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 21 April 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
21 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Support Specialist
Rank 533 499 488
Rank change year-on-year
-34 -11
Contract jobs requiring a Support Specialist 69 105 60
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.19% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.20% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 50 27
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£350 £319 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.80% -1.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £198 £149 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £430 £441
UK excluding London average daily rate £328 £310 £245
% change year-on-year
+5.64% +26.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 12 2
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -46.87%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+9.37% -50.00%

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
51719 51910 44155
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.39% 92.37% 92.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 31426 31539 25286
Average daily rate £400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £230 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2027 2080 2187
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-4.34% -1.42%

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 21 April 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
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 21 April 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 -26 61 £350 +11.11% 65
London -2 29 £425 +21.42% 18
South East -16 19 £328 +9.16% 11
City of London +18 7 £475 +11.76% 9
Surrey +2 6 £250 +100.00% 3
Berkshire -4 6 £350 +133.33% 3
South West +6 5 £278 -12.94% 2
Reading -2 4 £350 - 1
Buckinghamshire -8 4 £350 +16.66% 1
West Midlands -8 4 £125 -59.01% 6
Scotland -15 4 £215 - 4
East of England +5 2 £375 - 2
Edinburgh -3 2 £153 - 1
High Wycombe -5 2 £350 +16.66%
Yorkshire -17 2 £400 +7.74% 11
Gloucestershire - 2 £130 - 2
Woking - 2 £250 - 1
Hertfordshire +6 1 £400 - 1
Basingstoke 0 1 - - 1
Dundee -1 1 £285 -
Belfast -3 1 £93 -71.53% 1
East Sussex -3 1 £275 -
County Antrim -5 1 £93 -71.53% 1
Northern Ireland -5 1 £93 -71.53% 1
Milton Keynes -6 1 £250 -16.66%
West Yorkshire -7 1 £400 +7.74% 5
Wales -10 1 £375 - 2
Hampshire -15 1 - - 1
Leeds -15 1 £400 +7.74% 3
West Sussex -19 1 £275 -21.42%

Support Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 April 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 48 (35.29%) Windows
2 35 (25.74%) Finance
3 29 (21.32%) SQL
4 26 (19.12%) Linux
4 26 (19.12%) UNIX
5 24 (17.65%) Oracle
5 24 (17.65%) MS Office
6 23 (16.91%) Microsoft
7 18 (13.24%) Windows 7
8 17 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
8 17 (12.50%) Active Directory
9 16 (11.76%) Banking
9 16 (11.76%) WebSphere
10 15 (11.03%) ITIL
11 14 (10.29%) TCP/IP
11 14 (10.29%) Mac OS X
12 13 (9.56%) MS Exchange
12 13 (9.56%) Migration
12 13 (9.56%) Firewall
12 13 (9.56%) Security Cleared
12 13 (9.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 12 (8.82%) MS Excel
13 12 (8.82%) WebSphere MQ
13 12 (8.82%) Citrix
13 12 (8.82%) DNS
14 11 (8.09%) SQL Server
14 11 (8.09%) Asset Management
14 11 (8.09%) VMware
14 11 (8.09%) Apple iOS
14 11 (8.09%) Analytical Skills

Support Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 April 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 16 (11.76%) WebSphere
2 13 (9.56%) MS Exchange
3 8 (5.88%) WebLogic
4 6 (4.41%) SharePoint
4 6 (4.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 5 (3.68%) Lync
6 4 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2010
6 4 (2.94%) TIBCO EMS
6 4 (2.94%) IIS
7 3 (2.21%) IBM Notes
