Period
to 22 April 2018

The median contractor rate for an Infrastructure Engineer was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 April 2018.

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
22 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 255 280 262
Rank change year-on-year +25 -18 -40
Contract jobs requiring an Infrastructure Engineer 1,062 829 1,033
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.05% 0.90% 0.97%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.11% 0.95% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 750 557 674
UK median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% - -
10th Percentile £235 £223 £225
90th Percentile £586 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +11.54% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 26 33
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £31.00 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.19% +26.53% -2.00%
10th Percentile £16.25 £19.00 £15.85
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £46.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £27.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year -23.64% +17.02% -6.00%

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 96,020 87,286 101,437
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.93% 94.87% 95.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,185 56,704 65,420
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £258 £250
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +2.50% +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,954 3,007 3,326
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.93 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.27% -2.92% +14.71%
10th Percentile £10.80 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.56 £48.75 £48.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% -5.26% +15.15%

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 22 April 2018.

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 22 April 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Infrastructure Engineer in the UK

Infrastructure Engineer
Top 17 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 22 April 2018. 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 +27 943 £375 +7.14% 385
UK excluding London +48 677 £363 +11.54% 292
London -22 374 £400 +6.67% 110
South East -12 186 £363 -3.33% 70
North of England +38 138 £375 +20.00% 84
Midlands +24 101 £360 +20.00% 45
South West +33 90 £288 -12.88% 45
North West +27 86 £400 +33.33% 44
Scotland +12 76 £475 +50.79% 7
West Midlands +30 55 £325 +12.07% 24
East of England +9 55 £325 - 31
East Midlands +1 46 £360 +20.00% 21
Wales -3 32 £325 -29.73% 9
North East +55 29 £530 +135.56% 5
Yorkshire -12 28 £323 -14.00% 35
Northern Ireland -7 1 - - 1
Channel Islands - 1 £175 -

Infrastructure Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 April 2018, 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.

1 677 (63.75%) Windows
2 485 (45.67%) VMware
3 471 (44.35%) Active Directory
4 443 (41.71%) Windows Server
5 390 (36.72%) Microsoft
6 289 (27.21%) Linux
7 262 (24.67%) VMware Infrastructure
8 261 (24.58%) Microsoft Azure
9 241 (22.69%) Office 365
10 239 (22.50%) Cisco
11 236 (22.22%) PowerShell
12 202 (19.02%) Windows Server 2008
13 196 (18.46%) Firewall
14 193 (18.17%) Citrix
15 191 (17.98%) Windows Server 2012
16 179 (16.85%) DNS
16 179 (16.85%) SCCM
17 178 (16.76%) Amazon AWS
18 171 (16.10%) ITIL
19 158 (14.88%) Migration
20 153 (14.41%) Finance
20 153 (14.41%) Data Centre
21 145 (13.65%) DevOps
22 136 (12.81%) Hyper-V
23 131 (12.34%) Agile Software Development
24 125 (11.77%) SAN
25 123 (11.58%) Windows 10
26 120 (11.30%) vSphere
27 117 (11.02%) DHCP
28 112 (10.55%) SQL

