Period
to 23 October 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 23 October 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
23 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 658 598 680
Rank change year-on-year -60 +82 -87
Contract jobs citing Reference Data 230 292 218
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.22% 0.29% 0.21%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.65% 0.85% 0.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 151 191 137
UK median daily rate £520 £545 £540
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.59% +0.93% +8.00%
10th Percentile £365 £400 £358
90th Percentile £650 £700 £718
UK excluding London median daily rate £523 £500 £475
% change year-on-year +4.50% +5.26% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 1
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £140.00 £100.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -84.29% +40.00% -
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 35,343 34,484 36,148
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 34.16% 34.42% 34.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 23,165 22,740 23,608
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £250
90th Percentile £660 £650 £621
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +5.00% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,080 1,067 1,237
UK median hourly rate £21.09 £20.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.45% - +7.99%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.25 £11.59
90th Percentile £51.00 £48.75 £47.39
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £20.00

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 23 October 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 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 23 October 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 -74 198 £523 -4.13% 14
UK excluding London +5 122 £523 +4.50% 7
London -83 107 £500 -10.71% 8
South East +6 40 £500 +34.41%
Scotland -6 24 £519 +38.33%
East of England +13 20 £550 +4.76%
North of England -23 20 £500 -4.31% 4
Yorkshire -17 12 £500 -4.31%
South West -18 8 £575 +16.16%
North West -13 6 £438 -16.67% 2
Wales -16 5 £420 -15.58%
Northern Ireland +34 3 - - 1
Midlands -17 2 £368 -13.53% 2
North East - 2 £625 - 2
East Midlands +6 1 £310 -27.06%
West Midlands -23 1 £425 - 2

For the 6 months to 23 October 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 92 (40.00%) Finance
2 77 (33.48%) Data Management
3 76 (33.04%) Data Modelling
3 76 (33.04%) Data Quality
4 70 (30.43%) SQL
5 68 (29.57%) Migration
6 61 (26.52%) Data Migration
7 59 (25.65%) Agile Software Development
8 58 (25.22%) Oracle
9 55 (23.91%) Data Architecture
10 54 (23.48%) Analytical Skills
11 48 (20.87%) Problem-Solving
12 43 (18.70%) Reference Data Management
13 41 (17.83%) Analytics
14 40 (17.39%) Data Mapping
15 39 (16.96%) XML
15 39 (16.96%) ETL
16 37 (16.09%) Banking
17 33 (14.35%) Java
18 32 (13.91%) SQL Server
19 31 (13.48%) Test Automation
20 30 (13.04%) C#
20 30 (13.04%) Stakeholder Management
21 29 (12.61%) Security Cleared
22 28 (12.17%) Python
23 27 (11.74%) Front Office
24 26 (11.30%) Data Integration
24 26 (11.30%) Data Strategy
25 25 (10.87%) SC Cleared
25 25 (10.87%) Metadata Management

