Period
to 20 October 2021

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 20 October 2021 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
20 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 125 121 96
Rank change year-on-year -4 -25 +7
Contract jobs citing Data Centre 1,715 666 2,134
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.03% 2.11% 2.53%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 6.82% 6.71% 8.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,156 449 1,417
10th Percentile £314 £262 £250
25th Percentile £409 £363 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% - -
75th Percentile £588 £575 £538
90th Percentile £688 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £405 £425
% change year-on-year +11.11% -4.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 24 66
10th Percentile £15.81 £16.58 £13.50
25th Percentile £22.00 £28.83 £15.84
Median hourly rate £39.60 £46.25 £21.75
Median % change year-on-year -14.38% +112.64% +0.55%
75th Percentile £54.00 £58.88 £78.75
90th Percentile £69.15 £65.55 £83.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.55 £52.50 £23.13
% change year-on-year -24.67% +127.03% +6.91%

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 25,141 9,930 24,294
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 29.80% 31.52% 28.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 17,646 6,745 15,960
10th Percentile £305 £263 £265
25th Percentile £413 £369 £369
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £485 £475
Median % change year-on-year +8.25% +2.11% -
75th Percentile £625 £603 £581
90th Percentile £725 £720 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 698 323 863
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.02 £11.69
25th Percentile £15.04 £16.31 £14.28
Median hourly rate £24.91 £26.50 £20.50
Median % change year-on-year -6.00% +29.27% +2.50%
75th Percentile £49.25 £45.13 £46.00
90th Percentile £64.75 £57.50 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.45 £23.00 £19.03
% change year-on-year -11.09% +20.86% +0.16%

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 20 October 2021.

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 20 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Data Centre in the UK

Data Centre
Top 17 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 20 October 2021. 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 -11 1,370 £500 +7.24% 413
UK excluding London 0 746 £450 +11.11% 301
London -40 568 £525 +6.06% 133
Work from Home -13 525 £520 +15.56% 74
South East -12 244 £458 +1.67% 89
North of England +13 147 £450 +20.00% 70
Midlands +3 109 £450 +28.57% 55
South West -6 108 £425 -10.53% 22
North West +6 84 £400 -13.51% 38
West Midlands -21 67 £425 +27.82% 37
East of England -21 64 £425 +61.90% 43
Scotland -61 59 £450 +7.46% 10
Yorkshire -12 55 £500 +33.33% 18
East Midlands +5 39 £491 +40.36% 18
Wales -9 20 £400 +33.33% 10
North East -2 8 £413 +243.75% 14
Northern Ireland - 6 £275 - 2

For the 6 months to 20 October 2021, 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.

1 541 (31.55%) Migration
2 464 (27.06%) Azure
3 405 (23.62%) Windows
4 388 (22.62%) VMware
5 369 (21.52%) Cisco
6 347 (20.23%) AWS
7 345 (20.12%) Social Skills
8 342 (19.94%) Microsoft
9 329 (19.18%) Firewall
10 305 (17.78%) Linux
11 296 (17.26%) Finance
12 294 (17.14%) Security Cleared
13 268 (15.63%) Agile Software Development
14 242 (14.11%) DevOps
15 235 (13.70%) SC Cleared
16 231 (13.47%) VMware Infrastructure
17 227 (13.24%) WAN
18 221 (12.89%) LAN
19 215 (12.54%) Active Directory
20 190 (11.08%) Python
21 187 (10.90%) Ansible
22 185 (10.79%) Windows Server
23 176 (10.26%) Project Management
24 175 (10.20%) ITIL
25 162 (9.45%) Terraform
26 149 (8.69%) Cisco Certification
27 146 (8.51%) Microsoft 365
28 138 (8.05%) SQL
29 137 (7.99%) Disaster Recovery
30 136 (7.93%) Infrastructure Engineering

