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 25 June 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
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 462 538 485
Rank change year-on-year +76 -53  
Contract jobs citing Reference Data 126 114 152
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.27% 0.21% 0.27%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.82% 0.65% 0.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 79 89 97
Median daily rate £550 £525 £510
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.76% +2.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £379 £358 £375
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £445 £475
% change year-on-year +6.74% -6.31%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £57.75 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £15.50 -

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 15365 17649 17726
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 33.20% 33.26% 31.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 9982 11571 11114
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 £275 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 485 579 649
Median hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +18.42%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.27 £12.50 £12.34
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.39 £46.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £23.00 £18.90
% change year-on-year +8.69% +21.69%  

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 25 June 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 25 June 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 +53 118 £550 - 21
London +13 83 £550 -4.34% 19
City of London +7 12 £550 +4.76% 1
South East +30 8 £370 -24.10%
South West +6 8 £450 +66.66%
Scotland +47 6 £353 +17.50%
West Yorkshire +26 6 £553 - 2
Yorkshire +24 6 £553 +57.85% 2
Leeds - 6 £553 - 1
Bristol -5 4 £600 +122.22%
East Midlands - 4 £513 -
Edinburgh +16 3 £375 +25.00%
Wiltshire +7 3 - -
Hampshire +7 3 £371 -12.70%
East of England -6 3 £500 -25.92%
Hertfordshire - 3 £500 -
Watford - 3 £500 -
North West +27 2 £525 -25.00%
West Midlands +21 2 - -
Berkshire +15 2 - -
Chesterfield - 2 £638 -
Corsham - 2 - -
Havant - 2 £372 -
Derbyshire - 2 £638 -
Nottinghamshire - 2 £390 -
Glasgow - 2 £300 -
Cheshire +26 1 £525 -25.00%
Manchester +15 1 - -
Surrey -3 1 - -
West Sussex - 1 £350 -

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 85 (35.56%) Finance
2 73 (30.54%) Data Management
3 70 (29.29%) Agile Software Development
4 68 (28.45%) Data Modelling
5 61 (25.52%) Data Quality
6 55 (23.01%) SQL
7 54 (22.59%) Banking
8 49 (20.50%) Data Architecture
9 48 (20.08%) Project Management
10 47 (19.67%) Big Data
10 47 (19.67%) Analytical Skills
11 44 (18.41%) Hadoop
12 43 (17.99%) Data Integration
12 43 (17.99%) ETL
13 42 (17.57%) Oracle
14 41 (17.15%) SDLC
15 36 (15.06%) Business Analysis
15 36 (15.06%) HBase
16 32 (13.39%) PRINCE2
16 32 (13.39%) Reference Data Management
17 29 (12.13%) Investment Banking
17 29 (12.13%) MiFID
18 28 (11.72%) Stakeholder Management
19 27 (11.30%) MongoDB
20 26 (10.88%) Java
20 26 (10.88%) Fixed Income
20 26 (10.88%) Migration
20 26 (10.88%) Equities
20 26 (10.88%) Data Analysis
20 26 (10.88%) TOGAF

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 (2.51%) Apache Spark
2 5 (2.09%) Apache Solr
3 4 (1.67%) SharePoint
4 3 (1.26%) CICS
4 3 (1.26%) Confluence
4 3 (1.26%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 3 (1.26%) SAS
5 2 (0.84%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (0.84%) MQSeries
6 1 (0.42%) DataSynapse
6 1 (0.42%) Drupal
6 1 (0.42%) Oracle Workflow
