The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Back Office in contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Back Office over the 3 months to 26 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Back Office
London / City of London
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 120 116 143
Rank change year-on-year -4 +27  
Contract jobs citing Back Office 50 49 63
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 1.51% 1.47% 1.08%
As % of the General category 2.80% 2.76% 2.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 37 53
Median daily rate £523 £600 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.91% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £339 £335 £340
10% offered a daily rate of more than £613 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 1
Median hourly rate £41.00 £16.75 £95.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +144.77% -82.36%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £17.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year +150.00% +21.42%  

Back Office is in the common skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for common skills.

General Skills
City of London
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for common skills 1788 1777 3046
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 53.89% 53.44% 52.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 1419 1495 2385
Median daily rate £538 £500 £488
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.50% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £325 £324
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £675 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +3.75% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 16 41
Median hourly rate £15.00 £20.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.00% -4.76%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.55 £12.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.25 £38.90 £38.14
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +20.00% +11.11%  

Back Office
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London citing Back Office as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the General category.

Job vacancy trend for Back Office in the City of London

Back Office
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Back Office in the City of London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Back Office in the City of London

Back Office
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Back Office in the City of London over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Back Office in the City of London

Back Office
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Back Office in the City of London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Back Office in the City of London

For the 6 months to 26 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Back Office also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the City of London region with a requirement for Back Office.

1 38 (51.35%) Finance
2 24 (32.43%) Agile Software Development
3 23 (31.08%) Banking
4 21 (28.38%) SQL
5 16 (21.62%) Investment Banking
6 15 (20.27%) C#
7 14 (18.92%) .NET
8 13 (17.57%) Java
8 13 (17.57%) SQL Server
8 13 (17.57%) Microsoft
8 13 (17.57%) Front Office
9 10 (13.51%) T-SQL
10 9 (12.16%) Stakeholder Management
10 9 (12.16%) Project Management
10 9 (12.16%) Equities
10 9 (12.16%) MiFID
10 9 (12.16%) JIRA
11 8 (10.81%) Degree
11 8 (10.81%) QA
11 8 (10.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 8 (10.81%) Fixed Income
11 8 (10.81%) Business Intelligence
12 7 (9.46%) Oracle
12 7 (9.46%) Windows
12 7 (9.46%) Risk Management
12 7 (9.46%) V-Model
12 7 (9.46%) Asset Management
12 7 (9.46%) Business Analysis
13 6 (8.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 6 (8.11%) Market Risk

