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 16 January 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
16 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Technical Specialist
UK
Rank 503 529 505
Rank change year-on-year
+26 -24
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Specialist 89 96 94
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.20% 0.19% 0.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.21% 0.20% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 51 46
Median daily rate £438 £416 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.10% +4.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £312 £300 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £539 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £420 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.19% +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
42359 47277 48034
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.67% 94.78% 94.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 27574 30020 30295
Median daily rate £425 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% +3.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.94% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1499 1732 1916
Median hourly rate £17.44 £17.50 £16.16
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.34% +8.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.61 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £46.50 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-2.85% +9.37%

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 16 January 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 16 January 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 +11 67 £461 +8.47% 15
London -2 21 £461 +22.93% 2
Scotland +19 19 £415 +3.75% 2
North West +31 15 £485 +21.25%
South East +8 14 £463 +2.77% 6
Manchester +21 13 £480 -
Glasgow +14 12 £428 +36.80% 1
Hampshire +19 9 £410 -0.54% 2
Salford - 8 £450 -
East of England +3 7 £498 +2.05% 1
Yorkshire +7 5 £410 +3.14% 2
Hertfordshire +2 5 £500 +2.56%
West Yorkshire +5 4 £410 +3.14% 2
Edinburgh +15 3 £475 +17.28%
Leeds -1 3 £410 +3.14%
West Midlands -4 3 £347 -13.25% 2
South West +17 2 £185 -56.47% 1
Surrey +16 2 - - 2
Staines +4 2 - -
Berkshire +3 2 £500 -9.13% 2
Winchester +2 2 - - 1
Clydebank -3 2 £415 -1.19%
West Dunbartonshire -3 2 £415 -1.19%
Welwyn Garden City -10 2 £600 +21.21%
Solihull - 2 - -
Preston - 2 £490 -
Lancashire - 2 £490 -
Guernsey - 2 £413 -
Jersey - 2 £413 -
Channel Islands - 2 £413 -

Technical Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 January 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 49 (29.70%) Windows
2 45 (27.27%) Finance
3 28 (16.97%) Linux
4 27 (16.36%) Banking
5 26 (15.76%) Firewall
5 26 (15.76%) Cisco
5 26 (15.76%) Microsoft
6 25 (15.15%) Unix
7 23 (13.94%) WAN
7 23 (13.94%) Analytical Skills
8 21 (12.73%) IBM
9 20 (12.12%) SQL
10 19 (11.52%) Service Management
11 18 (10.91%) LAN
11 18 (10.91%) Data Centre
12 17 (10.30%) F5
12 17 (10.30%) Java
12 17 (10.30%) ITIL
12 17 (10.30%) VMware
12 17 (10.30%) Information Security
13 16 (9.70%) Security Cleared
13 16 (9.70%) Palo Alto
14 15 (9.09%) Windows Server
14 15 (9.09%) Windows Server 2012
14 15 (9.09%) VoIP
14 15 (9.09%) MS Excel
14 15 (9.09%) TCP/IP
15 14 (8.48%) Active Directory
15 14 (8.48%) Oracle
15 14 (8.48%) SQL Server

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 11 (6.67%) WebSphere
2 8 (4.85%) WebSphere Application Server
3 5 (3.03%) Skype for Business
4 4 (2.42%) CMS
5 3 (1.82%) IBM HTTP Server
5 3 (1.82%) IBM Notes
5 3 (1.82%) SharePoint
6 2 (1.21%) IBM Domino
6 2 (1.21%) JBoss
6 2 (1.21%) OpenStack
6 2 (1.21%) Tomcat
6 2 (1.21%) WebSphere Portal
7 1 (0.61%) Apache
7 1 (0.61%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.61%) Confluence
7 1 (0.61%) Drupal
7 1 (0.61%) IIS
7 1 (0.61%) Oracle Coherence
7 1 (0.61%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.61%) WordPress
Applications
1 15 (9.09%) MS Excel
2 7 (4.24%) MS Office
3 1 (0.61%) Adobe After Effects
3 1 (0.61%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 1 (0.61%) InVision
Business Applications
1 5 (3.03%) Maximo
2 2 (1.21%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.61%) Endur
3 1 (0.61%) Findur
3 1 (0.61%) SAP HCM
3 1 (0.61%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 13 (7.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (6.06%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (5.45%) Office 365
4 6 (3.64%) IaaS
5 5 (3.03%) IBM Cloud
5 5 (3.03%) PaaS
5 5 (3.03%) SoftLayer
6 4 (2.42%) Akamai
7 2 (1.21%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (1.21%) OneDrive
7 2 (1.21%) Yammer
8 1 (0.61%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.61%) IBM PureFlex
Communications & Networking
1 26 (15.76%) Firewall
2 23 (13.94%) WAN
3 18 (10.91%) LAN
4 15 (9.09%) TCP/IP
4 15 (9.09%) VoIP
5 10 (6.06%) DNS
5 10 (6.06%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
5 10 (6.06%) VPN
5 10 (6.06%) Wireless
6 8 (4.85%) Cisco ASA
7 7 (4.24%) DHCP
8 6 (3.64%) MPLS
9 5 (3.03%) BIG-IP
9 5 (3.03%) HTTPS
9 5 (3.03%) IPsec
9 5 (3.03%) Network Security
9 5 (3.03%) Skype
9 5 (3.03%) SSL
10 4 (2.42%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 4 (2.42%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (8.48%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.64%) DB2
3 4 (2.42%) Data Mining
3 4 (2.42%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (2.42%) Oracle Database
3 4 (2.42%) Oracle Database 12c
4 2 (1.21%) QlikView
4 2 (1.21%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 2 (1.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (1.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.61%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (0.61%) Kalido
5 1 (0.61%) MySQL
5 1 (0.61%) Oracle Database 10g
5 1 (0.61%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.61%) Oracle9i Database
5 1 (0.61%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.61%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.61%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.61%) Text Mining
Development Applications
1 4 (2.42%) Git (software)
1 4 (2.42%) Selenium
2 2 (1.21%) Jenkins
2 2 (1.21%) JMeter
2 2 (1.21%) LoadRunner
2 2 (1.21%) Maven
2 2 (1.21%) Mockito
3 1 (0.61%) Artifactory
3 1 (0.61%) JIRA
3 1 (0.61%) SoapUI
3 1 (0.61%) Subversion
3 1 (0.61%) TeamCity
3 1 (0.61%) WebDriver
General
1 45 (27.27%) Finance
2 27 (16.36%) Banking
3 8 (4.85%) Marketing
4 6 (3.64%) Legal
5 5 (3.03%) Billing
5 5 (3.03%) Investment Banking
5 5 (3.03%) Retail
6 4 (2.42%) Telecoms
7 3 (1.82%) Law
8 2 (1.21%) Front Office
8 2 (1.21%) Publishing
9 1 (0.61%) Advertising
9 1 (0.61%) Back Office
9 1 (0.61%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.61%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (6.67%) HTML
1 11 (6.67%) Web Services
2 7 (4.24%) Middleware
3 6 (3.64%) J2EE
4 5 (3.03%) .NET
4 5 (3.03%) CSS
4 5 (3.03%) XML
5 4 (2.42%) ELK Stack
5 4 (2.42%) REST
6 3 (1.82%) JSON
7 2 (1.21%) .NET Framework
7 2 (1.21%) Apache Cordova
7 2 (1.21%) HTML5
7 2 (1.21%) IBM Integration Bus
7 2 (1.21%) ISPF
7 2 (1.21%) PhoneGap
7 2 (1.21%) Sencha Touch
7 2 (1.21%) Tivoli Directory Integrator
7 2 (1.21%) WCF
7 2 (1.21%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 23 (13.94%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (10.91%) Data Centre
3 9 (5.45%) Management Information System
4 8 (4.85%) Mainframe
5 6 (3.64%) PKI
6 5 (3.03%) Hybrid Cloud
7 4 (2.42%) DataPower
7 4 (2.42%) iSeries
8 3 (1.82%) Clustering
8 3 (1.82%) CMDB
8 3 (1.82%) Replication
9 2 (1.21%) Blackberry
9 2 (1.21%) Computer Science
9 2 (1.21%) Enterprise Software
9 2 (1.21%) NHS
9 2 (1.21%) RIA
9 2 (1.21%) Smartphone
9 2 (1.21%) SWIFT
9 2 (1.21%) Tandem
9 2 (1.21%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 49 (29.70%) Windows
2 28 (16.97%) Linux
3 25 (15.15%) Unix
4 15 (9.09%) Windows Server
4 15 (9.09%) Windows Server 2012
5 10 (6.06%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (3.64%) AIX
6 6 (3.64%) Windows 7
7 5 (3.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (1.82%) Windows 10
9 2 (1.21%) Android
9 2 (1.21%) Apple iOS
9 2 (1.21%) Solaris
9 2 (1.21%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.61%) CentOS
10 1 (0.61%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.61%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (11.52%) Service Management
2 17 (10.30%) Information Security
2 17 (10.30%) ITIL
3 13 (7.88%) Project Management
4 12 (7.27%) Change Management
4 12 (7.27%) Patch Management
4 12 (7.27%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 11 (6.67%) Vulnerability Management
6 10 (6.06%) Analytics
7 9 (5.45%) Agile Software Development
7 9 (5.45%) Network Monitoring
8 7 (4.24%) CRM
8 7 (4.24%) Data Protection
8 7 (4.24%) E-Commerce
8 7 (4.24%) Email Marketing
8 7 (4.24%) Incident Management
8 7 (4.24%) Service Delivery
9 6 (3.64%) Cybersecurity
9 6 (3.64%) Load Balancing
9 6 (3.64%) Process Improvement
Programming Languages
1 20 (12.12%) SQL
2 17 (10.30%) Java
3 10 (6.06%) JavaScript
3 10 (6.06%) PowerShell
4 8 (4.85%) Python
5 6 (3.64%) Shell Script
6 5 (3.03%) C++
7 4 (2.42%) C#
7 4 (2.42%) T-SQL
7 4 (2.42%) VBScript
8 3 (1.82%) Bash Shell
8 3 (1.82%) Perl
9 2 (1.21%) JCL
9 2 (1.21%) Objective-C
9 2 (1.21%) Ruby
9 2 (1.21%) VB
9 2 (1.21%) VBA
10 1 (0.61%) C
10 1 (0.61%) Jython
10 1 (0.61%) PHP
Qualifications
1 16 (9.70%) Security Cleared
2 13 (7.88%) SC Cleared
3 10 (6.06%) CISSP
3 10 (6.06%) Microsoft Certification
3 10 (6.06%) SANS
3 10 (6.06%) SSCP
4 7 (4.24%) Cisco Certification
5 6 (3.64%) MCSE
6 4 (2.42%) CCIE
7 2 (1.21%) CCDA
7 2 (1.21%) CCNA
7 2 (1.21%) CCNP
7 2 (1.21%) CNA
7 2 (1.21%) CNE
7 2 (1.21%) Degree
7 2 (1.21%) DV Cleared
7 2 (1.21%) MCITP
7 2 (1.21%) MCSA
7 2 (1.21%) MOS
7 2 (1.21%) Novell Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 7 (4.24%) SLA
2 6 (3.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (3.03%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.61%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.61%) GPG13
4 1 (0.61%) QA
System Software
1 14 (8.48%) Active Directory
2 9 (5.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (3.03%) ACF2
3 5 (3.03%) Hyper-V
3 5 (3.03%) RACF
4 3 (1.82%) Virtual Desktop
4 3 (1.82%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (1.21%) Time Sharing Option
5 2 (1.21%) Tivoli Directory Server
5 2 (1.21%) XenApp
6 1 (0.61%) PowerHA
6 1 (0.61%) ProxySG
6 1 (0.61%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.61%) vSphere
6 1 (0.61%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.61%) zsh
Systems Management
1 9 (5.45%) SCCM
2 7 (4.24%) Tivoli
3 6 (3.64%) Puppet
4 5 (3.03%) QRadar
4 5 (3.03%) SCOM
4 5 (3.03%) zSecure
5 4 (2.42%) RSA Security Analytics
5 4 (2.42%) WSUS
6 3 (1.82%) Nessus
6 3 (1.82%) Nexpose
6 3 (1.82%) Nmap
6 3 (1.82%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (1.21%) Ansible
7 2 (1.21%) BladeLogic
7 2 (1.21%) FortiGate
7 2 (1.21%) Microsoft Intune
7 2 (1.21%) Nagios
7 2 (1.21%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 2 (1.21%) Tivoli Identity Manager
8 1 (0.61%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 26 (15.76%) Cisco
1 26 (15.76%) Microsoft
2 21 (12.73%) IBM
3 17 (10.30%) F5
3 17 (10.30%) VMware
4 16 (9.70%) Palo Alto
5 14 (8.48%) Oracle
6 11 (6.67%) Apple
7 10 (6.06%) CheckPoint
8 7 (4.24%) Citrix
8 7 (4.24%) Juniper
8 7 (4.24%) NetWitness
8 7 (4.24%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
8 7 (4.24%) Salesforce.com
9 6 (3.64%) Blue Coat
10 5 (3.03%) Comptel
10 5 (3.03%) NetCracker
10 5 (3.03%) Red Hat
11 4 (2.42%) Meraki
11 4 (2.42%) SolarWinds