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 27 February 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 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Systems Support
Rank 507 506 404
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -102
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Support 69 60 133
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.12% 0.30%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.14% 0.13% 0.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 27 41
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£320 £295 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.47% +7.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £181 £130 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £493 £400 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £316 £250
% change year-on-year
+2.76% +26.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 11 18
Average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £21.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -5.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.70 £16.50 £16.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £30.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -

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
48490 46430 41591
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.40% 92.38% 92.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 29830 27397 23746
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1842 1977 2253
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 £11.50 £10.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.74 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-1.55% -2.85%

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 27 February 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 27 February 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 27 February 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 -7 63 £320 +12.28% 36
London -7 23 £225 -23.72% 18
South East -28 13 £385 -7.22% 2
East of England +8 11 £220 -25.10% 6
West Midlands -2 8 £368 +33.63%
Oxfordshire -8 8 £320 -41.81%
Cambridgeshire -3 6 £210 -16.00% 2
Cambridge +3 4 £210 - 2
North West -13 4 £325 +198.85% 1
Warwickshire 0 3 £375 +36.36%
Surrey -2 3 - - 2
Scotland -5 3 £243 -37.41%
City of London - 3 £396 - 3
Hertfordshire - 3 £375 - 2
Witney - 3 £320 -
Yorkshire -11 2 - - 2
Merseyside -13 2 £325 -
South West -21 2 £394 - 4
East Sussex - 2 £450 -
Suffolk - 2 £350 - 1
Liverpool - 2 £325 -
Brighton - 2 £450 -
Ipswich - 2 £350 - 1
Birmingham -3 1 £213 -
Leeds -6 1 - -
Edinburgh -7 1 - -
West Yorkshire -13 1 - -
Glasgow - 1 £200 -
Guildford - 1 - - 2
Cheshire - 1 - - 1

Systems Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 54 (37.76%) Windows
2 47 (32.87%) Microsoft
3 41 (28.67%) SQL
4 36 (25.17%) Finance
5 28 (19.58%) Active Directory
5 28 (19.58%) Oracle
6 26 (18.18%) Windows Server 2008
7 22 (15.38%) SQL Server
8 21 (14.69%) VMware
9 19 (13.29%) Migration
10 18 (12.59%) Linux
11 17 (11.89%) ITIL
11 17 (11.89%) MS Office
12 16 (11.19%) DNS
13 15 (10.49%) UNIX
13 15 (10.49%) Windows 7
14 14 (9.79%) Firewall
15 12 (8.39%) MS Excel
15 12 (8.39%) MS Exchange
15 12 (8.39%) IIS
15 12 (8.39%) Project Management
15 12 (8.39%) Windows Server 2012
16 11 (7.69%) Sun
16 11 (7.69%) PRINCE2
17 10 (6.99%) DHCP
17 10 (6.99%) VMware Infrastructure
18 9 (6.29%) Infor
18 9 (6.29%) User Acceptance Testing
18 9 (6.29%) Management Information System
18 9 (6.29%) SLA

Systems Support
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 12 (8.39%) IIS
1 12 (8.39%) MS Exchange
2 5 (3.50%) Lync
2 5 (3.50%) SharePoint
3 4 (2.80%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (1.40%) OpenStack
4 2 (1.40%) WebSphere
4 2 (1.40%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.70%) WebSphere Application Server
5 1 (0.70%) Apache
5 1 (0.70%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (0.70%) CMS
5 1 (0.70%) LiveLink
5 1 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (0.70%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (0.70%) WebSphere Portal
5 1 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 17 (11.89%) MS Office
2 12 (8.39%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.40%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (3.50%) Oracle EBS R12
2 3 (2.10%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (2.10%) CODA-Financials
3 2 (1.40%) Agresso
3 2 (1.40%) assyst
4 1 (0.70%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.70%) SAP FI
4 1 (0.70%) SAP FI/CO
4 1 (0.70%) Summit
4 1 (0.70%) SAP CO
4 1 (0.70%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.70%) thinkFolio
4 1 (0.70%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.70%) SAP BPC
4 1 (0.70%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 7 (4.90%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.40%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.70%) Google Apps
3 1 (0.70%) Office 365
3 1 (0.70%) Yammer
3 1 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 16 (11.19%) DNS
2 14 (9.79%) Firewall
3 10 (6.99%) DHCP
4 9 (6.29%) Intranet
5 8 (5.59%) Internet
6 7 (4.90%) SAN
6 7 (4.90%) WAN
6 7 (4.90%) LAN
7 5 (3.50%) VPN
7 5 (3.50%) Network Security
7 5 (3.50%) NAS
7 5 (3.50%) Cisco Nexus
8 4 (2.80%) FTP
8 4 (2.80%) VoIP
9 3 (2.10%) TCP/IP
9 3 (2.10%) DVB
9 3 (2.10%) iSCSI
10 2 (1.40%) DMZ
10 2 (1.40%) HTTPS
11 1 (0.70%) S/MIME
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (15.38%) SQL Server
2 8 (5.59%) SQL Server 2005
2 8 (5.59%) SQL Server 2008
3 7 (4.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 6 (4.20%) Relational Database
5 5 (3.50%) SQL Server 2000
5 5 (3.50%) Crystal Reports
6 4 (2.80%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (2.10%) MS Access
7 3 (2.10%) RDBMS
8 2 (1.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 2 (1.40%) MySQL
8 2 (1.40%) Data Mining
8 2 (1.40%) Informix
8 2 (1.40%) Oracle Reports
9 1 (0.70%) DB2
9 1 (0.70%) OLAP
9 1 (0.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (0.70%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.70%) SQL Server 7
Development Applications
1 3 (2.10%) Visual Studio
1 3 (2.10%) JIRA
2 2 (1.40%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (1.40%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 2 (1.40%) Octopus Deploy
2 2 (1.40%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 2 (1.40%) Toad
3 1 (0.70%) Subversion
General
1 36 (25.17%) Finance
2 7 (4.90%) Banking
3 4 (2.80%) Retail
4 3 (2.10%) Investment Banking
4 3 (2.10%) Manufacturing
4 3 (2.10%) Local Government
4 3 (2.10%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.70%) Retail Banking
5 1 (0.70%) Italian Language
5 1 (0.70%) Games
5 1 (0.70%) General Ledger
5 1 (0.70%) Automotive
5 1 (0.70%) Legal
5 1 (0.70%) Front Office
5 1 (0.70%) Back Office
5 1 (0.70%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (4.20%) HTML
2 5 (3.50%) .NET
3 4 (2.80%) XML
4 3 (2.10%) jQuery
4 3 (2.10%) CSS
4 3 (2.10%) Web Services
5 2 (1.40%) Middleware
6 1 (0.70%) FIX Protocol
6 1 (0.70%) LINQ
6 1 (0.70%) WebSphere Message Broker
6 1 (0.70%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.70%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 9 (6.29%) Management Information System
2 8 (5.59%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (2.80%) Computer Science
3 4 (2.80%) NHS
4 3 (2.10%) Blackberry
4 3 (2.10%) MPEG
5 2 (1.40%) Replication
5 2 (1.40%) Statistics
5 2 (1.40%) Reference Data
5 2 (1.40%) Hedge funds
5 2 (1.40%) Data Structures
6 1 (0.70%) SWIFT
6 1 (0.70%) Market Risk
6 1 (0.70%) Data Extraction
6 1 (0.70%) Visualisation
6 1 (0.70%) Open Source
6 1 (0.70%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (0.70%) Chemistry
6 1 (0.70%) Biology
6 1 (0.70%) Grid Computing
Operating Systems
1 54 (37.76%) Windows
2 26 (18.18%) Windows Server 2008
3 18 (12.59%) Linux
4 15 (10.49%) Windows 7
4 15 (10.49%) UNIX
5 12 (8.39%) Windows Server 2012
6 7 (4.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 7 (4.90%) Windows 8
6 7 (4.90%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (3.50%) AIX
8 4 (2.80%) Mac OS X
9 3 (2.10%) Android
9 3 (2.10%) CentOS
10 2 (1.40%) Solaris
10 2 (1.40%) Windows XP
10 2 (1.40%) Fedora
10 2 (1.40%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.70%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.70%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (13.29%) Migration
2 17 (11.89%) ITIL
3 12 (8.39%) Project Management
4 11 (7.69%) PRINCE2
5 9 (6.29%) User Acceptance Testing
6 7 (4.90%) ERP
7 6 (4.20%) Data Migration
7 6 (4.20%) Change Control
8 5 (3.50%) Disaster Recovery
8 5 (3.50%) Document Management
8 5 (3.50%) Validation
9 4 (2.80%) Systems Analysis
10 3 (2.10%) Information Management
10 3 (2.10%) Service Delivery
10 3 (2.10%) Change Management
10 3 (2.10%) CRM
10 3 (2.10%) Configuration Management
10 3 (2.10%) Data Cleansing
10 3 (2.10%) Network Management
10 3 (2.10%) Service Desk Management
Programming Languages
1 41 (28.67%) SQL
2 7 (4.90%) T-SQL
2 7 (4.90%) Shell Script
3 6 (4.20%) Korn
3 6 (4.20%) Bash Shell
3 6 (4.20%) JavaScript
4 5 (3.50%) VBA
4 5 (3.50%) PowerShell
5 4 (2.80%) AWK
5 4 (2.80%) Java
6 3 (2.10%) sed
6 3 (2.10%) Python
6 3 (2.10%) Perl
6 3 (2.10%) C++
7 2 (1.40%) C#
8 1 (0.70%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.70%) VB
Qualifications
1 7 (4.90%) Degree
2 6 (4.20%) Microsoft Certification
3 4 (2.80%) Security Cleared
3 4 (2.80%) VCP4
4 3 (2.10%) SC Cleared
4 3 (2.10%) MCSE
4 3 (2.10%) CCNP
4 3 (2.10%) CCNA
4 3 (2.10%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (1.40%) MCSA
5 2 (1.40%) MCITP
6 1 (0.70%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (6.29%) SLA
2 4 (2.80%) QA
System Software
1 28 (19.58%) Active Directory
2 10 (6.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (4.20%) Hyper-V
4 3 (2.10%) XenDesktop
5 2 (1.40%) Terminal Services
5 2 (1.40%) VMware ESX
5 2 (1.40%) vSphere
5 2 (1.40%) Platform Symphony
5 2 (1.40%) Ceph
6 1 (0.70%) Tivoli Directory Server
6 1 (0.70%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.70%) DFS Replication
6 1 (0.70%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 3 (2.10%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 2 (1.40%) Icinga
2 2 (1.40%) SCCM
2 2 (1.40%) Tivoli
2 2 (1.40%) Nagios
3 1 (0.70%) NetBackup
3 1 (0.70%) Backup Exec
3 1 (0.70%) Tivoli Monitoring
3 1 (0.70%) Control-M
3 1 (0.70%) SCOM
3 1 (0.70%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 47 (32.87%) Microsoft
2 28 (19.58%) Oracle
3 21 (14.69%) VMware
4 11 (7.69%) Sun
5 9 (6.29%) Cisco
5 9 (6.29%) Infor
6 7 (4.90%) Citrix
6 7 (4.90%) Red Hat
7 6 (4.20%) Apple
8 5 (3.50%) Sybase
8 5 (3.50%) SAP
8 5 (3.50%) Symantec
9 4 (2.80%) NetApp
10 3 (2.10%) Planview
10 3 (2.10%) Cognos
10 3 (2.10%) CODA
10 3 (2.10%) Kaspersky
11 2 (1.40%) Sitecore
11 2 (1.40%) Akamai
11 2 (1.40%) ForgeRock
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