Period
to 23 November 2017

The median contractor rate for an Infrastructure Architect was £515 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

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
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 501 326 336
Rank change year-on-year -175 +10 +40
Contract jobs requiring an Infrastructure Architect 427 763 799
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.41% 0.72% 0.70%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.44% 0.76% 0.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 278 546 530
UK median daily rate £515 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.00% +5.26% -5.00%
10th Percentile £413 £413 £356
90th Percentile £679 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £500 £450
% change year-on-year - +11.11% -5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 4
UK median hourly rate £43.75 - £29.10
10th Percentile £36.13 - £23.63
90th Percentile £56.38 - £34.26
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.75 - £29.10

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 97742 99747 107875
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.76% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64508 65028 68632
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2923 3319 4120
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
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 23 November 2017.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Infrastructure Architect over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Infrastructure Architect in the UK

Infrastructure Architect
Top 15 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 23 November 2017. 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 -162 406 £518 +3.50% 34
UK excluding London -103 259 £500 - 25
London -120 163 £525 -4.55% 11
South East -35 107 £513 +7.89% 8
North of England +5 70 £510 +2.00% 10
North West +14 57 £525 +3.65% 2
East of England -42 23 £490 -14.78% 1
Midlands -17 21 £515 +4.04% 2
South West -28 21 £494 -8.14% 2
West Midlands +6 12 £508 +6.84% 2
Yorkshire -3 12 £475 -9.52% 7
Scotland -39 10 £500 +11.11% 2
Wales +13 8 £328 -46.53%
East Midlands -22 8 £525 +2.44%
North East +36 1 £405 -8.99% 1

Infrastructure Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 November 2017, Infrastructure Architect contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Infrastructure Architect in the job title.

