Period
to 17 October 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 17 October 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
17 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 411 352 330
Rank change year-on-year -59 -22 -26
Contract jobs citing Back Office 465 748 757
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.55% 0.72% 0.76%
As % of the General category 1.41% 1.79% 1.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 331 487 469
UK median daily rate £475 £500 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.00% - +21.21%
10th Percentile £275 £312 £277
90th Percentile £675 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £411
% change year-on-year -3.03% +0.30% +9.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 3 16
UK median hourly rate £18.35 £14.75 £40.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.41% -63.35% +143.94%
10th Percentile £16.20 £11.08 £13.50
90th Percentile £22.63 £28.32 £59.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.35 £11.00 £41.00
% change year-on-year +66.82% -73.17% +272.73%

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 33,006 41,761 43,646
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 38.79% 40.48% 43.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 21,100 27,090 28,823
UK median daily rate £480 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% +2.86%
10th Percentile £290 £290 £275
90th Percentile £675 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £403
% change year-on-year +2.94% +5.59% +0.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 973 1,157 1,091
UK median hourly rate £21.98 £20.60 £22.62
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.70% -8.93% +8.93%
10th Percentile £12.44 £11.85 £11.32
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.24 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year +7.50% -13.04% +11.52%

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 17 October 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 17 October 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 -66 444 £475 -5.00% 158
London -37 279 £525 -4.55% 74
UK excluding London -17 179 £400 -3.03% 88
South East -24 58 £413 - 25
North of England +32 38 £425 +11.84% 20
East of England +49 30 £350 -20.45% 5
Midlands +21 24 £400 -17.95% 15
North West +18 19 £500 +31.58% 13
West Midlands +24 17 £475 -5.00% 9
Yorkshire +35 14 £300 -29.41% 5
South West -32 14 £444 -8.97% 19
Scotland +23 11 £293 -31.18% 2
East Midlands +21 7 £325 -31.58% 6
North East - 5 £375 - 2
Wales +24 4 £588 -2.08% 2

For the 6 months to 17 October 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.

1 229 (49.25%) Finance
2 119 (25.59%) Agile Software Development
3 108 (23.23%) SQL
4 96 (20.65%) Banking
5 86 (18.49%) C#
5 86 (18.49%) Microsoft
6 78 (16.77%) Oracle
7 77 (16.56%) .NET
8 73 (15.70%) Windows
9 59 (12.69%) Migration
10 58 (12.47%) JavaScript
11 57 (12.26%) SQL Server
12 52 (11.18%) Problem-Solving
13 50 (10.75%) Degree
14 47 (10.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 47 (10.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 46 (9.89%) Java
15 46 (9.89%) Front Office
16 43 (9.25%) Active Directory
17 39 (8.39%) Windows Server
17 39 (8.39%) Azure
18 37 (7.96%) ITIL
19 36 (7.74%) Scrum
19 36 (7.74%) React
19 36 (7.74%) SDLC
20 34 (7.31%) Waterfall
21 32 (6.88%) Data Warehouse
