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 27 May 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
27 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Technical Author
Rank 456 494 417
Rank change year-on-year
+38 -77
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Author 157 95 127
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.28% 0.18% 0.27%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.31% 0.19% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 92 52 60
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£300 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £203 £212
10% offered a daily rate of more than £410 £375 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £250
% change year-on-year
- +30.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 5 11
Average hourly rate £40.00 £26.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+53.84% -20.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £26.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+53.84% -20.00%

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
50953 48768 42881
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.35% 92.48% 92.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 31537 30266 24598
Average daily rate £400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £240
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 1993 1997 2122
Average hourly rate £16.54 £17.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.70% -8.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.50 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -5.71%

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 27 May 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 27 May 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 27 May 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 +39 149 £306 -5.76% 24
London +41 65 £285 -12.30% 5
South East -10 26 £325 - 9
South West +26 21 £358 -1.37% 1
Surrey +14 14 £325 - 4
City of London +6 14 £300 -7.69% 1
East of England +1 13 £375 +46.34% 6
Cambridgeshire +4 12 - - 5
Cambridge +3 9 - - 2
West Midlands -3 9 £285 -
Taunton +18 8 £363 - 1
Somerset +17 8 £363 - 1
Bristol +9 8 £350 -
Coventry - 7 £285 -
Berkshire +3 6 £326 +18.63% 2
Hampshire +4 5 £325 -0.76% 3
Yorkshire -16 5 £275 - 2
North East -8 4 £425 -
Gloucestershire -11 4 £425 -
Cheltenham - 4 £425 -
Newcastle upon Tyne -10 3 £425 -
Tyne and Wear -10 3 £425 -
West Yorkshire -11 3 £275 - 1
North West -26 3 £295 -5.60% 1
East Midlands - 3 £294 -
Nottinghamshire - 3 £294 -
Uxbridge - 3 £250 -
Hook -6 2 - -
Manchester -7 2 £295 -9.23% 1
Hull - 2 £325 -

Technical Author
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 87 (28.34%) MS Visio
2 83 (27.04%) MS Office
3 80 (26.06%) XML
4 76 (24.76%) MS Excel
5 72 (23.45%) Microsoft
6 64 (20.85%) Java
7 62 (20.20%) MS PowerPoint
8 54 (17.59%) UML
9 53 (17.26%) HTML
10 51 (16.61%) Degree
11 45 (14.66%) Data Modelling
12 44 (14.33%) OO
13 43 (14.01%) C#
13 43 (14.01%) .NET
14 41 (13.36%) Finance
15 40 (13.03%) Oracle
16 37 (12.05%) SQL Server
17 35 (11.40%) Web Services
18 34 (11.07%) ITIL
18 34 (11.07%) Disaster Recovery
19 33 (10.75%) Salesforce.com
19 33 (10.75%) Visual Studio
19 33 (10.75%) HTTP
19 33 (10.75%) JSON
19 33 (10.75%) .NET Framework
19 33 (10.75%) REST
20 32 (10.42%) FrameMaker
20 32 (10.42%) Agile Software Development
21 31 (10.10%) Software Engineering
22 29 (9.45%) Computer Science

