Period
to 24 August 2017

The median contractor rate for a 2nd Line Engineer was £150 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 August 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
24 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 548 528 462
Rank change year-on-year -20 -66 0
Contract jobs requiring a 2nd Line Engineer 316 394 498
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.33% 0.36% 0.44%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.35% 0.38% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 192 196 208
UK median daily rate £150 £163 £170
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.69% -4.41% +6.25%
10th Percentile £108 £113 £106
90th Percentile £226 £246 £251
UK excluding London median daily rate £150 £155 £170
% change year-on-year -3.23% -8.82% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 67 139
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £15.32 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.44% -4.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £10.78 £10.39 £11.70
90th Percentile £26.18 £23.89 £21.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £14.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year +10.34% -9.38% +6.67%

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 91221 102596 106833
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.87% 94.93% 94.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 59277 66881 66876
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £255 £238
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2787 3124 4140
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £19.00 £17.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.58% +6.01% +5.43%
10th Percentile £10.86 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £46.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £17.33
% change year-on-year -5.26% +9.64% +3.46%

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 24 August 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 24 August 2017.

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

2nd Line Engineer
Top 15 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 24 August 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 -20 290 £150 -7.69% 56
UK excluding London -7 225 £150 -3.23% 46
London -3 91 £163 -1.52% 12
South East -11 57 £140 -12.50% 7
North of England +78 54 £154 -13.38% 16
South West -26 32 £175 +25.00% 7
Midlands +32 31 £150 +20.00% 6
Yorkshire +51 26 £158 +14.55% 6
East of England -12 25 £125 -26.47% 8
North West +43 22 £114 -35.73% 9
West Midlands +41 22 £128 +2.00% 4
Wales 0 14 £180 +67.44%
Scotland +26 12 £134 +11.67% 1
East Midlands +2 9 £150 - 2
North East +49 6 £172 -22.26% 1

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

For the 6 months to 24 August 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.

1 237 (75.00%) Windows
2 186 (58.86%) Active Directory
3 130 (41.14%) Windows 7
4 123 (38.92%) Microsoft
5 89 (28.16%) Microsoft Office
6 84 (26.58%) Windows 10
7 76 (24.05%) Office 365
8 71 (22.47%) Windows Server
9 63 (19.94%) ITIL
10 61 (19.30%) MS Exchange
11 59 (18.67%) Cisco
12 58 (18.35%) Citrix
12 58 (18.35%) VMware
13 44 (13.92%) Windows 8
14 43 (13.61%) SCCM
15 41 (12.97%) Windows Server 2008
16 37 (11.71%) WAN
17 36 (11.39%) Windows Server 2012
18 34 (10.76%) Security Cleared
18 34 (10.76%) LAN
19 31 (9.81%) DNS
20 30 (9.49%) Firewall
21 29 (9.18%) VPN
21 29 (9.18%) SLA
22 27 (8.54%) DHCP
22 27 (8.54%) HP
23 26 (8.23%) SC Cleared
24 25 (7.91%) VMware Infrastructure
24 25 (7.91%) Cisco Certification
24 25 (7.91%) Blackberry

