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 28 March 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
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 393 408 423
Rank change year-on-year +15 +15  
Contract jobs citing B2B 222 238 225
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.49% 0.44% 0.42%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.59% 0.54% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 130 137 101
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £255 £253
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £630 £598
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £408
% change year-on-year - +4.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 9 33
Median hourly rate £17.50 £12.50 £11.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% +13.63%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £10.21 £11.00
% change year-on-year - -7.15%  

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 37483 44400 43069
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 83.14% 82.87% 79.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 24787 29149 26680
Median daily rate £450 £425 £419
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 946 1114 1248
Median hourly rate £35.75 £37.50 £28.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.66% +30.70%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £55.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -6.49% +27.48%  

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 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for B2B in the UK

B2B
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend 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 28 March 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 +14 214 £450 +5.88% 152
London -6 97 £500 +17.64% 71
South East +19 54 £388 +8.77% 19
East Midlands +3 16 £500 +31.14% 8
South West +6 14 £338 -10.00% 6
North West +24 12 £363 -39.58% 20
Surrey +20 12 £308 -18.00%
Berkshire +13 12 £115 -54.90% 4
Derby - 11 £500 -
Derbyshire - 11 £500 - 1
City of London -21 10 £550 +25.71% 12
Buckinghamshire 0 8 £438 -5.20%
Guildford - 8 - -
Yorkshire +17 7 £440 -2.22% 7
West Midlands +16 7 £350 -48.14% 6
Manchester +12 7 £335 -46.40% 10
Hampshire +8 7 £450 +20.00% 10
Reading +3 7 £115 -54.90% 1
Milton Keynes -3 7 £438 -5.20%
West Yorkshire +10 5 £440 -2.22% 2
East of England -6 5 £525 +6.59% 14
Oxfordshire - 5 £425 - 2
Oxford - 5 £425 -
Cheshire +26 4 £400 -28.88% 5
West Sussex +7 4 £388 -3.12% 1
Bedfordshire +2 4 £525 +20.00% 2
Halifax - 4 £440 -
Crewe - 4 £400 -
Hook - 4 £515 -
Uxbridge - 4 £513 -

B2B
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 March 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.

1 105 (25.42%) Agile Software Development
2 99 (23.97%) B2C
3 81 (19.61%) E-Commerce
4 76 (18.40%) Finance
5 67 (16.22%) Web Services
6 61 (14.77%) Marketing
7 58 (14.04%) IBM
8 56 (13.56%) Analytical Skills
9 53 (12.83%) Java
10 51 (12.35%) HTML
11 49 (11.86%) User Experience
12 48 (11.62%) JavaScript
13 46 (11.14%) Scrum
14 45 (10.90%) Stakeholder Management
15 43 (10.41%) CRM
16 42 (10.17%) Banking
16 42 (10.17%) REST
17 38 (9.20%) Oracle
18 37 (8.96%) Spring
19 36 (8.72%) CSS
20 35 (8.47%) SOA
20 35 (8.47%) Retail
21 34 (8.23%) SAP
21 34 (8.23%) Analytics
22 33 (7.99%) SOAP
22 33 (7.99%) Telecoms
23 32 (7.75%) QA
24 31 (7.51%) SQL
24 31 (7.51%) Microsoft
25 30 (7.26%) JMS

