The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for B2B skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited B2B over the 3 months to 24 June 2017 with a comparison to the 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.

Business-to-Business (B2B)
UK
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 424 413 406
Rank change year-on-year -11 -7  
Contract jobs citing B2B 179 241 253
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.39% 0.45% 0.45%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.46% 0.54% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 122 138 149
Median daily rate £475 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.76% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £312 £195 £264
10% offered a daily rate of more than £568 £600 £533
UK excluding London median daily rate £444 £430 £425
% change year-on-year +3.31% +1.05%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 11 21
Median hourly rate £21.50 £19.61 £11.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.63% +78.27%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £19.61 £30.50
% change year-on-year +9.63% -35.70%  

B2B is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 39081 44816 45249
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 84.49% 83.35% 80.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 25486 29721 28985
Median daily rate £450 £438 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1041 1082 1268
Median hourly rate £32.50 £27.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.18% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.58 £12.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £49.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

B2B
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing B2B as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for B2B in the UK

B2B
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing B2B.

Contractor daily rate trend for B2B in the UK

B2B
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing B2B over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for B2B in the UK

B2B
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing B2B.

Contractor hourly rate trend for B2B in the UK

B2B
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing B2B over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for B2B in the UK

B2B
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 B2B within the UK over the 3 months to 24 June 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 +2 173 £475 +11.76% 158
London +33 114 £480 +14.28% 68
South East -7 21 £400 +6.66% 35
East Midlands -10 13 £510 +7.36% 3
Berkshire +6 12 £438 +124.35% 8
City of London -6 10 £550 +22.22% 19
Derbyshire - 10 £520 - 1
Derby - 9 £520 - 1
East of England -8 8 £525 +35.48% 7
Bedfordshire - 6 £525 - 1
West Midlands +25 5 £325 -40.90% 9
Yorkshire +18 5 £225 -58.13% 10
Surrey +5 5 £320 -36.00% 6
West Yorkshire +20 4 £268 -50.23% 7
South West +5 4 £275 +37.50% 6
Guildford - 4 - -
Bradford +8 3 £225 -58.13% 1
Reading -1 3 £500 +166.66% 1
Chiswick - 3 £375 -
Maidenhead 0 2 £375 -34.78% 1
Essex -11 2 £430 -
Coventry - 2 - - 1
Birmingham - 2 £325 - 1
Newbury - 2 £438 - 1
Colchester - 2 £430 -
Hampshire +11 1 £513 +20.58% 12
Solihull +10 1 - -
Bracknell +8 1 - -
Nottingham +2 1 £450 - 2
Cardiff 0 1 £188 - 2

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing B2B also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for B2B.

1 100 (24.81%) Agile Software Development
2 95 (23.57%) B2C
3 72 (17.87%) E-Commerce
4 71 (17.62%) Marketing
5 68 (16.87%) Finance
6 58 (14.39%) Analytical Skills
7 57 (14.14%) Java
7 57 (14.14%) SAP
8 54 (13.40%) Web Services
9 52 (12.90%) IBM
9 52 (12.90%) Retail
10 50 (12.41%) HTML
11 44 (10.92%) JavaScript
12 42 (10.42%) CRM
13 41 (10.17%) CSS
13 41 (10.17%) User Experience
14 36 (8.93%) Analytics
15 35 (8.68%) SQL
15 35 (8.68%) Spring
16 34 (8.44%) Degree
16 34 (8.44%) Scrum
17 33 (8.19%) SOAP
17 33 (8.19%) IBM Sterling
17 33 (8.19%) Content Management
17 33 (8.19%) hybris
18 32 (7.94%) Logistics
18 32 (7.94%) JMS
18 32 (7.94%) Oracle
19 31 (7.69%) WebSphere
20 30 (7.44%) XML

