The median contractor rate for a Design Engineer was £414 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 29 March 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
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 491 564 438
Rank change year-on-year +73 -126  
Contract jobs requiring a Design Engineer 114 84 189
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.25% 0.16% 0.35%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.27% 0.16% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 27 74
Median daily rate £414 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.70% +3.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £285 £291
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £495 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £393 £381 £375
% change year-on-year +2.95% +1.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 20 9
Median hourly rate £40.06 £37.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.83% -11.76%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £32.10 £32.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.10 £45.20 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year +6.66% -11.76%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 42875 51263 50687
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.79% 95.24% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27839 33245 30600
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £555
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1489 1590 2025
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.30 £11.30 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.83 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.25% +14.70%  

Design Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Design Engineer in the job title.

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 3 months to 29 March 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
Top 30 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 3 months to 29 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +67 98 £425 +7.93% 30
South East +19 36 £425 - 8
London +38 20 £500 +25.00% 2
North West +44 19 £450 +77.33% 3
South West 0 15 £344 - 4
Manchester +32 14 £500 - 1
Berkshire +31 14 £425 +17.24%
Hampshire +4 12 £425 -10.52% 2
Devon - 10 - -
Exeter - 10 - -
Reading +19 9 £425 -
Belfast - 8 £313 -
Northern Ireland - 8 £313 -
County Antrim - 8 £313 -
Bristol +1 5 £344 - 2
Buckinghamshire - 4 £365 - 1
East of England -1 3 £339 +2.65% 4
Cheshire - 3 £325 - 1
Telford +36 2 - -
Shropshire +32 2 - -
Scotland +29 2 £420 +33.33% 2
West Midlands +7 2 - - 6
Southampton +6 2 £425 -
Basingstoke +6 2 - -
Surrey +2 2 £330 - 2
North East -6 2 - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 2 - -
Renfrewshire - 2 £420 - 1
Hertfordshire - 2 £339 - 1
Tyne and Wear - 2 - -

Design Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 88 (36.97%) Cisco
2 76 (31.93%) Network Design
3 75 (31.51%) Cisco Certification
4 49 (20.59%) CCNP
4 49 (20.59%) Security Cleared
5 48 (20.17%) Firewall
5 48 (20.17%) Telecoms
6 38 (15.97%) SC Cleared
7 34 (14.29%) CCIE
8 32 (13.45%) Degree
9 30 (12.61%) CCNA
10 28 (11.76%) Microsoft
10 28 (11.76%) Data Centre
11 27 (11.34%) Network Security
12 26 (10.92%) Finance
12 26 (10.92%) Manufacturing
12 26 (10.92%) Migration
12 26 (10.92%) LAN
13 25 (10.50%) Windows
13 25 (10.50%) Fortinet
14 24 (10.08%) BGP
15 23 (9.66%) OSPF
15 23 (9.66%) Active Directory
15 23 (9.66%) WAN
16 22 (9.24%) HP
17 21 (8.82%) Juniper
17 21 (8.82%) MPLS
18 20 (8.40%) CheckPoint
18 20 (8.40%) ITIL
18 20 (8.40%) Unified Communications

