Data Centre Contracts

Data Center
UK

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 29 February 2024 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

6 months to
29 Feb 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 94 98 119
Rank change year-on-year +4 +21 +6
Contract jobs citing Data Centre 1,004 1,693 2,023
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.25% 2.56% 2.25%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 7.44% 7.65% 6.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 662 1,201 1,421
10th Percentile £280 £331 £313
25th Percentile £400 £425 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £545 £513
Median % change year-on-year -3.67% +6.34% +7.89%
75th Percentile £638 £638 £593
90th Percentile £700 £738 £688
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £500 £463
% change year-on-year - +7.93% +9.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 29 25
10th Percentile £17.53 £18.45 £15.25
25th Percentile £22.00 £20.22 £22.00
Median hourly rate £24.99 £22.50 £48.58
Median % change year-on-year +11.08% -53.68% -6.58%
75th Percentile £41.25 £75.00 £69.05
90th Percentile £71.00 £85.00 £69.47
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £21.67 £43.19
% change year-on-year +10.75% -49.83% -15.31%

All Generic Skills
UK

Data Centre is in the General and Transferable 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.

Contract vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 13,500 22,136 29,315
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 30.25% 33.42% 32.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,673 15,085 20,561
10th Percentile £256 £308 £311
25th Percentile £410 £450 £425
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £528 £550 £540
Median % change year-on-year -4.09% +1.85% +12.50%
75th Percentile £650 £681 £650
90th Percentile £750 £800 £750
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £500 £470
% change year-on-year - +6.38% +10.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 841 717 706
10th Percentile £12.86 £9.80 £12.48
25th Percentile £16.25 £11.87 £16.25
Median hourly rate £30.16 £22.49 £26.74
Median % change year-on-year +34.13% -15.91% +2.85%
75th Percentile £57.50 £64.50 £49.25
90th Percentile £70.00 £73.75 £65.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.13 £22.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +41.48% +10.00% -16.67%

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 29 February 2024.

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 29 February 2024.

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 29 February 2024. 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
Jobs
England +9 868 £525 -4.55% 503
UK excluding London -2 527 £500 - 306
London +32 384 £534 -11.04% 239
Work from Home -53 274 £550 - 177
South East +16 163 £463 -11.90% 100
North of England +11 132 £450 -10.00% 63
South West -9 82 £600 +9.09% 35
North West +1 66 £575 +15.58% 40
Midlands -8 66 £560 +12.00% 52
Yorkshire +19 57 £390 -25.71% 17
West Midlands -2 56 £575 +21.05% 28
Scotland +12 44 £515 +8.42% 40
East of England -8 30 £440 +3.53% 23
Wales +30 17 £202 -54.48% 8
East Midlands +12 10 £550 - 24
North East +18 9 £503 -12.61% 7

