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 28 November 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
28 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Mercator
Rank 552 527 517
Rank change year-on-year
-25 -10
Contract jobs citing Mercator 48 54 54
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.083% 0.10% 0.11%
As % of the Vendors category 0.19% 0.23% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 26 7
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 £360 £322
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £595 £485
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
+12.50% +6.66%
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
25756 23945 24354
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 44.65% 46.26% 47.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 15204 13647 12559
Average daily rate £385 £390 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.28% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £218 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1263 1170 1383
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 £39.00 £36.96 £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 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 28 November 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 -53 48 £475 +18.75% 1
South East -37 4 - - 1
West Midlands - 2 - -
Tunbridge Wells +1 1 - - 1
Kent -3 1 - - 1
Warwickshire - - - -
Leamington Spa - - - -

Mercator
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 November 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 43 (40.95%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management
3 19 (18.10%) Windows
4 18 (17.14%) SC Cleared
4 18 (17.14%) Security Cleared
5 17 (16.19%) VMware
5 17 (16.19%) Cisco
6 16 (15.24%) Oracle
7 14 (13.33%) ITIL
7 14 (13.33%) User Experience
8 12 (11.43%) Citrix
9 11 (10.48%) SQL
9 11 (10.48%) Microsoft
10 10 (9.52%) SOA
11 9 (8.57%) Java
11 9 (8.57%) Linux
11 9 (8.57%) Firewall
11 9 (8.57%) Scrum
11 9 (8.57%) VMware Infrastructure
12 8 (7.62%) Cisco ASA
12 8 (7.62%) Degree
12 8 (7.62%) Problem Management
12 8 (7.62%) HP
12 8 (7.62%) HTML
12 8 (7.62%) HTTP
12 8 (7.62%) Customer Insight
13 7 (6.67%) F5
13 7 (6.67%) MS Exchange
13 7 (6.67%) IBM
13 7 (6.67%) SOAP

Mercator
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 November 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 (6.67%) MS Exchange
1 7 (6.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 7 (6.67%) WebSphere
2 6 (5.71%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (2.86%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 3 (2.86%) SharePoint
3 3 (2.86%) WebSphere Application Server
3 3 (2.86%) WebLogic
3 3 (2.86%) WebSphere Process Server
4 2 (1.90%) Apache
4 2 (1.90%) IIS
4 2 (1.90%) K2 blackpearl
5 1 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.95%) IBM Notes
5 1 (0.95%) Lotus Domino
5 1 (0.95%) Liferay
Applications
1 5 (4.76%) MS Excel
2 3 (2.86%) MS Office
3 1 (0.95%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (1.90%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.95%) GitHub
1 1 (0.95%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 9 (8.57%) Firewall
2 8 (7.62%) Cisco ASA
2 8 (7.62%) HTTP
3 6 (5.71%) SSL
3 6 (5.71%) Junos
3 6 (5.71%) Cisco Nexus
4 5 (4.76%) TCP/IP
4 5 (4.76%) BGP
5 4 (3.81%) VPN
6 3 (2.86%) DNS
6 3 (2.86%) Cisco PIX
6 3 (2.86%) FirePass
6 3 (2.86%) BIG-IP
7 2 (1.90%) VLAN
7 2 (1.90%) Wireshark
7 2 (1.90%) Wi-Fi
7 2 (1.90%) Kerberos
7 2 (1.90%) LAN
7 2 (1.90%) VoIP
7 2 (1.90%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.71%) Oracle Reports
2 5 (4.76%) Oracle Database
3 4 (3.81%) SQL Server
3 4 (3.81%) Relational Database
4 3 (2.86%) Oracle BI Publisher
5 2 (1.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (1.90%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (1.90%) RDBMS
5 2 (1.90%) Amazon RDS
5 2 (1.90%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.95%) Big Data
6 1 (0.95%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.95%) Neo4j
6 1 (0.95%) Oracle Database 10g
6 1 (0.95%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.95%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 4 (3.81%) LoadRunner
2 3 (2.86%) WebDriver
2 3 (2.86%) Cucumber
2 3 (2.86%) Rational DOORS
2 3 (2.86%) Selenium
3 2 (1.90%) Git (software)
3 2 (1.90%) Oracle Forms
3 2 (1.90%) ClearCase
3 2 (1.90%) JUnit
3 2 (1.90%) SoapUI
3 2 (1.90%) DbUnit
4 1 (0.95%) Rational Rhapsody
4 1 (0.95%) MSI
4 1 (0.95%) Subversion
General
1 6 (5.71%) Retail
2 1 (0.95%) Telecoms
2 1 (0.95%) Law
