Period
to 18 August 2017

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 August 2017 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 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 288 304 270
Rank change year-on-year +16 -34 -69
Contract jobs citing Back Office 808 896 990
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.84% 0.82% 0.88%
As % of the General category 2.13% 2.25% 2.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 525 612 660
UK median daily rate £475 £413 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.15% -8.33% -
10th Percentile £300 £225 £263
90th Percentile £650 £637 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +13.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 15 30
UK median hourly rate £41.75 £16.75 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +149.25% +19.64% -17.65%
10th Percentile £13.63 £10.60 £10.25
90th Percentile £59.38 £21.75 £23.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £14.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year +203.57% +3.70% -15.63%

Back Office is in the common skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for common skills.

General Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for common skills 37979 39903 44645
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 39.39% 36.73% 39.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 24949 26510 28196
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% -
10th Percentile £283 £263 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 840 955 1153
UK median hourly rate £25.75 £24.00 £22.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.29% +5.12% +1.47%
10th Percentile £11.75 £11.22 £10.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £25.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +10.00% -9.09% +10.00%

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 August 2017.

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 18 August 2017.

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 18 August 2017. 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 -5 758 £488 +18.18% 118
London +11 491 £535 +12.63% 70
UK excluding London +7 303 £400 +6.67% 52
South East -24 100 £388 -3.13% 12
North of England +49 71 £363 +11.54% 13
South West +17 35 £410 +9.33% 8
North West +14 35 £450 +42.86% 8
Midlands -15 34 £390 +4.00% 9
Yorkshire +23 29 £325 -7.14% 4
East of England -8 26 £538 +43.33% 6
Scotland +28 22 £400 - 1
East Midlands -29 19 £308 -5.38% 5
Wales +17 18 £420 +20.00%
West Midlands +21 16 £450 +20.00% 4
North East +57 7 £325 -39.81% 1
Northern Ireland - 2 - - 1

For the 6 months to 18 August 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Back Office also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Back Office.

1 332 (41.09%) Finance
2 231 (28.59%) Agile Software Development
3 168 (20.79%) Banking
4 166 (20.54%) SQL
5 141 (17.45%) Front Office
6 135 (16.71%) Microsoft
7 113 (13.99%) SQL Server
8 110 (13.61%) .NET
8 110 (13.61%) C#
9 103 (12.75%) Java
10 99 (12.25%) Investment Banking
11 97 (12.00%) Windows
11 97 (12.00%) Project Management
12 76 (9.41%) Oracle
13 75 (9.28%) Stakeholder Management
14 73 (9.03%) Data Modelling
15 70 (8.66%) Business Analysis
16 69 (8.54%) Fixed Income
16 69 (8.54%) Analytical Skills
17 67 (8.29%) JavaScript
18 66 (8.17%) Change Management
19 63 (7.80%) TDD
20 62 (7.67%) Scrum
21 61 (7.55%) XML
21 61 (7.55%) Derivative
22 60 (7.43%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
23 57 (7.05%) Retail
24 56 (6.93%) User Acceptance Testing
25 55 (6.81%) Risk Management
26 52 (6.44%) Test Automation

