Period
to 31 October 2020

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 31 October 2020 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
31 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 296 420 356
Rank change year-on-year +124 -64 -13
Contract jobs citing Back Office 252 450 749
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.77% 0.53% 0.72%
As % of the General category 1.85% 1.38% 1.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 215 325 495
Median daily rate £600 £475 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +26.32% -5.00% -
10th Percentile £335 £281 £313
90th Percentile £750 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £450
% change year-on-year +6.25% -11.11% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 5
Median hourly rate £30.00 £18.35 £14.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +63.49% +24.41% -62.66%
10th Percentile £16.20 £16.20 £9.15
90th Percentile £36.80 £22.63 £26.02
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £18.35 £11.00
% change year-on-year +90.74% +66.82% -72.15%

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 13,590 32,608 41,667
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 41.59% 38.53% 40.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,695 20,886 27,050
Median daily rate £500 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £285 £288 £294
90th Percentile £700 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £427 £438 £425
% change year-on-year -2.40% +2.94% +5.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 497 988 1,143
Median hourly rate £27.99 £22.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.23% +2.33% -3.37%
10th Percentile £12.76 £12.40 £11.85
90th Percentile £50.63 £50.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £22.50 £21.42 £20.17
% change year-on-year +5.07% +6.17% -9.35%

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 31 October 2020.

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 31 October 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Back Office in the UK

Back Office
Top 14 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 31 October 2020. 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 +134 243 £600 +26.32% 77
London +120 197 £625 +19.05% 37
UK excluding London +137 50 £425 +6.25% 42
Work from Home -89 29 £456 -3.95% 18
South East +129 17 £625 +51.52% 11
South West +105 8 £385 -6.67% 5
North of England +85 8 £448 +2.29% 10
Midlands +73 8 £488 +14.71% 12
North West +76 7 £448 -10.50% 7
West Midlands +56 6 £513 +7.89% 7
Scotland +66 5 £325 +11.11% 2
East of England +61 4 £200 -42.86% 2
East Midlands +46 2 £315 -3.08% 5
Yorkshire +63 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 31 October 2020, 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.

1 119 (47.22%) Finance
2 92 (36.51%) SQL
3 78 (30.95%) Banking
4 76 (30.16%) Python
5 75 (29.76%) Asset Management
6 74 (29.37%) Investment Management
7 63 (25.00%) Front Office
7 63 (25.00%) SQL Server
8 62 (24.60%) Hedge funds
9 56 (22.22%) Azure
9 56 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
10 54 (21.43%) DevOps
11 52 (20.63%) Microservices
11 52 (20.63%) Java
12 49 (19.44%) Fixed Income
13 43 (17.06%) AWS
14 42 (16.67%) Kubernetes
15 41 (16.27%) Data Warehouse
16 38 (15.08%) MySQL
16 38 (15.08%) Equities
17 36 (14.29%) Web Services
17 36 (14.29%) Apache
17 36 (14.29%) gRPC
18 35 (13.89%) GCP
18 35 (13.89%) Mentoring
18 35 (13.89%) PostgreSQL
18 35 (13.89%) Google
19 34 (13.49%) Amazon Redshift
19 34 (13.49%) AWS Lambda
19 34 (13.49%) Serverless

