Period
to 13 August 2020

The median contractor rate for a Server Engineer was £330 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 13 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.

Server Engineer
UK
6 months to
13 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 444 570 623
Rank change year-on-year +126 +53 +15
Contract jobs requiring a Server Engineer 102 286 288
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.32% 0.28%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.32% 0.33% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 74 214 221
Median daily rate £330 £395 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.46% +21.54% +8.33%
10th Percentile £188 £242 £165
90th Percentile £500 £525 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £363 £325
% change year-on-year -10.34% +11.54% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 21 13
Median hourly rate £23.50 £23.75 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.05% - +4.40%
10th Percentile £15.95 £15.23 £13.81
90th Percentile £31.75 £32.50 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.25 £22.45 £23.13
% change year-on-year -14.25% -2.92% +1.65%

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 31,938 85,587 97,196
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.00% 94.33% 94.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 19,815 56,148 63,621
Median daily rate £475 £465 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +3.45%
10th Percentile £256 £263 £269
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +1.76% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,329 2,921 3,116
Median hourly rate £26.87 £19.64 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.81% +9.11% -3.70%
10th Percentile £11.75 £11.17 £11.02
90th Percentile £52.50 £52.50 £47.83
Median hourly rate £21.50 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +16.22% +5.71% -1.52%

Server Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Server Engineer in the UK

Server Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for Server Engineer in the UK

Server Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Server Engineer over the 6 months to 13 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Server Engineer in the UK

Server Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for Server Engineer in the UK

Server Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Server Engineer over the 6 months to 13 August 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Server Engineer in the UK

Server 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 Server Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 13 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 +122 87 £335 -16.25% 17
UK excluding London +115 54 £325 -10.34% 14
London +152 45 £350 -22.22% 3
South East +147 13 £350 - 4
North of England +91 10 £344 -11.92% 3
Scotland +79 10 £325 +106.35%
South West +77 10 £221 -34.52% 5
North West +71 7 £313 -7.41% 2
Midlands +63 7 £275 -27.63% 2
Work from Home -23 6 £305 -39.00%
West Midlands +46 5 £275 -29.49% 1
East of England +72 3 £338 +35.00% 1
Yorkshire +65 2 £450 +2.86%
East Midlands +59 2 £350 +7.69% 1
Wales +42 2 £325 +33.33%
North East +33 1 - - 1

Server Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 August 2020, Server 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 Server Engineer in the job title.

1 72 (70.59%) Windows
2 56 (54.90%) Windows Server
3 54 (52.94%) Active Directory
4 52 (50.98%) VMware
5 46 (45.10%) Windows Server 2012
6 45 (44.12%) Windows Server 2016
7 34 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
8 27 (26.47%) Microsoft
9 26 (25.49%) DNS
10 24 (23.53%) Windows Server 2008
11 22 (21.57%) DHCP
12 21 (20.59%) PowerShell
13 20 (19.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 19 (18.63%) Azure
14 19 (18.63%) Office 365
15 18 (17.65%) Migration
15 18 (17.65%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 16 (15.69%) Dell
17 15 (14.71%) HP
17 15 (14.71%) Linux
18 14 (13.73%) SC Cleared
18 14 (13.73%) Security Cleared
18 14 (13.73%) Windows Server 2019
19 13 (12.75%) ITIL
19 13 (12.75%) Banking
20 12 (11.76%) Citrix
20 12 (11.76%) Server Building
21 11 (10.78%) SIEM
21 11 (10.78%) SQL Server
21 11 (10.78%) MS Exchange

