Period
to 10 December 2019

The median contractor rate for a Server Engineer was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 10 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.

Server Engineer
UK
6 months to
10 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 475 610 636
Rank change year-on-year +135 +26 -57
Contract jobs requiring a Server Engineer 326 281 272
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.41% 0.27% 0.27%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.43% 0.28% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 226 228 163
UK median daily rate £350 £360 £328
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.78% +9.92% +9.17%
10th Percentile £211 £194 £170
90th Percentile £500 £511 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £350 £325
% change year-on-year -2.86% +7.69% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 8 19
UK median hourly rate £23.13 £15.25 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +51.64% -37.76% -7.55%
10th Percentile £15.23 £12.82 £15.95
90th Percentile £35.85 £30.73 £69.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.75 £15.25 £24.50
% change year-on-year +55.74% -37.76% +6.52%

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 75,636 99,608 97,318
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.98% 94.81% 94.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 49,401 65,932 64,451
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% +1.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,932 3,077 2,852
UK median hourly rate £19.50 £18.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.33% -3.74% +3.89%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.79
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.74
% change year-on-year +2.86% -1.35% +1.37%

Server Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 6 months to 10 December 2019.

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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 6 months to 10 December 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Server Engineer in the UK

Server Engineer
Top 15 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 10 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 +146 292 £363 +3.57% 43
UK excluding London +154 249 £340 -2.86% 32
London +70 69 £475 +22.58% 14
South East +85 61 £350 -1.75% 8
East of England +80 51 £325 +30.00% 5
North of England +15 48 £400 +33.33% 10
Midlands +48 34 £370 +2.78% 3
South West +20 28 £323 +1.26% 3
North West +24 25 £429 +51.77% 3
West Midlands +38 21 £370 +2.78% 3
Scotland +49 20 £325 -33.67% 2
Yorkshire +26 18 £375 +25.00% 5
East Midlands +35 13 £313 -6.72%
Wales +35 7 £375 +11.86% 1
North East +25 5 £228 -27.66% 2

Server Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 10 December 2019, 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.

1 279 (85.58%) Windows
2 234 (71.78%) Windows Server
3 175 (53.68%) Active Directory
4 160 (49.08%) VMware
5 130 (39.88%) Windows Server 2012
6 111 (34.05%) Microsoft
7 103 (31.60%) Windows Server 2008
8 89 (27.30%) VMware Infrastructure
9 86 (26.38%) Office 365
10 79 (24.23%) PowerShell
11 78 (23.93%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 66 (20.25%) SCCM
12 66 (20.25%) DNS
13 61 (18.71%) Security Cleared
13 61 (18.71%) Hyper-V
14 58 (17.79%) Migration
15 57 (17.48%) Azure
16 56 (17.18%) DHCP
17 51 (15.64%) Citrix
18 48 (14.72%) SC Cleared
19 43 (13.19%) vSphere
19 43 (13.19%) Windows 10
20 42 (12.88%) Finance
21 41 (12.58%) VMware ESXi
22 36 (11.04%) Data Centre
22 36 (11.04%) Linux
23 34 (10.43%) AWS
24 31 (9.51%) SQL
25 30 (9.20%) SQL Server
25 30 (9.20%) HP

