Period
to 20 April 2021

The median contractor rate for a DevOps Engineer was £538 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 April 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.

Development Operations Engineer
UK
6 months to
20 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 61 69 58
Rank change year-on-year +8 -11 +8
Contract jobs requiring a DevOps Engineer 1,891 1,806 3,825
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.53% 3.14% 4.00%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.81% 3.35% 4.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,512 1,407 2,858
10th Percentile £413 £420 £425
25th Percentile £463 £488 £488
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £538 £550 £550
Median % change year-on-year -2.27% - +4.76%
75th Percentile £600 £625 £625
90th Percentile £675 £689 £688
UK excluding London median daily rate £483 £525 £525
% change year-on-year -8.10% - +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 6
Median hourly rate £52.50 £40.00 £70.00
Median % change year-on-year +31.25% -42.86% +13.82%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £52.50 £40.00 £26.65
% change year-on-year +31.25% +50.09% -56.67%

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 49,685 53,854 90,609
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.77% 93.78% 94.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 34,126 35,719 61,078
10th Percentile £280 £225 £273
25th Percentile £379 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £460 £465
Median % change year-on-year +3.26% -1.08% +3.33%
75th Percentile £575 £569 £569
90th Percentile £663 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,684 2,067 2,666
10th Percentile £11.36 £11.61 £11.00
25th Percentile £14.50 £14.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.90 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year +19.05% +5.00% +2.86%
75th Percentile £45.00 £38.75 £38.75
90th Percentile £57.85 £52.17 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £17.86 £17.50
% change year-on-year +6.41% +2.03% -

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 20 April 2021.

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 20 April 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for DevOps Engineer in the UK

DevOps Engineer
Top 16 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 20 April 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
England -6 1,333 £520 -5.45% 667
Work from Home +7 862 £550 +4.76% 166
London -5 821 £550 -4.35% 314
UK excluding London -30 466 £483 -8.10% 381
South East -17 120 £500 - 76
North of England -12 117 £480 -8.57% 113
North West -11 83 £500 -4.76% 52
Scotland +6 68 £488 -11.36% 26
South West -20 66 £480 -12.73% 60
East of England +20 41 £500 -4.76% 41
Midlands -15 40 £413 -13.16% 58
Yorkshire -6 29 £454 -15.53% 50
West Midlands -20 26 £425 -15.00% 38
Wales +21 15 £525 +10.53% 3
East Midlands +8 13 £425 -8.11% 20
North East +3 5 £548 -6.81% 11

DevOps Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 April 2021, 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 1,891 (100.00%) DevOps
2 1,140 (60.29%) Terraform
3 905 (47.86%) Kubernetes
4 842 (44.53%) Azure
5 827 (43.73%) AWS
6 768 (40.61%) Ansible
7 688 (36.38%) Docker
8 674 (35.64%) Python
9 616 (32.58%) Linux
10 592 (31.31%) Jenkins
11 498 (26.34%) Infrastructure as Code
12 419 (22.16%) Agile Software Development
13 341 (18.03%) Git (software)
14 337 (17.82%) Java
15 335 (17.72%) Security Cleared
16 301 (15.92%) SC Cleared
17 282 (14.91%) PowerShell
18 277 (14.65%) Bash Shell
18 277 (14.65%) GCP
19 252 (13.33%) Windows
20 237 (12.53%) Puppet
21 224 (11.85%) Microservices
22 223 (11.79%) GitLab
23 202 (10.68%) Finance
24 201 (10.63%) Opscode Chef
25 200 (10.58%) Serverless
26 199 (10.52%) Configuration Management
27 193 (10.21%) Test Automation
28 178 (9.41%) Continuous Integration
29 171 (9.04%) Microsoft