Data Centre
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 44 (4.38%) Microsoft Exchange
2 18 (1.79%) Confluence
2 18 (1.79%) SharePoint
3 10 (1.00%) IIS
3 10 (1.00%) WebSphere
4 8 (0.80%) Tomcat
5 7 (0.70%) Apache
5 7 (0.70%) IBM Domino
6 6 (0.60%) OpenStack
7 5 (0.50%) JBoss
8 4 (0.40%) SharePoint 2013
9 3 (0.30%) IBM Notes
10 2 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2010
11 1 (0.100%) CMS
11 1 (0.100%) GeoServer
11 1 (0.100%) nginx
11 1 (0.100%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 40 (3.98%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (1.69%) MS Visio
3 7 (0.70%) Microsoft Excel
4 6 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.40%) AutoCAD
5 4 (0.40%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.40%) Revit
6 1 (0.100%) Weka
Business Applications
1 7 (0.70%) Elite 3E
2 3 (0.30%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 2 (0.20%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
3 2 (0.20%) RMDS
3 2 (0.20%) Shopify
4 1 (0.100%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.100%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 194 (19.32%) Azure
2 82 (8.17%) AWS
3 51 (5.08%) Microsoft 365
4 39 (3.88%) IaaS
5 36 (3.59%) SaaS
6 35 (3.49%) PaaS
7 33 (3.29%) Cloud Computing
8 24 (2.39%) Entra ID
9 18 (1.79%) Azure DevOps
10 17 (1.69%) GCP
10 17 (1.69%) GitHub
11 13 (1.29%) Power Platform
12 10 (1.00%) Nutanix
12 10 (1.00%) OCI
13 7 (0.70%) AWS CloudFormation
13 7 (0.70%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 7 (0.70%) Azure Sentinel
14 6 (0.60%) Azure AKS
14 6 (0.60%) Mimecast
14 6 (0.60%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 200 (19.92%) Firewall
2 165 (16.43%) WAN
3 132 (13.15%) LAN
4 104 (10.36%) DNS
5 92 (9.16%) Network Security
6 79 (7.87%) DHCP
7 76 (7.57%) SAN
8 74 (7.37%) Wi-Fi
9 71 (7.07%) VPN
10 65 (6.47%) Wireless
11 61 (6.08%) Cisco Nexus
12 58 (5.78%) BGP
13 51 (5.08%) SD-WAN
14 50 (4.98%) OSPF
15 49 (4.88%) MPLS
16 40 (3.98%) Cisco ISE
17 35 (3.49%) IPsec
18 32 (3.19%) TCP/IP
19 29 (2.89%) NetScaler
20 28 (2.79%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (4.18%) SQL Server
2 11 (1.10%) Elasticsearch
2 11 (1.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 11 (1.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 10 (1.00%) Relational Database
4 9 (0.90%) PostgreSQL
5 8 (0.80%) MySQL
5 8 (0.80%) NoSQL
6 7 (0.70%) DB2
7 6 (0.60%) Big Data
7 6 (0.60%) Data Warehouse
8 5 (0.50%) Metadata
9 4 (0.40%) Amazon RDS
9 4 (0.40%) Data Lake
9 4 (0.40%) Oracle Database
9 4 (0.40%) RDBMS
10 3 (0.30%) Amazon Athena
10 3 (0.30%) Apache Cassandra
10 3 (0.30%) Azure SQL Database
11 2 (0.20%) Redis
Development Applications
1 40 (3.98%) Jenkins
2 37 (3.69%) JIRA
3 10 (1.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 5 (0.50%) GitLab
5 4 (0.40%) Bitbucket
5 4 (0.40%) Git
6 2 (0.20%) Hudson
7 1 (0.100%) Oracle APEX
7 1 (0.100%) Robot Framework
7 1 (0.100%) Sonatype Nexus
7 1 (0.100%) Visual Studio Code
General
1 253 (25.20%) Social Skills
2 160 (15.94%) Finance
3 106 (10.56%) Public Sector
4 61 (6.08%) Analytical Skills
5 57 (5.68%) Banking
6 53 (5.28%) Telecoms
7 23 (2.29%) Law
