Period
to 21 June 2018

The median contractor rate for an Applications Support was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 June 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
21 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 420 387 330
Rank change year-on-year -33 -57 -47
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 534 556 801
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.53% 0.61% 0.75%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.56% 0.64% 0.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 340 366 528
UK median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% - -3.45%
10th Percentile £190 £175 £202
90th Percentile £538 £531 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £301 £305 £320
% change year-on-year -1.48% -4.69% +2.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 18 15
UK median hourly rate £21.90 £22.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.67% -2.17% +9.52%
10th Percentile £12.75 £13.25 £15.10
90th Percentile £29.15 £48.85 £195.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.88 £22.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year -38.33% -2.17% +15.00%

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 94,869 86,564 101,481
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.83% 94.95% 95.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,095 55,999 65,887
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,065 2,864 3,105
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% -6.50% +14.29%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.68 £50.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.77 £20.00
% change year-on-year -1.52% -11.15% +18.87%

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 21 June 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 21 June 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 21 June 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 -66 475 £373 +6.43% 178
UK excluding London -9 283 £301 -1.48% 121
London -43 243 £438 +8.02% 74
South East -16 85 £255 -15.00% 25
Midlands -20 52 £340 +15.74% 12
North of England -26 49 £300 -11.11% 43
Scotland -15 39 £450 +81.82% 13
East Midlands -16 33 £319 +10.87% 6
South West -1 25 £343 +24.55% 11
Yorkshire -6 23 £320 -7.91% 13
North West -4 21 £300 -10.45% 28
East of England -8 21 £255 -2.86% 13
West Midlands -5 18 £350 -22.22% 6
Wales -17 7 £256 -26.79% 2
Northern Ireland +19 5 £285 +10.68% 1
North East -8 5 £238 -29.63% 2

Applications Support Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 June 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.

