Period
to 7 July 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 7 July 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
7 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 98 96 109
Rank change year-on-year -2 +13 -23
Contract jobs citing Data Centre 963 2,368 2,518
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.32% 2.53% 2.41%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 7.03% 7.93% 7.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 689 1,533 1,599
Median daily rate £438 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.78% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £256 £288 £265
90th Percentile £638 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 76 72
Median hourly rate £35.00 £19.94 £26.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +75.53% -25.46% +67.19%
10th Percentile £11.24 £15.00 £14.33
90th Percentile £57.00 £83.75 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £19.03 £26.50
% change year-on-year +10.35% -28.19% +76.67%

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 13,705 29,861 33,656
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.08% 31.92% 32.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,494 19,138 21,753
Median daily rate £475 £475 £455
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.40% +1.11%
10th Percentile £263 £275 £269
90th Percentile £706 £663 £656
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £410
% change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 631 1,060 1,058
Median hourly rate £30.50 £20.86 £21.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +46.25% -4.51% +9.20%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.79 £11.71
90th Percentile £53.75 £52.50 £50.57
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.94 £21.00
% change year-on-year +18.83% -9.83% +12.42%

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 7 July 2020.

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 7 July 2020.

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 7 July 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 -8 863 £450 -1.00% 164
UK excluding London -18 521 £425 - 139
London +29 391 £461 -7.90% 38
South East +2 165 £450 +5.88% 32
North of England -7 119 £405 -4.71% 36
Work from Home -8 81 £425 -15.00% 10
Midlands -5 77 £325 -18.75% 18
North West +1 57 £400 -10.61% 22
West Midlands -1 56 £375 -6.25% 17
South West -18 56 £485 +14.12% 22
East of England -25 48 £375 -23.86% 18
Yorkshire +29 47 £450 +2.27% 11
Scotland +10 44 £425 +6.25% 10
East Midlands +5 19 £175 -58.82% 1
North East +21 15 £325 -23.53% 3
Northern Ireland +20 8 £390 -30.67%
Wales +10 6 £295 -28.48% 3

For the 6 months to 7 July 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.

1 343 (35.62%) Migration
2 273 (28.35%) Cisco
3 258 (26.79%) Windows
4 229 (23.78%) VMware
5 219 (22.74%) Firewall
6 202 (20.98%) Azure
7 191 (19.83%) Security Cleared
8 169 (17.55%) Active Directory
9 164 (17.03%) Microsoft
10 162 (16.82%) WAN
11 159 (16.51%) VMware Infrastructure
12 153 (15.89%) Cisco Certification
13 148 (15.37%) SC Cleared
14 146 (15.16%) Finance
15 144 (14.95%) AWS
16 135 (14.02%) Linux
17 132 (13.71%) Agile Software Development
18 124 (12.88%) CCNP
18 124 (12.88%) DevOps
19 121 (12.56%) LAN
20 117 (12.15%) Windows Server
21 90 (9.35%) Office 365
22 87 (9.03%) PowerShell
22 87 (9.03%) DNS
22 87 (9.03%) SQL
23 86 (8.93%) ITIL
24 81 (8.41%) Infrastructure Engineering
25 79 (8.20%) VPN
26 78 (8.10%) Citrix
26 78 (8.10%) Cisco Nexus

