Period
to 22 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Technical Specialist was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 22 November 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Technical Specialist
UK > England
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 661 726 679
Rank change year-on-year +65 -47 +36
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Specialist 192 140 190
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.20% 0.14% 0.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.21% 0.15% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 106 76 103
England median daily rate £425 £450 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.56% +9.09% +3.13%
10th Percentile £250 £234 £300
90th Percentile £656 £573 £563
UK median daily rate £408 £425 £393
% change year-on-year -4.12% +8.28% -1.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 3 3
England median hourly rate £26.78 £27.50 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.64% +7.84% +27.50%
10th Percentile £17.26 £14.85 £23.45
90th Percentile £28.44 £34.31 £39.15
UK median hourly rate £26.78 £25.50 £25.50
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +27.50%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
England
Contract vacancies in England with a recognized job title 89936 92818 97863
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.78% 94.77% 95.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 59957 61108 63299
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2672 2997 3790
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.78% +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.00 £45.00
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +3.88% - +9.09%

Technical Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings that featured Technical Specialist in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Technical Specialist in England

Technical Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Technical Specialist in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Technical Specialist in England

Technical Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Technical Specialist in England over the 6 months to 22 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Technical Specialist in England

Technical Specialist
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Technical Specialist in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Technical Specialist in England

Technical Specialist
Contract Job Locations in England

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 England region over the 6 months to 22 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -5 75 £429 +0.88% 4
South West +34 35 £480 +41.18% 3
South East +16 34 £388 -19.27% 6
North of England +54 21 £450 -4.51% 4
Midlands +33 20 £350 +0.86% 1
West Midlands +35 16 £350 +0.86%
North West +5 15 £617 +29.79% 1
East of England -11 8 £250 -49.49%
Yorkshire +15 5 £415 -12.63% 3
East Midlands -3 4 £368 +38.68% 1
North East +67 1 £575 +81.10%
Technical Specialist
UK

Technical Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 22 November 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 across the England region featuring Technical Specialist in the job title.

1 38 (19.79%) Windows
1 38 (19.79%) Finance
2 37 (19.27%) Microsoft
3 35 (18.23%) SQL
3 35 (18.23%) VMware
4 31 (16.15%) Active Directory
5 30 (15.63%) Linux
6 28 (14.58%) ITIL
7 22 (11.46%) Oracle
7 22 (11.46%) WAN
7 22 (11.46%) Cisco
7 22 (11.46%) Security Cleared
8 21 (10.94%) Microsoft Azure
8 21 (10.94%) Service Management
8 21 (10.94%) Agile Software Development
9 19 (9.90%) Banking
9 19 (9.90%) SQL Server
9 19 (9.90%) Java
10 18 (9.38%) Unix
10 18 (9.38%) Service Design
11 17 (8.85%) Analytical Skills
12 16 (8.33%) Office 365
12 16 (8.33%) JavaScript
12 16 (8.33%) DHCP
12 16 (8.33%) Service Delivery
13 15 (7.81%) Firewall
13 15 (7.81%) Validation
13 15 (7.81%) Cisco Certification
13 15 (7.81%) Analytics
13 15 (7.81%) SCCM

