Period
to 4 December 2021

The median annual salary for a 3rd Line Engineer was £40,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 4 December 2021.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Third Line Engineer
UK
6 months to
4 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 608 381 402
Rank change year-on-year -227 +21 +88
Permanent jobs requiring a 3rd Line Engineer 511 414 1,019
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.40% 0.74% 0.75%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.44% 0.78% 0.78%
Number of salaries quoted 487 370 947
10th Percentile £31,500 £30,000 £31,250
25th Percentile £36,250 £33,750 £33,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £40,000 £41,500 £40,000
Median % change year-on-year -3.61% +3.75% +5.26%
75th Percentile £48,750 £48,656 £46,500
90th Percentile £57,000 £57,500 £50,950
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £39,000 £39,500
% change year-on-year +2.56% -1.27% +5.33%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent 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 permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 116,921 53,399 129,886
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.41% 95.14% 95.65%
Number of salaries quoted 81,819 44,915 105,389
10th Percentile £32,000 £32,000 £28,250
25th Percentile £42,500 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.55% +10.00% -
75th Percentile £76,250 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £95,000 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -

3rd Line Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured 3rd Line Engineer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for 3rd Line Engineer in the UK

3rd Line Engineer
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing 3rd Line Engineer.

Salary trend for 3rd Line Engineer in the UK

3rd Line Engineer
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing 3rd Line Engineer over the 6 months to 4 December 2021.

Salary histogram for 3rd Line Engineer in the UK

3rd Line Engineer
Top 16 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing 3rd Line Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 4 December 2021. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -206 488 £40,000 -3.61% 140
UK excluding London -155 369 £40,000 +2.56% 114
London -216 125 £50,000 - 33
Midlands -37 108 £40,000 +6.67% 31
South East -142 91 £37,890 -6.44% 22
Work from Home -220 80 £45,000 +12.50% 29
West Midlands -52 64 £40,000 +6.31% 26
South West -74 57 £38,500 -3.75% 16
North of England -151 53 £40,000 +6.67% 19
East of England -72 51 £41,500 -1.19% 20
East Midlands -29 44 £37,500 +0.25% 5
North West -85 36 £40,000 +12.68% 13
Yorkshire -97 14 £38,750 -0.64% 5
Wales -49 5 £35,000 +0.72%
Scotland -66 4 £36,500 - 5
North East -35 3 £55,000 +29.41% 1

3rd Line Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 December 2021, 3rd Line Engineer job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring 3rd Line Engineer in the job title.

1 331 (64.77%) Active Directory
2 318 (62.23%) Windows
3 317 (62.04%) Azure
4 308 (60.27%) Microsoft
5 297 (58.12%) Microsoft 365
6 283 (55.38%) VMware
7 238 (46.58%) Windows Server
8 176 (34.44%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 166 (32.49%) Firewall
10 137 (26.81%) Hyper-V
11 135 (26.42%) VMware Infrastructure
12 121 (23.68%) PowerShell
13 119 (23.29%) WAN
14 114 (22.31%) DNS
14 114 (22.31%) SQL
15 111 (21.72%) LAN
15 111 (21.72%) Social Skills
16 110 (21.53%) MS Exchange
17 101 (19.77%) DHCP
18 95 (18.59%) VPN
19 92 (18.00%) Cisco
19 92 (18.00%) SQL Server
20 82 (16.05%) SCCM
21 81 (15.85%) VLAN
22 80 (15.66%) Azure Active Directory
23 77 (15.07%) Windows Server 2019
24 75 (14.68%) ITIL
25 74 (14.48%) Citrix
26 70 (13.70%) Linux
27 69 (13.50%) SAN

