Period
to 24 May 2018

The median contractor rate for a Design Engineer was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 May 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
24 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 652 645 694
Rank change year-on-year -7 +49 -132
Contract jobs requiring a Design Engineer 235 202 194
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.23% 0.22% 0.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.25% 0.24% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 129 96 74
UK median daily rate £475 £425 £386
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.76% +10.03% +3.00%
10th Percentile £362 £306 £297
90th Percentile £550 £544 £518
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £423 £370
% change year-on-year +12.43% +14.19% -1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 21 38
UK median hourly rate £41.00 £40.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +6.67% -9.64%
10th Percentile £25.70 £39.00 £26.93
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.25 £44.43
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +2.50% +6.67% -9.64%

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 95,587 85,750 100,408
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 94.93% 95.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,753 55,622 65,088
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £252
90th Percentile £631 £613 £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 3,007 2,882 3,141
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.99% -6.26% +14.29%
10th Percentile £10.88 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% -7.69% +16.70%

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 24 May 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 24 May 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Design Engineer in the UK

Design Engineer
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 Design Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 24 May 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 -31 195 £485 +14.12% 106
UK excluding London +3 192 £475 +12.43% 104
Midlands +36 53 £485 +14.12% 18
West Midlands +24 48 £493 +12.57% 9
South East -52 43 £423 -0.59% 26
London -37 36 £500 - 14
Scotland -11 26 £427 +1.61% 2
South West +11 24 £500 +45.45% 26
East of England +15 22 - - 17
North of England -40 14 £390 -11.36% 5
North West -37 10 £513 +13.89% 1
Wales +1 9 £425 +47.83% 10
East Midlands +6 5 £365 -5.19% 9
North East +8 3 £380 -
Northern Ireland -1 1 - -
Yorkshire -16 1 - - 4

Design Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 May 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 79 (33.62%) Security Cleared
2 78 (33.19%) Network Design
3 76 (32.34%) SC Cleared
4 67 (28.51%) Firewall
4 67 (28.51%) Cisco
5 47 (20.00%) WAN
6 45 (19.15%) Data Centre
7 42 (17.87%) Cisco ASA
8 41 (17.45%) Wireless
9 39 (16.60%) Oracle
9 39 (16.60%) Amazon AWS
10 38 (16.17%) Microsoft Azure
10 38 (16.17%) Fortinet
11 37 (15.74%) Degree
11 37 (15.74%) Nokia
11 37 (15.74%) CheckPoint
11 37 (15.74%) FortiGate
12 36 (15.32%) McAfee
12 36 (15.32%) VPN
13 34 (14.47%) WAN Optimisation
13 34 (14.47%) Aruba
14 33 (14.04%) Windows
15 28 (11.91%) Finance
16 27 (11.49%) Cisco Certification
17 26 (11.06%) Network Security
18 25 (10.64%) Microsoft
18 25 (10.64%) Telecoms
19 23 (9.79%) Banking
20 22 (9.36%) PowerShell
20 22 (9.36%) Electronics

