Period
to 23 October 2017

The median contractor rate for a 3rd Line Engineer was £300 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 October 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
6 months to
23 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 515 444 401
Rank change year-on-year -71 -43 +25
Contract jobs requiring a 3rd Line Engineer 400 531 632
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.40% 0.50% 0.55%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.42% 0.53% 0.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 289 349 406
UK median daily rate £300 £275 £281
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.09% -2.22% +2.27%
10th Percentile £177 £185 £175
90th Percentile £409 £394 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £275 £275
% change year-on-year +9.09% - +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 27 45
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £21.33 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.24% -5.20% +5.88%
10th Percentile £12.24 £16.29 £18.07
90th Percentile £84.00 £33.75 £41.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.75 £24.75 £22.50
% change year-on-year -20.20% +10.00% +11.36%

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 94988 99866 108209
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.82% 94.77% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 62434 65085 68726
UK median daily rate £440 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £250 £248
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2825 3256 4131
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.88 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% - +6.06%

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 23 October 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing 3rd Line Engineer over the 6 months to 23 October 2017.

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

3rd Line Engineer
Top 16 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 23 October 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 -52 384 £300 +9.09% 55
UK excluding London -64 260 £300 +9.09% 42
London +6 139 £300 - 14
South East -72 82 £300 +9.09% 17
North of England +33 61 £288 +15.00% 11
Midlands +44 53 £300 +20.60% 3
East Midlands +12 27 £300 +9.09% 1
West Midlands +36 26 £338 +40.63% 2
East of England -25 26 £325 +35.42% 4
North West +21 25 £275 +8.91% 7
South West -33 23 £261 -12.92% 6
Yorkshire +21 22 £300 +4.35% 4
North East +49 14 £280 +14.29%
Wales +13 9 £185 -32.73%
Scotland -7 4 £175 -30.69% 1
Northern Ireland -49 2 - -

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

For the 6 months to 23 October 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.

1 283 (70.75%) Windows
2 209 (52.25%) Active Directory
3 201 (50.25%) VMware
4 154 (38.50%) Windows Server
5 121 (30.25%) Windows Server 2012
6 120 (30.00%) Microsoft
7 113 (28.25%) Cisco
8 107 (26.75%) Windows Server 2008
9 100 (25.00%) Citrix
10 98 (24.50%) Office 365
11 85 (21.25%) MS Exchange
12 82 (20.50%) LAN
13 81 (20.25%) VMware Infrastructure
14 79 (19.75%) WAN
15 78 (19.50%) Firewall
16 73 (18.25%) SCCM
17 68 (17.00%) ITIL
18 67 (16.75%) DNS
19 66 (16.50%) Hyper-V
20 61 (15.25%) DHCP
21 56 (14.00%) Windows 7
22 53 (13.25%) Microsoft Azure
23 50 (12.50%) Migration
24 49 (12.25%) SAN
25 48 (12.00%) Microsoft Certification
26 46 (11.50%) Windows 10
27 43 (10.75%) Exchange Server 2010
28 41 (10.25%) XenApp
28 41 (10.25%) Cisco Certification
29 40 (10.00%) Microsoft Office

