Period
to 5 December 2021

The median contractor rate for an Infrastructure Engineer was £440 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 5 December 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
5 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 244 206 169
Rank change year-on-year -38 -37 +59
Contract jobs requiring an Infrastructure Engineer 989 472 1,294
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.12% 1.26% 1.58%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.20% 1.36% 1.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 717 341 933
10th Percentile £281 £256 £260
25th Percentile £350 £313 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £440 £385 £375
Median % change year-on-year +14.29% +2.67% -3.23%
75th Percentile £525 £488 £456
90th Percentile £594 £575 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £355 £375
% change year-on-year +12.68% -5.33% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 9 19
10th Percentile £19.80 £20.25 £18.00
25th Percentile £30.00 £23.00 £19.43
Median hourly rate £43.19 £39.00 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year +10.74% +73.33% -2.45%
75th Percentile £62.34 £40.75 £46.00
90th Percentile £64.45 £43.10 £54.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.22 £39.25 £21.00
% change year-on-year +5.01% +86.90% -2.33%

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 82,576 34,582 77,005
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.48% 92.46% 94.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,820 23,432 51,506
10th Percentile £300 £256 £250
25th Percentile £413 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £504 £473 £455
Median % change year-on-year +6.67% +3.85% +1.11%
75th Percentile £613 £575 £563
90th Percentile £700 £650 £645
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,155 1,267 2,769
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.00 £14.25 £13.75
Median hourly rate £20.00 £23.00 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year -13.04% +23.03% +6.83%
75th Percentile £45.89 £45.00 £42.00
90th Percentile £62.50 £57.50 £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -12.50% +14.29% -

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 5 December 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 5 December 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 5 December 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 -29 864 £435 +12.99% 475
UK excluding London -29 523 £400 +12.68% 383
London -13 348 £475 +13.77% 132
Work from Home -101 190 £425 +3.03% 83
South East -9 148 £435 +16.78% 75
North of England -23 119 £425 +23.19% 113
Midlands -32 91 £350 -6.67% 73
South West -28 72 £383 +9.29% 48
North West -34 61 £425 +21.43% 57
West Midlands -21 54 £325 +0.78% 49
Yorkshire -7 48 £425 +44.07% 45
East of England -37 47 £363 -12.12% 30
East Midlands -29 35 £356 -16.18% 24
Wales +5 30 £475 +58.33% 16
Scotland -81 17 £425 +21.43% 20
North East -11 13 £550 +51.72% 11
Northern Ireland - 1 - - 8

Infrastructure Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 December 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.

1 944 (95.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 544 (55.01%) Windows
3 440 (44.49%) Active Directory
