The table below looks at the statistics for the Systems 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 Systems Support in their job title over the 3 months to 1 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
1 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Systems Support
Rank 502 511 465
Rank change year-on-year
+9 -46
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Support 98 84 89
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.18% 0.15% 0.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.19% 0.17% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 43 39
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£285 £300 £265
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% +13.20%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £201 £148
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £435 £412
UK excluding London average daily rate £285 £285 £235
% change year-on-year
- +21.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 8 19
Average hourly rate £20.19 £19.75 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.20% -1.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £12.34 £13.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £23.30 £26.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.59 £19.75 £16.25
% change year-on-year
+14.39% +21.53%

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
51527 50292 44718
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.33% 92.33% 92.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 31396 30820 25579
Average daily rate £400 £388 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.15% -3.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2022 2008 2205
Average hourly rate £17.30 £17.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.14% -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 £40.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.83 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-3.85% -

Systems Support
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Systems Support Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Systems Support
Daily Rate Trend

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

Systems Support Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Systems Support
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Systems Support within the UK over the 3 months to 1 May 2015.

Systems Support Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Systems Support
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Systems Support Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Systems Support
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Systems Support within the UK over the 3 months to 1 May 2015.

Systems Support Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Systems 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 Systems Support within the UK over the 3 months to 1 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 +4 89 £275 -8.33% 51
London +27 55 £295 -5.60% 24
South East -17 15 £230 -19.29% 7
Oxfordshire -10 10 £230 - 1
Scotland 0 6 £285 -
Oxford -10 6 £230 -
North West -22 6 £200 +63.26% 3
East Midlands -8 4 £413 -
Wiltshire - 4 £250 - 1
South West - 4 £250 - 4
Surrey +4 3 - - 2
Derbyshire +4 3 £413 -
East of England +3 3 £350 -22.22% 10
Cheshire -4 3 £180 +26.76% 1
Edinburgh - 3 £400 -
Guildford - 3 - - 2
Suffolk +6 2 £350 - 1
Chesterfield +5 2 £413 -
Dundee -2 2 £285 -
City of London -3 2 £333 -8.27% 5
Warrington -13 2 £190 - 1
Swindon - 2 - -
Ipswich - 2 £350 - 1
Liverpool - 2 £325 -
Merseyside - 2 £325 -
Essex 0 1 - - 2
Hampshire -2 1 £400 +14.28%
Crewe -4 1 £150 +5.63%
Croydon -4 1 £425 +2.71%
Yorkshire -12 1 - - 1

Systems Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Systems 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 Systems Support in their job title.

1 61 (38.36%) Windows
2 57 (35.85%) Microsoft
3 45 (28.30%) SQL
4 34 (21.38%) Finance
5 33 (20.75%) Active Directory
6 28 (17.61%) VMware
7 27 (16.98%) ITIL
8 26 (16.35%) MS Office
9 25 (15.72%) MS Excel
10 23 (14.47%) MS Exchange
10 23 (14.47%) SQL Server
11 22 (13.84%) Windows Server 2008
12 21 (13.21%) Oracle
13 20 (12.58%) Linux
14 19 (11.95%) Windows 7
15 18 (11.32%) Windows Server 2012
15 18 (11.32%) DNS
16 17 (10.69%) UNIX
17 16 (10.06%) IIS
18 15 (9.43%) DHCP
19 14 (8.81%) LAN
19 14 (8.81%) Project Management
20 13 (8.18%) Sun
20 13 (8.18%) Cisco
20 13 (8.18%) PRINCE2
21 12 (7.55%) Apple
21 12 (7.55%) Internet
21 12 (7.55%) Management Information System
21 12 (7.55%) Exchange Server 2010
22 11 (6.92%) PowerShell

