The median contractor rate for a 2nd Line Engineer was £150 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Second Line Engineer
UK
Rank 423 465 406
Rank change year-on-year +42 -59  
Contract jobs requiring a 2nd Line Engineer 170 183 225
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.38% 0.34% 0.43%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.40% 0.36% 0.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 79 73 73
Median daily rate £150 £175 £150
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.28% +16.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £125 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £276 £225
UK excluding London median daily rate £150 £175 £150
% change year-on-year -14.28% +16.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 47 66
Median hourly rate £15.39 £15.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.72% +3.33%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.25 £23.20 £20.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.75 £15.50 £14.68
% change year-on-year -4.83% +5.62%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 42948 50649 50145
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.81% 95.19% 94.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 27820 32762 30258
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1510 1586 1994
Median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +8.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.22
% change year-on-year -12.50% +16.14%  

2nd Line Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured 2nd Line Engineer in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for 2nd Line Engineer in the UK

2nd Line Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing 2nd Line Engineer.

Contractor daily rate trend for 2nd Line Engineer in the UK

2nd Line Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing 2nd Line Engineer over the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for 2nd Line Engineer in the UK

2nd Line Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing 2nd Line Engineer.

Contractor hourly rate trend for 2nd Line Engineer in the UK

2nd Line Engineer
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing 2nd Line Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 25 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +8 148 £150 -14.28% 52
London +42 51 £163 -3.70% 24
South East +4 44 £150 -14.28% 9
Surrey +21 18 £150 -14.28% 1
South West -7 16 £165 +24.52% 1
City of London +10 11 £110 -46.01% 7
Hampshire +17 10 £134 - 1
West Midlands +12 9 £200 +35.59% 1
East of England -6 9 £128 -26.08% 5
Oxfordshire -19 7 £175 +16.66% 2
North West +26 6 £100 -37.50% 4
Manchester +19 6 £100 -37.50% 3
Buckinghamshire -5 6 £170 - 3
Oxford -9 6 £175 +29.62% 1
North East -9 6 - - 2
Channel Islands - 6 - -
Jersey - 6 - -
South Wales +15 5 £170 +13.33%
Wales +8 5 £170 +13.33%
Shropshire +35 4 - -
Scotland +21 4 £244 +111.95%
East Midlands -2 4 £200 - 2
Somerset -2 4 £175 -
Wiltshire -3 4 - -
Newcastle upon Tyne -11 4 - -
Tyne and Wear -12 4 - - 2
Aylesbury - 4 - -
Caerphilly - 4 £170 -
Yorkshire +10 3 - - 4
Cambridgeshire +8 3 £130 -21.21% 3

2nd Line Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 March 2017, 2nd Line Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring 2nd Line Engineer in the job title.

1 302 (82.51%) Windows
2 220 (60.11%) Active Directory
3 176 (48.09%) Windows 7
4 153 (41.80%) Microsoft
5 116 (31.69%) MS Office
6 101 (27.60%) Windows Server
7 80 (21.86%) Office 365
8 79 (21.58%) MS Exchange
9 78 (21.31%) ITIL
10 76 (20.77%) Windows 10
11 67 (18.31%) VMware
12 65 (17.76%) Windows Server 2008
13 57 (15.57%) MS Excel
14 53 (14.48%) SLA
15 49 (13.39%) Cisco
15 49 (13.39%) Windows Server 2003
15 49 (13.39%) Windows 8
16 45 (12.30%) WAN
16 45 (12.30%) SCCM
17 44 (12.02%) Citrix
18 40 (10.93%) Apple
19 38 (10.38%) Windows Server 2012
20 37 (10.11%) Security Cleared
20 37 (10.11%) VPN
21 36 (9.84%) Exchange Server 2010
22 34 (9.29%) VMware Infrastructure
22 34 (9.29%) HP
22 34 (9.29%) TCP/IP
23 33 (9.02%) LAN
23 33 (9.02%) Windows XP

