The first table below looks at the demand 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 23 April 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
23 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Technical Specialist
Rank 135 116 121
Rank change year-on-year
-19 +5
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Specialist 7 3 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.22% 0.12% 0.16%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.24% 0.13% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 1 4
Average daily rate £270 £250 £332
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.00% -24.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £246 £250 £324
10% offered a daily rate of more than £393 £250 £382
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £375 £311
% change year-on-year
-13.33% +20.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £18.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.75 £21.50 -
% change year-on-year
-22.09% -
Job Titles Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
2903 2296 2849
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 91.84% 93.37% 91.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 1544 1087 1385
Average daily rate £350 £330 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +1.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £215 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 204 184 180
Average hourly rate £17.75 £18.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.38% -2.70%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.69 £11.00 £11.37
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.51 £54.64 £37.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.89%
Technical Specialist
England

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
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Technical Specialist across the North West region over the 3 months to 23 April 2014.

Technical Specialist Daily Rate Histogram 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 23 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
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Vacancies
Cheshire - 4 £270 - 1
Lancashire -21 2 - -
Manchester -7 1 £475 - 1
Merseyside - - - - 1
Technical Specialist
England

Technical Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 8 (66.67%) Windows
2 5 (41.67%) Active Directory
2 5 (41.67%) Windows Server 2003
2 5 (41.67%) Windows Server 2008
3 4 (33.33%) SC Cleared
3 4 (33.33%) Security Cleared
3 4 (33.33%) Banking
3 4 (33.33%) Citrix
4 3 (25.00%) AIX
4 3 (25.00%) Linux
4 3 (25.00%) UNIX
4 3 (25.00%) VMware
4 3 (25.00%) Mainframe
4 3 (25.00%) Management Information System
4 3 (25.00%) XenApp
5 2 (16.67%) IaaS
5 2 (16.67%) High Availability
5 2 (16.67%) Big Data
5 2 (16.67%) PaaS
5 2 (16.67%) Reference Data
5 2 (16.67%) Data Integration
5 2 (16.67%) VME
5 2 (16.67%) Data Architecture
5 2 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
5 2 (16.67%) ISPF
5 2 (16.67%) WebSphere
5 2 (16.67%) Change Management
5 2 (16.67%) Disaster Recovery
5 2 (16.67%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (16.67%) Asset Management

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

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 (16.67%) WebSphere
1 2 (16.67%) WebSphere Application Server
1 2 (16.67%) WebLogic
1 2 (16.67%) Tuxedo
2 1 (8.33%) SharePoint
2 1 (8.33%) MS Exchange
2 1 (8.33%) IIS
2 1 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2003
2 1 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 1 (8.33%) MS Excel
1 1 (8.33%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (16.67%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 2 (16.67%) IaaS
1 2 (16.67%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (16.67%) LAN
1 2 (16.67%) WAN
1 2 (16.67%) SSL
2 1 (8.33%) Internet
2 1 (8.33%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (16.67%) Big Data
2 1 (8.33%) SQL Server
General
1 4 (33.33%) Banking
2 1 (8.33%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (16.67%) ISPF
1 2 (16.67%) Middleware
2 1 (8.33%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 3 (25.00%) Mainframe
1 3 (25.00%) Management Information System
2 2 (16.67%) Reference Data
2 2 (16.67%) Data Integration
3 1 (8.33%) Blackberry
3 1 (8.33%) AS400
3 1 (8.33%) Online Banking
3 1 (8.33%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 8 (66.67%) Windows
2 5 (41.67%) Windows Server 2003
2 5 (41.67%) Windows Server 2008
3 3 (25.00%) AIX
3 3 (25.00%) Linux
3 3 (25.00%) UNIX
4 2 (16.67%) VME
4 2 (16.67%) MVS
5 1 (8.33%) Windows Vista
5 1 (8.33%) Windows 7
5 1 (8.33%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (16.67%) High Availability
1 2 (16.67%) Data Architecture
1 2 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
1 2 (16.67%) Change Management
1 2 (16.67%) Disaster Recovery
1 2 (16.67%) Asset Management
1 2 (16.67%) Data Analysis
1 2 (16.67%) ITIL
1 2 (16.67%) Data Modelling
1 2 (16.67%) PRINCE
2 1 (8.33%) Incident Management
2 1 (8.33%) Risk Management
2 1 (8.33%) Service Management
2 1 (8.33%) Performance Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 2 (16.67%) Shell Script
1 2 (16.67%) JCL
Qualifications
1 4 (33.33%) SC Cleared
1 4 (33.33%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 5 (41.67%) Active Directory
2 3 (25.00%) XenApp
3 1 (8.33%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 1 (8.33%) SCCM
1 1 (8.33%) HP SiteScope
Vendors
1 4 (33.33%) Citrix
2 3 (25.00%) VMware
3 2 (16.67%) Oracle
3 2 (16.67%) BEA
3 2 (16.67%) IBM
3 2 (16.67%) Microsoft
4 1 (8.33%) HP
4 1 (8.33%) CA
4 1 (8.33%) Red Hat
4 1 (8.33%) AppSense
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