Period
to 1 August 2021

The median contractor rate for an Infrastructure Engineer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 1 August 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
1 Aug 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 215 193 201
Rank change year-on-year -22 +8 +47
Contract jobs requiring an Infrastructure Engineer 722 433 1,165
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.26% 1.34% 1.40%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.35% 1.44% 1.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 532 315 819
10th Percentile £253 £260 £250
25th Percentile £325 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £413 £375
Median % change year-on-year +3.03% +10.00% -
75th Percentile £496 £491 £453
90th Percentile £550 £538 £525
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 12 16
10th Percentile £21.40 £21.03 £19.16
25th Percentile £28.00 £21.63 £34.51
Median hourly rate £40.41 £36.05 £45.00
Median % change year-on-year +12.10% -19.89% +116.84%
75th Percentile £60.84 £41.06 £48.13
90th Percentile £64.13 £46.95 £53.63
UK median hourly rate £34.80 £36.05 £45.00
% change year-on-year -3.45% -19.89% +116.84%

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 53,312 30,172 78,701
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.11% 93.46% 94.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 37,021 20,390 53,211
10th Percentile £300 £263 £269
25th Percentile £400 £375 £370
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £690 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £467
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.71% +3.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,711 1,002 2,457
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.55 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.57 £14.30 £13.50
Median hourly rate £20.00 £20.11 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year -0.55% +5.84% +7.28%
75th Percentile £43.00 £42.88 £43.75
90th Percentile £57.50 £52.50 £52.20
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £20.07 £18.70
% change year-on-year -0.34% +7.31% +6.86%

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 1 August 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 1 August 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 1 August 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 -38 294 £450 +5.88% 103
South East +4 120 £368 -4.55% 72
North of England -23 100 £400 +3.23% 117
South West -6 65 £425 - 43
Midlands -13 57 £325 -23.53% 57
East of England +3 55 £350 -12.50% 33
North West -29 51 £369 -7.81% 75
West Midlands -20 38 £325 -23.53% 19
Yorkshire -11 33 £400 +6.67% 34
East Midlands -6 17 £360 -20.00% 38
North East +3 16 £550 +46.67% 8
Infrastructure Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 1 August 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.

1 696 (96.40%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 390 (54.02%) Windows
3 318 (44.04%) Active Directory
4 310 (42.94%) VMware
5 286 (39.61%) Azure
6 247 (34.21%) Microsoft
7 246 (34.07%) Windows Server
8 220 (30.47%) Microsoft 365
