The median contractor rate for a 2nd Line Engineer was £160 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 25 June 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
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 439 466 401
Rank change year-on-year +27 -65  
Contract jobs requiring a 2nd Line Engineer 150 188 249
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.32% 0.35% 0.44%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.34% 0.37% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 94 97 100
Median daily rate £160 £155 £163
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% -4.61%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £114 £118 £113
10% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £226 £250
UK excluding London median daily rate £150 £150 £165
% change year-on-year +0.16% -9.09%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 29 71
Median hourly rate £15.82 £15.32 £16.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.26% -7.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.78 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.50 £22.60 £21.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £13.23 £16.60
% change year-on-year +17.20% -20.33%  

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 43855 50329 53147
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.75% 94.86% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 28363 32827 33406
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1353 1495 2037
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

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 June 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 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 June 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 +10 135 £156 +0.80% 58
London -15 39 £175 +7.69% 18
South East +22 25 £150 - 7
East of England -6 15 £125 -28.57% 8
North West +35 13 £114 - 10
West Midlands +28 12 £120 -4.00% 2
South West -17 12 £180 +24.13% 4
Yorkshire +27 10 £254 +103.00% 5
Merseyside +6 9 - - 1
Wales -7 9 £325 +261.11% 2
Liverpool +3 8 - -
South Wales -7 8 £325 +261.11% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne +76 6 £172 -23.12% 1
Tyne and Wear +72 6 £172 -23.12% 2
North East +64 6 £172 -23.12% 2
Scotland +47 6 £134 - 1
West Yorkshire +25 6 £158 - 2
Suffolk +19 6 £114 -36.64%
City of London +5 6 £175 -22.22% 3
Cardiff 0 6 £335 +272.22% 1
Oxfordshire -13 6 £140 +3.70% 1
Solihull - 6 - -
Leeds +22 5 - - 1
Hertfordshire -7 5 £223 +17.10% 2
Ipswich +13 4 £114 -36.66%
Surrey -3 4 £163 -3.70%
Bristol -7 4 £175 -12.50% 1
Kent - 4 £138 -
South Yorkshire - 4 £350 - 2
Witney - 4 £140 -

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

For the 6 months to 25 June 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.

1 246 (76.88%) Windows
2 205 (64.06%) Active Directory
3 154 (48.13%) Windows 7
4 126 (39.38%) Microsoft
5 95 (29.69%) Microsoft Office
6 86 (26.88%) Office 365
7 77 (24.06%) Windows Server
8 75 (23.44%) Windows 10
9 74 (23.13%) ITIL
10 70 (21.88%) MS Exchange
11 67 (20.94%) Citrix
12 49 (15.31%) VMware
13 46 (14.38%) WAN
13 46 (14.38%) Cisco
14 45 (14.06%) Windows 8
15 44 (13.75%) Windows Server 2008
16 40 (12.50%) SCCM
17 39 (12.19%) SLA
17 39 (12.19%) Apple
18 38 (11.88%) VPN
19 37 (11.56%) Windows Server 2012
20 35 (10.94%) Firewall
21 32 (10.00%) HP
22 31 (9.69%) LAN
22 31 (9.69%) Exchange Server 2010
23 28 (8.75%) Android
23 28 (8.75%) Security Cleared
23 28 (8.75%) Microsoft Certification
24 27 (8.44%) Cisco Certification
24 27 (8.44%) Windows Server 2003

