Period
to 19 October 2021

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 19 October 2021 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
19 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 422 295 430
Rank change year-on-year -127 +135 -76
Contract jobs citing Back Office 454 250 463
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.54% 0.80% 0.55%
As % of the General category 1.01% 1.51% 1.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 326 187 332
10th Percentile £313 £350 £275
25th Percentile £425 £475 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £563 £600 £475
Median % change year-on-year -6.25% +26.32% -5.00%
75th Percentile £692 £731 £588
90th Percentile £763 £750 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £448 £400
% change year-on-year -10.61% +11.88% -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 4 4
10th Percentile £15.73 £15.50 "
25th Percentile £16.67 £16.25 £16.20
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.67 £18.35
Median % change year-on-year +1.85% -3.69% +24.41%
75th Percentile £21.75 £21.01 £22.06
90th Percentile £80.00 £26.41 £22.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £23.67 £18.35
% change year-on-year -23.96% +29.01% +66.82%

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 44,851 16,563 43,513
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 53.27% 53.12% 51.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 30,366 11,204 28,191
10th Percentile £306 £269 £263
25th Percentile £413 £375 £365
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £520 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +9.47% - +3.26%
75th Percentile £625 £588 £575
90th Percentile £713 £700 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,378 547 1,479
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.25 £15.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £19.00 £22.00 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year -13.64% +15.79% +7.16%
75th Percentile £42.95 £41.77 £40.00
90th Percentile £60.15 £51.60 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.25 £20.13 £17.50
% change year-on-year -14.29% +15.00% -

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 19 October 2021.

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 19 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Back Office in the UK

Back Office
Top 17 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 19 October 2021. 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 -134 380 £575 -4.17% 135
London -123 294 £625 +4.17% 55
Work from Home -150 109 £513 +22.02% 29
UK excluding London -119 83 £400 -10.61% 91
South East -85 27 £439 -27.54% 15
North of England -66 23 £294 -34.72% 26
Scotland -71 14 £425 -19.05% 8
Yorkshire -35 12 £238 - 7
South West -45 10 £366 +4.43% 11
North West -59 9 £300 -33.33% 15
Midlands -81 5 £335 -33.00% 22
West Midlands -64 4 £340 -35.24% 12
East of England -46 2 £450 +100.00% 6
North East - 2 £405 - 4
East Midlands -33 1 £263 -16.67% 10
Isle of Man - 1 £425 -
Wales - 1 - - 3

For the 6 months to 19 October 2021, 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.

