The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Reference Data 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 Reference Data over the 3 months to 29 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.

Reference Data
London / City of London
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 143 148 169
Rank change year-on-year +5 +21  
Contract jobs citing Reference Data 19 11 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.62% 0.32% 0.43%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 1.68% 0.90% 1.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 9 14
Median daily rate £456 £600 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -23.95% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £460 £450
10% offered a daily rate of more than £655 £630 £668
UK excluding London median daily rate £495 £444 £425
% change year-on-year +11.54% +4.41%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £32.50

Reference Data is in the generic IT 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 generic IT skills.

Generic IT Skills
City of London
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 1128 1217 1865
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 36.72% 35.95% 36.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 863 970 1423
Median daily rate £525 £500 £464
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +7.81%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £308 £325 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £675 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +5.33% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 27 35
Median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £17.87
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +6.35%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.79 £12.00 £12.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.35 £35.60 £27.37
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £26.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year -26.41% +43.24%  

Reference Data
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

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

Job vacancy trend for Reference Data in the City of London

Reference Data
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 Reference Data in the City of London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Reference Data in the City of London

Reference Data
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Reference Data in the City of London over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Reference Data in the City of London

Reference Data
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 Reference Data in the City of London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Reference Data in the City of London

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Reference Data 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 Reference Data.

1 18 (46.15%) Data Management
2 15 (38.46%) Data Analysis
3 14 (35.90%) Finance
3 14 (35.90%) Data Modelling
4 10 (25.64%) Management Information System
4 10 (25.64%) SQL
4 10 (25.64%) MS Excel
4 10 (25.64%) Data Cleansing
4 10 (25.64%) Data Entry
5 9 (23.08%) XML
6 8 (20.51%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 7 (17.95%) FpML
7 7 (17.95%) XSD
7 7 (17.95%) SQL Server
8 6 (15.38%) XSLT
8 6 (15.38%) Taxonomies
9 5 (12.82%) Banking
9 5 (12.82%) Data Governance
9 5 (12.82%) Agile Software Development
10 4 (10.26%) FIXML
10 4 (10.26%) .NET
10 4 (10.26%) C#
10 4 (10.26%) Java
10 4 (10.26%) Fixed Income
10 4 (10.26%) Data Quality
10 4 (10.26%) Spring
10 4 (10.26%) FIX Protocol
11 3 (7.69%) MiFID
11 3 (7.69%) Data Protection Act
11 3 (7.69%) ISTQB

Reference Data
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 1 (2.56%) MQSeries
Applications
1 10 (25.64%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.56%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (2.56%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (2.56%) thinkFolio
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (17.95%) SQL Server
2 3 (7.69%) NoSQL
3 2 (5.13%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (5.13%) MongoDB
4 1 (2.56%) Big Data
4 1 (2.56%) Hazelcast
4 1 (2.56%) RDBMS
4 1 (2.56%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (7.69%) SpecFlow
2 1 (2.56%) Maven
2 1 (2.56%) Selenium
2 1 (2.56%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (2.56%) WebDriver
General
1 14 (35.90%) Finance
2 5 (12.82%) Banking
3 3 (7.69%) Front Office
3 3 (7.69%) Investment Banking
4 2 (5.13%) Financial Institution
5 1 (2.56%) Back Office
5 1 (2.56%) Retail
5 1 (2.56%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 21 (53.85%) Analyst
2 12 (30.77%) Data Analyst
3 10 (25.64%) Data Cleansing Analyst
4 8 (20.51%) Business Analyst
5 6 (15.38%) Architect
5 6 (15.38%) Data Architect
6 5 (12.82%) Data Business Analyst
6 5 (12.82%) Developer
7 4 (10.26%) Java Developer
8 3 (7.69%) Data Governance Specialist
8 3 (7.69%) NoSQL Developer
8 3 (7.69%) Project Manager
8 3 (7.69%) Senior Developer
8 3 (7.69%) Senior Java Developer
9 2 (5.13%) Automation Tester
9 2 (5.13%) MiFID Business Analyst
9 2 (5.13%) MongoDB Developer
9 2 (5.13%) Reference Data Analyst
9 2 (5.13%) Reference Data Business Analyst
9 2 (5.13%) XML Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (23.08%) XML
2 7 (17.95%) FpML
2 7 (17.95%) XSD
3 6 (15.38%) XSLT
4 4 (10.26%) .NET
4 4 (10.26%) FIX Protocol
4 4 (10.26%) FIXML
4 4 (10.26%) Spring
5 1 (2.56%) Akka
5 1 (2.56%) Hibernate
5 1 (2.56%) JMS
5 1 (2.56%) Middleware
5 1 (2.56%) RabbitMQ
5 1 (2.56%) REST
5 1 (2.56%) SOAP
5 1 (2.56%) Spring Boot
5 1 (2.56%) Spring Cloud
5 1 (2.56%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 10 (25.64%) Management Information System
2 8 (20.51%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 6 (15.38%) Taxonomies
4 4 (10.26%) Fixed Income
5 3 (7.69%) Contactless
5 3 (7.69%) Data Protection Act
6 2 (5.13%) Equities
7 1 (2.56%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (2.56%) Credit Risk
7 1 (2.56%) Derivative
7 1 (2.56%) Market Risk
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (46.15%) Data Management
2 15 (38.46%) Data Analysis
3 14 (35.90%) Data Modelling
4 10 (25.64%) Data Cleansing
4 10 (25.64%) Data Entry
5 5 (12.82%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (12.82%) Data Governance
6 3 (7.69%) Asset Management
6 3 (7.69%) Automated Testing
6 3 (7.69%) Data Protection
6 3 (7.69%) Investment Management
6 3 (7.69%) KYC
6 3 (7.69%) Master Data Management
6 3 (7.69%) OO
6 3 (7.69%) OOD
6 3 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
6 3 (7.69%) Test Strategy
7 2 (5.13%) Business Analysis
7 2 (5.13%) Project Management
7 2 (5.13%) Quality Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (25.64%) SQL
2 4 (10.26%) C#
2 4 (10.26%) Java
3 1 (2.56%) Kotlin
3 1 (2.56%) Scala
Qualifications
1 3 (7.69%) ISTQB
1 3 (7.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (10.26%) Data Quality
2 3 (7.69%) MiFID
2 3 (7.69%) Solvency II
3 2 (5.13%) QA
4 1 (2.56%) Dodd-Frank
4 1 (2.56%) EMIR
4 1 (2.56%) FATCA
4 1 (2.56%) PMO
Systems Management
1 1 (2.56%) Ansible
1 1 (2.56%) Opscode Chef
1 1 (2.56%) Puppet
Vendors
1 2 (5.13%) GoldenSource
1 2 (5.13%) Microsoft
2 1 (2.56%) Fidessa
2 1 (2.56%) ION Trading