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 36 (14.29%) Apache
2 5 (1.98%) SharePoint
3 3 (1.19%) NServiceBus
4 2 (0.79%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (0.79%) CMS
5 1 (0.40%) Apache Solr
5 1 (0.40%) Appian
5 1 (0.40%) Confluence
5 1 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.40%) Mule
5 1 (0.40%) Oracle Workflow
5 1 (0.40%) Papyrus
5 1 (0.40%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.40%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.40%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.40%) WildFly
Applications
1 9 (3.57%) MS Visio
2 8 (3.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.19%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (0.79%) Chatbot
4 2 (0.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.40%) Camtasia
Business Applications
1 27 (10.71%) Markit EDM
2 26 (10.32%) Eagle PACE
3 11 (4.37%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (1.19%) SunGard Martini
5 2 (0.79%) Aligne
5 2 (0.79%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.79%) Magento
5 2 (0.79%) Maximo
5 2 (0.79%) Oracle Assets
5 2 (0.79%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.79%) Oracle Receivables
5 2 (0.79%) Payment Gateway
5 2 (0.79%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.79%) SAP S/4HANA
6 1 (0.40%) Bloomberg AIM
6 1 (0.40%) Endur
6 1 (0.40%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.40%) Orchestrade
6 1 (0.40%) SAP Hybris
6 1 (0.40%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 56 (22.22%) Azure
2 43 (17.06%) AWS
3 35 (13.89%) GCP
4 34 (13.49%) Amazon ECS
4 34 (13.49%) AWS Lambda
4 34 (13.49%) Serverless
5 24 (9.52%) Apigee
6 9 (3.57%) Dynamics 365
7 5 (1.98%) Azure Active Directory
7 5 (1.98%) Office 365
8 4 (1.59%) Power Platform
9 3 (1.19%) OpenShift
9 3 (1.19%) PowerApps
10 2 (0.79%) Force.com
10 2 (0.79%) GitHub
10 2 (0.79%) npm
10 2 (0.79%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
10 2 (0.79%) Salesforce Service Cloud
10 2 (0.79%) SuccessFactors
11 1 (0.40%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 6 (2.38%) Firewall
2 3 (1.19%) DHCP
2 3 (1.19%) DNS
2 3 (1.19%) SAN
3 2 (0.79%) Intranet
3 2 (0.79%) SSH
4 1 (0.40%) 2G
4 1 (0.40%) 3G
4 1 (0.40%) 4G
4 1 (0.40%) Asterisk PBX
4 1 (0.40%) Radio Access Network
4 1 (0.40%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.40%) Wireless
4 1 (0.40%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 63 (25.00%) SQL Server
2 41 (16.27%) Data Warehouse
3 38 (15.08%) MySQL
4 35 (13.89%) PostgreSQL
5 34 (13.49%) Amazon Redshift
6 10 (3.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 9 (3.57%) Relational Database
8 7 (2.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 4 (1.59%) RDBMS
9 4 (1.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 3 (1.19%) Data Lake
10 3 (1.19%) DB2
10 3 (1.19%) GIS
10 3 (1.19%) Hazelcast
10 3 (1.19%) Oracle Database
10 3 (1.19%) Oracle Reports
10 3 (1.19%) Power BI
11 2 (0.79%) Blockchain
11 2 (0.79%) Data Mart
11 2 (0.79%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 33 (13.10%) Jenkins
2 24 (9.52%) Artifactory
2 24 (9.52%) GitLab
3 17 (6.75%) Git (software)
4 8 (3.17%) JIRA
5 7 (2.78%) MSBuild
6 6 (2.38%) TeamCity
7 5 (1.98%) Subversion
7 5 (1.98%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (1.59%) Visual Studio
8 4 (1.59%) Visual Studio Team System
9 3 (1.19%) Maven
9 3 (1.19%) Selenium
9 3 (1.19%) SpecFlow
10 2 (0.79%) Bower
10 2 (0.79%) Grunt
10 2 (0.79%) Jasmine
10 2 (0.79%) Karma Test Runner
10 2 (0.79%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
10 2 (0.79%) webpack
General
1 119 (47.22%) Finance
2 78 (30.95%) Banking
3 63 (25.00%) Front Office
4 20 (7.94%) Investment Banking
5 13 (5.16%) Marketing
6 9 (3.57%) Legal
7 7 (2.78%) Public Sector
8 5 (1.98%) Billing
8 5 (1.98%) Corporate Banking
9 4 (1.59%) Telecoms
10 3 (1.19%) Retail
11 2 (0.79%) Advertising
11 2 (0.79%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.79%) French Language
11 2 (0.79%) Italian Language
11 2 (0.79%) Local Government
11 2 (0.79%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.79%) Wholesale Banking
12 1 (0.40%) German Language
12 1 (0.40%) Greek Language
Job Titles
1 81 (32.14%) Analyst
2 46 (18.25%) Developer
3 43 (17.06%) Architect
4 42 (16.67%) Finance Manager
5 41 (16.27%) Business Analyst
6 35 (13.89%) Solutions Architect
7 28 (11.11%) Data Architect
8 27 (10.71%) Financial Analyst
9 26 (10.32%) Data Manager
10 25 (9.92%) Data Analyst
11 24 (9.52%) AWS Architect
11 24 (9.52%) AWS Solutions Architect
