Period
to 26 February 2020

The median contractor rate for a 3rd Line Engineer was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 26 February 2020.

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
26 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 446 530 491
Rank change year-on-year +84 -39 -11
Contract jobs requiring a 3rd Line Engineer 293 375 428
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.43% 0.38% 0.42%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.46% 0.40% 0.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 225 235 325
UK median daily rate £325 £334 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.69% +11.33% +9.09%
10th Percentile £215 £229 £188
90th Percentile £438 £445 £398
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £338 £300
% change year-on-year -3.70% +12.50% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 14 3
UK median hourly rate £34.25 £28.38 £21.28
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.67% +33.40% -4.38%
10th Percentile £22.30 £21.76 £20.13
90th Percentile £42.00 £34.85 £23.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £25.00 £21.28
% change year-on-year +20.00% +17.51% -14.90%

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 63,863 93,864 95,657
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.92% 94.70% 94.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 41,142 62,143 63,489
UK median daily rate £450 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £238 £275 £263
90th Percentile £650 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,553 2,945 2,831
UK median hourly rate £19.48 £18.70 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.17% - +3.89%
10th Percentile £11.63 £11.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £51.75 £49.50 £48.57
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.40 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +5.14% - -

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 26 February 2020.

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 26 February 2020.

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 26 February 2020. 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 +103 271 £325 -2.33% 190
UK excluding London +121 226 £325 -3.70% 162
London +66 62 £300 -7.69% 32
East of England +72 48 £338 -3.57% 22
North of England +58 45 £325 +4.00% 61
South East +49 42 £325 -7.34% 30
Midlands +52 37 £325 +1.56% 20
South West +30 37 £325 -7.14% 25
Yorkshire +63 27 £325 +4.00% 21
West Midlands +60 22 £325 -9.72% 12
East Midlands +34 15 £325 +8.33% 8
North West +10 13 £245 -21.60% 32
Wales +36 10 £275 - 1
Scotland +10 6 £300 -7.69% 3
North East +25 5 £263 -12.50% 8
Northern Ireland - 1 £238 -

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

For the 6 months to 26 February 2020, 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.

1 220 (75.09%) Windows
2 175 (59.73%) Active Directory
3 151 (51.54%) Windows Server
4 137 (46.76%) VMware
5 105 (35.84%) Microsoft
6 103 (35.15%) Office 365
7 88 (30.03%) SCCM
8 79 (26.96%) Azure
9 75 (25.60%) DNS
10 74 (25.26%) PowerShell
11 71 (24.23%) DHCP
11 71 (24.23%) Windows Server 2012
11 71 (24.23%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 62 (21.16%) ITIL
13 60 (20.48%) Windows 10
14 59 (20.14%) VMware Infrastructure
15 58 (19.80%) Citrix
16 57 (19.45%) Windows Server 2008
16 57 (19.45%) Hyper-V
16 57 (19.45%) Security Cleared
17 42 (14.33%) Firewall
18 41 (13.99%) Cisco
19 38 (12.97%) WAN
19 38 (12.97%) Skype
20 37 (12.63%) SLA
21 36 (12.29%) SQL Server
21 36 (12.29%) SC Cleared
22 35 (11.95%) SQL
23 33 (11.26%) Skype for Business
24 32 (10.92%) AWS