2nd Line Engineer Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills 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 79 (21.58%) MS Exchange
2 36 (9.84%) Exchange Server 2010
3 22 (6.01%) Exchange Server 2013
4 17 (4.64%) Exchange Server 2007
5 14 (3.83%) SharePoint
6 11 (3.01%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 11 (3.01%) IBM Notes
7 10 (2.73%) Skype for Business
8 7 (1.91%) Exchange Server 2003
9 4 (1.09%) IIS
10 2 (0.55%) CMS
10 2 (0.55%) WebSphere
11 1 (0.27%) Drupal
11 1 (0.27%) SharePoint 2010
11 1 (0.27%) SharePoint Server
11 1 (0.27%) WordPress
Applications
1 116 (31.69%) MS Office
2 57 (15.57%) MS Excel
3 5 (1.37%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.27%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 7 (1.91%) Eikon
1 7 (1.91%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.82%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.55%) assyst
4 1 (0.27%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.27%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 80 (21.86%) Office 365
2 8 (2.19%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.55%) G Suite
3 2 (0.55%) IaaS
3 2 (0.55%) OneDrive
3 2 (0.55%) PaaS
3 2 (0.55%) SaaS
4 1 (0.27%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.27%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 45 (12.30%) WAN
2 37 (10.11%) VPN
3 34 (9.29%) TCP/IP
4 33 (9.02%) LAN
5 31 (8.47%) Firewall
6 28 (7.65%) DNS
7 26 (7.10%) DHCP
8 24 (6.56%) Wireless
9 15 (4.10%) Remote Desktop
10 10 (2.73%) MPLS
10 10 (2.73%) OSPF
11 9 (2.46%) Wi-Fi
12 8 (2.19%) BGP
12 8 (2.19%) VoIP
13 7 (1.91%) 3G
13 7 (1.91%) Internet
13 7 (1.91%) SAN
14 6 (1.64%) Skype
15 5 (1.37%) PBX
15 5 (1.37%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (4.37%) SQL Server
2 6 (1.64%) SQL Server 2012
3 4 (1.09%) SQL Server 2005
3 4 (1.09%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (0.82%) MySQL
5 2 (0.55%) MS Access
6 1 (0.27%) BusinessObjects XI
6 1 (0.27%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.27%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.27%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 1 (0.27%) Jenkins
General
1 20 (5.46%) Retail
2 18 (4.92%) Finance
3 17 (4.64%) Banking
4 7 (1.91%) Retail Banking
5 5 (1.37%) Telecoms
6 4 (1.09%) Advertising
6 4 (1.09%) Legal
7 2 (0.55%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.27%) German Language
8 1 (0.27%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.27%) Law
8 1 (0.27%) Marketing
8 1 (0.27%) Swedish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (0.55%) .NET
1 2 (0.55%) ADO
1 2 (0.55%) SOAP
1 2 (0.55%) XML
2 1 (0.27%) HTML
2 1 (0.27%) JSON
2 1 (0.27%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 22 (6.01%) Blackberry
2 21 (5.74%) Smartphone
3 20 (5.46%) Analytical Skills
4 15 (4.10%) iPad
4 15 (4.10%) iPhone
5 14 (3.83%) RSA SecurID
6 10 (2.73%) Driving Licence
7 7 (1.91%) Data Centre
8 5 (1.37%) BYOD
9 4 (1.09%) Fat Client
9 4 (1.09%) Thin Client
10 3 (0.82%) EPoS
10 3 (0.82%) NHS
10 3 (0.82%) Video Conferencing
11 2 (0.55%) Client/Server
11 2 (0.55%) Mainframe
12 1 (0.27%) Biotechnology
12 1 (0.27%) Handset
12 1 (0.27%) Management Information System
12 1 (0.27%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 302 (82.51%) Windows
2 176 (48.09%) Windows 7
3 101 (27.60%) Windows Server
4 76 (20.77%) Windows 10
5 65 (17.76%) Windows Server 2008
6 49 (13.39%) Windows 8
6 49 (13.39%) Windows Server 2003
7 38 (10.38%) Windows Server 2012
