Period
to 24 September 2020

The median contractor rate for a Cloud Engineer was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 September 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.

Cloud Engineer
UK
6 months to
24 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 233 255 370
Rank change year-on-year +22 +115 +61
Contract jobs requiring a Cloud Engineer 324 970 717
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.09% 1.10% 0.70%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.18% 1.16% 0.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 229 649 511
Median daily rate £525 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.55% +4.76% +5.00%
10th Percentile £363 £382 £375
90th Percentile £650 £700 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £500 £500
% change year-on-year -5.00% - +9.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 6 2
Median hourly rate £35.00 £57.50 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -39.13% +59.72% +100.00%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £80.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -56.25% +370.59% -2.86%

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 27,456 83,432 96,600
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.35% 94.20% 94.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 17,255 54,745 63,458
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +2.86%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £269
90th Percentile £663 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £415
% change year-on-year - +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,096 2,889 3,142
Median hourly rate £29.00 £20.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +45.00% +14.29% -7.51%
10th Percentile £11.31 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.75 £52.50 £48.75
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.70 £17.50
% change year-on-year +20.35% +6.83% -2.78%

Cloud Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Cloud Engineer in the UK

Cloud Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for Cloud Engineer in the UK

Cloud Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Cloud Engineer over the 6 months to 24 September 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Cloud Engineer in the UK

Cloud Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for Cloud Engineer in the UK

Cloud Engineer
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Cloud Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 24 September 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
England +11 278 £525 -4.55% 135
London -8 165 £550 -4.35% 56
UK excluding London +66 122 £475 -5.00% 89
Work from Home -7 67 £525 -4.55% 23
North of England +88 59 £525 +2.44% 25
North West +65 40 £525 - 14
Yorkshire +71 17 £475 -5.00% 7
Scotland +45 16 £403 -19.50% 7
South East +80 15 £458 -10.29% 21
East of England +90 11 £335 -36.19% 13
Midlands +55 10 £563 +25.00% 13
West Midlands +54 8 £575 +21.05% 9
South West +70 7 £515 -8.44% 5
Wales +30 4 £425 -15.00% 4
East Midlands +39 2 £376 -1.18% 4

Cloud Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 September 2020, Cloud 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 featuring Cloud Engineer in the job title.

1 179 (55.25%) AWS
2 161 (49.69%) DevOps
3 150 (46.30%) Azure
4 141 (43.52%) Python
5 117 (36.11%) Terraform
6 98 (30.25%) Kubernetes
7 93 (28.70%) Linux
8 80 (24.69%) Docker
9 78 (24.07%) Ansible
10 72 (22.22%) Infrastructure as Code
11 71 (21.91%) Agile Software Development
12 66 (20.37%) GCP
13 59 (18.21%) Jenkins
14 55 (16.98%) SC Cleared
14 55 (16.98%) Security Cleared
14 55 (16.98%) Java
15 52 (16.05%) PowerShell
15 52 (16.05%) Bash Shell
16 50 (15.43%) Windows
17 48 (14.81%) Microsoft
18 46 (14.20%) Finance
18 46 (14.20%) Migration
19 43 (13.27%) DNS
19 43 (13.27%) AWS CloudFormation
20 42 (12.96%) Serverless
21 39 (12.04%) Firewall
22 38 (11.73%) Big Data
22 38 (11.73%) Infrastructure Engineering
23 37 (11.42%) Active Directory
24 36 (11.11%) Software Engineering

