The median contractor rate for an Applications Specialist was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in 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.

Application Specialist
UK / England
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 548 540 559
Rank change year-on-year -8 +19  
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Specialist 40 80 67
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.093% 0.16% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.098% 0.17% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 48 47
Median daily rate £375 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.76% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £252 £243 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £550 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £333
% change year-on-year - +12.78%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in England. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
England
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 40726 46972 48452
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 94.73% 95.05% 94.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 26580 31013 30938
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1241 1367 1887
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £43.25 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.14
% change year-on-year +0.28% +8.11%  

Applications Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England that featured Applications Specialist in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Applications Specialist in England

Applications Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Applications Specialist in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Applications Specialist in England

Applications Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Applications Specialist in England over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Applications Specialist in England

Applications Specialist
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Applications Specialist in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Applications Specialist in England

Applications Specialist
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Applications Specialist within the England region over the 3 months to 23 June 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -16 13 £375 -25.03% 6
South East +9 12 £338 -10.00%
East of England -10 8 £375 -9.09% 1
West Midlands +17 3 £388 +19.23%
Yorkshire +26 2 £430 +91.11% 4
South West +3 1 - - 1
East Midlands -5 1 £300 -20.00% 1
Applications Specialist
UK

Applications Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, Applications Specialist contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region featuring Applications Specialist in the job title.

1 25 (36.76%) SQL
2 20 (29.41%) Windows
3 19 (27.94%) Linux
4 17 (25.00%) Java
5 16 (23.53%) Microsoft
6 14 (20.59%) Active Directory
6 14 (20.59%) SQL Server
6 14 (20.59%) Red Hat
7 13 (19.12%) Security Cleared
8 12 (17.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 12 (17.65%) Apache
9 11 (16.18%) Tomcat
9 11 (16.18%) Citrix
9 11 (16.18%) Oracle
9 11 (16.18%) SC Cleared
9 11 (16.18%) Bash Shell
10 10 (14.71%) Continuous Improvement
10 10 (14.71%) JBoss
10 10 (14.71%) ITIL
10 10 (14.71%) IIS
10 10 (14.71%) Finance
11 9 (13.24%) Java EE
12 8 (11.76%) SCCM
12 8 (11.76%) Mentoring
12 8 (11.76%) PostgreSQL
12 8 (11.76%) Firewall
13 7 (10.29%) Perl
13 7 (10.29%) DNS
13 7 (10.29%) SLA
13 7 (10.29%) Windows Server 2012

