Period
to 22 September 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 22 September 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
22 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 94 105 98
Rank change year-on-year +11 -7 -31
Contract jobs citing Data Centre 2,201 2,507 2,565
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.52% 2.46% 2.60%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 8.03% 7.58% 7.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,403 1,537 1,621
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% -
10th Percentile £263 £280 £263
90th Percentile £641 £638 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 71 68
UK median hourly rate £19.03 £31.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -38.61% +93.75% -34.69%
10th Percentile £13.40 £15.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £83.75 £47.00 £31.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.03 £32.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year -41.45% +103.13% -34.69%

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 27,405 33,086 32,483
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 31.38% 32.46% 32.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 17,371 21,410 21,134
UK median daily rate £475 £470 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% +5.88%
10th Percentile £270 £275 £263
90th Percentile £675 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,024 1,040 1,002
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £20.00 £20.96
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.00% -4.56% +4.78%
10th Percentile £11.64 £12.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.00 £49.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.75 £19.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +9.21% -5.00% -2.44%

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 22 September 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 22 September 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 22 September 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 +8 2,044 £450 - 571
UK excluding London +19 1,391 £425 - 435
London -7 755 £500 - 170
South East +18 461 £425 -2.86% 129
North of England +17 321 £403 -2.11% 115
Midlands +30 199 £405 +1.25% 72
North West +20 176 £402 -8.04% 75
South West +11 176 £450 +12.50% 46
West Midlands +27 140 £400 -5.88% 49
East of England -22 122 £475 +9.51% 39
Yorkshire +28 115 £400 -3.03% 30
Scotland +33 76 £420 +5.00% 26
East Midlands +33 59 £450 +32.35% 23
Wales +32 33 £413 -1.79% 6
North East -8 31 £425 +17.65% 10
Northern Ireland -1 5 £600 - 2

For the 6 months to 22 September 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.

1 676 (30.71%) Migration
2 648 (29.44%) Cisco
3 493 (22.40%) Windows
4 471 (21.40%) Firewall
5 457 (20.76%) VMware
6 450 (20.45%) Microsoft
7 390 (17.72%) Security Cleared
8 386 (17.54%) WAN
9 377 (17.13%) Finance
10 357 (16.22%) Azure
11 349 (15.86%) AWS
12 347 (15.77%) Cisco Certification
13 340 (15.45%) ITIL
14 321 (14.58%) VMware Infrastructure
15 319 (14.49%) LAN
16 315 (14.31%) Linux
17 290 (13.18%) Active Directory
18 283 (12.86%) SC Cleared
19 279 (12.68%) Agile Software Development
20 240 (10.90%) CCNP
21 228 (10.36%) Windows Server
22 222 (10.09%) Telecoms
23 211 (9.59%) DNS
24 197 (8.95%) Network Security
25 194 (8.81%) Project Management
26 193 (8.77%) DevOps
27 183 (8.31%) Infrastructure Engineering
28 177 (8.04%) Office 365
28 177 (8.04%) BGP
29 174 (7.91%) CheckPoint

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 76 (3.45%) MS Exchange