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 59 (3.44%) SharePoint
2 46 (2.68%) Confluence
3 43 (2.51%) OpenStack
4 32 (1.87%) Apache
5 28 (1.63%) MS Exchange
6 18 (1.05%) Apache Spark
7 15 (0.87%) Tomcat
8 13 (0.76%) IIS
8 13 (0.76%) nginx
9 12 (0.70%) Apache Airflow
9 12 (0.70%) Luigi
10 9 (0.52%) WebSphere
11 8 (0.47%) Elasticsearch
11 8 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2013
12 6 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2010
12 6 (0.35%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 5 (0.29%) Cloud Foundry
14 4 (0.23%) JBoss
14 4 (0.23%) Mattermost
15 3 (0.17%) WebLogic
Applications
1 53 (3.09%) Microsoft Office
2 39 (2.27%) Microsoft Excel
2 39 (2.27%) MS Visio
3 37 (2.16%) Microsoft Project
4 17 (0.99%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 8 (0.47%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.12%) Inkscape
6 2 (0.12%) Open Workbench
6 2 (0.12%) SOLIDWORKS
7 1 (0.058%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.058%) Revit
Business Applications
1 9 (0.52%) Cloudability
2 5 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
3 4 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.23%) Summit
4 3 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
4 3 (0.17%) Oracle EBS R12
4 3 (0.17%) Oracle Financials
4 3 (0.17%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.12%) iTrent
5 2 (0.12%) Oracle Utilities
6 1 (0.058%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.058%) FLEXCUBE
6 1 (0.058%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
6 1 (0.058%) SAP GTS
6 1 (0.058%) SAP MDG
6 1 (0.058%) SAP S/4HANA
6 1 (0.058%) SAP VC
6 1 (0.058%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 464 (27.06%) Azure
2 347 (20.23%) AWS
3 146 (8.51%) Microsoft 365
4 126 (7.35%) IaaS
5 113 (6.59%) PaaS
6 100 (5.83%) GCP
7 75 (4.37%) SaaS
8 55 (3.21%) AWS CloudFormation
9 49 (2.86%) Serverless
10 43 (2.51%) Azure Active Directory
11 35 (2.04%) GitHub
12 27 (1.57%) AWS CodePipeline
12 27 (1.57%) Cloud Computing
13 26 (1.52%) Amazon EKS
14 23 (1.34%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 20 (1.17%) AWS Lambda
16 19 (1.11%) Amazon EC2
17 17 (0.99%) AWS CodeCommit
17 17 (0.99%) OpenShift
18 16 (0.93%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 329 (19.18%) Firewall
2 227 (13.24%) WAN
3 221 (12.89%) LAN
4 123 (7.17%) SAN
5 120 (7.00%) Network Security
6 113 (6.59%) VPN
7 109 (6.36%) BGP
8 106 (6.18%) DNS
9 97 (5.66%) Wireless
10 77 (4.49%) OSPF
11 74 (4.31%) DHCP
12 70 (4.08%) Internet
12 70 (4.08%) MPLS
13 67 (3.91%) Cisco Nexus
14 53 (3.09%) SD-WAN
15 52 (3.03%) TCP/IP
16 48 (2.80%) Cisco ASA
17 42 (2.45%) Wi-Fi
18 41 (2.39%) IPv4
18 41 (2.39%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 76 (4.43%) SQL Server
2 46 (2.68%) Big Data
3 42 (2.45%) PostgreSQL
4 35 (2.04%) Oracle Database
5 31 (1.81%) NoSQL
6 29 (1.69%) Relational Database
7 23 (1.34%) Amazon RDS
8 22 (1.28%) Hadoop
8 22 (1.28%) MySQL
9 16 (0.93%) Data Warehouse
10 15 (0.87%) Apache Cassandra
11 14 (0.82%) Data Lake
11 14 (0.82%) MongoDB
11 14 (0.82%) Spark SQL
12 12 (0.70%) Azkaban
12 12 (0.70%) DB2
12 12 (0.70%) Metadata
13 10 (0.58%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 7 (0.41%) Oracle Exadata
14 7 (0.41%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 71 (4.14%) JIRA
2 67 (3.91%) Jenkins
3 57 (3.32%) Git (software)
4 29 (1.69%) GitLab
5 20 (1.17%) Sonatype Nexus
6 15 (0.87%) Terragrunt
7 7 (0.41%) Vagrant
8 6 (0.35%) Maven
