Period
to 7 March 2021

The median contractor rate for an Infrastructure Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 7 March 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
7 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 208 171 218
Rank change year-on-year -37 +47 +45
Contract jobs requiring an Infrastructure Engineer 591 1,018 1,302
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.23% 1.54% 1.34%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.32% 1.64% 1.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 536 744 941
Median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £274 £252 £263
90th Percentile £575 £538 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £355 £375 £373
% change year-on-year -5.33% +0.67% +6.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 16 32
Median hourly rate £40.00 £36.05 £39.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.97% -9.32% +60.61%
10th Percentile £22.00 £19.50 £15.25
90th Percentile £63.75 £49.75 £53.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £28.78 £37.25
% change year-on-year +30.30% -22.74% +77.38%

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 44,605 62,032 92,022
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.73% 93.92% 94.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 30,340 41,343 62,070
Median daily rate £475 £450 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% -2.70% +2.78%
10th Percentile £263 £230 £269
90th Percentile £650 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,604 2,324 2,733
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.70 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.32% +6.86% -2.78%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.41 £11.00
90th Percentile £57.50 £51.62 £48.75
Median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +5.71% - -

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 7 March 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 7 March 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 7 March 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 -25 495 £388 -3.13% 360
UK excluding London -6 348 £355 -5.33% 286
London -8 173 £425 +3.03% 95
Work from Home -117 129 £400 +6.67% 62
South East +8 84 £350 -12.50% 48
North of England +1 71 £350 -4.76% 83
Midlands +45 61 £350 -6.67% 61
East of England +41 43 £413 +22.22% 32
South West +9 43 £350 -17.65% 43
Scotland -16 43 £375 -6.25% 13
East Midlands +41 35 £350 -3.45% 22
North West +3 35 £361 -3.67% 43
West Midlands +19 26 £325 -16.67% 39
Yorkshire +9 22 £300 -14.29% 28
North East +22 14 £331 -5.36% 12
Wales +1 2 £488 +55.88% 8
Northern Ireland +4 1 £255 -41.21%

Infrastructure Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 7 March 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.

1 574 (97.12%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 343 (58.04%) Windows
3 275 (46.53%) Active Directory
4 253 (42.81%) VMware
5 245 (41.46%) Azure
6 239 (40.44%) Microsoft
7 189 (31.98%) Windows Server
8 167 (28.26%) PowerShell
9 161 (27.24%) Microsoft 365
10 153 (25.89%) Security Cleared
11 149 (25.21%) VMware Infrastructure
