Period
to 22 September 2020

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Front Office in contract job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Front Office over the 6 months to 22 September 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.

Front Office
UK
6 months to
22 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 59 171 132
Rank change year-on-year +112 -39 -42
Contract jobs citing Front Office 1,105 1,399 2,077
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.72% 1.60% 2.04%
As % of the General category 8.86% 4.08% 5.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 964 998 1,604
Median daily rate £650 £650 £625
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.00% +4.17%
10th Percentile £500 £429 £475
90th Percentile £800 £775 £775
UK excluding London median daily rate £290 £375 £455
% change year-on-year -22.67% -17.58% +7.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 10 7
Median hourly rate £28.50 £19.23 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +48.19% +13.13% +13.33%
10th Percentile £20.60 £14.90 £14.80
90th Percentile £35.00 £80.28 £22.93
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £15.00

Front 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 12,469 34,317 41,457
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 41.95% 39.28% 40.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,059 21,973 26,904
Median daily rate £500 £480 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.17% +1.05% +5.56%
10th Percentile £289 £300 £288
90th Percentile £713 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £438 £425
% change year-on-year -1.10% +2.94% +5.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 459 940 1,122
Median hourly rate £30.00 £22.50 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.33% +4.65% -4.44%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.50 £11.76
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £48.70
Median hourly rate £23.00 £22.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +2.22% +12.50% -11.37%

Front Office
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Front Office as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Front Office in the UK

Front Office
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Front Office.

Daily rate trend for Front Office in the UK

Front Office
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Front Office over the 6 months to 22 September 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Front Office in the UK

Front Office
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Front Office.

Hourly rate trend for Front Office in the UK

Front Office
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Front Office over the 6 months to 22 September 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Front Office in the UK

Front Office
Top 8 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Front Office within the UK over the 6 months to 22 September 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 +105 1,088 £650 - 121
London +53 1,083 £650 - 118
Work from Home -18 63 £650 +8.33% 12
UK excluding London +246 14 £290 -22.67% 3
Northern Ireland +21 9 £160 -39.62% 1
South East +195 3 £645 +22.42% 1
North of England +127 2 £289 +7.04%
North West +83 2 £289 +58.36%

For the 6 months to 22 September 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Front 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 Front Office.

1 660 (59.73%) Finance
2 617 (55.84%) Java
3 548 (49.59%) Fixed Income
4 538 (48.69%) Agile Software Development
5 484 (43.80%) Banking
6 475 (42.99%) Derivative
7 424 (38.37%) Python
8 410 (37.10%) Asset Management
9 409 (37.01%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 389 (35.20%) Web Services
11 384 (34.75%) AWS
12 382 (34.57%) Equities
13 351 (31.76%) Software Engineering
14 340 (30.77%) Investment Banking
15 337 (30.50%) JavaScript
16 321 (29.05%) Hedge funds
17 294 (26.61%) Investment Management
17 294 (26.61%) React
18 280 (25.34%) AngularJS
19 270 (24.43%) SQL
20 220 (19.91%) C#
21 212 (19.19%) Vue.js
22 190 (17.19%) Azure
23 178 (16.11%) DevOps
24 171 (15.48%) .NET
25 151 (13.67%) GCP
26 145 (13.12%) Electronic Trading
27 143 (12.94%) Decision-Making
28 134 (12.13%) Multithreading
29 128 (11.58%) Business Analysis

