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 29 May 2015 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
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Front Office
Rank 129 90 64
Rank change year-on-year
-39 -26
Contract jobs citing Front Office 906 1145 1359
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.70% 2.16% 2.87%
As % of the General category 4.35% 5.60% 6.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 744 912 1048
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£575 £600 £550
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.16% +9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £400 £429
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £700 £652
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £375 £450
% change year-on-year
+20.00% -16.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £9.99
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

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
20823 20443 20419
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 39.05% 38.62% 43.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 13157 12905 12292
Average daily rate £438 £425 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -5.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £263 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £615 £625 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 517 558 659
Average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.44 £11.25 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.20 £45.00 £44.99
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.00 £25.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-8.00% -3.84%

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 29 May 2015.

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 26 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 29 May 2015. 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 -34 863 £575 -4.16% 237
London -9 835 £575 -4.16% 218
City of London -11 243 £575 -4.16% 105
Scotland -2 32 £440 +17.33% 5
Glasgow +4 24 £425 +13.33% 1
Canary Wharf - 19 £525 -
South East -11 14 £600 +17.07% 4
Docklands, London -1 12 £638 +13.33% 3
Berkshire -3 11 £600 -
Reading +3 8 - -
Edinburgh 0 7 £450 -30.76% 2
East Midlands +2 6 £475 +11.76% 7
West Midlands -12 6 £375 -37.50%
Birmingham -10 3 - -
Windsor - 3 £600 -
Surrey +13 1 - - 2
Buckinghamshire +3 1 - - 1
Dorset +1 1 £121 -
Bournemouth +1 1 £121 -
Hampshire 0 1 - - 1
South West -3 1 £121 -62.76%
Nottingham -6 1 £365 -14.11%
Nottinghamshire -11 1 £365 -14.11%
Northamptonshire - 1 £450 - 2
Camberley - 1 - -
Hook - 1 - -

Front Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, 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.

1 832 (41.83%) Banking
2 754 (37.91%) Finance
3 638 (32.08%) Java
4 608 (30.57%) Investment Banking
5 583 (29.31%) SQL
6 512 (25.74%) C#
7 477 (23.98%) Derivative
8 421 (21.17%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 419 (21.07%) Agile Software Development
10 393 (19.76%) Fixed Income
11 373 (18.75%) Multithreading
12 313 (15.74%) UNIX
13 290 (14.58%) Low Latency
14 285 (14.33%) C++
15 271 (13.62%) Equities
16 257 (12.92%) .NET
17 240 (12.07%) SQL Server
18 232 (11.66%) Python
19 229 (11.51%) TDD
20 228 (11.46%) Linux
21 201 (10.11%) OO
22 185 (9.30%) Analytical Skills
23 183 (9.20%) Oracle
24 181 (9.10%) Risk Management
25 168 (8.45%) VBA
26 166 (8.35%) Degree
27 165 (8.30%) Electronic Trading
28 164 (8.25%) FIX Protocol
29 160 (8.04%) WPF
30 151 (7.59%) Back Office

