The median contractor rate for a Applications Support was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 22 March 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.

3 months to
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Application Support
UK
Rank 324 285 240
Rank change year-on-year -39 -45  
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 287 415 471
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.65% 0.79% 0.90%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.68% 0.83% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 184 291 307
Median daily rate £325 £338 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.70% -15.62%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £213 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £300 £300
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 5 13
Median hourly rate £27.50 £22.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +4.76%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £17.00 £16.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £46.60 £76.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.45 £41.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year -45.91% +107.50%  

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 42134 50253 49507
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.85% 95.17% 94.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 27277 32490 29886
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £591 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1476 1587 1956
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% +6.85%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.17 £11.25 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

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 22 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 22 March 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 22 March 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 -44 255 £300 -11.11% 161
London -68 115 £339 -9.66% 56
South East +6 42 £300 +17.64% 42
East Midlands +22 33 £235 -14.54% 5
Wales +26 17 £350 - 1
South West +8 17 £231 -56.16% 4
Derbyshire +6 15 £145 -
East of England -46 14 £250 -16.66% 8
City of London -54 14 £338 -23.72% 15
Surrey +19 13 £288 -2.54% 9
Northamptonshire - 13 £300 - 4
Scotland +35 11 £325 - 6
Yorkshire -3 11 £348 +15.83% 13
Northampton - 11 £300 - 2
West Midlands +22 10 £450 +55.17% 12
Derby 0 8 £143 -
Alfreton - 8 £145 -
Swansea - 8 £475 -
West Wales - 8 £475 -
Edinburgh +24 7 £331 +1.92% 3
South Wales +21 7 £325 - 1
Hampshire +20 7 - - 6
Devon +1 7 - -
Exeter 0 7 - -
North West +21 6 £213 -22.72% 18
Berkshire +10 6 £450 +66.66% 9
Birmingham +6 6 £450 +52.54% 1
Winchester - 6 - - 1
Reading +9 5 £450 +66.66% 4
Bedfordshire +6 5 £238 +58.33% 1

Applications Support Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 March 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 (42.71%) SQL
2 172 (29.50%) Windows
3 162 (27.79%) Finance
4 151 (25.90%) Oracle
5 150 (25.73%) ITIL
6 138 (23.67%) Linux
6 138 (23.67%) SQL Server
7 112 (19.21%) Microsoft
8 104 (17.84%) Unix
9 79 (13.55%) Java
10 76 (13.04%) Oracle Database
11 66 (11.32%) .NET
12 63 (10.81%) Banking
13 60 (10.29%) IIS
14 54 (9.26%) C#
14 54 (9.26%) MS Excel
15 51 (8.75%) XML
16 50 (8.58%) Service Delivery
16 50 (8.58%) Security Cleared
17 48 (8.23%) Windows Server
18 47 (8.06%) MS Office
19 46 (7.89%) Problem Management
20 44 (7.55%) Perl
20 44 (7.55%) Change Management
21 43 (7.38%) Service Management
22 41 (7.03%) PowerShell
22 41 (7.03%) Analytical Skills
23 40 (6.86%) Agile Software Development
23 40 (6.86%) PL/SQL
24 38 (6.52%) CRM

