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 31 March 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
31 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Front Office
Rank 98 86 61
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -25
Contract jobs citing Front Office 1084 1143 1398
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.97% 2.15% 3.01%
As % of the General category 5.03% 5.44% 7.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 890 899 1115
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£575 £575 £575
90% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £425 £425
10% offered a daily rate of more than £700 £675 £675
UK excluding London average daily rate £440 £375 £325
% change year-on-year
+17.33% +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 3
Average hourly rate £90.00 £20.00 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+350.00% -2.43%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £20.50

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
21531 21010 19777
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 39.18% 39.43% 42.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 13221 12961 11968
Average daily rate £438 £430 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.74% -4.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £615 £605 £605
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 508 606 637
Average hourly rate £22.00 £22.00 £25.81
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -14.74%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.68 £22.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+3.06% -20.00%

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 31 March 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 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 31 March 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 -13 1032 £575 - 231
London -1 1009 £575 - 221
City of London -13 259 £580 -3.33% 91
Scotland -4 35 £440 +3.52% 2
Glasgow +5 23 £440 +10.00%
Docklands, London +1 12 £638 +22.00% 2
South East -52 11 £575 +31.42% 6
Canary Wharf +7 10 £525 +94.44%
Edinburgh -13 8 £400 -25.58% 1
Berkshire -25 7 - - 1
East of England +13 4 £395 +9.72%
Reading -7 3 - - 1
Stirling -8 3 - - 1
Yorkshire -13 2 - -
West Midlands -15 2 £463 +45.66% 1
West Yorkshire -16 2 - -
North West - 2 £450 - 1
Surrey +5 1 - - 3
Leeds -8 1 - -
Oxfordshire -14 1 £575 +127.72%
Hertfordshire - 1 £375 -
Oxford - 1 £575 -
Bedfordshire - 1 £350 -
Manchester - 1 £475 - 1
Hemel Hempstead - 1 £375 -
Halesowen - - - -
Liverpool - - - -
Luton - - - -
Basingstoke - - - - 1
Bedford - - - -

Front Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 March 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.

1 876 (40.65%) Banking
2 767 (35.59%) Finance
3 725 (33.64%) Java
4 643 (29.84%) SQL
5 618 (28.68%) Investment Banking
6 560 (25.99%) C#
7 525 (24.36%) Derivative
8 495 (22.97%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 449 (20.84%) Agile Software Development
10 439 (20.37%) Fixed Income
11 397 (18.42%) Multithreading
12 344 (15.96%) Low Latency
13 343 (15.92%) UNIX
14 326 (15.13%) C++
15 290 (13.46%) .NET
16 271 (12.58%) Equities
17 246 (11.42%) Linux
18 242 (11.23%) SQL Server
19 226 (10.49%) TDD
20 222 (10.30%) Oracle
21 204 (9.47%) Python
22 189 (8.77%) Degree
23 186 (8.63%) OO
23 186 (8.63%) Risk Management
24 184 (8.54%) WPF
25 176 (8.17%) Analytical Skills
25 176 (8.17%) VBA
26 164 (7.61%) Back Office
27 159 (7.38%) Business Analysis
28 155 (7.19%) Sybase

