The median contractor rate for a Technical Specialist was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 29 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.

Technical Specialist
UK
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 520 528 530
Rank change year-on-year +8 +2  
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Specialist 85 120 95
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.22% 0.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.20% 0.23% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 72 47
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £321 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £450 £375
% change year-on-year -2.77% +20.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 42875 51263 50687
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.79% 95.24% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27839 33245 30600
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £555
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1489 1590 2025
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.30 £11.30 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.83 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.25% +14.70%  

Technical Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Technical Specialist in the job title.

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 3 months to 29 March 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 30 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 3 months to 29 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
England +17 74 £450 - 19
South East +9 22 £388 -13.88% 6
London +25 21 £500 +42.85% 3
North West +34 11 £550 +41.75% 3
Scotland +24 10 £413 +3.12% 1
Berkshire +27 7 £525 +4.89% 2
Manchester +22 7 £550 +11.11% 3
Yorkshire +17 7 £410 -19.60% 5
West Yorkshire +16 7 £410 -19.60% 2
South West -7 7 £495 +35.61%
Hampshire +8 6 £388 -13.88% 2
Edinburgh +22 5 £475 +13.43%
Reading +12 4 £525 -12.50% 1
Wiltshire +6 4 £503 +43.57%
Salford - 4 £550 -
Lancashire +22 3 £510 +36.00%
Leeds +7 3 £474 -7.10% 2
Salisbury +5 3 £495 +41.42%
Bristol -2 3 £450 +23.28%
East of England -12 3 £400 -23.80%
Preston - 3 £510 -
Kent +9 2 £145 -66.43%
Glasgow +3 2 £355 -
Surrey -1 2 £275 - 1
Milton Keynes -1 2 £425 -
Buckinghamshire -6 2 £425 -
Maidstone - 2 £145 -
Bracknell - 2 £259 -
Halifax - 2 £375 -
West Midlands - 2 £500 - 2

Technical Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 44 (25.29%) Finance
2 40 (22.99%) Windows
2 40 (22.99%) Linux
3 27 (15.52%) Unix
3 27 (15.52%) Firewall
4 26 (14.94%) Microsoft
5 25 (14.37%) Cisco
5 25 (14.37%) WAN
5 25 (14.37%) Security Cleared
6 23 (13.22%) Oracle
6 23 (13.22%) IBM
7 22 (12.64%) LAN
7 22 (12.64%) SC Cleared
8 21 (12.07%) Data Centre
9 20 (11.49%) Banking
10 19 (10.92%) SQL
11 18 (10.34%) ITIL
11 18 (10.34%) Analytical Skills
11 18 (10.34%) Microsoft Azure
12 17 (9.77%) TCP/IP
13 16 (9.20%) VMware
13 16 (9.20%) Service Management
13 16 (9.20%) VoIP
13 16 (9.20%) F5
13 16 (9.20%) Palo Alto
14 15 (8.62%) VPN
14 15 (8.62%) Information Security
15 14 (8.05%) Vulnerability Assessment
15 14 (8.05%) CISSP
15 14 (8.05%) Patch 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 10 (5.75%) WebSphere
2 7 (4.02%) WebSphere Application Server
3 6 (3.45%) Apache
3 6 (3.45%) SharePoint
3 6 (3.45%) Tomcat
4 5 (2.87%) IIS
5 4 (2.30%) JBoss
5 4 (2.30%) WebLogic
6 3 (1.72%) Skype for Business
7 2 (1.15%) Cloud Foundry
7 2 (1.15%) Confluence
7 2 (1.15%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.57%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.57%) Drupal
8 1 (0.57%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.57%) Jetty
8 1 (0.57%) Mongrel
8 1 (0.57%) nginx
8 1 (0.57%) Oracle Coherence
8 1 (0.57%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 8 (4.60%) MS Excel
2 4 (2.30%) MS Office
3 1 (0.57%) EngageOne
3 1 (0.57%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (2.87%) Maximo
