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 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Reference Data
Rank 440 446 399
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -47
Contract jobs citing Reference Data 172 140 212
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.30% 0.27% 0.37%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.98% 0.85% 1.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 114 105 155
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£500 £500 £525
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -4.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £301 £308 £375
10% offered a daily rate of more than £649 £675 £625
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £400 £500
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 3
Average hourly rate - £12.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -65.71%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £12.00 £23.87
% change year-on-year
- -49.73%

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
17586 16390 17257
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 30.53% 31.06% 29.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 10697 10107 9986
Average daily rate £400 £413 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.03% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £243 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
- +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 732 670 874
Average hourly rate £18.73 £18.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.02% -28.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.42 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.90 £17.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year
+8.00% -32.69%

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 19 September 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 16 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 19 September 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 +17 158 £500 -4.76% 23
London +26 109 £550 - 13
City of London +20 25 £563 +2.27% 8
North West +5 19 £375 -9.09% 5
Scotland -10 9 - - 2
Stirling -3 8 - - 1
Manchester -9 6 £350 -16.41% 5
Yorkshire -4 5 £315 +2.43%
West Midlands -14 4 £425 -8.10%
South East +1 3 £340 -45.92% 1
Birmingham -1 3 £425 -8.10%
Berkshire +4 2 £590 -6.71%
Reading +11 1 £590 -9.05%
Edinburgh -3 1 - - 1
Glasgow - - - -
Docklands, London - - - -

Reference Data
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 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.

1 124 (39.87%) Data Modelling
2 108 (34.73%) Finance
3 98 (31.51%) Banking
4 80 (25.72%) Data Architecture
5 68 (21.86%) Data Integration
5 68 (21.86%) SQL
6 56 (18.01%) Agile Software Development
7 55 (17.68%) Investment Banking
7 55 (17.68%) Oracle
8 49 (15.76%) Data Management
9 45 (14.47%) Migration
9 45 (14.47%) Business Analysis
10 41 (13.18%) Data Analysis
11 36 (11.58%) Analytical Skills
12 33 (10.61%) Stakeholder Management
13 32 (10.29%) Microsoft
13 32 (10.29%) Workflow
14 31 (9.97%) Fixed Income
15 29 (9.32%) Project Management
16 27 (8.68%) Java
16 27 (8.68%) XML
17 25 (8.04%) Business Intelligence
18 24 (7.72%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
18 24 (7.72%) Data Quality
19 23 (7.40%) Derivative
20 22 (7.07%) Data Governance
21 21 (6.75%) Management Information System
22 20 (6.43%) Front Office
22 20 (6.43%) Bloomberg
22 20 (6.43%) UNIX

