Period
to 26 July 2017

The median contractor rate for a Systems Support was £298 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 26 July 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
26 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 735 760 697
Rank change year-on-year +25 -63 -4
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Support 109 142 203
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.11% 0.13% 0.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.14% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 100 125
UK median daily rate £298 £344 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.45% +5.77% +1.56%
10th Percentile £191 £162 £192
90th Percentile £446 £500 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £278 £325 £350
% change year-on-year -14.62% -7.14% +16.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 3 25
UK median hourly rate £20.50 £17.50 £18.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.14% -7.41% -5.50%
10th Percentile £13.45 £15.85 £14.03
90th Percentile £25.38 £22.95 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £16.75 £19.54
% change year-on-year +22.39% -14.29% -2.29%

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 90298 104385 106998
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.82% 95.01% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 58587 67947 66244
UK median daily rate £430 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.18% +6.25% +1.01%
10th Percentile £263 £255 £233
90th Percentile £620 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2889 3090 4140
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.63% +8.57% +2.94%
10th Percentile £10.91 £10.40 £10.50
90th Percentile £49.60 £47.33 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.77 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -6.47% +11.76% +1.49%

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 26 July 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 26 July 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Systems Support in the UK

Systems Support
Top 14 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 26 July 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 +38 96 £300 - 14
UK excluding London +36 52 £278 -14.62% 13
London +11 40 £320 -15.79% 3
South East +43 15 £305 +35.56% 5
North of England +55 8 £275 - 1
Scotland +25 8 £111 -69.73%
Midlands +34 6 £265 -19.70% 2
South West +11 6 £208 -41.96% 2
East of England -14 6 £275 -8.33% 1
Yorkshire +30 5 £275 -35.29%
East Midlands -5 5 £265 +6.00% 1
North West +37 3 £261 +117.69% 1
Wales +5 3 £393 +20.77% 2
West Midlands +29 1 - - 1

Systems Support Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 July 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 (27.52%) Finance
1 30 (27.52%) Windows
2 28 (25.69%) Linux
3 25 (22.94%) VMware
4 24 (22.02%) Microsoft
4 24 (22.02%) Microsoft Excel
5 18 (16.51%) SQL Server
6 16 (14.68%) Oracle
6 16 (14.68%) TCP/IP
6 16 (14.68%) Active Directory
7 15 (13.76%) IBM
7 15 (13.76%) Bash Shell
7 15 (13.76%) Windows Server
8 14 (12.84%) Python
8 14 (12.84%) Cognos
8 14 (12.84%) Firewall
8 14 (12.84%) Cognos Controller
9 13 (11.93%) Clustering
9 13 (11.93%) Apache
9 13 (11.93%) SQL
9 13 (11.93%) ITIL
9 13 (11.93%) VMware Infrastructure
10 12 (11.01%) Java
10 12 (11.01%) Tomcat
11 11 (10.09%) Data Centre
12 10 (9.17%) Windows Server 2012
12 10 (9.17%) SSL
13 9 (8.26%) HP
13 9 (8.26%) BIG-IP
13 9 (8.26%) F5 BIG-IP LTM

