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 October 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
24 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Mercator
Rank 556 525 538
Rank change year-on-year
-31 +13
Contract jobs citing Mercator 57 52 50
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.098% 0.099% 0.092%
As % of the Vendors category 0.22% 0.21% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 30 4
Average daily rate
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£481 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.31% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £455 £350 £301
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £591 £453
UK excluding London average daily rate £455 £400 £350
% change year-on-year
+13.75% +14.28%
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
26282 24246 25665
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 45.03% 46.23% 47.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 15364 13731 13222
Average daily rate £388 £388 £385
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +0.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £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 1242 1169 1321
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 £11.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £18.11 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-0.62% -4.67%

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 24 October 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 24 October 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 -17 56 £481 +20.31%
South East -19 8 - -
West Midlands -17 6 - -
Hampshire - 5 - -
Birmingham - 4 - -
Leamington Spa - - - -
Warwickshire - - - -
Hook - - - -

Mercator
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 40 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (19.00%) Oracle
2 19 (19.00%) SC Cleared
2 19 (19.00%) Security Cleared
3 16 (16.00%) Windows
4 15 (15.00%) VMware
5 14 (14.00%) Citrix
5 14 (14.00%) User Experience
6 13 (13.00%) Microsoft
6 13 (13.00%) Degree
7 12 (12.00%) Stakeholder Management
7 12 (12.00%) Cisco
7 12 (12.00%) Customer Insight
8 11 (11.00%) SOA
8 11 (11.00%) SQL
9 10 (10.00%) HTML
9 10 (10.00%) Java
9 10 (10.00%) ITIL
10 9 (9.00%) Scrum
11 8 (8.00%) Web Services
11 8 (8.00%) XML
11 8 (8.00%) Linux
11 8 (8.00%) CSS
12 7 (7.00%) Mobile App
12 7 (7.00%) SOAP
12 7 (7.00%) Oracle Reports
12 7 (7.00%) MS Exchange
12 7 (7.00%) HTTP
12 7 (7.00%) Blackberry
12 7 (7.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server

