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The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Data Centre in contract job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Data Centre over the 6 months to 12 August 2022 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

Data Center
UK
6 months to
12 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 99 127 103
Rank change year-on-year +28 -24 -5
Contract jobs citing Data Centre 2,247 1,520 785
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.53% 2.06% 2.27%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 8.01% 6.73% 7.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,597 1,008 541
10th Percentile £310 £317 £241
25th Percentile £413 £402 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £490 £450
Median % change year-on-year +7.14% +8.89% -
75th Percentile £603 £588 £550
90th Percentile £700 £675 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £400
% change year-on-year +5.56% +12.50% -5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 44 22
10th Percentile £20.15 £15.33 £11.62
25th Percentile £20.75 £21.00 £18.25
Median hourly rate £39.50 £39.50 £31.50
Median % change year-on-year - +25.40% +65.53%
75th Percentile £65.88 £54.13 £40.75
90th Percentile £72.00 £67.40 £56.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £39.50 £27.67
% change year-on-year -45.57% +42.78% +45.38%

Data Centre is in the General and Transferable Skills category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills.

All Generic Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 28,046 22,581 10,827
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 31.63% 30.55% 31.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 19,704 15,493 7,192
10th Percentile £325 £310 £264
25th Percentile £445 £411 £377
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £498
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% +0.50% +4.74%
75th Percentile £675 £625 £603
90th Percentile £775 £713 £725
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £450 £430
% change year-on-year +11.11% +4.65% +1.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 609 701 393
10th Percentile £14.73 £12.00 £12.37
25th Percentile £17.56 £15.04 £17.50
Median hourly rate £26.00 £24.00 £26.50
Median % change year-on-year +8.33% -9.43% +27.71%
75th Percentile £55.00 £48.50 £46.00
90th Percentile £68.75 £62.50 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £21.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +2.38% -6.67% +18.42%

Data Centre
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Data Centre as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Data Centre in the UK

Data Centre
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Data Centre.

Daily rate trend for Data Centre in the UK

Data Centre
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Data Centre over the 6 months to 12 August 2022.

Daily rate histogram for Data Centre in the UK

Data Centre
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Data Centre.

Hourly rate trend for Data Centre in the UK

Data Centre
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Data Centre over the 6 months to 12 August 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for Data Centre in the UK

Data Centre
Top 18 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Data Centre within the UK over the 6 months to 12 August 2022. 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
Jobs
England +22 1,787 £525 +6.60% 359
Work from Home +27 1,037 £525 +5.00% 110
UK excluding London +14 899 £475 +5.56% 240
London +27 842 £540 +2.86% 134
South East -7 253 £488 +6.56% 49
North of England +41 235 £438 +2.94% 47
Yorkshire +38 125 £450 -6.74% 17
Midlands -17 121 £500 +11.11% 51
North West +11 100 £425 +9.68% 27
Scotland +21 88 £454 +0.89% 13
South West +9 88 £513 +13.89% 36
West Midlands -15 80 £515 +14.44% 40
East of England 0 76 £493 +7.95% 40
Wales +21 42 £450 +20.81% 3
East Midlands +7 40 £450 -7.69% 11
North East -6 12 £550 +22.22% 3
Isle of Man - 7 £550 -
Northern Ireland -4 3 £300 -33.33% 1

For the 6 months to 12 August 2022, IT contractor jobs citing Data Centre also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for Data Centre.

1 723 (32.18%) Migration
2 547 (24.34%) Azure
3 490 (21.81%) VMware
4 484 (21.54%) Social Skills
5 474 (21.09%) Finance
6 462 (20.56%) Cisco
7 431 (19.18%) Firewall
8 427 (19.00%) Windows
9 423 (18.83%) Microsoft
10 387 (17.22%) Security Cleared
11 386 (17.18%) AWS
12 347 (15.44%) Linux
13 331 (14.73%) VMware Infrastructure
14 330 (14.69%) SC Cleared
15 316 (14.06%) WAN
16 309 (13.75%) Agile
17 295 (13.13%) Project Management
18 278 (12.37%) ITIL
19 262 (11.66%) LAN
20 239 (10.64%) Cisco Certification
21 230 (10.24%) Active Directory
22 220 (9.79%) Infrastructure Engineering
23 209 (9.30%) DevOps
24 208 (9.26%) Windows Server
25 191 (8.50%) Project Delivery
26 190 (8.46%) Public Cloud
27 184 (8.19%) Public Sector
28 181 (8.06%) Microsoft 365
29 171 (7.61%) Network Security
30 170 (7.57%) Ansible

