Period
to 24 February 2020

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 24 February 2020 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
24 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 558 688 702
Rank change year-on-year +130 +14 -89
Contract jobs citing Reference Data 168 200 189
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.25% 0.21% 0.19%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.78% 0.64% 0.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 110 138 120
UK median daily rate £543 £550 £524
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.31% +5.01% -0.24%
10th Percentile £362 £413 £313
90th Percentile £782 £691 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £469 £500 £425
% change year-on-year -6.11% +17.65% -16.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
UK median hourly rate - £22.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £22.00 -

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 21,424 31,104 33,092
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 31.60% 31.91% 32.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,417 20,287 21,946
UK median daily rate £463 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.63% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £234 £275 £260
90th Percentile £675 £660 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 970 1,008 1,009
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £20.72 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.83% -3.63% +10.26%
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.85 £11.62
90th Percentile £53.00 £48.75 £49.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £20.66
% change year-on-year +7.50% -3.17% +12.41%

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 24 February 2020.

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 13 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 24 February 2020. 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 +136 155 £550 - 24
London +142 96 £588 +2.17% 17
UK excluding London +80 71 £469 -6.11% 7
South East +55 15 £397 -20.70% 3
Midlands +65 13 £373 +20.16%
East Midlands +47 13 £373 +20.16%
South West +24 13 £543 +17.36%
East of England +21 10 £513 -6.82% 2
North of England +67 8 £360 -28.00% 2
North West +45 8 £360 -28.00% 2
Scotland +8 6 £500 +5.26%
Wales +24 3 £450 -43.31%
Northern Ireland +13 3 £490 -

For the 6 months to 24 February 2020, 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 63 (37.50%) Data Management
2 60 (35.71%) Finance
2 60 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
3 58 (34.52%) Data Modelling
4 49 (29.17%) SQL
4 49 (29.17%) Front Office
5 48 (28.57%) Data Quality
6 47 (27.98%) Data Architecture
7 46 (27.38%) AWS
7 46 (27.38%) Fixed Income
8 45 (26.79%) Python
9 41 (24.40%) Asset Management
10 40 (23.81%) Web Services
11 39 (23.21%) ETL
12 38 (22.62%) Java
13 35 (20.83%) Mentoring
14 33 (19.64%) Derivative
15 32 (19.05%) Analytics
15 32 (19.05%) Reference Data Management
16 31 (18.45%) Relational Database
17 29 (17.26%) Amazon RDS
18 27 (16.07%) Software Engineering
18 27 (16.07%) Business Intelligence
19 26 (15.48%) Data Warehouse
19 26 (15.48%) Data Governance
20 24 (14.29%) Hedge funds
20 24 (14.29%) RDBMS
20 24 (14.29%) JavaScript
21 23 (13.69%) C++
21 23 (13.69%) J2EE

