Period
to 27 July 2021

The median contractor rate for an Infrastructure Engineer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 27 July 2021.

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
27 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 223 199 210
Rank change year-on-year -24 +11 +44
Contract jobs requiring an Infrastructure Engineer 855 488 1,278
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.20% 1.31% 1.38%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.29% 1.40% 1.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 610 344 894
10th Percentile £263 £240 £250
25th Percentile £325 £320 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £400 £375
Median % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
75th Percentile £500 £488 £470
90th Percentile £575 £538 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £377 £388 £363
% change year-on-year -2.78% +6.90% +2.98%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 14 17
10th Percentile £19.50 £21.08 £19.27
25th Percentile £20.00 £21.38 £39.25
Median hourly rate £39.60 £30.03 £44.99
Median % change year-on-year +31.87% -33.25% +116.82%
75th Percentile £63.75 £42.44 £47.50
90th Percentile £64.25 £47.73 £53.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.80 £24.28 £45.00
% change year-on-year +26.85% -46.04% +116.84%

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 66,381 34,750 87,342
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.02% 93.27% 94.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 45,649 23,070 58,384
10th Percentile £300 £263 £263
25th Percentile £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £469
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +1.39% +4.11%
75th Percentile £598 £575 £575
90th Percentile £688 £668 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,969 1,191 2,792
10th Percentile £11.47 £11.36 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.50 £14.25 £13.40
Median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year - +6.95% +6.86%
75th Percentile £43.50 £42.39 £42.50
90th Percentile £58.75 £52.50 £51.04
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.66 £19.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year -7.07% +5.56% +2.86%

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 27 July 2021.

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 27 July 2021.

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 27 July 2021. 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 -18 723 £425 +3.03% 433
UK excluding London -5 457 £377 -2.78% 346
London -25 294 £450 +5.88% 108
Work from Home -139 174 £435 +8.75% 78
South East -5 122 £371 -3.57% 66
North of England -27 99 £400 +6.67% 121
South West +4 64 £433 +1.76% 44
Midlands -16 57 £325 -23.53% 66
East of England +14 56 £350 -12.50% 27
North West -25 49 £375 -6.25% 80
Scotland -33 42 £425 +14.09% 16
West Midlands -15 38 £325 -23.53% 28
Yorkshire -8 33 £400 +6.67% 36
North East +7 17 £550 +46.67% 5
East Midlands -4 17 £360 -20.00% 38
Wales +6 15 £425 +21.43% 6
Northern Ireland 0 2 £255 -

Infrastructure Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 July 2021, 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.

