The table below looks at the statistics for the Server Support role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Server Support in their job title over the 3 months to 22 August 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Server Support
Rank 523 487 477
Rank change year-on-year
-36 -10
Contract jobs requiring a Server Support 72 91 120
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.17% 0.21%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.14% 0.18% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 44 60
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£300 £299 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.41% +3.91%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £201 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £375 £360
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £275 £275
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 26 15
Average hourly rate £15.75 £22.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-28.40% +25.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £16.50 £13.47
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.85 £26.88 £32.87
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.00 £20.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+20.00% +21.21%

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
52042 49402 53772
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.34% 92.67% 92.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 31512 29330 30174
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2002 2126 2663
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.41
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%

Server Support
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Server Support in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Server Support Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Server Support
Daily Rate Trend

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

Server Support Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Server Support
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Server Support within the UK over the 3 months to 22 August 2014.

Server Support Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Server Support
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Server Support Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Server Support
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Server Support within the UK over the 3 months to 22 August 2014.

Server Support Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Server Support
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Server Support within the UK over the 3 months to 22 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
England -47 68 £300 - 17
London +8 21 £375 +8.69% 5
East of England -24 11 £213 -22.01%
South East -11 10 £248 -22.65% 5
East Midlands +7 7 £243 -6.28%
North West +5 7 £293 +4.46% 1
City of London +23 6 £420 +17.48% 2
Cambridgeshire -2 6 - -
Northamptonshire - 6 £225 -
Northampton - 5 £225 -
Surrey +6 4 £248 -26.66% 1
Scotland -10 4 £300 +9.09%
North East -16 4 £325 -
West Midlands -26 4 £425 +73.46% 3
Cambridge - 4 - -
Manchester -4 3 £365 +22.68%
Hertfordshire -16 3 £213 -
Tyne and Wear -21 3 £327 -
Cumbria - 3 £250 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 3 £327 -
Berkshire +5 2 £425 +41.66% 2
Birmingham +3 2 £438 +84.21% 2
Yorkshire -1 2 £275 +22.22% 2
South West -42 2 £400 +41.59% 1
Nottingham +13 1 £260 -13.33%
Sheffield +10 1 £275 +15.78%
West Yorkshire +9 1 - - 2
Nottinghamshire +9 1 £260 +0.48%
South Yorkshire 0 1 £275 +15.78%
Watford -2 1 £450 -

Server Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Server Support 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 Server Support in their job title.

1 100 (69.93%) Windows
2 66 (46.15%) Active Directory
3 60 (41.96%) VMware
4 57 (39.86%) Windows Server 2008
5 49 (34.27%) Microsoft
6 38 (26.57%) Windows Server 2003
7 35 (24.48%) SQL Server
8 32 (22.38%) SQL
9 30 (20.98%) MS Exchange
10 29 (20.28%) Windows Server 2012
11 28 (19.58%) Citrix
12 27 (18.88%) ITIL
13 26 (18.18%) Cisco
13 26 (18.18%) VMware Infrastructure
14 22 (15.38%) DNS
15 21 (14.69%) HP
15 21 (14.69%) DHCP
15 21 (14.69%) SAN
16 20 (13.99%) Security Cleared
17 19 (13.29%) Windows 7
18 16 (11.19%) SCCM
18 16 (11.19%) Microsoft Certification
18 16 (11.19%) MS Excel
18 16 (11.19%) UNIX
19 15 (10.49%) Linux
19 15 (10.49%) XenApp
20 14 (9.79%) Exchange Server 2010
20 14 (9.79%) SQL Server 2008
20 14 (9.79%) Clustering
21 13 (9.09%) LAN