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 (1.30%) CMS
1 3 (1.30%) SharePoint
2 2 (0.87%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (0.43%) JBoss
Applications
1 25 (10.87%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.87%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.87%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (0.87%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 14 (6.09%) SAP HR
2 11 (4.78%) AquaLogic BPM
2 11 (4.78%) Oracle BPM
3 10 (4.35%) Workday HCM
4 6 (2.61%) Dynamics CRM
5 4 (1.74%) Unit4 Business World
6 3 (1.30%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 1 (0.43%) Oracle ERP
7 1 (0.43%) Oracle Payables
7 1 (0.43%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 7 (3.04%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (2.17%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (2.17%) GitHub
3 4 (1.74%) Azure Data Factory
3 4 (1.74%) PaaS
4 3 (1.30%) IaaS
5 2 (0.87%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 2 (0.87%) AWS CloudTrail
5 2 (0.87%) Dynamics 365
5 2 (0.87%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 1 (0.43%) Amazon Glacier
6 1 (0.43%) Amazon Kinesis
6 1 (0.43%) Azure Machine Learning
6 1 (0.43%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
6 1 (0.43%) SaaS
6 1 (0.43%) Slack
6 1 (0.43%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 7 (3.04%) FIX Connectivity
2 2 (0.87%) SMS
3 1 (0.43%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (13.91%) SQL Server
2 25 (10.87%) Data Warehouse
3 23 (10.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 19 (8.26%) PostgreSQL
4 19 (8.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 14 (6.09%) NoSQL
5 14 (6.09%) SQL Server 2016
6 13 (5.65%) MS Access
7 11 (4.78%) Power BI
8 10 (4.35%) Big Data
8 10 (4.35%) QlikView
9 9 (3.91%) Relational Database
10 8 (3.48%) Oracle Database
11 6 (2.61%) RDBMS
12 5 (2.17%) Hadoop
13 4 (1.74%) Data Lake
13 4 (1.74%) Data Mining
13 4 (1.74%) MySQL
13 4 (1.74%) Oracle BI EE
14 3 (1.30%) Data Mart
Development Applications
1 23 (10.00%) JIRA
1 23 (10.00%) Subversion
2 8 (3.48%) Visual Studio
3 7 (3.04%) Mockito
4 6 (2.61%) Maven
5 4 (1.74%) ERwin
6 3 (1.30%) PowerDesigner
6 3 (1.30%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (0.87%) ER Studio
7 2 (0.87%) Zephyr
8 1 (0.43%) Ant
8 1 (0.43%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 1 (0.43%) FitNesse
8 1 (0.43%) Hudson
8 1 (0.43%) jMock
8 1 (0.43%) JUnit
8 1 (0.43%) Toad
General
1 92 (40.00%) Finance
2 37 (16.09%) Banking
3 27 (11.74%) Front Office
4 12 (5.22%) Publishing
5 11 (4.78%) Investment Banking
6 8 (3.48%) Legal
7 2 (0.87%) Back Office
7 2 (0.87%) Financial Institution
7 2 (0.87%) Marketing
7 2 (0.87%) Retail
7 2 (0.87%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.43%) Advertising
8 1 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.43%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 64 (27.83%) Analyst
2 62 (26.96%) Developer
3 59 (25.65%) Architect
4 40 (17.39%) Data Analyst
5 35 (15.22%) Data Architect
6 28 (12.17%) Java Developer
7 19 (8.26%) Business Analyst
7 19 (8.26%) Data Migration Developer
7 19 (8.26%) Oracle Developer
8 18 (7.83%) ETL Developer
8 18 (7.83%) Oracle ETL Developer
8 18 (7.83%) PostgreSQL Developer
8 18 (7.83%) SQL Developer
8 18 (7.83%) SQL Server Developer
9 15 (6.52%) Technical Architect
10 13 (5.65%) Migration Analyst
11 12 (5.22%) Data Migration Analyst
12 11 (4.78%) HR Analyst
13 8 (3.48%) Senior Analyst
13 8 (3.48%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (16.96%) XML
2 20 (8.70%) Hibernate
2 20 (8.70%) Spring
3 14 (6.09%) JSON
4 11 (4.78%) Apache Camel
4 11 (4.78%) Apache MINA
4 11 (4.78%) JMS
4 11 (4.78%) SOAP
5 9 (3.91%) FIX Protocol
6 7 (3.04%) AngularJS
6 7 (3.04%) HTML
6 7 (3.04%) HTML5
6 7 (3.04%) J2SE
7 5 (2.17%) DAO
8 4 (1.74%) XSD
9 3 (1.30%) .NET
9 3 (1.30%) Middleware
9 3 (1.30%) Oracle Fusion
9 3 (1.30%) Web Services
10 2 (0.87%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 54 (23.48%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (7.83%) Derivative
3 15 (6.52%) Self-Motivation
4 11 (4.78%) NHS
4 11 (4.78%) Taxonomies
5 9 (3.91%) Management Information System
6 8 (3.48%) Algorithms
7 7 (3.04%) Data Structures
7 7 (3.04%) Equity Derivative
8 4 (1.74%) Data Centre
8 4 (1.74%) Virtual Team
9 3 (1.30%) Computer Science
9 3 (1.30%) Fixed Income
10 2 (0.87%) Fintech
10 2 (0.87%) N-Tier
10 2 (0.87%) User Experience
11 1 (0.43%) Eurex
11 1 (0.43%) OTC Derivatives
11 1 (0.43%) Private Cloud
11 1 (0.43%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 11 (4.78%) Linux
2 2 (0.87%) Unix
2 2 (0.87%) Windows
3 1 (0.43%) CentOS
3 1 (0.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (33.48%) Data Management
2 76 (33.04%) Data Modelling
3 68 (29.57%) Migration
4 61 (26.52%) Data Migration
5 59 (25.65%) Agile Software Development
6 55 (23.91%) Data Architecture
7 48 (20.87%) Problem-Solving
8 43 (18.70%) Reference Data Management
9 41 (17.83%) Analytics
10 40 (17.39%) Data Mapping
11 39 (16.96%) ETL
12 31 (13.48%) Test Automation
13 30 (13.04%) Stakeholder Management
14 26 (11.30%) Data Integration
14 26 (11.30%) Data Strategy
15 25 (10.87%) Metadata Management
16 24 (10.43%) Business Intelligence
16 24 (10.43%) Data Analysis
16 24 (10.43%) TDD
17 22 (9.57%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 70 (30.43%) SQL
2 33 (14.35%) Java
3 30 (13.04%) C#
4 28 (12.17%) Python
5 22 (9.57%) PL/SQL
6 17 (7.39%) T-SQL
7 13 (5.65%) VB
8 11 (4.78%) XPath
9 10 (4.35%) VBA
10 9 (3.91%) R
11 8 (3.48%) MATLAB
12 7 (3.04%) Java 8
13 5 (2.17%) C++
14 4 (1.74%) C
14 4 (1.74%) JavaScript
15 1 (0.43%) Scala
Qualifications
1 29 (12.61%) Security Cleared
2 25 (10.87%) SC Cleared
3 12 (5.22%) Degree
4 5 (2.17%) Six Sigma Black Belt
5 3 (1.30%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (0.87%) CEH
6 2 (0.87%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.43%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (0.43%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.43%) MBA
7 1 (0.43%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 76 (33.04%) Data Quality
2 10 (4.35%) HL7
3 8 (3.48%) GDPR
4 3 (1.30%) ISO 20022
5 2 (0.87%) QA
6 1 (0.43%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.43%) MiFID
6 1 (0.43%) Solvency II
System Software
1 4 (1.74%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (0.43%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 58 (25.22%) Oracle
2 19 (8.26%) SAP
3 18 (7.83%) Talend
4 14 (6.09%) Workday
5 9 (3.91%) Tableau
6 8 (3.48%) Microsoft
7 7 (3.04%) Fidessa
8 6 (2.61%) Salesforce.com
9 4 (1.74%) ServiceNow
9 4 (1.74%) Siebel
10 3 (1.30%) Alteryx
10 3 (1.30%) GoldenSource
11 2 (0.87%) AlienVault
11 2 (0.87%) BMC
11 2 (0.87%) CA
11 2 (0.87%) Cloudera
11 2 (0.87%) HP
12 1 (0.43%) Databricks
12 1 (0.43%) Snow
12 1 (0.43%) Xerox