Period
to 13 November 2019

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Data Centre in contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Data Centre over the 6 months to 13 November 2019 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 > UK excluding London
6 months to
13 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 71 86 88
Rank change year-on-year +15 +2 -33
Contract jobs citing Data Centre 1,368 1,602 1,369
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 2.98% 2.89% 2.56%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 10.08% 9.80% 8.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 916 981 842
UK excluding London median daily rate £419 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.53% +6.25% -1.23%
10th Percentile £200 £278 £220
90th Percentile £597 £556 £538
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 69 63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.88 £26.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.36% +65.63% -34.69%
10th Percentile £14.70 £12.50 £12.00
90th Percentile £82.50 £47.00 £29.00
UK median hourly rate £23.75 £25.00 £16.75
% change year-on-year -5.00% +49.25% -31.63%

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 the UK excluding London with a requirement for generic IT skills.

All Generic IT Skills
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 13,575 16,349 15,685
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 29.53% 29.53% 29.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,993 9,752 9,522
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £213 £238 £210
90th Percentile £600 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 832 756 771
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.34 £19.25 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.03% -1.28% -4.88%
10th Percentile £11.28 £11.81 £10.92
90th Percentile £53.75 £48.75 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £20.25 £20.00
% change year-on-year +11.14% +1.23% -

Data Centre
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Data Centre as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Data Centre in the UK excluding London

Data Centre
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Data Centre in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Data Centre in the UK excluding London

Data Centre
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Data Centre in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 13 November 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Data Centre in the UK excluding London

Data Centre
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Data Centre in the UK excluding London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Data Centre in the UK excluding London

Data Centre
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Data Centre in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 13 November 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Data Centre in the UK excluding London

Data Centre
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

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 UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 13 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
South East +14 455 £425 - 132
North of England +11 320 £375 -11.76% 114
Midlands +27 227 £400 +2.56% 74
North West +16 182 £398 -11.67% 68
South West +5 176 £438 - 38
West Midlands +24 162 £400 - 47
Yorkshire -3 110 £355 -14.46% 32
East of England -33 91 £450 +5.88% 47
Scotland -33 69 £425 -5.56% 39
East Midlands +41 65 £400 +15.94% 27
North East +3 29 £400 +9.59% 14
Wales +31 25 £413 -5.17% 18
Northern Ireland +6 9 £390 - 1
South Coast - 3 - -
Data Centre
UK

For the 6 months to 13 November 2019, 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for Data Centre.

1 394 (28.80%) Cisco
2 384 (28.07%) Windows
3 358 (26.17%) VMware
4 350 (25.58%) Migration
5 305 (22.30%) Microsoft
6 265 (19.37%) Firewall
7 257 (18.79%) Azure
8 252 (18.42%) VMware Infrastructure
9 240 (17.54%) WAN
10 231 (16.89%) Cisco Certification
11 230 (16.81%) Security Cleared
12 223 (16.30%) ITIL
13 213 (15.57%) LAN
14 210 (15.35%) Active Directory
15 194 (14.18%) Linux
16 185 (13.52%) AWS
17 172 (12.57%) Windows Server
18 165 (12.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 163 (11.92%) Telecoms
20 159 (11.62%) CCNP
21 157 (11.48%) Agile Software Development
22 156 (11.40%) Finance
23 154 (11.26%) SC Cleared
24 132 (9.65%) Office 365
24 132 (9.65%) DNS
25 120 (8.77%) F5
26 118 (8.63%) CCNA
27 114 (8.33%) Public Sector
28 111 (8.11%) Citrix
29 107 (7.82%) Network Security