Cloud Engineer 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 13 (4.01%) Confluence
2 9 (2.78%) Apache Spark
3 8 (2.47%) Skype for Business
4 7 (2.16%) Elasticsearch
4 7 (2.16%) OpenStack
5 5 (1.54%) Jupyter
5 5 (1.54%) SharePoint
6 4 (1.23%) Apache
6 4 (1.23%) Cloud Foundry
6 4 (1.23%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (0.62%) IBM Domino
7 2 (0.62%) Mule
7 2 (0.62%) nginx
7 2 (0.62%) Predix
7 2 (0.62%) ThingWorx
8 1 (0.31%) CICS
8 1 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.31%) MS Exchange
8 1 (0.31%) WebLogic
Business Applications
1 1 (0.31%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.31%) Dynamics NAV
1 1 (0.31%) Sentinel
1 1 (0.31%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 179 (55.25%) AWS
2 150 (46.30%) Azure
3 66 (20.37%) GCP
4 43 (13.27%) AWS CloudFormation
5 42 (12.96%) Serverless
6 34 (10.49%) Amazon EC2
6 34 (10.49%) AWS Lambda
6 34 (10.49%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 28 (8.64%) PaaS
8 23 (7.10%) Amazon S3
8 23 (7.10%) OpenShift
9 21 (6.48%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 21 (6.48%) AWS CloudTrail
10 19 (5.86%) Office 365
11 15 (4.63%) IaaS
11 15 (4.63%) SaaS
12 14 (4.32%) Route 53
13 12 (3.70%) Amazon EKS
13 12 (3.70%) Coveralls
14 11 (3.40%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 43 (13.27%) DNS
2 39 (12.04%) Firewall
3 23 (7.10%) Network Security
4 20 (6.17%) VPN
5 17 (5.25%) DHCP
6 15 (4.63%) HTTP
7 11 (3.40%) WAN
8 10 (3.09%) Internet
9 9 (2.78%) LAN
9 9 (2.78%) Skype
9 9 (2.78%) SNMP
10 8 (2.47%) TCP/IP
11 7 (2.16%) BGP
12 6 (1.85%) Anycast
12 6 (1.85%) DMZ
12 6 (1.85%) OSPF
12 6 (1.85%) TACACS
12 6 (1.85%) VRRP
13 4 (1.23%) Wireless
13 4 (1.23%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (11.73%) Big Data
2 34 (10.49%) Hadoop
3 21 (6.48%) Apache Hive
4 17 (5.25%) NoSQL
5 15 (4.63%) RDBMS
5 15 (4.63%) Relational Database
6 13 (4.01%) Amazon RDS
6 13 (4.01%) Impala
7 12 (3.70%) SQL Server
8 11 (3.40%) Azure SQL Database
9 8 (2.47%) PostgreSQL
10 7 (2.16%) Data Warehouse
10 7 (2.16%) MySQL
11 6 (1.85%) MongoDB
12 5 (1.54%) BigQuery
12 5 (1.54%) Cosmos DB
12 5 (1.54%) HBase
12 5 (1.54%) Oracle Database
12 5 (1.54%) Sqoop
13 4 (1.23%) Redis
Development Applications
1 59 (18.21%) Jenkins
2 36 (11.11%) Git (software)
3 19 (5.86%) GitLab
4 15 (4.63%) Maven
5 14 (4.32%) JIRA
5 14 (4.32%) SonarQube
6 11 (3.40%) Artifactory
7 8 (2.47%) JUnit
8 7 (2.16%) Gradle
8 7 (2.16%) TeamCity
9 6 (1.85%) Bitbucket Server
9 6 (1.85%) GoCD
10 5 (1.54%) Sonatype Nexus
10 5 (1.54%) Visual Studio Team System
11 4 (1.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 4 (1.23%) CircleCI
11 4 (1.23%) Octopus Deploy
11 4 (1.23%) Spinnaker
12 3 (0.93%) Selenium
12 3 (0.93%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 46 (14.20%) Finance
2 26 (8.02%) Banking
3 13 (4.01%) Public Sector
4 5 (1.54%) Marketing
4 5 (1.54%) Telecoms
5 3 (0.93%) Billing
5 3 (0.93%) Manufacturing
5 3 (0.93%) Retail
5 3 (0.93%) Retail Banking
6 2 (0.62%) French Language
6 2 (0.62%) Legal
7 1 (0.31%) Back Office
7 1 (0.31%) Electronics
7 1 (0.31%) Front Office
7 1 (0.31%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.31%) Publishing
7 1 (0.31%) Retail Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (6.79%) Web Services
2 16 (4.94%) Kafka
3 12 (3.70%) .NET
3 12 (3.70%) Node.js
3 12 (3.70%) REST
4 9 (2.78%) SAML
5 7 (2.16%) Django
5 7 (2.16%) Flask
5 7 (2.16%) Spring
5 7 (2.16%) Swagger
6 6 (1.85%) Elastic Stack
6 6 (1.85%) Lambda Expressions
6 6 (1.85%) Middleware
6 6 (1.85%) RESTful
7 5 (1.54%) ADO
7 5 (1.54%) GraphQL
7 5 (1.54%) PySpark
7 5 (1.54%) XML
8 4 (1.23%) Spark Streaming
8 4 (1.23%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 32 (9.88%) Public Cloud
2 25 (7.72%) Cloud Native
3 14 (4.32%) Analytical Skills
4 12 (3.70%) Private Cloud
5 11 (3.40%) Data Centre
6 8 (2.47%) Replication
7 7 (2.16%) Greenfield Project
7 7 (2.16%) Hybrid Cloud
8 6 (1.85%) Enterprise Cloud
8 6 (1.85%) Linux Command Line
9 5 (1.54%) Enterprise Software
9 5 (1.54%) PKI
9 5 (1.54%) Self-Motivation
10 4 (1.23%) iPad
10 4 (1.23%) PMI
10 4 (1.23%) Virtual Team
11 3 (0.93%) EPoS
