Period
to 20 February 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 20 February 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
20 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 83 97 112
Rank change year-on-year +14 +15 -37
Contract jobs citing Data Centre 1,817 2,559 2,311
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.64% 2.58% 2.28%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 8.37% 8.08% 6.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,233 1,653 1,468
UK median daily rate £440 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.22% +5.88% +0.59%
10th Percentile £263 £300 £235
90th Percentile £650 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 85 74
UK median hourly rate £33.49 £24.50 £20.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.69% +21.02% -14.76%
10th Percentile £16.32 £14.41 £15.00
90th Percentile £57.30 £49.10 £34.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £20.69 £20.00
% change year-on-year +1.50% +3.45% -14.26%

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 21,698 31,653 33,379
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 31.58% 31.91% 32.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,593 20,631 22,156
UK median daily rate £460 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.16% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £235 £275 £258
90th Percentile £675 £653 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +0.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 981 1,045 1,032
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £20.69 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.00% -3.77% +9.55%
10th Percentile £12.44 £11.85 £11.61
90th Percentile £53.00 £48.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.46 £20.00 £20.61
% change year-on-year +7.29% -2.96% +11.41%

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 20 February 2020.

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 20 February 2020.

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 20 February 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 +10 1,663 £450 - 568
UK excluding London +6 1,135 £425 - 441
London +25 632 £500 - 161
South East +12 319 £425 +3.03% 145
North of England +21 268 £400 -10.11% 120
Midlands +11 196 £400 - 68
South West -1 159 £450 +5.88% 37
North West +9 153 £404 -10.32% 60
West Midlands +4 128 £413 +3.13% 48
Yorkshire +26 88 £350 -17.65% 42
East of England -21 87 £438 -5.41% 37
Scotland -33 69 £425 - 17
East Midlands +28 66 £313 -13.19% 19
North East +34 28 £330 -26.67% 18
Wales +32 22 £475 +11.76% 16
Northern Ireland +27 20 £390 +1.96%

For the 6 months to 20 February 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.

1 554 (30.49%) Migration
2 505 (27.79%) Cisco
3 462 (25.43%) Windows
4 427 (23.50%) VMware
5 370 (20.36%) Azure
6 365 (20.09%) Security Cleared
7 339 (18.66%) Firewall
8 326 (17.94%) Microsoft
9 297 (16.35%) AWS
10 291 (16.02%) Cisco Certification
11 279 (15.35%) WAN
11 279 (15.35%) VMware Infrastructure
12 278 (15.30%) SC Cleared
13 277 (15.24%) Finance
14 270 (14.86%) Linux
15 259 (14.25%) LAN
16 246 (13.54%) Agile Software Development
17 244 (13.43%) Active Directory
18 235 (12.93%) ITIL
19 222 (12.22%) CCNP
20 189 (10.40%) Windows Server
21 183 (10.07%) DevOps
22 171 (9.41%) Infrastructure Engineering
23 163 (8.97%) Office 365
24 160 (8.81%) DNS
25 159 (8.75%) VPN
26 154 (8.48%) Project Management
27 152 (8.37%) Public Sector
28 149 (8.20%) Cisco Nexus
29 147 (8.09%) Citrix

