Period
to 9 December 2021

The median contractor rate for an IT Engineer was £180 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 9 December 2021.

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.

IT Engineer
UK
6 months to
9 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 361 323 308
Rank change year-on-year -38 -15 +118
Contract jobs requiring an IT Engineer 644 264 666
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.72% 0.70% 0.82%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.77% 0.75% 0.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 446 162 426
10th Percentile £112 £113 £105
25th Percentile £135 £130 £130
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £180 £168 £175
Median % change year-on-year +7.46% -4.29% +6.06%
75th Percentile £275 £230 £258
90th Percentile £438 £375 £402
UK excluding London median daily rate £168 £160 £175
% change year-on-year +4.69% -8.57% +16.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 95 75 134
10th Percentile £12.70 " £10.68
25th Percentile £13.46 £11.17 £12.60
Median hourly rate £15.50 £13.00 £14.00
Median % change year-on-year +19.23% -7.14% -6.29%
75th Percentile £19.15 £17.38 £17.50
90th Percentile £21.00 £23.75 £19.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £13.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year +17.31% -7.14% -4.70%

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 83,804 35,037 75,905
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.47% 92.38% 94.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,677 23,765 50,764
10th Percentile £300 £255 £250
25th Percentile £413 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £508 £470 £453
Median % change year-on-year +8.09% +3.87% +0.56%
75th Percentile £613 £575 £563
90th Percentile £700 £650 £647
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,177 1,289 2,747
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.00 £14.27 £13.75
Median hourly rate £20.00 £23.75 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year -15.77% +27.01% +6.83%
75th Percentile £45.89 £45.00 £42.13
90th Percentile £62.87 £57.50 £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -12.50% +14.29% -

IT Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for IT Engineer in the UK

IT Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing IT Engineer.

Daily rate trend for IT Engineer in the UK

IT Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing IT Engineer over the 6 months to 9 December 2021.

Daily rate histogram for IT Engineer in the UK

IT Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing IT Engineer.

Hourly rate trend for IT Engineer in the UK

IT Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing IT Engineer over the 6 months to 9 December 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for IT Engineer in the UK

IT Engineer
Top 17 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing IT Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 9 December 2021. 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 +2 573 £175 +9.38% 619
UK excluding London -9 445 £168 +4.69% 558
London -71 172 £200 - 110
North of England -24 107 £150 - 158
South East -7 99 £185 +15.63% 122
Midlands -42 80 £175 +9.38% 95
North West -10 67 £146 -3.00% 82
East of England -8 58 £140 -12.51% 56
Work from Home -154 52 £250 +38.89% 59
South West -25 50 £140 -12.50% 77
West Midlands -62 42 £200 +33.33% 53
East Midlands -13 36 £175 +4.48% 42
Scotland -46 33 £200 +60.00% 30
Yorkshire -27 31 £205 +28.13% 58
Wales -29 16 £120 -31.43% 14
North East -6 9 £150 +17.65% 18
Northern Ireland -5 3 £269 - 6

IT Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 9 December 2021, IT 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 IT Engineer in the job title.

1 390 (60.56%) Windows
2 236 (36.65%) Active Directory
3 230 (35.71%) Microsoft 365
4 229 (35.56%) Microsoft
5 174 (27.02%) Windows 10
6 147 (22.83%) Social Skills
7 115 (17.86%) Windows Server
8 99 (15.37%) Microsoft Office
9 98 (15.22%) SCCM
10 95 (14.75%) ITIL
11 85 (13.20%) Azure
12 80 (12.42%) VMware
13 68 (10.56%) Windows 7
14 67 (10.40%) Firewall
15 63 (9.78%) Citrix
16 61 (9.47%) Problem-Solving
17 60 (9.32%) LAN
17 60 (9.32%) VPN
18 58 (9.01%) Cisco
19 55 (8.54%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 54 (8.39%) Migration
21 53 (8.23%) SLA
22 50 (7.76%) Apple
22 50 (7.76%) Linux
23 49 (7.61%) Finance
24 48 (7.45%) DHCP
25 47 (7.30%) DNS
26 46 (7.14%) TCP/IP
27 45 (6.99%) WAN
28 43 (6.68%) Public Sector

