The median contractor rate for a Technical Specialist was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 25 June 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
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 478 562 536
Rank change year-on-year +84 -26  
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Specialist 109 90 100
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.24% 0.17% 0.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.25% 0.18% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 51 48
Median daily rate £425 £460 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.60% +18.70%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £340 £259
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £423 £350
% change year-on-year -5.32% +20.71%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 1
Median hourly rate £27.16 £23.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.57% -41.25%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £23.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year - -41.25%  

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 43855 50329 53147
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.75% 94.86% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 28363 32827 33406
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1353 1495 2037
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

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 25 June 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 25 June 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 +57 89 £425 -8.10% 21
London 0 24 £500 +2.56%
South East +39 20 £365 -11.51% 4
South West +12 16 £450 -10.00% 3
Scotland +45 13 £400 +3.22% 2
North West +28 11 £400 -10.36% 1
Manchester +20 8 £425 -16.25%
Bristol +1 8 £425 -15.00%
Berkshire +25 7 £475 - 3
Wiltshire +8 7 £564 +21.89% 2
West Midlands +27 6 £388 +37.77% 11
Yorkshire +24 6 £415 -
West Yorkshire +22 5 £415 -
Edinburgh +16 5 £350 -
East Midlands -6 5 £338 -10.00%
City of London +2 4 £500 +8.10%
Hampshire -2 4 £350 -22.22% 1
Northampton - 4 £350 -
Northamptonshire - 4 £350 -
Glasgow +4 3 £450 +32.35% 1
Swindon +2 3 £490 +30.66%
Clydebank -1 3 £400 -5.32%
West Dunbartonshire -1 3 £400 -5.32%
Northern Ireland -46 3 £425 -
County Antrim - 3 £425 -
Leeds - 3 - -
Kent - 3 £365 -
Maidstone - 3 £365 -
Belfast - 3 £425 -
Cheshire +27 2 £350 +9.37% 1

Technical Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 56 (29.17%) Finance
2 38 (19.79%) SQL
3 37 (19.27%) Linux
4 32 (16.67%) Microsoft
5 28 (14.58%) Windows
6 27 (14.06%) Oracle
7 26 (13.54%) Unix
8 25 (13.02%) ITIL
9 24 (12.50%) IBM
9 24 (12.50%) Banking
10 22 (11.46%) Security Cleared
11 21 (10.94%) Cisco
11 21 (10.94%) Java
12 20 (10.42%) JavaScript
12 20 (10.42%) Analytical Skills
13 16 (8.33%) SC Cleared
14 14 (7.29%) Firewall
15 13 (6.77%) Stakeholder Management
15 13 (6.77%) WAN
15 13 (6.77%) Business Intelligence
16 12 (6.25%) TCP/IP
16 12 (6.25%) Active Directory
16 12 (6.25%) HP
16 12 (6.25%) VMware
16 12 (6.25%) Service Delivery
16 12 (6.25%) Agile Software Development
16 12 (6.25%) Node.js
16 12 (6.25%) Cybersecurity
16 12 (6.25%) Microsoft Azure
17 11 (5.73%) Network Security

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 11 (5.73%) WebSphere
2 9 (4.69%) Tomcat
3 6 (3.13%) Apache
3 6 (3.13%) IIS
3 6 (3.13%) SharePoint
4 5 (2.60%) JBoss
4 5 (2.60%) WebSphere Application Server
5 4 (2.08%) FileNet
5 4 (2.08%) IBM HTTP Server
6 3 (1.56%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 3 (1.56%) WebLogic
6 3 (1.56%) WebSphere Portal
7 2 (1.04%) Apache Solr
7 2 (1.04%) Cloud Foundry
7 2 (1.04%) IBM Notes
7 2 (1.04%) MS Exchange
7 2 (1.04%) Skype for Business
8 1 (0.52%) Confluence
8 1 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.52%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 6 (3.13%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.56%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.52%) EngageOne
