The median contractor rate for a Server Engineer was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 27 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
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Server Engineer
UK
Rank 468 426 334
Rank change year-on-year -42 -92  
Contract jobs requiring a Server Engineer 115 225 332
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.26% 0.42% 0.61%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.27% 0.44% 0.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 77 151 205
Median daily rate £325 £314 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.58% +4.58%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £180 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £313 £295 £275
% change year-on-year +5.93% +7.27%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 16 38
Median hourly rate £22.00 £21.00 £20.72
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.76% +1.33%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.30 £18.50 £16.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £45.00 £25.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.63 £21.00 £20.59
% change year-on-year +7.73% +1.97%  

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 42574 50675 51233
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.79% 95.19% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27643 32785 30936
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 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1490 1588 2053
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 £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.93 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

Server Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Server Engineer in the UK

Server Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Server Engineer in the UK

Server Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Server Engineer over the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Server Engineer in the UK

Server Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Server Engineer in the UK

Server Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Server Engineer over the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Server Engineer in the UK

Server 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 Server Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 27 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 -47 110 £325 - 34
London +6 45 £375 +7.14% 13
South East -25 29 £330 +25.71% 8
North West +15 8 £300 - 6
City of London +9 8 £398 +11.18% 6
Berkshire +26 7 £308 +23.00% 2
Hampshire +10 7 £330 +20.00%
Kent +15 6 £325 +80.55%
West Midlands +13 5 £300 -9.77% 1
East Midlands -1 5 £315 -3.07%
South West -3 5 £238 -13.63% 1
East of England -13 5 £338 +17.39% 3
Manchester +11 4 £250 -18.36% 3
North East -6 4 £390 +32.20%
Scotland +12 3 £310 +12.72%
Yorkshire +6 3 £350 +125.80% 2
Bristol +5 3 £238 -44.11%
Hertfordshire +1 3 £375 +25.00%
Oxford -6 3 - - 1
Oxfordshire -10 3 - - 1
Surrey -19 3 £105 -53.84% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne - 3 £500 -
Tyne and Wear - 3 £500 -
Northamptonshire - 3 £315 -
Northampton - 3 £315 -
Cheshire +25 2 £280 -6.66% 1
Cardiff +20 2 £165 -27.07%
South Wales +13 2 £165 -27.07%
Wales +8 2 £165 -27.07%
Chester +8 2 £280 -6.66%

Server Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 2017, Server 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 Server Engineer in the job title.

1 193 (80.42%) Windows
2 164 (68.33%) Windows Server
3 136 (56.67%) Active Directory
4 117 (48.75%) VMware
5 99 (41.25%) Windows Server 2012
6 88 (36.67%) Microsoft
7 76 (31.67%) Windows Server 2008
8 65 (27.08%) DNS
9 58 (24.17%) Windows Server 2003
10 52 (21.67%) PowerShell
11 43 (17.92%) MS Exchange
12 42 (17.50%) SCCM
13 40 (16.67%) Security Cleared
13 40 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
13 40 (16.67%) SQL Server
14 39 (16.25%) ITIL
15 38 (15.83%) HP
16 35 (14.58%) Citrix
16 35 (14.58%) Linux
16 35 (14.58%) Firewall
17 34 (14.17%) DHCP
18 33 (13.75%) Microsoft Certification
18 33 (13.75%) SC Cleared
19 32 (13.33%) Hyper-V
20 31 (12.92%) Cisco
20 31 (12.92%) SQL
21 30 (12.50%) SAN
22 29 (12.08%) Migration
23 27 (11.25%) vSphere
23 27 (11.25%) Finance