8 2 (1.47%) WebSphere Application Server
8 2 (1.47%) Documentum
8 2 (1.47%) FileNet
8 2 (1.47%) WebSphere Portal
8 2 (1.47%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.74%) SharePoint 2013
9 1 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2013
9 1 (0.74%) WildFly
9 1 (0.74%) CMS
9 1 (0.74%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 24 (17.65%) MS Office
2 12 (8.82%) MS Excel
3 5 (3.68%) Final Cut Pro
4 3 (2.21%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 3 (2.21%) InfoPath
4 3 (2.21%) Quicktime
5 2 (1.47%) Maya
5 2 (1.47%) CINEMA 4D
6 1 (0.74%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.74%) Shockwave
6 1 (0.74%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (2.94%) Oracle EBS R12
2 3 (2.21%) Markit EDM
2 3 (2.21%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (2.21%) thinkFolio
3 2 (1.47%) Oracle General Ledger
3 2 (1.47%) Summit
3 2 (1.47%) Eikon
3 2 (1.47%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 1 (0.74%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.74%) SAP EHS
4 1 (0.74%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.74%) CODA-Financials
4 1 (0.74%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.74%) SAP GRC
Cloud Services
1 5 (3.68%) Office 365
2 2 (1.47%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.74%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 14 (10.29%) TCP/IP
2 13 (9.56%) Firewall
3 12 (8.82%) DNS
4 8 (5.88%) LAN
5 7 (5.15%) VoIP
5 7 (5.15%) WAN
5 7 (5.15%) VPN
5 7 (5.15%) Ethernet
5 7 (5.15%) Internet
6 6 (4.41%) LDAP
7 5 (3.68%) IP Telephony
8 4 (2.94%) VLAN
8 4 (2.94%) SAN
8 4 (2.94%) MPLS
8 4 (2.94%) DHCP
8 4 (2.94%) HTTP
8 4 (2.94%) WebEx
9 3 (2.21%) ISDN
9 3 (2.21%) Wi-Fi
9 3 (2.21%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (8.09%) SQL Server
2 5 (3.68%) Oracle Reports
3 4 (2.94%) Informix
4 3 (2.21%) DataStage
4 3 (2.21%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (1.47%) IBM InfoSphere
5 2 (1.47%) QlikView
5 2 (1.47%) KDB
5 2 (1.47%) MySQL
6 1 (0.74%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.74%) Oracle BI EE
6 1 (0.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.74%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.74%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 2 (1.47%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 1 (0.74%) Eclipse
2 1 (0.74%) Toad
2 1 (0.74%) Introscope
2 1 (0.74%) Subversion
2 1 (0.74%) JIRA
General
1 35 (25.74%) Finance
2 16 (11.76%) Banking
3 9 (6.62%) Front Office
4 8 (5.88%) Telecoms
5 7 (5.15%) Publishing
6 6 (4.41%) Retail
7 4 (2.94%) Investment Banking
8 3 (2.21%) Legal
9 2 (1.47%) Law
9 2 (1.47%) General Ledger
9 2 (1.47%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.74%) Marketing
10 1 (0.74%) Korean Language
10 1 (0.74%) Spanish Language
10 1 (0.74%) Advertising
10 1 (0.74%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.74%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (8.82%) WebSphere MQ
2 9 (6.62%) Middleware
3 6 (4.41%) HTML
3 6 (4.41%) .NET
4 5 (3.68%) XML
5 3 (2.21%) .NET Framework
5 3 (2.21%) JSON
6 2 (1.47%) FIX Protocol
6 2 (1.47%) RESTful
6 2 (1.47%) X-Windows
6 2 (1.47%) Web Services
6 2 (1.47%) SAML
6 2 (1.47%) ASP.NET
6 2 (1.47%) ASP.NET Web Forms
7 1 (0.74%) CSS
7 1 (0.74%) JSP
7 1 (0.74%) Flash
7 1 (0.74%) Java EE
7 1 (0.74%) OpenID
7 1 (0.74%) iOS SDK
Miscellaneous
1 11 (8.09%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (6.62%) Blackberry
3 5 (3.68%) Mobile App
4 4 (2.94%) Video Conferencing
4 4 (2.94%) iPad
5 3 (2.21%) Management Information System
5 3 (2.21%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 3 (2.21%) Clustering
6 2 (1.47%) Equities
6 2 (1.47%) NHS
6 2 (1.47%) SecurID
6 2 (1.47%) PKI
6 2 (1.47%) PDA
6 2 (1.47%) Derivative
6 2 (1.47%) Equity Derivative
6 2 (1.47%) Video Editing