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 13 (11.93%) Apache
2 12 (11.01%) Tomcat
3 5 (4.59%) IIS
4 4 (3.67%) Exchange Server 2010
4 4 (3.67%) MS Exchange
4 4 (3.67%) SAS
5 3 (2.75%) ArcGIS
5 3 (2.75%) GlassFish
6 1 (0.92%) CMS
6 1 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.92%) IBM Domino
6 1 (0.92%) IBM Notes
6 1 (0.92%) Moodle
6 1 (0.92%) MS Project Server
6 1 (0.92%) OpenStack
Applications
1 24 (22.02%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (5.50%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (3.67%) Stata
4 1 (0.92%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.92%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 14 (12.84%) Cognos Controller
2 3 (2.75%) CODA-Financials
2 3 (2.75%) Pegasus Opera
3 2 (1.83%) Actimize
3 2 (1.83%) Oracle Cash Management
3 2 (1.83%) Unit4 Business World
3 2 (1.83%) Workday HCM
4 1 (0.92%) IntelliMatch
4 1 (0.92%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.92%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.92%) Primavera
4 1 (0.92%) SAP CO
4 1 (0.92%) SAP FI
4 1 (0.92%) SAP FI/CO
4 1 (0.92%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.83%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (1.83%) Office 365
2 1 (0.92%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (0.92%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 16 (14.68%) TCP/IP
2 14 (12.84%) Firewall
3 10 (9.17%) SSL
4 9 (8.26%) BIG-IP
4 9 (8.26%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 7 (6.42%) DNS
6 6 (5.50%) LAN
7 4 (3.67%) DHCP
8 3 (2.75%) Internet
8 3 (2.75%) WAN
8 3 (2.75%) Wi-Fi
8 3 (2.75%) Wireless
9 2 (1.83%) NetScaler
9 2 (1.83%) Remote Desktop
10 1 (0.92%) 2G
10 1 (0.92%) 3G
10 1 (0.92%) 4G
10 1 (0.92%) LTE
10 1 (0.92%) SSH
10 1 (0.92%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (16.51%) SQL Server
2 8 (7.34%) PostgreSQL
3 6 (5.50%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (3.67%) Oracle Reports
5 3 (2.75%) Crystal Reports
5 3 (2.75%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (1.83%) EDRMS
6 2 (1.83%) GIS
7 1 (0.92%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (0.92%) DB2
7 1 (0.92%) MySQL
7 1 (0.92%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.92%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 4 (3.67%) Git (software)
2 2 (1.83%) JIRA
3 1 (0.92%) GitLab
General
1 30 (27.52%) Finance
2 8 (7.34%) Banking
3 5 (4.59%) Retail
4 3 (2.75%) Legal
4 3 (2.75%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.83%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.92%) Electronics
6 1 (0.92%) Front Office
6 1 (0.92%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.92%) Local Government
6 1 (0.92%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.92%) Marketing
6 1 (0.92%) Welsh Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (6.42%) LAPP Stack
2 5 (4.59%) .NET
3 3 (2.75%) .NET Framework
3 3 (2.75%) WinForms
4 2 (1.83%) J2EE
4 2 (1.83%) XML
5 1 (0.92%) CSS
5 1 (0.92%) FIX Protocol
5 1 (0.92%) HTML
5 1 (0.92%) JSON
5 1 (0.92%) JSP
5 1 (0.92%) LAMP
5 1 (0.92%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 13 (11.93%) Clustering
2 11 (10.09%) Data Centre
3 5 (4.59%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (4.59%) EPoS
4 4 (3.67%) NHS
5 3 (2.75%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.83%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.83%) Equities
6 2 (1.83%) FMCG
6 2 (1.83%) SWIFT
7 1 (0.92%) AS400
7 1 (0.92%) Derivative
7 1 (0.92%) Fixed Income
7 1 (0.92%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 30 (27.52%) Windows
2 28 (25.69%) Linux
3 15 (13.76%) Windows Server
4 10 (9.17%) Windows Server 2012
5 9 (8.26%) Windows Server 2008
6 7 (6.42%) Unix
7 5 (4.59%) Windows 7
8 3 (2.75%) Windows 10
9 2 (1.83%) Mac OS X
9 2 (1.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (1.83%) Ubuntu
9 2 (1.83%) Windows 8
9 2 (1.83%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.92%) AIX
10 1 (0.92%) CentOS
10 1 (0.92%) Solaris
10 1 (0.92%) Windows Vista
10 1 (0.92%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (11.93%) ITIL
2 7 (6.42%) ERP
2 7 (6.42%) User Acceptance Testing
3 5 (4.59%) Change Management
3 5 (4.59%) Creative Problem-Solving
3 5 (4.59%) ITIL V3
3 5 (4.59%) Software Deployment
4 4 (3.67%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (3.67%) Data Management
4 4 (3.67%) Migration
4 4 (3.67%) Project Management
4 4 (3.67%) Release Management
4 4 (3.67%) Service Delivery
4 4 (3.67%) Test Scripting
5 3 (2.75%) Customer Requirements
5 3 (2.75%) DevOps
5 3 (2.75%) Mentoring
5 3 (2.75%) Open Source
5 3 (2.75%) Privileged Password Management
5 3 (2.75%) Task Automation
Programming Languages
1 15 (13.76%) Bash Shell
2 14 (12.84%) Python
3 13 (11.93%) SQL
4 12 (11.01%) Java
5 6 (5.50%) PowerShell
6 4 (3.67%) Julia
6 4 (3.67%) MATLAB
6 4 (3.67%) PHP
6 4 (3.67%) R
7 3 (2.75%) C#
7 3 (2.75%) Perl
7 3 (2.75%) VB
7 3 (2.75%) VBA
7 3 (2.75%) VBScript
8 1 (0.92%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.92%) RPG
8 1 (0.92%) RPG IV
8 1 (0.92%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 8 (7.34%) Security Cleared
2 4 (3.67%) DV Cleared
3 3 (2.75%) Degree
3 3 (2.75%) RHCE
4 2 (1.83%) CCAA
4 2 (1.83%) Citrix Certification
4 2 (1.83%) ISEB
4 2 (1.83%) SC Cleared
5 1 (0.92%) ACCA
5 1 (0.92%) CCA
5 1 (0.92%) CIMA
5 1 (0.92%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (0.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.92%) NVQ Level 4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.75%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 3 (2.75%) SLA
2 2 (1.83%) AS 2805
2 2 (1.83%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.83%) ISO 8583
2 2 (1.83%) PCI DSS
2 2 (1.83%) QA
2 2 (1.83%) SEPA
3 1 (0.92%) MiFID
System Software
1 16 (14.68%) Active Directory
2 13 (11.93%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (4.59%) Hyper-V
3 5 (4.59%) XenApp
4 3 (2.75%) vCloud
5 2 (1.83%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.92%) Samba
6 1 (0.92%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.92%) VMware Workstation
6 1 (0.92%) vSphere
6 1 (0.92%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.92%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 9 (8.26%) SCCM
2 4 (3.67%) SCOM
3 2 (1.83%) Cisco Prime
4 1 (0.92%) Failover Clustering
4 1 (0.92%) Microsoft Clustering
4 1 (0.92%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (0.92%) Veritas Storage Foundation
Vendors
1 25 (22.94%) VMware
2 24 (22.02%) Microsoft
3 16 (14.68%) Oracle
4 15 (13.76%) IBM
5 14 (12.84%) Cognos
6 9 (8.26%) F5
6 9 (8.26%) HP
7 7 (6.42%) Cisco
7 7 (6.42%) Citrix
8 6 (5.50%) SAP
9 5 (4.59%) ESRI
10 3 (2.75%) BT
10 3 (2.75%) CODA
10 3 (2.75%) Dell
10 3 (2.75%) Pegasus
10 3 (2.75%) QAD
10 3 (2.75%) SolarWinds
11 2 (1.83%) Capita
11 2 (1.83%) CyberTech
11 2 (1.83%) Workday