Period
to 19 March 2019

The median contractor rate for an Infrastructure Engineer was £388 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 March 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
19 Mar 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 212 256 262
Rank change year-on-year +44 +6 +8
Contract jobs requiring an Infrastructure Engineer 1,264 1,042 912
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.31% 1.03% 0.98%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.38% 1.09% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 894 736 621
UK median daily rate £388 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £263 £236 £225
90th Percentile £538 £587 £520
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £333
% change year-on-year +7.14% +5.26% +2.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 19 27
UK median hourly rate £39.75 £27.50 £31.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +44.55% -11.29% +12.73%
10th Percentile £15.25 £17.25 £19.65
90th Percentile £53.40 £47.83 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.25 £21.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +101.19% -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 91,592 95,708 88,248
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.68% 94.88% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 60,633 63,225 57,384
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +2.91%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £255
90th Percentile £650 £631 £609
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +4.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,814 2,878 3,122
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.07% +3.89% -5.26%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.00 £10.69
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.00 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 19 March 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 19 March 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 19 March 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 +56 1,175 £391 +4.33% 678
UK excluding London +33 796 £375 +7.14% 543
London +61 450 £425 +6.25% 175
South East +66 295 £375 +7.14% 121
South West +11 143 £400 +41.59% 74
North of England +12 132 £375 - 177
Midlands -7 98 £360 +2.86% 88
West Midlands +4 66 £360 +2.86% 55
North West +3 63 £350 -12.50% 87
Scotland -18 57 £425 -11.23% 22
East of England +13 53 £350 +9.38% 43
Yorkshire +24 47 £425 +31.78% 76
East Midlands -1 32 £340 -5.56% 33
North East -12 22 £300 -35.48% 14
Wales -14 20 £325 -7.14% 16

Infrastructure Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 March 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 1,225 (96.91%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 801 (63.37%) Windows
3 606 (47.94%) Active Directory
4 586 (46.36%) VMware
5 497 (39.32%) Windows Server
6 440 (34.81%) Microsoft
7 341 (26.98%) Microsoft Azure
8 333 (26.34%) Office 365
9 277 (21.91%) VMware Infrastructure
10 270 (21.36%) PowerShell
11 269 (21.28%) Citrix
12 246 (19.46%) Linux
13 227 (17.96%) SCCM
14 216 (17.09%) Cisco
15 211 (16.69%) Firewall
16 196 (15.51%) Windows Server 2012
17 188 (14.87%) Finance
18 179 (14.16%) DNS
19 177 (14.00%) Security Cleared
19 177 (14.00%) Hyper-V
20 173 (13.69%) ITIL
21 167 (13.21%) Amazon AWS
22 165 (13.05%) Windows 10
23 163 (12.90%) Migration
24 158 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
25 140 (11.08%) DHCP
25 140 (11.08%) SAN
26 139 (11.00%) SC Cleared
27 132 (10.44%) MS Exchange
28 124 (9.81%) 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
1 132 (10.44%) MS Exchange
2 80 (6.33%) SharePoint
3 67 (5.30%) IIS
4 60 (4.75%) Exchange Server 2013
5 59 (4.67%) Skype for Business
6 33 (2.61%) Exchange Server 2010
7 32 (2.53%) Apache
8 25 (1.98%) Tomcat
9 16 (1.27%) Confluence
10 13 (1.03%) WebLogic
11 12 (0.95%) Oracle Service Bus
12 8 (0.63%) SharePoint 2013
13 6 (0.47%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 6 (0.47%) Elasticsearch
13 6 (0.47%) OpenStack
14 5 (0.40%) Apache Spark
14 5 (0.40%) CICS
15 4 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2007
16 3 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2003
