Period
to 3 August 2020

The median contractor rate for an IT Engineer was £175 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 3 August 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.

IT Engineer
UK
6 months to
3 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 295 357 415
Rank change year-on-year +62 +58 +84
Contract jobs requiring an IT Engineer 286 649 614
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.79% 0.71% 0.59%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.85% 0.75% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 140 393 304
Median daily rate £175 £175 £175
10th Percentile £114 £105 £100
90th Percentile £431 £438 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £160 £150 £150
% change year-on-year +6.67% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 142 146
Median hourly rate £14.57 £14.44 £14.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.88% -3.36% +5.21%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.03 £10.50
90th Percentile £35.00 £26.00 £20.67
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.15 £14.14 £14.75
% change year-on-year -6.97% -4.17% +13.46%

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 33,571 86,803 98,228
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.18% 94.41% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 20,838 56,979 64,284
Median daily rate £475 £466 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.93% +3.56% +4.05%
10th Percentile £256 £263 £269
90th Percentile £663 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +1.80% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,390 2,949 3,132
Median hourly rate £26.00 £19.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.33% +8.33% -2.70%
10th Percentile £12.02 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.15 £52.50 £48.00
Median hourly rate £21.50 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +16.22% +5.71% -1.02%

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 3 August 2020.

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 3 August 2020.

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 3 August 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 +90 256 £173 -4.17% 121
UK excluding London +80 218 £160 +6.67% 113
South East +121 73 £190 -9.95% 23
London +105 62 £200 -5.88% 22
Midlands +80 36 £160 -3.03% 20
North of England +76 34 £153 +1.67% 33
South West +52 30 £156 -5.30% 15
West Midlands +67 26 £150 - 11
East of England +50 21 £145 +19.59% 8
North West +55 16 £145 -14.71% 17
Scotland +29 14 £200 +66.67% 12
Yorkshire +66 13 £175 +25.00% 13
East Midlands +49 10 £180 - 9
Work from Home -8 9 £258 -29.45% 4
Wales +19 6 £175 +2.94% 2
North East +39 5 £160 +33.33% 3
Northern Ireland +22 4 - -

IT Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 August 2020, 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.

1 151 (52.80%) Windows
2 95 (33.22%) Microsoft
3 93 (32.52%) Windows 10
4 80 (27.97%) Active Directory
5 61 (21.33%) Office 365
6 44 (15.38%) Windows 7
7 42 (14.69%) Windows Server
8 40 (13.99%) Public Sector
9 34 (11.89%) VMware
10 33 (11.54%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 32 (11.19%) SCCM
11 32 (11.19%) LAN
12 31 (10.84%) Migration
13 30 (10.49%) Microsoft Office
14 29 (10.14%) ITIL
15 25 (8.74%) TCP/IP
16 24 (8.39%) Citrix
17 23 (8.04%) HP
17 23 (8.04%) DNS
18 22 (7.69%) DHCP
19 20 (6.99%) MS Exchange
19 20 (6.99%) Security Cleared
19 20 (6.99%) Azure
20 19 (6.64%) Windows Server 2008
20 19 (6.64%) Ethernet
20 19 (6.64%) Cisco
20 19 (6.64%) Linux
21 18 (6.29%) Firewall
22 17 (5.94%) Windows Server 2012
22 17 (5.94%) Windows Server 2016

