The table below looks at the statistics for the Technical 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 Technical Specialist in their job title over the 3 months to 5 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Technical Specialist
Rank 150 123 125
Rank change year-on-year
-27 +2
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Specialist 6 16 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.16% 0.51% 0.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.17% 0.54% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 2
Average daily rate £401 £375 £573
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.93% -34.49%
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £413 £394
% change year-on-year
+9.09% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Technical 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
3579 2967 2567
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 94.16% 94.25% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 2155 1669 1303
Average daily rate £375 £363 £344
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +5.45%
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 179 179 191
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.10% +5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.22 £12.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.00 £42.50 £42.11
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

Technical Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Technical Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Technical 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 Technical Specialist across the North West region.

Technical Specialist Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Technical 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 Technical Specialist across the North West region.

Technical Specialist Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Technical 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 Technical Specialist within the North West region over the 3 months to 5 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 -15 5 - - 4
Merseyside - 1 £401 -
Technical Specialist
England

Technical Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West region that cited Technical 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 Technical Specialist in their job title.

1 4 (36.36%) SC Cleared
1 4 (36.36%) Security Cleared
2 3 (27.27%) jQuery
2 3 (27.27%) Web Development
2 3 (27.27%) WCAG
2 3 (27.27%) JIRA
2 3 (27.27%) Atlassian
2 3 (27.27%) Confluence
2 3 (27.27%) Axure RP
2 3 (27.27%) Progressive Enhancement
2 3 (27.27%) User Experience
2 3 (27.27%) Responsive Web Design
2 3 (27.27%) HTML
2 3 (27.27%) JavaScript
2 3 (27.27%) CSS
2 3 (27.27%) W3C
2 3 (27.27%) Change Management
2 3 (27.27%) Scrum
2 3 (27.27%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (18.18%) SQL
3 2 (18.18%) Oracle
3 2 (18.18%) Unix
3 2 (18.18%) Performance Tuning
4 1 (9.09%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (9.09%) Patch Management
4 1 (9.09%) SDLC
4 1 (9.09%) Windows Server
4 1 (9.09%) SAP HANA
4 1 (9.09%) Unit Testing
4 1 (9.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West region that cited Technical 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 Technical Specialist in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 3 (27.27%) Confluence
2 1 (9.09%) WebSphere
2 1 (9.09%) WebSphere Application Server
Business Applications
1 1 (9.09%) PeopleSoft HRMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (9.09%) DB2
1 1 (9.09%) SAP HANA
1 1 (9.09%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (27.27%) Axure RP
1 3 (27.27%) JIRA
General
1 1 (9.09%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (27.27%) CSS
1 3 (27.27%) HTML
1 3 (27.27%) jQuery
2 1 (9.09%) SAP Basis
2 1 (9.09%) SAP XI
Miscellaneous
1 3 (27.27%) User Experience
1 3 (27.27%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 2 (18.18%) Unix
2 1 (9.09%) AIX
2 1 (9.09%) Linux
2 1 (9.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (9.09%) Windows
2 1 (9.09%) Windows Server
2 1 (9.09%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (27.27%) Agile Software Development
1 3 (27.27%) Change Management
1 3 (27.27%) Progressive Enhancement
1 3 (27.27%) Responsive Web Design
1 3 (27.27%) Scrum
1 3 (27.27%) Web Development
2 2 (18.18%) Performance Tuning
3 1 (9.09%) Business Intelligence
3 1 (9.09%) Configuration Management
3 1 (9.09%) ITIL
3 1 (9.09%) OO
3 1 (9.09%) Patch Management
3 1 (9.09%) Project Management
3 1 (9.09%) SDLC
3 1 (9.09%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (27.27%) JavaScript
2 2 (18.18%) SQL
3 1 (9.09%) PeopleCode
3 1 (9.09%) PL/SQL
3 1 (9.09%) SQR
Qualifications
1 4 (36.36%) SC Cleared
1 4 (36.36%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (27.27%) WCAG
Vendors
1 3 (27.27%) Atlassian
2 2 (18.18%) Oracle
3 1 (9.09%) Ab Initio
3 1 (9.09%) Microsoft
3 1 (9.09%) PeopleSoft
3 1 (9.09%) Red Hat
3 1 (9.09%) SAP