22 30 (6.45%) CRM
22 30 (6.45%) Web Services
22 30 (6.45%) VB.NET

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 (3.87%) SharePoint
2 6 (1.29%) Confluence
3 5 (1.08%) IIS
3 5 (1.08%) MS Exchange
3 5 (1.08%) WebSphere
4 4 (0.86%) Skype for Business
5 3 (0.65%) Anypoint
5 3 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (0.43%) Apache Spark
6 2 (0.43%) Mule
6 2 (0.43%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.22%) Apache
7 1 (0.22%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.22%) GlassFish
7 1 (0.22%) JBoss
7 1 (0.22%) JCAPS
7 1 (0.22%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.22%) Tuxedo
7 1 (0.22%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.22%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 20 (4.30%) Microsoft Excel
2 19 (4.09%) MS Visio
3 17 (3.66%) Microsoft Office
4 13 (2.80%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.65%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.43%) Figma
6 2 (0.43%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 18 (3.87%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (2.37%) Oracle EBS
3 9 (1.94%) SimCorp Dimension
4 7 (1.51%) Oracle EBS R12
5 6 (1.29%) Misys Opics
6 4 (0.86%) Actimize
6 4 (0.86%) SAP S/4HANA
6 4 (0.86%) thinkFolio
7 3 (0.65%) BusinessWorks
7 3 (0.65%) Global One
7 3 (0.65%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 3 (0.65%) Temenos T24
8 2 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
8 2 (0.43%) Endur
8 2 (0.43%) Markit EDM
8 2 (0.43%) Oracle Financials
8 2 (0.43%) Oracle Payables
8 2 (0.43%) PolarLake
9 1 (0.22%) Oracle Assets
9 1 (0.22%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 39 (8.39%) Azure
2 25 (5.38%) AWS
3 23 (4.95%) Office 365
4 13 (2.80%) Power Platform
5 9 (1.94%) Dynamics 365
6 5 (1.08%) Microsoft Flow
6 5 (1.08%) PowerApps
7 4 (0.86%) GitHub
7 4 (0.86%) IBM Blueworks
7 4 (0.86%) PaaS
8 3 (0.65%) SaaS
8 3 (0.65%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
8 3 (0.65%) Salesforce Service Cloud
9 2 (0.43%) Azure Active Directory
9 2 (0.43%) Serverless
10 1 (0.22%) Adobe Analytics
10 1 (0.22%) AWS Lambda
10 1 (0.22%) Basecamp
10 1 (0.22%) Google Tag Manager
10 1 (0.22%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 16 (3.44%) DNS
2 14 (3.01%) TCP/IP
3 12 (2.58%) DHCP
3 12 (2.58%) LAN
3 12 (2.58%) SAN
4 11 (2.37%) WAN
5 8 (1.72%) Internet
6 7 (1.51%) Intranet
7 5 (1.08%) 4G
7 5 (1.08%) MPLS
7 5 (1.08%) VPN
7 5 (1.08%) Wireless
8 4 (0.86%) Cisco IOS
8 4 (0.86%) Firewall
8 4 (0.86%) Wi-Fi
9 3 (0.65%) Cisco Nexus
10 2 (0.43%) IOS XR
10 2 (0.43%) LTE
10 2 (0.43%) Node B
10 2 (0.43%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (12.26%) SQL Server
2 47 (10.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 47 (10.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 32 (6.88%) Data Warehouse
4 27 (5.81%) Oracle Database
5 15 (3.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 11 (2.37%) SQL Server 2012
6 11 (2.37%) SQL Server 2014
7 10 (2.15%) SQL Server 2005
8 9 (1.94%) MySQL
9 8 (1.72%) DTS
9 8 (1.72%) Power BI
9 8 (1.72%) SQL Server 2016
10 6 (1.29%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 6 (1.29%) Oracle Database 10g
10 6 (1.29%) SQL Server 2008
11 5 (1.08%) Relational Database
11 5 (1.08%) SAP BW
11 5 (1.08%) SQL Server 2000
12 4 (0.86%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 23 (4.95%) JIRA
2 19 (4.09%) TeamCity
