Period
to 21 April 2021

The median contractor rate for a Business Analyst was £453 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 April 2021.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in 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.

Business Analyst
UK
6 months to
21 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 49 53 45
Rank change year-on-year +4 -8 -14
Contract jobs requiring a Business Analyst 2,434 2,348 4,587
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 4.55% 4.15% 4.80%
As % of the Job Titles category 4.91% 4.43% 5.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,761 1,711 3,309
10th Percentile £325 £323 £331
25th Percentile £384 £388 £385
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £453 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +0.56% - +2.27%
75th Percentile £550 £525 £525
90th Percentile £621 £588 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 25 16
10th Percentile £21.03 £20.27 £20.12
25th Percentile £23.75 £24.75 £21.25
Median hourly rate £36.29 £52.27 £36.25
Median % change year-on-year -30.57% +44.19% -19.44%
75th Percentile £46.75 £58.75 £49.40
90th Percentile £55.35 £63.45 £52.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.71 £51.14 £30.00
% change year-on-year -51.69% +70.45% -33.33%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 49,580 53,060 90,423
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.77% 93.75% 94.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 34,069 35,160 60,958
10th Percentile £281 £225 £270
25th Percentile £380 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £460 £465
Median % change year-on-year +3.26% -1.08% +3.33%
75th Percentile £575 £570 £569
90th Percentile £663 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,658 2,026 2,654
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.61 £11.00
25th Percentile £14.60 £14.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.99 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year +18.51% +5.47% +2.86%
75th Percentile £45.00 £38.75 £38.75
90th Percentile £57.50 £52.25 £49.42
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% -

Business Analyst
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Business Analyst in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Business Analyst in the UK

Business Analyst
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Business Analyst.

Daily rate trend for Business Analyst in the UK

Business Analyst
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Business Analyst over the 6 months to 21 April 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Business Analyst in the UK

Business Analyst
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Business Analyst.

Hourly rate trend for Business Analyst in the UK

Business Analyst
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Business Analyst over the 6 months to 21 April 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Business Analyst in the UK

Business Analyst
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 Business Analyst within the UK over the 6 months to 21 April 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 +6 1,978 £463 +2.78% 216
London +13 1,198 £500 +2.30% 89
UK excluding London -5 813 £425 - 133
Work from Home +17 729 £450 - 23
South East -17 202 £438 +2.94% 36
North of England +1 198 £425 +6.25% 32
Scotland 0 125 £398 -3.64% 7
Midlands +12 117 £425 - 34
North West -1 103 £450 +17.65% 25
West Midlands +21 94 £425 - 29
South West +13 83 £463 +8.82% 10
Yorkshire +3 73 £400 -3.03% 6
East of England +3 66 £425 - 11
East Midlands -3 23 £405 -2.99% 5
North East +27 22 £475 +15.15% 1
Wales -6 16 £380 -10.59% 3
Northern Ireland +4 8 £393 +12.14%

Business Analyst Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 April 2021, Business Analyst contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Business Analyst in the job title.

1 890 (36.57%) Agile Software Development
2 756 (31.06%) Business Analysis
3 732 (30.07%) Finance
4 468 (19.23%) Requirements Gathering
5 429 (17.63%) Stakeholder Management
6 381 (15.65%) User Stories
7 277 (11.38%) Banking
8 267 (10.97%) Analytical Skills
9 225 (9.24%) SQL
10 215 (8.83%) Workshop Facilitation
11 203 (8.34%) Scrum
12 193 (7.93%) Public Sector
13 192 (7.89%) Problem-Solving
14 188 (7.72%) Security Cleared
15 186 (7.64%) Change Management
15 186 (7.64%) JIRA
16 174 (7.15%) Migration
17 170 (6.98%) Waterfall
18 168 (6.90%) Azure
19 160 (6.57%) Acceptance Criteria
20 159 (6.53%) Project Management
21 158 (6.49%) Business Case
22 153 (6.29%) Data Analysis
23 144 (5.92%) User Acceptance Testing
24 140 (5.75%) Business Intelligence
25 139 (5.71%) GAP Analysis
25 139 (5.71%) Retail
26 135 (5.55%) SC Cleared
27 130 (5.34%) Use Case
28 129 (5.30%) Front Office

