Period
to 24 November 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 24 November 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
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 333 290 268
Rank change year-on-year -43 -22 -20
Contract jobs citing Back Office 757 904 1030
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.73% 0.86% 0.90%
As % of the General category 1.85% 2.36% 2.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 482 617 677
UK median daily rate £505 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.71% - -5.56%
10th Percentile £294 £263 £270
90th Percentile £688 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +13.33% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 14 23
UK median hourly rate £39.50 £16.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +139.39% -5.71% -1.41%
10th Percentile £15.58 £10.08 £13.65
90th Percentile £55.75 £25.53 £28.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.50 £11.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +259.09% -37.14% +29.63%

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 40987 38350 45717
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 39.77% 36.52% 39.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 27119 25471 29029
UK median daily rate £470 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £275 £263 £263
90th Percentile £663 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +3.13% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 894 939 1227
UK median hourly rate £25.12 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.47% - +13.64%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.36 £12.00
90th Percentile £47.95 £47.25 £48.09
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.47 £25.75 £26.00
% change year-on-year +2.80% -0.96% +14.59%

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 24 November 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 24 November 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 24 November 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 -40 725 £520 +15.56% 125
London -25 495 £550 +10.00% 87
UK excluding London -51 255 £425 +13.33% 43
South East -52 88 £400 +6.67% 19
North of England +43 62 £425 +21.43% 9
North West +32 35 £450 +20.00% 6
South West -8 32 £414 +10.33% 2
Midlands -10 32 £413 +10.00% 7
West Midlands 0 28 £425 +13.33% 7
Yorkshire +14 26 £250 -25.37% 3
Scotland +12 20 £400 +23.08% 5
East of England -6 16 £450 +20.00% 1
Wales +16 6 £337 -8.04%
East Midlands -22 3 - -
Northern Ireland - 2 - -
North East +58 1 - -

For the 6 months to 24 November 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.

1 317 (41.88%) Finance
2 219 (28.93%) Agile Software Development
3 167 (22.06%) Banking
4 149 (19.68%) SQL
5 142 (18.76%) Front Office
6 134 (17.70%) Microsoft
7 130 (17.17%) SQL Server
8 111 (14.66%) .NET
9 102 (13.47%) Windows
10 100 (13.21%) C#
11 99 (13.08%) Java
12 84 (11.10%) Project Management
13 79 (10.44%) Investment Banking
14 78 (10.30%) Business Analysis
15 70 (9.25%) Fixed Income
16 69 (9.11%) Scrum
17 66 (8.72%) JavaScript
18 63 (8.32%) TDD
19 59 (7.79%) Stakeholder Management
