Period
to 12 August 2020

The median contractor rate for an Infrastructure Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 12 August 2020.

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
12 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 189 195 251
Rank change year-on-year +6 +56 +43
Contract jobs requiring an Infrastructure Engineer 445 1,302 1,181
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.29% 1.43% 1.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.38% 1.52% 1.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 307 903 816
Median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +2.74%
10th Percentile £250 £255 £248
90th Percentile £538 £525 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £365 £356
% change year-on-year +5.48% +2.46% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 16 17
Median hourly rate £35.00 £44.75 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.78% +108.12% -9.24%
10th Percentile £21.15 £19.16 £14.85
90th Percentile £47.63 £51.75 £54.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.75 £44.99 £21.50
% change year-on-year -22.76% +109.26% -9.24%

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 32,143 85,711 97,293
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.01% 94.34% 94.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 19,955 56,236 63,690
Median daily rate £475 £465 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +3.45%
10th Percentile £256 £263 £269
90th Percentile £671 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +1.80% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,329 2,930 3,113
Median hourly rate £26.61 £19.64 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +35.46% +9.11% -3.74%
10th Percentile £11.74 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.12 £52.50 £47.83
Median hourly rate £21.50 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +16.22% +5.71% -1.55%

Infrastructure Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Infrastructure Engineer in the UK

Infrastructure Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Infrastructure Engineer.

Daily rate trend for Infrastructure Engineer in the UK

Infrastructure Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Infrastructure Engineer over the 6 months to 12 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Infrastructure Engineer in the UK

Infrastructure Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Infrastructure Engineer.

Hourly rate trend for Infrastructure Engineer in the UK

Infrastructure Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Infrastructure Engineer over the 6 months to 12 August 2020.

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 12 August 2020. 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 -2 404 £400 +6.67% 222
UK excluding London -5 279 £385 +5.48% 184
London +39 150 £425 - 48
North of England +43 81 £375 +4.17% 57
South East -5 68 £385 +2.67% 39
North West +51 51 £388 +14.81% 37
South West -1 48 £394 +3.28% 34
East of England +42 28 £394 +12.50% 16
Midlands +22 28 £425 +25.00% 28
Work from Home -3 28 £400 +14.29% 22
Yorkshire +27 20 £333 -11.33% 16
Scotland +18 20 £370 -15.67% 4
West Midlands +42 16 £425 +28.30% 10
East Midlands +30 11 £413 +17.86% 18
North East +43 10 £375 +25.00% 4
Wales +24 5 £320 -8.57% 6
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

Infrastructure Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 12 August 2020, 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.

1 425 (95.51%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 296 (66.52%) Windows
3 213 (47.87%) VMware
4 184 (41.35%) Active Directory
4 184 (41.35%) Windows Server
5 149 (33.48%) Microsoft
6 127 (28.54%) Azure
7 108 (24.27%) VMware Infrastructure
7 108 (24.27%) PowerShell
8 104 (23.37%) Office 365
9 102 (22.92%) Windows Server 2016
10 100 (22.47%) Security Cleared
11 95 (21.35%) Windows Server 2012
12 89 (20.00%) Citrix
13 84 (18.88%) Windows 10
14 82 (18.43%) Linux
15 80 (17.98%) SC Cleared
16 79 (17.75%) Cisco
17 70 (15.73%) DNS
17 70 (15.73%) Firewall
17 70 (15.73%) Windows Server 2008
18 69 (15.51%) Migration
19 58 (13.03%) ITIL
20 56 (12.58%) Finance
21 55 (12.36%) DevOps
22 54 (12.13%) SCCM
23 51 (11.46%) AWS
24 48 (10.79%) SAN
24 48 (10.79%) Ansible
25 47 (10.56%) DHCP

