Period
to 21 June 2018

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 21 June 2018 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
21 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 363 291 291
Rank change year-on-year -72 0 -23
Contract jobs citing Back Office 665 790 956
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.66% 0.87% 0.90%
As % of the General category 1.78% 2.23% 2.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 449 492 640
UK median daily rate £475 £470 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.06% +13.94% -8.33%
10th Percentile £287 £300 £225
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £389 £400 £363
% change year-on-year -2.81% +10.34% -3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 20 24
UK median hourly rate £31.00 £40.25 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.98% +130.00% +34.62%
10th Percentile £11.65 £13.60 £10.58
90th Percentile £33.40 £58.88 £58.43
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.00 £42.48 £18.50
% change year-on-year -45.85% +129.59% +42.31%

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 37,275 35,484 40,316
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 37.26% 38.92% 37.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,268 23,273 26,496
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +2.27% +3.53%
10th Percentile £299 £275 £263
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 870 865 975
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £26.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -4.76% +14.98%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.33 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.30 £51.99 £49.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £26.83 £29.00
% change year-on-year -6.82% -7.48% +11.54%

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 21 June 2018.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Back Office over the 6 months to 21 June 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 21 June 2018. 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 -86 617 £475 - 164
London -60 387 £550 +5.77% 64
UK excluding London -28 275 £389 -2.81% 105
South East -50 78 £363 -9.38% 27
Midlands +8 54 £380 +33.33% 24
North of England -55 45 £350 - 30
North West -7 33 £359 -24.37% 15
South West +5 31 £400 -11.11% 8
Scotland -29 30 £475 +35.71% 3
East Midlands +3 26 £400 +77.78% 5
West Midlands +2 26 £325 +0.39% 18
East of England +3 19 £425 -20.00% 11
Wales -9 15 £450 +9.76% 1
Yorkshire -30 12 £205 -36.92% 14
Northern Ireland - 3 £375 -

For the 6 months to 21 June 2018, 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 (35.79%) Finance
2 219 (32.93%) Agile Software Development
3 169 (25.41%) SQL
4 109 (16.39%) Banking
5 106 (15.94%) Microsoft
6 105 (15.79%) SQL Server
7 104 (15.64%) .NET
8 102 (15.34%) Windows
9 101 (15.19%) C#
9 101 (15.19%) Front Office
10 90 (13.53%) Java
11 87 (13.08%) JavaScript
12 75 (11.28%) Linux
13 69 (10.38%) Oracle
14 65 (9.77%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 64 (9.62%) Scrum
15 64 (9.62%) Problem-Solving
16 57 (8.57%) Project Management
17 55 (8.27%) HTML
17 55 (8.27%) Change Management
18 54 (8.12%) Migration
18 54 (8.12%) Analytical Skills
19 53 (7.97%) Investment Banking
19 53 (7.97%) Degree
20 52 (7.82%) Stakeholder Management
