The table below looks at the statistics for the Design Engineer role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Design Engineer in their job title over the 3 months to 30 April 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
30 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Design Engineer
Rank 561 448 453
Rank change year-on-year
-113 +5
Contract jobs requiring a Design Engineer 97 186 165
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.17% 0.33% 0.30%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.18% 0.35% 0.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 84 39
Average daily rate £375 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £296 £282 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £493 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 8 25
Average hourly rate £37.50 £41.25 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% +17.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.00 £35.85 £28.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £45.00 £39.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £41.25 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-9.09% +17.85%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
53058 52916 51575
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.92% 94.76% 94.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 34561 32091 31451
Average daily rate £425 £400 £395
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1534 2122 2107
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.83 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+4.01% -1.02%

Design Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Design Engineer in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Design Engineer Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Design Engineer
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Design Engineer within the UK.

Design Engineer Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Design Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Design Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 30 April 2016.

Design Engineer Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Design Engineer
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Design Engineer within the UK.

Design Engineer Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Design Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Design Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 30 April 2016.

Design Engineer Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Design Engineer
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Design Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 30 April 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -109 88 £378 +0.66% 41
South East -66 38 £381 +8.92% 14
Hampshire +10 23 £388 -10.40% 3
West Midlands -8 13 £380 -10.58% 4
Berkshire -29 12 £363 +3.57% 1
South West +7 10 £290 - 5
London -26 9 £388 -13.88% 2
North West -1 6 £316 - 4
Hook +1 5 £492 -1.94%
West Yorkshire -5 5 £425 +41.66% 2
Yorkshire -5 5 £425 +41.66% 2
Leeds -11 5 £425 +41.66% 2
Scotland -18 5 £315 -30.00% 1
Telford -27 5 £358 +30.00%
Shropshire -28 5 £358 +30.00%
East of England +4 4 - - 6
Solihull -7 4 - - 1
Bristol - 4 - - 2
Basingstoke -7 3 £300 -29.41%
Preston - 3 £254 -
Lancashire - 3 £254 -
Dorset - 3 - - 1
Northamptonshire +4 2 - -
Gloucestershire +3 2 - - 1
Northampton +3 2 - -
East Midlands -2 2 - - 3
Birmingham -9 2 - -
Essex - 2 - - 1
Winchester - 2 £392 -
Cheltenham - 2 - - 1

Design Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Design Engineer in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Design Engineer in their job title.

1 79 (41.15%) Network Design
2 78 (40.63%) Cisco
3 61 (31.77%) Cisco Certification
4 53 (27.60%) Security Cleared
5 50 (26.04%) SC Cleared
5 50 (26.04%) Telecoms
6 49 (25.52%) CCNP
7 40 (20.83%) Firewall
8 36 (18.75%) LAN
9 33 (17.19%) WAN
10 30 (15.63%) C
10 30 (15.63%) Degree
11 28 (14.58%) Data Centre
12 27 (14.06%) BGP
13 25 (13.02%) F5
14 24 (12.50%) Finance
15 22 (11.46%) OSPF
15 22 (11.46%) Rational DOORS
16 21 (10.94%) VPN
17 20 (10.42%) CCNA
18 18 (9.38%) CheckPoint
18 18 (9.38%) CCIE
18 18 (9.38%) Electronics
18 18 (9.38%) Network Security
19 17 (8.85%) Wireless
20 15 (7.81%) Requirements Management
20 15 (7.81%) Microsoft
20 15 (7.81%) SNMP
21 14 (7.29%) Configuration Management
21 14 (7.29%) Migration

