Period
to 17 January 2021

The median contractor rate for a DevOps Engineer was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 January 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
17 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 59 67 62
Rank change year-on-year +8 -5 +19
Contract jobs requiring a DevOps Engineer 1,473 2,392 3,891
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.64% 3.28% 3.91%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.94% 3.50% 4.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,732 1,958 2,951
Median daily rate £525 £550 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.55% - +4.76%
10th Percentile £400 £425 £413
90th Percentile £675 £700 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £525 £518
% change year-on-year -9.52% +1.45% +4.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 2 6
Median hourly rate £44.50 £29.25 £57.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +52.14% -49.13% +4.55%
10th Percentile £36.94 £20.43 £26.65
90th Percentile £55.63 £37.88 £68.02
UK excluding London median hourly rate £48.75 £29.25 £52.50
% change year-on-year +66.67% -44.29% -4.55%

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 37,407 68,373 94,185
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.36% 93.85% 94.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 25,299 45,729 63,332
Median daily rate £470 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% - -
10th Percentile £256 £238 £265
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,376 2,532 2,762
Median hourly rate £23.00 £18.00 £17.73
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.78% +1.55% -1.53%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £58.00 £50.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +11.43% - -

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 17 January 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 17 January 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 17 January 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 -5 1,063 £500 -9.09% 578
Work from Home +6 645 £550 - 148
London -7 645 £525 -9.48% 279
UK excluding London -12 387 £475 -9.52% 329
North of England +9 117 £485 -7.62% 125
South East +2 108 £510 -2.86% 41
North West +24 81 £500 -4.76% 70
South West -7 41 £425 -26.09% 46
Midlands -1 40 £400 -20.00% 38
Scotland -18 35 £488 -8.24% 28
East of England +11 33 £450 -18.18% 38
West Midlands +12 29 £425 -15.00% 27
Yorkshire -1 28 £454 -9.70% 46
Wales +13 13 £525 +9.38% 8
East Midlands +15 9 £350 -22.22% 11
North East +14 8 £531 +18.06% 9

DevOps Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 January 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 1,473 (100.00%) DevOps
2 851 (57.77%) Terraform
3 765 (51.93%) Kubernetes
4 667 (45.28%) AWS
5 622 (42.23%) Azure
6 601 (40.80%) Ansible
7 553 (37.54%) Docker
8 533 (36.18%) Python
9 494 (33.54%) Jenkins
10 464 (31.50%) Linux
11 414 (28.11%) Infrastructure as Code
12 366 (24.85%) Agile Software Development
13 303 (20.57%) Java
14 291 (19.76%) Bash Shell
15 266 (18.06%) Git (software)
16 263 (17.85%) Security Cleared
17 252 (17.11%) SC Cleared
18 221 (15.00%) PowerShell
19 215 (14.60%) Puppet
20 210 (14.26%) GitLab
21 198 (13.44%) GCP
22 192 (13.03%) Opscode Chef
22 192 (13.03%) Windows
23 188 (12.76%) Test Automation
24 171 (11.61%) Microservices
25 168 (11.41%) Configuration Management
26 167 (11.34%) Serverless
27 149 (10.12%) Finance
28 148 (10.05%) Greenfield Project
29 147 (9.98%) Continuous Integration

