Period
to 23 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Technical Specialist was £405 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 November 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.

Technical Specialist
UK
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 653 722 678
Rank change year-on-year +69 -44 +67
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Specialist 235 169 219
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.23% 0.16% 0.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.24% 0.17% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 119 90 120
UK median daily rate £405 £425 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.71% +8.28% -1.88%
10th Percentile £260 £233 £267
90th Percentile £656 £570 £551
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £420 £380
% change year-on-year -4.76% +10.53% +10.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 4 3
UK median hourly rate £26.78 £25.50 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.00% - +27.50%
10th Percentile £15.05 £15.38 £23.45
90th Percentile £28.24 £33.62 £39.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £23.50 £25.50
% change year-on-year -29.79% -7.84% +27.50%

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 97742 99747 107875
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.76% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64508 65028 68632
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2923 3319 4120
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

Technical Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Technical Specialist in the UK

Technical Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Technical Specialist in the UK

Technical Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Technical Specialist over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Technical Specialist in the UK

Technical Specialist
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Technical Specialist in the UK

Technical Specialist
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Technical Specialist within the UK over the 6 months to 23 November 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 +66 192 £425 -5.56% 18
UK excluding London +73 157 £400 -4.76% 17
London +9 74 £429 +0.88% 3
South West +22 35 £480 +41.18% 3
Scotland +9 35 £375 -6.25% 1
South East +12 34 £388 -19.27% 7
North of England +45 22 £450 -4.51% 3
Midlands +35 20 £350 +0.86% 1
West Midlands +42 16 £350 +0.86%
North West +16 16 £617 +29.79% 1
East of England -17 8 £250 -49.49% 1
Yorkshire +12 5 £415 -12.63% 2
East Midlands -6 4 £368 +38.68% 1
Wales +15 3 £630 +281.82% 1
North East +61 1 £575 +81.10%
Northern Ireland -38 1 £375 -

Technical Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 November 2017, Technical 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 featuring Technical Specialist in the job title.

1 51 (21.70%) Finance
2 46 (19.57%) Windows
3 45 (19.15%) Microsoft
4 41 (17.45%) Active Directory
5 38 (16.17%) SQL
6 37 (15.74%) Banking
7 36 (15.32%) VMware
7 36 (15.32%) Linux
8 33 (14.04%) ITIL
9 27 (11.49%) Cisco
10 25 (10.64%) Oracle
10 25 (10.64%) Java
10 25 (10.64%) Unix
10 25 (10.64%) Office 365
11 24 (10.21%) Security Cleared
11 24 (10.21%) WAN
11 24 (10.21%) Service Management
12 23 (9.79%) Agile Software Development
12 23 (9.79%) SQL Server
12 23 (9.79%) Microsoft Azure
13 21 (8.94%) Firewall
14 19 (8.09%) Analytical Skills
14 19 (8.09%) Migration
14 19 (8.09%) JavaScript
14 19 (8.09%) Windows Server
15 18 (7.66%) Service Design
15 18 (7.66%) Service Delivery
16 17 (7.23%) DHCP
16 17 (7.23%) SCCM
17 16 (6.81%) Problem Management

