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

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

Growth in IT contractor demand rebounded in July
Second highest reading for contractors, thanks to heat-hit hirers rethinking.

Strong IT contractor demand relaxed in June
Far off May's peak, growth in IT contractor demand has now reverted to Q1 territory. 

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 Scrum £480
7 Linux £500
8 Cyber Security £450
9 Project Manager £450
10 Oracle £480

Top Ten IT Contracting skills by daily rate

Rank Skill Average Daily Rate
1 Chief Technology Officer £880
2 Head of Cyber Security £880
3 Transformation Director £840
4 Production Manager £800
5 IT Director £800
6 Quantitative Analyst Developer £800
7 C++ Analyst Developer £800
8 Blockchain Architect £780
9 Head of Mobile £770
10 Head of Finance £770

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 £500
API Testing £430
Data Engineering £510
Azure £500

*Source: Technojobs data (Updated September 2018)

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

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