16 3 (0.24%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 46 (3.64%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (0.71%) Microsoft Excel
2 9 (0.71%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 7 (0.55%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (0.32%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.24%) Windchill
6 2 (0.16%) InfoPath
6 2 (0.16%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 9 (0.71%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (0.32%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 341 (26.98%) Microsoft Azure
2 333 (26.34%) Office 365
3 167 (13.21%) Amazon AWS
4 73 (5.78%) Azure Active Directory
5 69 (5.46%) IaaS
6 50 (3.96%) PaaS
7 22 (1.74%) AWS CloudFormation
8 18 (1.42%) Amazon S3
8 18 (1.42%) SaaS
9 17 (1.34%) Amazon EC2
9 17 (1.34%) Mimecast
9 17 (1.34%) Serverless
10 15 (1.19%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 10 (0.79%) Google Cloud Platform
12 9 (0.71%) Cloud Computing
12 9 (0.71%) OneDrive
13 8 (0.63%) GitHub
14 7 (0.55%) AWS Lambda
14 7 (0.55%) Route 53
15 6 (0.47%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Communications & Networking
1 211 (16.69%) Firewall
2 179 (14.16%) DNS
3 140 (11.08%) DHCP
3 140 (11.08%) SAN
4 117 (9.26%) WAN
5 114 (9.02%) LAN
6 73 (5.78%) VPN
7 72 (5.70%) TCP/IP
8 45 (3.56%) Skype
9 40 (3.16%) Network Security
10 35 (2.77%) VLAN
11 33 (2.61%) Wi-Fi
12 31 (2.45%) Cisco ASA
13 30 (2.37%) Fibre Channel
13 30 (2.37%) iSCSI
13 30 (2.37%) NetScaler
14 27 (2.14%) MPLS
15 26 (2.06%) Internet
15 26 (2.06%) VoIP
16 22 (1.74%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 112 (8.86%) SQL Server
2 16 (1.27%) Amazon RDS
2 16 (1.27%) MySQL
3 15 (1.19%) Big Data
4 12 (0.95%) MongoDB
5 10 (0.79%) PostgreSQL
5 10 (0.79%) SQL Server 2008
6 9 (0.71%) SQL Server 2012
7 8 (0.63%) Apache Cassandra
7 8 (0.63%) DB2
7 8 (0.63%) Oracle Reports
7 8 (0.63%) SQL Server 2014
8 7 (0.55%) Hadoop
8 7 (0.55%) SQL Server 2016
9 6 (0.47%) Oracle Database
10 4 (0.32%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 4 (0.32%) Data Warehouse
11 3 (0.24%) MariaDB
11 3 (0.24%) Relational Database
12 2 (0.16%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 50 (3.96%) Jenkins
2 28 (2.22%) Git (software)
3 25 (1.98%) JIRA
4 13 (1.03%) MSI
5 10 (0.79%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 10 (0.79%) WiX
6 8 (0.63%) Bitbucket
6 8 (0.63%) Octopus Deploy
7 7 (0.55%) GitLab
7 7 (0.55%) Maven
7 7 (0.55%) Subversion
7 7 (0.55%) Visual Studio Team System
8 6 (0.47%) Artifactory
8 6 (0.47%) TeamCity
8 6 (0.47%) Visual Studio
9 4 (0.32%) SonarQube
9 4 (0.32%) Vagrant
10 3 (0.24%) Sonatype Nexus
10 3 (0.24%) Team Foundation Server
11 2 (0.16%) Gradle
General
1 188 (14.87%) Finance
2 38 (3.01%) Law
2 38 (3.01%) Retail
3 31 (2.45%) Telecoms
4 29 (2.29%) Banking
5 19 (1.50%) Legal
6 12 (0.95%) Manufacturing
7 10 (0.79%) Financial Institution
8 9 (0.71%) Marketing
9 8 (0.63%) Electronics
10 5 (0.40%) Back Office
10 5 (0.40%) Military
11 4 (0.32%) Advertising
11 4 (0.32%) French Language
11 4 (0.32%) German Language
11 4 (0.32%) Publishing
12 3 (0.24%) Local Government
12 3 (0.24%) Retail Banking
13 2 (0.16%) Automotive
13 2 (0.16%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (2.53%) Middleware
2 31 (2.45%) Web Services
3 30 (2.37%) LDAP
4 23 (1.82%) .NET
5 19 (1.50%) Software Packaging
6 16 (1.27%) XML
7 12 (0.95%) EntireX
8 9 (0.71%) 802.1X
8 9 (0.71%) Elastic Stack
9 8 (0.63%) Kafka
10 7 (0.55%) SailPoint
11 6 (0.47%) JSON
11 6 (0.47%) Node.js
11 6 (0.47%) SAML
12 5 (0.40%) RESTful
12 5 (0.40%) Spring
13 3 (0.24%) HTML
13 3 (0.24%) RabbitMQ
13 3 (0.24%) REST
13 3 (0.24%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 121 (9.57%) Data Centre
2 56 (4.43%) Analytical Skills
3 47 (3.72%) Clustering
4 43 (3.40%) PKI
5 29 (2.29%) Fat Client
5 29 (2.29%) Public Cloud
5 29 (2.29%) Thin Client
6 23 (1.82%) Management Information System
7 21 (1.66%) Replication
8 17 (1.34%) HP StoreVirtual
9 14 (1.11%) Fintech
9 14 (1.11%) Self-Motivation
10 13 (1.03%) Blackberry
11 11 (0.87%) Hedge funds
12 10 (0.79%) FMCG
12 10 (0.79%) Hybrid Cloud
12 10 (0.79%) Mainframe
13 9 (0.71%) Private Cloud
14 8 (0.63%) CMDB
15 7 (0.55%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 801 (63.37%) Windows