9 173 (23.96%) VMware Infrastructure
10 170 (23.55%) PowerShell
11 147 (20.36%) Firewall
12 138 (19.11%) Linux
13 136 (18.84%) DNS
14 122 (16.90%) SCCM
15 120 (16.62%) Citrix
16 119 (16.48%) Security Cleared
17 115 (15.93%) ITIL
18 104 (14.40%) Cisco
19 98 (13.57%) DevOps
20 97 (13.43%) Azure Active Directory
20 97 (13.43%) DHCP
21 96 (13.30%) Social Skills
22 94 (13.02%) SC Cleared
23 90 (12.47%) Ansible
23 90 (12.47%) Windows Server 2012
24 88 (12.19%) AWS
25 87 (12.05%) Migration
26 80 (11.08%) Finance
27 74 (10.25%) Agile Software Development
27 74 (10.25%) Data Centre

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 57 (7.89%) SharePoint
2 55 (7.62%) MS Exchange
3 12 (1.66%) IIS
4 11 (1.52%) Elasticsearch
4 11 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2013
5 9 (1.25%) Apache
5 9 (1.25%) Confluence
5 9 (1.25%) Tomcat
6 8 (1.11%) Exchange Server 2010
6 8 (1.11%) WebLogic
7 5 (0.69%) nginx
7 5 (0.69%) Skype for Business
8 4 (0.55%) ArcGIS
9 3 (0.42%) OpenStack
10 2 (0.28%) Apache Spark
10 2 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2003
10 2 (0.28%) JBoss
10 2 (0.28%) Oracle HTTP Server
10 2 (0.28%) Red Hat Fuse
10 2 (0.28%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 44 (6.09%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (0.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.55%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.55%) Photoshop
4 2 (0.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (0.42%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.28%) Elite 3E
2 2 (0.28%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 286 (39.61%) Azure
2 220 (30.47%) Microsoft 365
3 97 (13.43%) Azure Active Directory
4 88 (12.19%) AWS
5 38 (5.26%) IaaS
6 35 (4.85%) PaaS
7 27 (3.74%) SaaS
8 23 (3.19%) Mimecast
9 21 (2.91%) OneDrive
10 13 (1.80%) GitHub
11 11 (1.52%) GCP
12 9 (1.25%) Azure Key Vault
12 9 (1.25%) Power Platform
13 8 (1.11%) Amazon EKS
13 8 (1.11%) Azure Storage
13 8 (1.11%) Cloud Computing
14 7 (0.97%) Serverless
15 6 (0.83%) Amazon ECS
15 6 (0.83%) OpenShift
16 5 (0.69%) Azure Logic Apps
Communications & Networking
1 147 (20.36%) Firewall
2 136 (18.84%) DNS
3 97 (13.43%) DHCP
4 62 (8.59%) WAN
5 56 (7.76%) LAN
6 46 (6.37%) SAN
6 46 (6.37%) VPN
7 40 (5.54%) Wireless
8 39 (5.40%) TCP/IP
9 22 (3.05%) Network Security
9 22 (3.05%) VoIP
10 21 (2.91%) Wi-Fi
11 20 (2.77%) VLAN
12 18 (2.49%) Internet
12 18 (2.49%) MPLS
13 14 (1.94%) Remote Desktop
14 12 (1.66%) NetScaler
15 11 (1.52%) NAS
16 10 (1.39%) SD-WAN
16 10 (1.39%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (6.93%) SQL Server
2 13 (1.80%) MySQL
3 9 (1.25%) Azure SQL Database
4 8 (1.11%) Amazon RDS
5 7 (0.97%) PostgreSQL
5 7 (0.97%) Power BI
5 7 (0.97%) SQL Server 2012
6 6 (0.83%) MongoDB
6 6 (0.83%) SQL Server 2016
7 5 (0.69%) Hadoop
8 4 (0.55%) Big Data
8 4 (0.55%) GIS
9 3 (0.42%) Cloudera CDH
9 3 (0.42%) Data Lake
9 3 (0.42%) NoSQL
9 3 (0.42%) Oracle Database
9 3 (0.42%) SQL Server 2014
10 2 (0.28%) Amazon Athena
10 2 (0.28%) Amazon Aurora
10 2 (0.28%) HBase
Development Applications
1 34 (4.71%) Jenkins
2 17 (2.35%) Git (software)
3 14 (1.94%) JIRA