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 20 (6.99%) MS Exchange
2 8 (2.80%) Exchange Server 2010
2 8 (2.80%) SharePoint
3 4 (1.40%) Apache Spark
3 4 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2013
3 4 (1.40%) IIS
4 3 (1.05%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 2 (0.70%) Apache
5 2 (0.70%) MS Project Server
5 2 (0.70%) Skype for Business
5 2 (0.70%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.35%) Confluence
6 1 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (0.35%) Oracle Workflow
6 1 (0.35%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (0.35%) WebLogic
Applications
1 30 (10.49%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (3.15%) Microsoft Project
3 7 (2.45%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (1.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.70%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.35%) Adobe Captivate
6 1 (0.35%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.35%) SketchUp
6 1 (0.35%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 2 (0.70%) assyst
2 1 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.35%) Line 500
2 1 (0.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.35%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 61 (21.33%) Office 365
2 20 (6.99%) Azure
3 8 (2.80%) AWS
4 4 (1.40%) IaaS
5 3 (1.05%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (1.05%) PaaS
6 2 (0.70%) SaaS
7 1 (0.35%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.35%) GCP
7 1 (0.35%) Logic Apps
7 1 (0.35%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.35%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 32 (11.19%) LAN
2 25 (8.74%) TCP/IP
3 23 (8.04%) DNS
4 22 (7.69%) DHCP
5 19 (6.64%) Ethernet
6 18 (6.29%) Firewall
7 17 (5.94%) Internet
8 14 (4.90%) SAN
9 9 (3.15%) NetScaler
9 9 (3.15%) VoIP
10 6 (2.10%) VPN
10 6 (2.10%) WAN
10 6 (2.10%) Wi-Fi
11 5 (1.75%) Cisco ASA
11 5 (1.75%) Skype
12 4 (1.40%) Network Security
12 4 (1.40%) Remote Desktop
12 4 (1.40%) Wireless
13 3 (1.05%) VLAN
14 2 (0.70%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (3.85%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.40%) Big Data
2 4 (1.40%) Hadoop
3 1 (0.35%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (0.35%) MS Access
3 1 (0.35%) NoSQL
3 1 (0.35%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.35%) Oracle Database 12c
3 1 (0.35%) Oracle Exadata
3 1 (0.35%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (0.35%) SAP HANA
3 1 (0.35%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.35%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.35%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 6 (2.10%) Git (software)
2 5 (1.75%) Jenkins
3 2 (0.70%) JIRA
4 1 (0.35%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 1 (0.35%) Subversion
4 1 (0.35%) Visual Studio
General
1 40 (13.99%) Public Sector
2 17 (5.94%) Finance
3 4 (1.40%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.05%) Back Office
4 3 (1.05%) Financial Institution
4 3 (1.05%) Retail
5 2 (0.70%) Automotive
5 2 (0.70%) French Language
5 2 (0.70%) Manufacturing
5 2 (0.70%) Publishing
6 1 (0.35%) Advertising
6 1 (0.35%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.35%) Banking
6 1 (0.35%) Electronics
6 1 (0.35%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.35%) Law
6 1 (0.35%) Marketing
6 1 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (0.70%) Middleware
2 1 (0.35%) .NET
2 1 (0.35%) Flask
2 1 (0.35%) LDAP
2 1 (0.35%) Oracle GoldenGate
2 1 (0.35%) REST
2 1 (0.35%) SAML
2 1 (0.35%) SciPy
2 1 (0.35%) Spring
2 1 (0.35%) Spring Boot
2 1 (0.35%) X-Windows
2 1 (0.35%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 15 (5.24%) NHS
2 10 (3.50%) Driving Licence
3 9 (3.15%) Self-Motivation
4 7 (2.45%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (2.10%) Data Centre
6 5 (1.75%) Management Information System
7 4 (1.40%) Blackberry
8 3 (1.05%) Chip and PIN
9 2 (0.70%) Digital Media
9 2 (0.70%) Enterprise Software
9 2 (0.70%) Private Cloud
