Period
to 20 November 2017

The median contractor rate for an Applications Specialist was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

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 Specialist
UK
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 773 770 768
Rank change year-on-year -3 -2 +9
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Specialist 106 118 118
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.10% 0.11% 0.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.12% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 61 80
UK median daily rate £425 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £257 £225 £298
90th Percentile £620 £515 £576
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £338 £370
% change year-on-year +18.52% -8.78% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
UK median hourly rate - - £28.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £28.13

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. 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
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 96939 98568 108531
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.76% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 63924 64295 69051
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2896 3271 4142
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

Applications Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Applications Specialist in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Applications Specialist in the UK

Applications Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Applications Specialist in the UK

Applications Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Applications Specialist over the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Applications Specialist in the UK

Applications Specialist
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Applications Specialist in the UK

Applications Specialist
Top 13 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Applications Specialist within the UK over the 6 months to 20 November 2017. 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
England +12 96 £425 +11.48% 19
London +8 62 £447 +5.12% 6
UK excluding London 0 40 £400 +18.52% 14
South East -10 10 £416 +14.62% 10
North of England +41 8 £375 +3.81%
Scotland -12 8 £350 - 1
East of England -17 8 £400 +14.29% 1
Midlands +23 5 £425 +28.30% 1
North West +11 5 £350 -28.57%
West Midlands +27 4 £425 +30.77% 1
Yorkshire +12 3 £430 +91.11%
South West +5 1 - - 1
East Midlands - 1 - -

Applications Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 November 2017, Applications Specialist 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 featuring Applications Specialist in the job title.

1 27 (25.47%) Windows
2 25 (23.58%) SQL
2 25 (23.58%) Microsoft
3 23 (21.70%) SQL Server
4 20 (18.87%) Finance
5 17 (16.04%) IIS
6 16 (15.09%) Java
6 16 (15.09%) Migration
7 15 (14.15%) Web Services
8 14 (13.21%) Agile Software Development
8 14 (13.21%) Amazon AWS
9 13 (12.26%) .NET
10 12 (11.32%) Linux
10 12 (11.32%) Citrix
10 12 (11.32%) Apache
11 11 (10.38%) ITIL
11 11 (10.38%) Oracle
11 11 (10.38%) JavaScript
12 10 (9.43%) Active Directory
12 10 (9.43%) SCCM
12 10 (9.43%) Analytical Skills
13 9 (8.49%) XenApp
13 9 (8.49%) Penetration Testing
13 9 (8.49%) Unix
13 9 (8.49%) HTML
13 9 (8.49%) VMware
14 8 (7.55%) Microsoft Certification
14 8 (7.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 8 (7.55%) Banking
14 8 (7.55%) Microsoft Azure

