Period
to 21 October 2019

The median contractor rate for an Infrastructure Engineer was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 October 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
21 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 169 222 272
Rank change year-on-year +53 +50 -32
Contract jobs requiring an Infrastructure Engineer 1,344 1,295 976
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.58% 1.27% 0.98%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.68% 1.34% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 935 874 627
UK median daily rate £375 £375 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.45% +3.57%
10th Percentile £258 £258 £213
90th Percentile £525 £530 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £360 £326
% change year-on-year +2.78% +10.60% +0.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 21 23
UK median hourly rate £38.50 £23.00 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +67.39% +17.95% -40.00%
10th Percentile £18.59 £15.25 £12.24
90th Percentile £47.50 £54.13 £43.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £22.30 £19.50
% change year-on-year +56.95% +14.36% -35.54%

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 79,968 96,970 94,349
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.14% 94.75% 94.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 52,489 63,731 61,955
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.27% +3.53%
10th Percentile £263 £268 £263
90th Percentile £644 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,866 3,111 2,809
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £17.75 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.68% -5.08% +3.54%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +5.71% -2.78% +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 21 October 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 21 October 2019.

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 21 October 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 +51 1,232 £375 - 495
UK excluding London +52 955 £370 +2.78% 385
London +23 368 £406 -4.41% 136
South East +53 314 £375 - 104
North of England +50 195 £350 - 115
South West +33 160 £375 +7.14% 54
North West +30 109 £336 -0.37% 68
East of England +48 102 £320 -12.03% 39
Midlands +28 90 £370 +8.82% 47
Yorkshire +39 72 £356 +1.79% 35
Scotland +49 70 £355 -26.34% 10
West Midlands +13 51 £370 +5.71% 23
East Midlands +24 39 £355 +8.20% 23
Wales +31 24 £388 -13.89% 13
North East +24 14 £350 +12.00% 12
Northern Ireland +6 1 £434 +8.44% 3

Infrastructure Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 1,283 (95.46%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 895 (66.59%) Windows
3 708 (52.68%) Active Directory
4 642 (47.77%) VMware
5 619 (46.06%) Windows Server
6 501 (37.28%) Microsoft
7 401 (29.84%) Azure
8 363 (27.01%) VMware Infrastructure
9 351 (26.12%) Office 365
10 336 (25.00%) PowerShell
11 305 (22.69%) SCCM
12 264 (19.64%) Windows Server 2012
13 263 (19.57%) DNS
14 255 (18.97%) Citrix
15 249 (18.53%) Firewall
16 234 (17.41%) Cisco
16 234 (17.41%) Linux
17 224 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
