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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Mercator
Rank 573 544 497
Rank change year-on-year
-29 -47
Contract jobs citing Mercator 21 56 62
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.038% 0.10% 0.13%
As % of the Vendors category 0.083% 0.22% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 12 27
Average daily rate
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£590 £450 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+31.11% +20.00%
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
25269 25137 22645
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 45.35% 45.52% 46.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 14362 14090 11990
Average daily rate £400 £392 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.97% -1.93%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £223 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1091 1071 1207
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 £11.02 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.15 £41.15 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
- -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 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 24 April 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
England -36 21 £590 +31.11% 1
London -4 20 £590 +31.11%
Enfield - 5 - -
Twickenham -5 3 - -
Hampshire -10 1 - -
South East -21 1 - - 1
Hounslow - 1 - -
Hook - 1 - -

Mercator
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 28 (44.44%) Windows
1 28 (44.44%) VMware
2 23 (36.51%) Cisco
3 18 (28.57%) Firewall
3 18 (28.57%) Active Directory
4 16 (25.40%) VMware Infrastructure
5 13 (20.63%) Windows Server 2008
6 12 (19.05%) Stakeholder Management
7 11 (17.46%) Agile Software Development
7 11 (17.46%) Windows Server 2012
8 10 (15.87%) Cisco Nexus
8 10 (15.87%) Cisco ASA
8 10 (15.87%) Windows 7
8 10 (15.87%) F5
8 10 (15.87%) Migration
8 10 (15.87%) Juniper
9 9 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
10 8 (12.70%) ITIL
11 7 (11.11%) Security Cleared
12 6 (9.52%) SC Cleared
12 6 (9.52%) SCCM
12 6 (9.52%) High Availability
12 6 (9.52%) vSphere
12 6 (9.52%) Windows 8
12 6 (9.52%) Office 365
12 6 (9.52%) Lync
12 6 (9.52%) SharePoint
12 6 (9.52%) Project Management
12 6 (9.52%) HP
12 6 (9.52%) Citrix

Mercator
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 (9.52%) Lync
1 6 (9.52%) SharePoint
2 2 (3.17%) Apache Spark
Cloud Services
1 6 (9.52%) Office 365
2 4 (6.35%) IaaS
3 2 (3.17%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 18 (28.57%) Firewall
2 10 (15.87%) Cisco Nexus
2 10 (15.87%) Cisco ASA
3 5 (7.94%) BIG-IP
3 5 (7.94%) LAN
3 5 (7.94%) WAN
3 5 (7.94%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 5 (7.94%) Junos
3 5 (7.94%) iSCSI
4 4 (6.35%) BGP
5 3 (4.76%) TCP/IP
6 2 (3.17%) HTTP
6 2 (3.17%) ATM
6 2 (3.17%) SSL
7 1 (1.59%) VLAN
7 1 (1.59%) Frame Relay
7 1 (1.59%) MPLS
7 1 (1.59%) Intranet
7 1 (1.59%) Internet
7 1 (1.59%) Extranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (6.35%) SQL Server
1 4 (6.35%) EDRMS
2 2 (3.17%) Hadoop
2 2 (3.17%) Big Data
2 2 (3.17%) HBase
3 1 (1.59%) FileMaker
3 1 (1.59%) MS Access
3 1 (1.59%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.59%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 5 (7.94%) MSI
1 5 (7.94%) InstallShield
2 2 (3.17%) Git (software)
3 1 (1.59%) Toad
3 1 (1.59%) eggPlant
General
1 2 (3.17%) Finance
1 2 (3.17%) Retail
2 1 (1.59%) Local Government
2 1 (1.59%) Legal
Job Titles
1 22 (34.92%) Consultant
2 12 (19.05%) Technical Consultant
3 9 (14.29%) Systems Engineer
4 6 (9.52%) Network Consultant
