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 29 August 2014 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Technical Specialist
Rank 134 126 113
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -13
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Specialist 9 6 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.29% 0.21% 0.91%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.31% 0.23% 0.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 2 12
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£325 £280 £385
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.07% -27.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £298 £276 £370
10% offered a daily rate of more than £370 £284 £448
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £370 £369
% change year-on-year
-8.78% +0.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 -
% change year-on-year
-2.77% -
Technical 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
2874 2645 3045
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 92.00% 92.29% 92.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 1602 1315 1547
Average daily rate £350 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £218 £219 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 181 203 218
Average hourly rate £16.75 £17.50 £17.51
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.28% -0.05%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.34
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £35.00 £39.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%

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 29 August 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
Manchester - 3 £363 - 2
Merseyside - - - -
Technical Specialist
England

Technical Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, 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 11 (68.75%) Windows
2 7 (43.75%) Active Directory
2 7 (43.75%) Citrix
2 7 (43.75%) Windows Server 2003
2 7 (43.75%) SC Cleared
2 7 (43.75%) Security Cleared
2 7 (43.75%) Windows Server 2008
3 6 (37.50%) Linux
4 5 (31.25%) Microsoft
4 5 (31.25%) Finance
4 5 (31.25%) VMware
5 4 (25.00%) XenApp
5 4 (25.00%) Risk Management
6 3 (18.75%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (18.75%) AppSense
6 3 (18.75%) Blackberry
6 3 (18.75%) MS Office
6 3 (18.75%) CA
6 3 (18.75%) Windows 7
6 3 (18.75%) SCCM
6 3 (18.75%) Incident Management
6 3 (18.75%) Windows Vista
7 2 (12.50%) QA
7 2 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (12.50%) IronPort
7 2 (12.50%) Security Testing
7 2 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2003
7 2 (12.50%) PKI
7 2 (12.50%) Banking
7 2 (12.50%) CEH

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

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, 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 2 (12.50%) IIS
1 2 (12.50%) SharePoint
1 2 (12.50%) MS Exchange
1 2 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2003
1 2 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2007
1 2 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 3 (18.75%) MS Office
2 2 (12.50%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 2 (12.50%) Firewall
1 2 (12.50%) Intrusion Detection
2 1 (6.25%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (12.50%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (12.50%) Metasploit
General
1 5 (31.25%) Finance
2 2 (12.50%) Banking
2 2 (12.50%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.25%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 3 (18.75%) Blackberry
2 2 (12.50%) Management Information System
2 2 (12.50%) PKI
2 2 (12.50%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 11 (68.75%) Windows
2 7 (43.75%) Windows Server 2003
2 7 (43.75%) Windows Server 2008
3 6 (37.50%) Linux
4 3 (18.75%) Windows Vista
4 3 (18.75%) Windows 7
5 2 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (12.50%) Windows XP
6 1 (6.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (25.00%) Risk Management
2 3 (18.75%) Incident Management
3 2 (12.50%) Security Testing
3 2 (12.50%) SIEM
3 2 (12.50%) Software Deployment
3 2 (12.50%) Information Security
3 2 (12.50%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 2 (12.50%) Penetration Testing
3 2 (12.50%) ITIL
3 2 (12.50%) TQM
3 2 (12.50%) Identity Management
4 1 (6.25%) Service Management
4 1 (6.25%) Performance Monitoring
Qualifications
1 7 (43.75%) SC Cleared
1 7 (43.75%) Security Cleared
2 2 (12.50%) CISSP
2 2 (12.50%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (12.50%) SLA
1 2 (12.50%) QA
1 2 (12.50%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 7 (43.75%) Active Directory
2 4 (25.00%) XenApp
3 3 (18.75%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 3 (18.75%) SCCM
2 2 (12.50%) CORE IMPACT
3 1 (6.25%) HP SiteScope
Vendors
1 7 (43.75%) Citrix
2 5 (31.25%) VMware
2 5 (31.25%) Microsoft
3 3 (18.75%) AppSense
3 3 (18.75%) CA
4 2 (12.50%) Red Hat
4 2 (12.50%) CheckPoint
4 2 (12.50%) McAfee
4 2 (12.50%) Sophos
4 2 (12.50%) Sourcefire
4 2 (12.50%) IronPort
4 2 (12.50%) Lumension
5 1 (6.25%) HP