Period
to 13 April 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 13 April 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
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 149 118 152
Rank change year-on-year -31 +34 +43
Contract jobs citing Infrastructure Engineering 895 1,218 1,721
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.71% 2.03% 1.78%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.97% 2.39% 2.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 647 873 1,219
10th Percentile £275 £245 £267
25th Percentile £331 £313 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £400 £400
Median % change year-on-year +6.25% - +2.56%
75th Percentile £500 £488 £494
90th Percentile £575 £571 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £400 £375
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% +2.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 21 33
10th Percentile £20.50 £18.00 £15.25
25th Percentile £26.75 £21.00 £17.75
Median hourly rate £40.00 £25.56 £37.50
Median % change year-on-year +56.49% -31.84% +49.99%
75th Percentile £46.25 £43.00 £49.50
90th Percentile £63.75 £55.00 £52.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £21.00 £42.00
% change year-on-year +78.57% -50.00% +95.35%

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 45,542 51,061 84,412
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.77% 85.25% 87.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 31,188 33,980 56,992
10th Percentile £305 £281 £300
25th Percentile £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £480 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +1.05% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £575
90th Percentile £669 £651 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £445 £430
% change year-on-year -2.81% +3.49% +2.99%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,432 1,619 1,986
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.30 £11.62
25th Percentile £15.96 £15.75 £14.50
Median hourly rate £26.25 £21.50 £22.70
Median % change year-on-year +22.07% -5.29% +8.10%
75th Percentile £47.15 £45.88 £43.75
90th Percentile £58.75 £55.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.00 £20.03 £22.40
% change year-on-year +14.86% -10.60% +12.00%

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 13 April 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 13 April 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 13 April 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 -26 751 £425 +6.25% 497
UK excluding London -22 434 £375 -6.25% 389
London +4 349 £450 +5.88% 124
Work from Home -71 215 £440 +14.29% 83
South East +4 121 £400 - 81
North of England -15 97 £364 -3.00% 118
Midlands +8 61 £325 -13.33% 69
Scotland -28 56 £425 -2.86% 10
North West -13 55 £363 -9.38% 66
South West +5 53 £365 -14.12% 59
East of England +15 40 £375 +7.14% 42
West Midlands +2 32 £320 -17.95% 45
Yorkshire -13 29 £380 +8.57% 36
East Midlands +27 28 £350 - 24
North East +24 13 £313 -13.79% 16
Wales +1 4 £488 +28.29% 10
Northern Ireland +10 3 £330 -23.92%

For the 6 months to 13 April 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.

1 461 (51.51%) Windows
2 351 (39.22%) Azure
3 345 (38.55%) Active Directory
4 322 (35.98%) VMware
5 299 (33.41%) Microsoft
6 233 (26.03%) Windows Server
7 225 (25.14%) Linux
8 221 (24.69%) PowerShell
9 215 (24.02%) Microsoft 365
