Period
to 18 July 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 18 July 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
18 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 394 349 295
Rank change year-on-year -45 -54 -5
Contract jobs citing Back Office 537 742 803
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.58% 0.72% 0.85%
As % of the General category 1.64% 1.93% 2.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 373 484 505
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £475
10th Percentile £300 £288 £300
90th Percentile £660 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +3.13% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 19
UK median hourly rate £18.10 £31.00 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -41.61% -24.39% +134.29%
10th Percentile £16.20 £11.65 £13.20
90th Percentile £22.10 £33.40 £59.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.10 £23.00 £42.49
% change year-on-year -21.30% -45.87% +129.66%

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 32,809 38,482 37,434
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 35.42% 37.18% 39.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 21,219 25,082 24,488
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £306 £300 £277
90th Percentile £675 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +2.94% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 716 890 901
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.00% - -
10th Percentile £13.34 £12.32 £11.33
90th Percentile £51.25 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £26.00 £25.31
% change year-on-year +34.62% +2.73% -7.96%

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 18 July 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
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 Back Office within the UK over the 6 months to 18 July 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 -56 501 £475 -2.81% 195
London -42 293 £525 -4.55% 91
UK excluding London -11 233 £413 +3.13% 114
South East +1 67 £413 +3.13% 26
North of England +40 48 £360 -0.24% 28
Midlands -10 40 £425 -6.85% 11
West Midlands +10 34 £450 -5.26% 7
South West -22 27 £475 +18.75% 21
Scotland +18 23 £400 -15.79% 8
Yorkshire +34 22 £300 +46.34% 9
North West +1 21 £425 +13.33% 14
East of England +11 20 £300 -20.00% 18
Wales 0 8 £588 +30.56% 1
East Midlands -4 6 £325 -27.78% 4
North East - 5 £219 - 5

For the 6 months to 18 July 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.

1 216 (40.22%) Finance
2 152 (28.31%) Agile Software Development
3 120 (22.35%) SQL
4 113 (21.04%) Banking
5 106 (19.74%) Microsoft
6 102 (18.99%) C#
7 85 (15.83%) .NET
8 79 (14.71%) Java
9 71 (13.22%) Oracle
9 71 (13.22%) SQL Server
9 71 (13.22%) Migration
10 59 (10.99%) Front Office
10 59 (10.99%) Scrum
11 55 (10.24%) Problem-Solving
12 54 (10.06%) CRM
13 52 (9.68%) Degree
14 50 (9.31%) Windows
15 49 (9.12%) T-SQL
16 47 (8.75%) SAP
17 46 (8.57%) Mobile App
17 46 (8.57%) Analytical Skills
18 44 (8.19%) XML
19 41 (7.64%) JavaScript
19 41 (7.64%) Business Intelligence
20 40 (7.45%) Windows Server
21 39 (7.26%) SDLC
21 39 (7.26%) Microsoft Azure
21 39 (7.26%) Asset Management
22 38 (7.08%) VB.NET
22 38 (7.08%) Data Warehouse

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 17 (3.17%) SharePoint
2 15 (2.79%) WebSphere
