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 28 April 2016 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.

3 months to
28 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Front Office
Rank 139 122 95
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -27
Contract jobs citing Front Office 960 1007 1134
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.72% 1.81% 2.08%
As % of the General category 4.58% 4.67% 5.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 763 833 900
Average daily rate £600 £575 £600
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.34% -4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £440 £400
10% offered a daily rate of more than £723 £700 £700
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £440 £375
% change year-on-year
-3.40% +17.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 3
Average hourly rate £80.00 £90.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.11% +350.00%
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
20945 21565 21144
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 37.49% 38.72% 38.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 13798 13297 13134
Average daily rate £450 £434 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.74% +2.05%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £625
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year
- +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 473 535 576
Average hourly rate £26.25 £22.50 £23.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -4.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.68 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £43.50 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+16.00% -

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 28 April 2016.

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 29 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 28 April 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -25 910 £600 +4.34% 160
London -11 855 £600 +4.34% 155
City of London +9 201 £600 +4.34% 56
South East +34 46 £650 - 2
Scotland -19 43 £400 -7.51% 2
Berkshire +32 36 £825 - 1
Reading +15 27 - - 1
Glasgow -6 22 £385 -12.50% 1
Canary Wharf -2 14 £500 -4.76%
Edinburgh -4 12 £475 +11.76% 1
Stirling +13 5 £375 -
Hampshire - 5 £425 -
Oxfordshire - 5 £444 -
Basingstoke - 5 £425 -
Oxford - 5 £444 -
Windsor - 3 £675 -
North East - 3 £540 -
Docklands, London -3 2 £538 -15.68% 1
North West -7 2 £350 -26.31% 1
Manchester -8 2 £350 -26.31%
Wales +3 1 - -
Birmingham +2 1 £360 -
South Wales -6 1 - -
West Midlands -9 1 £360 -22.16%
Pontypridd - 1 - -
South West - 1 £425 -
Rhondda Cynon Taff - 1 - -
Chiswick - 1 £350 -
Slough - 1 £675 -

Front Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 April 2016, 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.

1 774 (39.98%) Finance
2 767 (39.62%) Banking
3 560 (28.93%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 545 (28.15%) C#
5 531 (27.43%) Investment Banking
6 525 (27.12%) Java
7 489 (25.26%) SQL
8 387 (19.99%) Derivative
9 355 (18.34%) Agile Software Development
10 346 (17.87%) Multithreading
11 323 (16.68%) Fixed Income
12 291 (15.03%) C++
13 280 (14.46%) Equities
14 268 (13.84%) .NET
15 259 (13.38%) Electronic Trading
