Period
to 26 July 2021

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 26 July 2021 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
26 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 392 320 419
Rank change year-on-year -72 +99 -59
Contract jobs citing Back Office 430 272 529
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.61% 0.72% 0.57%
As % of the General category 1.14% 1.39% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 308 184 371
10th Percentile £306 £308 £275
25th Percentile £413 £347 £380
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £484 £475
Median % change year-on-year +13.70% +1.84% -2.56%
75th Percentile £675 £653 £588
90th Percentile £750 £750 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £421 £413
% change year-on-year -4.99% +2.06% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 7 4
10th Percentile £14.69 £14.40 "
25th Percentile £16.13 £15.46 £16.20
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.35 £18.10
Median % change year-on-year +0.89% -4.17% -41.61%
75th Percentile £23.21 £18.64 £20.75
90th Percentile £57.50 £23.48 £22.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.19 £17.10 £18.10
% change year-on-year +23.95% -5.55% -21.30%

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 37,665 19,540 48,384
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 53.03% 52.08% 52.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 25,165 12,860 31,391
10th Percentile £305 £267 £275
25th Percentile £405 £388 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £613 £594 £575
90th Percentile £700 £700 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £443 £425
% change year-on-year +1.52% +4.29% +0.97%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,295 738 1,459
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.21 £10.75
25th Percentile £13.39 £15.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £19.50 £20.18 £19.32
Median % change year-on-year -3.35% +4.43% +6.59%
75th Percentile £40.00 £40.00 £38.75
90th Percentile £56.50 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year -10.26% +8.33% +3.93%

Back Office
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Back Office in the UK

Back Office
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Back Office.

Daily rate trend for Back Office in the UK

Back Office
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Back Office over the 6 months to 26 July 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Back Office in the UK

Back Office
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Back Office.

Hourly rate trend for Back Office in the UK

Back Office
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Back Office over the 6 months to 26 July 2021.

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 26 July 2021. 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 -59 366 £575 +17.95% 150
London -53 273 £600 +9.09% 73
UK excluding London -65 95 £400 -4.99% 89
Work from Home -210 80 £513 +17.14% 21
South East -37 25 £435 +38.76% 26
Midlands -33 22 £325 -31.58% 12
Scotland -47 19 £425 -41.38% 7
West Midlands -36 18 £300 -40.00% 8
North of England -43 16 £400 -5.88% 27
Yorkshire -13 11 £425 +21.43% 14
South West -8 6 £486 +11.14% 9
East of England -11 5 £450 +28.57% 3
East Midlands -10 4 £380 +20.63% 4
North West -35 4 £434 -7.71% 13
North East -5 1 £210 -47.50%
Wales -6 1 - - 4
Isle of Man - 1 £425 -

For the 6 months to 26 July 2021, 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.

1 177 (41.16%) Finance
2 118 (27.44%) Agile Software Development
3 101 (23.49%) Social Skills
4 88 (20.47%) Banking
5 82 (19.07%) SQL
6 69 (16.05%) Front Office
6 69 (16.05%) Azure
7 59 (13.72%) Microsoft
8 57 (13.26%) Python
9 52 (12.09%) Degree
10 50 (11.63%) C#
11 48 (11.16%) Java
12 46 (10.70%) .NET
12 46 (10.70%) Windows
12 46 (10.70%) Analytical Skills
13 45 (10.47%) Oracle
14 44 (10.23%) JIRA
14 44 (10.23%) Git (software)
15 40 (9.30%) Test Automation
16 38 (8.84%) Investment Banking
17 36 (8.37%) Scrum
18 35 (8.14%) XML
18 35 (8.14%) Active Directory
19 34 (7.91%) CRM
19 34 (7.91%) AWS
19 34 (7.91%) DevOps
20 33 (7.67%) Problem-Solving
20 33 (7.67%) Unix
21 32 (7.44%) Business Analysis
21 32 (7.44%) Public Sector

