Period
to 20 April 2018

The median contractor rate for an Applications Support was £365 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 April 2018.

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 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 413 386 325
Rank change year-on-year -27 -61 -46
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 558 580 806
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.55% 0.63% 0.76%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.58% 0.66% 0.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 351 395 529
UK median daily rate £365 £335 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.96% -4.29% -6.67%
10th Percentile £193 £156 £207
90th Percentile £538 £500 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £327 £300 £325
% change year-on-year +9.00% -7.69% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 27 26
UK median hourly rate £24.50 £23.00 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.52% -20.69% +41.46%
10th Percentile £12.75 £13.25 £15.39
90th Percentile £43.75 £43.00 £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.36 £23.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -15.85% -20.69% +45.00%

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 96,041 87,961 101,443
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.93% 94.86% 95.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,193 57,163 65,399
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £258 £250
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +2.50% +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,954 3,023 3,334
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.96 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.43% -2.77% +14.71%
10th Percentile £10.80 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.56 £48.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% -5.26% +15.15%

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 April 2018.

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 April 2018.

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 April 2018. 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 -43 506 £363 +8.21% 297
London 0 300 £400 +5.26% 116
UK excluding London -79 251 £327 +9.00% 201
Midlands -15 60 £340 +15.74% 34
South East -52 58 £260 -13.33% 57
North of England -28 40 £338 +0.75% 50
East Midlands -17 36 £338 +17.39% 16
Scotland -20 34 £410 +134.29% 16
South West +10 30 £313 - 20
West Midlands +11 23 £350 -22.22% 18
North West -21 18 £319 -3.41% 30
East of England -23 17 £245 - 20
Yorkshire -20 15 £355 +33.96% 18
Northern Ireland +4 9 £407 +225.60%
North East +22 7 £238 -32.14% 2
Wales -30 3 £301 -13.93% 4

Applications Support Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 April 2018, Applications Support contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Applications Support in the job title.

1 259 (46.42%) SQL
2 186 (33.33%) Finance
3 147 (26.34%) Windows
4 135 (24.19%) Unix
4 135 (24.19%) Oracle
5 127 (22.76%) Linux
6 121 (21.68%) ITIL
7 106 (19.00%) SQL Server
8 104 (18.64%) Banking
9 91 (16.31%) Microsoft
10 83 (14.87%) Java
11 77 (13.80%) Problem-Solving
12 69 (12.37%) Analytical Skills
13 62 (11.11%) Windows Server
14 58 (10.39%) Python
15 56 (10.04%) Change Management
16 47 (8.42%) PL/SQL
17 45 (8.06%) Front Office
18 43 (7.71%) Bash Shell
19 42 (7.53%) Problem Management
20 39 (6.99%) Electronic Trading
21 38 (6.81%) Perl
21 38 (6.81%) C#
22 37 (6.63%) Equities
23 35 (6.27%) Microsoft Office
24 34 (6.09%) Service Management
24 34 (6.09%) Shell Script
25 33 (5.91%) Web Services
25 33 (5.91%) SharePoint
25 33 (5.91%) Investment Banking

