The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Reference Data in contract job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Reference Data over the 3 months to 28 March 2017 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.

Reference Data
UK
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 491 491 481
Rank change year-on-year 0 -10  
Contract jobs citing Reference Data 117 150 161
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.26% 0.28% 0.30%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.81% 0.90% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 98 98
Median daily rate £518 £500 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.50% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £298 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £495 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +13.14% +2.94%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £32.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £32.50

Reference Data is in the generic IT skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills.

Generic IT Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 14408 16675 16347
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 31.96% 31.12% 30.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 9314 10891 9856
Median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 535 564 695
Median hourly rate £22.50 £22.84 £18.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.46% +21.30%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.33 £12.50 £11.76
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £51.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.68 £27.22 £18.83
% change year-on-year -31.36% +44.56%  

Reference Data
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Reference Data in the UK

Reference Data
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Reference Data in the UK

Reference Data
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Reference Data over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Reference Data in the UK

Reference Data
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Reference Data in the UK

Reference Data
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Reference Data within the UK over the 3 months to 28 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 -2 111 £521 +4.25% 6
London +12 78 £525 -4.54% 6
City of London -1 18 £456 -23.95% 3
South East +15 12 £650 +44.44%
South West 0 9 £525 +94.44%
Scotland +26 6 £300 -11.76% 1
Surrey - 6 £525 -
Staines - 6 £525 -
East of England +2 5 £513 +7.89%
Dorset - 5 £510 -
Bournemouth - 4 £510 -
Edinburgh +23 3 - -
Bristol +3 3 £750 +177.77%
Canary Wharf - 3 £575 -
Middlesex - 3 - -
North West +24 2 £450 +5.88%
Suffolk 0 2 - -
Northamptonshire -2 2 £338 -32.50%
Ipswich -5 2 - -
Northampton -6 2 £338 -32.50%
East Midlands -13 2 £338 -32.50%
Glasgow - 2 £300 - 1
Southampton - 2 £655 -
Hampshire - 2 £655 -
Essex - 2 £526 -
Berkshire +19 1 - -
West Midlands +5 1 £363 -23.68%
Docklands, London -2 1 - -
Birmingham -7 1 £363 -23.68%
Gloucestershire - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Reference Data 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 Reference Data.

1 90 (34.62%) Data Modelling
2 89 (34.23%) Finance
3 85 (32.69%) Data Management
4 64 (24.62%) Banking
5 58 (22.31%) Data Architecture
6 50 (19.23%) ETL
7 49 (18.85%) Data Quality
8 47 (18.08%) SQL
8 47 (18.08%) Agile Software Development
9 40 (15.38%) Data Governance
10 39 (15.00%) Data Integration
10 39 (15.00%) Oracle
11 36 (13.85%) Investment Banking
12 34 (13.08%) Hadoop
13 33 (12.69%) Analytical Skills
13 33 (12.69%) SDLC
13 33 (12.69%) Big Data
14 32 (12.31%) Data Analysis
15 31 (11.92%) Master Data Management
16 30 (11.54%) KYC
17 29 (11.15%) Java
18 27 (10.38%) Business Analysis
18 27 (10.38%) Stakeholder Management
18 27 (10.38%) Splunk
18 27 (10.38%) Reference Data Management
19 26 (10.00%) Security Cleared
20 25 (9.62%) Business Intelligence
21 24 (9.23%) SQL Server
21 24 (9.23%) XML
21 24 (9.23%) Data Warehouse

