Period
to 30 September 2020

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 30 September 2020 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
30 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 113 94 104
Rank change year-on-year -19 +10 -6
Contract jobs citing Data Centre 653 2,191 2,513
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.19% 2.52% 2.49%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 6.42% 8.01% 7.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 481 1,476 1,586
Median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £250 £263 £280
90th Percentile £650 £650 £626
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £425 £425
% change year-on-year -5.88% - +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 65 68
Median hourly rate £37.50 £19.03 £30.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +97.06% -37.09% +89.06%
10th Percentile £17.73 £13.40 £14.25
90th Percentile £64.50 £83.75 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £19.03 £31.75
% change year-on-year +110.19% -40.06% +98.44%

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 10,166 27,345 32,815
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 34.11% 31.44% 32.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,433 17,356 21,259
Median daily rate £475 £475 £475
10th Percentile £255 £265 £275
90th Percentile £721 £668 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £420
% change year-on-year - +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 447 1,029 1,034
Median hourly rate £35.00 £22.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +59.09% +10.00% -3.40%
10th Percentile £13.45 £11.59 £12.25
90th Percentile £55.00 £53.75 £50.00
Median hourly rate £26.88 £20.75 £18.99
% change year-on-year +29.55% +9.30% -5.08%

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 30 September 2020.

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 30 September 2020.

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 30 September 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 -20 576 £450 - 207
UK excluding London -37 298 £400 -5.88% 167
London +15 285 £485 +2.11% 54
South East +3 117 £413 -2.94% 45
Work from Home -52 101 £438 -5.41% 25
North of England -41 49 £425 +5.57% 36
South West +5 41 £465 +3.33% 23
East of England +16 32 £259 -48.25% 21
Midlands -26 32 £350 -13.58% 27
West Midlands -19 27 £325 -18.75% 23
Scotland +29 26 £405 -2.41% 9
Yorkshire 0 25 £413 +3.13% 9
North West -38 23 £484 +20.24% 24
Wales +11 4 £300 -27.27% 4
East Midlands +6 4 £350 -22.22% 4
North East +11 1 £120 -71.76% 3

For the 6 months to 30 September 2020, 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.

1 205 (31.39%) Cisco
2 186 (28.48%) Migration
3 169 (25.88%) Windows
4 153 (23.43%) Security Cleared
5 141 (21.59%) Azure
6 132 (20.21%) VMware
7 130 (19.91%) Microsoft
7 130 (19.91%) Active Directory
8 128 (19.60%) Firewall
9 120 (18.38%) SC Cleared
10 110 (16.85%) WAN
11 106 (16.23%) Finance
12 102 (15.62%) AWS
13 95 (14.55%) VMware Infrastructure
14 86 (13.17%) Agile Software Development
15 84 (12.86%) Cisco Certification
16 80 (12.25%) Linux
17 77 (11.79%) DevOps
18 66 (10.11%) ITIL
19 65 (9.95%) LAN
20 60 (9.19%) Disaster Recovery
21 58 (8.88%) CCNP
21 58 (8.88%) Windows Server
22 57 (8.73%) Infrastructure Engineering
23 50 (7.66%) Office 365
24 49 (7.50%) Cisco Nexus
24 49 (7.50%) Ansible
24 49 (7.50%) DNS
24 49 (7.50%) VPN
25 48 (7.35%) PowerShell

