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 1 October 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Server Support
Rank 535 515 498
Rank change year-on-year
-20 -17
Contract jobs requiring a Server Support 82 75 101
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.14% 0.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.16% 0.15% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 37 55
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£350 £275 £290
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+27.27% -5.17%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £211 £191 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £375 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £275 £281
% change year-on-year
+13.63% -2.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 20 15
Average hourly rate £25.50 £19.00 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+34.21% +11.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £16.50 £13.47
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £25.00 £31.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £17.36 £15.88
% change year-on-year
+113.10% +9.37%

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
51806 48814 53474
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.56% 92.66% 93.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 31840 29382 29897
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £568
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2020 2076 2649
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.19
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

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 1 October 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 1 October 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 1 October 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 -12 80 £350 +27.27% 27
London +14 29 £375 +15.38% 5
South East -6 23 £300 -6.25% 11
City of London +33 10 £450 +20.00% 1
Surrey +8 10 £280 -17.03% 5
East of England -21 8 £350 +52.17%
Berkshire +15 7 £425 +136.11% 3
East Midlands +9 6 £200 - 1
Cambridgeshire +3 5 - -
North West -8 5 £345 +15.96% 2
Hampshire -10 4 £250 -21.87% 1
Reading +21 3 £450 - 1
Manchester -15 3 £365 +22.68% 1
West Midlands -17 3 £450 +78.21% 4
South West -36 3 £305 +7.96% 2
North East -37 3 £313 -
Birmingham - 3 £450 - 2
Somerset -5 2 £260 -4.14%
Hertfordshire - 2 £328 -
Cumbria - 2 £325 -
Oxfordshire -7 1 £225 +12.50% 1
Wales -26 1 £270 -
Scotland - 1 - -
Wiltshire - 1 £350 - 1
Portsmouth - 1 - -
Watford - 1 £450 -
Bedfordshire - 1 £350 -
Buckinghamshire - - - -
Sheffield - - - -
Southampton - - - -

Server Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 October 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.

1 118 (76.62%) Windows
2 77 (50.00%) Active Directory
3 72 (46.75%) VMware
4 63 (40.91%) Windows Server 2008
5 58 (37.66%) Microsoft
6 51 (33.12%) Windows Server 2003
7 36 (23.38%) Citrix
8 35 (22.73%) Windows Server 2012
9 32 (20.78%) MS Exchange
9 32 (20.78%) SQL
9 32 (20.78%) SQL Server
10 29 (18.83%) ITIL
11 28 (18.18%) Cisco
11 28 (18.18%) VMware Infrastructure
12 25 (16.23%) HP
13 24 (15.58%) DNS
13 24 (15.58%) SAN
14 21 (13.64%) Windows 7
14 21 (13.64%) DHCP
14 21 (13.64%) Linux
15 20 (12.99%) UNIX
16 18 (11.69%) Security Cleared
16 18 (11.69%) XenApp
17 17 (11.04%) MS Excel
17 17 (11.04%) Microsoft Certification
18 16 (10.39%) SCCM
19 15 (9.74%) SQL Server 2008
19 15 (9.74%) Finance
19 15 (9.74%) EMC
20 14 (9.09%) Red Hat

