Period
to 23 February 2020

The median contractor rate for a DevOps Engineer was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 February 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
23 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 68 60 72
Rank change year-on-year -8 +12 +30
Contract jobs requiring a DevOps Engineer 2,161 3,885 3,292
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.21% 3.95% 3.25%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.42% 4.18% 3.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,642 2,850 2,551
UK median daily rate £550 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%
10th Percentile £425 £425 £408
90th Percentile £688 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £520 £500
% change year-on-year +0.96% +4.00% +8.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 6 25
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £43.75 £57.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.29% -23.91% -8.73%
10th Percentile £26.63 £26.65 £47.60
90th Percentile £65.00 £63.88 £67.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £52.50 £58.75
% change year-on-year -28.57% -10.64% +15.20%

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 63,259 93,049 96,254
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.91% 94.69% 94.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 40,852 61,596 63,869
UK median daily rate £450 £462 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.54% +2.61% +5.88%
10th Percentile £237 £270 £263
90th Percentile £650 £648 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,526 2,900 2,852
UK median hourly rate £19.25 £18.70 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.94% - +3.89%
10th Percentile £11.61 £11.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £51.75 £49.50 £48.75
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 23 February 2020.

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 23 February 2020.

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 23 February 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 -9 2,015 £550 - 742
London -12 1,137 £575 - 334
UK excluding London -5 1,001 £525 +0.96% 474
South East +14 281 £525 - 118
North of England -27 242 £525 - 113
South West +25 196 £575 +9.52% 34
North West -1 142 £525 -4.55% 56
Scotland -2 100 £550 - 43
East of England +7 79 £525 +1.69% 65
Midlands -54 78 £475 -2.56% 78
Yorkshire -26 68 £505 +6.32% 40
West Midlands -45 48 £500 - 54
North East -32 32 £444 -11.25% 17
East Midlands -2 30 £425 -5.56% 24
Wales +19 22 £500 +5.26% 11
Northern Ireland +9 4 £420 -18.84% 12

DevOps Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 February 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 2,161 (100.00%) DevOps
2 1,067 (49.38%) Terraform
3 1,039 (48.08%) Kubernetes
4 993 (45.95%) Docker
5 986 (45.63%) AWS
6 924 (42.76%) Ansible
7 871 (40.31%) Python
8 810 (37.48%) Azure
9 777 (35.96%) Linux
10 760 (35.17%) Jenkins
11 749 (34.66%) Agile Software Development
12 452 (20.92%) Puppet
13 439 (20.31%) Infrastructure as Code
14 422 (19.53%) Java
15 392 (18.14%) Git (software)
16 375 (17.35%) Security Cleared
17 348 (16.10%) PowerShell
18 320 (14.81%) Continuous Integration
19 319 (14.76%) Configuration Management
20 310 (14.35%) Opscode Chef
21 303 (14.02%) SC Cleared
22 291 (13.47%) Bash Shell
23 276 (12.77%) Windows
24 267 (12.36%) Finance
25 262 (12.12%) Microservices
26 257 (11.89%) GCP
27 240 (11.11%) Amazon EC2
28 228 (10.55%) AWS CloudFormation
29 214 (9.90%) JIRA
30 205 (9.49%) Test Automation

