Period
to 19 August 2017

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 19 August 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.

Front Office
UK
6 months to
19 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 89 189 133
Rank change year-on-year +100 -56 -34
Contract jobs citing Front Office 2591 1518 2006
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.69% 1.40% 1.78%
As % of the General category 6.82% 3.81% 4.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 1986 1186 1613
UK median daily rate £600 £600 £588
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.13% -2.08%
10th Percentile £413 £400 £425
90th Percentile £738 £738 £713
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £445
% change year-on-year - -4.49% +18.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 2 2
UK median hourly rate £13.50 £46.50 £77.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -70.97% -40.00% +269.05%
10th Percentile £10.00 £19.20 £60.25
90th Percentile £15.00 £77.80 £92.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £10.00 - £65.00

Front Office is in the common skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for common skills.

General Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for common skills 37979 39827 44657
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 39.39% 36.71% 39.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 24950 26458 28199
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% -
10th Percentile £283 £263 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 840 957 1160
UK median hourly rate £25.75 £23.75 £22.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.42% +4.03% +1.47%
10th Percentile £11.75 £11.06 £10.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £25.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year +10.00% -3.85% +4.00%

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 19 August 2017.

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
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 Front Office within the UK over the 6 months to 19 August 2017. 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 +101 2448 £600 - 141
London +45 2411 £600 - 134
UK excluding London +76 179 £425 - 13
Northern Ireland - 119 £420 - 4
Scotland 0 24 £513 +28.13% 3
South East -40 19 £425 - 1
North of England +64 9 £375 -
North West +33 8 £375 +49.11%
Midlands +28 4 £358 -28.50% 1
West Midlands +45 3 £358 -0.69% 1
South West - 3 £675 - 1
Yorkshire +28 1 - -
Wales +6 1 - -
East Midlands -23 1 - -
East of England -25 1 £300 -38.46% 3

For the 6 months to 19 August 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Front Office 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 Front Office.

1 1180 (45.54%) Finance
2 1174 (45.31%) Banking
3 946 (36.51%) Java
4 714 (27.56%) Agile Software Development
5 681 (26.28%) Investment Banking
6 650 (25.09%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 614 (23.70%) SQL
8 592 (22.85%) C#
9 533 (20.57%) Multithreading
10 531 (20.49%) Fixed Income
11 494 (19.07%) Electronic Trading
12 458 (17.68%) Derivative
13 448 (17.29%) Low Latency
14 427 (16.48%) Equities
15 399 (15.40%) C++
16 349 (13.47%) Linux
17 334 (12.89%) Unix
17 334 (12.89%) JavaScript
18 317 (12.23%) SQL Server
19 314 (12.12%) .NET
20 313 (12.08%) TDD
20 313 (12.08%) Analytical Skills
21 289 (11.15%) HTML
22 286 (11.04%) Python
23 270 (10.42%) MiFID
24 260 (10.03%) Oracle
25 255 (9.84%) OO
26 249 (9.61%) HTML5
27 242 (9.34%) Risk Management
28 233 (8.99%) AngularJS