4 439 (44.39%) VMware
5 438 (44.29%) Azure
6 371 (37.51%) Microsoft
7 333 (33.67%) Windows Server
8 293 (29.63%) Microsoft 365
9 242 (24.47%) VMware Infrastructure
10 211 (21.33%) PowerShell
11 204 (20.63%) Firewall
12 188 (19.01%) Security Cleared
13 183 (18.50%) Linux
14 179 (18.10%) ITIL
15 171 (17.29%) SCCM
16 156 (15.77%) Citrix
17 148 (14.96%) Cisco
17 148 (14.96%) DNS
18 147 (14.86%) AWS
19 145 (14.66%) SC Cleared
20 133 (13.45%) Social Skills
21 131 (13.25%) DevOps
22 127 (12.84%) Finance
23 123 (12.44%) Migration
24 114 (11.53%) Windows Server 2012
25 109 (11.02%) Azure Active Directory
26 107 (10.82%) Agile Software Development
27 106 (10.72%) Terraform
28 94 (9.50%) DHCP
29 92 (9.30%) 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 (6.88%) SharePoint
2 62 (6.27%) MS Exchange
3 24 (2.43%) IIS
4 13 (1.31%) Elasticsearch
4 13 (1.31%) Skype for Business
5 12 (1.21%) Apache
6 11 (1.11%) Confluence
6 11 (1.11%) nginx
7 9 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2010
7 9 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2013
7 9 (0.91%) Tomcat
8 7 (0.71%) ArcGIS
9 5 (0.51%) Apache Spark
9 5 (0.51%) OpenStack
10 4 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2007
10 4 (0.40%) WebSphere
11 3 (0.30%) Apache Airflow
12 1 (0.10%) Exchange Server 2003
12 1 (0.10%) Oracle Workflow
12 1 (0.10%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 29 (2.93%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (0.71%) Photoshop
3 2 (0.20%) Mathcad
3 2 (0.20%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.10%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.40%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.20%) Misys Midas
2 2 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.10%) Elite 3E
3 1 (0.10%) Infor SunSystems
3 1 (0.10%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.10%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 438 (44.29%) Azure
2 293 (29.63%) Microsoft 365
3 147 (14.86%) AWS
4 109 (11.02%) Azure Active Directory
5 79 (7.99%) IaaS
6 72 (7.28%) PaaS
7 47 (4.75%) SaaS
8 36 (3.64%) GCP
9 22 (2.22%) Mimecast
10 17 (1.72%) Azure Storage
11 16 (1.62%) OneDrive
12 15 (1.52%) Serverless
13 13 (1.31%) Amazon EC2
14 12 (1.21%) AWS CloudFormation
14 12 (1.21%) OpenShift
15 11 (1.11%) Azure Service Bus
16 10 (1.01%) Cloud Computing
17 9 (0.91%) Amazon S3
18 8 (0.81%) Azure Cosmos DB
18 8 (0.81%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 204 (20.63%) Firewall
2 148 (14.96%) DNS
3 94 (9.50%) DHCP
4 83 (8.39%) WAN
5 74 (7.48%) LAN
6 70 (7.08%) SAN
7 68 (6.88%) VPN
8 38 (3.84%) TCP/IP
9 37 (3.74%) Wi-Fi
10 33 (3.34%) Wireless
11 30 (3.03%) Network Security
12 25 (2.53%) VLAN
13 24 (2.43%) NetScaler
14 22 (2.22%) SD-WAN
15 21 (2.12%) Skype
16 20 (2.02%) VoIP
17 18 (1.82%) MPLS
18 15 (1.52%) Cisco ASA
18 15 (1.52%) iSCSI
19 14 (1.42%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 77 (7.79%) SQL Server
2 14 (1.42%) MySQL
3 11 (1.11%) Amazon RDS
4 9 (0.91%) Azure SQL Database
4 9 (0.91%) Cloudera CDH
4 9 (0.91%) SQL Server 2012
5 8 (0.81%) MongoDB
5 8 (0.81%) SQL Server 2014
6 7 (0.71%) Big Data
6 7 (0.71%) GIS
6 7 (0.71%) Hadoop
6 7 (0.71%) SQL Server 2016
7 6 (0.61%) PostgreSQL
8 5 (0.51%) NoSQL
9 4 (0.40%) DTS
9 4 (0.40%) FileMaker
9 4 (0.40%) MariaDB