Reference Data
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 10 (3.22%) Tomcat
1 10 (3.22%) Apache
2 7 (2.25%) nginx
3 3 (0.96%) SAS
3 3 (0.96%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.32%) WebLogic
4 1 (0.32%) IIS
4 1 (0.32%) SharePoint Server
4 1 (0.32%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.32%) Oracle Coherence
4 1 (0.32%) TIBCO EMS
4 1 (0.32%) Jetty
4 1 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (0.32%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.32%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (0.32%) Oracle Service Bus
4 1 (0.32%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (0.32%) Lync
Applications
1 17 (5.47%) MS Visio
2 14 (4.50%) MS Excel
3 8 (2.57%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (1.61%) MS Project
4 5 (1.61%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 19 (6.11%) Oracle EBS
2 18 (5.79%) Markit EDM
3 6 (1.93%) Eagle STAR
4 4 (1.29%) Dynamics CRM
5 3 (0.96%) Endur
5 3 (0.96%) Oracle 11i
5 3 (0.96%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 3 (0.96%) Dynamics AX
5 3 (0.96%) Eagle PACE
5 3 (0.96%) Oracle Internet Expenses
5 3 (0.96%) Oracle TCA
6 2 (0.64%) Aligne
6 2 (0.64%) OpenLink RightAngle
6 2 (0.64%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.64%) ZaiNet
6 2 (0.64%) Minerva
6 2 (0.64%) Sentinel
6 2 (0.64%) Summit
6 2 (0.64%) PolarLake
7 1 (0.32%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.64%) IaaS
2 1 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.32%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 9 (2.89%) OpenLDAP
2 8 (2.57%) WAN
3 3 (0.96%) DSL
4 2 (0.64%) PuTTY
4 2 (0.64%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (0.32%) Internet
5 1 (0.32%) SMS
5 1 (0.32%) Firewall
5 1 (0.32%) AMQP
5 1 (0.32%) 4G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (6.43%) SQL Server
2 19 (6.11%) Data Warehouse
3 15 (4.82%) Redis
4 12 (3.86%) PostgreSQL
5 11 (3.54%) Relational Database
6 10 (3.22%) MySQL
7 9 (2.89%) Data Mining
8 7 (2.25%) SQL Server 2008
8 7 (2.25%) Riak
9 6 (1.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 5 (1.61%) SQL Server 2005
10 5 (1.61%) NoSQL
11 4 (1.29%) Oracle Database
11 4 (1.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 3 (0.96%) RDBMS
12 3 (0.96%) Oracle Database 10g
12 3 (0.96%) Star Schema
12 3 (0.96%) Crystal Reports
12 3 (0.96%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 3 (0.96%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 10 (3.22%) Toad
2 9 (2.89%) JMeter
3 5 (1.61%) jMock
4 3 (0.96%) JIRA
4 3 (0.96%) FitNesse
5 2 (0.64%) Subversion
5 2 (0.64%) Maven
5 2 (0.64%) JUnit
5 2 (0.64%) QuickTest Pro
6 1 (0.32%) TestDirector
6 1 (0.32%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 1 (0.32%) MagicDraw
6 1 (0.32%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 1 (0.32%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.32%) Hudson
General
1 108 (34.73%) Finance
2 98 (31.51%) Banking
3 55 (17.68%) Investment Banking
4 20 (6.43%) Front Office
5 13 (4.18%) Legal
6 11 (3.54%) Back Office
7 9 (2.89%) Financial Institution
8 7 (2.25%) Retail
9 6 (1.93%) Retail Banking
10 5 (1.61%) Telecoms
11 4 (1.29%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.64%) French Language
12 2 (0.64%) Games
12 2 (0.64%) Billing
13 1 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
13 1 (0.32%) General Ledger
13 1 (0.32%) Publishing
13 1 (0.32%) Electronics
13 1 (0.32%) Marketing
13 1 (0.32%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 134 (43.09%) Analyst
2 90 (28.94%) Business Analyst
3 89 (28.62%) Architect
4 53 (17.04%) Technical Architect
5 33 (10.61%) Data Analyst
5 33 (10.61%) Developer
6 24 (7.72%) Project Manager
7 19 (6.11%) Data Architect
8 18 (5.79%) Solutions Architect
9 12 (3.86%) Oracle Architect
10 10 (3.22%) Banking Business Analyst