1 825 (96.49%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 456 (53.33%) Windows
3 357 (41.75%) VMware
4 353 (41.29%) Active Directory
5 325 (38.01%) Azure
6 288 (33.68%) Microsoft
7 280 (32.75%) Windows Server
8 242 (28.30%) Microsoft 365
9 201 (23.51%) VMware Infrastructure
10 193 (22.57%) PowerShell
11 174 (20.35%) Linux
12 161 (18.83%) Firewall
13 156 (18.25%) DNS
14 141 (16.49%) Security Cleared
15 135 (15.79%) SCCM
16 132 (15.44%) Citrix
17 122 (14.27%) ITIL
18 121 (14.15%) DevOps
19 114 (13.33%) DHCP
20 112 (13.10%) Cisco
20 112 (13.10%) SC Cleared
21 111 (12.98%) Social Skills
22 109 (12.75%) AWS
23 108 (12.63%) Ansible
24 107 (12.51%) Migration
25 100 (11.70%) Azure Active Directory
26 98 (11.46%) Windows Server 2012
27 96 (11.23%) Finance
28 90 (10.53%) Agile Software Development
29 87 (10.18%) 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 68 (7.95%) SharePoint
2 64 (7.49%) MS Exchange
3 18 (2.11%) IIS
4 15 (1.75%) Tomcat
5 11 (1.29%) Apache
5 11 (1.29%) Elasticsearch
6 10 (1.17%) Confluence
6 10 (1.17%) Exchange Server 2013
7 9 (1.05%) Exchange Server 2010
7 9 (1.05%) WebLogic
8 7 (0.82%) OpenStack
9 6 (0.70%) nginx
9 6 (0.70%) Skype for Business
10 4 (0.47%) ArcGIS
10 4 (0.47%) WebSphere
11 3 (0.35%) WebLogic Portal
12 2 (0.23%) Apache Spark
12 2 (0.23%) JBoss
12 2 (0.23%) Oracle HTTP Server
12 2 (0.23%) Red Hat Fuse
Applications
1 44 (5.15%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (0.58%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.47%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.47%) Photoshop
4 2 (0.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
1 3 (0.35%) Sentinel
2 2 (0.23%) Elite 3E
Cloud Services
1 325 (38.01%) Azure
2 242 (28.30%) Microsoft 365
3 109 (12.75%) AWS
4 100 (11.70%) Azure Active Directory
5 45 (5.26%) IaaS
6 42 (4.91%) PaaS
7 29 (3.39%) SaaS
8 27 (3.16%) OneDrive
9 23 (2.69%) Mimecast
10 15 (1.75%) GCP
10 15 (1.75%) GitHub
11 10 (1.17%) Azure Storage
12 9 (1.05%) Amazon EKS
12 9 (1.05%) Azure Key Vault
12 9 (1.05%) Cloud Computing
13 8 (0.94%) Power Platform
13 8 (0.94%) Serverless
14 7 (0.82%) Amazon EC2
14 7 (0.82%) Azure Data Factory
14 7 (0.82%) Azure Synapse Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 161 (18.83%) Firewall
2 156 (18.25%) DNS
3 114 (13.33%) DHCP
4 71 (8.30%) WAN
5 66 (7.72%) LAN
6 55 (6.43%) SAN
7 53 (6.20%) VPN
8 45 (5.26%) TCP/IP
9 40 (4.68%) Wireless
10 29 (3.39%) Network Security
11 26 (3.04%) VLAN
12 23 (2.69%) VoIP
13 22 (2.57%) Wi-Fi
14 20 (2.34%) MPLS
15 19 (2.22%) Internet
16 16 (1.87%) NetScaler
17 14 (1.64%) Remote Desktop
18 12 (1.40%) NAS
19 11 (1.29%) iSCSI
19 11 (1.29%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 56 (6.55%) SQL Server
2 14 (1.64%) MySQL
3 11 (1.29%) Azure SQL Database
4 10 (1.17%) Amazon RDS
5 9 (1.05%) SQL Server 2012
6 7 (0.82%) MongoDB
6 7 (0.82%) PostgreSQL
6 7 (0.82%) Power BI
7 6 (0.70%) Cloudera CDH
7 6 (0.70%) SQL Server 2016
8 5 (0.58%) Big Data
8 5 (0.58%) Hadoop
8 5 (0.58%) NoSQL
9 4 (0.47%) GIS
9 4 (0.47%) Oracle Database
10 3 (0.35%) Data Lake
10 3 (0.35%) SQL Server 2014
11 2 (0.23%) Amazon Athena
11 2 (0.23%) Amazon Aurora
11 2 (0.23%) HBase
Development Applications
