Period
to

The median contractor rate for a DevOps Engineer was £600 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 May 2022.

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 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 67 66 72
Rank change year-on-year -1 +6 -13
Contract jobs requiring a DevOps Engineer 2,869 1,976 1,495
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.31% 3.39% 3.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.55% 3.65% 3.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,166 1,525 1,147
10th Percentile £461 £410 £413
25th Percentile £513 £475 £475
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £600 £550 £550
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% - -
75th Percentile £675 £625 £625
90th Percentile £750 £680 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £500 £525
% change year-on-year +10.00% -4.76% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 6 2
10th Percentile £35.20 £42.25 £21.18
25th Percentile £35.50 £44.69 £25.56
Median hourly rate £37.00 £52.50 £34.25
Median % change year-on-year -29.52% +53.28% -51.07%
75th Percentile £39.50 £63.50 £44.06
90th Percentile £40.40 £73.38 £49.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.00 £52.50 £34.25
% change year-on-year -25.71% +53.28% +28.52%

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 80,811 54,131 45,134
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.17% 92.83% 93.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,825 37,088 29,934
10th Percentile £313 £293 £248
25th Percentile £425 £388 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £480 £468
Median % change year-on-year +9.38% +2.56% -0.95%
75th Percentile £638 £583 £575
90th Percentile £738 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +11.76% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,964 1,697 1,658
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.50 £11.53
25th Percentile £15.75 £14.50 £14.11
Median hourly rate £23.91 £22.00 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year +8.68% +15.79% +5.56%
75th Percentile £49.25 £44.50 £38.75
90th Percentile £65.00 £56.90 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £18.95 £18.00
% change year-on-year +5.57% +5.25% +2.86%

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 23 May 2022.

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
Top 18 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 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England +8 2,338 £600 +14.29% 572
Work from Home -8 1,645 £575 +4.55% 274
London +7 1,506 £600 +9.09% 298
UK excluding London -4 704 £550 +10.00% 298
North of England +7 227 £550 +10.00% 90
South East -6 172 £591 +12.62% 58
North West +4 132 £575 +15.00% 48
Midlands -1 98 £550 +35.80% 48
Scotland +8 86 £550 +10.83% 21
West Midlands +2 79 £596 +44.55% 25
South West -21 76 £556 +15.89% 30
Yorkshire +6 74 £525 +23.53% 27
East of England -23 40 £630 +26.00% 41
North East +10 26 £550 -11.29% 15
East Midlands -21 18 £350 -15.66% 23
Wales -24 5 £488 +1.30% 6
Northern Ireland - 4 £600 - 5
Isle of Man - 2 £683 -

DevOps Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 May 2022, DevOps Engineer contract jobs required the following 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 2,869 (100.00%) DevOps
2 1,831 (63.82%) Terraform
3 1,536 (53.54%) CI/CD
4 1,498 (52.21%) Kubernetes
5 1,330 (46.36%) AWS
6 1,219 (42.49%) Azure
7 1,112 (38.76%) Ansible
8 1,099 (38.31%) Docker
9 1,086 (37.85%) Python
10 999 (34.82%) Jenkins
11 920 (32.07%) Linux
12 774 (26.98%) Agile
13 682 (23.77%) Infrastructure as Code
14 658 (22.93%) Git (software)
15 635 (22.13%) Security Cleared
16 578 (20.15%) SC Cleared
17 474 (16.52%) Bash
18 445 (15.51%) PowerShell
19 437 (15.23%) Finance
19 437 (15.23%) GitLab
20 412 (14.36%) Java
21 374 (13.04%) Configuration Management
22 347 (12.09%) GCP
23 323 (11.26%) Continuous Integration
24 318 (11.08%) Serverless
25 307 (10.70%) Microsoft
26 304 (10.60%) Public Sector
27 303 (10.56%) JIRA
28 302 (10.53%) AWS CloudFormation
29 296 (10.32%) Microservices