4 6 (9.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 5 (7.94%) Applications Packager
6 4 (6.35%) VMware Engineer
6 4 (6.35%) User Experience Researcher
6 4 (6.35%) Project Manager
6 4 (6.35%) Network Engineer
6 4 (6.35%) Server Engineer
6 4 (6.35%) Infrastructure Consultant
7 3 (4.76%) Citrix Engineer
7 3 (4.76%) Senior Manager
7 3 (4.76%) Senior Project Manager
8 2 (3.17%) Big Data Consultant
8 2 (3.17%) Analyst
8 2 (3.17%) SQL Server DBA
8 2 (3.17%) SQL DBA
8 2 (3.17%) Citrix Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (9.52%) Application Packaging
2 2 (3.17%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 9 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (7.94%) Private Cloud
3 4 (6.35%) User Experience
3 4 (6.35%) Enterprise Cloud
4 2 (3.17%) Open Source
4 2 (3.17%) Algorithms
5 1 (1.59%) Statistics
5 1 (1.59%) PKI
5 1 (1.59%) CMDB
5 1 (1.59%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.59%) Clustering
5 1 (1.59%) Semantic Web
Operating Systems
1 28 (44.44%) Windows
2 13 (20.63%) Windows Server 2008
3 11 (17.46%) Windows Server 2012
4 10 (15.87%) Windows 7
5 6 (9.52%) Windows 8
5 6 (9.52%) Windows Server 2003
6 4 (6.35%) Linux
7 2 (3.17%) CentOS
7 2 (3.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (3.17%) Ubuntu
7 2 (3.17%) SUSE
8 1 (1.59%) UNIX
8 1 (1.59%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (19.05%) Stakeholder Management
2 11 (17.46%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (15.87%) Migration
4 8 (12.70%) ITIL
5 6 (9.52%) High Availability
5 6 (9.52%) Project Management
5 6 (9.52%) Problem Management
6 5 (7.94%) Protective Monitoring
7 4 (6.35%) Kalman Filter
7 4 (6.35%) Load Balancing
8 3 (4.76%) Service Management
9 2 (3.17%) Data Modelling
9 2 (3.17%) Configuration Management
9 2 (3.17%) Service Delivery
9 2 (3.17%) ITSM
9 2 (3.17%) Continuous Integration
10 1 (1.59%) Project Planning
10 1 (1.59%) SysML
10 1 (1.59%) Incident Management
10 1 (1.59%) Supplier Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (4.76%) Python
1 3 (4.76%) SQL
2 2 (3.17%) PowerShell
2 2 (3.17%) Bash Shell
2 2 (3.17%) Scala
2 2 (3.17%) Java
2 2 (3.17%) Ruby
3 1 (1.59%) Perl
3 1 (1.59%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 7 (11.11%) Security Cleared
2 6 (9.52%) SC Cleared
2 6 (9.52%) Cisco Certification
2 6 (9.52%) RHCT
3 5 (7.94%) MCITP
3 5 (7.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 5 (7.94%) Microsoft Certification
3 5 (7.94%) MCP
4 4 (6.35%) CCDP
4 4 (6.35%) CCNP
4 4 (6.35%) JNCIS
5 1 (1.59%) Degree
5 1 (1.59%) CCNA
5 1 (1.59%) RHCE
5 1 (1.59%) HND
5 1 (1.59%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.59%) QA
1 1 (1.59%) SLA
1 1 (1.59%) Data Quality
System Software
1 18 (28.57%) Active Directory
2 16 (25.40%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (9.52%) vSphere
4 5 (7.94%) Microsoft App-V
5 4 (6.35%) Forefront TMG
5 4 (6.35%) UAG
6 3 (4.76%) XenApp
6 3 (4.76%) XenDesktop
7 2 (3.17%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 1 (1.59%) Xen
8 1 (1.59%) VMware ESX
8 1 (1.59%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 6 (9.52%) SCCM
2 4 (6.35%) AirWatch
3 2 (3.17%) Puppet
3 2 (3.17%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (1.59%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (1.59%) SCOrch
4 1 (1.59%) SCOM
Vendors
1 28 (44.44%) VMware
2 23 (36.51%) Cisco
3 10 (15.87%) F5
3 10 (15.87%) Juniper
4 6 (9.52%) HP
4 6 (9.52%) Citrix
5 5 (7.94%) Dell
5 5 (7.94%) Red Hat
5 5 (7.94%) IBM
5 5 (7.94%) Riverbed
6 4 (6.35%) Sophos
6 4 (6.35%) Blue Coat
7 3 (4.76%) Microsoft
8 1 (1.59%) ESRI
8 1 (1.59%) Remedy
8 1 (1.59%) Oracle
8 1 (1.59%) Sybase