The median contractor rate for an Applications Specialist was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 24 June 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
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 559 556 572
Rank change year-on-year -3 +16  
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Specialist 42 88 74
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.091% 0.16% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.096% 0.17% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 53 48
Median daily rate £375 £425 £389
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.76% +9.32%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £250 £274
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £550 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £388 £333
% change year-on-year -3.22% +16.54%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 43829 51011 53185
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.75% 94.87% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 28353 33254 33375
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1353 1511 2053
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.48 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.14% +9.21%  

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 June 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 30 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 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 +10 40 £375 -11.76% 14
London -4 13 £375 -25.00% 6
South East +32 12 £338 -10.00%
East of England -8 8 £375 -9.09% 1
Bedfordshire - 6 £388 -
Hampshire +9 4 £500 +33.33%
Kent - 4 £338 -
Luton - 4 £375 -
Tunbridge Wells - 4 £338 -
West Midlands +28 3 £388 +19.23%
Warwickshire - 3 £388 -
Stratford-upon-Avon - 3 £388 -
Surrey - 3 - -
Scotland +40 2 £425 -10.52%
West Yorkshire +24 2 £430 +91.11% 1
Yorkshire +19 2 £430 +91.11% 3
Winchester +5 1 £500 +33.33%
South West +3 1 - - 1
City of London -2 1 £800 +88.23% 2
West Dunbartonshire -3 1 £425 +0.59%
Clydebank -3 1 £425 +0.59%
East Midlands -6 1 £300 -20.00% 1
Essex -18 1 £375 -9.09%
Cambridgeshire - 1 - -
Aberdeen - 1 - -
Nottinghamshire - 1 £300 - 1
Buckinghamshire - 1 £240 -
Milton Keynes - 1 £240 -
Huntingdon - 1 - -
Pudsey - 1 £430 -

Applications Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 28 (36.84%) SQL
2 21 (27.63%) Linux
2 21 (27.63%) Windows
3 20 (26.32%) Java
4 18 (23.68%) Microsoft
5 15 (19.74%) SQL Server
5 15 (19.74%) Red Hat
6 14 (18.42%) Active Directory
6 14 (18.42%) Security Cleared
7 13 (17.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 12 (15.79%) SC Cleared
8 12 (15.79%) Apache
8 12 (15.79%) Tomcat
9 11 (14.47%) Citrix
9 11 (14.47%) Oracle
9 11 (14.47%) JBoss
9 11 (14.47%) ITIL
9 11 (14.47%) IIS
9 11 (14.47%) Finance
9 11 (14.47%) Bash Shell
10 10 (13.16%) Continuous Improvement
10 10 (13.16%) .NET
11 9 (11.84%) PostgreSQL
11 9 (11.84%) Java EE
12 8 (10.53%) SCCM
12 8 (10.53%) Agile Software Development
12 8 (10.53%) Opscode Chef
12 8 (10.53%) Puppet
12 8 (10.53%) Firewall
12 8 (10.53%) Unix

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 12 (15.79%) Apache
1 12 (15.79%) Tomcat
2 11 (14.47%) IIS
2 11 (14.47%) JBoss
3 6 (7.89%) WebSphere
3 6 (7.89%) WebSphere Application Server
4 5 (6.58%) MS Exchange
5 4 (5.26%) EPiServer
5 4 (5.26%) FileNet