2 497 (39.32%) Windows Server
3 246 (19.46%) Linux
4 196 (15.51%) Windows Server 2012
5 165 (13.05%) Windows 10
6 158 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
7 66 (5.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 50 (3.96%) Windows 7
9 42 (3.32%) Unix
10 31 (2.45%) Windows Server 2003
11 21 (1.66%) CentOS
12 20 (1.58%) Ubuntu
13 14 (1.11%) Solaris
14 13 (1.03%) Windows 8
15 10 (0.79%) Android
15 10 (0.79%) Apple iOS
15 10 (0.79%) Mac OS
16 7 (0.55%) Windows XP
17 6 (0.47%) VMS
18 5 (0.40%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,225 (96.91%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 173 (13.69%) ITIL
3 163 (12.90%) Migration
4 104 (8.23%) DevOps
5 82 (6.49%) Agile Software Development
6 70 (5.54%) Problem-Solving
7 60 (4.75%) Configuration Management
7 60 (4.75%) Disaster Recovery
8 44 (3.48%) Change Management
9 39 (3.09%) Load Balancing
9 39 (3.09%) Problem Management
10 38 (3.01%) Continuous Delivery
10 38 (3.01%) Storage Management
11 37 (2.93%) High Availability
12 34 (2.69%) ITSM
13 31 (2.45%) Service Management
14 29 (2.29%) Infrastructure Management
15 28 (2.22%) Continuous Integration
16 27 (2.14%) Project Management
16 27 (2.14%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 270 (21.36%) PowerShell
2 105 (8.31%) SQL
3 64 (5.06%) Python
4 43 (3.40%) Java
5 39 (3.09%) Bash Shell
6 24 (1.90%) Perl
7 20 (1.58%) VB
8 18 (1.42%) VBScript
9 12 (0.95%) JavaScript
10 11 (0.87%) C
11 9 (0.71%) PHP
12 7 (0.55%) Go
13 6 (0.47%) Ruby
13 6 (0.47%) Shell Script
14 4 (0.32%) C#
15 2 (0.16%) AWK
16 1 (0.079%) C++
16 1 (0.079%) Java 8
16 1 (0.079%) Korn
16 1 (0.079%) sed
Qualifications
1 177 (14.00%) Security Cleared
2 139 (11.00%) SC Cleared
3 87 (6.88%) Microsoft Certification
4 62 (4.91%) MCSE
5 51 (4.03%) Cisco Certification
6 38 (3.01%) Degree
7 36 (2.85%) CCNA
8 33 (2.61%) MCSA
9 31 (2.45%) DV Cleared
10 28 (2.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 23 (1.82%) ITIL Certification
12 20 (1.58%) CCNP
12 20 (1.58%) MCP
13 17 (1.34%) Citrix Certification
14 13 (1.03%) CCA
15 12 (0.95%) MCITP
16 10 (0.79%) Computer Science Degree
17 9 (0.71%) AWS Certification
18 5 (0.40%) BPSS Clearance
18 5 (0.40%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (3.01%) SLA
2 15 (1.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 8 (0.63%) GDPR
3 8 (0.63%) QA
4 5 (0.40%) PCI DSS
4 5 (0.40%) PMO
5 3 (0.24%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.16%) GPG13
7 1 (0.079%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 1 (0.079%) FINRA
7 1 (0.079%) GxP
7 1 (0.079%) ISO 22301
7 1 (0.079%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 606 (47.94%) Active Directory
2 277 (21.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 177 (14.00%) Hyper-V
4 124 (9.81%) VMware ESXi
5 119 (9.41%) XenApp
6 93 (7.36%) vSphere
7 90 (7.12%) XenDesktop
8 47 (3.72%) Microsoft App-V
8 47 (3.72%) Virtual Machines
9 35 (2.77%) Docker
10 30 (2.37%) XenServer
11 25 (1.98%) Virtual Servers
12 23 (1.82%) VMware NSX
13 14 (1.11%) Virtual Desktop
14 10 (0.79%) DFS Replication
14 10 (0.79%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 10 (0.79%) vCloud
15 9 (0.71%) Firmware
16 8 (0.63%) Terminal Services
17 7 (0.55%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 227 (17.96%) SCCM
2 63 (4.98%) Ansible
3 55 (4.35%) Terraform
4 52 (4.11%) Puppet
4 52 (4.11%) SCOM
5 47 (3.72%) Microsoft Intune
6 32 (2.53%) vCenter Server
7 29 (2.29%) WSUS
8 27 (2.14%) Opscode Chef
9 25 (1.98%) Microsoft Clustering
10 24 (1.90%) vRealize
11 23 (1.82%) Single Sign-On
12 22 (1.74%) Kubernetes
13 20 (1.58%) Backup Exec
14 19 (1.50%) McAfee ePO
15 17 (1.34%) Forefront Identity Manager
16 16 (1.27%) QRadar
17 15 (1.19%) Failover Clustering
17 15 (1.19%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
18 14 (1.11%) Forum Sentry
Vendors
1 586 (46.36%) VMware
2 440 (34.81%) Microsoft
3 269 (21.28%) Citrix
4 216 (17.09%) Cisco
5 98 (7.75%) HP
6 71 (5.62%) Dell
7 59 (4.67%) NetApp
8 54 (4.27%) Red Hat
9 52 (4.11%) EMC
10 48 (3.80%) McAfee
11 47 (3.72%) Oracle
12 46 (3.64%) CheckPoint
13 43 (3.40%) Veeam
14 32 (2.53%) Symantec
15 29 (2.29%) Palo Alto
16 27 (2.14%) Juniper
17 24 (1.90%) F5
17 24 (1.90%) Ivanti
17 24 (1.90%) ServiceNow
18 23 (1.82%) Meraki