The median contractor rate for an Applications Support was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 28 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 Support
UK
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 365 319 292
Rank change year-on-year -46 -27  
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 264 383 419
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.56% 0.71% 0.76%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.59% 0.75% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 173 238 273
Median daily rate £400 £365 £343
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.58% +6.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £508 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £350 £325
% change year-on-year -3.57% +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 12 12
Median hourly rate £22.50 £29.75 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.36% +41.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.25 £16.00 £15.76
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.00 £190.00 £22.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.75 £25.25 £19.50
% change year-on-year -5.94% +29.48%  

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 44648 51085 52304
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 94.85% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 28819 33278 32902
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 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1391 1532 1988
Median hourly rate £18.69 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.80% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.42 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £43.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.14
% change year-on-year - +8.42%  

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 28 June 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 28 June 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 28 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 -30 252 £400 +9.58% 166
London -17 137 £450 +20.00% 65
South East -5 39 £330 -12.00% 37
City of London -7 27 £450 +12.50% 25
East of England -17 19 £375 -6.25% 9
East Midlands - 16 £325 - 8
South West -2 15 £288 -7.25% 7
North West +27 14 £375 +56.25% 13
Surrey +2 9 £360 -14.02% 7
Northamptonshire - 9 £350 -
Buckinghamshire -26 8 £225 -18.18% 4
Hertfordshire -1 7 £220 -47.46% 2
Milton Keynes -27 7 £225 -18.18% 3
Bedfordshire - 7 £400 - 2
North East +75 6 £338 +5.88% 3
Scotland +7 6 £248 -40.00% 3
Liverpool +4 6 £355 -
Merseyside +1 6 £355 - 1
Bristol +1 6 £350 -12.50% 2
Oxfordshire -1 6 £263 -25.00% 1
Berkshire +21 5 £300 -20.00% 12
West Sussex +20 5 £420 +34.40% 1
Northampton - 5 £288 -
Cheshire +14 4 £500 +108.33% 2
Yorkshire +12 4 £350 +21.73% 13
Gloucestershire +11 4 £275 -25.17%
Glasgow -17 4 £248 -40.00% 2
Oxford - 4 £296 -
Manchester +10 3 £413 +46.66% 8
South Yorkshire +8 3 £235 - 1

Applications Support Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 June 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.

1 260 (47.19%) SQL
2 157 (28.49%) SQL Server
3 156 (28.31%) Windows
4 150 (27.22%) Finance
5 141 (25.59%) Oracle
6 125 (22.69%) ITIL
7 102 (18.51%) Microsoft
8 89 (16.15%) Linux
9 86 (15.61%) Unix
10 81 (14.70%) Java
11 74 (13.43%) Banking
12 63 (11.43%) .NET
13 62 (11.25%) IIS
14 60 (10.89%) Security Cleared
15 59 (10.71%) Oracle Database
16 53 (9.62%) Python
17 52 (9.44%) XML
