Period
to 21 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Hardware Engineer was £118 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.

Hardware Engineer
UK
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 746 762 785
Rank change year-on-year +16 +23 +1
Contract jobs requiring a Hardware Engineer 131 119 103
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.11% 0.091%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.12% 0.096%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 22 43
UK median daily rate £118 £128 £188
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.84% -32.00% -16.67%
10th Percentile £100 £123 £106
90th Percentile £388 £349 £330
UK excluding London median daily rate £120 £160 £210
% change year-on-year -25.00% -23.81% -16.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 74 39
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.45% -30.95% -35.38%
10th Percentile £13.00 £13.58 £14.43
90th Percentile £43.50 £38.96 £40.29
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £14.50 £22.83
% change year-on-year +6.90% -36.49% -33.34%

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

Hardware Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Hardware Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Hardware Engineer in the UK

Hardware Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Hardware Engineer.

Contractor daily rate trend for Hardware Engineer in the UK

Hardware Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Hardware Engineer over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Hardware Engineer in the UK

Hardware Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Hardware Engineer.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Hardware Engineer in the UK

Hardware Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Hardware Engineer over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Hardware Engineer in the UK

Hardware 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 Hardware 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 +19 115 £120 -5.88% 19
UK excluding London +22 91 £120 -25.00% 19
London -15 35 £115 -9.80% 2
South East -8 24 £130 +1.96% 2
North of England +64 23 £119 -57.96% 1
East of England +2 15 £375 - 8
Yorkshire +33 13 £275 -25.68% 1
Midlands +18 10 £113 -70.97% 4
North West +25 9 £113 -34.31%
Scotland -3 9 £100 - 2
South West -16 8 £109 -14.71% 2
West Midlands +20 5 £113 - 2
East Midlands 0 5 £90 -76.78% 2
Wales - 2 £246 -
North East +64 1 £100 -66.67%

Hardware Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 November 2017, Hardware 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 Hardware Engineer in the job title.

1 60 (45.80%) Break/Fix
2 38 (29.01%) Windows
3 33 (25.19%) SLA
4 23 (17.56%) Banking
5 21 (16.03%) HP
6 17 (12.98%) Microsoft
7 16 (12.21%) Change Management
8 15 (11.45%) ITIL
9 14 (10.69%) Time Management
10 12 (9.16%) Manufacturing
11 11 (8.40%) Microsoft Office
11 11 (8.40%) C
11 11 (8.40%) SC Cleared
11 11 (8.40%) Security Cleared
12 10 (7.63%) Windows 7
12 10 (7.63%) Active Directory
12 10 (7.63%) C++
12 10 (7.63%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
13 9 (6.87%) Finance
13 9 (6.87%) Windows XP
13 9 (6.87%) Firmware
13 9 (6.87%) Windows 10
14 8 (6.11%) Embedded Systems
14 8 (6.11%) Apple
14 8 (6.11%) Linux
14 8 (6.11%) Dell
15 7 (5.34%) Electronics
15 7 (5.34%) Telecoms
15 7 (5.34%) TCP/IP
15 7 (5.34%) Python

