Period
to 29 July 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 29 July 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
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 129 107 97
Rank change year-on-year -22 -10 +11
Contract jobs citing Data Centre 1,465 810 2,315
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.04% 2.20% 2.53%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 6.83% 7.22% 8.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 979 561 1,454
10th Percentile £313 £250 £275
25th Percentile £401 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £488 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +8.33% - -
75th Percentile £575 £550 £538
90th Percentile £675 £625 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 19 62
10th Percentile £14.89 £11.24 £15.00
25th Percentile £21.19 £17.88 £15.56
Median hourly rate £39.60 £25.33 £19.03
Median % change year-on-year +56.34% +33.11% -26.10%
75th Percentile £54.63 £44.58 £50.00
90th Percentile £68.00 £57.00 £83.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.50 £21.00 £19.03
% change year-on-year +88.10% +10.35% -18.15%

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 21,439 11,221 26,790
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 29.87% 30.54% 29.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,639 7,451 17,606
10th Percentile £306 £263 £281
25th Percentile £406 £380 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £495 £475
Median % change year-on-year +1.01% +4.21% -
75th Percentile £619 £600 £575
90th Percentile £706 £720 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £433 £425
% change year-on-year +4.01% +1.80% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 697 414 913
10th Percentile £11.82 £12.42 £11.80
25th Percentile £15.04 £16.54 £14.00
Median hourly rate £24.00 £25.42 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year -5.57% +27.08% -12.09%
75th Percentile £47.96 £46.25 £45.00
90th Percentile £62.10 £55.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £21.85 £18.50
% change year-on-year -6.18% +18.11% -17.78%

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 July 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 29 July 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 29 July 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 -16 1,185 £488 +8.33% 409
UK excluding London +3 638 £450 +5.88% 298
London -37 514 £516 +8.68% 127
Work from Home -51 453 £500 +17.65% 80
South East +11 228 £470 +4.44% 70
North of England -16 109 £425 -5.56% 89
Midlands -10 94 £450 +38.46% 70
East of England +19 73 £425 +41.67% 26
South West +2 61 £475 -5.00% 25
West Midlands -18 61 £450 +38.46% 41
North West -13 59 £400 +14.29% 57
Scotland -32 54 £450 +5.26% 6
Yorkshire -19 42 £475 - 22
East Midlands 0 30 £500 +185.71% 29
Wales +8 17 £373 +43.27% 7
Northern Ireland - 10 £450 - 5
North East -8 8 £450 -5.26% 10

For the 6 months to 29 July 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.

1 434 (29.62%) Migration
2 370 (25.26%) Azure
3 354 (24.16%) Windows
4 337 (23.00%) VMware
5 334 (22.80%) Cisco
6 316 (21.57%) Social Skills
7 309 (21.09%) Security Cleared
8 290 (19.80%) AWS
9 275 (18.77%) Microsoft
10 270 (18.43%) Firewall
11 255 (17.41%) Finance
12 252 (17.20%) Linux
13 237 (16.18%) SC Cleared
14 222 (15.15%) VMware Infrastructure
15 201 (13.72%) DevOps
16 195 (13.31%) WAN
17 188 (12.83%) LAN
18 166 (11.33%) Agile Software Development
19 159 (10.85%) Active Directory
20 156 (10.65%) Project Management
21 153 (10.44%) ITIL
