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 18 December 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 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Financial
Rank 2 2 2
Rank change year-on-year
0 0
Contract jobs citing Finance 10932 10900 10322
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.76% 21.09% 20.79%
As % of the General category 51.55% 51.34% 50.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 7465 7080 6543
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 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 135 190 215
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -5.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.40 £35.00 £49.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -14.28%

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
21206 21233 20460
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.34% 41.08% 41.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 13776 13433 12045
Average daily rate £435 £450 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% +5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £625 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 478 568 781
Average hourly rate £22.50 £22.00 £21.94
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.27% +0.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £43.16 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.68 £23.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-1.39% +2.22%

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 18 December 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 18 December 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 18 December 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 9774 £425 -2.29% 2871
London 0 5300 £470 -1.05% 1546
City of London 0 1634 £450 -5.26% 634
South East -3 1390 £398 -0.39% 418
Scotland 0 869 £400 +4.57% 140
North West 0 679 £375 +0.53% 212
South West -1 667 £414 +3.50% 186
Edinburgh 0 541 £400 +1.01% 80
Yorkshire 0 525 £380 +1.33% 159
East of England +1 454 £415 -2.35% 126
West Yorkshire 0 392 £396 +5.60% 110
Buckinghamshire 0 353 £350 +7.69% 55
West Midlands 0 335 £350 -5.40% 94
Berkshire -1 320 £425 - 101
Manchester 0 314 £375 - 123
East Midlands +3 279 £425 +32.81% 80
Wiltshire 0 262 £450 +5.88% 38
Milton Keynes 0 261 £350 +7.69% 25
Glasgow 0 238 £388 +8.39% 29
Surrey -3 230 £400 -5.88% 104
Swindon 0 223 £450 +5.88% 22
Cheshire 0 213 £400 +6.66% 55
Hampshire -9 213 £375 -6.25% 53
Bristol 0 202 £396 +5.60% 71
Leeds -1 169 £375 - 69
Birmingham +4 127 £350 - 43
Cambridgeshire +5 121 £375 -11.76% 39
Hertfordshire +1 121 £413 +3.12% 29
Reading 0 108 £423 +5.62% 41
Northamptonshire 0 107 £450 +5.88% 39

Finance
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 5024 (22.98%) Banking
2 3701 (16.93%) SQL
3 3146 (14.39%) Agile Software Development
4 3043 (13.92%) Project Management
5 2888 (13.21%) Oracle
6 2511 (11.48%) Stakeholder Management
7 2442 (11.17%) Microsoft
8 2018 (9.23%) Windows
9 1871 (8.56%) Java
10 1866 (8.53%) Analytical Skills
11 1747 (7.99%) MS Excel
12 1606 (7.35%) SQL Server
13 1582 (7.24%) PRINCE2
14 1524 (6.97%) Migration
15 1508 (6.90%) Retail
16 1507 (6.89%) .NET
17 1464 (6.70%) SAP
18 1406 (6.43%) Business Analysis
19 1362 (6.23%) UNIX
19 1362 (6.23%) Business Intelligence
20 1314 (6.01%) C#
21 1270 (5.81%) Degree
22 1257 (5.75%) Investment Banking
23 1195 (5.47%) ITIL
24 1186 (5.42%) Linux
25 1158 (5.30%) MS Office
26 1120 (5.12%) Change Management
27 1080 (4.94%) HTML
28 1073 (4.91%) JavaScript
29 1063 (4.86%) Telecoms

Finance
