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 18 December 2014 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.

Location
3 months to
18 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Design Engineer
Rank 463 420 308
Rank change year-on-year
-43 -112
Contract jobs requiring a Design Engineer 146 152 257
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.26% 0.29% 0.52%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.29% 0.32% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 52 62
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£325 £345 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.79% +6.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £431 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.44% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 22 28
Average hourly rate £35.75 £30.00 £38.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.16% -21.05%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.25 £22.05 £30.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £39.75 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £30.00 £38.00
% change year-on-year
+23.33% -21.05%

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
50785 47790 46152
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.81% 92.47% 92.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 32295 28808 26045
Average daily rate £400 £400 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2049 2106 2641
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -5.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.64 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

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 18 December 2014.

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 18 December 2014.

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 18 December 2014. 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
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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 -24 138 £325 -7.14% 62
South East -10 73 £400 +1.26% 17
Berkshire +22 54 £419 +4.68% 5
London +14 16 £315 -10.00% 1
West Midlands -4 14 £375 +50.00% 2
Reading +17 10 £450 +12.56% 1
Shropshire 0 9 £353 +48.42%
Telford +1 8 £330 +32.00%
East of England -13 8 £325 -1.51% 2
North West -9 7 £400 - 8
Hampshire -16 6 £425 +30.76% 3
Surrey -5 5 £293 +11.42% 3
South West -47 5 £406 +25.00% 21
Midlands - 5 £275 -
Cambridgeshire -7 4 £350 - 1
Uxbridge - 4 £320 -
Manchester - 4 £288 - 2
Runcorn +4 3 £400 -11.11%
Cheshire +2 3 £400 - 2
Scotland -17 3 - - 1
City of London +6 2 £464 +32.50%
Dorset +2 2 £313 -
Cambridge +2 2 £350 - 1
Guildford -8 2 - -
Buckinghamshire -14 2 - - 1
South Wales -16 2 £460 +13.23% 6
Wales -22 2 £460 +13.23% 6
Oxfordshire -27 2 £390 - 5
Middlesex - 2 £340 -
Dundee - 2 - -

Design Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, 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.

1 141 (41.72%) Telecoms
2 133 (39.35%) Cisco
3 114 (33.73%) Firewall
4 92 (27.22%) Cisco Certification
5 91 (26.92%) Network Design
6 89 (26.33%) OSPF
6 89 (26.33%) CheckPoint
7 55 (16.27%) BGP
8 52 (15.38%) CCNP
9 49 (14.50%) Security Cleared
10 48 (14.20%) Juniper
11 45 (13.31%) VPN
11 45 (13.31%) Degree
12 44 (13.02%) CCIE
12 44 (13.02%) MPLS
13 42 (12.43%) SC Cleared
14 37 (10.95%) Network Security
15 35 (10.36%) Cisco ASA
15 35 (10.36%) Microsoft
16 31 (9.17%) Nokia
17 30 (8.88%) Network Management
18 29 (8.58%) F5
18 29 (8.58%) RIP
19 28 (8.28%) Load Balancing
20 27 (7.99%) LTE
20 27 (7.99%) DNS
21 25 (7.40%) CCDP
22 24 (7.10%) LAN
22 24 (7.10%) Internet
22 24 (7.10%) Windows

