Period
to 23 April 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 23 April 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
23 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 691 726 582
Rank change year-on-year +35 -144 +34
Contract jobs citing Reference Data 169 153 260
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.18% 0.15% 0.28%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.54% 0.46% 0.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 107 95 173
UK median daily rate £550 £525 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.76% - +5.00%
10th Percentile £386 £305 £325
90th Percentile £709 £638 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £464 £506
% change year-on-year +7.82% -8.40% +12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
UK median hourly rate £29.30 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.30 - -

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 31,373 33,494 30,305
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 32.95% 33.13% 32.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 20,539 22,049 19,651
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £285 £265 £260
90th Percentile £669 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 993 1,025 1,054
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £21.50 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +4.88% -3.94%
10th Percentile £11.85 £11.25 £11.32
90th Percentile £51.25 £52.00 £49.93
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £20.21 £18.50
% change year-on-year -1.04% +9.24% -11.90%

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 April 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 23 April 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 23 April 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 +7 143 £550 +0.92% 10
London +18 88 £550 - 8
UK excluding London +32 77 £500 +7.82% 2
South East +27 33 £500 +21.21%
Scotland +23 12 £475 +46.15%
Wales +12 10 £788 +96.88%
South West -19 8 £475 -9.52%
North of England +4 6 £425 -0.12% 1
East of England +11 5 £575 +2.22%
Yorkshire +9 3 £350 -30.03% 1
North West +2 3 £500 +53.85%
Northern Ireland - 2 - -
East Midlands +17 1 - - 1
Midlands -10 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 71 (42.01%) Finance
2 63 (37.28%) SQL
3 58 (34.32%) Data Management
4 50 (29.59%) Data Quality
5 47 (27.81%) Data Modelling
6 45 (26.63%) Migration
6 45 (26.63%) Agile Software Development
7 39 (23.08%) Data Migration
8 34 (20.12%) Security Cleared
9 31 (18.34%) SQL Server
9 31 (18.34%) Data Architecture
9 31 (18.34%) Problem-Solving
10 30 (17.75%) Analytical Skills
11 28 (16.57%) Oracle
12 27 (15.98%) Banking
12 27 (15.98%) Test Automation
13 24 (14.20%) Stakeholder Management
14 23 (13.61%) ETL
14 23 (13.61%) Microsoft Excel
14 23 (13.61%) Reference Data Management
15 22 (13.02%) Java
15 22 (13.02%) Data Analysis
16 21 (12.43%) XML
16 21 (12.43%) Analytics
17 20 (11.83%) SC Cleared
17 20 (11.83%) Data Mapping
18 17 (10.06%) JSON
18 17 (10.06%) C#
18 17 (10.06%) Data Warehouse
18 17 (10.06%) Data Lineage

