Period
to 1 April 2020

The median contractor rate for an Infrastructure Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 1 April 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
1 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 166 223 252
Rank change year-on-year +57 +29 +23
Contract jobs requiring an Infrastructure Engineer 968 1,247 1,067
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.56% 1.29% 1.05%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.66% 1.37% 1.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 671 890 764
Median daily rate £400 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
10th Percentile £250 £263 £236
90th Percentile £538 £525 £587
UK excluding London median daily rate £384 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +2.33% +7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 28 19
Median hourly rate £36.05 £42.25 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.69% +92.05% -29.03%
10th Percentile £18.23 £15.25 £16.25
90th Percentile £55.50 £52.80 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £42.75 £21.00
% change year-on-year -47.37% +103.57% -23.64%

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 58,275 91,247 96,388
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.81% 94.68% 94.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 37,038 60,426 63,496
Median daily rate £460 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.54% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £228 £273 £263
90th Percentile £650 £650 £631
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £403
% change year-on-year - +5.59% +0.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,488 2,816 2,922
Median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £18.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.95% +0.80% +0.28%
10th Percentile £11.84 £11.01 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.25 £50.00 £48.00
Median hourly rate £18.90 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +8.00% - -

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 1 April 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 1 April 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 1 April 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 +48 847 £400 +1.27% 337
UK excluding London +55 667 £384 +2.33% 268
London +35 284 £425 - 87
South East +15 167 £400 +6.67% 50
North of England +86 161 £375 -0.66% 70
South West +8 118 £425 +6.25% 51
Scotland +43 80 £405 -4.71% 10
North West +63 78 £375 +3.45% 41
Yorkshire +55 61 £350 -17.65% 22
East of England +45 60 £340 -2.86% 36
Midlands +34 57 £375 +4.17% 42
West Midlands +25 38 £375 +4.17% 25
North East +28 23 £350 +2.94% 7
Wales +21 19 £313 -3.77% 10
East Midlands +27 18 £375 +8.70% 17
Work from Home +3 12 £385 -0.65% 15
Northern Ireland - 5 £434 -

Infrastructure Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 April 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.

1 938 (96.90%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 605 (62.50%) Windows
3 445 (45.97%) Active Directory
4 431 (44.52%) VMware
5 399 (41.22%) Windows Server
6 345 (35.64%) Microsoft
7 282 (29.13%) Azure
8 253 (26.14%) Office 365
9 231 (23.86%) PowerShell
10 221 (22.83%) VMware Infrastructure