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 14 (3.26%) SharePoint
2 11 (2.56%) Confluence
3 7 (1.63%) Apache
3 7 (1.63%) MS Exchange
4 6 (1.40%) Apache Airflow
4 6 (1.40%) Apache Spark
5 3 (0.70%) nginx
5 3 (0.70%) Umbraco
6 2 (0.47%) Apache Solr
6 2 (0.47%) Documentum
6 2 (0.47%) FileNet
6 2 (0.47%) Oracle Coherence
6 2 (0.47%) Skype for Business
6 2 (0.47%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.23%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (0.23%) CMS
7 1 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.23%) Jupyter
7 1 (0.23%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 15 (3.49%) Microsoft Excel
2 14 (3.26%) Microsoft Office
3 11 (2.56%) Adobe Illustrator
3 11 (2.56%) Photoshop
4 10 (2.33%) MS Visio
5 7 (1.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 4 (0.93%) Microsoft Project
7 3 (0.70%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 9 (2.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (1.86%) SunGard Martini
3 6 (1.40%) Oracle EBS
3 6 (1.40%) Oracle Financials
3 6 (1.40%) SAP Hybris
4 5 (1.16%) Markit EDM
5 3 (0.70%) Oracle General Ledger
5 3 (0.70%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.70%) SAP ERP
5 3 (0.70%) thinkFolio
6 2 (0.47%) Eagle PACE
6 2 (0.47%) Endur
6 2 (0.47%) Magento
6 2 (0.47%) NetSuite
6 2 (0.47%) Oracle ERP
6 2 (0.47%) SAP S/4HANA
6 2 (0.47%) Sonata
7 1 (0.23%) Bloomberg AIM
7 1 (0.23%) Distributed Ledger
7 1 (0.23%) Orchestrade
Cloud Services
1 69 (16.05%) Azure
2 34 (7.91%) AWS
3 21 (4.88%) Serverless
4 20 (4.65%) GCP
5 18 (4.19%) Azure Functions
6 12 (2.79%) Azure Data Factory
7 9 (2.09%) Microsoft 365
8 6 (1.40%) Dynamics 365
8 6 (1.40%) SaaS
9 5 (1.16%) AWS CodeCommit
10 4 (0.93%) Azure Active Directory
10 4 (0.93%) Azure Logic Apps
10 4 (0.93%) Power Platform
10 4 (0.93%) Salesforce Service Cloud
11 3 (0.70%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
12 2 (0.47%) Amazon Cognito
12 2 (0.47%) FinancialForce
12 2 (0.47%) OneDrive
12 2 (0.47%) OpenShift
13 1 (0.23%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 16 (3.72%) LAN
1 16 (3.72%) WAN
2 14 (3.26%) VoIP
3 13 (3.02%) PBX
3 13 (3.02%) RTP
4 9 (2.09%) DNS
4 9 (2.09%) TCP/IP
5 8 (1.86%) DHCP
6 6 (1.40%) Skype
7 4 (0.93%) 3G
7 4 (0.93%) DOCSIS
7 4 (0.93%) Firewall
8 3 (0.70%) WebEx
8 3 (0.70%) Wi-Fi
9 2 (0.47%) Internet
9 2 (0.47%) SD-WAN
9 2 (0.47%) SSH
10 1 (0.23%) Network Security
10 1 (0.23%) SAN
10 1 (0.23%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (5.12%) Data Warehouse
1 22 (5.12%) SQL Server
2 19 (4.42%) Relational Database
3 14 (3.26%) NoSQL
4 13 (3.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 10 (2.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 9 (2.09%) Oracle Database
7 8 (1.86%) Data Mart
7 8 (1.86%) Oracle Database 12c
8 5 (1.16%) GIS
9 4 (0.93%) MongoDB
9 4 (0.93%) MySQL
9 4 (0.93%) Oracle Reports
9 4 (0.93%) Redis
9 4 (0.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 3 (0.70%) Power BI
11 2 (0.47%) Apache Cassandra
11 2 (0.47%) Blockchain
11 2 (0.47%) Data Lake
11 2 (0.47%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 44 (10.23%) Git (software)
1 44 (10.23%) JIRA
2 17 (3.95%) Bitbucket
3 13 (3.02%) Jenkins
3 13 (3.02%) LoadRunner
3 13 (3.02%) Oracle APEX
4 12 (2.79%) Artifactory
4 12 (2.79%) Visual Studio
