Period
to 26 November 2021

The median contractor rate for an Infrastructure Engineer was £438 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 26 November 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
26 Nov 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 228 214 170
Rank change year-on-year -14 -44 +56
Contract jobs requiring an Infrastructure Engineer 871 378 1,172
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.23% 1.24% 1.56%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.31% 1.34% 1.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 649 274 850
10th Percentile £281 £255 £258
25th Percentile £355 £313 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £438 £384 £375
Median % change year-on-year +14.01% +2.33% -
75th Percentile £519 £475 £463
90th Percentile £575 £546 £538
UK median daily rate £440 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +15.79% +1.33% -0.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 7 16
10th Percentile £27.89 £20.30 £18.00
25th Percentile £39.82 £26.38 £18.44
Median hourly rate £44.74 £39.00 £21.25
Median % change year-on-year +14.72% +83.53% -2.88%
75th Percentile £63.40 £41.38 £41.43
90th Percentile £64.60 £44.20 £46.25
UK median hourly rate £43.19 £35.25 £21.50
% change year-on-year +22.52% +63.95% -4.99%

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 66,347 28,251 70,815
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.54% 92.58% 93.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 47,028 19,488 47,899
10th Percentile £300 £262 £256
25th Percentile £413 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £513 £475 £469
Median % change year-on-year +7.89% +1.39% +4.11%
75th Percentile £625 £575 £575
90th Percentile £700 £668 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £460
% change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +2.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,962 1,015 2,443
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.00 £14.00 £13.79
Median hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year -11.11% +20.32% +6.86%
75th Percentile £45.85 £45.00 £42.50
90th Percentile £62.32 £55.38 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £18.70
% change year-on-year -11.11% +20.32% +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 26 November 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 26 November 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 26 November 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 -22 356 £475 +13.77% 130
South East -19 147 £435 +10.83% 69
North of England -29 120 £425 +23.19% 132
Midlands -28 90 £350 -9.68% 68
South West -19 72 £400 +14.29% 35
North West -39 62 £425 +21.43% 63
West Midlands -30 54 £325 -4.41% 44
Yorkshire -7 48 £425 +41.67% 57
East of England -30 48 £375 -9.09% 25
East Midlands -36 34 £363 -14.71% 24
North East -8 13 £550 +51.72% 12
Infrastructure Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 26 November 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.

1 833 (95.64%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 492 (56.49%) Windows
3 410 (47.07%) Active Directory
4 400 (45.92%) VMware
5 383 (43.97%) Azure
6 329 (37.77%) Microsoft
