Period
to 24 October 2021

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Data Centre in contract job vacancies advertised in England. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Data Centre over the 6 months to 24 October 2021 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

Data Center
UK > England
6 months to
24 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 133 115 93
Rank change year-on-year -18 -22 +7
Contract jobs citing Data Centre 1,355 588 2,030
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.02% 2.15% 2.63%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 6.58% 6.67% 9.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 916 406 1,378
10th Percentile £311 £263 £250
25th Percentile £410 £363 £344
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £469 £450
Median % change year-on-year +6.67% +4.17% -
75th Percentile £588 £588 £538
90th Percentile £688 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +11.11% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 19 62
10th Percentile £14.89 £18.63 £14.10
25th Percentile £21.19 £31.03 £16.13
Median hourly rate £39.75 £40.00 £33.25
Median % change year-on-year -0.63% +20.30% +54.65%
75th Percentile £54.25 £64.50 £78.75
90th Percentile £68.58 £66.00 £83.75
UK median hourly rate £39.60 £46.25 £23.13
% change year-on-year -14.38% +100.00% +6.27%

Data Centre is in the Generic IT Skills category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for generic IT skills.

All Generic IT Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 20,604 8,817 22,325
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 30.64% 32.25% 28.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,603 6,109 14,879
10th Percentile £300 £274 £275
25th Percentile £413 £375 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £638 £613 £588
90th Percentile £730 £725 £675
UK median daily rate £525 £480 £475
% change year-on-year +9.38% +1.05% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 617 271 784
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.62
25th Percentile £15.04 £16.24 £14.28
Median hourly rate £24.00 £27.50 £20.50
Median % change year-on-year -12.73% +34.15% +1.23%
75th Percentile £48.75 £45.25 £47.50
90th Percentile £63.90 £60.00 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £24.27 £26.22 £20.50
% change year-on-year -7.44% +27.90% +2.50%

Data Centre
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Data Centre as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Data Centre in England

Data Centre
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Data Centre in England.

Daily rate trend for Data Centre in England

Data Centre
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Data Centre in England over the 6 months to 24 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Data Centre in England

Data Centre
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Data Centre in England.

Hourly rate trend for Data Centre in England

Data Centre
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Data Centre in England over the 6 months to 24 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Data Centre in England

Data Centre
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 Data Centre within the England region over the 6 months to 24 October 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
London -38 561 £525 +6.06% 151
South East -15 244 £458 +0.27% 92
North of England +16 142 £450 +20.00% 81
Midlands +2 109 £450 +28.57% 62
South West -13 104 £425 -10.53% 27
North West 0 78 £425 -10.53% 44
West Midlands -28 66 £438 +31.58% 40
East of England -25 64 £425 +61.90% 33
Yorkshire -21 55 £500 +33.33% 25
East Midlands -5 40 £488 +39.29% 22
North East +2 9 £413 +243.75% 12
Data Centre
UK

For the 6 months to 24 October 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Data Centre also mentioned the following 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 with a requirement for Data Centre.

1 428 (31.59%) Migration
2 396 (29.23%) Azure
3 312 (23.03%) Windows
4 306 (22.58%) VMware
5 288 (21.25%) AWS
6 276 (20.37%) Cisco
7 275 (20.30%) Social Skills
8 272 (20.07%) Microsoft
9 266 (19.63%) Firewall
10 242 (17.86%) Finance
11 235 (17.34%) Security Cleared
12 229 (16.90%) Agile Software Development
13 220 (16.24%) Linux
14 196 (14.46%) DevOps
15 185 (13.65%) SC Cleared
15 185 (13.65%) VMware Infrastructure
16 182 (13.43%) WAN
17 176 (12.99%) LAN
17 176 (12.99%) Active Directory
18 149 (11.00%) Python
19 143 (10.55%) ITIL
20 140 (10.33%) Terraform
20 140 (10.33%) Windows Server
21 139 (10.26%) Project Management
22 136 (10.04%) Ansible
23 120 (8.86%) Microsoft 365
24 112 (8.27%) Disaster Recovery
25 110 (8.12%) Cisco Certification
25 110 (8.12%) Infrastructure Engineering
26 106 (7.82%) Kubernetes

