The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Foreign Exchange (FX) in contract job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Foreign Exchange (FX) over the 3 months to 24 March 2017 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Foreign Exchange (FX)
UK
Rank 202 196 213
Rank change year-on-year -6 +17  
Contract jobs citing Foreign Exchange (FX) 570 658 555
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.26% 1.24% 1.05%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 3.93% 4.01% 3.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 424 540 453
Median daily rate £600 £600 £600
90% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £440 £425
10% offered a daily rate of more than £725 £701 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £458 £400 £433
% change year-on-year +14.37% -7.51%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 2
Median hourly rate £40.00 £22.67 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +76.46% +67.90%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £13.50

Foreign Exchange (FX) is in the generic IT skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills.

Generic IT Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 14497 16421 15905
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 32.00% 30.98% 30.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 9339 10703 9623
Median daily rate £445 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.70% +1.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £396 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +5.46% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 544 557 661
Median hourly rate £22.50 £24.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +26.31%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.33 £12.50 £11.74
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £51.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.84 £29.00 £18.90
% change year-on-year -35.03% +53.43%  

Foreign Exchange (FX)
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Foreign Exchange (FX) as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Miscellaneous category.

Job vacancy trend for Foreign Exchange (FX) in the UK

Foreign Exchange (FX)
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Foreign Exchange (FX).

Contractor daily rate trend for Foreign Exchange (FX) in the UK

Foreign Exchange (FX)
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Foreign Exchange (FX) over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Foreign Exchange (FX) in the UK

Foreign Exchange (FX)
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Foreign Exchange (FX).

Contractor hourly rate trend for Foreign Exchange (FX) in the UK

Foreign Exchange (FX)
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Foreign Exchange (FX) over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Foreign Exchange (FX) in the UK

Foreign Exchange (FX)
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Foreign Exchange (FX) within the UK over the 3 months to 24 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -5 560 £600 - 78
London -10 544 £600 - 66
City of London -29 92 £613 +2.08% 22
Canary Wharf +2 7 £618 +57.32%
Croydon - 6 - -
Northern Ireland - 6 £451 -
Docklands, London 0 5 £613 +13.95%
South East +24 4 £650 +26.82% 5
West Midlands +5 4 £475 +5.55%
Birmingham -4 4 £475 +5.55%
Belfast - 4 £435 -
County Antrim - 4 £435 -
Scotland +12 2 £305 -18.66% 2
South West -2 2 £425 +41.66%
East of England - 2 - - 5
Edinburgh - 2 £305 - 2
Channel Islands - 2 - -
Jersey - 2 - -
Bedfordshire - 2 - - 4
Luton - 2 - - 4
North West +27 1 - - 1
Berkshire +25 1 £285 - 4
Reading +20 1 £285 - 2
Yorkshire +11 1 - -
Manchester +9 1 - - 1
Sheffield +2 1 - -
South Yorkshire -4 1 - -
Derbyshire - 1 £338 -
Hampshire - 1 - -
East Midlands - 1 £338 - 1

Foreign Exchange (FX)
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Foreign Exchange (FX) also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Foreign Exchange (FX).

1 497 (46.15%) Finance
2 489 (45.40%) Banking
3 395 (36.68%) Front Office
4 339 (31.48%) Java
5 281 (26.09%) SQL
6 270 (25.07%) Agile Software Development
7 259 (24.05%) Investment Banking
8 242 (22.47%) Derivative
9 236 (21.91%) Equities
10 231 (21.45%) C++
11 228 (21.17%) Low Latency
12 214 (19.87%) Multithreading
13 213 (19.78%) Electronic Trading
14 197 (18.29%) Fixed Income
15 189 (17.55%) Unix
16 158 (14.67%) Linux
17 155 (14.39%) C#
18 136 (12.63%) Degree
19 123 (11.42%) JavaScript
20 122 (11.33%) HTML
21 119 (11.05%) Analytical Skills
22 109 (10.12%) Risk Management
23 97 (9.01%) Oracle
24 95 (8.82%) MiFID
25 94 (8.73%) HTML5
26 91 (8.45%) Python
27 87 (8.08%) Murex
28 85 (7.89%) AngularJS
29 83 (7.71%) .NET
30 82 (7.61%) Scrum