11 202 (20.87%) Citrix
12 169 (17.46%) Windows Server 2012
13 162 (16.74%) Linux
14 159 (16.43%) Cisco
14 159 (16.43%) SCCM
15 157 (16.22%) DNS
16 155 (16.01%) Security Cleared
17 152 (15.70%) Windows Server 2016
18 150 (15.50%) AWS
19 149 (15.39%) Migration
20 146 (15.08%) Firewall
21 135 (13.95%) Windows Server 2008
22 120 (12.40%) SAN
22 120 (12.40%) ITIL
23 119 (12.29%) SQL
24 117 (12.09%) DHCP
24 117 (12.09%) Finance
24 117 (12.09%) Windows 10
25 110 (11.36%) SC Cleared
26 103 (10.64%) Data Centre

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 95 (9.81%) MS Exchange
2 81 (8.37%) SharePoint
3 47 (4.86%) Skype for Business
4 30 (3.10%) IIS
5 26 (2.69%) Exchange Server 2013
6 24 (2.48%) Exchange Server 2010
7 15 (1.55%) Confluence
8 8 (0.83%) Apache
9 6 (0.62%) Tomcat
10 3 (0.31%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 3 (0.31%) Elasticsearch
10 3 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2003
10 3 (0.31%) nginx
10 3 (0.31%) Oracle Workflow
10 3 (0.31%) WebLogic
11 2 (0.21%) Apache Spark
11 2 (0.21%) Drupal
11 2 (0.21%) Exchange Server 2007
12 1 (0.10%) Office Communications Server
12 1 (0.10%) WebSphere
Applications
1 33 (3.41%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.41%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (0.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 4 (0.41%) MS Visio
3 3 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (0.21%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 4 (0.41%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.21%) FLEXCUBE
3 1 (0.10%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.10%) Global One
3 1 (0.10%) Magento
3 1 (0.10%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.10%) Sage 1000
Cloud Services
1 282 (29.13%) Azure
2 253 (26.14%) Office 365
3 150 (15.50%) AWS
4 67 (6.92%) IaaS
5 54 (5.58%) Azure Active Directory
6 43 (4.44%) PaaS
7 35 (3.62%) SaaS
8 22 (2.27%) OneDrive
9 19 (1.96%) AWS CloudFormation
10 17 (1.76%) GCP
11 11 (1.14%) Amazon S3
11 11 (1.14%) Mimecast
12 10 (1.03%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 9 (0.93%) Amazon EC2
14 8 (0.83%) GitHub
14 8 (0.83%) OpenShift
15 7 (0.72%) Serverless
16 5 (0.52%) Amazon EKS
16 5 (0.52%) G Suite
16 5 (0.52%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 157 (16.22%) DNS
2 146 (15.08%) Firewall
3 120 (12.40%) SAN
4 117 (12.09%) DHCP
5 79 (8.16%) WAN
6 73 (7.54%) LAN
7 55 (5.68%) NetScaler
8 48 (4.96%) TCP/IP
8 48 (4.96%) VPN
9 43 (4.44%) Skype
10 37 (3.82%) VLAN
11 29 (3.00%) Network Security
12 24 (2.48%) MPLS
13 23 (2.38%) Wi-Fi
14 21 (2.17%) Wireless
15 20 (2.07%) BGP
16 18 (1.86%) OSPF
17 16 (1.65%) Cisco ASA
17 16 (1.65%) SSL
18 15 (1.55%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 84 (8.68%) SQL Server
2 12 (1.24%) SQL Server 2016
3 11 (1.14%) Azure SQL Database
3 11 (1.14%) SQL Server 2012
4 7 (0.72%) Amazon RDS
4 7 (0.72%) MySQL
5 6 (0.62%) SQL Server 2014
6 5 (0.52%) Big Data
6 5 (0.52%) SQL Server 2008
7 3 (0.31%) MongoDB
7 3 (0.31%) Power BI
8 2 (0.21%) Data Lake
8 2 (0.21%) Hadoop
8 2 (0.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 1 (0.10%) Apache Cassandra
9 1 (0.10%) Apache Hive
9 1 (0.10%) CouchDB
9 1 (0.10%) NoSQL
9 1 (0.10%) Pentaho