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 December 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
1 752 (3.44%) SharePoint
2 475 (2.17%) SAS
3 338 (1.55%) WebSphere
4 270 (1.23%) WebLogic
5 267 (1.22%) MS Exchange
6 221 (1.01%) CMS
7 196 (0.90%) IIS
8 190 (0.87%) Tomcat
9 189 (0.86%) Apache
10 137 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2010
11 128 (0.59%) SharePoint 2010
12 125 (0.57%) Lync
13 117 (0.54%) Oracle Workflow
14 116 (0.53%) JBoss
15 104 (0.48%) BizTalk Server
16 77 (0.35%) SharePoint 2013
17 72 (0.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
18 70 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2007
19 64 (0.29%) WebSphere Application Server
20 60 (0.27%) Confluence
Applications
1 1747 (7.99%) MS Excel
2 1158 (5.30%) MS Office
3 678 (3.10%) MS PowerPoint
4 668 (3.06%) MS Project
5 460 (2.10%) MS Visio
6 169 (0.77%) Spreadsheet
7 120 (0.55%) Photoshop
8 64 (0.29%) Adobe Illustrator
9 25 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 23 (0.11%) SPSS
10 23 (0.11%) OmniGraffle
11 22 (0.10%) InfoPath
12 17 (0.078%) InDesign
13 13 (0.059%) Acrobat
14 11 (0.050%) PowerPivot
15 9 (0.041%) Open Workbench
16 5 (0.023%) Adobe Captivate
16 5 (0.023%) Fireworks
17 4 (0.018%) Mathematica
17 4 (0.018%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 438 (2.00%) Oracle EBS R12
2 427 (1.95%) Oracle EBS
3 301 (1.38%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 267 (1.22%) Oracle Financials
5 245 (1.12%) Oracle General Ledger
6 237 (1.08%) Oracle Receivables
7 233 (1.07%) Oracle Payables
8 189 (0.86%) Dynamics CRM
9 166 (0.76%) SAP FI
10 162 (0.74%) Agresso
11 152 (0.70%) Oracle Applications
12 126 (0.58%) Oracle Assets
13 124 (0.57%) Markit EDM
14 122 (0.56%) Dynamics AX
15 121 (0.55%) SAP CO
16 115 (0.53%) SAP FI/CO
17 108 (0.49%) Oracle Cash Management
18 98 (0.45%) SAP BPC
19 76 (0.35%) Oracle iProcurement
20 70 (0.32%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 110 (0.50%) SaaS
2 61 (0.28%) Amazon AWS
3 60 (0.27%) Cloud Computing
4 47 (0.21%) Microsoft Azure
5 45 (0.21%) Office 365
6 31 (0.14%) PaaS
7 30 (0.14%) Amazon EC2
8 28 (0.13%) Force.com
9 26 (0.12%) IaaS
10 22 (0.10%) GitHub
11 12 (0.055%) IBM Blueworks
12 10 (0.046%) Google Apps
13 7 (0.032%) Amazon S3
14 4 (0.018%) Google Cloud Platform
15 3 (0.014%) Taleo
15 3 (0.014%) SuccessFactors
15 3 (0.014%) Google App Engine
15 3 (0.014%) Heroku
16 2 (0.009%) SoftLayer
17 1 (0.005%) IBM SmartCloud
Communications & Networking
1 501 (2.29%) Firewall
2 303 (1.39%) WAN
3 288 (1.32%) TCP/IP
4 285 (1.30%) Internet
5 279 (1.28%) SAN
6 277 (1.27%) DNS
7 273 (1.25%) LAN
8 164 (0.75%) VPN
9 159 (0.73%) HTTP
10 151 (0.69%) Network Security
11 131 (0.60%) DHCP
12 122 (0.56%) Intranet
13 108 (0.49%) BGP
14 106 (0.48%) VoIP
15 91 (0.42%) FTP
15 91 (0.42%) MPLS
16 86 (0.39%) OSPF
17 84 (0.38%) Wireless
18 81 (0.37%) Cisco Nexus
18 81 (0.37%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1606 (7.35%) SQL Server
2 948 (4.34%) Data Warehouse
3 548 (2.51%) Oracle Database
4 519 (2.37%) Relational Database
5 512 (2.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 502 (2.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 440 (2.01%) SQL Server 2008
8 256 (1.17%) Oracle Database 11g
9 249 (1.14%) QlikView
10 235 (1.07%) RDBMS
11 230 (1.05%) Oracle Reports
12 227 (1.04%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 216 (0.99%) MySQL
14 213 (0.97%) DB2
15 180 (0.82%) Big Data
16 179 (0.82%) Oracle BI EE
17 165 (0.75%) SQL Server 2012
18 152 (0.70%) OLAP
19 148 (0.68%) MS Access
20 143 (0.65%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 328 (1.50%) JIRA