Server Support
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Server Support 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 Server Support in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 30 (20.98%) MS Exchange
2 14 (9.79%) Exchange Server 2010
3 9 (6.29%) SharePoint
4 6 (4.20%) Apache
5 5 (3.50%) Tomcat
6 4 (2.80%) Exchange Server 2007
6 4 (2.80%) Exchange Server 2003
6 4 (2.80%) IIS
7 3 (2.10%) Exchange Server 2013
8 2 (1.40%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (1.40%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.70%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.70%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.70%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.70%) SAS
9 1 (0.70%) Moodle
Applications
1 16 (11.19%) MS Excel
2 10 (6.99%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.70%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.10%) Google Apps
2 1 (0.70%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 22 (15.38%) DNS
2 21 (14.69%) DHCP
2 21 (14.69%) SAN
3 13 (9.09%) LAN
4 12 (8.39%) WAN
5 11 (7.69%) Firewall
6 9 (6.29%) TCP/IP
7 3 (2.10%) NAS
8 2 (1.40%) Fibre Channel
8 2 (1.40%) VLAN
8 2 (1.40%) LDAP
8 2 (1.40%) VoIP
8 2 (1.40%) IPv6
8 2 (1.40%) Internet
9 1 (0.70%) Wireless
9 1 (0.70%) SSL
9 1 (0.70%) Broadband
9 1 (0.70%) SMTP
9 1 (0.70%) Ethernet
9 1 (0.70%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (24.48%) SQL Server
2 14 (9.79%) SQL Server 2008
3 11 (7.69%) SQL Server 2005
4 9 (6.29%) Oracle Database
5 8 (5.59%) SQL Server 2012
5 8 (5.59%) SQL Server 2000
6 7 (4.90%) MySQL
6 7 (4.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 5 (3.50%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
8 4 (2.80%) Oracle Database 11g
8 4 (2.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 4 (2.80%) Oracle Database 10g
9 3 (2.10%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 2 (1.40%) Hadoop
11 1 (0.70%) Oracle Reports
11 1 (0.70%) Crystal Reports
11 1 (0.70%) QlikView
11 1 (0.70%) Oracle Exadata
11 1 (0.70%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 5 (3.50%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 2 (1.40%) Appcelerator Titanium
General
1 13 (9.09%) Finance
2 9 (6.29%) Banking
3 5 (3.50%) Back Office
4 4 (2.80%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.40%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.40%) Retail
6 1 (0.70%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.70%) Electronics
6 1 (0.70%) Law
6 1 (0.70%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.70%) Advertising
6 1 (0.70%) Military
6 1 (0.70%) Games
6 1 (0.70%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (2.80%) .NET
2 3 (2.10%) .NET Framework
3 1 (0.70%) ASP.NET
3 1 (0.70%) COM
3 1 (0.70%) Web Services
3 1 (0.70%) WAMP
Miscellaneous
1 14 (9.79%) Clustering
2 5 (3.50%) Replication
3 4 (2.80%) Open Source
4 2 (1.40%) Computer Science
4 2 (1.40%) Fat Client
4 2 (1.40%) Fixed Income
4 2 (1.40%) Thin Client
4 2 (1.40%) Blackberry
5 1 (0.70%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.70%) DTV
5 1 (0.70%) Client/Server
5 1 (0.70%) iPhone
5 1 (0.70%) Statistics
5 1 (0.70%) Derivative
5 1 (0.70%) CMDB
5 1 (0.70%) EqualLogic
5 1 (0.70%) iPad
5 1 (0.70%) Smart Meter
5 1 (0.70%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 100 (69.93%) Windows
2 57 (39.86%) Windows Server 2008
3 38 (26.57%) Windows Server 2003
4 29 (20.28%) Windows Server 2012
5 19 (13.29%) Windows 7
