Period
to 17 December 2018

The median contractor rate for an Applications Support was £378 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 17 December 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
17 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 476 369 371
Rank change year-on-year -107 +2 -92
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 448 629 595
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.47% 0.67% 0.63%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.49% 0.70% 0.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 338 402 431
England median daily rate £378 £388 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.58% +13.97% -6.85%
10th Percentile £220 £193 £169
90th Percentile £525 £550 £475
UK median daily rate £375 £375 £338
% change year-on-year - +11.11% -4.93%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 29 25
England median hourly rate £50.00 £22.50 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +122.22% -11.76% -12.07%
10th Percentile £22.00 £11.15 £12.85
90th Percentile £155.00 £30.40 £34.00
UK median hourly rate £50.00 £22.20 £19.23
% change year-on-year +125.23% +15.44% -33.69%

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 90,910 89,601 89,711
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.72% 94.88% 94.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 60,948 59,991 59,065
England median daily rate £460 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.22% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £256
90th Percentile £638 £638 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,742 2,607 2,971
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.07% +3.89% +1.21%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.85 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.00 £46.96
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.70 £18.00
% change year-on-year -1.07% +3.89% -

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 17 December 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 17 December 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 17 December 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 -109 219 £425 - 76
North of England +41 100 £355 +5.19% 26
South East -5 61 £325 -2.26% 20
North West +12 53 £355 +4.80% 14
Midlands -66 35 £350 +8.11% 18
North East +19 32 £375 +9.09% 3
West Midlands -21 21 £350 +7.69% 11
South West -33 17 £350 +91.78% 10
Yorkshire -6 15 £325 +13.04% 9
East of England -22 14 £355 +84.42% 14
East Midlands -35 14 £338 +8.00% 7
Applications Support
UK

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

For the 6 months to 17 December 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.

1 205 (45.76%) SQL
2 151 (33.71%) Windows
3 114 (25.45%) Finance
4 103 (22.99%) Microsoft
5 98 (21.88%) ITIL
6 92 (20.54%) SQL Server
7 81 (18.08%) Unix
8 78 (17.41%) Oracle
9 75 (16.74%) Linux
10 66 (14.73%) Banking
11 58 (12.95%) IIS
12 53 (11.83%) PowerShell
13 51 (11.38%) .NET
14 50 (11.16%) Windows Server
15 42 (9.38%) Agile Software Development
16 41 (9.15%) Microsoft Office
16 41 (9.15%) Active Directory
16 41 (9.15%) Service Management
17 40 (8.93%) SharePoint
17 40 (8.93%) Security Cleared
18 39 (8.71%) Java
19 38 (8.48%) Front Office
20 36 (8.04%) Change Management
21 34 (7.59%) Tomcat
21 34 (7.59%) Problem-Solving
22 33 (7.37%) C#
23 31 (6.92%) SC Cleared
24 30 (6.70%) Windows Server 2012
25 29 (6.47%) Service Delivery
26 28 (6.25%) Microsoft Excel

