Period
to 5 December 2019

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 5 December 2019 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
5 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 170 140 88
Rank change year-on-year -30 -52 +106
Contract jobs citing Front Office 1,325 2,021 2,818
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.62% 1.93% 2.73%
As % of the General category 4.26% 4.84% 6.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 950 1,565 2,219
UK median daily rate £650 £650 £600
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +8.33% -
10th Percentile £425 £475 £425
90th Percentile £781 £763 £750
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £388 £425
% change year-on-year +8.39% -8.82% +10.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 5 2
UK median hourly rate £22.93 £22.93 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +1.91% +73.08%
10th Percentile £15.72 £15.80 £16.50
90th Percentile £52.97 £22.93 £28.50
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 31,103 41,750 45,114
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 38.00% 39.90% 43.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 19,974 27,242 29,842
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.70% +2.78%
10th Percentile £275 £300 £269
90th Percentile £675 £675 £656
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +2.94% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 993 1,147 1,107
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £21.25 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.53% -3.41% +10.00%
10th Percentile £12.44 £11.85 £11.33
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £20.00 £21.79
% change year-on-year +5.00% -8.21% +8.95%

Front Office
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Front Office in the UK

Front Office
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Front Office.

Contractor daily rate trend for Front Office in the UK

Front Office
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Front Office over the 6 months to 5 December 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Front Office in the UK

Front Office
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Front Office.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Front Office in the UK

Front Office
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Front Office over the 6 months to 5 December 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Front Office in the UK

Front 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 Front Office within the UK over the 6 months to 5 December 2019. 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 -27 1,316 £650 - 151
London -3 1,287 £650 - 148
UK excluding London +44 35 £420 +8.39% 4
South East +46 12 £425 +61.90% 2
Midlands +54 5 £346 +103.24%
North of England +34 5 £700 +33.33% 1
Scotland +1 5 £375 -10.18% 1
East Midlands +36 4 £346 +7.97%
North East - 4 £738 -
South West +8 3 - -
Northern Ireland 0 3 £110 -71.61%
East of England - 2 - -
West Midlands +36 1 - -
North West +5 1 £700 +33.33% 1

For the 6 months to 5 December 2019, 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.

1 733 (55.32%) Finance
2 613 (46.26%) Java
3 598 (45.13%) Agile Software Development
4 453 (34.19%) Python
5 448 (33.81%) Banking
6 409 (30.87%) C#
7 374 (28.23%) Derivative
8 365 (27.55%) Fixed Income
9 316 (23.85%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 307 (23.17%) Software Engineering
11 305 (23.02%) JavaScript
12 293 (22.11%) SQL
12 293 (22.11%) Asset Management
13 289 (21.81%) AWS
14 254 (19.17%) Web Services
15 240 (18.11%) React
16 224 (16.91%) C++
17 223 (16.83%) AngularJS
18 217 (16.38%) .NET
19 214 (16.15%) Analytics
19 214 (16.15%) Greenfield Project
20 212 (16.00%) Equities
21 211 (15.92%) TDD
22 190 (14.34%) Investment Banking
23 182 (13.74%) Azure
24 162 (12.23%) Microservices
25 158 (11.92%) Multithreading
26 155 (11.70%) Investment Management
27 150 (11.32%) Hedge funds
28 142 (10.72%) Docker

