Period
to 19 July 2018

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 6 months to 19 July 2018 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
6 months to
19 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 845 796 866
Rank change year-on-year -49 +70 -14
Contract jobs citing Mercator 41 36 39
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.040% 0.038% 0.035%
As % of the Vendors category 0.095% 0.086% 0.079%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 1
UK median daily rate £390 - £550
10th Percentile £385 - £525
90th Percentile £395 - £575
UK excluding London median daily rate - - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK 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 contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services.

All Vendors
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 43,252 41,731 49,146
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 41.80% 43.83% 44.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 26,819 25,483 30,114
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £245
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,592 1,430 1,630
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.94% -2.86% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £47.34 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year - -5.71% +2.94%

Mercator
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 11 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 6 months to 19 July 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 -44 41 £390 - 2
London -34 28 £390 - 2
UK excluding London -7 15 - -
Midlands +1 9 - -
East Midlands +5 8 - -
East of England +3 6 - -
South East -9 2 - -
North of England -16 1 - -
Yorkshire -21 1 - -
South West - 1 - -
West Midlands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 19 July 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Mercator 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 Mercator.

1 13 (31.71%) WAN
1 13 (31.71%) Cisco
2 12 (29.27%) MPLS
3 11 (26.83%) CCNP
3 11 (26.83%) Cisco Certification
3 11 (26.83%) ITIL
4 10 (24.39%) Windows
5 9 (21.95%) CCDP
5 9 (21.95%) Active Directory
5 9 (21.95%) Internet
5 9 (21.95%) Microsoft
5 9 (21.95%) BGP
5 9 (21.95%) EIGRP
5 9 (21.95%) Wireless
5 9 (21.95%) IP Telephony
5 9 (21.95%) Cisco IPT
5 9 (21.95%) xDSL
5 9 (21.95%) DMVPN
5 9 (21.95%) Cisco Wireless
6 8 (19.51%) Office 365
6 8 (19.51%) Microsoft Azure
7 7 (17.07%) Migration
7 7 (17.07%) SCCM
8 6 (14.63%) Microsoft Certification
8 6 (14.63%) MCSE
8 6 (14.63%) MS Exchange
9 5 (12.20%) LAN
9 5 (12.20%) SolarWinds
10 4 (9.76%) Azure Active Directory
10 4 (9.76%) Firewall

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 6 (14.63%) MS Exchange
2 1 (2.44%) OpenStack
2 1 (2.44%) SAS
Business Applications
1 2 (4.88%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 8 (19.51%) Microsoft Azure
1 8 (19.51%) Office 365
2 4 (9.76%) Azure Active Directory
3 3 (7.32%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (2.44%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (2.44%) Dynamics 365
4 1 (2.44%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (2.44%) IaaS
4 1 (2.44%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 13 (31.71%) WAN
2 12 (29.27%) MPLS
3 9 (21.95%) BGP
3 9 (21.95%) Cisco IPT
3 9 (21.95%) Cisco Wireless
3 9 (21.95%) DMVPN
3 9 (21.95%) EIGRP
3 9 (21.95%) Internet
3 9 (21.95%) IP Telephony
3 9 (21.95%) Wireless
3 9 (21.95%) xDSL
4 5 (12.20%) LAN
5 4 (9.76%) Firewall
6 1 (2.44%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (2.44%) Cisco IOS
6 1 (2.44%) DHCP
6 1 (2.44%) DNS
6 1 (2.44%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
6 1 (2.44%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 1 (2.44%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.44%) Apache Hive
1 1 (2.44%) Base SAS
1 1 (2.44%) Big Data
1 1 (2.44%) SAS Enterprise Guide
1 1 (2.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 1 (2.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
General
1 2 (4.88%) Finance
1 2 (4.88%) Legal
1 2 (4.88%) Telecoms
2 1 (2.44%) Back Office
2 1 (2.44%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 9 (21.95%) Consultant
2 8 (19.51%) Architect
2 8 (19.51%) Cisco Engineer
2 8 (19.51%) Cisco Network Engineer
2 8 (19.51%) Network Engineer
2 8 (19.51%) WAN Engineer
3 7 (17.07%) Senior Cisco Engineer
3 7 (17.07%) Senior Cisco Network Engineer
3 7 (17.07%) Senior Network Engineer
4 6 (14.63%) Senior Consultant
5 5 (12.20%) Active Directory Consultant
6 4 (9.76%) Azure Consultant
6 4 (9.76%) Exchange Consultant
6 4 (9.76%) Network Architect
6 4 (9.76%) Office 365 Consultant
6 4 (9.76%) SCCM Consultant
6 4 (9.76%) Senior Exchange Consultant
6 4 (9.76%) Senior SCCM Consultant
6 4 (9.76%) Senior Technical Consultant
6 4 (9.76%) Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (4.88%) .NET
2 1 (2.44%) ASP.NET
2 1 (2.44%) ASP.NET Web API
2 1 (2.44%) J2EE
2 1 (2.44%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 3 (7.32%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (7.32%) Management Information System
2 2 (4.88%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.44%) Data Centre
3 1 (2.44%) Enterprise Cloud
3 1 (2.44%) Hybrid Cloud
3 1 (2.44%) Security Operations Centre
3 1 (2.44%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 10 (24.39%) Windows
2 2 (4.88%) Windows 10
3 1 (2.44%) Unix
3 1 (2.44%) Windows Server
3 1 (2.44%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (26.83%) ITIL
2 7 (17.07%) Migration
3 3 (7.32%) Data Migration
3 3 (7.32%) Decision-Making
3 3 (7.32%) Incident Management
3 3 (7.32%) Network Architecture
3 3 (7.32%) Problem Management
3 3 (7.32%) Use Case
4 2 (4.88%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (4.88%) Business Continuity
4 2 (4.88%) Information Assurance
4 2 (4.88%) Information Security
4 2 (4.88%) Innovation Management
4 2 (4.88%) Operations Management
4 2 (4.88%) Risk Assessment
4 2 (4.88%) Security Architecture
4 2 (4.88%) Security Operations
4 2 (4.88%) Security Testing
4 2 (4.88%) Validation
4 2 (4.88%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 2 (4.88%) SQL
2 1 (2.44%) C
2 1 (2.44%) C#
2 1 (2.44%) Java
2 1 (2.44%) JavaScript
2 1 (2.44%) PL/SQL
2 1 (2.44%) SAS Macro
Qualifications
1 11 (26.83%) CCNP
1 11 (26.83%) Cisco Certification
2 9 (21.95%) CCDP
3 6 (14.63%) MCSE
3 6 (14.63%) Microsoft Certification
4 3 (7.32%) CCIE
5 2 (4.88%) CCNA
5 2 (4.88%) CISA
5 2 (4.88%) CISM
5 2 (4.88%) CISSP
5 2 (4.88%) GIAC
6 1 (2.44%) BC Cleared
6 1 (2.44%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (2.44%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.44%) GCP
1 1 (2.44%) PCI DSS
1 1 (2.44%) PMO
1 1 (2.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 1 (2.44%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (21.95%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.44%) BitLocker
2 1 (2.44%) Docker
2 1 (2.44%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (17.07%) SCCM
2 1 (2.44%) Kubernetes
2 1 (2.44%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 13 (31.71%) Cisco
2 9 (21.95%) Microsoft
3 5 (12.20%) SolarWinds
4 3 (7.32%) BT
4 3 (7.32%) Palo Alto
5 1 (2.44%) CheckPoint
5 1 (2.44%) DataFlux
5 1 (2.44%) F5
5 1 (2.44%) Mitel
5 1 (2.44%) VMware