2 2 (1.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.15%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.57%) SAP Business One
3 1 (0.57%) SAP HCM
3 1 (0.57%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 18 (10.34%) Microsoft Azure
2 14 (8.05%) Amazon AWS
3 8 (4.60%) PaaS
4 7 (4.02%) IaaS
4 7 (4.02%) Office 365
5 5 (2.87%) Akamai
5 5 (2.87%) IBM Cloud
5 5 (2.87%) SoftLayer
6 2 (1.15%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (1.15%) GitHub
6 2 (1.15%) OneDrive
6 2 (1.15%) Yammer
7 1 (0.57%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.57%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.57%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.57%) Google App Engine
7 1 (0.57%) Google Cloud Platform
7 1 (0.57%) IBM PureFlex
Communications & Networking
1 27 (15.52%) Firewall
2 25 (14.37%) WAN
3 22 (12.64%) LAN
4 17 (9.77%) TCP/IP
5 16 (9.20%) VoIP
6 15 (8.62%) VPN
7 10 (5.75%) Wireless
8 9 (5.17%) DNS
8 9 (5.17%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
9 6 (3.45%) Cisco ASA
9 6 (3.45%) DHCP
9 6 (3.45%) IPsec
10 5 (2.87%) MPLS
10 5 (2.87%) Network Security
11 4 (2.30%) ATM
11 4 (2.30%) BIG-IP
12 3 (1.72%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
12 3 (1.72%) LDAP
12 3 (1.72%) Skype
12 3 (1.72%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (5.17%) SQL Server
2 7 (4.02%) Oracle Database
3 6 (3.45%) DB2
3 6 (3.45%) Oracle Database 12c
4 5 (2.87%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (1.72%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
6 2 (1.15%) Crystal Reports
6 2 (1.15%) Electronic Patient Records
6 2 (1.15%) Lumira
6 2 (1.15%) Oracle Database 11g
6 2 (1.15%) QlikView
7 1 (0.57%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (0.57%) Essbase
7 1 (0.57%) Kalido
7 1 (0.57%) MySQL
7 1 (0.57%) Oracle Database 10g
7 1 (0.57%) Oracle9i Database
7 1 (0.57%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.57%) Text Mining
Development Applications
1 4 (2.30%) Git (software)
2 3 (1.72%) Jenkins
2 3 (1.72%) Maven
3 2 (1.15%) Cucumber
3 2 (1.15%) JIRA
3 2 (1.15%) Mockito
3 2 (1.15%) Selenium
3 2 (1.15%) Subversion
4 1 (0.57%) Artifactory
4 1 (0.57%) Bitbucket
4 1 (0.57%) JUnit
4 1 (0.57%) NUnit
4 1 (0.57%) TeamCity
4 1 (0.57%) Travis CI
General
1 44 (25.29%) Finance
2 20 (11.49%) Banking
3 6 (3.45%) Legal
3 6 (3.45%) Retail
4 5 (2.87%) Billing
4 5 (2.87%) Investment Banking
5 4 (2.30%) Law
5 4 (2.30%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.15%) Advertising
6 2 (1.15%) Military
7 1 (0.57%) Back Office
7 1 (0.57%) Front Office
7 1 (0.57%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (4.60%) Middleware
1 8 (4.60%) Web Services
2 5 (2.87%) Elastic Stack
3 4 (2.30%) .NET
3 4 (2.30%) REST
4 3 (1.72%) HTML
4 3 (1.72%) J2EE
4 3 (1.72%) XML
5 2 (1.15%) ISPF
5 2 (1.15%) JSON
5 2 (1.15%) Spring
5 2 (1.15%) WebSphere MQ
6 1 (0.57%) CGI
6 1 (0.57%) CSS
6 1 (0.57%) IBM Integration Bus
6 1 (0.57%) Matplotlib
6 1 (0.57%) MDX
6 1 (0.57%) NumPy
6 1 (0.57%) Oracle Fusion
6 1 (0.57%) Tivoli Directory Integrator
Miscellaneous
1 21 (12.07%) Data Centre
2 18 (10.34%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (5.75%) Mainframe
4 9 (5.17%) Management Information System
4 9 (5.17%) PKI
5 5 (2.87%) Hybrid Cloud
5 5 (2.87%) Security Operations Centre
6 4 (2.30%) NHS
6 4 (2.30%) Virtual Team
7 3 (1.72%) CMDB
7 3 (1.72%) Computer Science
7 3 (1.72%) iSeries
7 3 (1.72%) Replication
7 3 (1.72%) User Experience
8 2 (1.15%) Clustering
8 2 (1.15%) Cyber Attack
8 2 (1.15%) DataPower
8 2 (1.15%) SWIFT
8 2 (1.15%) Tandem
8 2 (1.15%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 40 (22.99%) Linux
1 40 (22.99%) Windows
2 27 (15.52%) Unix
3 13 (7.47%) Windows Server 2012
4 10 (5.75%) AIX
5 7 (4.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 7 (4.02%) Windows Server
6 6 (3.45%) Solaris
6 6 (3.45%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (1.72%) Windows 10
