Period
to 31 March 2020

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 31 March 2020 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
31 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 114 156 189
Rank change year-on-year +42 +33 +7
Contract jobs citing Infrastructure Engineering 1,282 1,732 1,470
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.06% 1.80% 1.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.42% 2.06% 1.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 879 1,224 1,069
Median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% +2.99%
10th Percentile £249 £270 £235
90th Percentile £575 £568 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +4.00% +3.45% +0.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 35 38
Median hourly rate £32.00 £37.50 £25.72
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.67% +45.80% -17.03%
10th Percentile £17.70 £15.25 £16.69
90th Percentile £55.00 £51.50 £58.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £42.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -46.43% +82.61% -16.36%

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 52,943 84,178 88,508
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.88% 87.29% 86.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 33,713 55,731 58,555
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +4.65%
10th Percentile £285 £300 £288
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +2.94% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,885 2,132 2,231
Median hourly rate £25.00 £24.44 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.30% +8.61% -10.00%
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.70 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.25 £50.00
Median hourly rate £22.50 £22.88 £22.50
% change year-on-year -1.64% +1.67% -10.00%

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 31 March 2020.

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 31 March 2020.

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 31 March 2020. 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 +39 1,137 £400 - 502
UK excluding London +37 863 £390 +4.00% 414
London +19 397 £425 - 114
South East +8 223 £400 +3.90% 85
North of England +88 222 £375 - 111
South West +3 132 £425 - 71
North West +63 113 £400 +10.34% 64
Scotland +36 93 £425 +1.49% 16
Midlands +29 90 £375 +7.14% 71
Yorkshire +64 84 £350 -17.65% 35
East of England +45 72 £333 -5.00% 50
West Midlands +19 57 £375 +4.17% 47
East Midlands +23 32 £350 +7.69% 24
North East +26 26 £375 +7.14% 12
Wales +17 26 £373 +14.62% 10
Work from Home +17 17 £373 -0.67% 19
Northern Ireland - 5 £434 - 1

For the 6 months to 31 March 2020, 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.

1 755 (58.89%) Windows
2 581 (45.32%) Active Directory
3 523 (40.80%) VMware
4 471 (36.74%) Microsoft
5 464 (36.19%) Windows Server
6 400 (31.20%) Azure
7 325 (25.35%) Office 365
8 302 (23.56%) PowerShell
9 278 (21.68%) VMware Infrastructure
10 239 (18.64%) Citrix
11 227 (17.71%) AWS
12 223 (17.39%) Migration
13 212 (16.54%) DNS
14 207 (16.15%) SCCM
15 201 (15.68%) Linux
16 198 (15.44%) Security Cleared
17 191 (14.90%) Windows Server 2012
18 187 (14.59%) Cisco
19 182 (14.20%) Firewall
20 172 (13.42%) DevOps
21 166 (12.95%) Windows Server 2016
22 164 (12.79%) Finance
23 160 (12.48%) SQL
24 158 (12.32%) DHCP
25 154 (12.01%) SAN
25 154 (12.01%) ITIL
26 153 (11.93%) Windows 10
27 152 (11.86%) Windows Server 2008
28 144 (11.23%) SC Cleared
28 144 (11.23%) Data Centre

