The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Support Specialist featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 29 May 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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.

3 months to
29 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Support Specialist
Rank 530 566 518
Rank change year-on-year
+36 -48
Contract jobs requiring a Support Specialist 116 79 105
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.22% 0.14% 0.20%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.23% 0.15% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 74 47 49
Median daily rate £350 £375 £323
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +16.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £250 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £565 £457
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £293 £315
% change year-on-year
+2.56% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 5 13
Median hourly rate £16.00 £13.70 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.78% -14.37%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £13.70 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+16.78% -14.37%

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
50873 53029 50613
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.74% 94.70% 94.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 33243 32777 31313
Median daily rate £425 £400 £394
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1472 2111 2126
Median hourly rate £18.00 £16.87 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.72% -0.79%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £40.60 £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.16 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+8.29% -2.06%

Support Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Support Specialist in the job title.

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 29 May 2016.

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
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Support Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 29 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +43 103 £350 -12.50% 39
London +13 42 £475 -5.00% 12
South East +6 18 £375 +36.36% 11
North East - 13 £268 - 3
Tyne and Wear - 13 £268 - 2
Newcastle upon Tyne - 13 £268 - 2
East of England +14 12 £214 -38.85% 4
Scotland -11 11 £365 +18.69% 3
Hertfordshire +14 10 £200 -42.85% 2
Hampshire +11 10 £375 -16.75% 2
City of London +42 8 £403 +1.89% 6
North West +6 6 £350 - 1
Manchester -3 6 £350 - 1
Edinburgh - 6 £365 - 1
Berkshire -4 5 £375 -6.25% 5
West Midlands -10 5 £200 -29.82% 1
Hemel Hempstead +1 4 £200 -33.33%
Birmingham -1 4 £200 +60.00%
East Midlands - 4 £290 - 3
Leicestershire - 4 £290 - 2
Winchester - 4 £400 -
Reading - 3 - - 2
South West -7 2 £425 - 3
Thurrock - 2 £228 -
St Albans - 2 - -
Welwyn Garden City - 2 - -
Hinckley - 2 £290 -
Leicester - 2 - - 1
Essex - 2 £228 - 2
Wales +15 1 - -

Support Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 May 2016, Support Specialist contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Support Specialist in the job title.

1 60 (30.61%) Windows
2 49 (25.00%) Finance
3 40 (20.41%) Windows Server
4 37 (18.88%) ITIL
4 37 (18.88%) Microsoft
5 35 (17.86%) Oracle
6 34 (17.35%) SQL
7 30 (15.31%) Unix
8 29 (14.80%) Linux
9 24 (12.24%) SQL Server
10 22 (11.22%) Active Directory
10 22 (11.22%) SLA
10 22 (11.22%) VMware
11 21 (10.71%) Problem Management
12 20 (10.20%) Banking
12 20 (10.20%) Java
13 18 (9.18%) LAN
13 18 (9.18%) HP
13 18 (9.18%) Security Cleared
14 17 (8.67%) vSphere
15 16 (8.16%) Firewall
16 15 (7.65%) Cisco
16 15 (7.65%) MS Office
17 14 (7.14%) WAN
17 14 (7.14%) Citrix
17 14 (7.14%) Windows Server 2012
18 13 (6.63%) VMware Infrastructure
18 13 (6.63%) Incident Management
18 13 (6.63%) Degree
18 13 (6.63%) Foreign Exchange (FX)