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 42 (9.44%) MS Exchange
2 26 (5.84%) SharePoint
3 14 (3.15%) Exchange Server 2010
4 12 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2013
5 11 (2.47%) IIS
6 6 (1.35%) Confluence
7 5 (1.12%) ArcGIS
7 5 (1.12%) Skype for Business
8 3 (0.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 3 (0.67%) Oracle Workflow
8 3 (0.67%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.45%) Apache
9 2 (0.45%) Cloud Foundry
9 2 (0.45%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (0.45%) OpenStack
9 2 (0.45%) SAS
10 1 (0.22%) Apache Spark
10 1 (0.22%) CMS
10 1 (0.22%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 23 (5.17%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.12%) Photoshop
3 3 (0.67%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.45%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (0.45%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.22%) Cognos Planning
2 1 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.22%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.22%) Oracle HRMS
2 1 (0.22%) Oracle Payroll
2 1 (0.22%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
Cloud Services
1 127 (28.54%) Azure
2 104 (23.37%) Office 365
3 51 (11.46%) AWS
4 32 (7.19%) Azure Active Directory
5 27 (6.07%) IaaS
6 13 (2.92%) PaaS
7 10 (2.25%) GCP
7 10 (2.25%) GitHub
8 7 (1.57%) SaaS
9 4 (0.90%) Amazon S3
9 4 (0.90%) OneDrive
10 3 (0.67%) Amazon EC2
10 3 (0.67%) Serverless
10 3 (0.67%) Yammer
11 2 (0.45%) Amazon EKS
11 2 (0.45%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (0.45%) Mimecast
11 2 (0.45%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 1 (0.22%) Amazon ECS
12 1 (0.22%) Amazon GuardDuty
Communications & Networking
1 70 (15.73%) DNS
1 70 (15.73%) Firewall
2 48 (10.79%) SAN
3 47 (10.56%) DHCP
4 25 (5.62%) LAN
5 24 (5.39%) WAN
6 22 (4.94%) TCP/IP
7 18 (4.04%) VLAN
8 17 (3.82%) NetScaler
8 17 (3.82%) VPN
9 15 (3.37%) Network Security
10 14 (3.15%) SNMP
11 12 (2.70%) VoIP
12 11 (2.47%) Wi-Fi
13 10 (2.25%) Wireless
14 9 (2.02%) Cisco ASA
14 9 (2.02%) Remote Desktop
14 9 (2.02%) Reverse Proxy
15 8 (1.80%) Skype
16 7 (1.57%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (9.44%) SQL Server
2 9 (2.02%) Oracle Database
3 6 (1.35%) SQL Server 2014
4 5 (1.12%) GIS
5 4 (0.90%) Amazon RDS
5 4 (0.90%) MySQL
6 3 (0.67%) Azure SQL Database
6 3 (0.67%) SQL Server 2012
6 3 (0.67%) SQL Server 2019
7 2 (0.45%) MongoDB
7 2 (0.45%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.45%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (0.45%) SQL Server 2016
8 1 (0.22%) Apache Cassandra
8 1 (0.22%) Apache Hive
8 1 (0.22%) CouchDB
8 1 (0.22%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.22%) Impala
8 1 (0.22%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.22%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 31 (6.97%) Jenkins
2 23 (5.17%) Git (software)
2 23 (5.17%) JIRA
3 11 (2.47%) Sonatype Nexus
4 9 (2.02%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 9 (2.02%) GitLab
