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' hirers in 'pre-referendum' mode
Shock of Brexit vote said to have subsided in August.

IT contractor jobs market strengthened in July
Another dataset casts Developers as the techie winners of the Brexit vote.

Pre-referendum boost for IT contractors peters out
Uncertainty cools the prospects of even the techies who tend to benefit from jitters.

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 £380
2 SQL £400
3 Java £450
4 Linux £450
5 Cyber Security £500
6 Oracle £430
7 Project Manager £430
8 .NET £390
9 C# £400
10 AngularJS £430

Top Ten IT Contracting skills by daily rate

Rank Skill Average Daily Rate
1 Head of Technology £850
2 IT Director £800
3 UX Analyst £750
4 Head of DevOps £750
5 Oracle Programme Manager £750
6 SAP Project Leader £750
7 C++ Quantitative Developer £750
8 Programme Director £740
9 Quantitative Risk Analyst £720
10 Head of Architecture £720

Emerging IT Contracting skills in 2016

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

*Source: Technojobs data (Updated September 2016)