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

Growth in IT contractor demand relaxed in May
The REC's temporary IT worker index is showing its lowest score in 22 months..

Agents say half as many IT contractor skills are scarce
Number of permie IT skills on the REC's scarce list hits double figures.

Hirers told IT talent is dissatisfied about pay
Demand's upward spiral will likely make six IT contractor-types fidgety if their rates aren't right

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 £370
3 Java £450
4 Project Manager £420
5 Oracle £420
6 .NET £370
7 Linux  £400
8 C# £390
9 Cyber Security £450
10 SAP £450

Top Ten IT Contracting skills by daily rate

Rank Skill Average Daily Rate
1 Programme Director  £750
2 SAP Programme Manager £700
3 Project Director £700
4 Head of Architecture £680
5 Senior Data Architect £670
6 Quantitative Developer £650
7 Senior Technical Architect £650
8 Murex Analyst £620
9 Information Security Officer £610
10 Risk Manager £600

Emerging IT Contracting skills in 2015

Skill Average Daily Rate
AngularJS £400
Jenkins £420
Ansible £450
Cyber Security £450
Sass £360
Docker £450
PostgreSQL £400
Microsoft Azure £400
Cisco ASA £350
Opscode Chef £450

*Source: Technojobs data (Updated June 2015)