8 20 (1.99%) Documentation Skills
9 19 (1.89%) Legal
9 19 (1.89%) Manufacturing
10 18 (1.79%) Organisational Skills
11 17 (1.69%) Influencing Skills
12 15 (1.49%) Inclusion and Diversity
12 15 (1.49%) Marketing
13 12 (1.20%) Electronics
13 12 (1.20%) Local Government
13 12 (1.20%) Mandarin Language
13 12 (1.20%) Presentation Skills
14 11 (1.10%) Financial Institution
15 10 (1.00%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 185 (18.43%) Architect
2 177 (17.63%) Network Engineer
3 98 (9.76%) Senior
4 90 (8.96%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 73 (7.27%) Project Manager
6 70 (6.97%) Data Centre Engineer
7 62 (6.18%) Network Architect
8 45 (4.48%) Consultant
9 40 (3.98%) Analyst
10 36 (3.59%) Lead
11 35 (3.49%) Solutions Architect
12 34 (3.39%) Infrastructure Manager
13 30 (2.99%) Technical Architect
14 28 (2.79%) Infrastructure Architect
15 27 (2.69%) Senior Network Engineer
15 27 (2.69%) Support Engineer
16 25 (2.49%) Server Engineer
17 24 (2.39%) Infrastructure Project Manager
18 23 (2.29%) Cisco Engineer
19 22 (2.19%) Cisco Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (3.19%) 802.1X
2 16 (1.59%) Middleware
3 15 (1.49%) YAML
4 10 (1.00%) LDAP
4 10 (1.00%) Loki
5 7 (0.70%) WebSphere MQ
6 5 (0.50%) EDI
7 4 (0.40%) Node.js
7 4 (0.40%) Velocity
7 4 (0.40%) Web Services
8 3 (0.30%) JSON
8 3 (0.30%) Kafka
8 3 (0.30%) REST
8 3 (0.30%) SOAP
9 2 (0.20%) .NET
9 2 (0.20%) Ajax
9 2 (0.20%) Django
9 2 (0.20%) Elastic Stack
9 2 (0.20%) Microsoft Graph
9 2 (0.20%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 38 (3.78%) PKI
2 33 (3.29%) Management Information System
3 31 (3.09%) Data Protection Act
3 31 (3.09%) Hybrid Cloud
3 31 (3.09%) Public Cloud
4 26 (2.59%) Private Cloud
5 17 (1.69%) CCTV
5 17 (1.69%) Clustering
6 16 (1.59%) Team-Oriented Environment
7 15 (1.49%) Operational Technology
8 14 (1.39%) Client/Server
8 14 (1.39%) Replication
8 14 (1.39%) Self-Motivation
9 12 (1.20%) Onboarding
10 11 (1.10%) Virtual Team
11 10 (1.00%) Distributed Systems
12 9 (0.90%) Analytical Mindset
12 9 (0.90%) Cloud Native
12 9 (0.90%) Greenfield Project
12 9 (0.90%) Product Ownership
Operating Systems
1 194 (19.32%) Windows
2 173 (17.23%) Linux
3 70 (6.97%) Windows Server
4 65 (6.47%) Unix
5 31 (3.09%) Windows 10
6 29 (2.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 18 (1.79%) Windows Server 2012
7 18 (1.79%) Windows Server 2016
8 16 (1.59%) Windows 7
9 12 (1.20%) CentOS
9 12 (1.20%) Windows Server 2019
10 10 (1.00%) Windows Server 2008
10 10 (1.00%) zOS
11 9 (0.90%) Windows XP
12 6 (0.60%) Debian
12 6 (0.60%) Ubuntu
13 5 (0.50%) Windows 8
13 5 (0.50%) Windows Server 2003
14 4 (0.40%) Solaris
14 4 (0.40%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 208 (20.72%) Migration
2 111 (11.06%) Problem-Solving
3 108 (10.76%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 101 (10.06%) ITIL
5 99 (9.86%) Project Management
6 98 (9.76%) Agile
7 79 (7.87%) Stakeholder Management
8 74 (7.37%) Disaster Recovery
9 64 (6.37%) Network Management
10 61 (6.08%) Computer Science
10 61 (6.08%) Network Design
11 60 (5.98%) Project Delivery
12 59 (5.88%) Change Management
13 56 (5.58%) DevOps