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 56 (3.80%) nginx
2 49 (3.33%) Elasticsearch
3 41 (2.78%) Cloud Foundry
4 38 (2.58%) Confluence
5 24 (1.63%) Apache
6 16 (1.09%) Tomcat
7 12 (0.81%) IIS
8 10 (0.68%) Apache Spark
9 8 (0.54%) JBoss
9 8 (0.54%) OpenStack
10 6 (0.41%) Apache Airflow
11 5 (0.34%) WebSphere
12 4 (0.27%) DNN
12 4 (0.27%) Jupyter
12 4 (0.27%) Mule
13 3 (0.20%) SAS
14 2 (0.14%) Apache Qpid
14 2 (0.14%) Jetty
14 2 (0.14%) MQSeries
14 2 (0.14%) SharePoint
Applications
1 5 (0.34%) Chatbot
2 2 (0.14%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.14%) Magento
2 2 (0.14%) SAP ERP
2 2 (0.14%) Sentinel
3 1 (0.068%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.068%) Maximo
3 1 (0.068%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 667 (45.28%) AWS
2 622 (42.23%) Azure
3 198 (13.44%) GCP
4 167 (11.34%) Serverless
5 145 (9.84%) AWS CloudFormation
6 133 (9.03%) GitHub
7 123 (8.35%) PaaS
8 121 (8.21%) Amazon EKS
9 113 (7.67%) AWS Lambda
10 104 (7.06%) Amazon EC2
11 82 (5.57%) Amazon ECS
12 78 (5.30%) OpenShift
13 73 (4.96%) Amazon S3
14 53 (3.60%) IaaS
15 50 (3.39%) npm
16 48 (3.26%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 34 (2.31%) Amazon CloudWatch
18 28 (1.90%) Amazon SQS
19 25 (1.70%) Azure Functions
20 24 (1.63%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 85 (5.77%) Firewall
2 53 (3.60%) DNS
3 38 (2.58%) HTTP
3 38 (2.58%) SSL
4 31 (2.10%) TCP/IP
5 29 (1.97%) VPN
6 17 (1.15%) VLAN
7 16 (1.09%) Reverse Proxy
8 11 (0.75%) SNMP
9 9 (0.61%) Cisco ASA
9 9 (0.61%) Network Security
10 7 (0.48%) DHCP
10 7 (0.48%) SSH
11 6 (0.41%) Internet
12 5 (0.34%) FTP
13 4 (0.27%) BIG-IP
13 4 (0.27%) Calico
13 4 (0.27%) SAN
13 4 (0.27%) SMTP
14 3 (0.20%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 87 (5.91%) Big Data
2 54 (3.67%) Amazon RDS
3 50 (3.39%) SQL Server
4 44 (2.99%) BigQuery
5 37 (2.51%) Cosmos DB
6 33 (2.24%) Azure SQL Database
7 31 (2.10%) MySQL
7 31 (2.10%) Relational Database
8 30 (2.04%) MongoDB
8 30 (2.04%) PostgreSQL
9 29 (1.97%) Hadoop
10 24 (1.63%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 22 (1.49%) Amazon Redshift
12 17 (1.15%) NoSQL
13 12 (0.81%) Tableau
14 11 (0.75%) OLTP
15 10 (0.68%) Apache Hive
16 9 (0.61%) Cloud Spanner
17 8 (0.54%) Redis
17 8 (0.54%) Tableau Server
Development Applications
1 494 (33.54%) Jenkins
2 266 (18.06%) Git (software)
3 210 (14.26%) GitLab
4 96 (6.52%) Maven
5 85 (5.77%) JIRA
6 75 (5.09%) TeamCity
7 73 (4.96%) Artifactory
8 69 (4.68%) Gradle
9 57 (3.87%) CircleCI
10 56 (3.80%) Bitbucket
11 45 (3.05%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 45 (3.05%) Travis CI
12 40 (2.72%) SonarQube
13 39 (2.65%) gulp
14 35 (2.38%) Octopus Deploy
15 34 (2.31%) Visual Studio Team System
16 33 (2.24%) Selenium
16 33 (2.24%) Sonatype Nexus
17 19 (1.29%) Subversion
18 17 (1.15%) JUnit
General
1 149 (10.12%) Finance
2 118 (8.01%) Public Sector
3 70 (4.75%) Banking
4 38 (2.58%) Telecoms
5 24 (1.63%) Retail
6 19 (1.29%) Marketing
7 15 (1.02%) Manufacturing
8 14 (0.95%) Electronics
8 14 (0.95%) Front Office
9 11 (0.75%) Law
10 9 (0.61%) Advertising
11 7 (0.48%) Games
12 6 (0.41%) Investment Banking
13 5 (0.34%) Billing
13 5 (0.34%) Legal
13 5 (0.34%) Publishing
14 4 (0.27%) German Language
14 4 (0.27%) Retail Finance
15 3 (0.20%) Aerospace
15 3 (0.20%) French Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 131 (8.89%) Node.js
2 93 (6.31%) Elastic Stack
3 84 (5.70%) .NET
4 81 (5.50%) REST
5 76 (5.16%) Web Services
6 72 (4.89%) Kafka
7 67 (4.55%) YAML
8 34 (2.31%) SOAP
9 29 (1.97%) JSON
10 27 (1.83%) .NET Framework
10 27 (1.83%) Lambda Expressions
11 21 (1.43%) RESTful
12 17 (1.15%) OAuth
12 17 (1.15%) OAuth2
12 17 (1.15%) Spring
12 17 (1.15%) XML
13 13 (0.88%) RabbitMQ
14 12 (0.81%) .NET Core
14 12 (0.81%) LDAP
14 12 (0.81%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 148 (10.05%) Greenfield Project
2 51 (3.46%) Cloud Native
3 42 (2.85%) Public Cloud
4 28 (1.90%) Analytical Skills
5 27 (1.83%) Data Centre
6 24 (1.63%) Linux Command Line
7 22 (1.49%) Private Cloud
7 22 (1.49%) User Experience
8 21 (1.43%) Enterprise Software
9 18 (1.22%) Hybrid Cloud
10 17 (1.15%) Self-Motivation
11 16 (1.09%) Mobile App
12 15 (1.02%) Fixed Income
13 14 (0.95%) Enterprise Cloud
14 10 (0.68%) iPad
15 9 (0.61%) Derivative
