Period
to 17 August 2017

The median contractor rate for an Applications Support was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 August 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
17 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 388 337 291
Rank change year-on-year -51 -46 -22
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 574 781 939
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.60% 0.72% 0.83%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.63% 0.76% 0.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 386 525 604
UK median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% - -
10th Percentile £208 £188 £200
90th Percentile £544 £500 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £323 £325 £325
% change year-on-year -0.77% - +18.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 20 30
UK median hourly rate £21.90 £24.25 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.69% +15.48% +5.00%
10th Percentile £12.75 £13.88 £15.68
90th Percentile £30.00 £195.00 £33.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.45 £24.25 £20.00
% change year-on-year -28.06% +21.25% -

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 90773 103276 106884
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.87% 94.94% 94.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 58967 67332 66613
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% +1.01%
10th Percentile £263 £255 £238
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2795 3117 4112
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £19.00 £17.93
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.58% +5.98% +5.46%
10th Percentile £10.77 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £49.11 £46.58 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £17.33
% change year-on-year -5.26% +9.64% +2.91%

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 17 August 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 17 August 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 17 August 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 -36 540 £375 +7.91% 185
London -18 292 £450 +20.00% 61
UK excluding London -41 277 £323 -0.77% 136
South East -36 72 £308 -8.67% 42
Midlands +38 58 £321 -1.15% 31
North of England +45 53 £338 +22.73% 26
East Midlands +33 47 £310 +3.33% 19
East of England -53 38 £248 -17.50% 14
North West +22 29 £335 +21.82% 9
South West -8 26 £275 -21.43% 10
Scotland +10 22 £338 -3.57% 12
Yorkshire +30 15 £313 +8.70% 10
West Midlands +11 11 £369 +13.46% 12
North East +52 9 £338 +7.91% 7
Wales -8 5 £475 +322.22% 1
Northern Ireland -46 3 £258 -5.33%

Applications Support Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 August 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.

1 290 (50.52%) SQL
2 175 (30.49%) Windows
3 151 (26.31%) SQL Server
4 140 (24.39%) Finance
5 136 (23.69%) Oracle
6 118 (20.56%) ITIL
7 114 (19.86%) Microsoft
8 93 (16.20%) Unix
9 89 (15.51%) Banking
10 79 (13.76%) Linux
11 78 (13.59%) Java
12 66 (11.50%) Python
13 64 (11.15%) Security Cleared
14 63 (10.98%) .NET
14 63 (10.98%) Front Office
15 57 (9.93%) IIS
16 51 (8.89%) Windows Server
17 49 (8.54%) Problem Management
18 46 (8.01%) Fixed Income
19 42 (7.32%) Incident Management
19 42 (7.32%) C#
20 41 (7.14%) Service Delivery
20 41 (7.14%) PowerShell
21 40 (6.97%) XML
22 38 (6.62%) Microsoft Office
22 38 (6.62%) SLA
22 38 (6.62%) Service Management
23 37 (6.45%) SC Cleared
24 34 (5.92%) SharePoint
25 33 (5.75%) TIBCO

