Period
to 20 November 2017

The median contractor rate for an Applications Support was £375 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 Support
UK
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 362 363 259
Rank change year-on-year +1 -104 +31
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 672 669 1034
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.66% 0.64% 0.90%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.69% 0.68% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 426 466 669
UK median daily rate £375 £345 £354
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.70% -2.61% +1.21%
10th Percentile £200 £186 £207
90th Percentile £550 £488 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £313 £305 £350
% change year-on-year +2.46% -12.86% +27.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 24 35
UK median hourly rate £21.90 £21.12 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.72% -6.16% +9.76%
10th Percentile £11.28 £12.98 £15.85
90th Percentile £31.60 £34.00 £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £31.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -43.55% +3.33% +53.85%

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 Support
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 6 months to 20 November 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 6 months to 20 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Applications Support in the UK

Applications Support
Top 16 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 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 +12 639 £400 +14.29% 162
London +48 380 £431 +10.58% 64
UK excluding London -33 287 £313 +2.46% 102
Midlands +58 80 £325 - 20
South East -63 61 £325 - 34
East Midlands +41 58 £324 -12.50% 8
North of England +30 47 £338 +17.39% 21
South West +14 36 £191 -46.32% 15
East of England -45 34 £220 -15.55% 8
North West +18 29 £331 -5.36% 8
Scotland -26 26 £338 +7.14% 2
West Midlands +23 22 £388 +19.23% 12
Yorkshire 0 11 £300 +13.21% 10
North East +51 7 £339 +22.96% 3
Wales +10 2 £90 -20.00%
Northern Ireland - 1 £390 - 2

Applications Support Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 November 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.

1 306 (45.54%) SQL
2 213 (31.70%) Windows
3 158 (23.51%) Finance
4 151 (22.47%) Oracle
5 148 (22.02%) ITIL
6 142 (21.13%) SQL Server
7 139 (20.68%) Linux
8 128 (19.05%) Unix
9 119 (17.71%) Microsoft
10 101 (15.03%) Java
11 88 (13.10%) Banking
12 70 (10.42%) Python
13 69 (10.27%) Front Office
14 62 (9.23%) .NET
15 61 (9.08%) IIS
16 54 (8.04%) Incident Management
17 49 (7.29%) Problem Management
18 46 (6.85%) Fixed Income
18 46 (6.85%) Analytical Skills
19 45 (6.70%) Security Cleared
20 44 (6.55%) Service Delivery
21 43 (6.40%) SLA
22 42 (6.25%) Windows Server
23 41 (6.10%) PowerShell
23 41 (6.10%) PL/SQL
23 41 (6.10%) CRM
24 39 (5.80%) Web Services
24 39 (5.80%) Shell Script
25 37 (5.51%) Change Management
26 35 (5.21%) Release Management

