Period
to 29 September 2020

The median contractor rate for a DevOps Engineer was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 29 September 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
29 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 72 62 70
Rank change year-on-year -10 +8 +32
Contract jobs requiring a DevOps Engineer 942 3,144 3,442
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.16% 3.64% 3.38%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.43% 3.86% 3.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 882 2,377 2,645
Median daily rate £525 £550 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.55% - +6.80%
10th Percentile £388 £425 £413
90th Percentile £660 £688 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £525 £500
% change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 9 10
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £43.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -20.00% -5.91%
10th Percentile £33.70 £30.65 £34.63
90th Percentile £39.50 £70.00 £72.08
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £35.00

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 27,479 81,390 96,348
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.26% 94.22% 94.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 17,284 53,415 63,329
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +2.86%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £270
90th Percentile £668 £645 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £415
% change year-on-year - +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,096 2,829 3,099
Median hourly rate £30.00 £20.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +50.00% +14.29% -7.89%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.75 £52.50 £48.75
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.70 £17.50
% change year-on-year +20.35% +6.83% -2.78%

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 29 September 2020.

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 29 September 2020.

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 29 September 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 -14 804 £525 -4.55% 475
London -11 476 £550 -4.35% 220
UK excluding London -24 339 £500 -4.76% 281
Work from Home -1 234 £525 -0.24% 93
South East +31 104 £510 -2.86% 41
North of England -11 103 £500 - 97
North West -13 59 £525 - 64
Midlands -12 42 £438 -12.50% 51
South West -6 41 £511 -11.13% 37
West Midlands -10 33 £475 -5.00% 42
Scotland -7 26 £450 -10.00% 20
Yorkshire -10 24 £450 -10.00% 27
North East +13 18 £473 +8.00% 6
East of England -1 14 £525 -2.78% 28
Wales +16 9 £368 -18.33% 5
East Midlands +14 9 £345 -31.00% 8

DevOps Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 September 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.

1 942 (100.00%) DevOps
2 506 (53.72%) Terraform
3 463 (49.15%) Kubernetes
4 448 (47.56%) AWS
5 371 (39.38%) Docker
6 370 (39.28%) Azure
7 361 (38.32%) Ansible
8 358 (38.00%) Python
9 336 (35.67%) Jenkins
10 319 (33.86%) Linux
11 305 (32.38%) Agile Software Development
12 230 (24.42%) Infrastructure as Code
13 215 (22.82%) Java
14 187 (19.85%) Security Cleared
15 183 (19.43%) Git (software)
16 179 (19.00%) Bash Shell
17 173 (18.37%) SC Cleared
18 172 (18.26%) Puppet
19 154 (16.35%) PowerShell
20 152 (16.14%) Continuous Integration
21 143 (15.18%) Configuration Management
22 135 (14.33%) Windows
23 132 (14.01%) Opscode Chef
24 123 (13.06%) Finance
24 123 (13.06%) GitLab
25 121 (12.85%) Test Automation
26 109 (11.57%) Scrum
27 104 (11.04%) Serverless
27 104 (11.04%) Microservices
28 101 (10.72%) Continuous Delivery

