Period
to 17 January 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 17 January 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
17 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 114 81 102
Rank change year-on-year -33 +21 +12
Contract jobs citing Data Centre 879 1,991 2,505
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.17% 2.73% 2.52%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 6.44% 8.77% 7.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 721 1,439 1,675
Median daily rate £468 £434 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.78% -3.61% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £252 £300
90th Percentile £650 £648 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £415 £425
% change year-on-year +1.20% -2.35% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 53 83
Median hourly rate £50.00 £38.20 £21.76
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.89% +75.55% +8.80%
10th Percentile £17.25 £16.20 £12.55
90th Percentile £68.88 £78.50 £47.09
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £30.98 £21.38
% change year-on-year +29.14% +44.88% +6.90%

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 13,658 22,705 32,044
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.72% 31.16% 32.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,119 14,713 21,276
Median daily rate £475 £455 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.40% -4.21% +5.56%
10th Percentile £255 £239 £275
90th Percentile £688 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £425 £425
% change year-on-year -2.94% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 548 956 983
Median hourly rate £26.00 £22.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.56% +12.50% -
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.36 £12.00
90th Percentile £58.75 £53.75 £48.25
Median hourly rate £25.00 £21.42 £19.00
% change year-on-year +16.74% +12.71% -2.56%

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 17 January 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 17 January 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 17 January 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 -29 732 £475 +8.57% 283
UK excluding London -19 430 £420 +1.20% 208
London -37 322 £495 +1.54% 91
Work from Home -70 212 £475 +11.76% 37
South East +7 149 £413 -2.94% 60
North of England -42 71 £464 +16.00% 39
Scotland +45 65 £425 +2.41% 17
South West +10 55 £438 -2.78% 18
Midlands -45 49 £400 - 42
East of England +26 38 £288 -32.35% 23
Yorkshire -14 34 £463 +32.14% 8
North West -37 34 £500 +23.57% 22
West Midlands -31 32 £363 -12.12% 28
East Midlands -12 11 £413 +14.58% 14
Wales +5 4 £300 -27.27% 4
North East +9 3 £400 +21.21% 9
Northern Ireland -5 1 £425 +17.24% 5

For the 6 months to 17 January 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.

1 234 (26.62%) Cisco
2 225 (25.60%) Security Cleared
3 218 (24.80%) Migration
4 206 (23.44%) VMware
5 197 (22.41%) Azure
6 190 (21.62%) Windows
7 188 (21.39%) SC Cleared
8 186 (21.16%) Microsoft
9 169 (19.23%) Firewall
10 150 (17.06%) VMware Infrastructure
11 149 (16.95%) Finance
12 142 (16.15%) Active Directory
13 130 (14.79%) WAN
14 126 (14.33%) AWS
15 125 (14.22%) Agile Software Development
16 119 (13.54%) Linux
17 106 (12.06%) Cisco Certification
17 106 (12.06%) DevOps
18 97 (11.04%) ITIL
