Period
to 11 April 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 11 April 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
11 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 360 392 378
Rank change year-on-year +32 -14 -4
Contract jobs citing Back Office 295 328 637
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.56% 0.55% 0.66%
As % of the General category 1.37% 1.47% 1.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 207 223 455
10th Percentile £300 £275 £313
25th Percentile £407 £340 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £570 £470 £475
Median % change year-on-year +21.28% -1.05% -5.00%
75th Percentile £644 £600 £575
90th Percentile £692 £700 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £400 £425
% change year-on-year +8.28% -5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 5 6
10th Percentile £16.13 " £9.50
25th Percentile £17.99 £13.49 £12.56
Median hourly rate £23.21 £16.85 £21.75
Median % change year-on-year +37.79% -22.55% -5.91%
75th Percentile " £19.27 £29.97
90th Percentile £31.11 £25.59 £42.56
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.21 £16.04 £14.75
% change year-on-year +44.75% +8.71% +8.94%

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 21,469 22,291 38,465
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 40.84% 37.37% 39.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,571 14,709 25,746
10th Percentile £305 £269 £300
25th Percentile £400 £386 £385
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £480 £483
Median % change year-on-year +4.17% -0.62% +1.68%
75th Percentile £600 £600 £588
90th Percentile £700 £688 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £430 £445 £438
% change year-on-year -3.37% +1.71% +3.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 775 708 943
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.44 £11.81
25th Percentile £15.04 £15.73 £14.78
Median hourly rate £24.00 £21.41 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year +12.10% +1.95% -
75th Percentile £44.50 £43.75 £41.19
90th Percentile £54.30 £52.50 £49.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £20.03 £20.24
% change year-on-year +7.37% -1.04% +4.87%

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 11 April 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 11 April 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Back Office in the UK

Back Office
Top 14 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 11 April 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 +43 264 £575 +21.05% 98
London -1 164 £575 +15.00% 50
UK excluding London +65 105 £433 +8.28% 52
Work from Home -218 43 £498 -33.67% 16
South East +61 30 £600 +84.62% 10
Midlands +38 27 £350 -33.81% 17
West Midlands +21 21 £300 -42.86% 12
Scotland +8 16 £413 -11.29% 3
South West +65 14 £449 +7.16% 5
North of England +35 11 £450 +20.00% 15
East of England +44 7 £147 -57.93% 1
Yorkshire +30 7 £450 +33.33% 7
East Midlands +32 6 £463 -33.93% 5
North West +16 4 £338 -15.63% 6

For the 6 months to 11 April 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 99 (33.56%) Finance
2 72 (24.41%) SQL
3 67 (22.71%) Front Office
