Period
to 26 September 2021

The median contractor rate for a 3rd Line Engineer was £339 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 26 September 2021.

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
26 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 516 422 457
Rank change year-on-year -94 +35 +79
Contract jobs requiring a 3rd Line Engineer 224 69 378
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.35% 0.27% 0.47%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.38% 0.29% 0.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 156 45 289
10th Percentile £224 £193 £213
25th Percentile £278 £250 £263
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £339 £325 £325
Median % change year-on-year +4.23% - -
75th Percentile £417 £353 £388
90th Percentile £475 £438 £438
UK median daily rate £339 £313 £325
% change year-on-year +8.40% -3.85% +0.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 3
10th Percentile £23.10 £19.58 £26.20
25th Percentile £23.25 £23.06 £26.50
Median hourly rate £23.50 £28.00 £27.00
Median % change year-on-year -16.07% +3.70% -20.59%
75th Percentile £23.75 £31.94 £30.76
90th Percentile £23.90 £32.73 £33.01
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £28.00 £42.00
% change year-on-year -16.07% -33.33% +25.37%

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 59,471 23,703 75,821
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.28% 92.59% 94.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 41,644 16,158 51,310
10th Percentile £300 £263 £263
25th Percentile £406 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £603 £575 £575
90th Percentile £700 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,828 755 2,406
10th Percentile £11.73 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.60 £14.25 £13.75
Median hourly rate £19.85 £22.00 £19.02
Median % change year-on-year -9.77% +15.70% +8.66%
75th Percentile £45.00 £44.13 £43.75
90th Percentile £61.33 £53.75 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £21.91 £19.00
% change year-on-year -8.72% +15.32% +8.57%

3rd Line Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings that featured 3rd Line Engineer in the job title as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing 3rd Line Engineer in England.

Daily rate trend for 3rd Line Engineer in England

3rd Line Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing 3rd Line Engineer in England over the 6 months to 26 September 2021.

Daily rate histogram for 3rd Line Engineer in England

3rd Line Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing 3rd Line Engineer in England.

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 26 September 2021. 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
North of England -36 45 £325 +18.18% 26
London -165 45 £365 +21.67% 22
South East -57 40 £350 +55.56% 14
Midlands -49 38 £320 -14.67% 17
South West -12 33 £338 +12.50% 12
West Midlands -53 29 £325 -13.33% 12
North West -32 28 £362 +31.64% 16
Yorkshire -33 16 £310 -4.62% 8
East of England -46 15 £338 +0.75% 12
East Midlands - 9 £313 - 5
North East - 1 £260 - 2
3rd Line Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 26 September 2021, 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.

1 151 (67.41%) Windows
2 120 (53.57%) Active Directory
3 106 (47.32%) Microsoft
4 105 (46.88%) Windows Server
5 95 (42.41%) Microsoft 365
6 94 (41.96%) VMware
7 79 (35.27%) Azure
8 71 (31.70%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 60 (26.79%) Cisco
10 58 (25.89%) SCCM
11 55 (24.55%) Security Cleared
12 48 (21.43%) ITIL
13 46 (20.54%) Windows 10
14 45 (20.09%) VMware Infrastructure
15 43 (19.20%) PowerShell
16 42 (18.75%) SQL
17 41 (18.30%) DNS
18 38 (16.96%) Citrix
19 37 (16.52%) Windows Server 2012
20 36 (16.07%) Social Skills
21 34 (15.18%) Firewall
22 30 (13.39%) DHCP
23 29 (12.95%) SharePoint
23 29 (12.95%) SC Cleared
24 28 (12.50%) SQL Server
25 27 (12.05%) Cisco Certification
25 27 (12.05%) Windows Server 2016
25 27 (12.05%) Microsoft Intune
26 26 (11.61%) Hyper-V
27 24 (10.71%) CCNP