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 38 (3.95%) Confluence
2 34 (3.53%) SharePoint
3 32 (3.32%) Skype for Business
4 24 (2.49%) MS Exchange
5 18 (1.87%) IIS
5 18 (1.87%) OpenStack
6 15 (1.56%) Apache
7 11 (1.14%) Apache Spark
8 10 (1.04%) WebLogic
9 7 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2013
9 7 (0.73%) JBoss
10 5 (0.52%) CMS
10 5 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2007
10 5 (0.52%) Tomcat
11 4 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2010
11 4 (0.42%) nginx
12 3 (0.31%) Cloud Foundry
12 3 (0.31%) Elasticsearch
12 3 (0.31%) IBM Notes
12 3 (0.31%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 22 (2.28%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (1.25%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (1.14%) Microsoft Project
4 9 (0.93%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.10%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.10%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.10%) Camtasia
6 1 (0.10%) Open Workbench
6 1 (0.10%) Revit
Business Applications
1 8 (0.83%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.31%) Payment Gateway
3 2 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.10%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.10%) ResourceLink
4 1 (0.10%) SAP BPC
4 1 (0.10%) SAP Business One
4 1 (0.10%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.10%) SAP MDM
4 1 (0.10%) SAP S/4HANA
4 1 (0.10%) SAP SD
4 1 (0.10%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 202 (20.98%) Azure
2 144 (14.95%) AWS
3 90 (9.35%) Office 365
4 47 (4.88%) IaaS
5 41 (4.26%) PaaS
6 31 (3.22%) GCP
7 19 (1.97%) SaaS
8 14 (1.45%) Azure Active Directory
8 14 (1.45%) GitHub
9 11 (1.14%) Amazon S3
9 11 (1.14%) Cloud Computing
9 11 (1.14%) OpenShift
10 10 (1.04%) AWS CloudFormation
11 8 (0.83%) Amazon EC2
12 7 (0.73%) OneDrive
12 7 (0.73%) Serverless
12 7 (0.73%) Stackdriver
13 6 (0.62%) Amazon EMR
13 6 (0.62%) Azure Stack
14 5 (0.52%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 219 (22.74%) Firewall
2 162 (16.82%) WAN
3 121 (12.56%) LAN
4 87 (9.03%) DNS
5 79 (8.20%) VPN
6 78 (8.10%) Cisco Nexus
7 69 (7.17%) BGP
7 69 (7.17%) Network Security
8 62 (6.44%) Wireless
9 57 (5.92%) DHCP
10 54 (5.61%) SAN
11 53 (5.50%) Cisco ASA
11 53 (5.50%) Internet
12 52 (5.40%) OSPF
13 48 (4.98%) MPLS
14 38 (3.95%) TCP/IP
15 33 (3.43%) DMZ
16 30 (3.12%) SSL
17 29 (3.01%) Skype
18 26 (2.70%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 75 (7.79%) SQL Server
2 24 (2.49%) Oracle Database
3 19 (1.97%) SQL Server 2016
4 17 (1.77%) Big Data
4 17 (1.77%) SQL Server 2012
5 15 (1.56%) Oracle Database 12c
6 13 (1.35%) NoSQL
6 13 (1.35%) Oracle Database 11g
7 12 (1.25%) Data Warehouse
8 11 (1.14%) Hadoop
8 11 (1.14%) MySQL
8 11 (1.14%) Oracle Database 10g
8 11 (1.14%) PostgreSQL
9 9 (0.93%) Data Lake
9 9 (0.93%) MongoDB
10 8 (0.83%) Apache Hive
10 8 (0.83%) HBase
10 8 (0.83%) SQL Server 2008
11 6 (0.62%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 6 (0.62%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 40 (4.15%) Git (software)
2 35 (3.63%) JIRA
3 24 (2.49%) Jenkins
4 14 (1.45%) Bitbucket
5 12 (1.25%) GitLab
6 8 (0.83%) Artifactory
7 7 (0.73%) Sonatype Nexus
8 5 (0.52%) Snyk
8 5 (0.52%) Subversion
9 4 (0.42%) Bitbucket Server
9 4 (0.42%) Hudson
10 3 (0.31%) kappa
10 3 (0.31%) Oracle Forms
11 2 (0.21%) JDeveloper
