Contractor Market Rates Reports

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 takes its first dip
Four-month spree comes to an end for IT contractors, but demand overall is still ‘huge’.

Cyber security shortages fuelling IT contractor demand
March saw clients raise starting rates to draw you into the computer security fold.

Fewer IT contractor skills scarce in February
The ‘hot’ IT freelancers list is shrinking as demand is holding up, but signs of caution persist.

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 £400
2 Java £500
3 SQL £420
4 Linux £480
5 Cyber Security £450
6 C# £440
7 Project Manager £450
8 Scrum £480
9 .NET £430
10 Oracle £450

Top Ten IT Contracting skills by daily rate

Rank Skill Average Daily Rate
1 Head of Security £1,000
2 Head of Data Architecture £900
3 Quantitative Risk Analyst £870
4 Chief Technology Officer £870
5 Murex Project Manager £850
6 Qualitative Analyst £820
7 Low Latency C++ Developer £810
8 Algorithmic Trading Developer £760
9 Machine Learning Developer £750
10 KDB Developer £730

Emerging IT Contracting skills in 2018

Skill Average Daily Rate
Blockchain £550
GDPR Business Analyst £430
GDPR Project Manager £480
.NET Core £440
Angular 2  £430
Redux £500
Kubernetes £540
Terraform £550
Slack £500
TypeScript £480

*Source: Technojobs data (Updated February 2018)

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