Period
to 22 January 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 22 January 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
22 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 836 800 855
Rank change year-on-year -36 +55 -74
Contract jobs citing Mercator 42 56 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.042% 0.059% 0.023%
As % of the Vendors category 0.10% 0.13% 0.054%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 4 7
UK median daily rate £400 £550 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -27.27% +22.22% -5.26%
UK excluding London median daily rate - - £465
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 41,873 43,050 46,337
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.04% 45.16% 42.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 26,449 26,366 27,387
UK median daily rate £435 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £231 £240 £228
90th Percentile £625 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £395 £380
% change year-on-year +1.27% +3.95% +4.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,373 1,636 1,939
UK median hourly rate £17.43 £17.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.53% -5.56% +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.25 £10.25
90th Percentile £45.00 £46.00 £46.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year - -5.71% +6.06%

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 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 6 months to 22 January 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 -12 42 £400 -27.27% 1
London -42 36 £400 -27.27% 1
UK excluding London +6 6 - -
East Midlands +2 3 - -
Midlands -2 3 - -
South East -24 3 - -

For the 6 months to 22 January 2018, 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 13 (30.95%) Microsoft
2 11 (26.19%) Change Management
3 10 (23.81%) Microsoft Azure
4 8 (19.05%) Finance
4 8 (19.05%) VMware
4 8 (19.05%) SQL
4 8 (19.05%) Runbook
5 7 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
5 7 (16.67%) Risk Management
5 7 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
5 7 (16.67%) .NET
5 7 (16.67%) C#
5 7 (16.67%) Active Directory
5 7 (16.67%) Firewall
6 6 (14.29%) GAP Analysis
6 6 (14.29%) Legal
6 6 (14.29%) Management Information System
6 6 (14.29%) ITIL
6 6 (14.29%) Security Cleared
6 6 (14.29%) Time Management
6 6 (14.29%) Problem Management
6 6 (14.29%) Use Case
6 6 (14.29%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 6 (14.29%) Amazon AWS
7 5 (11.90%) nginx
7 5 (11.90%) Project Governance
7 5 (11.90%) Mentoring
7 5 (11.90%) Dynamics 365
7 5 (11.90%) Public Cloud
7 5 (11.90%) vRealize

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 5 (11.90%) nginx
2 3 (7.14%) Skype for Business
3 2 (4.76%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (2.38%) MS Exchange
4 1 (2.38%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (7.14%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 5 (11.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (2.38%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 10 (23.81%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (14.29%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (11.90%) Dynamics 365
4 4 (9.52%) Azure Active Directory
4 4 (9.52%) Office 365
5 3 (7.14%) IaaS
5 3 (7.14%) PaaS
6 1 (2.38%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (16.67%) Firewall
2 5 (11.90%) DNS
3 3 (7.14%) Intrusion Detection
3 3 (7.14%) Network Security
3 3 (7.14%) Skype
3 3 (7.14%) WAN
4 2 (4.76%) 4G
4 2 (4.76%) LAN
4 2 (4.76%) Wi-Fi
4 2 (4.76%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (7.14%) Azure SQL Database
1 3 (7.14%) SQL Server
2 2 (4.76%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (4.76%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1 (2.38%) Git (software)
1 1 (2.38%) Jenkins
1 1 (2.38%) Vagrant
General
1 8 (19.05%) Finance
2 6 (14.29%) Legal
Job Titles
1 19 (45.24%) Consultant
2 9 (21.43%) Technical Consultant
3 8 (19.05%) Cloud Consultant
3 8 (19.05%) Security Manager
4 6 (14.29%) Project Manager
4 6 (14.29%) VMware Engineer
5 5 (11.90%) Active Directory Consultant
5 5 (11.90%) AWS Consultant
5 5 (11.90%) AWS Engineer
5 5 (11.90%) Cloud Engineer
5 5 (11.90%) CRM Consultant
5 5 (11.90%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
5 5 (11.90%) Microsoft Consultant
5 5 (11.90%) Microsoft CRM Consultant
5 5 (11.90%) Security Project Manager
5 5 (11.90%) Technical Engineer
5 5 (11.90%) VMware Consultant
5 5 (11.90%) VMware Technical Consultant
6 4 (9.52%) Azure Consultant
6 4 (9.52%) Office 365 Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (16.67%) .NET
2 5 (11.90%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 7 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (14.29%) Management Information System
3 5 (11.90%) Public Cloud
4 3 (7.14%) Computer Science
4 3 (7.14%) Data Centre
5 1 (2.38%) Replication
5 1 (2.38%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 5 (11.90%) Windows
2 3 (7.14%) Linux
3 2 (4.76%) Windows Server
4 1 (2.38%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (26.19%) Change Management
2 8 (19.05%) Runbook
3 7 (16.67%) Risk Management
4 6 (14.29%) GAP Analysis
4 6 (14.29%) ITIL
4 6 (14.29%) Problem Management
4 6 (14.29%) Time Management
4 6 (14.29%) Use Case
4 6 (14.29%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 5 (11.90%) Configuration Management
5 5 (11.90%) CRM
5 5 (11.90%) Incident Management
5 5 (11.90%) Information Security
5 5 (11.90%) Information Security Management
5 5 (11.90%) Mentoring
5 5 (11.90%) PRINCE2
5 5 (11.90%) Project Governance
5 5 (11.90%) Project Management
5 5 (11.90%) Project Planning
5 5 (11.90%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (19.05%) SQL
2 7 (16.67%) C#
3 4 (9.52%) PowerShell
4 1 (2.38%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 6 (14.29%) Security Cleared
2 5 (11.90%) PMI Certification
2 5 (11.90%) PMP
2 5 (11.90%) SC Cleared
3 3 (7.14%) CISA
3 3 (7.14%) CISM
3 3 (7.14%) CISSP
3 3 (7.14%) GIAC
4 2 (4.76%) MCSE
4 2 (4.76%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (2.38%) BC Cleared
5 1 (2.38%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (9.52%) Data Quality
2 3 (7.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (2.38%) SLA
System Software
1 7 (16.67%) Active Directory
1 7 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
2 5 (11.90%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (4.76%) VMware NSX
4 1 (2.38%) Docker
4 1 (2.38%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 5 (11.90%) vRealize
2 3 (7.14%) SCOM
3 2 (4.76%) ArcSight ESM
3 2 (4.76%) SCCM
4 1 (2.38%) Ansible
Vendors
1 13 (30.95%) Microsoft
2 8 (19.05%) VMware
3 3 (7.14%) ArcSight
3 3 (7.14%) Cisco
4 2 (4.76%) Aruba
4 2 (4.76%) HP
4 2 (4.76%) Nokia
4 2 (4.76%) Oracle
5 1 (2.38%) Citrix
5 1 (2.38%) Juniper
5 1 (2.38%) McAfee