Data Centre
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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 65 (4.75%) MS Exchange
2 47 (3.44%) Skype for Business
3 40 (2.92%) SharePoint
4 19 (1.39%) OpenStack
5 18 (1.32%) Apache
6 17 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2010
7 11 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2003
8 10 (0.73%) Confluence
8 10 (0.73%) JBoss
9 8 (0.58%) nginx
9 8 (0.58%) Tomcat
10 6 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2013
11 5 (0.37%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 5 (0.37%) WebLogic
12 3 (0.22%) IIS
13 2 (0.15%) Exchange Server 2007
13 2 (0.15%) MS Project Server
13 2 (0.15%) SharePoint 2013
13 2 (0.15%) WebSphere
14 1 (0.073%) Apache Pig
Applications
1 47 (3.44%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (1.68%) Microsoft Excel
2 23 (1.68%) MS Visio
3 16 (1.17%) Microsoft Project
4 10 (0.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.15%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
1 2 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.073%) CiviCRM
2 1 (0.073%) Magento
2 1 (0.073%) NetSuite
2 1 (0.073%) OpenText VIM for SAP
2 1 (0.073%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.073%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.073%) Sage 1000
2 1 (0.073%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 1 (0.073%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.073%) Unica
2 1 (0.073%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 257 (18.79%) Azure
2 185 (13.52%) AWS
3 132 (9.65%) Office 365
4 48 (3.51%) IaaS
5 37 (2.70%) PaaS
6 29 (2.12%) OpenShift
7 27 (1.97%) SaaS
8 22 (1.61%) Azure Active Directory
9 16 (1.17%) GCP
10 15 (1.10%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 14 (1.02%) Cloud Computing
12 12 (0.88%) AWS CloudFormation
13 10 (0.73%) Amazon S3
13 10 (0.73%) Serverless
14 7 (0.51%) Mimecast
14 7 (0.51%) OneDrive
15 6 (0.44%) GitHub
16 5 (0.37%) Azure Stack
16 5 (0.37%) Datadog
17 4 (0.29%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 265 (19.37%) Firewall
2 240 (17.54%) WAN
3 213 (15.57%) LAN
4 132 (9.65%) DNS
5 107 (7.82%) Network Security
6 95 (6.94%) VPN
7 88 (6.43%) BGP
8 85 (6.21%) SAN
9 77 (5.63%) DHCP
10 71 (5.19%) Wireless
11 70 (5.12%) Cisco Nexus
12 65 (4.75%) Internet
13 63 (4.61%) MPLS
14 61 (4.46%) Cisco ASA
15 59 (4.31%) OSPF
16 57 (4.17%) TCP/IP
17 45 (3.29%) Skype
18 42 (3.07%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
19 41 (3.00%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
20 36 (2.63%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (4.75%) SQL Server
2 14 (1.02%) MySQL
2 14 (1.02%) Oracle Database
3 11 (0.80%) SQL Server 2014
3 11 (0.80%) SQL Server 2016
3 11 (0.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 10 (0.73%) PostgreSQL
5 8 (0.58%) Amazon RDS
5 8 (0.58%) MongoDB
5 8 (0.58%) SQL Server 2012
6 7 (0.51%) Big Data
6 7 (0.51%) SQL Server 2017
6 7 (0.51%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 7 (0.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 6 (0.44%) DB2
7 6 (0.44%) DTS
8 5 (0.37%) Oracle Reports
9 4 (0.29%) Azure SQL Database
9 4 (0.29%) Data Warehouse
9 4 (0.29%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 16 (1.17%) JIRA
2 14 (1.02%) Git (software)
3 11 (0.80%) Jenkins
4 7 (0.51%) AdminStudio
5 5 (0.37%) InstallShield
6 4 (0.29%) Hudson
6 4 (0.29%) PowerBuilder
6 4 (0.29%) ProC
6 4 (0.29%) Visual Studio Team System
