Period
to 15 November 2019

The median contractor rate for a 3rd Line Engineer was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 15 November 2019.

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.

Third Line Engineer
UK > England
6 months to
15 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 413 520 489
Rank change year-on-year +107 -31 -34
Contract jobs requiring a 3rd Line Engineer 384 354 405
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.50% 0.37% 0.43%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.53% 0.39% 0.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 286 215 293
England median daily rate £325 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +8.33% +9.09%
10th Percentile £213 £222 £180
90th Percentile £425 £438 £412
UK median daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year - +8.33% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 14 17
England median hourly rate £35.00 £28.38 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.33% +41.90% -12.09%
10th Percentile £27.80 £21.76 £12.24
90th Percentile £39.20 £36.28 £84.00
UK median hourly rate £42.00 £28.38 £20.00
% change year-on-year +47.99% +41.90% -12.09%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England. 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
England
Contract vacancies in England with a recognized job title 72,088 90,275 89,898
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.04% 94.78% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 47,777 60,361 59,836
England median daily rate £473 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £263 £275 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £445
% change year-on-year +2.78% +1.12% +4.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,596 2,782 2,662
England median hourly rate £19.46 £18.50 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.19% -1.07% +3.89%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.88
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £48.09
UK median hourly rate £19.71 £18.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year +9.50% -3.74% +3.89%

3rd Line Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings that featured 3rd Line Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for 3rd Line Engineer in England

3rd Line Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for 3rd Line Engineer in England

3rd Line Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing 3rd Line Engineer in England over the 6 months to 15 November 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for 3rd Line Engineer in England

3rd Line Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for 3rd Line Engineer in England

3rd Line Engineer
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing 3rd Line Engineer within the England region over the 6 months to 15 November 2019. 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
London +57 91 £325 -1.52% 39
South East +45 72 £325 -2.69% 33
North of England +36 67 £323 -0.77% 53
South West +19 58 £288 +4.55% 17
Midlands +47 54 £330 +5.60% 21
East of England +67 43 £313 +29.53% 21
Yorkshire +45 37 £325 -3.70% 22
West Midlands +43 32 £320 +3.23% 9
North West +11 23 £300 - 24
East Midlands +28 22 £350 +1.82% 12
North East +27 7 £298 +12.26% 7
3rd Line Engineer
UK

3rd Line Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 15 November 2019, 3rd Line Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region featuring 3rd Line Engineer in the job title.

1 294 (76.56%) Windows
2 246 (64.06%) Active Directory
3 202 (52.60%) Windows Server
4 163 (42.45%) VMware
5 158 (41.15%) Office 365
6 132 (34.38%) Microsoft
7 120 (31.25%) SCCM
8 100 (26.04%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 95 (24.74%) Windows 10
10 94 (24.48%) Windows Server 2012
11 81 (21.09%) DNS
11 81 (21.09%) ITIL
12 80 (20.83%) Azure
13 73 (19.01%) Citrix
14 72 (18.75%) PowerShell
15 70 (18.23%) DHCP
16 66 (17.19%) Windows Server 2008
17 65 (16.93%) Security Cleared
17 65 (16.93%) Hyper-V
18 62 (16.15%) VMware Infrastructure
19 59 (15.36%) MS Exchange
20 58 (15.10%) WAN
21 55 (14.32%) Skype
22 54 (14.06%) Cisco
22 54 (14.06%) Firewall
23 50 (13.02%) LAN
24 48 (12.50%) SQL Server
25 47 (12.24%) SQL
26 45 (11.72%) Skype for Business
27 40 (10.42%) SC Cleared

