Period
to 15 April 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 15 April 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
15 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 111 84 101
Rank change year-on-year -27 +17 +14
Contract jobs citing Data Centre 1,130 1,556 2,430
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.13% 2.64% 2.52%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 6.44% 8.23% 7.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 761 1,073 1,553
10th Percentile £306 £253 £288
25th Percentile £400 £356 £360
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
75th Percentile £556 £550 £531
90th Percentile £650 £650 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +2.94% - +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 46 64
10th Percentile £21.14 £16.20 £14.85
25th Percentile £25.00 £16.75 £15.35
Median hourly rate £51.00 £21.00 £27.34
Median % change year-on-year +142.86% -23.18% +21.49%
75th Percentile £54.00 £45.97 £47.19
90th Percentile £66.70 £55.51 £49.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £19.27 £18.50
% change year-on-year +29.77% +4.14% -11.90%

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 17,535 18,912 30,649
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.13% 32.03% 31.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,770 12,214 20,350
10th Percentile £275 £230 £275
25th Percentile £381 £363 £370
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £488 £473 £475
Median % change year-on-year +3.17% -0.53% +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £688 £675 £665
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 721 862 951
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.61 £11.85
25th Percentile £16.00 £16.20 £14.50
Median hourly rate £25.00 £22.82 £20.69
Median % change year-on-year +9.55% +10.29% +0.28%
75th Percentile £45.75 £45.75 £43.00
90th Percentile £58.00 £53.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.60 £20.50 £19.25
% change year-on-year +15.12% +6.49% -3.75%

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 15 April 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 15 April 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 15 April 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 -22 927 £475 +5.56% 323
UK excluding London -24 486 £438 +2.94% 235
London -20 438 £498 -0.50% 95
Work from Home -59 362 £488 +14.71% 57
South East +3 167 £475 +11.76% 62
North of England -40 78 £451 +12.11% 64
Midlands -39 63 £450 +12.50% 46
Scotland -7 61 £425 - 6
East of England +17 54 £388 -8.82% 24
South West -1 53 £419 -11.84% 25
West Midlands -39 40 £463 +15.63% 32
North West -47 36 £445 +4.71% 39
Yorkshire -5 33 £475 +24.18% 21
East Midlands -3 18 £450 +85.57% 14
North East +14 8 £400 -5.88% 4
Wales +12 6 £423 -11.05% 3
Northern Ireland +1 5 £438 +12.18% 4

For the 6 months to 15 April 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.

1 301 (26.64%) Migration
2 287 (25.40%) Azure
3 274 (24.25%) VMware
4 262 (23.19%) Cisco
5 260 (23.01%) Security Cleared
6 244 (21.59%) Windows
7 229 (20.27%) Microsoft
8 209 (18.50%) SC Cleared
9 206 (18.23%) VMware Infrastructure
10 195 (17.26%) Finance
11 190 (16.81%) Firewall
12 181 (16.02%) AWS
13 168 (14.87%) WAN
14 161 (14.25%) Linux
15 150 (13.27%) DevOps
16 145 (12.83%) Active Directory
17 140 (12.39%) LAN
18 135 (11.95%) Agile Software Development
19 134 (11.86%) Cisco Certification
20 117 (10.35%) ITIL
21 102 (9.03%) Windows Server
22 95 (8.41%) PowerShell
