The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Retail in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Retail 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
Retailing
Rank 34 37 29
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -8
Contract jobs citing Retail 2863 2416 3154
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 4.97% 4.58% 5.47%
As % of the General category 12.81% 10.80% 12.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 1799 1642 2044
Average daily rate
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£425 £415 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% +3.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £293 £297 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £396 £375
% change year-on-year
+7.32% +5.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 29 29
Average hourly rate £14.04 £17.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.41% +13.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £8.80 £11.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.50 £38.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £12.17 £16.20 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-24.86% +1.25%

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

General Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
General category
22349 22373 25622
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.80% 42.40% 44.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 13595 13890 15139
Average daily rate £430 £450 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.44% +5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £625 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 536 600 745
Average hourly rate £21.50 £21.00 £25.73
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.38% -18.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £45.00 £46.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.00 £20.50 £28.50
% change year-on-year
+12.19% -28.07%

Retail
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Retail Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Retail
Daily Rate Trend

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

Retail Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Retail
Daily Rate Histogram

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

Retail Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Retail
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Retail Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Retail
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Retail within the UK over the 3 months to 19 September 2014.

Retail Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Retail
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 Retail 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 +4 2587 £425 +2.40% 967
London +8 1328 £450 +2.27% 403
City of London +9 292 £450 +5.88% 118
South East -12 292 £393 -1.44% 136
East of England +14 206 £440 +10.00% 54
North West +4 192 £425 +10.38% 95
Yorkshire +2 153 £375 - 82
Scotland +6 138 £495 +25.00% 40
South West -11 133 £418 +4.89% 43
West Yorkshire +3 128 £396 +6.81% 56
Edinburgh +15 121 £475 +19.34% 31
Manchester +5 107 £401 +6.80% 55
Bedfordshire +30 99 £450 +5.88% 5
Buckinghamshire +9 93 £400 +2.43% 12
Hertfordshire -4 91 £406 +1.56% 39
East Midlands -5 86 £450 +20.00% 42
West Midlands +7 84 £388 +2.64% 54
Berkshire -25 81 £375 - 42
Milton Keynes +7 65 £375 -6.25% 9
Wiltshire +7 46 £435 -3.76% 11
Luton +10 45 £450 -5.26% 3
Halifax +2 44 £420 +10.30% 10
Hampshire -18 42 £425 +4.16% 30
Nottinghamshire +9 40 £425 +19.71% 5
Watford +1 40 £393 -1.87% 9
Bristol -4 40 £330 -16.66% 14
Swindon +6 38 £435 -1.36% 10
Leeds -6 36 £325 -13.33% 33
Cheshire -2 33 £450 +12.50% 23
Nottingham +9 32 £413 +17.85% 5

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Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Retail 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 Retail.

1 1436 (26.68%) Finance
2 1189 (22.09%) E-Commerce
3 1144 (21.26%) Banking
4 848 (15.76%) Retail Banking
5 846 (15.72%) Agile Software Development
6 765 (14.21%) Stakeholder Management
7 655 (12.17%) Project Management
8 570 (10.59%) Oracle
9 509 (9.46%) SQL
10 430 (7.99%) HTML
11 408 (7.58%) Analytical Skills
12 373 (6.93%) Business Analysis
13 354 (6.58%) Java
14 347 (6.45%) Microsoft
15 332 (6.17%) SAP
16 320 (5.95%) JavaScript
17 307 (5.70%) PRINCE2
18 304 (5.65%) CSS
19 287 (5.33%) Marketing
20 286 (5.31%) Migration
21 277 (5.15%) Windows
22 273 (5.07%) Scrum
23 267 (4.96%) SQL Server
24 259 (4.81%) Change Management
25 257 (4.78%) Business Intelligence
26 233 (4.33%) ITIL
27 231 (4.29%) Degree
28 228 (4.24%) User Experience
29 227 (4.22%) Linux
29 227 (4.22%) MS Excel

