Period
to 20 September 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Infrastructure Engineering skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Infrastructure Engineering over the 6 months to 20 September 2021 with a comparison to the 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 Engineering
UK
6 months to
20 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 159 153 130
Rank change year-on-year -6 -23 +47
Contract jobs citing Infrastructure Engineering 1,376 509 1,786
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.74% 1.75% 2.01%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.96% 2.00% 2.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,003 351 1,219
10th Percentile £270 £250 £259
25th Percentile £356 £313 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £413 £400
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% +3.13% -
75th Percentile £538 £504 £488
90th Percentile £616 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 8 18
10th Percentile £19.50 £22.48 £14.61
25th Percentile £19.88 £28.06 £18.87
Median hourly rate £38.55 £39.25 £24.25
Median % change year-on-year -1.78% +61.86% +8.94%
75th Percentile £46.27 £43.38 £45.00
90th Percentile £61.88 £47.60 £46.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.50 £39.25 £22.50
% change year-on-year -35.03% +74.44% +0.90%

Infrastructure Engineering is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 70,365 25,389 77,550
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 88.98% 87.06% 87.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 48,594 17,041 51,827
10th Percentile £319 £300 £300
25th Percentile £413 £388 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £700 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,701 735 2,193
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.01 £11.50
25th Percentile £14.68 £16.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate £24.50 £26.00 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year -5.77% +15.56% +16.02%
75th Percentile £48.75 £46.00 £45.13
90th Percentile £62.50 £56.80 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year -6.67% - +20.56%

Infrastructure Engineering
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Infrastructure Engineering as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Infrastructure Engineering in the UK

Infrastructure Engineering
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Infrastructure Engineering.

Daily rate trend for Infrastructure Engineering in the UK

Infrastructure Engineering
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Infrastructure Engineering over the 6 months to 20 September 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Infrastructure Engineering in the UK

Infrastructure Engineering
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Infrastructure Engineering.

Hourly rate trend for Infrastructure Engineering in the UK

Infrastructure Engineering
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Infrastructure Engineering over the 6 months to 20 September 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Infrastructure Engineering in the UK

Infrastructure Engineering
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 Engineering within the UK over the 6 months to 20 September 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 +3 1,190 £450 +8.11% 650
UK excluding London -1 657 £400 +6.67% 497
London +4 550 £491 +9.00% 183
Work from Home -54 303 £475 +11.76% 91
South East -9 178 £425 +13.33% 96
North of England -23 165 £425 +13.33% 167
Midlands -19 99 £363 -14.71% 92
North West -24 99 £450 +25.00% 91
South West +11 96 £438 +18.64% 55
West Midlands -18 64 £328 -15.48% 62
East of England -17 54 £325 -18.75% 56
Yorkshire -21 50 £400 +3.23% 61
Scotland -65 48 £425 +12.21% 19
East Midlands -17 34 £369 -13.24% 30
North East -8 17 £550 +41.94% 15
Wales -10 17 £325 +8.33% 14
Northern Ireland -6 1 - -

For the 6 months to 20 September 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Infrastructure Engineering also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for Infrastructure Engineering.

1 635 (46.15%) Windows
2 521 (37.86%) Azure
3 499 (36.26%) VMware
4 458 (33.28%) Active Directory
5 396 (28.78%) Microsoft
6 392 (28.49%) Windows Server
7 326 (23.69%) Microsoft 365
8 309 (22.46%) DevOps
9 283 (20.57%) VMware Infrastructure
10 280 (20.35%) Linux
11 275 (19.99%) AWS
12 244 (17.73%) PowerShell
13 220 (15.99%) Firewall
14 206 (14.97%) Security Cleared
14 206 (14.97%) Terraform
15 201 (14.61%) Finance
16 200 (14.53%) Ansible
17 196 (14.24%) Social Skills
18 186 (13.52%) ITIL
19 185 (13.44%) Agile Software Development
20 182 (13.23%) SCCM
21 168 (12.21%) DNS
22 166 (12.06%) Citrix
23 164 (11.92%) SC Cleared
24 163 (11.85%) Cisco
25 159 (11.56%) Migration
26 148 (10.76%) Python
27 137 (9.96%) SQL
28 135 (9.81%) IaaS
29 133 (9.67%) Kubernetes

