Period
to 18 July 2019

The median contractor rate for a Design Engineer was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 July 2019.

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
18 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 666 676 630
Rank change year-on-year +10 -46 +65
Contract jobs requiring a Design Engineer 176 219 217
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.21% 0.23%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.20% 0.22% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 115 130 107
UK median daily rate £475 £485 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.96% +20.22% +0.06%
10th Percentile £319 £363 £305
90th Percentile £575 £583 £510
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £475 £400
% change year-on-year - +18.75% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 26 26
UK median hourly rate £42.00 £42.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.18% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £30.55 £32.63 £35.13
90th Percentile £51.20 £49.00 £45.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.00 £42.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year -1.18% +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 87,535 98,160 90,229
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.49% 94.85% 94.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,549 64,291 58,477
UK median daily rate £470 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £263 £269 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £619
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,925 3,167 2,923
UK median hourly rate £19.81 £18.50 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.05% -1.07% -3.78%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £52.17 £48.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £17.77
% change year-on-year +5.71% -1.52% -6.47%

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 18 July 2019.

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 18 July 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Design Engineer in the UK

Design Engineer
Top 14 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 18 July 2019. 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 +37 159 £475 -6.17% 298
UK excluding London -6 121 £475 - 308
South East +55 61 £450 +9.09% 72
London +57 47 £510 -12.07% 22
South West -25 18 £513 - 49
Midlands -15 14 £498 +2.58% 69
North of England +41 13 £513 +31.41% 40
West Midlands -19 11 £498 -0.50% 41
North West +15 9 £513 - 25
Scotland -4 8 £588 +34.29% 21
East of England +3 5 £275 -47.62% 50
Yorkshire +29 4 £383 - 8
East Midlands +19 3 - - 28
Wales -5 2 £400 -5.88% 12

Design Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 July 2019, 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 87 (49.43%) Network Design
2 60 (34.09%) Cisco
3 45 (25.57%) Cisco Certification
4 43 (24.43%) WAN
5 40 (22.73%) CCNP
6 39 (22.16%) Finance
7 38 (21.59%) LAN
8 37 (21.02%) Security Cleared
9 33 (18.75%) Firewall
10 26 (14.77%) Juniper
11 23 (13.07%) BGP
12 22 (12.50%) Telecoms
12 22 (12.50%) Network Security
12 22 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
12 22 (12.50%) Data Centre
13 21 (11.93%) Banking
13 21 (11.93%) SC Cleared
13 21 (11.93%) Microsoft
13 21 (11.93%) Windows
14 20 (11.36%) CCIE
15 18 (10.23%) Microsoft Azure
15 18 (10.23%) Resource Management
15 18 (10.23%) Cryptography
15 18 (10.23%) F5
15 18 (10.23%) Continuous Improvement
16 17 (9.66%) Active Directory
17 16 (9.09%) CCDP
17 16 (9.09%) Wireless
17 16 (9.09%) CheckPoint
18 15 (8.52%) Python

