Period
to 21 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Design Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

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
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 692 657 644
Rank change year-on-year -35 -13 -102
Contract jobs requiring a Design Engineer 185 230 246
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.18% 0.22% 0.22%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.19% 0.23% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 85 101 102
UK median daily rate £400 £440 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.09% +17.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £314 £298 £263
90th Percentile £535 £538 £479
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £425 £325
% change year-on-year -5.88% +30.77% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 17 43
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £36.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.17% -4.00% +15.38%
10th Percentile £28.30 £33.50 £12.75
90th Percentile £51.25 £41.90 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £36.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +4.17% -4.00% +8.70%

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 97749 99240 107788
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.76% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 64477 64699 68564
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2920 3284 4118
UK median hourly rate £18.69 £18.03 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +0.17% +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 21 November 2017.

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 21 November 2017.

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 21 November 2017. 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 -33 174 £400 -7.51% 46
UK excluding London +7 150 £400 -5.88% 47
Midlands +38 42 £417 -3.14% 9
South East -46 39 £375 -11.76% 9
London -55 28 £406 -9.72% 1
North of England +53 27 £405 -4.14% 15
West Midlands +29 24 £425 -1.16% 5
East of England +6 23 £495 +41.43% 7
East Midlands +12 18 £375 - 4
North West +23 15 £525 +0.96% 9
South West -3 14 £445 -11.00% 5
North East +70 6 £400 - 2
Yorkshire +18 6 £525 +66.67% 4
Channel Islands - 3 - -
Scotland -7 2 £363 -19.44% 2

Design Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 November 2017, Design Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Design Engineer in the job title.

1 53 (28.65%) Network Design
2 50 (27.03%) Security Cleared
2 50 (27.03%) Cisco
3 42 (22.70%) SC Cleared
3 42 (22.70%) Firewall
4 41 (22.16%) Oracle
5 36 (19.46%) Telecoms
6 35 (18.92%) Linux
7 32 (17.30%) Cisco Certification
8 29 (15.68%) Degree
9 28 (15.14%) WAN
10 27 (14.59%) Juniper
11 25 (13.51%) Unix
12 23 (12.43%) VPN
13 22 (11.89%) CCIE
13 22 (11.89%) Wireless
13 22 (11.89%) CheckPoint
14 21 (11.35%) Solaris
14 21 (11.35%) Fortinet
15 20 (10.81%) Perl
15 20 (10.81%) Sun
15 20 (10.81%) CAD
15 20 (10.81%) Finance
15 20 (10.81%) Data Centre
16 19 (10.27%) Virtual Machines
16 19 (10.27%) Veritas
16 19 (10.27%) SAP
16 19 (10.27%) Python
17 18 (9.73%) SAP ERP
17 18 (9.73%) Korn

