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 1 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
1 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Front Office
Rank 114 94 63
Rank change year-on-year
-20 -31
Contract jobs citing Front Office 1007 1127 1395
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.80% 2.07% 2.88%
As % of the General category 4.66% 5.32% 6.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 834 889 1083
Average daily rate
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£575 £600 £559
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.16% +7.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £400 £425
10% offered a daily rate of more than £696 £700 £675
UK excluding London average daily rate £440 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+17.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 2
Average hourly rate £90.00 £125.00 £15.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-28.00% +719.94%
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
21615 21191 20635
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.73% 38.90% 42.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 13363 13196 12344
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 £275 £261 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £613 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 542 575 663
Average hourly rate £22.35 £23.50 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.89% -6.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.53 £11.67 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.50 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.25 £25.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-3.00% -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 1 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 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 1 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 -24 953 £575 -4.16% 222
London +3 935 £575 -4.16% 209
City of London -11 244 £575 -4.16% 89
Scotland +2 40 £425 +10.38% 3
Glasgow +5 28 £433 +15.33% 1
Canary Wharf +10 19 £525 +110.00%
Docklands, London 0 15 £626 +19.28% 3
Edinburgh +3 9 £425 -34.61% 2
South East -33 9 £600 +37.14% 4
Berkshire -29 6 £600 +37.14% 1
Reading -9 4 - -
Stirling -9 3 - -
West Midlands -18 3 £463 -26.00% 1
East Midlands -6 2 £420 -1.17% 3
Newport - 2 - -
South Wales - 2 - -
Wales - 2 - -
East of England +3 1 £375 +4.16% 1
Bracknell -1 1 - -
Nottinghamshire -5 1 £365 -14.11%
Birmingham -9 1 - - 1
Nottingham -12 1 £365 -14.11%
Yorkshire -14 1 - -
West Yorkshire -17 1 - -
Leeds -17 1 - -
Manchester -18 1 £475 +8.57%
North West -26 1 £475 +8.57%
Hook - 1 - -
Hemel Hempstead - 1 £375 -
Tunbridge Wells - 1 - -

Front Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 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.

1 841 (40.47%) Banking
2 775 (37.30%) Finance
3 696 (33.49%) Java
4 613 (29.50%) SQL
5 598 (28.78%) Investment Banking
6 532 (25.60%) C#
7 502 (24.16%) Derivative
8 445 (21.41%) Agile Software Development
8 445 (21.41%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 419 (20.16%) Fixed Income
10 386 (18.58%) Multithreading
11 326 (15.69%) UNIX
12 309 (14.87%) Low Latency
13 306 (14.73%) C++
14 284 (13.67%) Equities
15 273 (13.14%) .NET
16 257 (12.37%) SQL Server
17 246 (11.84%) TDD
18 242 (11.65%) Linux
19 228 (10.97%) Python
20 204 (9.82%) Oracle
21 203 (9.77%) OO
22 181 (8.71%) Degree
23 180 (8.66%) Analytical Skills
23 180 (8.66%) VBA
24 176 (8.47%) Risk Management
25 170 (8.18%) WPF
26 164 (7.89%) Electronic Trading
