Period
to 2 April 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 2 April 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
2 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 385 386 377
Rank change year-on-year +1 -9 -93
Contract jobs citing Back Office 335 644 683
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.54% 0.67% 0.67%
As % of the General category 1.45% 1.68% 1.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 236 459 489
Median daily rate £475 £500 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.00% - +8.40%
10th Percentile £263 £313 £294
90th Percentile £731 £675 £688
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £450 £405
% change year-on-year -11.11% +11.11% +2.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 6 6
Median hourly rate £17.25 £21.75 £20.17
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.70% +7.82% -19.31%
10th Percentile £13.49 £9.50 £11.16
90th Percentile £26.64 £42.56 £33.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.23 £14.75 £11.85
% change year-on-year +3.22% +24.47% -68.38%

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 23,069 38,334 42,121
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 37.30% 39.76% 41.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,515 25,147 27,579
Median daily rate £480 £480 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +1.05% +5.56%
10th Percentile £275 £300 £281
90th Percentile £688 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +0.57% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 837 1,027 1,099
Median hourly rate £24.35 £22.50 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.22% +2.27% +2.33%
10th Percentile £12.92 £12.00 £11.51
90th Percentile £51.75 £50.00 £48.51
Median hourly rate £21.57 £21.59 £21.41
% change year-on-year -0.07% +0.82% +6.57%

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 2 April 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 2 April 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 -2 311 £475 -5.00% 114
London +32 199 £500 -4.76% 61
UK excluding London -21 127 £400 -11.11% 57
South East +45 40 £350 -15.66% 14
North of England +51 33 £363 -3.33% 13
Midlands +47 17 £533 +6.50% 15
West Midlands +46 16 £529 +17.50% 8
North West +9 16 £280 -25.33% 5
Yorkshire +45 14 £350 - 3
South West +14 13 £438 -7.89% 4
Work from Home +6 12 £750 +57.89% 5
Scotland +1 12 £465 +0.54% 2
East of England +23 8 £350 +7.69% 6
North East +19 3 £400 - 5
Wales +25 2 £625 +420.83% 3
Northern Ireland - 2 £150 -
East Midlands +19 1 £700 +34.62% 6

For the 6 months to 2 April 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.

1 139 (41.49%) Finance
2 84 (25.07%) Agile Software Development
3 67 (20.00%) Banking
4 63 (18.81%) SQL
5 54 (16.12%) C#
6 49 (14.63%) .NET
7 48 (14.33%) Java
7 48 (14.33%) Azure
8 47 (14.03%) Microsoft
9 43 (12.84%) Windows
10 42 (12.54%) JavaScript
11 40 (11.94%) Front Office
12 35 (10.45%) Oracle
13 30 (8.96%) Web Services
13 30 (8.96%) Degree
14 29 (8.66%) Active Directory
14 29 (8.66%) Scrum
15 28 (8.36%) SQL Server
16 27 (8.06%) SAP
16 27 (8.06%) Project Management
17 26 (7.76%) Asset Management
17 26 (7.76%) DevOps
18 25 (7.46%) Microservices
18 25 (7.46%) Migration
19 23 (6.87%) Python
19 23 (6.87%) React
19 23 (6.87%) Project Delivery
20 22 (6.57%) CRM
