Period
to 22 November 2017

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 6 months to 22 November 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
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 476 471 469
Rank change year-on-year -5 -2 +21
Contract jobs citing B2B 469 483 499
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.45% 0.46% 0.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.54% 0.55% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 314 281 293
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £250
90th Percentile £625 £606 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £424 £415 £425
% change year-on-year +2.11% -2.35% +15.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 16 21
UK median hourly rate £34.00 £29.27 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.18% +36.12% +104.76%
10th Percentile £13.58 £18.81 £10.50
90th Percentile £40.00 £46.63 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.50 £22.50 £40.75
% change year-on-year +57.78% -44.79% +270.45%

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

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 87155 88463 92228
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.47% 83.90% 81.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 58071 58482 59737
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +2.91% +3.25%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £631 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2066 2352 2726
UK median hourly rate £23.63 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.56% +6.67% +18.42%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.25 £11.33
90th Percentile £49.88 £48.75 £47.61
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £24.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year -2.04% +3.16% +18.75%

B2B
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing B2B as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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 6 months to 22 November 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 6 months to 22 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for B2B in the UK

B2B
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 B2B within the UK over the 6 months to 22 November 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 -12 441 £425 - 176
London -16 250 £425 -5.56% 88
UK excluding London +8 202 £424 +2.11% 90
South East -6 95 £431 +15.00% 30
Midlands +31 41 £456 +1.39% 9
North of England +55 34 £400 -15.79% 28
West Midlands +31 22 £425 -15.00% 7
Yorkshire +22 19 £424 -13.96% 9
East Midlands -1 19 £500 +11.11% 2
North West -5 12 £400 -5.88% 16
Northern Ireland - 10 £450 - 1
East of England -23 9 £375 -11.76% 12
South West +10 8 £350 +2.94% 7
Scotland -9 4 £375 +7.14% 3
Wales +19 1 £500 -

For the 6 months to 22 November 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.

1 156 (33.26%) Agile Software Development
2 100 (21.32%) B2C
3 90 (19.19%) Java
4 89 (18.98%) JavaScript
5 84 (17.91%) Marketing
6 83 (17.70%) HTML
7 81 (17.27%) SQL
8 75 (15.99%) CSS
9 71 (15.14%) Finance
10 64 (13.65%) E-Commerce
11 57 (12.15%) SAP
12 56 (11.94%) Project Management
13 54 (11.51%) User Experience
14 52 (11.09%) hybris
14 52 (11.09%) Web Services
15 50 (10.66%) CRM
16 45 (9.59%) XML
16 45 (9.59%) Scrum
16 45 (9.59%) TDD
17 43 (9.17%) SAP Hybris
18 42 (8.96%) Analytical Skills
19 41 (8.74%) Stakeholder Management
20 40 (8.53%) Degree
20 40 (8.53%) QA
20 40 (8.53%) Amazon AWS
21 38 (8.10%) .NET
21 38 (8.10%) Microsoft
22 37 (7.89%) Spring
23 36 (7.68%) SQL Server
24 33 (7.04%) Analytics