20 52 (7.82%) Fixed Income
21 51 (7.67%) Risk Management
21 51 (7.67%) AngularJS
22 50 (7.52%) Test Automation
23 49 (7.37%) TDD

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 23 (3.46%) MS Exchange
2 18 (2.71%) SharePoint
3 17 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2010
4 15 (2.26%) IIS
5 12 (1.80%) Skype for Business
6 11 (1.65%) JBoss
6 11 (1.65%) WebLogic
6 11 (1.65%) WebSphere
7 9 (1.35%) CMS
7 9 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2013
8 6 (0.90%) EPiServer
8 6 (0.90%) Tomcat
9 5 (0.75%) Apache
9 5 (0.75%) Confluence
9 5 (0.75%) SAS
10 4 (0.60%) ExpressionEngine
10 4 (0.60%) Mule
10 4 (0.60%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 4 (0.60%) Oracle Workflow
10 4 (0.60%) WordPress
Applications
1 16 (2.41%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (1.95%) MS Visio
3 12 (1.80%) Microsoft Excel
4 9 (1.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.30%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 13 (1.95%) ION MarketView
2 9 (1.35%) Markit EDM
2 9 (1.35%) SAP S/4HANA
3 7 (1.05%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (1.05%) thinkFolio
4 5 (0.75%) Actimize
4 5 (0.75%) SunGard Martini
5 4 (0.60%) Dynamics AX
5 4 (0.60%) SAP PM
6 3 (0.45%) Bloomberg AIM
6 3 (0.45%) Dynamics NAV
6 3 (0.45%) Kondor
6 3 (0.45%) Oracle Applications
6 3 (0.45%) SAP SRM
6 3 (0.45%) Temenos T24
7 2 (0.30%) Dynamics GP
7 2 (0.30%) Eagle PACE
7 2 (0.30%) Payment Gateway
7 2 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
7 2 (0.30%) SimCorp Dimension
Cloud Services
1 41 (6.17%) Microsoft Azure
2 36 (5.41%) Amazon AWS
3 26 (3.91%) Office 365
4 13 (1.95%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 12 (1.80%) Amazon ELB
5 12 (1.80%) Amazon S3
6 11 (1.65%) Amazon EC2
7 10 (1.50%) SaaS
7 10 (1.50%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 9 (1.35%) GitHub
9 8 (1.20%) PaaS
10 6 (0.90%) Mimecast
10 6 (0.90%) Yammer
11 4 (0.60%) Rackspace Cloud
12 3 (0.45%) CloudFront
13 2 (0.30%) Azure Active Directory
13 2 (0.30%) npm
13 2 (0.30%) NuGet
13 2 (0.30%) Sauce Labs
14 1 (0.15%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 29 (4.36%) Internet
2 26 (3.91%) Firewall
3 21 (3.16%) DNS
4 18 (2.71%) TCP/IP
5 16 (2.41%) LAN
6 15 (2.26%) DHCP
7 12 (1.80%) SMTP
8 11 (1.65%) Unified Communications
9 10 (1.50%) SSL
10 8 (1.20%) SMS
10 8 (1.20%) VLAN
10 8 (1.20%) WAN
10 8 (1.20%) Wireshark
11 7 (1.05%) HTTP
11 7 (1.05%) VPN
11 7 (1.05%) Wireless
12 6 (0.90%) FTP
12 6 (0.90%) Intranet
12 6 (0.90%) POP3
12 6 (0.90%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 105 (15.79%) SQL Server
2 25 (3.76%) Relational Database
3 16 (2.41%) Data Warehouse
4 14 (2.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 13 (1.95%) SQL Server 2008
6 11 (1.65%) Amazon RDS
6 11 (1.65%) NoSQL
6 11 (1.65%) RDBMS
6 11 (1.65%) SQL Server 2012
7 10 (1.50%) MySQL
7 10 (1.50%) Power BI
7 10 (1.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 8 (1.20%) BusinessObjects
8 8 (1.20%) MongoDB
9 7 (1.05%) Oracle Database
9 7 (1.05%) SAP HANA
10 6 (0.90%) Big Data
11 5 (0.75%) Apache Hive
12 4 (0.60%) Apache Cassandra
12 4 (0.60%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 38 (5.71%) Git (software)
2 29 (4.36%) JIRA
3 26 (3.91%) Jenkins
4 25 (3.76%) Selenium
5 22 (3.31%) TeamCity
6 18 (2.71%) Visual Studio
7 15 (2.26%) Subversion
8 13 (1.95%) Cucumber
