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 21 October 2014 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
21 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Technical Specialist
Rank 546 435 476
Rank change year-on-year
-111 +41
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Specialist 72 151 110
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.29% 0.20%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.14% 0.31% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 75 63
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£363 £415 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.65% +10.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £236 £275 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £492 £620 £570
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
-13.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 0
Average hourly rate £20.00 £9.38 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+113.21% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £8.44 -
% change year-on-year
+136.96% -

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
52814 48754 52062
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.71% 92.76% 93.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 32941 29468 29352
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2104 2105 2558
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £39.50 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
- -5.71%

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 21 October 2014.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Technical Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 21 October 2014.

Technical Specialist Hourly Rate Histogram 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 21 October 2014. 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 -97 59 £371 -10.54% 42
London -44 28 £400 -19.19% 13
South East -21 13 £361 -11.34% 7
Scotland -16 12 £290 -22.66% 1
Glasgow -4 8 £270 -28.00% 1
Buckinghamshire -3 6 £230 -25.20% 1
City of London +12 5 £395 -17.70% 3
South West -35 5 £300 -9.09% 9
Leeds -6 4 - - 1
West Yorkshire -14 4 - - 1
Yorkshire -15 4 - - 1
North West -22 4 £344 -19.11% 5
Edinburgh -10 3 - -
Hampshire -11 3 £368 - 2
West Midlands -15 3 £313 -16.66% 3
Bristol - 3 £325 - 2
Birmingham -5 2 - - 1
Kent - 2 £500 -
East Midlands -3 1 - - 2
Surrey -7 1 £225 -49.00% 1
Manchester -8 1 £363 - 4
East of England -26 1 - - 1
Hertfordshire - 1 - - 1
Wiltshire - 1 £275 - 6
Berkshire - 1 - - 3
Redhill - 1 £225 - 1
Swindon - 1 £275 - 5
Tewkesbury - - - -
West Bromwich - - - -
Windsor - - - -

Technical Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, 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 57 (37.75%) Windows
2 33 (21.85%) Finance
3 32 (21.19%) Microsoft
4 30 (19.87%) Linux
5 28 (18.54%) UNIX
6 27 (17.88%) SQL
7 24 (15.89%) Oracle
8 23 (15.23%) ITIL
8 23 (15.23%) Security Cleared
9 22 (14.57%) Active Directory
10 21 (13.91%) VMware
11 20 (13.25%) HP
12 19 (12.58%) Cisco
13 18 (11.92%) SC Cleared
14 16 (10.60%) Windows Server 2008
15 15 (9.93%) Windows 7
15 15 (9.93%) Red Hat
16 14 (9.27%) Windows XP
16 14 (9.27%) Java
16 14 (9.27%) Migration
16 14 (9.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 14 (9.27%) VMware Infrastructure
17 12 (7.95%) SCCM
17 12 (7.95%) Banking
18 11 (7.28%) Firewall
18 11 (7.28%) Citrix
18 11 (7.28%) Windows Server 2003
18 11 (7.28%) IBM
19 10 (6.62%) IIS
19 10 (6.62%) MS Exchange