Foreign Exchange (FX)
Top Related 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 33 (3.06%) Apache Spark
2 12 (1.11%) Apache Pig
2 12 (1.11%) Oracle Coherence
2 12 (1.11%) Tomcat
3 10 (0.93%) CMS
3 10 (0.93%) Confluence
3 10 (0.93%) WebLogic
3 10 (0.93%) WebSphere
4 9 (0.84%) IIS
5 6 (0.56%) Mule
6 5 (0.46%) MQSeries
6 5 (0.46%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 5 (0.46%) SharePoint
7 4 (0.37%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 4 (0.37%) Apache
7 4 (0.37%) DataSynapse
7 4 (0.37%) Elasticsearch
7 4 (0.37%) IBM HTTP Server
7 4 (0.37%) Oracle Workflow
8 3 (0.28%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 29 (2.69%) Spreadsheet
2 27 (2.51%) MS Excel
3 13 (1.21%) MS Visio
4 12 (1.11%) MS Office
5 7 (0.65%) MS PowerPoint
5 7 (0.65%) Photoshop
6 4 (0.37%) MS Project
7 2 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
7 2 (0.19%) LaTeX
7 2 (0.19%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 22 (2.04%) Summit
2 16 (1.49%) ION MarketView
3 7 (0.65%) thinkFolio
4 6 (0.56%) Payment Gateway
5 5 (0.46%) Global One
5 5 (0.46%) Minerva
5 5 (0.46%) Orchestrade
5 5 (0.46%) SAP CO
5 5 (0.46%) SAP FI
6 4 (0.37%) Murex MxG2000
6 4 (0.37%) SimCorp Dimension
7 3 (0.28%) RMDS
7 3 (0.28%) SAP FI/CO
7 3 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 2 (0.19%) Sentinel
8 2 (0.19%) Tesseract
9 1 (0.093%) Dynamics NAV
9 1 (0.093%) LatentZero
9 1 (0.093%) Loan IQ
9 1 (0.093%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (0.19%) GitHub
3 1 (0.093%) Adobe Analytics
3 1 (0.093%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.093%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 21 (1.95%) Firewall
2 16 (1.49%) TCP/IP
3 9 (0.84%) MPLS
4 8 (0.74%) WAN
5 6 (0.56%) FIX Connectivity
6 5 (0.46%) LAN
6 5 (0.46%) Multicast
7 4 (0.37%) Ethernet
7 4 (0.37%) Internet
7 4 (0.37%) SAN
8 3 (0.28%) FTP
8 3 (0.28%) IPsec
8 3 (0.28%) VPN
9 2 (0.19%) DNS
10 1 (0.093%) DHCP
10 1 (0.093%) Fibre Channel
10 1 (0.093%) IGMP
10 1 (0.093%) InfiniBand
10 1 (0.093%) SSH
10 1 (0.093%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 61 (5.66%) Big Data
2 59 (5.48%) SQL Server
3 56 (5.20%) KDB
4 39 (3.62%) Relational Database
5 34 (3.16%) Data Warehouse
6 32 (2.97%) Hadoop
7 23 (2.14%) Kdb+
8 22 (2.04%) NoSQL
9 21 (1.95%) MongoDB
10 20 (1.86%) Data Mart
11 14 (1.30%) Apache Cassandra
11 14 (1.30%) PowerCenter
11 14 (1.30%) Redis
12 12 (1.11%) Apache Hive
12 12 (1.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 11 (1.02%) HBase
13 11 (1.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 9 (0.84%) Data Lake
14 9 (0.84%) SQL Server 2008
15 8 (0.74%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 56 (5.20%) Maven
2 54 (5.01%) JIRA
3 41 (3.81%) JUnit
4 37 (3.44%) Mockito
5 35 (3.25%) Git (software)
5 35 (3.25%) Jenkins
6 29 (2.69%) Gradle
7 24 (2.23%) TeamCity
8 21 (1.95%) Selenium
9 18 (1.67%) NUnit
10 17 (1.58%) Cucumber
11 15 (1.39%) Spock
12 12 (1.11%) Subversion
13 10 (0.93%) Team Foundation Server
14 9 (0.84%) Eclipse
15 8 (0.74%) Grunt