2 58 (2.64%) Skype for Business
3 53 (2.41%) SharePoint
4 40 (1.82%) OpenStack
5 37 (1.68%) Apache
6 28 (1.27%) JBoss
7 26 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2010
8 18 (0.82%) Confluence
8 18 (0.82%) IIS
8 18 (0.82%) WebSphere
9 16 (0.73%) WebSphere Application Server
10 14 (0.64%) Tomcat
11 13 (0.59%) IBM HTTP Server
12 9 (0.41%) BizTalk Server
12 9 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2013
13 8 (0.36%) Elasticsearch
13 8 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2003
14 7 (0.32%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 7 (0.32%) nginx
15 5 (0.23%) WebLogic
Applications
1 68 (3.09%) Microsoft Office
2 35 (1.59%) MS Visio
3 30 (1.36%) Microsoft Excel
4 19 (0.86%) Microsoft Project
5 15 (0.68%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.091%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 2 (0.091%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.091%) InVision
6 2 (0.091%) Sketch
7 1 (0.045%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
1 7 (0.32%) SAP ERP
1 7 (0.32%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 5 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
2 5 (0.23%) Payment Gateway
3 4 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.14%) Oracle Financials
4 3 (0.14%) PeopleSoft Financials
5 2 (0.091%) OpenText VIM for SAP
5 2 (0.091%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.045%) CiviCRM
6 1 (0.045%) Distributed Ledger
6 1 (0.045%) HiPortfolio
6 1 (0.045%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.045%) Relativity
6 1 (0.045%) RMDS
6 1 (0.045%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 357 (16.22%) Azure
2 349 (15.86%) AWS
3 177 (8.04%) Office 365
4 116 (5.27%) IaaS
5 91 (4.13%) PaaS
6 62 (2.82%) SaaS
7 52 (2.36%) AWS CloudFormation
8 46 (2.09%) OpenShift
9 38 (1.73%) GCP
10 36 (1.64%) Azure Active Directory
11 31 (1.41%) Cloud Computing
12 27 (1.23%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 25 (1.14%) Datadog
14 21 (0.95%) Azure ExpressRoute
15 20 (0.91%) Serverless
16 18 (0.82%) Azure Stack
17 17 (0.77%) Amazon EC2
18 16 (0.73%) Apigee
19 13 (0.59%) Virtual Private Cloud
20 10 (0.45%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 471 (21.40%) Firewall
2 386 (17.54%) WAN
3 319 (14.49%) LAN
4 211 (9.59%) DNS
5 197 (8.95%) Network Security
6 177 (8.04%) BGP
7 158 (7.18%) VPN
8 154 (7.00%) Cisco Nexus
9 138 (6.27%) Wireless
10 137 (6.22%) Cisco ASA
11 129 (5.86%) OSPF
11 129 (5.86%) SAN
12 126 (5.72%) Internet
13 119 (5.41%) DHCP
14 102 (4.63%) MPLS
15 88 (4.00%) TCP/IP
16 66 (3.00%) Skype
17 64 (2.91%) VoIP
18 63 (2.86%) EIGRP
19 62 (2.82%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 109 (4.95%) SQL Server
2 40 (1.82%) Big Data
3 31 (1.41%) MySQL
4 26 (1.18%) Data Warehouse
5 24 (1.09%) Oracle Database
6 23 (1.04%) Relational Database
6 23 (1.04%) SQL Server 2016
7 20 (0.91%) SQL Server 2012
8 19 (0.86%) Amazon RDS
8 19 (0.86%) SQL Server 2014
9 17 (0.77%) GIS
10 14 (0.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 12 (0.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 11 (0.50%) Hadoop
13 10 (0.45%) Azure SQL Database
13 10 (0.45%) SAP HANA
13 10 (0.45%) SQL Server 2017
14 9 (0.41%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 8 (0.36%) DTS
15 8 (0.36%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 61 (2.77%) JIRA
2 58 (2.64%) Git (software)
3 50 (2.27%) Jenkins
4 40 (1.82%) Sonatype Nexus
5 10 (0.45%) IBM UrbanCode
6 8 (0.36%) Hudson
6 8 (0.36%) Visual Studio Team System
