Period
to 28 January 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 28 January 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
28 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 395 378 372
Rank change year-on-year -17 -6 -81
Contract jobs citing Back Office 391 669 648
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.54% 0.68% 0.65%
As % of the General category 1.45% 1.69% 1.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 296 442 471
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £500
10th Percentile £275 £313 £300
90th Percentile £700 £675 £688
UK excluding London median daily rate £416 £450 £425
% change year-on-year -7.50% +5.88% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 7 8
UK median hourly rate £15.23 £18.00 £25.06
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.42% -28.17% +51.86%
10th Percentile £13.49 £9.60 £14.21
90th Percentile £20.79 £40.32 £42.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.23 £11.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year +32.39% -32.35% +54.55%

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 26,977 39,616 42,254
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 37.46% 40.12% 42.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 17,230 25,900 28,035
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £465
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.15% +3.33%
10th Percentile £270 £300 £273
90th Percentile £675 £675 £660
UK excluding London median daily rate £430 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +1.18% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 906 1,099 1,102
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £22.00 £21.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +0.46% +4.29%
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.85 £11.26
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.21 £20.55 £21.79
% change year-on-year -1.68% -5.69% +8.95%

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 28 January 2020.

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
Top 15 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 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 -16 369 £500 - 138
London +7 245 £521 -5.27% 67
UK excluding London -18 141 £416 -7.50% 75
South East +3 39 £425 +3.03% 23
North of England +38 38 £375 -6.25% 23
East of England +41 20 £350 +7.69% 4
North West -8 18 £513 +34.87% 17
Yorkshire +51 17 £319 -25.00% 3
Midlands +38 17 £548 +6.83% 13
Scotland +11 14 £450 - 3
West Midlands +43 13 £569 +12.35% 10
South West -14 11 £413 -17.50% 8
East Midlands +17 4 £406 -21.12% 3
North East +15 3 £375 -11.76% 3
Northern Ireland +11 2 £150 -60.53%

For the 6 months to 28 January 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.

1 183 (46.80%) Finance
2 109 (27.88%) Agile Software Development
3 89 (22.76%) SQL
4 81 (20.72%) Banking
5 70 (17.90%) Microsoft
6 69 (17.65%) Windows
7 67 (17.14%) C#
8 64 (16.37%) JavaScript
9 63 (16.11%) .NET
10 61 (15.60%) Azure
11 50 (12.79%) Oracle
12 49 (12.53%) Java
13 46 (11.76%) SQL Server
13 46 (11.76%) Degree
14 44 (11.25%) Front Office
15 42 (10.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 40 (10.23%) Migration
17 39 (9.97%) Active Directory
18 38 (9.72%) React
19 37 (9.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
20 36 (9.21%) Scrum