7 3 (0.22%) CircleCI
7 3 (0.22%) TeamCity
8 2 (0.15%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 2 (0.15%) Oracle Forms
8 2 (0.15%) Sonatype Nexus
9 1 (0.073%) Artifactory
9 1 (0.073%) Bitbucket
9 1 (0.073%) Eclipse
9 1 (0.073%) Maven
9 1 (0.073%) Oracle APEX
9 1 (0.073%) Subversion
General
1 163 (11.92%) Telecoms
2 156 (11.40%) Finance
3 114 (8.33%) Public Sector
4 84 (6.14%) Retail
5 76 (5.56%) Banking
6 28 (2.05%) Local Government
7 15 (1.10%) Back Office
8 14 (1.02%) Manufacturing
9 9 (0.66%) German Language
9 9 (0.66%) Legal
10 8 (0.58%) Police
11 7 (0.51%) Publishing
12 6 (0.44%) Electronics
12 6 (0.44%) French Language
12 6 (0.44%) Marketing
12 6 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
13 5 (0.37%) Games
13 5 (0.37%) Spanish Language
14 3 (0.22%) Italian Language
15 2 (0.15%) Japanese Language
Job Titles
1 259 (18.93%) Architect
2 194 (14.18%) Network Engineer
3 104 (7.60%) Project Manager
4 103 (7.53%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 81 (5.92%) Consultant
6 77 (5.63%) Analyst
7 69 (5.04%) Network Architect
8 54 (3.95%) Cloud Architect
9 52 (3.80%) Solutions Architect
10 50 (3.65%) Infrastructure Manager
11 46 (3.36%) Support Engineer
12 44 (3.22%) DevOps Engineer
13 40 (2.92%) Infrastructure Project Manager
14 37 (2.70%) Infrastructure Architect
15 34 (2.49%) Technical Architect
16 33 (2.41%) Data Centre Manager
17 31 (2.27%) Cisco Engineer
17 31 (2.27%) Data Architect
17 31 (2.27%) Data Centre Engineer
17 31 (2.27%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (2.12%) Web Services
2 22 (1.61%) Middleware
3 11 (0.80%) YAML
4 9 (0.66%) J2EE
5 7 (0.51%) 802.1X
5 7 (0.51%) Elastic Stack
6 6 (0.44%) JSON
6 6 (0.44%) LDAP
6 6 (0.44%) Node.js
7 5 (0.37%) Kafka
7 5 (0.37%) REST
8 3 (0.22%) SOAP
9 2 (0.15%) .NET
9 2 (0.15%) Apache Avro
9 2 (0.15%) ASP.NET
9 2 (0.15%) HTML
9 2 (0.15%) LAMP
9 2 (0.15%) RabbitMQ
9 2 (0.15%) Velocity
10 1 (0.073%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 89 (6.51%) Public Cloud
2 75 (5.48%) Hybrid Cloud
3 63 (4.61%) Driving Licence
4 60 (4.39%) Clustering
5 51 (3.73%) Analytical Skills
5 51 (3.73%) Private Cloud
6 36 (2.63%) Management Information System
7 32 (2.34%) Replication
8 22 (1.61%) Self-Motivation
9 19 (1.39%) User Experience
10 18 (1.32%) VxBlock/Vblock
11 17 (1.24%) PKI
12 15 (1.10%) Cloud Native
12 15 (1.10%) CMDB
12 15 (1.10%) Linux Command Line
13 13 (0.95%) Client/Server
14 12 (0.88%) NHS
14 12 (0.88%) Virtual Team
15 10 (0.73%) EMC VNX
15 10 (0.73%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 384 (28.07%) Windows
2 194 (14.18%) Linux
3 172 (12.57%) Windows Server
4 72 (5.26%) Windows 10
5 67 (4.90%) Windows Server 2012
6 62 (4.53%) Unix
7 56 (4.09%) Windows Server 2008
8 52 (3.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 48 (3.51%) Windows 7
10 37 (2.70%) Windows Server 2003
11 26 (1.90%) Solaris
12 18 (1.32%) CentOS
13 15 (1.10%) SUSE
14 6 (0.44%) AIX
14 6 (0.44%) Windows XP
15 5 (0.37%) Android
16 4 (0.29%) Apple iOS
16 4 (0.29%) OpenVMS
16 4 (0.29%) Ubuntu
16 4 (0.29%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 350 (25.58%) Migration
2 223 (16.30%) ITIL
3 165 (12.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 157 (11.48%) Agile Software Development
5 103 (7.53%) Project Management
6 94 (6.87%) DevOps
7 91 (6.65%) Project Delivery
8 90 (6.58%) Load Balancing
9 88 (6.43%) Disaster Recovery
10 85 (6.21%) Stakeholder Management
11 61 (4.46%) Change Management
