Period
to 14 December 2019

The median contractor rate for an IT Engineer was £175 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 14 December 2019.

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
14 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 304 414 466
Rank change year-on-year +110 +52 +34
Contract jobs requiring an IT Engineer 657 610 494
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.83% 0.58% 0.48%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.88% 0.61% 0.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 393 319 292
UK median daily rate £175 £164 £150
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.54% +9.50% +3.45%
10th Percentile £105 £100 £100
90th Percentile £425 £456 £385
UK excluding London median daily rate £175 £150 £150
% change year-on-year +16.67% - +22.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 130 126 116
UK median hourly rate £14.39 £14.88 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.29% +14.46% -13.33%
10th Percentile £10.75 £11.18 £10.30
90th Percentile £20.00 £21.88 £25.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.39 £14.88 £13.00
% change year-on-year -3.29% +14.46% -11.31%

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 74,379 99,450 98,061
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.99% 94.78% 94.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 48,574 65,854 64,995
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £250 £270 £258
90th Percentile £644 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,870 3,046 2,862
UK median hourly rate £19.32 £18.50 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.42% -1.07% +3.89%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.81
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +2.86% -2.78% +2.86%

IT Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for IT Engineer in the UK

IT Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for IT Engineer in the UK

IT Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing IT Engineer over the 6 months to 14 December 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for IT Engineer in the UK

IT Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for IT Engineer in the UK

IT Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing IT Engineer over the 6 months to 14 December 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for IT Engineer in the UK

IT Engineer
Top 16 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 14 December 2019. 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 +134 590 £180 +10.18% 518
UK excluding London +95 453 £175 +16.67% 450
London +82 187 £190 -2.56% 99
South East +43 114 £190 +20.63% 114
South West +61 89 £140 +12.00% 55
North of England +54 81 £155 +29.17% 102
Midlands +84 71 £180 +28.57% 84
West Midlands +70 53 £194 +49.04% 35
East of England +28 48 £145 -18.31% 64
North West +39 43 £185 +27.59% 55
Scotland +46 42 £110 -1.79% 23
Yorkshire +46 31 £148 +22.92% 33
East Midlands +24 18 £175 -26.32% 48
North East +14 7 £130 +8.33% 14
Wales +17 6 £190 -23.81% 6
Northern Ireland +2 2 £305 -3.17% 2

IT Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 14 December 2019, 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.

1 430 (65.45%) Windows
2 246 (37.44%) Windows 10
3 241 (36.68%) Active Directory
4 183 (27.85%) Microsoft
4 183 (27.85%) Office 365
5 172 (26.18%) Windows 7
6 131 (19.94%) Windows Server
7 116 (17.66%) Microsoft Office
8 87 (13.24%) VMware
8 87 (13.24%) SCCM
9 73 (11.11%) ITIL
9 73 (11.11%) Windows Server 2012
10 71 (10.81%) SLA
11 67 (10.20%) Migration
12 66 (10.05%) Windows Server 2008
13 64 (9.74%) Firewall
14 63 (9.59%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 54 (8.22%) Cisco
15 54 (8.22%) Problem-Solving
16 53 (8.07%) Security Cleared
17 52 (7.91%) DNS
18 51 (7.76%) MS Exchange
19 46 (7.00%) LAN
19 46 (7.00%) Citrix
20 43 (6.54%) Break/Fix
21 41 (6.24%) Azure
22 40 (6.09%) Apple
22 40 (6.09%) DHCP
22 40 (6.09%) Finance
23 38 (5.78%) SC Cleared