3 10 (1.86%) IIS
4 9 (1.68%) GlassFish
4 9 (1.68%) JCAPS
4 9 (1.68%) WebLogic
4 9 (1.68%) WebSphere Application Server
5 6 (1.12%) Anypoint
5 6 (1.12%) Confluence
6 5 (0.93%) CMS
7 4 (0.74%) Apache Spark
7 4 (0.74%) Mule
7 4 (0.74%) SharePoint 2010
8 3 (0.56%) Apache
8 3 (0.56%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.37%) JBoss
9 2 (0.37%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 2 (0.37%) Oracle Workflow
10 1 (0.19%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.19%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 23 (4.28%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (2.05%) MS Visio
3 10 (1.86%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (1.30%) Microsoft Project
5 6 (1.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.19%) Adobe XD
6 1 (0.19%) Chatbot
6 1 (0.19%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.19%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 34 (6.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (1.68%) Oracle EBS
3 6 (1.12%) Oracle EBS R12
3 6 (1.12%) SAP CO
3 6 (1.12%) SAP FI
3 6 (1.12%) SAP FI/CO
3 6 (1.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 5 (0.93%) Actimize
4 5 (0.93%) SAP PS
5 4 (0.74%) SAP S/4HANA
6 3 (0.56%) BusinessWorks
6 3 (0.56%) SimCorp Dimension
6 3 (0.56%) Temenos T24
7 2 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
7 2 (0.37%) Dynamics NAV
7 2 (0.37%) Endur
7 2 (0.37%) Oracle Payables
7 2 (0.37%) PeopleSoft HCM
7 2 (0.37%) SAP MDG
8 1 (0.19%) Elite 3E
Cloud Services
1 39 (7.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 23 (4.28%) Power Platform
3 20 (3.72%) Office 365
4 19 (3.54%) Amazon AWS
5 10 (1.86%) Dynamics 365
5 10 (1.86%) SaaS
6 9 (1.68%) IBM Blueworks
6 9 (1.68%) PaaS
7 8 (1.49%) Microsoft Flow
7 8 (1.49%) PowerApps
8 5 (0.93%) GitHub
9 4 (0.74%) Azure Active Directory
9 4 (0.74%) Google Cloud Platform
10 2 (0.37%) AWS CloudFormation
10 2 (0.37%) Basecamp
10 2 (0.37%) Cloud Computing
10 2 (0.37%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
10 2 (0.37%) Salesforce Service Cloud
11 1 (0.19%) Boomi
11 1 (0.19%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 18 (3.35%) TCP/IP
2 16 (2.98%) LAN
3 15 (2.79%) WAN
4 13 (2.42%) Internet
5 10 (1.86%) FTP
6 9 (1.68%) SAN
7 7 (1.30%) DNS
8 6 (1.12%) Radio Access Network
9 5 (0.93%) DHCP
9 5 (0.93%) Intranet
9 5 (0.93%) VPN
10 4 (0.74%) HTTP
10 4 (0.74%) MPLS
11 3 (0.56%) Cisco IOS
11 3 (0.56%) Firewall
11 3 (0.56%) NFC
11 3 (0.56%) Wireless
12 2 (0.37%) 4G
12 2 (0.37%) LTE
12 2 (0.37%) Node B
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (13.22%) SQL Server
2 38 (7.08%) Data Warehouse
3 34 (6.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 29 (5.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 22 (4.10%) Power BI
6 19 (3.54%) Oracle Database
7 12 (2.23%) Relational Database
8 10 (1.86%) SQL Server 2012
8 10 (1.86%) SQL Server 2014
9 9 (1.68%) SQL Server 2016
9 9 (1.68%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 8 (1.49%) DTS
10 8 (1.49%) SAP BW
11 7 (1.30%) SQL Server 2000
12 6 (1.12%) NoSQL
13 5 (0.93%) Big Data
13 5 (0.93%) SQL Server 2008
14 4 (0.74%) MongoDB
14 4 (0.74%) SQL Server 2005
15 3 (0.56%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 28 (5.21%) JIRA
2 18 (3.35%) Selenium
3 17 (3.17%) Team Foundation Server
4 15 (2.79%) Maven
5 14 (2.61%) NUnit