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 33 (5.91%) SharePoint
2 31 (5.56%) IIS
3 20 (3.58%) WebSphere
4 13 (2.33%) Tomcat
5 12 (2.15%) Apache
5 12 (2.15%) WebLogic
6 11 (1.97%) MQSeries
7 9 (1.61%) CMS
7 9 (1.61%) Confluence
8 7 (1.25%) Elasticsearch
9 6 (1.08%) Apache Solr
9 6 (1.08%) BizTalk Server
10 5 (0.90%) JBoss
11 4 (0.72%) Oracle Workflow
12 3 (0.54%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 3 (0.54%) IBM Notes
12 3 (0.54%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 3 (0.54%) SAS
13 2 (0.36%) Apache Pig
13 2 (0.36%) Oracle HTTP Server
Applications
1 35 (6.27%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (3.76%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.54%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.36%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.36%) Windchill
6 1 (0.18%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 16 (2.87%) Sonata
2 9 (1.61%) Dynamics AX
3 8 (1.43%) Oracle ERP
3 8 (1.43%) thinkFolio
4 7 (1.25%) Oracle EBS
5 6 (1.08%) Dynamics CRM
6 4 (0.72%) Oracle EBS R12
6 4 (0.72%) Servitor
7 3 (0.54%) Actimize
7 3 (0.54%) ION MarketView
7 3 (0.54%) Oracle Applications
8 2 (0.36%) Demantra
8 2 (0.36%) Oracle 11i
8 2 (0.36%) Oracle Financials
8 2 (0.36%) Oracle General Ledger
8 2 (0.36%) Oracle Payables
8 2 (0.36%) Oracle Receivables
8 2 (0.36%) SAP HR
8 2 (0.36%) SimCorp Dimension
8 2 (0.36%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 25 (4.48%) Office 365
2 15 (2.69%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (2.51%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (1.08%) SaaS
5 5 (0.90%) G Suite
6 2 (0.36%) SuccessFactors
7 1 (0.18%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (0.18%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.18%) Boomi
7 1 (0.18%) Datadog
7 1 (0.18%) Google Cloud Platform
7 1 (0.18%) IaaS
7 1 (0.18%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.18%) PaaS
7 1 (0.18%) Serverless
7 1 (0.18%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 17 (3.05%) Internet
2 14 (2.51%) Firewall
3 9 (1.61%) DNS
4 8 (1.43%) TCP/IP
5 6 (1.08%) Network Security
6 5 (0.90%) HTTP
6 5 (0.90%) Remote Desktop
6 5 (0.90%) SSL
6 5 (0.90%) VPN
7 4 (0.72%) DHCP
7 4 (0.72%) LAN
8 3 (0.54%) FIX Connectivity
8 3 (0.54%) FTP
8 3 (0.54%) Intranet
8 3 (0.54%) SAN
8 3 (0.54%) SMS
8 3 (0.54%) SMTP
8 3 (0.54%) Unified Communications
9 2 (0.36%) Multicast
9 2 (0.36%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 106 (19.00%) SQL Server
2 29 (5.20%) Blockchain
3 22 (3.94%) Relational Database
4 15 (2.69%) SQL Server 2012
5 13 (2.33%) MySQL
6 12 (2.15%) SQL Server 2008
6 12 (2.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 11 (1.97%) Data Warehouse
7 11 (1.97%) Oracle Database
8 9 (1.61%) PostgreSQL
9 8 (1.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 7 (1.25%) MongoDB
10 7 (1.25%) SQL Server 2005
10 7 (1.25%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 6 (1.08%) Crystal Reports
11 6 (1.08%) Ingres
11 6 (1.08%) Oracle Reports
12 5 (0.90%) DB2
13 4 (0.72%) MS Access
13 4 (0.72%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 27 (4.84%) JIRA