9 4 (0.40%) SQL Server 2008
10 3 (0.30%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 3 (0.30%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 49 (4.95%) Jenkins
2 33 (3.34%) Git (software)
3 24 (2.43%) GitLab
4 16 (1.62%) JIRA
5 9 (0.91%) SonarQube
5 9 (0.91%) Sonatype Nexus
6 7 (0.71%) Bitbucket
7 6 (0.61%) TeamCity
8 5 (0.51%) Terragrunt
9 4 (0.40%) Artifactory
9 4 (0.40%) Gradle
9 4 (0.40%) Maven
9 4 (0.40%) Visual Studio
10 3 (0.30%) Cucumber
10 3 (0.30%) RSpec
10 3 (0.30%) Vagrant
11 2 (0.20%) GCC
12 1 (0.10%) IBM UrbanCode
12 1 (0.10%) MSBuild
12 1 (0.10%) Robot Framework
General
1 133 (13.45%) Social Skills
2 127 (12.84%) Finance
3 92 (9.30%) Public Sector
4 31 (3.13%) Analytical Skills
4 31 (3.13%) Banking
5 24 (2.43%) Telecoms
6 20 (2.02%) Marketing
6 20 (2.02%) Organisational Skills
7 18 (1.82%) Documentation Skills
7 18 (1.82%) Manufacturing
8 15 (1.52%) Electronics
8 15 (1.52%) Retail
9 14 (1.42%) Law
10 7 (0.71%) Presentation Skills
11 5 (0.51%) Back Office
11 5 (0.51%) Financial Institution
11 5 (0.51%) Legal
12 3 (0.30%) Games
12 3 (0.30%) Investment Banking
13 2 (0.20%) International Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (2.53%) Elastic Stack
2 11 (1.11%) .NET
2 11 (1.11%) Web Services
3 10 (1.01%) LDAP
4 9 (0.91%) Middleware
5 8 (0.81%) SAML
5 8 (0.81%) YAML
6 5 (0.51%) ARM Templates
6 5 (0.51%) JSON
6 5 (0.51%) SailPoint
7 4 (0.40%) 802.1X
7 4 (0.40%) OAuth
8 3 (0.30%) OAuth2
8 3 (0.30%) OpenID
8 3 (0.30%) Software Packaging
9 2 (0.20%) XML
10 1 (0.10%) COM
10 1 (0.10%) JSP
10 1 (0.10%) Servlets
10 1 (0.10%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 92 (9.30%) Data Centre
2 35 (3.54%) Public Cloud
3 33 (3.34%) PKI
4 18 (1.82%) Clustering
4 18 (1.82%) Data Protection Act
5 12 (1.21%) Enterprise Software
5 12 (1.21%) Legacy Applications
5 12 (1.21%) NHS
6 10 (1.01%) Driving Licence
6 10 (1.01%) Private Cloud
7 9 (0.91%) Management Information System
8 8 (0.81%) Fat Client
8 8 (0.81%) Self-Motivation
8 8 (0.81%) Thin Client
9 7 (0.71%) Cloud Native
9 7 (0.71%) Greenfield Project
9 7 (0.71%) Hybrid Cloud
9 7 (0.71%) Replication
10 6 (0.61%) CMDB
10 6 (0.61%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 544 (55.01%) Windows
2 333 (33.67%) Windows Server
3 183 (18.50%) Linux
4 114 (11.53%) Windows Server 2012
5 77 (7.79%) Windows Server 2019
6 72 (7.28%) Windows Server 2016
7 70 (7.08%) Windows 10
8 46 (4.65%) Windows Server 2008
9 39 (3.94%) Unix
10 35 (3.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 28 (2.83%) Windows 7
12 12 (1.21%) CentOS
13 10 (1.01%) Ubuntu
14 8 (0.81%) VMS
14 8 (0.81%) Windows Server 2003
15 7 (0.71%) Solaris
16 5 (0.51%) Debian
17 4 (0.40%) SUSE
18 3 (0.30%) Android
18 3 (0.30%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 944 (95.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 179 (18.10%) ITIL
3 131 (13.25%) DevOps
4 123 (12.44%) Migration
5 107 (10.82%) Agile Software Development
6 83 (8.39%) Infrastructure as Code
7 60 (6.07%) Problem-Solving
8 57 (5.76%) Disaster Recovery
9 52 (5.26%) Project Delivery
10 45 (4.55%) Patch Management
11 41 (4.15%) Configuration Management
11 41 (4.15%) Service Delivery
12 40 (4.04%) Infrastructure Automation
13 38 (3.84%) Cybersecurity
14 31 (3.13%) Server Management
15 30 (3.03%) Service Management