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 58 (12.95%) IIS
2 40 (8.93%) SharePoint
3 34 (7.59%) Tomcat
4 24 (5.36%) Apache
5 20 (4.46%) BizTalk Server
6 16 (3.57%) JBoss
7 14 (3.13%) TPMS
8 12 (2.68%) WebSphere
9 9 (2.01%) WildFly
9 9 (2.01%) WordPress
10 6 (1.34%) WebLogic
11 5 (1.12%) SharePoint 2013
12 4 (0.89%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 4 (0.89%) Confluence
12 4 (0.89%) FileNet
12 4 (0.89%) MQSeries
12 4 (0.89%) MS Exchange
12 4 (0.89%) SharePoint 2010
13 3 (0.67%) WebSphere Application Server
14 2 (0.45%) Oracle HTTP Server
Applications
1 41 (9.15%) Microsoft Office
2 28 (6.25%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (3.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.22%) CATIA
4 1 (0.22%) HipChat
4 1 (0.22%) Mingle
4 1 (0.22%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 17 (3.79%) Dynamics AX
2 13 (2.90%) Dynamics CRM
3 9 (2.01%) Remedy ITSM
4 7 (1.56%) Dynamics NAV
4 7 (1.56%) Markit EDM
4 7 (1.56%) thinkFolio
5 5 (1.12%) Elite 3E
5 5 (1.12%) Line 500
6 4 (0.89%) Oracle Cash Management
6 4 (0.89%) Oracle EBS
6 4 (0.89%) Oracle EBS R12
6 4 (0.89%) Oracle Financials
6 4 (0.89%) Teamcenter
7 3 (0.67%) LatentZero
7 3 (0.67%) Magento
7 3 (0.67%) Oracle ERP
7 3 (0.67%) Oracle General Ledger
7 3 (0.67%) Oracle Payables
7 3 (0.67%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 3 (0.67%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 18 (4.02%) Office 365
2 13 (2.90%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (1.79%) SaaS
4 5 (1.12%) Dynamics 365
5 3 (0.67%) Amazon AWS
6 2 (0.45%) G Suite
6 2 (0.45%) IaaS
6 2 (0.45%) PaaS
7 1 (0.22%) Azure Data Factory
7 1 (0.22%) Google Drive
7 1 (0.22%) Google Play
Communications & Networking
1 8 (1.79%) DNS
2 7 (1.56%) DHCP
2 7 (1.56%) TCP/IP
3 6 (1.34%) FTP
3 6 (1.34%) Internet
4 5 (1.12%) Firewall
4 5 (1.12%) Intranet
5 4 (0.89%) HTTP
5 4 (0.89%) HTTPS
5 4 (0.89%) SSL
6 3 (0.67%) SAN
7 2 (0.45%) LAN
7 2 (0.45%) SMS
7 2 (0.45%) SSH
7 2 (0.45%) VPN
7 2 (0.45%) WAN
8 1 (0.22%) Ethernet
8 1 (0.22%) NAS
8 1 (0.22%) Unified Communications
8 1 (0.22%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 92 (20.54%) SQL Server
2 22 (4.91%) Relational Database
3 17 (3.79%) Oracle Database
4 15 (3.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 14 (3.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 11 (2.46%) MS Access
7 9 (2.01%) SQL Server 2008
7 9 (2.01%) SQL Server 2012
8 8 (1.79%) MySQL
9 7 (1.56%) Data Warehouse
10 6 (1.34%) PostgreSQL
10 6 (1.34%) SQL Server 2014
11 5 (1.12%) Crystal Reports
11 5 (1.12%) Oracle Reports
11 5 (1.12%) Power BI
12 4 (0.89%) GIS
12 4 (0.89%) MongoDB
12 4 (0.89%) QlikView
12 4 (0.89%) SQL Server 2016
13 3 (0.67%) Qlik Sense
Development Applications
1 12 (2.68%) JIRA
2 5 (1.12%) Toad
3 4 (0.89%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (0.67%) Jenkins
5 2 (0.45%) Eclipse
5 2 (0.45%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.45%) JMeter
5 2 (0.45%) TeamCity
6 1 (0.22%) AdminStudio
6 1 (0.22%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 1 (0.22%) FitNesse
6 1 (0.22%) Hudson
6 1 (0.22%) Maven
6 1 (0.22%) Octopus Deploy
6 1 (0.22%) SoapUI
6 1 (0.22%) Visual Studio
6 1 (0.22%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 114 (25.45%) Finance
2 66 (14.73%) Banking
3 38 (8.48%) Front Office
4 16 (3.57%) Investment Banking
5 13 (2.90%) Manufacturing
6 11 (2.46%) Retail
7 10 (2.23%) Back Office
8 8 (1.79%) Law
8 8 (1.79%) Legal
9 7 (1.56%) Games
9 7 (1.56%) General Ledger
10 6 (1.34%) Publishing
10 6 (1.34%) Russian Language
10 6 (1.34%) Telecoms
11 5 (1.12%) Billing
11 5 (1.12%) French Language
11 5 (1.12%) Marketing
12 4 (0.89%) Electronics
12 4 (0.89%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.67%) Advertising
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (11.38%) .NET
2 25 (5.58%) Middleware
3 20 (4.46%) XML
4 19 (4.24%) HTML
5 12 (2.68%) .NET Framework
5 12 (2.68%) Web Services
6 8 (1.79%) FIX Protocol
6 8 (1.79%) ISPF
7 7 (1.56%) CSS
8 5 (1.12%) Ajax
8 5 (1.12%) RabbitMQ
8 5 (1.12%) SOAP
8 5 (1.12%) XML Schema
9 4 (0.89%) ASP.NET
10 3 (0.67%) EDI
10 3 (0.67%) J2EE
10 3 (0.67%) LAMP
10 3 (0.67%) XMPP
11 2 (0.45%) Rendezvous
11 2 (0.45%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 25 (5.58%) Analytical Skills
1 25 (5.58%) Fixed Income
2 15 (3.35%) Equities
3 13 (2.90%) Management Information System
4 12 (2.68%) Derivative