Server 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 43 (17.92%) MS Exchange
2 21 (8.75%) Exchange Server 2010
3 13 (5.42%) Skype for Business
4 10 (4.17%) IIS
5 7 (2.92%) Exchange Server 2013
5 7 (2.92%) SharePoint
6 6 (2.50%) Exchange Server 2007
6 6 (2.50%) WebLogic
6 6 (2.50%) WebSphere
6 6 (2.50%) WebSphere Application Server
7 4 (1.67%) Apache
8 3 (1.25%) Confluence
8 3 (1.25%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.42%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 1 (0.42%) Cloud Foundry
9 1 (0.42%) IBM HTTP Server
9 1 (0.42%) JBoss
9 1 (0.42%) Oracle Service Bus
9 1 (0.42%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.42%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 26 (10.83%) MS Excel
2 7 (2.92%) MS Office
3 1 (0.42%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.42%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 26 (10.83%) Microsoft Azure
2 22 (9.17%) Office 365
3 8 (3.33%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (1.67%) Cloud Computing
4 4 (1.67%) IaaS
5 2 (0.83%) GitHub
6 1 (0.42%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.42%) OneDrive
6 1 (0.42%) Sumo Logic
6 1 (0.42%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 65 (27.08%) DNS
2 35 (14.58%) Firewall
3 34 (14.17%) DHCP
4 30 (12.50%) SAN
5 18 (7.50%) TCP/IP
6 16 (6.67%) Internet
7 14 (5.83%) VoIP
8 13 (5.42%) LAN
9 12 (5.00%) WAN
10 9 (3.75%) Intranet
11 8 (3.33%) Remote Desktop
11 8 (3.33%) Skype
12 7 (2.92%) LDAP
13 6 (2.50%) Cisco ASA
13 6 (2.50%) VPN
14 5 (2.08%) SSL
14 5 (2.08%) VLAN
15 4 (1.67%) NAS
15 4 (1.67%) Unified Communications
15 4 (1.67%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 9 (3.75%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (1.25%) BusinessObjects
3 3 (1.25%) DB2
3 3 (1.25%) SQL Server 2005
3 3 (1.25%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (0.83%) Oracle Database
4 2 (0.83%) SQL Server 2000
4 2 (0.83%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (0.42%) MS Access
5 1 (0.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.42%) WhereScape RED
Development Applications
1 6 (2.50%) Jenkins
2 4 (1.67%) JIRA
3 3 (1.25%) Git (software)
3 3 (1.25%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (0.42%) GitLab
4 1 (0.42%) Introscope
4 1 (0.42%) Metasploit
4 1 (0.42%) MSI
4 1 (0.42%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (0.42%) Rational Rhapsody
4 1 (0.42%) Rational Rose
4 1 (0.42%) Subversion
General
1 27 (11.25%) Finance
2 12 (5.00%) Banking
3 8 (3.33%) Telecoms
4 7 (2.92%) Retail
5 4 (1.67%) Law
6 2 (0.83%) Back Office
6 2 (0.83%) Legal
7 1 (0.42%) Advertising
7 1 (0.42%) Local Government
7 1 (0.42%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (2.92%) Middleware
2 6 (2.50%) XML
3 4 (1.67%) Software Packaging
4 3 (1.25%) WAP
5 1 (0.42%) .NET
5 1 (0.42%) CSS
5 1 (0.42%) EntireX
5 1 (0.42%) HTML
5 1 (0.42%) J2EE
5 1 (0.42%) JSON
5 1 (0.42%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 23 (9.58%) Data Centre
2 11 (4.58%) Clustering
3 7 (2.92%) PKI
3 7 (2.92%) Replication
4 6 (2.50%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (2.08%) Management Information System
6 4 (1.67%) Blackberry
6 4 (1.67%) Video Conferencing
7 2 (0.83%) Computer Science
7 2 (0.83%) EPoS
7 2 (0.83%) Fat Client
7 2 (0.83%) NHS
7 2 (0.83%) Thin Client
8 1 (0.42%) CESG
8 1 (0.42%) DataPower
8 1 (0.42%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.42%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.42%) Symmetrix
Operating Systems
1 193 (80.42%) Windows
2 164 (68.33%) Windows Server
3 99 (41.25%) Windows Server 2012
4 76 (31.67%) Windows Server 2008
5 58 (24.17%) Windows Server 2003
6 35 (14.58%) Linux
7 21 (8.75%) Windows 7