16 29 (2.93%) Open Source
16 29 (2.93%) Systems Engineering
17 28 (2.83%) Mobile Device Management
18 25 (2.53%) Infrastructure Management
Programming Languages
1 211 (21.33%) PowerShell
2 92 (9.30%) SQL
3 60 (6.07%) Python
4 38 (3.84%) Bash Shell
5 18 (1.82%) Java
5 18 (1.82%) Ruby
6 17 (1.72%) VB
7 14 (1.42%) C
7 14 (1.42%) VBScript
8 11 (1.11%) Shell Script
9 8 (0.81%) Perl
10 7 (0.71%) C#
10 7 (0.71%) Groovy
11 6 (0.61%) C++
12 5 (0.51%) Go
12 5 (0.51%) JavaScript
13 3 (0.30%) MATLAB
13 3 (0.30%) PHP
13 3 (0.30%) T-SQL
14 2 (0.20%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 188 (19.01%) Security Cleared
2 145 (14.66%) SC Cleared
3 62 (6.27%) Microsoft Certification
4 48 (4.85%) Cisco Certification
5 38 (3.84%) CCNA
6 32 (3.24%) DV Cleared
6 32 (3.24%) MCSE
7 20 (2.02%) Degree
8 16 (1.62%) ITIL Certification
9 15 (1.52%) CCNP
10 14 (1.42%) BPSS Clearance
11 13 (1.31%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 12 (1.21%) MCSA
13 11 (1.11%) MCP
14 9 (0.91%) Citrix Certification
15 7 (0.71%) MCITP
16 6 (0.61%) CCIE
16 6 (0.61%) DBS Check
17 5 (0.51%) Chartered Engineer
17 5 (0.51%) CITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (3.34%) SLA
2 20 (2.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (0.71%) Cyber Essentials
3 7 (0.71%) JSP 440
4 6 (0.61%) Disclosure Scotland
4 6 (0.61%) QA
5 5 (0.51%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 5 (0.51%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.40%) GDPR
6 4 (0.40%) NCSC
7 3 (0.30%) NIST
8 1 (0.10%) COBIT
8 1 (0.10%) DICOM
8 1 (0.10%) FedRAMP
8 1 (0.10%) HL7
8 1 (0.10%) ISO 22301
8 1 (0.10%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 1 (0.10%) PMO
System Software
1 440 (44.49%) Active Directory
2 242 (24.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 73 (7.38%) Hyper-V
4 63 (6.37%) vSphere
5 55 (5.56%) VMware ESXi
6 54 (5.46%) Docker
7 44 (4.45%) Virtual Machines
8 30 (3.03%) Virtual Servers
8 30 (3.03%) XenApp
9 21 (2.12%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 19 (1.92%) VMware NSX
11 13 (1.31%) XenDesktop
12 12 (1.21%) NFS
12 12 (1.21%) Virtual Desktop
13 7 (0.71%) BitLocker
14 6 (0.61%) Microsoft App-V
15 4 (0.40%) Firmware
15 4 (0.40%) Terminal Services
15 4 (0.40%) VMware Workstation
16 3 (0.30%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 171 (17.29%) SCCM
2 106 (10.72%) Terraform
3 87 (8.80%) Ansible
4 64 (6.47%) Microsoft Intune
5 49 (4.95%) Kubernetes
6 41 (4.15%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 28 (2.83%) vCenter Server
8 26 (2.63%) WSUS
9 25 (2.53%) Prometheus
10 24 (2.43%) Single Sign-On
11 19 (1.92%) Puppet
11 19 (1.92%) SCOM
12 15 (1.52%) AirWatch
12 15 (1.52%) NetBackup
12 15 (1.52%) vRealize
13 14 (1.42%) FortiGate
13 14 (1.42%) Kibana
14 12 (1.21%) Nessus
14 12 (1.21%) ZABBIX
15 9 (0.91%) MobiControl
Vendors
1 439 (44.39%) VMware
2 371 (37.51%) Microsoft
3 156 (15.77%) Citrix
4 148 (14.96%) Cisco
5 61 (6.17%) HP
6 53 (5.36%) NetApp
7 40 (4.04%) Dell
8 38 (3.84%) ServiceNow
9 37 (3.74%) Red Hat
10 31 (3.13%) CheckPoint
11 30 (3.03%) Meraki
11 30 (3.03%) Oracle
12 25 (2.53%) Veeam
13 24 (2.43%) Palo Alto
14 23 (2.33%) Google
14 23 (2.33%) McAfee
14 23 (2.33%) Splunk
15 22 (2.22%) CommVault
16 20 (2.02%) Aruba
16 20 (2.02%) SolarWinds