Period
to 17 January 2019

The median contractor rate for an Infrastructure Architect was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 January 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.

Infrastructure Architect
UK
6 months to
17 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 447 549 395
Rank change year-on-year +102 -154 -10
Contract jobs requiring an Infrastructure Architect 505 368 587
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.51% 0.37% 0.60%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.54% 0.39% 0.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 342 229 420
UK median daily rate £525 £525 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £425 £413 £413
90th Percentile £638 £678 £664
UK excluding London median daily rate £520 £513 £500
% change year-on-year +1.46% +2.50% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 0
UK median hourly rate £55.50 £43.75 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.86% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £55.50 £43.75 -
% change year-on-year +26.86% - -

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 94,110 95,205 92,318
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.67% 94.91% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,187 63,263 60,274
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £269 £260 £254
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,883 2,786 3,243
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.08% +2.78% -2.70%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

Infrastructure Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Infrastructure Architect in the UK

Infrastructure Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Infrastructure Architect.

Contractor daily rate trend for Infrastructure Architect in the UK

Infrastructure Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Infrastructure Architect over the 6 months to 17 January 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Infrastructure Architect in the UK

Infrastructure Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Infrastructure Architect.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Infrastructure Architect in the UK

Infrastructure Architect
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Infrastructure Architect within the UK over the 6 months to 17 January 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 +85 451 £525 - 50
UK excluding London +66 348 £520 +1.46% 43
London +11 149 £569 +3.41% 14
South East +31 112 £506 -7.95% 13
North of England +12 69 £525 - 7
Midlands +21 49 £510 +2.00% 9
North West +4 49 £500 -4.76% 5
Scotland +29 45 £525 +5.00% 6
East of England +36 38 £575 +21.05% 3
South West -7 33 £525 +5.00% 4
East Midlands +25 29 £520 -0.95% 6
Yorkshire -3 19 £550 +15.18% 2
West Midlands -15 19 £475 -3.80% 3
Wales -17 3 £500 +17.65% 1
North East -8 1 £530 +50.35%
Northern Ireland - 1 £475 -

Infrastructure Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 January 2019, Infrastructure Architect 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 Infrastructure Architect in the job title.

1 149 (29.50%) VMware
2 145 (28.71%) Windows
3 122 (24.16%) Microsoft Azure
4 108 (21.39%) Microsoft
5 107 (21.19%) Data Centre
6 103 (20.40%) Amazon AWS
7 93 (18.42%) Linux
8 90 (17.82%) Migration
9 86 (17.03%) Active Directory
9 86 (17.03%) VMware Infrastructure
10 84 (16.63%) Finance
11 82 (16.24%) Oracle
12 79 (15.64%) Citrix
13 76 (15.05%) Security Cleared
14 65 (12.87%) Agile Software Development
15 64 (12.67%) Middleware
16 62 (12.28%) SQL Server
17 61 (12.08%) Windows Server
18 57 (11.29%) TOGAF
18 57 (11.29%) Firewall
18 57 (11.29%) SC Cleared
19 53 (10.50%) SQL
20 50 (9.90%) Cisco
21 49 (9.70%) ITIL
21 49 (9.70%) Network Design
22 47 (9.31%) SAN
22 47 (9.31%) IaaS
23 46 (9.11%) Unix
24 45 (8.91%) Disaster Recovery
25 42 (8.32%) Stakeholder Management

