Period
to 20 April 2018

The median contractor rate for a 3rd Line Engineer was £300 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 April 2018.

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.

Third Line Engineer
UK
6 months to
20 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 505 488 426
Rank change year-on-year -17 -62 -73
Contract jobs requiring a 3rd Line Engineer 416 396 563
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.41% 0.43% 0.53%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.43% 0.45% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 316 262 335
UK median daily rate £300 £300 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +9.09% -
10th Percentile £204 £181 £180
90th Percentile £401 £400 £375
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £295 £275
% change year-on-year +1.69% +7.27% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 15 33
UK median hourly rate £25.01 £22.50 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.13% -4.26% -6.00%
10th Percentile £18.40 £17.15 £16.50
90th Percentile £55.00 £29.50 £41.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.01 £23.75 £23.00
% change year-on-year +5.28% +3.26% -8.00%

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 96,041 87,961 101,443
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.93% 94.86% 95.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,193 57,163 65,399
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £258 £250
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +2.50% +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,954 3,023 3,334
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.96 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.43% -2.77% +14.71%
10th Percentile £10.80 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.56 £48.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% -5.26% +15.15%

3rd Line Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured 3rd Line Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for 3rd Line Engineer in the UK

3rd Line Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for 3rd Line Engineer in the UK

3rd Line Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing 3rd Line Engineer over the 6 months to 20 April 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for 3rd Line Engineer in the UK

3rd Line Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for 3rd Line Engineer in the UK

3rd Line Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing 3rd Line Engineer over the 6 months to 20 April 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for 3rd Line Engineer in the UK

3rd 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 3rd Line Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 20 April 2018. 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 -20 392 £300 - 129
UK excluding London -13 280 £300 +1.69% 104
London -40 132 £300 - 31
South East -36 74 £304 -6.54% 14
North of England -1 59 £300 +9.09% 35
Midlands +2 51 £328 +40.86% 23
South West +9 46 £285 -5.00% 8
West Midlands +13 29 £300 +1.69% 14
East of England +9 29 £338 +12.50% 18
North West -13 28 £313 +19.05% 23
East Midlands 0 22 £350 +75.00% 9
Yorkshire -17 17 £300 +12.68% 10
North East +38 14 £285 +3.64% 2
Wales -10 11 £300 +4.35% 4
Scotland -28 10 £325 -10.34% 2

3rd Line Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 April 2018, 3rd Line Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring 3rd Line Engineer in the job title.

1 293 (70.43%) Windows
2 220 (52.88%) Active Directory
3 213 (51.20%) VMware
4 212 (50.96%) Windows Server
5 143 (34.38%) Microsoft
6 122 (29.33%) Cisco
7 119 (28.61%) Windows Server 2012
8 115 (27.64%) VMware Infrastructure
9 114 (27.40%) Windows Server 2008
10 108 (25.96%) Office 365
11 100 (24.04%) SCCM
12 97 (23.32%) ITIL
13 94 (22.60%) Citrix
14 89 (21.39%) MS Exchange
14 89 (21.39%) Firewall
15 81 (19.47%) Hyper-V
16 69 (16.59%) Windows 7
16 69 (16.59%) PowerShell
17 63 (15.14%) Security Cleared
18 59 (14.18%) Microsoft Azure
18 59 (14.18%) Windows 10
19 53 (12.74%) Migration
20 50 (12.02%) DNS
21 49 (11.78%) Windows Server 2003
22 47 (11.30%) LAN
23 45 (10.82%) DHCP
23 45 (10.82%) Exchange Server 2010
24 44 (10.58%) SC Cleared
25 43 (10.34%) WAN
26 41 (9.86%) HP

