Period
to 17 August 2019

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 2019 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 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 674 701 597
Rank change year-on-year +27 -104 +53
Contract jobs citing Reference Data 170 206 272
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.20% 0.28%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.58% 0.62% 0.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 98 131 177
UK median daily rate £550 £523 £545
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -4.13% +3.81%
10th Percentile £374 £313 £388
90th Percentile £638 £650 £688
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £523 £500
% change year-on-year +0.48% +4.50% +8.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
UK median hourly rate £39.30 - £140.00
10th Percentile £19.54 - £135.00
90th Percentile £59.11 - £145.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.30 - -

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 29,424 33,489 31,534
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 32.29% 32.50% 32.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 18,943 21,530 20,436
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £275 £275 £263
90th Percentile £675 £656 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,056 1,042 997
UK median hourly rate £21.46 £21.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.18% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £11.71 £12.23 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.25 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.94 £20.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -0.30% +5.26% -5.00%

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 2019.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Reference Data over the 6 months to 17 August 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Reference Data in the UK

Reference Data
Top 16 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 2019. 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 +18 153 £555 +6.22% 17
London +27 86 £575 +10.05% 12
UK excluding London +24 81 £525 +0.48% 5
South East +27 28 £525 +5.00% 4
South West -11 14 £525 -8.70% 1
East of England +16 13 £525 -4.55%
Scotland +31 11 £500 -9.09%
North of England +19 10 £350 -32.69%
Yorkshire +10 6 £431 -17.07%
North West +8 3 £330 -24.57%
Midlands +29 2 - -
Wales +6 2 £525 +25.00%
North East +22 1 - -
West Midlands +17 1 - -
Northern Ireland -2 1 £150 -
East Midlands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 17 August 2019, 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 68 (40.00%) Data Quality
2 57 (33.53%) Data Modelling
3 55 (32.35%) SQL
4 54 (31.76%) Finance
5 50 (29.41%) Data Architecture
6 49 (28.82%) Data Management
7 38 (22.35%) Data Integration
8 36 (21.18%) Banking
9 34 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
10 32 (18.82%) Migration
11 28 (16.47%) Data Migration
12 27 (15.88%) Analytics
13 26 (15.29%) Java
14 25 (14.71%) Data Analysis
15 24 (14.12%) Front Office
15 24 (14.12%) Security Cleared
15 24 (14.12%) Reference Data Management
16 23 (13.53%) SQL Server
16 23 (13.53%) Python
17 22 (12.94%) Investment Banking
18 21 (12.35%) User Acceptance Testing
18 21 (12.35%) Stakeholder Management
19 18 (10.59%) Web Services
19 18 (10.59%) Data Governance
19 18 (10.59%) Analytical Skills
20 17 (10.00%) Metadata Management
20 17 (10.00%) Test Automation
20 17 (10.00%) Problem-Solving
21 16 (9.41%) Microsoft
21 16 (9.41%) JIRA