15 8 (0.74%) gulp
16 7 (0.65%) EasyMock
16 7 (0.65%) Hudson
17 6 (0.56%) webpack
General
1 497 (46.15%) Finance
2 489 (45.40%) Banking
3 395 (36.68%) Front Office
4 259 (24.05%) Investment Banking
5 45 (4.18%) Back Office
6 41 (3.81%) Financial Institution
7 22 (2.04%) Legal
8 18 (1.67%) Retail
9 16 (1.49%) Prime Brokerage
10 12 (1.11%) Marketing
11 7 (0.65%) General Ledger
11 7 (0.65%) Publishing
12 6 (0.56%) Corporate Banking
13 5 (0.46%) German Language
13 5 (0.46%) Retail Banking
13 5 (0.46%) Telecoms
13 5 (0.46%) Wholesale Banking
14 4 (0.37%) Aerospace
14 4 (0.37%) Automotive
15 3 (0.28%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 585 (54.32%) Developer
2 259 (24.05%) Analyst
3 215 (19.96%) Java Developer
4 169 (15.69%) Business Analyst
5 127 (11.79%) C++ Developer
6 82 (7.61%) Electronic Trading Developer
7 79 (7.34%) C# Developer
8 68 (6.31%) Senior Developer
9 55 (5.11%) FX Business Analyst
10 53 (4.92%) Senior Java Developer
11 48 (4.46%) Project Manager
12 46 (4.27%) Front Office Developer
13 42 (3.90%) JavaScript Developer
14 40 (3.71%) Low Latency C++ Developer
15 39 (3.62%) Electronic Trading Java Developer
16 36 (3.34%) Quantitative Developer
17 35 (3.25%) Electronic Trading C++ Developer
17 35 (3.25%) MiFID Business Analyst
17 35 (3.25%) Support Analyst
18 34 (3.16%) Python Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 122 (11.33%) HTML
2 94 (8.73%) HTML5
3 85 (7.89%) AngularJS
4 83 (7.71%) .NET
5 82 (7.61%) FIX Protocol
6 68 (6.31%) Spring
7 61 (5.66%) XML
8 54 (5.01%) Middleware
9 52 (4.83%) JMS
9 52 (4.83%) WPF
10 50 (4.64%) CSS
11 49 (4.55%) STL
12 48 (4.46%) Boost C++ Libraries
13 42 (3.90%) REST
14 34 (3.16%) Web Services
15 33 (3.06%) Hibernate
15 33 (3.06%) jQuery
15 33 (3.06%) React
16 31 (2.88%) CSS3
16 31 (2.88%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 242 (22.47%) Derivative
2 236 (21.91%) Equities
3 197 (18.29%) Fixed Income
4 119 (11.05%) Analytical Skills
5 56 (5.20%) Algorithms
6 49 (4.55%) Computer Science
7 45 (4.18%) Fintech
8 44 (4.09%) User Experience
9 37 (3.44%) Market Risk
10 31 (2.88%) OTC Derivatives
11 26 (2.41%) Equity Derivative
12 21 (1.95%) Reference Data
12 21 (1.95%) Virtual Team
13 20 (1.86%) Interest Rate Derivative
14 19 (1.76%) Credit Risk
15 18 (1.67%) Credit Derivative
16 16 (1.49%) Hedge funds
17 15 (1.39%) Data Structures
18 14 (1.30%) N-Tier
19 13 (1.21%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 189 (17.55%) Unix
2 158 (14.67%) Linux
3 45 (4.18%) Windows
4 15 (1.39%) Windows Server
5 12 (1.11%) Solaris
6 5 (0.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (0.28%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (0.28%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.19%) Android
8 2 (0.19%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.093%) AIX
9 1 (0.093%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.093%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 270 (25.07%) Agile Software Development
2 228 (21.17%) Low Latency
3 214 (19.87%) Multithreading
