The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Front 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 Front Office over the 3 months to 30 March 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.

Front Office
London / City of London
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 29 25 35
Rank change year-on-year -4 +10  
Contract jobs citing Front Office 182 220 254
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 5.87% 6.46% 4.94%
As % of the General category 11.58% 11.94% 9.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 141 205 230
Median daily rate £600 £600 £583
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £429 £430
10% offered a daily rate of more than £725 £725 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £440
% change year-on-year - -3.40%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Median hourly rate £13.50 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.65 - -

Front 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 1572 1843 2693
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 50.68% 54.14% 52.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 1223 1505 2089
Median daily rate £525 £513 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.43% +7.89%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £325 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 10 17
Median hourly rate £20.54 £22.50 £17.87
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.71% +25.94%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.61 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.86 £55.00 £49.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.83 £30.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year -10.56% +25.00%  

Front Office
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

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

Job vacancy trend for Front Office in the City of London

Front 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 Front Office in the City of London.

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

Front Office
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Front Office in the City of London over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

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

Front 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 Front Office in the City of London.

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

For the 6 months to 30 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Front 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 Front Office.

1 160 (44.44%) Banking
2 159 (44.17%) Finance
3 110 (30.56%) Java
4 105 (29.17%) Agile Software Development
5 102 (28.33%) Investment Banking
6 90 (25.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 90 (25.00%) SQL
6 90 (25.00%) Derivative
7 79 (21.94%) Multithreading
8 73 (20.28%) Fixed Income
9 72 (20.00%) Equities
10 64 (17.78%) C#
11 52 (14.44%) .NET
12 50 (13.89%) Electronic Trading
12 50 (13.89%) MiFID
13 45 (12.50%) SQL Server
13 45 (12.50%) Unix
14 44 (12.22%) Low Latency
15 42 (11.67%) Asset Management
15 42 (11.67%) Risk Management
16 39 (10.83%) Oracle
17 36 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
18 35 (9.72%) C++
18 35 (9.72%) Mathematics
19 34 (9.44%) Investment Management
19 34 (9.44%) Analytics
19 34 (9.44%) Linux
20 33 (9.17%) Python
21 31 (8.61%) Business Analysis
21 31 (8.61%) Scrum