9 1 (0.10%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 44 (4.55%) Jenkins
2 32 (3.31%) JIRA
3 21 (2.17%) Git (software)
4 15 (1.55%) Bitbucket
5 12 (1.24%) Sonatype Nexus
6 8 (0.83%) Vagrant
7 7 (0.72%) GitLab
8 6 (0.62%) Subversion
9 4 (0.41%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 4 (0.41%) IBM UrbanCode
10 3 (0.31%) Artifactory
10 3 (0.31%) CircleCI
10 3 (0.31%) Hudson
10 3 (0.31%) Selenium
10 3 (0.31%) TeamCity
11 2 (0.21%) Jasmine
11 2 (0.21%) Karma Test Runner
11 2 (0.21%) Team Foundation Server
11 2 (0.21%) Visual Studio Code
12 1 (0.10%) CF BOSH
General
1 117 (12.09%) Finance
2 86 (8.88%) Public Sector
3 37 (3.82%) Banking
4 34 (3.51%) Retail
5 17 (1.76%) Telecoms
6 15 (1.55%) Local Government
7 10 (1.03%) Manufacturing
8 8 (0.83%) Back Office
8 8 (0.83%) Law
9 7 (0.72%) Financial Institution
10 5 (0.52%) Games
10 5 (0.52%) Marketing
11 4 (0.41%) Investment Banking
12 3 (0.31%) Aerospace
12 3 (0.31%) Electronics
12 3 (0.31%) Front Office
12 3 (0.31%) Legal
12 3 (0.31%) Retail Banking
13 2 (0.21%) Spanish Language
13 2 (0.21%) Welsh Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (1.86%) Middleware
2 16 (1.65%) .NET
2 16 (1.65%) 802.1X
3 8 (0.83%) JSON
3 8 (0.83%) REST
4 7 (0.72%) Software Packaging
5 6 (0.62%) Node.js
6 5 (0.52%) Kafka
6 5 (0.52%) Web Services
7 4 (0.41%) Elastic Stack
7 4 (0.41%) RabbitMQ
8 3 (0.31%) .NET Framework
8 3 (0.31%) gRPC
8 3 (0.31%) RESTful
8 3 (0.31%) SAML
8 3 (0.31%) Swagger
9 2 (0.21%) JMS
9 2 (0.21%) Lambda Expressions
9 2 (0.21%) LAMP
10 1 (0.10%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 103 (10.64%) Data Centre
2 61 (6.30%) PKI
3 42 (4.34%) Analytical Skills
4 36 (3.72%) Fat Client
4 36 (3.72%) Thin Client
5 25 (2.58%) Clustering
6 24 (2.48%) Management Information System
7 22 (2.27%) Public Cloud
7 22 (2.27%) Replication
8 18 (1.86%) Private Cloud
8 18 (1.86%) Self-Motivation
9 11 (1.14%) Client/Server
10 9 (0.93%) Hedge funds
11 8 (0.83%) EMC VNX
12 7 (0.72%) Enterprise Storage
13 6 (0.62%) NHS
14 5 (0.52%) Blackberry
14 5 (0.52%) Cloud Native
14 5 (0.52%) Cyberthreat
14 5 (0.52%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 605 (62.50%) Windows
2 399 (41.22%) Windows Server
3 169 (17.46%) Windows Server 2012
4 162 (16.74%) Linux
5 152 (15.70%) Windows Server 2016
6 135 (13.95%) Windows Server 2008
7 117 (12.09%) Windows 10
8 74 (7.64%) Windows 7
9 39 (4.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 38 (3.93%) Windows Server 2019
11 33 (3.41%) Unix
12 17 (1.76%) VMS
13 16 (1.65%) Windows 8
14 15 (1.55%) Android
14 15 (1.55%) Windows Server 2003
15 14 (1.45%) Apple iOS
15 14 (1.45%) CentOS
16 8 (0.83%) Ubuntu
17 5 (0.52%) Solaris
18 3 (0.31%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 938 (96.90%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 149 (15.39%) Migration
3 120 (12.40%) ITIL
4 99 (10.23%) DevOps
5 58 (5.99%) Agile Software Development
6 51 (5.27%) Project Delivery
7 49 (5.06%) Problem-Solving
8 46 (4.75%) Infrastructure as Code
9 45 (4.65%) Disaster Recovery
10 44 (4.55%) Service Management
11 39 (4.03%) Infrastructure Automation
12 34 (3.51%) Configuration Management
13 32 (3.31%) ITSM
14 31 (3.20%) High Availability
15 30 (3.10%) Infrastructure Management
16 29 (3.00%) Change Management
17 28 (2.89%) Test Automation