2 10 (1.79%) Visual Studio
3 8 (1.43%) Git (software)
4 7 (1.25%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 5 (0.90%) Octopus Deploy
5 5 (0.90%) Oracle Forms
6 4 (0.72%) MSI
7 3 (0.54%) Eclipse
7 3 (0.54%) Jenkins
7 3 (0.54%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (0.36%) StarTeam
8 2 (0.36%) Toad
9 1 (0.18%) AdminStudio
9 1 (0.18%) Bitbucket
9 1 (0.18%) Cucumber
9 1 (0.18%) Hudson
9 1 (0.18%) Maven
9 1 (0.18%) Oracle APEX
9 1 (0.18%) PeopleTools
9 1 (0.18%) Serena SBM
General
1 186 (33.33%) Finance
2 104 (18.64%) Banking
3 45 (8.06%) Front Office
4 33 (5.91%) Investment Banking
5 19 (3.41%) Back Office
6 10 (1.79%) Retail
7 9 (1.61%) Manufacturing
8 7 (1.25%) Financial Institution
8 7 (1.25%) Legal
9 6 (1.08%) French Language
10 5 (0.90%) Marketing
10 5 (0.90%) Retail Banking
11 4 (0.72%) Advertising
11 4 (0.72%) Italian Language
11 4 (0.72%) Japanese Language
11 4 (0.72%) Law
11 4 (0.72%) Local Government
11 4 (0.72%) Spanish Language
11 4 (0.72%) Telecoms
12 3 (0.54%) Russian Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (5.91%) Web Services
2 29 (5.20%) .NET
3 28 (5.02%) XML
4 21 (3.76%) FIX Protocol
5 18 (3.23%) J2EE
5 18 (3.23%) WebSphere MQ
6 17 (3.05%) HTML
7 16 (2.87%) CSS
8 14 (2.51%) REST
9 13 (2.33%) SOAP
10 11 (1.97%) AngularJS
11 9 (1.61%) ASP.NET
12 8 (1.43%) Elastic Stack
12 8 (1.43%) JSP
12 8 (1.43%) Middleware
13 7 (1.25%) IBM Integration Bus
14 6 (1.08%) ASP.NET Web Forms
14 6 (1.08%) Oracle Fusion
15 5 (0.90%) Node.js
15 5 (0.90%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 69 (12.37%) Analytical Skills
2 37 (6.63%) Equities
3 23 (4.12%) Fixed Income
4 20 (3.58%) SWIFT
5 17 (3.05%) Self-Motivation
6 14 (2.51%) Management Information System
7 11 (1.97%) Fedwire
7 11 (1.97%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 10 (1.79%) Derivative
9 9 (1.61%) Mobile App
10 6 (1.08%) Client/Server
10 6 (1.08%) Computer Science
10 6 (1.08%) Enterprise Software
10 6 (1.08%) Greenfield Project
10 6 (1.08%) Hedge funds
10 6 (1.08%) Tandem
11 5 (0.90%) Life Science
12 4 (0.72%) Freedom of Information
12 4 (0.72%) Market Risk
12 4 (0.72%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 147 (26.34%) Windows
2 135 (24.19%) Unix
3 127 (22.76%) Linux
4 62 (11.11%) Windows Server
5 27 (4.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 26 (4.66%) Solaris
7 25 (4.48%) Windows Server 2012
8 21 (3.76%) Windows 10
9 19 (3.41%) Windows Server 2008
10 18 (3.23%) Windows 7
11 15 (2.69%) AIX
12 7 (1.25%) Apple iOS
12 7 (1.25%) Windows Server 2003
13 5 (0.90%) CentOS
13 5 (0.90%) HPUX
14 4 (0.72%) Mac OS
15 3 (0.54%) Android
16 2 (0.36%) MVS
16 2 (0.36%) VME
16 2 (0.36%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 121 (21.68%) ITIL
2 77 (13.80%) Problem-Solving
3 56 (10.04%) Change Management
4 42 (7.53%) Problem Management
5 39 (6.99%) Electronic Trading
6 34 (6.09%) Service Management
7 30 (5.38%) Agile Software Development
8 29 (5.20%) Asset Management
9 27 (4.84%) CRM
9 27 (4.84%) Project Management
10 26 (4.66%) Migration
11 25 (4.48%) ITSM
12 24 (4.30%) Incident Management
12 24 (4.30%) Workflow
13 21 (3.76%) User Acceptance Testing
14 20 (3.58%) ERP
