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 17 December 2014 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
17 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Mercator
Rank 545 513 505
Rank change year-on-year
-32 -8
Contract jobs citing Mercator 43 57 57
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.078% 0.11% 0.11%
As % of the Vendors category 0.17% 0.24% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 25 9
Average daily rate
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£475 £420 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.09% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £354 £416
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £596 £520
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £400 £450
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -11.11%
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
25085 23954 23936
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 45.24% 46.33% 47.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 14957 13599 12427
Average daily rate £388 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.09% +3.42%
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 £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1178 1128 1425
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.25 £36.98 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.94% -10.52%

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 7 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 17 December 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 -29 43 £475 +15.85% 3
South East -44 4 - -
West Midlands -5 2 - -
Tunbridge Wells -2 1 - -
Kent -13 1 - -
Warwickshire - - - -
Leamington Spa - - - -

Mercator
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 December 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 35 (36.08%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (21.65%) Stakeholder Management
3 20 (20.62%) Windows
4 18 (18.56%) Cisco
4 18 (18.56%) VMware
5 14 (14.43%) SC Cleared
5 14 (14.43%) Security Cleared
5 14 (14.43%) ITIL
6 12 (12.37%) Oracle
7 11 (11.34%) Citrix
8 10 (10.31%) Firewall
8 10 (10.31%) Linux
8 10 (10.31%) Microsoft
8 10 (10.31%) Problem Management
9 9 (9.28%) VMware Infrastructure
9 9 (9.28%) SQL
9 9 (9.28%) HP
9 9 (9.28%) User Experience
10 8 (8.25%) IBM
10 8 (8.25%) SOA
10 8 (8.25%) Cisco ASA
10 8 (8.25%) Windows Server 2008
11 7 (7.22%) RHCT
11 7 (7.22%) HTTP
11 7 (7.22%) MS Exchange
11 7 (7.22%) Java
11 7 (7.22%) MCP
11 7 (7.22%) Web Services
11 7 (7.22%) Microsoft Certification
11 7 (7.22%) Red Hat

