Contractor Market Rates Reports

The latest average rates for the top IT contracting skills and contractor demand updates.

Contractor rates not only depend on your skills and experience as a contractor, but they also depend on the economic climate, company budgets and often location of the contract.

For more on current contractor rates and demand please visit our contractor forum where these topics are often discussed. You can also search the latest IT contracts here.

Contractor Market Demand

IT contractor demand climbed in December
Jobs report shows 2016 finished in relative strength for IT contractors.

IT contractor market heading for a traditional Christmas
Runaway demand seems far from on the cards this festive season.

IT contractor index hits seven-month high
'Scarce' IT contractor skills drop to just two, but calls to liberalise the visa regime persist.

Contractor Guide to Rates

Hourly or daily rate? IT contractor guide to pay
Explained - the staple payment terms of freelancing, attached to your next IT contract, by Outsource UK.

Getting the right rate for the contract - negotiation for IT contractors
The basics of negotiation and establishing what rate becomes a 'deal breaker' for you.

Contract rate negotiation: How to negotiate a rate rise
An IT contractor's guide to asking for premiums.

Top Ten IT Contracting Skills by demand

Rank Skill Average Daily Rate
1 Analyst £390
2 SQL £400
3 Java £480
4 Cyber Security £500
5 Linux £450
6 Oracle £450
7 Project Manager £430
8 .NET £400
9 C# £400
10 SAP £450

Top Ten IT Contracting skills by daily rate

Rank Skill Average Daily Rate
1 Head of Technology £900
2 Market Risk Analyst £830
3 Head of Security £830
4 C# Quantitative Developer £830
5 Java Quantitative Developer £830
6 Chief Technology Officer £820
7 Programme Director £790
8 Head of Architecture £780
9 C++ Quantitative Developer £740
10 Head of Engineering £720

Emerging IT Contracting skills in 2017

Skill Average Daily Rate
Cyber Security £500
Kubernetes £550
Ansible £530
Docker £500
Scala £520
Fintech £520
React £450
Terraform £510
PaaS £480
IaaS £480

*Source: Technojobs data (Updated January 2017)