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 67 (3.69%) MS Exchange
2 47 (2.59%) Skype for Business
3 45 (2.48%) SharePoint
4 30 (1.65%) Confluence
5 24 (1.32%) Apache
6 21 (1.16%) IIS
7 19 (1.05%) OpenStack
8 14 (0.77%) Elasticsearch
9 10 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2010
9 10 (0.55%) nginx
10 8 (0.44%) Apache Spark
10 8 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2013
10 8 (0.44%) WebLogic
11 7 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2003
12 6 (0.33%) JBoss
12 6 (0.33%) WebSphere
13 5 (0.28%) IBM Notes
14 4 (0.22%) Exchange Server 2007
14 4 (0.22%) Tomcat
15 3 (0.17%) MQSeries
Applications
1 43 (2.37%) Microsoft Office
2 33 (1.82%) MS Visio
3 26 (1.43%) Microsoft Excel
4 13 (0.72%) Microsoft Project
5 11 (0.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.055%) Abaqus
6 1 (0.055%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.055%) Revit
6 1 (0.055%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (0.22%) OpenText VIM for SAP
3 3 (0.17%) Eikon
3 3 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
3 3 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.17%) Payment Gateway
4 2 (0.11%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.11%) Oracle AML
4 2 (0.11%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.055%) assyst
5 1 (0.055%) Magento
5 1 (0.055%) Sage 1000
5 1 (0.055%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.055%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.055%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 1 (0.055%) Unica
5 1 (0.055%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 370 (20.36%) Azure
2 297 (16.35%) AWS
3 163 (8.97%) Office 365
4 78 (4.29%) IaaS
5 69 (3.80%) PaaS
6 39 (2.15%) SaaS
7 32 (1.76%) OpenShift
8 26 (1.43%) Azure Active Directory
9 25 (1.38%) GCP
10 22 (1.21%) Amazon S3
11 21 (1.16%) Cloud Computing
12 20 (1.10%) Amazon EC2
13 16 (0.88%) AWS CloudFormation
14 14 (0.77%) Datadog
15 7 (0.39%) Serverless
16 6 (0.33%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 6 (0.33%) Mimecast
17 5 (0.28%) Amazon Glacier
17 5 (0.28%) Amazon SageMaker
17 5 (0.28%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 339 (18.66%) Firewall
2 279 (15.35%) WAN
3 259 (14.25%) LAN
4 160 (8.81%) DNS
5 159 (8.75%) VPN
6 149 (8.20%) Cisco Nexus
7 127 (6.99%) Network Security
8 107 (5.89%) MPLS
9 105 (5.78%) BGP
10 102 (5.61%) Wireless
11 101 (5.56%) SAN
12 95 (5.23%) Cisco ASA
13 91 (5.01%) TCP/IP
14 83 (4.57%) DHCP
15 82 (4.51%) OSPF
16 65 (3.58%) Internet
17 57 (3.14%) Ethernet
18 56 (3.08%) Wi-Fi
19 48 (2.64%) VoIP
20 46 (2.53%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 107 (5.89%) SQL Server
2 35 (1.93%) PostgreSQL
3 31 (1.71%) Amazon RDS
4 25 (1.38%) MySQL
5 22 (1.21%) Oracle Database
6 20 (1.10%) Big Data
7 19 (1.05%) SQL Server 2012
7 19 (1.05%) SQL Server 2016
8 16 (0.88%) Data Warehouse
9 14 (0.77%) NoSQL
10 13 (0.72%) SQL Server 2008
11 12 (0.66%) Hadoop
12 11 (0.61%) Amazon Redshift
12 11 (0.61%) Data Lake
12 11 (0.61%) SAP HANA
12 11 (0.61%) SQL Server 2014
13 9 (0.50%) Relational Database
14 8 (0.44%) Amazon DynamoDB
15 6 (0.33%) DB2
15 6 (0.33%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 42 (2.31%) JIRA
2 40 (2.20%) Git (software)
3 29 (1.60%) Jenkins
4 16 (0.88%) GitLab
5 15 (0.83%) Sonatype Nexus
6 9 (0.50%) AdminStudio
6 9 (0.50%) Artifactory
6 9 (0.50%) InstallShield
7 7 (0.39%) TeamCity
8 6 (0.33%) Moq
8 6 (0.33%) NUnit
9 5 (0.28%) Maven
