Period
to 28 March 2020

The median contractor rate for a DevOps Engineer was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies 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.

Development Operations Engineer
UK
6 months to
28 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 70 57 70
Rank change year-on-year -13 +13 +31
Contract jobs requiring a DevOps Engineer 1,990 3,914 3,473
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.15% 4.05% 3.42%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.36% 4.27% 3.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,559 2,920 2,719
Median daily rate £550 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%
10th Percentile £415 £425 £408
90th Percentile £688 £680 £655
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £525 £495
% change year-on-year - +6.17% +7.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 6 28
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £58.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -40.43% +15.20%
10th Percentile £28.30 £26.65 £46.13
90th Percentile £62.50 £70.00 £67.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £26.65 £60.00
% change year-on-year +40.71% -55.58% +17.65%

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 59,191 91,568 96,338
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.83% 94.68% 94.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 37,636 60,666 63,480
Median daily rate £455 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.62% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £230 £275 £263
90th Percentile £650 £650 £631
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £401
% change year-on-year - +6.12% +0.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,528 2,830 2,933
Median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £18.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.95% +0.40% +0.68%
10th Percentile £11.80 £11.02 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.25 £49.53 £47.97
Median hourly rate £18.85 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +7.71% - -

DevOps Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for DevOps Engineer in the UK

DevOps Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for DevOps Engineer in the UK

DevOps Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing DevOps Engineer over the 6 months to 28 March 2020.

Daily rate histogram for DevOps Engineer in the UK

DevOps Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for DevOps Engineer in the UK

DevOps Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing DevOps Engineer over the 6 months to 28 March 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for DevOps Engineer in the UK

DevOps Engineer
Top 17 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing DevOps Engineer within the UK 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
England -13 1,859 £550 - 679
London -12 996 £575 - 316
UK excluding London -9 966 £525 - 403
North of England -18 258 £525 - 116
South East +10 250 £505 -3.81% 90
South West +17 186 £550 +1.85% 32
North West 0 137 £525 -7.08% 71
Scotland -8 92 £550 -2.22% 32
Midlands -43 92 £475 -0.52% 77
Work from Home +36 85 £525 - 47
Yorkshire -16 82 £525 +5.00% 31
East of England +6 71 £525 +2.44% 48
West Midlands -38 62 £500 - 57
North East -24 38 £500 - 14
East Midlands -16 30 £450 - 20
Wales +5 15 £475 -2.66% 7
Northern Ireland +13 3 £390 -10.86% 1

DevOps Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 March 2020, DevOps 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 DevOps Engineer in the job title.

1 1,990 (100.00%) DevOps
2 1,000 (50.25%) Terraform
3 942 (47.34%) Kubernetes
4 926 (46.53%) AWS
5 910 (45.73%) Docker
6 858 (43.12%) Ansible
7 804 (40.40%) Python
8 725 (36.43%) Azure
8 725 (36.43%) Jenkins
9 719 (36.13%) Linux
10 655 (32.91%) Agile Software Development
11 416 (20.90%) Infrastructure as Code
12 411 (20.65%) Puppet
13 405 (20.35%) Java
14 385 (19.35%) Git (software)
15 362 (18.19%) Security Cleared
16 338 (16.98%) PowerShell
17 323 (16.23%) Continuous Integration
18 301 (15.13%) Configuration Management
19 292 (14.67%) SC Cleared
20 283 (14.22%) Opscode Chef
21 263 (13.22%) Bash Shell
22 252 (12.66%) Finance
23 243 (12.21%) Windows
24 242 (12.16%) Amazon EC2
25 233 (11.71%) Microservices
26 224 (11.26%) GCP
27 217 (10.90%) AWS CloudFormation
28 200 (10.05%) JIRA
29 195 (9.80%) Serverless