2 264 (1.21%) Subversion
3 232 (1.06%) Git (software)
3 232 (1.06%) Selenium
4 212 (0.97%) Visual Studio
5 198 (0.91%) Team Foundation Server
6 196 (0.90%) Maven
7 143 (0.65%) JUnit
8 138 (0.63%) NUnit
9 117 (0.54%) Eclipse
10 113 (0.52%) Jenkins
11 102 (0.47%) QuickTest Pro
12 99 (0.45%) Oracle Forms
13 92 (0.42%) Ant
14 91 (0.42%) Cucumber
15 84 (0.38%) TeamCity
16 80 (0.37%) WebDriver
17 63 (0.29%) Toad
18 55 (0.25%) Mockito
19 54 (0.25%) Hudson
General
1 5024 (22.98%) Banking
2 1508 (6.90%) Retail
3 1257 (5.75%) Investment Banking
4 1063 (4.86%) Telecoms
5 786 (3.59%) Front Office
6 765 (3.50%) Financial Institution
7 757 (3.46%) Marketing
8 638 (2.92%) Legal
9 552 (2.52%) Retail Banking
10 530 (2.42%) Manufacturing
11 358 (1.64%) Back Office
12 301 (1.38%) Advertising
13 263 (1.20%) Electronics
14 245 (1.12%) Billing
15 212 (0.97%) General Ledger
15 212 (0.97%) Law
16 100 (0.46%) Publishing
17 93 (0.43%) Games
18 88 (0.40%) Automotive
18 88 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 5680 (25.98%) Analyst
2 3930 (17.97%) Developer
3 2810 (12.85%) Project Manager
4 2698 (12.34%) Business Analyst
5 1629 (7.45%) Consultant
6 1344 (6.15%) Architect
7 660 (3.02%) Java Developer
8 509 (2.33%) Data Analyst
9 486 (2.22%) Support Analyst
10 457 (2.09%) Senior Analyst
11 452 (2.07%) Solutions Architect
12 438 (2.00%) Test Analyst
13 419 (1.92%) Programme Manager
14 404 (1.85%) Administrator
15 395 (1.81%) .NET Developer
16 373 (1.71%) C# Developer
17 371 (1.70%) Senior Manager
18 334 (1.53%) Senior Developer
19 311 (1.42%) Designer
20 303 (1.39%) Oracle Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1507 (6.89%) .NET
2 1080 (4.94%) HTML
3 787 (3.60%) XML
4 718 (3.28%) CSS
5 677 (3.10%) Web Services
6 491 (2.25%) HTML5
7 486 (2.22%) ASP.NET
8 481 (2.20%) jQuery
9 419 (1.92%) Spring
10 413 (1.89%) Middleware
11 313 (1.43%) J2EE
12 300 (1.37%) WCF
13 259 (1.18%) .NET Framework
14 253 (1.16%) AngularJS
15 251 (1.15%) CSS3
16 227 (1.04%) SOAP
17 213 (0.97%) WPF
18 205 (0.94%) Hibernate
18 205 (0.94%) REST
19 198 (0.91%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 1866 (8.53%) Analytical Skills
2 618 (2.83%) Management Information System
3 486 (2.22%) Derivative
4 431 (1.97%) User Experience
5 424 (1.94%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 366 (1.67%) Computer Science
7 349 (1.60%) Fixed Income
8 325 (1.49%) Credit Risk
9 266 (1.22%) Equities
10 261 (1.19%) Mainframe
11 256 (1.17%) DTV
12 225 (1.03%) Mobile App
13 218 (1.00%) Blackberry
14 213 (0.97%) Hedge funds
15 197 (0.90%) Open Source
16 193 (0.88%) Data Structures
17 189 (0.86%) Mathematics
18 186 (0.85%) Clustering
19 169 (0.77%) Data Integration
19 169 (0.77%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 2018 (9.23%) Windows
2 1362 (6.23%) UNIX
3 1186 (5.42%) Linux
4 542 (2.48%) Windows 7
5 399 (1.82%) Windows Server 2008
6 291 (1.33%) Windows Server 2003
7 278 (1.27%) Solaris
8 232 (1.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 211 (0.97%) Windows XP
10 199 (0.91%) Apple iOS
11 189 (0.86%) Windows Server 2012
12 177 (0.81%) Android
13 130 (0.59%) AIX
14 66 (0.30%) zOS
15 62 (0.28%) Windows 8
16 58 (0.27%) CentOS
17 40 (0.18%) SUSE
18 35 (0.16%) Windows Vista
18 35 (0.16%) Oracle Linux
19 34 (0.16%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 3146 (14.39%) Agile Software Development
2 3043 (13.92%) Project Management
3 2511 (11.48%) Stakeholder Management
4 1582 (7.24%) PRINCE2
5 1524 (6.97%) Migration
6 1406 (6.43%) Business Analysis
7 1362 (6.23%) Business Intelligence
8 1195 (5.47%) ITIL
9 1120 (5.12%) Change Management
