Period
to 17 January 2020

The median contractor rate for an Infrastructure Engineer was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 January 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
17 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 162 215 252
Rank change year-on-year +53 +37 -4
Contract jobs requiring an Infrastructure Engineer 1,185 1,338 1,036
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.63% 1.35% 1.03%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.73% 1.42% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 841 910 696
UK median daily rate £375 £381 £368
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.64% +3.74% -2.00%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £225
90th Percentile £528 £537 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 31 19
UK median hourly rate £38.50 £37.50 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.67% +15.38% +2.36%
10th Percentile £18.00 £15.25 £20.45
90th Percentile £55.00 £54.13 £43.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £37.25 £32.50
% change year-on-year -42.28% +14.62% +18.18%

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 68,336 94,162 95,242
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.83% 94.71% 94.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 44,506 62,220 63,272
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £240 £269 £260
90th Percentile £644 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,714 2,884 2,788
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £18.70 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.60% +1.08% +2.78%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £51.75 £48.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% - -

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 17 January 2020.

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 17 January 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Infrastructure Engineer in the UK

Infrastructure Engineer
Top 16 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 17 January 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 +42 1,057 £375 -1.32% 496
UK excluding London +62 851 £375 - 400
London +15 319 £400 -5.88% 120
South East +30 250 £390 +3.86% 95
North of England +64 192 £350 - 128
South West +26 142 £425 +12.58% 52
North West +49 105 £370 +5.71% 65
Scotland +63 88 £390 -20.00% 15
East of England +48 83 £325 -7.14% 44
Midlands +12 70 £370 +2.78% 57
Yorkshire +59 68 £350 +7.69% 55
West Midlands +19 43 £370 +2.78% 33
East Midlands +10 27 £360 +8.27% 24
Wales +29 22 £368 +12.21% 6
North East +24 20 £350 +14.29% 8
Northern Ireland +10 4 £434 +8.44% 2

Infrastructure Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 January 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 1,139 (96.12%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 746 (62.95%) Windows
3 577 (48.69%) Active Directory
4 515 (43.46%) VMware
5 512 (43.21%) Windows Server
6 443 (37.38%) Microsoft
7 358 (30.21%) Azure
8 302 (25.49%) Office 365
9 281 (23.71%) VMware Infrastructure
10 265 (22.36%) PowerShell
11 246 (20.76%) SCCM
12 239 (20.17%) DNS
13 233 (19.66%) Citrix
14 219 (18.48%) Firewall
15 202 (17.05%) Cisco
16 198 (16.71%) Windows Server 2012
17 195 (16.46%) Linux
18 187 (15.78%) Windows Server 2008
19 186 (15.70%) DHCP
20 172 (14.51%) Security Cleared
21 171 (14.43%) Migration
22 170 (14.35%) AWS
23 169 (14.26%) ITIL
24 150 (12.66%) MS Exchange
25 145 (12.24%) Finance
26 144 (12.15%) SQL
27 137 (11.56%) SAN
28 131 (11.05%) Data Centre
29 120 (10.13%) Windows 10
30 119 (10.04%) DevOps