Technical Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, 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 10 (6.62%) IIS
1 10 (6.62%) MS Exchange
2 9 (5.96%) Tomcat
3 6 (3.97%) WebSphere
4 5 (3.31%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (3.31%) SharePoint
4 5 (3.31%) JBoss
4 5 (3.31%) Apache
4 5 (3.31%) WebSphere Application Server
5 4 (2.65%) Exchange Server 2003
5 4 (2.65%) Exchange Server 2007
5 4 (2.65%) CICS
6 3 (1.99%) Confluence
6 3 (1.99%) WebLogic
7 2 (1.32%) LiveLink
8 1 (0.66%) IBM HTTP Server
8 1 (0.66%) SAS
Applications
1 10 (6.62%) MS Excel
2 5 (3.31%) MS Office
3 1 (0.66%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (1.99%) Summit
2 1 (0.66%) Oracle General Ledger
2 1 (0.66%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.66%) Oracle iProcurement
2 1 (0.66%) Oracle Payables
2 1 (0.66%) Oracle Receivables
2 1 (0.66%) SAP HR
2 1 (0.66%) BusinessWorks
2 1 (0.66%) Endur
2 1 (0.66%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.32%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (1.32%) Office 365
2 1 (0.66%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (7.28%) Firewall
2 9 (5.96%) DNS
3 8 (5.30%) DHCP
3 8 (5.30%) SAN
4 6 (3.97%) VPN
5 5 (3.31%) ATM
6 4 (2.65%) GPRS
6 4 (2.65%) WAN
6 4 (2.65%) TCP/IP
6 4 (2.65%) SSL
6 4 (2.65%) Internet
6 4 (2.65%) 4G
7 3 (1.99%) VLAN
7 3 (1.99%) HTTP
7 3 (1.99%) LAN
7 3 (1.99%) LDAP
8 2 (1.32%) WLAN
8 2 (1.32%) IP Telephony
8 2 (1.32%) Intrusion Detection
8 2 (1.32%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (4.64%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.97%) Oracle Database
3 4 (2.65%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (1.99%) PowerMart
5 2 (1.32%) Ingres
5 2 (1.32%) RDBMS
5 2 (1.32%) DB2
5 2 (1.32%) Relational Database
5 2 (1.32%) Cognos Framework Manager
6 1 (0.66%) Oracle BI Publisher
6 1 (0.66%) MySQL
6 1 (0.66%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.66%) Essbase
6 1 (0.66%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (0.66%) BusinessObjects XI
6 1 (0.66%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 5 (3.31%) JIRA
2 4 (2.65%) Visual Studio
3 3 (1.99%) Subversion
3 3 (1.99%) Git (software)
3 3 (1.99%) Jenkins
4 2 (1.32%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (1.32%) Metasploit
5 1 (0.66%) MyEclipse
5 1 (0.66%) Gradle
5 1 (0.66%) Zephyr
5 1 (0.66%) Maven
5 1 (0.66%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 1 (0.66%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (0.66%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.66%) TestDirector
5 1 (0.66%) PowerBuilder
5 1 (0.66%) Bugzilla
5 1 (0.66%) NetBeans
General
1 33 (21.85%) Finance
2 12 (7.95%) Banking
3 5 (3.31%) Financial Institution
3 5 (3.31%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.99%) Retail
5 1 (0.66%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.66%) International Banking
5 1 (0.66%) Front Office
5 1 (0.66%) Aerospace
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (5.96%) J2EE
2 8 (5.30%) Middleware
3 6 (3.97%) XML
4 5 (3.31%) .NET
4 5 (3.31%) JSP
5 4 (2.65%) Web Services
6 3 (1.99%) Struts
6 3 (1.99%) Spring
6 3 (1.99%) SAML
6 3 (1.99%) HTML
7 2 (1.32%) Servlets
7 2 (1.32%) SOAP
7 2 (1.32%) ASP.NET
7 2 (1.32%) JAAS
7 2 (1.32%) .NET Framework
8 1 (0.66%) Application Packaging
8 1 (0.66%) Velocity
8 1 (0.66%) FreeMarker
8 1 (0.66%) jQuery
8 1 (0.66%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 10 (6.62%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (3.97%) Open Source
2 6 (3.97%) Clustering
3 5 (3.31%) Statistics
3 5 (3.31%) Mainframe
4 4 (2.65%) Blackberry
4 4 (2.65%) PKI
4 4 (2.65%) SWIFT
4 4 (2.65%) Mobile App
5 3 (1.99%) Equities
5 3 (1.99%) Tandem
6 2 (1.32%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.32%) Device Driver
6 2 (1.32%) Replication
6 2 (1.32%) iPhone
6 2 (1.32%) Performance Metrics
