The table below looks at the statistics for the Technical Author role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Technical Author in their job title over the 3 months to 3 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Technical Author
Rank 478 500 410
Rank change year-on-year
+22 -90
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Author 135 92 147
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.24% 0.17% 0.30%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.26% 0.19% 0.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 60 67
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £229 £200 £212
10% offered a daily rate of more than £393 £416 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £245
% change year-on-year
+3.84% +32.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 6 10
Average hourly rate £32.50 £26.00 £27.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -3.70%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £26.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -3.70%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
51627 49001 45588
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.46% 92.58% 92.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 32558 29967 26404
Average daily rate £400 £395 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.26% -1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1943 1955 2128
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% -10.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.29 £38.59 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -7.14%

Technical Author
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Technical Author in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Technical Author Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Technical Author
Daily Rate Trend

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

Technical Author Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Technical Author
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Technical Author within the UK over the 3 months to 3 July 2015.

Technical Author Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Technical Author
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Technical Author Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Technical Author
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Technical Author within the UK over the 3 months to 3 July 2015.

Technical Author Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Technical Author
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 Technical Author within the UK over the 3 months to 3 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 +15 130 £325 - 21
London -3 54 £300 -7.69% 4
South East -3 22 £339 +4.23% 7
South West +11 21 £358 -
East of England +7 20 £325 -18.75% 4
City of London 0 14 £275 -15.38% 2
Cambridgeshire 0 12 £240 -40.00% 3
Bristol +7 8 £350 -
Cambridge -7 8 - -
Taunton - 8 £363 -
Somerset - 8 £363 -
Hampshire +8 7 £325 +62.50% 1
Berkshire +18 6 £331 +20.45% 2
Surrey -4 6 - - 4
Yorkshire -16 6 £313 - 4
Suffolk - 6 £325 -
North West -19 4 £155 -48.33%
Gloucestershire - 4 £425 -
West Yorkshire - 4 £275 - 2
Cheltenham - 4 £425 -
Wales +8 3 £256 +144.04%
Cheshire -1 3 £155 -48.33%
Coventry - 3 £285 -
Crewe - 3 £155 -
Ipswich - 3 £325 -
West Midlands - 3 £285 - 1
Cardiff +5 2 £238 +126.19%
Buckinghamshire +1 2 £370 -
South Wales -2 2 £238 +126.19%
East Yorkshire - 2 £350 - 1

Technical Author
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Technical Author in their job title 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 with Technical Author in their job title.

1 70 (23.89%) MS Visio
2 64 (21.84%) MS Office
3 62 (21.16%) XML
4 59 (20.14%) MS Excel
5 56 (19.11%) HTML
5 56 (19.11%) Microsoft
6 51 (17.41%) Java
7 46 (15.70%) MS PowerPoint
8 43 (14.68%) Finance
9 39 (13.31%) Degree
10 33 (11.26%) Agile Software Development
11 32 (10.92%) UML
12 28 (9.56%) Data Modelling
13 26 (8.87%) OO
13 26 (8.87%) Disaster Recovery
13 26 (8.87%) FrameMaker
14 25 (8.53%) Telecoms
14 25 (8.53%) C#
15 24 (8.19%) .NET
15 24 (8.19%) ITIL
15 24 (8.19%) Content Management
15 24 (8.19%) Security Cleared
16 21 (7.17%) Software Engineering
16 21 (7.17%) Oracle
17 20 (6.83%) SQL Server
17 20 (6.83%) Scrum
17 20 (6.83%) Wiki
18 19 (6.48%) Computer Science
18 19 (6.48%) Web Services
19 18 (6.14%) RoboHelp

