Period
to 16 August 2018

The median contractor rate for a Design Engineer was £485 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 16 August 2018.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in 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.

Design Engineer
UK
6 months to
16 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 683 663 699
Rank change year-on-year -20 +36 -74
Contract jobs requiring a Design Engineer 205 200 210
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.21% 0.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.21% 0.22% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 123 95 81
UK median daily rate £485 £403 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.35% -2.89% +10.67%
10th Percentile £363 £305 £285
90th Percentile £583 £515 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £400 £378
% change year-on-year +18.75% +5.96% +7.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 24 24
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £31.25 £26.88 £29.33
90th Percentile £49.25 £45.58 £42.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 97,050 90,865 103,552
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.87% 94.97% 94.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,549 59,046 67,469
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,109 2,798 3,126
UK median hourly rate £17.88 £18.70 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.39% -1.58% +6.38%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.32
90th Percentile £48.00 £48.83 £46.69
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.78 £19.00
% change year-on-year -1.55% -6.45% +11.76%

Design Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Design Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Design Engineer in the UK

Design Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Design Engineer.

Contractor daily rate trend for Design Engineer in the UK

Design Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Design Engineer over the 6 months to 16 August 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Design Engineer in the UK

Design Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Design Engineer.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Design Engineer in the UK

Design Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Design Engineer over the 6 months to 16 August 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Design Engineer in the UK

Design Engineer
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Design Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 16 August 2018. 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 -85 159 £513 +23.87% 118
UK excluding London -32 157 £475 +18.75% 113
London 0 42 £570 +14.00% 13
Midlands -6 32 £530 +33.33% 11
Scotland -7 31 £440 +10.00% 6
South East -46 30 £350 -12.83% 31
South West +4 28 £513 +41.38% 20
West Midlands -11 26 £530 +25.44% 7
Wales - 13 £425 - 2
East of England -8 12 £525 +24.56% 32
North of England -31 11 £390 -16.13% 11
North West -29 7 £513 +2.50% 4
East Midlands -12 6 £365 -2.67% 4
North East -9 3 £380 -5.00% 1
Yorkshire -19 1 - - 6

Design Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 August 2018, Design Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Design Engineer in the job title.

1 67 (32.68%) Security Cleared
2 65 (31.71%) SC Cleared
3 58 (28.29%) Network Design
4 54 (26.34%) Cisco
5 50 (24.39%) Firewall
6 43 (20.98%) WAN
7 40 (19.51%) Network Security
8 39 (19.02%) Finance
9 33 (16.10%) Banking
9 33 (16.10%) Data Centre
10 30 (14.63%) Agile Software Development
10 30 (14.63%) Cisco ASA
11 29 (14.15%) Degree
11 29 (14.15%) Cisco Certification
11 29 (14.15%) Windows
12 28 (13.66%) Wireless
12 28 (13.66%) Migration
13 26 (12.68%) FortiGate
14 25 (12.20%) Continuous Improvement
14 25 (12.20%) Microsoft
15 24 (11.71%) Resource Management
16 23 (11.22%) Cryptography
16 23 (11.22%) CCNP
16 23 (11.22%) Microsoft Azure
17 22 (10.73%) Amazon AWS
17 22 (10.73%) WAN Optimisation
17 22 (10.73%) VPN
17 22 (10.73%) Nokia
17 22 (10.73%) PowerShell
18 21 (10.24%) Fortinet