1 249 (46.63%) SQL
2 176 (32.96%) Finance
3 145 (27.15%) Windows
4 120 (22.47%) Unix
4 120 (22.47%) Linux
5 118 (22.10%) Oracle
6 102 (19.10%) Microsoft
7 98 (18.35%) SQL Server
8 96 (17.98%) ITIL
9 88 (16.48%) Banking
10 68 (12.73%) Problem-Solving
11 63 (11.80%) Change Management
12 61 (11.42%) Windows Server
13 56 (10.49%) PowerShell
14 53 (9.93%) Analytical Skills
15 49 (9.18%) Python
16 46 (8.61%) IIS
16 46 (8.61%) Java
17 44 (8.24%) SharePoint
18 43 (8.05%) C#
18 43 (8.05%) Front Office
19 38 (7.12%) Security Cleared
20 37 (6.93%) Active Directory
21 36 (6.74%) Microsoft Office
21 36 (6.74%) Service Management
22 34 (6.37%) .NET
22 34 (6.37%) Electronic Trading
22 34 (6.37%) Windows Server 2012
23 33 (6.18%) T-SQL
24 32 (5.99%) Problem 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 46 (8.61%) IIS
2 44 (8.24%) SharePoint
3 15 (2.81%) Tomcat
3 15 (2.81%) WebSphere
4 10 (1.87%) Apache
4 10 (1.87%) CMS
5 8 (1.50%) JBoss
6 7 (1.31%) BizTalk Server
6 7 (1.31%) Elasticsearch
6 7 (1.31%) WebLogic
7 6 (1.12%) Apache Solr
8 5 (0.94%) Confluence
8 5 (0.94%) MQSeries
8 5 (0.94%) MS Exchange
9 4 (0.75%) Skype for Business
9 4 (0.75%) WildFly
10 3 (0.56%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 3 (0.56%) IBM Notes
11 2 (0.37%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 2 (0.37%) Oracle HTTP Server
Applications
1 36 (6.74%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (4.31%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (0.94%) InfoPath
4 4 (0.75%) Windchill
5 3 (0.56%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.37%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 17 (3.18%) Sonata
2 10 (1.87%) Dynamics CRM
3 9 (1.69%) Dynamics AX
4 6 (1.12%) Oracle EBS
4 6 (1.12%) Servitor
5 5 (0.94%) Oracle ERP
6 3 (0.56%) Actimize
6 3 (0.56%) Line 500
6 3 (0.56%) Oracle Applications
6 3 (0.56%) Sage X3
6 3 (0.56%) thinkFolio
7 2 (0.37%) ION MarketView
7 2 (0.37%) iTrent
7 2 (0.37%) Oracle Assets
7 2 (0.37%) Oracle EBS R12
7 2 (0.37%) Oracle General Ledger
7 2 (0.37%) Oracle Payables
7 2 (0.37%) Oracle Receivables
7 2 (0.37%) Oracle Retail
7 2 (0.37%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 31 (5.81%) Office 365
2 21 (3.93%) Amazon AWS
3 15 (2.81%) Microsoft Azure
4 7 (1.31%) SaaS
5 6 (1.12%) G Suite
5 6 (1.12%) Serverless
6 5 (0.94%) AWS Lambda
7 2 (0.37%) Dynamics 365
7 2 (0.37%) Slack
8 1 (0.19%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.19%) Datadog
8 1 (0.19%) GitHub
8 1 (0.19%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.19%) IaaS
8 1 (0.19%) PaaS
8 1 (0.19%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 17 (3.18%) Internet
2 16 (3.00%) Firewall
3 10 (1.87%) DNS
4 8 (1.50%) SAN
4 8 (1.50%) SSL
5 7 (1.31%) Remote Desktop
6 6 (1.12%) HTTP
6 6 (1.12%) SMS
7 5 (0.94%) DHCP
7 5 (0.94%) TCP/IP
8 4 (0.75%) FIX Connectivity
8 4 (0.75%) Multicast
9 3 (0.56%) Intranet
9 3 (0.56%) SMTP
9 3 (0.56%) SSH
10 2 (0.37%) BGP
10 2 (0.37%) Network Security
10 2 (0.37%) OSPF
10 2 (0.37%) VPN
10 2 (0.37%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 98 (18.35%) SQL Server
2 29 (5.43%) Blockchain
3 20 (3.75%) Relational Database
4 16 (3.00%) DB2
5 15 (2.81%) Data Warehouse
6 14 (2.62%) Oracle Database
6 14 (2.62%) SQL Server 2012
7 13 (2.43%) PostgreSQL
8 11 (2.06%) SQL Server 2008
9 10 (1.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 9 (1.69%) MySQL
11 8 (1.50%) Crystal Reports
12 7 (1.31%) MongoDB
12 7 (1.31%) Power BI
12 7 (1.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 6 (1.12%) BusinessObjects
14 5 (0.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 4 (0.75%) Amazon RDS
15 4 (0.75%) Electronic Patient Records
15 4 (0.75%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 20 (3.75%) JIRA
2 9 (1.69%) Git (software)
2 9 (1.69%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 9 (1.69%) Visual Studio
3 5 (0.94%) Octopus Deploy
3 5 (0.94%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (0.75%) MSI
5 3 (0.56%) Jenkins
5 3 (0.56%) Oracle Forms
5 3 (0.56%) Toad
6 2 (0.37%) Oracle APEX
6 2 (0.37%) StarTeam
7 1 (0.19%) AdminStudio
7 1 (0.19%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 1 (0.19%) Bitbucket
7 1 (0.19%) Eclipse
7 1 (0.19%) Hudson
7 1 (0.19%) Maven
7 1 (0.19%) Serena SBM
7 1 (0.19%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 176 (32.96%) Finance
2 88 (16.48%) Banking
3 43 (8.05%) Front Office
4 28 (5.24%) Investment Banking
5 16 (3.00%) Retail
6 15 (2.81%) Back Office
7 14 (2.62%) Manufacturing
8 8 (1.50%) Legal
9 7 (1.31%) Law
10 6 (1.12%) Financial Institution
10 6 (1.12%) Publishing
11 5 (0.94%) Automotive
11 5 (0.94%) Local Government
11 5 (0.94%) Telecoms
12 4 (0.75%) French Language
12 4 (0.75%) Italian Language
12 4 (0.75%) Japanese Language
12 4 (0.75%) Marketing
12 4 (0.75%) Retail Banking
12 4 (0.75%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (6.37%) .NET
2 31 (5.81%) Web Services
3 27 (5.06%) Middleware
4 25 (4.68%) CSS
5 21 (3.93%) HTML
5 21 (3.93%) XML
6 15 (2.81%) FIX Protocol
7 12 (2.25%) WebSphere MQ
