Period
to 18 January 2018

The median contractor rate for an Applications Support was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 18 January 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 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 368 379 274
Rank change year-on-year +11 -105 -5
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 591 545 873
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.64% 0.60% 0.89%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.68% 0.64% 0.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 360 376 578
England median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% - -4.11%
10th Percentile £200 £165 £213
90th Percentile £539 £488 £525
UK median daily rate £375 £340 £350
% change year-on-year +10.29% -2.86% -1.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 24 37
England median hourly rate £22.20 £16.00 £23.26
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +38.75% -31.21% +10.76%
10th Percentile £10.75 £12.83 £15.50
90th Percentile £32.00 £34.00 £38.75
UK median hourly rate £21.90 £16.00 £23.26
% change year-on-year +36.88% -31.21% +10.76%

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 87,499 85,538 93,500
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.74% 94.76% 95.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,692 56,349 60,467
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £250
90th Percentile £638 £610 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,538 2,914 3,579
England median hourly rate £18.30 £18.39 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.48% -0.61% +12.12%
10th Percentile £10.80 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.00 £46.25
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £18.52
% change year-on-year +2.78% -2.81% +12.24%

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 January 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 January 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 January 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 +46 367 £413 +5.77% 134
Midlands +28 72 £325 +62.50% 26
East Midlands +14 48 £324 +96.21% 6
South East -71 46 £350 +9.38% 34
South West +37 39 £183 -47.86% 16
North of England +1 36 £338 +0.75% 47
East of England -31 30 £200 -19.19% 21
West Midlands +20 23 £356 +78.13% 20
North West +4 21 £340 -2.86% 30
Yorkshire +5 11 £300 +20.00% 14
North East +37 4 - - 3
Applications Support
UK

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

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, Applications Support 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 Support in the job title.

1 244 (41.29%) SQL
2 181 (30.63%) Windows
3 173 (29.27%) Finance
4 141 (23.86%) ITIL
5 135 (22.84%) Linux
6 127 (21.49%) Unix
7 121 (20.47%) SQL Server
8 116 (19.63%) Oracle
9 105 (17.77%) Microsoft
10 97 (16.41%) Java
11 96 (16.24%) Banking
12 65 (11.00%) Front Office
13 54 (9.14%) Change Management
13 54 (9.14%) Problem Management
14 52 (8.80%) Analytical Skills
15 50 (8.46%) Windows Server
15 50 (8.46%) Python
16 47 (7.95%) IIS
17 40 (6.77%) PL/SQL
17 40 (6.77%) .NET
17 40 (6.77%) Web Services
17 40 (6.77%) PowerShell
18 39 (6.60%) Incident Management
18 39 (6.60%) SLA
19 35 (5.92%) Security Cleared
20 34 (5.75%) Microsoft Office
21 33 (5.58%) Equities
22 32 (5.41%) Agile Software Development
22 32 (5.41%) Fixed Income
23 31 (5.25%) Service Management

