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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Support Specialist
Rank 531 486 478
Rank change year-on-year
-45 -8
Contract jobs requiring a Support Specialist 76 96 71
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.18% 0.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.15% 0.20% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 45 32
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£375 £323 £331
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.27% -2.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £252 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £565 £491 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £293 £315 £270
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +16.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 12 6
Average hourly rate £13.70 £16.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.37% -15.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.98 £10.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £18.00 £32.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.70 £16.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-14.37% -15.78%

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
50008 48637 43579
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.32% 92.39% 92.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 30924 30184 25017
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 £250 £230 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1983 2005 2160
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £40.50 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -2.85%

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 22 May 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 22 May 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 -45 67 £400 +26.98% 37
London -7 35 £500 +17.64% 12
South East -21 12 £275 -8.33% 10
City of London +10 8 £395 -7.05% 1
East of England +5 6 £350 -53.33% 5
Hertfordshire -2 6 £350 -53.33% 5
West Midlands -8 6 £285 -9.52% 2
South West +7 5 £425 +33.33%
Buckinghamshire +5 5 £271 -9.66% 1
Milton Keynes - 4 £261 - 1
Wales +9 3 £375 -
Surrey +1 3 £250 - 3
Wiltshire +1 2 - -
Berkshire -8 2 £375 +150.00% 2
Scotland -9 2 £308 -17.78% 1
Yorkshire -18 2 £400 +14.28% 4
Potters Bar - 2 - - 1
Woking - 2 £250 -
Birmingham - 2 £125 - 1
Somerset +17 1 - -
Swindon +10 1 - -
Reading +7 1 £350 -
South Wales +4 1 - -
County Antrim +2 1 £93 -
Worcester +1 1 - -
Belfast 0 1 £93 -
Worcestershire -1 1 - -
Northern Ireland -1 1 £93 -
Dundee -5 1 £285 -
Glasgow -5 1 £330 -12.00% 1

Support Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 (32.43%) Windows
2 37 (25.00%) SQL
3 35 (23.65%) Finance
4 27 (18.24%) MS Office
4 27 (18.24%) Microsoft
5 26 (17.57%) UNIX
6 21 (14.19%) Oracle
6 21 (14.19%) Linux
7 20 (13.51%) Banking
8 19 (12.84%) ITIL
8 19 (12.84%) Active Directory
9 18 (12.16%) MS Excel
9 18 (12.16%) Windows 7
10 17 (11.49%) Windows Server 2008
10 17 (11.49%) SQL Server
11 16 (10.81%) VMware
12 13 (8.78%) Front Office
12 13 (8.78%) Firewall
12 13 (8.78%) MS Exchange
12 13 (8.78%) Degree
13 12 (8.11%) DNS
13 12 (8.11%) Citrix
14 11 (7.43%) Migration
14 11 (7.43%) Java
14 11 (7.43%) WebSphere
15 10 (6.76%) Security Cleared
15 10 (6.76%) VMware Infrastructure
15 10 (6.76%) Analytical Skills
15 10 (6.76%) TCP/IP
15 10 (6.76%) Mac OS X

Support Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 13 (8.78%) MS Exchange
2 11 (7.43%) WebSphere
3 7 (4.73%) SharePoint
3 7 (4.73%) Lync
4 6 (4.05%) IIS
4 6 (4.05%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 5 (3.38%) WebLogic
6 3 (2.03%) Exchange Server 2010
7 2 (1.35%) SharePoint 2010
7 2 (1.35%) Oracle Coherence
7 2 (1.35%) WebSphere Application Server
7 2 (1.35%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.68%) Oracle Application Server
8 1 (0.68%) CMS
8 1 (0.68%) Oracle Workflow
8 1 (0.68%) SAS
8 1 (0.68%) Apache
8 1 (0.68%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.68%) JBoss