9 2 (0.70%) Smartphone
9 2 (0.70%) Video Conferencing
9 2 (0.70%) Video\Live Streaming
10 1 (0.35%) Client/Server
10 1 (0.35%) EPoS
10 1 (0.35%) FMCG
10 1 (0.35%) Replication
10 1 (0.35%) RSA SecurID
10 1 (0.35%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 151 (52.80%) Windows
2 93 (32.52%) Windows 10
3 44 (15.38%) Windows 7
4 42 (14.69%) Windows Server
5 19 (6.64%) Linux
5 19 (6.64%) Windows Server 2008
6 17 (5.94%) Windows Server 2012
6 17 (5.94%) Windows Server 2016
7 6 (2.10%) Apple iOS
7 6 (2.10%) Unix
8 5 (1.75%) Mac OS
8 5 (1.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 4 (1.40%) Mac OS X
10 3 (1.05%) Windows XP
11 2 (0.70%) Android
11 2 (0.70%) CentOS
11 2 (0.70%) Solaris
11 2 (0.70%) Ubuntu
11 2 (0.70%) Windows 8
11 2 (0.70%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (11.54%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 31 (10.84%) Migration
3 29 (10.14%) ITIL
4 17 (5.94%) Problem-Solving
5 14 (4.90%) Break/Fix
6 12 (4.20%) Service Delivery
7 11 (3.85%) Network Management
7 11 (3.85%) Project Management
8 9 (3.15%) Agile Software Development
9 8 (2.80%) Change Control
9 8 (2.80%) Server Building
10 7 (2.45%) Time Management
11 6 (2.10%) Creative Thinking
11 6 (2.10%) Decision-Making
11 6 (2.10%) ITSM
11 6 (2.10%) Server Management
12 5 (1.75%) Data Migration
12 5 (1.75%) DevOps
12 5 (1.75%) Mentoring
13 4 (1.40%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 8 (2.80%) SQL
2 6 (2.10%) PowerShell
2 6 (2.10%) Python
3 3 (1.05%) C
4 1 (0.35%) Bash Shell
4 1 (0.35%) C#
4 1 (0.35%) Java
4 1 (0.35%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 20 (6.99%) Security Cleared
2 14 (4.90%) SC Cleared
3 12 (4.20%) Microsoft Certification
4 10 (3.50%) Degree
4 10 (3.50%) ECDL
5 8 (2.80%) MCSE
6 5 (1.75%) MCSA
7 4 (1.40%) ITIL Certification
8 3 (1.05%) A+ Certification
8 3 (1.05%) Computer Science Degree
8 3 (1.05%) DBS Check
8 3 (1.05%) DV Cleared
8 3 (1.05%) MCP
8 3 (1.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 2 (0.70%) CCNA
9 2 (0.70%) Cisco Certification
9 2 (0.70%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 2 (0.70%) TOGAF Certification
10 1 (0.35%) Linux+ Certification
10 1 (0.35%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.15%) SLA
2 2 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 1 (0.35%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.35%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.35%) QA
System Software
1 80 (27.97%) Active Directory
2 15 (5.24%) Hyper-V
3 14 (4.90%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (3.85%) XenApp
5 7 (2.45%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (2.10%) Citrix Hypervisor
7 3 (1.05%) VMware Workstation
8 2 (0.70%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.70%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.70%) vSphere
8 2 (0.70%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.35%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 1 (0.35%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.35%) Oracle RAC
9 1 (0.35%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 32 (11.19%) SCCM
2 9 (3.15%) AirWatch
3 7 (2.45%) Microsoft Intune
4 4 (1.40%) Single Sign-On
5 3 (1.05%) Norton AntiVirus
5 3 (1.05%) WSUS
6 2 (0.70%) Ansible
6 2 (0.70%) Jamf Pro
6 2 (0.70%) NetBackup
6 2 (0.70%) SCOM
6 2 (0.70%) Terraform
7 1 (0.35%) CA Single Sign-On
7 1 (0.35%) Data Guard
7 1 (0.35%) HP Operations Orchestration
7 1 (0.35%) Oracle RMAN
7 1 (0.35%) Puppet
7 1 (0.35%) vRealize
7 1 (0.35%) vRealize Orchestrator
7 1 (0.35%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 95 (33.22%) Microsoft
2 34 (11.89%) VMware
3 24 (8.39%) Citrix
4 23 (8.04%) HP
5 19 (6.64%) Cisco
6 16 (5.59%) Dell
7 10 (3.50%) Apple
8 6 (2.10%) Red Hat
8 6 (2.10%) ServiceNow
9 5 (1.75%) Bloomberg
9 5 (1.75%) Reuters
10 4 (1.40%) Adobe
10 4 (1.40%) Liquidlogic
10 4 (1.40%) MobileIron
10 4 (1.40%) Oracle
10 4 (1.40%) Remedy
10 4 (1.40%) SolarWinds
10 4 (1.40%) Symantec
11 3 (1.05%) Barracuda Networks
11 3 (1.05%) IronPort