Front 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 34 (3.08%) Mule
2 26 (2.35%) Apache Spark
3 18 (1.63%) Red Hat Fuse
4 14 (1.27%) Apache
5 10 (0.90%) Jupyter
6 9 (0.81%) Oracle Workflow
7 7 (0.63%) SharePoint
8 6 (0.54%) Elasticsearch
8 6 (0.54%) JBoss
9 5 (0.45%) Confluence
9 5 (0.45%) IIS
9 5 (0.45%) Tomcat
10 3 (0.27%) Oracle Coherence
10 3 (0.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 2 (0.18%) CMS
11 2 (0.18%) OpenStack
11 2 (0.18%) WebSphere
12 1 (0.090%) DataSynapse
12 1 (0.090%) Oracle Application Server
12 1 (0.090%) WildFly
Applications
1 37 (3.35%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (0.72%) Spreadsheet
3 5 (0.45%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (0.45%) MS Visio
3 5 (0.45%) Sketch
4 3 (0.27%) InVision
Business Applications
1 41 (3.71%) Markit EDM
2 26 (2.35%) Eagle PACE
3 11 (1.00%) ION MarketView
3 11 (1.00%) SimCorp Dimension
4 6 (0.54%) Front Arena
4 6 (0.54%) thinkFolio
5 5 (0.45%) Endur
6 4 (0.36%) Bloomberg AIM
6 4 (0.36%) Bloomberg TOMS
6 4 (0.36%) Distributed Ledger
7 3 (0.27%) RMDS
8 2 (0.18%) SunGard Martini
9 1 (0.090%) Findur
9 1 (0.090%) Maximo
9 1 (0.090%) OpenLink RightAngle
9 1 (0.090%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
9 1 (0.090%) SAP SD
9 1 (0.090%) Sophis RISQUE
Cloud Services
1 384 (34.75%) AWS
2 190 (17.19%) Azure
3 151 (13.67%) GCP
4 115 (10.41%) Serverless
5 112 (10.14%) AWS Lambda
6 101 (9.14%) Amazon EC2
7 100 (9.05%) Amazon S3
8 70 (6.33%) OpenShift
9 61 (5.52%) Amazon SQS
10 57 (5.16%) Amazon ECS
11 54 (4.89%) AWS CloudFormation
12 7 (0.63%) npm
12 7 (0.63%) Power Platform
13 5 (0.45%) AWS Step Functions
14 4 (0.36%) GitHub
15 3 (0.27%) Azure Data Factory
15 3 (0.27%) Azure Functions
15 3 (0.27%) Cloud Computing
16 2 (0.18%) Amazon EKS
16 2 (0.18%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (0.63%) FIX Connectivity
2 5 (0.45%) TCP/IP
3 4 (0.36%) RTMP
4 3 (0.27%) FTP
5 2 (0.18%) AMQP
5 2 (0.18%) DHCP
5 2 (0.18%) DNS
5 2 (0.18%) Firewall
5 2 (0.18%) Multicast
6 1 (0.090%) LAN
6 1 (0.090%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 90 (8.14%) SQL Server
2 60 (5.43%) Amazon RDS
3 55 (4.98%) Amazon Redshift
4 54 (4.89%) NoSQL
5 51 (4.62%) MongoDB
6 45 (4.07%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 42 (3.80%) Relational Database
8 23 (2.08%) Big Data
9 22 (1.99%) Hadoop
10 19 (1.72%) Hazelcast
11 16 (1.45%) KDB
12 13 (1.18%) MySQL
13 12 (1.09%) Redis
14 10 (0.90%) Data Warehouse
14 10 (0.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 9 (0.81%) Oracle Database
16 8 (0.72%) Oracle Database 11g
16 8 (0.72%) PostgreSQL
17 7 (0.63%) Apache Cassandra
17 7 (0.63%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 90 (8.14%) RStudio
2 63 (5.70%) Jenkins
3 61 (5.52%) Artifactory
4 45 (4.07%) Git (software)
5 25 (2.26%) Subversion
6 24 (2.17%) JIRA
7 21 (1.90%) TeamCity
8 15 (1.36%) Maven
9 14 (1.27%) Octopus Deploy
10 11 (1.00%) NUnit
11 10 (0.90%) JUnit
12 9 (0.81%) Visual Studio
13 8 (0.72%) ClearCase
14 7 (0.63%) Cypress.io
14 7 (0.63%) Gradle
15 6 (0.54%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 6 (0.54%) jMock
15 6 (0.54%) webpack
16 5 (0.45%) FishEye
16 5 (0.45%) SpecFlow
General
1 660 (59.73%) Finance
2 484 (43.80%) Banking
3 340 (30.77%) Investment Banking
4 51 (4.62%) Back Office
5 13 (1.18%) Financial Institution
6 6 (0.54%) Legal
6 6 (0.54%) Marketing
7 5 (0.45%) Advertising
7 5 (0.45%) French Language
7 5 (0.45%) International Banking
8 3 (0.27%) Retail
9 2 (0.18%) German Language
9 2 (0.18%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.090%) Local Government
10 1 (0.090%) Prime Brokerage
10 1 (0.090%) Public Sector
10 1 (0.090%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.090%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 749 (67.78%) Developer
2 297 (26.88%) Java Developer
3 179 (16.20%) AWS Engineer
4 163 (14.75%) AWS Developer
5 161 (14.57%) Python Developer
6 155 (14.03%) Software Engineer
7 147 (13.30%) Front Office Developer
8 135 (12.22%) Developer/Software Engineer
9 122 (11.04%) Analyst
10 116 (10.50%) JavaScript Developer
11 105 (9.50%) Senior Developer
12 99 (8.96%) Python Engineer
13 76 (6.88%) AWS Software Engineer
13 76 (6.88%) C# Developer
14 70 (6.33%) JavaScript Engineer
14 70 (6.33%) React Developer
15 61 (5.52%) Business Analyst
15 61 (5.52%) Electronic Trading Developer
16 58 (5.25%) .NET Developer