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 26 (7.98%) MS Exchange
2 22 (6.75%) SharePoint
3 20 (6.13%) Skype for Business
4 15 (4.60%) IIS
5 9 (2.76%) Exchange Server 2010
6 7 (2.15%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (0.92%) Apache
8 2 (0.61%) IBM Domino
8 2 (0.61%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.31%) SAS
9 1 (0.31%) SharePoint 2013
9 1 (0.31%) WebLogic
9 1 (0.31%) WebSphere
Applications
1 14 (4.29%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.23%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (0.92%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.61%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.31%) S-PLUS
Cloud Services
1 86 (26.38%) Office 365
2 57 (17.48%) Azure
3 34 (10.43%) AWS
4 9 (2.76%) GitHub
5 6 (1.84%) Azure Active Directory
6 4 (1.23%) Serverless
7 3 (0.92%) IaaS
8 2 (0.61%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 2 (0.61%) Amazon Kinesis
8 2 (0.61%) AWS CloudFormation
8 2 (0.61%) IBM Cloud
8 2 (0.61%) PaaS
8 2 (0.61%) SoftLayer
9 1 (0.31%) Amazon Cognito
9 1 (0.31%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (0.31%) AWS Lambda
9 1 (0.31%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 66 (20.25%) DNS
2 56 (17.18%) DHCP
3 24 (7.36%) Skype
4 23 (7.06%) SAN
5 16 (4.91%) Firewall
6 15 (4.60%) TCP/IP
7 13 (3.99%) LAN
8 11 (3.37%) WAN
9 10 (3.07%) NAS
9 10 (3.07%) VLAN
10 8 (2.45%) VSAN
11 3 (0.92%) HTTP
11 3 (0.92%) Internet
11 3 (0.92%) SMTP
11 3 (0.92%) VPN
12 2 (0.61%) Network Security
12 2 (0.61%) Remote Desktop
12 2 (0.61%) VoIP
12 2 (0.61%) Wi-Fi
13 1 (0.31%) Structured Cabling
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (9.20%) SQL Server
2 3 (0.92%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (0.61%) SQL Server 2017
4 1 (0.31%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 1 (0.31%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.31%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.31%) SQL Server 2000
4 1 (0.31%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (0.31%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 7 (2.15%) JIRA
1 7 (2.15%) StarTeam
2 4 (1.23%) Git (software)
2 4 (1.23%) Hudson
3 2 (0.61%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.31%) Ant
4 1 (0.31%) git-flow
4 1 (0.31%) GitLab
4 1 (0.31%) Gradle
4 1 (0.31%) Jasmine
4 1 (0.31%) JMeter
4 1 (0.31%) JUnit
4 1 (0.31%) Karma Test Runner
4 1 (0.31%) Maven
4 1 (0.31%) Mockito
4 1 (0.31%) Visual Studio Code
General
1 42 (12.88%) Finance
2 19 (5.83%) Public Sector
3 16 (4.91%) Banking
3 16 (4.91%) Telecoms
4 10 (3.07%) Manufacturing
5 9 (2.76%) Electronics
5 9 (2.76%) Marketing
6 6 (1.84%) Retail
7 3 (0.92%) Back Office
8 1 (0.31%) Advertising
8 1 (0.31%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.31%) French Language
8 1 (0.31%) Law
8 1 (0.31%) Legal
8 1 (0.31%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (2.15%) Kafka
2 3 (0.92%) RESTful
3 1 (0.31%) .NET
3 1 (0.31%) ASP.NET
3 1 (0.31%) CSS
3 1 (0.31%) Elastic Stack
3 1 (0.31%) HTML
3 1 (0.31%) HTML5
3 1 (0.31%) J2EE
3 1 (0.31%) JSON
3 1 (0.31%) LAMP
3 1 (0.31%) LDAP
3 1 (0.31%) Middleware
3 1 (0.31%) RxJava
3 1 (0.31%) SOAP
3 1 (0.31%) Spring
3 1 (0.31%) Web Services
3 1 (0.31%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 36 (11.04%) Data Centre
2 22 (6.75%) NHS
3 18 (5.52%) Analytical Skills
4 14 (4.29%) Clustering
5 13 (3.99%) Replication
6 11 (3.37%) PKI
6 11 (3.37%) Self-Motivation
7 9 (2.76%) Management Information System
8 7 (2.15%) Derivative
8 7 (2.15%) OTC Derivatives
9 6 (1.84%) EMC VMAX
10 5 (1.53%) Driving Licence
10 5 (1.53%) EMC VNX
10 5 (1.53%) Enterprise Storage
10 5 (1.53%) VxBlock/Vblock
11 4 (1.23%) FMCG
12 3 (0.92%) Microsoft Licensing
13 2 (0.61%) Enterprise Software
13 2 (0.61%) Smartphone
13 2 (0.61%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 279 (85.58%) Windows