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 30 (7.26%) WebSphere
2 29 (7.02%) CMS
3 19 (4.60%) Apache
4 16 (3.87%) JBoss
5 13 (3.15%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 12 (2.91%) WebLogic
6 12 (2.91%) WebSphere Application Server
7 11 (2.66%) Anypoint
8 10 (2.42%) Mule ESB
9 8 (1.94%) SAS
10 6 (1.45%) Mule
11 5 (1.21%) SharePoint
12 4 (0.97%) Elasticsearch
12 4 (0.97%) Gentran
13 3 (0.73%) Confluence
14 2 (0.48%) Apache Solr
14 2 (0.48%) BizTalk Server
14 2 (0.48%) Oracle Service Bus
15 1 (0.24%) ArcGIS
15 1 (0.24%) SAP EP
Applications
1 24 (5.81%) MS Excel
2 16 (3.87%) MS Office
3 5 (1.21%) MS PowerPoint
3 5 (1.21%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.97%) Photoshop
5 3 (0.73%) MS Project
5 3 (0.73%) OmniGraffle
6 2 (0.48%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.24%) 3ds Max
7 1 (0.24%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.24%) SPSS
7 1 (0.24%) ZBrush
Business Applications
1 10 (2.42%) Eloqua
2 8 (1.94%) SAP Hybris
3 7 (1.69%) FastStats
4 6 (1.45%) Dynamics CRM
4 6 (1.45%) Dynamics NAV
5 5 (1.21%) Magento
5 5 (1.21%) Payment Gateway
6 3 (0.73%) Oracle EBS
6 3 (0.73%) Unica
7 2 (0.48%) Maximo
7 2 (0.48%) Oracle EBS R12
7 2 (0.48%) Remedy ITSM
7 2 (0.48%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 2 (0.48%) SAP SD
8 1 (0.24%) NetSuite
8 1 (0.24%) Oracle Utilities
8 1 (0.24%) SAP CO
8 1 (0.24%) SAP FI-CA
8 1 (0.24%) SAP MDM
8 1 (0.24%) SDL Web 8
Cloud Services
1 15 (3.63%) SaaS
2 14 (3.39%) Amazon AWS
3 11 (2.66%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (1.21%) Office 365
5 4 (0.97%) Google Cloud Platform
6 3 (0.73%) CloudSense
6 3 (0.73%) Silverpop
7 2 (0.48%) Adobe Analytics
7 2 (0.48%) Google Analytics
7 2 (0.48%) IaaS
7 2 (0.48%) PaaS
8 1 (0.24%) Asana
8 1 (0.24%) G Suite
8 1 (0.24%) Google Tag Manager
8 1 (0.24%) Oracle CX
8 1 (0.24%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 23 (5.57%) Internet
2 19 (4.60%) FTP
3 9 (2.18%) Firewall
3 9 (2.18%) VPN
4 6 (1.45%) Ethernet
4 6 (1.45%) Intranet
4 6 (1.45%) WAN
5 5 (1.21%) GPON
6 4 (0.97%) AMQP
6 4 (0.97%) Extranet
7 3 (0.73%) IPsec
7 3 (0.73%) LAN
7 3 (0.73%) MPLS
7 3 (0.73%) SMS
7 3 (0.73%) Unified Communications
7 3 (0.73%) VoIP
7 3 (0.73%) xDSL
8 2 (0.48%) Converged Networks
8 2 (0.48%) DOCSIS
8 2 (0.48%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (6.78%) SQL Server
2 14 (3.39%) Big Data
3 12 (2.91%) Endeca
4 11 (2.66%) MySQL
5 9 (2.18%) NoSQL
5 9 (2.18%) Relational Database
6 5 (1.21%) Apache Cassandra
6 5 (1.21%) Neo4j
7 4 (0.97%) Data Warehouse
7 4 (0.97%) DataStage
7 4 (0.97%) Hazelcast
7 4 (0.97%) OLAP
7 4 (0.97%) OLTP
8 3 (0.73%) MongoDB
9 2 (0.48%) Data Mining
9 2 (0.48%) Hadoop
9 2 (0.48%) Oracle Database
9 2 (0.48%) Oracle Reports
9 2 (0.48%) SAP BW
9 2 (0.48%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 8 (1.94%) Git (software)
1 8 (1.94%) JIRA
2 7 (1.69%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 6 (1.45%) NUnit
4 5 (1.21%) Eclipse
5 4 (0.97%) Axure RP
5 4 (0.97%) Subversion
5 4 (0.97%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 3 (0.73%) Ant
6 3 (0.73%) Grunt
6 3 (0.73%) Jenkins
7 2 (0.48%) Bitbucket
7 2 (0.48%) Jasmine
7 2 (0.48%) Mocha
7 2 (0.48%) Selenium
7 2 (0.48%) SoapUI
7 2 (0.48%) SpecFlow
7 2 (0.48%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (0.24%) Mercurial
8 1 (0.24%) Mockito
General
1 76 (18.40%) Finance
2 61 (14.77%) Marketing
3 42 (10.17%) Banking
4 35 (8.47%) Retail
5 33 (7.99%) Telecoms
6 18 (4.36%) Publishing
7 14 (3.39%) Advertising
7 14 (3.39%) Billing
8 10 (2.42%) Legal
9 5 (1.21%) Games
9 5 (1.21%) Manufacturing
10 4 (0.97%) Financial Institution
10 4 (0.97%) French Language
11 3 (0.73%) Electronics
12 2 (0.48%) German Language
12 2 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
13 1 (0.24%) Aerospace
13 1 (0.24%) Back Office
13 1 (0.24%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 104 (25.18%) Architect
2 76 (18.40%) Developer
3 51 (12.35%) Analyst
4 46 (11.14%) Solutions Architect
5 38 (9.20%) Consultant
6 32 (7.75%) Business Analyst
7 28 (6.78%) Product Manager
8 22 (5.33%) Project Manager
9 20 (4.84%) Integration Architect
10 15 (3.63%) Lead Architect
11 14 (3.39%) Technical Leader
12 11 (2.66%) Angular Developer
12 11 (2.66%) Coordinator
12 11 (2.66%) Technical Architect
13 9 (2.18%) Designer
13 9 (2.18%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
13 9 (2.18%) Integration Developer
