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 contractors told of temporary staff uplift
Lowest IT contractor index score for 34 months belies a revival for temps.

IT contractor jobs index posts 31-month low
REC warns of scaled back recruitment in wake of April's tax changes.

IT contractors' index score drops, negligibly
Keenness to tie-up contracts pre-Xmas may be affecting demand now, post-Xmas.

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

Top Ten IT Contracting skills by daily rate

Rank Skill Average Daily Rate
1 Head of Operations £900
2 Head of Testing £900
3 Programme Director £870
4 IT Director £850
5 Head of Technology £800
6 Senior IT Programme Manager £750
7 OpenLink Business Analyst £750
8 Security Architect £720
9 Murex Project Manager £700
10 Quantitative Manager £670

Emerging IT Contracting skills in 2015

Skill Average Daily Rate
Cyber Security £450
Agile Java £500
Ansible £480
Data Quality £420
Docker £500
NoSQL £500
ASP.NET Web API £400
PostgreSQL £450
Sass £390
Risk analysis £450

*Source: Technojobs data (Updated January 2016)