Data Centre
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 40 (2.95%) SharePoint
2 39 (2.88%) Confluence
3 37 (2.73%) OpenStack
4 22 (1.62%) Apache
5 19 (1.40%) MS Exchange
6 14 (1.03%) Apache Spark
7 11 (0.81%) Apache Airflow
7 11 (0.81%) IIS
7 11 (0.81%) Luigi
7 11 (0.81%) nginx
8 10 (0.74%) Tomcat
9 8 (0.59%) WebSphere
10 7 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2013
11 6 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2010
12 5 (0.37%) Elasticsearch
13 4 (0.30%) Mattermost
13 4 (0.30%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 3 (0.22%) CMS
15 2 (0.15%) JBoss
15 2 (0.15%) WebLogic
Applications
1 44 (3.25%) Microsoft Office
2 37 (2.73%) Microsoft Excel
3 35 (2.58%) MS Visio
4 24 (1.77%) Microsoft Project
5 15 (1.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 7 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.15%) Inkscape
7 2 (0.15%) Open Workbench
7 2 (0.15%) SOLIDWORKS
8 1 (0.074%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.074%) Revit
Business Applications
1 9 (0.66%) Cloudability
2 5 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.22%) SAP ERP
4 2 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.15%) Oracle EBS R12
4 2 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
4 2 (0.15%) Summit
5 1 (0.074%) FLEXCUBE
5 1 (0.074%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 396 (29.23%) Azure
2 288 (21.25%) AWS
3 120 (8.86%) Microsoft 365
4 95 (7.01%) IaaS
5 89 (6.57%) PaaS
6 80 (5.90%) GCP
7 68 (5.02%) SaaS
8 51 (3.76%) AWS CloudFormation
9 45 (3.32%) Serverless
10 34 (2.51%) Azure Active Directory
11 25 (1.85%) Cloud Computing
12 24 (1.77%) AWS CodePipeline
13 22 (1.62%) Amazon EKS
14 20 (1.48%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 20 (1.48%) GitHub
15 17 (1.25%) Amazon EC2
15 17 (1.25%) AWS Lambda
16 14 (1.03%) AWS CodeCommit
17 12 (0.89%) Azure ExpressRoute
18 11 (0.81%) Azure Cosmos DB
Communications & Networking
1 266 (19.63%) Firewall
2 182 (13.43%) WAN
3 176 (12.99%) LAN
4 96 (7.08%) Network Security
5 89 (6.57%) VPN
6 87 (6.42%) DNS
7 78 (5.76%) BGP
7 78 (5.76%) SAN
8 74 (5.46%) Wireless
9 64 (4.72%) OSPF
10 61 (4.50%) Internet
11 54 (3.99%) DHCP
12 51 (3.76%) Cisco Nexus
12 51 (3.76%) MPLS
13 44 (3.25%) SD-WAN
14 43 (3.17%) TCP/IP
15 36 (2.66%) VSAN
16 33 (2.44%) Cisco ASA
17 32 (2.36%) NAS
18 30 (2.21%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (4.21%) SQL Server
2 36 (2.66%) PostgreSQL
3 35 (2.58%) Big Data
4 25 (1.85%) NoSQL
5 24 (1.77%) Oracle Database
6 19 (1.40%) Amazon RDS
6 19 (1.40%) Relational Database
7 18 (1.33%) Hadoop
8 17 (1.25%) MySQL
9 14 (1.03%) Data Warehouse
10 13 (0.96%) Apache Cassandra
11 12 (0.89%) DB2
12 11 (0.81%) Azkaban
12 11 (0.81%) Metadata
12 11 (0.81%) Spark SQL
13 9 (0.66%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 9 (0.66%) MongoDB
14 7 (0.52%) Oracle Exadata
15 6 (0.44%) Azure SQL Database
16 5 (0.37%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 57 (4.21%) JIRA
2 50 (3.69%) Jenkins
3 36 (2.66%) Git (software)
4 22 (1.62%) GitLab
5 15 (1.11%) Terragrunt
6 14 (1.03%) Sonatype Nexus
7 5 (0.37%) Bitbucket
7 5 (0.37%) Maven
7 5 (0.37%) Vagrant
8 4 (0.30%) Cucumber
8 4 (0.30%) Gradle
8 4 (0.30%) Selenium
8 4 (0.30%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 3 (0.22%) Visual Studio
10 2 (0.15%) eggPlant
10 2 (0.15%) Postman