17 52 (9.44%) Front Office
18 50 (9.07%) Service Delivery
19 47 (8.53%) C#
19 47 (8.53%) Problem Management
20 44 (7.99%) Microsoft Office
20 44 (7.99%) Service Management
21 39 (7.08%) Incident Management
21 39 (7.08%) Windows Server
22 38 (6.90%) Analytical Skills
22 38 (6.90%) SQL Server 2012
22 38 (6.90%) Release Management
23 37 (6.72%) PowerShell
24 34 (6.17%) Fixed Income

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 62 (11.25%) IIS
2 30 (5.44%) SharePoint
3 28 (5.08%) WebSphere
4 22 (3.99%) JBoss
5 20 (3.63%) Apache
6 15 (2.72%) BizTalk Server
6 15 (2.72%) Tomcat
7 13 (2.36%) WebLogic
8 9 (1.63%) Drupal
9 8 (1.45%) JCAPS
10 6 (1.09%) GlassFish
11 5 (0.91%) WebSphere Application Server
12 4 (0.73%) MS Exchange
12 4 (0.73%) SharePoint Server
12 4 (0.73%) WildFly
13 3 (0.54%) Alfresco
13 3 (0.54%) Mule
13 3 (0.54%) Mule ESB
13 3 (0.54%) Oracle Workflow
13 3 (0.54%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 44 (7.99%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (3.09%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.54%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.18%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 11 (2.00%) Oracle 11i
1 11 (2.00%) Oracle EBS R12
2 8 (1.45%) Oracle Receivables
3 7 (1.27%) Oracle Applications
4 6 (1.09%) Dynamics CRM
4 6 (1.09%) thinkFolio
5 5 (0.91%) Northgate Housing
6 4 (0.73%) Oracle EBS
6 4 (0.73%) Unit4 Business World
7 3 (0.54%) Global One
7 3 (0.54%) Oracle CRM
7 3 (0.54%) Oracle ERP
8 2 (0.36%) Demantra
8 2 (0.36%) Payment Gateway
8 2 (0.36%) RMDS
8 2 (0.36%) SAP CO
8 2 (0.36%) SAP FI
8 2 (0.36%) SAP FI/CO
8 2 (0.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 2 (0.36%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 7 (1.27%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (0.91%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (0.91%) Office 365
3 4 (0.73%) Google Play
4 3 (0.54%) IaaS
5 1 (0.18%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.18%) G Suite
5 1 (0.18%) iTunes
5 1 (0.18%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (2.72%) DNS
2 13 (2.36%) TCP/IP
3 12 (2.18%) Firewall
4 8 (1.45%) Internet
5 7 (1.27%) DHCP
6 6 (1.09%) Kerberos
7 4 (0.73%) Network Security
8 3 (0.54%) HTTP
9 2 (0.36%) HTTPS
9 2 (0.36%) NetScaler
9 2 (0.36%) PuTTY
9 2 (0.36%) Reverse Proxy
9 2 (0.36%) SAN
9 2 (0.36%) Skype
9 2 (0.36%) VPN
9 2 (0.36%) WinSCP
10 1 (0.18%) DVB
10 1 (0.18%) Intranet
10 1 (0.18%) SSH
10 1 (0.18%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 157 (28.49%) SQL Server
2 59 (10.71%) Oracle Database
3 38 (6.90%) SQL Server 2012
4 32 (5.81%) Relational Database
5 29 (5.26%) Oracle Database 10g
6 26 (4.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 25 (4.54%) Oracle Reports
7 25 (4.54%) SQL Server 2008
8 22 (3.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 17 (3.09%) MySQL
10 14 (2.54%) SQL Server 2005
11 11 (2.00%) EDRMS
11 11 (2.00%) SQL Server 2014
12 9 (1.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 7 (1.27%) BusinessObjects
13 7 (1.27%) Crystal Reports
14 6 (1.09%) Oracle Database 11g
14 6 (1.09%) Oracle Database 12c
14 6 (1.09%) Oracle9i Database
15 5 (0.91%) Oracle BI Publisher
Development Applications
1 20 (3.63%) Visual Studio
2 16 (2.90%) JIRA
3 10 (1.81%) NUnit
3 10 (1.81%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
4 8 (1.45%) Subversion
5 7 (1.27%) Ant
5 7 (1.27%) Oracle Forms
5 7 (1.27%) TeamCity
6 6 (1.09%) Team Foundation Server