Front Office
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, 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 31 (1.56%) Oracle Coherence
2 18 (0.90%) WebSphere
3 11 (0.55%) WebLogic
3 11 (0.55%) IIS
3 11 (0.55%) JBoss
4 9 (0.45%) Apache
4 9 (0.45%) Node.js
5 6 (0.30%) Apache Spark
5 6 (0.30%) SharePoint
5 6 (0.30%) MTS
5 6 (0.30%) Tomcat
6 5 (0.25%) Oracle Workflow
7 4 (0.20%) Lync
8 3 (0.15%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 3 (0.15%) WebSphere Application Server
8 3 (0.15%) IBM HTTP Server
8 3 (0.15%) Confluence
8 3 (0.15%) Office Communications Server
8 3 (0.15%) Apache ServiceMix
9 2 (0.10%) CMS
Applications
1 83 (4.17%) MS Excel
2 22 (1.11%) Spreadsheet
3 21 (1.06%) MS Office
3 21 (1.06%) MS PowerPoint
4 11 (0.55%) MS Visio
5 8 (0.40%) MS Project
6 3 (0.15%) PowerPivot
7 2 (0.10%) Adobe Illustrator
7 2 (0.10%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.050%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 46 (2.31%) thinkFolio
2 44 (2.21%) ION MarketView
3 20 (1.01%) LatentZero
4 19 (0.96%) RMDS
5 17 (0.85%) Summit
6 15 (0.75%) Markit EDM
7 14 (0.70%) SimCorp Dimension
8 13 (0.65%) Global One
9 9 (0.45%) Front Arena
10 7 (0.35%) Tesseract
10 7 (0.35%) Minerva
10 7 (0.35%) Sentinel
11 5 (0.25%) Endur
12 4 (0.20%) Eikon
13 3 (0.15%) ZaiNet
13 3 (0.15%) Aligne
13 3 (0.15%) IntelliMatch
14 2 (0.10%) SAP IS-U
14 2 (0.10%) Dynamics CRM
14 2 (0.10%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.050%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 20 (1.01%) TCP/IP
2 13 (0.65%) HTTP
3 10 (0.50%) Firewall
4 9 (0.45%) Internet
5 6 (0.30%) LDAP
6 5 (0.25%) Multicast
7 4 (0.20%) Skype
7 4 (0.20%) FTP
7 4 (0.20%) DNS
8 3 (0.15%) Intranet
8 3 (0.15%) LAN
8 3 (0.15%) VoIP
8 3 (0.15%) WAN
8 3 (0.15%) SNMP
8 3 (0.15%) VPN
8 3 (0.15%) SMTP
8 3 (0.15%) BIG-IP
8 3 (0.15%) Network Security
8 3 (0.15%) Diameter Protocol
8 3 (0.15%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 240 (12.07%) SQL Server
2 101 (5.08%) Relational Database
3 51 (2.56%) SQL Server 2008
4 42 (2.11%) KDB
5 36 (1.81%) Oracle Database
6 30 (1.51%) RDBMS
7 29 (1.46%) Data Warehouse
7 29 (1.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 22 (1.11%) Big Data
9 20 (1.01%) SQL Server 2012
10 19 (0.96%) Hadoop
11 17 (0.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 14 (0.70%) Oracle Database 11g
13 13 (0.65%) MS Access
14 12 (0.60%) Data Mining
15 11 (0.55%) DB2
15 11 (0.55%) QlikView
15 11 (0.55%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 7 (0.35%) Apache Hive
17 6 (0.30%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 71 (3.57%) Subversion
2 47 (2.36%) TeamCity
3 39 (1.96%) JUnit
4 35 (1.76%) Visual Studio
5 31 (1.56%) NUnit
6 29 (1.46%) JIRA
6 29 (1.46%) Git (software)
7 25 (1.26%) Maven
8 20 (1.01%) CruiseControl
9 18 (0.90%) Eclipse
10 16 (0.80%) Ant
11 15 (0.75%) Team Foundation Server
12 13 (0.65%) Cucumber
13 8 (0.40%) Moq
13 8 (0.40%) Selenium
13 8 (0.40%) JBehave
14 5 (0.25%) WebDriver
14 5 (0.25%) jMock
14 5 (0.25%) Karma Test Runner
14 5 (0.25%) Gradle
General
1 832 (41.83%) Banking
2 754 (37.91%) Finance
3 608 (30.57%) Investment Banking
4 151 (7.59%) Back Office
5 59 (2.97%) Financial Institution
6 43 (2.16%) Legal
7 36 (1.81%) Retail
8 16 (0.80%) French Language
9 14 (0.70%) Telecoms
10 10 (0.50%) Marketing
11 9 (0.45%) Advertising
12 7 (0.35%) Publishing
12 7 (0.35%) Retail Banking
12 7 (0.35%) Corporate Banking
13 5 (0.25%) Manufacturing
14 3 (0.15%) General Ledger
14 3 (0.15%) Billing
15 2 (0.10%) Private Banking
15 2 (0.10%) Mandarin Language
16 1 (0.050%) German Language
Job Titles
1 1009 (50.73%) Developer
2 525 (26.40%) Analyst
3 383 (19.26%) Java Developer
4 303 (15.23%) Business Analyst
5 249 (12.52%) C# Developer
6 184 (9.25%) Senior Developer
7 147 (7.39%) Applications Support
8 136 (6.84%) Support Analyst
9 131 (6.59%) Project Manager
10 112 (5.63%) C++ Developer
11 78 (3.92%) Python Developer
12 71 (3.57%) Senior Java Developer
13 69 (3.47%) Front Office Developer
14 68 (3.42%) Applications Support Analyst
15 63 (3.17%) Senior C# Developer
16 54 (2.71%) Excel Developer
17 52 (2.61%) Senior Analyst
17 52 (2.61%) .NET Developer
18 51 (2.56%) RAD Developer
19 39 (1.96%) VBA Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 257 (12.92%) .NET
2 164 (8.25%) FIX Protocol
3 160 (8.04%) WPF
4 119 (5.98%) HTML
5 104 (5.23%) XML
6 87 (4.37%) WCF