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 20 (2.48%) Confluence
2 13 (1.61%) SharePoint
3 11 (1.36%) MS Exchange
4 9 (1.11%) CMS
4 9 (1.11%) IIS
5 8 (0.99%) WebSphere
6 5 (0.62%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 4 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2010
7 4 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2013
7 4 (0.50%) Skype for Business
8 2 (0.25%) Apache Spark
8 2 (0.25%) Mule
8 2 (0.25%) OpenStack
8 2 (0.25%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (0.25%) Umbraco
8 2 (0.25%) WebSphere Application Server
9 1 (0.12%) Oracle Service Bus
9 1 (0.12%) Sitecore CMS
9 1 (0.12%) WebLogic
9 1 (0.12%) WordPress
Applications
1 41 (5.07%) Microsoft Excel
2 39 (4.83%) Microsoft Office
3 31 (3.84%) MS Visio
4 19 (2.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 17 (2.10%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (0.62%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.12%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 20 (2.48%) Endur
2 19 (2.35%) Dynamics AX
3 17 (2.10%) Dynamics CRM
4 12 (1.49%) ION MarketView
5 8 (0.99%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 7 (0.87%) Markit EDM
6 7 (0.87%) Payment Gateway
7 5 (0.62%) Oracle EBS R12
7 5 (0.62%) Temenos T24
8 4 (0.50%) Bloomberg TOMS
8 4 (0.50%) Dynamics NAV
8 4 (0.50%) Oracle EBS
8 4 (0.50%) SunGard GMI
9 3 (0.37%) Pega PRPC
9 3 (0.37%) SAP Retail
9 3 (0.37%) SAP SD
9 3 (0.37%) Summit
10 2 (0.25%) Actimize
10 2 (0.25%) Oracle Payables
10 2 (0.25%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 30 (3.71%) Microsoft Azure
2 19 (2.35%) Dynamics 365
3 15 (1.86%) Office 365
4 13 (1.61%) Amazon AWS
5 11 (1.36%) SaaS
6 7 (0.87%) AWS CloudFormation
7 6 (0.74%) IBM Blueworks
8 3 (0.37%) GitHub
9 2 (0.25%) PaaS
10 1 (0.12%) Amazon EC2
10 1 (0.12%) Amazon SQS
10 1 (0.12%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.12%) FinancialForce.com
10 1 (0.12%) IaaS
10 1 (0.12%) Slack
10 1 (0.12%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 26 (3.22%) Firewall
2 25 (3.09%) DNS
3 22 (2.72%) DHCP
4 21 (2.60%) LAN
5 15 (1.86%) Internet
5 15 (1.86%) TCP/IP
6 11 (1.36%) Wi-Fi
7 10 (1.24%) VoIP
8 9 (1.11%) LDAP
8 9 (1.11%) SAN
8 9 (1.11%) WAN
9 7 (0.87%) Diameter Protocol
9 7 (0.87%) NAS
10 6 (0.74%) 3G
10 6 (0.74%) 4G
10 6 (0.74%) LTE
10 6 (0.74%) SMS
10 6 (0.74%) VLAN
11 5 (0.62%) Intranet
11 5 (0.62%) Megaco
Database & Business Intelligence
1 113 (13.99%) SQL Server
2 23 (2.85%) Relational Database
3 20 (2.48%) SQL Server 2008
4 19 (2.35%) Data Warehouse
5 15 (1.86%) Big Data
5 15 (1.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 14 (1.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 10 (1.24%) DB2
7 10 (1.24%) NoSQL
8 9 (1.11%) DataStage
8 9 (1.11%) Hadoop
8 9 (1.11%) Oracle Database
8 9 (1.11%) RDBMS
9 8 (0.99%) OLAP
10 7 (0.87%) BusinessObjects
10 7 (0.87%) DTS
10 7 (0.87%) IBM InfoSphere
10 7 (0.87%) MongoDB
10 7 (0.87%) SQL Server 2000
10 7 (0.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 37 (4.58%) JIRA
2 35 (4.33%) Team Foundation Server
3 30 (3.71%) Visual Studio
4 22 (2.72%) Git (software)
5 21 (2.60%) Cucumber
6 14 (1.73%) Selenium
7 12 (1.49%) Maven
8 11 (1.36%) Jenkins
