The table below looks at the statistics 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 22 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.

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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Mercator
Rank 599 548 502
Rank change year-on-year
-51 -46
Contract jobs citing Mercator 8 34 47
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.015% 0.065% 0.100%
As % of the Vendors category 0.033% 0.14% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 8 31
Average daily rate
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£590 £440 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+34.09% +15.78%
UK excluding London average daily rate - £440 £300
% change year-on-year
- +46.66%
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 Vendors category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Vendors Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
24357 23653 22103
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 44.97% 44.93% 46.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 14074 13450 11763
Average daily rate £400 £388 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £222 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1123 1058 1214
Average hourly rate £18.00 £18.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -5.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.21
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £38.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -7.89%

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
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 4 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 22 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
London -18 8 £590 +31.11%
England -52 8 £590 +34.09%
Enfield - 2 - -
Hounslow - 1 - -

Mercator
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, 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 25 (49.02%) Windows
2 24 (47.06%) VMware
3 20 (39.22%) Cisco
4 18 (35.29%) Active Directory
5 17 (33.33%) Firewall
6 13 (25.49%) VMware Infrastructure
7 11 (21.57%) Windows Server 2008
8 10 (19.61%) Windows Server 2012
8 10 (19.61%) Migration
9 9 (17.65%) Cisco ASA
9 9 (17.65%) Juniper
9 9 (17.65%) Analytical Skills
9 9 (17.65%) Windows 7
9 9 (17.65%) F5
9 9 (17.65%) Cisco Nexus
10 7 (13.73%) Security Cleared
11 6 (11.76%) SC Cleared
11 6 (11.76%) Application Packaging
11 6 (11.76%) SCCM
11 6 (11.76%) SharePoint
11 6 (11.76%) Windows 8
11 6 (11.76%) Office 365
11 6 (11.76%) Lync
12 5 (9.80%) Protective Monitoring
12 5 (9.80%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
12 5 (9.80%) ITIL
12 5 (9.80%) LAN
12 5 (9.80%) WAN
12 5 (9.80%) MSI
12 5 (9.80%) InstallShield