Front Office
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 March 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 43 (2.00%) TIBCO EMS
2 23 (1.07%) WebSphere
3 21 (0.97%) Oracle Coherence
4 18 (0.84%) WebLogic
5 11 (0.51%) JBoss
6 10 (0.46%) Node.js
7 9 (0.42%) SharePoint
8 8 (0.37%) MQSeries
9 7 (0.32%) Oracle Workflow
10 6 (0.28%) Confluence
10 6 (0.28%) Apache Spark
11 5 (0.23%) Apache
12 4 (0.19%) MTS
12 4 (0.19%) IIS
13 3 (0.14%) Apache ServiceMix
14 2 (0.093%) Tomcat
14 2 (0.093%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 2 (0.093%) FileNet
14 2 (0.093%) CMS
15 1 (0.046%) Alfresco
Applications
1 67 (3.11%) MS Excel
2 27 (1.25%) MS Office
2 27 (1.25%) MS PowerPoint
3 23 (1.07%) Spreadsheet
4 18 (0.84%) MS Visio
5 10 (0.46%) MS Project
6 2 (0.093%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.093%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.046%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.046%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 66 (3.06%) thinkFolio
2 53 (2.46%) ION MarketView
3 33 (1.53%) Markit EDM
4 20 (0.93%) LatentZero
5 19 (0.88%) Summit
5 19 (0.88%) RMDS
6 14 (0.65%) SimCorp Dimension
7 9 (0.42%) Endur
8 8 (0.37%) Front Arena
9 7 (0.32%) ZaiNet
10 5 (0.23%) Global One
11 4 (0.19%) Murex MxG2000
11 4 (0.19%) SAP HR
11 4 (0.19%) Sentinel
11 4 (0.19%) Aligne
12 3 (0.14%) IntelliMatch
12 3 (0.14%) Tesseract
12 3 (0.14%) Minerva
12 3 (0.14%) Dynamics CRM
13 2 (0.093%) Dynamics AX
Communications & Networking
1 25 (1.16%) TCP/IP
2 18 (0.84%) HTTP
3 9 (0.42%) Firewall
4 6 (0.28%) Internet
5 4 (0.19%) DNS
6 3 (0.14%) Intranet
6 3 (0.14%) DHCP
6 3 (0.14%) FTP
6 3 (0.14%) Network Security
7 2 (0.093%) Multicast
8 1 (0.046%) SSH
8 1 (0.046%) RNC
8 1 (0.046%) Wireshark
8 1 (0.046%) VPN
8 1 (0.046%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 242 (11.23%) SQL Server
2 101 (4.69%) Relational Database
3 46 (2.13%) SQL Server 2008
4 42 (1.95%) KDB
5 33 (1.53%) Data Warehouse
6 32 (1.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 26 (1.21%) Hadoop
8 23 (1.07%) Big Data
9 22 (1.02%) Oracle Database
10 21 (0.97%) RDBMS
11 18 (0.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 17 (0.79%) QlikView
13 14 (0.65%) DB2
14 13 (0.60%) SQL Server 2012
15 12 (0.56%) MS Access
16 10 (0.46%) Data Mining
16 10 (0.46%) Apache Cassandra
16 10 (0.46%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 9 (0.42%) HBase
18 8 (0.37%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 56 (2.60%) Subversion
2 46 (2.13%) JUnit
3 45 (2.09%) TeamCity
4 37 (1.72%) JIRA
5 32 (1.48%) Visual Studio
6 28 (1.30%) NUnit
7 26 (1.21%) Maven
8 24 (1.11%) CruiseControl
9 21 (0.97%) Ant
10 19 (0.88%) Git (software)
11 13 (0.60%) Team Foundation Server
11 13 (0.60%) Eclipse
12 12 (0.56%) Mockito
12 12 (0.56%) Cucumber
13 10 (0.46%) Moq
14 9 (0.42%) Selenium
15 8 (0.37%) Hudson
16 7 (0.32%) Karma Test Runner
16 7 (0.32%) ClearQuest
16 7 (0.32%) WebDriver
General
1 876 (40.65%) Banking
2 767 (35.59%) Finance
3 618 (28.68%) Investment Banking
4 164 (7.61%) Back Office
5 68 (3.16%) Financial Institution
6 47 (2.18%) Legal
7 26 (1.21%) Retail
8 13 (0.60%) French Language
9 11 (0.51%) Advertising
9 11 (0.51%) Telecoms
10 9 (0.42%) Marketing
11 6 (0.28%) Publishing
12 4 (0.19%) Billing
13 3 (0.14%) General Ledger
13 3 (0.14%) Retail Banking
13 3 (0.14%) Corporate Banking
14 2 (0.093%) Private Banking
15 1 (0.046%) International Banking
15 1 (0.046%) Manufacturing
15 1 (0.046%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 1097 (50.90%) Developer
2 555 (25.75%) Analyst
3 431 (20.00%) Java Developer
4 311 (14.43%) Business Analyst
5 253 (11.74%) C# Developer
6 172 (7.98%) Support Analyst
6 172 (7.98%) Senior Developer
7 146 (6.77%) Applications Support
8 137 (6.36%) Project Manager
9 123 (5.71%) C++ Developer
10 74 (3.43%) Front Office Developer
11 73 (3.39%) Applications Support Analyst
12 72 (3.34%) Senior Java Developer
13 58 (2.69%) Senior C# Developer
13 58 (2.69%) Excel Developer
13 58 (2.69%) RAD Developer
14 56 (2.60%) Python Developer
15 50 (2.32%) .NET Developer
15 50 (2.32%) Quantitative Developer
16 48 (2.23%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 290 (13.46%) .NET
2 184 (8.54%) WPF
3 148 (6.87%) FIX Protocol
4 144 (6.68%) HTML
5 128 (5.94%) XML
6 102 (4.73%) WCF
7 99 (4.59%) HTML5
8 96 (4.45%) Spring
