Period
to 23 February 2018

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 23 February 2018 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
23 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 106 166 126
Rank change year-on-year +60 -40 -23
Contract jobs citing Front Office 2,357 1,574 2,056
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.32% 1.64% 1.90%
As % of the General category 6.08% 4.46% 4.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,957 1,188 1,596
UK median daily rate £625 £600 £600
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.17% - +4.35%
10th Percentile £463 £419 £413
90th Percentile £775 £750 £725
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £385 £400
% change year-on-year +16.88% -3.75% -7.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 0
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £16.65 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +80.18% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £16.00 -

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 38,769 35,330 42,292
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 38.22% 36.81% 39.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 25,555 23,319 27,000
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £428
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.26% +0.59%
10th Percentile £280 £263 £263
90th Percentile £675 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +3.13% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 899 901 1,116
UK median hourly rate £26.00 £25.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.00% -9.09% +21.76%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.32 £12.00
90th Percentile £49.42 £47.83 £49.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £25.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +8.00% -9.09% +7.84%

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 23 February 2018.

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 12 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 23 February 2018. 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 +63 2,284 £625 +4.17% 222
London +20 2,251 £625 +4.17% 211
UK excluding London +15 100 £450 +16.88% 13
Northern Ireland -2 38 £450 +16.88% 2
Scotland +12 31 £475 +8.57%
South East -23 15 £438 +16.67% 4
South West +21 7 £375 - 1
North of England +36 4 £444 +65.12% 1
North West +11 4 £444 +65.12% 1
East of England -12 4 £463 -5.13% 1
Midlands +3 1 £425 -13.92% 4
West Midlands - 1 £425 -

For the 6 months to 23 February 2018, 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.

1 958 (40.64%) Banking
2 956 (40.56%) Finance
3 772 (32.75%) Java
4 727 (30.84%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 696 (29.53%) C#
6 554 (23.50%) Agile Software Development
7 547 (23.21%) SQL
8 518 (21.98%) Investment Banking
9 507 (21.51%) Electronic Trading
10 474 (20.11%) Multithreading
11 471 (19.98%) Fixed Income
12 409 (17.35%) C++
13 381 (16.16%) Low Latency
14 380 (16.12%) Derivative
15 376 (15.95%) Python
16 328 (13.92%) .NET
17 314 (13.32%) SQL Server
18 305 (12.94%) Analytical Skills
19 290 (12.30%) Equities
20 259 (10.99%) Linux
21 254 (10.78%) Risk Management
22 240 (10.18%) OO
23 238 (10.10%) Asset Management
24 228 (9.67%) Unix
25 218 (9.25%) JavaScript
26 202 (8.57%) WPF
27 189 (8.02%) Analytics
28 187 (7.93%) Algorithmic Trading
29 177 (7.51%) FIX Protocol
30 171 (7.25%) HTML

