The table below looks at the statistics for the Support Specialist role in IT contracts advertised for the South East 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 24 December 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Support Specialist
Rank 238 203 235
Rank change year-on-year
-35 +32
Contract jobs requiring a Support Specialist 20 25 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.20% 0.29% 0.048%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.22% 0.32% 0.052%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 12 3
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£411 £388 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.12% +19.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £322 £279 £315
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £425 £345
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £369 £306
% change year-on-year
-11.86% +20.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 0
Average hourly rate £13.75 £15.83 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.11% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £16.35 £25.75
% change year-on-year
-8.27% -36.49%
Support 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 South East 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
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
8981 7849 7624
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 91.31% 91.97% 92.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 4988 4174 3698
Average daily rate £375 £360 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% -0.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £500 £495
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 464 442 656
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.25 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.63% -15.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.25 £11.11
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £35.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

Support Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

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

Support Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

Support Specialist
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Support Specialist across the South East region.

Support Specialist Daily Rate Trend in the South East

Support Specialist
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Support Specialist across the South East region over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

Support Specialist Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Support Specialist
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Support Specialist across the South East region.

Support Specialist Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

Support Specialist
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East region over the 3 months to 24 December 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
Surrey -1 7 £411 +105.62% 2
Berkshire -9 5 £320 -24.70% 1
Hampshire -19 3 £384 -26.90% 5
Buckinghamshire - 2 - - 2
East Sussex - 2 £445 -
Home Counties - - - -
Kent - - - -
Middlesex - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - -
Support Specialist
England

Support Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 11 (39.29%) Windows
2 9 (32.14%) Linux
3 7 (25.00%) Active Directory
3 7 (25.00%) Symantec
3 7 (25.00%) Telecoms
4 5 (17.86%) Windows Server 2008
4 5 (17.86%) Windows 7
4 5 (17.86%) TCP/IP
5 4 (14.29%) SSL
5 4 (14.29%) Microsoft
5 4 (14.29%) HP
5 4 (14.29%) Dell
5 4 (14.29%) SAN
5 4 (14.29%) Windows Server 2003
5 4 (14.29%) Apache
5 4 (14.29%) LAN
5 4 (14.29%) Oracle
5 4 (14.29%) MS Office
5 4 (14.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 4 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (10.71%) Windows 8
6 3 (10.71%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 3 (10.71%) Finance
6 3 (10.71%) VMware
6 3 (10.71%) Firewall
6 3 (10.71%) Android
6 3 (10.71%) Lync
6 3 (10.71%) VLAN
6 3 (10.71%) PCI DSS
6 3 (10.71%) MS Exchange

Support Specialist
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 4 (14.29%) Apache
2 3 (10.71%) MS Exchange
2 3 (10.71%) Lync
3 2 (7.14%) Documentum
3 2 (7.14%) FileNet
3 2 (7.14%) WebSphere
3 2 (7.14%) WebSphere Portal
3 2 (7.14%) Tomcat
3 2 (7.14%) SharePoint
3 2 (7.14%) WebLogic
3 2 (7.14%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 4 (14.29%) MS Office
2 3 (10.71%) MS Excel
3 1 (3.57%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (3.57%) MS Project
Communications & Networking
1 5 (17.86%) TCP/IP
2 4 (14.29%) LAN
2 4 (14.29%) SSL
2 4 (14.29%) SAN
3 3 (10.71%) Firewall
3 3 (10.71%) VLAN
3 3 (10.71%) WAN
4 2 (7.14%) VPN
4 2 (7.14%) DNS
4 2 (7.14%) VoIP
4 2 (7.14%) LDAP
4 2 (7.14%) ISDN
4 2 (7.14%) IP Telephony
4 2 (7.14%) Internet
4 2 (7.14%) MPLS
4 2 (7.14%) Ethernet
5 1 (3.57%) Network Security
5 1 (3.57%) Cisco ASA
5 1 (3.57%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (7.14%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 2 (7.14%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 7 (25.00%) Telecoms
2 3 (10.71%) Finance
3 2 (7.14%) Publishing
3 2 (7.14%) Banking
3 2 (7.14%) Retail
3 2 (7.14%) Marketing
3 2 (7.14%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (7.14%) HTML
1 2 (7.14%) .NET
1 2 (7.14%) ASP.NET
1 2 (7.14%) CSS
1 2 (7.14%) JSP
1 2 (7.14%) .NET Framework
1 2 (7.14%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 3 (10.71%) Blackberry
2 2 (7.14%) Clustering
2 2 (7.14%) Social Media
2 2 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (7.14%) HACMP
3 1 (3.57%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 11 (39.29%) Windows
2 9 (32.14%) Linux
3 5 (17.86%) Windows Server 2008
3 5 (17.86%) Windows 7
4 4 (14.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 4 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
4 4 (14.29%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (10.71%) Android
5 3 (10.71%) Mac OS X
5 3 (10.71%) Windows 8
6 2 (7.14%) CentOS
6 2 (7.14%) UNIX
6 2 (7.14%) AIX
6 2 (7.14%) Solaris
7 1 (3.57%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (7.14%) E-Commerce
1 2 (7.14%) Configuration Management
1 2 (7.14%) Project Management
1 2 (7.14%) MVC
1 2 (7.14%) Information Security
1 2 (7.14%) Content Management
1 2 (7.14%) ITIL
1 2 (7.14%) Capacity Planning
1 2 (7.14%) Kalman Filter
1 2 (7.14%) Line Management
2 1 (3.57%) Portfolio Management
2 1 (3.57%) Performance Analysis
2 1 (3.57%) CRM
2 1 (3.57%) Data Analysis
2 1 (3.57%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 2 (7.14%) Perl
1 2 (7.14%) PL/SQL
1 2 (7.14%) SQL
1 2 (7.14%) C#
1 2 (7.14%) Java
2 1 (3.57%) JavaScript
2 1 (3.57%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 3 (10.71%) CCNA
1 3 (10.71%) Cisco Certification
2 2 (7.14%) SC Cleared
2 2 (7.14%) Security Cleared
3 1 (3.57%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (3.57%) MCSE
3 1 (3.57%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (10.71%) PCI DSS
2 1 (3.57%) SLA
2 1 (3.57%) QA
System Software
1 7 (25.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (7.14%) Firmware
2 2 (7.14%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (7.14%) Hyper-V
2 2 (7.14%) Veritas Volume Manager
2 2 (7.14%) Veritas Cluster Server
2 2 (7.14%) NFS
Systems Management
1 3 (10.71%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 2 (7.14%) OpenView
2 2 (7.14%) Control-M
2 2 (7.14%) NetBackup
2 2 (7.14%) Backup Exec
2 2 (7.14%) SCCM
2 2 (7.14%) SCOM
2 2 (7.14%) Puppet
2 2 (7.14%) FortiGate
2 2 (7.14%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 7 (25.00%) Symantec
2 4 (14.29%) Microsoft
2 4 (14.29%) Oracle
2 4 (14.29%) HP
2 4 (14.29%) Dell
3 3 (10.71%) EMC
3 3 (10.71%) Cisco
3 3 (10.71%) Apple
3 3 (10.71%) VMware
4 2 (7.14%) Sitecore
4 2 (7.14%) Veeam
4 2 (7.14%) Sun
4 2 (7.14%) IBM
4 2 (7.14%) Vignette
4 2 (7.14%) CommVault
4 2 (7.14%) Veritas
4 2 (7.14%) Lotus
4 2 (7.14%) Red Hat