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
1 145 (6.71%) Confluence
2 87 (4.03%) Elasticsearch
3 86 (3.98%) nginx
4 62 (2.87%) Apache
5 46 (2.13%) Apache Spark
5 46 (2.13%) OpenStack
6 44 (2.04%) IIS
7 42 (1.94%) Tomcat
8 30 (1.39%) Cloud Foundry
9 23 (1.06%) WebSphere
10 17 (0.79%) Jetty
10 17 (0.79%) Mongrel
11 9 (0.42%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 9 (0.42%) WebLogic
12 7 (0.32%) JBoss
13 5 (0.23%) Drupal
14 4 (0.19%) GemFire
14 4 (0.19%) SharePoint
14 4 (0.19%) Skype for Business
15 3 (0.14%) SAS
Applications
1 2 (0.093%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (0.19%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 2 (0.093%) Eikon
2 2 (0.093%) Oracle Cash Management
2 2 (0.093%) Sentinel
3 1 (0.046%) ION MarketView
3 1 (0.046%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.046%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.046%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 986 (45.63%) AWS
2 810 (37.48%) Azure
3 257 (11.89%) GCP
4 240 (11.11%) Amazon EC2
5 228 (10.55%) AWS CloudFormation
6 199 (9.21%) Serverless
7 180 (8.33%) GitHub
8 168 (7.77%) PaaS
9 166 (7.68%) Amazon S3
10 161 (7.45%) OpenShift
11 147 (6.80%) AWS Lambda
12 121 (5.60%) IaaS
13 98 (4.53%) Amazon ECS
14 70 (3.24%) Route 53
15 60 (2.78%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 59 (2.73%) SaaS
17 58 (2.68%) Power Platform
18 54 (2.50%) Amazon SQS
19 53 (2.45%) CloudFront
20 47 (2.17%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 62 (2.87%) DNS
2 56 (2.59%) TCP/IP
3 52 (2.41%) HTTP
4 47 (2.17%) VPN
5 45 (2.08%) Firewall
6 37 (1.71%) SSL
7 26 (1.20%) DHCP
8 22 (1.02%) IPsec
9 21 (0.97%) FTP
10 14 (0.65%) Internet
11 13 (0.60%) SSH
12 11 (0.51%) DSL
13 10 (0.46%) HTTPS
13 10 (0.46%) Network Security
14 9 (0.42%) Kerberos
15 8 (0.37%) Skype
16 7 (0.32%) Wireless
17 4 (0.19%) Software-Defined Networking
18 3 (0.14%) MPLS
18 3 (0.14%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 108 (5.00%) Amazon RDS
2 83 (3.84%) Big Data
2 83 (3.84%) PostgreSQL
3 76 (3.52%) MySQL
4 71 (3.29%) Data Lake
5 70 (3.24%) MongoDB
6 62 (2.87%) SQL Server
7 58 (2.68%) Power BI
7 58 (2.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 52 (2.41%) Hadoop
9 50 (2.31%) HDInsight
9 50 (2.31%) NoSQL
10 40 (1.85%) Apache Cassandra
11 32 (1.48%) Redis
12 31 (1.43%) Amazon Redshift
13 30 (1.39%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 27 (1.25%) Relational Database
15 20 (0.93%) Azure SQL Database
16 18 (0.83%) Apache Hive
17 17 (0.79%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 760 (35.17%) Jenkins
2 392 (18.14%) Git (software)
3 214 (9.90%) JIRA
4 130 (6.02%) GitLab
5 114 (5.28%) Visual Studio Team System
6 111 (5.14%) Bitbucket
7 94 (4.35%) TeamCity
8 93 (4.30%) Sonatype Nexus
9 89 (4.12%) Artifactory
10 76 (3.52%) Visual Studio
11 71 (3.29%) CircleCI
12 66 (3.05%) Octopus Deploy
12 66 (3.05%) Team Foundation Server
13 64 (2.96%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 63 (2.92%) Travis CI
15 57 (2.64%) SonarQube
16 51 (2.36%) Maven
17 39 (1.80%) Selenium
18 38 (1.76%) Subversion
19 33 (1.53%) Cucumber
General
1 267 (12.36%) Finance
2 142 (6.57%) Public Sector
3 125 (5.78%) Banking
4 36 (1.67%) Retail
5 26 (1.20%) Front Office
6 22 (1.02%) Telecoms
7 16 (0.74%) Investment Banking
7 16 (0.74%) Publishing
8 15 (0.69%) Marketing
9 10 (0.46%) Legal
10 9 (0.42%) Games
10 9 (0.42%) Manufacturing
10 9 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
11 8 (0.37%) Electronics
11 8 (0.37%) Financial Institution
11 8 (0.37%) Retail Banking
12 6 (0.28%) Law
13 5 (0.23%) Automotive
14 4 (0.19%) Corporate Banking
15 3 (0.14%) Billing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 147 (6.80%) .NET
2 113 (5.23%) Node.js
3 108 (5.00%) Web Services
4 100 (4.63%) Elastic Stack
4 100 (4.63%) Kafka
5 44 (2.04%) J2EE
6 43 (1.99%) JSON
7 36 (1.67%) LDAP
8 33 (1.53%) REST
9 31 (1.43%) Spring
10 25 (1.16%) RabbitMQ
11 18 (0.83%) Servlets
11 18 (0.83%) Spring Boot
12 17 (0.79%) React
12 17 (0.79%) YAML
13 16 (0.74%) RESTful
14 15 (0.69%) .NET Core
14 15 (0.69%) J2SE
15 14 (0.65%) CSS
15 14 (0.65%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 107 (4.95%) Public Cloud
2 105 (4.86%) Greenfield Project
3 81 (3.75%) Data Centre
4 56 (2.59%) Linux Command Line
5 51 (2.36%) Cloud Native
6 31 (1.43%) Analytical Skills
6 31 (1.43%) Hybrid Cloud
7 27 (1.25%) Self-Motivation
