Period
to 21 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a 3rd Line Engineer was £308 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 January 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
21 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 498 458 430
Rank change year-on-year -40 -28 -40
Contract jobs requiring a 3rd Line Engineer 415 442 540
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.42% 0.46% 0.50%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.44% 0.49% 0.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 309 301 314
UK median daily rate £308 £275 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.82% - -0.45%
10th Percentile £192 £184 £165
90th Percentile £404 £400 £389
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £275 £263
% change year-on-year +9.09% +4.56% -2.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 28 37
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £23.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.04% -8.00% -
10th Percentile £18.95 £16.28 £17.55
90th Percentile £23.02 £29.50 £51.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -20.00% - -

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 93,600 91,033 102,521
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.78% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,185 59,429 65,414
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £260 £253 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,750 3,215 3,866
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.78% -5.26% +15.15%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.25
% change year-on-year - -4.11% +10.61%

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 21 January 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
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 21 January 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 -14 405 £306 +11.18% 142
UK excluding London -2 274 £300 +9.09% 105
London -41 141 £325 +8.33% 44
South East -64 73 £324 +12.61% 21
North of England +53 72 £288 +20.42% 30
Midlands +29 58 £325 +30.00% 22
South West 0 35 £269 -1.38% 12
North West +18 33 £300 +30.43% 21
West Midlands +25 32 £325 +14.04% 12
East Midlands +14 26 £325 +62.50% 10
East of England +2 26 £325 +35.42% 13
Yorkshire +14 23 £294 +9.30% 7
North East +44 16 £275 +25.00% 2
Scotland -17 6 £325 +62.50% 5
Wales +9 4 £360 +44.00% 2

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

For the 6 months to 21 January 2018, 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.

1 287 (69.16%) Windows
2 217 (52.29%) VMware
3 210 (50.60%) Active Directory
4 175 (42.17%) Windows Server
5 139 (33.49%) Microsoft
6 124 (29.88%) Windows Server 2012
7 123 (29.64%) Office 365
8 119 (28.67%) Cisco
9 108 (26.02%) Windows Server 2008
10 97 (23.37%) Citrix
11 95 (22.89%) MS Exchange
12 90 (21.69%) Firewall
13 88 (21.20%) SCCM
14 87 (20.96%) VMware Infrastructure
15 74 (17.83%) Hyper-V
15 74 (17.83%) ITIL
16 61 (14.70%) Microsoft Azure
17 59 (14.22%) Windows 7
17 59 (14.22%) DNS
18 56 (13.49%) LAN
19 55 (13.25%) WAN
20 53 (12.77%) DHCP
21 51 (12.29%) PowerShell
22 49 (11.81%) Exchange Server 2010
22 49 (11.81%) Cisco Certification
22 49 (11.81%) Migration
23 47 (11.33%) Microsoft Certification
23 47 (11.33%) Security Cleared
24 46 (11.08%) vSphere
25 44 (10.60%) Windows 10

