Period
to 3 July 2020

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 3 July 2020 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
3 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 320 407 369
Rank change year-on-year +87 -38 -75
Contract jobs citing Back Office 294 554 699
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.71% 0.60% 0.68%
As % of the General category 1.80% 1.49% 1.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 207 397 469
Median daily rate £495 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.21% - -
10th Percentile £303 £310 £287
90th Percentile £750 £650 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 5 5
Median hourly rate £17.10 £20.50 £31.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.61% -33.87% -22.98%
10th Percentile £13.49 £16.92 £11.65
90th Percentile £22.43 £42.55 £33.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.85 £20.25 £23.00
% change year-on-year -16.81% -11.96% -45.85%

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 16,344 37,094 42,170
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 39.50% 39.87% 40.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,270 23,944 27,396
Median daily rate £500 £488 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +2.63% +5.56%
10th Percentile £300 £305 £288
90th Percentile £700 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £447 £445 £425
% change year-on-year +0.51% +4.71% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 592 984 1,149
Median hourly rate £27.46 £22.93 £21.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.77% +7.91% -2.41%
10th Percentile £12.92 £12.50 £11.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £48.33
Median hourly rate £21.57 £23.59 £19.00
% change year-on-year -8.56% +24.16% -13.19%

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 3 July 2020.

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
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 3 July 2020. 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 +99 280 £500 +5.26% 72
London +110 199 £555 +5.71% 42
UK excluding London +64 88 £400 -5.88% 31
South East +109 30 £313 -24.00% 5
North of England +89 27 £400 +11.11% 7
Work from Home +4 16 £575 +21.05% 10
North West +60 13 £460 +20.66% 3
Midlands +60 13 £475 +11.76% 7
Yorkshire +69 10 £350 +16.67% 2
West Midlands +51 10 £475 +5.56% 6
South West +56 9 £444 -6.58% 6
North East +33 4 £400 +18.52% 2
East Midlands +48 3 £315 -3.08% 1
Scotland +36 3 £500 +17.65%
East of England +54 2 £350 +16.67% 5
Wales +32 2 £625 +6.38% 1
Northern Ireland - 2 £150 -

For the 6 months to 3 July 2020, 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.

1 150 (51.02%) Finance
2 95 (32.31%) Banking
3 83 (28.23%) SQL
4 60 (20.41%) Java
5 55 (18.71%) Agile Software Development
6 54 (18.37%) DevOps
7 53 (18.03%) .NET
7 53 (18.03%) Python
8 52 (17.69%) Azure
9 51 (17.35%) Oracle
10 50 (17.01%) SQL Server
10 50 (17.01%) Asset Management
11 49 (16.67%) C#
12 45 (15.31%) Data Warehouse
13 44 (14.97%) Microservices
14 42 (14.29%) Investment Management
15 41 (13.95%) Web Services
16 38 (12.93%) Hedge funds
17 37 (12.59%) Front Office
17 37 (12.59%) Kubernetes
18 34 (11.56%) Windows
19 33 (11.22%) AWS
20 31 (10.54%) Google
20 31 (10.54%) Mentoring
21 30 (10.20%) MySQL
22 29 (9.86%) Apache
23 27 (9.18%) Degree
24 26 (8.84%) Microsoft
24 26 (8.84%) PostgreSQL
24 26 (8.84%) GCP