20 22 (6.57%) Computer Science
21 21 (6.27%) Investment Management

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 17 (5.07%) CMS
2 14 (4.18%) SharePoint
3 7 (2.09%) MS Exchange
3 7 (2.09%) WebSphere
4 6 (1.79%) Skype for Business
5 5 (1.49%) Apache
5 5 (1.49%) Elasticsearch
6 4 (1.19%) Exchange Server 2010
6 4 (1.19%) Exchange Server 2013
6 4 (1.19%) GlassFish
6 4 (1.19%) JCAPS
6 4 (1.19%) WebLogic
6 4 (1.19%) WebSphere Application Server
7 3 (0.90%) Confluence
7 3 (0.90%) IIS
8 2 (0.60%) Anypoint
8 2 (0.60%) Apache Solr
8 2 (0.60%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (0.60%) Headless CMS
8 2 (0.60%) Umbraco
Applications
1 10 (2.99%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (2.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (2.09%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (1.19%) Adobe Illustrator
4 4 (1.19%) InDesign
4 4 (1.19%) MS Visio
4 4 (1.19%) Photoshop
5 2 (0.60%) Chatbot
6 1 (0.30%) InVision
6 1 (0.30%) Sketch
6 1 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 14 (4.18%) Markit EDM
1 14 (4.18%) PolarLake
2 11 (3.28%) Eagle PACE
3 9 (2.69%) Dynamics CRM
3 9 (2.69%) SAP S/4HANA
4 5 (1.49%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 5 (1.49%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 4 (1.19%) Distributed Ledger
5 4 (1.19%) Oracle Assets
5 4 (1.19%) Oracle General Ledger
5 4 (1.19%) Oracle Payables
5 4 (1.19%) Oracle Receivables
5 4 (1.19%) Payment Gateway
6 3 (0.90%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.30%) Loan IQ
7 1 (0.30%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.30%) SAP FI-GL
7 1 (0.30%) SAP Hybris
7 1 (0.30%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 48 (14.33%) Azure
2 19 (5.67%) AWS
3 10 (2.99%) Office 365
3 10 (2.99%) PaaS
3 10 (2.99%) Power Platform
3 10 (2.99%) SaaS
4 7 (2.09%) Oracle CX
5 6 (1.79%) Dynamics 365
5 6 (1.79%) GitHub
5 6 (1.79%) IaaS
5 6 (1.79%) Microsoft Flow
6 5 (1.49%) OpenShift
7 4 (1.19%) Azure Active Directory
7 4 (1.19%) Google Docs
7 4 (1.19%) OneDrive
7 4 (1.19%) PowerApps
7 4 (1.19%) SuccessFactors
8 3 (0.90%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (0.90%) Serverless
9 2 (0.60%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 15 (4.48%) DNS
2 9 (2.69%) DHCP
2 9 (2.69%) WAN
3 7 (2.09%) Firewall
3 7 (2.09%) TCP/IP
4 6 (1.79%) Intranet
4 6 (1.79%) Skype
4 6 (1.79%) Wi-Fi
5 5 (1.49%) Internet
5 5 (1.49%) LAN
5 5 (1.49%) Radio Access Network
6 4 (1.19%) BGP
6 4 (1.19%) Cisco Nexus
6 4 (1.19%) FTP
6 4 (1.19%) IGMP
6 4 (1.19%) Multicast
6 4 (1.19%) OSPF
6 4 (1.19%) RIP
7 3 (0.90%) 4G
7 3 (0.90%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (8.36%) SQL Server
2 16 (4.78%) Data Warehouse
3 14 (4.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 11 (3.28%) Oracle Database
4 11 (3.28%) Relational Database
4 11 (3.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 9 (2.69%) GIS
6 7 (2.09%) MySQL
7 6 (1.79%) NoSQL
7 6 (1.79%) Power BI
8 4 (1.19%) BusinessObjects
8 4 (1.19%) Crystal Reports
8 4 (1.19%) MongoDB
9 3 (0.90%) Apache Cassandra
9 3 (0.90%) Azure SQL Database
9 3 (0.90%) Data Lake
9 3 (0.90%) Data Mart
10 2 (0.60%) Big Data
10 2 (0.60%) PostgreSQL
10 2 (0.60%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 16 (4.78%) JIRA
2 15 (4.48%) Git (software)