6 6 (1.09%) Toad
7 5 (0.91%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 5 (0.91%) Jenkins
8 3 (0.54%) IBM UrbanCode
9 2 (0.36%) Eclipse
9 2 (0.36%) JDeveloper
9 2 (0.36%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 1 (0.18%) Cucumber
10 1 (0.18%) Git (software)
10 1 (0.18%) Hudson
10 1 (0.18%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 150 (27.22%) Finance
2 74 (13.43%) Banking
3 52 (9.44%) Front Office
4 26 (4.72%) Retail
5 23 (4.17%) Manufacturing
6 21 (3.81%) Investment Banking
7 20 (3.63%) Back Office
8 13 (2.36%) Publishing
9 11 (2.00%) Billing
10 8 (1.45%) Law
10 8 (1.45%) Pharmaceutical
11 4 (0.73%) Advertising
11 4 (0.73%) International Banking
11 4 (0.73%) Legal
11 4 (0.73%) Retail Banking
12 3 (0.54%) Electronics
12 3 (0.54%) Marketing
12 3 (0.54%) Telecoms
13 2 (0.36%) Military
14 1 (0.18%) Corporate Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (11.43%) .NET
2 52 (9.44%) XML
3 26 (4.72%) Web Services
4 23 (4.17%) XSLT
5 21 (3.81%) .NET Framework
5 21 (3.81%) HTML
6 18 (3.27%) Rendezvous
7 14 (2.54%) SOAP
8 12 (2.18%) ASP.NET
9 11 (2.00%) CSS
9 11 (2.00%) Middleware
10 10 (1.81%) IBM Integration Bus
10 10 (1.81%) JSF
10 10 (1.81%) JSP
10 10 (1.81%) WF
11 9 (1.63%) ActiveMQ
11 9 (1.63%) Apache Camel
11 9 (1.63%) Java EE
12 8 (1.45%) Hibernate
12 8 (1.45%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 38 (6.90%) Analytical Skills
2 34 (6.17%) Fixed Income
3 24 (4.36%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 17 (3.09%) Equities
5 10 (1.81%) Client/Server
5 10 (1.81%) Derivative
6 9 (1.63%) Management Information System
7 8 (1.45%) SWIFT
7 8 (1.45%) User Experience
8 7 (1.27%) Enterprise Software
8 7 (1.27%) NHS
9 6 (1.09%) SCADA
9 6 (1.09%) Wiki
10 5 (0.91%) Clustering
10 5 (0.91%) EPoS
11 4 (0.73%) Market Risk
12 3 (0.54%) Credit Derivative
12 3 (0.54%) Fintech
12 3 (0.54%) Greenfield Project
12 3 (0.54%) Grid Computing
Operating Systems
1 156 (28.31%) Windows
2 89 (16.15%) Linux
3 86 (15.61%) Unix
4 39 (7.08%) Windows Server
5 26 (4.72%) Windows Server 2012
6 18 (3.27%) Windows Server 2003
6 18 (3.27%) Windows Server 2008
7 11 (2.00%) Windows 7
8 10 (1.81%) Solaris
9 8 (1.45%) AIX
9 8 (1.45%) HPUX
9 8 (1.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (0.73%) Windows 8
11 2 (0.36%) Android
11 2 (0.36%) CentOS
11 2 (0.36%) Ubuntu
11 2 (0.36%) Windows 10
11 2 (0.36%) Windows XP
12 1 (0.18%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.18%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 125 (22.69%) ITIL
2 50 (9.07%) Service Delivery
3 47 (8.53%) Problem Management
4 44 (7.99%) Service Management
5 39 (7.08%) Incident Management
6 38 (6.90%) Release Management
7 33 (5.99%) Change Management
8 32 (5.81%) Agile Software Development
9 28 (5.08%) Business Intelligence
9 28 (5.08%) Project Management
10 27 (4.90%) ITSM
10 27 (4.90%) Workflow
11 23 (4.17%) ITIL V3
12 22 (3.99%) Business Analysis
12 22 (3.99%) Electronic Trading
13 21 (3.81%) Migration
14 20 (3.63%) CRM
15 17 (3.09%) SDLC
16 16 (2.90%) DevOps
16 16 (2.90%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 260 (47.19%) SQL
2 81 (14.70%) Java
3 53 (9.62%) Python
4 47 (8.53%) C#
5 37 (6.72%) PowerShell
6 31 (5.63%) PL/SQL
7 30 (5.44%) Shell Script
8 27 (4.90%) T-SQL
9 25 (4.54%) Perl
10 24 (4.36%) JavaScript
11 22 (3.99%) VBA
12 16 (2.90%) PHP
13 13 (2.36%) VBScript
14 10 (1.81%) VB
15 9 (1.63%) Bash Shell
16 8 (1.45%) C++
16 8 (1.45%) Ruby
17 6 (1.09%) C