8 33 (9.02%) Windows XP
9 21 (5.74%) Android
10 18 (4.92%) Mac OS X
11 6 (1.64%) Mac OS
11 6 (1.64%) Unix
12 5 (1.37%) Linux
13 4 (1.09%) Apple iOS
13 4 (1.09%) Windows Vista
14 3 (0.82%) Windows 2000
15 2 (0.55%) AIX
16 1 (0.27%) Windows 2000 Server
16 1 (0.27%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (21.31%) ITIL
2 23 (6.28%) Migration
3 20 (5.46%) Incident Management
4 16 (4.37%) ITIL V3
5 11 (3.01%) Service Management
6 10 (2.73%) Service Delivery
7 9 (2.46%) Coaching
7 9 (2.46%) ITSM
8 8 (2.19%) Change Management
8 8 (2.19%) DNA
9 7 (1.91%) Problem Management
10 6 (1.64%) Software Deployment
11 5 (1.37%) Change Control
12 4 (1.09%) Application Packaging
12 4 (1.09%) Asset Management
12 4 (1.09%) Data Protection
12 4 (1.09%) Logistics
12 4 (1.09%) Patch Management
12 4 (1.09%) Root Cause Analysis
12 4 (1.09%) Software Delivery
Programming Languages
1 18 (4.92%) SQL
2 10 (2.73%) PowerShell
3 5 (1.37%) C
4 3 (0.82%) Java
5 2 (0.55%) Python
6 1 (0.27%) Bash Shell
6 1 (0.27%) C#
6 1 (0.27%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.27%) Perl
6 1 (0.27%) PHP
6 1 (0.27%) PL/SQL
6 1 (0.27%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.27%) VB
6 1 (0.27%) VB6
Qualifications
1 37 (10.11%) Security Cleared
2 33 (9.02%) Microsoft Certification
3 28 (7.65%) Cisco Certification
4 25 (6.83%) CCNA
5 20 (5.46%) SC Cleared
6 17 (4.64%) DBS Check
7 12 (3.28%) MCSE
8 11 (3.01%) CCNP
9 10 (2.73%) MCP
10 8 (2.19%) MCDST
11 7 (1.91%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 7 (1.91%) JNCIA
11 7 (1.91%) MCSA
12 4 (1.09%) ITIL Certification
12 4 (1.09%) JNCIS
13 3 (0.82%) Degree
13 3 (0.82%) DV Cleared
13 3 (0.82%) HNC
13 3 (0.82%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 1 (0.27%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (14.48%) SLA
2 2 (0.55%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.27%) QA
System Software
1 220 (60.11%) Active Directory
2 34 (9.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (4.92%) Hyper-V
4 16 (4.37%) XenApp
5 6 (1.64%) vSphere
5 6 (1.64%) XenDesktop
6 4 (1.09%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (0.82%) Terminal Server
7 3 (0.82%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (0.55%) BitLocker
8 2 (0.55%) VMware ESX
9 1 (0.27%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.27%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.27%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 45 (12.30%) SCCM
2 4 (1.09%) Backup Exec
3 3 (0.82%) AirWatch
4 2 (0.55%) Jamf Pro
4 2 (0.55%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (0.55%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (0.55%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 2 (0.55%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 2 (0.55%) WSUS
5 1 (0.27%) Ansible
5 1 (0.27%) DameWare
5 1 (0.27%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 1 (0.27%) OpenView
5 1 (0.27%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.27%) Puppet
5 1 (0.27%) SCOM
Vendors
1 153 (41.80%) Microsoft
2 67 (18.31%) VMware
3 49 (13.39%) Cisco
4 44 (12.02%) Citrix
5 40 (10.93%) Apple
6 34 (9.29%) HP
7 18 (4.92%) Dell
8 15 (4.10%) Toshiba
9 11 (3.01%) Lotus
9 11 (3.01%) Remedy
10 9 (2.46%) Google
11 8 (2.19%) Bloomberg
11 8 (2.19%) Juniper
11 8 (2.19%) LANDesk
11 8 (2.19%) Reuters
12 7 (1.91%) Intel Security
13 6 (1.64%) Avaya
13 6 (1.64%) BMC
14 4 (1.09%) Oracle
14 4 (1.09%) Sophos
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