The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Front Office in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Front Office over the 3 months to 2 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
2 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Front Office
Rank 94 65 64
Rank change year-on-year
-29 -1
Contract jobs citing Front Office 1159 1473 1546
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.00% 2.83% 2.74%
As % of the General category 5.13% 6.71% 6.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 894 1106 1188
Average daily rate
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£575 £552 £575
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% -4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £400 £425
10% offered a daily rate of more than £700 £700 £675
UK excluding London average daily rate £440 £400 £345
% change year-on-year
+10.00% +15.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 9
Average hourly rate £21.00 £87.50 £23.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-76.00% +272.34%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.00 £90.00 £25.17
% change year-on-year
-76.66% +257.56%

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
22602 21941 25252
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.94% 42.20% 44.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 13749 13703 14942
Average daily rate £428 £450 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% +5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £620 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £396 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+4.21% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 518 576 738
Average hourly rate £24.00 £21.00 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -19.23%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.50 £20.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
+37.50% -31.03%

Front Office
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Front Office Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Front Office
Daily Rate Trend

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

Front Office Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Front Office
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Front Office within the UK over the 3 months to 2 October 2014.

Front Office Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Front Office
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Front Office Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Front Office
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 Front Office within the UK over the 3 months to 2 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 -27 1087 £575 +2.22% 227
London -10 1065 £575 - 218
City of London -9 298 £575 - 93
Scotland +27 58 £450 - 1
Glasgow -6 21 £425 -5.55%
Edinburgh +17 18 £500 +17.64% 1
Stirling +5 16 - -
Docklands, London +5 6 £544 -3.33% 4
South East -55 6 £440 +72.54% 2
East Midlands +4 3 £438 -2.77%
Canary Wharf -7 3 £600 -2.59%
South West -36 3 £375 +63.49% 3
North West -8 2 £480 -
West Midlands -31 2 - - 1
Hampshire - 2 £600 - 1
Southampton - 2 £600 -
Nottinghamshire - 2 £438 -
Manchester - 2 £480 -
Northamptonshire +1 1 - -
Swindon -10 1 £450 +200.00% 1
Wiltshire -11 1 £450 +200.00% 2
Surrey -12 1 £270 -44.61% 1
East of England -26 1 - -
Berkshire -37 1 - -
Nottingham - 1 £450 -
Midlands - 1 £730 -
Hertfordshire - 1 - -
Kent - - - -
Norfolk - - - -
South Yorkshire - - - -

Front Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Front Office 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 Front Office.

1 1011 (44.11%) Banking
2 780 (34.03%) Finance
3 702 (30.63%) Java
4 657 (28.66%) Investment Banking
5 616 (26.88%) SQL
5 616 (26.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 533 (23.25%) C#
7 458 (19.98%) Agile Software Development
8 455 (19.85%) Derivative
9 444 (19.37%) Fixed Income
10 390 (17.02%) Multithreading
11 367 (16.01%) Low Latency
12 337 (14.70%) Oracle
13 320 (13.96%) C++
14 300 (13.09%) UNIX
15 290 (12.65%) .NET
16 252 (10.99%) Equities
16 252 (10.99%) Risk Management
16 252 (10.99%) Analytical Skills
17 233 (10.17%) Linux
18 229 (9.99%) Degree
19 226 (9.86%) Back Office
20 206 (8.99%) SQL Server
21 199 (8.68%) Business Analysis
22 196 (8.55%) OO
23 191 (8.33%) Python
23 191 (8.33%) TDD
24 163 (7.11%) Windows
24 163 (7.11%) WPF
25 151 (6.59%) Analytics

