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 28 August 2016 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
28 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Third Line Support
Rank 392 336 361
Rank change year-on-year
-56 +25
Contract jobs requiring a 3rd Line Support 263 364 308
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.49% 0.62% 0.55%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.52% 0.66% 0.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 164 226 184
Median daily rate £275 £288 £246
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.34% +16.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £178 £190 £173
10% offered a daily rate of more than £381 £386 £355
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £275 £225
% change year-on-year
- +22.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 28 27
Median hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £20.21
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.11% +11.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £19.03 £15.61
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.50 £30.00 £37.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-11.11% +12.50%

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
50509 55363 53299
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.74% 94.95% 94.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 32914 35215 32203
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1615 2084 2078
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.33 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.78% +1.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.88 £11.00 £10.57
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.72
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +1.67%

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 28 August 2016.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing 3rd Line Support within the UK over the 3 months to 28 August 2016.

3rd Line Support Hourly Rate Histogram 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 28 August 2016. 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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statistics and trends)
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 -64 243 £275 -4.34% 67
London -68 72 £275 -8.33% 20
South East 0 71 £275 - 8
Berkshire +38 40 £275 +4.76% 3
South West +3 23 £314 +54.93% 6
North East -2 19 £264 - 2
Tyne and Wear -3 18 £264 - 2
Newcastle upon Tyne -10 18 £264 - 2
Newbury - 17 £275 -
Scotland +18 15 £206 -16.66%
Reading +18 13 £550 +109.52% 1
West Midlands -26 13 £240 -28.35% 6
Edinburgh +12 12 £290 +11.53%
East of England +11 12 £280 +12.00% 6
Hampshire +8 12 £335 +28.84% 1
North West -17 12 £269 -10.41% 8
East Midlands +8 11 £265 -3.63% 6
Yorkshire -3 10 £288 +15.00% 5
Somerset +19 8 £250 +5.26%
Surrey +6 7 £245 -26.31% 1
Bracknell +4 7 - - 2
Southampton +17 6 £375 +36.36%
Essex +4 6 £300 +122.22% 1
Bristol 0 6 £320 +56.09% 2
Milton Keynes +19 5 £120 -60.00%
Buckinghamshire +12 5 £120 -60.00%
Kent +10 5 £178 -49.10%
Gloucestershire +5 5 £325 +5.69%
Worcestershire +5 5 £240 - 1
Worcester +3 5 £240 - 1

3rd Line Support Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 2016, 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.

1 371 (66.85%) Windows
2 339 (61.08%) Active Directory
3 267 (48.11%) VMware
4 241 (43.42%) Windows Server
5 234 (42.16%) Microsoft
6 166 (29.91%) Windows Server 2008
7 159 (28.65%) Citrix
8 137 (24.68%) MS Exchange
9 131 (23.60%) ITIL
10 130 (23.42%) DNS
11 126 (22.70%) Windows Server 2012
12 105 (18.92%) Cisco
13 103 (18.56%) SQL
14 101 (18.20%) VMware Infrastructure
15 99 (17.84%) Security Cleared
16 97 (17.48%) DHCP
17 96 (17.30%) SCCM
17 96 (17.30%) Windows 7
18 95 (17.12%) MS Excel
19 88 (15.86%) SAN
20 86 (15.50%) Windows Server 2003
21 85 (15.32%) MS Office
22 84 (15.14%) PowerShell
23 79 (14.23%) SQL Server
24 74 (13.33%) HP
25 69 (12.43%) Office 365
26 68 (12.25%) XenApp
27 67 (12.07%) Hyper-V
28 65 (11.71%) Microsoft Certification
29 63 (11.35%) Linux

