The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had 3rd Line Support featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 19 February 2017 with a comparison to same period over 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.

3 months to
19 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Third Line Support
UK
Rank 427 346 337
Rank change year-on-year
-81 -9
Contract jobs requiring a 3rd Line Support 159 297 313
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.36% 0.57% 0.60%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.38% 0.60% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 100 187 181
Median daily rate £274 £275 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.45% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £180 £196
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £375 £369
UK excluding London median daily rate £274 £254 £275
% change year-on-year
+7.88% -7.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 19 47
Median hourly rate £19.50 £22.00 £23.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.36% -4.86%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.25 £16.80 £18.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.00 £63.00 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £21.75 £23.44
% change year-on-year
-10.34% -7.20%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. 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
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
42200 49241 49534
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.70% 94.98% 94.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 27496 31679 30638
Median daily rate £425 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% +3.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1533 1662 1940
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.17 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £50.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £16.72
% change year-on-year
-2.77% +7.65%

3rd Line Support
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured 3rd Line Support in the job title.

3rd Line Support Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

3rd Line Support
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing 3rd Line Support within the UK.

3rd Line Support Daily Rate Trend in the UK

3rd Line Support
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing 3rd Line Support within the UK over the 3 months to 19 February 2017.

3rd Line Support Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

3rd Line Support
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing 3rd Line Support within the UK.

3rd Line Support Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

3rd Line Support
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing 3rd Line Support within the UK over the 3 months to 19 February 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -54 156 £274 -0.45% 58
London -19 56 £268 -10.83% 15
South East -3 39 £325 +18.18% 14
Hampshire +8 17 £325 +10.16% 4
East Midlands -10 12 £200 -27.27% 1
North West +32 11 £300 +20.00% 5
East of England -2 11 £300 +13.96% 7
South West -13 11 £273 +36.25% 4
Yorkshire +13 9 £235 -6.00% 5
Berkshire +13 9 £300 +19.40% 5
Northamptonshire +4 9 £200 -28.88%
Northampton +2 9 £200 -15.78%
City of London +4 7 £320 -1.53% 3
West Midlands -3 7 £288 +27.77% 5
Manchester +16 6 £300 +25.00% 1
Devon 0 6 - -
Exeter -2 6 - -
West Yorkshire +7 5 £285 +14.00% 3
Buckinghamshire +4 5 £335 +35.35%
Milton Keynes +4 5 £335 +21.81%
Cheshire +24 4 £115 -54.00% 1
Reading +10 4 £325 +32.65% 3
Portsmouth -3 4 £450 +100.00%
Suffolk -4 4 £225 -10.00%
Norfolk +13 3 £378 +9.42%
Chester +5 3 £115 -
Leeds +2 3 £350 +40.00% 3
South Yorkshire -1 3 £231 +2.20% 1
Birmingham -10 3 £325 - 2
Leicester +11 2 £240 -4.00%

3rd Line Support Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 February 2017, 3rd Line Support contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring 3rd Line Support in the job title.

1 282 (73.44%) Windows
2 182 (47.40%) Active Directory
3 181 (47.14%) Windows Server
4 170 (44.27%) VMware
5 155 (40.36%) Microsoft
6 105 (27.34%) Citrix
7 98 (25.52%) Windows Server 2008
8 89 (23.18%) SCCM
9 83 (21.61%) Windows Server 2012
10 77 (20.05%) DNS
11 68 (17.71%) Windows 7
12 65 (16.93%) Office 365
12 65 (16.93%) Cisco
12 65 (16.93%) Firewall
13 63 (16.41%) VMware Infrastructure
14 61 (15.89%) MS Office
14 61 (15.89%) ITIL
15 60 (15.63%) MS Exchange
16 58 (15.10%) SQL
17 53 (13.80%) Security Cleared
18 48 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
19 46 (11.98%) XenApp
19 46 (11.98%) PowerShell
20 45 (11.72%) Windows 10
21 44 (11.46%) Hyper-V
21 44 (11.46%) Microsoft Certification
21 44 (11.46%) SQL Server
21 44 (11.46%) DHCP
22 41 (10.68%) Finance
22 41 (10.68%) SC Cleared

