Period
to 15 July 2019

The median contractor rate for an Infrastructure Engineer was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 15 July 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 Engineer
UK
6 months to
15 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 206 249 307
Rank change year-on-year +43 +58 -60
Contract jobs requiring an Infrastructure Engineer 1,277 1,169 791
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.37% 1.13% 0.83%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.45% 1.19% 0.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 878 809 520
UK median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14% -
10th Percentile £250 £235 £220
90th Percentile £538 £535 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £356 £328
% change year-on-year +1.75% +8.78% +0.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 15 20
UK median hourly rate £44.75 £21.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +108.12% +19.44% -22.58%
10th Percentile £18.41 £14.65 £12.24
90th Percentile £53.58 £43.70 £44.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.99 £20.00 £14.22
% change year-on-year +124.95% +40.70% -38.86%

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 87,930 98,384 90,842
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.53% 94.83% 94.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,869 64,432 58,817
UK median daily rate £470 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £263 £269 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £618
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,913 3,168 2,963
UK median hourly rate £19.71 £18.10 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.91% -3.22% -4.10%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £52.23 £48.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £17.77
% change year-on-year +5.71% -1.52% -6.47%

Infrastructure Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Infrastructure Engineer in the UK

Infrastructure Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Infrastructure Engineer in the UK

Infrastructure Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Infrastructure Engineer over the 6 months to 15 July 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Infrastructure Engineer in the UK

Infrastructure Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Infrastructure Engineer in the UK

Infrastructure Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Infrastructure Engineer over the 6 months to 15 July 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Infrastructure Engineer in the UK

Infrastructure Engineer
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 Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 15 July 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 +37 1,165 £380 +1.33% 552
UK excluding London +40 856 £363 +1.75% 457
London +26 403 £425 +3.34% 120
South East +53 294 £375 +3.45% 105
South West +23 162 £375 +15.38% 76
North of England +2 143 £338 -10.00% 122
Midlands +15 93 £346 -0.36% 76
Scotland +59 84 £438 +12.18% 8
North West -8 73 £325 -13.33% 73
East of England +9 68 £350 - 53
Yorkshire +27 60 £413 +13.08% 40
West Midlands 0 52 £365 +12.31% 49
East Midlands +26 41 £343 -8.67% 27
Wales -11 14 £325 - 16
North East +17 10 £300 -27.27% 9

Infrastructure Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 15 July 2019, 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 featuring Infrastructure Engineer in the job title.

1 1,231 (96.40%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 866 (67.82%) Windows
3 701 (54.89%) Active Directory
4 610 (47.77%) VMware
5 549 (42.99%) Windows Server
6 508 (39.78%) Microsoft
7 423 (33.12%) Microsoft Azure
8 362 (28.35%) PowerShell
9 340 (26.62%) Office 365
10 312 (24.43%) VMware Infrastructure
11 290 (22.71%) SCCM
12 262 (20.52%) Citrix
13 228 (17.85%) Linux
14 225 (17.62%) Windows Server 2012
15 221 (17.31%) Amazon AWS
16 215 (16.84%) Cisco
17 212 (16.60%) Hyper-V
18 211 (16.52%) DNS
19 210 (16.44%) Firewall
20 189 (14.80%) ITIL
21 172 (13.47%) Migration
21 172 (13.47%) Windows Server 2008
22 163 (12.76%) Finance
23 159 (12.45%) DHCP
24 153 (11.98%) SQL Server
24 153 (11.98%) Windows 10
25 148 (11.59%) MS Exchange
26 145 (11.35%) SQL
27 144 (11.28%) DevOps
28 141 (11.04%) VMware ESXi