9 5 (0.29%) Bitbucket
9 5 (0.29%) Gradle
10 4 (0.23%) Cucumber
10 4 (0.23%) Selenium
10 4 (0.23%) VSS/SourceSafe
11 3 (0.17%) Visual Studio
12 2 (0.12%) eggPlant
12 2 (0.12%) MSI
12 2 (0.12%) SoapUI
12 2 (0.12%) Subversion
12 2 (0.12%) TeamCity
12 2 (0.12%) Toad
General
1 345 (20.12%) Social Skills
2 296 (17.26%) Finance
3 125 (7.29%) Public Sector
4 83 (4.84%) Telecoms
5 64 (3.73%) Analytical Skills
6 56 (3.27%) Banking
7 55 (3.21%) Presentation Skills
8 33 (1.92%) Legal
9 32 (1.87%) Documentation Skills
10 25 (1.46%) Influencing Skills
11 23 (1.34%) Financial Institution
12 20 (1.17%) Organisational Skills
13 17 (0.99%) Local Government
14 15 (0.87%) Marketing
14 15 (0.87%) Retail
15 14 (0.82%) Publishing
16 13 (0.76%) Manufacturing
17 10 (0.58%) Games
17 10 (0.58%) Law
17 10 (0.58%) Military
Job Titles
1 347 (20.23%) Architect
2 199 (11.60%) Project Manager
3 156 (9.10%) Network Engineer
4 111 (6.47%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 83 (4.84%) Analyst
6 82 (4.78%) Consultant
7 77 (4.49%) Infrastructure Manager
8 69 (4.02%) Solutions Architect
9 63 (3.67%) DevOps Engineer
10 62 (3.62%) Azure Engineer
11 61 (3.56%) Infrastructure Architect
12 52 (3.03%) Cloud Architect
13 51 (2.97%) AWS Architect
14 50 (2.92%) Cisco Engineer
14 50 (2.92%) Data Centre Engineer
14 50 (2.92%) Data Centre Manager
15 49 (2.86%) Infrastructure Project Manager
16 46 (2.68%) Business Analyst
17 45 (2.62%) IT Manager
18 44 (2.57%) Network Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (2.51%) JSON
2 37 (2.16%) Web Services
3 34 (1.98%) Kafka
4 27 (1.57%) XML
5 23 (1.34%) Node.js
6 22 (1.28%) YAML
7 21 (1.22%) REST
8 20 (1.17%) LDAP
9 19 (1.11%) .NET
10 17 (0.99%) Elastic Stack
10 17 (0.99%) Middleware
11 16 (0.93%) ARM Templates
12 12 (0.70%) SOAP
13 11 (0.64%) GraphQL
13 11 (0.64%) React
14 10 (0.58%) 802.1X
14 10 (0.58%) AngularJS
14 10 (0.58%) Spring
14 10 (0.58%) Spring Boot
15 9 (0.52%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 99 (5.77%) Public Cloud
2 58 (3.38%) Management Information System
3 54 (3.15%) Private Cloud
4 52 (3.03%) Hybrid Cloud
5 49 (2.86%) Data Protection Act
6 48 (2.80%) Clustering
7 44 (2.57%) Cloud Native
8 39 (2.27%) Replication
9 28 (1.63%) Enterprise Storage
10 24 (1.40%) Self-Motivation
11 22 (1.28%) Virtual Team
12 21 (1.22%) PKI
13 19 (1.11%) Enterprise Cloud
14 18 (1.05%) CMDB
14 18 (1.05%) User Experience
15 16 (0.93%) Hedge funds
16 13 (0.76%) Data Structures
17 12 (0.70%) Driving Licence
17 12 (0.70%) Legacy Applications
17 12 (0.70%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 405 (23.62%) Windows
2 305 (17.78%) Linux
3 185 (10.79%) Windows Server
4 98 (5.71%) Unix
5 70 (4.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 63 (3.67%) Windows Server 2012
7 55 (3.21%) Windows 10
8 51 (2.97%) Windows Server 2016
9 38 (2.22%) Solaris
9 38 (2.22%) Windows Server 2019
10 29 (1.69%) Windows Server 2008
11 28 (1.63%) AIX
12 21 (1.22%) Windows 7
13 14 (0.82%) CentOS
13 14 (0.82%) HPUX
14 11 (0.64%) VMS
15 10 (0.58%) Ubuntu
16 9 (0.52%) OpenVMS
17 8 (0.47%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
18 7 (0.41%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 541 (31.55%) Migration
2 268 (15.63%) Agile Software Development
3 242 (14.11%) DevOps
4 176 (10.26%) Project Management
5 175 (10.20%) ITIL
6 137 (7.99%) Disaster Recovery
7 136 (7.93%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 131 (7.64%) Project Delivery
9 108 (6.30%) Infrastructure as Code