Back Office
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 2 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2010
1 2 (2.70%) IIS
1 2 (2.70%) MS Exchange
2 1 (1.35%) Confluence
2 1 (1.35%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 6 (8.11%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (4.05%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (4.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 3 (4.05%) MS Visio
3 1 (1.35%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (4.05%) SunGard GMI
2 1 (1.35%) Bloomberg TOMS
2 1 (1.35%) Eikon
2 1 (1.35%) ION MarketView
2 1 (1.35%) NetSuite
2 1 (1.35%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.35%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (5.41%) Firewall
1 4 (5.41%) Wi-Fi
2 2 (2.70%) Internet
2 2 (2.70%) TCP/IP
3 1 (1.35%) CTI
3 1 (1.35%) Ethernet
3 1 (1.35%) LAN
3 1 (1.35%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (17.57%) SQL Server
2 6 (8.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 5 (6.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (5.41%) Big Data
4 4 (5.41%) SQL Server 2008
5 3 (4.05%) Oracle Database
5 3 (4.05%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (2.70%) Data Mart
6 2 (2.70%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (2.70%) Relational Database
6 2 (2.70%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (1.35%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (1.35%) Hadoop
7 1 (1.35%) MS Access
7 1 (1.35%) NoSQL
7 1 (1.35%) OLAP
7 1 (1.35%) Oracle Database 10g
7 1 (1.35%) Oracle9i Database
7 1 (1.35%) RDBMS
7 1 (1.35%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 9 (12.16%) JIRA
2 5 (6.76%) Git (software)
3 4 (5.41%) Visual Studio
4 3 (4.05%) TeamCity
5 2 (2.70%) Jenkins
5 2 (2.70%) Subversion
6 1 (1.35%) Cucumber
6 1 (1.35%) EasyMock
6 1 (1.35%) JUnit
6 1 (1.35%) Maven
6 1 (1.35%) MSTest
6 1 (1.35%) NUnit
General
1 38 (51.35%) Finance
2 23 (31.08%) Banking
3 16 (21.62%) Investment Banking
4 13 (17.57%) Front Office
5 4 (5.41%) Marketing
6 3 (4.05%) Advertising
6 3 (4.05%) Legal
6 3 (4.05%) Military
6 3 (4.05%) Retail
7 2 (2.70%) Publishing
7 2 (2.70%) Retail Banking
7 2 (2.70%) Telecoms
8 1 (1.35%) Billing
8 1 (1.35%) Corporate Banking
8 1 (1.35%) Financial Institution
8 1 (1.35%) French Language
8 1 (1.35%) Games
8 1 (1.35%) International Banking
8 1 (1.35%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 21 (28.38%) Analyst
2 19 (25.68%) Developer
3 13 (17.57%) Business Analyst
4 9 (12.16%) Architect
5 7 (9.46%) Project Manager
5 7 (9.46%) Solutions Architect
6 6 (8.11%) .NET Developer
6 6 (8.11%) Java Developer
7 5 (6.76%) Product Owner
8 4 (5.41%) C# Developer
8 4 (5.41%) Support Analyst
9 3 (4.05%) Applications Support
9 3 (4.05%) Applications Support Analyst
9 3 (4.05%) Banking Project Manager
9 3 (4.05%) C# .NET Developer
9 3 (4.05%) Java Engineer
9 3 (4.05%) Senior Analyst
9 3 (4.05%) Senior Business Analyst
9 3 (4.05%) Test Analyst
9 3 (4.05%) Wintel Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (18.92%) .NET
2 5 (6.76%) FIX Protocol
3 3 (4.05%) Spring
3 3 (4.05%) Spring Boot
4 2 (2.70%) ASP.NET
4 2 (2.70%) HTML
4 2 (2.70%) HTML5
4 2 (2.70%) XML
5 1 (1.35%) .NET Framework
5 1 (1.35%) AngularJS
5 1 (1.35%) CSS
5 1 (1.35%) FpML
5 1 (1.35%) Node.js
5 1 (1.35%) RESTful
5 1 (1.35%) SOAP
5 1 (1.35%) Unity (Game Engine)
5 1 (1.35%) WCF
5 1 (1.35%) WinForms
5 1 (1.35%) XSD
5 1 (1.35%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 9 (12.16%) Equities
2 8 (10.81%) Fixed Income
2 8 (10.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 6 (8.11%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (8.11%) Management Information System
3 6 (8.11%) Market Risk
4 5 (6.76%) Contactless
4 5 (6.76%) Derivative
5 2 (2.70%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (1.35%) EMC VNX
6 1 (1.35%) Equity Derivative
6 1 (1.35%) Fintech
6 1 (1.35%) Handset
6 1 (1.35%) Hedge funds
6 1 (1.35%) IVR
6 1 (1.35%) Mobile Payment
6 1 (1.35%) NHS
6 1 (1.35%) OTC Derivatives
6 1 (1.35%) Social Gaming
6 1 (1.35%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 7 (9.46%) Windows
2 5 (6.76%) Linux
3 4 (5.41%) Windows Server
4 2 (2.70%) Unix
5 1 (1.35%) Android
5 1 (1.35%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.35%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (32.43%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (12.16%) Project Management
2 9 (12.16%) Stakeholder Management
3 8 (10.81%) Business Intelligence
4 7 (9.46%) Asset Management
4 7 (9.46%) Business Analysis
4 7 (9.46%) Risk Management
4 7 (9.46%) V-Model
5 6 (8.11%) Data Modelling
5 6 (8.11%) SDLC
5 6 (8.11%) Waterfall
6 5 (6.76%) Stakeholder Engagement
6 5 (6.76%) User Stories
7 4 (5.41%) Customer Requirements
7 4 (5.41%) Digital Marketing
7 4 (5.41%) Electronic Trading
7 4 (5.41%) Scrum
7 4 (5.41%) Service Delivery
7 4 (5.41%) Test Automation
7 4 (5.41%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 21 (28.38%) SQL
2 15 (20.27%) C#
3 13 (17.57%) Java
4 10 (13.51%) T-SQL
5 4 (5.41%) PowerShell
5 4 (5.41%) Ruby
6 3 (4.05%) Python
6 3 (4.05%) VBScript
7 2 (2.70%) C
7 2 (2.70%) JavaScript
7 2 (2.70%) R
8 1 (1.35%) ABAP
8 1 (1.35%) ActionScript
8 1 (1.35%) C++
8 1 (1.35%) MATLAB
8 1 (1.35%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 8 (10.81%) Degree
2 5 (6.76%) PMI Certification
3 4 (5.41%) CAPM
4 2 (2.70%) ISTQB
5 1 (1.35%) CCNA
5 1 (1.35%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (1.35%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (1.35%) PMP
5 1 (1.35%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.35%) Security Cleared
5 1 (1.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (12.16%) MiFID
2 8 (10.81%) QA
3 5 (6.76%) EMIR
3 5 (6.76%) SLA
4 3 (4.05%) Dodd-Frank
5 2 (2.70%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (2.70%) GDPR
6 1 (1.35%) PMO
6 1 (1.35%) SEPA
System Software
1 2 (2.70%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.35%) Hyper-V
2 1 (1.35%) ISA Server
2 1 (1.35%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (1.35%) Terminal Server
2 1 (1.35%) Virtual Servers
2 1 (1.35%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.35%) XenApp
2 1 (1.35%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 1 (1.35%) Control-M
Vendors
1 13 (17.57%) Microsoft
2 7 (9.46%) Oracle
3 4 (5.41%) Fidessa
3 4 (5.41%) Xerox
4 3 (4.05%) Bloomberg
4 3 (4.05%) Murex
4 3 (4.05%) SunGard
5 2 (2.70%) Apple
5 2 (2.70%) Calypso
5 2 (2.70%) Cisco
5 2 (2.70%) VMware
6 1 (1.35%) Avaya
6 1 (1.35%) Cadence
6 1 (1.35%) Citrix
6 1 (1.35%) EMC
6 1 (1.35%) Genesys
6 1 (1.35%) HP
6 1 (1.35%) SAP
6 1 (1.35%) Siemens
6 1 (1.35%) Sybase