Period
to 18 August 2018

The median contractor rate for an Applications Support was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 18 August 2018.

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 Support
UK > England
6 months to
18 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 450 380 342
Rank change year-on-year -70 -38 -50
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 463 544 710
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.49% 0.61% 0.71%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.52% 0.64% 0.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 329 367 490
England median daily rate £400 £375 £349
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +7.53% -0.36%
10th Percentile £213 £210 £188
90th Percentile £538 £550 £500
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 19 20
England median hourly rate £24.50 £21.90 £24.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.87% -9.69% +15.48%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.55 £13.88
90th Percentile £29.15 £32.60 £195.00
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £21.90 £23.00
% change year-on-year +0.46% -4.78% +9.52%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
England
Contract vacancies in England with a recognized job title 89,217 84,471 95,567
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.82% 95.00% 95.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 59,046 55,266 63,062
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £258
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,847 2,571 2,828
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -2.63% +6.83%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.75 £10.40
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £46.00
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £19.00
% change year-on-year -3.74% -1.58% +5.67%

Applications Support
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings that featured Applications Support in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Applications Support in England

Applications Support
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Applications Support in England

Applications Support
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Applications Support in England over the 6 months to 18 August 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Applications Support in England

Applications Support
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Applications Support in England

Applications Support
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Applications Support in England over the 6 months to 18 August 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Applications Support in England

Applications Support
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 Support within the England region over the 6 months to 18 August 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -62 236 £450 - 72
South East +7 90 £325 +5.43% 37
North of England -15 54 £300 -11.11% 33
Midlands -20 48 £350 +8.95% 14
North West -7 30 £300 -10.45% 22
East Midlands -20 29 £350 +12.90% 8
East of England -24 20 £273 +10.10% 21
Yorkshire 0 19 £285 -8.80% 11
West Midlands -12 19 £350 -5.08% 6
South West -31 15 £356 +30.73% 11
North East -10 5 £238 -29.63%
Applications Support
UK

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

For the 6 months to 18 August 2018, Applications Support contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region featuring Applications Support in the job title.

1 226 (48.81%) SQL
2 162 (34.99%) Windows
3 160 (34.56%) Finance
4 115 (24.84%) Linux
5 99 (21.38%) Unix
6 97 (20.95%) Oracle
7 95 (20.52%) ITIL
8 91 (19.65%) SQL Server
9 89 (19.22%) Microsoft
10 75 (16.20%) PowerShell
11 72 (15.55%) Banking
12 62 (13.39%) IIS
13 57 (12.31%) Windows Server
14 56 (12.10%) Change Management
15 48 (10.37%) Problem-Solving
16 47 (10.15%) Python
17 42 (9.07%) Active Directory
17 42 (9.07%) Middleware
18 39 (8.42%) Front Office
18 39 (8.42%) .NET
18 39 (8.42%) Java
19 38 (8.21%) Service Management
20 35 (7.56%) C#
20 35 (7.56%) SharePoint
21 34 (7.34%) VMware
22 33 (7.13%) Agile Software Development
23 31 (6.70%) Windows Server 2012
24 30 (6.48%) Citrix
25 29 (6.26%) Web Services
26 28 (6.05%) Red Hat

