The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Reference Data in contract job vacancies advertised in England. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Reference Data over the 3 months to 23 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

Reference Data
UK / England
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 471 506 487
Rank change year-on-year +35 -19  
Contract jobs citing Reference Data 117 114 140
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.27% 0.23% 0.27%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.81% 0.69% 0.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 89 96
Median daily rate £550 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.76%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £358 £400
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £440 £480
% change year-on-year +2.27% -8.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £57.75 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £15.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year - +3.33%  

Reference Data is in the generic IT skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for generic IT skills.

Generic IT Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 14396 16468 16411
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 33.49% 33.32% 32.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 9444 10967 10474
Median daily rate £463 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.71% +2.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £284 £270 £251
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £613 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 443 528 596
Median hourly rate £22.00 £21.00 £18.71
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.76% +12.23%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.43 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £46.81 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £22.75 £19.00
% change year-on-year +9.89% +19.73%  

Reference Data
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing Reference Data as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Miscellaneous category.

Job vacancy trend for Reference Data in England

Reference Data
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Reference Data in England

Reference Data
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for Reference Data in England

Reference Data
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Reference Data in England

Reference Data
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 Reference Data 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 +12 83 £550 -4.34% 20
South West +8 8 £450 +66.66%
South East -1 8 £370 -24.10%
Yorkshire +28 6 £553 +57.85% 2
East Midlands - 4 £513 -
North West +22 2 £525 -6.66%
West Midlands +12 2 - -
East of England -6 2 £500 -25.92% 1
Reference Data
UK

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Reference Data also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for Reference Data.

1 82 (36.12%) Finance
2 69 (30.40%) Data Management
3 67 (29.52%) Agile Software Development
4 65 (28.63%) Data Modelling
5 57 (25.11%) Data Quality
6 54 (23.79%) Banking
7 52 (22.91%) SQL
8 48 (21.15%) Data Architecture
9 46 (20.26%) Big Data
9 46 (20.26%) Project Management
10 44 (19.38%) Analytical Skills
11 43 (18.94%) Data Integration
11 43 (18.94%) Hadoop
12 42 (18.50%) ETL
13 38 (16.74%) SDLC
14 36 (15.86%) Oracle
14 36 (15.86%) Business Analysis
15 35 (15.42%) HBase
16 32 (14.10%) PRINCE2
16 32 (14.10%) Reference Data Management
17 29 (12.78%) Investment Banking
17 29 (12.78%) MiFID
18 27 (11.89%) MongoDB
19 26 (11.45%) TOGAF
19 26 (11.45%) Equities
19 26 (11.45%) Fixed Income
20 25 (11.01%) Migration
20 25 (11.01%) Stakeholder Management
20 25 (11.01%) Data Analysis
21 24 (10.57%) Java