Reference Data
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 (2.31%) Apache Spark
2 5 (1.92%) Apache Solr
3 4 (1.54%) Elasticsearch
3 4 (1.54%) SAS
3 4 (1.54%) SharePoint
3 4 (1.54%) Tomcat
4 3 (1.15%) Apache
4 3 (1.15%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 2 (0.77%) Confluence
6 1 (0.38%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.38%) Drupal
6 1 (0.38%) JBoss
6 1 (0.38%) MQSeries
6 1 (0.38%) Oracle Workflow
6 1 (0.38%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 17 (6.54%) MS Excel
2 8 (3.08%) MS Office
2 8 (3.08%) MS PowerPoint
3 5 (1.92%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.77%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 7 (2.69%) Oracle Financials
2 5 (1.92%) Markit EDM
2 5 (1.92%) thinkFolio
3 1 (0.38%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.38%) Endur
3 1 (0.38%) Findur
3 1 (0.38%) IntelliMatch
3 1 (0.38%) Oracle Assets
3 1 (0.38%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.38%) PolarLake
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.15%) Amazon AWS
1 3 (1.15%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.77%) IaaS
2 2 (0.77%) PaaS
2 2 (0.77%) Slack
2 2 (0.77%) SuccessFactors
2 2 (0.77%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 6 (2.31%) Network Security
2 4 (1.54%) SNA
3 2 (0.77%) OpenLDAP
3 2 (0.77%) PuTTY
4 1 (0.38%) DSL
4 1 (0.38%) FTP
4 1 (0.38%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (13.08%) Hadoop
2 33 (12.69%) Big Data
3 24 (9.23%) Data Warehouse
3 24 (9.23%) HBase
3 24 (9.23%) SQL Server
4 20 (7.69%) MongoDB
5 15 (5.77%) Apache Hive
6 13 (5.00%) Oracle Database
7 12 (4.62%) Neo4j
7 12 (4.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 10 (3.85%) Data Mart
9 7 (2.69%) Data Lake
10 6 (2.31%) BusinessObjects XI
10 6 (2.31%) Pentaho
10 6 (2.31%) Relational Database
10 6 (2.31%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 5 (1.92%) Apache Cassandra
11 5 (1.92%) NoSQL
11 5 (1.92%) Oracle OLAP
11 5 (1.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 6 (2.31%) ERwin
2 5 (1.92%) JUnit
2 5 (1.92%) Talend Open Studio
3 4 (1.54%) JIRA
3 4 (1.54%) MagicDraw
3 4 (1.54%) Subversion
4 3 (1.15%) JMeter
4 3 (1.15%) Maven
4 3 (1.15%) Selenium
4 3 (1.15%) SpecFlow
5 2 (0.77%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.77%) Mockito
5 2 (0.77%) Oracle APEX
5 2 (0.77%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (0.77%) TeamCity
5 2 (0.77%) WebDriver
6 1 (0.38%) ClearCase
6 1 (0.38%) Cucumber
6 1 (0.38%) Eclipse
6 1 (0.38%) Toad
General
1 89 (34.23%) Finance
2 64 (24.62%) Banking
3 36 (13.85%) Investment Banking
4 13 (5.00%) Legal
4 13 (5.00%) Retail
5 10 (3.85%) Front Office
6 9 (3.46%) Marketing
7 8 (3.08%) Back Office
8 5 (1.92%) Financial Institution
8 5 (1.92%) General Ledger
8 5 (1.92%) German Language
9 3 (1.15%) Telecoms
10 2 (0.77%) Billing
10 2 (0.77%) Law
10 2 (0.77%) Publishing
10 2 (0.77%) Retail Banking
10 2 (0.77%) Wholesale Banking
11 1 (0.38%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 92 (35.38%) Analyst
2 71 (27.31%) Architect
3 58 (22.31%) Business Analyst
4 51 (19.62%) Data Architect
5 37 (14.23%) Data Business Analyst
6 34 (13.08%) Developer
7 33 (12.69%) Data Analyst
8 24 (9.23%) Reference Data Analyst
8 24 (9.23%) Reference Data Business Analyst
9 11 (4.23%) Designer
9 11 (4.23%) Project Manager
10 10 (3.85%) Data Cleansing Analyst
10 10 (3.85%) Java Developer
11 9 (3.46%) DBA
11 9 (3.46%) Oracle DBA
11 9 (3.46%) Oracle Developer
11 9 (3.46%) Technical Architect
12 8 (3.08%) Banking Analyst
12 8 (3.08%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
12 8 (3.08%) Python Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (9.23%) XML
2 13 (5.00%) HTML
3 10 (3.85%) HTML5
4 9 (3.46%) Middleware