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 2 (0.84%) SharePoint
1 2 (0.84%) Skype for Business
1 2 (0.84%) TPMS
Applications
1 16 (6.72%) MS Office
2 13 (5.46%) OrCAD
3 12 (5.04%) MS Visio
4 6 (2.52%) MS Excel
5 4 (1.68%) PTC Creo
5 4 (1.68%) SOLIDWORKS
6 3 (1.26%) CATIA
6 3 (1.26%) Pro/ENGINEER
7 2 (0.84%) AutoCAD
7 2 (0.84%) MS PowerPoint
8 1 (0.42%) EPLAN
8 1 (0.42%) InVision
8 1 (0.42%) Solid Edge
8 1 (0.42%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 1 (0.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 8 (3.36%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (2.94%) G Suite
3 6 (2.52%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (1.26%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (0.84%) IaaS
5 2 (0.84%) PaaS
6 1 (0.42%) GitHub
6 1 (0.42%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 48 (20.17%) Firewall
2 27 (11.34%) Network Security
3 26 (10.92%) LAN
4 24 (10.08%) BGP
5 23 (9.66%) OSPF
5 23 (9.66%) WAN
6 21 (8.82%) MPLS
7 20 (8.40%) Unified Communications
8 19 (7.98%) Cisco ASA
8 19 (7.98%) VoIP
9 15 (6.30%) Wireless
10 13 (5.46%) RFID
11 12 (5.04%) 3G
11 12 (5.04%) LTE
12 11 (4.62%) Cisco Nexus
12 11 (4.62%) EIGRP
13 10 (4.20%) 4G
13 10 (4.20%) Ethernet
14 9 (3.78%) VPN
15 8 (3.36%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.10%) Blockchain
2 4 (1.68%) SQL Server
3 3 (1.26%) Big Data
4 2 (0.84%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.42%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.42%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.42%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.42%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 6 (2.52%) Rational DOORS
2 5 (2.10%) StarTeam
3 3 (1.26%) MSI
4 1 (0.42%) Eclipse
4 1 (0.42%) JIRA
4 1 (0.42%) Visual Studio
General
1 48 (20.17%) Telecoms
2 26 (10.92%) Finance
2 26 (10.92%) Manufacturing
3 17 (7.14%) Electronics
4 14 (5.88%) Banking
5 10 (4.20%) Retail
6 8 (3.36%) Retail Banking
7 5 (2.10%) Automotive
8 4 (1.68%) Aerospace
9 3 (1.26%) Avionics
10 2 (0.84%) Marketing
10 2 (0.84%) Military
11 1 (0.42%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.42%) Games
11 1 (0.42%) German Language
11 1 (0.42%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (1.68%) SOAP
1 4 (1.68%) SPML
2 2 (0.84%) 802.1X
3 1 (0.42%) .NET
3 1 (0.42%) CSS
3 1 (0.42%) HTML
3 1 (0.42%) HTML5
3 1 (0.42%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 28 (11.76%) Data Centre
2 11 (4.62%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (4.62%) Contactless
3 8 (3.36%) VHDL
4 7 (2.94%) Cloud Native
5 6 (2.52%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 6 (2.52%) Smartcard
5 6 (2.52%) Virtual Team
6 5 (2.10%) Mobile App
7 4 (1.68%) Computer Science
7 4 (1.68%) PKI
8 3 (1.26%) Machine to Machine
8 3 (1.26%) Management Information System
8 3 (1.26%) Verilog
9 2 (0.84%) CESG
9 2 (0.84%) Embedded Systems
9 2 (0.84%) Enterprise Storage
9 2 (0.84%) IVR
9 2 (0.84%) Private Cloud
10 1 (0.42%) CESG CLAS
Operating Systems
1 25 (10.50%) Windows
2 16 (6.72%) Linux
3 11 (4.62%) Windows 10
4 10 (4.20%) Windows 7
5 8 (3.36%) Android
5 8 (3.36%) Apple iOS
5 8 (3.36%) Mac OS X
5 8 (3.36%) Ubuntu
6 5 (2.10%) zOS
7 3 (1.26%) Unix
7 3 (1.26%) Windows Server
8 2 (0.84%) AIX
8 2 (0.84%) Solaris
8 2 (0.84%) Windows 8
8 2 (0.84%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.42%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (31.93%) Network Design
2 26 (10.92%) Migration
3 20 (8.40%) ITIL
4 17 (7.14%) Mentoring
5 15 (6.30%) Schematic Capture
6 13 (5.46%) Project Management
7 9 (3.78%) Patch Management
7 9 (3.78%) Validation
8 8 (3.36%) CAD
8 8 (3.36%) Customer Requirements
8 8 (3.36%) Infrastructure Management
8 8 (3.36%) Virtual Infrastructure
9 7 (2.94%) Disaster Recovery
9 7 (2.94%) Load Balancing
9 7 (2.94%) Software Distribution
9 7 (2.94%) Translating Business Requirements
9 7 (2.94%) Use Case
10 6 (2.52%) Capacity Planning
10 6 (2.52%) High Availability
10 6 (2.52%) Performance Engineering
Programming Languages
1 16 (6.72%) C
2 12 (5.04%) PowerShell
3 8 (3.36%) Bash Shell
3 8 (3.36%) Python
4 5 (2.10%) C++
5 2 (0.84%) C#
5 2 (0.84%) Embedded C
5 2 (0.84%) MATLAB
5 2 (0.84%) SQL
5 2 (0.84%) VBScript
6 1 (0.42%) Assembly Language
6 1 (0.42%) C++/CLI
6 1 (0.42%) Embedded C++
6 1 (0.42%) Java
Qualifications
1 75 (31.51%) Cisco Certification
2 49 (20.59%) CCNP
2 49 (20.59%) Security Cleared
3 38 (15.97%) SC Cleared
4 34 (14.29%) CCIE
5 32 (13.45%) Degree
6 30 (12.61%) CCNA
7 13 (5.46%) CCSP
8 10 (4.20%) DV Cleared
9 8 (3.36%) Chartered Engineer
10 7 (2.94%) CCDP
11 5 (2.10%) BICSI RCDD
12 4 (1.68%) JNCIE
13 3 (1.26%) JNCIA
13 3 (1.26%) JNCIP
13 3 (1.26%) Microsoft Certification
14 2 (0.84%) CCSA
14 2 (0.84%) ITIL Certification
14 2 (0.84%) JNCIS
14 2 (0.84%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (3.36%) QA
2 4 (1.68%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 3 (1.26%) SLA
4 1 (0.42%) DO-178B
4 1 (0.42%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.42%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.42%) RMADS
System Software
1 23 (9.66%) Active Directory
2 9 (3.78%) Firmware
3 8 (3.36%) BitLocker
3 8 (3.36%) Xen
3 8 (3.36%) XenApp
3 8 (3.36%) XenDesktop
4 4 (1.68%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (1.26%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.84%) Oracle RAC
6 2 (0.84%) VMware ESX
7 1 (0.42%) Docker
7 1 (0.42%) ISA Server
7 1 (0.42%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 18 (7.56%) Cisco UCCX
2 17 (7.14%) Cisco UCCE
3 16 (6.72%) Cisco CUCM
4 15 (6.30%) FortiGate
5 10 (4.20%) SCCM
6 8 (3.36%) WSUS
7 2 (0.84%) Ansible
7 2 (0.84%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 1 (0.42%) Cisco Prime
8 1 (0.42%) Control-M
8 1 (0.42%) Jamf Pro
8 1 (0.42%) Puppet
8 1 (0.42%) Stealthwatch
8 1 (0.42%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 88 (36.97%) Cisco
2 28 (11.76%) Microsoft
3 25 (10.50%) Fortinet
4 22 (9.24%) HP
5 21 (8.82%) Juniper
6 20 (8.40%) CheckPoint
7 16 (6.72%) EMC
8 12 (5.04%) Nokia
9 11 (4.62%) F5
10 10 (4.20%) Citrix
10 10 (4.20%) Dell
10 10 (4.20%) Oracle
11 9 (3.78%) Arista
11 9 (3.78%) Huawei
11 9 (3.78%) Symantec
11 9 (3.78%) VMware
12 8 (3.36%) Apple
12 8 (3.36%) Google
13 7 (2.94%) Blue Coat
13 7 (2.94%) ServiceNow
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