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 61 (19.30%) MS Exchange
2 24 (7.59%) Exchange Server 2010
3 12 (3.80%) Skype for Business
4 11 (3.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 10 (3.16%) SharePoint
6 9 (2.85%) Exchange Server 2007
6 9 (2.85%) IIS
7 6 (1.90%) Exchange Server 2013
8 5 (1.58%) IBM Notes
9 3 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2003
10 2 (0.63%) WordPress
11 1 (0.32%) Apache
11 1 (0.32%) Confluence
11 1 (0.32%) Live Communications Server
11 1 (0.32%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 89 (28.16%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (3.48%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.63%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.32%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.32%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.32%) SAP ERP
1 1 (0.32%) SAP EWM
Cloud Services
1 76 (24.05%) Office 365
2 6 (1.90%) G Suite
3 5 (1.58%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (0.63%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (0.63%) Mimecast
5 1 (0.32%) Adobe Creative Cloud
5 1 (0.32%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.32%) IaaS
5 1 (0.32%) PaaS
5 1 (0.32%) SaaS
5 1 (0.32%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 37 (11.71%) WAN
2 34 (10.76%) LAN
3 31 (9.81%) DNS
4 30 (9.49%) Firewall
5 29 (9.18%) VPN
6 27 (8.54%) DHCP
7 24 (7.59%) Remote Desktop
8 23 (7.28%) TCP/IP
9 16 (5.06%) Wireless
10 12 (3.80%) Internet
11 9 (2.85%) Cisco IOS
11 9 (2.85%) SAN
11 9 (2.85%) Skype
11 9 (2.85%) VoIP
12 8 (2.53%) VLAN
13 6 (1.90%) Wi-Fi
14 5 (1.58%) ADSL
14 5 (1.58%) Cisco ASA
14 5 (1.58%) PBX
15 4 (1.27%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (6.33%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.58%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (1.27%) SQL Server 2014
4 3 (0.95%) MS Access
4 3 (0.95%) MySQL
4 3 (0.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (0.63%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (0.63%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.32%) FileMaker
6 1 (0.32%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.32%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 1 (0.32%) JIRA
1 1 (0.32%) MSI
1 1 (0.32%) Toad
General
1 15 (4.75%) Finance
2 13 (4.11%) Banking
3 6 (1.90%) Telecoms
4 4 (1.27%) Military
4 4 (1.27%) Retail
5 3 (0.95%) Legal
5 3 (0.95%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.63%) Automotive
6 2 (0.63%) Back Office
6 2 (0.63%) Law
7 1 (0.32%) Billing
7 1 (0.32%) Marketing
7 1 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.32%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (0.63%) XMPP
2 1 (0.32%) 802.1X
2 1 (0.32%) ADO
2 1 (0.32%) CSS
2 1 (0.32%) Flash
2 1 (0.32%) HTML
2 1 (0.32%) LAMP
2 1 (0.32%) Software Packaging
2 1 (0.32%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 25 (7.91%) Blackberry
2 20 (6.33%) Analytical Skills
3 19 (6.01%) iPhone
4 16 (5.06%) Driving Licence
5 10 (3.16%) iPad
6 9 (2.85%) Smartphone
7 8 (2.53%) BYOD
8 7 (2.22%) Video Conferencing
9 5 (1.58%) Clustering
9 5 (1.58%) FMCG
10 4 (1.27%) Fat Client
10 4 (1.27%) Thin Client
11 3 (0.95%) Data Centre
12 1 (0.32%) Computer Science
12 1 (0.32%) Digital Media
12 1 (0.32%) Handset
12 1 (0.32%) PKI
12 1 (0.32%) Replication
12 1 (0.32%) Smartcard
12 1 (0.32%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 237 (75.00%) Windows
2 130 (41.14%) Windows 7
3 84 (26.58%) Windows 10
4 71 (22.47%) Windows Server
5 44 (13.92%) Windows 8
6 41 (12.97%) Windows Server 2008
7 36 (11.39%) Windows Server 2012
8 24 (7.59%) Android
9 23 (7.28%) Windows Server 2003
10 16 (5.06%) Windows XP
11 11 (3.48%) Mac OS
12 10 (3.16%) Mac OS X
13 8 (2.53%) Apple iOS
14 7 (2.22%) Linux
14 7 (2.22%) Unix
15 6 (1.90%) Solaris
16 4 (1.27%) Windows Phone
17 3 (0.95%) Windows Vista
18 2 (0.63%) Windows Mobile
19 1 (0.32%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (19.94%) ITIL
2 13 (4.11%) Migration
2 13 (4.11%) Mobile Device Management
3 10 (3.16%) Incident Management
4 9 (2.85%) Service Management
5 8 (2.53%) Service Delivery
6 7 (2.22%) Coaching
6 7 (2.22%) ITIL V3
7 6 (1.90%) Problem Management
8 5 (1.58%) PRINCE
8 5 (1.58%) PRINCE2
8 5 (1.58%) Root Cause Analysis
9 4 (1.27%) Asset Management
9 4 (1.27%) Business Intelligence
9 4 (1.27%) ETL
9 4 (1.27%) Kalman Filter
9 4 (1.27%) Knowledge Management
9 4 (1.27%) Mentoring
9 4 (1.27%) Time Management
10 3 (0.95%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 19 (6.01%) SQL
2 3 (0.95%) C
3 1 (0.32%) Korn
3 1 (0.32%) Perl
3 1 (0.32%) PHP
3 1 (0.32%) PowerShell
3 1 (0.32%) Python
3 1 (0.32%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 34 (10.76%) Security Cleared
2 26 (8.23%) SC Cleared
3 25 (7.91%) Cisco Certification
4 23 (7.28%) CCNA
5 19 (6.01%) Microsoft Certification
6 11 (3.48%) MCSE
7 8 (2.53%) DV Cleared
7 8 (2.53%) ITIL Certification
7 8 (2.53%) MCSA
8 7 (2.22%) CCNP
8 7 (2.22%) MCP
9 6 (1.90%) Degree
10 4 (1.27%) ACSA
10 4 (1.27%) MCITP
11 3 (0.95%) A+ Certification
11 3 (0.95%) CCIE
11 3 (0.95%) DBS Check
11 3 (0.95%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 2 (0.63%) Network+ Certification
12 2 (0.63%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (9.18%) SLA
2 1 (0.32%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 1 (0.32%) QA
2 1 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 186 (58.86%) Active Directory
2 25 (7.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (4.43%) Hyper-V
4 10 (3.16%) Microsoft App-V
5 8 (2.53%) vSphere
5 8 (2.53%) XenApp
6 6 (1.90%) XenDesktop
7 5 (1.58%) Virtual Desktop
7 5 (1.58%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (0.95%) Virtual Servers
9 2 (0.63%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.32%) ProxySG
10 1 (0.32%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 1 (0.32%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 43 (13.61%) SCCM
2 6 (1.90%) AirWatch
3 5 (1.58%) Netcool
3 5 (1.58%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 4 (1.27%) Backup Exec
4 4 (1.27%) NetBackup
5 3 (0.95%) Cisco Prime
5 3 (0.95%) Puppet
6 2 (0.63%) Norton AntiVirus
6 2 (0.63%) WSUS
7 1 (0.32%) Cisco CUCM
7 1 (0.32%) Failover Clustering
7 1 (0.32%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 1 (0.32%) Jamf Pro
7 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Clustering
7 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 1 (0.32%) Nagios
7 1 (0.32%) SCOM
7 1 (0.32%) Unicenter
7 1 (0.32%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 123 (38.92%) Microsoft
2 59 (18.67%) Cisco
3 58 (18.35%) Citrix
3 58 (18.35%) VMware
4 27 (8.54%) HP
5 22 (6.96%) Apple
6 11 (3.48%) Dell
7 10 (3.16%) Google
8 8 (2.53%) Oracle
8 8 (2.53%) Sophos
9 7 (2.22%) Juniper
9 7 (2.22%) Symantec
9 7 (2.22%) Veritas
10 6 (1.90%) McAfee
11 5 (1.58%) LANDesk
11 5 (1.58%) Veeam
12 4 (1.27%) GFI Software
12 4 (1.27%) Lotus
12 4 (1.27%) SolarWinds
12 4 (1.27%) WatchGuard