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 1 September 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
1 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Technical Author
Rank 517 502 440
Rank change year-on-year
-15 -62
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Author 108 114 152
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.18% 0.20% 0.29%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.20% 0.22% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 82 76
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£340 £356 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.56% +29.54%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £251 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £422 £425 £404
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £325 £275
% change year-on-year
+1.53% +18.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 2 11
Average hourly rate £32.50 £26.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -30.66%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £26.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% +18.18%

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
55081 52161 48911
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.78% 92.21% 92.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 35197 31609 29039
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £233
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 2038 2020 2121
Average hourly rate £17.33 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.94% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+3.03% -2.94%

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 1 September 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
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 1 September 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 -12 103 £340 -9.33% 15
London -24 36 £350 -6.66% 4
East of England +6 21 £325 -18.75% 4
South East -13 20 £370 +48.00% 4
Yorkshire -21 11 £340 -
Suffolk - 10 £350 -
Cambridgeshire -17 9 £240 -40.00% 3
North West -16 8 £160 -45.29%
Cambridge -17 8 - - 2
West Yorkshire - 8 £330 -
Hampshire +8 7 £350 +75.00%
City of London +1 7 £251 -33.20% 1
Leeds - 7 £340 -
Berkshire -2 6 £420 +84.61%
Cheshire -6 6 £160 -
Surrey -5 4 - - 2
Ipswich - 4 £350 -
Cardiff -12 3 £231 -24.48% 1
Wales -14 3 £231 -24.48% 1
South Wales -16 3 £231 -24.48% 1
Crewe - 3 £155 -
Reading - 3 - -
Slough - 3 £420 -
Uxbridge - 3 £250 -
West Midlands - 3 £250 - 1
Buckinghamshire -3 2 £370 - 1
Durham -5 2 £283 -13.07%
Manchester -11 2 - -
North East -28 2 £283 -13.07%
Birmingham - 2 - -

Technical Author
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 54 (21.09%) HTML
2 51 (19.92%) MS Office
3 50 (19.53%) Finance
4 45 (17.58%) XML
5 44 (17.19%) Microsoft
6 41 (16.02%) MS Visio
7 39 (15.23%) MS Excel
8 34 (13.28%) Java
9 28 (10.94%) Agile Software Development
10 27 (10.55%) Telecoms
10 27 (10.55%) MS PowerPoint
11 22 (8.59%) Degree
12 20 (7.81%) Wiki
12 20 (7.81%) Security Cleared
12 20 (7.81%) Content Management
13 19 (7.42%) CSS
13 19 (7.42%) SharePoint
13 19 (7.42%) Acrobat
14 17 (6.64%) Project Management
15 16 (6.25%) Scrum
16 15 (5.86%) FrameMaker
17 14 (5.47%) Windows
17 14 (5.47%) Graphic Design
18 13 (5.08%) RoboHelp
19 12 (4.69%) ITIL
19 12 (4.69%) UNIX
19 12 (4.69%) Service Management
20 11 (4.30%) Software Engineering
20 11 (4.30%) Adobe
20 11 (4.30%) User Experience

