The table below looks at the statistics for the Operations 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 Operations Engineer in their job title over the 3 months to 29 July 2015 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
29 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Operations Engineer
Rank 537 558 534
Rank change year-on-year
+21 -24
Contract jobs requiring an Operations Engineer 74 42 38
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.077% 0.074%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.14% 0.083% 0.080%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 9 19
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£320 £300 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -17.24%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £481 £440 £568
UK excluding London average daily rate £190 £363 £275
% change year-on-year
-47.58% +31.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 0
Average hourly rate £24.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.00 - -

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
52776 50579 47249
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.47% 92.50% 92.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 33542 30709 27642
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1943 1998 2143
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% -8.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £37.80 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -2.94%

Operations Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Operations Engineer Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Operations Engineer
Daily Rate Trend

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

Operations Engineer Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Operations Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Operations Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 29 July 2015.

Operations Engineer Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Operations Engineer
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Operations Engineer Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Operations 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 Operations Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 29 July 2015. 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 +21 74 £320 +6.66% 19
London +6 24 £370 +34.54% 8
East of England +22 22 £175 -58.82% 1
Norfolk - 21 £175 -
South East -19 13 £388 +29.16% 3
Berkshire +13 8 £388 +29.16%
Bristol - 6 £345 -
South West - 6 £345 -
Cheshire +1 5 - -
North West -15 5 - -
Yorkshire -18 5 £300 - 6
Macclesfield - 5 - -
West Yorkshire -18 4 £300 - 6
Leeds -21 4 £300 - 6
City of London +1 3 £325 +18.18% 1
Hampshire -1 3 £413 - 1
Bracknell - 3 - -
Reading - 3 £388 -
Croydon - 2 £413 -
Maidenhead - 2 - -
Oxfordshire -23 1 £190 - 1
Buckinghamshire - 1 - -
High Wycombe - 1 - -
South Yorkshire - 1 £500 -
Newbury - 1 £345 -
Basingstoke - 1 £413 - 1
Winchester - 1 £190 -
Hook - 1 £500 -
King's Lynn - 1 £175 -
Kidlington - 1 £190 -

Operations Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Operations 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 Operations Engineer in their job title.

1 60 (46.88%) Windows
2 53 (41.41%) VMware
3 38 (29.69%) Active Directory
4 32 (25.00%) Cisco
4 32 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 31 (24.22%) Linux
5 31 (24.22%) Citrix
6 30 (23.44%) VMware Infrastructure
6 30 (23.44%) Firewall
7 27 (21.09%) Windows Server 2003
8 26 (20.31%) HP
8 26 (20.31%) Windows 7
9 25 (19.53%) SQL
9 25 (19.53%) Xen
10 24 (18.75%) Finance
11 23 (17.97%) Microsoft
12 22 (17.19%) SAN
12 22 (17.19%) Puppet
13 21 (16.41%) Opscode Chef
13 21 (16.41%) CRM
13 21 (16.41%) ITIL
13 21 (16.41%) Disaster Recovery
14 20 (15.63%) DNS
14 20 (15.63%) DevOps
15 19 (14.84%) Security Cleared
15 19 (14.84%) SharePoint
15 19 (14.84%) Service Management
16 18 (14.06%) Backup Exec
16 18 (14.06%) Dynamics CRM
16 18 (14.06%) SAP

