The table below looks at the statistics for the Technical Writer 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 Writer in their job title over the 3 months to 31 March 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 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Technical Writer
Rank 541 561 530
Rank change year-on-year
+20 -31
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Writer 48 27 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.087% 0.051% 0.043%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.094% 0.055% 0.046%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 16 14
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£322 £330 £311
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.50% +6.02%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £200 £212
10% offered a daily rate of more than £402 £388 £393
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 £350 £313
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +12.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 0 1
Average hourly rate £24.23 - £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 - £35.00

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
50807 49213 43153
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.46% 92.36% 92.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 30874 29577 24780
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1991 2026 2213
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.58
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.70 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-1.76% -2.85%

Technical Writer
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Technical Writer Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Technical Writer
Daily Rate Trend

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

Technical Writer Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Technical Writer
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Technical Writer within the UK over the 3 months to 31 March 2015.

Technical Writer Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Technical Writer
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Technical Writer Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Technical Writer
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Technical Writer within the UK over the 3 months to 31 March 2015.

Technical Writer Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Technical Writer
Top 28 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Technical Writer within the UK over the 3 months to 31 March 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 45 £315 -5.97% 6
London +17 26 £330 +1.53% 3
South East -27 8 £285 -18.57% 3
Scotland -7 3 £400 +35.59% 1
Edinburgh - 3 £400 -
East of England +9 2 £290 -47.27%
Surrey +6 2 £225 - 2
South West - 2 - -
Hertfordshire +4 1 - -
Cambridgeshire +1 1 £290 -
Berkshire -2 1 - - 1
Cambridge -2 1 £290 -
Slough - 1 - -
Bedfordshire - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - -
Hampshire - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - -
Glasgow - - - -
Gloucester - - - -
Guildford - - - - 1
Oxford - - - -
Reading - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -
Bristol - - - -
Ealing - - - -
Canary Wharf - - - -
Hammersmith - - - -

Technical Writer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Technical Writer 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 Writer in their job title.

1 28 (27.45%) Degree
2 27 (26.47%) MS Visio
3 24 (23.53%) MS Office
4 20 (19.61%) MS Excel
5 15 (14.71%) Microsoft
5 15 (14.71%) Computer Science
5 15 (14.71%) Finance
6 12 (11.76%) Use Case
7 11 (10.78%) Windows
8 10 (9.80%) SharePoint
8 10 (9.80%) C++
8 10 (9.80%) MS PowerPoint
9 9 (8.82%) SQL
9 9 (8.82%) E-Commerce
9 9 (8.82%) ITIL
9 9 (8.82%) Python
10 8 (7.84%) JavaScript
10 8 (7.84%) Software Engineering
10 8 (7.84%) Banking
11 7 (6.86%) Data Modelling
11 7 (6.86%) Analytical Skills
12 6 (5.88%) Technical Architecture
12 6 (5.88%) Disaster Recovery
12 6 (5.88%) Service Delivery
12 6 (5.88%) Agile Software Development
12 6 (5.88%) Content Management
12 6 (5.88%) Publishing
12 6 (5.88%) Wiki
13 5 (4.90%) QA
13 5 (4.90%) Enterprise Architecture

