Period
to 25 September 2017

The median contractor rate for a Systems Support was £288 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 September 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
6 months to
25 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 753 758 678
Rank change year-on-year +5 -80 +39
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Support 111 128 214
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.11% 0.12% 0.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.13% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 86 141
UK median daily rate £288 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.86% - +9.38%
10th Percentile £177 £146 £175
90th Percentile £434 £513 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £278 £300 £350
% change year-on-year -7.50% -14.29% +16.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 7 18
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £27.50 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.55% +48.65% -5.13%
10th Percentile £15.00 £16.80 £12.01
90th Percentile £30.00 £28.75 £27.18
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £18.00 £18.90
% change year-on-year +13.89% -4.76% -8.92%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. 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
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 93071 100460 108246
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.78% 94.80% 94.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 60873 65596 68611
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £255 £245
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2784 3160 4129
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £17.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +5.67% +5.76%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.44 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £46.26 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.70% +5.71% +5.42%

Systems Support
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 6 months to 25 September 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Systems Support over the 6 months to 25 September 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Systems Support in the UK

Systems Support
Top 15 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 6 months to 25 September 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
England +39 101 £288 -17.86% 17
London +2 53 £295 -29.34% 7
UK excluding London +22 44 £278 -7.50% 9
South East +20 15 £269 +11.98% 3
North of England +60 6 £275 -5.17% 1
Midlands +32 6 £265 - 2
Scotland +1 5 £217 -42.10%
East of England -19 5 £313 +4.17% 2
East Midlands - 5 £265 - 1
Yorkshire +34 4 £275 -21.43%
South West +12 4 £300 -25.00% 1
Wales -5 3 £393 +20.77%
North East +67 1 £325 -18.75%
North West +33 1 £375 +212.50% 1
West Midlands +32 1 - - 1

Systems Support Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 September 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 34 (30.63%) Windows
2 29 (26.13%) Finance
3 26 (23.42%) VMware
4 25 (22.52%) Linux
5 24 (21.62%) SQL Server
6 21 (18.92%) Oracle
7 20 (18.02%) SQL
7 20 (18.02%) Windows Server
8 19 (17.12%) Microsoft Excel
8 19 (17.12%) Microsoft
9 17 (15.32%) Python
10 16 (14.41%) TCP/IP
10 16 (14.41%) Active Directory
10 16 (14.41%) Clustering
11 15 (13.51%) Bash Shell
12 14 (12.61%) Firewall
12 14 (12.61%) Java
13 13 (11.71%) IBM
14 12 (10.81%) ITIL
14 12 (10.81%) Data Centre
15 11 (9.91%) Cognos Controller
15 11 (9.91%) User Acceptance Testing
15 11 (9.91%) Apache
15 11 (9.91%) Cognos
16 10 (9.01%) Banking
16 10 (9.01%) Tomcat
16 10 (9.01%) SSL
16 10 (9.01%) Citrix
16 10 (9.01%) HP
16 10 (9.01%) VMware Infrastructure

