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 2 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
2 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Financial
Rank 2 2 2
Rank change year-on-year
0 0
Contract jobs citing Finance 10944 11468 13078
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.38% 21.45% 22.62%
As % of the General category 50.16% 50.46% 51.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 7139 7334 8392
Average daily rate
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£425 £425 £425
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £280 £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 124 227 238
Average hourly rate £18.00 £19.50 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% -9.30%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.80 £12.12 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.08 £45.40 £46.30
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
21818 22727 25574
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.64% 42.52% 44.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 13364 14092 15225
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 £273 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £625 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £381 £375
% change year-on-year
+2.36% +1.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 530 602 736
Average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.31% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.71 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £45.00 £49.11
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.88 £22.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+6.11% -25.00%

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 2 September 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 2 September 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 2 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 0 9786 £425 -1.63% 3185
London 0 5448 £463 +1.64% 1723
City of London 0 1623 £475 +4.68% 811
South East 0 1382 £380 -5.11% 437
Scotland 0 757 £400 +5.54% 174
South West +1 675 £400 +0.31% 184
North West -1 576 £400 +7.23% 281
East of England -1 479 £400 - 168
Yorkshire -1 461 £375 - 196
Edinburgh 0 401 £400 +1.01% 103
West Yorkshire 0 347 £375 - 138
Berkshire +3 341 £413 +3.12% 123
Buckinghamshire 0 335 £355 +1.50% 37
East Midlands +1 309 £425 +6.25% 49
West Midlands +1 298 £375 -5.30% 130
Manchester -1 266 £385 +6.57% 158
Milton Keynes +1 264 £375 +11.27% 13
Glasgow 0 249 £388 +14.81% 37
Bristol +1 235 £363 -7.05% 81
Hampshire -2 235 £375 -21.05% 68
Wiltshire 0 216 £418 +4.37% 37
Surrey -4 188 £388 -3.12% 100
Swindon 0 181 £425 +3.03% 28
Hertfordshire +3 175 £385 -9.41% 74
Cheshire 0 172 £407 +8.46% 65
Leeds -1 150 £375 - 70
Wales -1 147 £400 +6.66% 46
Northamptonshire 0 140 £450 - 14
Birmingham -1 129 £330 -17.50% 68
South Wales 0 125 £385 +2.66% 39

Finance
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 5064 (23.50%) Banking
2 3574 (16.59%) SQL
3 3228 (14.98%) Project Management
4 3083 (14.31%) Oracle
5 2517 (11.68%) Stakeholder Management
6 2288 (10.62%) Microsoft
7 2020 (9.37%) Windows
8 1809 (8.40%) Java
9 1715 (7.96%) MS Excel
10 1684 (7.82%) SQL Server
11 1660 (7.70%) PRINCE2
12 1503 (6.98%) Migration
13 1469 (6.82%) .NET
14 1449 (6.72%) SAP
15 1438 (6.67%) Retail
16 1429 (6.63%) Business Intelligence
17 1427 (6.62%) Agile Software Development
18 1401 (6.50%) Business Analysis
19 1396 (6.48%) UNIX
20 1369 (6.35%) Investment Banking
21 1328 (6.16%) Degree
22 1245 (5.78%) C#
23 1220 (5.66%) Linux
24 1177 (5.46%) ITIL
25 1159 (5.38%) MS Office