8 11 (1.36%) TeamCity
9 9 (1.11%) Ant
9 9 (1.11%) ERwin
9 9 (1.11%) PowerDesigner
9 9 (1.11%) Talend Open Studio
10 8 (0.99%) ClearCase
11 7 (0.87%) Subversion
12 6 (0.74%) JUnit
12 6 (0.74%) Protractor
13 5 (0.62%) Gradle
13 5 (0.62%) NUnit
13 5 (0.62%) SoapUI
General
1 332 (41.09%) Finance
2 168 (20.79%) Banking
3 141 (17.45%) Front Office
4 99 (12.25%) Investment Banking
5 57 (7.05%) Retail
6 44 (5.45%) Telecoms
7 24 (2.97%) Marketing
8 19 (2.35%) Financial Institution
9 18 (2.23%) Legal
10 15 (1.86%) Games
11 14 (1.73%) Local Government
12 12 (1.49%) Manufacturing
13 10 (1.24%) Billing
14 9 (1.11%) Electronics
15 7 (0.87%) Retail Banking
16 6 (0.74%) Wholesale Banking
17 5 (0.62%) Advertising
17 5 (0.62%) Military
17 5 (0.62%) Publishing
18 4 (0.50%) Prime Brokerage
Job Titles
1 213 (26.36%) Analyst
2 166 (20.54%) Developer
3 125 (15.47%) Business Analyst
4 82 (10.15%) Project Manager
5 61 (7.55%) Architect
6 43 (5.32%) C# Developer
6 43 (5.32%) Consultant
7 36 (4.46%) Solutions Architect
8 34 (4.21%) .NET Developer
9 33 (4.08%) Java Developer
10 29 (3.59%) Senior Developer
11 21 (2.60%) Data Analyst
11 21 (2.60%) IT Manager
11 21 (2.60%) Senior Analyst
12 20 (2.48%) Support Analyst
13 19 (2.35%) C# .NET Developer
13 19 (2.35%) Junior
14 18 (2.23%) Back Office Engineer
14 18 (2.23%) SQL Developer
15 17 (2.10%) Banking Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 110 (13.61%) .NET
2 61 (7.55%) XML
3 40 (4.95%) AngularJS
3 40 (4.95%) HTML
4 33 (4.08%) WPF
5 27 (3.34%) WCF
5 27 (3.34%) Web Services
6 25 (3.09%) CSS
6 25 (3.09%) HTML5
6 25 (3.09%) WinForms
7 23 (2.85%) Spring
8 21 (2.60%) Node.js
9 20 (2.48%) FIX Protocol
10 19 (2.35%) SOAP
11 18 (2.23%) ASP.NET
12 16 (1.98%) .NET Framework
13 14 (1.73%) ASP.NET MVC
14 13 (1.61%) XML Messaging
14 13 (1.61%) XSLT
15 11 (1.36%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 69 (8.54%) Analytical Skills
1 69 (8.54%) Fixed Income
2 61 (7.55%) Derivative
3 60 (7.43%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 36 (4.46%) Equities
5 28 (3.47%) Market Risk
6 26 (3.22%) Management Information System
7 17 (2.10%) Data Structures
8 16 (1.98%) OTC Derivatives
8 16 (1.98%) SWIFT
9 15 (1.86%) Hedge funds
10 14 (1.73%) Computer Science
11 12 (1.49%) Algorithms
11 12 (1.49%) Enterprise Software
11 12 (1.49%) Greenfield Project
12 11 (1.36%) User Experience
13 10 (1.24%) Mobile App
14 9 (1.11%) Fintech
14 9 (1.11%) NHS
15 8 (0.99%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 97 (12.00%) Windows
2 49 (6.06%) Unix
3 42 (5.20%) Linux
4 24 (2.97%) Windows Server
5 9 (1.11%) Windows Server 2012
6 7 (0.87%) Windows 8
7 6 (0.74%) Data ONTAP
7 6 (0.74%) Windows 10
7 6 (0.74%) Windows 7
7 6 (0.74%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (0.50%) Apple iOS
8 4 (0.50%) Windows Server 2003
9 3 (0.37%) Android
9 3 (0.37%) Solaris
9 3 (0.37%) Windows XP
10 2 (0.25%) CentOS
10 2 (0.25%) Mac OS
10 2 (0.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.12%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 231 (28.59%) Agile Software Development
2 97 (12.00%) Project Management
3 75 (9.28%) Stakeholder Management
4 73 (9.03%) Data Modelling
5 70 (8.66%) Business Analysis
6 66 (8.17%) Change Management