Server Support
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 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 32 (20.78%) MS Exchange
2 14 (9.09%) SharePoint
2 14 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2010
3 8 (5.19%) IIS
4 5 (3.25%) Exchange Server 2003
4 5 (3.25%) Exchange Server 2007
4 5 (3.25%) Apache
4 5 (3.25%) Tomcat
5 4 (2.60%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.65%) IBM Notes
6 1 (0.65%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.65%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (0.65%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (0.65%) Moodle
6 1 (0.65%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 17 (11.04%) MS Excel
2 12 (7.79%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.65%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.95%) Google Apps
2 1 (0.65%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 24 (15.58%) DNS
1 24 (15.58%) SAN
2 21 (13.64%) DHCP
3 12 (7.79%) LAN
3 12 (7.79%) TCP/IP
4 11 (7.14%) WAN
4 11 (7.14%) Firewall
5 6 (3.90%) Internet
6 2 (1.30%) NAS
6 2 (1.30%) Fibre Channel
6 2 (1.30%) IPv6
6 2 (1.30%) LDAP
6 2 (1.30%) VoIP
6 2 (1.30%) VLAN
7 1 (0.65%) Network Security
7 1 (0.65%) Cisco IOS
7 1 (0.65%) Broadband
7 1 (0.65%) SMTP
7 1 (0.65%) Ethernet
7 1 (0.65%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (20.78%) SQL Server
2 15 (9.74%) SQL Server 2008
3 8 (5.19%) SQL Server 2012
4 7 (4.55%) SQL Server 2005
5 6 (3.90%) MySQL
5 6 (3.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 4 (2.60%) Oracle Database
6 4 (2.60%) SQL Server 2000
7 3 (1.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 3 (1.95%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 3 (1.95%) Oracle Database 11g
7 3 (1.95%) Oracle Database 10g
8 2 (1.30%) Hadoop
8 2 (1.30%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
9 1 (0.65%) QlikView
9 1 (0.65%) Crystal Reports
9 1 (0.65%) Oracle Reports
9 1 (0.65%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.65%) FileMaker
9 1 (0.65%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 2 (1.30%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
1 2 (1.30%) Team Foundation Server
1 2 (1.30%) Appcelerator Titanium
General
1 15 (9.74%) Finance
2 11 (7.14%) Banking
3 6 (3.90%) Back Office
4 5 (3.25%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.95%) Investment Banking
6 2 (1.30%) Financial Institution
6 2 (1.30%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.30%) Retail
7 1 (0.65%) Military
7 1 (0.65%) Advertising
7 1 (0.65%) Games
7 1 (0.65%) Electronics
7 1 (0.65%) Law
7 1 (0.65%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (3.90%) .NET
2 3 (1.95%) .NET Framework
3 1 (0.65%) WAMP
3 1 (0.65%) ASP.NET
3 1 (0.65%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 14 (9.09%) Clustering
2 5 (3.25%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (2.60%) Open Source
4 3 (1.95%) Blackberry
4 3 (1.95%) User Experience
5 2 (1.30%) Thin Client
5 2 (1.30%) Client/Server
5 2 (1.30%) Computer Science
5 2 (1.30%) Fat Client
5 2 (1.30%) Replication
5 2 (1.30%) Fixed Income
6 1 (0.65%) iPhone
6 1 (0.65%) Derivative
6 1 (0.65%) Statistics
6 1 (0.65%) CMDB
6 1 (0.65%) DTV
6 1 (0.65%) iPad
6 1 (0.65%) Visualisation
6 1 (0.65%) EqualLogic
6 1 (0.65%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 118 (76.62%) Windows
2 63 (40.91%) Windows Server 2008
3 51 (33.12%) Windows Server 2003
4 35 (22.73%) Windows Server 2012
5 21 (13.64%) Windows 7
