The table below looks at the statistics for RMDS skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited RMDS over the 3 months to 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Reuters Market Data System (RMDS)
Rank 610 572 527
Rank change year-on-year
-38 -45
Contract jobs citing RMDS 10 39 52
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.018% 0.071% 0.10%
As % of the Business Applications category 0.22% 0.77% 1.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 32 37
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£606 £638 £600
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.90% +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £251 £550
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £772 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £500 - -
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 Business Applications category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Business Applications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Business Applications category
4587 5087 4627
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 8.07% 9.31% 9.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 2586 2607 2361
Average daily rate £450 £445 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.05% +4.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year
- +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 63 71 75
Average hourly rate £22.50 £31.16 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-27.79% +55.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £16.05 £12.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.22 £47.25 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £28.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-19.64% +40.00%

RMDS
Jobs Demand Trend

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

RMDS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

RMDS
Daily Rate Trend

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

RMDS Daily Rate Trend in the UK

RMDS
Hourly Rate Trend

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

RMDS Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

RMDS
Top 6 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing RMDS within the UK over the 3 months to 31 July 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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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 -54 10 £606 -4.90%
London -32 9 £625 -1.96%
City of London -14 5 £625 -
Kent - 1 £500 -
Surrey - 1 £500 -
South East - 1 £500 -

RMDS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing RMDS 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 RMDS.

1 33 (53.23%) Java
2 30 (48.39%) TIBCO
3 29 (46.77%) ITIL
4 27 (43.55%) Linux
4 27 (43.55%) Oracle
4 27 (43.55%) Rendezvous
4 27 (43.55%) Finance
5 24 (38.71%) Cisco
6 23 (37.10%) F5
6 23 (37.10%) Multicast
7 22 (35.48%) Load Balancing
7 22 (35.48%) Bloomberg
8 21 (33.87%) SQL Server
9 19 (30.65%) Service Management
10 18 (29.03%) SQL
10 18 (29.03%) Windows
10 18 (29.03%) Apache
10 18 (29.03%) TCP/IP
10 18 (29.03%) Middleware
11 17 (27.42%) Agile Software Development
12 16 (25.81%) Banking
12 16 (25.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 16 (25.81%) Change Management
12 16 (25.81%) Firewall
12 16 (25.81%) IIS
12 16 (25.81%) WebSphere
12 16 (25.81%) Ultra Messaging
13 15 (24.19%) LogLogic
13 15 (24.19%) SolarWinds
13 15 (24.19%) Tufin