11 2 (0.21%) Maven
11 2 (0.21%) SonarQube
11 2 (0.21%) TeamCity
11 2 (0.21%) Toad
12 1 (0.10%) CF BOSH
12 1 (0.10%) Robot Framework
General
1 146 (15.16%) Finance
2 72 (7.48%) Public Sector
3 58 (6.02%) Telecoms
4 57 (5.92%) Banking
5 30 (3.12%) Retail
6 17 (1.77%) Manufacturing
7 15 (1.56%) Legal
7 15 (1.56%) Local Government
8 12 (1.25%) Investment Banking
9 8 (0.83%) Front Office
10 4 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
11 3 (0.31%) Electronics
11 3 (0.31%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.31%) Law
11 3 (0.31%) Marketing
11 3 (0.31%) Police
12 2 (0.21%) Advertising
12 2 (0.21%) Automotive
12 2 (0.21%) French Language
12 2 (0.21%) German Language
Job Titles
1 147 (15.26%) Network Engineer
2 146 (15.16%) Architect
3 67 (6.96%) Consultant
4 57 (5.92%) Project Manager
5 56 (5.82%) Senior Network Engineer
6 52 (5.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 39 (4.05%) Data Centre Engineer
8 37 (3.84%) Security Engineer
9 35 (3.63%) DevOps Engineer
10 32 (3.32%) Cloud Architect
11 30 (3.12%) Analyst
12 27 (2.80%) DBA
12 27 (2.80%) Solutions Architect
13 26 (2.70%) Azure Engineer
14 23 (2.39%) Data Centre Manager
15 21 (2.18%) Infrastructure Manager
16 20 (2.08%) Infrastructure Architect
17 19 (1.97%) Administrator
17 19 (1.97%) Azure Architect
17 19 (1.97%) Network Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (4.47%) .NET
2 29 (3.01%) LDAP
3 21 (2.18%) Web Services
4 16 (1.66%) Middleware
5 13 (1.35%) REST
6 12 (1.25%) XML
7 10 (1.04%) HTML
8 9 (0.93%) 802.1X
8 9 (0.93%) JSON
9 7 (0.73%) CSS
9 7 (0.73%) Kafka
9 7 (0.73%) Oracle GoldenGate
9 7 (0.73%) SAML
10 6 (0.62%) OAuth
10 6 (0.62%) React
11 5 (0.52%) AngularJS
11 5 (0.52%) Node.js
12 4 (0.42%) Oracle Fusion
12 4 (0.42%) Spring
12 4 (0.42%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 55 (5.71%) Analytical Skills
1 55 (5.71%) PKI
2 43 (4.47%) Self-Motivation
3 34 (3.53%) Public Cloud
4 32 (3.32%) Private Cloud
5 25 (2.60%) Hybrid Cloud
6 23 (2.39%) Management Information System
7 22 (2.28%) Clustering
8 17 (1.77%) User Experience
9 13 (1.35%) CMDB
9 13 (1.35%) Driving Licence
10 12 (1.25%) Replication
11 9 (0.93%) Virtual Team
11 9 (0.93%) Wiki
12 8 (0.83%) Client/Server
12 8 (0.83%) NHS
12 8 (0.83%) Video Conferencing
13 7 (0.73%) Enterprise Storage
13 7 (0.73%) Fat Client
13 7 (0.73%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 258 (26.79%) Windows
2 135 (14.02%) Linux
3 117 (12.15%) Windows Server
4 51 (5.30%) Windows Server 2012
5 47 (4.88%) Windows 10
6 46 (4.78%) Windows Server 2016
7 34 (3.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 34 (3.53%) Unix
8 28 (2.91%) Windows Server 2008
9 23 (2.39%) Windows 7
10 20 (2.08%) Solaris
11 9 (0.93%) AIX
12 7 (0.73%) VMS
13 6 (0.62%) Mac OS X
14 5 (0.52%) CentOS
14 5 (0.52%) Windows Server 2019
15 4 (0.42%) Apple iOS
15 4 (0.42%) Windows Server 2003
16 3 (0.31%) SUSE
17 2 (0.21%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 343 (35.62%) Migration
2 132 (13.71%) Agile Software Development
3 124 (12.88%) DevOps
4 86 (8.93%) ITIL
5 81 (8.41%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 71 (7.37%) High Availability
6 71 (7.37%) Problem-Solving
7 66 (6.85%) Disaster Recovery
8 59 (6.13%) Project Management
9 54 (5.61%) Change Management
10 50 (5.19%) Stakeholder Management
11 44 (4.57%) Load Balancing
12 39 (4.05%) Project Delivery
