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 28 January 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
28 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Technical Specialist
Rank 112 124 121
Rank change year-on-year
+12 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Specialist 16 4 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.52% 0.15% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.56% 0.16% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 2 1
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£375 £573 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-34.49% +57.93%
UK excluding London average daily rate £413 £394 £324
% change year-on-year
+4.76% +21.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £140.00
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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
2867 2506 2401
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 92.99% 92.92% 91.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 1641 1286 1243
Average daily rate £350 £350 £331
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £200 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £500 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 169 181 180
Average hourly rate £18.13 £17.15 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.71% -7.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.67 £11.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.21 £16.50 £17.56
% change year-on-year
-1.78% -6.03%

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 28 January 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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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
Cheshire +12 10 - - 1
Manchester - 4 - -
Cumbria - - - -
Technical Specialist
England

Technical Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, 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 20 (100.00%) Linux
2 17 (85.00%) Windows
3 16 (80.00%) UNIX
4 14 (70.00%) IIS
5 13 (65.00%) ITIL
6 11 (55.00%) LDAP
6 11 (55.00%) CA SiteMinder
7 10 (50.00%) Analytical Skills
8 8 (40.00%) Shell Script
9 7 (35.00%) Process Improvement
10 6 (30.00%) ITIL Certification
10 6 (30.00%) SLA
10 6 (30.00%) Tomcat
11 5 (25.00%) AIX
11 5 (25.00%) Oracle
11 5 (25.00%) Sun
11 5 (25.00%) TIBCO
11 5 (25.00%) Rendezvous
11 5 (25.00%) TIBCO Hawk
11 5 (25.00%) BusinessWorks
11 5 (25.00%) WebSphere
11 5 (25.00%) TIBCO EMS
11 5 (25.00%) TIBCO ActiveMatrix
12 4 (20.00%) SharePoint
13 3 (15.00%) Finance
14 2 (10.00%) User Acceptance Testing
14 2 (10.00%) PCI DSS
14 2 (10.00%) Financial Institution
14 2 (10.00%) iPlanet
14 2 (10.00%) SOA

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

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, 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 14 (70.00%) IIS
2 6 (30.00%) Tomcat
3 5 (25.00%) WebSphere
3 5 (25.00%) TIBCO EMS
3 5 (25.00%) TIBCO ActiveMatrix
4 4 (20.00%) SharePoint
5 2 (10.00%) iPlanet
Business Applications
1 5 (25.00%) BusinessWorks
Communications & Networking
1 11 (55.00%) LDAP
Development Applications
1 2 (10.00%) Ant
General
1 3 (15.00%) Finance
2 2 (10.00%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (25.00%) Rendezvous
2 2 (10.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 10 (50.00%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 20 (100.00%) Linux
2 17 (85.00%) Windows
3 16 (80.00%) UNIX
4 5 (25.00%) AIX
5 1 (5.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (65.00%) ITIL
2 7 (35.00%) Process Improvement
3 2 (10.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 2 (10.00%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 8 (40.00%) Shell Script
2 2 (10.00%) Java
2 2 (10.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (30.00%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (30.00%) SLA
2 2 (10.00%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 11 (55.00%) CA SiteMinder
2 5 (25.00%) TIBCO Hawk
Vendors
1 5 (25.00%) Oracle
1 5 (25.00%) Sun
1 5 (25.00%) TIBCO
2 2 (10.00%) IBM
3 1 (5.00%) CA
3 1 (5.00%) Red Hat
3 1 (5.00%) VMware