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 11 (9.91%) Apache
2 10 (9.01%) Tomcat
3 7 (6.31%) IIS
4 5 (4.50%) MS Exchange
5 4 (3.60%) SAS
6 2 (1.80%) OpenStack
6 2 (1.80%) Oracle Workflow
7 1 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.90%) IBM Domino
7 1 (0.90%) IBM Notes
7 1 (0.90%) MS Project Server
7 1 (0.90%) SharePoint
Applications
1 19 (17.12%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (5.41%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (3.60%) Stata
4 3 (2.70%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.90%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.90%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 11 (9.91%) Cognos Controller
2 5 (4.50%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (3.60%) Actimize
3 4 (3.60%) Oracle Assets
3 4 (3.60%) Oracle Cash Management
3 4 (3.60%) Oracle EBS R12
3 4 (3.60%) Oracle Financials
3 4 (3.60%) Oracle General Ledger
3 4 (3.60%) Oracle iProcurement
3 4 (3.60%) Oracle Payables
3 4 (3.60%) Oracle Receivables
4 3 (2.70%) CODA-Financials
5 2 (1.80%) Oracle Internet Expenses
5 2 (1.80%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
5 2 (1.80%) Unit4 Business World
6 1 (0.90%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.90%) Primavera
6 1 (0.90%) Relativity
6 1 (0.90%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.90%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.80%) Office 365
3 1 (0.90%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.90%) Azure Active Directory
3 1 (0.90%) DigitalOcean
3 1 (0.90%) IaaS
3 1 (0.90%) Linode
3 1 (0.90%) OpenShift
3 1 (0.90%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 16 (14.41%) TCP/IP
2 14 (12.61%) Firewall
3 10 (9.01%) SSL
4 9 (8.11%) BIG-IP
4 9 (8.11%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 6 (5.41%) LAN
6 5 (4.50%) Internet
7 4 (3.60%) DHCP
7 4 (3.60%) DNS
8 3 (2.70%) SMS
8 3 (2.70%) WAN
8 3 (2.70%) Wireless
9 2 (1.80%) NetScaler
9 2 (1.80%) Remote Desktop
10 1 (0.90%) 2G
10 1 (0.90%) 3G
10 1 (0.90%) Broadband
10 1 (0.90%) IP Telephony
10 1 (0.90%) LDAP
10 1 (0.90%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (21.62%) SQL Server
2 9 (8.11%) PostgreSQL
3 4 (3.60%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (2.70%) EDRMS
4 3 (2.70%) Oracle Database
5 2 (1.80%) GIS
5 2 (1.80%) MySQL
5 2 (1.80%) Oracle Database 10g
5 2 (1.80%) Oracle Database 11g
5 2 (1.80%) Oracle Discoverer
5 2 (1.80%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.90%) BusinessObjects
6 1 (0.90%) DataStage
6 1 (0.90%) DB2
6 1 (0.90%) Electronic Patient Records
6 1 (0.90%) IBM InfoSphere
6 1 (0.90%) JasperReports
6 1 (0.90%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (0.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (3.60%) Git (software)
2 2 (1.80%) JIRA
3 1 (0.90%) GitLab
3 1 (0.90%) Vagrant
General
1 29 (26.13%) Finance
2 10 (9.01%) Banking
3 6 (5.41%) Retail
4 4 (3.60%) Billing
5 3 (2.70%) Legal
6 2 (1.80%) Financial Institution
6 2 (1.80%) Front Office
6 2 (1.80%) General Ledger
6 2 (1.80%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.90%) Back Office
7 1 (0.90%) Electronics
7 1 (0.90%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.90%) Law
7 1 (0.90%) Local Government
7 1 (0.90%) Welsh Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (7.21%) LAPP Stack
2 5 (4.50%) .NET
3 4 (3.60%) J2EE
4 3 (2.70%) .NET Framework
4 3 (2.70%) WinForms
4 3 (2.70%) XML
5 2 (1.80%) FIX Protocol
5 2 (1.80%) LAMP
6 1 (0.90%) ActiveMQ
6 1 (0.90%) JSP
6 1 (0.90%) Ruby on Rails
6 1 (0.90%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 16 (14.41%) Clustering
2 12 (10.81%) Data Centre
3 6 (5.41%) EPoS
4 4 (3.60%) SWIFT
5 3 (2.70%) Computer Science
5 3 (2.70%) NHS
6 2 (1.80%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (1.80%) Equities
6 2 (1.80%) FMCG
6 2 (1.80%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.90%) AS400
7 1 (0.90%) Derivative
7 1 (0.90%) Fixed Income
7 1 (0.90%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (0.90%) Hedge funds
