Period
to 31 May 2020

The median contractor rate for a 3rd Line Engineer was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 31 May 2020.

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
31 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 442 529 518
Rank change year-on-year +87 -11 -12
Contract jobs requiring a 3rd Line Engineer 150 307 390
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.36% 0.37% 0.42%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.38% 0.39% 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 101 221 285
Median daily rate £325 £340 £301
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.41% +13.14% +0.17%
10th Percentile £225 £206 £210
90th Percentile £450 £441 £432
UK median daily rate £325 £340 £300
% change year-on-year -4.41% +13.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 6 12
Median hourly rate £29.99 £34.51 £43.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.11% -19.74% +91.11%
10th Percentile £21.93 £30.76 £18.73
90th Percentile £35.00 £108.13 £56.12
UK median hourly rate £33.49 £42.00 £43.00
% change year-on-year -20.26% -2.33% +91.11%

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 38,975 79,002 87,673
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.78% 94.57% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,909 52,454 57,960
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +4.65%
10th Percentile £255 £280 £273
90th Percentile £663 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £466 £473 £450
% change year-on-year -1.37% +5.00% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,555 2,460 2,758
Median hourly rate £21.50 £19.50 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.26% +4.28% -1.58%
10th Percentile £12.02 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £51.75 £51.27 £48.75
Median hourly rate £21.50 £19.03 £18.12
% change year-on-year +12.98% +5.04% -4.37%

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 31 May 2020.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing 3rd Line Engineer in England over the 6 months to 31 May 2020.

Hourly rate histogram 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 31 May 2020. 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 +103 40 £306 -12.50% 2
South West +35 26 £344 -1.79% 7
South East +119 25 £300 -23.08% 6
North of England +81 24 £300 -3.61% 4
Midlands +84 19 £425 +32.81% 3
West Midlands +78 17 £450 +25.00%
East of England +59 16 £344 +1.85%
Yorkshire +53 13 £325 +4.84% 2
North West +52 7 £245 -21.60% 2
North East +30 4 £263 -12.50%
East Midlands +26 2 £303 - 3
3rd Line Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 31 May 2020, 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 99 (66.00%) Windows
2 78 (52.00%) Active Directory
3 63 (42.00%) Windows Server
4 59 (39.33%) Microsoft
5 58 (38.67%) VMware
6 47 (31.33%) Office 365
7 46 (30.67%) Azure
8 43 (28.67%) SCCM
9 40 (26.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 37 (24.67%) ITIL
11 33 (22.00%) Security Cleared
11 33 (22.00%) PowerShell
12 32 (21.33%) Windows Server 2016
13 31 (20.67%) Hyper-V
14 30 (20.00%) Cisco
15 29 (19.33%) Citrix
15 29 (19.33%) Windows Server 2012
16 28 (18.67%) Windows 10
16 28 (18.67%) Windows Server 2008
17 27 (18.00%) VMware Infrastructure
18 26 (17.33%) DHCP
18 26 (17.33%) DNS
19 25 (16.67%) WAN
20 21 (14.00%) VMware ESXi
20 21 (14.00%) Firewall
21 20 (13.33%) Migration
22 19 (12.67%) LAN
23 18 (12.00%) Microsoft Certification
24 17 (11.33%) Windows 7
25 16 (10.67%) MPLS