3rd 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 89 (21.39%) MS Exchange
2 45 (10.82%) Exchange Server 2010
3 35 (8.41%) SharePoint
4 31 (7.45%) Skype for Business
5 30 (7.21%) Exchange Server 2013
6 16 (3.85%) IIS
7 5 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2007
8 4 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2003
9 3 (0.72%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (0.48%) Apache
11 1 (0.24%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.24%) IBM HTTP Server
11 1 (0.24%) IBM Notes
11 1 (0.24%) JBoss
11 1 (0.24%) Oracle HTTP Server
11 1 (0.24%) SharePoint Server
11 1 (0.24%) WebLogic
11 1 (0.24%) WebSphere
Applications
1 40 (9.62%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.24%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (0.96%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.72%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 108 (25.96%) Office 365
2 59 (14.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (3.85%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (1.44%) Azure Active Directory
4 6 (1.44%) OneDrive
5 3 (0.72%) IaaS
6 2 (0.48%) G Suite
6 2 (0.48%) PaaS
6 2 (0.48%) SaaS
6 2 (0.48%) Yammer
7 1 (0.24%) Akamai
7 1 (0.24%) Datadog
Communications & Networking
1 89 (21.39%) Firewall
2 50 (12.02%) DNS
3 47 (11.30%) LAN
4 45 (10.82%) DHCP
5 43 (10.34%) WAN
6 35 (8.41%) SAN
6 35 (8.41%) VPN
7 34 (8.17%) TCP/IP
8 22 (5.29%) Skype
9 19 (4.57%) VLAN
9 19 (4.57%) Wireless
10 18 (4.33%) Cisco ASA
11 15 (3.61%) Internet
12 13 (3.13%) NetScaler
12 13 (3.13%) Wi-Fi
13 9 (2.16%) Network Security
14 8 (1.92%) SSL
15 6 (1.44%) VoIP
16 5 (1.20%) SMTP
16 5 (1.20%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (4.81%) SQL Server
2 7 (1.68%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (1.20%) MySQL
3 5 (1.20%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (0.72%) Oracle Database
4 3 (0.72%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (0.48%) Blockchain
5 2 (0.48%) DB2
6 1 (0.24%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (0.24%) BusinessObjects
6 1 (0.24%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.24%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.24%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 5 (1.20%) JIRA
2 2 (0.48%) MSI
3 1 (0.24%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.24%) Visual Studio
General
1 41 (9.86%) Finance
2 13 (3.13%) Retail
3 11 (2.64%) Telecoms
4 6 (1.44%) Banking
5 5 (1.20%) Manufacturing
6 4 (0.96%) Games
7 3 (0.72%) Legal
8 2 (0.48%) Advertising
8 2 (0.48%) Automotive
8 2 (0.48%) Marketing
8 2 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (0.48%) Publishing
9 1 (0.24%) Back Office
9 1 (0.24%) Electronics
9 1 (0.24%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.24%) French Language
9 1 (0.24%) Law
9 1 (0.24%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (0.48%) LAMP
1 2 (0.48%) WAP
2 1 (0.24%) .NET
2 1 (0.24%) Middleware
2 1 (0.24%) Oracle Fusion
2 1 (0.24%) Regular Expression
2 1 (0.24%) Web Services
2 1 (0.24%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 35 (8.41%) Data Centre
2 11 (2.64%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (2.64%) Clustering
3 7 (1.68%) Replication
4 6 (1.44%) Driving Licence
4 6 (1.44%) Management Information System
5 5 (1.20%) Blackberry
5 5 (1.20%) PKI
5 5 (1.20%) Self-Motivation
5 5 (1.20%) Smartphone
6 4 (0.96%) FMCG
6 4 (0.96%) Video Conferencing
7 3 (0.72%) Fat Client
7 3 (0.72%) iPad
7 3 (0.72%) iPhone
7 3 (0.72%) Private Cloud
7 3 (0.72%) Thin Client
8 2 (0.48%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (0.48%) Mobile App
8 2 (0.48%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 293 (70.43%) Windows
2 212 (50.96%) Windows Server
3 119 (28.61%) Windows Server 2012
