Period
to 12 December 2018

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Back Office in contract job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Back Office over the 6 months to 12 December 2018 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

Back Office
UK
6 months to
12 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 354 349 303
Rank change year-on-year -5 -46 -30
Contract jobs citing Back Office 758 739 866
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.72% 0.72% 0.84%
As % of the General category 1.99% 1.81% 2.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 491 503 583
UK median daily rate £500 £520 £433
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.85% +20.23% +1.76%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £263
90th Percentile £688 £688 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £375
% change year-on-year +5.88% +13.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 8 13
UK median hourly rate £11.50 £25.06 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -54.11% +51.86% -17.50%
10th Percentile £9.15 £14.21 £10.05
90th Percentile £26.02 £42.13 £26.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £11.25 £17.00 £11.00
% change year-on-year -33.82% +54.55% -47.62%

Back Office is in the General Skills category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for common skills.

All General Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for common skills 38,013 40,821 37,590
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 36.10% 39.50% 36.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,955 26,948 24,924
UK median daily rate £477 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.42% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £675 £668 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 830 889 938
UK median hourly rate £23.58 £26.30 £24.41
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.36% +7.74% -3.33%
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.25 £11.32
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.05 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £27.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -11.11% +8.00% -3.85%

Back Office
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Back Office in the UK

Back Office
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Back Office in the UK

Back Office
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Back Office over the 6 months to 12 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Back Office in the UK

Back Office
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Back Office in the UK

Back Office
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Back Office over the 6 months to 12 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Back Office in the UK

Back Office
Top 17 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Back Office within the UK over the 6 months to 12 December 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 +3 726 £503 -4.29% 154
London -36 431 £550 - 71
UK excluding London +39 322 £450 +5.88% 89
South East +36 129 £413 +1.54% 23
North of England -28 62 £428 +0.59% 29
Midlands +3 43 £500 +21.21% 12
North West -13 42 £414 -8.06% 20
South West -13 40 £475 +11.76% 12
West Midlands -18 25 £500 +17.65% 6
East of England -4 20 £350 -26.32% 7
East Midlands +26 18 £500 - 5
Scotland -8 17 £450 - 4
Yorkshire -29 14 £500 +100.00% 9
North East -1 6 £425 -
Wales -13 5 £600 +88.44% 1
Northern Ireland +30 4 £388 -
Isle of Man - 2 £350 - 1

For the 6 months to 12 December 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Back Office also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for Back Office.

1 326 (43.01%) Finance
2 268 (35.36%) Agile Software Development
3 171 (22.56%) SQL
4 157 (20.71%) Java
5 137 (18.07%) Microsoft
6 135 (17.81%) .NET
7 113 (14.91%) Front Office
8 105 (13.85%) Banking
9 104 (13.72%) SQL Server
10 100 (13.19%) Oracle
11 96 (12.66%) C#
12 94 (12.40%) Windows
13 91 (12.01%) JavaScript
14 87 (11.48%) Asset Management
15 82 (10.82%) HTML
16 79 (10.42%) Problem-Solving
17 77 (10.16%) Web Services
18 73 (9.63%) Microsoft Azure
19 70 (9.23%) Test Automation
19 70 (9.23%) TDD
20 67 (8.84%) XML
21 66 (8.71%) CRM
22 65 (8.58%) Project Management
23 64 (8.44%) Scrum
24 63 (8.31%) Workflow
24 63 (8.31%) Amazon AWS
25 60 (7.92%) Analytical Skills
26 59 (7.78%) Continuous Integration
26 59 (7.78%) Service Management
26 59 (7.78%) Linux