8 26 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
9 19 (0.88%) Derivative
10 17 (0.79%) Virtual Team
11 16 (0.74%) Equities
11 16 (0.74%) Fixed Income
11 16 (0.74%) Private Cloud
12 15 (0.69%) User Experience
13 12 (0.56%) Clustering
14 11 (0.51%) Algorithms
14 11 (0.51%) PKI
14 11 (0.51%) Replication
15 10 (0.46%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 777 (35.96%) Linux
2 276 (12.77%) Windows
3 123 (5.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 81 (3.75%) Unix
5 77 (3.56%) CentOS
6 76 (3.52%) Ubuntu
7 51 (2.36%) Windows Server
8 35 (1.62%) Amazon Linux
9 19 (0.88%) CoreOS
10 10 (0.46%) Debian
11 9 (0.42%) Android
12 7 (0.32%) Apple iOS
12 7 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
13 6 (0.28%) VMS
14 4 (0.19%) DC/OS
14 4 (0.19%) Windows 10
15 2 (0.093%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.093%) Solaris
15 2 (0.093%) Windows 7
15 2 (0.093%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,161 (100.00%) DevOps
2 749 (34.66%) Agile Software Development
3 439 (20.31%) Infrastructure as Code
4 320 (14.81%) Continuous Integration
5 319 (14.76%) Configuration Management
6 262 (12.12%) Microservices
7 205 (9.49%) Test Automation
8 180 (8.33%) Scrum
9 167 (7.73%) Migration
10 162 (7.50%) Continuous Delivery
11 158 (7.31%) Open Source
12 129 (5.97%) Analytics
13 120 (5.55%) Software Engineering
14 111 (5.14%) Deployment Automation
15 90 (4.16%) Infrastructure Automation
16 87 (4.03%) Mentoring
17 86 (3.98%) Fintech
18 81 (3.75%) Site Reliability Engineering
19 79 (3.66%) Kanban
20 77 (3.56%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 871 (40.31%) Python
2 422 (19.53%) Java
3 348 (16.10%) PowerShell
4 291 (13.47%) Bash Shell
5 193 (8.93%) Ruby
6 171 (7.91%) SQL
7 133 (6.15%) Go
8 122 (5.65%) C#
9 103 (4.77%) Groovy
10 87 (4.03%) JavaScript
11 73 (3.38%) Perl
12 57 (2.64%) PHP
13 55 (2.55%) Shell Script
14 36 (1.67%) R
15 35 (1.62%) C++
16 30 (1.39%) Scala
17 26 (1.20%) C
18 12 (0.56%) Java 8
19 11 (0.51%) Rust
20 9 (0.42%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 375 (17.35%) Security Cleared
2 303 (14.02%) SC Cleared
3 81 (3.75%) AWS Certification
4 42 (1.94%) Degree
5 22 (1.02%) DV Cleared
6 21 (0.97%) Microsoft Certification
7 19 (0.88%) MCSA
8 11 (0.51%) BPSS Clearance
9 9 (0.42%) Computer Science Degree
9 9 (0.42%) RHCE
10 6 (0.28%) RHCSA
11 4 (0.19%) DBS Check
11 4 (0.19%) MCSE
12 3 (0.14%) Numerate Degree
13 2 (0.093%) CISSP
13 2 (0.093%) ITIL Certification
14 1 (0.046%) CCA
14 1 (0.046%) Cisco Certification
14 1 (0.046%) OCP
14 1 (0.046%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (2.64%) QA
2 6 (0.28%) SLA
3 5 (0.23%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.14%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.093%) NCSC
5 2 (0.093%) NIST
6 1 (0.046%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.046%) GDPR
6 1 (0.046%) NIST 800
6 1 (0.046%) PSD2
6 1 (0.046%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 993 (45.95%) Docker
2 69 (3.19%) Virtual Machines
3 59 (2.73%) VMware Infrastructure
4 47 (2.17%) Active Directory
5 20 (0.93%) vSphere
6 17 (0.79%) Xen
7 16 (0.74%) Hyper-V
8 10 (0.46%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 8 (0.37%) HDFS
9 8 (0.37%) VMware ESXi
10 4 (0.19%) LXC
11 3 (0.14%) VirtualBox
12 2 (0.093%) Apache Flume
12 2 (0.093%) GlusterFS
12 2 (0.093%) Kamailio
12 2 (0.093%) NFS
12 2 (0.093%) vCloud
12 2 (0.093%) Virtual Servers
13 1 (0.046%) PowerDNS
13 1 (0.046%) QEMU
Systems Management
1 1,067 (49.38%) Terraform
2 1,039 (48.08%) Kubernetes
3 924 (42.76%) Ansible
4 452 (20.92%) Puppet
5 310 (14.35%) Opscode Chef
6 112 (5.18%) Packer
7 76 (3.52%) Prometheus
8 72 (3.33%) Consul
9 56 (2.59%) Docker Swarm
10 53 (2.45%) Grafana
11 39 (1.80%) Rancher
12 38 (1.76%) Salt
13 37 (1.71%) Kibana
14 27 (1.25%) Nagios
15 25 (1.16%) Istio
15 25 (1.16%) logstash
16 14 (0.65%) HAProxy
17 9 (0.42%) CFEngine
17 9 (0.42%) vCenter Server
17 9 (0.42%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 196 (9.07%) Microsoft
2 150 (6.94%) Google
3 128 (5.92%) Red Hat
4 88 (4.07%) VMware
5 74 (3.42%) Splunk
6 57 (2.64%) Atlassian
7 56 (2.59%) Oracle
8 30 (1.39%) ServiceNow
9 26 (1.20%) New Relic
10 24 (1.11%) Cisco
10 24 (1.11%) Informatica
11 20 (0.93%) F5
12 19 (0.88%) Databricks
12 19 (0.88%) IBM
13 18 (0.83%) Hortonworks
13 18 (0.83%) SaltStack
13 18 (0.83%) SAP
14 17 (0.79%) AppDynamics
15 16 (0.74%) Cloudera
16 14 (0.65%) Tableau