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 30 January 2015 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Server Support
Rank 513 483 430
Rank change year-on-year
-30 -53
Contract jobs requiring a Server Support 70 70 109
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.15% 0.24%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.15% 0.16% 0.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 30 42
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£285 £278 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.70% -7.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £138 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £505 £403 £399
UK excluding London average daily rate £280 £240 £200
% change year-on-year
+16.66% +20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 17 34
Average hourly rate £26.00 £19.00 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+36.84% -2.56%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £20.25 £22.75
% change year-on-year
+28.39% -10.98%

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
47189 44564 41455
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.47% 92.53% 92.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 29609 26528 23470
Average daily rate £400 £400 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £228 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1818 1936 2419
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% -4.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.25 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -5.71%

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 30 January 2015.

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
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 30 January 2015. 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 -18 66 £288 +0.87% 15
West Midlands +20 19 £368 -8.12% 1
South East -17 19 £290 -5.69% 5
London +2 18 £320 -14.66% 4
Berkshire -1 10 £275 -10.56% 2
Warwickshire - 9 - - 1
Hampshire -15 7 £290 - 1
Bracknell +2 5 £238 +75.92% 1
Birmingham - 4 £450 -
East Midlands +15 3 £230 - 1
Reading +8 3 £275 -
City of London - 3 £500 - 2
Nottinghamshire -2 2 - -
Nottingham -5 2 - -
East of England -9 2 - - 1
North West -11 2 £180 - 2
South West -18 2 £225 - 1
Coventry +2 1 £240 -40.00%
Manchester -4 1 - - 2
Bedfordshire -9 1 - -
Northamptonshire - 1 £230 -
Devon - 1 £225 -
Merseyside - 1 £180 -
North East - 1 - -
Tyne and Wear - 1 - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 - -
Luton - 1 - -
Exeter - 1 £225 -
Harrogate - - - -
Hounslow - - - -

Server Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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.

1 124 (83.22%) Windows
2 79 (53.02%) Active Directory
3 70 (46.98%) Microsoft
4 67 (44.97%) VMware
5 58 (38.93%) Windows Server 2008
6 48 (32.21%) Windows Server 2003
7 40 (26.85%) Windows Server 2012
8 38 (25.50%) Citrix
9 34 (22.82%) ITIL
10 29 (19.46%) HP
11 27 (18.12%) SCCM
11 27 (18.12%) DNS
12 25 (16.78%) VMware Infrastructure
12 25 (16.78%) SQL
13 24 (16.11%) SQL Server
14 23 (15.44%) MS Exchange
14 23 (15.44%) Security Cleared
15 21 (14.09%) DHCP
16 19 (12.75%) UNIX
16 19 (12.75%) SAN
16 19 (12.75%) Linux
17 17 (11.41%) MS Excel
17 17 (11.41%) Microsoft Certification
18 15 (10.07%) ITIL Certification
18 15 (10.07%) MCSE
18 15 (10.07%) Windows 7
19 14 (9.40%) SCOM
19 14 (9.40%) Finance
20 13 (8.72%) WAN
20 13 (8.72%) TCP/IP

