The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the North West region that had 3rd Line Support featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 27 May 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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.

3 months to
27 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Third Line Support
Rank 143 128 119
Rank change year-on-year
-15 -9
Contract jobs requiring a 3rd Line Support 20 23 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.51% 0.63% 0.52%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.54% 0.66% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 16 6
Median daily rate £300 £218 £223
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+37.93% -2.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £120 £215 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £331 £319 £298
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £250 £225
% change year-on-year
+10.00% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 0
Median hourly rate £20.00 £18.73 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.78% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.33 £22.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
-3.04% +12.82%
3rd Line Support
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the North West 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
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
3736 3483 2907
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 94.51% 94.70% 94.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 2262 1968 1555
Median daily rate £400 £385 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.89% +10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £238 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £519
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 128 209 192
Median hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% -11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.39 £47.33 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.16 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+8.29% -2.06%

3rd Line Support
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of IT contracts across the North West region that featured 3rd Line Support in the job title.

3rd Line Support Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

3rd Line Support
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

3rd Line Support Daily Rate Trend in the North West

3rd Line Support
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing 3rd Line Support across the North West region over the 3 months to 27 May 2016.

3rd Line Support Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

3rd Line Support
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

3rd Line Support Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

3rd Line Support
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing 3rd Line Support within the North West region over the 3 months to 27 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -14 15 £300 +37.93% 7
Merseyside -6 2 £325 +15.04% 3
Cheshire -11 2 £281 +27.84% 1
Lancashire 0 1 - - 1
3rd Line Support
England

3rd Line Support Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 May 2016, 3rd Line Support contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region featuring 3rd Line Support in the job title.

1 20 (62.50%) Windows
2 17 (53.13%) VMware
3 14 (43.75%) Active Directory
3 14 (43.75%) Windows Server 2012
4 13 (40.63%) Microsoft
5 11 (34.38%) Windows Server
6 9 (28.13%) PowerShell
6 9 (28.13%) Windows Server 2008
6 9 (28.13%) DNS
6 9 (28.13%) Citrix
6 9 (28.13%) Windows Server 2003
7 8 (25.00%) DHCP
7 8 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
8 7 (21.88%) Cisco
8 7 (21.88%) ITIL
9 6 (18.75%) Finance
9 6 (18.75%) MS Exchange
10 5 (15.63%) SharePoint
10 5 (15.63%) SAN
10 5 (15.63%) Amazon AWS
10 5 (15.63%) Windows 7
11 4 (12.50%) NetApp
11 4 (12.50%) HP
11 4 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
11 4 (12.50%) Microsoft Certification
11 4 (12.50%) Linux
11 4 (12.50%) MCSE
11 4 (12.50%) MCSA
11 4 (12.50%) Hyper-V
11 4 (12.50%) Migration

3rd Line Support Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 6 (18.75%) MS Exchange
2 5 (15.63%) SharePoint
3 3 (9.38%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 3 (9.38%) CMS
3 3 (9.38%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (3.13%) Apache
4 1 (3.13%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (3.13%) IIS
4 1 (3.13%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 3 (9.38%) MS Office
2 2 (6.25%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 5 (15.63%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (6.25%) Amazon EC2
2 2 (6.25%) SoftLayer
3 1 (3.13%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (3.13%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 9 (28.13%) DNS
2 8 (25.00%) DHCP
3 5 (15.63%) SAN
4 3 (9.38%) Firewall
4 3 (9.38%) TCP/IP
4 3 (9.38%) VLAN
5 2 (6.25%) Fibre Channel
5 2 (6.25%) iSCSI
5 2 (6.25%) VPN
6 1 (3.13%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (3.13%) FTP
6 1 (3.13%) LAN
6 1 (3.13%) Network Security
6 1 (3.13%) Skype
6 1 (3.13%) SSL
6 1 (3.13%) VoIP
6 1 (3.13%) WAN
Development Applications
1 1 (3.13%) AdminStudio
1 1 (3.13%) JIRA
1 1 (3.13%) Subversion
1 1 (3.13%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 6 (18.75%) Finance
2 4 (12.50%) Banking
3 3 (9.38%) Legal
4 2 (6.25%) Law
4 2 (6.25%) Telecoms
5 1 (3.13%) Financial Institution
5 1 (3.13%) Local Government
5 1 (3.13%) Manufacturing
5 1 (3.13%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (9.38%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (9.38%) Blackberry
1 3 (9.38%) NHS
2 1 (3.13%) Clustering
2 1 (3.13%) Digital Media
2 1 (3.13%) Mobile App
2 1 (3.13%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 20 (62.50%) Windows
2 14 (43.75%) Windows Server 2012
3 11 (34.38%) Windows Server
4 9 (28.13%) Windows Server 2003
4 9 (28.13%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (15.63%) Windows 7
6 4 (12.50%) Linux
7 2 (6.25%) Windows 8
8 1 (3.13%) Android
8 1 (3.13%) Apple iOS
8 1 (3.13%) CentOS
8 1 (3.13%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (21.88%) ITIL
2 4 (12.50%) Migration
3 3 (9.38%) Configuration Management
3 3 (9.38%) Service Management
4 2 (6.25%) Incident Management
4 2 (6.25%) Performance Monitoring
5 1 (3.13%) Business Analysis
5 1 (3.13%) Change Management
5 1 (3.13%) Infrastructure Management
5 1 (3.13%) Infrastructure Transformation
5 1 (3.13%) ITIL V3
5 1 (3.13%) Mobile Device Management
5 1 (3.13%) Multi-Factor Authentication
5 1 (3.13%) Network Design
5 1 (3.13%) Problem Management
5 1 (3.13%) Project Management
5 1 (3.13%) Root Cause Analysis
5 1 (3.13%) Systems Analysis
5 1 (3.13%) Two-Factor Authentication
5 1 (3.13%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 9 (28.13%) PowerShell
2 2 (6.25%) C
3 1 (3.13%) Java
3 1 (3.13%) JavaScript
3 1 (3.13%) PHP
3 1 (3.13%) SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
1 4 (12.50%) MCSA
1 4 (12.50%) MCSE
1 4 (12.50%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (9.38%) CCNA
3 2 (6.25%) MCP
3 2 (6.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 1 (3.13%) HP ASE
4 1 (3.13%) HP MASE
4 1 (3.13%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (3.13%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 1 (3.13%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (6.25%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 14 (43.75%) Active Directory
2 8 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (12.50%) Hyper-V
4 3 (9.38%) vSphere
4 3 (9.38%) XenApp
5 2 (6.25%) NFS
5 2 (6.25%) Xen
6 1 (3.13%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 2 (6.25%) Norton AntiVirus
1 2 (6.25%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
2 1 (3.13%) Dollar Universe
2 1 (3.13%) NetBackup
2 1 (3.13%) SCCM
2 1 (3.13%) vMotion
Vendors
1 17 (53.13%) VMware
2 13 (40.63%) Microsoft
3 9 (28.13%) Citrix
4 7 (21.88%) Cisco
5 4 (12.50%) HP
5 4 (12.50%) NetApp
6 3 (9.38%) ServiceNow
7 2 (6.25%) EMC
7 2 (6.25%) IBM
7 2 (6.25%) Proofpoint
7 2 (6.25%) Symantec
8 1 (3.13%) AppSense
8 1 (3.13%) Dell
8 1 (3.13%) Infoblox
8 1 (3.13%) Juniper
8 1 (3.13%) Mitel
8 1 (3.13%) NEC
8 1 (3.13%) SAP
8 1 (3.13%) SolarWinds
8 1 (3.13%) WatchGuard
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