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
1 164 (5.72%) Confluence
2 92 (3.21%) nginx
3 80 (2.79%) Elasticsearch
4 58 (2.02%) IIS
5 40 (1.39%) Apache
6 37 (1.29%) Traefik
7 32 (1.12%) OpenStack
8 30 (1.05%) Apache Spark
9 29 (1.01%) Tomcat
10 18 (0.63%) WebSphere
11 16 (0.56%) CMS
12 11 (0.38%) Sitecore CMS
13 10 (0.35%) Apache Airflow
13 10 (0.35%) Cloud Foundry
13 10 (0.35%) JBoss
13 10 (0.35%) SharePoint
14 9 (0.31%) Mule
15 5 (0.17%) Drupal
15 5 (0.17%) GlassFish
15 5 (0.17%) WebLogic
Applications
1 3 (0.10%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.035%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 5 (0.17%) Workday HCM
2 4 (0.14%) Sentinel
3 3 (0.10%) assyst
4 2 (0.070%) Cloudability
4 2 (0.070%) Oracle BRM
4 2 (0.070%) R3 Corda
5 1 (0.035%) BusinessWorks
5 1 (0.035%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.035%) Magento
5 1 (0.035%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 1,330 (46.36%) AWS
2 1,219 (42.49%) Azure
3 347 (12.09%) GCP
4 318 (11.08%) Serverless
5 302 (10.53%) AWS CloudFormation
6 276 (9.62%) GitHub
7 227 (7.91%) PaaS
8 215 (7.49%) Amazon EC2
9 182 (6.34%) Amazon EKS
10 179 (6.24%) AWS Lambda
11 178 (6.20%) Amazon ECS
12 161 (5.61%) IaaS
13 157 (5.47%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 142 (4.95%) OpenShift
15 138 (4.81%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 128 (4.46%) Amazon S3
17 95 (3.31%) AWS CodePipeline
18 81 (2.82%) Datadog
19 72 (2.51%) Route 53
20 70 (2.44%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 135 (4.71%) DNS
2 119 (4.15%) Firewall
3 67 (2.34%) TCP/IP
3 67 (2.34%) VPN
4 40 (1.39%) HTTP
4 40 (1.39%) SSL
5 30 (1.05%) FTP
6 28 (0.98%) DHCP
7 25 (0.87%) Network Security
8 23 (0.80%) IPv4
9 21 (0.73%) SMTP
9 21 (0.73%) SSH
10 18 (0.63%) Internet
11 13 (0.45%) VLAN
12 11 (0.38%) WAN
13 10 (0.35%) tcpdump
13 10 (0.35%) Wireshark
14 9 (0.31%) IPsec
15 8 (0.28%) HTTPS
15 8 (0.28%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 123 (4.29%) Amazon RDS
2 122 (4.25%) SQL Server
3 96 (3.35%) PostgreSQL
4 68 (2.37%) Big Data
5 53 (1.85%) MongoDB
5 53 (1.85%) MySQL
6 51 (1.78%) NoSQL
7 49 (1.71%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 42 (1.46%) Power BI
9 41 (1.43%) Data Warehouse
10 33 (1.15%) Azure SQL Database
11 32 (1.12%) Data Lake
12 31 (1.08%) Relational Database
13 30 (1.05%) Hadoop
14 24 (0.84%) Redis
15 22 (0.77%) Oracle Database
16 17 (0.59%) BigQuery
17 15 (0.52%) Amazon Redshift
17 15 (0.52%) Apache Cassandra
18 11 (0.38%) Amazon Aurora
Development Applications
1 999 (34.82%) Jenkins
2 658 (22.93%) Git (software)
3 437 (15.23%) GitLab
4 303 (10.56%) JIRA
5 135 (4.71%) CircleCI
5 135 (4.71%) Maven
6 130 (4.53%) SonarQube
7 119 (4.15%) Artifactory
8 114 (3.97%) Sonatype Nexus
9 113 (3.94%) Bitbucket
10 102 (3.56%) TeamCity
11 93 (3.24%) Gradle
12 68 (2.37%) Travis CI
13 60 (2.09%) gulp
14 51 (1.78%) Octopus Deploy
15 49 (1.71%) Subversion
16 47 (1.64%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 40 (1.39%) git-flow
18 39 (1.36%) Terragrunt
