Period
to 22 July 2018

The median contractor rate for an IT Support was £163 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 22 July 2018.

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.

IT Support
England > North West
6 months to
22 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 168 175 201
Rank change year-on-year +7 +26 -13
Contract jobs requiring an IT Support 54 30 42
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.88% 0.53% 0.55%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.92% 0.56% 0.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 12 15
North West median daily rate £163 £150 £175
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.33% -14.29% +16.67%
10th Percentile £95 £100 £103
90th Percentile £335 £210 £394
England median daily rate £163 £163 £175
% change year-on-year - -7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 10 20
North West median hourly rate £14.50 £15.25 £13.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.92% +15.09% -5.36%
10th Percentile £12.00 £10.50 £11.20
90th Percentile £18.75 £33.53 £15.60
England median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year -3.23% +10.71% +0.94%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West. 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
North West
Contract vacancies in the North West with a recognized job title 5,850 5,392 7,283
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.11% 94.38% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,638 3,266 4,452
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £250 £231 £250
90th Percentile £575 £544 £538
England median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 319 286 303
North West median hourly rate £19.03 £22.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.50% +15.79% +2.81%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £11.26
90th Percentile £51.25 £51.50 £47.39
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.14 £19.00
% change year-on-year +3.09% -4.53% +8.57%

IT Support
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings that featured IT Support in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for IT Support in the North West

IT Support
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for IT Support in the North West

IT Support
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing IT Support in the North West over the 6 months to 22 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for IT Support in the North West

IT Support
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for IT Support in the North West

IT Support
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing IT Support within the North West region over the 6 months to 22 July 2018. 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
Manchester -3 31 £163 +54.76% 34
Cheshire -4 11 - - 12
Merseyside +23 6 £110 -41.33% 15
Lancashire -12 4 - - 14
Cumbria - 1 - - 1
IT Support
England

IT Support Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 July 2018, IT Support contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the North West region featuring IT Support in the job title.

1 26 (48.15%) Windows
2 17 (31.48%) Active Directory
3 13 (24.07%) Microsoft
4 11 (20.37%) Microsoft Office
5 10 (18.52%) Windows 7
6 9 (16.67%) SCCM
6 9 (16.67%) Citrix
7 8 (14.81%) ITIL
7 8 (14.81%) Office 365
7 8 (14.81%) Windows 10
7 8 (14.81%) Problem-Solving
8 7 (12.96%) Windows Server 2012
9 6 (11.11%) VMware
9 6 (11.11%) Microsoft Excel
9 6 (11.11%) SharePoint
9 6 (11.11%) HP
10 5 (9.26%) Microsoft Certification
10 5 (9.26%) Windows XP
10 5 (9.26%) SLA
10 5 (9.26%) MCSE
10 5 (9.26%) Windows Server
11 4 (7.41%) Break/Fix
11 4 (7.41%) Linux
11 4 (7.41%) Cisco
11 4 (7.41%) Windows Server 2003
11 4 (7.41%) Facilities Management
11 4 (7.41%) Windows Server 2008
11 4 (7.41%) Mac OS
11 4 (7.41%) ServiceNow
12 3 (5.56%) Windows 8

IT Support Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 6 (11.11%) SharePoint
2 3 (5.56%) MS Exchange
2 3 (5.56%) Skype for Business
3 2 (3.70%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 11 (20.37%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (11.11%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (1.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (1.85%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (1.85%) Oracle Payroll
Cloud Services
1 8 (14.81%) Office 365
2 3 (5.56%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (5.56%) Skype
1 3 (5.56%) VPN
1 3 (5.56%) Wireless
2 2 (3.70%) DHCP
2 2 (3.70%) DNS
2 2 (3.70%) TCP/IP
2 2 (3.70%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (1.85%) LAN
3 1 (1.85%) VLAN
3 1 (1.85%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.85%) Relational Database
1 1 (1.85%) SQL Server
General
1 2 (3.70%) Finance
2 1 (1.85%) Automotive
2 1 (1.85%) Law
Miscellaneous
1 3 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (5.56%) Driving Licence
2 2 (3.70%) iPhone
2 2 (3.70%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.85%) Blackberry
3 1 (1.85%) Chip and PIN
3 1 (1.85%) IPTV
Operating Systems
1 26 (48.15%) Windows
2 10 (18.52%) Windows 7
3 8 (14.81%) Windows 10
4 7 (12.96%) Windows Server 2012
5 5 (9.26%) Windows Server
5 5 (9.26%) Windows XP
6 4 (7.41%) Linux
6 4 (7.41%) Mac OS
6 4 (7.41%) Windows Server 2003
6 4 (7.41%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (5.56%) Windows 8
8 2 (3.70%) Android
8 2 (3.70%) Mac OS X
8 2 (3.70%) Scientific Linux
8 2 (3.70%) Ubuntu
9 1 (1.85%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (14.81%) ITIL
1 8 (14.81%) Problem-Solving
2 4 (7.41%) Break/Fix
2 4 (7.41%) Facilities Management
3 3 (5.56%) Change Management
3 3 (5.56%) PRINCE2
4 2 (3.70%) Coaching
4 2 (3.70%) Customer Requirements
4 2 (3.70%) Network Monitoring
4 2 (3.70%) Project Management
4 2 (3.70%) Service Delivery
4 2 (3.70%) Service Delivery Management
4 2 (3.70%) Technical Analysis
4 2 (3.70%) User Acceptance Testing
5 1 (1.85%) Compliance Audit
5 1 (1.85%) Document Management
5 1 (1.85%) Hardware Maintenance
5 1 (1.85%) Release Management
5 1 (1.85%) Software Deployment
5 1 (1.85%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (5.56%) PowerShell
1 3 (5.56%) VB
2 1 (1.85%) SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (9.26%) MCSE
1 5 (9.26%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (5.56%) MCP
2 3 (5.56%) MCSA
2 3 (5.56%) MCTS
2 3 (5.56%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 2 (3.70%) CompTIA Security+
3 2 (3.70%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (9.26%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (31.48%) Active Directory
2 3 (5.56%) Virtual Desktop
3 2 (3.70%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 9 (16.67%) SCCM
2 2 (3.70%) Microsoft Intune
3 1 (1.85%) HP SIM
Vendors
1 13 (24.07%) Microsoft
2 9 (16.67%) Citrix
3 6 (11.11%) HP
3 6 (11.11%) VMware
4 4 (7.41%) Cisco
4 4 (7.41%) ServiceNow
5 3 (5.56%) Altiris
5 3 (5.56%) Oracle
5 3 (5.56%) Remedy
6 2 (3.70%) Lotus
6 2 (3.70%) McAfee
6 2 (3.70%) PeopleSoft
7 1 (1.85%) BT
7 1 (1.85%) iManage
7 1 (1.85%) Meraki
7 1 (1.85%) NetApp
7 1 (1.85%) Samsung
7 1 (1.85%) Symantec