7 63 (7.80%) TDD
8 62 (7.67%) Scrum
9 56 (6.93%) User Acceptance Testing
10 55 (6.81%) Risk Management
11 52 (6.44%) Test Automation
12 51 (6.31%) Migration
12 51 (6.31%) Workflow
13 47 (5.82%) OO
14 45 (5.57%) SDLC
15 43 (5.32%) Asset Management
15 43 (5.32%) ITIL
15 43 (5.32%) PRINCE2
16 42 (5.20%) ERP
17 41 (5.07%) Investment Management
Programming Languages
1 166 (20.54%) SQL
2 110 (13.61%) C#
3 103 (12.75%) Java
4 67 (8.29%) JavaScript
5 25 (3.09%) Python
6 22 (2.72%) C++
7 20 (2.48%) T-SQL
8 19 (2.35%) PowerShell
9 15 (1.86%) C
10 14 (1.73%) Ruby
10 14 (1.73%) VBA
11 13 (1.61%) ActionScript
12 12 (1.49%) Perl
13 11 (1.36%) Objective-C
14 10 (1.24%) VB.NET
15 9 (1.11%) Shell Script
16 7 (0.87%) Scala
16 7 (0.87%) X++
17 6 (0.74%) R
17 6 (0.74%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 40 (4.95%) Degree
2 38 (4.70%) Security Cleared
3 32 (3.96%) SC Cleared
4 20 (2.48%) PMI Certification
5 17 (2.10%) PMP
6 14 (1.73%) ISEB
7 9 (1.11%) Cisco Certification
8 8 (0.99%) CCNA
9 6 (0.74%) CAPM
9 6 (0.74%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 5 (0.62%) IIBA
10 5 (0.62%) ITIL Certification
11 4 (0.50%) BPSS Clearance
11 4 (0.50%) HNC
11 4 (0.50%) HND
11 4 (0.50%) ISTQB
12 3 (0.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 3 (0.37%) Six Sigma Green Belt
13 2 (0.25%) CISA
13 2 (0.25%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (5.57%) MiFID
2 35 (4.33%) QA
3 27 (3.34%) EMIR
4 20 (2.48%) SLA
5 13 (1.61%) PMO
6 9 (1.11%) ISO 20022
7 8 (0.99%) Dodd-Frank
8 7 (0.87%) Disclosure Scotland
8 7 (0.87%) GDPR
9 4 (0.50%) Data Quality
9 4 (0.50%) ISO 14001
9 4 (0.50%) ISO 9001
9 4 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 3 (0.37%) RMADS
11 2 (0.25%) IFRS
12 1 (0.12%) FATCA
12 1 (0.12%) PCI DSS
12 1 (0.12%) PMBOK
System Software
1 38 (4.70%) Active Directory
2 11 (1.36%) Hyper-V
3 8 (0.99%) VMware ESXi
3 8 (0.99%) XenApp
4 7 (0.87%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (0.50%) Docker
6 3 (0.37%) Virtual Servers
7 2 (0.25%) KVM
7 2 (0.25%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.25%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.25%) Xen
7 2 (0.25%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.12%) ISA Server
8 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.12%) Terminal Server
8 1 (0.12%) vCloud
8 1 (0.12%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 12 (1.49%) Puppet
2 9 (1.11%) Opscode Chef
3 7 (0.87%) Ansible
4 6 (0.74%) SCCM
5 5 (0.62%) WSUS
6 3 (0.37%) HP Quality Center
6 3 (0.37%) McAfee ePO
7 2 (0.25%) Business Desktop Deployment
7 2 (0.25%) Cobbler
7 2 (0.25%) Control-M
7 2 (0.25%) Oozie
7 2 (0.25%) Red Hat Spacewalk
8 1 (0.12%) Cisco CUCM
8 1 (0.12%) DameWare
8 1 (0.12%) NetBackup
8 1 (0.12%) Norton AntiVirus
8 1 (0.12%) yum
Vendors
1 135 (16.71%) Microsoft
2 76 (9.41%) Oracle
3 41 (5.07%) SAP
4 27 (3.34%) Calypso
5 24 (2.97%) Murex
6 21 (2.60%) Bloomberg
6 21 (2.60%) Cisco
7 19 (2.35%) IBM
8 17 (2.10%) Sybase
9 16 (1.98%) OpenLink
10 15 (1.86%) ION Trading
11 13 (1.61%) Informatica
12 12 (1.49%) VMware
13 11 (1.36%) Sophis
14 10 (1.24%) HP
14 10 (1.24%) Huawei
15 9 (1.11%) Talend
16 8 (0.99%) hybris
16 8 (0.99%) Remedy
17 7 (0.87%) CheckPoint