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 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
Front Office
Rank 98 58 66
Rank change year-on-year
-40 +8
Contract jobs citing Front Office 1131 1658 1583
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.01% 3.11% 2.73%
As % of the General category 5.19% 7.26% 6.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 844 1247 1208
Average daily rate
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£579 £550 £575
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.18% -4.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £425 £425
10% offered a daily rate of more than £700 £700 £653
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £425 £380
% change year-on-year
-5.88% +11.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 10
Average hourly rate £21.00 £87.50 £23.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-76.00% +276.34%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.00 £90.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year
-76.66% +233.33%

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%

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 22 August 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 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 -37 1052 £588 +6.81% 257
London -16 1016 £600 +6.66% 246
City of London -16 296 £600 +9.09% 148
Scotland +16 63 £400 -5.88% 4
Glasgow +2 32 £400 -11.11% 2
Stirling +2 14 - -
Edinburgh -13 13 £450 -2.70% 2
South East -47 9 £563 +141.93% 7
South West -31 8 £350 +133.33%
Docklands, London -1 6 £600 +7.47%
North West +5 5 £480 - 2
Manchester - 5 £480 - 1
East Midlands +5 4 £425 -5.55%
Hampshire - 4 £600 - 2
Canary Wharf -9 3 £600 -7.69%
West Midlands -26 3 - -
Berkshire -33 3 £475 +104.30%
Northamptonshire 0 2 £375 -16.66%
Wiltshire -10 2 £319 +112.50%
East of England -30 2 - - 1
Nottinghamshire - 2 £438 -
Northampton +2 1 £375 -16.66%
Surrey 0 1 - - 1
Essex 0 1 - -
Birmingham -3 1 - -
Reading -12 1 - -
Henley-on-Thames - 1 £425 -
Hertfordshire - 1 - -
Nottingham - 1 £450 -
Oxfordshire - 1 £425 -

Front Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 August 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.

1 988 (43.30%) Banking
2 772 (33.83%) Finance
3 654 (28.66%) Investment Banking
3 654 (28.66%) Java
4 601 (26.34%) SQL
5 558 (24.45%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 527 (23.09%) C#
7 485 (21.25%) Fixed Income
8 458 (20.07%) Derivative
9 344 (15.07%) Multithreading
10 326 (14.29%) Oracle
11 322 (14.11%) C++
12 318 (13.94%) Low Latency
13 289 (12.66%) .NET
14 262 (11.48%) Risk Management
14 262 (11.48%) UNIX
15 258 (11.31%) Equities
16 256 (11.22%) Back Office
17 234 (10.25%) Agile Software Development
18 228 (9.99%) Linux
18 228 (9.99%) SQL Server
19 207 (9.07%) Degree
20 202 (8.85%) Python
21 198 (8.68%) OO
22 193 (8.46%) Business Analysis
23 192 (8.41%) Windows
24 187 (8.19%) TDD
25 162 (7.10%) Analytics
26 161 (7.06%) WPF
27 150 (6.57%) Project Management

Front Office
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 75 (3.29%) Oracle Coherence