1 40 (4.68%) Jenkins
2 21 (2.46%) Git (software)
3 15 (1.75%) JIRA
4 8 (0.94%) Sonatype Nexus
5 7 (0.82%) GitLab
6 6 (0.70%) SonarQube
6 6 (0.70%) TeamCity
7 5 (0.58%) Artifactory
7 5 (0.58%) Bitbucket
8 4 (0.47%) Cucumber
8 4 (0.47%) Maven
9 3 (0.35%) Octopus Deploy
9 3 (0.35%) RSpec
9 3 (0.35%) Vagrant
10 2 (0.23%) Chocolatey
10 2 (0.23%) git-flow
10 2 (0.23%) Visual Studio Code
11 1 (0.12%) CircleCI
11 1 (0.12%) Rational Team Concert
11 1 (0.12%) Terragrunt
General
1 111 (12.98%) Social Skills
2 96 (11.23%) Finance
3 74 (8.65%) Public Sector
4 31 (3.63%) Banking
5 22 (2.57%) Documentation Skills
6 21 (2.46%) Analytical Skills
7 17 (1.99%) Telecoms
8 15 (1.75%) Manufacturing
9 9 (1.05%) Law
9 9 (1.05%) Legal
9 9 (1.05%) Retail
10 8 (0.94%) Presentation Skills
11 7 (0.82%) Marketing
11 7 (0.82%) Organisational Skills
11 7 (0.82%) Prime Brokerage
12 6 (0.70%) Electronics
13 4 (0.47%) Advertising
14 3 (0.35%) Back Office
14 3 (0.35%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.35%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (1.40%) JSON
1 12 (1.40%) Middleware
2 11 (1.29%) Web Services
3 8 (0.94%) Elastic Stack
4 7 (0.82%) Kafka
4 7 (0.82%) LDAP
4 7 (0.82%) Node.js
4 7 (0.82%) YAML
5 6 (0.70%) .NET
6 5 (0.58%) REST
7 4 (0.47%) Software Packaging
8 3 (0.35%) J2EE
8 3 (0.35%) XML
9 2 (0.23%) 802.1X
9 2 (0.23%) Azure Blueprints
9 2 (0.23%) Oracle Fusion
10 1 (0.12%) LEMP Stack
10 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Graph
10 1 (0.12%) Spring Boot
10 1 (0.12%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 84 (9.82%) Data Centre
2 25 (2.92%) Public Cloud
3 24 (2.81%) Clustering
4 17 (1.99%) Management Information System
4 17 (1.99%) PKI
5 15 (1.75%) Self-Motivation
6 13 (1.52%) Driving Licence
6 13 (1.52%) Enterprise Storage
7 10 (1.17%) Data Protection Act
7 10 (1.17%) User Experience
8 9 (1.05%) Equities
8 9 (1.05%) Hybrid Cloud
8 9 (1.05%) NHS
8 9 (1.05%) Replication
9 7 (0.82%) Virtual Team
10 6 (0.70%) Cloud Native
10 6 (0.70%) Fat Client
10 6 (0.70%) Legacy Systems
10 6 (0.70%) Thin Client
11 5 (0.58%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 456 (53.33%) Windows
2 280 (32.75%) Windows Server
3 174 (20.35%) Linux
4 98 (11.46%) Windows Server 2012
5 73 (8.54%) Windows Server 2019
6 66 (7.72%) Windows 10
7 65 (7.60%) Windows Server 2016
8 47 (5.50%) Unix
9 45 (5.26%) Windows Server 2008
10 36 (4.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 15 (1.75%) Solaris
12 13 (1.52%) CentOS
13 12 (1.40%) VMS
13 12 (1.40%) Windows 7
13 12 (1.40%) Windows Server 2003
14 10 (1.17%) Ubuntu
15 7 (0.82%) Android
16 5 (0.58%) Apple iOS
17 4 (0.47%) AIX
18 3 (0.35%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 825 (96.49%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 122 (14.27%) ITIL
3 121 (14.15%) DevOps
4 107 (12.51%) Migration
5 90 (10.53%) Agile Software Development
6 50 (5.85%) Problem-Solving
7 49 (5.73%) Infrastructure as Code
8 47 (5.50%) Cybersecurity
9 43 (5.03%) Configuration Management
10 31 (3.63%) Change Management
10 31 (3.63%) Disaster Recovery
11 28 (3.27%) Infrastructure Automation
12 27 (3.16%) High Availability
12 27 (3.16%) Virtual Environments