10 199 (22.23%) VMware Infrastructure
11 192 (21.45%) DevOps
12 176 (19.66%) Security Cleared
13 174 (19.44%) Firewall
14 169 (18.88%) AWS
15 159 (17.77%) Cisco
16 157 (17.54%) Ansible
17 141 (15.75%) SC Cleared
18 137 (15.31%) Migration
19 126 (14.08%) Agile Software Development
20 123 (13.74%) DNS
21 117 (13.07%) Terraform
22 114 (12.74%) Finance
23 96 (10.73%) Azure Active Directory
23 96 (10.73%) Windows Server 2012
24 95 (10.61%) Citrix
25 92 (10.28%) SCCM
26 91 (10.17%) Data Centre
27 87 (9.72%) ITIL
28 86 (9.61%) Python
28 86 (9.61%) Docker

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 64 (7.15%) MS Exchange
2 62 (6.93%) SharePoint
3 18 (2.01%) IIS
4 14 (1.56%) Confluence
5 13 (1.45%) Skype for Business
6 12 (1.34%) Exchange Server 2010
6 12 (1.34%) Exchange Server 2013
7 11 (1.23%) Apache
8 9 (1.01%) ArcGIS
8 9 (1.01%) OpenStack
9 8 (0.89%) BizTalk Server
10 7 (0.78%) Elasticsearch
10 7 (0.78%) Tomcat
11 5 (0.56%) WebLogic
12 4 (0.45%) CMS
13 3 (0.34%) Apache Spark
13 3 (0.34%) Apache Synapse
13 3 (0.34%) WebLogic Portal
13 3 (0.34%) WebSphere
13 3 (0.34%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 40 (4.47%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (1.01%) Photoshop
3 7 (0.78%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (0.78%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.22%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.22%) Maximo
2 1 (0.11%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.11%) SAP Hybris
2 1 (0.11%) Sentinel
2 1 (0.11%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 351 (39.22%) Azure
2 215 (24.02%) Microsoft 365
3 169 (18.88%) AWS
4 96 (10.73%) Azure Active Directory
5 73 (8.16%) IaaS
6 67 (7.49%) PaaS
7 34 (3.80%) GCP
7 34 (3.80%) OneDrive
8 23 (2.57%) SaaS
9 18 (2.01%) OpenShift
10 17 (1.90%) Serverless
11 16 (1.79%) AWS CloudFormation
12 14 (1.56%) Cloud Computing
12 14 (1.56%) Mimecast
13 13 (1.45%) Amazon EC2
13 13 (1.45%) Power Platform
14 12 (1.34%) GitHub
15 8 (0.89%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 7 (0.78%) Amazon ELB
16 7 (0.78%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 174 (19.44%) Firewall
2 123 (13.74%) DNS
3 71 (7.93%) WAN
4 67 (7.49%) DHCP
5 58 (6.48%) SAN
6 54 (6.03%) VPN
7 51 (5.70%) LAN
8 42 (4.69%) VLAN
9 36 (4.02%) Wireless
10 29 (3.24%) VSAN
11 28 (3.13%) Internet
12 27 (3.02%) TCP/IP
13 24 (2.68%) Network Security
14 20 (2.23%) MPLS
15 19 (2.12%) Intranet
15 19 (2.12%) VoIP
16 16 (1.79%) DMZ
16 16 (1.79%) Skype
17 15 (1.68%) Cisco ASA
18 14 (1.56%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 80 (8.94%) SQL Server
2 18 (2.01%) Big Data
2 18 (2.01%) Hadoop
3 15 (1.68%) NoSQL
4 11 (1.23%) HBase
4 11 (1.23%) Power BI
5 9 (1.01%) GIS
5 9 (1.01%) MongoDB
5 9 (1.01%) Oracle Database
5 9 (1.01%) SQL Server 2016
6 8 (0.89%) MySQL
6 8 (0.89%) SQL Server 2012
7 6 (0.67%) Amazon RDS
7 6 (0.67%) Azure SQL Database
8 4 (0.45%) PostgreSQL
8 4 (0.45%) SQL Server 2014
9 3 (0.34%) Data Warehouse
9 3 (0.34%) RDBMS
9 3 (0.34%) Relational Database
10 2 (0.22%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 59 (6.59%) Jenkins
2 26 (2.91%) GitLab
3 23 (2.57%) Git (software)
3 23 (2.57%) JIRA
4 16 (1.79%) TeamCity
5 12 (1.34%) Sonatype Nexus
6 11 (1.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 10 (1.12%) Bitbucket
8 7 (0.78%) Hudson
9 6 (0.67%) SonarQube
10 5 (0.56%) Maven
11 3 (0.34%) Gradle
