The median contractor rate for an Applications Support was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 30 May 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 Support
UK
3 months to
30 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 366 323 293
Rank change year-on-year -43 -30  
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 243 380 406
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.54% 0.71% 0.74%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.57% 0.75% 0.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 166 243 276
Median daily rate £375 £353 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.38% +2.17%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £202 £213 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £350 £305
% change year-on-year -7.14% +14.75%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 10 10
Median hourly rate £17.39 £31.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -43.90% +51.21%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.10 £15.45 £15.61
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £190.00 £21.72
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.70 £25.25 £18.00
% change year-on-year -6.15% +40.27%  

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 42459 50981 52251
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.81% 94.99% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 27498 33314 32358
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 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1306 1471 2077
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.95 £16.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.30% +8.10%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.78 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year - +9.37%  

Applications Support
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Applications Support in the UK

Applications Support
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Applications Support in the UK

Applications Support
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Applications Support over the 3 months to 30 May 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Applications Support in the UK

Applications Support
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Applications Support in the UK

Applications Support
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Applications Support over the 3 months to 30 May 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Applications Support in the UK

Applications Support
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 Support within the UK over the 3 months to 30 May 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 -28 226 £375 +7.14% 142
London -44 114 £425 +13.33% 56
South East +10 44 £303 -19.33% 22
City of London -14 24 £449 +19.66% 13
East of England -37 19 £244 -29.85% 15
East Midlands +6 17 £338 +12.50% 8
Milton Keynes -8 12 £211 -17.15%
Buckinghamshire -8 12 £211 -17.15%
Surrey +2 11 £360 -15.29% 6
North West +22 10 £355 +29.09% 15
Scotland +27 9 £331 -19.69% 3
Yorkshire +12 9 £273 -5.21% 7
Bedfordshire - 9 £375 - 2
Northamptonshire - 9 £375 - 2
South West +8 8 £350 +12.90% 6
Edinburgh +12 6 £338 -7.53%
Bristol +8 6 £350 - 3
Berkshire +29 5 £250 -11.50% 6
Winchester +11 5 - -
Nottinghamshire +10 5 £320 +6.66% 2
Oxfordshire +4 5 £296 -15.35% 2
Hampshire -8 5 - - 6
Northampton - 5 £300 - 1
Manchester +11 4 £325 -7.14% 9
Nottingham +6 4 £310 +3.33% 2
Cambridgeshire +4 4 £238 -15.17% 5
Merseyside 0 4 £355 -49.28%
Liverpool -4 4 £355 -49.28%
Hertfordshire -7 4 £220 -36.00% 4
Oxford - 4 £296 -

Applications Support Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 May 2017, Applications Support 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 Support in the job title.

1 249 (44.70%) SQL
2 166 (29.80%) Windows
3 160 (28.73%) SQL Server
4 156 (28.01%) Finance
5 137 (24.60%) Oracle
6 124 (22.26%) ITIL
7 104 (18.67%) Microsoft
8 101 (18.13%) Linux
9 90 (16.16%) Unix
10 82 (14.72%) Java
11 77 (13.82%) Banking
12 69 (12.39%) Oracle Database
13 64 (11.49%) .NET
14 63 (11.31%) IIS
15 58 (10.41%) C#
15 58 (10.41%) Security Cleared
16 53 (9.52%) XML
17 52 (9.34%) Problem Management
18 49 (8.80%) Microsoft Office
19 48 (8.62%) Service Delivery
20 47 (8.44%) Front Office
20 47 (8.44%) Python
21 46 (8.26%) Windows Server
22 44 (7.90%) PowerShell
22 44 (7.90%) Change Management
23 42 (7.54%) Release Management
23 42 (7.54%) SQL Server 2012
23 42 (7.54%) Analytical Skills
24 41 (7.36%) Service Management
25 38 (6.82%) WebSphere

