The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Technical Specialist featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 26 February 2017 with a comparison to same period over 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.

3 months to
26 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Technical Specialist
UK
Rank 516 510 520
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +10
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Specialist 81 119 91
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.18% 0.23% 0.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.19% 0.24% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 72 47
Median daily rate £455 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.05% +1.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £321 £206
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £597 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £450 £375
% change year-on-year
-6.66% +20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £18.93 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.93 - -

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
42416 49363 49659
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.74% 95.02% 94.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 27693 31769 30532
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1526 1656 1924
Median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.71% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £49.50 £41.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.22
% change year-on-year
-2.77% +4.52%

Technical Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Technical Specialist in the job title.

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 February 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Technical Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 26 February 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -7 64 £456 +1.22% 15
London +9 20 £525 +44.82% 6
Scotland +22 16 £435 +5.45% 1
South East +2 15 £375 -16.66% 2
North West +21 10 £550 +41.75%
Glasgow +4 8 £455 -
Yorkshire +20 7 £410 -2.38% 2
Manchester +13 7 £550 -
West Yorkshire +15 6 £410 -2.38% 2
South West +4 6 £495 +35.61% 2
Edinburgh +17 5 £475 -8.43% 1
Hampshire +4 5 £375 -16.66% 1
East of England -7 5 £400 -23.80%
Berkshire +10 4 £392 -21.67% 1
Wiltshire +6 4 £503 +43.57% 1
Salford - 4 £550 -
Lancashire +16 3 £510 +36.00%
Salisbury +5 3 £495 +41.42%
Leeds -1 3 £410 -2.38% 1
Preston - 3 £510 -
Bracknell - 3 £259 - 1
Cambridge +8 2 £400 -23.80%
Cambridgeshire +5 2 £400 -23.80%
Surrey +2 2 £275 -
West Dunbartonshire -2 2 £415 -1.19%
Clydebank -2 2 £415 -1.19%
City of London -4 2 £456 +1.22% 2
Hertfordshire -6 2 £500 +2.56%
Halifax - 2 £375 -
Reading +20 1 £525 -12.50%

Technical Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 February 2017, Technical Specialist contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Technical Specialist in the job title.

1 42 (24.85%) Finance
2 40 (23.67%) Windows
3 34 (20.12%) Linux
4 27 (15.98%) Firewall
5 26 (15.38%) WAN
6 25 (14.79%) Microsoft
6 25 (14.79%) Cisco
7 24 (14.20%) IBM
7 24 (14.20%) Unix
8 23 (13.61%) Security Cleared
9 21 (12.43%) Data Centre
9 21 (12.43%) Oracle
9 21 (12.43%) LAN
10 20 (11.83%) Analytical Skills
10 20 (11.83%) SC Cleared
11 19 (11.24%) Banking
12 18 (10.65%) VMware
12 18 (10.65%) VoIP
12 18 (10.65%) SQL
13 17 (10.06%) ITIL
13 17 (10.06%) TCP/IP
13 17 (10.06%) Information Security
13 17 (10.06%) Microsoft Azure
13 17 (10.06%) F5
14 16 (9.47%) Palo Alto
14 16 (9.47%) Service Management
15 15 (8.88%) Amazon AWS
16 14 (8.28%) Patch Management
16 14 (8.28%) Vulnerability Assessment
16 14 (8.28%) Microsoft Certification

