The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Rackspace 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 Rackspace over the 3 months to 19 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.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are NOT representative of contractor rates within Rackspace.

Location
3 months to
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Rackspace
Rank 525 545 534
Rank change year-on-year
+20 -11
Contract jobs citing Rackspace 70 37 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.072% 0.046%
As % of the Vendors category 0.28% 0.15% 0.097%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 31 18
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£475 £400 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.75% -5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £379 £325 £409
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £463 £464
UK excluding London average daily rate £500 £338 £400
% change year-on-year
+48.14% -15.62%
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
25051 23888 23758
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 45.40% 46.29% 47.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 14924 13568 12329
Average daily rate £388 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1174 1118 1406
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 £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.00 £36.41 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.40 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.35% -10.52%

Rackspace
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Rackspace Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Rackspace
Daily Rate Trend

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

Rackspace Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Rackspace
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Rackspace within the UK over the 3 months to 19 December 2014.

Rackspace Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Rackspace
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Rackspace within the UK over the 3 months to 19 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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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 +4 70 £475 +18.67% 24
London +43 61 £475 +18.60% 17
City of London +11 7 £450 +9.09% 3
Leeds - 5 - - 1
West Yorkshire - 5 - - 1
Yorkshire - 5 - - 1
East Midlands +2 1 £600 +84.61%
East of England -17 1 - -
South West - 1 £500 - 1
West Midlands - 1 £425 -
Scotland - - - -
M4 Corridor - - - -
Merseyside - - - -
North West - - - - 4
South East - - - -
Liverpool - - - -
Addlestone - - - -
Barnstaple - - - -
Cambridge - - - -
Croydon - - - -
Edinburgh - - - -
Ellesmere Port - - - -
Loughborough - - - -
Macclesfield - - - -
Maidenhead - - - -
Manchester - - - -
Warrington - - - - 3
Warwick - - - -
Wirral - - - -
York - - - -

Rackspace
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Rackspace 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 Rackspace.

1 95 (72.52%) Puppet
2 94 (71.76%) DevOps
3 92 (70.23%) Opscode Chef
4 75 (57.25%) Linux
5 72 (54.96%) MySQL
6 65 (49.62%) Agile Software Development
7 60 (45.80%) PHP
7 60 (45.80%) Continuous Integration
8 55 (41.98%) MongoDB
8 55 (41.98%) Python
9 52 (39.69%) Web Services
10 49 (37.40%) Ruby
11 41 (31.30%) Scrum
11 41 (31.30%) Jenkins
12 40 (30.53%) Amazon AWS
13 39 (29.77%) TDD
14 38 (29.01%) Salt
15 37 (28.24%) Apache
16 36 (27.48%) Java
17 35 (26.72%) Perl
17 35 (26.72%) LAMP
18 34 (25.95%) Configuration Management
19 33 (25.19%) Bash Shell
19 33 (25.19%) BDD
20 32 (24.43%) Git (software)
21 31 (23.66%) Open Source
22 30 (22.90%) Red Hat
22 30 (22.90%) Ansible
23 29 (22.14%) NoSQL
24 28 (21.37%) OpenStack

