Period
to 20 October 2017

The median contractor rate for an Applications Support was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 October 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 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 367 364 262
Rank change year-on-year -3 -102 +9
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 660 688 1033
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.66% 0.65% 0.90%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.70% 0.68% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 420 469 680
UK median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% - +3.32%
10th Percentile £200 £187 £200
90th Percentile £550 £477 £531
UK excluding London median daily rate £308 £310 £345
% change year-on-year -0.56% -10.14% +25.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 23 31
UK median hourly rate £21.90 £16.50 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +32.73% -25.00% +10.00%
10th Percentile £11.25 £12.90 £15.75
90th Percentile £30.00 £163.65 £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £16.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +21.21% -26.67% +15.38%

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 94185 100715 108433
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.76% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 61877 65601 68922
UK median daily rate £440 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £250 £246
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +6.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2805 3286 4157
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.03 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.72% +0.17% +8.70%
10th Percentile £10.87 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £46.98 £44.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% - +6.06%

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 October 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 October 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 October 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 +39 628 £400 +14.29% 121
London +55 370 £450 +18.42% 49
UK excluding London -24 285 £308 -0.56% 78
Midlands +68 68 £323 -0.77% 15
South East -42 68 £333 +2.31% 24
East Midlands +48 53 £300 +50.00% 3
North of England +50 50 £331 +32.50% 18
East of England -38 38 £220 -18.52% 8
South West +15 34 £200 -40.74% 7
North West +23 29 £331 -5.36% 11
Scotland -18 24 £338 - 3
West Midlands +12 15 £325 - 12
Yorkshire +20 14 £300 +26.32% 7
North East +61 7 £338 +46.74%
Wales +6 2 £90 -20.00% 3
Northern Ireland -49 1 £390 +43.38%

Applications Support Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 October 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.

1 309 (46.82%) SQL
2 209 (31.67%) Windows
3 163 (24.70%) Finance
4 155 (23.48%) SQL Server
5 142 (21.52%) Oracle
6 131 (19.85%) ITIL
7 126 (19.09%) Linux
7 126 (19.09%) Microsoft
8 122 (18.48%) Unix
9 96 (14.55%) Banking
10 88 (13.33%) Java
11 71 (10.76%) Python
11 71 (10.76%) Front Office
12 70 (10.61%) IIS
13 68 (10.30%) .NET
14 52 (7.88%) Security Cleared
15 50 (7.58%) Incident Management
16 47 (7.12%) Problem Management
16 47 (7.12%) Fixed Income
17 44 (6.67%) Service Delivery
17 44 (6.67%) PowerShell
18 42 (6.36%) Windows Server
19 39 (5.91%) Microsoft Office
19 39 (5.91%) Web Services
20 37 (5.61%) C#
20 37 (5.61%) SLA
20 37 (5.61%) CRM
20 37 (5.61%) TIBCO
20 37 (5.61%) Rendezvous
20 37 (5.61%) Analytical Skills

