Period
to 13 December 2018

The median contractor rate for an Infrastructure Engineer was £385 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 13 December 2018.

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
13 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 222 252 236
Rank change year-on-year +30 -16 +23
Contract jobs requiring an Infrastructure Engineer 1,360 1,079 1,154
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.29% 1.04% 1.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.36% 1.10% 1.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 927 709 822
UK median daily rate £385 £363 £369
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.21% -1.69% +9.26%
10th Percentile £263 £219 £225
90th Percentile £527 £586 £531
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £338 £345
% change year-on-year +9.63% -2.17% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 25 28
UK median hourly rate £28.17 £21.00 £29.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.13% -28.81% -15.71%
10th Percentile £15.25 £12.24 £20.73
90th Percentile £54.13 £43.15 £47.59
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £21.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +2.38% -23.64% -21.43%

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 99,844 98,017 97,325
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.74% 94.93% 94.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 66,066 64,939 63,502
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +4.94%
10th Percentile £270 £258 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £393
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.91% +4.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,088 2,875 3,289
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.74 £17.50
% change year-on-year -1.35% +1.37% -

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 13 December 2018.

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 13 December 2018.

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 13 December 2018. 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 +41 1,269 £380 +5.19% 505
UK excluding London +30 856 £370 +9.63% 395
London +43 482 £425 +6.25% 134
South East +57 309 £376 +0.27% 86
North of England +33 153 £350 - 105
Midlands +13 128 £350 +7.69% 78
South West +7 117 £378 +43.81% 58
West Midlands +10 82 £360 +6.67% 38
North West +9 79 £350 -12.50% 60
East of England +4 73 £340 +4.62% 45
Yorkshire +13 60 £370 +18.40% 35
Scotland -36 54 £475 - 9
East Midlands 0 45 £330 +1.54% 40
Wales -29 20 £423 +28.03% 12
North East -7 14 £313 -50.00% 10
Northern Ireland +31 2 £400 +60.00% 3