Infrastructure Engineer 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
1 148 (11.59%) MS Exchange
2 98 (7.67%) SharePoint
3 92 (7.20%) Skype for Business
4 76 (5.95%) IIS
5 56 (4.39%) Exchange Server 2013
6 48 (3.76%) Exchange Server 2010
7 31 (2.43%) Apache
8 17 (1.33%) Confluence
9 10 (0.78%) Tomcat
10 7 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2003
11 6 (0.47%) BizTalk Server
11 6 (0.47%) IBM Notes
11 6 (0.47%) SAS
12 5 (0.39%) CICS
12 5 (0.39%) Commerce Server
12 5 (0.39%) SharePoint 2013
12 5 (0.39%) WebSphere
13 4 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2007
13 4 (0.31%) SharePoint Server
13 4 (0.31%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 73 (5.72%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (0.47%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (0.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 6 (0.47%) Microsoft Project
2 6 (0.47%) MS Visio
3 3 (0.23%) Windchill
4 2 (0.16%) SPSS
5 1 (0.078%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.078%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.078%) Stata
Business Applications
1 11 (0.86%) Dynamics NAV
2 4 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.16%) Actimize
3 2 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.078%) Oracle Retail
4 1 (0.078%) Veritas eDiscovery
Cloud Services
1 423 (33.12%) Microsoft Azure
2 340 (26.62%) Office 365
3 221 (17.31%) Amazon AWS
4 93 (7.28%) Azure Active Directory
5 70 (5.48%) IaaS
6 46 (3.60%) PaaS
7 34 (2.66%) Google Cloud Platform
8 31 (2.43%) AWS CloudFormation
9 22 (1.72%) GitHub
10 21 (1.64%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 19 (1.49%) Amazon S3
11 19 (1.49%) Serverless
12 18 (1.41%) SaaS
13 17 (1.33%) Amazon EC2
13 17 (1.33%) Cloud Computing
13 17 (1.33%) OneDrive
14 14 (1.10%) Mimecast
15 10 (0.78%) Route 53
16 9 (0.70%) Amazon ECS
16 9 (0.70%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Communications & Networking
1 211 (16.52%) DNS
2 210 (16.44%) Firewall
3 159 (12.45%) DHCP
4 132 (10.34%) SAN
5 123 (9.63%) WAN
6 122 (9.55%) LAN
7 82 (6.42%) VPN
8 66 (5.17%) Skype
9 59 (4.62%) TCP/IP
10 44 (3.45%) VLAN
11 38 (2.98%) Cisco ASA
11 38 (2.98%) NetScaler
12 36 (2.82%) Network Security
13 30 (2.35%) VoIP
14 29 (2.27%) iSCSI
15 28 (2.19%) MPLS
15 28 (2.19%) NAS
15 28 (2.19%) Wireless
16 27 (2.11%) Internet
17 25 (1.96%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 153 (11.98%) SQL Server
2 28 (2.19%) MySQL
3 22 (1.72%) Amazon RDS
4 19 (1.49%) SQL Server 2012
5 18 (1.41%) Big Data
6 17 (1.33%) PostgreSQL
7 13 (1.02%) DB2
7 13 (1.02%) SQL Server 2016
8 12 (0.94%) MongoDB
8 12 (0.94%) SQL Server 2014
9 8 (0.63%) Apache Cassandra
10 7 (0.55%) Azure SQL Database
10 7 (0.55%) MariaDB
11 4 (0.31%) SQL Server 2008
12 3 (0.23%) BigQuery
12 3 (0.23%) Cosmos DB
12 3 (0.23%) Hadoop
12 3 (0.23%) MySQL Workbench
12 3 (0.23%) NoSQL
12 3 (0.23%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 58 (4.54%) Jenkins
2 27 (2.11%) Git (software)
3 24 (1.88%) JIRA
4 23 (1.80%) MSI
5 17 (1.33%) Bitbucket
6 15 (1.17%) WiX
7 14 (1.10%) GitLab
8 11 (0.86%) SonarQube
9 10 (0.78%) Visual Studio Team System
10 7 (0.55%) Sonatype Nexus
11 6 (0.47%) CF BOSH