2 28 (1.23%) SharePoint
3 27 (1.18%) WebSphere
4 18 (0.79%) WebLogic
5 16 (0.70%) Tomcat
5 16 (0.70%) IIS
6 15 (0.66%) Apache
6 15 (0.66%) Confluence
7 11 (0.48%) IBM HTTP Server
7 11 (0.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 11 (0.48%) TIBCO EMS
8 9 (0.39%) WebSphere Application Server
9 8 (0.35%) MS Exchange
10 7 (0.31%) Oracle Workflow
10 7 (0.31%) MQSeries
11 6 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2010
12 4 (0.18%) IBM Notes
12 4 (0.18%) BizTalk Server
13 3 (0.13%) SAS
13 3 (0.13%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 89 (3.90%) MS Excel
2 48 (2.10%) MS Office
3 24 (1.05%) MS PowerPoint
4 21 (0.92%) MS Project
5 18 (0.79%) Spreadsheet
6 17 (0.74%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.044%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.044%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.044%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.044%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 57 (2.50%) RMDS
2 24 (1.05%) Markit EDM
2 24 (1.05%) ION MarketView
3 22 (0.96%) Oracle EBS
4 16 (0.70%) LatentZero
5 15 (0.66%) Oracle Retail
6 14 (0.61%) Summit
7 7 (0.31%) Endur
8 6 (0.26%) SAP BPC
8 6 (0.26%) Dynamics CRM
8 6 (0.26%) Murex MxG2000
9 5 (0.22%) Bloomberg TOMS
10 4 (0.18%) Oracle BPM
10 4 (0.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 3 (0.13%) Global One
11 3 (0.13%) Sophis RISQUE
12 2 (0.088%) 3000 Xtra
12 2 (0.088%) Aligne
12 2 (0.088%) Temenos T24
12 2 (0.088%) Tesseract
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
2 3 (0.13%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.088%) GitHub
4 1 (0.044%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (0.044%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 26 (1.14%) Firewall
2 20 (0.88%) DNS
3 17 (0.74%) Intranet
3 17 (0.74%) TCP/IP
4 15 (0.66%) LDAP
5 14 (0.61%) HTTP
6 11 (0.48%) Multicast
7 10 (0.44%) GGSN
7 10 (0.44%) SGSN
7 10 (0.44%) 3G
7 10 (0.44%) 2G
8 9 (0.39%) Internet
8 9 (0.39%) 4G
9 8 (0.35%) LTE
9 8 (0.35%) LAN
9 8 (0.35%) BIG-IP
10 7 (0.31%) L2TP
10 7 (0.31%) SAN
10 7 (0.31%) VPN
10 7 (0.31%) MGW
Database & Business Intelligence
1 228 (9.99%) SQL Server
2 83 (3.64%) Relational Database
3 65 (2.85%) KDB
4 64 (2.80%) SQL Server 2008
5 44 (1.93%) Oracle Database
6 35 (1.53%) SQL Server 2012
7 30 (1.31%) MongoDB
8 25 (1.10%) NoSQL
9 24 (1.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 24 (1.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 19 (0.83%) Big Data
11 18 (0.79%) Data Warehouse
12 15 (0.66%) Oracle Database 10g
13 13 (0.57%) MS Access
13 13 (0.57%) RDBMS
14 12 (0.53%) Hazelcast
15 11 (0.48%) OLAP
15 11 (0.48%) Oracle Reports
15 11 (0.48%) QlikView
16 9 (0.39%) Data Mart
Development Applications
1 49 (2.15%) JUnit
2 47 (2.06%) JIRA
3 37 (1.62%) Subversion
4 34 (1.49%) Visual Studio
5 33 (1.45%) TeamCity
6 22 (0.96%) Git (software)
7 21 (0.92%) Maven
8 20 (0.88%) Team Foundation Server
8 20 (0.88%) Jenkins
9 15 (0.66%) Eclipse
10 13 (0.57%) NUnit
10 13 (0.57%) WebDriver
10 13 (0.57%) Grunt
11 12 (0.53%) Ant
12 11 (0.48%) Mockito
13 10 (0.44%) Rhino Mocks