27 156 (7.51%) FIX Protocol
28 151 (7.27%) Back Office

Front Office
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 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 28 (1.35%) Oracle Coherence
2 21 (1.01%) WebSphere
3 15 (0.72%) WebLogic
4 13 (0.63%) JBoss
5 10 (0.48%) Node.js
5 10 (0.48%) SharePoint
6 7 (0.34%) IIS
6 7 (0.34%) Oracle Workflow
7 6 (0.29%) Apache Spark
7 6 (0.29%) Apache
7 6 (0.29%) MTS
8 5 (0.24%) MQSeries
8 5 (0.24%) Confluence
9 3 (0.14%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 3 (0.14%) Apache ServiceMix
10 2 (0.096%) CMS
10 2 (0.096%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.048%) SmartSockets
11 1 (0.048%) MS Exchange
11 1 (0.048%) FileNet
Applications
1 67 (3.22%) MS Excel
2 28 (1.35%) MS PowerPoint
3 27 (1.30%) MS Office
4 25 (1.20%) Spreadsheet
5 17 (0.82%) MS Visio
6 11 (0.53%) MS Project
7 3 (0.14%) PowerPivot
8 2 (0.096%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.096%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.048%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 61 (2.94%) thinkFolio
2 47 (2.26%) ION MarketView
3 27 (1.30%) Markit EDM
4 24 (1.15%) LatentZero
5 20 (0.96%) RMDS
6 18 (0.87%) Summit
7 14 (0.67%) SimCorp Dimension
8 11 (0.53%) Global One
9 9 (0.43%) Endur
9 9 (0.43%) Front Arena
10 7 (0.34%) ZaiNet
10 7 (0.34%) Tesseract
10 7 (0.34%) Minerva
10 7 (0.34%) Sentinel
11 4 (0.19%) Aligne
11 4 (0.19%) SAP HR
12 3 (0.14%) IntelliMatch
13 2 (0.096%) SAP IS-U
13 2 (0.096%) Dynamics CRM
13 2 (0.096%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.048%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 22 (1.06%) TCP/IP
2 14 (0.67%) HTTP
2 14 (0.67%) Firewall
3 6 (0.29%) Internet
4 5 (0.24%) DNS
4 5 (0.24%) Multicast
5 4 (0.19%) Skype
5 4 (0.19%) FTP
6 3 (0.14%) Intranet
6 3 (0.14%) VPN
6 3 (0.14%) DHCP
6 3 (0.14%) Network Security
7 1 (0.048%) SAN
7 1 (0.048%) LDAP
7 1 (0.048%) SSL
7 1 (0.048%) SNMP
7 1 (0.048%) SMTP
7 1 (0.048%) LAN
7 1 (0.048%) VoIP
7 1 (0.048%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 257 (12.37%) SQL Server
2 94 (4.52%) Relational Database
3 57 (2.74%) SQL Server 2008
4 47 (2.26%) KDB
5 34 (1.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 32 (1.54%) Data Warehouse
7 27 (1.30%) Oracle Database
8 25 (1.20%) Big Data
9 24 (1.15%) Hadoop
9 24 (1.15%) RDBMS
10 17 (0.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 17 (0.82%) SQL Server 2012
11 14 (0.67%) QlikView
12 13 (0.63%) MS Access
12 13 (0.63%) DB2
13 12 (0.58%) Data Mining
14 11 (0.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 10 (0.48%) Oracle Database 11g
16 8 (0.38%) OLAP
17 7 (0.34%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 68 (3.27%) Subversion
2 45 (2.17%) TeamCity
3 44 (2.12%) JUnit
4 36 (1.73%) JIRA
5 34 (1.64%) Visual Studio
6 26 (1.25%) NUnit
7 25 (1.20%) Maven
8 22 (1.06%) Git (software)
9 20 (0.96%) CruiseControl
10 18 (0.87%) Eclipse
11 16 (0.77%) Ant
12 14 (0.67%) Cucumber
13 13 (0.63%) Team Foundation Server
14 9 (0.43%) Mockito
14 9 (0.43%) Selenium
15 8 (0.38%) Moq
16 7 (0.34%) ClearQuest
17 6 (0.29%) Karma Test Runner
17 6 (0.29%) jMock
17 6 (0.29%) JBehave
General
1 841 (40.47%) Banking
2 775 (37.30%) Finance
3 598 (28.78%) Investment Banking
4 151 (7.27%) Back Office
5 64 (3.08%) Financial Institution
6 47 (2.26%) Legal
7 29 (1.40%) Retail
8 13 (0.63%) French Language
9 12 (0.58%) Telecoms
10 9 (0.43%) Advertising
10 9 (0.43%) Marketing
11 8 (0.38%) Publishing
12 7 (0.34%) Retail Banking
12 7 (0.34%) Corporate Banking
13 3 (0.14%) General Ledger
14 2 (0.096%) Mandarin Language
14 2 (0.096%) Billing
