Period
to 25 February 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 25 February 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
25 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 336 289 271
Rank change year-on-year -47 -18 -6
Contract jobs citing Back Office 698 818 999
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.70% 0.86% 0.93%
As % of the General category 1.83% 2.33% 2.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 474 525 636
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% -5.56%
10th Percentile £300 £272 £263
90th Percentile £688 £675 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £378 £350
% change year-on-year +12.58% +7.86% -6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 16 23
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £16.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +51.52% -26.67% +52.54%
10th Percentile £11.56 £10.13 £14.25
90th Percentile £39.75 £28.75 £61.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.12 £11.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +46.50% -60.00% +161.90%

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 38,172 35,070 42,114
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 38.18% 36.84% 39.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 25,141 23,152 26,884
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £429
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +4.90% +0.94%
10th Percentile £280 £263 £263
90th Percentile £675 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +3.13% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 888 889 1,115
UK median hourly rate £26.11 £25.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.43% -9.09% +21.25%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.32 £12.00
90th Percentile £49.46 £47.83 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £25.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +8.00% -9.09% +5.77%

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 25 February 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 25 February 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 25 February 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 -69 658 £500 +11.11% 191
London -64 440 £550 +10.00% 77
UK excluding London -22 249 £425 +12.58% 121
South East -61 82 £438 +9.38% 21
North of England +33 56 £383 -1.92% 26
Midlands +23 42 £380 -5.00% 36
North West +28 37 £408 -16.41% 17
West Midlands +24 33 £378 -8.48% 24
South West +18 25 £400 -11.11% 18
Scotland -4 18 £500 +42.86% 3
Yorkshire -7 18 £288 -11.94% 8
Wales +16 16 £425 +27.82% 3
East of England -27 10 £475 +72.73% 13
East Midlands -3 8 £340 -12.82% 11
North East +55 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 25 February 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.

1 297 (42.55%) Finance
2 191 (27.36%) Agile Software Development
3 150 (21.49%) SQL
4 146 (20.92%) Banking
5 121 (17.34%) SQL Server
6 114 (16.33%) .NET
7 107 (15.33%) C#
7 107 (15.33%) Front Office
8 106 (15.19%) Windows
8 106 (15.19%) Microsoft
9 77 (11.03%) Java
10 76 (10.89%) Project Management
11 72 (10.32%) JavaScript
12 67 (9.60%) Business Analysis
13 64 (9.17%) Stakeholder Management
14 62 (8.88%) Oracle
14 62 (8.88%) User Acceptance Testing
15 57 (8.17%) Scrum