1 201 (44.27%) Finance
2 144 (31.72%) Agile Software Development
3 109 (24.01%) Social Skills
4 90 (19.82%) Banking
5 85 (18.72%) SQL
6 67 (14.76%) Azure
7 65 (14.32%) Front Office
8 57 (12.56%) Degree
9 56 (12.33%) Java
9 56 (12.33%) Microsoft
10 54 (11.89%) Analytical Skills
11 46 (10.13%) AWS
11 46 (10.13%) Problem-Solving
12 45 (9.91%) Git (software)
13 43 (9.47%) Python
13 43 (9.47%) Investment Banking
14 42 (9.25%) Windows
14 42 (9.25%) Oracle
15 41 (9.03%) DevOps
16 39 (8.59%) Analytics
17 38 (8.37%) Project Management
17 38 (8.37%) Scrum
18 37 (8.15%) Stakeholder Management
18 37 (8.15%) C#
19 36 (7.93%) CRM
19 36 (7.93%) Business Analysis
20 33 (7.27%) Active Directory
21 32 (7.05%) Test Automation
21 32 (7.05%) ETRM
22 31 (6.83%) .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 11 (2.42%) Confluence
2 9 (1.98%) SharePoint
3 7 (1.54%) MS Exchange
4 4 (0.88%) Apache
4 4 (0.88%) Apache Airflow
4 4 (0.88%) Apache Spark
4 4 (0.88%) WebSphere
5 3 (0.66%) Tomcat
5 3 (0.66%) Umbraco
6 2 (0.44%) Apache ServiceMix
6 2 (0.44%) Apache Solr
6 2 (0.44%) Skype for Business
7 1 (0.22%) CMS
7 1 (0.22%) Documentum
7 1 (0.22%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (0.22%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.22%) FileNet
7 1 (0.22%) IIS
7 1 (0.22%) JBoss
7 1 (0.22%) SAS
Applications
1 15 (3.30%) Microsoft Excel
2 12 (2.64%) Photoshop
3 11 (2.42%) Adobe Illustrator
3 11 (2.42%) Microsoft Office
4 9 (1.98%) MS Visio
5 5 (1.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (1.10%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (0.88%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.44%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 7 (1.54%) SunGard Martini
2 6 (1.32%) Oracle Financials
3 5 (1.10%) SAP Hybris
4 4 (0.88%) Endur
5 3 (0.66%) Aligne
5 3 (0.66%) Dynamics CRM
5 3 (0.66%) Markit EDM
5 3 (0.66%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.66%) SimCorp Dimension
5 3 (0.66%) thinkFolio
6 2 (0.44%) Magento
6 2 (0.44%) Northgate Housing
6 2 (0.44%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.44%) Oracle ERP
6 2 (0.44%) Orchestrade
6 2 (0.44%) SAP ECC
6 2 (0.44%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.22%) Advent Geneva
7 1 (0.22%) Loan IQ
7 1 (0.22%) Minerva
Cloud Services
1 67 (14.76%) Azure
2 46 (10.13%) AWS
3 26 (5.73%) GCP
4 23 (5.07%) Serverless
5 19 (4.19%) Azure Functions
6 16 (3.52%) Microsoft 365
7 15 (3.30%) Azure Data Factory
8 7 (1.54%) AWS CodeCommit
8 7 (1.54%) OneDrive
9 6 (1.32%) OpenShift
9 6 (1.32%) SaaS
10 5 (1.10%) Azure Active Directory
10 5 (1.10%) Azure Machine Learning
10 5 (1.10%) Power Platform
11 4 (0.88%) Azure Stack
11 4 (0.88%) Azure Storage
12 3 (0.66%) Azure Logic Apps
12 3 (0.66%) PaaS
13 2 (0.44%) FinancialForce
13 2 (0.44%) Google Workspace
Communications & Networking
1 13 (2.86%) DNS
2 10 (2.20%) DHCP
2 10 (2.20%) TCP/IP
3 8 (1.76%) SAN
4 6 (1.32%) DOCSIS
4 6 (1.32%) Skype
5 5 (1.10%) Firewall
5 5 (1.10%) LAN
5 5 (1.10%) WAN
6 4 (0.88%) Unified Communications
6 4 (0.88%) VoIP
6 4 (0.88%) Wireless
7 3 (0.66%) 3G
7 3 (0.66%) Network Security
8 2 (0.44%) iSCSI
8 2 (0.44%) MQTT
8 2 (0.44%) PuTTY
8 2 (0.44%) RTP
8 2 (0.44%) Wi-Fi
8 2 (0.44%) xDSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (4.19%) Relational Database
2 18 (3.96%) SQL Server
3 11 (2.42%) Oracle Database
4 10 (2.20%) Data Mart
4 10 (2.20%) NoSQL
5 9 (1.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 7 (1.54%) Oracle Database 12c
7 6 (1.32%) Data Warehouse
