Period
to 15 December 2017

The median contractor rate for an Author was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 15 December 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.

Author
UK
6 months to
15 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 676 693 633
Rank change year-on-year +17 -60 -56
Contract jobs requiring an Author 204 187 263
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.18% 0.23%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.21% 0.19% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 121 85 149
UK median daily rate £325 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.14% +7.69% -
10th Percentile £256 £244 £250
90th Percentile £438 £433 £431
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £305 £320
% change year-on-year +6.56% -4.69% -1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 5 16
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £27.51
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% -9.11% +5.79%
10th Percentile £25.60 £22.74 £18.75
90th Percentile £51.40 £31.26 £35.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +40.00% +11.11% -6.25%

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 97900 97472 107475
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 94.72% 94.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 64917 63580 68572
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £408
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.29% +1.88%
10th Percentile £258 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £395 £375
% change year-on-year +1.27% +5.33% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2860 3301 4080
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.80 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% - +6.06%

Author
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Author in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Author in the UK

Author
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Author.

Contractor daily rate trend for Author in the UK

Author
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Author over the 6 months to 15 December 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Author in the UK

Author
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Author.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Author in the UK

Author
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Author over the 6 months to 15 December 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Author in the UK

Author
Top 14 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Author within the UK over the 6 months to 15 December 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 +9 187 £350 - 10
UK excluding London +71 155 £325 +6.56% 9
South East +32 63 £325 +8.33% 4
London -24 43 £350 -9.68% 3
East of England -3 35 £313 - 3
North of England +40 23 £350 +16.67%
North West +26 21 £350 +16.67%
Scotland -3 13 £275 -
South West +1 10 £375 +15.38%
Midlands -5 8 £375 +7.14%
West Midlands +12 6 £375 -16.67%
Wales - 3 - - 2
Yorkshire +6 2 £225 -27.42%
East Midlands -22 2 - -

Author Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 15 December 2017, Author 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 Author in the job title.

1 38 (18.63%) Microsoft
2 34 (16.67%) Finance
3 32 (15.69%) Security Cleared
4 31 (15.20%) HTML
4 31 (15.20%) Microsoft Office
4 31 (15.20%) XML
5 30 (14.71%) SC Cleared
6 29 (14.22%) MS Visio
7 24 (11.76%) Windows
8 21 (10.29%) Adobe
9 20 (9.80%) C
10 19 (9.31%) C++
11 18 (8.82%) Python
11 18 (8.82%) Acrobat
12 17 (8.33%) Microsoft Excel
12 17 (8.33%) Agile Software Development
12 17 (8.33%) Content Management
13 16 (7.84%) ITIL
14 15 (7.35%) XSLT
14 15 (7.35%) MS Exchange
14 15 (7.35%) CMS
15 14 (6.86%) PaintShop Pro
15 14 (6.86%) Management Information System
15 14 (6.86%) Doxygen
15 14 (6.86%) QA
16 13 (6.37%) Windows Server 2008
16 13 (6.37%) REST
16 13 (6.37%) Exchange Server 2010
16 13 (6.37%) Windows Server
16 13 (6.37%) Stakeholder Management

