The median contractor rate for a Applications Specialist was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Application Specialist
UK
Rank 562 594 568
Rank change year-on-year +32 -26  
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Specialist 34 48 53
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.075% 0.091% 0.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.079% 0.095% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 38 36
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £303 £285 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £548 £550 £485
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +9.67% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 2
Median hourly rate - £17.50 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -41.66%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £20.00 -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 42950 50452 49894
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.82% 95.19% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 27813 32635 30138
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £555
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1510 1582 1977
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.38
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.10%  

Applications Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Applications Specialist in the job title.

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 3 months to 24 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Applications Specialist.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Applications Specialist in the UK

Applications Specialist
Top 24 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 3 months to 24 March 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 +20 28 £425 - 19
South East +38 13 £450 +7.14% 6
Hampshire - 9 £450 - 1
London +10 5 £425 -15.00% 6
Scotland +18 4 £331 -17.18% 1
Surrey - 4 £525 - 1
Edinburgh +17 3 £331 -18.71%
North West +26 2 £428 +0.58%
East Midlands -3 2 £313 -18.03%
Winchester - 2 £425 -
Nottingham - 2 £313 -
Camberley - 2 £538 -
Leeds - 2 £355 - 2
West Yorkshire - 2 £355 - 4
Nottinghamshire - 2 £313 -
Yorkshire - 2 £355 - 4
Manchester +9 1 £325 -36.27%
Glasgow +3 1 - -
East of England -8 1 £425 +85.58% 1
Essex -10 1 £425 +86.40%
Colchester - 1 £425 -
Lancashire - 1 £530 -
Woking - 1 £275 -
Preston - 1 £530 -

Applications Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 29 (38.16%) Linux
2 22 (28.95%) SQL
3 20 (26.32%) Windows
3 20 (26.32%) Security Cleared
4 19 (25.00%) SC Cleared
4 19 (25.00%) Microsoft
5 14 (18.42%) WebSphere
6 13 (17.11%) Tomcat
6 13 (17.11%) WebSphere Application Server
6 13 (17.11%) Red Hat
7 12 (15.79%) SQL Server
7 12 (15.79%) ITIL
8 10 (13.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 10 (13.16%) Unix
8 10 (13.16%) Java
8 10 (13.16%) JBoss
9 9 (11.84%) Migration
9 9 (11.84%) Bash Shell
9 9 (11.84%) Data Centre
10 8 (10.53%) Finance
10 8 (10.53%) Apache
10 8 (10.53%) Active Directory
10 8 (10.53%) .NET
10 8 (10.53%) Oracle
10 8 (10.53%) Windows Server
11 7 (9.21%) IIS
11 7 (9.21%) MS Office
11 7 (9.21%) MS Excel
11 7 (9.21%) CRM
11 7 (9.21%) SharePoint