6 13 (2.42%) Ant
6 13 (2.42%) Visual Studio
7 11 (2.05%) Git (software)
7 11 (2.05%) TeamCity
8 10 (1.86%) JUnit
9 9 (1.68%) Jenkins
10 7 (1.30%) Moq
10 7 (1.30%) MSTest
10 7 (1.30%) SpecFlow
10 7 (1.30%) Visual Studio Coded UI
11 6 (1.12%) Octopus Deploy
12 5 (0.93%) Subversion
13 4 (0.74%) Bitbucket
13 4 (0.74%) Cobertura
13 4 (0.74%) Gradle
General
1 216 (40.22%) Finance
2 113 (21.04%) Banking
3 59 (10.99%) Front Office
4 27 (5.03%) Financial Institution
5 26 (4.84%) Legal
6 24 (4.47%) Retail
7 23 (4.28%) Investment Banking
8 14 (2.61%) Telecoms
9 12 (2.23%) Marketing
10 9 (1.68%) Online Betting
11 8 (1.49%) Publishing
12 7 (1.30%) Private Banking
13 5 (0.93%) Automotive
13 5 (0.93%) Retail Banking
13 5 (0.93%) Wholesale Banking
14 4 (0.74%) Manufacturing
15 3 (0.56%) Games
16 2 (0.37%) Electronics
17 1 (0.19%) Advertising
17 1 (0.19%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 154 (28.68%) Developer
2 111 (20.67%) Analyst
3 71 (13.22%) Business Analyst
4 50 (9.31%) C# Developer
5 48 (8.94%) Architect
6 40 (7.45%) Project Manager
7 31 (5.77%) Solutions Architect
8 27 (5.03%) Consultant
9 24 (4.47%) .NET Developer
10 23 (4.28%) Java Developer
11 22 (4.10%) SQL Developer
12 16 (2.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 16 (2.98%) VB.NET Developer
13 14 (2.61%) Banking Analyst
13 14 (2.61%) SSIS Developer
14 13 (2.42%) C# .NET Developer
14 13 (2.42%) SAP Developer
15 12 (2.23%) ABAP Developer
15 12 (2.23%) Hybris Developer
15 12 (2.23%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 85 (15.83%) .NET
2 44 (8.19%) XML
3 37 (6.89%) Web Services
4 32 (5.96%) Middleware
5 28 (5.21%) Spring
6 23 (4.28%) RESTful
7 22 (4.10%) REST
8 21 (3.91%) WinForms
9 18 (3.35%) SOAP
10 17 (3.17%) DOM
11 16 (2.98%) ADO.NET
11 16 (2.98%) ASP.NET Web Forms
12 15 (2.79%) JSON
12 15 (2.79%) React
13 14 (2.61%) HTML
14 13 (2.42%) BAPI
14 13 (2.42%) jQuery
14 13 (2.42%) SAP Smart Forms
15 12 (2.23%) AngularJS
15 12 (2.23%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 46 (8.57%) Analytical Skills
1 46 (8.57%) Mobile App
2 31 (5.77%) Management Information System
3 28 (5.21%) Enterprise Software
4 24 (4.47%) Fixed Income
5 23 (4.28%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 21 (3.91%) Data Centre
7 19 (3.54%) Derivative
7 19 (3.54%) Equities
8 16 (2.98%) Greenfield Project
9 15 (2.79%) Self-Motivation
10 13 (2.42%) Hedge funds
11 12 (2.23%) Driving Licence
11 12 (2.23%) Robotics
12 11 (2.05%) Smartphone
12 11 (2.05%) SWIFT
12 11 (2.05%) Tandem
13 10 (1.86%) Clustering
14 9 (1.68%) Client/Server
14 9 (1.68%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 50 (9.31%) Windows
2 40 (7.45%) Windows Server
3 29 (5.40%) Linux
4 20 (3.72%) Unix
5 15 (2.79%) Windows Server 2012
6 13 (2.42%) Solaris
7 11 (2.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 11 (2.05%) Windows Server 2008
8 10 (1.86%) CentOS
9 9 (1.68%) Ubuntu
10 5 (0.93%) Windows 10
11 4 (0.74%) Android
11 4 (0.74%) Windows 7
12 3 (0.56%) Apple iOS
13 2 (0.37%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 152 (28.31%) Agile Software Development
2 71 (13.22%) Migration
3 59 (10.99%) Scrum
4 55 (10.24%) Problem-Solving
5 54 (10.06%) CRM
6 41 (7.64%) Business Intelligence
7 39 (7.26%) Asset Management
7 39 (7.26%) SDLC
8 36 (6.70%) OO
9 35 (6.52%) Stakeholder Management
10 33 (6.15%) Analytics
11 32 (5.96%) ITIL
