The first table below looks at the demand for knowledge and experience of Mercator products and/or services in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Mercator 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 Vendors currently tracked.

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.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are NOT representative of contractor rates within Mercator Software, Inc.

Location
3 months to
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Mercator
Rank 549 540 533
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -7
Contract jobs citing Mercator 44 28 51
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.080% 0.055% 0.088%
As % of the Vendors category 0.18% 0.12% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 18 14
Average daily rate
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£425 £483 £473
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.91% +2.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £342 £313 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £600 £531
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £380 £385
% change year-on-year
-13.15% -1.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Vendors Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
24989 24067 26976
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 45.71% 47.16% 46.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 13873 13040 13656
Average daily rate £380 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.93% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1082 1204 1387
Average hourly rate £18.00 £20.00 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.00% +2.56%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.15 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £41.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-10.25% +2.63%

Mercator
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Mercator within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Vendors category.

Mercator Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Mercator
Daily Rate Trend

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

Mercator Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Mercator
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Mercator within the UK over the 3 months to 25 July 2014.

Mercator Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Mercator
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Mercator Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Mercator
Top 9 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Mercator 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 -11 43 £425 -8.60% 3
London +19 36 £438 -20.45% 3
West Midlands - 2 £330 -
Hook - - - -
Hampshire - - - -
South East - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -
Birmingham - - - -
Hounslow - - - -

Mercator
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Mercator 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 Mercator.

1 22 (22.45%) Windows
1 22 (22.45%) VMware
2 21 (21.43%) Oracle
3 18 (18.37%) Degree
4 17 (17.35%) Active Directory
4 17 (17.35%) Citrix
5 14 (14.29%) Linux
5 14 (14.29%) SCCM
6 13 (13.27%) Customer Insight
7 12 (12.24%) Windows 7
8 11 (11.22%) SC Cleared
8 11 (11.22%) Security Cleared
9 10 (10.20%) Migration
9 10 (10.20%) Agile Software Development
9 10 (10.20%) HTML
10 9 (9.18%) CSS
10 9 (9.18%) Business Intelligence
10 9 (9.18%) Microsoft
10 9 (9.18%) Stakeholder Management
10 9 (9.18%) Usability Testing
11 8 (8.16%) Psychology
11 8 (8.16%) Human Factors
11 8 (8.16%) ITIL
11 8 (8.16%) Market Research
11 8 (8.16%) Windows 8
12 7 (7.14%) Mobile App
12 7 (7.14%) VMware Infrastructure
12 7 (7.14%) UNIX
12 7 (7.14%) Java
12 7 (7.14%) SQL

