Period
to 6 December 2019

The median contractor rate for a DevOps Engineer was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 6 December 2019.

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
6 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 66 64 83
Rank change year-on-year -2 +19 +22
Contract jobs requiring a DevOps Engineer 2,761 3,938 3,010
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.39% 3.76% 2.90%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.60% 3.96% 3.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,057 2,903 2,341
UK median daily rate £550 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%
10th Percentile £430 £413 £400
90th Percentile £688 £675 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £500 £483
% change year-on-year +5.00% +3.63% +4.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 12 17
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £49.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -29.29% +4.76%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £49.50
% change year-on-year - -29.29% +52.31%

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 76,604 99,413 98,706
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.98% 94.81% 94.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 50,065 65,816 65,320
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £250 £270 £258
90th Percentile £644 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +1.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,942 3,097 2,925
UK median hourly rate £19.46 £18.50 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.19% -1.07% +3.89%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% - -

DevOps Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for DevOps Engineer in the UK

DevOps Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing DevOps Engineer.

Contractor daily rate trend for DevOps Engineer in the UK

DevOps Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing DevOps Engineer over the 6 months to 6 December 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for DevOps Engineer in the UK

DevOps Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing DevOps Engineer.

Contractor hourly rate trend for DevOps Engineer in the UK

DevOps Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing DevOps Engineer over the 6 months to 6 December 2019.

Contractor 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 6 December 2019. 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 -5 2,554 £550 - 717
London +1 1,449 £575 +4.55% 337
UK excluding London +4 1,263 £525 +5.00% 439
North of England -22 309 £525 +5.00% 96
South East 0 308 £525 - 106
South West +32 211 £575 +15.00% 48
North West -3 177 £530 +0.95% 52
Midlands -10 150 £500 +5.26% 60
Scotland +3 125 £525 -11.58% 46
East of England +3 119 £533 -3.18% 69
West Midlands -6 100 £500 +2.56% 47
Yorkshire -19 95 £500 +8.11% 41
East Midlands +4 50 £475 +11.76% 13
North East -28 37 £495 -0.90% 3
Wales +16 29 £450 -10.00% 13
Northern Ireland +8 13 £575 +11.11% 2

DevOps Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 December 2019, 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 2,761 (100.00%) DevOps
2 1,333 (48.28%) AWS
3 1,274 (46.14%) Terraform
4 1,157 (41.91%) Ansible
5 1,151 (41.69%) Kubernetes
6 1,146 (41.51%) Docker
7 1,112 (40.28%) Linux
8 1,065 (38.57%) Python
9 1,028 (37.23%) Azure
10 977 (35.39%) Jenkins
11 946 (34.26%) Agile Software Development
12 575 (20.83%) Puppet
13 560 (20.28%) Git (software)
14 497 (18.00%) Infrastructure as Code
15 493 (17.86%) Java
16 474 (17.17%) Continuous Integration
17 458 (16.59%) Configuration Management
18 446 (16.15%) Opscode Chef
19 438 (15.86%) Security Cleared
20 409 (14.81%) Bash Shell
21 397 (14.38%) PowerShell
22 368 (13.33%) GCP
23 350 (12.68%) Microservices
24 334 (12.10%) SC Cleared
25 330 (11.95%) Finance
26 326 (11.81%) Windows
27 316 (11.45%) JIRA
28 268 (9.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
29 262 (9.49%) Scrum
30 249 (9.02%) Migration