Front 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 19 (5.28%) Apache Spark
1 19 (5.28%) Oracle Coherence
2 10 (2.78%) Apache Pig
3 5 (1.39%) IIS
4 4 (1.11%) Apache
4 4 (1.11%) DataSynapse
5 3 (0.83%) Confluence
5 3 (0.83%) GemFire
6 2 (0.56%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 1 (0.28%) MTS
7 1 (0.28%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.28%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.28%) Oracle Workflow
7 1 (0.28%) SharePoint
Applications
1 19 (5.28%) MS Excel
2 5 (1.39%) MS Office
2 5 (1.39%) Photoshop
3 4 (1.11%) Adobe Illustrator
4 2 (0.56%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 8 (2.22%) ION MarketView
2 7 (1.94%) Minerva
2 7 (1.94%) thinkFolio
3 4 (1.11%) Global One
3 4 (1.11%) Sentinel
3 4 (1.11%) SimCorp Dimension
4 3 (0.83%) Summit
5 2 (0.56%) Adobe Campaign
5 2 (0.56%) RMDS
5 2 (0.56%) Sophis RISQUE
5 2 (0.56%) Tesseract
6 1 (0.28%) Endur
6 1 (0.28%) LatentZero
6 1 (0.28%) Orchestrade
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.28%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (2.78%) Firewall
2 5 (1.39%) NAS
2 5 (1.39%) SAN
3 4 (1.11%) snoop
4 2 (0.56%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.28%) Cisco IOS
5 1 (0.28%) LAN
5 1 (0.28%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 27 (7.50%) Big Data
3 21 (5.83%) Hadoop
3 21 (5.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 16 (4.44%) Relational Database
5 13 (3.61%) Apache Cassandra
5 13 (3.61%) SQL Server 2008
6 12 (3.33%) Oracle Database
7 11 (3.06%) Data Warehouse
8 9 (2.50%) Oracle Database 11g
9 8 (2.22%) Data Lake
9 8 (2.22%) NoSQL
9 8 (2.22%) RDBMS
10 7 (1.94%) SQL Server 2012
10 7 (1.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 6 (1.67%) KDB
12 5 (1.39%) Apache Hive
12 5 (1.39%) HBase
12 5 (1.39%) MongoDB
13 4 (1.11%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 10 (2.78%) JIRA
1 10 (2.78%) TeamCity
2 8 (2.22%) Git (software)
3 7 (1.94%) Jenkins
3 7 (1.94%) JUnit
4 6 (1.67%) NUnit
5 5 (1.39%) Mockito
5 5 (1.39%) Selenium
6 4 (1.11%) Balsamiq Mockups
6 4 (1.11%) Bitbucket
6 4 (1.11%) NCrunch
6 4 (1.11%) ReSharper
6 4 (1.11%) Subversion
7 3 (0.83%) Build Forge
7 3 (0.83%) CruiseControl
7 3 (0.83%) EasyMock
7 3 (0.83%) Eclipse
7 3 (0.83%) Hudson
7 3 (0.83%) IntelliJ
7 3 (0.83%) webpack
General
1 160 (44.44%) Banking
2 159 (44.17%) Finance
3 102 (28.33%) Investment Banking
4 17 (4.72%) Back Office
5 11 (3.06%) Advertising
6 8 (2.22%) Financial Institution
7 2 (0.56%) Mandarin Language
7 2 (0.56%) Retail
8 1 (0.28%) French Language
8 1 (0.28%) International Banking
8 1 (0.28%) Legal
8 1 (0.28%) Publishing
8 1 (0.28%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.28%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 205 (56.94%) Developer
2 95 (26.39%) Analyst
3 86 (23.89%) Java Developer
4 67 (18.61%) Business Analyst
5 61 (16.94%) Front Office Developer
6 57 (15.83%) Senior Developer
7 48 (13.33%) Senior Java Developer
8 34 (9.44%) C# Developer
9 33 (9.17%) MiFID Business Analyst
10 24 (6.67%) .NET Developer
11 23 (6.39%) C++ Developer
12 19 (5.28%) Front Office Business Analyst
13 17 (4.72%) C# .NET Developer
14 16 (4.44%) Project Manager
14 16 (4.44%) Python Developer
15 14 (3.89%) JavaScript Developer
15 14 (3.89%) Support Analyst
16 13 (3.61%) Electronic Trading Developer
16 13 (3.61%) SQL Analyst
17 12 (3.33%) Scala Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (14.44%) .NET
2 28 (7.78%) AngularJS
3 23 (6.39%) HTML
4 22 (6.11%) Spring
5 20 (5.56%) Hibernate
6 18 (5.00%) HTML5
6 18 (5.00%) WPF
7 16 (4.44%) FIX Protocol
8 14 (3.89%) React
9 13 (3.61%) .NET Framework
