The first table below looks at the demand for the Support Specialist role in IT contracts advertised for the South West 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 1 August 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 South 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
1 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Support Specialist
Rank 138 - 132
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs requiring a Support Specialist 4 0 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.13% - 0.098%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.14% - 0.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 1
Average daily rate
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£338 - £200
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £331 £238
% change year-on-year
-1.84% +39.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Average hourly rate £15.50 - £12.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.10 £16.00 £12.50
% change year-on-year
+0.62% +28.00%
Job Titles Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
2832 1998 2862
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 93.13% 93.32% 93.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 1851 1220 1726
Average daily rate £363 £350 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £205 £245
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 164 134 198
Average hourly rate £20.00 £16.00 £22.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -29.67%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £42.50 £42.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%
Support Specialist
England

Support Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

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

Support Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

Support Specialist
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Support Specialist Daily Rate Trend in the South West

Support Specialist
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Support Specialist Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

Support Specialist
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 3 months to 1 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
Gloucestershire - 1 - - 1
Somerset - - - - 1
Bristol - - - -
Devon - - - - 2
Dorset - - - -
Support Specialist
England

Support Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 6 (66.67%) Windows
2 5 (55.56%) Telecoms
3 3 (33.33%) Active Directory
3 3 (33.33%) IIS
3 3 (33.33%) SharePoint
3 3 (33.33%) Finance
3 3 (33.33%) Banking
3 3 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (22.22%) Risk Management
4 2 (22.22%) PowerShell
4 2 (22.22%) Acronis
4 2 (22.22%) SharePoint 2013
4 2 (22.22%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (22.22%) VMware
4 2 (22.22%) Clustering
4 2 (22.22%) LAN
4 2 (22.22%) WAN
4 2 (22.22%) TCP/IP
4 2 (22.22%) DNS
4 2 (22.22%) SLA
4 2 (22.22%) .NET
4 2 (22.22%) HP
4 2 (22.22%) Microsoft
4 2 (22.22%) NetApp
4 2 (22.22%) Disaster Recovery
4 2 (22.22%) Data Security
5 1 (11.11%) Back Office
5 1 (11.11%) SEO
5 1 (11.11%) Workflow
5 1 (11.11%) BizTalk Server

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

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 3 (33.33%) IIS
1 3 (33.33%) SharePoint
2 2 (22.22%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (11.11%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (11.11%) WebLogic
3 1 (11.11%) CMS
3 1 (11.11%) SharePoint Server
3 1 (11.11%) Lync
3 1 (11.11%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 1 (11.11%) Photoshop
Communications & Networking
1 2 (22.22%) LAN
1 2 (22.22%) WAN
1 2 (22.22%) TCP/IP
1 2 (22.22%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (11.11%) PowerCenter
1 1 (11.11%) OLAP
1 1 (11.11%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (11.11%) Oracle OWB
1 1 (11.11%) Oracle OLAP
1 1 (11.11%) Oracle BI EE
1 1 (11.11%) Oracle BI Publisher
General
1 5 (55.56%) Telecoms
2 3 (33.33%) Finance
2 3 (33.33%) Banking
3 1 (11.11%) Back Office
3 1 (11.11%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (22.22%) .NET
2 1 (11.11%) HTML
2 1 (11.11%) CSS
2 1 (11.11%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 2 (22.22%) Clustering
2 1 (11.11%) VAX
2 1 (11.11%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 6 (66.67%) Windows
2 3 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (11.11%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (11.11%) UNIX
3 1 (11.11%) Linux
3 1 (11.11%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (22.22%) Risk Management
1 2 (22.22%) Stakeholder Management
1 2 (22.22%) Disaster Recovery
1 2 (22.22%) Data Security
2 1 (11.11%) SEO
2 1 (11.11%) Workflow
2 1 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
2 1 (11.11%) ETL
2 1 (11.11%) Content Management
2 1 (11.11%) Performance Tuning
2 1 (11.11%) Responsive Web Design
2 1 (11.11%) Customer Engagement
Programming Languages
1 2 (22.22%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 1 (11.11%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (22.22%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (33.33%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 2 (22.22%) Acronis
1 2 (22.22%) VMware
1 2 (22.22%) HP
1 2 (22.22%) Microsoft
1 2 (22.22%) NetApp
2 1 (11.11%) Informatica
2 1 (11.11%) Oracle
2 1 (11.11%) IBM
2 1 (11.11%) Sitecore