Period
to 1 August 2021

The median contractor rate for an Applications Support was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 1 August 2021.

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
1 Aug 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 435 383 450
Rank change year-on-year -52 +67 +18
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 274 143 423
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.48% 0.44% 0.51%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.51% 0.47% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 214 92 312
10th Percentile £244 £136 £163
25th Percentile £308 £246 £250
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £425 £350
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% +21.43% -9.68%
75th Percentile £597 £550 £463
90th Percentile £650 £598 £500
UK median daily rate £450 £413 £350
% change year-on-year +9.09% +17.86% -9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 6 6
Median hourly rate £24.35 £21.36 £17.00
Median % change year-on-year +14.01% +25.63% -30.61%
UK median hourly rate £24.35 £21.36 £17.50
% change year-on-year +14.01% +22.04% -24.73%

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 53,312 30,172 78,701
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.11% 93.46% 94.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 37,021 20,390 53,211
10th Percentile £300 £263 £269
25th Percentile £400 £375 £370
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £690 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £467
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.71% +3.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,711 1,002 2,457
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.55 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.57 £14.30 £13.50
Median hourly rate £20.00 £20.11 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year -0.55% +5.84% +7.28%
75th Percentile £43.00 £42.88 £43.75
90th Percentile £57.50 £52.50 £52.20
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £20.07 £18.70
% change year-on-year -0.34% +7.31% +6.86%

Applications Support
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Applications Support in England

Applications Support
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Applications Support in England.

Daily rate trend for Applications Support in England

Applications Support
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Applications Support in England over the 6 months to 1 August 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Applications Support in England

Applications Support
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Applications Support in England.

Hourly rate trend 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 1 August 2021. 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 -62 162 £550 +10.00% 71
South East -28 32 £300 +50.00% 53
North of England -22 28 £283 -28.93% 52
South West -2 20 £400 +35.59% 8
North West -22 17 £283 -21.85% 25
Midlands -42 11 £409 +9.00% 23
West Midlands -36 10 £409 +12.76% 17
Yorkshire -17 8 £238 -47.22% 22
East of England -32 5 £275 +96.43% 11
North East - 3 £350 - 5
East Midlands -19 1 - - 6
Applications Support
UK

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

For the 6 months to 1 August 2021, 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.

1 149 (54.38%) SQL
2 78 (28.47%) Windows
3 75 (27.37%) Finance
4 66 (24.09%) Linux
5 60 (21.90%) SQL Server
6 59 (21.53%) Python
7 57 (20.80%) Microsoft
8 52 (18.98%) Change Management
9 50 (18.25%) ITIL
9 50 (18.25%) Electronic Trading
10 47 (17.15%) Unix
11 46 (16.79%) Front Office
11 46 (16.79%) Social Skills
12 45 (16.42%) Banking
13 41 (14.96%) AWS
14 40 (14.60%) Java
15 39 (14.23%) Problem-Solving
16 38 (13.87%) Oracle
16 38 (13.87%) Incident Management
17 36 (13.14%) Analytical Skills
18 34 (12.41%) Algorithmic Trading
19 33 (12.04%) Project Management
20 32 (11.68%) Investment Banking
20 32 (11.68%) Firewall
21 31 (11.31%) High Availability
22 28 (10.22%) Capacity Management
22 28 (10.22%) Low Latency
23 27 (9.85%) Multicast
23 27 (9.85%) Salesforce.com
24 26 (9.49%) TIBCO