Technical Specialist Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 (5.73%) Skype for Business
2 7 (3.65%) MS Exchange
3 6 (3.13%) Exchange Server 2010
4 4 (2.08%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 4 (2.08%) Site Server
4 4 (2.08%) Tomcat
5 3 (1.56%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (1.56%) SharePoint
6 2 (1.04%) Apache
6 2 (1.04%) WebLogic
6 2 (1.04%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.52%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (0.52%) IBM Notes
7 1 (0.52%) IIS
7 1 (0.52%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.52%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.52%) Umbraco
Applications
1 7 (3.65%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (3.13%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (2.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (1.56%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.52%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 6 (3.13%) Actimize
1 6 (3.13%) Oracle EBS R12
2 4 (2.08%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (2.08%) Oracle Payroll
3 2 (1.04%) PeopleSoft HRMS
3 2 (1.04%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.52%) BigMachines
4 1 (0.52%) CA PPM
4 1 (0.52%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.52%) ION MarketView
4 1 (0.52%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.52%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.52%) RMDS
4 1 (0.52%) SAP SRM
4 1 (0.52%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 21 (10.94%) Microsoft Azure
2 16 (8.33%) Office 365
3 4 (2.08%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (2.08%) Google Cloud Platform
4 3 (1.56%) AdWords
4 3 (1.56%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (1.56%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (1.56%) Google Analytics
5 2 (1.04%) Akamai
5 2 (1.04%) Azure Data Factory
5 2 (1.04%) Data Lake Analytics
5 2 (1.04%) G Suite
5 2 (1.04%) PaaS
6 1 (0.52%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (0.52%) Oracle CX
6 1 (0.52%) SuccessFactors
6 1 (0.52%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 22 (11.46%) WAN
2 16 (8.33%) DHCP
3 15 (7.81%) Firewall
3 15 (7.81%) Unified Communications
4 13 (6.77%) Wireless
5 12 (6.25%) VPN
6 11 (5.73%) Cisco ASA
6 11 (5.73%) Cisco Nexus
6 11 (5.73%) MPLS
6 11 (5.73%) SAN
6 11 (5.73%) Skype
7 9 (4.69%) LAN
8 7 (3.65%) ISDN
9 6 (3.13%) DNS
9 6 (3.13%) Internet
9 6 (3.13%) TCP/IP
10 5 (2.60%) Ethernet
10 5 (2.60%) HTTP
10 5 (2.60%) Wi-Fi
11 3 (1.56%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (9.90%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.60%) DB2
2 5 (2.60%) MySQL
3 4 (2.08%) RDBMS
3 4 (2.08%) Relational Database
4 3 (1.56%) Apache Hive
4 3 (1.56%) Big Data
4 3 (1.56%) Hadoop
4 3 (1.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (1.04%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
5 2 (1.04%) Azure SQL Database
5 2 (1.04%) Data Lake
5 2 (1.04%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (1.04%) Oracle BI EE
5 2 (1.04%) Oracle Database
5 2 (1.04%) Oracle Database 10g
5 2 (1.04%) Oracle Database 11g
5 2 (1.04%) Oracle ODI
5 2 (1.04%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (1.04%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 4 (2.08%) Git (software)
1 4 (2.08%) Selenium
1 4 (2.08%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (1.56%) Jenkins
2 3 (1.56%) JIRA
3 2 (1.04%) Ant
3 2 (1.04%) Eclipse
3 2 (1.04%) HP UFT
3 2 (1.04%) LoadRunner
3 2 (1.04%) Oracle APEX
3 2 (1.04%) SoapUI
3 2 (1.04%) SpecFlow
3 2 (1.04%) TeamCity
3 2 (1.04%) TestNG
3 2 (1.04%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (0.52%) Cucumber
4 1 (0.52%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (0.52%) Toad
4 1 (0.52%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.52%) WebDriver
General
1 38 (19.79%) Finance
2 19 (9.90%) Banking
3 14 (7.29%) Marketing
3 14 (7.29%) Telecoms
4 8 (4.17%) French Language
4 8 (4.17%) Manufacturing
5 7 (3.65%) Electronics
6 5 (2.60%) Front Office
7 4 (2.08%) Advertising
8 3 (1.56%) Back Office
8 3 (1.56%) German Language
9 2 (1.04%) Spanish Language
10 1 (0.52%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.52%) Legal
10 1 (0.52%) Publishing
10 1 (0.52%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (5.21%) HTML
2 9 (4.69%) FIX Protocol
3 7 (3.65%) XML
4 6 (3.13%) Middleware
4 6 (3.13%) Web Services
5 5 (2.60%) .NET
5 5 (2.60%) Node.js
5 5 (2.60%) SOAP