Operations Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Operations 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 Operations Engineer in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 19 (14.84%) SharePoint
2 17 (13.28%) IIS
2 17 (13.28%) BizTalk Server
3 9 (7.03%) MS Exchange
4 6 (4.69%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 5 (3.91%) Lync
5 5 (3.91%) Exchange Server 2010
6 4 (3.13%) Tomcat
7 3 (2.34%) Apache
8 2 (1.56%) CMS
8 2 (1.56%) Exchange Server 2013
8 2 (1.56%) WebSphere
8 2 (1.56%) Exchange Server 2007
8 2 (1.56%) Jetty
8 2 (1.56%) nginx
9 1 (0.78%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.78%) IBM HTTP Server
9 1 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.78%) WebLogic
9 1 (0.78%) JBoss
Applications
1 11 (8.59%) MS Office
2 3 (2.34%) MS Excel
3 1 (0.78%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.78%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 18 (14.06%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (6.25%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 11 (8.59%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (7.81%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (5.47%) Amazon EC2
4 5 (3.91%) Amazon S3
4 5 (3.91%) Amazon SQS
4 5 (3.91%) Amazon EMR
4 5 (3.91%) Amazon ELB
4 5 (3.91%) AWS CloudFormation
4 5 (3.91%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 5 (3.91%) Amazon CloudWatch
4 5 (3.91%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
4 5 (3.91%) AWS CloudTrail
5 3 (2.34%) Office 365
6 2 (1.56%) Google Cloud Platform
6 2 (1.56%) Google App Engine
6 2 (1.56%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 30 (23.44%) Firewall
2 22 (17.19%) SAN
3 20 (15.63%) DNS
4 16 (12.50%) MPLS
5 15 (11.72%) OSPF
5 15 (11.72%) BGP
5 15 (11.72%) HTTP
6 12 (9.38%) VPN
7 11 (8.59%) LAN
8 10 (7.81%) Junos
8 10 (7.81%) HSRP
9 9 (7.03%) WAN
9 9 (7.03%) Ethernet
9 9 (7.03%) VRRP
10 8 (6.25%) IPv4
10 8 (6.25%) TCP/IP
11 7 (5.47%) DHCP
11 7 (5.47%) Broadband
11 7 (5.47%) IPv6
11 7 (5.47%) L2TP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.91%) Amazon RDS
2 4 (3.13%) MySQL
2 4 (3.13%) SQL Server
3 3 (2.34%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (1.56%) Relational Database
4 2 (1.56%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.78%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.78%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.78%) DB2
5 1 (0.78%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 3 (2.34%) Jenkins
2 2 (1.56%) Artifactory
2 2 (1.56%) Ant
2 2 (1.56%) Subversion
3 1 (0.78%) Maven
3 1 (0.78%) JIRA
3 1 (0.78%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.78%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 24 (18.75%) Finance
2 11 (8.59%) Games
3 8 (6.25%) Telecoms
4 5 (3.91%) Pharmaceutical
5 4 (3.13%) Banking
6 2 (1.56%) Retail
6 2 (1.56%) Investment Banking
6 2 (1.56%) Corporate Banking
6 2 (1.56%) Back Office
7 1 (0.78%) Publishing
7 1 (0.78%) French Language
7 1 (0.78%) German Language
7 1 (0.78%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (6.25%) 802.1X
2 3 (2.34%) Web Services
3 2 (1.56%) XML
3 2 (1.56%) HTML
3 2 (1.56%) .NET
3 2 (1.56%) J2EE
3 2 (1.56%) CSS
3 2 (1.56%) Servlets
4 1 (0.78%) Application Packaging
4 1 (0.78%) Apache Flex
4 1 (0.78%) RESTful
4 1 (0.78%) RabbitMQ
4 1 (0.78%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 11 (8.59%) Streaming Video
1 11 (8.59%) iPhone
1 11 (8.59%) iPad
2 8 (6.25%) Management Information System
3 7 (5.47%) Data Centre
4 6 (4.69%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (3.91%) Blackberry
6 3 (2.34%) Thin Client
6 3 (2.34%) Fat Client
7 2 (1.56%) Private Cloud
7 2 (1.56%) NHS
7 2 (1.56%) CMDB
7 2 (1.56%) Wiki
