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 August 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Mercator
Rank 537 538 546
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +8
Contract jobs citing Mercator 58 40 51
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.10% 0.075% 0.088%
As % of the Vendors category 0.22% 0.16% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 21 9
Average daily rate
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£475 £465 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.15% +9.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £315 £342
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £600 £482
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+1.97% +1.33%
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
26028 25021 26921
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 46.18% 46.94% 46.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 14561 13847 13670
Average daily rate £385 £385 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.66%
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 1102 1116 1369
Average hourly rate £18.00 £19.50 £19.68
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% -0.91%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £40.57 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £19.91
% change year-on-year
-10.25% -2.05%

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 22 August 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 8 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 August 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 -5 56 £475 +2.15% 5
London +35 42 £475 +2.15%
West Midlands -23 4 £300 -
South East -5 2 - - 2
Hampshire - 2 - - 2
Birmingham - 1 - -
Hounslow - - - -
Hook - - - -

Mercator
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 19 (20.88%) Oracle
2 16 (17.58%) Degree
2 16 (17.58%) SC Cleared
2 16 (17.58%) Security Cleared
3 15 (16.48%) Windows
4 14 (15.38%) VMware
5 13 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
5 13 (14.29%) Customer Insight
6 12 (13.19%) Citrix
7 11 (12.09%) Migration
8 10 (10.99%) Stakeholder Management
8 10 (10.99%) HTML
9 9 (9.89%) SQL
9 9 (9.89%) CSS
9 9 (9.89%) Linux
9 9 (9.89%) Microsoft
9 9 (9.89%) SOA
9 9 (9.89%) Scrum
10 8 (8.79%) Active Directory
10 8 (8.79%) Business Intelligence
10 8 (8.79%) ITIL
10 8 (8.79%) Java
10 8 (8.79%) Retail
10 8 (8.79%) Market Research
10 8 (8.79%) Human Factors
11 7 (7.69%) WebSphere
11 7 (7.69%) Psychology
11 7 (7.69%) Usability Testing
11 7 (7.69%) Windows 7
11 7 (7.69%) MS Exchange