DevOps 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
1 144 (7.24%) Confluence
2 79 (3.97%) Elasticsearch
3 76 (3.82%) nginx
4 53 (2.66%) Apache
5 48 (2.41%) Apache Spark
6 36 (1.81%) Tomcat
7 31 (1.56%) IIS
8 30 (1.51%) Cloud Foundry
8 30 (1.51%) OpenStack
9 22 (1.11%) WebSphere
10 16 (0.80%) Jetty
10 16 (0.80%) Mongrel
11 11 (0.55%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 8 (0.40%) WebLogic
13 6 (0.30%) JBoss
14 5 (0.25%) GemFire
15 4 (0.20%) Anypoint
15 4 (0.20%) Red Hat Fuse
15 4 (0.20%) SharePoint
16 3 (0.15%) Oracle HTTP Server
Applications
1 2 (0.10%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.050%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (0.20%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 2 (0.10%) Eikon
3 1 (0.050%) Actimize
3 1 (0.050%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.050%) ION MarketView
3 1 (0.050%) Magento
3 1 (0.050%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 926 (46.53%) AWS
2 725 (36.43%) Azure
3 242 (12.16%) Amazon EC2
4 224 (11.26%) GCP
5 217 (10.90%) AWS CloudFormation
6 195 (9.80%) Serverless
7 176 (8.84%) GitHub
8 172 (8.64%) Amazon S3
9 157 (7.89%) PaaS
10 150 (7.54%) OpenShift
11 142 (7.14%) AWS Lambda
12 108 (5.43%) Amazon ECS
13 104 (5.23%) IaaS
14 71 (3.57%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 60 (3.02%) Route 53
16 58 (2.91%) Amazon CloudWatch
17 56 (2.81%) SaaS
18 55 (2.76%) Power Platform
19 46 (2.31%) CloudFront
20 45 (2.26%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 60 (3.02%) DNS
2 57 (2.86%) HTTP
2 57 (2.86%) TCP/IP
3 46 (2.31%) Firewall
4 45 (2.26%) VPN
5 33 (1.66%) SSL
6 24 (1.21%) DHCP
7 20 (1.01%) IPsec
8 19 (0.95%) FTP
9 12 (0.60%) DSL
10 10 (0.50%) Kerberos
10 10 (0.50%) SSH
11 9 (0.45%) HTTPS
11 9 (0.45%) Skype
12 7 (0.35%) Internet
12 7 (0.35%) Network Security
12 7 (0.35%) Wireless
13 4 (0.20%) SAN
14 3 (0.15%) LAN
14 3 (0.15%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 98 (4.92%) Amazon RDS
2 87 (4.37%) Big Data
3 76 (3.82%) MongoDB
4 69 (3.47%) MySQL
5 68 (3.42%) Data Lake
5 68 (3.42%) PostgreSQL
6 67 (3.37%) SQL Server
7 55 (2.76%) Power BI
8 52 (2.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 48 (2.41%) Hadoop
10 46 (2.31%) HDInsight
10 46 (2.31%) NoSQL
11 38 (1.91%) Apache Cassandra
12 33 (1.66%) Amazon Redshift
13 28 (1.41%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 23 (1.16%) Azure SQL Database
14 23 (1.16%) Redis
14 23 (1.16%) Relational Database
15 21 (1.06%) Apache Hive
15 21 (1.06%) MariaDB
Development Applications
1 725 (36.43%) Jenkins
2 385 (19.35%) Git (software)
3 200 (10.05%) JIRA
4 142 (7.14%) GitLab
5 114 (5.73%) Bitbucket
6 91 (4.57%) CircleCI
7 83 (4.17%) Artifactory
8 80 (4.02%) Visual Studio Team System
9 77 (3.87%) Sonatype Nexus
10 76 (3.82%) Visual Studio
11 70 (3.52%) TeamCity
12 63 (3.17%) Travis CI
13 57 (2.86%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 53 (2.66%) SonarQube