19 59 (7.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
20 58 (7.66%) Change Management
20 58 (7.66%) User Acceptance Testing
21 54 (7.13%) Oracle
22 53 (7.00%) MiFID
22 53 (7.00%) Analytical Skills
23 51 (6.74%) SDLC
23 51 (6.74%) Derivative
24 50 (6.61%) XML
25 48 (6.34%) Active Directory
25 48 (6.34%) JIRA

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 19 (2.51%) SharePoint
2 18 (2.38%) MS Exchange
3 13 (1.72%) Confluence
4 12 (1.59%) IIS
4 12 (1.59%) WebSphere
5 11 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2010
6 6 (0.79%) Skype for Business
7 5 (0.66%) Mule
8 4 (0.53%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 4 (0.53%) CMS
9 3 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2013
10 2 (0.26%) Apache Spark
10 2 (0.26%) WebSphere Application Server
11 1 (0.13%) EPiServer
11 1 (0.13%) JBoss
11 1 (0.13%) MTS
11 1 (0.13%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 1 (0.13%) Sitecore CMS
11 1 (0.13%) Umbraco
Applications
1 41 (5.42%) Microsoft Excel
1 41 (5.42%) Microsoft Office
2 36 (4.76%) MS Visio
3 19 (2.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 12 (1.59%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 16 (2.11%) ION MarketView
2 14 (1.85%) Temenos T24
3 13 (1.72%) Dynamics CRM
4 12 (1.59%) Endur
4 12 (1.59%) Unit4 Business World
5 11 (1.45%) Dynamics AX
6 8 (1.06%) Markit EDM
7 6 (0.79%) Bloomberg TOMS
7 6 (0.79%) SunGard GMI
8 4 (0.53%) BusinessWorks
8 4 (0.53%) Kondor
9 3 (0.40%) SAP CO
9 3 (0.40%) SAP FI
9 3 (0.40%) SAP FI/CO
9 3 (0.40%) SAP SD
9 3 (0.40%) Summit
10 2 (0.26%) NetSuite
10 2 (0.26%) Oracle Cash Management
10 2 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
10 2 (0.26%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 25 (3.30%) Office 365
2 23 (3.04%) Microsoft Azure
3 13 (1.72%) Dynamics 365
4 10 (1.32%) GitHub
5 9 (1.19%) Amazon AWS
6 7 (0.92%) SaaS
7 6 (0.79%) IaaS
8 4 (0.53%) AWS CloudFormation
9 3 (0.40%) G Suite
9 3 (0.40%) IBM Blueworks
9 3 (0.40%) iPaaS
9 3 (0.40%) PaaS
10 2 (0.26%) Cloud Computing
11 1 (0.13%) Amazon EC2
11 1 (0.13%) Amazon SQS
11 1 (0.13%) Google Cloud Platform
11 1 (0.13%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 23 (3.04%) LAN
2 21 (2.77%) Firewall
3 16 (2.11%) TCP/IP
4 15 (1.98%) Internet
5 13 (1.72%) DNS
6 11 (1.45%) DHCP
6 11 (1.45%) SAN
6 11 (1.45%) SMS
7 10 (1.32%) WAN
8 9 (1.19%) VoIP
9 7 (0.92%) NAS
10 6 (0.79%) VLAN
10 6 (0.79%) VPN
11 4 (0.53%) Cisco ASA
11 4 (0.53%) Intranet
11 4 (0.53%) Network Security
12 3 (0.40%) BGP
12 3 (0.40%) DSL
12 3 (0.40%) EIGRP
12 3 (0.40%) Extranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 130 (17.17%) SQL Server
2 26 (3.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 21 (2.77%) SQL Server 2008
4 17 (2.25%) Data Warehouse
5 15 (1.98%) Relational Database
6 11 (1.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 10 (1.32%) OLAP
8 9 (1.19%) Big Data
8 9 (1.19%) RDBMS
9 8 (1.06%) Hadoop
9 8 (1.06%) Power BI
9 8 (1.06%) SQL Server 2016
10 7 (0.92%) DB2
10 7 (0.92%) DTS
10 7 (0.92%) MongoDB
10 7 (0.92%) SQL Server 2000
11 6 (0.79%) KDB
11 6 (0.79%) MySQL
11 6 (0.79%) Oracle Database
11 6 (0.79%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 48 (6.34%) JIRA