19 96 (10.92%) LAN
20 89 (10.13%) Public Sector
21 80 (9.10%) Python
22 74 (8.42%) Citrix
22 74 (8.42%) Ansible
23 72 (8.19%) Juniper
24 69 (7.85%) VMware NSX
24 69 (7.85%) Windows Server
25 67 (7.62%) CCNP
25 67 (7.62%) PowerShell
26 65 (7.39%) Project Management

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 22 (2.50%) SharePoint
2 20 (2.28%) Confluence
3 13 (1.48%) OpenStack
4 12 (1.37%) MS Exchange
5 10 (1.14%) Apache
6 6 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2010
6 6 (0.68%) nginx
6 6 (0.68%) WebSphere
7 5 (0.57%) CICS
7 5 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (0.57%) Skype for Business
8 4 (0.46%) IIS
9 3 (0.34%) JBoss
10 2 (0.23%) Cloud Foundry
10 2 (0.23%) MQSeries
10 2 (0.23%) SAS
10 2 (0.23%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.11%) Apache Spark
11 1 (0.11%) GlassFish
11 1 (0.11%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 21 (2.39%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (1.82%) MS Visio
3 11 (1.25%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (0.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.34%) Microsoft Excel
6 2 (0.23%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.23%) Revit
7 1 (0.11%) Notepad++
7 1 (0.11%) Stata
Business Applications
1 7 (0.80%) Payment Gateway
1 7 (0.80%) Remedy ITSM
2 5 (0.57%) Oracle Applications
3 3 (0.34%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.23%) Maximo
5 1 (0.11%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 197 (22.41%) Azure
2 126 (14.33%) AWS
3 59 (6.71%) IaaS
4 54 (6.14%) Office 365
5 41 (4.66%) PaaS
6 26 (2.96%) GCP
7 24 (2.73%) SaaS
8 20 (2.28%) Cloud Computing
9 13 (1.48%) Azure Active Directory
9 13 (1.48%) Serverless
10 8 (0.91%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 7 (0.80%) Amazon S3
11 7 (0.80%) Azure Stack
12 6 (0.68%) Amazon EC2
13 5 (0.57%) AWS CloudFormation
13 5 (0.57%) Power Platform
14 4 (0.46%) Amazon Cognito
14 4 (0.46%) Amazon ECS
14 4 (0.46%) OneDrive
15 3 (0.34%) Cohesity
Communications & Networking
1 169 (19.23%) Firewall
2 130 (14.79%) WAN
3 96 (10.92%) LAN
4 64 (7.28%) SAN
5 59 (6.71%) VPN
6 57 (6.48%) Cisco Nexus
7 54 (6.14%) DNS
8 51 (5.80%) Wireless
9 48 (5.46%) BGP
10 47 (5.35%) Network Security
11 44 (5.01%) DHCP
11 44 (5.01%) MPLS
12 43 (4.89%) OSPF
13 38 (4.32%) VSAN
14 36 (4.10%) Wi-Fi
15 31 (3.53%) Internet
16 28 (3.19%) Cisco ASA
17 27 (3.07%) TCP/IP
18 25 (2.84%) SSL
19 20 (2.28%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (6.60%) SQL Server
2 18 (2.05%) DB2
3 14 (1.59%) Big Data
4 9 (1.02%) Data Warehouse
5 8 (0.91%) MySQL
6 6 (0.68%) PostgreSQL
6 6 (0.68%) Relational Database
7 5 (0.57%) Amazon RDS
7 5 (0.57%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 5 (0.57%) Hadoop
7 5 (0.57%) MariaDB
7 5 (0.57%) SQL Server 2016
8 4 (0.46%) Azure SQL Database
8 4 (0.46%) GIS
8 4 (0.46%) Oracle Database
8 4 (0.46%) Power BI
8 4 (0.46%) SQL Server 2008
8 4 (0.46%) SQL Server 2012
8 4 (0.46%) SQL Server 2014
9 3 (0.34%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 19 (2.16%) JIRA
2 17 (1.93%) Jenkins
3 16 (1.82%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 16 (1.82%) Bitbucket
4 15 (1.71%) Git (software)
5 12 (1.37%) Sonatype Nexus
6 7 (0.80%) GitLab
7 6 (0.68%) FishEye
8 5 (0.57%) Burp Suite
8 5 (0.57%) Hudson
8 5 (0.57%) Octopus Deploy
9 4 (0.46%) ERwin