6 3 (1.56%) HTML5
7 2 (1.04%) ASP.NET
8 1 (0.52%) .NET Framework
8 1 (0.52%) Ajax
8 1 (0.52%) CSS
8 1 (0.52%) Ext JS
8 1 (0.52%) IBM Integration Bus
8 1 (0.52%) jQuery
8 1 (0.52%) Lucene
8 1 (0.52%) RESTful
8 1 (0.52%) SAP Basis
8 1 (0.52%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 17 (8.85%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (4.69%) Derivative
3 8 (4.17%) Video Conferencing
4 7 (3.65%) Blackberry
4 7 (3.65%) Data Centre
4 7 (3.65%) Management Information System
5 6 (3.13%) Social Media
6 5 (2.60%) PKI
7 4 (2.08%) Computer Science
7 4 (2.08%) Fixed Income
7 4 (2.08%) Mobile App
7 4 (2.08%) SWIFT
8 3 (1.56%) CMDB
9 2 (1.04%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 2 (1.04%) LPAR
9 2 (1.04%) Smartphone
10 1 (0.52%) Clustering
10 1 (0.52%) Equities
10 1 (0.52%) Mainframe
10 1 (0.52%) Online Banking
Operating Systems
1 38 (19.79%) Windows
2 30 (15.63%) Linux
3 18 (9.38%) Unix
4 14 (7.29%) Windows Server
5 13 (6.77%) Windows Server 2012
6 11 (5.73%) AIX
6 11 (5.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 9 (4.69%) Windows Server 2008
8 6 (3.13%) Android
9 5 (2.60%) Apple iOS
9 5 (2.60%) Solaris
9 5 (2.60%) Windows 7
10 3 (1.56%) HPUX
10 3 (1.56%) SUSE
11 2 (1.04%) Windows 10
12 1 (0.52%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.52%) Windows 2000 Server
12 1 (0.52%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (14.58%) ITIL
2 21 (10.94%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (10.94%) Service Management
3 18 (9.38%) Service Design
4 16 (8.33%) Service Delivery
5 15 (7.81%) Analytics
5 15 (7.81%) Validation
6 14 (7.29%) Business Intelligence
6 14 (7.29%) Network Design
7 13 (6.77%) Migration
7 13 (6.77%) Project Management
8 12 (6.25%) Collaborative Working
9 11 (5.73%) Network Management
9 11 (5.73%) Performance Metrics
9 11 (5.73%) Problem Management
9 11 (5.73%) Statistics
10 8 (4.17%) Enterprise Architecture
11 7 (3.65%) Digital Marketing
11 7 (3.65%) Programme Management
11 7 (3.65%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 35 (18.23%) SQL
2 19 (9.90%) Java
3 16 (8.33%) JavaScript
4 11 (5.73%) Python
5 7 (3.65%) C++
6 6 (3.13%) Perl
7 4 (2.08%) C#
8 3 (1.56%) Shell Script
9 2 (1.04%) F#
9 2 (1.04%) Korn
9 2 (1.04%) PowerShell
9 2 (1.04%) VBA
10 1 (0.52%) C
10 1 (0.52%) PHP
10 1 (0.52%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 22 (11.46%) Security Cleared
2 15 (7.81%) Cisco Certification
3 11 (5.73%) SC Cleared
4 10 (5.21%) DV Cleared
5 8 (4.17%) CCNP
6 5 (2.60%) CCIE
6 5 (2.60%) Degree
7 4 (2.08%) ITIL Certification
7 4 (2.08%) MCSE
7 4 (2.08%) Microsoft Certification
8 3 (1.56%) Computer Science Degree
9 2 (1.04%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (1.04%) CTC Cleared
9 2 (1.04%) ISEB
9 2 (1.04%) ISEB Practitioner
9 2 (1.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 2 (1.04%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 1 (0.52%) CISSP
10 1 (0.52%) CRISC
10 1 (0.52%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.13%) QA
2 4 (2.08%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 4 (2.08%) SLA
3 3 (1.56%) Data Quality
3 3 (1.56%) GDPR
4 2 (1.04%) MiFID
4 2 (1.04%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.52%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 31 (16.15%) Active Directory
2 12 (6.25%) VMware ESXi
3 10 (5.21%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (2.60%) Microsoft App-V
5 4 (2.08%) Docker
5 4 (2.08%) Hyper-V
5 4 (2.08%) vSphere
6 2 (1.04%) Firmware
6 2 (1.04%) KVM
6 2 (1.04%) RHEV
7 1 (0.52%) Squid
7 1 (0.52%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 15 (7.81%) SCCM
2 3 (1.56%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 3 (1.56%) McAfee ePO
2 3 (1.56%) NetBackup
2 3 (1.56%) Tivoli Storage Manager
2 3 (1.56%) vRealize
2 3 (1.56%) WSUS
3 2 (1.04%) BMC PATROL
3 2 (1.04%) SCOM
4 1 (0.52%) Ansible
4 1 (0.52%) Apache Slider
4 1 (0.52%) Cisco Prime
4 1 (0.52%) Control-M
4 1 (0.52%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.52%) Jamf Pro
4 1 (0.52%) Thomson Reuters DACS
Vendors
1 37 (19.27%) Microsoft
2 35 (18.23%) VMware
3 22 (11.46%) Cisco
3 22 (11.46%) Oracle
4 12 (6.25%) Citrix
4 12 (6.25%) SAP
5 11 (5.73%) Google
6 7 (3.65%) HP
7 6 (3.13%) Fidessa
7 6 (3.13%) NetApp
7 6 (3.13%) Polycom
8 5 (2.60%) CA
8 5 (2.60%) Gemalto
9 4 (2.08%) Altiris
9 4 (2.08%) IBM
9 4 (2.08%) Red Hat
10 3 (1.56%) Clearswift
10 3 (1.56%) IronPort
10 3 (1.56%) Micro Focus
10 3 (1.56%) webMethods