Period
to 5 May 2021

The median contractor rate for an Infrastructure Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 5 May 2021.

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.

Infrastructure Engineer
UK > England
6 months to
5 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 212 170 228
Rank change year-on-year -42 +58 +46
Contract jobs requiring an Infrastructure Engineer 551 720 1,097
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.24% 1.50% 1.29%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.34% 1.60% 1.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 403 530 787
10th Percentile £253 £250 £263
25th Percentile £313 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £400 £390
Median % change year-on-year - +2.56% +4.00%
75th Percentile £488 £488 £450
90th Percentile £548 £538 £538
UK median daily rate £410 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +2.50% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 12 20
10th Percentile £26.28 £18.53 £15.25
25th Percentile £32.69 £21.00 £19.24
Median hourly rate £38.75 £24.03 £44.50
Median % change year-on-year +61.26% -46.00% +82.56%
75th Percentile £40.00 £36.01 £49.63
90th Percentile " £40.65 £52.60
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £34.50 £43.75
% change year-on-year +15.94% -21.14% +84.21%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England. 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
England
Contract vacancies in England with a recognized job title 41,141 45,024 80,775
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.69% 93.86% 94.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 28,437 30,241 54,854
10th Percentile £281 £243 £275
25th Percentile £381 £363 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £480 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +1.05% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £656 £650
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £470
% change year-on-year +2.70% -1.60% +4.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,452 1,637 2,346
10th Percentile £11.36 £11.75 £11.00
25th Percentile £14.36 £14.25 £13.19
Median hourly rate £21.56 £19.00 £18.50
Median % change year-on-year +13.47% +2.70% +4.28%
75th Percentile £44.50 £38.75 £40.00
90th Percentile £56.50 £51.75 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +18.42% +5.56% +2.86%

Infrastructure Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Infrastructure Engineer in England

Infrastructure Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Daily rate trend for Infrastructure Engineer in England

Infrastructure Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Infrastructure Engineer in England over the 6 months to 5 May 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Infrastructure Engineer in England

Infrastructure Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Hourly rate trend for Infrastructure Engineer in England

Infrastructure Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Infrastructure Engineer in England over the 6 months to 5 May 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Infrastructure Engineer in England

Infrastructure Engineer
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Infrastructure Engineer within the England region over the 6 months to 5 May 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
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -20 226 £450 +5.88% 85
South East +3 93 £369 -7.81% 74
North of England -21 66 £350 -6.67% 102
Midlands +22 52 £311 -17.00% 63
South West +9 49 £375 -11.76% 34
East of England +21 40 £375 - 32
North West -21 31 £338 -15.63% 55
Yorkshire +3 28 £370 +5.71% 37
East Midlands +29 26 £355 -5.33% 32
West Midlands 0 25 £300 -21.57% 30
North East +24 7 £356 +1.79% 10
Infrastructure Engineer
UK

Infrastructure Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 5 May 2021, Infrastructure 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 across the England region featuring Infrastructure Engineer in the job title.

1 542 (98.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 311 (56.44%) Windows
3 242 (43.92%) Active Directory
4 234 (42.47%) VMware
5 213 (38.66%) Azure
6 207 (37.57%) Microsoft
7 184 (33.39%) Windows Server
8 146 (26.50%) Microsoft 365
9 139 (25.23%) VMware Infrastructure
10 128 (23.23%) PowerShell
11 127 (23.05%) Security Cleared
12 124 (22.50%) Linux
13 107 (19.42%) Firewall
14 99 (17.97%) SC Cleared
15 97 (17.60%) Cisco
16 94 (17.06%) DNS
17 91 (16.52%) DevOps
18 84 (15.25%) Ansible
19 81 (14.70%) Windows Server 2012
20 76 (13.79%) SCCM
21 74 (13.43%) Citrix
21 74 (13.43%) Social Skills
22 69 (12.52%) AWS
23 64 (11.62%) Finance
24 63 (11.43%) ITIL
24 63 (11.43%) Windows Server 2016
25 59 (10.71%) Data Centre
26 58 (10.53%) Migration
26 58 (10.53%) Hyper-V
27 57 (10.34%) Windows 10

