Period
to 23 October 2021

The median contractor rate for a Kubernetes Engineer was £660 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 October 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.

Kubernetes (K8s) Engineer
UK
6 months to
23 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 574 418 522
Rank change year-on-year -156 +104 +127
Contract jobs requiring a Kubernetes Engineer 232 124 309
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.28% 0.39% 0.36%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.30% 0.42% 0.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 163 95 268
10th Percentile £500 £457 £443
25th Percentile £550 £500 £525
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £660 £550 £600
Median % change year-on-year +20.00% -8.33% +4.35%
75th Percentile £738 £606 £656
90th Percentile £750 £638 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £563 £538 £575
% change year-on-year +4.65% -6.52% +15.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Median hourly rate - £40.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 78,435 29,547 79,781
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.29% 92.34% 94.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 54,622 19,962 53,441
10th Percentile £300 £260 £258
25th Percentile £408 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £569
90th Percentile £700 £663 £645
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,074 971 2,731
10th Percentile £11.82 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.64 £14.00 £13.75
Median hourly rate £19.91 £22.00 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year -9.52% +15.79% +8.57%
75th Percentile £45.00 £43.75 £43.25
90th Percentile £62.45 £54.00 £51.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -10.26% +11.43% -

Kubernetes Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Kubernetes Engineer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Kubernetes Engineer in the UK

Kubernetes Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Kubernetes Engineer.

Daily rate trend for Kubernetes Engineer in the UK

Kubernetes Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Kubernetes Engineer over the 6 months to 23 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Kubernetes Engineer in the UK

Kubernetes Engineer
Top 12 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Kubernetes Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 23 October 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 -186 155 £655 +19.09% 27
London -150 124 £675 +22.73% 23
Work from Home -160 108 £700 +16.67% 7
UK excluding London -143 42 £563 +4.65% 4
Scotland -60 17 £488 -
South East -87 15 £563 +5.88% 1
North West -54 3 £725 +23.40%
East of England -58 3 - -
West Midlands -72 3 £725 +23.40%
Midlands -73 3 £725 +23.40%
North of England -73 3 £725 +45.00% 1
Wales - 1 £450 -

Kubernetes Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 October 2021, Kubernetes 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 Kubernetes Engineer in the job title.

1 232 (100.00%) Kubernetes
2 177 (76.29%) DevOps
3 129 (55.60%) Terraform
4 92 (39.66%) Azure
5 91 (39.22%) Jenkins
6 89 (38.36%) Docker
7 87 (37.50%) Ansible
8 78 (33.62%) Python
9 62 (26.72%) Agile Software Development
9 62 (26.72%) AWS
10 59 (25.43%) Finance
11 52 (22.41%) GCP
12 48 (20.69%) Linux
12 48 (20.69%) Gradle
13 45 (19.40%) Google
14 44 (18.97%) Open Source
15 43 (18.53%) PaaS
16 42 (18.10%) Maven
17 39 (16.81%) Groovy
18 38 (16.38%) Git (software)
18 38 (16.38%) Infrastructure as Code
19 34 (14.66%) Java
20 33 (14.22%) Opscode Chef
21 31 (13.36%) Microservices
22 29 (12.50%) Mentoring
22 29 (12.50%) Kafka
23 28 (12.07%) Travis CI
23 28 (12.07%) Cloud Native
24 27 (11.64%) CircleCI
24 27 (11.64%) GitHub

