Period
to 20 March 2019

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 20 March 2019 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
20 Mar 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 371 349 288
Rank change year-on-year -22 -61 -12
Contract jobs citing Back Office 644 701 811
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.67% 0.69% 0.87%
As % of the General category 1.87% 1.84% 2.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 436 490 532
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.11% +5.88%
10th Percentile £313 £294 £273
90th Percentile £675 £688 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £411 £375
% change year-on-year +9.42% +9.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 7 12
UK median hourly rate £21.75 £17.00 £19.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.94% -13.93% -12.21%
10th Percentile £9.50 £11.30 £11.30
90th Percentile £42.56 £32.60 £43.46
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.75 £13.54 £22.50
% change year-on-year +8.94% -39.82% -18.18%

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 34,348 38,096 34,725
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 35.53% 37.73% 37.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,624 24,927 22,829
UK median daily rate £495 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.21% +5.56% +4.65%
10th Percentile £305 £288 £268
90th Percentile £675 £675 £644
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 754 885 884
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £26.30 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.94% +5.20% -9.09%
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.35 £11.33
90th Percentile £51.10 £48.75 £48.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £27.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -3.70% +8.00% -9.09%

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 20 March 2019.

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 20 March 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Back Office in the UK

Back Office
Top 16 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 20 March 2019. 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 -12 596 £500 - 153
London -24 352 £538 -2.27% 78
UK excluding London +28 284 £450 +9.42% 82
South East +18 84 £425 - 20
North of England +1 68 £375 - 25
North West +12 43 £390 +0.97% 12
South West -5 43 £475 +18.75% 13
Midlands -6 34 £506 +35.00% 14
Scotland +14 33 £463 -7.50% 3
West Midlands -24 22 £488 +30.00% 11
Yorkshire +7 16 £300 +20.00% 9
East Midlands +26 12 £518 +72.50% 3
East of England -1 12 £325 -23.53% 3
North East - 9 £400 - 4
Wales -17 6 £120 -71.76%
Isle of Man - 4 £350 -

For the 6 months to 20 March 2019, 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.

1 237 (36.80%) Finance
2 216 (33.54%) Agile Software Development
3 149 (23.14%) SQL
4 121 (18.79%) Microsoft
5 115 (17.86%) .NET
6 109 (16.93%) Banking
7 106 (16.46%) Java
8 102 (15.84%) C#
9 87 (13.51%) SQL Server
10 82 (12.73%) CRM
11 80 (12.42%) Oracle
11 80 (12.42%) Front Office
12 74 (11.49%) Problem-Solving
13 73 (11.34%) Analytical Skills
14 68 (10.56%) Asset Management
15 67 (10.40%) Stakeholder Management
16 65 (10.09%) Web Services
17 60 (9.32%) Scrum
17 60 (9.32%) Microsoft Azure
18 54 (8.39%) SAP
19 53 (8.23%) JavaScript
20 52 (8.07%) Amazon AWS
21 51 (7.92%) Windows
22 50 (7.76%) Dynamics CRM
23 49 (7.61%) Degree
23 49 (7.61%) Migration
24 47 (7.30%) QA
25 46 (7.14%) Continuous Integration
26 45 (6.99%) TDD
27 44 (6.83%) Project Management