26 1096 (5.09%) Change Management
27 1073 (4.98%) Telecoms
28 991 (4.60%) HTML
29 961 (4.46%) JavaScript
30 946 (4.39%) Risk Management

Finance
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 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
1 865 (4.01%) SharePoint
2 385 (1.79%) WebSphere
3 381 (1.77%) SAS
4 264 (1.23%) MS Exchange
5 263 (1.22%) WebLogic
6 244 (1.13%) CMS
7 203 (0.94%) Tomcat
8 197 (0.91%) IIS
9 180 (0.84%) Apache
10 165 (0.77%) SharePoint 2010
11 132 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2010
12 119 (0.55%) BizTalk Server
13 117 (0.54%) Lync
14 113 (0.52%) Oracle Workflow
15 95 (0.44%) WebSphere Application Server
16 79 (0.37%) IBM Notes
17 73 (0.34%) SharePoint 2013
18 72 (0.33%) MQSeries
18 72 (0.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
19 59 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 1715 (7.96%) MS Excel
2 1159 (5.38%) MS Office
3 749 (3.48%) MS Project
4 660 (3.06%) MS PowerPoint
5 477 (2.21%) MS Visio
6 182 (0.84%) Spreadsheet
7 104 (0.48%) Photoshop
8 50 (0.23%) Adobe Illustrator
9 34 (0.16%) InfoPath
10 26 (0.12%) OmniGraffle
11 16 (0.074%) SPSS
12 15 (0.070%) InDesign
12 15 (0.070%) Adobe Captivate
13 13 (0.060%) Open Workbench
13 13 (0.060%) RoboHelp
14 12 (0.056%) PowerPivot
15 8 (0.037%) Fireworks
16 7 (0.032%) Adobe After Effects
16 7 (0.032%) AutoCAD
17 6 (0.028%) Mathematica
Business Applications
1 450 (2.09%) Oracle EBS
2 423 (1.96%) Oracle EBS R12
3 333 (1.55%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 283 (1.31%) Oracle Financials
5 276 (1.28%) Oracle General Ledger
6 262 (1.22%) Oracle Receivables
7 258 (1.20%) Oracle Payables
8 180 (0.84%) SAP FI
9 170 (0.79%) Dynamics CRM
10 168 (0.78%) SAP CO
11 167 (0.78%) Dynamics AX
12 164 (0.76%) Oracle Applications
13 153 (0.71%) SAP FI/CO
14 137 (0.64%) Oracle Assets
15 129 (0.60%) Agresso
16 105 (0.49%) Markit EDM
17 97 (0.45%) Oracle Cash Management
18 95 (0.44%) Cognos TM1
19 80 (0.37%) Oracle 11i
20 79 (0.37%) Oracle Internet Expenses
Cloud Services
1 119 (0.55%) SaaS
2 68 (0.32%) Amazon AWS
3 55 (0.26%) Cloud Computing
4 43 (0.20%) Office 365
5 36 (0.17%) Microsoft Azure
6 35 (0.16%) Amazon EC2
7 25 (0.12%) PaaS
8 23 (0.11%) IaaS
9 21 (0.097%) GitHub
10 18 (0.084%) Force.com
11 13 (0.060%) IBM SmartCloud
12 7 (0.032%) Google Apps
12 7 (0.032%) SuccessFactors
13 4 (0.019%) Amazon EMR
13 4 (0.019%) Taleo
14 3 (0.014%) Google App Engine
14 3 (0.014%) IBM Blueworks
15 2 (0.009%) Responsys
15 2 (0.009%) Heroku
16 1 (0.005%) Basecamp
Communications & Networking
1 472 (2.19%) Firewall
2 328 (1.52%) Internet
3 266 (1.23%) WAN
4 261 (1.21%) SAN
5 247 (1.15%) LAN
6 236 (1.10%) DNS
7 227 (1.05%) TCP/IP
8 190 (0.88%) Intranet
9 167 (0.78%) VPN
10 159 (0.74%) HTTP
11 129 (0.60%) Network Security
12 96 (0.45%) SSL
13 95 (0.44%) VoIP
14 89 (0.41%) DHCP
14 89 (0.41%) FTP
15 85 (0.39%) Wireless
16 84 (0.39%) BGP
17 83 (0.39%) LDAP
18 82 (0.38%) Multicast
19 68 (0.32%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1684 (7.82%) SQL Server
2 926 (4.30%) Data Warehouse
3 638 (2.96%) Oracle Database
4 532 (2.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 498 (2.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 489 (2.27%) Relational Database
7 446 (2.07%) SQL Server 2008
8 300 (1.39%) Oracle Database 11g
9 259 (1.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 241 (1.12%) QlikView
11 235 (1.09%) Oracle Reports
11 235 (1.09%) RDBMS
12 212 (0.98%) DB2
13 181 (0.84%) MySQL
14 180 (0.84%) SQL Server 2005
15 177 (0.82%) Oracle BI EE
16 176 (0.82%) MS Access
17 171 (0.79%) Oracle Database 10g
18 163 (0.76%) Data Mining
