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 2 September 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
2 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Server Support
Rank 545 500 475
Rank change year-on-year
-45 -25
Contract jobs requiring a Server Support 66 83 113
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.16% 0.20%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.17% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 36 55
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£327 £283 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.60% -1.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £188 £182
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £375 £384
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £275 £275
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 27 15
Average hourly rate £12.00 £21.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-42.85% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.60 £16.50 £13.47
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.30 £25.65 £32.87
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.25 £19.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+48.68% +15.15%

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
51961 49585 53705
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.02% 92.76% 92.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 31503 29488 30138
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £234 £235
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 2007 2141 2629
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 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
- -5.55%

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 2 September 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 2 September 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 2 September 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 -33 63 £328 +13.15% 27
London +17 24 £398 +16.91% 8
South East -13 10 £260 -18.75% 10
East of England -19 10 £278 +0.90%
City of London +34 9 £450 +25.87% 4
Cambridgeshire -4 6 - -
East Midlands +7 5 £200 -8.04%
North West -4 5 £345 +23.21% 1
Surrey +1 4 £248 -26.66% 3
West Midlands -23 4 £438 +78.57% 3
Cambridge - 4 - -
Berkshire +5 3 £358 +98.61% 5
Birmingham +3 3 £450 +89.47% 2
Manchester 0 3 £365 +22.68%
Scotland -10 3 £300 +9.09%
North East -17 3 £328 - 1
Tyne and Wear -22 3 £328 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 3 £328 - 1
Hertfordshire -12 2 £328 -
Cumbria - 2 £325 -
West Yorkshire +2 1 - - 2
Yorkshire -2 1 - - 2
Hampshire -15 1 £175 -45.31% 2
South West -43 1 £325 +15.04% 2
Bedfordshire - 1 £350 -
Oxfordshire - 1 £225 -
Watford - 1 £450 -
Reading - 1 - - 2
Bedford - 1 £350 -
Bristol - 1 £325 - 2

Server Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 September 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.

1 106 (73.10%) Windows
2 67 (46.21%) Active Directory
3 63 (43.45%) VMware
4 61 (42.07%) Windows Server 2008
5 53 (36.55%) Microsoft
6 41 (28.28%) Windows Server 2003
7 34 (23.45%) SQL Server
8 31 (21.38%) SQL
8 31 (21.38%) MS Exchange
8 31 (21.38%) Citrix
9 30 (20.69%) Windows Server 2012
10 28 (19.31%) ITIL
11 27 (18.62%) VMware Infrastructure
12 26 (17.93%) Cisco
13 24 (16.55%) DNS
14 23 (15.86%) SAN
15 22 (15.17%) HP
15 22 (15.17%) DHCP
16 20 (13.79%) Security Cleared
17 19 (13.10%) Windows 7
18 18 (12.41%) XenApp
18 18 (12.41%) UNIX
19 17 (11.72%) Linux
19 17 (11.72%) SCCM
20 16 (11.03%) MS Excel
20 16 (11.03%) Microsoft Certification
21 15 (10.34%) Exchange Server 2010
22 14 (9.66%) EMC
22 14 (9.66%) SQL Server 2008
23 13 (8.97%) Clustering

