The median contractor rate for a Technical Author was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in 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.

Technical Author
UK
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 529 540 493
Rank change year-on-year +11 -47  
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Author 79 99 149
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.18% 0.18% 0.28%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.18% 0.19% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 64 94
Median daily rate £350 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £293 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £438 £375
UK excluding London median daily rate £346 £338 £325
% change year-on-year +2.59% +3.84%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 5 4
Median hourly rate £31.50 £30.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.00% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.50 £21.90 £29.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.50 £34.50 £37.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £30.00

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 42733 51025 51236
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 95.23% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27760 33065 30937
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1481 1587 2052
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.63 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.82% +15.44%  

Technical Author
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Technical Author in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Technical Author in the UK

Technical Author
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Technical Author.

Contractor daily rate trend for Technical Author in the UK

Technical Author
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Technical Author over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Technical Author in the UK

Technical Author
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Technical Author.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Technical Author in the UK

Technical Author
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Technical Author over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Technical Author in the UK

Technical Author
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Technical Author within the UK over the 3 months to 28 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +14 77 £346 -1.07% 19
London +8 19 £350 - 1
South East +13 17 £350 +9.37% 7
East of England +5 12 £325 -18.75% 6
North West +30 11 £308 -5.38% 1
Cambridge +19 9 £350 -12.50% 2
Cambridgeshire +14 9 £350 -12.50% 2
South West +2 8 £345 -1.42% 3
West Midlands +15 7 £343 +31.73%
Merseyside - 7 £290 -
Southport - 7 £290 -
Warwickshire +4 6 £343 +31.73%
Bristol - 6 £325 - 1
Surrey +16 5 - -
City of London -14 5 £381 +8.92%
Hertfordshire +1 3 £300 - 1
Staines -1 3 - -
Buckinghamshire -2 3 £350 -
Middlesex - 3 £450 -
Nottinghamshire +10 2 £375 +7.14%
Nottingham +8 2 £375 +7.14%
East Midlands -10 2 £375 +7.14%
Berkshire - 2 £300 - 5
Dorset - 2 £438 -
Bracknell - 2 £300 - 1
Redhill - 2 - -
Cheshire - 2 £350 -
Scotland +22 1 £350 +16.66%
West Yorkshire +9 1 - -
Leeds +7 1 - -

Technical Author Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, Technical Author contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Technical Author in the job title.

1 29 (17.79%) HTML
1 29 (17.79%) Finance
2 26 (15.95%) XML
3 20 (12.27%) Microsoft
4 19 (11.66%) Adobe
4 19 (11.66%) Agile Software Development
5 18 (11.04%) Banking
5 18 (11.04%) C++
6 17 (10.43%) C
6 17 (10.43%) Performance Analysis
7 16 (9.82%) SQL Server
7 16 (9.82%) MS Visio
8 14 (8.59%) Eclipse
8 14 (8.59%) XSLT
9 13 (7.98%) Python
9 13 (7.98%) MS Office
9 13 (7.98%) Scrum
9 13 (7.98%) FrameMaker
9 13 (7.98%) Doxygen
9 13 (7.98%) Time Management
10 11 (6.75%) SC Cleared
10 11 (6.75%) Security Cleared
10 11 (6.75%) Electronics
10 11 (6.75%) .NET
10 11 (6.75%) Linux
11 10 (6.13%) OO
11 10 (6.13%) .NET Framework
12 9 (5.52%) User Stories
13 8 (4.91%) Relational Database
13 8 (4.91%) Wealth Management