19 141 (0.65%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 286 (1.33%) JIRA
2 264 (1.23%) Selenium
3 263 (1.22%) Subversion
4 236 (1.10%) Visual Studio
5 201 (0.93%) Maven
6 197 (0.91%) Team Foundation Server
7 195 (0.90%) Git (software)
8 157 (0.73%) JUnit
9 140 (0.65%) Eclipse
10 134 (0.62%) Oracle Forms
11 127 (0.59%) QuickTest Pro
12 107 (0.50%) Cucumber
12 107 (0.50%) Jenkins
13 91 (0.42%) Ant
14 89 (0.41%) NUnit
15 84 (0.39%) TeamCity
16 83 (0.39%) WebDriver
17 68 (0.32%) FitNesse
18 66 (0.31%) LoadRunner
19 59 (0.27%) Toad
General
1 5064 (23.50%) Banking
2 1438 (6.67%) Retail
3 1369 (6.35%) Investment Banking
4 1073 (4.98%) Telecoms
5 890 (4.13%) Financial Institution
6 802 (3.72%) Marketing
7 770 (3.57%) Front Office
8 611 (2.84%) Manufacturing
9 563 (2.61%) Legal
10 491 (2.28%) Retail Banking
11 415 (1.93%) Back Office
12 279 (1.29%) Electronics
13 258 (1.20%) Advertising
14 243 (1.13%) General Ledger
15 240 (1.11%) Billing
16 163 (0.76%) Law
17 139 (0.65%) Publishing
18 97 (0.45%) Pharmaceutical
19 90 (0.42%) French Language
20 87 (0.40%) German Language
Job Titles
1 5625 (26.11%) Analyst
2 3711 (17.22%) Developer
3 2909 (13.50%) Project Manager
4 2633 (12.22%) Business Analyst
5 1544 (7.17%) Consultant
6 1239 (5.75%) Architect
7 643 (2.98%) Java Developer
8 483 (2.24%) Solutions Architect
9 466 (2.16%) Data Analyst
10 462 (2.14%) Programme Manager
11 460 (2.13%) Senior Analyst
12 457 (2.12%) Test Analyst
13 444 (2.06%) Support Analyst
14 435 (2.02%) Administrator
15 382 (1.77%) .NET Developer
16 371 (1.72%) Senior Manager
17 338 (1.57%) C# Developer
18 319 (1.48%) PMO Analyst
19 293 (1.36%) Business Manager
20 290 (1.35%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1469 (6.82%) .NET
2 991 (4.60%) HTML
3 810 (3.76%) XML
4 722 (3.35%) Web Services
5 690 (3.20%) CSS
6 551 (2.56%) ASP.NET
7 473 (2.20%) Spring
8 464 (2.15%) jQuery
9 425 (1.97%) HTML5
10 418 (1.94%) J2EE
11 388 (1.80%) Middleware
12 294 (1.36%) WCF
13 271 (1.26%) Hibernate
14 230 (1.07%) CSS3
15 218 (1.01%) WPF
16 214 (0.99%) SOAP
17 211 (0.98%) ASP.NET MVC
18 206 (0.96%) Ajax
19 201 (0.93%) .NET Framework
20 194 (0.90%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 628 (2.91%) Management Information System
2 460 (2.13%) Derivative
3 385 (1.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 365 (1.69%) Computer Science
5 352 (1.63%) Fixed Income
6 334 (1.55%) Hedge funds
7 304 (1.41%) Credit Risk
8 280 (1.30%) Mainframe
9 276 (1.28%) DTV
10 226 (1.05%) Blackberry
11 217 (1.01%) Open Source
12 214 (0.99%) Equities
13 205 (0.95%) PMI
14 197 (0.91%) Mobile App
15 196 (0.91%) Enterprise Software
16 185 (0.86%) Mathematics
17 180 (0.84%) Data Integration
18 177 (0.82%) Clustering
19 155 (0.72%) NHS
20 153 (0.71%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 2020 (9.37%) Windows
2 1396 (6.48%) UNIX
3 1220 (5.66%) Linux
4 517 (2.40%) Windows 7
5 367 (1.70%) Windows Server 2008
6 342 (1.59%) Solaris
7 247 (1.15%) Windows Server 2003
8 208 (0.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 190 (0.88%) Windows XP
10 162 (0.75%) Apple iOS
11 148 (0.69%) Android
12 136 (0.63%) Windows Server 2012
13 135 (0.63%) AIX
14 59 (0.27%) zOS
15 45 (0.21%) Windows 8
16 39 (0.18%) Windows 2000
17 36 (0.17%) Mac OS X
17 36 (0.17%) Oracle Linux
18 34 (0.16%) HPUX
19 26 (0.12%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 3228 (14.98%) Project Management
2 2517 (11.68%) Stakeholder Management
3 1660 (7.70%) PRINCE2
4 1503 (6.98%) Migration
5 1429 (6.63%) Business Intelligence
6 1427 (6.62%) Agile Software Development
7 1401 (6.50%) Business Analysis
8 1177 (5.46%) ITIL
9 1096 (5.09%) Change Management