Kubernetes 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 13 (5.60%) Elasticsearch
2 8 (3.45%) Apache Spark
3 7 (3.02%) OpenStack
4 6 (2.59%) nginx
4 6 (2.59%) Tomcat
5 3 (1.29%) Apache Airflow
5 3 (1.29%) Appian
5 3 (1.29%) Confluence
6 2 (0.86%) Apache
6 2 (0.86%) Cloud Foundry
Business Applications
1 1 (0.43%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 92 (39.66%) Azure
2 62 (26.72%) AWS
3 52 (22.41%) GCP
4 43 (18.53%) PaaS
5 27 (11.64%) GitHub
5 27 (11.64%) IaaS
6 26 (11.21%) npm
7 19 (8.19%) Amazon EKS
8 18 (7.76%) OpenShift
9 13 (5.60%) SaaS
10 10 (4.31%) AWS CloudFormation
11 8 (3.45%) Azure Pipelines
11 8 (3.45%) Cloud Computing
11 8 (3.45%) Serverless
12 7 (3.02%) Amazon S3
12 7 (3.02%) Datadog
13 6 (2.59%) Azure Functions
13 6 (2.59%) BrowserStack
14 4 (1.72%) Amazon ECS
14 4 (1.72%) Azure Cosmos DB
Communications & Networking
1 10 (4.31%) Firewall
2 7 (3.02%) Network Security
3 6 (2.59%) HTTP
3 6 (2.59%) Software-Defined Networking
4 4 (1.72%) DNS
4 4 (1.72%) Internet
5 3 (1.29%) SSL
6 2 (0.86%) 3GPP
6 2 (0.86%) SGSN
6 2 (0.86%) SSH
6 2 (0.86%) VPN
7 1 (0.43%) BGP
7 1 (0.43%) Calico
7 1 (0.43%) DHCP
7 1 (0.43%) IPsec
7 1 (0.43%) IPv4
7 1 (0.43%) OpenVPN
7 1 (0.43%) SNMP
7 1 (0.43%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (9.91%) Big Data
2 14 (6.03%) SQL Server
3 12 (5.17%) PostgreSQL
4 9 (3.88%) MongoDB
4 9 (3.88%) NoSQL
4 9 (3.88%) Relational Database
5 8 (3.45%) KDB
5 8 (3.45%) Kdb+
6 5 (2.16%) BigQuery
7 4 (1.72%) Hadoop
8 2 (0.86%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (0.86%) Amazon Redshift
8 2 (0.86%) Data Lake
8 2 (0.86%) Delta Lake
9 1 (0.43%) Amazon Athena
9 1 (0.43%) Dremio
9 1 (0.43%) HBase
9 1 (0.43%) HDInsight
9 1 (0.43%) Neo4j
9 1 (0.43%) Redis
Development Applications
1 91 (39.22%) Jenkins
2 48 (20.69%) Gradle
3 42 (18.10%) Maven
4 38 (16.38%) Git (software)
5 28 (12.07%) Travis CI
6 27 (11.64%) CircleCI
7 26 (11.21%) gulp
8 18 (7.76%) Artifactory
9 17 (7.33%) GitLab
10 15 (6.47%) Sonatype Nexus
11 11 (4.74%) JIRA
12 10 (4.31%) Bitbucket
12 10 (4.31%) Selenium
12 10 (4.31%) TeamCity
13 9 (3.88%) JUnit
14 8 (3.45%) Mockito
15 7 (3.02%) Subversion
16 5 (2.16%) SonarQube
16 5 (2.16%) Terragrunt
17 4 (1.72%) git-flow
General
1 59 (25.43%) Finance
2 17 (7.33%) Banking
3 15 (6.47%) Social Skills
4 12 (5.17%) Public Sector
5 4 (1.72%) Presentation Skills
6 2 (0.86%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (0.86%) Automotive
6 2 (0.86%) Financial Institution
6 2 (0.86%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.43%) Back Office
7 1 (0.43%) Electronics
7 1 (0.43%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.43%) Marketing
7 1 (0.43%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (12.50%) Kafka
2 24 (10.34%) YAML
3 14 (6.03%) Elastic Stack
3 14 (6.03%) JSON
4 12 (5.17%) Node.js
4 12 (5.17%) RESTful
5 11 (4.74%) .NET
6 10 (4.31%) Web Services
7 6 (2.59%) Jest
7 6 (2.59%) React
7 6 (2.59%) SOAP
8 3 (1.29%) .NET Core
8 3 (1.29%) ASP.NET
8 3 (1.29%) ASP.NET MVC
8 3 (1.29%) ASP.NET Web API
8 3 (1.29%) GraphQL
8 3 (1.29%) NancyFx
8 3 (1.29%) Spring Boot
8 3 (1.29%) Velocity
9 2 (0.86%) Flask
Miscellaneous
1 28 (12.07%) Cloud Native
2 20 (8.62%) Public Cloud
3 8 (3.45%) Data Centre
3 8 (3.45%) Greenfield Project
3 8 (3.45%) Hybrid Cloud
4 7 (3.02%) Linux Command Line
5 5 (2.16%) Management Information System
6 4 (1.72%) iPad
6 4 (1.72%) Mobile App
7 3 (1.29%) Data Protection Act