Technical Author Skill Set
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 6 (3.68%) Confluence
2 2 (1.23%) CMS
3 1 (0.61%) SharePoint
Applications
1 16 (9.82%) MS Visio
2 13 (7.98%) Doxygen
2 13 (7.98%) FrameMaker
2 13 (7.98%) MS Office
3 8 (4.91%) MS Excel
4 4 (2.45%) Acrobat
4 4 (2.45%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (1.23%) CorelDRAW
5 2 (1.23%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.61%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.61%) OmniGraffle
6 1 (0.61%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 2 (1.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.84%) SaaS
2 2 (1.23%) Office 365
3 1 (0.61%) IaaS
3 1 (0.61%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (3.07%) WAN
2 4 (2.45%) Cisco Nexus
2 4 (2.45%) Firewall
3 3 (1.84%) Internet
3 3 (1.84%) VLAN
4 2 (1.23%) DMVPN
4 2 (1.23%) LAN
5 1 (0.61%) Network Security
5 1 (0.61%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (9.82%) SQL Server
2 8 (4.91%) Relational Database
3 5 (3.07%) Big Data
3 5 (3.07%) Hadoop
3 5 (3.07%) HBase
Development Applications
1 14 (8.59%) Eclipse
2 3 (1.84%) JIRA
2 3 (1.84%) Visual Studio
3 2 (1.23%) JIRA Agile
4 1 (0.61%) XMLSpy
General
1 29 (17.79%) Finance
2 18 (11.04%) Banking
3 11 (6.75%) Electronics
4 7 (4.29%) Manufacturing
4 7 (4.29%) Telecoms
5 6 (3.68%) Marketing
6 4 (2.45%) Publishing
7 2 (1.23%) Advertising
7 2 (1.23%) Games
7 2 (1.23%) Retail
8 1 (0.61%) Front Office
8 1 (0.61%) Legal
8 1 (0.61%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.61%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.61%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (17.79%) HTML
2 26 (15.95%) XML
3 14 (8.59%) XSLT
4 11 (6.75%) .NET
5 10 (6.13%) .NET Framework
6 6 (3.68%) CSS
7 5 (3.07%) HTML5
8 4 (2.45%) Middleware
8 4 (2.45%) Web Services
9 2 (1.23%) SGML
10 1 (0.61%) COM
10 1 (0.61%) XSD
10 1 (0.61%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 7 (4.29%) Graphic Design
2 6 (3.68%) Data Structures
3 5 (3.07%) Reference Data
4 4 (2.45%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 3 (1.84%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (1.84%) Tandem
5 3 (1.84%) User Experience
6 2 (1.23%) Blog
6 2 (1.23%) Data Centre
6 2 (1.23%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.61%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.61%) EMV
7 1 (0.61%) Fintech
7 1 (0.61%) FMCG
7 1 (0.61%) IPTV
7 1 (0.61%) mHealth
7 1 (0.61%) Mobile Payment
7 1 (0.61%) Online Banking
7 1 (0.61%) W3C
7 1 (0.61%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 11 (6.75%) Linux
2 7 (4.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (0.61%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (11.66%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (10.43%) Performance Analysis
3 13 (7.98%) Scrum
3 13 (7.98%) Time Management
4 10 (6.13%) OO
5 9 (5.52%) User Stories
6 8 (4.91%) ITIL
6 8 (4.91%) Wealth Management
7 7 (4.29%) Business Intelligence
7 7 (4.29%) Enterprise Architecture
7 7 (4.29%) Stakeholder Engagement
8 6 (3.68%) OOD
8 6 (3.68%) OOP
9 5 (3.07%) Business Analysis
9 5 (3.07%) Data Management
9 5 (3.07%) ETL
9 5 (3.07%) Master Data Management
9 5 (3.07%) Quality Management
9 5 (3.07%) Validation
10 4 (2.45%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 18 (11.04%) C++
2 17 (10.43%) C
3 13 (7.98%) Python
4 6 (3.68%) Java
4 6 (3.68%) JavaScript
5 5 (3.07%) PHP
6 1 (0.61%) C#
Qualifications
1 11 (6.75%) SC Cleared
1 11 (6.75%) Security Cleared
2 4 (2.45%) CCDA
2 4 (2.45%) CCDP
2 4 (2.45%) CCNA
2 4 (2.45%) Cisco Certification
2 4 (2.45%) Degree
3 3 (1.84%) CCNP
3 3 (1.84%) HNC
3 3 (1.84%) HND
4 2 (1.23%) DV Cleared
4 2 (1.23%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (1.84%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (1.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (1.23%) QA
3 1 (0.61%) MiFID
System Software
1 1 (0.61%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 20 (12.27%) Microsoft
2 19 (11.66%) Adobe
3 7 (4.29%) Red Hat
4 6 (3.68%) Oracle
5 5 (3.07%) Cisco
5 5 (3.07%) SAP
6 4 (2.45%) Blue Coat
6 4 (2.45%) CheckPoint
6 4 (2.45%) NetWitness
7 1 (0.61%) Atlassian
7 1 (0.61%) Bluefish Communications
7 1 (0.61%) Capita
7 1 (0.61%) Genesys
7 1 (0.61%) Infor
7 1 (0.61%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.61%) VMware
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