Rackspace
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Rackspace 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 Rackspace. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 37 (28.24%) Apache
2 28 (21.37%) OpenStack
3 24 (18.32%) Elasticsearch
4 17 (12.98%) Drupal
5 13 (9.92%) Apache Solr
6 12 (9.16%) nginx
7 4 (3.05%) JBoss
8 3 (2.29%) CMS
9 2 (1.53%) WebSphere Application Server
9 2 (1.53%) IIS
9 2 (1.53%) Tomcat
9 2 (1.53%) Node.js
9 2 (1.53%) WordPress
9 2 (1.53%) WebSphere
10 1 (0.76%) GlassFish
10 1 (0.76%) Joomla!
10 1 (0.76%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 2 (1.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.76%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 40 (30.53%) Amazon AWS
2 28 (21.37%) Amazon EC2
3 19 (14.50%) Microsoft Azure
4 12 (9.16%) Joyent
5 7 (5.34%) Heroku
6 5 (3.82%) Cloud Computing
6 5 (3.82%) Rackspace Cloud
7 3 (2.29%) SaaS
7 3 (2.29%) PaaS
7 3 (2.29%) Google App Engine
7 3 (2.29%) GitHub
7 3 (2.29%) Google Cloud Platform
8 2 (1.53%) IBM SmartCloud
9 1 (0.76%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 9 (6.87%) TCP/IP
2 8 (6.11%) SSL
2 8 (6.11%) HTTP
3 3 (2.29%) Internet
3 3 (2.29%) LDAP
3 3 (2.29%) WAN
3 3 (2.29%) Firewall
4 2 (1.53%) Wireless
4 2 (1.53%) IPsec
4 2 (1.53%) Packet Switching
4 2 (1.53%) VPN
4 2 (1.53%) MPLS
4 2 (1.53%) MRTG
4 2 (1.53%) AMQP
4 2 (1.53%) Cisco PIX
5 1 (0.76%) LAN
5 1 (0.76%) BIG-IP
5 1 (0.76%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 72 (54.96%) MySQL
2 55 (41.98%) MongoDB
3 29 (22.14%) NoSQL
4 27 (20.61%) Apache Cassandra
5 26 (19.85%) Big Data
6 24 (18.32%) Hadoop
7 20 (15.27%) Riak
7 20 (15.27%) CouchDB
8 18 (13.74%) PostgreSQL
9 7 (5.34%) SQL Server
10 5 (3.82%) Redis
10 5 (3.82%) Relational Database
11 4 (3.05%) Oracle Database
11 4 (3.05%) DB2
11 4 (3.05%) RDBMS
12 3 (2.29%) HBase
13 2 (1.53%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 2 (1.53%) SQL Server 2012
14 1 (0.76%) MarkLogic
Development Applications
1 41 (31.30%) Jenkins
2 32 (24.43%) Git (software)
3 28 (21.37%) Subversion
4 21 (16.03%) Hudson
5 12 (9.16%) PHPUnit
6 4 (3.05%) Maven
7 3 (2.29%) RSpec
8 2 (1.53%) Ant
8 2 (1.53%) Cucumber
8 2 (1.53%) WATIR
9 1 (0.76%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.76%) JIRA
9 1 (0.76%) Jasmine
General
1 11 (8.40%) Marketing
2 10 (7.63%) Finance
3 5 (3.82%) Advertising
4 4 (3.05%) Retail
5 2 (1.53%) Publishing
6 1 (0.76%) Electronics
6 1 (0.76%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.76%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 37 (28.24%) DevOps Engineer
2 31 (23.66%) Developer
3 25 (19.08%) Architect
4 18 (13.74%) DevOps Architect
5 13 (9.92%) Drupal Developer
6 9 (6.87%) Linux DevOps Engineer
7 7 (5.34%) Software Engineer
8 6 (4.58%) Systems Administrator
9 5 (3.82%) Administrator
9 5 (3.82%) Senior DevOps Engineer
10 4 (3.05%) Consultant
10 4 (3.05%) Linux Administrator
10 4 (3.05%) Infrastructure Architect
10 4 (3.05%) Linux Systems Administrator
11 3 (2.29%) Ruby Developer
11 3 (2.29%) Lead Architect
11 3 (2.29%) Enterprise Architect
11 3 (2.29%) Java Developer
11 3 (2.29%) Senior Developer
12 2 (1.53%) DevOps Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (39.69%) Web Services
2 35 (26.72%) LAMP
3 16 (12.21%) ActiveMQ
4 13 (9.92%) Memcached
5 12 (9.16%) HTML
6 11 (8.40%) SOAP
7 10 (7.63%) .NET
