The table below looks at the statistics for the 2nd Line Support role in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited 2nd Line Support in their job title over the 3 months to 4 August 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
4 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Second Line Support
Rank 68 56 71
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +15
Contract jobs requiring a 2nd Line Support 4 11 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.41% 1.37% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.44% 1.47% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 0
Average daily rate
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£140 £150 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £170 £163 £150
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 1
Average hourly rate £19.00 £14.00 £11.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+35.71% +21.73%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.10
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -3.98%
2nd Line Support
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the Cheshire region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
907 750 713
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 92.36% 93.63% 91.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 552 391 299
Average daily rate £400 £375 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £213 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 59 47
Average hourly rate £16.84 £15.00 £31.56
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.26% -52.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £9.00 £12.14
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £43.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -2.94%

2nd Line Support
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing 2nd Line Support in the job title across the Cheshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

2nd Line Support Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

2nd Line Support
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing 2nd Line Support across the Cheshire region.

2nd Line Support Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

2nd Line Support
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing 2nd Line Support across the Cheshire region.

2nd Line Support Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

2nd Line Support
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing 2nd Line Support within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 4 August 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Crewe -5 1 - -
Warrington -6 1 £115 -
Chester -10 1 £165 +10.00%
2nd Line Support
North West

2nd Line Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 4 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region that cited 2nd Line Support in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with 2nd Line Support in their job title.

1 6 (75.00%) Windows
2 5 (62.50%) Active Directory
3 4 (50.00%) Microsoft
4 3 (37.50%) MS Exchange
4 3 (37.50%) ITIL
4 3 (37.50%) Windows 7
5 2 (25.00%) Hyper-V
5 2 (25.00%) DHCP
5 2 (25.00%) DNS
5 2 (25.00%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (25.00%) VMware
5 2 (25.00%) Degree
6 1 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (12.50%) SC Cleared
6 1 (12.50%) Security Cleared
6 1 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
6 1 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (12.50%) Clustering
6 1 (12.50%) Business Continuity
6 1 (12.50%) Retail
6 1 (12.50%) Incident Management
6 1 (12.50%) SAN
6 1 (12.50%) NetApp
6 1 (12.50%) Apple
6 1 (12.50%) CheckPoint
6 1 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (12.50%) Internet
6 1 (12.50%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (12.50%) Service Management
6 1 (12.50%) Change Management

2nd Line Support
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 4 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region that cited 2nd Line Support in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with 2nd Line Support in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 3 (37.50%) MS Exchange
2 1 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (12.50%) Lync
2 1 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 1 (12.50%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 2 (25.00%) DNS
1 2 (25.00%) DHCP
2 1 (12.50%) TCP/IP
2 1 (12.50%) SAN
2 1 (12.50%) Internet
2 1 (12.50%) Firewall
2 1 (12.50%) Wireless
2 1 (12.50%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (12.50%) SQL Server
General
1 1 (12.50%) Pharmaceutical
1 1 (12.50%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (12.50%) HTML
1 1 (12.50%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (12.50%) Device Driver
1 1 (12.50%) Clustering
1 1 (12.50%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 6 (75.00%) Windows
2 3 (37.50%) Windows 7
3 1 (12.50%) Windows 8
3 1 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (12.50%) Windows XP
3 1 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (37.50%) ITIL
2 1 (12.50%) Service Management
2 1 (12.50%) Change Management
2 1 (12.50%) ITSM
2 1 (12.50%) Business Continuity
2 1 (12.50%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (12.50%) C#
Qualifications
1 2 (25.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 2 (25.00%) Degree
2 1 (12.50%) SC Cleared
2 1 (12.50%) Security Cleared
2 1 (12.50%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
2 1 (12.50%) HNC
2 1 (12.50%) CCNA
2 1 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (12.50%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (62.50%) Active Directory
2 2 (25.00%) Hyper-V
3 1 (12.50%) XenApp
3 1 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 4 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (25.00%) VMware
3 1 (12.50%) Citrix
3 1 (12.50%) NetApp
3 1 (12.50%) Apple
3 1 (12.50%) CheckPoint