3 18 (3.87%) Selenium
4 12 (2.58%) Team Foundation Server
5 10 (2.15%) Octopus Deploy
6 7 (1.51%) Git (software)
7 5 (1.08%) Jenkins
8 4 (0.86%) Visual Studio Team System
9 3 (0.65%) Ant
9 3 (0.65%) Maven
10 2 (0.43%) Bitbucket
10 2 (0.43%) Cobertura
10 2 (0.43%) Cucumber
10 2 (0.43%) Gradle
10 2 (0.43%) Hudson
10 2 (0.43%) Subversion
11 1 (0.22%) Bazaar
11 1 (0.22%) SoapUI
11 1 (0.22%) TestComplete
11 1 (0.22%) WebDriver
General
1 229 (49.25%) Finance
2 96 (20.65%) Banking
3 46 (9.89%) Front Office
4 28 (6.02%) Financial Institution
5 16 (3.44%) Publishing
6 15 (3.23%) Investment Banking
6 15 (3.23%) Retail
7 14 (3.01%) Telecoms
8 11 (2.37%) Legal
9 10 (2.15%) Marketing
10 8 (1.72%) Billing
10 8 (1.72%) Manufacturing
11 6 (1.29%) Automotive
12 5 (1.08%) Public Sector
13 4 (0.86%) Online Betting
14 3 (0.65%) Retail Banking
15 2 (0.43%) Prime Brokerage
16 1 (0.22%) German Language
16 1 (0.22%) Local Government
16 1 (0.22%) Wholesale Banking
Job Titles
1 136 (29.25%) Developer
2 87 (18.71%) Analyst
3 53 (11.40%) C# Developer
4 46 (9.89%) Architect
5 44 (9.46%) Business Analyst
6 32 (6.88%) Project Manager
7 28 (6.02%) .NET Developer
7 28 (6.02%) Solutions Architect
7 28 (6.02%) SQL Developer
8 25 (5.38%) C# .NET Developer
9 23 (4.95%) SSIS Developer
10 22 (4.73%) PHP Developer
11 20 (4.30%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 18 (3.87%) Support Engineer
13 17 (3.66%) Programme Manager
14 15 (3.23%) Applications Support
15 14 (3.01%) Consultant
15 14 (3.01%) DBA
15 14 (3.01%) PHP Laravel Developer
16 13 (2.80%) C# VB.NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 77 (16.56%) .NET
2 36 (7.74%) React
3 30 (6.45%) JSON
3 30 (6.45%) Web Services
4 29 (6.24%) AngularJS
5 28 (6.02%) XML
6 25 (5.38%) Laravel
7 21 (4.52%) Middleware
8 19 (4.09%) .NET Framework
9 18 (3.87%) WinForms
10 16 (3.44%) WCF
11 15 (3.23%) ADO.NET
11 15 (3.23%) jQuery
12 14 (3.01%) Entity Framework
12 14 (3.01%) REST
13 13 (2.80%) KnockoutJS
14 11 (2.37%) ASP.NET
14 11 (2.37%) HTML
14 11 (2.37%) RESTful
15 8 (1.72%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 30 (6.45%) User Experience
2 29 (6.24%) Mobile App
3 27 (5.81%) Management Information System
4 21 (4.52%) Analytical Skills
5 20 (4.30%) Equities
6 18 (3.87%) Data Centre
6 18 (3.87%) Derivative
6 18 (3.87%) Enterprise Software
7 16 (3.44%) Greenfield Project
8 15 (3.23%) Fixed Income
8 15 (3.23%) Hedge funds
9 14 (3.01%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 14 (3.01%) SWIFT
10 10 (2.15%) Reinsurance
11 9 (1.94%) Clustering
12 8 (1.72%) Self-Motivation
13 6 (1.29%) PKI
13 6 (1.29%) Virtual Team
14 5 (1.08%) Robotics
14 5 (1.08%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 73 (15.70%) Windows
2 39 (8.39%) Windows Server
3 21 (4.52%) Linux
3 21 (4.52%) Windows 10
4 17 (3.66%) Unix
5 16 (3.44%) Windows 7
6 15 (3.23%) Windows Server 2012
7 12 (2.58%) Windows Server 2008
8 11 (2.37%) CentOS
9 9 (1.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 9 (1.94%) Solaris
9 9 (1.94%) Ubuntu
10 7 (1.51%) HPUX
11 3 (0.65%) Apple iOS
12 2 (0.43%) Android
12 2 (0.43%) VME
12 2 (0.43%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 119 (25.59%) Agile Software Development
2 59 (12.69%) Migration
3 52 (11.18%) Problem-Solving
4 37 (7.96%) ITIL
5 36 (7.74%) Scrum
5 36 (7.74%) SDLC
6 34 (7.31%) Waterfall
7 30 (6.45%) CRM
8 27 (5.81%) Computer Science