16 55 (7.88%) Investment Banking
17 54 (7.74%) Change Management
18 53 (7.59%) MiFID
19 52 (7.45%) TDD
20 49 (7.02%) SDLC
21 47 (6.73%) Active Directory
22 46 (6.59%) ERP
22 46 (6.59%) .NET Framework
23 45 (6.45%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
24 43 (6.16%) Fixed Income
24 43 (6.16%) Waterfall
24 43 (6.16%) Analytical Skills

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 21 (3.01%) IIS
2 20 (2.87%) SharePoint
3 18 (2.58%) MS Exchange
4 14 (2.01%) Exchange Server 2010
5 7 (1.00%) WebSphere
6 6 (0.86%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (0.72%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 4 (0.57%) CMS
8 4 (0.57%) Mule
9 3 (0.43%) Confluence
9 3 (0.43%) JBoss
9 3 (0.43%) MQSeries
9 3 (0.43%) WebLogic
10 2 (0.29%) Apache
10 2 (0.29%) ExpressionEngine
10 2 (0.29%) Skype for Business
10 2 (0.29%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.29%) WordPress
11 1 (0.14%) Magnolia
11 1 (0.14%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 24 (3.44%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (3.30%) Microsoft Excel
3 17 (2.44%) MS Visio
4 9 (1.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 7 (1.00%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 14 (2.01%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (1.86%) Temenos T24
3 11 (1.58%) Unit4 Business World
4 9 (1.29%) SAP S/4HANA
5 7 (1.00%) Kondor
6 6 (0.86%) ION MarketView
7 5 (0.72%) Bloomberg TOMS
7 5 (0.72%) Markit EDM
7 5 (0.72%) SunGard GMI
8 4 (0.57%) Dynamics AX
8 4 (0.57%) Oracle Retail
8 4 (0.57%) SAP CO
8 4 (0.57%) SAP FI
8 4 (0.57%) SAP FI/CO
8 4 (0.57%) SAP PM
8 4 (0.57%) thinkFolio
9 3 (0.43%) BusinessWorks
9 3 (0.43%) SAP SD
9 3 (0.43%) SAP SRM
9 3 (0.43%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 25 (3.58%) Office 365
2 16 (2.29%) Amazon AWS
3 11 (1.58%) GitHub
3 11 (1.58%) Microsoft Azure
4 7 (1.00%) SaaS
5 6 (0.86%) Cloud Computing
5 6 (0.86%) IaaS
6 4 (0.57%) Amazon EC2
6 4 (0.57%) Amazon S3
7 3 (0.43%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 3 (0.43%) Amazon ELB
7 3 (0.43%) G Suite
7 3 (0.43%) iPaaS
7 3 (0.43%) PaaS
7 3 (0.43%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 2 (0.29%) Dynamics 365
8 2 (0.29%) Rackspace Cloud
9 1 (0.14%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 31 (4.44%) Internet
2 26 (3.72%) TCP/IP
3 20 (2.87%) Firewall
4 17 (2.44%) LAN
5 11 (1.58%) DNS
5 11 (1.58%) SMS
5 11 (1.58%) WAN
6 10 (1.43%) VLAN
7 8 (1.15%) VoIP
7 8 (1.15%) VPN
8 6 (0.86%) DHCP
8 6 (0.86%) IMAP
8 6 (0.86%) Network Security
8 6 (0.86%) POP3
8 6 (0.86%) SMTP
9 5 (0.72%) BGP
9 5 (0.72%) EIGRP
9 5 (0.72%) Ethernet
9 5 (0.72%) SAN
9 5 (0.72%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 121 (17.34%) SQL Server
2 30 (4.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 20 (2.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 14 (2.01%) Data Warehouse
5 9 (1.29%) MySQL
5 9 (1.29%) Relational Database
6 8 (1.15%) SAP HANA
6 8 (1.15%) SQL Server 2012
7 7 (1.00%) Big Data
7 7 (1.00%) Blockchain
7 7 (1.00%) SQL Server 2008
8 6 (0.86%) Sybase ASE
9 5 (0.72%) MongoDB
9 5 (0.72%) NoSQL
9 5 (0.72%) Power BI
10 4 (0.57%) DB2
10 4 (0.57%) KDB
10 4 (0.57%) Kdb+
10 4 (0.57%) Oracle Database
10 4 (0.57%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 41 (5.87%) JIRA