IT 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 39 (6.06%) MS Exchange
2 17 (2.64%) SharePoint
3 10 (1.55%) IBM Notes
3 10 (1.55%) Skype for Business
4 9 (1.40%) IIS
5 6 (0.93%) Confluence
6 4 (0.62%) Apache
7 3 (0.47%) Apache Airflow
7 3 (0.47%) Apache Spark
7 3 (0.47%) Luigi
8 2 (0.31%) nginx
8 2 (0.31%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.16%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.16%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.16%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.16%) Exchange Server 2010
9 1 (0.16%) JBoss
9 1 (0.16%) Office Communications Server
9 1 (0.16%) Tomcat
Applications
1 99 (15.37%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (3.11%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.47%) MS Visio
3 3 (0.47%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (0.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.31%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.16%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.16%) NUKE
5 1 (0.16%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 2 (0.31%) Sentinel
1 2 (0.31%) Tesseract
2 1 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.16%) Elite 3E
2 1 (0.16%) NetSuite
2 1 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 230 (35.71%) Microsoft 365
2 85 (13.20%) Azure
3 22 (3.42%) Azure Active Directory
4 17 (2.64%) Google Workspace
5 14 (2.17%) AWS
6 13 (2.02%) SaaS
7 7 (1.09%) IaaS
7 7 (1.09%) Mimecast
7 7 (1.09%) OneDrive
8 5 (0.78%) Azure Sentinel
8 5 (0.78%) Dynamics 365
9 3 (0.47%) Apigee
9 3 (0.47%) Azure Cosmos DB
9 3 (0.47%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 3 (0.47%) Azure Functions
9 3 (0.47%) Serverless
9 3 (0.47%) Sumo Logic
10 2 (0.31%) Adobe Creative Cloud
10 2 (0.31%) Power Platform
10 2 (0.31%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 67 (10.40%) Firewall
2 60 (9.32%) LAN
2 60 (9.32%) VPN
3 48 (7.45%) DHCP
4 47 (7.30%) DNS
5 46 (7.14%) TCP/IP
6 45 (6.99%) WAN
7 25 (3.88%) VoIP
8 24 (3.73%) Wireless
9 23 (3.57%) SAN
10 19 (2.95%) Wi-Fi
11 15 (2.33%) Internet
12 13 (2.02%) Remote Desktop
13 12 (1.86%) Skype
14 11 (1.71%) Network Security
15 9 (1.40%) Cisco IOS
16 8 (1.24%) VLAN
17 7 (1.09%) SD-WAN
17 7 (1.09%) SSL
17 7 (1.09%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (3.73%) SQL Server
2 8 (1.24%) Amazon RDS
2 8 (1.24%) SQL Server 2012
3 7 (1.09%) NoSQL
4 6 (0.93%) SQL Server 2016
5 5 (0.78%) PostgreSQL
5 5 (0.78%) SQL Server 2014
6 4 (0.62%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (0.62%) MySQL
7 3 (0.47%) Apache Cassandra
7 3 (0.47%) Azkaban
7 3 (0.47%) Big Data
7 3 (0.47%) Hadoop
7 3 (0.47%) Spark SQL
8 2 (0.31%) Data Lake
8 2 (0.31%) Power BI
8 2 (0.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 1 (0.16%) Crystal Reports
9 1 (0.16%) OLAP
9 1 (0.16%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 8 (1.24%) JIRA
2 4 (0.62%) Jenkins
3 2 (0.31%) Cucumber