9 13 (3.61%) ASP.NET
10 10 (2.78%) ASP.NET MVC
10 10 (2.78%) CSS
10 10 (2.78%) Middleware
10 10 (2.78%) XML
11 9 (2.50%) Web Services
11 9 (2.50%) WinForms
12 7 (1.94%) REST
12 7 (1.94%) TIBCO EMS
13 6 (1.67%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 90 (25.00%) Derivative
1 90 (25.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 73 (20.28%) Fixed Income
3 72 (20.00%) Equities
4 23 (6.39%) Analytical Skills
5 22 (6.11%) Equity Derivative
6 21 (5.83%) Market Risk
7 12 (3.33%) User Experience
8 11 (3.06%) Computer Science
9 10 (2.78%) Algorithms
9 10 (2.78%) Credit Derivative
10 9 (2.50%) Credit Risk
11 8 (2.22%) Fintech
12 7 (1.94%) Management Information System
12 7 (1.94%) OTC Derivatives
13 6 (1.67%) Hedge funds
14 3 (0.83%) CUDA
14 3 (0.83%) Data Structures
14 3 (0.83%) Grid Computing
14 3 (0.83%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 45 (12.50%) Unix
2 34 (9.44%) Linux
3 21 (5.83%) Windows
4 7 (1.94%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.28%) Android
5 1 (0.28%) CentOS
5 1 (0.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.28%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 105 (29.17%) Agile Software Development
2 79 (21.94%) Multithreading
3 50 (13.89%) Electronic Trading
4 44 (12.22%) Low Latency
5 42 (11.67%) Asset Management
5 42 (11.67%) Risk Management
6 36 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
7 35 (9.72%) Mathematics
8 34 (9.44%) Analytics
8 34 (9.44%) Investment Management
9 31 (8.61%) Business Analysis
9 31 (8.61%) Scrum
9 31 (8.61%) TDD
10 23 (6.39%) SDLC
11 21 (5.83%) Project Management
12 19 (5.28%) Continuous Integration
12 19 (5.28%) OO
13 17 (4.72%) MapReduce
13 17 (4.72%) MVC
14 15 (4.17%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 110 (30.56%) Java
2 90 (25.00%) SQL
3 64 (17.78%) C#
4 35 (9.72%) C++
5 33 (9.17%) Python
6 29 (8.06%) JavaScript
7 25 (6.94%) Scala
8 17 (4.72%) VBA
9 14 (3.89%) T-SQL
10 12 (3.33%) C
11 11 (3.06%) VB
12 10 (2.78%) PowerShell
12 10 (2.78%) TypeScript
13 9 (2.50%) Haskell
13 9 (2.50%) R
13 9 (2.50%) VB.NET
14 8 (2.22%) ES6
14 8 (2.22%) Perl
15 6 (1.67%) MATLAB
15 6 (1.67%) XAML
Qualifications
1 23 (6.39%) Degree
2 7 (1.94%) PhD
3 5 (1.39%) PMP
4 2 (0.56%) PMI Certification
5 1 (0.28%) IIBA
5 1 (0.28%) ISEB
5 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (0.28%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (13.89%) MiFID
2 5 (1.39%) Dodd-Frank
2 5 (1.39%) EMIR
2 5 (1.39%) QA
2 5 (1.39%) SLA
3 2 (0.56%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.56%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.28%) FATCA
4 1 (0.28%) SDET
4 1 (0.28%) SEPA
System Software
1 3 (0.83%) Docker
1 3 (0.83%) HDFS
2 1 (0.28%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.28%) Apache ZooKeeper
Systems Management
1 5 (1.39%) Control-M
2 3 (0.83%) Hadoop YARN
3 2 (0.56%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.28%) Ansible
4 1 (0.28%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.28%) ITRS Geneos
4 1 (0.28%) Kubernetes
4 1 (0.28%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (0.28%) Oracle ZFS
4 1 (0.28%) Puppet
4 1 (0.28%) SCCM
Vendors
1 39 (10.83%) Oracle
2 14 (3.89%) Fidessa
2 14 (3.89%) Murex
3 13 (3.61%) Bloomberg
3 13 (3.61%) Microsoft
4 12 (3.33%) TIBCO
5 11 (3.06%) ION Trading
6 10 (2.78%) Sybase
7 7 (1.94%) Charles River
7 7 (1.94%) SimCorp
8 6 (1.67%) Adobe
8 6 (1.67%) DevExpress
8 6 (1.67%) Infragistics
9 5 (1.39%) Reuters
10 4 (1.11%) IBM
10 4 (1.11%) Telerik
11 3 (0.83%) Calypso
11 3 (0.83%) Hortonworks
11 3 (0.83%) Solace
11 3 (0.83%) Tableau
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