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 47 (7.95%) IIS
2 23 (3.89%) SharePoint
3 21 (3.55%) Apache
3 21 (3.55%) WebLogic
3 21 (3.55%) WebSphere
4 20 (3.38%) Tomcat
5 13 (2.20%) Confluence
5 13 (2.20%) JBoss
6 9 (1.52%) BizTalk Server
6 9 (1.52%) MQSeries
7 6 (1.02%) CMS
7 6 (1.02%) SAS
8 5 (0.85%) Oracle Workflow
9 4 (0.68%) Apache Solr
9 4 (0.68%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 4 (0.68%) WildFly
10 3 (0.51%) EPiServer
10 3 (0.51%) IBM Notes
10 3 (0.51%) SharePoint Server
11 2 (0.34%) DataSynapse
Applications
1 34 (5.75%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (2.54%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (0.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.17%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 20 (3.38%) thinkFolio
2 13 (2.20%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (1.18%) Oracle EBS
4 6 (1.02%) ION MarketView
4 6 (1.02%) Oracle Applications
5 5 (0.85%) Oracle 11i
6 4 (0.68%) Actimize
6 4 (0.68%) Dynamics AX
6 4 (0.68%) Oracle Cash Management
6 4 (0.68%) Oracle EBS R12
6 4 (0.68%) SimCorp Dimension
7 3 (0.51%) Markit EDM
7 3 (0.51%) PeopleSoft CRM
8 2 (0.34%) LatentZero
8 2 (0.34%) Oracle General Ledger
8 2 (0.34%) Oracle Payables
8 2 (0.34%) Oracle Receivables
8 2 (0.34%) Payment Gateway
8 2 (0.34%) Salerio
8 2 (0.34%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 15 (2.54%) Office 365
2 9 (1.52%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (1.02%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (0.68%) GitHub
4 4 (0.68%) Google Play
5 2 (0.34%) G Suite
5 2 (0.34%) SuccessFactors
6 1 (0.17%) BlazeMeter
6 1 (0.17%) Boomi
6 1 (0.17%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.17%) IaaS
6 1 (0.17%) PaaS
6 1 (0.17%) SaaS
6 1 (0.17%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 19 (3.21%) Internet
2 15 (2.54%) TCP/IP
3 10 (1.69%) DNS
3 10 (1.69%) Firewall
4 9 (1.52%) LAN
5 5 (0.85%) DHCP
5 5 (0.85%) Intranet
5 5 (0.85%) Network Security
5 5 (0.85%) SMS
5 5 (0.85%) VPN
6 4 (0.68%) FTP
7 3 (0.51%) LDAP
7 3 (0.51%) Reverse Proxy
7 3 (0.51%) Unified Communications
8 2 (0.34%) FIX Connectivity
8 2 (0.34%) HTTP
8 2 (0.34%) Remote Desktop
8 2 (0.34%) WAN
8 2 (0.34%) Wi-Fi
8 2 (0.34%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 121 (20.47%) SQL Server
2 27 (4.57%) Relational Database
3 22 (3.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 21 (3.55%) Blockchain
4 21 (3.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 17 (2.88%) Oracle Database
5 17 (2.88%) SQL Server 2012
6 14 (2.37%) Oracle Reports
6 14 (2.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 11 (1.86%) Crystal Reports
7 11 (1.86%) SQL Server 2008
8 10 (1.69%) MySQL
9 9 (1.52%) Ingres
10 8 (1.35%) Data Warehouse
10 8 (1.35%) PostgreSQL
10 8 (1.35%) SQL Server 2005
11 7 (1.18%) Oracle Database 10g
12 4 (0.68%) Apache Cassandra
12 4 (0.68%) MS Access
13 3 (0.51%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 22 (3.72%) JIRA
2 10 (1.69%) MSI
3 9 (1.52%) Jenkins
4 7 (1.18%) Oracle Forms
5 4 (0.68%) Cucumber
5 4 (0.68%) Git (software)
5 4 (0.68%) IBM UrbanCode
5 4 (0.68%) InstallShield
5 4 (0.68%) Selenium
5 4 (0.68%) Visual Studio
5 4 (0.68%) Wise Package Studio
6 3 (0.51%) Bitbucket
6 3 (0.51%) Eclipse
7 2 (0.34%) jMock
7 2 (0.34%) JUnit
7 2 (0.34%) Maven
7 2 (0.34%) Mockito
7 2 (0.34%) Oracle APEX
7 2 (0.34%) Subversion
8 1 (0.17%) TestComplete
General
1 173 (29.27%) Finance
2 96 (16.24%) Banking
3 65 (11.00%) Front Office
4 29 (4.91%) Investment Banking
5 20 (3.38%) Retail
6 16 (2.71%) Manufacturing
7 11 (1.86%) Back Office
7 11 (1.86%) Publishing
8 8 (1.35%) French Language
9 6 (1.02%) Prime Brokerage
10 5 (0.85%) Advertising
10 5 (0.85%) Electronics
10 5 (0.85%) Financial Institution
10 5 (0.85%) Telecoms
11 4 (0.68%) Automotive
11 4 (0.68%) Marketing
12 3 (0.51%) German Language
12 3 (0.51%) Italian Language
12 3 (0.51%) Legal
12 3 (0.51%) Polish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (6.77%) .NET
1 40 (6.77%) Web Services
2 30 (5.08%) J2EE
3 27 (4.57%) XML
4 25 (4.23%) Middleware
5 21 (3.55%) REST
6 19 (3.21%) FIX Protocol
7 18 (3.05%) SOAP
8 17 (2.88%) HTML
9 12 (2.03%) CSS
9 12 (2.03%) Rendezvous
9 12 (2.03%) WebSphere MQ
10 10 (1.69%) ASP.NET
11 8 (1.35%) JSP
12 7 (1.18%) .NET Framework
12 7 (1.18%) Node.js
13 6 (1.02%) Ajax
14 5 (0.85%) HTML5
14 5 (0.85%) LAMP
15 4 (0.68%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 52 (8.80%) Analytical Skills
2 33 (5.58%) Equities
3 32 (5.41%) Fixed Income
4 22 (3.72%) Computer Science
4 22 (3.72%) SWIFT
5 20 (3.38%) Management Information System
6 15 (2.54%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 14 (2.37%) Derivative