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 29 (12.95%) SharePoint
2 19 (8.48%) MS Exchange
3 15 (6.70%) Exchange Server 2013
4 9 (4.02%) IIS
5 8 (3.57%) Skype for Business
6 6 (2.68%) SharePoint 2013
7 3 (1.34%) Apache
7 3 (1.34%) Exchange Server 2007
8 2 (0.89%) Confluence
8 2 (0.89%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.45%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2010
9 1 (0.45%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 15 (6.70%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.79%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.45%) Elite 3E
Cloud Services
1 95 (42.41%) Microsoft 365
2 79 (35.27%) Azure
3 20 (8.93%) Azure Active Directory
4 13 (5.80%) AWS
5 9 (4.02%) Mimecast
6 8 (3.57%) IaaS
7 4 (1.79%) Power Platform
7 4 (1.79%) PowerApps
8 3 (1.34%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 3 (1.34%) Azure Sentinel
9 2 (0.89%) GCP
9 2 (0.89%) Google Workspace
9 2 (0.89%) OneDrive
9 2 (0.89%) PaaS
9 2 (0.89%) SaaS
10 1 (0.45%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 41 (18.30%) DNS
2 34 (15.18%) Firewall
3 30 (13.39%) DHCP
4 16 (7.14%) SAN
5 15 (6.70%) VPN
5 15 (6.70%) WAN
6 14 (6.25%) TCP/IP
7 13 (5.80%) Wireless
8 10 (4.46%) Skype
8 10 (4.46%) VLAN
9 8 (3.57%) IPsec
9 8 (3.57%) LAN
9 8 (3.57%) Remote Desktop
9 8 (3.57%) VoIP
9 8 (3.57%) Wi-Fi
10 7 (3.13%) BGP
10 7 (3.13%) MPLS
10 7 (3.13%) NetScaler
11 5 (2.23%) Cisco ASA
11 5 (2.23%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 9 (4.02%) SQL Server 2012
3 5 (2.23%) SQL Server 2017
4 4 (1.79%) Power BI
5 3 (1.34%) SQL Server 2014
6 2 (0.89%) MySQL
6 2 (0.89%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (0.89%) SQL Server 2016
7 1 (0.45%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (0.45%) DTS
Development Applications
1 2 (0.89%) JIRA
2 1 (0.45%) MSI
2 1 (0.45%) Vagrant
General
1 36 (16.07%) Social Skills
2 14 (6.25%) Public Sector
3 10 (4.46%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (4.02%) Telecoms
5 8 (3.57%) Finance
6 5 (2.23%) Law
6 5 (2.23%) Manufacturing
6 5 (2.23%) Marketing
6 5 (2.23%) Organisational Skills
7 4 (1.79%) Documentation Skills
7 4 (1.79%) Electronics
8 3 (1.34%) Legal
9 2 (0.89%) Automotive
9 2 (0.89%) Presentation Skills
10 1 (0.45%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.45%) Back Office
10 1 (0.45%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (0.89%) Middleware
2 1 (0.45%) .NET
2 1 (0.45%) Elastic Stack
2 1 (0.45%) HTML
2 1 (0.45%) JSON
2 1 (0.45%) Software Packaging
2 1 (0.45%) Web Services
2 1 (0.45%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 20 (8.93%) Data Centre
2 14 (6.25%) Clustering
3 12 (5.36%) PKI
4 8 (3.57%) Self-Motivation
5 7 (3.13%) Greenfield Project
6 6 (2.68%) Enterprise Software
6 6 (2.68%) User Experience
7 5 (2.23%) Management Information System
7 5 (2.23%) NHS
8 3 (1.34%) Data Protection Act
8 3 (1.34%) Smartphone
9 2 (0.89%) Driving Licence
9 2 (0.89%) Replication
10 1 (0.45%) Client/Server
10 1 (0.45%) Fat Client
10 1 (0.45%) Microsoft Licensing
10 1 (0.45%) Thin Client
10 1 (0.45%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 151 (67.41%) Windows
2 105 (46.88%) Windows Server
3 46 (20.54%) Windows 10
4 37 (16.52%) Windows Server 2012
5 27 (12.05%) Windows Server 2016
6 23 (10.27%) Windows Server 2019
7 13 (5.80%) Linux
8 11 (4.91%) Windows 7
9 9 (4.02%) Windows Server 2008
10 6 (2.68%) Android