8 1 (0.68%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 27 (18.24%) MS Office
2 18 (12.16%) MS Excel
3 4 (2.70%) Final Cut Pro
4 3 (2.03%) InfoPath
5 2 (1.35%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 2 (1.35%) Quicktime
6 1 (0.68%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.68%) Maya
6 1 (0.68%) Shockwave
6 1 (0.68%) CINEMA 4D
Business Applications
1 4 (2.70%) Oracle EBS R12
2 3 (2.03%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (2.03%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (1.35%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 2 (1.35%) Eikon
3 2 (1.35%) Oracle General Ledger
3 2 (1.35%) Markit EDM
3 2 (1.35%) thinkFolio
3 2 (1.35%) Summit
4 1 (0.68%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.68%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.68%) SAP R/3
4 1 (0.68%) CODA-Financials
4 1 (0.68%) SAP EHS
4 1 (0.68%) SAP GRC
4 1 (0.68%) ION MarketView
Cloud Services
1 6 (4.05%) Office 365
2 2 (1.35%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.35%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 13 (8.78%) Firewall
2 12 (8.11%) DNS
3 10 (6.76%) TCP/IP
4 9 (6.08%) LAN
5 8 (5.41%) Internet
6 7 (4.73%) VPN
6 7 (4.73%) WAN
7 6 (4.05%) VoIP
8 5 (3.38%) IP Telephony
8 5 (3.38%) Ethernet
9 4 (2.70%) LDAP
10 3 (2.03%) Wi-Fi
10 3 (2.03%) SAN
10 3 (2.03%) MPLS
10 3 (2.03%) HTTP
10 3 (2.03%) DHCP
10 3 (2.03%) VLAN
10 3 (2.03%) WebEx
11 2 (1.35%) NAS
11 2 (1.35%) ISDN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (11.49%) SQL Server
2 5 (3.38%) Oracle Reports
3 4 (2.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 4 (2.70%) Informix
4 3 (2.03%) DataStage
4 3 (2.03%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (1.35%) IBM InfoSphere
5 2 (1.35%) QlikView
5 2 (1.35%) KDB
6 1 (0.68%) SAP BW
6 1 (0.68%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.68%) Oracle BI EE
6 1 (0.68%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (0.68%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.68%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 2 (1.35%) Maven
1 2 (1.35%) Subversion
2 1 (0.68%) Introscope
2 1 (0.68%) Toad
2 1 (0.68%) Eclipse
2 1 (0.68%) JIRA
General
1 35 (23.65%) Finance
2 20 (13.51%) Banking
3 13 (8.78%) Front Office
4 10 (6.76%) Investment Banking
5 7 (4.73%) Telecoms
6 6 (4.05%) Retail
7 5 (3.38%) Publishing
8 3 (2.03%) Legal
9 2 (1.35%) Law
9 2 (1.35%) Back Office
9 2 (1.35%) General Ledger
10 1 (0.68%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.68%) Advertising
10 1 (0.68%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.68%) Marketing
10 1 (0.68%) Korean Language
10 1 (0.68%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (6.08%) WebSphere MQ
2 7 (4.73%) XML
3 6 (4.05%) .NET
3 6 (4.05%) HTML
3 6 (4.05%) Middleware
4 5 (3.38%) FIX Protocol
5 4 (2.70%) TIBCO EMS
6 2 (1.35%) JSON
6 2 (1.35%) Web Services
6 2 (1.35%) SAML
6 2 (1.35%) X-Windows
6 2 (1.35%) Spring
7 1 (0.68%) Flash
7 1 (0.68%) CSS
7 1 (0.68%) JSP
7 1 (0.68%) .NET Framework
7 1 (0.68%) Java EE
7 1 (0.68%) iOS SDK
7 1 (0.68%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 10 (6.76%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (5.41%) Blackberry
3 5 (3.38%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 4 (2.70%) Mobile App
4 4 (2.70%) Video Conferencing
4 4 (2.70%) Replication
5 3 (2.03%) Clustering
5 3 (2.03%) Equities
5 3 (2.03%) CLARiiON
5 3 (2.03%) NHS
5 3 (2.03%) Celerra
5 3 (2.03%) Computer Science
5 3 (2.03%) iPad
6 2 (1.35%) Derivative
6 2 (1.35%) Equity Derivative
6 2 (1.35%) PDA
6 2 (1.35%) Fixed Income
6 2 (1.35%) PKI
6 2 (1.35%) SecurID
7 1 (0.68%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 48 (32.43%) Windows
2 26 (17.57%) UNIX
3 21 (14.19%) Linux
4 18 (12.16%) Windows 7
5 17 (11.49%) Windows Server 2008
6 10 (6.76%) Mac OS X
6 10 (6.76%) Windows Server 2003
7 9 (6.08%) Apple iOS
7 9 (6.08%) Windows Server 2012
8 7 (4.73%) Windows XP
8 7 (4.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 6 (4.05%) Android
10 5 (3.38%) Mac OS X Server
11 4 (2.70%) Windows 8
11 4 (2.70%) AIX
12 3 (2.03%) Windows Vista
13 2 (1.35%) CentOS
13 2 (1.35%) Solaris
14 1 (0.68%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (12.84%) ITIL
2 11 (7.43%) Migration
3 8 (5.41%) Problem Management
4 7 (4.73%) Project Management
4 7 (4.73%) Root Cause Analysis
5 6 (4.05%) Capacity Planning
5 6 (4.05%) Data Migration
5 6 (4.05%) Workflow
5 6 (4.05%) Information Security
5 6 (4.05%) Asset Management
6 5 (3.38%) Agile Software Development
6 5 (3.38%) Change Management
6 5 (3.38%) User Acceptance Testing
6 5 (3.38%) Incident Management
6 5 (3.38%) DevOps
7 4 (2.70%) Performance Tuning
7 4 (2.70%) Data Cleansing
7 4 (2.70%) E-Commerce
7 4 (2.70%) CRM
7 4 (2.70%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 37 (25.00%) SQL
2 11 (7.43%) Java
3 9 (6.08%) Shell Script
4 6 (4.05%) Perl
4 6 (4.05%) C#
5 5 (3.38%) VBA
5 5 (3.38%) PowerShell
6 4 (2.70%) C++
6 4 (2.70%) JavaScript
6 4 (2.70%) Python
7 3 (2.03%) AWK
7 3 (2.03%) PL/SQL
7 3 (2.03%) T-SQL
8 2 (1.35%) Bash Shell
8 2 (1.35%) Korn
8 2 (1.35%) VB
8 2 (1.35%) VB.NET
8 2 (1.35%) COBOL
9 1 (0.68%) Tcl
9 1 (0.68%) C
Qualifications
1 13 (8.78%) Degree
2 10 (6.76%) Security Cleared
3 7 (4.73%) DV Cleared
4 6 (4.05%) SC Cleared
5 3 (2.03%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (2.03%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (2.03%) CCNA
5 3 (2.03%) MCSE
6 2 (1.35%) CCA
6 2 (1.35%) Citrix Certification
6 2 (1.35%) MOS
7 1 (0.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 1 (0.68%) MCITP
7 1 (0.68%) CISM
7 1 (0.68%) CISSP
7 1 (0.68%) A+ Certification
7 1 (0.68%) MCSA
7 1 (0.68%) MCP
7 1 (0.68%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.38%) SLA
2 2 (1.35%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.35%) QA
2 2 (1.35%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.68%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 19 (12.84%) Active Directory
2 10 (6.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (3.38%) Hyper-V
4 4 (2.70%) Microsoft App-V
5 3 (2.03%) Firmware
5 3 (2.03%) XenApp
6 2 (1.35%) XenServer
6 2 (1.35%) UAG
6 2 (1.35%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.68%) Xen
7 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.68%) vSphere
7 1 (0.68%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.68%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 5 (3.38%) SCCM
1 5 (3.38%) Puppet
2 3 (2.03%) SCOM
2 3 (2.03%) FortiGate
3 2 (1.35%) Casper Suite
3 2 (1.35%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 2 (1.35%) EdgeSight
3 2 (1.35%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 2 (1.35%) EMC NetWorker
3 2 (1.35%) OpenView
3 2 (1.35%) OVSD
4 1 (0.68%) MOM
4 1 (0.68%) Control-M
4 1 (0.68%) CA Single Sign-On
4 1 (0.68%) CA Wily
4 1 (0.68%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 1 (0.68%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 27 (18.24%) Microsoft
2 21 (14.19%) Oracle
3 16 (10.81%) VMware
4 12 (8.11%) Citrix
5 9 (6.08%) Apple
6 8 (5.41%) HP
7 7 (4.73%) Cisco
7 7 (4.73%) Bloomberg
8 6 (4.05%) IBM
9 5 (3.38%) Red Hat
10 4 (2.70%) Atlassian
10 4 (2.70%) webMethods
10 4 (2.70%) Symantec
10 4 (2.70%) Remedy
10 4 (2.70%) TIBCO
10 4 (2.70%) Adobe
10 4 (2.70%) EMC
11 3 (2.03%) Reuters
11 3 (2.03%) SAP
11 3 (2.03%) Brocade
Chertsey, Surrey
Synergize Consulting
Rate: From £23,000 to £25,000 per annum + Package
Posted: 3 days ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Northern Recruitment Group
Rate: Up to £37,000 per annum 6 Month Fixed Term
Posted: 3 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Northern Recruitment Group
Rate: Up to £35,000 per annum 9 Months Fixed Term
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
ECS Recruitment Group Ltd
Rate: bonus, car, phone
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: £400 - £600 per day + competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Hemel Hempstead
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £300.00 per day
Posted: 8 days ago