Period
to 8 December 2021

The median contractor rate for a Platform Engineer was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 8 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.

Platform Engineer
UK > England
6 months to
8 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 411 406 529
Rank change year-on-year -5 +123 +94
Contract jobs requiring a Platform Engineer 383 135 252
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.54% 0.43% 0.34%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.57% 0.46% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 266 87 180
10th Percentile £438 £388 £399
25th Percentile £500 £425 £452
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £538
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% -6.98% +2.38%
75th Percentile £603 £579 £600
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £550 £525 £525
% change year-on-year +4.76% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 7
Median hourly rate £55.00 - £80.00
UK median hourly rate £52.27 - £80.00

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England. 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
England
Contract vacancies in England with a recognized job title 66,958 29,270 68,839
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.61% 92.53% 93.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 47,426 20,198 46,623
10th Percentile £300 £256 £250
25th Percentile £413 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £517 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +8.75% +2.70% +1.87%
75th Percentile £625 £575 £575
90th Percentile £700 £663 £650
UK median daily rate £508 £473 £451
% change year-on-year +7.41% +4.83% +0.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,992 1,068 2,407
10th Percentile £12.01 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.00 £14.25 £13.75
Median hourly rate £20.00 £23.00 £18.17
Median % change year-on-year -13.04% +26.58% +3.83%
75th Percentile £45.20 £45.00 £42.38
90th Percentile £62.24 £55.00 £51.75
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £23.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year -13.04% +23.01% +6.84%

Platform Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings that featured Platform Engineer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Platform Engineer in England

Platform Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Platform Engineer in England.

Daily rate trend for Platform Engineer in England

Platform Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Platform Engineer in England over the 6 months to 8 December 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Platform Engineer in England

Platform Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Platform Engineer in England.

Hourly rate trend for Platform Engineer in England

Platform Engineer
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Platform Engineer within the England region over the 6 months to 8 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
London -74 205 £550 +7.32% 71
North of England -59 34 £475 +5.56% 29
Midlands -59 27 £540 +44.00% 14
East of England -30 23 £580 +28.89% 6
West Midlands -56 23 £540 +44.00% 9
Yorkshire -36 17 £475 +12.43% 13
North West -45 15 £525 - 13
South East -79 15 £600 +17.07% 10
South West -47 9 £500 +11.11% 3
East Midlands -35 3 £665 - 5
North East -9 2 £413 -19.28% 3
Platform Engineer
UK

Platform Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 8 December 2021, Platform 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 across the England region featuring Platform Engineer in the job title.

1 217 (56.66%) Terraform
2 207 (54.05%) DevOps
3 177 (46.21%) AWS
4 142 (37.08%) Kubernetes
5 140 (36.55%) Docker
6 135 (35.25%) Azure
7 128 (33.42%) Linux
8 121 (31.59%) Ansible
9 115 (30.03%) Python
10 112 (29.24%) Jenkins
11 106 (27.68%) Agile Software Development
12 90 (23.50%) Infrastructure as Code
13 70 (18.28%) Social Skills
14 60 (15.67%) Serverless
15 58 (15.14%) Puppet
16 57 (14.88%) PowerShell
17 52 (13.58%) Finance
18 47 (12.27%) AWS CloudFormation
19 45 (11.75%) Microsoft
20 44 (11.49%) Configuration Management
21 42 (10.97%) SQL
22 41 (10.70%) Java
23 40 (10.44%) Security Cleared
23 40 (10.44%) Continuous Integration
23 40 (10.44%) Microservices
24 38 (9.92%) GCP
25 37 (9.66%) Amazon EC2
26 36 (9.40%) PaaS
27 35 (9.14%) Windows
28 34 (8.88%) Migration

