Period
to 30 November 2021

The median contractor rate for a DevOps Engineer was £565 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 30 November 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
30 Nov 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 64 61 68
Rank change year-on-year -3 +7 -3
Contract jobs requiring a DevOps Engineer 3,074 1,318 2,766
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.45% 3.61% 3.41%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.69% 3.91% 3.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,360 1,065 2,090
10th Percentile £444 £400 £431
25th Percentile £500 £460 £500
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £565 £525 £550
Median % change year-on-year +7.62% -4.55% -
75th Percentile £638 £600 £632
90th Percentile £700 £663 £694
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £495 £525
% change year-on-year +6.06% -5.71% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 2 2
10th Percentile £20.00 £33.94 £40.63
25th Percentile £28.50 £37.03 £41.56
Median hourly rate £58.25 £44.38 £43.75
Median % change year-on-year +31.27% +1.43% -23.91%
75th Percentile £76.88 £52.03 £46.56
90th Percentile £82.50 £55.31 £47.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £56.63 £44.38 £40.00
% change year-on-year +27.61% +10.94% -23.81%

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 83,344 33,732 76,315
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.44% 92.46% 94.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,375 22,884 51,010
10th Percentile £300 £256 £250
25th Percentile £413 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £460
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +2.22%
75th Percentile £613 £575 £563
90th Percentile £700 £650 £649
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,178 1,214 2,715
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.00 £14.03 £13.85
Median hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year -11.11% +20.35% +6.83%
75th Percentile £45.97 £45.00 £42.00
90th Percentile £62.85 £57.50 £51.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.90 £17.50
% change year-on-year -12.06% +13.71% -

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 30 November 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 30 November 2021.

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 30 November 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 2,397 £564 +8.53% 801
London +4 1,464 £575 +4.55% 396
Work from Home -20 1,076 £575 +4.55% 182
UK excluding London +8 820 £525 +6.06% 449
North of England +5 263 £525 +5.00% 144
South East -25 180 £550 +7.84% 89
North West +3 160 £525 +0.19% 85
South West +16 122 £550 +18.85% 55
Midlands -24 100 £500 +17.65% 59
Scotland -18 79 £500 +5.26% 42
Yorkshire -8 70 £525 +12.48% 39
East of England -22 68 £550 +10.00% 49
West Midlands -35 59 £501 +15.23% 43
North East +13 44 £565 +13.00% 20
East Midlands -6 38 £475 +35.71% 16
Wales -27 11 £550 +10.00% 8
Isle of Man - 2 £694 -

DevOps Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 November 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 3,074 (100.00%) DevOps
2 1,867 (60.74%) Terraform
3 1,455 (47.33%) Kubernetes
4 1,407 (45.77%) AWS
