Period
to 16 June 2021

The median contractor rate for an Infrastructure Support was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 16 June 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 Support
UK
6 months to
16 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 614 525 699
Rank change year-on-year -89 +174 +11
Contract jobs requiring an Infrastructure Support 93 81 158
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.19% 0.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.16% 0.20% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 55 111
10th Percentile £245 £180 £214
25th Percentile £296 £223 £250
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £375 £325 £300
Median % change year-on-year +15.38% +8.33% -7.69%
75th Percentile £525 £375 £416
90th Percentile £650 £438 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year +8.33% - +1.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 5 1
Median hourly rate £19.50 £22.50 £18.50
Median % change year-on-year -13.33% +21.62% -13.95%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £22.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year -13.33% +21.62% +19.35%

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 57,576 40,553 85,680
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.86% 93.56% 94.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 39,456 26,999 57,234
10th Percentile £300 £255 £269
25th Percentile £400 £363 £368
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £495 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +4.21% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £656 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £433 £425
% change year-on-year +1.12% +1.80% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,756 1,416 2,653
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.50 £11.05
25th Percentile £14.02 £14.25 £13.25
Median hourly rate £21.09 £19.50 £18.38
Median % change year-on-year +8.15% +6.12% +5.00%
75th Percentile £43.75 £40.00 £41.25
90th Percentile £56.63 £52.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year - +5.71% +0.55%

Infrastructure Support
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Infrastructure Support in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Infrastructure Support in the UK

Infrastructure Support
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for Infrastructure Support in the UK

Infrastructure Support
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Infrastructure Support over the 6 months to 16 June 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Infrastructure Support in the UK

Infrastructure Support
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for Infrastructure Support in the UK

Infrastructure Support
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Infrastructure Support within the UK over the 6 months to 16 June 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 -46 82 £375 +15.38% 35
UK excluding London -13 41 £325 +8.33% 35
London -52 41 £510 +45.71% 4
Work from Home - 17 £325 - 3
South East -7 12 £313 +47.06% 11
Midlands -3 9 £276 -
South West +14 6 £338 -0.74% 7
West Midlands - 6 £313 -
North of England +8 5 £425 +30.77% 10
Yorkshire +7 4 - - 3
East of England -5 4 £340 +13.33% 3
East Midlands +10 3 £265 -
Scotland -34 2 £440 +170.77% 3
Wales - 2 - - 1
North West -14 1 £425 +129.73% 4
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

Infrastructure Support Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 June 2021, Infrastructure Support 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 Support in the job title.

1 46 (49.46%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 42 (45.16%) Windows
3 38 (40.86%) VMware
4 31 (33.33%) Linux
4 31 (33.33%) Microsoft
5 30 (32.26%) Microsoft 365
6 29 (31.18%) Active Directory
7 28 (30.11%) Azure
8 25 (26.88%) PowerShell
8 25 (26.88%) ITIL
9 24 (25.81%) Firewall
10 21 (22.58%) SQL
10 21 (22.58%) Windows Server
11 20 (21.51%) Red Hat
11 20 (21.51%) VMware Infrastructure
12 19 (20.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 18 (19.35%) DNS
14 16 (17.20%) Project Management
15 15 (16.13%) Multicast
15 15 (16.13%) Front Office
15 15 (16.13%) Python
15 15 (16.13%) SCCM
15 15 (16.13%) Electronic Trading
15 15 (16.13%) Algorithmic Trading
15 15 (16.13%) High Availability
15 15 (16.13%) Capacity Management
16 14 (15.05%) ION MarketView
16 14 (15.05%) ION Trading
16 14 (15.05%) TIBCO
16 14 (15.05%) Rendezvous