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
1 178 (6.45%) Confluence
2 104 (3.77%) nginx
3 93 (3.37%) Elasticsearch
4 88 (3.19%) Apache
5 59 (2.14%) OpenStack
6 58 (2.10%) IIS
7 53 (1.92%) Tomcat
8 44 (1.59%) Apache Spark
9 32 (1.16%) Cloud Foundry
10 30 (1.09%) WebSphere
11 20 (0.72%) Jetty
12 17 (0.62%) JBoss
12 17 (0.62%) Mongrel
13 12 (0.43%) SAS
14 11 (0.40%) SharePoint
15 10 (0.36%) Drupal
16 8 (0.29%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 6 (0.22%) CMS
18 5 (0.18%) WebLogic
18 5 (0.18%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 3 (0.11%) Chatbot
2 2 (0.072%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.036%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.036%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (0.29%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 4 (0.14%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.14%) Magento
3 3 (0.11%) Oracle BPM
3 3 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.072%) assyst
4 2 (0.072%) Eikon
4 2 (0.072%) Oracle Cash Management
4 2 (0.072%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.072%) Sentinel
5 1 (0.036%) Distributed Ledger
5 1 (0.036%) Eloqua
5 1 (0.036%) ION MarketView
5 1 (0.036%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.036%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 1,333 (48.28%) AWS
2 1,028 (37.23%) Azure
3 368 (13.33%) GCP
4 248 (8.98%) AWS CloudFormation
5 237 (8.58%) Amazon EC2
6 220 (7.97%) Serverless
7 207 (7.50%) GitHub
8 188 (6.81%) Amazon S3
9 177 (6.41%) OpenShift
10 166 (6.01%) AWS Lambda
11 165 (5.98%) PaaS
12 141 (5.11%) IaaS
13 88 (3.19%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 88 (3.19%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 84 (3.04%) Route 53
15 76 (2.75%) Amazon ECS
16 72 (2.61%) Amazon ELB
17 70 (2.54%) SaaS
18 64 (2.32%) Datadog
19 57 (2.06%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 82 (2.97%) DNS
2 76 (2.75%) HTTP
3 75 (2.72%) TCP/IP
4 69 (2.50%) Firewall
5 66 (2.39%) VPN
6 47 (1.70%) SSL
7 31 (1.12%) DHCP
8 29 (1.05%) Internet
9 25 (0.91%) IPsec
10 24 (0.87%) FTP
11 18 (0.65%) Network Security
12 15 (0.54%) SSH
13 10 (0.36%) OpenVPN
14 8 (0.29%) Skype
14 8 (0.29%) Wireless
15 7 (0.25%) DSL
16 6 (0.22%) Kerberos
17 5 (0.18%) BIG-IP
17 5 (0.18%) Intrusion Detection
18 4 (0.14%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 145 (5.25%) Amazon RDS
2 141 (5.11%) MySQL
3 130 (4.71%) Big Data
4 90 (3.26%) PostgreSQL
4 90 (3.26%) SQL Server
5 84 (3.04%) MongoDB
6 65 (2.35%) NoSQL
7 55 (1.99%) Relational Database
8 53 (1.92%) Hadoop
9 52 (1.88%) Data Lake
10 50 (1.81%) Apache Cassandra
11 45 (1.63%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 41 (1.48%) Redis
13 36 (1.30%) Power BI
14 34 (1.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 33 (1.20%) Azure SQL Database
16 30 (1.09%) RDBMS
17 26 (0.94%) HDInsight
18 24 (0.87%) Data Warehouse
19 19 (0.69%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 977 (35.39%) Jenkins
2 560 (20.28%) Git (software)
3 316 (11.45%) JIRA
4 172 (6.23%) Visual Studio Team System
5 162 (5.87%) GitLab