Infrastructure Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 December 2018, 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 1,333 (98.01%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 832 (61.18%) Windows
3 633 (46.54%) VMware
4 602 (44.26%) Active Directory
5 536 (39.41%) Windows Server
6 423 (31.10%) Microsoft
7 325 (23.90%) Office 365
8 317 (23.31%) Linux
9 311 (22.87%) VMware Infrastructure
10 302 (22.21%) Microsoft Azure
11 288 (21.18%) PowerShell
12 239 (17.57%) Citrix
13 230 (16.91%) Cisco
14 229 (16.84%) Firewall
15 228 (16.76%) SCCM
16 215 (15.81%) Finance
17 194 (14.26%) Amazon AWS
18 190 (13.97%) Windows Server 2012
19 188 (13.82%) Security Cleared
20 184 (13.53%) DNS
21 180 (13.24%) Migration
22 167 (12.28%) ITIL
23 166 (12.21%) Windows Server 2008
23 166 (12.21%) Hyper-V
24 154 (11.32%) Data Centre
25 152 (11.18%) SC Cleared
26 151 (11.10%) MS Exchange
27 139 (10.22%) DHCP
28 137 (10.07%) SAN
29 135 (9.93%) 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
1 151 (11.10%) MS Exchange
2 88 (6.47%) SharePoint
3 60 (4.41%) Skype for Business
4 53 (3.90%) Exchange Server 2013
5 51 (3.75%) Exchange Server 2010
5 51 (3.75%) IIS
6 42 (3.09%) Apache
7 26 (1.91%) Confluence
7 26 (1.91%) Tomcat
7 26 (1.91%) WebLogic
8 19 (1.40%) Elasticsearch
9 14 (1.03%) Oracle Service Bus
10 10 (0.74%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 9 (0.66%) JBoss
11 9 (0.66%) SharePoint 2013
12 6 (0.44%) Apache Spark
12 6 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2003
12 6 (0.44%) nginx
12 6 (0.44%) OpenStack
12 6 (0.44%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 26 (1.91%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (0.37%) MS Visio
3 3 (0.22%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.074%) 3ds Max
4 1 (0.074%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.074%) Chatbot
4 1 (0.074%) CINEMA 4D
4 1 (0.074%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.074%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.074%) SketchUp
Business Applications
1 6 (0.44%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.15%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 325 (23.90%) Office 365
2 302 (22.21%) Microsoft Azure
3 194 (14.26%) Amazon AWS
4 46 (3.38%) IaaS
5 43 (3.16%) Azure Active Directory
6 36 (2.65%) PaaS
7 24 (1.76%) AWS CloudFormation
8 16 (1.18%) GitHub
9 14 (1.03%) Mimecast
10 13 (0.96%) Amazon Glacier
10 13 (0.96%) SaaS
11 12 (0.88%) OneDrive
12 10 (0.74%) Amazon S3
13 9 (0.66%) Serverless
14 8 (0.59%) Amazon EC2
14 8 (0.59%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 8 (0.59%) Yammer
15 5 (0.37%) Akamai
16 4 (0.29%) Cloud Computing
16 4 (0.29%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 229 (16.84%) Firewall
2 184 (13.53%) DNS
3 139 (10.22%) DHCP
4 137 (10.07%) SAN
5 124 (9.12%) WAN
6 123 (9.04%) LAN
7 87 (6.40%) TCP/IP
8 75 (5.51%) VPN
9 55 (4.04%) Skype
10 45 (3.31%) NAS
11 42 (3.09%) Network Security
12 35 (2.57%) VLAN
13 29 (2.13%) SSL
14 27 (1.99%) Fibre Channel
15 25 (1.84%) VoIP
15 25 (1.84%) Wi-Fi
16 24 (1.76%) Internet
17 23 (1.69%) NetScaler
18 21 (1.54%) Cisco ASA
18 21 (1.54%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 130 (9.56%) SQL Server
2 19 (1.40%) SQL Server 2008
3 18 (1.32%) Hadoop
3 18 (1.32%) MySQL
4 12 (0.88%) SQL Server 2012
5 9 (0.66%) MongoDB
5 9 (0.66%) Relational Database
6 8 (0.59%) Oracle Reports
7 7 (0.51%) Amazon RDS