Applications Support Skill Set
Top Related 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 60 (10.29%) IIS
2 38 (6.52%) SharePoint
3 36 (6.17%) WebSphere
4 28 (4.80%) Tomcat
5 20 (3.43%) WebLogic
6 18 (3.09%) BizTalk Server
7 14 (2.40%) Apache
8 11 (1.89%) JBoss
9 10 (1.72%) JCAPS
10 8 (1.37%) GlassFish
11 6 (1.03%) Oracle Workflow
12 5 (0.86%) SharePoint Server
13 4 (0.69%) CMS
13 4 (0.69%) Drupal
14 3 (0.51%) MS Exchange
14 3 (0.51%) SharePoint 2010
15 2 (0.34%) Documentum
15 2 (0.34%) Moodle
15 2 (0.34%) SAS
15 2 (0.34%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 54 (9.26%) MS Excel
2 47 (8.06%) MS Office
3 8 (1.37%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (1.03%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.69%) MS Project
6 2 (0.34%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.17%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.17%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 15 (2.57%) Oracle 11i
1 15 (2.57%) Oracle Applications
2 13 (2.23%) Oracle EBS R12
3 11 (1.89%) Dynamics CRM
4 7 (1.20%) Oracle EBS
5 6 (1.03%) Demantra
5 6 (1.03%) Northgate Housing
5 6 (1.03%) Oracle Receivables
5 6 (1.03%) SnowdropKCS
6 5 (0.86%) Dynamics AX
6 5 (0.86%) Dynamics NAV
7 4 (0.69%) Minerva
7 4 (0.69%) Summit
8 3 (0.51%) Orchestrade
8 3 (0.51%) SAP CO
8 3 (0.51%) SAP FI
8 3 (0.51%) SAP FI/CO
8 3 (0.51%) SimCorp Dimension
8 3 (0.51%) Unit4 Business World
9 2 (0.34%) OPENContractor
Cloud Services
1 10 (1.72%) IaaS
1 10 (1.72%) SaaS
2 9 (1.54%) PaaS
3 7 (1.20%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (1.20%) GitHub
3 7 (1.20%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (0.86%) Office 365
5 4 (0.69%) Google Play
6 3 (0.51%) Taleo
7 2 (0.34%) G Suite
8 1 (0.17%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.17%) iTunes
8 1 (0.17%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 17 (2.92%) TCP/IP
2 15 (2.57%) DNS
2 15 (2.57%) Internet
3 14 (2.40%) Firewall
3 14 (2.40%) SSL
4 8 (1.37%) Kerberos
4 8 (1.37%) LDAP
5 5 (0.86%) DHCP
5 5 (0.86%) FTP
5 5 (0.86%) VPN
6 4 (0.69%) HTTP
6 4 (0.69%) Network Security
7 3 (0.51%) Broadband
7 3 (0.51%) SSH
8 2 (0.34%) PuTTY
8 2 (0.34%) WinSCP
9 1 (0.17%) LAN
9 1 (0.17%) NetScaler
9 1 (0.17%) Remote Desktop
9 1 (0.17%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 138 (23.67%) SQL Server
2 76 (13.04%) Oracle Database
3 37 (6.35%) Relational Database
4 36 (6.17%) Oracle Database 10g
5 35 (6.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 31 (5.32%) SQL Server 2012
7 30 (5.15%) Oracle Reports
8 20 (3.43%) SQL Server 2005
9 19 (3.26%) SQL Server 2008
10 18 (3.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 14 (2.40%) Crystal Reports
12 11 (1.89%) Oracle BI Publisher
12 11 (1.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 10 (1.72%) BusinessObjects
14 9 (1.54%) Oracle Database 11g
15 8 (1.37%) MySQL
16 7 (1.20%) EDRMS
16 7 (1.20%) Oracle Database 12c
16 7 (1.20%) SQL Server 2014
17 6 (1.03%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 15 (2.57%) JIRA
2 12 (2.06%) Oracle Forms
2 12 (2.06%) Subversion
3 8 (1.37%) Ant
3 8 (1.37%) Team Foundation Server
4 6 (1.03%) JDeveloper
4 6 (1.03%) Jenkins
4 6 (1.03%) Sonatype Nexus
4 6 (1.03%) TeamCity
4 6 (1.03%) Toad
4 6 (1.03%) Visual Studio
5 5 (0.86%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 2 (0.34%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 2 (0.34%) Git (software)
7 1 (0.17%) Bugzilla
7 1 (0.17%) Cucumber
7 1 (0.17%) Eclipse
7 1 (0.17%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 162 (27.79%) Finance
2 63 (10.81%) Banking
3 35 (6.00%) Front Office
4 30 (5.15%) Retail
5 27 (4.63%) Manufacturing
6 25 (4.29%) Back Office
7 14 (2.40%) Publishing
8 12 (2.06%) Billing
9 11 (1.89%) Investment Banking
10 9 (1.54%) Financial Institution
11 7 (1.20%) Advertising
11 7 (1.20%) International Banking
12 6 (1.03%) Japanese Language
12 6 (1.03%) Legal
13 4 (0.69%) Dutch Language
13 4 (0.69%) Marketing
13 4 (0.69%) Telecoms
14 3 (0.51%) French Language
14 3 (0.51%) Law
14 3 (0.51%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 66 (11.32%) .NET
2 51 (8.75%) XML
3 22 (3.77%) XSLT
4 16 (2.74%) Web Services
5 15 (2.57%) Spring
6 14 (2.40%) .NET Framework
7 13 (2.23%) Regular Expression
8 12 (2.06%) ASP.NET
8 12 (2.06%) HTML
8 12 (2.06%) IBM Integration Bus
9 11 (1.89%) JSF
10 10 (1.72%) Hibernate
10 10 (1.72%) Java EE
10 10 (1.72%) JSP
10 10 (1.72%) Middleware
10 10 (1.72%) XSL
11 9 (1.54%) FIX Protocol
11 9 (1.54%) Struts
12 8 (1.37%) CSS
