The median contractor rate for a 3rd Line Engineer was £300 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 24 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
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Third Line Engineer
UK
Rank 423 379 331
Rank change year-on-year -44 -48  
Contract jobs requiring a 3rd Line Engineer 173 277 316
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.38% 0.52% 0.60%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.40% 0.55% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 111 175 194
Median daily rate £300 £288 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.34% +4.54%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £185 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £366 £375
UK excluding London median daily rate £294 £275 £270
% change year-on-year +6.81% +1.85%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 13 45
Median hourly rate £21.75 £24.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.22% -2.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.00 £20.00 £17.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £63.00 £42.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.75 £24.50 £24.13
% change year-on-year -11.22% +1.55%  

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 42950 50452 49894
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.82% 95.19% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 27813 32635 30138
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 £555
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1510 1582 1977
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
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 £17.38
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.10%  

3rd Line Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured 3rd Line Engineer in the job title.

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 3 months to 24 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing 3rd Line Engineer.

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

3rd 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 3rd Line Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 24 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 -48 167 £300 +4.34% 53
London 0 49 £300 -7.69% 13
South East -10 43 £305 +12.96% 12
South West -16 22 £325 +13.53% 1
City of London +11 16 £275 -13.04% 4
East Midlands 0 15 £200 +11.11% 6
Hampshire +3 14 £375 +25.00% 1
East of England -12 13 £275 -4.34% 3
Yorkshire +7 10 £285 +14.00% 2
Milton Keynes - 9 £350 -
Buckinghamshire - 9 £350 -
Berkshire +7 8 £275 +7.84% 4
West Midlands +1 8 £263 -19.23% 6
Northamptonshire - 8 £200 - 3
Bristol +5 7 £313 +9.64% 1
North West +24 6 £370 +48.00% 10
Suffolk +2 6 £225 +32.35%
Northampton - 6 £200 - 1
Nottinghamshire +2 5 £165 -8.33% 1
Reading +13 4 £285 +21.27% 1
North Yorkshire +10 4 - -
Somerset +6 4 £325 -
Southampton +1 4 £308 -1.60%
Wiltshire -2 4 - -
Birmingham -3 4 £300 -7.69% 1
Bath - 4 £325 -
Ipswich - 4 £240 -
West Sussex - 4 £400 - 1
Cheshire +31 3 £370 +34.54% 3
Manchester +7 3 - - 4

3rd Line Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, 3rd 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 3rd Line Engineer in the job title.

1 308 (76.62%) Windows
2 222 (55.22%) VMware
3 203 (50.50%) Windows Server
4 196 (48.76%) Active Directory
5 122 (30.35%) Microsoft
6 108 (26.87%) Citrix
7 107 (26.62%) Windows Server 2008
8 102 (25.37%) Windows Server 2012
9 98 (24.38%) Cisco
10 86 (21.39%) Firewall
11 85 (21.14%) SCCM
12 77 (19.15%) Office 365
13 75 (18.66%) MS Exchange
14 73 (18.16%) DNS
15 64 (15.92%) VMware Infrastructure
15 64 (15.92%) Hyper-V
16 63 (15.67%) ITIL
17 53 (13.18%) Security Cleared
18 52 (12.94%) SAN
19 51 (12.69%) Windows 7
20 49 (12.19%) SQL
21 47 (11.69%) Exchange Server 2010
22 46 (11.44%) Windows Server 2003
23 42 (10.45%) Windows 10
23 42 (10.45%) SC Cleared
24 41 (10.20%) Cisco Certification
24 41 (10.20%) LAN
24 41 (10.20%) DHCP
25 38 (9.45%) PowerShell
25 38 (9.45%) Microsoft Azure