3 2 (0.31%) Metasploit
3 2 (0.31%) RSpec
3 2 (0.31%) Vagrant
4 1 (0.16%) Artifactory
4 1 (0.16%) Axure RP
4 1 (0.16%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.16%) Moq
4 1 (0.16%) NUnit
4 1 (0.16%) Rational Rhapsody
4 1 (0.16%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (0.16%) Subversion
4 1 (0.16%) TeamCity
General
1 147 (22.83%) Social Skills
2 49 (7.61%) Finance
3 43 (6.68%) Public Sector
4 32 (4.97%) Analytical Skills
5 22 (3.42%) Telecoms
6 15 (2.33%) Manufacturing
6 15 (2.33%) Organisational Skills
7 14 (2.17%) Banking
8 9 (1.40%) Retail
9 8 (1.24%) French Language
9 8 (1.24%) Presentation Skills
10 6 (0.93%) Back Office
10 6 (0.93%) Electronics
10 6 (0.93%) Marketing
11 5 (0.78%) Law
12 4 (0.62%) Influencing Skills
12 4 (0.62%) Legal
13 3 (0.47%) Automotive
14 2 (0.31%) Advertising
14 2 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (0.78%) REST
2 4 (0.62%) Middleware
2 4 (0.62%) SAML
2 4 (0.62%) XMPP
3 3 (0.47%) AngularJS
3 3 (0.47%) ARM Templates
3 3 (0.47%) Kafka
4 2 (0.31%) .NET
4 2 (0.31%) HTML
5 1 (0.16%) .NET Core
5 1 (0.16%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.16%) CSS
5 1 (0.16%) JSON
5 1 (0.16%) LDAP
5 1 (0.16%) PySpark
5 1 (0.16%) Regular Expression
5 1 (0.16%) Web Services
5 1 (0.16%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 36 (5.59%) Driving Licence
2 30 (4.66%) NHS
3 21 (3.26%) Management Information System
4 20 (3.11%) Data Centre
5 17 (2.64%) Virtual Team
6 12 (1.86%) Smartphone
6 12 (1.86%) Video Conferencing
7 8 (1.24%) Self-Motivation
8 6 (0.93%) Blackberry
8 6 (0.93%) BYOD
8 6 (0.93%) Clustering
8 6 (0.93%) iPad
9 5 (0.78%) EPoS
10 4 (0.62%) Data Protection Act
10 4 (0.62%) Renewable Energy
11 3 (0.47%) Enterprise Software
11 3 (0.47%) Fat Client
11 3 (0.47%) iPhone
11 3 (0.47%) Legacy Systems
11 3 (0.47%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 390 (60.56%) Windows
2 174 (27.02%) Windows 10
3 115 (17.86%) Windows Server
4 68 (10.56%) Windows 7
5 50 (7.76%) Linux
6 41 (6.37%) Windows Server 2012
7 32 (4.97%) Android
8 26 (4.04%) Windows Server 2016
9 21 (3.26%) Windows Server 2019
10 20 (3.11%) Apple iOS
11 18 (2.80%) Mac OS
12 13 (2.02%) VMS
13 12 (1.86%) Windows Server 2008
14 11 (1.71%) Windows XP
15 10 (1.55%) Mac OS X
15 10 (1.55%) Windows 8
16 9 (1.40%) Unix
17 8 (1.24%) Windows Phone
18 5 (0.78%) Ubuntu
19 4 (0.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 95 (14.75%) ITIL
2 61 (9.47%) Problem-Solving
3 55 (8.54%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 54 (8.39%) Migration
5 37 (5.75%) Service Delivery
6 33 (5.12%) Break/Fix
7 26 (4.04%) Service Management
8 24 (3.73%) Server Management
9 23 (3.57%) Asset Management
10 22 (3.42%) Incident Management
10 22 (3.42%) Mobile Device Management
10 22 (3.42%) Time Management
11 18 (2.80%) Disaster Recovery
12 17 (2.64%) Continuous Improvement
12 17 (2.64%) ITSM
13 15 (2.33%) Agile Software Development
13 15 (2.33%) Data Migration