12 31 (5.77%) OOP
13 30 (5.59%) Business Analysis
13 30 (5.59%) Continuous Integration
14 28 (5.21%) Data Migration
14 28 (5.21%) Test Automation
14 28 (5.21%) Wealth Management
15 26 (4.84%) ERP
15 26 (4.84%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 120 (22.35%) SQL
2 102 (18.99%) C#
3 79 (14.71%) Java
4 49 (9.12%) T-SQL
5 41 (7.64%) JavaScript
6 38 (7.08%) VB.NET
7 24 (4.47%) PowerShell
8 19 (3.54%) ABAP
9 13 (2.42%) SAPscript
10 11 (2.05%) Python
10 11 (2.05%) Shell Script
11 10 (1.86%) PL/SQL
12 8 (1.49%) XPath
13 7 (1.30%) TypeScript
14 6 (1.12%) Java 8
14 6 (1.12%) R
15 4 (0.74%) C
15 4 (0.74%) Scala
15 4 (0.74%) VBScript
16 3 (0.56%) VBA
Qualifications
1 52 (9.68%) Degree
2 26 (4.84%) Security Cleared
3 23 (4.28%) SC Cleared
4 15 (2.79%) Cisco Certification
5 8 (1.49%) CCNA
6 5 (0.93%) BPSS Clearance
6 5 (0.93%) CCNP
6 5 (0.93%) CISSP
6 5 (0.93%) ITIL Certification
6 5 (0.93%) PMI Certification
6 5 (0.93%) PMP
6 5 (0.93%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 4 (0.74%) CISM
7 4 (0.74%) CLAS
7 4 (0.74%) Master's Degree
7 4 (0.74%) MCP
7 4 (0.74%) Microsoft Certification
7 4 (0.74%) OCPJP
7 4 (0.74%) Sun Certification
8 3 (0.56%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (2.05%) QA
1 11 (2.05%) SLA
2 9 (1.68%) PMO
3 8 (1.49%) PSD2
4 6 (1.12%) IFRS
4 6 (1.12%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.93%) Data Quality
5 5 (0.93%) GDPR
5 5 (0.93%) SEPA
6 4 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 4 (0.74%) MiFID
6 4 (0.74%) NIST
7 3 (0.56%) ISAE 3402
7 3 (0.56%) ISO 22301
7 3 (0.56%) ISO 31000
7 3 (0.56%) ISO 9001
7 3 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27005
7 3 (0.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (0.37%) EMIR
9 1 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 34 (6.33%) Active Directory
2 24 (4.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (2.98%) Hyper-V
4 13 (2.42%) vSphere
5 10 (1.86%) ISA Server
6 9 (1.68%) Docker
7 7 (1.30%) XenApp
8 6 (1.12%) XenDesktop
9 3 (0.56%) IAG
10 2 (0.37%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (0.37%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (0.37%) VMware Workstation
11 1 (0.19%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 1 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.19%) Terminal Server
11 1 (0.19%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.19%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 13 (2.42%) SCCM
2 11 (2.05%) Norton AntiVirus
3 9 (1.68%) HP ALM
3 9 (1.68%) vCenter Server
4 8 (1.49%) Control-M
5 5 (0.93%) Ansible
6 4 (0.74%) Kubernetes
6 4 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.56%) IBM Guardium
7 3 (0.56%) Nessus
7 3 (0.56%) Trend Micro Deep Security
8 2 (0.37%) Jamf Pro
8 2 (0.37%) Puppet
8 2 (0.37%) SCOM
8 2 (0.37%) WSUS
9 1 (0.19%) Check_MK
9 1 (0.19%) HP Data Protector
9 1 (0.19%) HP Quality Center
9 1 (0.19%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 106 (19.74%) Microsoft
2 71 (13.22%) Oracle
3 47 (8.75%) SAP
4 28 (5.21%) HP
4 28 (5.21%) IBM
5 27 (5.03%) VMware
6 14 (2.61%) Cisco
7 13 (2.42%) hybris
8 11 (2.05%) Symantec
9 10 (1.86%) NetApp
10 9 (1.68%) Citrix
10 9 (1.68%) Pega
10 9 (1.68%) webMethods
11 8 (1.49%) Workday
12 7 (1.30%) Remedy
12 7 (1.30%) Verint
13 6 (1.12%) MuleSoft
13 6 (1.12%) Sun
14 5 (0.93%) ServiceNow
14 5 (0.93%) SnapLogic