9 12 (1.80%) Team Foundation Server
10 10 (1.50%) Maven
11 8 (1.20%) Bitbucket
11 8 (1.20%) JMeter
12 7 (1.05%) Ant
12 7 (1.05%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 7 (1.05%) NUnit
13 6 (0.90%) Visual Studio Team System
14 5 (0.75%) MSTest
14 5 (0.75%) Oracle APEX
15 4 (0.60%) Cobertura
15 4 (0.60%) WebDriver
General
1 238 (35.79%) Finance
2 109 (16.39%) Banking
3 101 (15.19%) Front Office
4 53 (7.97%) Investment Banking
5 32 (4.81%) Retail
6 19 (2.86%) Marketing
7 18 (2.71%) Financial Institution
8 17 (2.56%) Legal
9 15 (2.26%) General Ledger
10 11 (1.65%) Law
11 8 (1.20%) Billing
12 6 (0.90%) Advertising
12 6 (0.90%) Private Banking
12 6 (0.90%) Retail Banking
13 5 (0.75%) Telecoms
14 4 (0.60%) Publishing
15 2 (0.30%) Corporate Banking
15 2 (0.30%) Local Government
15 2 (0.30%) Manufacturing
15 2 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 167 (25.11%) Analyst
2 162 (24.36%) Developer
3 103 (15.49%) Business Analyst
4 55 (8.27%) Project Manager
5 44 (6.62%) C# Developer
6 38 (5.71%) .NET Developer
7 37 (5.56%) Architect
8 33 (4.96%) Consultant
9 29 (4.36%) FX Business Analyst
10 27 (4.06%) Senior Developer
11 26 (3.91%) Java Developer
12 23 (3.46%) Software Developer
13 21 (3.16%) C# .NET Developer
14 19 (2.86%) SQL Developer
15 18 (2.71%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
16 17 (2.56%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
16 17 (2.56%) Front Office Business Analyst
16 17 (2.56%) Senior Analyst
16 17 (2.56%) Solutions Architect
16 17 (2.56%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 104 (15.64%) .NET
2 55 (8.27%) HTML
3 51 (7.67%) AngularJS
4 45 (6.77%) Web Services
5 38 (5.71%) CSS
5 38 (5.71%) XML
6 30 (4.51%) Spring
7 26 (3.91%) Node.js
8 25 (3.76%) REST
9 24 (3.61%) ASP.NET
10 22 (3.31%) .NET Framework
10 22 (3.31%) HTML5
10 22 (3.31%) jQuery
11 20 (3.01%) ASP.NET MVC
11 20 (3.01%) WinForms
12 19 (2.86%) Middleware
12 19 (2.86%) RxJS
13 18 (2.71%) Socket.IO
14 16 (2.41%) Entity Framework
15 15 (2.26%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 65 (9.77%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 54 (8.12%) Analytical Skills
3 52 (7.82%) Fixed Income
4 27 (4.06%) User Experience
5 25 (3.76%) Derivative
6 24 (3.61%) Enterprise Software
6 24 (3.61%) Equities
7 20 (3.01%) Computer Science
8 19 (2.86%) SWIFT
9 18 (2.71%) Mobile App
10 14 (2.11%) Hedge funds
11 13 (1.95%) Algorithms
11 13 (1.95%) Self-Motivation
12 12 (1.80%) Data Structures
12 12 (1.80%) Robotics
13 10 (1.50%) Management Information System
14 9 (1.35%) Data Centre
15 8 (1.20%) Credit Derivative
15 8 (1.20%) Fintech
16 7 (1.05%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 102 (15.34%) Windows
2 75 (11.28%) Linux
3 42 (6.32%) Unix
4 33 (4.96%) Windows Server
5 20 (3.01%) Windows 7
6 17 (2.56%) Windows Server 2012
7 15 (2.26%) Windows Server 2008
8 11 (1.65%) Solaris
8 11 (1.65%) Windows 10
9 7 (1.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 3 (0.45%) Windows Server 2003
11 2 (0.30%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.15%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.15%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 219 (32.93%) Agile Software Development
2 64 (9.62%) Problem-Solving
2 64 (9.62%) Scrum
3 57 (8.57%) Project Management
4 55 (8.27%) Change Management
5 54 (8.12%) Migration
