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

Hirers still splashing out on scarce IT skills
Firms throwing money at the demand-supply mismatch is lining the IT labour market's pockets. 

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.

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 £390
3 Java £450
4 Project Manager £420
5 Oracle £420
6 .NET £370
7 Cyber Security £450
8 C# £380
9 Linux £420
10 SAP £450

Top Ten IT Contracting skills by daily rate

Rank Skill Average Daily Rate
1 Programme Director  £820
2 Head of Architecture £730
3 Head of IT £670
4 Enterprise Security Architect £650
5 Big Data Developer £650
6 IT Programme Manager £620
7 Hadoop Developer £620
8 Calypso Developer £620
9 Senior Data Artchitect £600
10 Senior C++ Developer £600

Emerging IT Contracting skills in 2015

Skill Average Daily Rate
AngularJS £400
Hadoop £500
Mac OS X £420
Cyber Security £450
Sass £370
Big Data £500
PostgreSQL £400
Microsoft Azure £420
Cisco ASA £370
Opscode Chef £500

*Source: Technojobs data (Updated March 2015)