8 2 (0.86%) Derivative
8 2 (0.86%) Legacy Applications
8 2 (0.86%) PKI
9 1 (0.43%) Algorithms
9 1 (0.43%) Credit Risk
9 1 (0.43%) Data Structures
9 1 (0.43%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.43%) Fixed Income
9 1 (0.43%) Legacy Systems
9 1 (0.43%) Linked Data
Operating Systems
1 48 (20.69%) Linux
2 18 (7.76%) Windows
3 16 (6.90%) VMS
4 15 (6.47%) Unix
5 9 (3.88%) CoreOS
6 6 (2.59%) CentOS
7 5 (2.16%) Amazon Linux
8 2 (0.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.86%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.43%) Alpine Linux
9 1 (0.43%) SUSE
9 1 (0.43%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 177 (76.29%) DevOps
2 62 (26.72%) Agile Software Development
3 44 (18.97%) Open Source
4 38 (16.38%) Infrastructure as Code
5 31 (13.36%) Microservices
6 29 (12.50%) Mentoring
7 21 (9.05%) Test Automation
8 20 (8.62%) Migration
8 20 (8.62%) Site Reliability Engineering
9 19 (8.19%) Continuous Delivery
9 19 (8.19%) Continuous Integration
10 16 (6.90%) Computer Science
11 15 (6.47%) Continuous Improvement
12 14 (6.03%) Configuration Management
13 13 (5.60%) Software Engineering
14 12 (5.17%) Analytics
14 12 (5.17%) Validation
15 11 (4.74%) Load Balancing
15 11 (4.74%) Scrum
16 10 (4.31%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 78 (33.62%) Python
2 39 (16.81%) Groovy
3 34 (14.66%) Java
4 25 (10.78%) Bash Shell
5 17 (7.33%) Go
6 16 (6.90%) SQL
7 12 (5.17%) JavaScript
8 10 (4.31%) PowerShell
9 8 (3.45%) C#
9 8 (3.45%) Shell Script
10 6 (2.59%) C
10 6 (2.59%) ES6
10 6 (2.59%) Ruby
11 5 (2.16%) Scala
12 3 (1.29%) PHP
12 3 (1.29%) VB
13 2 (0.86%) Java 8
13 2 (0.86%) Perl
14 1 (0.43%) C++
14 1 (0.43%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 15 (6.47%) SC Cleared
1 15 (6.47%) Security Cleared
2 11 (4.74%) Degree
3 2 (0.86%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (0.86%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (0.43%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (1.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (0.86%) OASIS TOSCA
3 1 (0.43%) IFRS
3 1 (0.43%) IFRS 9
3 1 (0.43%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 89 (38.36%) Docker
2 9 (3.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (1.72%) vCloud
4 3 (1.29%) HDFS
4 3 (1.29%) Squid
4 3 (1.29%) Virtual Machines
4 3 (1.29%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (0.86%) KVM
5 2 (0.86%) LXC
6 1 (0.43%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 1 (0.43%) iptables
6 1 (0.43%) NFS
6 1 (0.43%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 232 (100.00%) Kubernetes
2 129 (55.60%) Terraform
3 87 (37.50%) Ansible
4 33 (14.22%) Opscode Chef
5 23 (9.91%) Grafana
6 22 (9.48%) Prometheus
7 21 (9.05%) Istio
8 14 (6.03%) Puppet
9 8 (3.45%) Packer
10 7 (3.02%) Argo
10 7 (3.02%) BladeLogic
10 7 (3.02%) Kibana
10 7 (3.02%) Nagios
11 6 (2.59%) Graylog
11 6 (2.59%) ITRS Geneos
12 5 (2.16%) Consul
12 5 (2.16%) Docker Swarm
12 5 (2.16%) Rancher
13 4 (1.72%) vRealize
14 2 (0.86%) Cloudify
Vendors
1 45 (19.40%) Google
2 15 (6.47%) Oracle
3 14 (6.03%) Splunk
4 11 (4.74%) Red Hat
5 9 (3.88%) Microsoft
5 9 (3.88%) VMware
6 8 (3.45%) Sybase
7 7 (3.02%) SolarWinds
8 6 (2.59%) CyberArk
9 5 (2.16%) Databricks
9 5 (2.16%) Juniper
10 3 (1.29%) Atlassian
10 3 (1.29%) Cisco
10 3 (1.29%) MuleSoft
11 2 (0.86%) AppDynamics
11 2 (0.86%) Ericsson
11 2 (0.86%) Mirantis
12 1 (0.43%) Dynatrace
12 1 (0.43%) IBM
12 1 (0.43%) Informatica