Mercator
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 December 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 7 (7.22%) MS Exchange
1 7 (7.22%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 6 (6.19%) Exchange Server 2010
2 6 (6.19%) WebSphere
3 3 (3.09%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 3 (3.09%) SharePoint
3 3 (3.09%) WebLogic
4 2 (2.06%) Apache
4 2 (2.06%) IIS
4 2 (2.06%) WebSphere Application Server
4 2 (2.06%) WebSphere Process Server
4 2 (2.06%) K2 blackpearl
5 1 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (1.03%) Liferay
5 1 (1.03%) IBM Notes
5 1 (1.03%) Lotus Domino
Applications
1 5 (5.15%) MS Excel
2 3 (3.09%) MS Office
3 1 (1.03%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (2.06%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.06%) GitHub
2 1 (1.03%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 10 (10.31%) Firewall
2 8 (8.25%) Cisco ASA
3 7 (7.22%) HTTP
3 7 (7.22%) Cisco Nexus
4 6 (6.19%) Junos
4 6 (6.19%) TCP/IP
5 5 (5.15%) SSL
5 5 (5.15%) BGP
6 4 (4.12%) BIG-IP
7 3 (3.09%) Cisco PIX
7 3 (3.09%) FirePass
7 3 (3.09%) VPN
8 2 (2.06%) Kerberos
8 2 (2.06%) LAN
8 2 (2.06%) VoIP
8 2 (2.06%) WAN
8 2 (2.06%) DNS
9 1 (1.03%) WAAS
9 1 (1.03%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
9 1 (1.03%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.15%) Oracle Reports
2 4 (4.12%) SQL Server
2 4 (4.12%) Oracle Database
2 4 (4.12%) Relational Database
3 3 (3.09%) Oracle BI Publisher
4 2 (2.06%) RDBMS
4 2 (2.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (2.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 2 (2.06%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (2.06%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (1.03%) Big Data
5 1 (1.03%) Neo4j
5 1 (1.03%) MongoDB
5 1 (1.03%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (1.03%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (1.03%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 3 (3.09%) Cucumber
1 3 (3.09%) Selenium
1 3 (3.09%) WebDriver
1 3 (3.09%) Git (software)
1 3 (3.09%) LoadRunner
2 2 (2.06%) Oracle Forms
2 2 (2.06%) Rational DOORS
3 1 (1.03%) Rational Rhapsody
3 1 (1.03%) SoapUI
3 1 (1.03%) DbUnit
3 1 (1.03%) Subversion
3 1 (1.03%) ClearCase
3 1 (1.03%) JUnit
3 1 (1.03%) MSI
General
1 6 (6.19%) Retail
2 1 (1.03%) Telecoms
2 1 (1.03%) Law
Job Titles
1 21 (21.65%) Consultant
2 9 (9.28%) Developer
3 8 (8.25%) User Experience Researcher
3 8 (8.25%) Architect
4 7 (7.22%) Network Engineer
4 7 (7.22%) Systems Engineer
5 6 (6.19%) Exchange Consultant
5 6 (6.19%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 5 (5.15%) Solutions Architect
7 4 (4.12%) Business Analyst
7 4 (4.12%) Tester
7 4 (4.12%) Analyst
7 4 (4.12%) Network Consultant
7 4 (4.12%) Technical Consultant
7 4 (4.12%) Administrator
7 4 (4.12%) Agile Business Analyst
7 4 (4.12%) VMware Engineer
8 3 (3.09%) Oracle BI Developer
8 3 (3.09%) Oracle SOA Developer
8 3 (3.09%) SOA Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (7.22%) Web Services
2 5 (5.15%) XML
2 5 (5.15%) SOAP
2 5 (5.15%) HTML
3 4 (4.12%) Middleware
3 4 (4.12%) .NET
3 4 (4.12%) REST
4 3 (3.09%) WSDL
4 3 (3.09%) JMS
4 3 (3.09%) CSS
5 2 (2.06%) SAML
5 2 (2.06%) JRockit
5 2 (2.06%) ASP.NET
5 2 (2.06%) JSON
5 2 (2.06%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (1.03%) HTML5
6 1 (1.03%) JAX-RS
6 1 (1.03%) jQuery
6 1 (1.03%) Hibernate
6 1 (1.03%) ADO.NET
Miscellaneous
1 9 (9.28%) User Experience
2 7 (7.22%) Blackberry
3 3 (3.09%) Human Factors
4 2 (2.06%) AS400
4 2 (2.06%) Psychology
4 2 (2.06%) CMDB
4 2 (2.06%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (2.06%) Open Source
5 1 (1.03%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.03%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (1.03%) Data Integration
5 1 (1.03%) Visualisation
5 1 (1.03%) AVVID
5 1 (1.03%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 20 (20.62%) Windows
2 10 (10.31%) Linux
3 8 (8.25%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (7.22%) Windows Server 2003
5 6 (6.19%) Windows Server 2012
5 6 (6.19%) Windows 7
6 5 (5.15%) UNIX
7 3 (3.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (3.09%) AIX
8 2 (2.06%) Mac OS X
8 2 (2.06%) SUSE
8 2 (2.06%) CentOS
8 2 (2.06%) Android
8 2 (2.06%) Ubuntu
8 2 (2.06%) Apple iOS
9 1 (1.03%) Windows 8
9 1 (1.03%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (36.08%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (21.65%) Stakeholder Management
3 14 (14.43%) ITIL
4 10 (10.31%) Problem Management
5 8 (8.25%) SOA
6 7 (7.22%) High Availability
7 6 (6.19%) Project Management
7 6 (6.19%) Scrum
8 5 (5.15%) Migration
8 5 (5.15%) Configuration Management
9 4 (4.12%) E-Commerce
9 4 (4.12%) Business Intelligence
9 4 (4.12%) Software Engineering
9 4 (4.12%) Kanban
9 4 (4.12%) Release Management
10 3 (3.09%) BDD
10 3 (3.09%) Customer Insight
10 3 (3.09%) SysML
10 3 (3.09%) TOGAF
10 3 (3.09%) UML
Programming Languages
1 9 (9.28%) SQL
2 7 (7.22%) Java
3 5 (5.15%) Python
4 4 (4.12%) Scala
5 3 (3.09%) Ruby
5 3 (3.09%) C
5 3 (3.09%) JavaScript
6 2 (2.06%) Perl
6 2 (2.06%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.03%) PowerShell
7 1 (1.03%) Ada
7 1 (1.03%) PHP
7 1 (1.03%) C#
7 1 (1.03%) Pascal
Qualifications
1 14 (14.43%) SC Cleared
1 14 (14.43%) Security Cleared
2 7 (7.22%) RHCT
2 7 (7.22%) MCP
2 7 (7.22%) Microsoft Certification
3 6 (6.19%) Cisco Certification
3 6 (6.19%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 6 (6.19%) MCITP
4 5 (5.15%) CCNP
5 4 (4.12%) CCDP
5 4 (4.12%) CCIE
6 3 (3.09%) Degree
6 3 (3.09%) CCSE
6 3 (3.09%) CCSA
6 3 (3.09%) CCSP
7 2 (2.06%) Network+ Certification
8 1 (1.03%) MCDST
8 1 (1.03%) JNCIS
8 1 (1.03%) CCNA
8 1 (1.03%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.09%) QA
2 1 (1.03%) GPG13
2 1 (1.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 9 (9.28%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (7.22%) vSphere
3 5 (5.15%) XenApp
4 4 (4.12%) Active Directory
4 4 (4.12%) XenDesktop
5 2 (2.06%) Xen
6 1 (1.03%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (1.03%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 4 (4.12%) SCCM
2 2 (2.06%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (2.06%) Puppet
3 1 (1.03%) Cisco CUCM
3 1 (1.03%) SCOrch
3 1 (1.03%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 1 (1.03%) SCOM
3 1 (1.03%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 18 (18.56%) Cisco
1 18 (18.56%) VMware
2 12 (12.37%) Oracle
3 11 (11.34%) Citrix
4 10 (10.31%) Microsoft
5 9 (9.28%) HP
6 8 (8.25%) IBM
7 7 (7.22%) Red Hat
7 7 (7.22%) F5
8 6 (6.19%) Juniper
8 6 (6.19%) Dell
9 5 (5.15%) Riverbed
10 4 (4.12%) CheckPoint
10 4 (4.12%) Nokia
11 2 (2.06%) BMC
11 2 (2.06%) Remedy
11 2 (2.06%) Software AG
11 2 (2.06%) SAP
12 1 (1.03%) ServiceNow
12 1 (1.03%) SolarWinds
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