2 37 (4.89%) Team Foundation Server
3 32 (4.23%) Maven
3 32 (4.23%) Visual Studio
4 26 (3.43%) Cucumber
5 24 (3.17%) Jenkins
6 22 (2.91%) Git (software)
7 21 (2.77%) Selenium
8 17 (2.25%) TeamCity
9 16 (2.11%) Subversion
10 12 (1.59%) Ant
11 11 (1.45%) Gradle
11 11 (1.45%) Sonatype Nexus
12 9 (1.19%) Bitbucket
12 9 (1.19%) ClearCase
13 6 (0.79%) SoapUI
13 6 (0.79%) Visual Studio Team System
14 5 (0.66%) Cobertura
14 5 (0.66%) SpecFlow
15 4 (0.53%) NUnit
General
1 317 (41.88%) Finance
2 167 (22.06%) Banking
3 142 (18.76%) Front Office
4 79 (10.44%) Investment Banking
5 36 (4.76%) Telecoms
6 31 (4.10%) Retail
7 23 (3.04%) Financial Institution
7 23 (3.04%) Legal
8 21 (2.77%) Marketing
9 17 (2.25%) Local Government
10 12 (1.59%) Games
11 11 (1.45%) Billing
12 9 (1.19%) Publishing
13 7 (0.92%) Electronics
14 6 (0.79%) Manufacturing
14 6 (0.79%) Prime Brokerage
15 5 (0.66%) Advertising
15 5 (0.66%) Retail Banking
16 4 (0.53%) Military
16 4 (0.53%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 196 (25.89%) Analyst
2 179 (23.65%) Developer
3 126 (16.64%) Business Analyst
4 73 (9.64%) Project Manager
5 45 (5.94%) Architect
6 38 (5.02%) Consultant
7 34 (4.49%) Java Developer
8 33 (4.36%) .NET Developer
8 33 (4.36%) Senior Developer
9 30 (3.96%) C# Developer
9 30 (3.96%) SQL Developer
10 22 (2.91%) Senior Analyst
11 21 (2.77%) Support Analyst
12 20 (2.64%) IT Manager
12 20 (2.64%) Junior
13 19 (2.51%) Desktop Support
14 18 (2.38%) Full Stack Developer
15 17 (2.25%) Back Office Engineer
15 17 (2.25%) Solutions Architect
16 16 (2.11%) Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 111 (14.66%) .NET
2 50 (6.61%) XML
3 38 (5.02%) HTML
4 35 (4.62%) WCF
5 34 (4.49%) WPF
6 31 (4.10%) .NET Framework
7 30 (3.96%) WinForms
8 29 (3.83%) AngularJS
9 25 (3.30%) SOAP
9 25 (3.30%) Spring
10 24 (3.17%) HTML5
11 21 (2.77%) CSS
11 21 (2.77%) FIX Protocol
11 21 (2.77%) Web Services
12 19 (2.51%) XSLT
13 18 (2.38%) Entity Framework
14 15 (1.98%) Middleware
14 15 (1.98%) Node.js
15 13 (1.72%) REST
15 13 (1.72%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 70 (9.25%) Fixed Income
2 59 (7.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 53 (7.00%) Analytical Skills
4 51 (6.74%) Derivative
5 40 (5.28%) Equities
6 20 (2.64%) Greenfield Project
6 20 (2.64%) Management Information System
6 20 (2.64%) SWIFT
7 18 (2.38%) Data Structures
8 15 (1.98%) Market Risk
8 15 (1.98%) NHS
9 14 (1.85%) Computer Science
9 14 (1.85%) User Experience
10 10 (1.32%) Fintech
10 10 (1.32%) Hedge funds
10 10 (1.32%) OTC Derivatives
11 8 (1.06%) Reference Data
12 7 (0.92%) Equity Derivative
12 7 (0.92%) Swaptions
12 7 (0.92%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 102 (13.47%) Windows
2 39 (5.15%) Linux
2 39 (5.15%) Unix
3 24 (3.17%) Windows Server
4 16 (2.11%) Windows 7
5 15 (1.98%) Windows 10
6 12 (1.59%) Windows Server 2008
7 9 (1.19%) Solaris
8 7 (0.92%) Windows Server 2012
9 6 (0.79%) Apple iOS
10 5 (0.66%) Windows 8
11 3 (0.40%) Android
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 1 (0.13%) BlackBerry OS
12 1 (0.13%) Data ONTAP
12 1 (0.13%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 219 (28.93%) Agile Software Development