3 12 (3.58%) Visual Studio Team System
4 11 (3.28%) Team Foundation Server
5 9 (2.69%) Jenkins
5 9 (2.69%) Visual Studio
6 8 (2.39%) Maven
7 7 (2.09%) Gradle
8 4 (1.19%) Ant
8 4 (1.19%) JUnit
8 4 (1.19%) Sonatype Nexus
8 4 (1.19%) TeamCity
8 4 (1.19%) webpack
9 3 (0.90%) Octopus Deploy
10 2 (0.60%) Jasmine
10 2 (0.60%) kappa
10 2 (0.60%) Karma Test Runner
10 2 (0.60%) Protractor
10 2 (0.60%) Selenium
10 2 (0.60%) Subversion
General
1 139 (41.49%) Finance
2 67 (20.00%) Banking
3 40 (11.94%) Front Office
4 21 (6.27%) Public Sector
5 19 (5.67%) Investment Banking
6 12 (3.58%) Financial Institution
7 11 (3.28%) Legal
8 10 (2.99%) Marketing
9 9 (2.69%) Telecoms
10 8 (2.39%) Law
11 6 (1.79%) Billing
12 5 (1.49%) Games
12 5 (1.49%) Retail
13 3 (0.90%) Advertising
13 3 (0.90%) Prime Brokerage
14 2 (0.60%) General Ledger
14 2 (0.60%) Local Government
14 2 (0.60%) Manufacturing
14 2 (0.60%) Pharmaceutical
14 2 (0.60%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 86 (25.67%) Developer
2 65 (19.40%) Analyst
3 34 (10.15%) Business Analyst
4 26 (7.76%) C# Developer
5 23 (6.87%) Architect
6 16 (4.78%) Programme Manager
7 15 (4.48%) Author
7 15 (4.48%) Technical Author
8 14 (4.18%) Solutions Architect
9 13 (3.88%) Project Manager
10 12 (3.58%) .NET Developer
11 11 (3.28%) SQL Developer
12 10 (2.99%) C# .NET Developer
12 10 (2.99%) Consultant
12 10 (2.99%) IT Support
13 9 (2.69%) IT Analyst
13 9 (2.69%) PHP Developer
13 9 (2.69%) SSIS Developer
13 9 (2.69%) Support Analyst
14 8 (2.39%) SAP Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (14.63%) .NET
2 30 (8.96%) Web Services
3 23 (6.87%) React
4 20 (5.97%) AngularJS
5 19 (5.67%) Spring
6 15 (4.48%) REST
6 15 (4.48%) RESTful
7 12 (3.58%) CSS
7 12 (3.58%) HTML
7 12 (3.58%) JSON
8 11 (3.28%) Middleware
9 10 (2.99%) WinForms
10 9 (2.69%) .NET Core
10 9 (2.69%) ADO.NET
10 9 (2.69%) J2EE
10 9 (2.69%) Laravel
10 9 (2.69%) Node.js
10 9 (2.69%) XML
11 7 (2.09%) Spring Batch
11 7 (2.09%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 21 (6.27%) Fixed Income
2 20 (5.97%) Derivative
2 20 (5.97%) Hedge funds
3 18 (5.37%) Equities
3 18 (5.37%) Management Information System
4 14 (4.18%) Reference Data
4 14 (4.18%) User Experience
5 13 (3.88%) Mobile App
6 11 (3.28%) Analytical Skills
7 10 (2.99%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 9 (2.69%) Self-Motivation
9 8 (2.39%) Credit Risk
9 8 (2.39%) Greenfield Project
10 6 (1.79%) Enterprise Software
11 5 (1.49%) Data Centre
12 4 (1.19%) Cloud Native
12 4 (1.19%) Driving Licence
13 3 (0.90%) Data Structures
13 3 (0.90%) Learning Management System
13 3 (0.90%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 43 (12.84%) Windows
2 20 (5.97%) Windows 10
3 15 (4.48%) Windows Server
4 14 (4.18%) Linux
4 14 (4.18%) Windows 7
5 8 (2.39%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (1.19%) Unix
7 3 (0.90%) Android
7 3 (0.90%) Apple iOS
7 3 (0.90%) Windows Server 2016
8 2 (0.60%) Mac OS X
8 2 (0.60%) Windows 2000 Server
9 1 (0.30%) HPUX
9 1 (0.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.30%) Solaris
9 1 (0.30%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (25.07%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (8.66%) Scrum
3 27 (8.06%) Project Management
4 26 (7.76%) Asset Management
4 26 (7.76%) DevOps
5 25 (7.46%) Microservices
5 25 (7.46%) Migration