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 (1.62%) Oracle Workflow
2 2 (1.08%) Apache
2 2 (1.08%) iPlanet
2 2 (1.08%) JBoss
2 2 (1.08%) OpenStack
2 2 (1.08%) Oracle Application Server
2 2 (1.08%) Tomcat
2 2 (1.08%) WebLogic
3 1 (0.54%) Apache Spark
3 1 (0.54%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 12 (6.49%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (3.78%) AutoCAD
3 6 (3.24%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (3.24%) SOLIDWORKS
4 4 (2.16%) Pro/ENGINEER
4 4 (2.16%) PTC Creo
5 3 (1.62%) Simulink
6 1 (0.54%) EPLAN
6 1 (0.54%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 18 (9.73%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.54%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.54%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 17 (9.19%) Amazon AWS
2 16 (8.65%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (2.70%) SaaS
4 3 (1.62%) Office 365
5 2 (1.08%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 42 (22.70%) Firewall
2 28 (15.14%) WAN
3 23 (12.43%) VPN
4 22 (11.89%) Wireless
5 17 (9.19%) Cisco ASA
5 17 (9.19%) Ethernet
5 17 (9.19%) MPLS
6 14 (7.57%) LAN
7 13 (7.03%) BGP
8 12 (6.49%) Network Security
9 11 (5.95%) VoWiFi
10 10 (5.41%) LTE
11 9 (4.86%) VoLTE
12 8 (4.32%) 4G
12 8 (4.32%) DNS
13 7 (3.78%) Broadband
13 7 (3.78%) OSPF
14 6 (3.24%) TCP/IP
14 6 (3.24%) VLAN
14 6 (3.24%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.16%) GIS
2 1 (0.54%) Apache Hive
2 1 (0.54%) Big Data
2 1 (0.54%) Blockchain
2 1 (0.54%) Hadoop
2 1 (0.54%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 3 (1.62%) Rational DOORS
1 3 (1.62%) Rational Rhapsody
2 2 (1.08%) Git (software)
2 2 (1.08%) Subversion
3 1 (0.54%) LabVIEW
General
1 36 (19.46%) Telecoms
2 20 (10.81%) Finance
3 10 (5.41%) Banking
4 8 (4.32%) Electronics
5 7 (3.78%) Manufacturing
6 5 (2.70%) Billing
7 4 (2.16%) Automotive
7 4 (2.16%) Financial Institution
7 4 (2.16%) Law
7 4 (2.16%) Legal
8 2 (1.08%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.54%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (2.70%) SAML
2 1 (0.54%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 20 (10.81%) Data Centre
2 9 (4.86%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (4.86%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 5 (2.70%) Computer Science
3 5 (2.70%) Management Information System
3 5 (2.70%) VHDL
4 4 (2.16%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 4 (2.16%) Driving Licence
5 2 (1.08%) Handset
5 2 (1.08%) Verilog
6 1 (0.54%) BYOD
6 1 (0.54%) Clustering
6 1 (0.54%) Derivative
6 1 (0.54%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (0.54%) IVR
6 1 (0.54%) PKI
6 1 (0.54%) Private Cloud
6 1 (0.54%) RIA
6 1 (0.54%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (0.54%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 35 (18.92%) Linux
2 25 (13.51%) Unix
3 21 (11.35%) Solaris
4 13 (7.03%) Windows
5 3 (1.62%) Windows 10
6 2 (1.08%) Android
6 2 (1.08%) Apple iOS
6 2 (1.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (1.08%) Windows 7
6 2 (1.08%) Windows Server
6 2 (1.08%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.54%) AIX
7 1 (0.54%) HPUX
7 1 (0.54%) SUSE
7 1 (0.54%) Windows 2000 Server
7 1 (0.54%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (28.65%) Network Design
2 20 (10.81%) CAD
3 18 (9.73%) Disaster Recovery
3 18 (9.73%) ERP
4 17 (9.19%) WAN Optimisation
5 13 (7.03%) SIEM
6 12 (6.49%) Cybersecurity
7 11 (5.95%) Customer Requirements
7 11 (5.95%) Service Design
8 10 (5.41%) ITIL
9 9 (4.86%) Workflow
10 8 (4.32%) Agile Software Development
10 8 (4.32%) High Availability
10 8 (4.32%) Physics
10 8 (4.32%) Risk Management
10 8 (4.32%) Service Management
10 8 (4.32%) Stakeholder Management
11 7 (3.78%) Load Balancing
11 7 (3.78%) Network Management
12 6 (3.24%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 20 (10.81%) Perl
2 19 (10.27%) Python
3 18 (9.73%) Korn
4 9 (4.86%) C
5 5 (2.70%) Embedded C
6 4 (2.16%) Assembly Language
6 4 (2.16%) SQL
7 3 (1.62%) MATLAB
8 2 (1.08%) C++
8 2 (1.08%) Java
8 2 (1.08%) Tcl
9 1 (0.54%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.54%) C-shell
9 1 (0.54%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.54%) VBA
Qualifications
1 50 (27.03%) Security Cleared
2 42 (22.70%) SC Cleared
3 32 (17.30%) Cisco Certification
4 29 (15.68%) Degree
5 22 (11.89%) CCIE
6 17 (9.19%) CCNP
7 11 (5.95%) JNCIE
8 8 (4.32%) JNCIP
9 7 (3.78%) DV Cleared
10 6 (3.24%) HNC
10 6 (3.24%) HND
11 5 (2.70%) CCNA
11 5 (2.70%) CISSP
11 5 (2.70%) JNCIA
12 4 (2.16%) CCDP
12 4 (2.16%) CCIP
12 4 (2.16%) CISM
12 4 (2.16%) CompTIA Security+
12 4 (2.16%) Numerate Degree
12 4 (2.16%) Security+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (5.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 6 (3.24%) QA
3 2 (1.08%) DO-254
4 1 (0.54%) SLA
System Software
1 19 (10.27%) Virtual Machines
2 18 (9.73%) Veritas Cluster Server
3 13 (7.03%) Active Directory
4 8 (4.32%) Firmware
5 5 (2.70%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (1.62%) XenDesktop
7 2 (1.08%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.54%) Apache Flume
8 1 (0.54%) ProxySG
8 1 (0.54%) Samba
8 1 (0.54%) Veritas Volume Manager
8 1 (0.54%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.54%) vSphere
8 1 (0.54%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 16 (8.65%) FortiGate
2 5 (2.70%) Host Intrusion Detection System
2 5 (2.70%) Network Intrusion Detection System
3 2 (1.08%) Puppet
3 2 (1.08%) WSUS
4 1 (0.54%) AirWatch
4 1 (0.54%) Ambari
4 1 (0.54%) Ansible
4 1 (0.54%) Cisco CUCM
4 1 (0.54%) Cisco UCCE
4 1 (0.54%) Cisco UCCX
4 1 (0.54%) Hadoop YARN
4 1 (0.54%) Red Hat Satellite
4 1 (0.54%) SCCM
Vendors
1 50 (27.03%) Cisco
2 41 (22.16%) Oracle
3 27 (14.59%) Juniper
4 22 (11.89%) CheckPoint
5 21 (11.35%) Fortinet
6 20 (10.81%) Sun
7 19 (10.27%) SAP
7 19 (10.27%) Veritas
8 16 (8.65%) Nokia
9 14 (7.57%) Aruba
9 14 (7.57%) Microsoft
10 13 (7.03%) McAfee
11 9 (4.86%) F5
11 9 (4.86%) Huawei
12 8 (4.32%) BT
12 8 (4.32%) VMware
13 6 (3.24%) Riverbed
14 5 (2.70%) EMC
15 4 (2.16%) Ericsson
15 4 (2.16%) Tekelec