11 24 (9.52%) Cloud Architect
11 24 (9.52%) Cloud Solutions Architect
11 24 (9.52%) Java Architect
11 24 (9.52%) Java Solutions Architect
12 15 (5.95%) .NET Developer
13 14 (5.56%) Market Analyst
13 14 (5.56%) Market Data Manager
13 14 (5.56%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (14.29%) gRPC
1 36 (14.29%) Web Services
2 31 (12.30%) .NET
3 26 (10.32%) Pandas
4 24 (9.52%) OAuth
4 24 (9.52%) Swagger
5 13 (5.16%) .NET Framework
5 13 (5.16%) CSS
5 13 (5.16%) REST
6 12 (4.76%) HTML
7 9 (3.57%) AngularJS
7 9 (3.57%) Entity Framework
7 9 (3.57%) Spring
7 9 (3.57%) XML
8 7 (2.78%) ASP.NET
8 7 (2.78%) jQuery
8 7 (2.78%) Middleware
9 4 (1.59%) J2EE
9 4 (1.59%) Node.js
10 3 (1.19%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 62 (24.60%) Hedge funds
2 49 (19.44%) Fixed Income
3 38 (15.08%) Equities
4 30 (11.90%) Derivative
5 26 (10.32%) Reference Data
6 16 (6.35%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 11 (4.37%) Data Centre
8 10 (3.97%) Virtual Team
9 9 (3.57%) Analytical Skills
10 8 (3.17%) Market Risk
10 8 (3.17%) SWIFT
11 5 (1.98%) User Experience
12 4 (1.59%) Greenfield Project
13 2 (0.79%) AS400
13 2 (0.79%) Cloud Native
13 2 (0.79%) Credit Risk
13 2 (0.79%) Interest Rate Derivative
13 2 (0.79%) Management Information System
13 2 (0.79%) NHS
13 2 (0.79%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 22 (8.73%) Windows
2 10 (3.97%) Linux
3 8 (3.17%) Unix
4 3 (1.19%) Windows 7
4 3 (1.19%) Windows Server
5 2 (0.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (0.79%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.40%) AIX
6 1 (0.40%) Android
6 1 (0.40%) CentOS
6 1 (0.40%) Mac OS
6 1 (0.40%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.40%) Windows 8
6 1 (0.40%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (29.76%) Asset Management
2 74 (29.37%) Investment Management
3 56 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
4 54 (21.43%) DevOps
5 52 (20.63%) Microservices
6 35 (13.89%) Mentoring
7 26 (10.32%) Technology Roadmap
8 25 (9.92%) Migration
9 23 (9.13%) CRM
9 23 (9.13%) Stakeholder Management
10 19 (7.54%) Project Management
11 18 (7.14%) Software Engineering
12 15 (5.95%) Change Management
13 11 (4.37%) Business Analysis
13 11 (4.37%) Business Intelligence
13 11 (4.37%) Data Analysis
13 11 (4.37%) OO
13 11 (4.37%) Performance Management
13 11 (4.37%) Workshop Facilitation
14 10 (3.97%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 92 (36.51%) SQL
2 76 (30.16%) Python
3 52 (20.63%) Java
4 25 (9.92%) C#
5 16 (6.35%) JavaScript
6 6 (2.38%) PowerShell
6 6 (2.38%) Shell Script
7 5 (1.98%) C++
8 4 (1.59%) T-SQL
9 3 (1.19%) TypeScript
10 2 (0.79%) Go
10 2 (0.79%) Perl
10 2 (0.79%) PL/SQL
10 2 (0.79%) RPG
11 1 (0.40%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.40%) DataFlex
11 1 (0.40%) Korn
11 1 (0.40%) VBA
Qualifications
1 24 (9.52%) Sun Certification
2 10 (3.97%) Security Cleared
3 8 (3.17%) Degree
3 8 (3.17%) SC Cleared
4 4 (1.59%) CFA
4 4 (1.59%) CIMA
5 3 (1.19%) PMP
6 2 (0.79%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (0.79%) CCNA
6 2 (0.79%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (0.79%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (0.40%) AWS Certification
7 1 (0.40%) CCIE
7 1 (0.40%) CCNP
7 1 (0.40%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (0.40%) MCP
7 1 (0.40%) MCSA
7 1 (0.40%) MCSE
7 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.40%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (1.98%) SLA
2 3 (1.19%) PCI DSS
2 3 (1.19%) PMO
2 3 (1.19%) QA
2 3 (1.19%) SEPA
3 1 (0.40%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.40%) GxP
3 1 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 30 (11.90%) Docker
2 10 (3.97%) Active Directory
3 4 (1.59%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (0.79%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 42 (16.67%) Kubernetes
2 3 (1.19%) Ansible
3 2 (0.79%) Terraform
4 1 (0.40%) Grafana
4 1 (0.40%) Jamf Pro
4 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (0.40%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.40%) Prometheus
4 1 (0.40%) SCCM
Vendors
1 35 (13.89%) Google
2 32 (12.70%) Bloomberg
3 28 (11.11%) Oracle
4 26 (10.32%) FactSet
4 26 (10.32%) Reuters
5 17 (6.75%) Microsoft
6 12 (4.76%) Murex
6 12 (4.76%) SAP
7 6 (2.38%) Salesforce.com
8 5 (1.98%) Cisco
8 5 (1.98%) IBM
9 4 (1.59%) Citrix
9 4 (1.59%) hybris
10 3 (1.19%) Charles River
10 3 (1.19%) Dell
10 3 (1.19%) Juniper
10 3 (1.19%) Red Hat
10 3 (1.19%) SmartStream
10 3 (1.19%) SunGard
10 3 (1.19%) Sybase