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
1 109 (10.26%) MS Exchange
2 67 (6.31%) Exchange Server 2010
3 55 (5.18%) Skype for Business
4 52 (4.90%) SharePoint
5 50 (4.71%) IIS
6 48 (4.52%) Exchange Server 2013
7 22 (2.07%) Apache
8 19 (1.79%) OpenStack
9 17 (1.60%) Tomcat
10 15 (1.41%) nginx
11 10 (0.94%) Elasticsearch
11 10 (0.94%) WebLogic
12 9 (0.85%) Confluence
13 7 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2007
13 7 (0.66%) JBoss
14 6 (0.56%) SharePoint 2013
15 4 (0.38%) Apache Spark
15 4 (0.38%) WebLogic Portal
15 4 (0.38%) WebSphere
15 4 (0.38%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 53 (4.99%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.38%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.19%) InfoPath
3 2 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.094%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.094%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (0.56%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.094%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 261 (24.58%) Microsoft Azure
2 241 (22.69%) Office 365
3 178 (16.76%) Amazon AWS
4 54 (5.08%) PaaS
5 47 (4.43%) IaaS
6 43 (4.05%) Azure Active Directory
7 40 (3.77%) SaaS
8 25 (2.35%) Serverless
9 17 (1.60%) AWS CloudFormation
10 13 (1.22%) Cloud Computing
11 12 (1.13%) GitHub
12 11 (1.04%) Mimecast
13 8 (0.75%) OneDrive
14 7 (0.66%) Akamai
14 7 (0.66%) Amazon EC2
14 7 (0.66%) Google Cloud Platform
14 7 (0.66%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 6 (0.56%) Amazon S3
15 6 (0.56%) Yammer
16 4 (0.38%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 196 (18.46%) Firewall
2 179 (16.85%) DNS
3 125 (11.77%) SAN
4 117 (11.02%) DHCP
5 87 (8.19%) WAN
6 83 (7.82%) LAN
7 82 (7.72%) TCP/IP
8 64 (6.03%) VPN
9 52 (4.90%) Skype
10 35 (3.30%) Internet
11 31 (2.92%) VoIP
12 30 (2.82%) Cisco ASA
13 29 (2.73%) NetScaler
14 25 (2.35%) HTTP
15 24 (2.26%) VLAN
16 23 (2.17%) NAS
16 23 (2.17%) Network Security
17 21 (1.98%) Unified Communications
18 17 (1.60%) MPLS
18 17 (1.60%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (6.97%) SQL Server
2 33 (3.11%) MySQL
3 21 (1.98%) MongoDB
4 18 (1.69%) Hadoop
5 17 (1.60%) Relational Database
6 11 (1.04%) Big Data
7 9 (0.85%) SQL Server 2008
8 8 (0.75%) SQL Server 2012
9 7 (0.66%) Amazon RDS
10 6 (0.56%) Apache Cassandra
11 5 (0.47%) DB2
11 5 (0.47%) Oracle Reports
11 5 (0.47%) PostgreSQL
11 5 (0.47%) SQL Server 2016
12 3 (0.28%) Blockchain
12 3 (0.28%) SQL Server 2005
13 2 (0.19%) NoSQL
13 2 (0.19%) Oracle Database
13 2 (0.19%) SQL Server 2014
13 2 (0.19%) Sybase ASE
Development Applications
1 83 (7.82%) Git (software)
2 72 (6.78%) Jenkins
3 18 (1.69%) Subversion
3 18 (1.69%) Vagrant
4 16 (1.51%) JIRA
5 14 (1.32%) Sonatype Nexus
6 8 (0.75%) Visual Studio Team System
7 6 (0.56%) GoCD
7 6 (0.56%) Team Foundation Server
7 6 (0.56%) TeamCity
8 5 (0.47%) Bitbucket
8 5 (0.47%) Burp Suite
8 5 (0.47%) MSI
8 5 (0.47%) Octopus Deploy
9 4 (0.38%) Artifactory
9 4 (0.38%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 4 (0.38%) git-flow
9 4 (0.38%) Visual Studio
10 3 (0.28%) GitLab
10 3 (0.28%) Travis CI
General
1 153 (14.41%) Finance
2 40 (3.77%) Banking
3 24 (2.26%) Telecoms
4 23 (2.17%) Retail
5 16 (1.51%) Legal
6 12 (1.13%) Law
7 9 (0.85%) Manufacturing
8 6 (0.56%) Marketing
9 5 (0.47%) Games
10 4 (0.38%) Back Office
10 4 (0.38%) Investment Banking
10 4 (0.38%) Publishing
11 2 (0.19%) Electronics
11 2 (0.19%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.19%) French Language
11 2 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
12 1 (0.094%) Advertising
12 1 (0.094%) Billing
12 1 (0.094%) Military
12 1 (0.094%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (2.82%) Web Services
2 20 (1.88%) .NET
2 20 (1.88%) Elastic Stack
2 20 (1.88%) Middleware
3 13 (1.22%) LDAP
4 12 (1.13%) LEMP Stack
4 12 (1.13%) Software Packaging
5 8 (0.75%) OpenMP
6 6 (0.56%) Kafka
6 6 (0.56%) LAMP
6 6 (0.56%) RFC 822
6 6 (0.56%) WAP
7 5 (0.47%) .NET Core
7 5 (0.47%) 802.1X
7 5 (0.47%) J2EE
8 4 (0.38%) Apache Axis
8 4 (0.38%) Sensu
8 4 (0.38%) XML
9 3 (0.28%) FIX Protocol
9 3 (0.28%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 153 (14.41%) Data Centre
2 53 (4.99%) Analytical Skills
3 48 (4.52%) Management Information System
4 40 (3.77%) Clustering
5 36 (3.39%) PKI
6 30 (2.82%) Virtual Team
7 20 (1.88%) Cloud Native
8 19 (1.79%) Hybrid Cloud
9 17 (1.60%) Private Cloud
10 14 (1.32%) Self-Motivation
11 11 (1.04%) Computer Science