Server 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 11 (10.78%) MS Exchange
2 8 (7.84%) Skype for Business
3 7 (6.86%) SharePoint
4 6 (5.88%) IIS
5 5 (4.90%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 5 (4.90%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (2.94%) Apache
6 3 (2.94%) Confluence
7 2 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.98%) Content Management Server
Applications
1 5 (4.90%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (1.96%) Magento
2 1 (0.98%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 19 (18.63%) Azure
1 19 (18.63%) Office 365
2 7 (6.86%) AWS
3 4 (3.92%) AWS Lambda
3 4 (3.92%) OneDrive
3 4 (3.92%) Serverless
4 3 (2.94%) Amazon CloudWatch
4 3 (2.94%) IaaS
4 3 (2.94%) PaaS
5 2 (1.96%) Amazon Cognito
5 2 (1.96%) Amazon EC2
5 2 (1.96%) Amazon Kinesis
5 2 (1.96%) Amazon S3
5 2 (1.96%) AWS CloudFormation
5 2 (1.96%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
5 2 (1.96%) AWS Step Functions
5 2 (1.96%) Azure Active Directory
5 2 (1.96%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (1.96%) Route 53
5 2 (1.96%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 26 (25.49%) DNS
2 22 (21.57%) DHCP
3 10 (9.80%) SAN
4 8 (7.84%) Firewall
4 8 (7.84%) Skype
5 7 (6.86%) Remote Desktop
6 6 (5.88%) LAN
7 5 (4.90%) TCP/IP
7 5 (4.90%) WAN
8 4 (3.92%) NetScaler
8 4 (3.92%) VPN
9 3 (2.94%) Cisco ASA
10 2 (1.96%) SSH
10 2 (1.96%) SSL
11 1 (0.98%) Internet
11 1 (0.98%) Network Security
11 1 (0.98%) SMTP
11 1 (0.98%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (10.78%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.94%) MySQL
2 3 (2.94%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (1.96%) Amazon Aurora
3 2 (1.96%) MongoDB
3 2 (1.96%) SQL Server 2014
3 2 (1.96%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (0.98%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 1 (0.98%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.98%) Cosmos DB
4 1 (0.98%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.98%) Redis
4 1 (0.98%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 3 (2.94%) JIRA
2 2 (1.96%) Git (software)
2 2 (1.96%) Hudson
2 2 (1.96%) Jenkins
General
1 13 (12.75%) Banking
2 8 (7.84%) Finance
2 8 (7.84%) Public Sector
3 3 (2.94%) Military
4 1 (0.98%) Back Office
4 1 (0.98%) Electronics
4 1 (0.98%) Front Office
4 1 (0.98%) Law
4 1 (0.98%) Legal
4 1 (0.98%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.98%) Marketing
4 1 (0.98%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.96%) LAMP
1 2 (1.96%) Node.js
2 1 (0.98%) .NET
2 1 (0.98%) Django
2 1 (0.98%) FIX Protocol
2 1 (0.98%) GraphQL
2 1 (0.98%) React
2 1 (0.98%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 8 (7.84%) NHS
2 5 (4.90%) Blackberry
2 5 (4.90%) Data Centre
2 5 (4.90%) Smartphone
3 4 (3.92%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (3.92%) PKI
4 3 (2.94%) Clustering
4 3 (2.94%) Linux Command Line
5 2 (1.96%) Cloud Native
5 2 (1.96%) Driving Licence
6 1 (0.98%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.98%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (0.98%) Microsoft Licensing
6 1 (0.98%) Replication
6 1 (0.98%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (0.98%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 72 (70.59%) Windows
2 56 (54.90%) Windows Server
3 46 (45.10%) Windows Server 2012
4 45 (44.12%) Windows Server 2016
5 24 (23.53%) Windows Server 2008
6 15 (14.71%) Linux
7 14 (13.73%) Windows Server 2019
8 5 (4.90%) Windows 10
8 5 (4.90%) Windows 7
9 4 (3.92%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (1.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (1.96%) SUSE
10 2 (1.96%) Unix
10 2 (1.96%) VMS
11 1 (0.98%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (19.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 18 (17.65%) Migration
3 13 (12.75%) ITIL
4 12 (11.76%) Server Building
5 11 (10.78%) SIEM
6 6 (5.88%) Server Management
7 5 (4.90%) Agile Software Development
7 5 (4.90%) Break/Fix
8 4 (3.92%) Project Delivery
8 4 (3.92%) Service Delivery
9 3 (2.94%) Change Management
9 3 (2.94%) Configuration Management
9 3 (2.94%) Critical Thinking
9 3 (2.94%) DevOps
9 3 (2.94%) Regression Testing
9 3 (2.94%) Release Management
9 3 (2.94%) Test Scripting
9 3 (2.94%) Virtual Environments
10 2 (1.96%) Root Cause Analysis
10 2 (1.96%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 21 (20.59%) PowerShell
2 8 (7.84%) SQL
3 4 (3.92%) Python
4 3 (2.94%) Bash Shell
4 3 (2.94%) Java
5 2 (1.96%) PHP
Qualifications
1 18 (17.65%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
2 14 (13.73%) SC Cleared
2 14 (13.73%) Security Cleared
3 5 (4.90%) MCSA
3 5 (4.90%) MCSE
3 5 (4.90%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (1.96%) Degree
4 2 (1.96%) ITIL Certification
4 2 (1.96%) TOGAF Certification
5 1 (0.98%) AWS Certification
5 1 (0.98%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.94%) SLA
System Software
1 54 (52.94%) Active Directory
2 34 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (9.80%) vSphere
4 9 (8.82%) Hyper-V
5 6 (5.88%) Virtual Servers
6 5 (4.90%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (3.92%) XenApp
7 4 (3.92%) XenDesktop
8 3 (2.94%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 3 (2.94%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (1.96%) Docker
10 1 (0.98%) ISA Server
10 1 (0.98%) Microcode
10 1 (0.98%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.98%) Terminal Server
10 1 (0.98%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 9 (8.82%) SCCM
2 6 (5.88%) Norton AntiVirus
2 6 (5.88%) WSUS
3 4 (3.92%) SCOM
3 4 (3.92%) vRealize
4 3 (2.94%) AirWatch
4 3 (2.94%) Microsoft Clustering
4 3 (2.94%) Terraform
5 2 (1.96%) Backup Exec
5 2 (1.96%) HP SIM
5 2 (1.96%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.98%) Kubernetes
6 1 (0.98%) Microsoft Intune
6 1 (0.98%) SCVMM
6 1 (0.98%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.98%) Tivoli Monitoring
6 1 (0.98%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 52 (50.98%) VMware
2 27 (26.47%) Microsoft
3 16 (15.69%) Dell
4 15 (14.71%) HP
5 12 (11.76%) Citrix
6 8 (7.84%) Symantec
7 5 (4.90%) Cisco
7 5 (4.90%) Red Hat
8 4 (3.92%) Bloomberg
8 4 (3.92%) EMC
8 4 (3.92%) SolarWinds
9 3 (2.94%) Barracuda Networks
9 3 (2.94%) CommVault
9 3 (2.94%) Huawei
9 3 (2.94%) IronPort
9 3 (2.94%) MobileIron
9 3 (2.94%) Palo Alto
9 3 (2.94%) Reuters
9 3 (2.94%) Veeam
10 2 (1.96%) Hitachi