12 140 (23.69%) Linux
13 127 (21.49%) Cisco
14 121 (20.47%) SC Cleared
15 119 (20.14%) Firewall
16 111 (18.78%) DNS
16 111 (18.78%) DevOps
17 96 (16.24%) Ansible
18 87 (14.72%) Windows Server 2012
19 86 (14.55%) AWS
20 85 (14.38%) Azure Active Directory
21 84 (14.21%) Migration
22 74 (12.52%) Citrix
22 74 (12.52%) VMware ESXi
23 72 (12.18%) Agile Software Development
24 68 (11.51%) Windows 10
25 66 (11.17%) ITIL
25 66 (11.17%) SCCM
26 65 (11.00%) Dell
27 64 (10.83%) Windows Server 2016

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 49 (8.29%) MS Exchange
2 44 (7.45%) SharePoint
3 12 (2.03%) Exchange Server 2010
4 10 (1.69%) ArcGIS
4 10 (1.69%) Skype for Business
5 9 (1.52%) Apache
5 9 (1.52%) BizTalk Server
5 9 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2013
6 7 (1.18%) IIS
7 5 (0.85%) WebLogic
8 4 (0.68%) Confluence
8 4 (0.68%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.51%) CMS
9 3 (0.51%) WebLogic Portal
10 2 (0.34%) Cloud Foundry
10 2 (0.34%) Elasticsearch
11 1 (0.17%) Documentum
11 1 (0.17%) IBM Notes
11 1 (0.17%) OpenStack
11 1 (0.17%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 25 (4.23%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (1.69%) Photoshop
3 6 (1.02%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.68%) Microsoft Excel
5 1 (0.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.17%) Maximo
1 1 (0.17%) Sentinel
1 1 (0.17%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 245 (41.46%) Azure
2 161 (27.24%) Microsoft 365
3 86 (14.55%) AWS
4 85 (14.38%) Azure Active Directory
5 43 (7.28%) IaaS
6 35 (5.92%) PaaS
7 18 (3.05%) OneDrive
8 17 (2.88%) SaaS
9 15 (2.54%) GCP
10 14 (2.37%) Mimecast
11 13 (2.20%) Amazon EC2
12 11 (1.86%) Amazon S3
12 11 (1.86%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 7 (1.18%) AWS CloudFormation
13 7 (1.18%) Serverless
14 6 (1.02%) Cloud Computing
14 6 (1.02%) GitHub
14 6 (1.02%) Power Platform
15 5 (0.85%) OpenShift
16 4 (0.68%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 119 (20.14%) Firewall
2 111 (18.78%) DNS
3 63 (10.66%) DHCP
4 52 (8.80%) SAN
5 43 (7.28%) WAN
6 39 (6.60%) VPN
7 38 (6.43%) VLAN
8 37 (6.26%) LAN
9 30 (5.08%) VSAN
10 19 (3.21%) Network Security
11 18 (3.05%) TCP/IP
12 17 (2.88%) MPLS
12 17 (2.88%) Wireless
13 15 (2.54%) Cisco ASA
14 14 (2.37%) VoIP
15 13 (2.20%) Cisco Nexus
16 11 (1.86%) Ethernet
16 11 (1.86%) Internet
16 11 (1.86%) NetScaler
16 11 (1.86%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 60 (10.15%) SQL Server
2 11 (1.86%) Oracle Database
3 10 (1.69%) Hadoop
4 9 (1.52%) GIS
5 8 (1.35%) HBase
5 8 (1.35%) SQL Server 2012
6 7 (1.18%) SQL Server 2016
7 6 (1.02%) Power BI
8 4 (0.68%) Amazon RDS
8 4 (0.68%) Big Data
9 3 (0.51%) PostgreSQL
9 3 (0.51%) RDBMS
9 3 (0.51%) Relational Database
10 2 (0.34%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 2 (0.34%) Azure SQL Database
10 2 (0.34%) Cosmos DB
10 2 (0.34%) MySQL
11 1 (0.17%) Data Lake
11 1 (0.17%) MongoDB
11 1 (0.17%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 47 (7.95%) Jenkins
2 23 (3.89%) GitLab
3 18 (3.05%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 18 (3.05%) TeamCity