7 81 (4.07%) HTML5
8 69 (3.47%) Spring
9 66 (3.32%) WinForms
10 61 (3.07%) Middleware
11 52 (2.61%) AngularJS
12 45 (2.26%) JMS
13 37 (1.86%) Boost C++ Libraries
14 36 (1.81%) .NET Framework
15 34 (1.71%) ASP.NET
16 32 (1.61%) STL
17 31 (1.56%) Rendezvous
18 30 (1.51%) Hibernate
18 30 (1.51%) XSLT
19 28 (1.41%) Ultra Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 477 (23.98%) Derivative
2 421 (21.17%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 393 (19.76%) Fixed Income
4 271 (13.62%) Equities
5 185 (9.30%) Analytical Skills
6 122 (6.13%) Equity Derivative
7 72 (3.62%) Computer Science
8 71 (3.57%) Credit Derivative
9 61 (3.07%) Market Risk
10 57 (2.87%) Algorithms
11 53 (2.66%) Credit Risk
12 49 (2.46%) Data Structures
13 48 (2.41%) Hedge funds
14 47 (2.36%) Mathematics
15 45 (2.26%) Interest Rate Derivative
16 24 (1.21%) Management Information System
17 20 (1.01%) Grid Computing
18 19 (0.96%) Visualisation
19 18 (0.90%) N-Tier
20 16 (0.80%) Swaptions
Operating Systems
1 313 (15.74%) UNIX
2 228 (11.46%) Linux
3 132 (6.64%) Windows
4 19 (0.96%) Solaris
5 4 (0.20%) Windows XP
6 3 (0.15%) Windows Server 2003
6 3 (0.15%) Windows NT
6 3 (0.15%) Windows 7
6 3 (0.15%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (0.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (0.10%) Windows Vista
8 1 (0.050%) AIX
8 1 (0.050%) Android
8 1 (0.050%) Oracle Linux
8 1 (0.050%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 419 (21.07%) Agile Software Development
2 373 (18.75%) Multithreading
3 290 (14.58%) Low Latency
4 229 (11.51%) TDD
5 201 (10.11%) OO
6 181 (9.10%) Risk Management
7 165 (8.30%) Electronic Trading
8 150 (7.54%) Business Analysis
9 117 (5.88%) Asset Management
10 109 (5.48%) Project Management
11 106 (5.33%) SDLC
12 98 (4.93%) Investment Management
13 97 (4.88%) Analytics
14 89 (4.47%) RAD
14 89 (4.47%) E-Commerce
15 87 (4.37%) Algorithmic Trading
16 83 (4.17%) Continuous Integration
17 75 (3.77%) Scrum
18 73 (3.67%) Stakeholder Management
19 71 (3.57%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 638 (32.08%) Java
2 583 (29.31%) SQL
3 512 (25.74%) C#
4 285 (14.33%) C++
5 232 (11.66%) Python
6 168 (8.45%) VBA
7 123 (6.18%) JavaScript
8 105 (5.28%) Perl
9 48 (2.41%) Shell Script
10 39 (1.96%) Scala
11 33 (1.66%) T-SQL
11 33 (1.66%) C
12 29 (1.46%) VB
13 27 (1.36%) Go
14 19 (0.96%) R
15 17 (0.85%) XAML
16 15 (0.75%) VBScript
17 14 (0.70%) Clojure
18 12 (0.60%) PHP
19 10 (0.50%) F#
Qualifications
1 166 (8.35%) Degree
2 10 (0.50%) PMI Certification
3 9 (0.45%) PMP
4 5 (0.25%) ITIL Certification
5 2 (0.10%) ISEB
5 2 (0.10%) PhD
5 2 (0.10%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (0.10%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (0.050%) CCA
6 1 (0.050%) CISSP
6 1 (0.050%) CISA
6 1 (0.050%) CISM
6 1 (0.050%) MCP
6 1 (0.050%) MCSE
6 1 (0.050%) MCSA
6 1 (0.050%) CFA
6 1 (0.050%) IIBA
6 1 (0.050%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.050%) Security Cleared
6 1 (0.050%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (2.77%) QA
2 23 (1.16%) MiFID
3 21 (1.06%) EMIR
3 21 (1.06%) Dodd-Frank
4 6 (0.30%) FATCA
5 5 (0.25%) SLA
5 5 (0.25%) AIFMD
6 4 (0.20%) Data Quality
6 4 (0.20%) Basel III
7 3 (0.15%) Basel II
8 1 (0.050%) CRD IV
8 1 (0.050%) Solvency II
System Software
1 15 (0.75%) Active Directory
2 4 (0.20%) Platform Symphony
3 3 (0.15%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.050%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (0.050%) VMware ESX
4 1 (0.050%) HDFS
4 1 (0.050%) GridGain
Systems Management
1 24 (1.21%) ITRS Geneos
2 15 (0.75%) Control-M
3 10 (0.50%) HP Quality Center
4 5 (0.25%) Tivoli
5 3 (0.15%) BladeLogic
6 2 (0.10%) SCCM
6 2 (0.10%) OpenView
6 2 (0.10%) Unicenter
6 2 (0.10%) Netcool
7 1 (0.050%) Nagios
7 1 (0.050%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.050%) AirWatch
7 1 (0.050%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 183 (9.20%) Oracle
2 128 (6.44%) Sybase
3 121 (6.08%) Microsoft
4 62 (3.12%) TIBCO
5 52 (2.61%) ION Trading
6 47 (2.36%) Bloomberg
7 41 (2.06%) Murex
8 35 (1.76%) Charles River
9 33 (1.66%) Fidessa
10 31 (1.56%) Reuters
11 29 (1.46%) DevExpress
12 19 (0.96%) Tradeweb
13 16 (0.80%) SimCorp
14 14 (0.70%) Citrix
14 14 (0.70%) SunGard
15 11 (0.55%) SAP
15 11 (0.55%) Perforce
16 9 (0.45%) Calypso
16 9 (0.45%) Solace
17 8 (0.40%) DataSynapse
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