Reference Data
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 6 (2.64%) Apache Spark
2 5 (2.20%) Apache Solr
3 4 (1.76%) SharePoint
4 3 (1.32%) CICS
4 3 (1.32%) Confluence
4 3 (1.32%) SAS
5 2 (0.88%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (0.88%) MQSeries
6 1 (0.44%) DataSynapse
6 1 (0.44%) Drupal
6 1 (0.44%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 1 (0.44%) Oracle Workflow
6 1 (0.44%) SharePoint Server
6 1 (0.44%) Tomcat
Applications
1 19 (8.37%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (3.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 6 (2.64%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (2.64%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.88%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.88%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (3.08%) Markit EDM
2 5 (2.20%) thinkFolio
3 4 (1.76%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.44%) IntelliMatch
4 1 (0.44%) Oracle Assets
4 1 (0.44%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.44%) ResourceLink
4 1 (0.44%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.88%) GitHub
1 2 (0.88%) SuccessFactors
2 1 (0.44%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.44%) Amazon S3
2 1 (0.44%) Amazon SQS
2 1 (0.44%) Dynamics 365
2 1 (0.44%) IaaS
2 1 (0.44%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.44%) PaaS
2 1 (0.44%) Slack
2 1 (0.44%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 2 (0.88%) PuTTY
1 2 (0.88%) SNA
2 1 (0.44%) DSL
2 1 (0.44%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (20.26%) Big Data
2 43 (18.94%) Hadoop
3 35 (15.42%) HBase
4 27 (11.89%) MongoDB
5 22 (9.69%) Apache Hive
6 21 (9.25%) SQL Server
7 20 (8.81%) Neo4j
8 16 (7.05%) Data Warehouse
9 12 (5.29%) Relational Database
10 11 (4.85%) Data Lake
11 8 (3.52%) DB2
12 6 (2.64%) NoSQL
12 6 (2.64%) Pentaho
13 5 (2.20%) Apache Cassandra
13 5 (2.20%) OLAP
13 5 (2.20%) OLTP
13 5 (2.20%) Oracle OLAP
14 4 (1.76%) Blockchain
14 4 (1.76%) RDBMS
14 4 (1.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 7 (3.08%) JIRA
2 6 (2.64%) ERwin
3 4 (1.76%) JUnit
3 4 (1.76%) MagicDraw
4 3 (1.32%) Maven
4 3 (1.32%) Selenium
4 3 (1.32%) SpecFlow
4 3 (1.32%) Talend Open Studio
5 2 (0.88%) Jenkins
5 2 (0.88%) Subversion
5 2 (0.88%) WebDriver
6 1 (0.44%) Eclipse
6 1 (0.44%) Git (software)
6 1 (0.44%) HP UFT
6 1 (0.44%) JMeter
6 1 (0.44%) LoadRunner
6 1 (0.44%) Mockito
6 1 (0.44%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.44%) TeamCity
6 1 (0.44%) Toad
General
1 82 (36.12%) Finance
2 54 (23.79%) Banking
3 29 (12.78%) Investment Banking
4 23 (10.13%) Front Office
4 23 (10.13%) Legal
5 10 (4.41%) Retail
6 8 (3.52%) Marketing
7 7 (3.08%) Back Office
7 7 (3.08%) Publishing
8 6 (2.64%) German Language
9 2 (0.88%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.88%) General Ledger
9 2 (0.88%) Law
9 2 (0.88%) Retail Banking
9 2 (0.88%) Wholesale Banking
10 1 (0.44%) Prime Brokerage
Job Titles
1 84 (37.00%) Analyst
2 59 (25.99%) Business Analyst
3 51 (22.47%) Architect
4 35 (15.42%) Data Architect
5 30 (13.22%) Data Analyst
6 28 (12.33%) Developer
7 26 (11.45%) Project Manager
8 19 (8.37%) Data Business Analyst
9 15 (6.61%) Reference Data Project Manager
10 13 (5.73%) Java Developer
11 12 (5.29%) Reference Data Analyst
12 11 (4.85%) Reference Data Business Analyst
12 11 (4.85%) Technical Architect
13 10 (4.41%) Senior Analyst
13 10 (4.41%) Senior Architect
13 10 (4.41%) Senior Business Analyst
13 10 (4.41%) Senior Data Architect
14 9 (3.96%) MiFID Business Analyst
15 8 (3.52%) Business Data Analyst
15 8 (3.52%) Data Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (5.29%) XML
2 9 (3.96%) Spring
3 7 (3.08%) .NET
3 7 (3.08%) SOAP
4 6 (2.64%) J2EE
4 6 (2.64%) Lucene
4 6 (2.64%) Protocol Buffers
4 6 (2.64%) RabbitMQ
5 5 (2.20%) REST
6 4 (1.76%) FIX Protocol