2 26 (3.72%) Git (software)
2 26 (3.72%) Maven
2 26 (3.72%) Selenium
3 23 (3.30%) TeamCity
4 22 (3.15%) Jenkins
5 16 (2.29%) Visual Studio
6 13 (1.86%) Team Foundation Server
7 12 (1.72%) Cucumber
7 12 (1.72%) Subversion
8 9 (1.29%) Bitbucket
8 9 (1.29%) Gradle
9 8 (1.15%) Sonatype Nexus
10 6 (0.86%) Ant
10 6 (0.86%) Visual Studio Team System
11 5 (0.72%) MSI
11 5 (0.72%) MSTest
11 5 (0.72%) NUnit
11 5 (0.72%) WinDbg
12 4 (0.57%) Cobertura
General
1 297 (42.55%) Finance
2 146 (20.92%) Banking
3 107 (15.33%) Front Office
4 55 (7.88%) Investment Banking
5 37 (5.30%) Retail
6 21 (3.01%) Legal
7 16 (2.29%) Telecoms
8 12 (1.72%) Financial Institution
9 11 (1.58%) Marketing
10 9 (1.29%) Local Government
11 8 (1.15%) Billing
12 7 (1.00%) Advertising
12 7 (1.00%) Publishing
13 6 (0.86%) General Ledger
13 6 (0.86%) Prime Brokerage
14 5 (0.72%) Law
15 4 (0.57%) Private Banking
16 3 (0.43%) Portuguese Language
16 3 (0.43%) Spanish Language
17 2 (0.29%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 175 (25.07%) Analyst
2 162 (23.21%) Developer
3 119 (17.05%) Business Analyst
4 64 (9.17%) Project Manager
5 50 (7.16%) .NET Developer
6 49 (7.02%) Architect
6 49 (7.02%) C# Developer
7 43 (6.16%) SQL Developer
8 31 (4.44%) Consultant
9 28 (4.01%) C# .NET Developer
10 24 (3.44%) Senior Developer
11 22 (3.15%) Support Analyst
12 21 (3.01%) SSIS Developer
13 19 (2.72%) Desktop Support
14 18 (2.58%) Applications Support
14 18 (2.58%) Software Developer
14 18 (2.58%) Solutions Architect
15 17 (2.44%) Full Stack Developer
15 17 (2.44%) VB.NET Developer
16 16 (2.29%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 114 (16.33%) .NET
2 46 (6.59%) .NET Framework
3 35 (5.01%) Entity Framework
4 34 (4.87%) HTML
5 33 (4.73%) AngularJS
6 30 (4.30%) WinForms
7 27 (3.87%) CSS
7 27 (3.87%) jQuery
7 27 (3.87%) Spring
7 27 (3.87%) WPF
7 27 (3.87%) XML
8 24 (3.44%) WCF
9 20 (2.87%) ASP.NET
10 19 (2.72%) HTML5
11 17 (2.44%) SOAP
11 17 (2.44%) Web Services
12 16 (2.29%) ASP.NET MVC
12 16 (2.29%) KnockoutJS
12 16 (2.29%) REST
13 15 (2.15%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 45 (6.45%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 43 (6.16%) Analytical Skills
2 43 (6.16%) Fixed Income
3 33 (4.73%) Equities
4 32 (4.58%) Derivative
5 22 (3.15%) Computer Science
6 19 (2.72%) SWIFT
7 18 (2.58%) Data Structures
8 17 (2.44%) Greenfield Project
9 15 (2.15%) User Experience
10 11 (1.58%) Data Centre
11 10 (1.43%) Fintech
11 10 (1.43%) Hedge funds
11 10 (1.43%) Management Information System
12 8 (1.15%) Enterprise Software
12 8 (1.15%) Market Risk
12 8 (1.15%) NHS
13 7 (1.00%) Algorithms
13 7 (1.00%) Mobile App
13 7 (1.00%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 106 (15.19%) Windows
2 41 (5.87%) Linux
3 33 (4.73%) Unix
4 31 (4.44%) Windows Server
5 25 (3.58%) Windows 10
5 25 (3.58%) Windows 7
6 20 (2.87%) Windows Server 2008
7 15 (2.15%) Solaris
8 13 (1.86%) Windows Server 2012
9 7 (1.00%) Windows 8
9 7 (1.00%) Windows Server 2003
10 6 (0.86%) Apple iOS
10 6 (0.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 5 (0.72%) Windows Vista
12 4 (0.57%) Android
13 1 (0.14%) BlackBerry OS
13 1 (0.14%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 191 (27.36%) Agile Software Development
2 76 (10.89%) Project Management
