Period
to 13 December 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 13 December 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
13 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 685 617 644
Rank change year-on-year -68 +27 -42
Contract jobs citing Reference Data 227 286 247
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.22% 0.28% 0.24%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.65% 0.82% 0.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 153 186 164
UK median daily rate £525 £545 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.67% +3.81% +0.96%
10th Percentile £410 £371 £389
90th Percentile £686 £700 £696
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £140.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -84.29% - -
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 34,822 34,739 33,941
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.04% 33.64% 33.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,967 23,075 22,141
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £250
90th Percentile £650 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +6.25% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,043 1,007 1,194
UK median hourly rate £20.24 £20.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.29% +2.50% +5.10%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £11.32
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.25 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -3.75% - +7.99%

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 13 December 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 14 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 13 December 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 -84 189 £531 -2.52% 21
UK excluding London +12 132 £500 - 13
London -68 93 £550 -3.08% 8
South East +24 56 £500 +25.00% 3
East of England +8 20 £550 -4.35% 1
Scotland -3 20 £519 +59.62%
Wales -6 13 £420 -
North of England -36 11 £500 -4.40% 6
South West -35 7 £575 +3.14% 1
Yorkshire -24 6 £500 -4.40%
North West -29 5 £438 -14.63% 5
Northern Ireland +30 4 - -
East Midlands +2 1 £310 -22.50%
Midlands -18 1 £310 -27.06% 2

For the 6 months to 13 December 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 85 (37.44%) SQL
2 84 (37.00%) Finance
3 81 (35.68%) Migration
4 77 (33.92%) Data Migration
5 75 (33.04%) Data Quality
6 74 (32.60%) Data Modelling
7 71 (31.28%) Agile Software Development
7 71 (31.28%) Data Management
8 55 (24.23%) Oracle
9 53 (23.35%) Analytical Skills
10 50 (22.03%) Data Architecture
11 49 (21.59%) ETL
12 48 (21.15%) Reference Data Management
12 48 (21.15%) Problem-Solving
13 47 (20.70%) Data Mapping
14 42 (18.50%) SQL Server
14 42 (18.50%) Java
14 42 (18.50%) XML
14 42 (18.50%) Test Automation
15 38 (16.74%) C#
16 34 (14.98%) Stakeholder Management
16 34 (14.98%) Security Cleared
17 33 (14.54%) Microsoft Excel
18 31 (13.66%) TDD
18 31 (13.66%) Banking
19 30 (13.22%) SC Cleared
20 29 (12.78%) BDD
21 28 (12.33%) Scaled Agile Framework
21 28 (12.33%) Subversion
21 28 (12.33%) 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 3 (1.32%) CMS
1 3 (1.32%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.44%) Confluence
2 1 (0.44%) JBoss
Applications
1 33 (14.54%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (1.76%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.88%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 18 (7.93%) SAP HR
2 14 (6.17%) Workday HCM
3 7 (3.08%) AquaLogic BPM
3 7 (3.08%) Oracle BPM
4 6 (2.64%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.88%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 1 (0.44%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 1 (0.44%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.44%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 9 (3.96%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (3.08%) GitHub
3 5 (2.20%) PaaS
4 4 (1.76%) Azure Data Factory
5 2 (0.88%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.88%) Dynamics 365
5 2 (0.88%) IaaS
5 2 (0.88%) SaaS
6 1 (0.44%) Amazon Glacier
6 1 (0.44%) Amazon Kinesis
6 1 (0.44%) Azure Machine Learning
6 1 (0.44%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
6 1 (0.44%) Slack
6 1 (0.44%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 7 (3.08%) FIX Connectivity
2 2 (0.88%) Kerberos
3 1 (0.44%) Firewall
3 1 (0.44%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (18.50%) SQL Server
2 28 (12.33%) Data Warehouse
3 24 (10.57%) PostgreSQL
4 23 (10.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 20 (8.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 19 (8.37%) SQL Server 2016
7 17 (7.49%) MS Access
8 11 (4.85%) Power BI
9 9 (3.96%) Big Data
9 9 (3.96%) Relational Database
10 8 (3.52%) NoSQL
11 6 (2.64%) RDBMS
12 5 (2.20%) Hadoop
13 4 (1.76%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
13 4 (1.76%) Azure SQL Database
13 4 (1.76%) Data Lake
13 4 (1.76%) MySQL
14 3 (1.32%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 3 (1.32%) Oracle Database
14 3 (1.32%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 28 (12.33%) Subversion
