The median contractor rate for a Systems Support was £305 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 26 April 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.

Systems Support
UK
3 months to
26 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 555 567 556
Rank change year-on-year +12 -11  
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Support 45 88 96
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.097% 0.16% 0.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.10% 0.17% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 58 56
Median daily rate £305 £308 £318
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.81% -3.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £208 £186 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £443 £458 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £275 £320
% change year-on-year +9.09% -14.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 17
Median hourly rate £16.00 £20.75 £20.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.89% +2.79%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.96 £18.15 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.60 £23.35 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.35 £17.50 £22.59
% change year-on-year -6.58% -22.54%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. 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
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 43952 53115 52934
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.56% 95.09% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 28568 34621 32069
Median daily rate £430 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.17% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £263 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1442 1549 2118
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.72
% change year-on-year - +4.66%  

Systems Support
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Systems Support in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Systems Support in the UK

Systems Support
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Systems Support in the UK

Systems Support
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Systems Support over the 3 months to 26 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Systems Support in the UK

Systems Support
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Systems Support in the UK

Systems Support
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Systems Support within the UK over the 3 months to 26 April 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
England +21 38 £305 +8.92% 20
London -4 11 £325 +3.17% 13
Scotland +30 6 - -
South East +11 6 £305 +52.50% 4
South West +3 4 £208 -41.95% 1
North West +30 3 £261 +117.68%
Glasgow +5 3 - -
Wiltshire +1 3 £208 -41.95%
East of England -1 3 £275 +37.50%
East Midlands -4 3 - -
Hampshire - 3 £413 - 1
Yorkshire +18 2 £375 -17.58% 2
Colchester +5 2 £275 -20.86%
Essex -12 2 £275 -20.86%
Southwark - 2 - -
Chesterfield - 2 - -
Derbyshire - 2 - -
Cambridgeshire +12 1 - -
Manchester +9 1 £147 +22.87%
Edinburgh +9 1 - -
High Wycombe +6 1 £250 +150.00%
Cambridge +5 1 - -
Leicestershire -3 1 - -
City of London -4 1 £425 +41.66% 5
Leicester -5 1 - -
Buckinghamshire -10 1 £250 +150.00% 1
Surrey - 1 £305 -
Cardiff - 1 £475 -
South Wales - 1 £475 -
Wales - 1 £475 -

Systems Support Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 April 2017, Systems Support 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 featuring Systems Support in the job title.

1 30 (35.29%) Windows
2 24 (28.24%) Microsoft
3 21 (24.71%) Finance
3 21 (24.71%) Active Directory
4 19 (22.35%) Windows Server
5 17 (20.00%) Linux
5 17 (20.00%) Oracle
5 17 (20.00%) VMware
6 15 (17.65%) Windows Server 2008
7 14 (16.47%) Microsoft Excel
8 13 (15.29%) SQL
9 12 (14.12%) MS Exchange
9 12 (14.12%) DNS
9 12 (14.12%) VMware Infrastructure
9 12 (14.12%) Windows Server 2012
10 11 (12.94%) ERP
10 11 (12.94%) IBM
11 10 (11.76%) ITIL
12 9 (10.59%) Microsoft Office
12 9 (10.59%) Python
12 9 (10.59%) Exchange Server 2010
12 9 (10.59%) Security Cleared
12 9 (10.59%) Analytical Skills
13 8 (9.41%) PowerShell
13 8 (9.41%) Firewall
13 8 (9.41%) Apache
13 8 (9.41%) Cognos
13 8 (9.41%) DHCP
13 8 (9.41%) SQL Server
13 8 (9.41%) Migration

