Period
to 22 January 2018

The median contractor rate for an Applications Support was £359 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 January 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
22 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 391 392 286
Rank change year-on-year +1 -106 -15
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 619 571 928
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.62% 0.60% 0.86%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.66% 0.63% 0.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 382 385 608
UK median daily rate £359 £340 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.51% -2.86% -2.78%
10th Percentile £200 £163 £213
90th Percentile £538 £488 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £296 £350
% change year-on-year +8.02% -15.36% +16.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 29 36
UK median hourly rate £21.90 £16.00 £26.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.88% -38.77% +24.43%
10th Percentile £10.75 £12.95 £15.38
90th Percentile £32.00 £34.00 £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £17.66 £29.00
% change year-on-year +27.41% -39.10% +65.71%

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 94,433 90,345 102,409
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.77% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,733 58,963 65,345
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £260 £253 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.01%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,782 3,196 3,879
UK median hourly rate £18.44 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.43% -5.26% +15.15%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year - -5.41% +12.12%

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 22 January 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 22 January 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Applications Support in the UK

Applications Support
Top 15 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 22 January 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 +19 587 £375 +7.14% 288
London +34 363 £410 +2.50% 122
UK excluding London -25 251 £320 +8.02% 171
Midlands +16 69 £325 +78.08% 35
East Midlands +7 47 £323 +95.45% 10
South East -66 45 £360 +13.83% 41
North of England +13 40 £338 +0.75% 51
South West +30 39 £183 -51.33% 16
East of England -39 30 £200 -18.37% 23
Scotland -22 24 £338 +16.38% 5
North West -6 22 £339 -3.21% 32
West Midlands +16 21 £325 +62.50% 25
Yorkshire +7 14 £320 +20.75% 15
North East +40 4 - - 4
Northern Ireland - 4 £588 -

Applications Support Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 January 2018, 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.

1 264 (42.65%) SQL
2 184 (29.73%) Finance
3 182 (29.40%) Windows
4 145 (23.42%) ITIL
5 135 (21.81%) Linux
6 130 (21.00%) Unix
7 124 (20.03%) Oracle
8 123 (19.87%) SQL Server
9 106 (17.12%) Microsoft
10 98 (15.83%) Java
11 96 (15.51%) Banking
12 62 (10.02%) Front Office
13 60 (9.69%) Analytical Skills
14 57 (9.21%) Change Management
14 57 (9.21%) Problem Management
15 52 (8.40%) .NET
16 50 (8.08%) PL/SQL
17 48 (7.75%) Windows Server
