Period
to 17 November 2017

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 November 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
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 597 661 567
Rank change year-on-year +64 -94 +12
Contract jobs citing Reference Data 285 234 343
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.28% 0.22% 0.30%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.82% 0.67% 0.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 182 149 238
UK median daily rate £545 £525 £520
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.81% +0.96% +4.00%
10th Percentile £400 £384 £350
90th Percentile £700 £690 £665
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £468 £475
% change year-on-year +6.95% -1.58% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 2
UK median hourly rate £140.00 £100.00 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% +177.78% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £36.00

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 34549 35124 37370
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.61% 33.14% 32.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 22925 23050 23744
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £240
90th Percentile £650 £625 £615
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1012 1204 1476
UK median hourly rate £20.92 £20.92 £19.22
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.04% +8.82% +6.78%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.72 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £47.29
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.12 £21.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -4.19% +10.53% +8.57%

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 November 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 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 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 +56 267 £545 +3.81% 6
London -10 174 £560 +1.82% 4
UK excluding London +88 109 £500 +6.95% 2
North of England +95 35 £523 +10.00% 2
Yorkshire +51 22 £523 +10.00% 1
South East +13 21 £400 -7.25%
East of England -18 19 £550 +15.79%
North West - 13 £525 - 1
Midlands +36 10 £453 -
Scotland -3 9 £325 +10.17%
South West -2 8 £590 +12.38%
East Midlands +8 7 £425 -
Northern Ireland - 5 £403 -
West Midlands +25 3 £464 -
Wales +8 2 £498 +28.80%

For the 6 months to 17 November 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 94 (32.98%) Data Modelling
2 84 (29.47%) Data Quality
3 82 (28.77%) SQL
4 79 (27.72%) Finance
5 63 (22.11%) Data Architecture
6 59 (20.70%) Agile Software Development
7 54 (18.95%) Banking
8 53 (18.60%) Analytical Skills
9 52 (18.25%) Data Management
10 51 (17.89%) Data Integration
11 44 (15.44%) SQL Server
12 40 (14.04%) Data Analysis
12 40 (14.04%) Big Data
13 39 (13.68%) Security Cleared
14 36 (12.63%) TOGAF
14 36 (12.63%) Investment Banking
14 36 (12.63%) Oracle
15 33 (11.58%) Project Management
15 33 (11.58%) Java
15 33 (11.58%) Migration
15 33 (11.58%) MiFID
16 30 (10.53%) Test Automation
16 30 (10.53%) SDLC
17 29 (10.18%) Front Office
18 28 (9.82%) Derivative
18 28 (9.82%) User Acceptance Testing
19 27 (9.47%) QA
19 27 (9.47%) XML
20 26 (9.12%) JIRA
20 26 (9.12%) Data Migration