Support Specialist Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 13 (6.63%) IIS
2 8 (4.08%) Cloud Foundry
2 8 (4.08%) SharePoint
3 7 (3.57%) MS Exchange
4 5 (2.55%) Tomcat
4 5 (2.55%) WebLogic
5 4 (2.04%) WebSphere
6 3 (1.53%) Apache
6 3 (1.53%) Apache Solr
6 3 (1.53%) WebSphere Application Server
7 2 (1.02%) CMS
7 2 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2010
7 2 (1.02%) IBM Domino
7 2 (1.02%) IBM Notes
7 2 (1.02%) MQSeries
7 2 (1.02%) SharePoint Server
7 2 (1.02%) WebSphere Portal
8 1 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.51%) IBM HTTP Server
8 1 (0.51%) SAS
Applications
1 15 (7.65%) MS Office
2 12 (6.12%) MS Excel
3 4 (2.04%) MS Project
4 2 (1.02%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (1.02%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.02%) QuarkXPress
5 1 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (2.55%) HFM
1 5 (2.55%) Hyperion Planning
2 4 (2.04%) Oracle ERP
3 3 (1.53%) ION MarketView
4 2 (1.02%) Dynamics GP
4 2 (1.02%) Maximo
4 2 (1.02%) Oracle EBS R12
4 2 (1.02%) Primavera
5 1 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.51%) Northgate Housing
5 1 (0.51%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.51%) SAP GRC
5 1 (0.51%) SAP HCM
5 1 (0.51%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.04%) Adobe Creative Cloud
1 4 (2.04%) Amazon AWS
1 4 (2.04%) Office 365
2 2 (1.02%) Amazon EC2
2 2 (1.02%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.02%) SoftLayer
3 1 (0.51%) GitHub
3 1 (0.51%) Google Analytics
3 1 (0.51%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 18 (9.18%) LAN
2 16 (8.16%) Firewall
3 14 (7.14%) WAN
4 10 (5.10%) SAN
5 8 (4.08%) TCP/IP
5 8 (4.08%) Wireless
6 7 (3.57%) DNS
6 7 (3.57%) Internet
7 6 (3.06%) SSL
8 4 (2.04%) DHCP
8 4 (2.04%) HTTP
8 4 (2.04%) Intranet
8 4 (2.04%) NetScaler
9 3 (1.53%) BGP
9 3 (1.53%) Extranet
9 3 (1.53%) NAS
9 3 (1.53%) OSPF
10 2 (1.02%) Junos
10 2 (1.02%) VLAN
10 2 (1.02%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (12.24%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.55%) Oracle Database
3 4 (2.04%) FileMaker
3 4 (2.04%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (1.53%) BusinessObjects
4 3 (1.53%) Crystal Reports
4 3 (1.53%) InfluxDB
4 3 (1.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (1.02%) EDRMS
5 2 (1.02%) MS Access
5 2 (1.02%) Oracle BI EE
5 2 (1.02%) Spotfire
5 2 (1.02%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (1.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.51%) Electronic Patient Records
6 1 (0.51%) GIS
6 1 (0.51%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.51%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.51%) SAS Enterprise Guide
Development Applications
1 2 (1.02%) Git (software)
1 2 (1.02%) Subversion
2 1 (0.51%) LSMW
2 1 (0.51%) SoapUI
2 1 (0.51%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.51%) Toad
2 1 (0.51%) Visual Studio
General
1 49 (25.00%) Finance
2 20 (10.20%) Banking
3 6 (3.06%) Front Office
4 4 (2.04%) German Language
4 4 (2.04%) Law
4 4 (2.04%) Publishing
5 3 (1.53%) Investment Banking
5 3 (1.53%) Legal
5 3 (1.53%) Local Government
6 2 (1.02%) Advertising
6 2 (1.02%) Marketing
6 2 (1.02%) Retail
6 2 (1.02%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.51%) Korean Language
7 1 (0.51%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (6.63%) XML
2 11 (5.61%) HTML
3 10 (5.10%) CSS
4 5 (2.55%) .NET
5 4 (2.04%) FIX Protocol
5 4 (2.04%) XSLT
6 3 (1.53%) HTML5
6 3 (1.53%) J2EE
6 3 (1.53%) Middleware
6 3 (1.53%) Web Services
7 2 (1.02%) ActiveMQ
7 2 (1.02%) Classic ASP
7 2 (1.02%) COM
8 1 (0.51%) .NET Framework
8 1 (0.51%) Ajax
8 1 (0.51%) IBM Integration Bus
8 1 (0.51%) OAuth
8 1 (0.51%) OpenID
8 1 (0.51%) RESTful
8 1 (0.51%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 13 (6.63%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 7 (3.57%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (3.06%) Computer Science
3 6 (3.06%) Data Centre
3 6 (3.06%) iPhone
3 6 (3.06%) Management Information System
4 5 (2.55%) Video Conferencing
5 4 (2.04%) iPad
5 4 (2.04%) Smartphone
6 3 (1.53%) Client/Server
6 3 (1.53%) Clustering
6 3 (1.53%) Contactless
6 3 (1.53%) Equities
6 3 (1.53%) Fat Client
6 3 (1.53%) Fintech
6 3 (1.53%) Replication
6 3 (1.53%) Thin Client
7 2 (1.02%) DataPower
