The median contractor rate for a Support Specialist was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South West during the 3 months to 23 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
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Support Specialist
England / South West
Rank 131 126 137
Rank change year-on-year -5 +11  
Contract jobs requiring a Support Specialist 2 9 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.078% 0.31% 0.23%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.082% 0.32% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 4 4
Median daily rate £350 £343 £130
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.18% +163.46%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £326 £319 £325
% change year-on-year +2.27% -1.92%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £12.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £10.00 £18.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year -46.66% +7.14%  

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 West. 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 West
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2439 2772 2969
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 95.31% 96.65% 95.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 1547 1791 1866
Median daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £500 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 156 182 142
Median hourly rate £38.50 £39.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.28% +30.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.60 £13.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £50.00 £44.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

Support Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

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

Job vacancy trend for Support Specialist in the South West

Support Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Support Specialist in the South West

Support Specialist
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Support Specialist in the South West

Support Specialist
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 3 months to 23 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
Bristol +1 1 - - 2
Gloucestershire +1 1 £350 +30.23%
Support Specialist
England

Support Specialist Skill Set
Top 27 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 23 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 West region featuring Support Specialist in the job title.

1 3 (100.00%) Windows
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 3 (100.00%) Windows 7
2 2 (66.67%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (66.67%) VMware
2 2 (66.67%) Citrix
3 1 (33.33%) Internet
3 1 (33.33%) Blackberry
3 1 (33.33%) Finance
3 1 (33.33%) MS Exchange
3 1 (33.33%) DHCP
3 1 (33.33%) DNS
3 1 (33.33%) Problem Management
3 1 (33.33%) SCCM
3 1 (33.33%) VMware ESX
3 1 (33.33%) Active Directory
3 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (33.33%) XenApp
3 1 (33.33%) XenDesktop
3 1 (33.33%) MS Office
3 1 (33.33%) Apple iOS
3 1 (33.33%) Root Cause Analysis
3 1 (33.33%) NetScaler
3 1 (33.33%) Software Deployment
3 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (33.33%) Windows 10
3 1 (33.33%) Remote Desktop

Support Specialist Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in the South 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 1 (33.33%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 1 (33.33%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 1 (33.33%) DHCP
1 1 (33.33%) DNS
1 1 (33.33%) Internet
1 1 (33.33%) NetScaler
1 1 (33.33%) Remote Desktop
General
1 1 (33.33%) Finance
Miscellaneous
1 1 (33.33%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 3 (100.00%) Windows
1 3 (100.00%) Windows 7
2 1 (33.33%) Apple iOS
2 1 (33.33%) Windows 10
2 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (33.33%) Problem Management
1 1 (33.33%) Root Cause Analysis
1 1 (33.33%) Software Deployment
System Software
1 2 (66.67%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (33.33%) Active Directory
2 1 (33.33%) VMware ESX
2 1 (33.33%) XenApp
2 1 (33.33%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 1 (33.33%) SCCM
Vendors
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (66.67%) Citrix
2 2 (66.67%) VMware