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 57 (9.93%) IIS
2 34 (5.92%) SharePoint
3 24 (4.18%) JBoss
4 22 (3.83%) Apache
5 18 (3.14%) Tomcat
6 16 (2.79%) WebLogic
7 15 (2.61%) WebSphere
8 7 (1.22%) BizTalk Server
9 6 (1.05%) WebSphere Application Server
10 5 (0.87%) Confluence
10 5 (0.87%) Drupal
10 5 (0.87%) SharePoint Server
10 5 (0.87%) WildFly
11 4 (0.70%) MS Exchange
11 4 (0.70%) nginx
12 3 (0.52%) Alfresco
12 3 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
12 3 (0.52%) Mule
12 3 (0.52%) Mule ESB
12 3 (0.52%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 38 (6.62%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (2.96%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.52%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.17%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 15 (2.61%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (2.26%) thinkFolio
3 10 (1.74%) Oracle EBS R12
4 7 (1.22%) Oracle CRM
5 5 (0.87%) Northgate Housing
5 5 (0.87%) Oracle Receivables
6 4 (0.70%) Global One
6 4 (0.70%) ION MarketView
6 4 (0.70%) Oracle EBS
7 3 (0.52%) Actimize
7 3 (0.52%) Oracle Cash Management
7 3 (0.52%) RMDS
8 2 (0.35%) Oracle BPM
8 2 (0.35%) Oracle ERP
8 2 (0.35%) Payment Gateway
8 2 (0.35%) SAP GTS
8 2 (0.35%) Unit4 Business World
9 1 (0.17%) LatentZero
9 1 (0.17%) Summit
9 1 (0.17%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.87%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (0.70%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.52%) Office 365
4 2 (0.35%) IaaS
5 1 (0.17%) G Suite
5 1 (0.17%) GitHub
5 1 (0.17%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 16 (2.79%) Internet
2 14 (2.44%) TCP/IP
3 12 (2.09%) DNS
4 7 (1.22%) DHCP
4 7 (1.22%) Firewall
5 3 (0.52%) Intranet
5 3 (0.52%) Skype
6 2 (0.35%) HTTP
6 2 (0.35%) HTTPS
6 2 (0.35%) LAN
6 2 (0.35%) LDAP
6 2 (0.35%) PuTTY
6 2 (0.35%) Reverse Proxy
6 2 (0.35%) SMS
6 2 (0.35%) Unified Communications
6 2 (0.35%) VPN
6 2 (0.35%) WinSCP
7 1 (0.17%) DVB
7 1 (0.17%) Network Security
7 1 (0.17%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 151 (26.31%) SQL Server
2 31 (5.40%) Oracle Database
3 26 (4.53%) SQL Server 2012
4 24 (4.18%) SQL Server 2008
5 19 (3.31%) Relational Database
6 18 (3.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 14 (2.44%) MySQL
8 13 (2.26%) Oracle Reports
8 13 (2.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 10 (1.74%) SQL Server 2014
10 9 (1.57%) Data Warehouse
10 9 (1.57%) Oracle Database 10g
11 8 (1.39%) BusinessObjects
12 6 (1.05%) Crystal Reports
12 6 (1.05%) EDRMS
12 6 (1.05%) GIS
13 5 (0.87%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
13 5 (0.87%) Oracle BI Publisher
13 5 (0.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 4 (0.70%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 21 (3.66%) Visual Studio
2 20 (3.48%) JIRA
3 10 (1.74%) NUnit
3 10 (1.74%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
4 7 (1.22%) Jenkins
4 7 (1.22%) Toad
5 3 (0.52%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 3 (0.52%) IBM UrbanCode
5 3 (0.52%) Oracle Forms
6 2 (0.35%) Eclipse
6 2 (0.35%) MSI
7 1 (0.17%) Ant
7 1 (0.17%) Git (software)
7 1 (0.17%) Hudson
7 1 (0.17%) Octopus Deploy
7 1 (0.17%) Oracle APEX
7 1 (0.17%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 1 (0.17%) Subversion
7 1 (0.17%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (0.17%) TeamCity
General
1 140 (24.39%) Finance
2 89 (15.51%) Banking
3 63 (10.98%) Front Office
4 32 (5.57%) Investment Banking
5 24 (4.18%) Retail
6 14 (2.44%) Manufacturing
7 11 (1.92%) Pharmaceutical
8 10 (1.74%) Back Office
9 8 (1.39%) French Language
9 8 (1.39%) Publishing
10 6 (1.05%) Billing
10 6 (1.05%) Law
10 6 (1.05%) Legal
11 4 (0.70%) Advertising
11 4 (0.70%) Automotive
11 4 (0.70%) Electronics
11 4 (0.70%) Telecoms
12 3 (0.52%) German Language
13 2 (0.35%) Italian Language
13 2 (0.35%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (10.98%) .NET
2 40 (6.97%) XML
3 33 (5.75%) Rendezvous
4 25 (4.36%) Web Services
5 20 (3.48%) HTML
6 18 (3.14%) .NET Framework
6 18 (3.14%) Middleware
7 17 (2.96%) XSLT
8 14 (2.44%) ASP.NET
8 14 (2.44%) SOAP
9 12 (2.09%) Java EE
10 11 (1.92%) FIX Protocol
10 11 (1.92%) J2EE
10 11 (1.92%) JSP
11 10 (1.74%) Apache Camel
11 10 (1.74%) WF
12 9 (1.57%) CSS
13 8 (1.39%) Hibernate
13 8 (1.39%) JSF
14 7 (1.22%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 46 (8.01%) Fixed Income
2 32 (5.57%) Analytical Skills
3 24 (4.18%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 21 (3.66%) Equities