Business Analyst Skill Set
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
1 109 (4.48%) Confluence
2 41 (1.68%) SharePoint
3 21 (0.86%) CMS
4 6 (0.25%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 5 (0.21%) WebSphere
6 4 (0.16%) Documentum
6 4 (0.16%) IBM Domino
6 4 (0.16%) SAS
7 3 (0.12%) Apache Spark
7 3 (0.12%) Oracle Workflow
7 3 (0.12%) Skype for Business
8 2 (0.082%) Apache
8 2 (0.082%) Apache Airflow
8 2 (0.082%) Jadu
8 2 (0.082%) Sitecore CMS
8 2 (0.082%) Umbraco
9 1 (0.041%) ArcGIS
9 1 (0.041%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.041%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.041%) MTS
Applications
1 111 (4.56%) Microsoft Excel
2 100 (4.11%) MS Visio
3 75 (3.08%) Microsoft Office
4 58 (2.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 18 (0.74%) Microsoft Project
6 7 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.16%) SPSS
8 1 (0.041%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 24 (0.99%) Oracle ERP
2 21 (0.86%) SAP S/4HANA
3 16 (0.66%) Magento
4 15 (0.62%) Markit EDM
4 15 (0.62%) Oracle EBS
5 14 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
6 12 (0.49%) NetSuite
7 10 (0.41%) Eagle PACE
8 9 (0.37%) SAP Hybris
9 7 (0.29%) Oracle General Ledger
9 7 (0.29%) Oracle Receivables
9 7 (0.29%) Temenos T24
10 6 (0.25%) Oracle Payables
10 6 (0.25%) SAP CO
10 6 (0.25%) SAP FI
10 6 (0.25%) SAP FI/CO
11 5 (0.21%) Maximo
11 5 (0.21%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
11 5 (0.21%) Salesforce.com CRM
11 5 (0.21%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 168 (6.90%) Azure
2 86 (3.53%) AWS
3 69 (2.83%) Power Platform
4 51 (2.10%) Microsoft 365
5 50 (2.05%) SaaS
6 29 (1.19%) Dynamics 365
7 20 (0.82%) GCP
8 17 (0.70%) Salesforce Service Cloud
9 14 (0.58%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
10 10 (0.41%) OneDrive
11 8 (0.33%) PaaS
12 6 (0.25%) Apigee
12 6 (0.25%) Azure Synapse Analytics
12 6 (0.25%) IaaS
12 6 (0.25%) IBM Blueworks
12 6 (0.25%) SuccessFactors
13 5 (0.21%) Serverless
14 4 (0.16%) FinancialForce
15 3 (0.12%) Azure Stack
15 3 (0.12%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 9 (0.37%) FIX Connectivity
1 9 (0.37%) WAN
2 8 (0.33%) Internet
3 7 (0.29%) Network Security
4 5 (0.21%) 5G
4 5 (0.21%) Firewall
4 5 (0.21%) LAN
5 4 (0.16%) SD-WAN
5 4 (0.16%) Skype
6 3 (0.12%) DNS
6 3 (0.12%) MPLS
6 3 (0.12%) VPN
7 2 (0.082%) 2G
7 2 (0.082%) 3GPP
7 2 (0.082%) DHCP
7 2 (0.082%) GSM
7 2 (0.082%) Packet Switching
7 2 (0.082%) Profibus
7 2 (0.082%) Unified Communications
7 2 (0.082%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 67 (2.75%) Power BI
2 56 (2.30%) Data Warehouse
3 20 (0.82%) Tableau
4 18 (0.74%) Big Data
5 15 (0.62%) SQL Server
6 14 (0.58%) Data Lake
7 10 (0.41%) MS Access
7 10 (0.41%) Relational Database
8 9 (0.37%) Hadoop
8 9 (0.37%) Oracle Reports
9 7 (0.29%) OLAP
9 7 (0.29%) Qlik Sense
10 5 (0.21%) Electronic Patient Records
10 5 (0.21%) QlikView
