Period
to 17 August 2018

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 6 months to 17 August 2018 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
6 months to
17 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 692 592 644
Rank change year-on-year -100 +52 -59
Contract jobs citing Reference Data 206 272 256
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.28% 0.24%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.59% 0.83% 0.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 131 177 187
UK median daily rate £523 £545 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.13% +3.81% +5.00%
10th Percentile £313 £388 £321
90th Percentile £650 £688 £688
UK excluding London median daily rate £523 £500 £460
% change year-on-year +4.50% +8.70% -3.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
UK median hourly rate - £140.00 £57.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +142.42% +77.69%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £15.50

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

All Generic IT Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 35,131 32,717 37,266
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 34.09% 34.18% 34.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,761 21,330 24,372
UK median daily rate £470 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% +5.88% +4.94%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £250
90th Percentile £656 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,065 1,040 1,248
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £20.50 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.88% - +9.33%
10th Percentile £12.23 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £47.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £19.63 £20.50
% change year-on-year +1.91% -4.27% +13.89%

Reference Data
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 6 months to 17 August 2018.

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 15 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 6 months to 17 August 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 -106 186 £523 -4.13% 25
London -84 115 £523 -5.00% 15
UK excluding London -26 91 £523 +4.50% 13
South East -6 24 £500 +25.00% 2
North of England -24 21 £520 -0.95% 1
East of England -10 17 £550 +10.00% 2
Scotland -36 15 £550 +56.03% 2
Yorkshire -21 12 £520 -4.59%
North West -8 7 £438 -14.63% 1
South West -16 5 £575 +12.75% 2
Wales -9 4 £420 -26.96%
Midlands -10 4 £425 +6.25% 3
West Midlands -18 4 £425 +17.24% 2
North East - 2 £625 -
Northern Ireland +27 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 17 August 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Reference Data 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 Reference Data.

1 75 (36.41%) Data Modelling
2 70 (33.98%) Data Quality
3 68 (33.01%) Finance
4 66 (32.04%) Data Management
5 60 (29.13%) Data Architecture
6 58 (28.16%) SQL
7 46 (22.33%) Migration
8 42 (20.39%) Oracle
9 40 (19.42%) Analytics
10 36 (17.48%) Data Migration
10 36 (17.48%) Analytical Skills
11 35 (16.99%) Reference Data Management
12 34 (16.50%) Data Analysis
12 34 (16.50%) Data Integration
13 33 (16.02%) Banking
14 31 (15.05%) Metadata Management
15 30 (14.56%) ETL
16 29 (14.08%) XML
16 29 (14.08%) Agile Software Development
17 26 (12.62%) SQL Server
17 26 (12.62%) Problem-Solving
18 25 (12.14%) Data Warehouse
18 25 (12.14%) Data Mapping
18 25 (12.14%) Visualisation
19 24 (11.65%) Java
20 23 (11.17%) Python
20 23 (11.17%) Business Intelligence
21 22 (10.68%) Front Office
21 22 (10.68%) Data Governance
22 21 (10.19%) Derivative