7 1 (0.66%) DataPower
7 1 (0.66%) LPAR
7 1 (0.66%) DLPAR
7 1 (0.66%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 57 (37.75%) Windows
2 30 (19.87%) Linux
3 28 (18.54%) UNIX
4 16 (10.60%) Windows Server 2008
5 15 (9.93%) Windows 7
6 14 (9.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 14 (9.27%) Windows XP
7 11 (7.28%) Windows Server 2003
8 8 (5.30%) Solaris
9 7 (4.64%) AIX
10 5 (3.31%) Windows Vista
10 5 (3.31%) Windows Server 2012
11 3 (1.99%) HPUX
12 2 (1.32%) zOS
12 2 (1.32%) Windows 2000
13 1 (0.66%) Windows NT
13 1 (0.66%) MVS
13 1 (0.66%) Apple iOS
13 1 (0.66%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (15.23%) ITIL
2 14 (9.27%) Migration
3 10 (6.62%) Service Delivery
4 9 (5.96%) Project Management
4 9 (5.96%) PRINCE2
5 7 (4.64%) Risk Management
6 6 (3.97%) Problem Management
6 6 (3.97%) Capacity Planning
7 5 (3.31%) Continuous Improvement
7 5 (3.31%) Software Testing
7 5 (3.31%) Agile Software Development
7 5 (3.31%) Service Management
7 5 (3.31%) Change Management
8 4 (2.65%) Identity Management
8 4 (2.65%) E-Commerce
8 4 (2.65%) Business Intelligence
8 4 (2.65%) Configuration Management
8 4 (2.65%) Validation
8 4 (2.65%) Release Management
8 4 (2.65%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 27 (17.88%) SQL
2 14 (9.27%) Java
3 8 (5.30%) VB
3 8 (5.30%) PowerShell
4 5 (3.31%) Perl
5 4 (2.65%) JavaScript
6 3 (1.99%) VBScript
6 3 (1.99%) VBA
6 3 (1.99%) Shell Script
7 2 (1.32%) JCL
7 2 (1.32%) Python
7 2 (1.32%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.66%) C
8 1 (0.66%) C#
8 1 (0.66%) C++
8 1 (0.66%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 23 (15.23%) Security Cleared
2 18 (11.92%) SC Cleared
3 9 (5.96%) Degree
4 6 (3.97%) Cisco Certification
4 6 (3.97%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (2.65%) ITIL Certification
5 4 (2.65%) CCNA
6 3 (1.99%) CISSP
6 3 (1.99%) CCNP
6 3 (1.99%) MCITP
6 3 (1.99%) DV Cleared
7 2 (1.32%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 2 (1.32%) ISTQB
7 2 (1.32%) CEH
7 2 (1.32%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 1 (0.66%) MCTS
8 1 (0.66%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.66%) MCP
8 1 (0.66%) MCSE
8 1 (0.66%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (5.96%) QA
2 6 (3.97%) SLA
3 2 (1.32%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.32%) FATCA
4 1 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 22 (14.57%) Active Directory
2 14 (9.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (3.97%) XenApp
3 6 (3.97%) vSphere
4 4 (2.65%) RACF
5 3 (1.99%) Hyper-V
5 3 (1.99%) Microsoft App-V
5 3 (1.99%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (1.99%) XenDesktop
6 2 (1.32%) NFS
7 1 (0.66%) VMware ESX
7 1 (0.66%) Firmware
7 1 (0.66%) EMC RecoverPoint
7 1 (0.66%) DFS Replication
7 1 (0.66%) VirtualBox
7 1 (0.66%) KVM
7 1 (0.66%) VMFS
Systems Management
1 12 (7.95%) SCCM
2 9 (5.96%) Tivoli
3 7 (4.64%) YUM
3 7 (4.64%) SCOM
4 6 (3.97%) Puppet
5 4 (2.65%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
6 3 (1.99%) SCOrch
6 3 (1.99%) Control-M
7 2 (1.32%) Nagios
7 2 (1.32%) ARCserve
7 2 (1.32%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 2 (1.32%) Netcool
7 2 (1.32%) Netcool/OMNIbus
7 2 (1.32%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 2 (1.32%) Backup Exec
7 2 (1.32%) WMI
7 2 (1.32%) WSUS
7 2 (1.32%) Netcool/Webtop
7 2 (1.32%) CA Spectrum
7 2 (1.32%) HP SIM
Vendors
1 32 (21.19%) Microsoft
2 24 (15.89%) Oracle
3 21 (13.91%) VMware
4 20 (13.25%) HP
5 19 (12.58%) Cisco
6 15 (9.93%) Red Hat
7 11 (7.28%) IBM
7 11 (7.28%) Citrix
8 9 (5.96%) NetApp
9 8 (5.30%) Dell
10 7 (4.64%) Symantec
11 5 (3.31%) CA
12 4 (2.65%) Veeam
13 3 (1.99%) IronPort
13 3 (1.99%) Informatica
13 3 (1.99%) hybris
13 3 (1.99%) Lumension
13 3 (1.99%) EMC
13 3 (1.99%) Sun
13 3 (1.99%) SAP
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