Data Centre
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 53 (2.36%) SharePoint
2 45 (2.00%) Confluence
3 30 (1.34%) WebSphere
4 21 (0.93%) Skype for Business
5 20 (0.89%) MS Exchange
6 19 (0.85%) Apache
7 18 (0.80%) OpenStack
8 15 (0.67%) JBoss
9 13 (0.58%) Apache Spark
10 11 (0.49%) Tomcat
11 9 (0.40%) Apache Qpid
11 9 (0.40%) Oracle 9iAS
11 9 (0.40%) Oracle Application Server
12 7 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2013
13 6 (0.27%) Apache Airflow
13 6 (0.27%) IIS
14 5 (0.22%) Exchange Server 2010
14 5 (0.22%) Luigi
14 5 (0.22%) nginx
14 5 (0.22%) WebLogic
Applications
1 77 (3.43%) Microsoft Office
2 50 (2.23%) Microsoft Project
3 43 (1.91%) Microsoft Excel
4 39 (1.74%) MS Visio
5 30 (1.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 5 (0.22%) AutoCAD
7 4 (0.18%) Chatbot
7 4 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
8 3 (0.13%) Revit
Business Applications
1 14 (0.62%) Oracle EBS
2 13 (0.58%) Oracle Applications
3 9 (0.40%) Oracle 11i
4 8 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
5 6 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
5 6 (0.27%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
5 6 (0.27%) SAP S/4HANA
6 5 (0.22%) RMDS
7 4 (0.18%) BondVision
7 4 (0.18%) Teamcenter
8 3 (0.13%) CA PPM
8 3 (0.13%) IBM Planning Analytics
9 2 (0.089%) Infor M3
9 2 (0.089%) R3 Corda
10 1 (0.045%) Cloudability
10 1 (0.045%) NetSuite
10 1 (0.045%) Oracle Cash Management
10 1 (0.045%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 1 (0.045%) SAP IBP
10 1 (0.045%) SnowdropKCS
Cloud Services
1 547 (24.34%) Azure
2 386 (17.18%) AWS
3 181 (8.06%) Microsoft 365
4 91 (4.05%) IaaS
5 88 (3.92%) GCP
6 84 (3.74%) SaaS
7 54 (2.40%) PaaS
8 51 (2.27%) Azure Active Directory
9 37 (1.65%) Cloud Computing
10 36 (1.60%) Azure DevOps
11 29 (1.29%) OpenShift
12 25 (1.11%) Nutanix
13 21 (0.93%) Serverless
14 19 (0.85%) OneDrive
15 18 (0.80%) Power Platform
16 17 (0.76%) Azure ExpressRoute
17 13 (0.58%) AWS CloudFormation
18 12 (0.53%) Rubrik
19 10 (0.45%) AWS Direct Connect
19 10 (0.45%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 431 (19.18%) Firewall
2 316 (14.06%) WAN
3 262 (11.66%) LAN
4 171 (7.61%) Network Security
5 142 (6.32%) Wireless
6 139 (6.19%) SAN
7 138 (6.14%) DNS
8 134 (5.96%) VPN
9 128 (5.70%) BGP
10 102 (4.54%) SD-WAN
11 99 (4.41%) MPLS
12 98 (4.36%) Cisco Nexus
12 98 (4.36%) Wi-Fi
13 95 (4.23%) OSPF
14 93 (4.14%) TCP/IP
15 92 (4.09%) Internet
16 75 (3.34%) DHCP
17 60 (2.67%) Cisco ASA
18 54 (2.40%) VSAN
19 48 (2.14%) Cisco Firepower
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (2.85%) SQL Server
2 41 (1.82%) DB2
3 30 (1.34%) Relational Database
4 28 (1.25%) Oracle Database
5 18 (0.80%) Apache Cassandra
5 18 (0.80%) PostgreSQL
6 16 (0.71%) Data Warehouse
6 16 (0.71%) Power BI
7 15 (0.67%) RDBMS
8 13 (0.58%) Big Data
8 13 (0.58%) NoSQL
8 13 (0.58%) Oracle Database 10g
8 13 (0.58%) Oracle Database 11g
9 9 (0.40%) Amazon RDS
9 9 (0.40%) MySQL
9 9 (0.40%) OLAP
9 9 (0.40%) OLTP
9 9 (0.40%) Oracle OLAP
10 8 (0.36%) Delta Lake
10 8 (0.36%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 90 (4.01%) JIRA
2 49 (2.18%) Git (software)
3 47 (2.09%) Jenkins
4 39 (1.74%) GitLab
5 38 (1.69%) Bitbucket
6 26 (1.16%) Sonatype Nexus
7 20 (0.89%) SonarQube
8 9 (0.40%) Crucible
8 9 (0.40%) Oracle Forms
8 9 (0.40%) Team Foundation Server
9 8 (0.36%) Artifactory
9 8 (0.36%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 8 (0.36%) FishEye