4 59 (20.00%) Azure
5 58 (19.66%) Agile Software Development
6 52 (17.63%) Python
7 50 (16.95%) Banking
8 36 (12.20%) Oracle
9 34 (11.53%) Microsoft
10 31 (10.51%) .NET
11 29 (9.83%) SQL Server
11 29 (9.83%) Active Directory
11 29 (9.83%) AWS
12 28 (9.49%) Test Automation
12 28 (9.49%) JIRA
13 27 (9.15%) Investment Banking
13 27 (9.15%) C#
13 27 (9.15%) Windows
14 26 (8.81%) Unix
14 26 (8.81%) Stakeholder Management
14 26 (8.81%) Analytical Skills
15 25 (8.47%) Linux
15 25 (8.47%) SAP
15 25 (8.47%) Software Engineering
16 24 (8.14%) Java
16 24 (8.14%) Public Sector
17 23 (7.80%) Bloomberg
17 23 (7.80%) Git (software)
17 23 (7.80%) SWIFT
18 22 (7.46%) 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 6 (2.03%) SharePoint
2 4 (1.36%) Oracle Coherence
3 3 (1.02%) Apache
3 3 (1.02%) Confluence
3 3 (1.02%) nginx
4 2 (0.68%) Apache Airflow
4 2 (0.68%) Apache Solr
4 2 (0.68%) Apache Spark
4 2 (0.68%) CMS
4 2 (0.68%) Documentum
4 2 (0.68%) FileNet
5 1 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.34%) IIS
5 1 (0.34%) Jupyter
5 1 (0.34%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 7 (2.37%) Microsoft Office
1 7 (2.37%) MS Visio
2 6 (2.03%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (1.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.34%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 12 (4.07%) Markit EDM
2 10 (3.39%) Eagle PACE
3 9 (3.05%) Oracle EBS
4 7 (2.37%) Dynamics CRM
5 5 (1.69%) Oracle Applications
6 3 (1.02%) Oracle General Ledger
6 3 (1.02%) Unit4 Business World
7 2 (0.68%) Endur
7 2 (0.68%) NetSuite
7 2 (0.68%) Salerio
7 2 (0.68%) SAP ERP
7 2 (0.68%) SAP Hybris
7 2 (0.68%) SAP S/4HANA
7 2 (0.68%) Sonata
8 1 (0.34%) Maximo
8 1 (0.34%) Oracle ERP
8 1 (0.34%) Oracle Financials
8 1 (0.34%) PolarLake
8 1 (0.34%) SAP FI
8 1 (0.34%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 59 (20.00%) Azure
2 29 (9.83%) AWS
3 7 (2.37%) Azure Functions
3 7 (2.37%) GCP
3 7 (2.37%) Serverless
4 6 (2.03%) Azure Active Directory
4 6 (2.03%) Microsoft 365
5 5 (1.69%) Azure Data Factory
5 5 (1.69%) SaaS
6 4 (1.36%) Dynamics 365
6 4 (1.36%) PaaS
6 4 (1.36%) Power Platform
7 2 (0.68%) Adobe Creative Cloud
7 2 (0.68%) npm
7 2 (0.68%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
7 2 (0.68%) Salesforce Service Cloud
8 1 (0.34%) Amazon Cognito
8 1 (0.34%) IaaS
8 1 (0.34%) Logic Apps
8 1 (0.34%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 13 (4.41%) LAN
1 13 (4.41%) PBX
1 13 (4.41%) RTP
1 13 (4.41%) VoIP
1 13 (4.41%) WAN
2 7 (2.37%) DHCP
2 7 (2.37%) DNS
2 7 (2.37%) Firewall
3 5 (1.69%) SAN
4 2 (0.68%) SSH
4 2 (0.68%) TCP/IP
4 2 (0.68%) WebEx
5 1 (0.34%) 3G
5 1 (0.34%) 4G
5 1 (0.34%) 5G
5 1 (0.34%) Internet
5 1 (0.34%) Radio Access Network
5 1 (0.34%) Skype
5 1 (0.34%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (0.34%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (9.83%) SQL Server
2 20 (6.78%) Data Warehouse
3 10 (3.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 6 (2.03%) Relational Database
5 5 (1.69%) GIS
5 5 (1.69%) MySQL
6 4 (1.36%) Data Lake
6 4 (1.36%) DB2
6 4 (1.36%) NoSQL
6 4 (1.36%) Redis
6 4 (1.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 3 (1.02%) Oracle Database