18 199 (14.81%) ITIL
19 192 (14.29%) DHCP
20 180 (13.39%) MS Exchange
21 179 (13.32%) Finance
22 177 (13.17%) Migration
22 177 (13.17%) AWS
23 171 (12.72%) Hyper-V
24 165 (12.28%) Security Cleared
25 163 (12.13%) SQL Server
26 159 (11.83%) SQL
27 138 (10.27%) SAN
27 138 (10.27%) Windows 10

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
1 180 (13.39%) MS Exchange
2 123 (9.15%) SharePoint
3 103 (7.66%) Skype for Business
4 70 (5.21%) Exchange Server 2010
5 64 (4.76%) IIS
6 41 (3.05%) Exchange Server 2013
7 22 (1.64%) Confluence
8 21 (1.56%) Apache
9 11 (0.82%) Exchange Server 2003
10 9 (0.67%) Tomcat
11 8 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2007
11 8 (0.60%) IBM Notes
12 5 (0.37%) Apache Spark
12 5 (0.37%) OpenStack
13 3 (0.22%) BizTalk Server
13 3 (0.22%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 3 (0.22%) CICS
13 3 (0.22%) Commerce Server
13 3 (0.22%) IBM Domino
13 3 (0.22%) nginx
Applications
1 55 (4.09%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (0.52%) MS Visio
3 6 (0.45%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (0.37%) Microsoft Excel
5 4 (0.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.074%) FileZilla
Business Applications
1 9 (0.67%) Dynamics CRM
1 9 (0.67%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.15%) Infor SunSystems
4 1 (0.074%) Actimize
4 1 (0.074%) Aligne
4 1 (0.074%) Veritas eDiscovery
Cloud Services
1 401 (29.84%) Azure
2 351 (26.12%) Office 365
3 177 (13.17%) AWS
4 64 (4.76%) IaaS
5 61 (4.54%) Azure Active Directory
6 50 (3.72%) PaaS
7 37 (2.75%) GCP
8 25 (1.86%) OneDrive
8 25 (1.86%) SaaS
9 19 (1.41%) Yammer
10 18 (1.34%) AWS CloudFormation
10 18 (1.34%) GitHub
11 13 (0.97%) G Suite
11 13 (0.97%) Mimecast
12 10 (0.74%) Dynamics 365
13 8 (0.60%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
13 8 (0.60%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 7 (0.52%) Power Platform
15 6 (0.45%) Azure ExpressRoute
15 6 (0.45%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 263 (19.57%) DNS
2 249 (18.53%) Firewall
3 192 (14.29%) DHCP
4 138 (10.27%) SAN
5 117 (8.71%) WAN
6 112 (8.33%) LAN
7 91 (6.77%) Skype
8 89 (6.62%) VPN
9 76 (5.65%) TCP/IP
10 50 (3.72%) Network Security
11 49 (3.65%) VLAN
12 42 (3.13%) Internet
13 39 (2.90%) NetScaler
14 38 (2.83%) VoIP
14 38 (2.83%) Wireless
15 34 (2.53%) NAS
16 28 (2.08%) Wi-Fi
17 25 (1.86%) MPLS
18 24 (1.79%) Cisco ASA
19 23 (1.71%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 163 (12.13%) SQL Server
2 24 (1.79%) MySQL
3 21 (1.56%) Amazon RDS
4 15 (1.12%) SQL Server 2016
5 13 (0.97%) SQL Server 2012
6 11 (0.82%) DB2
7 10 (0.74%) Big Data
7 10 (0.74%) SQL Server 2017
8 7 (0.52%) Azure SQL Database
8 7 (0.52%) PostgreSQL
8 7 (0.52%) Power BI
9 6 (0.45%) Hadoop
9 6 (0.45%) SQL Server 2008
10 5 (0.37%) Data Warehouse
10 5 (0.37%) SQL Server 2014
11 4 (0.30%) MariaDB
11 4 (0.30%) NoSQL
12 3 (0.22%) Cosmos DB
12 3 (0.22%) MySQL Workbench
13 2 (0.15%) BigQuery
Development Applications
1 47 (3.50%) Jenkins
2 29 (2.16%) JIRA
3 28 (2.08%) Git (software)
4 14 (1.04%) Bitbucket
5 11 (0.82%) MSI
5 11 (0.82%) Sonatype Nexus
6 10 (0.74%) Subversion
7 8 (0.60%) Visual Studio Team System
