Period
to 28 January 2022

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 28 January 2022 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
28 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 419 368 405
Rank change year-on-year -51 +37 -12
Contract jobs citing Back Office 481 251 391
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.55% 0.59% 0.54%
As % of the General category 1.01% 1.13% 1.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 335 188 299
10th Percentile £325 £363 £275
25th Percentile £463 £475 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £600 £575 £500
Median % change year-on-year +4.35% +15.00% -
75th Percentile £700 £656 £600
90th Percentile £775 £750 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £498 £413
% change year-on-year -12.06% +20.61% -8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 2 3
10th Percentile £14.42 £30.90 -
25th Percentile £16.72 £32.25 £13.49
Median hourly rate £18.26 £34.50 £15.23
Median % change year-on-year -47.07% +126.60% -15.42%
75th Percentile £21.94 £36.75 £19.35
90th Percentile £33.08 £38.10 £20.79
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.26 £34.50 £15.23
% change year-on-year -47.07% +126.60% +32.39%

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 47,424 22,119 36,306
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 54.02% 51.89% 50.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 32,760 14,968 23,552
10th Percentile £313 £269 £234
25th Percentile £413 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +2.70% -2.63%
75th Percentile £638 £584 £575
90th Percentile £733 £675 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +8.82% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,353 867 1,426
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.00 £12.07
25th Percentile £13.27 £15.04 £14.29
Median hourly rate £20.00 £24.00 £18.72
Median % change year-on-year -16.67% +28.21% +1.19%
75th Percentile £43.75 £43.75 £38.00
90th Percentile £57.70 £53.75 £50.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.25 £21.80 £18.00
% change year-on-year -20.87% +21.11% +2.86%

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 28 January 2022.

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 28 January 2022.

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 28 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England -71 411 £600 +4.35% 159
London -72 288 £625 +4.17% 80
Work from Home -79 118 £550 +15.79% 22
UK excluding London -74 114 £438 -12.06% 80
North of England -21 46 £413 -12.18% 30
South East -59 34 £440 -28.16% 12
Yorkshire -10 26 £475 - 11
North West -36 13 £300 -36.17% 18
Midlands -64 13 £420 -23.64% 22
West Midlands -52 12 £420 -20.00% 16
South West -56 9 £290 -24.68% 8
Scotland -58 8 £450 +9.76% 3
North East - 7 £600 - 1
Wales - 2 £350 -
East Midlands -30 1 - - 6
East of England -51 1 £525 +256.54% 5
Channel Islands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 28 January 2022, 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.

1 238 (49.48%) Finance
2 151 (31.39%) Agile Software Development
3 103 (21.41%) Social Skills
4 82 (17.05%) Banking
5 79 (16.42%) Front Office
6 74 (15.38%) SQL
7 69 (14.35%) Azure
8 60 (12.47%) Microsoft
9 59 (12.27%) DevOps
10 58 (12.06%) CI/CD
11 55 (11.43%) Problem-Solving
12 53 (11.02%) Retail
13 49 (10.19%) Stakeholder Management
13 49 (10.19%) Oracle
14 48 (9.98%) Active Directory
15 47 (9.77%) Scrum
16 46 (9.56%) Analytical Skills
17 45 (9.36%) SDLC
18 43 (8.94%) Investment Banking
18 43 (8.94%) Degree
19 42 (8.73%) C#
20 40 (8.32%) TDD
20 40 (8.32%) Microservices
21 39 (8.11%) Java
22 38 (7.90%) .NET
22 38 (7.90%) Windows
23 36 (7.48%) CRM
23 36 (7.48%) Kubernetes
24 35 (7.28%) Python
24 35 (7.28%) Migration