Applications Support 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 62 (13.39%) IIS
2 35 (7.56%) SharePoint
3 18 (3.89%) JBoss
3 18 (3.89%) Tomcat
4 15 (3.24%) WebSphere
5 13 (2.81%) Apache
6 11 (2.38%) BizTalk Server
7 9 (1.94%) WebLogic
7 9 (1.94%) WildFly
8 8 (1.73%) CMS
8 8 (1.73%) MS Exchange
9 6 (1.30%) SharePoint 2013
10 5 (1.08%) Elasticsearch
10 5 (1.08%) MQSeries
10 5 (1.08%) SharePoint 2010
11 4 (0.86%) Oracle HTTP Server
11 4 (0.86%) Skype for Business
12 3 (0.65%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 2 (0.43%) Apache Pig
13 2 (0.43%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 27 (5.83%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (4.54%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (1.08%) InfoPath
4 2 (0.43%) Windchill
5 1 (0.22%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 10 (2.16%) Dynamics AX
1 10 (2.16%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.51%) Oracle EBS
3 6 (1.30%) Oracle ERP
3 6 (1.30%) Remedy ITSM
3 6 (1.30%) Servitor
4 5 (1.08%) Line 500
4 5 (1.08%) Sonata
4 5 (1.08%) thinkFolio
5 4 (0.86%) Oracle Applications
6 3 (0.65%) ION MarketView
6 3 (0.65%) Oracle Assets
6 3 (0.65%) Oracle EBS R12
6 3 (0.65%) Oracle General Ledger
6 3 (0.65%) Oracle Payables
6 3 (0.65%) Oracle Receivables
6 3 (0.65%) Sage X3
7 2 (0.43%) Markit EDM
7 2 (0.43%) Oracle Cash Management
7 2 (0.43%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 28 (6.05%) Office 365
2 19 (4.10%) Amazon AWS
3 11 (2.38%) Microsoft Azure
4 10 (2.16%) SaaS
5 6 (1.30%) Serverless
6 5 (1.08%) AWS Lambda
6 5 (1.08%) G Suite
7 2 (0.43%) Dynamics 365
7 2 (0.43%) Slack
8 1 (0.22%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.22%) Azure Functions
8 1 (0.22%) Datadog
8 1 (0.22%) GitHub
8 1 (0.22%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.22%) PaaS
8 1 (0.22%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 17 (3.67%) Internet
2 15 (3.24%) DNS
3 12 (2.59%) Firewall
4 10 (2.16%) DHCP
4 10 (2.16%) SSL
5 9 (1.94%) HTTP
6 8 (1.73%) TCP/IP
7 7 (1.51%) SAN
8 6 (1.30%) Remote Desktop
9 5 (1.08%) Multicast
9 5 (1.08%) SMS
10 4 (0.86%) FTP
10 4 (0.86%) SSH
11 3 (0.65%) HTTPS
11 3 (0.65%) SMTP
12 2 (0.43%) BGP
12 2 (0.43%) Ethernet
12 2 (0.43%) Intranet
12 2 (0.43%) VPN
12 2 (0.43%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 91 (19.65%) SQL Server
2 19 (4.10%) Oracle Database
3 17 (3.67%) Blockchain
3 17 (3.67%) Relational Database
4 15 (3.24%) DB2
5 12 (2.59%) Data Warehouse
6 11 (2.38%) PostgreSQL
7 10 (2.16%) MySQL
8 8 (1.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 7 (1.51%) Power BI
9 7 (1.51%) SQL Server 2008
9 7 (1.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 6 (1.30%) BusinessObjects
10 6 (1.30%) MongoDB
10 6 (1.30%) SQL Server 2012
11 4 (0.86%) Amazon RDS
11 4 (0.86%) Crystal Reports
11 4 (0.86%) MS Access
11 4 (0.86%) Oracle Reports
11 4 (0.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 11 (2.38%) JIRA
2 7 (1.51%) Git (software)
2 7 (1.51%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 5 (1.08%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (1.08%) Toad
4 4 (0.86%) Visual Studio
5 3 (0.65%) Octopus Deploy
5 3 (0.65%) Oracle Forms
6 2 (0.43%) AdminStudio
6 2 (0.43%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 2 (0.43%) Eclipse
6 2 (0.43%) Jenkins
6 2 (0.43%) Oracle APEX
6 2 (0.43%) StarTeam
7 1 (0.22%) FitNesse
7 1 (0.22%) MSI
7 1 (0.22%) SoapUI
7 1 (0.22%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 160 (34.56%) Finance
2 72 (15.55%) Banking
3 39 (8.42%) Front Office
4 22 (4.75%) Investment Banking
5 16 (3.46%) Retail
6 13 (2.81%) Manufacturing
7 9 (1.94%) Back Office
8 6 (1.30%) Telecoms
9 5 (1.08%) Automotive
9 5 (1.08%) Financial Institution
9 5 (1.08%) Law
9 5 (1.08%) Local Government
9 5 (1.08%) Retail Banking
10 4 (0.86%) French Language
10 4 (0.86%) Italian Language
10 4 (0.86%) Publishing
10 4 (0.86%) Spanish Language
11 3 (0.65%) Japanese Language
11 3 (0.65%) Legal
11 3 (0.65%) Russian Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (9.07%) Middleware
2 39 (8.42%) .NET
3 29 (6.26%) Web Services
4 22 (4.75%) HTML
5 20 (4.32%) CSS
5 20 (4.32%) XML
6 10 (2.16%) REST
7 9 (1.94%) SOAP
8 7 (1.51%) FIX Protocol
8 7 (1.51%) J2EE
8 7 (1.51%) Oracle Fusion
8 7 (1.51%) Rendezvous
8 7 (1.51%) WebSphere MQ
9 6 (1.30%) ASP.NET
10 5 (1.08%) AngularJS
10 5 (1.08%) Elastic Stack
10 5 (1.08%) jQuery
11 4 (0.86%) JSON
12 3 (0.65%) .NET Framework
