Period
to 29 March 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 29 March 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
29 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 85 96 113
Rank change year-on-year +11 +17 -34
Contract jobs citing Data Centre 1,655 2,509 2,256
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.62% 2.58% 2.22%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 8.24% 8.10% 6.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,158 1,628 1,463
Median daily rate £442 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.83% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £263 £299 £255
90th Percentile £638 £613 £624
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £415
% change year-on-year - +2.41% +3.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 82 69
Median hourly rate £24.49 £23.82 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.83% +1.34% +5.62%
10th Percentile £15.88 £14.19 £14.85
90th Percentile £54.31 £49.95 £46.18
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £18.50 £22.25
% change year-on-year +13.51% -16.85% +5.95%

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 20,097 30,980 33,096
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 31.86% 31.83% 32.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,493 20,114 21,737
Median daily rate £470 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.05% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £231 £275 £263
90th Percentile £675 £663 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 978 1,003 1,022
Median hourly rate £25.28 £20.75 £21.73
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.83% -4.49% +9.97%
10th Percentile £12.61 £11.85 £11.76
90th Percentile £53.00 £50.00 £50.00
Median hourly rate £22.00 £19.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year +12.82% -7.14% +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 March 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 29 March 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 29 March 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 +15 1,506 £450 - 471
UK excluding London +2 1,029 £425 - 337
London +39 579 £500 - 149
South East +9 272 £425 +1.19% 101
North of England +18 252 £400 -10.61% 110
Midlands +10 181 £400 +2.56% 60
North West +25 137 £425 -5.56% 44
South West -11 130 £463 +8.82% 28
West Midlands +5 119 £400 +1.59% 46
East of England -21 86 £425 -10.53% 26
Yorkshire +19 84 £375 -11.76% 43
Work from Home +1 80 £425 -5.56% 33
Scotland -30 71 £425 +2.41% 8
East Midlands +24 60 £243 -33.33% 14
North East +18 31 £330 -22.35% 23
Northern Ireland +30 20 £390 +1.96%
Wales +26 20 £500 +17.65% 7

For the 6 months to 29 March 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.

1 523 (31.60%) Migration
2 443 (26.77%) Windows
3 427 (25.80%) Cisco
4 397 (23.99%) VMware
5 354 (21.39%) Security Cleared
6 343 (20.73%) Azure
7 328 (19.82%) Firewall
8 280 (16.92%) Microsoft
9 271 (16.37%) AWS
9 271 (16.37%) SC Cleared
10 264 (15.95%) WAN
11 259 (15.65%) VMware Infrastructure
12 257 (15.53%) Linux
13 251 (15.17%) LAN
14 242 (14.62%) Cisco Certification
15 238 (14.38%) Active Directory
16 225 (13.60%) Finance
17 222 (13.41%) Agile Software Development
18 194 (11.72%) DevOps
19 193 (11.66%) Windows Server
20 192 (11.60%) ITIL
21 189 (11.42%) CCNP
22 149 (9.00%) VPN
22 149 (9.00%) Citrix
23 144 (8.70%) SQL
23 144 (8.70%) Office 365
23 144 (8.70%) Infrastructure Engineering