7 6 (1.32%) MongoDB
7 6 (1.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 5 (1.10%) Blockchain
9 4 (0.88%) Azure SQL Database
9 4 (0.88%) Power BI
9 4 (0.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 3 (0.66%) GIS
11 2 (0.44%) Apache Cassandra
11 2 (0.44%) MySQL
11 2 (0.44%) Oracle Reports
11 2 (0.44%) PostgreSQL
11 2 (0.44%) Redis
Development Applications
1 45 (9.91%) Git (software)
2 24 (5.29%) JIRA
3 16 (3.52%) Jenkins
4 11 (2.42%) Axure RP
5 8 (1.76%) Oracle APEX
6 7 (1.54%) ESLint
6 7 (1.54%) Jasmine
6 7 (1.54%) JUnit
6 7 (1.54%) Karma Test Runner
6 7 (1.54%) Subversion
6 7 (1.54%) TeamCity
7 6 (1.32%) Bitbucket
7 6 (1.32%) CppUnit
7 6 (1.32%) Robot Framework
7 6 (1.32%) Visual Studio
8 5 (1.10%) Artifactory
8 5 (1.10%) Mockito
8 5 (1.10%) Postman
8 5 (1.10%) Selenium
8 5 (1.10%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 201 (44.27%) Finance
2 109 (24.01%) Social Skills
3 90 (19.82%) Banking
4 65 (14.32%) Front Office
5 54 (11.89%) Analytical Skills
6 43 (9.47%) Investment Banking
7 30 (6.61%) Public Sector
8 28 (6.17%) Retail
9 22 (4.85%) Presentation Skills
10 15 (3.30%) Telecoms
11 9 (1.98%) Influencing Skills
12 8 (1.76%) Financial Institution
13 7 (1.54%) Legal
13 7 (1.54%) Retail Banking
14 6 (1.32%) Organisational Skills
15 5 (1.10%) Marketing
16 4 (0.88%) Documentation Skills
17 3 (0.66%) Inclusion and Diversity
18 2 (0.44%) Corporate Banking
18 2 (0.44%) Games
Job Titles
1 129 (28.41%) Analyst
2 93 (20.48%) Business Analyst
3 89 (19.60%) Developer
4 41 (9.03%) Architect
5 28 (6.17%) Project Manager
6 20 (4.41%) Senior Analyst
7 19 (4.19%) Senior Business Analyst
8 17 (3.74%) Solutions Architect
9 16 (3.52%) Java Developer
10 15 (3.30%) Back Office Business Analyst
10 15 (3.30%) Designer
11 14 (3.08%) Banking Analyst
12 12 (2.64%) Senior Developer
13 11 (2.42%) Consultant
13 11 (2.42%) UI Designer
13 11 (2.42%) UI/UX Designer
13 11 (2.42%) UX Designer
14 10 (2.20%) Data Scientist
14 10 (2.20%) Murex Developer
14 10 (2.20%) Python Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (6.83%) .NET
2 23 (5.07%) React
2 23 (5.07%) XML
3 22 (4.85%) AngularJS
4 18 (3.96%) Spring
5 16 (3.52%) JSON
5 16 (3.52%) REST
5 16 (3.52%) Web Services
6 14 (3.08%) Kafka
6 14 (3.08%) Node.js
7 13 (2.86%) .NET Core
7 13 (2.86%) RESTful
8 11 (2.42%) .NET Framework
8 11 (2.42%) jQuery
9 9 (1.98%) SOAP
9 9 (1.98%) Spring Boot
9 9 (1.98%) STL
10 8 (1.76%) HTML
10 8 (1.76%) Middleware
10 8 (1.76%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 29 (6.39%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 27 (5.95%) Fixed Income
3 20 (4.41%) User Experience
4 16 (3.52%) Derivative
4 16 (3.52%) Tandem
5 15 (3.30%) Hedge funds
6 14 (3.08%) Reference Data
6 14 (3.08%) Self-Motivation
7 12 (2.64%) Algorithms
8 10 (2.20%) Equities
8 10 (2.20%) Legacy Systems
9 9 (1.98%) Cloud Native
10 7 (1.54%) Data Centre
10 7 (1.54%) Greenfield Project
10 7 (1.54%) Virtual Team
11 6 (1.32%) Data Protection Act
11 6 (1.32%) EPoS
11 6 (1.32%) Management Information System
11 6 (1.32%) PMI
12 5 (1.10%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 42 (9.25%) Windows
2 20 (4.41%) Unix
3 18 (3.96%) Windows Server
4 12 (2.64%) Windows 10
5 10 (2.20%) Linux
6 5 (1.10%) Windows 2000 Server
7 4 (0.88%) Windows Server 2019
8 3 (0.66%) Windows 8
8 3 (0.66%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.44%) Android
9 2 (0.44%) Apple iOS
9 2 (0.44%) FreeRTOS