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
1 150 (12.66%) MS Exchange
2 119 (10.04%) SharePoint
3 82 (6.92%) Skype for Business
4 59 (4.98%) Exchange Server 2010
5 45 (3.80%) IIS
6 26 (2.19%) Exchange Server 2013
7 22 (1.86%) Confluence
8 10 (0.84%) Apache
9 9 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2003
10 7 (0.59%) Tomcat
11 5 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2007
11 5 (0.42%) OpenStack
12 4 (0.34%) Apache Spark
12 4 (0.34%) IBM Domino
13 3 (0.25%) Drupal
13 3 (0.25%) IBM Notes
13 3 (0.25%) nginx
13 3 (0.25%) WebLogic
14 2 (0.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 2 (0.17%) WebSphere
Applications
1 37 (3.12%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (0.51%) Microsoft Project
2 6 (0.51%) MS Visio
3 3 (0.25%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (0.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (0.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.51%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.17%) FLEXCUBE
4 2 (0.17%) Infor SunSystems
5 1 (0.084%) Aligne
5 1 (0.084%) Global One
5 1 (0.084%) Magento
5 1 (0.084%) Sage 1000
Cloud Services
1 358 (30.21%) Azure
2 302 (25.49%) Office 365
3 170 (14.35%) AWS
4 69 (5.82%) IaaS
5 53 (4.47%) Azure Active Directory
6 48 (4.05%) PaaS
7 39 (3.29%) SaaS
8 28 (2.36%) OneDrive
9 22 (1.86%) AWS CloudFormation
10 18 (1.52%) GCP
11 16 (1.35%) Mimecast
11 16 (1.35%) Yammer
12 11 (0.93%) G Suite
13 10 (0.84%) Amazon S3
13 10 (0.84%) GitHub
14 9 (0.76%) Amazon EC2
14 9 (0.76%) OpenShift
14 9 (0.76%) Power Platform
15 7 (0.59%) Route 53
15 7 (0.59%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 239 (20.17%) DNS
2 219 (18.48%) Firewall
3 186 (15.70%) DHCP
4 137 (11.56%) SAN
5 89 (7.51%) WAN
6 80 (6.75%) LAN
7 76 (6.41%) Skype
8 73 (6.16%) VPN
9 55 (4.64%) TCP/IP
10 46 (3.88%) VLAN
11 45 (3.80%) NetScaler
12 38 (3.21%) Wireless
13 33 (2.78%) Network Security
14 29 (2.45%) Internet
14 29 (2.45%) MPLS
14 29 (2.45%) Wi-Fi
15 27 (2.28%) VoIP
16 24 (2.03%) NAS
17 18 (1.52%) BGP
17 18 (1.52%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 109 (9.20%) SQL Server
2 21 (1.77%) MySQL
3 17 (1.43%) Amazon RDS
4 15 (1.27%) SQL Server 2016
5 10 (0.84%) SQL Server 2012
5 10 (0.84%) SQL Server 2017
6 9 (0.76%) Power BI
7 7 (0.59%) Azure SQL Database
8 6 (0.51%) SQL Server 2008
9 5 (0.42%) Big Data
9 5 (0.42%) Data Warehouse
9 5 (0.42%) Hadoop
9 5 (0.42%) SQL Server 2014
10 4 (0.34%) PostgreSQL
11 3 (0.25%) MongoDB
12 2 (0.17%) Apache Hive
12 2 (0.17%) Data Lake
12 2 (0.17%) InterSystems Cache
12 2 (0.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 1 (0.084%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 40 (3.38%) Jenkins
2 31 (2.62%) JIRA
3 23 (1.94%) Git (software)
4 17 (1.43%) Bitbucket
5 13 (1.10%) Subversion
6 11 (0.93%) Sonatype Nexus
7 4 (0.34%) Vagrant
8 3 (0.25%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 3 (0.25%) Jasmine
8 3 (0.25%) Karma Test Runner
8 3 (0.25%) Selenium
8 3 (0.25%) Visual Studio Code
8 3 (0.25%) Visual Studio Team System