5 11 (2.56%) Axure RP
6 8 (1.86%) CppUnit
6 8 (1.86%) Subversion
7 7 (1.63%) TeamCity
8 5 (1.16%) ESLint
8 5 (1.16%) Jasmine
8 5 (1.16%) Karma Test Runner
8 5 (1.16%) Robot Framework
9 4 (0.93%) Visual Studio Team System
10 3 (0.70%) Maven
10 3 (0.70%) TestRail
10 3 (0.70%) Visual Studio Code
General
1 177 (41.16%) Finance
2 101 (23.49%) Social Skills
3 88 (20.47%) Banking
4 69 (16.05%) Front Office
5 46 (10.70%) Analytical Skills
6 38 (8.84%) Investment Banking
7 32 (7.44%) Public Sector
8 21 (4.88%) Telecoms
9 17 (3.95%) Retail
10 15 (3.49%) Presentation Skills
11 10 (2.33%) Organisational Skills
12 9 (2.09%) Retail Banking
13 6 (1.40%) Financial Institution
13 6 (1.40%) Legal
14 5 (1.16%) General Ledger
14 5 (1.16%) Influencing Skills
14 5 (1.16%) Marketing
15 4 (0.93%) Advertising
16 3 (0.70%) Games
16 3 (0.70%) Law
Job Titles
1 125 (29.07%) Analyst
2 108 (25.12%) Developer
3 70 (16.28%) Business Analyst
4 27 (6.28%) Architect
5 25 (5.81%) Project Manager
6 18 (4.19%) Java Developer
7 16 (3.72%) C++ Developer
7 16 (3.72%) Test Analyst
8 15 (3.49%) Banking Analyst
8 15 (3.49%) Senior Developer
9 14 (3.26%) C# Developer
10 13 (3.02%) .NET Developer
10 13 (3.02%) Back Office Business Analyst
10 13 (3.02%) Designer
10 13 (3.02%) Support Analyst
11 12 (2.79%) SQL Developer
12 11 (2.56%) Quantitative Developer
12 11 (2.56%) Solutions Architect
12 11 (2.56%) UI Designer
12 11 (2.56%) UI/UX Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (10.70%) .NET
2 35 (8.14%) XML
3 17 (3.95%) JSON
3 17 (3.95%) React
4 16 (3.72%) AngularJS
4 16 (3.72%) Spring
5 15 (3.49%) RESTful
6 14 (3.26%) .NET Core
7 12 (2.79%) jQuery
7 12 (2.79%) Node.js
8 11 (2.56%) .NET Framework
8 11 (2.56%) FIX Protocol
8 11 (2.56%) HTML
8 11 (2.56%) Kafka
8 11 (2.56%) STL
9 9 (2.09%) REST
10 8 (1.86%) Boost C++ Libraries
10 8 (1.86%) Middleware
11 7 (1.63%) gRPC
11 7 (1.63%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 21 (4.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 20 (4.65%) User Experience
3 19 (4.42%) Derivative
3 19 (4.42%) SWIFT
4 18 (4.19%) Greenfield Project
5 17 (3.95%) Fixed Income
6 14 (3.26%) Self-Motivation
7 13 (3.02%) Tandem
8 11 (2.56%) Equities
8 11 (2.56%) Hedge funds
8 11 (2.56%) Management Information System
9 9 (2.09%) Legacy Systems
10 7 (1.63%) Algorithms
10 7 (1.63%) Data Protection Act
10 7 (1.63%) Reference Data
11 5 (1.16%) Analytical Mindset
11 5 (1.16%) Cloud Native
11 5 (1.16%) Market Risk
11 5 (1.16%) NHS
12 4 (0.93%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 46 (10.70%) Windows
2 33 (7.67%) Unix
3 24 (5.58%) Linux
4 12 (2.79%) Windows 10
5 9 (2.09%) Windows Server
6 5 (1.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 4 (0.93%) Windows 2000 Server
8 3 (0.70%) Alpine Linux
8 3 (0.70%) Debian
8 3 (0.70%) Windows 7
8 3 (0.70%) Windows 8
9 2 (0.47%) Android
9 2 (0.47%) Apple iOS
9 2 (0.47%) CentOS
9 2 (0.47%) FreeRTOS
10 1 (0.23%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.23%) Solaris
10 1 (0.23%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.23%) Windows Server 2016
10 1 (0.23%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 118 (27.44%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (9.30%) Test Automation
3 36 (8.37%) Scrum
4 34 (7.91%) CRM
4 34 (7.91%) DevOps
