Period
to 25 July 2021

The median contractor rate for a DevOps Engineer was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 July 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
25 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 68 73 60
Rank change year-on-year +5 -13 +11
Contract jobs requiring a DevOps Engineer 2,401 1,162 3,560
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.39% 3.10% 3.88%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.65% 3.32% 4.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,818 885 2,639
10th Percentile £425 £413 £425
25th Percentile £500 £475 £487
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £550 £550
75th Percentile £625 £613 £625
90th Percentile £688 £686 £688
UK excluding London median daily rate £513 £523 £525
% change year-on-year -1.91% -0.48% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 6
Median hourly rate £62.38 £50.00 £70.00
Median % change year-on-year +24.75% -28.57% +6.46%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £58.25 £50.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year +16.50% +270.37% -79.70%

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 65,818 35,000 86,800
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.01% 93.28% 94.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 45,239 23,228 58,050
10th Percentile £300 £261 £263
25th Percentile £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £470
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +1.06% +4.44%
75th Percentile £595 £575 £575
90th Percentile £688 £668 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,969 1,199 2,773
10th Percentile £11.36 £11.32 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.52 £14.07 £13.35
Median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year - +6.95% +6.86%
75th Percentile £43.75 £42.25 £42.50
90th Percentile £58.71 £52.50 £51.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.72 £19.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year -6.76% +5.56% +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 25 July 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 25 July 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 25 July 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 -7 1,787 £550 - 718
London -5 1,066 £575 +4.55% 342
Work from Home +5 913 £575 +9.52% 158
UK excluding London -7 685 £513 -1.91% 397
North of England -4 184 £500 -4.76% 130
South East -5 168 £531 +4.78% 87
North West -2 104 £500 -4.76% 70
Scotland +5 102 £500 - 19
South West -17 92 £509 -3.10% 51
Midlands -39 65 £450 -5.26% 51
East of England +20 60 £525 - 48
Yorkshire -3 54 £519 -7.78% 39
West Midlands -48 37 £525 +10.53% 40
East Midlands 0 27 £395 -21.00% 11
North East -7 26 £575 +6.48% 21
Wales +3 16 £463 -11.90% 6

DevOps Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 2,401 (100.00%) DevOps
2 1,442 (60.06%) Terraform
3 1,141 (47.52%) Kubernetes
4 1,038 (43.23%) Azure
5 1,025 (42.69%) AWS
6 979 (40.77%) Ansible
7 969 (40.36%) Docker
8 871 (36.28%) Python
9 774 (32.24%) Linux
10 736 (30.65%) Jenkins
11 622 (25.91%) Infrastructure as Code
12 588 (24.49%) Agile Software Development