8 12 (5.00%) Unix
9 9 (3.75%) Windows 10
10 7 (2.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 6 (2.50%) AIX
12 5 (2.08%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
13 4 (1.67%) Oracle Linux
14 3 (1.25%) SUSE
14 3 (1.25%) VMS
14 3 (1.25%) Windows 2000
14 3 (1.25%) Windows 8
15 2 (0.83%) Solaris
15 2 (0.83%) Ubuntu
15 2 (0.83%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (16.25%) ITIL
2 29 (12.08%) Migration
3 16 (6.67%) Server Building
4 12 (5.00%) Configuration Management
5 9 (3.75%) Problem Management
6 8 (3.33%) Change Control
6 8 (3.33%) High Availability
7 7 (2.92%) Agile Software Development
7 7 (2.92%) ITIL V3
7 7 (2.92%) Service Management
8 6 (2.50%) Capacity Management
8 6 (2.50%) Change Management
8 6 (2.50%) Data Protection
8 6 (2.50%) Disaster Recovery
8 6 (2.50%) Load Balancing
8 6 (2.50%) Time Management
9 5 (2.08%) Incident Management
9 5 (2.08%) Server Patching
9 5 (2.08%) Software Deployment
10 4 (1.67%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 52 (21.67%) PowerShell
2 31 (12.92%) SQL
3 12 (5.00%) VBScript
4 9 (3.75%) Perl
5 7 (2.92%) Bash Shell
6 5 (2.08%) Korn
7 4 (1.67%) Python
7 4 (1.67%) VB
8 3 (1.25%) Shell Script
9 2 (0.83%) C
9 2 (0.83%) Jython
10 1 (0.42%) C++
10 1 (0.42%) Java
10 1 (0.42%) PHP
10 1 (0.42%) Ruby
10 1 (0.42%) VB6
10 1 (0.42%) VC++
Qualifications
1 40 (16.67%) Security Cleared
2 33 (13.75%) Microsoft Certification
2 33 (13.75%) SC Cleared
3 20 (8.33%) MCSE
4 14 (5.83%) MCSA
5 12 (5.00%) MCITP
6 10 (4.17%) Cisco Certification
7 9 (3.75%) CCNA
8 7 (2.92%) MCP
9 6 (2.50%) Degree
10 4 (1.67%) MCTS
11 3 (1.25%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 3 (1.25%) MCSD
12 2 (0.83%) AWS Certification
12 2 (0.83%) CCNP
12 2 (0.83%) CEH
12 2 (0.83%) DBS Check
12 2 (0.83%) HND
12 2 (0.83%) RHCT
12 2 (0.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (2.92%) SLA
2 3 (1.25%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.42%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 136 (56.67%) Active Directory
2 40 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 32 (13.33%) Hyper-V
4 27 (11.25%) vSphere
5 19 (7.92%) VMware ESXi
6 17 (7.08%) VMware ESX
7 16 (6.67%) XenApp
8 12 (5.00%) Virtual Machines
9 7 (2.92%) XenDesktop
10 5 (2.08%) Virtual Servers
11 4 (1.67%) VMware Server
12 3 (1.25%) Firmware
13 2 (0.83%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 2 (0.83%) Microsoft App-V
13 2 (0.83%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 1 (0.42%) Oracle RAC
14 1 (0.42%) SRDF
14 1 (0.42%) vCloud
14 1 (0.42%) Veritas File System
14 1 (0.42%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 42 (17.50%) SCCM
2 14 (5.83%) SCOM
3 8 (3.33%) McAfee ePO
3 8 (3.33%) WSUS
4 7 (2.92%) Ansible
4 7 (2.92%) Failover Clustering
5 6 (2.50%) Puppet
6 5 (2.08%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 5 (2.08%) Nessus
6 5 (2.08%) NetBackup
7 4 (1.67%) HP Data Protector
7 4 (1.67%) Microsoft Clustering
7 4 (1.67%) Norton AntiVirus
8 3 (1.25%) Dollar Universe
8 3 (1.25%) SCOrch
8 3 (1.25%) Tivoli
8 3 (1.25%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 2 (0.83%) BladeLogic
9 2 (0.83%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 2 (0.83%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 117 (48.75%) VMware
2 88 (36.67%) Microsoft
3 38 (15.83%) HP
4 35 (14.58%) Citrix
5 31 (12.92%) Cisco
6 25 (10.42%) NetApp
7 13 (5.42%) IBM
8 12 (5.00%) Dell
9 11 (4.58%) Intel Security
9 11 (4.58%) Oracle
9 11 (4.58%) Red Hat
10 8 (3.33%) BMC
10 8 (3.33%) Sophos
10 8 (3.33%) Symantec
11 7 (2.92%) CheckPoint
11 7 (2.92%) EMC
12 6 (2.50%) ThinPrint
13 5 (2.08%) LANDesk
13 5 (2.08%) SolarWinds
14 3 (1.25%) Veeam
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