5 11 (2.46%) Self-Motivation
6 10 (2.23%) Mobile App
7 8 (1.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 7 (1.56%) Reinsurance
9 6 (1.34%) Client/Server
10 5 (1.12%) Enterprise Software
10 5 (1.12%) User Experience
11 4 (0.89%) Data Centre
11 4 (0.89%) Wiki
12 3 (0.67%) Linux Command Line
12 3 (0.67%) OTC Derivatives
12 3 (0.67%) SCADA
12 3 (0.67%) Virtual Team
13 2 (0.45%) Clustering
13 2 (0.45%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 151 (33.71%) Windows
2 81 (18.08%) Unix
3 75 (16.74%) Linux
4 50 (11.16%) Windows Server
5 30 (6.70%) Windows Server 2012
6 20 (4.46%) Windows Server 2008
7 17 (3.79%) Windows 10
8 14 (3.13%) VME
9 12 (2.68%) zOS
10 10 (2.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 10 (2.23%) Windows 7
11 8 (1.79%) Android
11 8 (1.79%) Windows Server 2003
12 5 (1.12%) Oracle Linux
13 4 (0.89%) HPUX
13 4 (0.89%) VMS
14 3 (0.67%) Apple iOS
14 3 (0.67%) Mac OS
14 3 (0.67%) Solaris
15 1 (0.22%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 98 (21.88%) ITIL
2 42 (9.38%) Agile Software Development
3 41 (9.15%) Service Management
4 36 (8.04%) Change Management
5 34 (7.59%) Problem-Solving
6 29 (6.47%) Service Delivery
7 25 (5.58%) DevOps
8 24 (5.36%) Problem Management
9 23 (5.13%) ITSM
10 21 (4.69%) ITIL V3
11 20 (4.46%) User Acceptance Testing
12 19 (4.24%) CRM
12 19 (4.24%) Incident Management
13 18 (4.02%) Business Intelligence
13 18 (4.02%) ERP
14 17 (3.79%) E-Commerce
14 17 (3.79%) Project Management
14 17 (3.79%) Release Management
15 16 (3.57%) Migration
16 14 (3.13%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 205 (45.76%) SQL
2 53 (11.83%) PowerShell
3 39 (8.71%) Java
4 33 (7.37%) C#
5 26 (5.80%) Shell Script
6 22 (4.91%) Python
7 17 (3.79%) VBA
8 15 (3.35%) JavaScript
9 13 (2.90%) T-SQL
10 12 (2.68%) JCL
10 12 (2.68%) PL/SQL
10 12 (2.68%) VB
11 11 (2.46%) C
11 11 (2.46%) Perl
12 9 (2.01%) PHP
13 8 (1.79%) Bash Shell
14 6 (1.34%) ActionScript
14 6 (1.34%) ActionScript 2.0
15 5 (1.12%) C++
16 4 (0.89%) VB6
Qualifications
1 40 (8.93%) Security Cleared
2 31 (6.92%) SC Cleared
3 16 (3.57%) Degree
4 9 (2.01%) ITIL Certification
4 9 (2.01%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (1.34%) MCDBA
5 6 (1.34%) MCITP
6 5 (1.12%) Computer Science Degree
6 5 (1.12%) DV Cleared
7 3 (0.67%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (0.45%) MCSA
9 1 (0.22%) CCNA
9 1 (0.22%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (0.22%) HND
9 1 (0.22%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (0.22%) MCSE
9 1 (0.22%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.22%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (6.25%) SLA
2 5 (1.12%) QA
3 3 (0.67%) Data Quality
3 3 (0.67%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.22%) GDPR
4 1 (0.22%) GxP
4 1 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.22%) MiFID
System Software
1 41 (9.15%) Active Directory
2 9 (2.01%) VMware Infrastructure
2 9 (2.01%) XenApp
3 8 (1.79%) Time Sharing Option
4 7 (1.56%) XenDesktop
5 5 (1.12%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (1.12%) VMware Workstation
6 3 (0.67%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (0.67%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.22%) Docker
7 1 (0.22%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.22%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.22%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.22%) VirtualBox
7 1 (0.22%) Xen
Systems Management
1 13 (2.90%) SCCM
2 6 (1.34%) Control-M
3 5 (1.12%) Thomson Reuters DACS
4 4 (0.89%) Ansible
4 4 (0.89%) Grafana
5 3 (0.67%) ITRS Geneos
5 3 (0.67%) Kibana
5 3 (0.67%) PTC Integrity
6 2 (0.45%) CA Single Sign-On
6 2 (0.45%) Failover Clustering
6 2 (0.45%) Microsoft Clustering
6 2 (0.45%) Microsoft Intune
6 2 (0.45%) Puppet
7 1 (0.22%) AirWatch
7 1 (0.22%) BladeLogic
7 1 (0.22%) Kubernetes
7 1 (0.22%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.22%) Opsview
7 1 (0.22%) Prometheus
7 1 (0.22%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 103 (22.99%) Microsoft
2 78 (17.41%) Oracle
3 23 (5.13%) Remedy
4 22 (4.91%) Citrix
5 16 (3.57%) VMware
6 14 (3.13%) Bloomberg
6 14 (3.13%) CA
7 11 (2.46%) IBM
7 11 (2.46%) Red Hat
8 10 (2.23%) Reuters
8 10 (2.23%) SAP
9 9 (2.01%) iManage
9 9 (2.01%) ServiceNow
10 8 (1.79%) Trayport
11 7 (1.56%) Sybase
12 6 (1.34%) BMC
12 6 (1.34%) HP
12 6 (1.34%) OpenText
13 5 (1.12%) F5
13 5 (1.12%) Sage