7 6 (0.27%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 5 (0.23%) Bitbucket
9 3 (0.14%) Artifactory
9 3 (0.14%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (0.14%) MSI
9 3 (0.14%) Oracle Forms
10 2 (0.091%) AdminStudio
10 2 (0.091%) CircleCI
10 2 (0.091%) git-flow
10 2 (0.091%) Oracle APEX
10 2 (0.091%) Subversion
10 2 (0.091%) TeamCity
10 2 (0.091%) Visual Studio
General
1 377 (17.13%) Finance
2 222 (10.09%) Telecoms
3 148 (6.72%) Public Sector
4 114 (5.18%) Banking
5 84 (3.82%) Retail
6 25 (1.14%) Local Government
7 24 (1.09%) Police
8 23 (1.04%) Legal
9 21 (0.95%) Financial Institution
10 18 (0.82%) Investment Banking
11 16 (0.73%) Back Office
11 16 (0.73%) Marketing
12 15 (0.68%) Manufacturing
13 14 (0.64%) Law
14 13 (0.59%) Publishing
15 12 (0.55%) German Language
16 9 (0.41%) Advertising
17 8 (0.36%) French Language
18 7 (0.32%) Games
18 7 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 487 (22.13%) Architect
2 308 (13.99%) Network Engineer
3 229 (10.40%) Project Manager
4 135 (6.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 125 (5.68%) Analyst
6 121 (5.50%) Consultant
7 107 (4.86%) Infrastructure Manager
8 105 (4.77%) Infrastructure Architect
9 93 (4.23%) Cloud Architect
9 93 (4.23%) Network Architect
10 85 (3.86%) Infrastructure Project Manager
11 79 (3.59%) Technical Architect
12 72 (3.27%) Data Centre Manager
13 69 (3.13%) Solutions Architect
14 63 (2.86%) DevOps Engineer
14 63 (2.86%) Security Architect
15 56 (2.54%) Cisco Engineer
16 52 (2.36%) Data Centre Project Manager
17 51 (2.32%) Senior Network Engineer
18 50 (2.27%) Data Centre Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (3.18%) Middleware
2 41 (1.86%) Web Services
3 28 (1.27%) REST
4 21 (0.95%) 802.1X
4 21 (0.95%) LDAP
4 21 (0.95%) SOAP
5 19 (0.86%) J2EE
6 18 (0.82%) JSON
7 16 (0.73%) Node.js
8 13 (0.59%) YAML
9 12 (0.55%) .NET
10 10 (0.45%) RESTful
11 8 (0.36%) XML
12 7 (0.32%) Django
12 7 (0.32%) Kafka
13 4 (0.18%) CSS
13 4 (0.18%) Elastic Stack
13 4 (0.18%) Servlets
14 3 (0.14%) ASP.NET
14 3 (0.14%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 135 (6.13%) Public Cloud
2 87 (3.95%) Analytical Skills
3 76 (3.45%) Clustering
4 75 (3.41%) Management Information System
5 71 (3.23%) Driving Licence
5 71 (3.23%) Hybrid Cloud
6 60 (2.73%) Private Cloud
7 48 (2.18%) Replication
8 45 (2.04%) PKI
9 30 (1.36%) Virtual Team
10 27 (1.23%) Self-Motivation
10 27 (1.23%) User Experience
11 22 (1.00%) Cloud Native
12 21 (0.95%) Mainframe
13 20 (0.91%) CMDB
14 18 (0.82%) Linux Command Line
15 17 (0.77%) NHS
16 16 (0.73%) Hedge funds
17 14 (0.64%) Enterprise Software
17 14 (0.64%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 493 (22.40%) Windows
2 315 (14.31%) Linux
3 228 (10.36%) Windows Server
4 106 (4.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 93 (4.23%) Unix
6 83 (3.77%) Windows Server 2012
7 75 (3.41%) Windows Server 2008
8 69 (3.13%) Windows 10
9 49 (2.23%) Windows 7
10 41 (1.86%) Solaris
11 39 (1.77%) Windows Server 2003
12 26 (1.18%) CentOS
13 19 (0.86%) SUSE
14 18 (0.82%) AIX
15 11 (0.50%) VMS
16 7 (0.32%) Android
16 7 (0.32%) Apple iOS
17 6 (0.27%) Ubuntu
18 5 (0.23%) Mac OS
18 5 (0.23%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 676 (30.71%) Migration
2 340 (15.45%) ITIL
3 279 (12.68%) Agile Software Development
4 194 (8.81%) Project Management
5 193 (8.77%) DevOps
6 183 (8.31%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 155 (7.04%) Stakeholder Management
8 144 (6.54%) Load Balancing
9 141 (6.41%) Project Delivery