7 1 (0.90%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 34 (30.63%) Windows
2 25 (22.52%) Linux
3 20 (18.02%) Windows Server
4 10 (9.01%) Windows Server 2008
5 8 (7.21%) Unix
6 7 (6.31%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (4.50%) Windows Server 2003
8 4 (3.60%) Solaris
8 4 (3.60%) Windows XP
9 3 (2.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (2.70%) Windows 7
10 2 (1.80%) CentOS
10 2 (1.80%) Mac OS X
10 2 (1.80%) Windows 10
10 2 (1.80%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.90%) AIX
11 1 (0.90%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.90%) Scientific Linux
11 1 (0.90%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.90%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (10.81%) ITIL
2 11 (9.91%) User Acceptance Testing
3 5 (4.50%) Change Management
3 5 (4.50%) Creative Problem-Solving
3 5 (4.50%) Project Management
4 4 (3.60%) Anti-Money Laundering
4 4 (3.60%) Capacity Planning
4 4 (3.60%) Cash Management
4 4 (3.60%) Data Management
4 4 (3.60%) Incident Management
4 4 (3.60%) Release Management
4 4 (3.60%) Software Deployment
4 4 (3.60%) Test Scripting
5 3 (2.70%) Information Management
5 3 (2.70%) ITSM
5 3 (2.70%) Mentoring
5 3 (2.70%) Stakeholder Management
5 3 (2.70%) System Testing
5 3 (2.70%) Web Development
5 3 (2.70%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 20 (18.02%) SQL
2 17 (15.32%) Python
3 15 (13.51%) Bash Shell
4 14 (12.61%) Java
5 6 (5.41%) PowerShell
6 4 (3.60%) Julia
6 4 (3.60%) MATLAB
6 4 (3.60%) R
7 3 (2.70%) C#
7 3 (2.70%) VB
7 3 (2.70%) VBA
7 3 (2.70%) VBScript
8 2 (1.80%) C
8 2 (1.80%) C++
8 2 (1.80%) Ruby
8 2 (1.80%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.90%) Fortran
9 1 (0.90%) Jython
9 1 (0.90%) Pascal
9 1 (0.90%) RPG IV
Qualifications
1 9 (8.11%) Security Cleared
2 5 (4.50%) Degree
2 5 (4.50%) DV Cleared
3 3 (2.70%) RHCE
4 2 (1.80%) CCAA
4 2 (1.80%) Citrix Certification
4 2 (1.80%) ISEB
4 2 (1.80%) SC Cleared
5 1 (0.90%) ACCA
5 1 (0.90%) CCA
5 1 (0.90%) CIMA
5 1 (0.90%) HND
5 1 (0.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.90%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 1 (0.90%) Master's Degree
5 1 (0.90%) MCSE
5 1 (0.90%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (0.90%) NVQ Level 4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.60%) QA
1 4 (3.60%) SEPA
2 3 (2.70%) SLA
3 2 (1.80%) AS 2805
3 2 (1.80%) ISO 8583
3 2 (1.80%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.90%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.90%) MiFID
System Software
1 16 (14.41%) Active Directory
2 10 (9.01%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (3.60%) Hyper-V
3 4 (3.60%) XenApp
4 2 (1.80%) Microsoft App-V
4 2 (1.80%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (1.80%) VMware Workstation
5 1 (0.90%) NFS
5 1 (0.90%) VirtualBox
5 1 (0.90%) vSphere
5 1 (0.90%) Xen
5 1 (0.90%) XenDesktop
5 1 (0.90%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 6 (5.41%) SCCM
2 4 (3.60%) SCOM
3 3 (2.70%) NetBackup
3 3 (2.70%) Netcool
3 3 (2.70%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 2 (1.80%) Cisco Prime
4 2 (1.80%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (1.80%) Puppet
5 1 (0.90%) AirWatch
5 1 (0.90%) Ansible
5 1 (0.90%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.90%) Cobbler
5 1 (0.90%) Failover Clustering
5 1 (0.90%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (0.90%) Nagios
5 1 (0.90%) OpenNMS
5 1 (0.90%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.90%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 26 (23.42%) VMware
2 21 (18.92%) Oracle
3 19 (17.12%) Microsoft
4 13 (11.71%) IBM
5 11 (9.91%) Cognos
6 10 (9.01%) Citrix
6 10 (9.01%) HP
7 9 (8.11%) Cisco
7 9 (8.11%) F5
8 4 (3.60%) McAfee
9 3 (2.70%) BT
9 3 (2.70%) CODA
9 3 (2.70%) Dell
9 3 (2.70%) SAP
9 3 (2.70%) Veritas
9 3 (2.70%) Workday
10 2 (1.80%) Avaya
10 2 (1.80%) CyberTech
10 2 (1.80%) PeopleSoft
10 2 (1.80%) Red Hat