The first 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 25 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all terms in our General category.

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
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Front Office
Rank 90 58 68
Rank change year-on-year
-32 +10
Contract jobs citing Front Office 1150 1584 1538
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.10% 3.10% 2.66%
As % of the General category 5.43% 7.21% 5.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 885 1209 1150
Average daily rate
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£600 £550 £575
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% -4.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £425
10% offered a daily rate of more than £700 £700 £675
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £438 £425
% change year-on-year
-8.57% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 13
Average hourly rate £21.00 £90.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-76.66% +309.09%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.00 £90.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-76.66% +309.09%
General Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
General category
21187 21967 25763
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.76% 43.05% 44.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 13107 13431 15330
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 £263 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £617 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £384 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
-0.90% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 553 636 730
Average hourly rate £20.50 £22.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.88% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.98 £43.92 £47.50
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 25 July 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 25 July 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 1082 £600 +9.09% 243
London -16 1039 £600 +9.09% 235
City of London -7 330 £600 +9.09% 122
Scotland -7 55 £375 -7.69% 8
Glasgow +11 31 £375 -10.44% 2
South East -45 13 £525 +110.00% 2
North West +10 12 £438 - 1
Manchester +6 11 £438 - 1
Edinburgh -19 11 £525 +5.00% 5
Docklands, London -1 9 £600 +4.34%
Stirling -2 8 £375 +7.14%
Hampshire -12 5 £600 +84.61%
West Midlands -20 4 £450 - 1
Berkshire -33 4 £475 +115.90%
Reading -9 3 - -
East Midlands -2 2 £400 -33.33%
Birmingham -10 2 £450 - 1
East of England - 2 - - 2
Northampton -1 1 £375 -37.50%
Northamptonshire -2 1 £375 -37.50%
Surrey -3 1 - - 1
Nottinghamshire - 1 £425 -
Oxfordshire - 1 £425 -
Hertfordshire - 1 - -
Essex - 1 - - 2
Henley-on-Thames - 1 £425 -
Leeds - - - -
Gatwick - - - -
Nottingham - - - -
Oxford - - - -

Front Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 July 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.

1 997 (43.71%) Banking
2 757 (33.19%) Finance
3 650 (28.50%) Investment Banking
4 648 (28.41%) Java
5 592 (25.95%) SQL
6 542 (23.76%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 542 (23.76%) C#
7 486 (21.31%) Fixed Income
8 452 (19.82%) Derivative
9 338 (14.82%) C++
10 315 (13.81%) Multithreading