5 15 (2.61%) Derivative
6 11 (1.92%) Management Information System
7 10 (1.74%) Computer Science
7 10 (1.74%) Enterprise Software
7 10 (1.74%) SWIFT
8 8 (1.39%) Data Structures
9 7 (1.22%) Client/Server
10 6 (1.05%) NHS
11 5 (0.87%) Clustering
11 5 (0.87%) EPoS
11 5 (0.87%) Grid Computing
12 4 (0.70%) Fintech
12 4 (0.70%) Greenfield Project
12 4 (0.70%) Market Risk
12 4 (0.70%) Mobile App
13 3 (0.52%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 175 (30.49%) Windows
2 93 (16.20%) Unix
3 79 (13.76%) Linux
4 51 (8.89%) Windows Server
5 21 (3.66%) Windows Server 2012
6 15 (2.61%) Windows Server 2003
7 13 (2.26%) Windows Server 2008
8 9 (1.57%) Solaris
9 8 (1.39%) Android
10 6 (1.05%) Windows 7
11 4 (0.70%) Apple iOS
12 3 (0.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (0.52%) Windows 10
12 3 (0.52%) Windows 2000 Server
13 2 (0.35%) AIX
13 2 (0.35%) HPUX
13 2 (0.35%) Windows XP
14 1 (0.17%) OpenVMS
14 1 (0.17%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.17%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 118 (20.56%) ITIL
2 49 (8.54%) Problem Management
3 42 (7.32%) Incident Management
4 41 (7.14%) Service Delivery
5 38 (6.62%) Service Management
6 33 (5.75%) Release Management
7 26 (4.53%) Change Management
7 26 (4.53%) CRM
7 26 (4.53%) Project Management
8 24 (4.18%) Asset Management
9 23 (4.01%) ITSM
10 22 (3.83%) Agile Software Development
10 22 (3.83%) Business Intelligence
10 22 (3.83%) DevOps
10 22 (3.83%) Fault Analysis
11 20 (3.48%) Electronic Trading
12 18 (3.14%) Workflow
13 17 (2.96%) Migration
14 16 (2.79%) User Acceptance Testing
15 14 (2.44%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 290 (50.52%) SQL
2 78 (13.59%) Java
3 66 (11.50%) Python
4 42 (7.32%) C#
5 41 (7.14%) PowerShell
6 30 (5.23%) VBA
7 28 (4.88%) Shell Script
8 27 (4.70%) PL/SQL
9 26 (4.53%) T-SQL
10 23 (4.01%) JavaScript
11 22 (3.83%) Perl
12 15 (2.61%) C++
13 13 (2.26%) PHP
14 6 (1.05%) VB
15 5 (0.87%) XPath
16 4 (0.70%) Bash Shell
16 4 (0.70%) VB.NET
16 4 (0.70%) VBScript
17 3 (0.52%) C
18 2 (0.35%) Korn
Qualifications
1 64 (11.15%) Security Cleared
2 37 (6.45%) SC Cleared
3 27 (4.70%) DV Cleared
4 22 (3.83%) ITIL Certification
5 14 (2.44%) Degree
6 6 (1.05%) Computer Science Degree
7 3 (0.52%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (0.35%) MCSE
8 2 (0.35%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (0.17%) HNC
9 1 (0.17%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (0.17%) MCSA
9 1 (0.17%) PMP
9 1 (0.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.17%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (6.62%) SLA
2 14 (2.44%) QA
3 4 (0.70%) Disclosure Scotland
3 4 (0.70%) GDPR
4 3 (0.52%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.52%) SEPA
5 1 (0.17%) GxP
5 1 (0.17%) HL7
5 1 (0.17%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.17%) MiFID
5 1 (0.17%) PMO
5 1 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 28 (4.88%) Active Directory
2 17 (2.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (1.57%) Oracle RAC
4 8 (1.39%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (0.52%) Microsoft App-V
5 3 (0.52%) Varnish
6 2 (0.35%) Docker
6 2 (0.35%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.35%) ISA Server
7 1 (0.17%) Apache Flume
7 1 (0.17%) KVM
7 1 (0.17%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 1 (0.17%) vSphere
7 1 (0.17%) Xen
7 1 (0.17%) XenApp
7 1 (0.17%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 26 (4.53%) TIBCO Hawk
2 14 (2.44%) ITRS Geneos
3 9 (1.57%) Nagios
3 9 (1.57%) Puppet
4 5 (0.87%) Ansible
4 5 (0.87%) SCCM
5 3 (0.52%) Microsoft Clustering
6 2 (0.35%) McAfee ePO
6 2 (0.35%) NetBackup
6 2 (0.35%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.35%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 2 (0.35%) WMI
7 1 (0.17%) Netcool
7 1 (0.17%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 1 (0.17%) SCOM
7 1 (0.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.17%) Tivoli
7 1 (0.17%) Unicenter
7 1 (0.17%) Veritas Storage Foundation
7 1 (0.17%) WSUS
Vendors
1 136 (23.69%) Oracle
2 114 (19.86%) Microsoft
3 33 (5.75%) TIBCO
4 24 (4.18%) VMware
5 18 (3.14%) Citrix
6 17 (2.96%) SAP
7 13 (2.26%) Fidessa
7 13 (2.26%) ION Trading
7 13 (2.26%) Sybase
8 9 (1.57%) IBM
8 9 (1.57%) Murex
8 9 (1.57%) Northgate
8 9 (1.57%) ServiceNow
9 8 (1.39%) Red Hat
10 6 (1.05%) Charles River
10 6 (1.05%) HP
10 6 (1.05%) Remedy
10 6 (1.05%) Splunk
11 5 (0.87%) BEA
12 4 (0.70%) Sun