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 17 (7.23%) IIS
2 14 (5.96%) SharePoint
2 14 (5.96%) SharePoint 2010
2 14 (5.96%) SharePoint 2013
2 14 (5.96%) SharePoint Server
3 8 (3.40%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.43%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.43%) Oracle Workflow
4 1 (0.43%) SAS
Applications
1 14 (5.96%) InfoPath
2 7 (2.98%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (2.55%) Microsoft Office
4 5 (2.13%) SOLIDWORKS
5 4 (1.70%) AutoCAD
5 4 (1.70%) CATIA
5 4 (1.70%) OrCAD
6 3 (1.28%) Autodesk Inventor
6 3 (1.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (1.28%) PTC Creo
6 3 (1.28%) Siemens NX
7 2 (0.85%) Simulink
7 2 (0.85%) Windchill
8 1 (0.43%) EPLAN
8 1 (0.43%) GNU Octave
8 1 (0.43%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (1.70%) LabWindows
Cloud Services
1 39 (16.60%) Amazon AWS
2 38 (16.17%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (9.36%) Office 365
4 10 (4.26%) Cloud Computing
5 7 (2.98%) SaaS
6 3 (1.28%) IaaS
6 3 (1.28%) PaaS
7 1 (0.43%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.43%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 67 (28.51%) Firewall
2 47 (20.00%) WAN
3 42 (17.87%) Cisco ASA
4 41 (17.45%) Wireless
5 36 (15.32%) VPN
6 26 (11.06%) Network Security
7 16 (6.81%) LAN
8 15 (6.38%) Ethernet
9 11 (4.68%) Cisco IOS
10 10 (4.26%) Junos
10 10 (4.26%) NetScaler
11 8 (3.40%) VLAN
11 8 (3.40%) VoLTE
12 7 (2.98%) BGP
12 7 (2.98%) LTE
12 7 (2.98%) OSPF
13 4 (1.70%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
13 4 (1.70%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
13 4 (1.70%) HSPA
13 4 (1.70%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (4.68%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.28%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (0.43%) Amazon Redshift
3 1 (0.43%) Apache Hive
3 1 (0.43%) Big Data
3 1 (0.43%) Blockchain
3 1 (0.43%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.43%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.43%) Hadoop
3 1 (0.43%) SAS EBI
3 1 (0.43%) SQL Server 2014
3 1 (0.43%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (0.43%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 10 (4.26%) Rational DOORS
1 10 (4.26%) Team Foundation Server
1 10 (4.26%) Visual Studio
2 4 (1.70%) LabVIEW
3 3 (1.28%) Jenkins
4 2 (0.85%) MSI
4 2 (0.85%) Subversion
5 1 (0.43%) JIRA
5 1 (0.43%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 28 (11.91%) Finance
2 25 (10.64%) Telecoms
3 23 (9.79%) Banking
4 22 (9.36%) Electronics
5 16 (6.81%) Manufacturing
6 12 (5.11%) Automotive
7 9 (3.83%) Aerospace
8 4 (1.70%) Military
9 1 (0.43%) Avionics
9 1 (0.43%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (5.96%) CSS
1 14 (5.96%) jQuery
1 14 (5.96%) XML
1 14 (5.96%) XSLT
2 10 (4.26%) .NET
3 8 (3.40%) WAP
4 7 (2.98%) SAML
5 3 (1.28%) Flash
5 3 (1.28%) REST
5 3 (1.28%) SOAP
5 3 (1.28%) Web Services
6 1 (0.43%) JSON
6 1 (0.43%) Middleware
6 1 (0.43%) Qt
6 1 (0.43%) Scilab
6 1 (0.43%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 45 (19.15%) Data Centre
2 18 (7.66%) Computer Science
3 15 (6.38%) Analytical Skills
4 11 (4.68%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 7 (2.98%) PKI
6 4 (1.70%) Handset
7 3 (1.28%) Self-Motivation
7 3 (1.28%) VHDL
8 2 (0.85%) Client/Server
8 2 (0.85%) Embedded Systems
8 2 (0.85%) Verilog
8 2 (0.85%) Virtual Team
9 1 (0.43%) ASIC
9 1 (0.43%) Clustering
9 1 (0.43%) FMCG
9 1 (0.43%) Management Information System
9 1 (0.43%) Mobile App
9 1 (0.43%) Replication
9 1 (0.43%) User Experience