Systems Support Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 12 (14.12%) MS Exchange
2 9 (10.59%) Exchange Server 2010
3 8 (9.41%) Apache
4 6 (7.06%) IIS
5 4 (4.71%) Tomcat
6 3 (3.53%) ArcGIS
6 3 (3.53%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (3.53%) GlassFish
6 3 (3.53%) SAS
7 2 (2.35%) IBM Domino
7 2 (2.35%) IBM Notes
8 1 (1.18%) CMS
8 1 (1.18%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (1.18%) Moodle
8 1 (1.18%) nginx
8 1 (1.18%) Skype for Business
8 1 (1.18%) WebSphere
8 1 (1.18%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 14 (16.47%) Microsoft Excel
2 9 (10.59%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (3.53%) Stata
4 1 (1.18%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 8 (9.41%) Cognos Controller
2 4 (4.71%) Pegasus Opera
3 2 (2.35%) Infor LN
3 2 (2.35%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (2.35%) Summit
3 2 (2.35%) SystmOne
3 2 (2.35%) Unit4 Business World
3 2 (2.35%) Workday HCM
4 1 (1.18%) Hyperion Planning
4 1 (1.18%) Infor CloudSuite
4 1 (1.18%) Infor CRM
4 1 (1.18%) Maximo
4 1 (1.18%) MFGPRO
4 1 (1.18%) Oracle Cash Management
4 1 (1.18%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (1.18%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (1.18%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (1.18%) Oracle iProcurement
4 1 (1.18%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (1.18%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.35%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (2.35%) Office 365
2 1 (1.18%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (1.18%) IBM Cloud
2 1 (1.18%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.18%) SoftLayer
2 1 (1.18%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 12 (14.12%) DNS
2 8 (9.41%) DHCP
2 8 (9.41%) Firewall
3 4 (4.71%) TCP/IP
3 4 (4.71%) Wi-Fi
4 2 (2.35%) ADSL
4 2 (2.35%) Internet
4 2 (2.35%) NAS
4 2 (2.35%) Network Security
4 2 (2.35%) SAN
4 2 (2.35%) SSL
4 2 (2.35%) VPN
5 1 (1.18%) 3G
5 1 (1.18%) 4G
5 1 (1.18%) BGP
5 1 (1.18%) HSRP
5 1 (1.18%) LTE
5 1 (1.18%) NetScaler
5 1 (1.18%) Skype
5 1 (1.18%) VRRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (9.41%) SQL Server
2 6 (7.06%) Oracle Database
2 6 (7.06%) Oracle Reports
3 5 (5.88%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (4.71%) Crystal Reports
4 4 (4.71%) Oracle Database 10g
4 4 (4.71%) Oracle Database 11g
4 4 (4.71%) Oracle Database 12c
4 4 (4.71%) Relational Database
4 4 (4.71%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (1.18%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (1.18%) Essbase
5 1 (1.18%) MySQL
5 1 (1.18%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (1.18%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 4 (4.71%) Git (software)
2 1 (1.18%) Jenkins
2 1 (1.18%) Oracle Forms
General
1 21 (24.71%) Finance
2 3 (3.53%) Front Office
3 2 (2.35%) Manufacturing
3 2 (2.35%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.18%) Advertising
4 1 (1.18%) Billing
4 1 (1.18%) Czech Language
4 1 (1.18%) Dutch Language
4 1 (1.18%) Electronics
4 1 (1.18%) French Language
4 1 (1.18%) Local Government
4 1 (1.18%) Marketing
4 1 (1.18%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.18%) Retail
4 1 (1.18%) Welsh Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (5.88%) XML
2 4 (4.71%) Web Services
3 1 (1.18%) CSS
3 1 (1.18%) Dropwizard
3 1 (1.18%) Elastic Stack
3 1 (1.18%) FIX Protocol
3 1 (1.18%) HTML
3 1 (1.18%) JSON
3 1 (1.18%) JSP
3 1 (1.18%) LAMP
3 1 (1.18%) LAPP Stack
3 1 (1.18%) Node.js
3 1 (1.18%) SOAP