7 3 (1.02%) Oracle Reports
8 2 (0.68%) Big Data
8 2 (0.68%) Blockchain
8 2 (0.68%) SAP HANA
9 1 (0.34%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.34%) MS Access
9 1 (0.34%) Oracle Database 12c
9 1 (0.34%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 28 (9.49%) JIRA
2 23 (7.80%) Git (software)
3 15 (5.08%) Bitbucket
4 13 (4.41%) LoadRunner
5 10 (3.39%) Artifactory
6 5 (1.69%) Jenkins
7 4 (1.36%) Oracle APEX
7 4 (1.36%) Visual Studio
8 3 (1.02%) JUnit
8 3 (1.02%) Maven
8 3 (1.02%) Subversion
8 3 (1.02%) Team Foundation Server
9 2 (0.68%) Ant
9 2 (0.68%) Bower
9 2 (0.68%) Cucumber
9 2 (0.68%) Eclipse
9 2 (0.68%) Grunt
9 2 (0.68%) Jasmine
9 2 (0.68%) Karma Test Runner
9 2 (0.68%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 99 (33.56%) Finance
2 67 (22.71%) Front Office
3 50 (16.95%) Banking
4 27 (9.15%) Investment Banking
5 24 (8.14%) Public Sector
6 15 (5.08%) Telecoms
7 13 (4.41%) Retail
8 5 (1.69%) Advertising
8 5 (1.69%) Legal
9 4 (1.36%) Aerospace
9 4 (1.36%) Financial Institution
9 4 (1.36%) General Ledger
9 4 (1.36%) Law
9 4 (1.36%) Marketing
9 4 (1.36%) Retail Banking
10 3 (1.02%) Wholesale Banking
11 2 (0.68%) Billing
11 2 (0.68%) Local Government
12 1 (0.34%) Games
12 1 (0.34%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 78 (26.44%) Analyst
2 67 (22.71%) Developer
3 45 (15.25%) Business Analyst
4 35 (11.86%) Architect
5 21 (7.12%) Solutions Architect
6 18 (6.10%) Project Manager
7 16 (5.42%) Test Analyst
8 14 (4.75%) SQL Developer
9 13 (4.41%) Data Business Analyst
10 12 (4.07%) Data Analyst
10 12 (4.07%) Data Manager
11 11 (3.73%) Java Developer
12 10 (3.39%) Business Manager
12 10 (3.39%) Consultant
12 10 (3.39%) SQL Analyst
12 10 (3.39%) SQL Data Analyst
13 9 (3.05%) C# Developer
13 9 (3.05%) C++ Developer
13 9 (3.05%) Energy Trading Developer
13 9 (3.05%) Infrastructure Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (10.51%) .NET
2 22 (7.46%) XML
3 14 (4.75%) Middleware
4 12 (4.07%) FIX Protocol
5 10 (3.39%) HTML
6 9 (3.05%) CSS
7 6 (2.03%) AngularJS
7 6 (2.03%) Kafka
7 6 (2.03%) React
7 6 (2.03%) REST
7 6 (2.03%) Spring
7 6 (2.03%) Web Services
8 5 (1.69%) Elastic Stack
8 5 (1.69%) JMS
8 5 (1.69%) jQuery
8 5 (1.69%) Node.js
9 4 (1.36%) CSS3
9 4 (1.36%) HTML5
9 4 (1.36%) JSON
9 4 (1.36%) TIBCO EMS
Miscellaneous
1 26 (8.81%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (7.80%) SWIFT
3 22 (7.46%) Greenfield Project
4 19 (6.44%) Data Centre
5 16 (5.42%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 16 (5.42%) Hedge funds
6 15 (5.08%) Cloud Native
6 15 (5.08%) Derivative
7 12 (4.07%) Equities
8 11 (3.73%) Reference Data
9 10 (3.39%) Market Risk
9 10 (3.39%) NHS
10 9 (3.05%) Fixed Income
11 8 (2.71%) Management Information System
12 6 (2.03%) Credit Risk
13 5 (1.69%) Security Operations Centre
13 5 (1.69%) Tandem
14 3 (1.02%) OTC Derivatives
14 3 (1.02%) User Experience
15 2 (0.68%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 27 (9.15%) Windows
2 26 (8.81%) Unix
3 25 (8.47%) Linux
4 9 (3.05%) Windows Server
5 7 (2.37%) Windows Server 2012
6 5 (1.69%) Windows 7
7 4 (1.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 4 (1.36%) Solaris
7 4 (1.36%) Windows 10