Hardware 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 1 (0.76%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 1 (0.76%) Confluence
1 1 (0.76%) IIS
Applications
1 11 (8.40%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (5.34%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (2.29%) Windchill
4 2 (1.53%) GNU Octave
5 1 (0.76%) SOLIDWORKS
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.53%) Office 365
2 1 (0.76%) G Suite
2 1 (0.76%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 7 (5.34%) TCP/IP
2 5 (3.82%) LAN
2 5 (3.82%) Wireless
3 4 (3.05%) Remote Desktop
3 4 (3.05%) VPN
3 4 (3.05%) WAN
4 3 (2.29%) Bluetooth
4 3 (2.29%) Wi-Fi
5 2 (1.53%) 3G
5 2 (1.53%) Firewall
5 2 (1.53%) NAS
5 2 (1.53%) SAN
6 1 (0.76%) Broadband
6 1 (0.76%) DMZ
6 1 (0.76%) DNS
6 1 (0.76%) DVB
6 1 (0.76%) Extranet
6 1 (0.76%) Intranet
6 1 (0.76%) RS-232
6 1 (0.76%) WebEx
Development Applications
1 1 (0.76%) JIRA
1 1 (0.76%) Rational DOORS
General
1 23 (17.56%) Banking
2 12 (9.16%) Manufacturing
3 9 (6.87%) Finance
4 7 (5.34%) Electronics
4 7 (5.34%) Telecoms
5 6 (4.58%) Retail
6 5 (3.82%) Investment Banking
6 5 (3.82%) Military
7 4 (3.05%) Front Office
8 3 (2.29%) Aerospace
9 2 (1.53%) Automotive
10 1 (0.76%) Back Office
Miscellaneous
1 10 (7.63%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 8 (6.11%) Embedded Systems
3 6 (4.58%) EPoS
3 6 (4.58%) Verilog
4 5 (3.82%) Device Driver
4 5 (3.82%) Driving Licence
5 3 (2.29%) Blackberry
6 2 (1.53%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.53%) Fixed Income
6 2 (1.53%) VHDL
7 1 (0.76%) ASIC
7 1 (0.76%) Clustering
7 1 (0.76%) Digital TV
7 1 (0.76%) iPhone
7 1 (0.76%) IPTV
7 1 (0.76%) STB
7 1 (0.76%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 38 (29.01%) Windows
2 10 (7.63%) Windows 7
3 9 (6.87%) Windows 10
3 9 (6.87%) Windows XP
4 8 (6.11%) Linux
5 5 (3.82%) Ubuntu
6 4 (3.05%) Android
6 4 (3.05%) Mac OS
6 4 (3.05%) Windows 8
7 1 (0.76%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.76%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.76%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (45.80%) Break/Fix
2 16 (12.21%) Change Management
3 15 (11.45%) ITIL
4 14 (10.69%) Time Management
5 6 (4.58%) Disaster Recovery
5 6 (4.58%) Incident Management
6 5 (3.82%) ITSM
6 5 (3.82%) Pay per click
6 5 (3.82%) Test Automation
7 4 (3.05%) Proactive Monitoring
7 4 (3.05%) Test Scripting
7 4 (3.05%) Validation
8 3 (2.29%) FPGA Design
8 3 (2.29%) Hardware Maintenance
8 3 (2.29%) Line Management
8 3 (2.29%) Migration
8 3 (2.29%) Schematic Capture
9 2 (1.53%) Mechatronics
9 2 (1.53%) Performance Analysis
9 2 (1.53%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 11 (8.40%) C
2 10 (7.63%) C++
3 7 (5.34%) Python
4 2 (1.53%) MATLAB
4 2 (1.53%) PowerShell
5 1 (0.76%) Bash Shell
5 1 (0.76%) Embedded C
5 1 (0.76%) VBA
Qualifications
1 11 (8.40%) SC Cleared
1 11 (8.40%) Security Cleared
2 7 (5.34%) Degree
3 3 (2.29%) DV Cleared
4 2 (1.53%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (0.76%) A+ Certification
5 1 (0.76%) Chartered Engineer
5 1 (0.76%) DBS Check
5 1 (0.76%) HND
5 1 (0.76%) MCDST
5 1 (0.76%) MCITP
5 1 (0.76%) MCP
5 1 (0.76%) MCSA
5 1 (0.76%) MCSE
5 1 (0.76%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (25.19%) SLA
2 5 (3.82%) QA
3 3 (2.29%) MISRA
4 1 (0.76%) Def Stans
System Software
1 10 (7.63%) Active Directory
2 9 (6.87%) Firmware
3 1 (0.76%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.76%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (0.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.76%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 7 (5.34%) SCCM
2 1 (0.76%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.76%) HP SIM
2 1 (0.76%) Microsoft Clustering
2 1 (0.76%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
2 1 (0.76%) PowerCLI
2 1 (0.76%) WSUS
Vendors
1 21 (16.03%) HP
2 17 (12.98%) Microsoft
3 8 (6.11%) Apple
3 8 (6.11%) Dell
4 4 (3.05%) EMC
5 3 (2.29%) Cisco
5 3 (2.29%) SAP
6 2 (1.53%) Acronis
6 2 (1.53%) Google
7 1 (0.76%) Aruba
7 1 (0.76%) Atmel
7 1 (0.76%) Cadence
7 1 (0.76%) Compaq
7 1 (0.76%) Fujitsu Siemens
7 1 (0.76%) Intel
7 1 (0.76%) Keysight
7 1 (0.76%) Mentor Graphics
7 1 (0.76%) VMware
7 1 (0.76%) Xerox
7 1 (0.76%) Xilinx