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 7 (3.40%) Elasticsearch
2 6 (2.91%) SharePoint
3 3 (1.46%) CMS
4 2 (0.97%) SAS
5 1 (0.49%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.49%) IBM Domino
5 1 (0.49%) IBM Notes
5 1 (0.49%) JBoss
Applications
1 20 (9.71%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (0.97%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (3.40%) AquaLogic BPM
1 7 (3.40%) Oracle BPM
2 6 (2.91%) SAP HR
3 4 (1.94%) Unit4 Business World
4 3 (1.46%) Workday HCM
5 2 (0.97%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 1 (0.49%) Infor SunSystems
6 1 (0.49%) Markit EDM
6 1 (0.49%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.49%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.49%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 8 (3.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (3.40%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (1.94%) G Suite
3 4 (1.94%) GitHub
3 4 (1.94%) Google Cloud Platform
4 3 (1.46%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (1.46%) Azure Data Factory
5 2 (0.97%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 2 (0.97%) AWS CloudTrail
5 2 (0.97%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 1 (0.49%) Amazon Glacier
6 1 (0.49%) Amazon Kinesis
6 1 (0.49%) Azure Machine Learning
6 1 (0.49%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
6 1 (0.49%) IaaS
6 1 (0.49%) PaaS
6 1 (0.49%) SaaS
6 1 (0.49%) Slack
6 1 (0.49%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 6 (2.91%) FIX Connectivity
2 3 (1.46%) DNS
2 3 (1.46%) FTP
2 3 (1.46%) HTTP
2 3 (1.46%) SMS
2 3 (1.46%) X.509
3 2 (0.97%) Intranet
4 1 (0.49%) Firewall
4 1 (0.49%) SNA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (12.62%) SQL Server
2 25 (12.14%) Data Warehouse
3 15 (7.28%) Oracle Database
3 15 (7.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 11 (5.34%) Big Data
4 11 (5.34%) NoSQL
5 10 (4.85%) QlikView
6 8 (3.88%) PostgreSQL
6 8 (3.88%) Power BI
6 8 (3.88%) Relational Database
7 6 (2.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 5 (2.43%) MS Access
8 5 (2.43%) RDBMS
9 4 (1.94%) Apache Cassandra
9 4 (1.94%) Bigtable
9 4 (1.94%) Blockchain
9 4 (1.94%) Data Lake
9 4 (1.94%) Data Mining
9 4 (1.94%) MongoDB
9 4 (1.94%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 11 (5.34%) JIRA
2 10 (4.85%) Subversion
2 10 (4.85%) Visual Studio
3 5 (2.43%) Maven
4 4 (1.94%) Visual Studio Team System
5 3 (1.46%) ERwin
5 3 (1.46%) PowerDesigner
5 3 (1.46%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (0.97%) Zephyr
7 1 (0.49%) Ant
7 1 (0.49%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 1 (0.49%) ER Studio
7 1 (0.49%) FitNesse
7 1 (0.49%) jMock
7 1 (0.49%) JUnit
General
1 68 (33.01%) Finance
2 33 (16.02%) Banking
3 22 (10.68%) Front Office
4 15 (7.28%) Publishing
5 8 (3.88%) Investment Banking
6 3 (1.46%) Legal
7 2 (0.97%) Back Office
7 2 (0.97%) Financial Institution
7 2 (0.97%) Marketing
7 2 (0.97%) Retail
7 2 (0.97%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.49%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 68 (33.01%) Architect
2 58 (28.16%) Analyst
3 42 (20.39%) Data Architect
4 36 (17.48%) Developer
5 35 (16.99%) Data Analyst
6 18 (8.74%) Technical Architect
7 14 (6.80%) Java Developer
8 12 (5.83%) Business Analyst
9 9 (4.37%) Data Migration Developer
9 9 (4.37%) SQL Analyst
9 9 (4.37%) SQL Data Analyst
10 8 (3.88%) Solutions Architect
11 7 (3.40%) Data Manager
11 7 (3.40%) Oracle Developer
12 6 (2.91%) Consultant