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 67 (3.54%) Elasticsearch
2 60 (3.17%) nginx
3 42 (2.22%) Confluence
4 40 (2.12%) Apache
5 25 (1.32%) Tomcat
6 23 (1.22%) Cloud Foundry
7 21 (1.11%) IIS
8 15 (0.79%) OpenStack
9 14 (0.74%) Apache Spark
10 13 (0.69%) SharePoint
11 11 (0.58%) Apache Airflow
12 7 (0.37%) DNN
12 7 (0.37%) JBoss
12 7 (0.37%) WebSphere
13 4 (0.21%) Jetty
13 4 (0.21%) MS Exchange
14 3 (0.16%) Apache Qpid
14 3 (0.16%) Mongrel
14 3 (0.16%) SharePoint 2010
15 2 (0.11%) Traefik
Applications
1 9 (0.48%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.21%) Chatbot
3 1 (0.053%) Simulink
3 1 (0.053%) TargetLink
Business Applications
1 9 (0.48%) Dynamics NAV
2 4 (0.21%) Sentinel
3 3 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.053%) assyst
4 1 (0.053%) Magento
4 1 (0.053%) Maximo
4 1 (0.053%) SAP Hybris
4 1 (0.053%) Tesseract
Cloud Services
1 842 (44.53%) Azure
2 827 (43.73%) AWS
3 277 (14.65%) GCP
4 200 (10.58%) Serverless
5 170 (8.99%) GitHub
6 160 (8.46%) AWS CloudFormation
7 150 (7.93%) PaaS
8 138 (7.30%) Amazon EKS
9 136 (7.19%) AWS Lambda
10 109 (5.76%) OpenShift
11 101 (5.34%) Amazon EC2
12 91 (4.81%) IaaS
13 80 (4.23%) Amazon ECS
14 75 (3.97%) Amazon S3
15 64 (3.38%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 59 (3.12%) npm
17 54 (2.86%) Azure Active Directory
18 49 (2.59%) Azure Key Vault
19 43 (2.27%) SaaS
20 40 (2.12%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 91 (4.81%) Firewall
2 70 (3.70%) DNS
3 35 (1.85%) HTTP
4 29 (1.53%) TCP/IP
5 27 (1.43%) SSL
6 21 (1.11%) VPN
7 11 (0.58%) Network Security
8 8 (0.42%) Calico
8 8 (0.42%) Cisco ASA
9 7 (0.37%) DHCP
10 6 (0.32%) VLAN
10 6 (0.32%) WAN
11 5 (0.26%) DSL
11 5 (0.26%) FTP
11 5 (0.26%) NAS
11 5 (0.26%) Reverse Proxy
11 5 (0.26%) SNMP
11 5 (0.26%) SSH
12 4 (0.21%) BIG-IP
12 4 (0.21%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 90 (4.76%) Big Data
2 75 (3.97%) SQL Server
3 55 (2.91%) Amazon RDS
4 47 (2.49%) BigQuery
5 44 (2.33%) PostgreSQL
6 42 (2.22%) MySQL
7 40 (2.12%) Azure SQL Database
8 39 (2.06%) MongoDB
9 36 (1.90%) Hadoop
10 29 (1.53%) NoSQL
11 27 (1.43%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 23 (1.22%) Relational Database
13 20 (1.06%) Data Lake
14 14 (0.74%) SQL Server 2008
15 12 (0.63%) Apache Cassandra
15 12 (0.63%) OLTP
15 12 (0.63%) Tableau
16 11 (0.58%) Data Warehouse
17 9 (0.48%) SQL Server 2005
17 9 (0.48%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 592 (31.31%) Jenkins
2 341 (18.03%) Git (software)
3 223 (11.79%) GitLab
4 115 (6.08%) Maven
5 106 (5.61%) JIRA
6 93 (4.92%) Artifactory
7 81 (4.28%) Gradle
8 79 (4.18%) CircleCI
8 79 (4.18%) TeamCity
9 70 (3.70%) Bitbucket
10 67 (3.54%) SonarQube
10 67 (3.54%) Travis CI
11 59 (3.12%) Octopus Deploy
12 52 (2.75%) gulp
13 39 (2.06%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 34 (1.80%) Visual Studio Team System