11 61 (4.46%) Problem-Solving
12 53 (3.87%) Network Design
13 52 (3.80%) High Availability
14 51 (3.73%) Configuration Management
14 51 (3.73%) PRINCE2
15 50 (3.65%) Service Management
16 48 (3.51%) Cybersecurity
17 42 (3.07%) Waterfall
18 41 (3.00%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 94 (6.87%) PowerShell
2 89 (6.51%) SQL
3 62 (4.53%) Python
4 48 (3.51%) Bash Shell
5 29 (2.12%) Perl
6 27 (1.97%) C
7 25 (1.83%) Java
8 11 (0.80%) Ruby
9 10 (0.73%) C++
10 9 (0.66%) T-SQL
11 8 (0.58%) VBScript
12 7 (0.51%) VB
13 5 (0.37%) PL/SQL
13 5 (0.37%) Shell Script
14 4 (0.29%) Fortran
14 4 (0.29%) VC++
15 3 (0.22%) JavaScript
16 2 (0.15%) ActionScript
16 2 (0.15%) Korn
16 2 (0.15%) PHP
Qualifications
1 231 (16.89%) Cisco Certification
2 230 (16.81%) Security Cleared
3 159 (11.62%) CCNP
4 154 (11.26%) SC Cleared
5 118 (8.63%) CCNA
6 70 (5.12%) DV Cleared
7 67 (4.90%) Degree
8 58 (4.24%) CCIE
9 45 (3.29%) Microsoft Certification
10 35 (2.56%) MCSE
11 28 (2.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 20 (1.46%) CCDP
13 18 (1.32%) CCDA
13 18 (1.32%) CISSP
14 17 (1.24%) ITIL Certification
15 16 (1.17%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 14 (1.02%) MCSA
16 14 (1.02%) PMI Certification
17 11 (0.80%) VCAP
18 10 (0.73%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (2.70%) SLA
2 33 (2.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 28 (2.05%) NCSC
4 25 (1.83%) QA
5 22 (1.61%) COBIT
6 20 (1.46%) PMO
7 16 (1.17%) NIST
8 12 (0.88%) GDPR
8 12 (0.88%) PCI DSS
9 8 (0.58%) Cyber Essentials
10 6 (0.44%) ISO 31000
11 4 (0.29%) Government Security Classifications
12 3 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 3 (0.22%) RMADS
13 2 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 2 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 1 (0.073%) Data Quality
14 1 (0.073%) ISO 22301
14 1 (0.073%) ISO/IEC 19770
14 1 (0.073%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 252 (18.42%) VMware Infrastructure
2 210 (15.35%) Active Directory
3 94 (6.87%) Hyper-V
4 57 (4.17%) vSphere
5 55 (4.02%) Docker
5 55 (4.02%) Virtual Machines
6 49 (3.58%) VMware ESXi
7 39 (2.85%) XenApp
8 30 (2.19%) VMware NSX
9 29 (2.12%) Virtual Servers
10 16 (1.17%) Microsoft App-V
11 15 (1.10%) Virtual Desktop
12 13 (0.95%) Firmware
12 13 (0.95%) vCloud
13 10 (0.73%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 10 (0.73%) DFS Replication
14 9 (0.66%) EMC RecoverPoint
15 8 (0.58%) NFS
15 8 (0.58%) Terminal Services
16 7 (0.51%) Gluster
Systems Management
1 95 (6.94%) SCCM
2 67 (4.90%) Ansible
3 53 (3.87%) Kubernetes
4 42 (3.07%) Terraform
5 40 (2.92%) SCOM
6 34 (2.49%) Puppet
7 26 (1.90%) WSUS
8 25 (1.83%) Avamar
8 25 (1.83%) SCVMM
9 21 (1.54%) Opscode Chef
10 20 (1.46%) Microsoft Clustering
10 20 (1.46%) NetBackup
11 19 (1.39%) vCenter Server
12 18 (1.32%) Nagios
13 16 (1.17%) Failover Clustering
13 16 (1.17%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
14 11 (0.80%) Norton AntiVirus
14 11 (0.80%) PowerCLI
15 10 (0.73%) SCDPM
15 10 (0.73%) SCSM
Vendors
1 394 (28.80%) Cisco
2 358 (26.17%) VMware
3 305 (22.30%) Microsoft
4 120 (8.77%) F5
5 111 (8.11%) Citrix
6 104 (7.60%) HP
7 93 (6.80%) CheckPoint
8 92 (6.73%) Juniper
9 89 (6.51%) Dell
10 69 (5.04%) Palo Alto
11 64 (4.68%) Red Hat
12 62 (4.53%) McAfee
13 57 (4.17%) EMC
14 50 (3.65%) Oracle
15 44 (3.22%) NetApp
16 42 (3.07%) Fortinet
16 42 (3.07%) IBM
17 29 (2.12%) Blue Coat
18 21 (1.54%) Aruba
18 21 (1.54%) ServiceNow