6 1 (0.42%) SharePoint Server
6 1 (0.42%) Tomcat
Applications
1 19 (7.95%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (2.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 6 (2.51%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (2.51%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.84%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.84%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (2.93%) Markit EDM
2 5 (2.09%) thinkFolio
3 4 (1.67%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.42%) IntelliMatch
4 1 (0.42%) Oracle Assets
4 1 (0.42%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.42%) ResourceLink
4 1 (0.42%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.84%) GitHub
1 2 (0.84%) SuccessFactors
2 1 (0.42%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.42%) Amazon S3
2 1 (0.42%) Amazon SQS
2 1 (0.42%) Dynamics 365
2 1 (0.42%) IaaS
2 1 (0.42%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.42%) PaaS
2 1 (0.42%) Slack
2 1 (0.42%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 2 (0.84%) PuTTY
1 2 (0.84%) SNA
2 1 (0.42%) DSL
2 1 (0.42%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (19.67%) Big Data
2 44 (18.41%) Hadoop
3 36 (15.06%) HBase
4 27 (11.30%) MongoDB
5 23 (9.62%) SQL Server
6 22 (9.21%) Apache Hive
7 20 (8.37%) Neo4j
8 16 (6.69%) Data Warehouse
8 16 (6.69%) Relational Database
9 11 (4.60%) Data Lake
10 8 (3.35%) DB2
10 8 (3.35%) RDBMS
11 6 (2.51%) NoSQL
11 6 (2.51%) Oracle Database
11 6 (2.51%) Pentaho
12 5 (2.09%) Apache Cassandra
12 5 (2.09%) OLAP
12 5 (2.09%) OLTP
12 5 (2.09%) Oracle OLAP
12 5 (2.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 7 (2.93%) JIRA
2 6 (2.51%) ERwin
3 4 (1.67%) JUnit
3 4 (1.67%) MagicDraw
3 4 (1.67%) Talend Open Studio
4 3 (1.26%) Maven
4 3 (1.26%) Selenium
4 3 (1.26%) SpecFlow
5 2 (0.84%) Jenkins
5 2 (0.84%) Oracle APEX
5 2 (0.84%) Subversion
5 2 (0.84%) WebDriver
6 1 (0.42%) Cucumber
6 1 (0.42%) Git (software)
6 1 (0.42%) JMeter
6 1 (0.42%) Mockito
6 1 (0.42%) Rational Rhapsody
6 1 (0.42%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.42%) TeamCity
6 1 (0.42%) Toad
General
1 85 (35.56%) Finance
2 54 (22.59%) Banking
3 29 (12.13%) Investment Banking
4 24 (10.04%) Legal
5 23 (9.62%) Front Office
6 10 (4.18%) Retail
7 9 (3.77%) Marketing
8 7 (2.93%) Back Office
8 7 (2.93%) Publishing
9 6 (2.51%) German Language
10 2 (0.84%) Billing
10 2 (0.84%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.84%) General Ledger
10 2 (0.84%) Law
10 2 (0.84%) Retail Banking
10 2 (0.84%) Telecoms
10 2 (0.84%) Wholesale Banking
11 1 (0.42%) Prime Brokerage
Job Titles
1 87 (36.40%) Analyst
2 59 (24.69%) Business Analyst
3 51 (21.34%) Architect
4 35 (14.64%) Data Architect
5 33 (13.81%) Data Analyst
6 29 (12.13%) Developer
7 28 (11.72%) Project Manager
8 19 (7.95%) Data Business Analyst
9 15 (6.28%) Reference Data Project Manager
10 13 (5.44%) Java Developer
11 12 (5.02%) Reference Data Analyst
12 11 (4.60%) Reference Data Business Analyst
12 11 (4.60%) Technical Architect
13 10 (4.18%) Senior Analyst
13 10 (4.18%) Senior Architect
13 10 (4.18%) Senior Business Analyst
13 10 (4.18%) Senior Data Architect
14 9 (3.77%) MiFID Business Analyst
15 8 (3.35%) Business Data Analyst
15 8 (3.35%) Data Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (5.44%) XML
2 9 (3.77%) Spring
3 8 (3.35%) Middleware
4 7 (2.93%) .NET
4 7 (2.93%) SOAP
5 6 (2.51%) J2EE
5 6 (2.51%) Lucene
5 6 (2.51%) Protocol Buffers
5 6 (2.51%) RabbitMQ
6 5 (2.09%) REST
7 4 (1.67%) FIX Protocol
7 4 (1.67%) Hibernate
7 4 (1.67%) HTML
7 4 (1.67%) JMS
8 3 (1.26%) FpML
8 3 (1.26%) HTML5
8 3 (1.26%) JSON
8 3 (1.26%) Node.js
