The first table below looks at the demand for the Support 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 Support Specialist in their job title over the 3 months to 31 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 North West 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
31 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Support Specialist
Rank 127 118 139
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +21
Contract jobs requiring a Support Specialist 5 12 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.17% 0.44% 0.093%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.18% 0.48% 0.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 2
Average daily rate
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£275 £425 £125
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-35.29% +240.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £313 £121
10% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £445 £129
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £331 £238
% change year-on-year
-3.35% +39.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £14.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.10 £16.00 £12.50
% change year-on-year
+0.62% +28.00%
Job Titles Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
2826 2505 2949
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 93.45% 92.47% 91.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 1531 1192 1498
Average daily rate £350 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £218 £218 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 190 195 226
Average hourly rate £16.16 £17.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.65% -10.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £39.00 £41.65
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%
Support Specialist
England

Support Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Support Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Support 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 Support Specialist across the North West region.

Support Specialist Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Support 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 Support Specialist across the North West region.

Support Specialist Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Support 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 Support Specialist within the North West region over the 3 months to 31 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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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
Lancashire - 3 £225 -
Cheshire -3 1 - -
Manchester - - - - 3
Merseyside - - - -
Support Specialist
England

Support Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region that cited Support 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 Support Specialist in their job title.

1 7 (70.00%) Windows
2 5 (50.00%) MS Office
2 5 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 5 (50.00%) Citrix
3 4 (40.00%) CA
3 4 (40.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 4 (40.00%) Blackberry
3 4 (40.00%) Windows 7
4 3 (30.00%) Microsoft App-V
4 3 (30.00%) AppSense
4 3 (30.00%) Windows Vista
4 3 (30.00%) SCCM
4 3 (30.00%) SC Cleared
4 3 (30.00%) Security Cleared
4 3 (30.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (30.00%) Service Management
4 3 (30.00%) VMware
4 3 (30.00%) Windows XP
5 2 (20.00%) LAN
5 2 (20.00%) Windows 2000
5 2 (20.00%) ITIL
5 2 (20.00%) SQL
5 2 (20.00%) SLA
5 2 (20.00%) Validation
5 2 (20.00%) McAfee
5 2 (20.00%) TQM
5 2 (20.00%) Lumension
5 2 (20.00%) Software Deployment
6 1 (10.00%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (10.00%) Analytics

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

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region that cited Support 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 Support Specialist in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (10.00%) WebSphere Application Server
1 1 (10.00%) IBM HTTP Server
1 1 (10.00%) WebSphere
Applications
1 5 (50.00%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 2 (20.00%) LAN
2 1 (10.00%) HTTP
2 1 (10.00%) VPN
2 1 (10.00%) Wireless
2 1 (10.00%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (10.00%) SQL Server
1 1 (10.00%) Crystal Reports
1 1 (10.00%) MSDE
Development Applications
1 1 (10.00%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 1 (10.00%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (10.00%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 4 (40.00%) Blackberry
2 1 (10.00%) Mainframe
2 1 (10.00%) AS400
2 1 (10.00%) Replication
2 1 (10.00%) Clustering
2 1 (10.00%) CMDB
2 1 (10.00%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 7 (70.00%) Windows
2 4 (40.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 4 (40.00%) Windows 7
3 3 (30.00%) Windows Vista
3 3 (30.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 3 (30.00%) Windows XP
4 2 (20.00%) Windows 2000
5 1 (10.00%) UNIX
5 1 (10.00%) AIX
5 1 (10.00%) Linux
5 1 (10.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (30.00%) Service Management
2 2 (20.00%) ITIL
2 2 (20.00%) Validation
2 2 (20.00%) TQM
2 2 (20.00%) Software Deployment
3 1 (10.00%) Analytics
3 1 (10.00%) Performance Tuning
3 1 (10.00%) ITSM
3 1 (10.00%) Security Management
3 1 (10.00%) Database Tuning
3 1 (10.00%) High Availability
3 1 (10.00%) Continuous Improvement
3 1 (10.00%) Capacity Management
3 1 (10.00%) Configuration Management
3 1 (10.00%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 2 (20.00%) SQL
2 1 (10.00%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (30.00%) SC Cleared
1 3 (30.00%) Security Cleared
2 1 (10.00%) MCP
2 1 (10.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (10.00%) IBM Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (20.00%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (30.00%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (10.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (30.00%) SCCM
2 1 (10.00%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (10.00%) Tivoli
2 1 (10.00%) Tivoli Monitoring
2 1 (10.00%) Tivoli Storage Manager
2 1 (10.00%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 5 (50.00%) Citrix
1 5 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 4 (40.00%) CA
3 3 (30.00%) VMware
3 3 (30.00%) AppSense
4 2 (20.00%) Lumension
4 2 (20.00%) McAfee
5 1 (10.00%) Sophos
5 1 (10.00%) Adobe
5 1 (10.00%) Becrypt
5 1 (10.00%) Veeam
5 1 (10.00%) Red Hat
5 1 (10.00%) Symantec
5 1 (10.00%) Business Objects
5 1 (10.00%) SAP
5 1 (10.00%) Cisco
5 1 (10.00%) IBM