23 91 (8.05%) Kubernetes
24 90 (7.96%) Python
25 89 (7.88%) Project Management
25 89 (7.88%) Infrastructure Engineering
26 86 (7.61%) Terraform
27 85 (7.52%) Oracle
27 85 (7.52%) CCNP
28 83 (7.35%) VMware ESXi

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 31 (2.74%) Confluence
2 27 (2.39%) OpenStack
2 27 (2.39%) SharePoint
3 17 (1.50%) Apache
4 16 (1.42%) WebSphere
5 14 (1.24%) MS Exchange
6 7 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2010
6 7 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2013
6 7 (0.62%) IIS
7 6 (0.53%) nginx
8 4 (0.35%) CICS
8 4 (0.35%) JBoss
8 4 (0.35%) Tomcat
8 4 (0.35%) WebLogic
9 3 (0.27%) Cloud Foundry
9 3 (0.27%) SharePoint 2013
9 3 (0.27%) Skype for Business
10 2 (0.18%) Apache Spark
10 2 (0.18%) Elasticsearch
11 1 (0.088%) Apache Airflow
Applications
1 31 (2.74%) Microsoft Office
2 30 (2.65%) MS Visio
3 26 (2.30%) Microsoft Project
4 19 (1.68%) Microsoft Excel
5 14 (1.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 11 (0.97%) AutoCAD
7 5 (0.44%) Revit
8 1 (0.088%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.088%) CorelDRAW
8 1 (0.088%) FrameMaker
8 1 (0.088%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 8 (0.71%) Oracle Applications
2 6 (0.53%) Oracle EBS
2 6 (0.53%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.27%) Oracle EBS R12
3 3 (0.27%) Oracle Financials
4 2 (0.18%) Cerner Millennium
4 2 (0.18%) Oracle Payables
4 2 (0.18%) Orchard Housing
5 1 (0.088%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.088%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.088%) Maximo
5 1 (0.088%) SAP PM
5 1 (0.088%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.088%) Sentinel
5 1 (0.088%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 1 (0.088%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 287 (25.40%) Azure
2 181 (16.02%) AWS
3 69 (6.11%) Microsoft 365
4 67 (5.93%) IaaS
5 51 (4.51%) GCP
6 44 (3.89%) PaaS
7 26 (2.30%) SaaS
8 25 (2.21%) Azure Active Directory
9 17 (1.50%) Cloud Computing
10 13 (1.15%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 11 (0.97%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 11 (0.97%) Serverless
12 10 (0.88%) Azure Stack
13 9 (0.80%) OpenShift
14 8 (0.71%) OneDrive
14 8 (0.71%) Power Platform
15 7 (0.62%) GitHub
16 5 (0.44%) Amazon S3
16 5 (0.44%) AWS CloudFormation
17 4 (0.35%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 190 (16.81%) Firewall
2 168 (14.87%) WAN
3 140 (12.39%) LAN
4 82 (7.26%) Cisco Nexus
5 79 (6.99%) SAN
6 78 (6.90%) Wireless
7 76 (6.73%) VPN
8 63 (5.58%) Network Security
9 60 (5.31%) DNS
10 57 (5.04%) BGP
10 57 (5.04%) MPLS
11 54 (4.78%) OSPF
12 50 (4.42%) DHCP
13 43 (3.81%) VSAN
14 40 (3.54%) Internet
15 34 (3.01%) Cisco ASA
16 33 (2.92%) Wi-Fi
17 32 (2.83%) TCP/IP
18 27 (2.39%) NAS
19 26 (2.30%) SD-WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (4.69%) SQL Server
2 16 (1.42%) DB2
3 12 (1.06%) Relational Database
4 11 (0.97%) Big Data
4 11 (0.97%) Data Warehouse
4 11 (0.97%) Oracle Database
5 10 (0.88%) Amazon RDS
6 7 (0.62%) GIS
6 7 (0.62%) PostgreSQL
6 7 (0.62%) Power BI
6 7 (0.62%) SQL Server 2016
7 6 (0.53%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 6 (0.53%) SQL Server 2012
7 6 (0.53%) SQL Server 2014
8 4 (0.35%) Data Vault
8 4 (0.35%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
8 4 (0.35%) Hadoop
8 4 (0.35%) Oracle Reports
9 3 (0.27%) MongoDB
9 3 (0.27%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 26 (2.30%) JIRA
2 25 (2.21%) Jenkins
3 14 (1.24%) Sonatype Nexus