Applications Support 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 63 (11.31%) IIS
2 38 (6.82%) WebSphere
3 28 (5.03%) SharePoint
4 21 (3.77%) JBoss
5 19 (3.41%) Tomcat
6 17 (3.05%) BizTalk Server
7 14 (2.51%) Apache
7 14 (2.51%) WebLogic
8 10 (1.80%) JCAPS
9 8 (1.44%) Drupal
9 8 (1.44%) GlassFish
10 5 (0.90%) MS Exchange
10 5 (0.90%) Oracle Workflow
11 4 (0.72%) SharePoint Server
12 3 (0.54%) Alfresco
12 3 (0.54%) Mule
12 3 (0.54%) Mule ESB
12 3 (0.54%) Skype for Business
12 3 (0.54%) WebSphere Application Server
12 3 (0.54%) WildFly
Applications
1 49 (8.80%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (3.77%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (0.72%) Microsoft Project
3 4 (0.72%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.54%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.18%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 14 (2.51%) Oracle 11i
2 10 (1.80%) Oracle Applications
2 10 (1.80%) Oracle EBS R12
3 8 (1.44%) Oracle Receivables
4 6 (1.08%) Northgate Housing
5 5 (0.90%) Demantra
5 5 (0.90%) Dynamics CRM
5 5 (0.90%) SnowdropKCS
6 4 (0.72%) Oracle EBS
6 4 (0.72%) thinkFolio
7 3 (0.54%) Global One
7 3 (0.54%) Oracle ERP
7 3 (0.54%) SAP CO
7 3 (0.54%) SAP FI
7 3 (0.54%) SAP FI/CO
8 2 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
8 2 (0.36%) Front Arena
8 2 (0.36%) RMDS
8 2 (0.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 2 (0.36%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 8 (1.44%) SaaS
2 7 (1.26%) GitHub
2 7 (1.26%) IaaS
2 7 (1.26%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (1.08%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (1.08%) PaaS
4 4 (0.72%) Google Play
4 4 (0.72%) Office 365
5 1 (0.18%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.18%) G Suite
5 1 (0.18%) iTunes
Communications & Networking
1 12 (2.15%) Firewall
1 12 (2.15%) Internet
2 11 (1.97%) DNS
3 9 (1.62%) SSL
3 9 (1.62%) TCP/IP
4 8 (1.44%) Kerberos
5 5 (0.90%) DHCP
6 4 (0.72%) Network Security
6 4 (0.72%) VPN
7 3 (0.54%) Broadband
7 3 (0.54%) HTTP
8 2 (0.36%) HTTPS
8 2 (0.36%) NetScaler
8 2 (0.36%) PuTTY
8 2 (0.36%) Reverse Proxy
8 2 (0.36%) SAN
8 2 (0.36%) Skype
8 2 (0.36%) WinSCP
9 1 (0.18%) Remote Desktop
9 1 (0.18%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 160 (28.73%) SQL Server
2 69 (12.39%) Oracle Database
3 42 (7.54%) SQL Server 2012
4 34 (6.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 33 (5.92%) Relational Database
6 31 (5.57%) Oracle Database 10g
7 29 (5.21%) SQL Server 2008
8 28 (5.03%) Oracle Reports
9 20 (3.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 18 (3.23%) SQL Server 2005
11 14 (2.51%) MySQL
12 12 (2.15%) Crystal Reports
12 12 (2.15%) SQL Server 2014
13 9 (1.62%) EDRMS
13 9 (1.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 8 (1.44%) Oracle BI Publisher
15 7 (1.26%) BusinessObjects
15 7 (1.26%) Oracle Database 11g
15 7 (1.26%) Oracle Database 12c
16 6 (1.08%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 19 (3.41%) JIRA
2 17 (3.05%) Visual Studio
3 12 (2.15%) Subversion
4 10 (1.80%) Jenkins
4 10 (1.80%) NUnit
4 10 (1.80%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
5 9 (1.62%) Ant
