Period
to 20 September 2019

The median contractor rate for an Infrastructure Architect was £538 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 September 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
20 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 474 511 481
Rank change year-on-year +37 -30 -122
Contract jobs requiring an Infrastructure Architect 377 432 437
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.42% 0.42% 0.44%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.45% 0.44% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 272 280 294
UK median daily rate £538 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.27% +4.76% +5.00%
10th Percentile £415 £435 £411
90th Percentile £650 £656 £713
UK excluding London median daily rate £523 £525 £511
% change year-on-year -0.48% +2.69% +2.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 2
UK median hourly rate £82.50 £45.43 £43.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +81.60% +3.84% -
10th Percentile £81.25 £45.43 £36.13
90th Percentile £83.75 £45.43 £56.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £82.50 £45.43 £43.75
% change year-on-year +81.60% +3.84% -

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 83,584 97,583 93,848
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.21% 94.78% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 54,866 64,069 61,292
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £263 £269 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,904 3,176 2,821
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £17.93 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.58% -4.14% -1.58%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +5.71% -2.78% -2.70%

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 20 September 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 14 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 20 September 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 +35 341 £548 -0.45% 48
UK excluding London 0 228 £523 -0.48% 45
London +59 143 £588 +2.17% 9
South East +35 105 £500 -4.76% 13
East of England +10 34 £513 -11.83% 5
Scotland +28 25 £544 +14.47% 4
Midlands +12 22 £550 - 7
South West -10 22 £500 -4.76% 5
North of England +4 16 £525 -4.55% 9
West Midlands +21 11 £550 - 4
East Midlands +19 11 £550 +6.80% 3
North West +5 9 £500 -4.76% 3
Yorkshire +10 7 £525 -4.55% 5
Wales +24 5 £425 -10.53% 2

Infrastructure Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 September 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.

1 128 (33.95%) Windows
2 119 (31.56%) Azure
3 117 (31.03%) AWS
4 107 (28.38%) Data Centre
5 99 (26.26%) Migration
6 93 (24.67%) Finance
7 75 (19.89%) VMware
8 71 (18.83%) Linux
9 70 (18.57%) Microsoft
10 62 (16.45%) WAN
11 61 (16.18%) Active Directory
12 49 (13.00%) Stakeholder Management
13 48 (12.73%) Office 365
14 47 (12.47%) Firewall
14 47 (12.47%) Cisco
15 46 (12.20%) Citrix
15 46 (12.20%) Security Cleared
15 46 (12.20%) DevOps
16 45 (11.94%) Windows Server
17 43 (11.41%) TOGAF
18 42 (11.14%) VMware Infrastructure
19 39 (10.34%) Banking
19 39 (10.34%) Agile Software Development
19 39 (10.34%) SC Cleared
20 37 (9.81%) SCCM
21 35 (9.28%) Enterprise Architecture
21 35 (9.28%) LAN
21 35 (9.28%) Oracle
21 35 (9.28%) PaaS
21 35 (9.28%) Windows 10