8 3 (1.02%) Alpine Linux
8 3 (1.02%) Debian
9 2 (0.68%) CentOS
9 2 (0.68%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (19.66%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (9.49%) Test Automation
3 26 (8.81%) Stakeholder Management
4 25 (8.47%) Software Engineering
5 22 (7.46%) Migration
5 22 (7.46%) Scenario Testing
6 21 (7.12%) ITIL
6 21 (7.12%) Microservices
6 21 (7.12%) Scrum
7 20 (6.78%) Problem-Solving
7 20 (6.78%) Project Management
8 18 (6.10%) Business Analysis
8 18 (6.10%) Investment Management
9 17 (5.76%) Functional Testing
10 16 (5.42%) CRM
10 16 (5.42%) ERP
11 15 (5.08%) Analytics
11 15 (5.08%) Asset Management
11 15 (5.08%) DevOps
11 15 (5.08%) Product Roadmap
Programming Languages
1 72 (24.41%) SQL
2 52 (17.63%) Python
3 27 (9.15%) C#
4 24 (8.14%) Java
5 12 (4.07%) C++
5 12 (4.07%) JavaScript
6 11 (3.73%) C
7 10 (3.39%) PL/SQL
7 10 (3.39%) PowerShell
8 9 (3.05%) TypeScript
9 6 (2.03%) Go
9 6 (2.03%) PHP
10 5 (1.69%) Shell Script
11 4 (1.36%) Kotlin
11 4 (1.36%) Perl
12 3 (1.02%) Java 8
13 2 (0.68%) Apex Code
13 2 (0.68%) T-SQL
14 1 (0.34%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 19 (6.44%) Degree
2 12 (4.07%) Security Cleared
3 8 (2.71%) MCP
3 8 (2.71%) MCSA
3 8 (2.71%) Microsoft Certification
4 7 (2.37%) SC Cleared
5 6 (2.03%) Cisco Certification
6 5 (1.69%) A+ Certification
6 5 (1.69%) CCNP
6 5 (1.69%) MCDST
6 5 (1.69%) Network+ Certification
6 5 (1.69%) PhD
7 4 (1.36%) Numerate Degree
8 3 (1.02%) ISEB
8 3 (1.02%) MCSE
9 2 (0.68%) Computer Science Degree
9 2 (0.68%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.34%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (0.34%) ISTQB
10 1 (0.34%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (4.07%) QA
2 3 (1.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (1.02%) MiFID
2 3 (1.02%) PMO
3 2 (0.68%) ISO/IEC 27005
3 2 (0.68%) SEPA
3 2 (0.68%) SLA
4 1 (0.34%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.34%) EMIR
4 1 (0.34%) FATCA
4 1 (0.34%) GDPR
4 1 (0.34%) ISO 15022
4 1 (0.34%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 29 (9.83%) Active Directory
2 9 (3.05%) Docker
3 8 (2.71%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (2.03%) Virtual Machines
5 5 (1.69%) Terminal Services
5 5 (1.69%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (0.68%) VMware Workstation
7 1 (0.34%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 10 (3.39%) Kubernetes
2 5 (1.69%) DameWare
2 5 (1.69%) Grafana
3 4 (1.36%) Control-M
3 4 (1.36%) SCCM
4 3 (1.02%) HP ALM
4 3 (1.02%) Prometheus
5 2 (0.68%) Jamf Pro
5 2 (0.68%) MIIS
5 2 (0.68%) Nagios
5 2 (0.68%) SCOM
5 2 (0.68%) Terraform
6 1 (0.34%) Ansible
6 1 (0.34%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.34%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 36 (12.20%) Oracle
2 34 (11.53%) Microsoft
3 25 (8.47%) SAP
4 23 (7.80%) Bloomberg
5 14 (4.75%) SolarWinds
6 12 (4.07%) Cisco
7 9 (3.05%) VMware
8 6 (2.03%) Citrix
9 5 (1.69%) Dell
9 5 (1.69%) IBM
9 5 (1.69%) Juniper
9 5 (1.69%) Murex
10 4 (1.36%) Adobe
10 4 (1.36%) hybris
10 4 (1.36%) MuleSoft
10 4 (1.36%) Red Hat
10 4 (1.36%) TIBCO
11 3 (1.02%) Databricks
11 3 (1.02%) JD Edwards
11 3 (1.02%) New Relic