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 22 December 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.

Location
3 months to
22 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software AG NATURAL
Rank 574 575 559
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -16
Contract jobs citing NATURAL 12 1 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.022% 0.002% 0.006%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.058% 0.005% 0.016%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 0 2
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£350 - £492
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 - £485
10% offered a daily rate of more than £390 - £498
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 - £500
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 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
20792 19462 18531
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.14% 37.77% 37.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 14164 12358 11336
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 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 444 568 725
Average hourly rate £35.00 £33.75 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.70% -3.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £14.02 £16.91
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.68 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.18 £33.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+6.59% -5.71%

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
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing NATURAL within the UK over the 3 months to 22 December 2014.

NATURAL Daily Rate Histogram 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 12 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 22 December 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 -19 12 £350 -
Leicester - 2 £238 -
Leicestershire - 2 £238 -
Yorkshire - 2 £375 -
East Midlands - 2 £238 -
West Yorkshire - 1 £400 -
London - 1 - -
Pontefract - - - -
Reading - - - -
Wakefield - - - -
Berkshire - - - -
South East - - - -

NATURAL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 December 2014, 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 19 (100.00%) Adabas
2 13 (68.42%) COBOL
3 10 (52.63%) IBM
3 10 (52.63%) JCL
4 9 (47.37%) Mainframe
5 5 (26.32%) DB2
5 5 (26.32%) CICS
6 3 (15.79%) Retail
6 3 (15.79%) VSAM
6 3 (15.79%) WebSphere
7 2 (10.53%) Java
7 2 (10.53%) Oracle
7 2 (10.53%) Informix
7 2 (10.53%) E-Commerce
7 2 (10.53%) Data Modelling
7 2 (10.53%) Assembly Language
7 2 (10.53%) Project Management
7 2 (10.53%) Finance
7 2 (10.53%) Agile Software Development
7 2 (10.53%) Banking
7 2 (10.53%) CA Endevor
7 2 (10.53%) QA
7 2 (10.53%) User Acceptance Testing
7 2 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
8 1 (5.26%) .NET
8 1 (5.26%) UNIX
8 1 (5.26%) AIX
8 1 (5.26%) Linux
8 1 (5.26%) RUP
8 1 (5.26%) DSDM

NATURAL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 December 2014, 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 5 (26.32%) CICS
2 3 (15.79%) WebSphere
Business Applications
1 1 (5.26%) Temenos T24
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (100.00%) Adabas
2 5 (26.32%) DB2
3 2 (10.53%) Informix
4 1 (5.26%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (5.26%) Ingres
4 1 (5.26%) Easytrieve
4 1 (5.26%) UniData
4 1 (5.26%) Relational Database
General
1 3 (15.79%) Retail
2 2 (10.53%) Finance
2 2 (10.53%) Banking
3 1 (5.26%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 14 (73.68%) Developer
2 7 (36.84%) Programmer
3 6 (31.58%) Mainframe Developer
4 5 (26.32%) Natural/Adabas Developer
4 5 (26.32%) Adabas Natural Developer
5 4 (21.05%) COBOL Developer
5 4 (21.05%) COBOL Programmer
6 3 (15.79%) Natural/Adabas Programmer
7 2 (10.53%) Java Developer
8 1 (5.26%) Data Modeller
8 1 (5.26%) Test Coordinator
8 1 (5.26%) Analyst
8 1 (5.26%) Test Analyst
8 1 (5.26%) Applications Specialist
8 1 (5.26%) Applications Developer
8 1 (5.26%) Coordinator
8 1 (5.26%) Mainframe Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.26%) .NET
1 1 (5.26%) WebSphere MQ
1 1 (5.26%) EntireX
Miscellaneous
1 9 (47.37%) Mainframe
2 3 (15.79%) VSAM
3 2 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (5.26%) Credit Risk
4 1 (5.26%) Market Risk
4 1 (5.26%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 1 (5.26%) UNIX
1 1 (5.26%) AIX
1 1 (5.26%) Linux
1 1 (5.26%) zOS
1 1 (5.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (10.53%) E-Commerce
1 2 (10.53%) Data Modelling
1 2 (10.53%) Project Management
1 2 (10.53%) Agile Software Development
1 2 (10.53%) User Acceptance Testing
2 1 (5.26%) Integration Testing
2 1 (5.26%) System Testing
2 1 (5.26%) Waterfall
2 1 (5.26%) Low Latency
2 1 (5.26%) TDD
2 1 (5.26%) Automated Testing
2 1 (5.26%) Wealth Management
2 1 (5.26%) Migration
2 1 (5.26%) Scrum
2 1 (5.26%) RUP
2 1 (5.26%) DSDM
2 1 (5.26%) ETL
2 1 (5.26%) Business Intelligence
2 1 (5.26%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (68.42%) COBOL
2 10 (52.63%) JCL
3 2 (10.53%) Java
3 2 (10.53%) Assembly Language
4 1 (5.26%) REXX
4 1 (5.26%) UniBasic
4 1 (5.26%) SELCOPY
Qualifications
1 1 (5.26%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (10.53%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (10.53%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 10 (52.63%) IBM
2 2 (10.53%) Oracle
3 1 (5.26%) Temenos
3 1 (5.26%) Red Hat
3 1 (5.26%) jBASE