Period
to 14 December 2019

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 14 December 2019 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
14 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 84 96 107
Rank change year-on-year +12 +11 -31
Contract jobs citing Data Centre 2,109 2,670 2,441
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.66% 2.54% 2.36%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 8.57% 7.89% 7.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,388 1,721 1,512
UK median daily rate £434 £438 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.86% +4.17% -1.18%
10th Percentile £249 £300 £240
90th Percentile £642 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -2.94% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 86 72
UK median hourly rate £38.50 £26.50 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +45.28% +35.90% -17.89%
10th Percentile £15.19 £12.50 £12.80
90th Percentile £82.50 £47.00 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.50 £26.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year +45.28% +39.47% -20.83%

Data Centre is in the Generic IT 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 IT Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 24,596 33,851 34,244
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 31.08% 32.26% 33.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 15,567 22,101 22,617
UK median daily rate £463 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.63% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £250 £275 £263
90th Percentile £670 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,035 1,055 1,007
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £20.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.50% -4.76% +5.00%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.01 £11.32
90th Percentile £53.75 £48.75 £48.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.88 £19.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +20.39% -5.00% -

Data Centre
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Data Centre in the UK

Data Centre
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Data Centre.

Contractor daily rate trend for Data Centre in the UK

Data Centre
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Data Centre over the 6 months to 14 December 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Data Centre in the UK

Data Centre
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Data Centre.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Data Centre in the UK

Data Centre
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Data Centre over the 6 months to 14 December 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Data Centre in the UK

Data Centre
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 Data Centre within the UK over the 6 months to 14 December 2019. 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 +16 1,961 £440 +0.57% 565
UK excluding London +16 1,339 £413 -2.94% 439
London +11 718 £500 +0.50% 169
South East +21 422 £425 - 137
North of England +8 309 £355 -16.47% 97
Midlands +33 241 £400 - 84
North West +25 178 £372 -17.44% 58
South West +4 177 £450 +7.46% 39
West Midlands +24 166 £405 +1.25% 60
Yorkshire +13 107 £350 -16.67% 34
East of England -25 87 £425 -2.86% 40
East Midlands +50 75 £400 +14.29% 24
Scotland -33 61 £415 -5.14% 20
Wales +44 33 £413 -1.79% 23
North East +11 25 £400 +4.58% 5
Northern Ireland +10 15 £390 -

For the 6 months to 14 December 2019, 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.

1 603 (28.59%) Cisco
2 580 (27.50%) Migration
3 526 (24.94%) Windows
4 460 (21.81%) VMware
5 408 (19.35%) Firewall
6 405 (19.20%) Microsoft
7 397 (18.82%) Security Cleared
8 376 (17.83%) Azure
9 366 (17.35%) WAN
10 350 (16.60%) AWS
11 345 (16.36%) Cisco Certification
12 335 (15.88%) Finance
13 325 (15.41%) Linux
14 323 (15.32%) LAN
15 308 (14.60%) VMware Infrastructure
16 307 (14.56%) ITIL
17 287 (13.61%) Agile Software Development
18 284 (13.47%) Active Directory
19 278 (13.18%) SC Cleared
20 253 (12.00%) CCNP
21 227 (10.76%) Windows Server
22 210 (9.96%) Telecoms
23 203 (9.63%) Infrastructure Engineering
24 194 (9.20%) Project Management
25 186 (8.82%) VPN
26 171 (8.11%) DevOps
27 170 (8.06%) DNS
28 167 (7.92%) Office 365
29 165 (7.82%) Public Sector
30 164 (7.78%) Network Security