Infrastructure Architect 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 25 (4.95%) WebSphere
2 9 (1.78%) OpenStack
3 7 (1.39%) MS Exchange
3 7 (1.39%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 7 (1.39%) SharePoint
4 6 (1.19%) WebLogic
5 4 (0.79%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (0.59%) Apache
6 3 (0.59%) JBoss
6 3 (0.59%) Skype for Business
6 3 (0.59%) Tomcat
6 3 (0.59%) WebSphere Application Server
7 2 (0.40%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.20%) Cloud Foundry
8 1 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.20%) IBM Connections
8 1 (0.20%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.20%) TPMS
8 1 (0.20%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 12 (2.38%) MS Visio
2 5 (0.99%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (0.40%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.20%) BASE24
2 1 (0.20%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.20%) Elite 3E
2 1 (0.20%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (0.20%) PeopleSoft Financials
2 1 (0.20%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 122 (24.16%) Microsoft Azure
2 103 (20.40%) Amazon AWS
3 47 (9.31%) IaaS
4 41 (8.12%) PaaS
5 31 (6.14%) Office 365
6 20 (3.96%) Cloud Computing
6 20 (3.96%) SaaS
7 13 (2.57%) Azure Active Directory
8 12 (2.38%) Serverless
9 9 (1.78%) Google Cloud Platform
10 5 (0.99%) AWS CloudFormation
10 5 (0.99%) OpenShift
11 2 (0.40%) Azure Machine Learning
11 2 (0.40%) Data Lake Analytics
11 2 (0.40%) G Suite
11 2 (0.40%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 1 (0.20%) Amazon EC2
12 1 (0.20%) Cloudflare
12 1 (0.20%) Dynamics 365
12 1 (0.20%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 57 (11.29%) Firewall
2 47 (9.31%) SAN
3 38 (7.52%) TCP/IP
4 34 (6.73%) WAN
5 31 (6.14%) LAN
6 29 (5.74%) VPN
7 27 (5.35%) Internet
8 24 (4.75%) DNS
9 19 (3.76%) HTTP
10 17 (3.37%) NAS
10 17 (3.37%) SSL
11 16 (3.17%) MPLS
12 12 (2.38%) DHCP
13 11 (2.18%) IP Telephony
14 10 (1.98%) NetScaler
15 8 (1.58%) Network Security
16 7 (1.39%) Remote Desktop
16 7 (1.39%) Reverse Proxy
17 6 (1.19%) Unified Communications
18 5 (0.99%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 62 (12.28%) SQL Server
2 14 (2.77%) Relational Database
3 6 (1.19%) Big Data
3 6 (1.19%) Hadoop
3 6 (1.19%) MySQL
4 5 (0.99%) MongoDB
4 5 (0.99%) Oracle Database
4 5 (0.99%) SQL Server 2016
5 4 (0.79%) BusinessObjects
5 4 (0.79%) DB2
6 3 (0.59%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
6 3 (0.59%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
6 3 (0.59%) Oracle Database 12c
6 3 (0.59%) Oracle ODI
6 3 (0.59%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (0.40%) Amazon Aurora
7 2 (0.40%) Data Lake
7 2 (0.40%) Power BI
7 2 (0.40%) SAP Data Services
7 2 (0.40%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 18 (3.56%) Git (software)
2 16 (3.17%) Subversion
3 6 (1.19%) Jenkins
4 2 (0.40%) Hudson
4 2 (0.40%) Rational Rose
5 1 (0.20%) Artifactory
5 1 (0.20%) GitLab
5 1 (0.20%) JIRA
5 1 (0.20%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (0.20%) Zephyr
General
1 84 (16.63%) Finance
2 33 (6.53%) Banking
3 30 (5.94%) Retail
4 23 (4.55%) Telecoms
5 17 (3.37%) Law
6 13 (2.57%) Manufacturing
7 9 (1.78%) Publishing
8 6 (1.19%) Marketing
8 6 (1.19%) Retail Banking
9 5 (0.99%) Investment Banking
10 4 (0.79%) Electronics
10 4 (0.79%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.40%) Automotive
11 2 (0.40%) Legal
12 1 (0.20%) Advertising
12 1 (0.20%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.20%) Pharmaceutical
12 1 (0.20%) Private Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (12.67%) Middleware
2 19 (3.76%) Web Services
3 5 (0.99%) SAML
3 5 (0.99%) Spring
4 4 (0.79%) JSON
4 4 (0.79%) XML
5 3 (0.59%) HTML
5 3 (0.59%) Oracle Fusion
5 3 (0.59%) XSLT
6 2 (0.40%) Kafka
6 2 (0.40%) OAuth
6 2 (0.40%) SailPoint
7 1 (0.20%) CGI
7 1 (0.20%) IBM Integration Bus
7 1 (0.20%) Memcached
7 1 (0.20%) RabbitMQ
7 1 (0.20%) REST
7 1 (0.20%) RESTful
7 1 (0.20%) SOAP
7 1 (0.20%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 107 (21.19%) Data Centre
2 36 (7.13%) Public Cloud
3 33 (6.53%) Analytical Skills
4 21 (4.16%) Self-Motivation
5 16 (3.17%) Hybrid Cloud
6 15 (2.97%) Private Cloud
7 11 (2.18%) Clustering