12 6 (2.91%) ETL Developer
12 6 (2.91%) Oracle ETL Developer
12 6 (2.91%) PostgreSQL Developer
12 6 (2.91%) SQL Developer
12 6 (2.91%) SQL Server Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (14.08%) XML
2 9 (4.37%) FIX Protocol
3 8 (3.88%) .NET
3 8 (3.88%) Hibernate
3 8 (3.88%) Spring
4 7 (3.40%) Apache Camel
4 7 (3.40%) Apache MINA
4 7 (3.40%) JMS
4 7 (3.40%) SOAP
4 7 (3.40%) XSD
5 6 (2.91%) XML Schema
6 4 (1.94%) JSON
6 4 (1.94%) Lucene
6 4 (1.94%) Middleware
6 4 (1.94%) Web Services
6 4 (1.94%) XSLT
7 3 (1.46%) DAO
7 3 (1.46%) J2EE
7 3 (1.46%) LDAP
7 3 (1.46%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 36 (17.48%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (10.19%) Derivative
3 13 (6.31%) Taxonomies
4 11 (5.34%) Data Structures
5 10 (4.85%) Management Information System
5 10 (4.85%) NHS
5 10 (4.85%) Self-Motivation
6 8 (3.88%) Algorithms
7 7 (3.40%) Equity Derivative
8 4 (1.94%) Computer Science
8 4 (1.94%) Data Centre
8 4 (1.94%) Fixed Income
8 4 (1.94%) Reinsurance
9 3 (1.46%) N-Tier
9 3 (1.46%) OTC Derivatives
9 3 (1.46%) User Experience
10 2 (0.97%) Fintech
10 2 (0.97%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 2 (0.97%) Virtual Team
11 1 (0.49%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 6 (2.91%) Linux
2 2 (0.97%) Unix
3 1 (0.49%) CentOS
3 1 (0.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (36.41%) Data Modelling
2 66 (32.04%) Data Management
3 60 (29.13%) Data Architecture
4 46 (22.33%) Migration
5 40 (19.42%) Analytics
6 36 (17.48%) Data Migration
7 35 (16.99%) Reference Data Management
8 34 (16.50%) Data Analysis
8 34 (16.50%) Data Integration
9 31 (15.05%) Metadata Management
10 30 (14.56%) ETL
11 29 (14.08%) Agile Software Development
12 26 (12.62%) Problem-Solving
13 25 (12.14%) Data Mapping
13 25 (12.14%) Visualisation
14 23 (11.17%) Business Intelligence
15 22 (10.68%) Data Governance
16 20 (9.71%) Data Strategy
16 20 (9.71%) Stakeholder Management
17 15 (7.28%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 58 (28.16%) SQL
2 24 (11.65%) Java
3 23 (11.17%) Python
4 20 (9.71%) C#
5 10 (4.85%) PL/SQL
5 10 (4.85%) R
5 10 (4.85%) VBA
5 10 (4.85%) XPath
6 8 (3.88%) MATLAB
7 6 (2.91%) VB
8 5 (2.43%) T-SQL
9 3 (1.46%) C++
9 3 (1.46%) JavaScript
10 1 (0.49%) Scala
10 1 (0.49%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 20 (9.71%) Security Cleared
2 16 (7.77%) SC Cleared
3 12 (5.83%) Degree
4 4 (1.94%) DBS Check
5 3 (1.46%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (0.97%) CEH
7 1 (0.49%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (0.49%) MBA
7 1 (0.49%) Six Sigma Black Belt
7 1 (0.49%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 70 (33.98%) Data Quality
2 9 (4.37%) HL7
3 8 (3.88%) GDPR
4 3 (1.46%) ISO 20022
4 3 (1.46%) MiFID
4 3 (1.46%) QA
5 2 (0.97%) SLA
6 1 (0.49%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 4 (1.94%) Virtual Machines
2 3 (1.46%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.49%) Apache Flume
3 1 (0.49%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (1.46%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 42 (20.39%) Oracle
2 12 (5.83%) SAP
3 10 (4.85%) Tableau
4 7 (3.40%) Talend
5 6 (2.91%) Fidessa
5 6 (2.91%) Microsoft
5 6 (2.91%) Workday
6 5 (2.43%) Google
7 4 (1.94%) Informatica
7 4 (1.94%) ServiceNow
7 4 (1.94%) Siebel
8 3 (1.46%) Alteryx
9 2 (0.97%) AlienVault
9 2 (0.97%) GoldenSource
9 2 (0.97%) IBM
9 2 (0.97%) Teradata
10 1 (0.49%) Ab Initio
10 1 (0.49%) Bloomberg
10 1 (0.49%) Salesforce.com
10 1 (0.49%) VMware