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 36 (1.53%) Apache Spark
2 19 (0.81%) Oracle Coherence
3 17 (0.72%) IIS
4 12 (0.51%) Confluence
5 11 (0.47%) Elasticsearch
5 11 (0.47%) SharePoint
6 7 (0.30%) GemFire
7 6 (0.25%) DataSynapse
7 6 (0.25%) Mule
7 6 (0.25%) WebSphere
8 5 (0.21%) Apache
8 5 (0.21%) MQSeries
8 5 (0.21%) Oracle Workflow
9 4 (0.17%) IBM Notes
9 4 (0.17%) Jupyter
10 3 (0.13%) nginx
10 3 (0.13%) Tomcat
11 2 (0.085%) MS Exchange
12 1 (0.042%) CMS
12 1 (0.042%) SAS
Applications
1 144 (6.11%) Microsoft Excel
2 26 (1.10%) Spreadsheet
3 21 (0.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 14 (0.59%) Microsoft Office
5 13 (0.55%) MS Visio
6 11 (0.47%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.042%) Doxygen
7 1 (0.042%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 74 (3.14%) thinkFolio
2 28 (1.19%) ION MarketView
3 22 (0.93%) Markit EDM
4 20 (0.85%) Bloomberg AIM
5 19 (0.81%) RMDS
6 17 (0.72%) SimCorp Dimension
7 16 (0.68%) Endur
8 14 (0.59%) Summit
9 13 (0.55%) Kondor
10 7 (0.30%) Bloomberg TOMS
10 7 (0.30%) SunGard GMI
11 5 (0.21%) Aligne
12 4 (0.17%) Eagle PACE
12 4 (0.17%) LatentZero
12 4 (0.17%) Orchestrade
13 3 (0.13%) BondVision
13 3 (0.13%) Minerva
13 3 (0.13%) Sophis RISQUE
13 3 (0.13%) Temenos Globus
13 3 (0.13%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 17 (0.72%) npm
2 13 (0.55%) Amazon AWS
3 11 (0.47%) Cloud Computing
3 11 (0.47%) Yarn
4 7 (0.30%) GitHub
5 5 (0.21%) PaaS
6 4 (0.17%) OpenShift
7 3 (0.13%) Office 365
8 2 (0.085%) Boomi
8 2 (0.085%) IaaS
9 1 (0.042%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.042%) Google Cloud Platform
9 1 (0.042%) Microsoft Azure
9 1 (0.042%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (0.51%) TCP/IP
2 8 (0.34%) FIX Connectivity
3 5 (0.21%) Firewall
3 5 (0.21%) PPP
4 3 (0.13%) DAB
4 3 (0.13%) SNMP
5 2 (0.085%) FTP
5 2 (0.085%) HTTP
5 2 (0.085%) SAN
6 1 (0.042%) 3G
6 1 (0.042%) 4G
6 1 (0.042%) DNS
6 1 (0.042%) DSL
6 1 (0.042%) Internet
6 1 (0.042%) Kerberos
6 1 (0.042%) MGW
6 1 (0.042%) SSH
6 1 (0.042%) SSL
6 1 (0.042%) VoIP
6 1 (0.042%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 314 (13.32%) SQL Server
2 140 (5.94%) Relational Database
3 67 (2.84%) RDBMS
4 61 (2.59%) KDB
5 58 (2.46%) Blockchain
6 47 (1.99%) Big Data
7 34 (1.44%) NoSQL
8 30 (1.27%) Hadoop
9 28 (1.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 26 (1.10%) SQL Server 2008
11 22 (0.93%) Oracle Database
12 21 (0.89%) MongoDB
13 20 (0.85%) Tick Data
14 17 (0.72%) Oracle Database 11g
14 17 (0.72%) SQL Server 2014
15 16 (0.68%) Hazelcast
15 16 (0.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 14 (0.59%) Data Warehouse
17 13 (0.55%) Data Mining
18 11 (0.47%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 80 (3.39%) JIRA
2 69 (2.93%) TeamCity
3 62 (2.63%) Git (software)
4 57 (2.42%) Maven
5 54 (2.29%) Jenkins
6 42 (1.78%) Subversion
7 33 (1.40%) Visual Studio
8 28 (1.19%) JUnit
9 27 (1.15%) NUnit
10 21 (0.89%) Cucumber
11 20 (0.85%) Gradle
11 20 (0.85%) Selenium
12 12 (0.51%) Mockito
12 12 (0.51%) Team Foundation Server
12 12 (0.51%) VSS/SourceSafe
13 10 (0.42%) Eclipse
14 7 (0.30%) Travis CI
15 6 (0.25%) SpecFlow
16 5 (0.21%) Ant
16 5 (0.21%) WebDriver
General
1 958 (40.64%) Banking
2 956 (40.56%) Finance
3 518 (21.98%) Investment Banking
4 107 (4.54%) Back Office
5 81 (3.44%) Financial Institution
6 29 (1.23%) Legal
7 16 (0.68%) French Language
8 11 (0.47%) Advertising
9 10 (0.42%) Private Banking
9 10 (0.42%) Retail
10 9 (0.38%) Marketing
11 8 (0.34%) Telecoms
12 7 (0.30%) Corporate Banking
12 7 (0.30%) Prime Brokerage
13 5 (0.21%) General Ledger
13 5 (0.21%) International Banking
14 3 (0.13%) Publishing
15 2 (0.085%) German Language
15 2 (0.085%) Retail Banking
16 1 (0.042%) Billing
Job Titles
1 1,460 (61.94%) Developer
2 509 (21.60%) Java Developer
3 498 (21.13%) Analyst
4 455 (19.30%) C# Developer
5 370 (15.70%) Front Office Developer
6 312 (13.24%) Business Analyst
7 269 (11.41%) Senior Developer
8 177 (7.51%) Electronic Trading Developer
9 170 (7.21%) C++ Developer
10 153 (6.49%) Senior Java Developer
11 120 (5.09%) Electronic Trading Java Developer
12 117 (4.96%) Quantitative Developer
13 112 (4.75%) Python Developer
14 103 (4.37%) Project Manager
15 98 (4.16%) Front Office Business Analyst
16 88 (3.73%) .NET Developer
17 75 (3.18%) SQL Developer
18 74 (3.14%) JavaScript Developer
19 72 (3.05%) WPF Developer
20 69 (2.93%) C# .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 328 (13.92%) .NET
2 202 (8.57%) WPF
3 177 (7.51%) FIX Protocol
4 171 (7.25%) HTML
5 135 (5.73%) AngularJS
6 130 (5.52%) HTML5
7 88 (3.73%) Spring
8 80 (3.39%) WCF
9 78 (3.31%) React
10 69 (2.93%) CSS
11 67 (2.84%) .NET Framework
12 59 (2.50%) WinForms
13 55 (2.33%) Middleware
14 54 (2.29%) XML
15 53 (2.25%) Rendezvous
16 48 (2.04%) RESTful
17 47 (1.99%) Reactive Extensions
18 35 (1.48%) JMS
19 34 (1.44%) ASP.NET
20 32 (1.36%) STL
Miscellaneous
1 727 (30.84%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 471 (19.98%) Fixed Income
3 380 (16.12%) Derivative
4 305 (12.94%) Analytical Skills
5 290 (12.30%) Equities
6 128 (5.43%) Computer Science
7 116 (4.92%) Equity Derivative
8 112 (4.75%) Greenfield Project
9 98 (4.16%) Market Risk
10 91 (3.86%) Algorithms
11 85 (3.61%) Credit Risk
12 79 (3.35%) Hedge funds
13 56 (2.38%) Data Structures
14 37 (1.57%) Grid Computing
15 35 (1.48%) Fintech
15 35 (1.48%) User Experience
16 28 (1.19%) Interest Rate Derivative
17 25 (1.06%) Credit Derivative
17 25 (1.06%) Virtual Team
18 20 (0.85%) OTC Derivatives
Operating Systems
1 259 (10.99%) Linux
2 228 (9.67%) Unix
3 120 (5.09%) Windows
4 32 (1.36%) Solaris
5 13 (0.55%) Windows Server
6 10 (0.42%) Windows 7
7 7 (0.30%) Android
7 7 (0.30%) CoreOS
8 6 (0.25%) Apple iOS
8 6 (0.25%) Windows 10
9 5 (0.21%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.042%) HPUX
10 1 (0.042%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.042%) SUSE
10 1 (0.042%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.042%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 554 (23.50%) Agile Software Development