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 29 (9.86%) Apache
2 10 (3.40%) CMS
3 8 (2.72%) WebSphere
4 6 (2.04%) SharePoint
5 5 (1.70%) MS Exchange
5 5 (1.70%) WebSphere Application Server
6 4 (1.36%) GlassFish
6 4 (1.36%) JCAPS
6 4 (1.36%) WebLogic
7 3 (1.02%) NServiceBus
8 2 (0.68%) Confluence
8 2 (0.68%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.68%) Umbraco
9 1 (0.34%) Apache Solr
9 1 (0.34%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.34%) IIS
9 1 (0.34%) Mule
9 1 (0.34%) nginx
9 1 (0.34%) SAS
9 1 (0.34%) WildFly
Applications
1 11 (3.74%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (2.38%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (1.36%) Adobe Illustrator
3 4 (1.36%) InDesign
3 4 (1.36%) MS Visio
3 4 (1.36%) Photoshop
4 3 (1.02%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.34%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 10 (3.40%) Markit EDM
2 9 (3.06%) PolarLake
2 9 (3.06%) SAP S/4HANA
3 7 (2.38%) Distributed Ledger
3 7 (2.38%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (2.38%) Eagle PACE
4 6 (2.04%) Oracle Assets
4 6 (2.04%) Oracle Payables
4 6 (2.04%) Oracle Receivables
5 5 (1.70%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 5 (1.70%) SAP ERP
6 4 (1.36%) Oracle General Ledger
6 4 (1.36%) Payment Gateway
7 3 (1.02%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 2 (0.68%) Loan IQ
8 2 (0.68%) Magento
8 2 (0.68%) SAP MM
8 2 (0.68%) SAP SD
8 2 (0.68%) SimCorp Dimension
8 2 (0.68%) SunGard Martini
Cloud Services
1 52 (17.69%) Azure
2 33 (11.22%) AWS
3 26 (8.84%) Amazon ECS
3 26 (8.84%) AWS Lambda
3 26 (8.84%) GCP
3 26 (8.84%) Serverless
4 13 (4.42%) Apigee
5 8 (2.72%) GitHub
6 7 (2.38%) Oracle CX
6 7 (2.38%) PaaS
6 7 (2.38%) Power Platform
6 7 (2.38%) SaaS
7 5 (1.70%) Dynamics 365
7 5 (1.70%) Office 365
7 5 (1.70%) OpenShift
8 4 (1.36%) Google Docs
9 3 (1.02%) PowerApps
9 3 (1.02%) SuccessFactors
10 2 (0.68%) Azure Active Directory
10 2 (0.68%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (1.70%) Intranet
1 5 (1.70%) Radio Access Network
2 4 (1.36%) Firewall
2 4 (1.36%) FTP
2 4 (1.36%) Network Security
2 4 (1.36%) TCP/IP
2 4 (1.36%) WAN
3 3 (1.02%) BGP
3 3 (1.02%) DHCP
3 3 (1.02%) DNS
3 3 (1.02%) SSH
4 2 (0.68%) Cisco Nexus
4 2 (0.68%) IGMP
4 2 (0.68%) Internet
4 2 (0.68%) LAN
4 2 (0.68%) Multicast
4 2 (0.68%) OSPF
4 2 (0.68%) RIP
5 1 (0.34%) VoIP
5 1 (0.34%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (17.01%) SQL Server
2 45 (15.31%) Data Warehouse
3 30 (10.20%) MySQL
4 26 (8.84%) Amazon Redshift
4 26 (8.84%) PostgreSQL
5 13 (4.42%) Relational Database
5 13 (4.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 12 (4.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 11 (3.74%) Oracle Database
8 6 (2.04%) Power BI
9 3 (1.02%) GIS
9 3 (1.02%) Hazelcast
9 3 (1.02%) MongoDB
10 2 (0.68%) BusinessObjects
10 2 (0.68%) Oracle Reports
10 2 (0.68%) QlikView
10 2 (0.68%) RDBMS
10 2 (0.68%) Sybase IQ
11 1 (0.34%) Crystal Reports
11 1 (0.34%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 21 (7.14%) Jenkins
2 14 (4.76%) Git (software)
3 13 (4.42%) Artifactory
3 13 (4.42%) GitLab
3 13 (4.42%) JIRA
4 8 (2.72%) Team Foundation Server