8 4 (0.30%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (0.30%) TeamCity
8 4 (0.30%) WinDbg
8 4 (0.30%) WiX
9 3 (0.22%) GitLab
9 3 (0.22%) MSBuild
9 3 (0.22%) SonarQube
9 3 (0.22%) Visual Studio
10 2 (0.15%) Ant
10 2 (0.15%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 2 (0.15%) Maven
10 2 (0.15%) Vagrant
General
1 179 (13.32%) Finance
2 90 (6.70%) Public Sector
3 49 (3.65%) Banking
4 46 (3.42%) Retail
5 37 (2.75%) Telecoms
6 22 (1.64%) Local Government
7 20 (1.49%) Back Office
7 20 (1.49%) Manufacturing
8 14 (1.04%) Marketing
9 13 (0.97%) Electronics
9 13 (0.97%) Legal
10 8 (0.60%) Law
11 6 (0.45%) Front Office
11 6 (0.45%) Publishing
12 5 (0.37%) Financial Institution
12 5 (0.37%) Investment Banking
13 4 (0.30%) Aerospace
13 4 (0.30%) Automotive
13 4 (0.30%) Games
14 3 (0.22%) Advertising
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (2.53%) Web Services
2 18 (1.34%) .NET
2 18 (1.34%) LDAP
3 16 (1.19%) JSON
4 13 (0.97%) Software Packaging
5 9 (0.67%) Middleware
5 9 (0.67%) Swagger
6 8 (0.60%) ASP.NET
6 8 (0.60%) ASP.NET MVC
6 8 (0.60%) ASP.NET Web API
7 7 (0.52%) jQuery
8 6 (0.45%) 802.1X
9 5 (0.37%) Kafka
10 4 (0.30%) Flask
10 4 (0.30%) RabbitMQ
10 4 (0.30%) RESTful
11 3 (0.22%) .NET Framework
11 3 (0.22%) LEMP Stack
11 3 (0.22%) Node.js
11 3 (0.22%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 133 (9.90%) Data Centre
2 89 (6.62%) Clustering
3 47 (3.50%) PKI
4 45 (3.35%) Analytical Skills
5 42 (3.13%) Fat Client
5 42 (3.13%) Thin Client
6 38 (2.83%) Management Information System
7 32 (2.38%) Public Cloud
8 30 (2.23%) NHS
9 21 (1.56%) Enterprise Storage
9 21 (1.56%) Replication
10 16 (1.19%) Client/Server
10 16 (1.19%) Greenfield Project
10 16 (1.19%) Self-Motivation
11 14 (1.04%) Video Conferencing
12 13 (0.97%) Driving Licence
13 12 (0.89%) Blackberry
13 12 (0.89%) Hybrid Cloud
13 12 (0.89%) User Experience
14 9 (0.67%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 895 (66.59%) Windows
2 619 (46.06%) Windows Server
3 264 (19.64%) Windows Server 2012
4 234 (17.41%) Linux
5 224 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
6 138 (10.27%) Windows 10
7 76 (5.65%) Windows 7
8 73 (5.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 57 (4.24%) Windows Server 2003
10 42 (3.13%) Unix
11 34 (2.53%) CentOS
12 26 (1.93%) Ubuntu
13 18 (1.34%) Android
14 14 (1.04%) Solaris
15 11 (0.82%) VMS
16 10 (0.74%) Apple iOS
17 9 (0.67%) Windows 8
18 8 (0.60%) Mac OS
19 7 (0.52%) SUSE
20 5 (0.37%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,283 (95.46%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 199 (14.81%) ITIL
3 177 (13.17%) Migration
4 133 (9.90%) DevOps
5 76 (5.65%) Project Delivery
6 74 (5.51%) Disaster Recovery
7 70 (5.21%) Configuration Management
8 66 (4.91%) Problem-Solving
9 59 (4.39%) Agile Software Development
10 52 (3.87%) Infrastructure Management
11 50 (3.72%) Infrastructure as Code
12 45 (3.35%) Change Management
12 45 (3.35%) Service Management
13 41 (3.05%) Problem Management
14 38 (2.83%) Server Building
15 36 (2.68%) Information Security
16 34 (2.53%) ITSM
16 34 (2.53%) Server Management
17 33 (2.46%) Cybersecurity
17 33 (2.46%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 336 (25.00%) PowerShell