Design Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Design Engineer in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Design Engineer in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2010
1 2 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2013
1 2 (1.04%) MS Exchange
1 2 (1.04%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 13 (6.77%) MS Excel
2 10 (5.21%) MS Office
3 7 (3.65%) AutoCAD
3 7 (3.65%) MS Visio
4 5 (2.60%) PTC Creo
5 4 (2.08%) Simulink
6 3 (1.56%) MS PowerPoint
6 3 (1.56%) Pro/ENGINEER
7 2 (1.04%) OrCAD
7 2 (1.04%) SOLIDWORKS
8 1 (0.52%) CATIA
8 1 (0.52%) MicroStation
8 1 (0.52%) MODO
8 1 (0.52%) MS Project
8 1 (0.52%) ProjectWise
8 1 (0.52%) Siemens NX
8 1 (0.52%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 2 (1.04%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 2 (1.04%) Teamcenter
2 1 (0.52%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.52%) ENOVIA
Cloud Services
1 6 (3.13%) Microsoft Azure
1 6 (3.13%) Office 365
2 1 (0.52%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.52%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 40 (20.83%) Firewall
2 36 (18.75%) LAN
3 33 (17.19%) WAN
4 27 (14.06%) BGP
5 22 (11.46%) OSPF
6 21 (10.94%) VPN
7 18 (9.38%) Network Security
8 17 (8.85%) Wireless
9 15 (7.81%) SNMP
10 13 (6.77%) Cisco Nexus
11 12 (6.25%) DNS
12 11 (5.73%) FTP
12 11 (5.73%) MPLS
13 10 (5.21%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
13 10 (5.21%) VoIP
14 8 (4.17%) 3G
14 8 (4.17%) 4G
14 8 (4.17%) DOCSIS
14 8 (4.17%) HSRP
15 7 (3.65%) VRRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.52%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 22 (11.46%) Rational DOORS
2 11 (5.73%) StarTeam
3 3 (1.56%) LabVIEW
4 2 (1.04%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.52%) Subversion
5 1 (0.52%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.52%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.52%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 50 (26.04%) Telecoms
2 24 (12.50%) Finance
3 18 (9.38%) Electronics
4 13 (6.77%) Aerospace
5 9 (4.69%) Manufacturing
6 6 (3.13%) Retail
7 4 (2.08%) Automotive
7 4 (2.08%) Avionics
7 4 (2.08%) Banking
7 4 (2.08%) Local Government
8 3 (1.56%) Marketing
8 3 (1.56%) Military
9 1 (0.52%) Back Office
9 1 (0.52%) Billing
9 1 (0.52%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.52%) French Language
9 1 (0.52%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.52%) Legal
9 1 (0.52%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (1.56%) Leaflet
1 3 (1.56%) XML
2 2 (1.04%) .NET
2 2 (1.04%) 802.1X
2 2 (1.04%) XMPP
3 1 (0.52%) Django
3 1 (0.52%) MFC
3 1 (0.52%) REST
3 1 (0.52%) SOAP
3 1 (0.52%) STL
3 1 (0.52%) Unity (Game Engine)
Miscellaneous
1 28 (14.58%) Data Centre
2 11 (5.73%) Embedded Systems
3 10 (5.21%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 10 (5.21%) VHDL
4 5 (2.60%) Computer Science
5 4 (2.08%) Algorithms
5 4 (2.08%) PKI
6 3 (1.56%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (1.56%) CAN bus
6 3 (1.56%) Hybrid Cloud
6 3 (1.56%) Verilog
7 2 (1.04%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.52%) CESG
8 1 (0.52%) DataPower
8 1 (0.52%) Digital Media
8 1 (0.52%) IVR
8 1 (0.52%) Life Science
8 1 (0.52%) Over-the-Top Content
8 1 (0.52%) Replication