4 7 (0.97%) GitLab
4 7 (0.97%) Sonatype Nexus
5 5 (0.69%) Maven
5 5 (0.69%) SonarQube
6 4 (0.55%) Bitbucket
6 4 (0.55%) Cucumber
6 4 (0.55%) TeamCity
7 3 (0.42%) Artifactory
7 3 (0.42%) RSpec
7 3 (0.42%) Vagrant
8 2 (0.28%) Chocolatey
8 2 (0.28%) Octopus Deploy
9 1 (0.14%) Axure RP
9 1 (0.14%) CircleCI
9 1 (0.14%) git-flow
9 1 (0.14%) Rational Team Concert
9 1 (0.14%) Selenium
General
1 96 (13.30%) Social Skills
2 80 (11.08%) Finance
3 51 (7.06%) Public Sector
4 23 (3.19%) Banking
5 19 (2.63%) Documentation Skills
6 16 (2.22%) Analytical Skills
7 14 (1.94%) Manufacturing
8 11 (1.52%) Telecoms
9 10 (1.39%) Law
10 9 (1.25%) Legal
10 9 (1.25%) Presentation Skills
10 9 (1.25%) Retail
11 7 (0.97%) Marketing
11 7 (0.97%) Prime Brokerage
12 6 (0.83%) Electronics
12 6 (0.83%) Organisational Skills
13 4 (0.55%) Advertising
14 3 (0.42%) Back Office
14 3 (0.42%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.42%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (1.52%) Middleware
2 9 (1.25%) JSON
3 7 (0.97%) Node.js
3 7 (0.97%) Web Services
4 6 (0.83%) .NET
4 6 (0.83%) Kafka
4 6 (0.83%) LDAP
5 5 (0.69%) Elastic Stack
6 4 (0.55%) REST
6 4 (0.55%) Software Packaging
7 3 (0.42%) XML
7 3 (0.42%) YAML
8 2 (0.28%) 802.1X
8 2 (0.28%) Azure Blueprints
8 2 (0.28%) J2EE
8 2 (0.28%) Oracle Fusion
9 1 (0.14%) Celery
9 1 (0.14%) COM
9 1 (0.14%) HTML
9 1 (0.14%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 74 (10.25%) Data Centre
2 23 (3.19%) Clustering
3 17 (2.35%) Public Cloud
4 16 (2.22%) PKI
5 14 (1.94%) Self-Motivation
6 12 (1.66%) Management Information System
7 11 (1.52%) Driving Licence
7 11 (1.52%) Enterprise Storage
8 10 (1.39%) User Experience
9 9 (1.25%) Equities
10 8 (1.11%) Data Protection Act
10 8 (1.11%) Hybrid Cloud
10 8 (1.11%) NHS
11 7 (0.97%) Replication
12 5 (0.69%) Cloud Native
12 5 (0.69%) Virtual Team
13 4 (0.55%) Fat Client
13 4 (0.55%) iPad
13 4 (0.55%) Private Cloud
13 4 (0.55%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 390 (54.02%) Windows
2 246 (34.07%) Windows Server
3 138 (19.11%) Linux
4 90 (12.47%) Windows Server 2012
5 69 (9.56%) Windows Server 2019
6 61 (8.45%) Windows Server 2016
7 56 (7.76%) Windows 10
8 36 (4.99%) Windows Server 2008
9 34 (4.71%) Unix
10 32 (4.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 10 (1.39%) Solaris
12 9 (1.25%) CentOS
12 9 (1.25%) Windows 7
12 9 (1.25%) Windows Server 2003
13 7 (0.97%) Android
13 7 (0.97%) VMS
14 6 (0.83%) Ubuntu
15 5 (0.69%) Apple iOS
16 4 (0.55%) AIX
17 2 (0.28%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 696 (96.40%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 115 (15.93%) ITIL
3 98 (13.57%) DevOps
4 87 (12.05%) Migration
5 74 (10.25%) Agile Software Development
6 46 (6.37%) Problem-Solving
7 44 (6.09%) Cybersecurity
8 35 (4.85%) Infrastructure as Code
9 34 (4.71%) Configuration Management
10 27 (3.74%) Change Management
11 25 (3.46%) Disaster Recovery
12 23 (3.19%) Information Security
13 22 (3.05%) High Availability
13 22 (3.05%) Infrastructure Automation
13 22 (3.05%) Virtual Environments
14 20 (2.77%) Data Protection
14 20 (2.77%) Open Source