4 8 (2.72%) Visual Studio
5 7 (2.38%) Maven
5 7 (2.38%) Visual Studio Team System
6 5 (1.70%) Ant
7 4 (1.36%) JUnit
7 4 (1.36%) Selenium
7 4 (1.36%) TeamCity
8 3 (1.02%) Gradle
8 3 (1.02%) Octopus Deploy
8 3 (1.02%) SpecFlow
8 3 (1.02%) Subversion
9 2 (0.68%) Sonatype Nexus
9 2 (0.68%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
9 2 (0.68%) webpack
General
1 150 (51.02%) Finance
2 95 (32.31%) Banking
3 37 (12.59%) Front Office
4 18 (6.12%) Public Sector
5 16 (5.44%) Investment Banking
6 10 (3.40%) Marketing
7 9 (3.06%) Legal
8 7 (2.38%) Financial Institution
9 6 (2.04%) Billing
10 5 (1.70%) Law
10 5 (1.70%) Telecoms
11 4 (1.36%) Corporate Banking
12 3 (1.02%) Prime Brokerage
12 3 (1.02%) Retail
13 2 (0.68%) French Language
13 2 (0.68%) General Ledger
13 2 (0.68%) Local Government
13 2 (0.68%) Manufacturing
13 2 (0.68%) Publishing
14 1 (0.34%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 65 (22.11%) Analyst
2 61 (20.75%) Developer
3 33 (11.22%) Architect
4 31 (10.54%) Business Analyst
5 26 (8.84%) Solutions Architect
6 19 (6.46%) C# Developer
7 17 (5.78%) Finance Manager
8 16 (5.44%) Data Architect
9 15 (5.10%) Author
9 15 (5.10%) Support Analyst
9 15 (5.10%) Technical Author
10 13 (4.42%) AWS Architect
10 13 (4.42%) Cloud Architect
10 13 (4.42%) Cloud Solutions Architect
10 13 (4.42%) Development Manager
10 13 (4.42%) Engineering Manager
10 13 (4.42%) Java Architect
10 13 (4.42%) Java Development Manager
10 13 (4.42%) Java Solutions Architect
10 13 (4.42%) Software Engineering Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (18.03%) .NET
2 41 (13.95%) Web Services
3 26 (8.84%) gRPC
4 14 (4.76%) Spring
5 13 (4.42%) OAuth
5 13 (4.42%) Swagger
6 12 (4.08%) REST
7 11 (3.74%) .NET Framework
7 11 (3.74%) JSON
7 11 (3.74%) Middleware
8 10 (3.40%) AngularJS
9 9 (3.06%) ADO.NET
9 9 (3.06%) React
9 9 (3.06%) WinForms
9 9 (3.06%) XML
10 8 (2.72%) Entity Framework
10 8 (2.72%) HTML
11 7 (2.38%) .NET Core
11 7 (2.38%) RESTful
11 7 (2.38%) Smart Contracts
Miscellaneous
1 38 (12.93%) Hedge funds
2 21 (7.14%) Fixed Income
3 18 (6.12%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 17 (5.78%) Derivative
5 16 (5.44%) Equities
6 13 (4.42%) Management Information System
7 12 (4.08%) Credit Risk
8 9 (3.06%) Reference Data
9 8 (2.72%) Analytical Skills
10 7 (2.38%) Market Risk
10 7 (2.38%) Self-Motivation
11 5 (1.70%) Enterprise Software
11 5 (1.70%) Greenfield Project
11 5 (1.70%) User Experience
12 4 (1.36%) Driving Licence
12 4 (1.36%) Handset
13 3 (1.02%) Learning Management System
13 3 (1.02%) Mobile App
13 3 (1.02%) SWIFT
14 2 (0.68%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 34 (11.56%) Windows
2 17 (5.78%) Linux
3 13 (4.42%) Unix
4 9 (3.06%) Windows Server
5 5 (1.70%) Windows 10
5 5 (1.70%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (1.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 4 (1.36%) Windows 2000 Server
6 4 (1.36%) Windows 7
7 2 (0.68%) AIX
7 2 (0.68%) Android
7 2 (0.68%) Apple iOS
7 2 (0.68%) Solaris
8 1 (0.34%) CentOS
8 1 (0.34%) HPUX
8 1 (0.34%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.34%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.34%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (18.71%) Agile Software Development
