The median contractor rate for a 3rd Line Engineer was £300 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 29 April 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.

Third Line Engineer
UK
3 months to
29 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 408 378 331
Rank change year-on-year -30 -47  
Contract jobs requiring a 3rd Line Engineer 191 296 357
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.41% 0.53% 0.64%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.43% 0.56% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 126 180 230
Median daily rate £300 £285 £263
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +8.57%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £358 £375
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £275 £263
% change year-on-year +9.09% +4.76%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 12 46
Median hourly rate £23.00 £21.33 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.82% -14.68%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.60 £20.00 £18.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.80 £24.40 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £21.33 £23.75
% change year-on-year +17.20% -10.18%  

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 44572 53135 52859
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.58% 95.10% 94.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 28959 34612 32049
Median daily rate £433 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.76% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £267 £263 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £396 £375
% change year-on-year +1.01% +5.60%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1459 1536 2107
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £44.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.83
% change year-on-year - +4.01%  

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 29 April 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 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
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 29 April 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 -44 182 £300 +7.14% 40
London +5 65 £300 +1.69% 11
South East -30 38 £338 +22.72% 12
South West -9 26 £338 +17.90% 4
City of London 0 18 £275 -6.77% 4
East Midlands -2 13 £240 +11.62% 1
North West +42 12 £325 +23.80% 5
Yorkshire +23 11 £153 -44.54% 2
Buckinghamshire - 10 £352 - 2
Bristol +10 9 £350 +22.80% 1
East of England -13 9 £288 +15.00% 4
Milton Keynes - 9 £352 - 1
Manchester +18 8 £325 +30.00% 2
Hampshire -1 8 £375 +20.00%
Northamptonshire +6 7 £255 -27.14%
West Midlands +22 6 £300 -7.69% 1
West Sussex - 5 £400 - 1
Scotland +35 4 £325 +8.15%
Kent +16 4 £338 +22.72% 1
Dorset +8 4 £313 +73.61% 2
South Yorkshire +8 4 £175 -36.36%
Somerset +7 4 £325 +30.13%
North Yorkshire +6 4 £130 -61.79% 1
Bournemouth +6 4 £313 +73.61% 2
Bracknell +2 4 - -
Berkshire -1 4 - - 5
Staffordshire -2 4 £300 +0.84%
Crawley - 4 £400 -
Northampton - 4 £250 -
Sheffield - 4 £175 -

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

For the 6 months to 29 April 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.

1 279 (73.23%) Windows
2 192 (50.39%) Active Directory
3 187 (49.08%) VMware
4 182 (47.77%) Windows Server
5 111 (29.13%) Windows Server 2008
6 110 (28.87%) Windows Server 2012
7 106 (27.82%) Cisco
8 104 (27.30%) Microsoft
9 86 (22.57%) Firewall
10 85 (22.31%) Citrix
11 75 (19.69%) SCCM
12 73 (19.16%) Office 365
13 70 (18.37%) MS Exchange
14 67 (17.59%) DNS
15 65 (17.06%) Hyper-V
16 61 (16.01%) ITIL
17 56 (14.70%) VMware Infrastructure
18 51 (13.39%) Security Cleared
18 51 (13.39%) SAN
19 49 (12.86%) LAN
20 46 (12.07%) Windows 7
21 45 (11.81%) Windows 10
22 44 (11.55%) SQL
22 44 (11.55%) Cisco Certification
23 43 (11.29%) WAN
23 43 (11.29%) DHCP
23 43 (11.29%) Migration
24 42 (11.02%) Finance
24 42 (11.02%) Exchange Server 2010
24 42 (11.02%) PowerShell