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 44 (1.70%) Oracle Coherence
2 43 (1.66%) Apache Spark
3 22 (0.85%) Elasticsearch
4 21 (0.81%) Apache
4 21 (0.81%) IIS
5 18 (0.69%) Oracle Workflow
6 13 (0.50%) CMS
6 13 (0.50%) Tomcat
7 12 (0.46%) Mule
7 12 (0.46%) WebSphere
8 11 (0.42%) DataSynapse
9 10 (0.39%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 10 (0.39%) WebLogic
10 9 (0.35%) Confluence
10 9 (0.35%) JBoss
11 8 (0.31%) Cloud Foundry
11 8 (0.31%) MQSeries
12 6 (0.23%) IBM Notes
13 5 (0.19%) nginx
13 5 (0.19%) SharePoint
Applications
1 143 (5.52%) Microsoft Excel
2 45 (1.74%) Microsoft Office
3 24 (0.93%) Spreadsheet
4 20 (0.77%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 20 (0.77%) MS Visio
5 15 (0.58%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.039%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 68 (2.62%) ION MarketView
2 49 (1.89%) thinkFolio
3 32 (1.24%) RMDS
4 18 (0.69%) Endur
5 16 (0.62%) Markit EDM
6 15 (0.58%) Global One
7 8 (0.31%) Bloomberg TOMS
7 8 (0.31%) Summit
8 7 (0.27%) Actimize
9 6 (0.23%) Bloomberg AIM
9 6 (0.23%) LatentZero
9 6 (0.23%) SimCorp Dimension
10 5 (0.19%) Eikon
11 4 (0.15%) Kondor
12 3 (0.12%) Loan IQ
12 3 (0.12%) Northgate Housing
12 3 (0.12%) Orchestrade
12 3 (0.12%) Postilion
12 3 (0.12%) Salesforce.com CRM
12 3 (0.12%) Sophis RISQUE
Cloud Services
1 46 (1.78%) Amazon AWS
2 33 (1.27%) Cloud Computing
3 14 (0.54%) Microsoft Azure
4 9 (0.35%) GitHub
5 3 (0.12%) Google Cloud Platform
5 3 (0.12%) IBM Blueworks
5 3 (0.12%) PaaS
6 2 (0.077%) IaaS
6 2 (0.077%) Office 365
6 2 (0.077%) SaaS
7 1 (0.039%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.039%) OpenShift
7 1 (0.039%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 19 (0.73%) TCP/IP
2 18 (0.69%) FIX Connectivity
3 10 (0.39%) HTTP
4 8 (0.31%) Firewall
5 7 (0.27%) NAS
5 7 (0.27%) SAN
6 5 (0.19%) DNS
6 5 (0.19%) SSL
7 4 (0.15%) Internet
7 4 (0.15%) VoIP
8 3 (0.12%) LAN
8 3 (0.12%) Network Security
9 2 (0.077%) Diameter Protocol
9 2 (0.077%) DSL
9 2 (0.077%) WAN
10 1 (0.039%) GGSN
10 1 (0.039%) GPON
10 1 (0.039%) ISUP
10 1 (0.039%) Megaco
10 1 (0.039%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 317 (12.23%) SQL Server
2 200 (7.72%) Relational Database
3 96 (3.71%) Big Data
4 74 (2.86%) KDB
5 65 (2.51%) Hadoop
6 57 (2.20%) RDBMS
7 48 (1.85%) NoSQL
8 46 (1.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 36 (1.39%) SQL Server 2008
10 32 (1.24%) Oracle Database
11 24 (0.93%) HBase
11 24 (0.93%) MongoDB
11 24 (0.93%) SQL Server 2012
12 22 (0.85%) Tick Data
13 20 (0.77%) BusinessObjects
13 20 (0.77%) Kdb+
13 20 (0.77%) OLAP
14 19 (0.73%) Data Warehouse
14 19 (0.73%) DB2
15 17 (0.66%) Data Mart
Development Applications
1 99 (3.82%) Subversion
2 98 (3.78%) Git (software)
3 96 (3.71%) TeamCity
4 64 (2.47%) Maven
5 60 (2.32%) JIRA
6 47 (1.81%) JUnit
7 43 (1.66%) Jenkins
8 37 (1.43%) NUnit
9 34 (1.31%) Visual Studio
10 32 (1.24%) Selenium
11 29 (1.12%) Sonatype Nexus
11 29 (1.12%) Team Foundation Server
12 24 (0.93%) VSS/SourceSafe
13 21 (0.81%) Gradle
14 19 (0.73%) Grunt
14 19 (0.73%) Mockito
15 16 (0.62%) gulp
15 16 (0.62%) WebDriver
16 12 (0.46%) webpack
17 11 (0.42%) Eclipse
General
1 1180 (45.54%) Finance
2 1174 (45.31%) Banking
3 681 (26.28%) Investment Banking
