The median contractor rate for a Technical Writer was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 29 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 Writer
UK
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 584 612 579
Rank change year-on-year +28 -33  
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Writer 21 36 46
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.046% 0.067% 0.086%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.049% 0.070% 0.091%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 21 26
Median daily rate £325 £340 £322
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.41% +5.67%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £390 £400 £404
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £315
% change year-on-year - +3.17%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 10
Median hourly rate £30.00 £31.00 £24.23
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.22% +27.94%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.00 £30.35 £22.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.00 £50.20 £32.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 - £22.50

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 42875 51263 50687
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.79% 95.24% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27839 33245 30600
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 £555
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1489 1590 2025
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 £11.30 £11.30 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.83 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.25% +14.70%  

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 29 March 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 22 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 29 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 +32 19 £325 -4.41% 6
South East +21 7 £325 -
South West -4 6 £325 -3.70% 3
Portsmouth - 5 £325 -
Hampshire - 5 £325 -
London +15 4 £350 +1.44% 1
Gloucestershire +5 3 £230 - 3
Bristol - 3 £345 -
Surrey +2 2 - -
City of London -6 2 £375 +15.38% 1
North West +26 1 £290 +5.45%
Yorkshire +18 1 - -
Stirling - 1 £350 -
Scotland - 1 £350 -
Paddington - 1 - -
Gloucester - 1 - -
Redhill - 1 - -
Staines - 1 - -
Leeds - 1 - -
West Yorkshire - 1 - -
Southport - 1 £290 -
Merseyside - 1 £290 -

Technical Writer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 8 (16.33%) XML
1 8 (16.33%) Content Management
2 7 (14.29%) Finance
2 7 (14.29%) CMS
2 7 (14.29%) Microsoft
3 6 (12.24%) Marketing
4 5 (10.20%) Degree
4 5 (10.20%) BPMN
4 5 (10.20%) Node.js
4 5 (10.20%) AngularJS
4 5 (10.20%) MS Office
4 5 (10.20%) Web Services
5 4 (8.16%) Business Analysis
6 3 (6.12%) Confluence
6 3 (6.12%) Telecoms
6 3 (6.12%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (6.12%) Banking
6 3 (6.12%) Document Management
6 3 (6.12%) MS PowerPoint
6 3 (6.12%) Management Information System
6 3 (6.12%) Python
6 3 (6.12%) Adobe
6 3 (6.12%) ISEB
6 3 (6.12%) MS Visio
7 2 (4.08%) Documentum
7 2 (4.08%) Business Intelligence
7 2 (4.08%) Acrobat
7 2 (4.08%) MS Excel
7 2 (4.08%) HNC
7 2 (4.08%) HND

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 7 (14.29%) CMS
2 3 (6.12%) Confluence
3 2 (4.08%) Documentum
4 1 (2.04%) SharePoint
Applications
1 5 (10.20%) MS Office
2 3 (6.12%) MS PowerPoint
2 3 (6.12%) MS Visio
3 2 (4.08%) Acrobat
3 2 (4.08%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 2 (4.08%) CorelDRAW
3 2 (4.08%) MS Excel
3 2 (4.08%) Photoshop
4 1 (2.04%) Adobe Captivate
4 1 (2.04%) Adobe Illustrator
4 1 (2.04%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (2.04%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.08%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.04%) Internet
1 1 (2.04%) LAN
1 1 (2.04%) VLAN
1 1 (2.04%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.04%) Big Data
1 1 (2.04%) Hadoop
1 1 (2.04%) HBase
1 1 (2.04%) MS Access
1 1 (2.04%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (2.04%) JIRA
General
1 7 (14.29%) Finance
2 6 (12.24%) Marketing
3 3 (6.12%) Banking
3 3 (6.12%) Telecoms
4 2 (4.08%) Manufacturing
4 2 (4.08%) Multimedia
5 1 (2.04%) Electronics
5 1 (2.04%) Legal
5 1 (2.04%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (2.04%) Publishing
5 1 (2.04%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (16.33%) XML
2 5 (10.20%) AngularJS
2 5 (10.20%) Node.js
2 5 (10.20%) Web Services
3 2 (4.08%) HTML
4 1 (2.04%) XSL
4 1 (2.04%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 3 (6.12%) Management Information System
2 2 (4.08%) Graphic Design
2 2 (4.08%) Virtual Team
3 1 (2.04%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.04%) Client/Server
3 1 (2.04%) e-Learning
3 1 (2.04%) EMV
3 1 (2.04%) mHealth
3 1 (2.04%) Online Banking
3 1 (2.04%) Reference Data
3 1 (2.04%) Social Media
3 1 (2.04%) Taxonomies
3 1 (2.04%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.04%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (16.33%) Content Management
2 5 (10.20%) BPMN
3 4 (8.16%) Business Analysis
4 3 (6.12%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (6.12%) Document Management
5 2 (4.08%) Business Intelligence
5 2 (4.08%) Change Control
5 2 (4.08%) Content Development
5 2 (4.08%) Economics
5 2 (4.08%) Information Assurance
5 2 (4.08%) Requirements Engineering
5 2 (4.08%) Software Engineering
6 1 (2.04%) Content Writing
6 1 (2.04%) DevOps
6 1 (2.04%) Digital Marketing
6 1 (2.04%) Information Architecture
6 1 (2.04%) Master Data Management
6 1 (2.04%) Open Source
6 1 (2.04%) Product Marketing
6 1 (2.04%) QMS
Programming Languages
1 3 (6.12%) Python
2 2 (4.08%) C++
2 2 (4.08%) Java
2 2 (4.08%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 5 (10.20%) Degree
2 3 (6.12%) ISEB
3 2 (4.08%) HNC
3 2 (4.08%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.04%) Disclosure Scotland
1 1 (2.04%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.04%) Virtual Machines
Vendors
1 7 (14.29%) Microsoft
2 3 (6.12%) Adobe
3 1 (2.04%) Google
3 1 (2.04%) Oracle
3 1 (2.04%) Salesforce.com
3 1 (2.04%) SAP
3 1 (2.04%) Workday
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