6 152 (5.51%) Sonatype Nexus
7 118 (4.27%) Bitbucket
8 114 (4.13%) TeamCity
9 100 (3.62%) Artifactory
10 96 (3.48%) SonarQube
11 84 (3.04%) Maven
12 83 (3.01%) CircleCI
13 81 (2.93%) Team Foundation Server
14 78 (2.83%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 77 (2.79%) Visual Studio
16 74 (2.68%) Octopus Deploy
17 57 (2.06%) Selenium
17 57 (2.06%) Travis CI
18 50 (1.81%) Subversion
19 37 (1.34%) Gradle
General
1 330 (11.95%) Finance
2 168 (6.08%) Public Sector
3 162 (5.87%) Banking
4 49 (1.77%) Retail
5 32 (1.16%) Telecoms
6 22 (0.80%) Investment Banking
7 21 (0.76%) Marketing
8 19 (0.69%) Publishing
9 16 (0.58%) Manufacturing
10 15 (0.54%) Games
11 14 (0.51%) Electronics
12 12 (0.43%) Law
13 11 (0.40%) Retail Banking
14 10 (0.36%) Legal
15 9 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
16 8 (0.29%) Automotive
17 6 (0.22%) Billing
17 6 (0.22%) Financial Institution
18 5 (0.18%) Corporate Banking
19 4 (0.14%) Police
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 216 (7.82%) .NET
2 164 (5.94%) Node.js
3 140 (5.07%) Web Services
4 131 (4.74%) Kafka
5 114 (4.13%) Elastic Stack
6 83 (3.01%) JSON
7 42 (1.52%) REST
8 38 (1.38%) J2EE
8 38 (1.38%) RabbitMQ
9 37 (1.34%) LDAP
10 32 (1.16%) ADO
10 32 (1.16%) RESTful
11 26 (0.94%) .NET Core
11 26 (0.94%) LAMP
11 26 (0.94%) Spring
12 21 (0.76%) .NET Framework
13 20 (0.72%) HTML
13 20 (0.72%) Middleware
14 19 (0.69%) CSS
14 19 (0.69%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 148 (5.36%) Public Cloud
2 110 (3.98%) Greenfield Project
3 94 (3.40%) Data Centre
4 62 (2.25%) Cloud Native
5 50 (1.81%) Linux Command Line
6 43 (1.56%) Enterprise Software
7 40 (1.45%) Hybrid Cloud
8 38 (1.38%) Analytical Skills
9 32 (1.16%) Self-Motivation
10 24 (0.87%) Clustering
11 19 (0.69%) Private Cloud
12 18 (0.65%) PKI
13 17 (0.62%) Mobile App
14 16 (0.58%) Virtual Team
15 14 (0.51%) Enterprise Cloud
16 13 (0.47%) Algorithms
16 13 (0.47%) Replication
17 11 (0.40%) Derivative
17 11 (0.40%) User Experience
18 9 (0.33%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 1,112 (40.28%) Linux
2 326 (11.81%) Windows
3 268 (9.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 143 (5.18%) Unix
5 122 (4.42%) CentOS
6 90 (3.26%) Ubuntu
7 71 (2.57%) Windows Server
8 31 (1.12%) Amazon Linux
9 28 (1.01%) CoreOS
10 18 (0.65%) Android
11 15 (0.54%) Apple iOS
12 12 (0.43%) Debian
13 8 (0.29%) Solaris
13 8 (0.29%) Windows 8
14 7 (0.25%) VMS
15 5 (0.18%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
15 5 (0.18%) Windows Server 2008
15 5 (0.18%) Windows Server 2012
16 4 (0.14%) Windows 10
17 3 (0.11%) Mesosphere
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,761 (100.00%) DevOps
2 946 (34.26%) Agile Software Development
3 497 (18.00%) Infrastructure as Code
4 474 (17.17%) Continuous Integration
5 458 (16.59%) Configuration Management
6 350 (12.68%) Microservices
7 262 (9.49%) Scrum
8 249 (9.02%) Migration
9 247 (8.95%) Test Automation
10 214 (7.75%) Open Source
11 173 (6.27%) Continuous Delivery
12 136 (4.93%) Kanban
13 129 (4.67%) Analytics
14 127 (4.60%) Deployment Automation
15 118 (4.27%) Problem-Solving
