Period
to 20 October 2021

The median contractor rate for an IT Engineer was £180 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 20 October 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.

IT Engineer
UK > England
6 months to
20 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 321 329 346
Rank change year-on-year +8 +17 +61
Contract jobs requiring an IT Engineer 516 168 557
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.76% 0.62% 0.72%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.82% 0.67% 0.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 359 111 378
10th Percentile £110 £113 £106
25th Percentile £135 £137 £130
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £180 £175 £180
Median % change year-on-year +2.86% -2.78% +5.88%
75th Percentile £294 £210 £288
90th Percentile £450 £388 £429
UK median daily rate £185 £175 £175
% change year-on-year +5.71% - +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 87 37 105
10th Percentile £13.00 " £10.50
25th Percentile £13.25 £11.17 £11.50
Median hourly rate £15.25 £13.00 £14.13
Median % change year-on-year +17.31% -8.00% -5.80%
75th Percentile £19.03 £17.75 £17.50
90th Percentile £23.95 £25.39 £19.36
UK median hourly rate £15.25 £13.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year +17.31% -7.14% -5.50%

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 63,091 25,074 72,549
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.46% 92.56% 94.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 44,476 17,237 49,163
10th Percentile £300 £263 £263
25th Percentile £406 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £613 £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 1,857 794 2,381
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.67 £14.00 £13.75
Median hourly rate £19.68 £22.00 £18.88
Median % change year-on-year -10.57% +16.56% +7.86%
75th Percentile £45.00 £43.75 £43.75
90th Percentile £62.00 £53.75 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £22.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -9.09% +15.79% +8.57%

IT Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings that featured IT Engineer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for IT Engineer in England

IT Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Daily rate trend for IT Engineer in England

IT Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing IT Engineer in England over the 6 months to 20 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for IT Engineer in England

IT Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Hourly rate trend for IT Engineer in England

IT Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing IT Engineer in England over the 6 months to 20 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for IT Engineer in England

IT 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 IT Engineer within the England region over the 6 months to 20 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 -99 148 £234 +10.00% 53
North of England -25 97 £150 +3.45% 143
South East -27 91 £190 +8.71% 102
Midlands -35 75 £185 +15.63% 97
East of England -5 57 £140 -12.50% 52
North West -27 49 £138 -5.00% 82
South West -28 44 £140 -20.00% 63
West Midlands -49 43 £200 +42.86% 45
Yorkshire -22 34 £205 +28.13% 50
East Midlands -4 31 £185 +4.23% 51
North East 0 14 £150 -10.45% 11
IT Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 20 October 2021, IT 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 IT Engineer in the job title.

1 307 (59.50%) Windows
2 198 (38.37%) Active Directory
3 184 (35.66%) Microsoft 365
4 177 (34.30%) Microsoft
5 126 (24.42%) Social Skills
6 124 (24.03%) Windows 10
7 89 (17.25%) Windows Server
8 88 (17.05%) SCCM
9 70 (13.57%) Azure
9 70 (13.57%) VMware
10 67 (12.98%) Microsoft Office
11 66 (12.79%) ITIL
12 54 (10.47%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 51 (9.88%) Firewall
14 49 (9.50%) Windows 7
15 45 (8.72%) Migration
15 45 (8.72%) VPN
15 45 (8.72%) DNS
15 45 (8.72%) Problem-Solving
16 44 (8.53%) Citrix
16 44 (8.53%) DHCP
17 42 (8.14%) Apple
18 40 (7.75%) LAN
18 40 (7.75%) TCP/IP
19 36 (6.98%) VMware Infrastructure
20 35 (6.78%) Security Cleared
21 34 (6.59%) PowerShell
21 34 (6.59%) Finance
21 34 (6.59%) Linux
21 34 (6.59%) SLA