Infrastructure Engineering
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 88 (6.40%) SharePoint
2 68 (4.94%) MS Exchange
3 26 (1.89%) IIS
4 16 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2013
4 16 (1.16%) Tomcat
5 14 (1.02%) Confluence
5 14 (1.02%) Elasticsearch
6 13 (0.94%) OpenStack
7 12 (0.87%) Apache
8 11 (0.80%) Skype for Business
9 10 (0.73%) nginx
10 9 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2010
11 6 (0.44%) Apache Spark
11 6 (0.44%) ArcGIS
12 5 (0.36%) WebSphere
13 4 (0.29%) Apache Airflow
13 4 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2007
13 4 (0.29%) WebLogic
14 3 (0.22%) CICS
15 2 (0.15%) JBoss
Applications
1 53 (3.85%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (0.65%) Microsoft Excel
2 9 (0.65%) MS Visio
3 6 (0.44%) Photoshop
4 5 (0.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.36%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.15%) Elite 3E
2 2 (0.15%) iTrent
3 1 (0.073%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.073%) SAP Hybris
3 1 (0.073%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 521 (37.86%) Azure
2 326 (23.69%) Microsoft 365
3 275 (19.99%) AWS
4 135 (9.81%) IaaS
5 130 (9.45%) PaaS
6 122 (8.87%) Azure Active Directory
7 72 (5.23%) GitHub
8 68 (4.94%) Serverless
9 59 (4.29%) GCP
10 56 (4.07%) SaaS
11 34 (2.47%) AWS Lambda
11 34 (2.47%) OneDrive
12 26 (1.89%) GitHub Actions
13 25 (1.82%) Azure Functions
13 25 (1.82%) Mimecast
14 19 (1.38%) Amazon EC2
15 18 (1.31%) AWS CloudFormation
16 17 (1.24%) Azure Storage
17 14 (1.02%) Cloud Computing
18 12 (0.87%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 220 (15.99%) Firewall
2 168 (12.21%) DNS
3 117 (8.50%) DHCP
4 94 (6.83%) WAN
5 89 (6.47%) LAN
6 82 (5.96%) SAN
7 71 (5.16%) VPN
8 56 (4.07%) TCP/IP
9 41 (2.98%) Network Security
10 36 (2.62%) Wireless
11 35 (2.54%) Wi-Fi
12 24 (1.74%) VoIP
13 23 (1.67%) Internet
14 22 (1.60%) NetScaler
15 19 (1.38%) VLAN
16 18 (1.31%) Skype
17 16 (1.16%) MPLS
17 16 (1.16%) VSAN
18 14 (1.02%) Remote Desktop
18 14 (1.02%) SD-WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 77 (5.60%) SQL Server
2 20 (1.45%) MySQL
3 14 (1.02%) PostgreSQL
4 13 (0.94%) Big Data
4 13 (0.94%) MongoDB
5 12 (0.87%) Amazon RDS
6 11 (0.80%) Oracle Database
7 10 (0.73%) Azure SQL Database
7 10 (0.73%) NoSQL
7 10 (0.73%) SQL Server 2012
8 9 (0.65%) Hadoop
9 8 (0.58%) Data Warehouse
9 8 (0.58%) SQL Server 2016
10 7 (0.51%) Cloudera CDH
11 6 (0.44%) GIS
11 6 (0.44%) Power BI
12 5 (0.36%) Data Lake
12 5 (0.36%) HBase
13 4 (0.29%) Oracle Database 11g
13 4 (0.29%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 84 (6.10%) Jenkins
2 40 (2.91%) Git (software)
3 34 (2.47%) JIRA
4 22 (1.60%) GitLab
5 16 (1.16%) Sonatype Nexus
6 12 (0.87%) SonarQube
7 9 (0.65%) Bitbucket
8 7 (0.51%) Artifactory
8 7 (0.51%) TeamCity
9 6 (0.44%) Maven
10 5 (0.36%) Subversion
11 4 (0.29%) NeoLoad
12 3 (0.22%) Cucumber
12 3 (0.22%) RSpec
12 3 (0.22%) Selenium
12 3 (0.22%) Vagrant
13 2 (0.15%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 2 (0.15%) Axure RP
13 2 (0.15%) Gradle
13 2 (0.15%) LoadRunner
General
1 201 (14.61%) Finance
2 196 (14.24%) Social Skills
3 98 (7.12%) Public Sector
4 59 (4.29%) Banking
5 43 (3.13%) Analytical Skills
6 39 (2.83%) Telecoms
7 32 (2.33%) Marketing
8 27 (1.96%) Electronics
9 26 (1.89%) Manufacturing
10 25 (1.82%) Documentation Skills
