The table below looks at the statistics for the Head of IT role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Head of IT in their job title over the 3 months to 29 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
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Head of Information Technology
Rank 579 606 581
Rank change year-on-year
+27 -25
Contract jobs requiring a Head of IT 61 29 45
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.052% 0.082%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.055% 0.087%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 18 26
Average daily rate £650 £538 £550
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.93% -2.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £443 £359
10% offered a daily rate of more than £850 £691 £810
UK excluding London average daily rate £550 £525 £500
% change year-on-year
+4.76% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
53034 52811 51540
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.93% 94.73% 94.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 34546 32021 31371
Average daily rate £425 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £243 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1532 2104 2098
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.83 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+4.01% -1.02%

Head of IT
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Head of IT in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Head of IT Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Head of IT
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Head of IT within the UK.

Head of IT Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Head of IT
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Head of IT within the UK over the 3 months to 29 April 2016.

Head of IT Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Head of IT
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Head of IT within the UK.

Head of IT Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Head of IT
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 Head of IT within the UK over the 3 months to 29 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 +3 51 £700 +27.27% 31
London +13 31 £750 +15.38% 9
Scotland -10 10 £550 - 2
Edinburgh -2 8 £500 -
Manchester -4 5 £350 - 3
North West -6 5 £350 - 7
West Midlands -11 4 £550 - 1
South East -15 4 £500 -10.11% 5
City of London +45 3 £650 +30.00% 4
East of England +8 2 £525 -22.22% 5
Yorkshire +1 2 £850 +61.90% 3
Bedfordshire 0 2 £525 -22.22% 1
Leeds -3 2 £850 +61.90% 2
West Yorkshire -6 2 £850 +61.90% 2
Northamptonshire +9 1 - -
East Midlands +7 1 - -
Birmingham +4 1 £550 - 1
East Sussex 0 1 £475 +11.76%
Luton -4 1 £650 -3.70%
Stratford-upon-Avon - 1 - -
Crawley - 1 - -
Bedford - 1 £400 -
Tyne and Wear - 1 £850 -
West Sussex - 1 - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 £850 -
Buckinghamshire - 1 £750 - 1
Warwickshire - 1 - -
North East - 1 £850 -
Bromley - 1 £575 -

Head of IT
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Head of IT in their job title 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 with Head of IT in their job title.

1 32 (34.04%) ITIL
2 28 (29.79%) Finance
3 20 (21.28%) Agile Software Development
4 17 (18.09%) Project Management
5 16 (17.02%) Service Management
6 15 (15.96%) Stakeholder Management
7 14 (14.89%) Service Delivery
8 9 (9.57%) CISSP
9 8 (8.51%) CISM
9 8 (8.51%) Security Cleared
9 8 (8.51%) Information Security
9 8 (8.51%) Security Operations
10 7 (7.45%) Line Management
10 7 (7.45%) SC Cleared
10 7 (7.45%) CISA
10 7 (7.45%) Windows
11 6 (6.38%) Risk Management
11 6 (6.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 6 (6.38%) Data Centre
11 6 (6.38%) SDLC
12 5 (5.32%) Windows Server
12 5 (5.32%) Mentoring
12 5 (5.32%) Continuous Delivery
12 5 (5.32%) Cybersecurity
12 5 (5.32%) Cryptography
12 5 (5.32%) Data Protection
12 5 (5.32%) Open Source
12 5 (5.32%) COSO
12 5 (5.32%) COBIT
12 5 (5.32%) Problem Management

Head of IT
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Head of IT in their job title 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 with Head of IT in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 3 (3.19%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 2 (2.13%) Dynamics AX
1 2 (2.13%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (1.06%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 4 (4.26%) SaaS
2 3 (3.19%) Office 365
3 2 (2.13%) IaaS
4 1 (1.06%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (4.26%) LAN
1 4 (4.26%) WAN
2 3 (3.19%) Firewall
3 1 (1.06%) Ethernet
3 1 (1.06%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.06%) NonStop SQL
General
1 28 (29.79%) Finance
2 4 (4.26%) Banking
2 4 (4.26%) Legal
2 4 (4.26%) Retail
2 4 (4.26%) Telecoms
3 2 (2.13%) Advertising
4 1 (1.06%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.06%) Law
4 1 (1.06%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.06%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.06%) .NET
1 1 (1.06%) Ajax
1 1 (1.06%) EDI
Miscellaneous
1 6 (6.38%) Data Centre
2 5 (5.32%) Cryptography
3 2 (2.13%) EPoS
3 2 (2.13%) Management Information System
3 2 (2.13%) NHS
3 2 (2.13%) User Experience
4 1 (1.06%) BYOD
4 1 (1.06%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.06%) Cyber Attack
4 1 (1.06%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 1 (1.06%) e-Learning
4 1 (1.06%) Fintech
4 1 (1.06%) FMCG
4 1 (1.06%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 7 (7.45%) Windows
2 5 (5.32%) Windows Server
3 1 (1.06%) Linux
3 1 (1.06%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (34.04%) ITIL
2 20 (21.28%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (18.09%) Project Management
4 16 (17.02%) Service Management
5 15 (15.96%) Stakeholder Management
6 14 (14.89%) Service Delivery
7 8 (8.51%) Information Security
7 8 (8.51%) Security Operations
8 7 (7.45%) Line Management
9 6 (6.38%) Risk Management
9 6 (6.38%) SDLC
10 5 (5.32%) Continuous Delivery
10 5 (5.32%) Cybersecurity
10 5 (5.32%) Data Protection
10 5 (5.32%) Mentoring
10 5 (5.32%) Open Source
10 5 (5.32%) Problem Management
10 5 (5.32%) Security Management
11 4 (4.26%) Agile Project Management
11 4 (4.26%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 4 (4.26%) C
2 3 (3.19%) Java
3 2 (2.13%) SQL
4 1 (1.06%) C#
4 1 (1.06%) C++
4 1 (1.06%) JavaScript
4 1 (1.06%) Perl
4 1 (1.06%) PHP
4 1 (1.06%) Python
Qualifications
1 9 (9.57%) CISSP
2 8 (8.51%) CISM
2 8 (8.51%) Security Cleared
3 7 (7.45%) CISA
3 7 (7.45%) SC Cleared
4 4 (4.26%) Degree
5 3 (3.19%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (1.06%) CEH
6 1 (1.06%) CLAS
6 1 (1.06%) DV Cleared
6 1 (1.06%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (6.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (5.32%) COBIT
2 5 (5.32%) COSO
3 3 (3.19%) QA
4 2 (2.13%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (2.13%) ISO22301
4 2 (2.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (2.13%) SLA
5 1 (1.06%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 4 (4.26%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (3.19%) Active Directory
3 1 (1.06%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.06%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (1.06%) XenApp
3 1 (1.06%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 1 (1.06%) CFEngine
1 1 (1.06%) Opscode Chef
1 1 (1.06%) SCCM
Vendors
1 5 (5.32%) Cisco
1 5 (5.32%) Citrix
2 4 (4.26%) Microsoft
2 4 (4.26%) Oracle
2 4 (4.26%) VMware
3 2 (2.13%) IBM
3 2 (2.13%) Infor
3 2 (2.13%) JD Edwards
3 2 (2.13%) JDA
3 2 (2.13%) Retek
3 2 (2.13%) SAP
4 1 (1.06%) F5
4 1 (1.06%) Forcepoint
4 1 (1.06%) Intel
4 1 (1.06%) Sun
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