9 8 (0.36%) TeamCity
10 4 (0.18%) Maven
10 4 (0.18%) Subversion
10 4 (0.18%) Terragrunt
11 3 (0.13%) Ant
11 3 (0.13%) RSpec
11 3 (0.13%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 484 (21.54%) Social Skills
2 474 (21.09%) Finance
3 184 (8.19%) Public Sector
4 134 (5.96%) Banking
5 128 (5.70%) Analytical Skills
6 123 (5.47%) Telecoms
7 59 (2.63%) Influencing Skills
7 59 (2.63%) Presentation Skills
8 39 (1.74%) Documentation Skills
9 36 (1.60%) Retail
10 29 (1.29%) Financial Institution
11 25 (1.11%) Organisational Skills
12 22 (0.98%) Legal
13 16 (0.71%) Investment Banking
14 15 (0.67%) Manufacturing
15 13 (0.58%) Aerospace
16 12 (0.53%) German Language
16 12 (0.53%) Inclusion and Diversity
16 12 (0.53%) Law
16 12 (0.53%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 419 (18.65%) Architect
2 379 (16.87%) Project Manager
3 200 (8.90%) Network Engineer
4 198 (8.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 110 (4.90%) Data Centre Manager
6 105 (4.67%) Data Centre Engineer
7 103 (4.58%) Solutions Architect
8 99 (4.41%) Infrastructure Architect
9 98 (4.36%) Data Centre Project Manager
10 97 (4.32%) Consultant
11 95 (4.23%) Infrastructure Manager
12 88 (3.92%) Analyst
13 79 (3.52%) Infrastructure Project Manager
14 77 (3.43%) Network Architect
15 75 (3.34%) DevOps Engineer
16 70 (3.12%) Senior Manager
17 66 (2.94%) Senior Project Manager
18 62 (2.76%) IT Manager
19 61 (2.71%) IT Engineer
20 55 (2.45%) Cloud Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (1.65%) Middleware
2 35 (1.56%) WebSphere MQ
3 34 (1.51%) 802.1X
4 26 (1.16%) Kafka
5 16 (0.71%) Web Services
6 13 (0.58%) REST
7 11 (0.49%) ARM Templates
8 10 (0.45%) .NET
8 10 (0.45%) JSON
8 10 (0.45%) Node.js
8 10 (0.45%) RESTful
9 8 (0.36%) Angular 2
9 8 (0.36%) MicroProfile
10 7 (0.31%) Elastic Stack
10 7 (0.31%) HTML
10 7 (0.31%) SAML
10 7 (0.31%) YAML
11 6 (0.27%) J2EE
11 6 (0.27%) LDAP
11 6 (0.27%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 190 (8.46%) Public Cloud
2 109 (4.85%) Private Cloud
3 88 (3.92%) Management Information System
4 65 (2.89%) Data Protection Act
4 65 (2.89%) Hybrid Cloud
5 55 (2.45%) Self-Motivation
6 44 (1.96%) Video Conferencing
7 43 (1.91%) Clustering
8 39 (1.74%) Virtual Team
9 38 (1.69%) Cloud Native
10 32 (1.42%) Enterprise Storage
11 31 (1.38%) Replication
12 29 (1.29%) Analytical Mindset
13 25 (1.11%) Mainframe
14 23 (1.02%) PMI
15 21 (0.93%) PKI
16 20 (0.89%) Client/Server
17 19 (0.85%) NHS
17 19 (0.85%) User Experience
18 18 (0.80%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 427 (19.00%) Windows
2 347 (15.44%) Linux
3 208 (9.26%) Windows Server
4 141 (6.28%) Unix
5 99 (4.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 41 (1.82%) Windows 10
7 40 (1.78%) AIX
7 40 (1.78%) Windows Server 2016
8 39 (1.74%) Windows Server 2012
9 34 (1.51%) Solaris
10 28 (1.25%) Windows Server 2008
11 25 (1.11%) CentOS
11 25 (1.11%) Windows Server 2019
12 22 (0.98%) Ubuntu
13 19 (0.85%) VMS
13 19 (0.85%) Windows Server 2003
14 13 (0.58%) SUSE
14 13 (0.58%) Windows 7
15 10 (0.45%) MVS
16 6 (0.27%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 723 (32.18%) Migration
2 309 (13.75%) Agile
3 295 (13.13%) Project Management
4 278 (12.37%) ITIL
5 220 (9.79%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 209 (9.30%) DevOps
7 191 (8.50%) Project Delivery
8 169 (7.52%) Problem-Solving
9 164 (7.30%) Stakeholder Management
