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 picks up
June lifted IT contractors' prospects, ahead of a possible slowdown this summer.

Contractors' Questions: What's going on with IT contractor demand?
Pressure to go perm, de-scoping and cost-cutting are all at the sharp end of the market.

Which IT contractor security skills are hot?
Demand and rates for cyber security freelancers are on the up, both at home and abroad.

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 Project Management £420
2 .NET £375
3 Java £425
4 Oracle £425
5 SAP £420
6 C# £370
7 Architect £500
8 Linux £400
9 SQL £380
10 Analyst £360

Top Ten IT Contracting skills by daily rate

Rank Skill Average Daily Rate
1 IT Director /CTO £900
2 Head of Project Management £800
3 Programme Director £780
4 Senior Security Analyst/Consultant £760
5 Head of Architecture £750
6 Head of Business Intelligence £750
7 Senior Analyst Developer £700
8 Programme Manager £650
9 Murex £620
10 Fidessa £600

Emerging IT Contracting skills in 2014

Skill Average Daily Rate
Sharepoint 2013 £400
PaaS £500
NoSQL £450
Sass £350
Big Data £500
Cucumber £400
Cyber Security £480
Apple iOS £400
Android £400
Groovy £450

*Source: Technojobs data (Updated July 2014)