20 36 (9.21%) Problem-Solving
21 35 (8.95%) DevOps
21 35 (8.95%) AngularJS
21 35 (8.95%) Web Services
22 33 (8.44%) AWS
23 32 (8.18%) User Experience
24 31 (7.93%) Computer Science
24 31 (7.93%) Test Automation
25 30 (7.67%) Windows 10

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 22 (5.63%) SharePoint
2 12 (3.07%) CMS
3 10 (2.56%) MS Exchange
4 7 (1.79%) Exchange Server 2010
4 7 (1.79%) Skype for Business
5 6 (1.53%) Confluence
6 4 (1.02%) Apache
6 4 (1.02%) Elasticsearch
6 4 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (0.77%) IIS
8 2 (0.51%) Anypoint
8 2 (0.51%) Apache Solr
8 2 (0.51%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (0.51%) Headless CMS
8 2 (0.51%) Umbraco
8 2 (0.51%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.26%) EPiServer
9 1 (0.26%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 16 (4.09%) Microsoft Excel
2 11 (2.81%) Microsoft Office
3 10 (2.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (2.05%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.77%) Sketch
6 2 (0.51%) Chatbot
6 2 (0.51%) Figma
7 1 (0.26%) InVision
7 1 (0.26%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 14 (3.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (2.81%) PolarLake
3 10 (2.56%) Markit EDM
4 8 (2.05%) Eagle PACE
5 5 (1.28%) Misys Opics
6 4 (1.02%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 4 (1.02%) SAP S/4HANA
6 4 (1.02%) SimCorp Dimension
7 2 (0.51%) Global One
7 2 (0.51%) NetSuite
7 2 (0.51%) SAP Hybris
7 2 (0.51%) Social Studio
7 2 (0.51%) thinkFolio
8 1 (0.26%) Kondor
8 1 (0.26%) Loan IQ
8 1 (0.26%) Magento
8 1 (0.26%) Oracle EBS R12
8 1 (0.26%) SAP BPC
8 1 (0.26%) SAP FI-GL
8 1 (0.26%) SAP MDG
Cloud Services
1 61 (15.60%) Azure
2 33 (8.44%) AWS
3 25 (6.39%) Office 365
4 13 (3.32%) Power Platform
5 9 (2.30%) Dynamics 365
5 9 (2.30%) Microsoft Flow
6 7 (1.79%) PaaS
6 7 (1.79%) PowerApps
7 6 (1.53%) IaaS
8 5 (1.28%) OneDrive
8 5 (1.28%) SaaS
9 4 (1.02%) Azure Active Directory
9 4 (1.02%) OpenShift
9 4 (1.02%) Serverless
10 3 (0.77%) AWS Lambda
10 3 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
10 3 (0.77%) IBM Blueworks
11 2 (0.51%) Azure Data Factory
11 2 (0.51%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
11 2 (0.51%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 22 (5.63%) DNS
2 14 (3.58%) DHCP
3 8 (2.05%) TCP/IP
3 8 (2.05%) Wi-Fi
4 7 (1.79%) Firewall
4 7 (1.79%) Skype
4 7 (1.79%) WAN
5 5 (1.28%) 4G
5 5 (1.28%) BGP
5 5 (1.28%) Cisco Nexus
5 5 (1.28%) Intranet
5 5 (1.28%) OSPF
6 4 (1.02%) IGMP
6 4 (1.02%) Internet
6 4 (1.02%) Multicast
6 4 (1.02%) RIP
6 4 (1.02%) SAN
7 3 (0.77%) LAN
7 3 (0.77%) VSAN
8 2 (0.51%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (11.76%) SQL Server
2 42 (10.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 37 (9.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 21 (5.37%) Data Warehouse
5 18 (4.60%) Oracle Database
6 13 (3.32%) MySQL
7 8 (2.05%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 7 (1.79%) GIS
8 7 (1.79%) Relational Database
9 6 (1.53%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 6 (1.53%) NoSQL
9 6 (1.53%) Power BI
10 5 (1.28%) Data Mart
10 5 (1.28%) Oracle Database 10g
10 5 (1.28%) PostgreSQL
10 5 (1.28%) SQL Server 2005
11 4 (1.02%) Crystal Reports
11 4 (1.02%) MongoDB
12 3 (0.77%) Apache Cassandra
12 3 (0.77%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 21 (5.37%) JIRA