14 2 (0.096%) Private Banking
15 1 (0.048%) Manufacturing
15 1 (0.048%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 1095 (52.69%) Developer
2 524 (25.22%) Analyst
3 425 (20.45%) Java Developer
4 290 (13.96%) Business Analyst
5 249 (11.98%) C# Developer
6 188 (9.05%) Senior Developer
7 152 (7.31%) Support Analyst
8 135 (6.50%) Applications Support
9 134 (6.45%) Project Manager
10 121 (5.82%) C++ Developer
11 83 (3.99%) Front Office Developer
12 76 (3.66%) Senior Java Developer
12 76 (3.66%) Python Developer
13 67 (3.22%) Applications Support Analyst
14 62 (2.98%) Excel Developer
15 61 (2.94%) Senior C# Developer
16 60 (2.89%) RAD Developer
17 50 (2.41%) Senior Analyst
18 48 (2.31%) .NET Developer
19 41 (1.97%) VBA Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 273 (13.14%) .NET
2 170 (8.18%) WPF
3 156 (7.51%) FIX Protocol
4 131 (6.30%) HTML
5 116 (5.58%) XML
6 95 (4.57%) WCF
7 85 (4.09%) Spring
8 84 (4.04%) HTML5
9 64 (3.08%) WinForms
10 61 (2.94%) Middleware
11 54 (2.60%) AngularJS
12 46 (2.21%) JMS
13 40 (1.92%) Boost C++ Libraries
14 39 (1.88%) Ultra Messaging
14 39 (1.88%) ASP.NET
15 36 (1.73%) Hibernate
15 36 (1.73%) Rendezvous
15 36 (1.73%) .NET Framework
16 35 (1.68%) STL
17 33 (1.59%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 502 (24.16%) Derivative
2 445 (21.41%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 419 (20.16%) Fixed Income
4 284 (13.67%) Equities
5 180 (8.66%) Analytical Skills
6 129 (6.21%) Equity Derivative
7 80 (3.85%) Credit Derivative
8 63 (3.03%) Computer Science
9 56 (2.69%) Market Risk
10 53 (2.55%) Algorithms
11 51 (2.45%) Data Structures
12 49 (2.36%) Mathematics
13 47 (2.26%) Credit Risk
14 45 (2.17%) Interest Rate Derivative
14 45 (2.17%) Hedge funds
15 32 (1.54%) Management Information System
16 24 (1.15%) Open Source
17 21 (1.01%) Grid Computing
18 17 (0.82%) Visualisation
19 16 (0.77%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 326 (15.69%) UNIX
2 242 (11.65%) Linux
3 128 (6.16%) Windows
4 20 (0.96%) Solaris
5 5 (0.24%) Windows 7
6 3 (0.14%) Windows Server 2003
6 3 (0.14%) Windows XP
6 3 (0.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (0.14%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (0.14%) Oracle Linux
7 2 (0.096%) Windows Vista
8 1 (0.048%) AIX
8 1 (0.048%) Android
8 1 (0.048%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 445 (21.41%) Agile Software Development
2 386 (18.58%) Multithreading
3 309 (14.87%) Low Latency
4 246 (11.84%) TDD
5 203 (9.77%) OO
6 176 (8.47%) Risk Management
7 164 (7.89%) Electronic Trading
8 143 (6.88%) Business Analysis
9 125 (6.02%) Asset Management
10 117 (5.63%) Analytics
11 116 (5.58%) Project Management
12 100 (4.81%) RAD
13 90 (4.33%) Investment Management
14 85 (4.09%) Algorithmic Trading
15 84 (4.04%) Continuous Integration
16 83 (3.99%) E-Commerce
17 79 (3.80%) Scrum
18 74 (3.56%) User Acceptance Testing
19 66 (3.18%) Stakeholder Management
20 63 (3.03%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 696 (33.49%) Java
2 613 (29.50%) SQL
3 532 (25.60%) C#
4 306 (14.73%) C++
5 228 (10.97%) Python
6 180 (8.66%) VBA
7 129 (6.21%) JavaScript
8 90 (4.33%) Perl
9 45 (2.17%) Shell Script
10 35 (1.68%) T-SQL
11 31 (1.49%) C
12 30 (1.44%) Go
13 28 (1.35%) Scala
14 26 (1.25%) VB
15 17 (0.82%) XAML
16 16 (0.77%) R
17 15 (0.72%) VBScript
18 14 (0.67%) Clojure
19 11 (0.53%) Bash Shell
20 10 (0.48%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 181 (8.71%) Degree
2 11 (0.53%) PMI Certification
3 10 (0.48%) PMP
4 5 (0.24%) ITIL Certification
5 3 (0.14%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 3 (0.14%) PhD