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
1 118 (9.20%) MS Exchange
2 94 (7.33%) SharePoint
3 62 (4.84%) Skype for Business
4 35 (2.73%) IIS
5 32 (2.50%) Exchange Server 2013
6 24 (1.87%) Exchange Server 2010
7 18 (1.40%) Confluence
8 10 (0.78%) Apache
9 7 (0.55%) Tomcat
10 5 (0.39%) OpenStack
11 4 (0.31%) Apache Spark
11 4 (0.31%) Elasticsearch
11 4 (0.31%) nginx
11 4 (0.31%) WebLogic
12 3 (0.23%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 3 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2003
12 3 (0.23%) Oracle Workflow
13 2 (0.16%) Drupal
13 2 (0.16%) JBoss
14 1 (0.078%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 54 (4.21%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (0.55%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.31%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (0.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.16%) FLEXCUBE
3 2 (0.16%) Line 500
4 1 (0.078%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.078%) Global One
4 1 (0.078%) Magento
4 1 (0.078%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.078%) Sage 1000
Cloud Services
1 400 (31.20%) Azure
2 325 (25.35%) Office 365
3 227 (17.71%) AWS
4 101 (7.88%) IaaS
5 77 (6.01%) Azure Active Directory
6 75 (5.85%) PaaS
7 54 (4.21%) SaaS
8 34 (2.65%) GCP
9 28 (2.18%) AWS CloudFormation
10 26 (2.03%) GitHub
11 23 (1.79%) OneDrive
11 23 (1.79%) Serverless
12 19 (1.48%) Amazon S3
13 13 (1.01%) Mimecast
14 12 (0.94%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 11 (0.86%) Cloud Computing
15 11 (0.86%) NuGet
16 10 (0.78%) Amazon EC2
16 10 (0.78%) AWS Lambda
16 10 (0.78%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 212 (16.54%) DNS
2 182 (14.20%) Firewall
3 158 (12.32%) DHCP
4 154 (12.01%) SAN
5 101 (7.88%) WAN
6 96 (7.49%) LAN
7 64 (4.99%) VPN
8 60 (4.68%) Skype
9 58 (4.52%) NetScaler
9 58 (4.52%) TCP/IP
10 42 (3.28%) VLAN
11 35 (2.73%) Network Security
12 32 (2.50%) MPLS
13 31 (2.42%) Wireless
14 30 (2.34%) Wi-Fi
15 26 (2.03%) VoIP
16 24 (1.87%) Internet
17 23 (1.79%) Cisco ASA
18 21 (1.64%) BGP
18 21 (1.64%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 114 (8.89%) SQL Server
2 18 (1.40%) SQL Server 2012
3 17 (1.33%) SQL Server 2016
4 15 (1.17%) Amazon RDS
5 13 (1.01%) Big Data
5 13 (1.01%) MySQL
6 11 (0.86%) Azure SQL Database
7 9 (0.70%) SQL Server 2014
8 8 (0.62%) Power BI
8 8 (0.62%) SQL Server 2008
9 6 (0.47%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 6 (0.47%) Hadoop
9 6 (0.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 5 (0.39%) Data Lake
10 5 (0.39%) Relational Database
11 4 (0.31%) BusinessObjects
11 4 (0.31%) NoSQL
11 4 (0.31%) RDBMS
11 4 (0.31%) SAP BW
12 3 (0.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 48 (3.74%) Jenkins
2 40 (3.12%) JIRA
3 36 (2.81%) Git (software)
4 19 (1.48%) Bitbucket
5 14 (1.09%) TeamCity
6 13 (1.01%) Sonatype Nexus
7 11 (0.86%) GitLab
8 10 (0.78%) Octopus Deploy
9 9 (0.70%) Vagrant
10 5 (0.39%) Visual Studio Team System
11 4 (0.31%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 4 (0.31%) Hudson
11 4 (0.31%) MSI
11 4 (0.31%) Selenium
11 4 (0.31%) Visual Studio Code
12 3 (0.23%) Artifactory
12 3 (0.23%) InstallShield
12 3 (0.23%) Jasmine
12 3 (0.23%) Karma Test Runner
12 3 (0.23%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 164 (12.79%) Finance
2 105 (8.19%) Public Sector
3 51 (3.98%) Retail
4 42 (3.28%) Banking
5 20 (1.56%) Telecoms