Server Support
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 31 (21.38%) MS Exchange
2 15 (10.34%) Exchange Server 2010
3 10 (6.90%) SharePoint
4 5 (3.45%) Apache
4 5 (3.45%) Tomcat
5 4 (2.76%) IIS
5 4 (2.76%) Exchange Server 2003
5 4 (2.76%) Exchange Server 2007
6 3 (2.07%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (1.38%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (1.38%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.69%) Moodle
8 1 (0.69%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.69%) SAS
8 1 (0.69%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.69%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 16 (11.03%) MS Excel
2 11 (7.59%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.69%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.07%) Google Apps
2 1 (0.69%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 24 (16.55%) DNS
2 23 (15.86%) SAN
3 22 (15.17%) DHCP
4 13 (8.97%) LAN
5 12 (8.28%) WAN
6 11 (7.59%) Firewall
7 9 (6.21%) TCP/IP
8 3 (2.07%) Internet
8 3 (2.07%) NAS
9 2 (1.38%) Fibre Channel
9 2 (1.38%) VLAN
9 2 (1.38%) IPv6
9 2 (1.38%) VoIP
9 2 (1.38%) LDAP
10 1 (0.69%) Broadband
10 1 (0.69%) SMTP
10 1 (0.69%) Ethernet
10 1 (0.69%) HTTP
10 1 (0.69%) SSL
10 1 (0.69%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (23.45%) SQL Server
2 14 (9.66%) SQL Server 2008
3 10 (6.90%) SQL Server 2005
4 8 (5.52%) SQL Server 2012
5 7 (4.83%) Oracle Database
5 7 (4.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 7 (4.83%) SQL Server 2000
6 6 (4.14%) MySQL
7 4 (2.76%) Oracle Database 10g
7 4 (2.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 4 (2.76%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
7 4 (2.76%) Oracle Database 11g
8 3 (2.07%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 2 (1.38%) Hadoop
10 1 (0.69%) Oracle Exadata
10 1 (0.69%) Oracle Database 12c
10 1 (0.69%) QlikView
10 1 (0.69%) Crystal Reports
10 1 (0.69%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 4 (2.76%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 2 (1.38%) Appcelerator Titanium
General
1 12 (8.28%) Finance
2 9 (6.21%) Banking
3 5 (3.45%) Back Office
4 4 (2.76%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.38%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.38%) Retail
6 1 (0.69%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.69%) Marketing
6 1 (0.69%) Law
6 1 (0.69%) Advertising
6 1 (0.69%) Games
6 1 (0.69%) Military
6 1 (0.69%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.69%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (2.76%) .NET
2 3 (2.07%) .NET Framework
3 1 (0.69%) WAMP
3 1 (0.69%) ASP.NET
3 1 (0.69%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 13 (8.97%) Clustering
2 4 (2.76%) Replication
2 4 (2.76%) Open Source
3 2 (1.38%) Fat Client
3 2 (1.38%) Fixed Income
3 2 (1.38%) Thin Client
3 2 (1.38%) Blackberry
3 2 (1.38%) Computer Science
4 1 (0.69%) CMDB
4 1 (0.69%) Derivative
4 1 (0.69%) Statistics
4 1 (0.69%) DTV
4 1 (0.69%) iPhone
4 1 (0.69%) Smart Meter
4 1 (0.69%) Visualisation
4 1 (0.69%) EqualLogic
4 1 (0.69%) iPad
4 1 (0.69%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 106 (73.10%) Windows
2 61 (42.07%) Windows Server 2008
3 41 (28.28%) Windows Server 2003
4 30 (20.69%) Windows Server 2012
5 19 (13.10%) Windows 7
6 18 (12.41%) UNIX
7 17 (11.72%) Linux
8 13 (8.97%) Windows 8
9 12 (8.28%) Windows XP
10 8 (5.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 6 (4.14%) CentOS
12 2 (1.38%) Windows 2000 Server
12 2 (1.38%) Windows 2000
13 1 (0.69%) Windows NT
13 1 (0.69%) AIX
13 1 (0.69%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (19.31%) ITIL
2 6 (4.14%) Service Management
2 6 (4.14%) Disaster Recovery
2 6 (4.14%) Performance Tuning
3 5 (3.45%) Mentoring
3 5 (3.45%) Coaching
4 4 (2.76%) PRINCE2
4 4 (2.76%) Business Intelligence
5 3 (2.07%) Migration
5 3 (2.07%) Incident Management
5 3 (2.07%) Performance Monitoring
5 3 (2.07%) Software Deployment
5 3 (2.07%) Revenue Management
6 2 (1.38%) Computer Architecture
6 2 (1.38%) Capacity Planning
6 2 (1.38%) Continuous Improvement
6 2 (1.38%) Capacity Management
6 2 (1.38%) Problem Management
6 2 (1.38%) Data Management
6 2 (1.38%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 31 (21.38%) SQL
2 7 (4.83%) PowerShell
3 6 (4.14%) T-SQL
4 5 (3.45%) Shell Script
5 4 (2.76%) PL/SQL
6 2 (1.38%) Perl
6 2 (1.38%) C
7 1 (0.69%) C#
7 1 (0.69%) C++
7 1 (0.69%) Java
7 1 (0.69%) VBScript
7 1 (0.69%) VB
7 1 (0.69%) VBA
7 1 (0.69%) VC++
7 1 (0.69%) PHP
7 1 (0.69%) Korn
7 1 (0.69%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 20 (13.79%) Security Cleared
2 16 (11.03%) Microsoft Certification
3 10 (6.90%) DV Cleared
3 10 (6.90%) MCSE
4 9 (6.21%) SC Cleared
5 8 (5.52%) Cisco Certification
6 7 (4.83%) CCNA
7 6 (4.14%) MCP
8 4 (2.76%) Degree
8 4 (2.76%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 4 (2.76%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (2.07%) MCDBA
9 3 (2.07%) MCT
9 3 (2.07%) CCNP
10 2 (1.38%) MCSA
10 2 (1.38%) CCA
10 2 (1.38%) Citrix Certification
10 2 (1.38%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 2 (1.38%) MCITP
11 1 (0.69%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.83%) SLA
System Software
1 67 (46.21%) Active Directory
2 27 (18.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (12.41%) XenApp
4 9 (6.21%) XenDesktop
4 9 (6.21%) Hyper-V
5 8 (5.52%) vSphere
6 6 (4.14%) XenServer
7 5 (3.45%) Oracle RAC
8 4 (2.76%) VMware Server
9 3 (2.07%) VMware ESX
9 3 (2.07%) Oracle RMAN
9 3 (2.07%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (1.38%) VMware Workstation
10 2 (1.38%) ISA Server
10 2 (1.38%) NFS
10 2 (1.38%) NLBS
11 1 (0.69%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.69%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 1 (0.69%) Sendmail
11 1 (0.69%) Samba
Systems Management
1 17 (11.72%) SCCM
2 7 (4.83%) Backup Exec
3 6 (4.14%) NetBackup
4 5 (3.45%) SCOM
5 4 (2.76%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 3 (2.07%) SCVMM
6 3 (2.07%) Data Guard
6 3 (2.07%) WSUS
7 2 (1.38%) EMC NetWorker
7 2 (1.38%) SCOrch
7 2 (1.38%) ARCserve
8 1 (0.69%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 1 (0.69%) Nagios
8 1 (0.69%) Cisco CUCM
8 1 (0.69%) nmon
Vendors
1 63 (43.45%) VMware
2 53 (36.55%) Microsoft
3 31 (21.38%) Citrix
4 26 (17.93%) Cisco
5 22 (15.17%) HP
6 14 (9.66%) EMC
7 13 (8.97%) Red Hat
8 11 (7.59%) Dell
9 9 (6.21%) Oracle
10 7 (4.83%) IBM
11 6 (4.14%) Hitachi
12 5 (3.45%) Veritas
13 4 (2.76%) CA
13 4 (2.76%) Veeam
13 4 (2.76%) Dell KACE
13 4 (2.76%) ScanSafe
14 3 (2.07%) ServiceNow
14 3 (2.07%) Google
14 3 (2.07%) Compaq
15 2 (1.38%) Juniper
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