Retail
Top Related IT Skills by Category

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

Application Platforms
1 186 (3.46%) WebSphere
2 136 (2.53%) SAS
3 83 (1.54%) CMS
4 60 (1.11%) SharePoint
5 54 (1.00%) WebLogic
6 53 (0.98%) Apache
7 51 (0.95%) WebSphere Application Server
8 40 (0.74%) Adobe CQ
9 34 (0.63%) MS Exchange
10 32 (0.59%) IIS
11 30 (0.56%) MQSeries
12 28 (0.52%) IBM HTTP Server
13 26 (0.48%) Tomcat
14 24 (0.45%) Node.js
15 23 (0.43%) IBM Notes
16 18 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2010
17 15 (0.28%) BizTalk Server
18 13 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2007
19 11 (0.20%) CICS
19 11 (0.20%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 227 (4.22%) MS Excel
2 160 (2.97%) MS Office
3 116 (2.16%) MS Project
4 110 (2.04%) MS PowerPoint
5 84 (1.56%) MS Visio
6 75 (1.39%) Photoshop
7 50 (0.93%) Adobe Illustrator
8 39 (0.72%) Spreadsheet
9 9 (0.17%) SPSS
9 9 (0.17%) OmniGraffle
10 3 (0.056%) Fireworks
11 2 (0.037%) Open Workbench
11 2 (0.037%) Vectorworks
11 2 (0.037%) InDesign
11 2 (0.037%) InfoPath
12 1 (0.019%) Adobe After Effects
12 1 (0.019%) Quicktime
12 1 (0.019%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.019%) PowerPivot
12 1 (0.019%) CINEMA 4D
Business Applications
1 154 (2.86%) Oracle Retail
2 65 (1.21%) SAP Retail
3 41 (0.76%) Dynamics AX
4 37 (0.69%) Oracle EBS
5 26 (0.48%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 20 (0.37%) Dynamics NAV
7 19 (0.35%) SAP SD
8 18 (0.33%) Dynamics CRM
9 17 (0.32%) Google Analytics
10 16 (0.30%) Magento
10 16 (0.30%) Oracle ERP
11 15 (0.28%) Oracle Financials
11 15 (0.28%) Oracle EBS R12
12 12 (0.22%) SAP ERP
12 12 (0.22%) SAP FI
13 11 (0.20%) SAP MM
13 11 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
14 9 (0.17%) SAP CO
14 9 (0.17%) SAP FI/CO
14 9 (0.17%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 51 (0.95%) SaaS
2 24 (0.45%) Office 365
3 17 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
4 12 (0.22%) Force.com
4 12 (0.22%) Microsoft Azure
4 12 (0.22%) Amazon AWS
5 8 (0.15%) Google Apps
5 8 (0.15%) GitHub
6 4 (0.074%) IaaS
6 4 (0.074%) PaaS
7 3 (0.056%) Amazon S3
7 3 (0.056%) OpenShift
8 2 (0.037%) Amazon ELB
8 2 (0.037%) SuccessFactors
8 2 (0.037%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (0.037%) Taleo
8 2 (0.037%) IBM Blueworks
8 2 (0.037%) CheetahMail
9 1 (0.019%) Pure360
9 1 (0.019%) Responsys
Communications & Networking
1 112 (2.08%) Internet
2 60 (1.11%) HTTP
3 55 (1.02%) Firewall
4 42 (0.78%) DNS
5 39 (0.72%) WAN
6 37 (0.69%) TCP/IP
7 35 (0.65%) LAN
8 33 (0.61%) Network Security
9 29 (0.54%) SAN
10 27 (0.50%) Intranet
11 25 (0.46%) Wireless
12 23 (0.43%) BGP
13 22 (0.41%) SSL
14 18 (0.33%) Cisco Nexus
14 18 (0.33%) FTP
15 17 (0.32%) EIGRP
16 16 (0.30%) Cisco ASA
17 15 (0.28%) ATM
18 14 (0.26%) Extranet
19 13 (0.24%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 267 (4.96%) SQL Server
2 168 (3.12%) Data Warehouse
3 107 (1.99%) DB2
4 85 (1.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 79 (1.47%) Relational Database
6 73 (1.36%) Oracle Database
7 70 (1.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 56 (1.04%) SQL Server 2008
9 48 (0.89%) MySQL
10 44 (0.82%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 42 (0.78%) RDBMS
12 40 (0.74%) Oracle Database 11g
13 39 (0.72%) Data Mining
14 29 (0.54%) SQL Server 2005
14 29 (0.54%) SAP BW
15 22 (0.41%) Hadoop
16 21 (0.39%) Big Data
16 21 (0.39%) Oracle ODI
16 21 (0.39%) SAS Data Integration Studio
17 20 (0.37%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 84 (1.56%) Subversion