3rd Line Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 59 (15.36%) MS Exchange
2 45 (11.72%) Skype for Business
3 32 (8.33%) SharePoint
4 23 (5.99%) Exchange Server 2013
5 19 (4.95%) Exchange Server 2010
6 18 (4.69%) IIS
7 7 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2007
8 5 (1.30%) Confluence
9 3 (0.78%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 2 (0.52%) SharePoint 2013
11 1 (0.26%) BizTalk Server
11 1 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2000
11 1 (0.26%) SharePoint 2010
11 1 (0.26%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 27 (7.03%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.04%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.26%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.26%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (0.52%) Infor SunSystems
1 2 (0.52%) Workfront
2 1 (0.26%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.26%) Veritas eDiscovery
Cloud Services
1 158 (41.15%) Office 365
2 80 (20.83%) Azure
3 28 (7.29%) AWS
4 16 (4.17%) Azure Active Directory
5 4 (1.04%) G Suite
5 4 (1.04%) GCP
6 3 (0.78%) IaaS
6 3 (0.78%) Mimecast
7 2 (0.52%) OneDrive
7 2 (0.52%) PaaS
7 2 (0.52%) Power Platform
8 1 (0.26%) IBM Cloud
8 1 (0.26%) SaaS
8 1 (0.26%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 81 (21.09%) DNS
2 70 (18.23%) DHCP
3 58 (15.10%) WAN
4 55 (14.32%) Skype
5 54 (14.06%) Firewall
6 50 (13.02%) LAN
7 27 (7.03%) TCP/IP
8 24 (6.25%) SAN
9 21 (5.47%) VPN
10 19 (4.95%) VLAN
11 17 (4.43%) Wireless
12 12 (3.13%) Wi-Fi
13 9 (2.34%) BGP
13 9 (2.34%) MPLS
13 9 (2.34%) WLAN
14 7 (1.82%) H.323
14 7 (1.82%) ISDN
14 7 (1.82%) VoIP
15 6 (1.56%) NetScaler
15 6 (1.56%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.04%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (0.78%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (0.78%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (0.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (0.52%) Crystal Reports
4 2 (0.52%) MySQL
4 2 (0.52%) Oracle Database
4 2 (0.52%) Power BI
4 2 (0.52%) SQL Server 2016
5 1 (0.26%) DB2
5 1 (0.26%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.26%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 6 (1.56%) JIRA
2 2 (0.52%) Hudson
3 1 (0.26%) MSI
General
1 31 (8.07%) Finance
2 20 (5.21%) Public Sector
3 19 (4.95%) Retail
4 12 (3.13%) Banking
5 6 (1.56%) Automotive
6 4 (1.04%) Back Office
6 4 (1.04%) Local Government
7 3 (0.78%) Front Office
7 3 (0.78%) Investment Banking
7 3 (0.78%) Telecoms
8 2 (0.52%) Advertising
8 2 (0.52%) Law
8 2 (0.52%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.26%) Games
9 1 (0.26%) Social Housing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (1.56%) Web Services
2 4 (1.04%) Software Packaging
3 2 (0.52%) .NET
3 2 (0.52%) LDAP
3 2 (0.52%) ODBC
4 1 (0.26%) 802.1X
4 1 (0.26%) Middleware
4 1 (0.26%) XML
4 1 (0.26%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 23 (5.99%) Data Centre
2 20 (5.21%) Analytical Skills
3 12 (3.13%) Replication
4 10 (2.60%) Clustering
5 8 (2.08%) PKI
6 5 (1.30%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 5 (1.30%) Enterprise Storage
6 5 (1.30%) Management Information System
7 4 (1.04%) Driving Licence
7 4 (1.04%) Enterprise Software
7 4 (1.04%) FMCG
7 4 (1.04%) Self-Motivation
7 4 (1.04%) Video Conferencing
8 3 (0.78%) Digital Media
8 3 (0.78%) HP StoreVirtual
8 3 (0.78%) Microsoft Licensing
8 3 (0.78%) NHS
8 3 (0.78%) Public Cloud
8 3 (0.78%) User Experience
9 2 (0.52%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 294 (76.56%) Windows
2 202 (52.60%) Windows Server
3 95 (24.74%) Windows 10
4 94 (24.48%) Windows Server 2012
5 66 (17.19%) Windows Server 2008