8 9 (6.87%) CSS
9 8 (6.11%) MCollective
10 7 (5.34%) RESTful
11 6 (4.58%) REST
12 5 (3.82%) jQuery
12 5 (3.82%) Ruby on Rails
12 5 (3.82%) HTML5
13 4 (3.05%) XML
13 4 (3.05%) RabbitMQ
13 4 (3.05%) CSS3
13 4 (3.05%) JSF
14 3 (2.29%) Symfony
14 3 (2.29%) Smarty
Miscellaneous
1 31 (23.66%) Open Source
2 13 (9.92%) Taxonomies
3 4 (3.05%) Digital Media
3 4 (3.05%) Computer Science
4 2 (1.53%) Social Network
5 1 (0.76%) DataPower
5 1 (0.76%) DTV
5 1 (0.76%) Clustering
5 1 (0.76%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.76%) User Experience
5 1 (0.76%) Data Structures
5 1 (0.76%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 75 (57.25%) Linux
2 27 (20.61%) CentOS
3 21 (16.03%) Debian
4 20 (15.27%) UNIX
5 13 (9.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 10 (7.63%) Windows
7 3 (2.29%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (2.29%) Ubuntu
7 3 (2.29%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.76%) Android
8 1 (0.76%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.76%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 94 (71.76%) DevOps
2 65 (49.62%) Agile Software Development
3 60 (45.80%) Continuous Integration
4 41 (31.30%) Scrum
5 39 (29.77%) TDD
6 34 (25.95%) Configuration Management
7 33 (25.19%) BDD
8 19 (14.50%) Kanban
9 17 (12.98%) E-Commerce
10 15 (11.45%) Automated Testing
11 12 (9.16%) Software Engineering
11 12 (9.16%) SOA
12 8 (6.11%) OO
13 7 (5.34%) MVC
14 6 (4.58%) Content Management
15 5 (3.82%) Unit Testing
16 4 (3.05%) Performance Tuning
16 4 (3.05%) Network Design
16 4 (3.05%) CRM
16 4 (3.05%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 60 (45.80%) PHP
2 55 (41.98%) Python
3 49 (37.40%) Ruby
4 36 (27.48%) Java
5 35 (26.72%) Perl
6 33 (25.19%) Bash Shell
7 15 (11.45%) Scala
8 11 (8.40%) JavaScript
9 9 (6.87%) SQL
10 6 (4.58%) PowerShell
11 5 (3.82%) PHP5
11 5 (3.82%) Shell Script
11 5 (3.82%) Golang
12 3 (2.29%) Haskell
12 3 (2.29%) Erlang
12 3 (2.29%) Clojure
13 1 (0.76%) PHP4
13 1 (0.76%) ActionScript
13 1 (0.76%) C#
Qualifications
1 3 (2.29%) SC Cleared
1 3 (2.29%) Security Cleared
2 2 (1.53%) Degree
3 1 (0.76%) Chartered Engineer
3 1 (0.76%) CITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.53%) SLA
1 2 (1.53%) QA
System Software
1 14 (10.69%) Varnish
2 8 (6.11%) vCloud
3 5 (3.82%) Docker
4 3 (2.29%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (2.29%) vSphere
5 2 (1.53%) HDFS
6 1 (0.76%) Xen
6 1 (0.76%) Active Directory
6 1 (0.76%) Samba
6 1 (0.76%) KVM
Systems Management
1 95 (72.52%) Puppet
2 92 (70.23%) Opscode Chef
3 38 (29.01%) Salt
4 30 (22.90%) Ansible
5 23 (17.56%) ZABBIX
5 23 (17.56%) Nagios
6 20 (15.27%) Cacti
7 18 (13.74%) Vagrant
8 4 (3.05%) Mesos
9 3 (2.29%) logstash
10 2 (1.53%) Opsview
11 1 (0.76%) CFEngine
11 1 (0.76%) cPanel
11 1 (0.76%) Graphite
11 1 (0.76%) HAProxy
11 1 (0.76%) collectd
11 1 (0.76%) StatsD
Vendors
1 30 (22.90%) Red Hat
2 11 (8.40%) Oracle
3 9 (6.87%) Microsoft
4 8 (6.11%) Google
5 7 (5.34%) VMware
6 6 (4.58%) SAP
7 5 (3.82%) SaltStack
8 4 (3.05%) IBM
9 3 (2.29%) DigitalOcean
10 2 (1.53%) New Relic
10 2 (1.53%) AppDynamics
10 2 (1.53%) Perforce
10 2 (1.53%) Cisco
10 2 (1.53%) Salesforce.com
10 2 (1.53%) Business Objects
10 2 (1.53%) Splunk
10 2 (1.53%) Zend
11 1 (0.76%) Netezza
11 1 (0.76%) RightScale
11 1 (0.76%) F5
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