10 2 (0.15%) SoapUI
10 2 (0.15%) TeamCity
11 1 (0.074%) SonarQube
11 1 (0.074%) webpack
General
1 275 (20.30%) Social Skills
2 242 (17.86%) Finance
3 83 (6.13%) Public Sector
4 66 (4.87%) Telecoms
5 54 (3.99%) Analytical Skills
6 46 (3.39%) Presentation Skills
7 45 (3.32%) Banking
8 33 (2.44%) Legal
9 29 (2.14%) Documentation Skills
10 21 (1.55%) Financial Institution
10 21 (1.55%) Influencing Skills
11 17 (1.25%) Organisational Skills
12 16 (1.18%) Local Government
13 14 (1.03%) Retail
14 13 (0.96%) Marketing
15 10 (0.74%) Games
15 10 (0.74%) Military
16 9 (0.66%) Law
16 9 (0.66%) Manufacturing
17 7 (0.52%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 269 (19.85%) Architect
2 151 (11.14%) Project Manager
3 115 (8.49%) Network Engineer
4 93 (6.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 74 (5.46%) Analyst
6 62 (4.58%) Consultant
7 61 (4.50%) Infrastructure Manager
8 58 (4.28%) DevOps Engineer
9 50 (3.69%) AWS Architect
9 50 (3.69%) Solutions Architect
10 47 (3.47%) Infrastructure Architect
11 45 (3.32%) Cloud Architect
12 43 (3.17%) Azure Engineer
13 42 (3.10%) Data Centre Engineer
14 40 (2.95%) Business Analyst
15 37 (2.73%) Network Architect
16 36 (2.66%) AWS Engineer
17 35 (2.58%) Data Centre Manager
17 35 (2.58%) Infrastructure Project Manager
18 33 (2.44%) Security Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (2.58%) JSON
2 33 (2.44%) Web Services
3 24 (1.77%) XML
4 20 (1.48%) REST
5 19 (1.40%) Kafka
6 17 (1.25%) YAML
7 16 (1.18%) Middleware
7 16 (1.18%) Node.js
8 15 (1.11%) .NET
8 15 (1.11%) ARM Templates
9 12 (0.89%) Elastic Stack
9 12 (0.89%) SOAP
10 10 (0.74%) GraphQL
10 10 (0.74%) LDAP
11 9 (0.66%) React
11 9 (0.66%) Spring Boot
12 8 (0.59%) HTML
13 7 (0.52%) CSS
13 7 (0.52%) OpenID
13 7 (0.52%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 74 (5.46%) Public Cloud
2 50 (3.69%) Management Information System
3 44 (3.25%) Data Protection Act
3 44 (3.25%) Private Cloud
4 41 (3.03%) Hybrid Cloud
5 38 (2.80%) Cloud Native
6 30 (2.21%) Replication
7 21 (1.55%) Clustering
8 20 (1.48%) Enterprise Storage
9 19 (1.40%) Virtual Team
10 18 (1.33%) Self-Motivation
11 17 (1.25%) CMDB
11 17 (1.25%) Enterprise Cloud
11 17 (1.25%) PKI
12 16 (1.18%) Hedge funds
13 14 (1.03%) User Experience
14 12 (0.89%) Legacy Applications
15 11 (0.81%) Driving Licence
16 10 (0.74%) Data Structures
17 9 (0.66%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 312 (23.03%) Windows
2 220 (16.24%) Linux
3 140 (10.33%) Windows Server
4 60 (4.43%) Unix
5 43 (3.17%) Windows Server 2012
6 42 (3.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 40 (2.95%) Windows 10
8 36 (2.66%) Windows Server 2016
9 25 (1.85%) Windows Server 2019
10 24 (1.77%) Windows Server 2008
11 21 (1.55%) Solaris
12 16 (1.18%) Windows 7
13 14 (1.03%) CentOS
14 13 (0.96%) AIX
15 9 (0.66%) HPUX
16 8 (0.59%) Ubuntu
17 5 (0.37%) VMS
17 5 (0.37%) Windows 8
18 4 (0.30%) Mac OS
18 4 (0.30%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 428 (31.59%) Migration
2 229 (16.90%) Agile Software Development
3 196 (14.46%) DevOps
4 143 (10.55%) ITIL
5 139 (10.26%) Project Management
6 112 (8.27%) Disaster Recovery
7 110 (8.12%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 95 (7.01%) Stakeholder Management
9 94 (6.94%) Project Delivery
10 86 (6.35%) Infrastructure as Code
11 78 (5.76%) Data Protection
12 71 (5.24%) Configuration Management