Infrastructure Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 45 (8.17%) MS Exchange
2 34 (6.17%) SharePoint
3 11 (2.00%) Exchange Server 2013
4 9 (1.63%) ArcGIS
4 9 (1.63%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (1.09%) Apache
5 6 (1.09%) Elasticsearch
6 5 (0.91%) IIS
6 5 (0.91%) Skype for Business
7 4 (0.73%) Tomcat
7 4 (0.73%) WebLogic
8 3 (0.54%) Confluence
9 2 (0.36%) Cloud Foundry
9 2 (0.36%) CMS
9 2 (0.36%) WebLogic Portal
10 1 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.18%) nginx
10 1 (0.18%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.18%) Red Hat Fuse
10 1 (0.18%) uWSGI
Applications
1 32 (5.81%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (1.63%) Photoshop
3 6 (1.09%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (0.91%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.54%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.36%) Sentinel
2 1 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.18%) Maximo
2 1 (0.18%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 213 (38.66%) Azure
2 146 (26.50%) Microsoft 365
3 69 (12.52%) AWS
4 57 (10.34%) Azure Active Directory
5 39 (7.08%) IaaS
6 34 (6.17%) PaaS
7 17 (3.09%) GCP
8 15 (2.72%) SaaS
9 14 (2.54%) Mimecast
9 14 (2.54%) OneDrive
10 8 (1.45%) Cloud Computing
10 8 (1.45%) GitHub
10 8 (1.45%) Power Platform
11 7 (1.27%) Serverless
12 6 (1.09%) AWS CloudFormation
12 6 (1.09%) OpenShift
13 5 (0.91%) Amazon EC2
13 5 (0.91%) Amazon EKS
13 5 (0.91%) Azure Data Factory
13 5 (0.91%) Azure Synapse Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 107 (19.42%) Firewall
2 94 (17.06%) DNS
3 48 (8.71%) DHCP
4 36 (6.53%) SAN
5 32 (5.81%) VPN
6 31 (5.63%) WAN
7 29 (5.26%) LAN
7 29 (5.26%) VLAN
8 21 (3.81%) VSAN
9 20 (3.63%) Wireless
10 18 (3.27%) MPLS
11 16 (2.90%) TCP/IP
12 15 (2.72%) Network Security
12 15 (2.72%) VoIP
13 13 (2.36%) Cisco Nexus
14 11 (2.00%) Internet
15 10 (1.81%) Cisco ASA
16 7 (1.27%) Ethernet
16 7 (1.27%) NAS
16 7 (1.27%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (7.80%) SQL Server
2 8 (1.45%) GIS
2 8 (1.45%) Hadoop
2 8 (1.45%) SQL Server 2016
3 7 (1.27%) Power BI
3 7 (1.27%) SQL Server 2012
4 6 (1.09%) Amazon RDS
4 6 (1.09%) HBase
5 5 (0.91%) Oracle Database
6 4 (0.73%) Azure SQL Database
6 4 (0.73%) Big Data
7 3 (0.54%) SQL Server 2014
8 2 (0.36%) Amazon Athena
8 2 (0.36%) Data Lake
8 2 (0.36%) HDInsight
8 2 (0.36%) MySQL
8 2 (0.36%) NoSQL
9 1 (0.18%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.18%) Redis
9 1 (0.18%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 27 (4.90%) Jenkins
2 15 (2.72%) Git (software)
3 7 (1.27%) GitLab
4 6 (1.09%) Bitbucket
4 6 (1.09%) Hudson
5 5 (0.91%) JIRA
6 4 (0.73%) SonarQube
6 4 (0.73%) Sonatype Nexus
7 3 (0.54%) Octopus Deploy
7 3 (0.54%) TeamCity
8 2 (0.36%) Chocolatey
9 1 (0.18%) Android Studio
9 1 (0.18%) Artifactory