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 70 (18.37%) MS Exchange
2 42 (11.02%) Exchange Server 2010
3 19 (4.99%) Exchange Server 2013
3 19 (4.99%) SharePoint
4 18 (4.72%) Skype for Business
5 16 (4.20%) IIS
6 3 (0.79%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (0.79%) Office Communications Server
6 3 (0.79%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (0.52%) Apache
7 2 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2003
7 2 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (0.52%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.26%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.26%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.26%) SAS
8 1 (0.26%) Tomcat
Applications
1 31 (8.14%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.52%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.26%) 3ds Max
3 1 (0.26%) Acrobat
3 1 (0.26%) AutoCAD
3 1 (0.26%) CINEMA 4D
3 1 (0.26%) InfoPath
3 1 (0.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.26%) SketchUp
Business Applications
1 3 (0.79%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 73 (19.16%) Office 365
2 41 (10.76%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (4.20%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (1.05%) Mimecast
5 3 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
5 3 (0.79%) SaaS
6 1 (0.26%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.26%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.26%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.26%) G Suite
6 1 (0.26%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 86 (22.57%) Firewall
2 67 (17.59%) DNS
3 51 (13.39%) SAN
4 49 (12.86%) LAN
5 43 (11.29%) DHCP
5 43 (11.29%) WAN
6 27 (7.09%) TCP/IP
7 24 (6.30%) VPN
8 22 (5.77%) Cisco ASA
9 17 (4.46%) Unified Communications
9 17 (4.46%) Wireless
10 15 (3.94%) Skype
11 14 (3.67%) SSL
12 13 (3.41%) Cisco Nexus
12 13 (3.41%) Internet
12 13 (3.41%) Network Security
13 12 (3.15%) VoIP
13 12 (3.15%) Wi-Fi
14 11 (2.89%) BGP
14 11 (2.89%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (8.14%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.05%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (0.52%) BusinessObjects
3 2 (0.52%) MySQL
3 2 (0.52%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (0.52%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (0.52%) SQL Server 2014
3 2 (0.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 2 (0.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (0.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (0.26%) MS Access
4 1 (0.26%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.26%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (0.26%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 2 (0.52%) MSI
1 2 (0.52%) Oracle Forms
2 1 (0.26%) Eclipse
2 1 (0.26%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 42 (11.02%) Finance
2 12 (3.15%) Retail
3 6 (1.57%) Financial Institution
3 6 (1.57%) Telecoms
4 5 (1.31%) Local Government
4 5 (1.31%) Manufacturing
5 3 (0.79%) Back Office
5 3 (0.79%) Banking
5 3 (0.79%) Electronics
5 3 (0.79%) Marketing
5 3 (0.79%) Publishing
6 2 (0.52%) Advertising
6 2 (0.52%) Billing
6 2 (0.52%) Front Office
6 2 (0.52%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.26%) Automotive
7 1 (0.26%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (1.57%) MSMQ
1 6 (1.57%) RabbitMQ
2 5 (1.31%) 802.1X
3 3 (0.79%) Regular Expression
4 2 (0.52%) .NET
4 2 (0.52%) ASP.NET
4 2 (0.52%) Web Services
5 1 (0.26%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 1 (0.26%) Middleware
5 1 (0.26%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 30 (7.87%) Data Centre
2 19 (4.99%) Clustering
3 17 (4.46%) Replication
4 16 (4.20%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (1.57%) EMC VNX
5 6 (1.57%) Fat Client
5 6 (1.57%) Hedge funds
5 6 (1.57%) Thin Client
6 5 (1.31%) VxBlock/Vblock
7 4 (1.05%) Computer Science
7 4 (1.05%) EMC VMAX