11 307 (13.46%) .NET
12 306 (13.42%) Oracle
13 298 (13.06%) Low Latency
14 275 (12.06%) Risk Management
15 270 (11.84%) Equities
16 259 (11.35%) UNIX
17 240 (10.52%) Back Office
18 236 (10.35%) SQL Server
19 235 (10.30%) Agile Software Development
20 233 (10.21%) Linux
21 218 (9.56%) Python
22 206 (9.03%) Degree
23 199 (8.72%) OO
24 193 (8.46%) Windows
25 184 (8.07%) Business Analysis
26 183 (8.02%) TDD
27 165 (7.23%) Project Management
27 165 (7.23%) WPF
28 163 (7.15%) Analytics

Front Office
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 74 (3.24%) Oracle Coherence
2 28 (1.23%) SharePoint
3 22 (0.96%) WebSphere
4 18 (0.79%) TIBCO EMS
5 15 (0.66%) Confluence
6 13 (0.57%) IIS
7 12 (0.53%) WebLogic
7 12 (0.53%) Tomcat
8 11 (0.48%) Apache
9 10 (0.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 9 (0.39%) WebSphere Application Server
11 8 (0.35%) IBM HTTP Server
12 7 (0.31%) Oracle Workflow
12 7 (0.31%) MQSeries
13 6 (0.26%) MS Exchange
13 6 (0.26%) GemFire
14 4 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2003
14 4 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2010
14 4 (0.18%) BizTalk Server
15 3 (0.13%) SAS
Applications
1 94 (4.12%) MS Excel
2 41 (1.80%) MS Office
3 29 (1.27%) MS PowerPoint
4 18 (0.79%) MS Visio
4 18 (0.79%) MS Project
5 17 (0.75%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.13%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.088%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.044%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.044%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 63 (2.76%) RMDS
2 34 (1.49%) ION MarketView
3 17 (0.75%) LatentZero
4 14 (0.61%) Summit
4 14 (0.61%) Markit EDM
5 13 (0.57%) Oracle EBS
6 11 (0.48%) Oracle Retail
7 7 (0.31%) Dynamics CRM
7 7 (0.31%) Endur
8 4 (0.18%) Bloomberg TOMS
8 4 (0.18%) Oracle BPM
9 3 (0.13%) Advent Geneva
9 3 (0.13%) Sophis RISQUE
10 2 (0.088%) Global One
10 2 (0.088%) Murex MxG2000
10 2 (0.088%) SAP SD
10 2 (0.088%) Tesseract
10 2 (0.088%) Minerva
10 2 (0.088%) Sentinel
10 2 (0.088%) Front Arena
Cloud Services
1 4 (0.18%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (0.088%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.088%) GitHub
3 1 (0.044%) SaaS
3 1 (0.044%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 24 (1.05%) Firewall
2 23 (1.01%) DNS
3 19 (0.83%) TCP/IP
4 15 (0.66%) LDAP
5 14 (0.61%) Intranet
6 13 (0.57%) GGSN
6 13 (0.57%) SGSN
7 11 (0.48%) HTTP
8 10 (0.44%) LAN
8 10 (0.44%) L2TP
9 9 (0.39%) SS7
9 9 (0.39%) 3G
9 9 (0.39%) 2G
9 9 (0.39%) MGW
9 9 (0.39%) 4G
9 9 (0.39%) Multicast
10 8 (0.35%) MPLS
10 8 (0.35%) Internet
11 6 (0.26%) SAN
11 6 (0.26%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 236 (10.35%) SQL Server
2 75 (3.29%) KDB
2 75 (3.29%) Relational Database
3 66 (2.89%) SQL Server 2008
4 47 (2.06%) Oracle Database
5 42 (1.84%) SQL Server 2012
6 33 (1.45%) Data Warehouse
7 30 (1.32%) MongoDB
8 23 (1.01%) NoSQL
8 23 (1.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 22 (0.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 16 (0.70%) Oracle Reports
10 16 (0.70%) RDBMS
10 16 (0.70%) Big Data
11 15 (0.66%) Hazelcast
12 14 (0.61%) MS Access
13 13 (0.57%) QlikView
14 12 (0.53%) Oracle Database 10g
15 10 (0.44%) DB2
15 10 (0.44%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 52 (2.28%) JUnit