3 1 (0.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.52%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (2.60%) SystmOne
2 2 (1.04%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.52%) BigMachines
3 1 (0.52%) BusinessWorks
3 1 (0.52%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.52%) SAP Business One
3 1 (0.52%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.52%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 12 (6.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (5.21%) Amazon AWS
3 8 (4.17%) Office 365
4 7 (3.65%) Google Cloud Platform
5 4 (2.08%) PaaS
6 3 (1.56%) Akamai
7 2 (1.04%) Dynamics 365
7 2 (1.04%) GitHub
7 2 (1.04%) IaaS
8 1 (0.52%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.52%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.52%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.52%) Google App Engine
8 1 (0.52%) IBM PureFlex
8 1 (0.52%) Oracle CX
Communications & Networking
1 14 (7.29%) Firewall
2 13 (6.77%) WAN
3 12 (6.25%) TCP/IP
4 11 (5.73%) Network Security
5 9 (4.69%) VPN
5 9 (4.69%) Wireless
6 8 (4.17%) HTTP
6 8 (4.17%) LAN
7 7 (3.65%) Cisco ASA
8 6 (3.13%) Internet
8 6 (3.13%) NAS
8 6 (3.13%) SAN
8 6 (3.13%) SSL
9 5 (2.60%) DHCP
9 5 (2.60%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
9 5 (2.60%) IPsec
9 5 (2.60%) LDAP
10 4 (2.08%) Cisco ISE
10 4 (2.08%) HTTPS
10 4 (2.08%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (5.73%) SQL Server
2 9 (4.69%) MySQL
3 7 (3.65%) Data Warehouse
4 6 (3.13%) Crystal Reports
4 6 (3.13%) Oracle Database
5 5 (2.60%) Oracle Database 12c
6 4 (2.08%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
7 3 (1.56%) DB2
7 3 (1.56%) Lumira
7 3 (1.56%) Oracle BI EE
8 2 (1.04%) Electronic Patient Records
8 2 (1.04%) Oracle ODI
8 2 (1.04%) Relational Database
9 1 (0.52%) Big Data
9 1 (0.52%) Essbase
9 1 (0.52%) Oracle Database 11g
9 1 (0.52%) Pentaho
9 1 (0.52%) Power BI
9 1 (0.52%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 7 (3.65%) Jenkins
2 5 (2.60%) Selenium
3 4 (2.08%) Artifactory
3 4 (2.08%) JUnit
3 4 (2.08%) Sonatype Nexus
3 4 (2.08%) TeamCity
4 3 (1.56%) JMeter
4 3 (1.56%) Talend Open Studio
5 2 (1.04%) Cucumber
5 2 (1.04%) MSI
6 1 (0.52%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.52%) Git (software)
6 1 (0.52%) JIRA
6 1 (0.52%) Maven
6 1 (0.52%) NUnit
6 1 (0.52%) Rational DOORS
6 1 (0.52%) Subversion
6 1 (0.52%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.52%) Visual Studio
6 1 (0.52%) WebDriver
General
1 56 (29.17%) Finance
2 24 (12.50%) Banking
3 11 (5.73%) Marketing
4 8 (4.17%) Retail
4 8 (4.17%) Telecoms
5 7 (3.65%) French Language
6 6 (3.13%) Advertising
6 6 (3.13%) Legal
7 3 (1.56%) Investment Banking
8 2 (1.04%) Back Office
8 2 (1.04%) Front Office
8 2 (1.04%) Manufacturing
8 2 (1.04%) Military
9 1 (0.52%) Billing
9 1 (0.52%) Electronics
9 1 (0.52%) Law
9 1 (0.52%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (6.25%) Node.js
2 10 (5.21%) J2EE
3 8 (4.17%) .NET
3 8 (4.17%) XML
4 7 (3.65%) HTML
4 7 (3.65%) Web Services
5 5 (2.60%) Middleware
5 5 (2.60%) SOAP
6 4 (2.08%) REST
7 2 (1.04%) AngularJS
7 2 (1.04%) ASP.NET
7 2 (1.04%) FIX Protocol
7 2 (1.04%) JSON
7 2 (1.04%) WCF
8 1 (0.52%) CGI
8 1 (0.52%) MDX
8 1 (0.52%) Servlets
8 1 (0.52%) Software Packaging
8 1 (0.52%) WebSphere MQ
8 1 (0.52%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 20 (10.42%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (5.21%) Data Centre
3 7 (3.65%) Mainframe
3 7 (3.65%) Management Information System
4 6 (3.13%) NHS
4 6 (3.13%) PKI
4 6 (3.13%) Virtual Team
5 5 (2.60%) Computer Science
5 5 (2.60%) DataPower
6 4 (2.08%) Blackberry
6 4 (2.08%) Hybrid Cloud
6 4 (2.08%) Video Conferencing
7 3 (1.56%) Security Operations Centre
8 2 (1.04%) Replication
8 2 (1.04%) User Experience
9 1 (0.52%) BYOD
9 1 (0.52%) Data Structures
9 1 (0.52%) Fixed Income
9 1 (0.52%) Mobile Banking
