The median contractor rate for a Hardware Engineer was £130 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 26 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Hardware Engineer
UK
Rank 531 579 565
Rank change year-on-year +48 -14  
Contract jobs requiring a Hardware Engineer 78 62 58
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.12% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.18% 0.12% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 30 15
Median daily rate £130 £183 £263
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -28.76% -30.47%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £100 £114 £103
10% offered a daily rate of more than £348 £391 £455
UK excluding London median daily rate £130 £185 £263
% change year-on-year -29.72% -29.52%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 14 17
Median hourly rate £14.50 £17.50 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.14% -46.15%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £13.30 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.05 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £17.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year -17.14% -53.33%  

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 42399 50658 50465
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.80% 95.19% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27502 32772 30486
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 1497 1585 2011
Median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +8.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.30 £11.44 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

Hardware Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 3 months to 26 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Hardware Engineer in the UK

Hardware 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 Hardware Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 26 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 +51 69 £130 -13.33% 14
South East +29 24 £120 -5.88% 1
London +43 19 £129 -6.36% 2
Hampshire +18 10 £100 -61.16%
South West +5 8 £120 -63.63%
East of England -2 7 £133 -65.35% 1
South Wales +17 6 £100 -71.42% 1
Wales +12 6 £100 -71.42% 1
City of London +9 6 £128 -5.55%
Surrey +13 5 - -
Newport +1 5 - - 1
Southampton - 5 - -
Oxfordshire - 4 - -
Romsey - 4 £100 -
North West +31 3 £130 +8.33% 2
West Midlands +14 3 - - 3
Cambridgeshire +10 3 £133 +15.21% 1
Cambridge +8 3 £133 +15.21% 1
Taunton - 3 £116 -
Bristol - 3 £130 -
West Yorkshire - 3 - - 1
Somerset - 3 £120 -
Yorkshire - 3 - - 2
Berkshire +25 2 £165 - 1
Hertfordshire -1 2 - -
Leicestershire -3 2 £175 -4.10% 1
Leicester -5 2 £175 - 1
East Midlands -10 2 £175 -5.40% 2
Warwickshire - 2 - -
Essex - 2 £338 -

Hardware Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 March 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.

1 119 (70.83%) HP
2 47 (27.98%) Pay per click
3 31 (18.45%) Windows
4 20 (11.90%) MS Excel
5 18 (10.71%) Microsoft
5 18 (10.71%) Driving Licence
6 17 (10.12%) SLA
7 12 (7.14%) EMC
7 12 (7.14%) Security Cleared
8 11 (6.55%) SC Cleared
9 10 (5.95%) Electronics
10 9 (5.36%) Samsung
11 8 (4.76%) Firmware
11 8 (4.76%) MS Office
12 7 (4.17%) Dell
12 7 (4.17%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
13 6 (3.57%) Analytical Skills
13 6 (3.57%) Incident Management
13 6 (3.57%) SAN
13 6 (3.57%) TCP/IP
14 5 (2.98%) Manufacturing
14 5 (2.98%) Validation
14 5 (2.98%) Degree
14 5 (2.98%) Data Centre
14 5 (2.98%) Windows 8
15 4 (2.38%) Schematic Capture
15 4 (2.38%) Windows 7
15 4 (2.38%) iSCSI
15 4 (2.38%) Fibre Channel
15 4 (2.38%) Huawei

Hardware Engineer Skill Set
Top Related 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 (1.79%) TPMS
2 2 (1.19%) SharePoint
Applications
1 20 (11.90%) MS Excel
2 8 (4.76%) MS Office
3 2 (1.19%) AutoCAD
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.19%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (3.57%) SAN
1 6 (3.57%) TCP/IP
2 4 (2.38%) Fibre Channel
2 4 (2.38%) iSCSI
2 4 (2.38%) LAN
2 4 (2.38%) WAN
3 3 (1.79%) Ethernet
4 2 (1.19%) Bluetooth
4 2 (1.19%) DHCP
4 2 (1.19%) DNS
4 2 (1.19%) Firewall
4 2 (1.19%) Internet
4 2 (1.19%) VPN
4 2 (1.19%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (0.60%) Broadband
5 1 (0.60%) FlexRay
5 1 (0.60%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.19%) SQL Server
General
1 10 (5.95%) Electronics
2 5 (2.98%) Manufacturing
3 3 (1.79%) Banking
3 3 (1.79%) Front Office
3 3 (1.79%) Investment Banking
4 2 (1.19%) Finance
5 1 (0.60%) Aerospace
5 1 (0.60%) Automotive
5 1 (0.60%) Military
5 1 (0.60%) Telecoms
Miscellaneous
1 18 (10.71%) Driving Licence
2 7 (4.17%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 6 (3.57%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (2.98%) Data Centre
5 2 (1.19%) Smartphone
6 1 (0.60%) ASIC
6 1 (0.60%) EPoS
6 1 (0.60%) Fat Client
6 1 (0.60%) iPad
6 1 (0.60%) Life Science
6 1 (0.60%) Thin Client
6 1 (0.60%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 31 (18.45%) Windows
2 5 (2.98%) Windows 8
3 4 (2.38%) Windows 7
4 3 (1.79%) Linux
5 2 (1.19%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (1.19%) Windows XP
6 1 (0.60%) Android
6 1 (0.60%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (27.98%) Pay per click
2 6 (3.57%) Incident Management
3 5 (2.98%) Validation
4 4 (2.38%) Schematic Capture
4 4 (2.38%) Software Engineering
5 3 (1.79%) Change Management
5 3 (1.79%) Disaster Recovery
5 3 (1.79%) FPGA Design
5 3 (1.79%) ITIL
5 3 (1.79%) Programme Management
5 3 (1.79%) Time Management
6 2 (1.19%) Data Analysis
6 2 (1.19%) Exploratory Testing
6 2 (1.19%) Fault Analysis
6 2 (1.19%) Integration Testing
6 2 (1.19%) Project Management
6 2 (1.19%) Regression Testing
6 2 (1.19%) Requirements Analysis
6 2 (1.19%) Risk Assessment
6 2 (1.19%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (2.38%) C
2 3 (1.79%) C++
3 1 (0.60%) SQL
Qualifications
1 12 (7.14%) Security Cleared
2 11 (6.55%) SC Cleared
3 5 (2.98%) Degree
4 1 (0.60%) Dell Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (10.12%) SLA
2 3 (1.79%) QA
3 1 (0.60%) ISO13485
System Software
1 8 (4.76%) Firmware
2 4 (2.38%) NFS
3 2 (1.19%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.19%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 3 (1.79%) SCCM
Vendors
1 119 (70.83%) HP
2 18 (10.71%) Microsoft
3 12 (7.14%) EMC
4 9 (5.36%) Samsung
5 7 (4.17%) Dell
6 4 (2.38%) Huawei
6 4 (2.38%) IBM
6 4 (2.38%) Remedy
7 3 (1.79%) Apple
8 2 (1.19%) Atmel
8 2 (1.19%) Citrix
8 2 (1.19%) Sophos
8 2 (1.19%) VMware
8 2 (1.19%) Xilinx
9 1 (0.60%) Blue Coat
9 1 (0.60%) Brocade
9 1 (0.60%) Cisco
9 1 (0.60%) Google
9 1 (0.60%) Mentor Graphics
9 1 (0.60%) QNX
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