The table below looks at the statistics 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 2 June 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
2 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Support Specialist
Rank 150 132 114
Rank change year-on-year
-18 -18
Contract jobs requiring a Support Specialist 2 4 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.055% 0.13% 0.39%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.059% 0.14% 0.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 1
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£378 £268 £435
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+41.12% -38.50%
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £315 £316
% change year-on-year
+6.34% -0.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £18.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.70 £16.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-14.37% -15.78%
Support Specialist
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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
3390 2870 2157
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 93.29% 92.55% 93.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 1930 1548 1020
Average daily rate £378 £350 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.85% +3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £210 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 204 190 171
Average hourly rate £16.84 £16.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.25% -8.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £44.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -5.71%

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 2 June 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
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IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -9 2 £378 +21.77% 1
Support Specialist
England

Support Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 2 June 2015, 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 3 (75.00%) ITIL
2 2 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (50.00%) Windows
2 2 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 2 (50.00%) VMware
2 2 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (50.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 2 (50.00%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (25.00%) 3PAR
3 1 (25.00%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (25.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 1 (25.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (25.00%) VPLS
3 1 (25.00%) Degree
3 1 (25.00%) MPLS
3 1 (25.00%) BGP
3 1 (25.00%) Service Management
3 1 (25.00%) Firewall
3 1 (25.00%) Tomcat
3 1 (25.00%) MS Excel
3 1 (25.00%) MS Exchange
3 1 (25.00%) ADSL
3 1 (25.00%) LAN
3 1 (25.00%) WAN
3 1 (25.00%) SNMP
3 1 (25.00%) Active Directory
3 1 (25.00%) HP
3 1 (25.00%) SAN

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

For the 6 months to 2 June 2015, 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 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2010
1 1 (25.00%) Tomcat
1 1 (25.00%) MS Exchange
1 1 (25.00%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 1 (25.00%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 1 (25.00%) VPLS
1 1 (25.00%) MPLS
1 1 (25.00%) BGP
1 1 (25.00%) Firewall
1 1 (25.00%) ADSL
1 1 (25.00%) LAN
1 1 (25.00%) WAN
1 1 (25.00%) SNMP
1 1 (25.00%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (25.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 1 (25.00%) SQL Server
Miscellaneous
1 1 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 2 (50.00%) Windows
1 2 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
1 2 (50.00%) Windows Server 2008
1 2 (50.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (75.00%) ITIL
2 1 (25.00%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (25.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (25.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
1 1 (25.00%) Degree
1 1 (25.00%) MCP
System Software
1 2 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (25.00%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (25.00%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 2 (50.00%) Microsoft
1 2 (50.00%) VMware
2 1 (25.00%) 3PAR
2 1 (25.00%) HP