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
1 137 (24.68%) MS Exchange
2 62 (11.17%) Exchange Server 2010
3 55 (9.91%) SharePoint
4 49 (8.83%) Skype for Business
5 22 (3.96%) IIS
6 21 (3.78%) Exchange Server 2013
7 20 (3.60%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 17 (3.06%) Exchange Server 2007
9 16 (2.88%) Exchange Server 2003
10 12 (2.16%) IBM Notes
10 12 (2.16%) WebLogic
11 8 (1.44%) Oracle HTTP Server
12 7 (1.26%) SharePoint 2010
13 6 (1.08%) SharePoint 2013
14 4 (0.72%) BizTalk Server
14 4 (0.72%) Live Communications Server
15 3 (0.54%) Apache
15 3 (0.54%) CMS
15 3 (0.54%) Documentum
15 3 (0.54%) WordPress
Applications
1 95 (17.12%) MS Excel
2 85 (15.32%) MS Office
3 13 (2.34%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.90%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.36%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.18%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.18%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 3 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
1 3 (0.54%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (0.54%) Eikon
2 2 (0.36%) Unit4 Business World
3 1 (0.18%) assyst
3 1 (0.18%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 69 (12.43%) Office 365
2 22 (3.96%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (1.98%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (0.90%) OneDrive
5 4 (0.72%) Yammer
6 3 (0.54%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (0.36%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (0.36%) IBM Cloud
7 2 (0.36%) SoftLayer
8 1 (0.18%) Google Apps
8 1 (0.18%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 130 (23.42%) DNS
2 97 (17.48%) DHCP
3 88 (15.86%) SAN
4 60 (10.81%) Firewall
5 59 (10.63%) WAN
6 57 (10.27%) LAN
7 56 (10.09%) TCP/IP
8 28 (5.05%) VPN
9 27 (4.86%) Internet
10 24 (4.32%) LDAP
10 24 (4.32%) Wireless
11 20 (3.60%) Skype
12 16 (2.88%) VoIP
13 15 (2.70%) NAS
13 15 (2.70%) Unified Communications
14 13 (2.34%) Intranet
14 13 (2.34%) Network Security
15 12 (2.16%) NetScaler
15 12 (2.16%) VLAN
16 11 (1.98%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (14.23%) SQL Server
2 26 (4.68%) SQL Server 2008
3 13 (2.34%) SQL Server 2012
4 9 (1.62%) SQL Server 2005
5 8 (1.44%) BusinessObjects
6 6 (1.08%) MS Access
7 4 (0.72%) MySQL
7 4 (0.72%) Oracle Database
7 4 (0.72%) SQL Server 2014
8 2 (0.36%) Oracle Database 10g
9 1 (0.18%) Crystal Reports
9 1 (0.18%) OLAP
9 1 (0.18%) Oracle Database 11g
9 1 (0.18%) SQL Server 2000
9 1 (0.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (0.54%) Git (software)
1 3 (0.54%) JIRA
1 3 (0.54%) MSI
2 1 (0.18%) AdminStudio
2 1 (0.18%) Fiddler
2 1 (0.18%) Subversion
2 1 (0.18%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 59 (10.63%) Finance
2 18 (3.24%) Back Office
3 14 (2.52%) Retail
4 13 (2.34%) Banking
5 10 (1.80%) Telecoms
6 8 (1.44%) Financial Institution
7 6 (1.08%) Billing
7 6 (1.08%) Law
8 4 (0.72%) Front Office
8 4 (0.72%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.54%) Legal
10 2 (0.36%) Advertising
10 2 (0.36%) Local Government
10 2 (0.36%) Manufacturing
10 2 (0.36%) Marketing
10 2 (0.36%) Online Betting
10 2 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.36%) Publishing
11 1 (0.18%) Electronics
11 1 (0.18%) Polish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (1.80%) .NET
2 6 (1.08%) HTML
2 6 (1.08%) Web Services
3 3 (0.54%) Middleware
3 3 (0.54%) XML
4 2 (0.36%) CSS
4 2 (0.36%) Hibernate
4 2 (0.36%) Java EE
4 2 (0.36%) JAX-RS
4 2 (0.36%) JSF
4 2 (0.36%) LAMP
4 2 (0.36%) ODBC
4 2 (0.36%) Oracle Fusion
4 2 (0.36%) RESTful
4 2 (0.36%) SOAP
4 2 (0.36%) WAP
4 2 (0.36%) XSLT
5 1 (0.18%) ELK Stack
5 1 (0.18%) MSMQ
5 1 (0.18%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 40 (7.21%) Data Centre
2 35 (6.31%) Clustering
3 33 (5.95%) Blackberry
4 20 (3.60%) Analytical Skills
5 19 (3.42%) Client/Server
6 14 (2.52%) NHS
7 13 (2.34%) Replication
8 11 (1.98%) Fat Client
8 11 (1.98%) Hedge funds
8 11 (1.98%) Thin Client
9 9 (1.62%) Computer Science
9 9 (1.62%) Enterprise Software
10 8 (1.44%) Management Information System
10 8 (1.44%) VCE vBlock
11 6 (1.08%) Statistics
11 6 (1.08%) Virtual Team