5 1,211 (39.39%) Docker
6 1,202 (39.10%) Azure
7 1,179 (38.35%) Ansible
8 969 (31.52%) Jenkins
9 949 (30.87%) Python
10 897 (29.18%) Linux
11 784 (25.50%) Agile Software Development
12 758 (24.66%) Infrastructure as Code
13 518 (16.85%) Security Cleared
14 504 (16.40%) Git (software)
15 496 (16.14%) Bash Shell
16 442 (14.38%) PowerShell
17 440 (14.31%) GitLab
18 411 (13.37%) SC Cleared
19 381 (12.39%) Java
20 354 (11.52%) GitHub
21 341 (11.09%) Finance
22 340 (11.06%) GCP
23 338 (11.00%) Puppet
24 337 (10.96%) Configuration Management
25 333 (10.83%) Windows
26 326 (10.61%) Microservices
27 313 (10.18%) Continuous Integration
28 283 (9.21%) Public Sector
29 273 (8.88%) Test Automation
30 270 (8.78%) 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
1 137 (4.46%) Confluence
2 135 (4.39%) Elasticsearch
3 73 (2.37%) Apache
4 72 (2.34%) Apache Spark
5 58 (1.89%) nginx
6 47 (1.53%) Tomcat
7 32 (1.04%) Apache Airflow
8 22 (0.72%) IIS
8 22 (0.72%) OpenStack
8 22 (0.72%) SharePoint
9 20 (0.65%) Cloud Foundry
10 19 (0.62%) WebLogic
11 14 (0.46%) Traefik
12 13 (0.42%) Appian
12 13 (0.42%) WebSphere
13 12 (0.39%) JBoss
14 11 (0.36%) ArcGIS
15 10 (0.33%) CMS
15 10 (0.33%) Jupyter
16 8 (0.26%) SAS
Applications
1 4 (0.13%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.033%) FrameMaker
2 1 (0.033%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 8 (0.26%) Cloudability
2 7 (0.23%) Sentinel
3 5 (0.16%) Magento
3 5 (0.16%) Workday HCM
4 2 (0.065%) assyst
4 2 (0.065%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.065%) NetSuite
4 2 (0.065%) Oracle BPM
4 2 (0.065%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 2 (0.065%) TIBCO iProcess
5 1 (0.033%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.033%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 1,407 (45.77%) AWS
2 1,202 (39.10%) Azure
3 354 (11.52%) GitHub
4 340 (11.06%) GCP
5 260 (8.46%) Amazon EKS
6 257 (8.36%) AWS CloudFormation
7 251 (8.17%) Serverless
8 234 (7.61%) PaaS
9 211 (6.86%) Amazon EC2
10 179 (5.82%) Amazon ECS
11 176 (5.73%) AWS Lambda
12 170 (5.53%) IaaS
13 134 (4.36%) Amazon S3
14 128 (4.16%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 122 (3.97%) OpenShift
16 111 (3.61%) SaaS
17 100 (3.25%) Route 53
17 100 (3.25%) Virtual Private Cloud
18 75 (2.44%) Azure Data Factory
19 56 (1.82%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 125 (4.07%) Firewall
2 111 (3.61%) DNS
3 50 (1.63%) Network Security
4 48 (1.56%) TCP/IP
5 40 (1.30%) SSL
6 36 (1.17%) VPN
7 34 (1.11%) HTTP
8 18 (0.59%) WAN
9 16 (0.52%) Internet
9 16 (0.52%) LAN
10 15 (0.49%) HTTPS
11 12 (0.39%) Kerberos
11 12 (0.39%) Reverse Proxy
12 8 (0.26%) Wireshark
13 7 (0.23%) tcpdump
13 7 (0.23%) Wireless
14 6 (0.20%) IPv4
15 5 (0.16%) DHCP
15 5 (0.16%) DSL
15 5 (0.16%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 143 (4.65%) Amazon RDS
2 142 (4.62%) Big Data
3 109 (3.55%) Hadoop
4 102 (3.32%) SQL Server
5 94 (3.06%) PostgreSQL
6 71 (2.31%) MongoDB
7 56 (1.82%) NoSQL
8 53 (1.72%) MySQL
9 46 (1.50%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 42 (1.37%) Data Lake
11 39 (1.27%) Data Warehouse
12 30 (0.98%) Azure SQL Database
12 30 (0.98%) Relational Database
13 27 (0.88%) Amazon Redshift
14 24 (0.78%) Power BI