Front Office
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Front Office 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 Front Office. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 77 (3.36%) Oracle Coherence
2 28 (1.22%) SharePoint
3 24 (1.05%) WebSphere
4 17 (0.74%) Apache
5 16 (0.70%) WebLogic
5 16 (0.70%) IIS
5 16 (0.70%) Tomcat
6 14 (0.61%) TIBCO EMS
7 13 (0.57%) Confluence
8 11 (0.48%) IBM HTTP Server
9 10 (0.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 9 (0.39%) WebSphere Application Server
11 8 (0.35%) MS Exchange
12 6 (0.26%) MQSeries
12 6 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2010
12 6 (0.26%) Node.js
13 5 (0.22%) Oracle Workflow
14 4 (0.17%) IBM Notes
15 3 (0.13%) Exchange Server 2003
15 3 (0.13%) GemFire
Applications
1 80 (3.49%) MS Excel
2 45 (1.96%) MS Office
3 23 (1.00%) MS Project
4 19 (0.83%) MS PowerPoint
5 16 (0.70%) MS Visio
6 13 (0.57%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.044%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.044%) Adobe Captivate
7 1 (0.044%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.044%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 50 (2.18%) RMDS
2 28 (1.22%) Oracle EBS
2 28 (1.22%) Markit EDM
3 27 (1.18%) ION MarketView
4 17 (0.74%) Oracle Retail
5 15 (0.65%) Summit
6 11 (0.48%) LatentZero
7 9 (0.39%) Murex MxG2000
8 7 (0.31%) Bloomberg TOMS
8 7 (0.31%) Endur
9 6 (0.26%) SAP BPC
10 5 (0.22%) Dynamics CRM
10 5 (0.22%) SAP SRM
11 4 (0.17%) Oracle BPM
11 4 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
12 3 (0.13%) Global One
12 3 (0.13%) Sophis RISQUE
12 3 (0.13%) Tesseract
12 3 (0.13%) Minerva
12 3 (0.13%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.087%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.044%) GitHub
2 1 (0.044%) Force.com
2 1 (0.044%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (0.044%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 20 (0.87%) Firewall
2 18 (0.79%) TCP/IP
2 18 (0.79%) HTTP
3 13 (0.57%) DNS
3 13 (0.57%) Intranet
4 8 (0.35%) LDAP
4 8 (0.35%) BIG-IP
4 8 (0.35%) Multicast
5 7 (0.31%) LTE
5 7 (0.31%) Radio Access Network
5 7 (0.31%) 2G
6 6 (0.26%) 3G
7 5 (0.22%) NetScaler
7 5 (0.22%) 4G
7 5 (0.22%) LAN
8 4 (0.17%) VPN
8 4 (0.17%) Internet
8 4 (0.17%) SAN
8 4 (0.17%) SSH
9 3 (0.13%) GGSN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 206 (8.99%) SQL Server
2 104 (4.54%) Relational Database
3 59 (2.57%) SQL Server 2008
4 56 (2.44%) KDB
5 39 (1.70%) Oracle Database
6 28 (1.22%) SQL Server 2012
7 24 (1.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 24 (1.05%) MongoDB
8 23 (1.00%) NoSQL
9 22 (0.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 20 (0.87%) Big Data
11 16 (0.70%) RDBMS
12 15 (0.65%) Data Warehouse
13 13 (0.57%) Oracle Database 10g
14 12 (0.52%) Hazelcast
14 12 (0.52%) QlikView
15 11 (0.48%) MS Access
16 10 (0.44%) OLAP
17 9 (0.39%) DB2
18 7 (0.31%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 42 (1.83%) JIRA
2 41 (1.79%) TeamCity
3 40 (1.75%) Subversion
4 38 (1.66%) JUnit
5 35 (1.53%) Visual Studio
6 24 (1.05%) Git (software)
7 19 (0.83%) Maven
8 16 (0.70%) NUnit
8 16 (0.70%) Team Foundation Server
9 15 (0.65%) WebDriver
9 15 (0.65%) Rhino Mocks
9 15 (0.65%) Grunt
10 14 (0.61%) Jenkins
11 13 (0.57%) CruiseControl
11 13 (0.57%) Eclipse
12 11 (0.48%) jMock
12 11 (0.48%) Bower
13 10 (0.44%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
14 9 (0.39%) Visual Studio Team System
14 9 (0.39%) MSTest
General
1 1011 (44.11%) Banking