9 4 (0.46%) GoCD
9 4 (0.46%) SonarQube
9 4 (0.46%) Team Foundation Server
10 3 (0.34%) RStudio
10 3 (0.34%) TeamCity
10 3 (0.34%) TestDirector
11 2 (0.23%) CF BOSH
11 2 (0.23%) IBM UrbanCode
General
1 149 (16.95%) Finance
2 89 (10.13%) Public Sector
3 60 (6.83%) Telecoms
4 35 (3.98%) Banking
5 20 (2.28%) Back Office
6 17 (1.93%) Manufacturing
7 15 (1.71%) Front Office
8 13 (1.48%) Marketing
8 13 (1.48%) Retail
9 12 (1.37%) Electronics
10 8 (0.91%) Financial Institution
10 8 (0.91%) Law
11 7 (0.80%) Legal
12 6 (0.68%) Local Government
13 3 (0.34%) Billing
13 3 (0.34%) Publishing
13 3 (0.34%) Retail Banking
14 2 (0.23%) Investment Banking
14 2 (0.23%) Military
14 2 (0.23%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 186 (21.16%) Architect
2 79 (8.99%) Network Engineer
3 65 (7.39%) Project Manager
4 57 (6.48%) Consultant
5 48 (5.46%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 47 (5.35%) Cloud Architect
7 43 (4.89%) VMware Engineer
8 42 (4.78%) Network Architect
8 42 (4.78%) Solutions Architect
9 39 (4.44%) Infrastructure Architect
10 38 (4.32%) Analyst
10 38 (4.32%) Data Centre Engineer
11 35 (3.98%) Data Centre Manager
12 27 (3.07%) DevOps Engineer
12 27 (3.07%) Infrastructure Manager
13 25 (2.84%) Azure Engineer
14 24 (2.73%) IT Manager
15 23 (2.62%) Cloud Engineer
15 23 (2.62%) Developer
16 22 (2.50%) Data Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (2.05%) JSON
2 16 (1.82%) Middleware
3 15 (1.71%) React
4 12 (1.37%) XML
5 9 (1.02%) SAML
6 8 (0.91%) .NET
6 8 (0.91%) Web Services
7 7 (0.80%) REST
7 7 (0.80%) Spine.js
8 6 (0.68%) HTML
8 6 (0.68%) Spring
8 6 (0.68%) Task Parallel Library
8 6 (0.68%) WebSphere MQ
8 6 (0.68%) YAML
9 5 (0.57%) .NET Framework
9 5 (0.57%) 802.1X
9 5 (0.57%) Anaconda
9 5 (0.57%) OAuth
9 5 (0.57%) Software Packaging
10 4 (0.46%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 44 (5.01%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (3.30%) Public Cloud
2 29 (3.30%) Self-Motivation
3 28 (3.19%) Private Cloud
4 25 (2.84%) PKI
5 23 (2.62%) Hybrid Cloud
6 19 (2.16%) Replication
7 18 (2.05%) Management Information System
7 18 (2.05%) User Experience
8 16 (1.82%) CMDB
8 16 (1.82%) Mainframe
9 15 (1.71%) Virtual Team
10 13 (1.48%) Cloud Native
11 10 (1.14%) Clustering
11 10 (1.14%) Video Conferencing
12 9 (1.02%) Enterprise Storage
12 9 (1.02%) IVR
12 9 (1.02%) Security Operations Centre
12 9 (1.02%) VxBlock/Vblock
13 8 (0.91%) EMC VNX
Operating Systems
1 190 (21.62%) Windows
2 119 (13.54%) Linux
3 69 (7.85%) Windows Server
4 40 (4.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 31 (3.53%) Unix
6 22 (2.50%) Windows Server 2012
6 22 (2.50%) Windows Server 2016
7 19 (2.16%) Solaris
8 18 (2.05%) Windows 10
9 14 (1.59%) VMS
10 13 (1.48%) AIX
10 13 (1.48%) CentOS
11 12 (1.37%) Ubuntu
11 12 (1.37%) Windows Server 2008
12 11 (1.25%) Windows 7
13 9 (1.02%) Windows Server 2019
14 7 (0.80%) zOS
15 5 (0.57%) Debian
15 5 (0.57%) Kali Linux
16 3 (0.34%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 218 (24.80%) Migration
2 125 (14.22%) Agile Software Development
3 106 (12.06%) DevOps
4 97 (11.04%) ITIL
5 65 (7.39%) Project Management
6 63 (7.17%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 59 (6.71%) Stakeholder Management
8 57 (6.48%) Disaster Recovery
9 50 (5.69%) Change Management
10 43 (4.89%) Problem-Solving
11 41 (4.66%) Load Balancing