5 8 (3.08%) FIX Protocol
5 8 (3.08%) FpML
5 8 (3.08%) REST
5 8 (3.08%) SOAP
5 8 (3.08%) Spring
5 8 (3.08%) XSD
6 7 (2.69%) .NET
6 7 (2.69%) AngularJS
6 7 (2.69%) XSLT
7 6 (2.31%) CSS
7 6 (2.31%) Lucene
8 5 (1.92%) CSS3
9 4 (1.54%) D3.js
9 4 (1.54%) Django
9 4 (1.54%) GraphX
9 4 (1.54%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 33 (12.69%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (8.85%) Management Information System
3 21 (8.08%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 20 (7.69%) Fixed Income
5 19 (7.31%) Data Structures
5 19 (7.31%) Equities
6 16 (6.15%) Derivative
7 13 (5.00%) Cyber Defence
7 13 (5.00%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 11 (4.23%) Taxonomies
9 7 (2.69%) Algorithms
10 6 (2.31%) Security Operations Centre
11 5 (1.92%) Credit Risk
12 3 (1.15%) Contactless
12 3 (1.15%) Data Centre
12 3 (1.15%) Data Protection Act
12 3 (1.15%) Fintech
12 3 (1.15%) User Experience
13 2 (0.77%) Pricing Data
13 2 (0.77%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 15 (5.77%) Unix
2 7 (2.69%) Linux
3 6 (2.31%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 90 (34.62%) Data Modelling
2 85 (32.69%) Data Management
3 58 (22.31%) Data Architecture
4 50 (19.23%) ETL
5 47 (18.08%) Agile Software Development
6 40 (15.38%) Data Governance
7 39 (15.00%) Data Integration
8 33 (12.69%) SDLC
9 32 (12.31%) Data Analysis
10 31 (11.92%) Master Data Management
11 30 (11.54%) KYC
12 27 (10.38%) Business Analysis
12 27 (10.38%) Reference Data Management
12 27 (10.38%) Stakeholder Management
13 25 (9.62%) Business Intelligence
14 24 (9.23%) Analytics
15 23 (8.85%) Project Management
16 22 (8.46%) Data Cleansing
17 19 (7.31%) TOGAF
18 17 (6.54%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 47 (18.08%) SQL
2 29 (11.15%) Java
3 12 (4.62%) C#
4 11 (4.23%) JavaScript
5 9 (3.46%) Python
6 6 (2.31%) PL/SQL
7 5 (1.92%) Scala
8 3 (1.15%) PHP
9 2 (0.77%) C
9 2 (0.77%) Shell Script
9 2 (0.77%) SPARQL
10 1 (0.38%) C++
10 1 (0.38%) COBOL
10 1 (0.38%) Delphi
10 1 (0.38%) Kotlin
10 1 (0.38%) VB
10 1 (0.38%) VBA
Qualifications
1 26 (10.00%) Security Cleared
2 22 (8.46%) SC Cleared
3 5 (1.92%) Degree
4 3 (1.15%) ISTQB
4 3 (1.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.38%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (0.38%) Brainbench
5 1 (0.38%) CTC Cleared
5 1 (0.38%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.38%) ISEB
5 1 (0.38%) PMI Certification
5 1 (0.38%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (18.85%) Data Quality
2 21 (8.08%) QA
3 19 (7.31%) FATCA
4 18 (6.92%) MiFID
5 14 (5.38%) PCI DSS
6 13 (5.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 10 (3.85%) EMIR
8 8 (3.08%) Dodd-Frank
9 4 (1.54%) Disclosure Scotland
9 4 (1.54%) Solvency II
10 2 (0.77%) Basel II
10 2 (0.77%) Basel III
10 2 (0.77%) COBIT
10 2 (0.77%) PMO
10 2 (0.77%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (1.54%) Docker
2 1 (0.38%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 13 (5.00%) McAfee ePO
2 2 (0.77%) Kubernetes
2 2 (0.77%) Nagios
3 1 (0.38%) Ansible
3 1 (0.38%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.38%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.38%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 1 (0.38%) Puppet
Vendors
1 39 (15.00%) Oracle
2 27 (10.38%) Splunk
3 18 (6.92%) Informatica
4 13 (5.00%) Intel Security
4 13 (5.00%) VMware
5 12 (4.62%) Cloudera
5 12 (4.62%) MapR
5 12 (4.62%) Nuix
6 11 (4.23%) Microsoft
7 8 (3.08%) GoldenSource
8 7 (2.69%) Fidessa
9 6 (2.31%) Bloomberg
10 5 (1.92%) Reuters
10 5 (1.92%) Talend
11 2 (0.77%) Ab Initio
11 2 (0.77%) Tableau
11 2 (0.77%) TIBCO
12 1 (0.38%) Capita
12 1 (0.38%) Google
12 1 (0.38%) ION Trading
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