4 13 (2.20%) Git (software)
5 10 (1.69%) JIRA
6 8 (1.35%) Bitbucket
6 8 (1.35%) Sonatype Nexus
7 7 (1.18%) Hudson
8 4 (0.68%) SonarQube
9 2 (0.34%) Chocolatey
9 2 (0.34%) Maven
9 2 (0.34%) Octopus Deploy
9 2 (0.34%) Subversion
9 2 (0.34%) Terragrunt
10 1 (0.17%) Cucumber
10 1 (0.17%) JMeter
10 1 (0.17%) JUnit
10 1 (0.17%) Selenium
10 1 (0.17%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 60 (10.15%) Public Sector
2 58 (9.81%) Finance
3 15 (2.54%) Banking
4 13 (2.20%) Manufacturing
5 11 (1.86%) Telecoms
6 9 (1.52%) Legal
7 7 (1.18%) Law
8 5 (0.85%) Back Office
8 5 (0.85%) Front Office
9 4 (0.68%) Electronics
9 4 (0.68%) Marketing
9 4 (0.68%) Retail
10 2 (0.34%) Advertising
10 2 (0.34%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.34%) Fire and Rescue
10 2 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.17%) Billing
11 1 (0.17%) Digital Economy
11 1 (0.17%) Military
11 1 (0.17%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (3.72%) Elastic Stack
2 16 (2.71%) Web Services
3 11 (1.86%) SAML
4 8 (1.35%) Middleware
5 7 (1.18%) REST
6 6 (1.02%) .NET
7 5 (0.85%) YAML
8 4 (0.68%) JSON
8 4 (0.68%) Spring
9 3 (0.51%) J2EE
9 3 (0.51%) LDAP
9 3 (0.51%) Node.js
9 3 (0.51%) Swagger
10 2 (0.34%) gRPC
10 2 (0.34%) RESTful
10 2 (0.34%) SOAP
11 1 (0.17%) COM
11 1 (0.17%) Kafka
11 1 (0.17%) RabbitMQ
11 1 (0.17%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 60 (10.15%) Data Centre
2 24 (4.06%) Analytical Skills
3 16 (2.71%) Management Information System
4 15 (2.54%) Greenfield Project
5 13 (2.20%) Public Cloud
6 12 (2.03%) Smartcard
7 10 (1.69%) PKI
7 10 (1.69%) Replication
8 9 (1.52%) Self-Motivation
9 7 (1.18%) Clustering
10 6 (1.02%) Cloud Native
11 5 (0.85%) Fat Client
11 5 (0.85%) Thin Client
12 4 (0.68%) CMDB
12 4 (0.68%) Hybrid Cloud
12 4 (0.68%) NHS
12 4 (0.68%) TM Forum
12 4 (0.68%) User Experience
12 4 (0.68%) Video Conferencing
12 4 (0.68%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 343 (58.04%) Windows
2 189 (31.98%) Windows Server
3 140 (23.69%) Linux
4 87 (14.72%) Windows Server 2012
5 68 (11.51%) Windows 10
6 64 (10.83%) Windows Server 2016
7 47 (7.95%) Windows Server 2008
8 44 (7.45%) Windows Server 2019
9 27 (4.57%) Windows 7
10 26 (4.40%) Unix
11 25 (4.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 24 (4.06%) Ubuntu
13 10 (1.69%) Solaris
14 9 (1.52%) CentOS
15 7 (1.18%) VMS
16 4 (0.68%) Windows Server 2003
17 2 (0.34%) Windows 8
17 2 (0.34%) Windows XP
18 1 (0.17%) Apple iOS
18 1 (0.17%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 574 (97.12%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 111 (18.78%) DevOps
3 84 (14.21%) Migration
4 72 (12.18%) Agile Software Development
5 66 (11.17%) ITIL
6 41 (6.94%) Configuration Management
6 41 (6.94%) Infrastructure Automation
7 36 (6.09%) Change Management
8 34 (5.75%) Continuous Improvement
8 34 (5.75%) Project Delivery
9 30 (5.08%) Converged Infrastructure
10 29 (4.91%) Infrastructure as Code
11 28 (4.74%) Identity Management
11 28 (4.74%) Mobile Device Management
12 25 (4.23%) Problem-Solving
13 24 (4.06%) Patch Management
14 22 (3.72%) Cybersecurity
14 22 (3.72%) Disaster Recovery