Back Office
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 26 (3.43%) SharePoint
2 25 (3.30%) CMS
3 21 (2.77%) IIS
4 15 (1.98%) Confluence
5 14 (1.85%) JBoss
5 14 (1.85%) MS Exchange
5 14 (1.85%) SAS
6 12 (1.58%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 12 (1.58%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 9 (1.19%) SAP Portal
8 7 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2010
8 7 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2013
8 7 (0.92%) Mule
9 6 (0.79%) EPiServer
9 6 (0.79%) WebSphere
10 5 (0.66%) Anypoint
10 5 (0.66%) ColdFusion
10 5 (0.66%) NetWeaver
10 5 (0.66%) Skype for Business
11 4 (0.53%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 29 (3.83%) Microsoft Excel
2 22 (2.90%) Microsoft Office
3 18 (2.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 17 (2.24%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.66%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (0.53%) InVision
7 3 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.13%) GIMP
8 1 (0.13%) Mingle
8 1 (0.13%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 41 (5.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (2.24%) Endur
3 14 (1.85%) Actimize
3 14 (1.85%) HiPortfolio
4 10 (1.32%) Eikon
5 9 (1.19%) Remedy ITSM
6 8 (1.06%) Oracle General Ledger
7 7 (0.92%) Oracle Financials
8 5 (0.66%) ION MarketView
8 5 (0.66%) Markit EDM
8 5 (0.66%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 4 (0.53%) HFM
9 4 (0.53%) IntelliMatch
9 4 (0.53%) Maximo
9 4 (0.53%) SAP CO
9 4 (0.53%) SAP FI
9 4 (0.53%) SAP FI/CO
9 4 (0.53%) SAP PS
9 4 (0.53%) thinkFolio
10 3 (0.40%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 73 (9.63%) Microsoft Azure
2 63 (8.31%) Amazon AWS
3 27 (3.56%) Office 365
4 22 (2.90%) Dynamics 365
5 16 (2.11%) Google Cloud Platform
6 14 (1.85%) GitHub
7 12 (1.58%) AWS Lambda
7 12 (1.58%) Serverless
8 9 (1.19%) Yammer
9 7 (0.92%) OneDrive
10 6 (0.79%) Amazon S3
10 6 (0.79%) Azure Active Directory
10 6 (0.79%) Boomi
10 6 (0.79%) SaaS
11 5 (0.66%) Mimecast
12 4 (0.53%) Amazon EC2
12 4 (0.53%) Amazon Kinesis
12 4 (0.53%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 4 (0.53%) PaaS
13 3 (0.40%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 29 (3.83%) DNS
2 19 (2.51%) DHCP
3 13 (1.72%) Firewall
4 9 (1.19%) LAN
4 9 (1.19%) VPN
5 8 (1.06%) NFC
6 7 (0.92%) Internet
6 7 (0.92%) TCP/IP
7 6 (0.79%) Value-Added Service
8 5 (0.66%) WAN
9 4 (0.53%) Broadband
9 4 (0.53%) Skype
10 3 (0.40%) Extranet
10 3 (0.40%) Intranet
11 2 (0.26%) Wireshark
11 2 (0.26%) WLAN
12 1 (0.13%) CTI
12 1 (0.13%) HTTP
12 1 (0.13%) SAN
12 1 (0.13%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 104 (13.72%) SQL Server
2 54 (7.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 44 (5.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 29 (3.83%) MySQL
5 20 (2.64%) QlikView
6 16 (2.11%) NoSQL
7 15 (1.98%) Oracle Reports
8 14 (1.85%) Relational Database
9 13 (1.72%) SQL Server 2016
10 12 (1.58%) DTS
11 11 (1.45%) MongoDB
12 10 (1.32%) Power BI
12 10 (1.32%) SQL Server 2008
13 8 (1.06%) Amazon RDS
13 8 (1.06%) Data Warehouse
14 7 (0.92%) Apache Cassandra
14 7 (0.92%) Big Data
14 7 (0.92%) Hadoop
14 7 (0.92%) RDBMS
14 7 (0.92%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 49 (6.46%) Git (software)
2 40 (5.28%) JIRA
3 31 (4.09%) Jenkins
4 30 (3.96%) TeamCity