5 21 (13.64%) Linux
6 20 (12.99%) UNIX
7 12 (7.79%) Windows XP
8 11 (7.14%) Windows 8
9 9 (5.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 6 (3.90%) CentOS
11 4 (2.60%) Windows 2000 Server
12 2 (1.30%) Windows 2000
13 1 (0.65%) Mac OS X Server
13 1 (0.65%) Ubuntu
13 1 (0.65%) AIX
13 1 (0.65%) Solaris
13 1 (0.65%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (18.83%) ITIL
2 7 (4.55%) Service Management
3 6 (3.90%) Disaster Recovery
3 6 (3.90%) Migration
4 4 (2.60%) Change Management
4 4 (2.60%) Business Intelligence
4 4 (2.60%) PRINCE2
4 4 (2.60%) Incident Management
5 3 (1.95%) Revenue Management
5 3 (1.95%) Capacity Planning
5 3 (1.95%) Performance Monitoring
5 3 (1.95%) Mentoring
5 3 (1.95%) Coaching
6 2 (1.30%) Performance Tuning
6 2 (1.30%) Server Monitoring
6 2 (1.30%) Customer Engagement
6 2 (1.30%) Computer Architecture
6 2 (1.30%) Software Deployment
6 2 (1.30%) Capacity Management
6 2 (1.30%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 32 (20.78%) SQL
2 7 (4.55%) PowerShell
3 4 (2.60%) Shell Script
3 4 (2.60%) T-SQL
3 4 (2.60%) PL/SQL
4 3 (1.95%) C#
4 3 (1.95%) Perl
5 2 (1.30%) Bourne shell
5 2 (1.30%) C++
5 2 (1.30%) Java
5 2 (1.30%) C
5 2 (1.30%) VB
5 2 (1.30%) VB.NET
5 2 (1.30%) VBA
5 2 (1.30%) Korn
6 1 (0.65%) VBScript
6 1 (0.65%) PHP
6 1 (0.65%) VC++
Qualifications
1 18 (11.69%) Security Cleared
2 17 (11.04%) Microsoft Certification
3 12 (7.79%) MCSE
4 9 (5.84%) DV Cleared
4 9 (5.84%) Cisco Certification
5 8 (5.19%) CCNA
5 8 (5.19%) SC Cleared
6 7 (4.55%) MCP
6 7 (4.55%) ITIL Certification
7 5 (3.25%) Degree
7 5 (3.25%) MCSA
8 4 (2.60%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 4 (2.60%) MCITP
9 3 (1.95%) CCNP
10 2 (1.30%) Citrix Certification
10 2 (1.30%) MCDBA
10 2 (1.30%) MCT
11 1 (0.65%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 1 (0.65%) MCTS
11 1 (0.65%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.19%) SLA
System Software
1 77 (50.00%) Active Directory
2 28 (18.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (11.69%) XenApp
4 8 (5.19%) Hyper-V
5 7 (4.55%) XenDesktop
5 7 (4.55%) vSphere
5 7 (4.55%) VMware ESX
6 5 (3.25%) XenServer
7 4 (2.60%) ISA Server
7 4 (2.60%) Oracle RAC
8 3 (1.95%) Oracle RMAN
8 3 (1.95%) NFS
8 3 (1.95%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (1.30%) NLBS
9 2 (1.30%) VMware Server
9 2 (1.30%) VMware Workstation
10 1 (0.65%) Samba
10 1 (0.65%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 1 (0.65%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.65%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 16 (10.39%) SCCM
2 11 (7.14%) SCOM
3 10 (6.49%) Backup Exec
4 8 (5.19%) NetBackup
5 4 (2.60%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 4 (2.60%) WSUS
6 3 (1.95%) SCVMM
6 3 (1.95%) Data Guard
7 2 (1.30%) SCOrch
7 2 (1.30%) Nagios
7 2 (1.30%) ARCserve
7 2 (1.30%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 1 (0.65%) EMC NetWorker
8 1 (0.65%) Cisco CUCM
8 1 (0.65%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.65%) nmon
Vendors
1 72 (46.75%) VMware
2 58 (37.66%) Microsoft
3 36 (23.38%) Citrix
4 28 (18.18%) Cisco
5 25 (16.23%) HP
6 15 (9.74%) EMC
7 14 (9.09%) Red Hat
8 8 (5.19%) Dell
9 7 (4.55%) Oracle
9 7 (4.55%) IBM
10 6 (3.90%) Hitachi
11 5 (3.25%) Veritas
12 4 (2.60%) ScanSafe
12 4 (2.60%) ServiceNow
12 4 (2.60%) Dell KACE
13 3 (1.95%) Altiris
13 3 (1.95%) Google
13 3 (1.95%) SAP
13 3 (1.95%) CA
13 3 (1.95%) Veeam
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