8 11 (2.06%) ASP.NET
9 10 (1.87%) REST
10 8 (1.50%) AngularJS
10 8 (1.50%) SOAP
11 7 (1.31%) Elastic Stack
11 7 (1.31%) J2EE
11 7 (1.31%) LDAP
12 6 (1.12%) ASP.NET Web Forms
12 6 (1.12%) Oracle Fusion
13 5 (0.94%) jQuery
13 5 (0.94%) Rendezvous
13 5 (0.94%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 53 (9.93%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (3.75%) Equities
3 15 (2.81%) Fixed Income
4 12 (2.25%) Management Information System
5 11 (2.06%) Self-Motivation
6 10 (1.87%) Client/Server
6 10 (1.87%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 10 (1.87%) Life Science
6 10 (1.87%) SWIFT
7 8 (1.50%) Derivative
7 8 (1.50%) Replication
8 6 (1.12%) Enterprise Software
8 6 (1.12%) Greenfield Project
8 6 (1.12%) Tandem
9 5 (0.94%) Computer Science
9 5 (0.94%) Mainframe
9 5 (0.94%) NHS
10 4 (0.75%) Clustering
10 4 (0.75%) FMCG
10 4 (0.75%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 145 (27.15%) Windows
2 120 (22.47%) Linux
2 120 (22.47%) Unix
3 61 (11.42%) Windows Server
4 34 (6.37%) Windows Server 2012
5 31 (5.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 27 (5.06%) Windows Server 2008
7 19 (3.56%) Windows 10
8 17 (3.18%) Solaris
9 16 (3.00%) Windows 7
10 9 (1.69%) Apple iOS
11 6 (1.12%) AIX
11 6 (1.12%) Mac OS
12 5 (0.94%) CentOS
12 5 (0.94%) Windows Server 2003
13 3 (0.56%) Android
13 3 (0.56%) HPUX
13 3 (0.56%) Windows 8
14 2 (0.37%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.37%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (17.98%) ITIL
2 68 (12.73%) Problem-Solving
3 63 (11.80%) Change Management
4 36 (6.74%) Service Management
5 34 (6.37%) Electronic Trading
6 32 (5.99%) Problem Management
7 30 (5.62%) CRM
8 28 (5.24%) Agile Software Development
8 28 (5.24%) Project Management
9 25 (4.68%) User Acceptance Testing
10 24 (4.49%) Migration
10 24 (4.49%) Workflow
11 23 (4.31%) Configuration Management
11 23 (4.31%) ITSM
12 22 (4.12%) Asset Management
13 20 (3.75%) Root Cause Analysis
14 19 (3.56%) Data Analysis
14 19 (3.56%) DevOps
14 19 (3.56%) Service Delivery
15 18 (3.37%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 249 (46.63%) SQL
2 56 (10.49%) PowerShell
3 49 (9.18%) Python
4 46 (8.61%) Java
5 43 (8.05%) C#
6 33 (6.18%) T-SQL
7 31 (5.81%) PL/SQL
8 30 (5.62%) Perl
9 28 (5.24%) Bash Shell
10 21 (3.93%) Shell Script
11 19 (3.56%) JavaScript
12 18 (3.37%) VBA
13 12 (2.25%) PHP
14 11 (2.06%) VB
15 6 (1.12%) Go
15 6 (1.12%) VBScript
16 5 (0.94%) C++
16 5 (0.94%) Korn
16 5 (0.94%) VB.NET
17 4 (0.75%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 38 (7.12%) Security Cleared
2 22 (4.12%) SC Cleared
3 16 (3.00%) ITIL Certification
4 15 (2.81%) Degree
5 12 (2.25%) DV Cleared
6 4 (0.75%) Computer Science Degree
7 3 (0.56%) MCSA
7 3 (0.56%) MCSE
7 3 (0.56%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (0.37%) CCNA
8 2 (0.37%) CCNP
8 2 (0.37%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (0.37%) JNCIA
8 2 (0.37%) MCP
8 2 (0.37%) PMP
9 1 (0.19%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.19%) CTC Cleared
9 1 (0.19%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (3.37%) SLA
2 9 (1.69%) MiFID
3 7 (1.31%) GDPR
4 6 (1.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 5 (0.94%) QA
5 5 (0.94%) SEPA
6 4 (0.75%) Data Quality
6 4 (0.75%) Dodd-Frank
6 4 (0.75%) HL7
7 3 (0.56%) Disclosure Scotland
7 3 (0.56%) EMIR
8 1 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.19%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.19%) PMO
System Software
1 37 (6.93%) Active Directory
2 18 (3.37%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (2.25%) VMware ESXi
4 9 (1.69%) Microsoft App-V
5 5 (0.94%) Docker
5 5 (0.94%) Hyper-V
5 5 (0.94%) Squid
6 4 (0.75%) XenApp
7 2 (0.37%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 2 (0.37%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (0.37%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.19%) HDFS
8 1 (0.19%) Job Entry Subsystem
8 1 (0.19%) RACF
8 1 (0.19%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
8 1 (0.19%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 14 (2.62%) SCCM
2 10 (1.87%) Puppet
2 10 (1.87%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 7 (1.31%) Ansible
3 7 (1.31%) Control-M
3 7 (1.31%) Kibana
3 7 (1.31%) logstash
4 6 (1.12%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (0.75%) Kubernetes
5 4 (0.75%) Microsoft Intune
6 3 (0.56%) ITRS Geneos
6 3 (0.56%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 3 (0.56%) OVSD
6 3 (0.56%) SCOM
7 2 (0.37%) Nagios
7 2 (0.37%) NetBackup
7 2 (0.37%) SCSM
8 1 (0.19%) Jamf Pro
8 1 (0.19%) Pingdom
8 1 (0.19%) Salt
Vendors
1 118 (22.10%) Oracle
2 102 (19.10%) Microsoft
3 29 (5.43%) Red Hat
3 29 (5.43%) VMware
4 28 (5.24%) SAP
5 21 (3.93%) Citrix
5 21 (3.93%) IBM
6 19 (3.56%) Charles River
7 14 (2.62%) FNZ
8 13 (2.43%) Remedy
9 10 (1.87%) ION Trading
10 7 (1.31%) Apple
10 7 (1.31%) Civica
10 7 (1.31%) Salesforce.com
10 7 (1.31%) ServiceNow
11 6 (1.12%) F5
11 6 (1.12%) Orchard
12 5 (0.94%) Google
12 5 (0.94%) SaltStack
12 5 (0.94%) TIBCO