Period
to 21 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Support Specialist was £200 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 21 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.

Support Specialist
England > North West
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 194 219 233
Rank change year-on-year +25 +14 -36
Contract jobs requiring a Support Specialist 7 5 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.12% 0.073% 0.082%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.078% 0.087%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 2 3
North West median daily rate £200 £234 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.44% -33.21% +7.69%
10th Percentile £130 £156 £294
90th Percentile £400 £318 £383
England median daily rate £359 £325 £350
% change year-on-year +10.38% -7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
North West median hourly rate - - £17.75
England median hourly rate £18.00 £35.39 £19.00
% change year-on-year -49.14% +86.26% -4.28%

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 5444 6437 8090
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.91% 94.40% 94.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 3429 4150 4835
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £250 £250 £231
90th Percentile £586 £550 £570
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 261 235 402
North West median hourly rate £19.00 £16.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.75% -20.00% +25.00%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.02 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £45.45 £50.00
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - +2.78% +9.09%

Support Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for Support Specialist in the North West

Support Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Support Specialist in the North West

Support Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Support Specialist in the North West over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Support Specialist in the North West

Support Specialist
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 Support Specialist in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Support Specialist in the North West

Support Specialist
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 Support Specialist within the North West region over the 6 months to 21 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
Manchester +28 5 £325 +128.07%
Cheshire - 2 £115 -
Support Specialist
England

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

For the 6 months to 21 November 2017, Support 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 North West region featuring Support Specialist in the job title.

1 5 (71.43%) ITIL
1 5 (71.43%) Citrix
1 5 (71.43%) Microsoft
2 4 (57.14%) Blackberry
2 4 (57.14%) Windows
2 4 (57.14%) SCCM
2 4 (57.14%) Continuous Improvement
2 4 (57.14%) Office 365
3 3 (42.86%) Lumension
3 3 (42.86%) McAfee ePO
3 3 (42.86%) Skype for Business
3 3 (42.86%) Windows Server
3 3 (42.86%) Email Filtering
3 3 (42.86%) MobileIron
3 3 (42.86%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 3 (42.86%) Kalman Filter
3 3 (42.86%) Skype
3 3 (42.86%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (42.86%) WSUS
3 3 (42.86%) IronPort
3 3 (42.86%) Cisco
3 3 (42.86%) Business Continuity
3 3 (42.86%) SUSE
3 3 (42.86%) Micro Focus
3 3 (42.86%) Clearswift
3 3 (42.86%) Service Management
3 3 (42.86%) Disaster Recovery
3 3 (42.86%) Identity Management
3 3 (42.86%) Management Information System
3 3 (42.86%) Linux

Support Specialist 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 3 (42.86%) Skype for Business
2 1 (14.29%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (14.29%) JBoss
Applications
1 1 (14.29%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 4 (57.14%) Office 365
2 3 (42.86%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (28.57%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 3 (42.86%) DHCP
1 3 (42.86%) DNS
1 3 (42.86%) Skype
2 1 (14.29%) LAN
2 1 (14.29%) Remote Desktop
2 1 (14.29%) WAN
2 1 (14.29%) Wi-Fi
Miscellaneous
1 4 (57.14%) Blackberry
2 3 (42.86%) Management Information System
3 1 (14.29%) Data Centre
3 1 (14.29%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 4 (57.14%) Windows
2 3 (42.86%) Linux
2 3 (42.86%) SUSE
2 3 (42.86%) Windows Server
3 1 (14.29%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (71.43%) ITIL
2 4 (57.14%) Continuous Improvement
3 3 (42.86%) Business Continuity
3 3 (42.86%) Disaster Recovery
3 3 (42.86%) Email Filtering
3 3 (42.86%) Identity Management
3 3 (42.86%) Kalman Filter
3 3 (42.86%) Service Management
3 3 (42.86%) Task Automation
4 2 (28.57%) Incident Management
5 1 (14.29%) Defect Management
5 1 (14.29%) Knowledge Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (14.29%) Java
Qualifications
1 3 (42.86%) ITIL Certification
2 2 (28.57%) SC Cleared
2 2 (28.57%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (14.29%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (42.86%) Active Directory
2 1 (14.29%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (14.29%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 4 (57.14%) SCCM
2 3 (42.86%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 3 (42.86%) McAfee ePO
2 3 (42.86%) WSUS
Vendors
1 5 (71.43%) Citrix
1 5 (71.43%) Microsoft
2 3 (42.86%) Cisco
2 3 (42.86%) Clearswift
2 3 (42.86%) IronPort
2 3 (42.86%) Lumension
2 3 (42.86%) McAfee
2 3 (42.86%) Micro Focus
2 3 (42.86%) MobileIron
2 3 (42.86%) NetApp
3 1 (14.29%) Oracle
3 1 (14.29%) VMware