9 1 (0.52%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 37 (19.27%) Linux
2 28 (14.58%) Windows
3 26 (13.54%) Unix
4 9 (4.69%) AIX
4 9 (4.69%) Solaris
4 9 (4.69%) Windows Server
5 8 (4.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 7 (3.65%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (2.60%) Windows 7
8 4 (2.08%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (1.56%) Windows 10
10 2 (1.04%) Android
11 1 (0.52%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.52%) CentOS
11 1 (0.52%) HPUX
11 1 (0.52%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.52%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (13.02%) ITIL
2 13 (6.77%) Business Intelligence
2 13 (6.77%) Stakeholder Management
3 12 (6.25%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (6.25%) Cybersecurity
3 12 (6.25%) Service Delivery
4 11 (5.73%) Information Security
4 11 (5.73%) Service Management
5 10 (5.21%) Data Analysis
5 10 (5.21%) Product Management
6 9 (4.69%) ERP
6 9 (4.69%) Problem Management
6 9 (4.69%) Project Management
7 8 (4.17%) Continuous Integration
7 8 (4.17%) Data Modelling
7 8 (4.17%) DevOps
7 8 (4.17%) Network Design
8 7 (3.65%) Analytics
8 7 (3.65%) Process Improvement
8 7 (3.65%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 38 (19.79%) SQL
2 21 (10.94%) Java
3 20 (10.42%) JavaScript
4 10 (5.21%) Python
5 7 (3.65%) PowerShell
6 5 (2.60%) Shell Script
7 4 (2.08%) C#
7 4 (2.08%) Perl
8 3 (1.56%) Ruby
9 2 (1.04%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.52%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.52%) REXX
10 1 (0.52%) VBA
10 1 (0.52%) XPath
Qualifications
1 22 (11.46%) Security Cleared
2 16 (8.33%) SC Cleared
3 10 (5.21%) CISSP
4 8 (4.17%) Microsoft Certification
5 7 (3.65%) Cisco Certification
6 5 (2.60%) Degree
6 5 (2.60%) SANS
7 4 (2.08%) MCSE
8 3 (1.56%) CCNP
8 3 (1.56%) DV Cleared
8 3 (1.56%) SSCP
9 2 (1.04%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (1.04%) CCNA
9 2 (1.04%) CNA
9 2 (1.04%) Computer Science Degree
9 2 (1.04%) GCIA
9 2 (1.04%) GCIH
9 2 (1.04%) GIAC
9 2 (1.04%) Network+ Certification
9 2 (1.04%) Novell Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 5 (2.60%) QA
2 3 (1.56%) Disclosure Scotland
2 3 (1.56%) ISO 9001
2 3 (1.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 3 (1.56%) SLA
3 2 (1.04%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.52%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.52%) MiFID
System Software
1 12 (6.25%) Active Directory
2 6 (3.13%) Hyper-V
2 6 (3.13%) VMware ESXi
2 6 (3.13%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (2.60%) Microsoft App-V
4 4 (2.08%) ACF2
4 4 (2.08%) RACF
5 3 (1.56%) XenApp
5 3 (1.56%) XenDesktop
6 2 (1.04%) PowerHA
6 2 (1.04%) Squid
6 2 (1.04%) vSphere
7 1 (0.52%) Apache Flume
7 1 (0.52%) Docker
7 1 (0.52%) Firmware
7 1 (0.52%) ProxySG
7 1 (0.52%) UAG
7 1 (0.52%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.52%) Xen
Systems Management
1 10 (5.21%) SCCM
2 8 (4.17%) SCOM
3 5 (2.60%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 4 (2.08%) Puppet
4 4 (2.08%) TrustSec
4 4 (2.08%) zSecure
5 3 (1.56%) FortiGate
5 3 (1.56%) Oracle ZFS
5 3 (1.56%) Red Hat Satellite
6 2 (1.04%) Ansible
6 2 (1.04%) Host Intrusion Detection System
6 2 (1.04%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.52%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.52%) QRadar
7 1 (0.52%) SnapMirror
7 1 (0.52%) Terraform
7 1 (0.52%) Tivoli Identity Manager
Vendors
1 32 (16.67%) Microsoft
2 27 (14.06%) Oracle
3 24 (12.50%) IBM
4 21 (10.94%) Cisco
5 12 (6.25%) HP
5 12 (6.25%) VMware
6 10 (5.21%) Citrix
6 10 (5.21%) F5
6 10 (5.21%) Google
7 8 (4.17%) NetApp
8 7 (3.65%) Epicor
8 7 (3.65%) MicroStrategy
8 7 (3.65%) SAP
9 6 (3.13%) Palo Alto
10 4 (2.08%) Juniper
10 4 (2.08%) Red Hat
11 3 (1.56%) Avaya
11 3 (1.56%) CheckPoint
11 3 (1.56%) Splunk
11 3 (1.56%) Talend
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