24 138 (8.34%) DNS
25 135 (8.16%) PowerShell
25 135 (8.16%) Public Sector

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 60 (3.63%) MS Exchange
2 45 (2.72%) SharePoint
3 39 (2.36%) Confluence
4 36 (2.18%) Skype for Business
5 24 (1.45%) OpenStack
6 20 (1.21%) Apache
6 20 (1.21%) IIS
7 12 (0.73%) WebLogic
8 9 (0.54%) Apache Spark
9 8 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2013
10 6 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2010
10 6 (0.36%) IBM Notes
10 6 (0.36%) JBoss
10 6 (0.36%) WebSphere
11 5 (0.30%) Elasticsearch
11 5 (0.30%) nginx
12 4 (0.24%) Cloud Foundry
12 4 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2003
12 4 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2007
13 3 (0.18%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 33 (1.99%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (1.45%) Microsoft Excel
3 21 (1.27%) MS Visio
4 11 (0.66%) Microsoft Project
5 10 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.060%) Abaqus
6 1 (0.060%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.060%) Open Workbench
6 1 (0.060%) Revit
6 1 (0.060%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.18%) Eikon
2 3 (0.18%) Payment Gateway
3 2 (0.12%) Oracle AML
3 2 (0.12%) SAP ERP
3 2 (0.12%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 1 (0.060%) assyst
4 1 (0.060%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.060%) Magento
4 1 (0.060%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.060%) Sage 1000
4 1 (0.060%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.060%) SAP BPC
4 1 (0.060%) SAP Business One
4 1 (0.060%) SAP MDM
4 1 (0.060%) SAP SD
4 1 (0.060%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 343 (20.73%) Azure
2 271 (16.37%) AWS
3 144 (8.70%) Office 365
4 72 (4.35%) PaaS
5 70 (4.23%) IaaS
6 39 (2.36%) SaaS
7 31 (1.87%) GCP
8 26 (1.57%) Amazon S3
9 25 (1.51%) OpenShift
10 24 (1.45%) Amazon EC2
10 24 (1.45%) Azure Active Directory
11 19 (1.15%) Cloud Computing
12 16 (0.97%) AWS CloudFormation
13 12 (0.73%) GitHub
14 10 (0.60%) Datadog
15 8 (0.48%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 7 (0.42%) Stackdriver
17 6 (0.36%) Mimecast
17 6 (0.36%) OneDrive
17 6 (0.36%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 328 (19.82%) Firewall
2 264 (15.95%) WAN
3 251 (15.17%) LAN
4 149 (9.00%) VPN
5 138 (8.34%) DNS
6 127 (7.67%) Network Security
7 120 (7.25%) Cisco Nexus
8 103 (6.22%) BGP
9 101 (6.10%) MPLS
10 93 (5.62%) SAN
11 87 (5.26%) TCP/IP
12 86 (5.20%) Cisco ASA
13 85 (5.14%) OSPF
14 82 (4.95%) Wireless
15 78 (4.71%) DHCP
16 58 (3.50%) Wi-Fi
17 54 (3.26%) Internet
18 45 (2.72%) Ethernet
19 44 (2.66%) VoIP
20 39 (2.36%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 108 (6.53%) SQL Server
2 35 (2.11%) PostgreSQL
3 30 (1.81%) Amazon RDS
4 29 (1.75%) Oracle Database
5 25 (1.51%) SQL Server 2012
6 23 (1.39%) SQL Server 2016
7 19 (1.15%) MySQL
7 19 (1.15%) NoSQL
8 18 (1.09%) Data Warehouse
9 16 (0.97%) SQL Server 2008
10 15 (0.91%) Big Data
11 12 (0.73%) Amazon Redshift
11 12 (0.73%) Oracle Database 12c
12 11 (0.66%) Data Lake
12 11 (0.66%) SQL Server 2014
13 10 (0.60%) MongoDB
13 10 (0.60%) Oracle Database 10g
13 10 (0.60%) Oracle Database 11g
14 9 (0.54%) Hadoop
14 9 (0.54%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 55 (3.32%) Git (software)
2 39 (2.36%) JIRA
3 35 (2.11%) Jenkins
4 20 (1.21%) GitLab
5 12 (0.73%) Artifactory
6 11 (0.66%) Sonatype Nexus
7 9 (0.54%) AdminStudio
7 9 (0.54%) InstallShield