6 19 (1.48%) Local Government
7 13 (1.01%) Manufacturing
8 11 (0.86%) Financial Institution
8 11 (0.86%) Law
9 9 (0.70%) Legal
9 9 (0.70%) Pharmaceutical
10 8 (0.62%) Back Office
11 7 (0.55%) Marketing
12 6 (0.47%) Games
12 6 (0.47%) Investment Banking
13 4 (0.31%) Electronics
14 3 (0.23%) Aerospace
14 3 (0.23%) Billing
14 3 (0.23%) Front Office
14 3 (0.23%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 934 (72.85%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 85 (6.63%) Support Engineer
3 75 (5.85%) Windows Engineer
4 72 (5.62%) Infrastructure Support
5 70 (5.46%) Azure Engineer
5 70 (5.46%) IT Engineer
6 68 (5.30%) Cloud Engineer
6 68 (5.30%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
7 66 (5.15%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 65 (5.07%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
9 61 (4.76%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
9 61 (4.76%) Network Engineer
9 61 (4.76%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
10 57 (4.45%) VMware Engineer
11 56 (4.37%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
12 55 (4.29%) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
13 51 (3.98%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
14 50 (3.90%) DevOps Engineer
15 49 (3.82%) Active Directory Engineer
16 47 (3.67%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (1.72%) .NET
2 21 (1.64%) Middleware
3 16 (1.25%) 802.1X
4 15 (1.17%) Web Services
5 13 (1.01%) OAuth
5 13 (1.01%) YAML
6 11 (0.86%) JSON
7 8 (0.62%) Kafka
7 8 (0.62%) REST
7 8 (0.62%) Software Packaging
8 7 (0.55%) XML
9 6 (0.47%) Node.js
9 6 (0.47%) React
9 6 (0.47%) SAML
10 5 (0.39%) Elastic Stack
10 5 (0.39%) React Native
11 4 (0.31%) RabbitMQ
11 4 (0.31%) RESTful
11 4 (0.31%) Swagger
12 3 (0.23%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 144 (11.23%) Data Centre
2 69 (5.38%) PKI
3 50 (3.90%) Analytical Skills
4 42 (3.28%) Public Cloud
5 39 (3.04%) Replication
6 37 (2.89%) Fat Client
6 37 (2.89%) Thin Client
7 35 (2.73%) Clustering
8 28 (2.18%) Management Information System
9 20 (1.56%) Private Cloud
10 19 (1.48%) Self-Motivation
11 18 (1.40%) Hybrid Cloud
12 16 (1.25%) Cloud Native
12 16 (1.25%) Hedge funds
13 14 (1.09%) Client/Server
13 14 (1.09%) Greenfield Project
14 11 (0.86%) EMC VNX
14 11 (0.86%) Enterprise Storage
14 11 (0.86%) User Experience
15 10 (0.78%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 755 (58.89%) Windows
2 464 (36.19%) Windows Server
3 201 (15.68%) Linux
4 191 (14.90%) Windows Server 2012
5 166 (12.95%) Windows Server 2016
6 153 (11.93%) Windows 10
7 152 (11.86%) Windows Server 2008
8 96 (7.49%) Windows 7
9 54 (4.21%) Unix
10 52 (4.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 49 (3.82%) Windows Server 2019
12 25 (1.95%) CentOS
13 23 (1.79%) Android
14 19 (1.48%) Apple iOS
15 18 (1.40%) VMS
16 16 (1.25%) Windows 8
17 15 (1.17%) Windows Server 2003
18 12 (0.94%) Ubuntu
19 8 (0.62%) Solaris
20 4 (0.31%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 223 (17.39%) Migration
2 172 (13.42%) DevOps
3 154 (12.01%) ITIL
4 102 (7.96%) Agile Software Development
5 62 (4.84%) Configuration Management
5 62 (4.84%) Problem-Solving
6 61 (4.76%) Project Delivery
7 57 (4.45%) Infrastructure as Code
8 53 (4.13%) Disaster Recovery
8 53 (4.13%) Infrastructure Automation
8 53 (4.13%) Service Management
9 46 (3.59%) Change Management
9 46 (3.59%) Test Automation
10 44 (3.43%) High Availability
11 42 (3.28%) Project Management
12 36 (2.81%) Continuous Integration
13 34 (2.65%) Capacity Management
13 34 (2.65%) ITSM
13 34 (2.65%) Software Engineering
14 32 (2.50%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 302 (23.56%) PowerShell
2 160 (12.48%) SQL
3 110 (8.58%) Python
4 38 (2.96%) Bash Shell
5 28 (2.18%) Java
6 22 (1.72%) C#
7 20 (1.56%) JavaScript
8 18 (1.40%) VBScript
9 16 (1.25%) C
9 16 (1.25%) Perl
10 15 (1.17%) Ruby
11 12 (0.94%) Go
12 10 (0.78%) Shell Script
13 8 (0.62%) VB
14 6 (0.47%) PHP
15 3 (0.23%) Clojure
15 3 (0.23%) R
15 3 (0.23%) Scala
16 2 (0.16%) Groovy
16 2 (0.16%) Rust
Qualifications
1 198 (15.44%) Security Cleared
2 144 (11.23%) SC Cleared
3 64 (4.99%) Microsoft Certification
4 52 (4.06%) MCSE
5 48 (3.74%) Cisco Certification
6 45 (3.51%) DV Cleared
7 35 (2.73%) Degree
8 34 (2.65%) CCNA
9 27 (2.11%) Citrix Certification
10 26 (2.03%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 24 (1.87%) CCA
12 22 (1.72%) CCNP
12 22 (1.72%) MCSA
13 9 (0.70%) MCP
13 9 (0.70%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 7 (0.55%) AWS Certification
14 7 (0.55%) ITIL Certification
15 6 (0.47%) CCIE
16 5 (0.39%) HND
16 5 (0.39%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (3.67%) SLA
2 19 (1.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 12 (0.94%) NCSC
3 12 (0.94%) QA
4 7 (0.55%) GDPR
4 7 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 5 (0.39%) Disclosure Scotland
6 4 (0.31%) BS7799
6 4 (0.31%) Cyber Essentials
7 3 (0.23%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 2 (0.16%) COBIT
8 2 (0.16%) Data Quality
8 2 (0.16%) PCI DSS
9 1 (0.078%) GMP
9 1 (0.078%) GxP
9 1 (0.078%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 1 (0.078%) NIST
System Software
1 581 (45.32%) Active Directory
2 278 (21.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 118 (9.20%) Hyper-V
4 98 (7.64%) XenApp
5 97 (7.57%) VMware ESXi
6 77 (6.01%) XenDesktop
7 76 (5.93%) vSphere
8 46 (3.59%) Docker
9 41 (3.20%) Virtual Machines
10 39 (3.04%) Virtual Servers
11 37 (2.89%) Microsoft App-V
12 21 (1.64%) DFS Replication
13 20 (1.56%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 18 (1.40%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 18 (1.40%) Terminal Services
15 15 (1.17%) VMware NSX
16 12 (0.94%) vCloud
17 10 (0.78%) BitLocker
17 10 (0.78%) Firmware
17 10 (0.78%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 207 (16.15%) SCCM
2 112 (8.74%) Ansible
3 82 (6.40%) Terraform
4 61 (4.76%) SCOM
5 60 (4.68%) Kubernetes
6 41 (3.20%) Microsoft Intune
6 41 (3.20%) vCenter Server
7 38 (2.96%) Puppet
8 37 (2.89%) WSUS
9 35 (2.73%) Opscode Chef
10 25 (1.95%) AirWatch
11 24 (1.87%) vRealize
12 18 (1.40%) NetBackup
13 17 (1.33%) McAfee ePO
14 14 (1.09%) Microsoft Clustering
15 13 (1.01%) PowerCLI
16 12 (0.94%) Single Sign-On
16 12 (0.94%) vRealize Orchestrator
17 10 (0.78%) ZABBIX
18 9 (0.70%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 523 (40.80%) VMware
2 471 (36.74%) Microsoft
3 239 (18.64%) Citrix
4 187 (14.59%) Cisco
5 92 (7.18%) HP
6 68 (5.30%) Dell
7 49 (3.82%) Red Hat
8 39 (3.04%) McAfee
9 37 (2.89%) EMC
10 36 (2.81%) NetApp
11 33 (2.57%) Oracle
12 30 (2.34%) Veeam
13 25 (1.95%) Google
14 22 (1.72%) Symantec
15 21 (1.64%) Juniper
15 21 (1.64%) Meraki
16 18 (1.40%) Palo Alto
16 18 (1.40%) SolarWinds
17 14 (1.09%) Brocade
18 13 (1.01%) Apple