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 18 (3.84%) CMS
2 11 (2.35%) WebSphere
3 10 (2.13%) Tomcat
4 9 (1.92%) Confluence
4 9 (1.92%) JBoss
5 8 (1.71%) BizTalk Server
6 6 (1.28%) Elasticsearch
7 5 (1.07%) Apache Spark
7 5 (1.07%) WordPress
8 4 (0.85%) Apache Airflow
8 4 (0.85%) Drupal
8 4 (0.85%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 4 (0.85%) SharePoint
9 3 (0.64%) Apache
9 3 (0.64%) nginx
10 2 (0.43%) Sitecore CMS
11 1 (0.21%) ColdFusion
11 1 (0.21%) Jetty
11 1 (0.21%) NetWeaver
11 1 (0.21%) Oracle Service Bus
Applications
1 18 (3.84%) MS Visio
2 12 (2.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 8 (1.71%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 8 (1.71%) Microsoft Office
4 7 (1.49%) Adobe Illustrator
4 7 (1.49%) Photoshop
5 5 (1.07%) Microsoft Excel
6 4 (0.85%) Adobe After Effects
6 4 (0.85%) Adobe Premiere
7 2 (0.43%) InVision
7 2 (0.43%) OmniGraffle
8 1 (0.21%) HipChat
8 1 (0.21%) SPSS
8 1 (0.21%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 43 (9.17%) SAP Hybris
2 10 (2.13%) BusinessWorks
2 10 (2.13%) Magento
3 4 (0.85%) Oracle CRM
4 3 (0.64%) Eloqua
4 3 (0.64%) Oracle CRM On Demand
4 3 (0.64%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.64%) SAP ERP
4 3 (0.64%) WebTrends
5 2 (0.43%) Adobe Campaign
5 2 (0.43%) ION MarketView
5 2 (0.43%) SAP SD
5 2 (0.43%) Sprinklr
6 1 (0.21%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.21%) FastStats
6 1 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.21%) Oracle EBS R12
6 1 (0.21%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.21%) SAP CRM
6 1 (0.21%) SDL Web 8
Cloud Services
1 40 (8.53%) Amazon AWS
2 24 (5.12%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (2.13%) Google Analytics
3 10 (2.13%) SaaS
4 7 (1.49%) Amazon EMR
4 7 (1.49%) Amazon S3
4 7 (1.49%) Google Cloud Platform
5 6 (1.28%) Amazon Kinesis
5 6 (1.28%) Azure Active Directory
6 5 (1.07%) AdWords
7 4 (0.85%) PaaS
8 3 (0.64%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (0.64%) Heroku
9 2 (0.43%) Amazon EC2
9 2 (0.43%) Force.com
9 2 (0.43%) IaaS
9 2 (0.43%) npm
9 2 (0.43%) Route 53
9 2 (0.43%) Slack
10 1 (0.21%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 22 (4.69%) HTTP
2 21 (4.48%) Internet
3 16 (3.41%) FTP
4 12 (2.56%) DNS
5 9 (1.92%) SMTP
5 9 (1.92%) SSL
5 9 (1.92%) VPN
6 8 (1.71%) Firewall
6 8 (1.71%) Intranet
7 7 (1.49%) Extranet
7 7 (1.49%) RTP
7 7 (1.49%) VoIP
8 4 (0.85%) Ethernet
8 4 (0.85%) Wireless
9 3 (0.64%) GPON
9 3 (0.64%) HTTPS
10 2 (0.43%) CTI
10 2 (0.43%) MPLS
10 2 (0.43%) WAN
11 1 (0.21%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (7.68%) SQL Server
2 24 (5.12%) MySQL
3 16 (3.41%) NoSQL
4 14 (2.99%) Endeca
5 12 (2.56%) Amazon RDS
6 10 (2.13%) Data Warehouse
6 10 (2.13%) MongoDB
7 9 (1.92%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 9 (1.92%) Relational Database
7 9 (1.92%) SAP Data Services
8 6 (1.28%) Apache Cassandra
8 6 (1.28%) OLAP
8 6 (1.28%) OLTP
9 5 (1.07%) Amazon Redshift
9 5 (1.07%) Apache Hive
9 5 (1.07%) BigQuery
9 5 (1.07%) Hadoop
9 5 (1.07%) HBase
10 4 (0.85%) Oracle BI EE
10 4 (0.85%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 26 (5.54%) JIRA
2 25 (5.33%) Jenkins
3 23 (4.90%) Git (software)
4 19 (4.05%) Selenium
5 14 (2.99%) Axure RP
6 8 (1.71%) Gradle
7 7 (1.49%) Balsamiq Mockups
8 6 (1.28%) Mocha
8 6 (1.28%) webpack
9 4 (0.85%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 4 (0.85%) CasperJS
9 4 (0.85%) Visual Studio
10 3 (0.64%) Babel
10 3 (0.64%) JUnit
10 3 (0.64%) Mockito
10 3 (0.64%) Spock
10 3 (0.64%) Team Foundation Server
11 2 (0.43%) Bitbucket
11 2 (0.43%) Subversion
12 1 (0.21%) MSTest
General
1 84 (17.91%) Marketing
2 71 (15.14%) Finance
3 30 (6.40%) Retail
4 17 (3.62%) Banking
5 15 (3.20%) Telecoms
6 10 (2.13%) Advertising
7 9 (1.92%) Publishing
8 8 (1.71%) German Language
9 7 (1.49%) Spanish Language
10 6 (1.28%) French Language
10 6 (1.28%) Investment Banking
10 6 (1.28%) Manufacturing
11 5 (1.07%) Law
12 4 (0.85%) Billing
12 4 (0.85%) Legal
13 3 (0.64%) Back Office
13 3 (0.64%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.64%) Italian Language
13 3 (0.64%) Pharmaceutical
14 2 (0.43%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 106 (22.60%) Developer
2 63 (13.43%) Analyst
3 60 (12.79%) Architect
4 45 (9.59%) Business Analyst
5 36 (7.68%) Designer
6 31 (6.61%) Project Manager