11 4 (0.16%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
11 4 (0.16%) Essbase
11 4 (0.16%) GIS
11 4 (0.16%) Oracle Database
11 4 (0.16%) Oracle ODI
11 4 (0.16%) Oracle Smart View
Development Applications
1 186 (7.64%) JIRA
2 13 (0.53%) Eclipse
3 11 (0.45%) Cucumber
4 6 (0.25%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (0.21%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 4 (0.16%) JIRA Agile
6 4 (0.16%) Zephyr
7 3 (0.12%) Balsamiq
7 3 (0.12%) Oracle Forms
7 3 (0.12%) PeopleTools
8 2 (0.082%) Git (software)
8 2 (0.082%) Postman
8 2 (0.082%) Selenium
8 2 (0.082%) TestComplete
8 2 (0.082%) Visual Studio Team System
9 1 (0.041%) Hudson
9 1 (0.041%) Jenkins
9 1 (0.041%) Subversion
9 1 (0.041%) Toad
9 1 (0.041%) XMLSpy
General
1 732 (30.07%) Finance
2 277 (11.38%) Banking
3 193 (7.93%) Public Sector
4 139 (5.71%) Retail
5 129 (5.30%) Front Office
6 83 (3.41%) Investment Banking
7 60 (2.47%) Marketing
8 57 (2.34%) Legal
9 49 (2.01%) Back Office
10 47 (1.93%) Telecoms
11 44 (1.81%) Manufacturing
12 37 (1.52%) Pharmaceutical
13 24 (0.99%) Retail Banking
14 23 (0.94%) Financial Institution
15 22 (0.90%) Local Government
16 21 (0.86%) General Ledger
17 20 (0.82%) Law
18 19 (0.78%) Publishing
19 16 (0.66%) Advertising
19 16 (0.66%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (0.82%) XML
2 19 (0.78%) FIX Protocol
3 18 (0.74%) Oracle Fusion
4 13 (0.53%) .NET
4 13 (0.53%) JSON
5 11 (0.45%) SailPoint
6 10 (0.41%) Gherkin
7 9 (0.37%) REST
8 8 (0.33%) Middleware
8 8 (0.33%) Swagger
8 8 (0.33%) Web Services
9 6 (0.25%) HTML
10 5 (0.21%) YAML
11 4 (0.16%) Kafka
11 4 (0.16%) Murex MxML
11 4 (0.16%) RESTful
11 4 (0.16%) XSLT
12 3 (0.12%) FpML
12 3 (0.12%) LDAP
12 3 (0.12%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 267 (10.97%) Analytical Skills
2 105 (4.31%) User Experience
3 72 (2.96%) Derivative
4 54 (2.22%) Management Information System
5 46 (1.89%) Equities
6 45 (1.85%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 43 (1.77%) NHS
8 37 (1.52%) Data Structures
9 34 (1.40%) Self-Motivation
10 33 (1.36%) Fixed Income
10 33 (1.36%) Hedge funds
10 33 (1.36%) Organisational Skills
11 32 (1.31%) Virtual Team
12 24 (0.99%) Reinsurance
13 19 (0.78%) Credit Risk
13 19 (0.78%) Equity Derivative
13 19 (0.78%) Reference Data
14 18 (0.74%) Greenfield Project
15 17 (0.70%) Data Centre
15 17 (0.70%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 41 (1.68%) Windows
2 11 (0.45%) Windows 10
3 8 (0.33%) Linux
4 6 (0.25%) Unix
5 5 (0.21%) Windows Server
6 2 (0.082%) AIX
7 1 (0.041%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.041%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.041%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 890 (36.57%) Agile Software Development
2 756 (31.06%) Business Analysis
3 468 (19.23%) Requirements Gathering
4 429 (17.63%) Stakeholder Management
5 381 (15.65%) User Stories
6 215 (8.83%) Workshop Facilitation
7 203 (8.34%) Scrum