6 2 (1.47%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.47%) Replication
6 2 (1.47%) Fixed Income
6 2 (1.47%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 48 (35.29%) Windows
2 26 (19.12%) Linux
2 26 (19.12%) UNIX
3 18 (13.24%) Windows 7
4 17 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
5 14 (10.29%) Mac OS X
6 13 (9.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 11 (8.09%) Apple iOS
8 10 (7.35%) Windows Server 2003
9 7 (5.15%) Android
9 7 (5.15%) Windows Server 2012
10 6 (4.41%) Mac OS X Server
10 6 (4.41%) Windows XP
10 6 (4.41%) AIX
11 4 (2.94%) Solaris
11 4 (2.94%) Windows 8
12 3 (2.21%) CentOS
12 3 (2.21%) Windows Vista
13 1 (0.74%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (11.03%) ITIL
2 13 (9.56%) Migration
3 11 (8.09%) Asset Management
4 8 (5.88%) DevOps
5 7 (5.15%) Problem Management
5 7 (5.15%) Agile Software Development
6 6 (4.41%) Scrum
6 6 (4.41%) Workflow
7 5 (3.68%) Information Security
7 5 (3.68%) Content Management
7 5 (3.68%) Project Management
7 5 (3.68%) User Acceptance Testing
7 5 (3.68%) Data Migration
7 5 (3.68%) Capacity Planning
7 5 (3.68%) Performance Tuning
8 4 (2.94%) Kalman Filter
8 4 (2.94%) Root Cause Analysis
8 4 (2.94%) Data Cleansing
8 4 (2.94%) Disaster Recovery
8 4 (2.94%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 29 (21.32%) SQL
2 8 (5.88%) Java
2 8 (5.88%) Shell Script
3 7 (5.15%) Perl
4 6 (4.41%) C#
5 5 (3.68%) JavaScript
6 4 (2.94%) C++
7 3 (2.21%) COBOL
7 3 (2.21%) PL/SQL
7 3 (2.21%) VBA
7 3 (2.21%) Python
7 3 (2.21%) AWK
8 2 (1.47%) Korn
8 2 (1.47%) PowerShell
8 2 (1.47%) RPG
8 2 (1.47%) VBScript
8 2 (1.47%) VB
8 2 (1.47%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.74%) Tcl
9 1 (0.74%) Scala
Qualifications
1 13 (9.56%) Security Cleared
2 9 (6.62%) DV Cleared
3 8 (5.88%) Degree
3 8 (5.88%) SC Cleared
4 4 (2.94%) CCNA
4 4 (2.94%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (2.21%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (2.21%) MCSE
6 2 (1.47%) CCA
6 2 (1.47%) Citrix Certification
6 2 (1.47%) MOS
7 1 (0.74%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 1 (0.74%) MCITP
7 1 (0.74%) CISSP
7 1 (0.74%) MCSA
7 1 (0.74%) CCNP
7 1 (0.74%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.94%) PCI DSS
2 2 (1.47%) SLA
3 1 (0.74%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.74%) QA
3 1 (0.74%) Data Quality
System Software
1 17 (12.50%) Active Directory
2 8 (5.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (2.94%) Microsoft App-V
4 3 (2.21%) Firmware
4 3 (2.21%) XenApp
5 2 (1.47%) XenServer
5 2 (1.47%) Veritas Volume Manager
5 2 (1.47%) Veritas Cluster Server
5 2 (1.47%) Terminal Services
5 2 (1.47%) Hyper-V
5 2 (1.47%) NFS
5 2 (1.47%) BitLocker
6 1 (0.74%) Xen
6 1 (0.74%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (0.74%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 10 (7.35%) Puppet
2 6 (4.41%) SCCM
3 3 (2.21%) Casper Suite
3 3 (2.21%) FortiGate
3 3 (2.21%) Control-M
4 2 (1.47%) OpenView
4 2 (1.47%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 2 (1.47%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (1.47%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 2 (1.47%) EdgeSight
4 2 (1.47%) NetBackup
5 1 (0.74%) SCOM
5 1 (0.74%) CA Wily
5 1 (0.74%) ITRS Geneos
5 1 (0.74%) MOM
5 1 (0.74%) CA Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 24 (17.65%) Oracle
2 23 (16.91%) Microsoft
3 12 (8.82%) Citrix
4 11 (8.09%) VMware
5 10 (7.35%) Red Hat
5 10 (7.35%) Apple
5 10 (7.35%) Cisco
6 8 (5.88%) IBM
7 7 (5.15%) Symantec
8 6 (4.41%) Adobe
8 6 (4.41%) Atlassian
8 6 (4.41%) Bloomberg
9 5 (3.68%) HP
10 4 (2.94%) Dell
10 4 (2.94%) TIBCO
10 4 (2.94%) webMethods
11 3 (2.21%) Reuters
11 3 (2.21%) Remedy
11 3 (2.21%) Lotus
11 3 (2.21%) Sun
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