9 2 (0.17%) GitLab
9 2 (0.17%) IBM UrbanCode
10 1 (0.084%) Artifactory
10 1 (0.084%) CF BOSH
10 1 (0.084%) CircleCI
10 1 (0.084%) Spinnaker
10 1 (0.084%) Travis CI
General
1 145 (12.24%) Finance
2 91 (7.68%) Public Sector
3 48 (4.05%) Retail
4 33 (2.78%) Banking
5 20 (1.69%) Local Government
6 17 (1.43%) Telecoms
7 16 (1.35%) Manufacturing
8 12 (1.01%) Back Office
9 11 (0.93%) Law
10 9 (0.76%) Financial Institution
10 9 (0.76%) Games
10 9 (0.76%) Legal
11 8 (0.68%) Marketing
12 7 (0.59%) Electronics
12 7 (0.59%) Investment Banking
13 5 (0.42%) Front Office
13 5 (0.42%) Publishing
14 4 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
15 3 (0.25%) Aerospace
16 2 (0.17%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (1.77%) Web Services
2 17 (1.43%) .NET
3 12 (1.01%) Middleware
4 10 (0.84%) 802.1X
5 9 (0.76%) Software Packaging
6 7 (0.59%) JSON
6 7 (0.59%) LDAP
6 7 (0.59%) REST
7 6 (0.51%) RabbitMQ
8 4 (0.34%) .NET Framework
8 4 (0.34%) ASP.NET
8 4 (0.34%) ASP.NET MVC
8 4 (0.34%) ASP.NET Web API
8 4 (0.34%) Kafka
9 3 (0.25%) LAMP
9 3 (0.25%) LEMP Stack
10 2 (0.17%) Elastic Stack
10 2 (0.17%) JMS
10 2 (0.17%) Swagger
10 2 (0.17%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 131 (11.05%) Data Centre
2 73 (6.16%) PKI
3 55 (4.64%) Clustering
4 39 (3.29%) Fat Client
4 39 (3.29%) Thin Client
5 29 (2.45%) Analytical Skills
6 27 (2.28%) Management Information System
6 27 (2.28%) Public Cloud
6 27 (2.28%) Replication
7 17 (1.43%) Enterprise Storage
7 17 (1.43%) NHS
8 15 (1.27%) Private Cloud
9 13 (1.10%) Client/Server
9 13 (1.10%) Self-Motivation
10 12 (1.01%) Greenfield Project
10 12 (1.01%) Hedge funds
11 11 (0.93%) Driving Licence
12 9 (0.76%) Blackberry
12 9 (0.76%) Video Conferencing
13 8 (0.68%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 746 (62.95%) Windows
2 512 (43.21%) Windows Server
3 198 (16.71%) Windows Server 2012
4 195 (16.46%) Linux
5 187 (15.78%) Windows Server 2008
6 120 (10.13%) Windows 10
7 73 (6.16%) Windows 7
8 49 (4.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 42 (3.54%) Windows Server 2003
10 32 (2.70%) Unix
11 17 (1.43%) Android
11 17 (1.43%) CentOS
12 14 (1.18%) Apple iOS
12 14 (1.18%) Ubuntu
13 13 (1.10%) Windows 8
14 10 (0.84%) VMS
15 7 (0.59%) Solaris
16 6 (0.51%) AIX
17 3 (0.25%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
18 2 (0.17%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,139 (96.12%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 171 (14.43%) Migration
3 169 (14.26%) ITIL
4 119 (10.04%) DevOps
5 74 (6.24%) Agile Software Development
6 73 (6.16%) Project Delivery
7 63 (5.32%) Disaster Recovery
8 53 (4.47%) Service Management
9 49 (4.14%) Configuration Management
9 49 (4.14%) Problem-Solving
10 48 (4.05%) Change Management
11 46 (3.88%) Infrastructure as Code
12 41 (3.46%) Infrastructure Management
13 38 (3.21%) ITSM
13 38 (3.21%) Load Balancing
14 33 (2.78%) Problem Management
15 32 (2.70%) High Availability
16 31 (2.62%) Infrastructure Automation
16 31 (2.62%) Server Management
17 30 (2.53%) Capacity Management
Programming Languages
