The median contractor rate for a Technical Writer was £310 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 23 June 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 Writer
UK
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 533 609 583
Rank change year-on-year +76 -26  
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Writer 69 34 56
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.063% 0.100%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.16% 0.067% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 22 40
Median daily rate £310 £300 £280
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £227 £219
10% offered a daily rate of more than £451 £397 £366
UK excluding London median daily rate £310 £275 £292
% change year-on-year +12.72% -5.82%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 6
Median hourly rate £32.50 £36.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.72% +10.76%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £36.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year -9.72% +10.76%  

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 44357 51050 53273
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.75% 94.87% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 28704 33277 33414
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £248
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1368 1510 2064
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.14
% change year-on-year +0.28% +8.11%  

Technical Writer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Technical Writer in the UK

Technical Writer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Technical Writer in the UK

Technical Writer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Technical Writer over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Technical Writer in the UK

Technical Writer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Technical Writer in the UK

Technical Writer
Top 27 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Technical Writer within the UK over the 3 months to 23 June 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 +60 62 £310 +3.33% 6
London +21 29 £400 +17.64% 2
South West +15 16 £310 -4.61%
Gloucestershire +19 12 £310 +12.72%
South East +9 7 £263 -0.94% 2
Hampshire - 7 £263 -
Yorkshire +30 6 £300 -7.69%
City of London - 6 £419 -
West Yorkshire +26 5 £294 -9.61%
Leeds +16 4 £294 -9.61%
Bristol -3 2 £365 +5.79%
Basingstoke - 2 £225 -
Portsmouth - 2 £325 -
Hook - 2 £263 -
North West +18 1 - - 1
Bedfordshire -6 1 £288 -
East of England -6 1 £288 - 1
West Midlands - 1 - -
Scotland - 1 - -
Berkshire - 1 - - 2
Dorset - 1 - -
Merseyside - 1 - -
Wimborne - 1 - -
Wirral - 1 - -
Birmingham - 1 - -
Edinburgh - 1 - -
Gloucester - 1 - -

Technical Writer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, Technical Writer 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 Writer in the job title.

1 21 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (16.67%) CMS
3 13 (15.48%) Finance
4 12 (14.29%) Content Management
5 9 (10.71%) HTML
6 8 (9.52%) Java
6 8 (9.52%) CSS
6 8 (9.52%) Microsoft
6 8 (9.52%) Telecoms
7 7 (8.33%) Management Information System
7 7 (8.33%) Business Analysis
7 7 (8.33%) Microsoft Office
7 7 (8.33%) MS Visio
8 6 (7.14%) Web Services
8 6 (7.14%) BPMN
8 6 (7.14%) Node.js
8 6 (7.14%) AngularJS
9 5 (5.95%) Confluence
9 5 (5.95%) Open Source
9 5 (5.95%) SaaS
9 5 (5.95%) Software Engineering
9 5 (5.95%) XML
10 4 (4.76%) Linux
10 4 (4.76%) JavaScript
10 4 (4.76%) Marketing
10 4 (4.76%) Project Management
10 4 (4.76%) JIRA
10 4 (4.76%) QA
10 4 (4.76%) PaaS
11 3 (3.57%) Content Development

Technical Writer 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 14 (16.67%) CMS
2 5 (5.95%) Confluence
Applications
1 7 (8.33%) Microsoft Office
1 7 (8.33%) MS Visio
2 2 (2.38%) Photoshop
3 1 (1.19%) Acrobat
3 1 (1.19%) Adobe Illustrator
3 1 (1.19%) FrameMaker
3 1 (1.19%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (1.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (1.19%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (1.19%) Oracle Assets
1 1 (1.19%) Oracle Payables
1 1 (1.19%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 5 (5.95%) SaaS
2 4 (4.76%) PaaS
3 2 (2.38%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (2.38%) IaaS
4 1 (1.19%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.38%) Internet
2 1 (1.19%) LAN
2 1 (1.19%) VLAN
2 1 (1.19%) WAN
2 1 (1.19%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.57%) Relational Database
2 2 (2.38%) BusinessObjects
2 2 (2.38%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (1.19%) Big Data
3 1 (1.19%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.19%) HBase
3 1 (1.19%) MongoDB
3 1 (1.19%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.19%) OLAP
3 1 (1.19%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (4.76%) JIRA
2 1 (1.19%) Cucumber
2 1 (1.19%) Git (software)
2 1 (1.19%) Jenkins
2 1 (1.19%) Selenium
2 1 (1.19%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 13 (15.48%) Finance
2 8 (9.52%) Telecoms
3 4 (4.76%) Marketing
4 2 (2.38%) Banking
5 1 (1.19%) Aerospace
5 1 (1.19%) Electronics
5 1 (1.19%) Financial Institution
5 1 (1.19%) General Ledger
5 1 (1.19%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.19%) Publishing
5 1 (1.19%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (10.71%) HTML
2 8 (9.52%) CSS
3 6 (7.14%) AngularJS
3 6 (7.14%) Node.js
3 6 (7.14%) Web Services
4 5 (5.95%) XML
5 3 (3.57%) HTML5
6 2 (2.38%) Java EE
6 2 (2.38%) Swagger
7 1 (1.19%) Django
7 1 (1.19%) JSON
7 1 (1.19%) Play Framework
7 1 (1.19%) REST
7 1 (1.19%) RESTful
7 1 (1.19%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 7 (8.33%) Management Information System
2 3 (3.57%) EMV
2 3 (3.57%) Wiki
3 2 (2.38%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.38%) Blog
3 2 (2.38%) Computer Science
3 2 (2.38%) Data Centre
3 2 (2.38%) User Experience
4 1 (1.19%) Client/Server
4 1 (1.19%) Graphic Design
4 1 (1.19%) mHealth
4 1 (1.19%) Mobile Payment
4 1 (1.19%) Public Cloud
4 1 (1.19%) Reference Data
4 1 (1.19%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 4 (4.76%) Linux
2 1 (1.19%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (14.29%) Content Management
3 7 (8.33%) Business Analysis
4 6 (7.14%) BPMN
5 5 (5.95%) Open Source
5 5 (5.95%) Software Engineering
6 4 (4.76%) Project Management
7 3 (3.57%) Business Intelligence
7 3 (3.57%) Content Development
7 3 (3.57%) DevOps
7 3 (3.57%) Requirements Engineering
8 2 (2.38%) Change Control
8 2 (2.38%) Economics
8 2 (2.38%) High-Frequency Trading
8 2 (2.38%) Information Assurance
8 2 (2.38%) Microservices
8 2 (2.38%) Migration
8 2 (2.38%) Scrum
9 1 (1.19%) Risk Management
9 1 (1.19%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (9.52%) Java
2 4 (4.76%) JavaScript
3 3 (3.57%) Python
4 2 (2.38%) C++
4 2 (2.38%) PHP
5 1 (1.19%) C
5 1 (1.19%) C#
5 1 (1.19%) Ruby
5 1 (1.19%) Scala
Qualifications
1 3 (3.57%) Degree
1 3 (3.57%) ISEB
2 1 (1.19%) SC Cleared
2 1 (1.19%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.76%) QA
2 1 (1.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (1.19%) NIST 800
System Software
1 2 (2.38%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 1 (1.19%) Opscode Chef
1 1 (1.19%) Puppet
Vendors
1 8 (9.52%) Microsoft
2 2 (2.38%) Adobe
2 2 (2.38%) Oracle
3 1 (1.19%) Atlassian
3 1 (1.19%) ServiceNow
3 1 (1.19%) Workday
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