10 123 (5.47%) PRINCE2
11 121 (5.38%) Service Management
12 120 (5.34%) Change Management
13 115 (5.12%) Risk Management
14 110 (4.90%) Disaster Recovery
15 108 (4.81%) High Availability
16 104 (4.63%) Data Protection
16 104 (4.63%) Load Balancing
17 100 (4.45%) Technical Leadership
18 98 (4.36%) Mentoring
19 91 (4.05%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 165 (7.34%) Python
2 153 (6.81%) PowerShell
3 74 (3.29%) SQL
4 56 (2.49%) Bash
5 53 (2.36%) Java
6 49 (2.18%) C
7 30 (1.34%) Shell Script
8 24 (1.07%) JavaScript
9 21 (0.93%) Perl
10 20 (0.89%) Go
11 17 (0.76%) C#
12 15 (0.67%) Scala
13 14 (0.62%) C++
14 9 (0.40%) PHP
14 9 (0.40%) Ruby
15 4 (0.18%) JCL
15 4 (0.18%) Korn
15 4 (0.18%) PL/SQL
16 3 (0.13%) TypeScript
16 3 (0.13%) VBA
Qualifications
1 387 (17.22%) Security Cleared
2 330 (14.69%) SC Cleared
3 239 (10.64%) Cisco Certification
4 151 (6.72%) Degree
5 135 (6.01%) CCNP
6 98 (4.36%) CCNA
7 72 (3.20%) Microsoft Certification
8 57 (2.54%) MCSE
9 56 (2.49%) CCIE
10 53 (2.36%) Computer Science Degree
11 51 (2.27%) DV Cleared
12 47 (2.09%) PMP
13 44 (1.96%) PMI Certification
14 38 (1.69%) ITIL Certification
15 32 (1.42%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 30 (1.34%) A+ Certification
16 30 (1.34%) CCDP
17 29 (1.29%) Network+ Certification
17 29 (1.29%) TOGAF Certification
18 21 (0.93%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (2.05%) PMO
2 43 (1.91%) SLA
3 40 (1.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 39 (1.74%) QA
5 15 (0.67%) GDPR
6 8 (0.36%) NIST
7 7 (0.31%) ISO 9001
7 7 (0.31%) PCI DSS
8 6 (0.27%) Accessibility
9 5 (0.22%) NIST 800
10 4 (0.18%) Data Quality
10 4 (0.18%) ISO 22301
11 3 (0.13%) Disclosure Scotland
11 3 (0.13%) JSP 440
11 3 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 2 (0.089%) DICOM
12 2 (0.089%) GAAP
12 2 (0.089%) GMP
12 2 (0.089%) HL7
12 2 (0.089%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 331 (14.73%) VMware Infrastructure
2 230 (10.24%) Active Directory
3 125 (5.56%) vSphere
4 102 (4.54%) VMware NSX
5 81 (3.60%) Virtual Machines
6 76 (3.38%) VMware ESXi
7 72 (3.20%) Docker
8 62 (2.76%) Hyper-V
9 40 (1.78%) Firmware
10 25 (1.11%) Virtual Servers
11 21 (0.93%) PowerHA
12 20 (0.89%) vCloud
13 15 (0.67%) Oracle RAC
14 13 (0.58%) Virtual Desktop
15 9 (0.40%) KVM
15 9 (0.40%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 9 (0.40%) NFS
16 8 (0.36%) Veritas Cluster Server
17 7 (0.31%) XenApp
18 5 (0.22%) Samba
Systems Management
1 170 (7.57%) Ansible
2 140 (6.23%) Terraform
3 133 (5.92%) Kubernetes
4 76 (3.38%) vCenter Server
5 64 (2.85%) SCCM
6 53 (2.36%) vRealize
7 45 (2.00%) Puppet
8 44 (1.96%) Microsoft Intune
9 41 (1.82%) VxRail
10 31 (1.38%) SCOM
11 28 (1.25%) FortiGate
11 28 (1.25%) Opscode Chef
12 25 (1.11%) Single Sign-On
13 24 (1.07%) Salt
14 19 (0.85%) NetBackup
15 17 (0.76%) PowerCLI
15 17 (0.76%) WSUS
16 13 (0.58%) Active Directory Federation Services
16 13 (0.58%) Avamar
17 12 (0.53%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 490 (21.81%) VMware
2 462 (20.56%) Cisco
3 423 (18.83%) Microsoft
4 167 (7.43%) Oracle
5 136 (6.05%) Dell
6 123 (5.47%) Citrix
7 113 (5.03%) F5
8 111 (4.94%) Palo Alto
9 109 (4.85%) Juniper
10 108 (4.81%) Red Hat
11 100 (4.45%) CheckPoint
12 70 (3.12%) HP
13 69 (3.07%) Fortinet
14 66 (2.94%) IBM
15 63 (2.80%) Meraki
16 60 (2.67%) Google
17 53 (2.36%) NetApp
18 51 (2.27%) SolarWinds
19 47 (2.09%) ServiceNow
20 39 (1.74%) Aruba