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 48 (5.10%) Elasticsearch
2 37 (3.93%) Confluence
3 33 (3.50%) Cloud Foundry
4 32 (3.40%) nginx
5 22 (2.34%) Apache
6 16 (1.70%) Tomcat
7 9 (0.96%) Apache Spark
8 8 (0.85%) Jupyter
9 5 (0.53%) Apache Solr
9 5 (0.53%) IIS
9 5 (0.53%) Mule
9 5 (0.53%) OpenStack
10 4 (0.42%) SharePoint
11 3 (0.32%) CMS
11 3 (0.32%) SAS
11 3 (0.32%) WebSphere
12 2 (0.21%) JBoss
12 2 (0.21%) Jetty
12 2 (0.21%) Mongrel
12 2 (0.21%) WordPress
Applications
1 2 (0.21%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (0.32%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (0.32%) Magento
2 2 (0.21%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 448 (47.56%) AWS
2 370 (39.28%) Azure
3 104 (11.04%) Serverless
4 101 (10.72%) Amazon EC2
5 99 (10.51%) GitHub
6 98 (10.40%) AWS CloudFormation
6 98 (10.40%) GCP
7 89 (9.45%) Amazon S3
8 83 (8.81%) PaaS
9 76 (8.07%) AWS Lambda
10 70 (7.43%) OpenShift
11 54 (5.73%) Amazon ECS
12 48 (5.10%) Amazon EKS
13 47 (4.99%) IaaS
14 40 (4.25%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 35 (3.72%) Amazon SQS
16 31 (3.29%) Route 53
17 29 (3.08%) Power Platform
18 24 (2.55%) Amazon CloudWatch
18 24 (2.55%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 55 (5.84%) Firewall
2 46 (4.88%) DNS
3 33 (3.50%) HTTP
4 31 (3.29%) SSL
5 20 (2.12%) VLAN
6 19 (2.02%) VPN
7 18 (1.91%) TCP/IP
8 17 (1.80%) Reverse Proxy
9 8 (0.85%) Kerberos
10 7 (0.74%) DHCP
11 6 (0.64%) Internet
11 6 (0.64%) Network Security
11 6 (0.64%) Skype
11 6 (0.64%) SNMP
11 6 (0.64%) SSH
12 5 (0.53%) FTP
13 4 (0.42%) SAN
14 3 (0.32%) HTTPS
14 3 (0.32%) IPv6
14 3 (0.32%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 68 (7.22%) Amazon RDS
2 63 (6.69%) Big Data
3 61 (6.48%) SQL Server
4 60 (6.37%) Hadoop
5 38 (4.03%) MySQL
6 37 (3.93%) PostgreSQL
7 35 (3.72%) Amazon Redshift
8 27 (2.87%) Data Lake
9 24 (2.55%) NoSQL
10 23 (2.44%) Azure SQL Database
11 21 (2.23%) MongoDB
11 21 (2.23%) Power BI
12 19 (2.02%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 19 (2.02%) BigQuery
12 19 (2.02%) Relational Database
13 17 (1.80%) Apache Hive
14 15 (1.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 14 (1.49%) HDInsight
16 12 (1.27%) Cosmos DB
17 11 (1.17%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 336 (35.67%) Jenkins
2 183 (19.43%) Git (software)
3 123 (13.06%) GitLab
4 71 (7.54%) JIRA
5 55 (5.84%) Maven
6 51 (5.41%) Artifactory
7 44 (4.67%) Gradle
8 42 (4.46%) TeamCity
9 40 (4.25%) Bitbucket
10 36 (3.82%) Sonatype Nexus
11 32 (3.40%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 31 (3.29%) CircleCI
13 29 (3.08%) Visual Studio Team System
14 27 (2.87%) Selenium
15 23 (2.44%) SonarQube
16 22 (2.34%) Travis CI
17 21 (2.23%) JUnit
18 19 (2.02%) Vagrant
19 18 (1.91%) Octopus Deploy
20 17 (1.80%) gulp
General
1 123 (13.06%) Finance
2 78 (8.28%) Public Sector
3 43 (4.56%) Banking
4 26 (2.76%) Front Office
5 18 (1.91%) Retail
6 14 (1.49%) Marketing
7 12 (1.27%) Manufacturing
8 11 (1.17%) Telecoms
9 8 (0.85%) Electronics
9 8 (0.85%) Law
10 5 (0.53%) Back Office
10 5 (0.53%) Investment Banking
11 4 (0.42%) Legal
11 4 (0.42%) Retail Finance
12 3 (0.32%) Games
13 2 (0.21%) Advertising
13 2 (0.21%) Billing
13 2 (0.21%) Financial Institution
14 1 (0.11%) Automotive
14 1 (0.11%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 77 (8.17%) Web Services
2 71 (7.54%) Node.js
3 54 (5.73%) .NET
4 45 (4.78%) REST
5 44 (4.67%) YAML
6 29 (3.08%) Kafka
7 28 (2.97%) Elastic Stack
8 23 (2.44%) JSON
8 23 (2.44%) RabbitMQ
9 21 (2.23%) RESTful
10 19 (2.02%) LDAP
11 18 (1.91%) J2EE
11 18 (1.91%) SOAP
12 15 (1.59%) J2SE
13 14 (1.49%) React
14 13 (1.38%) Celery
15 11 (1.17%) Spring Boot
16 10 (1.06%) Spring
17 8 (0.85%) Swagger
17 8 (0.85%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 40 (4.25%) Greenfield Project
2 36 (3.82%) Public Cloud
3 30 (3.18%) Data Centre
4 29 (3.08%) Cloud Native
5 28 (2.97%) Analytical Skills
6 26 (2.76%) Fixed Income
7 24 (2.55%) Hybrid Cloud
8 23 (2.44%) Derivative
8 23 (2.44%) Equities
9 21 (2.23%) Self-Motivation
10 19 (2.02%) Linux Command Line
11 13 (1.38%) Mobile App
12 12 (1.27%) Enterprise Software
13 10 (1.06%) Blog
