The first table below looks at the demand for the 3rd 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 3rd Line Support in their job title over the 3 months to 30 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles advertised for the Cheshire region.

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
30 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Third Line Support
Rank 59 57 60
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +3
Contract jobs requiring a 3rd Line Support 4 10 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.50% 1.30% 0.95%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.53% 1.42% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 4 7
Average daily rate
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£253 £283 £180
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.61% +56.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £230 £113
10% offered a daily rate of more than £291 £395 £255
UK excluding London average daily rate £220 £275 £258
% change year-on-year
-20.00% +6.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Average hourly rate - £22.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £22.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.09% -
Job Titles Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
748 702 781
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 93.85% 91.53% 93.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 391 291 427
Average daily rate £375 £325 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -1.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £211 £200 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 48 45
Average hourly rate £15.50 £31.56 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-50.87% +57.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.00 £12.16 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £47.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%
3rd Line Support
North West

3rd Line Support
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

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

3rd Line Support Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

3rd Line Support
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

3rd Line Support Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

3rd Line Support
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

3rd Line Support Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

3rd 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 3rd Line Support within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 30 July 2014. 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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statistics and historical trends)
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
Chester +8 1 - -
Warrington - 1 - -
Runcorn - - - -
3rd Line Support
North West

3rd Line Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region that cited 3rd 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 3rd Line Support in their job title.

1 7 (87.50%) Windows
2 4 (50.00%) Active Directory
2 4 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 4 (50.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 3 (37.50%) HP
3 3 (37.50%) Dell
3 3 (37.50%) Windows 2000
3 3 (37.50%) Microsoft
4 2 (25.00%) VPN
4 2 (25.00%) Windows XP
4 2 (25.00%) MS Visio
4 2 (25.00%) MS Exchange
4 2 (25.00%) MS Office
4 2 (25.00%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (25.00%) SAN
4 2 (25.00%) Symantec
4 2 (25.00%) SCCM
4 2 (25.00%) Windows 7
4 2 (25.00%) Toshiba
4 2 (25.00%) Disaster Recovery
4 2 (25.00%) VMware
4 2 (25.00%) PDA
4 2 (25.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (25.00%) ITIL
5 1 (12.50%) Performance Tuning
5 1 (12.50%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 1 (12.50%) Cyber-Ark
5 1 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (12.50%) BladeLogic
5 1 (12.50%) WSUS

3rd Line Support
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region that cited 3rd 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 3rd Line Support in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (25.00%) MS Exchange
2 1 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2003
2 1 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (12.50%) IIS
Applications
1 2 (25.00%) MS Visio
1 2 (25.00%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (12.50%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (25.00%) VPN
1 2 (25.00%) SAN
2 1 (12.50%) ADSL
2 1 (12.50%) Broadband
2 1 (12.50%) DHCP
2 1 (12.50%) TCP/IP
2 1 (12.50%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (12.50%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (12.50%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (12.50%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 1 (12.50%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (12.50%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 2 (25.00%) PDA
2 1 (12.50%) Clustering
2 1 (12.50%) Firmware
Operating Systems
1 7 (87.50%) Windows
2 4 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 4 (50.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 3 (37.50%) Windows 2000
4 2 (25.00%) Windows XP
4 2 (25.00%) Windows 7
4 2 (25.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (25.00%) Disaster Recovery
1 2 (25.00%) ITIL
2 1 (12.50%) Performance Tuning
2 1 (12.50%) Business Continuity
2 1 (12.50%) Migration
2 1 (12.50%) Service Management
2 1 (12.50%) Change Management
2 1 (12.50%) High Availability
2 1 (12.50%) Capacity Management
2 1 (12.50%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 1 (12.50%) PowerShell
1 1 (12.50%) Shell Script
1 1 (12.50%) SQL
1 1 (12.50%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (25.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (12.50%) MCITP
2 1 (12.50%) ITIL Certification
2 1 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
2 1 (12.50%) MCSE
2 1 (12.50%) CCNP
System Software
1 4 (50.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (12.50%) Microsoft Virtual Server
2 1 (12.50%) DFS Replication
2 1 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (12.50%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 2 (25.00%) SCCM
2 1 (12.50%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 1 (12.50%) BladeLogic
2 1 (12.50%) WSUS
2 1 (12.50%) Backup Exec
2 1 (12.50%) SCOM
2 1 (12.50%) SCVMM
2 1 (12.50%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 3 (37.50%) HP
1 3 (37.50%) Dell
1 3 (37.50%) Microsoft
2 2 (25.00%) Symantec
2 2 (25.00%) Toshiba
2 2 (25.00%) VMware
3 1 (12.50%) Cyber-Ark
3 1 (12.50%) Splunk
3 1 (12.50%) McAfee
3 1 (12.50%) Citrix
3 1 (12.50%) Cisco