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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Technical Author
Rank 427 442 446
Rank change year-on-year
+15 +4
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Author 157 111 93
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.31% 0.23% 0.21%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.33% 0.25% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 123 49 50
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£325 £250 £290
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+30.00% -13.79%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £179 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £334 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £295 £300
% change year-on-year
+10.16% -1.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 9 6
Average hourly rate £29.00 £26.50 £22.38
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.43% +18.43%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £20.00 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £35.90 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.00 £25.75 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+24.27% +17.04%

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
47189 44564 41455
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.47% 92.53% 92.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 29609 26528 23470
Average daily rate £400 £400 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £228 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1818 1936 2419
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% -4.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.25 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £40.00
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 30 January 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 30 January 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 30 January 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 +13 136 £325 +36.84% 16
London +35 70 £325 +36.84% 6
South East -6 29 £325 +62.50% 3
City of London +16 12 £325 +36.84% 1
East of England -6 12 £400 +100.00% 3
Cambridge -5 11 £400 - 2
Cambridgeshire -17 11 £400 - 2
Yorkshire -2 10 £320 -1.53% 2
Hampshire -25 10 £270 -11.36%
Surrey +1 9 £350 +115.38% 3
East Midlands +18 7 - -
Leicestershire - 7 - -
Berkshire -3 6 £323 +61.25%
North West -15 3 £293 -8.23% 1
South West -20 2 £225 -31.81%
Reading +7 1 - -
Cheshire +1 1 £325 +0.97% 1
West Midlands -1 1 £225 -15.09% 1
Manchester -4 1 £260 +48.57%
Bracknell - 1 £323 -
Hertfordshire - 1 £300 - 1
Worcestershire - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - -
North Yorkshire - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - -
Suffolk - - - -
Bristol - - - -
Camberley - - - - 1
Abingdon - - - -

Technical Author
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 74 (24.67%) MS Office
2 70 (23.33%) MS Visio
3 59 (19.67%) Microsoft
3 59 (19.67%) XML
4 56 (18.67%) MS Excel
5 51 (17.00%) ITIL
6 46 (15.33%) UML
7 43 (14.33%) .NET
7 43 (14.33%) Oracle
8 42 (14.00%) C#
9 41 (13.67%) Finance
9 41 (13.67%) MS PowerPoint
10 38 (12.67%) OO
10 38 (12.67%) Data Modelling
11 37 (12.33%) SharePoint
11 37 (12.33%) Adobe
11 37 (12.33%) FrameMaker
12 36 (12.00%) Java
12 36 (12.00%) Degree
13 35 (11.67%) Disaster Recovery
14 34 (11.33%) Salesforce.com
15 32 (10.67%) SQL Server
15 32 (10.67%) Banking
15 32 (10.67%) .NET Framework
15 32 (10.67%) REST
16 31 (10.33%) Software Engineering
17 30 (10.00%) JSON
17 30 (10.00%) Visual Studio
17 30 (10.00%) Web Services
17 30 (10.00%) HTTP