Job Titles
1 24 (22.86%) Consultant
2 11 (10.48%) Developer
3 10 (9.52%) User Experience Researcher
4 9 (8.57%) Architect
5 8 (7.62%) Network Engineer
6 6 (5.71%) Exchange Consultant
7 5 (4.76%) Systems Engineer
7 5 (4.76%) Solutions Architect
8 4 (3.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 4 (3.81%) UI Designer
8 4 (3.81%) UX Designer
8 4 (3.81%) Designer
8 4 (3.81%) Software Engineer
8 4 (3.81%) Analyst
8 4 (3.81%) Network Consultant
8 4 (3.81%) Business Analyst
8 4 (3.81%) Tester
8 4 (3.81%) Interaction Designer
8 4 (3.81%) Agile Business Analyst
9 3 (2.86%) Agile Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (7.62%) HTML
2 7 (6.67%) SOAP
2 7 (6.67%) Web Services
2 7 (6.67%) XML
3 6 (5.71%) Middleware
3 6 (5.71%) CSS
3 6 (5.71%) REST
4 5 (4.76%) WSDL
4 5 (4.76%) JMS
4 5 (4.76%) .NET
5 2 (1.90%) jQuery
5 2 (1.90%) JSON
5 2 (1.90%) JRockit
5 2 (1.90%) SAML
5 2 (1.90%) ASP.NET
5 2 (1.90%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (0.95%) JAX-RS
6 1 (0.95%) HTML5
6 1 (0.95%) ADO.NET
6 1 (0.95%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 14 (13.33%) User Experience
2 7 (6.67%) Blackberry
3 5 (4.76%) Human Factors
4 4 (3.81%) Psychology
4 4 (3.81%) Mobile App
4 4 (3.81%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (1.90%) CMDB
5 2 (1.90%) Data Integration
5 2 (1.90%) AS400
6 1 (0.95%) Open Source
6 1 (0.95%) Visualisation
6 1 (0.95%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (0.95%) AVVID
6 1 (0.95%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 19 (18.10%) Windows
2 9 (8.57%) Linux
3 6 (5.71%) Windows 7
3 6 (5.71%) Windows Server 2008
4 5 (4.76%) UNIX
4 5 (4.76%) Windows Server 2003
5 4 (3.81%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (2.86%) AIX
7 2 (1.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (1.90%) Android
7 2 (1.90%) Mac OS X
7 2 (1.90%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.95%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.95%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.95%) CentOS
8 1 (0.95%) SUSE
8 1 (0.95%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (40.95%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management
3 14 (13.33%) ITIL
4 10 (9.52%) SOA
5 9 (8.57%) Scrum
6 8 (7.62%) Problem Management
6 8 (7.62%) Customer Insight
7 7 (6.67%) Migration
8 6 (5.71%) Software Engineering
9 5 (4.76%) High Availability
9 5 (4.76%) UML
9 5 (4.76%) Release Management
9 5 (4.76%) SysML
9 5 (4.76%) TOGAF
10 4 (3.81%) Usability Testing
10 4 (3.81%) Kanban
10 4 (3.81%) Market Research
10 4 (3.81%) Data Migration
10 4 (3.81%) Configuration Management
10 4 (3.81%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 11 (10.48%) SQL
2 9 (8.57%) Java
3 5 (4.76%) C
4 4 (3.81%) Scala
4 4 (3.81%) Python
5 3 (2.86%) JavaScript
6 2 (1.90%) Ruby
6 2 (1.90%) Perl
7 1 (0.95%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.95%) PHP
7 1 (0.95%) C#
7 1 (0.95%) Ada
7 1 (0.95%) Pascal
7 1 (0.95%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 18 (17.14%) SC Cleared
1 18 (17.14%) Security Cleared
2 8 (7.62%) Degree
3 5 (4.76%) MCP
3 5 (4.76%) Cisco Certification
3 5 (4.76%) Microsoft Certification
3 5 (4.76%) RHCT
4 4 (3.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 4 (3.81%) MCITP
4 4 (3.81%) CCIE
4 4 (3.81%) CCNP
5 3 (2.86%) CCDP
5 3 (2.86%) CCSP
5 3 (2.86%) CCSA
5 3 (2.86%) CCSE
6 2 (1.90%) Network+ Certification
7 1 (0.95%) CCNA
7 1 (0.95%) RHCE
7 1 (0.95%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.86%) QA
2 1 (0.95%) GPG13
2 1 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 9 (8.57%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (5.71%) vSphere
3 5 (4.76%) XenApp
4 4 (3.81%) XenDesktop
4 4 (3.81%) Active Directory
5 2 (1.90%) Xen
6 1 (0.95%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.95%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 4 (3.81%) SCCM
2 2 (1.90%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.95%) SCOrch
3 1 (0.95%) Cisco CUCM
3 1 (0.95%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 1 (0.95%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.95%) Puppet
3 1 (0.95%) Oracle Identity Management
3 1 (0.95%) SCOM
Vendors
1 17 (16.19%) VMware
1 17 (16.19%) Cisco
2 16 (15.24%) Oracle
3 12 (11.43%) Citrix
4 11 (10.48%) Microsoft
5 8 (7.62%) HP
6 7 (6.67%) F5
6 7 (6.67%) IBM
7 5 (4.76%) Juniper
7 5 (4.76%) Red Hat
7 5 (4.76%) Riverbed
8 4 (3.81%) CheckPoint
8 4 (3.81%) Nokia
8 4 (3.81%) Dell
9 3 (2.86%) Software AG
9 3 (2.86%) Remedy
10 2 (1.90%) BMC
10 2 (1.90%) NetApp
10 2 (1.90%) SAP
11 1 (0.95%) ServiceNow