13 442 (18.41%) Git (software)
14 381 (15.87%) Java
15 360 (14.99%) Bash Shell
16 352 (14.66%) GCP
17 351 (14.62%) Security Cleared
18 347 (14.45%) PowerShell
19 310 (12.91%) Puppet
20 298 (12.41%) Finance
21 291 (12.12%) Microservices
22 287 (11.95%) SC Cleared
23 275 (11.45%) Windows
24 274 (11.41%) GitLab
25 268 (11.16%) GitHub
26 267 (11.12%) Configuration Management
27 263 (10.95%) Continuous Integration
28 226 (9.41%) PaaS
29 224 (9.33%) Test Automation
30 222 (9.25%) Serverless

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
1 101 (4.21%) Elasticsearch
2 100 (4.16%) Confluence
3 72 (3.00%) Apache
4 54 (2.25%) Apache Spark
4 54 (2.25%) nginx
5 52 (2.17%) Tomcat
6 22 (0.92%) Apache Airflow
7 21 (0.87%) IIS
7 21 (0.87%) OpenStack
8 17 (0.71%) Cloud Foundry
8 17 (0.71%) WebSphere
9 16 (0.67%) SharePoint
9 16 (0.67%) WebLogic
10 9 (0.37%) CMS
11 6 (0.25%) Drupal
11 6 (0.25%) JBoss
11 6 (0.25%) Jetty
11 6 (0.25%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 6 (0.25%) SAS
11 6 (0.25%) Traefik
Applications
1 12 (0.50%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.042%) Chatbot
2 1 (0.042%) FrameMaker
2 1 (0.042%) Simulink
2 1 (0.042%) TargetLink
Business Applications
1 14 (0.58%) Magento
2 8 (0.33%) Dynamics NAV
3 5 (0.21%) Sentinel
4 3 (0.12%) assyst
5 2 (0.083%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.083%) SAP CRM
5 2 (0.083%) SAP Hybris
6 1 (0.042%) Payment Gateway
6 1 (0.042%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.042%) Tesseract
Cloud Services
1 1,038 (43.23%) Azure
2 1,025 (42.69%) AWS
3 352 (14.66%) GCP
4 268 (11.16%) GitHub
5 226 (9.41%) PaaS
6 222 (9.25%) Serverless
7 183 (7.62%) Amazon EKS
8 179 (7.46%) AWS CloudFormation
8 179 (7.46%) IaaS
9 162 (6.75%) AWS Lambda
10 133 (5.54%) OpenShift
11 116 (4.83%) Amazon EC2
12 103 (4.29%) Amazon ECS
13 92 (3.83%) SaaS
14 86 (3.58%) Amazon S3
15 73 (3.04%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 65 (2.71%) npm
17 53 (2.21%) Azure Active Directory
18 51 (2.12%) Route 53
19 49 (2.04%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 106 (4.41%) Firewall
2 97 (4.04%) DNS
3 44 (1.83%) HTTP
4 43 (1.79%) SSL
5 35 (1.46%) TCP/IP
6 28 (1.17%) VPN
7 23 (0.96%) WAN
8 17 (0.71%) LAN
9 16 (0.67%) IPv4
10 13 (0.54%) Network Security
11 10 (0.42%) Internet
12 9 (0.37%) DHCP
12 9 (0.37%) IPsec
13 8 (0.33%) DSL
13 8 (0.33%) NAS
13 8 (0.33%) SSH
14 7 (0.29%) FTP
15 6 (0.25%) VLAN
16 5 (0.21%) OpenVPN
16 5 (0.21%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 133 (5.54%) Big Data
2 91 (3.79%) SQL Server
3 84 (3.50%) PostgreSQL
4 77 (3.21%) MongoDB
5 72 (3.00%) Hadoop
6 66 (2.75%) Amazon RDS
7 58 (2.42%) MySQL
8 53 (2.21%) Data Lake
9 47 (1.96%) Azure SQL Database
10 43 (1.79%) NoSQL
11 35 (1.46%) Data Warehouse
12 30 (1.25%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 30 (1.25%) BigQuery
13 26 (1.08%) Redis
14 22 (0.92%) Relational Database
15 15 (0.62%) Apache Cassandra
16 12 (0.50%) Apache Hive
16 12 (0.50%) Power BI
17 10 (0.42%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
18 9 (0.37%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 736 (30.65%) Jenkins
2 442 (18.41%) Git (software)
3 274 (11.41%) GitLab