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 70 (10.61%) IIS
2 32 (4.85%) SharePoint
3 28 (4.24%) Apache
4 26 (3.94%) JBoss
5 21 (3.18%) Tomcat
6 20 (3.03%) WebSphere
7 18 (2.73%) WebLogic
8 12 (1.82%) Confluence
9 9 (1.36%) WebSphere Application Server
10 8 (1.21%) WildFly
11 7 (1.06%) BizTalk Server
11 7 (1.06%) CMS
12 5 (0.76%) SAS
13 4 (0.61%) Drupal
13 4 (0.61%) nginx
14 3 (0.45%) Elasticsearch
14 3 (0.45%) EPiServer
14 3 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2013
14 3 (0.45%) Oracle Workflow
14 3 (0.45%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 39 (5.91%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (1.97%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.30%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.15%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.15%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 22 (3.33%) thinkFolio
2 19 (2.88%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (1.06%) Oracle CRM
3 7 (1.06%) Oracle EBS R12
4 6 (0.91%) Oracle Applications
5 5 (0.76%) ION MarketView
5 5 (0.76%) Oracle EBS
6 4 (0.61%) Actimize
6 4 (0.61%) Oracle Cash Management
6 4 (0.61%) Unit4 Business World
7 3 (0.45%) Oracle 11i
7 3 (0.45%) Payment Gateway
7 3 (0.45%) PeopleSoft CRM
8 2 (0.30%) Dynamics AX
8 2 (0.30%) Global One
8 2 (0.30%) LatentZero
8 2 (0.30%) Markit EDM
8 2 (0.30%) Oracle BPM
8 2 (0.30%) SAP GTS
8 2 (0.30%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 8 (1.21%) Office 365
2 7 (1.06%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (1.06%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (0.61%) GitHub
3 4 (0.61%) Google Play
4 2 (0.30%) G Suite
4 2 (0.30%) IaaS
5 1 (0.15%) BlazeMeter
5 1 (0.15%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (0.15%) SaaS
5 1 (0.15%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 19 (2.88%) TCP/IP
2 15 (2.27%) DNS
2 15 (2.27%) Internet
3 10 (1.52%) Firewall
4 9 (1.36%) DHCP
5 6 (0.91%) LAN
5 6 (0.91%) SMS
6 4 (0.61%) Intranet
7 3 (0.45%) HTTP
7 3 (0.45%) Reverse Proxy
7 3 (0.45%) Skype
7 3 (0.45%) VPN
8 2 (0.30%) FTP
8 2 (0.30%) LDAP
8 2 (0.30%) Unified Communications
8 2 (0.30%) WAN
9 1 (0.15%) DVB
9 1 (0.15%) iSCSI
9 1 (0.15%) Network Security
9 1 (0.15%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 155 (23.48%) SQL Server
2 28 (4.24%) Relational Database
3 27 (4.09%) Oracle Database
4 24 (3.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 22 (3.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 21 (3.18%) SQL Server 2008
7 20 (3.03%) SQL Server 2012
8 17 (2.58%) MySQL
9 12 (1.82%) Oracle Reports
10 11 (1.67%) Data Warehouse
10 11 (1.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 9 (1.36%) Crystal Reports
12 8 (1.21%) SQL Server 2014
13 7 (1.06%) BusinessObjects
13 7 (1.06%) GIS
14 6 (0.91%) Hadoop
14 6 (0.91%) SQL Server 2005
15 5 (0.76%) Oracle Database 10g
15 5 (0.76%) PostgreSQL
16 4 (0.61%) Ingres
Development Applications
1 27 (4.09%) JIRA
2 15 (2.27%) Jenkins
3 13 (1.97%) Visual Studio
4 8 (1.21%) IBM UrbanCode
5 7 (1.06%) MSI
5 7 (1.06%) NUnit
5 7 (1.06%) Oracle Forms
5 7 (1.06%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
6 5 (0.76%) Git (software)
7 4 (0.61%) Bitbucket
7 4 (0.61%) InstallShield
7 4 (0.61%) Toad
7 4 (0.61%) Wise Package Studio
8 3 (0.45%) Cucumber
8 3 (0.45%) Selenium
8 3 (0.45%) Subversion
9 2 (0.30%) jMock
9 2 (0.30%) Maven
9 2 (0.30%) Mockito
9 2 (0.30%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 163 (24.70%) Finance
2 96 (14.55%) Banking
3 71 (10.76%) Front Office
4 34 (5.15%) Investment Banking
4 34 (5.15%) Retail
5 21 (3.18%) Manufacturing
6 10 (1.52%) Pharmaceutical
7 9 (1.36%) French Language
8 8 (1.21%) Publishing
9 6 (0.91%) Back Office
9 6 (0.91%) Law
9 6 (0.91%) Legal
9 6 (0.91%) Prime Brokerage
10 5 (0.76%) Electronics
10 5 (0.76%) Telecoms
11 4 (0.61%) Automotive
11 4 (0.61%) German Language
12 3 (0.45%) Advertising
12 3 (0.45%) Italian Language
12 3 (0.45%) Polish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 68 (10.30%) .NET
2 39 (5.91%) Web Services
3 37 (5.61%) Rendezvous
4 32 (4.85%) Middleware
5 29 (4.39%) XML
6 24 (3.64%) J2EE
7 22 (3.33%) HTML
8 16 (2.42%) .NET Framework
9 14 (2.12%) SOAP
10 13 (1.97%) CSS
11 12 (1.82%) ASP.NET
11 12 (1.82%) REST
12 11 (1.67%) FIX Protocol
13 9 (1.36%) Node.js
14 7 (1.06%) WF
15 6 (0.91%) Ajax
15 6 (0.91%) LAMP
15 6 (0.91%) WebSphere MQ
15 6 (0.91%) XSLT
16 5 (0.76%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 47 (7.12%) Fixed Income
