Period
to 20 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Technical Author was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 November 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
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 694 701 641
Rank change year-on-year +7 -60 +1
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Author 185 187 247
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.18% 0.18% 0.22%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.19% 0.19% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 110 93 149
UK median daily rate £325 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.14% +7.69% -
10th Percentile £258 £242 £231
90th Percentile £439 £425 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £315 £300 £325
% change year-on-year +5.00% -7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 5 16
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £27.18 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.77% -16.37% +25.00%
10th Percentile £29.80 £25.00 £18.75
90th Percentile £57.93 £36.00 £33.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £29.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year +20.69% -10.77% +35.42%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 96939 98568 108531
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.76% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 63924 64295 69051
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2896 3271 4142
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

Technical Author
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Technical Author in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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 6 months to 20 November 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 6 months to 20 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Technical Author in the UK

Technical Author
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 Technical Author within the UK over the 6 months to 20 November 2017. 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 +15 170 £345 -1.43% 14
UK excluding London +64 142 £315 +5.00% 11
South East +39 56 £315 +5.00% 3
London -48 38 £368 -2.00% 3
East of England -3 35 £313 +17.92% 5
North of England +50 20 £350 +16.67%
North West +28 19 £350 +16.67%
Scotland -4 12 £275 -
South West +11 9 £375 +15.38%
Midlands -2 7 £375 +20.00% 3
West Midlands +27 6 £375 +66.67%
Wales - 3 - -
Yorkshire -1 1 £225 -27.42%
East Midlands -22 1 - - 3

Technical Author Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 33 (17.84%) Microsoft
2 31 (16.76%) HTML
3 30 (16.22%) XML
4 28 (15.14%) Finance
5 27 (14.59%) Microsoft Office
6 26 (14.05%) Security Cleared
7 25 (13.51%) SC Cleared
8 24 (12.97%) Windows
8 24 (12.97%) MS Visio
9 22 (11.89%) C
10 21 (11.35%) C++
10 21 (11.35%) Adobe
11 20 (10.81%) Python
12 18 (9.73%) Acrobat
13 17 (9.19%) Content Management
14 16 (8.65%) XSLT
14 16 (8.65%) ITIL
15 15 (8.11%) MS Exchange
15 15 (8.11%) CMS
16 14 (7.57%) Management Information System
16 14 (7.57%) Agile Software Development
16 14 (7.57%) Doxygen
16 14 (7.57%) PaintShop Pro
17 13 (7.03%) Windows Server 2003
17 13 (7.03%) QA
17 13 (7.03%) Windows Server 2008
17 13 (7.03%) REST
17 13 (7.03%) Exchange Server 2010
17 13 (7.03%) Windows Server
18 12 (6.49%) SDLC

