The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Reference Data in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Reference Data over the 3 months to 24 October 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
24 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Reference Data
Rank 434 414 392
Rank change year-on-year
-20 -22
Contract jobs citing Reference Data 181 167 202
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.31% 0.32% 0.37%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 1.01% 1.01% 1.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 130 116 151
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90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £314 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £640 £629 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £424 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+5.93% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Average hourly rate - £12.00 £55.12
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -78.23%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £12.00 £12.75
% change year-on-year
- -5.84%

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

Miscellaneous Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Miscellaneous category
17915 16605 16550
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 30.69% 31.66% 30.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 11249 10379 9689
Average daily rate £413 £410 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.60% -0.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £240 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £351 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+0.30% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 727 675 807
Average hourly rate £17.00 £18.02 £21.43
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.63% -15.91%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
-2.77% -14.28%

Reference Data
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Reference Data Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Reference Data
Daily Rate Trend

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

Reference Data Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Reference Data
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Reference Data within the UK over the 3 months to 24 October 2014.

Reference Data Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Reference Data
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Reference Data Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Reference Data
Top 24 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Reference Data within the UK over the 3 months to 24 October 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 -24 159 £513 -2.38% 27
London -29 102 £550 +4.76% 20
City of London -5 23 £550 - 10
North West +2 20 £350 -
South West -20 18 £550 +15.78% 2
Scotland +3 14 £375 -6.25%
Manchester +4 9 £350 -15.15%
Stirling +2 8 £375 -6.25%
South East -14 8 £400 -36.75% 2
Edinburgh 0 6 £350 -12.50%
Berkshire +13 5 £535 -16.56% 2
Bristol - 5 £545 -
Reading +11 4 £535 -15.41% 1
Yorkshire -2 4 £150 -51.21%
West Midlands -16 3 £475 +5.55%
East of England - 3 £475 - 4
Birmingham -5 2 £475 +5.55%
Cardiff - 1 £425 -
South Wales - 1 £425 -
Wales - 1 £425 -
Essex - - - -
Midlands - - - -
Brentwood - - - -
Glasgow - - - -

Reference Data
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Reference Data 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 Reference Data.

1 123 (38.68%) Data Modelling
2 121 (38.05%) Finance
3 108 (33.96%) Banking
4 86 (27.04%) Data Architecture
5 82 (25.79%) SQL
6 64 (20.13%) Data Integration
7 59 (18.55%) Investment Banking
8 58 (18.24%) Oracle
9 52 (16.35%) Agile Software Development
9 52 (16.35%) Business Analysis
10 47 (14.78%) Migration
11 46 (14.47%) Data Management
12 39 (12.26%) Microsoft
12 39 (12.26%) Analytical Skills
13 37 (11.64%) Data Analysis
13 37 (11.64%) Java
14 35 (11.01%) XML
14 35 (11.01%) Project Management
14 35 (11.01%) Workflow
15 31 (9.75%) Fixed Income
16 27 (8.49%) Stakeholder Management
16 27 (8.49%) SQL Server
16 27 (8.49%) UNIX
17 25 (7.86%) User Acceptance Testing
18 24 (7.55%) Derivative
18 24 (7.55%) Business Intelligence
18 24 (7.55%) Front Office
19 23 (7.23%) Management Information System
19 23 (7.23%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
20 21 (6.60%) Sybase