4 201 (8.37%) JIRA
5 160 (6.66%) Maven
6 135 (5.62%) Artifactory
7 129 (5.37%) Bitbucket
8 102 (4.25%) Gradle
9 101 (4.21%) TeamCity
10 96 (4.00%) CircleCI
11 79 (3.29%) Octopus Deploy
12 72 (3.00%) Travis CI
13 69 (2.87%) Sonatype Nexus
14 60 (2.50%) SonarQube
15 57 (2.37%) gulp
16 33 (1.37%) Selenium
16 33 (1.37%) Visual Studio Team System
17 29 (1.21%) Cucumber
18 26 (1.08%) Atlassian Bamboo
19 23 (0.96%) Visual Studio
General
1 298 (12.41%) Finance
2 221 (9.20%) Social Skills
3 219 (9.12%) Public Sector
4 113 (4.71%) Banking
5 62 (2.58%) Telecoms
6 51 (2.12%) Electronics
7 48 (2.00%) Marketing
8 46 (1.92%) Analytical Skills
9 44 (1.83%) Manufacturing
10 36 (1.50%) Presentation Skills
11 27 (1.12%) Retail
12 23 (0.96%) Investment Banking
13 22 (0.92%) Games
13 22 (0.92%) Law
14 17 (0.71%) Influencing Skills
15 13 (0.54%) iGaming
16 9 (0.37%) Financial Institution
17 8 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
18 7 (0.29%) Legal
19 6 (0.25%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 159 (6.62%) Kafka
2 128 (5.33%) .NET
3 123 (5.12%) YAML
4 120 (5.00%) Node.js
5 110 (4.58%) Elastic Stack
6 108 (4.50%) Web Services
7 80 (3.33%) JSON
8 55 (2.29%) REST
9 53 (2.21%) Spring
10 39 (1.62%) React
11 36 (1.50%) Spring Boot
12 30 (1.25%) RESTful
13 23 (0.96%) .NET Framework
14 20 (0.83%) OAuth
15 19 (0.79%) ASP.NET
16 17 (0.71%) .NET Core
16 17 (0.71%) ADO
16 17 (0.71%) OAuth2
16 17 (0.71%) XML
17 16 (0.67%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 125 (5.21%) Public Cloud
2 94 (3.92%) Cloud Native
3 84 (3.50%) Greenfield Project
4 55 (2.29%) Data Protection Act
5 52 (2.17%) Data Centre
6 34 (1.42%) Legacy Applications
6 34 (1.42%) Linux Command Line
7 33 (1.37%) Hybrid Cloud
8 30 (1.25%) Self-Motivation
9 27 (1.12%) Management Information System
10 24 (1.00%) Enterprise Software
11 20 (0.83%) Legacy Systems
12 16 (0.67%) iPad
12 16 (0.67%) Mobile App
12 16 (0.67%) PKI
13 13 (0.54%) Algorithms
14 10 (0.42%) NHS
14 10 (0.42%) Private Cloud
14 10 (0.42%) User Experience
14 10 (0.42%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 774 (32.24%) Linux
2 275 (11.45%) Windows
3 84 (3.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 77 (3.21%) Unix
5 73 (3.04%) CentOS
6 67 (2.79%) Windows Server
7 49 (2.04%) Ubuntu
8 37 (1.54%) VMS
9 25 (1.04%) Amazon Linux
10 23 (0.96%) CoreOS
11 13 (0.54%) Android
12 9 (0.37%) AIX
12 9 (0.37%) Windows Server 2019
13 8 (0.33%) Solaris
14 6 (0.25%) Debian
15 5 (0.21%) Apple iOS
15 5 (0.21%) Windows Server 2012
15 5 (0.21%) Windows Server 2016
16 3 (0.12%) Alpine Linux
16 3 (0.12%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,401 (100.00%) DevOps
2 622 (25.91%) Infrastructure as Code
3 588 (24.49%) Agile Software Development
4 291 (12.12%) Microservices
5 267 (11.12%) Configuration Management
6 263 (10.95%) Continuous Integration
7 224 (9.33%) Test Automation
8 176 (7.33%) Scrum
9 174 (7.25%) Migration
10 173 (7.21%) Continuous Delivery
10 173 (7.21%) Open Source
11 141 (5.87%) Software Engineering
12 117 (4.87%) Problem-Solving
13 114 (4.75%) Deployment Automation
14 113 (4.71%) Mentoring
15 112 (4.66%) Infrastructure Automation
16 105 (4.37%) TDD