IT 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 30 (5.81%) MS Exchange
2 16 (3.10%) SharePoint
3 9 (1.74%) IBM Notes
4 6 (1.16%) Apache
4 6 (1.16%) Confluence
5 5 (0.97%) IIS
6 4 (0.78%) Skype for Business
7 3 (0.58%) Tomcat
8 2 (0.39%) Apache Airflow
8 2 (0.39%) Apache Spark
8 2 (0.39%) Luigi
8 2 (0.39%) nginx
8 2 (0.39%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.19%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2010
9 1 (0.19%) JBoss
9 1 (0.19%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 67 (12.98%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (4.26%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.58%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.19%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.19%) NUKE
Business Applications
1 4 (0.78%) Tesseract
2 2 (0.39%) Sentinel
3 1 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.19%) Elite 3E
3 1 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 184 (35.66%) Microsoft 365
2 70 (13.57%) Azure
3 21 (4.07%) Azure Active Directory
4 14 (2.71%) AWS
5 11 (2.13%) Google Workspace
6 10 (1.94%) Mimecast
7 9 (1.74%) SaaS
8 8 (1.55%) IaaS
9 6 (1.16%) OneDrive
10 3 (0.58%) Adobe Creative Cloud
10 3 (0.58%) Apigee
10 3 (0.58%) Azure Sentinel
10 3 (0.58%) Dynamics 365
10 3 (0.58%) Sumo Logic
11 2 (0.39%) Azure Cosmos DB
11 2 (0.39%) Azure Functions
11 2 (0.39%) PaaS
11 2 (0.39%) Serverless
11 2 (0.39%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 1 (0.19%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 51 (9.88%) Firewall
2 45 (8.72%) DNS
2 45 (8.72%) VPN
3 44 (8.53%) DHCP
4 40 (7.75%) LAN
4 40 (7.75%) TCP/IP
5 29 (5.62%) WAN
6 25 (4.84%) SAN
7 17 (3.29%) Wireless
8 14 (2.71%) VoIP
9 13 (2.52%) Wi-Fi
10 9 (1.74%) Internet
11 7 (1.36%) Remote Desktop
12 6 (1.16%) Network Security
12 6 (1.16%) SD-WAN
13 5 (0.97%) Ethernet
13 5 (0.97%) NAS
13 5 (0.97%) Skype
13 5 (0.97%) SSL
13 5 (0.97%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (3.29%) SQL Server
2 7 (1.36%) Amazon RDS
2 7 (1.36%) MySQL
3 6 (1.16%) NoSQL
3 6 (1.16%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (0.58%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (0.58%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (0.58%) SQL Server 2016
5 2 (0.39%) Apache Cassandra
5 2 (0.39%) Azkaban
5 2 (0.39%) Big Data
5 2 (0.39%) Hadoop
5 2 (0.39%) Spark SQL
5 2 (0.39%) SQL Server 2014
5 2 (0.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.19%) BusinessObjects
6 1 (0.19%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.19%) OLAP
6 1 (0.19%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.19%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 9 (1.74%) JIRA
2 6 (1.16%) Jenkins
3 4 (0.78%) TeamCity
4 3 (0.58%) Sonatype Nexus
5 2 (0.39%) Cucumber
5 2 (0.39%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.39%) GitLab
5 2 (0.39%) Maven
5 2 (0.39%) Metasploit
5 2 (0.39%) RSpec
5 2 (0.39%) Vagrant
6 1 (0.19%) Artifactory
6 1 (0.19%) Gradle
6 1 (0.19%) Rational Rhapsody
6 1 (0.19%) Subversion
General
1 126 (24.42%) Social Skills
2 34 (6.59%) Finance
3 29 (5.62%) Public Sector
4 26 (5.04%) Analytical Skills
5 15 (2.91%) Banking
6 12 (2.33%) Organisational Skills
7 10 (1.94%) Telecoms
8 8 (1.55%) Retail
9 7 (1.36%) French Language
10 6 (1.16%) Manufacturing
10 6 (1.16%) Presentation Skills
11 4 (0.78%) Back Office
12 3 (0.58%) Automotive
12 3 (0.58%) Influencing Skills
12 3 (0.58%) Law
13 2 (0.39%) Advertising
13 2 (0.39%) Electronics
13 2 (0.39%) Legal
13 2 (0.39%) Marketing
13 2 (0.39%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (0.97%) REST
2 4 (0.78%) Middleware
2 4 (0.78%) SAML
3 3 (0.58%) AngularJS
3 3 (0.58%) LDAP
3 3 (0.58%) XMPP
4 2 (0.39%) ARM Templates
4 2 (0.39%) Kafka
5 1 (0.19%) .NET
5 1 (0.19%) 802.1X
5 1 (0.19%) HTML
5 1 (0.19%) JSON
5 1 (0.19%) LAMP
5 1 (0.19%) Regular Expression
5 1 (0.19%) Web Services
5 1 (0.19%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 30 (5.81%) Driving Licence
2 21 (4.07%) NHS
3 12 (2.33%) Data Centre
4 10 (1.94%) Management Information System
4 10 (1.94%) Smartphone
5 8 (1.55%) EPoS
5 8 (1.55%) Virtual Team
6 5 (0.97%) BYOD
6 5 (0.97%) Self-Motivation
6 5 (0.97%) Video Conferencing
7 4 (0.78%) Blackberry
7 4 (0.78%) Clustering