15 23 (0.75%) Redis
16 18 (0.59%) BigQuery
17 16 (0.52%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
18 15 (0.49%) Apache Hive
18 15 (0.49%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 969 (31.52%) Jenkins
2 504 (16.40%) Git (software)
3 440 (14.31%) GitLab
4 257 (8.36%) JIRA
5 188 (6.12%) Artifactory
6 172 (5.60%) Bitbucket
7 154 (5.01%) Maven
8 153 (4.98%) Sonatype Nexus
9 144 (4.68%) TeamCity
10 120 (3.90%) SonarQube
11 86 (2.80%) Gradle
12 85 (2.77%) Octopus Deploy
13 70 (2.28%) CircleCI
14 66 (2.15%) Selenium
15 54 (1.76%) Terragrunt
16 45 (1.46%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 43 (1.40%) Subversion
18 41 (1.33%) Cucumber
19 40 (1.30%) Visual Studio Team System
20 38 (1.24%) Travis CI
General
1 341 (11.09%) Finance
2 283 (9.21%) Public Sector
3 252 (8.20%) Social Skills
4 120 (3.90%) Banking
5 66 (2.15%) Retail
6 65 (2.11%) Analytical Skills
7 34 (1.11%) Telecoms
8 32 (1.04%) Law
9 29 (0.94%) Presentation Skills
10 24 (0.78%) Electronics
11 22 (0.72%) Investment Banking
11 22 (0.72%) Marketing
12 21 (0.68%) Games
13 20 (0.65%) Legal
13 20 (0.65%) Manufacturing
14 15 (0.49%) Billing
14 15 (0.49%) Financial Institution
15 14 (0.46%) Retail Banking
16 13 (0.42%) Influencing Skills
17 12 (0.39%) Documentation Skills
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 176 (5.73%) Kafka
2 159 (5.17%) .NET
3 155 (5.04%) Elastic Stack
3 155 (5.04%) Web Services
4 144 (4.68%) YAML
5 118 (3.84%) Node.js
6 103 (3.35%) ARM Templates
7 54 (1.76%) JSON
7 54 (1.76%) Spring
8 48 (1.56%) React
9 46 (1.50%) REST
10 45 (1.46%) Spring Boot
11 31 (1.01%) RESTful
12 27 (0.88%) Flask
13 26 (0.85%) .NET Framework
13 26 (0.85%) Django
14 22 (0.72%) AngularJS
15 21 (0.68%) .NET Core
16 20 (0.65%) HTML
16 20 (0.65%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 124 (4.03%) Cloud Native
2 106 (3.45%) Public Cloud
3 100 (3.25%) Data Protection Act
4 78 (2.54%) Greenfield Project
5 58 (1.89%) Linux Command Line
6 52 (1.69%) Data Centre
7 41 (1.33%) PKI
8 38 (1.24%) Self-Motivation
9 33 (1.07%) Management Information System
10 29 (0.94%) Hybrid Cloud
11 25 (0.81%) Private Cloud
12 24 (0.78%) Clustering
13 23 (0.75%) Legacy Systems
14 21 (0.68%) Legacy Applications
15 20 (0.65%) Enterprise Software
15 20 (0.65%) NHS
16 18 (0.59%) Wiki
17 14 (0.46%) Virtual Team
18 13 (0.42%) Enterprise Cloud
19 11 (0.36%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 897 (29.18%) Linux
2 333 (10.83%) Windows
3 165 (5.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 104 (3.38%) Unix
5 97 (3.16%) Windows Server
6 62 (2.02%) CentOS
7 45 (1.46%) Ubuntu
8 20 (0.65%) VMS
9 14 (0.46%) CoreOS
10 13 (0.42%) Amazon Linux
11 10 (0.33%) Windows Server 2019
12 7 (0.23%) Debian
12 7 (0.23%) Solaris
12 7 (0.23%) Windows 10
12 7 (0.23%) Windows Server 2012
13 4 (0.13%) Windows Server 2008
14 3 (0.098%) Alpine Linux
14 3 (0.098%) Android
14 3 (0.098%) Mac OS
15 2 (0.065%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,074 (100.00%) DevOps
2 784 (25.50%) Agile Software Development
3 758 (24.66%) Infrastructure as Code
4 337 (10.96%) Configuration Management
5 326 (10.61%) Microservices
6 313 (10.18%) Continuous Integration
7 273 (8.88%) Test Automation
8 220 (7.16%) Migration