Applications Specialist Skill Set
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 17 (16.04%) IIS
2 12 (11.32%) Apache
3 6 (5.66%) CMS
3 6 (5.66%) Tomcat
4 4 (3.77%) IBM HTTP Server
5 3 (2.83%) JBoss
5 3 (2.83%) WebSphere
5 3 (2.83%) WebSphere Application Server
5 3 (2.83%) WebSphere Portal
6 2 (1.89%) Confluence
6 2 (1.89%) OpenStack
6 2 (1.89%) SAP EP
7 1 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.94%) Liferay
7 1 (0.94%) MQSeries
7 1 (0.94%) MS Exchange
7 1 (0.94%) Oracle Service Bus
7 1 (0.94%) Smallworld
7 1 (0.94%) WebLogic
Applications
1 6 (5.66%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.94%) Autodesk Inventor
2 1 (0.94%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.94%) MicroStation
Business Applications
1 3 (2.83%) NetSuite
1 3 (2.83%) SAP HR
2 2 (1.89%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.94%) ION MarketView
3 1 (0.94%) Kypera Housing
3 1 (0.94%) Oracle 11i
3 1 (0.94%) SAP CO
3 1 (0.94%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.94%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (0.94%) SAP Payroll
3 1 (0.94%) SAP PP
3 1 (0.94%) SAP SD
3 1 (0.94%) Sentinel
3 1 (0.94%) thinkFolio
3 1 (0.94%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 14 (13.21%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (7.55%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (2.83%) Boomi
3 3 (2.83%) Google Cloud Platform
4 2 (1.89%) Akamai
4 2 (1.89%) IaaS
4 2 (1.89%) Office 365
4 2 (1.89%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 6 (5.66%) DNS
2 5 (4.72%) Firewall
3 4 (3.77%) Internet
3 4 (3.77%) TCP/IP
4 3 (2.83%) HTTP
5 2 (1.89%) HTTPS
5 2 (1.89%) Network Security
5 2 (1.89%) SSL
5 2 (1.89%) VPN
5 2 (1.89%) X.509
6 1 (0.94%) FTP
6 1 (0.94%) NetScaler
6 1 (0.94%) SSH
6 1 (0.94%) VLAN
6 1 (0.94%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (21.70%) SQL Server
2 8 (7.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 7 (6.60%) SQL Server 2012
3 7 (6.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 5 (4.72%) MySQL
4 5 (4.72%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (1.89%) GIS
5 2 (1.89%) SQL Server 2016
6 1 (0.94%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (0.94%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (0.94%) JasperReports
6 1 (0.94%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.94%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (0.94%) Oracle ODI
6 1 (0.94%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.94%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.94%) Redis
6 1 (0.94%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.94%) Spatial Data
6 1 (0.94%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (1.89%) JIRA
2 1 (0.94%) Bitbucket
2 1 (0.94%) InstallShield
2 1 (0.94%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.94%) MSI
2 1 (0.94%) Oracle Forms
General
1 20 (18.87%) Finance
2 8 (7.55%) Banking
3 3 (2.83%) Law
4 2 (1.89%) Local Government
4 2 (1.89%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.94%) Billing
5 1 (0.94%) Financial Institution
5 1 (0.94%) Legal
5 1 (0.94%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.94%) Publishing
5 1 (0.94%) Retail
5 1 (0.94%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (14.15%) Web Services
2 13 (12.26%) .NET
3 9 (8.49%) HTML
4 7 (6.60%) ASP.NET
4 7 (6.60%) J2EE
5 5 (4.72%) .NET Framework
5 5 (4.72%) Ajax
5 5 (4.72%) CSS
5 5 (4.72%) LAMP
5 5 (4.72%) Middleware
6 3 (2.83%) SOAP
7 2 (1.89%) JMS
7 2 (1.89%) REST
8 1 (0.94%) JAAS
8 1 (0.94%) JMX
8 1 (0.94%) JSP
8 1 (0.94%) LAPP Stack
8 1 (0.94%) Oracle GoldenGate
8 1 (0.94%) WSDL
8 1 (0.94%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (9.43%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (5.66%) PKI
3 3 (2.83%) Data Centre
3 3 (2.83%) DataPower
3 3 (2.83%) Management Information System
4 2 (1.89%) Blackberry