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 16 (10.67%) SharePoint
2 12 (8.00%) Skype for Business
3 11 (7.33%) MS Exchange
4 9 (6.00%) IIS
5 8 (5.33%) Exchange Server 2013
6 7 (4.67%) Exchange Server 2010
7 4 (2.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 4 (2.67%) Documentum
8 1 (0.67%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.67%) Tomcat
Applications
1 8 (5.33%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.33%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.67%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 47 (31.33%) Office 365
2 46 (30.67%) Azure
3 13 (8.67%) AWS
4 6 (4.00%) Azure Active Directory
5 5 (3.33%) OneDrive
6 4 (2.67%) G Suite
7 3 (2.00%) GCP
7 3 (2.00%) IaaS
8 1 (0.67%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.67%) IBM Cloud
8 1 (0.67%) Mimecast
8 1 (0.67%) PaaS
8 1 (0.67%) Power Platform
8 1 (0.67%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 26 (17.33%) DHCP
1 26 (17.33%) DNS
2 25 (16.67%) WAN
3 21 (14.00%) Firewall
4 19 (12.67%) LAN
5 16 (10.67%) MPLS
6 15 (10.00%) Skype
7 14 (9.33%) BGP
8 13 (8.67%) SAN
9 11 (7.33%) VPN
10 9 (6.00%) NetScaler
11 7 (4.67%) IPsec
11 7 (4.67%) VLAN
11 7 (4.67%) Wireless
12 5 (3.33%) OSPF
12 5 (3.33%) TCP/IP
13 4 (2.67%) Cisco ASA
13 4 (2.67%) Wi-Fi
14 3 (2.00%) Cisco IOS
14 3 (2.00%) Junos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (8.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.67%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (0.67%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 3 (2.00%) Git (software)
1 3 (2.00%) Subversion
2 1 (0.67%) MSI
General
1 10 (6.67%) Public Sector
2 9 (6.00%) Finance
3 3 (2.00%) Retail
4 1 (0.67%) Aerospace
4 1 (0.67%) Automotive
4 1 (0.67%) Banking
4 1 (0.67%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.67%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (4.00%) Software Packaging
2 3 (2.00%) LDAP
3 2 (1.33%) .NET
4 1 (0.67%) Apache Flex
4 1 (0.67%) COM
4 1 (0.67%) OAuth
4 1 (0.67%) OpenID
4 1 (0.67%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 13 (8.67%) Data Centre
2 10 (6.67%) PKI
3 8 (5.33%) Clustering
3 8 (5.33%) User Experience
4 5 (3.33%) Replication
5 3 (2.00%) Blackberry
6 2 (1.33%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (1.33%) Fat Client
6 2 (1.33%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.33%) Self-Motivation
6 2 (1.33%) Thin Client
7 1 (0.67%) BYOD
7 1 (0.67%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.67%) Fibre Optics
7 1 (0.67%) HP StoreVirtual
7 1 (0.67%) Microsoft Licensing
7 1 (0.67%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 99 (66.00%) Windows
2 63 (42.00%) Windows Server
3 32 (21.33%) Windows Server 2016
4 29 (19.33%) Windows Server 2012
5 28 (18.67%) Windows 10
5 28 (18.67%) Windows Server 2008
6 17 (11.33%) Windows 7
7 12 (8.00%) Windows Server 2019
8 10 (6.67%) Android
9 8 (5.33%) Apple iOS
9 8 (5.33%) Linux
10 5 (3.33%) Mac OS
10 5 (3.33%) Windows Server 2003
11 2 (1.33%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (26.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 37 (24.67%) ITIL
3 20 (13.33%) Migration
4 11 (7.33%) Application Virtualisation
5 7 (4.67%) Data Protection
5 7 (4.67%) ITIL V3
6 6 (4.00%) Asset Management
6 6 (4.00%) Compatibility Testing
6 6 (4.00%) Incident Management
6 6 (4.00%) Root Cause Analysis
6 6 (4.00%) Software Distribution
6 6 (4.00%) Workload Management
7 5 (3.33%) Change Control
7 5 (3.33%) Cybersecurity
7 5 (3.33%) Disaster Recovery
7 5 (3.33%) Server Building
7 5 (3.33%) Service Delivery
7 5 (3.33%) Software Engineering
8 4 (2.67%) Agile Software Development
8 4 (2.67%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 33 (22.00%) PowerShell
2 13 (8.67%) SQL
3 3 (2.00%) Bash Shell
3 3 (2.00%) Python
4 2 (1.33%) VBA
5 1 (0.67%) C
5 1 (0.67%) Java
Qualifications
1 33 (22.00%) Security Cleared
2 18 (12.00%) Microsoft Certification
3 15 (10.00%) Cisco Certification
4 14 (9.33%) SC Cleared
5 13 (8.67%) MCSE
6 12 (8.00%) CCNA
7 11 (7.33%) DV Cleared
8 7 (4.67%) CCNP
8 7 (4.67%) MCSA
9 4 (2.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 3 (2.00%) Degree
10 3 (2.00%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (1.33%) Citrix Certification
11 2 (1.33%) MCITP
11 2 (1.33%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 1 (0.67%) JNCIA
12 1 (0.67%) JNCIP
12 1 (0.67%) JNCIS
12 1 (0.67%) MCP
12 1 (0.67%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (8.00%) SLA
2 4 (2.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.33%) GDPR
4 1 (0.67%) Government Security Classifications
4 1 (0.67%) ISO 14001
4 1 (0.67%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.67%) NCSC
System Software
1 78 (52.00%) Active Directory
2 31 (20.67%) Hyper-V
3 27 (18.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 21 (14.00%) VMware ESXi
5 15 (10.00%) Microsoft App-V
6 12 (8.00%) vSphere
7 9 (6.00%) XenDesktop
8 7 (4.67%) XenApp
9 6 (4.00%) Virtual Machines
10 5 (3.33%) DFS Replication
10 5 (3.33%) Virtual Desktop
11 4 (2.67%) BitLocker
12 3 (2.00%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 3 (2.00%) Terminal Services
12 3 (2.00%) vCloud
13 1 (0.67%) Firmware
13 1 (0.67%) Forefront TMG
13 1 (0.67%) ISA Server
13 1 (0.67%) UAG
13 1 (0.67%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 43 (28.67%) SCCM
2 11 (7.33%) Microsoft Intune
2 11 (7.33%) SCOM
3 7 (4.67%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 6 (4.00%) Microsoft Clustering
4 6 (4.00%) WSUS
5 5 (3.33%) Failover Clustering
6 4 (2.67%) AirWatch
6 4 (2.67%) McAfee ePO
6 4 (2.67%) SCDPM
6 4 (2.67%) SCSM
6 4 (2.67%) SCVMM
7 3 (2.00%) Ansible
7 3 (2.00%) Puppet
7 3 (2.00%) Single Sign-On
7 3 (2.00%) ZABBIX
8 2 (1.33%) FortiGate
8 2 (1.33%) NetBackup
8 2 (1.33%) vCenter Server
8 2 (1.33%) vMotion
Vendors
1 59 (39.33%) Microsoft
2 58 (38.67%) VMware
3 30 (20.00%) Cisco
4 29 (19.33%) Citrix
5 15 (10.00%) Dell
6 12 (8.00%) Juniper
7 11 (7.33%) HP
8 8 (5.33%) SolarWinds
9 6 (4.00%) NetApp
10 5 (3.33%) ArcSight
10 5 (3.33%) Symantec
11 4 (2.67%) Brocade
11 4 (2.67%) McAfee
12 3 (2.00%) 3PAR
12 3 (2.00%) EMC
12 3 (2.00%) Hitachi
12 3 (2.00%) Okta
12 3 (2.00%) Palo Alto
12 3 (2.00%) Red Hat
12 3 (2.00%) Sophos