Period
to 25 January 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 25 January 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
25 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 361 400 384
Rank change year-on-year +39 -16 -8
Contract jobs citing Back Office 249 391 678
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.59% 0.55% 0.68%
As % of the General category 1.46% 1.46% 1.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 211 312 466
Median daily rate £575 £500 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.00% - -2.44%
10th Percentile £338 £276 £313
90th Percentile £750 £736 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £450
% change year-on-year +3.03% -8.33% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 7
Median hourly rate £34.50 £17.86 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +93.14% -0.76% -14.29%
10th Percentile £30.90 £14.07 £9.60
90th Percentile £38.10 £21.27 £40.32
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.50 £17.86 £11.50
% change year-on-year +93.14% +55.33% -32.35%

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 17,083 26,848 39,912
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 40.47% 37.48% 40.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,546 17,697 26,620
Median daily rate £488 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.79% - +2.70%
10th Percentile £298 £269 £300
90th Percentile £694 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £431 £425
% change year-on-year -1.33% +1.35% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 631 818 1,032
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £20.16
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -0.77% -2.95%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.44 £11.85
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate £23.63 £19.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +24.34% -5.00% -

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 25 January 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
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 25 January 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 +68 235 £575 +15.00% 87
London +42 170 £600 +14.29% 51
UK excluding London +115 69 £425 +3.03% 42
Work from Home -182 33 £475 -36.67% 20
South East +111 24 £613 +44.12% 3
South West +93 13 £385 -6.67% 1
Scotland +39 10 £368 -18.33% 4
North of England +70 8 £470 +29.66% 18
Midlands +49 8 £525 -4.11% 10
North West +49 7 £470 -1.05% 13
East of England +48 6 £147 -57.93% 3
West Midlands +38 5 £275 -51.65% 8
East Midlands +38 3 £600 +47.69% 2
Yorkshire +39 1 - - 5

For the 6 months to 25 January 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.

1 100 (40.16%) Finance
2 95 (38.15%) SQL
3 74 (29.72%) Front Office
4 63 (25.30%) Python
5 57 (22.89%) Asset Management
5 57 (22.89%) Investment Management
6 54 (21.69%) Banking
7 50 (20.08%) Agile Software Development
8 49 (19.68%) Hedge funds
9 46 (18.47%) Azure
10 45 (18.07%) SQL Server
11 43 (17.27%) Fixed Income
12 38 (15.26%) Bloomberg
13 37 (14.86%) Equities
14 36 (14.46%) Markit EDM
15 35 (14.06%) Reference Data
16 34 (13.65%) Eagle PACE
16 34 (13.65%) Microservices
16 34 (13.65%) Stakeholder Management
17 32 (12.85%) AWS
18 31 (12.45%) Derivative
18 31 (12.45%) Java
19 30 (12.05%) .NET
19 30 (12.05%) Migration
20 27 (10.84%) Pandas
21 26 (10.44%) FactSet
21 26 (10.44%) Reuters
22 25 (10.04%) Investment Banking
23 23 (9.24%) Microsoft
23 23 (9.24%) C#