22 150 (10.24%) Cisco Certification
22 150 (10.24%) Windows Server
23 139 (9.49%) Python
24 135 (9.22%) Ansible
25 133 (9.08%) PowerShell
26 129 (8.81%) SQL
27 124 (8.46%) Terraform
28 116 (7.92%) Infrastructure Engineering
29 112 (7.65%) Stakeholder Management

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 44 (3.00%) SharePoint
2 42 (2.87%) OpenStack
3 37 (2.53%) Confluence
4 20 (1.37%) Apache
4 20 (1.37%) MS Exchange
5 14 (0.96%) Apache Spark
6 11 (0.75%) Apache Airflow
6 11 (0.75%) IIS
6 11 (0.75%) Luigi
7 10 (0.68%) WebSphere
8 8 (0.55%) Tomcat
9 7 (0.48%) JBoss
9 7 (0.48%) WebLogic
10 6 (0.41%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 4 (0.27%) Elasticsearch
12 3 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2013
13 2 (0.14%) Oracle Service Bus
13 2 (0.14%) WebSphere Application Server
14 1 (0.068%) Exchange Server 2010
14 1 (0.068%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 52 (3.55%) Microsoft Office
2 48 (3.28%) MS Visio
3 36 (2.46%) Microsoft Excel
4 28 (1.91%) Microsoft Project
5 25 (1.71%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 7 (0.48%) AutoCAD
7 4 (0.27%) Revit
8 1 (0.068%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.068%) CorelDRAW
8 1 (0.068%) FrameMaker
8 1 (0.068%) Snagit
8 1 (0.068%) SOLIDWORKS
8 1 (0.068%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (0.34%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (0.27%) Oracle Applications
2 4 (0.27%) Oracle EBS R12
2 4 (0.27%) Oracle Financials
3 3 (0.20%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.20%) SAP ERP
4 2 (0.14%) Cerner Millennium
4 2 (0.14%) iTrent
4 2 (0.14%) Oracle Payables
4 2 (0.14%) Oracle Utilities
4 2 (0.14%) Orchard Housing
4 2 (0.14%) SAP S/4HANA
4 2 (0.14%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 2 (0.14%) Summit
5 1 (0.068%) Cloudability
5 1 (0.068%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
5 1 (0.068%) SAP MDG
5 1 (0.068%) SAP PM
5 1 (0.068%) SAP VC
Cloud Services
1 370 (25.26%) Azure
2 290 (19.80%) AWS
3 102 (6.96%) IaaS
4 93 (6.35%) Microsoft 365
5 83 (5.67%) PaaS
6 70 (4.78%) SaaS
7 69 (4.71%) GCP
8 35 (2.39%) Azure Active Directory
9 25 (1.71%) Serverless
10 24 (1.64%) Cloud Computing
11 23 (1.57%) GitHub
12 16 (1.09%) AWS CloudFormation
13 15 (1.02%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 15 (1.02%) Amazon EKS
13 15 (1.02%) OpenShift
14 13 (0.89%) Azure ExpressRoute
15 12 (0.82%) Azure Stack
16 11 (0.75%) Azure Cosmos DB
17 10 (0.68%) AWS CodePipeline
17 10 (0.68%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 270 (18.43%) Firewall
2 195 (13.31%) WAN
3 188 (12.83%) LAN
4 104 (7.10%) SAN
5 98 (6.69%) Network Security
6 87 (5.94%) VPN
7 85 (5.80%) Wireless
8 78 (5.32%) Cisco Nexus
9 74 (5.05%) BGP
10 72 (4.91%) DNS
11 67 (4.57%) MPLS
12 62 (4.23%) OSPF
13 61 (4.16%) Internet
14 59 (4.03%) DHCP
15 48 (3.28%) Cisco ASA
15 48 (3.28%) VSAN
16 46 (3.14%) TCP/IP
17 36 (2.46%) Software-Defined Networking
18 34 (2.32%) NAS
19 32 (2.18%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (4.85%) SQL Server
2 42 (2.87%) PostgreSQL
3 39 (2.66%) Big Data
4 28 (1.91%) Oracle Database
5 27 (1.84%) NoSQL
6 25 (1.71%) Relational Database
7 18 (1.23%) Hadoop
7 18 (1.23%) MySQL
8 15 (1.02%) MongoDB
9 14 (0.96%) Amazon RDS
9 14 (0.96%) Apache Cassandra
10 11 (0.75%) Azkaban
10 11 (0.75%) Data Warehouse
11 10 (0.68%) Metadata
11 10 (0.68%) Spark SQL
12 8 (0.55%) RDBMS
13 7 (0.48%) DataStage
13 7 (0.48%) Oracle Exadata
14 6 (0.41%) Oracle Reports
15 5 (0.34%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 43 (2.94%) Jenkins