Technical Author
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Technical Author in their job title 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 with Technical Author in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 11 (3.75%) SharePoint
2 10 (3.41%) MS Exchange
2 10 (3.41%) Exchange Server 2010
3 6 (2.05%) SharePoint 2013
3 6 (2.05%) Confluence
4 2 (0.68%) Moodle
5 1 (0.34%) IBM Notes
5 1 (0.34%) CMS
Applications
1 70 (23.89%) MS Visio
2 64 (21.84%) MS Office
3 59 (20.14%) MS Excel
4 46 (15.70%) MS PowerPoint
5 26 (8.87%) FrameMaker
6 18 (6.14%) RoboHelp
7 16 (5.46%) Acrobat
8 6 (2.05%) PaintShop Pro
9 5 (1.71%) Doxygen
10 3 (1.02%) Spreadsheet
11 2 (0.68%) Adobe Captivate
12 1 (0.34%) Photoshop
12 1 (0.34%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.34%) XMetaL
12 1 (0.34%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 4 (1.37%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.34%) Summit
2 1 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.34%) SaaS
1 1 (0.34%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 17 (5.80%) HTTP
2 6 (2.05%) VoIP
3 5 (1.71%) LDAP
3 5 (1.71%) DNS
4 4 (1.37%) WAN
4 4 (1.37%) LAN
5 1 (0.34%) Broadband
5 1 (0.34%) Internet
5 1 (0.34%) 3G
5 1 (0.34%) SSH
5 1 (0.34%) ZigBee
5 1 (0.34%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (6.83%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.02%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.34%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.34%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 17 (5.80%) Visual Studio
2 5 (1.71%) JIRA
2 5 (1.71%) Jenkins
3 4 (1.37%) Git (software)
4 3 (1.02%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (0.68%) Ant
General
1 43 (14.68%) Finance
2 25 (8.53%) Telecoms
3 16 (5.46%) Electronics
4 9 (3.07%) Banking
5 8 (2.73%) Publishing
6 6 (2.05%) Retail
7 5 (1.71%) Games
8 4 (1.37%) Pharmaceutical
9 3 (1.02%) Marketing
9 3 (1.02%) Multimedia
10 2 (0.68%) Back Office
10 2 (0.68%) Automotive
11 1 (0.34%) Manufacturing
11 1 (0.34%) Advertising
11 1 (0.34%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.34%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.34%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.34%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (21.16%) XML
2 56 (19.11%) HTML
3 24 (8.19%) .NET
4 19 (6.48%) Web Services
5 17 (5.80%) REST
5 17 (5.80%) .NET Framework
5 17 (5.80%) JSON
6 15 (5.12%) CSS
6 15 (5.12%) JMS
7 6 (2.05%) Sphinx
8 4 (1.37%) Oracle Fusion
9 3 (1.02%) RESTful
9 3 (1.02%) XSLT
10 2 (0.68%) Middleware
10 2 (0.68%) JSP
11 1 (0.34%) SGML
11 1 (0.34%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 20 (6.83%) Wiki
2 19 (6.48%) Computer Science
3 13 (4.44%) Graphic Design
4 12 (4.10%) Management Information System
5 11 (3.75%) User Experience
6 8 (2.73%) Derivative
7 7 (2.39%) Analytical Skills
8 6 (2.05%) NHS
9 5 (1.71%) GIS
9 5 (1.71%) 3D Graphics
9 5 (1.71%) Hedge funds
10 4 (1.37%) Data Centre
10 4 (1.37%) E-Learning
11 3 (1.02%) Client/Server
11 3 (1.02%) Mainframe
11 3 (1.02%) Visualisation
12 2 (0.68%) Learning Management System
12 2 (0.68%) Fixed Income
12 2 (0.68%) Reference Data
12 2 (0.68%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 17 (5.80%) Windows
2 14 (4.78%) Windows Server 2008
3 12 (4.10%) UNIX
4 11 (3.75%) Windows Server 2003
5 7 (2.39%) Linux
6 4 (1.37%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (1.02%) VME
8 2 (0.68%) Android
8 2 (0.68%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (11.26%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (10.92%) UML
3 28 (9.56%) Data Modelling
4 26 (8.87%) OO
4 26 (8.87%) Disaster Recovery
5 24 (8.19%) ITIL
5 24 (8.19%) Content Management
6 21 (7.17%) Software Engineering
7 20 (6.83%) Scrum
8 15 (5.12%) Enterprise Architecture
8 15 (5.12%) Project Management
8 15 (5.12%) Service Delivery
9 13 (4.44%) Service Management
10 12 (4.10%) ITSM
11 10 (3.41%) Technical Architecture
12 8 (2.73%) SDLC
13 7 (2.39%) Performance Improvement
13 7 (2.39%) CRM
13 7 (2.39%) E-Commerce
14 5 (1.71%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 51 (17.41%) Java
2 25 (8.53%) C#
3 9 (3.07%) C++
4 6 (2.05%) C
5 3 (1.02%) Python
5 3 (1.02%) JavaScript
6 2 (0.68%) Perl
6 2 (0.68%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 39 (13.31%) Degree
2 24 (8.19%) Security Cleared
3 13 (4.44%) SC Cleared
4 5 (1.71%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.34%) ISACA
5 1 (0.34%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (2.39%) QA
2 3 (1.02%) PCI DSS
2 3 (1.02%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 3 (1.02%) GCP
3 1 (0.34%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.34%) ISO 14001
3 1 (0.34%) COBIT
3 1 (0.34%) DICOM
System Software
1 7 (2.39%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.34%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 1 (0.34%) Tivoli Identity Manager
1 1 (0.34%) SCCM
Vendors
1 56 (19.11%) Microsoft
2 21 (7.17%) Oracle
3 17 (5.80%) Salesforce.com
4 7 (2.39%) Adobe
5 4 (1.37%) SAP
5 4 (1.37%) VMware
6 2 (0.68%) ServiceNow
7 1 (0.34%) Cyber-Ark
7 1 (0.34%) ForgeRock
7 1 (0.34%) Google
7 1 (0.34%) ArcSight
7 1 (0.34%) BT
7 1 (0.34%) TOWER Software
7 1 (0.34%) Cisco
7 1 (0.34%) IBM
7 1 (0.34%) HP
7 1 (0.34%) Dell
7 1 (0.34%) EMC
7 1 (0.34%) CA
7 1 (0.34%) Lotus
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