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 9 (2.39%) OpenStack
1 9 (2.39%) SharePoint
2 7 (1.86%) MS Exchange
3 6 (1.59%) WebSphere
4 4 (1.06%) IIS
5 3 (0.80%) MQSeries
5 3 (0.80%) SAS
6 2 (0.53%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (0.53%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.27%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (0.27%) Confluence
7 1 (0.27%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.27%) JBoss
7 1 (0.27%) nginx
7 1 (0.27%) Skype for Business
7 1 (0.27%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.27%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 10 (2.65%) MS Visio
2 5 (1.33%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (0.80%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (0.80%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 1 (0.27%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (0.27%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.27%) PeopleSoft Financials
2 1 (0.27%) SAP ECC
2 1 (0.27%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 119 (31.56%) Azure
2 117 (31.03%) AWS
3 48 (12.73%) Office 365
4 35 (9.28%) PaaS
5 34 (9.02%) IaaS
6 27 (7.16%) SaaS
7 17 (4.51%) Azure Active Directory
8 15 (3.98%) Cloud Computing
9 14 (3.71%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 12 (3.18%) OpenShift
11 8 (2.12%) Amazon EC2
12 6 (1.59%) GCP
13 5 (1.33%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 4 (1.06%) Apigee
15 3 (0.80%) Power Platform
16 2 (0.53%) SuccessFactors
17 1 (0.27%) Amazon S3
17 1 (0.27%) AWS CloudFormation
17 1 (0.27%) Route 53
17 1 (0.27%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 62 (16.45%) WAN
2 47 (12.47%) Firewall
3 35 (9.28%) LAN
4 28 (7.43%) Network Security
5 21 (5.57%) SAN
6 17 (4.51%) DNS
7 16 (4.24%) TCP/IP
8 10 (2.65%) DHCP
8 10 (2.65%) VPN
9 9 (2.39%) Internet
9 9 (2.39%) Wi-Fi
10 8 (2.12%) Intrusion Detection
10 8 (2.12%) Wireless
11 7 (1.86%) IP Telephony
11 7 (1.86%) Remote Desktop
12 6 (1.59%) SMTP
12 6 (1.59%) VLAN
13 5 (1.33%) PBX
13 5 (1.33%) Unified Communications
14 4 (1.06%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (6.63%) SQL Server
2 12 (3.18%) Oracle Database
3 11 (2.92%) Relational Database
4 9 (2.39%) Amazon RDS
5 4 (1.06%) Data Lake
6 3 (0.80%) Azure SQL Database
6 3 (0.80%) BusinessObjects
6 3 (0.80%) DB2
6 3 (0.80%) PostgreSQL
6 3 (0.80%) Power BI
7 2 (0.53%) Big Data
7 2 (0.53%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.27%) Apache Cassandra
8 1 (0.27%) GIS
8 1 (0.27%) IBM InfoSphere
8 1 (0.27%) Ingres
8 1 (0.27%) MariaDB
8 1 (0.27%) MySQL
8 1 (0.27%) SAP HANA
8 1 (0.27%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 2 (0.53%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.27%) Hudson
2 1 (0.27%) JIRA
2 1 (0.27%) Rational Rose
General
1 93 (24.67%) Finance
2 39 (10.34%) Banking
3 23 (6.10%) Public Sector
3 23 (6.10%) Retail
4 15 (3.98%) Telecoms
5 6 (1.59%) Financial Institution
6 3 (0.80%) Local Government
6 3 (0.80%) Manufacturing
6 3 (0.80%) Publishing
7 2 (0.53%) Aerospace
7 2 (0.53%) Investment Banking
7 2 (0.53%) Marketing
8 1 (0.27%) Advertising
8 1 (0.27%) Billing
8 1 (0.27%) Electronics
8 1 (0.27%) Legal
8 1 (0.27%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (8.75%) Middleware
2 14 (3.71%) LDAP
3 8 (2.12%) Web Services
4 4 (1.06%) WebSphere MQ
5 3 (0.80%) .NET
6 2 (0.53%) Elastic Stack
6 2 (0.53%) SAP Basis
6 2 (0.53%) Velocity
7 1 (0.27%) COM
7 1 (0.27%) Flask
7 1 (0.27%) J2EE
7 1 (0.27%) JDBC
7 1 (0.27%) ODBC
7 1 (0.27%) Oracle Fusion
7 1 (0.27%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 107 (28.38%) Data Centre
2 21 (5.57%) Public Cloud
3 20 (5.31%) Analytical Skills
4 14 (3.71%) Mainframe
5 8 (2.12%) PKI
6 7 (1.86%) Cloud Native
6 7 (1.86%) Fat Client
6 7 (1.86%) Hybrid Cloud
6 7 (1.86%) Management Information System