3rd Line Support Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 60 (15.63%) MS Exchange
2 29 (7.55%) Exchange Server 2010
3 25 (6.51%) Skype for Business
4 24 (6.25%) SharePoint
5 20 (5.21%) IIS
6 12 (3.13%) Exchange Server 2013
7 7 (1.82%) WebSphere
8 6 (1.56%) IBM Notes
9 5 (1.30%) Apache
9 5 (1.30%) Exchange Server 2007
9 5 (1.30%) GlassFish
10 4 (1.04%) BizTalk Server
10 4 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2003
11 2 (0.52%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 2 (0.52%) MindAlign
11 2 (0.52%) Office Communications Server
12 1 (0.26%) Confluence
12 1 (0.26%) IBM Domino
12 1 (0.26%) SharePoint 2010
12 1 (0.26%) Tomcat
Applications
1 61 (15.89%) MS Office
2 37 (9.64%) MS Excel
3 3 (0.78%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.52%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (1.04%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.78%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.52%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 65 (16.93%) Office 365
2 25 (6.51%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (1.56%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (0.78%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (0.78%) IaaS
4 3 (0.78%) Mimecast
4 3 (0.78%) OneDrive
4 3 (0.78%) Yammer
5 2 (0.52%) GitHub
5 2 (0.52%) PaaS
5 2 (0.52%) SaaS
6 1 (0.26%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.26%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.26%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.26%) G Suite
6 1 (0.26%) iTunes
6 1 (0.26%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 77 (20.05%) DNS
2 65 (16.93%) Firewall
3 44 (11.46%) DHCP
4 39 (10.16%) SAN
5 33 (8.59%) LAN
6 31 (8.07%) TCP/IP
7 24 (6.25%) WAN
8 22 (5.73%) VPN
9 16 (4.17%) Skype
10 12 (3.13%) Unified Communications
11 11 (2.86%) LDAP
12 10 (2.60%) Cisco ASA
13 9 (2.34%) SSL
14 8 (2.08%) Internet
14 8 (2.08%) Remote Desktop
14 8 (2.08%) Wireless
15 7 (1.82%) VLAN
15 7 (1.82%) Wi-Fi
16 6 (1.56%) NAS
16 6 (1.56%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (11.46%) SQL Server
2 6 (1.56%) Oracle Database
3 5 (1.30%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (1.30%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (1.04%) SQL Server 2005
5 3 (0.78%) MS Access
6 2 (0.52%) BusinessObjects
6 2 (0.52%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.26%) DB2
7 1 (0.26%) FileMaker
7 1 (0.26%) MySQL
7 1 (0.26%) OLAP
7 1 (0.26%) Oracle OLAP
7 1 (0.26%) Oracle OWB
7 1 (0.26%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 5 (1.30%) Ant
1 5 (1.30%) Subversion
2 2 (0.52%) JIRA
2 2 (0.52%) Metasploit
2 2 (0.52%) StarTeam
General
1 41 (10.68%) Finance
2 17 (4.43%) Retail
3 8 (2.08%) Banking
3 8 (2.08%) Financial Institution
4 7 (1.82%) Telecoms
5 6 (1.56%) Local Government
5 6 (1.56%) Retail Banking
6 5 (1.30%) Back Office
7 4 (1.04%) Manufacturing
7 4 (1.04%) Marketing
7 4 (1.04%) Pharmaceutical
8 3 (0.78%) Advertising
8 3 (0.78%) Electronics
9 2 (0.52%) Law
9 2 (0.52%) Legal
9 2 (0.52%) Private Banking
10 1 (0.26%) Billing
10 1 (0.26%) Front Office
10 1 (0.26%) Online Betting
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (2.08%) MSMQ
1 8 (2.08%) RabbitMQ
2 4 (1.04%) Software Packaging
3 3 (0.78%) .NET
4 2 (0.52%) LAPP Stack
4 2 (0.52%) Web Services
4 2 (0.52%) XML
5 1 (0.26%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.26%) 802.1X
5 1 (0.26%) AngularJS
5 1 (0.26%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.26%) jQuery
5 1 (0.26%) Tivoli Directory Integrator
5 1 (0.26%) WCF
5 1 (0.26%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 24 (6.25%) Data Centre
2 21 (5.47%) Clustering
3 15 (3.91%) Analytical Skills
4 12 (3.13%) Blackberry
5 9 (2.34%) iPhone
6 8 (2.08%) Hedge funds
6 8 (2.08%) NHS
6 8 (2.08%) Smartphone
6 8 (2.08%) VxBlock/Vblock
7 6 (1.56%) EMC VNX
7 6 (1.56%) Fat Client
7 6 (1.56%) Thin Client
8 5 (1.30%) EMC VMAX
9 4 (1.04%) BYOD
9 4 (1.04%) EPoS
9 4 (1.04%) iPad
9 4 (1.04%) Statistics
10 3 (0.78%) Driving Licence
10 3 (0.78%) PKI
10 3 (0.78%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 282 (73.44%) Windows
2 181 (47.14%) Windows Server
3 98 (25.52%) Windows Server 2008
4 83 (21.61%) Windows Server 2012