Platform Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 20 (5.22%) Apache
1 20 (5.22%) Confluence
2 11 (2.87%) Apache Spark
3 10 (2.61%) nginx
4 9 (2.35%) Elasticsearch
5 6 (1.57%) IIS
5 6 (1.57%) SAS
6 4 (1.04%) Tomcat
7 3 (0.78%) OpenStack
7 3 (0.78%) WebLogic
8 2 (0.52%) SharePoint
8 2 (0.52%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.26%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 1 (0.26%) Apache Airflow
9 1 (0.26%) JBoss
9 1 (0.26%) WebLogic Portal
9 1 (0.26%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 4 (1.04%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (1.04%) assyst
2 3 (0.78%) Sentinel
3 2 (0.52%) Oracle Cash Management
4 1 (0.26%) JDE OneWorld
4 1 (0.26%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 177 (46.21%) AWS
2 135 (35.25%) Azure
3 60 (15.67%) Serverless
4 47 (12.27%) AWS CloudFormation
5 38 (9.92%) GCP
6 37 (9.66%) Amazon EC2
7 36 (9.40%) PaaS
8 31 (8.09%) Amazon ECS
8 31 (8.09%) Amazon EKS
9 30 (7.83%) IaaS
10 27 (7.05%) GitHub
11 26 (6.79%) AWS Lambda
12 24 (6.27%) Amazon S3
13 19 (4.96%) SaaS
14 15 (3.92%) Azure Data Factory
15 14 (3.66%) OpenShift
16 13 (3.39%) Azure Synapse Analytics
17 12 (3.13%) Virtual Private Cloud
18 11 (2.87%) Power Platform
19 9 (2.35%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 19 (4.96%) Firewall
2 16 (4.18%) Network Security
3 7 (1.83%) TCP/IP
3 7 (1.83%) VPN
4 6 (1.57%) DNS
5 4 (1.04%) Internet
6 3 (0.78%) BGP
6 3 (0.78%) NAS
6 3 (0.78%) OSPF
6 3 (0.78%) SAN
6 3 (0.78%) SSH
6 3 (0.78%) SSL
7 2 (0.52%) Cisco ASA
7 2 (0.52%) DHCP
7 2 (0.52%) Kerberos
7 2 (0.52%) VoIP
8 1 (0.26%) HTTP
8 1 (0.26%) ICMP
8 1 (0.26%) WAN
8 1 (0.26%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (5.74%) Big Data
2 13 (3.39%) Hadoop
2 13 (3.39%) SQL Server
3 12 (3.13%) PostgreSQL
4 11 (2.87%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 11 (2.87%) Data Lake
4 11 (2.87%) NoSQL
5 10 (2.61%) Amazon RDS
5 10 (2.61%) Power BI
6 9 (2.35%) Relational Database
7 8 (2.09%) Data Warehouse
8 6 (1.57%) Amazon Aurora
8 6 (1.57%) Apache Hive
8 6 (1.57%) Azure SQL Database
8 6 (1.57%) HBase
8 6 (1.57%) MySQL
9 5 (1.31%) Delta Lake
10 3 (0.78%) Amazon Athena
10 3 (0.78%) Redis
11 2 (0.52%) Oracle Exadata
Development Applications
1 112 (29.24%) Jenkins
2 33 (8.62%) Artifactory
3 29 (7.57%) JIRA
4 28 (7.31%) Git (software)
5 27 (7.05%) GitLab
6 23 (6.01%) Bitbucket
7 18 (4.70%) Sonatype Nexus
8 14 (3.66%) SonarQube
9 12 (3.13%) TeamCity
10 10 (2.61%) Octopus Deploy
11 8 (2.09%) CircleCI
11 8 (2.09%) git-flow
12 7 (1.83%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 7 (1.83%) Maven
13 6 (1.57%) GoCD
14 4 (1.04%) Cucumber
14 4 (1.04%) Visual Studio
15 3 (0.78%) kappa
15 3 (0.78%) Selenium
15 3 (0.78%) Zephyr
General
1 70 (18.28%) Social Skills
2 52 (13.58%) Finance
3 15 (3.92%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (3.92%) Banking
3 15 (3.92%) Retail
4 14 (3.66%) Public Sector
5 12 (3.13%) Legal
6 11 (2.87%) Financial Institution
7 3 (0.78%) Retail Banking
8 2 (0.52%) Back Office
8 2 (0.52%) Marketing
9 1 (0.26%) Documentation Skills
9 1 (0.26%) Games
9 1 (0.26%) Influencing Skills
9 1 (0.26%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.26%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (7.05%) ARM Templates
1 27 (7.05%) Web Services
2 25 (6.53%) Elastic Stack
3 19 (4.96%) Kafka
4 16 (4.18%) .NET
5 13 (3.39%) Django
6 12 (3.13%) Flask
7 10 (2.61%) Spring Boot
8 7 (1.83%) FastAPI
8 7 (1.83%) Node.js
8 7 (1.83%) React
9 6 (1.57%) LDAP
9 6 (1.57%) Spring
9 6 (1.57%) YAML
10 5 (1.31%) RabbitMQ
10 5 (1.31%) REST
11 4 (1.04%) Apache Avro
11 4 (1.04%) LEMP Stack
11 4 (1.04%) Middleware
11 4 (1.04%) Protocol Buffers
Miscellaneous
1 16 (4.18%) Linux Command Line
2 15 (3.92%) Data Centre
3 14 (3.66%) Public Cloud
4 12 (3.13%) Data Protection Act
5 11 (2.87%) Hedge funds
6 10 (2.61%) Cloud Native
7 8 (2.09%) Self-Motivation
8 6 (1.57%) Greenfield Project
9 4 (1.04%) NHS
10 3 (0.78%) Hybrid Cloud
10 3 (0.78%) PKI
10 3 (0.78%) Private Cloud
10 3 (0.78%) Replication
11 2 (0.52%) CMDB
11 2 (0.52%) Life Science
11 2 (0.52%) Reference Data
12 1 (0.26%) DataPower
12 1 (0.26%) Enterprise Cloud
12 1 (0.26%) iPad
12 1 (0.26%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 128 (33.42%) Linux
2 35 (9.14%) Windows
3 23 (6.01%) Unix
4 14 (3.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 13 (3.39%) CentOS
6 11 (2.87%) Ubuntu
7 8 (2.09%) Windows Server
8 6 (1.57%) Debian
9 4 (1.04%) Solaris
10 3 (0.78%) Oracle Linux
10 3 (0.78%) Windows 10
11 2 (0.52%) Amazon Linux
11 2 (0.52%) VMS
11 2 (0.52%) Windows Server 2016
12 1 (0.26%) CoreOS
12 1 (0.26%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 207 (54.05%) DevOps
2 106 (27.68%) Agile Software Development
3 90 (23.50%) Infrastructure as Code
4 44 (11.49%) Configuration Management
5 40 (10.44%) Continuous Integration
5 40 (10.44%) Microservices
6 34 (8.88%) Migration
7 29 (7.57%) Scrum
8 27 (7.05%) Problem-Solving
9 24 (6.27%) Data Protection
10 22 (5.74%) Test Automation
11 20 (5.22%) Analytics
11 20 (5.22%) Continuous Delivery
12 19 (4.96%) Software Engineering
13 17 (4.44%) Deployment Automation
13 17 (4.44%) TDD
14 16 (4.18%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 16 (4.18%) Kanban
15 15 (3.92%) Infrastructure Automation
15 15 (3.92%) OO
Programming Languages
1 115 (30.03%) Python
2 57 (14.88%) PowerShell
3 42 (10.97%) SQL
4 41 (10.70%) Java
5 31 (8.09%) Bash Shell
6 23 (6.01%) Groovy
7 19 (4.96%) C#
8 18 (4.70%) Go
9 16 (4.18%) Ruby
10 12 (3.13%) Shell Script
11 8 (2.09%) Perl
12 7 (1.83%) JavaScript
13 4 (1.04%) C++
14 3 (0.78%) AWK
14 3 (0.78%) C
14 3 (0.78%) Java 11
14 3 (0.78%) Kotlin
14 3 (0.78%) sed
14 3 (0.78%) TypeScript
15 2 (0.52%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 40 (10.44%) Security Cleared
2 34 (8.88%) SC Cleared
3 11 (2.87%) AWS Certification
4 5 (1.31%) BPSS Clearance
4 5 (1.31%) Degree
5 3 (0.78%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (3.13%) GDPR
2 8 (2.09%) SLA
3 2 (0.52%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 2 (0.52%) SOC 2
4 1 (0.26%) NCSC
4 1 (0.26%) QA
System Software
1 140 (36.55%) Docker
2 29 (7.57%) Active Directory
3 15 (3.92%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (2.09%) Virtual Desktop
5 6 (1.57%) KVM
5 6 (1.57%) Virtual Machines
6 5 (1.31%) HDFS
6 5 (1.31%) Varnish
7 4 (1.04%) Samba
7 4 (1.04%) vSphere
8 3 (0.78%) Hyper-V
8 3 (0.78%) NFS
9 2 (0.52%) Oracle RAC
9 2 (0.52%) Squid
10 1 (0.26%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 1 (0.26%) GlusterFS
10 1 (0.26%) iptables
10 1 (0.26%) Postfix
10 1 (0.26%) RHEV
Systems Management
1 217 (56.66%) Terraform
2 142 (37.08%) Kubernetes
3 121 (31.59%) Ansible
4 58 (15.14%) Puppet
5 33 (8.62%) Packer
6 31 (8.09%) Docker Swarm
7 28 (7.31%) Grafana
8 27 (7.05%) Consul
9 25 (6.53%) Prometheus
10 18 (4.70%) Opscode Chef
11 14 (3.66%) Rancher
12 9 (2.35%) Salt
13 6 (1.57%) Istio
14 4 (1.04%) Microsoft Intune
15 3 (0.78%) Ambari
15 3 (0.78%) Nagios
15 3 (0.78%) ZABBIX
16 2 (0.52%) Data Guard
16 2 (0.52%) HAProxy
16 2 (0.52%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 45 (11.75%) Microsoft
2 33 (8.62%) Google
3 25 (6.53%) Splunk
4 19 (4.96%) Red Hat
4 19 (4.96%) VMware
5 17 (4.44%) Databricks
6 14 (3.66%) AppDynamics
6 14 (3.66%) Oracle
7 8 (2.09%) Atlassian
8 7 (1.83%) Cloudera
9 6 (1.57%) ServiceNow
10 5 (1.31%) ATG
11 4 (1.04%) Confluent
11 4 (1.04%) Dynatrace
11 4 (1.04%) Micro Focus
11 4 (1.04%) New Relic
11 4 (1.04%) Palo Alto
12 3 (0.78%) Cisco
12 3 (0.78%) IBM
12 3 (0.78%) Infoblox