9 208 (6.77%) Scrum
10 199 (6.47%) Site Reliability Engineering
11 185 (6.02%) Continuous Delivery
12 172 (5.60%) Problem-Solving
13 148 (4.81%) Analytics
13 148 (4.81%) Software Engineering
14 138 (4.49%) Deployment Automation
15 135 (4.39%) Infrastructure Automation
15 135 (4.39%) Open Source
16 123 (4.00%) Cybersecurity
16 123 (4.00%) TDD
17 118 (3.84%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 949 (30.87%) Python
2 496 (16.14%) Bash Shell
3 442 (14.38%) PowerShell
4 381 (12.39%) Java
5 247 (8.04%) SQL
6 219 (7.12%) Groovy
7 142 (4.62%) JavaScript
8 131 (4.26%) C#
9 118 (3.84%) Ruby
10 100 (3.25%) Go
11 90 (2.93%) Shell Script
12 47 (1.53%) Perl
13 37 (1.20%) PHP
14 29 (0.94%) TypeScript
15 23 (0.75%) C
16 21 (0.68%) C++
17 17 (0.55%) Scala
18 13 (0.42%) VB
19 10 (0.33%) ES6
19 10 (0.33%) R
Qualifications
1 518 (16.85%) Security Cleared
2 411 (13.37%) SC Cleared
3 83 (2.70%) DV Cleared
4 53 (1.72%) BPSS Clearance
5 51 (1.66%) AWS Certification
6 50 (1.63%) Degree
7 20 (0.65%) Computer Science Degree
8 7 (0.23%) Microsoft Certification
9 4 (0.13%) OCP
9 4 (0.13%) Oracle Certification
10 2 (0.065%) DBS Check
10 2 (0.065%) Numerate Degree
10 2 (0.065%) RHCE
11 1 (0.033%) CTC Cleared
11 1 (0.033%) ISTQB
11 1 (0.033%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (1.01%) QA
2 19 (0.62%) GDPR
3 15 (0.49%) SLA
4 14 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 13 (0.42%) NCSC
6 11 (0.36%) Accessibility
7 7 (0.23%) Data Quality
8 6 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
9 4 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 3 (0.098%) PCI DSS
11 2 (0.065%) NIST
12 1 (0.033%) FedRAMP
12 1 (0.033%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 1,211 (39.39%) Docker
2 120 (3.90%) Active Directory
3 56 (1.82%) VMware Infrastructure
4 36 (1.17%) Virtual Machines
5 24 (0.78%) Virtual Desktop
6 18 (0.59%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 13 (0.42%) vSphere
8 10 (0.33%) LXC
9 7 (0.23%) NFS
10 6 (0.20%) HDFS
10 6 (0.20%) Virtual Servers
11 5 (0.16%) Hyper-V
11 5 (0.16%) Varnish
11 5 (0.16%) vCloud
11 5 (0.16%) VMware ESXi
12 4 (0.13%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
13 3 (0.098%) Ceph
13 3 (0.098%) Squid
13 3 (0.098%) VirtualBox
14 2 (0.065%) KVM
Systems Management
1 1,867 (60.74%) Terraform
2 1,455 (47.33%) Kubernetes
3 1,179 (38.35%) Ansible
4 338 (11.00%) Puppet
5 236 (7.68%) Prometheus
6 209 (6.80%) Opscode Chef
7 176 (5.73%) Grafana
8 95 (3.09%) Docker Swarm
9 93 (3.03%) Istio
10 88 (2.86%) Kibana
11 86 (2.80%) Packer
12 57 (1.85%) Rancher
13 48 (1.56%) Consul
14 36 (1.17%) ZABBIX
15 33 (1.07%) logstash
16 30 (0.98%) Nagios
17 25 (0.81%) HAProxy
18 20 (0.65%) Argo
19 19 (0.62%) BladeLogic
19 19 (0.62%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 270 (8.78%) Microsoft
2 175 (5.69%) Google
3 158 (5.14%) Splunk
4 109 (3.55%) Databricks
5 106 (3.45%) Red Hat
6 100 (3.25%) Oracle
6 100 (3.25%) VMware
7 55 (1.79%) Atlassian
8 42 (1.37%) AppDynamics
9 34 (1.11%) MuleSoft
10 31 (1.01%) Hortonworks
11 30 (0.98%) Informatica
12 28 (0.91%) Dynatrace
12 28 (0.91%) SAP
13 21 (0.68%) New Relic
14 19 (0.62%) CyberArk
15 18 (0.59%) PagerDuty
16 17 (0.55%) Cloudera
17 16 (0.52%) Cisco
17 16 (0.52%) Salesforce.com