7 22 (4.69%) Consultant
7 22 (4.69%) Solutions Architect
8 19 (4.05%) Hybris Developer
8 19 (4.05%) UX Designer
9 16 (3.41%) SAP Developer
10 15 (3.20%) C# Developer
10 15 (3.20%) Marketing Manager
11 14 (2.99%) .NET Developer
11 14 (2.99%) Technical Leader
12 13 (2.77%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
12 13 (2.77%) Product Manager
13 12 (2.56%) JavaScript Developer
14 11 (2.35%) Senior Developer
15 10 (2.13%) Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 83 (17.70%) HTML
2 75 (15.99%) CSS
3 52 (11.09%) Web Services
4 45 (9.59%) XML
5 38 (8.10%) .NET
6 37 (7.89%) Spring
7 27 (5.76%) HTML5
8 26 (5.54%) AngularJS
8 26 (5.54%) J2EE
8 26 (5.54%) React
9 25 (5.33%) CSS3
9 25 (5.33%) SOAP
10 22 (4.69%) REST
11 20 (4.26%) ASP.NET Web API
11 20 (4.26%) jQuery
11 20 (4.26%) Middleware
11 20 (4.26%) Node.js
12 18 (3.84%) EJB
12 18 (3.84%) RESTful
13 15 (3.20%) EDI
Miscellaneous
1 54 (11.51%) User Experience
2 42 (8.96%) Analytical Skills
3 26 (5.54%) Enterprise Software
4 25 (5.33%) Social Media
5 22 (4.69%) Greenfield Project
6 17 (3.62%) Mobile App
7 16 (3.41%) Computer Science
8 12 (2.56%) Data Centre
8 12 (2.56%) Fintech
9 10 (2.13%) DataPower
10 8 (1.71%) FMCG
11 7 (1.49%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 7 (1.49%) Management Information System
11 7 (1.49%) PKI
11 7 (1.49%) Web 2.0
12 6 (1.28%) Blog
12 6 (1.28%) Smart Meter
13 5 (1.07%) iSeries
13 5 (1.07%) Tandem
13 5 (1.07%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 27 (5.76%) Windows
2 23 (4.90%) Linux
3 12 (2.56%) Windows Server
4 9 (1.92%) Unix
5 5 (1.07%) Apple iOS
5 5 (1.07%) zOS
6 1 (0.21%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 156 (33.26%) Agile Software Development
2 100 (21.32%) B2C
3 64 (13.65%) E-Commerce
4 56 (11.94%) Project Management
5 50 (10.66%) CRM
6 45 (9.59%) Scrum
6 45 (9.59%) TDD
7 41 (8.74%) Stakeholder Management
8 33 (7.04%) Analytics
8 33 (7.04%) SOA
9 32 (6.82%) Microservices
9 32 (6.82%) Wireframes
10 30 (6.40%) Web Development
11 28 (5.97%) EAI
12 27 (5.76%) Continuous Integration
12 27 (5.76%) Migration
13 26 (5.54%) Front End Development
14 25 (5.33%) Test Automation
15 23 (4.90%) User Acceptance Testing
16 22 (4.69%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 90 (19.19%) Java
2 89 (18.98%) JavaScript
3 81 (17.27%) SQL
4 32 (6.82%) C#
5 19 (4.05%) PHP
6 14 (2.99%) ES6
7 13 (2.77%) ActionScript
7 13 (2.77%) ActionScript 2.0
8 12 (2.56%) Python
9 9 (1.92%) ActionScript 3.0
9 9 (1.92%) T-SQL
10 8 (1.71%) ABAP
10 8 (1.71%) Scala
11 7 (1.49%) Clojure
11 7 (1.49%) Groovy
12 5 (1.07%) JCL
13 4 (0.85%) GraphQL
14 3 (0.64%) Perl
14 3 (0.64%) TypeScript
14 3 (0.64%) XPath
Qualifications
1 40 (8.53%) Degree
2 13 (2.77%) Security Cleared
3 12 (2.56%) PMP
4 9 (1.92%) Computer Science Degree
4 9 (1.92%) PMI Certification
5 5 (1.07%) SC Cleared
6 3 (0.64%) DV Cleared
7 2 (0.43%) MCSD
7 2 (0.43%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (0.43%) PhD
8 1 (0.21%) APMP
8 1 (0.21%) CIPD
8 1 (0.21%) IIBA
8 1 (0.21%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (8.53%) QA
2 9 (1.92%) PMO
2 9 (1.92%) RosettaNet
3 5 (1.07%) Data Quality
4 4 (0.85%) GDPR
4 4 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.85%) SLA
5 3 (0.64%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.43%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 2 (0.43%) CDISC
6 2 (0.43%) GxP
6 2 (0.43%) HL7
6 2 (0.43%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 13 (2.77%) Docker
2 10 (2.13%) Active Directory
3 7 (1.49%) FreeRADIUS
4 5 (1.07%) Time Sharing Option
5 4 (0.85%) VMware Infrastructure
6 1 (0.21%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 6 (1.28%) TIBCO Hawk
2 4 (0.85%) Oozie
3 3 (0.64%) Ansible
4 2 (0.43%) Grafana
4 2 (0.43%) Kubernetes
4 2 (0.43%) Mesos
4 2 (0.43%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (0.43%) Puppet
4 2 (0.43%) TeamSite
5 1 (0.21%) Control-M
5 1 (0.21%) Terraform
Vendors
1 57 (12.15%) SAP
2 52 (11.09%) hybris
3 38 (8.10%) Microsoft
4 25 (5.33%) Oracle
5 23 (4.90%) Salesforce.com
6 21 (4.48%) IBM
7 20 (4.26%) Adobe
8 15 (3.20%) Google
9 12 (2.56%) TIBCO
10 9 (1.92%) ATG
10 9 (1.92%) webMethods
11 8 (1.71%) Atlassian
11 8 (1.71%) IBM Sterling
12 7 (1.49%) Apple
12 7 (1.49%) Demandware
12 7 (1.49%) Facebook
12 7 (1.49%) Intershop
13 6 (1.28%) Red Hat
14 5 (1.07%) Marketo
15 4 (0.85%) VMware