5 9 (1.62%) Oracle Forms
6 7 (1.26%) TeamCity
7 6 (1.08%) Team Foundation Server
8 5 (0.90%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 5 (0.90%) JDeveloper
8 5 (0.90%) Sonatype Nexus
8 5 (0.90%) Toad
9 4 (0.72%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 3 (0.54%) IBM UrbanCode
11 2 (0.36%) Eclipse
12 1 (0.18%) Bugzilla
12 1 (0.18%) MSBuild
12 1 (0.18%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 156 (28.01%) Finance
2 77 (13.82%) Banking
3 47 (8.44%) Front Office
4 31 (5.57%) Retail
5 28 (5.03%) Back Office
6 23 (4.13%) Manufacturing
7 18 (3.23%) Investment Banking
8 16 (2.87%) Publishing
9 13 (2.33%) Billing
10 8 (1.44%) International Banking
11 6 (1.08%) Advertising
11 6 (1.08%) Financial Institution
11 6 (1.08%) Law
11 6 (1.08%) Pharmaceutical
12 5 (0.90%) Legal
13 4 (0.72%) Retail Banking
14 3 (0.54%) Electronics
14 3 (0.54%) Marketing
14 3 (0.54%) Telecoms
15 2 (0.36%) French Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (11.49%) .NET
2 53 (9.52%) XML
3 23 (4.13%) .NET Framework
3 23 (4.13%) XSLT
4 22 (3.95%) HTML
4 22 (3.95%) Web Services
5 16 (2.87%) ASP.NET
6 13 (2.33%) CSS
7 12 (2.15%) SOAP
8 11 (1.97%) IBM Integration Bus
8 11 (1.97%) Rendezvous
9 10 (1.80%) JSP
9 10 (1.80%) WF
10 9 (1.62%) ActiveMQ
10 9 (1.62%) Apache Camel
10 9 (1.62%) J2EE
10 9 (1.62%) JSF
10 9 (1.62%) Spring
11 8 (1.44%) Java EE
11 8 (1.44%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 42 (7.54%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (4.31%) Fixed Income
2 24 (4.31%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 14 (2.51%) Equities
4 10 (1.80%) SWIFT
5 9 (1.62%) Management Information System
5 9 (1.62%) NHS
6 8 (1.44%) Client/Server
6 8 (1.44%) Derivative
6 8 (1.44%) User Experience
7 7 (1.26%) Hedge funds
8 6 (1.08%) Enterprise Software
8 6 (1.08%) EPoS
8 6 (1.08%) Mainframe
8 6 (1.08%) Wiki
9 5 (0.90%) SCADA
10 4 (0.72%) Clustering
10 4 (0.72%) Credit Derivative
10 4 (0.72%) Market Risk
10 4 (0.72%) PACS
Operating Systems
1 166 (29.80%) Windows
2 101 (18.13%) Linux
3 90 (16.16%) Unix
4 46 (8.26%) Windows Server
5 35 (6.28%) Windows Server 2012
6 21 (3.77%) Windows Server 2008
7 19 (3.41%) Windows Server 2003
8 15 (2.69%) Windows 7
9 12 (2.15%) AIX
10 11 (1.97%) HPUX
10 11 (1.97%) Solaris
11 9 (1.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 5 (0.90%) Windows 10
13 3 (0.54%) MVS
13 3 (0.54%) Windows 8
14 2 (0.36%) CentOS
14 2 (0.36%) Ubuntu
14 2 (0.36%) VME
14 2 (0.36%) VMS
14 2 (0.36%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 124 (22.26%) ITIL
2 52 (9.34%) Problem Management
3 48 (8.62%) Service Delivery
4 44 (7.90%) Change Management
5 42 (7.54%) Release Management
6 41 (7.36%) Service Management
7 37 (6.64%) Agile Software Development
8 36 (6.46%) Incident Management
9 30 (5.39%) Business Intelligence
10 28 (5.03%) Workflow
11 24 (4.31%) Business Analysis
11 24 (4.31%) ITSM
11 24 (4.31%) Project Management
12 22 (3.95%) ITIL V3
12 22 (3.95%) Migration
13 21 (3.77%) CRM
14 20 (3.59%) DevOps
14 20 (3.59%) Electronic Trading
15 19 (3.41%) User Acceptance Testing
16 16 (2.87%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 249 (44.70%) SQL
2 82 (14.72%) Java
3 58 (10.41%) C#
4 47 (8.44%) Python
5 44 (7.90%) PowerShell
6 32 (5.75%) Perl
6 32 (5.75%) PL/SQL
7 30 (5.39%) T-SQL
8 27 (4.85%) JavaScript
8 27 (4.85%) Shell Script
9 21 (3.77%) VBA
10 17 (3.05%) VBScript
11 14 (2.51%) PHP
12 13 (2.33%) Ruby
12 13 (2.33%) VB
13 10 (1.80%) Bash Shell
14 9 (1.62%) C
15 7 (1.26%) C++
15 7 (1.26%) R
16 5 (0.90%) Scala
Qualifications
1 58 (10.41%) Security Cleared
2 33 (5.92%) SC Cleared
3 24 (4.31%) DV Cleared
4 22 (3.95%) Degree
5 19 (3.41%) ITIL Certification
6 4 (0.72%) BPSS Clearance
6 4 (0.72%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (0.36%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 2 (0.36%) Master's Degree
7 2 (0.36%) MCSA
7 2 (0.36%) MCSE
8 1 (0.18%) AAT
8 1 (0.18%) ACCA
8 1 (0.18%) CIMA
8 1 (0.18%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (0.18%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (5.03%) SLA
2 8 (1.44%) HL7
3 7 (1.26%) SEPA
4 6 (1.08%) ISO 9001
4 6 (1.08%) QA
5 4 (0.72%) Disclosure Scotland
5 4 (0.72%) GDPR
6 2 (0.36%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.18%) MiFID
7 1 (0.18%) PMO
System Software
1 16 (2.87%) Active Directory
2 14 (2.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (1.62%) Oracle RAC
3 9 (1.62%) VMware ESXi
4 6 (1.08%) XenApp
5 4 (0.72%) XenDesktop
6 2 (0.36%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.36%) ISA Server
6 2 (0.36%) Oracle Clusterware
6 2 (0.36%) XenServer
7 1 (0.18%) KVM
7 1 (0.18%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.18%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 1 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.18%) vSphere
7 1 (0.18%) Xen
Systems Management
1 11 (1.97%) Puppet
2 9 (1.62%) Nagios
2 9 (1.62%) Opscode Chef
3 8 (1.44%) TIBCO Hawk
4 7 (1.26%) Ansible
4 7 (1.26%) Control-M
4 7 (1.26%) ITRS Geneos
5 3 (0.54%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
5 3 (0.54%) SCCM
6 2 (0.36%) Microsoft Clustering
6 2 (0.36%) NetBackup
6 2 (0.36%) Opsview
6 2 (0.36%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 2 (0.36%) SCOM
6 2 (0.36%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 1 (0.18%) Cobbler
7 1 (0.18%) Kibana
7 1 (0.18%) logstash
7 1 (0.18%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.18%) Webmin
Vendors
1 137 (24.60%) Oracle
2 104 (18.67%) Microsoft
3 22 (3.95%) IBM
4 21 (3.77%) Red Hat
5 20 (3.59%) Citrix
6 19 (3.41%) VMware
7 17 (3.05%) SAP
8 15 (2.69%) Murex
9 13 (2.33%) Northgate
9 13 (2.33%) Splunk
10 12 (2.15%) ION Trading
10 12 (2.15%) TIBCO
11 10 (1.80%) Fiorano
11 10 (1.80%) InterSystems
12 9 (1.62%) Sybase
13 8 (1.44%) Remedy
14 7 (1.26%) Sun
15 6 (1.08%) Capita
15 6 (1.08%) Google
16 5 (0.90%) Civica
Hertfordshire
Venn Group
Rate: £12 - £14 Per Hour
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West Midlands
Venn Group
Rate: £25000 - £35000 Per Annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Belfast, County Antrim
Square One Resources
Rate: From £380 to £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Newcastle upon Tyne
Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £33000 per annum
Posted: 7 days ago
Lincoln, Lincolnshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago