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 4 March 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
4 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Mercator
Rank 544 504 487
Rank change year-on-year
-40 -17
Contract jobs citing Mercator 37 62 47
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.070% 0.12% 0.10%
As % of the Vendors category 0.16% 0.27% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 17 8
Average daily rate
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£500 £423 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.20% -6.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate - £337 £450
% change year-on-year
- -25.22%
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
23858 23073 21233
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 45.42% 45.56% 46.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 13643 12590 11164
Average daily rate £400 £388 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.13% +2.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £220 £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 968 990 1250
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 £11.50 £11.00 £10.43
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.95
% change year-on-year
- -7.65%

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 2 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 4 March 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 -25 37 £500 +18.20%
London -9 29 £500 +11.11%

Mercator
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 March 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 32 (37.65%) Windows
2 31 (36.47%) VMware
3 28 (32.94%) Cisco
4 22 (25.88%) Agile Software Development
5 20 (23.53%) Firewall
6 18 (21.18%) VMware Infrastructure
7 17 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management
8 16 (18.82%) Active Directory
9 13 (15.29%) Cisco ASA
9 13 (15.29%) Windows 7
9 13 (15.29%) F5
9 13 (15.29%) Cisco Nexus
10 12 (14.12%) Windows Server 2008
10 12 (14.12%) Juniper
11 11 (12.94%) Citrix
11 11 (12.94%) ITIL
12 10 (11.76%) Problem Management
13 9 (10.59%) Migration
13 9 (10.59%) Windows Server 2012
13 9 (10.59%) Analytical Skills
13 9 (10.59%) Cisco Certification
14 8 (9.41%) Microsoft
14 8 (9.41%) SharePoint
14 8 (9.41%) Web Services
14 8 (9.41%) Junos
14 8 (9.41%) BIG-IP
14 8 (9.41%) SCCM
14 8 (9.41%) SC Cleared
14 8 (9.41%) Security Cleared
15 7 (8.24%) Riverbed