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 12 (7.14%) Confluence
2 8 (4.76%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (0.60%) CMS
3 1 (0.60%) Headless CMS
3 1 (0.60%) Mule
3 1 (0.60%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.60%) WebSphere
Applications
1 5 (2.98%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.19%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.60%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.60%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 22 (13.10%) Markit EDM
2 13 (7.74%) PolarLake
3 9 (5.36%) Eagle PACE
3 9 (5.36%) SimCorp Dimension
4 6 (3.57%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 4 (2.38%) SAP MDG
6 2 (1.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 1 (0.60%) Dynamics CRM
7 1 (0.60%) Maximo
7 1 (0.60%) Oracle Assets
7 1 (0.60%) Oracle Cash Management
7 1 (0.60%) Oracle FAH
7 1 (0.60%) Oracle Payables
7 1 (0.60%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 1 (0.60%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 46 (27.38%) AWS
2 20 (11.90%) Amazon S3
3 9 (5.36%) Azure
4 8 (4.76%) Power Platform
5 3 (1.79%) Azure Data Factory
5 3 (1.79%) GCP
6 2 (1.19%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (1.19%) Amazon ECS
6 2 (1.19%) AWS CloudFormation
6 2 (1.19%) AWS Lambda
6 2 (1.19%) Serverless
7 1 (0.60%) IaaS
7 1 (0.60%) Office 365
7 1 (0.60%) PaaS
7 1 (0.60%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.19%) AMQP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (18.45%) Relational Database
2 29 (17.26%) Amazon RDS
3 26 (15.48%) Data Warehouse
4 24 (14.29%) RDBMS
5 22 (13.10%) Amazon Athena
5 22 (13.10%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 13 (7.74%) Hadoop
6 13 (7.74%) MySQL
7 12 (7.14%) Data Lake
7 12 (7.14%) Pentaho
8 11 (6.55%) SQL Server
9 8 (4.76%) Power BI
10 7 (4.17%) Amazon Aurora
10 7 (4.17%) Data Mart
11 6 (3.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 5 (2.98%) NoSQL
12 5 (2.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 4 (2.38%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
14 3 (1.79%) Azure SQL Database
14 3 (1.79%) Cosmos DB
Development Applications
1 18 (10.71%) JIRA
2 4 (2.38%) Jenkins
3 3 (1.79%) ER Studio
4 2 (1.19%) ERwin
4 2 (1.19%) PowerDesigner
4 2 (1.19%) Sonatype Nexus
4 2 (1.19%) TeamCity
4 2 (1.19%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.60%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.60%) JConsole
5 1 (0.60%) JProfiler
5 1 (0.60%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 1 (0.60%) VisualVM
General
1 60 (35.71%) Finance
2 49 (29.17%) Front Office
3 13 (7.74%) Back Office
4 12 (7.14%) Banking
5 5 (2.98%) Investment Banking
5 5 (2.98%) Legal
6 4 (2.38%) Pharmaceutical
6 4 (2.38%) Public Sector
7 3 (1.79%) Retail
8 2 (1.19%) Financial Institution
8 2 (1.19%) Marketing
9 1 (0.60%) Advertising
9 1 (0.60%) Billing
9 1 (0.60%) Electronics
9 1 (0.60%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.60%) Publishing
9 1 (0.60%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 61 (36.31%) Architect
2 48 (28.57%) Analyst
3 38 (22.62%) Solutions Architect
4 36 (21.43%) Data Analyst
5 35 (20.83%) Developer
6 20 (11.90%) Data Architect
7 12 (7.14%) Lead Architect
7 12 (7.14%) Software Engineer
8 11 (6.55%) Business Analyst
8 11 (6.55%) Developer/Software Engineer
8 11 (6.55%) Java Developer
9 9 (5.36%) Lead Developer
9 9 (5.36%) Lead Solutions Architect
10 8 (4.76%) SQL Developer
11 7 (4.17%) AWS Developer
11 7 (4.17%) AWS Engineer
11 7 (4.17%) AWS Software Engineer
11 7 (4.17%) Java Engineer
11 7 (4.17%) Java Software Developer
11 7 (4.17%) Java Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (23.81%) Web Services
2 23 (13.69%) J2EE
2 23 (13.69%) XML
3 22 (13.10%) .NET
4 20 (11.90%) Node.js
4 20 (11.90%) React
5 12 (7.14%) JDBC
5 12 (7.14%) Kafka
6 9 (5.36%) Protocol Buffers
7 7 (4.17%) gRPC
7 7 (4.17%) JSON
8 3 (1.79%) CSS
8 3 (1.79%) HTML
8 3 (1.79%) JMS
8 3 (1.79%) REST
8 3 (1.79%) SOAP
8 3 (1.79%) XML Messaging
8 3 (1.79%) XSD
9 2 (1.19%) GraphQL
10 1 (0.60%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 46 (27.38%) Fixed Income
2 33 (19.64%) Derivative
3 24 (14.29%) Hedge funds
4 23 (13.69%) Greenfield Project
5 21 (12.50%) Equities
6 13 (7.74%) Analytical Skills
6 13 (7.74%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 7 (4.17%) Data Structures
8 6 (3.57%) Management Information System
9 4 (2.38%) Credit Derivative
10 3 (1.79%) Credit Risk
11 2 (1.19%) Equity Derivative
11 2 (1.19%) Semantic Web
11 2 (1.19%) Taxonomies
12 1 (0.60%) CMDB
12 1 (0.60%) Pricing Data
12 1 (0.60%) Replication
12 1 (0.60%) Self-Motivation
12 1 (0.60%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 3 (1.79%) Linux
2 1 (0.60%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (37.50%) Data Management
2 60 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
3 58 (34.52%) Data Modelling
4 47 (27.98%) Data Architecture
5 41 (24.40%) Asset Management
6 39 (23.21%) ETL
7 35 (20.83%) Mentoring
8 32 (19.05%) Analytics
8 32 (19.05%) Reference Data Management
9 27 (16.07%) Business Intelligence
9 27 (16.07%) Software Engineering
10 26 (15.48%) Data Governance
11 21 (12.50%) Data Analysis
11 21 (12.50%) DevOps
12 19 (11.31%) Metadata Management
13 16 (9.52%) Data Integration
13 16 (9.52%) Migration
14 15 (8.93%) Logical Data Model
14 15 (8.93%) Master Data Management
15 14 (8.33%) Data Strategy
Programming Languages
1 49 (29.17%) SQL
2 45 (26.79%) Python
3 38 (22.62%) Java
4 24 (14.29%) JavaScript
5 23 (13.69%) C++
6 21 (12.50%) C#
7 19 (11.31%) R
8 4 (2.38%) Scala
9 2 (1.19%) ActionScript
9 2 (1.19%) ActionScript 2.0
9 2 (1.19%) Perl
9 2 (1.19%) SHACL
9 2 (1.19%) SPARQL
10 1 (0.60%) AWK
10 1 (0.60%) C
10 1 (0.60%) PowerShell
10 1 (0.60%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 14 (8.33%) Security Cleared
2 13 (7.74%) SC Cleared
3 5 (2.98%) Degree
4 3 (1.79%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (1.19%) APMP
5 2 (1.19%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.60%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (28.57%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.19%) GDPR
2 2 (1.19%) ISO 20022
2 2 (1.19%) PMO
2 2 (1.19%) QA
3 1 (0.60%) AIFMD
3 1 (0.60%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.60%) EMIR
3 1 (0.60%) UCITS
System Software
1 12 (7.14%) Apache Flume
2 2 (1.19%) Docker
3 1 (0.60%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 3 (1.79%) Terraform
2 1 (0.60%) Kibana
2 1 (0.60%) Kubernetes
2 1 (0.60%) Oracle Identity Management
2 1 (0.60%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 22 (13.10%) Microsoft
2 21 (12.50%) Oracle
3 14 (8.33%) Bloomberg
4 10 (5.95%) Charles River
4 10 (5.95%) SimCorp
5 9 (5.36%) Calypso
5 9 (5.36%) Tableau
6 8 (4.76%) GoldenSource
6 8 (4.76%) Reuters
7 7 (4.17%) SAP
8 6 (3.57%) Sparx
9 4 (2.38%) BiZZdesign
9 4 (2.38%) Informatica
9 4 (2.38%) Sybase
10 3 (1.79%) Databricks
10 3 (1.79%) Progress
11 2 (1.19%) CA Agile Central
11 2 (1.19%) Capita
11 2 (1.19%) Cloudera
11 2 (1.19%) Talend