The table below looks at the prevalence of the term APACS in contract job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited APACS over the 3 months to 24 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.

Association for Payment Clearing Services (APACS)
UK
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 598 641 639
Rank change year-on-year +43 -2  
Contract jobs citing APACS 3 3 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.006% 0.006% 0.012%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.020% 0.017% 0.039%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 2 2
Median daily rate £250 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -50.00% +5.26%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £250 - £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Median hourly rate - - £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £45.00

APACS 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 with a requirement for generic IT skills.

Generic IT Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 15350 17924 17751
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 33.18% 33.33% 31.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 9976 11744 11107
Median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 485 588 660
Median hourly rate £22.50 £22.25 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +17.10%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.27 £12.50 £12.24
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.39 £47.03
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £18.69
% change year-on-year +11.11% +20.38%  

APACS
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for APACS in the UK

APACS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for APACS in the UK

APACS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for APACS in the UK

APACS
Top 6 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing APACS within the UK over the 3 months to 24 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
England +50 3 £250 -50.00%
Gloucester - 2 £250 -
Gloucestershire - 2 £250 -
South West - 2 £250 -
London +14 1 £250 -50.00%
City of London - 1 £250 -

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing APACS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for APACS.

1 5 (83.33%) Banking
2 4 (66.67%) Finance
2 4 (66.67%) EMV
3 3 (50.00%) E-Commerce
3 3 (50.00%) Migration
3 3 (50.00%) Service Delivery
3 3 (50.00%) Investment Banking
3 3 (50.00%) Gemalto
3 3 (50.00%) Personalization
4 2 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (33.33%) Rational Software Modeler
4 2 (33.33%) Business Process Modelling
4 2 (33.33%) Scenario Testing
4 2 (33.33%) SWIFTNet
4 2 (33.33%) SDLC
4 2 (33.33%) ISO 20022
4 2 (33.33%) SEPA
4 2 (33.33%) Wireframes
4 2 (33.33%) Requirements Analysis
4 2 (33.33%) Use Case
4 2 (33.33%) Waterfall
4 2 (33.33%) User Stories
4 2 (33.33%) Quality Management
4 2 (33.33%) XML
4 2 (33.33%) XML Schema
4 2 (33.33%) BPR
5 1 (16.67%) Project Management
5 1 (16.67%) Chip and PIN
5 1 (16.67%) EFT
5 1 (16.67%) EFTPOS

APACS
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 1 (16.67%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (16.67%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (16.67%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (16.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (16.67%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (16.67%) Sage Pay
Communications & Networking
1 2 (33.33%) SWIFTNet
2 1 (16.67%) ATM
Development Applications
1 2 (33.33%) Rational Software Modeler
General
1 5 (83.33%) Banking
2 4 (66.67%) Finance
3 3 (50.00%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 3 (50.00%) Analyst
1 3 (50.00%) Assistant Project Manager
1 3 (50.00%) Project Manager
2 2 (33.33%) Business Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Banking Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Business IT Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Business Systems Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Functional Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) IT Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Payments Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Payments Business Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (33.33%) XML
1 2 (33.33%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 4 (66.67%) EMV
2 1 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (16.67%) Chip and PIN
2 1 (16.67%) Computer Science
2 1 (16.67%) EFT
2 1 (16.67%) EFTPOS
2 1 (16.67%) EPoS
2 1 (16.67%) Smartcard
2 1 (16.67%) Virtual Team
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (50.00%) E-Commerce
1 3 (50.00%) Migration
1 3 (50.00%) Personalization
1 3 (50.00%) Service Delivery
2 2 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (33.33%) BPR
2 2 (33.33%) Business Process Modelling
2 2 (33.33%) Quality Management
2 2 (33.33%) Requirements Analysis
2 2 (33.33%) Scenario Testing
2 2 (33.33%) SDLC
2 2 (33.33%) Use Case
2 2 (33.33%) User Stories
2 2 (33.33%) Waterfall
2 2 (33.33%) Wireframes
3 1 (16.67%) Cash Management
3 1 (16.67%) Coaching
3 1 (16.67%) Mentoring
3 1 (16.67%) Requirements Engineering
3 1 (16.67%) Stakeholder Analysis
Qualifications
1 1 (16.67%) Degree
1 1 (16.67%) ISEB
1 1 (16.67%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (33.33%) ISO 20022
1 2 (33.33%) SEPA
2 1 (16.67%) ISO 8583
Systems Management
1 1 (16.67%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (50.00%) Gemalto
2 1 (16.67%) Cubic Transportation
2 1 (16.67%) Elavon
2 1 (16.67%) FIS
2 1 (16.67%) Hypercom
2 1 (16.67%) Ingenico
2 1 (16.67%) Sage
2 1 (16.67%) Thales
2 1 (16.67%) TSYS
2 1 (16.67%) VeriFone
2 1 (16.67%) VocaLink
2 1 (16.67%) Wincor Nixdorf
2 1 (16.67%) WorldPay