16 257 (13.27%) SQL Server
17 250 (12.91%) Low Latency
18 232 (11.98%) Analytical Skills
19 227 (11.73%) Unix
20 223 (11.52%) Oracle
21 221 (11.42%) Risk Management
22 196 (10.12%) Linux
23 175 (9.04%) Degree
24 170 (8.78%) WPF
25 169 (8.73%) HTML
26 161 (8.32%) TDD
27 160 (8.26%) Back Office
28 148 (7.64%) OO
29 145 (7.49%) Windows
30 139 (7.18%) JavaScript

Front Office
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 April 2016, 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 52 (2.69%) Oracle Coherence
2 19 (0.98%) Node.js
3 15 (0.77%) Tomcat
4 14 (0.72%) WebSphere
5 12 (0.62%) Confluence
6 11 (0.57%) Apache
7 10 (0.52%) MS Exchange
8 9 (0.46%) SharePoint
9 8 (0.41%) GemFire
9 8 (0.41%) JBoss
10 7 (0.36%) IIS
10 7 (0.36%) WebSphere Application Server
11 6 (0.31%) Apache Spark
11 6 (0.31%) Oracle Workflow
12 5 (0.26%) IBM Notes
12 5 (0.26%) Jetty
12 5 (0.26%) WebLogic
13 2 (0.10%) Exchange Server 2003
13 2 (0.10%) Exchange Server 2010
13 2 (0.10%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 76 (3.93%) MS Excel
2 32 (1.65%) MS Office
3 24 (1.24%) Spreadsheet
4 21 (1.08%) MS PowerPoint
5 11 (0.57%) MS Project
5 11 (0.57%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.21%) Adobe Illustrator
6 4 (0.21%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.10%) LaTeX
8 1 (0.052%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 31 (1.60%) ION MarketView
2 30 (1.55%) RMDS
3 24 (1.24%) thinkFolio
4 21 (1.08%) Endur
4 21 (1.08%) Markit EDM
5 11 (0.57%) Summit
6 10 (0.52%) Front Arena
7 8 (0.41%) LatentZero
8 6 (0.31%) Sentinel
9 5 (0.26%) Global One
10 4 (0.21%) Eikon
10 4 (0.21%) Kondor
10 4 (0.21%) SimCorp Dimension
10 4 (0.21%) SunGard GMI
11 3 (0.15%) FINCAD Analytics
11 3 (0.15%) Minerva
11 3 (0.15%) Temenos T24
12 2 (0.10%) Dynamics CRM
12 2 (0.10%) Eagle PACE
12 2 (0.10%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 26 (1.34%) Microsoft Azure
2 16 (0.83%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (0.10%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 45 (2.32%) TCP/IP
2 15 (0.77%) DNS
3 14 (0.72%) Diameter Protocol
3 14 (0.72%) Firewall
4 12 (0.62%) Internet
5 11 (0.57%) Multicast
6 9 (0.46%) VoIP
7 8 (0.41%) HTTP
7 8 (0.41%) SMTP
7 8 (0.41%) SNMP
8 7 (0.36%) VPN
9 6 (0.31%) 3G
9 6 (0.31%) 4G
9 6 (0.31%) DHCP
9 6 (0.31%) FTP
9 6 (0.31%) INAP
9 6 (0.31%) LDAP
9 6 (0.31%) SIGTRAN
10 5 (0.26%) LTE
10 5 (0.26%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 257 (13.27%) SQL Server
2 93 (4.80%) Relational Database
3 47 (2.43%) RDBMS
4 43 (2.22%) KDB
4 43 (2.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 41 (2.12%) NoSQL
6 36 (1.86%) Oracle Database
7 31 (1.60%) MongoDB
8 28 (1.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 26 (1.34%) Data Mart
9 26 (1.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 24 (1.24%) Apache Cassandra
10 24 (1.24%) Big Data
11 23 (1.19%) Data Warehouse
11 23 (1.19%) SQL Server 2008
12 19 (0.98%) SQL Server 2012
13 17 (0.88%) DB2
13 17 (0.88%) QlikView
14 14 (0.72%) Data Mining
14 14 (0.72%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 40 (2.07%) Subversion
2 37 (1.91%) Maven
3 34 (1.76%) JIRA
4 31 (1.60%) TeamCity
5 30 (1.55%) Git (software)
5 30 (1.55%) NUnit
6 28 (1.45%) Visual Studio
7 22 (1.14%) JUnit
8 17 (0.88%) Team Foundation Server