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 70 (21.88%) MS Exchange
2 31 (9.69%) Exchange Server 2010
3 19 (5.94%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 14 (4.38%) SharePoint
5 12 (3.75%) Exchange Server 2007
6 11 (3.44%) Skype for Business
7 9 (2.81%) Exchange Server 2013
8 5 (1.56%) IIS
9 4 (1.25%) IBM Notes
10 2 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2003
10 2 (0.63%) SharePoint Server
11 1 (0.31%) Apache
11 1 (0.31%) CMS
11 1 (0.31%) Confluence
11 1 (0.31%) Drupal
11 1 (0.31%) SharePoint 2010
11 1 (0.31%) WordPress
Applications
1 95 (29.69%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.56%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.31%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 1 (0.31%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (1.88%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.94%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.31%) Eikon
3 1 (0.31%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.31%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 86 (26.88%) Office 365
2 8 (2.50%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (0.94%) G Suite
4 2 (0.63%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.31%) IaaS
5 1 (0.31%) Mimecast
5 1 (0.31%) PaaS
5 1 (0.31%) SaaS
5 1 (0.31%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 46 (14.38%) WAN
2 38 (11.88%) VPN
3 35 (10.94%) Firewall
4 31 (9.69%) LAN
5 26 (8.13%) Wireless
6 24 (7.50%) TCP/IP
7 21 (6.56%) Remote Desktop
8 19 (5.94%) DNS
9 16 (5.00%) DHCP
10 9 (2.81%) PBX
10 9 (2.81%) Skype
11 8 (2.50%) Cisco ASA
12 7 (2.19%) Internet
12 7 (2.19%) VoIP
12 7 (2.19%) Wi-Fi
13 6 (1.88%) Cisco IOS
13 6 (1.88%) VLAN
14 5 (1.56%) 3G
14 5 (1.56%) ADSL
15 4 (1.25%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (5.63%) SQL Server
2 7 (2.19%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (1.25%) SQL Server 2012
3 4 (1.25%) SQL Server 2014
4 3 (0.94%) SQL Server 2005
4 3 (0.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (0.63%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (0.63%) MySQL
6 1 (0.31%) MS Access
6 1 (0.31%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 1 (0.31%) Jenkins
1 1 (0.31%) JIRA
1 1 (0.31%) MSI
1 1 (0.31%) Toad
General
1 10 (3.13%) Banking
1 10 (3.13%) Finance
2 7 (2.19%) Telecoms
3 4 (1.25%) Legal
3 4 (1.25%) Retail
4 3 (0.94%) Manufacturing
5 2 (0.63%) Advertising
5 2 (0.63%) Marketing
5 2 (0.63%) Military
6 1 (0.31%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (0.31%) ADO
1 1 (0.31%) CSS
1 1 (0.31%) HTML
1 1 (0.31%) JSON
1 1 (0.31%) LAMP
1 1 (0.31%) Software Packaging
1 1 (0.31%) Web Services
1 1 (0.31%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 24 (7.50%) Blackberry
2 22 (6.88%) Smartphone
3 21 (6.56%) Analytical Skills
4 14 (4.38%) RSA SecurID
5 11 (3.44%) Driving Licence
6 8 (2.50%) Data Centre
7 7 (2.19%) iPhone
8 6 (1.88%) BYOD
9 4 (1.25%) Fat Client
9 4 (1.25%) iPad
9 4 (1.25%) Thin Client
9 4 (1.25%) Video Conferencing
10 3 (0.94%) NHS
11 2 (0.63%) FMCG
12 1 (0.31%) Computer Science
12 1 (0.31%) Digital Media
12 1 (0.31%) EPoS
12 1 (0.31%) Handset
12 1 (0.31%) Management Information System
12 1 (0.31%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 246 (76.88%) Windows
2 154 (48.13%) Windows 7
3 77 (24.06%) Windows Server
4 75 (23.44%) Windows 10
5 45 (14.06%) Windows 8
6 44 (13.75%) Windows Server 2008
7 37 (11.56%) Windows Server 2012
8 28 (8.75%) Android
9 27 (8.44%) Windows Server 2003
10 14 (4.38%) Windows XP
11 12 (3.75%) Mac OS X
12 8 (2.50%) Linux
13 5 (1.56%) Apple iOS
13 5 (1.56%) Mac OS
14 3 (0.94%) Unix
14 3 (0.94%) Windows Vista
15 2 (0.63%) Solaris
15 2 (0.63%) Windows Phone
16 1 (0.31%) AIX
16 1 (0.31%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 74 (23.13%) ITIL
2 23 (7.19%) Incident Management
3 17 (5.31%) ITIL V3
4 16 (5.00%) Break/Fix
5 15 (4.69%) Migration
6 12 (3.75%) Coaching
7 10 (3.13%) Service Delivery
8 9 (2.81%) Service Management
9 8 (2.50%) DNA
10 7 (2.19%) Change Management
10 7 (2.19%) ITSM
10 7 (2.19%) Mobile Device Management
11 5 (1.56%) Time Management
12 4 (1.25%) Business Intelligence
12 4 (1.25%) Change Control
12 4 (1.25%) DevOps
12 4 (1.25%) ETL
13 3 (0.94%) Application Packaging
13 3 (0.94%) Problem Management
13 3 (0.94%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 19 (5.94%) SQL
2 3 (0.94%) C
2 3 (0.94%) PowerShell
3 2 (0.63%) Python
4 1 (0.31%) Bash Shell
4 1 (0.31%) Korn
4 1 (0.31%) Perl
4 1 (0.31%) PHP
4 1 (0.31%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 28 (8.75%) Microsoft Certification
1 28 (8.75%) Security Cleared
2 27 (8.44%) Cisco Certification
3 25 (7.81%) CCNA
4 23 (7.19%) SC Cleared
5 15 (4.69%) MCSE
6 11 (3.44%) MCP
7 8 (2.50%) CCNP
7 8 (2.50%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 7 (2.19%) ITIL Certification
8 7 (2.19%) MCDST
9 6 (1.88%) DBS Check
9 6 (1.88%) MCSA
10 4 (1.25%) Degree
11 3 (0.94%) A+ Certification
11 3 (0.94%) CCIE
12 2 (0.63%) DV Cleared
12 2 (0.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 1 (0.31%) MOS
13 1 (0.31%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (12.19%) SLA
2 1 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 1 (0.31%) QA
2 1 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 205 (64.06%) Active Directory
2 23 (7.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (5.00%) XenApp
4 15 (4.69%) Hyper-V
5 11 (3.44%) Microsoft App-V
6 7 (2.19%) XenDesktop
7 5 (1.56%) Virtual Desktop
7 5 (1.56%) vSphere
8 3 (0.94%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (0.94%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.63%) Terminal Server
9 2 (0.63%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.31%) ProxySG
10 1 (0.31%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 40 (12.50%) SCCM
2 4 (1.25%) Puppet
3 3 (0.94%) AirWatch
3 3 (0.94%) Cisco Prime
3 3 (0.94%) WSUS
4 2 (0.63%) SCOM
5 1 (0.31%) Ansible
5 1 (0.31%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.31%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (0.31%) Jamf Pro
5 1 (0.31%) Nagios
5 1 (0.31%) Netcool
5 1 (0.31%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 1 (0.31%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.31%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 126 (39.38%) Microsoft
2 67 (20.94%) Citrix
3 49 (15.31%) VMware
4 46 (14.38%) Cisco
5 39 (12.19%) Apple
6 32 (10.00%) HP
7 18 (5.63%) Dell
8 15 (4.69%) Toshiba
9 8 (2.50%) Google
9 8 (2.50%) Remedy
10 6 (1.88%) Avaya
10 6 (1.88%) BMC
10 6 (1.88%) Sophos
11 5 (1.56%) Juniper
11 5 (1.56%) LANDesk
12 4 (1.25%) CheckPoint
12 4 (1.25%) Symantec
13 3 (0.94%) Adobe
13 3 (0.94%) Lotus
13 3 (0.94%) Oracle
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