2 159 (11.83%) SQL
3 77 (5.73%) Python
4 41 (3.05%) Bash Shell
5 32 (2.38%) VBScript
6 23 (1.71%) Java
7 19 (1.41%) PHP
8 15 (1.12%) Shell Script
9 12 (0.89%) JavaScript
10 11 (0.82%) Perl
10 11 (0.82%) VB
11 9 (0.67%) Go
12 8 (0.60%) C#
13 7 (0.52%) C
13 7 (0.52%) T-SQL
14 4 (0.30%) Ruby
15 3 (0.22%) Scala
16 2 (0.15%) Korn
17 1 (0.074%) C++
17 1 (0.074%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 165 (12.28%) Security Cleared
2 94 (6.99%) SC Cleared
3 83 (6.18%) DV Cleared
4 81 (6.03%) Microsoft Certification
5 61 (4.54%) Cisco Certification
6 60 (4.46%) MCSE
7 38 (2.83%) CCNA
7 38 (2.83%) Degree
8 33 (2.46%) Citrix Certification
8 33 (2.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 30 (2.23%) MCSA
10 29 (2.16%) CCA
10 29 (2.16%) CCNP
11 27 (2.01%) MCP
12 20 (1.49%) ITIL Certification
13 10 (0.74%) ISTQB
14 8 (0.60%) AWS Certification
14 8 (0.60%) CCIE
14 8 (0.60%) ISEB
15 7 (0.52%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 66 (4.91%) SLA
2 17 (1.26%) GDPR
2 17 (1.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (0.74%) PCI DSS
4 9 (0.67%) Cyber Essentials
5 6 (0.45%) QA
6 5 (0.37%) COBIT
6 5 (0.37%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 4 (0.30%) Disclosure Scotland
8 3 (0.22%) JSP 440
9 2 (0.15%) Data Quality
9 2 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 2 (0.15%) NCSC
10 1 (0.074%) Government Security Classifications
10 1 (0.074%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.074%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 1 (0.074%) PMO
10 1 (0.074%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.074%) TickIT
System Software
1 708 (52.68%) Active Directory
2 363 (27.01%) VMware Infrastructure
3 171 (12.72%) Hyper-V
4 132 (9.82%) XenApp
5 130 (9.67%) vSphere
6 123 (9.15%) VMware ESXi
7 87 (6.47%) XenDesktop
8 61 (4.54%) Docker
9 39 (2.90%) DFS Replication
10 37 (2.75%) Virtual Machines
11 27 (2.01%) Virtual Desktop
12 23 (1.71%) Virtual Servers
13 22 (1.64%) Microsoft App-V
14 19 (1.41%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 19 (1.41%) vCloud
15 13 (0.97%) ISA Server
16 12 (0.89%) VMware Server
17 10 (0.74%) Firmware
17 10 (0.74%) Xen
18 9 (0.67%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 305 (22.69%) SCCM
2 107 (7.96%) SCOM
3 103 (7.66%) Ansible
4 70 (5.21%) Terraform
5 53 (3.94%) Kubernetes
6 46 (3.42%) vCenter Server
7 38 (2.83%) WSUS
8 34 (2.53%) Microsoft Clustering
9 33 (2.46%) Microsoft Intune
10 30 (2.23%) Puppet
11 27 (2.01%) NetBackup
12 25 (1.86%) Single Sign-On
13 23 (1.71%) Opscode Chef
14 21 (1.56%) SCVMM
14 21 (1.56%) vRealize
15 19 (1.41%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
16 15 (1.12%) Norton AntiVirus
17 14 (1.04%) McAfee ePO
18 12 (0.89%) Backup Exec
18 12 (0.89%) Grafana
Vendors
1 642 (47.77%) VMware
2 501 (37.28%) Microsoft
3 255 (18.97%) Citrix
4 234 (17.41%) Cisco
5 100 (7.44%) HP
6 57 (4.24%) Red Hat
7 56 (4.17%) Dell
8 46 (3.42%) NetApp
9 44 (3.27%) Veeam
10 42 (3.13%) Oracle
11 41 (3.05%) EMC
12 37 (2.75%) McAfee
13 34 (2.53%) Symantec
14 31 (2.31%) Juniper
14 31 (2.31%) Meraki
15 30 (2.23%) SolarWinds
16 27 (2.01%) SAP
17 26 (1.93%) Palo Alto
18 24 (1.79%) Ivanti
19 23 (1.71%) CheckPoint