5 33 (7.67%) Problem-Solving
6 32 (7.44%) Business Analysis
7 31 (7.21%) Analytics
7 31 (7.21%) Project Management
8 25 (5.81%) Workflow
9 24 (5.58%) Software Engineering
10 22 (5.12%) ITIL
10 22 (5.12%) Stakeholder Management
11 21 (4.88%) ERP
11 21 (4.88%) Project Delivery
11 21 (4.88%) Unit Testing
12 20 (4.65%) Microservices
13 19 (4.42%) Data Engineering
13 19 (4.42%) Machine Learning
14 18 (4.19%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 82 (19.07%) SQL
2 57 (13.26%) Python
3 50 (11.63%) C#
4 48 (11.16%) Java
5 30 (6.98%) C++
6 23 (5.35%) JavaScript
7 11 (2.56%) Java 8
7 11 (2.56%) Perl
8 9 (2.09%) C
9 7 (1.63%) PL/SQL
10 6 (1.40%) VBA
11 5 (1.16%) Go
11 5 (1.16%) PHP
11 5 (1.16%) PowerShell
11 5 (1.16%) Shell Script
12 4 (0.93%) VB
13 3 (0.70%) Apex Code
13 3 (0.70%) T-SQL
14 2 (0.47%) TypeScript
15 1 (0.23%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 52 (12.09%) Degree
2 14 (3.26%) Security Cleared
3 13 (3.02%) Numerate Degree
3 13 (3.02%) PhD
4 12 (2.79%) ISEB
5 9 (2.09%) Cisco Certification
6 8 (1.86%) SC Cleared
7 6 (1.40%) CCNA
7 6 (1.40%) MCSA
7 6 (1.40%) Microsoft Certification
8 5 (1.16%) MCP
9 4 (0.93%) CCNP
10 3 (0.70%) A+ Certification
10 3 (0.70%) DV Cleared
10 3 (0.70%) MCDST
10 3 (0.70%) Network+ Certification
11 2 (0.47%) Computer Science Degree
11 2 (0.47%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 2 (0.47%) Master's Degree
11 2 (0.47%) PCI QSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (3.49%) QA
2 6 (1.40%) PMO
3 5 (1.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.93%) Accessibility
4 4 (0.93%) MiFID
4 4 (0.93%) SLA
5 3 (0.70%) GDPR
5 3 (0.70%) SEPA
6 2 (0.47%) EMIR
6 2 (0.47%) FATCA
6 2 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27005
6 2 (0.47%) NIST 800
6 2 (0.47%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.23%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.23%) NCSC
System Software
1 35 (8.14%) Active Directory
2 11 (2.56%) Docker
3 7 (1.63%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.70%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.70%) Terminal Services
5 2 (0.47%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.47%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.23%) Firmware
6 1 (0.23%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.23%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.23%) VMware Workstation
6 1 (0.23%) vSphere
6 1 (0.23%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 12 (2.79%) Kubernetes
2 10 (2.33%) SCCM
3 5 (1.16%) Ansible
3 5 (1.16%) BladeLogic
3 5 (1.16%) Terraform
4 3 (0.70%) DameWare
4 3 (0.70%) Grafana
4 3 (0.70%) HP ALM
4 3 (0.70%) Prometheus
5 2 (0.47%) Microsoft Intune
5 2 (0.47%) SCOM
6 1 (0.23%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 1 (0.23%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.23%) Control-M
6 1 (0.23%) Nessus
6 1 (0.23%) WSUS
Vendors
1 59 (13.72%) Microsoft
2 45 (10.47%) Oracle
3 26 (6.05%) SAP
4 15 (3.49%) Bloomberg
5 14 (3.26%) Adobe
5 14 (3.26%) SolarWinds
6 13 (3.02%) Cisco
7 11 (2.56%) Murex
7 11 (2.56%) Salesforce.com
7 11 (2.56%) Sybase
8 8 (1.86%) Databricks
8 8 (1.86%) FIS
8 8 (1.86%) hybris
8 8 (1.86%) SunGard
8 8 (1.86%) VMware
9 7 (1.63%) IBM
10 5 (1.16%) Charles River
10 5 (1.16%) Citrix
10 5 (1.16%) HP
10 5 (1.16%) Red Hat