12 3 (0.65%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 20 (4.32%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (3.24%) Fixed Income
3 14 (3.02%) Equities
4 13 (2.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 10 (2.16%) Client/Server
6 9 (1.94%) Management Information System
7 8 (1.73%) Replication
8 7 (1.51%) Computer Science
8 7 (1.51%) Derivative
8 7 (1.51%) Life Science
8 7 (1.51%) Reinsurance
8 7 (1.51%) Self-Motivation
9 5 (1.08%) Greenfield Project
9 5 (1.08%) Mainframe
10 4 (0.86%) Data Centre
10 4 (0.86%) Enterprise Software
10 4 (0.86%) Freedom of Information
10 4 (0.86%) Hedge funds
10 4 (0.86%) Mobile App
10 4 (0.86%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 162 (34.99%) Windows
2 115 (24.84%) Linux
3 99 (21.38%) Unix
4 57 (12.31%) Windows Server
5 31 (6.70%) Windows Server 2012
6 28 (6.05%) Windows Server 2008
7 26 (5.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 12 (2.59%) Windows 10
9 9 (1.94%) Windows Server 2003
10 7 (1.51%) Apple iOS
11 6 (1.30%) Mac OS
12 5 (1.08%) Windows 7
13 4 (0.86%) VMS
13 4 (0.86%) zOS
14 3 (0.65%) Mac OS X
14 3 (0.65%) Solaris
15 2 (0.43%) Windows 8
16 1 (0.22%) AIX
16 1 (0.22%) DC/OS
16 1 (0.22%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 95 (20.52%) ITIL
2 56 (12.10%) Change Management
3 48 (10.37%) Problem-Solving
4 38 (8.21%) Service Management
5 33 (7.13%) Agile Software Development
6 28 (6.05%) User Acceptance Testing
7 27 (5.83%) Problem Management
8 26 (5.62%) ITSM
9 24 (5.18%) E-Commerce
10 23 (4.97%) Configuration Management
10 23 (4.97%) Electronic Trading
11 22 (4.75%) CRM
11 22 (4.75%) DevOps
11 22 (4.75%) ITIL V3
12 21 (4.54%) Project Management
12 21 (4.54%) Service Delivery
13 18 (3.89%) Capacity Management
13 18 (3.89%) ERP
13 18 (3.89%) Migration
14 16 (3.46%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 226 (48.81%) SQL
2 75 (16.20%) PowerShell
3 47 (10.15%) Python
4 39 (8.42%) Java
5 35 (7.56%) C#
6 27 (5.83%) Perl
7 23 (4.97%) T-SQL
8 21 (4.54%) PL/SQL
9 19 (4.10%) Bash Shell
9 19 (4.10%) JavaScript
10 16 (3.46%) VB
10 16 (3.46%) VBA
11 15 (3.24%) Shell Script
12 12 (2.59%) PHP
13 9 (1.94%) C
14 6 (1.30%) VBScript
15 5 (1.08%) VB.NET
16 4 (0.86%) JCL
17 3 (0.65%) C++
17 3 (0.65%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 26 (5.62%) Security Cleared
2 19 (4.10%) SC Cleared
3 15 (3.24%) ITIL Certification
4 10 (2.16%) Degree
5 8 (1.73%) Microsoft Certification
6 7 (1.51%) DV Cleared
7 6 (1.30%) MCDBA
7 6 (1.30%) MCITP
8 5 (1.08%) Computer Science Degree
9 2 (0.43%) CCNA
9 2 (0.43%) CCNP
9 2 (0.43%) Cisco Certification
9 2 (0.43%) JNCIA
9 2 (0.43%) PMP
10 1 (0.22%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (0.22%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 1 (0.22%) MCSA
10 1 (0.22%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (4.97%) SLA
2 8 (1.73%) GDPR
3 4 (0.86%) Data Quality
3 4 (0.86%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (0.65%) MiFID
4 3 (0.65%) QA
5 2 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.43%) SEPA
6 1 (0.22%) HL7
6 1 (0.22%) PMO
System Software
1 42 (9.07%) Active Directory
2 22 (4.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (2.16%) VMware ESXi
4 8 (1.73%) XenApp
5 7 (1.51%) Microsoft App-V
6 6 (1.30%) Docker
7 5 (1.08%) Squid
7 5 (1.08%) VMware Workstation
8 4 (0.86%) Hyper-V
8 4 (0.86%) XenDesktop
9 3 (0.65%) Virtual Desktop
10 2 (0.43%) Time Sharing Option
11 1 (0.22%) HDFS
11 1 (0.22%) Veritas Cluster Server
11 1 (0.22%) Xen
Systems Management
1 16 (3.46%) SCCM
2 11 (2.38%) Puppet
3 8 (1.73%) Ansible
3 8 (1.73%) Kibana
4 7 (1.51%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 6 (1.30%) Microsoft Intune
5 6 (1.30%) Opscode Chef
6 5 (1.08%) Kubernetes
6 5 (1.08%) logstash
7 4 (0.86%) Control-M
8 3 (0.65%) Grafana
8 3 (0.65%) ITRS Geneos
8 3 (0.65%) NetBackup
8 3 (0.65%) OVSD
9 2 (0.43%) CA Single Sign-On
9 2 (0.43%) Nagios
9 2 (0.43%) SCOM
9 2 (0.43%) SCSM
10 1 (0.22%) BladeLogic
10 1 (0.22%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 97 (20.95%) Oracle
2 89 (19.22%) Microsoft
3 34 (7.34%) VMware
4 30 (6.48%) Citrix
5 28 (6.05%) Red Hat
6 23 (4.97%) Remedy
7 22 (4.75%) IBM
8 17 (3.67%) SAP
9 9 (1.94%) Apple
9 9 (1.94%) F5
10 8 (1.73%) CA
10 8 (1.73%) ServiceNow
11 7 (1.51%) Charles River
11 7 (1.51%) Civica
11 7 (1.51%) TIBCO
12 6 (1.30%) BMC
12 6 (1.30%) ION Trading
12 6 (1.30%) Orchard
13 5 (1.08%) Sage
13 5 (1.08%) Salesforce.com