2 780 (34.03%) Finance
3 657 (28.66%) Investment Banking
4 226 (9.86%) Back Office
5 73 (3.18%) Financial Institution
6 45 (1.96%) Legal
7 43 (1.88%) Retail
8 15 (0.65%) Advertising
9 13 (0.57%) Marketing
10 11 (0.48%) Telecoms
11 8 (0.35%) Retail Banking
12 7 (0.31%) Publishing
12 7 (0.31%) Manufacturing
13 6 (0.26%) Corporate Banking
13 6 (0.26%) Private Banking
14 5 (0.22%) French Language
15 4 (0.17%) Spanish Language
16 3 (0.13%) German Language
16 3 (0.13%) Law
16 3 (0.13%) Billing
Job Titles
1 1093 (47.69%) Developer
2 579 (25.26%) Analyst
3 376 (16.40%) Java Developer
4 343 (14.97%) Business Analyst
5 262 (11.43%) C# Developer
6 192 (8.38%) Project Manager
7 179 (7.81%) Senior Developer
8 130 (5.67%) Support Analyst
9 101 (4.41%) Front Office Developer
10 96 (4.19%) Applications Support
11 93 (4.06%) C++ Developer
12 69 (3.01%) .NET Developer
12 69 (3.01%) Senior Java Developer
13 60 (2.62%) Consultant
14 56 (2.44%) C# .NET Developer
15 55 (2.40%) Senior Analyst
15 55 (2.40%) Quantitative Developer
16 53 (2.31%) WPF Developer
17 51 (2.23%) Python Developer
18 50 (2.18%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 290 (12.65%) .NET
2 163 (7.11%) WPF
3 145 (6.33%) HTML
4 133 (5.80%) XML
5 132 (5.76%) Spring
6 121 (5.28%) WCF
7 117 (5.10%) HTML5
8 91 (3.97%) Middleware
9 87 (3.80%) FIX Protocol
10 81 (3.53%) JMS
11 71 (3.10%) Web Services
12 60 (2.62%) ASP.NET
13 56 (2.44%) Hibernate
14 55 (2.40%) AngularJS
15 53 (2.31%) WinForms
16 48 (2.09%) CSS
17 46 (2.01%) Rendezvous
18 39 (1.70%) jQuery
19 37 (1.61%) DOM
20 36 (1.57%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 616 (26.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 455 (19.85%) Derivative
3 444 (19.37%) Fixed Income
4 252 (10.99%) Equities
4 252 (10.99%) Analytical Skills
5 141 (6.15%) Computer Science
6 97 (4.23%) Market Risk
7 94 (4.10%) Credit Risk
8 90 (3.93%) Credit Derivative
8 90 (3.93%) Mathematics
9 74 (3.23%) Equity Derivative
10 64 (2.79%) Management Information System
11 50 (2.18%) Algorithms
12 49 (2.14%) User Experience
13 42 (1.83%) Data Structures
14 41 (1.79%) Interest Rate Derivative
15 37 (1.61%) Hedge funds
16 30 (1.31%) Physics
17 28 (1.22%) Open Source
18 25 (1.09%) Grid Computing
Operating Systems
1 300 (13.09%) UNIX
2 233 (10.17%) Linux
3 163 (7.11%) Windows
4 34 (1.48%) Windows 7
5 27 (1.18%) Solaris
6 26 (1.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 21 (0.92%) Windows XP
8 15 (0.65%) Windows Server 2008
9 12 (0.52%) Windows Server 2003
9 12 (0.52%) Oracle Linux
10 5 (0.22%) Mac OS X
11 3 (0.13%) Apple iOS
11 3 (0.13%) AIX
12 2 (0.087%) HPUX
12 2 (0.087%) SUSE
12 2 (0.087%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 458 (19.98%) Agile Software Development
2 390 (17.02%) Multithreading
3 367 (16.01%) Low Latency
4 252 (10.99%) Risk Management
5 199 (8.68%) Business Analysis
6 196 (8.55%) OO
7 191 (8.33%) TDD
8 151 (6.59%) Analytics
9 142 (6.20%) Asset Management
10 140 (6.11%) Project Management
11 125 (5.45%) Electronic Trading
12 124 (5.41%) Algorithmic Trading
13 117 (5.10%) Stakeholder Management
14 116 (5.06%) E-Commerce
15 112 (4.89%) Investment Management
16 103 (4.49%) User Acceptance Testing
17 81 (3.53%) Migration
18 76 (3.32%) Unit Testing
18 76 (3.32%) Software Engineering
19 73 (3.18%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 702 (30.63%) Java
2 616 (26.88%) SQL
3 533 (23.25%) C#
4 320 (13.96%) C++
5 191 (8.33%) Python
6 133 (5.80%) JavaScript
7 105 (4.58%) VBA
8 97 (4.23%) Perl