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 15 (8.11%) CMS
1 15 (8.11%) MS Exchange
2 13 (7.03%) Exchange Server 2010
3 12 (6.49%) Confluence
4 7 (3.78%) SharePoint
5 4 (2.16%) Sitecore CMS
5 4 (2.16%) WordPress
Applications
1 27 (14.59%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (12.97%) MS Visio
3 18 (9.73%) Acrobat
4 14 (7.57%) Doxygen
4 14 (7.57%) PaintShop Pro
5 12 (6.49%) Microsoft Excel
6 8 (4.32%) FrameMaker
7 7 (3.78%) Adobe Illustrator
7 7 (3.78%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 7 (3.78%) RoboHelp
8 6 (3.24%) XMetaL
9 5 (2.70%) LaTeX
9 5 (2.70%) Snagit
10 3 (1.62%) Camtasia
11 1 (0.54%) Adobe Captivate
11 1 (0.54%) Adobe Premiere
11 1 (0.54%) InDesign
11 1 (0.54%) Photoshop
11 1 (0.54%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.62%) Office 365
2 2 (1.08%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.08%) SaaS
3 1 (0.54%) GitHub
3 1 (0.54%) IBM Blueworks
3 1 (0.54%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 12 (6.49%) WAN
2 8 (4.32%) LAN
3 4 (2.16%) Internet
4 3 (1.62%) Bluetooth
4 3 (1.62%) Wireless
5 1 (0.54%) DMVPN
5 1 (0.54%) HTTP
5 1 (0.54%) Skype
5 1 (0.54%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.08%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.54%) NoSQL
2 1 (0.54%) SAP BW
2 1 (0.54%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (0.54%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (2.70%) JIRA
2 4 (2.16%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (1.62%) Git (software)
4 2 (1.08%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.54%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 1 (0.54%) Visual Studio
General
1 28 (15.14%) Finance
2 12 (6.49%) Banking
3 10 (5.41%) Electronics
4 6 (3.24%) Manufacturing
5 4 (2.16%) Publishing
6 2 (1.08%) Marketing
7 1 (0.54%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.54%) Automotive
7 1 (0.54%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.54%) Legal
7 1 (0.54%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.54%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (16.76%) HTML
2 30 (16.22%) XML
3 16 (8.65%) XSLT
4 13 (7.03%) REST
5 10 (5.41%) CSS
6 9 (4.86%) Sphinx
7 5 (2.70%) JSON
8 4 (2.16%) RESTful
8 4 (2.16%) Swagger
8 4 (2.16%) YAML
9 2 (1.08%) HTML5
9 2 (1.08%) Sass
10 1 (0.54%) Web Services
10 1 (0.54%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 14 (7.57%) Management Information System
2 9 (4.86%) User Experience
3 5 (2.70%) Animation
3 5 (2.70%) Greenfield Project
4 4 (2.16%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (2.16%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (1.62%) Device Driver
5 3 (1.62%) Internet of Things
5 3 (1.62%) Smartcard
5 3 (1.62%) Wiki
6 2 (1.08%) Fintech
6 2 (1.08%) Graphic Design
7 1 (0.54%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.54%) EMV
7 1 (0.54%) FMCG
7 1 (0.54%) Mobile Payment
Operating Systems
1 24 (12.97%) Windows
2 13 (7.03%) Windows Server
2 13 (7.03%) Windows Server 2003
2 13 (7.03%) Windows Server 2008
3 11 (5.95%) Linux
4 3 (1.62%) Unix
5 2 (1.08%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (9.19%) Content Management
2 16 (8.65%) ITIL
3 14 (7.57%) Agile Software Development
4 12 (6.49%) SDLC
5 8 (4.32%) OO
5 8 (4.32%) Server Virtualisation
5 8 (4.32%) Stakeholder Management
6 7 (3.78%) Disaster Recovery
6 7 (3.78%) Performance Analysis
6 7 (3.78%) Release Management
7 6 (3.24%) Collaborative Working
8 5 (2.70%) Continuous Improvement
8 5 (2.70%) Information Security
8 5 (2.70%) ITSM
8 5 (2.70%) Server Patching
9 4 (2.16%) Analytics
9 4 (2.16%) Data Analytics
9 4 (2.16%) Project Management
9 4 (2.16%) Quality Management
9 4 (2.16%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (11.89%) C
2 21 (11.35%) C++
3 20 (10.81%) Python
4 9 (4.86%) Java
5 7 (3.78%) JavaScript
5 7 (3.78%) Perl
5 7 (3.78%) SQL
6 4 (2.16%) Fortran
7 2 (1.08%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 26 (14.05%) Security Cleared
2 25 (13.51%) SC Cleared
3 7 (3.78%) Degree
4 2 (1.08%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (0.54%) CCDA
5 1 (0.54%) CCDP
5 1 (0.54%) CCNA
5 1 (0.54%) CCNP
5 1 (0.54%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (0.54%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (7.03%) QA
2 3 (1.62%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (1.08%) GDPR
4 1 (0.54%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.54%) GxP
4 1 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.54%) MiFID
4 1 (0.54%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.54%) PSD2
System Software
1 8 (4.32%) Active Directory
2 4 (2.16%) VirtualBox
2 4 (2.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (1.62%) Firmware
Vendors
1 33 (17.84%) Microsoft
2 21 (11.35%) Adobe
3 5 (2.70%) Citrix
3 5 (2.70%) Oracle
3 5 (2.70%) VMware
4 4 (2.16%) Sitecore
5 2 (1.08%) SAP
6 1 (0.54%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.54%) IBM
6 1 (0.54%) ServiceNow
6 1 (0.54%) WSO2