Mercator
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Mercator 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 Mercator. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 6 (6.12%) MS Exchange
2 5 (5.10%) WebSphere
3 4 (4.08%) WebLogic
4 2 (2.04%) Apache
4 2 (2.04%) Tomcat
4 2 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (2.04%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (1.02%) WebSphere Process Server
5 1 (1.02%) SharePoint
5 1 (1.02%) IIS
5 1 (1.02%) IBM Notes
5 1 (1.02%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 5 (5.10%) MS Excel
2 4 (4.08%) MS Office
3 2 (2.04%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (1.02%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (1.02%) OmniGraffle
4 1 (1.02%) MS Project
4 1 (1.02%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.04%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.04%) SaaS
2 1 (1.02%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (6.12%) WAN
1 6 (6.12%) SAN
2 5 (5.10%) LAN
2 5 (5.10%) NAS
3 4 (4.08%) DNS
3 4 (4.08%) DHCP
3 4 (4.08%) Firewall
4 3 (3.06%) HTTP
5 2 (2.04%) TCP/IP
5 2 (2.04%) VPN
5 2 (2.04%) SSL
5 2 (2.04%) Wi-Fi
5 2 (2.04%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (1.02%) WAAS
6 1 (1.02%) Unified Communications
6 1 (1.02%) Cisco ISE
6 1 (1.02%) Wireless
6 1 (1.02%) IPsec
6 1 (1.02%) VLAN
6 1 (1.02%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.10%) SQL Server
2 4 (4.08%) Oracle Reports
2 4 (4.08%) Oracle Database
3 3 (3.06%) Oracle BI Publisher
3 3 (3.06%) Relational Database
4 2 (2.04%) MarkLogic
4 2 (2.04%) RDBMS
5 1 (1.02%) Oracle Database 10g
5 1 (1.02%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (1.02%) Oracle BI EE
5 1 (1.02%) Hadoop
5 1 (1.02%) MongoDB
5 1 (1.02%) Apache Cassandra
5 1 (1.02%) NoSQL
5 1 (1.02%) Big Data
5 1 (1.02%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (1.02%) Oracle ODI
5 1 (1.02%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 3 (3.06%) LoadRunner
2 2 (2.04%) Axure RP
2 2 (2.04%) Talend Open Studio
3 1 (1.02%) Microsoft Blend
3 1 (1.02%) Git (software)
3 1 (1.02%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (1.02%) DbUnit
3 1 (1.02%) Balsamiq Mockups
3 1 (1.02%) JUnit
3 1 (1.02%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.02%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (1.02%) ClearCase
3 1 (1.02%) Rational DOORS
3 1 (1.02%) Hudson
3 1 (1.02%) SoapUI
3 1 (1.02%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.02%) Subversion
3 1 (1.02%) JIRA
General
1 7 (7.14%) Finance
2 6 (6.12%) Retail
3 3 (3.06%) Marketing
4 1 (1.02%) Law
4 1 (1.02%) Front Office
4 1 (1.02%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 39 (39.80%) Consultant
2 10 (10.20%) Oracle Consultant
3 9 (9.18%) Architect
3 9 (9.18%) Developer
4 8 (8.16%) Analyst
5 7 (7.14%) User Experience Designer
5 7 (7.14%) Designer
5 7 (7.14%) Wintel Consultant
5 7 (7.14%) User Experience Researcher
6 6 (6.12%) Interaction Designer
6 6 (6.12%) UI Designer
6 6 (6.12%) Technical Consultant
7 5 (5.10%) Business Analyst
8 4 (4.08%) Project Manager
8 4 (4.08%) Business Intelligence Consultant
8 4 (4.08%) Administrator
8 4 (4.08%) Technical Design Consultant
8 4 (4.08%) Oracle BI Consultant
9 3 (3.06%) SCCM Consultant
9 3 (3.06%) ETL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (10.20%) HTML
2 9 (9.18%) CSS
3 4 (4.08%) SOAP
3 4 (4.08%) Web Services
3 4 (4.08%) XML
3 4 (4.08%) Middleware
3 4 (4.08%) REST
4 3 (3.06%) .NET
5 2 (2.04%) Oracle Fusion
5 2 (2.04%) RESTful
5 2 (2.04%) HTML5
5 2 (2.04%) JMS
5 2 (2.04%) WSDL
5 2 (2.04%) JRockit
5 2 (2.04%) WPF
6 1 (1.02%) Silverlight
6 1 (1.02%) Django
6 1 (1.02%) jQuery
6 1 (1.02%) XML Messaging
6 1 (1.02%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 8 (8.16%) Psychology
1 8 (8.16%) Human Factors
2 7 (7.14%) Mobile App
3 4 (4.08%) Thin Client
3 4 (4.08%) Fat Client
4 3 (3.06%) Management Information System
4 3 (3.06%) Clustering
5 2 (2.04%) Open Source
5 2 (2.04%) AS400
6 1 (1.02%) AVVID
6 1 (1.02%) RIA
6 1 (1.02%) Data Integration
6 1 (1.02%) FMCG
6 1 (1.02%) Visualisation
6 1 (1.02%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 22 (22.45%) Windows
2 14 (14.29%) Linux
3 12 (12.24%) Windows 7
4 8 (8.16%) Windows 8
5 7 (7.14%) UNIX
6 6 (6.12%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (6.12%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (4.08%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (2.04%) AIX
9 1 (1.02%) Mac OS X
9 1 (1.02%) Debian
9 1 (1.02%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (13.27%) Customer Insight
2 10 (10.20%) Migration
2 10 (10.20%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (9.18%) Stakeholder Management
3 9 (9.18%) Business Intelligence
3 9 (9.18%) Usability Testing
4 8 (8.16%) ITIL
4 8 (8.16%) Market Research
5 7 (7.14%) Scrum
6 6 (6.12%) Rapid Prototyping
6 6 (6.12%) User Acceptance Testing
7 5 (5.10%) Change Management
8 4 (4.08%) SOA
8 4 (4.08%) ETL
8 4 (4.08%) Project Management
8 4 (4.08%) Data Migration
8 4 (4.08%) Performance Testing
9 3 (3.06%) Data Analysis
9 3 (3.06%) Software Engineering
9 3 (3.06%) Requirements Analysis
Programming Languages
1 7 (7.14%) Java
1 7 (7.14%) SQL
2 3 (3.06%) JavaScript
3 2 (2.04%) C
3 2 (2.04%) C#
3 2 (2.04%) Python
3 2 (2.04%) Ruby
3 2 (2.04%) Scala
4 1 (1.02%) PowerShell
4 1 (1.02%) Perl
Qualifications
1 18 (18.37%) Degree
2 11 (11.22%) SC Cleared
2 11 (11.22%) Security Cleared
3 4 (4.08%) ISEB
3 4 (4.08%) Microsoft Certification
4 3 (3.06%) ITIL Certification
4 3 (3.06%) MCSE
4 3 (3.06%) MCSA
5 1 (1.02%) CCIE
5 1 (1.02%) CCNP
5 1 (1.02%) ISEB Practitioner
5 1 (1.02%) MCDST
5 1 (1.02%) ISTQB
5 1 (1.02%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (1.02%) MCP
5 1 (1.02%) IIBA
5 1 (1.02%) CBAP
5 1 (1.02%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.06%) SLA
2 1 (1.02%) QA
2 1 (1.02%) GPG13
System Software
1 17 (17.35%) Active Directory
2 7 (7.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (4.08%) XenApp
4 3 (3.06%) XenDesktop
4 3 (3.06%) vSphere
4 3 (3.06%) Hyper-V
4 3 (3.06%) Microsoft App-V
4 3 (3.06%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 14 (14.29%) SCCM
2 2 (2.04%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.04%) Puppet
2 2 (2.04%) Oracle Identity Management
3 1 (1.02%) Cisco CUCM
3 1 (1.02%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.02%) SCOrch
3 1 (1.02%) SCOM
3 1 (1.02%) Legato
3 1 (1.02%) WSUS
3 1 (1.02%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 22 (22.45%) VMware
2 21 (21.43%) Oracle
3 17 (17.35%) Citrix
4 9 (9.18%) Microsoft
5 6 (6.12%) Cisco
6 5 (5.10%) HP
7 4 (4.08%) IBM
8 3 (3.06%) Dell
8 3 (3.06%) Remedy
9 2 (2.04%) F5
9 2 (2.04%) Talend
9 2 (2.04%) Siebel
9 2 (2.04%) Salesforce.com
9 2 (2.04%) BMC
9 2 (2.04%) Hyperion
9 2 (2.04%) NetApp
10 1 (1.02%) Nokia
10 1 (1.02%) Lotus
10 1 (1.02%) CheckPoint
10 1 (1.02%) Software AG
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