Technical Writer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Technical Writer 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 Writer in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 10 (9.80%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.96%) Confluence
3 1 (0.98%) CMS
Applications
1 27 (26.47%) MS Visio
2 24 (23.53%) MS Office
3 20 (19.61%) MS Excel
4 10 (9.80%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (3.92%) Acrobat
6 3 (2.94%) RoboHelp
6 3 (2.94%) MS Project
7 2 (1.96%) FrameMaker
8 1 (0.98%) XMetaL
8 1 (0.98%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.98%) Adobe Captivate
8 1 (0.98%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.98%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.94%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (1.96%) Google App Engine
2 2 (1.96%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.96%) LAN
1 2 (1.96%) WAN
1 2 (1.96%) Internet
2 1 (0.98%) DWDM
2 1 (0.98%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (3.92%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 3 (2.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (1.96%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (1.96%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.98%) MySQL
4 1 (0.98%) MS Access
4 1 (0.98%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.98%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (1.96%) JIRA
2 1 (0.98%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.98%) Dreamweaver
General
1 15 (14.71%) Finance
2 8 (7.84%) Banking
3 6 (5.88%) Publishing
4 5 (4.90%) Pharmaceutical
4 5 (4.90%) Telecoms
5 3 (2.94%) Back Office
5 3 (2.94%) Electronics
6 2 (1.96%) Retail
6 2 (1.96%) Retail Banking
6 2 (1.96%) Marketing
6 2 (1.96%) German Language
7 1 (0.98%) Indonesian Language
7 1 (0.98%) Italian Language
7 1 (0.98%) Korean Language
7 1 (0.98%) Russian Language
7 1 (0.98%) Spanish Language
7 1 (0.98%) Thai Language
7 1 (0.98%) French Language
7 1 (0.98%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.98%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (4.90%) XML
2 4 (3.92%) HTML
3 3 (2.94%) .NET
4 1 (0.98%) J2EE
4 1 (0.98%) CSS
4 1 (0.98%) JDBC
4 1 (0.98%) SOAP
4 1 (0.98%) Struts
4 1 (0.98%) Web Services
4 1 (0.98%) XSLT
4 1 (0.98%) XML Schema
4 1 (0.98%) XML Messaging
4 1 (0.98%) Hibernate
4 1 (0.98%) Spring
4 1 (0.98%) JSON
4 1 (0.98%) Google Maps API
4 1 (0.98%) RESTful
4 1 (0.98%) Sphinx
Miscellaneous
1 15 (14.71%) Computer Science
2 7 (6.86%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (5.88%) Wiki
4 5 (4.90%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.96%) E-Learning
6 1 (0.98%) Interactive TV
6 1 (0.98%) Statistics
6 1 (0.98%) Graphic Design
6 1 (0.98%) Streaming Video
6 1 (0.98%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.98%) N-Tier
6 1 (0.98%) Social Network
6 1 (0.98%) Online Games
6 1 (0.98%) Learning Management System
6 1 (0.98%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.98%) User Experience
6 1 (0.98%) Life Science
6 1 (0.98%) CMDB
6 1 (0.98%) Copywriting
6 1 (0.98%) Enterprise Cloud
Operating Systems
1 11 (10.78%) Windows
2 5 (4.90%) Android
3 4 (3.92%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.98%) Linux
4 1 (0.98%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (11.76%) Use Case
2 9 (8.82%) ITIL
2 9 (8.82%) E-Commerce
3 8 (7.84%) Software Engineering
4 7 (6.86%) Data Modelling
5 6 (5.88%) Service Delivery
5 6 (5.88%) Disaster Recovery
5 6 (5.88%) Agile Software Development
5 6 (5.88%) Content Management
5 6 (5.88%) Technical Architecture
6 5 (4.90%) Enterprise Architecture
7 4 (3.92%) Project Management
7 4 (3.92%) UML
8 3 (2.94%) Product Management
9 2 (1.96%) Analytics
9 2 (1.96%) Service Management
9 2 (1.96%) Knowledge Management
9 2 (1.96%) Performance Testing
9 2 (1.96%) Time Management
10 1 (0.98%) Data Mapping
Programming Languages
1 10 (9.80%) C++
2 9 (8.82%) SQL
2 9 (8.82%) Python
3 8 (7.84%) JavaScript
4 4 (3.92%) Java
5 2 (1.96%) T-SQL
6 1 (0.98%) PHP
6 1 (0.98%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 28 (27.45%) Degree
2 2 (1.96%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.90%) QA
2 4 (3.92%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 1 (0.98%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 15 (14.71%) Microsoft
2 5 (4.90%) Google
3 4 (3.92%) Adobe
4 2 (1.96%) Nokia
4 2 (1.96%) Quark
4 2 (1.96%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 2 (1.96%) Oracle
5 1 (0.98%) SAP
5 1 (0.98%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (0.98%) VMware
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