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 3 (1.70%) MS Exchange
2 2 (1.14%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.14%) Skype for Business
3 1 (0.57%) Confluence
Applications
1 13 (7.39%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.70%) AutoCAD
3 2 (1.14%) MS Visio
3 2 (1.14%) SOLIDWORKS
4 1 (0.57%) Autodesk Inventor
4 1 (0.57%) Fusion 360
4 1 (0.57%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.57%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 2 (1.14%) LabWindows
Cloud Services
1 18 (10.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (6.82%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (3.41%) Azure Active Directory
3 6 (3.41%) Office 365
4 2 (1.14%) OneDrive
5 1 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.57%) IaaS
5 1 (0.57%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 43 (24.43%) WAN
2 38 (21.59%) LAN
3 33 (18.75%) Firewall
4 23 (13.07%) BGP
5 22 (12.50%) Network Security
6 16 (9.09%) Wireless
7 13 (7.39%) DNS
8 12 (6.82%) 3GPP
8 12 (6.82%) Ethernet
8 12 (6.82%) MPLS
9 11 (6.25%) Cisco Nexus
10 10 (5.68%) Internet
11 9 (5.11%) OSPF
11 9 (5.11%) TCP/IP
12 8 (4.55%) Cisco ASA
12 8 (4.55%) DHCP
12 8 (4.55%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
13 7 (3.98%) VPN
14 6 (3.41%) VXLAN
15 5 (2.84%) Junos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.27%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.70%) GIS
3 2 (1.14%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.57%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.57%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.57%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.57%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 2 (1.14%) JIRA
2 1 (0.57%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 1 (0.57%) Axure RP
2 1 (0.57%) Balsamiq
2 1 (0.57%) LabVIEW
2 1 (0.57%) Rational DOORS
2 1 (0.57%) Sonatype Nexus
2 1 (0.57%) Visual Studio
General
1 39 (22.16%) Finance
2 22 (12.50%) Telecoms
3 21 (11.93%) Banking
4 11 (6.25%) Electronics
5 6 (3.41%) Financial Institution
6 3 (1.70%) Automotive
7 2 (1.14%) Advertising
7 2 (1.14%) Aerospace
7 2 (1.14%) Legal
7 2 (1.14%) Retail
8 1 (0.57%) Avionics
8 1 (0.57%) Games
8 1 (0.57%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.14%) Jinja
1 2 (1.14%) JSON
2 1 (0.57%) .NET
2 1 (0.57%) COM
2 1 (0.57%) CSS
2 1 (0.57%) HTML
2 1 (0.57%) XML
2 1 (0.57%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 22 (12.50%) Data Centre
2 13 (7.39%) PKI
3 11 (6.25%) Self-Motivation
4 8 (4.55%) Analogue Electronics
5 7 (3.98%) Analytical Skills
6 6 (3.41%) Fibre Optics
6 6 (3.41%) Hedge funds
7 4 (2.27%) Driving Licence
8 3 (1.70%) CCTV
8 3 (1.70%) Public Cloud
8 3 (1.70%) Video Conferencing
9 2 (1.14%) Client/Server
9 2 (1.14%) Fat Client
9 2 (1.14%) Hybrid Cloud
9 2 (1.14%) Replication
9 2 (1.14%) Thin Client
9 2 (1.14%) User Experience
9 2 (1.14%) VHDL
10 1 (0.57%) Algorithms
10 1 (0.57%) Internet of Things
Operating Systems
1 21 (11.93%) Windows
2 13 (7.39%) Linux
3 11 (6.25%) Windows 10
4 7 (3.98%) Windows Server
5 5 (2.84%) Unix
6 3 (1.70%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.57%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.57%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (49.43%) Network Design
2 22 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
3 18 (10.23%) Continuous Improvement
3 18 (10.23%) Cryptography
3 18 (10.23%) Resource Management
4 13 (7.39%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 10 (5.68%) ITIL
5 10 (5.68%) Migration
5 10 (5.68%) Network Architecture
6 7 (3.98%) Customer Requirements
7 6 (3.41%) Load Balancing
7 6 (3.41%) Network Management
7 6 (3.41%) Problem-Solving
8 5 (2.84%) Computer Science
8 5 (2.84%) Data Protection
8 5 (2.84%) Deep Packet Inspection
8 5 (2.84%) Kalman Filter
8 5 (2.84%) Product Roadmap
8 5 (2.84%) Service Delivery
8 5 (2.84%) Technology Roadmap
Programming Languages
1 15 (8.52%) Python
2 10 (5.68%) Perl
3 8 (4.55%) C
4 6 (3.41%) PowerShell
5 3 (1.70%) Bash Shell
5 3 (1.70%) C++
5 3 (1.70%) Korn
6 2 (1.14%) MATLAB
6 2 (1.14%) VB
7 1 (0.57%) C#
7 1 (0.57%) Embedded C
7 1 (0.57%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.57%) Tcl
7 1 (0.57%) VB6
7 1 (0.57%) VC++
Qualifications
1 45 (25.57%) Cisco Certification
2 40 (22.73%) CCNP
3 37 (21.02%) Security Cleared
4 21 (11.93%) SC Cleared
5 20 (11.36%) CCIE
6 16 (9.09%) CCDP
7 15 (8.52%) DV Cleared
8 13 (7.39%) Degree
9 11 (6.25%) CCNA
10 10 (5.68%) JNCIP
11 8 (4.55%) CCDA
12 7 (3.98%) HND
13 5 (2.84%) Microsoft Certification
14 4 (2.27%) HNC
14 4 (2.27%) MCP
14 4 (2.27%) MCSE
14 4 (2.27%) PMP
15 3 (1.70%) ITIL Certification
15 3 (1.70%) MCSA
15 3 (1.70%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.27%) MiFID
1 4 (2.27%) QA
2 3 (1.70%) COBIT
2 3 (1.70%) GDPR
3 2 (1.14%) PMO
4 1 (0.57%) HAZOP
4 1 (0.57%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (9.66%) Active Directory
2 4 (2.27%) XenApp
3 3 (1.70%) Firmware
3 3 (1.70%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.57%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.57%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 15 (8.52%) SCCM
2 10 (5.68%) Ansible
3 6 (3.41%) Microsoft Intune
4 2 (1.14%) FortiGate
5 1 (0.57%) Netcool
5 1 (0.57%) Opsview
5 1 (0.57%) SCOM
5 1 (0.57%) TeMIP
Vendors
1 60 (34.09%) Cisco
2 26 (14.77%) Juniper
3 21 (11.93%) Microsoft
4 18 (10.23%) F5
5 16 (9.09%) CheckPoint
6 14 (7.95%) Ericsson
7 10 (5.68%) Fortinet
8 9 (5.11%) Aruba
8 9 (5.11%) VMware
9 7 (3.98%) Palo Alto
10 6 (3.41%) HP
11 5 (2.84%) EMC
11 5 (2.84%) Huawei
12 4 (2.27%) Apple
12 4 (2.27%) Symantec
13 3 (1.70%) Citrix
13 3 (1.70%) Nokia
14 2 (1.14%) IBM
14 2 (1.14%) Mapinfo
14 2 (1.14%) Oracle