The table below looks at the statistics for the Applications Support role in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Applications Support in their job title over the 3 months to 17 September 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
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Application Support
Rank 99 96 108
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +12
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Support 25 11 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.99% 0.52% 0.26%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.09% 0.57% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 9 4
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£244 £325 £239
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% +36.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £187 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £425 £262
UK excluding London average daily rate £250 £310 £275
% change year-on-year
-19.35% +12.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £35.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-51.42% +94.44%
Applications Support
England

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
2295 1945 2155
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 90.82% 92.27% 92.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 1154 1021 1069
Average daily rate £350 £330 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +1.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £205 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 154 144 148
Average hourly rate £17.50 £14.63 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.65% -35.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £10.00 £11.58
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £30.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

Applications Support
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Applications Support in the job title across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Applications Support Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Applications 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 Applications Support across the West Midlands region.

Applications Support Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Applications Support
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Applications Support across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 17 September 2014.

Applications Support Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Applications 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 Applications Support across the West Midlands region.

Applications Support Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Applications Support
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Applications Support within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 17 September 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
Birmingham -3 7 £185 -51.47% 1
Warwickshire -6 7 £275 +26.43% 3
Coventry - 7 £250 - 1
Staffordshire +2 1 - - 1
Shropshire - 1 £265 -
Worcestershire - - - -
Dudley - - - -
Solihull - - - - 2
Wolverhampton - - - - 2
Applications Support
England

Applications Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 17 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region that cited Applications Support 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 Applications Support in their job title.

1 29 (72.50%) SQL
2 24 (60.00%) UNIX
3 16 (40.00%) Windows
4 9 (22.50%) ITIL
5 8 (20.00%) Linux
5 8 (20.00%) SQL Server
6 5 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
6 5 (12.50%) SQL Server 2005
6 5 (12.50%) VMware
6 5 (12.50%) Oracle
6 5 (12.50%) T-SQL
6 5 (12.50%) Java
6 5 (12.50%) HPUX
6 5 (12.50%) Active Directory
6 5 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
6 5 (12.50%) SQL Server 2008
6 5 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
6 5 (12.50%) vSphere
7 4 (10.00%) Mobile App
7 4 (10.00%) Solaris
7 4 (10.00%) .NET
7 4 (10.00%) NetApp
7 4 (10.00%) Red Hat
8 3 (7.50%) MVS
8 3 (7.50%) VB.NET
8 3 (7.50%) ASP.NET
8 3 (7.50%) C#
8 3 (7.50%) MS Excel
8 3 (7.50%) Windows NT
8 3 (7.50%) Data Warehouse

Applications Support
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region that cited Applications Support 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 Applications Support in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (2.50%) Oracle Workflow
1 1 (2.50%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (7.50%) MS Excel
2 2 (5.00%) Spreadsheet
2 2 (5.00%) MS Office
3 1 (2.50%) MS PowerPoint
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 5 (12.50%) SQL Server 2005
2 5 (12.50%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (7.50%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (2.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (2.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (2.50%) Oracle Database
General
1 2 (5.00%) Finance
2 1 (2.50%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (10.00%) .NET
2 3 (7.50%) ASP.NET
3 2 (5.00%) EDI
3 2 (5.00%) ODBC
4 1 (2.50%) WebSphere MQ
4 1 (2.50%) Middleware
4 1 (2.50%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (10.00%) Mobile App
2 1 (2.50%) Mainframe
2 1 (2.50%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 24 (60.00%) UNIX
2 16 (40.00%) Windows
3 8 (20.00%) Linux
4 5 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
4 5 (12.50%) HPUX
4 5 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (10.00%) Solaris
6 3 (7.50%) MVS
6 3 (7.50%) Windows NT
7 2 (5.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (5.00%) Windows XP
7 2 (5.00%) AIX
8 1 (2.50%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (22.50%) ITIL
2 3 (7.50%) Data Entry
3 2 (5.00%) Business Intelligence
3 2 (5.00%) Logistics
4 1 (2.50%) Supplier Management
4 1 (2.50%) Document Management
4 1 (2.50%) Service Management
4 1 (2.50%) Service Delivery
4 1 (2.50%) Regression Testing
4 1 (2.50%) Workflow
4 1 (2.50%) Data Modelling
4 1 (2.50%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 29 (72.50%) SQL
2 5 (12.50%) T-SQL
2 5 (12.50%) Java
3 3 (7.50%) VB.NET
3 3 (7.50%) C#
4 2 (5.00%) PowerShell
4 2 (5.00%) Korn
4 2 (5.00%) Bash Shell
4 2 (5.00%) C++
4 2 (5.00%) VB
4 2 (5.00%) Perl
4 2 (5.00%) PHP
5 1 (2.50%) PL/SQL
5 1 (2.50%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 1 (2.50%) Degree
1 1 (2.50%) SC Cleared
1 1 (2.50%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (7.50%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (12.50%) Active Directory
1 5 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
1 5 (12.50%) vSphere
Vendors
1 5 (12.50%) VMware
1 5 (12.50%) Oracle
2 4 (10.00%) NetApp
2 4 (10.00%) Red Hat
3 3 (7.50%) HP
4 2 (5.00%) Microsoft
4 2 (5.00%) Citrix
5 1 (2.50%) Business Objects
5 1 (2.50%) Informatica
5 1 (2.50%) Infor
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