2 37 (2.53%) Git (software)
3 33 (2.25%) JIRA
4 24 (1.64%) GitLab
5 22 (1.50%) Sonatype Nexus
6 8 (0.55%) Bitbucket
6 8 (0.55%) Hudson
7 7 (0.48%) Vagrant
7 7 (0.48%) Visual Studio
8 4 (0.27%) Maven
9 3 (0.20%) Chocolatey
9 3 (0.20%) Gradle
9 3 (0.20%) SonarQube
10 2 (0.14%) eggPlant
10 2 (0.14%) git-flow
10 2 (0.14%) Oracle Forms
10 2 (0.14%) SoapUI
10 2 (0.14%) Terragrunt
10 2 (0.14%) Toad
10 2 (0.14%) webpack
General
1 316 (21.57%) Social Skills
2 255 (17.41%) Finance
3 94 (6.42%) Telecoms
4 92 (6.28%) Public Sector
5 69 (4.71%) Analytical Skills
6 55 (3.75%) Banking
7 49 (3.34%) Presentation Skills
8 37 (2.53%) Documentation Skills
9 24 (1.64%) Influencing Skills
10 18 (1.23%) Organisational Skills
11 17 (1.16%) Legal
12 12 (0.82%) Manufacturing
13 10 (0.68%) Financial Institution
13 10 (0.68%) Italian Language
14 9 (0.61%) Electronics
14 9 (0.61%) Retail
15 8 (0.55%) Investment Banking
16 7 (0.48%) Local Government
16 7 (0.48%) Marketing
16 7 (0.48%) Police
Job Titles
1 279 (19.04%) Architect
2 179 (12.22%) Project Manager
3 152 (10.38%) Network Engineer
4 85 (5.80%) Consultant
5 84 (5.73%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 70 (4.78%) Infrastructure Manager
7 59 (4.03%) Solutions Architect
8 56 (3.82%) Data Centre Engineer
9 54 (3.69%) Azure Engineer
9 54 (3.69%) Cloud Architect
9 54 (3.69%) DevOps Engineer
10 51 (3.48%) Cloud Engineer
11 50 (3.41%) Analyst
12 48 (3.28%) Infrastructure Architect
13 47 (3.21%) Infrastructure Project Manager
14 46 (3.14%) Data Centre Manager
15 42 (2.87%) IT Manager
16 37 (2.53%) VMware Engineer
17 36 (2.46%) Network Architect
18 35 (2.39%) Cisco Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (3.48%) JSON
2 40 (2.73%) XML
3 31 (2.12%) Middleware
4 29 (1.98%) YAML
5 22 (1.50%) Web Services
6 20 (1.37%) REST
7 17 (1.16%) Kafka
7 17 (1.16%) Spine.js
8 16 (1.09%) .NET
8 16 (1.09%) LDAP
9 14 (0.96%) React
10 12 (0.82%) Node.js
11 11 (0.75%) Elastic Stack
11 11 (0.75%) GraphQL
11 11 (0.75%) SOAP
12 9 (0.61%) 802.1X
12 9 (0.61%) AngularJS
13 8 (0.55%) HTML
14 7 (0.48%) ASP.NET
14 7 (0.48%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 106 (7.24%) Public Cloud
2 53 (3.62%) Clustering
3 47 (3.21%) Management Information System
3 47 (3.21%) Private Cloud
4 46 (3.14%) Cloud Native
5 44 (3.00%) Hybrid Cloud
6 37 (2.53%) Data Protection Act
7 32 (2.18%) Replication
8 27 (1.84%) Virtual Team
9 26 (1.77%) Self-Motivation
10 23 (1.57%) Enterprise Storage
11 21 (1.43%) PKI
12 17 (1.16%) Derivative
13 16 (1.09%) CMDB
13 16 (1.09%) Driving Licence
14 13 (0.89%) User Experience
15 12 (0.82%) Greenfield Project
16 11 (0.75%) Data Structures
16 11 (0.75%) Enterprise Software
17 10 (0.68%) Legacy Applications
Operating Systems
1 354 (24.16%) Windows
2 252 (17.20%) Linux
3 150 (10.24%) Windows Server
4 69 (4.71%) Unix
5 65 (4.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 52 (3.55%) Windows Server 2016
7 46 (3.14%) Windows Server 2012
8 35 (2.39%) Windows Server 2019
9 34 (2.32%) Solaris
9 34 (2.32%) Windows 10
10 33 (2.25%) AIX
11 32 (2.18%) Windows Server 2008
12 20 (1.37%) HPUX
13 14 (0.96%) Windows 7
14 12 (0.82%) VMS
15 10 (0.68%) Ubuntu
16 9 (0.61%) OpenVMS
16 9 (0.61%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
17 7 (0.48%) CentOS
18 6 (0.41%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 434 (29.62%) Migration
2 201 (13.72%) DevOps
3 166 (11.33%) Agile Software Development
4 156 (10.65%) Project Management
5 153 (10.44%) ITIL
6 116 (7.92%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 112 (7.65%) Stakeholder Management
