Period
to 20 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Technical Specialist was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 20 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
England > West Midlands
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 171 203 173
Rank change year-on-year +32 -30 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Specialist 16 8 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.33% 0.13% 0.060%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.35% 0.14% 0.064%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 3 2
West Midlands median daily rate £350 £347 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.86% -26.95% +6.74%
10th Percentile £325 £324 £413
90th Percentile £395 £504 £558
England median daily rate £425 £450 £413
% change year-on-year -5.56% +9.09% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £26.78 £27.50 £25.50
% change year-on-year -2.64% +7.84% +27.50%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. 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
West Midlands
Contract vacancies in the West Midlands with a recognized job title 4542 5822 4705
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.59% 95.05% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 2864 3494 2693
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £213 £234 £213
90th Percentile £540 £550 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 200 236 274
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.38 £15.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.83% -11.76% +5.07%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.00 £10.54
90th Percentile £43.75 £38.75 £38.75
England median hourly rate £18.69 £18.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +1.00% +2.78% +9.09%

Technical Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for Technical Specialist in the West Midlands

Technical Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Technical Specialist in the West Midlands

Technical Specialist
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Technical Specialist in the West Midlands

Technical Specialist
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 Technical Specialist within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 20 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
Dudley - 9 £350 -
Solihull +8 2 - - 2
Shropshire +19 1 - -
Birmingham +9 1 £375 +8.07% 1
Warwickshire +1 1 - -
Technical Specialist
England

Technical Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 20 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 across the West Midlands region featuring Technical Specialist in the job title.

1 10 (62.50%) Service Delivery
2 9 (56.25%) Firewall
2 9 (56.25%) Cisco Certification
2 9 (56.25%) MPLS
2 9 (56.25%) WAN
2 9 (56.25%) DHCP
2 9 (56.25%) VPN
2 9 (56.25%) Cisco
2 9 (56.25%) Wireless
2 9 (56.25%) Validation
2 9 (56.25%) Statistics
2 9 (56.25%) Cisco ASA
2 9 (56.25%) Network Management
2 9 (56.25%) Performance Metrics
2 9 (56.25%) Cisco Nexus
3 8 (50.00%) Service Design
3 8 (50.00%) Problem Management
3 8 (50.00%) Service Management
3 8 (50.00%) Network Design
4 6 (37.50%) CCNP
5 3 (18.75%) Microsoft
5 3 (18.75%) CCIE
5 3 (18.75%) ITIL
5 3 (18.75%) Windows
5 3 (18.75%) SC Cleared
5 3 (18.75%) Security Cleared
5 3 (18.75%) Office 365
6 2 (12.50%) Remote Desktop
6 2 (12.50%) SCCM
6 2 (12.50%) Knowledge Management

Technical Specialist Skill Set
Co-occurring 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 2 (12.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (6.25%) SharePoint
2 1 (6.25%) SharePoint 2010
2 1 (6.25%) SharePoint 2013
2 1 (6.25%) Tomcat
2 1 (6.25%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (12.50%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 3 (18.75%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 9 (56.25%) Cisco ASA
1 9 (56.25%) Cisco Nexus
1 9 (56.25%) DHCP
1 9 (56.25%) Firewall
1 9 (56.25%) MPLS
1 9 (56.25%) VPN
1 9 (56.25%) WAN
1 9 (56.25%) Wireless
2 2 (12.50%) Remote Desktop
3 1 (6.25%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (6.25%) SQL Server
General
1 2 (12.50%) Banking
2 1 (6.25%) Finance
Miscellaneous
1 2 (12.50%) Blackberry
2 1 (6.25%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 3 (18.75%) Windows
2 2 (12.50%) Linux
2 2 (12.50%) Windows 7
3 1 (6.25%) AIX
3 1 (6.25%) Solaris
3 1 (6.25%) Windows 2000 Server
3 1 (6.25%) Windows Server
3 1 (6.25%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (6.25%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (6.25%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (62.50%) Service Delivery
2 9 (56.25%) Network Management
2 9 (56.25%) Performance Metrics
2 9 (56.25%) Statistics
2 9 (56.25%) Validation
3 8 (50.00%) Network Design
3 8 (50.00%) Problem Management
3 8 (50.00%) Service Design
3 8 (50.00%) Service Management
4 3 (18.75%) ITIL
5 2 (12.50%) Incident Management
5 2 (12.50%) Knowledge Management
5 2 (12.50%) Workflow
6 1 (6.25%) ITIL V3
6 1 (6.25%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 1 (6.25%) C#
1 1 (6.25%) Java
1 1 (6.25%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 9 (56.25%) Cisco Certification
2 6 (37.50%) CCNP
3 3 (18.75%) CCIE
3 3 (18.75%) SC Cleared
3 3 (18.75%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.25%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (12.50%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (6.25%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (12.50%) SCCM
Vendors
1 9 (56.25%) Cisco
2 3 (18.75%) Microsoft
3 2 (12.50%) Citrix
4 1 (6.25%) Oracle