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 52 (3.92%) Apache Spark
2 20 (1.51%) Confluence
3 12 (0.91%) SharePoint
4 10 (0.75%) Apache
5 9 (0.68%) Oracle Coherence
6 6 (0.45%) WebLogic
6 6 (0.45%) WebLogic Integration
7 5 (0.38%) Cloud Foundry
7 5 (0.38%) Jupyter
8 2 (0.15%) CMS
8 2 (0.15%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.15%) IBM HTTP Server
8 2 (0.15%) MQSeries
9 1 (0.075%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.075%) MS Exchange
9 1 (0.075%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 64 (4.83%) Microsoft Excel
2 14 (1.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 9 (0.68%) MS Visio
4 8 (0.60%) Microsoft Office
5 6 (0.45%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 45 (3.40%) FINCAD Analytics
2 20 (1.51%) Endur
3 19 (1.43%) ION MarketView
4 11 (0.83%) thinkFolio
5 9 (0.68%) Markit EDM
6 7 (0.53%) Dynamics CRM
7 6 (0.45%) Oracle Financials
7 6 (0.45%) Unit4 Business World
8 4 (0.30%) PolarLake
8 4 (0.30%) Temenos T24
9 3 (0.23%) Bloomberg AIM
10 1 (0.075%) Eagle PACE
10 1 (0.075%) Kondor
10 1 (0.075%) LatentZero
10 1 (0.075%) LongView
10 1 (0.075%) Minerva
10 1 (0.075%) NetSuite
10 1 (0.075%) Orchestrade
10 1 (0.075%) SimCorp Dimension
10 1 (0.075%) SunGard Martini
Cloud Services
1 289 (21.81%) AWS
2 182 (13.74%) Azure
3 97 (7.32%) Amazon S3
4 94 (7.09%) Serverless
5 80 (6.04%) AWS Lambda
6 79 (5.96%) GCP
7 61 (4.60%) Amazon SQS
8 60 (4.53%) OpenShift
9 51 (3.85%) GitHub
10 45 (3.40%) AWS Step Functions
11 42 (3.17%) Amazon ECS
12 37 (2.79%) Amazon EC2
12 37 (2.79%) AWS CloudFormation
13 33 (2.49%) Power Platform
14 21 (1.58%) Azure Functions
15 17 (1.28%) Office 365
16 13 (0.98%) Cloud Computing
17 12 (0.91%) Azure Data Factory
17 12 (0.91%) npm
18 9 (0.68%) Yarn
Communications & Networking
1 16 (1.21%) Multicast
1 16 (1.21%) TCP/IP
2 15 (1.13%) HTTP
3 11 (0.83%) Cisco IOS
3 11 (0.83%) FIX Connectivity
4 10 (0.75%) Cisco Nexus
4 10 (0.75%) Junos
4 10 (0.75%) NX-OS
5 8 (0.60%) VPN
5 8 (0.60%) Wireless
6 7 (0.53%) BGP
6 7 (0.53%) DWDM
6 7 (0.53%) EIGRP
6 7 (0.53%) Ethernet
6 7 (0.53%) IGMP
6 7 (0.53%) LAN
6 7 (0.53%) MPLS
6 7 (0.53%) OSPF
6 7 (0.53%) Wireshark
6 7 (0.53%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 117 (8.83%) SQL Server
2 92 (6.94%) Amazon Athena
2 92 (6.94%) Amazon RDS
3 76 (5.74%) NoSQL
4 70 (5.28%) Relational Database
5 68 (5.13%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 64 (4.83%) MongoDB
7 60 (4.53%) Amazon Redshift
8 57 (4.30%) PostgreSQL
9 51 (3.85%) KDB
10 49 (3.70%) Amazon Aurora
11 43 (3.25%) Big Data
12 39 (2.94%) Hadoop
13 37 (2.79%) Data Warehouse
14 33 (2.49%) Power BI
14 33 (2.49%) RDBMS
15 30 (2.26%) DB2
16 29 (2.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 28 (2.11%) Apache Cassandra
18 26 (1.96%) Kdb+
Development Applications
1 78 (5.89%) TeamCity
2 75 (5.66%) JIRA
3 67 (5.06%) Git (software)
4 63 (4.75%) RStudio
5 51 (3.85%) Maven
6 39 (2.94%) Jenkins
7 38 (2.87%) Artifactory
8 27 (2.04%) Selenium
9 24 (1.81%) Cucumber
10 18 (1.36%) Sonatype Nexus