16 58 (5.25%) Python Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 389 (35.20%) Web Services
2 294 (26.61%) React
3 280 (25.34%) AngularJS
4 212 (19.19%) Vue.js
5 171 (15.48%) .NET
6 89 (8.05%) .NET Core
7 84 (7.60%) Node.js
8 74 (6.70%) Spring
9 68 (6.15%) J2EE
10 62 (5.61%) ASP.NET
11 57 (5.16%) Middleware
12 51 (4.62%) J2SE
13 49 (4.43%) ASP.NET Core
14 43 (3.89%) FIX Protocol
15 39 (3.53%) REST
16 34 (3.08%) Pandas
17 33 (2.99%) Apache Camel
18 32 (2.90%) Redux
18 32 (2.90%) Spring Integration
18 32 (2.90%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 548 (49.59%) Fixed Income
2 475 (42.99%) Derivative
3 409 (37.01%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 382 (34.57%) Equities
5 321 (29.05%) Hedge funds
6 75 (6.79%) Greenfield Project
7 53 (4.80%) Analytical Skills
8 36 (3.26%) Reference Data
8 36 (3.26%) User Experience
9 31 (2.81%) Equity Derivative
10 28 (2.53%) Blog
11 25 (2.26%) Data Structures
12 24 (2.17%) Credit Derivative
13 22 (1.99%) Market Risk
14 20 (1.81%) Algorithms
15 15 (1.36%) Credit Risk
16 14 (1.27%) OTC Derivatives
17 12 (1.09%) Public Cloud
18 8 (0.72%) Cloud Native
19 7 (0.63%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 107 (9.68%) Linux
2 45 (4.07%) Unix
3 39 (3.53%) Windows
4 12 (1.09%) Windows Server
5 10 (0.90%) CentOS
6 6 (0.54%) Windows 7
7 4 (0.36%) Windows 10
8 2 (0.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.18%) Solaris
8 2 (0.18%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 538 (48.69%) Agile Software Development
2 410 (37.10%) Asset Management
3 351 (31.76%) Software Engineering
4 294 (26.61%) Investment Management
5 178 (16.11%) DevOps
6 145 (13.12%) Electronic Trading
7 143 (12.94%) Decision-Making
8 134 (12.13%) Multithreading
9 128 (11.58%) Business Analysis
10 119 (10.77%) Portfolio Management
11 115 (10.41%) Microservices
12 103 (9.32%) Analytics
13 98 (8.87%) Migration
14 97 (8.78%) TDD
15 88 (7.96%) Low Latency
16 82 (7.42%) Fintech
17 77 (6.97%) Front End Development
17 77 (6.97%) Problem-Solving
18 71 (6.43%) Scrum
19 63 (5.70%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 617 (55.84%) Java
2 424 (38.37%) Python
3 337 (30.50%) JavaScript
4 270 (24.43%) SQL
5 220 (19.91%) C#
6 96 (8.69%) C++
7 82 (7.42%) R
8 67 (6.06%) Kotlin
9 51 (4.62%) TypeScript
10 44 (3.98%) VBA
11 38 (3.44%) T-SQL
12 33 (2.99%) Scala
13 21 (1.90%) Bash Shell
14 17 (1.54%) Shell Script
15 14 (1.27%) Haskell
15 14 (1.27%) Java 8
16 12 (1.09%) MATLAB
16 12 (1.09%) Perl
17 8 (0.72%) C-shell
18 6 (0.54%) C
Qualifications
1 67 (6.06%) Degree
2 19 (1.72%) Computer Science Degree
3 9 (0.81%) Numerate Degree
4 5 (0.45%) ITIL Certification
4 5 (0.45%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (0.36%) CFA
5 4 (0.36%) CIMA
6 3 (0.27%) ISEB
7 2 (0.18%) PhD
8 1 (0.090%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.090%) MBA
8 1 (0.090%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (1.27%) MiFID
2 11 (1.00%) QA
3 9 (0.81%) PMO
4 5 (0.45%) GDPR
5 4 (0.36%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.27%) EMIR
7 2 (0.18%) Dodd-Frank
7 2 (0.18%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 1 (0.090%) SLA
System Software
1 100 (9.05%) Docker
2 6 (0.54%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.36%) Virtual Desktop
3 4 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
4 3 (0.27%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.18%) KVM
5 2 (0.18%) Oracle RAC
5 2 (0.18%) Xen
6 1 (0.090%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.090%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 94 (8.51%) Kubernetes
2 56 (5.07%) Terraform
3 13 (1.18%) ITRS Geneos
4 8 (0.72%) Consul
4 8 (0.72%) Packer
5 5 (0.45%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (0.45%) Puppet
5 5 (0.45%) Tivoli
6 4 (0.36%) Control-M
7 3 (0.27%) HP Quality Center
7 3 (0.27%) Nagios
8 2 (0.18%) Ansible
8 2 (0.18%) Data Guard
8 2 (0.18%) Oracle RMAN
8 2 (0.18%) Rundeck
8 2 (0.18%) WSUS
9 1 (0.090%) Grafana
9 1 (0.090%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 105 (9.50%) Google
2 90 (8.14%) Bloomberg
3 52 (4.71%) Oracle
4 45 (4.07%) Microsoft
5 39 (3.53%) ION Trading
6 38 (3.44%) Reuters
7 35 (3.17%) Murex
8 26 (2.35%) FactSet
9 14 (1.27%) Charles River
9 14 (1.27%) IBM
10 13 (1.18%) Sybase
11 11 (1.00%) SimCorp
12 9 (0.81%) Calypso
12 9 (0.81%) GoldenSource
13 8 (0.72%) Atlassian
14 5 (0.45%) Citrix
14 5 (0.45%) DevExpress
14 5 (0.45%) FIS
14 5 (0.45%) FXall
15 4 (0.36%) Terracotta