16 115 (4.17%) Infrastructure Automation
17 114 (4.13%) Software Engineering
18 108 (3.91%) Fintech
18 108 (3.91%) Site Reliability Engineering
19 100 (3.62%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 1,065 (38.57%) Python
2 493 (17.86%) Java
3 409 (14.81%) Bash Shell
4 397 (14.38%) PowerShell
5 240 (8.69%) Ruby
6 218 (7.90%) SQL
7 168 (6.08%) C#
8 152 (5.51%) Go
9 133 (4.82%) JavaScript
10 115 (4.17%) Shell Script
11 113 (4.09%) Perl
12 95 (3.44%) Groovy
13 90 (3.26%) PHP
14 47 (1.70%) Scala
15 30 (1.09%) C++
16 27 (0.98%) C
17 17 (0.62%) R
17 17 (0.62%) Rust
18 12 (0.43%) Java 8
19 8 (0.29%) Korn
Qualifications
1 438 (15.86%) Security Cleared
2 334 (12.10%) SC Cleared
3 108 (3.91%) AWS Certification
4 60 (2.17%) Degree
5 47 (1.70%) RHCE
6 28 (1.01%) DV Cleared
6 28 (1.01%) Microsoft Certification
7 24 (0.87%) MCSA
8 17 (0.62%) BPSS Clearance
9 14 (0.51%) RHCSA
10 12 (0.43%) Computer Science Degree
11 7 (0.25%) Cisco Certification
12 5 (0.18%) CCNP
12 5 (0.18%) CISSP
12 5 (0.18%) DBS Check
12 5 (0.18%) MCSE
13 3 (0.11%) CCNA
13 3 (0.11%) CTC Cleared
13 3 (0.11%) Master's Degree
13 3 (0.11%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 52 (1.88%) QA
2 12 (0.43%) NIST
3 11 (0.40%) SLA
4 9 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
4 9 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 7 (0.25%) NCSC
6 3 (0.11%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.11%) NIST 800
7 2 (0.072%) GDPR
7 2 (0.072%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 2 (0.072%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.072%) PMO
8 1 (0.036%) PSD2
8 1 (0.036%) SSAE 16
8 1 (0.036%) WCAG
System Software
1 1,146 (41.51%) Docker
2 74 (2.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 57 (2.06%) Virtual Machines
4 55 (1.99%) Active Directory
5 24 (0.87%) vSphere
6 20 (0.72%) Xen
7 17 (0.62%) Hyper-V
8 11 (0.40%) LXC
9 9 (0.33%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 7 (0.25%) PowerDNS
11 5 (0.18%) Gluster
12 4 (0.14%) HDFS
12 4 (0.14%) NFS
12 4 (0.14%) Snort
13 3 (0.11%) GlusterFS
13 3 (0.11%) VMware ESXi
14 2 (0.072%) Kamailio
14 2 (0.072%) vCloud
14 2 (0.072%) Veritas Volume Manager
14 2 (0.072%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 1,274 (46.14%) Terraform
2 1,157 (41.91%) Ansible
3 1,151 (41.69%) Kubernetes
4 575 (20.83%) Puppet
5 446 (16.15%) Opscode Chef
6 134 (4.85%) Packer
7 102 (3.69%) Prometheus
8 93 (3.37%) Consul
9 89 (3.22%) Grafana
10 48 (1.74%) Nagios
11 46 (1.67%) Salt
12 42 (1.52%) Kibana
13 37 (1.34%) Rancher
14 34 (1.23%) Docker Swarm
15 27 (0.98%) logstash
16 26 (0.94%) ZABBIX
17 23 (0.83%) Mesos
18 21 (0.76%) HAProxy
19 17 (0.62%) Suricata
20 14 (0.51%) Istio
Vendors
1 229 (8.29%) Microsoft
2 219 (7.93%) Red Hat
3 210 (7.61%) Google
4 132 (4.78%) Splunk
5 111 (4.02%) VMware
6 95 (3.44%) Oracle
7 74 (2.68%) Atlassian
8 44 (1.59%) ServiceNow
9 35 (1.27%) Databricks
10 33 (1.20%) IBM
11 31 (1.12%) SaltStack
12 28 (1.01%) F5
13 27 (0.98%) Black Duck
14 26 (0.94%) Cisco
14 26 (0.94%) SAP
15 25 (0.91%) New Relic
15 25 (0.91%) Salesforce.com
16 22 (0.80%) Tableau
16 22 (0.80%) Veracode
17 19 (0.69%) AppDynamics