Technical Specialist 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 14 (5.96%) Skype for Business
2 8 (3.40%) SharePoint
2 8 (3.40%) Tomcat
3 7 (2.98%) MS Exchange
4 6 (2.55%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (2.13%) FileNet
6 4 (1.70%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 4 (1.70%) IBM Notes
6 4 (1.70%) Site Server
7 3 (1.28%) Apache
7 3 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (1.28%) IBM Domino
7 3 (1.28%) SharePoint 2010
7 3 (1.28%) WebLogic
7 3 (1.28%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.85%) IIS
9 1 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.43%) IBM HTTP Server
9 1 (0.43%) OnBase
9 1 (0.43%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 9 (3.83%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (2.98%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (2.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (1.70%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.85%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 6 (2.55%) Actimize
1 6 (2.55%) Oracle EBS R12
2 4 (1.70%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (1.70%) Oracle Payroll
3 3 (1.28%) SAP ERP
4 2 (0.85%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.85%) PeopleSoft HRMS
5 1 (0.43%) BigMachines
5 1 (0.43%) CA PPM
5 1 (0.43%) ION MarketView
5 1 (0.43%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.43%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.43%) RMDS
5 1 (0.43%) SAP BPC
5 1 (0.43%) SAP SRM
5 1 (0.43%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 25 (10.64%) Office 365
2 23 (9.79%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (3.40%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (1.70%) Azure Active Directory
4 4 (1.70%) Cloud Computing
4 4 (1.70%) Google Cloud Platform
5 3 (1.28%) AdWords
5 3 (1.28%) Google Analytics
6 2 (0.85%) Akamai
6 2 (0.85%) Azure Data Factory
6 2 (0.85%) Data Lake Analytics
6 2 (0.85%) G Suite
6 2 (0.85%) PaaS
7 1 (0.43%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.43%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.43%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (0.43%) npm
7 1 (0.43%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.43%) Oracle CX
7 1 (0.43%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 24 (10.21%) WAN
2 21 (8.94%) Firewall
3 17 (7.23%) DHCP
4 15 (6.38%) Unified Communications
5 14 (5.96%) Cisco ASA
5 14 (5.96%) Skype
5 14 (5.96%) VPN
6 13 (5.53%) Wireless
7 12 (5.11%) MPLS
8 11 (4.68%) Cisco Nexus
8 11 (4.68%) LAN
8 11 (4.68%) SAN
9 9 (3.83%) HTTP
10 8 (3.40%) DNS
11 7 (2.98%) Ethernet
11 7 (2.98%) Internet
11 7 (2.98%) ISDN
11 7 (2.98%) TCP/IP
12 6 (2.55%) Wi-Fi
13 5 (2.13%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (9.79%) SQL Server
2 6 (2.55%) DB2
2 6 (2.55%) Relational Database
3 5 (2.13%) MySQL
4 4 (1.70%) RDBMS
5 3 (1.28%) Apache Hive
5 3 (1.28%) Big Data
5 3 (1.28%) Hadoop
5 3 (1.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (0.85%) Azure SQL Database
6 2 (0.85%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (0.85%) MongoDB
6 2 (0.85%) Oracle BI EE
6 2 (0.85%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.85%) Oracle Database 10g
6 2 (0.85%) Oracle Database 11g
6 2 (0.85%) Oracle ODI
6 2 (0.85%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (0.85%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (0.85%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 4 (1.70%) Git (software)
1 4 (1.70%) Jenkins
1 4 (1.70%) Selenium
1 4 (1.70%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (1.28%) JIRA
2 3 (1.28%) TeamCity
3 2 (0.85%) Ant
3 2 (0.85%) Eclipse
3 2 (0.85%) HP UFT
3 2 (0.85%) LoadRunner
3 2 (0.85%) Oracle APEX
3 2 (0.85%) SoapUI
3 2 (0.85%) SpecFlow
3 2 (0.85%) TestNG
3 2 (0.85%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (0.43%) Cucumber
4 1 (0.43%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (0.43%) Toad
4 1 (0.43%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.43%) WebDriver
General
1 51 (21.70%) Finance
2 37 (15.74%) Banking
3 14 (5.96%) Marketing
3 14 (5.96%) Telecoms
4 8 (3.40%) Manufacturing
5 7 (2.98%) Electronics
5 7 (2.98%) French Language
6 5 (2.13%) Advertising
6 5 (2.13%) Front Office
7 4 (1.70%) German Language
8 3 (1.28%) Back Office
9 2 (0.85%) Law
9 2 (0.85%) Spanish Language
10 1 (0.43%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.43%) Italian Language
10 1 (0.43%) Legal
10 1 (0.43%) Local Government
10 1 (0.43%) Publishing
10 1 (0.43%) Retail
10 1 (0.43%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (5.53%) HTML
2 9 (3.83%) FIX Protocol
3 8 (3.40%) Middleware
4 7 (2.98%) SOAP
4 7 (2.98%) XML
5 6 (2.55%) .NET
5 6 (2.55%) HTML5
5 6 (2.55%) Web Services
6 5 (2.13%) Node.js