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 51 (7.76%) MS Exchange
2 29 (4.41%) SharePoint
3 18 (2.74%) Skype for Business
4 16 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2013
5 9 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2007
6 7 (1.07%) Confluence
7 6 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2010
8 4 (0.61%) Apache
8 4 (0.61%) IIS
8 4 (0.61%) OpenStack
9 3 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2003
9 3 (0.46%) SharePoint 2010
10 2 (0.30%) FileNet
10 2 (0.30%) WebSphere
11 1 (0.15%) Apache Airflow
11 1 (0.15%) Apache Spark
11 1 (0.15%) IBM Notes
11 1 (0.15%) Luigi
Applications
1 116 (17.66%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (1.67%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (0.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.61%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.46%) Acrobat
5 3 (0.46%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.46%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.15%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 3 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.30%) Workfront
3 1 (0.15%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.15%) Exchequer
Cloud Services
1 183 (27.85%) Office 365
2 41 (6.24%) Azure
3 18 (2.74%) AWS
4 8 (1.22%) G Suite
4 8 (1.22%) OneDrive
5 6 (0.91%) IaaS
6 5 (0.76%) Azure Active Directory
6 5 (0.76%) GCP
7 4 (0.61%) Mimecast
7 4 (0.61%) SaaS
8 3 (0.46%) PaaS
9 2 (0.30%) Salesforce Service Cloud
10 1 (0.15%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 64 (9.74%) Firewall
2 52 (7.91%) DNS
3 46 (7.00%) LAN
4 40 (6.09%) DHCP
5 35 (5.33%) VPN
6 30 (4.57%) WAN
7 23 (3.50%) Wi-Fi
8 22 (3.35%) TCP/IP
8 22 (3.35%) Wireless
9 20 (3.04%) Internet
9 20 (3.04%) Skype
10 16 (2.44%) SAN
10 16 (2.44%) VoIP
11 8 (1.22%) Remote Desktop
11 8 (1.22%) VLAN
12 7 (1.07%) NAS
12 7 (1.07%) Unified Communications
13 6 (0.91%) Intranet
13 6 (0.91%) Network Security
13 6 (0.91%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (4.11%) SQL Server
2 8 (1.22%) PostgreSQL
3 7 (1.07%) MySQL
4 5 (0.76%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (0.61%) Relational Database
6 3 (0.46%) EDMS
6 3 (0.46%) NoSQL
6 3 (0.46%) RDBMS
6 3 (0.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (0.30%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (0.15%) Apache Cassandra
8 1 (0.15%) Azkaban
8 1 (0.15%) Big Data
8 1 (0.15%) Geospatial Data
8 1 (0.15%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.15%) Power BI
8 1 (0.15%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 11 (1.67%) JIRA
2 6 (0.91%) Git (software)
3 4 (0.61%) Subversion
4 1 (0.15%) AdminStudio
4 1 (0.15%) InstallShield
4 1 (0.15%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.15%) Maven
4 1 (0.15%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 40 (6.09%) Finance
2 36 (5.48%) Public Sector
3 28 (4.26%) Retail
4 13 (1.98%) Telecoms
5 10 (1.52%) Banking
6 9 (1.37%) Law
7 8 (1.22%) Back Office
8 6 (0.91%) Manufacturing
9 5 (0.76%) Mandarin Language
10 4 (0.61%) Advertising
10 4 (0.61%) Legal
10 4 (0.61%) Marketing
11 3 (0.46%) Electronics
11 3 (0.46%) German Language
11 3 (0.46%) Local Government
11 3 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.30%) French Language
12 2 (0.30%) Front Office
12 2 (0.30%) Games
12 2 (0.30%) Police
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (0.61%) Java RMI
2 3 (0.46%) IBM Integration Bus
3 2 (0.30%) .NET
4 1 (0.15%) CGI
4 1 (0.15%) HTML
4 1 (0.15%) Kafka
4 1 (0.15%) LDAP
4 1 (0.15%) REST
4 1 (0.15%) SAML
4 1 (0.15%) Spark Streaming
4 1 (0.15%) Web Services
4 1 (0.15%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 32 (4.87%) Driving Licence
2 25 (3.81%) NHS
3 22 (3.35%) Fat Client
3 22 (3.35%) Thin Client
4 17 (2.59%) Analytical Skills
5 15 (2.28%) Data Centre
5 15 (2.28%) Smartphone
6 12 (1.83%) EPoS
7 9 (1.37%) Management Information System
7 9 (1.37%) Video Conferencing
8 7 (1.07%) Self-Motivation
9 5 (0.76%) Blackberry
9 5 (0.76%) Clustering
10 4 (0.61%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 4 (0.61%) iPhone
10 4 (0.61%) PDA
10 4 (0.61%) PKI
10 4 (0.61%) Public Cloud
11 3 (0.46%) FMCG