7 7 (0.51%) Apache Cassandra
7 7 (0.51%) Big Data
7 7 (0.51%) SQL Server 2014
8 6 (0.44%) DB2
8 6 (0.44%) Oracle Database
8 6 (0.44%) SQL Server 2005
9 5 (0.37%) ArangoDB
9 5 (0.37%) Azure SQL Database
9 5 (0.37%) Neo4j
10 4 (0.29%) Amazon Redshift
10 4 (0.29%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 69 (5.07%) Jenkins
2 34 (2.50%) Git (software)
3 32 (2.35%) JIRA
4 26 (1.91%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 16 (1.18%) Maven
6 15 (1.10%) Artifactory
7 14 (1.03%) Subversion
8 12 (0.88%) MSI
8 12 (0.88%) Octopus Deploy
9 10 (0.74%) TeamCity
9 10 (0.74%) Visual Studio Team System
10 9 (0.66%) Visual Studio
11 8 (0.59%) Bitbucket
12 7 (0.51%) Vagrant
13 6 (0.44%) GitLab
14 4 (0.29%) CF BOSH
14 4 (0.29%) Chocolatey
14 4 (0.29%) GoCD
14 4 (0.29%) RStudio
14 4 (0.29%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 215 (15.81%) Finance
2 57 (4.19%) Banking
3 43 (3.16%) Retail
4 37 (2.72%) Telecoms
5 31 (2.28%) Law
6 19 (1.40%) Manufacturing
7 16 (1.18%) Legal
8 15 (1.10%) Marketing
9 13 (0.96%) Electronics
9 13 (0.96%) Financial Institution
10 10 (0.74%) Front Office
11 7 (0.51%) Advertising
12 6 (0.44%) Back Office
13 5 (0.37%) Local Government
13 5 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
14 4 (0.29%) French Language
15 3 (0.22%) Aerospace
15 3 (0.22%) Games
15 3 (0.22%) Investment Banking
16 2 (0.15%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (3.09%) Web Services
2 35 (2.57%) LDAP
2 35 (2.57%) Middleware
3 17 (1.25%) Elastic Stack
4 15 (1.10%) 802.1X
4 15 (1.10%) XML
5 14 (1.03%) EntireX
6 13 (0.96%) .NET
7 10 (0.74%) REST
8 9 (0.66%) Node.js
9 8 (0.59%) Kafka
9 8 (0.59%) SAML
10 7 (0.51%) JSON
11 6 (0.44%) J2EE
12 4 (0.29%) LAMP
12 4 (0.29%) Software Packaging
13 3 (0.22%) .NET Core
13 3 (0.22%) Drools
13 3 (0.22%) Spring
13 3 (0.22%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 154 (11.32%) Data Centre
2 52 (3.82%) Analytical Skills
3 41 (3.01%) Clustering
3 41 (3.01%) PKI
4 28 (2.06%) Fat Client
4 28 (2.06%) Public Cloud
4 28 (2.06%) Thin Client
5 27 (1.99%) Self-Motivation
6 23 (1.69%) Replication
7 19 (1.40%) Blackberry
7 19 (1.40%) Management Information System
8 17 (1.25%) Cloud Native
9 13 (0.96%) Hybrid Cloud
9 13 (0.96%) Private Cloud
10 11 (0.81%) HP StoreVirtual
11 10 (0.74%) CMDB
11 10 (0.74%) FMCG
12 9 (0.66%) Fintech
12 9 (0.66%) iSeries
12 9 (0.66%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 832 (61.18%) Windows
2 536 (39.41%) Windows Server
3 317 (23.31%) Linux
4 190 (13.97%) Windows Server 2012
5 166 (12.21%) Windows Server 2008
6 135 (9.93%) Windows 10
7 90 (6.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 66 (4.85%) Unix
9 64 (4.71%) Windows 7
10 39 (2.87%) Windows Server 2003
11 28 (2.06%) CentOS
12 20 (1.47%) Solaris
13 14 (1.03%) Ubuntu
14 9 (0.66%) SUSE
15 8 (0.59%) Windows 8
16 7 (0.51%) Android
17 6 (0.44%) Apple iOS
18 5 (0.37%) Data ONTAP
19 4 (0.29%) AIX
19 4 (0.29%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,333 (98.01%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 180 (13.24%) Migration
3 167 (12.28%) ITIL
4 111 (8.16%) DevOps
5 98 (7.21%) Agile Software Development
6 81 (5.96%) Problem-Solving
7 72 (5.29%) Disaster Recovery
8 56 (4.12%) Configuration Management
9 53 (3.90%) Continuous Delivery
10 50 (3.68%) Continuous Integration
11 45 (3.31%) High Availability
12 41 (3.01%) Deployment Automation
12 41 (3.01%) Storage Management
13 40 (2.94%) Service Delivery