2 43 (1.89%) JIRA
3 42 (1.84%) Visual Studio
4 34 (1.49%) Subversion
5 29 (1.27%) TeamCity
6 27 (1.18%) Jenkins
7 22 (0.96%) Maven
8 21 (0.92%) Ant
8 21 (0.92%) Git (software)
8 21 (0.92%) Team Foundation Server
9 15 (0.66%) Mockito
10 14 (0.61%) Eclipse
11 10 (0.44%) NUnit
11 10 (0.44%) WebDriver
11 10 (0.44%) jMock
11 10 (0.44%) Rhino Mocks
11 10 (0.44%) Grunt
12 9 (0.39%) Bower
13 8 (0.35%) QuickTest Pro
14 7 (0.31%) Moq
General
1 997 (43.71%) Banking
2 757 (33.19%) Finance
3 650 (28.50%) Investment Banking
4 240 (10.52%) Back Office
5 77 (3.38%) Financial Institution
6 38 (1.67%) Telecoms
7 35 (1.53%) Legal
8 33 (1.45%) Retail
9 21 (0.92%) Advertising
10 13 (0.57%) Publishing
11 12 (0.53%) Marketing
12 10 (0.44%) Private Banking
13 7 (0.31%) French Language
14 6 (0.26%) Manufacturing
14 6 (0.26%) Corporate Banking
15 5 (0.22%) Retail Banking
15 5 (0.22%) Games
16 4 (0.18%) Billing
16 4 (0.18%) German Language
17 3 (0.13%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 1015 (44.50%) Developer
2 591 (25.91%) Analyst
3 374 (16.40%) Business Analyst
4 331 (14.51%) Java Developer
5 269 (11.79%) C# Developer
6 202 (8.86%) Project Manager
7 156 (6.84%) Senior Developer
8 107 (4.69%) C++ Developer
9 99 (4.34%) Support Analyst
10 86 (3.77%) .NET Developer
11 78 (3.42%) C# .NET Developer
12 69 (3.02%) Front Office Developer
13 64 (2.81%) Applications Support
14 63 (2.76%) Senior Analyst
15 62 (2.72%) WPF Developer
16 60 (2.63%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
17 59 (2.59%) Senior Java Developer
17 59 (2.59%) Quantitative Developer
18 56 (2.46%) SQL Developer
18 56 (2.46%) Python Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 307 (13.46%) .NET
2 165 (7.23%) WPF
3 146 (6.40%) Spring
4 116 (5.09%) WCF
5 95 (4.16%) HTML
6 88 (3.86%) Middleware
7 86 (3.77%) XML
8 82 (3.59%) JMS
9 73 (3.20%) HTML5
10 67 (2.94%) FIX Protocol
11 58 (2.54%) Rendezvous
12 50 (2.19%) WinForms
13 46 (2.02%) Hibernate
14 45 (1.97%) Web Services
15 40 (1.75%) ASP.NET
15 40 (1.75%) CSS
16 37 (1.62%) Boost C++ Libraries
17 34 (1.49%) AngularJS
17 34 (1.49%) Java EE
18 33 (1.45%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 542 (23.76%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 486 (21.31%) Fixed Income
3 452 (19.82%) Derivative
4 270 (11.84%) Equities
5 128 (5.61%) Computer Science
6 116 (5.09%) Credit Risk
7 114 (5.00%) Market Risk
8 87 (3.81%) Equity Derivative
9 86 (3.77%) Credit Derivative
10 70 (3.07%) Management Information System
11 67 (2.94%) Mathematics
12 50 (2.19%) Hedge funds
13 47 (2.06%) Interest Rate Derivative
14 29 (1.27%) Open Source
15 28 (1.23%) Physics
16 27 (1.18%) Grid Computing
17 23 (1.01%) Statistics
18 22 (0.96%) Reference Data
19 20 (0.88%) Visualisation
20 19 (0.83%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 259 (11.35%) UNIX
2 233 (10.21%) Linux
3 193 (8.46%) Windows
4 62 (2.72%) Windows 7
5 46 (2.02%) Solaris
6 42 (1.84%) Windows XP
7 23 (1.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 19 (0.83%) Windows Server 2003
9 12 (0.53%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (0.18%) Oracle Linux
10 4 (0.18%) Mac OS X
11 3 (0.13%) AIX
12 2 (0.088%) VMS
12 2 (0.088%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (0.088%) Apple iOS