13 56 (5.58%) Load Balancing
14 53 (5.28%) Cybersecurity
15 49 (4.88%) CI/CD
15 49 (4.88%) Network Architecture
16 48 (4.78%) Data Protection
17 47 (4.68%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 78 (7.77%) PowerShell
2 77 (7.67%) Python
3 47 (4.68%) SQL
4 27 (2.69%) Bash
5 17 (1.69%) Shell Script
6 12 (1.20%) Java
7 10 (1.00%) VBScript
8 9 (0.90%) JCL
8 9 (0.90%) Perl
8 9 (0.90%) REXX
9 7 (0.70%) C
10 4 (0.40%) Bicep
10 4 (0.40%) Go
11 3 (0.30%) JavaScript
12 2 (0.20%) Korn
13 1 (0.100%) ActionScript
13 1 (0.100%) C++
13 1 (0.100%) Kusto Query Language
13 1 (0.100%) R
13 1 (0.100%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 201 (20.02%) Security Cleared
2 174 (17.33%) Cisco Certification
3 121 (12.05%) Degree
4 110 (10.96%) SC Cleared
5 92 (9.16%) DV Cleared
6 88 (8.76%) CCNP
7 83 (8.27%) CCNA
8 54 (5.38%) CCIE
9 40 (3.98%) Computer Science Degree
10 32 (3.19%) A+ Certification
11 31 (3.09%) Network+ Certification
12 30 (2.99%) Microsoft Certification
13 21 (2.09%) MCSE
14 14 (1.39%) Azure Certification
15 12 (1.20%) CCIE Security
15 12 (1.20%) MCSA
16 11 (1.10%) Master's Degree
17 9 (0.90%) ITIL Certification
17 9 (0.90%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 7 (0.70%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (4.78%) SLA
2 25 (2.49%) QA
3 13 (1.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 9 (0.90%) NIST
5 8 (0.80%) GDPR
6 7 (0.70%) COBIT
7 4 (0.40%) PCI DSS
8 3 (0.30%) Data Quality
8 3 (0.30%) Disclosure Scotland
8 3 (0.30%) PMO
9 2 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.100%) Cyber Essentials
10 1 (0.100%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 1 (0.100%) IASME
System Software
1 165 (16.43%) VMware Infrastructure
2 122 (12.15%) Active Directory
3 74 (7.37%) Hyper-V
4 35 (3.49%) vSphere
5 34 (3.39%) Docker
5 34 (3.39%) VMware ESXi
6 32 (3.19%) VMware NSX
7 23 (2.29%) KVM
8 20 (1.99%) Virtual Machines
9 19 (1.89%) Virtual Servers
10 15 (1.49%) VMware Workstation
11 11 (1.10%) NFS
12 9 (0.90%) Time Sharing Option
13 6 (0.60%) vCloud
14 4 (0.40%) Gluster
14 4 (0.40%) GlusterFS
15 3 (0.30%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 3 (0.30%) Virtual Desktop
16 2 (0.20%) DFS Replication
17 1 (0.100%) IAG
Systems Management
1 61 (6.08%) Ansible
2 46 (4.58%) Kubernetes
3 45 (4.48%) Terraform
4 39 (3.88%) SCCM
5 35 (3.49%) Puppet
6 29 (2.89%) Nagios
7 28 (2.79%) vCenter Server
8 22 (2.19%) SCOM
9 19 (1.89%) NetBackup
10 17 (1.69%) Grafana
11 16 (1.59%) Microsoft Intune
12 15 (1.49%) Prometheus
13 12 (1.20%) Microsoft Clustering
13 12 (1.20%) Progress Chef
14 10 (1.00%) Graylog
14 10 (1.00%) Icinga
14 10 (1.00%) Tivoli Storage Manager
14 10 (1.00%) VxRail
14 10 (1.00%) ZABBIX
15 8 (0.80%) vRealize
Vendors
1 241 (24.00%) Cisco
2 220 (21.91%) VMware
3 158 (15.74%) Microsoft
4 107 (10.66%) Palo Alto
5 81 (8.07%) Dell
6 57 (5.68%) F5
6 57 (5.68%) Juniper
7 49 (4.88%) Citrix
8 45 (4.48%) Red Hat
9 42 (4.18%) HP
10 38 (3.78%) IBM
10 38 (3.78%) Meraki
11 37 (3.69%) Oracle
12 36 (3.59%) Fortinet
13 34 (3.39%) SolarWinds
14 33 (3.29%) CheckPoint
15 28 (2.79%) Arista
16 23 (2.29%) NetApp
16 23 (2.29%) ServiceNow
17 18 (1.79%) SAP