11 3 (0.93%) FMCG
11 3 (0.93%) Management Information System
11 3 (0.93%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 93 (28.70%) Linux
2 50 (15.43%) Windows
3 32 (9.88%) Unix
4 17 (5.25%) Windows Server
5 15 (4.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 9 (2.78%) Windows Server 2008
7 8 (2.47%) Windows Server 2012
7 8 (2.47%) Windows Server 2016
8 7 (2.16%) CentOS
8 7 (2.16%) Windows Server 2019
9 4 (1.23%) CoreOS
9 4 (1.23%) Debian
10 3 (0.93%) VMS
10 3 (0.93%) Windows 10
11 1 (0.31%) Embedded Linux
11 1 (0.31%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 161 (49.69%) DevOps
2 72 (22.22%) Infrastructure as Code
3 71 (21.91%) Agile Software Development
4 46 (14.20%) Migration
5 38 (11.73%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 36 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
6 36 (11.11%) Software Engineering
7 31 (9.57%) Test Automation
8 24 (7.41%) Configuration Management
9 23 (7.10%) Continuous Delivery
10 22 (6.79%) Microservices
11 21 (6.48%) Analytics
12 18 (5.56%) Infrastructure Automation
12 18 (5.56%) Open Source
13 16 (4.94%) Data Science
14 15 (4.63%) Change Management
14 15 (4.63%) Scrum
15 14 (4.32%) Data Engineering
15 14 (4.32%) Load Balancing
15 14 (4.32%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 141 (43.52%) Python
2 55 (16.98%) Java
3 52 (16.05%) Bash Shell
3 52 (16.05%) PowerShell
4 27 (8.33%) SQL
5 21 (6.48%) Ruby
6 17 (5.25%) Go
7 14 (4.32%) JavaScript
7 14 (4.32%) Scala
8 12 (3.70%) Shell Script
9 11 (3.40%) C#
10 10 (3.09%) C
10 10 (3.09%) Perl
11 9 (2.78%) Groovy
11 9 (2.78%) PHP
12 8 (2.47%) R
13 5 (1.54%) TypeScript
14 4 (1.23%) Java 8
15 2 (0.62%) C++
15 2 (0.62%) VBA
Qualifications
1 55 (16.98%) SC Cleared
1 55 (16.98%) Security Cleared
2 11 (3.40%) DV Cleared
3 9 (2.78%) AWS Certification
4 7 (2.16%) Degree
5 6 (1.85%) CISSP
6 5 (1.54%) Cisco Certification
6 5 (1.54%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 4 (1.23%) BPSS Clearance
7 4 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
7 4 (1.23%) PMI Certification
8 3 (0.93%) (ISC)2 CCSP
8 3 (0.93%) DBS Check
9 2 (0.62%) CCSP
9 2 (0.62%) CISM
9 2 (0.62%) CSSLP
9 2 (0.62%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.31%) CCA
10 1 (0.31%) CCNA
10 1 (0.31%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (2.47%) QA
1 8 (2.47%) SLA
2 4 (1.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.62%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.62%) MiFID
4 1 (0.31%) FedRAMP
4 1 (0.31%) HIPAA
4 1 (0.31%) NIST
4 1 (0.31%) OASIS TOSCA
4 1 (0.31%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 80 (24.69%) Docker
2 37 (11.42%) Active Directory
3 15 (4.63%) Virtual Machines
4 9 (2.78%) VMware Infrastructure
5 8 (2.47%) Hyper-V
5 8 (2.47%) vSphere
6 6 (1.85%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 5 (1.54%) HDFS
8 4 (1.23%) vCloud
8 4 (1.23%) Virtual Desktop
9 3 (0.93%) Gluster
9 3 (0.93%) LXC
9 3 (0.93%) oVirt
10 2 (0.62%) PowerDNS
10 2 (0.62%) VMware NSX
11 1 (0.31%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 1 (0.31%) KVM
11 1 (0.31%) Varnish
11 1 (0.31%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.31%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 117 (36.11%) Terraform
2 98 (30.25%) Kubernetes
3 78 (24.07%) Ansible
4 35 (10.80%) Opscode Chef
5 34 (10.49%) Puppet
6 9 (2.78%) Prometheus
7 7 (2.16%) Grafana
7 7 (2.16%) Packer
8 6 (1.85%) Microsoft Intune
8 6 (1.85%) Salt
9 5 (1.54%) Kibana
10 4 (1.23%) Hadoop YARN
10 4 (1.23%) logstash
10 4 (1.23%) Nagios
10 4 (1.23%) Oozie
10 4 (1.23%) SCCM
11 3 (0.93%) FortiGate
11 3 (0.93%) Network Intrusion Detection System
11 3 (0.93%) Red Hat Satellite
11 3 (0.93%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 48 (14.81%) Microsoft
2 36 (11.11%) Cloudera
3 33 (10.19%) Google
4 21 (6.48%) Oracle
5 19 (5.86%) VMware
6 17 (5.25%) Red Hat
7 16 (4.94%) Hortonworks
8 11 (3.40%) Cisco
9 10 (3.09%) Splunk
10 7 (2.16%) Tableau
11 6 (1.85%) Infoblox
12 5 (1.54%) IBM
13 4 (1.23%) Alibaba
13 4 (1.23%) Atlassian
13 4 (1.23%) Citrix
13 4 (1.23%) Databricks
13 4 (1.23%) SaltStack
13 4 (1.23%) SAP
14 3 (0.93%) CloudEndure
14 3 (0.93%) Sybase