11 22 (1.60%) Law
12 17 (1.24%) Retail
13 14 (1.02%) Legal
14 13 (0.94%) Influencing Skills
15 10 (0.73%) Investment Banking
15 10 (0.73%) Organisational Skills
16 7 (0.51%) Presentation Skills
16 7 (0.51%) Prime Brokerage
17 6 (0.44%) Back Office
18 5 (0.36%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 887 (64.46%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 155 (11.26%) Azure Engineer
3 109 (7.92%) DevOps Engineer
4 108 (7.85%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
5 92 (6.69%) Cloud Engineer
6 85 (6.18%) AWS Engineer
7 75 (5.45%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 74 (5.38%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
9 63 (4.58%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
10 61 (4.43%) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
10 61 (4.43%) VMware Engineer
10 61 (4.43%) Windows Engineer
11 57 (4.14%) Architect
12 53 (3.85%) Server Engineer
13 51 (3.71%) IT Engineer
13 51 (3.71%) Support Engineer
13 51 (3.71%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
14 50 (3.63%) Systems Engineer
15 48 (3.49%) Infrastructure Support
15 48 (3.49%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (2.33%) .NET
2 31 (2.25%) Web Services
3 20 (1.45%) JSON
4 19 (1.38%) .NET Core
5 16 (1.16%) Kafka
5 16 (1.16%) Middleware
6 14 (1.02%) Elastic Stack
6 14 (1.02%) LDAP
7 13 (0.94%) SPIFFE
8 11 (0.80%) REST
9 9 (0.65%) HTML
9 9 (0.65%) SAML
10 7 (0.51%) ARM Templates
10 7 (0.51%) XML
11 6 (0.44%) RabbitMQ
12 5 (0.36%) 802.1X
12 5 (0.36%) Node.js
13 4 (0.29%) AngularJS
13 4 (0.29%) Oracle GoldenGate
13 4 (0.29%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 126 (9.16%) Data Centre
2 75 (5.45%) Data Protection Act
3 49 (3.56%) Public Cloud
4 41 (2.98%) Clustering
5 38 (2.76%) Self-Motivation
6 36 (2.62%) Cloud Native
7 29 (2.11%) PKI
8 21 (1.53%) CMDB
9 20 (1.45%) Data Structures
10 19 (1.38%) Private Cloud
11 18 (1.31%) Hybrid Cloud
11 18 (1.31%) Replication
12 17 (1.24%) Management Information System
13 15 (1.09%) Enterprise Software
13 15 (1.09%) Enterprise Storage
14 13 (0.94%) Greenfield Project
14 13 (0.94%) User Experience
15 12 (0.87%) Hedge funds
15 12 (0.87%) Video Conferencing
16 9 (0.65%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 635 (46.15%) Windows
2 392 (28.49%) Windows Server
3 280 (20.35%) Linux
4 118 (8.58%) Windows Server 2012
5 103 (7.49%) Windows Server 2019
6 96 (6.98%) Windows 10
7 89 (6.47%) Windows Server 2016
8 77 (5.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 71 (5.16%) Unix
10 45 (3.27%) Windows Server 2008
11 32 (2.33%) Windows 7
12 19 (1.38%) VMS
13 18 (1.31%) CentOS
14 12 (0.87%) Solaris
14 12 (0.87%) Windows Server 2003
15 11 (0.80%) Ubuntu
16 10 (0.73%) Android
17 9 (0.65%) Apple iOS
18 7 (0.51%) AIX
18 7 (0.51%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 309 (22.46%) DevOps
2 186 (13.52%) ITIL
3 185 (13.44%) Agile Software Development
4 159 (11.56%) Migration
5 124 (9.01%) Infrastructure as Code
6 89 (6.47%) Data Protection
7 79 (5.74%) Problem-Solving
8 76 (5.52%) Software Engineering
9 75 (5.45%) Cybersecurity
10 73 (5.31%) Configuration Management
11 61 (4.43%) Vulnerability Scanning
12 55 (4.00%) Infrastructure Automation
13 54 (3.92%) Disaster Recovery
14 49 (3.56%) Project Management
15 46 (3.34%) Continuous Improvement
16 44 (3.20%) TDD