4 114 (27.40%) Windows Server 2008
5 69 (16.59%) Windows 7
6 59 (14.18%) Windows 10
7 49 (11.78%) Windows Server 2003
8 33 (7.93%) Linux
9 12 (2.88%) Unix
9 12 (2.88%) Windows 8
9 12 (2.88%) Windows XP
10 7 (1.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 6 (1.44%) CentOS
12 5 (1.20%) Android
12 5 (1.20%) Apple iOS
12 5 (1.20%) Solaris
13 4 (0.96%) Windows Vista
14 3 (0.72%) Windows NT
15 2 (0.48%) Mac OS
16 1 (0.24%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 97 (23.32%) ITIL
2 53 (12.74%) Migration
3 21 (5.05%) Problem Management
4 20 (4.81%) Problem-Solving
5 18 (4.33%) Root Cause Analysis
6 16 (3.85%) Virtual Environments
7 13 (3.13%) Service Management
8 12 (2.88%) Incident Management
8 12 (2.88%) Service Delivery
8 12 (2.88%) Software Deployment
9 11 (2.64%) Project Management
10 10 (2.40%) Agile Software Development
10 10 (2.40%) Disaster Recovery
11 9 (2.16%) Change Control
11 9 (2.16%) Change Management
11 9 (2.16%) CRM
11 9 (2.16%) Disk Encryption
11 9 (2.16%) Mobile Device Management
11 9 (2.16%) Patch Management
11 9 (2.16%) Server Building
Programming Languages
1 69 (16.59%) PowerShell
2 33 (7.93%) SQL
3 5 (1.20%) Shell Script
4 3 (0.72%) C
5 2 (0.48%) Bash Shell
6 1 (0.24%) AWK
6 1 (0.24%) Java
6 1 (0.24%) Python
6 1 (0.24%) sed
6 1 (0.24%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 63 (15.14%) Security Cleared
2 44 (10.58%) SC Cleared
3 39 (9.38%) Cisco Certification
4 33 (7.93%) Microsoft Certification
5 27 (6.49%) CCNA
6 23 (5.53%) DV Cleared
7 21 (5.05%) CCNP
8 16 (3.85%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 15 (3.61%) MCSA
9 15 (3.61%) MCSE
10 12 (2.88%) ITIL Certification
11 8 (1.92%) MCITP
12 7 (1.68%) Degree
13 4 (0.96%) MCP
14 3 (0.72%) Citrix Certification
14 3 (0.72%) VCAP
15 2 (0.48%) DBS Check
15 2 (0.48%) MCDST
15 2 (0.48%) MCTS
16 1 (0.24%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (3.61%) SLA
2 3 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.48%) GDPR
3 2 (0.48%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.24%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 220 (52.88%) Active Directory
2 115 (27.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 81 (19.47%) Hyper-V
4 40 (9.62%) vSphere
5 37 (8.89%) VMware ESXi
6 33 (7.93%) XenApp
7 19 (4.57%) XenDesktop
8 17 (4.09%) XenServer
9 12 (2.88%) BitLocker
10 11 (2.64%) Virtual Machines
11 10 (2.40%) Terminal Services
12 8 (1.92%) Microsoft App-V
12 8 (1.92%) Virtual Servers
13 7 (1.68%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 6 (1.44%) VMware Server
15 3 (0.72%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 3 (0.72%) Forefront TMG
15 3 (0.72%) UAG
15 3 (0.72%) VirtualBox
15 3 (0.72%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 100 (24.04%) SCCM
2 24 (5.77%) WSUS
3 16 (3.85%) SCOM
4 11 (2.64%) NetBackup
4 11 (2.64%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 8 (1.92%) Backup Exec
5 8 (1.92%) McAfee ePO
6 6 (1.44%) vCenter Server
7 5 (1.20%) AirWatch
8 4 (0.96%) Microsoft Clustering
8 4 (0.96%) SCVMM
9 3 (0.72%) Microsoft Intune
9 3 (0.72%) Netcool
9 3 (0.72%) Norton AntiVirus
9 3 (0.72%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 3 (0.72%) SCSM
9 3 (0.72%) vRealize
10 2 (0.48%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 2 (0.48%) Nessus
10 2 (0.48%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 213 (51.20%) VMware
2 143 (34.38%) Microsoft
3 122 (29.33%) Cisco
4 94 (22.60%) Citrix
5 41 (9.86%) HP
6 23 (5.53%) Veeam
7 22 (5.29%) SolarWinds
8 19 (4.57%) McAfee
9 18 (4.33%) F5
10 16 (3.85%) NetApp
10 16 (3.85%) Sophos
11 15 (3.61%) Dell
12 14 (3.37%) Ivanti
13 13 (3.13%) Juniper
13 13 (3.13%) Oracle
13 13 (3.13%) Symantec
14 12 (2.88%) Remedy
15 11 (2.64%) CheckPoint
16 10 (2.40%) Palo Alto
17 9 (2.16%) Meraki