Mercator
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 March 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 8 (9.41%) SharePoint
2 4 (4.71%) Lync
3 2 (2.35%) IIS
3 2 (2.35%) K2 blackpearl
4 1 (1.18%) WebLogic
Applications
1 4 (4.71%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.18%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 4 (4.71%) Office 365
1 4 (4.71%) IaaS
2 2 (2.35%) GitHub
3 1 (1.18%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 20 (23.53%) Firewall
2 13 (15.29%) Cisco ASA
2 13 (15.29%) Cisco Nexus
3 8 (9.41%) Junos
3 8 (9.41%) BIG-IP
4 7 (8.24%) BGP
5 5 (5.88%) iSCSI
5 5 (5.88%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 5 (5.88%) LAN
5 5 (5.88%) WAN
6 4 (4.71%) TCP/IP
6 4 (4.71%) VPN
7 3 (3.53%) FirePass
7 3 (3.53%) Cisco PIX
7 3 (3.53%) HTTP
8 2 (2.35%) Kerberos
8 2 (2.35%) SSL
9 1 (1.18%) Network Security
9 1 (1.18%) VLAN
9 1 (1.18%) Frame Relay
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.71%) EDRMS
2 3 (3.53%) SQL Server
3 2 (2.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (2.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 2 (2.35%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (2.35%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.18%) MongoDB
4 1 (1.18%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.18%) Big Data
4 1 (1.18%) Neo4j
4 1 (1.18%) FileMaker
4 1 (1.18%) MS Access
4 1 (1.18%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 6 (7.06%) MSI
2 5 (5.88%) InstallShield
3 2 (2.35%) Selenium
3 2 (2.35%) Git (software)
3 2 (2.35%) Cucumber
3 2 (2.35%) WebDriver
4 1 (1.18%) Oracle Forms
General
1 2 (2.35%) Finance
1 2 (2.35%) Retail
2 1 (1.18%) Local Government
2 1 (1.18%) Law
2 1 (1.18%) Legal
Job Titles
1 20 (23.53%) Consultant
2 11 (12.94%) Technical Consultant
3 10 (11.76%) Systems Engineer
4 8 (9.41%) Network Engineer
5 7 (8.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 6 (7.06%) Analyst
6 6 (7.06%) Applications Packager
7 5 (5.88%) Citrix Engineer
7 5 (5.88%) Infrastructure Consultant
7 5 (5.88%) User Experience Researcher
7 5 (5.88%) Agile Business Analyst
7 5 (5.88%) Network Consultant
7 5 (5.88%) Business Analyst
8 4 (4.71%) Architect
8 4 (4.71%) Project Manager
8 4 (4.71%) Server Engineer
8 4 (4.71%) VMware Engineer
9 3 (3.53%) Senior Project Manager
9 3 (3.53%) Solutions Architect
9 3 (3.53%) Senior Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (9.41%) Web Services
2 6 (7.06%) Application Packaging
3 2 (2.35%) .NET
3 2 (2.35%) XML
3 2 (2.35%) ASP.NET
3 2 (2.35%) SOAP
3 2 (2.35%) SAML
3 2 (2.35%) JSON
3 2 (2.35%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (1.18%) JAX-RS
4 1 (1.18%) REST
4 1 (1.18%) Hibernate
4 1 (1.18%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (10.59%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (5.88%) User Experience
3 2 (2.35%) Open Source
4 1 (1.18%) Semantic Web
4 1 (1.18%) CMDB
4 1 (1.18%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (1.18%) Statistics
4 1 (1.18%) PKI
4 1 (1.18%) Clustering
4 1 (1.18%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 32 (37.65%) Windows
2 13 (15.29%) Windows 7
3 12 (14.12%) Windows Server 2008
4 9 (10.59%) Windows Server 2012
5 7 (8.24%) Windows 8
5 7 (8.24%) Windows Server 2003
6 4 (4.71%) Linux
7 2 (2.35%) UNIX
7 2 (2.35%) SUSE
7 2 (2.35%) Ubuntu
7 2 (2.35%) Android
7 2 (2.35%) CentOS
7 2 (2.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (2.35%) Apple iOS
8 1 (1.18%) Mac OS
8 1 (1.18%) Windows XP
8 1 (1.18%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (25.88%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management
3 11 (12.94%) ITIL
4 10 (11.76%) Problem Management
5 9 (10.59%) Migration
6 7 (8.24%) High Availability
6 7 (8.24%) Project Management
7 5 (5.88%) Kanban
7 5 (5.88%) Protective Monitoring
8 4 (4.71%) Service Management
8 4 (4.71%) Kalman Filter
8 4 (4.71%) Load Balancing
9 3 (3.53%) ITSM
9 3 (3.53%) Risk Management
9 3 (3.53%) Configuration Management
10 2 (2.35%) Data Modelling
10 2 (2.35%) SOA
10 2 (2.35%) Service Delivery
10 2 (2.35%) MVC
10 2 (2.35%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (4.71%) SQL
2 3 (3.53%) Python
2 3 (3.53%) Java
3 2 (2.35%) Ruby
3 2 (2.35%) Scala
3 2 (2.35%) PowerShell
3 2 (2.35%) Bash Shell
4 1 (1.18%) Perl
4 1 (1.18%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 9 (10.59%) Cisco Certification
2 8 (9.41%) SC Cleared
2 8 (9.41%) Security Cleared
3 7 (8.24%) RHCT
3 7 (8.24%) CCNP
3 7 (8.24%) CCDP
4 6 (7.06%) Microsoft Certification
4 6 (7.06%) MCP
4 6 (7.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 6 (7.06%) MCITP
5 4 (4.71%) CCIE
5 4 (4.71%) JNCIS
6 3 (3.53%) CCSE
6 3 (3.53%) CCSA
6 3 (3.53%) CCSP
7 2 (2.35%) Network+ Certification
8 1 (1.18%) Degree
8 1 (1.18%) CCNA
8 1 (1.18%) RHCE
8 1 (1.18%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.35%) QA
2 1 (1.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (1.18%) SLA
System Software
1 18 (21.18%) VMware Infrastructure
2 16 (18.82%) Active Directory
3 7 (8.24%) vSphere
4 6 (7.06%) Microsoft App-V
4 6 (7.06%) XenApp
4 6 (7.06%) XenDesktop
5 4 (4.71%) Forefront TMG
5 4 (4.71%) UAG
6 2 (2.35%) Xen
7 1 (1.18%) vCloud
7 1 (1.18%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 8 (9.41%) SCCM
2 2 (2.35%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (2.35%) Puppet
3 1 (1.18%) SCOrch
3 1 (1.18%) SCOM
3 1 (1.18%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 31 (36.47%) VMware
2 28 (32.94%) Cisco
3 13 (15.29%) F5
4 12 (14.12%) Juniper
5 11 (12.94%) Citrix
6 8 (9.41%) Microsoft
7 7 (8.24%) Riverbed
7 7 (8.24%) HP
8 6 (7.06%) Red Hat
8 6 (7.06%) Dell
8 6 (7.06%) IBM
9 4 (4.71%) Sophos
9 4 (4.71%) Blue Coat
10 3 (3.53%) Nokia
10 3 (3.53%) CheckPoint
11 2 (2.35%) Oracle
12 1 (1.18%) Google
12 1 (1.18%) Remedy
12 1 (1.18%) NetApp
12 1 (1.18%) Sybase