2 69 (1.28%) Ant
3 64 (1.19%) JIRA
4 60 (1.11%) Maven
5 58 (1.08%) Git (software)
6 50 (0.93%) Selenium
7 47 (0.87%) Visual Studio
8 33 (0.61%) QuickTest Pro
9 32 (0.59%) Eclipse
10 30 (0.56%) Axure RP
11 28 (0.52%) Team Foundation Server
12 26 (0.48%) Cucumber
13 20 (0.37%) Introscope
14 19 (0.35%) JUnit
14 19 (0.35%) Jenkins
15 18 (0.33%) Xcode
16 17 (0.32%) TeamCity
17 16 (0.30%) LoadRunner
18 15 (0.28%) ERwin
18 15 (0.28%) WebDriver
General
1 1436 (26.68%) Finance
2 1144 (21.26%) Banking
3 848 (15.76%) Retail Banking
4 287 (5.33%) Marketing
5 202 (3.75%) Manufacturing
6 168 (3.12%) Telecoms
7 104 (1.93%) Back Office
8 73 (1.36%) Legal
9 64 (1.19%) Investment Banking
10 46 (0.85%) Front Office
11 41 (0.76%) Games
11 41 (0.76%) German Language
12 34 (0.63%) Publishing
13 33 (0.61%) Billing
14 30 (0.56%) Advertising
15 29 (0.54%) Financial Institution
16 24 (0.45%) Automotive
16 24 (0.45%) Electronics
17 19 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
18 15 (0.28%) French Language
Job Titles
1 1475 (27.41%) Analyst
2 945 (17.56%) Business Analyst
3 804 (14.94%) Project Manager
4 754 (14.01%) Developer
5 445 (8.27%) Architect
6 368 (6.84%) Consultant
7 201 (3.73%) Solutions Architect
8 149 (2.77%) Designer
9 136 (2.53%) Programme Manager
10 115 (2.14%) Test Analyst
11 107 (1.99%) Senior Manager
12 98 (1.82%) .NET Developer
13 91 (1.69%) Support Analyst
14 87 (1.62%) Front-End Developer
15 83 (1.54%) Senior Project Manager
16 81 (1.51%) Agile Business Analyst
16 81 (1.51%) Senior Analyst
17 73 (1.36%) Data Analyst
18 64 (1.19%) Oracle Consultant
19 62 (1.15%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 430 (7.99%) HTML
2 304 (5.65%) CSS
3 223 (4.14%) .NET
4 173 (3.21%) Web Services
5 163 (3.03%) HTML5
6 156 (2.90%) XML
7 147 (2.73%) J2EE
8 130 (2.42%) jQuery
9 123 (2.29%) CSS3
10 119 (2.21%) ASP.NET
11 84 (1.56%) SOAP
12 75 (1.39%) Ajax
13 73 (1.36%) Middleware
14 66 (1.23%) WCF
14 66 (1.23%) RESTful
15 60 (1.11%) REST
16 54 (1.00%) JSP
17 52 (0.97%) .NET Framework
18 50 (0.93%) XHTML
18 50 (0.93%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 408 (7.58%) Analytical Skills
2 228 (4.24%) User Experience
3 154 (2.86%) EPoS
4 145 (2.69%) Mobile App
5 129 (2.40%) FMCG
6 95 (1.77%) iPad
7 88 (1.64%) Management Information System
8 74 (1.37%) Mainframe
9 70 (1.30%) Social Media
10 66 (1.23%) Credit Risk
11 41 (0.76%) Computer Science
12 40 (0.74%) PMI
13 37 (0.69%) Mathematics
14 36 (0.67%) Open Source
15 32 (0.59%) Blackberry
16 30 (0.56%) Copywriting
17 29 (0.54%) Mobile Banking
17 29 (0.54%) Online Banking
17 29 (0.54%) iPhone
18 28 (0.52%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 277 (5.15%) Windows
2 227 (4.22%) Linux
3 154 (2.86%) UNIX
4 100 (1.86%) Android
5 97 (1.80%) Apple iOS
6 82 (1.52%) Windows 7
7 54 (1.00%) Windows XP
8 49 (0.91%) Windows Server 2008
9 46 (0.85%) AIX
10 40 (0.74%) Windows Server 2003
10 40 (0.74%) Solaris
11 30 (0.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 19 (0.35%) SUSE
13 18 (0.33%) Windows Vista
14 16 (0.30%) Windows Server 2012
15 14 (0.26%) HPUX
16 9 (0.17%) Mac OS X
17 7 (0.13%) Oracle Linux
18 4 (0.074%) CentOS
18 4 (0.074%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 1189 (22.09%) E-Commerce
2 846 (15.72%) Agile Software Development
3 765 (14.21%) Stakeholder Management
4 655 (12.17%) Project Management
5 373 (6.93%) Business Analysis
6 307 (5.70%) PRINCE2
7 286 (5.31%) Migration
8 273 (5.07%) Scrum
9 259 (4.81%) Change Management
10 257 (4.78%) Business Intelligence
11 233 (4.33%) ITIL