11 4 (1.79%) Apple iOS
12 3 (1.34%) Mac OS
12 3 (1.34%) Windows XP
13 2 (0.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (0.89%) Unix
13 2 (0.89%) Windows Server 2003
14 1 (0.45%) CentOS
14 1 (0.45%) Debian
14 1 (0.45%) VMS
14 1 (0.45%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (31.70%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 48 (21.43%) ITIL
3 15 (6.70%) Problem-Solving
4 12 (5.36%) Migration
4 12 (5.36%) Root Cause Analysis
4 12 (5.36%) Service Delivery
5 11 (4.91%) Incident Management
6 10 (4.46%) Problem Management
6 10 (4.46%) Server Management
7 9 (4.02%) Data Protection
7 9 (4.02%) Patch Management
8 8 (3.57%) Business Intelligence
8 8 (3.57%) IT Strategy
9 7 (3.13%) Analytics
9 7 (3.13%) Application Virtualisation
9 7 (3.13%) Change Management
10 6 (2.68%) DevOps
10 6 (2.68%) Preventative Maintenance
11 5 (2.23%) Customer Requirements
11 5 (2.23%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 43 (19.20%) PowerShell
2 42 (18.75%) SQL
3 8 (3.57%) Python
4 4 (1.79%) R
4 4 (1.79%) Ruby
5 3 (1.34%) Java
6 2 (0.89%) C
7 1 (0.45%) C#
7 1 (0.45%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 55 (24.55%) Security Cleared
2 29 (12.95%) SC Cleared
3 27 (12.05%) Cisco Certification
4 24 (10.71%) CCNP
5 20 (8.93%) Microsoft Certification
6 16 (7.14%) CCNA
7 12 (5.36%) DV Cleared
8 11 (4.91%) MCSE
9 7 (3.13%) MCSA
10 5 (2.23%) MCITP
10 5 (2.23%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 4 (1.79%) Degree
12 3 (1.34%) DBS Check
12 3 (1.34%) ITIL Certification
13 1 (0.45%) A+ Certification
13 1 (0.45%) CCA
13 1 (0.45%) CompTIA Security+
13 1 (0.45%) Computer Science Degree
13 1 (0.45%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 1 (0.45%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (7.14%) SLA
2 5 (2.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.45%) GDPR
System Software
1 120 (53.57%) Active Directory
2 45 (20.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 26 (11.61%) Hyper-V
4 20 (8.93%) VMware ESXi
5 19 (8.48%) Virtual Desktop
6 12 (5.36%) vSphere
7 8 (3.57%) Virtual Machines
7 8 (3.57%) XenApp
8 7 (3.13%) Microsoft App-V
8 7 (3.13%) XenDesktop
9 6 (2.68%) BitLocker
9 6 (2.68%) DFS Replication
10 4 (1.79%) Terminal Services
11 3 (1.34%) VMware Workstation
12 2 (0.89%) Virtual Servers
13 1 (0.45%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 1 (0.45%) Docker
13 1 (0.45%) Firmware
13 1 (0.45%) NFS
Systems Management
1 58 (25.89%) SCCM
2 27 (12.05%) Microsoft Intune
3 12 (5.36%) WSUS
4 9 (4.02%) SCOM
5 8 (3.57%) Microsoft Clustering
6 6 (2.68%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 6 (2.68%) Failover Clustering
6 6 (2.68%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 6 (2.68%) SCDPM
6 6 (2.68%) SCSM
6 6 (2.68%) SCVMM
6 6 (2.68%) vCenter Server
7 4 (1.79%) NetBackup
7 4 (1.79%) Terraform
8 3 (1.34%) FortiGate
8 3 (1.34%) Jamf Pro
8 3 (1.34%) Single Sign-On
8 3 (1.34%) SmoothWall
9 2 (0.89%) Red Hat Satellite
9 2 (0.89%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 106 (47.32%) Microsoft
2 94 (41.96%) VMware
3 60 (26.79%) Cisco
4 38 (16.96%) Citrix
5 22 (9.82%) Dell
6 17 (7.59%) HP
7 14 (6.25%) Juniper
8 10 (4.46%) Meraki
8 10 (4.46%) Veeam
9 9 (4.02%) NetApp
10 8 (3.57%) CheckPoint
11 6 (2.68%) ArcSight
11 6 (2.68%) Fortinet
11 6 (2.68%) SolarWinds
12 5 (2.23%) EMC
12 5 (2.23%) Symantec
13 4 (1.79%) Aruba
13 4 (1.79%) Google
13 4 (1.79%) Mitel
13 4 (1.79%) SAP