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 85 (21.25%) MS Exchange
2 43 (10.75%) Exchange Server 2010
3 29 (7.25%) Skype for Business
4 26 (6.50%) SharePoint
5 19 (4.75%) Exchange Server 2013
6 10 (2.50%) Exchange Server 2007
7 6 (1.50%) IIS
8 5 (1.25%) Exchange Server 2003
9 3 (0.75%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 3 (0.75%) IBM Notes
10 2 (0.50%) SAS
10 2 (0.50%) WebLogic
11 1 (0.25%) CMS
11 1 (0.25%) Confluence
11 1 (0.25%) JBoss
11 1 (0.25%) nginx
11 1 (0.25%) Office Communications Server
11 1 (0.25%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 40 (10.00%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.00%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.25%) 3ds Max
3 1 (0.25%) AutoCAD
3 1 (0.25%) CINEMA 4D
3 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.25%) SketchUp
Business Applications
1 3 (0.75%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.25%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.25%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 98 (24.50%) Office 365
2 53 (13.25%) Microsoft Azure
3 13 (3.25%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (0.75%) Mimecast
5 2 (0.50%) Azure Active Directory
5 2 (0.50%) G Suite
5 2 (0.50%) IaaS
5 2 (0.50%) PaaS
5 2 (0.50%) SaaS
6 1 (0.25%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.25%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 82 (20.50%) LAN
2 79 (19.75%) WAN
3 78 (19.50%) Firewall
4 67 (16.75%) DNS
5 61 (15.25%) DHCP
6 49 (12.25%) SAN
7 36 (9.00%) TCP/IP
8 25 (6.25%) VPN
9 23 (5.75%) VLAN
10 19 (4.75%) Wireless
11 18 (4.50%) Skype
12 17 (4.25%) NetScaler
13 12 (3.00%) MPLS
13 12 (3.00%) SSL
13 12 (3.00%) Wi-Fi
14 11 (2.75%) Cisco ASA
14 11 (2.75%) SMS
15 10 (2.50%) VoIP
16 9 (2.25%) Internet
16 9 (2.25%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (7.25%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.25%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (1.00%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (0.50%) Geospatial Data
4 2 (0.50%) Oracle Database
4 2 (0.50%) Oracle Database 10g
4 2 (0.50%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.25%) Apache Cassandra
5 1 (0.25%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (0.25%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (0.25%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.25%) MySQL
5 1 (0.25%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.25%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.25%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (0.75%) Git (software)
1 3 (0.75%) JIRA
2 2 (0.50%) MSI
2 2 (0.50%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.25%) AdminStudio
3 1 (0.25%) Subversion
General
1 25 (6.25%) Finance
2 13 (3.25%) Manufacturing
3 8 (2.00%) Telecoms
4 7 (1.75%) Automotive
4 7 (1.75%) Retail
5 6 (1.50%) Banking
5 6 (1.50%) French Language
6 5 (1.25%) German Language
6 5 (1.25%) Italian Language
6 5 (1.25%) Spanish Language
7 4 (1.00%) Law
7 4 (1.00%) Military
8 3 (0.75%) Investment Banking
8 3 (0.75%) Marketing
9 2 (0.50%) Back Office
9 2 (0.50%) Electronics
9 2 (0.50%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.50%) Legal
10 1 (0.25%) Front Office
10 1 (0.25%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (1.75%) Web Services
1 7 (1.75%) X-Windows
2 4 (1.00%) .NET
2 4 (1.00%) Middleware
3 3 (0.75%) Regular Expression
4 2 (0.50%) 802.1X
4 2 (0.50%) Hibernate
4 2 (0.50%) Java EE
4 2 (0.50%) JAX-RS
4 2 (0.50%) JSF
4 2 (0.50%) Oracle Fusion
4 2 (0.50%) RESTful
4 2 (0.50%) SOAP
4 2 (0.50%) XML
4 2 (0.50%) XSLT
5 1 (0.25%) EDI
5 1 (0.25%) Flash
5 1 (0.25%) ISPF
5 1 (0.25%) LEMP Stack
5 1 (0.25%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 29 (7.25%) Data Centre
2 14 (3.50%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (2.75%) Clustering
4 10 (2.50%) NHS
5 7 (1.75%) Replication
6 6 (1.50%) Blackberry
6 6 (1.50%) Driving Licence
7 5 (1.25%) Fat Client
7 5 (1.25%) iPhone
7 5 (1.25%) Thin Client