6 16 (11.19%) UNIX
7 15 (10.49%) Linux
8 12 (8.39%) Windows 8
9 11 (7.69%) Windows XP
10 6 (4.20%) CentOS
10 6 (4.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (1.40%) Windows 2000 Server
11 2 (1.40%) Windows 2000
12 1 (0.70%) AIX
12 1 (0.70%) Solaris
12 1 (0.70%) Windows NT
12 1 (0.70%) SUSE
12 1 (0.70%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (18.88%) ITIL
2 8 (5.59%) Performance Tuning
3 6 (4.20%) Disaster Recovery
3 6 (4.20%) Service Management
4 4 (2.80%) Business Intelligence
4 4 (2.80%) PRINCE2
5 3 (2.10%) Migration
5 3 (2.10%) Revenue Management
5 3 (2.10%) Incident Management
5 3 (2.10%) Software Deployment
5 3 (2.10%) Performance Monitoring
6 2 (1.40%) Capacity Management
6 2 (1.40%) Continuous Improvement
6 2 (1.40%) Computer Architecture
6 2 (1.40%) Capacity Planning
6 2 (1.40%) Problem Management
6 2 (1.40%) Data Management
6 2 (1.40%) Change Management
7 1 (0.70%) ITSM
7 1 (0.70%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 32 (22.38%) SQL
2 7 (4.90%) PowerShell
3 6 (4.20%) T-SQL
4 5 (3.50%) Shell Script
5 4 (2.80%) PL/SQL
6 2 (1.40%) Perl
6 2 (1.40%) C
7 1 (0.70%) VC++
7 1 (0.70%) C#
7 1 (0.70%) C++
7 1 (0.70%) Java
7 1 (0.70%) VBScript
7 1 (0.70%) VB
7 1 (0.70%) VBA
7 1 (0.70%) PHP
7 1 (0.70%) Korn
7 1 (0.70%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 20 (13.99%) Security Cleared
2 16 (11.19%) Microsoft Certification
3 10 (6.99%) SC Cleared
3 10 (6.99%) MCSE
4 9 (6.29%) Cisco Certification
4 9 (6.29%) DV Cleared
5 8 (5.59%) CCNA
6 6 (4.20%) MCP
7 4 (2.80%) Degree
7 4 (2.80%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 3 (2.10%) CCNP
8 3 (2.10%) MCDBA
8 3 (2.10%) MCT
9 2 (1.40%) MCITP
9 2 (1.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 2 (1.40%) MCSA
9 2 (1.40%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (1.40%) CCA
9 2 (1.40%) Citrix Certification
10 1 (0.70%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.90%) SLA
System Software
1 66 (46.15%) Active Directory
2 26 (18.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (10.49%) XenApp
4 9 (6.29%) Hyper-V
5 8 (5.59%) vSphere
6 6 (4.20%) XenServer
6 6 (4.20%) XenDesktop
7 5 (3.50%) Oracle RAC
8 4 (2.80%) VMware Server
9 3 (2.10%) Oracle RMAN
9 3 (2.10%) VMware ESX
9 3 (2.10%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (1.40%) NLBS
10 2 (1.40%) VMware Workstation
10 2 (1.40%) NFS
10 2 (1.40%) ISA Server
11 1 (0.70%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
11 1 (0.70%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.70%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.70%) Samba
Systems Management
1 16 (11.19%) SCCM
2 7 (4.90%) Backup Exec
3 5 (3.50%) NetBackup
3 5 (3.50%) SCOM
4 4 (2.80%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 3 (2.10%) SCVMM
5 3 (2.10%) Data Guard
5 3 (2.10%) WSUS
6 2 (1.40%) SCOrch
6 2 (1.40%) EMC NetWorker
6 2 (1.40%) ARCserve
7 1 (0.70%) Nagios
7 1 (0.70%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 1 (0.70%) Tivoli
7 1 (0.70%) Cisco CUCM
7 1 (0.70%) nmon
Vendors
1 60 (41.96%) VMware
2 49 (34.27%) Microsoft
3 28 (19.58%) Citrix
4 26 (18.18%) Cisco
5 21 (14.69%) HP
6 11 (7.69%) Dell
6 11 (7.69%) EMC
6 11 (7.69%) Oracle
6 11 (7.69%) Red Hat
7 9 (6.29%) IBM
8 5 (3.50%) Veritas
9 4 (2.80%) ScanSafe
9 4 (2.80%) Dell KACE
9 4 (2.80%) Veeam
9 4 (2.80%) CA
10 3 (2.10%) Hitachi
10 3 (2.10%) Compaq
10 3 (2.10%) Google
10 3 (2.10%) ServiceNow
11 2 (1.40%) Becrypt
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