Mercator
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, 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 (11.76%) SharePoint
1 6 (11.76%) Lync
2 3 (5.88%) Apache Spark
Cloud Services
1 6 (11.76%) Office 365
2 4 (7.84%) IaaS
3 2 (3.92%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 17 (33.33%) Firewall
2 9 (17.65%) Cisco ASA
2 9 (17.65%) Cisco Nexus
3 5 (9.80%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 5 (9.80%) LAN
3 5 (9.80%) WAN
3 5 (9.80%) BIG-IP
3 5 (9.80%) iSCSI
4 4 (7.84%) Junos
5 3 (5.88%) TCP/IP
5 3 (5.88%) BGP
6 2 (3.92%) HTTP
6 2 (3.92%) ATM
6 2 (3.92%) SSL
7 1 (1.96%) Broadband
7 1 (1.96%) VPN
7 1 (1.96%) MPLS
7 1 (1.96%) Intranet
7 1 (1.96%) Internet
7 1 (1.96%) Extranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (7.84%) EDRMS
1 4 (7.84%) SQL Server
2 3 (5.88%) Hadoop
2 3 (5.88%) HBase
2 3 (5.88%) Big Data
3 1 (1.96%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.96%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.96%) MS Access
3 1 (1.96%) FileMaker
Development Applications
1 5 (9.80%) MSI
1 5 (9.80%) InstallShield
2 2 (3.92%) Git (software)
3 1 (1.96%) eggPlant
3 1 (1.96%) Toad
General
1 2 (3.92%) Retail
1 2 (3.92%) Finance
2 1 (1.96%) Local Government
2 1 (1.96%) Legal
Job Titles
1 23 (45.10%) Consultant
2 12 (23.53%) Technical Consultant
3 7 (13.73%) Systems Engineer
4 6 (11.76%) Network Consultant
5 5 (9.80%) Applications Packager
6 4 (7.84%) Server Engineer
6 4 (7.84%) Infrastructure Consultant
6 4 (7.84%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 4 (7.84%) Project Manager
7 3 (5.88%) VMware Engineer
7 3 (5.88%) Big Data Consultant
7 3 (5.88%) Senior Manager
7 3 (5.88%) Network Engineer
7 3 (5.88%) Data Consultant
7 3 (5.88%) Senior Project Manager
8 2 (3.92%) SQL Server DBA
8 2 (3.92%) SQL DBA
8 2 (3.92%) Citrix Consultant
8 2 (3.92%) Linux Administrator
8 2 (3.92%) Infrastructure Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (11.76%) Application Packaging
2 1 (1.96%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 9 (17.65%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (5.88%) Algorithms
2 3 (5.88%) Private Cloud
2 3 (5.88%) Enterprise Cloud
3 2 (3.92%) Open Source
4 1 (1.96%) Semantic Web
4 1 (1.96%) Statistics
4 1 (1.96%) PKI
4 1 (1.96%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 25 (49.02%) Windows
2 11 (21.57%) Windows Server 2008
3 10 (19.61%) Windows Server 2012
4 9 (17.65%) Windows 7
5 6 (11.76%) Windows 8
6 4 (7.84%) Windows Server 2003
7 3 (5.88%) Linux
8 2 (3.92%) SUSE
8 2 (3.92%) Ubuntu
8 2 (3.92%) CentOS
8 2 (3.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (1.96%) Windows XP
9 1 (1.96%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (19.61%) Migration
2 5 (9.80%) Protective Monitoring
2 5 (9.80%) ITIL
3 4 (7.84%) Stakeholder Management
3 4 (7.84%) Load Balancing
3 4 (7.84%) Project Management
3 4 (7.84%) Kalman Filter
4 3 (5.88%) High Availability
4 3 (5.88%) Problem Management
4 3 (5.88%) Service Management
4 3 (5.88%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (3.92%) Continuous Integration
5 2 (3.92%) Configuration Management
5 2 (3.92%) Data Modelling
6 1 (1.96%) Database Tuning
6 1 (1.96%) Root Cause Analysis
6 1 (1.96%) Test Strategy
6 1 (1.96%) Logical Data Model
6 1 (1.96%) Physical Data Model
6 1 (1.96%) Software Distribution
Programming Languages
1 3 (5.88%) Scala
1 3 (5.88%) Java
1 3 (5.88%) SQL
2 2 (3.92%) Ruby
2 2 (3.92%) PowerShell
2 2 (3.92%) Python
2 2 (3.92%) Bash Shell
3 1 (1.96%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 7 (13.73%) Security Cleared
2 6 (11.76%) SC Cleared
3 5 (9.80%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (7.84%) JNCIS
4 4 (7.84%) CCNP
4 4 (7.84%) CCDP
5 3 (5.88%) MCP
5 3 (5.88%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (5.88%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 3 (5.88%) RHCT
5 3 (5.88%) MCITP
6 1 (1.96%) HND
6 1 (1.96%) CCIE
6 1 (1.96%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.96%) Data Quality
1 1 (1.96%) SLA
1 1 (1.96%) QA
System Software
1 18 (35.29%) Active Directory
2 13 (25.49%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (9.80%) Microsoft App-V
4 4 (7.84%) vSphere
4 4 (7.84%) Forefront TMG
4 4 (7.84%) UAG
5 3 (5.88%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 2 (3.92%) XenApp
6 2 (3.92%) XenDesktop
7 1 (1.96%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 6 (11.76%) SCCM
2 4 (7.84%) AirWatch
3 2 (3.92%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (3.92%) Puppet
4 1 (1.96%) SCOrch
4 1 (1.96%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (1.96%) SCOM
Vendors
1 24 (47.06%) VMware
2 20 (39.22%) Cisco
3 9 (17.65%) Juniper
3 9 (17.65%) F5
4 4 (7.84%) Blue Coat
4 4 (7.84%) Sophos
4 4 (7.84%) Citrix
4 4 (7.84%) Riverbed
5 3 (5.88%) IBM
5 3 (5.88%) Microsoft
5 3 (5.88%) Red Hat
5 3 (5.88%) HP
5 3 (5.88%) Dell
6 1 (1.96%) Sybase
6 1 (1.96%) Oracle
6 1 (1.96%) Remedy
6 1 (1.96%) ESRI