2 234 (71.78%) Windows Server
3 130 (39.88%) Windows Server 2012
4 103 (31.60%) Windows Server 2008
5 43 (13.19%) Windows 10
6 36 (11.04%) Linux
7 25 (7.67%) Windows Server 2003
8 21 (6.44%) Windows 7
9 9 (2.76%) Windows XP
10 8 (2.45%) AIX
10 8 (2.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 5 (1.53%) CentOS
11 5 (1.53%) SUSE
11 5 (1.53%) Unix
11 5 (1.53%) Windows 8
12 2 (0.61%) Windows 2000
13 1 (0.31%) HPUX
13 1 (0.31%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.31%) Solaris
13 1 (0.31%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (23.93%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 58 (17.79%) Migration
3 28 (8.59%) ITIL
4 26 (7.98%) Problem-Solving
5 21 (6.44%) Change Management
6 19 (5.83%) Server Building
7 15 (4.60%) Server Management
8 13 (3.99%) Agile Software Development
9 12 (3.68%) Incident Management
9 12 (3.68%) Problem Management
10 11 (3.37%) Scrum
11 10 (3.07%) Server Virtualisation
12 9 (2.76%) Business Intelligence
12 9 (2.76%) DevOps
12 9 (2.76%) Digital Marketing
12 9 (2.76%) Programme Management
13 7 (2.15%) Security Patching
13 7 (2.15%) Software Testing
13 7 (2.15%) Test Scripting
13 7 (2.15%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 79 (24.23%) PowerShell
2 31 (9.51%) SQL
3 10 (3.07%) VB
4 8 (2.45%) Java
5 5 (1.53%) Python
6 4 (1.23%) VBScript
7 2 (0.61%) Bash Shell
7 2 (0.61%) C
8 1 (0.31%) C-shell
8 1 (0.31%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.31%) Korn
8 1 (0.31%) Kotlin
8 1 (0.31%) Perl
Qualifications
1 61 (18.71%) Security Cleared
2 48 (14.72%) SC Cleared
3 22 (6.75%) Microsoft Certification
4 17 (5.21%) MCSE
5 12 (3.68%) DV Cleared
5 12 (3.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 10 (3.07%) MCSA
7 7 (2.15%) ISTQB
7 7 (2.15%) MCITP
7 7 (2.15%) MCTS
8 6 (1.84%) MCP
9 4 (1.23%) Degree
10 3 (0.92%) Cisco Certification
11 2 (0.61%) BPSS Clearance
11 2 (0.61%) CCNA
11 2 (0.61%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (0.61%) VCP6
12 1 (0.31%) DBS Check
12 1 (0.31%) HP ASE
12 1 (0.31%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (7.06%) SLA
2 3 (0.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.61%) Cyber Essentials
3 2 (0.61%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 2 (0.61%) QA
4 1 (0.31%) GDPR
4 1 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 1 (0.31%) PMO
System Software
1 175 (53.68%) Active Directory
2 89 (27.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 61 (18.71%) Hyper-V
4 43 (13.19%) vSphere
5 41 (12.58%) VMware ESXi
6 12 (3.68%) Virtual Machines
7 11 (3.37%) XenApp
8 10 (3.07%) Virtual Servers
9 6 (1.84%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 6 (1.84%) Firmware
10 5 (1.53%) VMware Server
10 5 (1.53%) XenDesktop
11 4 (1.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 2 (0.61%) DFS Replication
12 2 (0.61%) Microsoft App-V
12 2 (0.61%) VMware NSX
13 1 (0.31%) BitLocker
13 1 (0.31%) Docker
13 1 (0.31%) Postfix
13 1 (0.31%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 66 (20.25%) SCCM
2 18 (5.52%) WSUS
3 11 (3.37%) Ansible
3 11 (3.37%) McAfee ePO
3 11 (3.37%) SCOM
3 11 (3.37%) vCenter Server
4 9 (2.76%) NetBackup
5 7 (2.15%) Netcool
6 5 (1.53%) EMC VPLEX
6 5 (1.53%) Microsoft Intune
6 5 (1.53%) Puppet
7 4 (1.23%) HP SIM
7 4 (1.23%) PowerCLI
8 3 (0.92%) Backup Exec
8 3 (0.92%) Control-M
8 3 (0.92%) Norton AntiVirus
9 2 (0.61%) EMC NetWorker
9 2 (0.61%) Microsoft Clustering
9 2 (0.61%) SolarWinds Orion
9 2 (0.61%) vRealize
Vendors
1 160 (49.08%) VMware
2 111 (34.05%) Microsoft
3 51 (15.64%) Citrix
4 30 (9.20%) HP
5 28 (8.59%) Cisco
6 21 (6.44%) Dell
7 20 (6.13%) EMC
8 14 (4.29%) McAfee
9 13 (3.99%) Veeam
9 13 (3.99%) Veritas
10 11 (3.37%) Red Hat
11 10 (3.07%) NetApp
11 10 (3.07%) SAP
11 10 (3.07%) Sophos
12 6 (1.84%) Brocade
12 6 (1.84%) SolarWinds
13 5 (1.53%) IBM
13 5 (1.53%) Qualys
14 4 (1.23%) Ivanti
14 4 (1.23%) Symantec