Period
to 20 January 2021

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Reference Data in permanent job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Reference Data over the 6 months to 20 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Reference Data
UK
6 months to
20 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 604 728 964
Rank change year-on-year +124 +236 -95
Permanent jobs citing Reference Data 160 305 166
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.25% 0.24% 0.11%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.66% 0.63% 0.28%
Number of salaries quoted 155 349 145
Median annual salary £90,000 £115,000 £65,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -21.74% +76.92% -10.34%
10th Percentile £56,250 £66,450 £52,500
90th Percentile £112,500 £155,000 £100,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,900 £57,500 £65,000
% change year-on-year -14.96% -11.54% +36.84%

Reference Data is in the Generic IT Skills category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills.

All Generic IT Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 24,417 48,266 59,193
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 38.41% 38.50% 39.57%
Number of salaries quoted 19,047 37,500 45,663
Median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%
10th Percentile £32,500 £30,000 £29,250
90th Percentile £95,000 £93,750 £87,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +7.78% - +4.65%

Reference Data
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Reference Data as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Reference Data in the UK

Reference Data
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Reference Data.

Salary trend for Reference Data in the UK

Reference Data
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Reference Data over the 6 months to 20 January 2021.

Salary histogram for Reference Data in the UK

Reference Data
Top 14 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Reference Data within the UK over the 6 months to 20 January 2021. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +105 154 £90,000 -23.40% 14
London +93 141 £90,000 -25.00% 10
UK excluding London +186 19 £48,900 -14.96% 4
Work from Home -129 12 £75,000 -40.00% 1
North of England +94 9 £72,500 +3.57% 2
Wales +48 4 £48,900 -
North East - 4 £38,500 -
Yorkshire - 3 £83,750 - 2
North West +89 2 £72,500 +3.57%
Midlands +87 2 - - 1
Scotland +36 2 - -
West Midlands - 2 - - 1
South East +135 1 £80,000 +14.29% 1
East of England +108 1 - -

For the 6 months to 20 January 2021, IT 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 permanent job ads with a requirement for Reference Data.

1 122 (76.25%) Finance
2 103 (64.38%) SQL
3 97 (60.63%) Front Office
4 89 (55.63%) Hedge funds
5 87 (54.38%) Equities
6 86 (53.75%) Fixed Income
7 78 (48.75%) Markit EDM
8 76 (47.50%) Asset Management
8 76 (47.50%) Python
9 74 (46.25%) Back Office
10 69 (43.13%) Bloomberg
11 65 (40.63%) Eagle PACE
12 52 (32.50%) AWS
13 51 (31.88%) Data Management
14 49 (30.63%) Web Services
15 46 (28.75%) Agile Software Development
16 44 (27.50%) Investment Management
17 36 (22.50%) Analytics
17 36 (22.50%) Data Quality
18 35 (21.88%) Business Analysis
19 32 (20.00%) Wealth Management
19 32 (20.00%) PolarLake
20 31 (19.38%) Derivative
20 31 (19.38%) R
21 30 (18.75%) Enterprise Data Management
21 30 (18.75%) Reuters
22 29 (18.13%) Banking
23 28 (17.50%) FactSet
24 27 (16.88%) Master Data Management
25 26 (16.25%) Pandas