Reference Data
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Reference Data 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 Reference Data. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 15 (4.72%) Apache
2 12 (3.77%) SharePoint
3 10 (3.14%) Tomcat
4 6 (1.89%) BizTalk Server
4 6 (1.89%) SharePoint 2010
4 6 (1.89%) SharePoint 2013
4 6 (1.89%) Elasticsearch
5 5 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2013
5 5 (1.57%) Lync
5 5 (1.57%) SAS
6 2 (0.63%) GlassFish
6 2 (0.63%) JBoss
7 1 (0.31%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.31%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.31%) TIBCO EMS
7 1 (0.31%) Oracle Coherence
7 1 (0.31%) Jetty
7 1 (0.31%) nginx
7 1 (0.31%) Oracle Service Bus
Applications
1 18 (5.66%) MS Visio
2 17 (5.35%) MS Excel
3 7 (2.20%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (1.89%) MS Project
5 5 (1.57%) MS Office
6 2 (0.63%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 20 (6.29%) Oracle EBS
2 12 (3.77%) Markit EDM
3 10 (3.14%) Dynamics CRM
4 9 (2.83%) Dynamics AX
5 6 (1.89%) Eagle STAR
6 3 (0.94%) Eagle PACE
6 3 (0.94%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 3 (0.94%) Oracle 11i
6 3 (0.94%) Agresso
6 3 (0.94%) Endur
6 3 (0.94%) Oracle Internet Expenses
6 3 (0.94%) Oracle TCA
7 2 (0.63%) ZaiNet
7 2 (0.63%) JDE World
7 2 (0.63%) OpenLink RightAngle
7 2 (0.63%) Demantra
7 2 (0.63%) Aligne
7 2 (0.63%) PolarLake
7 2 (0.63%) Summit
7 2 (0.63%) Minerva
Cloud Services
1 6 (1.89%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (0.63%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (2.83%) OpenLDAP
2 8 (2.52%) WAN
3 2 (0.63%) Wi-Fi
3 2 (0.63%) PuTTY
4 1 (0.31%) AMQP
4 1 (0.31%) 4G
4 1 (0.31%) SMS
4 1 (0.31%) DSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (8.49%) SQL Server
2 17 (5.35%) Data Warehouse
3 15 (4.72%) Relational Database
4 10 (3.14%) PostgreSQL
4 10 (3.14%) MySQL
5 9 (2.83%) Redis
5 9 (2.83%) Data Mining
6 6 (1.89%) SQL Server 2008
6 6 (1.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 5 (1.57%) SQL Server 2005
8 4 (1.26%) NoSQL
8 4 (1.26%) Big Data
8 4 (1.26%) DB2
8 4 (1.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 4 (1.26%) Oracle Database
9 3 (0.94%) Star Schema
9 3 (0.94%) RDBMS
9 3 (0.94%) MongoDB
9 3 (0.94%) Apache Cassandra
9 3 (0.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 9 (2.83%) Toad
1 9 (2.83%) JMeter
2 5 (1.57%) jMock
2 5 (1.57%) Hudson
3 4 (1.26%) Jenkins
3 4 (1.26%) JIRA
3 4 (1.26%) CruiseControl
3 4 (1.26%) QuickTest Pro
3 4 (1.26%) Ant
4 3 (0.94%) JUnit
4 3 (0.94%) Subversion
4 3 (0.94%) FitNesse
4 3 (0.94%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (0.63%) Maven
5 2 (0.63%) Selenium
5 2 (0.63%) NetBeans
5 2 (0.63%) ERwin
6 1 (0.31%) TestDirector
6 1 (0.31%) Visual Studio
6 1 (0.31%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 121 (38.05%) Finance
2 108 (33.96%) Banking
3 59 (18.55%) Investment Banking
4 24 (7.55%) Front Office
5 14 (4.40%) Legal
6 12 (3.77%) Financial Institution
7 10 (3.14%) Retail
8 9 (2.83%) Retail Banking
8 9 (2.83%) Back Office
9 5 (1.57%) Telecoms
10 4 (1.26%) Manufacturing
11 3 (0.94%) French Language
12 2 (0.63%) Billing
12 2 (0.63%) Games
12 2 (0.63%) Military
13 1 (0.31%) Marketing
13 1 (0.31%) Dutch Language
13 1 (0.31%) Advertising
13 1 (0.31%) Publishing
13 1 (0.31%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 127 (39.94%) Analyst
2 92 (28.93%) Business Analyst
3 90 (28.30%) Architect
4 43 (13.52%) Technical Architect
5 40 (12.58%) Developer
6 24 (7.55%) Project Manager
6 24 (7.55%) Data Architect
7 23 (7.23%) Data Analyst
8 19 (5.97%) Solutions Architect
9 16 (5.03%) Consultant
10 12 (3.77%) Banking Business Analyst
10 12 (3.77%) Oracle Architect
11 9 (2.83%) Oracle Solutions Architect
11 9 (2.83%) Systems Analyst
12 8 (2.52%) Java Developer
12 8 (2.52%) Business Data Analyst
12 8 (2.52%) Business Manager