5 24 (3.17%) Selenium
6 22 (2.90%) Maven
7 18 (2.37%) Team Foundation Server
8 17 (2.24%) Cucumber
9 13 (1.72%) Axure RP
9 13 (1.72%) Hudson
9 13 (1.72%) Visual Studio
10 12 (1.58%) Subversion
11 9 (1.19%) Gradle
11 9 (1.19%) Octopus Deploy
12 8 (1.06%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 8 (1.06%) Bitbucket
12 8 (1.06%) JUnit
12 8 (1.06%) SonarQube
13 7 (0.92%) JMeter
13 7 (0.92%) NUnit
General
1 326 (43.01%) Finance
2 113 (14.91%) Front Office
3 105 (13.85%) Banking
4 49 (6.46%) Investment Banking
5 31 (4.09%) Financial Institution
6 30 (3.96%) Retail
7 28 (3.69%) Marketing
8 20 (2.64%) Publishing
8 20 (2.64%) Telecoms
9 17 (2.24%) Legal
10 11 (1.45%) General Ledger
11 10 (1.32%) Law
11 10 (1.32%) Local Government
11 10 (1.32%) Manufacturing
12 8 (1.06%) Online Betting
13 6 (0.79%) Advertising
14 4 (0.53%) Aerospace
14 4 (0.53%) Billing
14 4 (0.53%) Corporate Banking
14 4 (0.53%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 248 (32.72%) Developer
2 200 (26.39%) Analyst
3 92 (12.14%) Business Analyst
4 70 (9.23%) Architect
5 44 (5.80%) .NET Developer
6 42 (5.54%) Java Developer
7 35 (4.62%) Consultant
8 34 (4.49%) Project Manager
8 34 (4.49%) Senior Developer
9 32 (4.22%) PHP Developer
10 30 (3.96%) Support Analyst
11 28 (3.69%) Solutions Architect
12 26 (3.43%) Senior Analyst
13 22 (2.90%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
14 21 (2.77%) Support Engineer
15 20 (2.64%) Technical Analyst
16 19 (2.51%) Analyst Developer
16 19 (2.51%) SQL Analyst
17 18 (2.37%) Banking Analyst
17 18 (2.37%) Microsoft Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 135 (17.81%) .NET
2 82 (10.82%) HTML
3 77 (10.16%) Web Services
4 67 (8.84%) XML
5 57 (7.52%) CSS
6 38 (5.01%) AngularJS
7 37 (4.88%) ASP.NET
8 34 (4.49%) Spring
9 32 (4.22%) REST
10 30 (3.96%) jQuery
10 30 (3.96%) SOAP
10 30 (3.96%) WCF
11 25 (3.30%) JSON
11 25 (3.30%) Middleware
12 24 (3.17%) Spring Boot
13 22 (2.90%) HTML5
13 22 (2.90%) LAMP
14 19 (2.51%) .NET Framework
14 19 (2.51%) ASP.NET MVC
15 17 (2.24%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 60 (7.92%) Analytical Skills
2 55 (7.26%) Fixed Income
3 49 (6.46%) Equities
4 44 (5.80%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 44 (5.80%) User Experience
5 40 (5.28%) Greenfield Project
6 31 (4.09%) Data Centre
7 28 (3.69%) Derivative
8 24 (3.17%) Self-Motivation
9 22 (2.90%) Hedge funds
10 19 (2.51%) Enterprise Software
10 19 (2.51%) Mobile App
11 17 (2.24%) Linux Command Line
12 15 (1.98%) Management Information System
13 14 (1.85%) Fintech
13 14 (1.85%) Robotics
14 12 (1.58%) Blackberry
15 10 (1.32%) Public Cloud
16 8 (1.06%) Driving Licence
16 8 (1.06%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 94 (12.40%) Windows
2 59 (7.78%) Linux
3 55 (7.26%) Unix
4 52 (6.86%) Windows Server
5 33 (4.35%) Solaris
6 15 (1.98%) Windows Server 2012
7 14 (1.85%) Windows 7
8 13 (1.72%) Windows 10
9 9 (1.19%) Windows Server 2008
10 8 (1.06%) Android
11 7 (0.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 6 (0.79%) Apple iOS
13 3 (0.40%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.26%) AIX
15 1 (0.13%) OS/400
Processes & Methodologies
1 268 (35.36%) Agile Software Development
2 87 (11.48%) Asset Management
3 79 (10.42%) Problem-Solving
4 70 (9.23%) TDD
4 70 (9.23%) Test Automation
5 66 (8.71%) CRM
6 65 (8.58%) Project Management