11 9 (2.89%) Consultant
11 9 (2.89%) Business Data Analyst
11 9 (2.89%) Oracle Solutions Architect
12 8 (2.57%) Systems Analyst
13 7 (2.25%) Java Developer
13 7 (2.25%) Business Manager
13 7 (2.25%) Business Project Manager
13 7 (2.25%) Technical Analyst
13 7 (2.25%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (8.68%) XML
2 15 (4.82%) Middleware
3 9 (2.89%) HTML
4 7 (2.25%) FpML
4 7 (2.25%) RabbitMQ
5 6 (1.93%) REST
6 4 (1.29%) JSON
6 4 (1.29%) .NET
6 4 (1.29%) CSS
7 3 (0.96%) Web Services
7 3 (0.96%) XSLT
7 3 (0.96%) Ajax
7 3 (0.96%) Ruby on Rails
7 3 (0.96%) Django
7 3 (0.96%) Play Framework
7 3 (0.96%) HTML5
7 3 (0.96%) CSS3
8 2 (0.64%) WCF
8 2 (0.64%) Java EE
8 2 (0.64%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 68 (21.86%) Data Integration
2 36 (11.58%) Analytical Skills
3 31 (9.97%) Fixed Income
4 24 (7.72%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 23 (7.40%) Derivative
6 21 (6.75%) Management Information System
7 18 (5.79%) Equities
8 14 (4.50%) Credit Risk
9 12 (3.86%) Open Source
10 10 (3.22%) Market Risk
11 8 (2.57%) Enterprise Software
11 8 (2.57%) NHS
12 7 (2.25%) Replication
12 7 (2.25%) CESG
13 6 (1.93%) Equity Derivative
14 5 (1.61%) Computer Science
15 3 (0.96%) Taxonomies
15 3 (0.96%) User Experience
16 2 (0.64%) SWIFT
16 2 (0.64%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 20 (6.43%) UNIX
2 13 (4.18%) Windows
3 8 (2.57%) MVS
4 7 (2.25%) Linux
5 1 (0.32%) zOS
5 1 (0.32%) Windows XP
5 1 (0.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (0.32%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 124 (39.87%) Data Modelling
2 80 (25.72%) Data Architecture
3 56 (18.01%) Agile Software Development
4 49 (15.76%) Data Management
5 45 (14.47%) Migration
5 45 (14.47%) Business Analysis
6 41 (13.18%) Data Analysis
7 33 (10.61%) Stakeholder Management
8 32 (10.29%) Workflow
9 29 (9.32%) Project Management
10 25 (8.04%) Business Intelligence
11 22 (7.07%) Data Governance
12 19 (6.11%) Validation
12 19 (6.11%) Asset Management
12 19 (6.11%) User Acceptance Testing
12 19 (6.11%) Data Migration
13 14 (4.50%) Data Mapping
13 14 (4.50%) PRINCE
13 14 (4.50%) CRM
13 14 (4.50%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 68 (21.86%) SQL
2 27 (8.68%) Java
3 13 (4.18%) Python
4 11 (3.54%) C#
5 10 (3.22%) PHP
6 7 (2.25%) VBA
7 5 (1.61%) T-SQL
8 4 (1.29%) Scala
8 4 (1.29%) C
8 4 (1.29%) JavaScript
8 4 (1.29%) Shell Script
9 3 (0.96%) C++
9 3 (0.96%) VB
9 3 (0.96%) Ruby
10 2 (0.64%) XPath
10 2 (0.64%) Perl
10 2 (0.64%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 19 (6.11%) Security Cleared
2 11 (3.54%) SC Cleared
2 11 (3.54%) Degree
3 1 (0.32%) ISEB
3 1 (0.32%) PMI Certification
3 1 (0.32%) ISTQB
3 1 (0.32%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
3 1 (0.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (7.72%) Data Quality
2 11 (3.54%) QA
3 6 (1.93%) EMIR
4 3 (0.96%) MiFID
5 2 (0.64%) FATCA
5 2 (0.64%) Dodd-Frank
5 2 (0.64%) ISO 14001
5 2 (0.64%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.64%) SLA
6 1 (0.32%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.32%) CRD IV
6 1 (0.32%) COREP
System Software
1 1 (0.32%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 7 (2.25%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (1.93%) Puppet
3 3 (0.96%) OpenAM
4 2 (0.64%) Oracle EDQ
5 1 (0.32%) Control-M
Vendors
1 55 (17.68%) Oracle
2 32 (10.29%) Microsoft
3 20 (6.43%) Bloomberg
4 13 (4.18%) GoldenSource
5 12 (3.86%) Reuters
6 11 (3.54%) Informatica
7 10 (3.22%) Red Hat
8 9 (2.89%) Sybase
9 7 (2.25%) Business Objects
9 7 (2.25%) SAP
10 6 (1.93%) Splunk
10 6 (1.93%) Charles River
11 5 (1.61%) Casewise
11 5 (1.61%) RIMES
12 4 (1.29%) Tableau
12 4 (1.29%) Triple Point
12 4 (1.29%) Ab Initio
13 3 (0.96%) OpenLink
13 3 (0.96%) SunGard
13 3 (0.96%) SmartStream
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