9 2 (0.44%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.22%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 144 (31.72%) Agile Software Development
2 46 (10.13%) Problem-Solving
3 41 (9.03%) DevOps
4 39 (8.59%) Analytics
5 38 (8.37%) Project Management
5 38 (8.37%) Scrum
6 37 (8.15%) Stakeholder Management
7 36 (7.93%) Business Analysis
7 36 (7.93%) CRM
8 32 (7.05%) ETRM
8 32 (7.05%) Test Automation
9 30 (6.61%) Microservices
9 30 (6.61%) Migration
10 29 (6.39%) Software Engineering
11 28 (6.17%) Workflow
12 26 (5.73%) Waterfall
13 24 (5.29%) Project Delivery
14 22 (4.85%) Coaching
14 22 (4.85%) Requirements Gathering
15 21 (4.63%) Digital Transformation Programme
Programming Languages
1 85 (18.72%) SQL
2 56 (12.33%) Java
3 43 (9.47%) Python
4 37 (8.15%) C#
5 21 (4.63%) JavaScript
6 20 (4.41%) C++
7 14 (3.08%) Java 8
8 9 (1.98%) Perl
9 6 (1.32%) VBA
10 5 (1.10%) C
10 5 (1.10%) VB
11 4 (0.88%) PL/SQL
11 4 (0.88%) PowerShell
11 4 (0.88%) Shell Script
12 2 (0.44%) Apex Code
12 2 (0.44%) Go
12 2 (0.44%) Ruby
12 2 (0.44%) Scala
12 2 (0.44%) VB.NET
13 1 (0.22%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 57 (12.56%) Degree
2 16 (3.52%) PhD
2 16 (3.52%) Security Cleared
3 15 (3.30%) SC Cleared
4 13 (2.86%) Numerate Degree
5 9 (1.98%) ISEB
6 7 (1.54%) CCNA
6 7 (1.54%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (1.32%) PMI Certification
8 5 (1.10%) PMP
9 4 (0.88%) Microsoft Certification
9 4 (0.88%) TOGAF Certification
10 3 (0.66%) MCSE
11 2 (0.44%) Computer Science Degree
11 2 (0.44%) DBS Check
11 2 (0.44%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (0.44%) Master's Degree
11 2 (0.44%) PCI QSA
12 1 (0.22%) CCIE Security
12 1 (0.22%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (3.30%) QA
2 8 (1.76%) PMO
3 6 (1.32%) SLA
4 5 (1.10%) Accessibility
5 4 (0.88%) EMIR
6 3 (0.66%) MiFID
7 2 (0.44%) FATCA
7 2 (0.44%) GDPR
7 2 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.44%) NIST 800
7 2 (0.44%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.22%) Basel III
8 1 (0.22%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.22%) Dodd-Frank
8 1 (0.22%) NCSC
8 1 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.22%) SEPA
System Software
1 33 (7.27%) Active Directory
2 18 (3.96%) Docker
3 12 (2.64%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.88%) Hyper-V
4 4 (0.88%) vSphere
5 2 (0.44%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.22%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.22%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.22%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.22%) VMware Workstation
6 1 (0.22%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 22 (4.85%) Kubernetes
2 12 (2.64%) SCCM
3 9 (1.98%) Ansible
4 8 (1.76%) Terraform
5 5 (1.10%) BladeLogic
5 5 (1.10%) Single Sign-On
6 4 (0.88%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 4 (0.88%) HP Quality Center
7 2 (0.44%) Backup Exec
7 2 (0.44%) HP ALM
7 2 (0.44%) Kibana
7 2 (0.44%) Microsoft Intune
7 2 (0.44%) NetBackup
7 2 (0.44%) Puppet
7 2 (0.44%) vCenter Server
8 1 (0.22%) Control-M
8 1 (0.22%) Data Guard
8 1 (0.22%) Nessus
8 1 (0.22%) SCOM
Vendors
1 56 (12.33%) Microsoft
2 42 (9.25%) Oracle
3 25 (5.51%) SAP
4 24 (5.29%) Murex
5 21 (4.63%) VMware
6 15 (3.30%) Salesforce.com
7 11 (2.42%) Adobe
7 11 (2.42%) Cisco
8 10 (2.20%) Google
8 10 (2.20%) IBM
8 10 (2.20%) Sybase
9 9 (1.98%) Citrix
10 8 (1.76%) Databricks
10 8 (1.76%) FIS
11 7 (1.54%) hybris
11 7 (1.54%) SunGard
12 5 (1.10%) Bloomberg
12 5 (1.10%) MuleSoft
12 5 (1.10%) Pega
12 5 (1.10%) Veeam