15 50 (2.51%) Maven
15 50 (2.51%) Octopus Deploy
16 45 (2.26%) Team Foundation Server
17 38 (1.91%) Subversion
18 31 (1.56%) Cucumber
18 31 (1.56%) Selenium
General
1 252 (12.66%) Finance
2 145 (7.29%) Public Sector
3 113 (5.68%) Banking
4 39 (1.96%) Retail
5 27 (1.36%) Front Office
6 20 (1.01%) Marketing
7 18 (0.90%) Telecoms
8 17 (0.85%) Publishing
9 15 (0.75%) Investment Banking
10 13 (0.65%) Games
11 12 (0.60%) Manufacturing
12 11 (0.55%) Electronics
12 11 (0.55%) Financial Institution
13 10 (0.50%) Retail Banking
14 8 (0.40%) Law
15 7 (0.35%) Legal
15 7 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
16 5 (0.25%) Automotive
17 3 (0.15%) Corporate Banking
17 3 (0.15%) Police
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 133 (6.68%) .NET
2 112 (5.63%) Node.js
3 103 (5.18%) Kafka
4 90 (4.52%) Elastic Stack
5 86 (4.32%) Web Services
6 41 (2.06%) JSON
7 40 (2.01%) REST
8 39 (1.96%) J2EE
9 33 (1.66%) Spring
10 29 (1.46%) LDAP
11 26 (1.31%) RabbitMQ
11 26 (1.31%) Spring Boot
12 24 (1.21%) YAML
13 20 (1.01%) React
14 18 (0.90%) CSS
14 18 (0.90%) HTML
14 18 (0.90%) Middleware
15 17 (0.85%) Servlets
16 16 (0.80%) AngularJS
16 16 (0.80%) J2SE
Miscellaneous
1 100 (5.03%) Public Cloud
2 81 (4.07%) Data Centre
3 77 (3.87%) Greenfield Project
4 54 (2.71%) Linux Command Line
5 50 (2.51%) Cloud Native
6 32 (1.61%) Analytical Skills
7 23 (1.16%) Enterprise Software
8 21 (1.06%) Hybrid Cloud
9 20 (1.01%) User Experience
10 18 (0.90%) Self-Motivation
11 17 (0.85%) Derivative
11 17 (0.85%) Fixed Income
12 16 (0.80%) Equities
12 16 (0.80%) Private Cloud
13 15 (0.75%) Virtual Team
14 11 (0.55%) Clustering
15 10 (0.50%) Management Information System
16 9 (0.45%) Replication
17 8 (0.40%) Algorithms
17 8 (0.40%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 719 (36.13%) Linux
2 243 (12.21%) Windows
3 106 (5.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 73 (3.67%) CentOS
5 68 (3.42%) Unix
6 55 (2.76%) Ubuntu
7 50 (2.51%) Windows Server
8 30 (1.51%) Amazon Linux
9 17 (0.85%) CoreOS
10 9 (0.45%) Windows Server 2008
11 7 (0.35%) Windows 10
12 6 (0.30%) Android
12 6 (0.30%) Debian
12 6 (0.30%) Windows Server 2012
13 5 (0.25%) VMS
13 5 (0.25%) Windows Server 2016
14 4 (0.20%) Apple iOS
15 3 (0.15%) DC/OS
16 2 (0.10%) Mac OS X
16 2 (0.10%) Mesosphere
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,990 (100.00%) DevOps
2 655 (32.91%) Agile Software Development
3 416 (20.90%) Infrastructure as Code
4 323 (16.23%) Continuous Integration
5 301 (15.13%) Configuration Management
6 233 (11.71%) Microservices
7 192 (9.65%) Test Automation
8 177 (8.89%) Scrum
9 158 (7.94%) Continuous Delivery
10 153 (7.69%) Open Source
11 132 (6.63%) Migration
12 119 (5.98%) Software Engineering
13 113 (5.68%) Analytics
14 110 (5.53%) Deployment Automation
15 92 (4.62%) Mentoring
16 89 (4.47%) Infrastructure Automation
