The table below looks at the statistics for OLE skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited OLE over the 3 months to 5 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
5 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Object Linking and Embedding (OLE)
Rank 567 545 518
Rank change year-on-year
-22 -27
Contract jobs citing OLE 12 19 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.023% 0.038% 0.011%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.086% 0.14% 0.042%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 1 3
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£600 £475 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+26.31% +5.55%
UK excluding London average daily rate £600 £475 £350
% change year-on-year
+26.31% +35.71%
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 Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category
13881 13599 11877
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 26.76% 27.15% 26.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 9066 8550 7470
Average daily rate £388 £375 £362
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% +3.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.06% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 189 249 291
Average hourly rate £35.00 £34.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £16.00 £17.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £50.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £33.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -5.71%

OLE
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing OLE within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category.

OLE Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

OLE
Daily Rate Trend

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

OLE Daily Rate Trend in the UK

OLE
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing OLE within the UK over the 3 months to 5 March 2015.

OLE Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

OLE
Hourly Rate Trend

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

OLE Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

OLE
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 OLE within the UK over the 3 months to 5 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 8 £450 -5.26% 2
London +4 6 £450 - 1
South East -25 1 - -
West Midlands - 1 - -
Pershore - - - -
Portsmouth - - - -
Hampshire - - - -
Worcestershire - - - -

OLE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing OLE 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 OLE.

1 11 (37.93%) Windows
2 10 (34.48%) Microsoft
3 6 (20.69%) Web Services
3 6 (20.69%) Oracle
3 6 (20.69%) Agile Software Development
4 5 (17.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 5 (17.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 5 (17.24%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 5 (17.24%) Security Cleared
4 5 (17.24%) SQL Server
4 5 (17.24%) XML
4 5 (17.24%) ODBC
4 5 (17.24%) Linux
4 5 (17.24%) OLE DB
4 5 (17.24%) Project Management
4 5 (17.24%) HP
4 5 (17.24%) Business Intelligence
4 5 (17.24%) ETL
4 5 (17.24%) Windows 7
4 5 (17.24%) R
4 5 (17.24%) Analytics
5 4 (13.79%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (13.79%) Puppet
5 4 (13.79%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (13.79%) Windows XP
5 4 (13.79%) Configuration Management
5 4 (13.79%) OO
5 4 (13.79%) .NET
5 4 (13.79%) Java
5 4 (13.79%) WebLogic