13 10 (1.06%) Private Cloud
14 7 (0.74%) Management Information System
15 5 (0.53%) Data Structures
15 5 (0.53%) FMCG
15 5 (0.53%) User Experience
15 5 (0.53%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 319 (33.86%) Linux
2 135 (14.33%) Windows
3 60 (6.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 50 (5.31%) Unix
5 39 (4.14%) CentOS
6 38 (4.03%) Windows Server
7 25 (2.65%) Windows Server 2016
8 18 (1.91%) Windows 10
9 15 (1.59%) Ubuntu
10 11 (1.17%) Mac OS X
11 9 (0.96%) Android
11 9 (0.96%) Apple iOS
11 9 (0.96%) Debian
12 8 (0.85%) VMS
13 4 (0.42%) Windows Server 2008
14 3 (0.32%) Windows Server 2012
15 2 (0.21%) Amazon Linux
16 1 (0.11%) CoreOS
16 1 (0.11%) Mesosphere
16 1 (0.11%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 942 (100.00%) DevOps
2 305 (32.38%) Agile Software Development
3 230 (24.42%) Infrastructure as Code
4 152 (16.14%) Continuous Integration
5 143 (15.18%) Configuration Management
6 121 (12.85%) Test Automation
7 109 (11.57%) Scrum
8 104 (11.04%) Microservices
9 101 (10.72%) Continuous Delivery
10 82 (8.70%) Deployment Automation
10 82 (8.70%) Software Engineering
11 81 (8.60%) Migration
12 61 (6.48%) Open Source
13 57 (6.05%) Infrastructure Automation
14 48 (5.10%) Mentoring
15 44 (4.67%) Analytics
16 43 (4.56%) TDD
17 41 (4.35%) Continuous Deployment
17 41 (4.35%) Kanban
18 39 (4.14%) Infrastructure Engineering
Programming Languages
1 358 (38.00%) Python
2 215 (22.82%) Java
3 179 (19.00%) Bash Shell
4 154 (16.35%) PowerShell
5 93 (9.87%) SQL
6 64 (6.79%) Ruby
7 61 (6.48%) Groovy
8 59 (6.26%) C#
9 53 (5.63%) Shell Script
10 47 (4.99%) Go
11 38 (4.03%) JavaScript
12 35 (3.72%) Scala
13 23 (2.44%) R
14 22 (2.34%) PHP
15 12 (1.27%) Kotlin
16 11 (1.17%) C
16 11 (1.17%) Perl
17 9 (0.96%) C++
17 9 (0.96%) Java 8
18 7 (0.74%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 187 (19.85%) Security Cleared
2 173 (18.37%) SC Cleared
3 37 (3.93%) AWS Certification
4 22 (2.34%) DV Cleared
5 13 (1.38%) Degree
6 10 (1.06%) BPSS Clearance
7 9 (0.96%) Computer Science Degree
8 7 (0.74%) Novell Certification
9 2 (0.21%) CCA
9 2 (0.21%) CCNA
9 2 (0.21%) Cisco Certification
9 2 (0.21%) DBS Check
9 2 (0.21%) ISTQB
9 2 (0.21%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.11%) BC Cleared
10 1 (0.11%) ISEB
10 1 (0.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 1 (0.11%) Master's Degree
10 1 (0.11%) MCSA
10 1 (0.11%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (2.34%) QA
2 8 (0.85%) GDPR
3 7 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (0.64%) HIPAA
5 5 (0.53%) Cyber Essentials
5 5 (0.53%) SLA
6 4 (0.42%) Disclosure Scotland
7 3 (0.32%) Data Quality
8 2 (0.21%) NIST
8 2 (0.21%) PCI DSS
9 1 (0.11%) HL7
System Software
1 371 (39.38%) Docker
2 43 (4.56%) Active Directory
3 33 (3.50%) Virtual Machines
4 24 (2.55%) VMware Infrastructure
5 21 (2.23%) vSphere
6 6 (0.64%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 4 (0.42%) LXC
7 4 (0.42%) vCloud
8 3 (0.32%) VirtualBox
8 3 (0.32%) Xen
9 2 (0.21%) HDFS
9 2 (0.21%) PowerDNS
9 2 (0.21%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.21%) zsh
10 1 (0.11%) Apache Flume
10 1 (0.11%) Ceph
10 1 (0.11%) Gluster
10 1 (0.11%) Hyper-V
10 1 (0.11%) Varnish
10 1 (0.11%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 506 (53.72%) Terraform
2 463 (49.15%) Kubernetes
3 361 (38.32%) Ansible
4 172 (18.26%) Puppet
5 132 (14.01%) Opscode Chef
6 62 (6.58%) Packer
7 50 (5.31%) Prometheus
8 45 (4.78%) Grafana
9 24 (2.55%) Kibana
10 22 (2.34%) Istio
11 18 (1.91%) Argo
12 15 (1.59%) Nagios
13 14 (1.49%) Consul
14 11 (1.17%) ZABBIX
15 7 (0.74%) Docker Swarm
15 7 (0.74%) logstash
15 7 (0.74%) Rancher
15 7 (0.74%) Salt
16 5 (0.53%) Single Sign-On
17 3 (0.32%) HAProxy
Vendors
1 89 (9.45%) Microsoft
2 43 (4.56%) VMware
3 39 (4.14%) Splunk
4 35 (3.72%) Google
5 34 (3.61%) Cloudera
6 28 (2.97%) Hortonworks
7 25 (2.65%) AppDynamics
7 25 (2.65%) Atlassian
8 24 (2.55%) Red Hat
9 22 (2.34%) Oracle
10 15 (1.59%) Informatica
11 14 (1.49%) Databricks
12 11 (1.17%) New Relic
12 11 (1.17%) Tableau
13 10 (1.06%) SAP
14 8 (0.85%) Cisco
15 7 (0.74%) SaltStack
16 6 (0.64%) Dynatrace
16 6 (0.64%) F5
16 6 (0.64%) Zscaler