12 8 (2.52%) Business Project Manager
13 7 (2.20%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
13 7 (2.20%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (11.01%) XML
2 14 (4.40%) Middleware
3 12 (3.77%) HTML
4 11 (3.46%) .NET
5 7 (2.20%) CSS
5 7 (2.20%) JSON
6 6 (1.89%) Guice
6 6 (1.89%) Lucene
6 6 (1.89%) FpML
6 6 (1.89%) AngularJS
6 6 (1.89%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 6 (1.89%) Apache Camel
7 5 (1.57%) .NET Framework
8 4 (1.26%) REST
8 4 (1.26%) Application Packaging
8 4 (1.26%) Swing
9 3 (0.94%) Web Services
9 3 (0.94%) XSLT
10 2 (0.63%) MSMQ
10 2 (0.63%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 64 (20.13%) Data Integration
2 39 (12.26%) Analytical Skills
3 31 (9.75%) Fixed Income
4 24 (7.55%) Derivative
5 23 (7.23%) Management Information System
5 23 (7.23%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 18 (5.66%) Equities
6 18 (5.66%) Credit Risk
7 14 (4.40%) Market Risk
8 12 (3.77%) Computer Science
8 12 (3.77%) Open Source
9 8 (2.52%) Enterprise Software
10 7 (2.20%) CESG
10 7 (2.20%) Replication
11 6 (1.89%) Clustering
11 6 (1.89%) Equity Derivative
12 5 (1.57%) NHS
13 4 (1.26%) Credit Derivative
14 3 (0.94%) Taxonomies
14 3 (0.94%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 27 (8.49%) UNIX
2 13 (4.09%) Windows
3 9 (2.83%) Linux
4 8 (2.52%) MVS
5 2 (0.63%) zOS
6 1 (0.31%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 123 (38.68%) Data Modelling
2 86 (27.04%) Data Architecture
3 52 (16.35%) Agile Software Development
3 52 (16.35%) Business Analysis
4 47 (14.78%) Migration
5 46 (14.47%) Data Management
6 37 (11.64%) Data Analysis
7 35 (11.01%) Workflow
7 35 (11.01%) Project Management
8 27 (8.49%) Stakeholder Management
9 25 (7.86%) User Acceptance Testing
10 24 (7.55%) Business Intelligence
11 20 (6.29%) CRM
11 20 (6.29%) Validation
12 19 (5.97%) Risk Management
13 18 (5.66%) TOGAF
13 18 (5.66%) Waterfall
14 16 (5.03%) Data Migration
14 16 (5.03%) Information Management
15 15 (4.72%) Information Architecture
Programming Languages
1 82 (25.79%) SQL
2 37 (11.64%) Java
3 12 (3.77%) C#
4 10 (3.14%) PHP
5 9 (2.83%) JavaScript
6 8 (2.52%) Python
6 8 (2.52%) Shell Script
7 7 (2.20%) VBA
8 5 (1.57%) Perl
8 5 (1.57%) C++
8 5 (1.57%) T-SQL
9 4 (1.26%) C
10 2 (0.63%) XPath
10 2 (0.63%) Bash Shell
10 2 (0.63%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.31%) VB
11 1 (0.31%) Scala
11 1 (0.31%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 15 (4.72%) Security Cleared
2 14 (4.40%) Degree
3 7 (2.20%) SC Cleared
4 1 (0.31%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 1 (0.31%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (0.31%) ISEB
4 1 (0.31%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 1 (0.31%) PMI Certification
4 1 (0.31%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (4.72%) Data Quality
2 8 (2.52%) QA
2 8 (2.52%) EMIR
3 6 (1.89%) FATCA
4 4 (1.26%) Dodd-Frank
5 3 (0.94%) MiFID
6 2 (0.63%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.63%) ISO 14001
7 1 (0.31%) ISO 9000
7 1 (0.31%) SLA
7 1 (0.31%) Basel III
7 1 (0.31%) COREP
7 1 (0.31%) CRD IV
System Software
1 5 (1.57%) Active Directory
1 5 (1.57%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 5 (1.57%) Control-M
2 4 (1.26%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (0.94%) OpenAM
4 2 (0.63%) Oracle EDQ
4 2 (0.63%) ITRS Geneos
4 2 (0.63%) Nagios
Vendors
1 58 (18.24%) Oracle
2 39 (12.26%) Microsoft
3 21 (6.60%) Sybase
4 18 (5.66%) Bloomberg
5 14 (4.40%) GoldenSource
6 11 (3.46%) Reuters
7 10 (3.14%) Informatica
7 10 (3.14%) Red Hat
8 9 (2.83%) SAP
9 7 (2.20%) IBM
10 6 (1.89%) Murex
10 6 (1.89%) Google
11 5 (1.57%) Business Objects
11 5 (1.57%) Casewise
12 4 (1.26%) Triple Point
12 4 (1.26%) Cognos
12 4 (1.26%) SmartStream
13 3 (0.94%) Sun
13 3 (0.94%) Teradata
13 3 (0.94%) OpenLink
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