8 3 (0.58%) Data Protection Act
8 3 (0.58%) Enterprise Software
8 3 (0.58%) Fat Client
8 3 (0.58%) Renewable Energy
8 3 (0.58%) Replication
8 3 (0.58%) Thin Client
9 2 (0.39%) Analytical Mindset
9 2 (0.39%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 307 (59.50%) Windows
2 124 (24.03%) Windows 10
3 89 (17.25%) Windows Server
4 49 (9.50%) Windows 7
5 34 (6.59%) Linux
6 27 (5.23%) Windows Server 2012
7 25 (4.84%) Android
8 22 (4.26%) Windows Server 2016
9 19 (3.68%) Apple iOS
10 17 (3.29%) Windows Server 2019
11 14 (2.71%) Mac OS
12 10 (1.94%) Mac OS X
12 10 (1.94%) Windows 8
13 9 (1.74%) Windows XP
14 8 (1.55%) Windows Server 2008
15 7 (1.36%) Unix
15 7 (1.36%) VMS
15 7 (1.36%) Windows Phone
16 5 (0.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 5 (0.97%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (12.79%) ITIL
2 54 (10.47%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 45 (8.72%) Migration
3 45 (8.72%) Problem-Solving
4 30 (5.81%) Service Delivery
5 26 (5.04%) Service Management
6 19 (3.68%) Break/Fix
7 17 (3.29%) Agile Software Development
7 17 (3.29%) Incident Management
7 17 (3.29%) Mobile Device Management
8 15 (2.91%) Data Migration
8 15 (2.91%) Time Management
9 14 (2.71%) DevOps
10 13 (2.52%) Antivirus Management
11 12 (2.33%) Continuous Improvement
12 11 (2.13%) Root Cause Analysis
12 11 (2.13%) Server Management
13 10 (1.94%) Escalation Management
13 10 (1.94%) ITIL V3
13 10 (1.94%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 34 (6.59%) PowerShell
2 22 (4.26%) SQL
3 20 (3.88%) Python
4 10 (1.94%) Bash Shell
5 6 (1.16%) Java
6 4 (0.78%) Shell Script
7 3 (0.58%) C
7 3 (0.58%) Perl
7 3 (0.58%) PL/SQL
7 3 (0.58%) VBScript
8 2 (0.39%) AWK
8 2 (0.39%) Go
8 2 (0.39%) JavaScript
8 2 (0.39%) Korn
8 2 (0.39%) Scala
9 1 (0.19%) C#
9 1 (0.19%) C++
9 1 (0.19%) Groovy
9 1 (0.19%) VB
Qualifications
1 35 (6.78%) Security Cleared
2 28 (5.43%) SC Cleared
3 23 (4.46%) Microsoft Certification
4 20 (3.88%) Degree
5 14 (2.71%) MCSE
6 13 (2.52%) Cisco Certification
7 8 (1.55%) CCNA
7 8 (1.55%) MCSA
8 6 (1.16%) A+ Certification
8 6 (1.16%) MCP
9 5 (0.97%) CISM
9 5 (0.97%) DBS Check
10 4 (0.78%) Chartered Engineer
10 4 (0.78%) CISSP
10 4 (0.78%) CITP
11 3 (0.58%) CCSP
11 3 (0.58%) HND
11 3 (0.58%) MCAD
11 3 (0.58%) PhD
11 3 (0.58%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (6.59%) SLA
2 8 (1.55%) Cyber Essentials
3 6 (1.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (0.97%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.78%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (0.58%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 3 (0.58%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.58%) GDPR
7 1 (0.19%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.19%) PMO
7 1 (0.19%) QA
System Software
1 198 (38.37%) Active Directory
2 36 (6.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (3.29%) Hyper-V
4 13 (2.52%) Virtual Desktop
4 13 (2.52%) VMware ESXi
5 7 (1.36%) Firmware
5 7 (1.36%) vSphere
6 6 (1.16%) Virtual Machines
7 5 (0.97%) BitLocker
7 5 (0.97%) XenApp
8 4 (0.78%) XenDesktop
9 3 (0.58%) Docker
9 3 (0.58%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (0.39%) NFS
10 2 (0.39%) VirtualBox
10 2 (0.39%) VMware Server
11 1 (0.19%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.19%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 88 (17.05%) SCCM
2 23 (4.46%) Microsoft Intune
3 13 (2.52%) Norton AntiVirus
3 13 (2.52%) WSUS
4 10 (1.94%) Jamf Pro
5 7 (1.36%) Ansible
6 4 (0.78%) NetBackup
7 3 (0.58%) Kubernetes
7 3 (0.58%) Puppet
7 3 (0.58%) Single Sign-On
7 3 (0.58%) Terraform
8 2 (0.39%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 2 (0.39%) HAProxy
8 2 (0.39%) MobiControl
8 2 (0.39%) PaperCut
8 2 (0.39%) PowerCLI
8 2 (0.39%) vCenter Server
8 2 (0.39%) vRealize
8 2 (0.39%) vRealize Orchestrator
8 2 (0.39%) WMI
Vendors
1 177 (34.30%) Microsoft
2 70 (13.57%) VMware
3 44 (8.53%) Citrix
4 42 (8.14%) Apple
5 31 (6.01%) Cisco
6 23 (4.46%) Dell
7 20 (3.88%) Symantec
8 19 (3.68%) HP
9 18 (3.49%) ServiceNow
10 15 (2.91%) McAfee
11 13 (2.52%) IBM
11 13 (2.52%) NetApp
12 10 (1.94%) Google
13 9 (1.74%) SolarWinds
13 9 (1.74%) Veeam
14 8 (1.55%) Adobe
14 8 (1.55%) Okta
15 7 (1.36%) SAP
16 6 (1.16%) Meraki
16 6 (1.16%) Red Hat