Period
to 22 October 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 22 October 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
22 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 319 306 274
Rank change year-on-year -13 -32 -37
Contract jobs citing Back Office 753 877 987
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.76% 0.83% 0.87%
As % of the General category 1.90% 2.29% 2.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 469 595 653
UK median daily rate £500 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.65% - -5.56%
10th Percentile £277 £250 £275
90th Percentile £675 £625 £634
UK excluding London median daily rate £401 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +7.00% - +13.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 14 23
UK median hourly rate £39.50 £16.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +139.39% -2.94% -
10th Percentile £11.10 £10.30 £12.70
90th Percentile £59.25 £22.25 £25.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.50 £13.75 £17.00
% change year-on-year +187.27% -19.12% +15.25%

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 39686 38343 45785
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 39.95% 36.37% 40.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 26305 25494 29191
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £280 £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 868 965 1207
UK median hourly rate £26.42 £23.50 £24.23
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.43% -3.01% +12.54%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £11.33
90th Percentile £48.08 £47.25 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £25.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year +12.00% -3.85% +13.04%

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 22 October 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 22 October 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 22 October 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 -21 717 £515 +21.18% 92
London -7 478 £550 +10.00% 50
UK excluding London -37 266 £401 +7.00% 45
South East -31 91 £406 +8.33% 12
North of England +62 58 £425 +25.00% 13
Midlands -5 34 £400 +6.67% 10
South West +1 32 £388 +3.33% 5
West Midlands +13 28 £403 +7.33% 8
Yorkshire +19 27 £250 -25.93% 8
North West +23 26 £425 +30.77% 5
East of England -22 24 £500 +8.11% 2
Scotland +21 20 £400 +14.29% 3
Wales +19 10 £400 +14.29%
East Midlands -22 6 - - 2
North East +71 5 £258 -33.55%
Northern Ireland - 2 - -

For the 6 months to 22 October 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.

1 303 (40.24%) Finance
2 200 (26.56%) Agile Software Development
3 174 (23.11%) Banking
4 146 (19.39%) SQL
5 140 (18.59%) Microsoft
6 138 (18.33%) Front Office
7 131 (17.40%) SQL Server
8 114 (15.14%) .NET
9 107 (14.21%) C#
10 94 (12.48%) Windows
11 88 (11.69%) Java
11 88 (11.69%) Investment Banking
12 87 (11.55%) Project Management
13 78 (10.36%) Fixed Income
14 74 (9.83%) Business Analysis
15 68 (9.03%) JavaScript
16 64 (8.50%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
17 61 (8.10%) Stakeholder Management
18 59 (7.84%) Derivative
19 58 (7.70%) MiFID
20 57 (7.57%) Change Management