10 946 (4.39%) Risk Management
11 938 (4.35%) User Acceptance Testing
12 833 (3.87%) Scrum
13 784 (3.64%) Programme Management
14 697 (3.23%) Data Modelling
15 677 (3.14%) CRM
16 662 (3.07%) TDD
17 652 (3.03%) ETL
18 648 (3.01%) Data Analysis
19 646 (3.00%) Analytics
20 643 (2.98%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 3574 (16.59%) SQL
2 1809 (8.40%) Java
3 1245 (5.78%) C#
4 961 (4.46%) JavaScript
5 562 (2.61%) PL/SQL
6 485 (2.25%) VBA
7 423 (1.96%) T-SQL
8 405 (1.88%) C++
9 365 (1.69%) Python
10 352 (1.63%) Perl
11 294 (1.36%) C
12 273 (1.27%) Shell Script
13 240 (1.11%) PowerShell
14 206 (0.96%) VB
15 168 (0.78%) Ruby
16 164 (0.76%) Bash Shell
17 146 (0.68%) VB.NET
18 136 (0.63%) PHP
19 97 (0.45%) Scala
20 93 (0.43%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 1328 (6.16%) Degree
2 669 (3.10%) Security Cleared
3 511 (2.37%) ISEB
4 450 (2.09%) SC Cleared
5 389 (1.81%) PMI Certification
6 279 (1.29%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 266 (1.23%) PMP
8 240 (1.11%) ISTQB
9 216 (1.00%) CISSP
10 206 (0.96%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 205 (0.95%) Cisco Certification
12 188 (0.87%) ITIL Certification
13 180 (0.84%) Microsoft Certification
14 141 (0.65%) CIMA
15 128 (0.59%) ACCA
16 121 (0.56%) CCNP
17 101 (0.47%) MCSE
18 97 (0.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
19 94 (0.44%) CISM
20 85 (0.39%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 775 (3.60%) QA
2 294 (1.36%) SLA
3 172 (0.80%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 147 (0.68%) Data Quality
5 117 (0.54%) PCI DSS
6 108 (0.50%) Solvency II
7 102 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 97 (0.45%) ISO 9001
9 90 (0.42%) EMIR
10 83 (0.39%) Basel III
11 71 (0.33%) Dodd-Frank
12 58 (0.27%) COBIT
13 43 (0.20%) FATCA
14 42 (0.19%) Basel II
15 37 (0.17%) MiFID
16 34 (0.16%) COREP
17 31 (0.14%) FINREP
18 28 (0.13%) P3O
19 19 (0.088%) AIFMD
20 18 (0.084%) CRD IV
System Software
1 736 (3.42%) Active Directory
2 317 (1.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 158 (0.73%) Oracle RAC
4 110 (0.51%) XenApp
5 75 (0.35%) Microsoft App-V
6 70 (0.32%) vSphere
7 69 (0.32%) Hyper-V
8 63 (0.29%) VMware ESX
9 52 (0.24%) Oracle RMAN
10 50 (0.23%) XenDesktop
11 31 (0.14%) NFS
12 29 (0.13%) ACF2
13 28 (0.13%) RACF
13 28 (0.13%) Veritas Cluster Server
14 26 (0.12%) VMware ESXi
15 24 (0.11%) vCloud
15 24 (0.11%) ProxySG
16 18 (0.084%) Terminal Services
17 16 (0.074%) ISA Server
17 16 (0.074%) SRDF
Systems Management
1 316 (1.47%) HP Quality Center
2 199 (0.92%) SCCM
3 130 (0.60%) Control-M
4 125 (0.58%) Puppet
5 104 (0.48%) Tivoli
6 87 (0.40%) NetBackup
7 78 (0.36%) SCOM
8 74 (0.34%) Data Guard
9 61 (0.28%) Opscode Chef
10 59 (0.27%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 46 (0.21%) Nagios
12 39 (0.18%) BMC PATROL
12 39 (0.18%) Oracle Identity Management
13 34 (0.16%) Oracle Identity Manager
14 29 (0.13%) Cisco CUCM
15 28 (0.13%) Tivoli Storage Manager
16 25 (0.12%) OpenView
17 24 (0.11%) ITRS Geneos
18 22 (0.10%) BladeLogic
19 21 (0.097%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 3083 (14.31%) Oracle
2 2288 (10.62%) Microsoft
3 1449 (6.72%) SAP
4 609 (2.83%) IBM
5 533 (2.47%) VMware
6 528 (2.45%) HP
7 509 (2.36%) Citrix
8 466 (2.16%) Cisco
9 363 (1.68%) Business Objects
10 301 (1.40%) Cognos
11 300 (1.39%) Sybase
12 238 (1.10%) Informatica
13 237 (1.10%) Red Hat
14 192 (0.89%) CheckPoint
15 184 (0.85%) Hyperion
16 183 (0.85%) Salesforce.com
17 171 (0.79%) Remedy
18 153 (0.71%) Juniper
19 152 (0.71%) Sun
20 139 (0.65%) Bloomberg
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