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

Growth in IT contractor demand sinks to 26-month low
Candidates 'taking the summer off' blamed for the biggest cooling in over two years.

Summer lull hits IT contractor jobs growth
IT contractor demand still growing, albeit at its weakest rate for 25 months – REC.

IT contractor jobs index plateaued in June
'Significant premiums' still to be had, even amid a 'lethargic' IT labour market.

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 £370
2 SQL £390
3 Java £450
4 Project Manager £420
5 Oracle £420
6 .NET £390
7 Cyber Security £450
8 Linux £420
9 C# £400
10 SAP £450

Top Ten IT Contracting skills by daily rate

Rank Skill Average Daily Rate
1 Programme Director  £850
2 Security Advisor £780
3 Head of Architecture £750
4 SAP Programme Manager £700
5 IT Programme Manager £690
6 Murex Analyst £680
7 Quantitative Developer £660
8 Senior Solutions Architect £650
9 C++ Developer £650
10 Big Data Developer £650

Emerging IT Contracting skills in 2015

Skill Average Daily Rate
Scala £600
Data Protection £400
Ansible £450
Cyber Security £450
Sass £380
Docker £470
PostgreSQL £420
Microsoft Azure £400
Hadoop £520
ASP.NET Web API £360

*Source: Technojobs data (Updated September 2015)