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 33 (11.26%) Skype for Business
2 29 (9.90%) MS Exchange
3 24 (8.19%) Exchange Server 2013
4 21 (7.17%) SharePoint
5 13 (4.44%) IIS
6 9 (3.07%) Exchange Server 2010
7 3 (1.02%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 3 (1.02%) Documentum
8 2 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.34%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.34%) Tomcat
Applications
1 17 (5.80%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.02%) Microsoft Project
2 3 (1.02%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.34%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.68%) Workfront
2 1 (0.34%) SnowdropKCS
Cloud Services
1 103 (35.15%) Office 365
2 79 (26.96%) Azure
3 32 (10.92%) AWS
4 7 (2.39%) G Suite
5 6 (2.05%) Azure Active Directory
5 6 (2.05%) GCP
6 5 (1.71%) OneDrive
7 4 (1.37%) IaaS
8 3 (1.02%) Mimecast
9 2 (0.68%) PaaS
9 2 (0.68%) Power Platform
10 1 (0.34%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 75 (25.60%) DNS
2 71 (24.23%) DHCP
3 42 (14.33%) Firewall
4 38 (12.97%) Skype
4 38 (12.97%) WAN
5 28 (9.56%) LAN
6 24 (8.19%) SAN
7 19 (6.48%) VLAN
8 17 (5.80%) TCP/IP
9 15 (5.12%) NetScaler
10 13 (4.44%) MPLS
11 12 (4.10%) BGP
11 12 (4.10%) VPN
12 8 (2.73%) Wireless
13 7 (2.39%) OSPF
14 6 (2.05%) Wi-Fi
15 5 (1.71%) IPsec
15 5 (1.71%) VoIP
16 4 (1.37%) NAS
16 4 (1.37%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (12.29%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.71%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (1.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (0.68%) Crystal Reports
4 2 (0.68%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (0.68%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (0.68%) SQL Server 2016
5 1 (0.34%) DB2
5 1 (0.34%) MySQL
5 1 (0.34%) Power BI
5 1 (0.34%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.34%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 3 (1.02%) Fiddler
2 2 (0.68%) Git (software)
2 2 (0.68%) Hudson
2 2 (0.68%) Subversion
General
1 14 (4.78%) Finance
1 14 (4.78%) Public Sector
2 13 (4.44%) Retail
3 2 (0.68%) Automotive
4 1 (0.34%) Aerospace
4 1 (0.34%) Banking
4 1 (0.34%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.34%) Publishing
4 1 (0.34%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (1.71%) Software Packaging
2 4 (1.37%) LDAP
3 3 (1.02%) .NET
4 2 (0.68%) Middleware
4 2 (0.68%) ODBC
5 1 (0.34%) Apache Flex
5 1 (0.34%) COM
5 1 (0.34%) OAuth
5 1 (0.34%) OpenID
5 1 (0.34%) SAML
5 1 (0.34%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 22 (7.51%) Data Centre
2 16 (5.46%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (5.46%) Replication
3 11 (3.75%) Clustering
4 10 (3.41%) PKI
5 6 (2.05%) User Experience
6 5 (1.71%) Enterprise Storage
7 4 (1.37%) Blackberry
7 4 (1.37%) Video Conferencing
8 3 (1.02%) Client/Server
8 3 (1.02%) CMDB
8 3 (1.02%) Digital Media
9 2 (0.68%) Driving Licence
9 2 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
9 2 (0.68%) EPoS
9 2 (0.68%) Management Information System
9 2 (0.68%) NHS
9 2 (0.68%) Self-Motivation
10 1 (0.34%) Fibre Optics
10 1 (0.34%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 220 (75.09%) Windows
2 151 (51.54%) Windows Server
3 71 (24.23%) Windows Server 2012
4 60 (20.48%) Windows 10
5 57 (19.45%) Windows Server 2008
6 32 (10.92%) Linux
7 31 (10.58%) Windows 7
8 8 (2.73%) Android
8 8 (2.73%) Apple iOS
9 7 (2.39%) Mac OS
9 7 (2.39%) Windows Server 2003
10 5 (1.71%) Windows XP
11 3 (1.02%) Unix