Mercator
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 (7.69%) WebSphere
1 7 (7.69%) MS Exchange
2 5 (5.49%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 5 (5.49%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (4.40%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 3 (3.30%) WebSphere Process Server
4 3 (3.30%) WebSphere Application Server
4 3 (3.30%) WebLogic
5 2 (2.20%) IBM Notes
5 2 (2.20%) Apache
6 1 (1.10%) Liferay
6 1 (1.10%) Tomcat
6 1 (1.10%) Lotus Domino
6 1 (1.10%) SharePoint
6 1 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 4 (4.40%) MS Office
2 2 (2.20%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (1.10%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (1.10%) MS Project
3 1 (1.10%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (2.20%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.20%) SaaS
2 1 (1.10%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (6.59%) HTTP
2 5 (5.49%) SSL
3 3 (3.30%) TCP/IP
3 3 (3.30%) WAN
3 3 (3.30%) Firewall
4 2 (2.20%) Wi-Fi
4 2 (2.20%) DNS
4 2 (2.20%) VPN
4 2 (2.20%) LAN
4 2 (2.20%) Cisco ASA
4 2 (2.20%) Wireshark
5 1 (1.10%) NAS
5 1 (1.10%) VLAN
5 1 (1.10%) VoIP
5 1 (1.10%) DHCP
5 1 (1.10%) MPLS
5 1 (1.10%) Internet
5 1 (1.10%) SAN
5 1 (1.10%) IPsec
5 1 (1.10%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (6.59%) Oracle Reports
2 5 (5.49%) SQL Server
2 5 (5.49%) Oracle Database
3 4 (4.40%) Oracle BI Publisher
4 3 (3.30%) Relational Database
5 2 (2.20%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (2.20%) MarkLogic
5 2 (2.20%) RDBMS
6 1 (1.10%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (1.10%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (1.10%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (1.10%) Oracle Database 10g
6 1 (1.10%) MongoDB
6 1 (1.10%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (1.10%) NoSQL
6 1 (1.10%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 4 (4.40%) LoadRunner
2 2 (2.20%) DbUnit
2 2 (2.20%) SoapUI
2 2 (2.20%) Rational DOORS
2 2 (2.20%) ClearCase
2 2 (2.20%) JUnit
2 2 (2.20%) Talend Open Studio
3 1 (1.10%) Selenium
3 1 (1.10%) Git (software)
3 1 (1.10%) WebDriver
3 1 (1.10%) Subversion
3 1 (1.10%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (1.10%) Hudson
3 1 (1.10%) Cucumber
3 1 (1.10%) Jenkins
General
1 8 (8.79%) Retail
2 5 (5.49%) Finance
3 1 (1.10%) Marketing
3 1 (1.10%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.10%) Law
Job Titles
1 27 (29.67%) Consultant
2 15 (16.48%) Developer
3 13 (14.29%) Architect
4 7 (7.69%) Analyst
4 7 (7.69%) User Experience Researcher
5 6 (6.59%) Interaction Designer
5 6 (6.59%) Designer
5 6 (6.59%) User Experience Designer
5 6 (6.59%) UI Designer
6 5 (5.49%) Business Analyst
7 4 (4.40%) Oracle SOA Developer
7 4 (4.40%) SOA Developer
7 4 (4.40%) Project Manager
7 4 (4.40%) Exchange Consultant
7 4 (4.40%) ETL Developer
7 4 (4.40%) Oracle Developer
7 4 (4.40%) Enterprise Architect
8 3 (3.30%) Oracle Consultant
8 3 (3.30%) Software Developer
8 3 (3.30%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (10.99%) HTML
2 9 (9.89%) CSS
3 6 (6.59%) REST
3 6 (6.59%) Middleware
3 6 (6.59%) XML
4 5 (5.49%) SOAP
4 5 (5.49%) WSDL
4 5 (5.49%) JMS
5 3 (3.30%) .NET
6 2 (2.20%) HTML5
6 2 (2.20%) JRockit
6 2 (2.20%) Web Services
6 2 (2.20%) jQuery
7 1 (1.10%) Django
7 1 (1.10%) RESTful
7 1 (1.10%) Ajax
7 1 (1.10%) Ruby on Rails
7 1 (1.10%) JSON
7 1 (1.10%) ADO.NET
7 1 (1.10%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 8 (8.79%) Human Factors
2 7 (7.69%) Psychology
2 7 (7.69%) Mobile App
3 5 (5.49%) Blackberry
4 3 (3.30%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.20%) Open Source
5 2 (2.20%) AS400
5 2 (2.20%) Data Integration
6 1 (1.10%) CMDB
6 1 (1.10%) Fat Client
6 1 (1.10%) Visualisation
6 1 (1.10%) Thin Client
6 1 (1.10%) AVVID
Operating Systems
1 15 (16.48%) Windows
2 9 (9.89%) Linux
3 7 (7.69%) Windows 7
4 3 (3.30%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (3.30%) AIX
4 3 (3.30%) UNIX
4 3 (3.30%) Windows 8
5 2 (2.20%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (2.20%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (1.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (1.10%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
1 13 (14.29%) Customer Insight
2 11 (12.09%) Migration
3 10 (10.99%) Stakeholder Management
4 9 (9.89%) SOA
4 9 (9.89%) Scrum
5 8 (8.79%) Business Intelligence
5 8 (8.79%) ITIL
5 8 (8.79%) Market Research
6 7 (7.69%) Usability Testing
7 6 (6.59%) Rapid Prototyping
7 6 (6.59%) ETL
8 5 (5.49%) User Acceptance Testing
8 5 (5.49%) Data Migration
8 5 (5.49%) SysML
8 5 (5.49%) TOGAF
8 5 (5.49%) UML
8 5 (5.49%) E-Commerce
9 4 (4.40%) Data Analysis
9 4 (4.40%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 9 (9.89%) SQL
2 8 (8.79%) Java
3 4 (4.40%) C
4 3 (3.30%) Scala
4 3 (3.30%) JavaScript
5 2 (2.20%) Python
5 2 (2.20%) Ruby
6 1 (1.10%) PowerShell
6 1 (1.10%) Perl
6 1 (1.10%) PHP
6 1 (1.10%) C#
Qualifications
1 16 (17.58%) Degree
1 16 (17.58%) SC Cleared
1 16 (17.58%) Security Cleared
2 3 (3.30%) ISEB
3 1 (1.10%) ISEB Practitioner
3 1 (1.10%) MCDST
3 1 (1.10%) ISTQB
3 1 (1.10%) MCP
3 1 (1.10%) CCIE
3 1 (1.10%) CCNP
3 1 (1.10%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (1.10%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (1.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (1.10%) IIBA
3 1 (1.10%) CBAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.10%) QA
1 1 (1.10%) GPG13
System Software
1 8 (8.79%) Active Directory
2 3 (3.30%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (3.30%) vSphere
3 1 (1.10%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 5 (5.49%) SCCM
2 3 (3.30%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (2.20%) Oracle Identity Management
4 1 (1.10%) SCOM
4 1 (1.10%) SCOrch
4 1 (1.10%) Puppet
4 1 (1.10%) Cisco CUCM
4 1 (1.10%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 1 (1.10%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 19 (20.88%) Oracle
2 14 (15.38%) VMware
3 12 (13.19%) Citrix
4 9 (9.89%) Microsoft
5 6 (6.59%) Cisco
6 4 (4.40%) HP
7 3 (3.30%) IBM
7 3 (3.30%) Software AG
7 3 (3.30%) Remedy
8 2 (2.20%) Talend
8 2 (2.20%) Lotus
8 2 (2.20%) NetApp
8 2 (2.20%) Salesforce.com
8 2 (2.20%) BMC
8 2 (2.20%) SAP
9 1 (1.10%) SolarWinds
9 1 (1.10%) Avaya
9 1 (1.10%) Symantec
9 1 (1.10%) Nokia
9 1 (1.10%) Red Hat
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