13 10 (0.44%) jMock
13 10 (0.44%) CruiseControl
14 9 (0.39%) Bower
15 8 (0.35%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 988 (43.30%) Banking
2 772 (33.83%) Finance
3 654 (28.66%) Investment Banking
4 256 (11.22%) Back Office
5 78 (3.42%) Financial Institution
6 42 (1.84%) Legal
7 41 (1.80%) Retail
8 30 (1.31%) Telecoms
9 22 (0.96%) Advertising
10 11 (0.48%) Marketing
11 10 (0.44%) Publishing
12 9 (0.39%) Private Banking
13 7 (0.31%) French Language
14 6 (0.26%) Retail Banking
15 5 (0.22%) Manufacturing
15 5 (0.22%) Corporate Banking
16 4 (0.18%) German Language
16 4 (0.18%) Spanish Language
17 3 (0.13%) Billing
18 2 (0.088%) Law
Job Titles
1 1035 (45.35%) Developer
2 596 (26.12%) Analyst
3 364 (15.95%) Business Analyst
4 342 (14.99%) Java Developer
5 264 (11.57%) C# Developer
6 192 (8.41%) Project Manager
7 164 (7.19%) Senior Developer
8 108 (4.73%) Support Analyst
9 93 (4.08%) C++ Developer
10 84 (3.68%) .NET Developer
11 83 (3.64%) Applications Support
12 78 (3.42%) Front Office Developer
13 75 (3.29%) C# .NET Developer
14 61 (2.67%) Senior Java Developer
15 59 (2.59%) Quantitative Developer
15 59 (2.59%) Senior Analyst
16 58 (2.54%) Python Developer
17 57 (2.50%) WPF Developer
18 55 (2.41%) SQL Developer
19 54 (2.37%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 289 (12.66%) .NET
2 161 (7.06%) WPF
3 142 (6.22%) Spring
4 118 (5.17%) XML
5 115 (5.04%) HTML
5 115 (5.04%) WCF
6 90 (3.94%) HTML5
7 83 (3.64%) Middleware
8 79 (3.46%) JMS
9 76 (3.33%) FIX Protocol
10 57 (2.50%) Web Services
11 54 (2.37%) Hibernate
12 53 (2.32%) WinForms
13 47 (2.06%) ASP.NET
14 45 (1.97%) AngularJS
15 41 (1.80%) Rendezvous
16 40 (1.75%) CSS
17 38 (1.67%) Java EE
18 34 (1.49%) XSLT
19 33 (1.45%) DOM
Miscellaneous
1 558 (24.45%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 485 (21.25%) Fixed Income
3 458 (20.07%) Derivative
4 258 (11.31%) Equities
5 133 (5.83%) Computer Science
6 108 (4.73%) Market Risk
7 107 (4.69%) Credit Risk
8 103 (4.51%) Credit Derivative
9 78 (3.42%) Equity Derivative
10 77 (3.37%) Mathematics
11 73 (3.20%) Management Information System
12 49 (2.15%) Hedge funds
13 42 (1.84%) Interest Rate Derivative
14 34 (1.49%) Open Source
15 27 (1.18%) Physics
16 23 (1.01%) Grid Computing
16 23 (1.01%) Statistics
16 23 (1.01%) Visualisation
17 22 (0.96%) Reference Data
18 21 (0.92%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 262 (11.48%) UNIX
2 228 (9.99%) Linux
3 192 (8.41%) Windows
4 58 (2.54%) Windows 7
5 34 (1.49%) Solaris
6 33 (1.45%) Windows XP
7 27 (1.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 17 (0.74%) Windows Server 2008
9 16 (0.70%) Windows Server 2003
10 10 (0.44%) Oracle Linux
11 6 (0.26%) Mac OS X
12 3 (0.13%) AIX
13 2 (0.088%) Windows Server 2012
13 2 (0.088%) Apple iOS
13 2 (0.088%) HPUX
13 2 (0.088%) SUSE
14 1 (0.044%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 344 (15.07%) Multithreading
2 318 (13.94%) Low Latency
3 262 (11.48%) Risk Management
4 234 (10.25%) Agile Software Development
5 198 (8.68%) OO
6 193 (8.46%) Business Analysis
7 187 (8.19%) TDD
8 162 (7.10%) Analytics