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 5 (2.94%) Apache Spark
2 3 (1.76%) SAS
3 2 (1.18%) SharePoint
Applications
1 13 (7.65%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (2.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (1.76%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (1.18%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.59%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 8 (4.71%) SAP MDG
2 6 (3.53%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 5 (2.94%) Markit EDM
4 3 (1.76%) PolarLake
4 3 (1.76%) SAP S/4HANA
5 2 (1.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 1 (0.59%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.59%) SAP BPC
6 1 (0.59%) SAP CO
6 1 (0.59%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.59%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 12 (7.06%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (4.12%) Amazon S3
2 7 (4.12%) Force.com
2 7 (4.12%) Power Platform
3 6 (3.53%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.59%) Amazon EMR
4 1 (0.59%) IaaS
4 1 (0.59%) SaaS
4 1 (0.59%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.18%) Internet
2 1 (0.59%) ICMP
2 1 (0.59%) SNMP
2 1 (0.59%) Telnet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (13.53%) SQL Server
2 11 (6.47%) Data Warehouse
3 10 (5.88%) Big Data
4 9 (5.29%) NoSQL
5 8 (4.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 7 (4.12%) Amazon Athena
6 7 (4.12%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 7 (4.12%) Hadoop
6 7 (4.12%) Power BI
7 5 (2.94%) Data Mart
7 5 (2.94%) QlikView
7 5 (2.94%) RDBMS
7 5 (2.94%) Relational Database
8 4 (2.35%) Amazon Aurora
8 4 (2.35%) Amazon RDS
8 4 (2.35%) Amazon Redshift
8 4 (2.35%) Apache Hive
8 4 (2.35%) Data Lake
9 3 (1.76%) HBase
10 2 (1.18%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 16 (9.41%) JIRA
2 3 (1.76%) ERwin
3 2 (1.18%) Ant
3 2 (1.18%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.59%) ER Studio
4 1 (0.59%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.59%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.59%) LSMW
4 1 (0.59%) Maven
4 1 (0.59%) PowerDesigner
4 1 (0.59%) Subversion
4 1 (0.59%) TeamCity
4 1 (0.59%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 54 (31.76%) Finance
2 36 (21.18%) Banking
3 24 (14.12%) Front Office
4 22 (12.94%) Investment Banking
5 11 (6.47%) Legal
6 6 (3.53%) Retail
7 5 (2.94%) Telecoms
8 3 (1.76%) Financial Institution
8 3 (1.76%) Marketing
8 3 (1.76%) Publishing
9 2 (1.18%) Advertising
9 2 (1.18%) Law
9 2 (1.18%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (1.18%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.59%) Back Office
10 1 (0.59%) Billing
10 1 (0.59%) Games
10 1 (0.59%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 51 (30.00%) Analyst
2 39 (22.94%) Data Analyst
3 38 (22.35%) Architect
4 37 (21.76%) Developer
5 22 (12.94%) Data Architect
6 17 (10.00%) Technical Architect
7 14 (8.24%) Business Analyst
8 12 (7.06%) Data Engineer
9 9 (5.29%) Scala Developer
10 7 (4.12%) Project Manager
11 6 (3.53%) Senior Developer
11 6 (3.53%) Test Manager
12 5 (2.94%) Data Business Analyst
12 5 (2.94%) Digital Developer
12 5 (2.94%) Java Developer
12 5 (2.94%) Senior Manager
12 5 (2.94%) Senior Test Manager
13 4 (2.35%) Governance Analyst
13 4 (2.35%) Market Data Analyst
13 4 (2.35%) Senior Scala Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (10.59%) Web Services
2 14 (8.24%) XML
3 12 (7.06%) .NET
4 9 (5.29%) HTML
5 8 (4.71%) Kafka
6 6 (3.53%) J2EE
6 6 (3.53%) Oracle Fusion
7 4 (2.35%) JFC
7 4 (2.35%) JSON
8 3 (1.76%) Node.js
8 3 (1.76%) React
8 3 (1.76%) XML Messaging
9 2 (1.18%) .NET Framework
9 2 (1.18%) AngularJS
9 2 (1.18%) Ext JS
9 2 (1.18%) MDX
9 2 (1.18%) REST
9 2 (1.18%) SOAP
9 2 (1.18%) WSDL
9 2 (1.18%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 18 (10.59%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (8.82%) Management Information System
2 15 (8.82%) User Experience
3 12 (7.06%) Fixed Income
4 11 (6.47%) Derivative
5 10 (5.88%) Data Protection Act
5 10 (5.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 9 (5.29%) Self-Motivation
7 8 (4.71%) Data Structures
8 7 (4.12%) Greenfield Project
9 6 (3.53%) Equities
10 5 (2.94%) Market Risk
11 3 (1.76%) Equity Derivative
11 3 (1.76%) NHS
11 3 (1.76%) PMI
12 2 (1.18%) Credit Derivative
12 2 (1.18%) Virtual Team
13 1 (0.59%) Algorithms
13 1 (0.59%) CMDB
13 1 (0.59%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 4 (2.35%) Linux
2 3 (1.76%) Unix
2 3 (1.76%) Windows
3 2 (1.18%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (33.53%) Data Modelling
2 50 (29.41%) Data Architecture
3 49 (28.82%) Data Management
4 38 (22.35%) Data Integration
5 34 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
6 32 (18.82%) Migration
7 28 (16.47%) Data Migration
8 27 (15.88%) Analytics
9 25 (14.71%) Data Analysis
10 24 (14.12%) Reference Data Management
11 21 (12.35%) Stakeholder Management
11 21 (12.35%) User Acceptance Testing
12 18 (10.59%) Data Governance
13 17 (10.00%) Metadata Management
13 17 (10.00%) Problem-Solving
13 17 (10.00%) Test Automation
14 15 (8.82%) Master Data Management
15 14 (8.24%) Business Intelligence
15 14 (8.24%) ETL
16 13 (7.65%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 55 (32.35%) SQL
2 26 (15.29%) Java
3 23 (13.53%) Python
4 13 (7.65%) Scala
5 8 (4.71%) JavaScript
5 8 (4.71%) T-SQL
6 7 (4.12%) C#
7 5 (2.94%) R
8 4 (2.35%) C++
9 3 (1.76%) SPARQL
10 2 (1.18%) VBA
11 1 (0.59%) ABAP
11 1 (0.59%) Java 8
11 1 (0.59%) Java 9
11 1 (0.59%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.59%) XPath
Qualifications
1 24 (14.12%) Security Cleared
2 14 (8.24%) SC Cleared
3 6 (3.53%) DV Cleared
4 4 (2.35%) BPSS Clearance
4 4 (2.35%) Degree
5 3 (1.76%) BC Cleared
5 3 (1.76%) PMI Certification
6 2 (1.18%) ITIL Certification
6 2 (1.18%) TOGAF Certification
7 1 (0.59%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.59%) ISEB
7 1 (0.59%) Master's Degree
7 1 (0.59%) MBCS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (40.00%) Data Quality
2 11 (6.47%) QA
3 5 (2.94%) MiFID
4 4 (2.35%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (1.76%) GDPR
6 1 (0.59%) Dublin Core
6 1 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.59%) PMO
System Software
1 2 (1.18%) Docker
2 1 (0.59%) Cronacle
Systems Management
1 1 (0.59%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (0.59%) Single Sign-On
1 1 (0.59%) Terraform
1 1 (0.59%) WMI
Vendors
1 16 (9.41%) Microsoft
2 14 (8.24%) Oracle
3 13 (7.65%) SAP
4 7 (4.12%) Informatica
4 7 (4.12%) MuleSoft
4 7 (4.12%) Salesforce.com
4 7 (4.12%) Tableau
5 6 (3.53%) Bloomberg
5 6 (3.53%) Dell
6 5 (2.94%) ServiceNow
7 4 (2.35%) Remedy
7 4 (2.35%) Sybase
8 2 (1.18%) Ab Initio
8 2 (1.18%) InterSystems
8 2 (1.18%) ION Trading
8 2 (1.18%) Murex
8 2 (1.18%) Sencha
9 1 (0.59%) Cloudera
9 1 (0.59%) Talend
9 1 (0.59%) Twitter