Design Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, 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 8 (2.37%) Tomcat
2 7 (2.07%) WebLogic
3 5 (1.48%) MS Exchange
4 4 (1.18%) Lync
5 3 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (0.59%) WordPress
7 1 (0.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (0.30%) IIS
7 1 (0.30%) JBoss
7 1 (0.30%) Apache
7 1 (0.30%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.30%) Documentum
7 1 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 18 (5.33%) MS Excel
2 9 (2.66%) MS Office
3 7 (2.07%) AutoCAD
4 6 (1.78%) Pro/ENGINEER
5 3 (0.89%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.89%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.30%) CATIA
6 1 (0.30%) Windchill
6 1 (0.30%) MicroStation
6 1 (0.30%) ProjectWise
Communications & Networking
1 114 (33.73%) Firewall
2 89 (26.33%) OSPF
3 55 (16.27%) BGP
4 45 (13.31%) VPN
5 44 (13.02%) MPLS
6 37 (10.95%) Network Security
7 35 (10.36%) Cisco ASA
8 29 (8.58%) RIP
9 27 (7.99%) LTE
9 27 (7.99%) DNS
10 24 (7.10%) LAN
10 24 (7.10%) Internet
11 23 (6.80%) 3G
11 23 (6.80%) IPsec
12 22 (6.51%) Cisco Nexus
13 20 (5.92%) WAN
14 19 (5.62%) 4G
15 17 (5.03%) Ethernet
15 17 (5.03%) VLAN
16 16 (4.73%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (0.59%) MySQL
2 1 (0.30%) Oracle Database 10g
2 1 (0.30%) PowerCenter
2 1 (0.30%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.30%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (0.30%) Oracle Database 11g
2 1 (0.30%) MongoDB
2 1 (0.30%) Oracle Database
2 1 (0.30%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 5 (1.48%) Subversion
1 5 (1.48%) Git (software)
2 4 (1.18%) NetBeans
3 3 (0.89%) RequisitePro
4 1 (0.30%) JMeter
4 1 (0.30%) ClearQuest
4 1 (0.30%) ERwin
4 1 (0.30%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.30%) ClearCase
4 1 (0.30%) Eclipse
4 1 (0.30%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.30%) JIRA
4 1 (0.30%) ReSharper
4 1 (0.30%) Selenium
4 1 (0.30%) StarTeam
4 1 (0.30%) SoapUI
4 1 (0.30%) Gradle
4 1 (0.30%) Artifactory
4 1 (0.30%) Jenkins
General
1 141 (41.72%) Telecoms
2 18 (5.33%) Finance
3 10 (2.96%) Electronics
4 8 (2.37%) Military
5 7 (2.07%) Retail
6 5 (1.48%) Manufacturing
6 5 (1.48%) Aerospace
7 4 (1.18%) Legal
8 3 (0.89%) Publishing
8 3 (0.89%) Avionics
8 3 (0.89%) Marketing
9 2 (0.59%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.59%) Advertising
10 1 (0.30%) Law
10 1 (0.30%) Billing
10 1 (0.30%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (2.07%) J2SE
1 7 (2.07%) J2EE
2 5 (1.48%) CSS
2 5 (1.48%) Java SE
3 4 (1.18%) HTML5
3 4 (1.18%) Swing
3 4 (1.18%) HTML
3 4 (1.18%) JNI
4 3 (0.89%) .NET
4 3 (0.89%) ODBC
4 3 (0.89%) ASP.NET
4 3 (0.89%) XMPP
4 3 (0.89%) CSS3
5 2 (0.59%) RESTful
6 1 (0.30%) OLE
6 1 (0.30%) Spring
6 1 (0.30%) JSP
6 1 (0.30%) Web Services
6 1 (0.30%) XML
6 1 (0.30%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 21 (6.21%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (2.37%) Embedded Systems
2 8 (2.37%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 7 (2.07%) SecurID
4 6 (1.78%) Algorithms
4 6 (1.78%) Computer Science
5 5 (1.48%) Clustering
5 5 (1.48%) Open Source
6 4 (1.18%) Mathematics
7 3 (0.89%) VHDL
7 3 (0.89%) Verilog
7 3 (0.89%) Physics
7 3 (0.89%) PKI
7 3 (0.89%) MMIC
8 2 (0.59%) Video Conferencing