15 21 (3.55%) Use Case
16 20 (3.38%) Deployment Automation
Programming Languages
1 167 (28.26%) PowerShell
2 47 (7.95%) Bash Shell
3 45 (7.61%) Python
4 38 (6.43%) SQL
5 32 (5.41%) Java
6 17 (2.88%) C
7 14 (2.37%) VB
8 11 (1.86%) Ruby
8 11 (1.86%) Shell Script
9 9 (1.52%) Perl
10 8 (1.35%) Go
11 6 (1.02%) C#
11 6 (1.02%) JavaScript
12 3 (0.51%) Groovy
12 3 (0.51%) Scala
13 2 (0.34%) T-SQL
13 2 (0.34%) VBScript
14 1 (0.17%) F#
14 1 (0.17%) Haskell
14 1 (0.17%) PHP
Qualifications
1 153 (25.89%) Security Cleared
2 121 (20.47%) SC Cleared
3 48 (8.12%) DV Cleared
4 38 (6.43%) Microsoft Certification
5 30 (5.08%) Cisco Certification
6 19 (3.21%) MCSE
7 17 (2.88%) CCNA
8 16 (2.71%) Degree
9 15 (2.54%) MCSA
10 13 (2.20%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 6 (1.02%) CCNP
12 5 (0.85%) A+ Certification
12 5 (0.85%) AWS Certification
12 5 (0.85%) Citrix Certification
12 5 (0.85%) ITIL Certification
13 4 (0.68%) Chartered Engineer
13 4 (0.68%) GIAC
13 4 (0.68%) RHCE
14 3 (0.51%) CITP
14 3 (0.51%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (3.21%) SLA
2 10 (1.69%) QA
3 3 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (0.51%) NCSC
4 2 (0.34%) GDPR
4 2 (0.34%) NIST
5 1 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.17%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.17%) Def Stans
5 1 (0.17%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.17%) GAMP
5 1 (0.17%) Government Security Classifications
5 1 (0.17%) GxP
5 1 (0.17%) HIPAA
5 1 (0.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 1 (0.17%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 275 (46.53%) Active Directory
2 149 (25.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 74 (12.52%) VMware ESXi
4 49 (8.29%) Docker
4 49 (8.29%) vSphere
5 45 (7.61%) Hyper-V
6 40 (6.77%) VMware NSX
7 12 (2.03%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
8 9 (1.52%) DFS Replication
8 9 (1.52%) Virtual Machines
8 9 (1.52%) XenApp
9 8 (1.35%) HDFS
9 8 (1.35%) Virtual Desktop
9 8 (1.35%) Virtual Servers
10 7 (1.18%) XenDesktop
11 6 (1.02%) VMware Server
12 4 (0.68%) EMC RecoverPoint
13 3 (0.51%) Microsoft App-V
14 2 (0.34%) NFS
14 2 (0.34%) UAG
Systems Management
1 96 (16.24%) Ansible
2 66 (11.17%) SCCM
3 61 (10.32%) Terraform
4 45 (7.61%) Puppet
5 43 (7.28%) Microsoft Intune
6 42 (7.11%) vCenter Server
7 40 (6.77%) Kubernetes
8 22 (3.72%) vRealize
9 21 (3.55%) Opscode Chef
10 20 (3.38%) SCOM
11 17 (2.88%) Single Sign-On
12 11 (1.86%) WSUS
13 8 (1.35%) PowerCLI
14 7 (1.18%) Backup Exec
14 7 (1.18%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 6 (1.02%) FortiGate
15 6 (1.02%) McAfee ePO
15 6 (1.02%) Packer
15 6 (1.02%) Salt
16 5 (0.85%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 253 (42.81%) VMware
2 239 (40.44%) Microsoft
3 127 (21.49%) Cisco
4 74 (12.52%) Citrix
5 65 (11.00%) Dell
6 39 (6.60%) Oracle
7 33 (5.58%) HP
8 32 (5.41%) EMC
9 26 (4.40%) Veeam
10 22 (3.72%) Red Hat
11 21 (3.55%) Juniper
12 20 (3.38%) NetApp
13 19 (3.21%) Splunk
14 15 (2.54%) LogRhythm
14 15 (2.54%) SolarWinds
14 15 (2.54%) Sybase
15 14 (2.37%) ServiceNow
15 14 (2.37%) Sophos
16 13 (2.20%) Lumension
17 12 (2.03%) Fortinet