21 56 (7.44%) TDD
22 55 (7.30%) Data Modelling
23 54 (7.17%) Oracle
23 54 (7.17%) Scrum
24 52 (6.91%) Analytical Skills
25 49 (6.51%) Microsoft Excel
25 49 (6.51%) Active Directory
25 49 (6.51%) User Acceptance Testing
26 47 (6.24%) XML

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 18 (2.39%) MS Exchange
1 18 (2.39%) SharePoint
2 16 (2.12%) Confluence
3 12 (1.59%) IIS
4 11 (1.46%) Exchange Server 2010
5 8 (1.06%) WebSphere
6 5 (0.66%) Mule
6 5 (0.66%) Skype for Business
7 4 (0.53%) CMS
8 3 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2013
9 2 (0.27%) Apache Spark
9 2 (0.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 2 (0.27%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.27%) WebSphere Application Server
10 1 (0.13%) Documentum
10 1 (0.13%) FileNet
10 1 (0.13%) JBoss
10 1 (0.13%) MTS
10 1 (0.13%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.13%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 49 (6.51%) Microsoft Excel
2 42 (5.58%) Microsoft Office
3 35 (4.65%) MS Visio
4 23 (3.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 11 (1.46%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 18 (2.39%) Dynamics AX
1 18 (2.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (1.99%) Endur
2 15 (1.99%) ION MarketView
3 12 (1.59%) Temenos T24
4 7 (0.93%) Bloomberg TOMS
4 7 (0.93%) Markit EDM
4 7 (0.93%) Payment Gateway
5 6 (0.80%) SunGard GMI
6 4 (0.53%) BusinessWorks
6 4 (0.53%) Dynamics NAV
6 4 (0.53%) Kondor
6 4 (0.53%) Oracle EBS
6 4 (0.53%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 3 (0.40%) Pega PRPC
7 3 (0.40%) Summit
8 2 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
8 2 (0.27%) SAP CO
8 2 (0.27%) SAP Hybris
8 2 (0.27%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 28 (3.72%) Microsoft Azure
2 23 (3.05%) Office 365
3 19 (2.52%) Dynamics 365
4 14 (1.86%) Amazon AWS
5 9 (1.20%) SaaS
6 7 (0.93%) AWS CloudFormation
6 7 (0.93%) GitHub
6 7 (0.93%) IaaS
7 4 (0.53%) PaaS
8 3 (0.40%) G Suite
8 3 (0.40%) IBM Blueworks
8 3 (0.40%) iPaaS
9 2 (0.27%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.13%) Amazon EC2
10 1 (0.13%) Amazon SQS
10 1 (0.13%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 24 (3.19%) Firewall
2 22 (2.92%) LAN
3 18 (2.39%) DNS
4 15 (1.99%) DHCP
5 14 (1.86%) TCP/IP
6 11 (1.46%) Internet
7 10 (1.33%) SAN
7 10 (1.33%) SMS
7 10 (1.33%) WAN
8 9 (1.20%) VoIP
9 8 (1.06%) VLAN
10 7 (0.93%) NAS
11 5 (0.66%) WebEx
11 5 (0.66%) Wi-Fi
12 4 (0.53%) 3G
12 4 (0.53%) 4G
12 4 (0.53%) Cisco ASA
12 4 (0.53%) Diameter Protocol
12 4 (0.53%) Intranet
12 4 (0.53%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 131 (17.40%) SQL Server
2 24 (3.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 21 (2.79%) SQL Server 2008
4 16 (2.12%) Data Warehouse
5 12 (1.59%) Relational Database
6 11 (1.46%) Big Data
6 11 (1.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 10 (1.33%) OLAP
8 8 (1.06%) Hadoop
8 8 (1.06%) SQL Server 2016
9 7 (0.93%) DB2
9 7 (0.93%) DTS
9 7 (0.93%) RDBMS
9 7 (0.93%) SQL Server 2000
10 6 (0.80%) KDB
10 6 (0.80%) MongoDB
10 6 (0.80%) Power BI
11 5 (0.66%) MS Access
11 5 (0.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 4 (0.53%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 43 (5.71%) JIRA