11 3 (1.02%) Windows 8
12 2 (0.68%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.34%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (24.23%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 62 (21.16%) ITIL
3 26 (8.87%) Migration
4 17 (5.80%) Problem-Solving
5 13 (4.44%) Change Management
6 11 (3.75%) Incident Management
7 10 (3.41%) Application Virtualisation
7 10 (3.41%) Configuration Management
7 10 (3.41%) Service Delivery
7 10 (3.41%) Service Management
8 9 (3.07%) ITIL V3
9 8 (2.73%) Application Packaging
9 8 (2.73%) Change Control
9 8 (2.73%) Mentoring
10 7 (2.39%) Agile Software Development
10 7 (2.39%) DevOps
10 7 (2.39%) Root Cause Analysis
10 7 (2.39%) Server Management
10 7 (2.39%) Software Distribution
11 6 (2.05%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 74 (25.26%) PowerShell
2 35 (11.95%) SQL
3 6 (2.05%) Bash Shell
4 5 (1.71%) Python
5 3 (1.02%) Perl
5 3 (1.02%) Shell Script
5 3 (1.02%) VBScript
6 2 (0.68%) VB
6 2 (0.68%) VB6
6 2 (0.68%) VBA
7 1 (0.34%) Java
7 1 (0.34%) RPG
7 1 (0.34%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 57 (19.45%) Security Cleared
2 36 (12.29%) SC Cleared
3 29 (9.90%) Microsoft Certification
4 26 (8.87%) MCSE
5 18 (6.14%) Cisco Certification
6 17 (5.80%) DV Cleared
7 15 (5.12%) CCNA
8 10 (3.41%) MCSA
9 8 (2.73%) CCNP
9 8 (2.73%) Degree
9 8 (2.73%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 6 (2.05%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (1.02%) MCITP
11 3 (1.02%) MOS
12 2 (0.68%) Citrix Certification
12 2 (0.68%) DBS Check
12 2 (0.68%) JNCIA
12 2 (0.68%) MCP
12 2 (0.68%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 1 (0.34%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (12.63%) SLA
2 3 (1.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.68%) GDPR
4 1 (0.34%) Government Security Classifications
4 1 (0.34%) GxP
4 1 (0.34%) NCSC
4 1 (0.34%) QA
System Software
1 175 (59.73%) Active Directory
2 59 (20.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 57 (19.45%) Hyper-V
4 24 (8.19%) VMware ESXi
5 23 (7.85%) XenApp
6 20 (6.83%) vSphere
7 15 (5.12%) Microsoft App-V
8 14 (4.78%) XenDesktop
9 12 (4.10%) Virtual Servers
10 7 (2.39%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 5 (1.71%) DFS Replication
11 5 (1.71%) Virtual Desktop
11 5 (1.71%) Virtual Machines
12 4 (1.37%) BitLocker
12 4 (1.37%) Terminal Services
12 4 (1.37%) VMware NSX
13 3 (1.02%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 3 (1.02%) vCloud
14 2 (0.68%) Forefront TMG
14 2 (0.68%) UAG
Systems Management
1 88 (30.03%) SCCM
2 16 (5.46%) SCOM
3 14 (4.78%) WSUS
4 12 (4.10%) Microsoft Intune
5 10 (3.41%) McAfee ePO
6 9 (3.07%) Microsoft Clustering
7 7 (2.39%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 5 (1.71%) Failover Clustering
8 5 (1.71%) NetBackup
9 4 (1.37%) AirWatch
9 4 (1.37%) Backup Exec
9 4 (1.37%) FortiGate
9 4 (1.37%) Norton AntiVirus
9 4 (1.37%) SolarWinds Orion
10 3 (1.02%) SCDPM
10 3 (1.02%) SCSM
10 3 (1.02%) SCVMM
10 3 (1.02%) vCenter Server
10 3 (1.02%) vRealize
11 2 (0.68%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 137 (46.76%) VMware
2 105 (35.84%) Microsoft
3 58 (19.80%) Citrix
4 41 (13.99%) Cisco
5 20 (6.83%) Dell
5 20 (6.83%) McAfee
6 16 (5.46%) NetApp
7 13 (4.44%) HP
8 10 (3.41%) EMC
9 9 (3.07%) Ivanti
10 7 (2.39%) Lumension
10 7 (2.39%) SolarWinds
10 7 (2.39%) Sophos
11 6 (2.05%) Google
11 6 (2.05%) Symantec
12 5 (1.71%) ArcSight
12 5 (1.71%) Juniper
12 5 (1.71%) Palo Alto
12 5 (1.71%) Remedy
12 5 (1.71%) Veeam