11 6 (0.47%) Team Foundation Server
12 5 (0.39%) TeamCity
13 4 (0.31%) Artifactory
13 4 (0.31%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 4 (0.31%) MSBuild
13 4 (0.31%) Subversion
13 4 (0.31%) Visual Studio
14 3 (0.23%) WinDbg
15 2 (0.16%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 163 (12.76%) Finance
2 43 (3.37%) Banking
2 43 (3.37%) Retail
3 38 (2.98%) Telecoms
4 22 (1.72%) Law
5 16 (1.25%) Back Office
6 13 (1.02%) Legal
6 13 (1.02%) Local Government
7 10 (0.78%) Manufacturing
8 9 (0.70%) Marketing
9 8 (0.63%) Electronics
10 7 (0.55%) Retail Banking
11 6 (0.47%) Front Office
12 5 (0.39%) Automotive
12 5 (0.39%) French Language
12 5 (0.39%) German Language
13 4 (0.31%) Military
13 4 (0.31%) Publishing
14 3 (0.23%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.23%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (2.35%) Web Services
2 29 (2.27%) .NET
3 18 (1.41%) Software Packaging
4 17 (1.33%) LDAP
5 13 (1.02%) JSON
5 13 (1.02%) Middleware
6 10 (0.78%) Elastic Stack
7 8 (0.63%) jQuery
7 8 (0.63%) Node.js
8 7 (0.55%) RESTful
8 7 (0.55%) Swagger
9 6 (0.47%) Kafka
10 5 (0.39%) Spring
11 4 (0.31%) ASP.NET
11 4 (0.31%) ASP.NET MVC
11 4 (0.31%) ASP.NET Web API
11 4 (0.31%) REST
11 4 (0.31%) Spring Boot
12 3 (0.23%) Flask
12 3 (0.23%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 122 (9.55%) Data Centre
2 75 (5.87%) Clustering
3 53 (4.15%) Analytical Skills
4 41 (3.21%) Public Cloud
5 38 (2.98%) PKI
6 37 (2.90%) Management Information System
7 36 (2.82%) Fat Client
7 36 (2.82%) Thin Client
8 18 (1.41%) Replication
9 16 (1.25%) NHS
10 15 (1.17%) Hybrid Cloud
11 12 (0.94%) Blackberry
11 12 (0.94%) Self-Motivation
12 11 (0.86%) Video Conferencing
13 10 (0.78%) Data Protection Act
14 9 (0.70%) Enterprise Storage
14 9 (0.70%) Mainframe
14 9 (0.70%) Private Cloud
15 8 (0.63%) Driving Licence
15 8 (0.63%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 866 (67.82%) Windows
2 549 (42.99%) Windows Server
3 228 (17.85%) Linux
4 225 (17.62%) Windows Server 2012
5 172 (13.47%) Windows Server 2008
6 153 (11.98%) Windows 10
7 77 (6.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 63 (4.93%) Windows 7
9 53 (4.15%) Unix
10 41 (3.21%) CentOS
11 39 (3.05%) Windows Server 2003
12 29 (2.27%) Ubuntu
13 21 (1.64%) Mac OS
14 19 (1.49%) Android
15 12 (0.94%) Solaris
16 11 (0.86%) Apple iOS
17 9 (0.70%) Windows 8
18 8 (0.63%) VMS
18 8 (0.63%) Windows Vista
18 8 (0.63%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,231 (96.40%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 189 (14.80%) ITIL
3 172 (13.47%) Migration
4 144 (11.28%) DevOps
5 86 (6.73%) Configuration Management
6 65 (5.09%) Agile Software Development
6 65 (5.09%) Infrastructure as Code
7 58 (4.54%) Disaster Recovery
8 55 (4.31%) Problem-Solving
9 42 (3.29%) Problem Management
10 40 (3.13%) Server Building
11 39 (3.05%) Change Management
12 38 (2.98%) Information Security
13 37 (2.90%) ITSM
14 36 (2.82%) Infrastructure Automation
15 35 (2.74%) Incident Management
15 35 (2.74%) Service Management
15 35 (2.74%) Software Engineering
16 33 (2.58%) Application Packaging
16 33 (2.58%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 362 (28.35%) PowerShell
2 145 (11.35%) SQL