9 1 (0.43%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 33 (14.04%) Windows
2 17 (7.23%) Windows Server 2008
2 17 (7.23%) Windows Server 2012
3 16 (6.81%) Windows Server
4 15 (6.38%) Windows Server 2003
5 14 (5.96%) Linux
6 10 (4.26%) Unix
7 7 (2.98%) Windows 10
8 6 (2.55%) Solaris
9 4 (1.70%) Windows 7
10 3 (1.28%) Android
11 2 (0.85%) AIX
11 2 (0.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (0.85%) Windows 2000
11 2 (0.85%) Windows Embedded Compact
11 2 (0.85%) Windows NT
11 2 (0.85%) Windows XP
12 1 (0.43%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.43%) Windows Vista
12 1 (0.43%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (33.19%) Network Design
2 34 (14.47%) WAN Optimisation
3 22 (9.36%) Migration
4 21 (8.94%) CAD
5 19 (8.09%) Workflow
6 17 (7.23%) Validation
7 15 (6.38%) High Availability
8 13 (5.53%) Physics
9 12 (5.11%) Agile Software Development
10 11 (4.68%) Continuous Improvement
10 11 (4.68%) Resource Management
10 11 (4.68%) Stakeholder Management
11 10 (4.26%) Cryptography
11 10 (4.26%) Problem-Solving
11 10 (4.26%) Records Management
12 9 (3.83%) Customer-Centricity
12 9 (3.83%) Project Management
12 9 (3.83%) SIEM
13 8 (3.40%) Cybersecurity
14 7 (2.98%) Server Hardening
Programming Languages
1 22 (9.36%) PowerShell
2 18 (7.66%) C
3 14 (5.96%) JavaScript
4 10 (4.26%) C#
4 10 (4.26%) MATLAB
5 6 (2.55%) Python
5 6 (2.55%) SQL
6 5 (2.13%) C++
7 3 (1.28%) Korn
7 3 (1.28%) Perl
8 2 (0.85%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 79 (33.62%) Security Cleared
2 76 (32.34%) SC Cleared
3 37 (15.74%) Degree
4 27 (11.49%) Cisco Certification
5 17 (7.23%) CCNP
5 17 (7.23%) Computer Science Degree
6 15 (6.38%) Microsoft Certification
7 10 (4.26%) MCSE
8 9 (3.83%) CCIE
9 8 (3.40%) CCNA
10 5 (2.13%) CCDP
11 4 (1.70%) DV Cleared
11 4 (1.70%) Numerate Degree
12 3 (1.28%) HNC
13 2 (0.85%) HND
13 2 (0.85%) ITIL Certification
14 1 (0.43%) CCIP
14 1 (0.43%) Chartered Engineer
14 1 (0.43%) JNCIE
14 1 (0.43%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (4.26%) QA
2 7 (2.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (1.28%) DO-254
3 3 (1.28%) SLA
4 2 (0.85%) ARP4754
4 2 (0.85%) DO-178B
5 1 (0.43%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 1 (0.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 14 (5.96%) Active Directory
2 10 (4.26%) XenApp
3 9 (3.83%) XenDesktop
4 7 (2.98%) Firmware
5 6 (2.55%) XenServer
6 3 (1.28%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 3 (1.28%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (1.28%) vSphere
7 2 (0.85%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.85%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (0.85%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.43%) Apache Flume
8 1 (0.43%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 37 (15.74%) FortiGate
2 7 (2.98%) Network Intrusion Detection System
3 5 (2.13%) SCCM
4 4 (1.70%) Host Intrusion Detection System
5 3 (1.28%) Ansible
5 3 (1.28%) Puppet
6 2 (0.85%) vCenter Server
6 2 (0.85%) WSUS
7 1 (0.43%) Ambari
7 1 (0.43%) Cisco CUCM
7 1 (0.43%) EdgeSight
7 1 (0.43%) Failover Clustering
7 1 (0.43%) Hadoop YARN
7 1 (0.43%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 67 (28.51%) Cisco
2 39 (16.60%) Oracle
3 38 (16.17%) Fortinet
4 37 (15.74%) CheckPoint
4 37 (15.74%) Nokia
5 36 (15.32%) McAfee
6 34 (14.47%) Aruba
7 25 (10.64%) Microsoft
8 17 (7.23%) Juniper
9 14 (5.96%) EMC
10 13 (5.53%) Citrix
11 10 (4.26%) Nintex
11 10 (4.26%) VMware
12 9 (3.83%) HP
13 8 (3.40%) F5
14 5 (2.13%) Ivanti
14 5 (2.13%) SAP
15 3 (1.28%) CA
15 3 (1.28%) Red Hat
15 3 (1.28%) Veritas