9 5 (0.28%) PowerBuilder
9 5 (0.28%) ProC
9 5 (0.28%) Subversion
9 5 (0.28%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 4 (0.22%) SonarQube
10 4 (0.22%) Team Foundation Server
11 3 (0.17%) Octopus Deploy
11 3 (0.17%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 277 (15.24%) Finance
2 152 (8.37%) Public Sector
3 139 (7.65%) Telecoms
4 122 (6.71%) Banking
5 109 (6.00%) Retail
6 30 (1.65%) Local Government
7 26 (1.43%) Manufacturing
8 16 (0.88%) Investment Banking
9 10 (0.55%) Back Office
9 10 (0.55%) Games
9 10 (0.55%) Marketing
9 10 (0.55%) Publishing
10 9 (0.50%) Electronics
10 9 (0.50%) Law
11 8 (0.44%) Legal
11 8 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
12 7 (0.39%) Advertising
12 7 (0.39%) Police
13 6 (0.33%) Billing
13 6 (0.33%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 315 (17.34%) Architect
2 296 (16.29%) Network Engineer
3 132 (7.26%) Project Manager
4 118 (6.49%) Consultant
5 108 (5.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 86 (4.73%) DevOps Engineer
7 81 (4.46%) Analyst
8 71 (3.91%) Cloud Architect
8 71 (3.91%) Senior Network Engineer
9 61 (3.36%) Data Centre Engineer
9 61 (3.36%) Data Centre Manager
10 58 (3.19%) Infrastructure Manager
11 56 (3.08%) Infrastructure Architect
11 56 (3.08%) Network Architect
12 55 (3.03%) Solutions Architect
13 45 (2.48%) Data Architect
14 42 (2.31%) Cisco Engineer
14 42 (2.31%) Infrastructure Project Manager
14 42 (2.31%) Security Engineer
15 41 (2.26%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (1.65%) LDAP
2 26 (1.43%) Web Services
3 21 (1.16%) .NET
4 17 (0.94%) 802.1X
4 17 (0.94%) Elastic Stack
4 17 (0.94%) JSON
5 15 (0.83%) REST
6 13 (0.72%) Middleware
6 13 (0.72%) YAML
7 10 (0.55%) RabbitMQ
8 7 (0.39%) Spring
9 6 (0.33%) .NET Core
9 6 (0.33%) Redux
10 5 (0.28%) Hibernate
10 5 (0.28%) WebSphere MQ
10 5 (0.28%) XML
11 4 (0.22%) CSS
11 4 (0.22%) Kafka
11 4 (0.22%) Ruby on Rails
11 4 (0.22%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 95 (5.23%) Public Cloud
2 77 (4.24%) Analytical Skills
3 76 (4.18%) Private Cloud
4 58 (3.19%) Hybrid Cloud
5 44 (2.42%) Driving Licence
6 43 (2.37%) PKI
7 42 (2.31%) Management Information System
8 36 (1.98%) Clustering
8 36 (1.98%) Self-Motivation
9 30 (1.65%) User Experience
10 26 (1.43%) CMDB
11 23 (1.27%) Replication
12 20 (1.10%) Fibre Optics
13 17 (0.94%) VxBlock/Vblock
14 16 (0.88%) NHS
15 14 (0.77%) Cloud Native
15 14 (0.77%) EMC VNX
15 14 (0.77%) Virtual Team
16 13 (0.72%) Video Conferencing
17 10 (0.55%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 462 (25.43%) Windows
2 270 (14.86%) Linux
3 189 (10.40%) Windows Server
4 90 (4.95%) Windows 10
5 75 (4.13%) Windows Server 2008
6 67 (3.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 66 (3.63%) Windows Server 2012
8 51 (2.81%) Windows 7
9 43 (2.37%) Unix
10 28 (1.54%) Solaris
10 28 (1.54%) Windows Server 2003
11 19 (1.05%) CentOS
12 17 (0.94%) Ubuntu
13 10 (0.55%) AIX
13 10 (0.55%) VMS
14 8 (0.44%) SUSE
15 6 (0.33%) zOS
16 5 (0.28%) OpenVMS
17 4 (0.22%) Mac OS
17 4 (0.22%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 554 (30.49%) Migration
2 246 (13.54%) Agile Software Development
3 235 (12.93%) ITIL
4 183 (10.07%) DevOps
5 171 (9.41%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 154 (8.48%) Project Management
7 120 (6.60%) Stakeholder Management
8 118 (6.49%) Change Management
9 108 (5.94%) Problem-Solving
10 104 (5.72%) Project Delivery
11 95 (5.23%) Disaster Recovery
