The table below looks at the statistics for the Applications Support 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 Support in their job title over the 3 months to 4 September 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 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Application Support
Rank 119 119 114
Rank change year-on-year
0 -5
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 51 17 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.17% 0.56% 0.63%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.25% 0.60% 0.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 5 5
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£438 £375 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% +19.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £360 £312
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £407 £355
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £250 £300
% change year-on-year
+40.00% -16.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £13.71 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £28.25
% change year-on-year
+18.42% -32.74%
Applications 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
4072 2818 2624
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 93.50% 92.00% 92.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 2452 1557 1304
Average daily rate £400 £350 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +6.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £218 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 200 181 202
Average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.57% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £10.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.80 £45.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.33 £17.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+1.94% -

Applications Support
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Applications Support Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Applications 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 Applications Support across the North West region.

Applications Support Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Applications Support
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Applications Support across the North West region over the 3 months to 4 September 2015.

Applications Support Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Applications 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 Applications Support across the North West region.

Applications Support Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Applications Support
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 Support within the North West region over the 3 months to 4 September 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
Manchester -4 17 £456 - 10
Cheshire -7 13 £525 +50.00% 3
Merseyside +3 12 £356 - 5
Lancashire -13 5 £418 +9.86% 2
Applications Support
England

Applications Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region that cited Applications 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 Applications Support in their job title.

1 27 (45.76%) SQL
2 26 (44.07%) Windows
3 25 (42.37%) ITIL
4 23 (38.98%) Finance
5 18 (30.51%) SQL Server
6 14 (23.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 13 (22.03%) SQL Server 2008
7 13 (22.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 11 (18.64%) Stakeholder Management
8 11 (18.64%) Microsoft
9 10 (16.95%) Oracle
10 9 (15.25%) QA
10 9 (15.25%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 8 (13.56%) Supplier Management
11 8 (13.56%) Banking
11 8 (13.56%) Data Warehouse
12 7 (11.86%) BusinessObjects
12 7 (11.86%) Security Cleared
12 7 (11.86%) ITIL V3
13 6 (10.17%) SC Cleared
13 6 (10.17%) Performance Management
13 6 (10.17%) Service Delivery
14 5 (8.47%) Service Management
14 5 (8.47%) Client/Server
14 5 (8.47%) MS Excel
14 5 (8.47%) CRM
14 5 (8.47%) Linux
14 5 (8.47%) .NET
14 5 (8.47%) C#
14 5 (8.47%) Problem Management

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

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region that cited Applications 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 Applications Support in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 3 (5.08%) SharePoint
1 3 (5.08%) MS Exchange
1 3 (5.08%) IIS
1 3 (5.08%) Lync
1 3 (5.08%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (1.69%) Tomcat
2 1 (1.69%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (1.69%) WebSphere
2 1 (1.69%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 5 (8.47%) MS Excel
2 2 (3.39%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (3.39%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (3.39%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.69%) Remedy AR System
2 1 (1.69%) Maximo
Communications & Networking
1 3 (5.08%) SMS
1 3 (5.08%) DHCP
1 3 (5.08%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (30.51%) SQL Server
2 14 (23.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 13 (22.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 13 (22.03%) SQL Server 2008
4 8 (13.56%) Data Warehouse
5 7 (11.86%) BusinessObjects
6 3 (5.08%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (3.39%) SQL Server 2005
8 1 (1.69%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (1.69%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (1.69%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 9 (15.25%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 4 (6.78%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.69%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (1.69%) Toad
3 1 (1.69%) Subversion
General
1 23 (38.98%) Finance
2 8 (13.56%) Banking
3 2 (3.39%) Retail
3 2 (3.39%) Corporate Banking
3 2 (3.39%) Financial Institution
4 1 (1.69%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.69%) Advertising
4 1 (1.69%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (8.47%) .NET
2 3 (5.08%) Middleware
3 2 (3.39%) Classic ASP
4 1 (1.69%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 5 (8.47%) Client/Server
2 2 (3.39%) Data Extraction
3 1 (1.69%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.69%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.69%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.69%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 26 (44.07%) Windows
2 5 (8.47%) Linux
3 4 (6.78%) UNIX
4 3 (5.08%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (5.08%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (5.08%) Windows XP
5 2 (3.39%) VMS
5 2 (3.39%) OpenVMS
6 1 (1.69%) Windows Mobile
6 1 (1.69%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (42.37%) ITIL
2 11 (18.64%) Stakeholder Management
3 8 (13.56%) Supplier Management
4 7 (11.86%) ITIL V3
5 6 (10.17%) Performance Management
5 6 (10.17%) Service Delivery
6 5 (8.47%) CRM
6 5 (8.47%) Problem Management
6 5 (8.47%) Agile Software Development
6 5 (8.47%) Service Management
7 3 (5.08%) ETL
7 3 (5.08%) Operational Acceptance Testing
8 2 (3.39%) Root Cause Analysis
8 2 (3.39%) Stakeholder Engagement
8 2 (3.39%) Continuous Improvement
8 2 (3.39%) Line Management
8 2 (3.39%) Migration
9 1 (1.69%) Release Management
9 1 (1.69%) Unit Testing
9 1 (1.69%) CAFM
Programming Languages
1 27 (45.76%) SQL
2 5 (8.47%) C#
3 4 (6.78%) C++
3 4 (6.78%) JavaScript
3 4 (6.78%) Python
4 2 (3.39%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.69%) Java
5 1 (1.69%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 7 (11.86%) Security Cleared
2 6 (10.17%) SC Cleared
3 3 (5.08%) ITIL Certification
4 2 (3.39%) DV Cleared
5 1 (1.69%) Degree
5 1 (1.69%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (15.25%) QA
2 3 (5.08%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (5.08%) Active Directory
1 3 (5.08%) Microsoft App-V
1 3 (5.08%) XenApp
1 3 (5.08%) XenServer
1 3 (5.08%) XenDesktop
Vendors
1 11 (18.64%) Microsoft
2 10 (16.95%) Oracle
3 3 (5.08%) Citrix
3 3 (5.08%) Remedy
3 3 (5.08%) VMware
3 3 (5.08%) AppSense
4 2 (3.39%) Sybase
5 1 (1.69%) SAP
5 1 (1.69%) Hyperion
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