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 (3.53%) IIS
2 4 (0.83%) CMS
2 4 (0.83%) SharePoint
2 4 (0.83%) WebSphere
3 3 (0.62%) Apache Solr
3 3 (0.62%) Confluence
3 3 (0.62%) Documentum
3 3 (0.62%) Elasticsearch
3 3 (0.62%) FileNet
3 3 (0.62%) Tomcat
4 2 (0.42%) Apache ServiceMix
4 2 (0.42%) Jupyter
4 2 (0.42%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.21%) ArcGIS
5 1 (0.21%) JBoss
5 1 (0.21%) SAS
5 1 (0.21%) Umbraco
Applications
1 10 (2.08%) Microsoft Excel
2 9 (1.87%) Photoshop
3 8 (1.66%) Adobe Illustrator
3 8 (1.66%) Adobe XD
4 6 (1.25%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.62%) Microsoft Office
6 2 (0.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.42%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.21%) Chatbot
7 1 (0.21%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 11 (2.29%) Oracle EBS
2 8 (1.66%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (1.46%) Oracle Applications
4 6 (1.25%) Oracle ERP
5 5 (1.04%) Oracle EBS R12
5 5 (1.04%) SAP S/4HANA
6 3 (0.62%) Endur
6 3 (0.62%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 2 (0.42%) Aligne
7 2 (0.42%) Oracle Financials
7 2 (0.42%) Oracle Payables
7 2 (0.42%) Oracle Receivables
7 2 (0.42%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
7 2 (0.42%) SAP ECC
7 2 (0.42%) SAP ERP
7 2 (0.42%) SAP Hybris
7 2 (0.42%) SimCorp Dimension
8 1 (0.21%) Bloomberg TOMS
8 1 (0.21%) Orchestrade
8 1 (0.21%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 69 (14.35%) Azure
2 32 (6.65%) AWS
3 24 (4.99%) PaaS
4 20 (4.16%) IaaS
5 19 (3.95%) Azure Active Directory
6 17 (3.53%) NuGet
7 13 (2.70%) GCP
8 12 (2.49%) Microsoft 365
9 11 (2.29%) Serverless
10 10 (2.08%) Azure Functions
11 8 (1.66%) Azure Data Factory
11 8 (1.66%) Dynamics 365
12 6 (1.25%) SaaS
13 5 (1.04%) OneDrive
13 5 (1.04%) OpenShift
14 4 (0.83%) Amazon EC2
14 4 (0.83%) Azure Machine Learning
15 3 (0.62%) Azure Stack
15 3 (0.62%) Power Platform
15 3 (0.62%) WhatsApp
Communications & Networking
1 11 (2.29%) DNS
2 10 (2.08%) SAN
3 6 (1.25%) DHCP
3 6 (1.25%) TCP/IP
3 6 (1.25%) Wireless
4 4 (0.83%) Firewall
4 4 (0.83%) FTP
4 4 (0.83%) iSCSI
4 4 (0.83%) LAN
4 4 (0.83%) VoIP
4 4 (0.83%) WAN
5 3 (0.62%) 3G
5 3 (0.62%) 4G
5 3 (0.62%) 5G
5 3 (0.62%) Internet
5 3 (0.62%) RTP
5 3 (0.62%) Unified Communications
6 2 (0.42%) 2G
6 2 (0.42%) Intranet
6 2 (0.42%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (7.07%) SQL Server
2 14 (2.91%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (1.46%) Oracle Database
4 5 (1.04%) GIS
4 5 (1.04%) MySQL
4 5 (1.04%) NoSQL
5 3 (0.62%) Azure SQL Database
5 3 (0.62%) Blockchain
5 3 (0.62%) Data Lake
5 3 (0.62%) Data Mart
5 3 (0.62%) DB2
5 3 (0.62%) Oracle Reports
5 3 (0.62%) PostgreSQL
5 3 (0.62%) Relational Database
5 3 (0.62%) Tableau
6 2 (0.42%) Cloudant
6 2 (0.42%) Geospatial Data
6 2 (0.42%) MongoDB
6 2 (0.42%) Oracle Database 11g
6 2 (0.42%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 22 (4.57%) Jenkins
2 21 (4.37%) Git (software)
3 20 (4.16%) Cucumber
3 20 (4.16%) Selenium
4 17 (3.53%) Robot Framework
4 17 (3.53%) SonarQube