Systems Support
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Systems 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 Systems Support in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 23 (14.47%) MS Exchange
2 16 (10.06%) IIS
3 12 (7.55%) Exchange Server 2010
4 6 (3.77%) SharePoint
5 4 (2.52%) WebSphere
6 3 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2003
7 2 (1.26%) CMS
7 2 (1.26%) Lync
8 1 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.63%) Drupal
8 1 (0.63%) Sitecore CMS
8 1 (0.63%) Moodle
8 1 (0.63%) WebSphere Portal
8 1 (0.63%) Oracle Workflow
8 1 (0.63%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.63%) Lotus Domino
8 1 (0.63%) WebSphere Application Server
8 1 (0.63%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 26 (16.35%) MS Office
2 25 (15.72%) MS Excel
3 5 (3.14%) MS Visio
4 4 (2.52%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (1.89%) MS PowerPoint
6 2 (1.26%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (2.52%) Agresso
1 4 (2.52%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.89%) Oracle EBS R12
3 2 (1.26%) assyst
4 1 (0.63%) thinkFolio
4 1 (0.63%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.63%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.63%) SAP BPC
4 1 (0.63%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 1 (0.63%) SAP CO
4 1 (0.63%) SAP FI/CO
4 1 (0.63%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 8 (5.03%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (4.40%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (2.52%) Google Apps
4 1 (0.63%) Yammer
4 1 (0.63%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 18 (11.32%) DNS
2 15 (9.43%) DHCP
3 14 (8.81%) LAN
4 12 (7.55%) Internet
5 11 (6.92%) Firewall
5 11 (6.92%) Intranet
5 11 (6.92%) TCP/IP
6 10 (6.29%) WAN
7 7 (4.40%) VPN
7 7 (4.40%) VoIP
7 7 (4.40%) SAN
8 5 (3.14%) NAS
9 4 (2.52%) WLAN
9 4 (2.52%) Ethernet
9 4 (2.52%) Wireless
9 4 (2.52%) VLAN
10 3 (1.89%) Network Security
10 3 (1.89%) iSCSI
10 3 (1.89%) Cisco Nexus
10 3 (1.89%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (14.47%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 6 (3.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 6 (3.77%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (3.14%) SQL Server 2005
3 5 (3.14%) SQL Server 2000
4 3 (1.89%) Relational Database
4 3 (1.89%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (1.26%) MySQL
5 2 (1.26%) Informix
5 2 (1.26%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (1.26%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.63%) Big Data
6 1 (0.63%) Data Mining
6 1 (0.63%) MS Access
6 1 (0.63%) OLAP
6 1 (0.63%) SQL Server 7
Development Applications
1 5 (3.14%) Octopus Deploy
2 2 (1.26%) Visual Studio
2 2 (1.26%) Subversion
3 1 (0.63%) Toad
General
1 34 (21.38%) Finance
2 6 (3.77%) Banking
3 5 (3.14%) Retail
4 4 (2.52%) International Banking
5 2 (1.26%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.26%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.26%) Local Government
6 1 (0.63%) French Language
6 1 (0.63%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.63%) General Ledger
6 1 (0.63%) Front Office
6 1 (0.63%) Back Office
6 1 (0.63%) Games
6 1 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (5.03%) .NET
2 5 (3.14%) Web Services
2 5 (3.14%) XML
3 3 (1.89%) HTML
4 2 (1.26%) ASP.NET
4 2 (1.26%) SOAP
4 2 (1.26%) ASP.NET Web API
4 2 (1.26%) REST
5 1 (0.63%) FIX Protocol
5 1 (0.63%) WebSphere Message Broker
5 1 (0.63%) WCF
5 1 (0.63%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 12 (7.55%) Management Information System
2 5 (3.14%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (3.14%) NHS
3 4 (2.52%) iPhone
3 4 (2.52%) Video Conferencing
4 3 (1.89%) iSeries
4 3 (1.89%) Client/Server
4 3 (1.89%) Blackberry
5 2 (1.26%) Replication
5 2 (1.26%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.63%) Derivative
6 1 (0.63%) Chemistry
6 1 (0.63%) Biology
6 1 (0.63%) RMADS
6 1 (0.63%) Reference Data
6 1 (0.63%) Visualisation
6 1 (0.63%) Open Source
6 1 (0.63%) IBM XIV
6 1 (0.63%) Clustering
6 1 (0.63%) E-Learning
Operating Systems
1 61 (38.36%) Windows
2 22 (13.84%) Windows Server 2008
3 20 (12.58%) Linux
4 19 (11.95%) Windows 7
5 18 (11.32%) Windows Server 2012
6 17 (10.69%) UNIX
7 10 (6.29%) Windows 8
8 7 (4.40%) Solaris
8 7 (4.40%) Mac OS X
9 6 (3.77%) Windows Server 2003
9 6 (3.77%) Android
10 5 (3.14%) AIX
11 3 (1.89%) CentOS
11 3 (1.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (1.26%) Windows XP
12 2 (1.26%) Ubuntu
12 2 (1.26%) Fedora
13 1 (0.63%) HPUX
13 1 (0.63%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (16.98%) ITIL
2 14 (8.81%) Project Management
3 13 (8.18%) PRINCE2
4 10 (6.29%) Migration
5 9 (5.66%) Change Management
6 7 (4.40%) Incident Management
6 7 (4.40%) Problem Management
7 6 (3.77%) Configuration Management
7 6 (3.77%) User Acceptance Testing
7 6 (3.77%) Network Management
8 5 (3.14%) Change Control
8 5 (3.14%) Service Delivery
8 5 (3.14%) Workflow
9 4 (2.52%) CRM
9 4 (2.52%) ERP
9 4 (2.52%) Document Management
9 4 (2.52%) Data Migration
10 3 (1.89%) Web Development
10 3 (1.89%) Resource Management
10 3 (1.89%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 45 (28.30%) SQL
2 11 (6.92%) PowerShell
3 9 (5.66%) T-SQL
4 3 (1.89%) RPG
4 3 (1.89%) VBScript
4 3 (1.89%) C#
4 3 (1.89%) JavaScript
4 3 (1.89%) Prolog
5 2 (1.26%) Shell Script
5 2 (1.26%) PL/SQL
5 2 (1.26%) VB
6 1 (0.63%) Bash Shell
6 1 (0.63%) sed
6 1 (0.63%) Korn
6 1 (0.63%) AWK
6 1 (0.63%) Python
6 1 (0.63%) VBA
6 1 (0.63%) C
6 1 (0.63%) PHP
6 1 (0.63%) Java
Qualifications
1 6 (3.77%) Microsoft Certification
1 6 (3.77%) Security Cleared
2 4 (2.52%) SC Cleared
3 3 (1.89%) Degree
3 3 (1.89%) MCSE
3 3 (1.89%) CCNP
3 3 (1.89%) CCNA
3 3 (1.89%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (1.26%) MCP
4 2 (1.26%) MCSA
4 2 (1.26%) MCITP
5 1 (0.63%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.63%) IIBA
5 1 (0.63%) ISEB
5 1 (0.63%) PMP
5 1 (0.63%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (6.92%) SLA
2 4 (2.52%) QA
3 1 (0.63%) JSP 440
System Software
1 33 (20.75%) Active Directory
2 8 (5.03%) VMware ESX
2 8 (5.03%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (3.14%) Hyper-V
4 4 (2.52%) XenDesktop
4 4 (2.52%) Veritas Volume Manager
5 3 (1.89%) vSphere
6 2 (1.26%) VMware Workstation
6 2 (1.26%) Ceph
6 2 (1.26%) BitLocker
7 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.63%) DFS Replication
7 1 (0.63%) XenApp
7 1 (0.63%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 5 (3.14%) Icinga
1 5 (3.14%) NetBackup
1 5 (3.14%) Nagios
2 4 (2.52%) SCCM
3 2 (1.26%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 2 (1.26%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 1 (0.63%) SCOM
4 1 (0.63%) Red Hat Spacewalk
4 1 (0.63%) Hyperic
4 1 (0.63%) Backup Exec
4 1 (0.63%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.63%) Tivoli Monitoring
4 1 (0.63%) MOM
Vendors
1 57 (35.85%) Microsoft
2 28 (17.61%) VMware
3 21 (13.21%) Oracle
4 13 (8.18%) Sun
4 13 (8.18%) Cisco
5 12 (7.55%) Apple
6 9 (5.66%) Infor
6 9 (5.66%) Citrix
6 9 (5.66%) Red Hat
7 7 (4.40%) NetApp
7 7 (4.40%) Symantec
8 5 (3.14%) HP
8 5 (3.14%) IBM
9 4 (2.52%) Veritas
9 4 (2.52%) Google
10 3 (1.89%) Planview
10 3 (1.89%) Kaspersky
10 3 (1.89%) Kronos
10 3 (1.89%) SAP
10 3 (1.89%) Dell
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: £180 - £181 per day + competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
West Midlands
Venn Group
Rate: £20 - £25 Per Hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Feltham, Middlesex
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £18 - £19 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Go IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £20,000 per annum (pro rota) - 6 months fixed term
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £500.00 - £550.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
West London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £500.00 - £550.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Teddington, Middlesex
Haymarket Media Group
Rate: Dependent on Experience
Posted: 17 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 19 days ago
Warrington
Quantica Technology - London
Rate: £160 - £200 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
Middlesex
Quantica Technology - London
Rate: £15 - £18 per hour
Posted: 20 days ago