14 14 (2.17%) Antivirus Management
14 14 (2.17%) ITIL V3
15 13 (2.02%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 40 (6.21%) PowerShell
2 21 (3.26%) SQL
3 17 (2.64%) Python
4 7 (1.09%) Bash Shell
5 4 (0.62%) Java
5 4 (0.62%) VBScript
6 3 (0.47%) PL/SQL
6 3 (0.47%) Scala
6 3 (0.47%) Shell Script
7 2 (0.31%) C
7 2 (0.31%) C#
7 2 (0.31%) Go
8 1 (0.16%) C++
8 1 (0.16%) VB
Qualifications
1 38 (5.90%) Security Cleared
2 37 (5.75%) Degree
2 37 (5.75%) Microsoft Certification
3 31 (4.81%) SC Cleared
4 29 (4.50%) Cisco Certification
5 23 (3.57%) MCSE
6 22 (3.42%) CCNA
7 15 (2.33%) MCSA
8 11 (1.71%) MCP
9 10 (1.55%) A+ Certification
10 8 (1.24%) Computer Science Degree
11 7 (1.09%) DBS Check
11 7 (1.09%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 5 (0.78%) Chartered Engineer
12 5 (0.78%) CISM
12 5 (0.78%) CITP
13 4 (0.62%) CCENT
13 4 (0.62%) CISSP
13 4 (0.62%) HND
13 4 (0.62%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (8.23%) SLA
2 12 (1.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 11 (1.71%) PCI DSS
4 9 (1.40%) Cyber Essentials
5 6 (0.93%) ISO 9001
6 4 (0.62%) QA
6 4 (0.62%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.47%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 3 (0.47%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.47%) GDPR
8 2 (0.31%) Accessibility
8 2 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.16%) NIST
9 1 (0.16%) PMO
9 1 (0.16%) WCAG
System Software
1 236 (36.65%) Active Directory
2 43 (6.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (3.11%) VMware ESXi
4 15 (2.33%) Hyper-V
4 15 (2.33%) Virtual Desktop
5 13 (2.02%) vSphere
6 11 (1.71%) XenApp
7 8 (1.24%) BitLocker
7 8 (1.24%) Virtual Servers
8 6 (0.93%) Firmware
8 6 (0.93%) Virtual Machines
9 5 (0.78%) XenDesktop
10 2 (0.31%) Docker
10 2 (0.31%) NFS
10 2 (0.31%) VirtualBox
10 2 (0.31%) VMware Workstation
11 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.16%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.16%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 98 (15.22%) SCCM
2 30 (4.66%) Microsoft Intune
3 14 (2.17%) Norton AntiVirus
4 13 (2.02%) Jamf Pro
5 12 (1.86%) WSUS
6 8 (1.24%) Ansible
7 5 (0.78%) vCenter Server
8 4 (0.62%) Terraform
8 4 (0.62%) vRealize
9 3 (0.47%) AirWatch
9 3 (0.47%) Backup Exec
9 3 (0.47%) Puppet
9 3 (0.47%) Single Sign-On
10 2 (0.31%) EMC NetWorker
10 2 (0.31%) NetBackup
10 2 (0.31%) PowerCLI
10 2 (0.31%) SCOM
10 2 (0.31%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 2 (0.31%) vRealize Orchestrator
10 2 (0.31%) WMI
Vendors
1 229 (35.56%) Microsoft
2 80 (12.42%) VMware
3 63 (9.78%) Citrix
4 58 (9.01%) Cisco
5 50 (7.76%) Apple
6 38 (5.90%) Dell
7 28 (4.35%) HP
8 25 (3.88%) ServiceNow
9 20 (3.11%) Symantec
10 16 (2.48%) McAfee
11 14 (2.17%) IBM
11 14 (2.17%) Polycom
12 13 (2.02%) SAP
13 12 (1.86%) SolarWinds
14 10 (1.55%) Google
14 10 (1.55%) Veeam
15 9 (1.40%) Meraki
16 8 (1.24%) Adobe
16 8 (1.24%) Zscaler
17 7 (1.09%) NetApp