8 7 (0.42%) Bitbucket
9 6 (0.36%) TeamCity
10 5 (0.30%) PowerBuilder
10 5 (0.30%) ProC
10 5 (0.30%) SonarQube
11 4 (0.24%) Maven
11 4 (0.24%) Moq
11 4 (0.24%) NUnit
11 4 (0.24%) Subversion
11 4 (0.24%) Team Foundation Server
11 4 (0.24%) VSS/SourceSafe
12 3 (0.18%) Selenium
General
1 225 (13.60%) Finance
2 135 (8.16%) Public Sector
3 115 (6.95%) Telecoms
4 109 (6.59%) Banking
5 86 (5.20%) Retail
6 30 (1.81%) Manufacturing
7 24 (1.45%) Local Government
8 16 (0.97%) Investment Banking
9 9 (0.54%) Electronics
9 9 (0.54%) Front Office
9 9 (0.54%) Legal
9 9 (0.54%) Marketing
10 8 (0.48%) Law
10 8 (0.48%) Police
11 7 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
12 5 (0.30%) Advertising
12 5 (0.30%) Back Office
12 5 (0.30%) Financial Institution
12 5 (0.30%) Games
12 5 (0.30%) Military
Job Titles
1 267 (16.13%) Architect
2 257 (15.53%) Network Engineer
3 118 (7.13%) Consultant
4 114 (6.89%) Project Manager
5 102 (6.16%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 81 (4.89%) DevOps Engineer
7 65 (3.93%) Senior Network Engineer
8 63 (3.81%) Analyst
9 62 (3.75%) Cloud Architect
10 56 (3.38%) Infrastructure Architect
11 53 (3.20%) Data Centre Engineer
11 53 (3.20%) Data Centre Manager
12 50 (3.02%) Solutions Architect
13 48 (2.90%) Infrastructure Manager
14 43 (2.60%) Security Engineer
15 37 (2.24%) Data Architect
15 37 (2.24%) Network Architect
16 35 (2.11%) Support Engineer
16 35 (2.11%) Technical Architect
17 33 (1.99%) Azure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (1.81%) LDAP
2 25 (1.51%) .NET
3 23 (1.39%) Web Services
4 17 (1.03%) Elastic Stack
5 15 (0.91%) JSON
5 15 (0.91%) REST
6 13 (0.79%) 802.1X
7 11 (0.66%) Middleware
8 10 (0.60%) RabbitMQ
8 10 (0.60%) Spring
9 8 (0.48%) YAML
10 7 (0.42%) XML
11 5 (0.30%) CSS
11 5 (0.30%) Hibernate
11 5 (0.30%) HTML
11 5 (0.30%) Node.js
11 5 (0.30%) Oracle GoldenGate
11 5 (0.30%) React
11 5 (0.30%) SAML
11 5 (0.30%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 81 (4.89%) Analytical Skills
2 71 (4.29%) Public Cloud
3 62 (3.75%) Private Cloud
4 44 (2.66%) Management Information System
5 43 (2.60%) Self-Motivation
6 41 (2.48%) Hybrid Cloud
7 36 (2.18%) PKI
8 35 (2.11%) Clustering
9 32 (1.93%) User Experience
10 28 (1.69%) Driving Licence
11 17 (1.03%) Fibre Optics
11 17 (1.03%) Replication
12 16 (0.97%) CMDB
13 14 (0.85%) Cloud Native
13 14 (0.85%) EMC VNX
13 14 (0.85%) NHS
13 14 (0.85%) Virtual Team
14 13 (0.79%) VxBlock/Vblock
15 12 (0.73%) Video Conferencing
16 9 (0.54%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 443 (26.77%) Windows
2 257 (15.53%) Linux
3 193 (11.66%) Windows Server
4 85 (5.14%) Windows 10
5 71 (4.29%) Windows Server 2012
6 66 (3.99%) Windows Server 2008
7 56 (3.38%) Windows Server 2016
8 55 (3.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 43 (2.60%) Unix
10 40 (2.42%) Windows 7
11 33 (1.99%) Solaris
12 25 (1.51%) Windows Server 2003
13 17 (1.03%) Ubuntu
14 16 (0.97%) CentOS
15 11 (0.66%) Windows Server 2019
16 10 (0.60%) AIX
17 7 (0.42%) VMS
18 6 (0.36%) Mac OS X
18 6 (0.36%) SUSE
19 5 (0.30%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 523 (31.60%) Migration
2 222 (13.41%) Agile Software Development
3 194 (11.72%) DevOps
4 192 (11.60%) ITIL
5 144 (8.70%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 134 (8.10%) Project Management
7 108 (6.53%) Problem-Solving
8 105 (6.34%) Change Management
9 102 (6.16%) Stakeholder Management
10 96 (5.80%) High Availability
11 86 (5.20%) Network Design