6 23 (6.87%) Project Delivery
7 22 (6.57%) Computer Science
7 22 (6.57%) CRM
8 21 (6.27%) Business Analysis
8 21 (6.27%) Investment Management
8 21 (6.27%) Test Automation
9 20 (5.97%) Problem-Solving
9 20 (5.97%) Stakeholder Management
10 19 (5.67%) Content Management
11 18 (5.37%) Business Intelligence
11 18 (5.37%) Data Modelling
11 18 (5.37%) ITIL
12 17 (5.07%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 63 (18.81%) SQL
2 54 (16.12%) C#
3 48 (14.33%) Java
4 42 (12.54%) JavaScript
5 23 (6.87%) Python
6 16 (4.78%) T-SQL
7 15 (4.48%) VB.NET
8 14 (4.18%) R
9 11 (3.28%) PHP
10 8 (2.39%) PowerShell
11 7 (2.09%) Shell Script
11 7 (2.09%) TypeScript
12 6 (1.79%) VBA
13 4 (1.19%) C
13 4 (1.19%) C++
13 4 (1.19%) PL/SQL
13 4 (1.19%) Ruby
14 3 (0.90%) Apex Code
14 3 (0.90%) Groovy
14 3 (0.90%) Scala
Qualifications
1 30 (8.96%) Degree
2 11 (3.28%) Computer Science Degree
3 4 (1.19%) Microsoft Certification
4 3 (0.90%) CCNA
4 3 (0.90%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (0.60%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (0.60%) HND
5 2 (0.60%) ITIL Certification
5 2 (0.60%) MCSA
5 2 (0.60%) MCSE
5 2 (0.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 1 (0.30%) CHECK Team Member
6 1 (0.30%) DBS Check
6 1 (0.30%) ISTQB
6 1 (0.30%) Master's Degree
6 1 (0.30%) PMI Certification
6 1 (0.30%) PMP
6 1 (0.30%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.30%) Security Cleared
6 1 (0.30%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (5.37%) QA
2 14 (4.18%) SLA
3 5 (1.49%) PCI DSS
3 5 (1.49%) PSD2
4 4 (1.19%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.90%) MiFID
6 2 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.60%) Solvency II
7 1 (0.30%) COBIT
7 1 (0.30%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.30%) EMIR
7 1 (0.30%) GDPR
7 1 (0.30%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 1 (0.30%) PMO
7 1 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.30%) WCAG
System Software
1 29 (8.66%) Active Directory
2 16 (4.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (1.79%) Docker
3 6 (1.79%) VMware ESXi
4 4 (1.19%) vSphere
5 3 (0.90%) Firmware
5 3 (0.90%) XenApp
6 2 (0.60%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.60%) VMware NSX
7 1 (0.30%) ISA Server
7 1 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 15 (4.48%) SCCM
2 9 (2.69%) SCOM
3 8 (2.39%) Kubernetes
4 5 (1.49%) Ansible
4 5 (1.49%) WSUS
5 4 (1.19%) Endace
5 4 (1.19%) Microsoft Intune
6 3 (0.90%) McAfee ePO
6 3 (0.90%) Single Sign-On
7 2 (0.60%) HP SIM
7 2 (0.60%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 2 (0.60%) Terraform
7 2 (0.60%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 2 (0.60%) vRealize
8 1 (0.30%) Backup Exec
8 1 (0.30%) Failover Clustering
8 1 (0.30%) Kibana
8 1 (0.30%) Microsoft Clustering
8 1 (0.30%) Netcool
8 1 (0.30%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 47 (14.03%) Microsoft
2 35 (10.45%) Oracle
3 27 (8.06%) SAP
4 20 (5.97%) VMware
5 19 (5.67%) Bloomberg
6 12 (3.58%) Citrix
7 10 (2.99%) Adobe
7 10 (2.99%) hybris
8 9 (2.69%) Cisco
8 9 (2.69%) Reuters
8 9 (2.69%) Salesforce.com
9 7 (2.09%) IBM
9 7 (2.09%) Sybase
10 6 (1.79%) Tableau
11 5 (1.49%) CheckPoint
11 5 (1.49%) Google
11 5 (1.49%) MuleSoft
12 4 (1.19%) Arista
12 4 (1.19%) Fortinet
13 3 (0.90%) BT