2 38 (5.05%) Team Foundation Server
3 30 (3.98%) Visual Studio
4 24 (3.19%) Cucumber
4 24 (3.19%) Maven
5 19 (2.52%) Selenium
6 18 (2.39%) Git (software)
6 18 (2.39%) Jenkins
7 16 (2.12%) TeamCity
8 14 (1.86%) Subversion
9 13 (1.73%) Ant
10 9 (1.20%) ClearCase
11 8 (1.06%) Bitbucket
11 8 (1.06%) Gradle
11 8 (1.06%) Sonatype Nexus
12 5 (0.66%) Cobertura
12 5 (0.66%) JUnit
12 5 (0.66%) SpecFlow
13 4 (0.53%) JIRA Agile
13 4 (0.53%) SoapUI
General
1 303 (40.24%) Finance
2 174 (23.11%) Banking
3 138 (18.33%) Front Office
4 88 (11.69%) Investment Banking
5 38 (5.05%) Telecoms
6 29 (3.85%) Retail
7 21 (2.79%) Marketing
8 20 (2.66%) Legal
9 19 (2.52%) Financial Institution
10 16 (2.12%) Local Government
11 13 (1.73%) Games
12 11 (1.46%) Billing
13 10 (1.33%) Electronics
14 7 (0.93%) Manufacturing
14 7 (0.93%) Prime Brokerage
14 7 (0.93%) Publishing
14 7 (0.93%) Retail Banking
15 5 (0.66%) Advertising
15 5 (0.66%) Wholesale Banking
16 4 (0.53%) Military
Job Titles
1 184 (24.44%) Analyst
2 183 (24.30%) Developer
3 120 (15.94%) Business Analyst
4 78 (10.36%) Project Manager
5 50 (6.64%) Architect
6 39 (5.18%) C# Developer
6 39 (5.18%) Consultant
7 38 (5.05%) .NET Developer
8 32 (4.25%) Senior Developer
9 30 (3.98%) Java Developer
10 29 (3.85%) SQL Developer
11 25 (3.32%) Solutions Architect
12 21 (2.79%) C# .NET Developer
12 21 (2.79%) IT Manager
12 21 (2.79%) Junior
12 21 (2.79%) Senior Analyst
13 19 (2.52%) Support Analyst
14 18 (2.39%) Back Office Engineer
14 18 (2.39%) Full Stack Developer
15 17 (2.26%) JavaScript Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 114 (15.14%) .NET
2 47 (6.24%) XML
3 37 (4.91%) WPF
4 35 (4.65%) WCF
5 32 (4.25%) HTML
6 30 (3.98%) WinForms
7 29 (3.85%) .NET Framework
7 29 (3.85%) AngularJS
8 20 (2.66%) SOAP
8 20 (2.66%) Web Services
9 18 (2.39%) CSS
9 18 (2.39%) FIX Protocol
9 18 (2.39%) Spring
9 18 (2.39%) XSLT
10 17 (2.26%) HTML5
11 16 (2.12%) Entity Framework
12 14 (1.86%) Middleware
13 13 (1.73%) Node.js
14 12 (1.59%) REST
14 12 (1.59%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 78 (10.36%) Fixed Income
2 64 (8.50%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 59 (7.84%) Derivative
4 52 (6.91%) Analytical Skills
5 42 (5.58%) Equities
6 21 (2.79%) Data Structures
7 19 (2.52%) Management Information System
8 18 (2.39%) Market Risk
9 17 (2.26%) Greenfield Project
10 13 (1.73%) Hedge funds
10 13 (1.73%) SWIFT
11 12 (1.59%) NHS
11 12 (1.59%) User Experience
12 9 (1.20%) Algorithms
12 9 (1.20%) Equity Derivative
12 9 (1.20%) Fintech
12 9 (1.20%) Mobile App
12 9 (1.20%) OTC Derivatives
13 7 (0.93%) Data Centre
13 7 (0.93%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 94 (12.48%) Windows
2 44 (5.84%) Unix
3 39 (5.18%) Linux
4 20 (2.66%) Windows Server
5 12 (1.59%) Windows 7
6 10 (1.33%) Windows 10
7 9 (1.20%) Solaris
7 9 (1.20%) Windows Server 2008
8 6 (0.80%) Windows Server 2012
9 5 (0.66%) Windows 8
10 4 (0.53%) Apple iOS
11 3 (0.40%) Mac OS
11 3 (0.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (0.40%) Windows Server 2003
11 3 (0.40%) Windows XP
12 2 (0.27%) Data ONTAP
13 1 (0.13%) Android
13 1 (0.13%) BlackBerry OS