11 15 (1.13%) JUnit
12 13 (0.98%) JConsole
12 13 (0.98%) JProfiler
12 13 (0.98%) VisualVM
13 12 (0.91%) Eclipse
14 11 (0.83%) webpack
15 10 (0.75%) Team Foundation Server
15 10 (0.75%) Visual Studio
16 9 (0.68%) NUnit
16 9 (0.68%) SpecFlow
General
1 733 (55.32%) Finance
2 448 (33.81%) Banking
3 190 (14.34%) Investment Banking
4 39 (2.94%) Back Office
5 26 (1.96%) Financial Institution
6 14 (1.06%) Legal
7 9 (0.68%) Games
8 8 (0.60%) Retail
9 7 (0.53%) Marketing
10 4 (0.30%) Corporate Banking
10 4 (0.30%) Publishing
11 3 (0.23%) Automotive
11 3 (0.23%) Prime Brokerage
11 3 (0.23%) Retail Banking
12 2 (0.15%) Advertising
12 2 (0.15%) Billing
12 2 (0.15%) International Banking
12 2 (0.15%) Private Banking
13 1 (0.075%) Manufacturing
13 1 (0.075%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 827 (62.42%) Developer
2 286 (21.58%) Java Developer
3 215 (16.23%) Senior Developer
4 173 (13.06%) C# Developer
5 172 (12.98%) Analyst
6 167 (12.60%) Front Office Developer
7 139 (10.49%) Python Developer
8 104 (7.85%) Software Engineer
9 103 (7.77%) Business Analyst
10 101 (7.62%) React Developer
11 99 (7.47%) Senior Java Developer
12 93 (7.02%) AWS Developer
13 79 (5.96%) Full Stack Developer
14 71 (5.36%) Architect
15 69 (5.21%) AWS Engineer
16 64 (4.83%) .NET Developer
17 61 (4.60%) Lead Developer
18 60 (4.53%) AWS Software Engineer
19 57 (4.30%) Angular Developer
20 56 (4.23%) JavaScript Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 254 (19.17%) Web Services
2 240 (18.11%) React
3 223 (16.83%) AngularJS
4 217 (16.38%) .NET
5 127 (9.58%) J2EE
6 125 (9.43%) Node.js
7 99 (7.47%) HTML
8 83 (6.26%) CSS
9 63 (4.75%) HTML5
10 58 (4.38%) Kafka
10 58 (4.38%) Vue.js
11 48 (3.62%) REST
12 45 (3.40%) FIX Protocol
13 42 (3.17%) NumPy
14 41 (3.09%) SciPy
15 40 (3.02%) Pandas
16 39 (2.94%) Redux
17 38 (2.87%) Spring Boot
18 37 (2.79%) Spring
19 35 (2.64%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 374 (28.23%) Derivative
2 365 (27.55%) Fixed Income
3 316 (23.85%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 214 (16.15%) Greenfield Project
5 212 (16.00%) Equities
6 150 (11.32%) Hedge funds
7 103 (7.77%) Analytical Skills
8 93 (7.02%) Equity Derivative
9 53 (4.00%) Reference Data
10 49 (3.70%) Market Risk
11 47 (3.55%) Credit Risk
12 41 (3.09%) Data Structures
13 39 (2.94%) User Experience
14 37 (2.79%) Algorithms
14 37 (2.79%) Blog
15 23 (1.74%) Self-Motivation
16 22 (1.66%) Enterprise Software
17 18 (1.36%) Public Cloud
18 16 (1.21%) Exotic Derivative
19 14 (1.06%) Credit Derivative
Operating Systems
1 63 (4.75%) Windows
2 55 (4.15%) Linux
3 45 (3.40%) Unix
4 18 (1.36%) Windows 10
5 9 (0.68%) Windows 7
5 9 (0.68%) Windows Server
6 7 (0.53%) Solaris
7 3 (0.23%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.075%) Android
8 1 (0.075%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.075%) VMS
8 1 (0.075%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 598 (45.13%) Agile Software Development
2 307 (23.17%) Software Engineering
3 293 (22.11%) Asset Management