9 15 (0.77%) Jenkins
10 14 (0.72%) Grunt
11 13 (0.67%) Eclipse
12 12 (0.62%) GDB
13 11 (0.57%) gulp
14 9 (0.46%) Ant
15 8 (0.41%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 8 (0.41%) Hudson
16 7 (0.36%) Cucumber
16 7 (0.36%) Octopus Deploy
16 7 (0.36%) Selenium
General
1 774 (39.98%) Finance
2 767 (39.62%) Banking
3 531 (27.43%) Investment Banking
4 160 (8.26%) Back Office
5 31 (1.60%) Legal
6 29 (1.50%) Billing
7 28 (1.45%) Retail
8 23 (1.19%) Financial Institution
9 13 (0.67%) Corporate Banking
10 8 (0.41%) International Banking
11 7 (0.36%) General Ledger
11 7 (0.36%) Retail Banking
12 6 (0.31%) Telecoms
13 4 (0.21%) Electronics
13 4 (0.21%) Wholesale Banking
14 3 (0.15%) Advertising
14 3 (0.15%) Games
15 2 (0.10%) Manufacturing
15 2 (0.10%) Private Banking
15 2 (0.10%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 973 (50.26%) Developer
2 481 (24.85%) Analyst
3 352 (18.18%) Java Developer
4 283 (14.62%) Business Analyst
5 273 (14.10%) C# Developer
6 241 (12.45%) Front Office Developer
7 160 (8.26%) Senior Developer
8 142 (7.33%) Project Manager
9 110 (5.68%) C++ Developer
10 92 (4.75%) Support Analyst
11 80 (4.13%) Applications Support
12 76 (3.93%) SQL Developer
13 74 (3.82%) WPF Developer
14 68 (3.51%) C# WPF Developer
15 67 (3.46%) Senior Java Developer
16 65 (3.36%) Electronic Trading Developer
17 63 (3.25%) Senior Analyst
18 60 (3.10%) Banking Analyst
18 60 (3.10%) Murex Analyst
19 53 (2.74%) Front Office Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 268 (13.84%) .NET
2 170 (8.78%) WPF
3 169 (8.73%) HTML
4 134 (6.92%) FIX Protocol
5 133 (6.87%) AngularJS
6 119 (6.15%) HTML5
7 114 (5.89%) Spring
8 85 (4.39%) XML
9 63 (3.25%) WCF
10 61 (3.15%) ASP.NET
11 52 (2.69%) CSS
12 51 (2.63%) JMS
13 39 (2.01%) Middleware
13 39 (2.01%) WinForms
14 37 (1.91%) Boost C++ Libraries
14 37 (1.91%) Hibernate
15 36 (1.86%) .NET Framework
16 34 (1.76%) Reactive Extensions
17 32 (1.65%) Rendezvous
17 32 (1.65%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 560 (28.93%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 387 (19.99%) Derivative
3 323 (16.68%) Fixed Income
4 280 (14.46%) Equities
5 232 (11.98%) Analytical Skills
6 107 (5.53%) Computer Science
7 92 (4.75%) Market Risk
8 91 (4.70%) Hedge funds
9 78 (4.03%) Equity Derivative
10 70 (3.62%) Mathematics
11 62 (3.20%) Credit Derivative
12 53 (2.74%) Credit Risk
13 52 (2.69%) User Experience
14 45 (2.32%) Data Structures
14 45 (2.32%) Statistics
15 39 (2.01%) Algorithms
16 35 (1.81%) Management Information System
17 34 (1.76%) Grid Computing
18 28 (1.45%) Interest Rate Derivative
19 24 (1.24%) Physics
Operating Systems
1 227 (11.73%) Unix
2 196 (10.12%) Linux
3 145 (7.49%) Windows
4 32 (1.65%) Windows 7
5 25 (1.29%) Windows Server
6 14 (0.72%) Solaris
7 12 (0.62%) Windows XP
8 7 (0.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 6 (0.31%) Windows 8
9 6 (0.31%) Windows Server 2008
10 5 (0.26%) Windows Server 2003
11 4 (0.21%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
11 4 (0.21%) Windows Server 2012
12 3 (0.15%) Android
12 3 (0.15%) SUSE
13 2 (0.10%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.052%) AIX
14 1 (0.052%) Apple iOS
14 1 (0.052%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 355 (18.34%) Agile Software Development
