The table below looks at the statistics for the Support Specialist role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Support Specialist in their job title over the 3 months to 27 March 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Support Specialist
Rank 532 478 491
Rank change year-on-year
-54 +13
Contract jobs requiring a Support Specialist 67 92 49
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.18% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.14% 0.19% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 44 21
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£343 £311 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.04% -14.13%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £130 £140 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £305 £308 £248
% change year-on-year
-0.81% +24.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 13 2
Average hourly rate £23.75 £18.00 £30.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+31.94% -41.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £10.65 £23.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £27.00 £38.15
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £30.75
% change year-on-year
+9.37% -47.96%

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
49598 47956 42731
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.44% 92.38% 92.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 30070 28704 24525
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £228 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1954 2000 2187
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.51
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.85 £17.00 £17.33
% change year-on-year
-0.86% -1.87%

Support Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Support Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Support Specialist
Daily Rate Trend

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

Support Specialist Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Support Specialist
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Support Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 27 March 2015.

Support Specialist Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Support Specialist
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Support Specialist Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Support Specialist
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Support Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 27 March 2015.

Support Specialist Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Support Specialist
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 Support Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 27 March 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 -30 61 £350 +13.08% 44
London +7 31 £413 +26.92% 12
South East -48 15 £350 +72.83% 9
South West -2 7 £130 -59.21% 7
City of London +19 6 £331 -11.73% 2
Berkshire -12 6 £350 +133.33%
West Midlands -4 5 £125 -57.98% 1
Surrey -1 4 £325 +160.00% 3
Reading -2 4 £350 -
Scotland -6 4 £215 -31.20% 4
Gloucestershire - 4 £130 - 1
Buckinghamshire -4 3 £350 +16.66% 2
East of England 0 2 £375 - 5
Edinburgh -8 2 £153 - 1
High Wycombe - 2 £350 -
Basingstoke +1 1 - -
Hertfordshire 0 1 £400 - 3
Hampshire -12 1 - - 1
Manchester -12 1 £250 -41.17% 2
North West -19 1 £250 -26.47% 3
Cheltenham - 1 - -
Birmingham - 1 £125 - 1
Somerset - 1 - - 1
South Yorkshire - - - - 1
Warwickshire - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - - 3
Yorkshire - - - - 5
East Midlands - - - -
Merseyside - - - -
North East - - - - 1

Support Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Support Specialist 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 Support Specialist in their job title.

1 42 (30.66%) Windows
2 36 (26.28%) Finance
3 26 (18.98%) Linux
3 26 (18.98%) Microsoft
4 25 (18.25%) SQL
4 25 (18.25%) Oracle
5 24 (17.52%) MS Office
6 23 (16.79%) UNIX
7 18 (13.14%) Banking
8 17 (12.41%) Windows 7
9 16 (11.68%) Analytical Skills
9 16 (11.68%) ITIL
9 16 (11.68%) Active Directory
10 15 (10.95%) Mac OS X
10 15 (10.95%) TCP/IP
10 15 (10.95%) WebSphere
10 15 (10.95%) Migration
11 14 (10.22%) MS Exchange
12 13 (9.49%) MS Excel
12 13 (9.49%) Security Cleared
13 12 (8.76%) Windows Server 2008
13 12 (8.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 12 (8.76%) Firewall
13 12 (8.76%) Asset Management
14 11 (8.03%) Telecoms
14 11 (8.03%) WebSphere MQ
14 11 (8.03%) Degree
15 10 (7.30%) Puppet
15 10 (7.30%) Red Hat
15 10 (7.30%) Blackberry