Author 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 15 (7.35%) CMS
1 15 (7.35%) MS Exchange
2 13 (6.37%) Exchange Server 2010
3 12 (5.88%) Confluence
3 12 (5.88%) SharePoint
4 4 (1.96%) Sitecore CMS
4 4 (1.96%) WordPress
Applications
1 31 (15.20%) Microsoft Office
2 29 (14.22%) MS Visio
3 18 (8.82%) Acrobat
4 17 (8.33%) Microsoft Excel
5 14 (6.86%) Doxygen
5 14 (6.86%) PaintShop Pro
6 9 (4.41%) RoboHelp
7 7 (3.43%) Adobe Illustrator
7 7 (3.43%) FrameMaker
7 7 (3.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 5 (2.45%) LaTeX
8 5 (2.45%) Snagit
8 5 (2.45%) XMetaL
9 3 (1.47%) Camtasia
10 1 (0.49%) Adobe Captivate
10 1 (0.49%) Adobe Premiere
10 1 (0.49%) InDesign
10 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Project
10 1 (0.49%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.98%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.47%) Office 365
2 2 (0.98%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.98%) SaaS
3 1 (0.49%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 12 (5.88%) WAN
2 8 (3.92%) LAN
3 4 (1.96%) Internet
4 3 (1.47%) Bluetooth
4 3 (1.47%) Wireless
5 2 (0.98%) Structured Cabling
5 2 (0.98%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (0.49%) DMVPN
6 1 (0.49%) HTTP
6 1 (0.49%) Skype
6 1 (0.49%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (0.98%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.49%) NoSQL
2 1 (0.49%) SAP BW
2 1 (0.49%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (0.49%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (2.45%) JIRA
2 4 (1.96%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (1.47%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.49%) Eclipse
4 1 (0.49%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 1 (0.49%) Visual Studio
General
1 34 (16.67%) Finance
2 13 (6.37%) Banking
3 10 (4.90%) Electronics
4 6 (2.94%) Manufacturing
5 4 (1.96%) Publishing
6 3 (1.47%) Advertising
6 3 (1.47%) Telecoms
7 2 (0.98%) Aerospace
7 2 (0.98%) Legal
7 2 (0.98%) Marketing
7 2 (0.98%) Private Banking
7 2 (0.98%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.49%) Automotive
8 1 (0.49%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.49%) Military
8 1 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (15.20%) HTML
1 31 (15.20%) XML
2 15 (7.35%) XSLT
3 13 (6.37%) REST
4 10 (4.90%) CSS
5 8 (3.92%) Sphinx
6 5 (2.45%) JSON
7 4 (1.96%) RESTful
7 4 (1.96%) Swagger
7 4 (1.96%) YAML
8 2 (0.98%) HTML5
8 2 (0.98%) Oracle Fusion
8 2 (0.98%) Sass
9 1 (0.49%) SGML
9 1 (0.49%) Web Services
9 1 (0.49%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 14 (6.86%) Management Information System
2 9 (4.41%) User Experience
3 7 (3.43%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (2.45%) Animation
4 5 (2.45%) Greenfield Project
5 4 (1.96%) Enterprise Software
5 4 (1.96%) Fintech
6 3 (1.47%) Device Driver
6 3 (1.47%) Internet of Things
6 3 (1.47%) Smartcard
6 3 (1.47%) Wiki
7 2 (0.98%) Graphic Design
8 1 (0.49%) CESG
8 1 (0.49%) Data Centre
8 1 (0.49%) EMV
8 1 (0.49%) FMCG
8 1 (0.49%) Mobile Payment
8 1 (0.49%) Security Operations Centre
8 1 (0.49%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 24 (11.76%) Windows
2 13 (6.37%) Windows Server
2 13 (6.37%) Windows Server 2003
2 13 (6.37%) Windows Server 2008
3 11 (5.39%) Linux
4 3 (1.47%) Unix
5 2 (0.98%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (8.33%) Agile Software Development
1 17 (8.33%) Content Management
2 16 (7.84%) ITIL
3 13 (6.37%) Stakeholder Management
4 12 (5.88%) SDLC
5 8 (3.92%) OO
5 8 (3.92%) Server Virtualisation
6 7 (3.43%) Disaster Recovery
6 7 (3.43%) Quality Management
6 7 (3.43%) Release Management
7 6 (2.94%) Collaborative Working
7 6 (2.94%) Information Security
7 6 (2.94%) Project Management
8 5 (2.45%) Continuous Improvement
8 5 (2.45%) ITSM
8 5 (2.45%) Performance Analysis
8 5 (2.45%) Risk Management
8 5 (2.45%) Server Patching
8 5 (2.45%) Validation
9 4 (1.96%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 20 (9.80%) C
2 19 (9.31%) C++
3 18 (8.82%) Python
4 9 (4.41%) Java
5 7 (3.43%) JavaScript
5 7 (3.43%) Perl
5 7 (3.43%) SQL
6 4 (1.96%) Fortran
7 2 (0.98%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 32 (15.69%) Security Cleared
2 30 (14.71%) SC Cleared
3 10 (4.90%) Degree
4 3 (1.47%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (0.98%) ISEB
6 1 (0.49%) CCDA
6 1 (0.49%) CCDP
6 1 (0.49%) CCNA
6 1 (0.49%) CCNP
6 1 (0.49%) CESG Certified Professional
6 1 (0.49%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.49%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (6.86%) QA
2 4 (1.96%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.49%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (0.49%) GxP
3 1 (0.49%) ISO 14001
3 1 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.49%) MiFID
3 1 (0.49%) NEBOSH
3 1 (0.49%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.49%) PSD2
System Software
1 10 (4.90%) Active Directory
2 6 (2.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (1.96%) VirtualBox
4 3 (1.47%) Firmware
Vendors
1 38 (18.63%) Microsoft
2 21 (10.29%) Adobe
3 7 (3.43%) Oracle
3 7 (3.43%) VMware
4 5 (2.45%) Citrix
5 4 (1.96%) Sitecore
6 2 (0.98%) Capita
6 2 (0.98%) CheckPoint
6 2 (0.98%) Cisco
6 2 (0.98%) Google
6 2 (0.98%) Infoblox
6 2 (0.98%) Micro Focus
6 2 (0.98%) NetApp
6 2 (0.98%) SAP
7 1 (0.49%) Atlassian
7 1 (0.49%) ServiceNow
7 1 (0.49%) WSO2