18 39 (1.36%) Visual Studio
General
1 437 (15.23%) Finance
2 304 (10.60%) Public Sector
3 232 (8.09%) Social Skills
4 140 (4.88%) Banking
5 101 (3.52%) Analytical Skills
6 42 (1.46%) Front Office
7 41 (1.43%) Retail
8 38 (1.32%) Telecoms
9 34 (1.19%) Presentation Skills
10 31 (1.08%) Investment Banking
11 23 (0.80%) Documentation Skills
12 20 (0.70%) Publishing
13 19 (0.66%) Influencing Skills
14 18 (0.63%) Financial Institution
15 17 (0.59%) Marketing
16 16 (0.56%) Law
17 15 (0.52%) Legal
18 14 (0.49%) Back Office
18 14 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
19 13 (0.45%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 186 (6.48%) .NET
2 180 (6.27%) Kafka
3 152 (5.30%) Elastic Stack
4 114 (3.97%) Node.js
5 107 (3.73%) YAML
6 79 (2.75%) ARM Templates
7 73 (2.54%) JSON
8 45 (1.57%) React
9 39 (1.36%) REST
10 38 (1.32%) ADO
10 38 (1.32%) cloud-init
11 31 (1.08%) RabbitMQ
12 28 (0.98%) HTML
13 27 (0.94%) RESTful
14 26 (0.91%) Spring Boot
15 25 (0.87%) .NET Framework
15 25 (0.87%) CSS
16 18 (0.63%) Django
17 17 (0.59%) Flask
17 17 (0.59%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 159 (5.54%) Public Cloud
2 132 (4.60%) Data Protection Act
3 126 (4.39%) Cloud Native
4 104 (3.62%) Greenfield Project
5 78 (2.72%) Data Centre
6 60 (2.09%) Private Cloud
7 57 (1.99%) PKI
8 51 (1.78%) Linux Command Line
9 47 (1.64%) Clustering
9 47 (1.64%) Self-Motivation
10 37 (1.29%) Hybrid Cloud
11 31 (1.08%) Enterprise Software
12 20 (0.70%) iPad
13 19 (0.66%) Blockchain
13 19 (0.66%) NHS
14 18 (0.63%) Mobile App
15 16 (0.56%) Virtual Team
16 14 (0.49%) Tandem
16 14 (0.49%) Wiki
17 12 (0.42%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 920 (32.07%) Linux
2 292 (10.18%) Windows
3 182 (6.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 130 (4.53%) Unix
5 104 (3.62%) CentOS
6 80 (2.79%) Windows Server
7 58 (2.02%) Ubuntu
8 19 (0.66%) VMS
9 14 (0.49%) Windows Server 2008
10 13 (0.45%) Amazon Linux
10 13 (0.45%) Windows Server 2016
11 11 (0.38%) Android
11 11 (0.38%) Apple iOS
11 11 (0.38%) Windows Server 2012
12 9 (0.31%) Alpine Linux
13 8 (0.28%) CoreOS
14 6 (0.21%) Windows Server 2019
15 2 (0.070%) Debian
15 2 (0.070%) Mac OS
16 1 (0.035%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,869 (100.00%) DevOps
2 1,536 (53.54%) CI/CD
3 774 (26.98%) Agile
4 682 (23.77%) Infrastructure as Code
5 374 (13.04%) Configuration Management
6 323 (11.26%) Continuous Integration
7 296 (10.32%) Microservices
8 276 (9.62%) Test Automation
9 231 (8.05%) Scrum
10 219 (7.63%) Platform Engineering
11 200 (6.97%) Software Engineering
12 195 (6.80%) Continuous Delivery
13 178 (6.20%) Problem-Solving
14 174 (6.06%) Migration
15 172 (6.00%) Open Source
16 156 (5.44%) Mentoring
17 147 (5.12%) SDLC
18 144 (5.02%) Data Protection
18 144 (5.02%) Site Reliability Engineering
19 131 (4.57%) Deployment Automation
Programming Languages
1 1,086 (37.85%) Python
2 474 (16.52%) Bash
3 445 (15.51%) PowerShell
4 412 (14.36%) Java
5 248 (8.64%) Go
6 189 (6.59%) SQL
7 185 (6.45%) Groovy
8 163 (5.68%) JavaScript