7 4 (1.05%) Management Information System
8 3 (0.79%) Blackberry
8 3 (0.79%) BYOD
8 3 (0.79%) EPoS
8 3 (0.79%) iPad
9 2 (0.52%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 2 (0.52%) Driving Licence
9 2 (0.52%) Greenfield Project
9 2 (0.52%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 279 (73.23%) Windows
2 182 (47.77%) Windows Server
3 111 (29.13%) Windows Server 2008
4 110 (28.87%) Windows Server 2012
5 46 (12.07%) Windows 7
6 45 (11.81%) Windows 10
7 38 (9.97%) Windows Server 2003
8 32 (8.40%) Linux
9 15 (3.94%) Windows 8
10 13 (3.41%) Windows XP
11 10 (2.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 6 (1.57%) Android
12 6 (1.57%) CentOS
12 6 (1.57%) Unix
13 5 (1.31%) Mac OS
13 5 (1.31%) Solaris
14 3 (0.79%) Apple iOS
15 2 (0.52%) AIX
16 1 (0.26%) Scientific Linux
16 1 (0.26%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (16.01%) ITIL
2 43 (11.29%) Migration
3 24 (6.30%) Problem Management
4 20 (5.25%) Project Management
5 15 (3.94%) Incident Management
5 15 (3.94%) Mobile Device Management
6 11 (2.89%) High Availability
6 11 (2.89%) ITIL V3
7 10 (2.62%) Disaster Recovery
7 10 (2.62%) Load Balancing
8 9 (2.36%) Agile Software Development
8 9 (2.36%) Customer Requirements
8 9 (2.36%) PRINCE2
9 8 (2.10%) Data Loss Prevention
9 8 (2.10%) Desktop Virtualisation
9 8 (2.10%) Infrastructure Management
9 8 (2.10%) SDLC
9 8 (2.10%) Server Virtualisation
9 8 (2.10%) User Acceptance Testing
10 7 (1.84%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 44 (11.55%) SQL
2 42 (11.02%) PowerShell
3 4 (1.05%) VBScript
4 3 (0.79%) Bash Shell
4 3 (0.79%) Java
4 3 (0.79%) T-SQL
4 3 (0.79%) VB
5 2 (0.52%) C#
5 2 (0.52%) PL/SQL
6 1 (0.26%) C
6 1 (0.26%) Python
6 1 (0.26%) R
6 1 (0.26%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 51 (13.39%) Security Cleared
2 44 (11.55%) Cisco Certification
3 37 (9.71%) SC Cleared
4 34 (8.92%) Microsoft Certification
5 29 (7.61%) CCNP
6 26 (6.82%) MCSE
7 21 (5.51%) CCNA
8 14 (3.67%) Degree
9 13 (3.41%) DV Cleared
9 13 (3.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 11 (2.89%) MCP
11 10 (2.62%) MCSA
12 8 (2.10%) DBS Check
13 6 (1.57%) MCTS
14 5 (1.31%) CCIE
14 5 (1.31%) MCITP
15 3 (0.79%) CCSA
15 3 (0.79%) Citrix Certification
15 3 (0.79%) JNCIA
15 3 (0.79%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (3.41%) SLA
2 2 (0.52%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.26%) QA
System Software
1 192 (50.39%) Active Directory
2 65 (17.06%) Hyper-V
3 56 (14.70%) VMware Infrastructure
4 31 (8.14%) XenApp
5 27 (7.09%) vSphere
6 18 (4.72%) XenDesktop
7 11 (2.89%) VMware ESX
8 10 (2.62%) Virtual Desktop
9 9 (2.36%) Microsoft App-V
10 8 (2.10%) VMware Server
11 7 (1.84%) VMware ESXi
12 4 (1.05%) BitLocker
12 4 (1.05%) Terminal Services
12 4 (1.05%) Virtual Machines
12 4 (1.05%) VMware Workstation
13 3 (0.79%) vCloud
13 3 (0.79%) Virtual Servers
14 2 (0.52%) KVM
15 1 (0.26%) Postfix
15 1 (0.26%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 75 (19.69%) SCCM
2 16 (4.20%) SCOM
3 12 (3.15%) Backup Exec
4 10 (2.62%) WSUS
5 8 (2.10%) Cisco Prime
5 8 (2.10%) Opscode Chef
5 8 (2.10%) Puppet
6 7 (1.84%) Ansible
6 7 (1.84%) NetBackup
7 6 (1.57%) McAfee ePO
7 6 (1.57%) vCenter Server
8 5 (1.31%) FortiGate
8 5 (1.31%) Microsoft Clustering
9 4 (1.05%) AppDNA
9 4 (1.05%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 3 (0.79%) AirWatch
10 3 (0.79%) Nagios
11 2 (0.52%) EdgeSight
11 2 (0.52%) PowerCLI
11 2 (0.52%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 187 (49.08%) VMware
2 106 (27.82%) Cisco
3 104 (27.30%) Microsoft
4 85 (22.31%) Citrix
5 31 (8.14%) HP
6 28 (7.35%) Juniper
7 27 (7.09%) CheckPoint
8 24 (6.30%) NetApp
9 18 (4.72%) Dell
9 18 (4.72%) Veeam
10 16 (4.20%) F5
11 15 (3.94%) EMC
11 15 (3.94%) SolarWinds
12 12 (3.15%) Fortinet
13 9 (2.36%) Intel Security
14 8 (2.10%) Avaya
14 8 (2.10%) Red Hat
15 7 (1.84%) Oracle
15 7 (1.84%) Symantec
16 6 (1.57%) Palo Alto
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