4 17 (3.53%) Sonatype Nexus
5 13 (2.70%) JIRA
6 11 (2.29%) Team Foundation Server
7 9 (1.87%) Visual Studio Team System
8 8 (1.66%) Axure RP
9 6 (1.25%) JUnit
10 5 (1.04%) Postman
10 5 (1.04%) SoapUI
11 4 (0.83%) Liquibase
11 4 (0.83%) Mockito
11 4 (0.83%) WebDriver
12 3 (0.62%) Ant
12 3 (0.62%) SpecFlow
13 2 (0.42%) JMeter
General
1 238 (49.48%) Finance
2 103 (21.41%) Social Skills
3 82 (17.05%) Banking
4 79 (16.42%) Front Office
5 53 (11.02%) Retail
6 46 (9.56%) Analytical Skills
7 43 (8.94%) Investment Banking
8 32 (6.65%) Public Sector
9 14 (2.91%) Influencing Skills
9 14 (2.91%) Presentation Skills
10 11 (2.29%) Financial Institution
11 10 (2.08%) Marketing
12 9 (1.87%) Legal
12 9 (1.87%) Telecoms
13 6 (1.25%) Retail Banking
14 5 (1.04%) Billing
15 4 (0.83%) Corporate Banking
16 3 (0.62%) Advertising
16 3 (0.62%) Documentation Skills
16 3 (0.62%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 128 (26.61%) Analyst
2 96 (19.96%) Business Analyst
3 92 (19.13%) Developer
4 53 (11.02%) Architect
5 27 (5.61%) Consultant
6 23 (4.78%) Senior Analyst
6 23 (4.78%) Senior Business Analyst
7 21 (4.37%) Python Developer
8 19 (3.95%) .NET Developer
8 19 (3.95%) Solutions Architect
9 18 (3.74%) Project Manager
10 17 (3.53%) DevOps Engineer
11 15 (3.12%) C# Developer
12 14 (2.91%) Designer
13 13 (2.70%) Banking Analyst
14 12 (2.49%) Enterprise Architect
14 12 (2.49%) IT Analyst
15 11 (2.29%) Back Office Business Analyst
15 11 (2.29%) Java Developer
15 11 (2.29%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (7.90%) .NET
2 21 (4.37%) HTML
2 21 (4.37%) JSON
3 20 (4.16%) CSS
4 19 (3.95%) React
5 16 (3.33%) Middleware
6 12 (2.49%) REST
6 12 (2.49%) Web Services
7 11 (2.29%) AngularJS
8 10 (2.08%) SOAP
8 10 (2.08%) Spring
9 9 (1.87%) FIX Protocol
9 9 (1.87%) RabbitMQ
10 7 (1.46%) .NET Framework
10 7 (1.46%) Spring Boot
10 7 (1.46%) Swagger
11 6 (1.25%) ASP.NET
11 6 (1.25%) Kafka
11 6 (1.25%) XML
12 5 (1.04%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 25 (5.20%) Greenfield Project
2 24 (4.99%) Cloud Native
2 24 (4.99%) Fixed Income
3 21 (4.37%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 17 (3.53%) Derivative
4 17 (3.53%) Hedge funds
5 14 (2.91%) EPoS
5 14 (2.91%) User Experience
6 13 (2.70%) Reference Data
7 12 (2.49%) Equities
7 12 (2.49%) Management Information System
7 12 (2.49%) NHS
8 9 (1.87%) Data Centre
8 9 (1.87%) FMCG
8 9 (1.87%) Mobile App
8 9 (1.87%) Tandem
9 8 (1.66%) PMI
10 7 (1.46%) Legacy Systems
10 7 (1.46%) SWIFT
11 6 (1.25%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 38 (7.90%) Windows
2 31 (6.44%) Unix
3 26 (5.41%) Linux
4 17 (3.53%) Windows Server
5 6 (1.25%) Windows Server 2019
6 5 (1.04%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (0.62%) Windows 10
8 2 (0.42%) Windows 2000 Server
8 2 (0.42%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.21%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.21%) Solaris
9 1 (0.21%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 151 (31.39%) Agile Software Development
2 59 (12.27%) DevOps
3 58 (12.06%) CI/CD