RMDS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing RMDS 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 RMDS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 18 (29.03%) Apache
2 16 (25.81%) IIS
2 16 (25.81%) WebSphere
3 8 (12.90%) Oracle Coherence
3 8 (12.90%) Oracle HTTP Server
3 8 (12.90%) WebSphere Application Server
3 8 (12.90%) Tomcat
4 4 (6.45%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 4 (6.45%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 9 (14.52%) ION MarketView
2 4 (6.45%) Eikon
Communications & Networking
1 23 (37.10%) Multicast
2 18 (29.03%) TCP/IP
3 16 (25.81%) Firewall
4 15 (24.19%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 15 (24.19%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
4 15 (24.19%) Wireshark
4 15 (24.19%) DNS
5 14 (22.58%) DHCP
6 10 (16.13%) LAN
7 8 (12.90%) WAN
7 8 (12.90%) HTTP
7 8 (12.90%) BIG-IP
8 7 (11.29%) SAN
8 7 (11.29%) Network Security
8 7 (11.29%) iSCSI
8 7 (11.29%) NAS
8 7 (11.29%) FCoE
8 7 (11.29%) Fibre Channel
9 3 (4.84%) SSL
10 2 (3.23%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (33.87%) SQL Server
2 7 (11.29%) Hadoop
2 7 (11.29%) HBase
3 6 (9.68%) Relational Database
4 2 (3.23%) DTS
Development Applications
1 8 (12.90%) Introscope
1 8 (12.90%) JMeter
2 2 (3.23%) Oracle APEX
3 1 (1.61%) TeamCity
3 1 (1.61%) CodeRush
3 1 (1.61%) ReSharper
General
1 27 (43.55%) Finance
2 16 (25.81%) Banking
3 12 (19.35%) Front Office
4 6 (9.68%) Investment Banking
5 2 (3.23%) Back Office
5 2 (3.23%) Publishing
5 2 (3.23%) Games
6 1 (1.61%) Private Banking
6 1 (1.61%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 18 (29.03%) Developer
2 15 (24.19%) Consultant
2 15 (24.19%) Java Developer
3 14 (22.58%) Network Consultant
4 10 (16.13%) Support Engineer
4 10 (16.13%) Applications Support
5 8 (12.90%) Architect
5 8 (12.90%) Applications Support Engineer
6 7 (11.29%) Network Security Consultant
6 7 (11.29%) Firewall Consultant
6 7 (11.29%) Infrastructure Architect
6 7 (11.29%) Security Consultant
7 6 (9.68%) Solutions Architect
7 6 (9.68%) Market Data Engineer
7 6 (9.68%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
8 5 (8.06%) Senior Developer
9 4 (6.45%) Senior Java Developer
10 3 (4.84%) Service Management Analyst
10 3 (4.84%) Analyst
10 3 (4.84%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (43.55%) Rendezvous
2 18 (29.03%) Middleware
3 16 (25.81%) Ultra Messaging
4 11 (17.74%) HTML
5 10 (16.13%) XML
5 10 (16.13%) FIX Protocol
6 9 (14.52%) .NET
7 8 (12.90%) XSLT
7 8 (12.90%) Java EE
8 2 (3.23%) TIBCO EMS
8 2 (3.23%) Ajax
8 2 (3.23%) WPF
8 2 (3.23%) XHTML
8 2 (3.23%) SOAP
8 2 (3.23%) Web Services
9 1 (1.61%) WinForms
9 1 (1.61%) HTML5
9 1 (1.61%) Entity Framework
9 1 (1.61%) WCF
9 1 (1.61%) NHibernate
Miscellaneous
1 16 (25.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 15 (24.19%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 14 (22.58%) Management Information System
4 9 (14.52%) Fixed Income
5 2 (3.23%) Derivative
5 2 (3.23%) Computer Science
5 2 (3.23%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (1.61%) RIA
6 1 (1.61%) Hedge funds
6 1 (1.61%) Equities
6 1 (1.61%) Credit Derivative
Operating Systems
1 27 (43.55%) Linux
2 18 (29.03%) Windows
3 13 (20.97%) UNIX
4 7 (11.29%) Solaris
5 1 (1.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (1.61%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (46.77%) ITIL
2 22 (35.48%) Load Balancing
3 19 (30.65%) Service Management
4 17 (27.42%) Agile Software Development
5 16 (25.81%) Change Management
6 15 (24.19%) Network Architecture
7 13 (20.97%) Multithreading
8 12 (19.35%) Low Latency
9 11 (17.74%) Problem Management
10 10 (16.13%) Project Management
11 9 (14.52%) Risk Management
12 8 (12.90%) E-Commerce
12 8 (12.90%) Release Management
12 8 (12.90%) Load Testing
12 8 (12.90%) Capacity Management
13 7 (11.29%) Performance Tuning
13 7 (11.29%) Benchmarking
14 6 (9.68%) TDD
15 3 (4.84%) PRINCE2
15 3 (4.84%) OO
Programming Languages
1 33 (53.23%) Java
2 18 (29.03%) SQL
3 11 (17.74%) JavaScript
4 4 (6.45%) Perl
5 3 (4.84%) C#
6 2 (3.23%) C++
6 2 (3.23%) Python
6 2 (3.23%) Shell Script
6 2 (3.23%) PHP
6 2 (3.23%) C
Qualifications
1 14 (22.58%) CISSP
2 3 (4.84%) PMP
2 3 (4.84%) PMI Certification
3 1 (1.61%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (1.61%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (1.61%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.61%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (12.90%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (11.29%) Hyper-V
2 7 (11.29%) SRDF
2 7 (11.29%) KVM
2 7 (11.29%) NFS
2 7 (11.29%) Xen
2 7 (11.29%) Oracle RAC
3 4 (6.45%) Active Directory
3 4 (6.45%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 8 (12.90%) ITRS Geneos
2 3 (4.84%) SCCM
3 2 (3.23%) MOM
Vendors
1 30 (48.39%) TIBCO
2 27 (43.55%) Oracle
3 24 (38.71%) Cisco
4 23 (37.10%) F5
5 22 (35.48%) Bloomberg
6 15 (24.19%) Juniper
6 15 (24.19%) LogLogic
6 15 (24.19%) Lancope
6 15 (24.19%) CheckPoint
6 15 (24.19%) Blue Coat
6 15 (24.19%) NetScout
6 15 (24.19%) TippingPoint
6 15 (24.19%) SolarWinds
6 15 (24.19%) Tufin
7 14 (22.58%) Tradeweb
7 14 (22.58%) Reuters
7 14 (22.58%) Radianz
8 11 (17.74%) VMware
9 10 (16.13%) ION Trading
10 9 (14.52%) Sybase