3 67 (9.60%) Business Analysis
4 64 (9.17%) Stakeholder Management
5 62 (8.88%) User Acceptance Testing
6 57 (8.17%) Scrum
7 54 (7.74%) Change Management
8 52 (7.45%) TDD
9 49 (7.02%) SDLC
10 46 (6.59%) ERP
11 43 (6.16%) Waterfall
12 41 (5.87%) Continuous Integration
12 41 (5.87%) Migration
13 40 (5.73%) CRM
13 40 (5.73%) ITIL
13 40 (5.73%) MVC
13 40 (5.73%) Risk Management
14 39 (5.59%) User Stories
15 38 (5.44%) Test Automation
16 35 (5.01%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 150 (21.49%) SQL
2 107 (15.33%) C#
3 77 (11.03%) Java
4 72 (10.32%) JavaScript
5 33 (4.73%) T-SQL
6 29 (4.15%) Python
7 24 (3.44%) VB.NET
8 19 (2.72%) PL/SQL
9 16 (2.29%) C++
9 16 (2.29%) PowerShell
9 16 (2.29%) Shell Script
9 16 (2.29%) VBA
10 11 (1.58%) Bash Shell
10 11 (1.58%) Perl
11 10 (1.43%) C
12 9 (1.29%) Ruby
13 8 (1.15%) VB
14 6 (0.86%) Korn
14 6 (0.86%) PHP
14 6 (0.86%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 36 (5.16%) Degree
2 14 (2.01%) Security Cleared
3 10 (1.43%) Microsoft Certification
3 10 (1.43%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 8 (1.15%) CCNA
4 8 (1.15%) Cisco Certification
5 7 (1.00%) CCNP
5 7 (1.00%) MCP
6 6 (0.86%) Computer Science Degree
6 6 (0.86%) SC Cleared
7 5 (0.72%) BPSS Clearance
8 4 (0.57%) DBS Check
9 3 (0.43%) HP ASE
9 3 (0.43%) ISEB
9 3 (0.43%) PMP
10 2 (0.29%) ACCA
10 2 (0.29%) AWS Certification
10 2 (0.29%) MCITP
10 2 (0.29%) MCSE
10 2 (0.29%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (7.59%) MiFID
2 26 (3.72%) QA
3 22 (3.15%) EMIR
4 14 (2.01%) GDPR
4 14 (2.01%) SLA
5 10 (1.43%) Dodd-Frank
5 10 (1.43%) PMO
6 6 (0.86%) Data Quality
6 6 (0.86%) PSD2
7 3 (0.43%) AIFMD
8 2 (0.29%) IFRS
8 2 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 2 (0.29%) WCAG
9 1 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.14%) PCI DSS
9 1 (0.14%) PMBOK
9 1 (0.14%) SEPA
System Software
1 47 (6.73%) Active Directory
2 17 (2.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (1.15%) Docker
4 5 (0.72%) Microsoft App-V
4 5 (0.72%) Virtual Desktop
5 4 (0.57%) Hyper-V
5 4 (0.57%) XenApp
5 4 (0.57%) XenDesktop
6 3 (0.43%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.29%) KVM
7 2 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.29%) XenServer
8 1 (0.14%) Firmware
8 1 (0.14%) HDFS
8 1 (0.14%) Xen
Systems Management
1 14 (2.01%) SCCM
2 9 (1.29%) Ansible
2 9 (1.29%) Control-M
3 7 (1.00%) HP ALM
3 7 (1.00%) HP Quality Center
4 5 (0.72%) Opscode Chef
4 5 (0.72%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 4 (0.57%) Kubernetes
5 4 (0.57%) Norton AntiVirus
6 3 (0.43%) OpenView
6 3 (0.43%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 3 (0.43%) Single Sign-On
6 3 (0.43%) Thomson Reuters DACS
6 3 (0.43%) Tivoli
7 2 (0.29%) Business Desktop Deployment
7 2 (0.29%) Terraform
7 2 (0.29%) vRealize
8 1 (0.14%) Cisco UCCE
8 1 (0.14%) Nagios
8 1 (0.14%) SCOM
Vendors
1 106 (15.19%) Microsoft
2 62 (8.88%) Oracle
3 31 (4.44%) SAP
4 26 (3.72%) Bloomberg
5 22 (3.15%) IBM
6 20 (2.87%) VMware
7 17 (2.44%) Charles River
8 16 (2.29%) Citrix
9 15 (2.15%) HP
10 14 (2.01%) Cisco
10 14 (2.01%) Sybase
11 13 (1.86%) Temenos
12 12 (1.72%) TIBCO
13 10 (1.43%) ION Trading
13 10 (1.43%) Murex
14 9 (1.29%) Symantec
15 8 (1.15%) hybris
16 7 (1.00%) Fidessa
16 7 (1.00%) SunGard
17 6 (0.86%) Wallstreet Suite