B2B
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 31 (7.69%) WebSphere
2 25 (6.20%) CMS
3 22 (5.46%) Apache
4 21 (5.21%) JBoss
5 12 (2.98%) WebLogic
5 12 (2.98%) WebSphere Application Server
6 9 (2.23%) SAS
7 8 (1.99%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 5 (1.24%) Gentran
8 5 (1.24%) MQSeries
8 5 (1.24%) Tomcat
9 4 (0.99%) Mule ESB
10 3 (0.74%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 3 (0.74%) Oracle Service Bus
11 2 (0.50%) Confluence
11 2 (0.50%) Elasticsearch
11 2 (0.50%) SharePoint
12 1 (0.25%) Apache Spark
12 1 (0.25%) BizTalk Server
12 1 (0.25%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 18 (4.47%) Microsoft Excel
2 11 (2.73%) Microsoft Office
3 10 (2.48%) Photoshop
4 8 (1.99%) Adobe Illustrator
5 5 (1.24%) InVision
6 4 (0.99%) UXPin
7 3 (0.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 2 (0.50%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 2 (0.50%) MS Visio
8 2 (0.50%) OmniGraffle
8 2 (0.50%) SPSS
9 1 (0.25%) 3ds Max
9 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Project
9 1 (0.25%) ZBrush
Business Applications
1 25 (6.20%) SAP Hybris
2 10 (2.48%) Eloqua
3 9 (2.23%) FastStats
4 6 (1.49%) Unica
5 5 (1.24%) Magento
6 4 (0.99%) Dynamics CRM
6 4 (0.99%) Oracle EBS
7 3 (0.74%) Oracle EBS R12
7 3 (0.74%) SAP SD
7 3 (0.74%) SDL Web 8
8 2 (0.50%) Maximo
8 2 (0.50%) SAP HR
8 2 (0.50%) Sprinklr
8 2 (0.50%) WebTrends
9 1 (0.25%) Dynamics NAV
9 1 (0.25%) NetSuite
9 1 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
9 1 (0.25%) SAP ERP
9 1 (0.25%) SAP MDM
9 1 (0.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 25 (6.20%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (2.73%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (2.48%) SaaS
4 6 (1.49%) Google Cloud Platform
4 6 (1.49%) Silverpop
5 3 (0.74%) Office 365
6 2 (0.50%) Adobe Analytics
6 2 (0.50%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.50%) Oracle CX
6 2 (0.50%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
7 1 (0.25%) G Suite
7 1 (0.25%) Google Analytics
7 1 (0.25%) IaaS
7 1 (0.25%) PaaS
7 1 (0.25%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 24 (5.96%) FTP
2 22 (5.46%) Internet
3 11 (2.73%) Firewall
4 10 (2.48%) VPN
5 7 (1.74%) GPON
6 6 (1.49%) Ethernet
6 6 (1.49%) Intranet
7 5 (1.24%) Extranet
7 5 (1.24%) IPsec
7 5 (1.24%) MPLS
8 4 (0.99%) AMQP
8 4 (0.99%) WAN
9 3 (0.74%) DOCSIS
9 3 (0.74%) VDSL
10 2 (0.50%) HTTP
10 2 (0.50%) LAN
10 2 (0.50%) Unified Communications
11 1 (0.25%) Converged Networks
11 1 (0.25%) VoIP
11 1 (0.25%) xDSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (7.20%) SQL Server
2 20 (4.96%) MySQL
3 13 (3.23%) Relational Database
4 12 (2.98%) Endeca
5 11 (2.73%) Big Data
6 5 (1.24%) OLAP
6 5 (1.24%) OLTP
7 4 (0.99%) DataStage
7 4 (0.99%) NoSQL
8 3 (0.74%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (0.74%) MongoDB
8 3 (0.74%) Oracle Database
8 3 (0.74%) Oracle Database 11g
8 3 (0.74%) Oracle Reports
9 2 (0.50%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 2 (0.50%) Data Mining
9 2 (0.50%) DB2
9 2 (0.50%) Hadoop
9 2 (0.50%) SAP BW
9 2 (0.50%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 8 (1.99%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 6 (1.49%) Git (software)
3 5 (1.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 5 (1.24%) Axure RP
3 5 (1.24%) Jenkins
3 5 (1.24%) JIRA
3 5 (1.24%) NUnit
4 4 (0.99%) Subversion
4 4 (0.99%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 3 (0.74%) Bitbucket
5 3 (0.74%) Selenium
6 2 (0.50%) Grunt
6 2 (0.50%) Jasmine
6 2 (0.50%) Mocha
7 1 (0.25%) Ant
7 1 (0.25%) Eclipse
7 1 (0.25%) JMeter
7 1 (0.25%) PhantomJS
7 1 (0.25%) PHPUnit
7 1 (0.25%) SpecFlow
General
1 71 (17.62%) Marketing
2 68 (16.87%) Finance
3 52 (12.90%) Retail
4 28 (6.95%) Banking
4 28 (6.95%) Telecoms
5 14 (3.47%) Publishing
6 11 (2.73%) Legal
7 10 (2.48%) Billing
8 6 (1.49%) Advertising
8 6 (1.49%) Electronics
8 6 (1.49%) French Language
9 5 (1.24%) Manufacturing
10 4 (0.99%) Back Office
11 3 (0.74%) Front Office
12 2 (0.50%) German Language
12 2 (0.50%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.50%) Spanish Language
13 1 (0.25%) Brand Awareness
13 1 (0.25%) Games
13 1 (0.25%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 92 (22.83%) Architect
2 62 (15.38%) Developer
3 53 (13.15%) Analyst
4 52 (12.90%) Solutions Architect
5 35 (8.68%) Business Analyst