8 1 (0.78%) Replication
8 1 (0.78%) Clustering
8 1 (0.78%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.78%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.78%) FlexPod
Operating Systems
1 60 (46.88%) Windows
2 32 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 31 (24.22%) Linux
4 27 (21.09%) Windows Server 2003
5 26 (20.31%) Windows 7
6 13 (10.16%) UNIX
7 6 (4.69%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (4.69%) CentOS
8 5 (3.91%) Ubuntu
9 3 (2.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (1.56%) Solaris
11 1 (0.78%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.78%) zOS
11 1 (0.78%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (16.41%) ITIL
1 21 (16.41%) CRM
1 21 (16.41%) Disaster Recovery
2 20 (15.63%) DevOps
3 19 (14.84%) Service Management
4 16 (12.50%) Load Balancing
5 15 (11.72%) Mentoring
6 14 (10.94%) Agile Software Development
7 13 (10.16%) Problem Management
8 11 (8.59%) Business Continuity
8 11 (8.59%) Service Delivery
9 10 (7.81%) ITSM
9 10 (7.81%) Server Building
9 10 (7.81%) Capacity Planning
10 6 (4.69%) Workflow
10 6 (4.69%) Change Management
10 6 (4.69%) Configuration Management
11 5 (3.91%) Process Management
11 5 (3.91%) Validation
11 5 (3.91%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 25 (19.53%) SQL
2 6 (4.69%) Java
3 3 (2.34%) Python
3 3 (2.34%) PowerShell
4 2 (1.56%) C
4 2 (1.56%) Ruby
4 2 (1.56%) Perl
5 1 (0.78%) VBScript
5 1 (0.78%) REXX
5 1 (0.78%) Shell Script
5 1 (0.78%) JCL
5 1 (0.78%) Jython
5 1 (0.78%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 19 (14.84%) Security Cleared
2 17 (13.28%) Cisco Certification
3 13 (10.16%) SC Cleared
4 12 (9.38%) CCNP
5 11 (8.59%) CCNA
6 8 (6.25%) CCIE
6 8 (6.25%) JNCIA
7 7 (5.47%) JNCIP
7 7 (5.47%) CCIP
7 7 (5.47%) Degree
8 6 (4.69%) Microsoft Certification
9 4 (3.13%) MCSE
10 2 (1.56%) MCSA
10 2 (1.56%) MCTS
10 2 (1.56%) MCITP
10 2 (1.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 2 (1.56%) DV Cleared
11 1 (0.78%) VCP4
11 1 (0.78%) VCAP
11 1 (0.78%) CCEE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (13.28%) SLA
2 2 (1.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 38 (29.69%) Active Directory
2 30 (23.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (19.53%) Xen
4 5 (3.91%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (3.13%) NLBS
6 3 (2.34%) Hyper-V
6 3 (2.34%) XenApp
7 2 (1.56%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 2 (1.56%) vSphere
7 2 (1.56%) Forefront TMG
8 1 (0.78%) NFS
8 1 (0.78%) VMware Server
8 1 (0.78%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.78%) Samba
8 1 (0.78%) VMware ESX
8 1 (0.78%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.78%) Docker
8 1 (0.78%) iptables
8 1 (0.78%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 22 (17.19%) Puppet
2 21 (16.41%) Opscode Chef
3 18 (14.06%) Backup Exec
4 6 (4.69%) FortiGate
5 4 (3.13%) WSUS
5 4 (3.13%) CA Spectrum
5 4 (3.13%) AirWatch
6 3 (2.34%) Ansible
6 3 (2.34%) Cisco UCCX
6 3 (2.34%) Cisco CUCM
6 3 (2.34%) SCOM
7 2 (1.56%) SCCM
7 2 (1.56%) HP Operations Orchestration
7 2 (1.56%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 2 (1.56%) Nagios
7 2 (1.56%) OpenView
7 2 (1.56%) CiscoWorks
7 2 (1.56%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 2 (1.56%) Salt
8 1 (0.78%) Opsview
Vendors
1 53 (41.41%) VMware
2 32 (25.00%) Cisco
3 31 (24.22%) Citrix
4 26 (20.31%) HP
5 23 (17.97%) Microsoft
6 18 (14.06%) SAP
6 18 (14.06%) Hitachi
6 18 (14.06%) Symantec
7 17 (13.28%) CheckPoint
8 13 (10.16%) Juniper
9 11 (8.59%) Barracuda Networks
10 7 (5.47%) BT
11 6 (4.69%) F5
11 6 (4.69%) CA
12 5 (3.91%) TippingPoint
13 4 (3.13%) Websense
14 3 (2.34%) Red Hat
14 3 (2.34%) McAfee
14 3 (2.34%) SolarWinds
14 3 (2.34%) Google