6 7 (1.86%) Thin Client
7 6 (1.59%) BYOD
7 6 (1.59%) CCTV
7 6 (1.59%) Hedge funds
7 6 (1.59%) Virtual Team
8 5 (1.33%) Replication
9 4 (1.06%) Clustering
9 4 (1.06%) Enterprise Software
9 4 (1.06%) EPoS
9 4 (1.06%) Private Cloud
10 3 (0.80%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 128 (33.95%) Windows
2 71 (18.83%) Linux
3 45 (11.94%) Windows Server
4 35 (9.28%) Windows 10
5 17 (4.51%) Unix
6 14 (3.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 9 (2.39%) AIX
8 7 (1.86%) Windows Server 2008
9 6 (1.59%) Solaris
10 5 (1.33%) VMS
11 4 (1.06%) Mac OS
11 4 (1.06%) Windows 7
12 3 (0.80%) HPUX
13 2 (0.53%) Windows Server 2012
14 1 (0.27%) CentOS
14 1 (0.27%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 99 (26.26%) Migration
2 49 (13.00%) Stakeholder Management
3 46 (12.20%) DevOps
4 43 (11.41%) TOGAF
5 39 (10.34%) Agile Software Development
6 35 (9.28%) Enterprise Architecture
7 34 (9.02%) IT Strategy
7 34 (9.02%) ITIL
8 33 (8.75%) Disaster Recovery
9 26 (6.90%) Information Security
10 23 (6.10%) Project Management
11 22 (5.84%) Architecture Roadmap
12 21 (5.57%) Network Design
13 18 (4.77%) Asset Management
14 17 (4.51%) Open Source
14 17 (4.51%) Strategic Roadmap
15 16 (4.24%) Load Balancing
15 16 (4.24%) Technology Roadmap
16 15 (3.98%) Service Design
16 15 (3.98%) Technical Leadership
Programming Languages
1 28 (7.43%) SQL
2 8 (2.12%) PowerShell
3 6 (1.59%) Python
4 5 (1.33%) Java
5 1 (0.27%) C
Qualifications
1 46 (12.20%) Security Cleared
2 39 (10.34%) SC Cleared
3 23 (6.10%) Cisco Certification
4 19 (5.04%) CCIE
5 16 (4.24%) Degree
6 14 (3.71%) TOGAF Certification
7 11 (2.92%) CCNA
8 8 (2.12%) CCNP
8 8 (2.12%) MCSE
8 8 (2.12%) Microsoft Certification
9 4 (1.06%) MCP
10 3 (0.80%) CCIE Data Center
10 3 (0.80%) CISSP
10 3 (0.80%) DV Cleared
11 2 (0.53%) Computer Science Degree
11 2 (0.53%) Master's Degree
12 1 (0.27%) AWS Certification
12 1 (0.27%) BPSS Clearance
12 1 (0.27%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.27%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (1.33%) SLA
2 4 (1.06%) QA
3 3 (0.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (0.80%) PSD2
4 2 (0.53%) GDPR
4 2 (0.53%) Government Security Classifications
4 2 (0.53%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.53%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.27%) HL7
5 1 (0.27%) NIST
System Software
1 61 (16.18%) Active Directory
2 42 (11.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (5.31%) Docker
4 18 (4.77%) Hyper-V
5 16 (4.24%) VMware ESXi
6 9 (2.39%) vSphere
7 6 (1.59%) VMware NSX
8 5 (1.33%) Virtual Desktop
9 4 (1.06%) XenApp
9 4 (1.06%) XenDesktop
10 3 (0.80%) Ceph
10 3 (0.80%) Microsoft App-V
11 2 (0.53%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 2 (0.53%) vCloud
11 2 (0.53%) Virtual Machines
12 1 (0.27%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 1 (0.27%) Oracle RAC
12 1 (0.27%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 37 (9.81%) SCCM
2 22 (5.84%) Ansible
2 22 (5.84%) Kubernetes
3 20 (5.31%) Terraform
4 19 (5.04%) Puppet
5 11 (2.92%) Consul
5 11 (2.92%) Packer
6 8 (2.12%) Microsoft Intune
7 7 (1.86%) SCOM
8 4 (1.06%) vRealize
9 3 (0.80%) Grafana
9 3 (0.80%) Prometheus
9 3 (0.80%) Single Sign-On
9 3 (0.80%) vCenter Server
10 2 (0.53%) Data Guard
10 2 (0.53%) FortiGate
10 2 (0.53%) Microsoft Clustering
10 2 (0.53%) Opscode Chef
10 2 (0.53%) WSUS
11 1 (0.27%) Nessus
Vendors
1 75 (19.89%) VMware
2 70 (18.57%) Microsoft
3 47 (12.47%) Cisco
4 46 (12.20%) Citrix
5 35 (9.28%) Oracle
6 19 (5.04%) Red Hat
7 17 (4.51%) CheckPoint
8 15 (3.98%) F5
9 11 (2.92%) IBM
10 10 (2.65%) NetApp
11 9 (2.39%) Google
12 7 (1.86%) CyberArk
12 7 (1.86%) EMC
12 7 (1.86%) Sparx
13 6 (1.59%) Blue Coat
13 6 (1.59%) Dell
13 6 (1.59%) HP
13 6 (1.59%) Palo Alto
14 5 (1.33%) Juniper
14 5 (1.33%) Symantec