Infrastructure Support 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 12 (12.90%) SharePoint
2 7 (7.53%) MS Exchange
3 4 (4.30%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (1.08%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (1.08%) IIS
4 1 (1.08%) nginx
Applications
1 4 (4.30%) InfoPath
2 3 (3.23%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (1.08%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (1.08%) MS Visio
3 1 (1.08%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 14 (15.05%) ION MarketView
2 1 (1.08%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 30 (32.26%) Microsoft 365
2 28 (30.11%) Azure
3 12 (12.90%) Azure Active Directory
4 9 (9.68%) AWS
5 4 (4.30%) Mimecast
5 4 (4.30%) Power Automate
5 4 (4.30%) Power Platform
5 4 (4.30%) PowerApps
6 3 (3.23%) OneDrive
7 2 (2.15%) GCP
8 1 (1.08%) Boomi
8 1 (1.08%) IaaS
8 1 (1.08%) iPaaS
8 1 (1.08%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 24 (25.81%) Firewall
2 18 (19.35%) DNS
3 15 (16.13%) Multicast
4 12 (12.90%) DHCP
5 7 (7.53%) LAN
6 6 (6.45%) VPN
6 6 (6.45%) WAN
7 5 (5.38%) TCP/IP
8 3 (3.23%) Network Security
8 3 (3.23%) SAN
8 3 (3.23%) Unified Communications
8 3 (3.23%) Wi-Fi
9 2 (2.15%) DKIM
9 2 (2.15%) DMARC
9 2 (2.15%) FTP
9 2 (2.15%) SD-WAN
10 1 (1.08%) 3G
10 1 (1.08%) Internet
10 1 (1.08%) MPLS
10 1 (1.08%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.38%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.15%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.08%) MariaDB
3 1 (1.08%) MongoDB
3 1 (1.08%) MySQL
3 1 (1.08%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.08%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (1.08%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.08%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 1 (1.08%) InstallShield
1 1 (1.08%) MSI
General
1 15 (16.13%) Front Office
2 10 (10.75%) Social Skills
3 7 (7.53%) Public Sector
4 6 (6.45%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (6.45%) Finance
4 6 (6.45%) Organisational Skills
5 3 (3.23%) Back Office
5 3 (3.23%) Documentation Skills
5 3 (3.23%) Telecoms
6 2 (2.15%) Banking
6 2 (2.15%) Law
6 2 (2.15%) Legal
7 1 (1.08%) German Language
7 1 (1.08%) Investment Banking
7 1 (1.08%) Manufacturing
7 1 (1.08%) Presentation Skills
7 1 (1.08%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (15.05%) Rendezvous
2 3 (3.23%) LDAP
3 1 (1.08%) FIX Protocol
3 1 (1.08%) LEMP Stack
3 1 (1.08%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 5 (5.38%) Clustering
2 4 (4.30%) Data Centre
3 2 (2.15%) Equities
4 1 (1.08%) CESG
4 1 (1.08%) Fixed Income
4 1 (1.08%) Hybrid Cloud
4 1 (1.08%) Life Science
4 1 (1.08%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.08%) NHS
4 1 (1.08%) Private Cloud
4 1 (1.08%) Public Cloud
4 1 (1.08%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (1.08%) User Experience
4 1 (1.08%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 42 (45.16%) Windows
2 31 (33.33%) Linux
3 21 (22.58%) Windows Server
4 19 (20.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 10 (10.75%) Windows 10
5 10 (10.75%) Windows Server 2012
5 10 (10.75%) Windows Server 2016
6 8 (8.60%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (7.53%) Unix
7 7 (7.53%) Windows Server 2019
8 2 (2.15%) Apple iOS
8 2 (2.15%) Ubuntu
9 1 (1.08%) Mac OS
9 1 (1.08%) VMS
9 1 (1.08%) Windows 7
9 1 (1.08%) Windows 8
9 1 (1.08%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (49.46%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 25 (26.88%) ITIL
3 16 (17.20%) Project Management
4 15 (16.13%) Algorithmic Trading
4 15 (16.13%) Capacity Management
4 15 (16.13%) Electronic Trading
4 15 (16.13%) High Availability
5 14 (15.05%) Change Management
5 14 (15.05%) Low Latency
6 12 (12.90%) Problem-Solving
7 8 (8.60%) Migration
8 7 (7.53%) Security Patching
9 5 (5.38%) Configuration Management
9 5 (5.38%) Time Management
10 4 (4.30%) ITSM
10 4 (4.30%) Kalman Filter
10 4 (4.30%) Test Strategy
11 3 (3.23%) Data Privacy
11 3 (3.23%) DevOps
11 3 (3.23%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (26.88%) PowerShell
2 21 (22.58%) SQL
3 15 (16.13%) Python
4 2 (2.15%) Bash Shell
4 2 (2.15%) C
5 1 (1.08%) Perl
Qualifications
1 6 (6.45%) Security Cleared
2 5 (5.38%) Degree
2 5 (5.38%) SC Cleared
3 4 (4.30%) Microsoft Certification
3 4 (4.30%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 3 (3.23%) DV Cleared
5 2 (2.15%) ITIL Certification
5 2 (2.15%) MCSA
5 2 (2.15%) MCSE
6 1 (1.08%) CCNA
6 1 (1.08%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (1.08%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (5.38%) SLA
System Software
1 29 (31.18%) Active Directory
2 20 (21.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (5.38%) XenApp
4 4 (4.30%) vSphere
5 3 (3.23%) Hyper-V
5 3 (3.23%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (2.15%) Virtual Servers
6 2 (2.15%) VMware NSX
6 2 (2.15%) VMware Workstation
7 1 (1.08%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (1.08%) Terminal Server
7 1 (1.08%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (1.08%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (1.08%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 15 (16.13%) SCCM
2 14 (15.05%) Ansible
3 10 (10.75%) Puppet
4 7 (7.53%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (5.38%) Microsoft Intune
6 4 (4.30%) Salt
7 3 (3.23%) Terraform
8 2 (2.15%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 2 (2.15%) SCOM
8 2 (2.15%) vCenter Server
8 2 (2.15%) WSUS
9 1 (1.08%) EMC NetWorker
9 1 (1.08%) Grafana
9 1 (1.08%) ITRS Geneos
9 1 (1.08%) Kubernetes
9 1 (1.08%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (1.08%) Microsoft Clustering
9 1 (1.08%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 1 (1.08%) yum
9 1 (1.08%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 38 (40.86%) VMware
2 31 (33.33%) Microsoft
3 20 (21.51%) Red Hat
4 14 (15.05%) ION Trading
4 14 (15.05%) TIBCO
5 11 (11.83%) Citrix
6 7 (7.53%) Cisco
7 5 (5.38%) SolarWinds
8 4 (4.30%) HP
8 4 (4.30%) Nintex
8 4 (4.30%) SaltStack
8 4 (4.30%) ServiceNow
8 4 (4.30%) Symantec
8 4 (4.30%) Veritas
9 3 (3.23%) CheckPoint
9 3 (3.23%) F5
9 3 (3.23%) Fortinet
9 3 (3.23%) Juniper
9 3 (3.23%) NetApp
9 3 (3.23%) Veeam