4 13 (1.15%) Bitbucket
4 13 (1.15%) Git (software)
5 12 (1.06%) GitLab
5 12 (1.06%) Hudson
6 10 (0.88%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 6 (0.53%) FishEye
8 5 (0.44%) Burp Suite
8 5 (0.44%) Visual Studio
9 4 (0.35%) SonarQube
10 3 (0.27%) Chocolatey
10 3 (0.27%) IBM UrbanCode
10 3 (0.27%) RStudio
10 3 (0.27%) TeamCity
11 2 (0.18%) CF BOSH
11 2 (0.18%) ERwin
12 1 (0.088%) Bitbucket Server
12 1 (0.088%) Spinnaker
General
1 195 (17.26%) Finance
2 79 (6.99%) Public Sector
3 70 (6.19%) Telecoms
4 51 (4.51%) Banking
5 17 (1.50%) Back Office
6 14 (1.24%) Front Office
7 13 (1.15%) Retail
8 10 (0.88%) Manufacturing
9 9 (0.80%) Electronics
10 7 (0.62%) Publishing
11 6 (0.53%) Billing
11 6 (0.53%) Financial Institution
11 6 (0.53%) Legal
12 5 (0.44%) Investment Banking
12 5 (0.44%) Local Government
12 5 (0.44%) Police
13 4 (0.35%) Italian Language
13 4 (0.35%) Law
13 4 (0.35%) Marketing
14 3 (0.27%) Fire and Rescue
Job Titles
1 226 (20.00%) Architect
2 116 (10.27%) Project Manager
3 107 (9.47%) Network Engineer
4 73 (6.46%) Consultant
5 62 (5.49%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 53 (4.69%) Infrastructure Architect
6 53 (4.69%) Infrastructure Manager
6 53 (4.69%) Solutions Architect
7 52 (4.60%) Cloud Engineer
8 47 (4.16%) Data Centre Engineer
9 41 (3.63%) Network Architect
9 41 (3.63%) VMware Engineer
10 40 (3.54%) Cloud Architect
11 39 (3.45%) Azure Engineer
12 38 (3.36%) Analyst
12 38 (3.36%) Data Centre Manager
12 38 (3.36%) DevOps Engineer
13 37 (3.27%) Infrastructure Project Manager
14 34 (3.01%) IT Manager
15 32 (2.83%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (2.92%) JSON
1 33 (2.92%) XML
2 31 (2.74%) Middleware
3 22 (1.95%) YAML
4 18 (1.59%) React
4 18 (1.59%) Spine.js
5 12 (1.06%) .NET
6 9 (0.80%) REST
6 9 (0.80%) WebSphere MQ
7 8 (0.71%) 802.1X
7 8 (0.71%) HTML
8 7 (0.62%) LDAP
8 7 (0.62%) RabbitMQ
8 7 (0.62%) Web Services
9 6 (0.53%) Kafka
9 6 (0.53%) Spring
10 5 (0.44%) Jinja
10 5 (0.44%) Task Parallel Library
10 5 (0.44%) WCF
11 4 (0.35%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 68 (6.02%) Public Cloud
2 55 (4.87%) Analytical Skills
3 39 (3.45%) Private Cloud
4 32 (2.83%) Cloud Native
4 32 (2.83%) Hybrid Cloud
5 27 (2.39%) Replication
6 26 (2.30%) Management Information System
7 24 (2.12%) Clustering
7 24 (2.12%) Virtual Team
8 23 (2.04%) PKI
9 22 (1.95%) CMDB
9 22 (1.95%) Self-Motivation
10 17 (1.50%) Derivative
11 13 (1.15%) Enterprise Software
12 12 (1.06%) User Experience
13 11 (0.97%) NHS
14 10 (0.88%) Mainframe
15 9 (0.80%) Video Conferencing
16 8 (0.71%) CCTV
16 8 (0.71%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 244 (21.59%) Windows
2 161 (14.25%) Linux
3 102 (9.03%) Windows Server
4 52 (4.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 50 (4.42%) Unix
6 32 (2.83%) Windows Server 2016
7 29 (2.57%) Solaris
8 24 (2.12%) Windows 10
8 24 (2.12%) Windows Server 2008
9 22 (1.95%) Windows Server 2012
10 18 (1.59%) AIX
11 17 (1.50%) VMS
12 13 (1.15%) HPUX
13 12 (1.06%) Windows Server 2019
14 11 (0.97%) Windows 7
15 10 (0.88%) Ubuntu
16 8 (0.71%) Windows Server 2003
17 6 (0.53%) Kali Linux
17 6 (0.53%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
17 6 (0.53%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 301 (26.64%) Migration
2 150 (13.27%) DevOps
3 135 (11.95%) Agile Software Development
4 117 (10.35%) ITIL
5 89 (7.88%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 89 (7.88%) Project Management
6 77 (6.81%) Network Design
7 76 (6.73%) Stakeholder Management