18 47 (7.59%) Python
19 45 (7.27%) IIS
20 43 (6.95%) Incident Management
21 41 (6.62%) Equities
21 41 (6.62%) SLA
22 40 (6.46%) Security Cleared
23 39 (6.30%) Perl
23 39 (6.30%) Web Services
24 37 (5.98%) Asset Management
24 37 (5.98%) PowerShell
25 36 (5.82%) Fixed Income
26 35 (5.65%) Investment 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 45 (7.27%) IIS
2 25 (4.04%) SharePoint
3 23 (3.72%) Apache
4 21 (3.39%) WebLogic
5 20 (3.23%) WebSphere
6 17 (2.75%) Tomcat
7 14 (2.26%) JBoss
8 13 (2.10%) Confluence
9 9 (1.45%) BizTalk Server
9 9 (1.45%) MQSeries
10 6 (0.97%) CMS
10 6 (0.97%) SAS
11 5 (0.81%) Oracle Workflow
12 4 (0.65%) Apache Solr
12 4 (0.65%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 4 (0.65%) WildFly
13 3 (0.48%) EPiServer
13 3 (0.48%) IBM Notes
13 3 (0.48%) SharePoint Server
13 3 (0.48%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 34 (5.49%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (2.58%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (0.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.16%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 24 (3.88%) thinkFolio
2 13 (2.10%) Dynamics CRM
3 8 (1.29%) Oracle Applications
4 7 (1.13%) Oracle EBS
5 6 (0.97%) ION MarketView
6 5 (0.81%) Oracle 11i
7 4 (0.65%) Dynamics AX
7 4 (0.65%) Oracle EBS R12
7 4 (0.65%) SimCorp Dimension
8 3 (0.48%) Actimize
8 3 (0.48%) Markit EDM
8 3 (0.48%) Oracle Cash Management
8 3 (0.48%) Oracle ERP
8 3 (0.48%) PeopleSoft CRM
9 2 (0.32%) Oracle General Ledger
9 2 (0.32%) Oracle Payables
9 2 (0.32%) Oracle Receivables
9 2 (0.32%) Payment Gateway
9 2 (0.32%) Salerio
9 2 (0.32%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 18 (2.91%) Office 365
2 10 (1.62%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (0.97%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (0.65%) GitHub
4 4 (0.65%) Google Play
5 2 (0.32%) G Suite
5 2 (0.32%) SuccessFactors
6 1 (0.16%) BlazeMeter
6 1 (0.16%) Boomi
6 1 (0.16%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.16%) IaaS
6 1 (0.16%) OneDrive
6 1 (0.16%) PaaS
6 1 (0.16%) SaaS
6 1 (0.16%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 19 (3.07%) Internet
2 15 (2.42%) TCP/IP
3 10 (1.62%) DNS
3 10 (1.62%) Firewall
4 9 (1.45%) LAN
5 6 (0.97%) Network Security
6 5 (0.81%) DHCP
6 5 (0.81%) Intranet
6 5 (0.81%) SMS
6 5 (0.81%) VPN
7 4 (0.65%) FTP
8 3 (0.48%) Reverse Proxy
8 3 (0.48%) Unified Communications
9 2 (0.32%) FIX Connectivity
9 2 (0.32%) HTTP
9 2 (0.32%) Remote Desktop
9 2 (0.32%) Skype
9 2 (0.32%) WAN
9 2 (0.32%) Wi-Fi
9 2 (0.32%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 123 (19.87%) SQL Server
2 27 (4.36%) Relational Database
3 22 (3.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 21 (3.39%) Blockchain
4 21 (3.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 20 (3.23%) Oracle Database
6 19 (3.07%) SQL Server 2012
7 14 (2.26%) Oracle Reports
7 14 (2.26%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 13 (2.10%) MySQL
8 13 (2.10%) SQL Server 2008
9 11 (1.78%) Crystal Reports
10 9 (1.45%) Ingres
10 9 (1.45%) SQL Server 2005
11 8 (1.29%) Data Warehouse
11 8 (1.29%) PostgreSQL
12 7 (1.13%) Oracle Database 10g
13 5 (0.81%) MS Access
