The table below looks at the statistics for the Applications Specialist role in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Applications Specialist in their job title over the 3 months to 8 February 2016 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
8 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Application Specialist
Rank 156 139 -
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Specialist 4 1 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.11% 0.031% -
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.033% -
Number of daily rates quoted 3 1 0
Average daily rate £425 £400 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £381 £425 £350
% change year-on-year
-10.29% +21.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £20.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.63 £21.68 £14.25
% change year-on-year
-4.84% +52.10%
Applications Specialist
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
3573 3030 2567
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 94.13% 94.25% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 2147 1704 1303
Average daily rate £380 £363 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.82% +6.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £501 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 181 183 191
Average hourly rate £23.83 £18.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.78% +5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.22 £12.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.00 £42.50 £42.08
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

Applications Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Applications Specialist in the job title across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Applications Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Applications Specialist
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Applications Specialist Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Applications Specialist
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Applications Specialist across the North West region over the 3 months to 8 February 2016.

Applications Specialist Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Applications Specialist
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Applications Specialist Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Applications Specialist
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Applications Specialist within the North West region over the 3 months to 8 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Manchester - 3 £425 -
Cheshire - 1 - -
Applications Specialist
England

Applications Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West region that cited Applications Specialist 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 Applications Specialist in their job title.

1 4 (50.00%) Finance
2 3 (37.50%) Middleware
2 3 (37.50%) Banking
2 3 (37.50%) .NET
2 3 (37.50%) Unix
3 2 (25.00%) AIX
3 2 (25.00%) JBoss
3 2 (25.00%) SQL
3 2 (25.00%) WebSphere Application Server
3 2 (25.00%) Red Hat
3 2 (25.00%) WebSphere MQ
3 2 (25.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 2 (25.00%) WebSphere
4 1 (12.50%) Vulnerability Scanning
4 1 (12.50%) Windows Server
4 1 (12.50%) Security Testing
4 1 (12.50%) Unit Testing
4 1 (12.50%) Network Security
4 1 (12.50%) BPMN
4 1 (12.50%) F5
4 1 (12.50%) Splunk
4 1 (12.50%) Web Application Development
4 1 (12.50%) Non-Functional Testing
4 1 (12.50%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (12.50%) Analytics
4 1 (12.50%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 1 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (12.50%) Internet
4 1 (12.50%) SQL Server 2005

Applications Specialist
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West region that cited Applications Specialist 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 Applications Specialist in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (25.00%) JBoss
1 2 (25.00%) WebSphere
1 2 (25.00%) WebSphere Application Server
2 1 (12.50%) IIS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (12.50%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
1 1 (12.50%) Internet
1 1 (12.50%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (12.50%) Data Mining
1 1 (12.50%) SQL Server
1 1 (12.50%) SQL Server 2005
1 1 (12.50%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 4 (50.00%) Finance
2 3 (37.50%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (37.50%) .NET
1 3 (37.50%) Middleware
2 2 (25.00%) WebSphere MQ
3 1 (12.50%) J2EE
Operating Systems
1 3 (37.50%) Unix
2 2 (25.00%) AIX
2 2 (25.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (12.50%) Windows
3 1 (12.50%) Windows Server
3 1 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (12.50%) Analytics
1 1 (12.50%) BPMN
1 1 (12.50%) Migration
1 1 (12.50%) MVC
1 1 (12.50%) Non-Functional Testing
1 1 (12.50%) Risk Management
1 1 (12.50%) Security Testing
1 1 (12.50%) Software Engineering
1 1 (12.50%) UML
1 1 (12.50%) Unit Testing
1 1 (12.50%) Vulnerability Scanning
1 1 (12.50%) Web Application Development
Programming Languages
1 2 (25.00%) SQL
2 1 (12.50%) C#
Qualifications
1 1 (12.50%) CISM
1 1 (12.50%) CISSP
1 1 (12.50%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (12.50%) SLA
Vendors
1 2 (25.00%) Red Hat
2 1 (12.50%) F5
2 1 (12.50%) Microsoft
2 1 (12.50%) Oracle
2 1 (12.50%) Splunk