7 11 (2.18%) Replication
8 10 (1.98%) Cloud Native
9 9 (1.78%) Mainframe
10 8 (1.58%) CMDB
11 7 (1.39%) Microsoft Licensing
12 6 (1.19%) Management Information System
12 6 (1.19%) Robotics
13 5 (0.99%) Enterprise Storage
14 4 (0.79%) CCTV
14 4 (0.79%) PKI
15 3 (0.59%) Client/Server
15 3 (0.59%) RSA SecurID
15 3 (0.59%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 145 (28.71%) Windows
2 93 (18.42%) Linux
3 61 (12.08%) Windows Server
4 46 (9.11%) Unix
5 38 (7.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 32 (6.34%) Windows 10
7 30 (5.94%) Windows Server 2012
8 17 (3.37%) AIX
9 9 (1.78%) Solaris
9 9 (1.78%) VMS
9 9 (1.78%) Windows Server 2008
10 7 (1.39%) Windows 7
11 4 (0.79%) Android
11 4 (0.79%) Apple iOS
11 4 (0.79%) Windows XP
12 2 (0.40%) HPUX
13 1 (0.20%) CentOS
13 1 (0.20%) SUSE
13 1 (0.20%) Windows Server 2003
13 1 (0.20%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 90 (17.82%) Migration
2 65 (12.87%) Agile Software Development
3 57 (11.29%) TOGAF
4 49 (9.70%) ITIL
4 49 (9.70%) Network Design
5 45 (8.91%) Disaster Recovery
6 42 (8.32%) Stakeholder Management
7 36 (7.13%) Data Protection
8 34 (6.73%) DevOps
8 34 (6.73%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 30 (5.94%) Technical Architecture
10 26 (5.15%) Strategic Thinking
11 25 (4.95%) Continuous Integration
12 24 (4.75%) Scrum
13 23 (4.55%) IT Strategy
13 23 (4.55%) Load Balancing
14 19 (3.76%) Deployment Automation
15 18 (3.56%) High Availability
15 18 (3.56%) TDD
16 17 (3.37%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 53 (10.50%) SQL
2 32 (6.34%) PowerShell
3 10 (1.98%) Java
4 7 (1.39%) JavaScript
4 7 (1.39%) Python
5 4 (0.79%) C
6 3 (0.59%) Ruby
7 2 (0.40%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.20%) C#
8 1 (0.20%) Go
8 1 (0.20%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.20%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 76 (15.05%) Security Cleared
2 57 (11.29%) SC Cleared
3 16 (3.17%) DV Cleared
4 15 (2.97%) TOGAF Certification
5 13 (2.57%) Cisco Certification
6 12 (2.38%) Degree
7 8 (1.58%) CCNP
8 7 (1.39%) CCIE
8 7 (1.39%) CISSP
8 7 (1.39%) Microsoft Certification
9 6 (1.19%) AWS Certification
9 6 (1.19%) CCNA
9 6 (1.19%) MCSE
10 5 (0.99%) BPSS Clearance
11 4 (0.79%) Microsoft Certified Architect
11 4 (0.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 3 (0.59%) ITIL Certification
13 2 (0.40%) CCDP
13 2 (0.40%) RHCA
14 1 (0.20%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (2.77%) GDPR
2 9 (1.78%) SLA
3 4 (0.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (0.79%) QA
4 3 (0.59%) COBIT
4 3 (0.59%) PSD2
5 1 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 1 (0.20%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.20%) FATCA
5 1 (0.20%) HIPAA
5 1 (0.20%) MiFID
5 1 (0.20%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.20%) PMO
System Software
1 86 (17.03%) Active Directory
1 86 (17.03%) VMware Infrastructure
2 36 (7.13%) XenApp
3 28 (5.54%) Hyper-V
4 25 (4.95%) XenDesktop
5 19 (3.76%) vSphere
6 16 (3.17%) Microsoft App-V
6 16 (3.17%) VMware ESXi
7 14 (2.77%) Docker
8 13 (2.57%) Virtual Machines
9 8 (1.58%) Oracle RAC
9 8 (1.58%) Virtual Desktop
10 7 (1.39%) VMware Workstation
11 6 (1.19%) KVM
12 4 (0.79%) NFS
13 3 (0.59%) Samba
13 3 (0.59%) SRDF
13 3 (0.59%) Veritas Cluster Server
13 3 (0.59%) VMware NSX
13 3 (0.59%) Xen
Systems Management
1 38 (7.52%) SCCM
2 32 (6.34%) Ansible
3 13 (2.57%) Kubernetes
3 13 (2.57%) Puppet
4 9 (1.78%) SCOM
5 7 (1.39%) Data Guard
5 7 (1.39%) Microsoft Intune
6 5 (0.99%) AirWatch
6 5 (0.99%) NetBackup
6 5 (0.99%) OpenView
7 4 (0.79%) Microsoft Clustering
7 4 (0.79%) Opscode Chef
7 4 (0.79%) Single Sign-On
8 3 (0.59%) Nagios
8 3 (0.59%) Terraform
8 3 (0.59%) vRealize
9 2 (0.40%) Hyperic
9 2 (0.40%) McAfee ePO
10 1 (0.20%) SCOrch
10 1 (0.20%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 149 (29.50%) VMware
2 108 (21.39%) Microsoft
3 82 (16.24%) Oracle
4 79 (15.64%) Citrix
5 50 (9.90%) Cisco
6 41 (8.12%) Red Hat
7 37 (7.33%) IBM
8 23 (4.55%) Google
8 23 (4.55%) HP
9 21 (4.16%) CheckPoint
10 14 (2.77%) NetApp
11 11 (2.18%) SAP
12 10 (1.98%) EMC
13 9 (1.78%) SolarWinds
13 9 (1.78%) Veeam
14 8 (1.58%) Blue Coat
15 6 (1.19%) Splunk
16 5 (0.99%) Veritas
17 4 (0.79%) McAfee
17 4 (0.79%) Symantec