7 64 (8.44%) Scrum
8 63 (8.31%) Workflow
9 59 (7.78%) Continuous Integration
9 59 (7.78%) Service Management
10 52 (6.86%) Migration
11 47 (6.20%) DevOps
12 45 (5.94%) ETL
13 44 (5.80%) Stakeholder Management
14 43 (5.67%) Waterfall
15 42 (5.54%) Business Analysis
15 42 (5.54%) Mentoring
16 41 (5.41%) Computer Science
16 41 (5.41%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 171 (22.56%) SQL
2 157 (20.71%) Java
3 96 (12.66%) C#
4 91 (12.01%) JavaScript
5 42 (5.54%) PHP
6 34 (4.49%) Python
7 18 (2.37%) Shell Script
8 16 (2.11%) Scala
9 15 (1.98%) Perl
10 14 (1.85%) ABAP
10 14 (1.85%) Korn
10 14 (1.85%) T-SQL
11 13 (1.72%) PowerShell
11 13 (1.72%) TypeScript
12 11 (1.45%) Clojure
13 10 (1.32%) VBScript
14 9 (1.19%) Java 8
15 8 (1.06%) C++
15 8 (1.06%) VBA
16 7 (0.92%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 53 (6.99%) Degree
2 21 (2.77%) Computer Science Degree
3 18 (2.37%) Security Cleared
4 17 (2.24%) SC Cleared
5 12 (1.58%) Cisco Certification
5 12 (1.58%) Microsoft Certification
6 9 (1.19%) MCSE
7 8 (1.06%) (ISC)2 CCSP
7 8 (1.06%) CCSP
7 8 (1.06%) CISA
7 8 (1.06%) CISM
7 8 (1.06%) CISSP
7 8 (1.06%) CLAS
7 8 (1.06%) CREST Certified
7 8 (1.06%) IISP
7 8 (1.06%) MCITP
8 5 (0.66%) CHECK Team Member
9 4 (0.53%) ISEB
10 3 (0.40%) CCNA
10 3 (0.40%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (5.01%) QA
1 38 (5.01%) SLA
2 15 (1.98%) PMO
3 11 (1.45%) GDPR
4 9 (1.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 9 (1.19%) MiFID
5 8 (1.06%) ISAE 3402
5 8 (1.06%) ISO 22301
5 8 (1.06%) ISO 31000
5 8 (1.06%) ISO 9001
5 8 (1.06%) ISO/IEC 27005
5 8 (1.06%) PCI DSS
5 8 (1.06%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 7 (0.92%) Data Quality
6 7 (0.92%) WCAG
7 5 (0.66%) IFRS
8 3 (0.40%) COBIT
8 3 (0.40%) EMIR
8 3 (0.40%) PSD2
8 3 (0.40%) Solvency II
System Software
1 50 (6.60%) Active Directory
2 28 (3.69%) Docker
3 17 (2.24%) VMware Infrastructure
4 13 (1.72%) Virtual Desktop
5 12 (1.58%) Virtual Machines
6 10 (1.32%) XenApp
7 9 (1.19%) XenDesktop
8 8 (1.06%) Hyper-V
8 8 (1.06%) ISA Server
9 7 (0.92%) vSphere
10 4 (0.53%) VMware ESXi
11 3 (0.40%) HDFS
12 2 (0.26%) DFS Replication
12 2 (0.26%) XenServer
13 1 (0.13%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 1 (0.13%) Firmware
13 1 (0.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 1 (0.13%) vCloud
13 1 (0.13%) Virtual Servers
13 1 (0.13%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 14 (1.85%) Kubernetes
1 14 (1.85%) Oracle ZFS
2 11 (1.45%) Ansible
2 11 (1.45%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 10 (1.32%) SCCM
4 8 (1.06%) Nessus
4 8 (1.06%) Trend Micro Deep Security
5 7 (0.92%) Terraform
5 7 (0.92%) WSUS
6 6 (0.79%) McAfee ePO
7 5 (0.66%) Backup Exec
7 5 (0.66%) HP Quality Center
7 5 (0.66%) SCOM
8 3 (0.40%) Microsoft Intune
9 2 (0.26%) Control-M
9 2 (0.26%) HP SIM
9 2 (0.26%) Microsoft Clustering
9 2 (0.26%) Opscode Chef
9 2 (0.26%) ZABBIX
10 1 (0.13%) Puppet
Vendors
1 137 (18.07%) Microsoft
2 100 (13.19%) Oracle
3 47 (6.20%) SAP
4 39 (5.15%) Bloomberg
4 39 (5.15%) Reuters
5 37 (4.88%) IBM
6 22 (2.90%) Salesforce.com
7 20 (2.64%) UiPath
7 20 (2.64%) VMware
8 19 (2.51%) HP
9 18 (2.37%) Citrix
9 18 (2.37%) McAfee
10 17 (2.24%) Tableau
11 15 (1.98%) Cisco
11 15 (1.98%) Google
12 14 (1.85%) FactSet
13 12 (1.58%) TIBCO
14 10 (1.32%) Remedy
14 10 (1.32%) Sony
14 10 (1.32%) Wallstreet Suite