Technical Author
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 19 (7.42%) SharePoint
2 8 (3.13%) Confluence
3 6 (2.34%) Exchange Server 2010
3 6 (2.34%) SharePoint 2013
3 6 (2.34%) MS Exchange
4 5 (1.95%) CMS
5 2 (0.78%) Moodle
6 1 (0.39%) Documentum
6 1 (0.39%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.39%) Apache Pig
6 1 (0.39%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 51 (19.92%) MS Office
2 41 (16.02%) MS Visio
3 39 (15.23%) MS Excel
4 27 (10.55%) MS PowerPoint
5 19 (7.42%) Acrobat
6 15 (5.86%) FrameMaker
7 13 (5.08%) RoboHelp
8 6 (2.34%) PaintShop Pro
9 5 (1.95%) Doxygen
10 3 (1.17%) Photoshop
10 3 (1.17%) Adobe Captivate
11 2 (0.78%) XMetaL
11 2 (0.78%) Maya
12 1 (0.39%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
12 1 (0.39%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 1 (0.39%) Summit
1 1 (0.39%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.39%) SaaS
1 1 (0.39%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 7 (2.73%) VoIP
2 5 (1.95%) LDAP
2 5 (1.95%) DNS
3 4 (1.56%) LAN
3 4 (1.56%) WAN
3 4 (1.56%) HTTP
4 1 (0.39%) SMS
4 1 (0.39%) Broadband
4 1 (0.39%) Internet
4 1 (0.39%) 3G
4 1 (0.39%) SSH
4 1 (0.39%) ZigBee
4 1 (0.39%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (3.13%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.17%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.39%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.39%) Hadoop
3 1 (0.39%) Apache Hive
3 1 (0.39%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 6 (2.34%) JIRA
2 5 (1.95%) Jenkins
3 4 (1.56%) Visual Studio
3 4 (1.56%) Git (software)
4 3 (1.17%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 50 (19.53%) Finance
2 27 (10.55%) Telecoms
3 9 (3.52%) Electronics
4 7 (2.73%) Banking
4 7 (2.73%) Retail
5 5 (1.95%) Publishing
5 5 (1.95%) Games
6 3 (1.17%) Military
6 3 (1.17%) Multimedia
6 3 (1.17%) Marketing
7 1 (0.39%) German Language
7 1 (0.39%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.39%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (21.09%) HTML
2 45 (17.58%) XML
3 19 (7.42%) CSS
4 10 (3.91%) JMS
5 8 (3.13%) .NET
6 6 (2.34%) Web Services
7 4 (1.56%) REST
7 4 (1.56%) SGML
7 4 (1.56%) .NET Framework
7 4 (1.56%) JSON
8 3 (1.17%) Velocity
8 3 (1.17%) RESTful
8 3 (1.17%) JSP
9 2 (0.78%) XML Schema
9 2 (0.78%) Middleware
9 2 (0.78%) XSLT
10 1 (0.39%) SailPoint
10 1 (0.39%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 20 (7.81%) Wiki
2 14 (5.47%) Graphic Design
3 11 (4.30%) User Experience
4 10 (3.91%) Computer Science
4 10 (3.91%) Management Information System
5 7 (2.73%) Analytical Skills
6 6 (2.34%) Derivative
7 5 (1.95%) 3D Graphics
7 5 (1.95%) GIS
8 3 (1.17%) Client/Server
8 3 (1.17%) NHS
8 3 (1.17%) Mainframe
8 3 (1.17%) Hedge funds
9 2 (0.78%) PACS
9 2 (0.78%) E-Learning
9 2 (0.78%) Informatics
10 1 (0.39%) CMDB
10 1 (0.39%) Blog
10 1 (0.39%) Podcast
10 1 (0.39%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 14 (5.47%) Windows
2 12 (4.69%) UNIX
3 10 (3.91%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (2.73%) Linux
4 7 (2.73%) Windows Server 2003
5 4 (1.56%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (1.17%) VME
7 1 (0.39%) Android
7 1 (0.39%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (10.94%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (7.81%) Content Management
3 17 (6.64%) Project Management
4 16 (6.25%) Scrum
5 12 (4.69%) Service Management
5 12 (4.69%) ITIL
6 11 (4.30%) Software Engineering
7 10 (3.91%) OO
8 9 (3.52%) Disaster Recovery
9 8 (3.13%) Technical Architecture
9 8 (3.13%) SDLC
10 7 (2.73%) E-Commerce
10 7 (2.73%) Data Modelling
11 6 (2.34%) ITSM
11 6 (2.34%) UML
11 6 (2.34%) Performance Improvement
12 5 (1.95%) 3D Programming
12 5 (1.95%) CRM
13 4 (1.56%) ERP
13 4 (1.56%) Identity Management
Programming Languages
1 34 (13.28%) Java
2 10 (3.91%) C#
3 7 (2.73%) C++
4 6 (2.34%) C
5 2 (0.78%) Python
6 1 (0.39%) Scala
6 1 (0.39%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.39%) SQL
Qualifications
1 22 (8.59%) Degree
2 20 (7.81%) Security Cleared
3 10 (3.91%) SC Cleared
4 5 (1.95%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.39%) ISACA
5 1 (0.39%) CCIE
5 1 (0.39%) CCDP
5 1 (0.39%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (0.39%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (1.95%) QA
2 2 (0.78%) DICOM
2 2 (0.78%) SLA
3 1 (0.39%) ISO 14001
3 1 (0.39%) COBIT
3 1 (0.39%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 1 (0.39%) GCP
3 1 (0.39%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 7 (2.73%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.39%) vSphere
3 1 (0.39%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 1 (0.39%) Tivoli Identity Manager
1 1 (0.39%) SCCM
1 1 (0.39%) Oozie
Vendors
1 44 (17.19%) Microsoft
2 11 (4.30%) Adobe
3 6 (2.34%) Oracle
4 4 (1.56%) VMware
4 4 (1.56%) Salesforce.com
5 2 (0.78%) SAP
5 2 (0.78%) Cisco
6 1 (0.39%) IBM
6 1 (0.39%) Google
6 1 (0.39%) ArcSight
6 1 (0.39%) ServiceNow
6 1 (0.39%) Cyber-Ark
6 1 (0.39%) ForgeRock
6 1 (0.39%) HP
6 1 (0.39%) Dell
6 1 (0.39%) EMC
6 1 (0.39%) Citrix
6 1 (0.39%) CA
6 1 (0.39%) Lotus
6 1 (0.39%) BT
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