2 37 (5.61%) Analytical Skills
3 22 (3.33%) Computer Science
4 20 (3.03%) Equities
5 18 (2.73%) Management Information System
6 16 (2.42%) Derivative
6 16 (2.42%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 13 (1.97%) SWIFT
8 12 (1.82%) NHS
9 11 (1.67%) Enterprise Software
10 9 (1.36%) Client/Server
10 9 (1.36%) Data Structures
11 8 (1.21%) Mobile App
12 5 (0.76%) Algorithms
12 5 (0.76%) Grid Computing
13 4 (0.61%) Hedge funds
14 3 (0.45%) FMCG
14 3 (0.45%) Smartphone
14 3 (0.45%) Video Conferencing
14 3 (0.45%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 209 (31.67%) Windows
2 126 (19.09%) Linux
3 122 (18.48%) Unix
4 42 (6.36%) Windows Server
5 15 (2.27%) Windows 7
6 14 (2.12%) Windows Server 2012
7 13 (1.97%) Windows Server 2003
8 12 (1.82%) Android
9 11 (1.67%) Windows 10
10 10 (1.52%) Windows Server 2008
11 9 (1.36%) Solaris
12 6 (0.91%) Apple iOS
12 6 (0.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 4 (0.61%) HPUX
14 3 (0.45%) Windows 2000 Server
15 2 (0.30%) AIX
16 1 (0.15%) Mac OS X
16 1 (0.15%) OpenVMS
16 1 (0.15%) Ubuntu
16 1 (0.15%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 131 (19.85%) ITIL
2 50 (7.58%) Incident Management
3 47 (7.12%) Problem Management
4 44 (6.67%) Service Delivery
5 37 (5.61%) CRM
6 36 (5.45%) Release Management
7 35 (5.30%) Service Management
8 31 (4.70%) Change Management
9 29 (4.39%) Asset Management
10 28 (4.24%) Agile Software Development
11 26 (3.94%) DevOps
11 26 (3.94%) Project Management
12 25 (3.79%) Investment Management
13 23 (3.48%) Fault Analysis
14 22 (3.33%) Business Intelligence
14 22 (3.33%) Workflow
15 21 (3.18%) ITSM
15 21 (3.18%) User Acceptance Testing
16 20 (3.03%) Migration
17 18 (2.73%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 309 (46.82%) SQL
2 88 (13.33%) Java
3 71 (10.76%) Python
4 44 (6.67%) PowerShell
5 37 (5.61%) C#
6 36 (5.45%) Shell Script
7 34 (5.15%) PL/SQL
8 26 (3.94%) VBA
9 25 (3.79%) JavaScript
9 25 (3.79%) Perl
10 20 (3.03%) C++
11 19 (2.88%) PHP
11 19 (2.88%) T-SQL
12 16 (2.42%) VB
13 8 (1.21%) VBScript
14 5 (0.76%) Bash Shell
14 5 (0.76%) C
14 5 (0.76%) VB6
15 4 (0.61%) Korn
15 4 (0.61%) R
Qualifications
1 52 (7.88%) Security Cleared
2 31 (4.70%) SC Cleared
3 24 (3.64%) DV Cleared
4 22 (3.33%) Degree
5 15 (2.27%) ITIL Certification
6 10 (1.52%) Computer Science Degree
7 4 (0.61%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (0.30%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (0.30%) DBS Check
8 2 (0.30%) MCSE
9 1 (0.15%) A+ Certification
9 1 (0.15%) CompTIA Security+
9 1 (0.15%) CTC Cleared
9 1 (0.15%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (0.15%) MCDBA
9 1 (0.15%) MCSA
9 1 (0.15%) PMP
9 1 (0.15%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.15%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 1 (0.15%) Security+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (5.61%) SLA
2 19 (2.88%) QA
3 5 (0.76%) Data Quality
4 4 (0.61%) MiFID
4 4 (0.61%) SEPA
5 3 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.30%) GDPR
7 1 (0.15%) GxP
7 1 (0.15%) HL7
7 1 (0.15%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.15%) PMO
7 1 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 31 (4.70%) Active Directory
2 14 (2.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (1.36%) XenApp
4 8 (1.21%) Microsoft App-V
5 7 (1.06%) Docker
6 4 (0.61%) Terminal Server
6 4 (0.61%) VMware ESXi
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 27 (4.09%) TIBCO Hawk
2 18 (2.73%) ITRS Geneos
3 12 (1.82%) Puppet
4 8 (1.21%) Nagios
4 8 (1.21%) SCCM
5 5 (0.76%) Control-M
5 5 (0.76%) ThinApp
6 4 (0.61%) Ansible
6 4 (0.61%) McAfee ePO
7 3 (0.45%) WMI
8 2 (0.30%) logstash
8 2 (0.30%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.30%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 2 (0.30%) Tivoli
8 2 (0.30%) ZABBIX
9 1 (0.15%) AirWatch
9 1 (0.15%) CA Service Virtualization
9 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Clustering
9 1 (0.15%) Terraform
9 1 (0.15%) Thomson Reuters DACS
Vendors
1 142 (21.52%) Oracle
2 126 (19.09%) Microsoft
3 37 (5.61%) TIBCO
4 26 (3.94%) Citrix
5 25 (3.79%) VMware
6 16 (2.42%) IBM
7 13 (1.97%) Sybase
8 12 (1.82%) Fidessa
9 11 (1.67%) ION Trading
9 11 (1.67%) SAP
9 11 (1.67%) ServiceNow
9 11 (1.67%) Splunk
10 10 (1.52%) Charles River
11 8 (1.21%) Google
12 7 (1.06%) HP
13 6 (0.91%) AppDynamics
13 6 (0.91%) Cisco
13 6 (0.91%) PeopleSoft
14 5 (0.76%) McAfee
14 5 (0.76%) Red Hat