10 984 (4.50%) User Acceptance Testing
11 883 (4.04%) Scrum
12 854 (3.91%) Risk Management
13 764 (3.49%) Data Modelling
14 736 (3.37%) TDD
15 733 (3.35%) Programme Management
16 715 (3.27%) Analytics
17 711 (3.25%) ETL
18 668 (3.06%) CRM
19 632 (2.89%) Data Analysis
20 622 (2.84%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 3701 (16.93%) SQL
2 1871 (8.56%) Java
3 1314 (6.01%) C#
4 1073 (4.91%) JavaScript
5 537 (2.46%) PL/SQL
6 438 (2.00%) C++
7 437 (2.00%) VBA
8 420 (1.92%) T-SQL
9 373 (1.71%) Python
10 362 (1.66%) Perl
11 280 (1.28%) Shell Script
12 262 (1.20%) C
13 215 (0.98%) PowerShell
14 191 (0.87%) VB
15 172 (0.79%) PHP
16 151 (0.69%) Ruby
17 131 (0.60%) Bash Shell
18 129 (0.59%) VB.NET
19 111 (0.51%) VBScript
20 86 (0.39%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1270 (5.81%) Degree
2 713 (3.26%) Security Cleared
3 469 (2.15%) ISEB
4 444 (2.03%) SC Cleared
5 349 (1.60%) PMI Certification
6 247 (1.13%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 244 (1.12%) PMP
8 220 (1.01%) Cisco Certification
9 210 (0.96%) CISSP
10 185 (0.85%) Microsoft Certification
11 179 (0.82%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 175 (0.80%) ITIL Certification
13 158 (0.72%) ISTQB
14 145 (0.66%) ACCA
15 143 (0.65%) CIMA
16 126 (0.58%) CCNP
17 108 (0.49%) CISM
18 103 (0.47%) MCSE
19 96 (0.44%) DV Cleared
20 89 (0.41%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 775 (3.54%) QA
2 306 (1.40%) SLA
3 159 (0.73%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 145 (0.66%) Data Quality
5 143 (0.65%) Solvency II
6 136 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 125 (0.57%) PCI DSS
8 80 (0.37%) ISO 9001
9 73 (0.33%) Basel III
10 62 (0.28%) EMIR
11 61 (0.28%) COBIT
12 58 (0.27%) Dodd-Frank
13 53 (0.24%) GAAP
14 49 (0.22%) Basel II
15 41 (0.19%) FATCA
16 40 (0.18%) COREP
17 38 (0.17%) P3O
18 33 (0.15%) FINREP
19 22 (0.10%) MiFID
20 15 (0.069%) CRD IV
System Software
1 796 (3.64%) Active Directory
2 330 (1.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 130 (0.59%) XenApp
4 113 (0.52%) Oracle RAC
5 97 (0.44%) VMware ESX
6 94 (0.43%) vSphere
7 79 (0.36%) XenDesktop
8 77 (0.35%) Hyper-V
9 63 (0.29%) Microsoft App-V
10 45 (0.21%) NFS
10 45 (0.21%) ACF2
11 43 (0.20%) RACF
12 41 (0.19%) Oracle RMAN
13 35 (0.16%) Veritas Cluster Server
14 30 (0.14%) VMware ESXi
15 22 (0.10%) ProxySG
16 21 (0.096%) Xen
17 19 (0.087%) Veritas Volume Manager
18 18 (0.082%) Citrix Presentation Server
18 18 (0.082%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 337 (1.54%) HP Quality Center
2 226 (1.03%) SCCM
3 155 (0.71%) Control-M
4 117 (0.54%) Puppet
5 97 (0.44%) Tivoli
6 82 (0.38%) SCOM
7 79 (0.36%) Opscode Chef
8 61 (0.28%) NetBackup
9 55 (0.25%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 42 (0.19%) Data Guard
11 36 (0.16%) Oracle Identity Management
12 31 (0.14%) OpenView
12 31 (0.14%) BMC PATROL
13 30 (0.14%) Cisco CUCM
14 28 (0.13%) Tivoli Storage Manager
15 25 (0.11%) WSUS
16 24 (0.11%) HP SIM
16 24 (0.11%) Nagios
17 22 (0.10%) Backup Exec
18 19 (0.087%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 2888 (13.21%) Oracle
2 2442 (11.17%) Microsoft
3 1464 (6.70%) SAP
4 596 (2.73%) Cisco
5 595 (2.72%) VMware
6 584 (2.67%) IBM
7 537 (2.46%) Citrix
8 513 (2.35%) HP
9 344 (1.57%) Business Objects
10 309 (1.41%) Sybase
11 274 (1.25%) Cognos
12 248 (1.13%) Red Hat
13 242 (1.11%) Informatica
14 226 (1.03%) CheckPoint
15 201 (0.92%) Salesforce.com
16 187 (0.86%) Remedy
17 167 (0.76%) Adobe
18 166 (0.76%) F5
19 165 (0.75%) Juniper
20 146 (0.67%) Sun
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