14 38 (2.79%) Patch Management
15 37 (2.72%) Change Management
16 35 (2.57%) Server Management
17 32 (2.35%) Load Balancing
18 31 (2.28%) Cybersecurity
19 30 (2.21%) Infrastructure Management
Programming Languages
1 288 (21.18%) PowerShell
2 112 (8.24%) SQL
3 77 (5.66%) Python
4 51 (3.75%) Bash Shell
5 50 (3.68%) Java
6 33 (2.43%) Perl
7 30 (2.21%) Ruby
8 21 (1.54%) VB
8 21 (1.54%) VBScript
9 15 (1.10%) C
10 12 (0.88%) JavaScript
11 11 (0.81%) Shell Script
12 8 (0.59%) Go
13 7 (0.51%) C#
14 6 (0.44%) C++
15 4 (0.29%) MATLAB
15 4 (0.29%) R
16 3 (0.22%) VBA
17 2 (0.15%) AWK
17 2 (0.15%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 188 (13.82%) Security Cleared
2 152 (11.18%) SC Cleared
3 92 (6.76%) Microsoft Certification
4 62 (4.56%) Cisco Certification
5 61 (4.49%) MCSE
6 43 (3.16%) CCNA
7 41 (3.01%) Degree
8 38 (2.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 32 (2.35%) MCSA
10 27 (1.99%) DV Cleared
11 23 (1.69%) CCNP
12 17 (1.25%) MCP
13 16 (1.18%) ITIL Certification
14 15 (1.10%) Citrix Certification
14 15 (1.10%) MCITP
15 14 (1.03%) AWS Certification
16 12 (0.88%) Computer Science Degree
17 11 (0.81%) CCA
17 11 (0.81%) CISSP
18 9 (0.66%) OCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (1.54%) SLA
2 12 (0.88%) GDPR
3 7 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (0.37%) FINRA
4 5 (0.37%) QA
5 4 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
5 4 (0.29%) PMO
6 2 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.15%) GPG13
6 2 (0.15%) GxP
6 2 (0.15%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.074%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 1 (0.074%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.074%) GAMP
7 1 (0.074%) Government Security Classifications
7 1 (0.074%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 1 (0.074%) ISO 22301
7 1 (0.074%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 602 (44.26%) Active Directory
2 311 (22.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 166 (12.21%) Hyper-V
4 120 (8.82%) vSphere
4 120 (8.82%) XenApp
5 111 (8.16%) VMware ESXi
6 87 (6.40%) XenDesktop
7 48 (3.53%) Microsoft App-V
8 47 (3.46%) Docker
9 37 (2.72%) Virtual Machines
10 28 (2.06%) Virtual Servers
11 24 (1.76%) XenServer
12 19 (1.40%) DFS Replication
13 15 (1.10%) Firmware
14 13 (0.96%) vCloud
15 12 (0.88%) VMware NSX
16 9 (0.66%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 9 (0.66%) VMware Workstation
17 7 (0.51%) NFS
17 7 (0.51%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 228 (16.76%) SCCM
2 89 (6.54%) Ansible
3 73 (5.37%) Terraform
4 67 (4.93%) Puppet
5 62 (4.56%) SCOM
6 48 (3.53%) Opscode Chef
7 43 (3.16%) vCenter Server
8 38 (2.79%) WSUS
9 37 (2.72%) McAfee ePO
10 33 (2.43%) Kubernetes
11 30 (2.21%) Microsoft Intune
12 21 (1.54%) Backup Exec
12 21 (1.54%) vRealize
13 20 (1.47%) NetBackup
14 18 (1.32%) Forum Sentry
14 18 (1.32%) PowerCLI
15 16 (1.18%) Microsoft Clustering
16 15 (1.10%) AirWatch
16 15 (1.10%) CA Single Sign-On
16 15 (1.10%) Nagios
Vendors
1 633 (46.54%) VMware
2 423 (31.10%) Microsoft
3 239 (17.57%) Citrix
4 230 (16.91%) Cisco
5 94 (6.91%) NetApp
6 90 (6.62%) HP
7 69 (5.07%) Red Hat
8 64 (4.71%) McAfee
9 60 (4.41%) EMC
9 60 (4.41%) Oracle
10 51 (3.75%) Dell
11 49 (3.60%) CheckPoint
12 45 (3.31%) Veeam
13 38 (2.79%) Palo Alto
14 36 (2.65%) Symantec
15 29 (2.13%) Ivanti
15 29 (2.13%) SolarWinds
16 28 (2.06%) Juniper
17 25 (1.84%) IBM
17 25 (1.84%) Isilon