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 12 (4.82%) Apache
2 5 (2.01%) SharePoint
3 2 (0.80%) BizTalk Server
3 2 (0.80%) CMS
3 2 (0.80%) Oracle Coherence
4 1 (0.40%) Confluence
4 1 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (0.40%) IIS
4 1 (0.40%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 10 (4.02%) MS Visio
2 5 (2.01%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (1.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.80%) Chatbot
4 2 (0.80%) Microsoft Excel
5 1 (0.40%) Camtasia
Business Applications
1 36 (14.46%) Markit EDM
2 34 (13.65%) Eagle PACE
3 8 (3.21%) Dynamics CRM
4 5 (2.01%) Oracle Applications
5 3 (1.20%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (1.20%) SAP S/4HANA
6 2 (0.80%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.80%) Endur
6 2 (0.80%) Maximo
6 2 (0.80%) Salerio
6 2 (0.80%) SAP ERP
6 2 (0.80%) SAP Hybris
6 2 (0.80%) Unit4 Business World
7 1 (0.40%) LongView
7 1 (0.40%) PolarLake
7 1 (0.40%) PORTIA
Cloud Services
1 46 (18.47%) Azure
2 32 (12.85%) AWS
3 12 (4.82%) GCP
4 11 (4.42%) Amazon ECS
4 11 (4.42%) Apigee
4 11 (4.42%) AWS Lambda
4 11 (4.42%) Serverless
5 6 (2.41%) Dynamics 365
6 5 (2.01%) Azure Active Directory
6 5 (2.01%) Office 365
7 4 (1.61%) PaaS
7 4 (1.61%) Power Platform
8 2 (0.80%) Adobe Creative Cloud
8 2 (0.80%) npm
8 2 (0.80%) SaaS
8 2 (0.80%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
8 2 (0.80%) Salesforce Service Cloud
8 2 (0.80%) SuccessFactors
9 1 (0.40%) GitHub
9 1 (0.40%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (3.21%) Firewall
2 5 (2.01%) DHCP
2 5 (2.01%) DNS
3 4 (1.61%) SAN
4 1 (0.40%) Asterisk PBX
4 1 (0.40%) Skype
4 1 (0.40%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.40%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (18.07%) SQL Server
2 14 (5.62%) Data Warehouse
2 14 (5.62%) MySQL
2 14 (5.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 13 (5.22%) PostgreSQL
4 11 (4.42%) Amazon Redshift
5 6 (2.41%) Relational Database
6 4 (1.61%) DB2
6 4 (1.61%) GIS
6 4 (1.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 4 (1.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 3 (1.20%) Data Lake
8 2 (0.80%) Big Data
8 2 (0.80%) Blockchain
8 2 (0.80%) BusinessObjects
8 2 (0.80%) Data Mart
8 2 (0.80%) Oracle Database
8 2 (0.80%) RDBMS
8 2 (0.80%) Redis
8 2 (0.80%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 19 (7.63%) Jenkins
2 15 (6.02%) Git (software)
3 13 (5.22%) Artifactory
4 11 (4.42%) GitLab
5 7 (2.81%) JIRA
5 7 (2.81%) MSBuild
5 7 (2.81%) TeamCity
6 4 (1.61%) Bitbucket
7 3 (1.20%) JUnit
7 3 (1.20%) Maven
7 3 (1.20%) Subversion
7 3 (1.20%) Visual Studio
8 2 (0.80%) Bower
8 2 (0.80%) Grunt
8 2 (0.80%) Jasmine
8 2 (0.80%) Karma Test Runner
8 2 (0.80%) Octopus Deploy
8 2 (0.80%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (0.80%) Visual Studio Team System
8 2 (0.80%) webpack
General
1 100 (40.16%) Finance
2 74 (29.72%) Front Office
3 54 (21.69%) Banking
4 25 (10.04%) Investment Banking
5 12 (4.82%) Legal
6 10 (4.02%) Marketing
7 9 (3.61%) Public Sector
8 5 (2.01%) Advertising
9 3 (1.20%) Aerospace
9 3 (1.20%) Corporate Banking
9 3 (1.20%) Law
10 2 (0.80%) Billing
10 2 (0.80%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.80%) Retail
10 2 (0.80%) Telecoms
10 2 (0.80%) Wholesale Banking
11 1 (0.40%) Local Government
11 1 (0.40%) Mandarin Language
11 1 (0.40%) Manufacturing
11 1 (0.40%) Military
Job Titles
1 86 (34.54%) Analyst
2 50 (20.08%) Developer
3 49 (19.68%) Business Analyst
4 40 (16.06%) Architect
5 36 (14.46%) Data Manager
6 34 (13.65%) Data Analyst
7 30 (12.05%) Solutions Architect
8 28 (11.24%) Finance Manager
9 27 (10.84%) Financial Analyst
10 15 (6.02%) Project Manager
10 15 (6.02%) SQL Developer
11 14 (5.62%) .NET Developer
11 14 (5.62%) Market Analyst
11 14 (5.62%) Market Data Analyst
11 14 (5.62%) Market Data Manager
12 13 (5.22%) C# Developer
13 12 (4.82%) C# .NET Developer
13 12 (4.82%) Data Architect
13 12 (4.82%) Reference Data Analyst
14 11 (4.42%) AWS Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (12.05%) .NET