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 2 (1.18%) Apache Spark
1 2 (1.18%) SAS
1 2 (1.18%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.59%) Apache
2 1 (0.59%) Confluence
2 1 (0.59%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 23 (13.61%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (1.78%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (1.18%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (0.59%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.59%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (2.37%) SAP HR
1 4 (2.37%) Workday HCM
2 2 (1.18%) Actimize
2 2 (1.18%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (0.59%) AquaLogic BPM
3 1 (0.59%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.59%) Eikon
3 1 (0.59%) Markit EDM
3 1 (0.59%) Oracle BPM
3 1 (0.59%) Oracle FAH
3 1 (0.59%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 1 (0.59%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 12 (7.10%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (6.51%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (2.37%) Cloud Computing
3 4 (2.37%) Google Cloud Platform
4 3 (1.78%) GitHub
4 3 (1.78%) PaaS
5 1 (0.59%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.59%) Force.com
5 1 (0.59%) IaaS
5 1 (0.59%) SaaS
5 1 (0.59%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
5 1 (0.59%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.18%) Kerberos
2 1 (0.59%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (18.34%) SQL Server
2 17 (10.06%) Data Warehouse
3 15 (8.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 12 (7.10%) SQL Server 2016
5 11 (6.51%) PostgreSQL
5 11 (6.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 9 (5.33%) Big Data
7 6 (3.55%) Relational Database
8 4 (2.37%) Azure SQL Database
8 4 (2.37%) MS Access
8 4 (2.37%) RDBMS
9 3 (1.78%) Hadoop
9 3 (1.78%) Hazelcast
9 3 (1.78%) OLAP
9 3 (1.78%) Power BI
10 2 (1.18%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
10 2 (1.18%) InterSystems Cache
10 2 (1.18%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 2 (1.18%) Neo4j
10 2 (1.18%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 16 (9.47%) JIRA
2 14 (8.28%) Subversion
3 5 (2.96%) Git (software)
4 4 (2.37%) Maven
4 4 (2.37%) Mockito
4 4 (2.37%) Visual Studio Team System
5 3 (1.78%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (1.18%) ERwin
6 2 (1.18%) JUnit
6 2 (1.18%) Mocha
6 2 (1.18%) Spock
6 2 (1.18%) Visual Studio
6 2 (1.18%) webpack
7 1 (0.59%) ER Studio
7 1 (0.59%) LSMW
7 1 (0.59%) PowerDesigner
7 1 (0.59%) Toad
General
1 71 (42.01%) Finance
2 27 (15.98%) Banking
3 12 (7.10%) Legal
4 5 (2.96%) Front Office
4 5 (2.96%) Investment Banking
4 5 (2.96%) Marketing
4 5 (2.96%) Retail
5 4 (2.37%) Billing
5 4 (2.37%) Publishing
5 4 (2.37%) Retail Banking
5 4 (2.37%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.18%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.59%) Advertising
7 1 (0.59%) Back Office
7 1 (0.59%) Law
7 1 (0.59%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 47 (27.81%) Analyst
2 45 (26.63%) Architect
3 43 (25.44%) Developer
4 36 (21.30%) Data Analyst
5 34 (20.12%) Data Architect
6 11 (6.51%) Java Developer
7 10 (5.92%) Business Analyst
7 10 (5.92%) SQL Developer
8 9 (5.33%) Oracle Developer
9 7 (4.14%) ETL Developer
9 7 (4.14%) Solutions Architect
10 6 (3.55%) Senior Developer
10 6 (3.55%) SQL Server Developer
10 6 (3.55%) Technical Architect
11 5 (2.96%) Agile Developer
11 5 (2.96%) Oracle ETL Developer
11 5 (2.96%) PostgreSQL Developer
12 4 (2.37%) Data Migration Developer
12 4 (2.37%) Migration Analyst
12 4 (2.37%) Workday Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (12.43%) XML
2 17 (10.06%) JSON
3 10 (5.92%) HTML
3 10 (5.92%) Spring
4 9 (5.33%) .NET
5 7 (4.14%) REST
6 6 (3.55%) HTML5
6 6 (3.55%) SOAP
7 5 (2.96%) AngularJS
7 5 (2.96%) Hibernate
8 4 (2.37%) J2SE
8 4 (2.37%) Swagger
8 4 (2.37%) Web Services
9 3 (1.78%) Ext JS
9 3 (1.78%) MDX
9 3 (1.78%) React
10 2 (1.18%) Chai
10 2 (1.18%) RxJS
10 2 (1.18%) Spring Boot
10 2 (1.18%) Spring Cloud
Miscellaneous
1 30 (17.75%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (5.92%) Data Structures
3 6 (3.55%) NHS
3 6 (3.55%) Taxonomies
4 5 (2.96%) Management Information System
5 4 (2.37%) Derivative
5 4 (2.37%) Fixed Income
6 3 (1.78%) Self-Motivation
6 3 (1.78%) User Experience
7 2 (1.18%) Algorithms
7 2 (1.18%) Data Centre
7 2 (1.18%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (1.18%) Linked Data
7 2 (1.18%) OTC Derivatives
7 2 (1.18%) Tandem
8 1 (0.59%) AS400
8 1 (0.59%) CMDB
8 1 (0.59%) Data Protection Act
8 1 (0.59%) DTCC
8 1 (0.59%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 4 (2.37%) Unix
2 2 (1.18%) Linux
3 1 (0.59%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (34.32%) Data Management
2 47 (27.81%) Data Modelling
3 45 (26.63%) Agile Software Development
3 45 (26.63%) Migration
4 39 (23.08%) Data Migration
5 31 (18.34%) Data Architecture
5 31 (18.34%) Problem-Solving
6 27 (15.98%) Test Automation
7 24 (14.20%) Stakeholder Management
8 23 (13.61%) ETL
8 23 (13.61%) Reference Data Management
9 22 (13.02%) Data Analysis
10 21 (12.43%) Analytics
11 20 (11.83%) Data Mapping
12 17 (10.06%) Data Lineage
13 16 (9.47%) Business Intelligence
13 16 (9.47%) Data Integration
13 16 (9.47%) Stakeholder Engagement
13 16 (9.47%) TDD
14 14 (8.28%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 63 (37.28%) SQL
2 22 (13.02%) Java
3 17 (10.06%) C#
4 16 (9.47%) Python
5 15 (8.88%) T-SQL
6 14 (8.28%) PL/SQL
7 7 (4.14%) VBA
8 6 (3.55%) Java 8
9 5 (2.96%) JavaScript
10 4 (2.37%) VB
11 3 (1.78%) ES6
11 3 (1.78%) ES7
11 3 (1.78%) R
11 3 (1.78%) TypeScript
12 2 (1.18%) Groovy
12 2 (1.18%) Scala
12 2 (1.18%) XPath
13 1 (0.59%) ABAP
13 1 (0.59%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 34 (20.12%) Security Cleared
2 20 (11.83%) SC Cleared
3 11 (6.51%) BPSS Clearance
4 10 (5.92%) Degree
5 9 (5.33%) BC Cleared
6 3 (1.78%) Computer Science Degree
7 2 (1.18%) DBS Check
7 2 (1.18%) DV Cleared
7 2 (1.18%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.59%) Master's Degree
8 1 (0.59%) MBCS
8 1 (0.59%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (29.59%) Data Quality
2 10 (5.92%) Disclosure Scotland
3 8 (4.73%) QA
4 7 (4.14%) GDPR
5 2 (1.18%) Government Security Classifications
6 1 (0.59%) COBIT
6 1 (0.59%) Dodd-Frank
6 1 (0.59%) EMIR
6 1 (0.59%) MiFID
6 1 (0.59%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (1.78%) Docker
2 2 (1.18%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 1 (0.59%) Cronacle
Systems Management
1 1 (0.59%) Terraform
Vendors
1 28 (16.57%) Oracle
2 14 (8.28%) Microsoft
3 11 (6.51%) SAP
3 11 (6.51%) Talend
4 5 (2.96%) Sybase
4 5 (2.96%) Tableau
5 4 (2.37%) ServiceNow
5 4 (2.37%) Workday
6 3 (1.78%) Cognos
6 3 (1.78%) IBM
6 3 (1.78%) InterSystems
6 3 (1.78%) Remedy
6 3 (1.78%) Sencha
7 2 (1.18%) JDA
8 1 (0.59%) Bloomberg
8 1 (0.59%) Informatica
8 1 (0.59%) Reuters
8 1 (0.59%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.59%) SimCorp
8 1 (0.59%) SunGard