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 contract jobs here

Contractor Market Demand

Growth in IT contractor demand sinks to 21-month low
Budget 2018 bound to behind the blunter IT contractor demand but overall, opportunities are growing.

Growth in IT contractor demand edged up in September, just
Slump in candidate availability suggests now should be a less competitive time to jump ship.

Summer slowdown in IT contractor demand averted
Comfortable growth for tech contractors is outshone by permie demand and scarcity.

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 Java £500
2 Analyst £400
3 SQL £450
4 C# £450
5 .NET £450
6 Linux £450
7 Scrum £480
8 Cyber Security £450
9 Oracle £480
10 Project Manager £450

Top Ten IT Contracting skills by daily rate

Rank Skill Average Daily Rate
1 Head of Data Analytics £1,000
2 Oracle Programme Manager £900
3 Chief Security Officer £900
4 KDB Developer £850
5 Low Latency C++ Developer £850
6 Chief Technology Officer  £850
7 Head of Architecture £820
8 Programme Director £800
9 Head of Strategy £770
10 Quantitative Analyst Developer £750

Emerging IT Contracting skills in 2018

Skill Average Daily Rate
Blockchain £530
Cyber Security £450
Artificial Intelligence £530
.NET Core £450
React Native £500
Redux £500
Kubernetes £550
API Testing £430
Data Engineering £540
Azure £480

*Source: Technojobs data (Updated December 2018)

For more information on IT contractor skills please see the below:
Agile Software Development
IT support
System Testing

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