3rd Line 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
1 110 (21.53%) MS Exchange
2 63 (12.33%) IIS
2 63 (12.33%) SharePoint
3 10 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2013
4 9 (1.76%) Exchange Server 2007
5 5 (0.98%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (0.39%) Apache
6 2 (0.39%) JBoss
6 2 (0.39%) SAS
6 2 (0.39%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.20%) Confluence
7 1 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.20%) Jupyter
7 1 (0.20%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 34 (6.65%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.78%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (0.59%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.20%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 317 (62.04%) Azure
2 297 (58.12%) Microsoft 365
3 80 (15.66%) Azure Active Directory
4 67 (13.11%) AWS
5 22 (4.31%) Azure Stack
6 16 (3.13%) OneDrive
7 12 (2.35%) IaaS
8 7 (1.37%) Mimecast
8 7 (1.37%) SaaS
9 6 (1.17%) PaaS
10 5 (0.98%) GCP
11 2 (0.39%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (0.39%) GitHub
12 1 (0.20%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 1 (0.20%) GitHub Actions
12 1 (0.20%) Google Workspace
Communications & Networking
1 166 (32.49%) Firewall
2 119 (23.29%) WAN
3 114 (22.31%) DNS
4 111 (21.72%) LAN
5 101 (19.77%) DHCP
6 95 (18.59%) VPN
7 81 (15.85%) VLAN
8 69 (13.50%) SAN
9 58 (11.35%) TCP/IP
10 50 (9.78%) Wireless
11 32 (6.26%) NAS
12 28 (5.48%) MPLS
12 28 (5.48%) Remote Desktop
13 26 (5.09%) SSL
14 25 (4.89%) Internet
14 25 (4.89%) Network Security
15 23 (4.50%) WLAN
16 22 (4.31%) Wi-Fi
17 19 (3.72%) VoIP
18 15 (2.94%) SD-WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 92 (18.00%) SQL Server
2 8 (1.57%) SQL Server 2016
3 7 (1.37%) Azure SQL Database
4 4 (0.78%) Amazon RDS
4 4 (0.78%) SQL Server 2019
5 3 (0.59%) NoSQL
6 2 (0.39%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.20%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.20%) DTS
7 1 (0.20%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.20%) HBase
7 1 (0.20%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.20%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.20%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.20%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 9 (1.76%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 5 (0.98%) Git (software)
3 4 (0.78%) JIRA
4 1 (0.20%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.20%) Visual Studio
General
1 111 (21.72%) Social Skills
2 48 (9.39%) Finance
3 38 (7.44%) Public Sector
4 20 (3.91%) Organisational Skills
5 19 (3.72%) Manufacturing
6 17 (3.33%) Telecoms
7 16 (3.13%) Law
8 14 (2.74%) Banking
8 14 (2.74%) Documentation Skills
9 11 (2.15%) Analytical Skills
9 11 (2.15%) Legal
10 8 (1.57%) Retail
11 7 (1.37%) Investment Banking
12 6 (1.17%) Electronics
12 6 (1.17%) Local Government
12 6 (1.17%) Marketing
13 4 (0.78%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.59%) Back Office
14 3 (0.59%) Front Office
14 3 (0.59%) Inclusion and Diversity
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (5.48%) Web Services
2 4 (0.78%) WSH
3 3 (0.59%) .NET
4 2 (0.39%) Middleware
5 1 (0.20%) HTML
5 1 (0.20%) PyXLL
5 1 (0.20%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 64 (12.52%) Clustering
2 25 (4.89%) Data Centre
2 25 (4.89%) PKI
3 23 (4.50%) Enterprise Storage
4 21 (4.11%) Driving Licence
5 10 (1.96%) Public Cloud
6 7 (1.37%) Virtual Team
7 6 (1.17%) Greenfield Project
7 6 (1.17%) Replication
8 5 (0.98%) HP Storage
9 4 (0.78%) e-Learning
9 4 (0.78%) Self-Motivation
10 3 (0.59%) Biotechnology
10 3 (0.59%) IBM Storwize
10 3 (0.59%) iSeries
10 3 (0.59%) Management Information System
10 3 (0.59%) Smartphone
11 2 (0.39%) CCTV
11 2 (0.39%) SWIFT
12 1 (0.20%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 318 (62.23%) Windows