8 2 (0.59%) CESG
8 2 (0.59%) ASIC
8 2 (0.59%) Management Information System
9 1 (0.30%) Replication
9 1 (0.30%) Device Driver
Operating Systems
1 24 (7.10%) Windows
2 22 (6.51%) Linux
3 11 (3.25%) UNIX
3 11 (3.25%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (2.07%) Solaris
4 7 (2.07%) Windows 7
4 7 (2.07%) Oracle Linux
5 5 (1.48%) Windows Server 2003
6 4 (1.18%) Windows XP
7 2 (0.59%) AIX
8 1 (0.30%) Fedora
8 1 (0.30%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.30%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 91 (26.92%) Network Design
2 30 (8.88%) Network Management
3 28 (8.28%) Load Balancing
4 22 (6.51%) Validation
5 18 (5.33%) ITIL
5 18 (5.33%) Risk Assessment
6 17 (5.03%) Network Architecture
7 14 (4.14%) Capacity Management
8 13 (3.85%) UML
9 12 (3.55%) Change Control
10 11 (3.25%) Project Management
10 11 (3.25%) Performance Testing
10 11 (3.25%) eTOM
10 11 (3.25%) Test Strategy
11 10 (2.96%) Software Engineering
12 9 (2.66%) CAD
13 8 (2.37%) Capacity Planning
13 8 (2.37%) Demand Forecasting
13 8 (2.37%) OO
13 8 (2.37%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 21 (6.21%) C
2 15 (4.44%) Java
3 14 (4.14%) SQL
4 8 (2.37%) Perl
5 5 (1.48%) Lisp
5 5 (1.48%) C++
6 3 (0.89%) C#
6 3 (0.89%) PHP
6 3 (0.89%) JavaScript
6 3 (0.89%) VBScript
6 3 (0.89%) PowerShell
7 2 (0.59%) PHP5
7 2 (0.59%) Python
7 2 (0.59%) Assembly Language
7 2 (0.59%) Embedded C
8 1 (0.30%) MATLAB
8 1 (0.30%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.30%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.30%) Korn
Qualifications
1 92 (27.22%) Cisco Certification
2 52 (15.38%) CCNP
3 49 (14.50%) Security Cleared
4 45 (13.31%) Degree
5 44 (13.02%) CCIE
6 42 (12.43%) SC Cleared
7 25 (7.40%) CCDP
8 23 (6.80%) CISSP
8 23 (6.80%) CCNA
9 9 (2.66%) CCSP
10 7 (2.07%) Chartered Engineer
11 5 (1.48%) JNCIP
11 5 (1.48%) JNCIE
11 5 (1.48%) HND
12 4 (1.18%) DV Cleared
12 4 (1.18%) HNC
12 4 (1.18%) Check Point Certification
13 2 (0.59%) JNCIA
13 2 (0.59%) CCIP
14 1 (0.30%) CCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (4.44%) QA
2 14 (4.14%) PCI DSS
3 8 (2.37%) SLA
4 2 (0.59%) ISO 9002
5 1 (0.30%) JSP 440
System Software
1 13 (3.85%) Active Directory
2 11 (3.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (2.66%) VMware ESX
3 9 (2.66%) Firmware
4 8 (2.37%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (1.48%) vSphere
6 4 (1.18%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.89%) ProxySG
7 3 (0.89%) XenApp
7 3 (0.89%) Forefront TMG
8 1 (0.30%) PowerHA
Systems Management
1 6 (1.78%) CiscoWorks
2 5 (1.48%) Cisco CUCM
3 4 (1.18%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 4 (1.18%) OPNET
4 3 (0.89%) SCCM
5 1 (0.30%) SCOM
5 1 (0.30%) NSN NetAct
5 1 (0.30%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.30%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 133 (39.35%) Cisco
2 89 (26.33%) CheckPoint
3 48 (14.20%) Juniper
4 35 (10.36%) Microsoft
5 31 (9.17%) Nokia
6 29 (8.58%) F5
7 16 (4.73%) VMware
8 15 (4.44%) Citrix
9 14 (4.14%) Oracle
9 14 (4.14%) HP
10 13 (3.85%) Redback
11 12 (3.55%) Tufin
11 12 (3.55%) Radware
12 11 (3.25%) BT
12 11 (3.25%) Blue Coat
13 10 (2.96%) Fortinet
13 10 (2.96%) EMC
13 10 (2.96%) Ericsson
14 8 (2.37%) TippingPoint
14 8 (2.37%) BMC
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