13 1 (0.044%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 315 (13.81%) Multithreading
2 298 (13.06%) Low Latency
3 275 (12.06%) Risk Management
4 235 (10.30%) Agile Software Development
5 199 (8.72%) OO
6 184 (8.07%) Business Analysis
7 183 (8.02%) TDD
8 165 (7.23%) Project Management
9 163 (7.15%) Analytics
10 137 (6.01%) Asset Management
11 133 (5.83%) Electronic Trading
12 114 (5.00%) Stakeholder Management
13 106 (4.65%) E-Commerce
14 103 (4.52%) Investment Management
15 97 (4.25%) User Acceptance Testing
15 97 (4.25%) Change Management
16 95 (4.16%) Software Engineering
17 89 (3.90%) Workflow
18 87 (3.81%) Migration
19 75 (3.29%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 648 (28.41%) Java
2 592 (25.95%) SQL
3 542 (23.76%) C#
4 338 (14.82%) C++
5 218 (9.56%) Python
6 117 (5.13%) Perl
7 108 (4.73%) VBA
8 89 (3.90%) JavaScript
9 52 (2.28%) Scala
10 51 (2.24%) VB
11 28 (1.23%) Shell Script
12 26 (1.14%) T-SQL
12 26 (1.14%) PL/SQL
13 25 (1.10%) C
13 25 (1.10%) Bash Shell
14 17 (0.75%) PowerShell
15 8 (0.35%) XAML
15 8 (0.35%) R
15 8 (0.35%) Tcl
15 8 (0.35%) PHP
Qualifications
1 206 (9.03%) Degree
2 34 (1.49%) Microsoft Certification
3 31 (1.36%) PhD
4 26 (1.14%) PMI Certification
5 23 (1.01%) MCP
5 23 (1.01%) Security Cleared
6 20 (0.88%) SC Cleared
7 18 (0.79%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 11 (0.48%) PMP
9 9 (0.39%) ITIL Certification
9 9 (0.39%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 7 (0.31%) MCSE
11 6 (0.26%) ISEB
12 4 (0.18%) MCSD
13 3 (0.13%) ISTQB
13 3 (0.13%) CIMA
14 2 (0.088%) MCITP
14 2 (0.088%) CFA
14 2 (0.088%) CCSP
14 2 (0.088%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (2.67%) EMIR
2 57 (2.50%) QA
3 54 (2.37%) Dodd-Frank
4 23 (1.01%) SLA
5 15 (0.66%) Basel III
6 10 (0.44%) Basel II
6 10 (0.44%) FATCA
7 8 (0.35%) ISO 9001
8 3 (0.13%) CRD IV
9 2 (0.088%) MiFID
9 2 (0.088%) Data Quality
10 1 (0.044%) GCP
10 1 (0.044%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 38 (1.67%) Active Directory
2 22 (0.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (0.35%) Oracle RAC
4 7 (0.31%) VMware ESX
5 3 (0.13%) Microsoft App-V
5 3 (0.13%) Platform Symphony
6 2 (0.088%) XenApp
6 2 (0.088%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.044%) Terminal Server
7 1 (0.044%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 46 (2.02%) ITRS Geneos
2 15 (0.66%) BladeLogic
3 10 (0.44%) Control-M
4 9 (0.39%) ARCserve
5 8 (0.35%) HP Quality Center
6 7 (0.31%) WMI
6 7 (0.31%) Nagios
7 5 (0.22%) Tivoli
7 5 (0.22%) BMC PATROL
7 5 (0.22%) SCCM
8 3 (0.13%) Puppet
8 3 (0.13%) Opscode Chef
9 2 (0.088%) BMC Marimba
9 2 (0.088%) Salt
9 2 (0.088%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 1 (0.044%) Netcool
10 1 (0.044%) ServiceCenter
10 1 (0.044%) CA LISA
Vendors
1 306 (13.42%) Oracle
2 141 (6.18%) Microsoft
3 129 (5.66%) Sybase
4 105 (4.60%) TIBCO
5 104 (4.56%) Bloomberg
6 80 (3.51%) Charles River
7 77 (3.38%) 29West
8 68 (2.98%) ION Trading
9 60 (2.63%) Reuters
10 47 (2.06%) Murex
11 46 (2.02%) Fidessa
12 35 (1.53%) thinkFolio
13 31 (1.36%) VMware
14 27 (1.18%) Citrix
14 27 (1.18%) Red Hat
15 24 (1.05%) SAP
16 22 (0.96%) Adobe
17 20 (0.88%) Remedy
18 19 (0.83%) JBoss
19 18 (0.79%) Calypso
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