2 84 (11.10%) Project Management
3 78 (10.30%) Business Analysis
4 69 (9.11%) Scrum
5 63 (8.32%) TDD
6 59 (7.79%) Stakeholder Management
7 58 (7.66%) Change Management
7 58 (7.66%) User Acceptance Testing
8 51 (6.74%) SDLC
9 48 (6.34%) Continuous Integration
9 48 (6.34%) Test Automation
10 47 (6.21%) PRINCE2
10 47 (6.21%) Validation
11 44 (5.81%) Data Modelling
12 43 (5.68%) ERP
13 42 (5.55%) Risk Management
14 41 (5.42%) Asset Management
15 40 (5.28%) CRM
15 40 (5.28%) ITIL
16 38 (5.02%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 149 (19.68%) SQL
2 100 (13.21%) C#
3 99 (13.08%) Java
4 66 (8.72%) JavaScript
5 27 (3.57%) T-SQL
6 24 (3.17%) C++
7 20 (2.64%) Python
8 16 (2.11%) VB.NET
9 15 (1.98%) VBA
10 14 (1.85%) Ruby
11 12 (1.59%) Perl
12 11 (1.45%) ActionScript
12 11 (1.45%) Shell Script
13 8 (1.06%) C
13 8 (1.06%) Objective-C
14 7 (0.92%) PHP
14 7 (0.92%) PowerShell
14 7 (0.92%) VB
15 6 (0.79%) X++
16 5 (0.66%) R
Qualifications
1 26 (3.43%) Degree
2 23 (3.04%) Security Cleared
3 16 (2.11%) SC Cleared
4 13 (1.72%) PMP
5 11 (1.45%) PMI Certification
6 10 (1.32%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 9 (1.19%) ISEB
8 8 (1.06%) CCNA
8 8 (1.06%) Cisco Certification
9 7 (0.92%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 6 (0.79%) Computer Science Degree
11 4 (0.53%) BPSS Clearance
11 4 (0.53%) CAPM
12 3 (0.40%) CCNP
12 3 (0.40%) CISM
12 3 (0.40%) CISSP
12 3 (0.40%) IIBA
13 2 (0.26%) A+ Certification
13 2 (0.26%) ACSA
13 2 (0.26%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (7.00%) MiFID
2 34 (4.49%) QA
3 30 (3.96%) EMIR
4 17 (2.25%) SLA
5 16 (2.11%) GDPR
6 12 (1.59%) PMO
7 9 (1.19%) Data Quality
8 7 (0.92%) Dodd-Frank
9 5 (0.66%) Disclosure Scotland
10 3 (0.40%) AIFMD
10 3 (0.40%) PSD2
10 3 (0.40%) RMADS
11 2 (0.26%) ISO 20022
11 2 (0.26%) WCAG
System Software
1 48 (6.34%) Active Directory
2 15 (1.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (0.92%) Hyper-V
4 6 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
4 6 (0.79%) XenApp
5 5 (0.66%) XenDesktop
6 4 (0.53%) Virtual Machines
6 4 (0.53%) Virtual Servers
7 2 (0.26%) Docker
8 1 (0.13%) Firmware
8 1 (0.13%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.13%) vCloud
8 1 (0.13%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.13%) Xen
Systems Management
1 7 (0.92%) Ansible
1 7 (0.92%) SCCM
2 6 (0.79%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (0.79%) Puppet
3 5 (0.66%) Norton AntiVirus
4 4 (0.53%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 4 (0.53%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (0.40%) Control-M
5 3 (0.40%) McAfee ePO
5 3 (0.40%) WSUS
6 2 (0.26%) Cobbler
6 2 (0.26%) Oozie
6 2 (0.26%) Red Hat Spacewalk
6 2 (0.26%) Terraform
6 2 (0.26%) vRealize
7 1 (0.13%) Kubernetes
7 1 (0.13%) yum
Vendors
1 134 (17.70%) Microsoft
2 54 (7.13%) Oracle
3 33 (4.36%) Bloomberg
4 26 (3.43%) SAP
5 20 (2.64%) IBM
6 19 (2.51%) ION Trading
6 19 (2.51%) Sybase
6 19 (2.51%) VMware
7 18 (2.38%) Charles River
8 16 (2.11%) Calypso
8 16 (2.11%) Cisco
9 14 (1.85%) Citrix
9 14 (1.85%) Temenos
10 11 (1.45%) hybris
11 10 (1.32%) OpenLink
11 10 (1.32%) Remedy
11 10 (1.32%) TIBCO
12 9 (1.19%) Huawei
12 9 (1.19%) Murex
13 8 (1.06%) Fidessa