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 31 March 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
31 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Technical Specialist
Rank 496 493 493
Rank change year-on-year
-3 0
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Specialist 93 95 57
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.17% 0.18% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.18% 0.19% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 47 25
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£400 £420 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.76% +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £270 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £331 £362
% change year-on-year
+13.20% -8.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £18.00 £28.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -36.84%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £18.00 £28.50
% change year-on-year
- -36.84%

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
50807 49213 43153
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.46% 92.36% 92.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 30874 29577 24780
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
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 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1991 2026 2213
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.58
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.70 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-1.76% -2.85%

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 31 March 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 31 March 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 82 £425 - 47
London +1 36 £500 +7.52% 20
South East -25 15 £475 -2.56% 11
North West -9 14 £390 +44.44% 4
East Midlands +5 9 £300 - 1
Nottinghamshire +3 9 £300 -
Scotland -11 9 £119 -61.84% 7
City of London +9 8 £400 -15.78% 6
Manchester -3 8 £370 -22.10% 4
Nottingham -7 8 £295 -
Oxfordshire - 7 £475 -
Cheshire -3 4 £500 +85.18%
Glasgow -3 4 £110 -
Buckinghamshire -9 4 - - 2
Hampshire - 4 £425 - 3
Milton Keynes -1 3 - - 2
Yorkshire -8 3 £225 -30.76% 4
South West -11 3 £333 -8.90% 2
West Lothian -6 2 - - 2
Edinburgh -11 2 - - 5
West Yorkshire -13 2 - - 4
East of England +9 1 - - 2
Berkshire -2 1 £625 +92.30% 6
Bristol -4 1 £375 -16.66%
Somerset -4 1 - -
West Midlands - 1 £440 - 2
Birmingham - 1 £440 -
Knutsford - 1 - -
Leeds - - - - 4
Linlithgow - - - -

Technical Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 March 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 73 (39.46%) Windows
2 41 (22.16%) ITIL
3 40 (21.62%) UNIX
4 37 (20.00%) Linux
4 37 (20.00%) Microsoft
5 36 (19.46%) Active Directory
5 36 (19.46%) Finance
6 29 (15.68%) Analytical Skills
7 27 (14.59%) Security Cleared
8 26 (14.05%) Oracle
9 22 (11.89%) SQL
10 20 (10.81%) VMware
10 20 (10.81%) WebSphere
10 20 (10.81%) SC Cleared
11 18 (9.73%) IIS
12 17 (9.19%) LDAP
13 16 (8.65%) Java
14 15 (8.11%) DNS
14 15 (8.11%) Shell Script
14 15 (8.11%) Banking
14 15 (8.11%) Stakeholder Management
14 15 (8.11%) Windows Server 2008
15 14 (7.57%) Windows Server 2012
15 14 (7.57%) CA Single Sign-On
15 14 (7.57%) SQL Server
15 14 (7.57%) SharePoint
16 13 (7.03%) CRM
16 13 (7.03%) HP
16 13 (7.03%) Disaster Recovery
16 13 (7.03%) Degree

Technical Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 March 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 20 (10.81%) WebSphere
2 18 (9.73%) IIS
3 14 (7.57%) SharePoint
4 11 (5.95%) Tomcat
5 8 (4.32%) MS Exchange
6 7 (3.78%) Lync
7 6 (3.24%) WebLogic
7 6 (3.24%) Office Communications Server
8 5 (2.70%) TIBCO EMS
8 5 (2.70%) TIBCO ActiveMatrix
9 4 (2.16%) Exchange Server 2013
9 4 (2.16%) BizTalk Server
9 4 (2.16%) iPlanet
10 3 (1.62%) SharePoint 2013
11 2 (1.08%) SharePoint 2010
11 2 (1.08%) JBoss
12 1 (0.54%) Lotus Domino
12 1 (0.54%) Apache
12 1 (0.54%) WebSphere Application Server
12 1 (0.54%) CICS
Applications
1 7 (3.78%) MS Office
1 7 (3.78%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.08%) MS Visio
2 2 (1.08%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.54%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 9 (4.86%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (2.70%) BusinessWorks
3 3 (1.62%) Summit
4 2 (1.08%) Oracle BPM
5 1 (0.54%) Front Arena
5 1 (0.54%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 8 (4.32%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (2.70%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 17 (9.19%) LDAP
2 15 (8.11%) DNS
3 11 (5.95%) DHCP
4 8 (4.32%) TCP/IP
5 7 (3.78%) ATM
5 7 (3.78%) Firewall
6 6 (3.24%) Network Security
6 6 (3.24%) HTTP
7 5 (2.70%) VoIP
7 5 (2.70%) WAN
7 5 (2.70%) SAN
7 5 (2.70%) VLAN
8 4 (2.16%) Ethernet
9 3 (1.62%) PBX
9 3 (1.62%) VPN
9 3 (1.62%) Cisco ASA
9 3 (1.62%) Internet
10 2 (1.08%) BGP
10 2 (1.08%) EIGRP
10 2 (1.08%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (7.57%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.62%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (1.62%) DTS
2 3 (1.62%) PowerMart
3 2 (1.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (0.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.54%) BusinessObjects XI
4 1 (0.54%) KDB
4 1 (0.54%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.54%) DB2
4 1 (0.54%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 5 (2.70%) Visual Studio
1 5 (2.70%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (1.08%) Jenkins
2 2 (1.08%) Grunt
2 2 (1.08%) Bower
2 2 (1.08%) Ant
2 2 (1.08%) Git (software)
2 2 (1.08%) Maven
3 1 (0.54%) Selenium
3 1 (0.54%) Fiddler
3 1 (0.54%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (0.54%) Toad
3 1 (0.54%) Introscope
3 1 (0.54%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 36 (19.46%) Finance
2 15 (8.11%) Banking
3 3 (1.62%) Law
4 2 (1.08%) Mandarin Language
4 2 (1.08%) Korean Language
4 2 (1.08%) Retail
4 2 (1.08%) Back Office
5 1 (0.54%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.54%) Aerospace
5 1 (0.54%) Billing
5 1 (0.54%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.54%) Legal
5 1 (0.54%) Advertising
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (4.86%) .NET
2 7 (3.78%) Web Services
2 7 (3.78%) OpenID
3 6 (3.24%) OAuth
3 6 (3.24%) XML
3 6 (3.24%) SAML
4 5 (2.70%) Rendezvous
5 4 (2.16%) Middleware
5 4 (2.16%) HTML
5 4 (2.16%) HTML5
6 3 (1.62%) JSON
6 3 (1.62%) XML Schema
6 3 (1.62%) Spring
7 2 (1.08%) .NET Framework
7 2 (1.08%) XSD
7 2 (1.08%) J2EE
7 2 (1.08%) CSS
7 2 (1.08%) SOAP
7 2 (1.08%) RESTful
7 2 (1.08%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 29 (15.68%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (3.24%) Clustering
3 5 (2.70%) Equities
3 5 (2.70%) Management Information System
3 5 (2.70%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (2.16%) User Experience
4 4 (2.16%) Blackberry
5 3 (1.62%) Mainframe
5 3 (1.62%) CMDB
5 3 (1.62%) SWIFT
5 3 (1.62%) Data Structures
6 2 (1.08%) Enterprise Storage
6 2 (1.08%) iPhone
6 2 (1.08%) DataPower
6 2 (1.08%) iSeries
7 1 (0.54%) Open Source
7 1 (0.54%) Tandem
7 1 (0.54%) Cryptography
7 1 (0.54%) PKI
7 1 (0.54%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 73 (39.46%) Windows
2 40 (21.62%) UNIX
3 37 (20.00%) Linux
4 15 (8.11%) Windows Server 2008
5 14 (7.57%) Windows Server 2012
6 11 (5.95%) Windows 7
6 11 (5.95%) AIX
7 8 (4.32%) Windows XP
8 7 (3.78%) Windows Server 2003
8 7 (3.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (1.62%) Solaris
10 2 (1.08%) Android
10 2 (1.08%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.54%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.54%) CentOS
11 1 (0.54%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.54%) zOS
11 1 (0.54%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (22.16%) ITIL
2 15 (8.11%) Stakeholder Management
3 13 (7.03%) CRM
3 13 (7.03%) Disaster Recovery
4 12 (6.49%) Migration
4 12 (6.49%) Information Security
5 10 (5.41%) Identity Management
6 9 (4.86%) Project Management
6 9 (4.86%) Service Management
6 9 (4.86%) PRINCE2
6 9 (4.86%) Change Management
6 9 (4.86%) Continuous Improvement
7 8 (4.32%) Process Improvement
7 8 (4.32%) Agile Software Development
7 8 (4.32%) Service Delivery
8 7 (3.78%) Data Modelling
8 7 (3.78%) Build Automation
8 7 (3.78%) Software Testing
8 7 (3.78%) Enterprise Architecture
8 7 (3.78%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (11.89%) SQL
2 16 (8.65%) Java
3 15 (8.11%) Shell Script
4 9 (4.86%) VB
5 8 (4.32%) PowerShell
6 5 (2.70%) Perl
7 4 (2.16%) JavaScript
7 4 (2.16%) C#
8 1 (0.54%) COBOL
8 1 (0.54%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.54%) VBScript
8 1 (0.54%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.54%) Python
8 1 (0.54%) C
Qualifications
1 27 (14.59%) Security Cleared
2 20 (10.81%) SC Cleared
3 13 (7.03%) Degree
4 8 (4.32%) ITIL Certification
5 6 (3.24%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (3.24%) CISSP
5 6 (3.24%) DV Cleared
6 5 (2.70%) MCITP
7 4 (2.16%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (2.16%) MCSE
8 3 (1.62%) CCNP
9 2 (1.08%) CCNA
9 2 (1.08%) MCSA
9 2 (1.08%) CCIE
9 2 (1.08%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 1 (0.54%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 1 (0.54%) MCTS
10 1 (0.54%) MCP
10 1 (0.54%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 1 (0.54%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (5.95%) SLA
2 2 (1.08%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.54%) QA
System Software
1 36 (19.46%) Active Directory
2 11 (5.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (4.86%) Hyper-V
4 7 (3.78%) RACF
5 6 (3.24%) VMware ESX
5 6 (3.24%) XenApp
5 6 (3.24%) XenDesktop
6 4 (2.16%) vSphere
6 4 (2.16%) UAG
7 3 (1.62%) Squid
7 3 (1.62%) VMware Server
8 2 (1.08%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.54%) ClearTrust
9 1 (0.54%) Veritas Volume Manager
9 1 (0.54%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 1 (0.54%) NFS
9 1 (0.54%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.54%) ACF2
9 1 (0.54%) GPFS
Systems Management
1 14 (7.57%) CA Single Sign-On
2 9 (4.86%) Tivoli
3 7 (3.78%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
4 6 (3.24%) SCCM
5 5 (2.70%) SCOM
5 5 (2.70%) TIBCO Hawk
5 5 (2.70%) NetBackup
6 4 (2.16%) McAfee ePO
6 4 (2.16%) Control-M
6 4 (2.16%) Puppet
7 3 (1.62%) XenMobile
7 3 (1.62%) FortiGate
7 3 (1.62%) Nagios
7 3 (1.62%) yum
7 3 (1.62%) Backup Exec
8 2 (1.08%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 2 (1.08%) CiscoWorks
8 2 (1.08%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 1 (0.54%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.54%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 37 (20.00%) Microsoft
2 26 (14.05%) Oracle
3 20 (10.81%) VMware
4 13 (7.03%) HP
5 11 (5.95%) Citrix
5 11 (5.95%) Symantec
6 10 (5.41%) Cisco
7 9 (4.86%) IBM
7 9 (4.86%) Sun
8 8 (4.32%) Red Hat
9 7 (3.78%) Dell
9 7 (3.78%) SolarWinds
10 6 (3.24%) TIBCO
11 5 (2.70%) CA
12 4 (2.16%) CheckPoint
12 4 (2.16%) McAfee
12 4 (2.16%) Avaya
12 4 (2.16%) Informatica
12 4 (2.16%) NetApp
13 3 (1.62%) Business Objects
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