Period
to 28 February 2020

The median contractor rate for a Design Engineer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 28 February 2020.

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
28 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 608 668 693
Rank change year-on-year +60 +25 -61
Contract jobs requiring a Design Engineer 110 219 207
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.16% 0.22% 0.20%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.17% 0.23% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 114 93
UK median daily rate £425 £504 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.63% +6.05% +11.76%
10th Percentile £276 £355 £350
90th Percentile £607 £575 £548
UK excluding London median daily rate £492 £488 £475
% change year-on-year +0.97% +2.63% +14.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 25 23
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £38.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +11.11% -2.50%
10th Percentile £39.03 £20.87 £24.90
90th Percentile £53.00 £49.20 £45.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £38.26
% change year-on-year +5.88% +11.10% -0.53%

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 63,431 93,646 96,495
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.91% 94.70% 94.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 40,821 61,966 63,991
UK median daily rate £450 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £235 £275 £263
90th Percentile £650 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,539 2,945 2,859
UK median hourly rate £19.71 £18.70 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.40% - +3.89%
10th Percentile £11.63 £11.00 £10.80
90th Percentile £51.75 £49.79 £48.61
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +5.71% - -

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 28 February 2020.

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 28 February 2020.

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 28 February 2020. 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 +55 106 £425 -15.00% 266
UK excluding London +27 83 £492 +0.97% 282
South East +63 36 £475 - 50
London +118 27 £360 -33.02% 15
Midlands +36 19 £520 +3.23% 72
West Midlands +36 18 £525 +4.22% 48
South West +13 14 £363 -29.27% 45
East of England +23 10 £425 +17.24% 51
Scotland +16 3 £475 -7.32% 20
North of England +56 2 - - 33
Yorkshire +55 1 - - 20
East Midlands +31 1 £140 - 24
Wales +27 1 - - 10
North West +22 1 - - 10
North East - 1 - - 3

Design Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 February 2020, 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 47 (42.73%) Network Design
2 42 (38.18%) Cisco
3 39 (35.45%) Cisco Certification
4 37 (33.64%) Security Cleared
5 31 (28.18%) Telecoms
6 28 (25.45%) SC Cleared
7 25 (22.73%) CCNP
8 21 (19.09%) CCIE
8 21 (19.09%) CCDP
9 19 (17.27%) Firewall
10 18 (16.36%) BGP
11 16 (14.55%) WAN
11 16 (14.55%) Degree
12 15 (13.64%) Microsoft Office
12 15 (13.64%) MPLS
13 14 (12.73%) OSPF
13 14 (12.73%) LAN
14 13 (11.82%) VPN
14 13 (11.82%) 3G
14 13 (11.82%) 4G
14 13 (11.82%) F5
14 13 (11.82%) Data Centre
15 12 (10.91%) Cisco ASA
16 11 (10.00%) CCNA
16 11 (10.00%) Juniper
17 10 (9.09%) Nokia
17 10 (9.09%) Project Management
17 10 (9.09%) 2G
18 9 (8.18%) 5G
18 9 (8.18%) Cisco Nexus

