The median contractor rate for a Support Specialist was £245 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 3 months to 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Support Specialist
England / South East
Rank 229 254 254
Rank change year-on-year +25 0  
Contract jobs requiring a Support Specialist 16 10 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.20% 0.11% 0.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.22% 0.11% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 8 10
Median daily rate £245 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -34.66% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £313 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £430 £425 £355
UK excluding London median daily rate £326 £313 £305
% change year-on-year +4.32% +2.45%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £10.00 £21.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -53.48% +22.85%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the South East. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
South East
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 7381 8760 9210
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 94.04% 95.01% 94.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 4170 5353 4928
Median daily rate £400 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 381 377 447
Median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +8.10%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.50 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.30 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.22
% change year-on-year -12.50% +16.14%  

Support Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East that featured Support Specialist in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Support Specialist in the South East

Support Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Support Specialist in the South East

Support Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Support Specialist in the South East over the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Support Specialist in the South East

Support Specialist
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Support Specialist in the South East

Support Specialist
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East region over the 3 months to 25 March 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Berkshire +32 8 £185 -
Hampshire +11 4 £263 -34.37% 1
Surrey +10 2 £275 -21.42% 2
Buckinghamshire -7 2 £500 +18.34% 1
Support Specialist
England

Support Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 25 March 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 South East region featuring Support Specialist in the job title.

1 13 (38.24%) ITIL
2 11 (32.35%) Microsoft
3 10 (29.41%) Windows
3 10 (29.41%) Linux
4 8 (23.53%) Security Cleared
4 8 (23.53%) Change Management
4 8 (23.53%) SQL
5 7 (20.59%) MS Office
5 7 (20.59%) CRM
5 7 (20.59%) SharePoint
5 7 (20.59%) Service Management
5 7 (20.59%) Service Delivery
5 7 (20.59%) SC Cleared
6 6 (17.65%) WebSphere
6 6 (17.65%) Comptel
6 6 (17.65%) Billing
6 6 (17.65%) NetCracker
6 6 (17.65%) IBM
6 6 (17.65%) Tivoli
6 6 (17.65%) Active Directory
6 6 (17.65%) Unix
6 6 (17.65%) WebSphere Application Server
7 5 (14.71%) SQL Server
7 5 (14.71%) MS Excel
7 5 (14.71%) Project Management
7 5 (14.71%) Firewall
7 5 (14.71%) Maximo
7 5 (14.71%) SoftLayer
7 5 (14.71%) IBM Cloud
8 4 (11.76%) Analytical Skills

Support Specialist Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in the South East 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 7 (20.59%) SharePoint
2 6 (17.65%) WebSphere
2 6 (17.65%) WebSphere Application Server
3 2 (5.88%) Drupal
3 2 (5.88%) JBoss
4 1 (2.94%) Moodle
4 1 (2.94%) Tomcat
Applications
1 7 (20.59%) MS Office
2 5 (14.71%) MS Excel
3 1 (2.94%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 5 (14.71%) Maximo
2 2 (5.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (5.88%) Eloqua
3 1 (2.94%) Changepoint
3 1 (2.94%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 5 (14.71%) IBM Cloud
1 5 (14.71%) SoftLayer
2 1 (2.94%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (14.71%) Firewall
2 4 (11.76%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (14.71%) SQL Server
2 4 (11.76%) BusinessObjects
3 2 (5.88%) SQL Server 2005
3 2 (5.88%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (5.88%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (5.88%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (2.94%) MySQL
4 1 (2.94%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 3 (8.82%) JIRA
2 1 (2.94%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 6 (17.65%) Billing
2 2 (5.88%) Marketing
2 2 (5.88%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.94%) French Language
3 1 (2.94%) German Language
3 1 (2.94%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.94%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.88%) XML
2 1 (2.94%) .NET
2 1 (2.94%) ActiveMQ
2 1 (2.94%) Apache Camel
2 1 (2.94%) REST
2 1 (2.94%) SOAP
2 1 (2.94%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 4 (11.76%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (8.82%) Video Conferencing
3 2 (5.88%) User Experience
4 1 (2.94%) Data Centre
4 1 (2.94%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (2.94%) Data Structures
4 1 (2.94%) Life Science
4 1 (2.94%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.94%) NHS
4 1 (2.94%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 10 (29.41%) Linux
1 10 (29.41%) Windows
2 6 (17.65%) Unix
3 4 (11.76%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (8.82%) Windows Server
4 3 (8.82%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (2.94%) AIX
5 1 (2.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (2.94%) Windows 7
5 1 (2.94%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (38.24%) ITIL
2 8 (23.53%) Change Management
3 7 (20.59%) CRM
3 7 (20.59%) Service Delivery
3 7 (20.59%) Service Management
4 5 (14.71%) Project Management
5 3 (8.82%) ITIL V3
5 3 (8.82%) ITSM
5 3 (8.82%) Six Sigma
6 2 (5.88%) Cybersecurity
6 2 (5.88%) Incident Management
6 2 (5.88%) Lead Generation
6 2 (5.88%) Order to Cash
6 2 (5.88%) Process Improvement
6 2 (5.88%) Programme Management
6 2 (5.88%) Remediation Plan
6 2 (5.88%) Virtual Environments
7 1 (2.94%) Disaster Recovery
7 1 (2.94%) Information Management
7 1 (2.94%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 8 (23.53%) SQL
2 2 (5.88%) C#
3 1 (2.94%) Java
3 1 (2.94%) PHP
Qualifications
1 8 (23.53%) Security Cleared
2 7 (20.59%) SC Cleared
3 4 (11.76%) DV Cleared
3 4 (11.76%) MCSA
3 4 (11.76%) Microsoft Certification
4 3 (8.82%) PMI Certification
4 3 (8.82%) PMP
5 2 (5.88%) A+ Certification
5 2 (5.88%) Degree
5 2 (5.88%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 2 (5.88%) MCDBA
5 2 (5.88%) MCP
5 2 (5.88%) MCSE
6 1 (2.94%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.82%) Data Quality
2 1 (2.94%) QA
System Software
1 6 (17.65%) Active Directory
2 3 (8.82%) Hyper-V
2 3 (8.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (5.88%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 6 (17.65%) Tivoli
2 3 (8.82%) OVSD
3 2 (5.88%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (5.88%) Puppet
3 2 (5.88%) SCCM
3 2 (5.88%) WSUS
4 1 (2.94%) Ansible
4 1 (2.94%) Cobbler
4 1 (2.94%) EMC NetWorker
4 1 (2.94%) SCOM
Vendors
1 11 (32.35%) Microsoft
2 6 (17.65%) Comptel
2 6 (17.65%) IBM
2 6 (17.65%) NetCracker
3 3 (8.82%) Citrix
3 3 (8.82%) HP
3 3 (8.82%) VMware
4 2 (5.88%) Apple
4 2 (5.88%) NetApp
4 2 (5.88%) Oracle
4 2 (5.88%) Red Hat
5 1 (2.94%) EMC
5 1 (2.94%) Intel Security
5 1 (2.94%) Lumension
5 1 (2.94%) Remedy