8 98 (6.69%) Disaster Recovery
9 93 (6.35%) Network Design
10 84 (5.73%) Project Delivery
11 66 (4.51%) Cybersecurity
12 65 (4.44%) Configuration Management
12 65 (4.44%) Data Protection
12 65 (4.44%) Load Balancing
13 64 (4.37%) PRINCE2
14 62 (4.23%) Infrastructure as Code
15 57 (3.89%) Scrum
16 56 (3.82%) Problem-Solving
17 54 (3.69%) Service Management
18 50 (3.41%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 139 (9.49%) Python
2 133 (9.08%) PowerShell
3 129 (8.81%) SQL
4 70 (4.78%) Bash Shell
5 57 (3.89%) Java
6 40 (2.73%) JavaScript
7 23 (1.57%) C
8 21 (1.43%) Perl
8 21 (1.43%) Shell Script
9 20 (1.37%) C#
10 18 (1.23%) TypeScript
11 17 (1.16%) PHP
12 16 (1.09%) C++
13 13 (0.89%) Scala
14 11 (0.75%) Ruby
15 10 (0.68%) Go
15 10 (0.68%) PL/SQL
16 7 (0.48%) T-SQL
17 6 (0.41%) VB.NET
18 5 (0.34%) VB
Qualifications
1 309 (21.09%) Security Cleared
2 237 (16.18%) SC Cleared
3 150 (10.24%) Cisco Certification
4 95 (6.48%) CCNP
5 76 (5.19%) Degree
6 66 (4.51%) CCIE
7 56 (3.82%) CCNA
8 50 (3.41%) DV Cleared
9 27 (1.84%) Microsoft Certification
10 25 (1.71%) CISSP
11 21 (1.43%) PMP
12 18 (1.23%) MCSE
13 17 (1.16%) Computer Science Degree
14 16 (1.09%) AWS Certification
14 16 (1.09%) ITIL Certification
14 16 (1.09%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 14 (0.96%) PMI Certification
16 13 (0.89%) CCIE Service Provider
16 13 (0.89%) MCSA
17 11 (0.75%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (2.94%) SLA
2 32 (2.18%) QA
3 24 (1.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 19 (1.30%) GDPR
5 18 (1.23%) Data Quality
6 17 (1.16%) OASIS TOSCA
7 14 (0.96%) PCI DSS
7 14 (0.96%) PMO
8 9 (0.61%) NIST
9 7 (0.48%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 6 (0.41%) FedRAMP
11 5 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27005
12 4 (0.27%) NCSC
13 3 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
13 3 (0.20%) GRC
13 3 (0.20%) ISO 22301
13 3 (0.20%) SOC 2
14 2 (0.14%) Accessibility
14 2 (0.14%) COBIT
14 2 (0.14%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 222 (15.15%) VMware Infrastructure
2 159 (10.85%) Active Directory
3 108 (7.37%) Docker
4 91 (6.21%) vSphere
5 73 (4.98%) VMware ESXi
6 70 (4.78%) Hyper-V
7 64 (4.37%) VMware NSX
8 50 (3.41%) Virtual Machines
9 25 (1.71%) KVM
10 20 (1.37%) Microsoft App-V
11 19 (1.30%) Virtual Desktop
12 18 (1.23%) LXC
13 16 (1.09%) NFS
14 12 (0.82%) DFS Replication
14 12 (0.82%) vCloud
14 12 (0.82%) XenApp
15 10 (0.68%) Virtual Servers
16 6 (0.41%) Firmware
17 5 (0.34%) Oracle RAC
18 4 (0.27%) SRDF
Systems Management
1 135 (9.22%) Ansible
2 124 (8.46%) Terraform
3 111 (7.58%) Kubernetes
4 62 (4.23%) SCCM
5 57 (3.89%) Puppet
6 48 (3.28%) vCenter Server
6 48 (3.28%) vRealize
7 36 (2.46%) Opscode Chef
8 23 (1.57%) Grafana
8 23 (1.57%) Prometheus
9 19 (1.30%) NetBackup
10 18 (1.23%) Docker Swarm
10 18 (1.23%) SCOM
11 17 (1.16%) Cloudify
11 17 (1.16%) FortiGate
11 17 (1.16%) Juju
12 15 (1.02%) PowerCLI
13 14 (0.96%) Active Directory Federation Services
13 14 (0.96%) Failover Clustering
13 14 (0.96%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 337 (23.00%) VMware
2 334 (22.80%) Cisco
3 275 (18.77%) Microsoft
4 100 (6.83%) Oracle
5 86 (5.87%) CheckPoint
6 85 (5.80%) F5
6 85 (5.80%) Red Hat
7 77 (5.26%) Juniper
8 75 (5.12%) Dell
9 73 (4.98%) HP
10 69 (4.71%) Citrix
11 59 (4.03%) IBM
12 53 (3.62%) EMC
12 53 (3.62%) Palo Alto
13 40 (2.73%) NetApp
14 36 (2.46%) Fortinet
15 32 (2.18%) Meraki
16 28 (1.91%) Google
17 26 (1.77%) Nokia
17 26 (1.77%) SolarWinds