7 2 (1.02%) Hedge funds
7 2 (1.02%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 60 (30.61%) Windows
2 40 (20.41%) Windows Server
3 30 (15.31%) Unix
4 29 (14.80%) Linux
5 14 (7.14%) Windows Server 2012
6 13 (6.63%) AIX
7 12 (6.12%) Solaris
8 10 (5.10%) Windows 7
8 10 (5.10%) Windows Server 2008
9 9 (4.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 6 (3.06%) Android
10 6 (3.06%) Windows Server 2003
11 4 (2.04%) Apple iOS
11 4 (2.04%) Mac OS X
11 4 (2.04%) Windows XP
12 2 (1.02%) Oracle Linux
12 2 (1.02%) Windows Vista
13 1 (0.51%) CentOS
13 1 (0.51%) OS/390
13 1 (0.51%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (18.88%) ITIL
2 21 (10.71%) Problem Management
3 13 (6.63%) Incident Management
3 13 (6.63%) Service Delivery
4 11 (5.61%) Change Management
5 10 (5.10%) Root Cause Analysis
6 9 (4.59%) Electronic Trading
6 9 (4.59%) Migration
7 8 (4.08%) Risk Management
8 7 (3.57%) DevOps
8 7 (3.57%) High Availability
9 6 (3.06%) CRM
9 6 (3.06%) ERP
9 6 (3.06%) Mobile Device Management
9 6 (3.06%) QMS
9 6 (3.06%) Quality Management
9 6 (3.06%) Release Management
9 6 (3.06%) SOA
10 5 (2.55%) Technical Architecture
11 4 (2.04%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 34 (17.35%) SQL
2 20 (10.20%) Java
3 9 (4.59%) Perl
4 7 (3.57%) PowerShell
5 6 (3.06%) JavaScript
6 5 (2.55%) PHP
7 4 (2.04%) C#
7 4 (2.04%) Shell Script
7 4 (2.04%) T-SQL
8 3 (1.53%) C++
8 3 (1.53%) PL/SQL
8 3 (1.53%) Python
8 3 (1.53%) VBA
9 2 (1.02%) Bash Shell
9 2 (1.02%) XPath
10 1 (0.51%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 18 (9.18%) Security Cleared
2 13 (6.63%) Degree
3 10 (5.10%) BPSS Clearance
4 8 (4.08%) DV Cleared
4 8 (4.08%) SC Cleared
5 5 (2.55%) MCSE
5 5 (2.55%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (2.04%) HND
7 3 (1.53%) MCSA
8 2 (1.02%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (1.02%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (1.02%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 2 (1.02%) RHCE
9 1 (0.51%) CCNA
9 1 (0.51%) CCNP
9 1 (0.51%) CISSP
9 1 (0.51%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (11.22%) SLA
2 9 (4.59%) Disclosure Scotland
3 6 (3.06%) ISO 9001
4 4 (2.04%) QA
5 2 (1.02%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.51%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 22 (11.22%) Active Directory
2 17 (8.67%) vSphere
3 13 (6.63%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (1.53%) Hyper-V
5 2 (1.02%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 2 (1.02%) KVM
5 2 (1.02%) Oracle RAC
5 2 (1.02%) VMware ESX
5 2 (1.02%) XenApp
6 1 (0.51%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (0.51%) NFS
6 1 (0.51%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 1 (0.51%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 7 (3.57%) Nagios
2 5 (2.55%) AirWatch
3 4 (2.04%) ITRS Geneos
4 3 (1.53%) Backup Exec
4 3 (1.53%) Grafana
4 3 (1.53%) McAfee ePO
4 3 (1.53%) NetBackup
4 3 (1.53%) WSUS
5 2 (1.02%) EMC NetWorker
5 2 (1.02%) Graphite
5 2 (1.02%) vRealize
6 1 (0.51%) CA Single Sign-On
6 1 (0.51%) Casper Suite
6 1 (0.51%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.51%) OPNET
6 1 (0.51%) Opsview
6 1 (0.51%) Puppet
6 1 (0.51%) SCOM
6 1 (0.51%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.51%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 37 (18.88%) Microsoft
2 35 (17.86%) Oracle
3 22 (11.22%) VMware
4 18 (9.18%) HP
5 15 (7.65%) Cisco
6 14 (7.14%) Citrix
7 12 (6.12%) Apple
8 10 (5.10%) IBM
9 9 (4.59%) ServiceNow
10 8 (4.08%) Red Hat
11 7 (3.57%) OpenText
11 7 (3.57%) SAP
12 6 (3.06%) CheckPoint
12 6 (3.06%) F5
12 6 (3.06%) Juniper
12 6 (3.06%) Sybase
13 5 (2.55%) Adobe
13 5 (2.55%) CA
13 5 (2.55%) Google
13 5 (2.55%) Hyperion
Essex
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Essex
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £500 - £600 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Montash
Rate: £500 - £575 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Harris Global
Rate: £240 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
OCC Computer Personnel
Rate: Contract Rate
Posted: 17 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Search Consultancy
Rate: DOE
Posted: 2 days ago
London
iKas International
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 18 days ago