Period
to 29 July 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for DevOps skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited DevOps over the 6 months to 29 July 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.

DevOps
England > North West
6 months to
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 12 13 13
Rank change year-on-year +1 0 +2
Contract jobs citing DevOps 361 247 538
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 10.67% 10.89% 10.21%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 12.51% 12.99% 11.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 273 194 384
10th Percentile £369 £363 £339
25th Percentile £426 £413 £424
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £514 £500
Median % change year-on-year -2.68% +2.75% +4.17%
75th Percentile £550 £586 £600
90th Percentile £625 £718 £650
England median daily rate £540 £538 £545
% change year-on-year +0.47% -1.38% +3.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Median hourly rate £51.25 - -
England median hourly rate £52.50 £52.50 £48.00
% change year-on-year - +9.38% -22.81%

DevOps 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 advertised in the North West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 2,885 1,902 4,541
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 85.30% 83.83% 86.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,051 1,252 3,042
10th Percentile £250 £250 £263
25th Percentile £356 £327 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £440 £425 £425
Median % change year-on-year +3.53% - +6.25%
75th Percentile £530 £538 £519
90th Percentile £613 £609 £600
England median daily rate £500 £488 £475
% change year-on-year +2.56% +2.63% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 157 75 163
10th Percentile £11.22 £11.22 £12.76
25th Percentile £13.13 £14.00 £16.06
Median hourly rate £19.68 £20.50 £25.00
Median % change year-on-year -4.02% -18.00% +19.05%
75th Percentile £46.50 £44.00 £43.00
90th Percentile £60.77 £65.25 £53.75
England median hourly rate £23.00 £24.80 £22.97
% change year-on-year -7.26% +7.99% +12.02%

DevOps
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing DevOps as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for DevOps in the North West

DevOps
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing DevOps in the North West.

Daily rate trend for DevOps in the North West

DevOps
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing DevOps in the North West over the 6 months to 29 July 2021.

Daily rate histogram for DevOps in the North West

DevOps
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing DevOps in the North West.

Hourly rate trend for DevOps in the North West

DevOps
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing DevOps within the North West region over the 6 months to 29 July 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
Manchester +10 266 £500 +1.01% 255
Cheshire -11 44 £443 +2.43% 29
Merseyside 0 16 £535 +1.90% 20
Lancashire -14 7 £825 +67.51% 12
Cumbria -5 4 £313 -39.90% 3
DevOps
England

For the 6 months to 29 July 2021, IT contractor jobs citing DevOps 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 across the North West region with a requirement for DevOps.

1 166 (45.98%) Azure
2 159 (44.04%) Agile Software Development
3 146 (40.44%) AWS
4 109 (30.19%) Terraform
5 89 (24.65%) Security Cleared
6 86 (23.82%) .NET
7 84 (23.27%) Ansible
8 81 (22.44%) Kubernetes
9 77 (21.33%) Jenkins
10 76 (21.05%) Java
11 72 (19.94%) Microservices
12 69 (19.11%) Python
13 65 (18.01%) Linux
14 62 (17.17%) SQL
14 62 (17.17%) Social Skills
15 59 (16.34%) C#
16 55 (15.24%) Docker
17 52 (14.40%) JIRA
18 51 (14.13%) Scrum
19 50 (13.85%) Public Sector
20 49 (13.57%) SC Cleared
21 47 (13.02%) Serverless
22 46 (12.74%) Infrastructure as Code
23 44 (12.19%) GCP
24 42 (11.63%) Continuous Integration
24 42 (11.63%) PaaS
24 42 (11.63%) Confluence
25 41 (11.36%) Data Protection
26 40 (11.08%) Data Protection Act
27 39 (10.80%) Configuration Management

DevOps
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 42 (11.63%) Confluence
2 8 (2.22%) Apache
3 7 (1.94%) SharePoint
4 6 (1.66%) BizTalk Server
5 5 (1.39%) Tomcat
6 3 (0.83%) Apache Spark
6 3 (0.83%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (0.83%) nginx
6 3 (0.83%) OpenStack
6 3 (0.83%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 3 (0.83%) WebLogic
6 3 (0.83%) WebLogic Integration
7 2 (0.55%) Cloud Foundry
7 2 (0.55%) JBoss
7 2 (0.55%) Oracle Application Server
7 2 (0.55%) Umbraco
7 2 (0.55%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.55%) WebSphere Application Server
8 1 (0.28%) CMS
8 1 (0.28%) IIS
Applications
1 2 (0.55%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 10 (2.77%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.28%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 166 (45.98%) Azure
2 146 (40.44%) AWS
3 47 (13.02%) Serverless
4 44 (12.19%) GCP
5 42 (11.63%) PaaS
6 36 (9.97%) AWS CloudFormation
7 33 (9.14%) GitHub
8 31 (8.59%) IaaS
9 26 (7.20%) Dynamics 365
10 24 (6.65%) Power Platform
11 20 (5.54%) SaaS
12 19 (5.26%) Azure Functions
13 18 (4.99%) Azure Data Factory
14 16 (4.43%) AWS Lambda
15 15 (4.16%) Azure Service Bus
16 14 (3.88%) Amazon S3
17 13 (3.60%) Azure Event Grid
18 12 (3.32%) Azure Synapse Analytics
19 11 (3.05%) NuGet
20 10 (2.77%) Azure Cosmos DB
Communications & Networking
1 17 (4.71%) SSL
2 13 (3.60%) Firewall
3 10 (2.77%) Network Security
4 8 (2.22%) HTTP
5 5 (1.39%) IPsec
5 5 (1.39%) Kerberos
6 4 (1.11%) TCP/IP
7 3 (0.83%) Calico
7 3 (0.83%) FTP
8 2 (0.55%) DNS
8 2 (0.55%) Internet
8 2 (0.55%) SSH
9 1 (0.28%) HTTPS
9 1 (0.28%) IPv4
9 1 (0.28%) IPv6
9 1 (0.28%) NAS
9 1 (0.28%) OpenVPN
9 1 (0.28%) SAN
9 1 (0.28%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (7.48%) SQL Server
2 17 (4.71%) Power BI
3 15 (4.16%) Azure SQL Database
3 15 (4.16%) Big Data
4 14 (3.88%) NoSQL
5 13 (3.60%) MongoDB
6 11 (3.05%) Amazon RDS
6 11 (3.05%) Data Lake
6 11 (3.05%) Data Warehouse
7 10 (2.77%) MySQL
8 7 (1.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 6 (1.66%) Amazon Redshift
9 6 (1.66%) Hadoop
9 6 (1.66%) Oracle Database
9 6 (1.66%) Relational Database
10 4 (1.11%) RavenDB
10 4 (1.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 4 (1.11%) Tableau
11 3 (0.83%) MS Access
11 3 (0.83%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 77 (21.33%) Jenkins
2 52 (14.40%) JIRA
3 26 (7.20%) Git (software)
4 21 (5.82%) GitLab
5 18 (4.99%) Bitbucket
5 18 (4.99%) Selenium
6 14 (3.88%) JMeter
7 13 (3.60%) SpecFlow
7 13 (3.60%) Travis CI
7 13 (3.60%) WebDriver
8 12 (3.32%) Maven
9 11 (3.05%) SonarQube
10 8 (2.22%) Gradle
11 6 (1.66%) Artifactory
11 6 (1.66%) Sonatype Nexus
12 5 (1.39%) TeamCity
12 5 (1.39%) Visual Studio
13 4 (1.11%) JUnit
13 4 (1.11%) Subversion
13 4 (1.11%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 62 (17.17%) Social Skills
2 50 (13.85%) Public Sector
3 19 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
3 19 (5.26%) Banking
4 18 (4.99%) Finance
5 6 (1.66%) Telecoms
6 5 (1.39%) Manufacturing
7 4 (1.11%) Games
7 4 (1.11%) Law
7 4 (1.11%) Marketing
8 3 (0.83%) Electronics
8 3 (0.83%) Investment Banking
8 3 (0.83%) Presentation Skills
8 3 (0.83%) Publishing
9 2 (0.55%) Automotive
9 2 (0.55%) Retail
10 1 (0.28%) Advertising
10 1 (0.28%) Influencing Skills
10 1 (0.28%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 112 (31.02%) DevOps Engineer
2 75 (20.78%) Developer
3 51 (14.13%) AWS Engineer
4 48 (13.30%) Architect
5 39 (10.80%) AWS DevOps
6 34 (9.42%) AWS DevOps Engineer
7 22 (6.09%) Azure Engineer
7 22 (6.09%) Consultant
8 15 (4.16%) Software Developer
9 13 (3.60%) .NET Developer
9 13 (3.60%) DevOps Consultant
9 13 (3.60%) Platform Engineer
9 13 (3.60%) Technical Architect
10 12 (3.32%) Cloud Architect
10 12 (3.32%) Developer in Test
11 11 (3.05%) Azure DevOps
11 11 (3.05%) Azure DevOps Engineer
11 11 (3.05%) Senior DevOps
11 11 (3.05%) Senior DevOps Engineer
11 11 (3.05%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 86 (23.82%) .NET
2 31 (8.59%) REST
2 31 (8.59%) Web Services
3 27 (7.48%) Node.js
4 25 (6.93%) .NET Framework
5 17 (4.71%) React
6 16 (4.43%) HTML
7 14 (3.88%) AngularJS
8 13 (3.60%) CSS
9 12 (3.32%) .NET Core
10 10 (2.77%) RESTful
11 9 (2.49%) ASP.NET Web API
11 9 (2.49%) Kafka
11 9 (2.49%) SOAP
12 8 (2.22%) GraphQL
12 8 (2.22%) SAML
12 8 (2.22%) Spring Boot
13 7 (1.94%) ASP.NET
13 7 (1.94%) JSON
13 7 (1.94%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 40 (11.08%) Data Protection Act
2 33 (9.14%) Public Cloud
3 12 (3.32%) Cloud Native
4 7 (1.94%) Mobile App
5 6 (1.66%) Private Cloud
5 6 (1.66%) User Experience
6 5 (1.39%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 5 (1.39%) Enterprise Cloud
6 5 (1.39%) NHS
6 5 (1.39%) N-Tier
7 4 (1.11%) Enterprise Software
7 4 (1.11%) Legacy Applications
8 3 (0.83%) Legacy Systems
8 3 (0.83%) Online Games
8 3 (0.83%) Self-Motivation
8 3 (0.83%) Virtual Team
9 2 (0.55%) Greenfield Project
9 2 (0.55%) Hybrid Cloud
9 2 (0.55%) iPad
9 2 (0.55%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 65 (18.01%) Linux
2 36 (9.97%) Windows
3 15 (4.16%) Unix
4 9 (2.49%) Windows XP
5 8 (2.22%) Windows Server
6 7 (1.94%) VMS
7 6 (1.66%) Android
8 4 (1.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (0.83%) HPUX
9 3 (0.83%) SUSE
10 2 (0.55%) AIX
11 1 (0.28%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.28%) CentOS
11 1 (0.28%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 159 (44.04%) Agile Software Development
2 72 (19.94%) Microservices
3 51 (14.13%) Scrum
4 46 (12.74%) Infrastructure as Code
5 42 (11.63%) Continuous Integration
6 41 (11.36%) Data Protection
7 39 (10.80%) Configuration Management
8 35 (9.70%) Test Automation
9 30 (8.31%) Project Delivery
10 28 (7.76%) Stakeholder Management
11 25 (6.93%) Software Engineering
12 24 (6.65%) Site Reliability Engineering
13 23 (6.37%) Continuous Delivery
13 23 (6.37%) Migration
14 21 (5.82%) Business Intelligence
14 21 (5.82%) Open Source
15 20 (5.54%) Problem-Solving
16 19 (5.26%) Analytics
16 19 (5.26%) Data Modelling
16 19 (5.26%) Digital Transformation Programme
Programming Languages
1 76 (21.05%) Java
2 69 (19.11%) Python
3 62 (17.17%) SQL
4 59 (16.34%) C#
5 37 (10.25%) JavaScript
6 26 (7.20%) PowerShell
7 24 (6.65%) Bash Shell
8 19 (5.26%) TypeScript
9 17 (4.71%) Ruby
10 11 (3.05%) Shell Script
11 8 (2.22%) Java 8
12 5 (1.39%) Scala
13 4 (1.11%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 4 (1.11%) Groovy
13 4 (1.11%) Java 11
14 3 (0.83%) ES6
14 3 (0.83%) FoxPro (VFP)
14 3 (0.83%) PHP
14 3 (0.83%) VB
15 2 (0.55%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 89 (24.65%) Security Cleared
2 49 (13.57%) SC Cleared
3 30 (8.31%) BPSS Clearance
4 16 (4.43%) ISTQB
5 14 (3.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 12 (3.32%) Degree
7 5 (1.39%) AWS Certification
8 4 (1.11%) ISEB
8 4 (1.11%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (0.83%) BC Cleared
9 3 (0.83%) Computer Science Degree
9 3 (0.83%) DV Cleared
10 2 (0.55%) Microsoft Certification
11 1 (0.28%) CSPO
11 1 (0.28%) DBS Check
11 1 (0.28%) IIBA
11 1 (0.28%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (3.32%) QA
2 3 (0.83%) Data Quality
2 3 (0.83%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (0.55%) Accessibility
4 1 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.28%) PMO
4 1 (0.28%) SLA
System Software
1 55 (15.24%) Docker
2 6 (1.66%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (1.39%) Active Directory
3 5 (1.39%) RACF
4 3 (0.83%) Virtual Desktop
4 3 (0.83%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.55%) vSphere
6 1 (0.28%) NFS
6 1 (0.28%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 1 (0.28%) Veritas Volume Manager
6 1 (0.28%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 109 (30.19%) Terraform
2 84 (23.27%) Ansible
3 81 (22.44%) Kubernetes
4 29 (8.03%) Opscode Chef
5 20 (5.54%) Nagios
6 19 (5.26%) Grafana
6 19 (5.26%) Prometheus
7 16 (4.43%) Puppet
8 5 (1.39%) Single Sign-On
9 4 (1.11%) Tivoli
10 3 (0.83%) Istio
10 3 (0.83%) vRealize Orchestrator
11 2 (0.55%) Packer
11 2 (0.55%) Rancher
11 2 (0.55%) ZABBIX
12 1 (0.28%) FortiGate
12 1 (0.28%) MIIS
12 1 (0.28%) Network Intrusion Detection System
12 1 (0.28%) Oozie
12 1 (0.28%) vRealize
Vendors
1 39 (10.80%) Microsoft
2 25 (6.93%) Google
3 15 (4.16%) Oracle
4 13 (3.60%) Databricks
5 11 (3.05%) IBM
6 10 (2.77%) VMware
7 8 (2.22%) MuleSoft
7 8 (2.22%) Salesforce.com
8 7 (1.94%) Cloudera
8 7 (1.94%) HP
8 7 (1.94%) SAP
9 5 (1.39%) Atlassian
9 5 (1.39%) Red Hat
10 4 (1.11%) BMC
10 4 (1.11%) ServiceNow
10 4 (1.11%) Splunk
10 4 (1.11%) Thales
11 3 (0.83%) CA Agile Central
11 3 (0.83%) Micro Focus
11 3 (0.83%) TIBCO