8 59 (5.22%) Load Balancing
9 57 (5.04%) Change Management
10 56 (4.96%) Disaster Recovery
11 48 (4.25%) Service Management
12 43 (3.81%) Configuration Management
13 42 (3.72%) Problem-Solving
13 42 (3.72%) Use Case
14 40 (3.54%) Project Delivery
15 39 (3.45%) Cybersecurity
15 39 (3.45%) Programme Management
16 36 (3.19%) Information Security
16 36 (3.19%) Infrastructure as Code
Programming Languages
1 95 (8.41%) PowerShell
2 90 (7.96%) Python
3 78 (6.90%) SQL
4 34 (3.01%) Bash Shell
4 34 (3.01%) JavaScript
5 18 (1.59%) C#
5 18 (1.59%) Java
5 18 (1.59%) Perl
6 9 (0.80%) C
6 9 (0.80%) TypeScript
7 8 (0.71%) Ruby
7 8 (0.71%) Shell Script
8 7 (0.62%) PHP
9 5 (0.44%) T-SQL
10 4 (0.35%) C++
10 4 (0.35%) Go
10 4 (0.35%) R
11 3 (0.27%) VB.NET
12 2 (0.18%) Scala
13 1 (0.088%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 260 (23.01%) Security Cleared
2 209 (18.50%) SC Cleared
3 134 (11.86%) Cisco Certification
4 85 (7.52%) CCNP
5 56 (4.96%) CCIE
6 48 (4.25%) DV Cleared
7 47 (4.16%) Degree
8 45 (3.98%) CCNA
9 27 (2.39%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 25 (2.21%) CISSP
11 24 (2.12%) Microsoft Certification
12 16 (1.42%) MCSE
13 14 (1.24%) PMP
14 12 (1.06%) MCSA
15 11 (0.97%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 11 (0.97%) TOGAF Certification
16 10 (0.88%) CCIE Service Provider
16 10 (0.88%) CISM
17 8 (0.71%) JNCIS
17 8 (0.71%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (2.48%) SLA
2 25 (2.21%) Data Quality
3 17 (1.50%) OASIS TOSCA
4 14 (1.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 13 (1.15%) QA
6 10 (0.88%) NIST
7 9 (0.80%) GDPR
8 8 (0.71%) NCSC
8 8 (0.71%) PMO
9 7 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 6 (0.53%) COBIT
11 5 (0.44%) ISO 22301
11 5 (0.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 4 (0.35%) PCI DSS
13 3 (0.27%) ISAE 3402
13 3 (0.27%) ISO 31000
13 3 (0.27%) ISO 9001
14 2 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 2 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 2 (0.18%) SEPA
System Software
1 206 (18.23%) VMware Infrastructure
2 145 (12.83%) Active Directory
3 83 (7.35%) VMware ESXi
4 80 (7.08%) Docker
5 70 (6.19%) vSphere
6 61 (5.40%) VMware NSX
7 56 (4.96%) Hyper-V
8 34 (3.01%) Virtual Machines
9 24 (2.12%) KVM
10 20 (1.77%) LXC
11 18 (1.59%) XenApp
12 17 (1.50%) Microsoft App-V
13 11 (0.97%) NFS
14 9 (0.80%) Virtual Servers
15 8 (0.71%) XenDesktop
16 7 (0.62%) Firmware
16 7 (0.62%) VMware Server
17 6 (0.53%) Virtual Desktop
18 5 (0.44%) Oracle RAC
18 5 (0.44%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 91 (8.05%) Kubernetes
2 86 (7.61%) Terraform
3 75 (6.64%) Ansible
4 51 (4.51%) vRealize
5 49 (4.34%) Puppet
6 46 (4.07%) vCenter Server
7 36 (3.19%) Opscode Chef
8 25 (2.21%) Grafana
8 25 (2.21%) PowerCLI
8 25 (2.21%) SCCM
9 21 (1.86%) Prometheus
10 17 (1.50%) Cloudify
10 17 (1.50%) Docker Swarm
10 17 (1.50%) Juju
11 16 (1.42%) Nessus
11 16 (1.42%) vRealize Orchestrator
12 14 (1.24%) NetBackup
13 11 (0.97%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 11 (0.97%) WSUS
14 10 (0.88%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 274 (24.25%) VMware
2 262 (23.19%) Cisco
3 229 (20.27%) Microsoft
4 85 (7.52%) Oracle
5 77 (6.81%) Citrix
6 68 (6.02%) Juniper
7 64 (5.66%) HP
8 61 (5.40%) Dell
8 61 (5.40%) F5
9 55 (4.87%) CheckPoint
10 53 (4.69%) IBM
11 48 (4.25%) Red Hat
12 44 (3.89%) Palo Alto
13 40 (3.54%) Fortinet
14 37 (3.27%) Splunk
15 28 (2.48%) Google
16 26 (2.30%) Ivanti
17 25 (2.21%) NetApp
18 24 (2.12%) SolarWinds
19 23 (2.04%) Aruba