2 27 (11.89%) JIRA
3 11 (4.85%) Mockito
4 9 (3.96%) Visual Studio
5 8 (3.52%) Maven
6 4 (1.76%) ERwin
6 4 (1.76%) PowerDesigner
6 4 (1.76%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (1.32%) ER Studio
7 3 (1.32%) Git (software)
7 3 (1.32%) JUnit
7 3 (1.32%) Visual Studio Team System
8 2 (0.88%) Mocha
8 2 (0.88%) Spock
8 2 (0.88%) Toad
8 2 (0.88%) webpack
9 1 (0.44%) Ant
9 1 (0.44%) FitNesse
9 1 (0.44%) Hudson
9 1 (0.44%) jMock
General
1 84 (37.00%) Finance
2 31 (13.66%) Banking
3 21 (9.25%) Front Office
4 11 (4.85%) Investment Banking
5 9 (3.96%) Publishing
6 7 (3.08%) Legal
7 3 (1.32%) Financial Institution
7 3 (1.32%) Retail
7 3 (1.32%) Telecoms
8 2 (0.88%) Back Office
8 2 (0.88%) Billing
8 2 (0.88%) Marketing
8 2 (0.88%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.44%) Advertising
9 1 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 74 (32.60%) Developer
2 66 (29.07%) Analyst
3 57 (25.11%) Architect
4 42 (18.50%) Data Analyst
5 37 (16.30%) Data Architect
6 33 (14.54%) Java Developer
7 25 (11.01%) Oracle Developer
8 23 (10.13%) ETL Developer
8 23 (10.13%) Oracle ETL Developer
8 23 (10.13%) PostgreSQL Developer
8 23 (10.13%) SQL Developer
8 23 (10.13%) SQL Server Developer
9 20 (8.81%) Data Migration Developer
10 19 (8.37%) Business Analyst
11 17 (7.49%) Migration Analyst
12 16 (7.05%) Data Migration Analyst
13 14 (6.17%) HR Analyst
13 14 (6.17%) Technical Architect
14 11 (4.85%) Agile Developer
14 11 (4.85%) Agile Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (18.50%) XML
2 24 (10.57%) Spring
3 22 (9.69%) JSON
4 20 (8.81%) Hibernate
5 14 (6.17%) HTML
6 13 (5.73%) HTML5
7 12 (5.29%) AngularJS
8 11 (4.85%) J2SE
9 8 (3.52%) FIX Protocol
10 7 (3.08%) Apache Camel
10 7 (3.08%) Apache MINA
10 7 (3.08%) JMS
10 7 (3.08%) SOAP
11 5 (2.20%) DAO
11 5 (2.20%) XSD
12 4 (1.76%) .NET
12 4 (1.76%) REST
12 4 (1.76%) Spring Boot
13 3 (1.32%) React
13 3 (1.32%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 53 (23.35%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (6.61%) Derivative
3 10 (4.41%) Self-Motivation
3 10 (4.41%) Taxonomies
4 9 (3.96%) Data Structures
5 8 (3.52%) Algorithms
5 8 (3.52%) NHS
6 7 (3.08%) Management Information System
7 5 (2.20%) Data Centre
7 5 (2.20%) Fixed Income
8 4 (1.76%) Virtual Team
9 3 (1.32%) Equity Derivative
9 3 (1.32%) Tandem
10 2 (0.88%) Fintech
10 2 (0.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 2 (0.88%) N-Tier
10 2 (0.88%) OTC Derivatives
10 2 (0.88%) User Experience
11 1 (0.44%) Eurex
11 1 (0.44%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 9 (3.96%) Linux
2 4 (1.76%) Unix
3 2 (0.88%) Windows
4 1 (0.44%) CentOS
4 1 (0.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 81 (35.68%) Migration
2 77 (33.92%) Data Migration
3 74 (32.60%) Data Modelling
4 71 (31.28%) Agile Software Development
4 71 (31.28%) Data Management
5 50 (22.03%) Data Architecture
6 49 (21.59%) ETL
7 48 (21.15%) Problem-Solving
7 48 (21.15%) Reference Data Management
8 47 (20.70%) Data Mapping
9 42 (18.50%) Test Automation
10 34 (14.98%) Stakeholder Management
11 31 (13.66%) TDD
12 29 (12.78%) BDD
13 28 (12.33%) Scaled Agile Framework
14 26 (11.45%) Analytics
15 24 (10.57%) Project Management
16 22 (9.69%) Business Intelligence
16 22 (9.69%) Data Integration
17 20 (8.81%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 85 (37.44%) SQL
2 42 (18.50%) Java
3 38 (16.74%) C#
4 28 (12.33%) PL/SQL
5 27 (11.89%) Python
6 22 (9.69%) T-SQL
7 17 (7.49%) VB
8 13 (5.73%) Java 8
9 10 (4.41%) R
9 10 (4.41%) VBA
10 8 (3.52%) MATLAB
11 7 (3.08%) JavaScript
11 7 (3.08%) XPath
12 5 (2.20%) C++
13 4 (1.76%) C
14 3 (1.32%) ES6
14 3 (1.32%) ES7
14 3 (1.32%) TypeScript
15 2 (0.88%) Groovy
15 2 (0.88%) Scala
Qualifications
1 34 (14.98%) Security Cleared
2 30 (13.22%) SC Cleared
3 15 (6.61%) Degree
4 5 (2.20%) Six Sigma Black Belt
5 4 (1.76%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (0.88%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (0.88%) CEH
6 2 (0.88%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.44%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.44%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 75 (33.04%) Data Quality
2 11 (4.85%) GDPR
3 6 (2.64%) HL7
4 3 (1.32%) ISO 20022
4 3 (1.32%) QA
5 2 (0.88%) MiFID
6 1 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.44%) Dodd-Frank
6 1 (0.44%) EMIR
6 1 (0.44%) Government Security Classifications
6 1 (0.44%) SLA
6 1 (0.44%) Solvency II
System Software
1 3 (1.32%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (0.88%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 1 (0.44%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 55 (24.23%) Oracle
2 23 (10.13%) SAP
2 23 (10.13%) Talend
3 18 (7.93%) Workday
4 14 (6.17%) Microsoft
5 7 (3.08%) Fidessa
6 6 (2.64%) Salesforce.com
7 4 (1.76%) Sybase
8 3 (1.32%) Alteryx
8 3 (1.32%) Cloudera
8 3 (1.32%) GoldenSource
8 3 (1.32%) ServiceNow
9 2 (0.88%) BMC
9 2 (0.88%) CA
9 2 (0.88%) Cognos
9 2 (0.88%) HP
9 2 (0.88%) JDA
10 1 (0.44%) Informatica
10 1 (0.44%) Pegasus
10 1 (0.44%) Red Hat