OLE
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing OLE 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 OLE. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (13.79%) WebLogic
2 3 (10.34%) Confluence
3 1 (3.45%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (6.90%) MS Excel
1 2 (6.90%) MS Office
2 1 (3.45%) MicroStation
2 1 (3.45%) ProjectWise
Business Applications
1 1 (3.45%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (10.34%) Internet
1 3 (10.34%) HTTP
1 3 (10.34%) AMQP
2 1 (3.45%) Firewall
2 1 (3.45%) Network Security
2 1 (3.45%) SNMP
2 1 (3.45%) TCP/IP
2 1 (3.45%) LAN
2 1 (3.45%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (17.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
1 5 (17.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 5 (17.24%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 5 (17.24%) SQL Server
2 4 (13.79%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (10.34%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (10.34%) Oracle Database
3 3 (10.34%) MongoDB
3 3 (10.34%) NoSQL
3 3 (10.34%) Big Data
3 3 (10.34%) Hadoop
4 1 (3.45%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (3.45%) RDBMS
4 1 (3.45%) Relational Database
4 1 (3.45%) Oracle Exadata
Development Applications
1 4 (13.79%) JIRA
2 3 (10.34%) Subversion
2 3 (10.34%) Ant
2 3 (10.34%) JUnit
2 3 (10.34%) Visual Studio
2 3 (10.34%) Eclipse
2 3 (10.34%) Cucumber
2 3 (10.34%) Gradle
2 3 (10.34%) Mercurial
3 2 (6.90%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (3.45%) jMock
General
1 4 (13.79%) Telecoms
2 3 (10.34%) Finance
3 2 (6.90%) Spanish Language
4 1 (3.45%) Banking
4 1 (3.45%) Investment Banking
4 1 (3.45%) Financial Institution
4 1 (3.45%) Legal
4 1 (3.45%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 6 (20.69%) Consultant
2 5 (17.24%) Business Intelligence Consultant
2 5 (17.24%) Desktop Support
3 4 (13.79%) Developer
3 4 (13.79%) Support Engineer
4 3 (10.34%) Data Modeller
4 3 (10.34%) C++ Developer
4 3 (10.34%) DevOps Engineer
5 2 (6.90%) SQL Server Consultant
5 2 (6.90%) Microsoft BI Consultant
5 2 (6.90%) Tester
5 2 (6.90%) Desktop Support Engineer
5 2 (6.90%) Microsoft Consultant
5 2 (6.90%) Desktop Engineer
5 2 (6.90%) QA Tester
6 1 (3.45%) Network Support
6 1 (3.45%) Infrastructure Architect
6 1 (3.45%) Infrastructure Consultant
6 1 (3.45%) Network Support Engineer
6 1 (3.45%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (20.69%) Web Services
2 5 (17.24%) XML
2 5 (17.24%) ODBC
2 5 (17.24%) OLE DB
3 4 (13.79%) .NET
4 3 (10.34%) .NET Framework
4 3 (10.34%) Java EE
4 3 (10.34%) FIX Protocol
4 3 (10.34%) JSON
4 3 (10.34%) COM+
4 3 (10.34%) DCOM
4 3 (10.34%) EJB
4 3 (10.34%) JMS
5 1 (3.45%) Hibernate
5 1 (3.45%) JSP
5 1 (3.45%) HTML
5 1 (3.45%) ASP.NET
5 1 (3.45%) J2SE
5 1 (3.45%) WebSphere MQ
5 1 (3.45%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 4 (13.79%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (10.34%) Open Source
3 1 (3.45%) Fixed Income
3 1 (3.45%) Clustering
3 1 (3.45%) SCADA
3 1 (3.45%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 11 (37.93%) Windows
2 5 (17.24%) Linux
2 5 (17.24%) Windows 7
3 4 (13.79%) Windows XP
4 3 (10.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (6.90%) UNIX
6 1 (3.45%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (3.45%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (3.45%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (20.69%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (17.24%) Project Management
2 5 (17.24%) Business Intelligence
2 5 (17.24%) ETL
2 5 (17.24%) Analytics
3 4 (13.79%) Configuration Management
3 4 (13.79%) OO
3 4 (13.79%) Business Analysis
3 4 (13.79%) Scrum
3 4 (13.79%) TDD
4 3 (10.34%) Software Engineering
4 3 (10.34%) Unit Testing
4 3 (10.34%) Continuous Integration
4 3 (10.34%) Data Modelling
4 3 (10.34%) DevOps
4 3 (10.34%) MapReduce
4 3 (10.34%) Test Automation
5 2 (6.90%) Test Strategy
5 2 (6.90%) Supplier Management
5 2 (6.90%) Quality Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (17.24%) R
2 4 (13.79%) Java
3 3 (10.34%) SQL
3 3 (10.34%) VBScript
3 3 (10.34%) C#
3 3 (10.34%) C++
3 3 (10.34%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
4 2 (6.90%) Python
4 2 (6.90%) JavaScript
4 2 (6.90%) VBA
5 1 (3.45%) Ruby
5 1 (3.45%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 5 (17.24%) Security Cleared
2 3 (10.34%) ISTQB
2 3 (10.34%) DV Cleared
2 3 (10.34%) MCSE
2 3 (10.34%) Microsoft Certification
3 2 (6.90%) VCP4
3 2 (6.90%) SC Cleared
3 2 (6.90%) MOS
4 1 (3.45%) Degree
4 1 (3.45%) Chartered Engineer
4 1 (3.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (6.90%) QA
System Software
1 1 (3.45%) Oracle RAC
1 1 (3.45%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (13.79%) Puppet
2 3 (10.34%) Vagrant
3 2 (6.90%) SolarWinds Orion
3 2 (6.90%) SCOrch
3 2 (6.90%) HP SIM
3 2 (6.90%) SCOM
Vendors
1 10 (34.48%) Microsoft
2 6 (20.69%) Oracle
3 5 (17.24%) HP
4 3 (10.34%) Atlassian
4 3 (10.34%) Red Hat
5 2 (6.90%) SolarWinds
5 2 (6.90%) Remedy
6 1 (3.45%) VMware
6 1 (3.45%) Juniper
6 1 (3.45%) Cisco
6 1 (3.45%) IBM
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