1 265 (22.36%) PowerShell
2 144 (12.15%) SQL
3 63 (5.32%) Python
4 30 (2.53%) Bash Shell
5 16 (1.35%) VBScript
6 12 (1.01%) Perl
7 10 (0.84%) Shell Script
8 9 (0.76%) C
8 9 (0.76%) Java
9 6 (0.51%) C#
9 6 (0.51%) PHP
10 5 (0.42%) JavaScript
10 5 (0.42%) Ruby
11 4 (0.34%) VB
12 2 (0.17%) Korn
Qualifications
1 172 (14.51%) Security Cleared
2 107 (9.03%) SC Cleared
3 67 (5.65%) DV Cleared
4 59 (4.98%) Microsoft Certification
5 45 (3.80%) MCSE
6 42 (3.54%) Cisco Certification
7 32 (2.70%) Citrix Certification
8 28 (2.36%) CCA
8 28 (2.36%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 26 (2.19%) Degree
10 25 (2.11%) CCNA
10 25 (2.11%) CCNP
11 18 (1.52%) MCSA
12 16 (1.35%) ITIL Certification
13 14 (1.18%) MCP
14 10 (0.84%) ISTQB
15 9 (0.76%) ISEB
16 7 (0.59%) CCIE
17 6 (0.51%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 6 (0.51%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (4.30%) SLA
2 14 (1.18%) GDPR
3 10 (0.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 8 (0.68%) Cyber Essentials
5 6 (0.51%) PCI DSS
6 5 (0.42%) Disclosure Scotland
7 4 (0.34%) BS7799
8 3 (0.25%) COBIT
8 3 (0.25%) Data Quality
8 3 (0.25%) NCSC
9 2 (0.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 2 (0.17%) QA
10 1 (0.084%) GMP
10 1 (0.084%) Government Security Classifications
10 1 (0.084%) GxP
10 1 (0.084%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 577 (48.69%) Active Directory
2 281 (23.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 118 (9.96%) Hyper-V
4 101 (8.52%) XenApp
5 89 (7.51%) VMware ESXi
6 80 (6.75%) vSphere
7 79 (6.67%) XenDesktop
8 42 (3.54%) DFS Replication
9 40 (3.38%) Docker
10 39 (3.29%) Virtual Machines
11 33 (2.78%) Virtual Servers
12 18 (1.52%) Microsoft App-V
13 16 (1.35%) vCloud
13 16 (1.35%) VMware NSX
14 14 (1.18%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 14 (1.18%) Virtual Desktop
15 13 (1.10%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 12 (1.01%) Firmware
17 11 (0.93%) Citrix Hypervisor
18 10 (0.84%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 246 (20.76%) SCCM
2 88 (7.43%) SCOM
3 75 (6.33%) Ansible
4 54 (4.56%) Terraform
5 44 (3.71%) Microsoft Intune
6 38 (3.21%) Kubernetes
7 32 (2.70%) vCenter Server
8 30 (2.53%) WSUS
9 27 (2.28%) NetBackup
10 23 (1.94%) Opscode Chef
11 22 (1.86%) Microsoft Clustering
12 19 (1.60%) PowerCLI
12 19 (1.60%) vRealize
13 18 (1.52%) Puppet
14 16 (1.35%) Single Sign-On
15 15 (1.27%) Nagios
16 14 (1.18%) McAfee ePO
16 14 (1.18%) OpenView Configuration Management
17 13 (1.10%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
18 11 (0.93%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 515 (43.46%) VMware
2 443 (37.38%) Microsoft
3 233 (19.66%) Citrix
4 202 (17.05%) Cisco
5 81 (6.84%) HP
6 62 (5.23%) Dell
7 42 (3.54%) NetApp
7 42 (3.54%) Red Hat
8 40 (3.38%) EMC
9 34 (2.87%) Veeam
10 29 (2.45%) Symantec
11 28 (2.36%) McAfee
11 28 (2.36%) Meraki
11 28 (2.36%) Oracle
12 27 (2.28%) Juniper
13 25 (2.11%) Palo Alto
14 23 (1.94%) SolarWinds
15 21 (1.77%) IBM
16 20 (1.69%) 3PAR
16 20 (1.69%) CheckPoint