2 54 (18.37%) DevOps
3 50 (17.01%) Asset Management
4 44 (14.97%) Microservices
5 42 (14.29%) Investment Management
6 31 (10.54%) Mentoring
7 24 (8.16%) Project Management
8 21 (7.14%) Business Intelligence
9 20 (6.80%) Migration
10 19 (6.46%) ERP
11 18 (6.12%) CRM
12 17 (5.78%) Content Management
12 17 (5.78%) Problem-Solving
12 17 (5.78%) Service Delivery
12 17 (5.78%) Stakeholder Management
13 16 (5.44%) Software Engineering
14 15 (5.10%) Performance Management
14 15 (5.10%) Scrum
14 15 (5.10%) Technology Roadmap
15 14 (4.76%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 83 (28.23%) SQL
2 60 (20.41%) Java
3 53 (18.03%) Python
4 49 (16.67%) C#
5 21 (7.14%) JavaScript
6 13 (4.42%) Shell Script
7 12 (4.08%) T-SQL
8 11 (3.74%) VB.NET
9 10 (3.40%) VBA
10 9 (3.06%) C++
11 8 (2.72%) R
12 7 (2.38%) PowerShell
13 4 (1.36%) PHP
14 3 (1.02%) PL/SQL
15 2 (0.68%) Apex Code
15 2 (0.68%) Bash Shell
15 2 (0.68%) Perl
16 1 (0.34%) Clojure
16 1 (0.34%) Scala
16 1 (0.34%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 27 (9.18%) Degree
2 13 (4.42%) Sun Certification
3 6 (2.04%) CCNA
3 6 (2.04%) Cisco Certification
4 5 (1.70%) Computer Science Degree
4 5 (1.70%) Security Cleared
5 3 (1.02%) SC Cleared
6 2 (0.68%) CCNP
6 2 (0.68%) HND
6 2 (0.68%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (0.34%) AWS Certification
7 1 (0.34%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.34%) CCIE
7 1 (0.34%) CFA
7 1 (0.34%) CIMA
7 1 (0.34%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.34%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.34%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.34%) Postgraduate
7 1 (0.34%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (5.10%) SLA
2 13 (4.42%) QA
3 6 (2.04%) PCI DSS
4 5 (1.70%) Data Quality
4 5 (1.70%) PSD2
5 3 (1.02%) PMO
6 2 (0.68%) MiFID
6 2 (0.68%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.34%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.34%) GDPR
7 1 (0.34%) GxP
7 1 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.34%) SEPA
System Software
1 19 (6.46%) Docker
2 17 (5.78%) Active Directory
3 7 (2.38%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (1.02%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.34%) Firmware
5 1 (0.34%) ISA Server
5 1 (0.34%) vSphere
5 1 (0.34%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 37 (12.59%) Kubernetes
2 5 (1.70%) Ansible
3 4 (1.36%) SCCM
3 4 (1.36%) SCOM
4 3 (1.02%) Single Sign-On
5 2 (0.68%) Endace
5 2 (0.68%) Kibana
5 2 (0.68%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.68%) WSUS
6 1 (0.34%) Grafana
6 1 (0.34%) Netcool
6 1 (0.34%) Prometheus
6 1 (0.34%) Puppet
6 1 (0.34%) Red Hat Satellite
6 1 (0.34%) Terraform
Vendors
1 51 (17.35%) Oracle
2 31 (10.54%) Google
3 26 (8.84%) Microsoft
4 19 (6.46%) SAP
5 17 (5.78%) Bloomberg
6 8 (2.72%) Adobe
6 8 (2.72%) Cisco
6 8 (2.72%) Tableau
6 8 (2.72%) VMware
7 7 (2.38%) IBM
7 7 (2.38%) Salesforce.com
8 6 (2.04%) Sybase
9 5 (1.70%) Charles River
9 5 (1.70%) hybris
9 5 (1.70%) Red Hat
10 4 (1.36%) Citrix
10 4 (1.36%) Reuters
11 3 (1.02%) Cognizant
11 3 (1.02%) MicroStrategy
11 3 (1.02%) Murex