2 18 (4.60%) Team Foundation Server
3 15 (3.84%) Selenium
3 15 (3.84%) Visual Studio Team System
4 14 (3.58%) TeamCity
5 12 (3.07%) Git (software)
6 8 (2.05%) Octopus Deploy
7 7 (1.79%) Gradle
7 7 (1.79%) Jenkins
7 7 (1.79%) Maven
8 4 (1.02%) Sonatype Nexus
8 4 (1.02%) Visual Studio
9 3 (0.77%) Postman
9 3 (0.77%) Subversion
10 2 (0.51%) Jasmine
10 2 (0.51%) kappa
10 2 (0.51%) Karma Test Runner
10 2 (0.51%) Protractor
10 2 (0.51%) webpack
11 1 (0.26%) Vagrant
General
1 183 (46.80%) Finance
2 81 (20.72%) Banking
3 44 (11.25%) Front Office
4 24 (6.14%) Financial Institution
5 13 (3.32%) Investment Banking
5 13 (3.32%) Marketing
6 11 (2.81%) Publishing
6 11 (2.81%) Telecoms
7 10 (2.56%) Public Sector
8 9 (2.30%) Retail
9 8 (2.05%) Billing
10 7 (1.79%) Manufacturing
11 6 (1.53%) Legal
12 5 (1.28%) Games
12 5 (1.28%) Law
13 3 (0.77%) Advertising
14 2 (0.51%) Automotive
14 2 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
14 2 (0.51%) Prime Brokerage
15 1 (0.26%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 123 (31.46%) Developer
2 54 (13.81%) Analyst
3 41 (10.49%) C# Developer
4 30 (7.67%) Architect
5 26 (6.65%) SQL Developer
6 25 (6.39%) .NET Developer
6 25 (6.39%) Business Analyst
7 24 (6.14%) SSIS Developer
8 23 (5.88%) C# .NET Developer
8 23 (5.88%) Programme Manager
9 22 (5.63%) PHP Developer
10 20 (5.12%) Project Manager
11 19 (4.86%) Solutions Architect
12 16 (4.09%) Support Engineer
13 13 (3.32%) C# VB.NET Developer
13 13 (3.32%) VB.NET Developer
14 12 (3.07%) Applications Support
14 12 (3.07%) PHP Laravel Developer
15 10 (2.56%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
16 9 (2.30%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (16.11%) .NET
2 38 (9.72%) React
3 35 (8.95%) AngularJS
3 35 (8.95%) Web Services
4 25 (6.39%) Laravel
5 24 (6.14%) JSON
6 17 (4.35%) .NET Framework
6 17 (4.35%) jQuery
6 17 (4.35%) RESTful
7 15 (3.84%) HTML
8 14 (3.58%) Entity Framework
8 14 (3.58%) KnockoutJS
8 14 (3.58%) Spring
9 13 (3.32%) CSS
9 13 (3.32%) WCF
10 10 (2.56%) XML
11 9 (2.30%) HTML5
11 9 (2.30%) REST
11 9 (2.30%) WinForms
12 8 (2.05%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 32 (8.18%) User Experience
2 26 (6.65%) Mobile App
3 23 (5.88%) Hedge funds
4 21 (5.37%) Analytical Skills
5 19 (4.86%) Derivative
6 17 (4.35%) Equities
6 17 (4.35%) Management Information System
7 16 (4.09%) Fixed Income
8 13 (3.32%) Greenfield Project
9 12 (3.07%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 11 (2.81%) Data Centre
10 11 (2.81%) Reference Data
11 10 (2.56%) Enterprise Software
12 7 (1.79%) Cloud Native
12 7 (1.79%) SWIFT
13 6 (1.53%) EPoS
13 6 (1.53%) Self-Motivation
14 4 (1.02%) PKI
14 4 (1.02%) Video Conferencing
15 3 (0.77%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 69 (17.65%) Windows
2 30 (7.67%) Windows 10
3 28 (7.16%) Windows Server
4 20 (5.12%) Windows 7
5 13 (3.32%) Linux
6 12 (3.07%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (1.79%) HPUX
8 5 (1.28%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (0.51%) Android
9 2 (0.51%) Apple iOS
9 2 (0.51%) CentOS
9 2 (0.51%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.51%) Unix
9 2 (0.51%) Windows 2000 Server
9 2 (0.51%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.26%) Solaris
10 1 (0.26%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 109 (27.88%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (10.23%) Migration
