The median contractor rate for a 3rd Line Support was £225 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 3 months to 26 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Third Line Support
England / West Midlands
Rank 114 116 102
Rank change year-on-year +2 -14  
Contract jobs requiring a 3rd Line Support 4 15 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.18% 0.56% 0.82%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.19% 0.58% 0.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 11 3
Median daily rate £225 £320 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -29.68% +3.22%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £274 £269 £250
% change year-on-year +1.86% +7.50%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 9
Median hourly rate - £21.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -6.66%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £25.00 £23.75
% change year-on-year -22.00% +5.26%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. 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
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2125 2571 2399
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 93.90% 95.43% 94.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 1342 1420 1351
Median daily rate £400 £400 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £515 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 100 72 169
Median hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -9.09%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £10.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £35.00 £34.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

3rd Line Support
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands that featured 3rd Line Support in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for 3rd Line Support in the West Midlands

3rd Line Support
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing 3rd Line Support in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for 3rd Line Support in the West Midlands

3rd Line Support
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing 3rd Line Support in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for 3rd Line Support in the West Midlands

3rd Line Support
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing 3rd Line Support within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 26 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
Herefordshire - 2 £225 - 3
Coventry 0 1 - -
Birmingham -3 1 £225 -30.76%
3rd Line Support
England

3rd Line Support Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, 3rd Line 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 across the West Midlands region featuring 3rd Line Support in the job title.

1 13 (86.67%) Windows
2 11 (73.33%) VMware
2 11 (73.33%) Windows Server
3 9 (60.00%) Active Directory
4 6 (40.00%) Citrix
5 5 (33.33%) DNS
5 5 (33.33%) Microsoft
5 5 (33.33%) Firewall
5 5 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
5 5 (33.33%) Office 365
6 4 (26.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 4 (26.67%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (26.67%) Cisco
6 4 (26.67%) MCSE
7 3 (20.00%) ITIL
7 3 (20.00%) IIS
7 3 (20.00%) DHCP
7 3 (20.00%) VMware Infrastructure
7 3 (20.00%) Hyper-V
8 2 (13.33%) PowerShell
8 2 (13.33%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (13.33%) XenApp
8 2 (13.33%) Remote Desktop
8 2 (13.33%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (13.33%) Mobile Device Management
8 2 (13.33%) Virtual Environments
8 2 (13.33%) Windows 7
8 2 (13.33%) TCP/IP
8 2 (13.33%) WAN
8 2 (13.33%) Cisco Certification

3rd Line Support Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 3 (20.00%) IIS
2 1 (6.67%) Apache
2 1 (6.67%) MindAlign
2 1 (6.67%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (13.33%) MS Excel
2 1 (6.67%) MS Office
2 1 (6.67%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (6.67%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 5 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
1 5 (33.33%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (33.33%) DNS
1 5 (33.33%) Firewall
2 3 (20.00%) DHCP
3 2 (13.33%) LAN
3 2 (13.33%) Remote Desktop
3 2 (13.33%) SAN
3 2 (13.33%) TCP/IP
3 2 (13.33%) WAN
4 1 (6.67%) IMAP
4 1 (6.67%) Internet
4 1 (6.67%) NetScaler
4 1 (6.67%) Network Security
4 1 (6.67%) OpenLDAP
4 1 (6.67%) S/MIME
4 1 (6.67%) SMTP
4 1 (6.67%) VoIP
4 1 (6.67%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (13.33%) SQL Server
2 1 (6.67%) PostgreSQL
General
1 2 (13.33%) Finance
2 1 (6.67%) Advertising
2 1 (6.67%) Banking
2 1 (6.67%) Electronics
2 1 (6.67%) Manufacturing
2 1 (6.67%) Marketing
2 1 (6.67%) Private Banking
2 1 (6.67%) Retail
2 1 (6.67%) Retail Banking
2 1 (6.67%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.67%) LAPP Stack
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.67%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 13 (86.67%) Windows
2 11 (73.33%) Windows Server
3 2 (13.33%) Linux
3 2 (13.33%) Windows 7
3 2 (13.33%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (13.33%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (6.67%) Solaris
4 1 (6.67%) Unix
4 1 (6.67%) Windows 10
4 1 (6.67%) Windows 2000 Server
4 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (20.00%) ITIL
2 2 (13.33%) Application Packaging
2 2 (13.33%) Mobile Device Management
2 2 (13.33%) Virtual Environments
3 1 (6.67%) Business Intelligence
3 1 (6.67%) Change Management
3 1 (6.67%) Digital Marketing
3 1 (6.67%) Investment Management
3 1 (6.67%) Migration
3 1 (6.67%) Programme Management
3 1 (6.67%) Server Building
3 1 (6.67%) Wealth Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (13.33%) PowerShell
2 1 (6.67%) C
2 1 (6.67%) Perl
2 1 (6.67%) Python
2 1 (6.67%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 4 (26.67%) MCSE
1 4 (26.67%) Microsoft Certification
1 4 (26.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
2 2 (13.33%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (6.67%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (6.67%) CCA
3 1 (6.67%) CCNA
3 1 (6.67%) CCNP
3 1 (6.67%) Citrix Certification
3 1 (6.67%) Degree
3 1 (6.67%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (6.67%) SC Cleared
3 1 (6.67%) Security Cleared
3 1 (6.67%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.67%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (60.00%) Active Directory
2 3 (20.00%) Hyper-V
2 3 (20.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (13.33%) XenApp
4 1 (6.67%) Sendmail
4 1 (6.67%) VMware ESX
4 1 (6.67%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 1 (6.67%) Backup Exec
1 1 (6.67%) NetBackup
1 1 (6.67%) SCOM
Vendors
1 11 (73.33%) VMware
2 6 (40.00%) Citrix
3 5 (33.33%) Microsoft
4 4 (26.67%) Cisco
5 2 (13.33%) NetApp
6 1 (6.67%) Kronos
6 1 (6.67%) Proofpoint
6 1 (6.67%) SAP
6 1 (6.67%) SolarWinds
6 1 (6.67%) Veritas