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 27 August 2014 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 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Technical Writer
Rank 536 529 557
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +28
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Writer 64 46 29
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.086% 0.049%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.093% 0.053%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 35 17
Average daily rate
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£356 £275 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+29.54% +10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £201 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £428 £380 £398
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £275 £234
% change year-on-year
+18.18% +17.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 2
Average hourly rate £26.00 - £36.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 - £40.00

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
51265 49491 54504
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.21% 92.73% 92.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 31026 29372 30573
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1968 2145 2690
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.61 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-2.30% -5.55%

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 27 August 2014.

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
Top 21 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 27 August 2014. 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 +3 61 £356 +29.54% 9
London +24 38 £400 +77.77% 5
City of London +25 6 £375 +97.36%
South East -23 6 £200 -25.58% 1
Berkshire +10 4 £198 -45.89% 1
East of England -23 1 - - 1
South West -33 1 - - 2
East Midlands - - - -
Reading - - - - 1
Sheffield - - - -
Brighton - - - -
Derby - - - -
Edinburgh - - - -
Derbyshire - - - -
East Sussex - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -
Middlesex - - - -
South Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
Scotland - - - - 1

Technical Writer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 August 2014, 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 22 (21.78%) Finance
2 16 (15.84%) HTML
2 16 (15.84%) SharePoint
3 15 (14.85%) MS Visio
4 14 (13.86%) Python
4 14 (13.86%) Java
4 14 (13.86%) Ruby
4 14 (13.86%) QA
5 12 (11.88%) Degree
5 12 (11.88%) SQL
5 12 (11.88%) Microsoft
6 11 (10.89%) XML
7 9 (8.91%) Internet
7 9 (8.91%) JIRA
8 8 (7.92%) Marketing
8 8 (7.92%) Banking
8 8 (7.92%) Copywriting
9 7 (6.93%) HTTPS
9 7 (6.93%) E-Commerce
9 7 (6.93%) VPN
10 6 (5.94%) Retail
11 5 (4.95%) Wiki
11 5 (4.95%) Data Modelling
11 5 (4.95%) ITIL
11 5 (4.95%) CSS
11 5 (4.95%) MS Office
11 5 (4.95%) Publishing
11 5 (4.95%) Telecoms
12 4 (3.96%) RoboHelp
12 4 (3.96%) Web Services

Technical Writer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 August 2014, 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 16 (15.84%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.98%) Confluence
2 2 (1.98%) Lync
3 1 (0.99%) CMS
Applications
1 15 (14.85%) MS Visio
2 5 (4.95%) MS Office
3 4 (3.96%) RoboHelp
4 2 (1.98%) FrameMaker
4 2 (1.98%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (1.98%) MS Excel
4 2 (1.98%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.99%) Adobe Captivate
5 1 (0.99%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.99%) Maximo
Communications & Networking
1 9 (8.91%) Internet
2 7 (6.93%) VPN
2 7 (6.93%) HTTPS
3 1 (0.99%) LAN
3 1 (0.99%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (3.96%) Relational Database
2 3 (2.97%) MS Access
2 3 (2.97%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (1.98%) Crystal Reports
4 1 (0.99%) QlikView
4 1 (0.99%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.99%) DB2
Development Applications
1 9 (8.91%) JIRA
2 2 (1.98%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (1.98%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.99%) ERwin
General
1 22 (21.78%) Finance
2 8 (7.92%) Banking
2 8 (7.92%) Marketing
3 6 (5.94%) Retail
4 5 (4.95%) Publishing
4 5 (4.95%) Telecoms
5 4 (3.96%) Games
6 3 (2.97%) Investment Banking
7 2 (1.98%) Private Banking
7 2 (1.98%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.99%) Legal
8 1 (0.99%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.99%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.99%) Front Office
8 1 (0.99%) Back Office
8 1 (0.99%) German Language
8 1 (0.99%) Polish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (15.84%) HTML
2 11 (10.89%) XML
3 5 (4.95%) CSS
4 4 (3.96%) Web Services
5 3 (2.97%) .NET
5 3 (2.97%) .NET Framework
6 2 (1.98%) JSP
6 2 (1.98%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
7 1 (0.99%) JSON
7 1 (0.99%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 8 (7.92%) Copywriting
2 5 (4.95%) Wiki
3 2 (1.98%) Mobile App
3 2 (1.98%) Fixed Income
3 2 (1.98%) Graphic Design
4 1 (0.99%) SCADA
4 1 (0.99%) CMDB
4 1 (0.99%) Online Banking
4 1 (0.99%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 2 (1.98%) Windows
2 1 (0.99%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (6.93%) E-Commerce
2 5 (4.95%) Data Modelling
2 5 (4.95%) ITIL
3 4 (3.96%) Analytics
4 3 (2.97%) Knowledge Management
4 3 (2.97%) Change Management
4 3 (2.97%) Business Intelligence
4 3 (2.97%) Project Management
4 3 (2.97%) Workflow
4 3 (2.97%) Content Management
5 2 (1.98%) Logistics
5 2 (1.98%) Software Engineering
5 2 (1.98%) Validation
5 2 (1.98%) Migration
5 2 (1.98%) Service Management
5 2 (1.98%) UML
5 2 (1.98%) Wealth Management
5 2 (1.98%) Release Management
5 2 (1.98%) ITSM
6 1 (0.99%) Investment Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (13.86%) Java
1 14 (13.86%) Python
1 14 (13.86%) Ruby
2 12 (11.88%) SQL
3 2 (1.98%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 12 (11.88%) Degree
2 3 (2.97%) SC Cleared
2 3 (2.97%) Security Cleared
3 2 (1.98%) MCT
3 2 (1.98%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (0.99%) ISEB Practitioner
4 1 (0.99%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (13.86%) QA
2 1 (0.99%) GxP
Vendors
1 12 (11.88%) Microsoft
2 3 (2.97%) Adobe
2 3 (2.97%) Quark
3 2 (1.98%) Oracle
4 1 (0.99%) Remedy
4 1 (0.99%) Google
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