12 2 (0.30%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 430 (65.45%) Windows
2 246 (37.44%) Windows 10
3 172 (26.18%) Windows 7
4 131 (19.94%) Windows Server
5 73 (11.11%) Windows Server 2012
6 66 (10.05%) Windows Server 2008
7 28 (4.26%) Linux
8 25 (3.81%) Windows 8
9 24 (3.65%) Windows XP
10 14 (2.13%) Apple iOS
11 10 (1.52%) Mac OS X
11 10 (1.52%) Unix
11 10 (1.52%) Windows Server 2003
12 9 (1.37%) Mac OS
13 8 (1.22%) Android
13 8 (1.22%) Ubuntu
14 7 (1.07%) CentOS
15 4 (0.61%) Windows Vista
16 3 (0.46%) Windows 2000
17 1 (0.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (11.11%) ITIL
2 67 (10.20%) Migration
3 63 (9.59%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 54 (8.22%) Problem-Solving
5 43 (6.54%) Break/Fix
6 34 (5.18%) Service Management
7 33 (5.02%) Time Management
8 28 (4.26%) Incident Management
9 25 (3.81%) ITSM
10 17 (2.59%) Asset Management
11 16 (2.44%) Information Security
12 15 (2.28%) SIEM
13 13 (1.98%) Project Delivery
13 13 (1.98%) Security Operations
14 12 (1.83%) Service Delivery
15 11 (1.67%) Agile Software Development
15 11 (1.67%) Continuous Improvement
15 11 (1.67%) Project Management
15 11 (1.67%) Server Management
16 10 (1.52%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 25 (3.81%) PowerShell
2 24 (3.65%) SQL
3 6 (0.91%) Java
3 6 (0.91%) Python
4 4 (0.61%) C
4 4 (0.61%) VBScript
5 3 (0.46%) C++
6 2 (0.30%) Bash Shell
6 2 (0.30%) C#
6 2 (0.30%) Ruby
6 2 (0.30%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.15%) AWK
7 1 (0.15%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.15%) PHP
7 1 (0.15%) Scala
7 1 (0.15%) sed
7 1 (0.15%) VB
7 1 (0.15%) VBA
Qualifications
1 53 (8.07%) Security Cleared
2 38 (5.78%) SC Cleared
3 23 (3.50%) DBS Check
3 23 (3.50%) Microsoft Certification
4 19 (2.89%) Degree
5 18 (2.74%) Cisco Certification
6 16 (2.44%) MCSE
7 13 (1.98%) CCNA
8 11 (1.67%) MCSA
9 9 (1.37%) DV Cleared
10 8 (1.22%) MCP
11 7 (1.07%) CCNP
12 6 (0.91%) A+ Certification
13 4 (0.61%) CISSP
13 4 (0.61%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 3 (0.46%) CEH
14 3 (0.46%) Computer Science Degree
14 3 (0.46%) MCITP
14 3 (0.46%) MCTS
15 2 (0.30%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 71 (10.81%) SLA
2 5 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (0.61%) GDPR
3 4 (0.61%) PMO
4 3 (0.46%) Cyber Essentials
5 2 (0.30%) BS7799
6 1 (0.15%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.15%) GxP
6 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (0.15%) NIST
6 1 (0.15%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.15%) QA
System Software
1 241 (36.68%) Active Directory
2 36 (5.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 29 (4.41%) Hyper-V
4 16 (2.44%) VMware ESXi
4 16 (2.44%) XenApp
5 15 (2.28%) Virtual Servers
6 11 (1.67%) vSphere
7 7 (1.07%) XenDesktop
8 5 (0.76%) BitLocker
8 5 (0.76%) Virtual Machines
9 4 (0.61%) pfSense
10 3 (0.46%) DFS Replication
10 3 (0.46%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 3 (0.46%) Virtual Desktop
11 2 (0.30%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 2 (0.30%) Docker
11 2 (0.30%) Firmware
11 2 (0.30%) Microsoft App-V
12 1 (0.15%) Terminal Server
12 1 (0.15%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 87 (13.24%) SCCM
2 26 (3.96%) WSUS
3 8 (1.22%) Microsoft Intune
4 4 (0.61%) FortiGate
4 4 (0.61%) Nagios
4 4 (0.61%) SCOM
5 3 (0.46%) AirWatch
5 3 (0.46%) Backup Exec
5 3 (0.46%) HP SIM
5 3 (0.46%) McAfee ePO
5 3 (0.46%) Nessus
5 3 (0.46%) ServiceCenter
5 3 (0.46%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 3 (0.46%) vCenter Server
6 2 (0.30%) Ansible
6 2 (0.30%) EMC NetWorker
6 2 (0.30%) Graylog
6 2 (0.30%) NetBackup
6 2 (0.30%) Perfmon
6 2 (0.30%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 183 (27.85%) Microsoft
2 87 (13.24%) VMware
3 54 (8.22%) Cisco
4 46 (7.00%) Citrix
5 40 (6.09%) Apple
6 32 (4.87%) HP
7 18 (2.74%) ServiceNow
8 15 (2.28%) Google
9 14 (2.13%) CyberArk
10 13 (1.98%) Avaya
11 12 (1.83%) Dell
12 11 (1.67%) Meraki
13 10 (1.52%) Veeam
14 9 (1.37%) ArcSight
14 9 (1.37%) Palo Alto
14 9 (1.37%) SolarWinds
15 8 (1.22%) CheckPoint
15 8 (1.22%) EMC
15 8 (1.22%) Fujitsu
15 8 (1.22%) Oracle