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 9 (3.16%) SharePoint
2 6 (2.11%) Confluence
3 5 (1.75%) CMS
4 4 (1.40%) Apache Spark
4 4 (1.40%) Documentum
4 4 (1.40%) Elasticsearch
4 4 (1.40%) SAS
5 3 (1.05%) Apache Solr
6 2 (0.70%) ArcGIS
6 2 (0.70%) DataSynapse
7 1 (0.35%) Apache
7 1 (0.35%) IIS
7 1 (0.35%) MQSeries
7 1 (0.35%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.35%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.35%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 11 (3.86%) MS Visio
2 10 (3.51%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (1.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (1.75%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.70%) SPSS
5 1 (0.35%) Stata
Business Applications
1 12 (4.21%) Markit EDM
2 5 (1.75%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (1.40%) Maximo
3 4 (1.40%) SAP CO
3 4 (1.40%) SAP FI
3 4 (1.40%) SAP FI/CO
3 4 (1.40%) SAP MM
4 3 (1.05%) IntelliMatch
5 2 (0.70%) Oracle BPM
6 1 (0.35%) AquaLogic BPM
6 1 (0.35%) Global One
6 1 (0.35%) ResourceLink
6 1 (0.35%) SAP MDM
6 1 (0.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 1 (0.35%) Summit
6 1 (0.35%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 9 (3.16%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (1.75%) GitHub
3 4 (1.40%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (1.05%) Amazon S3
4 3 (1.05%) Amazon SQS
4 3 (1.05%) Dynamics 365
4 3 (1.05%) Slack
4 3 (1.05%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 5 (1.75%) SMS
2 1 (0.35%) DSL
2 1 (0.35%) HTTP
2 1 (0.35%) Network Security
2 1 (0.35%) SNA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (15.44%) SQL Server
2 40 (14.04%) Big Data
3 23 (8.07%) MongoDB
4 15 (5.26%) Data Warehouse
5 13 (4.56%) Hadoop
6 11 (3.86%) Geospatial Data
6 11 (3.86%) HBase
7 10 (3.51%) Apache Hive
8 9 (3.16%) Neo4j
8 9 (3.16%) Relational Database
9 8 (2.81%) GIS
10 7 (2.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 6 (2.11%) DB2
12 5 (1.75%) OLAP
12 5 (1.75%) Pentaho
13 4 (1.40%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 4 (1.40%) Data Lake
13 4 (1.40%) KDB
13 4 (1.40%) NoSQL
13 4 (1.40%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 26 (9.12%) JIRA
2 20 (7.02%) Jenkins
3 13 (4.56%) Talend Open Studio
4 9 (3.16%) Git (software)
5 6 (2.11%) ERwin
6 5 (1.75%) Selenium
7 4 (1.40%) Cucumber
7 4 (1.40%) PowerDesigner
8 3 (1.05%) GitLab
8 3 (1.05%) JBehave
9 2 (0.70%) Maven
9 2 (0.70%) SonarQube
10 1 (0.35%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 1 (0.35%) ClearCase
10 1 (0.35%) ClearQuest
10 1 (0.35%) JIRA Agile
10 1 (0.35%) MSBuild
10 1 (0.35%) Subversion
10 1 (0.35%) TeamCity
General
1 79 (27.72%) Finance
2 54 (18.95%) Banking
3 36 (12.63%) Investment Banking
4 29 (10.18%) Front Office
5 17 (5.96%) Legal
6 16 (5.61%) Financial Institution
7 14 (4.91%) Publishing
8 8 (2.81%) Back Office
9 6 (2.11%) German Language
10 5 (1.75%) Retail
11 4 (1.40%) Marketing
12 3 (1.05%) Retail Banking
13 2 (0.70%) Dutch Language
13 2 (0.70%) French Language
13 2 (0.70%) Private Banking
13 2 (0.70%) Telecoms
14 1 (0.35%) General Ledger
14 1 (0.35%) Law
14 1 (0.35%) Military
14 1 (0.35%) Prime Brokerage
Job Titles
1 102 (35.79%) Analyst
2 88 (30.88%) Architect
3 54 (18.95%) Business Analyst
3 54 (18.95%) Developer
4 43 (15.09%) Data Architect
5 37 (12.98%) Data Analyst
6 34 (11.93%) Technical Architect
7 30 (10.53%) Data Business Analyst
8 16 (5.61%) Consultant
9 15 (5.26%) Java Developer
10 12 (4.21%) Database Architect
10 12 (4.21%) Test Analyst
11 11 (3.86%) Reference Data Analyst
12 10 (3.51%) Investment Management Business Analyst
12 10 (3.51%) Reference Data Business Analyst
13 9 (3.16%) Scala Developer
13 9 (3.16%) Senior Architect
13 9 (3.16%) SQL Developer
13 9 (3.16%) SQL Server Consultant
14 8 (2.81%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (9.47%) XML
2 18 (6.32%) Web Services
3 10 (3.51%) Middleware