6 27 (6.70%) Consultant
7 22 (5.46%) Project Manager
8 19 (4.71%) Designer
9 15 (3.72%) Marketing Manager
9 15 (3.72%) Product Manager
9 15 (3.72%) SAP Architect
9 15 (3.72%) Technical Leader
10 11 (2.73%) Integration Architect
10 11 (2.73%) SAP Solutions Architect
10 11 (2.73%) UX Designer
11 10 (2.48%) E-Commerce Architect
11 10 (2.48%) E-Commerce Solution Architect
11 10 (2.48%) Hybris Architect
12 9 (2.23%) Retail Business Analyst
12 9 (2.23%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (13.40%) Web Services
2 50 (12.41%) HTML
3 41 (10.17%) CSS
4 35 (8.68%) Spring
5 33 (8.19%) SOAP
6 32 (7.94%) JMS
7 30 (7.44%) XML
8 27 (6.70%) HTML5
9 25 (6.20%) CSS3
10 24 (5.96%) Middleware
11 22 (5.46%) ISPF
12 21 (5.21%) AngularJS
13 20 (4.96%) EDI
13 20 (4.96%) REST
14 19 (4.71%) .NET
14 19 (4.71%) J2EE
15 18 (4.47%) JDBC
15 18 (4.47%) Servlets
16 17 (4.22%) Hibernate
16 17 (4.22%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 58 (14.39%) Analytical Skills
2 41 (10.17%) User Experience
3 21 (5.21%) iSeries
3 21 (5.21%) Tandem
4 15 (3.72%) Computer Science
4 15 (3.72%) Virtual Team
5 14 (3.47%) Fintech
6 13 (3.23%) iPad
7 10 (2.48%) Mobile App
8 9 (2.23%) Data Protection Act
8 9 (2.23%) Social Media
9 8 (1.99%) Mainframe
10 7 (1.74%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 7 (1.74%) Greenfield Project
11 6 (1.49%) FMCG
12 5 (1.24%) Blog
12 5 (1.24%) Data Centre
12 5 (1.24%) Enterprise Software
13 4 (0.99%) DataPower
13 4 (0.99%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 29 (7.20%) Windows
2 28 (6.95%) Unix
3 21 (5.21%) zOS
4 17 (4.22%) Linux
5 10 (2.48%) Android
6 4 (0.99%) Apple iOS
7 2 (0.50%) CentOS
7 2 (0.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 100 (24.81%) Agile Software Development
2 95 (23.57%) B2C
3 72 (17.87%) E-Commerce
4 42 (10.42%) CRM
5 36 (8.93%) Analytics
6 34 (8.44%) Scrum
7 33 (8.19%) Content Management
8 32 (7.94%) Logistics
9 30 (7.44%) Stakeholder Management
10 29 (7.20%) SOA
11 23 (5.71%) Migration
11 23 (5.71%) Project Management
12 20 (4.96%) ERP
12 20 (4.96%) Microservices
13 19 (4.71%) Front End Development
14 18 (4.47%) MVC
14 18 (4.47%) Service Delivery
15 16 (3.97%) Data Modelling
16 15 (3.72%) Asset Management
16 15 (3.72%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 57 (14.14%) Java
2 44 (10.92%) JavaScript
3 35 (8.68%) SQL
4 22 (5.46%) JCL
5 14 (3.47%) C#
6 13 (3.23%) ABAP
7 9 (2.23%) PHP
7 9 (2.23%) R
8 7 (1.74%) Objective-C
9 6 (1.49%) Apple Swift
10 3 (0.74%) ActionScript
10 3 (0.74%) ActionScript 2.0
10 3 (0.74%) C
10 3 (0.74%) PowerShell
10 3 (0.74%) Python
10 3 (0.74%) T-SQL
11 2 (0.50%) Apex Code
11 2 (0.50%) Bash Shell
11 2 (0.50%) ES6
11 2 (0.50%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 34 (8.44%) Degree
2 18 (4.47%) Security Cleared
3 13 (3.23%) SC Cleared
4 5 (1.24%) Computer Science Degree
4 5 (1.24%) PMP
5 2 (0.50%) MCIPD
5 2 (0.50%) PMI Certification
6 1 (0.25%) APMP
6 1 (0.25%) AWS Certification
6 1 (0.25%) BC Cleared
6 1 (0.25%) Chartered Engineer
6 1 (0.25%) CIPD
6 1 (0.25%) CTC Cleared
6 1 (0.25%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (0.25%) MBA
6 1 (0.25%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (0.25%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (5.46%) QA
2 10 (2.48%) SLA
3 4 (0.99%) Actionable Recommendations
3 4 (0.99%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.50%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.25%) GDPR
5 1 (0.25%) GxP
System Software
1 22 (5.46%) Time Sharing Option
2 8 (1.99%) Docker
3 3 (0.74%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
4 2 (0.50%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.25%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 4 (0.99%) Tivoli
2 3 (0.74%) Kubernetes
2 3 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
2 3 (0.74%) Puppet
3 2 (0.50%) Ansible
4 1 (0.25%) Control-M
4 1 (0.25%) Nagios
Vendors
1 57 (14.14%) SAP
2 52 (12.90%) IBM
3 33 (8.19%) hybris
3 33 (8.19%) IBM Sterling
4 32 (7.94%) Oracle
5 24 (5.96%) Microsoft
6 20 (4.96%) Adobe
6 20 (4.96%) Axway
7 18 (4.47%) Salesforce.com
8 13 (3.23%) ATG
9 8 (1.99%) Apteco
9 8 (1.99%) Google
10 6 (1.49%) Pega
11 5 (1.24%) Cisco
11 5 (1.24%) Zend
12 4 (0.99%) Apigee
12 4 (0.99%) Atlassian
12 4 (0.99%) Virgin Media
13 3 (0.74%) Facebook
13 3 (0.74%) Riverbed
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