Server Support
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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 23 (15.44%) MS Exchange
2 12 (8.05%) SharePoint
3 10 (6.71%) IIS
4 7 (4.70%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (2.68%) Exchange Server 2007
5 4 (2.68%) Exchange Server 2003
6 3 (2.01%) Lync
7 2 (1.34%) GlassFish
7 2 (1.34%) SharePoint 2010
7 2 (1.34%) WebLogic
7 2 (1.34%) Apache
7 2 (1.34%) Tomcat
7 2 (1.34%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.67%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.67%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.67%) MS Project Server
8 1 (0.67%) SharePoint Server
8 1 (0.67%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 17 (11.41%) MS Excel
2 11 (7.38%) MS Office
3 1 (0.67%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 9 (6.04%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.34%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 27 (18.12%) DNS
2 21 (14.09%) DHCP
3 19 (12.75%) SAN
4 13 (8.72%) WAN
4 13 (8.72%) TCP/IP
5 12 (8.05%) LAN
6 10 (6.71%) Firewall
7 6 (4.03%) Internet
8 5 (3.36%) VPN
9 2 (1.34%) NAS
9 2 (1.34%) Reverse Proxy
9 2 (1.34%) SSL
9 2 (1.34%) LDAP
10 1 (0.67%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
10 1 (0.67%) Fibre Channel
10 1 (0.67%) MPLS
10 1 (0.67%) Wireless
10 1 (0.67%) IPsec
10 1 (0.67%) ADSL
10 1 (0.67%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (16.11%) SQL Server
2 5 (3.36%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (2.68%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (1.34%) RDBMS
4 2 (1.34%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.67%) Big Data
5 1 (0.67%) SQL Server 2000
5 1 (0.67%) FileMaker
5 1 (0.67%) MySQL
5 1 (0.67%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (2.68%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 14 (9.40%) Finance
2 7 (4.70%) Banking
3 2 (1.34%) Investment Banking
3 2 (1.34%) Telecoms
4 1 (0.67%) Advertising
4 1 (0.67%) Back Office
4 1 (0.67%) Military
4 1 (0.67%) Games
4 1 (0.67%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (5.37%) .NET
2 3 (2.01%) .NET Framework
3 2 (1.34%) J2EE
4 1 (0.67%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 10 (6.71%) Clustering
2 4 (2.68%) PKI
2 4 (2.68%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.01%) Blackberry
3 3 (2.01%) Client/Server
4 2 (1.34%) Fat Client
4 2 (1.34%) Thin Client
5 1 (0.67%) Smartphone
5 1 (0.67%) CMDB
5 1 (0.67%) Enterprise Storage
5 1 (0.67%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 124 (83.22%) Windows
2 58 (38.93%) Windows Server 2008
3 48 (32.21%) Windows Server 2003
4 40 (26.85%) Windows Server 2012
5 19 (12.75%) UNIX
5 19 (12.75%) Linux
6 15 (10.07%) Windows 7
7 9 (6.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 8 (5.37%) Windows XP
9 7 (4.70%) Windows 8
10 2 (1.34%) Windows 2000 Server
11 1 (0.67%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.67%) AIX
11 1 (0.67%) Solaris
11 1 (0.67%) Mac OS X Server
11 1 (0.67%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (22.82%) ITIL
2 10 (6.71%) Migration
3 4 (2.68%) Kanban
3 4 (2.68%) Customer Engagement
3 4 (2.68%) Capacity Planning
3 4 (2.68%) Incident Management
3 4 (2.68%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (2.68%) CMMI
3 4 (2.68%) Scrum
3 4 (2.68%) Performance Monitoring
4 3 (2.01%) Performance Tuning
4 3 (2.01%) Root Cause Analysis
4 3 (2.01%) Service Delivery
4 3 (2.01%) Change Management
4 3 (2.01%) Service Management
4 3 (2.01%) Asset Management
5 2 (1.34%) Data Mapping
5 2 (1.34%) Performance Management
5 2 (1.34%) Load Balancing
5 2 (1.34%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (16.78%) SQL
2 5 (3.36%) C#
3 4 (2.68%) PowerShell
3 4 (2.68%) VB.NET
4 3 (2.01%) Java
4 3 (2.01%) Perl
5 2 (1.34%) Bourne shell
5 2 (1.34%) Korn
5 2 (1.34%) VB
5 2 (1.34%) C
6 1 (0.67%) VBA
6 1 (0.67%) C++
6 1 (0.67%) PHP
6 1 (0.67%) PL/SQL
6 1 (0.67%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 23 (15.44%) Security Cleared
2 17 (11.41%) Microsoft Certification
3 15 (10.07%) ITIL Certification
3 15 (10.07%) MCSE
4 12 (8.05%) DV Cleared
5 9 (6.04%) SC Cleared
6 5 (3.36%) MCP
7 4 (2.68%) MCSA
8 3 (2.01%) MCITP
9 2 (1.34%) Degree
10 1 (0.67%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 1 (0.67%) MCDBA
10 1 (0.67%) CNA
10 1 (0.67%) CNE
10 1 (0.67%) Novell Certification
10 1 (0.67%) CCNA
10 1 (0.67%) Citrix Certification
10 1 (0.67%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (0.67%) MCTS
10 1 (0.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.37%) SLA
System Software
1 79 (53.02%) Active Directory
2 25 (16.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (8.72%) Hyper-V
4 10 (6.71%) XenApp
5 9 (6.04%) VMware ESX
6 7 (4.70%) XenDesktop
7 5 (3.36%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 5 (3.36%) vSphere
8 3 (2.01%) ISA Server
8 3 (2.01%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (1.34%) XenServer
9 2 (1.34%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (1.34%) NFS
10 1 (0.67%) Terminal Server
10 1 (0.67%) Firmware
10 1 (0.67%) VMware Server
10 1 (0.67%) NLBS
10 1 (0.67%) UAG
Systems Management
1 27 (18.12%) SCCM
2 14 (9.40%) SCOM
3 10 (6.71%) NetBackup
4 8 (5.37%) Backup Exec
5 4 (2.68%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 3 (2.01%) SCOrch
6 3 (2.01%) HP Data Protector
7 2 (1.34%) Nagios
7 2 (1.34%) Norton AntiVirus
8 1 (0.67%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 1 (0.67%) SCDPM
8 1 (0.67%) WSUS
8 1 (0.67%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.67%) HP SIM
8 1 (0.67%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 70 (46.98%) Microsoft
2 67 (44.97%) VMware
3 38 (25.50%) Citrix
4 29 (19.46%) HP
5 12 (8.05%) Cisco
6 10 (6.71%) Red Hat
7 9 (6.04%) EMC
8 7 (4.70%) Altiris
9 6 (4.03%) Dell
9 6 (4.03%) Hitachi
9 6 (4.03%) Symantec
10 5 (3.36%) Apple
11 4 (2.68%) McAfee
12 3 (2.01%) CommVault
13 2 (1.34%) SolarWinds
13 2 (1.34%) Riverbed
13 2 (1.34%) Isilon
13 2 (1.34%) IBM
13 2 (1.34%) Avaya
13 2 (1.34%) Oracle
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