10 138 (6.27%) Disaster Recovery
11 133 (6.04%) PRINCE2
12 120 (5.45%) Problem-Solving
13 91 (4.13%) Enterprise Architecture
13 91 (4.13%) Network Design
14 90 (4.09%) Service Management
15 89 (4.04%) High Availability
16 86 (3.91%) Change Management
17 80 (3.63%) Information Security
18 78 (3.54%) Configuration Management
19 72 (3.27%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 133 (6.04%) Python
2 129 (5.86%) SQL
3 128 (5.82%) PowerShell
4 84 (3.82%) Bash Shell
5 72 (3.27%) Java
6 47 (2.14%) Perl
7 43 (1.95%) Shell Script
8 34 (1.54%) Ruby
9 26 (1.18%) C
10 13 (0.59%) Jython
11 10 (0.45%) T-SQL
12 9 (0.41%) JavaScript
13 7 (0.32%) Tcl
14 6 (0.27%) C#
14 6 (0.27%) Korn
15 4 (0.18%) Go
15 4 (0.18%) PHP
16 3 (0.14%) R
16 3 (0.14%) VBScript
17 2 (0.091%) VB
Qualifications
1 390 (17.72%) Security Cleared
2 347 (15.77%) Cisco Certification
3 283 (12.86%) SC Cleared
4 240 (10.90%) CCNP
5 159 (7.22%) CCNA
6 115 (5.22%) CCIE
7 111 (5.04%) Degree
8 84 (3.82%) DV Cleared
9 57 (2.59%) Microsoft Certification
10 44 (2.00%) MCSE
11 34 (1.54%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 31 (1.41%) PMI Certification
13 28 (1.27%) ITIL Certification
13 28 (1.27%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 26 (1.18%) MCSA
15 25 (1.14%) CCDP
15 25 (1.14%) PMP
15 25 (1.14%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 22 (1.00%) Computer Science Degree
17 17 (0.77%) CCDA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (2.32%) SLA
2 37 (1.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 33 (1.50%) QA
4 27 (1.23%) PMO
5 23 (1.04%) PCI DSS
6 22 (1.00%) COBIT
7 16 (0.73%) NCSC
7 16 (0.73%) NIST
8 10 (0.45%) GDPR
9 6 (0.27%) Cyber Essentials
9 6 (0.27%) HL7
9 6 (0.27%) ISO 31000
10 5 (0.23%) Government Security Classifications
11 4 (0.18%) Data Quality
12 3 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 3 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 3 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 2 (0.091%) MiFID
14 1 (0.045%) GMP
14 1 (0.045%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 321 (14.58%) VMware Infrastructure
2 290 (13.18%) Active Directory
3 109 (4.95%) Hyper-V
4 97 (4.41%) Docker
5 87 (3.95%) vSphere
6 78 (3.54%) VMware ESXi
7 63 (2.86%) Virtual Machines
8 53 (2.41%) VMware NSX
9 42 (1.91%) XenApp
10 26 (1.18%) Virtual Servers
11 23 (1.04%) Firmware
12 22 (1.00%) Virtual Desktop
13 18 (0.82%) Microsoft App-V
14 13 (0.59%) DFS Replication
15 12 (0.55%) vCloud
15 12 (0.55%) XenDesktop
16 11 (0.50%) KVM
17 9 (0.41%) NFS
18 8 (0.36%) Citrix Presentation Server
19 6 (0.27%) Shibboleth
Systems Management
1 125 (5.68%) Ansible
2 112 (5.09%) Terraform
3 103 (4.68%) SCCM
4 94 (4.27%) Puppet
5 91 (4.13%) Kubernetes
6 76 (3.45%) Opscode Chef
7 57 (2.59%) SCOM
8 44 (2.00%) vCenter Server
9 31 (1.41%) SCVMM
10 30 (1.36%) WSUS
11 29 (1.32%) NetBackup
12 22 (1.00%) Microsoft Clustering
12 22 (1.00%) Nagios
12 22 (1.00%) Packer
13 21 (0.95%) Failover Clustering
14 18 (0.82%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 17 (0.77%) Avamar
15 17 (0.77%) Consul
15 17 (0.77%) vRealize
16 16 (0.73%) Salt
Vendors
1 648 (29.44%) Cisco
2 457 (20.76%) VMware
3 450 (20.45%) Microsoft
4 174 (7.91%) CheckPoint
4 174 (7.91%) F5
5 145 (6.59%) Juniper
6 138 (6.27%) Citrix
7 136 (6.18%) HP
8 121 (5.50%) Red Hat
9 109 (4.95%) Palo Alto
10 96 (4.36%) Dell
11 74 (3.36%) Oracle
12 71 (3.23%) Fortinet
13 67 (3.04%) EMC
14 65 (2.95%) NetApp
15 55 (2.50%) IBM
16 45 (2.04%) McAfee
17 41 (1.86%) Aruba
18 36 (1.64%) ServiceNow
18 36 (1.64%) SolarWinds