Period
to 23 October 2017

The median contractor rate for a 2nd Line Engineer was £145 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 October 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.

Second Line Engineer
UK
6 months to
23 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 538 540 453
Rank change year-on-year +2 -87 +9
Contract jobs requiring a 2nd Line Engineer 365 365 519
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.36% 0.35% 0.46%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.38% 0.37% 0.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 222 180 216
UK median daily rate £145 £159 £170
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.66% -6.62% +6.25%
10th Percentile £110 £113 £105
90th Percentile £225 £238 £274
UK excluding London median daily rate £148 £155 £174
% change year-on-year -4.84% -10.79% +8.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 68 156
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £15.29 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.95% -1.39% +6.90%
10th Percentile £11.25 £10.48 £11.25
90th Percentile £26.88 £28.00 £21.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.25 £15.50
% change year-on-year +4.92% -1.61% +6.90%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. 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
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 94988 99866 108209
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.82% 94.77% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 62434 65085 68726
UK median daily rate £440 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £250 £248
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2825 3256 4131
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.88 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% - +6.06%

2nd Line Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured 2nd Line Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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 6 months to 23 October 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing 2nd Line Engineer.

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

2nd Line Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing 2nd Line Engineer over the 6 months to 23 October 2017.

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

2nd Line Engineer
Top 16 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 6 months to 23 October 2017. 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
England +11 327 £145 -6.45% 56
UK excluding London +21 247 £148 -4.84% 40
London +17 111 £145 -9.38% 16
South East +5 76 £140 -12.50% 11
North of England +67 47 £158 -4.55% 13
Midlands +41 34 £143 - 5
South West -39 31 £175 +25.00% 5
Yorkshire +34 27 £158 +5.00% 4
East of England -22 27 £125 -16.67% 6
West Midlands +40 23 £114 -12.78% 4
Scotland +11 18 £130 -25.71%
North West +30 16 £105 -38.96% 8
Wales +10 12 £188 +13.94%
East Midlands +3 11 £150 -45.45% 1
North East +61 4 £172 +2.69% 1
Northern Ireland - 2 £263 -

2nd Line Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 October 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.

1 278 (76.16%) Windows
2 203 (55.62%) Active Directory
3 140 (38.36%) Windows 7
4 136 (37.26%) Microsoft
5 115 (31.51%) Microsoft Office
6 104 (28.49%) Office 365
7 100 (27.40%) Windows 10
8 84 (23.01%) ITIL
9 72 (19.73%) Windows Server
10 64 (17.53%) Cisco
11 59 (16.16%) SCCM
12 57 (15.62%) VMware
13 54 (14.79%) Citrix
14 50 (13.70%) MS Exchange
15 49 (13.42%) Windows 8
16 45 (12.33%) Security Cleared
16 45 (12.33%) Windows Server 2008
17 43 (11.78%) WAN
18 42 (11.51%) Windows Server 2012
19 41 (11.23%) LAN
20 37 (10.14%) Apple
21 36 (9.86%) DNS
22 34 (9.32%) SC Cleared
23 33 (9.04%) SLA
23 33 (9.04%) TCP/IP
24 32 (8.77%) Blackberry
24 32 (8.77%) Android
25 31 (8.49%) DHCP
25 31 (8.49%) HP
26 30 (8.22%) VMware Infrastructure