1 108 (25.29%) Windows
2 105 (24.59%) VMware
3 100 (23.42%) Microsoft
4 98 (22.95%) Data Centre
5 88 (20.61%) Finance
6 80 (18.74%) Migration
7 76 (17.80%) Firewall
8 69 (16.16%) TOGAF
9 68 (15.93%) Linux
10 65 (15.22%) Security Cleared
10 65 (15.22%) VMware Infrastructure
11 63 (14.75%) Microsoft Azure
11 63 (14.75%) Citrix
12 61 (14.29%) Amazon AWS
13 59 (13.82%) Cisco
14 53 (12.41%) SC Cleared
15 52 (12.18%) Active Directory
16 51 (11.94%) Agile Software Development
17 49 (11.48%) ITIL
17 49 (11.48%) Windows Server
18 41 (9.60%) SAN
18 41 (9.60%) Enterprise Architecture
19 40 (9.37%) Oracle
20 38 (8.90%) Office 365
21 37 (8.67%) DNS
22 36 (8.43%) WAN
22 36 (8.43%) Middleware
23 35 (8.20%) Stakeholder Management
24 33 (7.73%) Banking
24 33 (7.73%) Project 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 15 (3.51%) MS Exchange
2 12 (2.81%) nginx
3 11 (2.58%) IIS
3 11 (2.58%) SharePoint
3 11 (2.58%) WebSphere
4 9 (2.11%) Skype for Business
5 6 (1.41%) OpenStack
6 5 (1.17%) Tomcat
7 4 (0.94%) Apache
7 4 (0.94%) BizTalk Server
7 4 (0.94%) WildFly
8 3 (0.70%) CICS
8 3 (0.70%) IBM HTTP Server
8 3 (0.70%) WebSphere Application Server
9 2 (0.47%) Apache Spark
9 2 (0.47%) CMS
9 2 (0.47%) Documentum
9 2 (0.47%) FileNet
9 2 (0.47%) JBoss
10 1 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 7 (1.64%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.47%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.47%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (0.70%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 63 (14.75%) Microsoft Azure
2 61 (14.29%) Amazon AWS
3 38 (8.90%) Office 365
4 30 (7.03%) IaaS
5 29 (6.79%) PaaS
6 12 (2.81%) Cloud Computing
7 11 (2.58%) SaaS
8 4 (0.94%) Azure Active Directory
9 2 (0.47%) Dynamics 365
9 2 (0.47%) Google Cloud Platform
10 1 (0.23%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (0.23%) Amazon EC2
10 1 (0.23%) Amazon ElastiCache
10 1 (0.23%) Amazon ELB
10 1 (0.23%) Amazon S3
10 1 (0.23%) AWS CloudFormation
10 1 (0.23%) CloudFront
10 1 (0.23%) G Suite
10 1 (0.23%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 76 (17.80%) Firewall
2 41 (9.60%) SAN
3 37 (8.67%) DNS
4 36 (8.43%) WAN
5 30 (7.03%) LAN
6 26 (6.09%) TCP/IP
7 17 (3.98%) SSL
8 16 (3.75%) VPN
9 10 (2.34%) Fibre Channel
9 10 (2.34%) NetScaler
9 10 (2.34%) Network Security
10 9 (2.11%) Cisco Nexus
10 9 (2.11%) DHCP
10 9 (2.11%) NAS
11 8 (1.87%) Skype
12 7 (1.64%) DAB
12 7 (1.64%) MPLS
12 7 (1.64%) NX-OS
12 7 (1.64%) Unified Communications
12 7 (1.64%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (7.26%) SQL Server
2 17 (3.98%) MongoDB
3 12 (2.81%) Hadoop
3 12 (2.81%) Oracle Database
4 11 (2.58%) Big Data
4 11 (2.58%) PostgreSQL
5 7 (1.64%) Relational Database
6 6 (1.41%) SQL Server 2012
7 5 (1.17%) SQL Server 2008
8 4 (0.94%) SQL Server 2016
9 3 (0.70%) DB2
9 3 (0.70%) Oracle Exadata
10 2 (0.47%) Apache Hive
10 2 (0.47%) HBase
10 2 (0.47%) IBM BigInsights
10 2 (0.47%) MySQL
10 2 (0.47%) OLAP
10 2 (0.47%) SQL Server 2005
11 1 (0.23%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
11 1 (0.23%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 17 (3.98%) Git (software)
2 16 (3.75%) Jenkins
3 10 (2.34%) Artifactory
3 10 (2.34%) Sonatype Nexus
4 2 (0.47%) Subversion
4 2 (0.47%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (0.47%) Vagrant
5 1 (0.23%) MSI
5 1 (0.23%) SonarQube
5 1 (0.23%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 88 (20.61%) Finance
2 33 (7.73%) Banking
3 18 (4.22%) Retail
4 11 (2.58%) Marketing
4 11 (2.58%) Telecoms
5 9 (2.11%) Law
6 7 (1.64%) Manufacturing
7 4 (0.94%) Investment Banking
8 3 (0.70%) Aerospace
8 3 (0.70%) Electronics
8 3 (0.70%) Publishing
9 2 (0.47%) Legal
9 2 (0.47%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.23%) Advertising
10 1 (0.23%) Back Office
10 1 (0.23%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (8.43%) Middleware
2 14 (3.28%) Elastic Stack
3 8 (1.87%) Web Services
4 5 (1.17%) SAML
5 4 (0.94%) .NET
5 4 (0.94%) WebSphere MQ
6 3 (0.70%) IBM Integration Bus
6 3 (0.70%) REST
7 2 (0.47%) COM
7 2 (0.47%) JMS
7 2 (0.47%) LEMP Stack
7 2 (0.47%) MSMQ
7 2 (0.47%) RabbitMQ
7 2 (0.47%) SAP PI
7 2 (0.47%) SOAP
8 1 (0.23%) .NET Framework
8 1 (0.23%) 802.1X
8 1 (0.23%) JSON
8 1 (0.23%) React
8 1 (0.23%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 98 (22.95%) Data Centre
2 15 (3.51%) Clustering
3 14 (3.28%) Hybrid Cloud