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 (4.04%) SharePoint
2 19 (2.95%) IIS
3 17 (2.64%) Confluence
4 16 (2.48%) WebSphere
5 11 (1.71%) JBoss
5 11 (1.71%) SAP Portal
6 10 (1.55%) WebLogic
7 9 (1.40%) CMS
7 9 (1.40%) GlassFish
7 9 (1.40%) JCAPS
7 9 (1.40%) WebSphere Application Server
8 7 (1.09%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 6 (0.93%) Mule
9 6 (0.93%) NetWeaver
9 6 (0.93%) Umbraco
10 5 (0.78%) Anypoint
10 5 (0.78%) Kentico
10 5 (0.78%) Tomcat
11 4 (0.62%) ColdFusion
11 4 (0.62%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 24 (3.73%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (3.42%) Microsoft Excel
3 15 (2.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 12 (1.86%) MS Visio
5 9 (1.40%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.47%) InVision
7 2 (0.31%) Adobe Illustrator
7 2 (0.31%) GIMP
7 2 (0.31%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.16%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 50 (7.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (2.17%) Endur
3 7 (1.09%) SAP FI
4 6 (0.93%) HiPortfolio
4 6 (0.93%) SAP CO
4 6 (0.93%) SAP CRM
4 6 (0.93%) SAP FI/CO
5 5 (0.78%) SAP PS
6 4 (0.62%) Eikon
6 4 (0.62%) HFM
6 4 (0.62%) Maximo
6 4 (0.62%) thinkFolio
7 3 (0.47%) IntelliMatch
7 3 (0.47%) Markit EDM
7 3 (0.47%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 3 (0.47%) SAP GTS
8 2 (0.31%) Retail-J
8 2 (0.31%) SAP S/4HANA
8 2 (0.31%) SimCorp Dimension
9 1 (0.16%) Infor CloudSuite
Cloud Services
1 60 (9.32%) Microsoft Azure
2 52 (8.07%) Amazon AWS
3 28 (4.35%) Office 365
4 26 (4.04%) Dynamics 365
5 17 (2.64%) Google Cloud Platform
6 15 (2.33%) AWS Lambda
6 15 (2.33%) Serverless
7 11 (1.71%) Yammer
8 10 (1.55%) PaaS
9 8 (1.24%) GitHub
10 6 (0.93%) Amazon Kinesis
10 6 (0.93%) Boomi
11 5 (0.78%) Amazon EC2
11 5 (0.78%) Amazon S3
11 5 (0.78%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 3 (0.47%) Azure Active Directory
12 3 (0.47%) OneDrive
12 3 (0.47%) SaaS
13 2 (0.31%) Amazon SQS
14 1 (0.16%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 12 (1.86%) DNS
2 11 (1.71%) Internet
3 10 (1.55%) FTP
4 8 (1.24%) DHCP
4 8 (1.24%) NFC
5 5 (0.78%) Firewall
5 5 (0.78%) VPN
6 4 (0.62%) LAN
6 4 (0.62%) TCP/IP
7 3 (0.47%) HTTP
7 3 (0.47%) ISDN
7 3 (0.47%) PBX
7 3 (0.47%) Radio Access Network
7 3 (0.47%) Skype
7 3 (0.47%) SSL
7 3 (0.47%) Wireshark
8 2 (0.31%) Extranet
8 2 (0.31%) Intranet
8 2 (0.31%) WAN
8 2 (0.31%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 87 (13.51%) SQL Server
2 37 (5.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 31 (4.81%) Data Warehouse
4 29 (4.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 22 (3.42%) Power BI
6 19 (2.95%) Oracle Database
7 16 (2.48%) QlikView
8 13 (2.02%) MongoDB
8 13 (2.02%) Relational Database
9 12 (1.86%) MySQL
9 12 (1.86%) NoSQL
10 10 (1.55%) SQL Server 2000
11 9 (1.40%) SQL Server 2008
11 9 (1.40%) SQL Server 2016
12 8 (1.24%) DTS
13 7 (1.09%) SAP BW
14 6 (0.93%) Oracle Reports
14 6 (0.93%) PostgreSQL
15 5 (0.78%) Amazon RDS
15 5 (0.78%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 39 (6.06%) JIRA
2 25 (3.88%) Git (software)
3 24 (3.73%) Selenium
4 22 (3.42%) TeamCity
5 20 (3.11%) Visual Studio
6 19 (2.95%) Maven
7 17 (2.64%) Team Foundation Server
8 15 (2.33%) Ant