Design Engineer Skill Set
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 19 (9.27%) IIS
2 15 (7.32%) SharePoint
2 15 (7.32%) SharePoint 2010
2 15 (7.32%) SharePoint 2013
2 15 (7.32%) SharePoint Server
3 8 (3.90%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.49%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.49%) Oracle Workflow
4 1 (0.49%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 15 (7.32%) InfoPath
2 8 (3.90%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (3.41%) Microsoft Office
4 3 (1.46%) OrCAD
4 3 (1.46%) Siemens NX
5 2 (0.98%) AutoCAD
5 2 (0.98%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.98%) Simulink
5 2 (0.98%) SOLIDWORKS
6 1 (0.49%) Autodesk Inventor
6 1 (0.49%) CATIA
6 1 (0.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.49%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.49%) PTC Creo
Business Applications
1 2 (0.98%) LabWindows
Cloud Services
1 23 (11.22%) Microsoft Azure
2 22 (10.73%) Amazon AWS
3 20 (9.76%) Office 365
4 5 (2.44%) SaaS
5 4 (1.95%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.49%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.49%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.49%) BrowserStack
6 1 (0.49%) G Suite
6 1 (0.49%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.49%) OneDrive
6 1 (0.49%) PaaS
6 1 (0.49%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 50 (24.39%) Firewall
2 43 (20.98%) WAN
3 40 (19.51%) Network Security
4 30 (14.63%) Cisco ASA
5 28 (13.66%) Wireless
6 22 (10.73%) VPN
7 17 (8.29%) LAN
8 14 (6.83%) Ethernet
9 13 (6.34%) BGP
10 10 (4.88%) Junos
10 10 (4.88%) OSPF
11 7 (3.41%) Cisco IOS
12 6 (2.93%) MPLS
12 6 (2.93%) NetScaler
12 6 (2.93%) VoIP
13 5 (2.44%) Cisco Nexus
13 5 (2.44%) EIGRP
13 5 (2.44%) VLAN
14 4 (1.95%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
14 4 (1.95%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (6.34%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.98%) SQL Server 2014
2 2 (0.98%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (0.49%) GIS
Development Applications
1 11 (5.37%) Team Foundation Server
1 11 (5.37%) Visual Studio
2 9 (4.39%) Rational DOORS
3 6 (2.93%) Selenium
4 4 (1.95%) Maven
4 4 (1.95%) Protractor
5 3 (1.46%) Jenkins
5 3 (1.46%) LabVIEW
6 2 (0.98%) WebDriver
7 1 (0.49%) Cucumber
7 1 (0.49%) Jasmine
7 1 (0.49%) JIRA
7 1 (0.49%) MSI
7 1 (0.49%) MSTest
7 1 (0.49%) NUnit
7 1 (0.49%) TeamCity
General
1 39 (19.02%) Finance
2 33 (16.10%) Banking
3 15 (7.32%) Electronics
4 13 (6.34%) Manufacturing
4 13 (6.34%) Telecoms
5 12 (5.85%) Aerospace
6 11 (5.37%) Automotive
7 2 (0.98%) Avionics
7 2 (0.98%) Military
7 2 (0.98%) Retail
8 1 (0.49%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (7.32%) CSS
1 15 (7.32%) jQuery
1 15 (7.32%) XML
1 15 (7.32%) XSLT
2 11 (5.37%) .NET
3 6 (2.93%) WAP
4 5 (2.44%) Flash
4 5 (2.44%) SAML
5 3 (1.46%) Web Services
6 2 (0.98%) JSON
6 2 (0.98%) Spring
6 2 (0.98%) Swagger
7 1 (0.49%) Middleware
7 1 (0.49%) Node.js
7 1 (0.49%) Qt
7 1 (0.49%) RESTful
7 1 (0.49%) Scilab
Miscellaneous
1 33 (16.10%) Data Centre
2 20 (9.76%) Computer Science
3 14 (6.83%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 9 (4.39%) PKI
5 8 (3.90%) Analytical Skills
6 4 (1.95%) VHDL
7 3 (1.46%) Smart Meter
8 2 (0.98%) Client/Server
8 2 (0.98%) Embedded Systems
8 2 (0.98%) Private Cloud
8 2 (0.98%) Replication
8 2 (0.98%) Self-Motivation
8 2 (0.98%) User Experience
8 2 (0.98%) Video\Live Streaming
8 2 (0.98%) Virtual Team
9 1 (0.49%) ASIC
9 1 (0.49%) FMCG