17 83 (4.17%) Continuous Deployment
18 75 (3.77%) Business Intelligence
19 72 (3.62%) Fintech
19 72 (3.62%) Site Reliability Engineering
Programming Languages
1 804 (40.40%) Python
2 405 (20.35%) Java
3 338 (16.98%) PowerShell
4 263 (13.22%) Bash Shell
5 169 (8.49%) Ruby
6 161 (8.09%) SQL
7 119 (5.98%) Go
8 111 (5.58%) C#
9 96 (4.82%) JavaScript
10 91 (4.57%) Groovy
11 73 (3.67%) Perl
12 50 (2.51%) PHP
13 42 (2.11%) Shell Script
14 38 (1.91%) C++
15 35 (1.76%) R
16 27 (1.36%) C
17 26 (1.31%) Scala
18 11 (0.55%) Java 8
18 11 (0.55%) Rust
19 9 (0.45%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 362 (18.19%) Security Cleared
2 292 (14.67%) SC Cleared
3 75 (3.77%) AWS Certification
4 35 (1.76%) Degree
5 26 (1.31%) DV Cleared
6 22 (1.11%) Microsoft Certification
7 13 (0.65%) MCSA
8 12 (0.60%) BPSS Clearance
9 8 (0.40%) Computer Science Degree
10 4 (0.20%) DBS Check
11 3 (0.15%) MCSE
12 2 (0.10%) CCA
12 2 (0.10%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (0.10%) Numerate Degree
12 2 (0.10%) RHCSA
13 1 (0.050%) CCIE
13 1 (0.050%) Cisco Certification
13 1 (0.050%) CISSP
13 1 (0.050%) PMP
13 1 (0.050%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (2.76%) QA
2 5 (0.25%) Data Quality
2 5 (0.25%) PCI DSS
3 3 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (0.15%) SLA
4 2 (0.10%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.10%) NCSC
5 1 (0.050%) NIST
5 1 (0.050%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 910 (45.73%) Docker
2 66 (3.32%) Virtual Machines
3 54 (2.71%) Active Directory
4 53 (2.66%) VMware Infrastructure
5 16 (0.80%) Xen
6 14 (0.70%) Hyper-V
7 12 (0.60%) vSphere
8 10 (0.50%) HDFS
9 9 (0.45%) VMware ESXi
10 7 (0.35%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 3 (0.15%) LXC
11 3 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
11 3 (0.15%) VirtualBox
12 2 (0.10%) Apache Flume
12 2 (0.10%) GlusterFS
12 2 (0.10%) NFS
12 2 (0.10%) Varnish
13 1 (0.050%) iptables
13 1 (0.050%) Lustre
13 1 (0.050%) zsh
Systems Management
1 1,000 (50.25%) Terraform
2 942 (47.34%) Kubernetes
3 858 (43.12%) Ansible
4 411 (20.65%) Puppet
5 283 (14.22%) Opscode Chef
6 92 (4.62%) Packer
7 60 (3.02%) Prometheus
8 47 (2.36%) Consul
8 47 (2.36%) Docker Swarm
9 44 (2.21%) Grafana
10 40 (2.01%) Salt
11 35 (1.76%) Istio
12 31 (1.56%) Rancher
13 28 (1.41%) Kibana
14 23 (1.16%) logstash
15 20 (1.01%) Nagios
16 10 (0.50%) HAProxy
16 10 (0.50%) vCenter Server
17 9 (0.45%) CFEngine
17 9 (0.45%) SCOM
Vendors
1 183 (9.20%) Microsoft
2 125 (6.28%) Google
3 112 (5.63%) Red Hat
4 88 (4.42%) VMware
5 57 (2.86%) Splunk
6 55 (2.76%) Atlassian
6 55 (2.76%) Oracle
7 33 (1.66%) Informatica
8 30 (1.51%) ServiceNow
9 22 (1.11%) Cisco
10 21 (1.06%) SAP
11 20 (1.01%) Hortonworks
11 20 (1.01%) New Relic
12 19 (0.95%) Cloudera
13 18 (0.90%) IBM
14 16 (0.80%) Databricks
15 15 (0.75%) AppDynamics
16 14 (0.70%) SaltStack
17 11 (0.55%) MuleSoft
17 11 (0.55%) Tableau