Technical Specialist Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 10 (5.92%) WebSphere
2 6 (3.55%) WebSphere Application Server
3 5 (2.96%) Skype for Business
4 4 (2.37%) SharePoint
4 4 (2.37%) Tomcat
5 3 (1.78%) Apache
5 3 (1.78%) IIS
6 2 (1.18%) Cloud Foundry
6 2 (1.18%) IBM Notes
6 2 (1.18%) OpenStack
6 2 (1.18%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.59%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.59%) Confluence
7 1 (0.59%) Drupal
7 1 (0.59%) IBM Domino
7 1 (0.59%) JBoss
7 1 (0.59%) Jetty
7 1 (0.59%) nginx
7 1 (0.59%) Oracle Coherence
7 1 (0.59%) Oracle Spatial
Applications
1 7 (4.14%) MS Excel
2 5 (2.96%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 5 (2.96%) Maximo
2 2 (1.18%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.59%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.59%) SAP Business One
3 1 (0.59%) SAP HCM
3 1 (0.59%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 17 (10.06%) Microsoft Azure
2 15 (8.88%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (5.33%) PaaS
4 8 (4.73%) IaaS
5 7 (4.14%) Office 365
6 5 (2.96%) IBM Cloud
6 5 (2.96%) SoftLayer
7 4 (2.37%) Akamai
8 2 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (1.18%) OneDrive
8 2 (1.18%) Yammer
9 1 (0.59%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (0.59%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.59%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.59%) GitHub
9 1 (0.59%) Google App Engine
9 1 (0.59%) Google Cloud Platform
9 1 (0.59%) IBM PureFlex
Communications & Networking
1 27 (15.98%) Firewall
2 26 (15.38%) WAN
3 21 (12.43%) LAN
4 18 (10.65%) VoIP
5 17 (10.06%) TCP/IP
6 12 (7.10%) VPN
7 10 (5.92%) DNS
7 10 (5.92%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
7 10 (5.92%) Wireless
8 7 (4.14%) Cisco ASA
8 7 (4.14%) DHCP
8 7 (4.14%) IPsec
9 6 (3.55%) MPLS
9 6 (3.55%) Network Security
10 5 (2.96%) Skype
11 4 (2.37%) ATM
11 4 (2.37%) BIG-IP
11 4 (2.37%) LDAP
11 4 (2.37%) SSL
11 4 (2.37%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (5.33%) SQL Server
2 7 (4.14%) Oracle Database
3 6 (3.55%) DB2
3 6 (3.55%) Oracle Database 12c
4 5 (2.96%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (1.78%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
6 2 (1.18%) Electronic Patient Records
6 2 (1.18%) Lumira
6 2 (1.18%) Oracle Database 11g
6 2 (1.18%) QlikView
7 1 (0.59%) Apache Hive
7 1 (0.59%) Big Data
7 1 (0.59%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.59%) HBase
7 1 (0.59%) Pentaho
7 1 (0.59%) SAP Data Services
7 1 (0.59%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.59%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 5 (2.96%) Git (software)
2 3 (1.78%) Jenkins
3 2 (1.18%) Maven
3 2 (1.18%) Mockito
3 2 (1.18%) Selenium
4 1 (0.59%) Artifactory
4 1 (0.59%) Cucumber
4 1 (0.59%) JIRA
4 1 (0.59%) Subversion
4 1 (0.59%) TeamCity
4 1 (0.59%) Travis CI
General
1 42 (24.85%) Finance
2 19 (11.24%) Banking
3 7 (4.14%) Legal
4 5 (2.96%) Billing
4 5 (2.96%) Investment Banking
4 5 (2.96%) Retail
5 4 (2.37%) Law
5 4 (2.37%) Telecoms
6 3 (1.78%) Marketing
7 2 (1.18%) Military
8 1 (0.59%) Advertising
8 1 (0.59%) Back Office
8 1 (0.59%) Front Office
8 1 (0.59%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.59%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (5.33%) Web Services
2 7 (4.14%) Middleware
3 6 (3.55%) .NET
4 5 (2.96%) Elastic Stack
4 5 (2.96%) J2EE
5 4 (2.37%) HTML
6 3 (1.78%) REST
7 2 (1.18%) CSS
7 2 (1.18%) ISPF
7 2 (1.18%) Spring
7 2 (1.18%) Tivoli Directory Integrator
7 2 (1.18%) WebSphere MQ
7 2 (1.18%) XML
8 1 (0.59%) .NET Framework
8 1 (0.59%) CGI
8 1 (0.59%) HTML5
8 1 (0.59%) JSON
8 1 (0.59%) Oracle Fusion
8 1 (0.59%) Servlets
8 1 (0.59%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 21 (12.43%) Data Centre
2 20 (11.83%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (5.92%) Management Information System
4 9 (5.33%) PKI
5 8 (4.73%) Mainframe
6 6 (3.55%) Hybrid Cloud
7 5 (2.96%) Security Operations Centre
8 3 (1.78%) CMDB
8 3 (1.78%) iSeries
8 3 (1.78%) NHS
8 3 (1.78%) Replication
8 3 (1.78%) User Experience
8 3 (1.78%) Virtual Team