12 93 (5.12%) High Availability
13 91 (5.01%) Configuration Management
14 88 (4.84%) Service Management
15 86 (4.73%) Network Design
16 61 (3.36%) PRINCE2
17 59 (3.25%) Data Centre Operations
18 57 (3.14%) Risk Management
18 57 (3.14%) Technical Leadership
19 56 (3.08%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 133 (7.32%) SQL
2 117 (6.44%) PowerShell
3 101 (5.56%) Python
4 63 (3.47%) Bash Shell
5 58 (3.19%) Java
6 47 (2.59%) C
7 41 (2.26%) Ruby
8 27 (1.49%) Perl
9 20 (1.10%) C++
10 15 (0.83%) C#
11 14 (0.77%) Shell Script
12 12 (0.66%) VB
13 11 (0.61%) PL/SQL
14 7 (0.39%) T-SQL
15 6 (0.33%) VBScript
16 5 (0.28%) Fortran
16 5 (0.28%) JCL
16 5 (0.28%) Korn
16 5 (0.28%) VC++
17 4 (0.22%) Go
Qualifications
1 365 (20.09%) Security Cleared
2 291 (16.02%) Cisco Certification
3 278 (15.30%) SC Cleared
4 222 (12.22%) CCNP
5 121 (6.66%) CCNA
6 88 (4.84%) Degree
7 72 (3.96%) CCIE
8 70 (3.85%) DV Cleared
9 49 (2.70%) Microsoft Certification
10 30 (1.65%) CISSP
11 29 (1.60%) MCSE
12 27 (1.49%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 25 (1.38%) BPSS Clearance
14 20 (1.10%) CCDA
14 20 (1.10%) CCDP
14 20 (1.10%) ITIL Certification
14 20 (1.10%) JNCIP
15 16 (0.88%) PMI Certification
16 13 (0.72%) CESG Certified Professional
17 12 (0.66%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (2.92%) SLA
2 38 (2.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 34 (1.87%) NCSC
4 26 (1.43%) PMO
5 16 (0.88%) QA
6 15 (0.83%) NIST
7 12 (0.66%) Cyber Essentials
8 10 (0.55%) COBIT
9 8 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 7 (0.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 6 (0.33%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 6 (0.33%) GDPR
11 6 (0.33%) ISO 31000
11 6 (0.33%) PCI DSS
12 5 (0.28%) Government Security Classifications
12 5 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 4 (0.22%) BS7799
13 4 (0.22%) HIPAA
14 3 (0.17%) RMADS
15 2 (0.11%) Data Quality
System Software
1 279 (15.35%) VMware Infrastructure
2 244 (13.43%) Active Directory
3 97 (5.34%) Docker
4 90 (4.95%) Hyper-V
5 66 (3.63%) vSphere
6 57 (3.14%) Virtual Machines
7 52 (2.86%) VMware ESXi
8 49 (2.70%) VMware NSX
9 39 (2.15%) XenApp
10 22 (1.21%) Virtual Servers
11 19 (1.05%) Microsoft App-V
12 18 (0.99%) vCloud
13 16 (0.88%) Firmware
14 15 (0.83%) NFS
15 14 (0.77%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 13 (0.72%) Virtual Desktop
17 10 (0.55%) XenDesktop
18 9 (0.50%) KVM
18 9 (0.50%) Terminal Services
19 8 (0.44%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 124 (6.82%) Ansible
2 107 (5.89%) SCCM
3 89 (4.90%) Kubernetes
4 75 (4.13%) Terraform
5 72 (3.96%) Puppet
6 52 (2.86%) Opscode Chef
7 38 (2.09%) SCOM
8 33 (1.82%) vCenter Server
9 30 (1.65%) Nagios
9 30 (1.65%) vRealize
10 23 (1.27%) NetBackup
11 20 (1.10%) WSUS
12 17 (0.94%) McAfee ePO
13 16 (0.88%) FortiGate
14 15 (0.83%) Avamar
14 15 (0.83%) Microsoft Clustering
15 14 (0.77%) Host Intrusion Detection System
15 14 (0.77%) Network Intrusion Detection System
16 13 (0.72%) PowerCLI
16 13 (0.72%) ThinApp
Vendors
1 505 (27.79%) Cisco
2 427 (23.50%) VMware
3 326 (17.94%) Microsoft
4 147 (8.09%) Citrix
5 131 (7.21%) CheckPoint
6 109 (6.00%) Juniper
7 108 (5.94%) HP
8 106 (5.83%) Dell
9 104 (5.72%) Palo Alto
10 98 (5.39%) F5
10 98 (5.39%) Oracle
11 65 (3.58%) McAfee
12 64 (3.52%) Red Hat
13 62 (3.41%) EMC
14 50 (2.75%) NetApp
15 47 (2.59%) Fortinet
15 47 (2.59%) SolarWinds
16 35 (1.93%) Aruba
17 33 (1.82%) IBM
18 28 (1.54%) SAP