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 61 (9.08%) IIS
2 27 (4.02%) SharePoint
3 26 (3.87%) Apache
4 21 (3.13%) Tomcat
5 20 (2.98%) WebSphere
6 19 (2.83%) JBoss
7 18 (2.68%) WebLogic
8 15 (2.23%) Confluence
9 8 (1.19%) BizTalk Server
10 7 (1.04%) CMS
11 6 (0.89%) MQSeries
11 6 (0.89%) WebSphere Application Server
12 5 (0.74%) SAS
12 5 (0.74%) WildFly
13 4 (0.60%) nginx
14 3 (0.45%) DataSynapse
14 3 (0.45%) Drupal
14 3 (0.45%) Elasticsearch
14 3 (0.45%) EPiServer
14 3 (0.45%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 35 (5.21%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (1.49%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.15%) InfoPath
3 1 (0.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 24 (3.57%) thinkFolio
2 18 (2.68%) Dynamics CRM
3 8 (1.19%) Oracle CRM
4 7 (1.04%) Oracle Applications
4 7 (1.04%) Oracle EBS R12
5 6 (0.89%) ION MarketView
6 5 (0.74%) Oracle EBS
7 4 (0.60%) Actimize
7 4 (0.60%) Dynamics AX
7 4 (0.60%) Oracle 11i
7 4 (0.60%) Oracle Cash Management
7 4 (0.60%) Unit4 Business World
8 3 (0.45%) Markit EDM
8 3 (0.45%) PeopleSoft CRM
8 3 (0.45%) SimCorp Dimension
9 2 (0.30%) LatentZero
9 2 (0.30%) PeopleSoft Financials
9 2 (0.30%) Salerio
9 2 (0.30%) SAP HR
9 2 (0.30%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 12 (1.79%) Office 365
2 10 (1.49%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (1.04%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (0.60%) GitHub
4 4 (0.60%) Google Play
5 2 (0.30%) G Suite
5 2 (0.30%) IaaS
5 2 (0.30%) SuccessFactors
6 1 (0.15%) BlazeMeter
6 1 (0.15%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.15%) OneDrive
6 1 (0.15%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 19 (2.83%) TCP/IP
2 18 (2.68%) Internet
3 15 (2.23%) DNS
4 10 (1.49%) Firewall
4 10 (1.49%) LAN
5 8 (1.19%) DHCP
6 6 (0.89%) SMS
6 6 (0.89%) VPN
7 5 (0.74%) Network Security
7 5 (0.74%) Unified Communications
8 4 (0.60%) FTP
9 3 (0.45%) HTTP
9 3 (0.45%) Intranet
9 3 (0.45%) Reverse Proxy
10 2 (0.30%) LDAP
10 2 (0.30%) Skype
10 2 (0.30%) WAN
11 1 (0.15%) 4G
11 1 (0.15%) iSCSI
11 1 (0.15%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 142 (21.13%) SQL Server
2 31 (4.61%) Relational Database
3 25 (3.72%) Oracle Database
4 22 (3.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 20 (2.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 17 (2.53%) MySQL
7 14 (2.08%) Oracle Reports
7 14 (2.08%) SQL Server 2012
8 11 (1.64%) SQL Server 2008
8 11 (1.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 9 (1.34%) Crystal Reports
9 9 (1.34%) Data Warehouse
10 7 (1.04%) Ingres
10 7 (1.04%) Oracle Database 10g
11 6 (0.89%) BusinessObjects
11 6 (0.89%) GIS
11 6 (0.89%) Hadoop
12 5 (0.74%) Data Mining
12 5 (0.74%) PostgreSQL
12 5 (0.74%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 31 (4.61%) JIRA
2 13 (1.93%) Jenkins
3 10 (1.49%) Oracle Forms
4 8 (1.19%) IBM UrbanCode
5 7 (1.04%) MSI
6 6 (0.89%) Visual Studio
7 5 (0.74%) Git (software)
8 4 (0.60%) Bitbucket
8 4 (0.60%) Cucumber
8 4 (0.60%) InstallShield
8 4 (0.60%) Selenium
8 4 (0.60%) Wise Package Studio
9 3 (0.45%) Subversion
9 3 (0.45%) Toad
10 2 (0.30%) jMock
10 2 (0.30%) JUnit
10 2 (0.30%) Maven
10 2 (0.30%) Mockito
10 2 (0.30%) Oracle APEX
11 1 (0.15%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 158 (23.51%) Finance
2 88 (13.10%) Banking
3 69 (10.27%) Front Office
4 32 (4.76%) Investment Banking
5 29 (4.32%) Retail
6 21 (3.13%) Manufacturing
7 9 (1.34%) Back Office
7 9 (1.34%) French Language
7 9 (1.34%) Publishing
8 7 (1.04%) Telecoms
9 6 (0.89%) Prime Brokerage
10 5 (0.74%) Electronics
10 5 (0.74%) Pharmaceutical
11 4 (0.60%) Advertising
11 4 (0.60%) Automotive
11 4 (0.60%) German Language
11 4 (0.60%) Law
11 4 (0.60%) Legal
12 3 (0.45%) Italian Language
12 3 (0.45%) Polish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (9.23%) .NET
2 39 (5.80%) Web Services
3 34 (5.06%) XML
4 30 (4.46%) Rendezvous
5 29 (4.32%) Middleware
6 28 (4.17%) J2EE
7 18 (2.68%) HTML
8 15 (2.23%) SOAP
9 13 (1.93%) REST
10 12 (1.79%) Node.js
11 11 (1.64%) ASP.NET
12 10 (1.49%) CSS
13 9 (1.34%) FIX Protocol
14 8 (1.19%) .NET Framework
15 6 (0.89%) Ajax
15 6 (0.89%) LAMP
15 6 (0.89%) WebSphere MQ
16 5 (0.74%) Java EE
16 5 (0.74%) X-Windows
17 4 (0.60%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 46 (6.85%) Analytical Skills
1 46 (6.85%) Fixed Income
2 26 (3.87%) Equities
3 23 (3.42%) Computer Science
4 21 (3.13%) Management Information System
5 17 (2.53%) SWIFT
6 16 (2.38%) Derivative