6 3 (3.95%) Apache Geronimo
6 3 (3.95%) Apache TomEE
7 2 (2.63%) Drupal
7 2 (2.63%) IBM Notes
7 2 (2.63%) WebLogic
7 2 (2.63%) WebSphere Portal
8 1 (1.32%) Apache Solr
8 1 (1.32%) Confluence
8 1 (1.32%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (1.32%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (1.32%) IBM HTTP Server
Applications
1 2 (2.63%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (2.63%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.63%) SAP CO
1 2 (2.63%) SAP FI
1 2 (2.63%) SAP FI/CO
2 1 (1.32%) BusinessWorks
2 1 (1.32%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.32%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.32%) Front Arena
2 1 (1.32%) ION MarketView
2 1 (1.32%) ResourceLink
2 1 (1.32%) Sentinel
2 1 (1.32%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 5 (6.58%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (2.63%) Akamai
2 2 (2.63%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (2.63%) IaaS
2 2 (2.63%) Office 365
3 1 (1.32%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 8 (10.53%) Firewall
2 7 (9.21%) DNS
3 6 (7.89%) HTTPS
4 4 (5.26%) Reverse Proxy
4 4 (5.26%) Wireshark
5 3 (3.95%) Internet
6 2 (2.63%) HTTP
6 2 (2.63%) Network Security
6 2 (2.63%) SSL
6 2 (2.63%) TCP/IP
6 2 (2.63%) VPN
7 1 (1.32%) NetScaler
7 1 (1.32%) Remote Desktop
7 1 (1.32%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (19.74%) SQL Server
2 9 (11.84%) PostgreSQL
3 6 (7.89%) RDBMS
3 6 (7.89%) Relational Database
4 5 (6.58%) Redis
5 4 (5.26%) Oracle Database
6 3 (3.95%) Oracle Database 10g
7 2 (2.63%) MySQL
7 2 (2.63%) Oracle BI Publisher
7 2 (2.63%) Oracle Reports
7 2 (2.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (2.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (2.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (1.32%) Amazon RDS
8 1 (1.32%) Azure SQL Database
8 1 (1.32%) KDB
8 1 (1.32%) Oracle BI EE
8 1 (1.32%) Oracle Database 12c
8 1 (1.32%) Spatial Data
8 1 (1.32%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 4 (5.26%) MSI
2 3 (3.95%) JIRA
3 2 (2.63%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 1 (1.32%) Bitbucket
4 1 (1.32%) InstallShield
4 1 (1.32%) Jenkins
4 1 (1.32%) Subversion
General
1 11 (14.47%) Finance
2 5 (6.58%) Banking
3 4 (5.26%) Publishing
4 1 (1.32%) Back Office
4 1 (1.32%) Billing
4 1 (1.32%) Electronics
4 1 (1.32%) Front Office
4 1 (1.32%) Law
4 1 (1.32%) Legal
4 1 (1.32%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.32%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (13.16%) .NET
2 9 (11.84%) Java EE
3 7 (9.21%) ActiveMQ
4 6 (7.89%) XML
5 4 (5.26%) JAAS
5 4 (5.26%) JMS
5 4 (5.26%) JMX
5 4 (5.26%) JNDI
5 4 (5.26%) LAPP Stack
6 3 (3.95%) Hibernate
6 3 (3.95%) IBM Integration Bus
6 3 (3.95%) JSF
6 3 (3.95%) JSP
6 3 (3.95%) Spring
6 3 (3.95%) Struts
6 3 (3.95%) WebSphere MQ
6 3 (3.95%) XSL
6 3 (3.95%) XSLT
7 2 (2.63%) J2EE
7 2 (2.63%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.58%) Smart Meter
2 4 (5.26%) Clustering
2 4 (5.26%) Mainframe
2 4 (5.26%) Tandem
3 3 (3.95%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (3.95%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.63%) Client/Server
4 2 (2.63%) Data Structures
4 2 (2.63%) DataPower
4 2 (2.63%) Fixed Income
4 2 (2.63%) Greenfield Project
4 2 (2.63%) Online Banking
