Period
to 22 November 2017

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 November 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
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 844 827 888
Rank change year-on-year -17 +61 -126
Contract jobs citing Mercator 40 72 16
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.039% 0.068% 0.014%
As % of the Vendors category 0.091% 0.15% 0.033%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 5 1
UK median daily rate £400 £550 £465
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -27.27% +18.28% -2.11%
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 43983 47802 48849
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.63% 45.34% 43.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 27338 29209 28805
UK median daily rate £430 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.44% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £235 £240 £225
90th Percentile £625 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1473 1700 2082
UK median hourly rate £17.43 £16.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.64% -5.71% +6.06%
10th Percentile £10.59 £10.23 £10.25
90th Percentile £45.20 £45.00 £43.75
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 9 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 November 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 -16 40 £400 -27.27% 1
London -59 32 £400 -27.27% 1
UK excluding London +28 8 - -
Midlands +22 3 - -
South East +7 3 - -
East Midlands - 3 - -
North of England +71 1 - -
East of England -15 1 - -
Yorkshire - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 22 November 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 19 (47.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 13 (32.50%) SQL
3 12 (30.00%) Microsoft
4 10 (25.00%) Active Directory
4 10 (25.00%) Amazon AWS
5 9 (22.50%) Runbook
5 9 (22.50%) VMware Infrastructure
5 9 (22.50%) VMware
6 8 (20.00%) PowerShell
6 8 (20.00%) PaaS
6 8 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
6 8 (20.00%) Azure SQL Database
6 8 (20.00%) Skype for Business
6 8 (20.00%) Skype
6 8 (20.00%) Azure Active Directory
7 7 (17.50%) Office 365
7 7 (17.50%) vRealize
7 7 (17.50%) Virtual Machines
7 7 (17.50%) SCOM
7 7 (17.50%) SC Cleared
7 7 (17.50%) Security Cleared
8 6 (15.00%) nginx
8 6 (15.00%) DNS
8 6 (15.00%) Windows
8 6 (15.00%) Public Cloud
8 6 (15.00%) Windows Server
9 5 (12.50%) DevOps
9 5 (12.50%) Failover Clustering
9 5 (12.50%) Cisco
9 5 (12.50%) Reverse Proxy

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 8 (20.00%) Skype for Business
2 6 (15.00%) nginx
3 4 (10.00%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (2.50%) JBoss
4 1 (2.50%) WebLogic
Applications
1 3 (7.50%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (2.50%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (2.50%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 19 (47.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (25.00%) Amazon AWS
3 8 (20.00%) Azure Active Directory
3 8 (20.00%) PaaS
4 7 (17.50%) Office 365
5 3 (7.50%) IaaS
6 1 (2.50%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (20.00%) Skype
2 6 (15.00%) DNS
3 5 (12.50%) Reverse Proxy
4 4 (10.00%) Firewall
5 3 (7.50%) LAN
5 3 (7.50%) Network Security
5 3 (7.50%) WAN
5 3 (7.50%) Wi-Fi
5 3 (7.50%) Wireless
6 1 (2.50%) 4G
6 1 (2.50%) HTTP
6 1 (2.50%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (20.00%) Azure SQL Database
2 4 (10.00%) SQL Server
3 3 (7.50%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (7.50%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (2.50%) DB2
4 1 (2.50%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 3 (7.50%) Git (software)
1 3 (7.50%) Jenkins
1 3 (7.50%) Vagrant
2 1 (2.50%) JMeter
2 1 (2.50%) Selenium
2 1 (2.50%) SoapUI
2 1 (2.50%) XMLSpy
General
1 3 (7.50%) Legal
Job Titles
1 21 (52.50%) Consultant
2 17 (42.50%) Technical Consultant
3 13 (32.50%) Technical Engineer
4 10 (25.00%) Cloud Consultant
5 8 (20.00%) Azure Consultant
5 8 (20.00%) VMware Consultant
6 7 (17.50%) AWS Consultant
6 7 (17.50%) AWS Engineer
6 7 (17.50%) Cloud Engineer
6 7 (17.50%) Office 365 Consultant
6 7 (17.50%) VMware Engineer
6 7 (17.50%) VMware Technical Consultant
7 5 (12.50%) Server Consultant
7 5 (12.50%) Server Engineer
7 5 (12.50%) Windows Consultant
7 5 (12.50%) Windows Engineer
7 5 (12.50%) Windows Server Engineer
7 5 (12.50%) Windows Technical Consultant
8 4 (10.00%) Active Directory Consultant
8 4 (10.00%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (10.00%) .NET
2 2 (5.00%) Middleware
3 1 (2.50%) .NET Framework
3 1 (2.50%) HTML
3 1 (2.50%) OAuth
3 1 (2.50%) SAML
3 1 (2.50%) SOAP
3 1 (2.50%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 6 (15.00%) Public Cloud
2 2 (5.00%) Data Centre
3 1 (2.50%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.50%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 6 (15.00%) Windows
1 6 (15.00%) Windows Server
2 1 (2.50%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (22.50%) Runbook
2 8 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (12.50%) DevOps
4 4 (10.00%) Digital Transformation Programme
4 4 (10.00%) ETL
4 4 (10.00%) Migration
5 3 (7.50%) Analytics
5 3 (7.50%) Coaching
5 3 (7.50%) Collaborative Working
5 3 (7.50%) Continuous Delivery
5 3 (7.50%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (7.50%) Data Analytics
5 3 (7.50%) OSSTMM
5 3 (7.50%) OWASP
5 3 (7.50%) Penetration Testing
5 3 (7.50%) Scrum
5 3 (7.50%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 3 (7.50%) Vulnerability Management
6 2 (5.00%) ERP
6 2 (5.00%) Network Planning
Programming Languages
1 13 (32.50%) SQL
2 8 (20.00%) PowerShell
3 4 (10.00%) C#
4 1 (2.50%) Java
4 1 (2.50%) Python
4 1 (2.50%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 7 (17.50%) SC Cleared
1 7 (17.50%) Security Cleared
2 1 (2.50%) CCENT
2 1 (2.50%) CCNA
2 1 (2.50%) Cisco Certification
2 1 (2.50%) MCSA
2 1 (2.50%) MCSE
2 1 (2.50%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (10.00%) Data Quality
2 2 (5.00%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (25.00%) Active Directory
2 9 (22.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (17.50%) Virtual Machines
4 3 (7.50%) Docker
5 1 (2.50%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 7 (17.50%) SCOM
1 7 (17.50%) vRealize
2 5 (12.50%) Failover Clustering
3 4 (10.00%) Ansible
4 1 (2.50%) Packer
4 1 (2.50%) Puppet
4 1 (2.50%) Terraform
Vendors
1 12 (30.00%) Microsoft
2 9 (22.50%) VMware
3 5 (12.50%) Cisco
4 3 (7.50%) CheckPoint
4 3 (7.50%) Juniper
5 2 (5.00%) Fortinet
6 1 (2.50%) Aruba
6 1 (2.50%) Dell
6 1 (2.50%) IBM
6 1 (2.50%) Nokia
6 1 (2.50%) Oracle