6 52 (7.82%) Stakeholder Management
7 51 (7.67%) Risk Management
8 50 (7.52%) Test Automation
9 49 (7.37%) TDD
10 48 (7.22%) Business Analysis
11 47 (7.07%) Asset Management
12 44 (6.62%) E-Commerce
13 42 (6.32%) SDLC
13 42 (6.32%) Waterfall
13 42 (6.32%) Workflow
14 41 (6.17%) ITIL
15 40 (6.02%) User Acceptance Testing
16 39 (5.86%) DevOps
17 35 (5.26%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 169 (25.41%) SQL
2 101 (15.19%) C#
3 90 (13.53%) Java
4 87 (13.08%) JavaScript
5 37 (5.56%) T-SQL
6 29 (4.36%) TypeScript
7 28 (4.21%) Bash Shell
7 28 (4.21%) Python
8 19 (2.86%) C++
8 19 (2.86%) VB.NET
9 18 (2.71%) PL/SQL
10 16 (2.41%) C
11 15 (2.26%) Shell Script
12 13 (1.95%) PowerShell
13 10 (1.50%) VBA
13 10 (1.50%) VBScript
14 9 (1.35%) Perl
15 7 (1.05%) PHP
16 6 (0.90%) Korn
16 6 (0.90%) VB
Qualifications
1 53 (7.97%) Degree
2 20 (3.01%) Microsoft Certification
3 10 (1.50%) Security Cleared
4 9 (1.35%) Six Sigma Black Belt
5 8 (1.20%) Master's Degree
6 7 (1.05%) CCNA
6 7 (1.05%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (0.90%) CCNP
7 6 (0.90%) MCP
7 6 (0.90%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 5 (0.75%) ACCA
8 5 (0.75%) SC Cleared
9 4 (0.60%) AWS Certification
9 4 (0.60%) DBS Check
9 4 (0.60%) HP ASE
9 4 (0.60%) PMI Certification
10 3 (0.45%) Computer Science Degree
10 3 (0.45%) ISEB
10 3 (0.45%) MBA
10 3 (0.45%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (3.16%) QA
2 16 (2.41%) MiFID
3 14 (2.11%) SLA
4 12 (1.80%) PMO
5 11 (1.65%) EMIR
6 9 (1.35%) GDPR
7 7 (1.05%) Dodd-Frank
7 7 (1.05%) PSD2
8 6 (0.90%) ISO 20022
9 2 (0.30%) COBIT
9 2 (0.30%) Data Quality
9 2 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 2 (0.30%) PCI DSS
9 2 (0.30%) RMADS
10 1 (0.15%) AIFMD
10 1 (0.15%) IFRS
10 1 (0.15%) SEPA
System Software
1 49 (7.37%) Active Directory
2 23 (3.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (3.31%) Docker
4 13 (1.95%) XenApp
5 10 (1.50%) XenDesktop
6 9 (1.35%) Virtual Desktop
7 6 (0.90%) Hyper-V
8 3 (0.45%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 2 (0.30%) Firmware
9 2 (0.30%) Gluster
9 2 (0.30%) iptables
9 2 (0.30%) KVM
9 2 (0.30%) NFS
9 2 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.30%) XenServer
10 1 (0.15%) HDFS
10 1 (0.15%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.15%) Oracle RAC
10 1 (0.15%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 25 (3.76%) SCCM
2 16 (2.41%) Opscode Chef
3 13 (1.95%) Ansible
4 8 (1.20%) Control-M
5 7 (1.05%) McAfee ePO
5 7 (1.05%) PingFederate
6 6 (0.90%) Kubernetes
6 6 (0.90%) SCOM
7 5 (0.75%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 4 (0.60%) HP ALM
8 4 (0.60%) HP Quality Center
9 3 (0.45%) OpenView
9 3 (0.45%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 3 (0.45%) Thomson Reuters DACS
9 3 (0.45%) Tivoli
9 3 (0.45%) WSUS
10 2 (0.30%) Business Desktop Deployment
10 2 (0.30%) HAProxy
10 2 (0.30%) Nagios
10 2 (0.30%) Puppet
Vendors
1 106 (15.94%) Microsoft
2 69 (10.38%) Oracle
3 31 (4.66%) VMware
4 28 (4.21%) IBM
4 28 (4.21%) SAP
5 18 (2.71%) Citrix
6 17 (2.56%) HP
7 16 (2.41%) ION Trading
8 13 (1.95%) Bloomberg
8 13 (1.95%) Polycom
9 12 (1.80%) CA Agile Central
9 12 (1.80%) Cisco
10 11 (1.65%) Salesforce.com
10 11 (1.65%) Sybase
10 11 (1.65%) Symantec
11 9 (1.35%) Charles River
11 9 (1.35%) hybris
12 8 (1.20%) Murex
13 7 (1.05%) McAfee
13 7 (1.05%) TIBCO