5 7 (1.57%) Vagrant
6 4 (0.90%) Maven
7 3 (0.67%) CircleCI
7 3 (0.67%) Hudson
8 2 (0.45%) Artifactory
8 2 (0.45%) IBM UrbanCode
8 2 (0.45%) Postman
8 2 (0.45%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.22%) Bitbucket
9 1 (0.22%) Jasmine
9 1 (0.22%) SonarQube
9 1 (0.22%) Team Foundation Server
9 1 (0.22%) Visual Studio Team System
9 1 (0.22%) webpack
General
1 56 (12.58%) Finance
2 29 (6.52%) Public Sector
3 28 (6.29%) Banking
4 7 (1.57%) Telecoms
5 5 (1.12%) Retail
6 4 (0.90%) Financial Institution
6 4 (0.90%) Manufacturing
7 3 (0.67%) Back Office
8 2 (0.45%) Aerospace
8 2 (0.45%) Local Government
8 2 (0.45%) Marketing
9 1 (0.22%) Corporate Banking
9 1 (0.22%) French Language
9 1 (0.22%) Housing Association
9 1 (0.22%) Italian Language
9 1 (0.22%) Law
9 1 (0.22%) Legal
9 1 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.22%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.22%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (2.47%) REST
2 10 (2.25%) Middleware
2 10 (2.25%) RESTful
3 9 (2.02%) gRPC
3 9 (2.02%) Swagger
4 8 (1.80%) Elastic Stack
5 5 (1.12%) .NET
5 5 (1.12%) Node.js
6 4 (0.90%) JSON
6 4 (0.90%) LDAP
7 3 (0.67%) SAML
7 3 (0.67%) YAML
8 2 (0.45%) 802.1X
8 2 (0.45%) ADO
8 2 (0.45%) Kafka
8 2 (0.45%) Lambda Expressions
8 2 (0.45%) MSMQ
8 2 (0.45%) Redux
8 2 (0.45%) Software Packaging
9 1 (0.22%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 41 (9.21%) Data Centre
2 26 (5.84%) Analytical Skills
3 17 (3.82%) Self-Motivation
4 12 (2.70%) Blackberry
5 10 (2.25%) Management Information System
6 9 (2.02%) Fat Client
6 9 (2.02%) Thin Client
7 8 (1.80%) Client/Server
7 8 (1.80%) Clustering
8 7 (1.57%) Public Cloud
9 6 (1.35%) Cloud Native
9 6 (1.35%) PKI
10 5 (1.12%) NHS
10 5 (1.12%) Private Cloud
10 5 (1.12%) Replication
10 5 (1.12%) User Experience
10 5 (1.12%) Virtual Team
11 4 (0.90%) EMC VNX
12 3 (0.67%) Mobile App
13 2 (0.45%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 296 (66.52%) Windows
2 184 (41.35%) Windows Server
3 102 (22.92%) Windows Server 2016
4 95 (21.35%) Windows Server 2012
5 84 (18.88%) Windows 10
6 82 (18.43%) Linux
7 70 (15.73%) Windows Server 2008
8 32 (7.19%) Windows Server 2019
9 27 (6.07%) Unix
10 26 (5.84%) Windows 7
11 25 (5.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 19 (4.27%) CentOS
13 7 (1.57%) Apple iOS
14 6 (1.35%) AIX
14 6 (1.35%) Ubuntu
14 6 (1.35%) Windows Server 2003
15 5 (1.12%) Android
15 5 (1.12%) VMS
16 3 (0.67%) Debian
16 3 (0.67%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 425 (95.51%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 69 (15.51%) Migration
3 58 (13.03%) ITIL
4 55 (12.36%) DevOps
5 36 (8.09%) Problem-Solving
6 28 (6.29%) Disaster Recovery
7 26 (5.84%) Configuration Management
8 23 (5.17%) Infrastructure as Code
9 21 (4.72%) High Availability
10 20 (4.49%) Information Security
11 19 (4.27%) Agile Software Development
12 17 (3.82%) Capacity Planning
12 17 (3.82%) Change Management
13 16 (3.60%) Asset Management
13 16 (3.60%) Continuous Integration
13 16 (3.60%) Technical Leadership
