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

IT contractor jobs downturn eased dramatically in June
Largest monthly rise in tech contract opportunities will be cheered, but comes with caveats.

IT contractor demand 'set to spike thanks to the new normal hinging on technology'
Virtual onboarding. Staff needing remote access. Platform patches. New e-gov portals. It all bodes well for IT contractors.

Worst of coronavirus crisis for IT contractor hiring may be over, says REC
First sign of green shoots springs up amid freezes; uncertainty and competition.

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 Security £500
2 Java £520
3 SQL £480
4 Analyst £410
5 Linux £500
6 C# £470
7 Oracle £500
8 .NET £480
9 Project Manager £470
10 Business Intelligence £480

Top Ten IT Contracting skills by daily rate

Rank Skill Average Daily Rate
1 Chief Technology Officer £870
2 Head of Security £850
3 Chief Architect £800
4 Head of Engineering £800
5 Programme Director £800
6 .NET Architect £750
7 Electronic Trading Developer £750
8 Qualitative Analyst £740
9 Quantitative Analyst £740
10 SAP Data Consultant £720

Emerging IT Contracting skills in 2020

Skill Average Daily Rate
Electronic Trading £750
Oracle CX £580
5G £430
gRPC £580
Flutter £380
GIAC £400
Unity £450
Maximo £540
Pentaho £600
Lumension £450

*Source: Technojobs data (Updated July 2020)

For more information on IT contractor skills please see the below:
Agile Software Development
C#
C++
Cisco
IT support
ITIL
Scrum
Sharepoint
System Testing

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