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 3 (1.88%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (0.63%) Apache Pig
2 1 (0.63%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 78 (48.75%) Markit EDM
2 65 (40.63%) Eagle PACE
3 32 (20.00%) PolarLake
4 12 (7.50%) SimCorp Dimension
5 2 (1.25%) Actimize
5 2 (1.25%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 52 (32.50%) AWS
2 18 (11.25%) Azure
3 17 (10.63%) Power Platform
4 6 (3.75%) OpenShift
5 3 (1.88%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.50%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (14.38%) Data Warehouse
2 19 (11.88%) Relational Database
3 17 (10.63%) Power BI
3 17 (10.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 17 (10.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 7 (4.38%) Data Lake
5 5 (3.13%) SQL Server
6 4 (2.50%) Data Mining
7 3 (1.88%) Big Data
7 3 (1.88%) KDB
7 3 (1.88%) Kdb+
7 3 (1.88%) NoSQL
7 3 (1.88%) Tick Data
8 2 (1.25%) BigQuery
8 2 (1.25%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.63%) Apache Hive
9 1 (0.63%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.63%) HBase
9 1 (0.63%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 6 (3.75%) Git (software)
1 6 (3.75%) Jenkins
1 6 (3.75%) Sonatype Nexus
2 4 (2.50%) Rational DOORS
2 4 (2.50%) Rational Rhapsody
3 1 (0.63%) Eclipse
General
1 122 (76.25%) Finance
2 97 (60.63%) Front Office
3 74 (46.25%) Back Office
4 29 (18.13%) Banking
5 17 (10.63%) Legal
6 7 (4.38%) Investment Banking
7 4 (2.50%) Avionics
8 3 (1.88%) Public Sector
9 2 (1.25%) Law
10 1 (0.63%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.63%) Housing Association
10 1 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.63%) Social Housing
Job Titles
1 97 (60.63%) Analyst
2 66 (41.25%) Financial Analyst
3 56 (35.00%) Business Analyst
4 44 (27.50%) Data Analyst
5 38 (23.75%) Finance Business Analyst
6 34 (21.25%) Data Manager
7 33 (20.63%) Reference Data Analyst
8 28 (17.50%) Developer
8 28 (17.50%) Finance Manager
9 27 (16.88%) Data Business Analyst
10 22 (13.75%) Architect
11 19 (11.88%) Reference Data Business Analyst
12 17 (10.63%) Business Intelligence Developer
13 12 (7.50%) Enterprise Architect
13 12 (7.50%) Market Analyst
13 12 (7.50%) Market Data Analyst
13 12 (7.50%) Market Data Manager
14 11 (6.88%) Senior Developer
15 10 (6.25%) Data Architect
16 8 (5.00%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (30.63%) Web Services
2 26 (16.25%) Pandas
3 8 (5.00%) FIX Protocol
4 6 (3.75%) JMS
4 6 (3.75%) Ultra Messaging
5 5 (3.13%) JSON
6 4 (2.50%) REST
6 4 (2.50%) XML
7 3 (1.88%) Velocity
8 2 (1.25%) AngularJS
8 2 (1.25%) CGI
8 2 (1.25%) FpML
8 2 (1.25%) GraphQL
8 2 (1.25%) Hibernate
8 2 (1.25%) Middleware
9 1 (0.63%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 89 (55.63%) Hedge funds
2 87 (54.38%) Equities
3 86 (53.75%) Fixed Income
4 31 (19.38%) Derivative
5 21 (13.13%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 17 (10.63%) Mobile App
6 17 (10.63%) Mobile Banking
6 17 (10.63%) Online Banking
7 15 (9.38%) Analytical Skills
8 9 (5.63%) Data Structures
9 5 (3.13%) Algorithms
10 2 (1.25%) Greenfield Project
10 2 (1.25%) SWIFT
10 2 (1.25%) Virtual Team
11 1 (0.63%) Data Protection Act
11 1 (0.63%) Life Science
11 1 (0.63%) Management Information System
11 1 (0.63%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 12 (7.50%) Unix
2 6 (3.75%) Linux
3 4 (2.50%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (47.50%) Asset Management
2 51 (31.88%) Data Management
3 46 (28.75%) Agile Software Development
4 44 (27.50%) Investment Management
5 36 (22.50%) Analytics
6 35 (21.88%) Business Analysis
7 32 (20.00%) Wealth Management
8 30 (18.75%) Enterprise Data Management
9 27 (16.88%) Master Data Management
10 25 (15.63%) ETL
11 23 (14.38%) Data Modelling
12 22 (13.75%) Business Intelligence
13 21 (13.13%) Data Strategy
14 18 (11.25%) Data Analysis
15 17 (10.63%) Business Development
15 17 (10.63%) Software Engineering
16 13 (8.13%) Reference Data Management
17 12 (7.50%) Architectural Design
17 12 (7.50%) Data Architecture
17 12 (7.50%) Metadata Management
Programming Languages
1 103 (64.38%) SQL
2 76 (47.50%) Python
3 31 (19.38%) R
4 17 (10.63%) T-SQL
5 13 (8.13%) Java
6 6 (3.75%) Bash Shell
7 3 (1.88%) C
7 3 (1.88%) C++
8 2 (1.25%) VBA
Qualifications
1 5 (3.13%) Degree
2 4 (2.50%) HND
3 3 (1.88%) Security Cleared
4 2 (1.25%) SC Cleared
5 1 (0.63%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.63%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (22.50%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.25%) GDPR
3 1 (0.63%) QA
System Software
1 6 (3.75%) Docker
2 1 (0.63%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 6 (3.75%) Ansible
1 6 (3.75%) Kubernetes
1 6 (3.75%) Puppet
Vendors
1 69 (43.13%) Bloomberg
2 30 (18.75%) Reuters
3 28 (17.50%) FactSet
4 13 (8.13%) GoldenSource
5 12 (7.50%) Calypso
5 12 (7.50%) Charles River
5 12 (7.50%) SimCorp
6 8 (5.00%) Informatica
6 8 (5.00%) Oracle
7 6 (3.75%) Solace
8 4 (2.50%) IBM
9 2 (1.25%) Ab Initio
9 2 (1.25%) Fidessa
9 2 (1.25%) Google
9 2 (1.25%) Sparx
10 1 (0.63%) Microsoft
10 1 (0.63%) Refinitiv
10 1 (0.63%) TIBCO