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 16 (5.84%) IIS
2 12 (4.38%) SharePoint
3 10 (3.65%) Tomcat
4 7 (2.55%) Oracle Coherence
5 6 (2.19%) Apache
5 6 (2.19%) WebLogic
6 5 (1.82%) WebSphere
7 4 (1.46%) Confluence
8 2 (0.73%) CMS
8 2 (0.73%) Sitecore CMS
9 1 (0.36%) Apache Spark
9 1 (0.36%) nginx
9 1 (0.36%) WebLogic Portal
9 1 (0.36%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 16 (5.84%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (2.92%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.36%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 1 (0.36%) Autodesk Flame
3 1 (0.36%) CINEMA 4D
3 1 (0.36%) Maya
3 1 (0.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.36%) NUKE
3 1 (0.36%) Photoshop
3 1 (0.36%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 18 (6.57%) ION MarketView
2 9 (3.28%) Oracle EBS R12
3 7 (2.55%) RMDS
4 6 (2.19%) Dynamics CRM
5 5 (1.82%) Oracle EBS
5 5 (1.82%) Oracle Payables
5 5 (1.82%) Oracle Receivables
6 4 (1.46%) Dynamics NAV
6 4 (1.46%) NetSuite
6 4 (1.46%) Oracle Financials
6 4 (1.46%) thinkFolio
6 4 (1.46%) Unit4 Business World
7 3 (1.09%) Markit EDM
8 2 (0.73%) Academy Housing
8 2 (0.73%) Eagle PACE
8 2 (0.73%) LatentZero
8 2 (0.73%) LongView
8 2 (0.73%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
9 1 (0.36%) Advent Geneva
9 1 (0.36%) OPENHousing
Cloud Services
1 41 (14.96%) AWS
2 20 (7.30%) Azure
3 17 (6.20%) Microsoft 365
4 16 (5.84%) Cloud Computing
5 9 (3.28%) Power Platform
6 6 (2.19%) SaaS
7 5 (1.82%) Amazon EC2
7 5 (1.82%) Amazon S3
7 5 (1.82%) AWS Lambda
7 5 (1.82%) Kong
7 5 (1.82%) Serverless
8 4 (1.46%) Dynamics 365
8 4 (1.46%) PowerApps
9 2 (0.73%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 2 (0.73%) Boomi
9 2 (0.73%) Smartsheet
10 1 (0.36%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.36%) GCP
10 1 (0.36%) Power Automate
10 1 (0.36%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 32 (11.68%) Firewall
2 27 (9.85%) Multicast
3 19 (6.93%) DNS
4 15 (5.47%) DHCP
5 10 (3.65%) FTP
5 10 (3.65%) TCP/IP
6 9 (3.28%) HTTP
6 9 (3.28%) SMTP
7 6 (2.19%) Cisco IOS
7 6 (2.19%) PuTTY
7 6 (2.19%) SSL
7 6 (2.19%) Wi-Fi
8 5 (1.82%) SSH
8 5 (1.82%) Telnet
8 5 (1.82%) VoIP
8 5 (1.82%) WinSCP
9 4 (1.46%) Network Security
10 2 (0.73%) Remote Desktop
10 2 (0.73%) Wireshark
11 1 (0.36%) tcpdump
Database & Business Intelligence
1 60 (21.90%) SQL Server
2 12 (4.38%) MySQL
3 9 (3.28%) Relational Database
4 8 (2.92%) Data Warehouse
4 8 (2.92%) SQL Server 2008
5 6 (2.19%) PostgreSQL
5 6 (2.19%) Power BI
5 6 (2.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (2.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 5 (1.82%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 5 (1.82%) BusinessObjects
6 5 (1.82%) RDBMS
7 4 (1.46%) Qlik Sense
7 4 (1.46%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 3 (1.09%) Oracle Reports
8 3 (1.09%) SQL Server 2012
9 2 (0.73%) DB2
9 2 (0.73%) Hadoop
9 2 (0.73%) SQL Server 2005
10 1 (0.36%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 10 (3.65%) JIRA
2 5 (1.82%) Jenkins
3 4 (1.46%) Git (software)
4 3 (1.09%) Octopus Deploy
4 3 (1.09%) TeamCity
5 2 (0.73%) Bitbucket
5 2 (0.73%) Gradle
5 2 (0.73%) Maven
5 2 (0.73%) Oracle Forms
5 2 (0.73%) Sonatype Nexus
5 2 (0.73%) Visual Studio
6 1 (0.36%) Artifactory
6 1 (0.36%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 1 (0.36%) IBM UrbanCode
6 1 (0.36%) Postman
6 1 (0.36%) Robot Framework
6 1 (0.36%) SoapUI
6 1 (0.36%) Subversion
General
1 75 (27.37%) Finance
2 46 (16.79%) Front Office
2 46 (16.79%) Social Skills
3 45 (16.42%) Banking
4 36 (13.14%) Analytical Skills
5 32 (11.68%) Investment Banking
6 12 (4.38%) Local Government
7 10 (3.65%) Public Sector
8 8 (2.92%) Manufacturing
8 8 (2.92%) Marketing
9 6 (2.19%) Back Office
9 6 (2.19%) Electronics
9 6 (2.19%) Legal
9 6 (2.19%) Retail
9 6 (2.19%) Telecoms
10 5 (1.82%) Organisational Skills
11 1 (0.36%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.36%) Games
11 1 (0.36%) Influencing Skills
11 1 (0.36%) Presentation Skills
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (9.49%) Rendezvous
2 24 (8.76%) .NET
3 22 (8.03%) FIX Protocol
4 14 (5.11%) HTML
5 10 (3.65%) XML