4 141 (5.44%) Back Office
5 82 (3.16%) Financial Institution
6 33 (1.27%) Legal
7 29 (1.12%) Retail
8 26 (1.00%) Private Banking
9 19 (0.73%) Marketing
10 15 (0.58%) Advertising
11 12 (0.46%) Corporate Banking
12 9 (0.35%) Telecoms
13 7 (0.27%) French Language
13 7 (0.27%) Retail Banking
14 6 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
15 5 (0.19%) Games
16 4 (0.15%) Prime Brokerage
17 3 (0.12%) International Banking
17 3 (0.12%) Local Government
18 2 (0.077%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 1637 (63.18%) Developer
2 653 (25.20%) Java Developer
3 590 (22.77%) Analyst
4 378 (14.59%) Front Office Developer
5 362 (13.97%) Business Analyst
6 361 (13.93%) C# Developer
7 268 (10.34%) Senior Developer
8 181 (6.99%) Electronic Trading Developer
9 176 (6.79%) C++ Developer
10 153 (5.91%) Senior Java Developer
11 129 (4.98%) JavaScript Developer
12 118 (4.55%) Project Manager
13 115 (4.44%) Electronic Trading Java Developer
14 114 (4.40%) .NET Developer
15 106 (4.09%) Support Analyst
16 101 (3.90%) Front Office Business Analyst
17 99 (3.82%) Python Developer
18 89 (3.43%) C# .NET Developer
18 89 (3.43%) SQL Developer
19 85 (3.28%) WPF Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 314 (12.12%) .NET
2 289 (11.15%) HTML
3 249 (9.61%) HTML5
4 233 (8.99%) AngularJS
5 211 (8.14%) FIX Protocol
6 206 (7.95%) WPF
7 153 (5.91%) CSS
8 145 (5.60%) Spring
9 117 (4.52%) XML
10 110 (4.25%) React
11 94 (3.63%) WCF
12 89 (3.43%) Web Services
13 88 (3.40%) REST
14 81 (3.13%) Node.js
15 71 (2.74%) JMS
16 59 (2.28%) Middleware
17 57 (2.20%) .NET Framework
18 49 (1.89%) Rendezvous
18 49 (1.89%) WinForms
19 48 (1.85%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 650 (25.09%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 531 (20.49%) Fixed Income
3 458 (17.68%) Derivative
4 427 (16.48%) Equities
5 313 (12.08%) Analytical Skills
6 152 (5.87%) Greenfield Project
7 142 (5.48%) Equity Derivative
8 137 (5.29%) Market Risk
9 107 (4.13%) Computer Science
10 78 (3.01%) Algorithms
11 67 (2.59%) Hedge funds
12 63 (2.43%) Data Structures
13 57 (2.20%) Grid Computing
14 46 (1.78%) Interest Rate Derivative
15 45 (1.74%) Virtual Team
16 44 (1.70%) Credit Risk
16 44 (1.70%) Fintech
16 44 (1.70%) User Experience
17 36 (1.39%) OTC Derivatives
18 25 (0.96%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 349 (13.47%) Linux
2 334 (12.89%) Unix
3 177 (6.83%) Windows
4 31 (1.20%) Windows 7
5 25 (0.96%) Windows Server
6 12 (0.46%) Solaris
7 6 (0.23%) Apple iOS
8 5 (0.19%) Windows XP
9 3 (0.12%) OS/390
9 3 (0.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.077%) Android
10 2 (0.077%) Mac OS
10 2 (0.077%) Windows 10
10 2 (0.077%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (0.077%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (0.077%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (0.077%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.039%) Fedora
11 1 (0.039%) HPUX
11 1 (0.039%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 714 (27.56%) Agile Software Development
2 533 (20.57%) Multithreading
3 494 (19.07%) Electronic Trading
4 448 (17.29%) Low Latency
5 313 (12.08%) TDD
6 255 (9.84%) OO
7 242 (9.34%) Risk Management
8 227 (8.76%) Asset Management
9 207 (7.99%) Analytics