4 214 (16.15%) Analytics
5 211 (15.92%) TDD
6 162 (12.23%) Microservices
7 158 (11.92%) Multithreading
8 155 (11.70%) Investment Management
9 119 (8.98%) Low Latency
10 113 (8.53%) DevOps
11 109 (8.23%) Electronic Trading
12 105 (7.92%) Scrum
13 102 (7.70%) Problem-Solving
14 100 (7.55%) Front End Development
15 95 (7.17%) SDLC
16 92 (6.94%) Decision-Making
17 80 (6.04%) Portfolio Management
18 78 (5.89%) Computer Science
19 77 (5.81%) BDD
19 77 (5.81%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 613 (46.26%) Java
2 453 (34.19%) Python
3 409 (30.87%) C#
4 305 (23.02%) JavaScript
5 293 (22.11%) SQL
6 224 (16.91%) C++
7 108 (8.15%) R
8 77 (5.81%) TypeScript
9 57 (4.30%) Scala
10 44 (3.32%) VBA
11 40 (3.02%) Kotlin
12 29 (2.19%) Perl
13 28 (2.11%) C
14 25 (1.89%) Java 8
15 17 (1.28%) PowerShell
16 13 (0.98%) VB.NET
17 9 (0.68%) Clojure
17 9 (0.68%) ES6
18 8 (0.60%) PHP
19 7 (0.53%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 116 (8.75%) Degree
2 32 (2.42%) Computer Science Degree
3 20 (1.51%) PhD
4 13 (0.98%) Master's Degree
5 12 (0.91%) ISEB
6 10 (0.75%) ISTQB
7 9 (0.68%) CCNP
7 9 (0.68%) Cisco Certification
7 9 (0.68%) Numerate Degree
8 8 (0.60%) CCNA
9 7 (0.53%) AWS Certification
9 7 (0.53%) CFA
10 6 (0.45%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (0.23%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 2 (0.15%) Citrix Certification
12 2 (0.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 2 (0.15%) PMI Certification
12 2 (0.15%) PMP
12 2 (0.15%) SC Cleared
12 2 (0.15%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (1.81%) QA
2 17 (1.28%) MiFID
3 10 (0.75%) Data Quality
4 9 (0.68%) EMIR
5 6 (0.45%) PMO
6 5 (0.38%) GDPR
7 3 (0.23%) SLA
8 2 (0.15%) AIFMD
8 2 (0.15%) UCITS
9 1 (0.075%) Dodd-Frank
9 1 (0.075%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.075%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.075%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 142 (10.72%) Docker
2 8 (0.60%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.38%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.23%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.23%) XenApp
4 3 (0.23%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 91 (6.87%) Kubernetes
2 42 (3.17%) Terraform
3 14 (1.06%) Puppet
4 12 (0.91%) Opscode Chef
5 11 (0.83%) Ansible
6 10 (0.75%) ITRS Geneos
7 8 (0.60%) Nagios
7 8 (0.60%) ZABBIX
8 7 (0.53%) Cacti
8 7 (0.53%) Cisco Prime
8 7 (0.53%) Control-M
9 6 (0.45%) HP Quality Center
10 4 (0.30%) SCCM
11 3 (0.23%) Kibana
12 2 (0.15%) Grafana
13 1 (0.075%) Mesos
13 1 (0.075%) Rancher
13 1 (0.075%) Salt
Vendors
1 123 (9.28%) Oracle
2 102 (7.70%) Microsoft
3 68 (5.13%) Bloomberg
4 50 (3.77%) Sybase
5 47 (3.55%) Reuters
6 35 (2.64%) Google
7 33 (2.49%) TIBCO
8 25 (1.89%) Charles River
8 25 (1.89%) Murex
9 23 (1.74%) OpenLink
10 20 (1.51%) ION Trading
11 18 (1.36%) Tableau
12 13 (0.98%) Cisco
13 11 (0.83%) Juniper
14 9 (0.68%) Atlassian
14 9 (0.68%) Solace
15 8 (0.60%) Splunk
16 7 (0.53%) NetScout
17 6 (0.45%) CODA
17 6 (0.45%) Sun