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 20 (3.06%) SharePoint
2 14 (2.14%) Skype for Business
3 13 (1.99%) Confluence
4 12 (1.84%) Apache
5 11 (1.68%) MS Exchange
6 7 (1.07%) IIS
7 6 (0.92%) OpenStack
8 5 (0.77%) JBoss
9 4 (0.61%) nginx
9 4 (0.61%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 4 (0.61%) SAS
10 3 (0.46%) Apache Spark
10 3 (0.46%) CMS
10 3 (0.46%) Elasticsearch
10 3 (0.46%) Tomcat
11 2 (0.31%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 2 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2010
11 2 (0.31%) WebLogic
12 1 (0.15%) Exchange Server 2013
12 1 (0.15%) WildFly
Applications
1 18 (2.76%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (1.38%) MS Visio
3 5 (0.77%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (0.61%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (0.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.15%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.15%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.15%) Camtasia
5 1 (0.15%) Notepad++
5 1 (0.15%) Revit
5 1 (0.15%) Stata
Business Applications
1 9 (1.38%) Remedy ITSM
2 7 (1.07%) Payment Gateway
3 4 (0.61%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.15%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.15%) Maximo
4 1 (0.15%) ResourceLink
4 1 (0.15%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 141 (21.59%) Azure
2 102 (15.62%) AWS
3 50 (7.66%) Office 365
4 41 (6.28%) IaaS
5 32 (4.90%) PaaS
6 24 (3.68%) SaaS
7 19 (2.91%) GCP
8 14 (2.14%) Cloud Computing
9 10 (1.53%) Azure Active Directory
9 10 (1.53%) Azure Stack
9 10 (1.53%) Serverless
10 8 (1.23%) GitHub
11 6 (0.92%) Amazon S3
12 5 (0.77%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 5 (0.77%) OneDrive
13 4 (0.61%) AWS Lambda
14 3 (0.46%) Amazon Cognito
14 3 (0.46%) Amazon Kinesis
14 3 (0.46%) IBM Cloud
14 3 (0.46%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 128 (19.60%) Firewall
2 110 (16.85%) WAN
3 65 (9.95%) LAN
4 49 (7.50%) Cisco Nexus
4 49 (7.50%) DNS
4 49 (7.50%) VPN
5 42 (6.43%) SAN
6 39 (5.97%) Internet
7 38 (5.82%) Wireless
8 35 (5.36%) BGP
8 35 (5.36%) DHCP
9 31 (4.75%) MPLS
9 31 (4.75%) OSPF
10 30 (4.59%) Network Security
11 27 (4.13%) DMZ
12 23 (3.52%) Software-Defined Networking
13 22 (3.37%) Skype
14 21 (3.22%) Cisco ASA
15 18 (2.76%) Intranet
15 18 (2.76%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (7.20%) SQL Server
2 17 (2.60%) Big Data
3 10 (1.53%) MySQL
3 10 (1.53%) Oracle Database
4 7 (1.07%) Data Warehouse
4 7 (1.07%) Hadoop
4 7 (1.07%) Oracle Database 12c
4 7 (1.07%) Relational Database
5 6 (0.92%) Data Lake
5 6 (0.92%) PostgreSQL
6 4 (0.61%) DB2
6 4 (0.61%) MariaDB
6 4 (0.61%) MongoDB
6 4 (0.61%) Oracle Exadata
7 3 (0.46%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 3 (0.46%) Apache Cassandra
7 3 (0.46%) Apache Hive
7 3 (0.46%) HBase
7 3 (0.46%) Impala
7 3 (0.46%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 26 (3.98%) Git (software)
2 15 (2.30%) Jenkins
3 14 (2.14%) JIRA
4 13 (1.99%) GitLab
5 12 (1.84%) Bitbucket
6 4 (0.61%) JDeveloper
6 4 (0.61%) Octopus Deploy
6 4 (0.61%) Sonatype Nexus
6 4 (0.61%) Subversion
6 4 (0.61%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (0.61%) Toad
7 3 (0.46%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 3 (0.46%) GoCD
7 3 (0.46%) Hudson
7 3 (0.46%) kappa
7 3 (0.46%) Oracle Forms