6 39 (10.16%) Windows 7
7 36 (9.38%) Linux
8 14 (3.65%) Windows 8
9 8 (2.08%) Unix
10 7 (1.82%) Windows XP
11 5 (1.30%) Ubuntu
12 4 (1.04%) Windows Server 2003
13 2 (0.52%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.52%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (0.52%) Solaris
13 2 (0.52%) Windows NT
14 1 (0.26%) AIX
14 1 (0.26%) Data ONTAP
14 1 (0.26%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 100 (26.04%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 81 (21.09%) ITIL
3 22 (5.73%) Migration
3 22 (5.73%) Problem-Solving
4 18 (4.69%) Change Management
5 13 (3.39%) Incident Management
5 13 (3.39%) ITIL V3
6 11 (2.86%) Mentoring
6 11 (2.86%) Root Cause Analysis
7 9 (2.34%) Configuration Management
7 9 (2.34%) Disaster Recovery
7 9 (2.34%) Patch Management
7 9 (2.34%) Project Delivery
7 9 (2.34%) Project Management
8 8 (2.08%) Application Virtualisation
8 8 (2.08%) Data Protection
9 7 (1.82%) Application Packaging
9 7 (1.82%) Business Continuity
9 7 (1.82%) Problem Management
9 7 (1.82%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 72 (18.75%) PowerShell
2 47 (12.24%) SQL
3 6 (1.56%) VBScript
4 4 (1.04%) Bash Shell
4 4 (1.04%) Perl
4 4 (1.04%) Shell Script
5 3 (0.78%) Python
6 2 (0.52%) C
6 2 (0.52%) VB
6 2 (0.52%) VB6
7 1 (0.26%) RPG
7 1 (0.26%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 65 (16.93%) Security Cleared
2 40 (10.42%) SC Cleared
3 33 (8.59%) Microsoft Certification
4 24 (6.25%) MCSE
5 21 (5.47%) DV Cleared
6 18 (4.69%) Cisco Certification
7 15 (3.91%) MCSA
8 12 (3.13%) CCNA
9 11 (2.86%) CCNP
10 9 (2.34%) Degree
10 9 (2.34%) ITIL Certification
10 9 (2.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 5 (1.30%) JNCIA
11 5 (1.30%) MCP
12 4 (1.04%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 3 (0.78%) DBS Check
14 2 (0.52%) JNCIP
14 2 (0.52%) JNCIS
14 2 (0.52%) MOS
14 2 (0.52%) NCDA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (7.55%) SLA
2 3 (0.78%) Government Security Classifications
2 3 (0.78%) NCSC
3 2 (0.52%) QA
4 1 (0.26%) GxP
4 1 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 246 (64.06%) Active Directory
2 65 (16.93%) Hyper-V
3 62 (16.15%) VMware Infrastructure
4 28 (7.29%) XenApp
5 16 (4.17%) XenDesktop
6 15 (3.91%) Virtual Servers
7 14 (3.65%) vSphere
8 13 (3.39%) Virtual Machines
8 13 (3.39%) VMware ESXi
9 10 (2.60%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 9 (2.34%) Microsoft App-V
11 8 (2.08%) Terminal Services
12 5 (1.30%) DFS Replication
13 4 (1.04%) BitLocker
13 4 (1.04%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 4 (1.04%) Virtual Desktop
14 2 (0.52%) vCloud
15 1 (0.26%) Forefront TMG
15 1 (0.26%) ISA Server
15 1 (0.26%) UAG
Systems Management
1 120 (31.25%) SCCM
2 20 (5.21%) SCOM
3 16 (4.17%) WSUS
4 14 (3.65%) Microsoft Intune
5 12 (3.13%) FortiGate
6 11 (2.86%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 9 (2.34%) McAfee ePO
7 9 (2.34%) NetBackup
8 6 (1.56%) Backup Exec
8 6 (1.56%) vCenter Server
9 5 (1.30%) Norton AntiVirus
10 4 (1.04%) Failover Clustering
10 4 (1.04%) Microsoft Clustering
10 4 (1.04%) SCVMM
11 3 (0.78%) Jamf Pro
11 3 (0.78%) SCDPM
11 3 (0.78%) SCSM
11 3 (0.78%) SolarWinds Orion
12 2 (0.52%) Nagios
13 1 (0.26%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 163 (42.45%) VMware
2 132 (34.38%) Microsoft
3 73 (19.01%) Citrix
4 54 (14.06%) Cisco
5 20 (5.21%) McAfee
6 17 (4.43%) HP
7 16 (4.17%) Dell
7 16 (4.17%) NetApp
8 12 (3.13%) Juniper
8 12 (3.13%) Sophos
9 11 (2.86%) Meraki
10 10 (2.60%) Palo Alto
11 9 (2.34%) Fortinet
12 8 (2.08%) Symantec
13 7 (1.82%) Google
13 7 (1.82%) Ivanti
13 7 (1.82%) Veeam
14 5 (1.30%) CheckPoint
14 5 (1.30%) Remedy
14 5 (1.30%) ServiceNow