9 1 (0.18%) Axure RP
9 1 (0.18%) Cucumber
9 1 (0.18%) git-flow
9 1 (0.18%) Postman
9 1 (0.18%) Rational Team Concert
9 1 (0.18%) Selenium
9 1 (0.18%) Terragrunt
General
1 74 (13.43%) Social Skills
2 64 (11.62%) Finance
3 34 (6.17%) Public Sector
4 17 (3.09%) Analytical Skills
5 16 (2.90%) Banking
6 12 (2.18%) Manufacturing
7 11 (2.00%) Legal
8 7 (1.27%) Presentation Skills
8 7 (1.27%) Telecoms
9 6 (1.09%) Law
9 6 (1.09%) Organisational Skills
10 5 (0.91%) Retail
11 4 (0.73%) Advertising
12 3 (0.54%) Electronics
12 3 (0.54%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.54%) Front Office
12 3 (0.54%) Influencing Skills
12 3 (0.54%) Marketing
13 2 (0.36%) Back Office
13 2 (0.36%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (2.18%) Web Services
2 10 (1.81%) Middleware
3 9 (1.63%) JSON
4 8 (1.45%) YAML
5 6 (1.09%) Node.js
6 5 (0.91%) .NET
7 4 (0.73%) LDAP
7 4 (0.73%) REST
8 3 (0.54%) Kafka
8 3 (0.54%) Spring
9 2 (0.36%) Azure Blueprints
9 2 (0.36%) J2EE
9 2 (0.36%) XML
10 1 (0.18%) .NET Core
10 1 (0.18%) 802.1X
10 1 (0.18%) Celery
10 1 (0.18%) Regular Expression
10 1 (0.18%) Sensu
10 1 (0.18%) Spring Boot
10 1 (0.18%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 59 (10.71%) Data Centre
2 19 (3.45%) Public Cloud
3 16 (2.90%) Self-Motivation
4 14 (2.54%) Clustering
5 12 (2.18%) Management Information System
5 12 (2.18%) PKI
6 8 (1.45%) Replication
7 7 (1.27%) Cloud Native
8 6 (1.09%) Hybrid Cloud
8 6 (1.09%) User Experience
9 5 (0.91%) Virtual Team
10 4 (0.73%) CMDB
10 4 (0.73%) EMC VNX
10 4 (0.73%) Hedge funds
11 3 (0.54%) Enterprise Cloud
11 3 (0.54%) Enterprise Storage
11 3 (0.54%) Equities
11 3 (0.54%) Mainframe
11 3 (0.54%) NHS
11 3 (0.54%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 311 (56.44%) Windows
2 184 (33.39%) Windows Server
3 124 (22.50%) Linux
4 81 (14.70%) Windows Server 2012
5 63 (11.43%) Windows Server 2016
6 57 (10.34%) Windows 10
7 44 (7.99%) Windows Server 2019
8 43 (7.80%) Windows Server 2008
9 25 (4.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 23 (4.17%) Unix
11 18 (3.27%) Windows 7
12 15 (2.72%) Ubuntu
13 8 (1.45%) Solaris
14 6 (1.09%) CentOS
15 4 (0.73%) AIX
15 4 (0.73%) Android
15 4 (0.73%) VMS
16 3 (0.54%) Apple iOS
16 3 (0.54%) Windows Server 2003
17 2 (0.36%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 542 (98.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 91 (16.52%) DevOps
3 63 (11.43%) ITIL
4 58 (10.53%) Migration
5 54 (9.80%) Agile Software Development
6 32 (5.81%) Change Management
6 32 (5.81%) Problem-Solving
7 29 (5.26%) Cybersecurity
8 26 (4.72%) Configuration Management
8 26 (4.72%) Infrastructure as Code
8 26 (4.72%) Project Delivery
9 24 (4.36%) Mobile Device Management
10 21 (3.81%) Patch Management
11 20 (3.63%) Service Management
12 19 (3.45%) Converged Infrastructure
12 19 (3.45%) Infrastructure Automation