9 2 (1.18%) Blackberry
9 2 (1.18%) Clustering
9 2 (1.18%) Computer Science
9 2 (1.18%) DataPower
9 2 (1.18%) Smartphone
9 2 (1.18%) Tandem
9 2 (1.18%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 40 (23.67%) Windows
2 34 (20.12%) Linux
3 24 (14.20%) Unix
4 13 (7.69%) Windows Server 2012
5 8 (4.73%) AIX
5 8 (4.73%) Windows Server
6 6 (3.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (3.55%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (2.96%) Windows 7
8 4 (2.37%) Solaris
8 4 (2.37%) Windows 10
9 2 (1.18%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.59%) Android
10 1 (0.59%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.59%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (10.06%) Information Security
1 17 (10.06%) ITIL
2 16 (9.47%) Service Management
3 14 (8.28%) Patch Management
3 14 (8.28%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 11 (6.51%) Analytics
4 11 (6.51%) Vulnerability Management
5 10 (5.92%) Network Monitoring
6 9 (5.33%) Change Management
6 9 (5.33%) Cybersecurity
7 8 (4.73%) Agile Software Development
7 8 (4.73%) Data Protection
7 8 (4.73%) Service Delivery
8 7 (4.14%) DevOps
8 7 (4.14%) Load Balancing
8 7 (4.14%) Migration
8 7 (4.14%) Project Management
8 7 (4.14%) Security Operations
8 7 (4.14%) Server Virtualisation
9 6 (3.55%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 18 (10.65%) SQL
2 12 (7.10%) Java
3 8 (4.73%) PowerShell
3 8 (4.73%) Python
4 7 (4.14%) JavaScript
5 5 (2.96%) Bash Shell
5 5 (2.96%) Perl
6 4 (2.37%) C#
6 4 (2.37%) Ruby
6 4 (2.37%) Shell Script
7 2 (1.18%) JCL
8 1 (0.59%) C
8 1 (0.59%) C++
8 1 (0.59%) COBOL
8 1 (0.59%) PHP
8 1 (0.59%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.59%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.59%) VB
8 1 (0.59%) VBA
8 1 (0.59%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 23 (13.61%) Security Cleared
2 20 (11.83%) SC Cleared
3 14 (8.28%) Microsoft Certification
4 13 (7.69%) CISSP
4 13 (7.69%) SANS
4 13 (7.69%) SSCP
5 8 (4.73%) Cisco Certification
5 8 (4.73%) MCSE
6 4 (2.37%) CCIE
7 3 (1.78%) CCNA
8 2 (1.18%) CCDA
8 2 (1.18%) CCNP
8 2 (1.18%) CNA
8 2 (1.18%) CNE
8 2 (1.18%) MCITP
8 2 (1.18%) MCSA
8 2 (1.18%) Novell Certification
9 1 (0.59%) Degree
9 1 (0.59%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.59%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.14%) SLA
2 6 (3.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (2.96%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 4 (2.37%) PCI DSS
5 3 (1.78%) ISO 9001
5 3 (1.78%) QA
6 1 (0.59%) Data Quality
System Software
1 10 (5.92%) VMware Infrastructure
2 9 (5.33%) Active Directory
3 6 (3.55%) Hyper-V
4 4 (2.37%) ACF2
4 4 (2.37%) RACF
5 3 (1.78%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (1.18%) PowerHA
6 2 (1.18%) Time Sharing Option
6 2 (1.18%) Tivoli Directory Server
6 2 (1.18%) XenApp
6 2 (1.18%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.59%) ProxySG
7 1 (0.59%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.59%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.59%) vSphere
7 1 (0.59%) Xen
7 1 (0.59%) zsh
Systems Management
1 9 (5.33%) Puppet
2 7 (4.14%) SCOM
2 7 (4.14%) Tivoli
3 6 (3.55%) QRadar
4 4 (2.37%) Opscode Chef
4 4 (2.37%) RSA Security Analytics
4 4 (2.37%) zSecure
5 3 (1.78%) Ansible
5 3 (1.78%) Nessus
5 3 (1.78%) Nexpose
5 3 (1.78%) Nmap
5 3 (1.78%) SCCM
5 3 (1.78%) Tivoli Identity Manager
6 2 (1.18%) FortiGate
6 2 (1.18%) Microsoft Intune
6 2 (1.18%) Nagios
6 2 (1.18%) Oracle ZFS
6 2 (1.18%) Red Hat Satellite
6 2 (1.18%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 1 (0.59%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 25 (14.79%) Cisco
1 25 (14.79%) Microsoft
2 24 (14.20%) IBM
3 21 (12.43%) Oracle
4 18 (10.65%) VMware
5 17 (10.06%) F5
6 16 (9.47%) Palo Alto
7 13 (7.69%) Apple
8 9 (5.33%) CheckPoint
9 8 (4.73%) Citrix
10 7 (4.14%) Juniper
10 7 (4.14%) NetWitness
11 6 (3.55%) Splunk
12 5 (2.96%) Blue Coat
12 5 (2.96%) Comptel
12 5 (2.96%) NetCracker
12 5 (2.96%) Red Hat
12 5 (2.96%) SAP
13 4 (2.37%) Intel Security
13 4 (2.37%) Sourcefire
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