17 42 (3.05%) Continuous Delivery
17 42 (3.05%) Project Delivery
18 41 (2.98%) Continuous Integration
19 40 (2.91%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 244 (17.73%) PowerShell
2 148 (10.76%) Python
3 137 (9.96%) SQL
4 46 (3.34%) Java
5 37 (2.69%) Bash Shell
5 37 (2.69%) C#
6 23 (1.67%) Go
7 21 (1.53%) C
8 18 (1.31%) Ruby
9 17 (1.24%) VB
10 15 (1.09%) Shell Script
11 14 (1.02%) VBScript
12 12 (0.87%) Groovy
12 12 (0.87%) Perl
13 9 (0.65%) JavaScript
14 8 (0.58%) C++
15 4 (0.29%) PL/SQL
16 3 (0.22%) COBOL
16 3 (0.22%) JCL
16 3 (0.22%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 206 (14.97%) Security Cleared
2 164 (11.92%) SC Cleared
3 73 (5.31%) Microsoft Certification
4 61 (4.43%) Cisco Certification
5 53 (3.85%) DV Cleared
6 50 (3.63%) CCNA
7 41 (2.98%) MCSE
8 34 (2.47%) Degree
8 34 (2.47%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 25 (1.82%) MCSA
10 16 (1.16%) CCNP
11 14 (1.02%) MCP
12 10 (0.73%) Computer Science Degree
13 9 (0.65%) BPSS Clearance
14 8 (0.58%) AWS Certification
14 8 (0.58%) MCITP
15 7 (0.51%) PMI Certification
15 7 (0.51%) PMP
16 6 (0.44%) CCIE
16 6 (0.44%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (1.89%) SLA
2 16 (1.16%) QA
3 15 (1.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 9 (0.65%) Cyber Essentials
4 9 (0.65%) GDPR
5 5 (0.36%) Disclosure Scotland
5 5 (0.36%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.29%) NIST
7 3 (0.22%) COBIT
7 3 (0.22%) Data Quality
8 2 (0.15%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.15%) PMO
9 1 (0.073%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 1 (0.073%) DICOM
9 1 (0.073%) FedRAMP
9 1 (0.073%) GxP
9 1 (0.073%) HL7
9 1 (0.073%) ISO 22301
9 1 (0.073%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 458 (33.28%) Active Directory
2 283 (20.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 115 (8.36%) Docker
4 80 (5.81%) Hyper-V
5 78 (5.67%) VMware ESXi
6 75 (5.45%) vSphere
7 40 (2.91%) Virtual Machines
8 39 (2.83%) XenApp
9 30 (2.18%) VMware NSX
10 25 (1.82%) Virtual Desktop
11 23 (1.67%) Virtual Servers
12 19 (1.38%) XenDesktop
13 18 (1.31%) Microsoft App-V
14 14 (1.02%) Firmware
15 13 (0.94%) NFS
16 10 (0.73%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 8 (0.58%) BitLocker
17 8 (0.58%) DFS Replication
18 6 (0.44%) Oracle RAC
19 4 (0.29%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 206 (14.97%) Terraform
2 200 (14.53%) Ansible
3 182 (13.23%) SCCM
4 133 (9.67%) Kubernetes
5 70 (5.09%) Microsoft Intune
6 60 (4.36%) Puppet
7 45 (3.27%) vCenter Server
8 36 (2.62%) vRealize
9 32 (2.33%) SCOM
10 29 (2.11%) Prometheus
11 28 (2.03%) Active Directory Federation Services
12 27 (1.96%) WSUS
13 22 (1.60%) Single Sign-On
14 19 (1.38%) Microsoft Clustering
15 17 (1.24%) Opscode Chef
16 16 (1.16%) Nessus
16 16 (1.16%) NetBackup
17 13 (0.94%) MIIS
17 13 (0.94%) vRealize Orchestrator
18 11 (0.80%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 499 (36.26%) VMware
2 396 (28.78%) Microsoft
3 166 (12.06%) Citrix
4 163 (11.85%) Cisco
5 72 (5.23%) HP
6 60 (4.36%) NetApp
7 52 (3.78%) Red Hat
8 50 (3.63%) Oracle
9 39 (2.83%) CheckPoint
10 38 (2.76%) SAP
11 36 (2.62%) Dell
12 31 (2.25%) Veeam
13 30 (2.18%) Google
14 29 (2.11%) Meraki
14 29 (2.11%) SolarWinds
15 26 (1.89%) EMC
16 24 (1.74%) Palo Alto
16 24 (1.74%) ServiceNow
17 23 (1.67%) McAfee
17 23 (1.67%) Splunk