7 311 (35.71%) Windows Server
8 267 (30.65%) Microsoft 365
9 227 (26.06%) VMware Infrastructure
10 190 (21.81%) PowerShell
11 185 (21.24%) Firewall
12 170 (19.52%) ITIL
13 162 (18.60%) Security Cleared
13 162 (18.60%) SCCM
14 149 (17.11%) Linux
15 146 (16.76%) DNS
16 145 (16.65%) Citrix
17 134 (15.38%) Cisco
18 124 (14.24%) AWS
19 119 (13.66%) SC Cleared
20 117 (13.43%) Social Skills
21 115 (13.20%) Finance
22 112 (12.86%) Migration
22 112 (12.86%) Windows Server 2012
23 107 (12.28%) Azure Active Directory
24 105 (12.06%) DevOps
25 96 (11.02%) DHCP
26 91 (10.45%) Agile Software Development
27 89 (10.22%) Data Centre
28 85 (9.76%) SQL

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 65 (7.46%) SharePoint
2 63 (7.23%) MS Exchange
3 17 (1.95%) IIS
4 13 (1.49%) Elasticsearch
5 11 (1.26%) Apache
5 11 (1.26%) Exchange Server 2010
5 11 (1.26%) Skype for Business
6 10 (1.15%) nginx
7 9 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2013
8 8 (0.92%) Confluence
9 7 (0.80%) ArcGIS
10 5 (0.57%) Tomcat
11 4 (0.46%) Apache Spark
11 4 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2007
12 3 (0.34%) Apache Airflow
12 3 (0.34%) OpenStack
13 2 (0.23%) WebLogic
14 1 (0.11%) JBoss
14 1 (0.11%) Oracle Workflow
14 1 (0.11%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 31 (3.56%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (0.80%) Photoshop
3 2 (0.23%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.11%) Mathcad
4 1 (0.11%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.23%) Elite 3E
2 2 (0.23%) Misys Midas
2 2 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.11%) Infor SunSystems
3 1 (0.11%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 383 (43.97%) Azure
2 267 (30.65%) Microsoft 365
3 124 (14.24%) AWS
4 107 (12.28%) Azure Active Directory
5 67 (7.69%) IaaS
6 59 (6.77%) PaaS
7 46 (5.28%) SaaS
8 29 (3.33%) GCP
9 20 (2.30%) Mimecast
10 16 (1.84%) Azure Storage
10 16 (1.84%) OneDrive
11 14 (1.61%) Serverless
12 9 (1.03%) Amazon EC2
13 8 (0.92%) Azure Cosmos DB
13 8 (0.92%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 8 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
14 7 (0.80%) Azure App Service
14 7 (0.80%) Azure Functions
14 7 (0.80%) Azure Service Bus
14 7 (0.80%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 185 (21.24%) Firewall
2 146 (16.76%) DNS
3 96 (11.02%) DHCP
4 77 (8.84%) WAN
5 69 (7.92%) LAN
6 66 (7.58%) VPN
7 59 (6.77%) SAN
8 38 (4.36%) TCP/IP
9 36 (4.13%) Wireless
10 32 (3.67%) Wi-Fi
11 24 (2.76%) Network Security
12 23 (2.64%) VLAN
13 21 (2.41%) NetScaler
14 19 (2.18%) SD-WAN
15 18 (2.07%) Skype
15 18 (2.07%) VoIP
16 17 (1.95%) MPLS
17 15 (1.72%) iSCSI
18 14 (1.61%) NAS
19 13 (1.49%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 69 (7.92%) SQL Server
2 13 (1.49%) MySQL
3 10 (1.15%) Amazon RDS
4 9 (1.03%) Azure SQL Database
5 8 (0.92%) MongoDB
5 8 (0.92%) SQL Server 2012
5 8 (0.92%) SQL Server 2014
6 7 (0.80%) Big Data
6 7 (0.80%) GIS
7 6 (0.69%) Hadoop
7 6 (0.69%) SQL Server 2016
8 5 (0.57%) NoSQL
8 5 (0.57%) PostgreSQL
9 4 (0.46%) Cloudera CDH
9 4 (0.46%) DTS
9 4 (0.46%) FileMaker
9 4 (0.46%) MariaDB
10 3 (0.34%) Data Warehouse
10 3 (0.34%) Oracle Database