8 2 (0.31%) Ant
8 2 (0.31%) Oracle APEX
8 2 (0.31%) SonarQube
8 2 (0.31%) TestDirector
General
1 106 (16.23%) Finance
2 47 (7.20%) Public Sector
3 34 (5.21%) Telecoms
4 24 (3.68%) Banking
5 11 (1.68%) Legal
6 9 (1.38%) Local Government
7 6 (0.92%) Manufacturing
7 6 (0.92%) Retail
8 4 (0.61%) Financial Institution
8 4 (0.61%) French Language
8 4 (0.61%) Law
8 4 (0.61%) Marketing
9 3 (0.46%) Back Office
10 2 (0.31%) Billing
10 2 (0.31%) Electronics
10 2 (0.31%) Front Office
10 2 (0.31%) German Language
10 2 (0.31%) Police
11 1 (0.15%) Italian Language
11 1 (0.15%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 118 (18.07%) Architect
2 76 (11.64%) Network Engineer
3 41 (6.28%) Data Centre Engineer
4 34 (5.21%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 34 (5.21%) Project Manager
4 34 (5.21%) Security Engineer
4 34 (5.21%) Senior Network Engineer
5 33 (5.05%) Consultant
6 29 (4.44%) DevOps Engineer
7 27 (4.13%) Analyst
8 26 (3.98%) Solutions Architect
9 25 (3.83%) Cloud Architect
10 22 (3.37%) VMware Engineer
11 20 (3.06%) Infrastructure Architect
12 19 (2.91%) Network Architect
12 19 (2.91%) Security Architect
13 18 (2.76%) Data Centre Manager
14 17 (2.60%) Azure Engineer
15 16 (2.45%) Data Architect
15 16 (2.45%) Operations Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (4.59%) .NET
2 15 (2.30%) JSON
3 13 (1.99%) Middleware
3 13 (1.99%) Web Services
4 12 (1.84%) XML
5 9 (1.38%) REST
5 9 (1.38%) SAML
6 8 (1.23%) HTML
7 7 (1.07%) 802.1X
7 7 (1.07%) CSS
8 6 (0.92%) SOAP
9 5 (0.77%) Kafka
9 5 (0.77%) LDAP
9 5 (0.77%) OAuth
9 5 (0.77%) OpenID
10 4 (0.61%) CSS3
11 3 (0.46%) Akka
11 3 (0.46%) MLlib
11 3 (0.46%) Oracle GoldenGate
11 3 (0.46%) Task Parallel Library
Miscellaneous
1 46 (7.04%) Analytical Skills
2 40 (6.13%) Self-Motivation
3 38 (5.82%) PKI
4 29 (4.44%) Public Cloud
5 28 (4.29%) Hybrid Cloud
6 26 (3.98%) Private Cloud
7 23 (3.52%) Management Information System
8 18 (2.76%) Replication
9 10 (1.53%) CMDB
9 10 (1.53%) Mainframe
9 10 (1.53%) Video Conferencing
10 9 (1.38%) Clustering
10 9 (1.38%) Enterprise Storage
10 9 (1.38%) User Experience
11 8 (1.23%) Driving Licence
11 8 (1.23%) Enterprise Software
11 8 (1.23%) Virtual Team
12 7 (1.07%) Client/Server
12 7 (1.07%) Greenfield Project
13 5 (0.77%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 169 (25.88%) Windows
2 80 (12.25%) Linux
3 58 (8.88%) Windows Server
4 28 (4.29%) Windows Server 2016
5 27 (4.13%) Windows Server 2012
6 23 (3.52%) Unix
7 22 (3.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 16 (2.45%) Windows 10
9 15 (2.30%) AIX
10 11 (1.68%) Solaris
11 10 (1.53%) VMS
12 9 (1.38%) Windows 7
13 7 (1.07%) Windows Server 2019
14 6 (0.92%) zOS
15 5 (0.77%) CentOS
15 5 (0.77%) Windows Server 2008
16 3 (0.46%) Debian
16 3 (0.46%) Windows Server 2003
17 2 (0.31%) Ubuntu
17 2 (0.31%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 186 (28.48%) Migration
2 86 (13.17%) Agile Software Development
3 77 (11.79%) DevOps
4 66 (10.11%) ITIL
5 60 (9.19%) Disaster Recovery
6 57 (8.73%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 46 (7.04%) Project Management
8 38 (5.82%) Problem-Solving
8 38 (5.82%) Security Architecture
9 37 (5.67%) Stakeholder Management
10 34 (5.21%) Change Management
11 33 (5.05%) High Availability
12 32 (4.90%) Configuration Management
13 31 (4.75%) Cybersecurity
13 31 (4.75%) SIEM