12 9 (0.85%) Greenfield Project
13 8 (0.75%) Grid Computing
13 8 (0.75%) Public Cloud
14 7 (0.66%) Fat Client
14 7 (0.66%) NHS
14 7 (0.66%) Replication
14 7 (0.66%) Thin Client
15 6 (0.56%) EMC VNX
15 6 (0.56%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 677 (63.75%) Windows
2 443 (41.71%) Windows Server
3 289 (27.21%) Linux
4 202 (19.02%) Windows Server 2008
5 191 (17.98%) Windows Server 2012
6 123 (11.58%) Windows 10
7 85 (8.00%) Windows 7
8 63 (5.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 47 (4.43%) Unix
10 30 (2.82%) Windows Server 2003
11 24 (2.26%) CentOS
12 23 (2.17%) Windows 8
13 13 (1.22%) Solaris
14 10 (0.94%) Ubuntu
15 9 (0.85%) Debian
15 9 (0.85%) SUSE
16 8 (0.75%) Apple iOS
17 7 (0.66%) Mac OS
18 4 (0.38%) Android
18 4 (0.38%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 171 (16.10%) ITIL
2 158 (14.88%) Migration
3 145 (13.65%) DevOps
4 131 (12.34%) Agile Software Development
5 112 (10.55%) Configuration Management
6 67 (6.31%) Disaster Recovery
7 61 (5.74%) High Availability
8 58 (5.46%) Open Source
9 55 (5.18%) Problem-Solving
10 51 (4.80%) Problem Management
11 48 (4.52%) Change Management
11 48 (4.52%) Project Management
12 45 (4.24%) Continuous Integration
13 43 (4.05%) Load Balancing
14 36 (3.39%) Asset Management
14 36 (3.39%) PRINCE2
15 35 (3.30%) Service Management
16 32 (3.01%) Capacity Planning
17 31 (2.92%) Data Management
17 31 (2.92%) Infrastructure Management
Programming Languages
1 236 (22.22%) PowerShell
2 112 (10.55%) SQL
3 51 (4.80%) Python
4 34 (3.20%) Bash Shell
5 33 (3.11%) Java
6 32 (3.01%) Ruby
7 21 (1.98%) Shell Script
8 16 (1.51%) Perl
9 15 (1.41%) C#
10 9 (0.85%) C
10 9 (0.85%) VBScript
11 5 (0.47%) VB
12 4 (0.38%) JavaScript
13 3 (0.28%) C++
13 3 (0.28%) Go
13 3 (0.28%) JCL
13 3 (0.28%) T-SQL
14 2 (0.19%) PHP
15 1 (0.094%) AWK
15 1 (0.094%) XPath
Qualifications
1 111 (10.45%) Security Cleared
2 86 (8.10%) Microsoft Certification
3 85 (8.00%) SC Cleared
4 82 (7.72%) Cisco Certification
5 54 (5.08%) MCSE
6 52 (4.90%) Degree
7 45 (4.24%) CCNP
8 43 (4.05%) CCNA
9 41 (3.86%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 28 (2.64%) CISSP
11 24 (2.26%) CCDP
11 24 (2.26%) Chartered Engineer
11 24 (2.26%) CISM
11 24 (2.26%) Citrix Certification
11 24 (2.26%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 21 (1.98%) CCIE
13 19 (1.79%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 18 (1.69%) MCP
14 18 (1.69%) MCSA
15 17 (1.60%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (1.60%) SLA
2 8 (0.75%) Disclosure Scotland
2 8 (0.75%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 7 (0.66%) GDPR
4 6 (0.56%) QA
5 3 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.28%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.094%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.094%) Government Security Classifications
6 1 (0.094%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.094%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 471 (44.35%) Active Directory
2 262 (24.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 136 (12.81%) Hyper-V
4 120 (11.30%) vSphere
5 80 (7.53%) VMware ESXi
6 78 (7.34%) XenApp
7 54 (5.08%) XenDesktop
8 40 (3.77%) Docker
9 39 (3.67%) Microsoft App-V
10 32 (3.01%) Virtual Machines
11 13 (1.22%) DFS Replication
11 13 (1.22%) Virtual Desktop
12 11 (1.04%) Virtual Servers
12 11 (1.04%) VMware Workstation
13 10 (0.94%) XenServer
14 9 (0.85%) BitLocker
15 8 (0.75%) GPFS
15 8 (0.75%) VMware NSX
16 7 (0.66%) vCloud
16 7 (0.66%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 179 (16.85%) SCCM
2 99 (9.32%) Puppet
3 90 (8.47%) Ansible
4 84 (7.91%) Terraform
5 53 (4.99%) Opscode Chef
6 42 (3.95%) SCOM
7 31 (2.92%) WSUS
8 29 (2.73%) NetBackup
9 25 (2.35%) Microsoft Intune
10 23 (2.17%) vCenter Server
11 22 (2.07%) Backup Exec
12 19 (1.79%) AirWatch
13 17 (1.60%) Microsoft Clustering
14 16 (1.51%) McAfee ePO
14 16 (1.51%) Nagios
15 14 (1.32%) Kubernetes
16 12 (1.13%) Salt
17 11 (1.04%) Packer
18 10 (0.94%) Norton AntiVirus
19 9 (0.85%) vRealize
Vendors
1 485 (45.67%) VMware
2 390 (36.72%) Microsoft
3 239 (22.50%) Cisco
4 193 (18.17%) Citrix
5 102 (9.60%) HP
6 59 (5.56%) Red Hat
7 57 (5.37%) NetApp
8 47 (4.43%) Veeam
9 40 (3.77%) Dell
10 34 (3.20%) Symantec
11 28 (2.64%) CheckPoint
12 27 (2.54%) SolarWinds
13 25 (2.35%) Juniper
13 25 (2.35%) McAfee
13 25 (2.35%) Oracle
14 21 (1.98%) Palo Alto
15 20 (1.88%) EMC
15 20 (1.88%) F5
15 20 (1.88%) IBM
16 18 (1.69%) CommVault