2 238 (46.58%) Windows Server
3 77 (15.07%) Windows Server 2019
4 70 (13.70%) Linux
5 65 (12.72%) Windows 10
6 63 (12.33%) Windows Server 2012
7 62 (12.13%) Windows Server 2016
8 28 (5.48%) Windows Server 2008
9 25 (4.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 18 (3.52%) Mac OS
11 17 (3.33%) Windows 7
12 8 (1.57%) Ubuntu
13 7 (1.37%) Android
13 7 (1.37%) CentOS
14 3 (0.59%) Windows 8
15 2 (0.39%) Apple iOS
15 2 (0.39%) Unix
15 2 (0.39%) Windows Server 2003
16 1 (0.20%) Mac OS X
16 1 (0.20%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 176 (34.44%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 75 (14.68%) ITIL
3 61 (11.94%) Problem-Solving
4 53 (10.37%) Migration
5 49 (9.59%) Mentoring
6 41 (8.02%) Business Continuity
7 39 (7.63%) Project Management
8 33 (6.46%) Disaster Recovery
9 32 (6.26%) Capacity Management
10 31 (6.07%) ITSM
11 26 (5.09%) Change Control
12 24 (4.70%) Proactive Maintenance
12 24 (4.70%) Software Deployment
13 22 (4.31%) Incident Management
13 22 (4.31%) Patch Management
13 22 (4.31%) Project Delivery
13 22 (4.31%) Systems Analysis
14 21 (4.11%) Service Delivery
15 15 (2.94%) Data Migration
15 15 (2.94%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 121 (23.68%) PowerShell
2 114 (22.31%) SQL
3 10 (1.96%) C
4 9 (1.76%) Bash Shell
4 9 (1.76%) Python
5 6 (1.17%) C#
6 5 (0.98%) Bicep
7 4 (0.78%) VBScript
8 3 (0.59%) JavaScript
9 2 (0.39%) PHP
10 1 (0.20%) Java
10 1 (0.20%) Perl
10 1 (0.20%) VBA
Qualifications
1 59 (11.55%) Microsoft Certification
2 34 (6.65%) MCSE
3 31 (6.07%) Cisco Certification
4 27 (5.28%) CCNA
5 23 (4.50%) Security Cleared
6 19 (3.72%) MCSA
6 19 (3.72%) SC Cleared
7 18 (3.52%) CCNP
8 17 (3.33%) Degree
9 16 (3.13%) DBS Check
9 16 (3.13%) MCITP
10 15 (2.94%) Citrix Certification
11 10 (1.96%) BPSS Clearance
12 8 (1.57%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 4 (0.78%) HNC
13 4 (0.78%) HND
13 4 (0.78%) MCP
14 1 (0.20%) A+ Certification
14 1 (0.20%) CCENT
14 1 (0.20%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 64 (12.52%) SLA
2 11 (2.15%) PCI DSS
3 8 (1.57%) GDPR
3 8 (1.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.20%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.20%) NIST
System Software
1 331 (64.77%) Active Directory
2 137 (26.81%) Hyper-V
3 135 (26.42%) VMware Infrastructure
4 57 (11.15%) vSphere
5 51 (9.98%) VMware ESXi
6 34 (6.65%) XenDesktop
7 29 (5.68%) XenApp
8 14 (2.74%) Virtual Desktop
9 12 (2.35%) Terminal Server
10 11 (2.15%) Virtual Machines
10 11 (2.15%) Virtual Servers
11 5 (0.98%) Firmware
12 4 (0.78%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 4 (0.78%) Terminal Services
13 3 (0.59%) BitLocker
13 3 (0.59%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 2 (0.39%) Microsoft App-V
15 1 (0.20%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 1 (0.20%) Docker
15 1 (0.20%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 82 (16.05%) SCCM
2 55 (10.76%) Microsoft Intune
3 29 (5.68%) Microsoft Clustering
4 12 (2.35%) WSUS
5 7 (1.37%) vCenter Server
6 6 (1.17%) Single Sign-On
7 5 (0.98%) Backup Exec
7 5 (0.98%) Nagios
7 5 (0.98%) SCOM
8 4 (0.78%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 4 (0.78%) Jamf Pro
9 3 (0.59%) Failover Clustering
9 3 (0.59%) Nessus
9 3 (0.59%) Terraform
10 2 (0.39%) AirWatch
10 2 (0.39%) Ansible
10 2 (0.39%) FortiGate
11 1 (0.20%) Cisco CUCM
11 1 (0.20%) HAProxy
11 1 (0.20%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 308 (60.27%) Microsoft
2 283 (55.38%) VMware
3 92 (18.00%) Cisco
4 74 (14.48%) Citrix
5 37 (7.24%) Veeam
6 31 (6.07%) HP
7 27 (5.28%) Apple
8 23 (4.50%) 3PAR
9 22 (4.31%) Meraki
9 22 (4.31%) Red Hat
9 22 (4.31%) Scality
10 19 (3.72%) Aruba
11 15 (2.94%) Fortinet
12 14 (2.74%) Dell
12 14 (2.74%) Sophos
13 10 (1.96%) SonicWALL
14 9 (1.76%) SolarWinds
15 8 (1.57%) Juniper
15 8 (1.57%) SAP
15 8 (1.57%) WatchGuard