9 12 (1.86%) Jenkins
10 11 (1.71%) NUnit
10 11 (1.71%) Octopus Deploy
11 10 (1.55%) JUnit
12 9 (1.40%) Cucumber
13 8 (1.24%) SonarQube
14 7 (1.09%) SpecFlow
14 7 (1.09%) Subversion
14 7 (1.09%) Visual Studio Coded UI
15 6 (0.93%) Bitbucket
15 6 (0.93%) Cobertura
15 6 (0.93%) ERwin
General
1 237 (36.80%) Finance
2 109 (16.93%) Banking
3 80 (12.42%) Front Office
4 33 (5.12%) Investment Banking
5 26 (4.04%) Retail
6 20 (3.11%) Financial Institution
7 17 (2.64%) Legal
8 13 (2.02%) Billing
8 13 (2.02%) Marketing
9 11 (1.71%) Telecoms
10 9 (1.40%) Retail Banking
10 9 (1.40%) Wholesale Banking
11 8 (1.24%) Manufacturing
11 8 (1.24%) Publishing
12 6 (0.93%) Private Banking
13 5 (0.78%) Aerospace
13 5 (0.78%) Law
14 4 (0.62%) Online Betting
15 3 (0.47%) Electronics
16 2 (0.31%) Games
Job Titles
1 190 (29.50%) Developer
2 147 (22.83%) Analyst
3 83 (12.89%) Business Analyst
4 65 (10.09%) Architect
5 33 (5.12%) .NET Developer
5 33 (5.12%) Project Manager
6 29 (4.50%) C# Developer
6 29 (4.50%) Solutions Architect
7 28 (4.35%) Java Developer
8 25 (3.88%) Senior Analyst
9 24 (3.73%) Consultant
10 21 (3.26%) Senior Developer
11 18 (2.80%) Banking Analyst
12 17 (2.64%) Data Analyst
12 17 (2.64%) Technical Leader
13 15 (2.33%) Designer
13 15 (2.33%) Test Analyst
14 14 (2.17%) Hybris Developer
14 14 (2.17%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
14 14 (2.17%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 115 (17.86%) .NET
2 65 (10.09%) Web Services
3 39 (6.06%) HTML
4 34 (5.28%) Spring
4 34 (5.28%) XML
5 32 (4.97%) CSS
6 31 (4.81%) REST
7 30 (4.66%) SOAP
8 21 (3.26%) RESTful
9 20 (3.11%) ASP.NET
9 20 (3.11%) Java EE
9 20 (3.11%) Middleware
10 19 (2.95%) AngularJS
10 19 (2.95%) JSON
11 17 (2.64%) J2EE
11 17 (2.64%) WPF
12 16 (2.48%) .NET Framework
12 16 (2.48%) WCF
13 15 (2.33%) React
13 15 (2.33%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 73 (11.34%) Analytical Skills
2 44 (6.83%) Mobile App
3 40 (6.21%) Fixed Income
4 38 (5.90%) Equities
5 28 (4.35%) Data Centre
5 28 (4.35%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 26 (4.04%) Management Information System
7 23 (3.57%) Self-Motivation
8 21 (3.26%) Derivative
8 21 (3.26%) Greenfield Project
9 20 (3.11%) Fintech
10 18 (2.80%) Enterprise Software
10 18 (2.80%) Hedge funds
11 17 (2.64%) Driving Licence
12 14 (2.17%) User Experience
13 10 (1.55%) EPoS
13 10 (1.55%) Smartphone
14 9 (1.40%) Public Cloud
15 7 (1.09%) NHS
15 7 (1.09%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 51 (7.92%) Windows
2 33 (5.12%) Windows Server
3 31 (4.81%) Linux
4 27 (4.19%) Unix
5 20 (3.11%) Solaris
6 9 (1.40%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (1.09%) Windows Server 2012
8 6 (0.93%) Android
8 6 (0.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 5 (0.78%) Windows 7
10 4 (0.62%) Windows 10
11 3 (0.47%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.16%) OS/400
Processes & Methodologies
1 216 (33.54%) Agile Software Development
2 82 (12.73%) CRM
3 74 (11.49%) Problem-Solving
4 68 (10.56%) Asset Management
5 67 (10.40%) Stakeholder Management
6 60 (9.32%) Scrum
7 49 (7.61%) Migration
8 46 (7.14%) Continuous Integration
9 45 (6.99%) TDD
10 44 (6.83%) Project Management
11 41 (6.37%) Continuous Improvement
11 41 (6.37%) Test Automation
