Android
12 135 (0.63%) Windows Server 2012
13 132 (0.61%) AIX
14 57 (0.27%) zOS
15 45 (0.21%) Windows 8
16 36 (0.17%) Mac OS X
17 35 (0.16%) HPUX
17 35 (0.16%) Oracle Linux
18 34 (0.16%) Windows 2000
19 26 (0.12%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 3197 (14.88%) Project Management
2 2519 (11.72%) Stakeholder Management
3 1671 (7.78%) PRINCE2
4 1477 (6.87%) Migration
5 1409 (6.56%) Agile Software Development
6 1393 (6.48%) Business Analysis
7 1391 (6.47%) Business Intelligence
8 1194 (5.56%) ITIL
9 1097 (5.10%) Change Management
10 951 (4.43%) Risk Management
11 928 (4.32%) User Acceptance Testing
12 822 (3.82%) Scrum
13 767 (3.57%) Programme Management
14 688 (3.20%) CRM
15 682 (3.17%) Data Modelling
16 650 (3.02%) Data Analysis
17 643 (2.99%) TDD
18 635 (2.95%) ETL
19 629 (2.93%) Asset Management
20 628 (2.92%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 3561 (16.57%) SQL
2 1821 (8.47%) Java
3 1224 (5.70%) C#
4 947 (4.41%) JavaScript
5 556 (2.59%) PL/SQL
6 478 (2.22%) VBA
7 417 (1.94%) T-SQL
8 393 (1.83%) C++
9 359 (1.67%) Python
10 353 (1.64%) Perl
11 296 (1.38%) C
12 274 (1.27%) Shell Script
13 231 (1.07%) PowerShell
14 209 (0.97%) VB
15 168 (0.78%) Bash Shell
16 164 (0.76%) Ruby
17 149 (0.69%) VB.NET
18 139 (0.65%) PHP
19 93 (0.43%) VBScript
20 92 (0.43%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1309 (6.09%) Degree
2 680 (3.16%) Security Cleared
3 511 (2.38%) ISEB
4 467 (2.17%) SC Cleared
5 399 (1.86%) PMI Certification
6 279 (1.30%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 267 (1.24%) PMP
8 242 (1.13%) ISTQB
9 223 (1.04%) CISSP
10 209 (0.97%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 209 (0.97%) Cisco Certification
11 188 (0.87%) ITIL Certification
12 180 (0.84%) Microsoft Certification
13 131 (0.61%) CIMA
14 125 (0.58%) CCNP
15 118 (0.55%) ACCA
16 102 (0.47%) MCSE
17 101 (0.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 101 (0.47%) CISM
18 94 (0.44%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 793 (3.69%) QA
2 295 (1.37%) SLA
3 172 (0.80%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 146 (0.68%) Data Quality
5 113 (0.53%) PCI DSS
6 105 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 104 (0.48%) Solvency II
8 100 (0.47%) ISO 9001
9 92 (0.43%) EMIR
10 88 (0.41%) Basel III
11 69 (0.32%) Dodd-Frank
12 63 (0.29%) COBIT
13 44 (0.20%) Basel II
14 42 (0.20%) FATCA
15 37 (0.17%) MiFID
16 35 (0.16%) COREP
17 32 (0.15%) FINREP
18 30 (0.14%) P3O
19 19 (0.088%) AIFMD
19 19 (0.088%) CRD IV
System Software
1 725 (3.37%) Active Directory
2 313 (1.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 160 (0.74%) Oracle RAC
4 111 (0.52%) XenApp
5 76 (0.35%) Microsoft App-V
6 73 (0.34%) Hyper-V
6 73 (0.34%) vSphere
7 63 (0.29%) VMware ESX
8 51 (0.24%) Oracle RMAN
9 49 (0.23%) XenDesktop
10 29 (0.13%) NFS
10 29 (0.13%) Veritas Cluster Server
11 28 (0.13%) RACF
12 26 (0.12%) VMware ESXi
12 26 (0.12%) ACF2
13 24 (0.11%) vCloud
14 19 (0.088%) ProxySG
15 17 (0.079%) Terminal Services
16 15 (0.070%) XenServer
16 15 (0.070%) SRDF
Systems Management
1 317 (1.48%) HP Quality Center
2 196 (0.91%) SCCM
3 128 (0.60%) Control-M
4 125 (0.58%) Puppet
5 103 (0.48%) Tivoli
6 88 (0.41%) NetBackup
7 75 (0.35%) Data Guard
7 75 (0.35%) SCOM
8 60 (0.28%) Opscode Chef
9 59 (0.27%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 41 (0.19%) Nagios
11 39 (0.18%) Oracle Identity Management
12 38 (0.18%) BMC PATROL
13 32 (0.15%) Oracle Identity Manager
14 29 (0.13%) Tivoli Storage Manager
14 29 (0.13%) Cisco CUCM
15 25 (0.12%) ITRS Geneos
16 24 (0.11%) OpenView
17 21 (0.098%) Backup Exec
18 20 (0.093%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 3044 (14.16%) Oracle
2 2283 (10.62%) Microsoft
3 1452 (6.76%) SAP
4 606 (2.82%) IBM
5 533 (2.48%) HP
6 523 (2.43%) VMware
7 493 (2.29%) Citrix
8 456 (2.12%) Cisco
9 347 (1.61%) Business Objects
10 296 (1.38%) Cognos
11 294 (1.37%) Sybase
12 232 (1.08%) Red Hat
13 220 (1.02%) Informatica
14 187 (0.87%) CheckPoint
15 181 (0.84%) Salesforce.com
16 180 (0.84%) Hyperion
17 165 (0.77%) Remedy
18 160 (0.74%) Juniper
19 151 (0.70%) Sun
20 141 (0.66%) Bloomberg
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