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 84 (3.98%) MS Exchange
2 50 (2.37%) SharePoint
3 49 (2.32%) Skype for Business
4 32 (1.52%) OpenStack
5 27 (1.28%) Apache
6 20 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2010
7 16 (0.76%) Confluence
8 14 (0.66%) Elasticsearch
9 11 (0.52%) Tomcat
10 10 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2003
10 10 (0.47%) IIS
10 10 (0.47%) nginx
11 9 (0.43%) JBoss
12 8 (0.38%) WebLogic
13 7 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2013
14 6 (0.28%) IBM Notes
14 6 (0.28%) WebSphere
15 4 (0.19%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 4 (0.19%) SharePoint 2010
15 4 (0.19%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 59 (2.80%) Microsoft Office
2 40 (1.90%) MS Visio
3 35 (1.66%) Microsoft Excel
4 17 (0.81%) Microsoft Project
5 16 (0.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.14%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.047%) Abaqus
7 1 (0.047%) Revit
7 1 (0.047%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (0.33%) SAP ERP
2 5 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
2 5 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
3 4 (0.19%) OpenText VIM for SAP
4 3 (0.14%) Eikon
4 3 (0.14%) Oracle Applications
4 3 (0.14%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 2 (0.095%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.095%) Oracle AML
6 1 (0.047%) CiviCRM
6 1 (0.047%) Distributed Ledger
6 1 (0.047%) Magento
6 1 (0.047%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.047%) Relativity
6 1 (0.047%) RMDS
6 1 (0.047%) Sage 1000
6 1 (0.047%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.047%) SAP S/4HANA
6 1 (0.047%) Unica
6 1 (0.047%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 376 (17.83%) Azure
2 350 (16.60%) AWS
3 167 (7.92%) Office 365
4 98 (4.65%) IaaS
5 73 (3.46%) PaaS
6 59 (2.80%) SaaS
7 38 (1.80%) OpenShift
8 32 (1.52%) AWS CloudFormation
9 25 (1.19%) Cloud Computing
9 25 (1.19%) GCP
10 24 (1.14%) Azure Active Directory
10 24 (1.14%) Datadog
11 20 (0.95%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 19 (0.90%) Amazon EC2
13 18 (0.85%) Amazon S3
14 15 (0.71%) Apigee
15 12 (0.57%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 11 (0.52%) Serverless
17 9 (0.43%) GitHub
18 8 (0.38%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 408 (19.35%) Firewall
2 366 (17.35%) WAN
3 323 (15.32%) LAN
4 186 (8.82%) VPN
5 170 (8.06%) DNS
6 164 (7.78%) Network Security
7 153 (7.25%) BGP
8 152 (7.21%) Cisco Nexus
9 126 (5.97%) Wireless
10 122 (5.78%) Internet
11 118 (5.60%) MPLS
11 118 (5.60%) OSPF
12 114 (5.41%) SAN
13 113 (5.36%) TCP/IP
14 107 (5.07%) Cisco ASA
15 102 (4.84%) DHCP
16 71 (3.37%) Wi-Fi
17 69 (3.27%) Ethernet
17 69 (3.27%) VoIP
18 55 (2.61%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 88 (4.17%) SQL Server
2 35 (1.66%) PostgreSQL
3 33 (1.56%) Big Data
4 30 (1.42%) Data Warehouse
5 29 (1.38%) MySQL
6 27 (1.28%) Amazon RDS
7 20 (0.95%) Oracle Database
8 18 (0.85%) SQL Server 2016
9 17 (0.81%) SQL Server 2012
10 16 (0.76%) GIS
11 15 (0.71%) SQL Server 2014
12 13 (0.62%) SAP HANA
13 11 (0.52%) Relational Database
13 11 (0.52%) SQL Server 2008
14 9 (0.43%) NoSQL
15 8 (0.38%) Hadoop
15 8 (0.38%) MongoDB
16 7 (0.33%) Data Lake
16 7 (0.33%) DB2
16 7 (0.33%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 50 (2.37%) Git (software)
2 44 (2.09%) JIRA
3 38 (1.80%) Jenkins
4 26 (1.23%) Sonatype Nexus
5 14 (0.66%) GitLab
6 11 (0.52%) AdminStudio
7 9 (0.43%) InstallShield