4 213 (19.78%) Electronic Trading
5 109 (10.12%) Risk Management
6 82 (7.61%) Scrum
7 80 (7.43%) Analytics
8 79 (7.34%) Algorithmic Trading
9 76 (7.06%) OO
10 69 (6.41%) TDD
11 66 (6.13%) SDLC
11 66 (6.13%) Stakeholder Management
12 65 (6.04%) Business Analysis
13 62 (5.76%) Multithreaded Programming
14 60 (5.57%) Mathematics
15 57 (5.29%) E-Commerce
16 52 (4.83%) Project Management
17 48 (4.46%) Change Management
17 48 (4.46%) Data Management
18 46 (4.27%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 339 (31.48%) Java
2 281 (26.09%) SQL
3 231 (21.45%) C++
4 155 (14.39%) C#
5 123 (11.42%) JavaScript
6 91 (8.45%) Python
7 56 (5.20%) Shell Script
8 39 (3.62%) Perl
9 38 (3.53%) C
10 27 (2.51%) Scala
11 24 (2.23%) VBA
12 23 (2.14%) Korn
13 20 (1.86%) ES6
14 18 (1.67%) Bash Shell
14 18 (1.67%) PL/SQL
15 16 (1.49%) MATLAB
16 13 (1.21%) T-SQL
17 12 (1.11%) R
17 12 (1.11%) XPath
18 8 (0.74%) Haskell
Qualifications
1 136 (12.63%) Degree
2 30 (2.79%) PhD
3 13 (1.21%) ISEB
4 9 (0.84%) PMI Certification
5 8 (0.74%) CFA
6 7 (0.65%) PMP
7 4 (0.37%) ISTQB
8 3 (0.28%) ISEB Practitioner
8 3 (0.28%) MBA
9 2 (0.19%) ACCA
9 2 (0.19%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (0.19%) CIMA
9 2 (0.19%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 1 (0.093%) AAT
10 1 (0.093%) IIBA
10 1 (0.093%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 95 (8.82%) MiFID
2 41 (3.81%) QA
3 14 (1.30%) FATCA
4 13 (1.21%) EMIR
5 12 (1.11%) Dodd-Frank
6 7 (0.65%) SLA
7 6 (0.56%) Data Quality
7 6 (0.56%) PMO
8 5 (0.46%) IFRS
9 4 (0.37%) Solvency II
10 2 (0.19%) Basel III
10 2 (0.19%) CRD IV
10 2 (0.19%) GAAP
10 2 (0.19%) SEPA
11 1 (0.093%) COREP
11 1 (0.093%) Disclosure Scotland
11 1 (0.093%) IAS 39
11 1 (0.093%) IFRS 9
11 1 (0.093%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 18 (1.67%) HDFS
2 12 (1.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (0.84%) Docker
4 7 (0.65%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 2 (0.19%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.19%) KVM
5 2 (0.19%) Oracle RAC
5 2 (0.19%) VMware ESX
6 1 (0.093%) Active Directory
6 1 (0.093%) Apache Flume
6 1 (0.093%) NFS
Systems Management
1 15 (1.39%) Ansible
1 15 (1.39%) Control-M
2 11 (1.02%) HP Quality Center
3 6 (0.56%) Hadoop YARN
4 5 (0.46%) ITRS Geneos
4 5 (0.46%) Opscode Chef
4 5 (0.46%) Puppet
5 4 (0.37%) Kubernetes
6 2 (0.19%) Cisco Prime
6 2 (0.19%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.093%) Ambari
7 1 (0.093%) BMC PATROL
7 1 (0.093%) Oozie
7 1 (0.093%) Perfmon
7 1 (0.093%) SCOM
7 1 (0.093%) Thomson Reuters DACS
Vendors
1 97 (9.01%) Oracle
2 87 (8.08%) Murex
3 55 (5.11%) Sybase
4 39 (3.62%) Bloomberg
4 39 (3.62%) Solace
5 32 (2.97%) Reuters
6 30 (2.79%) ION Trading
6 30 (2.79%) TIBCO
7 23 (2.14%) Microsoft
8 19 (1.76%) SAP
9 15 (1.39%) VMware
10 14 (1.30%) Microgen
10 14 (1.30%) MuleSoft
11 13 (1.21%) Fidessa
12 12 (1.11%) Cognizant
13 11 (1.02%) IBM
14 10 (0.93%) Adobe
14 10 (0.93%) Calypso
14 10 (0.93%) Cisco
14 10 (0.93%) HP
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