4 13 (3.04%) Analytical Skills
4 13 (3.04%) Private Cloud
5 12 (2.81%) Virtual Team
6 9 (2.11%) Mainframe
7 7 (1.64%) BYOD
7 7 (1.64%) FMCG
7 7 (1.64%) Management Information System
7 7 (1.64%) Public Cloud
8 5 (1.17%) FlexPod
8 5 (1.17%) Replication
9 4 (0.94%) EMC VNX
9 4 (0.94%) Enterprise Software
9 4 (0.94%) N-Tier
9 4 (0.94%) PKI
9 4 (0.94%) Social Media
9 4 (0.94%) VxBlock/Vblock
10 3 (0.70%) Cyber Defence
Operating Systems
1 108 (25.29%) Windows
2 68 (15.93%) Linux
3 49 (11.48%) Windows Server
4 28 (6.56%) AIX
4 28 (6.56%) Unix
5 24 (5.62%) Solaris
6 23 (5.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 19 (4.45%) Windows Server 2012
8 16 (3.75%) Windows Server 2003
9 14 (3.28%) Windows 10
10 13 (3.04%) Windows Server 2008
11 7 (1.64%) HPUX
11 7 (1.64%) SUSE
11 7 (1.64%) Windows 7
12 3 (0.70%) Mac OS
12 3 (0.70%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
12 3 (0.70%) zOS
13 1 (0.23%) OS/2
13 1 (0.23%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.23%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 80 (18.74%) Migration
2 69 (16.16%) TOGAF
3 51 (11.94%) Agile Software Development
4 49 (11.48%) ITIL
5 41 (9.60%) Enterprise Architecture
6 35 (8.20%) Stakeholder Management
7 33 (7.73%) Project Management
8 28 (6.56%) Load Balancing
9 24 (5.62%) Network Design
10 23 (5.39%) Continuous Integration
10 23 (5.39%) DevOps
11 22 (5.15%) Technical Architecture
12 21 (4.92%) IT Strategy
13 18 (4.22%) Disaster Recovery
13 18 (4.22%) High Availability
13 18 (4.22%) SOA
14 16 (3.75%) Open Source
15 15 (3.51%) Programme Management
15 15 (3.51%) Security Architecture
16 14 (3.28%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 27 (6.32%) SQL
2 19 (4.45%) Python
3 14 (3.28%) Bash Shell
4 11 (2.58%) Java
4 11 (2.58%) Ruby
5 8 (1.87%) PowerShell
6 2 (0.47%) C++
6 2 (0.47%) Go
6 2 (0.47%) Scala
6 2 (0.47%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.23%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.23%) Perl
7 1 (0.23%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 65 (15.22%) Security Cleared
2 53 (12.41%) SC Cleared
3 16 (3.75%) Degree
4 13 (3.04%) Microsoft Certification
5 12 (2.81%) MCSE
6 9 (2.11%) Cisco Certification
6 9 (2.11%) ITIL Certification
7 7 (1.64%) DV Cleared
8 6 (1.41%) MCSA
8 6 (1.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 4 (0.94%) BPSS Clearance
9 4 (0.94%) CCA
9 4 (0.94%) CCIE
9 4 (0.94%) CCNA
9 4 (0.94%) Citrix Certification
9 4 (0.94%) VCAP
10 3 (0.70%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 2 (0.47%) CCNP
11 2 (0.47%) CISSP
11 2 (0.47%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.81%) PCI DSS
2 9 (2.11%) GDPR
2 9 (2.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (0.70%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (0.70%) Government Security Classifications
3 3 (0.70%) SLA
4 2 (0.47%) COBIT
4 2 (0.47%) QA
4 2 (0.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.23%) HL7
System Software
1 65 (15.22%) VMware Infrastructure
2 52 (12.18%) Active Directory
3 33 (7.73%) Hyper-V
4 14 (3.28%) VMware ESXi
5 13 (3.04%) vSphere
6 9 (2.11%) XenApp
7 7 (1.64%) XenDesktop
8 5 (1.17%) Docker
8 5 (1.17%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 5 (1.17%) Virtual Servers
9 4 (0.94%) KVM
9 4 (0.94%) Microsoft App-V
9 4 (0.94%) VMware Workstation
10 3 (0.70%) vCloud
10 3 (0.70%) Xen
11 2 (0.47%) HDFS
11 2 (0.47%) Terminal Services
11 2 (0.47%) Virtual Machines
11 2 (0.47%) VMware NSX
12 1 (0.23%) NFS
Systems Management
1 17 (3.98%) SCCM
2 16 (3.75%) Puppet
3 13 (3.04%) Ansible
4 11 (2.58%) Kibana
4 11 (2.58%) logstash
5 9 (2.11%) SCOM
6 6 (1.41%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 5 (1.17%) NetBackup
7 5 (1.17%) Opscode Chef
7 5 (1.17%) SCVMM
8 4 (0.94%) Microsoft Clustering
8 4 (0.94%) Terraform
8 4 (0.94%) WSUS
9 3 (0.70%) vCenter Server
10 2 (0.47%) McAfee ePO
10 2 (0.47%) Mesos
10 2 (0.47%) Norton AntiVirus
10 2 (0.47%) Salt
10 2 (0.47%) Tivoli
11 1 (0.23%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 105 (24.59%) VMware
2 100 (23.42%) Microsoft
3 63 (14.75%) Citrix
4 59 (13.82%) Cisco
5 40 (9.37%) Oracle
6 29 (6.79%) HP
7 27 (6.32%) IBM
8 21 (4.92%) Red Hat
9 19 (4.45%) NetApp
10 17 (3.98%) EMC
11 16 (3.75%) CheckPoint
12 10 (2.34%) Dell
13 9 (2.11%) SAP
14 8 (1.87%) Juniper
15 5 (1.17%) 3PAR
15 5 (1.17%) Blue Coat
15 5 (1.17%) Symantec
15 5 (1.17%) Veritas
16 4 (0.94%) Cloudera
16 4 (0.94%) F5