8 192 (7.89%) Problem-Solving
9 186 (7.64%) Change Management
10 174 (7.15%) Migration
11 170 (6.98%) Waterfall
12 160 (6.57%) Acceptance Criteria
13 159 (6.53%) Project Management
14 158 (6.49%) Business Case
15 153 (6.29%) Data Analysis
16 144 (5.92%) User Acceptance Testing
17 140 (5.75%) Business Intelligence
18 139 (5.71%) GAP Analysis
19 130 (5.34%) Use Case
20 126 (5.18%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 225 (9.24%) SQL
2 47 (1.93%) Python
3 41 (1.68%) C
4 23 (0.94%) Java
5 17 (0.70%) JavaScript
6 11 (0.45%) VBA
7 9 (0.37%) C#
8 4 (0.16%) PowerShell
8 4 (0.16%) T-SQL
8 4 (0.16%) VB
9 3 (0.12%) PL/SQL
10 2 (0.082%) R
11 1 (0.041%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.041%) C++
11 1 (0.041%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 1 (0.041%) Perl
11 1 (0.041%) PHP
11 1 (0.041%) TypeScript
11 1 (0.041%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 188 (7.72%) Security Cleared
2 135 (5.55%) SC Cleared
3 91 (3.74%) Degree
4 48 (1.97%) DV Cleared
5 34 (1.40%) ISEB
6 15 (0.62%) IIBA
7 14 (0.58%) BPSS Clearance
8 13 (0.53%) ACCA
8 13 (0.53%) PMP
9 12 (0.49%) CBAP
9 12 (0.49%) CIMA
9 12 (0.49%) Computer Science Degree
10 10 (0.41%) PMI Certification
11 8 (0.33%) FFIEC
12 7 (0.29%) DBS Check
13 6 (0.25%) MBA
14 4 (0.16%) Master's Degree
14 4 (0.16%) Numerate Degree
14 4 (0.16%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 3 (0.12%) AAT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 105 (4.31%) QA
2 29 (1.19%) Data Quality
3 25 (1.03%) PMO
4 24 (0.99%) GDPR
5 21 (0.86%) MiFID
6 20 (0.82%) IFRS
7 15 (0.62%) COREP
8 14 (0.58%) COBIT
9 12 (0.49%) NIST
10 11 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 10 (0.41%) FATCA
12 8 (0.33%) EMIR
12 8 (0.33%) ISO 20022
13 7 (0.29%) IFRS 9
14 6 (0.25%) Disclosure Scotland
14 6 (0.25%) FINREP
14 6 (0.25%) PSD2
15 5 (0.21%) GRC
15 5 (0.21%) SLA
15 5 (0.21%) Solvency II
System Software
1 14 (0.58%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.082%) HDFS
2 2 (0.082%) Virtual Desktop
2 2 (0.082%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.041%) Tivoli Directory Server
3 1 (0.041%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 4 (0.16%) HP ALM
2 3 (0.12%) RSA Archer
2 3 (0.12%) SCCM
3 2 (0.082%) CASB
3 2 (0.082%) Microsoft Intune
3 2 (0.082%) Single Sign-On
3 2 (0.082%) Terraform
4 1 (0.041%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.041%) NetBackup
4 1 (0.041%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 1 (0.041%) SCOM
Vendors
1 127 (5.22%) SAP
2 120 (4.93%) Microsoft
3 118 (4.85%) Salesforce.com
4 89 (3.66%) Oracle
5 40 (1.64%) ServiceNow
6 22 (0.90%) Murex
7 20 (0.82%) hybris
8 16 (0.66%) Bloomberg
8 16 (0.66%) MuleSoft
9 15 (0.62%) Atlassian
9 15 (0.62%) Charles River
9 15 (0.62%) Google
10 13 (0.53%) Workday
11 12 (0.49%) Databricks
12 11 (0.45%) Adobe
13 10 (0.41%) IBM
14 9 (0.37%) Hyperion
14 9 (0.37%) Pega
15 8 (0.33%) Ariba
15 8 (0.33%) JD Edwards