Mercator
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 (7.00%) MS Exchange
1 7 (7.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 7 (7.00%) WebSphere
2 6 (6.00%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (4.00%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 3 (3.00%) WebSphere Process Server
4 3 (3.00%) SharePoint
4 3 (3.00%) WebSphere Application Server
4 3 (3.00%) WebLogic
5 2 (2.00%) IIS
5 2 (2.00%) Apache
5 2 (2.00%) K2 blackpearl
6 1 (1.00%) Liferay
6 1 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (1.00%) IBM Notes
6 1 (1.00%) Lotus Domino
Applications
1 5 (5.00%) MS Excel
2 3 (3.00%) MS Office
3 1 (1.00%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (2.00%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.00%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 7 (7.00%) HTTP
2 6 (6.00%) Firewall
2 6 (6.00%) Cisco ASA
3 5 (5.00%) SSL
4 4 (4.00%) TCP/IP
4 4 (4.00%) VPN
4 4 (4.00%) Junos
4 4 (4.00%) Cisco Nexus
5 3 (3.00%) BIG-IP
5 3 (3.00%) FirePass
5 3 (3.00%) Cisco PIX
5 3 (3.00%) BGP
5 3 (3.00%) Wi-Fi
6 2 (2.00%) DNS
6 2 (2.00%) Kerberos
6 2 (2.00%) LAN
6 2 (2.00%) VoIP
6 2 (2.00%) WAN
6 2 (2.00%) VLAN
6 2 (2.00%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (7.00%) Oracle Reports
2 5 (5.00%) Oracle Database
3 4 (4.00%) Oracle BI Publisher
3 4 (4.00%) Relational Database
3 4 (4.00%) SQL Server
4 2 (2.00%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (2.00%) RDBMS
4 2 (2.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (2.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (1.00%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (1.00%) MongoDB
5 1 (1.00%) Neo4j
5 1 (1.00%) Big Data
5 1 (1.00%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (1.00%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 4 (4.00%) LoadRunner
2 3 (3.00%) Selenium
2 3 (3.00%) WebDriver
2 3 (3.00%) Cucumber
2 3 (3.00%) Rational DOORS
3 2 (2.00%) SoapUI
3 2 (2.00%) DbUnit
3 2 (2.00%) JUnit
3 2 (2.00%) Oracle Forms
3 2 (2.00%) ClearCase
4 1 (1.00%) MSI
4 1 (1.00%) Subversion
4 1 (1.00%) Git (software)
4 1 (1.00%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 6 (6.00%) Retail
2 1 (1.00%) Telecoms
2 1 (1.00%) Law
Job Titles
1 26 (26.00%) Consultant
2 13 (13.00%) Developer
3 11 (11.00%) Architect
4 8 (8.00%) User Experience Researcher
5 6 (6.00%) Interaction Designer
5 6 (6.00%) Business Analyst
5 6 (6.00%) Analyst
5 6 (6.00%) Network Engineer
5 6 (6.00%) Exchange Consultant
5 6 (6.00%) UI Designer
5 6 (6.00%) UX Designer
5 6 (6.00%) Designer
6 5 (5.00%) Agile Business Analyst
6 5 (5.00%) Solutions Architect
7 4 (4.00%) Technical Consultant
7 4 (4.00%) Oracle Developer
7 4 (4.00%) Network Consultant
7 4 (4.00%) Tester
7 4 (4.00%) Software Engineer
7 4 (4.00%) Oracle SOA Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (10.00%) HTML
2 8 (8.00%) CSS
2 8 (8.00%) Web Services
2 8 (8.00%) XML
3 7 (7.00%) SOAP
4 6 (6.00%) Middleware
4 6 (6.00%) REST
5 5 (5.00%) .NET
5 5 (5.00%) JMS
5 5 (5.00%) WSDL
6 2 (2.00%) SAML
6 2 (2.00%) JRockit
6 2 (2.00%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2 (2.00%) JSON
6 2 (2.00%) jQuery
6 2 (2.00%) ASP.NET
7 1 (1.00%) RESTful
7 1 (1.00%) XML Messaging
7 1 (1.00%) Hibernate
7 1 (1.00%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 14 (14.00%) User Experience
2 7 (7.00%) Mobile App
2 7 (7.00%) Blackberry
2 7 (7.00%) Human Factors
3 6 (6.00%) Psychology
3 6 (6.00%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (2.00%) Data Integration
4 2 (2.00%) AS400
5 1 (1.00%) AVVID
5 1 (1.00%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (1.00%) Visualisation
5 1 (1.00%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 16 (16.00%) Windows
2 8 (8.00%) Linux
3 6 (6.00%) Windows 7
4 5 (5.00%) UNIX
5 3 (3.00%) AIX
5 3 (3.00%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (2.00%) Mac OS X
6 2 (2.00%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (2.00%) Android
6 2 (2.00%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (2.00%) Apple iOS
7 1 (1.00%) Windows 8
7 1 (1.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (1.00%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (12.00%) Stakeholder Management
2 12 (12.00%) Customer Insight
3 11 (11.00%) SOA
4 10 (10.00%) ITIL
5 9 (9.00%) Scrum
6 7 (7.00%) Migration
7 6 (6.00%) Software Engineering
7 6 (6.00%) Market Research
7 6 (6.00%) Rapid Prototyping
7 6 (6.00%) Usability Testing
8 5 (5.00%) Release Management
8 5 (5.00%) SysML
8 5 (5.00%) TOGAF
8 5 (5.00%) UML
8 5 (5.00%) Business Intelligence
9 4 (4.00%) ETL
9 4 (4.00%) E-Commerce
9 4 (4.00%) Problem Management
9 4 (4.00%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 11 (11.00%) SQL
2 10 (10.00%) Java
3 5 (5.00%) C
4 4 (4.00%) Scala
5 3 (3.00%) JavaScript
6 2 (2.00%) Python
7 1 (1.00%) Ada
7 1 (1.00%) Pascal
7 1 (1.00%) Ruby
7 1 (1.00%) PowerShell
7 1 (1.00%) Perl
7 1 (1.00%) PHP
7 1 (1.00%) C#
Qualifications
1 19 (19.00%) SC Cleared
1 19 (19.00%) Security Cleared
2 13 (13.00%) Degree
3 4 (4.00%) Cisco Certification
3 4 (4.00%) CCIE
3 4 (4.00%) CCNP
4 3 (3.00%) CCDP
4 3 (3.00%) CCSP
4 3 (3.00%) CCSA
4 3 (3.00%) CCSE
5 2 (2.00%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (2.00%) Network+ Certification
5 2 (2.00%) MCP
6 1 (1.00%) IIBA
6 1 (1.00%) CBAP
6 1 (1.00%) RHCT
6 1 (1.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 1 (1.00%) MCDST
6 1 (1.00%) MCITP
6 1 (1.00%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.00%) QA
2 1 (1.00%) GPG13
2 1 (1.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 5 (5.00%) VMware Infrastructure
1 5 (5.00%) Active Directory
2 4 (4.00%) XenApp
3 3 (3.00%) XenDesktop
3 3 (3.00%) vSphere
4 1 (1.00%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (1.00%) Xen
Systems Management
1 4 (4.00%) SCCM
2 2 (2.00%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.00%) Oracle Identity Management
3 1 (1.00%) Cisco CUCM
3 1 (1.00%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 1 (1.00%) SCOrch
3 1 (1.00%) SCOM
Vendors
1 19 (19.00%) Oracle
2 15 (15.00%) VMware
3 14 (14.00%) Citrix
4 13 (13.00%) Microsoft
5 12 (12.00%) Cisco
6 5 (5.00%) F5
7 4 (4.00%) IBM
7 4 (4.00%) HP
7 4 (4.00%) Nokia
7 4 (4.00%) CheckPoint
8 3 (3.00%) NetApp
8 3 (3.00%) Software AG
8 3 (3.00%) Juniper
8 3 (3.00%) Riverbed
8 3 (3.00%) Remedy
9 2 (2.00%) BMC
9 2 (2.00%) Red Hat
9 2 (2.00%) SAP
10 1 (1.00%) Dell
10 1 (1.00%) Avaya