10 191 (7.37%) Continuous Integration
11 185 (7.14%) SDLC
12 163 (6.29%) Business Analysis
13 159 (6.14%) Mathematics
14 136 (5.25%) Scrum
15 133 (5.13%) Software Engineering
16 124 (4.79%) Investment Management
17 120 (4.63%) Test Automation
18 110 (4.25%) Project Management
18 110 (4.25%) Stakeholder Management
19 106 (4.09%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 946 (36.51%) Java
2 614 (23.70%) SQL
3 592 (22.85%) C#
4 399 (15.40%) C++
5 334 (12.89%) JavaScript
6 286 (11.04%) Python
7 124 (4.79%) VBA
8 109 (4.21%) Scala
9 86 (3.32%) Perl
10 68 (2.62%) TypeScript
11 51 (1.97%) T-SQL
12 50 (1.93%) Bash Shell
13 48 (1.85%) R
14 41 (1.58%) VB
15 37 (1.43%) C
16 36 (1.39%) PL/SQL
17 35 (1.35%) Shell Script
18 34 (1.31%) ES6
19 23 (0.89%) XAML
20 17 (0.66%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 158 (6.10%) Degree
2 43 (1.66%) Computer Science Degree
3 33 (1.27%) PhD
4 32 (1.24%) PMI Certification
5 29 (1.12%) Numerate Degree
6 27 (1.04%) PMP
7 8 (0.31%) Master's Degree
8 6 (0.23%) AWS Certification
9 4 (0.15%) CFA
9 4 (0.15%) ISEB
9 4 (0.15%) ITIL Certification
9 4 (0.15%) MBA
9 4 (0.15%) Microsoft Certification
10 3 (0.12%) MCP
11 2 (0.077%) ISTQB
11 2 (0.077%) MCSE
11 2 (0.077%) Postgraduate
11 2 (0.077%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 2 (0.077%) Security Cleared
11 2 (0.077%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 270 (10.42%) MiFID
2 71 (2.74%) QA
3 39 (1.51%) EMIR
4 28 (1.08%) Dodd-Frank
5 27 (1.04%) Data Quality
6 12 (0.46%) Basel III
6 12 (0.46%) SLA
7 10 (0.39%) PMO
8 5 (0.19%) AIFMD
9 3 (0.12%) GDPR
9 3 (0.12%) Solvency II
10 1 (0.039%) Basel II
10 1 (0.039%) COREP
10 1 (0.039%) Disclosure Scotland
10 1 (0.039%) FATCA
10 1 (0.039%) FINREP
10 1 (0.039%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 38 (1.47%) Docker
2 11 (0.42%) Virtual Desktop
3 10 (0.39%) Active Directory
4 8 (0.31%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 8 (0.31%) HDFS
5 4 (0.15%) Hyper-V
5 4 (0.15%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (0.15%) VMware Workstation
6 3 (0.12%) Platform Symphony
7 2 (0.077%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.039%) Apache Flume
8 1 (0.039%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.039%) Terminal Server
8 1 (0.039%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 17 (0.66%) Ansible
2 16 (0.62%) ITRS Geneos
3 14 (0.54%) Opscode Chef
4 10 (0.39%) Kubernetes
4 10 (0.39%) Puppet
5 9 (0.35%) Terraform
6 8 (0.31%) HP Quality Center
7 7 (0.27%) Consul
7 7 (0.27%) Packer
8 5 (0.19%) Control-M
8 5 (0.19%) SCCM
9 4 (0.15%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 3 (0.12%) BMC PATROL
10 3 (0.12%) Tivoli
10 3 (0.12%) Tivoli NetView
11 2 (0.077%) Hadoop YARN
12 1 (0.039%) Cobbler
12 1 (0.039%) Mesos
12 1 (0.039%) Oozie
12 1 (0.039%) ThinApp
Vendors
1 260 (10.03%) Oracle
2 165 (6.37%) Microsoft
3 134 (5.17%) Sybase
4 113 (4.36%) TIBCO
5 111 (4.28%) Bloomberg
6 104 (4.01%) ION Trading
7 91 (3.51%) Murex
8 65 (2.51%) Reuters
9 56 (2.16%) Charles River
10 52 (2.01%) Fidessa
11 36 (1.39%) Currenex
12 30 (1.16%) Calypso
13 25 (0.96%) Sophis
14 20 (0.77%) Solace
15 19 (0.73%) Perforce
15 19 (0.73%) Tradeweb
16 18 (0.69%) FXall
17 16 (0.62%) DevExpress
17 16 (0.62%) IBM
18 15 (0.58%) JD Edwards