Technical Author
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 37 (12.33%) SharePoint
2 10 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2010
2 10 (3.33%) MS Exchange
3 9 (3.00%) Confluence
4 4 (1.33%) SAS
5 3 (1.00%) CMS
6 1 (0.33%) IIS
6 1 (0.33%) LiveLink
Applications
1 74 (24.67%) MS Office
2 70 (23.33%) MS Visio
3 56 (18.67%) MS Excel
4 41 (13.67%) MS PowerPoint
5 37 (12.33%) FrameMaker
6 20 (6.67%) Adobe Illustrator
7 12 (4.00%) Acrobat
8 9 (3.00%) PaintShop Pro
9 5 (1.67%) Photoshop
9 5 (1.67%) Adobe Captivate
10 4 (1.33%) CorelDRAW
10 4 (1.33%) RoboHelp
11 3 (1.00%) Fireworks
11 3 (1.00%) InDesign
12 1 (0.33%) Solid Edge
Business Applications
1 19 (6.33%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (1.00%) PeopleSoft HRMS
3 1 (0.33%) Maximo
3 1 (0.33%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (1.33%) SaaS
2 1 (0.33%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 30 (10.00%) HTTP
2 6 (2.00%) Radio Access Network
3 5 (1.67%) IMAP
4 4 (1.33%) Internet
5 3 (1.00%) VPN
5 3 (1.00%) HTTPS
6 2 (0.67%) 4G
6 2 (0.67%) LTE
6 2 (0.67%) 2G
6 2 (0.67%) Firewall
6 2 (0.67%) 3G
6 2 (0.67%) LAN
6 2 (0.67%) WAN
7 1 (0.33%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (10.67%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.33%) MS Access
3 3 (1.00%) Oracle Database
4 2 (0.67%) MySQL
4 2 (0.67%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.33%) QlikView
5 1 (0.33%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 30 (10.00%) Visual Studio
2 10 (3.33%) Ant
3 6 (2.00%) JIRA
4 3 (1.00%) Dreamweaver
General
1 41 (13.67%) Finance
2 32 (10.67%) Banking
3 23 (7.67%) Publishing
4 19 (6.33%) Automotive
4 19 (6.33%) Manufacturing
5 18 (6.00%) Telecoms
6 11 (3.67%) Back Office
7 6 (2.00%) Investment Banking
8 4 (1.33%) Marketing
8 4 (1.33%) Advertising
9 3 (1.00%) Financial Institution
9 3 (1.00%) Private Banking
10 1 (0.33%) Military
10 1 (0.33%) Games
10 1 (0.33%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.33%) Retail
10 1 (0.33%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (19.67%) XML
2 43 (14.33%) .NET
3 32 (10.67%) .NET Framework
3 32 (10.67%) REST
4 30 (10.00%) JSON
4 30 (10.00%) Web Services
5 19 (6.33%) Oracle Fusion
6 14 (4.67%) HTML
7 6 (2.00%) Sphinx
7 6 (2.00%) CSS
7 6 (2.00%) JSP
7 6 (2.00%) XSLT
8 3 (1.00%) Flash
9 2 (0.67%) WPF
9 2 (0.67%) jQuery
9 2 (0.67%) XML Messaging
9 2 (0.67%) WinForms
9 2 (0.67%) SOAP
9 2 (0.67%) XML Schema
10 1 (0.33%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 24 (8.00%) Computer Science
2 10 (3.33%) E-Learning
2 10 (3.33%) NHS
3 7 (2.33%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (2.00%) Open Source
4 6 (2.00%) Graphic Design
4 6 (2.00%) Copywriting
4 6 (2.00%) Wiki
4 6 (2.00%) Client/Server
5 5 (1.67%) User Experience
6 3 (1.00%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.00%) SCORM
6 3 (1.00%) e-Health
6 3 (1.00%) Data Integration
6 3 (1.00%) Digital Media
7 2 (0.67%) Reference Data
8 1 (0.33%) N-Tier
8 1 (0.33%) Derivative
8 1 (0.33%) Statistics
8 1 (0.33%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 18 (6.00%) Windows
2 10 (3.33%) Windows Server 2008
2 10 (3.33%) Windows Server 2003
3 8 (2.67%) UNIX
4 4 (1.33%) Windows 7
5 3 (1.00%) Linux
6 2 (0.67%) Mac OS
6 2 (0.67%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.33%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (17.00%) ITIL
2 46 (15.33%) UML
3 38 (12.67%) OO
3 38 (12.67%) Data Modelling
4 35 (11.67%) Disaster Recovery
5 31 (10.33%) Software Engineering
6 29 (9.67%) Service Delivery
7 25 (8.33%) Enterprise Architecture
8 20 (6.67%) Service Management
9 14 (4.67%) Agile Software Development
10 11 (3.67%) Content Management
11 9 (3.00%) ITSM
12 7 (2.33%) Use Case
13 6 (2.00%) Problem Management
13 6 (2.00%) Project Management
13 6 (2.00%) Change Management
14 5 (1.67%) Risk Management
14 5 (1.67%) Stakeholder Management
14 5 (1.67%) Time Management
14 5 (1.67%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 42 (14.00%) C#
2 36 (12.00%) Java
3 19 (6.33%) SQL
4 16 (5.33%) Perl
5 10 (3.33%) PowerShell
6 7 (2.33%) JavaScript
7 4 (1.33%) VB.NET
8 3 (1.00%) ActionScript
8 3 (1.00%) C++
8 3 (1.00%) PHP
8 3 (1.00%) ActionScript 2.0
9 2 (0.67%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.33%) Python
10 1 (0.33%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 36 (12.00%) Degree
2 23 (7.67%) Security Cleared
3 20 (6.67%) SC Cleared
4 2 (0.67%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.33%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (6.00%) QA
2 4 (1.33%) Solvency II
3 2 (0.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.33%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.33%) COBIT
System Software
1 7 (2.33%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (1.00%) CA Spectrum
2 1 (0.33%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 59 (19.67%) Microsoft
2 43 (14.33%) Oracle
3 37 (12.33%) Adobe
4 34 (11.33%) Salesforce.com
5 8 (2.67%) Atlassian
6 5 (1.67%) ServiceNow
7 3 (1.00%) PeopleSoft
7 3 (1.00%) CA
7 3 (1.00%) SolidWorks
7 3 (1.00%) Fujitsu
8 2 (0.67%) Apple
8 2 (0.67%) Cisco
9 1 (0.33%) Juniper
9 1 (0.33%) Quark
9 1 (0.33%) TOWER Software
9 1 (0.33%) Google
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