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 inched up in January
The start of 2015 had the edge over the end of 2014, as predicted to ContractorUK.

Growth in IT contractor demand hit a new low in December
Contract IT market reverts to its traditional course of slowing before Christmas.

IT contractors lead temporary staff demand
Contract IT workers are the least cold temporary personnel in this run-up to Christmas.

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 £380
3 Java £450
4 Oracle £420
5 Project Manager £420
6 .NET £375
7 Linux £400
8 C# £390
9 Architect £500
10 SAP £450

Top Ten IT Contracting skills by daily rate

Rank Skill Average Daily Rate
1 Head of Architecture £850
2 Programme Director £750
3 IT Director £750
4 SAP Programme Manager £700
5 Head of Security £700
6 Head of Business Analysis £700
7 Chief Technology Officer £650
8 Senior Oracle Consultant £650
9 Senior Murex Developer £650
10 Security Advisor £640

Emerging IT Contracting skills in 2015

Skill Average Daily Rate
Sharepoint 2013 £400
Scala £530
NoSQL £450
Sass £375
Cyber Security £500
Big Data £500
PaaS £450
Cucumber £400
Groovy £500
Apple iOS £370

*Source: Technojobs data (Updated December 2014)