6 2 (0.096%) CFA
6 2 (0.096%) CCA
6 2 (0.096%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.048%) ISEB
7 1 (0.048%) MCSE
7 1 (0.048%) MCSA
7 1 (0.048%) MCP
7 1 (0.048%) ISTQB
7 1 (0.048%) SC Cleared
7 1 (0.048%) Security Cleared
7 1 (0.048%) IIBA
7 1 (0.048%) CAPM
7 1 (0.048%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (2.21%) QA
2 20 (0.96%) Dodd-Frank
3 17 (0.82%) MiFID
3 17 (0.82%) EMIR
4 6 (0.29%) FATCA
5 5 (0.24%) AIFMD
6 4 (0.19%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.14%) Basel II
8 2 (0.096%) Basel III
9 1 (0.048%) SLA
9 1 (0.048%) Solvency II
9 1 (0.048%) CRD IV
System Software
1 12 (0.58%) Active Directory
2 5 (0.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.096%) Platform Symphony
4 1 (0.048%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (0.048%) VMware ESX
4 1 (0.048%) HDFS
4 1 (0.048%) GridGain
Systems Management
1 21 (1.01%) ITRS Geneos
2 17 (0.82%) Control-M
3 9 (0.43%) HP Quality Center
4 3 (0.14%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 2 (0.096%) SCCM
6 1 (0.048%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.048%) Unicenter
6 1 (0.048%) Netcool
6 1 (0.048%) Nagios
6 1 (0.048%) OpenView
6 1 (0.048%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 204 (9.82%) Oracle
2 139 (6.69%) Sybase
3 119 (5.73%) Microsoft
4 82 (3.95%) TIBCO
5 61 (2.94%) ION Trading
6 59 (2.84%) Bloomberg
7 53 (2.55%) Murex
8 34 (1.64%) Fidessa
8 34 (1.64%) Charles River
9 30 (1.44%) Reuters
10 29 (1.40%) DevExpress
11 21 (1.01%) Tradeweb
12 16 (0.77%) SimCorp
13 14 (0.67%) Calypso
14 13 (0.63%) SAP
15 12 (0.58%) SunGard
16 10 (0.48%) Solace
16 10 (0.48%) Trayport
16 10 (0.48%) Citrix
17 9 (0.43%) Informatica
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TEKsystems
Rate: £575 - £625 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £600 - £650 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
East London
Eames Consulting
Rate: From £550 to £700 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Aston Carter
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
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City, London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £425.00 - £525.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £500.00 - £750.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Montash
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + Negotiable
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McGregor Boyall
Rate: £550 - £750 per day
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Cititec
Rate: £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
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TEKsystems
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
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City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £500 - £700 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £600 to £650 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £550.00 - £650.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
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TEKsystems
Rate: £600 - £650 per day
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Rate: £450 - £550 per day
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ComputAppoint
Rate: £650 - £700 per day
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McGregor Boyall
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
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Rate: £625 - £650 per day
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