4 9 (3.16%) SOAP
5 7 (2.46%) JSON
6 6 (2.11%) .NET
6 6 (2.11%) MDX
7 5 (1.75%) Ext JS
8 4 (1.40%) FpML
8 4 (1.40%) JMS
8 4 (1.40%) XSD
9 3 (1.05%) Hibernate
9 3 (1.05%) J2EE
9 3 (1.05%) Node.js
9 3 (1.05%) RabbitMQ
9 3 (1.05%) REST
9 3 (1.05%) Spring
9 3 (1.05%) XML Schema
10 2 (0.70%) Akka
10 2 (0.70%) Protocol Buffers
Miscellaneous
1 53 (18.60%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (9.82%) Derivative
3 24 (8.42%) Management Information System
4 22 (7.72%) Fixed Income
5 21 (7.37%) Equities
6 20 (7.02%) Data Structures
6 20 (7.02%) NHS
7 13 (4.56%) Virtual Team
8 12 (4.21%) Computer Science
8 12 (4.21%) OTC Derivatives
9 10 (3.51%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 7 (2.46%) Hedge funds
11 6 (2.11%) Algorithms
12 4 (1.40%) N-Tier
13 3 (1.05%) CMDB
13 3 (1.05%) Credit Risk
13 3 (1.05%) Enterprise Software
13 3 (1.05%) Fintech
13 3 (1.05%) Public Cloud
13 3 (1.05%) State Machine
Operating Systems
1 13 (4.56%) Unix
2 11 (3.86%) Linux
3 8 (2.81%) Windows
4 2 (0.70%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 94 (32.98%) Data Modelling
2 63 (22.11%) Data Architecture
3 59 (20.70%) Agile Software Development
4 52 (18.25%) Data Management
5 51 (17.89%) Data Integration
6 40 (14.04%) Data Analysis
7 36 (12.63%) TOGAF
8 33 (11.58%) Migration
8 33 (11.58%) Project Management
9 30 (10.53%) SDLC
9 30 (10.53%) Test Automation
10 28 (9.82%) User Acceptance Testing
11 26 (9.12%) Data Migration
12 25 (8.77%) Business Analysis
12 25 (8.77%) Stakeholder Management
13 23 (8.07%) Master Data Management
13 23 (8.07%) Reference Data Management
14 22 (7.72%) ETL
15 21 (7.37%) Change Management
16 20 (7.02%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 82 (28.77%) SQL
2 33 (11.58%) Java
3 24 (8.42%) T-SQL
4 17 (5.96%) C#
5 12 (4.21%) PL/SQL
6 10 (3.51%) Scala
7 9 (3.16%) Python
8 8 (2.81%) JavaScript
9 6 (2.11%) C
9 6 (2.11%) R
10 4 (1.40%) VBA
11 2 (0.70%) Perl
12 1 (0.35%) Apex Code
12 1 (0.35%) C++
12 1 (0.35%) F#
12 1 (0.35%) Kotlin
12 1 (0.35%) MATLAB
12 1 (0.35%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.35%) XPath
12 1 (0.35%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 39 (13.68%) Security Cleared
2 24 (8.42%) Degree
2 24 (8.42%) SC Cleared
3 8 (2.81%) BPSS Clearance
3 8 (2.81%) ISEB
4 6 (2.11%) CTC Cleared
5 5 (1.75%) ISTQB
5 5 (1.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (0.70%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.35%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (0.35%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.35%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.35%) Numerate Degree
7 1 (0.35%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 84 (29.47%) Data Quality
2 33 (11.58%) MiFID
3 27 (9.47%) QA
4 12 (4.21%) HL7
5 7 (2.46%) Disclosure Scotland
6 5 (1.75%) GDPR
7 4 (1.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 3 (1.05%) Dodd-Frank
8 3 (1.05%) EMIR
9 2 (0.70%) COBIT
9 2 (0.70%) Solvency II
10 1 (0.35%) Basel III
10 1 (0.35%) PMO
10 1 (0.35%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (0.70%) Active Directory
1 2 (0.70%) Apache Flume
2 1 (0.35%) Firmware
2 1 (0.35%) HDFS
2 1 (0.35%) OpenAM
2 1 (0.35%) OpenDJ
Systems Management
1 4 (1.40%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (1.05%) SCCM
2 3 (1.05%) SCOM
3 1 (0.35%) AirWatch
3 1 (0.35%) Ansible
3 1 (0.35%) Oozie
3 1 (0.35%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.35%) Puppet
3 1 (0.35%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 36 (12.63%) Oracle
2 21 (7.37%) Microsoft
3 14 (4.91%) Salesforce.com
4 13 (4.56%) Bloomberg
4 13 (4.56%) Talend
5 10 (3.51%) Informatica
6 8 (2.81%) Cloudera
6 8 (2.81%) MapR
6 8 (2.81%) Nuix
6 8 (2.81%) Reuters
6 8 (2.81%) Splunk
7 7 (2.46%) SAP
8 6 (2.11%) Sybase
9 5 (1.75%) Fidessa
9 5 (1.75%) InterSystems
9 5 (1.75%) Sencha
10 4 (1.40%) HP
10 4 (1.40%) IBM
10 4 (1.40%) ION Trading
10 4 (1.40%) Murex