17 93 (3.87%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 85 (3.54%) Site Reliability Engineering
19 83 (3.46%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 871 (36.28%) Python
2 381 (15.87%) Java
3 360 (14.99%) Bash Shell
4 347 (14.45%) PowerShell
5 199 (8.29%) SQL
6 161 (6.71%) Groovy
7 108 (4.50%) JavaScript
8 104 (4.33%) C#
9 96 (4.00%) Ruby
10 83 (3.46%) Go
11 72 (3.00%) Shell Script
12 67 (2.79%) Perl
13 45 (1.87%) TypeScript
14 39 (1.62%) C
15 36 (1.50%) PHP
16 34 (1.42%) C++
16 34 (1.42%) Scala
17 11 (0.46%) ES6
17 11 (0.46%) T-SQL
18 9 (0.37%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 351 (14.62%) Security Cleared
2 287 (11.95%) SC Cleared
3 42 (1.75%) Degree
4 40 (1.67%) DV Cleared
5 32 (1.33%) AWS Certification
6 29 (1.21%) BPSS Clearance
7 20 (0.83%) Computer Science Degree
8 9 (0.37%) Novell Certification
8 9 (0.37%) RHCE
9 8 (0.33%) OCP
9 8 (0.33%) Oracle Certification
10 7 (0.29%) RHCA
10 7 (0.29%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 6 (0.25%) Master's Degree
12 4 (0.17%) DBS Check
13 3 (0.12%) MCSE
13 3 (0.12%) Microsoft Certification
14 1 (0.042%) CCNA
14 1 (0.042%) Cisco Certification
14 1 (0.042%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (2.12%) QA
2 11 (0.46%) PCI DSS
3 7 (0.29%) SLA
4 3 (0.12%) Accessibility
5 2 (0.083%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.083%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.083%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.042%) FedRAMP
6 1 (0.042%) IFRS
6 1 (0.042%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.042%) PSD2
6 1 (0.042%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.042%) WCAG
System Software
1 969 (40.36%) Docker
2 117 (4.87%) Active Directory
3 57 (2.37%) VMware Infrastructure
4 49 (2.04%) Virtual Machines
5 30 (1.25%) Virtual Desktop
6 17 (0.71%) Varnish
6 17 (0.71%) vSphere
7 13 (0.54%) HDFS
8 11 (0.46%) Hyper-V
9 8 (0.33%) KVM
10 6 (0.25%) VMware ESXi
11 5 (0.21%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 5 (0.21%) Virtual Servers
11 5 (0.21%) Xen
12 4 (0.17%) iptables
12 4 (0.17%) NFS
12 4 (0.17%) VirtualBox
13 3 (0.12%) Ceph
13 3 (0.12%) GlusterFS
13 3 (0.12%) LXC
Systems Management
1 1,442 (60.06%) Terraform
2 1,141 (47.52%) Kubernetes
3 979 (40.77%) Ansible
4 310 (12.91%) Puppet
5 210 (8.75%) Opscode Chef
6 129 (5.37%) Grafana
7 128 (5.33%) Prometheus
8 87 (3.62%) Istio
9 82 (3.42%) Packer
10 62 (2.58%) Kibana
11 53 (2.21%) Docker Swarm
12 50 (2.08%) Rancher
13 36 (1.50%) logstash
14 31 (1.29%) Consul
15 25 (1.04%) Nagios
16 21 (0.87%) Fluentd
17 20 (0.83%) Argo
18 18 (0.75%) Active Directory Federation Services
19 12 (0.50%) vRealize
20 11 (0.46%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 201 (8.37%) Google
2 193 (8.04%) Microsoft
3 109 (4.54%) Splunk
4 93 (3.87%) VMware
5 78 (3.25%) Red Hat
6 76 (3.17%) Databricks
7 70 (2.92%) Oracle
8 49 (2.04%) SAP
9 33 (1.37%) IBM
10 32 (1.33%) Hortonworks
11 31 (1.29%) Atlassian
11 31 (1.29%) Cloudera
12 26 (1.08%) AppDynamics
13 24 (1.00%) Dynatrace
14 16 (0.67%) MuleSoft
15 15 (0.62%) New Relic
16 12 (0.50%) Cisco
16 12 (0.50%) ServiceNow
17 11 (0.46%) F5
18 10 (0.42%) Informatica