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 4 (3.64%) Confluence
1 4 (3.64%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.82%) OpenStack
3 1 (0.91%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 15 (13.64%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (8.18%) MS Visio
3 4 (3.64%) AutoCAD
4 3 (2.73%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (2.73%) Siemens NX
5 2 (1.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.91%) PTC Creo
6 1 (0.91%) Revit
6 1 (0.91%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 2 (1.82%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 8 (7.27%) AWS
1 8 (7.27%) Azure
2 2 (1.82%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 19 (17.27%) Firewall
2 18 (16.36%) BGP
3 16 (14.55%) WAN
4 15 (13.64%) MPLS
5 14 (12.73%) LAN
5 14 (12.73%) OSPF
6 13 (11.82%) 3G
6 13 (11.82%) 4G
6 13 (11.82%) VPN
7 12 (10.91%) Cisco ASA
8 10 (9.09%) 2G
9 9 (8.18%) 5G
9 9 (8.18%) Cisco Nexus
9 9 (8.18%) DNS
9 9 (8.18%) Ethernet
9 9 (8.18%) LTE
9 9 (8.18%) Radio Access Network
9 9 (8.18%) Wireless
10 8 (7.27%) VoIP
11 6 (5.45%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.82%) Big Data
1 2 (1.82%) Hadoop
1 2 (1.82%) Power BI
1 2 (1.82%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (3.64%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 2 (1.82%) Git (software)
2 2 (1.82%) JIRA
3 1 (0.91%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (0.91%) Bitbucket
3 1 (0.91%) MSI
General
1 31 (28.18%) Telecoms
2 6 (5.45%) Electronics
2 6 (5.45%) Public Sector
3 5 (4.55%) Law
3 5 (4.55%) Manufacturing
4 3 (2.73%) Aerospace
4 3 (2.73%) Avionics
5 2 (1.82%) Finance
5 2 (1.82%) Military
6 1 (0.91%) Games
6 1 (0.91%) Mandarin Language
6 1 (0.91%) Marketing
6 1 (0.91%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.64%) Web Services
2 2 (1.82%) Middleware
3 1 (0.91%) CSS
3 1 (0.91%) HTML
3 1 (0.91%) jBPM
3 1 (0.91%) JSON
3 1 (0.91%) JSON Schema
3 1 (0.91%) LDAP
3 1 (0.91%) Material Design
3 1 (0.91%) REST
3 1 (0.91%) SOAP
3 1 (0.91%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 13 (11.82%) Data Centre
2 6 (5.45%) User Experience
3 5 (4.55%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 4 (3.64%) Analogue Electronics
4 4 (3.64%) CMDB
4 4 (3.64%) Data Structures
4 4 (3.64%) Fibre Optics
4 4 (3.64%) Self-Motivation
4 4 (3.64%) VHDL
5 3 (2.73%) ASIC
5 3 (2.73%) Verilog
6 2 (1.82%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (1.82%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.82%) Public Cloud
7 1 (0.91%) Animation
7 1 (0.91%) CCTV
7 1 (0.91%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (0.91%) MMIC
7 1 (0.91%) Over-the-Top Content
7 1 (0.91%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 8 (7.27%) Linux
2 7 (6.36%) Windows
3 5 (4.55%) Windows Server
4 2 (1.82%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (0.91%) Android
5 1 (0.91%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.91%) Windows 10
5 1 (0.91%) Windows 7
5 1 (0.91%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (0.91%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (0.91%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (42.73%) Network Design
2 10 (9.09%) Project Management
3 9 (8.18%) Network Management
4 7 (6.36%) Project Delivery
4 7 (6.36%) Technical Leadership
5 6 (5.45%) Computer Science
5 6 (5.45%) ITIL
6 5 (4.55%) Agile Software Development
6 5 (4.55%) Capacity Management
6 5 (4.55%) Decision-Making
6 5 (4.55%) FPGA Design
6 5 (4.55%) Load Balancing
6 5 (4.55%) Performance Improvement
6 5 (4.55%) Problem-Solving
6 5 (4.55%) Service Delivery
6 5 (4.55%) Service Design
6 5 (4.55%) Stakeholder Management
6 5 (4.55%) Technical Architecture
6 5 (4.55%) TOGAF
7 4 (3.64%) Infrastructure Engineering
Programming Languages
1 7 (6.36%) Python
2 6 (5.45%) SQL
3 4 (3.64%) PowerShell
4 2 (1.82%) C
4 2 (1.82%) T-SQL
5 1 (0.91%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.91%) REXX
5 1 (0.91%) Tcl
5 1 (0.91%) VB
Qualifications
1 39 (35.45%) Cisco Certification
2 37 (33.64%) Security Cleared
3 28 (25.45%) SC Cleared
4 25 (22.73%) CCNP
5 21 (19.09%) CCDP
5 21 (19.09%) CCIE
6 16 (14.55%) Degree
7 11 (10.00%) CCNA
8 7 (6.36%) BPSS Clearance
9 6 (5.45%) CCDA
10 5 (4.55%) BC Cleared
11 4 (3.64%) DV Cleared
11 4 (3.64%) TOGAF Certification
12 2 (1.82%) CCIE Service Provider
12 2 (1.82%) Computer Science Degree
12 2 (1.82%) Master's Degree
12 2 (1.82%) MCAD
12 2 (1.82%) Microsoft Certification
12 2 (1.82%) PhD
12 2 (1.82%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.64%) QA
2 2 (1.82%) PMO
3 1 (0.91%) ECSS
3 1 (0.91%) ISO 13485
3 1 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 1 (0.91%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (5.45%) Active Directory
1 6 (5.45%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (1.82%) Virtual Desktop
3 1 (0.91%) Virtual Servers
3 1 (0.91%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 5 (4.55%) Ansible
2 2 (1.82%) Amdocs OSS
2 2 (1.82%) Failover Clustering
2 2 (1.82%) FortiGate
2 2 (1.82%) Nessus
2 2 (1.82%) NSN NetAct
3 1 (0.91%) Cisco CUCM
3 1 (0.91%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 42 (38.18%) Cisco
2 13 (11.82%) F5
3 11 (10.00%) Juniper
4 10 (9.09%) Nokia
5 9 (8.18%) CheckPoint
5 9 (8.18%) Huawei
5 9 (8.18%) Microsoft
5 9 (8.18%) VMware
6 7 (6.36%) Palo Alto
7 6 (5.45%) Oracle
7 6 (5.45%) Remedy
7 6 (5.45%) TIBCO
8 4 (3.64%) Aruba
8 4 (3.64%) ComArch
8 4 (3.64%) Ericsson
8 4 (3.64%) Meraki
8 4 (3.64%) Radware
9 3 (2.73%) Arista
9 3 (2.73%) Ciena
9 3 (2.73%) SolarWinds