12 40 (4.55%) Cybersecurity
13 37 (4.21%) Service Management
13 37 (4.21%) SIEM
14 36 (4.10%) Project Delivery
15 34 (3.87%) PRINCE2
15 34 (3.87%) Programme Management
16 33 (3.75%) Configuration Management
16 33 (3.75%) Virtual Environments
17 32 (3.64%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 80 (9.10%) Python
2 67 (7.62%) PowerShell
3 54 (6.14%) SQL
4 27 (3.07%) Bash Shell
5 24 (2.73%) JavaScript
5 24 (2.73%) Perl
6 17 (1.93%) C
7 15 (1.71%) C#
8 14 (1.59%) Java
9 9 (1.02%) Ruby
10 4 (0.46%) Go
10 4 (0.46%) R
11 3 (0.34%) C++
11 3 (0.34%) TypeScript
11 3 (0.34%) VBA
12 2 (0.23%) PHP
12 2 (0.23%) Shell Script
12 2 (0.23%) T-SQL
13 1 (0.11%) VB
13 1 (0.11%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 225 (25.60%) Security Cleared
2 188 (21.39%) SC Cleared
3 106 (12.06%) Cisco Certification
4 67 (7.62%) CCNP
5 41 (4.66%) DV Cleared
6 40 (4.55%) CCIE
7 39 (4.44%) CCNA
8 31 (3.53%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 30 (3.41%) Microsoft Certification
10 28 (3.19%) CISSP
11 27 (3.07%) Degree
12 22 (2.50%) MCSE
13 12 (1.37%) MCSA
14 11 (1.25%) VCP6
15 10 (1.14%) VCAP
16 9 (1.02%) PMP
17 8 (0.91%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 8 (0.91%) TOGAF Certification
18 7 (0.80%) CISA
18 7 (0.80%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (2.39%) SLA
2 18 (2.05%) Data Quality
3 12 (1.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 11 (1.25%) NIST
5 10 (1.14%) NCSC
6 9 (1.02%) GDPR
7 6 (0.68%) OASIS TOSCA
7 6 (0.68%) QA
8 5 (0.57%) PCI DSS
8 5 (0.57%) PMO
9 3 (0.34%) COBIT
9 3 (0.34%) ISAE 3402
9 3 (0.34%) ISO 22301
9 3 (0.34%) ISO 31000
9 3 (0.34%) ISO 9001
9 3 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 3 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 2 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 2 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 1 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 150 (17.06%) VMware Infrastructure
2 142 (16.15%) Active Directory
3 69 (7.85%) VMware NSX
4 62 (7.05%) VMware ESXi
5 58 (6.60%) vSphere
6 49 (5.57%) Docker
7 27 (3.07%) Virtual Machines
8 26 (2.96%) Hyper-V
9 16 (1.82%) Microsoft App-V
10 12 (1.37%) NFS
11 11 (1.25%) KVM
11 11 (1.25%) vCloud
12 9 (1.02%) XenApp
12 9 (1.02%) XenDesktop
13 8 (0.91%) VMware Server
14 7 (0.80%) Firmware
14 7 (0.80%) Virtual Desktop
15 6 (0.68%) LXC
15 6 (0.68%) Oracle RAC
15 6 (0.68%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 74 (8.42%) Ansible
2 55 (6.26%) Kubernetes
3 49 (5.57%) Terraform
4 46 (5.23%) vCenter Server
5 42 (4.78%) vRealize
6 38 (4.32%) Puppet
7 25 (2.84%) Opscode Chef
7 25 (2.84%) PowerCLI
8 20 (2.28%) SCCM
9 15 (1.71%) FortiGate
10 13 (1.48%) Grafana
11 12 (1.37%) Avamar
12 11 (1.25%) NetBackup
13 9 (1.02%) Nessus
13 9 (1.02%) SCOM
14 8 (0.91%) Single Sign-On
15 7 (0.80%) Prometheus
16 6 (0.68%) Cloudify
16 6 (0.68%) Docker Swarm
16 6 (0.68%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 234 (26.62%) Cisco
2 206 (23.44%) VMware
3 186 (21.16%) Microsoft
4 74 (8.42%) Citrix
5 72 (8.19%) Juniper
6 60 (6.83%) Dell
7 58 (6.60%) CheckPoint
8 57 (6.48%) Oracle
9 54 (6.14%) HP
10 53 (6.03%) F5
11 47 (5.35%) Palo Alto
12 35 (3.98%) Fortinet
12 35 (3.98%) Ivanti
12 35 (3.98%) Red Hat
13 29 (3.30%) SolarWinds
13 29 (3.30%) Splunk
14 28 (3.19%) IBM
15 26 (2.96%) NetApp
16 21 (2.39%) Aruba
16 21 (2.39%) SAP