8 12 (2.03%) Mobile App
9 10 (1.69%) Hedge funds
10 9 (1.52%) Fedwire
10 9 (1.52%) NHS
11 5 (0.85%) Enterprise Software
11 5 (0.85%) Social Media
12 4 (0.68%) Tandem
13 3 (0.51%) Client/Server
13 3 (0.51%) Credit Risk
13 3 (0.51%) FMCG
13 3 (0.51%) Grid Computing
13 3 (0.51%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 181 (30.63%) Windows
2 135 (22.84%) Linux
3 127 (21.49%) Unix
4 50 (8.46%) Windows Server
5 24 (4.06%) Windows 7
6 22 (3.72%) Windows 10
7 19 (3.21%) Solaris
7 19 (3.21%) Windows Server 2012
8 17 (2.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 15 (2.54%) AIX
10 13 (2.20%) Windows Server 2008
11 11 (1.86%) Windows Server 2003
12 9 (1.52%) Android
13 8 (1.35%) HPUX
14 5 (0.85%) Apple iOS
15 4 (0.68%) Windows 2000 Server
16 3 (0.51%) CentOS
17 2 (0.34%) Mac OS
17 2 (0.34%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
17 2 (0.34%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 141 (23.86%) ITIL
2 54 (9.14%) Change Management
2 54 (9.14%) Problem Management
3 39 (6.60%) Incident Management
4 32 (5.41%) Agile Software Development
5 31 (5.25%) Investment Management
5 31 (5.25%) Service Management
6 30 (5.08%) Asset Management
7 29 (4.91%) CRM
7 29 (4.91%) Release Management
7 29 (4.91%) Service Delivery
8 25 (4.23%) Migration
9 22 (3.72%) Electronic Trading
10 21 (3.55%) ITSM
11 20 (3.38%) Root Cause Analysis
11 20 (3.38%) User Acceptance Testing
12 19 (3.21%) Project Management
13 16 (2.71%) Anti-Money Laundering
13 16 (2.71%) Business Analysis
13 16 (2.71%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 244 (41.29%) SQL
2 97 (16.41%) Java
3 50 (8.46%) Python
4 40 (6.77%) PL/SQL
4 40 (6.77%) PowerShell
5 31 (5.25%) Shell Script
6 30 (5.08%) Perl
7 29 (4.91%) Bash Shell
8 26 (4.40%) C#
9 19 (3.21%) T-SQL
10 18 (3.05%) VBA
11 16 (2.71%) JavaScript
12 15 (2.54%) VB
13 14 (2.37%) C++
14 13 (2.20%) PHP
15 12 (2.03%) C
16 8 (1.35%) VBScript
17 6 (1.02%) Korn
17 6 (1.02%) R
18 5 (0.85%) VB6
Qualifications
1 35 (5.92%) Security Cleared
2 27 (4.57%) Degree
3 20 (3.38%) SC Cleared
4 14 (2.37%) DV Cleared
4 14 (2.37%) ITIL Certification
5 10 (1.69%) Computer Science Degree
6 3 (0.51%) DBS Check
6 3 (0.51%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (0.34%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (0.34%) CTC Cleared
7 2 (0.34%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (0.17%) A+ Certification
8 1 (0.17%) CompTIA Security+
8 1 (0.17%) MCDBA
8 1 (0.17%) MCDST
8 1 (0.17%) MCP
8 1 (0.17%) MCSA
8 1 (0.17%) MCSE
8 1 (0.17%) Network+ Certification
8 1 (0.17%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (6.60%) SLA
2 18 (3.05%) QA
3 13 (2.20%) SEPA
4 10 (1.69%) MiFID
5 4 (0.68%) Dodd-Frank
5 4 (0.68%) EMIR
5 4 (0.68%) HL7
6 3 (0.51%) GDPR
6 3 (0.51%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.34%) Data Quality
7 2 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.17%) DICOM
8 1 (0.17%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.17%) FINRA
8 1 (0.17%) GMP
8 1 (0.17%) GxP
8 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.17%) PMO
System Software
1 31 (5.25%) Active Directory
2 12 (2.03%) Microsoft App-V
3 9 (1.52%) XenApp
4 7 (1.18%) VMware Infrastructure
5 6 (1.02%) Docker
5 6 (1.02%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (0.68%) Terminal Server
7 3 (0.51%) ISA Server
7 3 (0.51%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (0.34%) BitLocker
8 2 (0.34%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.17%) Job Entry Subsystem
9 1 (0.17%) RACF
9 1 (0.17%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
9 1 (0.17%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 1 (0.17%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 13 (2.20%) SCCM
2 10 (1.69%) ITRS Geneos
3 5 (0.85%) Control-M
3 5 (0.85%) Puppet
3 5 (0.85%) TIBCO Hawk
3 5 (0.85%) Tivoli
4 4 (0.68%) Stealthwatch
4 4 (0.68%) ThinApp
5 3 (0.51%) Nagios
5 3 (0.51%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 3 (0.51%) WMI
6 2 (0.34%) CA Single Sign-On
6 2 (0.34%) logstash
6 2 (0.34%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.17%) AirWatch
7 1 (0.17%) Ambari
7 1 (0.17%) Ansible
7 1 (0.17%) CA Service Virtualization
7 1 (0.17%) Thomson Reuters DACS
7 1 (0.17%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 116 (19.63%) Oracle
2 105 (17.77%) Microsoft
3 25 (4.23%) Citrix
4 23 (3.89%) VMware
5 19 (3.21%) IBM
6 18 (3.05%) Charles River
7 13 (2.20%) ION Trading
7 13 (2.20%) Red Hat
8 12 (2.03%) TIBCO
9 11 (1.86%) ServiceNow
10 9 (1.52%) Cisco
10 9 (1.52%) SAP
10 9 (1.52%) Sybase
11 8 (1.35%) Google
11 8 (1.35%) HP
12 7 (1.18%) PeopleSoft
12 7 (1.18%) Splunk
13 5 (0.85%) Wallstreet Suite
14 4 (0.68%) AppDynamics
14 4 (0.68%) ArcSight