5 1 (1.32%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.32%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (1.32%) Hedge funds
5 1 (1.32%) Hybrid Cloud
5 1 (1.32%) PKI
5 1 (1.32%) Private Cloud
5 1 (1.32%) User Experience
5 1 (1.32%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 21 (27.63%) Linux
1 21 (27.63%) Windows
2 13 (17.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 8 (10.53%) Unix
4 7 (9.21%) Windows Server 2012
5 5 (6.58%) Windows Server
6 4 (5.26%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (2.63%) Windows 7
8 1 (1.32%) AIX
8 1 (1.32%) Solaris
8 1 (1.32%) Windows 10
8 1 (1.32%) Windows 8
8 1 (1.32%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (14.47%) ITIL
2 10 (13.16%) Continuous Improvement
3 8 (10.53%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (10.53%) Mentoring
4 7 (9.21%) Application Packaging
4 7 (9.21%) DevOps
5 6 (7.89%) Migration
5 6 (7.89%) Problem Management
5 6 (7.89%) Procure-to-Pay
6 5 (6.58%) Capacity Management
7 4 (5.26%) Analytics
7 4 (5.26%) High Availability
7 4 (5.26%) Line Management
7 4 (5.26%) Open Source
7 4 (5.26%) Project Management
7 4 (5.26%) Service Delivery
7 4 (5.26%) Technical Analysis
8 3 (3.95%) Programme Governance
8 3 (3.95%) Release Management
8 3 (3.95%) Remediation Plan
Programming Languages
1 28 (36.84%) SQL
2 20 (26.32%) Java
3 11 (14.47%) Bash Shell
4 7 (9.21%) Perl
5 6 (7.89%) PL/SQL
5 6 (7.89%) PowerShell
6 5 (6.58%) C#
6 5 (6.58%) Shell Script
7 4 (5.26%) JCL
8 3 (3.95%) C++
8 3 (3.95%) JavaScript
8 3 (3.95%) T-SQL
9 2 (2.63%) C
9 2 (2.63%) Python
10 1 (1.32%) VB
10 1 (1.32%) VBA
10 1 (1.32%) VBScript
10 1 (1.32%) XPath
Qualifications
1 14 (18.42%) Security Cleared
2 12 (15.79%) SC Cleared
3 6 (7.89%) CISSP
3 6 (7.89%) RHCE
3 6 (7.89%) RHCSA
4 5 (6.58%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (3.95%) Degree
5 3 (3.95%) MCSA
5 3 (3.95%) MCSE
6 2 (2.63%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (1.32%) CCA
7 1 (1.32%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (1.32%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (1.32%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (1.32%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (1.32%) MCITP
7 1 (1.32%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (10.53%) SLA
2 3 (3.95%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.32%) MiFID
System Software
1 14 (18.42%) Active Directory
2 7 (9.21%) Oracle RAC
2 7 (9.21%) XenApp
3 5 (6.58%) Microsoft App-V
4 4 (5.26%) VMware ESXi
4 4 (5.26%) XenDesktop
5 1 (1.32%) Apache Flume
5 1 (1.32%) Docker
5 1 (1.32%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (1.32%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 8 (10.53%) Opscode Chef
1 8 (10.53%) Puppet
1 8 (10.53%) SCCM
2 5 (6.58%) Cobbler
3 4 (5.26%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 3 (3.95%) Ansible
5 1 (1.32%) BladeLogic
5 1 (1.32%) ITRS Geneos
5 1 (1.32%) Kubernetes
5 1 (1.32%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (1.32%) SCOM
Vendors
1 18 (23.68%) Microsoft
2 15 (19.74%) Red Hat
3 11 (14.47%) Citrix
3 11 (14.47%) Oracle
4 6 (7.89%) VMware
5 5 (6.58%) IBM
6 4 (5.26%) Genesys
6 4 (5.26%) Informatica
7 3 (3.95%) Arqiva
8 2 (2.63%) AppDynamics
8 2 (2.63%) BEA
8 2 (2.63%) Cisco
8 2 (2.63%) F5
8 2 (2.63%) Imperva
8 2 (2.63%) Lotus
8 2 (2.63%) Remedy
8 2 (2.63%) SAP
9 1 (1.32%) Fidessa
9 1 (1.32%) Murex
9 1 (1.32%) SunGard