12 40 (6.21%) ETL
13 38 (5.90%) Business Intelligence
14 37 (5.75%) Business Analysis
15 36 (5.59%) DevOps
15 36 (5.59%) Mentoring
15 36 (5.59%) Microservices
16 35 (5.43%) Waterfall
17 34 (5.28%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 149 (23.14%) SQL
2 106 (16.46%) Java
3 102 (15.84%) C#
4 53 (8.23%) JavaScript
5 28 (4.35%) VB.NET
6 27 (4.19%) T-SQL
7 18 (2.80%) ABAP
8 17 (2.64%) Shell Script
9 15 (2.33%) PowerShell
10 14 (2.17%) PL/SQL
11 13 (2.02%) Clojure
12 11 (1.71%) Java 8
12 11 (1.71%) Python
13 10 (1.55%) PHP
14 9 (1.40%) Scala
14 9 (1.40%) XPath
15 8 (1.24%) R
16 7 (1.09%) C
16 7 (1.09%) Kotlin
16 7 (1.09%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 49 (7.61%) Degree
2 26 (4.04%) Security Cleared
3 22 (3.42%) SC Cleared
4 19 (2.95%) CISSP
5 18 (2.80%) CISM
6 12 (1.86%) BPSS Clearance
7 11 (1.71%) Cisco Certification
8 10 (1.55%) CRISC
9 9 (1.40%) CLAS
10 8 (1.24%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 8 (1.24%) CCSP
10 8 (1.24%) CISA
10 8 (1.24%) CREST Certified
10 8 (1.24%) IISP
11 6 (0.93%) Computer Science Degree
11 6 (0.93%) OCPJP
11 6 (0.93%) Sun Certification
12 5 (0.78%) MCITP
12 5 (0.78%) MCSE
12 5 (0.78%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (7.30%) QA
2 15 (2.33%) PMO
2 15 (2.33%) SLA
3 13 (2.02%) PCI DSS
4 10 (1.55%) Data Quality
4 10 (1.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 9 (1.40%) GDPR
6 8 (1.24%) ISAE 3402
6 8 (1.24%) ISO 22301
6 8 (1.24%) ISO 31000
6 8 (1.24%) ISO 9001
6 8 (1.24%) ISO/IEC 27005
6 8 (1.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 7 (1.09%) PSD2
8 6 (0.93%) IFRS
9 5 (0.78%) MiFID
10 4 (0.62%) COBIT
11 3 (0.47%) SEPA
11 3 (0.47%) WCAG
12 2 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 33 (5.12%) Active Directory
2 25 (3.88%) Docker
3 19 (2.95%) VMware Infrastructure
4 10 (1.55%) vSphere
5 8 (1.24%) ISA Server
6 6 (0.93%) IAG
6 6 (0.93%) Virtual Machines
7 4 (0.62%) Hyper-V
7 4 (0.62%) Virtual Desktop
7 4 (0.62%) VMware Workstation
8 3 (0.47%) XenApp
9 2 (0.31%) VirtualBox
9 2 (0.31%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.31%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.16%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 1 (0.16%) HDFS
10 1 (0.16%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 21 (3.26%) Kubernetes
2 9 (1.40%) Control-M
3 8 (1.24%) HP ALM
3 8 (1.24%) Nessus
3 8 (1.24%) Trend Micro Deep Security
4 6 (0.93%) Oracle ZFS
5 5 (0.78%) Ansible
6 4 (0.62%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 3 (0.47%) Microsoft Intune
7 3 (0.47%) SCCM
8 2 (0.31%) HP Quality Center
8 2 (0.31%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (0.31%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.31%) Prometheus
8 2 (0.31%) Puppet
8 2 (0.31%) StatsD
8 2 (0.31%) Terraform
8 2 (0.31%) WSUS
8 2 (0.31%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 121 (18.79%) Microsoft
2 80 (12.42%) Oracle
3 54 (8.39%) SAP
4 26 (4.04%) IBM
5 25 (3.88%) Reuters
6 22 (3.42%) VMware
7 20 (3.11%) HP
8 16 (2.48%) Bloomberg
9 15 (2.33%) Google
9 15 (2.33%) hybris
10 13 (2.02%) Tableau
11 12 (1.86%) Sun
12 10 (1.55%) Cisco
13 9 (1.40%) Northgate
13 9 (1.40%) Oneserve
14 8 (1.24%) ArcSight
14 8 (1.24%) Imperva
14 8 (1.24%) Qualys
14 8 (1.24%) Splunk
14 8 (1.24%) Trend Micro