The table below looks at the statistics for TickIT skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited TickIT over the 3 months to 24 December 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
TickIT
Rank 584 558 529
Rank change year-on-year
-26 -29
Contract jobs citing TickIT 8 12 32
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.015% 0.023% 0.066%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.19% 0.32% 0.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 7 11
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£400 £350 £420
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -16.66%
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £338 £420
% change year-on-year
+18.51% -19.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 2 12
Average hourly rate £42.50 £34.00 £35.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -4.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £34.00 £23.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £34.00 £46.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.50 £34.00 £35.75
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -4.89%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Quality Assurance & Compliance category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
4123 3763 3576
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.60% 7.35% 7.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 2574 2249 2067
Average daily rate £400 £415 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.61% +3.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £243 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £625 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £371 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.07% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 177 139 231
Average hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £21.65
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -14.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.75 £11.00 £11.43
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £44.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.75 £18.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -16.27%

TickIT
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing TickIT within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

TickIT Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

TickIT
Daily Rate Trend

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

TickIT Daily Rate Trend in the UK

TickIT
Hourly Rate Trend

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

TickIT Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

TickIT
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing TickIT within the UK over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

TickIT Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

TickIT
Top 17 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing TickIT within the UK over the 3 months to 24 December 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 -32 8 £400 +14.28% 3
East of England -9 3 £400 +6.66%
Bristol - - - - 1
Ilkeston - - - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - - - -
Nottingham - - - - 1
Cambridgeshire - - - -
Derbyshire - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - -
Leicestershire - - - -
Nottinghamshire - - - - 1
Warwickshire - - - -
East Midlands - - - - 1
North East - - - -
South West - - - - 2
Tyne and Wear - - - -
West Midlands - - - -

TickIT
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing TickIT also 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 that cited TickIT.

1 9 (69.23%) ISO 9001
2 6 (46.15%) Security Cleared
3 5 (38.46%) C++
4 4 (30.77%) Aerospace
4 4 (30.77%) OpenGL
4 4 (30.77%) Degree
4 4 (30.77%) SC Cleared
4 4 (30.77%) Software Engineering
4 4 (30.77%) Computer Science
5 3 (23.08%) User Acceptance Testing
5 3 (23.08%) Software Testing
5 3 (23.08%) MS PowerPoint
5 3 (23.08%) MS Excel
5 3 (23.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (23.08%) Configuration Management
5 3 (23.08%) Microsoft
5 3 (23.08%) ISEB
5 3 (23.08%) SQL
5 3 (23.08%) Oracle
5 3 (23.08%) MS Office
5 3 (23.08%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 3 (23.08%) ITIL
5 3 (23.08%) UNIX
5 3 (23.08%) Windows
5 3 (23.08%) Linux
6 2 (15.38%) Quality Management
6 2 (15.38%) CMMI
6 2 (15.38%) PRINCE2
6 2 (15.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (15.38%) Management Information System

TickIT
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing TickIT also 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 that cited TickIT. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 3 (23.08%) MS Office
1 3 (23.08%) MS Excel
1 3 (23.08%) MS PowerPoint
Development Applications
1 3 (23.08%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 4 (30.77%) Aerospace
2 1 (7.69%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 5 (38.46%) Software Engineer
1 5 (38.46%) Analyst
2 4 (30.77%) Developer
2 4 (30.77%) Software Developer
3 3 (23.08%) Test Analyst
3 3 (23.08%) UAT Analyst
3 3 (23.08%) UAT Test Analyst
4 2 (15.38%) Quality Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) Software Quality Engineer
5 1 (7.69%) Head of ICT
5 1 (7.69%) Quality Engineer
5 1 (7.69%) Security Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) Change Manager
5 1 (7.69%) Auditor
5 1 (7.69%) Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (30.77%) OpenGL
Miscellaneous
1 4 (30.77%) Computer Science
2 2 (15.38%) Management Information System
3 1 (7.69%) Economics
3 1 (7.69%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 3 (23.08%) UNIX
1 3 (23.08%) Windows
1 3 (23.08%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (30.77%) Software Engineering
2 3 (23.08%) Software Testing
2 3 (23.08%) User Acceptance Testing
2 3 (23.08%) Configuration Management
2 3 (23.08%) ITIL
3 2 (15.38%) PRINCE2
3 2 (15.38%) Risk Management
3 2 (15.38%) Quality Management
3 2 (15.38%) CMMI
3 2 (15.38%) ISMS
3 2 (15.38%) QMS
4 1 (7.69%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (7.69%) Coaching
4 1 (7.69%) IT Governance
4 1 (7.69%) eTOM
4 1 (7.69%) Change Management
4 1 (7.69%) Information Security Management
4 1 (7.69%) Security Management
4 1 (7.69%) Information Security
4 1 (7.69%) PRINCE
Programming Languages
1 5 (38.46%) C++
2 3 (23.08%) SQL
3 1 (7.69%) Python
3 1 (7.69%) Java
Qualifications
1 6 (46.15%) Security Cleared
2 4 (30.77%) Degree
2 4 (30.77%) SC Cleared
3 3 (23.08%) ISEB
3 3 (23.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (7.69%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (69.23%) ISO 9001
2 2 (15.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
Vendors
1 3 (23.08%) Oracle
1 3 (23.08%) Microsoft