14 20 (2.77%) Service Management
15 18 (2.49%) Mobile Device Management
15 18 (2.49%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 170 (23.55%) PowerShell
2 68 (9.42%) SQL
3 43 (5.96%) Python
4 26 (3.60%) Bash Shell
5 19 (2.63%) Java
6 15 (2.08%) Shell Script
7 10 (1.39%) C
7 10 (1.39%) VB
7 10 (1.39%) VBScript
8 9 (1.25%) Go
9 6 (0.83%) Groovy
10 5 (0.69%) Perl
11 4 (0.55%) Ruby
12 2 (0.28%) JavaScript
12 2 (0.28%) PHP
12 2 (0.28%) Scala
13 1 (0.14%) C#
13 1 (0.14%) C++
13 1 (0.14%) Rust
13 1 (0.14%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 119 (16.48%) Security Cleared
2 94 (13.02%) SC Cleared
3 50 (6.93%) Microsoft Certification
4 36 (4.99%) Cisco Certification
5 30 (4.16%) CCNA
6 28 (3.88%) MCSE
7 24 (3.32%) DV Cleared
8 22 (3.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 21 (2.91%) Degree
10 17 (2.35%) MCSA
11 12 (1.66%) CCNP
12 6 (0.83%) DBS Check
12 6 (0.83%) MCITP
13 5 (0.69%) AWS Certification
13 5 (0.69%) MCP
13 5 (0.69%) RHCE
14 4 (0.55%) BPSS Clearance
14 4 (0.55%) Chartered Engineer
14 4 (0.55%) ITIL Certification
15 3 (0.42%) RHCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (2.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 12 (1.66%) SLA
3 10 (1.39%) QA
4 5 (0.69%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.55%) COBIT
5 4 (0.55%) GDPR
5 4 (0.55%) NIST
6 3 (0.42%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 1 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.14%) FedRAMP
7 1 (0.14%) ISO 22301
7 1 (0.14%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 318 (44.04%) Active Directory
2 173 (23.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 65 (9.00%) Hyper-V
4 50 (6.93%) vSphere
5 45 (6.23%) VMware ESXi
6 27 (3.74%) Virtual Machines
7 26 (3.60%) XenApp
8 24 (3.32%) Docker
9 14 (1.94%) Microsoft App-V
9 14 (1.94%) Virtual Desktop
9 14 (1.94%) Virtual Servers
10 11 (1.52%) XenDesktop
11 9 (1.25%) DFS Replication
11 9 (1.25%) VMware NSX
12 8 (1.11%) Firmware
12 8 (1.11%) NFS
13 5 (0.69%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 5 (0.69%) VMware Server
14 4 (0.55%) Terminal Services
14 4 (0.55%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 122 (16.90%) SCCM
2 90 (12.47%) Ansible
3 59 (8.17%) Terraform
4 47 (6.51%) Microsoft Intune
5 41 (5.68%) Puppet
6 23 (3.19%) SCOM
7 22 (3.05%) Kubernetes
8 20 (2.77%) vCenter Server
8 20 (2.77%) WSUS
9 19 (2.63%) vRealize
10 15 (2.08%) Microsoft Clustering
11 14 (1.94%) Active Directory Federation Services
11 14 (1.94%) FortiGate
12 10 (1.39%) Failover Clustering
13 9 (1.25%) NetBackup
14 8 (1.11%) ITRS Geneos
14 8 (1.11%) Packer
14 8 (1.11%) SCSM
14 8 (1.11%) Single Sign-On
15 7 (0.97%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 310 (42.94%) VMware
2 247 (34.21%) Microsoft
3 120 (16.62%) Citrix
4 104 (14.40%) Cisco
5 46 (6.37%) HP
6 38 (5.26%) NetApp
7 35 (4.85%) Dell
8 33 (4.57%) Red Hat
9 31 (4.29%) Oracle
10 28 (3.88%) Meraki
11 25 (3.46%) CheckPoint
12 23 (3.19%) EMC
13 22 (3.05%) Veeam
14 20 (2.77%) ServiceNow
15 18 (2.49%) SolarWinds
16 14 (1.94%) SAP
17 13 (1.80%) Fortinet
17 13 (1.80%) Juniper
18 11 (1.52%) McAfee
18 11 (1.52%) Symantec