7 9 (0.43%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 6 (0.28%) Moq
8 6 (0.28%) NUnit
9 5 (0.24%) PowerBuilder
9 5 (0.24%) ProC
10 4 (0.19%) CircleCI
10 4 (0.19%) Maven
10 4 (0.19%) Visual Studio Team System
11 3 (0.14%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 3 (0.14%) IBM UrbanCode
11 3 (0.14%) Octopus Deploy
11 3 (0.14%) Team Foundation Server
11 3 (0.14%) TeamCity
General
1 335 (15.88%) Finance
2 210 (9.96%) Telecoms
3 165 (7.82%) Public Sector
4 120 (5.69%) Banking
5 108 (5.12%) Retail
6 31 (1.47%) Local Government
7 20 (0.95%) Manufacturing
8 18 (0.85%) Investment Banking
8 18 (0.85%) Legal
9 15 (0.71%) Back Office
10 13 (0.62%) Marketing
11 12 (0.57%) Games
11 12 (0.57%) Pharmaceutical
12 11 (0.52%) Publishing
13 9 (0.43%) Electronics
13 9 (0.43%) Law
14 8 (0.38%) Advertising
14 8 (0.38%) Police
15 6 (0.28%) Financial Institution
16 5 (0.24%) German Language
Job Titles
1 398 (18.87%) Architect
2 331 (15.69%) Network Engineer
3 190 (9.01%) Project Manager
4 135 (6.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 127 (6.02%) Consultant
6 102 (4.84%) Analyst
7 89 (4.22%) Network Architect
8 87 (4.13%) Cloud Architect
8 87 (4.13%) DevOps Engineer
9 84 (3.98%) Infrastructure Manager
10 73 (3.46%) Solutions Architect
11 69 (3.27%) Data Centre Manager
12 68 (3.22%) Infrastructure Project Manager
13 64 (3.03%) Technical Architect
14 62 (2.94%) Data Centre Engineer
15 60 (2.84%) Senior Network Engineer
16 55 (2.61%) Cisco Engineer
17 52 (2.47%) Support Engineer
18 50 (2.37%) Infrastructure Architect
19 46 (2.18%) Data Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (1.42%) Web Services
2 26 (1.23%) Middleware
2 26 (1.23%) REST
3 21 (1.00%) 802.1X
4 20 (0.95%) Elastic Stack
5 18 (0.85%) SOAP
6 17 (0.81%) JSON
7 16 (0.76%) YAML
8 13 (0.62%) .NET
9 10 (0.47%) RESTful
10 9 (0.43%) J2EE
11 7 (0.33%) Django
11 7 (0.33%) RabbitMQ
11 7 (0.33%) Spring
12 6 (0.28%) .NET Core
12 6 (0.28%) Kafka
12 6 (0.28%) Node.js
12 6 (0.28%) Redux
13 5 (0.24%) CSS
13 5 (0.24%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 125 (5.93%) Public Cloud
2 94 (4.46%) Analytical Skills
3 81 (3.84%) Hybrid Cloud
4 67 (3.18%) Management Information System
4 67 (3.18%) Private Cloud
5 63 (2.99%) Clustering
5 63 (2.99%) Driving Licence
6 42 (1.99%) Replication
7 41 (1.94%) PKI
8 37 (1.75%) Self-Motivation
9 28 (1.33%) Fibre Optics
9 28 (1.33%) User Experience
10 22 (1.04%) VxBlock/Vblock
11 20 (0.95%) CMDB
12 16 (0.76%) Cloud Native
13 15 (0.71%) PMI
14 14 (0.66%) Client/Server
14 14 (0.66%) NHS
14 14 (0.66%) Virtual Team
15 13 (0.62%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 526 (24.94%) Windows
2 325 (15.41%) Linux
3 227 (10.76%) Windows Server
4 90 (4.27%) Windows 10
5 89 (4.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 85 (4.03%) Windows Server 2008
7 83 (3.94%) Windows Server 2012
8 76 (3.60%) Unix
9 62 (2.94%) Windows 7
10 47 (2.23%) Windows Server 2003
11 28 (1.33%) Solaris
12 20 (0.95%) CentOS
13 18 (0.85%) AIX
14 16 (0.76%) Ubuntu
15 13 (0.62%) SUSE
16 9 (0.43%) zOS
17 7 (0.33%) Mac OS
18 6 (0.28%) VMS
18 6 (0.28%) Windows XP
19 5 (0.24%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 580 (27.50%) Migration
2 307 (14.56%) ITIL
3 287 (13.61%) Agile Software Development
4 203 (9.63%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 194 (9.20%) Project Management
6 171 (8.11%) DevOps
7 148 (7.02%) Stakeholder Management
8 132 (6.26%) Problem-Solving
9 126 (5.97%) Project Delivery
10 113 (5.36%) Change Management