11 3 (0.34%) Octopus Deploy
12 2 (0.22%) Artifactory
12 2 (0.22%) Chocolatey
12 2 (0.22%) Postman
12 2 (0.22%) Selenium
12 2 (0.22%) Subversion
12 2 (0.22%) Terragrunt
13 1 (0.11%) JMeter
General
1 114 (12.74%) Finance
2 73 (8.16%) Public Sector
3 40 (4.47%) Banking
4 29 (3.24%) Telecoms
5 20 (2.23%) Manufacturing
6 16 (1.79%) Legal
7 12 (1.34%) Law
7 12 (1.34%) Marketing
8 11 (1.23%) Electronics
9 9 (1.01%) Back Office
10 6 (0.67%) Financial Institution
10 6 (0.67%) Retail
11 5 (0.56%) Front Office
11 5 (0.56%) Investment Banking
12 4 (0.45%) Billing
12 4 (0.45%) Spanish Language
13 3 (0.34%) Advertising
13 3 (0.34%) French Language
14 2 (0.22%) German Language
14 2 (0.22%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 609 (68.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 89 (9.94%) Cloud Engineer
3 82 (9.16%) DevOps Engineer
4 79 (8.83%) Azure Engineer
5 64 (7.15%) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
6 60 (6.70%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
7 50 (5.59%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
8 47 (5.25%) AWS Engineer
9 44 (4.92%) Architect
10 41 (4.58%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 40 (4.47%) Security Engineer
12 39 (4.36%) VMware Engineer
13 36 (4.02%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
13 36 (4.02%) Office 365 Engineer
13 36 (4.02%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
14 35 (3.91%) Network Engineer
15 34 (3.80%) Windows Engineer
16 33 (3.69%) Infrastructure Support
17 30 (3.35%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
18 29 (3.24%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (2.57%) Web Services
2 16 (1.79%) .NET
3 13 (1.45%) Elastic Stack
4 12 (1.34%) Middleware
5 11 (1.23%) Node.js
6 10 (1.12%) SAML
6 10 (1.12%) YAML
7 9 (1.01%) Kafka
8 8 (0.89%) JSON
8 8 (0.89%) LDAP
9 5 (0.56%) .NET Core
10 4 (0.45%) REST
10 4 (0.45%) Velocity
11 3 (0.34%) .NET Framework
11 3 (0.34%) J2EE
11 3 (0.34%) SPIFFE
11 3 (0.34%) Spring
12 2 (0.22%) ASP.NET
12 2 (0.22%) ISPF
12 2 (0.22%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 91 (10.17%) Data Centre
2 33 (3.69%) Analytical Skills
3 32 (3.58%) PKI
4 29 (3.24%) Self-Motivation
5 27 (3.02%) Public Cloud
6 25 (2.79%) Management Information System
7 18 (2.01%) Clustering
8 15 (1.68%) Hybrid Cloud
9 14 (1.56%) Greenfield Project
10 12 (1.34%) Cloud Native
10 12 (1.34%) Replication
10 12 (1.34%) Smartcard
11 11 (1.23%) Private Cloud
12 9 (1.01%) User Experience
12 9 (1.01%) Virtual Team
13 8 (0.89%) CMDB
14 7 (0.78%) NHS
14 7 (0.78%) Video Conferencing
15 5 (0.56%) Hedge funds
15 5 (0.56%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 461 (51.51%) Windows
2 233 (26.03%) Windows Server
3 225 (25.14%) Linux
4 96 (10.73%) Windows Server 2012
5 79 (8.83%) Windows 10
6 65 (7.26%) Windows Server 2016
7 58 (6.48%) Unix
8 51 (5.70%) Windows Server 2008
8 51 (5.70%) Windows Server 2019
9 40 (4.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 21 (2.35%) Windows 7
11 20 (2.23%) Ubuntu
12 15 (1.68%) CentOS
12 15 (1.68%) Solaris
13 6 (0.67%) VMS
14 5 (0.56%) AIX
15 3 (0.34%) SUSE
15 3 (0.34%) Windows Server 2003
15 3 (0.34%) zOS
16 2 (0.22%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 192 (21.45%) DevOps
2 137 (15.31%) Migration
3 126 (14.08%) Agile Software Development
4 87 (9.72%) ITIL
5 69 (7.71%) Configuration Management
6 65 (7.26%) Infrastructure as Code
7 51 (5.70%) Infrastructure Automation
8 47 (5.25%) Problem-Solving
9 43 (4.80%) Change Management
9 43 (4.80%) Project Delivery
10 41 (4.58%) Continuous Improvement
11 40 (4.47%) Disaster Recovery
12 36 (4.02%) Cybersecurity
12 36 (4.02%) Scrum
13 35 (3.91%) Identity Management
13 35 (3.91%) Mobile Device Management
13 35 (3.91%) Stakeholder Management
14 29 (3.24%) Converged Infrastructure
15 28 (3.13%) Project Management
16 27 (3.02%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 221 (24.69%) PowerShell
2 86 (9.61%) Python
3 80 (8.94%) SQL
4 67 (7.49%) Bash Shell
5 53 (5.92%) Java
6 25 (2.79%) Ruby
7 23 (2.57%) C
8 21 (2.35%) JavaScript
9 15 (1.68%) VB
10 14 (1.56%) C#
11 13 (1.45%) Go
11 13 (1.45%) Shell Script
12 12 (1.34%) Perl
13 11 (1.23%) PHP
14 5 (0.56%) C++
15 4 (0.45%) Groovy
15 4 (0.45%) Korn
15 4 (0.45%) VBScript
16 3 (0.34%) Scala
17 2 (0.22%) JCL
Qualifications
1 176 (19.66%) Security Cleared
2 141 (15.75%) SC Cleared
3 49 (5.47%) DV Cleared
3 49 (5.47%) Microsoft Certification
4 38 (4.25%) Cisco Certification
5 34 (3.80%) Degree
6 29 (3.24%) MCSE
7 22 (2.46%) CCNA
7 22 (2.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 18 (2.01%) MCSA
9 13 (1.45%) AWS Certification
10 12 (1.34%) CCNP
11 9 (1.01%) CISSP
12 8 (0.89%) RHCE
13 5 (0.56%) A+ Certification
13 5 (0.56%) BPSS Clearance
13 5 (0.56%) Citrix Certification
13 5 (0.56%) PMI Certification
13 5 (0.56%) PMP
13 5 (0.56%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (2.01%) QA
2 17 (1.90%) SLA
3 11 (1.23%) GDPR
4 6 (0.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (0.56%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.56%) PMO
6 3 (0.34%) NCSC
6 3 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.22%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 2 (0.22%) NIST
8 1 (0.11%) Def Stans
8 1 (0.11%) HIPAA
System Software
1 345 (38.55%) Active Directory
2 199 (22.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 86 (9.61%) Docker
4 80 (8.94%) VMware ESXi
5 72 (8.04%) Hyper-V
6 55 (6.15%) vSphere
7 40 (4.47%) VMware NSX
8 27 (3.02%) Virtual Machines
9 14 (1.56%) XenApp
10 12 (1.34%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 11 (1.23%) DFS Replication
12 10 (1.12%) NFS
12 10 (1.12%) Virtual Servers
13 9 (1.01%) XenDesktop
14 8 (0.89%) HDFS
15 7 (0.78%) Microsoft App-V
15 7 (0.78%) VMware Server
16 6 (0.67%) Firmware
16 6 (0.67%) Virtual Desktop
17 5 (0.56%) KVM
Systems Management
1 157 (17.54%) Ansible
2 117 (13.07%) Terraform
3 92 (10.28%) SCCM
4 85 (9.50%) Kubernetes
5 66 (7.37%) Puppet
6 51 (5.70%) Microsoft Intune
7 38 (4.25%) vCenter Server
8 36 (4.02%) Opscode Chef
9 25 (2.79%) SCOM
9 25 (2.79%) vRealize
10 16 (1.79%) Single Sign-On
11 12 (1.34%) WSUS
12 11 (1.23%) Packer
13 9 (1.01%) FortiGate
13 9 (1.01%) Microsoft Clustering
14 8 (0.89%) Backup Exec
14 8 (0.89%) McAfee ePO
14 8 (0.89%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
14 8 (0.89%) PowerCLI
15 7 (0.78%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 322 (35.98%) VMware
2 299 (33.41%) Microsoft
3 159 (17.77%) Cisco
4 95 (10.61%) Citrix
5 65 (7.26%) Dell
6 50 (5.59%) Oracle
7 34 (3.80%) HP
8 31 (3.46%) Red Hat
9 29 (3.24%) EMC
10 28 (3.13%) Veeam
11 26 (2.91%) NetApp
12 23 (2.57%) Fortinet
13 20 (2.23%) Juniper
13 20 (2.23%) Splunk
14 19 (2.12%) SAP
15 18 (2.01%) ServiceNow
16 17 (1.90%) SolarWinds
17 15 (1.68%) Google
17 15 (1.68%) McAfee
18 14 (1.56%) Sybase