5 68 (17.71%) Windows 7
6 48 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
7 45 (11.72%) Windows 10
8 38 (9.90%) Linux
9 23 (5.99%) Windows 8
10 17 (4.43%) Windows XP
11 16 (4.17%) Solaris
12 15 (3.91%) Apple iOS
13 12 (3.13%) AIX
13 12 (3.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 9 (2.34%) CentOS
14 9 (2.34%) Mac OS
14 9 (2.34%) Unix
15 8 (2.08%) Android
16 6 (1.56%) Ubuntu
17 5 (1.30%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (15.89%) ITIL
2 25 (6.51%) Change Management
3 19 (4.95%) Incident Management
4 17 (4.43%) Migration
4 17 (4.43%) Project Management
5 16 (4.17%) Problem Management
5 16 (4.17%) Service Delivery
6 13 (3.39%) Disaster Recovery
7 12 (3.13%) Performance Monitoring
8 11 (2.86%) Agile Software Development
8 11 (2.86%) Mobile Device Management
8 11 (2.86%) Root Cause Analysis
8 11 (2.86%) Server Building
8 11 (2.86%) Software Deployment
8 11 (2.86%) User Acceptance Testing
9 10 (2.60%) CRM
9 10 (2.60%) PRINCE2
9 10 (2.60%) Service Management
10 9 (2.34%) High Availability
10 9 (2.34%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 58 (15.10%) SQL
2 46 (11.98%) PowerShell
3 18 (4.69%) Java
4 10 (2.60%) Perl
5 6 (1.56%) Python
6 5 (1.30%) Bash Shell
6 5 (1.30%) VBScript
7 4 (1.04%) Shell Script
8 3 (0.78%) C#
8 3 (0.78%) VBA
9 2 (0.52%) T-SQL
9 2 (0.52%) VB
10 1 (0.26%) JavaScript
10 1 (0.26%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.26%) R
Qualifications
1 53 (13.80%) Security Cleared
2 44 (11.46%) Microsoft Certification
3 41 (10.68%) SC Cleared
4 33 (8.59%) MCSE
5 22 (5.73%) Cisco Certification
6 16 (4.17%) CCNA
7 13 (3.39%) Degree
8 12 (3.13%) CCNP
9 11 (2.86%) DV Cleared
10 9 (2.34%) MCP
11 8 (2.08%) MCTS
12 7 (1.82%) MCITP
12 7 (1.82%) MCSA
12 7 (1.82%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 5 (1.30%) BPSS Clearance
14 4 (1.04%) DBS Check
15 3 (0.78%) CCIP
16 2 (0.52%) ISTQB
16 2 (0.52%) ITIL Certification
16 2 (0.52%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (2.34%) SLA
2 8 (2.08%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.26%) GxP
System Software
1 182 (47.40%) Active Directory
2 63 (16.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 46 (11.98%) XenApp
4 44 (11.46%) Hyper-V
5 26 (6.77%) vSphere
6 14 (3.65%) XenDesktop
7 11 (2.86%) Microsoft App-V
8 9 (2.34%) BitLocker
8 9 (2.34%) VMware ESX
8 9 (2.34%) VMware ESXi
9 8 (2.08%) XenServer
10 7 (1.82%) ProxySG
11 5 (1.30%) Terminal Services
11 5 (1.30%) Virtual Servers
11 5 (1.30%) VMware Server
12 4 (1.04%) UAG
12 4 (1.04%) Virtual Desktop
12 4 (1.04%) VMware Workstation
13 2 (0.52%) Forefront TMG
13 2 (0.52%) NFS
Systems Management
1 89 (23.18%) SCCM
2 10 (2.60%) SCOM
2 10 (2.60%) WSUS
3 6 (1.56%) Microsoft Clustering
3 6 (1.56%) NetBackup
4 5 (1.30%) Netcool
4 5 (1.30%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 4 (1.04%) Backup Exec
5 4 (1.04%) EMC NetWorker
6 3 (0.78%) McAfee ePO
6 3 (0.78%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 3 (0.78%) Nagios
6 3 (0.78%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 3 (0.78%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 2 (0.52%) MIMEsweeper
7 2 (0.52%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (0.52%) OVSD
7 2 (0.52%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 2 (0.52%) Tivoli
7 2 (0.52%) Unicenter
Vendors
1 170 (44.27%) VMware
2 155 (40.36%) Microsoft
3 105 (27.34%) Citrix
4 65 (16.93%) Cisco
5 31 (8.07%) HP
6 21 (5.47%) EMC
7 17 (4.43%) AppSense
7 17 (4.43%) IBM
8 13 (3.39%) Oracle
9 11 (2.86%) Dell
9 11 (2.86%) Red Hat
10 10 (2.60%) Veeam
11 9 (2.34%) Juniper
11 9 (2.34%) Mitel
12 8 (2.08%) Canon
13 7 (1.82%) Apple
13 7 (1.82%) Blue Coat
13 7 (1.82%) Fortinet
13 7 (1.82%) NetApp
13 7 (1.82%) Symantec
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Oscar
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Search Consultancy
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Search Consultancy
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Crawley, West Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
Essex
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Network ITR
Rate: £15 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Dartford
The Curve Group
Rate: £0 - £395 per day
Posted: 9 days ago