8 3 (1.26%) Rendezvous
8 3 (1.26%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 47 (19.67%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (10.88%) Equities
2 26 (10.88%) Fixed Income
3 24 (10.04%) Data Structures
4 23 (9.62%) Derivative
4 23 (9.62%) Management Information System
5 16 (6.69%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 10 (4.18%) Fintech
7 9 (3.77%) Algorithms
7 9 (3.77%) Greenfield Project
8 7 (2.93%) OTC Derivatives
9 5 (2.09%) NHS
9 5 (2.09%) Taxonomies
10 4 (1.67%) Mainframe
10 4 (1.67%) N-Tier
11 3 (1.26%) Contactless
11 3 (1.26%) Data Centre
11 3 (1.26%) User Experience
12 2 (0.84%) Linked Data
12 2 (0.84%) Pricing Data
Operating Systems
1 21 (8.79%) Unix
2 10 (4.18%) Linux
2 10 (4.18%) Windows
3 1 (0.42%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (30.54%) Data Management
2 70 (29.29%) Agile Software Development
3 68 (28.45%) Data Modelling
4 49 (20.50%) Data Architecture
5 48 (20.08%) Project Management
6 43 (17.99%) Data Integration
6 43 (17.99%) ETL
7 41 (17.15%) SDLC
8 36 (15.06%) Business Analysis
9 32 (13.39%) PRINCE2
9 32 (13.39%) Reference Data Management
10 28 (11.72%) Stakeholder Management
11 26 (10.88%) Data Analysis
11 26 (10.88%) Migration
11 26 (10.88%) TOGAF
12 25 (10.46%) Business Intelligence
13 21 (8.79%) Data Migration
13 21 (8.79%) ITIL
14 20 (8.37%) Data Enrichment
15 19 (7.95%) Information Architecture
Programming Languages
1 55 (23.01%) SQL
2 26 (10.88%) Java
3 18 (7.53%) C#
4 6 (2.51%) PL/SQL
4 6 (2.51%) Python
4 6 (2.51%) T-SQL
5 5 (2.09%) JavaScript
6 4 (1.67%) COBOL
6 4 (1.67%) Shell Script
7 3 (1.26%) Scala
8 2 (0.84%) Perl
8 2 (0.84%) SPARQL
8 2 (0.84%) VBA
9 1 (0.42%) C
9 1 (0.42%) C++
9 1 (0.42%) Delphi
9 1 (0.42%) Kotlin
9 1 (0.42%) PHP
9 1 (0.42%) R
9 1 (0.42%) VB
Qualifications
1 22 (9.21%) Security Cleared
2 19 (7.95%) SC Cleared
3 8 (3.35%) Degree
4 3 (1.26%) ISTQB
4 3 (1.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (0.84%) DV Cleared
5 2 (0.84%) Master's Degree
5 2 (0.84%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 1 (0.42%) Brainbench
6 1 (0.42%) ISEB
6 1 (0.42%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (0.42%) MBA
6 1 (0.42%) PMI Certification
6 1 (0.42%) PMP
6 1 (0.42%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (25.52%) Data Quality
2 29 (12.13%) MiFID
3 22 (9.21%) QA
4 5 (2.09%) EMIR
4 5 (2.09%) PMO
5 4 (1.67%) Disclosure Scotland
5 4 (1.67%) Dodd-Frank
6 3 (1.26%) Basel II
6 3 (1.26%) Basel III
7 2 (0.84%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.84%) Solvency II
8 1 (0.42%) FATCA
8 1 (0.42%) FINREP
8 1 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.42%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (0.84%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.42%) Apache Flume
2 1 (0.42%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (1.26%) Ansible
2 1 (0.42%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.42%) Kubernetes
2 1 (0.42%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (0.42%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (0.42%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
2 1 (0.42%) Puppet
2 1 (0.42%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 42 (17.57%) Oracle
2 21 (8.79%) Splunk
3 20 (8.37%) Cloudera
3 20 (8.37%) MapR
3 20 (8.37%) Nuix
4 18 (7.53%) Informatica
5 15 (6.28%) Bloomberg
6 11 (4.60%) Reuters
6 11 (4.60%) Sybase
7 10 (4.18%) GoldenSource
8 9 (3.77%) Fidessa
9 8 (3.35%) Microsoft
10 4 (1.67%) Google
10 4 (1.67%) Talend
11 3 (1.26%) SAP
11 3 (1.26%) TIBCO
12 2 (0.84%) IBM
12 2 (0.84%) Murex
12 2 (0.84%) Teradata
13 1 (0.42%) Serena
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