3rd 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 75 (18.66%) MS Exchange
2 47 (11.69%) Exchange Server 2010
3 23 (5.72%) Skype for Business
4 22 (5.47%) SharePoint
5 21 (5.22%) Exchange Server 2013
6 15 (3.73%) IIS
7 5 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2003
8 3 (0.75%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (0.75%) Exchange Server 2007
8 3 (0.75%) IBM Notes
9 2 (0.50%) Apache
9 2 (0.50%) Office Communications Server
9 2 (0.50%) SharePoint 2010
9 2 (0.50%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.25%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 32 (7.96%) MS Office
2 22 (5.47%) MS Excel
3 2 (0.50%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.25%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (0.75%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 77 (19.15%) Office 365
2 38 (9.45%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (2.49%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (1.00%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (0.75%) Mimecast
6 2 (0.50%) SaaS
7 1 (0.25%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.25%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.25%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.25%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.25%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 1 (0.25%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 86 (21.39%) Firewall
2 73 (18.16%) DNS
3 52 (12.94%) SAN
4 41 (10.20%) DHCP
4 41 (10.20%) LAN
5 33 (8.21%) WAN
6 31 (7.71%) TCP/IP
7 25 (6.22%) VPN
8 22 (5.47%) VoIP
9 18 (4.48%) Cisco ASA
10 17 (4.23%) Wireless
11 16 (3.98%) Skype
11 16 (3.98%) Unified Communications
12 15 (3.73%) Cisco Nexus
13 14 (3.48%) SSL
14 12 (2.99%) Network Security
15 10 (2.49%) BGP
15 10 (2.49%) MPLS
15 10 (2.49%) OSPF
15 10 (2.49%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (7.96%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.00%) Amazon RDS
2 4 (1.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (0.50%) BusinessObjects
3 2 (0.50%) MS Access
3 2 (0.50%) MySQL
3 2 (0.50%) SQL Server 2005
3 2 (0.50%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (0.50%) SQL Server 2014
3 2 (0.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 2 (0.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (0.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (0.25%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 2 (0.50%) Oracle Forms
2 1 (0.25%) Metasploit
2 1 (0.25%) MSI
2 1 (0.25%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 32 (7.96%) Finance
2 14 (3.48%) Retail
3 6 (1.49%) Financial Institution
3 6 (1.49%) Local Government
3 6 (1.49%) Telecoms
4 5 (1.24%) Manufacturing
5 4 (1.00%) Law
6 3 (0.75%) Electronics
6 3 (0.75%) Marketing
7 2 (0.50%) Advertising
7 2 (0.50%) Back Office
7 2 (0.50%) Legal
7 2 (0.50%) Publishing
8 1 (0.25%) Banking
8 1 (0.25%) Billing
8 1 (0.25%) Front Office
8 1 (0.25%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.25%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (1.99%) MSMQ
1 8 (1.99%) RabbitMQ
2 5 (1.24%) 802.1X
3 3 (0.75%) Regular Expression
4 2 (0.50%) Web Services
5 1 (0.25%) .NET
5 1 (0.25%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.25%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 25 (6.22%) Data Centre
2 20 (4.98%) Clustering
3 17 (4.23%) Analytical Skills
4 13 (3.23%) Replication
5 7 (1.74%) Fat Client
5 7 (1.74%) Thin Client
6 6 (1.49%) Computer Science
6 6 (1.49%) EMC VNX
6 6 (1.49%) Hedge funds
7 5 (1.24%) EMC VMAX
7 5 (1.24%) VxBlock/Vblock
8 4 (1.00%) Management Information System
9 3 (0.75%) Blackberry
9 3 (0.75%) BYOD
9 3 (0.75%) Driving Licence
9 3 (0.75%) EPoS
9 3 (0.75%) iPad
10 2 (0.50%) Data Protection Act
10 2 (0.50%) FMCG