3 36 (9.21%) Problem-Solving
3 36 (9.21%) Scrum
4 35 (8.95%) DevOps
5 31 (7.93%) Computer Science
5 31 (7.93%) Test Automation
6 30 (7.67%) Project Delivery
7 28 (7.16%) CRM
8 27 (6.91%) Project Management
8 27 (6.91%) Web Development
9 26 (6.65%) Business Analysis
9 26 (6.65%) Investment Management
10 25 (6.39%) ITIL
11 24 (6.14%) Asset Management
11 24 (6.14%) Visualisation
12 22 (5.63%) Continuous Integration
12 22 (5.63%) Data Visualisation
12 22 (5.63%) E-Commerce
12 22 (5.63%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 89 (22.76%) SQL
2 67 (17.14%) C#
3 64 (16.37%) JavaScript
4 49 (12.53%) Java
5 28 (7.16%) PHP
6 24 (6.14%) Python
7 22 (5.63%) PowerShell
7 22 (5.63%) VB.NET
8 18 (4.60%) T-SQL
9 14 (3.58%) PL/SQL
10 11 (2.81%) R
10 11 (2.81%) TypeScript
11 9 (2.30%) VBA
12 8 (2.05%) C++
13 7 (1.79%) C
14 5 (1.28%) Perl
14 5 (1.28%) Ruby
15 4 (1.02%) Apex Code
15 4 (1.02%) Scala
16 3 (0.77%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 46 (11.76%) Degree
2 24 (6.14%) Computer Science Degree
3 5 (1.28%) Cisco Certification
3 5 (1.28%) ISEB
3 5 (1.28%) Microsoft Certification
4 4 (1.02%) CCNA
4 4 (1.02%) ISTQB
4 4 (1.02%) Security Cleared
5 3 (0.77%) ITIL Certification
5 3 (0.77%) MCSE
5 3 (0.77%) SC Cleared
6 2 (0.51%) HND
6 2 (0.51%) ISEB Practitioner
6 2 (0.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (0.51%) MCSA
6 2 (0.51%) TOGAF Certification
6 2 (0.51%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 1 (0.26%) CCIP
7 1 (0.26%) CCNP
7 1 (0.26%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (3.84%) MiFID
1 15 (3.84%) QA
2 11 (2.81%) SLA
3 2 (0.51%) EMIR
3 2 (0.51%) PMO
3 2 (0.51%) Solvency II
4 1 (0.26%) COBIT
4 1 (0.26%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.26%) GDPR
4 1 (0.26%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.26%) WCAG
System Software
1 39 (9.97%) Active Directory
2 19 (4.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (2.05%) VMware ESXi
4 6 (1.53%) Docker
5 5 (1.28%) Hyper-V
6 4 (1.02%) vSphere
7 3 (0.77%) Firmware
7 3 (0.77%) VMware NSX
7 3 (0.77%) XenApp
8 1 (0.26%) KVM
8 1 (0.26%) NFS
8 1 (0.26%) Samba
8 1 (0.26%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 1 (0.26%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.26%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.26%) Xen
Systems Management
1 21 (5.37%) SCCM
2 10 (2.56%) SCOM
3 8 (2.05%) WSUS
4 6 (1.53%) Ansible
4 6 (1.53%) Kubernetes
5 4 (1.02%) Endace
5 4 (1.02%) McAfee ePO
5 4 (1.02%) Microsoft Intune
5 4 (1.02%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 3 (0.77%) Norton AntiVirus
6 3 (0.77%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 3 (0.77%) vRealize
7 2 (0.51%) HP Quality Center
7 2 (0.51%) HP SIM
7 2 (0.51%) Kibana
7 2 (0.51%) Nagios
7 2 (0.51%) Netcool
7 2 (0.51%) Terraform
8 1 (0.26%) Control-M
8 1 (0.26%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 70 (17.90%) Microsoft
2 50 (12.79%) Oracle
3 25 (6.39%) VMware
4 20 (5.12%) SAP
5 16 (4.09%) Bloomberg
6 14 (3.58%) hybris
7 13 (3.32%) Citrix
8 12 (3.07%) Cisco
9 11 (2.81%) MuleSoft
9 11 (2.81%) Reuters
10 9 (2.30%) Salesforce.com
11 8 (2.05%) Symantec
12 7 (1.79%) 3PAR
12 7 (1.79%) HP
12 7 (1.79%) IBM
12 7 (1.79%) Murex
12 7 (1.79%) Nimble Storage
13 6 (1.53%) Sybase
14 5 (1.28%) Adobe
14 5 (1.28%) Misys