9 1 (0.49%) Management Information System
9 1 (0.49%) Verilog
9 1 (0.49%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 29 (14.15%) Windows
2 19 (9.27%) Windows Server 2012
3 18 (8.78%) Linux
4 16 (7.80%) Windows Server
4 16 (7.80%) Windows Server 2008
5 15 (7.32%) Windows Server 2003
6 14 (6.83%) Unix
7 5 (2.44%) Solaris
8 4 (1.95%) Windows 10
9 2 (0.98%) AIX
9 2 (0.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.98%) Windows 2000
9 2 (0.98%) Windows Embedded Compact
9 2 (0.98%) Windows NT
9 2 (0.98%) Windows XP
10 1 (0.49%) Android
10 1 (0.49%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.49%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.49%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (28.29%) Network Design
2 30 (14.63%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (13.66%) Migration
4 25 (12.20%) Continuous Improvement
5 24 (11.71%) Resource Management
6 23 (11.22%) Cryptography
7 22 (10.73%) WAN Optimisation
8 15 (7.32%) High Availability
9 14 (6.83%) Workflow
10 11 (5.37%) CAD
10 11 (5.37%) Records Management
10 11 (5.37%) Validation
11 7 (3.41%) Change Management
11 7 (3.41%) Physics
12 6 (2.93%) Analytics
12 6 (2.93%) Schematic Capture
12 6 (2.93%) Security Architecture
12 6 (2.93%) Software Engineering
12 6 (2.93%) Test Automation
13 5 (2.44%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 22 (10.73%) PowerShell
2 19 (9.27%) C
3 18 (8.78%) JavaScript
4 11 (5.37%) C#
5 7 (3.41%) MATLAB
5 7 (3.41%) Python
6 6 (2.93%) Java
7 5 (2.44%) C++
8 3 (1.46%) Korn
8 3 (1.46%) Perl
9 2 (0.98%) SQL
10 1 (0.49%) Ada
10 1 (0.49%) Embedded C
10 1 (0.49%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 67 (32.68%) Security Cleared
2 65 (31.71%) SC Cleared
3 29 (14.15%) Cisco Certification
3 29 (14.15%) Degree
4 23 (11.22%) CCNP
5 18 (8.78%) Computer Science Degree
6 16 (7.80%) Microsoft Certification
7 14 (6.83%) CCIE
8 11 (5.37%) MCSE
9 4 (1.95%) CCDP
9 4 (1.95%) DV Cleared
10 3 (1.46%) CCNA
11 2 (0.98%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (0.98%) JNCIP
12 1 (0.49%) CCIE Data Center
12 1 (0.49%) CCIP
12 1 (0.49%) Chartered Engineer
12 1 (0.49%) JNCIE
12 1 (0.49%) JNCIS
12 1 (0.49%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (4.39%) QA
2 7 (3.41%) DO-254
3 6 (2.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (1.46%) DO-178B
5 2 (0.98%) ARP4754
5 2 (0.98%) SLA
6 1 (0.49%) COBIT
6 1 (0.49%) HIPAA
6 1 (0.49%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (0.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 11 (5.37%) Active Directory
2 9 (4.39%) XenApp
2 9 (4.39%) XenDesktop
3 6 (2.93%) XenServer
4 3 (1.46%) Microsoft App-V
4 3 (1.46%) Veritas Cluster Server
5 2 (0.98%) Firmware
5 2 (0.98%) Virtual Desktop
5 2 (0.98%) VMware NSX
5 2 (0.98%) vSphere
6 1 (0.49%) Docker
6 1 (0.49%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 26 (12.68%) FortiGate
2 5 (2.44%) Network Intrusion Detection System
2 5 (2.44%) SCCM
3 2 (0.98%) EdgeSight
3 2 (0.98%) Failover Clustering
3 2 (0.98%) vCenter Server
4 1 (0.49%) Cisco CUCM
4 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (0.49%) SCOM
Vendors
1 54 (26.34%) Cisco
2 25 (12.20%) Microsoft
3 22 (10.73%) Nokia
4 21 (10.24%) Fortinet
5 20 (9.76%) CheckPoint
5 20 (9.76%) McAfee
5 20 (9.76%) Oracle
6 19 (9.27%) Aruba
7 14 (6.83%) Juniper
8 12 (5.85%) EMC
9 11 (5.37%) Nintex
10 10 (4.88%) Citrix
11 8 (3.90%) VMware
12 6 (2.93%) HP
13 5 (2.44%) F5
13 5 (2.44%) Ivanti
14 3 (1.46%) Cypress Semiconductor
14 3 (1.46%) Forcepoint
14 3 (1.46%) Veritas
14 3 (1.46%) Xilinx