10 2 (0.50%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 308 (76.62%) Windows
2 203 (50.50%) Windows Server
3 107 (26.62%) Windows Server 2008
4 102 (25.37%) Windows Server 2012
5 51 (12.69%) Windows 7
6 46 (11.44%) Windows Server 2003
7 42 (10.45%) Windows 10
8 36 (8.96%) Linux
9 17 (4.23%) Windows 8
10 15 (3.73%) Windows XP
11 13 (3.23%) Solaris
12 10 (2.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 5 (1.24%) Android
13 5 (1.24%) CentOS
13 5 (1.24%) Mac OS
13 5 (1.24%) Unix
14 3 (0.75%) Apple iOS
15 1 (0.25%) Scientific Linux
15 1 (0.25%) Windows 2000 Server
15 1 (0.25%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (15.67%) ITIL
2 24 (5.97%) Migration
3 21 (5.22%) Incident Management
4 20 (4.98%) Problem Management
5 16 (3.98%) Project Management
6 14 (3.48%) Mobile Device Management
7 11 (2.74%) Change Management
7 11 (2.74%) Load Balancing
8 10 (2.49%) Disaster Recovery
8 10 (2.49%) High Availability
8 10 (2.49%) ITIL V3
9 9 (2.24%) Customer Requirements
9 9 (2.24%) PRINCE2
10 7 (1.74%) Agile Software Development
10 7 (1.74%) Configuration Management
10 7 (1.74%) Data Loss Prevention
10 7 (1.74%) Desktop Virtualisation
10 7 (1.74%) Infrastructure Management
10 7 (1.74%) Server Virtualisation
10 7 (1.74%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 49 (12.19%) SQL
2 38 (9.45%) PowerShell
3 7 (1.74%) Java
4 3 (0.75%) Bash Shell
4 3 (0.75%) VB
5 2 (0.50%) PL/SQL
5 2 (0.50%) Python
5 2 (0.50%) T-SQL
5 2 (0.50%) VBScript
6 1 (0.25%) C
6 1 (0.25%) C#
6 1 (0.25%) Perl
6 1 (0.25%) R
6 1 (0.25%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 53 (13.18%) Security Cleared
2 42 (10.45%) SC Cleared
3 41 (10.20%) Cisco Certification
4 33 (8.21%) Microsoft Certification
5 26 (6.47%) CCNP
6 25 (6.22%) MCSE
7 20 (4.98%) CCNA
8 14 (3.48%) Degree
9 11 (2.74%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 10 (2.49%) MCP
11 9 (2.24%) DV Cleared
12 8 (1.99%) DBS Check
12 8 (1.99%) MCITP
13 7 (1.74%) MCSA
13 7 (1.74%) MCTS
14 6 (1.49%) CCIE
15 4 (1.00%) CCSE
16 3 (0.75%) CCSA
16 3 (0.75%) CCSP
16 3 (0.75%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (3.23%) SLA
2 3 (0.75%) Disclosure Scotland
2 3 (0.75%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.25%) QA
System Software
1 196 (48.76%) Active Directory
2 64 (15.92%) Hyper-V
2 64 (15.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 35 (8.71%) XenApp
4 25 (6.22%) vSphere
5 20 (4.98%) XenDesktop
6 15 (3.73%) Microsoft App-V
7 11 (2.74%) VMware ESX
8 9 (2.24%) Virtual Desktop
9 8 (1.99%) VMware ESXi
10 4 (1.00%) Terminal Services
10 4 (1.00%) XenServer
11 3 (0.75%) BitLocker
11 3 (0.75%) Virtual Servers
11 3 (0.75%) VMware Server
11 3 (0.75%) VMware Workstation
12 2 (0.50%) DFS Replication
12 2 (0.50%) vCloud
13 1 (0.25%) Postfix
13 1 (0.25%) UAG
Systems Management
1 85 (21.14%) SCCM
2 14 (3.48%) SCOM
3 10 (2.49%) Backup Exec
4 8 (1.99%) WSUS
5 7 (1.74%) Microsoft Clustering
6 6 (1.49%) Cisco Prime
6 6 (1.49%) NetBackup
7 5 (1.24%) FortiGate
7 5 (1.24%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 4 (1.00%) AppDNA
8 4 (1.00%) Puppet
9 3 (0.75%) AirWatch
9 3 (0.75%) McAfee ePO
9 3 (0.75%) Nagios
9 3 (0.75%) Opscode Chef
9 3 (0.75%) SmoothWall
9 3 (0.75%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 2 (0.50%) Netcool
10 2 (0.50%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 2 (0.50%) Unicenter
Vendors
1 222 (55.22%) VMware
2 122 (30.35%) Microsoft
3 108 (26.87%) Citrix
4 98 (24.38%) Cisco
5 27 (6.72%) HP
6 26 (6.47%) CheckPoint
7 23 (5.72%) Juniper
8 20 (4.98%) NetApp
9 18 (4.48%) Avaya
9 18 (4.48%) EMC
10 14 (3.48%) Dell
10 14 (3.48%) SolarWinds
11 13 (3.23%) AppSense
11 13 (3.23%) F5
12 10 (2.49%) Symantec
12 10 (2.49%) Veeam
13 9 (2.24%) Red Hat
14 8 (1.99%) Fortinet
15 7 (1.74%) Intel Security
15 7 (1.74%) Palo Alto
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