12 8 (1.37%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 41 (7.03%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (2.92%) Equities
3 16 (2.74%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 15 (2.57%) Derivative
5 14 (2.40%) Management Information System
6 12 (2.06%) SWIFT
7 9 (1.54%) Fixed Income
7 9 (1.54%) Hedge funds
7 9 (1.54%) NHS
8 8 (1.37%) User Experience
9 7 (1.20%) Client/Server
10 6 (1.03%) Enterprise Software
10 6 (1.03%) Wiki
11 5 (0.86%) EPoS
12 4 (0.69%) EFT
12 4 (0.69%) PACS
12 4 (0.69%) SCADA
13 3 (0.51%) Computer Science
13 3 (0.51%) Mainframe
13 3 (0.51%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 172 (29.50%) Windows
2 138 (23.67%) Linux
3 104 (17.84%) Unix
4 48 (8.23%) Windows Server
5 27 (4.63%) Windows Server 2012
6 21 (3.60%) Windows 7
7 18 (3.09%) Windows Server 2003
8 16 (2.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 16 (2.74%) Windows Server 2008
9 14 (2.40%) AIX
10 13 (2.23%) Solaris
11 11 (1.89%) HPUX
12 7 (1.20%) Windows 10
13 6 (1.03%) Mac OS
14 3 (0.51%) MVS
14 3 (0.51%) Windows 2000
14 3 (0.51%) Windows 8
14 3 (0.51%) Windows XP
15 2 (0.34%) VME
15 2 (0.34%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 150 (25.73%) ITIL
2 50 (8.58%) Service Delivery
3 46 (7.89%) Problem Management
4 44 (7.55%) Change Management
5 43 (7.38%) Service Management
6 40 (6.86%) Agile Software Development
7 38 (6.52%) CRM
8 33 (5.66%) Release Management
9 32 (5.49%) Business Intelligence
10 30 (5.15%) Business Analysis
10 30 (5.15%) Project Management
11 29 (4.97%) Incident Management
12 27 (4.63%) User Acceptance Testing
13 25 (4.29%) ITIL V3
14 23 (3.95%) Migration
15 21 (3.60%) Configuration Management
16 20 (3.43%) SDLC
16 20 (3.43%) Workflow
17 19 (3.26%) ERP
17 19 (3.26%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 249 (42.71%) SQL
2 79 (13.55%) Java
3 54 (9.26%) C#
4 44 (7.55%) Perl
5 41 (7.03%) PowerShell
6 40 (6.86%) PL/SQL
7 38 (6.52%) Python
8 27 (4.63%) Shell Script
9 26 (4.46%) JavaScript
9 26 (4.46%) T-SQL
10 16 (2.74%) VBScript
11 13 (2.23%) Ruby
11 13 (2.23%) VB
11 13 (2.23%) VBA
12 12 (2.06%) Bash Shell
12 12 (2.06%) C
13 8 (1.37%) PHP
13 8 (1.37%) VB.NET
14 7 (1.20%) R
15 5 (0.86%) Scala
Qualifications
1 50 (8.58%) Security Cleared
2 30 (5.15%) SC Cleared
3 28 (4.80%) Degree
4 17 (2.92%) DV Cleared
5 14 (2.40%) ITIL Certification
6 4 (0.69%) Microsoft Certification
7 3 (0.51%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (0.51%) CTC Cleared
8 2 (0.34%) ECDL
8 2 (0.34%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 2 (0.34%) MCAD
8 2 (0.34%) MCSD
8 2 (0.34%) MOS
9 1 (0.17%) AAT
9 1 (0.17%) ACCA
9 1 (0.17%) CIMA
9 1 (0.17%) HNC
9 1 (0.17%) MCP
9 1 (0.17%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (5.66%) SLA
2 11 (1.89%) QA
3 8 (1.37%) HL7
3 8 (1.37%) SEPA
4 7 (1.20%) Disclosure Scotland
4 7 (1.20%) ISO 9001
5 4 (0.69%) GDPR
6 1 (0.17%) PMO
System Software
1 19 (3.26%) Active Directory
2 12 (2.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (1.72%) Oracle RAC
4 7 (1.20%) XenApp
5 5 (0.86%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (0.86%) XenDesktop
6 3 (0.51%) NFS
6 3 (0.51%) Samba
7 2 (0.34%) Oracle Clusterware
7 2 (0.34%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.17%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.17%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.17%) ISA Server
8 1 (0.17%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.17%) VMware ESX
8 1 (0.17%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 10 (1.72%) Control-M
2 9 (1.54%) Nagios
3 8 (1.37%) Opscode Chef
4 6 (1.03%) ITRS Geneos
5 5 (0.86%) Puppet
6 4 (0.69%) Ansible
6 4 (0.69%) SCCM
7 3 (0.51%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
7 3 (0.51%) WSUS
8 2 (0.34%) Opsview
8 2 (0.34%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 2 (0.34%) SCOM
9 1 (0.17%) Backup Exec
9 1 (0.17%) DameWare
9 1 (0.17%) Kibana
9 1 (0.17%) logstash
9 1 (0.17%) NetBackup
9 1 (0.17%) Oracle Identity Manager
9 1 (0.17%) OVSD
9 1 (0.17%) Webmin
Vendors
1 151 (25.90%) Oracle
2 112 (19.21%) Microsoft
3 27 (4.63%) Red Hat
4 26 (4.46%) IBM
5 22 (3.77%) Citrix
6 19 (3.26%) VMware
7 14 (2.40%) Murex
7 14 (2.40%) Northgate
7 14 (2.40%) Splunk
8 11 (1.89%) SAP
9 10 (1.72%) Fiorano
9 10 (1.72%) InterSystems
10 7 (1.20%) BEA
10 7 (1.20%) Cognos
10 7 (1.20%) Google
10 7 (1.20%) ION Trading
11 6 (1.03%) F5
11 6 (1.03%) JD Edwards
11 6 (1.03%) Remedy
11 6 (1.03%) Sun
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