17 6 (1.09%) R
17 6 (1.09%) Scala
Qualifications
1 60 (10.89%) Security Cleared
2 34 (6.17%) SC Cleared
3 25 (4.54%) DV Cleared
4 22 (3.99%) ITIL Certification
5 18 (3.27%) Degree
6 4 (0.73%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (0.54%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (0.36%) Computer Science Degree
8 2 (0.36%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 2 (0.36%) Master's Degree
8 2 (0.36%) MCSE
9 1 (0.18%) AAT
9 1 (0.18%) ACCA
9 1 (0.18%) CIMA
9 1 (0.18%) HNC
9 1 (0.18%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (5.63%) SLA
2 7 (1.27%) HL7
3 5 (0.91%) QA
4 4 (0.73%) GDPR
4 4 (0.73%) ISO 9001
5 3 (0.54%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.36%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.36%) SEPA
7 1 (0.18%) MiFID
7 1 (0.18%) PMO
System Software
1 16 (2.90%) Active Directory
2 15 (2.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (1.63%) Oracle RAC
3 9 (1.63%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (0.36%) ISA Server
4 2 (0.36%) XenApp
4 2 (0.36%) XenServer
5 1 (0.18%) Docker
5 1 (0.18%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.18%) KVM
5 1 (0.18%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.18%) Varnish
5 1 (0.18%) Veritas Cluster Server
5 1 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (0.18%) vSphere
5 1 (0.18%) Xen
Systems Management
1 15 (2.72%) TIBCO Hawk
2 9 (1.63%) Puppet
3 7 (1.27%) Control-M
3 7 (1.27%) Nagios
4 6 (1.09%) Ansible
4 6 (1.09%) ITRS Geneos
5 4 (0.73%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (0.73%) SCCM
6 3 (0.54%) McAfee ePO
6 3 (0.54%) Microsoft Clustering
7 2 (0.36%) NetBackup
7 2 (0.36%) Opsview
7 2 (0.36%) SCOM
7 2 (0.36%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 1 (0.18%) Netcool
8 1 (0.18%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 1 (0.18%) Unicenter
8 1 (0.18%) Veritas Storage Foundation
8 1 (0.18%) WSUS
8 1 (0.18%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 141 (25.59%) Oracle
2 102 (18.51%) Microsoft
3 20 (3.63%) IBM
4 19 (3.45%) TIBCO
4 19 (3.45%) VMware
5 18 (3.27%) Red Hat
5 18 (3.27%) SAP
6 16 (2.90%) Citrix
7 13 (2.36%) ION Trading
8 12 (2.18%) Northgate
9 11 (2.00%) Murex
10 10 (1.81%) Sybase
11 9 (1.63%) Fidessa
12 8 (1.45%) Fiorano
12 8 (1.45%) InterSystems
12 8 (1.45%) Remedy
12 8 (1.45%) Sun
13 6 (1.09%) Google
13 6 (1.09%) Splunk
14 5 (0.91%) HP
Derby, Derbyshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £240 - £250 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Greater Manchester
Frazer John Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £120 - £140 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £575.00 - £600.00 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
Horsham, West Sussex
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £200 - £275 Per Day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Opilio Recruitment
Rate: From £28,000 to £31,000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
City of London
Hays London City Cheapside
Rate: £495.00 - £525.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Posted: 3 hours ago
Winchester, Hampshire
Hampshire County Council
Rate: Competitive
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Paw Associates Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds
Xiros Ltd
Rate: £150 - £200 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £400 - £600 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago