The table below looks at the statistics for the Technical 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 Technical Specialist in their job title over the 3 months to 26 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
26 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Technical Specialist
Rank 504 476 461
Rank change year-on-year
-28 -15
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Specialist 101 105 87
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.19% 0.20% 0.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.20% 0.22% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 62 42
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£350 £388 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.67% -3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £252 £278
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £625 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £388
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -16.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 3
Average hourly rate - £16.75 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -22.09%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £16.75 £21.50
% change year-on-year
- -22.09%

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
50225 48710 42844
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.36% 92.47% 92.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 31072 30211 24612
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 1971 1993 2105
Average hourly rate £16.60 £17.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.35% -8.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.50 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-3.52% -4.28%

Technical Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Technical Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Technical Specialist
Daily Rate Trend

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

Technical Specialist Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Technical Specialist
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Technical Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 26 May 2015.

Technical Specialist Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Technical Specialist
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Technical Specialist Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Technical 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 Technical Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 26 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 -5 87 £388 -1.27% 32
London -2 35 £475 +1.71% 13
South East -1 18 £425 +7.59% 5
Scotland -8 11 £325 - 6
City of London +4 9 £525 -1.59% 4
Nottinghamshire -1 9 £300 - 1
East Midlands -6 9 £300 -22.07% 1
Nottingham -5 8 £295 - 1
Buckinghamshire -5 7 - - 1
West Yorkshire -11 7 £364 +14.11% 4
Yorkshire -21 7 £364 +16.40% 4
Milton Keynes +4 6 - - 1
North West -23 6 £514 +86.90% 3
West Lothian 0 5 £400 -
East of England -1 5 £400 +42.86% 1
Livingston -3 4 £400 -
Manchester -11 4 £220 -53.68% 2
Leeds -17 4 £364 +14.11% 2
South West +6 3 £290 -21.62% 4
Berkshire -1 3 £356 -8.65% 2
North East -9 3 £342 +13.83% 1
Cambridgeshire - 3 £450 - 1
Glasgow -4 2 £325 -0.76% 1
Edinburgh -8 2 - - 4
Tyne and Wear -9 2 £283 -5.66%
West Midlands -10 2 £350 +40.00%
Newcastle upon Tyne -12 2 £283 -5.66%
Cheshire -16 2 £582 +115.55%
Worthing - 2 - -
Surrey - 2 - -

Technical Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Technical 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 Technical Specialist in their job title.

1 76 (39.58%) Windows
2 46 (23.96%) ITIL
3 44 (22.92%) UNIX
4 43 (22.40%) Microsoft
4 43 (22.40%) Finance
5 40 (20.83%) Active Directory
5 40 (20.83%) Linux
6 29 (15.10%) Oracle
7 27 (14.06%) VMware
8 22 (11.46%) SQL
8 22 (11.46%) Security Cleared
8 22 (11.46%) Windows Server 2012
9 20 (10.42%) Analytical Skills
9 20 (10.42%) LDAP
9 20 (10.42%) Citrix
9 20 (10.42%) Change Management
10 19 (9.90%) IIS
10 19 (9.90%) Windows Server 2008
11 17 (8.85%) Java
11 17 (8.85%) DNS
11 17 (8.85%) IBM
12 16 (8.33%) Shell Script
12 16 (8.33%) Cisco
12 16 (8.33%) SQL Server
12 16 (8.33%) Banking
12 16 (8.33%) WebSphere
12 16 (8.33%) Data Centre
13 15 (7.81%) Windows 7
13 15 (7.81%) Migration
13 15 (7.81%) SharePoint

Technical Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Technical 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 Technical Specialist in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 19 (9.90%) IIS
2 16 (8.33%) WebSphere
3 15 (7.81%) SharePoint
3 15 (7.81%) MS Exchange
4 12 (6.25%) Tomcat
5 8 (4.17%) JBoss
6 7 (3.65%) WebLogic
6 7 (3.65%) Lync
7 6 (3.13%) Office Communications Server
8 5 (2.60%) Exchange Server 2010
8 5 (2.60%) TIBCO ActiveMatrix
8 5 (2.60%) Exchange Server 2013
9 4 (2.08%) BizTalk Server
9 4 (2.08%) iPlanet
10 3 (1.56%) Exchange Server 2003
10 3 (1.56%) SharePoint 2013
10 3 (1.56%) Exchange Server 2007
11 2 (1.04%) SharePoint 2010
11 2 (1.04%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 2 (1.04%) SAS
Applications
1 8 (4.17%) MS Excel
2 5 (2.60%) MS Office
3 3 (1.56%) MS Visio
3 3 (1.56%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.52%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 8 (4.17%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (2.60%) BusinessWorks
3 1 (0.52%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.52%) Front Arena
3 1 (0.52%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 13 (6.77%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (2.08%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (2.08%) Office 365
3 3 (1.56%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (1.04%) IaaS
5 1 (0.52%) SaaS
5 1 (0.52%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 20 (10.42%) LDAP
2 17 (8.85%) DNS
3 13 (6.77%) SAN
3 13 (6.77%) DHCP
4 10 (5.21%) ATM
5 9 (4.69%) WAN
5 9 (4.69%) TCP/IP
6 8 (4.17%) VPN
6 8 (4.17%) Firewall
7 7 (3.65%) HTTP
7 7 (3.65%) VoIP
8 6 (3.13%) LAN
9 5 (2.60%) VLAN
9 5 (2.60%) Network Security
10 4 (2.08%) Wi-Fi
10 4 (2.08%) Internet
10 4 (2.08%) Kerberos
11 3 (1.56%) PBX
11 3 (1.56%) NAS
11 3 (1.56%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (8.33%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.60%) Oracle Database
3 3 (1.56%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (1.56%) DTS
4 2 (1.04%) RDBMS
4 2 (1.04%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (1.04%) MySQL
4 2 (1.04%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (1.04%) Relational Database
4 2 (1.04%) SAS Data Integration Studio
5 1 (0.52%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.52%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.52%) Apache Cassandra
5 1 (0.52%) Big Data
5 1 (0.52%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.52%) MS Access
5 1 (0.52%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.52%) dBASE
Development Applications
1 5 (2.60%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (2.08%) Jenkins
3 3 (1.56%) Selenium
3 3 (1.56%) Visual Studio
4 2 (1.04%) Ant
4 2 (1.04%) Subversion
4 2 (1.04%) SoapUI
4 2 (1.04%) Selenium IDE
5 1 (0.52%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 1 (0.52%) Redmine
5 1 (0.52%) Fiddler
5 1 (0.52%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.52%) Toad
General
1 43 (22.40%) Finance
2 16 (8.33%) Banking
3 8 (4.17%) Retail
4 4 (2.08%) Law
5 3 (1.56%) Back Office
6 2 (1.04%) Marketing
6 2 (1.04%) French Language
6 2 (1.04%) German Language
6 2 (1.04%) Italian Language
6 2 (1.04%) Spanish Language
7 1 (0.52%) Legal
7 1 (0.52%) Advertising
7 1 (0.52%) Multimedia
7 1 (0.52%) Billing
7 1 (0.52%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (6.77%) XML
2 11 (5.73%) .NET
3 9 (4.69%) Web Services
4 6 (3.13%) HTML
5 5 (2.60%) XML Schema
5 5 (2.60%) TIBCO EMS
5 5 (2.60%) JSON
5 5 (2.60%) Rendezvous
6 4 (2.08%) Middleware
6 4 (2.08%) SAML
7 3 (1.56%) XSD
7 3 (1.56%) SOAP
7 3 (1.56%) .NET Framework
7 3 (1.56%) REST
8 2 (1.04%) Software Packaging
8 2 (1.04%) OAuth
8 2 (1.04%) OpenID
8 2 (1.04%) HTML5
8 2 (1.04%) J2EE
8 2 (1.04%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 20 (10.42%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (8.33%) Data Centre
3 5 (2.60%) LPAR
3 5 (2.60%) Clustering
3 5 (2.60%) User Experience
4 3 (1.56%) Blackberry
4 3 (1.56%) CMDB
5 2 (1.04%) Credit Risk
5 2 (1.04%) Celerra
5 2 (1.04%) DataPower