10 3 (0.34%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 38 (4.36%) Jenkins
2 30 (3.44%) Git (software)
3 22 (2.53%) GitLab
4 14 (1.61%) JIRA
5 8 (0.92%) Sonatype Nexus
6 7 (0.80%) SonarQube
7 5 (0.57%) Bitbucket
7 5 (0.57%) TeamCity
7 5 (0.57%) Terragrunt
8 4 (0.46%) Maven
8 4 (0.46%) Visual Studio
9 3 (0.34%) Artifactory
9 3 (0.34%) Cucumber
9 3 (0.34%) Gradle
9 3 (0.34%) RSpec
9 3 (0.34%) Vagrant
10 2 (0.23%) GCC
11 1 (0.11%) Axure RP
11 1 (0.11%) MSBuild
11 1 (0.11%) Robot Framework
General
1 117 (13.43%) Social Skills
2 115 (13.20%) Finance
3 75 (8.61%) Public Sector
4 28 (3.21%) Banking
5 27 (3.10%) Analytical Skills
6 21 (2.41%) Marketing
7 20 (2.30%) Organisational Skills
7 20 (2.30%) Telecoms
8 18 (2.07%) Manufacturing
9 15 (1.72%) Electronics
9 15 (1.72%) Retail
10 14 (1.61%) Law
11 13 (1.49%) Documentation Skills
12 7 (0.80%) Presentation Skills
13 6 (0.69%) Legal
14 5 (0.57%) Back Office
15 4 (0.46%) Financial Institution
16 3 (0.34%) Games
16 3 (0.34%) Investment Banking
16 3 (0.34%) Prime Brokerage
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (2.07%) Elastic Stack
2 9 (1.03%) .NET
2 9 (1.03%) LDAP
3 8 (0.92%) Web Services
3 8 (0.92%) YAML
4 7 (0.80%) Middleware
4 7 (0.80%) SAML
5 5 (0.57%) SailPoint
6 4 (0.46%) ARM Templates
7 3 (0.34%) JSON
7 3 (0.34%) OAuth
7 3 (0.34%) OAuth2
7 3 (0.34%) OpenID
7 3 (0.34%) Software Packaging
8 2 (0.23%) 802.1X
8 2 (0.23%) Kafka
8 2 (0.23%) XML
9 1 (0.11%) JMX
9 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Graph
9 1 (0.11%) React
Miscellaneous
1 89 (10.22%) Data Centre
2 31 (3.56%) PKI
3 29 (3.33%) Public Cloud
4 19 (2.18%) Clustering
5 15 (1.72%) Data Protection Act
6 12 (1.38%) Legacy Applications
6 12 (1.38%) NHS
7 11 (1.26%) Driving Licence
8 10 (1.15%) Enterprise Software
9 9 (1.03%) Management Information System
9 9 (1.03%) Private Cloud
10 8 (0.92%) Self-Motivation
11 7 (0.80%) Enterprise Storage
11 7 (0.80%) Fat Client
11 7 (0.80%) Greenfield Project
11 7 (0.80%) Replication
11 7 (0.80%) Thin Client
12 6 (0.69%) Cloud Native
12 6 (0.69%) Hedge funds
12 6 (0.69%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 492 (56.49%) Windows
2 311 (35.71%) Windows Server
3 149 (17.11%) Linux
4 112 (12.86%) Windows Server 2012
5 71 (8.15%) Windows Server 2019
6 69 (7.92%) Windows Server 2016
7 66 (7.58%) Windows 10
8 43 (4.94%) Windows Server 2008
9 30 (3.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 27 (3.10%) Unix
11 23 (2.64%) Windows 7
12 10 (1.15%) CentOS
13 9 (1.03%) Windows Server 2003
14 8 (0.92%) Ubuntu
15 6 (0.69%) Solaris
15 6 (0.69%) VMS
16 4 (0.46%) Debian
16 4 (0.46%) SUSE
17 3 (0.34%) Android
17 3 (0.34%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 833 (95.64%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 170 (19.52%) ITIL
3 112 (12.86%) Migration
4 105 (12.06%) DevOps
5 91 (10.45%) Agile Software Development
6 55 (6.31%) Problem-Solving
7 51 (5.86%) Infrastructure as Code
8 48 (5.51%) Disaster Recovery
9 43 (4.94%) Patch Management
10 38 (4.36%) Infrastructure Automation
10 38 (4.36%) Project Delivery
11 34 (3.90%) Configuration Management
12 33 (3.79%) Cybersecurity
13 32 (3.67%) Service Delivery
14 28 (3.21%) Server Management
15 27 (3.10%) Open Source
16 26 (2.99%) Information Security