11 86 (5.20%) Project Delivery
12 82 (4.95%) Disaster Recovery
13 80 (4.83%) Configuration Management
14 79 (4.77%) Service Management
15 57 (3.44%) Risk Management
16 51 (3.08%) Data Centre Operations
16 51 (3.08%) Load Balancing
16 51 (3.08%) PRINCE2
16 51 (3.08%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 144 (8.70%) SQL
2 135 (8.16%) PowerShell
3 106 (6.40%) Python
4 64 (3.87%) Java
5 60 (3.63%) Bash Shell
6 45 (2.72%) C
7 37 (2.24%) Ruby
8 24 (1.45%) Perl
9 20 (1.21%) C++
10 16 (0.97%) Shell Script
11 14 (0.85%) VB
12 12 (0.73%) C#
13 11 (0.66%) PL/SQL
14 9 (0.54%) JavaScript
15 6 (0.36%) T-SQL
16 5 (0.30%) Fortran
16 5 (0.30%) Go
16 5 (0.30%) PHP
16 5 (0.30%) VBScript
16 5 (0.30%) VC++
Qualifications
1 354 (21.39%) Security Cleared
2 271 (16.37%) SC Cleared
3 242 (14.62%) Cisco Certification
4 189 (11.42%) CCNP
5 83 (5.02%) CCNA
6 80 (4.83%) Degree
7 69 (4.17%) DV Cleared
8 62 (3.75%) CCIE
9 47 (2.84%) Microsoft Certification
10 41 (2.48%) CISSP
11 27 (1.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 23 (1.39%) BPSS Clearance
13 22 (1.33%) MCSE
14 19 (1.15%) CCDP
15 18 (1.09%) CCDA
16 16 (0.97%) ITIL Certification
17 14 (0.85%) CISM
17 14 (0.85%) Computer Science Degree
18 13 (0.79%) CCSA
18 13 (0.79%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (3.26%) SLA
2 27 (1.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 25 (1.51%) NCSC
4 22 (1.33%) PMO
5 13 (0.79%) NIST
6 12 (0.73%) Cyber Essentials
7 10 (0.60%) GDPR
7 10 (0.60%) QA
8 7 (0.42%) COBIT
8 7 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 7 (0.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 6 (0.36%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 6 (0.36%) PCI DSS
10 5 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 4 (0.24%) BS7799
11 4 (0.24%) HIPAA
11 4 (0.24%) RMADS
12 3 (0.18%) Data Quality
13 2 (0.12%) Government Security Classifications
13 2 (0.12%) GxP
System Software
1 259 (15.65%) VMware Infrastructure
2 238 (14.38%) Active Directory
3 98 (5.92%) Docker
4 87 (5.26%) Hyper-V
5 60 (3.63%) vSphere
6 55 (3.32%) VMware ESXi
7 54 (3.26%) Virtual Machines
8 47 (2.84%) VMware NSX
9 38 (2.30%) XenApp
10 19 (1.15%) vCloud
11 18 (1.09%) Microsoft App-V
11 18 (1.09%) Virtual Servers
12 16 (0.97%) Oracle RAC
13 12 (0.73%) Firmware
13 12 (0.73%) NFS
13 12 (0.73%) Virtual Desktop
14 10 (0.60%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 9 (0.54%) Terminal Services
15 9 (0.54%) VMware Server
15 9 (0.54%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 117 (7.07%) Ansible
2 100 (6.04%) SCCM
3 84 (5.08%) Kubernetes
4 73 (4.41%) Puppet
5 71 (4.29%) Terraform
6 49 (2.96%) Opscode Chef
7 41 (2.48%) SCOM
8 34 (2.05%) vRealize
9 32 (1.93%) vCenter Server
10 24 (1.45%) NetBackup
11 21 (1.27%) FortiGate
11 21 (1.27%) Nagios
12 19 (1.15%) WSUS
13 15 (0.91%) Microsoft Clustering
14 14 (0.85%) Host Intrusion Detection System
14 14 (0.85%) McAfee ePO
14 14 (0.85%) Network Intrusion Detection System
15 13 (0.79%) Microsoft Intune
15 13 (0.79%) ThinApp
16 12 (0.73%) Salt
Vendors
1 427 (25.80%) Cisco
2 397 (23.99%) VMware
3 280 (16.92%) Microsoft
4 149 (9.00%) Citrix
5 116 (7.01%) CheckPoint
6 102 (6.16%) Oracle
7 96 (5.80%) Dell
8 95 (5.74%) HP
9 90 (5.44%) Juniper
10 83 (5.02%) Palo Alto
11 79 (4.77%) F5
12 57 (3.44%) Red Hat
13 50 (3.02%) NetApp
14 47 (2.84%) McAfee
14 47 (2.84%) SolarWinds
15 45 (2.72%) EMC
15 45 (2.72%) Fortinet
16 32 (1.93%) Meraki
17 29 (1.75%) Aruba
17 29 (1.75%) Brocade