9 64 (2.79%) Scala
10 34 (1.48%) VB
11 32 (1.40%) PL/SQL
12 29 (1.27%) Bash Shell
13 26 (1.13%) Shell Script
14 24 (1.05%) T-SQL
15 23 (1.00%) PowerShell
16 19 (0.83%) C
17 15 (0.65%) Haskell
18 14 (0.61%) XAML
19 11 (0.48%) Clojure
19 11 (0.48%) VC++
Qualifications
1 229 (9.99%) Degree
2 32 (1.40%) PhD
3 21 (0.92%) Microsoft Certification
4 19 (0.83%) PMI Certification
5 14 (0.61%) Security Cleared
6 12 (0.52%) PMP
6 12 (0.52%) SC Cleared
7 7 (0.31%) MCP
7 7 (0.31%) MCSE
8 6 (0.26%) ITIL Certification
8 6 (0.26%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 5 (0.22%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 5 (0.22%) ISEB
10 4 (0.17%) MCSD
11 2 (0.087%) ISEB Practitioner
11 2 (0.087%) CIMA
11 2 (0.087%) CFA
11 2 (0.087%) MCITP
12 1 (0.044%) ISTQB
12 1 (0.044%) IIBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 52 (2.27%) EMIR
2 51 (2.23%) QA
3 40 (1.75%) Dodd-Frank
4 17 (0.74%) SLA
5 10 (0.44%) Basel III
6 8 (0.35%) ISO 9001
7 6 (0.26%) MiFID
8 4 (0.17%) Basel II
8 4 (0.17%) FATCA
9 3 (0.13%) COREP
9 3 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 2 (0.087%) Data Quality
10 2 (0.087%) CRD IV
10 2 (0.087%) UCITS
System Software
1 31 (1.35%) Active Directory
2 7 (0.31%) VMware ESX
3 6 (0.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (0.26%) Oracle RAC
4 3 (0.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 2 (0.087%) NFS
5 2 (0.087%) Firmware
5 2 (0.087%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.087%) XenApp
5 2 (0.087%) Platform Symphony
6 1 (0.044%) HDFS
6 1 (0.044%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.044%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 52 (2.27%) ITRS Geneos
2 18 (0.79%) BladeLogic
3 14 (0.61%) Control-M
4 9 (0.39%) HP Quality Center
4 9 (0.39%) ARCserve
5 8 (0.35%) Nagios
5 8 (0.35%) SCCM
6 7 (0.31%) WMI
7 6 (0.26%) Puppet
8 5 (0.22%) BMC PATROL
8 5 (0.22%) Tivoli
9 4 (0.17%) Opscode Chef
9 4 (0.17%) Salt
10 2 (0.087%) Netcool
10 2 (0.087%) BMC Marimba
10 2 (0.087%) logstash
10 2 (0.087%) Kibana
11 1 (0.044%) Hadoop YARN
11 1 (0.044%) ServiceCenter
11 1 (0.044%) Oozie
Vendors
1 337 (14.70%) Oracle
2 129 (5.63%) Sybase
3 116 (5.06%) Microsoft
4 91 (3.97%) Bloomberg
5 82 (3.58%) Charles River
6 80 (3.49%) TIBCO
7 74 (3.23%) 29West
8 60 (2.62%) Murex
9 56 (2.44%) Reuters
10 51 (2.23%) thinkFolio
11 47 (2.05%) Fidessa
12 39 (1.70%) ION Trading
12 39 (1.70%) SAP
13 32 (1.40%) Adobe
14 28 (1.22%) Citrix
15 26 (1.13%) Red Hat
16 23 (1.00%) Informatica
17 18 (0.79%) DataSynapse
18 17 (0.74%) Tableau
19 15 (0.65%) Tradeweb
London
Hatstand Limited
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £600 - £720 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
City, London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £575 - £650 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £300 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £650 - £800 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £550 - £600 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £500 - £800 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Incisive Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £585 - £600 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £450.00 - £600.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Aston Carter
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Canary Wharf and City
Rate: Up to £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Hatstand Limited
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago