The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge and experience of Mercator products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Mercator over the 3 months to 29 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in 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.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are not representative of contractor rates within Mercator Software, Inc.

Mercator
UK
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 596 636 600
Rank change year-on-year +40 -36  
Contract jobs citing Mercator 9 12 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.020% 0.022% 0.047%
As % of the Vendors category 0.045% 0.051% 0.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 2 1
Median daily rate - £450 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -10.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate - £450 -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

Mercator is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 19933 23550 24158
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 44.07% 43.75% 45.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 12320 14319 13673
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £553 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 711 809 1029
Median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.23% +11.40%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.73 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £50.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.25 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -14.47% +11.76%  

Mercator
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Mercator as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Vendors category.

Job vacancy trend for Mercator in the UK

Mercator
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Mercator in the UK

Mercator
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Mercator in the UK

Mercator
Top 6 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Mercator within the UK over the 3 months to 29 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 +47 8 - -
London +32 7 - -
Enfield - 4 - -
South East +17 1 - -
Crawley - 1 - -
West Sussex - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Mercator 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 Mercator.

1 8 (24.24%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (21.21%) Migration
2 7 (21.21%) Oracle
3 6 (18.18%) Active Directory
3 6 (18.18%) Azure Active Directory
4 5 (15.15%) Finance
4 5 (15.15%) SQL
5 4 (12.12%) Windows
5 4 (12.12%) Linux
5 4 (12.12%) MCSE
5 4 (12.12%) Microsoft
5 4 (12.12%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (12.12%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (12.12%) Business Analysis
5 4 (12.12%) IaaS
5 4 (12.12%) PaaS
5 4 (12.12%) Office 365
5 4 (12.12%) SCCM
6 3 (9.09%) Client Onboarding
6 3 (9.09%) SCOM
6 3 (9.09%) Network Security
6 3 (9.09%) Investment Management
6 3 (9.09%) Time Management
6 3 (9.09%) PowerShell
6 3 (9.09%) MS PowerPoint
6 3 (9.09%) Requirements Analysis
6 3 (9.09%) SWIFT
6 3 (9.09%) DevOps
6 3 (9.09%) Coaching
6 3 (9.09%) Windows Server

Mercator
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 2 (6.06%) Oracle Coherence
2 1 (3.03%) Apache
2 1 (3.03%) Apache Spark
2 1 (3.03%) Confluence
2 1 (3.03%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (3.03%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 1 (3.03%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (9.09%) MS Excel
1 3 (9.09%) MS PowerPoint
1 3 (9.09%) MS Visio
2 1 (3.03%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (9.09%) Salerio
2 1 (3.03%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 8 (24.24%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (18.18%) Azure Active Directory
3 4 (12.12%) IaaS
3 4 (12.12%) Office 365
3 4 (12.12%) PaaS
4 1 (3.03%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (3.03%) GitHub
4 1 (3.03%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (9.09%) Network Security
2 2 (6.06%) Firewall
2 2 (6.06%) LAN
2 2 (6.06%) WAN
3 1 (3.03%) DKIM
3 1 (3.03%) DMARC
3 1 (3.03%) Ethernet
3 1 (3.03%) HTTP
3 1 (3.03%) Internet
3 1 (3.03%) LDAP
3 1 (3.03%) SAN
3 1 (3.03%) SMTP
3 1 (3.03%) TCP/IP
3 1 (3.03%) VoIP
3 1 (3.03%) VPN
3 1 (3.03%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (3.03%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (9.09%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (6.06%) Oracle Database
2 2 (6.06%) SQL Server
3 1 (3.03%) Data Mining
3 1 (3.03%) DataStage
3 1 (3.03%) DB2
3 1 (3.03%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
3 1 (3.03%) Hadoop
3 1 (3.03%) MongoDB
3 1 (3.03%) MySQL
3 1 (3.03%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (3.03%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (3.03%) Relational Database
3 1 (3.03%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (3.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (3.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (6.06%) ERwin
1 2 (6.06%) Git (software)
2 1 (3.03%) Ant
2 1 (3.03%) Gradle
2 1 (3.03%) Jenkins
2 1 (3.03%) JIRA
2 1 (3.03%) Maven
2 1 (3.03%) Sonatype Nexus
2 1 (3.03%) Talend Open Studio
2 1 (3.03%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (3.03%) Vagrant
2 1 (3.03%) Visual Studio
General
1 5 (15.15%) Finance
2 1 (3.03%) Banking
2 1 (3.03%) Investment Banking
2 1 (3.03%) Legal
2 1 (3.03%) Retail
Job Titles
1 15 (45.45%) Consultant
2 8 (24.24%) Analyst
3 7 (21.21%) Senior Consultant
4 6 (18.18%) Azure Consultant
4 6 (18.18%) Business Analyst
5 4 (12.12%) Cloud Consultant
5 4 (12.12%) Developer
5 4 (12.12%) SCCM Consultant
5 4 (12.12%) Security Consultant
5 4 (12.12%) Senior SCCM Consultant
5 4 (12.12%) Server Consultant
6 3 (9.09%) Active Directory Consultant
6 3 (9.09%) Automation Consultant
6 3 (9.09%) Business Consultant
6 3 (9.09%) DevOps Engineer
6 3 (9.09%) Office 365 Consultant
6 3 (9.09%) Oracle Consultant
6 3 (9.09%) Windows Consultant
7 2 (6.06%) Security Engineer
7 2 (6.06%) Senior DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.06%) .NET
1 2 (6.06%) Elastic Stack
1 2 (6.06%) JSON
1 2 (6.06%) REST
1 2 (6.06%) SOAP
2 1 (3.03%) .NET Framework
2 1 (3.03%) Ajax
2 1 (3.03%) Angular 2
2 1 (3.03%) AngularJS
2 1 (3.03%) ASP.NET Core
2 1 (3.03%) ASP.NET Web API
2 1 (3.03%) Entity Framework
2 1 (3.03%) jQuery
2 1 (3.03%) Kafka
2 1 (3.03%) Node.js
2 1 (3.03%) OpenID
2 1 (3.03%) SAML
2 1 (3.03%) Sensu
2 1 (3.03%) Twitter Bootstrap
2 1 (3.03%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (9.09%) SWIFT
2 2 (6.06%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 1 (3.03%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (3.03%) Cyber Attack
3 1 (3.03%) Data Centre
3 1 (3.03%) Management Information System
3 1 (3.03%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 4 (12.12%) Linux
1 4 (12.12%) Windows
2 3 (9.09%) Windows Server
3 1 (3.03%) AIX
3 1 (3.03%) CentOS
3 1 (3.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (3.03%) Solaris
3 1 (3.03%) SUSE
3 1 (3.03%) Ubuntu
3 1 (3.03%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (21.21%) Migration
2 4 (12.12%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (12.12%) Business Analysis
3 3 (9.09%) Asset Management
3 3 (9.09%) Client Onboarding
3 3 (9.09%) Coaching
3 3 (9.09%) DevOps
3 3 (9.09%) ERP
3 3 (9.09%) Investment Management
3 3 (9.09%) Requirements Analysis
3 3 (9.09%) Scrum
3 3 (9.09%) Time Management
4 2 (6.06%) Analytics
4 2 (6.06%) Data Management
4 2 (6.06%) Data Modelling
4 2 (6.06%) ETL
4 2 (6.06%) ITIL
4 2 (6.06%) PRINCE2
4 2 (6.06%) Service Management
4 2 (6.06%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 5 (15.15%) SQL
2 3 (9.09%) C
2 3 (9.09%) PowerShell
3 2 (6.06%) C#
3 2 (6.06%) Java
3 2 (6.06%) JavaScript
3 2 (6.06%) Python
3 2 (6.06%) Ruby
4 1 (3.03%) Bash Shell
4 1 (3.03%) Perl
4 1 (3.03%) PHP
4 1 (3.03%) PL/SQL
4 1 (3.03%) Scala
4 1 (3.03%) TypeScript
4 1 (3.03%) VB
Qualifications
1 4 (12.12%) MCSE
1 4 (12.12%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (3.03%) CISSP
2 1 (3.03%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
2 1 (3.03%) SANS
2 1 (3.03%) SC Cleared
2 1 (3.03%) Security Cleared
2 1 (3.03%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (6.06%) Data Quality
2 1 (3.03%) PCI DSS
2 1 (3.03%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (18.18%) Active Directory
2 1 (3.03%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (12.12%) SCCM
2 3 (9.09%) SCOM
3 2 (6.06%) Ansible
3 2 (6.06%) Graphite
3 2 (6.06%) Puppet
3 2 (6.06%) Terraform
4 1 (3.03%) Control-M
4 1 (3.03%) Nessus
4 1 (3.03%) Nexpose
4 1 (3.03%) Nmap
4 1 (3.03%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (3.03%) Oracle Identity Management
4 1 (3.03%) QRadar
Vendors
1 7 (21.21%) Oracle
2 4 (12.12%) Microsoft
3 2 (6.06%) IBM
3 2 (6.06%) Splunk
4 1 (3.03%) AppDynamics
4 1 (3.03%) Apple
4 1 (3.03%) ArcSight
4 1 (3.03%) Cognos
4 1 (3.03%) ForgeRock
4 1 (3.03%) Intel
4 1 (3.03%) Intel Security
4 1 (3.03%) Lagan
4 1 (3.03%) MuleSoft
4 1 (3.03%) NetWitness
4 1 (3.03%) Qualys
4 1 (3.03%) SAP
4 1 (3.03%) ServiceNow
4 1 (3.03%) Snow
4 1 (3.03%) Talend
4 1 (3.03%) VMware