9 65 (3.02%) Middleware
10 64 (2.97%) WinForms
11 53 (2.46%) AngularJS
12 50 (2.32%) JMS
13 47 (2.18%) Rendezvous
14 42 (1.95%) Hibernate
14 42 (1.95%) Boost C++ Libraries
15 37 (1.72%) STL
15 37 (1.72%) ASP.NET
16 36 (1.67%) .NET Framework
17 34 (1.58%) XSLT
18 30 (1.39%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 525 (24.36%) Derivative
2 495 (22.97%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 439 (20.37%) Fixed Income
4 271 (12.58%) Equities
5 176 (8.17%) Analytical Skills
6 123 (5.71%) Equity Derivative
7 100 (4.64%) Credit Derivative
8 74 (3.43%) Computer Science
9 70 (3.25%) Mathematics
10 61 (2.83%) Market Risk
11 58 (2.69%) Credit Risk
12 47 (2.18%) Data Structures
13 46 (2.13%) Algorithms
14 44 (2.04%) Interest Rate Derivative
15 43 (2.00%) Hedge funds
16 37 (1.72%) Management Information System
17 22 (1.02%) Grid Computing
18 20 (0.93%) Physics
18 20 (0.93%) Open Source
19 16 (0.74%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 343 (15.92%) UNIX
2 246 (11.42%) Linux
3 138 (6.40%) Windows
4 21 (0.97%) Solaris
5 6 (0.28%) Windows 7
6 5 (0.23%) Windows XP
6 5 (0.23%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (0.19%) Windows 2000
7 4 (0.19%) Oracle Linux
8 3 (0.14%) Windows Server 2008
8 3 (0.14%) Windows NT
9 2 (0.093%) Windows Vista
9 2 (0.093%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.046%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.046%) Android
10 1 (0.046%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.046%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 449 (20.84%) Agile Software Development
2 397 (18.42%) Multithreading
3 344 (15.96%) Low Latency
4 226 (10.49%) TDD
5 186 (8.63%) OO
5 186 (8.63%) Risk Management
6 159 (7.38%) Business Analysis
7 154 (7.15%) Electronic Trading
8 134 (6.22%) Analytics
9 131 (6.08%) Asset Management
10 118 (5.48%) Project Management
11 96 (4.45%) E-Commerce
12 92 (4.27%) RAD
13 91 (4.22%) Investment Management
14 86 (3.99%) Algorithmic Trading
14 86 (3.99%) User Acceptance Testing
15 78 (3.62%) Stakeholder Management
16 76 (3.53%) Scrum
17 69 (3.20%) ITIL
18 68 (3.16%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 725 (33.64%) Java
2 643 (29.84%) SQL
3 560 (25.99%) C#
4 326 (15.13%) C++
5 204 (9.47%) Python
6 176 (8.17%) VBA
7 138 (6.40%) JavaScript
8 76 (3.53%) Perl
9 37 (1.72%) Shell Script
10 36 (1.67%) C
11 31 (1.44%) VB
12 30 (1.39%) T-SQL
13 27 (1.25%) Scala
14 23 (1.07%) Golang
15 20 (0.93%) XAML
16 19 (0.88%) PL/SQL
17 14 (0.65%) Clojure
18 13 (0.60%) PowerShell
19 12 (0.56%) Bash Shell
19 12 (0.56%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 189 (8.77%) Degree
2 13 (0.60%) PMP
2 13 (0.60%) PMI Certification
3 5 (0.23%) PhD
3 5 (0.23%) ITIL Certification
4 3 (0.14%) CCA
4 3 (0.14%) Microsoft Certification
4 3 (0.14%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 2 (0.093%) Security Cleared
5 2 (0.093%) MCP
5 2 (0.093%) MCSE
5 2 (0.093%) CFA
6 1 (0.046%) ISTQB
6 1 (0.046%) CAPM
6 1 (0.046%) MCSA
6 1 (0.046%) ISEB
6 1 (0.046%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.046%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (2.09%) QA
2 21 (0.97%) Dodd-Frank
3 14 (0.65%) EMIR
4 10 (0.46%) MiFID
5 6 (0.28%) FATCA
6 3 (0.14%) Basel II
7 2 (0.093%) Data Quality
7 2 (0.093%) COREP
7 2 (0.093%) AIFMD
8 1 (0.046%) CRD IV
8 1 (0.046%) SLA
8 1 (0.046%) Basel III
8 1 (0.046%) Solvency II
System Software
1 7 (0.32%) Active Directory
2 4 (0.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.093%) Platform Symphony
4 1 (0.046%) GridGain
4 1 (0.046%) HDFS
4 1 (0.046%) VMware ESX
4 1 (0.046%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 34 (1.58%) ITRS Geneos
2 20 (0.93%) Control-M
3 11 (0.51%) HP Quality Center
4 3 (0.14%) SCCM
5 2 (0.093%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 2 (0.093%) Nagios
Vendors
1 222 (10.30%) Oracle
2 155 (7.19%) Sybase
3 106 (4.92%) Microsoft
4 99 (4.59%) TIBCO
5 69 (3.20%) Bloomberg
5 69 (3.20%) ION Trading
6 64 (2.97%) Murex
7 43 (2.00%) Charles River
8 39 (1.81%) 29West
9 33 (1.53%) Reuters
10 31 (1.44%) Fidessa
11 27 (1.25%) DevExpress
12 24 (1.11%) Tradeweb
13 16 (0.74%) SimCorp
13 16 (0.74%) Calypso
14 14 (0.65%) SAP
15 12 (0.56%) Trayport
16 11 (0.51%) MarketAxess
16 11 (0.51%) Informatica
17 10 (0.46%) Salesforce.com
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