8 4 (1.00%) FMCG
8 4 (1.00%) HP Storage
8 4 (1.00%) iPad
9 3 (0.75%) Client/Server
9 3 (0.75%) Greenfield Project
9 3 (0.75%) Management Information System
10 2 (0.50%) BYOD
10 2 (0.50%) Hybrid Cloud
10 2 (0.50%) Mainframe
10 2 (0.50%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 283 (70.75%) Windows
2 154 (38.50%) Windows Server
3 121 (30.25%) Windows Server 2012
4 107 (26.75%) Windows Server 2008
5 56 (14.00%) Windows 7
6 46 (11.50%) Windows 10
7 30 (7.50%) Windows Server 2003
8 28 (7.00%) Linux
9 12 (3.00%) Windows 8
10 10 (2.50%) Unix
11 9 (2.25%) Windows XP
12 7 (1.75%) Android
13 5 (1.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 4 (1.00%) CentOS
14 4 (1.00%) Mac OS X
15 3 (0.75%) Debian
15 3 (0.75%) Solaris
15 3 (0.75%) Windows Phone
16 2 (0.50%) Apple iOS
16 2 (0.50%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (17.00%) ITIL
2 50 (12.50%) Migration
3 18 (4.50%) Disaster Recovery
4 16 (4.00%) Change Management
4 16 (4.00%) Load Balancing
4 16 (4.00%) Project Management
5 15 (3.75%) Patch Management
6 14 (3.50%) Service Management
7 12 (3.00%) High Availability
8 11 (2.75%) Virtual Environments
9 10 (2.50%) Service Delivery
10 9 (2.25%) PRINCE2
11 8 (2.00%) Mobile Device Management
11 8 (2.00%) Operational Acceptance Testing
12 7 (1.75%) Agile Software Development
12 7 (1.75%) Data Loss Prevention
12 7 (1.75%) Desktop Virtualisation
12 7 (1.75%) ERP
12 7 (1.75%) Kalman Filter
12 7 (1.75%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 28 (7.00%) PowerShell
2 27 (6.75%) SQL
3 5 (1.25%) Java
4 3 (0.75%) C
4 3 (0.75%) Shell Script
5 2 (0.50%) C#
5 2 (0.50%) VBScript
6 1 (0.25%) JCL
6 1 (0.25%) Perl
6 1 (0.25%) PHP
6 1 (0.25%) PL/SQL
6 1 (0.25%) Python
6 1 (0.25%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 48 (12.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 41 (10.25%) Cisco Certification
3 39 (9.75%) Security Cleared
4 31 (7.75%) MCSE
5 27 (6.75%) SC Cleared
6 25 (6.25%) CCNA
7 18 (4.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 17 (4.25%) CCNP
9 14 (3.50%) MCSA
10 12 (3.00%) Degree
11 11 (2.75%) Citrix Certification
12 8 (2.00%) MCITP
13 6 (1.50%) CCA
14 5 (1.25%) BPSS Clearance
14 5 (1.25%) DV Cleared
14 5 (1.25%) MCP
15 4 (1.00%) CCIE
15 4 (1.00%) ITIL Certification
16 3 (0.75%) JNCIA
16 3 (0.75%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (4.25%) SLA
2 4 (1.00%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.25%) GDPR
System Software
1 209 (52.25%) Active Directory
2 81 (20.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 66 (16.50%) Hyper-V
4 41 (10.25%) XenApp
5 39 (9.75%) vSphere
6 25 (6.25%) XenDesktop
7 23 (5.75%) Microsoft App-V
8 20 (5.00%) VMware ESXi
9 19 (4.75%) XenServer
10 14 (3.50%) Virtual Machines
11 10 (2.50%) Terminal Services
12 9 (2.25%) Virtual Servers
13 3 (0.75%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 3 (0.75%) VMware Server
14 2 (0.50%) Firmware
14 2 (0.50%) ProxySG
14 2 (0.50%) Terminal Server
14 2 (0.50%) vCloud
14 2 (0.50%) Virtual Desktop
14 2 (0.50%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 73 (18.25%) SCCM
2 10 (2.50%) WSUS
3 9 (2.25%) NetBackup
4 7 (1.75%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 6 (1.50%) SCOM
6 4 (1.00%) AirWatch
6 4 (1.00%) Backup Exec
6 4 (1.00%) Ionix
6 4 (1.00%) Norton AntiVirus
6 4 (1.00%) SmoothWall
7 3 (0.75%) CA Spectrum
7 3 (0.75%) Cisco CUCM
7 3 (0.75%) Cisco UCCE
7 3 (0.75%) Failover Clustering
7 3 (0.75%) Microsoft Clustering
7 3 (0.75%) vCenter Server
8 2 (0.50%) Cobbler
8 2 (0.50%) McAfee ePO
8 2 (0.50%) Puppet
8 2 (0.50%) Stealthwatch
Vendors
1 201 (50.25%) VMware
2 120 (30.00%) Microsoft
3 113 (28.25%) Cisco
4 100 (25.00%) Citrix
5 38 (9.50%) HP
6 36 (9.00%) NetApp
7 24 (6.00%) Dell
8 19 (4.75%) F5
8 19 (4.75%) Veeam
9 18 (4.50%) AppSense
10 13 (3.25%) Juniper
11 11 (2.75%) CheckPoint
12 10 (2.50%) EMC
13 8 (2.00%) Apple
13 8 (2.00%) McAfee
13 8 (2.00%) Meraki
14 7 (1.75%) SonicWALL
14 7 (1.75%) Sophos
15 6 (1.50%) Kaspersky
15 6 (1.50%) Symantec