14 30 (4.59%) Information Security
15 29 (4.44%) Project Delivery
16 27 (4.13%) Data Centre Operations
17 26 (3.98%) PRINCE2
18 24 (3.68%) Product Roadmap
Programming Languages
1 48 (7.35%) PowerShell
2 45 (6.89%) SQL
3 37 (5.67%) Python
4 30 (4.59%) Java
5 14 (2.14%) Bash Shell
6 12 (1.84%) JavaScript
6 12 (1.84%) Perl
7 11 (1.68%) C
8 10 (1.53%) C#
9 7 (1.07%) PL/SQL
10 4 (0.61%) PHP
11 3 (0.46%) Ruby
11 3 (0.46%) Shell Script
11 3 (0.46%) VBA
12 2 (0.31%) C++
12 2 (0.31%) Lisp
12 2 (0.31%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
13 1 (0.15%) Apex Code
13 1 (0.15%) Go
13 1 (0.15%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 153 (23.43%) Security Cleared
2 120 (18.38%) SC Cleared
3 84 (12.86%) Cisco Certification
4 58 (8.88%) CCNP
5 44 (6.74%) CCIE
6 30 (4.59%) DV Cleared
7 29 (4.44%) CISSP
8 27 (4.13%) Microsoft Certification
9 22 (3.37%) CCNA
10 19 (2.91%) Degree
11 17 (2.60%) MCSE
12 13 (1.99%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 9 (1.38%) MCSA
14 8 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
15 6 (0.92%) AWS Certification
15 6 (0.92%) BPSS Clearance
16 5 (0.77%) CISA
16 5 (0.77%) CISM
16 5 (0.77%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 5 (0.77%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (2.91%) SLA
2 15 (2.30%) QA
3 8 (1.23%) GDPR
3 8 (1.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.61%) NCSC
4 4 (0.61%) NIST
4 4 (0.61%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.46%) Cyber Essentials
5 3 (0.46%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.46%) PMO
6 2 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.31%) HIPAA
6 2 (0.31%) OASIS TOSCA
7 1 (0.15%) ISAE 3402
7 1 (0.15%) ISO 22301
7 1 (0.15%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27005
7 1 (0.15%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.15%) RMADS
7 1 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 130 (19.91%) Active Directory
2 95 (14.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 37 (5.67%) VMware NSX
4 36 (5.51%) vSphere
5 27 (4.13%) Docker
6 23 (3.52%) VMware ESXi
7 15 (2.30%) Virtual Machines
8 13 (1.99%) Hyper-V
9 10 (1.53%) Microsoft App-V
10 9 (1.38%) NFS
11 6 (0.92%) Virtual Desktop
12 5 (0.77%) Oracle RAC
12 5 (0.77%) vCloud
12 5 (0.77%) XenDesktop
13 3 (0.46%) Apache Flume
13 3 (0.46%) DFS Replication
13 3 (0.46%) KVM
13 3 (0.46%) ProxySG
14 2 (0.31%) EMC RecoverPoint
14 2 (0.31%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 49 (7.50%) Ansible
2 41 (6.28%) Terraform
3 34 (5.21%) Kubernetes
4 25 (3.83%) vCenter Server
5 23 (3.52%) SCCM
6 21 (3.22%) Puppet
6 21 (3.22%) SCOM
7 18 (2.76%) vRealize
8 16 (2.45%) Opscode Chef
9 15 (2.30%) FortiGate
10 8 (1.23%) Data Guard
10 8 (1.23%) Failover Clustering
10 8 (1.23%) PowerCLI
10 8 (1.23%) Single Sign-On
11 7 (1.07%) Avamar
12 6 (0.92%) Cisco Prime
12 6 (0.92%) EMC NetWorker
12 6 (0.92%) Nagios
12 6 (0.92%) Oracle RMAN
13 4 (0.61%) Nessus
Vendors
1 205 (31.39%) Cisco
2 132 (20.21%) VMware
3 130 (19.91%) Microsoft
4 41 (6.28%) Citrix
5 40 (6.13%) Oracle
6 37 (5.67%) CheckPoint
6 37 (5.67%) HP
6 37 (5.67%) Juniper
7 34 (5.21%) Dell
7 34 (5.21%) F5
8 29 (4.44%) NetApp
9 26 (3.98%) SolarWinds
10 24 (3.68%) Palo Alto
10 24 (3.68%) Red Hat
11 20 (3.06%) Fortinet
12 18 (2.76%) IBM
13 17 (2.60%) ServiceNow
14 13 (1.99%) EMC
15 12 (1.84%) CyberArk
15 12 (1.84%) Remedy