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

Runaway growth in IT contractor demand relaxes
A new reticence to pay over the odds isn't noticeably holding back IT contractors.

IT contractor demand surpasses 15-year high
Appetite for tech freelancers was stronger in September than at any time since 1998.

IT contractor demand hits a new high for 2014
And new IT contract availability rises at its fastest rate in 16 years.

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 £350
2 Project Management £415
3 SAP £430
4 Java £400
5 Architect £500
6 .NET £375
7 SQL £370
8 C# £375
9 Oracle £430
10 Linux £400

Top Ten IT Contracting skills by daily rate

Rank Skill Average Daily Rate
1 Head of Architecture £750
2 Programme Director £740
3 Head of User Experience £710
4 Head of Business Intelligence £700
5 IT Director/CTO £690
6 IT Programme Manager £675
7 DevOps Manager £670
8 Head of Security £650
9 Head of IT £650
10 Murex £620

Emerging IT Contracting skills in 2014

Skill Average Daily Rate
Sharepoint 2013 £400
Scala £470
NoSQL £450
Sass £350
Cyber Security £450
Big Data £500
PaaS £485
Cucumber £400
Groovy £460
Apple iOS £375

*Source: Technojobs data (Updated September 2014)