14 4 (0.65%) Apache Cassandra
14 4 (0.65%) DB2
Development Applications
1 22 (3.55%) JIRA
2 10 (1.62%) MSI
2 10 (1.62%) Oracle Forms
3 9 (1.45%) Jenkins
4 6 (0.97%) IBM UrbanCode
5 5 (0.81%) Visual Studio
6 4 (0.65%) Cucumber
6 4 (0.65%) Git (software)
6 4 (0.65%) InstallShield
6 4 (0.65%) Selenium
6 4 (0.65%) Wise Package Studio
7 3 (0.48%) Bitbucket
7 3 (0.48%) Eclipse
8 2 (0.32%) jMock
8 2 (0.32%) JUnit
8 2 (0.32%) Maven
8 2 (0.32%) Mockito
8 2 (0.32%) Oracle APEX
8 2 (0.32%) Subversion
9 1 (0.16%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 184 (29.73%) Finance
2 96 (15.51%) Banking
3 62 (10.02%) Front Office
4 29 (4.68%) Investment Banking
5 22 (3.55%) Retail
6 17 (2.75%) Manufacturing
7 11 (1.78%) Back Office
7 11 (1.78%) Publishing
8 8 (1.29%) French Language
9 7 (1.13%) Financial Institution
10 6 (0.97%) Prime Brokerage
10 6 (0.97%) Telecoms
11 5 (0.81%) Advertising
11 5 (0.81%) Electronics
12 4 (0.65%) Automotive
12 4 (0.65%) Marketing
13 3 (0.48%) German Language
13 3 (0.48%) Italian Language
13 3 (0.48%) Legal
13 3 (0.48%) Polish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (8.40%) .NET
2 39 (6.30%) Web Services
3 29 (4.68%) J2EE
4 27 (4.36%) XML
5 25 (4.04%) Middleware
6 23 (3.72%) FIX Protocol
7 21 (3.39%) REST
8 18 (2.91%) HTML
8 18 (2.91%) SOAP
9 13 (2.10%) CSS
10 12 (1.94%) WebSphere MQ
11 11 (1.78%) ASP.NET
12 9 (1.45%) Node.js
12 9 (1.45%) Rendezvous
13 8 (1.29%) JSP
14 7 (1.13%) .NET Framework
15 6 (0.97%) Ajax
16 5 (0.81%) HTML5
16 5 (0.81%) LAMP
17 4 (0.65%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 60 (9.69%) Analytical Skills
2 41 (6.62%) Equities
3 36 (5.82%) Fixed Income
4 22 (3.55%) Computer Science
4 22 (3.55%) Management Information System
4 22 (3.55%) SWIFT
5 15 (2.42%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 14 (2.26%) Derivative
7 12 (1.94%) Mobile App
8 10 (1.62%) Hedge funds
9 9 (1.45%) Fedwire
9 9 (1.45%) NHS
10 5 (0.81%) Enterprise Software
10 5 (0.81%) Social Media
11 4 (0.65%) Tandem
12 3 (0.48%) Client/Server
12 3 (0.48%) Credit Risk
12 3 (0.48%) FMCG
12 3 (0.48%) Grid Computing
12 3 (0.48%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 182 (29.40%) Windows
2 135 (21.81%) Linux
3 130 (21.00%) Unix
4 48 (7.75%) Windows Server
5 26 (4.20%) Windows 7
6 24 (3.88%) Windows 10
7 19 (3.07%) Solaris
8 18 (2.91%) Windows Server 2012
9 17 (2.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 15 (2.42%) AIX
11 12 (1.94%) Windows Server 2008
12 9 (1.45%) Android
12 9 (1.45%) Windows Server 2003
13 8 (1.29%) HPUX
14 5 (0.81%) Apple iOS
15 3 (0.48%) CentOS
16 2 (0.32%) Mac OS
16 2 (0.32%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
16 2 (0.32%) VMS
17 1 (0.16%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 145 (23.42%) ITIL
2 57 (9.21%) Change Management
2 57 (9.21%) Problem Management
3 43 (6.95%) Incident Management
4 37 (5.98%) Asset Management
5 35 (5.65%) Investment Management
6 32 (5.17%) Agile Software Development
6 32 (5.17%) Release Management
6 32 (5.17%) Service Management
7 30 (4.85%) CRM
7 30 (4.85%) Service Delivery
8 26 (4.20%) Electronic Trading
8 26 (4.20%) Migration
9 22 (3.55%) ITSM
10 21 (3.39%) Root Cause Analysis