9 132 (4.60%) Ruby
10 112 (3.90%) C#
11 81 (2.82%) Shell Script
12 69 (2.41%) Perl
13 56 (1.95%) C++
14 48 (1.67%) C
14 48 (1.67%) Scala
15 33 (1.15%) Rust
16 29 (1.01%) TypeScript
17 18 (0.63%) PHP
18 14 (0.49%) Bicep
19 10 (0.35%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 635 (22.13%) Security Cleared
2 578 (20.15%) SC Cleared
3 100 (3.49%) AWS Certification
4 68 (2.37%) DV Cleared
5 46 (1.60%) BPSS Clearance
6 25 (0.87%) Degree
7 8 (0.28%) DBS Check
8 6 (0.21%) Computer Science Degree
8 6 (0.21%) Microsoft Certification
9 3 (0.10%) CCA
9 3 (0.10%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (0.070%) PhD
11 1 (0.035%) CCNA
11 1 (0.035%) CCNP
11 1 (0.035%) CEH
11 1 (0.035%) Cisco Certification
11 1 (0.035%) CISSP
11 1 (0.035%) ISTQB
11 1 (0.035%) PMI Certification
11 1 (0.035%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (1.57%) QA
2 35 (1.22%) NCSC
3 11 (0.38%) GDPR
3 11 (0.38%) SLA
4 5 (0.17%) Accessibility
5 4 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.14%) NIST
6 3 (0.10%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.10%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (0.10%) MiFID
7 2 (0.070%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.070%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 2 (0.070%) ISO 22301
7 2 (0.070%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.035%) GLBA
8 1 (0.035%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.035%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 1,099 (38.31%) Docker
2 95 (3.31%) Active Directory
3 83 (2.89%) VMware Infrastructure
4 47 (1.64%) Virtual Machines
5 35 (1.22%) vSphere
6 15 (0.52%) Ceph
7 14 (0.49%) NFS
8 13 (0.45%) Virtual Desktop
9 8 (0.28%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 8 (0.28%) Hyper-V
9 8 (0.28%) VMware ESXi
10 7 (0.24%) KVM
11 5 (0.17%) oVirt
12 4 (0.14%) LXC
13 3 (0.10%) Virtual Servers
14 2 (0.070%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 2 (0.070%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 2 (0.070%) Platform Symphony
14 2 (0.070%) Squid
14 2 (0.070%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 1,831 (63.82%) Terraform
2 1,498 (52.21%) Kubernetes
3 1,112 (38.76%) Ansible
4 296 (10.32%) Puppet
5 218 (7.60%) Prometheus
6 203 (7.08%) Opscode Chef
7 184 (6.41%) Grafana
8 158 (5.51%) Packer
9 135 (4.71%) Istio
10 96 (3.35%) Docker Swarm
11 83 (2.89%) Consul
12 54 (1.88%) Kibana
12 54 (1.88%) ZABBIX
13 47 (1.64%) Nagios
14 43 (1.50%) Rancher
15 40 (1.39%) Graphite
16 37 (1.29%) HAProxy
17 34 (1.19%) linkerd
18 33 (1.15%) Podman
19 30 (1.05%) logstash
Vendors
1 307 (10.70%) Microsoft
2 193 (6.73%) Splunk
3 175 (6.10%) Google
4 127 (4.43%) VMware
5 106 (3.69%) Red Hat
6 87 (3.03%) Oracle
7 81 (2.82%) Databricks
8 60 (2.09%) AppDynamics
9 51 (1.78%) Atlassian
10 41 (1.43%) PagerDuty
11 38 (1.32%) Dynatrace
12 37 (1.29%) ServiceNow
13 36 (1.25%) New Relic
14 22 (0.77%) IBM
15 17 (0.59%) SAP
15 17 (0.59%) Sitecore
16 16 (0.56%) Cloudera
17 15 (0.52%) Informatica
18 13 (0.45%) Checkmarx
18 13 (0.45%) Citrix