4 55 (11.43%) Problem-Solving
5 49 (10.19%) Stakeholder Management
6 47 (9.77%) Scrum
7 45 (9.36%) SDLC
8 40 (8.32%) Microservices
8 40 (8.32%) TDD
9 36 (7.48%) CRM
10 35 (7.28%) Migration
11 32 (6.65%) Business Analysis
12 31 (6.44%) Requirements Gathering
13 30 (6.24%) ITIL
14 28 (5.82%) Data Modelling
14 28 (5.82%) ETRM
14 28 (5.82%) Use Case
15 27 (5.61%) ERP
15 27 (5.61%) User Stories
16 26 (5.41%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 74 (15.38%) SQL
2 42 (8.73%) C#
3 39 (8.11%) Java
4 35 (7.28%) Python
5 26 (5.41%) JavaScript
6 12 (2.49%) C
7 10 (2.08%) PL/SQL
8 8 (1.66%) VB.NET
9 7 (1.46%) PowerShell
9 7 (1.46%) T-SQL
10 6 (1.25%) Shell Script
11 4 (0.83%) Java 8
12 2 (0.42%) Apex Code
12 2 (0.42%) Kotlin
12 2 (0.42%) Perl
12 2 (0.42%) Ruby
12 2 (0.42%) Scala
12 2 (0.42%) TypeScript
12 2 (0.42%) VB
12 2 (0.42%) VBA
Qualifications
1 43 (8.94%) Degree
2 20 (4.16%) Security Cleared
3 13 (2.70%) SC Cleared
4 9 (1.87%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
4 9 (1.87%) PMI Certification
5 8 (1.66%) PhD
6 7 (1.46%) CISA
6 7 (1.46%) CISM
7 5 (1.04%) MCSE
7 5 (1.04%) Microsoft Certification
7 5 (1.04%) Numerate Degree
8 4 (0.83%) CISSP
8 4 (0.83%) CRISC
8 4 (0.83%) ITIL Certification
8 4 (0.83%) PMP
8 4 (0.83%) TOGAF Certification
9 2 (0.42%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (0.42%) CCNA
9 2 (0.42%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (0.21%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (3.95%) QA
2 11 (2.29%) SLA
3 10 (2.08%) GDPR
4 9 (1.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 9 (1.87%) MiFID
5 8 (1.66%) EMIR
6 7 (1.46%) PMO
7 5 (1.04%) Accessibility
7 5 (1.04%) Data Quality
8 4 (0.83%) Cyber Essentials
8 4 (0.83%) IFRS
9 3 (0.62%) Basel III
9 3 (0.62%) Dodd-Frank
9 3 (0.62%) ISO 20022
10 1 (0.21%) COREP
10 1 (0.21%) FATCA
10 1 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 48 (9.98%) Active Directory
2 33 (6.86%) Docker
3 14 (2.91%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (1.66%) Hyper-V
5 6 (1.25%) vSphere
6 4 (0.83%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.42%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 36 (7.48%) Kubernetes
2 23 (4.78%) Terraform
3 22 (4.57%) Ansible
4 18 (3.74%) Puppet
5 14 (2.91%) Netcool
6 7 (1.46%) Single Sign-On
7 5 (1.04%) SCCM
8 4 (0.83%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 4 (0.83%) Backup Exec
8 4 (0.83%) HP Quality Center
8 4 (0.83%) NetBackup
8 4 (0.83%) vCenter Server
9 3 (0.62%) Kibana
10 2 (0.42%) Control-M
10 2 (0.42%) HP ALM
10 2 (0.42%) ITRS Geneos
10 2 (0.42%) Microsoft Intune
11 1 (0.21%) BladeLogic
11 1 (0.21%) Data Guard
11 1 (0.21%) logstash
Vendors
1 60 (12.47%) Microsoft
2 49 (10.19%) Oracle
3 28 (5.82%) VMware
4 21 (4.37%) Murex
5 20 (4.16%) SAP
6 16 (3.33%) Splunk
7 15 (3.12%) AppDynamics
8 14 (2.91%) New Relic
9 11 (2.29%) Citrix
10 10 (2.08%) IBM
11 8 (1.66%) Adobe
11 8 (1.66%) Salesforce.com
12 7 (1.46%) Veeam
13 6 (1.25%) Blue Prism
13 6 (1.25%) Cisco
13 6 (1.25%) Google
14 5 (1.04%) Commvault
14 5 (1.04%) Databricks
14 5 (1.04%) OpenLink
14 5 (1.04%) Pega