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 95 (22.89%) MS Exchange
2 49 (11.81%) Exchange Server 2010
3 37 (8.92%) SharePoint
4 36 (8.67%) Skype for Business
5 27 (6.51%) Exchange Server 2013
6 8 (1.93%) IIS
7 6 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2007
8 4 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2003
8 4 (0.96%) IBM Notes
9 2 (0.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 1 (0.24%) Apache
10 1 (0.24%) JBoss
10 1 (0.24%) nginx
10 1 (0.24%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 39 (9.40%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.48%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (0.96%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.72%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.48%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 123 (29.64%) Office 365
2 61 (14.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (3.86%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (1.20%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (0.72%) IaaS
5 3 (0.72%) OneDrive
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%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 90 (21.69%) Firewall
2 59 (14.22%) DNS
3 56 (13.49%) LAN
4 55 (13.25%) WAN
5 53 (12.77%) DHCP
6 42 (10.12%) SAN
7 31 (7.47%) TCP/IP
7 31 (7.47%) VPN
8 23 (5.54%) Wireless
9 21 (5.06%) Skype
10 18 (4.34%) Internet
10 18 (4.34%) NetScaler
11 17 (4.10%) VLAN
12 14 (3.37%) Cisco ASA
13 13 (3.13%) Network Security
14 12 (2.89%) SSL
14 12 (2.89%) Wi-Fi
15 11 (2.65%) SMS
16 8 (1.93%) VoIP
17 7 (1.69%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (6.51%) SQL Server
2 6 (1.45%) SQL Server 2008
2 6 (1.45%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (0.72%) MySQL
3 3 (0.72%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (0.48%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (0.24%) Apache Cassandra
5 1 (0.24%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (0.24%) Blockchain
5 1 (0.24%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.24%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.24%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.24%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.24%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.24%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 2 (0.48%) Git (software)
1 2 (0.48%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.24%) AdminStudio
2 1 (0.24%) JIRA
2 1 (0.24%) MSI
2 1 (0.24%) Subversion
2 1 (0.24%) Visual Studio
General
1 29 (6.99%) Finance
2 12 (2.89%) Retail
3 9 (2.17%) Manufacturing
4 8 (1.93%) Telecoms
5 7 (1.69%) Banking
6 6 (1.45%) French Language
7 5 (1.20%) German Language
7 5 (1.20%) Italian Language
7 5 (1.20%) Spanish Language
8 4 (0.96%) Automotive
8 4 (0.96%) Law
9 3 (0.72%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.48%) Back Office
10 2 (0.48%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.48%) Legal
10 2 (0.48%) Marketing
11 1 (0.24%) Dutch Language
11 1 (0.24%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.24%) Private Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (1.93%) X-Windows
2 5 (1.20%) Web Services
3 4 (0.96%) Regular Expression
4 3 (0.72%) .NET
5 2 (0.48%) LAMP
6 1 (0.24%) ISPF
6 1 (0.24%) LEMP Stack
6 1 (0.24%) Middleware
6 1 (0.24%) Node.js
6 1 (0.24%) Oracle Fusion
6 1 (0.24%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 30 (7.23%) Data Centre
2 13 (3.13%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (3.13%) Clustering
3 7 (1.69%) Blackberry
4 6 (1.45%) Fat Client
4 6 (1.45%) NHS
4 6 (1.45%) Thin Client
5 5 (1.20%) Replication
6 4 (0.96%) FMCG
7 3 (0.72%) Client/Server
7 3 (0.72%) iPad
7 3 (0.72%) iPhone
8 2 (0.48%) Computer Science
8 2 (0.48%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (0.48%) HP Storage
8 2 (0.48%) Hybrid Cloud
8 2 (0.48%) PKI
9 1 (0.24%) BYOD