18 27 (2.79%) Information Security
19 26 (2.69%) Server Management
20 25 (2.58%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 231 (23.86%) PowerShell
2 119 (12.29%) SQL
3 65 (6.71%) Python
4 22 (2.27%) Bash Shell
5 16 (1.65%) VBScript
6 13 (1.34%) Perl
7 12 (1.24%) Java
8 10 (1.03%) C
8 10 (1.03%) JavaScript
8 10 (1.03%) Shell Script
9 9 (0.93%) Ruby
10 8 (0.83%) C#
11 7 (0.72%) VB
12 6 (0.62%) Go
13 3 (0.31%) PHP
14 2 (0.21%) Rust
15 1 (0.10%) C++
15 1 (0.10%) Korn
15 1 (0.10%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 155 (16.01%) Security Cleared
2 110 (11.36%) SC Cleared
3 46 (4.75%) Microsoft Certification
4 38 (3.93%) Cisco Certification
4 38 (3.93%) DV Cleared
5 37 (3.82%) MCSE
6 27 (2.79%) CCNA
7 23 (2.38%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 20 (2.07%) Citrix Certification
9 18 (1.86%) CCNP
10 17 (1.76%) CCA
10 17 (1.76%) Degree
11 11 (1.14%) MCSA
12 6 (0.62%) MCP
12 6 (0.62%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 5 (0.52%) CCIE
13 5 (0.52%) CISSP
13 5 (0.52%) HNC
13 5 (0.52%) HND
13 5 (0.52%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (3.51%) SLA
2 9 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (0.62%) GDPR
3 6 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 4 (0.41%) BS7799
4 4 (0.41%) Cyber Essentials
5 3 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.31%) QA
6 2 (0.21%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 2 (0.21%) NCSC
6 2 (0.21%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.10%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.10%) GMP
7 1 (0.10%) GxP
7 1 (0.10%) NIST
System Software
1 445 (45.97%) Active Directory
2 221 (22.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 90 (9.30%) Hyper-V
4 87 (8.99%) XenApp
5 83 (8.57%) VMware ESXi
6 69 (7.13%) XenDesktop
7 52 (5.37%) vSphere
8 36 (3.72%) Virtual Machines
8 36 (3.72%) Virtual Servers
9 32 (3.31%) Microsoft App-V
10 31 (3.20%) Docker
11 20 (2.07%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 19 (1.96%) DFS Replication
13 18 (1.86%) Terminal Services
14 16 (1.65%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 13 (1.34%) VMware NSX
16 12 (1.24%) vCloud
17 10 (1.03%) BitLocker
17 10 (1.03%) Firmware
17 10 (1.03%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 159 (16.43%) SCCM
2 71 (7.33%) Ansible
3 60 (6.20%) Terraform
4 57 (5.89%) SCOM
5 38 (3.93%) vCenter Server
6 31 (3.20%) Kubernetes
6 31 (3.20%) Microsoft Intune
7 29 (3.00%) Opscode Chef
8 24 (2.48%) WSUS
9 23 (2.38%) Puppet
10 21 (2.17%) vRealize
11 16 (1.65%) NetBackup
12 15 (1.55%) AirWatch
13 13 (1.34%) PowerCLI
14 11 (1.14%) McAfee ePO
14 11 (1.14%) vRealize Orchestrator
15 10 (1.03%) Microsoft Clustering
15 10 (1.03%) Norton AntiVirus
15 10 (1.03%) OpenView Configuration Management
16 8 (0.83%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 431 (44.52%) VMware
2 345 (35.64%) Microsoft
3 202 (20.87%) Citrix
4 159 (16.43%) Cisco
5 78 (8.06%) HP
6 64 (6.61%) Dell
7 36 (3.72%) Red Hat
8 31 (3.20%) NetApp
9 29 (3.00%) EMC
10 28 (2.89%) Oracle
10 28 (2.89%) Veeam
11 26 (2.69%) McAfee
12 20 (2.07%) Symantec
13 19 (1.96%) Juniper
13 19 (1.96%) Meraki
14 16 (1.65%) SolarWinds
15 14 (1.45%) IBM
15 14 (1.45%) Palo Alto
16 12 (1.24%) 3PAR
16 12 (1.24%) Google