2nd Line Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring 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 50 (13.70%) MS Exchange
2 22 (6.03%) Exchange Server 2010
3 14 (3.84%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 12 (3.29%) SharePoint
5 11 (3.01%) Skype for Business
6 10 (2.74%) Exchange Server 2013
7 9 (2.47%) IIS
8 7 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2007
9 6 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2003
10 3 (0.82%) IBM Notes
11 2 (0.55%) WordPress
12 1 (0.27%) Apache
12 1 (0.27%) Live Communications Server
12 1 (0.27%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 115 (31.51%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (3.56%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (1.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.82%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.27%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.27%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (1.10%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.27%) SAP EWM
2 1 (0.27%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 104 (28.49%) Office 365
2 9 (2.47%) G Suite
3 4 (1.10%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (0.55%) Azure Active Directory
4 2 (0.55%) Mimecast
5 1 (0.27%) Adobe Creative Cloud
5 1 (0.27%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.27%) OneDrive
5 1 (0.27%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 43 (11.78%) WAN
2 41 (11.23%) LAN
3 36 (9.86%) DNS
4 33 (9.04%) TCP/IP
5 31 (8.49%) DHCP
6 27 (7.40%) Remote Desktop
6 27 (7.40%) VPN
7 23 (6.30%) Firewall
8 20 (5.48%) Wireless
9 14 (3.84%) Internet
10 10 (2.74%) Skype
10 10 (2.74%) VoIP
11 9 (2.47%) Cisco IOS
12 8 (2.19%) VLAN
13 7 (1.92%) Broadband
13 7 (1.92%) SAN
13 7 (1.92%) Wi-Fi
14 4 (1.10%) ADSL
14 4 (1.10%) PBX
14 4 (1.10%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (4.11%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.10%) SQL Server 2014
3 3 (0.82%) MySQL
3 3 (0.82%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (0.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (0.55%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (0.55%) MS Access
5 1 (0.27%) FileMaker
5 1 (0.27%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 1 (0.27%) MSI
General
1 24 (6.58%) Finance
2 15 (4.11%) Banking
3 7 (1.92%) Manufacturing
4 6 (1.64%) Telecoms
5 5 (1.37%) Retail
6 4 (1.10%) Law
7 3 (0.82%) Legal
7 3 (0.82%) Military
8 2 (0.55%) Advertising
8 2 (0.55%) Automotive
8 2 (0.55%) Back Office
8 2 (0.55%) Financial Institution
8 2 (0.55%) Publishing
9 1 (0.27%) Billing
9 1 (0.27%) Marketing
9 1 (0.27%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.27%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.27%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (0.55%) 802.1X
1 2 (0.55%) XMPP
2 1 (0.27%) Flash
2 1 (0.27%) LAMP
2 1 (0.27%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 32 (8.77%) Blackberry
2 26 (7.12%) iPhone
3 21 (5.75%) Analytical Skills
4 17 (4.66%) Driving Licence
5 14 (3.84%) iPad
6 11 (3.01%) Smartphone
7 10 (2.74%) Video Conferencing
8 8 (2.19%) BYOD
8 8 (2.19%) FMCG
9 6 (1.64%) Clustering
10 4 (1.10%) Fat Client
10 4 (1.10%) Thin Client
11 3 (0.82%) Data Centre
12 2 (0.55%) Computer Science
13 1 (0.27%) Equities
13 1 (0.27%) Fixed Income
13 1 (0.27%) Life Science
13 1 (0.27%) Management Information System
13 1 (0.27%) PKI
13 1 (0.27%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 278 (76.16%) Windows
2 140 (38.36%) Windows 7
3 100 (27.40%) Windows 10
4 72 (19.73%) Windows Server
5 49 (13.42%) Windows 8
6 45 (12.33%) Windows Server 2008
7 42 (11.51%) Windows Server 2012
8 32 (8.77%) Android
9 21 (5.75%) Windows XP
10 20 (5.48%) Windows Server 2003
11 14 (3.84%) Apple iOS
12 13 (3.56%) Mac OS
13 10 (2.74%) Mac OS X
14 8 (2.19%) Unix
14 8 (2.19%) Windows Vista
15 6 (1.64%) Solaris
15 6 (1.64%) Windows Phone
16 5 (1.37%) Linux
17 1 (0.27%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (23.01%) ITIL
2 19 (5.21%) Mobile Device Management
3 14 (3.84%) Incident Management
4 12 (3.29%) Service Delivery
5 11 (3.01%) Migration
5 11 (3.01%) Service Management
6 9 (2.47%) ITIL V3
7 8 (2.19%) Time Management
8 7 (1.92%) PRINCE2
9 6 (1.64%) Coaching
9 6 (1.64%) Line Management
10 5 (1.37%) Asset Management
10 5 (1.37%) Knowledge Management
10 5 (1.37%) PRINCE
10 5 (1.37%) Problem Management
10 5 (1.37%) Root Cause Analysis
11 4 (1.10%) Business Intelligence
11 4 (1.10%) Disaster Recovery
11 4 (1.10%) ETL
11 4 (1.10%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 19 (5.21%) SQL
2 3 (0.82%) C
3 1 (0.27%) PHP
Qualifications
1 45 (12.33%) Security Cleared
2 34 (9.32%) SC Cleared
3 26 (7.12%) Microsoft Certification
4 19 (5.21%) Cisco Certification
5 18 (4.93%) CCNA
6 14 (3.84%) MCSE
7 12 (3.29%) MCSA
8 11 (3.01%) Degree
9 10 (2.74%) MCP
10 9 (2.47%) DV Cleared
11 8 (2.19%) ITIL Certification
12 7 (1.92%) CCNP
13 5 (1.37%) MCITP
14 4 (1.10%) ACSA
14 4 (1.10%) DBS Check
15 3 (0.82%) A+ Certification
15 3 (0.82%) CCIE
16 2 (0.55%) Citrix Certification
16 2 (0.55%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
16 2 (0.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (9.04%) SLA
2 1 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 1 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.27%) QA
System Software
1 203 (55.62%) Active Directory
2 30 (8.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (3.01%) Hyper-V
4 10 (2.74%) Microsoft App-V
5 7 (1.92%) XenApp
6 6 (1.64%) vSphere
7 5 (1.37%) Virtual Desktop
7 5 (1.37%) Virtual Machines
8 4 (1.10%) XenServer
9 3 (0.82%) Virtual Servers
9 3 (0.82%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.27%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 59 (16.16%) SCCM
2 12 (3.29%) AirWatch
3 6 (1.64%) NetBackup
4 5 (1.37%) Backup Exec
4 5 (1.37%) Netcool
4 5 (1.37%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 3 (0.82%) Cisco Prime
5 3 (0.82%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 3 (0.82%) Puppet
6 2 (0.55%) Jamf Pro
6 2 (0.55%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (0.27%) DameWare
7 1 (0.27%) Failover Clustering
7 1 (0.27%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 1 (0.27%) Nagios
7 1 (0.27%) SmoothWall
7 1 (0.27%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.27%) Unicenter
7 1 (0.27%) WSUS
7 1 (0.27%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 136 (37.26%) Microsoft
2 64 (17.53%) Cisco
3 57 (15.62%) VMware
4 54 (14.79%) Citrix
5 37 (10.14%) Apple
6 31 (8.49%) HP
7 14 (3.84%) Dell
8 13 (3.56%) Google
9 8 (2.19%) Sophos
9 8 (2.19%) Symantec
10 7 (1.92%) GFI Software
10 7 (1.92%) Juniper
10 7 (1.92%) Veritas
10 7 (1.92%) WatchGuard
11 6 (1.64%) McAfee
11 6 (1.64%) Oracle
11 6 (1.64%) SAP
11 6 (1.64%) Veeam
12 5 (1.37%) LANDesk
13 4 (1.10%) Avaya