10 107 (6.24%) Stakeholder Management
11 105 (6.12%) Load Balancing
12 90 (5.25%) Data Protection
12 90 (5.25%) Scrum
13 84 (4.90%) Problem-Solving
14 81 (4.72%) Cybersecurity
15 79 (4.61%) Configuration Management
15 79 (4.61%) PRINCE2
16 76 (4.43%) Network Design
17 72 (4.20%) Microservices
18 70 (4.08%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 190 (11.08%) Python
2 138 (8.05%) SQL
3 127 (7.41%) PowerShell
4 90 (5.25%) Java
5 80 (4.66%) Bash Shell
6 48 (2.80%) JavaScript
7 35 (2.04%) C
7 35 (2.04%) Perl
8 27 (1.57%) C++
9 25 (1.46%) Ruby
10 19 (1.11%) PHP
10 19 (1.11%) Shell Script
11 18 (1.05%) C#
12 17 (0.99%) Go
12 17 (0.99%) Scala
13 15 (0.87%) TypeScript
14 9 (0.52%) PL/SQL
15 8 (0.47%) Groovy
16 7 (0.41%) T-SQL
17 5 (0.29%) VB
Qualifications
1 294 (17.14%) Security Cleared
2 235 (13.70%) SC Cleared
3 149 (8.69%) Cisco Certification
4 115 (6.71%) Degree
5 102 (5.95%) CCNP
6 57 (3.32%) CCIE
7 56 (3.27%) CCNA
8 42 (2.45%) DV Cleared
9 36 (2.10%) CISSP
10 29 (1.69%) PMP
11 28 (1.63%) Microsoft Certification
12 24 (1.40%) Computer Science Degree
13 22 (1.28%) AWS Certification
14 20 (1.17%) MCSE
15 19 (1.11%) ITIL Certification
16 18 (1.05%) PMI Certification
16 18 (1.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 15 (0.87%) BPSS Clearance
17 15 (0.87%) MCSA
18 12 (0.70%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 70 (4.08%) SLA
2 42 (2.45%) GDPR
3 33 (1.92%) QA
4 23 (1.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 16 (0.93%) PCI DSS
6 14 (0.82%) Data Quality
7 13 (0.76%) PMO
8 9 (0.52%) NIST
9 8 (0.47%) FedRAMP
10 7 (0.41%) Cyber Essentials
10 7 (0.41%) GRC
10 7 (0.41%) OASIS TOSCA
11 6 (0.35%) Disclosure Scotland
11 6 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 4 (0.23%) Government Security Classifications
12 4 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 3 (0.17%) NCSC
13 3 (0.17%) SOC 2
14 2 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 2 (0.12%) SOC 1
System Software
1 231 (13.47%) VMware Infrastructure
2 215 (12.54%) Active Directory
3 106 (6.18%) Docker
4 102 (5.95%) vSphere
5 71 (4.14%) VMware NSX
6 66 (3.85%) Virtual Machines
6 66 (3.85%) VMware ESXi
7 57 (3.32%) Hyper-V
8 36 (2.10%) Virtual Desktop
9 22 (1.28%) Virtual Servers
10 21 (1.22%) NFS
11 20 (1.17%) KVM
12 16 (0.93%) vCloud
13 11 (0.64%) Microsoft App-V
14 10 (0.58%) LXC
14 10 (0.58%) XenDesktop
15 9 (0.52%) Oracle RAC
16 7 (0.41%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 7 (0.41%) DFS Replication
16 7 (0.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 187 (10.90%) Ansible
2 162 (9.45%) Terraform
3 125 (7.29%) Kubernetes
4 92 (5.36%) SCCM
5 70 (4.08%) Puppet
6 49 (2.86%) vCenter Server
7 42 (2.45%) vRealize
8 34 (1.98%) Microsoft Intune
8 34 (1.98%) Opscode Chef
9 28 (1.63%) FortiGate
10 22 (1.28%) SCOM
11 20 (1.17%) Grafana
11 20 (1.17%) NetBackup
12 15 (0.87%) Prometheus
13 13 (0.76%) PowerCLI
14 12 (0.70%) Active Directory Federation Services
14 12 (0.70%) WSUS
15 10 (0.58%) Data Guard
15 10 (0.58%) Kibana
16 9 (0.52%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 388 (22.62%) VMware
2 369 (21.52%) Cisco
3 342 (19.94%) Microsoft
4 107 (6.24%) Oracle
5 99 (5.77%) F5
6 97 (5.66%) CheckPoint
7 92 (5.36%) Citrix
8 90 (5.25%) Red Hat
9 89 (5.19%) Juniper
10 86 (5.01%) Dell
11 72 (4.20%) HP
12 66 (3.85%) Palo Alto
13 63 (3.67%) EMC
14 50 (2.92%) IBM
15 44 (2.57%) NetApp
16 39 (2.27%) Meraki
16 39 (2.27%) ServiceNow
17 34 (1.98%) Google
18 30 (1.75%) Aruba
19 27 (1.57%) SolarWinds