4 2 (1.89%) Mobile Payment
4 2 (1.89%) Online Banking
4 2 (1.89%) Public Cloud
4 2 (1.89%) SWIFT
4 2 (1.89%) User Experience
5 1 (0.94%) Client/Server
5 1 (0.94%) CMDB
5 1 (0.94%) Computer Science
5 1 (0.94%) Cyber Attack
5 1 (0.94%) Fat Client
5 1 (0.94%) Fedwire
5 1 (0.94%) Fixed Income
5 1 (0.94%) Smart Meter
5 1 (0.94%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 27 (25.47%) Windows
2 12 (11.32%) Linux
3 9 (8.49%) Unix
4 6 (5.66%) Windows Server
5 4 (3.77%) Windows 10
5 4 (3.77%) Windows 7
6 3 (2.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (1.89%) AIX
7 2 (1.89%) Solaris
8 1 (0.94%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.94%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.94%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (15.09%) Migration
2 14 (13.21%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (10.38%) ITIL
4 9 (8.49%) Penetration Testing
5 7 (6.60%) Application Packaging
5 7 (6.60%) Identity Management
5 7 (6.60%) Remediation Plan
5 7 (6.60%) Security Operations
6 6 (5.66%) Data Modelling
6 6 (5.66%) Enterprise Architecture
6 6 (5.66%) ITSM
6 6 (5.66%) Microservices
6 6 (5.66%) Programme Governance
6 6 (5.66%) Service Management
6 6 (5.66%) Task Automation
7 5 (4.72%) Business Intelligence
7 5 (4.72%) Service Delivery
7 5 (4.72%) SOA
8 4 (3.77%) Configuration Management
8 4 (3.77%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 25 (23.58%) SQL
2 16 (15.09%) Java
3 11 (10.38%) JavaScript
4 7 (6.60%) C#
4 7 (6.60%) PL/SQL
5 6 (5.66%) T-SQL
6 5 (4.72%) PHP
6 5 (4.72%) PowerShell
7 3 (2.83%) Shell Script
7 3 (2.83%) VBScript
8 2 (1.89%) Perl
9 1 (0.94%) ABAP
9 1 (0.94%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.94%) Korn
9 1 (0.94%) MATLAB
9 1 (0.94%) Python
9 1 (0.94%) VB
9 1 (0.94%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.94%) VBA
Qualifications
1 8 (7.55%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (5.66%) MCSA
2 6 (5.66%) MCSE
2 6 (5.66%) Security Cleared
3 5 (4.72%) Degree
4 4 (3.77%) SC Cleared
5 3 (2.83%) Citrix Certification
5 3 (2.83%) MOS
6 2 (1.89%) CCA
6 2 (1.89%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (1.89%) CISSP
6 2 (1.89%) MCP
6 2 (1.89%) OSCP
7 1 (0.94%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.94%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.94%) GPEN
7 1 (0.94%) GWAPT
7 1 (0.94%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (0.94%) RHCSA
7 1 (0.94%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.66%) PCI DSS
2 5 (4.72%) SLA
3 1 (0.94%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.94%) GxP
3 1 (0.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.94%) MiFID
3 1 (0.94%) QA
3 1 (0.94%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.94%) SEPA
System Software
1 10 (9.43%) Active Directory
2 9 (8.49%) XenApp
3 7 (6.60%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (4.72%) XenDesktop
5 3 (2.83%) Microsoft App-V
5 3 (2.83%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (1.89%) DFS Replication
6 2 (1.89%) Xen
7 1 (0.94%) Apache Flume
7 1 (0.94%) BitLocker
7 1 (0.94%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.94%) VMware Workstation
7 1 (0.94%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 10 (9.43%) SCCM
2 2 (1.89%) SCOM
2 2 (1.89%) SCOrch
2 2 (1.89%) XenMobile
3 1 (0.94%) Ansible
3 1 (0.94%) BladeLogic
3 1 (0.94%) Cobbler
3 1 (0.94%) Microsoft Intune
3 1 (0.94%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.94%) Puppet
Vendors
1 25 (23.58%) Microsoft
2 12 (11.32%) Citrix
3 11 (10.38%) Oracle
4 9 (8.49%) VMware
5 6 (5.66%) LANDesk
6 5 (4.72%) SAP
7 4 (3.77%) Cisco
7 4 (3.77%) IBM
8 3 (2.83%) AppDynamics
8 3 (2.83%) Google
8 3 (2.83%) HP
8 3 (2.83%) Informatica
8 3 (2.83%) MuleSoft
8 3 (2.83%) Salesforce.com
9 2 (1.89%) AppSense
9 2 (1.89%) BMC
9 2 (1.89%) Dynatrace
9 2 (1.89%) Imperva
9 2 (1.89%) Red Hat
9 2 (1.89%) Riverbed