5 2 (1.04%) Cryptography
5 2 (1.04%) PKI
5 2 (1.04%) PDA
5 2 (1.04%) Mainframe
5 2 (1.04%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.04%) CLARiiON
5 2 (1.04%) EMC Centera
5 2 (1.04%) Informatics
5 2 (1.04%) Symmetrix DMX
5 2 (1.04%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 76 (39.58%) Windows
2 44 (22.92%) UNIX
3 40 (20.83%) Linux
4 22 (11.46%) Windows Server 2012
5 19 (9.90%) Windows Server 2008
6 15 (7.81%) Windows 7
7 12 (6.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 12 (6.25%) Windows Server 2003
7 12 (6.25%) AIX
8 11 (5.73%) Windows XP
9 4 (2.08%) Solaris
10 3 (1.56%) Android
10 3 (1.56%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.52%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.52%) zOS
11 1 (0.52%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (23.96%) ITIL
2 20 (10.42%) Change Management
3 15 (7.81%) Migration
4 13 (6.77%) Stakeholder Management
5 12 (6.25%) Agile Software Development
5 12 (6.25%) CRM
6 10 (5.21%) Identity Management
6 10 (5.21%) Build Automation
7 9 (4.69%) Disaster Recovery
7 9 (4.69%) Service Management
7 9 (4.69%) Asset Management
7 9 (4.69%) Information Security
7 9 (4.69%) Software Testing
8 8 (4.17%) Process Improvement
8 8 (4.17%) Project Management
8 8 (4.17%) Data Modelling
9 7 (3.65%) PRINCE2
10 6 (3.13%) Root Cause Analysis
10 6 (3.13%) ITIL V3
10 6 (3.13%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (11.46%) SQL
2 17 (8.85%) Java
3 16 (8.33%) Shell Script
4 13 (6.77%) VB
5 8 (4.17%) PowerShell
6 7 (3.65%) Python
7 5 (2.60%) C#
7 5 (2.60%) Perl
8 4 (2.08%) JavaScript
9 3 (1.56%) Ruby
10 2 (1.04%) C
11 1 (0.52%) VBScript
11 1 (0.52%) COBOL
11 1 (0.52%) Korn
11 1 (0.52%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.52%) VBA
11 1 (0.52%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.52%) R
Qualifications
1 22 (11.46%) Security Cleared
2 13 (6.77%) SC Cleared
3 11 (5.73%) Degree
4 10 (5.21%) ITIL Certification
5 8 (4.17%) Cisco Certification
6 7 (3.65%) Microsoft Certification
7 6 (3.13%) MCSE
8 5 (2.60%) CCNP
8 5 (2.60%) MCITP
9 4 (2.08%) CCNA
10 2 (1.04%) CCIE
10 2 (1.04%) CCVP
10 2 (1.04%) DV Cleared
10 2 (1.04%) CISSP
11 1 (0.52%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 1 (0.52%) VCAP
11 1 (0.52%) CCIA
11 1 (0.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 1 (0.52%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 1 (0.52%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (7.29%) SLA
2 3 (1.56%) QA
3 2 (1.04%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 40 (20.83%) Active Directory
2 13 (6.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (5.21%) XenApp
4 8 (4.17%) Hyper-V
5 7 (3.65%) XenDesktop
6 6 (3.13%) VMware ESX
7 5 (2.60%) vSphere
8 3 (1.56%) RACF
9 2 (1.04%) UAG
9 2 (1.04%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 2 (1.04%) VMware Server
9 2 (1.04%) MetaFrame
9 2 (1.04%) Terminal Server
9 2 (1.04%) Terminal Services
9 2 (1.04%) ISA Server
10 1 (0.52%) ClearTrust
10 1 (0.52%) Squid
10 1 (0.52%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.52%) PowerHA
10 1 (0.52%) ACF2
Systems Management
1 14 (7.29%) CA Single Sign-On
2 13 (6.77%) Tivoli
3 10 (5.21%) SCCM
3 10 (5.21%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
4 5 (2.60%) SCOM
4 5 (2.60%) Backup Exec
4 5 (2.60%) TIBCO Hawk
5 4 (2.08%) Puppet
5 4 (2.08%) McAfee ePO
6 3 (1.56%) Red Hat Satellite
6 3 (1.56%) NetBackup
6 3 (1.56%) XenMobile
6 3 (1.56%) AirWatch
6 3 (1.56%) Nagios
7 2 (1.04%) Rundeck
7 2 (1.04%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 2 (1.04%) CiscoWorks
7 2 (1.04%) Control-M
7 2 (1.04%) Cisco CUCM
8 1 (0.52%) WSUS
Vendors
1 43 (22.40%) Microsoft
2 29 (15.10%) Oracle
3 27 (14.06%) VMware
4 20 (10.42%) Citrix
5 17 (8.85%) IBM
6 16 (8.33%) Cisco
7 13 (6.77%) HP
7 13 (6.77%) Red Hat
8 10 (5.21%) Symantec
8 10 (5.21%) Sun
9 6 (3.13%) CA
9 6 (3.13%) Hitachi
10 5 (2.60%) TIBCO
10 5 (2.60%) EMC
11 4 (2.08%) Salesforce.com
11 4 (2.08%) McAfee
11 4 (2.08%) SolarWinds
11 4 (2.08%) Dell
11 4 (2.08%) Business Objects
12 3 (1.56%) Siebel
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