2 507 (21.51%) Electronic Trading
3 474 (20.11%) Multithreading
4 381 (16.16%) Low Latency
5 254 (10.78%) Risk Management
6 240 (10.18%) OO
7 238 (10.10%) Asset Management
8 189 (8.02%) Analytics
9 187 (7.93%) Algorithmic Trading
10 156 (6.62%) Mathematics
11 155 (6.58%) SDLC
12 154 (6.53%) TDD
13 139 (5.90%) Business Analysis
14 121 (5.13%) Project Management
15 111 (4.71%) Stakeholder Management
16 109 (4.62%) Investment Management
17 107 (4.54%) OOP
17 107 (4.54%) Quantitative Research
18 101 (4.29%) Test Automation
19 98 (4.16%) MVVM
Programming Languages
1 772 (32.75%) Java
2 696 (29.53%) C#
3 547 (23.21%) SQL
4 409 (17.35%) C++
5 376 (15.95%) Python
6 218 (9.25%) JavaScript
7 161 (6.83%) VBA
8 63 (2.67%) Perl
9 50 (2.12%) Scala
9 50 (2.12%) T-SQL
10 38 (1.61%) TypeScript
11 35 (1.48%) VB
12 31 (1.32%) Bash Shell
13 28 (1.19%) R
13 28 (1.19%) Shell Script
14 25 (1.06%) C
15 22 (0.93%) Ruby
16 19 (0.81%) Haskell
17 16 (0.68%) PL/SQL
18 15 (0.64%) ES6
Qualifications
1 162 (6.87%) Degree
2 67 (2.84%) PhD
3 58 (2.46%) Computer Science Degree
4 29 (1.23%) Numerate Degree
5 13 (0.55%) PMI Certification
5 13 (0.55%) PMP
6 3 (0.13%) AWS Certification
6 3 (0.13%) HP ASE
7 2 (0.085%) CFA
7 2 (0.085%) ISEB
7 2 (0.085%) Microsoft Certified Master
8 1 (0.042%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.042%) Master's Degree
8 1 (0.042%) MBA
8 1 (0.042%) Postgraduate
8 1 (0.042%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 166 (7.04%) MiFID
2 67 (2.84%) QA
3 50 (2.12%) EMIR
4 25 (1.06%) PMO
5 19 (0.81%) GDPR
6 16 (0.68%) Solvency II
7 14 (0.59%) Dodd-Frank
8 12 (0.51%) FATCA
9 7 (0.30%) SLA
10 5 (0.21%) Data Quality
11 4 (0.17%) Basel II
12 3 (0.13%) Basel III
13 2 (0.085%) AIFMD
14 1 (0.042%) COREP
14 1 (0.042%) FINREP
14 1 (0.042%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 1 (0.042%) SEPA
System Software
1 31 (1.32%) Docker
2 7 (0.30%) Active Directory
2 7 (0.30%) HDFS
3 5 (0.21%) Virtual Machines
4 4 (0.17%) Virtual Desktop
5 3 (0.13%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 3 (0.13%) Terminal Server
5 3 (0.13%) XenApp
6 2 (0.085%) Platform Symphony
7 1 (0.042%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 16 (0.68%) Ansible
2 13 (0.55%) HP Quality Center
3 11 (0.47%) Kubernetes
4 9 (0.38%) Puppet
4 9 (0.38%) Terraform
5 8 (0.34%) Kibana
5 8 (0.34%) Opscode Chef
6 7 (0.30%) logstash
7 6 (0.25%) ITRS Geneos
8 4 (0.17%) Mesos
8 4 (0.17%) OpenView
9 3 (0.13%) Consul
9 3 (0.13%) Packer
9 3 (0.13%) ThinApp
9 3 (0.13%) Thomson Reuters DACS
9 3 (0.13%) Tivoli
10 2 (0.085%) AirWatch
10 2 (0.085%) MOM
10 2 (0.085%) Nagios
10 2 (0.085%) SCCM
Vendors
1 166 (7.04%) Oracle
2 118 (5.01%) TIBCO
3 84 (3.56%) Microsoft
4 82 (3.48%) Bloomberg
5 76 (3.22%) Charles River
6 65 (2.76%) Reuters
7 49 (2.08%) ION Trading
8 45 (1.91%) Fidessa
8 45 (1.91%) Murex
9 43 (1.82%) Sybase
10 28 (1.19%) Solace
11 26 (1.10%) Currenex
12 25 (1.06%) SimCorp
13 23 (0.98%) FXall
14 19 (0.81%) Talarian
15 17 (0.72%) Citrix
16 16 (0.68%) DevExpress
16 16 (0.68%) MapR
17 15 (0.64%) Sophis
18 14 (0.59%) OpenLink