12 5 (0.90%) Driving Licence
12 5 (0.90%) iPhone
12 5 (0.90%) PDA
13 4 (0.72%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 371 (66.85%) Windows
2 241 (43.42%) Windows Server
3 166 (29.91%) Windows Server 2008
4 126 (22.70%) Windows Server 2012
5 96 (17.30%) Windows 7
6 86 (15.50%) Windows Server 2003
7 63 (11.35%) Linux
8 34 (6.13%) Windows XP
9 27 (4.86%) Solaris
9 27 (4.86%) Windows 10
10 20 (3.60%) AIX
11 19 (3.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 19 (3.42%) Unix
11 19 (3.42%) Windows 8
12 11 (1.98%) Android
13 9 (1.62%) Apple iOS
14 4 (0.72%) Windows Vista
15 3 (0.54%) CentOS
15 3 (0.54%) Mac OS
15 3 (0.54%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 131 (23.60%) ITIL
2 42 (7.57%) Change Management
3 41 (7.39%) Incident Management
4 38 (6.85%) Migration
5 35 (6.31%) Service Delivery
6 27 (4.86%) Performance Monitoring
7 23 (4.14%) High Availability
8 22 (3.96%) Problem Management
9 19 (3.42%) Disaster Recovery
10 16 (2.88%) Project Management
10 16 (2.88%) Server Building
11 15 (2.70%) Patch Management
12 14 (2.52%) Capacity Planning
13 13 (2.34%) Root Cause Analysis
14 12 (2.16%) Change Control
14 12 (2.16%) Load Balancing
14 12 (2.16%) Server Patching
14 12 (2.16%) Time Management
15 11 (1.98%) Compliance Management
15 11 (1.98%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 103 (18.56%) SQL
2 84 (15.14%) PowerShell
3 45 (8.11%) Java
4 18 (3.24%) VBScript
5 6 (1.08%) C#
5 6 (1.08%) VB
6 4 (0.72%) C
6 4 (0.72%) JavaScript
6 4 (0.72%) PHP
6 4 (0.72%) Python
6 4 (0.72%) T-SQL
6 4 (0.72%) VBA
7 3 (0.54%) Bash Shell
7 3 (0.54%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 99 (17.84%) Security Cleared
2 65 (11.71%) Microsoft Certification
3 56 (10.09%) SC Cleared
4 45 (8.11%) Cisco Certification
5 41 (7.39%) MCSE
6 34 (6.13%) DV Cleared
7 32 (5.77%) CCNA
8 20 (3.60%) MCP
9 19 (3.42%) Degree
10 18 (3.24%) BPSS Clearance
10 18 (3.24%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 16 (2.88%) CCNP
12 15 (2.70%) RHCE
13 14 (2.52%) MCSA
14 8 (1.44%) A+ Certification
15 7 (1.26%) ITIL Certification
15 7 (1.26%) MCDST
16 5 (0.90%) ACHDS
16 5 (0.90%) ACTC
16 5 (0.90%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (7.75%) SLA
2 10 (1.80%) Disclosure Scotland
3 4 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (0.72%) PCI DSS
3 4 (0.72%) QA
4 1 (0.18%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.18%) JSP 440
System Software
1 339 (61.08%) Active Directory
2 101 (18.20%) VMware Infrastructure
3 68 (12.25%) XenApp
4 67 (12.07%) Hyper-V
5 38 (6.85%) XenDesktop
6 28 (5.05%) VMware ESX
7 26 (4.68%) vSphere
8 21 (3.78%) Microsoft App-V
9 19 (3.42%) VMware ESXi
10 18 (3.24%) XenServer
11 11 (1.98%) KVM
11 11 (1.98%) Oracle RAC
11 11 (1.98%) VMware Server
12 10 (1.80%) Virtual Servers
13 9 (1.62%) Terminal Services
14 8 (1.44%) Virtual Machines
15 4 (0.72%) DFS Replication
15 4 (0.72%) Veritas Cluster Server
16 3 (0.54%) NFS
16 3 (0.54%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 96 (17.30%) SCCM
2 35 (6.31%) SCOM
3 26 (4.68%) WSUS
4 18 (3.24%) NetBackup
5 13 (2.34%) EMC NetWorker
5 13 (2.34%) Microsoft Clustering
6 8 (1.44%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 7 (1.26%) Backup Exec
7 7 (1.26%) Netcool
8 6 (1.08%) Veritas Storage Foundation
9 5 (0.90%) AirWatch
9 5 (0.90%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 5 (0.90%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 5 (0.90%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 4 (0.72%) FortiGate
10 4 (0.72%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 4 (0.72%) Nagios
10 4 (0.72%) SCOrch
10 4 (0.72%) Unicenter
11 3 (0.54%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 267 (48.11%) VMware
2 234 (42.16%) Microsoft
3 159 (28.65%) Citrix
4 105 (18.92%) Cisco
5 74 (13.33%) HP
6 48 (8.65%) Oracle
7 33 (5.95%) EMC
7 33 (5.95%) NetApp
8 29 (5.23%) IBM
9 25 (4.50%) Dell
10 20 (3.60%) Red Hat
11 17 (3.06%) AppSense
12 14 (2.52%) Symantec
13 13 (2.34%) CheckPoint
14 12 (2.16%) Apple
14 12 (2.16%) Lotus
14 12 (2.16%) Veritas
15 9 (1.62%) CA
15 9 (1.62%) Intel Security
15 9 (1.62%) Veeam
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