13 69 (5.09%) Scrum
14 67 (4.94%) Cybersecurity
14 67 (4.94%) Load Balancing
15 64 (4.72%) Problem-Solving
16 62 (4.58%) Microservices
17 61 (4.50%) Service Delivery
18 60 (4.43%) PRINCE2
18 60 (4.43%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 149 (11.00%) Python
2 106 (7.82%) SQL
3 98 (7.23%) PowerShell
4 71 (5.24%) Bash Shell
5 68 (5.02%) Java
6 44 (3.25%) JavaScript
7 30 (2.21%) C
8 26 (1.92%) Perl
9 25 (1.85%) C++
10 19 (1.40%) Ruby
11 16 (1.18%) C#
12 14 (1.03%) PHP
12 14 (1.03%) Scala
12 14 (1.03%) TypeScript
13 13 (0.96%) Go
14 10 (0.74%) Shell Script
15 7 (0.52%) PL/SQL
16 6 (0.44%) T-SQL
17 5 (0.37%) Groovy
18 3 (0.22%) VB
Qualifications
1 235 (17.34%) Security Cleared
2 185 (13.65%) SC Cleared
3 110 (8.12%) Cisco Certification
4 93 (6.86%) Degree
5 74 (5.46%) CCNP
6 41 (3.03%) CCNA
7 40 (2.95%) CCIE
8 35 (2.58%) DV Cleared
9 30 (2.21%) CISSP
10 22 (1.62%) Computer Science Degree
11 20 (1.48%) AWS Certification
12 18 (1.33%) Microsoft Certification
13 17 (1.25%) PMP
14 15 (1.11%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 13 (0.96%) PMI Certification
16 12 (0.89%) MCSE
17 10 (0.74%) ITIL Certification
18 9 (0.66%) BPSS Clearance
18 9 (0.66%) Master's Degree
18 9 (0.66%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (4.50%) SLA
2 40 (2.95%) GDPR
3 31 (2.29%) QA
4 22 (1.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 14 (1.03%) PCI DSS
6 12 (0.89%) Data Quality
7 10 (0.74%) PMO
8 8 (0.59%) FedRAMP
8 8 (0.59%) NIST
9 7 (0.52%) OASIS TOSCA
10 6 (0.44%) Cyber Essentials
10 6 (0.44%) GRC
10 6 (0.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 4 (0.30%) Government Security Classifications
11 4 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 3 (0.22%) NCSC
12 3 (0.22%) SOC 2
13 2 (0.15%) ISO 22301
13 2 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 2 (0.15%) SOC 1
System Software
1 185 (13.65%) VMware Infrastructure
2 176 (12.99%) Active Directory
3 91 (6.72%) Docker
4 81 (5.98%) vSphere
5 55 (4.06%) VMware NSX
6 54 (3.99%) VMware ESXi
7 44 (3.25%) Hyper-V
7 44 (3.25%) Virtual Machines
8 23 (1.70%) Virtual Desktop
9 18 (1.33%) Virtual Servers
10 15 (1.11%) KVM
10 15 (1.11%) NFS
10 15 (1.11%) vCloud
11 9 (0.66%) LXC
12 7 (0.52%) Microsoft App-V
12 7 (0.52%) XenDesktop
13 6 (0.44%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 5 (0.37%) Firmware
14 5 (0.37%) Oracle RAC
15 4 (0.30%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 140 (10.33%) Terraform
2 136 (10.04%) Ansible
3 106 (7.82%) Kubernetes
4 74 (5.46%) SCCM
5 61 (4.50%) Puppet
6 39 (2.88%) vCenter Server
7 29 (2.14%) Opscode Chef
8 28 (2.07%) Microsoft Intune
9 27 (1.99%) vRealize
10 21 (1.55%) FortiGate
11 17 (1.25%) SCOM
12 16 (1.18%) Grafana
13 15 (1.11%) Prometheus
14 12 (0.89%) Active Directory Federation Services
14 12 (0.89%) NetBackup
15 10 (0.74%) PowerCLI
16 9 (0.66%) Nagios
16 9 (0.66%) WSUS
17 8 (0.59%) Data Guard
17 8 (0.59%) Docker Swarm
Vendors
1 306 (22.58%) VMware
2 276 (20.37%) Cisco
3 272 (20.07%) Microsoft
4 81 (5.98%) Oracle
5 79 (5.83%) CheckPoint
6 78 (5.76%) Citrix
7 74 (5.46%) F5
8 70 (5.17%) Juniper
9 68 (5.02%) Dell
10 62 (4.58%) Red Hat
11 59 (4.35%) HP
12 43 (3.17%) Palo Alto
13 40 (2.95%) EMC
14 38 (2.80%) ServiceNow
15 32 (2.36%) IBM
16 29 (2.14%) Meraki
17 25 (1.85%) NetApp
18 23 (1.70%) Aruba
19 22 (1.62%) Google
19 22 (1.62%) SolarWinds