13 1 (0.13%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 200 (26.56%) Agile Software Development
2 87 (11.55%) Project Management
3 74 (9.83%) Business Analysis
4 61 (8.10%) Stakeholder Management
5 57 (7.57%) Change Management
6 56 (7.44%) TDD
7 55 (7.30%) Data Modelling
8 54 (7.17%) Scrum
9 49 (6.51%) User Acceptance Testing
10 47 (6.24%) Risk Management
10 47 (6.24%) SDLC
11 46 (6.11%) Test Automation
12 43 (5.71%) Continuous Integration
13 42 (5.58%) CRM
13 42 (5.58%) PRINCE2
14 39 (5.18%) Validation
15 38 (5.05%) Business Intelligence
15 38 (5.05%) Workflow
16 37 (4.91%) ERP
17 36 (4.78%) Investment Management
Programming Languages
1 146 (19.39%) SQL
2 107 (14.21%) C#
3 88 (11.69%) Java
4 68 (9.03%) JavaScript
5 26 (3.45%) C++
6 24 (3.19%) Python
7 20 (2.66%) T-SQL
8 17 (2.26%) VBA
9 16 (2.12%) VB.NET
10 15 (1.99%) Ruby
11 14 (1.86%) Perl
12 12 (1.59%) ActionScript
12 12 (1.59%) Shell Script
13 11 (1.46%) C
14 9 (1.20%) Objective-C
15 7 (0.93%) PowerShell
15 7 (0.93%) VB
16 6 (0.80%) PHP
16 6 (0.80%) Scala
16 6 (0.80%) X++
Qualifications
1 25 (3.32%) Security Cleared
2 19 (2.52%) Degree
2 19 (2.52%) SC Cleared
3 16 (2.12%) PMP
4 13 (1.73%) PMI Certification
5 8 (1.06%) CCNA
5 8 (1.06%) Cisco Certification
5 8 (1.06%) ISEB
5 8 (1.06%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 5 (0.66%) CAPM
6 5 (0.66%) IIBA
7 4 (0.53%) BPSS Clearance
8 3 (0.40%) CCNP
8 3 (0.40%) Computer Science Degree
8 3 (0.40%) HNC
8 3 (0.40%) HND
8 3 (0.40%) ISTQB
8 3 (0.40%) Six Sigma Green Belt
9 2 (0.27%) A+ Certification
9 2 (0.27%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (7.70%) MiFID
2 32 (4.25%) QA
3 31 (4.12%) EMIR
4 15 (1.99%) SLA
5 14 (1.86%) PMO
6 13 (1.73%) GDPR
7 8 (1.06%) Data Quality
8 7 (0.93%) Disclosure Scotland
9 5 (0.66%) Dodd-Frank
10 4 (0.53%) ISO 14001
10 4 (0.53%) ISO 9001
10 4 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 3 (0.40%) AIFMD
11 3 (0.40%) RMADS
12 2 (0.27%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 49 (6.51%) Active Directory
2 14 (1.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (0.93%) Hyper-V
3 7 (0.93%) VMware ESXi
4 5 (0.66%) XenApp
5 4 (0.53%) Virtual Servers
6 3 (0.40%) Docker
6 3 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (0.40%) XenDesktop
7 2 (0.27%) Xen
8 1 (0.13%) Firmware
8 1 (0.13%) KVM
8 1 (0.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.13%) vCloud
8 1 (0.13%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 11 (1.46%) Puppet
2 9 (1.20%) Ansible
3 8 (1.06%) Opscode Chef
4 7 (0.93%) HP Quality Center
5 5 (0.66%) Norton AntiVirus
6 4 (0.53%) Business Desktop Deployment
7 3 (0.40%) McAfee ePO
7 3 (0.40%) SCCM
7 3 (0.40%) WSUS
8 2 (0.27%) Cobbler
8 2 (0.27%) Control-M
8 2 (0.27%) Oozie
8 2 (0.27%) Red Hat Spacewalk
8 2 (0.27%) Terraform
9 1 (0.13%) NetBackup
9 1 (0.13%) yum
Vendors
1 140 (18.59%) Microsoft
2 54 (7.17%) Oracle
3 30 (3.98%) Bloomberg
4 26 (3.45%) SAP
5 20 (2.66%) Sybase
6 19 (2.52%) ION Trading
6 19 (2.52%) VMware
7 18 (2.39%) Cisco
8 17 (2.26%) Calypso
9 13 (1.73%) IBM
10 12 (1.59%) Charles River
10 12 (1.59%) hybris
10 12 (1.59%) Temenos
11 11 (1.46%) Citrix
11 11 (1.46%) OpenLink
12 10 (1.33%) Murex
12 10 (1.33%) TIBCO
13 9 (1.20%) Huawei
13 9 (1.20%) SunGard
14 8 (1.06%) Apple