Support Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Support Specialist 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 Support Specialist in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 15 (10.95%) WebSphere
2 14 (10.22%) MS Exchange
3 7 (5.11%) WebLogic
4 6 (4.38%) SharePoint
4 6 (4.38%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 5 (3.65%) Lync
5 5 (3.65%) Exchange Server 2010
6 4 (2.92%) TIBCO EMS
7 3 (2.19%) IBM Notes
8 2 (1.46%) WebSphere Application Server
8 2 (1.46%) IIS
8 2 (1.46%) Documentum
8 2 (1.46%) FileNet
8 2 (1.46%) WebSphere Portal
8 2 (1.46%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.73%) SharePoint 2013
9 1 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2013
9 1 (0.73%) CMS
9 1 (0.73%) Oracle Application Server
9 1 (0.73%) SAS
Applications
1 24 (17.52%) MS Office
2 13 (9.49%) MS Excel
3 5 (3.65%) Final Cut Pro
4 3 (2.19%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 3 (2.19%) InfoPath
4 3 (2.19%) Quicktime
5 2 (1.46%) Maya
5 2 (1.46%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (1.46%) CINEMA 4D
5 2 (1.46%) MS Project
6 1 (0.73%) Shockwave
Business Applications
1 4 (2.92%) Oracle EBS R12
2 3 (2.19%) Markit EDM
2 3 (2.19%) BASE24
2 3 (2.19%) Summit
2 3 (2.19%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (2.19%) thinkFolio
3 2 (1.46%) Oracle General Ledger
3 2 (1.46%) Eikon
3 2 (1.46%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 1 (0.73%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.73%) CODA-Financials
4 1 (0.73%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.73%) SAP GRC
4 1 (0.73%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.73%) SAP EHS
Cloud Services
1 5 (3.65%) Office 365
2 1 (0.73%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.73%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (10.95%) TCP/IP
2 12 (8.76%) Firewall
3 8 (5.84%) DNS
3 8 (5.84%) LAN
4 7 (5.11%) VoIP
4 7 (5.11%) WAN
4 7 (5.11%) Ethernet
4 7 (5.11%) VPN
5 6 (4.38%) Internet
6 4 (2.92%) SAN
6 4 (2.92%) LDAP
6 4 (2.92%) MPLS
6 4 (2.92%) IP Telephony
6 4 (2.92%) VLAN
7 3 (2.19%) ISDN
8 2 (1.46%) NAS
8 2 (1.46%) HTTP
8 2 (1.46%) DHCP
9 1 (0.73%) ADSL
9 1 (0.73%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (7.30%) SQL Server
2 5 (3.65%) Oracle Reports
3 4 (2.92%) Informix
4 3 (2.19%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (2.19%) DataStage
4 3 (2.19%) PowerMart
4 3 (2.19%) NonStop SQL
4 3 (2.19%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (1.46%) IBM InfoSphere
5 2 (1.46%) QlikView
5 2 (1.46%) MySQL
6 1 (0.73%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.73%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.73%) MS Access
6 1 (0.73%) KDB
6 1 (0.73%) Oracle BI EE
6 1 (0.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.73%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 3 (2.19%) Visual Studio
2 2 (1.46%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (0.73%) Eclipse
3 1 (0.73%) Toad
3 1 (0.73%) Introscope
3 1 (0.73%) Subversion
3 1 (0.73%) JIRA
General
1 36 (26.28%) Finance
2 18 (13.14%) Banking
3 11 (8.03%) Telecoms
4 8 (5.84%) Front Office
5 7 (5.11%) Retail
5 7 (5.11%) Publishing
6 3 (2.19%) Investment Banking
6 3 (2.19%) Legal
7 2 (1.46%) Law
7 2 (1.46%) General Ledger
7 2 (1.46%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.73%) Marketing
8 1 (0.73%) Korean Language
8 1 (0.73%) Spanish Language
8 1 (0.73%) Advertising
8 1 (0.73%) Back Office
8 1 (0.73%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (8.03%) WebSphere MQ
2 8 (5.84%) Middleware
3 4 (2.92%) .NET
4 3 (2.19%) .NET Framework
5 2 (1.46%) HTML
5 2 (1.46%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 2 (1.46%) FIX Protocol
5 2 (1.46%) RESTful
5 2 (1.46%) ASP.NET
5 2 (1.46%) X-Windows
5 2 (1.46%) Web Services
6 1 (0.73%) XML
6 1 (0.73%) Flash
6 1 (0.73%) CSS
6 1 (0.73%) JSP
6 1 (0.73%) OpenID
6 1 (0.73%) iOS SDK
6 1 (0.73%) OAuth2
6 1 (0.73%) Java EE
6 1 (0.73%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 16 (11.68%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (7.30%) Blackberry
3 5 (3.65%) Mobile App
4 4 (2.92%) Equities
4 4 (2.92%) Video Conferencing
4 4 (2.92%) iPad
5 3 (2.19%) SWIFT
5 3 (2.19%) Clustering
5 3 (2.19%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 3 (2.19%) Management Information System
5 3 (2.19%) Tandem
6 2 (1.46%) SecurID