3 98 (7.67%) Python
4 47 (3.68%) Bash Shell
5 36 (2.82%) Java
6 30 (2.35%) VBScript
7 22 (1.72%) VB
8 18 (1.41%) Perl
9 17 (1.33%) PHP
9 17 (1.33%) Shell Script
10 15 (1.17%) Go
11 13 (1.02%) JavaScript
12 11 (0.86%) Ruby
13 10 (0.78%) C#
14 7 (0.55%) C
14 7 (0.55%) T-SQL
15 5 (0.39%) Korn
16 4 (0.31%) C++
17 3 (0.23%) Scala
18 1 (0.078%) R
Qualifications
1 131 (10.26%) Security Cleared
2 92 (7.20%) SC Cleared
3 84 (6.58%) Microsoft Certification
4 64 (5.01%) Cisco Certification
4 64 (5.01%) MCSE
5 48 (3.76%) CCNA
6 41 (3.21%) DV Cleared
7 39 (3.05%) MCSA
8 33 (2.58%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 32 (2.51%) Degree
10 28 (2.19%) CCNP
11 22 (1.72%) ITIL Certification
12 19 (1.49%) MCP
13 14 (1.10%) Citrix Certification
14 13 (1.02%) MCITP
15 12 (0.94%) CCA
16 10 (0.78%) VCP6
17 7 (0.55%) DBS Check
18 6 (0.47%) AWS Certification
18 6 (0.47%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (3.99%) SLA
2 22 (1.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 11 (0.86%) GDPR
3 11 (0.86%) QA
4 8 (0.63%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.39%) Cyber Essentials
6 3 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (0.23%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 3 (0.23%) JSP 440
7 2 (0.16%) COBIT
7 2 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 2 (0.16%) PMO
8 1 (0.078%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.078%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.078%) NCSC
8 1 (0.078%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.078%) TickIT
System Software
1 701 (54.89%) Active Directory
2 312 (24.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 212 (16.60%) Hyper-V
4 141 (11.04%) VMware ESXi
5 136 (10.65%) XenApp
6 120 (9.40%) vSphere
7 96 (7.52%) XenDesktop
8 64 (5.01%) Docker
9 39 (3.05%) Virtual Machines
10 34 (2.66%) Microsoft App-V
11 29 (2.27%) Virtual Desktop
12 21 (1.64%) VMware NSX
13 18 (1.41%) DFS Replication
14 14 (1.10%) Virtual Servers
15 13 (1.02%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 11 (0.86%) Terminal Services
16 11 (0.86%) VMware Server
17 10 (0.78%) Citrix Presentation Server
17 10 (0.78%) ISA Server
18 9 (0.70%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 290 (22.71%) SCCM
2 115 (9.01%) Ansible
3 94 (7.36%) SCOM
4 87 (6.81%) Terraform
5 57 (4.46%) Puppet
6 55 (4.31%) Kubernetes
7 48 (3.76%) vCenter Server
8 44 (3.45%) Opscode Chef
9 34 (2.66%) Microsoft Clustering
10 32 (2.51%) Microsoft Intune
11 30 (2.35%) WSUS
12 27 (2.11%) Single Sign-On
13 23 (1.80%) SCVMM
14 21 (1.64%) Grafana
15 20 (1.57%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
16 19 (1.49%) NetBackup
17 18 (1.41%) Prometheus
17 18 (1.41%) SCOrch
17 18 (1.41%) vRealize
18 17 (1.33%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 610 (47.77%) VMware
2 508 (39.78%) Microsoft
3 262 (20.52%) Citrix
4 215 (16.84%) Cisco
5 105 (8.22%) HP
6 60 (4.70%) Dell
7 59 (4.62%) Red Hat
8 53 (4.15%) Veeam
9 44 (3.45%) Oracle
10 37 (2.90%) NetApp
11 36 (2.82%) Symantec
12 32 (2.51%) McAfee
13 31 (2.43%) Meraki
14 30 (2.35%) EMC
15 28 (2.19%) CheckPoint
16 22 (1.72%) F5
17 21 (1.64%) Juniper
18 20 (1.57%) Ivanti
18 20 (1.57%) SolarWinds
19 19 (1.49%) Google