The table below looks at the statistics for NATURAL skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited NATURAL over the 3 months to 2 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.

Location
3 months to
2 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software AG NATURAL
Rank 569 563 530
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -33
Contract jobs citing NATURAL 7 13 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.013% 0.025% 0.007%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.035% 0.069% 0.018%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 1
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£480 - £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £480 - £500
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Average hourly rate £35.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Programming Languages category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Programming Languages Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
19762 18932 16726
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 37.60% 37.04% 37.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 12901 11858 10226
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 427 481 651
Average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £35.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.53 £16.10 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.45 £45.00 £43.53
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -

NATURAL
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing NATURAL within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Programming Languages category.

NATURAL Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

NATURAL
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing NATURAL within the UK.

NATURAL Daily Rate Trend in the UK

NATURAL
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing NATURAL within the UK.

NATURAL Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

NATURAL
Top 9 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing NATURAL within the UK over the 3 months to 2 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 -32 7 £480 - 1
South West - 2 £480 - 1
Dorset - 2 £480 - 1
Bournemouth - 2 £480 - 1
London - 1 - -
Pontefract - - - -
Wakefield - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -

NATURAL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing NATURAL 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 NATURAL.

1 15 (100.00%) Adabas
2 11 (73.33%) JCL
3 9 (60.00%) Mainframe
3 9 (60.00%) COBOL
4 5 (33.33%) IBM
5 4 (26.67%) CICS
5 4 (26.67%) DB2
6 3 (20.00%) WebSphere
7 2 (13.33%) User Acceptance Testing
7 2 (13.33%) VSAM
7 2 (13.33%) Retail
7 2 (13.33%) CA Endevor
7 2 (13.33%) QA
7 2 (13.33%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (13.33%) Java
7 2 (13.33%) REXX
7 2 (13.33%) E-Commerce
8 1 (6.67%) Data Modelling
8 1 (6.67%) Ingres
8 1 (6.67%) Temenos
8 1 (6.67%) Red Hat
8 1 (6.67%) WebSphere MQ
8 1 (6.67%) EntireX
8 1 (6.67%) Easytrieve
8 1 (6.67%) .NET
8 1 (6.67%) Oracle
8 1 (6.67%) UNIX
8 1 (6.67%) AIX
8 1 (6.67%) Linux
8 1 (6.67%) Informix

NATURAL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing NATURAL 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 NATURAL. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (26.67%) CICS
2 3 (20.00%) WebSphere
Business Applications
1 1 (6.67%) Temenos T24
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (100.00%) Adabas
2 4 (26.67%) DB2
3 1 (6.67%) Informix
3 1 (6.67%) Ingres
3 1 (6.67%) Easytrieve
3 1 (6.67%) UniData
General
1 2 (13.33%) Retail
2 1 (6.67%) Investment Banking
2 1 (6.67%) Finance
2 1 (6.67%) Banking
Job Titles
1 11 (73.33%) Developer
2 5 (33.33%) Mainframe Developer
3 3 (20.00%) COBOL Developer
3 3 (20.00%) Natural/Adabas Developer
3 3 (20.00%) COBOL Programmer
3 3 (20.00%) Programmer
4 2 (13.33%) Analyst
4 2 (13.33%) Java Developer
4 2 (13.33%) Adabas Natural Developer
5 1 (6.67%) Test Analyst
5 1 (6.67%) Applications Specialist
5 1 (6.67%) Applications Developer
5 1 (6.67%) Test Coordinator
5 1 (6.67%) Coordinator
5 1 (6.67%) Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.67%) .NET
1 1 (6.67%) WebSphere MQ
1 1 (6.67%) EntireX
Miscellaneous
1 9 (60.00%) Mainframe
2 2 (13.33%) VSAM
2 2 (13.33%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 1 (6.67%) UNIX
1 1 (6.67%) AIX
1 1 (6.67%) Linux
1 1 (6.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (13.33%) E-Commerce
1 2 (13.33%) User Acceptance Testing
2 1 (6.67%) Integration Testing
2 1 (6.67%) System Testing
2 1 (6.67%) Low Latency
2 1 (6.67%) RUP
2 1 (6.67%) DSDM
2 1 (6.67%) Data Modelling
2 1 (6.67%) Configuration Management
2 1 (6.67%) Project Management
2 1 (6.67%) GAP Analysis
2 1 (6.67%) Migration
2 1 (6.67%) Scrum
2 1 (6.67%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (6.67%) TDD
2 1 (6.67%) Automated Testing
2 1 (6.67%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 11 (73.33%) JCL
2 9 (60.00%) COBOL
3 2 (13.33%) Java
3 2 (13.33%) REXX
4 1 (6.67%) UniBasic
4 1 (6.67%) SELCOPY
Qualifications
1 1 (6.67%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (13.33%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (13.33%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 5 (33.33%) IBM
2 1 (6.67%) Temenos
2 1 (6.67%) Red Hat
2 1 (6.67%) jBASE
2 1 (6.67%) Oracle