Period
to 28 March 2020

The median contractor rate for a Platform Engineer was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 28 March 2020.

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
England > North West
6 months to
28 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 126 186 195
Rank change year-on-year +60 +9 +6
Contract jobs requiring a Platform Engineer 49 27 17
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 1.17% 0.48% 0.30%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.23% 0.50% 0.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 18 11
Median daily rate £525 £500 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +11.11% +4.65%
10th Percentile £500 £431 £420
90th Percentile £550 £575 £488
England median daily rate £525 £525 £525
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £63.75 - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West. 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
North West
Contract vacancies in the North West with a recognized job title 3,969 5,375 5,380
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.52% 94.81% 95.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,363 3,407 3,376
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £200 £250 £228
90th Percentile £588 £613 £588
England median daily rate £470 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -1.05% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 226 268 306
Median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +14.29% -10.91%
10th Percentile £12.35 £13.00 £11.21
90th Percentile £53.00 £47.50 £51.75
Median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £18.70
% change year-on-year +6.95% - +0.05%

Platform Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for Platform Engineer in the North West

Platform Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Daily rate trend for Platform Engineer in the North West

Platform Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Platform Engineer in the North West over the 6 months to 28 March 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Platform Engineer in the North West

Platform Engineer
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 Platform Engineer within the North West region over the 6 months to 28 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
Manchester +38 25 £500 +2.56% 11
Merseyside - 18 £525 -
Cheshire +26 4 £500 +12.68% 3
Lancashire +21 1 - -
Platform Engineer
England

Platform Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 March 2020, 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 North West region featuring Platform Engineer in the job title.

1 43 (87.76%) DevOps
2 34 (69.39%) AWS
3 33 (67.35%) Python
4 29 (59.18%) Agile Software Development
5 25 (51.02%) Configuration Management
6 23 (46.94%) Windows
6 23 (46.94%) Docker
6 23 (46.94%) Terraform
6 23 (46.94%) Infrastructure as Code
7 22 (44.90%) Ansible
7 22 (44.90%) Migration
8 20 (40.82%) Serverless
8 20 (40.82%) Puppet
8 20 (40.82%) Ruby
8 20 (40.82%) Amazon S3
9 19 (38.78%) AWS Lambda
10 17 (34.69%) Kubernetes
11 16 (32.65%) Bash Shell
12 15 (30.61%) Azure
13 14 (28.57%) Continuous Integration
14 12 (24.49%) Linux
14 12 (24.49%) AWS CloudFormation
14 12 (24.49%) AWS Certification
15 11 (22.45%) CloudFront
15 11 (22.45%) Node.js
15 11 (22.45%) Oracle
15 11 (22.45%) IBM
15 11 (22.45%) Scrum
15 11 (22.45%) Git (software)
16 10 (20.41%) SQL