13 9 (2.18%) Marketing Manager
13 9 (2.18%) Senior Developer
14 8 (1.94%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 67 (16.22%) Web Services
2 51 (12.35%) HTML
3 42 (10.17%) REST
4 37 (8.96%) Spring
5 36 (8.72%) CSS
6 33 (7.99%) SOAP
7 30 (7.26%) JMS
7 30 (7.26%) Middleware
8 29 (7.02%) XML
9 27 (6.54%) J2EE
10 25 (6.05%) AngularJS
11 23 (5.57%) Servlets
12 22 (5.33%) HTML5
13 20 (4.84%) Node.js
14 19 (4.60%) ISPF
15 18 (4.36%) .NET
16 16 (3.87%) CSS3
17 15 (3.63%) JDBC
17 15 (3.63%) React
17 15 (3.63%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 56 (13.56%) Analytical Skills
2 49 (11.86%) User Experience
3 18 (4.36%) iSeries
3 18 (4.36%) Tandem
4 16 (3.87%) iPad
5 15 (3.63%) Virtual Team
6 12 (2.91%) Computer Science
6 12 (2.91%) Enterprise Software
7 10 (2.42%) Fintech
8 7 (1.69%) Data Centre
8 7 (1.69%) Data Protection Act
8 7 (1.69%) FMCG
8 7 (1.69%) Mainframe
8 7 (1.69%) Mobile App
9 6 (1.45%) Management Information System
9 6 (1.45%) Social Media
10 4 (0.97%) DataPower
10 4 (0.97%) Mobile Games
10 4 (0.97%) Online Games
11 3 (0.73%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 25 (6.05%) Unix
2 24 (5.81%) Windows
3 18 (4.36%) zOS
4 10 (2.42%) Linux
5 6 (1.45%) Android
6 1 (0.24%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 105 (25.42%) Agile Software Development
2 99 (23.97%) B2C
3 81 (19.61%) E-Commerce
4 46 (11.14%) Scrum
5 45 (10.90%) Stakeholder Management
6 43 (10.41%) CRM
7 35 (8.47%) SOA
8 34 (8.23%) Analytics
9 29 (7.02%) Project Management
10 25 (6.05%) Content Management
11 23 (5.57%) Microservices
12 21 (5.08%) Business Analysis
12 21 (5.08%) Logistics
13 20 (4.84%) Migration
14 18 (4.36%) MVC
14 18 (4.36%) Web Development
15 17 (4.12%) ERP
15 17 (4.12%) High Availability
15 17 (4.12%) OOP
16 16 (3.87%) OO
Programming Languages
1 53 (12.83%) Java
2 48 (11.62%) JavaScript
3 31 (7.51%) SQL
4 22 (5.33%) C#
5 19 (4.60%) JCL
6 10 (2.42%) ABAP
7 9 (2.18%) PHP
8 8 (1.94%) R
9 7 (1.69%) C
10 4 (0.97%) Apple Swift
10 4 (0.97%) Objective-C
11 2 (0.48%) Python
11 2 (0.48%) Ruby
11 2 (0.48%) Scala
11 2 (0.48%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.24%) ActionScript
12 1 (0.24%) C++
12 1 (0.24%) Korn
12 1 (0.24%) Perl
12 1 (0.24%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 28 (6.78%) Degree
2 15 (3.63%) Security Cleared
3 11 (2.66%) SC Cleared
4 5 (1.21%) PMP
5 2 (0.48%) MBA
6 1 (0.24%) APMP
6 1 (0.24%) BC Cleared
6 1 (0.24%) Chartered Engineer
6 1 (0.24%) CTC Cleared
6 1 (0.24%) DBS Check
6 1 (0.24%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (0.24%) PMI Certification
6 1 (0.24%) Postgraduate
6 1 (0.24%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (0.24%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 1 (0.24%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (7.75%) QA
2 11 (2.66%) SLA
3 5 (1.21%) Actionable Recommendations
4 4 (0.97%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.24%) GxP
System Software
1 19 (4.60%) Time Sharing Option
2 6 (1.45%) Docker
3 3 (0.73%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
4 2 (0.48%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.24%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.24%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 11 (2.66%) MOM
2 4 (0.97%) Tivoli
3 1 (0.24%) CloudHub
3 1 (0.24%) Control-M
3 1 (0.24%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.24%) Nagios
3 1 (0.24%) Puppet
3 1 (0.24%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 58 (14.04%) IBM
2 38 (9.20%) Oracle
3 34 (8.23%) SAP
4 31 (7.51%) Microsoft
5 26 (6.30%) IBM Sterling
6 24 (5.81%) hybris
7 20 (4.84%) Salesforce.com
8 19 (4.60%) Axway
9 18 (4.36%) MuleSoft
10 16 (3.87%) Apigee
11 14 (3.39%) Google
12 13 (3.15%) ATG
13 8 (1.94%) Adobe
14 7 (1.69%) Apteco
15 6 (1.45%) Zend
16 5 (1.21%) Apple
16 5 (1.21%) Cisco
17 4 (0.97%) Ericsson
17 4 (0.97%) Riverbed
17 4 (0.97%) Virgin Media
South West
Staffworx Ltd
Rate: excellent rates, 6-12 months initial contract, long term program
Posted: 5 hours ago
Bedfordshire
Montash
Rate: £550 - £595 per day + potentially negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Talent International
Rate: £200 - £380 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £170.00 - £200.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Montash
Rate: £600 - £625 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £450 - £525 per day + negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago