The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the West Midlands region that had 3rd Line Support featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 24 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
24 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Third Line Support
England / West Midlands
Rank 115 115 85
Rank change year-on-year
0 -30
Contract jobs requiring a 3rd Line Support 7 17 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.29% 0.65% 1.20%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.31% 0.68% 1.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 11 11
Median daily rate £238 £300 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-20.83% +20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £175 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £303 £325 £350
UK excluding London median daily rate £274 £260 £275
% change year-on-year
+5.28% -5.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 8
Median hourly rate - £21.00 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -14.28%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £21.75 £23.44
% change year-on-year
-10.34% -7.20%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region. 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
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
2258 2486 2108
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 93.77% 94.99% 93.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 1396 1398 1169
Median daily rate £400 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 117 79 172
Median hourly rate £16.25 £14.00 £15.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.07% -11.67%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £10.33 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.69 £25.00 £30.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-2.77% +5.88%

3rd Line Support
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

The demand trend of IT contracts across the West Midlands region that featured 3rd Line Support in the job title.

3rd Line Support Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

3rd Line Support
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing 3rd Line Support across the West Midlands region.

3rd Line Support Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3rd Line Support
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing 3rd Line Support across the West Midlands region.

3rd Line Support Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3rd Line Support
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing 3rd Line Support within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 24 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
Birmingham -7 3 £250 -20.00%
Herefordshire - 2 £225 - 3
Coventry -7 1 - -
3rd Line Support
England

3rd Line Support Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 24 February 2017, 3rd Line Support 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 across the West Midlands region featuring 3rd Line Support in the job title.

1 13 (81.25%) Windows
2 11 (68.75%) VMware
2 11 (68.75%) Windows Server
3 9 (56.25%) Active Directory
4 6 (37.50%) Citrix
5 5 (31.25%) Microsoft
5 5 (31.25%) DNS
5 5 (31.25%) Firewall
5 5 (31.25%) Microsoft Azure
5 5 (31.25%) Office 365
6 4 (25.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 4 (25.00%) Cisco
6 4 (25.00%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (25.00%) MCSE
7 3 (18.75%) IIS
7 3 (18.75%) ITIL
7 3 (18.75%) DHCP
7 3 (18.75%) TCP/IP
7 3 (18.75%) Linux
7 3 (18.75%) Hyper-V
7 3 (18.75%) VMware Infrastructure
8 2 (12.50%) PowerShell
8 2 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (12.50%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (12.50%) OpenLDAP
8 2 (12.50%) Sendmail
8 2 (12.50%) XenApp
8 2 (12.50%) Proofpoint
8 2 (12.50%) Application Packaging
8 2 (12.50%) MindAlign

3rd Line Support Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 3 (18.75%) IIS
2 2 (12.50%) Apache
2 2 (12.50%) MindAlign
3 1 (6.25%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (6.25%) MS Exchange
3 1 (6.25%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (12.50%) MS Excel
2 1 (6.25%) MS Office
2 1 (6.25%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (6.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 5 (31.25%) Microsoft Azure
1 5 (31.25%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (31.25%) DNS
1 5 (31.25%) Firewall
2 3 (18.75%) DHCP
2 3 (18.75%) TCP/IP
3 2 (12.50%) IMAP
3 2 (12.50%) Internet
3 2 (12.50%) LAN
3 2 (12.50%) OpenLDAP
3 2 (12.50%) Remote Desktop
3 2 (12.50%) S/MIME
3 2 (12.50%) SAN
3 2 (12.50%) SMTP
3 2 (12.50%) WAN
4 1 (6.25%) NetScaler
4 1 (6.25%) Network Security
4 1 (6.25%) SSL
4 1 (6.25%) VoIP
4 1 (6.25%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (12.50%) PostgreSQL
1 2 (12.50%) SQL Server
General
1 2 (12.50%) Finance
2 1 (6.25%) Advertising
2 1 (6.25%) Banking
2 1 (6.25%) Electronics
2 1 (6.25%) Manufacturing
2 1 (6.25%) Marketing
2 1 (6.25%) Private Banking
2 1 (6.25%) Retail
2 1 (6.25%) Retail Banking
2 1 (6.25%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (12.50%) LAPP Stack
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.25%) Blackberry
1 1 (6.25%) Computer Science
1 1 (6.25%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 13 (81.25%) Windows
2 11 (68.75%) Windows Server
3 3 (18.75%) Linux
4 2 (12.50%) Solaris
4 2 (12.50%) Unix
4 2 (12.50%) Windows 7
4 2 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (6.25%) Apple iOS
5 1 (6.25%) CentOS
5 1 (6.25%) SUSE
5 1 (6.25%) Windows 10
5 1 (6.25%) Windows 2000 Server
5 1 (6.25%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (18.75%) ITIL
2 2 (12.50%) Application Packaging
2 2 (12.50%) Mobile Device Management
2 2 (12.50%) Virtual Environments
3 1 (6.25%) Business Intelligence
3 1 (6.25%) Change Management
3 1 (6.25%) Digital Marketing
3 1 (6.25%) Investment Management
3 1 (6.25%) Migration
3 1 (6.25%) Open Source
3 1 (6.25%) Programme Management
3 1 (6.25%) Server Building
3 1 (6.25%) Wealth Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (12.50%) Perl
1 2 (12.50%) PowerShell
1 2 (12.50%) Python
2 1 (6.25%) C
2 1 (6.25%) Java
2 1 (6.25%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 4 (25.00%) MCSE
1 4 (25.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 4 (25.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
2 2 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (6.25%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (6.25%) CCA
3 1 (6.25%) CCNA
3 1 (6.25%) CCNP
3 1 (6.25%) Citrix Certification
3 1 (6.25%) Degree
3 1 (6.25%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (6.25%) SC Cleared
3 1 (6.25%) Security Cleared
3 1 (6.25%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.25%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (56.25%) Active Directory
2 3 (18.75%) Hyper-V
2 3 (18.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (12.50%) Sendmail
3 2 (12.50%) XenApp
4 1 (6.25%) VMware ESX
4 1 (6.25%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 1 (6.25%) Backup Exec
1 1 (6.25%) NetBackup
1 1 (6.25%) SCOM
Vendors
1 11 (68.75%) VMware
2 6 (37.50%) Citrix
3 5 (31.25%) Microsoft
4 4 (25.00%) Cisco
5 2 (12.50%) NetApp
5 2 (12.50%) Proofpoint
6 1 (6.25%) Kronos
6 1 (6.25%) SAP
6 1 (6.25%) SolarWinds
6 1 (6.25%) Veritas