Platform Engineer Skill Set
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 9 (18.37%) Apache Spark
2 3 (6.12%) Apache
2 3 (6.12%) IIS
3 2 (4.08%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (2.04%) Jetty
4 1 (2.04%) Mongrel
4 1 (2.04%) nginx
4 1 (2.04%) Tomcat
4 1 (2.04%) WebSphere
Business Applications
1 2 (4.08%) Oracle Cash Management
Cloud Services
1 34 (69.39%) AWS
2 20 (40.82%) Amazon S3
2 20 (40.82%) Serverless
3 19 (38.78%) AWS Lambda
4 15 (30.61%) Azure
5 12 (24.49%) AWS CloudFormation
6 11 (22.45%) CloudFront
7 9 (18.37%) Amazon Kinesis
8 5 (10.20%) GitHub
9 4 (8.16%) IaaS
9 4 (8.16%) PaaS
10 3 (6.12%) Amazon EC2
10 3 (6.12%) OpenShift
11 2 (4.08%) Amazon ElastiCache
11 2 (4.08%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (4.08%) Datadog
11 2 (4.08%) Route 53
11 2 (4.08%) SaaS
11 2 (4.08%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 1 (2.04%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 4 (8.16%) DNS
2 2 (4.08%) Firewall
2 2 (4.08%) HTTP
2 2 (4.08%) TCP/IP
2 2 (4.08%) VPN
3 1 (2.04%) DHCP
3 1 (2.04%) FTP
3 1 (2.04%) IPsec
3 1 (2.04%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (10.20%) Big Data
2 2 (4.08%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 11 (22.45%) Git (software)
2 10 (20.41%) GitLab
3 4 (8.16%) Jenkins
4 3 (6.12%) Octopus Deploy
5 2 (4.08%) Artifactory
5 2 (4.08%) Bitbucket
5 2 (4.08%) Cucumber
5 2 (4.08%) IBM UrbanCode
5 2 (4.08%) Selenium
5 2 (4.08%) Sonatype Nexus
5 2 (4.08%) TeamCity
5 2 (4.08%) Zephyr
6 1 (2.04%) Travis CI
General
1 2 (4.08%) Finance
1 2 (4.08%) Public Sector
1 2 (4.08%) Retail
2 1 (2.04%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (22.45%) Node.js
2 9 (18.37%) Kafka
2 9 (18.37%) Laravel
2 9 (18.37%) Vue.js
3 5 (10.20%) Elastic Stack
4 3 (6.12%) .NET
4 3 (6.12%) REST
4 3 (6.12%) SOAP
5 2 (4.08%) YAML
6 1 (2.04%) J2EE
6 1 (2.04%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 2 (4.08%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 23 (46.94%) Windows
2 12 (24.49%) Linux
3 4 (8.16%) Windows Server
4 2 (4.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (4.08%) Ubuntu
4 2 (4.08%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (87.76%) DevOps
2 29 (59.18%) Agile Software Development
3 25 (51.02%) Configuration Management
4 23 (46.94%) Infrastructure as Code
5 22 (44.90%) Migration
6 14 (28.57%) Continuous Integration
7 11 (22.45%) Scrum
8 9 (18.37%) Computer Science
8 9 (18.37%) OO
8 9 (18.37%) OOP
9 7 (14.29%) Load Balancing
10 5 (10.20%) E-Commerce
11 3 (6.12%) Continuous Delivery
11 3 (6.12%) Microservices
12 2 (4.08%) Analytics
12 2 (4.08%) Asset Management
12 2 (4.08%) Change Control
12 2 (4.08%) Infrastructure Automation
12 2 (4.08%) Kanban
12 2 (4.08%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 33 (67.35%) Python
2 20 (40.82%) Ruby
3 16 (32.65%) Bash Shell
4 10 (20.41%) SQL
5 9 (18.37%) PHP
5 9 (18.37%) Shell Script
6 4 (8.16%) Java
6 4 (8.16%) PowerShell
7 1 (2.04%) C#
Qualifications
1 12 (24.49%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.08%) QA
System Software
1 23 (46.94%) Docker
2 3 (6.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (4.08%) Active Directory
4 1 (2.04%) Xen
Systems Management
1 23 (46.94%) Terraform
2 22 (44.90%) Ansible
3 20 (40.82%) Puppet
4 17 (34.69%) Kubernetes
5 9 (18.37%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (4.08%) Nagios
7 1 (2.04%) Packer
Vendors
1 11 (22.45%) IBM
1 11 (22.45%) Oracle
2 9 (18.37%) EnterpriseDB
2 9 (18.37%) IBM Sterling
2 9 (18.37%) Informatica
2 9 (18.37%) SAP
3 5 (10.20%) Microsoft
4 3 (6.12%) AppDynamics
4 3 (6.12%) Google
4 3 (6.12%) VMware
5 2 (4.08%) Micro Focus
5 2 (4.08%) New Relic
5 2 (4.08%) Splunk
6 1 (2.04%) PagerDuty