15 19 (3.41%) Data Analysis
15 19 (3.41%) Root Cause Analysis
16 18 (3.23%) DevOps
16 18 (3.23%) Wealth Management
Programming Languages
1 259 (46.42%) SQL
2 83 (14.87%) Java
3 58 (10.39%) Python
4 47 (8.42%) PL/SQL
5 43 (7.71%) Bash Shell
6 38 (6.81%) C#
6 38 (6.81%) Perl
7 34 (6.09%) Shell Script
8 32 (5.73%) PowerShell
9 27 (4.84%) T-SQL
10 20 (3.58%) VBA
11 18 (3.23%) JavaScript
12 12 (2.15%) PHP
13 9 (1.61%) C
13 9 (1.61%) C++
13 9 (1.61%) VB
14 7 (1.25%) Korn
15 6 (1.08%) Go
16 5 (0.90%) XMLA
17 2 (0.36%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 33 (5.91%) Security Cleared
2 22 (3.94%) Degree
3 16 (2.87%) SC Cleared
4 14 (2.51%) ITIL Certification
5 10 (1.79%) DV Cleared
6 4 (0.72%) Computer Science Degree
7 3 (0.54%) MCP
7 3 (0.54%) MCSA
7 3 (0.54%) MCSE
7 3 (0.54%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (0.36%) CCNA
8 2 (0.36%) CCNP
8 2 (0.36%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (0.36%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 2 (0.36%) JNCIA
9 1 (0.18%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.18%) CTC Cleared
9 1 (0.18%) DBS Check
9 1 (0.18%) MCDST
9 1 (0.18%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (4.30%) SLA
2 14 (2.51%) MiFID
3 12 (2.15%) SEPA
4 7 (1.25%) Dodd-Frank
5 6 (1.08%) EMIR
5 6 (1.08%) GDPR
6 5 (0.90%) HL7
7 4 (0.72%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 3 (0.54%) QA
9 2 (0.36%) Data Quality
9 2 (0.36%) Disclosure Scotland
9 2 (0.36%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.18%) DICOM
10 1 (0.18%) FINRA
10 1 (0.18%) GMP
10 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 1 (0.18%) PCI DSS
10 1 (0.18%) PMO
System Software
1 23 (4.12%) Active Directory
2 9 (1.61%) Microsoft App-V
3 6 (1.08%) VMware ESXi
3 6 (1.08%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.72%) Docker
4 4 (0.72%) Virtual Desktop
5 3 (0.54%) Squid
6 1 (0.18%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.18%) Job Entry Subsystem
6 1 (0.18%) RACF
6 1 (0.18%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
6 1 (0.18%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 1 (0.18%) VirtualBox
6 1 (0.18%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 12 (2.15%) SCCM
2 7 (1.25%) Control-M
2 7 (1.25%) Kibana
2 7 (1.25%) logstash
3 5 (0.90%) Puppet
3 5 (0.90%) Stealthwatch
3 5 (0.90%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 4 (0.72%) ITRS Geneos
4 4 (0.72%) Tivoli
5 3 (0.54%) Ansible
5 3 (0.54%) Microsoft Intune
5 3 (0.54%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 2 (0.36%) Kubernetes
6 2 (0.36%) Nagios
7 1 (0.18%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.18%) Pingdom
7 1 (0.18%) Rundeck
7 1 (0.18%) Salt
7 1 (0.18%) SCSM
7 1 (0.18%) Terraform
Vendors
1 135 (24.19%) Oracle
2 91 (16.31%) Microsoft
3 24 (4.30%) Charles River
4 23 (4.12%) SAP
5 21 (3.76%) Red Hat
6 19 (3.41%) IBM
7 16 (2.87%) VMware
8 15 (2.69%) Citrix
9 14 (2.51%) ION Trading
10 13 (2.33%) FNZ
11 8 (1.43%) ServiceNow
12 7 (1.25%) Cisco
12 7 (1.25%) Remedy
13 6 (1.08%) Salesforce.com
14 5 (0.90%) ArcSight
14 5 (0.90%) Civica
14 5 (0.90%) HP
14 5 (0.90%) Splunk
15 4 (0.72%) Apple
15 4 (0.72%) CA