16 26 (2.99%) Service Management
16 26 (2.99%) Systems Engineering
17 24 (2.76%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 190 (21.81%) PowerShell
2 85 (9.76%) SQL
3 45 (5.17%) Python
4 32 (3.67%) Bash Shell
5 15 (1.72%) Java
5 15 (1.72%) VB
6 14 (1.61%) Ruby
7 13 (1.49%) C
7 13 (1.49%) VBScript
8 9 (1.03%) Shell Script
9 8 (0.92%) Perl
10 6 (0.69%) C++
10 6 (0.69%) Groovy
11 5 (0.57%) C#
11 5 (0.57%) Go
12 4 (0.46%) JavaScript
13 3 (0.34%) PHP
13 3 (0.34%) T-SQL
14 2 (0.23%) MATLAB
15 1 (0.11%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 162 (18.60%) Security Cleared
2 119 (13.66%) SC Cleared
3 60 (6.89%) Microsoft Certification
4 47 (5.40%) Cisco Certification
5 39 (4.48%) CCNA
6 34 (3.90%) DV Cleared
7 32 (3.67%) MCSE
8 19 (2.18%) Degree
9 15 (1.72%) ITIL Certification
10 13 (1.49%) CCNP
10 13 (1.49%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 11 (1.26%) MCP
11 11 (1.26%) MCSA
12 10 (1.15%) BPSS Clearance
13 9 (1.03%) Citrix Certification
14 7 (0.80%) DBS Check
15 6 (0.69%) MCITP
16 4 (0.46%) CCIE
16 4 (0.46%) Chartered Engineer
16 4 (0.46%) CITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (3.10%) SLA
2 15 (1.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (0.80%) JSP 440
4 6 (0.69%) Cyber Essentials
4 6 (0.69%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.57%) QA
6 4 (0.46%) GDPR
7 3 (0.34%) Disclosure Scotland
7 3 (0.34%) NCSC
7 3 (0.34%) NIST
8 1 (0.11%) COBIT
8 1 (0.11%) DICOM
8 1 (0.11%) FedRAMP
8 1 (0.11%) HL7
8 1 (0.11%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.11%) ISO 22301
8 1 (0.11%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 1 (0.11%) PMO
System Software
1 410 (47.07%) Active Directory
2 227 (26.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 67 (7.69%) Hyper-V
4 56 (6.43%) vSphere
5 51 (5.86%) VMware ESXi
6 42 (4.82%) Virtual Machines
7 36 (4.13%) Docker
8 29 (3.33%) XenApp
9 28 (3.21%) Virtual Servers
10 21 (2.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 13 (1.49%) Virtual Desktop
12 12 (1.38%) NFS
12 12 (1.38%) VMware NSX
13 11 (1.26%) XenDesktop
14 7 (0.80%) BitLocker
14 7 (0.80%) Microsoft App-V
15 4 (0.46%) DFS Replication
15 4 (0.46%) Firmware
15 4 (0.46%) VMware Workstation
16 3 (0.34%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 162 (18.60%) SCCM
2 75 (8.61%) Terraform
3 73 (8.38%) Ansible
4 57 (6.54%) Microsoft Intune
5 38 (4.36%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 29 (3.33%) Kubernetes
7 25 (2.87%) WSUS
8 23 (2.64%) Prometheus
9 21 (2.41%) SCOM
10 20 (2.30%) Single Sign-On
10 20 (2.30%) vCenter Server
11 18 (2.07%) Puppet
12 15 (1.72%) FortiGate
13 14 (1.61%) vRealize
14 13 (1.49%) AirWatch
14 13 (1.49%) Microsoft Clustering
14 13 (1.49%) NetBackup
15 12 (1.38%) Kibana
16 11 (1.26%) ZABBIX
17 10 (1.15%) Nessus
Vendors
1 400 (45.92%) VMware
2 329 (37.77%) Microsoft
3 145 (16.65%) Citrix
4 134 (15.38%) Cisco
5 59 (6.77%) HP
6 48 (5.51%) NetApp
7 34 (3.90%) Red Hat
8 32 (3.67%) Dell
8 32 (3.67%) ServiceNow
9 30 (3.44%) CheckPoint
10 26 (2.99%) Meraki
11 25 (2.87%) Oracle
12 22 (2.53%) Palo Alto
13 20 (2.30%) CommVault
14 19 (2.18%) Okta
14 19 (2.18%) Splunk
15 18 (2.07%) Veeam
16 16 (1.84%) Nimble Storage
16 16 (1.84%) SAP
16 16 (1.84%) SolarWinds