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 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Support Specialist
Rank 236 222 231
Rank change year-on-year
-14 +9
Contract jobs requiring a Support Specialist 7 26 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.075% 0.30% 0.20%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.082% 0.32% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 16 8
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£350 £335 £337
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.47% -0.66%
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 £325 £288
% change year-on-year
-3.07% +13.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 1
Average hourly rate £18.00 £20.50 £9.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.19% +115.78%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £11.00
% change year-on-year
+11.42% +59.09%
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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 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
8534 8116 9138
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 91.96% 92.91% 91.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 4759 4311 4248
Average daily rate £350 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £220 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £348
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +0.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 442 505 599
Average hourly rate £16.14 £16.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.18% -5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.90 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.10 £39.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

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
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 19 September 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
Berkshire +1 5 £350 -17.64% 3
Surrey -3 2 - - 1
West Sussex - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - - 3
Hampshire - - - - 5
Oxfordshire - - - -
Support Specialist
England

Support Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 12 (50.00%) Windows
2 10 (41.67%) Active Directory
3 6 (25.00%) Microsoft
3 6 (25.00%) Linux
3 6 (25.00%) MS Office
3 6 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 6 (25.00%) Windows 7
4 5 (20.83%) Firewall
4 5 (20.83%) Windows Server 2003
5 4 (16.67%) TCP/IP
5 4 (16.67%) Apache
5 4 (16.67%) Oracle
5 4 (16.67%) SSL
5 4 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (12.50%) Kaspersky
6 3 (12.50%) WatchGuard
6 3 (12.50%) DNS
6 3 (12.50%) DHCP
7 2 (8.33%) FTP
7 2 (8.33%) HTTPS
7 2 (8.33%) Sun
7 2 (8.33%) Red Hat
7 2 (8.33%) Firmware
7 2 (8.33%) Intranet
7 2 (8.33%) Shell Script
7 2 (8.33%) WebLogic
7 2 (8.33%) Windows XP
7 2 (8.33%) MS Exchange
7 2 (8.33%) LAN
7 2 (8.33%) Tomcat

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

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 (16.67%) Apache
2 2 (8.33%) WebLogic
2 2 (8.33%) MS Exchange
2 2 (8.33%) Tomcat
3 1 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 6 (25.00%) MS Office
2 2 (8.33%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (4.17%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 5 (20.83%) Firewall
2 4 (16.67%) TCP/IP
2 4 (16.67%) SSL
3 3 (12.50%) DNS
3 3 (12.50%) DHCP
4 2 (8.33%) FTP
4 2 (8.33%) HTTPS
4 2 (8.33%) Intranet
4 2 (8.33%) LAN
4 2 (8.33%) NAS
4 2 (8.33%) PABX
5 1 (4.17%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (4.17%) IP Telephony
General
1 2 (8.33%) Electronics
1 2 (8.33%) Telecoms
1 2 (8.33%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (8.33%) CSS
1 2 (8.33%) JSP
1 2 (8.33%) HTML
2 1 (4.17%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.33%) Firmware
1 2 (8.33%) Statistics
2 1 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.17%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 12 (50.00%) Windows
2 6 (25.00%) Linux
2 6 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 6 (25.00%) Windows 7
3 5 (20.83%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (8.33%) Windows XP
5 2 (8.33%) UNIX
5 2 (8.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (8.33%) Document Management
1 2 (8.33%) Disaster Recovery
1 2 (8.33%) Migration
1 2 (8.33%) Line Management
2 1 (4.17%) Performance Monitoring
2 1 (4.17%) CAD
Programming Languages
1 2 (8.33%) Shell Script
1 2 (8.33%) Java
1 2 (8.33%) PL/SQL
1 2 (8.33%) SQL
1 2 (8.33%) AWK
1 2 (8.33%) Korn
1 2 (8.33%) sed
2 1 (4.17%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 1 (4.17%) DV Cleared
1 1 (4.17%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 10 (41.67%) Active Directory
2 1 (4.17%) Hyper-V
2 1 (4.17%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (8.33%) SCCM
2 1 (4.17%) SCOM
Vendors
1 6 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 4 (16.67%) Oracle
3 3 (12.50%) Kaspersky
3 3 (12.50%) WatchGuard
4 2 (8.33%) Sun
4 2 (8.33%) Red Hat
4 2 (8.33%) Retalix
5 1 (4.17%) VMware