9 150 (6.57%) Project Management
10 134 (5.87%) Asset Management
11 123 (5.39%) Electronic Trading
12 112 (4.91%) Stakeholder Management
13 104 (4.56%) Investment Management
14 103 (4.51%) User Acceptance Testing
15 96 (4.21%) E-Commerce
16 94 (4.12%) Algorithmic Trading
17 92 (4.03%) Software Engineering
18 91 (3.99%) Change Management
19 87 (3.81%) Workflow
20 78 (3.42%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 654 (28.66%) Java
2 601 (26.34%) SQL
3 527 (23.09%) C#
4 322 (14.11%) C++
5 202 (8.85%) Python
6 107 (4.69%) VBA
7 106 (4.65%) JavaScript
8 100 (4.38%) Perl
9 52 (2.28%) Scala
10 48 (2.10%) VB
11 29 (1.27%) PL/SQL
12 27 (1.18%) Shell Script
12 27 (1.18%) Bash Shell
13 23 (1.01%) T-SQL
14 21 (0.92%) PowerShell
15 20 (0.88%) C
16 11 (0.48%) VC++
17 10 (0.44%) XAML
18 8 (0.35%) R
18 8 (0.35%) Clojure
Qualifications
1 207 (9.07%) Degree
2 33 (1.45%) PhD
3 32 (1.40%) Microsoft Certification
4 25 (1.10%) PMI Certification
5 24 (1.05%) Security Cleared
6 21 (0.92%) MCP
6 21 (0.92%) SC Cleared
7 19 (0.83%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 11 (0.48%) PMP
9 8 (0.35%) ITIL Certification
10 7 (0.31%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 7 (0.31%) MCSE
11 6 (0.26%) ISEB
12 4 (0.18%) MCSD
13 3 (0.13%) CIMA
13 3 (0.13%) ISTQB
14 2 (0.088%) CFA
14 2 (0.088%) MCITP
14 2 (0.088%) CCSP
14 2 (0.088%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (2.54%) QA
2 52 (2.28%) EMIR
3 45 (1.97%) Dodd-Frank
4 24 (1.05%) SLA
5 17 (0.74%) Basel III
6 9 (0.39%) Basel II
7 8 (0.35%) ISO 9001
8 7 (0.31%) FATCA
9 2 (0.088%) CRD IV
9 2 (0.088%) Data Quality
10 1 (0.044%) GCP
10 1 (0.044%) MiFID
10 1 (0.044%) COREP
System Software
1 42 (1.84%) Active Directory
2 21 (0.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (0.31%) VMware ESX
4 6 (0.26%) Oracle RAC
5 3 (0.13%) Microsoft App-V
5 3 (0.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 3 (0.13%) XenApp
6 2 (0.088%) Platform Symphony
6 2 (0.088%) NFS
7 1 (0.044%) Terminal Server
7 1 (0.044%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.044%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 50 (2.19%) ITRS Geneos
2 18 (0.79%) BladeLogic
3 13 (0.57%) Control-M
4 9 (0.39%) ARCserve
5 8 (0.35%) HP Quality Center
5 8 (0.35%) SCCM
6 7 (0.31%) Nagios
6 7 (0.31%) WMI
7 5 (0.22%) BMC PATROL
7 5 (0.22%) Tivoli
7 5 (0.22%) Puppet
8 3 (0.13%) Opscode Chef
9 2 (0.088%) Salt
9 2 (0.088%) BMC Marimba
9 2 (0.088%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 2 (0.088%) Netcool
10 1 (0.044%) CA SiteMinder
10 1 (0.044%) ServiceCenter
10 1 (0.044%) Oozie
10 1 (0.044%) CA LISA
Vendors
1 326 (14.29%) Oracle
2 138 (6.05%) Microsoft
3 118 (5.17%) Sybase
4 100 (4.38%) Bloomberg
5 85 (3.72%) Charles River
6 82 (3.59%) TIBCO
7 70 (3.07%) 29West
8 66 (2.89%) Reuters
9 56 (2.45%) Murex
10 52 (2.28%) Fidessa
11 51 (2.23%) ION Trading
12 46 (2.02%) thinkFolio
13 29 (1.27%) VMware
13 29 (1.27%) Adobe
13 29 (1.27%) SAP
13 29 (1.27%) Red Hat
14 28 (1.23%) Citrix
15 21 (0.92%) Remedy
16 19 (0.83%) JBoss
17 16 (0.70%) Informatica
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