8 1 (0.52%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 11 (5.73%) Windows
2 6 (3.13%) Linux
3 5 (2.60%) Windows Server
4 3 (1.56%) Unix
5 2 (1.04%) Android
5 2 (1.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (1.04%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.52%) AIX
6 1 (0.52%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.52%) SUSE
6 1 (0.52%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.52%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.52%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 79 (41.15%) Network Design
2 15 (7.81%) Requirements Management
3 14 (7.29%) Configuration Management
3 14 (7.29%) Migration
4 13 (6.77%) Validation
5 10 (5.21%) UML
6 7 (3.65%) CAD
6 7 (3.65%) Network Management
6 7 (3.65%) Schematic Capture
7 6 (3.13%) Capacity Planning
7 6 (3.13%) Load Balancing
7 6 (3.13%) SysML
8 5 (2.60%) Capacity Management
8 5 (2.60%) Change Management
8 5 (2.60%) Performance Monitoring
9 4 (2.08%) Embedded Software Development
9 4 (2.08%) ITIL
9 4 (2.08%) Network Architecture
9 4 (2.08%) Software Engineering
9 4 (2.08%) WAN Optimisation
Programming Languages
1 30 (15.63%) C
2 8 (4.17%) C++
3 6 (3.13%) MATLAB
4 5 (2.60%) PowerShell
5 2 (1.04%) Assembly Language
5 2 (1.04%) C#
5 2 (1.04%) Java
5 2 (1.04%) Python
5 2 (1.04%) SQL
6 1 (0.52%) Ada
6 1 (0.52%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.52%) Perl
6 1 (0.52%) PHP
6 1 (0.52%) Tcl
6 1 (0.52%) VB
6 1 (0.52%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 61 (31.77%) Cisco Certification
2 53 (27.60%) Security Cleared
3 50 (26.04%) SC Cleared
4 49 (25.52%) CCNP
5 30 (15.63%) Degree
6 20 (10.42%) CCNA
7 18 (9.38%) CCIE
8 10 (5.21%) CCDP
9 9 (4.69%) HND
10 6 (3.13%) HNC
11 3 (1.56%) BICSI Certification
11 3 (1.56%) BICSI RCDD
11 3 (1.56%) DV Cleared
11 3 (1.56%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (1.56%) JNCIA
11 3 (1.56%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 2 (1.04%) CCIP
12 2 (1.04%) JNCIE
12 2 (1.04%) JNCIP
13 1 (0.52%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (6.25%) QA
2 4 (2.08%) SLA
3 3 (1.56%) DO-254
3 3 (1.56%) JSP 440
4 2 (1.04%) IEC 61508
4 2 (1.04%) JTAG
5 1 (0.52%) ISO 14001
5 1 (0.52%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.52%) NEBOSH
System Software
1 11 (5.73%) Active Directory
1 11 (5.73%) Firmware
2 9 (4.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (1.56%) DFS Replication
4 1 (0.52%) BitLocker
4 1 (0.52%) Terminal Services
4 1 (0.52%) vCloud
4 1 (0.52%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 8 (4.17%) FortiGate
2 5 (2.60%) CiscoWorks
3 3 (1.56%) BMC PATROL
3 3 (1.56%) OPNET
4 2 (1.04%) Amdocs OSS
4 2 (1.04%) SolarWinds Orion
4 2 (1.04%) TrustSec
5 1 (0.52%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (0.52%) Cisco UCCE
5 1 (0.52%) HP UCMDB
5 1 (0.52%) SCCM
5 1 (0.52%) vRealize
Vendors
1 78 (40.63%) Cisco
2 25 (13.02%) F5
3 18 (9.38%) CheckPoint
4 15 (7.81%) Microsoft
5 13 (6.77%) Juniper
6 11 (5.73%) VMware
7 9 (4.69%) HP
8 8 (4.17%) Riverbed
9 7 (3.65%) Red Hat
10 6 (3.13%) Fortinet
10 6 (3.13%) Nokia
10 6 (3.13%) Palo Alto
11 5 (2.60%) Citrix
12 4 (2.08%) Blue Coat
12 4 (2.08%) BMC
12 4 (2.08%) EMC
12 4 (2.08%) Huawei
12 4 (2.08%) Meraki
12 4 (2.08%) SolarWinds
13 2 (1.04%) Freescale
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