15 31 (1.64%) Sonatype Nexus
16 27 (1.43%) Selenium
17 16 (0.85%) JUnit
18 15 (0.79%) Subversion
General
1 202 (10.68%) Finance
2 142 (7.51%) Public Sector
3 94 (4.97%) Banking
4 60 (3.17%) Telecoms
5 40 (2.12%) Marketing
6 34 (1.80%) Electronics
7 33 (1.75%) Manufacturing
8 20 (1.06%) Retail
9 13 (0.69%) Investment Banking
10 12 (0.63%) Law
11 10 (0.53%) Games
12 9 (0.48%) Advertising
13 8 (0.42%) Legal
14 6 (0.32%) Front Office
14 6 (0.32%) iGaming
14 6 (0.32%) Publishing
15 5 (0.26%) Financial Institution
16 4 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
16 4 (0.21%) Spanish Language
17 3 (0.16%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 122 (6.45%) Elastic Stack
2 119 (6.29%) Node.js
3 110 (5.82%) Kafka
4 102 (5.39%) .NET
5 96 (5.08%) Web Services
6 74 (3.91%) YAML
7 71 (3.75%) REST
8 50 (2.64%) JSON
9 35 (1.85%) OAuth
10 33 (1.75%) OAuth2
11 28 (1.48%) Spring
12 21 (1.11%) Lambda Expressions
13 20 (1.06%) RESTful
14 18 (0.95%) ADO
14 18 (0.95%) SOAP
14 18 (0.95%) XML
15 17 (0.90%) .NET Framework
16 16 (0.85%) Middleware
17 15 (0.79%) RabbitMQ
17 15 (0.79%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 161 (8.51%) Greenfield Project
2 81 (4.28%) Public Cloud
3 55 (2.91%) Cloud Native
4 38 (2.01%) Data Centre
5 37 (1.96%) Analytical Skills
6 26 (1.37%) Private Cloud
7 23 (1.22%) Enterprise Software
8 22 (1.16%) Linux Command Line
9 19 (1.00%) User Experience
10 17 (0.90%) Self-Motivation
11 15 (0.79%) Hybrid Cloud
11 15 (0.79%) Mobile App
12 11 (0.58%) Algorithms
12 11 (0.58%) iPad
13 9 (0.48%) Enterprise Cloud
13 9 (0.48%) Management Information System
14 8 (0.42%) Augmented Reality
15 6 (0.32%) CMDB
15 6 (0.32%) Hedge funds
15 6 (0.32%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 616 (32.58%) Linux
2 252 (13.33%) Windows
3 73 (3.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 63 (3.33%) Unix
5 62 (3.28%) Windows Server
6 53 (2.80%) CentOS
7 28 (1.48%) Ubuntu
8 15 (0.79%) Android
9 13 (0.69%) Windows Server 2008
10 12 (0.63%) VMS
11 11 (0.58%) Windows Server 2016
12 10 (0.53%) AIX
13 6 (0.32%) CoreOS
13 6 (0.32%) Windows 10
14 5 (0.26%) Debian
15 4 (0.21%) Amazon Linux
15 4 (0.21%) Apple iOS
15 4 (0.21%) Windows Server 2012
16 2 (0.11%) Solaris
16 2 (0.11%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,891 (100.00%) DevOps
2 498 (26.34%) Infrastructure as Code
3 419 (22.16%) Agile Software Development
4 224 (11.85%) Microservices
5 199 (10.52%) Configuration Management
6 193 (10.21%) Test Automation
7 178 (9.41%) Continuous Integration
8 134 (7.09%) Migration
9 132 (6.98%) Open Source
10 128 (6.77%) Scrum
11 124 (6.56%) Software Engineering
12 107 (5.66%) Deployment Automation
13 106 (5.61%) Continuous Delivery
14 98 (5.18%) Mentoring
15 93 (4.92%) TDD
16 87 (4.60%) Problem-Solving