15 9 (0.61%) Equities
16 8 (0.54%) Virtual Team
17 7 (0.48%) Hedge funds
18 5 (0.34%) Augmented Reality
Operating Systems
1 464 (31.50%) Linux
2 192 (13.03%) Windows
3 58 (3.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 53 (3.60%) Windows Server
5 49 (3.33%) Unix
6 42 (2.85%) CentOS
7 22 (1.49%) Ubuntu
8 21 (1.43%) Windows Server 2016
9 15 (1.02%) Android
10 13 (0.88%) Windows 10
11 12 (0.81%) Windows Server 2008
12 9 (0.61%) Apple iOS
13 5 (0.34%) Debian
14 4 (0.27%) Windows Server 2012
15 3 (0.20%) VMS
16 2 (0.14%) Amazon Linux
17 1 (0.068%) AIX
17 1 (0.068%) Mesosphere
17 1 (0.068%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,473 (100.00%) DevOps
2 414 (28.11%) Infrastructure as Code
3 366 (24.85%) Agile Software Development
4 188 (12.76%) Test Automation
5 171 (11.61%) Microservices
6 168 (11.41%) Configuration Management
7 147 (9.98%) Continuous Integration
8 106 (7.20%) Scrum
9 98 (6.65%) Software Engineering
10 96 (6.52%) Deployment Automation
11 94 (6.38%) Migration
12 93 (6.31%) Continuous Delivery
13 79 (5.36%) Open Source
13 79 (5.36%) TDD
14 78 (5.30%) Mentoring
15 67 (4.55%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 67 (4.55%) Problem-Solving
16 62 (4.21%) Infrastructure Automation
17 56 (3.80%) Continuous Deployment
18 54 (3.67%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 533 (36.18%) Python
2 303 (20.57%) Java
3 291 (19.76%) Bash Shell
4 221 (15.00%) PowerShell
5 105 (7.13%) SQL
6 82 (5.57%) Groovy
7 76 (5.16%) Ruby
8 65 (4.41%) C#
8 65 (4.41%) Go
9 62 (4.21%) JavaScript
10 40 (2.72%) Perl
10 40 (2.72%) Shell Script
11 33 (2.24%) PHP
12 26 (1.77%) Scala
13 19 (1.29%) C++
14 18 (1.22%) TypeScript
15 15 (1.02%) C
16 12 (0.81%) R
17 8 (0.54%) Kotlin
17 8 (0.54%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 263 (17.85%) Security Cleared
2 252 (17.11%) SC Cleared
3 30 (2.04%) DV Cleared
4 27 (1.83%) AWS Certification
5 17 (1.15%) Degree
5 17 (1.15%) Novell Certification
6 8 (0.54%) BPSS Clearance
7 7 (0.48%) Computer Science Degree
8 6 (0.41%) CCNA
8 6 (0.41%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (0.41%) Microsoft Certification
9 5 (0.34%) Master's Degree
10 4 (0.27%) CCNP
11 2 (0.14%) ISTQB
11 2 (0.14%) MCSE
11 2 (0.14%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 1 (0.068%) CCIE
12 1 (0.068%) CSSLP
12 1 (0.068%) ISEB
12 1 (0.068%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (2.65%) QA
2 12 (0.81%) NIST
3 6 (0.41%) SLA
4 5 (0.34%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (0.20%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.20%) HIPAA
7 2 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.14%) PMO
8 1 (0.068%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.068%) GDPR
8 1 (0.068%) HL7
8 1 (0.068%) ISO/IEC 12207
System Software
1 553 (37.54%) Docker
2 76 (5.16%) Active Directory
3 52 (3.53%) Virtual Machines
4 43 (2.92%) VMware Infrastructure
5 20 (1.36%) vSphere
6 18 (1.22%) Hyper-V
7 6 (0.41%) VMware NSX
8 5 (0.34%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 5 (0.34%) VirtualBox
9 4 (0.27%) Ceph
9 4 (0.27%) NFS
9 4 (0.27%) Varnish
10 2 (0.14%) LXC
10 2 (0.14%) vCloud
10 2 (0.14%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (0.14%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (0.14%) Xen
11 1 (0.068%) DFS Replication
11 1 (0.068%) Slurm Workload Manager
11 1 (0.068%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 851 (57.77%) Terraform
2 765 (51.93%) Kubernetes
3 601 (40.80%) Ansible
4 215 (14.60%) Puppet
5 192 (13.03%) Opscode Chef
6 84 (5.70%) Prometheus
7 72 (4.89%) Grafana
8 51 (3.46%) Packer
9 49 (3.33%) Istio
10 35 (2.38%) Argo
11 33 (2.24%) Kibana
12 32 (2.17%) Consul
13 18 (1.22%) Docker Swarm
13 18 (1.22%) Rancher
14 16 (1.09%) logstash
15 14 (0.95%) Salt
16 13 (0.88%) Fluentd
16 13 (0.88%) ZABBIX
17 11 (0.75%) Nagios
18 5 (0.34%) CFEngine
Vendors
1 137 (9.30%) Microsoft
2 102 (6.92%) Google
3 90 (6.11%) Splunk
4 66 (4.48%) VMware
5 44 (2.99%) Atlassian
6 32 (2.17%) AppDynamics
7 29 (1.97%) Red Hat
8 25 (1.70%) Oracle
9 22 (1.49%) Cisco
10 20 (1.36%) Cloudera
11 18 (1.22%) F5
11 18 (1.22%) SAP
12 17 (1.15%) Hortonworks
12 17 (1.15%) Sybase
13 15 (1.02%) LogRhythm
14 12 (0.81%) Salesforce.com
15 11 (0.75%) New Relic
16 10 (0.68%) Dynatrace
16 10 (0.68%) Fortinet
16 10 (0.68%) ServiceNow