3 1 (1.18%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 9 (10.59%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (3.53%) Management Information System
2 3 (3.53%) NHS
3 2 (2.35%) Clustering
3 2 (2.35%) Derivative
3 2 (2.35%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (1.18%) Biotechnology
4 1 (1.18%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.18%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.18%) EPoS
4 1 (1.18%) Equities
4 1 (1.18%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.18%) Hedge funds
4 1 (1.18%) IBM XIV
4 1 (1.18%) IPTV
4 1 (1.18%) Over-the-Top Content
4 1 (1.18%) Pharmacovigilance
Operating Systems
1 30 (35.29%) Windows
2 19 (22.35%) Windows Server
3 17 (20.00%) Linux
4 15 (17.65%) Windows Server 2008
5 12 (14.12%) Windows Server 2012
6 7 (8.24%) Unix
6 7 (8.24%) Windows Server 2003
7 6 (7.06%) Windows 7
8 4 (4.71%) Mac OS X
8 4 (4.71%) Windows 10
9 3 (3.53%) CentOS
9 3 (3.53%) Ubuntu
10 1 (1.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (1.18%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (12.94%) ERP
2 10 (11.76%) ITIL
3 8 (9.41%) Migration
4 6 (7.06%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (5.88%) Change Management
5 5 (5.88%) Data Analysis
5 5 (5.88%) ITIL V3
5 5 (5.88%) Release Management
6 4 (4.71%) Business Analysis
6 4 (4.71%) Change Control
6 4 (4.71%) DevOps
6 4 (4.71%) OO
6 4 (4.71%) OOD
6 4 (4.71%) SDLC
6 4 (4.71%) Service Delivery
6 4 (4.71%) Test Scripting
6 4 (4.71%) User Acceptance Testing
7 3 (3.53%) Data Management
7 3 (3.53%) Incident Management
7 3 (3.53%) Password Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (15.29%) SQL
2 9 (10.59%) Python
3 8 (9.41%) PowerShell
4 6 (7.06%) Bash Shell
4 6 (7.06%) Perl
5 5 (5.88%) Java
6 4 (4.71%) PHP
7 3 (3.53%) Julia
7 3 (3.53%) MATLAB
7 3 (3.53%) R
8 2 (2.35%) VB
9 1 (1.18%) C#
9 1 (1.18%) JavaScript
9 1 (1.18%) PL/SQL
9 1 (1.18%) Ruby
9 1 (1.18%) T-SQL
9 1 (1.18%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 9 (10.59%) Security Cleared
2 4 (4.71%) DV Cleared
3 3 (3.53%) Degree
3 3 (3.53%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.18%) NVQ Level 4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.71%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (1.18%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.18%) ISO 9001
2 1 (1.18%) SLA
System Software
1 21 (24.71%) Active Directory
2 12 (14.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (5.88%) XenApp
4 3 (3.53%) Hyper-V
4 3 (3.53%) vCloud
5 2 (2.35%) Terminal Services
5 2 (2.35%) VMware ESX
6 1 (1.18%) DFS Replication
6 1 (1.18%) Docker
6 1 (1.18%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (1.18%) Samba
6 1 (1.18%) vSphere
6 1 (1.18%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 6 (7.06%) SCCM
2 3 (3.53%) Backup Exec
3 2 (2.35%) Control-M
3 2 (2.35%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (1.18%) Ansible
4 1 (1.18%) Failover Clustering
4 1 (1.18%) HAProxy
4 1 (1.18%) HP SIM
4 1 (1.18%) Kibana
4 1 (1.18%) logstash
4 1 (1.18%) Microsoft Clustering
4 1 (1.18%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (1.18%) Puppet
4 1 (1.18%) SCOM
4 1 (1.18%) Tivoli
4 1 (1.18%) Veritas Storage Foundation
4 1 (1.18%) WSUS
4 1 (1.18%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 24 (28.24%) Microsoft
2 17 (20.00%) Oracle
2 17 (20.00%) VMware
3 11 (12.94%) IBM
4 8 (9.41%) Cognos
5 7 (8.24%) HP
5 7 (8.24%) SAP
6 6 (7.06%) Citrix
7 5 (5.88%) QAD
8 4 (4.71%) Cisco
8 4 (4.71%) Pegasus
9 3 (3.53%) Dell
9 3 (3.53%) ESRI
9 3 (3.53%) Infor
9 3 (3.53%) SolarWinds
10 2 (2.35%) Lotus
10 2 (2.35%) Palo Alto
10 2 (2.35%) SonicWALL
10 2 (2.35%) Veeam
10 2 (2.35%) Workday