9 26 (5.59%) Asset Management
9 26 (5.59%) Web Development
10 25 (5.38%) Business Intelligence
10 25 (5.38%) Investment Management
11 24 (5.16%) Business Analysis
11 24 (5.16%) Continuous Integration
11 24 (5.16%) OOP
11 24 (5.16%) Project Delivery
12 23 (4.95%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 23 (4.95%) Kanban
12 23 (4.95%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 108 (23.23%) SQL
2 86 (18.49%) C#
3 58 (12.47%) JavaScript
4 46 (9.89%) Java
5 30 (6.45%) VB.NET
6 29 (6.24%) T-SQL
7 28 (6.02%) PHP
8 27 (5.81%) PowerShell
9 15 (3.23%) PL/SQL
9 15 (3.23%) Python
10 10 (2.15%) TypeScript
11 8 (1.72%) ABAP
11 8 (1.72%) SAPscript
11 8 (1.72%) VBA
12 7 (1.51%) C
13 6 (1.29%) C++
14 5 (1.08%) Perl
15 4 (0.86%) Scala
15 4 (0.86%) Shell Script
16 3 (0.65%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 50 (10.75%) Degree
2 23 (4.95%) Computer Science Degree
3 19 (4.09%) Security Cleared
4 18 (3.87%) SC Cleared
5 12 (2.58%) Cisco Certification
6 8 (1.72%) ISEB
7 7 (1.51%) CCNA
8 6 (1.29%) CCNP
9 5 (1.08%) ISTQB
9 5 (1.08%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (0.86%) ISEB Practitioner
10 4 (0.86%) Master's Degree
11 3 (0.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 3 (0.65%) Microsoft Certification
12 2 (0.43%) DBS Check
12 2 (0.43%) MCITP
12 2 (0.43%) MCP
12 2 (0.43%) MCSE
12 2 (0.43%) TOGAF Certification
13 1 (0.22%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (4.09%) SLA
2 17 (3.66%) MiFID
3 13 (2.80%) QA
4 6 (1.29%) PSD2
5 5 (1.08%) PMO
6 4 (0.86%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.65%) EMIR
7 3 (0.65%) SEPA
8 2 (0.43%) GDPR
9 1 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.22%) NIST
9 1 (0.22%) NIST 800
9 1 (0.22%) PCI DSS
9 1 (0.22%) Solvency II
System Software
1 43 (9.25%) Active Directory
2 26 (5.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (3.87%) Hyper-V
4 9 (1.94%) vSphere
5 8 (1.72%) XenApp
6 7 (1.51%) ISA Server
7 4 (0.86%) XenDesktop
8 3 (0.65%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 3 (0.65%) Docker
8 3 (0.65%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.43%) Terminal Server
10 1 (0.22%) Firmware
10 1 (0.22%) KVM
10 1 (0.22%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.22%) NFS
10 1 (0.22%) Samba
10 1 (0.22%) Virtual Machines
10 1 (0.22%) VMware NSX
10 1 (0.22%) VMware Workstation
10 1 (0.22%) Xen
Systems Management
1 19 (4.09%) SCCM
2 11 (2.37%) Norton AntiVirus
3 8 (1.72%) vCenter Server
4 4 (0.86%) SCOM
5 3 (0.65%) WSUS
6 2 (0.43%) Ansible
6 2 (0.43%) HP ALM
6 2 (0.43%) HP Quality Center
6 2 (0.43%) Nagios
6 2 (0.43%) NetBackup
6 2 (0.43%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.43%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 1 (0.22%) Check_MK
7 1 (0.22%) Jamf Pro
7 1 (0.22%) Kibana
7 1 (0.22%) Kubernetes
7 1 (0.22%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.22%) Puppet
7 1 (0.22%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 1 (0.22%) vRealize
Vendors
1 86 (18.49%) Microsoft
2 78 (16.77%) Oracle
3 30 (6.45%) VMware
4 24 (5.16%) SAP
5 17 (3.66%) HP
6 14 (3.01%) Symantec
7 12 (2.58%) Cisco
8 10 (2.15%) Citrix
8 10 (2.15%) IBM
8 10 (2.15%) MuleSoft
9 9 (1.94%) Bloomberg
9 9 (1.94%) NetApp
9 9 (1.94%) SimCorp
10 8 (1.72%) Remedy
10 8 (1.72%) Salesforce.com
10 8 (1.72%) Temenos
11 7 (1.51%) 3PAR
11 7 (1.51%) Murex
11 7 (1.51%) Nimble Storage
11 7 (1.51%) Sun