12 215 (3.99%) User Acceptance Testing
13 185 (3.44%) ERP
14 173 (3.21%) CRM
15 161 (2.99%) Waterfall
16 159 (2.95%) Analytics
17 141 (2.62%) OO
18 139 (2.58%) TDD
19 138 (2.56%) Coaching
20 132 (2.45%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 509 (9.46%) SQL
2 354 (6.58%) Java
3 320 (5.95%) JavaScript
4 170 (3.16%) C#
5 63 (1.17%) T-SQL
6 57 (1.06%) VBA
7 52 (0.97%) C
8 49 (0.91%) Perl
9 46 (0.85%) PowerShell
10 42 (0.78%) PL/SQL
11 41 (0.76%) PHP
11 41 (0.76%) C++
12 39 (0.72%) Groovy
13 37 (0.69%) Shell Script
13 37 (0.69%) Bash Shell
14 34 (0.63%) Ruby
15 31 (0.58%) VB
16 30 (0.56%) Objective-C
17 28 (0.52%) Python
17 28 (0.52%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 231 (4.29%) Degree
2 110 (2.04%) ISEB
3 69 (1.28%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 64 (1.19%) PMI Certification
5 36 (0.67%) PMP
5 36 (0.67%) CISSP
6 34 (0.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 33 (0.61%) ISTQB
7 33 (0.61%) Security Cleared
8 31 (0.58%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 21 (0.39%) Cisco Certification
10 19 (0.35%) Microsoft Certification
11 18 (0.33%) ITIL Certification
12 16 (0.30%) CISM
13 14 (0.26%) CCNP
14 13 (0.24%) CISA
15 12 (0.22%) CCNA
16 11 (0.20%) MBA
17 10 (0.19%) SC Cleared
17 10 (0.19%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 149 (2.77%) QA
2 76 (1.41%) SLA
3 36 (0.67%) PCI DSS
4 25 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 14 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 13 (0.24%) Data Quality
7 7 (0.13%) ISO 9001
7 7 (0.13%) COBIT
8 4 (0.074%) Basel III
9 3 (0.056%) FATCA
10 2 (0.037%) WAI
10 2 (0.037%) P3O
10 2 (0.037%) EMIR
11 1 (0.019%) AIFMD
11 1 (0.019%) ISO 8583
11 1 (0.019%) GAAP
11 1 (0.019%) Solvency II
11 1 (0.019%) Dodd-Frank
11 1 (0.019%) COREP
11 1 (0.019%) ISO/IEC 14443
System Software
1 105 (1.95%) Active Directory
2 45 (0.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (0.37%) vSphere
4 19 (0.35%) Oracle RAC
5 10 (0.19%) Oracle RMAN
6 9 (0.17%) Hyper-V
7 8 (0.15%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 8 (0.15%) Microsoft App-V
8 6 (0.11%) Terminal Services
8 6 (0.11%) NFS
9 4 (0.074%) FreeRADIUS
9 4 (0.074%) RACF
9 4 (0.074%) VMware ESX
10 3 (0.056%) VMware ESXi
10 3 (0.056%) Apache Flume
10 3 (0.056%) XenApp
11 2 (0.037%) Veritas Volume Manager
11 2 (0.037%) Terminal Server
11 2 (0.037%) ProxySG
12 1 (0.019%) KVM
Systems Management
1 75 (1.39%) HP Quality Center
2 39 (0.72%) SCCM
3 23 (0.43%) Puppet
4 16 (0.30%) Opscode Chef
5 10 (0.19%) Data Guard
6 8 (0.15%) SCOM
7 7 (0.13%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 7 (0.13%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 6 (0.11%) FortiGate
8 6 (0.11%) CA Spectrum
8 6 (0.11%) Tivoli
8 6 (0.11%) OPNET
9 5 (0.093%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 5 (0.093%) HP SIM
9 5 (0.093%) Oracle Identity Manager
9 5 (0.093%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 5 (0.093%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 4 (0.074%) EMC NetWorker
10 4 (0.074%) Cisco CUCM
10 4 (0.074%) BMC PATROL
Vendors
1 570 (10.59%) Oracle
2 347 (6.45%) Microsoft
3 332 (6.17%) SAP
4 222 (4.12%) IBM
5 172 (3.20%) ATG
6 83 (1.54%) VMware
7 81 (1.51%) HP
8 77 (1.43%) hybris
8 77 (1.43%) Cisco
9 69 (1.28%) Endeca
10 67 (1.24%) Salesforce.com
11 64 (1.19%) Citrix
12 60 (1.11%) Business Objects
13 50 (0.93%) JBoss
14 47 (0.87%) Adobe
15 39 (0.72%) Teradata
16 38 (0.71%) JDA
16 38 (0.71%) Google
17 37 (0.69%) Perforce
18 36 (0.67%) Remedy
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