14 15 (3.37%) Infrastructure Automation
15 14 (3.15%) Incident Management
15 14 (3.15%) Service Management
16 13 (2.92%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 108 (24.27%) PowerShell
2 37 (8.31%) SQL
3 35 (7.87%) Python
4 18 (4.04%) Bash Shell
5 12 (2.70%) Go
6 11 (2.47%) Java
7 10 (2.25%) C
7 10 (2.25%) C#
8 9 (2.02%) JavaScript
9 8 (1.80%) VB
10 7 (1.57%) Shell Script
10 7 (1.57%) VBScript
11 6 (1.35%) Perl
12 3 (0.67%) Ruby
13 2 (0.45%) PHP
13 2 (0.45%) Rust
14 1 (0.22%) C++
14 1 (0.22%) ES6
14 1 (0.22%) Kotlin
14 1 (0.22%) R
Qualifications
1 100 (22.47%) Security Cleared
2 80 (17.98%) SC Cleared
3 30 (6.74%) Microsoft Certification
4 21 (4.72%) DV Cleared
5 19 (4.27%) Cisco Certification
6 15 (3.37%) MCSE
6 15 (3.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 9 (2.02%) CCNA
8 8 (1.80%) ITIL Certification
9 6 (1.35%) CCA
9 6 (1.35%) CCNP
9 6 (1.35%) Citrix Certification
10 5 (1.12%) Degree
10 5 (1.12%) MCP
10 5 (1.12%) MCSA
11 3 (0.67%) DBS Check
12 2 (0.45%) AWS Certification
12 2 (0.45%) CCIE
12 2 (0.45%) ISTQB
12 2 (0.45%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (3.15%) SLA
2 4 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 4 (0.90%) QA
3 3 (0.67%) COBIT
4 2 (0.45%) Cyber Essentials
4 2 (0.45%) GDPR
5 1 (0.22%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.22%) Government Security Classifications
5 1 (0.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 1 (0.22%) NCSC
5 1 (0.22%) NIST
System Software
1 184 (41.35%) Active Directory
2 108 (24.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 41 (9.21%) VMware ESXi
4 39 (8.76%) vSphere
4 39 (8.76%) XenApp
5 32 (7.19%) Hyper-V
6 23 (5.17%) XenDesktop
7 21 (4.72%) Docker
7 21 (4.72%) Microsoft App-V
8 13 (2.92%) Virtual Machines
9 12 (2.70%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 8 (1.80%) Virtual Servers
10 8 (1.80%) VMware NSX
11 7 (1.57%) Virtual Desktop
12 4 (0.90%) DFS Replication
12 4 (0.90%) Terminal Services
13 3 (0.67%) vCloud
14 2 (0.45%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 2 (0.45%) VMware Workstation
15 1 (0.22%) Squid
Systems Management
1 54 (12.13%) SCCM
2 48 (10.79%) Ansible
3 40 (8.99%) Terraform
4 27 (6.07%) Puppet
5 22 (4.94%) Kubernetes
6 21 (4.72%) vCenter Server
7 19 (4.27%) Opscode Chef
8 18 (4.04%) Microsoft Intune
9 15 (3.37%) SCOM
10 12 (2.70%) Prometheus
10 12 (2.70%) vRealize
11 10 (2.25%) Packer
12 9 (2.02%) Grafana
12 9 (2.02%) vRealize Orchestrator
13 8 (1.80%) ZABBIX
14 7 (1.57%) McAfee ePO
14 7 (1.57%) WSUS
15 6 (1.35%) AirWatch
16 4 (0.90%) CA Spectrum
16 4 (0.90%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 213 (47.87%) VMware
2 149 (33.48%) Microsoft
3 89 (20.00%) Citrix
4 79 (17.75%) Cisco
5 46 (10.34%) HP
6 39 (8.76%) Dell
7 27 (6.07%) Oracle
8 21 (4.72%) Red Hat
9 16 (3.60%) EMC
10 14 (3.15%) McAfee
10 14 (3.15%) SolarWinds
11 12 (2.70%) Meraki
11 12 (2.70%) Palo Alto
11 12 (2.70%) Splunk
11 12 (2.70%) Veeam
12 11 (2.47%) NetApp
13 10 (2.25%) Atlassian
14 9 (2.02%) Sophos
14 9 (2.02%) Symantec
15 8 (1.80%) 3PAR