6 2 (1.46%) PKI
6 2 (1.46%) PDA
6 2 (1.46%) Derivative
6 2 (1.46%) Equity Derivative
6 2 (1.46%) Video Editing
6 2 (1.46%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.46%) HACMP
6 2 (1.46%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 42 (30.66%) Windows
2 26 (18.98%) Linux
3 23 (16.79%) UNIX
4 17 (12.41%) Windows 7
5 15 (10.95%) Mac OS X
6 12 (8.76%) Windows Server 2008
6 12 (8.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 9 (6.57%) Apple iOS
7 9 (6.57%) Windows Server 2003
8 6 (4.38%) AIX
8 6 (4.38%) Mac OS X Server
8 6 (4.38%) Android
9 5 (3.65%) Windows 8
9 5 (3.65%) Windows Server 2012
9 5 (3.65%) Windows XP
10 4 (2.92%) Solaris
10 4 (2.92%) CentOS
11 3 (2.19%) Windows Vista
12 1 (0.73%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (11.68%) ITIL
2 15 (10.95%) Migration
3 12 (8.76%) Asset Management
4 7 (5.11%) Project Management
4 7 (5.11%) Problem Management
4 7 (5.11%) DevOps
5 6 (4.38%) Workflow
6 5 (3.65%) Scrum
6 5 (3.65%) Information Security
6 5 (3.65%) Agile Software Development
6 5 (3.65%) Content Management
6 5 (3.65%) E-Commerce
6 5 (3.65%) Performance Tuning
6 5 (3.65%) User Acceptance Testing
6 5 (3.65%) Data Migration
6 5 (3.65%) Capacity Planning
7 4 (2.92%) Root Cause Analysis
7 4 (2.92%) Data Cleansing
7 4 (2.92%) Kalman Filter
7 4 (2.92%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (18.25%) SQL
2 8 (5.84%) Perl
3 6 (4.38%) Java
3 6 (4.38%) Shell Script
4 4 (2.92%) C#
5 3 (2.19%) JavaScript
5 3 (2.19%) PL/SQL
5 3 (2.19%) AWK
5 3 (2.19%) COBOL
5 3 (2.19%) VBA
6 2 (1.46%) VB.NET
6 2 (1.46%) Korn
6 2 (1.46%) PowerShell
6 2 (1.46%) RPG
6 2 (1.46%) C++
7 1 (0.73%) VBScript
7 1 (0.73%) VB
7 1 (0.73%) Scala
7 1 (0.73%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 13 (9.49%) Security Cleared
2 11 (8.03%) Degree
3 9 (6.57%) SC Cleared
4 8 (5.84%) DV Cleared
5 4 (2.92%) CCNA
5 4 (2.92%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (1.46%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (1.46%) MOS
6 2 (1.46%) MCSE
7 1 (0.73%) CCNP
7 1 (0.73%) CISSP
7 1 (0.73%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 1 (0.73%) MCITP
7 1 (0.73%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.92%) PCI DSS
2 2 (1.46%) SLA
2 2 (1.46%) QA
3 1 (0.73%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.73%) Data Quality
System Software
1 16 (11.68%) Active Directory
2 8 (5.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (2.19%) Hyper-V
3 3 (2.19%) Firmware
4 2 (1.46%) Veritas Volume Manager
4 2 (1.46%) Veritas Cluster Server
4 2 (1.46%) NFS
5 1 (0.73%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.73%) XenApp
5 1 (0.73%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.73%) Xen
Systems Management
1 10 (7.30%) Puppet
2 6 (4.38%) Control-M
2 6 (4.38%) SCCM
3 3 (2.19%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 3 (2.19%) Casper Suite
3 3 (2.19%) FortiGate
4 2 (1.46%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 2 (1.46%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (1.46%) NetBackup
4 2 (1.46%) OpenView
5 1 (0.73%) ITRS Geneos
5 1 (0.73%) SCOM
5 1 (0.73%) CA Wily
5 1 (0.73%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.73%) Nagios
5 1 (0.73%) CA Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 26 (18.98%) Microsoft
2 25 (18.25%) Oracle
3 10 (7.30%) Cisco
3 10 (7.30%) Red Hat
3 10 (7.30%) Apple
3 10 (7.30%) VMware
4 9 (6.57%) Symantec
5 8 (5.84%) IBM
5 8 (5.84%) Citrix
6 7 (5.11%) HP
7 6 (4.38%) Adobe
7 6 (4.38%) Bloomberg
8 5 (3.65%) Dell
8 5 (3.65%) Atlassian
9 4 (2.92%) TIBCO
9 4 (2.92%) webMethods
10 3 (2.19%) Reuters
10 3 (2.19%) Lotus
10 3 (2.19%) Remedy
10 3 (2.19%) Informatica
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Northern Recruitment Group
Rate: Up to £39,000 per annum depending on experience
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £250.00 - £550.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Somerset
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Birmingham
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £100.00 - £150.00 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Halifax
Interquest - ITQ Financial - Tunbridge Wells
Rate: £200.00 - £250.00 per day
Posted: 18 days ago
South West England
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £400 - £450 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 19 days ago