11 19 (3.07%) User Acceptance Testing
12 18 (2.91%) Project Management
13 16 (2.58%) Anti-Money Laundering
13 16 (2.58%) Business Analysis
13 16 (2.58%) Line Management
Programming Languages
1 264 (42.65%) SQL
2 98 (15.83%) Java
3 50 (8.08%) PL/SQL
4 47 (7.59%) Python
5 39 (6.30%) Perl
6 37 (5.98%) PowerShell
7 34 (5.49%) Shell Script
8 32 (5.17%) Bash Shell
9 31 (5.01%) C#
10 19 (3.07%) T-SQL
10 19 (3.07%) VBA
11 18 (2.91%) JavaScript
12 16 (2.58%) PHP
13 15 (2.42%) VB
14 14 (2.26%) C++
15 13 (2.10%) C
16 8 (1.29%) VBScript
17 6 (0.97%) Korn
17 6 (0.97%) R
18 5 (0.81%) VB6
Qualifications
1 40 (6.46%) Security Cleared
2 29 (4.68%) Degree
3 23 (3.72%) SC Cleared
4 17 (2.75%) DV Cleared
5 14 (2.26%) ITIL Certification
6 10 (1.62%) Computer Science Degree
7 3 (0.48%) DBS Check
7 3 (0.48%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (0.32%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (0.32%) CTC Cleared
8 2 (0.32%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (0.16%) A+ Certification
9 1 (0.16%) CompTIA Security+
9 1 (0.16%) ECDL
9 1 (0.16%) ISTQB
9 1 (0.16%) MCDST
9 1 (0.16%) MCITP
9 1 (0.16%) MCP
9 1 (0.16%) Network+ Certification
9 1 (0.16%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (6.62%) SLA
2 17 (2.75%) QA
3 12 (1.94%) SEPA
4 10 (1.62%) MiFID
5 4 (0.65%) Dodd-Frank
5 4 (0.65%) EMIR
5 4 (0.65%) HL7
6 3 (0.48%) GDPR
6 3 (0.48%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.32%) Data Quality
7 2 (0.32%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.16%) DICOM
8 1 (0.16%) FINRA
8 1 (0.16%) GMP
8 1 (0.16%) GxP
8 1 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.16%) PMO
System Software
1 28 (4.52%) Active Directory
2 12 (1.94%) Microsoft App-V
3 9 (1.45%) XenApp
4 7 (1.13%) VMware Infrastructure
5 6 (0.97%) Docker
5 6 (0.97%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (0.65%) Terminal Server
6 4 (0.65%) Virtual Desktop
7 3 (0.48%) ISA Server
8 2 (0.32%) BitLocker
8 2 (0.32%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.16%) Job Entry Subsystem
9 1 (0.16%) RACF
9 1 (0.16%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
9 1 (0.16%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 1 (0.16%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 13 (2.10%) SCCM
2 9 (1.45%) ITRS Geneos
3 6 (0.97%) Puppet
4 5 (0.81%) Control-M
4 5 (0.81%) Stealthwatch
4 5 (0.81%) Tivoli
5 4 (0.65%) ThinApp
6 3 (0.48%) Nagios
6 3 (0.48%) TIBCO Hawk
6 3 (0.48%) WMI
7 2 (0.32%) CA Single Sign-On
7 2 (0.32%) logstash
7 2 (0.32%) McAfee ePO
7 2 (0.32%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.16%) Ambari
8 1 (0.16%) Ansible
8 1 (0.16%) CA Service Virtualization
8 1 (0.16%) Thomson Reuters DACS
8 1 (0.16%) Tivoli Monitoring
8 1 (0.16%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 124 (20.03%) Oracle
2 106 (17.12%) Microsoft
3 25 (4.04%) Citrix
4 22 (3.55%) Charles River
4 22 (3.55%) VMware
5 19 (3.07%) IBM
6 13 (2.10%) ION Trading
6 13 (2.10%) Red Hat
7 11 (1.78%) SAP
8 10 (1.62%) Cisco
8 10 (1.62%) HP
8 10 (1.62%) ServiceNow
9 9 (1.45%) Splunk
9 9 (1.45%) Sybase
9 9 (1.45%) TIBCO
10 8 (1.29%) Google
11 7 (1.13%) PeopleSoft
12 6 (0.97%) AppDynamics
13 5 (0.81%) ArcSight
13 5 (0.81%) Wallstreet Suite