6 4 (1.76%) Hibernate
6 4 (1.76%) HTML
6 4 (1.76%) JMS
6 4 (1.76%) Middleware
7 3 (1.32%) AngularJS
7 3 (1.32%) FpML
7 3 (1.32%) HTML5
7 3 (1.32%) JSON
7 3 (1.32%) Rendezvous
7 3 (1.32%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 44 (19.38%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (11.45%) Equities
2 26 (11.45%) Fixed Income
3 23 (10.13%) Derivative
3 23 (10.13%) Management Information System
4 22 (9.69%) Data Structures
5 16 (7.05%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 10 (4.41%) Fintech
7 9 (3.96%) Algorithms
7 9 (3.96%) Greenfield Project
8 7 (3.08%) OTC Derivatives
9 5 (2.20%) Taxonomies
10 4 (1.76%) Mainframe
10 4 (1.76%) N-Tier
11 3 (1.32%) Contactless
11 3 (1.32%) NHS
11 3 (1.32%) User Experience
12 2 (0.88%) Linked Data
12 2 (0.88%) Pricing Data
13 1 (0.44%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 19 (8.37%) Unix
2 10 (4.41%) Linux
2 10 (4.41%) Windows
3 1 (0.44%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 69 (30.40%) Data Management
2 67 (29.52%) Agile Software Development
3 65 (28.63%) Data Modelling
4 48 (21.15%) Data Architecture
5 46 (20.26%) Project Management
6 43 (18.94%) Data Integration
7 42 (18.50%) ETL
8 38 (16.74%) SDLC
9 36 (15.86%) Business Analysis
10 32 (14.10%) PRINCE2
10 32 (14.10%) Reference Data Management
11 26 (11.45%) TOGAF
12 25 (11.01%) Data Analysis
12 25 (11.01%) Migration
12 25 (11.01%) Stakeholder Management
13 23 (10.13%) Business Intelligence
14 21 (9.25%) ITIL
15 20 (8.81%) Data Enrichment
15 20 (8.81%) Data Migration
16 19 (8.37%) Information Architecture
Programming Languages
1 52 (22.91%) SQL
2 24 (10.57%) Java
3 17 (7.49%) C#
4 6 (2.64%) Python
5 5 (2.20%) JavaScript
5 5 (2.20%) T-SQL
6 4 (1.76%) COBOL
6 4 (1.76%) Shell Script
7 3 (1.32%) PL/SQL
7 3 (1.32%) Scala
8 2 (0.88%) Perl
8 2 (0.88%) SPARQL
8 2 (0.88%) VBA
9 1 (0.44%) C
9 1 (0.44%) C++
9 1 (0.44%) Delphi
9 1 (0.44%) Kotlin
9 1 (0.44%) PHP
9 1 (0.44%) R
9 1 (0.44%) VB
Qualifications
1 21 (9.25%) Security Cleared
2 18 (7.93%) SC Cleared
3 7 (3.08%) Degree
4 3 (1.32%) ISTQB
4 3 (1.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (0.88%) DV Cleared
5 2 (0.88%) Master's Degree
5 2 (0.88%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 1 (0.44%) Brainbench
6 1 (0.44%) ISEB
6 1 (0.44%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (0.44%) MBA
6 1 (0.44%) PMI Certification
6 1 (0.44%) PMP
6 1 (0.44%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (25.11%) Data Quality
2 29 (12.78%) MiFID
3 22 (9.69%) QA
4 5 (2.20%) EMIR
5 4 (1.76%) Disclosure Scotland
5 4 (1.76%) Dodd-Frank
5 4 (1.76%) PMO
6 3 (1.32%) Basel II
6 3 (1.32%) Basel III
7 2 (0.88%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.88%) Solvency II
8 1 (0.44%) FATCA
8 1 (0.44%) FINREP
8 1 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.44%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (0.88%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.44%) Apache Flume
2 1 (0.44%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (1.32%) Ansible
2 1 (0.44%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.44%) Kubernetes
2 1 (0.44%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (0.44%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (0.44%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
2 1 (0.44%) Puppet
2 1 (0.44%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 36 (15.86%) Oracle
2 21 (9.25%) Splunk
3 20 (8.81%) Cloudera
3 20 (8.81%) MapR
3 20 (8.81%) Nuix
4 18 (7.93%) Informatica
5 15 (6.61%) Bloomberg
6 11 (4.85%) Reuters
6 11 (4.85%) Sybase
7 10 (4.41%) GoldenSource
8 9 (3.96%) Fidessa
9 8 (3.52%) Microsoft
10 4 (1.76%) Google
11 3 (1.32%) SAP
11 3 (1.32%) Talend
11 3 (1.32%) TIBCO
12 2 (0.88%) IBM
12 2 (0.88%) Murex
12 2 (0.88%) Teradata
13 1 (0.44%) Serena
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