The table below looks at the statistics 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 20 April 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
20 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Support Specialist
Rank 138 142 118
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -24
Contract jobs requiring a Support Specialist 5 4 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.16% 0.12% 0.085%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.17% 0.13% 0.090%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 2 0
Average daily rate
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£278 £319 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.94% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £328 £310 £245
% change year-on-year
+5.64% +26.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Average hourly rate - £18.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -43.75%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+9.37% -50.00%
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 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
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
2973 3063 2221
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 93.46% 92.29% 94.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 1860 1855 1323
Average daily rate £375 £350 £343
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.18%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 162 187 151
Average hourly rate £20.19 £19.31 £15.10
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.53% +27.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.13 £11.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £45.00 £40.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -2.85%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Support Specialist across the South West region over the 3 months to 20 April 2015.

Support Specialist Daily Rate Histogram 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 20 April 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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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 - 2 £130 - 2
Somerset - 1 - -
Bristol - - - -
Support Specialist
England

Support Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 20 April 2015, 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 4 (40.00%) Windows
1 4 (40.00%) Citrix
1 4 (40.00%) Blackberry
1 4 (40.00%) MS Exchange
1 4 (40.00%) Microsoft
1 4 (40.00%) Finance
1 4 (40.00%) VMware
1 4 (40.00%) VMware Infrastructure
1 4 (40.00%) Windows 7
1 4 (40.00%) Apple iOS
1 4 (40.00%) Root Cause Analysis
2 3 (30.00%) Office 365
2 3 (30.00%) InfoPath
2 3 (30.00%) Problem Management
2 3 (30.00%) SharePoint
2 3 (30.00%) MS Office
3 2 (20.00%) Migration
3 2 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (10.00%) Windows 8
4 1 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (10.00%) Acronis
4 1 (10.00%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (10.00%) Replication
4 1 (10.00%) Sun
4 1 (10.00%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (10.00%) AppSense
4 1 (10.00%) Business Analysis
4 1 (10.00%) Fat Client
4 1 (10.00%) WebSphere
4 1 (10.00%) Xen

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

For the 6 months to 20 April 2015, 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 4 (40.00%) MS Exchange
2 3 (30.00%) SharePoint
3 1 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (10.00%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (10.00%) WebSphere
3 1 (10.00%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 3 (30.00%) InfoPath
1 3 (30.00%) MS Office
2 1 (10.00%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 3 (30.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (10.00%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (10.00%) Oracle Reports
General
1 4 (40.00%) Finance
Miscellaneous
1 4 (40.00%) Blackberry
2 2 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (10.00%) Replication
3 1 (10.00%) Fat Client
3 1 (10.00%) Computer Science
3 1 (10.00%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 4 (40.00%) Windows
1 4 (40.00%) Windows 7
1 4 (40.00%) Apple iOS
2 1 (10.00%) Windows 8
2 1 (10.00%) UNIX
2 1 (10.00%) Solaris
2 1 (10.00%) Linux
2 1 (10.00%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (40.00%) Root Cause Analysis
2 3 (30.00%) Problem Management
3 2 (20.00%) Migration
4 1 (10.00%) Business Analysis
4 1 (10.00%) Identity Management
Qualifications
1 1 (10.00%) Degree
System Software
1 4 (40.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (10.00%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (10.00%) Xen
Systems Management
1 1 (10.00%) CA Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 4 (40.00%) Citrix
1 4 (40.00%) Microsoft
1 4 (40.00%) VMware
2 1 (10.00%) Acronis
2 1 (10.00%) Sun
2 1 (10.00%) AppSense
2 1 (10.00%) Oracle
2 1 (10.00%) Wyse
2 1 (10.00%) CA
2 1 (10.00%) Symantec