11 109 (5.17%) Load Balancing
12 104 (4.93%) Disaster Recovery
13 99 (4.69%) Network Design
14 97 (4.60%) Configuration Management
15 96 (4.55%) PRINCE2
16 95 (4.50%) High Availability
17 92 (4.36%) Service Management
18 83 (3.94%) Cybersecurity
19 69 (3.27%) Service Delivery
20 66 (3.13%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 132 (6.26%) Python
2 124 (5.88%) SQL
3 122 (5.78%) PowerShell
4 82 (3.89%) Bash Shell
5 71 (3.37%) Java
6 48 (2.28%) Perl
6 48 (2.28%) Ruby
7 46 (2.18%) C
8 31 (1.47%) Shell Script
9 15 (0.71%) C++
10 14 (0.66%) C#
11 11 (0.52%) VB
12 8 (0.38%) PL/SQL
12 8 (0.38%) T-SQL
12 8 (0.38%) VBScript
13 7 (0.33%) Tcl
14 5 (0.24%) Fortran
14 5 (0.24%) VC++
15 4 (0.19%) Go
15 4 (0.19%) Korn
Qualifications
1 397 (18.82%) Security Cleared
2 345 (16.36%) Cisco Certification
3 278 (13.18%) SC Cleared
4 253 (12.00%) CCNP
5 149 (7.06%) CCNA
6 103 (4.88%) Degree
7 92 (4.36%) CCIE
8 90 (4.27%) DV Cleared
9 43 (2.04%) Microsoft Certification
10 31 (1.47%) ITIL Certification
10 31 (1.47%) MCSE
10 31 (1.47%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 30 (1.42%) CISSP
11 30 (1.42%) PMI Certification
12 27 (1.28%) BPSS Clearance
12 27 (1.28%) CCDP
13 21 (1.00%) CCDA
13 21 (1.00%) JNCIP
13 21 (1.00%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 20 (0.95%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (2.89%) SLA
2 49 (2.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 37 (1.75%) NCSC
4 34 (1.61%) PMO
5 26 (1.23%) QA
6 24 (1.14%) NIST
7 22 (1.04%) COBIT
8 12 (0.57%) PCI DSS
9 10 (0.47%) GDPR
10 9 (0.43%) Cyber Essentials
11 7 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 7 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 6 (0.28%) ISO 31000
13 5 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 4 (0.19%) Government Security Classifications
14 4 (0.19%) HIPAA
15 3 (0.14%) RMADS
16 2 (0.095%) Data Quality
16 2 (0.095%) Disclosure Scotland
16 2 (0.095%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 308 (14.60%) VMware Infrastructure
2 284 (13.47%) Active Directory
3 114 (5.41%) Hyper-V
4 92 (4.36%) Docker
5 78 (3.70%) vSphere
6 69 (3.27%) Virtual Machines
7 61 (2.89%) VMware ESXi
8 50 (2.37%) VMware NSX
9 37 (1.75%) XenApp
10 31 (1.47%) Virtual Servers
11 20 (0.95%) Microsoft App-V
12 17 (0.81%) Firmware
13 16 (0.76%) vCloud
14 13 (0.62%) Virtual Desktop
15 12 (0.57%) NFS
16 10 (0.47%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 10 (0.47%) KVM
17 9 (0.43%) DFS Replication
17 9 (0.43%) Gluster
17 9 (0.43%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 116 (5.50%) Ansible
2 107 (5.07%) SCCM
3 74 (3.51%) Kubernetes
3 74 (3.51%) Terraform
4 73 (3.46%) Opscode Chef
5 71 (3.37%) Puppet
6 41 (1.94%) SCOM
7 38 (1.80%) vCenter Server
8 29 (1.38%) WSUS
9 27 (1.28%) Nagios
10 26 (1.23%) Avamar
11 24 (1.14%) NetBackup
12 20 (0.95%) Salt
13 18 (0.85%) SCVMM
14 16 (0.76%) Microsoft Clustering
15 14 (0.66%) FortiGate
15 14 (0.66%) Host Intrusion Detection System
15 14 (0.66%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 14 (0.66%) PowerCLI
15 14 (0.66%) vRealize
Vendors
1 603 (28.59%) Cisco
2 460 (21.81%) VMware
3 405 (19.20%) Microsoft
4 152 (7.21%) Citrix
5 149 (7.06%) F5
6 148 (7.02%) Juniper
7 145 (6.88%) CheckPoint
8 133 (6.31%) HP
9 123 (5.83%) Palo Alto
10 117 (5.55%) Dell
11 92 (4.36%) Red Hat
12 88 (4.17%) Oracle
13 80 (3.79%) EMC
14 77 (3.65%) McAfee
15 69 (3.27%) Fortinet
16 59 (2.80%) NetApp
17 55 (2.61%) IBM
18 45 (2.13%) Aruba
19 38 (1.80%) Blue Coat
20 34 (1.61%) SAP