13 26 (3.04%) Information Security
14 25 (2.92%) Mentoring
14 25 (2.92%) Project Delivery
15 24 (2.81%) Open Source
16 23 (2.69%) Data Protection
16 23 (2.69%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 193 (22.57%) PowerShell
2 87 (10.18%) SQL
3 56 (6.55%) Python
4 33 (3.86%) Bash Shell
5 21 (2.46%) Java
6 18 (2.11%) Shell Script
7 11 (1.29%) C
8 10 (1.17%) VB
9 9 (1.05%) Go
9 9 (1.05%) VBScript
10 7 (0.82%) Groovy
11 6 (0.70%) Ruby
12 5 (0.58%) Perl
13 3 (0.35%) Scala
14 2 (0.23%) JavaScript
14 2 (0.23%) PHP
14 2 (0.23%) T-SQL
15 1 (0.12%) C#
15 1 (0.12%) C++
15 1 (0.12%) Rust
Qualifications
1 141 (16.49%) Security Cleared
2 112 (13.10%) SC Cleared
3 62 (7.25%) Microsoft Certification
4 38 (4.44%) Cisco Certification
5 36 (4.21%) MCSE
6 32 (3.74%) CCNA
7 28 (3.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 25 (2.92%) DV Cleared
8 25 (2.92%) MCSA
9 23 (2.69%) Degree
10 14 (1.64%) CCNP
11 11 (1.29%) AWS Certification
12 7 (0.82%) Chartered Engineer
12 7 (0.82%) RHCE
13 6 (0.70%) CITP
13 6 (0.70%) DBS Check
13 6 (0.70%) MCITP
14 5 (0.58%) ITIL Certification
14 5 (0.58%) MCP
15 4 (0.47%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (1.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 14 (1.64%) SLA
3 11 (1.29%) QA
4 5 (0.58%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.47%) COBIT
5 4 (0.47%) Cyber Essentials
5 4 (0.47%) GDPR
5 4 (0.47%) NIST
6 1 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 1 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.12%) FedRAMP
6 1 (0.12%) ISO 22301
6 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 353 (41.29%) Active Directory
2 201 (23.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 69 (8.07%) Hyper-V
3 69 (8.07%) VMware ESXi
4 57 (6.67%) vSphere
5 32 (3.74%) Virtual Machines
6 30 (3.51%) Docker
7 27 (3.16%) XenApp
8 15 (1.75%) Virtual Servers
9 14 (1.64%) Microsoft App-V
9 14 (1.64%) Virtual Desktop
10 13 (1.52%) VMware NSX
11 11 (1.29%) XenDesktop
12 10 (1.17%) DFS Replication
12 10 (1.17%) Firmware
13 8 (0.94%) NFS
14 5 (0.58%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 5 (0.58%) Terminal Services
14 5 (0.58%) VMware Server
15 4 (0.47%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 135 (15.79%) SCCM
2 108 (12.63%) Ansible
3 79 (9.24%) Terraform
4 56 (6.55%) Microsoft Intune
5 43 (5.03%) Puppet
6 31 (3.63%) vCenter Server
7 29 (3.39%) Kubernetes
8 25 (2.92%) SCOM
9 20 (2.34%) vRealize
10 19 (2.22%) Active Directory Federation Services
11 18 (2.11%) WSUS
12 15 (1.75%) Microsoft Clustering
13 14 (1.64%) FortiGate
14 11 (1.29%) Failover Clustering
14 11 (1.29%) Single Sign-On
15 9 (1.05%) NetBackup
15 9 (1.05%) Opscode Chef
16 8 (0.94%) ITRS Geneos
16 8 (0.94%) SCSM
16 8 (0.94%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 357 (41.75%) VMware
2 288 (33.68%) Microsoft
3 132 (15.44%) Citrix
4 112 (13.10%) Cisco
5 48 (5.61%) HP
6 45 (5.26%) NetApp
7 39 (4.56%) Red Hat
8 37 (4.33%) Dell
8 37 (4.33%) Oracle
9 29 (3.39%) Meraki
10 27 (3.16%) EMC
11 25 (2.92%) Veeam
12 24 (2.81%) CheckPoint
13 22 (2.57%) ServiceNow
14 19 (2.22%) SolarWinds
15 17 (1.99%) Fortinet
15 17 (1.99%) McAfee
16 16 (1.87%) Symantec
17 15 (1.75%) SAP
18 14 (1.64%) Juniper