17 82 (4.34%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 80 (4.23%) Infrastructure Automation
19 63 (3.33%) Release Management
20 58 (3.07%) Site Reliability Engineering
Programming Languages
1 674 (35.64%) Python
2 337 (17.82%) Java
3 282 (14.91%) PowerShell
4 277 (14.65%) Bash Shell
5 152 (8.04%) SQL
6 119 (6.29%) Groovy
7 83 (4.39%) Ruby
8 73 (3.86%) C#
9 72 (3.81%) Go
10 66 (3.49%) JavaScript
11 64 (3.38%) Perl
12 46 (2.43%) Shell Script
13 36 (1.90%) TypeScript
14 27 (1.43%) C++
15 23 (1.22%) C
16 22 (1.16%) PHP
17 17 (0.90%) Scala
18 8 (0.42%) PL/SQL
19 7 (0.37%) T-SQL
20 6 (0.32%) R
Qualifications
1 335 (17.72%) Security Cleared
2 301 (15.92%) SC Cleared
3 46 (2.43%) DV Cleared
4 36 (1.90%) Degree
5 29 (1.53%) AWS Certification
6 18 (0.95%) Computer Science Degree
7 17 (0.90%) Novell Certification
8 12 (0.63%) BPSS Clearance
9 7 (0.37%) Master's Degree
10 6 (0.32%) OCP
10 6 (0.32%) Oracle Certification
10 6 (0.32%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 5 (0.26%) Microsoft Certification
11 5 (0.26%) RHCE
12 4 (0.21%) CCNA
12 4 (0.21%) CCNP
12 4 (0.21%) Cisco Certification
12 4 (0.21%) MCSE
12 4 (0.21%) RHCA
13 1 (0.053%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (2.64%) QA
2 10 (0.53%) PCI DSS
3 6 (0.32%) NIST
3 6 (0.32%) SLA
4 3 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.16%) PMO
5 1 (0.053%) HIPAA
5 1 (0.053%) IFRS
5 1 (0.053%) ISO/IEC 12207
5 1 (0.053%) WCAG
System Software
1 688 (36.38%) Docker
2 106 (5.61%) Active Directory
3 70 (3.70%) Virtual Machines
4 55 (2.91%) VMware Infrastructure
5 20 (1.06%) Hyper-V
6 18 (0.95%) Virtual Desktop
7 14 (0.74%) vSphere
8 11 (0.58%) Varnish
9 9 (0.48%) VMware NSX
10 7 (0.37%) KVM
11 5 (0.26%) HDFS
12 4 (0.21%) NFS
12 4 (0.21%) VirtualBox
13 3 (0.16%) Ceph
13 3 (0.16%) GlusterFS
13 3 (0.16%) VMware ESXi
13 3 (0.16%) Xen
14 2 (0.11%) Gluster
14 2 (0.11%) Virtual Servers
15 1 (0.053%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 1,140 (60.29%) Terraform
2 905 (47.86%) Kubernetes
3 768 (40.61%) Ansible
4 237 (12.53%) Puppet
5 201 (10.63%) Opscode Chef
6 115 (6.08%) Grafana
7 113 (5.98%) Prometheus
8 67 (3.54%) Istio
9 59 (3.12%) Packer
10 51 (2.70%) Kibana
11 42 (2.22%) Consul
12 34 (1.80%) Argo
13 32 (1.69%) Rancher
14 31 (1.64%) Docker Swarm
15 30 (1.59%) logstash
16 24 (1.27%) Fluentd
17 16 (0.85%) Salt
18 15 (0.79%) Nagios
19 13 (0.69%) ZABBIX
20 8 (0.42%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 171 (9.04%) Microsoft
2 157 (8.30%) Google
3 102 (5.39%) Splunk
4 79 (4.18%) VMware
5 36 (1.90%) SAP
6 34 (1.80%) Red Hat
7 30 (1.59%) Atlassian
8 28 (1.48%) AppDynamics
9 27 (1.43%) Hortonworks
10 25 (1.32%) Cisco
11 21 (1.11%) Oracle
12 19 (1.00%) Cloudera
13 17 (0.90%) IBM
14 16 (0.85%) F5
15 13 (0.69%) Salesforce.com
15 13 (0.69%) Sybase
16 12 (0.63%) Dell
16 12 (0.63%) ServiceNow
17 11 (0.58%) LogRhythm
17 11 (0.58%) New Relic