7 4 (1.70%) AngularJS
7 4 (1.70%) React
8 3 (1.28%) REST
9 2 (0.85%) ASP.NET
9 2 (0.85%) J2EE
9 2 (0.85%) Software Packaging
10 1 (0.43%) .NET Framework
10 1 (0.43%) CSS
10 1 (0.43%) Lucene
10 1 (0.43%) SAP Basis
10 1 (0.43%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 19 (8.09%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (3.83%) Derivative
2 9 (3.83%) Video Conferencing
3 8 (3.40%) Blackberry
3 8 (3.40%) Management Information System
4 7 (2.98%) Data Centre
5 6 (2.55%) Social Media
6 5 (2.13%) PKI
7 4 (1.70%) Computer Science
7 4 (1.70%) Fixed Income
7 4 (1.70%) Mainframe
7 4 (1.70%) Mobile App
7 4 (1.70%) SWIFT
8 3 (1.28%) CMDB
8 3 (1.28%) Credit Risk
8 3 (1.28%) DataPower
9 2 (0.85%) Clustering
9 2 (0.85%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 2 (0.85%) LPAR
9 2 (0.85%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 46 (19.57%) Windows
2 36 (15.32%) Linux
3 25 (10.64%) Unix
4 19 (8.09%) Windows Server
5 16 (6.81%) Windows Server 2012
6 14 (5.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 14 (5.96%) Windows Server 2008
7 11 (4.68%) AIX
8 6 (2.55%) Android
8 6 (2.55%) Solaris
8 6 (2.55%) Windows 7
9 5 (2.13%) Apple iOS
10 4 (1.70%) SUSE
10 4 (1.70%) Windows 10
11 3 (1.28%) HPUX
12 2 (0.85%) Windows Server 2003
13 1 (0.43%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.43%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (14.04%) ITIL
2 24 (10.21%) Service Management
3 23 (9.79%) Agile Software Development
4 19 (8.09%) Migration
5 18 (7.66%) Service Delivery
5 18 (7.66%) Service Design
6 16 (6.81%) Problem Management
7 15 (6.38%) Analytics
7 15 (6.38%) Business Intelligence
7 15 (6.38%) Validation
8 14 (5.96%) Network Design
9 13 (5.53%) Collaborative Working
9 13 (5.53%) Project Management
10 11 (4.68%) Network Management
10 11 (4.68%) Performance Metrics
10 11 (4.68%) Statistics
11 9 (3.83%) Change Management
11 9 (3.83%) DevOps
12 8 (3.40%) Disaster Recovery
12 8 (3.40%) Task Automation
Programming Languages
1 38 (16.17%) SQL
2 25 (10.64%) Java
3 19 (8.09%) JavaScript
4 10 (4.26%) Python
5 7 (2.98%) C++
5 7 (2.98%) Perl
6 4 (1.70%) C#
6 4 (1.70%) PowerShell
6 4 (1.70%) Shell Script
7 3 (1.28%) C
8 2 (0.85%) F#
8 2 (0.85%) Korn
8 2 (0.85%) VBA
9 1 (0.43%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.43%) JCL
9 1 (0.43%) PHP
9 1 (0.43%) REXX
9 1 (0.43%) Tcl
9 1 (0.43%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 24 (10.21%) Security Cleared
2 16 (6.81%) Cisco Certification
3 11 (4.68%) SC Cleared
4 10 (4.26%) DV Cleared
5 9 (3.83%) CCNP
6 6 (2.55%) CCIE
6 6 (2.55%) Degree
7 5 (2.13%) ITIL Certification
7 5 (2.13%) Microsoft Certification
8 4 (1.70%) MCSE
9 3 (1.28%) Computer Science Degree
10 2 (0.85%) BPSS Clearance
10 2 (0.85%) CTC Cleared
10 2 (0.85%) ISEB
10 2 (0.85%) ISEB Practitioner
10 2 (0.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 2 (0.85%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 1 (0.43%) CISA
11 1 (0.43%) CRISC
11 1 (0.43%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (2.55%) QA
2 5 (2.13%) GDPR
2 5 (2.13%) SLA
3 4 (1.70%) PCI DSS
3 4 (1.70%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (1.28%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.85%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.85%) MiFID
5 2 (0.85%) PSD2
System Software
1 41 (17.45%) Active Directory
2 13 (5.53%) VMware ESXi
3 10 (4.26%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (2.13%) Microsoft App-V
5 4 (1.70%) Docker
5 4 (1.70%) Hyper-V
5 4 (1.70%) vSphere
6 3 (1.28%) Squid
7 2 (0.85%) Firmware
7 2 (0.85%) KVM
7 2 (0.85%) RHEV
8 1 (0.43%) Postfix
8 1 (0.43%) Samba
8 1 (0.43%) UAG
8 1 (0.43%) VMware Workstation
8 1 (0.43%) XenApp
8 1 (0.43%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 17 (7.23%) SCCM
2 6 (2.55%) McAfee ePO
3 5 (2.13%) WSUS
4 4 (1.70%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 3 (1.28%) FortiGate
5 3 (1.28%) NetBackup
5 3 (1.28%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 3 (1.28%) vRealize
6 2 (0.85%) BMC PATROL
6 2 (0.85%) SCOM
7 1 (0.43%) Ansible
7 1 (0.43%) Apache Slider
7 1 (0.43%) Cisco Prime
7 1 (0.43%) Control-M
7 1 (0.43%) HP Quality Center
7 1 (0.43%) Jamf Pro
7 1 (0.43%) Microsoft Clustering
7 1 (0.43%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (0.43%) SELinux
7 1 (0.43%) Thomson Reuters DACS
Vendors
1 45 (19.15%) Microsoft
2 36 (15.32%) VMware
3 27 (11.49%) Cisco
4 25 (10.64%) Oracle
5 15 (6.38%) SAP
6 14 (5.96%) Citrix
6 14 (5.96%) IBM
7 11 (4.68%) Google
8 8 (3.40%) HP
8 8 (3.40%) NetApp
9 6 (2.55%) CA
9 6 (2.55%) Fidessa
9 6 (2.55%) McAfee
9 6 (2.55%) Polycom
9 6 (2.55%) Red Hat
10 5 (2.13%) Gemalto
11 4 (1.70%) F5
11 4 (1.70%) IronPort
11 4 (1.70%) Lumension
11 4 (1.70%) MobileIron