13 37 (3.84%) Network Design
14 35 (3.63%) Cybersecurity
15 32 (3.32%) Configuration Management
16 31 (3.22%) PRINCE2
16 31 (3.22%) Security Architecture
17 30 (3.12%) Business Continuity
17 30 (3.12%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 87 (9.03%) PowerShell
1 87 (9.03%) SQL
2 54 (5.61%) Java
2 54 (5.61%) Python
3 20 (2.08%) Bash Shell
4 14 (1.45%) JavaScript
5 12 (1.25%) Shell Script
6 11 (1.14%) C
6 11 (1.14%) Perl
7 8 (0.83%) PL/SQL
8 7 (0.73%) PHP
8 7 (0.73%) Ruby
9 3 (0.31%) C#
9 3 (0.31%) C++
9 3 (0.31%) Korn
9 3 (0.31%) T-SQL
9 3 (0.31%) VB.NET
10 2 (0.21%) JCL
10 2 (0.21%) VB
10 2 (0.21%) VBA
Qualifications
1 191 (19.83%) Security Cleared
2 153 (15.89%) Cisco Certification
3 148 (15.37%) SC Cleared
4 124 (12.88%) CCNP
5 62 (6.44%) CCIE
6 55 (5.71%) Degree
7 40 (4.15%) Microsoft Certification
8 39 (4.05%) CCNA
9 38 (3.95%) DV Cleared
10 37 (3.84%) CISSP
11 21 (2.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 16 (1.66%) Computer Science Degree
13 15 (1.56%) MCSE
14 12 (1.25%) CISM
15 11 (1.14%) CCDA
15 11 (1.14%) CCSA
15 11 (1.14%) CESG Certified Professional
16 10 (1.04%) AWS Certification
16 10 (1.04%) CCDP
17 9 (0.93%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (3.22%) SLA
2 19 (1.97%) QA
3 11 (1.14%) GDPR
4 8 (0.83%) Cyber Essentials
5 7 (0.73%) NCSC
5 7 (0.73%) PMO
6 6 (0.62%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 6 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 6 (0.62%) PCI DSS
7 3 (0.31%) NIST
8 2 (0.21%) Data Quality
8 2 (0.21%) Government Security Classifications
8 2 (0.21%) GxP
8 2 (0.21%) HIPAA
8 2 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 1 (0.10%) HL7
9 1 (0.10%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.10%) JSP 440
9 1 (0.10%) RMADS
9 1 (0.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 169 (17.55%) Active Directory
2 159 (16.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 45 (4.67%) VMware NSX
4 34 (3.53%) Docker
5 33 (3.43%) Hyper-V
6 32 (3.32%) VMware ESXi
7 30 (3.12%) vSphere
8 23 (2.39%) XenApp
9 21 (2.18%) Virtual Machines
10 15 (1.56%) Oracle RAC
11 9 (0.93%) vCloud
11 9 (0.93%) Virtual Desktop
11 9 (0.93%) XenDesktop
12 8 (0.83%) Microsoft App-V
13 7 (0.73%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 7 (0.73%) NFS
14 6 (0.62%) KVM
15 5 (0.52%) HDFS
16 4 (0.42%) DFS Replication
16 4 (0.42%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 58 (6.02%) Ansible
2 50 (5.19%) SCCM
3 46 (4.78%) Terraform
4 38 (3.95%) SCOM
5 33 (3.43%) Kubernetes
6 29 (3.01%) vRealize
7 28 (2.91%) Puppet
8 25 (2.60%) vCenter Server
9 18 (1.87%) FortiGate
9 18 (1.87%) Opscode Chef
10 14 (1.45%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 13 (1.35%) Failover Clustering
12 12 (1.25%) NetBackup
13 10 (1.04%) Data Guard
13 10 (1.04%) Microsoft Intune
14 9 (0.93%) Microsoft Clustering
15 8 (0.83%) Control-M
15 8 (0.83%) Nagios
16 7 (0.73%) McAfee ePO
16 7 (0.73%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 273 (28.35%) Cisco
2 229 (23.78%) VMware
3 164 (17.03%) Microsoft
4 78 (8.10%) Citrix
5 70 (7.27%) CheckPoint
6 60 (6.23%) Oracle
7 56 (5.82%) HP
8 55 (5.71%) Dell
9 43 (4.47%) Juniper
10 40 (4.15%) F5
11 36 (3.74%) NetApp
12 33 (3.43%) Palo Alto
13 31 (3.22%) SolarWinds
14 29 (3.01%) Red Hat
15 26 (2.70%) Veeam
16 25 (2.60%) EMC
16 25 (2.60%) ServiceNow
17 23 (2.39%) Fortinet
18 21 (2.18%) Google
19 18 (1.87%) IBM