2 346 (17.87%) Multithreading
3 259 (13.38%) Electronic Trading
4 250 (12.91%) Low Latency
5 221 (11.42%) Risk Management
6 161 (8.32%) TDD
7 148 (7.64%) OO
8 137 (7.08%) Asset Management
9 135 (6.97%) Project Management
10 129 (6.66%) Algorithmic Trading
11 119 (6.15%) Analytics
12 118 (6.10%) Business Analysis
13 105 (5.42%) Stakeholder Management
14 94 (4.86%) Investment Management
15 92 (4.75%) SDLC
16 89 (4.60%) User Acceptance Testing
17 87 (4.49%) ITIL
17 87 (4.49%) Market Making
17 87 (4.49%) Migration
18 76 (3.93%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 545 (28.15%) C#
2 525 (27.12%) Java
3 489 (25.26%) SQL
4 291 (15.03%) C++
5 139 (7.18%) JavaScript
6 129 (6.66%) Python
7 113 (5.84%) VBA
8 76 (3.93%) Perl
9 42 (2.17%) PowerShell
10 37 (1.91%) Shell Script
11 36 (1.86%) T-SQL
12 35 (1.81%) VB
13 34 (1.76%) XAML
14 31 (1.60%) Scala
15 27 (1.39%) Bash Shell
16 24 (1.24%) VC++
17 23 (1.19%) PL/SQL
18 21 (1.08%) MATLAB
19 16 (0.83%) VB6
20 13 (0.67%) C
Qualifications
1 175 (9.04%) Degree
2 44 (2.27%) PhD
3 17 (0.88%) ITIL Certification
4 8 (0.41%) PMI Certification
5 6 (0.31%) HNC
5 6 (0.31%) HND
5 6 (0.31%) PMP
6 5 (0.26%) MCP
6 5 (0.26%) MCSE
6 5 (0.26%) Microsoft Certification
7 4 (0.21%) ISEB
8 3 (0.15%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 3 (0.15%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 2 (0.10%) Security Cleared
10 1 (0.052%) ACCA
10 1 (0.052%) CIMA
10 1 (0.052%) ISTQB
10 1 (0.052%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 1 (0.052%) MBA
10 1 (0.052%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 79 (4.08%) QA
2 69 (3.56%) MiFID
3 57 (2.94%) SLA
4 30 (1.55%) Dodd-Frank
5 27 (1.39%) EMIR
6 9 (0.46%) COREP
7 8 (0.41%) AIFMD
7 8 (0.41%) UCITS
8 6 (0.31%) Data Quality
8 6 (0.31%) FINREP
9 5 (0.26%) Basel II
10 4 (0.21%) Basel III
11 3 (0.15%) CRD IV
12 2 (0.10%) FATCA
12 2 (0.10%) ISO20022
12 2 (0.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 1 (0.052%) SDET
13 1 (0.052%) SEPA
System Software
1 28 (1.45%) Active Directory
2 17 (0.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (0.21%) NFS
4 3 (0.15%) VMware ESX
5 2 (0.10%) Oracle RAC
5 2 (0.10%) Platform Symphony
5 2 (0.10%) vSphere
6 1 (0.052%) KVM
6 1 (0.052%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.052%) Xen
Systems Management
1 20 (1.03%) ITRS Geneos
2 13 (0.67%) Control-M
3 11 (0.57%) HP Quality Center
4 5 (0.26%) SCCM
5 3 (0.15%) Dollar Universe
5 3 (0.15%) Nagios
5 3 (0.15%) Puppet
5 3 (0.15%) Tivoli
6 2 (0.10%) Backup Exec
6 2 (0.10%) Grafana
6 2 (0.10%) Hadoop YARN
6 2 (0.10%) OpenView
6 2 (0.10%) Thomson Reuters DACS
6 2 (0.10%) yum
7 1 (0.052%) Foglight
7 1 (0.052%) Graphite
7 1 (0.052%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.052%) OVSD
Vendors
1 223 (11.52%) Oracle
2 122 (6.30%) Murex
3 112 (5.79%) Microsoft
4 85 (4.39%) Sybase
5 83 (4.29%) Bloomberg
6 66 (3.41%) ION Trading
7 64 (3.31%) TIBCO
8 60 (3.10%) Charles River
9 57 (2.94%) Reuters
10 50 (2.58%) Fidessa
11 41 (2.12%) Calypso
12 26 (1.34%) DataSynapse
13 21 (1.08%) DevExpress
13 21 (1.08%) Huawei
14 19 (0.98%) VMware
15 18 (0.93%) OpenLink
15 18 (0.93%) SunGard
16 17 (0.88%) Adobe
16 17 (0.88%) FactSet
17 16 (0.83%) Citrix
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