Applications Specialist Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 12 (17.65%) Apache
2 11 (16.18%) Tomcat
3 10 (14.71%) IIS
3 10 (14.71%) JBoss
4 5 (7.35%) MS Exchange
5 4 (5.88%) EPiServer
5 4 (5.88%) FileNet
5 4 (5.88%) WebSphere
5 4 (5.88%) WebSphere Application Server
6 3 (4.41%) Apache Geronimo
6 3 (4.41%) Apache TomEE
7 2 (2.94%) Drupal
7 2 (2.94%) IBM Notes
7 2 (2.94%) WebLogic
8 1 (1.47%) Apache Solr
8 1 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 2 (2.94%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.47%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.94%) SAP CO
1 2 (2.94%) SAP FI
1 2 (2.94%) SAP FI/CO
2 1 (1.47%) BusinessWorks
2 1 (1.47%) Front Arena
2 1 (1.47%) ION MarketView
2 1 (1.47%) ResourceLink
2 1 (1.47%) Sentinel
2 1 (1.47%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 5 (7.35%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (2.94%) Akamai
2 2 (2.94%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (2.94%) IaaS
3 1 (1.47%) Office 365
3 1 (1.47%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 8 (11.76%) Firewall
2 7 (10.29%) DNS
3 4 (5.88%) HTTPS
3 4 (5.88%) Reverse Proxy
3 4 (5.88%) Wireshark
4 3 (4.41%) Internet
5 2 (2.94%) Network Security
5 2 (2.94%) TCP/IP
5 2 (2.94%) VPN
6 1 (1.47%) NetScaler
6 1 (1.47%) Remote Desktop
6 1 (1.47%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (20.59%) SQL Server
2 8 (11.76%) PostgreSQL
3 6 (8.82%) RDBMS
3 6 (8.82%) Relational Database
4 5 (7.35%) Redis
5 4 (5.88%) Oracle Database
6 3 (4.41%) Oracle Database 10g
7 2 (2.94%) MySQL
7 2 (2.94%) Oracle BI Publisher
7 2 (2.94%) Oracle Reports
7 2 (2.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (2.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (2.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (1.47%) Amazon RDS
8 1 (1.47%) Azure SQL Database
8 1 (1.47%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (1.47%) GIS
8 1 (1.47%) KDB
8 1 (1.47%) Oracle Database 12c
8 1 (1.47%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 4 (5.88%) MSI
2 1 (1.47%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 1 (1.47%) InstallShield
2 1 (1.47%) JIRA
General
1 10 (14.71%) Finance
2 4 (5.88%) Banking
2 4 (5.88%) Publishing
3 1 (1.47%) Billing
3 1 (1.47%) Front Office
3 1 (1.47%) Law
3 1 (1.47%) Legal
3 1 (1.47%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (13.24%) Java EE
2 6 (8.82%) .NET
2 6 (8.82%) ActiveMQ
2 6 (8.82%) XML
3 4 (5.88%) JAAS
3 4 (5.88%) JMS
3 4 (5.88%) JMX
3 4 (5.88%) JNDI
3 4 (5.88%) LAPP Stack
4 3 (4.41%) Hibernate
4 3 (4.41%) IBM Integration Bus
4 3 (4.41%) JSF
4 3 (4.41%) JSP
4 3 (4.41%) Spring
4 3 (4.41%) Struts
4 3 (4.41%) WebSphere MQ
4 3 (4.41%) XSL
4 3 (4.41%) XSLT
5 2 (2.94%) ASP.NET
5 2 (2.94%) MSMQ
Miscellaneous
1 4 (5.88%) Clustering
1 4 (5.88%) Mainframe
1 4 (5.88%) Smart Meter
1 4 (5.88%) Tandem
2 3 (4.41%) Management Information System
3 2 (2.94%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.94%) Client/Server
3 2 (2.94%) Data Structures
3 2 (2.94%) Fixed Income
3 2 (2.94%) Greenfield Project
3 2 (2.94%) Online Banking
4 1 (1.47%) Cyber Attack
4 1 (1.47%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.47%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.47%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (1.47%) Hedge funds
4 1 (1.47%) Hybrid Cloud
4 1 (1.47%) PKI
4 1 (1.47%) Private Cloud
4 1 (1.47%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 20 (29.41%) Windows
2 19 (27.94%) Linux
3 12 (17.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 7 (10.29%) Windows Server 2012
5 6 (8.82%) Unix
6 5 (7.35%) Windows Server
7 4 (5.88%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (2.94%) Windows 7
9 1 (1.47%) Windows 10
9 1 (1.47%) Windows 8
9 1 (1.47%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (14.71%) Continuous Improvement
1 10 (14.71%) ITIL
2 8 (11.76%) Mentoring
3 7 (10.29%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (10.29%) Application Packaging
4 6 (8.82%) DevOps
4 6 (8.82%) Migration
4 6 (8.82%) Problem Management
4 6 (8.82%) Procure-to-Pay
5 5 (7.35%) Capacity Management
6 4 (5.88%) Analytics
6 4 (5.88%) High Availability
6 4 (5.88%) Line Management
6 4 (5.88%) Project Management
6 4 (5.88%) Technical Analysis
7 3 (4.41%) Enterprise Architecture
7 3 (4.41%) Open Source
7 3 (4.41%) Programme Governance
7 3 (4.41%) Remediation Plan
8 2 (2.94%) Application Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 25 (36.76%) SQL
2 17 (25.00%) Java
3 11 (16.18%) Bash Shell
4 7 (10.29%) Perl
5 6 (8.82%) PowerShell
6 4 (5.88%) JCL
7 3 (4.41%) C#
7 3 (4.41%) C++
7 3 (4.41%) JavaScript
7 3 (4.41%) PL/SQL
7 3 (4.41%) Shell Script
7 3 (4.41%) T-SQL
8 2 (2.94%) C
8 2 (2.94%) Python
9 1 (1.47%) VB
9 1 (1.47%) VBA
9 1 (1.47%) VBScript
9 1 (1.47%) XPath
Qualifications
1 13 (19.12%) Security Cleared
2 11 (16.18%) SC Cleared
3 6 (8.82%) CISSP
3 6 (8.82%) RHCE
3 6 (8.82%) RHCSA
4 5 (7.35%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (4.41%) MCSA
5 3 (4.41%) MCSE
6 2 (2.94%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (2.94%) Degree
7 1 (1.47%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (1.47%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (1.47%) MCITP
7 1 (1.47%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (10.29%) SLA
2 3 (4.41%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.47%) MiFID
System Software
1 14 (20.59%) Active Directory
2 7 (10.29%) Oracle RAC
2 7 (10.29%) XenApp
3 5 (7.35%) Microsoft App-V
4 4 (5.88%) VMware ESXi
4 4 (5.88%) XenDesktop
5 1 (1.47%) Docker
5 1 (1.47%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (1.47%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 8 (11.76%) SCCM
2 7 (10.29%) Opscode Chef
2 7 (10.29%) Puppet
3 5 (7.35%) Cobbler
4 4 (5.88%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 1 (1.47%) Ansible
5 1 (1.47%) BladeLogic
5 1 (1.47%) ITRS Geneos
5 1 (1.47%) Kubernetes
5 1 (1.47%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (1.47%) SCOM
Vendors
1 16 (23.53%) Microsoft
2 14 (20.59%) Red Hat
3 11 (16.18%) Citrix
3 11 (16.18%) Oracle
4 6 (8.82%) VMware
5 4 (5.88%) Genesys
5 4 (5.88%) Informatica
6 3 (4.41%) Arqiva
6 3 (4.41%) IBM
7 2 (2.94%) AppDynamics
7 2 (2.94%) BEA
7 2 (2.94%) Cisco
7 2 (2.94%) F5
7 2 (2.94%) Imperva
7 2 (2.94%) Lotus
7 2 (2.94%) SAP
8 1 (1.47%) ESRI
8 1 (1.47%) MobileIron
8 1 (1.47%) Remedy
8 1 (1.47%) TIBCO