9 1 (0.24%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 1 (0.24%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 287 (69.16%) Windows
2 175 (42.17%) Windows Server
3 124 (29.88%) Windows Server 2012
4 108 (26.02%) Windows Server 2008
5 59 (14.22%) Windows 7
6 44 (10.60%) Windows 10
7 39 (9.40%) Windows Server 2003
8 32 (7.71%) Linux
9 13 (3.13%) Windows XP
10 10 (2.41%) Unix
11 9 (2.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 8 (1.93%) CentOS
12 8 (1.93%) Solaris
13 7 (1.69%) Windows 8
14 5 (1.20%) Android
15 4 (0.96%) Windows Vista
16 3 (0.72%) Apple iOS
17 2 (0.48%) AIX
17 2 (0.48%) Mac OS
17 2 (0.48%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 74 (17.83%) ITIL
2 49 (11.81%) Migration
3 15 (3.61%) Disaster Recovery
3 15 (3.61%) Load Balancing
3 15 (3.61%) Project Management
4 14 (3.37%) Problem Management
5 13 (3.13%) Service Delivery
6 12 (2.89%) Change Control
6 12 (2.89%) Patch Management
6 12 (2.89%) Service Management
7 11 (2.65%) Change Management
8 9 (2.17%) High Availability
8 9 (2.17%) Kalman Filter
9 8 (1.93%) Operational Acceptance Testing
10 7 (1.69%) Application Packaging
10 7 (1.69%) Incident Management
10 7 (1.69%) ITIL V3
10 7 (1.69%) Root Cause Analysis
10 7 (1.69%) Server Building
10 7 (1.69%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 51 (12.29%) PowerShell
2 28 (6.75%) SQL
3 6 (1.45%) Shell Script
4 4 (0.96%) Java
5 2 (0.48%) Python
5 2 (0.48%) VBScript
6 1 (0.24%) Bash Shell
6 1 (0.24%) C
6 1 (0.24%) JCL
6 1 (0.24%) Perl
6 1 (0.24%) PHP
6 1 (0.24%) PL/SQL
6 1 (0.24%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 49 (11.81%) Cisco Certification
2 47 (11.33%) Microsoft Certification
2 47 (11.33%) Security Cleared
3 34 (8.19%) CCNA
3 34 (8.19%) SC Cleared
4 26 (6.27%) MCSE
5 21 (5.06%) CCNP
6 14 (3.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 13 (3.13%) MCSA
8 10 (2.41%) MCITP
9 9 (2.17%) Degree
10 8 (1.93%) Citrix Certification
11 7 (1.69%) DV Cleared
11 7 (1.69%) ITIL Certification
12 5 (1.20%) BPSS Clearance
12 5 (1.20%) CCA
12 5 (1.20%) MCP
12 5 (1.20%) VCAP
13 3 (0.72%) CCIE
13 3 (0.72%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (4.58%) SLA
2 4 (0.96%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.48%) GDPR
System Software
1 210 (50.60%) Active Directory
2 87 (20.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 74 (17.83%) Hyper-V
4 46 (11.08%) vSphere
5 39 (9.40%) XenApp
6 31 (7.47%) VMware ESXi
7 26 (6.27%) Microsoft App-V
8 20 (4.82%) XenDesktop
9 15 (3.61%) XenServer
10 14 (3.37%) Virtual Machines
11 9 (2.17%) Terminal Services
12 6 (1.45%) Virtual Servers
13 5 (1.20%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 5 (1.20%) VMware Server
14 2 (0.48%) BitLocker
14 2 (0.48%) Firmware
14 2 (0.48%) vCloud
14 2 (0.48%) VMware NSX
15 1 (0.24%) ProxySG
15 1 (0.24%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 88 (21.20%) SCCM
2 15 (3.61%) NetBackup
3 12 (2.89%) WSUS
4 9 (2.17%) SCOM
5 8 (1.93%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 6 (1.45%) Microsoft Clustering
6 6 (1.45%) vCenter Server
7 5 (1.20%) AirWatch
8 4 (0.96%) Ionix
8 4 (0.96%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 3 (0.72%) Backup Exec
9 3 (0.72%) CA Spectrum
9 3 (0.72%) McAfee ePO
9 3 (0.72%) Netcool
9 3 (0.72%) Norton AntiVirus
10 2 (0.48%) Cisco CUCM
10 2 (0.48%) Cisco UCCE
10 2 (0.48%) Cobbler
10 2 (0.48%) Puppet
10 2 (0.48%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 217 (52.29%) VMware
2 139 (33.49%) Microsoft
3 119 (28.67%) Cisco
4 97 (23.37%) Citrix
5 42 (10.12%) HP
6 29 (6.99%) NetApp
7 23 (5.54%) Dell
8 19 (4.58%) F5
9 17 (4.10%) Ivanti
9 17 (4.10%) Veeam
10 12 (2.89%) SolarWinds
10 12 (2.89%) Symantec
11 11 (2.65%) CheckPoint
11 11 (2.65%) McAfee
12 10 (2.41%) Juniper
13 9 (2.17%) Fortinet
14 8 (1.93%) EMC
14 8 (1.93%) Extreme Networks
15 7 (1.69%) Apple
16 6 (1.45%) Red Hat