Applications Specialist Skill Set
Top Related 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 14 (18.42%) WebSphere
2 13 (17.11%) Tomcat
2 13 (17.11%) WebSphere Application Server
3 10 (13.16%) JBoss
4 8 (10.53%) Apache
5 7 (9.21%) IIS
5 7 (9.21%) SharePoint
6 5 (6.58%) Apache Geronimo
6 5 (6.58%) Apache TomEE
7 4 (5.26%) MS Exchange
8 3 (3.95%) Office Communications Server
8 3 (3.95%) SharePoint Server
8 3 (3.95%) Skype for Business
9 2 (2.63%) BizTalk Server
9 2 (2.63%) Drupal
9 2 (2.63%) IBM HTTP Server
9 2 (2.63%) IBM Notes
10 1 (1.32%) Commerce Server
10 1 (1.32%) Moodle
10 1 (1.32%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 7 (9.21%) MS Excel
1 7 (9.21%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 5 (6.58%) Oracle Applications
1 5 (6.58%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (3.95%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (2.63%) SAP CO
3 2 (2.63%) SAP FI
3 2 (2.63%) SAP FI/CO
4 1 (1.32%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (1.32%) Fredhopper
Cloud Services
1 5 (6.58%) Office 365
2 4 (5.26%) IaaS
3 3 (3.95%) Azure Active Directory
3 3 (3.95%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (3.95%) OneDrive
3 3 (3.95%) Yammer
4 1 (1.32%) G Suite
4 1 (1.32%) PaaS
4 1 (1.32%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (6.58%) DNS
1 5 (6.58%) TCP/IP
2 3 (3.95%) Skype
2 3 (3.95%) Unified Communications
3 1 (1.32%) DHCP
3 1 (1.32%) HTTP
3 1 (1.32%) HTTPS
3 1 (1.32%) Internet
3 1 (1.32%) Remote Desktop
3 1 (1.32%) SSL
3 1 (1.32%) VLAN
3 1 (1.32%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (15.79%) SQL Server
2 6 (7.89%) PostgreSQL
3 5 (6.58%) BusinessObjects
4 3 (3.95%) Power BI
4 3 (3.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (2.63%) Crystal Reports
5 2 (2.63%) DB2
5 2 (2.63%) RDBMS
5 2 (2.63%) Redis
5 2 (2.63%) Relational Database
6 1 (1.32%) MySQL
6 1 (1.32%) Oracle BI EE
6 1 (1.32%) Oracle Database
6 1 (1.32%) Oracle Database 12c
6 1 (1.32%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (1.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (3.95%) JIRA
2 2 (2.63%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (1.32%) Bitbucket
3 1 (1.32%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.32%) Subversion
General
1 8 (10.53%) Finance
2 2 (2.63%) Banking
2 2 (2.63%) Investment Banking
3 1 (1.32%) Back Office
3 1 (1.32%) Billing
3 1 (1.32%) Electronics
3 1 (1.32%) Front Office
3 1 (1.32%) Law
3 1 (1.32%) Legal
3 1 (1.32%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (10.53%) .NET
2 5 (6.58%) IBM Integration Bus
2 5 (6.58%) WebSphere MQ
2 5 (6.58%) XML
3 4 (5.26%) ActiveMQ
3 4 (5.26%) MSMQ
3 4 (5.26%) SOAP
4 2 (2.63%) Apache Camel
4 2 (2.63%) Java EE
4 2 (2.63%) JMS
4 2 (2.63%) REST
4 2 (2.63%) RESTful
4 2 (2.63%) Web Services
5 1 (1.32%) Ajax
5 1 (1.32%) CSS
5 1 (1.32%) J2EE
5 1 (1.32%) JDBC
5 1 (1.32%) JNDI
5 1 (1.32%) JSON
5 1 (1.32%) Worklight
Miscellaneous
1 9 (11.84%) Data Centre
2 2 (2.63%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (2.63%) Client/Server
2 2 (2.63%) Data Structures
2 2 (2.63%) Hedge funds
2 2 (2.63%) Management Information System
2 2 (2.63%) SWIFT
3 1 (1.32%) Clustering
3 1 (1.32%) DataPower
3 1 (1.32%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (1.32%) Fat Client
3 1 (1.32%) Mainframe
3 1 (1.32%) PKI
3 1 (1.32%) Smart Meter
3 1 (1.32%) Thin Client
3 1 (1.32%) User Experience
3 1 (1.32%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 29 (38.16%) Linux
2 20 (26.32%) Windows
3 10 (13.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 10 (13.16%) Unix
4 8 (10.53%) Windows Server
5 6 (7.89%) AIX
5 6 (7.89%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (3.95%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (2.63%) Solaris
7 2 (2.63%) Windows 7
8 1 (1.32%) CentOS
8 1 (1.32%) HPUX
8 1 (1.32%) Ubuntu
8 1 (1.32%) Windows 2000
8 1 (1.32%) Windows 8
8 1 (1.32%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (1.32%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (15.79%) ITIL
2 9 (11.84%) Migration
3 7 (9.21%) CRM
3 7 (9.21%) ERP
3 7 (9.21%) Open Source
4 5 (6.58%) Business Analysis
4 5 (6.58%) DevOps
5 4 (5.26%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (5.26%) Analytics
5 4 (5.26%) Continuous Improvement
5 4 (5.26%) Presales
6 3 (3.95%) Business Intelligence
6 3 (3.95%) Identity Management
6 3 (3.95%) ITIL V3
6 3 (3.95%) Portfolio Management
6 3 (3.95%) Procure-to-Pay
6 3 (3.95%) Service Delivery
6 3 (3.95%) Wealth Management
7 2 (2.63%) Network Load Balancing
7 2 (2.63%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (28.95%) SQL
2 10 (13.16%) Java
3 9 (11.84%) Bash Shell
4 7 (9.21%) Shell Script
5 5 (6.58%) T-SQL
6 4 (5.26%) C#
7 3 (3.95%) JavaScript
7 3 (3.95%) Perl
7 3 (3.95%) PL/SQL
7 3 (3.95%) PowerShell
8 2 (2.63%) C
8 2 (2.63%) C++
9 1 (1.32%) COBOL
9 1 (1.32%) JCL
9 1 (1.32%) PHP
9 1 (1.32%) VB
9 1 (1.32%) VBA
9 1 (1.32%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 20 (26.32%) Security Cleared
2 19 (25.00%) SC Cleared
3 3 (3.95%) Degree
4 2 (2.63%) CISSP
4 2 (2.63%) DV Cleared
4 2 (2.63%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (2.63%) RHCE
4 2 (2.63%) RHCSA
5 1 (1.32%) CCA
5 1 (1.32%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (1.32%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 1 (1.32%) MCITP
5 1 (1.32%) MCTS
5 1 (1.32%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.32%) QA
1 1 (1.32%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (10.53%) Active Directory
2 3 (3.95%) Microsoft App-V
3 2 (2.63%) Virtual Desktop
3 2 (2.63%) XenApp
4 1 (1.32%) Apache Flume
4 1 (1.32%) XenDesktop
4 1 (1.32%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 5 (6.58%) Opscode Chef
1 5 (6.58%) Puppet
2 3 (3.95%) Ansible
2 3 (3.95%) SCCM
3 2 (2.63%) Cobbler
4 1 (1.32%) BladeLogic
4 1 (1.32%) OVSD
4 1 (1.32%) SCOM
4 1 (1.32%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 19 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 13 (17.11%) Red Hat
3 8 (10.53%) Oracle
4 7 (9.21%) IBM
5 5 (6.58%) Hyperion
6 2 (2.63%) AppDynamics
6 2 (2.63%) AppSense
6 2 (2.63%) Citrix
6 2 (2.63%) Lotus
6 2 (2.63%) Remedy
6 2 (2.63%) SAP
6 2 (2.63%) ServiceNow
6 2 (2.63%) Splunk
7 1 (1.32%) Google
7 1 (1.32%) HP
7 1 (1.32%) NetApp
7 1 (1.32%) Pega
7 1 (1.32%) VMware
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