13 18 (3.27%) Continuous Improvement
14 17 (3.09%) Data Protection
15 16 (2.90%) Time Management
16 15 (2.72%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 128 (23.23%) PowerShell
2 44 (7.99%) Python
3 42 (7.62%) SQL
4 28 (5.08%) Java
5 24 (4.36%) Bash Shell
6 15 (2.72%) C
7 11 (2.00%) Shell Script
7 11 (2.00%) VB
8 8 (1.45%) Ruby
9 7 (1.27%) Go
10 4 (0.73%) Groovy
11 3 (0.54%) JavaScript
12 2 (0.36%) Perl
12 2 (0.36%) PHP
12 2 (0.36%) Scala
12 2 (0.36%) VBScript
13 1 (0.18%) C#
Qualifications
1 127 (23.05%) Security Cleared
2 99 (17.97%) SC Cleared
3 40 (7.26%) DV Cleared
4 38 (6.90%) Microsoft Certification
5 27 (4.90%) Cisco Certification
6 20 (3.63%) Degree
7 18 (3.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 15 (2.72%) CCNA
8 15 (2.72%) MCSE
9 13 (2.36%) MCSA
10 7 (1.27%) RHCE
11 6 (1.09%) CCNP
12 5 (0.91%) A+ Certification
12 5 (0.91%) MCITP
13 4 (0.73%) AWS Certification
13 4 (0.73%) BPSS Clearance
13 4 (0.73%) GIAC
14 3 (0.54%) MCP
14 3 (0.54%) RHCA
15 2 (0.36%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (2.36%) SLA
2 11 (2.00%) QA
3 4 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.54%) Cyber Essentials
4 3 (0.54%) GDPR
5 2 (0.36%) NIST
6 1 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 1 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 242 (43.92%) Active Directory
2 139 (25.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 58 (10.53%) Hyper-V
4 46 (8.35%) VMware ESXi
5 41 (7.44%) vSphere
6 30 (5.44%) VMware NSX
7 27 (4.90%) Docker
8 13 (2.36%) Virtual Machines
8 13 (2.36%) XenApp
9 10 (1.81%) Virtual Desktop
10 8 (1.45%) DFS Replication
11 7 (1.27%) Microsoft App-V
11 7 (1.27%) Virtual Servers
12 6 (1.09%) HDFS
12 6 (1.09%) VMware Server
12 6 (1.09%) XenDesktop
13 5 (0.91%) EMC RecoverPoint
13 5 (0.91%) Firmware
14 4 (0.73%) Terminal Services
15 2 (0.36%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 84 (15.25%) Ansible
2 76 (13.79%) SCCM
3 54 (9.80%) Terraform
4 34 (6.17%) Puppet
5 33 (5.99%) Microsoft Intune
6 25 (4.54%) vCenter Server
6 25 (4.54%) vRealize
7 22 (3.99%) SCOM
8 21 (3.81%) Kubernetes
9 14 (2.54%) Opscode Chef
10 13 (2.36%) WSUS
11 8 (1.45%) Backup Exec
11 8 (1.45%) Microsoft Clustering
11 8 (1.45%) Packer
12 7 (1.27%) Failover Clustering
12 7 (1.27%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 7 (1.27%) Salt
13 6 (1.09%) FortiGate
13 6 (1.09%) McAfee ePO
13 6 (1.09%) SCSM
Vendors
1 234 (42.47%) VMware
2 207 (37.57%) Microsoft
3 97 (17.60%) Cisco
4 74 (13.43%) Citrix
5 49 (8.89%) Dell
6 34 (6.17%) Oracle
7 31 (5.63%) Red Hat
8 27 (4.90%) HP
9 23 (4.17%) EMC
9 23 (4.17%) Veeam
10 20 (3.63%) NetApp
11 14 (2.54%) SolarWinds
12 12 (2.18%) ServiceNow
13 11 (2.00%) McAfee
13 11 (2.00%) Meraki
13 11 (2.00%) Sophos
14 10 (1.81%) Juniper
14 10 (1.81%) Lumension
15 9 (1.63%) CheckPoint
15 9 (1.63%) ESRI