6 16 (2.38%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 12 (1.79%) Mobile App
8 10 (1.49%) Enterprise Software
9 9 (1.34%) Data Structures
9 9 (1.34%) NHS
10 8 (1.19%) Hedge funds
11 5 (0.74%) Algorithms
11 5 (0.74%) Client/Server
11 5 (0.74%) Grid Computing
12 4 (0.60%) Social Media
13 3 (0.45%) FMCG
13 3 (0.45%) Reference Data
13 3 (0.45%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 213 (31.70%) Windows
2 139 (20.68%) Linux
3 128 (19.05%) Unix
4 42 (6.25%) Windows Server
5 18 (2.68%) Windows 7
6 14 (2.08%) Windows 10
7 13 (1.93%) Solaris
8 12 (1.79%) Android
8 12 (1.79%) Windows Server 2012
9 11 (1.64%) Windows Server 2003
10 10 (1.49%) Windows Server 2008
11 9 (1.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 7 (1.04%) AIX
13 6 (0.89%) Apple iOS
14 4 (0.60%) HPUX
15 3 (0.45%) Windows 2000 Server
16 1 (0.15%) Mac OS
16 1 (0.15%) Oracle Linux
16 1 (0.15%) VMS
16 1 (0.15%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 148 (22.02%) ITIL
2 54 (8.04%) Incident Management
3 49 (7.29%) Problem Management
4 44 (6.55%) Service Delivery
5 41 (6.10%) CRM
6 37 (5.51%) Change Management
7 35 (5.21%) Release Management
7 35 (5.21%) Service Management
8 32 (4.76%) Agile Software Development
9 31 (4.61%) Asset Management
10 27 (4.02%) Investment Management
11 26 (3.87%) ITSM
12 23 (3.42%) Project Management
13 21 (3.13%) DevOps
14 20 (2.98%) Migration
14 20 (2.98%) Root Cause Analysis
15 19 (2.83%) Task Automation
15 19 (2.83%) User Acceptance Testing
16 18 (2.68%) ERP
16 18 (2.68%) Fault Analysis
Programming Languages
1 306 (45.54%) SQL
2 101 (15.03%) Java
3 70 (10.42%) Python
4 41 (6.10%) PL/SQL
4 41 (6.10%) PowerShell
5 39 (5.80%) Shell Script
6 33 (4.91%) C#
7 31 (4.61%) Perl
8 23 (3.42%) JavaScript
9 20 (2.98%) C++
9 20 (2.98%) VBA
10 18 (2.68%) PHP
11 17 (2.53%) T-SQL
12 15 (2.23%) VB
13 9 (1.34%) C
14 8 (1.19%) VBScript
15 5 (0.74%) Bash Shell
15 5 (0.74%) VB6
16 4 (0.60%) Korn
16 4 (0.60%) R
Qualifications
1 45 (6.70%) Security Cleared
2 30 (4.46%) SC Cleared
3 28 (4.17%) Degree
4 16 (2.38%) DV Cleared
4 16 (2.38%) ITIL Certification
5 10 (1.49%) Computer Science Degree
6 3 (0.45%) BPSS Clearance
6 3 (0.45%) DBS Check
7 2 (0.30%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 2 (0.30%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.15%) A+ Certification
8 1 (0.15%) CTC Cleared
8 1 (0.15%) ECDL
8 1 (0.15%) ISTQB
8 1 (0.15%) MCDBA
8 1 (0.15%) Network+ Certification
8 1 (0.15%) PMP
8 1 (0.15%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (0.15%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 1 (0.15%) Security+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (6.40%) SLA
2 19 (2.83%) QA
3 7 (1.04%) SEPA
4 3 (0.45%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.45%) MiFID
5 2 (0.30%) GDPR
5 2 (0.30%) HL7
5 2 (0.30%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.30%) PMO
6 1 (0.15%) DICOM
6 1 (0.15%) GxP
6 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 31 (4.61%) Active Directory
2 11 (1.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (1.34%) Microsoft App-V
3 9 (1.34%) XenApp
4 7 (1.04%) Docker
5 5 (0.74%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (0.60%) Terminal Server
7 3 (0.45%) ISA Server
7 3 (0.45%) Varnish
8 2 (0.30%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.15%) Apache Flume
9 1 (0.15%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.15%) KVM
9 1 (0.15%) Xen
9 1 (0.15%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.15%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 21 (3.13%) TIBCO Hawk
2 19 (2.83%) ITRS Geneos
3 11 (1.64%) SCCM
4 8 (1.19%) Nagios
5 7 (1.04%) Puppet
6 5 (0.74%) Control-M
6 5 (0.74%) ThinApp
7 4 (0.60%) Ansible
7 4 (0.60%) McAfee ePO
7 4 (0.60%) Stealthwatch
8 3 (0.45%) Tivoli
8 3 (0.45%) WMI
9 2 (0.30%) logstash
9 2 (0.30%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 2 (0.30%) ZABBIX
10 1 (0.15%) AirWatch
10 1 (0.15%) Ambari
10 1 (0.15%) CA Service Virtualization
10 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Clustering
10 1 (0.15%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 151 (22.47%) Oracle
2 119 (17.71%) Microsoft
3 30 (4.46%) TIBCO
4 27 (4.02%) Citrix
5 26 (3.87%) VMware
6 19 (2.83%) IBM
7 15 (2.23%) Sybase
8 12 (1.79%) ION Trading
8 12 (1.79%) ServiceNow
8 12 (1.79%) Splunk
9 11 (1.64%) Fidessa
10 10 (1.49%) Charles River
10 10 (1.49%) Cisco
10 10 (1.49%) HP
10 10 (1.49%) SAP
11 9 (1.34%) Red Hat
12 8 (1.19%) Google
12 8 (1.19%) PeopleSoft
13 7 (1.04%) AppDynamics
14 4 (0.60%) ArcSight