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 returns to summer high
Three straight months of slower growth for IT contractors comes to an end.

Sixth successive slip in growth of IT contractor demand
Whispers of another rate cut put the dampeners on an already subdued September.

Growth in IT contractor demand sinks to 26-month low
Candidates 'taking the summer off' blamed for the biggest cooling in over two 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 £370
2 SQL £400
3 Java £470
4 Oracle £420
5 Project Manager £440
6 Cyber Security £410
7 .NET £390
8 Linux £340
9 C# £400
10 SAP £440

Top Ten IT Contracting skills by daily rate

Rank Skill Average Daily Rate
1 CTO/CIO £1000
2 Programme Director  £900
3 Head of Operations £900
4 Head of Infrastructure £900
5 Head of Testing £800
6 Head of Security £750
7 Lead Data Architect £700
8 Senior Cloud Engineer £690
9 SAP Programme Manager £680
10 Quantitative Developer £680

Emerging IT Contracting skills in 2015

Skill Average Daily Rate
Scala £600
Data Protection £400
Ansible £450
Cyber Security £450
Sass £380
Docker £470
PostgreSQL £420
Microsoft Azure £400
Hadoop £520
ASP.NET Web API £360

*Source: Technojobs data (Updated November 2015)