7 3 (1.72%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.57%) CentOS
8 1 (0.57%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (10.34%) ITIL
2 16 (9.20%) Service Management
3 15 (8.62%) Information Security
4 14 (8.05%) Patch Management
4 14 (8.05%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 11 (6.32%) Analytics
5 11 (6.32%) Vulnerability Management
6 10 (5.75%) Agile Software Development
6 10 (5.75%) Cybersecurity
6 10 (5.75%) Network Monitoring
7 9 (5.17%) Change Management
7 9 (5.17%) Problem Management
7 9 (5.17%) Service Delivery
8 8 (4.60%) DevOps
9 7 (4.02%) Migration
9 7 (4.02%) Security Operations
9 7 (4.02%) SIEM
10 6 (3.45%) Enterprise Architecture
10 6 (3.45%) Load Balancing
10 6 (3.45%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 19 (10.92%) SQL
2 12 (6.90%) Java
3 8 (4.60%) PowerShell
3 8 (4.60%) Python
4 6 (3.45%) JavaScript
4 6 (3.45%) Perl
5 5 (2.87%) Bash Shell
5 5 (2.87%) Ruby
6 3 (1.72%) C#
6 3 (1.72%) Shell Script
7 2 (1.15%) JCL
8 1 (0.57%) C
8 1 (0.57%) C++
8 1 (0.57%) COBOL
8 1 (0.57%) Jython
8 1 (0.57%) PHP
8 1 (0.57%) R
8 1 (0.57%) REXX
8 1 (0.57%) VBA
8 1 (0.57%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 25 (14.37%) Security Cleared
2 22 (12.64%) SC Cleared
3 14 (8.05%) CISSP
4 13 (7.47%) Microsoft Certification
4 13 (7.47%) SANS
4 13 (7.47%) SSCP
5 7 (4.02%) Cisco Certification
5 7 (4.02%) MCSE
6 4 (2.30%) CCIE
7 3 (1.72%) CCNA
8 2 (1.15%) MCITP
9 1 (0.57%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.57%) CCDA
9 1 (0.57%) CCDP
9 1 (0.57%) CISM
9 1 (0.57%) Citrix Certification
9 1 (0.57%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.57%) ISEB
9 1 (0.57%) ISTQB
9 1 (0.57%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 6 (3.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 6 (3.45%) SLA
2 5 (2.87%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.72%) ISO 9001
3 3 (1.72%) QA
4 1 (0.57%) Data Quality
System Software
1 9 (5.17%) Active Directory
2 7 (4.02%) Hyper-V
2 7 (4.02%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (2.30%) ACF2
3 4 (2.30%) RACF
4 3 (1.72%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (1.15%) PowerHA
5 2 (1.15%) Time Sharing Option
5 2 (1.15%) XenApp
5 2 (1.15%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.57%) Apache Flume
6 1 (0.57%) Docker
6 1 (0.57%) ProxySG
6 1 (0.57%) Tivoli Directory Server
6 1 (0.57%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.57%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.57%) vSphere
6 1 (0.57%) Xen
6 1 (0.57%) zsh
Systems Management
1 10 (5.75%) SCOM
2 8 (4.60%) Puppet
3 6 (3.45%) QRadar
3 6 (3.45%) Tivoli
4 5 (2.87%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (2.30%) Ansible
5 4 (2.30%) RSA Security Analytics
5 4 (2.30%) SCCM
5 4 (2.30%) zSecure
6 3 (1.72%) Nessus
6 3 (1.72%) Nexpose
6 3 (1.72%) Nmap
6 3 (1.72%) Oracle ZFS
6 3 (1.72%) Red Hat Satellite
7 2 (1.15%) FortiGate
7 2 (1.15%) Microsoft Intune
7 2 (1.15%) Nagios
7 2 (1.15%) Tivoli Identity Manager
7 2 (1.15%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 1 (0.57%) BMC PATROL
Vendors
1 26 (14.94%) Microsoft
2 25 (14.37%) Cisco
3 23 (13.22%) IBM
3 23 (13.22%) Oracle
4 16 (9.20%) F5
4 16 (9.20%) Palo Alto
4 16 (9.20%) VMware
5 13 (7.47%) Apple
6 8 (4.60%) CheckPoint
6 8 (4.60%) Citrix
7 7 (4.02%) HP
7 7 (4.02%) NetWitness
8 6 (3.45%) Splunk
9 5 (2.87%) Blue Coat
9 5 (2.87%) Comptel
9 5 (2.87%) Juniper
9 5 (2.87%) Meraki
9 5 (2.87%) NetCracker
9 5 (2.87%) Red Hat
9 5 (2.87%) SAP
Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £350.00 - £425.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Harris Global
Rate: Unspecified Competitive Rate
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £400 to £600 per day
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
Barnsley Borough Council
Rate: £33,437 - £36,379
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
Barnsley Borough Council
Rate: £33,437 - £36,379
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