The table below looks at the statistics for the Support Specialist 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 Support Specialist in their job title over the 3 months to 26 May 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
26 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Support Specialist
Rank 116 108 94
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -14
Contract jobs requiring a Support Specialist 6 5 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.24% 0.22% 0.25%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.26% 0.24% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 5 3
Average daily rate
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£285 £315 £238
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.52% +32.63%
UK excluding London average daily rate £285 £315 £311
% change year-on-year
-9.52% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £17.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.70 £16.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-14.37% -15.78%
Support Specialist
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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
2348 2105 1508
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 92.99% 91.13% 92.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 1432 1089 680
Average daily rate £363 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £481 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 136 164 130
Average hourly rate £18.00 £16.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.60 £35.25 £37.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-3.52% -4.28%

Support Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

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

Support Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Support Specialist
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Support Specialist Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Support Specialist
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Support Specialist across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 26 May 2015.

Support Specialist Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Support Specialist
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Support Specialist Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Support Specialist
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 Support Specialist within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 26 May 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
Birmingham - 2 £125 - 1
Worcestershire -1 1 - -
Staffordshire - 1 - -
Support Specialist
England

Support Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 26 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region that cited Support 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 Support Specialist in their job title.

1 2 (25.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 2 (25.00%) PDA
1 2 (25.00%) BizTalk Server
1 2 (25.00%) ITIL
1 2 (25.00%) Mobile App
2 1 (12.50%) Mobile Banking
2 1 (12.50%) Patch Management
2 1 (12.50%) Knowledge Management
2 1 (12.50%) PKI
2 1 (12.50%) PRINCE2
2 1 (12.50%) Windows
2 1 (12.50%) LAN
2 1 (12.50%) WAN
2 1 (12.50%) DHCP
2 1 (12.50%) DNS
2 1 (12.50%) Business Intelligence
2 1 (12.50%) SLA
2 1 (12.50%) Microsoft
2 1 (12.50%) Active Directory
2 1 (12.50%) Citrix
2 1 (12.50%) Informatica
2 1 (12.50%) SAP BW
2 1 (12.50%) SAP R/3
2 1 (12.50%) Remedy
2 1 (12.50%) McAfee
2 1 (12.50%) ABAP
2 1 (12.50%) SAP
2 1 (12.50%) Hyper-V
2 1 (12.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (12.50%) NetScaler

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

For the 6 months to 26 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region that cited Support 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 Support Specialist in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (25.00%) BizTalk Server
Business Applications
1 1 (12.50%) SAP R/3
Cloud Services
1 1 (12.50%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (12.50%) LAN
1 1 (12.50%) WAN
1 1 (12.50%) DHCP
1 1 (12.50%) DNS
1 1 (12.50%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (25.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (12.50%) SAP BW
General
1 1 (12.50%) Banking
1 1 (12.50%) Finance
Miscellaneous
1 2 (25.00%) PDA
1 2 (25.00%) Mobile App
2 1 (12.50%) Mobile Banking
2 1 (12.50%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 1 (12.50%) Windows
1 1 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (25.00%) ITIL
2 1 (12.50%) Patch Management
2 1 (12.50%) Knowledge Management
2 1 (12.50%) PRINCE2
2 1 (12.50%) Business Intelligence
2 1 (12.50%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 1 (12.50%) ABAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (12.50%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (12.50%) Active Directory
1 1 (12.50%) Hyper-V
Vendors
1 1 (12.50%) Microsoft
1 1 (12.50%) Citrix
1 1 (12.50%) Informatica
1 1 (12.50%) Remedy
1 1 (12.50%) McAfee
1 1 (12.50%) SAP