6 8 (2.92%) ASP.NET
6 8 (2.92%) JSON
7 7 (2.55%) SOAP
8 6 (2.19%) CSS
8 6 (2.19%) HTML5
8 6 (2.19%) JMS
8 6 (2.19%) React
8 6 (2.19%) REST
9 5 (1.82%) Kafka
9 5 (1.82%) LAMP
9 5 (1.82%) LDAP
9 5 (1.82%) Node.js
9 5 (1.82%) Spring
9 5 (1.82%) Spring Boot
9 5 (1.82%) XML-RPC
Miscellaneous
1 18 (6.57%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 15 (5.47%) Derivative
3 13 (4.74%) Management Information System
4 12 (4.38%) Fixed Income
4 12 (4.38%) SWIFT
5 11 (4.01%) Equities
6 9 (3.28%) Enterprise Software
7 6 (2.19%) NHS
8 5 (1.82%) Digital Signage
8 5 (1.82%) iPad
8 5 (1.82%) Life Science
8 5 (1.82%) Wiki
9 4 (1.46%) Online Banking
10 3 (1.09%) Data Centre
10 3 (1.09%) Data Protection Act
10 3 (1.09%) Equity Derivative
10 3 (1.09%) Mobile App
10 3 (1.09%) PKI
10 3 (1.09%) SCADA
11 2 (0.73%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 78 (28.47%) Windows
2 66 (24.09%) Linux
3 47 (17.15%) Unix
4 22 (8.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 18 (6.57%) Windows Server
6 7 (2.55%) Windows 10
6 7 (2.55%) Windows 7
7 6 (2.19%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.73%) AIX
8 2 (0.73%) CentOS
9 1 (0.36%) Android
9 1 (0.36%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.36%) Windows Server 2016
9 1 (0.36%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (18.98%) Change Management
2 50 (18.25%) Electronic Trading
2 50 (18.25%) ITIL
3 39 (14.23%) Problem-Solving
4 38 (13.87%) Incident Management
5 34 (12.41%) Algorithmic Trading
6 33 (12.04%) Project Management
7 31 (11.31%) High Availability
8 28 (10.22%) Capacity Management
8 28 (10.22%) Low Latency
9 26 (9.49%) CRM
10 22 (8.03%) Agile Software Development
11 18 (6.57%) Problem Management
12 16 (5.84%) ITSM
13 14 (5.11%) Software Testing
14 13 (4.74%) Business Intelligence
14 13 (4.74%) ERP
15 12 (4.38%) DevOps
15 12 (4.38%) Knowledge Management
16 11 (4.01%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 149 (54.38%) SQL
2 59 (21.53%) Python
3 40 (14.60%) Java
4 18 (6.57%) JavaScript
5 16 (5.84%) Shell Script
6 15 (5.47%) C#
7 13 (4.74%) PowerShell
8 8 (2.92%) Perl
9 7 (2.55%) T-SQL
9 7 (2.55%) VBA
10 6 (2.19%) VB
11 5 (1.82%) C
11 5 (1.82%) Groovy
11 5 (1.82%) VBScript
12 4 (1.46%) PHP
13 3 (1.09%) Bash Shell
14 2 (0.73%) C++
15 1 (0.36%) Java 8
15 1 (0.36%) R
15 1 (0.36%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 18 (6.57%) Security Cleared
2 13 (4.74%) Degree
2 13 (4.74%) ITIL Certification
3 6 (2.19%) DV Cleared
3 6 (2.19%) SC Cleared
4 5 (1.82%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (1.46%) Cisco Certification
5 4 (1.46%) MCP
6 2 (0.73%) CCNA
6 2 (0.73%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (0.73%) HPE ATP
7 1 (0.36%) A+ Certification
7 1 (0.36%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.36%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (0.36%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (3.65%) SLA
2 5 (1.82%) QA
3 3 (1.09%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.09%) PMO
4 1 (0.36%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 22 (8.03%) Active Directory
2 12 (4.38%) Docker
3 5 (1.82%) Virtual Servers
4 2 (0.73%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.36%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.36%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 19 (6.93%) ITRS Geneos
2 8 (2.92%) Kubernetes
3 7 (2.55%) AirWatch
3 7 (2.55%) Ansible
3 7 (2.55%) Nagios
3 7 (2.55%) SCCM
4 5 (1.82%) Puppet
5 4 (1.46%) Terraform
6 3 (1.09%) Grafana
6 3 (1.09%) Prometheus
7 2 (0.73%) Control-M
7 2 (0.73%) Jamf Pro
8 1 (0.36%) LiteSpeed
8 1 (0.36%) NetVault Backup
8 1 (0.36%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.36%) Rancher
8 1 (0.36%) vCenter Server
8 1 (0.36%) WebSphere Cast Iron
Vendors
1 57 (20.80%) Microsoft
2 38 (13.87%) Oracle
3 27 (9.85%) Salesforce.com
4 26 (9.49%) TIBCO
5 23 (8.39%) Red Hat
6 22 (8.03%) ION Trading
7 18 (6.57%) Splunk
8 14 (5.11%) IBM
9 13 (4.74%) SAP
9 13 (4.74%) ServiceNow
10 12 (4.38%) Citrix
11 11 (4.01%) Cisco
12 8 (2.92%) Reuters
12 8 (2.92%) Sun
13 7 (2.55%) Currenex
13 7 (2.55%) FXall
14 6 (2.19%) AppDynamics
14 6 (2.19%) Dynatrace
14 6 (2.19%) Fidessa
14 6 (2.19%) Meraki