Technical Author
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 15 (4.89%) SharePoint
2 12 (3.91%) MS Exchange
2 12 (3.91%) Exchange Server 2010
3 9 (2.93%) Confluence
4 6 (1.95%) SharePoint 2013
5 3 (0.98%) SAS
5 3 (0.98%) CMS
6 1 (0.33%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 87 (28.34%) MS Visio
2 83 (27.04%) MS Office
3 76 (24.76%) MS Excel
4 62 (20.20%) MS PowerPoint
5 32 (10.42%) FrameMaker
6 18 (5.86%) Acrobat
7 14 (4.56%) RoboHelp
8 6 (1.95%) PaintShop Pro
9 5 (1.63%) Doxygen
10 4 (1.30%) Adobe Illustrator
11 3 (0.98%) Spreadsheet
12 2 (0.65%) Photoshop
13 1 (0.33%) Solid Edge
13 1 (0.33%) Adobe Captivate
13 1 (0.33%) XMetaL
13 1 (0.33%) CorelDRAW
13 1 (0.33%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 14 (4.56%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.33%) Summit
2 1 (0.33%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.65%) SaaS
2 1 (0.33%) Google Drive
2 1 (0.33%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 33 (10.75%) HTTP
2 5 (1.63%) DNS
2 5 (1.63%) LDAP
3 4 (1.30%) LAN
3 4 (1.30%) WAN
4 2 (0.65%) VoIP
5 1 (0.33%) Broadband
5 1 (0.33%) Internet
5 1 (0.33%) SSH
5 1 (0.33%) IMAP
5 1 (0.33%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (12.05%) SQL Server
2 3 (0.98%) Relational Database
3 2 (0.65%) MySQL
3 2 (0.65%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (0.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.33%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 33 (10.75%) Visual Studio
2 7 (2.28%) Ant
3 5 (1.63%) Jenkins
3 5 (1.63%) JIRA
4 4 (1.30%) Git (software)
5 3 (0.98%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 41 (13.36%) Finance
2 20 (6.51%) Telecoms
3 16 (5.21%) Electronics
4 15 (4.89%) Banking
5 7 (2.28%) Back Office
6 5 (1.63%) Automotive
6 5 (1.63%) Publishing
6 5 (1.63%) Games
7 4 (1.30%) Manufacturing
7 4 (1.30%) Pharmaceutical
8 3 (0.98%) Advertising
8 3 (0.98%) Marketing
9 2 (0.65%) Retail
9 2 (0.65%) Multimedia
10 1 (0.33%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.33%) German Language
10 1 (0.33%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.33%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 80 (26.06%) XML
2 53 (17.26%) HTML
3 43 (14.01%) .NET
4 35 (11.40%) Web Services
5 33 (10.75%) REST
5 33 (10.75%) .NET Framework
5 33 (10.75%) JSON
6 16 (5.21%) CSS
7 14 (4.56%) Oracle Fusion
8 12 (3.91%) JMS
9 6 (1.95%) Sphinx
10 3 (0.98%) RESTful
10 3 (0.98%) XSLT
10 3 (0.98%) JSP
11 2 (0.65%) Middleware
11 2 (0.65%) jQuery
12 1 (0.33%) SailPoint
12 1 (0.33%) SGML
Miscellaneous
1 29 (9.45%) Computer Science
2 22 (7.17%) Wiki
3 13 (4.23%) User Experience
4 12 (3.91%) Management Information System
5 10 (3.26%) Graphic Design
6 8 (2.61%) Derivative
6 8 (2.61%) Analytical Skills
7 6 (1.95%) NHS
8 5 (1.63%) GIS
8 5 (1.63%) 3D Graphics
8 5 (1.63%) Hedge funds
9 4 (1.30%) Data Centre
9 4 (1.30%) Client/Server
10 3 (0.98%) Mainframe
10 3 (0.98%) E-Learning
10 3 (0.98%) Visualisation
10 3 (0.98%) Copywriting
11 2 (0.65%) Fixed Income
11 2 (0.65%) Reference Data
11 2 (0.65%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 15 (4.89%) Windows
1 15 (4.89%) Windows Server 2008
2 12 (3.91%) Windows Server 2003
3 11 (3.58%) UNIX
4 7 (2.28%) Linux
5 3 (0.98%) VME
5 3 (0.98%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (0.65%) Mac OS
6 2 (0.65%) Apple iOS
6 2 (0.65%) Android
6 2 (0.65%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (17.59%) UML
2 45 (14.66%) Data Modelling
3 44 (14.33%) OO
4 34 (11.07%) ITIL
4 34 (11.07%) Disaster Recovery
5 32 (10.42%) Agile Software Development
6 31 (10.10%) Software Engineering
7 28 (9.12%) Service Delivery
8 27 (8.79%) Enterprise Architecture
9 26 (8.47%) Content Management
10 18 (5.86%) Scrum
11 16 (5.21%) Project Management
12 12 (3.91%) Service Management
13 10 (3.26%) ITSM
13 10 (3.26%) Technical Architecture
13 10 (3.26%) SDLC
14 7 (2.28%) Performance Improvement
14 7 (2.28%) E-Commerce
15 6 (1.95%) Open Source
16 5 (1.63%) 3D Programming
Programming Languages
1 64 (20.85%) Java
2 43 (14.01%) C#
3 9 (2.93%) C++
4 7 (2.28%) Perl
4 7 (2.28%) PowerShell
5 6 (1.95%) C
5 6 (1.95%) SQL
6 4 (1.30%) JavaScript
7 3 (0.98%) Python
8 2 (0.65%) PHP
Qualifications
1 51 (16.61%) Degree
2 28 (9.12%) Security Cleared
3 16 (5.21%) SC Cleared
4 7 (2.28%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.33%) ISACA
5 1 (0.33%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (3.26%) QA
2 3 (0.98%) PCI DSS
2 3 (0.98%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 3 (0.98%) GCP
3 1 (0.33%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.33%) ISO 14001
3 1 (0.33%) COBIT
3 1 (0.33%) Solvency II
3 1 (0.33%) DICOM
System Software
1 6 (1.95%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (0.33%) Tivoli Identity Manager
Vendors
1 72 (23.45%) Microsoft
2 40 (13.03%) Oracle
3 33 (10.75%) Salesforce.com
4 11 (3.58%) Adobe
5 4 (1.30%) SAP
6 3 (0.98%) Atlassian
7 2 (0.65%) Apple
8 1 (0.33%) Quark
8 1 (0.33%) IBM
8 1 (0.33%) HP
8 1 (0.33%) Dell
8 1 (0.33%) CA
8 1 (0.33%) Lotus
8 1 (0.33%) ArcSight
8 1 (0.33%) ServiceNow
8 1 (0.33%) Cyber-Ark
8 1 (0.33%) ForgeRock
8 1 (0.33%) BT
8 1 (0.33%) TOWER Software
8 1 (0.33%) Google
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