2 27 (10.84%) Pandas
3 16 (6.43%) Web Services
4 13 (5.22%) CSS
4 13 (5.22%) gRPC
5 12 (4.82%) AngularJS
6 11 (4.42%) HTML
6 11 (4.42%) Middleware
6 11 (4.42%) OAuth
6 11 (4.42%) REST
6 11 (4.42%) Swagger
6 11 (4.42%) XML
7 10 (4.02%) jQuery
8 9 (3.61%) .NET Framework
9 7 (2.81%) Entity Framework
10 5 (2.01%) Node.js
10 5 (2.01%) Spring
11 4 (1.61%) ASP.NET
11 4 (1.61%) J2EE
11 4 (1.61%) React
Miscellaneous
1 49 (19.68%) Hedge funds
2 43 (17.27%) Fixed Income
3 37 (14.86%) Equities
4 35 (14.06%) Reference Data
5 31 (12.45%) Derivative
6 20 (8.03%) Data Centre
7 14 (5.62%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 13 (5.22%) SWIFT
9 12 (4.82%) Cloud Native
10 11 (4.42%) Analytical Skills
11 7 (2.81%) Market Risk
12 6 (2.41%) Greenfield Project
13 5 (2.01%) NHS
13 5 (2.01%) Security Operations Centre
14 4 (1.61%) Self-Motivation
14 4 (1.61%) Virtual Team
15 3 (1.20%) Credit Risk
15 3 (1.20%) Management Information System
16 2 (0.80%) AS400
16 2 (0.80%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 23 (9.24%) Windows
2 13 (5.22%) Linux
3 8 (3.21%) Windows Server
4 7 (2.81%) Unix
5 6 (2.41%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (1.61%) Windows 10
6 4 (1.61%) Windows 7
7 3 (1.20%) Solaris
8 2 (0.80%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.40%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (22.89%) Asset Management
1 57 (22.89%) Investment Management
2 50 (20.08%) Agile Software Development
3 34 (13.65%) Microservices
3 34 (13.65%) Stakeholder Management
4 30 (12.05%) Migration
5 20 (8.03%) CRM
5 20 (8.03%) DevOps
5 20 (8.03%) Software Engineering
6 19 (7.63%) Project Management
7 16 (6.43%) Business Analysis
8 15 (6.02%) Change Management
9 14 (5.62%) E-Commerce
10 13 (5.22%) B2B
10 13 (5.22%) Product Roadmap
11 12 (4.82%) Mentoring
11 12 (4.82%) Technology Roadmap
12 11 (4.42%) Analytics
13 10 (4.02%) Problem-Solving
13 10 (4.02%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 95 (38.15%) SQL
2 63 (25.30%) Python
3 31 (12.45%) Java
4 23 (9.24%) C#
5 13 (5.22%) JavaScript
6 9 (3.61%) TypeScript
7 6 (2.41%) PowerShell
8 5 (2.01%) PL/SQL
9 4 (1.61%) C
9 4 (1.61%) Kotlin
10 3 (1.20%) C++
10 3 (1.20%) Java 8
11 2 (0.80%) Go
11 2 (0.80%) PHP
11 2 (0.80%) RPG
11 2 (0.80%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.40%) DataFlex
12 1 (0.40%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 11 (4.42%) Sun Certification
2 8 (3.21%) Degree
3 7 (2.81%) SC Cleared
3 7 (2.81%) Security Cleared
4 3 (1.20%) BPSS Clearance
4 3 (1.20%) CFA
4 3 (1.20%) CIMA
4 3 (1.20%) Cisco Certification
4 3 (1.20%) MCP
4 3 (1.20%) MCSA
4 3 (1.20%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (0.80%) A+ Certification
5 2 (0.80%) CCNP
5 2 (0.80%) Computer Science Degree
5 2 (0.80%) MCDST
5 2 (0.80%) Network+ Certification
5 2 (0.80%) PMP
6 1 (0.40%) CCNA
6 1 (0.40%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.01%) QA
2 2 (0.80%) PMO
2 2 (0.80%) SEPA
2 2 (0.80%) SLA
3 1 (0.40%) ISO 15022
3 1 (0.40%) ISO 20022
3 1 (0.40%) MiFID
System Software
1 17 (6.83%) Docker
2 11 (4.42%) Active Directory
3 7 (2.81%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (2.41%) Virtual Machines
5 4 (1.61%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (0.80%) Terminal Services
6 2 (0.80%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 19 (7.63%) Kubernetes
2 4 (1.61%) SCCM
3 3 (1.20%) Control-M
4 2 (0.80%) DameWare
4 2 (0.80%) Grafana
4 2 (0.80%) Jamf Pro
4 2 (0.80%) MIIS
4 2 (0.80%) Nagios
4 2 (0.80%) SCOM
5 1 (0.40%) Ansible
5 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (0.40%) Terraform
Vendors
1 38 (15.26%) Bloomberg
2 26 (10.44%) FactSet
2 26 (10.44%) Reuters
3 23 (9.24%) Microsoft
3 23 (9.24%) SAP
4 21 (8.43%) Oracle
5 12 (4.82%) Google
6 11 (4.42%) Murex
7 8 (3.21%) VMware
8 7 (2.81%) Cisco
9 6 (2.41%) Citrix
9 6 (2.41%) IBM
10 4 (1.61%) Dell
10 4 (1.61%) ESRI
10 4 (1.61%) hybris
10 4 (1.61%) Juniper
11 3 (1.20%) Linedata
11 3 (1.20%) Salesforce.com
11 3 (1.20%) SmartStream
11 3 (1.20%) Splunk